Welcome to our Cool Courses blog!
Check here for some cool summer courses that have caught our notice.

Cool New Grad Music Ed Courses this Summer!

April 26, 2017

Students in a music classroom

Take a look at these great 5-day courses in music education!

EDCI 5040-60: Popular Music and Informal Education (July 17-21)

Exploration of how popular music intersects with education, including the production and consumption of popular music and use of related informal pedagogies. Critical theory, cultural theory feminism, and race studies will be used to explore these issues. Methods in “popular music” instruments and technology will also be covered.
Open to visiting/non-degree students!

EDCI 5830-62: Instrumental Performance Pedagogy & Conducting  (July 10-14)

Open to students enrolled in the MA in Music Education and others with permission.

EDCI 5830: Choral Performance Pedagogy & Conducting  (July 10-14)

Open to students enrolled in the MA in Music Education and others with permission.

Curricular courses are open to teachers and administrators seeking practical solutions to curriculum problems in elementary and secondary schools. Reorganization of courses, reorientation of the program of studies, articulation of administrative units, and development of new materials are considered in relation to the local situation. Students make individual studies of their specific problems, and group studies of related problems.

All three courses are open to non-degree/visiting students!

 

Cool May online course – Watch (French) Movies: Get credit!

Still from Un Chien Andalou (1929)
From Un Chien Andalou (1929)

FREN 1171. French Cinema

Watch films and earn credit? Sound too good to be true?  But it’s not!  Watch a series of French films, from early French comedy to surrealist films, New Wave and the hip filmmakers of the 1990s and beyond.  This course will introduce you to film history, analysis and interpretation.

This course fulfills GenEd CA 1 and CA 4-INT. (3 credits).

Three credits. Online. Readings, viewings and lectures in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement.

Cool Summer Courses in Sociology – Latinos & Social Movements

April 10, 2017

Check out these two cool May Term courses in sociology!

  • LLAS/SOCI 3525: Latino Sociology
  • SOCI 3821: Social Movements
Graffiti on L.A. wall by ManOne
“They Claim I’m a Criminal” by Man One in Los Angeles, 2010

LLAS/SOCI  3525: LATINO SOCIOLOGY

In 2001 Latinos became the largest minority group in the United States, projected to reach 132.8 million in 2050. The demographic significance of Latinos has led politicians, policy-makers, and academics to debate the future of this population. The purpose of this course is to help you think critically about the role that Latinos play in U.S. society and their diverse experiences. I will provide you with a set of ideas, concepts and ideas to analyze the contemporary and historical experiences of Latinos. In this course, we will primarily use sociological texts to 1) make sense of the history of Chicano and Puerto Rican Movements and the discipline of Latino Studies, 2) explore the diverse migration experiences of Latinos, and 3) study the patterns of incorporation that Latinos face in the United States.

March for civil rights in Washington DC 1963
Crowd in front of Lincoln Memorial on day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, August 28, 1963 (New York Times).

SOCIOLOGY 3821: SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the sociological study of social movements. By analyzing specific movements, you will gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics that shape both current and historical social movements. After you have taken this course you will be able to answer the following questions:  why do certain movements emerge at particular times? What motivates people to join them? What tactics and strategies do activists choose and why? We will look at movements for global justice, anti-racism and racism, immigrant rights, and many more.

LLAS/SOCI  3525: Latino Sociology.  May Term (M-F 9:00-11:30 a.m.)

SOCI 3821: Social Movements. May Term (M-F 1:00-4:00 p.m.)

 

Cool Hybrid Summer Courses – Chinese I & II in 10 weeks!

CHIN 1111 & 1112 (Elementary Chinese I and II).

These introductory language courses will introduce you to Mandarin Chinese so that you can communicate across
ethnic, cultural, ideological and national boundaries.  Through the study of Chinese, you will develop an understanding of
Chinese interpersonal behavioral culture and related thought patterns.  You will acquire the skill to speak, listen, read and write Chinese at a level of proficiency appropriate for continuing on to the next level in the curriculum. You will further acquire a level of cultural understanding suitable for correct performance of assigned tasks in Chinese.

Both courses are offered in the hybrid mode, combining online and in-person meetings. You will finish the first-year Chinese sequence in 10 short weeks!

Chinese 1111: Summer session 1 (SS1), May 30-June 30
Chinese 1112: Summer session 2 (SS2), July 10-Aug 11

Cool Summer Online Course: Modern Spanish Art, Fashion, Film, and Music (SPAN 1020)

February 28, 2017

Modern architecture: round auditorium tower of the Centro Niemeyer, located in Asturias, Spain.
Centro Niemeyer, Asturias, Spain

SPAN 1020 online (3 credits) — Intersections of Art, Fashion, Film, and Music in Modern Spain (taught in English!).

May Term. (May 8 – 26)

This interdisciplinary course invites students to understand the contemporary cultural phenomena of fashion, design and art in Spain as interrelated, mutually influential and deeply connected to issues regarding politics, society, national identity and culture at large in Spain. We will question and consider “Art” within a multidisciplinary focus and will examine aesthetic human expression taken into consideration a variety of disciplines and theories: from “high” art (architecture and painting), to design (artistic and aesthetic objects), from high fashion (haute couture and fashion illustration) to personal style (textiles, fashion trends, and fashion blogs) and from literature to film, visual arts, advertising and digital products. Taught in English; Spanish not required; does not fulfill foreign language requirement.

This courses fulfills both Content Area 1 (CA-1) and Content Area 4, International (CA-4-INT) general education requirements.

Cool Summer Courses – American Sign Language (ASLN 1-4)

American Sign Language manual alphabet
American Sign Language alphabet

American Sign Language (ASL) – ASLN 1 – 4

Have you ever wanted to learn a sign language or communicate with people who are Deaf? The best way to learn ASL is to be immersed in it. ASL Classes here at UConn are taught by faculty who are Deaf! Each class will be an immersion into the Deaf world where you will see and learn so much about the Deaf Community while simultaneously becoming conversationally competent! This is not just a foreign language requirement, it is a way to broaden your horizons!

Language Requirement: Do you need to satisfy a language requirement before graduating? Most colleges require taking two elementary level classes and two intermediate level classes – that’s four semesters! Instead of taking two years to complete this requirement, finish it in only three months! The American Sign Language Department is proud to offer four ASL classes offered this summer. These classes would completely satisfy your University language requirement!

Classes Offered:

  • ASLN 1101: Elementary Level 1 – 5/8/17 – 5/26/17
  • ASLN 1102: Elementary Level 2 – 5/30/17 – 6/15/17
  • ASLN 1103: Intermediate Level 1 – 6/19/17 – 7/6/17
  • ASLN 1104: Intermediate Level 2 – 7/10/17 – 7/27/17

If you have any questions, please contact ARC.UCONN@gmail.com

Cool Summer Online Course – Intro to Asian American Studies (AASI 3201)

Japanese Americans at an internment camp
Japanese American boys at an internment camp in the United States during World War II. (from slate.com)

Did you know ?

  • 20 % of the population of California will be Asian American by the year 2020.
  • By 2050 it is estimated that Asian Americans will constitute over 10 % of the entire U.S. population.
  • From 1977 to 1987 the number of Asian American-owned businesses in the United States increased by 328 %.
  • Some Filipino Americans came to the U.S. as early as the mid-1700s.
  • Over 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced to live in internment camps during WW II.
  • Asian Americans come from over a dozen different countries.
  • Several of the most famous US Supreme Court cases involved Asian Americans?

AASI 3201 (3 credits).  Come take this great online course during Summer Session 2 (SS2), July 11-August 12.  It fulfills both a General Education Content Area 1 (CA 1/Arts & Humanities* and a Content Area 4 (CA IV/Diversity & Multiculturalism).

*Fulfills a CLAS/College of Liberal Arts & Sciences CA1 “E” World Cultures requirement.  (AASI 3201 is a required course for the Asian American Studies minor & is an option for the American Studies major.)