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Liberal Arts In Focus
In addition to the two standard semesters, Ripon College now offers the Liberal Arts in Focus program. This new program offers students two opportunities per year to take an intensive, three week class unique to anything else offered during the academic year. One In Focus term precedes the start of fall semester and the other follows Commencement in the spring and was formerly known as “Maymester.”
Taught in short, intensive blocks, In Focus courses offer students an immersion experience bridging the theory and coursework of traditional classes to their real-world applications through problem-solving, creative work, and practical experience. In doing so, they deepen students’ academic study and creative work; strengthen their foundations for graduate and professional degrees; and provide students with valuable experience for work in the profit and non-profit sectors.
This year’s In Focus sessions are scheduled for:
May 19 – June 6, 2014
July 28 – August 16, 2014
In Focus May 2014 Schedule of Classes:
Tuition charged is $450 per credit; tuition is waived in May 2013-2014 for some In Focus courses.
Program fees may include travel, housing, food, entrance fees, etc.; see course instructor for information. Ripon College campus housing will be available for In Focus students while in Ripon; the room rate is $50 per week or any part of a week. Consult the Office of Financial Aid regarding financial assistance.
Ant 219.01 – Public Archaeology Field School Professor Stovel Three credits
This course will teach students excavation and lab techniques employed in archaeological research and interpretation. In addition, students will develop public archaeology practices, involve community members in the excavation activities, and promote our research in the community. Students will also explore municipal, state, and federal oversight of historical and archaeological resources, and stimulate beneficial community stewardship.
Prerequisites: Anthropology 110 or permission of instructor. Contact In Focus instructor regarding course enrollment/application process. Tuition – $1350 Other program fees – See instructor.
Art 200.01 – Topics: The Art and Culture of Paris Professor Nygard Two credits
This course focuses on masterpieces of art and architecture, as well as the broader history and culture of Paris. Emphasis is placed on phenomena that cannot be understood in the classroom, such as large-scale paintings, performing arts, and complex environments. We will discuss art in the Louvre, Picasso Museum, and Pompidou Center. We will experience great buildings, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Tomb of Napoleon, and Palace of Versailles. We will also see performances, eat French food, and interrogate the city’s urban fabric. Students must pay for their transportation and lodging expenses using the course’s travel agency. Assessment will be based on written exercises and participation. No prior knowledge of art history is required. Program will be two weeks – dates to be announced.
No prerequisites. Contact In Focus instructor regarding course enrollment/application process. Tuition – $900 Other program fees – See instructor.
Biology 450.01 – Intensive Field Studies: Ecology of the Boreal Forest Professor Wittler Three credits
Ecology of the Boreal Forest is a study of the plant communities of northern Minnesota. The course will begin with plant identification; family level taxonomy will be stressed. Various communities will be visited and their structure analyzed. Succession will be documented through statistical analysis. A group research project, an individual project, two field exams, and a written final exam will be the basis of grading for the course.
Prerequisites: Biology 121 or equivalent is required; students who have taken college level botany or ecology will have preference. Contact In Focus instructor regarding course enrollment/application process. Tuition – Waived for In Focus May 2014. Other program fees – See instructor.
Classical Studies 200.01/History 200.01/Politics and Government 200.01 – Topics: Old Italy, New Italy Professors Messitte, Mockridge Three credits
This May Liberal Arts in Focus course will provide an intensive overview of Italian history, politics, culture and language. Students will spend the first week of the course on Ripon’s campus where they will have lectures, discussions, film screenings, basic language instruction and a special Wisconsin-Italian field trip. Students will then spend two weeks in a villa just outside of Rome, Italy in Due Santi, a historic district south of the city. The class will be team-taught with Prof. Mockridge focusing on “old Italy” (ancient Rome, medieval Italy and the Renaissance) and Pres. Messitte concentrating on “new” Italy (from the Risorgimento through the present). In addition to two tests and two papers, students will be expected to keep a daily journal while in Italy.
No prerequisites. Contact In Focus instructors regarding course enrollment/application process. Tuition – $1350. Other program fees – See instructor.
Communication 410.01 – Topics: Communication and Incarceration Professor Roy Three credits
Students will learn about the unique communication challenges faced by those incarcerated in the prison system and the ways in which prison communication norms can inhibit parolees’ success upon release. Students will work directly with a small group of medium-security inmates to help the inmates develop interpersonal and organizational communication skills relevant to securing and maintaining employment and public speaking skills needed for their participation in restorative justice and community service programs. Students also will develop a set of teaching materials that may be used by corrections staff in the future.
Prerequisites: Communication 215 (offered Spring 2013-2014) OR Communication 401 OR Communication 412: Topics: Rhetoric of Autobiographical Narratives. All students enrolled in the course must pass a Wisconsin Department of Corrections Background Check and must agree to abide by all policies governing visits to Fox Lake Correctional Institution; failure to comply with visitation policies will result in immediate removal from the course. Contact In Focus instructor regarding course enrollment/application process. Tuition – $1350 Other program fees – See instructor.
Economics 300.01/Environmental Studies 300.01 – DS: Exploring Sustainability & Development in Costa Rica Professors D. Beres, Hauge Two credits
Costa Rica is globally known for its ecological riches and for relative success in conserving them while promoting economic development. Students will travel to several areas of Costa Rica during Maymester, examining the ways ecological conservation and economic development conflict or complement one another. The group will visit protected natural areas; farms and other enterprises that use the country’s natural resources; and projects that seek both protection and profit through ecotourism, biodiversity prospecting, etc. Students will carry out field observations. The group will also collaborate on service-learning experiences.
Prerequisites: Consent of the instructors, successful completion of Environmental Studies 300.01-DS: Intro to: Exploring Sustainability and Development in Costa Rica offered Spring 2014. Contact In Focus instructors regarding course enrollment/application process. Tuition – Waived for In Focus May 2014. Other program costs – See instructor.
English 200.01 – Chicago’s Magazine Modernism, 1912-1946 Professor Unger Three credits
This In Focus course explores modernism through the lens of Chicago’s literary magazine culture in the first part of the twentieth century. By examining five major publications — Poetry, The Little Review, The Chicagoan, The New Anvil, and Negro Story — at the Newberry Library in Chicago, we will study the ways modernism developed in Chicago’s literary scene, as well as the production of a distinct “Chicago modernist” aesthetic rooted in the city’s architectural, geographical, political, and artistic history. Throughout the course we will ask: what does Chicago modernism look/feel/sound like? How does it differ from traditional narratives of modernism? What role did literary magazines play in the development of Chicago’s modernism, and what effect did they have on the modernist movement at the national level? Being at the Newberry will give us unique access to original copies of these magazines, as well as to significant archival materials that will help us understand the production, circulation, and consumption of these periodicals. In addition to learning about modernism in a Chicago context, students will thus also learn how to conduct archival research, and how to use such materials to make arguments about modernist literature and culture. Moreover, students will have the opportunity to use these skills in their final archival research project, as well as in a literary magazine that we will produce collectively as a class. Finally, the course will end with a gesture to the city’s current literary magazine culture to consider the ways contemporary periodicals like Another Chicago Magazine, Lumpen, and The Point build on the rich history of Chicago’s magazine modernism.
Prerequisites: English 110. Contact In Focus instructor regarding course enrollment/application process. Tuition – $1350 Other program fees – See instructor.
French 310.01 –Research Project in Tetouan, Morocco Professor Clemente Two/three credits
Want to experience firsthand an exotic culture, travel in North Africa, shop in a souk, learn some Arabic and swim in the Mediterranean? This course introduces students to a very different culture and language through an immersion-stay in the medieval city of Tetouan, Morocco. Students will live with area families and spend part of each day at a small, international school learning Arabic and gaining an understanding of Islamic culture from an insider’s perspective. The school also offers local and regional excursions in the afternoons and on weekends. We will meet during spring semester in preparation for this course through film, discussions and research that will allow students to define a photo-essay topic prior to our departure. Students will keep a journal during our visit and submit it along with their photo-essay after their return to the U.S.
Prerequisites: Prior study or knowledge of a foreign language a plus. Contact In Focus instructor regarding course enrollment/application process. Tuition – $900 – $1350. Other program costs – See instructor.
GER 330.01, Munich-Vienna: Music, Museums, Memorials Professor Sopcak Two credits
On walking tours, students explore and examine the monuments, museums, and memorial sites studied during the spring semester course. Students will: experience firsthand the artistic, political, and historical climates of two distinctly different cultural centers of Europe; practice critical and comparative thinking skills; integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines; continue and expand research on a chosen topic; keep a detailed journal and collect documentation through photographs, drawings or other visual materials; compile a portfolio including a 5-6 page reflective essay integrating course readings and sites visited; demonstrate their ability to perceive, interpret, contrast, and evaluate the “new” and “different”.
The study trip offers students of German an intense immersion experience in contemporary German and Austrian culture and language. In addition to the content learning goals, the course is designed to improve German students’ spoken fluency, comprehension, and communicative strategies, as they assist classmates with no knowledge of German.
Prerequisite: Spring 2014 enrollment in Ger 200 or Ger 300, Munich-Vienna: Music, Museums, Memorials. Contact In Focus instructor regarding course enrollment/application process. Tuition – Waived for In Focus May 2014. Other program fees – See instructor.
Interdisciplinary Studies 300.01 – Dept. Studies: Peace Studies in Jamaica Professor Hatcher Two credit
This class consists of twelve days spent in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica in the town of Hagley Gap and Penlyne. We will apply the concepts learned in the one-credit class directly as we work with children in the schools of the area and provide support for community improvement. We will live with families and experience life in the Blue Mountain area under the auspices of the Blue Mountain Project.
Prerequisite: IDS 300.01 offered Spring 2014. Contact In Focus instructor regarding course enrollment/application process. Tuition – Waived for In Focus May 2014. Other program fees – See instructor.
PSC 252.01, Ethology of Killer Whales: Field Experience Professor Otis Three credits
The behavior of killer whales that regularly forage the waters around San Juan Island (WA) is the focus of this course. Attention will be paid to those factors that may pose a threat to their existence, including food supply, boats, pollution, captivity, and whale watching. Field trip to the island, includes observations of whales in both the wild and in captivity and talks by researchers will supplement individual research projects.
Prerequisites: PSC 251 offered Spring 2014 and consent of the instructor. Contact In Focus instructor regarding course enrollment/application process. Tuition – Waived for In Focus May 2014. Other program fees – See instructor.