Breadcrumb Navigation:Home > Courses > Maymester Courses
HI 498/GEP-IPGE - Getting Around in North Carolina: From the Horse Drawn Buggy and the Model T to the Google Car and Greenways - We all use ground transportation every day. How has that system come to be? This course uses North Carolina to examine the development of transportation systems over the last hundred years. We will look at how social, political, and technical factors have interacted to give us the system that we have today by examining such diverse transportation systems as interstate highways, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, urban bikeways and the Charlotte Lynx. An all day field trip to the North Carolina Transportation Museum and to Charlotte for a transportation history tour of the city is planned.
HI 563: History and Memory/HI 498: Special Topics - May 23-29 in
Washington DC. This course explores how collective memory develops and is represented through public speeches, civic celebrations, monuments and memorials, and other forms of popular and political culture in our nation’s capital. Based on the premise that each nation fashions and promotes a national memory relevant to the social and political ideals of the moment, this course immerses students in the collective memory presented through memorial and historical representation in Washington, D.C., to critically examine the role of government in promoting history and memory. Large research paper required; due June 10.
PSY 312 - Applied Psychology – Students in this course will learn about various areas of practice in psychology (e.g., health, education, business), including applied research methods and related ethical issues. However, the primary focus of students’ learning will be with applied psychology in education and community-based settings, with issues of diversity and cross-cultural awareness also being heavily integrated into students’ experience. To make the class even more engaging, approximately half of students’ time will be spent getting direct applied experience working with elementary-aged children within a culturally diverse, community-based setting. During this time, students in the class will be applying psychological strategies and principles through their use of a reading intervention that has been shown to improve children’s literacy skills.
PSY 491 - Applications of Abnormal Psychology -This upper-level undergraduate course will be an intensive, rigorous, study of abnormal psychology with a concentration on applications of the field. After briefly considering historical and theoretical perspectives on abnormal behavior, the etiology, symptoms, and treatment of personality disorders and six major psychological disorders (eating disorders, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) will be examined in depth.
AFS 241 - Introduction to African-American Studies II – This hybrid offering of the Introduction to African-American Studies course will offer face-to-face classroom instruction and a variety of field trips in order to discuss topics with local and regional scholars and professionals. Planned trips include (local): African American Cultural Center – Raleigh, NCSU African American Cultural Center, North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina Natural Sciences Museum, Raleigh City Museum (regionally, transportation provided) UNC Stone Center, Duke Franklin Center, Greensboro – International Civil Rights Museum and WSSU Diggs Art Gallery
SW 495/GEP-IPGE - Introduction to Gerontology – This course will attend to cultural issues and family dynamics, pathological and physiology changes in aging. Knowledge gained in the classroom about contemporary issues including health (mental health), caregiving, end-of-life care, financial and social sustainability, elder law (policy), caregiving, end-of-life care, bereavement and loss will be expounded through community engagement assignments and experimental learning.
PHI 205 – Introduction to Philosophy - Introduction to selected problems of enduring philosophical importance, including such topics as the nature of morality, knowledge, human freedom, and the existence of God. The aim is to immerse students in the practice of philosophy for the Maymester; each one or two class sessions would cover a single topic area, examining how different philosophers have used the same basic philosophical tools of evaluating the logical structure of argument and conceptual analysis to answer one or two of the primary questions of that area.
ENG 252 - Major American Writers – With Professor Michael Grimwood from 1:15-4:15 p.m. MTWHF. The Maymester 2013 version of ENG 252 will include short literary works by about two dozen significant American authors. To place the literature within the full context of American cultural history we will read each short story or poem in conjunction with one or more contemporary historical events, and with one or more visual or musical artifacts from the same period. Thus, we will examine Irving’s “Rip van Winkle” within the aftermath of the War of 1812 and Hemingway’s “Big Two Hearted River” within the aftermath of World War I, Poe’s “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” in the context of the early-nineteenth-century controversy over slavery, Cather’s “Neighbor Rosicky” as a response to early-twentieth-century immigration policies, and LeGuin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” as an analogue to the “Youth Movement” of the 1960s and 1970s. As we follow the development of an American literary canon, we will overhear the creation and revision of an American songbook, from Francis Scott Key’s composition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to Jimi Hendrix’s reinterpretation of the same tune at Woodstock. We will glimpse the compilation of a national visual iconography, including Audubon’s portraits of birds, Whistler’s portrait of his mother, and Andy Warhol’s portraits of Marilyn Monroe. We will trace America’s changing architectural skyline from the destruction and reconstruction of the White House in 1814 through the attack on the Twin Towers in 2001 and the construction of the “Freedom Tower” occurring there now.
ENG 252 satisfies a humanities requirement, in the literature category, for the General Education Program. For CHASS students, it meets the Literature II requirement. It satisfies the American Literature requirement for most English majors.
HI 498/GEP-IPGE - Big History: Cosmos, Earth, Life, Humanity – This Maymester course brings the history of the universe, the evolution of life, and the story of human societies into a single narrative frame, “big history” focuses on how narrative, as a way of knowing, bridges the boundaries between humanistic and scientific disciplines.
FLS 333 - Improving Spanish pronunciation via digital tools - This course is designed to help students achieve native-like pronunciation in Spanish through the innovative use of available software tools that will allow students to visualize, measure, and correct their own pronunciation problems. Students will write lab reports on their own pronunciation, comparing recordings throughout the Maymester. Students will also learn to run preliminary statistics (t-tests and chi-square tests) using R to determine if their pronunciation has significantly improved during the class, and where they still need improvement.