n just two weeks, the Fall 2019 semester officially begins! As it always does, summer flew by. Our students will soon be back to the books, back in class and reengaged in some pretty cool discussions. Speaking of cool discussions, I've worked with my colleague Myron Shaffer over in Academic Advising to gather our annual list of Ten Cool Classes being offered this year for Tulane students. Check them out!
Yes, this is a class. (source)COLQ 4120 The Grand Canyon
This course will explore the Grand Canyon region with expert faculty in the Earth and Environmental Science, Anthropology, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Departments. You have the opportunity to fulfill the writing intensive requirement. The course fulfills elective requirements for majors in Environmental Studies, Environmental Earth Science, Geology, and Anthropology. Oh, and the class ends with an 8 day trip
to the Grand Canyon itself!
COMM 2720 Media and Reproductive Rights
This course focuses on the relationships between reproductive politics, popular and social media, and movements for reproductive rights and justice in the United States. Students will learn key concepts and theories related to reproductive rights and justice, as well as media studies and analysis. The course covers historical and contemporary portrayals of reproduction within popular and alternative media with a focus on their racial, sexual, class, and gendered dimensions. Students will also learn about various ways in which television, film, and new media technologies function within government and nonprofit advocacy around reproductive issues. In sum, this course maps the intersections between reproductive politics and media technologies, while helping students develop their analytical prowess, communication skills, and knowledge of media, culture, and social inequity in the United States.
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TIDE 1016-01 Tolkien as Translator: Language, Culture and Society in Middle Earth
In this course, we study the role of language in The Lord of the Rings, applying concepts and perspectives from linguistic anthropology to shed light on Tolkien’s methods and purpose as the ‘translator’ of Middle-earth. Students are introduced to Tolkien's invented languages (and their real-world inspirations) and two of his invented alphabets. An appreciation of the linguistic foundations of Middle-earth greatly increases one's understanding of Tolkien’s achievement, and provides insights into one linguist’s view of the intricate and interdependent relationships of language, culture, and society.TYLR 3000 Taylor Your Life
Learn how to approach your future with the mindset and toolkit of a designer. TAYLOR Your Life is an innovative career development lab that teaches students how to ideate multiple life paths, clarify their interests, focus and target their search, protoype and test elements of careers that interest them, market and brand themselves to stand out from the crowd, and map their community to effectively join the network of movers and shakers in their field.BMEN 3400 Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
This course will focus on fundamental materials science and biological principles that impact the engineering design of biomaterials and tissue-engineered products. Topics addressed will include structural hierarchies of materials and tissues, physical and chemical properties of surfaces, degradation of materials, and cell-surface, cell-cell, and cell-matrix interactions. The course will conclude with inflammatory, immunological, and pathological events associated with responses to such products. Laboratory exercises will be utilized to illustrate selected concepts, introduce assessment methods, and provide hands-on experiences with cells and materials. Fulfills departmental “domain” requirement. An additional non-graded once a week lab section to accompany lectures. Pre-requistites: ENGP 3120 and BMEN 2600, or permission of instructor.
Why not study jazz in it's birthplace?MCGS 2000 Introduction to Musical Cultures of the Gulf South
An introduction to the culture of the Gulf South region with an emphasis on New Orleans music, history, ritual, dance, and cultural geography. Explores the musical relationship of the Gulf South region to the Caribbean and African diaspora. Introduces critical tools for analysis of the relationship of music and place. Themes of the course include ethnic migrations, social diversity, vernacular architecture, and slavery. Field trips to second-line parades, Mississippi River access points, diverse neighborhoods and historical slave markets.
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)EBIO 4280 Ichthyology
Biology of fish-like vertebrates, including taxonomy, evolution, anatomy, physiology, and biogeography. Class Hours: Lectures supplemented by weekly labs, some day field trips, and one weekend field trip.ANTH 3200 Magic Witchcraft and Religion
This course is an exploration into religion and the occult. We will examine a wide range of topics, such as hauntings, spirit possession, the role of evil in the moral imagination, and the construction of symbols as well as various practices associated healing, witchcraft (or sorcery) accusations, and the experience of suffering and death. Anthropological approaches challenge the categories of "religion" and "witchcraft", which stem from Western conceptions of reality, Christianity, and ethnocentric views of the "other".
Make this! Eventually. ARST-1170-01 Foundations of Art: Glass (Glass Blowing)
This course focuses on the history and theory of glass art, and also introduces basic techniques with attention given to issues of composition, perception, communication, and expression. Emphasis also will be placed on the relationships between glass art, other art mediums, and the history of art. See my previous blog about the time I sneaked back into the glass studio! Oh and by the way, just a few days after I got dropped off at Tulane, I took glassblowing!
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This course will explore the authority of commissioners in the major professional sports leagues to discipline players, owners, coaches, and others for conduct deemed injurious to the interests of the league or the sport. Students will explore the origin and evolution of the office of the commissioner, tracing the development of the position from Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis to Bud Selig, Paul Tagliabue, and David Stern. Students will focus on and discuss actions taken by commissioners in specific cases involving gambling, performance enhancing and recreational drug use, brawling during games, mistreating game officials and opposing players, and other types of misconduct both on and off the playing field. Students will be asked to think critically about the scope of the commissioner’s power to act in these situations and the propriety of the actions taken by the commissioner. The course will also analyze the commissioner’s regulatory authority to take action “in the best interests of the game,” and will look at notable cases where this authority was challenged by players and owners.