Spring 2016

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The course offerings below are for Spring 2016. Theme-based course descriptions are also listed. A comprehensive list of courses offered at Unity College is found on The Unity College Catalog

Unity College Courses for Spring 2016

Spring 2016 Course OfferingsA complete list of course offerings for Spring 2016.

Theme-based Course Descriptions Spring 2016

Course: AR2113 - Creative Writing: Word and Image


Course Description: In this experiential course, students improve their use of writing techniques such as voice, figurative language and imagery, while experimenting with different types of short fiction. Since the course satisfies the Arts requirement, at least one piece of writing will be combined with visual components in order to show how text and image can work together aesthetically.  Emphasis will be placed on revision and presentation in a productive, supportive workshop environment.

Course: BI 1213 - Biology in Practice: Sampling Ocean Water and Sediments

Prerequisites: BI 1114

Course Description: The majority of marine organisms are tiny species floating unnoticed in the water or buried within the sediments.  Sampling for these species and their habitats is an often overlooked part of being a marine biologist.  In this course we will sample the biotic and abiotic components of the water, identifying and enumerating plankton; and learn how to sample and analyze the sediments in marine systems.  Students should be prepared to be outside and in the cold for some labs, and inside, spending hours at the microscope for others. 

Course: BI 3111 - Themes in Marine Science – Coral and Phytoplankton Culturing

Prerequisites: BI 2033 or Junior Status

Course Description: In this course we will develop coral culturing and propagation techniques. We will also develop the phytoplankton culturing capacity of the wetlab to support Marine Botany, feed the coral tank and refine our methods. You will be expected to work 2 hours each week outside of class maintaining these cultures working within the wetlab.

Course BI 3263 - Special Topics in Biology: Herpetology

Prerequisites: BI 1114: Diversity of Life

Course Fee: $960

Course Description: Students will be introduced to the ecology, evolution, natural history, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. Using in- and out-of-class exercises students will explore the global and local diversity of these often overlooked and enigmatic, yet endlessly fascinating, creatures. Additionally, this course will feature a week-long field trip to southern Mississippi, a region that hosts an outstanding diversity and abundance of amphibians and reptiles. The field trip portion of the course will emphasize field techniques and species identification through a class project and daily field excursions.


Course:  CL 3881 - Conservation Law Enforcement Patrol Techniques

Prerequisites:  Junior Status

Course Description: Students will learn conservation law enforcement patrol techniques for hunting, fishing, trapping, and recreational vehicles.  Discussions and practical applications will focus on appropriate constitutional guidelines, officer safety, interpersonal skills, and agency policies.


Couse: FY 2883 - Leadership Qualities and Techniques

* Prerequisites for NWCG certificate:

Basic wildfire course (S-190 /130 L-180 and I-100)

Course prerequisites: None

Course Description: This training course is designed as a self-assessment opportunity for individuals preparing to step into a leadership role. Topics include leadership values and principles, and transition challenges for new leaders, situational leadership, team cohesion factors, ethical decision making, and after action review techniques


Course: GL 4011 - Earth & Environmental Science Seminar: Environmental Disasters and Their Consequences for Public Health

Pre-Reqs: CH 1104, CH 1114, BI 1114 OR BI 1164; GL 1003 or GL 2003; CH 4034 or CH 4044 or GL 3044 or GL 3223 or GL 3433 or GL 4003; Junior Status

Course Description: This class focuses on the major environmental public health calamities of the past 200 years—including topics such as infectious disease epidemics, industrial disasters, pharmaceutical and food-related problems— that changed our ideas of public health and environmental policy. Students debate current public health issues as well as research in the context of past events.​


Course: HN 2061 - Honors Seminar: Introduction to Ethnobiology’

Pre-Reqs: Enrollment in Honor Program

Course Description: Diverse human communities, living closely with nature for millennia, have created diverse ecological knowledge systems.  Native knowledge systems often address culturally appropriate uses of plants and animals, natural resource management and environmental philosophy and ethics.  Students enrolled in Introduction to Ethnobiology will learn concepts and field techniques for understanding diverse forms of ecological knowledge and its cultural context.  The 7-week 1-credit course will combine readings and discussion with practice of techniques, writing, and quizzes.


Course:  HU 2022 - Topics in Humanities: Thought Leaders as Change Makers

Prerequisites: CM 1003

Course Description: We will read the works of six thought leaders who accomplished amazing things in the Western world in their particular spheres of influence and evaluate their impact.

Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (history)

Selected New Testament Readings attributed to St. Paul (religion)

Steve Jobs  - Walter Isaacson (business)

The Double Helix – Watson (science)

The Story of My Life - Helen Keller (social activism)

The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell (sociology)

Class time will be spent exploring the connection of the leader to the field of study and the factors contributing to the lasting impact of that individual on the field and beyond.

Students will examine their own unique contribution in light of the thought leaders studied and reflect on the manner in which personal, societal and intellectual factors influence an individual’s capacity to be a change agent.


Course:  HU 2023 - Topics in Humanities – Sense of Place in Environmental Communication

Prerequisites: CM 1003

Course Description:  Environmental writing is filled with meditations on special places – geographic locales that have taken on deeper meaning through experiential interaction over time. In the social sciences, environmental communication scholars have been evaluating the role of “place” in environmental behaviors and decision-making. This course will blend reading and analysis of environmental writing with research and theory based on the role of place in environmental communication to generate written work that investigates “Sense of Place” as a concept and the role of place in motivating social change.


Course: HU 2891 - The Camden Conference

Prerequisites: None

Course Fee: $75.00

Course Description: Students will spend the weekend in Camden, Maine and attend the entirety of the 2016 Camden Conference, February 19 – 21, 2016.  The theme for the 2016 conference is “The New Africa” and will focus on environmental issues in Africa.  The course will meet for two hours each week for discussion and participate in two evening community events in Camden prior to the conference.  This course is offered in partnership with The Camden Conference. For more information: http://www.camdenconference.org.


Course: HU 3033 - Nature and the Supernatural in Shakespearean England

Prerequisites: CM1013 and Sophomore Status

Course Description: In this course, we will analyze six Shakespearean plays, focusing on the ways in which the performance tradition conveys ideas about nature and the supernatural in Early Modern England. Lectures will provide historical and literary background, but the primary mode of instruction will be in the form of discussions intended to stimulate critical thinking and writing.  Small-group exercises, oral presentations (including readings of selected scenes), and critiques of film versions make up the experiential aspects of the course.  A high level of participation is expected from all students.


Course MA 2003 - Applications in Math: Logic & Game Theory

Prerequisites: LR 1123 or LR 1115

Course Description: Do you like solving riddles, logic puzzles, and playing games that require strategy?  Then this course is for you!  We will investigate problem solving techniques, basic logic principles, and game strategies, and examine famous problems such as the Konigsberg Bridge Problem and The Knight’s Tour.


Course: PY 3131 - Introduction to Health Psychology

Prerequisites: PY 1013

Weekend in person and online work

Course Description: Health psychology studies the impact of psychology on physical and mental health within the healthcare environment.  This course offers an introductory survey of this field with a particular emphasis on exploring its history, prominent figures and practitioners, related psychology subfields, and its practical application to therapeutic and healthcare settings.  This course utilizes a mixture of seminar, small groups, and lecture.  Participants are invited to engage in self-reflection and group dialogue around the text, selected readings, and activities.

This course requires assigned readings that must be completed prior to the first class.  This course will meet in person for 1 weekend at the start of the semester and then will continue online (until week 7) with posted readings and moderated discussion.  Students are expected to be sufficiently self-directed to manage this nontraditional course structure. 

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