The course offerings below are for Fall 2015. 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 Fall 2015
Theme-based Course Descriptions Fall 2015
AR 2113-01: Creative Writing: Community Literacy
We will use a workshop approach to develop creative work in multiple genres, we will develop workshops to bring creative writing to local school children, and we will visit local schools to run these workshops.
AR 3103-01: Scientific Illustration: Field and Lab Observation and Techniques
In this course, students will learn observational skills and techniques ranging from field sketching to descriptive illustrations. The work will be primarily handmade, in graphite and ink, and we will work from specimens in the field and lab. Drawing and interpretation from the observation of objects and actual samples will be emphasized.
BI 2111-01: Themes in Fisheries and Aquaculture: Coastal Fisheries of Maine
This course will examine Coastal Fisheries of Maine. The major topics that will be covered include: 1) the historical coastal fishing industry of Maine, 2) species identification of local marine resources, 3) the fisherman’s perspective on coastal fishing and sustainability, 4) conservation concerns of local fisheries, 5) implications of climate change on coastal fisheries in Maine, 6) and marine fisheries management in Maine. This is a lab based class with a number of field trips and student projects, and will provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities that will help them pursue marine fisheries careers and/or graduate opportunities.
BI 3111-01: Themes in Marine Science: Coral Culturing
We will reorganize the wetlab and rebuild the coral culturing facility. We will interview industry specialists. We will read scientific and industry literature. We will document our progress and make an operations manual. In addition to the lecture, you will be expected to schedule 2 hours during the week, working in the wetlab on assigned maintenance.
Prerequisites: BI2033 or Junior status.
EH 3213-01: Topics in Professional and Technical Writing: Observational Reporting
Clear, concise, and objective narratives are essential for accurate reports of all kinds. This course will guide students through the efficient translation of lived experience (e.g., observation, interviews, etc.) into coherent narratives for practical written reports. Interview transcripts and dialogue, incident reports, classroom observations, search warrant affidavits, and animal behavior or welfare documentation are but a few applications that will be covered.
ES 2002-01: Techniques in the Environmental Sciences: Introductory Laboratory Techniques
In this course, students gain theory and practice with basic laboratory skills. Topics covered include laboratory safety protocols, chemical storage, reading and following standard operating procedures, equipment calibration and maintenance, pipetting, solution making, record keeping, and using standard equipment for laboratory preparations. This course is ideal for any student intending to pursue laboratory work.
HN 2061-01: Honors Seminar: Climate Change and National Parks: Impacts on Outdoor Recreation
As the National Park Service approaches its 100th anniversary in 2016, students will investigate how the agency is researching the impact of climate change as well as how they plan to accommodate for its effects on visitor use and recreational appointments.
Prerequisites: Enrollment in Honors Program.
HU 2023-01: Topics in Humanities: The History of Hell
In this course, we will consider mythology and the Bible in the context of cultural beliefs about the afterlife, with special attention to literary representations of Hell. The first part of the semester covers ancient myths describing the underworld. We will then read sections of Virgil’s Aeneid, examining the mythic themes in this classic work. The final weeks of the semester are devoted to a close reading of Dante’s Inferno, a medieval poem in which Christian and non-Christian stories converge in significant ways. The course is designed to increase your familiarity with the literary heritage that has shaped our culture and to develop your ability to analyze textual meanings. Course outcomes focus on reading, writing, critical thinking and oral communications skills.
IC 1881-01: Unity Pathfinders
This course is designed for students who are committed to solving environmental problems but would like the opportunity to explore academic options before declaring a major. Through close advising and the use of assessment tools students will be guided through a series of self-exploration and career exploration opportunities allowing them to identify their own interests, strengths, and values. Students will learn about the various college majors, career outcomes, and pathways to success.
PY3121-01: Fundamental Clinical Skills
Fundamental Clinical Skills explores introductory level counseling skills such as listening and attending behavior. Motivational Interviewing, and types of questions and how to ask them. This course utilizes a mixture of seminar, small groups, and lecture. Participants are invited to engage in self-reflection and group dialogue around selected readings and activities. Students will be expected to engage in role play scenarios in addition to experiential 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.
Prerequisites: PY1013: Intro to Psychology