Course Descriptions Fall 2014

First Year Writing 100H

Writing 100H sections 01 and 02 (Caouette)
In FYW 100: “Introduction to Academic Writing,” our class will use the theme of RIC’s “Institutional Documents, Spaces, and Resources” to explore the kinds of writing that students undertake in their college courses and professional careers. We’ll be doing a good deal of writing, both informal and formal, as we explore how genre, purpose, and audience affect our writing processes and products. The semester will culminate in a project that asks you to research and analyze a RIC “institution” of your choosing, primarily from a rhetorical perspective. Our goal will be to understand the conventions and expectations of academic writing; to improve upon our writing abilities through practice, sharing, constructive feedback, and revision; and to become members of the college discourse communities we inhabit.

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HONORS 100: First Year Seminars

(FYS) Honors 100-01: Explore Providence! (Hughes)
Founded in 1636 as a place of refuge and religious liberty, Providence blossomed since as one of the country's first true cities. This course, emphasizing experiential and textual learning, inspires students to learn more about the present through a study of Providence's history, culture, literature and architecture. Key American experiences will be investigated, including immigration, industrialization and urbanization, through historical and literary sources, as well as multiple explorations of our city.

(FYS) Honors 100-02: Snooki For President? The Politics of Reality TV (Brophy-Baermann)
Students will examine the genre of television programming known as Reality Television (RTV) and its various sub-genres (i.e., talent, slice-of-life, big contest, game show, romance) in order to better understand the ways in which it reflects and shapes American socio-politico-economic culture. Topics include: What does privacy mean in the age of RTV? What does it mean when politicians become RTV stars and RTV stars talk politics? What stories does RTV tell us about such topics as race, ethnicity, gender, sex, class and power? What values do reality shows promote and denigrate?

(FYS) Honors 100-03: Not Easy Being Green (Gullapalli)

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HONORS 150: The Honors Experience

Honors 150 is a one-credit, pass/fail course for incoming freshmen in the General Education Honors Program that seeks to build community among those students through a variety of academic, co-curricular, and social experiences. Students will be told about various resources, organizations, and opportunities at Rhode Island College; will make connections with their chosen academic departments; and will be introduced to the possibilities for research and creativity in their selected fields of study. The class is limited to 25 students.

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Area Distribution Requirements

English 120H Gender Identity, Love, and Power in Literature (B. Schapiro)

This course will focus on the interplay of gender, love, and power in literature. We will examine representations of romantic love and strife between the sexes through the ages, looking particularly at the tension between autonomy and dependency and how that tension is affected by cultural norms and ideology. The texts will reflect a variety of genres and historical periods, ranging from ancient Greek plays to contemporary American short stories and films. 

Film 116H Approaches to Film (V. Bohlinger)

This course is an introduction to film analysis. We will study a variety of films from several different countries and from across film history, as well as commercials, music videos, and TV. Our main focus will be film style - how a film looks and sounds. We will consider how choices made in the visual and audio design of a film help to advance or complicate our understanding of that film. By the end of this course, you will be equipped with the vocabulary and skills necessary to provide a sensitive and persuasive analysis of any film you might encounter.
The course meets TuTh 8:00-9:50 a.m.

Psychology 110H-01 Introduction to Psychology (G. Ladd)
An introduction to psychological science with an emphasis on the biopsychosocial factors that influence behavior. Students will examine theories and scientific research across a range of psychology topics including brain physiology, emotion, lifespan development, learning, motivation, personality, and psychological disorder. Course activities will involve discussions of textbook and primary source readings, stimulating psychological science projects and written critical thinking assignments.

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