Fall 2013 Topics Course Descriptions

Fall 2013 Topics Course Descriptions





Term/Year Offered

Topics: Foundations in Leadership

COMM 2994
CRN# 13860/13861
W 6-9:30pm McCue-Enser Fall 2013
Grounded in the St. Catherine University Leadership Statement, the course explores historical and philosophical discussions of leadership as well as leadership theory as an interdisciplinary area of study. Students will be expected to comprehend and apply leadership theories and approaches through class exercises, case studies, and through working with a local organization. Self-reflection is a critical aspect of the course and as such students will complete the Kouzes and Posner Student Leadership Inventory as well as a series of reflections that will be compiled into personal portfolio. Finally, students will also compose a professional portfolio of their previous curricular and co-curricular leadership experience, their plan for continued leadership development, as well as the prospective challenges and/or opportunities.

Topics: Media and Politics

CRN# 13616/13617
M/W 2:55-4:35pm Smith Fall 2013
We will study the role that media plays in the political process.  The course will examine the reciprocal relationship between media and political actors; the ways political news is reported; the uses of media in political campaigns including television, internet and social media advertising as well as print, electronic and new media; political films and television.  Through texts, case studies, films, video and class discussion we will come to an understanding of the powerful role the media plays in the public square.

Topics: Corporate Finance  

ECON 4994
CRN# 12912/12946
R 6-9:30pm Noll Fall 2013
This course focuses on the functions of corporate finance. We examine topics such as maximizing the value of the firm through investment decisions, financing decision, and the dividend decision. We will study a variety of roles and responsibilities as they impact corporate finance decisions. Prerequisites: ECON 2610, ACCT 2110 and ECON 2100 (MATH 1070 or a higher level math course can be substituted for ECON 2100). Note: Corporate finance will be accepted as an alternative to ECON 3500 Managerial Economics for Financial Economics majors.

Introduction to Short Fiction: Fairy Tales for Adults  

ENGL 2220
CRN# 13602
MWF 1:35-2:40pm Gaskill Fall 2013
Far from being limited to the interests of children, fairy tales have long been written for adults. The genre portrays an alternate universe, often one that empowers women and creates splendid settings out of imagination. Starting with "Cinderella," the reading list ranges among works by Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, Stephen Sondheim, Chaucer, Anne Sexton, and the anonymous author of the rich medieval romance "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." Discussion-based classroom with ample student leadership opportunities and take-home exams. Fulfills core liberal arts requirement in literature and counts toward a major or minor in English and in communication arts and literature.

Introduction to Literary Themes: Portrayal of Nurses in Literature

ENGL 2280
CRN# 13867
M/W 2:55-4:35pm Lockard Fall 2013

Have you ever thought of the diverse ways nurses are portrayed in literature? Dutiful servant to a doctor. Hottie hookup. Patient rights advocate. Controlling bitch. How do these portrayals equate with our image of professional nurses in real-life situations? In this course, we'll read and analyze works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, film and television to explore how characterizations can both enlighten and distort our understanding of the professional nurse. Taking this course satisfies the liberal arts core requirement in literature. Nursing and other health science majors are encouraged to register, but this course will also resonate with all students interested in learning more about the perception of women (and a few good men!) and nursing in literature.

Women and Literature: Fictional Female Detectives 

CRN# 12476/12482
MWF 12:15-1:20pm Gaskill Fall 2013
Nancy Drew, Miss Marple, and the proprietor of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency are only three of the famous fictional female detectives who are the focus of this class, which examines the evolution of the popular female heroes of crime-solving fiction from the first detective story in 1832 into the 21st century,  Writing intensive.  Fulfills core liberal arts requirements in literature and women's studies.

Women and Literature: Diving Madness: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and the Greatest Melodrama of 20th Century Literature

CRN# 13102/13103
M 6-9:30pm Welch Fall 2013
Poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, during the years they spent together, produced four volumes of poetry of the highest order in hothouse environment of extraordinary creativity. This course examines "two highly ambitious, impossibly loquacious, relentlessly driven and self-dramatizing people and tries to hear what they say about their relationship, its tempestuous beginnings, its catastrophic ending, over the heads of the biographers, the moviemakers, conjecturers and the cliche spinners." Until a notorious other woman broke up her marriage, Plath was fully in the process of creating her own myth, an intellectual celebrity both shaping and reflecting her time. The study of Plath, Hughes and their work will tell us much about how we hear women's voices, how our culture selects and judges writers and how Plath in particular "fashioned a phantom body to pass through the well-patrolled borders of a hostile world, the barbed wire of gender and culture." This class is writing intensive.

Topics: Native American Literature

ENGL 2994
CRN# 13569
M/W/F 10:55am-12:00pm Grunst Fall 2013
This course will focus on stories--novels and short stories--and poems written by Native American authors and representative of Native American experience in Minnesota and elsewhere in these United States of America.  (Lesllie Marmon Silko; Louise Erdrich; James Welch; Joy Harjo; F. Scott Momaday; Allison Hedge Adelle Coke.

Topics in Language Studies: World Englishes

ENGL 3490
CRN# 12924
T/R 1:30-3:10pm Jepson Fall 2013
This class explores some of the unique forms of English spoken throughout the world. We will focus on the social justice issues that surround the globalization of English, and the international use of English in education, science, and business. We will also dip into some of the exciting literatures springing up from New Englishes, especially from the Caribbean, India, and Africa.

Seminar: Writing to Delight, Incite and Pay the Rent

ENGL 4860
CRN# 11791
T/R 9:55-11:35am Herzberg Fall 2013
This seminar provides a quintessential writing experience and broadly covers much of the writing you have been doing as an English major. The class includes fiction and creative non-fiction as well as professional writing, and the semester will be divided into three units. The first will focus on fiction writing or writing that delights, and we will study the short story as a genre. In the seminar’s second segment, we’ll review the hallmarks of argumentation and study writing that incites in essays written about controversial subjects. Finally, you will engage in writing that pays the rent, and this work will take you into the offices of St. Catherine University for a professional writing experience. There you will develop a product for your resume that should impress potential employers and convince them to hire you.


EXSS 2992/2994
TBD TBD Luedtke Fall 2013
Fieldwork is the opportunity to use skills developed in major course work at a fitness or similar site in the Twin Cities or location near the student's residence. Fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum for Exercie and Sport Science, Exercise Science and Nutrition, and 4+3 Applied Science in Exercise Science Majors. Prerequisite: Instructor approval required.

Topics: Motherhood: Perspectives from American History

HIST 2994
CRN# 12963
Sat 8:30am-12pm Chilton Fall 2013
Anne Marie Slaughter, a high ranking U.S. State Department official, recently made headlines by declaring that “women can’t have it all” when she left her job to spend more time with her children. Have the promises of Feminism failed American mothers? This course will examine this and other questions about motherhood from the perspective of U.S. History from the colonial period to the present. How has the role and status of mothers changed over time? How have experiences of having and raising children altered? How did race, class, ethnicity, and marital status shape the experience of American mothers? What role has the government and state played in helping or hindering mothers from gaining equality as citizens and as workers? Through readings, explorations of primary sources, discussions both in class, and online and response and research papers we will explore the past and the future of American mothers

Topics: The City: History, Culture, Architecture

CRN# 12959/12958
M/W/F 10:55am-12pm Flynn Fall 2013
Cities and metropolitan areas, where more than half of the world's human population lives today, are dynamic cores of economic enterprise. They are also centers of intellectual achievement, of the arts and literature, of education, of great architecture, of museums and theaters, of government, of religion and secularism, of sports and social life. In this course, we will consider the rise and modifications of cities in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas from ancient times to the present. Half of our time will be occupied with coming to understand this history and historical geography of cities around the world, including several classes on the great city of Paris. We will also focus on cities of the United States, including New York, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities – their locations, connections with the surrounding countryside, their transformation through industrialization, immigration, and the recent rise of the service and high tech economies, their architecture, parks and open spaces, their museums, arts, and distinctive neighborhoods.

Topics: Modern Middle East

HIST 2994
CRN# 12962
M/W/F 1:35-2:40pm Neiwert Fall 2013
In the United States we hear a great deal of news about how the Middle East affects our lives, but we rarely hear accounts from the perspective of the people of the Middle East.  In this class, we will consider the history of this area of the world from European colonialism in the 19thcentury through the experience of nation-building in the 20th century to the recent revolutions, known collectively as the Arab Spring.  The readings for the course will blend primary sources on political and national policies with a focus on the experiences of individuals, such as men encountering the harsh realities of European imperial dominance in the 19th century, Egyptian women participating in the nationalist movement in the 1920s, and Arab women and the challenges of dating in a modern world.  By the end of the course, we will have a better understanding of the unique cultures, people, and history of the Middle East in the past and today.

Topics: Older Adults and the Web

LIS 7963
CRN# 13101
Sat 12-5pm Yukawa Fall 2013
An introduction to issues and practices related to the online information seeking of older adults and the implications for the information professions. Topics include: the impacts of aging on society, including the grey digital divide; older adults' information seeking behavior and computer and web use; teaching older adults; and library services to older adults. Through service learning, this course provides students with the opportunity to apply theoretical and practical knowledge of information needs and behaviors, information and communication technology literacy, and user instruction through participating in a service learning project for older adults at a residential center, library, or other organization. Students will also apply their research skills to an evidence-based assessment of their work in the service learning project. Prerequisites: LIS 7010, 7030, 7040, 7050.

Topics: Socially Engaged Philosophy  

PHIL 2994
CRN# 13729
T/R 1:30-3:10pm Hawthorne Fall 2013
Some philosophy is otherworldly. But there is also a strong tradition, going back at least to the time of Socrates, in which philosophy asks questions about the “real world” and engages with it, offering challenges, inspiring change, or actively working toward change. We will read historical and modern literature in this tradition, and we will be socially engaged ourselves, through self-designed civic engagement projects, and through reflection on what philosophy can offer the world, and what real-world challenges can offer to philosophy.

Topics: The Physics of Music

PHYS 2994
CRN# 13733/13734
M/W/F (lecture) T (lab) 12:15-1:20pm (lecture) 1:30-3:30pm (lab) Armstrong Fall 2013
How do musical instruments produce their sounds? Why do they sound different from each other? How did physics influence the development of music? If you've ever wondered about musical sounds, the Physics of Music is for you. The goal of this course is to introduction a scientific explanation of sound to music lovers (both those who perform and those who listen). Topics inclue oscillations and resonances involved in the production and detection of sound and music, as well as, wave phenomena, frequency analysis of sounds in music, theory of instrument and detection of sound. Lecture and one two-house lab session per week. Prerequisites are high school algebra and one-year experience in any instrument or voice (middle school or higher).

Topics: Constitutional Law

POSC 2994
CRN# 13625
M/W/F 10:55am-12:00pm Smith Fall 2013
This course will examine major Supreme Court decisions concerning the constitution as well as civil rights and liberties.  We will also look at the nature of court decision making, the relationship of the court to the legislative and executive branch.  Judicial selection and confirmation,  and the contributions  of the justices the process of decision making and  the impact of women on the court are also included.