Rollins Foundations in the Liberal Arts

Innovation

Develop your creative skills and build the world of tomorrow. Investigate innovation and creativity across the centuries in all their forms, including science, philosophy, art, and entrepreneurship. Live and work as creative citizens by bringing positive changes to your global and local communities. Test the boundaries, push conventions, and devise new ways of living in a rapidly changing world.

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Spring 2019 - Innovation Themed Courses

100 level innovation themed seminar courses

100 level innovation themed seminar courses

Expressive Arts (A)

Rachel Simmons

Visual Journals: Identity and Memory
Transcript Title: Visual Journals
Course Number: rFLA 100A
Meets: Tuesdays 8:00 - 10:45 AM
Theme(s):  Identity and Innovation

Course Description: 
This course will examine identity and memory through the visual journal, a mixed media fusion of creative writing and art. Journaling is a practice of self-reflection that helps create meaning in our lives. Students will engage in memory-based writing activities, peer critiques and mixed media experiments. Visual Journals: Identity and Memory focus is on identity, its emphasis on defining selfhood and the mechanism of the journal as a tool for self-reflection. In addition to several others, will be addressing these questions from the neighborhood description: What does it mean to be human? Where do I belong? What can I do to make a positive impact on the world? 

Dawn Roe

Digital Media as Critical Practice
Transcript Title: Dig Media Critical Practice
Course Number: rFLA 100A
Meets: T 8:00 - 10:45
Theme(s): Identity and Innovation

Course Description:
This course introduces concepts and techniques of digital media as critical practice. Students will produce imagery in relation to social responsibility and cultural awareness. Dominant aesthetic conventions that favor expression over concept will be challenged as students learn to mindfully engage with digital media as a powerful form of art making, uniquely capable of responding to our rapidly transforming worlds.  Additional fee for course:  $50

Humanities (H)

Steven Schoen

Digital Storytelling
Transcript Title: Digital Storytelling
Course Number: rFLA 100H
Meets: T,R: 9:30 - 10:45
Theme(s): Identity and Innovation

Course Description:
More and more the stories we tell are digital, and you can have the skills to tell them! This course centers on multimedia expression. We will study the ways stories convey who we are and how we understand others and our world. Then we will practice telling evocative, creative, powerful stories that connect personally significant aspects of ourselves to important issues in the world. Projects will include a photo essay, short audio documentary, and short video.

Lisa Tillmann

Memory, Empathy & Creativity
Transcript Title: Memory, Empathy & Creativity
Course Number: rFLA100H
Meets: TR 9:30 - 10:45
Theme(s): Innovation and Cultural Collision

Course Description: 
In this course, we will write creatively and powerfully about transformational experiences in our own lives and in others' lives. This class is for anyone who yearns to read and write in order to understand and bring meaning to life's heartache, joy, frustration, wonder, injustice, anxiety, and love.

200-level Innovation courses

Social Sciences (C)

Dan Chong

Collaborative Problem Solving_CE
Transcript Title: Collaborative Problem Solving_CE
Course Number: rFLA 200C
Meets: T,R: 9:30 - 10:45
Theme(s): Innovation

Course Description:
“What?  I can get academic credit for complaining about Rollins?”  Yes you can!  In this course you will learn collaborative problem-solving skills through the process of Human-Centered Design, which allows people to imagine, create, and implement solutions to their community’s greatest problems.  By applying this process to the challenges that face your own community at Rollins, you will learn theories of group dynamics and innovative social change in an interactive, experiential, and realistic environment.  You will then apply these problem-solving techniques to a current problem that plagues our world.

 

Shan-Estelle Brown

The Patient Experience
Transcript Title: The Patient Experience
Course Number: rFLA 200C
Meets: T,R: 8:00 - 9:15
Theme(s): Innovation and Cultural Collision

Course Description:
Each of us will be a medical patient at some point in our lives or a caregiver for someone else, and these experiences can be stressful, intimidating, and even discriminatory. This course examines critical issues and tensions between providers and patients in the US medical system in order to design a more equitable, healthier future.

Phil Kozel

Economics of Piracy
Transcript Title: Economics of Piracy
Course Number: rFLA 200C
Meets: T,R: 9:30 - 10:45
Theme(s): Innovation and Enduring Questions

Course Description: 
From the High Seas to DVD’s, this course explores maritime and digital piracy. Beginning with the “Golden Age” of piracy in the Caribbean to modern violations of intellectual property, we will consider the motivations/ desires of pirates along with their social and economic consequences.

Piracy is inherently an interdisciplinary subject with social and economic impacts, both good and bad.  The mystery concerns how piracy continues to exist today despite numerous legal and other issues; the Marvels relate to how piracy has fundamentally changed society and culture over and over again.  Piracy, for example was mysteriously crucial for the economic development of the USA even though the USA is now the strongest opponent of piracy.  Piracy raises a host of ethical issues which we will consider, along with critically examining the rhetoric surrounding piracy and its impacts.

 

Mike Gunter

Climate Wars: The Politics of Climate Change
Transcript Title: The Politics of Climate Change
Course Number: rFLA 200C
Meets: T,R: 9:30 - 10:45
Theme(s): Innovation and Enduring Questions

Course Description: 
With a dizzying array of scientific, economic, cultural, social, and political variables shaping climate change, even those that recognize it as a threat tend to see climate change as both temporally and geographically distant, unfolding decades down the road – on the other side of the world. Using the narrative lens of ecotourism, our class tackles this misunderstanding, examining locales from here at home to the Galapagos Islands to the Antarctic Peninsula.  

Humanities (H)

Erik Kenyon

Philosophy at the Gym
Transcript Title: Philosophy at the Gym
Course Number: rFLA 200H
Meets: MWF 9:00 - 9:50
Theme(s): Innovation and Enduring Questions

Course Description: 
Western Philosophy was born in the gyms of Ancient Athens. In this course, we will join Socrates as he engaged people at the wrestling arenas in discussion of the good life. We will explore Plato's idea that music & gymnastics prepared the soul for philosophy and Aristotle's idea that virtue can only be obtained through practice. We will use physical health as a model for thinking about psychological health and think about the current relevance of ancient practices of "spiritual exercise."

 

Sciences (S)

Anne Murdaugh

Fiat Lux
Transcript Title: Fiat Lux
Course Number: rFLA 200S
Meets: MWF 9:00 - 9:50; Lab - F 2:00 - 4:00
Theme(s): Innovation and Enduring Questions

Course Description: 
From LEDs, the creation and manipulation of light has transformed our world.  In this course, students will examine current scientific models of light and the optical devices we use every day. Students will gain an appreciation for how innovations in optics improve human lives and spur technological revolutions.

Ashley Cannaday

Lasers and Lights
Transcript Title: Lasers and Lights
Course Number: rFLA 200S
Meets: TR 9:30 - 10:45 Lab - M 2:00 PM
Theme(s): Innovation and Enduring Questions

Course Description: 
Light is a huge part of everyday life, crucial for vision, phone screens, the pictures we upload to social media, and healthcare.  This course will explore the nature of light and delve into several important applications.  We will "shed light" on many interesting phenomena caused by light to better understand the world around us. 

 

Whitney Coyle

Physics and Technology for Future Presidents
Transcript Title: Physics for Future Presidents
Course Number: rFLA 200S
Meets: MWF 9:00 - 9:50A; Lab - T: 8:00 - 10:45
Theme(s): Innovation and Enduring Questions

Course Description: 
Picture the most successful, well-informed leaders in the world today - how much physics do they know? From energy to climate change, space travel, and nuclear war - we will focus on the physics affecting decisions of today's politicians, policy makers, and CEOs. Some essential topics include: energy and power, gravity and space, radioactivity, atomic bombs, electricity, and light. 

Ellane Park

Discovering a Small World of Nanobots, Nanomedicine, and Nanomaterials
Transcript Title: Chemistry of Nanomaterials
Course Number: rFLA 200S
Meets: TR 9:30 - 10:45; Lab R 8:00 - 9:30
Theme(s): Innovation and Enduring Questions


Course Description:
How can your ipod or laptop get any smaller? Why does sunscreen contain titanium oxide nanoparticles? How small is "nano"? Through discussions on science fiction novels and learning of scientific principles, this course will explore how nano-sized objects are studied and used to advance fields of medicine, electronics and biomaterials. The course offers the opportunity to explore the lab, where we will perform experiments to measure the color changes of solutions that contain nanoparticles.

300 level Innovation seminar courses

Rachel Simmons

Graphic Narratives
Transcript Title: Physics for Future Presidents
Course Number: rFLA 300
Meets: Thursdays 8:00 - 10:45
Theme(s): Innovation and Identity

Course Description: 
What stories can you tell about your experiences as a Rollins student? How do these stories highlight the college mission of being a “global citizen and responsible leader”?  This course ask you to research and create a visual narrative that explores the meaning of your liberal art experience at Rollins College.

Josh Almond

Applied Design Solutions
Transcript Title: Applied Design Solutions
Course Number: rFLA 300
Meets: TR 9:30 - 10:45
Theme(s): Innovation and Environment

Course Description: 
Complex problems often require creative solutions. Computer-aided design has accelerated the creative process and now allows the artist/designer to generate complex and innovative design solutions that would have been impossible to even conceive of twenty years ago. In this class, students will investigate a significant design problem and then offer up an interesting formal solution or response using computer-aided design software. Students will learn how to use Form Z, prototype on 3D printers, and manufacture forms on the CNC machine. 

 

Matthew Forsythe

WritingBooksfor(&with)Child_CE
Transcript Title: WritingBooksfor(&with)Child_CE
Course Number: rFLA 300
Meets: TR 9:30 - 10:45
Theme(s): Innovation and Cultural Collision

Course Description:
Students will study the craft within picture books and create their own books for (and with) children.  A highlight of the semester will be a month-long immersion at the Rollins College Child Development Center, where students will collaborate with a child to co-author a picture book: the partners will design the narrative together, the child will create the artwork, and the student will craft the prose and assemble the project, which will be displayed for the entire Rollins community.  Then, for their Foundations Summit project, students will create a second picture book (fiction or nonfiction) for children that explores a facet of their major or a concept from an earlier rFLA course.

Amy Armenia

Who Cares for Children and Elders_CE
Transcript Title: Who Cares for Children and Elders_CE
Course Number: rFLA 300
Meets: TR 9:30 - 10:45
Theme(s): Innovation and Enduring Questions

Course Description: 
Everyone needs care at some point.  How do we, as individuals and as a larger society, make sure we can provide care to those who need it, and meet the needs of caregivers? In this class, we will use psychological and sociological perspectives to think and innovate about care and care systems for children and elders.  Community Engagement class.