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Fall 2021 RFLA Seminar Courses

The following seminar courses will be offered in the RFLA curriculum for the spring 2020 semester.  In order to satisfy your RFLA requirements you must take:

  • 1 Rollins Conference Course
  • 5 competencies courses (one course in each of these four areas: foreign language, health and wellness, mathematical thinking, writing, and ethical reasoning)
  • 5 Foundations seminars that fall under the five themes: Cultural Collision, Enduring Questions, Environment, Identity, Innovation.
    • At least one course in Expressive Arts(A), Social Sciences(C), Humanities(H), and Sciences(S).
    • One(1) 100-level course, three(3) 200-level courses, one(1) 300-level course.

Please be sure to check the divisional exceptions list for courses that may count towards rFLA credit.

Please be sure to check the interdisciplinary course list for courses that could satisfy interdisciplinary majors.

MAYMESTER 2021 COURSES WITH DESCRIPTIONS

 

 

Course number: RFLA 300 01

Course title:  Acting Wholeheartedly

Instructor: Barnes, Missy

Offered: MWF 12:00 - 12:50

Prereq: Two RFLA 200 and WCMP; Theme: Identity

Description: According to researcher Brené Brown, wholeheartedness includes “cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think… I am enough.” Using this definition, students will consider their internal dialogue and the actions they take in their lives as they envision what it means to be a responsible leader and live a meaningful life. Students

Course number: RFLA 300 02

Course Title:  America's Gift

Instructor: Allen, Barry

Offered: TR 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: Two RFLA 200 and WCMP; Theme: Cultural Collision

Description: This course explores the uniquely American circumstances that gave rise to the development of jazz, baseball and National Parks. All of these icons of Americana exhibit many of the dynamic (and often conflicting) forces at work in American history. For example, the preservation of land in National Parks ran directly counter to the essentially materialistic and exploitative approach to nature that governed 19th century America. Jazz represents the collision of European and African musical forms, which produced an unprecedented opportunity for exploration and innovation. And (sadly), baseball is at odds with a contemporary American culture that is increasingly violent, impatient and overbearing. Underlying themes of the course include the roles of race, class, gender and capitalism, as well as the relationship between the individual and the group.

Course number: RFLA 300 04

Course Title:  Racial Fictions

Instructor: Littler, Lucy

Offered: TR 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: Two RFLA 200 and WCMP: theme Identity, Environments.   AAAS elective

Description: Like a novel, is “race” designed to draw audiences in and solicit their belief in its version of the truth? Or is it more than a story? Is “race” a reality that meaningfully impacts individuals, communities, and ideologies? Our course will consider these compelling questions—not only how we attempt to answer them from multiple disciplinary perspectives, but also the ethical implications and consequences of asking, and what we can do with our developing perspectives.

Course number: RFLA 300 05

Course Title:  Global Journalism

Instructor: Mesbah, Hesham

Offered: TR 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: Two RFLA 200 and WCMP: theme: cultural collision, counts as 200 level elective in COM

Description: Global Journalism covers four areas of global journalism: concepts, theories, practices, and ethics. The definition and history of global journalism are discussed through various perspectives. Specific theories of global journalism, such as World-systems theory and cultural imperialism theory are covered and discussed critically in this class. Empirical research is introduced to understand the global news flow and the patterns of ownership and control of media institutions worldwide.

Course number: RFLA 300 06

Course Title:  Art Gone Bad: Art, Ethics, Politics

Instructor: Musgrave, Ryan,

Offered: TR 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: Two RFLA 200 and WCMP; Theme: Cultural Collision

Description: The course examines fierce cultural debates that arise when art goes "bad"-- ethically bad, politically bad, artistically bad, or commercially bad. By comparing a number of historical and recent flare-ups, we'll analyze both the specific artworks and the competing values at stake on how the works have meaning. Students will gain familiarity with a range of artworks/artists/genres, basic interpretive skills of analyzing art, and knowledge of different 'value theories' about how artistic, ethical, political, and commercial values operate and interact. Concepts covered include value pluralism in the arts, avant-garde art forms, and contexts, artistic truth, taste as a subjective or objective matter, art-for-art's-sake, art + activism, aesthetic experience, public art, debates about "art" vs. "craft," and Culture Industry commodities. Students will ultimately gain the ability to recognize competing values lenses used in these debates, and to develop an informed, critical analysis of what is at stake ethically, politically, and artistically in such cases.

 

Course number: RFLA 300 07

Course title:  Body Liberation, Food Justice

Instructor: Tillman, Lisa

Offered: T 8:00 - 10:45

Prereq: Two RFLA 200 and WCMP: theme: Identity, Cultural Collision

Description: This course approaches the study of body and food analytically and critically. We will push ourselves and each other to question body- and food-related assumptions, stereotypes, attitudes, values, and practices. We will dig into questions such as: whose political and economic interests are served by the ways people in the U.S. tend to relate to our own bodies, to others’ bodies, to eating, and to food; in the arenas of body and food, who has what kind of power; who profits and at whose expense; and how can everyday people—like us—resist and promote healthier relationships with body and food?

Course number: RFLA 300 08

Course Title:  Incarceration & Inequality

Instructor: Tillman, Lisa

Offered: R 8:00 - 10:45

Prereq: Two RFLA 200 and WCMP: theme: Cultural Collision

Description: Walter Scott, Philando Castile, Tamir Rice: two men of color and a Black boy of 12. Any of us can watch a video of their deaths at the hands of police. What is--and ought to be--the relationship between the US criminal justice system and the communities it "serves and protects"? How can our engagement as citizens bring more justice to our justice system? Course may count as CMC elective.

Course number: RFLA 300 09

Course Title:  Social Choice Mathematics

Instructor: Boyd, Sheri

Offered: MWF 12;00 - 12:50

Pre req: Two RFLA 200 and WCMP; Theme: Innovation

Description: How do different societies choose their leaders? What roles do tradition and ideology play in the structure of government? We will research and compare voting systems and representative legislatures from around the world, applying principles of voting theory and fair division to study the ways diverse groups of people select and empower their leaders.

Course number: RFLA 300 10

Course Title: Conflict, Stories, and Identity_CE 

Instructor: Garzon, Nadia

Offered: TR 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: Two RFLA 200 and WCMP; Themes: Cultural Collision, Identity; CE course

Description: This course examines the use of theater to tell stories, assert identities, and question realities. Students will explore their own story of self while engaging with early and modern theater works born out of colonization, neo-colonization, and violence; works that search for social justice through theater in a world where U.S. foreign policy, corporations, and the legacy of colonization continue to oppress Latin America. This is a CE class; students will engage with a partner organization.  

Course number: RFLA 300 sections: 11 and 12

Course Title:  Music and Politics in the Americas

Instructor: Witmer, Sunni

Offered: TR 8:00 - 9:15 Section 11/    9:30 - 10:45 Section 12

Prereq: Two 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP; Theme: Identity and Enduring Questions

Description: This course focuses on the role music has played, and continues to play, in influencing and defining political and social justice movements throughout the diverse societies of the Americas.  Theoretical constructs such as nationalism, identity, ethnicity, race, and class, as they are related to music, will be examined.

Course Number: RFLA 300 13

Course Title: Constructing the Common Read

Instructor: Ashley Kistler

T, R: 9:30 - 10:45

Course Description:   In this course, you will come together to select the texts that will be assigned in the rFLA/RCC courses. You’ll earn course credit for working through the films, essays, podcasts, and stories you’ve been wanting to read. You’ll work in teams to create teaching materials that professors could use in their courses. And you’ll have the opportunity to volunteer to teach some of those fall sessions yourself, getting training on how to lead class discussions on the most pressing questions of our time.

Course Number RFLA 300 14

Course Title:  Tilt and Spin

Instructor: Anne Murdaugh

TR: 9:30 - 10:45

The Earth’s axis is tilted by 23.5 degrees. This tilt unevenly distributes the sunlight across the Earth, giving rise to unique cultural practices, early science advancements, seasons, and biodiversity. The tilt also influences the effects of and solutions to climate change. In this course, students will explore the intersection of culture, policy, and science to more deeply understand how our path through the stars shapes our past and future.

Course number: RFLA200 A1

Course Title:  Power of Print

Instructor: Simmons, Rachel

Offered: M 4:00 - 6:30

Pre req: 100 RFLA course; themes: Innovation, Identity; CE course

Description: Explore the history and practice of printmaking as a tool for communicating new ideas across cultures. From early Chinese writing to Gutenberg's movable type, to 1970's protest posters, the ability to share printed information has been instrumental in human expression. Create your own revolution through the power of print. CE course. $ 50-course fee.

Course number: RFLA200 A 2

Course Title:  Art For Rollins

Instructor: Ryan, MacKenzie

Offered: T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Pre req: 100 RFLA course; themes: Identity, Cultural Collision  

Art is all around at Rollins, but have you ever considered these visual artworks closely? We live in close proximity to artworks at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at the Alfond Inn, and others owned and on display around campus. In this course, we will focus on visual art at Rollins to explore the cultural dynamics of collecting, the ethics of purchasing, acquiring, owning, contextualizing, and issues involved in displaying artwork on campus. We will consider how differing cultures inform artworks collected and displayed, and how artworks can inherit different meanings depending on time, place, and audience. We will critically examine artworks themselves as well as their place at Rollins College. 

This course considers differing cultures involved in the visual arts at Rollins—collectors who may be donors and alumni, viewers who may be current students of a younger generation, and faculty and staff who work to serve both populations through the care and display of artwork at Rollins. We will also consider changing cultural norms associated with the ethics of purchasing, acquiring, owning, contextualizing, and displaying visual art at Rollins.

Course number: RFLA200 A 3

Course Title:  Women in Music

Instructor: Mohr, Caitlin

Offered: T,R 9:30 - 10:47; lab:

Pre req: 100 RFLA course; Theme: Cultural Collision  

Description: This course will survey the contributions of women performers, composers, conductors, and patrons in the world of music, both Western and "non-western." Students can expect to be listening and thinking critically about music from a variety of genres, time periods, and perspectives ranging from Hildegard von Bingen’s medieval liturgical roots to Ella Fitzgerald’s American Popular Music. The overall approach will be topical rather than chronological, allowing for a comparative study of different musical styles, surrounding cultural and historical issues related to gender. The course will examine assumptions made about music and musicians in culture, and call into question the control of music that is preserved, distributed, and held in high regard.

Course number: RFLA200 A 04

Course Title:  Musical One Hit Wonders

Instructor: Archard, Charles

Offered: T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Pre req: 100 RFLA course; Theme: Cultural Collision  

Description: This course will examine the unpredictability of the music industry and unravel many of the factors that influenced the creation of Pop hits from the 1970s to the present. Many of the factors explored in class will include talent versus looks, digital recording, the corporatization of record labels, sampling, global communication, streaming, social media and behavioral targeting, as well as the overall zeitgeist of each era.

Course number: RFLA200 A 5

Course Title:  Music Meets Life

Instructor: Flick, Daniel

Offered: MWF 12:00 - 12:50

Pre req:  RFLA 100; Themes: Cultural Collision, Innovation  

Description: With music and creativity at its core, this course will focus on the countless ways that music touches our daily lives and will celebrate how music can both define us as individuals and bring us together as one world. At no time in history have artists had such a broad reach to influence change and help shape our future. So, whether your interests tend toward being the creator, promoter, producer, performer, or consumer, music’s modern frontier provides a place of limitless opportunity and diversity.

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Course number: RFLA200 A 7

Course Title:  Peacebuilding Through Theatre

Instructor: Cooperman, Hilary

Offered: T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Pre req: rFLA 100 course; themes: Innovation, Enduring Questions; $20 course 

Description: This course employs performance as both theory and practice in order to study peacebuilding and peacemakers. This course is predicated on the belief that the human being and personal connection are key components of peace education. Therefore, an embodied, human approach to understanding conflict through the eyes of those living its consequences and fighting on the front lines of peace activism is privileged. This course also presupposes the value judgment that peacebuilding cannot fully emerge without transforming structures of power in order to make them more equitable. Therefore, this course focuses on the way that marginalized people all over the world work to obtain visibility and voice. $20 course fee

Course number: RFLA200 A 8

Course Title:  Theater, Brutality, and U.S. Intervention 

Instructor: Garzon, Nadia

Offered: T,R 8:00 - 9:15

Prereq: rFLA 100 course; themes identity, cultural collision

This class will explore early and modern theater works born out of colonization, neo-colonization, and violence; works that search for social justice through theater in a world where U.S. foreign policy, corporations, and the legacy of colonization continue to oppress so-called “developing countries.” Students will learn about the Latin American countries and the context in which the works were produced and will participate in stage readings (will read out loud). 

Course number:  RFLA 200A 08

Course Title: History of American Theatre

Instructor: Missy Barnes

Offered MWF 10:00 - 10:50

Prereq:  RFLA 100; course meets with THE 349 (CRN 90616)

Description: Email Missy Barnes mbarnes@rollins.edu 

Course number: RFLA200 C 1

Course Title:  The Patient Experience

Instructor: Brown, Shan-Estelle

Offered: TR 9:30 - 10:45

Pre req: rFLA 100 course; Themes: Identity, Cultural Collision; counts for a 200-level elective in Global Health minor.  

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.

Course number: RFLA200 C 2

Course Title:  Communication and Society

Instructor: Painter, David

Offered: TR 9:30 - 10:45; lab:

Pre req: rFLA 100 course; themes: Identity, Enduring Questions; counts as a 200-level COM elective  

Description: Students in this course will explore the central role of communication in the development and evolution of cultural and social norms. Moreover, students will analyze the ways in which verbal, nonverbal, and visual communication are used in interpersonal, public, and professional contexts to create meaning and develop relationships. Finally, students will evaluate a wide variety of communication sources, messages, and practices to develop their critical thinking skills in the Information Age.

Course number: RFLA200 C 3

Course Title:  Identities and Conflict: the 1960s

Instructor: Poole, Leslie

Offered: TR 9:30 - 10:45

Pre req: rFLA 100 ourse; theme:Identity  

Description: This course focuses on identities and cultural collision, examining events, people, and grassroots uprisings in the United States that led to a number of conflicts: Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, women's rights, gay rights, counterculture, and the rise of the environmental movement. The echoes of this era still being felt today, as evidenced in continuing debates about race, rights, and power in the twenty-first century. This turbulent era shaped the modern identity of the United States and of Americans. We will spend the semester identifying and analyzing this amazing decade and will investigate documents and primary historical sources to do so. We likely will discover a variety of interpretations of different events and movements and that is the beauty and agony of history—we never stop learning or reinterpreting past events. Importantly, we will look at how the following decades were affected by the 1960s.

Course number: RFLA200 C 4

Course Title:  Black Lives Matter

Instructor: Nichter, Matt

Offered: TR 9:30 - 10:45

Pre req: rFLA 100 course; Theme:  Identity/ counts for AAAS minor Group B core or Group D elective  

Description: Race shapes our lives in profound ways. In this course, we will analyze the causes and consequences of racial inequality in the United States, with a focus on the experiences of African-Americans. Topics covered will include: residential segregation, unequal schools, hiring discrimination, and biased policing. We will also examine the work of movement activists fighting for racial justice.

Course number: RFLA200 H 1

Course Title:  Peace Through Film

Instructor: Cummings, Denise

Offered: TR 9:30 - 10:45; lab:

Prereq: RFLA 100;  counts for 200 level film studies minor; ECMP, WCMP; Theme:  Identity, Cultural Collision ECMP, WCMP counts for 200-level FIL minor ECMP, WCMP counts for 200-level FIL minor

Description: This course will explore the medium of film as a vehicle for engaging peace personally, politically, socially, and environmentally. Topics addressed include social justice documentary filmmaking, narrative filmmaking, and student engagement with the 2021 Global Peace Film Festival (GPFF).

Course number: RFLA200 H 2

Course Title:  Spanish Identity Through the Lens

Instructor: Prieto-Calixto, Alberto

Offered: Section 02: TR 8:00 - 9:15; Section 03 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq:  Themes: Identity, Cultural Collision  

Description: The course explores the ways in which the Spanish identity has been shaped as a body of people who speak the same language. Through the analysis of various visual materials; films, documentaries, news media, popular culture artifacts, etc, this course examines how the Spanish speaking world defines its diverse ethnic, religious, cultural, and national identities and how these identities have been created, revised, and used

Course number: RFLA200 H 4

Course Title:  Sci-Fi, Philosophy, and Film

Instructor: Rubarth, Scott

Offered: TR 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq:  RFLA 100; Theme: Cultural Collision ECMP 

Description: This course examines the philosophical, metaphysical, theological, scientific, and ethical implications of selected science fiction films. Special focus is given to the Matrix trilogy. Students critically engage in topics such as the nature of reality and knowledge, personal identity, artificial intelligence, transhumanism, existentialism, and how to live ethically in a post-apocalyptic world. The course seeks to develop critical and creative skills necessary for understanding mind-blowing movies and unraveling philosophical mysteries.

Course number: RFLA200 H 5

Course Title:  Labor, Leisure, and Culture

Instructor: DiQuattro, David

Offered: Section 05: MWF 12:00 - 12:50; Section 06: TR 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: 100-level RFLA; Themes: Cultural Collision, Enduring Questions  

Description: This course will examine several aspects of labor and leisure. Through the works of Josef Pieper, Wendell Berry, Neil Postman and others will raise questions such as the following: What is leisure, and what is it for? How is leisure connected to what it means to be a human being? How do modern ideals of ‘busyness’ ‘usefulness’ and ‘efficiency’ present obstacles to the cultivation of meaningful leisure? Is the vice of sloth connected to boredom and inability to enjoy meaningful leisure more than it is connected to laziness? How is leisure important for stepping back from and critiquing cultural assumptions from within? What does it mean to be connected to a place, and to labor in a way that has regard for preserving that place? How can we think of colleges and universities engaged in meaningful leisure (“school” is derived from the Latin word for leisure), and what is the importance of universities in a culture rife with amusements but struggling to find meaningful leisure. Through raising these questions we will gain insight into modernity and the fundamental changes in the rhythms and shape of human life it has wrought.

Course number: RFLA200 S 1

Course Title:  The Science and Culture of Chocolate

Instructor: Bernal, Pedro

Offered: TR 9:30 - 10:45; lab: Lab: r 2:00 - 3:30, bush 264

Prereq::  100 RFLA course; themes: Enduring Questions  

Description: An exploration of the historical, cultural, and scientific importance of Chocolate

Course number: RFLA200 S 2

Course Title:  Mythical Beasts and Conspiracy Theories

Instructor: Fokidis, Bobby

Offered: MWF 12:00 - 12:50; lab: 8:00 - 10:45 in Bush 101

Prereq:  Themes:  Cultural Collision, Environments  

Description: This course teaches students the basic concepts in physiology and ecology necessary to test the validity of pseudo-scientific claims, such as conspiracy theories (e.g., government mind control and the planned release of AIDS and Zika) and the existence of hidden mythical beasts (e.g. cryptids such as Bigfoot). The goal of this course is to learn how scientific evidence is necessary to support such bold claims.

Course number: RFLA200 S 3

Course Title:  The Science and Art of Leonardo da Vinci

Instructor: Fonseca, Samantha

Offered: TR 9:30 - 10:45; lab: yes; R 2:00 - 4:30

Prereq: 100 RFLA course; themes: Enduring Questions  

Description: Leonardo da Vinci was a man ahead of his time. He thrived in arts, science, and technology, uncovering new directions with scientific art. We will investigate his life and the breadth and depth of his scientific studies. The topics include mechanics, ballistics, mathematics, and optics.

Course number: RFLA200 S 4

Course Title:  Oceans in Crisis

Instructor: Harper, Fiona

Offered: MWF 12:00 - 12:50; lab: T or R 8:00 - 10:45

Prereq:: RFLA 100; Themes:  Environments/Enduring Questions  

Description: Coastal nations such as the Seychelles are in danger of having their people become “environmental refugees” as a consequence of sea level rising. At the same time, climate change is causing the global sea temperatures to increase, the potential loss of species like the polar bear as the seas warm, and the loss of corals due to bleaching. Overfishing has reduced global fisheries to less than 10% of their original stock sizes in the last 100 years. Our increasing consumption of heavy metals for computers and cell phones has means we may begin mining the deep sea. Oceans in conflict examines the conflicts between human populations over the use of marine resources, and the impacts of human activities on marine ecosystems. The overall goal of this course is to understand how choices we make and small lifestyle changes can help reduce climate change and improve the health of our oceans, now and for the future.

Course number: RFLA200 S 5

Course Title:  Ecology of Environmental Issues

Instructor: Sutherland, Kathryn

Offered: MWF 12:00 - 12:50; lab: R: 8:00 - 10:45

Prereq:: 100 RFLA course; themes: Environments, Identity  

Description: The current global human population exceeds 7.7 billion. The exponential growth of our species is triggering a global environmental crisis by depleting land and water resources essential to the sustained survival of human and wildlife populations. This course will introduce you to the biological and ecological principles that form the basis for understanding current environmental issues: population growth, loss of species diversity, resource limitation, pollution, and global climate change. You will be exposed to the diversity of species and habitats on Earth while learning about the role of biology and ecology in the conservation of these valuable resources. As a global citizen, you should understand the scientific principles that underlie the conservation issues facing the world today. Through observations and analyses in the classroom, field, and laboratory, you will become equipped with the knowledge necessary to make informed lifestyle decisions that have a positive impact on the conservation of local and global environmental resources.

Course number: RFLA 200 S6

Course Title: Ecology of Florida Environments

Instructor:  Paul Stephenson

Offered:  MWF 12:00 - 12:50

Theme: Environments

Description:  In alignment with Rollins’ mission to educate students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, this course will provide students with the historical background that has shaped environmental policy in Florida for over 400 years and educate them regarding the fundamental biology and effect of human impact governing the function of these diverse ecosystems. By the completion of this course, students will have a fundamental understanding of biology and Florida history as it pertains to Florida’s ecosystems. They will be able to describe the pressures these habitats face in the future, and the best options currently available for their preservation. Readings and field experience will help students to better understand the complexities of our environment and the necessity of healthy ecosystems to our world, in addition to considering how they might personally benefit from conservation. Since much of Florida’s natural history is related to key plant and animal species, as well as several abiotic factors, it is important that students understand the dynamics of different ecosystems and the types of plants and animals that have evolved within them. Particular attention is given to plants and their biology since the plants present in various ecosystems are critical to the other organisms that inhabit the system. Note that this course includes a minimum of two mandatory weekend (one day) field trips to local ecosystems. 

Course number:  RFLA 200S 07

Course Title: Genetics in Human Lives

Instructor:  Brannock, Pam

Offered:  MWF 12:00 - 12:50

Theme: Cultural Collision

Description: Discusses the general principles underlying basic genetics and how it relates to humans. Explores issues such as genetic testing, genetically modified organisms, cloning, heritable diseases, and evolution.

Course number: RFLA 200S 08

Course Title:  Cancer: Where is the Cure?

Instructor: Sabrice Guerrier

Offered:  MWF 12:00 - 12:50; lab R 8:00 - 10:45

Prereq:  100-level RFLA course; Theme: Enduring Questions

Discusses the principles of cancer biology. Explore topics such as basic cell biology, cancer research models, therapeutics, and the challenges to finding a cure.

Course number: RFLA100 A1

Course Title:  Visual Journals

Instructor: Simmons, Rachel

Offered: T,R 8:00 - 10:45

Themes: Innovation, Enduring Questions  

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? Additional fee for course: $50. Counts as MCMP and WCMP.