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Fall 2020 RFLA Seminar Courses


NEWLY Added RFLA Seminars

Please find the newest additions to the rFLA schedule for fall 2020:
here:  Newly added rFLA courses for fall 2020

              Instructor:  Jenn Manak  - TR 9:30 - 10:45A


This course is for those students who were not able to fulfill their 100-level RFLA course requirement in spring 2020; Themes: Identity, Cultural Collision

While books can be mirrors for readers to see themselves and windows into the worlds of others, books also provide readers with opportunities to build bridges between our worlds and experiences. In this course, we will explore diverse cultures and identities by reading and discussing multicultural literature. Through authentic literature, we will travel with families to new lands, connect with characters living similar lives as our own, and experience new ways of viewing the world.



        Instructor:  Robert VanderPoppen

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

Prereq: RFLA 100: Theme: Cultural Collision; Counts as a CLA elective

Greek Myth served as a repository of stories that helped not only the Greeks, but also Ancient Romans and Renaissance Italians comprehend the world around them. These later cultures did not simply replicate the stories of the Greeks, however. Myth served as a means of cultural negotiation, and of grappling with a shared historical past. This course explores the culturally embedded choices of artists in rendering myths visually within their own historical context.


          Instructor: Dawn Roe

T, 08:00-10:45A

This CE course offers students an opportunity to engage with the ethical considerations inherent to photographic projects that are concerned with the politics of representation. Working directly with members of the Hannibal Square community, students will produce a series of documentary style images that reflect upon the impact of gentrification within the neighborhood. By studying historical documentary projects alongside contemporary works that challenge notions of truth and authenticity, students will learn to scrutinize the photographic image and its presumed status as a marker of the “real.”

          Instructor: John Grau

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45

One of the most personal traits that humans have is their voice. When robbed of the ability to speak, people feel a loss of identity. Understanding how the human voice works and how to maintain it is of extreme importance in all careers. In this course, we will look under the microscope and explore the physical capabilities of the human voice and identity expression through individual and group singing and performance. Participants in Sing Your Heart Out will use singing and music to explore the possibilities within identity expression. Through intentional song selection and class performance, we will portray characters from different backgrounds and identities. We will improve overall vocal health through the study of vocal anatomy and physiology, which will allow for more confident, clear speech and will help to express identity.


         Instructor: Chuck Archard

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45 

Prereq: RFLA 100: Theme: Cultual Collision

Why do some artists or bands have a long career and others are merely “One Hit Wonders”? Is Pop music designed to be disposable and ephemeral? 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. We will also delve into the formulaic songwriting techniques used to create the perfect three-minute “Ear Candy” pop masterpiece.


Instructor: TBA

T,R 8:00 - 9:15

Prereq: RFLA 100: Theme: Innovation; course fee $50

This studio course introduces the fundamentals of contemporary sculptural practice with an emphasis on spatial awareness, problem solving, and conceptual development. Consideration is given to the range of three-dimensional form as found in both contemporary art and design, and in different cultural and historical contexts, as well. There is a course fee of $50.


        Instructor: MacKenzie Moon Ryan

MWF:  12:00 - 12:50

Prereq: RFLA 100: Theme: Identity, Enduring Questions

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.

          Instructor - Vidhu Aggarwal

T,R 9:30 - 10:45, CSS 226 and MW: 1:00 - 2:15

Prereq: 140 Writing Competency; RFLA 100: Theme: Identity, Identity; counts as a 200 level ENG elective

In this class, we will think about the textual elements of writing: lines, letters, symbols, font. We will also think about poems as visual objects. You will begin to practice how to manipulate found and created text in MS Word and Indesign. You will also experiment with cut-up techniques and erasures, as well as juxtaposing images with text. By the end of the class you will produce a set of visual poems that move together in a sequence—a chapbook of visual poems.  Along the way, you will experiment with box poems, foldout poems, collage, and comics.


        Instructor:  Victoria Brown

MWF: 12:00 - 12:50

Prereq: RFLA 100: Theme: Identity, Enduring Questions; counts as a 200-level ENG elective

How Dare You Write That provokes student to think about people, places, and contemporary social issues that may differ drastically from their own lived experiences. Students will propose, through written responses, radical critiques and solutions to seemingly entrenched problems. Course readings, visits to CFAM, and Skyped in guest authors will allow students to examine some of the most enduring problems of our day, and to think radically beyond easy solutions.

            Instructor: Sunni Witmer (on the schedule as R Witmer)

T,R: 8:00 - 9:15

Prereq: RFLA 100; Theme: Identity and Cultural Collision

This course will explore how the popular music of various societies from around the world is created and transformed by musical influences from other societies and worldviews when they encounter and interact with one another. The homogenizing forces of globalization, specifically the global pop aesthetic, will also be explored. Students will examine the artistic, literary, cultural, and socioeconomic effects of global popular music. Topics of inquiry and exploration include hybridity and diversity in music; the effects of globalization on cultural development; and the social, political, and cultural ramifications resulting from expressive cultural forms expanding around the world.


        Instructor: Nadia Garzon

T,R: 8:00 - 9:15

Prereq: RFLA 100; Theme: Identity  Cultural Collision, Enduring Questions

This laboratory is an invitation to explore creativity through the use of various artistic languages and theater tools. Discover your innate creative self; explore the use of theater tools for personal and social transformation; survey theater in different social and historical contexts; and discover ways to apply theater tools to your life and the world today. This course explores theater techniques and works by Augusto Boal, Luis Valdez, Bertolt Brecht, and Enrique Buenaventura among others.


Instructor:  Susan Libby

M,W,F:  12:00 - 12:50

Themes:  Cultural Collision, Identity

This course examines the visual representation of people viewed as outcasts in their society. What does it take to be “cast out”? What is the “normal” against which outcasts are labeled? How can art reinforce or resist notions of normalcy and deviance? Engaging with a variety of images and texts, students will respond to these questions as a means to understand the identity and role of the outcast both in the past and the present.

Instructor:  Dana Hargrove

T,R 9;30 - 10:45

Theme:  Innovation

What different roles do artists take in creating a social fabric or a sense of place? Encouraged to make connections between art, landscape, and community, students will begin their own journey as an artist and create innovative artworks that enliven/elevate their community and sense of place. Students will engage with these concepts through readings and discussion and develop these ideas creatively through a series of hands-on projects that explore various art techniques and creative processes - all while learning about art, place, and community from a theoretical, cultural, historical and practical perspective. This course will have a CE component.

Instructor: Zachary Gilmore

           MWF: 12:00 - 12:50 P

Prereq: RFLA100: Themes: Cultural Collision, Enduring Questions

This course focuses on pseudoscientific and supernatural claims about the human past.  Through in-depth analyses of archaeological frauds and alternative theories, students will examine how archaeologists know what they claim to know.  Students will learn how to critically evaluate scientific evidence and explore the broader societal impacts of pseudoscientific arguments.

        Instructor: Anne Stone

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100; Themes: Cultural Collision, CE course

This community engagement course focused on intergenerational communication- how we communicate across and between generations- from a cultural perspective.  We will focus on generations as different cultures and will use knowledge of communication technology and skills to identify and connect the needs of the community partner to bridge the "digital divide."

        Instructor: Lee Lines

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100: Theme: Environment

Why do grocery stores in Florida sell orange juice from Brazil? Why do we grow iceberg lettuce in the desert Southwest? Is agriculture about more than simply producing food? Is industrial agricultural sustainable? Does "local" or "organic" really make a difference? This course considers the ways in which much of our food system is hidden from public view. Through class discussion and field-based projects we explore big picture questions related to the American diet, environmental sustainability, nutrition, crop diversity, and the transparency of the American food system.


       luchner-andrew-psychology-professor-rollins-college.jpg    Instructor:  Andrew Luchner 

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100: Theme: Enduring Questions, Identity

Stress is everywhere and nowhere; impossible to escape yet produced in our mind through perception and subjective interpretation. This course will help students increase their own knowledge about stressors and  stress from psychological, physiological and sociocultural perspectives. Once an understanding of the complex nature of stress has been established, the course will introduce and practice stress management techniques and strategies through experiential exercises.

Instructor:  Tonia Warnecke

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100: Theme: Innovation; Counts as a SE elective

This course focuses on changemaking through business and social entrepreneurship, developing your ability to see opportunities in the midst of pressing local, domestic, and global problems.  Learn about key barriers to innovation and strategies for improving results as we examine the goals adopted in 2015 by nearly 200 countries to end poverty, protect the environment, and ensure shared prosperity in a new sustainable development agenda.


         Instructor: Scott Hewit

TR: 8:00 - 9:15

Prereq: RFLA 100: Themes: Cultural Collision, CE course

Children and adults with exceptionalities comprise 15% of the population around the world, but are often excluded or treated as a group apart from the rest of society. A collaborative effort of creative minds and human rights activists throughout history has led to innovative technology that has given children and adults with exceptionalities opportunities to participate fully in their schools and communities. Students will learn about these innovations in history and other more recent technological developments that hold promise for the future engagement of these citizens. Major federal action, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), will reveal significant changes in technology that has and will continue to elevate the full participation of people with exceptionalities in our country. We will discover many of the technological advances that have had significant social and economic ramifications around the world.


         Instructor: Anca Voicu

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100: Themes: Cultural Collision

This course covers the European countries’ economic development after WWII to the present day. In doing so it presents an economic framework for understanding the historical past and the change following the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989. Focus will be placed on the interconnectedness among various European economies situated in the Eastern and Western parts of the European continent, as well as their interactions with and within the international economy. While the emphasis of this course is on economic development, we will also look at the European saga through a historical and a cultural lense. The analysis targets three broad eras: the quarter century from 1945 to 1973 , a period of rapid transformation associated with the golden age of economic growth, the interval between 1973 to1989, which is associated with economic slowdown, and the stage between 1989 to the present day featuring the transition stages of the Central East European countries in the 1990s, the expansion of the European Union over the past two decades and a half and the birth of a new Europe.


       vidovic-martina-rollins-college.jpgInstructor:  Martina Vidovic

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100: Themes: Cultural Collision

Rising income and health inequalities have become increasingly important topics for public debate. Why are some countries rich and other poor? Why is income inequality rising in wealthy countries like the US? Similarly, health inequities are well documented both within the United States and around the world. It is well known that living in a poor community or a community with high-income inequality is equally detrimental to one’s health. This course examines the history of health, wealth and inequality around the world. It studies divergence in health outcomes in different parts of the world and within the US, as well as factors that led to a rise in inequalities in income and access to resources. It emphasizes the differences in institutions and politics that have led wealthy countries to enjoy the material well-being but not the poor countries. Lastly, it explores the effect of the recent Coronavirus pandemic on health around the world.

Instructor:  Matthew Nichter

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Theme:  Identity; AAAS core or elective

This course analyzes the causes and consequences of racial inequality in the U.S., with a focus on the experiences of African-Americans. Topics will include residential segregation, unequal schools, hiring discrimination, and mass incarceration. We will also examine the work of movement activists fighting for racial justice.

Instructor:  Mari Robertson

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Themes:  Cultural Collision, Enduring Questions; counts as a 200-elective in Economics

What do the Dutch tulip mania of the 17th century, robber barons in the 19th century, the behavior of Mexican pesos in the late 1990s, and the recent housing crisis all have in common? Each has contributed to a slowdown in the economy causing rises of unemployment and slow growth of some consequence. But why do such panics and crashes occur that involve actions by seemingly rational people result in economic pandemonium? This course explores the causes, consequences, and social impact of periods of economic havoc over the past three centuries. We take a broad approach to the historical
examples studied to include asset bubbles and banking crises but also sovereign debt bankruptcies and hyperinflations. We examine competing frameworks to understand these episodes of economic turmoil and the challenges each crisis presents for policymakers to stabilize the economy. In these efforts, basic economic concepts are introduced along with data and facts to think about the economic phenomena.

         Instructor: Alberto Prieto-Calixto
T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100: Theme: Cultural Collision;

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.


        Instructor: Jim Driggers

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

The course includes study of selected works by and about bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender individuals. Representative works discussed are chosen to illustrate portrayals of individual identity and life as well as political and changes in the GLBTQ community over time -- from a period of "invisibility," through the AIDS crisis, into the present, looking at the struggles unique to each generation.


         Instructor:  Rosana Diaz-Zambrana

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100: Theme: Cultural Collision; Counts as an elective in SPN

This course will study the representation of gender, class, and race in Latin American literature culture, and cinema through the analysis of literary texts, films, art, and other cultural products. Given the diverse sociocultural construction of Latin America, this course will examine the ongoing effect of some of its most prevalent struggles, such as marginality, historical trauma, and exclusion, in shaping its societies and subjectivities past and present. We will also take an in-depth look at some of Latin America's cultural representations as a product of a complex intersection of national politics, ethnic identities, and social privilege in the context of a globalized world. Readings will include literary works by such writers as Rigoberta Menchú and Junot Diaz as well as perspectives on film and popular culture from figures such as Frida Kahlo, Shakira, and Celia Cruz.


Instructor: Anne Zimmermann

MWF 9:00 - 9:50

Prereq: RFLA 100: Theme: Identity; Counts as a 200-level elective in ENG

“If you read, you’ll judge...look through my things, and figure me out.” —Kurt Cobain, *Journals* On April 8, 1994, an electrician discovered a gruesome scene at a luxurious Seattle mansion. Kurt Cobain was dead. Lead singer of the tremendously popular band Nirvana, Cobain’s suicide shocked the world and cementing his place as an American rock icon. When his *Journals* were published years later, many were hopeful for answers to questions he had left in the wake of his death. Can such personal writing provide readers with such insights? In this course, we will consider the concept of memoir: both as actual journals (published and not). In particular, we will examine the American Confessionalist movement as one marked by the tone of memoir, discussing the texts of major poets such as Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. Furthermore, we will address how the concept of memoir influences other cultural texts, such as television, film, and social media.


Instructor: Stacey Coffman-Rosen

T,R 8:00 - 9:15

Prereq: RFLA 100; Identity, Cultural Collision; counts as an elective in CMC

How do we relate to bodies, minds, and identities that are different than our own, and how does that determine our place in a changing society? In this course, we will examine how disabilities, bodies, and identities intersect and determine how we interpret and occupy bodies in intersecting categories. Course topics include: media and disability; becoming disabled; disability, race, gender, and sexual orientation; Deafness and Deaf culture; aesthetics and fashion; disability and sports; and “outsider” sexuality. You will examine your own "body politic," and the bodies of others. Course readings will be supplemented with film, cultural artifacts, personal writing, and interactive projects.

Instructor: Abeer Aloush

MWF 12:00 - 12:50

Prereq: RFLA 100; Counts as an elective for JWS, SWAG, and MENA; CE course

The course is designed to discuss the very idea of the Middle East and North Africa as a historical and cultural construct, for which there are many different definitions. The class is designed to be an introduction to the region as whole; we will explore its internal diversity and dynamics that lead to different identities. Also, students will get exposed to a variety of ethnics, minority complexity, ideologies, religious struggle, multiculturalism, different languages, Arabic calligraphy as a reproduction of different schools of thought, and food as a reflection of identity.

         Instructor: Maria Paniagua-Tejo

T,R 8:00 - 9:15

Prereq: RFLA 100; Theme: Cultural Collision; Counts as an elective for JWS, SWAG, and MENA

This course examines intersection of Spanish gastronomy and culture through literature and film. Explores Spanish gastronomy in a context of cultural exchanges among Spain, the Middle East and the New World.

         Instructor:  Emily Nodine

MWF, 12:00-12:50P; Lab: F, 02:00 - 5:00P

Prereq: RFLA100: Theme: Environment

Florida's unique position in the landscape and underlying geology result in a delicate mosaic of interacting land and water that has been affected by little but the rise and fall of sea level for millions of years... until humans came along. People as early as the native Americans have tried to tame Florida’s wilderness and reshape the landscape to suit their own needs. Following European colonization, people largely succeeded in “reclaiming” its wetlands for their own purposes, realizing only recently that doing so threatens the natural systems and creatures that we too depend upon. Springs, Swamps, and Sinkholes examine the natural processes of Florida ecosystems, with a focus on wetlands and waterways, to evaluate how human influence has altered diverse habitats, how it might be employed to repair them, and how we might forge a path toward co-existence in this landscape.

        Instructor:  Anne Murdaugh

MWF, 12:00-12:50P;  Lab W, 2 :30-5 :30P

Prereq: RFLA 100; completed MCMP;Theme: Enduring Questions

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 imporatant applications.  We will "shed light" on many interesting phenomena caused by light to better understand the world around us.

         Instructor: Kathryn Sutherland

MWF, 12:00-12:50P Lab 08:00-10:45A

Prereq: RFLA 100; Themes: Identity, Environments

The current global human population exceeds 7.6 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.


        Instructor:  Pamela Brannock

 MWF 12:00-12:50P  Lab: R, 08:00-10:45A; 

Prereq: RFLA 100; Theme: Identity

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.

         Instructor: Chris Fuse

MWF, 12:00-12:50P; Lab R, 2 :00-5 :00P

Prereq: RFLA 100: completed MCMP; Theme: Enduring Questions

The superhero genre is all the rage right now. But do superhero comic books and movies get any of the science right? Can gamma rays turn you into the Hulk? How much energy would the Flash need in order to use his super speed? How much force does Superman need to exert to “leap tall buildings in a single bound”? In this course, we will examine the concept of a superhero throughout history. We will analyze comic books as well as study recent superhero films to determine if the powers and abilities of the most well-known superheroes are scientifically possible. In addition, we will learn to apply the scientific principles of energy, thermodynamics, astronomy and more to a wide variety of super-powered characters. The course contains a required lab, where we will perform experiments to estimate the strength of Superman’s skeletal structure or the forces experienced by Spiderman during his webslinging.

         Instructor:  Paul Stephenson

MWF, 12:00 - 12:50P  Lab T, 8:00 - 10:45 A

Prereq:  RFLA100; Two Saturday Field Trips Required; Themes: Environments, Cultural Collision

Florida is one of the most ecologically rich states in the U.S. with some of the most unique ecosystems in the world, containing a remarkable number of endemic species. Florida is so large that it spans three climate zones, and its ecosystems are adapted to frequent fires and floods. If it was not for the fact that it is surrounded by water on three sides, Florida would actually be a desert! Thus, it is no surprise that Florida was still largely a wilderness just 100 years ago. Wild Florida examines the interaction between humans and these natural ecosystems. From Florida’s emergence out of the ocean to settlement by Native Americans and first contact with Europeans on through the present day, how have these interactions shaped Florida’s past and how will they impact Florida’s future? We will focus particularly on plants, their biology, diversity, and their economic and social impact. We will also address issues confronting Florida today; rapid population growth, urban sprawl, water shortages, pollution, invasive species, global climate change, agricultural threats and what scientists and community activists can do to ensure a better future for Florida. Marjorie Stoneman Douglas wrote of ecological restoration in south Florida that….”The Everglades is a test. If we pass it, we get to keep the planet.” Today one could argue that the entire state of Florida poses a test for the preservation of biodiversity.

Instructor:  Fiona Harper

MWF: 12:00 - 12:50
Lab: R: 8:00 - 10:45

One 100-level RFLA; Themes: Environments, Enduring Questions

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.

         Instructor: Barry Allen

TR, 09:30-10:45

Prereq: 2 200-level RFLA courses and WCMPs;

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.


Instructor:  Sheri Boyd

MWF, 12:00-12:50P

Prereq: 2 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP; Themes: Cultural Collision, Enduring Questions

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.

Instructor:  Hesham Mesbah

TR 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: 2 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP; Themes: Cultural Collision; counts as a 200-level elective in COM

This class is about global news, global media organizations and networks, and global issues presented in specific world media outlets. Students will analyze news in the global press, explore the historical, legal, ethical, and political contexts of those news outlets, critique theories and effects of globalization, and produce their own Op-Eds and global feature stories.

Instructor:  Julia Maskivker

MWF 12:00 - 12:50

Prereq: 2 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP; Theme: Enduring Questions

This course will introduce you to some of the most fascinating and controversial ethical dilemmas in modern society You will learn the basics of ethical and moral theory in order to have the tools you need to analyze those dilemmas. However, the course will focus on a series of applied issues including  assisted suicide, legalization of drugs,  animal rights, cloning, sex and gender,  voting and racism, happiness and money, etc. The central, unique aspect of this course is that you will be asked to think about these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective---not just a philosophical/political one.  Hence, sociological, economic and other analysis will also be introduced to understand these topics. We will highlight the different angles from which these social issues could be tackled.

         Instructor:  Pedro Bernal

TR 9:30 - 10:45

A survey of the History of Medicine from Greek Antiquity to the present. This course pays particular attention to the Philosophical and Cultural presuppositions that undelay the practice of medicine. In addition to the historical narrative, will cover biographical details of historical figures such as Galen and William Harvey.

         Instructor:  Amy Armenia

TR 9:30 - 10:45A

Prereq: 2 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP; Theme: Enduring Questions

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.

         Instructor: Jana Mathews

MWF, 12:00-12:50P

Prereq: 2 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP; Theme: Identity

This course invites you to apply your interdisciplinary training to pursue a meaningful life and productive career by developing  a concrete and holistic 5-year post-graduation plan. In addition to learning important life skills necessary for all graduates (ie. how to transition from college to the workplace; how to negotiate an 'adult' relationship with your parents; how to be civically minded in your early 20s; how to navigate the dating scene after being immersed in hookup culture), you will work closely with Rollins alumni and board members with backgrounds in finance, mental health, marriage and family therapy; social justice, and physical and spiritual wellness to plan (and start executing) concrete and actionable goals for your professional and personal life. In addition to presenting your plan to alums for feedback and review, you will also will have the opportunity to present a portion of it to the campus community at large.

         Instructor: Sunni Witmer

TR 09:30 - 10:45A

Prereq: 2 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP; Themes: Identity, Cultural Collision

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, and their intersections, as they relate to music, will be examined. The purpose of this course is to serve as an introduction to and survey of the music of the Americas in a political context, specifically the relationship between the political movements in Latin America and those in the United States. Discourse will focus on the relationship of music to nation-state building and social justice movements. This course will explore how the music of various societies from within the Americas creates and transforms political world views. The homogenizing forces of globalization (and their backlash), specifically the mass-mediation of political movements, will also be explored. Students will examine the artistic, literary, cultural, and socio-economic effects of music in a socio-political context. Topics of inquiry and exploration include hybridity and diversity in music; the effects of globalization on socio-political cultural development; and the social, political, and cultural ramifications resulting from expressive cultural forms expanding throughout the Americas.

         Instructor: Rochelle Elva

TR 08:00 - 09:15A

Prereq: 2 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP; Themes: Identity, Enduring Questions

In our modern environment, education can no longer be considered complete with just the 3Rs. computer literacy is quickly becoming the 4th fundamental requirement for a complete education of the global citizen. This project-based course presents an introduction to computer science concepts and exploration of the meaning and expressions of computer literacy in our time. Other topics covered will include issues surrounding the evolution of the computer, the social impact of computer use, how and why computers work and dispelling some infamous myths about computer science, the internet, and its applications.

Instructor: Nadia Garzon

TR 09:30 - 10:45A

Prereq: 2 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP; Themes: Identity and Enduring Questions

This course surveys Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed, a technique developed for actors and non-actors alike, which seeks to give back the means of artistic production to the people. We will explore oppression in our lives and will use Image and Forum Theater among other tools to investigate and process our experiences. This is a hands-on lab, which means that students will participate in theater games and exercises and will be part of a performance piece.