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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:  James McLaughlin
Meets T,R 9:30 - 10:45, MX

 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

        Instructor:  Robert VanderPoppen

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

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 MX

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 Face to face

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 MX
For course syllabus, click here

Prereq: RFLA 100: Theme: Cultural Collision

Why do some artists or bands have a long career and others are mere “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: Audrey Hope

T,R 8:00 - 9:15 FF

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 - Vidhu Aggarwal

90509 T,R 9:30 - 10:45  MX and 90861 MW: 1:00 - 2:15 MX

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 MX

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

How Dare You Write That provokes students 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:  Susan Libby

M,W,F:  12:00 - 12:50 MX

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 MX

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: Lisa Cody-Rapport

T,R 9:00 - 10:45 MX

Prereq: RFLA 100: Theme: Identities and Innovation

Create your own visual brand for a smartphone cover, learn to draw expressively, develop an innovative design for a household item, and create a persona for a masquerate!

Instructor: Zachary Gilmore

           MWF: 12:00 - 12:50 P FF

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

What would it take to live our lives in a way that sustains rather than degrades our natural environment?  How do we create landscapes that don’t require large inputs of fossil fuels?  Is ecological design about more than eco-efficiency?  How do we distinguish sustainable design from unsustainable design?  How do we move good ideas from theory to practice?  These questions will guide our discussions as we explore the relationships between earth science, ecology, and design.  Note: almost every meeting for this class will be held outdoors, in locations on campus and in the community surrounding our campus (weather permitting).  


       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: 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:  Rachel Newcomb

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100: Theme: Cultural Collision; counts as an ANT elective

In this class, students will learn about the contemporary cultures of the Middle East and North Africa through film, literature, and music. Students will gain an understanding of the major currents of twentieth-century MENA history and how authors, filmmakers, and musicians have sought to represent these changes visually and in their music and writing. We will also learn about the development of the film industry in this part of the world, as well as how global trends in popular culture are borrowed and adapted to become a unique reflection of local cultures. Societies examined will include Morocco, Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia.

         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: Ben Hudson

MWF 12:00 - 12:50

Prereq: RFLA 100; Identity, Enduring Questions

From the plays of Shakespeare to the cinema of Jordan Peele, horror has been a generic form that cultures use to make sense of the strange, uncanny, or unruly within themselves.  The genre of horror is like a collective nightmare, in which cultures exorcise the repressed or oppressed within themselves.  This course will pair a series of case studies in classic literature (Macbeth, Frankenstein, and Jekyll and Hyde, for example) with milestones in the cinema of horror (Psycho, The Exorcist, and Get Out) to give students an understanding of the uses of horror in popular culture from the Renaissance to the world we inhabit today.

          Instructor:  Paul Reich
M,W:  1:00 - 2:15

Prereq: RFLA 100; theme: Identity,  counts as an elective in English

Crime stories—from the novels of Raymond Chandler to HBO’s True Detective and Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite—have been integral parts of the literary, television, and film canons. During our readings, viewings, and discussions—as well as in the required writing for the course—we will look for intersections in the authors’ work and develop methods for critical interrogation through close reading and attention to theme, form, and style.


       Instructor:  Carol Frost

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: 140 Writing Competency; One 100-level RFLA; Themes: Enduring Questions, Environments; counts as a 200-level elective in English

Ecopoetry investigates how acts of writing help to find the relationship between nature and culture, perception, and language. An egret's world is not a human's. Nature exists outside our ideas and fleeting glimpses; it's actually 'out there.' Our goal is to move from passive regard for environments and organisms to the level of activity conducive to some understanding of our individual and communal relationships with natural Florida.

   Instructor: Lisa Tillmann

MW: 1:00 - 2:15

Prereq: RFLA 100; Theme: Identity; Counts as an elective for CMC and SWAG

This course explores sexual orientation and gender identity with a particular focus on LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and more!) identities, histories, and social movements. We will examine the construction, transformation, and fluidity of sexual orientation and gender identity as well as the impacts of LGBTQ+ oppression. In addition, we will learn to identify, interrupt, and combat sexism, heterosexism, cisgenderism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia (and more!) in ourselves, in others, and in social institutions. We will aim to become better advocates for ourselves and better allies to others.

         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:  Jay Pieczynski

MWF 12:00 - 12:50; Lab - M 2:00 - 4:45

Prereq: one 100-level RFLA course; Theme: Identity

This course will look at the biology of athletes through the analysis of their genetics, physiology, and biochemistry.

         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:  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 analyses will also be introduced to understand these topics. We will highlight the different angles from which these social issues could be tackled.

           Instructor:  Joan Davison

T,R 2:00 - 3:15

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

Rollins has departments; the world does not. Most careers now require that people have basic local and global knowledge. “Globalization” will help you ‘tool up’ for the future. Especially since COVID 19, we are aware that global movements, while not always beneficial, are nonetheless a reality. Globalization might better be understood as glocalization, as the local and global meet across economic, cultural, ecological, and technological spheres. These interactions produce differential impacts, that is, benefits for some people and costs for others. This course explores these dynamics and the backlash against globalization. Our study includes the so-called sins or problems of globalization related to terrorism, human trafficking, climate crisis, arms trades, and now pandemics. As a capstone, each student will develop a project focused upon a particular dimension (economic, social, cultural, environmental, technological, or political). The breadth of possibilities allows students to integrate both their majors and previous general education courses into the project. The course also asks students to understand globalization within the context of Rollins’ mission to educate responsible leaders and global citizens.

         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: Ryan Musgrave

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: 2 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP; Theme: Cultural Collision; ECMP

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.


         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:  Thom Moore

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

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

Distinguishing between science and pseudoscience is not always easy and intelligent people often disagree about the scientific veracity of a field of study. In this course, students study the theory and practice of science and pseudoscience and then analyze current and historical instances of questionable scientific claims.

     Instructor: Missy Barnes

MWF 12:00 - 12:50

Prereq: Two 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP. Themes: Cultural Collisions, Identity

How does theatre reflect our understanding of identity in relation to ethnicity, race, gender, religion, and sexuality? Theatre represents the human condition within the contexts of specific historical and cultural moments. This course will focus on engaging with plays that investigate what it means to be human in the face of social conflict and the outcomes that result from ignorance and intolerance.

  Instructor:  Mattea Garcia

MWF 12:00 - 12:50

Prereq: Two 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP.

This course will explore how communication plays a role in our sense of well-being. From resilience and compassion to social support and empathic listening, we will explore how wellbeing is created and supported through communication and interaction. We will explore how we talk about wellbeing, including the pressures of the wellness industry and “good vibes only” social media. Readings will come from a variety of disciplines as we think about our own subjective well-being and how we might foster wellness in ourselves and others. 

     Instructor: Kasandra Riley

TR 11:00 - 12:15

Prereq: Two 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP. Theme: Identity

The unique genetic information carried in each of our cells is a record of a core piece of our identity. We leave traces of our personal DNA record everywhere we go. The determination of an individual’s DNA characteristics, known as DNA profiling, has been used as evidence in criminal trials since the 1980s. What is forensic DNA profiling? How is DNA profile evidence obtained, handled, safeguarded, introduced, and explained to prove or rule out a suspect’s presence at a crime scene, secure conviction, or raise reasonable doubt? What criminal information cannot be obtained using DNA profiling? This course addresses these and other complex questions by walking through the science of DNA testing from the 1980s to the present day. Students will be challenged to think critically about the benefits and limitations of DNA evidence illustrated in specific cases of how DNA evidence has been used in the conviction of violent offenders and the wrongly accused. At the end of the course, each student will present a research project that analyzes the economic, social, cultural, environmental, technological, and/or political impact of the use of DNA evidence in the exoneration of an innocent prisoner. Projects will highlight how our bias in relation to socioeconomic status, nationality, ethnicity, race, gender, religion, and/or sexuality can affect how DNA evidence is used in our legal system.