INQUIRY 1000 COURSE


INQR 1000 COURSES FOR FALL 2017

Tuesdays, 2:30 - 3:45 P.M.

The Sandman: Hero or nemesis?

The Sandman: Hero or nemesis?

Taught by: Hodges

 

 

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep deprivation can have a critical impact on cognitive performance such as memory that is important to any individual. There are many unanswered questions regarding both the functions of sleep and the effects of sleep loss. This particular class will engage the student in discussions and research on how sleep loss can affect academic, physical, and emotional performance based on biological and behavioral components.

Criminology and Cinema

Criminology and Cinema

Taught by: Drescher

 

 

In this course, students will explore how play (experiential learning activities) affects academic, social, and emotional development. By engaging in various levels of play, students will learn about themselves, how play engages learners in discovery, and how the hidden brain affects how we see ourselves and others.  Plato once said, "You can learn more about someone in one hour of play, than in a year of conversation.”  What can you learn about yourself and the world around you?  Come play with us and discover your inner hero!

Myth, Magic, and the Making of a Hero

Myth, Magic, and the Making of a Hero

Taught by: VanTuyll

 

 

Students will explore the theories of Joseph Campbell that deal with the nature of heroes in mythology. They will also do research on the important Irish heroes from mythology, fairy tales, legends and real life. They will then consider whether Campbell's theories are applicable to Irish mythology and whether real-life heroes also meet the requirements that Campbell established for what constitutes a hero's personality, life events, and achievements. 

Social (In)Activism in Sport

Social (In)Activism in Sport

Taught by: Bennett

 

 

This course is designed to explore how athletes navigate social activism within sport or their lack of activism. Recently, athletes have used the sporting world as an avenue for social activism. This has been seen and perceived as both positive and negative. This class is designed to explore social activism, or "inactivism", and how athletes use or do not use their platform to navigate their social justice agendas.

 

 

THURSDAYS, 1:30 - 2:15 P.M.

Dangers and Hazards of Social Media and the Internet

Dangers and Hazards of Social Media and the Internet

Taught by: Nowatkowski

 

 

Students will explore hazards and dangers associated with social media and the Internet.  Once the students determine several hazards and dangers that directly affect them, they will explore methods and techniques to mitigate these hazards and dangers. 

 

 

Thursdays, 2:30 - 3:45 P.M.

Captain Insomnia: Improving Sleep One Human at a Time

Captain Insomnia: Improving Sleep One Human at a Time

Taught by: Allison

 

 

Sleep is one of our most basic needs, yet millions of Americans suffer from poor or insufficient sleep. This course will examine the importance of sleep health, common pitfalls of sleep problems, and how to improve sleep. This section of the course will involve sleep inquiry. There are over 200 sleep disorders, of which insomnia is the most common.

Superman: Defender of Truth, Justice, and the American Way!

Superman: Defender of Truth, Justice, and the American Way! 

Taught by: Johnson

 

 

This Inquiry class will look at the significance of the super-hero. Using Superman as a guidepost, the class will investigate what makes a hero “super” and why heroes are needed. The class will try to answer what exactly the superhero’s role is in ensuring “truth, justice, and the American Way.”  

Who Done It? Armchair Detectives and Modern Crime Fighting

Who Done It? Armchair Detectives and Modern Crime Fighting

Taught by: Griffith 

 

 

This course will explore crime fighting from the comfort of their armchairs focusing on popular solved and unsolved cases. Using critical thinking, we will address the modern crime fighter focusing on techniques, technology, and popularity of crime in media.

Multicultural Aspects of Food

Multicultural Aspects of Food

Taught by: Meyer

 

 

This course will introduce the customs, foods and holidays associated with multiple cultures (French, Francophone, German, Latin American, Spanish, Southeast Asian, etc.). Discussions and assignments will address various food traditions and the role culture and food play in various countries.  Students will perform research related to these discussions (using YouTube, music and other sources to examine the culture and food practices they choose to research).

Take Courage: How to Tackle Contemporary Ethical Issues

Take Courage: How to Tackle Contemporary Ethical Issues

Taught by: Weiss

 

 

Students will identify the key ethical questions pertaining to a contemporary ethical issue, as well as develop a well-supported ethical argument for their position, and anticipate and respond effectively to a counter-argument.

 

 

Fridays, 11:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.

To See Yourself Become the Villain: When Heroes Fall (Can They Rise Again?)

To See Yourself Become the Villain: When Heroes Fall (Can They Rise Again?)

Taught by: Diehl

 

 

In this section, we will be studying works where heroes become villains. Instead of considering anti-heroes (who are really just villains we root for), we will discuss men and women who cross the threshold of villainy. We will also consider the question: can these men & women become heroes again? 

Genetics, Birth Defects, and Society: Making Sense of the Science

Genetics, Birth Defects, and Society: Making Sense of the Science

Taught by: LeMosy

 

 

How do birth defects and genetic syndromes happen? How do scientific advances help to understand and prevent them? Students will develop questions and research answers through discussions and group projects, then in presenting them bridge divides between popular media and science literature, and between scientists and patients or society.

Pin, Post, Tweet and Link: Examining Social Media beyond Graduation

Pin, Post, Tweet and Link:  Examining Social Media beyond Graduation

Taught by: Pettit

 

“Because You’re the Special”: Technology, Utopia, and Heroes in Animated Films

 

“Because You’re the Special”: Technology, Utopia, and Heroes in Animated Films

Taught by: Armstrong

 

 

Plato argued that people’s values are fundamentally shaped by the stories they encounter as children. With that in mind, we will investigate the values found in five recent animated films that focus on issues of technology, utopia, and the hero: WALL-E (2008), The Lorax (2012), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013), The Lego Movie (2014), and Big Hero 6 (2014). Our guiding question will be ‘What values would a viewer of these films carry into college?’

You Keep the Cape, I'll Take a Classroom: Teachers as Heroes

You Keep the Cape, I'll Take a Classroom: Teachers as Heroes

Taught by: Rychly

 

 

In this course students will explore the qualities that make some teachers seem to be superheroes. Students’ own school experiences will serve as starting points, and representations of teachers in popular culture and by the media will be studied. Students will be encouraged to develop inquiry questions around the topic of heroic teaching.    

 

 

Fridays, 12:00 - 1:15 P.M.

Hero, Human, or Villain: The Portrayal of Professionals through Popular Media

Hero, Human, or Villain: The Portrayal of Professionals through Popular Media

Taught by: Eisenman

 

 

Different professions are portrayed in a variety of way by popular media. Because of this, the public has misconception of what professionals actually do. Over the course of the semester, students in this INQR 1000 course will critically analyze the portrayal of teachers , police, doctors, etc. in public media and how these portrayals influence public perceptions.      

Democracy at War, a Simulation

Democracy at War, a Simulation

Taught by: Goss 

 

 

This course uses an immersive role-playing game to examine debates and disagreements about what democracy, citizenship, elections, and dissent meant in ancient Athens after suffering military defeat by Sparta.

Students as Heroes: Becoming an Activist

Students as Heros: Becoming an Activist

Taught by: Logue 

 

 

In the past year, the world has changed.  There are movements and marches, concerns and causes.  All too often, however, people are just letting things happen.  The purpose of this INQR course is to introduce students to activism through the creation of activism project that seeks to inform, illuminate or work on solving a problem.  In small groups, students will create materials, raise money, and inform the public about their cause.

Magician Behind The Medicine: Heroes Who Made Healthy Impact on Human Life

Magician Behind The Medicine: Heroes Who Made Healthy Impact on Human Life

Taught by: Mukhopadhyay

 

 

Some ground breaking discoveries about physiological functions (like blood types) and pharmaceutical drugs (like penicillin) have saved lives of millions of people. This course will look for the heroes whose work have impacted the human life forever.

Democracy at War, a Simulation

Democracy at War, a Simulation

Taught by: Murray

 

 

This course uses an immersive role-playing game to examine debates and disagreements about what democracy, citizenship, elections, and dissent meant in ancient Athens after suffering military defeat by Sparta.

 

 

Fridays, 1:00 - 2:15 P.M.

War Leadership and Heroism

War Leadership and Heroism

Taught by: VanTuyll

 

 

Leaders who have waged wars successfully  are often placed on a pedestal -- but sometimes not. Why do we honor some successful war leaders, and not others? Were these people truly unique, or did they succeed in creating a public relations aura around themselves? Or was this done for them by others, and if so, for what purpose?   

Life is Why: CPR is the Answer

Life is Why: CPR is the Answer

Taught by: Owens

 

 

Our topic for this class is Why CPR?  Almost 80% of cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital (for example: at home, in school, at church or at work) and about 92% of those victims don’t survive because no one knew how to perform CPR.  Students will be given the skills, knowledge and ability to perform and know the steps of CPR and finish the course with their FREE American Heart Association Certification in CPR, First Aid and AED Training.

Inquiring about the Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis

Inquiring about the Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis

Taught by: Davies

 

 

The Sapir Whorf or Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis holds that the structure of language affects our understandings of reality.  In this class, we will explore how our words, like hero, influence who we think is included or excluded from the category.

 

 

Online

"Real" Heroes: Sports and Heroism in Everyday Life

"Real" Heroes: Sports and Heroism in Everyday Life

Taught by: Hunt

 

 

What is a hero in today's society? Students in this course will explore what makes a "real" hero and develop plans and strategies for becoming one themselves.    

Mayan Civilizations to 2012: Superheroes & Gods

Mayan Civilizations to 2012: Superheroes & Gods

Taught by: Chiero

 

 

In this course students will explore the historical backdrop to the ancient Maya civilizations of Yucatan, Mexico and Central America while researching US fascination of Mayan pyramids, calendrical systems, and the supernatural, leading up to the 2012 prophecy of the end of the world.  Using the techniques drawn from Anthropology, History, Religion, and Linguistics, students will be exposed to a variety of sources and discuss the usefulness of an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the supernatural.

What is the perception of social media on different generation of physicians?

What is the perception of social media on different generation of physicians?

Taught by: Chiero

 

 

Gen Z, Millennials, Generation X and baby Boomers are likely to perceive social media differently to each other.  Similarly, Physicians of various generation may also have different effect of the social media in their current professional life. This course will inquiries about perception and influence of social media on the different generation of physician.