New Summer Courses Available

Stressed by your course load? Worried about your GPA? Concerned about being on track for graduation? Wanting to take a lighter course load next year – especially if you will be starting Senior I.S. or taking on the challenge of Student Teaching? Wishing you could focus on just one class and do well in it? Looking for something to give your summer focus and a sense of accomplishment? Just wanting to stay connected with Wooster faculty and students over the summer?

The College of Wooster is pleased to announce new fully-remote Summer Sessions for 2023. We are offering 12 courses, all of which meet requirements that count toward graduation. All courses will be taught remotely, using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous modes of learning. Some class schedules will be flexible, to allow for your work schedule and/or different time zones. All classes will earn a full Wooster credit (1.000), 因此,没有必要担心从其他机构转移学分的文书工作或成本. Classes last for 4 or 6 weeks, giving you plenty of time to relax before the fall semester begins. Best of all, 你将与k8彩乐园APP教师和其他k8彩乐园APP学生一起学习与你的k8彩乐园APP课程要求直接相关的课程. If you need to take a class this summer, why not make it a Wooster class?

Tuition is $3,000 for each of these 12 special summer session courses, a discount from the usual summer tuition of $3,150 per credit. Need-based financial aid will be available, based on your FAFSA status. Students may take up to two courses in the summer session. Each course is one credit.

Please visit the Registrar’s page for information about registration and academic deadlines.

For further questions or information, please contact Alicia Brazeau, Director of the Wooster Summer Sessions: abrazeau@www.smart-chp.com.

*Course descriptions available below table

Course NumberCourse NameDesignationsInstructorMeeting Times (Eastern Daylight Time)# of Weeks
MATH 10000Math in Contemporary SocietyMNS/QLD. PasteurMTWThF 10-11 AM6
DATA 10200Introduction to StatisticsMNS/QLC. HorrMWF 3:00-4:30PM4
PHIL 23000World Comparative PhilosophyAH/GEE. SchiltzW 1-4 PM4
SPAN 10100Beginning Spanish, Level 1A. Díaz de LeónMTWF 10-11:50 AM6
SPAN 10200Beginning Spanish, Level 2O. BalamMTWF 10-11:50 AM6
ENGL 27008Writers' Habits and RoutinesAH/WA. BrazeauMW 7:00-8:30 PM6
PSCI 23100Modern Western Political ThoughtHSSW. KujalaT/Th 2:00-3:30 PM6
BIOL 399Cancer Cell BiologyE. ReganMWF 10-11:50 AM6
PSYC 29916NeurodiversityHSS/DG. HerzmannT/Th 12-1:30 PM6
BIOL 199Fighting Climate ChangeR LehtinenMWF 10-11:50 AM4
ENVS 19903Introduction to Env HumanitiesAHM MariolaWF 6-8 PM4
GRMN/GMDS 2280Imagining Berlin: Visual and Graphic Texts of the Weimer EraAH/CB. MuellnerT 5:00-7:30 PM6
Course Descriptions

MATH 10000: Math in Contemporary Society

Instructor: D. Pasteur
Meeting Times: Monday through Friday, 10:00-11:00 am EDT
Length of Course: 6 weeks
Designations: MNS/QL

This is a survey course that explores a broad spectrum of mathematical topics; examples include the search for good voting systems, the development of efficient routes for providing urban services, and the search for fair procedures to resolve conflict. 重点是观察数学在现代社会中的许多实际应用,而不是掌握高级数学技术. This course does not satisfy the prerequisites for further Mathematics courses, nor does it count toward a major or minor. Mathematics majors and minors may take the course only if they have permission of the chair.

Asynchronous Information: In addition to the class meetings, students should expect to complete exercises and quizzes each week as part of the course content.

DATA 10200: Introduction to Statistics

Instructor: C. Horr
Meeting Times: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 3:00-4:30 pm EDT
Length of Course: 4 weeks
Designations: MNS/QL

本课程介绍了基本统计方法和概念-描述统计和推论统计的基本要素. Topics include exploratory data analysis, experimental design, sampling, inference for means and proportions, regression, and categorical data. This course does not satisfy the prerequisites for further Mathematics courses, nor does it count toward a major or minor.

PHIL 23000: World Comparative Philosophy

Instructor: E. Schiltz
Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00 pm EDT
Length of Course: 4 weeks, starting June 7
Designations: AH/GE

In this class, 彩乐园将批判性地参与来自各种世界传统的重要哲学家的关键思想, 仔细思考和批判性地分析他们对哲学的一些基本问题的观点. Who am I? What really exists? What is knowledge – and how can I get it? How should I live?  At the same time, we will engage with the larger questions of cross-cultural philosophy. How should we approach different philosophical traditions? What conclusions follow for the pursuit of wisdom?

Asynchronous Information: In addition to class meetings, students should expect roughly three hours of asynchronous work each week for this course. 

SPAN 10100: Beginning Spanish, Level 1

Instructor: A. Díaz de León
Meeting Times: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday, 10:00-11:50 am EDT
Length of Course: 6 weeks

开始西班牙语:一级(10100)是两个学期的课程序列的第一个,向学生介绍西班牙语和西班牙语世界的文化. Through the integration of grammar topics, conversational activities, reading materials and listening exercises, 学生将接受语言方面的基本训练,特别注重功能性词汇的习得. Homework and exams will be completed and submitted on the textbook website. The course textbook is Aventuras (e-Book and online access key required), which can be purchased through the Wilson Bookstore. Students will attend four synchronous sessions per week, MTWF, from 10:00 AM – 11:50 AM, to practice the language in an online group setting. Upon completion of this course, students will be fully prepared to continue with SPAN 102, which will cover the second half of the Aventuras textbook.

SPAN 10200: Beginning Spanish, Level 2

Instructor: Osmer Balam
Meeting Times: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday, 10:00-11:50 am EDT
Length of Course: 6 weeks

Beginning Spanish, Level II (10200) is the second semester of the Spanish Language Program in the Department of Spanish. This course builds on the language skills that students have previously acquired. Through the completion of grammar exercises, listening and speaking activities, and exams in the textbook website, students will further develop their communicative competence in Spanish. 学生每周将同步参加四节课,练习听力和口语技能. At the end of this course, students will have the ability to engage in Spanish conversations with more ease and confidence.

ENGL 27008: Writers’ Habits and Routines

Instructor: Alicia Brazeau
Meeting Times: Monday/Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 pm EDT
Length of Course: 6 weeks
Designations: AH/W

Maya Angelou wrote in the mornings, in a space cleared of decoration and distraction. Steven King assigned himself the task of completing six pages every day. Kurt Vonnegut and Haruki Murakami swim, run, and do push-ups. In this course, we will explore how professional writers practice and conceptualize the work of writing, 然后再考虑这些个人叙述与关于作家如何学习和发展自己能力的学术研究是否相符. We will also experiment with adopting and evaluating these habits, routines, and strategies for ourselves. Course projects will prompt students to examine and analyze their own writing process, and critically evaluate the strategies and routines of professional writers.

Asynchronous Information: In addition to class meetings and corresponding reading, 学生每周应该花大约三个小时的写作“实验时间”,包括写作练习和思考.

PSCI 23100: Modern Western Political Thought

Instructor: W. Kujala
Meeting Times: Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT
Length of Course: 6 weeks
Designations: HSS

This course surveys the development of political concepts in modern Western thought. We will trace paradigmatic shifts in political ideas about sovereignty, the state and rights as they begin to surface in 17th and 18th century European thought, evidenced in the writings of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Kant, amongst others. And we will compare these ideas with the thinking of some prominent 19th and 20th century critics, including Bentham, Mill, Marx, and Nietzsche. Through close textual readings and contextual analysis, 彩乐园将对彩乐园对政治的假设与这些哲学辩论中表达的假设进行系统的比较. And, in so doing, 彩乐园将试图进一步理解当代政治和彩乐园自己的政治实践所特有的问题.

Asynchronous Information: In addition to class meetings, 学生应该期待每周大约三个小时的异步内容,包括视频讲座, message board iterations, and collaborative work.

BIOL 399: Cancer Cell Biology

Instructor: E. Regan
Meeting Times: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10:00-11:50 am EDT
Length of Course: 6 weeks

本课程主要讨论导致癌症发生和发展的细胞和分子过程. As we explore multiple facets of cell behavior altered by cancer, we will examine the intersection of genetic, epigenetic and environmental causes of cancer-forming cell behavior. With a strong emphasis on reading primary literature, the course will engage topics such as immunotherapy, the link between cancer and aging, the role of the microbiome, and the promise of predictive models for developing novel therapeutic approaches. Prerequisite: BIOL-20100, minimum grade of C- or instructor permission. 

Asynchronous Information: In addition to class meetings, students can expect additional course work to include online quizzes, preparation for Journal Club, and a discussion forum.

PSYC 29916: Neurodiversity

Instructor: G. Herzmann
Meeting Times: Tuesday/Thursday, 12:00-1:30 pm EDT
Length of Course: 6 weeks
Designations: HSS/D

This course will introduce students to neurodiversity, the idea that neurological differences, whether arising from developmental (i.e., Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism) or mental conditions (i.e., 精神分裂症或图雷特氏症)应该被接受和重视,作为人类大脑和行为的自然变异. This course will combine synchronous and asynchronous activities including small-group discussions, large-group discussions, students presentations, and lectures with active learning components. 异步活动将包括阅读主要文献以及自传和传记文章, watching videos, reflective writing, and experiential learning. The usual pre-requisite for this course is Psychology 100 or Advanced Placement Psychology, 但只要学生在社会科学或自然科学中学习过入门级课程,就可以免除这一要求, such as Biology 111, Neuroscience 200, or Sociology/Anthropology 100.

Asynchronous Information: In addition to class meetings, students should expect approximately three hours each week of asynchronous course content.

BIOL 199: Fighting Climate Change

Instructor: R. Lehtinen
Meeting Times: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10:00-11:50 am EDT
Length of Course: 4 weeks

这门非主修课程将探讨当前对气候变化的科学认识以及所需的政策, social and economic changes needed to avoid its worst effects. The first part of the course (‘knowledge’, 两周)将为全球气候变化建立科学基础,包括覆盖地球气候系统的基本方面(特别是碳循环),以及覆盖地球历史上以前的气候变化事件,以及当前和预计的气候变化对生物和文化系统的影响. The second part of the course (‘action’, 一个星期)将涵盖为避免气候变化的最坏影响,人类集体和个人行为所需要的改变. The third and final part of the course (‘anger’, 一个星期)将关注现状的努力,以防止或预先阻止气候行动(政治运动), disinformation campaigns, etc.)以及在全球范围内实施变革的官方和基层努力(特别关注青年运动和行动主义). While some of the content can be perceived as “doom and gloom”, 彩乐园将特别和反复地关注一些正在取得的重要进展(在当地和中国), national and global levels) to meet the unprecedented challenges.  

ENVS 19903: Introduction to Environmental Humanities

Instructor: M. Mariola
Meeting Times: Wednesday/Friday, 6:00-8:00 pm EDT
Length of Course: 4 weeks
Designations: AH

What does it mean to know the land upon which we stand? Does it matter if that land is urban, suburban, or rural? How are the histories of our environments legible to us? 加深彩乐园对地域的认识如何让彩乐园更好地了解彩乐园在生态系统中的位置? To begin answering these questions, we will each engage in deep experiences such as walking or interacting with the ecosystem – asynchronously and each in in our respective landscapes; we will read key essays in the environmental humanities to help understand our ecosystem experiences; and we will write personal essays to express this growing understanding. This class attempts to turn the passive nature of remote learning into ACTIVITY.

Asynchronous Information: In addition to the two synchronous class meetings per week, students should expect approximately four hours of weekly asynchronous time, consisting of one “Humanities Lab” and one peer review session per week.

GRMN/GMDS 2280: Imagining Berlin: Visual and Graphic Texts of the Weimer Era

Instructor: B. Muellner
Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 5:00-7:30 pm EDT
Length of Course: 6 weeks
Designations: AH/C

Netflix连续剧《k8彩乐园APP》(Babylon Berlin)重新点燃了人们对20世纪20年代魏玛时代柏林的兴趣, Germany, like no other cultural text of late, unless compared with the long-awaited publication of graphic novel trilogy Berlin (2000-2018) by the American artist Jason Lutes. This is exactly what this summer class will do. 彩乐园通过小说中虚构的角色来探索《k8彩乐园APP》系列,比如新女人/速记员(夏洛特·里特饰)和一战老兵/侦探/吗啡成瘾者(吉伦·拉特饰),吕茨的艺术学生Marthe Müller和记者Kurt Severing,并询问这些虚构的角色在多大程度上反映了生活在柏林大都市的人们在内战动荡变化时期的真实苦难. Discussion and comparison of histories of Weimar era, contemporary newspaper stories, Weimar film (including those by G.W. Pabst, Fritz Lang, Josef von Sternberg), and documentary photography discuss class discrepancies, modernity, industrialization, changing gender roles, history of queer culture, social and political unrest. Course in English.

Asynchronous Information: In addition to class meetings, each week students should expect about 3 hours of asynchronous, guided work, and discussion board interaction.