Transformative Ideas

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Political Science
Course Number: 
117
Institution: 
Amherst College

[PT] This course explores a series of ideas from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that have substantially changed the way people think about humanity in the Western world.  Each idea is closely associated with an author. While from year to year the ideas change, for 2013 we read and wrote about, Karl Marx and Frederic Engels' The Communist Manifesto, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, Friedrich Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals, Sigmund Freud’s The Ego and the Id, selections from Franz Kafka's The Complete Stories, Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem and Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish. Students are required to purchase a copy of Strunk and White, The Elements of Style.


This course emphasizes the development of several skills, including close reading, interpretation, and expository writing. Students are required to pose critical questions concerning the readings posted to the course blog on the night prior to each meeting. Each week students are required to write a brief essay in response to a prompt provided by me commenting on a passage in the week’s reading. These essays are evaluated for grammar, style, logical coherence, and clarity.


This is a discussion-based course with the expectation of active participation by students who must complete the reading for each class meeting prior to class. Students are evaluated for their ability to engage thoughtfully with the texts and with each other. Evaluation of participation constitutes the remaining 10% of the final grade for the course.


Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professor Dumm.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
POSC-117-01-1516F

ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYTICAL CHEM

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Chemistry
Course Number: 
346
Institution: 
Smith College
An introduction to some common environmental chemical processes in air, soil and water, coupled with a study of the crucial role of accurate chemical measurement of these processes. Lecture and laboratory featuring modern chemical instrumentation for spectroscopy (atomic and molecular) high performance chromatographic separations (both gas and liquid), electrochemistry as well as microwave- and ultrasound- assisted sample preparation, and a short project linked to local faculty research interests. Oral presentations and formal laboratory reports required. Prerequisite: CHM 224 or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limit of 20.
Linked Course: 
Multiple required components--lab and/or discussion section. To register, submit requests for all components simultaneously.
Linked Course Comments: 
You must also register for a Lab section.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
18087-F15

GENRE/PERIOD

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Film Studies
Course Number: 
241
Institution: 
Smith College
Comments: 
Topic: American Cinema and Culture from the Depression to the Sixties.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
19400-F15

New Ventures

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Management
Course Number: 
341
Institution: 
UMass Amherst
This course provides a broad view of entrepreneurship. Topics include the business plan, raising money for a new venture, assessing the riskiness of new businesses and the unique management challenges of startups.
Comments: 
This class is open to Senior and Junior Isenberg BBA majors only. MANAGMNT 301 or SCH-MGMT 241
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
40099
Schedule #: 
39607

BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Economics
Course Number: 
254
Institution: 
Smith College
An examination of the combination of economists' models and psychologists' understanding of human behavior. This combination fosters new understanding of consumers' and firms' decision-making. Topics include decisions motivated by issues of fairness or revenge (rather than self-interest); decisions based on the discounting of future happiness; decisions based on individuals' incorrect beliefs about themselves (such as underestimating the power of bad habits or cravings). This new understanding has implications for economic, political, legal, and ethical issues. Prerequisites: ECO 220 and ECO 250. (E)
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
20933-F15

S-CMPSCI Major RAP Seminar

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Computer Science
Course Number: 
191A
Institution: 
UMass Amherst
Conversations with members of the UMass CMPSCI community, to explore issues in and subareas of computer science. This course does not count toward requirements for the CMPSCI major or minor.
Comments: 
Open to students in the Computer Sci Major Dickinson RAP program only. CMPSCI RAP FIRST YEAR PROGRAM STUDENTS ONLY. REGISTRATION AVAILABLE ONLY DURING SUMMER ORIENTATION.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
39304

Critical Race Theory

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Critical Social Thought
Course Number: 
253
Institution: 
Mount Holyoke College
This course examines the discursive relationship between race and law in contemporary U.S. society. Readings examine the ways in which racial bodies are constituted in the cultural and political economy of American society. The main objective is to explore the rules and social practices that govern the relationship of race to gender, nationality, sexuality, and class in U.S. courts and other cultural institutions. Thinkers covered include W.E.B. DuBois, Kimberle Crenshaw, Derrick Bell, and Richard Delgado, among others.
Comments: 
Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
93038,93282
Schedule #: 
93282

Labor in the American Economy

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Economics
Course Number: 
330
Institution: 
UMass Amherst
Introduction to labor economics; emphasis on public policy issues such as unemployment, age and sex discrimination, collective bargaining, labor law reform, occupational safety and health.
Comments: 
PreReq: Econ103or Res-Econ102
Linked Course: 
Multiple required components--lab and/or discussion section. To register, submit requests for all components simultaneously.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
40290
Schedule #: 
33628

Photography I

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Art & the History of Art
Course Number: 
218
Institution: 
Amherst College

An introduction to black-and-white still photography. The basic elements of photographic technique will be taught as a means to explore both general pictorial structure and photography’s own unique visual language. Emphasis will be centered less on technical concerns and more on investigating how images can become vessels for both ideas and deeply human emotions. Weekly assignments, weekly critiques, readings, and slide lectures about the work of artist-photographers, one short paper, and a final portfolio involving an independent project of choice. Two three-hour meetings per week.


Requisite: ARHA 102 or 111, or consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. Fall semester. Visiting Lecturer Meyer. 

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
ARHA-218-01-1516F

Biochemical Prin Dis

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Biology
Course Number: 
330F
Institution: 
Amherst College
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
CHEM-330F-01,BIOL-330F-01
Schedule #: 
BIOL-330F-01-1516F