Five College Consortium

The Busy Silk Roads

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2016
Subject Name: 
History
Course Number: 
224
Institution: 
Mount Holyoke College
Centered on great powers in the web of the Silk Roads prior to the nineteenth century, this course seeks to present a history of incessant communication at a trans-regional level. Three vast empires dominated the heart of the Eurasian continent: the Tibetan empire (7th-9th centuries), the Mongol empire (1206-1370), and the Manchu Qing (1644-1911). Each of them cultivated and encouraged cultural exchanges in the landlocked regions that are now divided into many modern nation-states. Important questions include: is seaborne trade the only form of global circulation of knowledge? What roles did the great powers play in facilitating exchange and communication?
Variable Credit Comments: 
meets history department pre-1750 requirement; all readings are in English
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
97432

CHINESE II (INTENSIVE)

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2016
Subject Name: 
Chinese
Course Number: 
220
Institution: 
Smith College
Continued emphasis on the development of oral proficiency and functional literacy in modern Mandarin. Conversation and narrative practice, reading exercises, short composition assignments, and work with audio-visual materials. Prerequisite: 111 or permission of the instructor.
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 Lecture section.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
17296-F16

Discrete Mathematics

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2016
Subject Name: 
Mathematics
Course Number: 
232
Institution: 
Mount Holyoke College
Comments: 
Prereq: Mathematics 102 or above or Computer Science 101.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
98051

Comparative Politics

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2016
Subject Name: 
Politics
Course Number: 
106
Institution: 
Mount Holyoke College
This course provides an introduction to comparative political analysis, one of the four subfields of political science. The primary objective is to help students understand how the 'modern' world, one characterized by the rise of industrialized nation-states, took form and what shape it might take in the post-Cold War era. We will examine how the challenges of economic development, social transformation, and nation-building sparked the emergence of alternatives to 'modernity' characterized by diverse configurations of political institutions and social forces. We will also assess how globalization and the re-emergence of local identities may be redefining our understanding of 'modernity.'
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
96626

S-InteractMachineLrng:Algorith

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2016
Subject Name: 
Computer Science
Course Number: 
691L
Institution: 
UMass Amherst
Interactive machine learning involves an algorithm or an agent making decisions about data collection, contrasting starkly with traditional learning paradigms. Interactive data collection often enables learning with significantly less data, and it is critical in a number of applications including personalized recommendation, medical diagnosis, and dialogue systems. This seminar will focus on the design and analysis of interactive learning algorithms for settings including active learning, bandits, reinforcement learning, and adaptive sensing. We will cover foundational and contemporary papers, with an emphasis on algorithmic design principles as well as understanding and proving performance guarantees.
Comments: 
Open to COMPSCI graduate students only. LECT 01=3 CREDITS; LECT 02=1 CREDIT. Students enrolled in the 3 credit version of the course will present one paper in detail to the class as well as prepare notes for one additional lecture. Students enrolled in the 1 credit version of the course will prepare notes for one lecture. STUDENTS NEEDING SPECIAL PERMISSION MUST REQUEST OVERRIDES VIA THE ON-LINE FORM: https://www.cics.umass.edu/overrides.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
81201

The Polymer Age

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2016
Subject Name: 
Faculty First Year Seminars
Course Number: 
197POLY
Institution: 
UMass Amherst
The rise of human civilization is marked by the development of ever more advanced materials: Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age. How will future historians refer to our time? The Silicon Age, or Perhaps the Age of Polymers? Polymers encompass a broad spectrum of our world from the mundane, such as plastics for packaging, to the cutting edge, such as the wings of advanced aircraft, or flexible electronic devices. The DNA that encodes the blueprints for life, and the proteins that build our bodies, are also polymers. First year students will be introduced to polymer enabled advances and opportunities in biomedical engineering, electronics, energy, packaging, clothing and other important applications.
Comments: 
Freshmen Only
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
81217

Beginning T'ai Chi

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2016
Subject Name: 
Physical Educ. & Athletics
Course Number: 
114
Institution: 
Mount Holyoke College
Taijiquan (Tai chi) is a slow movement exercise that stimulates energy (Qi). This course introduces the Yang-style form, which begins a flowing sequential pattern of continuous movements that builds strength and flexibility, increases internal energy, and promotes a peaceful feeling in body and mind.
Variable Credit Comments: 
1 PE Unit. Half semester. Fee: $25
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
96681

Immigration to the U.S.: Beyon

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2016
Subject Name: 
Faculty First Year Seminars
Course Number: 
197SOC4
Institution: 
UMass Amherst
The issue of immigration has always been a controversial topic in U.S. society and becomes even more of a hotbutton
issue during election years. This course will examine how the issue of immigration has become
sensationalized among politicians and the public, and how sociology can be used to understand immigration as fully
as possible -- who, why, and how different groups immigrate to the U.S. and what happens once they arrive and how they are received by mainstream society and how they adjust to their new country. Weekly topics include settlement, identity, assimilation, discrimination, employment, language, legal status, and political participation.
Comments: 
Freshmen Only
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
81233

Video I: Surveillance

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2016
Subject Name: 
Humanities Arts Cultural Stu
Course Number: 
0209
Institution: 
Hampshire College
Pigeons, balloons, kites, aircraft, satellites, telephones, webcams, carcams, and bodycams have been used to record images of regions, communities, and people. In this introductory level video production course, we will look back at these images -- contemporary and historic examples produced by individuals, corporations, and international government surveillance programs-- that observe, track, and survey as we discuss secrecy, technology, and shifting attitudes towards privacy. Using devices that document from the ground, the sky, and the body, students will complete a series of time and screen based projects designed to develop basic technical proficiency as well as the skills and mental discipline so important to a successful working process. Hands on workshops will introduce students to modes of image acquisition, as well as skills such as lighting, editing, and sound recording. We will follow a workflow that includes research and development of an idea (designing, planning, and scheduling), production (building, testing, recording) and post-production (editing and revision). Screenings, workshops, critiques and discussion will focus on media analysis and image/sound relationships. Readings will include historical, theoretical, and literary texts. Students will gain experience in looking, listening, and thinking critically about the making of the moving image. There are required weekly screenings and workshops. Enrolled or top 5 waitlist students who DO NOT attend the first class session risk losing their place on the class roster.
Comments: 
Independent Work Lab fee: $65. Prerequisites: Hampshire Media Arts or similar course. Students are expected to spend approximately 8 hours weekly on work and preparation outside of class time.
Linked Course: 
Multiple required components--lab and/or discussion section. To register, submit requests for all components simultaneously.
Linked Course Comments: 
This course has unspecified prerequisite(s) - please see the instructor.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
321213,321390
Schedule #: 
321390

Computer Sys./Assembly Lang.

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2016
Subject Name: 
Computer Science
Course Number: 
221
Institution: 
Mount Holyoke College
This course looks at the inner workings of a computer and computer systems. It is an introduction to computer architecture. Specific topics include assembly language programming, memory, and parallelism. This course is programming intensive.
Comments: 
Prereq: Computer Science 201.; Coreq: COMSC-221L.
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.
Schedule #: 
96916