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ANT 227From the Ground Down Students explore the adventure and science of archaeology from the perspective of an anthropologist. This course highlights great discoveries in archaeology with a look at famous sites worldwide. An overview of the development of archaeology from treasure hunting to a high-tech science are presented. Additional topics include fieldwork techniques, artifact analysis, interpretation, forensic analysis and cultural resource preservation. This course may include a visit to an archaeological site in the area, weather permitting.
ANT 380The Ancient Maya The class will address specifically the culture or civilization of the ancient Maya through archaeological remains, art, architecture, and ethnohistoric documentation. Students will be introduced to the origins of Maya civilization through the peak of Maya civilization, along with the collapse and colonial contact with the Maya. Along with the chronological perspective of these developments, an additional thematic approach will also be taken to the course. A few important themes to be addressed in the course include ancient Maya politics, economics, social organization, religion, art, architecture, technology, and material culture.
ANT 382Anthropology of Babies What do babies have to teach us about being human? In this winter term course, students will explore pregnancy, birth, and infancy in evolutionary and cross-cultural contexts. Students will learn how assisted birth evolved in humans in parallel with examination of the diversification of the rituals, beliefs, and symbols associated with pregnancy, birth, and infant care cross-culturally.  They will examine stages of infant development and the ways parenting practices shape health and development. Through exploration of ethnographies, films, guest lectures, field trips, and a variety of active learning exercises in the classroom, students will engage some of the key controversies surrounding contemporary pregnancy, birth, feeding, and infant care practices. Students will complete a diverse series of writing assignments, field reports, and a final research paper.
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COM 100Communications in a Global Age Contemporary media play a vital role in society. In this course, students study the importance of books, newspapers, magazines, recordings, movies, radio, television, the Internet and mobile media, and the messages carried through news, public relations and advertising. The course emphasizes the relationship of media and democracy, ethical decision-making, the diversity of audiences, and the global impact of communications.
COM 266The Fellows Experience This course provides students a domestic travel experience that offers an inside look at media and communications industries. Prerequisite: Communications Fellows, application required.
COR 302Italian Cinema Italy has given human civilization among its most precious works of art (The Sistine Chapel, The Mona Lisa); literature (Dante, Calvino); political science (Machiavelli, Gramsci); music (Verdi, Puccini); science (Galileo, Volta); cars and design (Ferrari, Lamborghini); films (Rossellini, Fellini); and, of course, pizza. Unfortunately (or maybe it's because of that?), it has also given civilization one other thing: the Mafia. The Mafia is a very complicated thing. It is cultural, economic, financial historical, sociological, geographical, linguistic, national, international, and VERY political phenomenon. It has to do with issues concerning class, gender, the family. This course will look at the Mafia through the prism of Italian and Italian-American films, trying to discern the differences, especially the difference between myth and reality. We will accompany, so to speak, our movies with some literary, political, historical, and critical readings in order to read these movies in a comparative fashion and in their historical context. Films will include Rossellini's spectacular version of Tommasi di Lampedusa's The Leopard, Alberto Lattuada's Il Mafioso, Francesco Rosi's Hands over the City and Salvatore Giuliano, Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather I and II, Martin Scorsese's Casino, Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah, Marco Trucco's Excellent Cadavers, as well as one episode of The Sopranos. All readings, movies, and discussions will be in English. This course is writing intensive. Open to students in the third or fourth year of study. Counts toward the Italian Studies minor (and the International Studies major for students who are not counting it as their COR capstone).
COR 306College Athletic Administration This course provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of intercollegiate athletics in higher education.  Although intercollegiate athletics has played an integral and undeniably significant role in the American system of higher education since the mid-nineteenth century, the debate about its purpose and how to govern college athletics still exists. This course will include an historical overview of college sport (1850 - present), an introduction to the organizational structures and policies governing member institutions and will focus on a variety of events and issues that speak to the impact of intercollegiate athletics at colleges and universities. Topics will be used to challenge student's ability to critically examine current administrative issues.  Many issues will challenge personal philosophies of sport and its place in higher education.  Topics include-among others-the debate surrounding required academic standards for college athletes, athletic department relationships with corporate entities and media partners, the impact of sports programs on campus culture, student-athlete well-being, the role of college and university presidents in intercollegiate athletics, and how college sports interacts with Title IX and gender equity. Through readings and discussions we will consider various prescriptive alternatives for the challenges facing the college athletics. This course is writing intensive. Open to students in the third or fourth year of study. Counts toward the Sport and Event Management minor.
COR 321Entrepreneurship and Arts Musicians, artists, writers and other artistic people face special challenges creating and operating ventures focused on their artistic endeavors. This course, designed for students who are not majoring in Business, addresses how to start a new enterprise and many of the unique problems and circumstances encountered in establishing and operating such a venture. Since many arts organizations are not-for-profit, special attention will be placed on the idiosyncrasies of non-profit organizations. Emphasis will be placed on the development of business and project plans and the operations of arts-related ventures. This course is writing intensive. Open to students in the third or fourth year of study.
COR 323Globally Networked Age In this course, we will explore the changing nature of work from a socio-historical perspective in which particular emphasis will be placed on current trends and the resulting societal implications in our global age of an increasingly globally networked economy. In the process, we will look at how work has been created, organized, performed, valued and compensated at different points in history. The course will also include exploration into credentialing and hiring practices related to issues of education, skills, experience, gender, race, class, etc. The overarching goal of the course will be for students to have a better understanding of work and the implications of current work-related trends within the larger socio-historical context. This course is writing intensive. Open to students in the third or fourth year of study.
COR 324Substance Abuse and Human Behavior This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of factors influencing alcohol and other drug use including facets of personality, culture and genetics. Students examine issues from a public health model and investigate prevention strategies based on lifestyle choices and harm reduction. Local, national and international issues are explored through presentations, class discussions, field trips and a research paper on alcohol and other drug issues in a country other than the United States. This course is writing intensive. Open to students in the third or fourth year of study. Counts toward Public Health Studies for students not using it as the Core Capstone.
COR 416Wealth and Poverty This course will focus on the profound disparity between people who live in wealth and people who live in poverty at the beginning of the 21stýcentury. Particular attention will be paid to moral responsibility and accountability of people in the First World to the problems of global inequality. This course is writing intensive. Open to students in the third or fourth year of study.
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DAN 341Dance in Worship This course is an exploration of the role of dance in worship in a variety of cultures from primitive ancient rituals through 21st-century contemporary worship. Although a lecture course, students will at times be active participants in various forms of sacred dance. Students will also learn of the history and theory of dance as a form of worship. This course is for dancers and non-dancers.
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EDU 211School & Sociecty This course is designed to introduce students to the cultural, social, historical, legal and philosophical foundations of education. Students examine critical issues that impact education in the 21st century. An integrated field experience enables students to analyze a variety of perspectives on the purposes of education and instructional practices related to classroom management, learning environment and meeting the needs of learners who are diverse in culture, language and ability. Students will develop skills in critical thinking, leadership, observing, interviewing, reading, writing and oral communications. May not be taken in the fall of the first year at Elon. Offered fall, winter and spring.
EDU 345Classroom Management for Elementary, Middle Grades, and Special Ed. This course focuses on the important aspects for special educators in establishing healthy, positive classroom environments and settings that promotes academic growth as well as social development for children, adolescents, and high school students with special needs. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of establishing a positive classroom environment or work/community settings for students with disabilities. The role of the teacher in regard to managing student behavior will be explored from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Strategies for establishing a classroom environment or other appropriate settings in which children feel safe to take academic risks, as well strategies for effectively addressing specific behavior problems in the classroom will be discussed. Pre-requisites: EDU 211 or SOC 243ýand admission to the teacher education program. Offered winter and spring.
EDU 467Early Childhood Education Research, Policy and Practice This course focuses on connecting the science of early childhood development with the real world applications of program design and implementation. It includes an analysis of how federal, state, and local policies impact early childhood programs. Finally, this course acquaints students with advocacy process as a means to influence policy decisions based on the science of early development. Offered winter.
ENG 255 Mad Men/Bad Men: Fiction TV This course introduces students to several different genres of literature and explores a particular theme (e.g., Renaissance Witchcraft on Stage, Technology in Literature, Utopian Literature and Literature of the Holocaust). Especially recommended for students who are not English majors, this course fulfills the Elon Core Curriculum literature requirement. May be repeated only to replace a failing grade. Offered fall and spring.
ENG 255American Woman This course introduces students to several different genres of literature and explores a particular theme (e.g., Renaissance Witchcraft on Stage, Technology in Literature, Utopian Literature and Literature of the Holocaust). Especially recommended for students who are not English majors, this course fulfills the Elon Core Curriculum literature requirement. May be repeated only to replace a failing grade. Offered fall and spring.
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HSS 111The Art & Science of Human Service Studies This course explores the history, values and ethics of the human services profession. Students are introduced to the theoretical approaches to human services work, issues of social justice and the evidence used to guide interventions and policy designed to address human problems. A minimum of 40 hours of field work in an approved human services setting is required. Offered fall and spring.
HST 179Western Imagination of China This course will explore representations and interpretations of China in Western travel accounts from the 13th century to the present. It will examine the way in which the image of "China," and by extension any country, is not a fixed and unchanging entity, but rather a set of representations that are constantly shifting and adapting to reflect historical conditions and concerns. Each week we will focus on one piece of travel writing. The readings will include works by the 13th century merchant explorer Marco Polo, the 19th century missionary Evariste-Regis Huc, and the contemporary Dutch-American travel writer J. Maarten Troost. Following in the footsteps of these tourists we will explore historical changes and geographical variation through their eyes. Students will gain an understanding of China's changing status vis-a-vis the West from early modern to contemporary history. They will learn to lead seminar-style discussions and conduct a group research project that will form the basis of oral presentations.
HST 271Old Times There Are Not Forgotten This course explores the major qualities that make the South a distinct region. Topics include music, the farming tradition, politics, literature, family and gender, the arts, religion, race relations and the role of social class in historical and contemporary contexts. Upon completion, students should be able to identify characteristics that distinguish Southern culture. The course will include field trips to area historic sites.
HST 393LGBTQ History in the United States Students in this course will study the experiences of people in the United States sometimes called "homosexual," "lesbian," "gay," "trans," "queer," and other terms and how and why those experiences changed over time. Students will explore what factors affected their experiences, including policies, attitudes, community development, social movements, and changing notions of identity. While some attention will be paid to earlier periods, the course will focus primarily on events of the 20thýcentury, and students will do a project related to post-1950 history. Students of any sexual orientation or gender are welcome in the course, and there are no course prerequisites; however, students should be willing to grapple with upper-level history assignments and be open to learning about people who may have been different from or similar to themselves. Counts toward Women's/Gender Studies minor.
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IDS 202Culture, History, and Art of Iraq During the last decade, the United States was involved in war with Iraq. Many Americans and especially the young know very little about this country and why the government decided to send the troops there. Most of what they know comes from the media, just bits and pieces here and there about what really happened in that country. But after the war was over and the troops came home, in order to have a future understanding of what happened and why, we need to know more about that country, about the other side's ways of thinking and believing. By showing the history, culture, and mentality of Iraqis, this course will help students in a neutral way" to know more about Iraq and the war that took place in that part of the world." Counts toward Civilization or Expression requirement. Counts toward Middle East Studies minor and International Studies major.
IDS 224Non-Violence and Civil Rights In this course, we will examine how civil rights leaders and activists used the theories and tactics of nonviolence to challenge the institutions of segregation in the American South. The course will culminate in travel to sites important to the movement in Atlanta, Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma. Counts toward Civilization or Society requirement.  Counts toward African/African-American Studies and Poverty and Social Justice Studies minors. Travel embedded course. Additional fees may apply.
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MUS 270Music and Propoganda This class will look at how music has been used as a propaganda tool and to further nationalism throughout history.
MUS 272Why Does the Fat Lady Sing? Students will study basic concepts of opera, including historical, musical, and biographical information. The course will proceed chronologically, discussing major opera composers and vocabulary that accompanies each time period. Each class period meets for three hours, Monday through Friday, and will have some component of critical thinking analysis (audio/video examples). Major opera plots and characters will also be discussed, and students will be encouraged to relate them to modern society and find their relevance.
MUS 274Woodstock, Hippies & Other Enduring Legacies: Music of the 60’s & 70’s The course will cover the major music groups in the ‘60s and ‘70s and the advent of the technological advance in recording. The student will gain an understanding as to why this music/technology influenced the groups of today. It will start with the Beatles and their influences and will end with the early Police and Donna Summer era. Groups covered will include Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Bob Dylan, The Rolling stones, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Pink Floyd, The Who, Fleetwood Mac and Aretha Franklin. Soul, R&B, folk, punk, disco and major songwriters will also be covered. In addition, important recording advances that made it possible for this music to be presented on LP records will be discussed. Woodstock, The Monterey International Pop Festival, Height Asbury the rise of Southern rock and their influence on popular music will be included.
MUS 319History of American Music Study of American music from 1620 to the present focuses on elements of various musical cultures (e.g., Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America) that have influenced the American style of music.
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PHS 381Public Health Studies Practicum Three weeks of direct practice and observation in a public health organization provide the opportunity for students to apply and conceptualize various aspects of health care delivery using this approach. Student learning will be guided and enhanced through weekly seminars, written assignments, and faculty site visits. Prerequisites: PHS 201, status as a declared Public Health Studies major or minor, and submission and approval of the application for practicum.
PSY 277Psychology of Humanitarian Aid Psychologists who study the workplace are trained to use their expertise in selection, training, leadership and statistics to improve organizations and their employees. This course will uniquely apply these concepts to nonprofit and humanitarian aid organizations. Designed as a service-learning course, students will learn about psychological principles, as well as performing hands-on work with a local nonprofit to improve a specific aspect of their organization. Prerequisite: PSY 111.
PSY 314 Psychology and Law This course explores psychological research on eyewitness testimony evidence, interviews and interrogations, and jury procedures with particular emphasis on memory, judgments and decision making. Prerequisite: PSY 111.
PSY 374Stereotyping and Prejudice Through the lens of gender, racial, and sexual prejudice, this course will examine the basic psychological processes that underlie stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. Cultural, societal and media influences will be discussed as well. Prerequisite: PSY 111. Counts toward Criminal Justice Studies minor.
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REL 271Jews and Christians in Antiquity The seminar will discuss the emergence of Christianity out of its Jewish matrix as well as the coexistence of Jews and Christians in Classical Antiquity and Late Antiquity, well into the early Islamic period (roughly the first millennium CE). We will examine the historical interaction between the two religions and their rhetorical depictions of one another. While the seminar has a strong historical component, its main focus will lie on the question of religious otherness within a confined geographical and intellectual space, and on the ethical issues related to it. Thus, in addition to acquiring knowledge about an important topic in a crucial period of history, students will gain insight into the processes by which religious difference came to be articulated, and religious otherness to be defined. These insights will be brought to bear on present-day discussions of religious pluralism and tolerance.
REL 272Do All Dogs Go to Heaven This course examines the formation of definitions of the human in contrast to animals. We will examine the portrayal of human-animal relations, animal religiosity, and human responsibilities towards animals as depicted in a number of religious traditions, from Islam to Buddhism. By reading scriptural, theological, and devotional texts, we will explore how religions define and shape what it means to be human in contrast to animals and discuss the implications for contemporary ethics and practice.
REL 273Judaism and Food - Beyond Kosher Are we what we eat? This course uses food as a lens to examine Judaism and Jewish identity.  We will follow food through Jewish ethnic, cultural, and religious history. We will investigate all aspects of food production - growing, processing, cooking, and eating. In this course, we will study Jewish biblical dietary laws, rabbinic regulations, and modern kosher cookbooks to investigate the formation and flexibility of Jewish foodways.
REL 279Sexuality and Salvation in Christian and Muslim Worlds People often imagine an impassable gulf between religious doctrines and secular culture, but there are many religious adherents who see no conflict. This course explores theories of gender, sexuality, and race in contemporary Christianity and Islam. We will focus on the complex questions, resources, and strategies of holding many identities together that often, from the outside, seem conflicting.
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SOC 131Sociology Through Film This course explores sociological principles, concepts, theories, ideas, themes and issues as they may be illustrated in cinema, television and commercials. Relevant sociological readings are assigned to accompany the specific sociological content being illustrated in each session. Themes for each section will vary and be determined by each professor. Offered winter.
SOC 375Gender and Crime This course examines how gender shapes patterns in crime, victimization, and criminal justice, with an emphasis on the U.S. context. The course adopts an intersectional approach that recognizes the importance of sexuality, social class, and race/ethnicity for understanding men's and women's experiences with crime and justice. Topics include sexual violence; street harassment; feminization of poverty and the gender gap; masculinities and crime; and gender, sexuality, and bias crime. The role of gender in criminological theory will be explored in depth.

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