Summer School Courses

SUMMER SESSION I (May 30-June 29, 2017)

ART-160: Visual Thinking combined course (on campus)
Instructor:Sarah Emerson
Introduction to drawing and design. Students will explore issues of composition, color theory and creative development. Experiments with a variety of drawing and design media will develop students' visual skills and individual style.

CHI-101: Elementary Chinese I (online)
Instructor: Jing Paul
Designed to make spoken and written Mandarin Chinese a functional language for students. Emphasis on pronunciation, basic vocabulary, foundational grammar for simple sentences and short paragraphs, and the Chinese writing system for rudimentary reading and writing.

ENG-230: Topics in Film Study: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock (online)
Instructor: Willie Tolliver
This online course will focus on the basics of film as an art. Fundamental elements of film, such as editing, sound, cinematography, and mise-en-scene will be explored in relation to the particular storytelling power of films. Emphasis will also be placed on the nature and limits of narrative form in film. Attention will also be paid to the ideological contexts of film and to selected issues in film critical theory. All of the examples for analysis will be taken from the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Given this additional focus, the course will also consider issues of film auteurship, the development of the individual career, art and psychology, and the relationship between art and social ideology.

FRE-201: Intermediate French I (online)
Instructor: Philip Ojo
Grammar review, oral and written comprehension, reading and composition.

MAT-115: Elementary Statistics (online)
Instructor: Alan Koch
This is an online version of the course we offer during the academic year. Topics include statistical measures and distributions, probability and its application to statistical inference, linear correlation, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals and applications in the natural and social sciences. Students will be expected to watch online videos, post to forums, complete small problem sets, collaborate on a group project, and complete two online exams.
This course satisfies the SUMMIT in STEM and Leadership Skills requirements.

PSY-101: Introductory Psychology: Biological Foundation and Cognitive Processes (online)
Instructor: Bonnie Perdue
This is one-half of a two-semester introduction to psychology. The course is about the nervous system as it pertains to behavior and cognition. Students may take PSY-101 or PSY-102 first and each course is independent of the other.

PH-101: Survey of Public Health
Instructor: Michele Bolduc
This course provides a broad overview of the field of public health, including the core disciplines of epidemiology, biostatistics, social/behavioral sciences, environmental health, health policy & management, and global health. Students will examine biological, socio-cultural, and environmental determinants of disease to better understand the causes of health disparities in the United States and elsewhere. Class activities will encourage students to think about the ways that institutionalized racism, sexism, classism, and power differentials influence health. Students will learn about different health promotion and disease prevention strategies employed in the field of public health and consider the ethical, logistical, political, and economic implications of specific interventions. The course will provide students with opportunities to apply critical skills and concepts to specific public health topics. In addition, we will address possible career paths in public health and the intersections between public health and other disciplines.
This course satisfies the SUMMIT Leadership Skills and SUMMIT Social Science requirements.

WS-100: Introduction to Women's Studies (online)
Instructor: Lauran Whitworth
In this course, we will familiarize ourselves with key concepts and central debates within the field of Women’s Studies. The following questions will drive our examination of feminist thought across a number of disciplines: What is feminism? How do we understand the emergence of multiple feminisms? What is gender? What is sexuality? And how do they impact our lived experiences? Throughout our explorations, we will strive to acknowledge workings of power and their relation to gender, sexuality, and other axes of identity, such as race, class, ability, and nationality. Topics of focus will include: histories of U.S. feminism, transnational feminisms, intersectionality and critical race studies, diversity of gender and sexual expression, and masculinity studies.


SUMMER SESSION II (July 3-Aug 3, 2017)

AST-120/120L: The Solar System, with lab (online)
Instructor: Paul Wallace
A survey of the solar system, including the planets, minor bodies and the sun. An overview of orbital motion, the properties of light and fundamentals of astronomical instrumentation. Includes a required laboratory component in which students learn introductory observational methods, including telescope alignment and calibration and visual, photographic and CCD observations of the sun, the moon, planets and stars.

CHI-102: Elementary Chinese II (online)
Instructor: Jing Paul
Designed to make spoken and written Mandarin Chinese a functional language for students. Emphasis on pronunciation, basic vocabulary, foundational grammar for simple sentences and short paragraphs, and the Chinese writing system for rudimentary reading and writing. A continuation of CHI-101.

FRE-202: Intermediate French II (online)
Instructor: Julia Knowlton
Grammar review, oral and written comprehension, reading and composition.

FRE-232: French/Francophone Civilization and Culture (online)
Instructor: Julia Knowlton
Course content will focus on the relationships between sociopolitical change and artistic expression in France and in the Francophone world. Emphasis will be placed on historical development, post-colonial identities, and contemporary cultures. Taught in English.

HIS-101: Europe from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment (online)
Instructor: Yael Manes
This online course is an introduction to European society and culture from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. As a survey of pre-modern European history, it will cover a large stretch of time and geography and will offer students a broad and will offer students a broad and global historical overview of European history. Topics will include marriage and family, religion and religious reform, women and gender, popular and elite culture, science and medicine, state building and foreign affairs. Satisfies the SUMMIT Arts and Humanities requirement.

PH-332: Health Policy (online)
Instructor: Michele Bolduc
This course will introduce students to the basics of health policy and policymaking in the US, as well as different models of health care delivery and finance. Students will learn about the policy-making process, current health policy in the United States (including the Affordable Care Act), and insurance policy. Students will also examine the strengths and weaknesses of different health care models found globally with attention to cost, quality, access, ethics, and human rights. They will also discuss socio-cultural, historical, economics, and political factors that led countries to adopt different health systems, including that of the United States. The course addresses leadership in the field of health policy and management, in both domestic and global settings. Students will complete a variety of projects and activities, such as a research-based health policy brief.
Prerequisite: PH-101

PSY-200: Developmental Psychology (online)
Instructor: Janelle S. Peifer
Development of the individual throughout the lifespan.
Prerequisite: PSY-101 or -102.

WS-229/ENG-230: Intersectional Approaches to Media Studies: Gender and Popular Culture (online)
Instructor: Lauran Whitworth
José Muñoz writes that “popular culture is the stage where we rehearse our identities” (2009). This course offers an introduction to feminist and queer media studies. We will examine popular culture in an array of media forms (film, television, music, and social media)—from the television series Transparent (2014) to Beyonce's 2016 album "Lemonade" to cyberfeminist activism. The following questions will drive our intersectional examination of gender and popular culture: What is gender, and how does it frame and impact our daily lives? What is popular culture, and what role does it play in the production and reinforcement of norms regarding gender, sexuality, race, and class? How can we enjoy popular culture while also becoming savvy consumers aware of the power and politics of representation? Possible topics for discussion include the historical trajectory of media representations of gender and race in the US; the impact of post-feminism on contemporary media forms; women as producers and consumers of media forms; and, the rise of new digital and online media forms.

BUS-225: Bridge to Business (6 credits)
Bridge to Business (B2B) partners Agnes Scott College and Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business in a collaborative effort to develop the business interests of Agnes Scott students. Launched in 2011, the program is a three-week educational experience designed to bring post- graduation opportunities into focus. Bridge to Business Scholars attend classes at the Scheller College of Business taught by faculty members from both Agnes Scott and Georgia Tech. The diverse curriculum includes topics in marketing, accounting, finance, operations management, gender in business, organizational behavior, international business, strategic management, business communications, and career development. Professors weave together case studies, computer simulations, lectures, discussions, alumnae panels, and on-site corporate visits to develop participants’ understanding of opportunities awaiting them in the corporate world and in graduate study in business.

Bridge to Business is designed for Agnes Scott students from all majors, and is a 6-credit course with tuition of $2,700 (the standard summer school rate of $450 per credit). In 2017, the program will run Monday, July 31 through Friday, August 18.

Eligible students may apply for Bridge to Business Awards of up to $1,700 to help defray B2B tuition. Students may register for B2B between April 3 and June 19 without applying to the program itself, but those seeking B2B Award funding must submit the B2B Award application by April 15. For more information, please visit the B2B website or contact Professor Thomas Will (