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CAP 469A HOW TO SAVE THE RAIN FOREST6 Credits

This course will examine the scientific, social, economic, political and ethnic dimensions of efforts to create the conditions for environmental sustainability in the world's rainforests and other areas impacted by development. In doing so, it will examine the interaction between human and ecological diversity. Students will learn through collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects. They will engage in problem-based learning and experiential learning. The experiential component will involve a field trip to Costa Rica so that students can experience first-hand the delicate environmental systems that are the rainforests of Costa Rica. After returning from Costa Rica, students will conduct a major research project on some impacted ecosystem - perhaps the rain forest or somewhere closer to home.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES12

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

CAP 469A1 HOW TO SAVE THE RAINFOREST3 Credits

This course will examine the scientific, social, economic, political and ethnic dimensions of efforts to create the conditions for environmental sustainability in the world's rainforests and other areas impacted by development. In doing so, it will examine the interaction between human and ecological diversity. Students will learn through collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects. They will engage in problem-based learning and experiential learning. The experiential component will involve a field trip to Costa Rica so that students can experience first-hand the delicate environmental systems that are the rainforests of Costa Rica. After returning from Costa Rica, students will conduct a major research project on some impacted ecosystem - perhaps the rain forest or somewhere closer to home.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES10

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

Co-requisites: CAP 469A2

CAP 469A2 HOW TO SAVE THE RAINFOREST3 Credits

This course will examine the scientific, social, economic, political and ethnic dimensions of efforts to create the conditions for environmental sustainability in the world's rainforests and other areas impacted by development. In doing so, it will examine the interaction between human and ecological diversity. Students will learn through collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects. They will engage in problem-based learning and experiential learning. The experiential component will involve a field trip to Costa Rica so that students can experience first-hand the delicate environmental systems that are the rainforests of Costa Rica. After returning from Costa Rica, students will conduct a major research project on some impacted ecosystem - perhaps the rain forest or somewhere closer to home.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES12

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

Co-requisites: CAP 469A1

CAP 469B CUBA LIBRE'3-6 Credits

This course analyzes Modern Cuba. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the course will investigate the historical path to the revolution of 1959, the literary and artistic aspects of Cuban society pre and post revolution, the position of Cuba in the larger world (with special emphasis on the US-Cuban relationship) and asks problem-based queries of internal Cuban society as well as interrogations of its regional and international role. This course highlights the experiential study abroad component and requires an interdisciplinary, collaborative engagement related to Modern Cuba resulting from CSC classroom participation, experiences during the trip and post-trip analysis and reflection.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES12

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

Add Consent: Department Consent

Drop Consent: Department Consent

CAP 469C GREAT PLAINS3 Credits

Using the Great Plains as a backdrop and conceptual framework, students will produce a creative or scholarly work that addresses a significant issue relevant to the region and which integrates their essential studies skills, knowledge and abilities within that exploration.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES12

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

CAP 469C1 GREAT PLAINS3 Credits

Using the Great Plains as a backdrop and conceptual framework, students will produce a creative or scholarly work that addresses a significant issue relevant to the region and which integrates their essential studies skills, knowledge and abilities within that exploration. Co-requisite: paired with CAP 469C2 when Great Plains is offered as a team-taught, six-hour course: three hours applied toward Essential Studies SLO #12 (Capstone Integration) and three hours applied towards SLO #8 (Social Sciences). Students in catalogs previous to 2015 will have all six credits applied towards SLO #12.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES12

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

Co-requisites: CAP 469C2

CAP 469C2 GREAT PLAINS3 Credits

Using the Great Plains as a backdrop and conceptual framework, students will produce a creative or scholarly work that addresses a significant issue relevant to the region and which integrates their essential studies skills, knowledge and abilities within that exploration. Co-requisite: paired with CAP 469C1 when Great Plains is offered as a team-taught, six-hour course: three hours applied toward Essential Studies SLO #12 (Capstone Integration) and three hours applied towards SLO #8 (Social Sciences). Students in catalogs previous to 2015 will have all six credits applied towards SLO #12.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES8

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

Co-requisites: CAP 469C1

CAP 469D WEIGHT OF THE NATION3-6 Credits

This course investigates the nature, content, and effects of healthy lifestyle living. The course takes a practical approach focusing on information gained through research, speakers, and lab studies which will supplement the course-work and required readings. A variety of learning methods will be employed in this course to examine how healthy living lifestyles can effectively be applied for improved healthy living and sustainability.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES12

CAP 469E OUTSIDE:YOUR SELF IN THE WORLD3 Credits

Students will produce a creative or scholarly work that explores their experiences of getting "outside" themselves in myriad ways: being outdoors (studies of nature, environment and landscape), being abroad (studies from a context in which they are unfamiliar-study abroad, study away, field experience), being of service (experiential learning, volunteering to help a community or cause), being expressive (writing, performing or studying literature, art, culture) or being itself (philosophy, spirituality, self-exploration). These outside experiences may precede the capstone course, be from concurrent coursework elsewhere, or emerge from projects planned within the course.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES12

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

CAP 469F TALKING HEADS6 Credits

This course analyzes the scientific, historical, political and cultural context of current events in four areas: medicine, environment, government politics and a fourth category decided by the class. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students will investigate current events selected by the class within a topic area and investigate the science, historical, political and cultural context of the issues. They will then express the information uncovered by their inquiry in three forms, a YouTube video, an opinion paper, and a debate.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES12

CAP 469G SOCIAL MEDIA AND DEMOCRATIZATION6 Credits

Students will study the use of the "new media" in social movements with a focus on democratization in non-Western societies. The study of social movements will engage students in one of the most important means by which citizens attempt to effect social and political change. Media topics include the forms of various types of digital media, including blogs, websites, and social media. To apply the information and ideas learned in the course, students will engage in an interdisciplinary and collaborative project that demonstrates substantial learning and utilizes critical inquiry skills acquired throughout their Essential Studies program.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES12

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

CAP 469G1 SOCIAL MEDIA AND DEMOCRATIZATION3 Credits

Students will study the use of the "new media" in social movements with a focus on democratization in non-Western societies. The study of social movements will engage students in one of the most important means by which citizens attempt to effect social and political change. Media topics include the forms of various types of digital media, including blogs, websites, and social media. To apply the information and ideas learned in the course, students will engage in an interdisciplinary and collaborative project that demonstrates substantial learning and utilizes critical inquiry skills acquired throughout their Essential Studies program.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES9

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

Co-requisites: CAP 469G2

CAP 469G2 SOCIAL MEDIA AND DEMOCRATIZATION3 Credits

Students will study the use of the "new media" in social movements with a focus on democratization in non-Western societies. The study of social movements will engage students in one of the most important means by which citizens attempt to effect social and political change. Media topics include the forms of various types of digital media, including blogs, websites, and social media. To apply the information and ideas learned in the course, students will engage in an interdisciplinary and collaborative project that demonstrates substantial learning and utilizes critical inquiry skills acquired throughout their Essential Studies program.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES12

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

Co-requisites: CAP 469G1

CAP 469H POETICS AND PHILOSOPHY OF WALKING3 Credits

In this course we will inquire into the cultural history and philosophy of walking, exploring its different modes and practices as they develop in specific times and places. We will also study different representations of walking in texts (such as in the philosophical meditations of Rousseau's Reveries or the poems of Wordsworth), and images (in film and art), as well as walking as pilgrimage. Additionally, we will do some walking ourselves.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES12

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

CAP 469I COMPOSING A PUBLIC LIFE3 Credits

Students draw on knowledge and skills from their own major discipline to develop a project that reflects an emerging public identity and that takes into account issues of life, death, and work.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES12

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

CAP 469J TOPICS IN CAPSTONE INTEGRATION3-6 Credits

Each section of this course will focus upon a specific issue or theme that students will explore and then respond to, producing creative or scholarly projects that integrate their essential studies skills, knowledge and abilities within that exploration. Each capstone topics course must be approved by the Essential Studies Committee.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES12

Prerequisites: Junior or above status

CAP 469K THE CREATIVE MIND3-6 Credits

The Creative Mind is a course in the philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, practices, and processes of creativity. While many of the course materials will be drawn from the fine and applied arts, we will also consider the role of innovation in business and experimentation in science. As a Capstone in the Essential Studies Program, this course will require students to draw upon many of the skills and much of the knowledge they have developed in the sequence of courses they have taken throughout their Essential Studies program. Students will have many low-stakes opportunities to experiment, explore, play and practice creativity. During the second half of the semester, they will design, develop and produce a substantial original creative work.

Essential Studies Outcome: ES12

Prerequisites: Junior or above status