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J-TERM

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J-Term runs from January 4 to January 19, 2022. Current students and non-matriculated students will be able to take one course with an HWS faculty member for 3.5 hours, seven days a week (note that J-Term courses meet on weekends). Classes are scheduled in the mornings, with afternoons and evenings for class preparation, projects and assignments.

The tuition for courses is $3,000 for current HWS students, including graduating seniors, and non-matriculated students. Most 2022 J-Term courses will be offered remotely.

HWS matriculated students can register through their HWS PeopleSoft account. Non-matriculated students should fill out a non-matriculated student application form and send it to Jamie MaKinster at MaKinster@hws.edu.


2022 COURSES

CHEM 198 Miracle Drugs in the time of COVID, David Slade
When global public health is “normal”, a search for a new miracle drug requires medicinal chemists to make hundreds or thousands of new molecules that might treat some disease while avoiding nasty side effects… but the timeline for success is on the order of a decade or more. What can drug companies do to speed up the process amid a brand-new viral pandemic? Unfortunately, HIV/AIDS is pretty much the only viral disease that we have good drugs for, which complicates the search enormously. This course will answer questions like: Why was there so much interest in testing old, well established drugs like hydroxychloroquine, Ivermectin, remdesivir, and dexamethasone against COVID-19? How do we know whether a drug is doing anything useful at all? Why are the timelines for developing a new vaccine as drawn out as they are? What are the various vaccine platforms and how do they differ? What are monoclonal antibodies, and how do they work? There’s a very old idea that’s worth exploring: can we treat patients with the blood of patients who have already recovered? The backdrop of a pandemic serves to illustrate the pitfalls, challenges, and interesting questions of drug discovery, and the interactions of molecules and viruses with our immune systems. This course is intended to improve scientific literacy while developing analytical skills. No prerequisites.

DAN 905 Body & Self, Donna Davenport
As a virtual J-term course, this introductory movement experience will focus on embodied awareness through creative process, yogic principles of body/mind/spirit, and analysis of human movement. Course content will include skeletal and muscular anatomy, anatomical principles of movement, Laban/Bartenieff movement theory, and movement composition. Students will be active during class (furniture pushed aside), lectures will be brief, and assignments will include moving, reading, writing, speaking, and composing brief movement studies. This course fully addresses Goal 5.

EDUC 202 Human Growth and Development, Jennifer Harris
This is a survey of the major theories of human development. Topics include the progression and determinants of the development of personality, intelligence, language, social competence, literacy, and artistic and music ability. Readings are taken from works by Freud, Erikson, Piaget, Gardner, Gilligan, and others.

ENTR 201 Quantitative Tools, Craig Talmage
This course teaches the basic accounting, statistical, and Excel skills necessary for success in the Entrepreneurial minor. All of the examples will be done using Excel. The accounting techniques covered will include: accounting terminology; the accounting equation; how to prepare and analyze financial statements ( the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows): operational costing considerations; cost behavior and cost-volume-profit analysis; differential analysis and product pricing; and budgeting. The statistical concepts which will be covered include: data collection; basic measures of summarizing data; presenting data in tables and charts; hypothesis formulation and testing; sampling techniques; normal distributions; and simple regressions techniques.

ENV 216 Birds in Our Landscape, Mark Deutchlander
Birds are an apparent and familiar part of our environments, whether hiking in a national forest or spending time in our own backyards. From pristine natural areas to the most urban settings, birds are ubiquitous and serve as sentinels for the health of the environment. Examining population trends and geographical distributions of birds can help us understand the impacts of urbanization, pollution and pesticides, climate change, and more. In this course, you will learn how distributions of birds inform scientists about environmental change and the impacts of change on the function of ecosystems. You will learn, firsthand through field excursions and exercises, to identify local bird species and how to conduct some basic field techniques for direct monitoring of birds. You will learn how scientists collect distribution data on birds using remote sensing and how citizen science has greatly advanced our ability to understand the distributions and movements of birds. You will also learn how scientists communicate their findings by reviewing scientific publications, which we will use as case studies of how birds in our landscape impact us and tell us about our environments.

GEO 182 Introduction to Meteorology, Nick Metz and Neil Laird
The influence of weather and climate affect our daily activities, our leisure hours, transportation, commerce, agriculture, and nearly every aspect of our lives. In this course many of the fundamental physical processes important to the climate system and responsible for the characteristics and development of weather systems will be introduced. We will examine the structure of the atmosphere, parameters that control climate, the jet stream, large-scale pressure systems, as well as an array of severe weather phenomena including hurricanes, tornados, thunderstorms and blizzards. Upon completion of this course, we will have developed: (a) a foundation of basic scientific inquiry (b) a basic comprehension of the physical processes that govern weather and climate, and (c) an understanding of the elements of weather and climate that are most important to society. This course is a prerequisite for many geoscience courses.

GERE 214 Berlin, a Cultural Biography, Eric Klaus
Berlin has been many things, has witnessed many things and has meant many things to many people. The capital of Germany has been built, expanded, razed, divided, and rebuilt again; the space has collected and stored the past in its streets and alleys, in its buildings and monuments, in its core and environs. By reading these spaces as texts, one can learn the story of Berlin, and, by extension, an important chapter of the story of the German nation. This will be our task ¿ examining locations throughout the city to trace the process of how the city came to signify German identity at different points in history. Driving questions for the course will include how does space inform identity, both collective and individual; how sites of memory function to provide cultural continuity and how that continuity factors into the idea of the nation; to what extent can Berlin stand for a German identity?

MDSC 200 Cultures of Advertising, Leah Shafer
Advertising is among the most pervasive forms of cultural representation in our global society. In this course, we approach advertisements as economic, aesthetic, and ideological forces whose analysis reveals crucial information about cultural attitudes and ideologies of their time and place. We will study the industrial and aesthetic history of advertising by analyzing advertising campaigns as well as their strategies, themes, and practices. Our materials will be drawn from both corporate and non-profit campaigns, global and local campaigns, and from anti-consumerist actions and other resistant practices. Our work will cover diverse media, including: print culture, television, film trailers, mobile marketing, social networking sites, and new media branding and marketing campaigns. No prerequisites.

PSY 201 Statistics in the Psychological Sciences, Michelle Rizzella
A survey of basic procedures for the analysis of psychological data. Topics in this course include basic univariate and bivariate descriptive statistics; hypothesis testing; and a variety of analyses used to examine data of single group, between group, within group, and factorial designs.

PSY 221 Introduction to Psychopathology, Jamie Bodenlos
This course primarily focuses on understanding the diagnosis, etiology, and evidence-based treatment of adult psychological disorders. Emphasis is placed on understanding psychological disorders through theoretical models, empirical evidence, and through the reading of memoirs of individuals with a variety of disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 100. (Bodenlos, offered annually)

SPN 101 Beginning Spanish I, Carolina Travalia
Designed for students who have not taken Spanish before, this course develops the basic skills in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing the language. It also introduces the student to a variety of cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world and fully addresses the academic goal of developing a critical understanding of cultural difference.

Contact

Jamie MaKinster
Associate Provost for Curricular Initiatives and Development and Professor of Education

Phone: (315) 781-3304
E-Mail: makinster@hws.edu


Important Dates

J-Term Online Registration: November 13 – December 17, 2021

1st Day of Classes: January 4, 2022

Drop/Add for J-Term: January 5, 2022 - ONE DAY ONLY

Last Day of Classes: January 19, 2022

Last day to withdraw from a course: January 19, 2022

Official grades for incompletes are submitted by the instructor to the registrar by: March 5, 2022

Last day to change from a graded course to CR/NC/DCR: March 18, 2022

Last day to submit final grades: January 26, 2022

Financial Info

Loan Information

Students taking one class during J-Term can apply for a private alternative loan to assist with the costs.

For more information regarding J-Term aid options, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 315-781-3315.

Refund Policy

Notification of withdrawal and requests for refunds must be made in writing and addressed to the appropriate Dean. A full refund will be given to students who withdraw before the second day of classes. After this deadline, the refund of tuition and return of federal and education loans and other sources of payments are prorated based upon the percentage of the term that the student is enrolled. If the student is enrolled past 60% of the term, there is no refund of costs of attendance. The official withdrawal date used by the appropriate Deans Office will be used to determine the prorated refund.

 

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