Course Description: The elements of the financial statements, accounting for deferrals, the double-entry accounting system, internal control and cash, receivables and payables, inventory, operational assets, long-term debt, equity transactions, income measurement, and comprehensive treatment of the balance sheet, the income statement and the statement of cash flows. Financial statement analysis will be integrated throughout the course. Prereq.: None.
Course Description: Explaining manufacturing and nonmanufacturing costs and how they are reported in the financial statements, computing the cost of providing a service or manufacturing a product, determining cost behavior as activity levels change, accumulating and presenting relevant data for decision-making, profit planning and budgeting, capital expenditure decisions and financial statement analysis. Prereq.: ACCT 041.
Course Description: Students enrolled in this introductory J-Term course will learn traditional and contemporary methods of creating textile and fiber art including batik, applique', interlocking, digital pattern design, and digital fabric printing. Emphasis will be on creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects in the studio supplemented by discussions and readings of historical and contemporary texts. Additionally, a collaborative project will teach students about the radical history of textiles and the tradition of community engagement in the fiber arts. Students will be required to purchase materials including $40-$80 in custom designed digitally printed fabric. This course will also include a community-engaged service-learning component. Please note this course is unrelated to fashion and fashion design.
Course Description: Bookbinding Workshop is a 3-credit hour studio course and may be used as a graphic design program elective, a studio art elective or a general art elective, and satisfies the Artistic Experience AOI. This course requires sophomore standing or instructor permission. Bookbinding Workshop is an introduction to the craft and design of a variety of book forms using traditional and non-traditional binding techniques. The primary goal of the course is for the student to learn basic book binding techniques and gain sufficient technical knowledge to create a variety of bound book structures and explore the historical and formal traditions of bookbinding. Course activities will include demonstrations, discussions, readings, practical exercises, applied projects, and class critiques.
Course Description: This course is an introduction to letterpress and basic graphic design practices focusing on the formal organization of visual elements and the technical process of printing, resulting in creative communication. The course places emphasis on the process and method of various forms of letterpress printing to derive formal solutions to the projects. The course also includes a parallel "hand-craft" component focusing on the development of professional level artistic skills. Course activities will include demonstrations, discussions, readings, practical exercises, and applied projects--a hands-on course that teaches the basics of hand-setting metal and woodtype type. Students will learn how to lock up vintage woodtype, print on antique printing presses and print their own illustrations. The course will take place at Drake University within the graphic design department's letterpress student and at Professor Sarah McCoy's east village studio: The Permanent Collection. The course will explore old and new technologies within the field of printing, the art of fine press printing, and artist's books. No experience is necessary.
Course Description: A healthy lifestyle can decrease an individual's risk of obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. In this course, you will engage in activities and discussions related to the science of fitness and nutrition. Examples of course topics include cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, macro and micronutrients, metabolism, obesity-related conditions, weight loss, goal setting, and behavior. You will take action to promote health at both personal and community levels. Intended for both science and non-science majors.
Course Description: In this J-term course, you will gain experience working with birds in a field setting, at your remote location. You will learn techniques for studying birds as a field biologists, including species identification skills, behavioral observation and data collection skills. You will also conduct a field experiment on bird feeding behaviors, related to their winter physiological adaptations. Class time will require you to be outdoors as much as possible. Prerequisites: BIO 001, 012, 013, or 018 or see instructor for approval.
Course Description: This course will provide practical experience in the use of open-source software to graphically represent scientific data as images or 3D models, with the goal of gaining insight into the meaning of the data. It will emphasize the use of best practices in creating representations that clearly and effective communicate scientific findings. The course will focus on using Python and R software packages to generate professional images, video, or 3D models from datasets. Although the course will focus on using biological data, the methods used can be applied to any scientific discipline.
Course Description: This course discusses the basic precepts of our legal system. These precepts are then applied in the examination of the legal principles that affect business in the areas of contracts, torts and product liability. The course also addresses relevant ethical issues. Prereq.: Sophomore standing.
Course Description: This course discusses the basic precepts of our legal system. These precepts are then applied in the examination of the legal principles that affect business in the areas of contracts, torts and product liability. The course also addresses relevant ethical issues. Prereq.: Sophomore standing.
Course Description: This course focuses on the practice of leadership and professional communication skills using simulated workplace communication scenarios. The course examines key terminology and principles of verbal, non-verbal, written, and visual communication skills. The major objective of the course is to aid students in developing practical and strategic skills for communicating to superiors, coworkers, and external stakeholders. Students problem-solve and apply message strategies to achieve empathetic and ethical communication that responds to a variety of circumstances. Examples of leadership communication that students will practice with include: communicating vision, delivering effective employee feedback, getting buy-in for a new organizational initiative, running effective team meetings, representing the team to internal and external constituents, and others. Prereq.: BUS 073 and BUS 074.
Course Description: Experiential learning credit for substantive workplace experiences. Prereq.: Sophomore standing; major in the College of Business and Public Administration; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and permission of the Internship Coordinator. Coreq.: Enrollment in not more than 18 semester hours credit (including the internship) in any fall or spring semester in which internship credit is earned and 12 hours (including the internship) in the summer sessions. May be repeated, however, no more than 6 credit hours of internship work will count towards meeting graduation requirements.
Course Description: A survey of some principles of chemistry, stressing concepts and qualitative understanding rather than problem solving or technical skills. Application of a core of concepts to chemical aspects of current social political or economic situations.
An optional laboratory experience to accompany CHEM 6. Experiments illustrate how fundamental and practical chemical information is obtained. Properties of substances are observed and experiments are performed to foster appreciation of the impact of chemistry in a technological society. Prereq.: Concurrent enrollment of previous credit in CHEM 6.
Course Description: This course introduces students to various aspects of robotics, with particular emphasis on programming and PID control theory. It stresses real-time and multi-tasking programming, with appropriate and effective reactions to external conditions. Students work in small groups to design, build, and program small-scale robots.
Course Description: China's economy has grown more rapidly than any other major economy in recent years. This course examins causes and consequences of this growth, including trends, challenges, policy responses and current developments. Similarities and differences between U.S. and Chinese economic institutions will be examined in detail. Prereq.: ECON 010 or ECON 001, and MATH 020.
Course Description: The ability to analyze the current domestic and global economic environment is an integral part of any organization's decision-making process. This course is designed to provide students with the ability to interpret and analyze current economic data and apply the data to make strategic decisions for their organization. Students will develop an understanding of the ability and limitations of economic indicators to describe the underlying macroeconomic relationships and the impact of those relationships on the strategic management of business and not-for-profit organizations. Students will also develop an understanding of the interaction of both market and non-market forces that impact the economy including the role of government and the rationale for government policy targeting economic performance. Prereq.: MBA 242 or consent of instructor, graduate standing and consent of the Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs, College of Business and Public Administration. Recommended MBA/MFM 253.
Course Description: This comprehensive introduction to gifted education combines both theory and practice. In addition to developing an understanding of the history of gifted education and the characteristics, identification, special programs, and related law, participants will learn about instructional models, programming options, assessments, and evaluation. Practical components such as resources, beginning a program, and special programs available, as well as parent education, will be addressed.
Course Description: “Comics”: a kind of visual storytelling that speaks along the spectrum of symbolic abstraction, from the letters of language to photorealistic imagery and everything in between. In this course, we will read and analyze the literature, art, and design found in published comics, study concepts that will give us a better understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of comics, and we will create our own new, original comics. No drawing experience is required.
Course Description: This course explores depictions of “problematic” adolescence in contemporary American fiction and film. We read novels, essays, and view films with an eye toward understanding how western culture has constructed the adolescent identity/experience. This course will expect students to engage in critical thinking, close reading and textual analysis to analyze, interpret, and interrogate texts. Additionally, we will consider the public, familial, and educational aspects of adolescence and how these texts complicate our idea of what it mean to be a teenager.
Assignments include daily writing, essays, reading quizzes, small group discussion, and a final. Class will be primarily large group discussion. Texts may include but are not limited to: Columbine, Ghost World, and Black Hole. Films include Welcome to the Dollhouse, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Where the Boys Are, River’s Edge, and Elephant.
Course Description:This seminar style class is designed to provide a broad survey of dinosaur biology. The essential theoretical background in this course is evolutionary biology, and most weeks, topics will involve the phylogeny and adaptations (physiological and morphological) displayed by lineages of reptiles commonly known as dinosaurs. We will also examine current patterns of adaptive radiation in the taxa that developed subsequent to the massive Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction Event. Finally, we will examine the portrayal of dinosaurs in popular culture, particularly movies of fiction and works of children’s literature.
Course Description: Movies portraying cataclysmic events on our Earth are both exhilarating and terrifying. We will study the science of several recent films, seeking to understand which scenarios shown in movies like The Day After Tomorrow could happen versus those that are purely the realm of fiction. The one-credit course will introduce students to geologic processes both on Earth and elsewhere (can Matt Damon really survive on Mars?!) and hone research skills while fostering scientific discovery.
Course Description: The Russian Revolution of 1917 propelled a series of radical transformations of the social, political, economic, and cultural structures of the Russian Empire. The ambitious nature of the unprecedented socialist experiment that followed has left a tremendous global legacy. This course will examine Russia’s turbulent revolutionary era through the eyes of the people who lived and witnessed these cataclysmic events. We will use multiple sources to address interpretations and reinterpretations of the revolution’s narrative, causes and outcomes. We will analyze the goals and methods of the various groups of revolutionaries, and ultimately will evaluate the revolution’s significance in terms of world history.
Course Description: Looking for something fun and cozy to do during one of the coldest months in Des Moines? In this updated three-weeks intensive course, you will be watching 6-7 films/documentaries and conducting self-designed class project(s) to explore the hottest matters in modern East Asian history. Sample inquiries include, what does the rise of East Asia mean for the U.S.? (When) will Taiwan reunify with Mainland China? Can China and Japan ever get along? Can China's high growth continue? Has propaganda won hearts and minds in North Korea? Why is so hard to talk about democracy in Hong Kong?
The class will be online so you can take it anywhere around the world (hopefully somewhere warmer than Iowa). Questions? Send them my way (email@example.com).
Hope to get a taste about the excitement? Check out "Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower" (2019), one documentary we will use to talk about the recent protest in Hong Kong:
And the most famous rebel woman, Kaneko Fumiko (1903-1926), in Japanese history, "Anarchist from the Colony" (2017):
Course Description: This course explores the history of the Cold War through the medium of film. The focus is primarily on the American side of the Cold War, both internationally and domestically, and chiefly utilizes American produced films.
Course Description: The plains are defined by the short- and tallgrass prairie from Indiana to the Rockies, and from central Canadian provinces to Texas. Historically the plains have been the land of Native nations, were claimed by several European nations, became Indian Territory and then the American West, and now are considered the Midwest. Ecologically, this region has undergone vast changes -- from prairie to a global breadbasket -- which reflect the social and economic changes that have occurred with the re-peopling of the plains, from Cahokia to Chicago. Rather than assume a story of tragedy or triumph, we will discuss the complexity of historical change, how historians have interpreted this region, and discover for ourselves how the past illuminates the present.
Course Description: This course is designed to provide students support throughout their transition to Drake University and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS). Students will be introduced to essential academic policies, procedures, and programs that will assist them in laying a strong foundation for academic success at Drake. Students will also have the opportunity to explore various health professions and resources for academic and career planning. Course activities will include lectures, guest presentations, health professions speakers and panels, reflective activities and class discussions.
Course Description: Cultural competence, health disparities, and health literacy are important topics in health care delivery in the United States. An increasingly diverse patient population requires that health care providers acquire both generic and specific cultural knowledge for the patient populations served. It is important to address and reduce health disparities and low health literacy. This course will address the necessary adaptations to healthcare delivery that reflects an understanding of diversity between and within cultures. Health literacy, the person's ability to obtain, process, and understand health information needed to make informed health decisions, is studied in relation to health outcomes. The course will progress through four units to include:  Foundations of Culture Care,  Cultural Considerations and Application,  Health Disparities, and  Health Literacy. The course will include a lecture with group discussions on current topics and case studies. Students will apply the strategies acquired through completion of a cultural competence and values self-assessment, a photovoice assignment addressing health disparities, and a health literacy project.
Course Description: The purpose of this course it to provide the opportunity to utilize state of the art laboratory equipment and techniques to learn the concepts of physiological fitness testing and exercise prescription. Exercise prescription and the implementation of conditioning programs will include individuals of differing ages, fitness levels, and health status. Emphasis is on the five major health-related components of physical fitness:  cardiorespiratory fitness,  muscular strength,  muscular endurance,  flexibility, and  body composition. The course will include hands-on exercise testing using class members, interpretation of test results, and effective design of exercise programs [i.e. prescriptions].
Course Description: This is an introductory lecture course with a lab included. The course will allow students to acquire the skills to recognize common injuries, illnesses, and issues occurring in an athletic environment. The lab portion of the class will provide a hands-on approach to prevention and rehabilitation techniques including taping, therapeutic exercise, and modalities. A previous course in human anatomy is recommended but not required.
Course Description: This course will introduce students to criminological thought on the intersection between crime and multiple social constructs such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexual orientation. The course will consider how these areas impact people's interactions with the criminal justice system as offenders, victims, and workers, as well as how issues of inequality are related to crime and criminal behavior.
Course Description: Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis. Students will become proficient in the use of software for communication and presentation of text and data using Microsoft Office Suite Tools. This course explores the use of technology and application software for solving business problems, both analytic and organizational in nature. The course uses the most current Microsoft Office application suite, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Topics include the use of financial, logical, and time functions in creating worksheets and the use of Pivot tables and charts in analyzing and presenting data. Topics also include how to use technology reliably and safely to avoid data loss and to avoid potential security compromises with an emphasis on ethical practices with regard to data and privacy issues. With all topics, there will be an emphasis on problem solving where the tools are used to create desired solutions. Prereq.: MATH 020 or equivalent college algebra course, knowledge of basic software tools including word processing, email, Internet browsers, and presentation software.
Course Description: This class is designed for students with an interest in technology and its various applications not only in the business realm, but also in society at large. This course will explore the history of technology and focus on how these powerful systems have fundamentally reshaped modern organizations along with our society. Particular emphasis will be placed on the "Silicon Prairie" we live in, as well as the global world. Topics of study will range from the technologies, methods, and practices of developing new innovations to how this knowledge and these skills are applied to re-engineer business processes.
Course Description: Survey of visual communications, including basic page/screen design, type and typography, color, illustrations, and concepts. Each topic is approached both analytically and aesthetically. Designed for non-journalism majors only. Laptop required (minimum: i3 processor, 4 gigs of ram, 200 gigs of free storage space, Wireless N.) subscription to the Creative Suite.
Course Description: Everything in advertising begins with knowing the consumer. We have access to and regularly utilize a database of millions of records of consumer demographics and buying behaviors. All our planning begins with our immersion into consumer perspectives. From there, students explore all forms of media, media consumption, persuasion theories, writing and designing. During the semester students put their skills and knowledge into practice by planning and executing an integrated ad campaign.
JMC 084 (CRN 2234): BRAND MEDIA PRINCIPLES
Dr. Catherine Staub
AOI: Engaged Citizen
Course Description: This course explores the role of brand media in society. Students will develop an understanding of owned content, sponsored content, and branded content, as well as magazines as brands. In addition, students will gain an understanding of audience and mission, and the role of advertising in brand media. Students will acquire a foundation in the basic components of brand media including content for print, digital, and social platforms. Students will explore specialization of content for a targeted audience, the editorial process, and content types, as well as be introduced to voice and tone. Students will examine the categories of brand media including consumer, business-to-business, association, advocacy, and sponsored, and the content associated with each. Students will explore ethical implications for journalists as they attempt to balance the needs of audiences and advertisers.
Course Description: This course explores the role of public relations in today's organizations. Students will develop an appreciation for and understanding of the critical thinking, research, planning and communication skills necessary for the effective practice of public relations. Students will acquire a solid foundation in the basic theories and concepts of communication, persuasion, motivation, and learning which are integral parts in the success of public relations and in engaging people. Prereq.: Sophomore standing.
Course Description:This course explores the role of public relations in today's organizations. Students will develop an appreciation for and understanding of the critical thinking, research, planning and communication skills necessary for the effective practice of public relations. Students will acquire a solid foundation in the basic theories and concepts of communication, persuasion, motivation and learning which are integral parts in the success of public relations and in engaging people. Prereq.: Sophomore standing
Course Description: The sports and the media are intertwined industries. The popularity of sports provides the media with large audiences for their programming and profit from advertising revenue. But sports are more than entertainment. Sports are an important way our culture is defined. Among other topics, this course will examine the history of sports and media, critically analyze sports journalism, discuss ways the sports media have influenced social change, explore the sports media’s coverage of race, gender, sexuality and fandom issues, the sports media’s contribution to globalization and ethical considerations in sport journalism.
Course Description: This class explores the role of social media in our everyday lives, from the way we communicate with our friends to the way businesses communicate with customers. Students will create and execute a personal social media strategy as well as creating social media strategies for businesses and organizations.
Course Description: "A Peek Behind the Curtain of the Music Business" is an interdisciplinary study of the music industry, including music publishing, music promotion, music business ethics, emerging music business technologies, copyright law, and other subjects directly pertinent to understanding today's music industry landscape. The course will include a practical look at the industry through the work of Station 1 Records, a local record label. The course includes daily guest speakers both in class and via video conference with executives from the leading companies in the music business like Sony Music, Warner Music Group, Kobalt Music Publishing, and others. Station 1 Records is a non-profit artist entrepreneurship program dedicated to the development and patronage of independent music artists. Station 1 provides a platform for artists and opportunities for students interested in working in the business to do hands-on work in recording, distribution, public relations, marketing, promotion, and tour support.
Course Description: Whether seeking the golden snitch or aspiring to become minister of magic, a strong moral and ethical foundation is crucial for leadership success. Through the lens of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, students will use their personal morals, attitudes, and beliefs to develop a foundation for reflective decision-making. This class will explore the concepts of moral and ethical reasoning, identity development, servant leadership, and transformational leadership. Students in this course must have already read the Harry Potter book series and have a comprehensive understanding of the stories, characters, and wizarding world. There is no prerequisite for this course, however, completion of LEAD 001 or the Adams Leadership Academy is encouraged.
Course Description: Modern students and modern learning are enmeshed in the various communities that give education its context. This course will explore the relevance of information literacy in the community-based environment and impart an understanding of how intelligent use of information resources can benefit both the student and the community. Emphasis will also be placed on preparing students for experiential learning (both within the academic curriculum and as a lifelong perspective). Students will be challenged to engage and research community-based resources, create at least one artifact of that involvement (such as an interview, oral history, or research project) and reflect upon the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to marshaling information, especially in the context of experiential learning and community engagement. NOTE: This course's enrollment is limited to Engaged Citizen Core students.
Course Description: Students will use appropriate sources, including library and internet resources, to process and evaluate information. Students will gain a critical understanding of the social, economic, and ethical issues encountered in the world of networked information, develop the ability to assess the quality of information, and learn appropriate ways to reference information sources.
Course description: This course will use documentary films to explore information literacy concepts and impart an understanding of information resources. Students will explore current trends in documentaries by watching a wide variety of documentaries. Through reading and exploration, students will learn the skills needed to search for many types of information resources. We will explore the notion of documentaries as texts that are both the result of research and the starting point for more research.
Course Description: We live in an age of information overload, where individuals can create their own, private news and media enclaves. Social media allows us to filter out what we don't care to see and engage with ideas that sometimes only serve to reinfornce our existing beliefs and ideas. This new era also presents us with the dangers of “fake news” that so closely resembles the real thing that even the most discerning eye cannot pick it out of a lineup. This course will focus on how we can navigate the rivers of information, become discerning consumers, separate fact from fiction, and approach daily sources of information with an objective eye. We will also explore the effects of information overload, how we can become more information literate in a society saturated with various forms of media, and how that can help us be more engaged citizens.
Course Description: Whether you are writing a song for performance, taking notes in class, or posting an event on Facebook, do you have copyright protection for what you do? If you share someone else's story, can he or she claim infringement? What is copyright, anyway? Take this Engaged Citizen class for an overview of copyright law and the many ways it affects our lives in the United States.
Course Description: The J-Term class will explore the relationship between video games, gamers, and their communities. Starting with the question, "what is a game" student will develop foundational knowledge of video gaming concepts such as aesthetics, narrative, rules, and design. From these basic elements, students will then explore the ideals of the community as the interaction between the social values "coded" into a video game and gameplay as a means to communicate membership within that community. In particular, students will have an opportunity to critically reflect on how video games and norms or game play shape community ideas of race, gender, and sexual identity.
Course Description: Who is fully American? What happens to people who are not fully American? Often, law has provided the vocabulary for asking these questions, and defined the consequences for the answers. Often the law has answered these questions in ways that have created injustice in the United States. In this class we will pay particular attention to discrimination against people due to their gender, disability status, sexuality, and race. We will also discuss the ways law is both informed by and helps create ideas within American culture more broadly.
Course Description: The nature of the topics will vary but will expose students to a wide variety of mathematics. Topics from advanced mathematics will be included but will be presented at a level appropriate to college students who do not have an extensive mathematical background. Topics will be chosen from a wide array of applications, such as financial mathematics, fractals, chaos, environmental mathematics, conceptions of space, the nature of infinity, encryption techniques and topics from the history of mathematics. Among the mathematical techniques that may be used: functions and equations (exponential, linear and quadratic); difference equations; equation solving techniques (algebraic and technological); problem solving and mathematical reasoning techniques; basic probability and statistics; graphical analysis; geometrical analysis; the concept of infinity. This course is not intended for STEM or business majors, or for students with previous credit in a college math course. Students who have taken previous college math must get the approval of the instructor. This course does not satisfy the prerequsities of any math courses.
Course Description: Study of linear, exponential, power, logarithmic, and polynomial functions from an algebraic, graphical and numerical point of view; fitting functions to data; review of trigonometry; solutions to equations and systems of equations. Prereq.: Completion of high school mathematics through Algebra II/Trigonometry.
In this course, you will have the opportunity to explore and study functions (such as polynomial, radical, absolute value, rational, exponential, and logarithmic) as well as trigonometry and trigonometric functions comprehensively. The goal of this course is for students to become proficient in understanding the functions and their underlying concepts; in knowing how to connect these concepts, and to apply mathematics to real-world situations in order to become competent. Prerequisites: completion of high school mathematics through Algebra II/Trigonometry.
Course Description: This course addresses the key concepts of mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, as well as its applications to the study of specific infectious diseases such as COVID-19. The course will focus on the role epidemiologists play in mathematical modeling, and help students discover how mathematical models help us understand the spread of infectious pathogens through dynamic populations. In addition to developing a firm understanding of the basics of mathematical modeling theory, students will explore existing mathematical models in practical computer lab sessions. Students will learn to determine the key parameters involved in the spread of pathogens, and the impact of changes in these parameters, discuss the public health and social ramifications that each model and its results carry, and discuss how they are related to cure, prevention or policy-making at large.
Course Description: A study of the operations function of organizations, focusing on providing services and producing goods efficiently and effectively. Students learn how to analyze, measure, and improve work methods; make capacity decisions; manage waiting lines; and control the flow of materials along the supply chain. The course also discusses ethics and sustainabilty; monitoring and improving quality, allocating scarce resources and managing projects. Prereq.: MATH 020 or MATH 028; IS 044; one of STAT 072, ACTS/MATH 131 or STAT 170; and sophomore standing.
Course Description: Using a combination of readings, discussion, and projects students learn about the necessary components of a successful digital marketing strategy. Students will learn about tactical components of digital marketing including: content marketing, search engine marketing, (including SEO and paid search), social media, digital marketing display, email marketing, and related analytic tools. An emphasis will be placed on how digital marketing strategy integrates with the firm's overall marketing efforts. Prereq.: MKTG 101.
Course Description: Specialized study and/or discussion of selected topics in music. The course may focus on important historical, theoretical, educational, or performance issues, among others.
Course Description: This course builds students’ understanding of music through an exploration of children’s musical play. Students will develop an understanding of the musical and social characteristics of children’s musical play through exploring, engaging in, and analyzing. The primary goal of this course is to deepen students' comfort and skill in engaging in creative music-making and analysis.
Course Description: Specialized study and/or discussion of selected topics in music. The course may focus on important historical, theoretical, educational, or performance issues, among others.
Course Description: This course develops the skills required to use audio and video recording and production software to create high quality videos using layered recording. Students are not expected to have formal musical training. Students will study existing virtual ensemble videos and write and discuss their technical and aesthetic merits. After choosing personally meaningful music and arranging/assembling it, students will record the audio and video in layers, mixing and mastering until obtaining a satisfactory final product. Collaboration is encourage, both inside and outside the class. Production will be posted to YouTube or other streaming and social media platforms for distribution and self-promotion.
Course Description: This course will explore the past, present, and future of Artificial Intelligence (AI). We will begin by looking at the initial aims of AI and the theoretical and technological developments that made AI look like a genuine possibility (and survey some of the early successes and failures of that research program). We will then consider the current state of AI and the way future developments may (or may not) have a significant impact on society and self. Our investigation of these topics will be informed by scholarly works (e.g., philosophy, computer science, and social science) and works of fiction (e.g., short stories and films).
Course Description: This class will focus on understanding healthcare issues affecting the LGBTQ population. Learners will examine topics such as health disparities, advocacy, effective communication, as well as mental and physical health concerns for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. For a portion of this course, students will actively engage with local community partners on projects related to LGBTQ health care. This course will include a variety of learning methods: lecture, small group discussion, group presentations, and service-learning.
Course Description: Delivering Medication Management Services is an active learning online course in which participants practice a variety of communication techniques to elicit a patient's medication experience and identify medication-related problems. Cases based on the real-life experiences of MTM providers will be used. Participants will gain experiences interviewing patients, identifying and prioritizing medication-related problems, developing and implementing interventions, and documenting activities. Various business models and billing strategies will be explored, and plans for implementation discussed. Through self-study modules, case studies, hands-on patient interviews, and assessment practice sessions, learners will obtain the knowledge and skills needed to establish medication therapy management services. At the end of this course, the learner will have completed the APHA Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services certificate training program.
Course Description: With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), health care in the United States has moved in a state of rapid transformation. This course will review the history and changing paradigms of health care in the United States with specific focus on the Affordable Care Act and innovative technology. Students will develop their understanding healthcare financing including pricing and payment systems and the challenges/opportunities created by the system. This course will be delivered online synchronously. This course will emphasize critical thinking through collaborative problem-based learning. Students will be expected to be active participants in class, complete both individual and group assignments, a group presentation and a final individual reflection paper.
For the first two weeks of registration, this course will be reserved for students who have certain declared majors, minors, or concentrations. For a list of those majors, minors, and concentrations, visit the registration page.
Course Description: In this course, principles of normal nutrition are introduced. Each essential nutrient function and metabolism is studied as well as cultural, societal, and economic influences on eating disorders and habits. An emphasis is placed on the application of nutrition principles within the health care setting.
Course Description: COVID-19 has become a global public health crisis impacting countries across the globe. In this course, students will assess, in comparative perspective, how governments around the world are responding. We will explore the impact of issues such as public policy, regime type, state-citizen relations, political and social cultures, leadership styles, and gender. This course will be delivered asynchronously, with daily weekday deadlines. There will be additional occasional mandatory meetings with the professor; with day and time to be decided in consultation between professor and student. Contact the professor for details on using this course to meet major, minor, concentration, or AOI requirements.
Course Description: This course focuses on the pursuit of racial justice for African Americans in the aftermath of World War II. It provides an in-depth examination of the political intersection between the global development of international human rights law in the aftermath of WWII and the domestic politics of human rights around issues of racial justice in the United States during the same period. The creation of the United Nations in 1945, which was accompanied by the emergence of global human rights norms, fundamentally shaped domestic politics around racial justice and human rights in the United States. Civil rights organizations appealed to the United Nations and sought to use emerging global human rights discourse to challenge ongoing, systemic human rights deprivations in the United States. The course will emphasize a deep examination of these issues through careful reading of primary historical texts, including some of the drafting documents leading to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, petitions to the United Nations by the NAACP and the Civil Rights Congress, and the report of President Truman’s Committee on Civil Rights. This class will include asynchronous and synchronous learning, with class meetings scheduled based on student availability.
Course Description: This course will examine how U.S. presidents and their foreign policy advisers make decisions under crisis conditions. In addition to examining relevant theoretical and historical literature, students will engage in several role-playing exercises that simulate the deliberations of the U.S. National Security Council as it develops recommendations for responding to crisis scenarios grounded in real-world cases. Students will gain a deep understanding of how the policy-making process is shaped by the special conditions that typically accompany crises, including high stakes, time urgency, incomplete information, competing goals and high levels of uncertainty. Graded assignments will include an in-class essay exam, briefing papers, reflection papers, and simulation performance. Prerequisite: POLS 075.
Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the cognitive, social, physical, behavioral, and functional changes associated with aging; the theories related to the aging process; and the ethical concerns in geriatric care. Prereq: Psy 001.
Course Description: This course exposes students to some general clinical perspectives about human behavior and psychological problems. Several major theoretical approaches to personality, abnormal behavior, assessment, and treatment are discussed in the context of psychological disorders such as substance abuse, depression, schizophrenia and family violence. Prereq.: PSY 001.
Course Description: This J-term seminar will introduce students to six of the world’s religions through some of their communities of practice in greater Des Moines. We will virtually visit six of these communities in person: Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh. We will read a Drake-student written, photo-narrative about 15 of these communities: three Jewish, three Christian, three Muslim, two Hindu, two Buddhist, and two Sikh. And we will also read a textbook to learn about these religious traditions in general. In doing all this, our goal is not only to understand how each of these communities particularizes the practices and teachings of their religions but also to glimpse what these particularities have to teach us about the nature of religion in general.
Course Description: Climate change, viruses, pandemics, nuclear war, political disintegration, aliens, and zombies have all been part of American popular culture and its visions of the end times. Since the foundations of America, its role in God's plan and various end-time scenarios have been at the center of many political, religious, and cultural debates. Apocalyptic America in Film and Culture will examine how popular culture has altered and reconstructed America’s role in the end times, how that vision has changed during the 20th and 21st centuries, and how it influences social debates.
Course Description: Study of the emerging field of liberation and feminist theologies as these disciplines are related to contemporary religious, social, and political issues in Latin America and North America. The course explores the relation between theological reflection, social context, and socio-political location of theologians.
SCSA 153/SCSS 153 (CRN 1848/1849): DOCUMENTARY VIDEO CHALLENGE
Attribute: Anthropology Methods, Community Engaged Learning, SOC Comm Intensive Learning, SOC Research Design Course, Sociology Methods
Course Description: This interdisciplinary course will serve as an introduction to critical digital storytelling for social justice. Students will be introduced to the methods associated with digital storytelling, anthropological and sociological tools for critical social and cultural analysis, and video editing techniques. We will synthesize these methods with narrative analysis and writing to critique contemporary issues of injustice. During the three-week J-term course students will write, research, and create a short digital story focused on a contemporary social issue that will be put online for public education and engagement.
Course Description: Public Speaking a theory/performance course that deals with the preparation, analysis and presentation of speeches. This course will give you the opportunity to develop and strengthen skills in preparing and presenting public oral presentations in a variety of situations. It should also sharpen your skills in critical listening. Speaking clearly and comfortably in public is a valuable and often essential skill to possess. This course aims to provide you with a basic background in the theories and principles of public speaking, as well as practical experience with the basic types of speeches.
Course Description: Analysis of how the material environment of architecture, clothes, furniture, music, signage, tools, toys, and other objects operates as a field of persuasive appeals and how it influences and constrains the formation of identity and community.
Course Description: Discussion of the relationships between war and public discourse, with special attention to public debate about the conduct of war, the effect of war on ideas about public discourse, and the representation of war in contemporary media.
Course Description: A survey of the substantive areas of study and the theoretical and methodological tools of the discipline of sociology.
Course Description: The sociology of childhood presents two insights: childhood is a lived experience and a structural form. As a lived experience, children actively create meaning and engage in social processes that make them a part of society from birth. Children play, learn, question, suffer, challenge, and create. They are not just "under development" or "being socialized," but active in contributing to their own childhoods and to society.
Course Description: Education is created through the social organization of aspirations and resources. The stakes are high: education can determine how children see themselves, partially determine an individual's social class, the ability she has to contribute as a citizen, and the future of the society in which the child lives. The educational system teaches values, distributes capital, and both decreases and reproduces social inequality. The class focuses on macro and micro questions in the sociology of education as well as education advocacy.
Course Description: Through direct observation and investigation of the natural world, this course will use place-based pedagogies to help students gain greater understanding of physical, earth, and life science concepts. Additionally, the course will explore the history of scientific ideas and interactions of science, technology, and society.
Course Description: A reading/viewing discussion-based format surveying Western dramatic literature (as well as films based on those plays), from ancient Greece to the present. The J-term format provides the opportunity to add elements normally not part of the course including the viewing of film versions of plays to understand how dramatic text can serve as a blueprint for live performance and how dramatic literature can be interpreted by theatre artists. In addition, the J-term format provides the chance to read and explore extended passages in class to appreciate how dramatic text functions. In short, the J-term version of the Readings in Theatre class will help students engage with the text in ways unique from the fall/spring semester iterations of the course.
Course Description: A survey of various stage makeup techniques and familiarization with materials and equipment though assigned projects and practical applications. Students will attain a basic skill level in makeup application, design and material selection for students' future participation in theatre, film, and video productions. Emphasis will be placed on designing makeup for an audience proximity of 30 feet (approx.).
Course Description: This course is a practical workshop that will enable students to audition successfully in professional and non-union theatre. Students will learn about the artistic and business aspects of auditioning and marketing oneself. Students will be guided in creating a website, resume and setting up professional headshots (TBD due to COVID restrictions). Special emphasis will be put on video and virtual auditions. Throughout the course, students will participate in various cold reads, as well as prepare audition materials for their books that include cuttings of classical and contemporary monologues, and songs in multiple styles.
Course Description: This course focuses on the applied understanding of basic concepts and principles regarding communication between people from different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds/cultures in the context of both the globalizing world and the U.S. Through reading, discussing, writing about, and reflecting on relevant texts and films, you will become acquainted not only with some of the theory and research in the area of intercultural communication but also with how to apply that knowledge with the goal of understanding and improving human interactions in both global and domestic contexts. Special attention will be paid to the barriers that exist between cultures that may potentially disrupt attempts at fluid intercultural communication, as well as the means to circumvent those barriers. By developing insights into the social, cultural, and historical dimensions of relations among racial, ethnic, and gender groups, you will make progress toward achieving one of the course’s major goal: becoming aware of “cultural relativity” as an ethical guiding principle that results in respecting other cultures more than is the case when ethnocentrism is the guiding principle. We will also consider in some depth the role of the media in creating and diffusing information that affects intercultural communication. Thinking critically about issues such as these will help you demonstrate what Drake’s Mission Statement refers to as “responsible global citizenship.”
Course Description: This course will help students better understand the main characteristics of the Arab people, their culture, and their society. The course will closely examine Arabs origins, identities, and values as well as the importance of family and language. Many other things will be examined including: classic and contemporary poetry, music, Arab thought, and the novel. The course will also include a discussion of the Arab Spring, the Syrian Refugee tragedy, and the contemporary crisis of the Arab culture, including the social, intellectual, and political issues connected to modern Arab culture and thought. In addition, an understanding of Islam and Islamic community is necessary to fully appreciate this region of the world and its people.