URI Winter J Term Course Offerings: January, 2018

URI is proud to announce the on-campus courses for the 2018 Winter J Term – URI’s affordable academic mini-semester offered during winter break from January 2 – 19th. Register online through e-Campus now! Course registration will run through the beginning of the J Term.

The following is an updated list of 2018 Winter J Term on-campus courses as of November 17th, 2017. Some course details are still subject to change. Remember, e-Campus will always reflect the most up-to-date and accurate information, including general education designation. If you have specific questions, please call John Olerio at 401-874-2540 or Nicole Cook at 401-874-2621.

If currently available, you can click on course titles below to view syllabi. Be aware that some syllabi will be for the 2018 Winter J Term and others may be past J Term versions that you can view for a relative idea of 2018 course expectations that may be subject to change.

Note: Many Winter J Term courses will have an online component in addition to the listed classroom time. Due to the intensive nature of these courses, students are limited to enrolling in a maximum of 4 credits.

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  • AAF 201: Introduction to African-American Studies
    Interdisciplinary exploration of some of the pivotal themes and issues in the study of peoples of African descent. Gen. Ed. Categories: Letters (L), Diversity [D].
    Barry O’Connor, Swan Hall 309, M-TH, 1pm-4:30pm, Jan. 2 – 18, 3 credits

    AST 108: Introductory Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies
    Celestial sphere, constellations. Constitution of sun, stars, nebulae, and galaxies. Planetarium used freely for lectures and demonstrations. Gen. Ed. Category: Natural Sciences (N).
    Doug Gobeille, East Hall Auditorium, MWF, 6pm-10pm plus blended online, Jan. 2 – 19, 4 credits

    AVS 101: Introduction to Animal Science
    Animal industry’s role in world and national economy; inheritance, growth, physiology, nutrition, and diseases of domestic animals and poultry; geographic distribution and marketing of animal products. Gen. Ed. Category: Natural Sciences (N); A1 – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical Disciplines.
    Becky Sartini, CBLS 010, T, TH, 10am-1pm plus blended online, Jan. 2 – 18, 3 credits

    BIO 396: Biology and Society
    A seminar course dealing with the impact of biological discoveries on societal questions and with the social influences that affect biological discovery. Discussion of original papers, magazines, newspaper articles, and books about various discoveries. Prerequisite: three courses in biology (including current enrollment) or permission of instructor. Gen. Ed. Category: B4 – Information Literacy, D1 – Integrate & Apply.
    Scott Ruhren, Swan Hall 206, T-F, 6pm-9pm plus blended online, Jan. 2 – 19, 3 credits

    COM 100: Communication Fundamentals
    Integrates basic theory and experience in a variety of communication contexts including public speaking, small groups, and interpersonal communication. Examines human differences in order to develop more effective communication skills. Gen. Ed. Category: Eng. Comm. (EC); B2 – Communicate Effectively.
    Mark August, Ranger Hall 100, M-F, 10am-2pm, Jan. 2 – 16, 3 credits – FULL!
    Martha Waitkun, Swan Hall 213, M-F, 10am-2pm, Jan. 3 – 17, 3 credits – FULL!

    COM/SUS 108G: Spaceship Earth- An Intro to Systems  
    Cross-listed as SUS 108G. Through in-depth study of films, readings, and Web sites, students will explore the economic and ecological principles of sustainability and the rhetorical strands linking scientific evidence, public policies, and individual behavior. Gen. Ed. Category: Eng. Comm. (EC) or Social Science (S); B4 – Information Literacy, C1 – Civic Knowledge and Responsibilities, GC – Grand Challenge.
    Norbert Mundorf, Ranger Hall 102, W, F, 9am-1pm plus blended online, Jan. 3 – 19, 4 credits – FULL!
    Joanne Mundorf, Swan Hall 204, T, TH, 9am-1pm plus blended online, Jan. 2 – 18, 4 credits – FULL!

    ENG 110: Introduction to Literature
    Analysis of literature through reading and discussion of a number of genres derived from a variety of literary cultures. Not available for English major credit. Gen. Ed. Category: Fine Arts and Literature (A) or Letters (L); A3 – Humanities, B1 – Write Effectively.
    Ken Jolicoeur, Swan Hall 201, M-TH, 12:45pm-4:45pm, Jan. 2 – 18, 4 credits

    ENG 160: Literatures of the World
    Introduction to significant works of world literature. Gen. Ed. Categories: Fine Arts and Literature (A) or Letters (L); A3 – Humanities, C2 – Global Responsibilities.
    Sarah Kruse, Washburn Hall 112, M-F, 10am-1:30pm, Jan. 3 – 19, 4 credits

    ENG 243: The Short Story
    Critical study of the short story from the early 19th century to the present. Gen. Ed. Categories: Fine Arts and Literature (A) or Letters (L); A3 – Humanities, B1 – Write Effectively.
    David Faflik, Swan Hall 202, M-F, 2:30pm-6pm, Jan. 2 – 19, 4 credits

    FLM 101: Intro to Film Media     
    Introduction to techniques of film practice, film history, genres, analysis of film texts, and reading of film images in their aesthetic, cultural, and literary context. Gen. Ed. Categories: Fine Arts (A); A4 – Arts & Design, C2 – Global Responsibilities.
    Rebecca Kanost, Swan Hall 311, M-F, 12pm-3:30pm, Jan. 2 – 19, 4 credits
    Christopher Mensel, Ranger Hall 103, T-F, 12pm-4pm, Jan. 2 – 19, 4 credits

    GWS 150: Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies
    Images of women, the theories and processes of socialization, historical perspectives, and implications for social change. Service learning in some sections. Gen. Ed. Categories: Social Sciences (S), Diversity [D]; A2 – Social & Behavioral Sciences, B4 – Information Literacy.
    Alexander Lalama, Swan Hall 205, M-F, 4pm-7pm plus blended online, Jan. 3 – 19, 3 credits

    HDF 440: Environmental Context of Aging
    Study of normal aging related changes as design determinants of the physical environment. Identifies theories and models of person-environment interaction and environment-behavior issues and procedures for post-occupancy evaluation studies. Prerequisite: HDF 202 and 314. Gen. Ed. Categories: C1 – Civic Knowledge and Responsibilities, A2 – Social & Behavioral Sciences.
    Skye Leedahl, Swan Hall 211, M-TH, 9am-12:30pm, Jan. 2 – 18, 3 credits

    HPR 183G: Honors in Diversity & Inclusion and Information Literacy
    Exploration of themes and topics in Diversity & Inclusion and Information Literacy. The theme of the course is ‘racial passing’ in 19th, 20th, and 21st century America. Racial passing has to do with the instability of racial categories and the lived experiences of those who blur our racial lines. Prerequisite: 3.40 overall GPA. Gen. Ed. Category: B4 – Information Literacy, C3 – Diversity and Inclusion, GC – Grand Challenge.
    James Haile III, Swan Hall, M-TH, 12pm-3:30pm, Jan. 2 – 19, 3 credits

    JOR 110: Introduction to Mass Media
    Surveys newspapers, magazines, radio, movies, television, advertising, and emerging technologies. Examines economic and news functions of each. Considers First Amendment, legal and ethical problems, restrictions, and social consequences of media. Gen. Ed. Category: Social Science (S) or Letters (L); A3 – Humanities, C1 – Civic Knowledge and Responsibilities.        
    Don Coyne, Swan Hall 205, M-TH, 9am-12pm, Jan. 2 – 18, 3 credits – FULL!

    KIN 123: Foundations of Health
    Development of attitudes and practices that lead to more healthful living. Personal and community health problems studied. Gen. Ed. Category: Social Science (S); A2 – Social & Behavioral Sciences, B4 – Information Literacy).
    Rick Armstrong, Independence Square 194, T, F, 11am-3pm plus blended online, Jan. 2 – 19, 3 credits

    MTH 108: Topics in Mathematics   
    Introduces the non-math majors to the spirit of mathematics and its applications. Presupposes no mathematical background beyond University admission requirements. Emphasis is on development of reasoning ability as well as manipulative techniques. Gen. Ed. Category: Math & Quant: (MQ); A1 – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical Disciplines; B3 – Mathematics.
    James Baglama, Lippitt Hall 204, MWF, 9am-11am plus blended online, Jan. 3 – 19, 3 credits

    MUS 106: History of Jazz
    The nature and origin of jazz and its development as an American folk idiom: European and African heritages, blues, ragtime, dixieland, boogie-woogie, swing, bop, cool, funky, gospel, jazz-rock, free-form, and progressive. Gen. Ed. Category: Fine Arts (A); A4 – Arts & Design, C3 – Diversity and Inclusion.
    Joseph Parillo, Swan Hall 313, M-F, 9am-12pm, Jan. 2 – 17, 3 credits

    NRS 300: Introduction to Global Issues In Sustainable Development
    Role of the United States in development assistance to foreign nations. Topics include foreign aid, sustainable development, transfer of technology, and international career opportunities. Gen. Ed. Category: Foreign Language/Cross-Cultural Competence (FC), Diversity [D]; A2 – Social & Behavioral Sciences, C2 – Global Responsibilities.
    David Abedon, Swan Hall 305, M-F, 1pm-4pm, Jan. 2 – 18, 3 credits

    PHL 212: Ethics
    Evaluation of major ethical theories. Application of moral reasoning to topics such as virtues and vices, human dignity, conscience, responsibility, moral dilemmas, and reasons to be moral. Gen. Ed. Category: Letters (L); A3 – Humanities, C3 – Diversity and Inclusion.
    Alessandro Tomasi, Swan Hall 205, M-F, 2pm-4pm plus blended online, Jan. 2 – 19, 3 credits

    PSC 402: Environmental Policy and Politics
    Seminar in the politics and public policy associated with environmental pollution. Prerequisite: PSC 113 or 210 and junior or senior standing. Not for graduate credit. Gen. Ed. Category: D1 – Integrate & Apply.
    Aaron Ley, Washburn 208, M-TH, 1pm-4pm, Jan. 2 – 18, 4 credits

    SOC 100: General Sociology
    Introductory description and analysis of the structure and dynamics of human society. Social norms, groups, intergroup relations, social change, stratification, and institutions. Gen. Ed. Category: Social Sciences (S); A2 – Social & Behavioral Sciences.
    Alana Bibeau, Swan Hall 205, F, 9:30am-12:30pm plus blended online, Jan. 2 – 19, 3 credits

    STA 220: Statistics in Modern Society
    Elementary concepts in sampling, polls, surveys, random samples. Foundations of statistical inference; estimation, comparison prediction. Statistics for the consumer, quality of data, credibility of statistical evidence. Environmental measurements and experiments. Gen. Ed. Category: Math & Quant: (MQ); B3 – Mathematical, Statistical, or Computational Strategies.
    Prince Allotey, Tyler Hall 201, M-F, 8:30am-12:30am, Jan. 2 – 19, 3 credits

    THE 100: Introduction to Theatre
    Designed to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the theatrical process as well as to develop critical standards and increase the enjoyment of theatre as an art. Not open to theatre majors.  Gen. Ed. Category: Fine Arts (A); A4 – Arts & Design, B2 – Communicate Effectively.
    Maria Day Hyde, J Studio in Fine Arts Center, T-TH, 10am-2pm, Jan. 2 – 18, 3 credits

    WRT 227: Business Communications
    Basic business communications forms, group reports and presentations, effective use of electronic mail systems, and design of graphic aids for successful visual communication. Prerequisites: Open to Business majors with sophomore or higher standing. Open to a limited number of writing majors with sophomore or higher standing. Gen. Ed. Categories: English Communication (ECw); B1 – Write Effective, B2 – Communicate Effectively.
    Stephanie West-Puckett, Roosevelt Hall 320, T-TH, 10am-1pm plus blended online, Jan. 2 – 19, 3 credits

  • ART 303: Topics in Studio: More Than Words: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Narrative
    Storytelling is a powerful tool for artists of all types. This studio course will examine various methods used by postmodern and contemporary artists. It will feature a number of creative exercises leading up to a final project based on an original or adapted narrative, as well as guest lectures from working artists and museum/gallery visits. Prerequisite: art major status, or permission of instructor or chairperson. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor and chairperson.
    Rebecca Davis, Fine Arts Center 101A, M-F, 10am-1pm, Jan. 3 – 19, 3 credits

    BUS 140: Introduction to Business
    Nature, philosophy, objectives, and scope of the American business system. Emphasis on the interrelations of the functional areas. Not open to juniors and seniors in the College of Business Administration.
    John Dunn, Swan Hall 309, M-TH, 9:30am-12:30pm, Jan. 2 – 18, 3 credits

    BUS 247: Business of Innovation: the Design Process
    Creativity meets business. Learn practical skills that promote efficient and effective creative process, develop your concepts through sketching, design thinking, storyboards, and mind-maps to discover creative strategies and achieve problem solving solutions for either entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship. Experience hands-on visual activities to nurture a growth-mindset, expand frontiers of innovation, and strengthen imagination.
    Ryan Maguire, Library 166 (Active Learning Classroom), T, W, F, 11am-3pm, Jan. 2 – 19, 3 credits

    BUS 345: Business in Society
    Examination of the contemporary social, political, cultural, legal and ethical forces that shape the business environment. Consideration of stakeholder relations and corporate social responsibility. Prerequisite: junior standing in a degree-granting college. Registration by permission only. Email jolerio@uri.edu for a permission number.
    Donna Gamache-Griffiths, Swan Hall Auditorium, T-TH, 9:30am-1pm plus blended online, Jan. 2 – 18, 3 credits – FULL!

    BUS 365: Marketing Principles
    An introduction to marketing from a managerial viewpoint. Examines social, economic, technological, legal, ethical, and other environmental factors and their impact on product, price, promotion, and distribution decisions in a worldwide market. This Winter J Term section of BUS 365 is offered for non-marketing majors only. Registration by permission only. Email jolerio@uri.edu for a permission number.
    David Mitchell, Ballentine Hall 111, M-TH, 8:00am-11:00am, Jan. 2 – 19, 3 credits – FULL!

    COM 221: Interpersonal Communication
    Examines basic theory and skills, including impart of perception, self-concept, listening, nonverbal messages, and language on interpersonal communication, including conflict, relationship development, friendship, family and romantic relationships. Prerequisite: COM 100 or 100H or 110.
    Tracy Proulx, Swan Hall 306, T, W, F, 9am-1pm, Jan. 2 – 19, 3 credits

    COM 310: Topics in Communication: The Business of Digital Media
    Television has long been an experience that is easily defined and understood. But today, the content consumption experience is redefining and disrupting every aspect of television. Is it “Television” or is it “Media and The Internet”? This course will outline the technology, business models, and the intricate relationships between content owners, service providers, and consumers. Prerequisite: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.
    Tom Ohanian, Swan Hall 201, T-F, 6pm-10pm plus blended online, Jan. 2 – 12, 3 credits

    COM 310: Topics in Communication: Chinese Hollywood: Through the Lens of Visual Literacy
    An intensive, interdisciplinary capstone course; exploring literature and research about Chinese Hollywood through visual literacy; and training students how to read Chinese film. Prerequisite: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.
    Yan Ma, Swan Hall 304, MWF, 10am-2pm plus blended online, Jan. 2 – 19, 3 credits

    COM 310: Topics in Communication: Mass Mediated History: The Vietnam War
    This course will introduce the conflicting differences between popular commercial film representations of the Vietnam War and a historical text’s description of that conflict and its immediate aftermath. The “war over the war” will include a semiotic exploration of how Vietnam War film narratives amplified the social turmoil of the post war period and how the discourse prominent in many cinematic representations contributed to American political polarization.
    Thomas Conroy, Swan Hall 203, M-TH, 9am-12:30pm, Jan. 2 – 19, 3 credits

    COM 422: Communication and Conflict Intervention
    An examination of the role of communication theories in conflict intervention in interpersonal, group, and organizational settings. Emphasis on applying theories through simulations, role plays, case studies, and discussions. Prerequisite: COM 221 or COM 251 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.
    Rachel DiCioccio, Swan Hall 209, T-F, 10am-3pm, Jan. 9 – 18, 3 credits

    COM 441: Race, Class, and Gender in the Media
    Exploration of the complex dynamics of race relations and political discourse as contexted in the media. Rhetorical methods of analysis are used to study contemporary media coverage of race issues. *No prerequisites required*
    Vanessa Quainoo, Swan Hall 201, M-TH, 9am-12pm plus blended online, Jan. 2 – 19, 3 credits

    CSC 292: Topics in Computing: Introduction to App Development
    This course teaches students how to program mobile apps, such as those for phones. It is an elective that addresses and teaches enterprise app programming. This course may be repeated under different topics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Registration by permission only. Email vfaywolfe@uri.edu for a permission number.
    Vic Fay-Wolfe, Swan Hall 202, W-F, 9am-1pm (Jan. 17 – 19), plus blended online (Jan. 2 – 16), 4 credits

    CSV 302: URI Community Service
    A Winter Academic Alternative Break (WAAB) is a service based academic experience. This service experience includes direct service, advocacy work and reflection with a variety of local RI non-profit organizations. In addition, each service day will include an introduction to historical and community contexts for the service being completed that day and personal leadership reflection. No past service experience is required. Prerequisite: junior standing or above, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. This section may include a weekend service project.
    Sarah Miller, various off-campus locations, M-F, 8am-5pm, Jan. 5 – 12, 3 credits

    EGR 326: Engineering Entrepreneurship II
    Advanced concepts in engineering entrepreneurship including metrics development and utilization, negotiating, business simulation and continuous improvement. Prerequisite: EGR 325.
    James Miller and Rajesh Nair, Watkins 12, Bay Campus, M-F, 9am-5pm, Jan. 2 – 12, 3 credits

    FLM 351: Topics in Film Media Production: Poetic Forms in Cinema
    In this intensive film workshop, students will explore poetic forms in cinema that convey the filmmaker’s subjective experience of reality rather than reality itself. Films by Deren, Tarkovsky, Bunuel, Pasolini, and other visionary filmmakers will be watched and their work analyzed in the context of their own theoretical writings. Students will then learn to apply these creative methods and techniques to their own work. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. FLM 110 or video or filmmaking course from ART, COM, or JOR recommended. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits with permission of the director and change of topic.
    Marina Shron, Swan Hall 204, F, 3pm-7pm plus blended online, Jan. 2 – 19, 4 credits

    FLM 352: Topics in Film Media Critical Studies: Presidents in Film and TV
    How and why do films and television represent U.S. presidents? Through the viewing of primarily feature films, but also episodic television, the class examines how movies and TV have depicted presidents, both real and fictional. Emphasis is on the films’ meaning and messages. Also, students will have an opportunity to create and pitch a treatment for an original film/TV idea. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.
    Thomas Zorabedian, Chafee 273, M-TH, 12pm-4:30pm, Jan. 2 – 18, 4 credits

    GWS 350: Special Topics in Women’s Studies: Women and Health
    This course offers a broad introduction to health issues that affect women’s bodies and minds, along with the historical, structural, political, economic, and cultural factors that influence our understanding of health and illness. The course readings will provide an overview of both historical context and recent research on a variety of women’s health topics and ask students to consider their relevance to their own life and/or the lives of other women. May be repeated with different topic.
    Ulli Ryder, Swan Hall 203, F, 9am-12pm plus blended online, Jan. 2 – 19, 3 credits – FULL!

    ITR 300: Career Planning: Concepts and Skills
    Identify personal strengths, interests, and professional values related to career exploration. Develop professional job and internship search skills. Prerequisite: sophomore standing; NOT for BUS or Wanting BUS students.
    Kim Stack, Roosevelt Hall 221, M-F, 9am-4pm, Jan. 2 – 11, 3 credits

    MCE 262: Statics                  
    Newton’s laws of force systems in equilibrium and their effects on particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. Both scalar and vector methods of analysis are developed. Prerequisite: MTH 141 and credit or concurrent enrollment in EGR 106 or permission of instructor.
    Ernie George, Bliss Hall 304, M-TH, 10am-1:30pm, Jan. 2 – 18, 3 credits

    PSC 303: The Politics of the Vietnam War
    The politics of the Vietnam War addressed from a range of perspectives. Emphasis on the political, social, strategic, legal, and moral issues raised by the Vietnam War and its aftermath. *No prerequisites required*
    Gerry Tyler, Swan Hall, M-TH, 1pm-4:15pm, Jan. 2 – 19, 4 credits

    PSY 442: Psychology of Exceptionality
    Survey of the major issues underlying the classification, institutionalization, and treatment of persons with mental, physical, psychological, and educational disabilities. Specific topics include social attitudes toward exceptionalities, past and current legislation, special education services, and transitions into community life and the workplace. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.
    Allyson Marsh, Swan Hall 207, T, 5pm-9:30pm plus blended online, Jan. 2 – 19, 3 credits

    PSY 489: Problems in Psychology
    This course provides an opportunity for students to receive intensive training on both foundational knowledge about eating disorders and a high-intensity training on a campus-based intervention program. Students will receive training to become facilitators of The Body Project. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated once.
    Lindsey Anderson, Chafee 150, M-F, 9am-1:30pm, Jan. 3 – 12, 3 credits

    SOC 497: Field Experience in Sociology: Juvenile Justice Immersion
    Students spend five full days learning about the Rhode Island Juvenile Justice system in hands-on experiences – shadowing teachers, social workers on home visits, court judges, clinicians, and delinquents in their rehabilitation programs. Course-work includes journals, class discussions, a career paper, and a presentation. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and 6 credits in SOC beyond 100. Open only to SOC or CCJ majors and permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Not for graduate credit. Registration by Permission Only.
    Judy Van Wyk, Off-campus locations, M-F, 8am-5pm, Jan. 8 – 12, 3 credits – FULL!

    WRT 353 – Issues and Methods in Writing Consultancy             
    Practice and theory of one-to-one instruction emphasizing varied situations and multiple learning styles. Covers approaches to collaboration, learning, writing, and responding. Requires sustained fieldwork. Prerequisite: permission of instructor or B or better in two WRT courses.
    Heather Price, Washburn Hall 219, M-TH, 9:30am-1:30pm plus blended online, Jan. 2 – 19, 4 credits

  • Being offered during the Winter J Term for the fourth time in 2018, ITR 300 allows students the opportunity to engage with the professional world and gain an understanding of prospective careers outside of the classroom. This section of ITR 300 is perfect for any upperclassmen in almost any major looking to network with distinguished URI Alumni and explore the local job market.

    The course is designed to increase awareness of the professional decision making process, explore career choices and expand understanding of the relationship between education and the 21st century world of work. Students will study key career development theories. Students will also travel to meet with employers at various agencies (i.e. for profit, non-profit, large and small businesses, government, etc) throughout RI.

    ITR 300: Career Planning: Concepts and Skills
    Identify personal strengths, interests, and professional values related to career exploration. Develop professional job and internship search skills. Prerequisite: sophomore standing; NOT for BUS or Wanting BUS students.
    Kim Stack, Roosevelt Hall 221, M-F, 9am-4pm, Jan. 2 – 11, 3 credits

  • CMD 586: Multisensory Instruction in Language and Literacy
    Intervention for reading, spelling and written expression based on principles of Orton-Gillingham approach for working with individuals with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Prerequisite: Matriculated graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology or permission of instructor.
    Geraldine Theadore, Independence Square, Lecture B, M-TH, 9am-12:30pm, Jan. 2 – 18, 3 credits

    HDF 597: Center for Mediation and Collaboration Rhode Island: Mediation Conflict Resolution Skills Training
    This graduate level, three credit course will explore the theory and practice of mediation as an alternative means of resolving conflict. Students will have an opportunity to practice and apply their mediation skills in simulated role-plays and exercises.
    Tonya Harris and Rhonda Bergeron, Swan Hall 215, M-F, 9am-4:30pm, Jan. 8 -12, 3 credits

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