The major ideas, theories, and methodologies of some of the European and American founders of sociology. The works of Marx, Weber, Simmel and Veblen will be evaluated in relation to the evolution of industrial society. Prerequisite: Introductory course in sociology or permission of instructor; history and/or philosophy helpful
Prerequisite: At least one course in social science
In this course, we will investigate some of the more common software and studio techniques used by electronic musicians and composers, including analog and digital synthesizer sound manipulation, sequencers, drum machines, software based advanced editing, mixing and mastering practices, as well as live performance methods and practices. Guest lecturers/performers may supplement the syllabus. Assignments will employ hands-on application of course concepts using the computers and synthesizers in the lab, as well as vintage synthesizers assembled by the instructor. Class attendance is mandatory. (This course meets in the evening.) Prerequisites: ART 658 and 758 or permission of instructor
There is no prerequisite for this course.
- Marlboro College Faculty: Magdaline Volaitis
This class is inspired by the work of distinguished French filmmakers who address gender issues in their work. Filmmakers include Agnes Varda, Catherine Breillat, Claude Chabrol, Patrice Laconte, Eric Rohmer, Jean Luc godard, Robert Bresson, and Leos Carax. Film titles will include Chabrol's "Violette," and "Story of Women," LeConte's "Girl on the Bridge," Varda's "Chloe from 5 to 7," "Vagabond," and "Le Bonheur," Truffaut's "Jules and Jim," Breillat's "Brief Crossing" and "The Last Mistreee," Robmer's "My Night at Maud's," Godard's "Vivra Sa Vie," Bresson's "Mouchette," and Carax's "Lovers on the Bridge." Students will be asked to write critiques and interpretive essays related to the series themes. A special field trip to Boston will be arranged in early March to attend a rare U.S. appearance by pioneering French New Wave director, Agnes Varda. Prerequisite: Any student with an interest in this class is welcomed to enroll.
The laboratory sessions will continue to be an opportunity for students to hone their lab skills and to explore topics and ideas discussed in class. Students will work in teams to devise, conduct and analyze experiments on bio-remediation. We will use primary literature to provide some context for our experiments, and we will continue to focus on employing the principles of green chemistry in our lab experiments.
sequence. The semester will begin with Newtonian
gravitation, one of the great pre-twentieth century
physics theories, serving as an integrating theme
for topics that will include the historical development
of this theory, rotational dynamics, and a few tasty
astronomical applications. The semester will conclude
with discussions of statistical mechanics, and the
structure of the atom.
The Marlboro College Jazz Ensemble presents an opportunity for students to come together to study and perform music that is improvisational in nature. Ensembles begin with simple song forms such as the blues, and evolve from there depending on the levels and desires of the students. Participants will learn the interactive skills necessary to play in jazz combos and study various jazz forms, comping skills and improvisational styles. After an ensemble has been established, we will choose a focus that suits the group, such as composing original music or studying a particular composer (Monk, Trane, Miles, Dave Holland) or a certain style (Free, bebop, Latin, fusion). We will often listen to the original versions of songs as an opportunity to cultivate an appreciation for the musicÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s history and creativity.
This class will meet with the instructor for 1Ã‚Â½ hours per week; it will also rehearse once a week without supervision. The Marlboro College Jazz Ensemble will stage at least one performance at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: basic musical proficiency on your instrument
In this course we will examine jazz from two points of view: musical and historical: We will begin each session by listening to a relevant piece of music and discussing the actual building blocks that went into its creation. Over the course of the semester, we will build a limited but significant familiarity with the breadth of musical techniques involved in jazz and the critical significance of interplay. Using audio and video recordings we will then observe the evolution of jazz from its origins and follow its course through New Orleans, swing, bebop, modern jazz, the avant-garde and rock eras.We will also witness how jazz has been influenced by music from other cultures. We will learn methods to listen to jazz with a discerning ear, so that we understand the distinctions between different time periods and the characteristics of different styles. Prerequisite: none
- Marlboro College Faculty: Martina Lantin
- Marlboro College Faculty: John Sheehy
probability theory, collecting and describing data, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, and analysis of variance. Two themes running through the course are the use of statistics in the natural and social sciences and the use (and abuse) of statistics by the news media. Prerequisite: Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus, or the equivalent
ART 2226 provides an opportunity for students to learn about and experience the fundamental practice of Tai Chi exercise based on the Taoist philosophy. Basic universal laws and principles will be introduced in a hands-on simplified manner that can easily be understood. Students will be encouraged to explore and observe nature, how these universal laws interact with Tai Chi and ultimately how their lives are affected.
The 24 Simplified forms will be introduced as they are taught today at the University of Beijing. The flowing movements of Tai Chi help students to be calmer and more accepting of the ups and downs that everyday life offers. Tai Chi is also a good overall physical exercise.
The course will examine the variety of natives, travellers, merchants, settlers, and military persons who moved along the Atlantic rim and through the Atlantic ocean between Europe and Africa and north and south America to the end of the American Revolution. Prerequisite: Introductory course in American studies, Asian studies or history
A study of the physiology and psychology of perception, the means by which we maintain contact with and obtain knowledge about the environment. Participants will be required to conduct a series of empirical projects throughout the semester. Prerequisite: A year of Psychology, Sociology, or Biology, or permission of instructor
This course aims to provide a general area studies introduction to the Middle East. As such, it will offer a rudimentary historical background to the region, therefore necessarily beginning with WWI, but the central focus of the class will be to provide a more informed context by which to better understand the myriad of current international political events, issues, and challenges that emanate from this region today. While the core essence of this offering will remain regional in its approach, individual countries and particular crises will serve to round out our more general considerations. Prerequisite: None
Students will study the theory and practice of various kinds of comedy writing, including monologues, sketches, essays, short stories, screenplays, stand-up, and radio drama. Workshops will include critique sessions, writing exercises, and the sampling of recorded material. Each student must be willing to read and share their material. Weekly writing assignments will be required. Prerequisite: Student must have previous writing and/or performance experience
Yeats and Eliot are constantly lauded as two of the twentieth century's greatest English-language poets. In this class, students will have the opportunity to discover why. Together we will read the entire body of Yeat's and Eliot's poetry, paying close attention to how each poet helped to define the mondernist aesthetic. Though we will focus intensively on Yeats' and Eliot's work, students will gain a broad understanding of literary culture in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain and Ireland. No prior knowledge of Yeats or Eliot is required; indeed the class will appeal to anyone interested more generally in modernism, contemporary poetry, or Irish history and literature. Prerequisite: At least one literature class or permission of instructor
The study of pottery using handbuilding techniques, natural organic models, and a survey of pottery history. The composition, geological history, and high-temperature firing behavior of earth materials are covered. Materials fee of $15 per credit.Prerequisite: None
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to some of the most basic issues and ideas in the sub-field of International Law & Organization. Student research projects/papers will serve as the backbone of the class, as specific laws and organizations will be considered in light of their relevance to the particular problems and questions chosen for individual, in-depth study. Prerequisite: background in Social Science/Political Science
This course will examine the work of several twentieth-century Northern Irish writers who have struggled, as Seamus Heaney wrote, to find "befitting emblems of adversity" in their efforts to reconcile art and politics. We will start by situating these writers in their historical and cultural contexts, and then move on to discuss how their work both reflects upon and refracts the Northern Ireland Troubles. As we read these texts closely, we will consider several key questions: To what extent do Northern Irish poets face the question of violence head-on? To what extent do they sidestep it? Are they obligated to write about the Troubles? How have their religious and cultural affiliations affected their work? What is the role of form and metaphor in Northern Irish poetry? While we will focus mainly on the aesthetic strategies these poets use to confront violence, we will also examine how recent and historical events have impacted their work. In addition we will pay significant attention to the roles of regionalism and coterie as we explore the idea (and debate the existence) of a Northern Irish poetic renaissance. Authors covered include Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, Paul Muldoon, Eavan Boland, Robert McLiam Wilson, Bernard McLaverty and Brian Friel. By the end of the semester, you should have a good understanding of the major debates and events which have shaped Northern Irish literature from the 1960s on. No previous knowledge of Irish literature or history is assumed. Prerequisite: None
In an interview with WJT Mitchell, Homi Bhabha referred to an ?enunciative disturbance? that destabilizes the process of representation and interpretation. In this course we will read a variety of plays from diverse geographical regions and explore the complex negotiations between subject position and cultural gesture in the genre of Postcolonial dramatic literature. We will interrogate the use of ?Postcolonial? as an umbrella term with multiple meanings through the reading of authors as varied as Judith Thompson, Athol Fugard, and Chin Woon Ping.
Functional forms and abstract design problems using the potter's wheel; intermediate level study of materials, processes, and history of ceramics. Materials fee: $70. Prerequisite: Ceramics I at Marlboro
An exploration of the economic, political and cultural roots of U.S. foreign policy focusing on the period from World War II to the present. Special emphasis will be placed on the international and domestic consequences of U.S. foreign policy in the post 9/11 epoch. Prerequisite: None