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New special topics courses for the second semester

Title: It’s Not About the Money

Discipline: Business Administration

Instructor: Barry

In this course, we will examine attitudes, beliefs, and individual tendencies related to money.  We will look at how money is perceived on a personal, social, and cultural basis.  We will explore the relationship between needs, wants, and social norms as they affect personal well-being and the enjoyment of life.  We will consider what is needed to live in a purposeful manner and what it means to live consciously.

Title: NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) Spectroscopy

Discipline: Chemistry, Two Credit Hours, Term 3

Instructor: Steinmetz

A survey of experimental and theoretical aspects of NMR spectroscopy. The course will cover nuclear magnetism, the design of the NMR spectrometer, spin systems, pulse programs, NMR parameters, one- and two-dimensional spectroscopy, the assignment of NMR spectra, spin relaxation, dynamic NMR, the determination of three-dimensional structures, and MRI.

Prerequisites:  Organic II and/or Quantum Chemistry, or permission of instructor.

Title: Learning from Coal

Discipline: Interdisciplinary

Instructor(s): Brock, Garrett, Keith

This interdisciplinary course will examine how burning coal as an energy source has influenced the organization of human societies, the cultural expressions of various writers within the Appalachian coalfields, and the degradation of ecosystems across the globe. We will explore these three converging themes from the vantage points of history, literature, and science.

Title: Advocacy & Intervention Relevant to Sexual Violence

Discipline: Social Work

Instructor: Kelbel

This course will provide students with knowledge and skills relevant to providing support, advocacy, and crisis intervention for those most impacted by sexual violence. Through partnerships with community organizations and institutions such as Mission Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, Our VOICE, Black Mountain Police Department, Pisgah Legal, Tranzmission and Helpmate, students will acquire concrete information and learn how to: communicate to people in crisis about medical and legal procedures, navigate bureaucracies, discuss options for healing, and advocate in some of the most difficult situations. Not only will students engage in learning how to respond to sexual violence, but they will also embark on the journey of preventing individual acts of violence and creating communities liberated from violence.
Course: Gamelan Ensemble
Discipline: Music
Instructor: Kehrberg

A gamelan is a traditional instrumental ensemble of Indonesia that includes many bronze or iron percussion instruments. This class will be an introduction to Indonesian gamelan performance, using instruments temporarily in residence at WWC. It will focus on central Javanese style. No prior experience is necessary.

American Vernacular Music: The Folk Music Festival as an American Institution
Discipline: Music
Instructor: Kehrberg

This class will survey folk music festivals as a unique and significant phenomenon of American culture. It will begin by looking at festivals of the 1920s and 1930s, progress to examine America’s folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, and end by studying more recent festivals. A final project will examine the Swannanoa Gathering, a premier event held every summer on the campus of WWC.  A service-learning component will involve volunteering at WWC’s own Fiddles and Folklife Festival and possibly other area festivals such as MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC.

Course: Biopsychology II
Discipline: Pyschology
Instructor:  Mozolic

This course will build on the principles of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology learned in Biopsychology I to further explore the nervous system structures and processes that contribute to human behavior. Some of the topic areas that we will focus on include neuroplasticity, stroke, memory, emotion, language, and sleep. In addition, we will partner with Hinds’ Feet Farm in order to learn from and work with individuals living with traumatic and acquired brain injuries. Prerequisite is Biopsych I or permission of the instructor.

Course: Grassroots Politics in 20th Century America
Discipline: History
Instructor: Blair

Grassroots political movements were extremely influential in the United States throughout the twentieth century.  Movements as diverse as Progressivism, labor union organizing during the Great Depression, and the rise of conservatism after World War II all shaped the politics and culture of today’s world.  This course explores a number of these movements, the methods employed by grassroots groups to spread their message and influence party politics, and the relationship between grassroots and national politics.  We will also examine the relationship between popular culture and grassroots politics and consider the uses of culture to spread grassroots political ideas.

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