Category Archives: 2nd half-session courses

HIST 343/RST 357 – Second 8-Week Course

HIST 343/RST 357:  Technology & Sport
Credit:  3 hours
CRN:  62205 (HIST)/62206 (RST)
Section:  A
Meets:  Second 8-weeks (October 21-December 11), MW  1:00 PM-3:50PM
Location:  TBA
Instructor:  Professor Rayvon Fouché
Course Description: 
Traditionally sport has been a competition between humans or humans and nature. Recent technological developments have altered this arrangement.  Now technology is a continuative component of sport and has changed modes of play.  This course will historically examine the evolving relationships between contemporary sport, emerging technology, and cultural experience.  The fundamental question this course will address is: how has technology, in its multiple forms, reshaped sport?  Course requirements include participation, leadership in class discussions, as well as a research project.

Sustainability Education course

CI 199, Section SE – Sustainability Education
1 hour
Meets second 8 weeks of Fall term 2013, October 22-December 10
Tuesdays 4-6
Max students: 25
This course will cover interdisciplinary content related to sustainability at an introductory level as well as methods for instruction, including problem-based learning. Students will complete one primary project for the course: either an instructional unit on sustainability for K-12 education or a campus education/awareness project related to sustainability.
The course is open to all University of Illinois undergraduates (not just education students), no prerequisites.
If you would like more information, contact instructor Sheila Dean at

LAS 490 – Literary Translation

It’s not too late to register!  1 hour credit opportunity.   Registration deadline March 15th.

Register now for LAS 490- Literary Translation with Visiting Professor Antoine Cazé from the Université of Paris Diderot.  Don’t miss out on this chance to learn about translation with faculty from  one of our partner universities.

LAS 490 – Literary Translation, “Translation Beyond Invisibility:  How to Weaken Texts,” March 12-April 11, 2013.  This is a great opportunity to be taught by faculty from one of our partner universities.   Professor Antoine Cazé,  Université of Paris Diderot, is the Director of the Paris VII Center for Translation Studies and a well-known translator of American literature into French.

For more information, please see the attached flier and syllabus.



MACS 2nd 8 week courses

These were a couple of 2nd 8 week classes that MACS has added to the Spring 2013 schedule.
MACS 364 B (CRN 59788) Meets TR 3:30-6:20 pm in room 133 Armory – Topics in Media Business  “Planet Google”  The course focuses on Google as an example of a defining media company.  It also uses Google as a lens through which to reflect critically on the ways in which new media companies change our communication experiences and the ways understand the world.  (max 40 students)
MACS 395 P (CRN 59888) Meets TR 4:00-6:50  pm in room 331 Gregory Hall  – “Introduction to Digital Video Production”:  This intensive, 8-week course offers an introduction to digital video production utilizing the new Media Commons facilities in the University Library. Students will acquire a professional perspective and gain experience with pre-production planning; cinematography, audio recording, and lighting; and nonlinear editing. The course will involve significant work in teams; successful participants will be curious, self-motivated, disciplined, and cooperative.   (max 25 students)
The following has many seats and is also a second 8 week section.
MACS 199
Watching the Environment
Course views environmental films as an active process, wherein viewers critically evaluate representations of the environment and of environmental activism. Approach is multi-disciplinary, combining the physical and social sciences understanding of environmental issues, with social science’s research on credibility, and film theory’s understanding of the constraints that narrative form, production routines, financing and distribution put on representing environmental problems and activism. Students will compare how physical and social scientists’ explain environmental problems and solutions (presented in readings) with the presentations of the same problems and solutions shown in film. An emphasis of the class is that the credibility of film is earned, rather than given. During the course participants are expected to become familiar with both background information on the science of selected environmental issues, and the constraints of producing special interest and broad distribution film.
While the courses are open to any major and any class level some students might find it beneficial to have completed at least a 100 level MACS course before taking a 300 level MACS course.

Second 8-week course – Madness, Myth and Murder

Looking for a great course to take for the second 8 weeks of this semester?  Join us starting March 11 for the following course (Please pass along to all interested students):

SCAN 215: Madness, Myth and Murder

From contemporary crime novels and TV thrillers, to vampire stories, to Vikings and trolls, to early twentieth century Gothic tales, Scandinavian literatures are full of exciting avenues for scholarly exploration. This survey course focuses (broadly) on the achievements of major Scandinavian writers and filmmakers from 1850 to today. As much as possible we will favor the thematic over the chronological, and this thematic investigation will be focused on issues of madness, murder, and myth. As such, our reading (and viewing) will investigate a broad range of Scandinavian cultural aspects, historical and contemporary, in order to offer a representative sample of Scandinavian literature.

All texts assigned will be in English, and any previous knowledge of Scandinavian culture or languages is not expected. Significant emphasis will be placed on acquiring and practicing skills of critical, close reading as well as on the development of good academic writing. This course satisfies the General Education requirement for a Literature and the Arts course.

Questions should be directed to

2nd 8-week course: Writing to get that job!

Writing to get that job!
ENGL 199
Credit Hours: 1
Semester: Spring 2013 (online-only); MAR 11 thru finals
Sections:       F: MW 2-2:50, CRN 58392
N: TuTh 10-10:50, CRN 59903
P:  TuTh 11-11:50, CRN 59907

Meets:  Each section meets online, twice-a-week
Required Texts: BTW wiki (access is free for Spring 2013)

Course Description
Through conceptual development and context-sensitive lessons/assignments, students will: [1] develop/improve writing skills particularly germane to successfully applying for an internship, a post-baccalaureate job, or an advanced-degree program and [2] apply those skills to create a polished set of recruiter-ready texts relevant to their career plans and a career-relevant, currently-advertised job/internship/program.

See attached flyer for more information.





AIS 490, second half class

Spring 13, Second eight‐week course (meets March 11 thru May 1)

AIS 490/590: Indigenous Performance & Creative Process.
Harjo MW 4:00 ‐ 6:20

Flyer attached

This course will focus on two performance events: a Hawaiian hula which investigates context, structure, and the merging of poetry, dance, and music; and, a Mvskoke stomp dance, with lyrics and stories included in and around the performance. The course is based on the premise that Indigenous performance and creative processes of poetry, music, and dance are a natural fusion.

We encourage students in performing and visual arts and creative writing to consider this course that focuses on performance and craft as practiced in the Indigenous world. The course is open by permission to advanced undergraduates and graduate students (contact



Europe in Trouble – 2nd half course

Europe in Trouble   (GER 199 / GLBL 199 / EURO 199) 
This course focuses on important societal, political, and cultural issues that have shaped the history of Europe since 1945.  It seeks to understand the many debates that have accompanied the process of European unification in their historical and cultural contexts. 
The central thesis of the course is that the history of postwar Europe can be understood as a series of crises, starting with the immediate aftermath of World War II, but also including the revolutionary year 1968, the fall of the Wall, the war in Yugoslavia, etc.  While the courses focuses on important societal and political developments, it also argues that culture played an important role in the series of crises that constitute Europe’s postwar history, and that films, essays, and other cultural artifacts can function as an important resource for understanding the conflicts and controversies that shaped the public debate in Europe since 1945.
Includes weekly film screenings!
8-week course!  March 11 – May 1
Monday / Wednesday / Friday
10-10.50 AM – Lecture
Thursday 5:00-7:00 PM – Film Screening