Faculty at Muhlenberg are recognized for the dedication, expertise, and creativity that they bring to shaping engaging and challenging learning opportunities for students in and beyond the classroom. Since 2013, Muhlenberg faculty are bringing these same strengths to developing rigorous online learning experiences to enrich students’ residential liberal arts experiences. Online courses at Muhlenberg are as unique as the courses students encounter on campus–characterized by meaningful and close student-faculty interaction and pedagogies that promote active and engaged learning.
2020 Online Summer Courses
ARS 115-82 INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Introduction to Digital Photography is offered as a hybrid course (in-class and online). The course will meet in person every Tuesday evening from 6-10. Please do not register for the course if you cannot be available for these in person class meetings. During the course, students will be guided online through readings, video lectures, asynchronous discussions, and photographing. All technical aspects of the course such as camera use and operation, Adobe Photoshop workflows, and inkjet printing will be done in person during the Tuesday night class times to ensure good student comprehension and exploration of the different skills covered. The course will be a mixture of guided in person learning and practicing of skills as well as self-directed explorations of course related concepts. Meets general academic requirement AR.
BIO 101-81 CONCEPTS OF BIOLOGY: HUMAN BIOLOGY, SCIENCE & SOCIETY
This course covers topics in human structure and function, human genetics, and human ecology. A scientific and bio-ethical approach is used to study issues related to society as a whole as well as to an individual. The overall goal of the course is to help students become more scientifically literate so that they can make informed decisions. Students who have taken BIO 150, 151, or 152 need permission of the instructor to enroll. Meets general academic requirement SC.
BIO 113-99 CONCEPTS OF BIOLOGY: THE ECOLOGY OF MARINE ORGANISMS
The course is predominantly online content-lectures to lead students through required readings, but numerous external video viewings and some online group work/discussions will be required to foster group work on problem sets and papers. While there is considerable flexibility to complete assignments within each week's module, there are weekly deadlines. This course is designed for the self-motivated student with excellent time-management skills who is devoting the time needed to the time-intensive class (similar to an on-campus summer course). We are fitting an entire semester of a course into six weeks (less than half a semester). There are ~35 hours of lecture time alone in this course. Prerequisite(s): None, but students who have taken BIO 150 must get permission of the instructor to enroll. Meets general academic requirement SC.
BUS 341-80 GLOBALIZATION & MARKETING
Globalization & Marketing exposes students to concepts, practices and theories of international marketing and global trade and introduces them to the global interdependence of consumers and corporations. Students assess how international influences, such as culture, social structure, politics, monetary systems, and legal issues affect the firm’s management decision making process and marketing decisions and influence consumer behavior. The realistic Export Plan project, where students introduce a new product to a country, requires extensive research. Students immerse themselves in the culture and economy of a country of their choice and then plan a global marketing strategy for their product. All activities, discussions, assignments and exams for this course will be completed online through Canvas. Students enrolled in this course are expected to complete approximately 12 hours of online work per week throughout the summer session. Students will use McGraw Hill Connect and the included e text to supplement lectures which will be recorded and posted online. The instructor will be available online for consultation at designated times throughout the summer session. Each week there will be at least one discussion question, one case to analyze and topic related current event article to summarize. A key component of the final grade will be an Export Plan which students will build in sections throughout the summer session. Prerequisite (unless waived): BUS 233 Operations & Information Systems, BUS 236 Management, BUS 239 Marketing and FIN 237 Corporation Finance. Limited to juniors and seniors.
CHM 113-80 KITCHEN CHEMISTRY
atoms joined into molecules by bonds, and the processes we use to cook that food are physical and chemical manipulations of molecular interactions. Using this context, students will derive basic scientific principles from the fields of chemistry, biology, and biochemistry to not only understand the process of cooking, but also to predict outcomes and design recipes of their own. This course is for non-science majors only. This course is fully online with a take-home laboratory component. Students will watch video lectures, complete assessments and perform laboratory experiments each week. Students will need access to an oven, stove and microwave. Basic kitchen supplies are also required - Muhlenberg students may rent supplies from the department of chemistry for refundable deposit upon return of materials in good condition. Meets general academic requirement SC.
COM 201-81 MEDIA & SOCIETY
Media & Society introduces students to core concepts in the study of media and communication through the lens of reality television. There is extraordinary popularity of reality television, with millions watching favorite television programs live, through time shifting capacities and streaming, Internet services, websites, and social media networks. Students will explore reality TV within social, political, economic, and technological contexts and developments, moving from taken for granted assumptions and experiences with reality TV to the scientific. Students explore the ethics, history, production, representation, and consumption of reality TV, with topics including: tensions in what is real and artifice; advertising and commercialism; the new television economy, labor, and production; identity and power; neoliberalism; interactivity and participation; and celebrity. Media & Society also investigates issues pertinent to information literacy and fake news, media democracy and reform, ownership and concentration, globalization, and digitalization. By the end of the semester, students will develop and strengthen their information literacy, critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills. This is a fully online course comprised of student engagement in asynchronous discussions, online mini lectures, and synchronous interactions (using web-conferencing during our time slot and marked in the class calendar in advance) in Canvas. While there is considerable flexibility to complete assignments within each week’s module, this course is designed for the self-motivated student with excellent time-management skills. Meets general academic requirement SL.
COM 227-81 SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION
This course is designed to introduce students to the many aspects of science communication, exploring how the information scientists produce gets to other scientists, the media, policymakers, the public at large, and back. Students will examine the history of the field, current models and best practices, past and future barriers to effective science communication, power structures that influence the life cycle of science information, and case studies from current literature. Students will also learn to identify and create credible science resources.
COM 288-81 COPYRIGHT AND THE OWNERSHIP OF CULTURE
Copyright was envisioned in the United States as a motivating force for creativity in “science and useful arts.” Yet the scope and duration of copyright have expanded dramatically in recent decades. How does this expansion affect both the user and producer of creative works? Has copyright achieved its creative ends, or outgrown its usefulness to become a hindrance to creativity? Students in all disciplines will benefit from learning in this course the fundamentals of copyright law that pervade our everyday lives, affecting our use and authoring of creative works. The course will cover among other key elements the history of copyright, the process of acquiring copyright, the scope and duration of copyright, the public domain, fair use, acquiring permission, and the Creative Commons. Meets general academic requirement SL and W.
COM 338-82 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
Explores theories, models, and strategies for internal and external communication within organizations. The constituents, constraints, values, practices, and media of organizational cultures are investigated from historical, cross-cultural, and contemporary practices. Primary emphasis is on the corporate experience in the United States.
COM 490-82 CUE: DIGITAL MEDIA DESIGN LAB
Digital Media Design lab is a senior-level Culminating Undergraduate Experience (C.U.E.) course dedicated to providing space, time, resources, and encouragement to learner’s efforts in crafting the required material works, fulfilling your major requirement, and working toward your future after graduation. We do so by collectively constructing a collaborative space, individually (but not separately) making media, professionally crafting stories, and personally celebrating your accomplishments.
The online variant of this course has both real-time web conference meetings, forum discussions, and at-your-own- pace elements. Learners will create their own milestones and deadlines and will be held to them by the instructor.
Assessment will center around project progress, community building, and storytelling. By the end of this course, learners produce four material works: a self-designed, media-integrated, CUE project; an overarching narrative about the learner’s journey in creating their project; a public exhibition of the learner’s project, its story, and its effects; and an online portfolio manifesting the learner as a person, learner, and maker.
ENG 205-82 INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING
This online creative writing course will introduce students to the craft of creative nonfiction. Students will spend an equal amount of time writing and reading essays, from memoirs to narrative journalism. The course will focus on issues of craft, such as narrative voice, story, exposition and scene, imagery, and dialogue. In addition, the course will create on online writing community, where students will engage numerous times per week with the professor and classmates on different online platforms, such as CANVAS and ZOOM. At the end of the semester, students will submit a portfolio of their best work. Meets general academic requirement AR.
PHL 227-81 OR 82 PHILSOPHY OF FEMINISM
Examination of the historical development and current state of feminist theory as both a critical perspective and area of systematic philosophic inquiry. The course will include
feminist epistemologies, political theory, and ethics. We will begin with an overview of pre-first wave and first wave feminism, focusing on arguments for the right to education and voting rights within classical liberalism. We will move to second wave egalitarian feminism, and the spin-off movements of radical-libertarian and radical-cultural feminism, centering on the struggles for reproductive rights and civil liberties, debating pornography and sex work. We’ll then proceed to socialist and Marxist
feminism with a robust discussion on class difference and socio-economic equality. Finally, we will consider third wave contemporary movements such as care ethics, gender theory, and postcolonial and transnational feminisms. Throughout the course we will consider factors such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, education, and more, as these impact the various historical-theoretical perspectives and contemporary debates. The course will include shared annotations and questions/comments on the readings, group discussions, Zoom office hours, and an emphasis on generosity when interpreting each other in an online forum. The ethos of this course is pluralistic and committed to individual reason-based interpretation and a strong foundation for civic discourse. Meets general academic requirement HU.
PHY 102-81 THEORY TO TECH
An activity-based course designed to allow students to investigate some of the most ubiquitous features of the natural world such as light and sound. Using both laboratory
equipment belonging to the College and student purchased electronics kits, topics as diverse as color perception and audio speakers will be explored. Online tools made available on Canvas will serve as the mechanism for students to undertake the activities, and extensive use will be made of both simulations and the mobile laboratory platform made available by the kits. Along the way, students will learn about electrical circuits, quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, and climate change. This course
satisfies the environmental perspective for EDU certification. Meets general academic requirement SC.
PHY 111-80 INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY
A study of the structure, motions, and evolution of the bodies of the physical universe. Emphasis is given to understanding physical principles and the techniques used by astronomers to study the universe. Topics of special interest include the structure of the solar system, the properties of stars, stellar evolution and collapse, the structure of galaxies, and cosmology. This course is offered totally online with one required one-hour meeting with the instructor before the course begins. This meeting can be held in person before the student leaves campus at the end of spring semester or can be a Skype meeting if the student registers after leaving campus in spring. This meeting will include a discussion of course requirements and deadlines as well as the technology that will be used for small group activities and labs. During most of this course, students will work individually as they are guided through 10 weeks of textbook readings, online mini-lectures and demonstrations, and asynchronous online discussions. However, students will be required to participate in a small group of two or three students to complete the labs and simulations throughout the course. This participation in a learning community is required, but the small group sets its own meeting times based on the students’ schedules. While there is considerable flexibility of time and place there are deadlines throughout the course that must be met. This course is designed for the self-motivated student with excellent time management skills. If you have any questions about the course delivery or content, contact the instructor, Dr. Judith Parker, at email@example.com. Meets general academic requirement SC.
PSY 101-81 INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY
This course will serve as an introduction to the science of psychology. We will cover various theories, topics and applications of the field of psychology including biological, cognitive, social, developmental and clinical areas. Through this course you will learn to identify ways in which the science of psychology affects our everyday lives and gain knowledge in multiple areas of psychology that will serve as a foundation for future courses within the major and across campus. The course will highlight connections between different areas of psychology and identify ways in which different perspectives contribute to a full understanding of human behavior. Students will also learn how to read peer-reviewed, empirical articles and gather necessary information to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a study. Meets general academic requirement SL.
PSY 322-82 OR 83 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
Psychology of Women is a subfield of psychology that focuses on the lives and experiences of girls and women. Within the last few decades, girls and women have made substantial strides in creating more opportunities for themselves; however, there are still many social inequities that disproportionately affect them. In this class, we will study the lives of girls and women from a variety of theoretical perspectives (e.g., positivist-empirical, postmodern, queer), with attention to how both quantitative and qualitative methodologies are used to inform our knowledge. Because sex and gender do not influence people’s behavior in isolation, we will also examine the intersection of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, and embodiment in our analyses. The class will be entirely facilitated online. Students will be guided through 6 weeks of readings, online mini lectures, “try it for yourself” activities, and discussions. While there is considerable flexibility of time and place, this course is designed for the self-motivated student with excellent time management skills. Students should also be aware that this course deals with politically-charged and, at times, emotionally-laden topics (e.g., slut-shaming, birth control, transgender rights, menstruation, pregnancy/fertility concerns, sexual assault and interpersonal violence). For this reason, students who are open to introspection, reflection, and critical thinking will be especially successful. This class is open to all students, regardless of gender identification. Prerequisite: PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology or WST 202 Topics in Women's Gender Studies. Meets general academic requirement W.
REL 117-82 ANIMALS & THE SACRED
Religious myth and ritual is full of allusions to animals. From the ‘Scapegoat’ and the ‘Lamb of God’ to the ‘Sacred Cow’ and the ‘Chinese Dragon’, animals are central to the symbolic representation and language of almost every religious tradition. This course will compare and contrast the way animals are imagined and used in the beliefs and practices of several religious traditions. Students will be guided through 6 weeks of readings, online mini lectures, and asynchronous discussions. While there is considerable
flexibility of time and place, this course is designed for the self-motivated student with excellent time-management skills. Additionally, intrinsic motivation to learn about a variety of religious beliefs and practices using various religious studies methods will be key to student success. Meets general academic requirement HU.
SOC 101-80 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
What is sociology? How do sociologists go about their work? How is society structured? Is inequality an inherent part of human life? How and why do societies change? This course introduces the central concepts and principles of major sociological perspectives. It provides an overview of the study of social institutions, social stratification, and social change. Meets general academic requirement DE and SL.
Students enrolling in online courses at Muhlenberg should expect to dedicate as much time to studying, reading, preparing for class and engaging with peers and the instructor as they would for a traditional course. The courses provide a considerable degree of flexibility but are not entirely self-paced. The courses follow the summer session schedule, starting and ending within the regular summer sessions, and have weekly assignments and deadlines throughout the session. Learning in an online and blended environment is well suited for students who are comfortable using technologies and interested in learning a range of new digital tools for communication and collaboration, who manage their time well, and have a strong sense of self-direction and responsibility for engaging in the online learning experience.