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.
2019 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 as well as Thursday August 15 from 6-8. 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
An introduction to marine biology, including marine ecology, organismal diversity, physiological adaptations, behavior, physical science of the sea, human uses, threats to and conservation efforts in the marine realm. We will emphasize invertebrate animals and their interactions with their local environments, but algae and vertebrates will also be covered. World-wide ecosystems will be examined, with a comparative eye to the differences of each location. Examination of the basic principles and processes of science is also examined.
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, 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 science session). We are fitting an entire semester of a course into four weeks. There are >40 hours of lecture time alone in this course over the 4 weeks, with a heavier lecture load in the earlier weeks. 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
Kitchen Chemistry is a course designed for non-majors to engage, reason with, and practice scientific principles in a familiar setting - the kitchen. The food we eat is made of 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 212-82 NEW INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES
What do driverless cars, drone spies, and robot workers have in common? This course explores how new digital information technologies are being deployed to reimagine the way we work, learn, play, love, and know. Our inquiries will take into account both the possibilities and the problems that surround the introduction and diffusion of new information technologies in society. We will consider the social, political, economic, and cultural implications of new information technologies across a range of issues: privacy, identity, education, global citizenship, and our relationships to one another. The course aims to engage students in considering deeply not only how new technologies might enable new forms of freedom as well as widen longstanding inequalities.
COM 285-82 WRITING FOR DIGITAL MEDIA
This course will introduce students to the unique challenges in creating content for digital audiences. While the course will cover the basic skills needed to write for traditional media, such as research, interviewing, editing and writing under time constraints, Writing for Digital Media will also explore the digital tools that allow for more dynamic storytelling. Using smart phones and computers, students will be tasked with taking on the role of both content creator and content producer and will build a solid understanding of the different challenges and benefits of publishing across a variety of platforms from websites to social media. How do you engage an audience that is endlessly scrolling through their phones? How do you tell compelling stories in 100 words? The very constraints and challenges posed by publishing digital content can also create an environment for students to produce amazing work. The course will take place 100% online via Canvas and students will be expected to meet deadlines with quick turnaround, therefore, access to reliable internet will be an important factor for success in this course. Familiarity with social media isn’t required, but students will be asked to create social media accounts for the course as we will spend time engaging with content to figure out what works (and what doesn't work) and students will publish their content online.
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.
FLM 227-82 MELODRAMA
Melodrama is a mode of popular storytelling that puts its characters in dramatic situations in which the stakes are nothing less than the victory of good over evil. This course will investigate the central role of melodrama in American film, with particular attention to issues of gender and race. It focuses on films that are often classified as “women’s films” and “social problem films,” but also includes “male melodramas.” We will also perform a case study of the literary, stage and film incarnations of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The course considers melodrama’s aesthetics, such as music, dramatic editing, and symbolic use of setting. Meets general academic requirement HU.
HST 144-81 INTRODUCTION TO HISTORY: MUSIC & THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
African American activism and agitation for racial equality profoundly impacted the social, political, and cultural histories of the United States. This course introduces students to the history of the black freedom struggle with particular focus on the years between 1954 and 1968. African American musical expression offers a particularly powerful lens through which to examine the issues, events, and individuals of the period. No longer shrouded in code
as in field songs, the music of the period declared a clear intention of rallying support and inspiring specific strategies and tactics to overcome Jim Crow. The course examines folk music of folk artists but offers a particular emphasis to the works of jazz musicians. Meets general academic requirement HU.
INE 283 SPECIAL TOPIC: WORLD CITIES
In the past fifty years, the number of cities achieving degrees of prosperity as centers of international commerce and investment, demographic diversity, civic activism, concentrated wealth, transnational talent competitions, scientific research, respected universities, premium health care, entrepreneurial innovation, non-stop tourism, sports and entertainment has risen in every region of the world.
At the same time, the civic culture of these cities is often undermined by the prosperity they have sought and enjoy. These cities are frequently ensnared by the attendant problems of poverty and low-wage economies, widening wealth gaps, immigration crises, housing shortages and racially segregated neighborhoods, over-matched governance, carbon emissions, leaded water, beleaguered public schools, faltering infrastructure and vulnerability to violence.
In this blended learning course, we'll explore these contradictory civic identities and learn about the extent to which world cities have been adept and innovative in facing their problems, and the extent to which they struggle to provide livable environments for their residents. The first course meeting (Thursday, May 23, 1 p.m.) will be held on the Muhlenberg College campus. In collaboration with the professor and classmates a field trip to New York City or Philadelphia will be planned (on a mutually agreed upon date). The remainder of the coursework will be held online via Canvas.
PHY 104-82 LIGHT, COLOR, & ELECTRIC CIRCUITS
This course is a lab-based, hands-on introduction to basic concepts in physical science involving light, color, and electric circuits. Students will analyze simple systems in detail and through observations, develop basic physical concepts. A guided inquiry approach is utilized with an emphasis on scientific reasoning and the process of going from observations to conclusions. Students will work with different ways to represent physical ideas: in words, with diagrams, with formulas, and with graphs. Students will relate these ideas to real-world situations. Investigation of electric energy in circuits serves as a bridge to explore environmental aspects of energy usage. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Meets general academic requirement SC.
PSC 101-81 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
This course examines the constitutional foundations, institutions, and processes of American national government. Key issues explored include relationships between, and powers among, the main institutions of government - Congress, the Presidency, the Judiciary; citizenship and political behavior; campaigns and elections; political parties; the media; interest groups; and a range of contemporary public policy issues. This is an online course that requires excellent time management skills. Students are required to participate frequently and to submit online assignments over the course of the summer session. Although the online nature of the course creates some flexibility for students, the course is not entirely self-paced. Meets general academic requirement SL.
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 322-82/83 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, asynchronous discussions, and synchronous interactions. Synchronous interaction class meetings will be scheduled in advance and posted on the class calendar. While there is considerable flexibility of time and place, this course is designed for the self-motivated student with excellent time management skills. 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.