Arts and Humanities

Course List - Fall 2012

Fall 2012  HUM Courses:

The following courses are offered for Fall 2012.  To register for classes, please visit the Student Success Center or MaineStreet (existing USM students).  For information on tuition and fees, visit Student Accounts.

 

HUM 105 - Basic Photography

Peter G Shellenberger

This course is an introduction to black and white photography, designed to help students gain understanding through “hands-on” photographic work. Lectures include classroom discussions concerning the history and aesthetics of photography, and techniques include camera and lens functions, exposure methods, basic black and white film processing, printmaking, print finishing, and presentation techniques. 

Credits: 3

Format: Face-to-face

Schedule: Thursdays, 1:00 - 3:30 PM                     

 

 HUM 201 - Creative Writing: Cultivating Your Inner Muse 

Patricia Hager

This course is designed to help students hone their creative strategies and inspire them to commit to the practice of writing. We will explore the practical implications of creative expression. In addition to investigating the genres of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry, students will identify and devise an approach to writing that works for them. This course is appropriate for novices and experienced writers alike and will include discussions of readings and traditional workshop response to students’ writing. 

Prerequisite: LCC110 or another College Writing course.          

Credits: 3

Format: Face-to-face

Schedule: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:30 PM                                  

HUM 217:  New Digital Media Literacies: Self-fashioning and Critiquing Information.   

Kaitlin Briggs

This is a humanities course, not a “how to” course, not an online course but a course centered on understanding, constructing, deciphering, and critiquing new textual forms across an array of online environments.  It is a forward thinking course that foregrounds the interplay, simultaneity, and overlap of visual literacy, prose-based literacy, and technological literacy. The approach will be balanced between concepts/theory and practices/”field” study, between rigor and fun.    

Credits: 3

Format: Face-to-face

Thursdays, 9 -11:30 AM          

                     

HUM 275 - Discovering the Past:  History Close to Home

James Myall

Students will delve into the study of the past through a variety of historiographical techniques, within the context of the history of Lewiston.  Students will develop a variety of research skills, including discovering and interpreting public and genealogical records, archaeological field reports, physical artifacts and architecture, as well as primary and secondary texts.  Students will also encounter a variety of hands-on techniques, including fieldwalking and conducting oral-history interviews.  The course offers an entry-point into the study of history while giving students valuable research and analytical skills that are readily transferable to other academic disciplines or professional life.                                                                                              

Credits: 3

Format: Face-to-face

Schedule: Thursdays, 1:00 - 3:30 PM                      

HUM 348 -  Reading Nature: Landscapes and Literature  

Mark Silber

Using the parallel skills of digital photography, reading, and writing, students will discover new ways of understanding the natural world. Readings and discussion will include excerpts from writers, such as Henry David Thoreau, Katharine S. White, Michael Pollan, Bernd Heinrich, as well as analysis of inspirational work of well-known nature photographers. The course includes journal and observational writing, creating digital photographs, and discussion of related topics of landscape photography history, philosophy, and anthropology.  

This course will incorporate themes from the LAC Atrium Art Gallery's Maine Woods exhibition.

Prerequisite:  LCC 110 or other College Writing course     

Credits: 3

Format: Face-to-face

Schedule: Mondays, 4:00 - 6:30 PM     

 

HUM/SBS 358 Representations of Motherhood

Rose Cleary

This interdisciplinary course examines the ways in which motherhood is represented in various cultural forms (including film, literature and political rhetoric) and from within different historical and cultural contexts.   Contemporary psychological theories will be considered in terms of how they are used to prescribe normative demands on women and mothers and also how they attribute various powers to mothers that then contribute to the construction of particular social policies and practices. Prerequisite:  LCC 110 or other College Writing course.

Credits: 3

Format: Face-to-face

Schedule: Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:30 PM   

 

HUM 399 Working With Writers

Patricia Hager

Learn to be a writing tutor by studying composition theory and practice.  Upon completion of the course, students are eligible for Level 1 College Reading and Language Association  (CRLA) certification.   Prerequisite:  LCC 110 or other College Writing course                                 

Credits: 1

Format: Face-to-face

Schedule: Thursdays, Noon - 1:00 PM