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Unique Summer Courses

Summer 2016 Unique Course Offerings

Acting for Non-Majors: Performance Weekend Intensive
THE 102 (83321)

Assunta Kent
Dates: May 20 - May 22, 2016
Class meetings are as follows:

Friday, May 20, 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday, May 21, 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday, May 22, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Course Description:
This course will introduce students to theatre through the eyes of the performer. Students will gain a basic understanding of theatre as a performing art through lecture, discussion, and performance of scenes. Improvisational exercises, relaxation techniques, and character analysis strategies will be included. Students will also attend campus and area theatrical productions and be required to write critical reviews of the performances. 3 credits.


Acting Techniques of Michael Chekhov
THE 494
Wil Kilroy
TBD, Gorham Campus
June 25 - June 28, 2016
9:00AM - 9:00PM each day
Course Description: This is an intensive, 4-day immersion program in the Acting Techniques of Michael Chekhov.  This course provides an intensive overview of the acting techniques created by Michael Chekhov. Areas of focus will include characterization, scene study, stage movement and voice, and teaching methods. The course will conclude with a works-in-progress performance. Typically offered summer only. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credits. 3 credits.


Northern Forest Canoe Trail
EYE 199/ESP 131 (83703/83702)
Instructor: Robert M Sanford, Joseph K Staples & Karen Wilson
Location: Online and on the water
Time: Self-Paced

Course Description: This is an experiential learning experience undertaken at the convenience of the student during Summer Session (May 16 - August 19). Each student is required to spend 10 or more days on or along the waters of northern New England. These days do not have to be completed all at once; choose the days you want--whatever fits your schedule--as long as ten of them occur within the prescribed Summer Session time period.  There will also be an online component to this course; some type of internet access is required.  This is an independent, self-paced course that can be started at any point of the summer.

This course is designed to credentialize a self-guided outdoor learning experience mentored by university professors with interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary expertise. Participants undergo the equivalent of ten or more days (need not be consecutive) of canoe or kayak trips on various waters of northern New England. Since the goal is experiential, it is not important how much of the trail is covered, nor that the travel be completed all at once. Instead, participants set their own schedule, provide periodic on-line check-ins, and submit assignments designed to foster an experience that is contemplative and that builds independent learning skills. The course provides an introduction to environmental data gathering and assessment, and aspects of environmental management, and critical thinking about personal, social, and ecological implications of the waters of northern New England. Students are assumed to have basic water safety, canoeing/kayaking ability, orienteering and map reading skills, and camping/cooking or other logistical support skills. As a self-guided experience, students are expected to rely upon their own abilities and to only undertake trips that are safe and attainable within their skill set and equipment capabilities. Students are free to take along partners, friends and family members.

This course is suitable for anyone seeking to explore the environment or learn about environmental science. It is also suitable for anyone who wants a self-paced entry to a college-level experience. 3 credits.


Philosophy & Social Media: Hot Topics
PHI 235 (81742)
  Julien Murphy & Maureen Ebben
Location:  Blended - Online/On Campus, University Special Events Room, 7th Floor Glickman Library, Portland Campus
Dates:  June 1- June 2, 2016
Time:  9:00AM - 4:00PM each day
Course Description: Explore with us the social and philosophical issues in the latest hot topics in social media including: hacking, surveillance, big data, the NSA, Snowden, gaming and bitcoin.  Using guest speakers, video, fiction, and recent research, we will debate and analyze the future of privacy, identity, community and the social costs of security in digital culture.

This is a unique course structure, but one that we think will work well for this topic and offer students something a little different.  The two days will consist of speakers, presentations, class discussions and activities. Some class work is expected to be completed before the start of the 2 day seminar. After the 2 days, students will have at least 2 weeks to complete the written assignments for the class.  The written assignments are related to the content of the 2 days as well as to course readings.  The course syllabus will be available in Blackboard to enrolled students at least 2 weeks before the start of the class.  3 credits.


Therapeutic Touch
CON 490 (81384)
Instructor: Bernadette Curtis
Location: Blended - Online / On campus, 214/215 Abromson Center, Portland Campus
Dates: May 30 - June 24, 2016
Class meetings are as follows: This class includes 2 full days and one half day of class onsite on the Portland campus in rooms 214/215 of the Abromson Center (Friday and Saturday, 6/3 & 6/4, 8:30am-4:30pm; Friday, 6/24, 1:00pm-4:00pm).
Course Description: This course will introduce the theory and practice of the Krieger-Kunz method of Therapeutic Touch. Concentration will be on the practice of Therapeutic Touch as an intentionally directed process of energy exchange, using the hands to facilitate the movement of energy, and restoring balance to the energy system of the human body. The course will focus on the understanding of the basic principles of the human energy field; intuition; intentionality; benefits; theory; principles; process; and experiential learning of the Therapeutic Touch technique. Through readings, lecture, demonstrations, and practice, students will integrate the TT process with considerations of creating a healing environment, the ethics of practice, and integrating holistic health and self-care. 3 credits.

Please wear comfortable clothes and dress in layers.  Bring water and/or warm drinks.