William and Mary

Course List & Descriptions

Summer 2014


CRWR 212

GIS 501/502

INRL 391
KINE 350

KINE 352

PHIL 201

RELG 212
RELG 309
SPCH 201

ART 211

GIS 510/511

GOVT 390

RELG 318


Session 1 — May 27 to June 27
CRWR 212: Introduction to Creative Writing

2 credits
2 sections available:
T,R 5:00 pm - 6:50 pm OR 7:00 pm - 8:50 pm
Adjunct Assistant Professor M. Lee Alexander

Introduction to Creative Writing Workshop format emphasizes the basics of writing fiction and poetry. Class meets twice a week for a two-hour session. No previous writing experience is required.

GIS 501 (3 ch.) / GIS 502 (1 ch.): Fundamentals of GIS

Prerequisites: Post baccalaureate status and consent of instructor.
Summer (4) Hamilton

GIS combines spatial data, often alongside tabular data, to map, analyze, and offer answers to questions posed in many differing disciplines. At William and Mary, GIS is used to model nutrient inputs from agriculture into the Chesapeake Bay, evaluate the role of school boundaries in determining neighborhood demographics, analyze international aid flows, create species distribution models, assess the role of fire in agriculture, monitor social discord in Africa, asses local health outcomes, and measure the extent of coastal deforestation in South America. The GIS fundamentals course will use GIS-based research projects to introduce the fundamentals of vector data, raster data, database operations, and interpolative techniques within a GIS environment.

INRL 391: Foreign Policy Decision-Making

1 credit
F 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Adjunct Professor Gabriel Swiney

This one-credit course will provide students with an understanding of how foreign policy decisions are made within the United States Government, give them practical examples of those processes, and link that knowledge to the experiences of foreign policy practitioners. The course will begin with an overview of the U.S. foreign policy structure, both as set out in the Constitution and across the Executive Branch. The course will also discuss: the formal foreign policy decision making process as well as social science research on how institutions come to make decisions, including the effects of bureaucratic structures, human psychology, and the role of dissent.

The course will include an examination of at least two case studies: depending on student interest, possibilities include the Cuban Missile Crisis and the 2011 conflict in Libya. Students will visit the Department of State and meet with experienced officers who can speak to the reality of work in the foreign service, civil service, and federal contracting.

Gabriel Swiney is an international lawyer with experience in a wide range of foreign policy issues.  Mr. Swiney holds law degrees from Harvard and Oxford, and is an attorney for the U.S. Department of State.

KINE 350:  The Science of Nutrition

3 Credits
M,T,W,R  5:00 pm - 6:50 pm
Professor Ken Kambis

An introductory course which begins with the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal system. Individual nutrients will be discussed and there will be in-depth treatment of life cycle nutrition issues. Guest speakers will supplement lectures relative to nutrition research and public policy. 

KINE 352: Nutrition and the Brain - The Psychology of Eating and Drinking

GER 2B, GER 3, Neuroscience Behavioral Elective
3 Credits
M,T,W,R  3:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Professor Ken Kambis

Although the science of nutrition and brain function is relatively new and is still evolving, certain nutrients in foods are known to be essential to human brain function. Through exploration of past and current research in the area of nutrition science, students will be exposed to the development of the body of literature exploring the effects of various nutrients found in food and how these nutrients affect the brain and subsequent behavior.  

PHIL 201: Introduction to Philosophy

3 Credits
M,T,W,R 5:00 pm - 6:50 pm
Visiting Assistant Professor Robert E. Sanchez Jr.

This course is an introduction to the problems, methods, and scope of philosophical inquiry through readings from historical and contemporary authors, including Plato, Descartes, and Kierkegaard. We will also compare the problems and methods of Western philosophy to those of Latin American philosophy with the aim of providing a balanced perspective on the possibilities and value of philosophy. 

RELG 212: Introduction to Islam

3 Credits
M,T,W 7:00 pm - 9:20 pm
Adjunct Professor Chrystie Swiney

A study of the origins, major ideas, practices, institutions and development of Islam within the context of Muslim history. Read Chrystie Swiney's bio here.

RELG 309: The Holocaust

3 Credits
M,T,W,R 7:00 pm - 8:50 pm
Adjunct Professor Maggie Kirsh

This course will begin with a discussion of texts related to European racism and anti-Semitism (twoweeks), continue with the destruction process (“Final Solution”) for two weeks, and conclude with therepresentation of the Holocaust in literature. It will include films (Thursdays) and a Saturday tour of theUnited States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Maggie Kirsh's professional bio can be found here.

SPCH 201: Public Speaking

3 Credits
M,T,W,R 5:00 pm - 6:50 pm
Adjunct Professor Barbara Bauer

Understanding and application of the principles of public speaking. Analysis of speeches based on organization, content, and delivery.

Session 2 — June 30 to August 1
ART 211: 2-Dimensional Foundations in Washington, DC

3 Credits
M,T,W,R 5:00 pm - 6:50 pm
Adjunct Professor Heidi Brar

Students will explore the fundamentals of two-dimensional art using the landscape and museums of Washington, D.C. as a classroom. The class will meet at specific locations around the Capitol Mall (i.e. The National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Natural History, or the Capitol Mall Park itself), in which core two-dimensional art concepts such as Line, Value, and Color will be investigated. Course information will be delivered in the form of lectures, demonstrations, and short supplemental readings. There are no prerequisites. As this course is introductory in nature, no previous drawing or painting experience is needed.

GIS 510 (3 ch.) / GIS 511 (1 ch.): Geospatial Pattern Analysis & Visualization

Prerequisites: Post baccalaureate status and consent of instructor.
Summer (4) Staff

Spatial patterns, like the clustered results of an electoral outcome map, hot spots of disease infestation, or the uneven distribution of fresh produce venues in a city, are the outcome of important social and environmental processes and give us clues about the causes, impacts and the potential actions that can help enhance or inhibit them. Geospatial technology, analytical methods and visual capabilities provide a crucial toolkit to identify, extract, measure, analyze, and interpret spatial patterns, as well as to communicate analytical results in compelling visual ways according to various medium and to diverse audiences. This course is designed to cover key spatial pattern analytical techniques, their interpretation and effective visual representation.

GOVT 390: How Congress Works

1 Credit
F 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Adjunct Professor Martin Paone

This course will be taught by Marty Paone, currently Executive Vice President at the Prime Policy Group, Washington's premiere lobbying and consulting firm. From 1979 to 2008, Mr. Paone worked on the Senate floor for the Democratic leadership in one capacity or another. From 1995 to 2008, he served as an officer of the Senate in the position of Democratic Secretary. His duties on the floor consisted of analyzing and recommending matters for floor consideration, including legislation, nominations and treaties. The course will involve an investigation of the legislative process in the United States with emphasis on the United States Congress. Internal and external forces influencing legislative behavior will be examined.

RELG 318: Islam in the Modern World

3 Credits
M,T,W, 7:00 pm - 9:20 pm
Adjunct Professor Chrystie Swiney

After a brief exploration of the historical evolution and basic theological tenets of Islam, we will jump into the modern era, examining the ways in which Islam is practiced by its followers, and perceived of by outsiders, in the modern world today. We will examine the intersection between politics and religion, violence and religion, and several formative events in the modern Muslim World, including the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the Iranian Revolution and the rise of Al-Qaeda.  Through your own research and presentations, we will also examine the key modern phenomenon currently occurring in the Muslim world today: the ongoing Arab Spring, a phenomenon that exemplifies the complicated and interesting blend between religion and politics in the modern world. We will carefully contextualize all of the events we study, understanding how, if at all, they fit into the Islamic theological worldview with the core goal of addressing and debunking many of the stereotypes surrounding the Muslim faith.  In so doing, we will attempt to answer one simple question: what is Islam today, in the modern world? The answer, of course, is that modern Islam is not a monolith, but an eclectic array of individuals, groups, beliefs, doctrines, and practices, reflecting an extraordinarily diverse set of views, backgrounds and beliefs, which defy singular categorization. Read Chrystie Swiney's bio here.