Flight Path Course Descriptions – J Term 2021

20 Films Worth Knowing
This course introduces students to iconic films and to the basics of film analysis: narrative structure; cinematic formal elements (i.e., lighting; set design; camera angle and movement; costume design; acting method; mise-en-scène, color palettes, scoring, and sound effects); film genre, history, and style. Students will develop analytical skills necessary to understand the relationship between cinematic form and narrative meaning. These skills are central to professions such as play-, script-, and screenwriting; dramaturgy (i.e., research necessary to adapt a script for the stage or screen); film criticism; film editing; film direction; marketing and advertising; digital website and media design. This course will also introduce students to films that “cineastes” (people who study and love film) know and know how to discuss. Films will include The Wizard of Oz (d. Fleming, 1939), Citizen Kane (d. Welles, 1941), Rear Window (d. Hitchcock, 1954), The Usual Suspects (d. Singer, 1995), The Big Lebowski (d. Coen Bros., 1998), Big Fan (d. Siegel, 2009), and The Drop (d. Roskam, 2014). Selected films will feature mature content/themes and are intended for mature audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

Chemistry and Heating of Materials
This lecture and laboratory based course will use basic chemistry knowledge to investigate and explore how chemical structure and thermochemistry affects everyday objects. More specifically, this course will investigate molecular structural changes of different objects when heated. The course will explore these topics in lecture and laboratory and then talk to different entities on campus about the effects of heating and cooling.

Craft and Feminism
Craft and Feminism is a studio course that will look at the history of craft and its relationship to feminism and Contemporary Art through the 19th, and 20th centuries and beyond. Students will engage with craft processes such as basket weaving, yarn weaving, quilting, embroidery, and papermaking. The course readings will be drawn from texts such as Fray: Art and Textile Politics, Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art, and The Subversive Stitch. Students will engage in critical dialogue and explore themes of gender and politics through research and their studio projects. Students will also be required to use digital tools to design their projects, thus bridging traditional techniques and contemporary media.

Cross-Cultural Collaboration & Business in Korea & U.S.
This is a cross-cultural experiential learning course with students from Hartwick College and Dongguk University of South Korea. Students from both schools meet in interactive groups through Zoom to discuss cultural exchange and international business. There is a high expectation of professionalism from both sides as we will represent both our university and our country. Please be ready for professional face-to-face Zoom sessions for most classes.

Diversity and American Democracy
This course will explore how issues of racial inequality have shaped all facets of American Government from the Constitution, to political institutions, to public policy, and the ways they continue to shape politics today. We will spend time in the College Archives analyzing the political actions of previous generations of Hartwick students as the civil rights and women’s movements emerged, as the student population became more diverse, and as the campus reacted to national and local events relating to racial intolerance and injustice. By examining the College’s political past—both the conflicts that animated the community and the student-led efforts to make the campus more inclusive—students will engage with issues of diversity and political activism in a way that helps them better understand themselves and their role as citizens in a democratic nation.

Fitness, Food, and Fun: How to beat the Winter Blahs with Nutrition and Athletics
Want to learn how you can fuel your body during the winter season? In this class you will discuss topics of personal fitness, nutrition, and using the resources available to you on and off campus. Be prepared to play in the snow, learn healthy comfort food recipes, and be confident with your health no matter what the season is!

Invisible Cities
“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears,” wrote Italo Calvino in his surreal travelogue, Invisible Cities, in 1972. In this J-term FYE, students will write their own travelogue in a series of “flash fictions”—very short stories under 1,000 words—exploring facets of the places that have shaped them: real, imagined, seen, and unseen. In addition to writing, students will read, revise, self-reflect, and collaborate with peers in a final project. No prior creative writing experience is required.

Japanese Language & Culture
How would you prepare yourself to explore Japan if you could go? What skills do you think would be helpful, and what steps do you have to take to travel someplace? If your time was limited — and it usually is — how would you like to spend it? This January, spend three weeks learning some of the basics of Japanese language and visiting Japan “virtually”. Find out what goes on in January, from New Year’s celebrations to Coming of Age Day for young adults. Then, develop your own aspirational itinerary of explorations and contribute to designing a future off-campus J-Term program.

Language Art & Cultures of Spain
Language, Art, and Cultures of Spain is a virtual experience that provides you with language immersion, experiential cultural education, and exposure to Spanish art during j-term! You will take virtual language immersion courses with our partner institution in Alicante, Spain, and will have the opportunity to attend on-campus cultural events in the afternoons and weekends. The mornings will be spent in immersive language sessions with your instructor in Spain, and these language lessons will be tailored to your level (beginner or advanced beginner). In the afternoons, weekends, and evenings a variety of on-campus experiences will be available to you including film screenings, live music, food, art, poetry, and more.

Leadership & Team Building for the Real World: The Oneonta Winter Edition
Examine various leadership styles and traits, discuss what it means to be a leader, explore your strengths to develop a personalized leadership philosophy, and learn practical strategies to best work with others. Topics will include crisis management, resilience, mindset, emotional agility, self-awareness, vision setting, collaboration, accountability, leading from core values, learning from failure, and giving and receiving feedback. Teaching from the perspective of athletics, the instructors will share the secrets and lessons learned from firsthand experience as high-level athletes and coaches. Students will bond and embrace the winter in Oneonta, participating in various easy-to- moderate team building activities in the local outdoor area. The course will involve various field trips in the local area and guest speakers of experts in the field.

Our Endangered Oceans
We will explore several of the biggest environmental issues threatening the future of our oceans through virtual visits to ocean destinations and short investigative research assignments, combined with group discussions and presentations. Not only will we investigate some of the science behind topics like 1) pollution, 2) overfishing, 3) global climate change and sea-level rise, 4) ocean acidification, and 5) the coral reef crisis, we will also look at policies and initiatives designed to address these issues.

Pathway to France: Language, Culture, Work
This virtual journey to Tours, France will introduce to students to the language and culture of the Francophone World. The class is designed to help students develop communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing while virtually visiting a French community. Class will include intensive language instruction, virtual visits to amazing places such as the Châteaux of the Loire Valley, and meetings with Americans who have followed their pathways to build careers in France. A placement test is administered to determine the appropriate course level for students who have studied French previously.

Populism in Central Europe
Populism has been a hot topic this decade, both here in the U.S. and abroad. We’ll look at populism’s underlying issue of who counts as “the people,” and see that idea at work in Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Two of those countries are marked by decades of communist rule in the 20th century. All three have seen immigration play a major role in their politics, and are now in the middle of the pandemic along with everyone else. We’ll explore populism through readings, movies, and virtual travel to Central Europe.

Sacred Space in America
Sacred space refers to the structures and landscapes that communities hold to be particularly powerful and meaningful. Typically these are set apart from ordinary spaces because of ritual use, distinctive events that once happened there, or intrinsic qualities such as beauty or austerity. In the most basic sense, sacred space refers to religious architecture—churches, mosques, temples, shrines, etc. In a broader sense, however, sacred space encompasses memorials, monuments, museums, parks, sites of tragedy, sites of protest, extraordinary natural areas and even the virtual spaces of our cybernetic age. In this course, students will explore the conceptual foundations of sacred space and learn about the diverse types of sacred space found in the United States

Technologies of Handwriting: Scribes & Manuscripts through the Early Modern Era
In this course we will explore the production, circulation, and editing of manuscripts from the biblical through the classical and medieval to the early modern time periods. As the etymology reveals – from Latin: “manus” for hand; “scriptus,” written – manuscripts are works produced by hands, not by machines. And since the term “technology” includes the science of all things produced by art and/or craft, a study of early manuscripts and their technologies can help illuminate many aspects of human culture. Besides research, discussion, and study, students will also explore scribal culture via literal “hands-on” workshops covering manuscript materials, paleography (the study of ancient handwriting), common scribal practices, manuscript transmission, and textual editing.

This Is (Your) America: Movies About Our Nation, Reviewed by You
Learn and apply film studies terms by watching and reviewing films that ask important questions about America today. Refine your communication skills as you post Youtube reviews of films, demonstrate knowledge of film terms on your own podcast channel, and ultimately create your own film project “My America, 2021.”

Where does education happen?
Did you know that lots of education can happen beyond the school building? This course will explore alternative spaces in the community for learning. A focus will be placed on the intersection of accessibility and race in these alternative educational spaces.

World View: Urban vs. Rural
A look at how the divide between the city and the countryside impacts our world and where we fit in. We will look at examples abroad and closer to Hartwick in the Oneonta area. Class should promote healthy conversation and expand how students view the world and their role within that world.

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