Registrar's Office J Term Flight Path Course Descriptions

Flight Path (FLP-103) Course Descriptions

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Dr. Susan Navarette M T Th F 9:30-12

“Applied improvisation” is a technique in which modes of training and interaction typical of disciplines in the arts and humanities (i.e., theatre; creative writing; comedy) are imported in atypical settings (e.g., business, medicine).  This course’s participants will explore and practice Applied Improvisation, specifically in relation to the design and creation of content (podcasts, interviews) destined for the College’s oral archive, Stories from the HART.  In the first week of the course, students will engage in activities that encourage “blink-thinking”: that is, unpremeditated design-thinking and improvisational expression.  In the second week, participants will deliver TED-talks; will engage in various modes of impromptu speechifying; and will conduct and record campus interviews.  Throughout, we will consider what “design” is and means; what it means to design, particularly at a deep level; and the interconnection between design and expression (“narrative,” storytelling).  In the final week of study, we will travel to Washington, D.C., to visit the American Folklore Center (in the Library of Congress), which houses the iconic StoryCorps collection of oral narratives, as well as the Smithsonian Museum.

Professor Leah Frankel   MWF 12:30-4 

Craft and Activism is a theory and studio course that will look at the history of craft and its relationship to gender, activism, and Contemporary Art through the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries and beyond. Students will engage with craft processes such as 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, and other resources. 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.

Dr. Laurel Elder M T W Th F  9-11

This course will explore how issues of diversity—gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and class—as well as inequality, marginalization, power, and privilege, 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 take a day trip to the New York State Legislature and meet with legislators to advocate for policies important to Hartwick students. Throughout the course 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.

Dr.  Mark Wolff     M, T, W, Th, F  10 am – 12pm

It may seem that Hartwick is fairly remote from the rest of the world but in fact there are many people who move in and out of this part of the Northeast from around the globe. We will discover how people have migrated through this region for centuries and how local communities include people with diverse origins. We will visit some of these communities, including an overnight trip to visit the Center in Utica, New York, which provides resettlement, education, and community resources and services to refugees, immigrants, and the residents of Utica and Mohawk Valley. Students will investigate the challenges faced by immigrants and explore their unique contributions to life in Upstate New York.

Professor Joe Von Stengel  M T Th F 9:30 am – 12 pm

In this course, students learn the basics of designing for augmented reality, and how the technology is used in today’s society. Students learn how to create media for augmented reality by utilizing cellphone apps and web-based computer applications. Apps covered include Artivive & Membit, and software including  Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere. This course covers practical skills for both creating and understanding this important new 21st-century form of communication.

Nora Fallon-Oben and Samantha Butcher   M T Th F 12:30-3

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.

Professor Malissa Kano-White M T W Th F  10 am – 12 pm

This course will explore contemporary musical theatre performance through critical and creative projects. We will study live, video, and audio performances and create original works to deepen our understanding and appreciation of the musical theatre art form. Curious fans, practiced performers, and/or backstage aficionados are all welcome, no experience is required. The course will include an overnight trip to New York City to attend a performance.

Dr. Jim Buthman  M, T, Th, F 1 pm – 3:30 pm

This course explores the policy process in relation to federal institutions and individuals who work within these institutions. Students will examine the policymaking institutions and structures which guide the United States in areas such as health and environmental federal public policy. The course will seek to help explain the intricacy of policymaking and examine the role of federal institutions play in framing dialogue within the policy process. One goal is to gain an understanding of how policies affect the culture surrounding health and the environment.

Students will travel to Washington, DC for four days to visit institutions such as the Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency. Weather permitting, they will visit public spaces to examine how the design of such spaces contributes to the public good. Students will gain exposure to professionals within the fields of public health and/or environmental protection to gather examples of professionalism and career advice. This course supports Hartwick’s Flightpath by bringing students into professional settings to meet with those who make and implement public policy.

Professor Michael Branch  M T Th F 12:30 – 3

Rural and small-town America is often overlooked or ignored in discussions of crime, policing, and justice. Does crime happen the same everywhere, though? Do police officers, courts, and prisons work the same way in smaller, more remote areas? In this course, we will address these questions and analyze the unique characteristics of crime and justice rural and small-town America. Topics for the course include defining rurality, crime trends in rural areas, challenges in rural policing, access to justice services, the impact of rural prisons on local communities, and crimes unique to rural areas. We’ll also discuss how the term “white trash” developed in connection to criminality, the opioid epidemic and rise in meth use, how criminology has tried to respond to these various concerns, and more.

Throughout the course, we will also explore how media frame and portray the intersections of rurality, crime, and justice. We will look at TV shows (like Live PD, Alaska PD, and Reservation Dogs), movies (like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Human Centipede 3, The Hills Have Eyes, and Logan Lucky), video games (like Silent Hill and Resident Evil 7), social media, podcasts, and much more. The class will be mostly discussion-based, with students developing a research project on a topic of their choice. Students will also have a choice to get hands-on with the material and play Resident Evil 7 and write about the experience in place of the research project.

Dr. Lisle Dalton  M, T, W, Th, F 9 am – 12 pm

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, 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 of the diverse types of sacred space found in the United States. Students will also develop a deeper appreciation of sacred space by taking various field trips to sacred spaces, including local churches and monasteries, as well as working on a design project.

Professor Ana-Laura Gonzalez M T Th F 9-11:30

If you are a Hartwick student who would like to be part of the music-making process but do not have many tools, here is the class for you!

With an historical approach and journey through archival material about music at Hartwick, the class will start with a musical overview: how music has evolved in the institution and who were the individuals who shaped it. This overview is an attempt to provide a frame to a simple songwriting experiment. From the learning of the musical context, to the expression of each individual in the class and their desire to express their sense of belonging, the instructor will provide the mechanical and theoretical tools, so students can write their own Song of Belonging. All you need is an open mind, the will to engage in music-making, and a recording device (any smartphone will do)!

Dr. Lisa Darien  – M T W Th F 1:30 – 3:30

In this course we will explore the production, circulation, and editing of manuscripts during the Middle Ages, with some attention paid to the biblical, classical, and early modern time periods.

As the etymology reveals – from the 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.

In addition, the class will travel to New York City in order to visit the amazing collections of manuscripts, art, and artifacts at the Morgan Museum and Library and at both branches — the Met Cloisters and the Met Fifth Avenue — of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Heidi Tanner M T W F 9-12, Th 9-5

This course provides an introduction to the foundational skills and knowledge pertinent to safe, comfortable and enjoyable human-powered travel in a winter Catskill Mountain environment, unique to Upstate New York. The course will visit basic orienteering, wilderness first aid, and the other essentials for safe hiking.  There will be a pre- and post-  fitness test, and 7 scheduled hikes for the J-Term semester.

Tom Hartnett   M T Th F  8:30 am  – 11:00 am

In this course we will explore 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. The class will promote healthy conversation and expand how students view the world and their role within it.

Dr. Parker Troischt (online; course meets M/W/F 10:30 – 11:30 am plus asynchronous work)

Over the past decade amazing progress has been made in the search for life on other worlds called “Exoplanets”.  Thousands of planets orbiting other stars have been discovered by the NASA Kepler mission alone and there are many other satellites and telescopes searching the sky every night for more.  On a weekly basis, astronomers announce the discoveries of planets with bizarre properties such as: hot lava surfaces, glass and iron rain, planets made of diamonds and planets orbiting black holes.  Along with these strange worlds, astronomers have discovered perhaps a few dozen “habitable” Earth-like planets that seem to offer the conditions suitable for life.  However, even with all of the fantastic discoveries being made, so far Earth is the only place we know of that hosts life.  Why?  In this course, we will discuss several of the important astronomical, geological, and biological factors that make life on Earth possible.  Towards the end of the course, students will examine various exoplanets and compare their properties to those we have here on Earth, that wonderful planet we call “home”

*** Complete this form to apply to take this online course due to inability to be on campus in January.

 Professor Pinki Srivastava (online; course meets T/Th from 12:30 pm – 4 pm plus asynchronous work)

Leadership is an important topic in social sciences, management, and society. In this course, the basic theories of leadership will be explored as well as strategies for students to become more effective leaders in business and other organizational settings, and in their own lives.

*** Complete this form to apply to take this online course due to inability to be on campus in January.