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FIRST (Faculty-in-Residence Summer Term)

FIRST brings faculty from around the world to teach in Boulder.  View all the FIRST offerings.

Topics in Film Theory:  Three French Film Terms: montage, decoupage, mise-en-scène (FILM 4004, ARTF 5004, HUMN 4004)
With Professor Dudley Andrew, Yale University

Film aesthetics around the world have had to contend with concepts pursued insistently by the French. Examine three key terms usually left untranslated in English: montage, decoupage, and mise-en-scène. The debates and issues surrounding these terms will be attached to the styles they help describe, from early 1930s films until today. The focus will be on postwar modernism as it developed through the French New Wave.

Shakespeare in Performance (ENGL 3573)
With Professor Ralph Williams, University of Michigan

Designed to allow students to take advantage of the extraordinary theatrical resources at CU-Boulder. Focuses on Shakespeare the dramatist through the study of the three plays produced in the summer by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. In addition to exploring the text, the historical context, and performance conventions c. 1600, students meet the CSF teams (professional directors, dramaturgs, designers, and actors) and the Producing Artistic Director.

Social Inequalities in Health (SOCY 4052)
With Professor Jen’nan Ghazal Read, Duke University

Focuses on social inequalities in health in both U.S. and international contexts. Reviews the link between health status and various types of social statuses, including but not limited to socioeconomic status, gender, race, and ethnicity. Explanations for the relationships between these factors and various health outcomes are discussed

Selected Topics: Multi-Object Filtering Theory  (ASEN 5519)
With Professor Daniel Clark, Heriot-Watt University

In the last decade, the field of sensor fusion has witnessed a paradigm shift in the way that methods for detecting, estimating, and tracking multiple targets in signal processing are developed. The objectives of this course are to fill a gap in knowledge for signal processing engineering research students and to facilitate the process of taking new theoretical developments into practical engineering applications.

Curriculum in Multicultural Education (EDUC 5445)
With Professor Emeritus Christine Sleeter, California State University, Monterey Bay

Designed to help teachers learn to design, teach, and evaluate good standards-conscious multicultural curricula. Students will discuss multicultural curriculum with respect to theory, models of curriculum design, curriculum examples, and one's own ideology and critique curriculum for its representation of different socio-cultural groups, points of view, relationship to specific communities of students, and ideology.


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Analytical Techniques in Solid Materials (GEOL 4700, GEOL 5700)
With Julien Allaz

Provides an in-depth presentation of analytical techniques in solid materials. The course provides an overview of analytical theory involving electron, X-ray, and photo interactions with solid materials, and also an in-depth understanding of a number of scientific instruments that are commonly used in both academic research centers and industry.

Special Topics: Representation in American Politics (PSCI 4028)
With Jeff Harden

Examine representation at all levels of government, allowing students the chance to better comprehend and critique the many ways in which citizens’ voices influence officials in government. The course will trace the scholarly debates on representation in American politics over the last 60 years and will include models of how citizens’ opinions affect the policy choices made by political officials, “descriptive” representation of racial minorities and women, and responsiveness in non-elected areas of government such as the judicial branch.

Biology of Stem Cells (MCDB 4615, MCDB 5615)
With Ravinder Singh

Stem cells have received considerable notice in both the scientific and social arena. The course will examine the stem cell concept by a critical examination of the primary scientific literature. Topics include pluripotency and plasticity, environment, technology, self-renewal, transdifferentiation, molecular signature, epigenetic programming, and stem cell versus cancer cell. Prereqs., MCDB 2150, and MCDB 3120 and 3500, or MCDB 3135 and 3145, or instructor consent.

Experimental Seminar: Digital Marketing (MKTG 3825)
With Ken Barber and Laura Kornish

Digital marketing is an exciting area of marketing practice. In this course, we cover the what, why, and how of major current approaches, including online listening and monitoring, search engine optimization, search ads, email marketing, and participating in social media. In addition to those specific topics, three key messages are woven throughout the course: stay current with developments in digital technologies and platforms, use new tactics to support strategy, and put measurement systems in place to track performance.

Special Topics: History and Historiography of Environmental Design: Urban Geography Field Course: A Cultural History of Boulder and Its Environs (ENVD 4364)
With Shawhin Roudbari

Explore buildings, urban spaces, and landscapes in and around Boulder to study the urban landscape as one at the intersection of cultural, political, and economic geographies. We will analyze the social and historical context of sites and routes we investigate. This course introduces students to important ideas in cultural landscape studies and urban geography while developing an ability to “read” the city, its spaces, and its buildings. This course combines readings in cultural and urban geography with day trips to parts of Boulder and its environs.

Special Topics: Aerospace CAD/CAM Basics (ASEN 2519)
With Matthew Rhode

Introduction to computer-aided drafting (CAD), machining, and basic mechanical design for aerospace applications, including space and remote environments. 3D parts and assemblies, and 2D manufacturing engineering drawings will be generated using parametric feature-based software. Analysis tools will be introduced including dimensional and mass properties. Computer-aided machining (CAM) software will be introduced to import CAD models, generate and comprehend G-code, and interface with machine controllers. Basic shop tools (drill presses, saws, grinders, lathes, milling machines) introduced. Final project will include 3-axis computer-numerical-control (CNC) vertical milling machine operation. Restricted to ASEN majors.

Seminar: Law and Literature (LAWS 8458)
With Gabrielle Stafford

Focuses on the question of what literature can teach lawyers through a variety of literary works and films. Covers traditional works by Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Camus, Kafka, and Melville, as well as more contemporary works by Toni Morrison and Norman Mailer. Several short reflection papers, a journal, and a final paper will be required.


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Topics in Popular Culture: The Werewolf (ENGL 3246) with Stephen Graham Jones

German Film and Society after 1989 (GRMN 3514) with Beverly Weber

Special Topics in International Affairs: Food, Agriculture, and Development (IAFS 3000) with Elizabeth Dunn

Scientific Writing in Integrative Physiology (IPHY 3700) with Marie Boyko

Advanced Topics in Social Psychology: Environmental Psychology (PSYC 4606) with Leaf Van Boven

Christian Traditions (RLST 3000) with Brian Catlos

Introduction to Modern Russian Culture (RUSS 2221) with Mark Leiderman

Global Human Ecology (SOCY 4007) with Lori Hunter

Introduction to Engineering Computing (GEEN 1300) with Charles Nuttelman

Reporting 3/Newsgathering (JOUR 4502, 5502) with Elizabeth Skewes

Transactional Drafting (LAWS 7051) with Amy Bauer

Music In American Culture (MUEL 2752) with Daniel Kellogg

Piano Class 1 (MUEL 1115) with Alejandro Cremaschi