AMU 051 Symbol and Sound: Teaching the Brain to Read Music Notation.  J. Cox.  The purpose of this class is to serve as an introduction to music notation, ear training, and sight singing.  Students will learn to read music and to sing from notation without the aid of a keyboard or other fixed-pitch instrument.  Class time will be spent performing group and individual exercises designed to improve rhythmic and pitch accuracy.  This course will work on the premise that students learn musical skills in much the same order as they do language skills.  We will train the ear before teaching them to read and later write music.


BIO 110 Heredity, Evolution and Ecology w/ Recitation.  J. Corbin/J. Bishop.  This course examines genetic, evolutionary, and ecological foundations of the diversity of life on earth. Topics include an overview of the genetic basis of inherited traits, mechanisms of evolution and natural selection at the population level, processes leading to the differentiation of new species, the ecological interactions between species that influence and maintain community diversity, and elements of human-caused global change that imperil biodiversity such as global climate change. The course includes one weekly 50 minute recitation period. Petition required.


HST 185 Modern Southeast Asia.  C. Gan.  Does Aung San Suu Kyi stand a chance against the Burmese junta? Is Ho Chi Minh still relevant in a modernizing Vietnam? Why are Al Qaeda allies bombing targets in Indonesia, home of the world’s largest Muslim population? These are just a sampling of contemporary issues confronting Southeast Asia, a region that historically was and still is at the crossroads of ideas, trade, religions and conquering armies. While Southeast Asia is made up of diverse polities with their own unique stories, they have been exposed to common historical dynamics that have deepened regional commonalities. This course looks at European colonization and the indigenous response; the shaping of a modern colonial plural society; the effects of economic transformation; the evolution of indigenous women’s role; anti-colonialism and nationalism; the Japanese conquest in World War II; decolonization and the Cold War; the American experience in the Philippines and Vietnam; and nation-building. We will look not only at the histories of Burma/Myanmar, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam, but also at transnational themes.


LAS 101 Intro to Latin American Studies.  D. Mosquera.  Through a reflexive and multidisciplinary approach relying on such fields as anthropology, arts, economics, literature, music, philosophy, political science, visual history, and other approaches, disciplines and cultural expressions, LAS 101 explores Latin America and the Caribbean from pre-Columbian times to the present in order to understand the nature of enduring cultural forms and institutions, their adaptations through time and contact, and the sensibilities and imaginaries woven into and out of them through memory traditions and the writing and living of history itself. An introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean as a multi linguistic, multicultural geography and to the Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) Program at Union College, LAS 101 is also a foundational course. Drawing on a selective but coherent critical trail, on stimulating films, and occasionally on the expertise of LACS faculty and others, students will be exposed to the diversity of literatures, cultures, and histories of Latin America, to how these traditions acquired influence, and to the interactions among Latin American countries and between Latin American countries and the rest of the world. Required for LACS majors and minors.  CC: HUL/LCC.


MLT 254 Explore Japanese Manga and Anime.  J. Ueno.   This course examines the rich world of Japanese manga (comic books) and anime (animation), one of the most significant cultural products in Japan and a dominant global media export.  In Japan, nearly 40% of the publications are manga and its translations appear in many different countries and languages.  We explore various social and cultural themes that manga and anime portray in this course.  The tentative topics include the issues of the relationship between humans and nature; gender relations; humans and technology; “Japaneseness” of anime; and globalization of manga.  The course will also have a section on the fan culture in the world of anime and manga.  CC: HUL/LCC.


PHL 233 Early Modern Philosophy.  D. Barnett.  Examination of classic philosophical works by Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Kant.  Central topics will include the existence of God, the relationship between the mind and the body, the possibility of free will, and the nature and limitations of our knowledge of ourselves and the world around us.


PSC 160 The Presidential Election of 2012.  C. Brown/Z. Oxley.  This course will consist of an in-depth examination of the 2012 presidential election in the United States. Candidates, developments, and events of the 2012 cycle will be analyzed, as well as placed within their broader historical and conceptual contexts. By the end of the course, students should have a detailed understanding of how candidates run for the presidency, why some voters vote and others do not, how voters decide which candidates to support, and why the winning candidates win. They will also understand the electoral roles of various actors, including the media, political parties, and campaign consultants. Moreover, they will understand how players frame issues and set agendas. Throughout the course, students will also evaluate presidential elections and discuss possible reforms. There are no pre-requisites. It will count for the Political Science major in the American subfield.