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ASTR 103 – Introduction to the Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

This introductory astronomy course describes the universe we live in and how astronomers develop our physical understanding about it. Topics covered include: the properties of stars; the formation, evolution, and death of stars; white dwarfs, pulsars, and black holes; spiral and elliptical galaxies; the Big Bang and the expansion of the Universe. This course has no pre-requisites.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered online. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Instructor: William Janesh

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Astronomy, Online

BIOL 112: Biology’s Survival Guide to College: How stress impacts a student’s ability to thrive

Stress can test the limit of an individual’s ability to maintain balance, thrive and survive. This non-majors biology course explores how cells, organs and organ systems work together to maintain homeostasis. Equipped with knowledge of how the body functions, students will explore how common stressors experienced by college students (sleep deprivation, lack of relaxation, poor diet, and others) can test the limits of maintaining homeostasis. Understanding the body’s stress response and how stress impacts well-being will enable students to make informed decisions about how to promote balance in their own life.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-asynchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 2, 2021

Session: 5 Week Session

Instructor: Rebecca Benard

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Biology, New 2021 Summer, Online

CHIN 350/350D: China and Green Cultural Transformation

Taught in Chinese, this course aims at enhancing the students’ proficiency in listening to, speaking, reading and writing Chinese at the intermediate and higher levels. As a content-driven course, it introduces students to the recent major green culture movements in China, focusing on the way the green cultural changes took place in relation to globalization, environment and climate protection, technology innovation, income redistribution, domestic consumption, and education, to meet the challenges of financial crisis, climate change, energy insecurity, and international competition. At the end of the semester, the students are expected to be able to understand readings and audiovisual materials, as well as communicate and present orally and in written formats green cultural issues covered in the course. Students who take CHIN350 are not allowed to earn credit for CHIN350D (Department Seminar), vice versa. Prereq: CHIN 340.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: May 21 - June 11, 2021

Session: May Session

Time: MTWR 9:00-11:00

Instructor: Peter Yang

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Modern Languages and Literatures, Online

EEPS 115: Introduction to Oceanography

The sciences of oceanography. Physical, chemical, biologic, and geologic features and processes of the oceans. Differences and similarities between the oceans and large lakes including the Great Lakes. Required: Sunday field trip.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-asynchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 2, 2021

Session: 5 Week Session

Instructor: Sharmila Giri

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Online

ENGR 145: Chemistry of Materials

Application of fundamental chemistry principles to materials. Emphasis is on bonding and how this relates to the structure and properties in metals, ceramics, polymers and electronic materials. Application of chemistry principles to develop an understanding of how to synthesize materials.

Prereq: CHEM 111 or equivalent.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor.

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTW 1:30-3:30; R 1:30-2:30

Instructor: Peter Lagerlof

Credits: 4 credits

Departments: Engineering, Online

ENGR 200: Statics and Strength of Materials

An introduction to the analysis, behavior and design of mechanical/structural systems. Course topics include: concepts of equilibrium; geometric properties and distributed forces; stress, strain and mechanical properties of materials; and, linear elastic behavior of elements.

Prereq: PHYS 121.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor.

Dates: July 6 - August 2, 2021

Session: 4 Week Session (2)

Time: MTR 9:00-11:50

Instructor: Yue Li

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Engineering, Online

ENGR 225: Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer

Elementary thermodynamic concepts: first and second laws, and equilibrium. Basic fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and mass transfer: microscopic and macroscopic perspectives.

Prereq: PHYS 121 or PHYS 123. Prereq or Coreq: MATH 223 or MATH 227.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor.

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTWR 1:00-3:00; M 1:00-2:55

Instructor: Steve Hostler

Credits: 4 credits

Departments: Engineering, Online

RLGN 171: Introducing Christianity

This “topics” course offers an introduction to the academic study of Christianity. Whether approached through a particular theme or as a general historical introduction, each section of this course provides students with a general introduction to the academic study of religion and a basic religious literacy in Christianity, exploring forms of it in a diversity of cultural contexts throughout the world. Section topics might include, but are not limited to: The Black Church, The Apocalyptic Imagination, Latin American Liberation Theology. Students may repeat the course for credit once (two times total for 6 credits), provided that the two sections are different.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - June 28, 2021

Session: 4 Week Session (1)

Time: MTWR 10:35-12:20

Instructor: Bharat Ranganathan

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Online, Religious Studies

THTR 110: Introduction to Theater

THTR 110 is a fundamental study of theatre from the standpoint of developing the critical acumen of a potential audience. It covers each ingredient of the theatrical experience–audience, playwriting, acting, directing, theatre architecture, design and technology–and attempts to help students define a reasonable set of standards to judge that part of the experience as an audience member and to clearly communicate their feelings and thoughts regarding that experience. The primary textbook is Edward Wilson’s The Theatre Experience, former theatre critic for The Wall Street Journal. Readings in this text are augmented by the reading of specific plays that represent different periods, genres, conventions, and dramatic styles. Representative plays (typically six each semester) include Oedipus Rex (Sophocles), Hamlet (Shakespeare), Tartuffe (Molliere), Uncle Vanya (Chekhov), Waiting for Godot (Beckett), and Angels in America (Kushner). Many of these plays are supplemented by short films prepared by Films for the Humanities so that students can see examples of various dramatic and theatrical styles in performance. In addition to class discussions, lectures, and readings, students are also required to attend two live theatre productions offered by Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Theater each semester. The students write critical essays about their experience as an audience member in relation to a particular aspect of the performance. Students also have an opportunity to complete in-class projects in which they gain experience functioning as a theatre practitioner. These projects and the accompanying written assignment are designed to increase the student’s understanding of the function and interdependence of various theatre artists.

This course has been canceled for Summer 2021. 

Dates: July 6 - August 2, 2021

Session: 4 Week Session (2)

Time: MTWRF 11:00-12:00

Instructor: Jeffrey Ullom

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: New 2021 Summer, Online, Theater

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