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The Interim Program is an innovative and intensive educational experience with courses offered primarily during the three-week period ("Interim") between the spring semester and the first term of summer school. Interim Program courses are usually creative and experimental. They range from travel to Jamaica to explore the evolution of reggae music to intensive seminars in psychology, experiential courses in business, and independent projects designed by individual students. Each Interim, 80-100 courses are offered, including some regular semester courses and many courses designed especially for the Interim term. Virtually all of the University's schools and colleges participate in the program, which is coordinated through the Office for Academic Affairs.
Registration for Interim Program courses is part of the telephone registration procedure for the summer and fall terms. Students usually register for a maximum of 3 semester credit hours. Students registering for more than 3 credit hours begin or continue their work outside the traditional three-week Interim period.
The courses described below were offered during the 2002 and 2003 Interim periods. This listing is included to assist registrars at other colleges and universities as they evaluate courses taken by University of Alabama students transferring to their institutions or by transient students. Credit may occasionally be given for a course taken during Interim but listed elsewhere in the undergraduate catalog. Questions about transfer credit for Interim courses should be directed to the Office of Academic Records and University Registrar at (205) 348-4886.
Although prospective students may find the following listing helpful as a general guide to the types of courses offered by the Interim Program, students should understand that the courses described are not offered on a regular basis. For an up-to-date listing of current Interim courses and prerequisites, students can visit the Interim website at http://registrar.ua.edu/interim.
For further information about any aspect of the Interim program, call or write: The University of Alabama, Office for Academic Affairs, Box 870114, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487-0114; (205) 348-4890; fax (205) 348-9137.
AMS 200 The American Game. Three hours.
An interdisciplinary examination of baseball and modern American society, emphasizing such issues as industrialization, urbanization, and the commercialization of American leisure. Additionally, the course will investigate the subjects of race, suburbanization, and masculinity in postwar America, along with the depiction of baseball in the arts.
AMS 300 Special Topics: The Beatles Era. Three hours.
An interdisciplinary investigation of American culture from the Kennedy assassination in 1963 to the Kent State University massacre in 1970, using the popular cultural explosion of the Beatles as a prism that illuminates the whole. Reading includes works by James Baldwin, Truman Capote, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
AMS 304 Bob Marley 101/Alabama in Jamaica. Three hours.
Immerse yourself in the Afro-Caribbean culture of Jamaica by way of the great reggae musician Bob Marley. This course offers an intensive investigation of the musician, the evolution of reggae, and the life and times of Bob Marley by reading significant books and articles, close listening to the music, and through one week spent in Jamaica touring where Marley and the music he produced were born.
ANT 409 Yucatan: Past and Present. Three hours.
Cross-listed as SOC 490, HY 300/500, and EC 326. An interdisciplinary experience approached from four disciplines. The course consists of a series of predeparture lectures, discussions in the states of Yucatan and Quintana Roo; visits to several archaeological treasures; tours of a henequen hacienda and Yucatecan port city of Progresso; a walking tour of the downtown area of Merida, and a trip to the Museum of Archaeology in Merida. Students have ample out-of-class learning opportunities with the individual professors and the Yucatecan people.
ART 210/310/406 Experimental Drawing, including Pictorial Composition. Three hours.
A unique adventure into the realm of drawing and creating works of art on paper, incorporating the use of all media, ink, graphite, tempra, spray paint, collage, gesso, and acrylic. The intention is to focus on the significant approach of drawing as a vehicle by which new areas of concern can be adapted and solved in a more non-traditional manner. Also, a nude model will be used in class.
ART 408 Digital Imaging. Three hours.
Introduces students to an industry standard digital image making and manipulating program. The students will spend the first third of the course with an intensive tutorial introducing the aspects of the program. The next two thirds will be spent producing portfolio work using the program, under the instructor's guidance.
AY 101 Introduction to Astronomy. Three hours.
This Web-based course surveys the contents of the universe, their workings, and their evolution. The latest images from various telescopes are used to illustrate recent discoveries. Taking this course will allow students to appreciate their astronomical context and interpret future astronomy reportage in news media. Several nighttime observatory sessions will provide direct exposure to various astronomical objects.
Use of films to open discussion on important questions in the historical, philosophical, and social foundations of education, including the nature of film itself as a representational and pedagogic tool.
Examines the use of electronic equipment and software in qualitative research in the social sciences. It will explore the way technology can assist and distort social science analysis. It will introduce students to a wide variety of contemporary qualitative research support technology.
BSC 467/567 Bahamas Field Course in Stream Restoration. Three hours.
Travel to Andros Island, Bahamas, to learn field-based ecological sampling methodologies while evaluating tidal creeks in a Caribbean setting. Data collected will be incorporated into community-based conservation and restoration programs. Daily activities will focus on sampling of physical and biological characteristics of tidal creeks and interactive lectures. Lectures will be given in English by a UA faculty and Bahamian experts. Undergraduates from the College of the Bahamas will join UA students in data collection and interactive lectures.
Students can gain both technical and practical experience in the art of scientific glassblowing. Lectures and demonstrations will survey the nature of glass, the tools of the glassblower, basic operations, flameworking with solid rod, and scientific glassblowing. The laboratory will be hands-on with students getting the chance to learn how to join tubing of both the same and different diameters; make bends, flares, hose connectors, T-seals, and ring seals; and prepare rounded bottoms and vacuum traps, etc. An opportunity to learn about and try artistic glassblowing will also be provided.
CHE 320 Unit Operations Lab. Five hours.
The keystone of the chemical engineering curriculum, this 5 credit hour course is intended to simulate industrial, entry level projects by giving participants an opportunity to integrate course knowledge into practical analyses of large scale unit operations equipment.
Designed to introduce students to gender and justice issues related to female prisoners and female offenders. Using a series of field trips, guest speakers, videos, class visitations by ex-offenders, case study analyses, and criminal justice simulations, the historical, social, political, legal, and anthropological issues of death row, female inmates will be evaluated. Special emphasis placed on female offenders who have been sentenced and those who are serving life sentences.
COM 495 Special Topics: Cultural Studies and Local Culture. Three hours.
An introductory level, reading intensive survey course in cultural studies with a focus on practical application in the context of local culture. As a practical course, it will focus on the critique of socio/cultural practices in the Tuscaloosa area.
CS 205 Website Design. Three hours.
A course designed to provide new and diverse experiences to increase understanding of the fashion, apparel and textile-related industries through design, merchandising, and retailing venues. Range of learning environments promoted, including class discussions, company profile reports, assigned readings, and presentations by professionals in the New York fashion industries.
Includes an introduction to basic terminology and program commands for AutoCAD release 13. Hands-on experience will provide insight into intermediate applications, two- and three-dimensional design and equipment use. The course will culminate with the execution of an interior design project utilizing computer-aided design.
A course designed for interior design majors who want to study further color-rendering techniques and interior/exterior perspective drawing methods. Students will have a chance to practice watercolor and marker and colored pencil techniques, as well as enhance their portfolio of interior design work.
CSM 201 Individual and Family Resource Management. Three hours.
Management of human, material, and environmental resources to accomplish value-based goals. Highlights importance of decision making to achieve satisfaction and improve quality of life across the family life cycle.
CSM 430 Family and Consumer Law. Three hours.
The study of family and consumer law on specific issues of marriage, parent-child relationships, divorce, and the economic consequences of divorce, as well as consumerism and a general understanding of legal terms, resources, the legal system, and adversarial proceedings.
Examines several current economic problems related to the question of economic security in the twenty-first century and surveys the issues raised in debates over the economic policies that are needed to deal with these problems. The two major topics covered are instability in financial markets in relation to planning for retirement and proposals to reform the health care finance system.
Travel to Liege, Belgium, to learn firsthand about the European community and about future prospects for the European Union. All sessions will be taught in English by a team of faculty from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Liege, and business, policy, and culture experts from Eastern and Western Europe. Program plans include day trips to Brussels, Gent, Bruges, Antwerp, Amsterdam, and Luxembourg.
EN 310 Writing in Law School. Three hours.
Designed for students who intend to go to law school or who are just thinking about it and would like to test their fantasies against the reality of typical law school tasks. This course will include an introduction to legal research, the conventions of legal documentation, writing exams in law school, and writing briefs and decisions. There will be three writing assignments: a critical analysis of a decision by the U. S. Supreme Court, a brief arguing one side of a case that has been decided with dissenting opinions, and a response to a typical law school exam question. Students will use the English department's computer network (CONNECT) to exchange drafts and to continue discussions beyond the class period.
EN 311 Rappers Then and Now: Hip-Hop from the Roots. Three hours.
After a brief overview of the origins of hip-hop music and culture, traces the development of rap from the late 1970s to the music that is current today. Special attention will be paid to the controversy over rap lyrics and the social impact that the music has upon African-American popular culture.
EN 334 The Mystery Novel. Three hours.
Some of the best English and American whodunits of the Golden Age of mystery fiction to be read. Students will investigate leading and misleading clues, analyze suspicious characters, and try to get to the truth before the detective. Readings will include novels by Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Ellery Queen, and Dorothy Sayers. At the end of each class students can hone their detective skills by playing deduction games and solving puzzles.
EN 346 Alabama Literature. Three hours.
Surveys fiction and poetry written by Alabama authors on Alabama subjects from pioneer times to the present. Examines Southwestern humor a la Mark Twain, the "moonlight and magnolias" romances of the antebellum era, the more realistic fiction that followed the harsh realities of Reconstruction, and contemporary works that reflect current social tensions and emotional concerns. Writers studied will include Johnson Jones Hooper, William March, Andrew Lytle, Harper Lee, Mary Ward Brown, contemporary Alabama poets, and others.
An introduction to the securities markets with special emphasis on the stock markets, addressing the institutional aspects of the market and the practical aspects of investing. It is designed for individuals with little or no finance background who have an interest in learning about the securities markets and how to invest in them.
Examination of the concepts and principles of corporate America in New York City. Students will research, study, and present on the background purpose of selected companies, to understand their business philosophy and practices in today's business community.
GY 105 World Regional Geography. Three hours.
Provides students with an introduction to geography's breadth and relevance through an examination of the world's major regions. Among the regions to be emphasized are Europe, Russia, Middle America, North Africa, Southwest Asia, and Subsaharan Africa.
Students can experience the excitement of reviewing organizational and administrative strategies for the active population. Students pursuing a career in health care can study organizational and administrative competencies that relate to the physically active population.
HCA 350 Psychology of Coaching. Three hours.
Examines the different mental approaches to coaching different individuals and sports, including injury recovery and rehabilitation, high level success, failure, winning, and losing. Helps teach prospective coaches the importance of positive example. Examines different techniques in the ability to control processes in athletes and coaches.
HD 401 Cultural Influences on Children and Families. Three hours.
Examines the development of children within a cultural context. The impact of cultural factors (e.g., ethnicity, social class, SES, geographic locale) in the development of children and families is discussed.
HES 310 Issues in Human Environmental Sciences. Three hours.
An examination of the current trends and issues as they relate to the professions in family and consumer sciences. Course is designed to prepare CHES professionals to be competent to assume leadership roles in business, public, and private sectors that focus on supporting individuals, families, consumers, and communities in a diverse society.
HPE 364 Physical Education for Elementary Schools. Three hours.
HY 300 Special Topic: Life and Legend of Abraham Lincoln. Three hours.
Examines the life and legend of the man often considered the representative American. Through historical works, films, photographs, and Lincoln's own writings, the course will attempt to discover the "real" Abraham Lincoln and evaluate the impact that both the actual life and the legend have had on American history.
Desktop publishing is a buzzword, and it is a misnomer. To be a literate producer of a variety of publications made possible by the digital revolution requires a building block approach involving careful study of styles, language, and formats, including the Internet. This course provides that orientation and also allows a student to work on something he or she is personally interested in or directly involved in, such as publishing a volunteer newsletter, building a Web site, or publishing a book.
Designed to familiarize the student with the nature of crimes and torts that are often encountered by the businessperson. A full week in court is required during jury week so that the student may observe the selection of a jury, the presenting of evidence, and the final consequences of the trial. The objective is to make the student aware on a firsthand basis as to what constitutes a violation of the law and the problems and consequences of such violations.
MC 411 International Mass Communication. Three hours.
Hot wars, cold wars, trade wars-all employ and depend on communication. Explores and compares the communication systems of the world, how they serve their own societies, and how they compete in the international arena of mass communication. Print and broadcast, advertising, and public relations, libraries and Internet, fax and e-mail—all will be incorporated into the broad analysis of international mass communication. International students welcome. International scholars and professionals will be included as guest consultants.
Designed to introduce students to the study of business and consumer markets from a geographic or spatial perspective. Site/Selection Market Area Analysis plays a major role in understanding and estimating demand for most business and other economic entities. The field utilizes a specialized set of techniques which combine the theories of economic geography with those of strategic and marketing management. Knowledge of these techniques will make students much more marketable to business and other organizations which make location decisions and/or developing marketing strategies in spatially defined markets.
NEW 225 The Population Explosion: The Myths and the Realities. Three hours.
Helps students gain insight into the magnitude of the population problem. Concomitant with this primary objective is the attainment of an understanding of the relationship between overpopulation and several global problems such as energy shortages, food hunger, and environmental degradation.
Provides an intensive set of opportunities in leadership development for approximately 30 students interested in or already engaging in leadership roles at the University. Three one-week sessions of the course will entail group-based and individualized appraisals of leadership skills and organizational management, an Outward Bound-type experience in the Bankhead National Forest, and the mechanism for establishing personal group goals for the succeeding academic year.
NEW 490 Humanities I/II: Love, Conviction, Courage. Three hours.
Focuses on how people are empowered by love, conviction, and courage to effect positive change. Students will examine activism as a process, will study one issue in depth, and will follow up by writing and organizing action for change.
Designed to give the student an overview of the various principles of planning, organizing, managing, presenting, and evaluating a catering food service operation through hands-on experience. A model contract will be used to plan a catered event allowing the student an opportunity to prepare and serve special foods presentations.
Covers basic physical principles from a conceptual point of view. Emphasis is on everyday applications of the laws of physics and on simple activities that demonstrate these principles. A laboratory is included.
PHL 104 Critical Thinking. Three hours.
Focuses on the identification and analysis of arguments with the aim of improving the ability to reason critically and correctly in both academic and non-academic situations. Considers a wide variety of argumentative essays.
PSC 321 Municipal Politics in Camelot. Three hours.
Frontiers are mythic spaces for the individual and the nation. In the U.S. western culture crossed into frontier spaces, conquering and mythologizing them as regenerative or barbaric spaces. This course considers the myth of the frontier in the United States through a sampling of American Westerns. The course is structured around films that highlight theoretical questions central to the frontier experiences in the U.S. Topics include the representation of Native Americans, the frontier as a barbaric space, Hollywood cowboys, Mexico as border and frontier, and feminist revisions of the frontier myth.
PSC 399 The Montgomery Experience. Three hours.
Provides University of Alabama students with exciting and rewarding experiences in Alabama state government. They will be placed in offices and agencies that have a critical impact on the lives of Alabamians. Seminars in state politics and government correlate closely with actual internship experiences that participants get during Interim. In recent years, participants in this program have had opportunities to meet and share insights with numerous high-ranking state officials.
An examination of motivation, especially in reference to addiction, gambling, risk-taking, masochism, speculation, safety, social compliance, and motivation to work. Solomon's opponent-process theory and Martin's two-factor theory will be covered. Class experiences will involve lecture, discussion, demonstrations, simulations, and one field trip.
An introductory survey of current clinical psychology intervention procedures. Psychoanalytic, Rogerian, Gestalt, rational-emotive, and behavioral interventions will be illustrated. The format will include lectures, discussions, films, guest lectures, and field trips.
SW 212 Death, Dying, and Bereavement. Three hours.
Introduces students to issues and problems presented by death, dying and grief. The course considers attitudes and responses to death, the perspectives of dying children and adults, euthanasia, abortion, suicide, capital punishment, funeral behavior and the dynamics of grief. Students examine and challenge their own values and attitudes and consider their future responses to death experiences.
SW 300 Selected Topics in Social Work-Chemical Dependency. Three hours.
Drug and alcohol abuse are deeply interwoven into the psychological, social and economic fabric of American society. Students will be introduced to theories of addiction, become familiar with the results of sustained abuse, knowledgeable of state and federal policies regarding drug control. The effects of chemical use on special populations including women, ethnic minorities, and young adults will be discussed.
Students experience the role of being a volunteer in a human service agency of special interest to either their career goals or their personal development. The instructor develops experiences in a variety of agencies including legislative offices, medical/health settings, public and private social services agencies, and social action advocacy organizations.
SW 416 Understanding Human Sexuality. Three hours.
The purpose of this course is to explore the broad spectrum of human sexuality. Students can develop an awareness of sexual roles and variation in sexual behavior. Students will explore sexual attitudes and become more familiar with multicultural and multi-ethnic perspectives of sexuality.
The course provides the student with a necessary theoretical framework to understand the nature of crisis, the stages of crisis, and interventions that may be of benefit to clients in a variety of crisis situations.
TCF 289 Special Topics: Digital Video Production: Personal Narrative and Camera Consciousness. Three hours.
Introduces students to the tools, techniques, and language of small-format, digital video production. In addition to learning marketable technical skills, participants will become more media literate, assemble a valuable visual vocabulary, and develop his or her own "voice" via production. By the course's end, each student should be well on his or her way to becoming a savvy media maker, communicator, and consumer—an empowering identity for anyone negotiating the media-saturated culture. This is an interdisciplinary course. All majors are welcome.
TCF 389 Applied Topics: Communication Skills for Radio and TV. Three hours.
An introduction to practical techniques for communicating successfully and projecting a positive image on radio and television, emphasizing live interview situations. Students receive individual attention and work in groups to develop effective styles and strategies for dealing with live and taped interviews and other radio and television appearances.
TCF 389 Applied Topics: Internet/Digital Audio Reporting. Three hours.
Many students can "surf" the Internet but most don't know how to use this resource in deadline reporting. Discusses strategies to allow students to think about the Internet from a journalistic perspective. Includes a close-up look at different elements of the Internet and how they can be used as tools for journalism. Also looks at the credibility and newsworthiness of these resources. At the same time, students will be introduced to basic audio digital recording techniques using the Sound Forge 4.5 system.
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