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|LEARNING COMMUNITIES 2011|
LC1 – History and SportsSports have been a part of civilization from the very beginning; archaeologists have found evidence of sporting events dating back to 4000 BC. So, how have historical events impacted the games we play? How have our champions of sports made an impact on society? This LC will examine the relationship between sport and American history and the impact of sport on the American culture. You will also explore sport history closer to your new home on the Hill.
LC2 H – Honors for the Liberal Arts
An introduction to learning styles in the Academy of Aristeaus (Shorter’s Honors Program), this LC combines an introduction to writing with a study of world civilization since the mid-17th century. However, it is not the content of the two courses that will be most important; instead, it will be the collaborative nature of the learning experiences within and between the two that makes this LC exciting, as well as helps you decide if participation in Shorter’s Honors Program is right for you!
LC3 – Body Matters
This LC will address issues of body image in the media and literature. The theme will offer perspectives of the images that have influenced, and continue to influence the way young people view themselves. By selecting this LC, you will examine, critique, analyze and debate the messages portrayed in movies, magazines, web content, advertisements and literature to develop an understanding about the images that influence young people every day.
LC4 – Frankenstein, Harry Potter & Friends
To explore the roles of Gothic and contemporary literature and theatrical adaptations of thriller and horror genres in society, this LC will study classics such as Dracula and The Hunchback of Notre Dame along with Twilight, Harry Potter and Wicked. Be ready for a Southern Gothic flare with works by Flannery O’Connor and Edgar Allen Poe. The application of theatrical special effects makeup will bring some of these characters to life!
LC5 – Biological Composition
How does an earthquake in Japan or an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico affect your everyday life? Our planet is a myriad of symbiotic relationships and every event has a ripple effect. This LC will help you understand the impact of our environment on everyday life around the globe, and equip you to write and convey information to a broader audience.
LC6 H – Honors for the Sciences
This LC will look at all kinds of natural and not-so-natural phenomena from both biological and mathematical perspectives. You will explore such diverse topics as earthquakes, nuclear reactor meltdowns, effects of radiation on living things, the probability of a daughter inheriting her mother's dimples, the reason cells are small, and much more. This LC is intended for students considering participation in Shorter’s Honors Program.
LC7 – Predictably Irrational
When it comes to making choices, we like to think we’re in control. In fact, it’s an assumption of the field of economics that people make decisions in purposeful and logically consistent ways. However, from psychology, we now know that in a variety of ways numerous forces can distort our reasoning ability. The good news is that there are patterns to our choices and behaviors, and studying these might help us to be better decision-makers. Join this LC if you are curious about how human behavior and the American economic system interact.
LC8 – Making Sense of English and Art
Sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousand words; at other times, nothing replaces expression in written form. This LC will focus on making sense of the integration of these disciplines in both literal and sensorial connotations. You will develop an appreciation and understanding of art by learning how to write intelligently about the form, content, style and history of the arts. Although special emphasis will be placed on the visual arts, a variety of art forms and media will be considered.
LC9 – Faith and Family
Relationships matter! God chose to have a relationship with His creation through Jesus Christ. If relationships matter to God, don’t you think they should matter to us? This LC will help students explore the dynamic relationships we have with our families, our friends and our society. Through studying His Word, you will also examine how your faith impacts the way you relate to others.
LC10 – Speaking of Politics
Does the president of the United States have the authority to commit troops without congressional approval? Where does the separation of powers in American government originate? In this LC, you will apply communication skills to a series of problems and decision-based activities that focus on the development and dynamics of the U.S. government. Special attention will be given to current political issues.
LC11 – Resounding Truth
Since the earliest days of the Church, music has played a vital role in expressing the Christian faith. How has your own faith been stirred by a specific lyric or melody? Now think bigger… Musical expressions of the Christian faith have had a significant impact on Western culture. This LC explores the many ways Christian ideas have been expressed in both sacred and secular music. Grab your iPod, and get ready to pay attention to music in completely new ways.
LC12 – Money Games: The Business of Sport
Are sports about winning at any cost? Depends on how you define winning! Seasons, coaches and players come and go, but the business of sport revolves around long-term financial planning and strategy. This LC will look at the foundational skills needed for managing financial resources in terms of both your personal finances and your sport business career.
LC13 – Business and Your Benjamins
How do you get started in business? How do you learn to make good decisions about your finances? This LC will help you learn about the business environment and how to avoid personal financial pitfalls. Principles of marketing, management and human resources will also help you see the connections between your wallet and corporate America. Cha-ching!
LC14 – Medically Speaking
Popular television shows have often brought the complexities of medical knowledge to the comforts of your own living room. “House”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “ER” provide countless Hollywood examples of the real-life relevance for strong communication skills in medical professions. As you aspire to one day enter the medical field, this LC will combine a significant foundation in biology with a meaningful awareness of how to communicate effectively with those you serve.
LC15 – Triple Threat – Total Success
You’ve probably already heard the term “Triple Threat” in your acting or music training. Regardless of your artistic passion, “movers” who come in singing and “singers” who come in as actors need to know the demands and expectations of the other field. This learning community will emphasize the foundational components of Shorter’s performing fine arts degrees. This LC is reserved for students who have auditioned and been accepted into the theatre and musical theatre majors.
LC16 – Oh, the Equations!
You’ve seen the formulas… You’re ready to balance anything… The principle for this LC is to see algebra and chemistry as two sides of the same equation. Both classes teach quantitative and critical thinking skills: college algebra teaches these skills from a theoretical perspective, and chemistry teaches these skills from a practical perspective. By taking them together, you will make critical connections that will help prepare you for future courses and careers in math and science. Now that equals success!
LC17 – Exploring God’s Creation
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” As Christians, what do we think about God’s creation? What is our responsibility for managing our natural resources? Do we have a responsibility? This LC will help you look at the environment and your surroundings from a Christian perspective and give you the chance to discuss and debate issues related to environmental stewardship. We will also interact with God’s creation through outdoor experiences such as hiking, rafting and camping trips.
LC18 – Sounds Professional
Ask any working musician - knowledge of music theory and skill in ear training are essential tools for music professionals today. For first-year music majors in Shorter's School of Fine and Performing Arts, the combination of theory, ear training and personal growth will develop a student's professional understanding, attitude and skill. While accommodating the schedule requirements of music majors, this LC will lead you to a greater sense of what it means to be a professional musician.
LC19 – First Impressions
If you are the first person in your family to attend college, the transition may appear long, daunting or confusing. You are not alone. Shorter has been home to countless first-generation college students. During your first semester, you’ll gain a wealth of information regarding what’s necessary to be successful in college. One of those essential skills is writing, so this LC is ideal for students who require an excellent beginning in grammar, sentence mechanics and writing basics.
LC20 – Crossing Borders
You won’t need a passport, but get ready to travel! In this LC, students will simultaneously examine the grammar and literature of two languages. In Spanish I, you’ll gain the fundamentals of pronunciation and conversation; in English I, you’ll build from the basic sentence to expanded paragraphs. By reading the original text and a translation, you’ll be able to understand and appreciate how we exist in a global context.
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