Classes of Interest

Graduate students from all disciplines may find the following courses of interest as they begin registering for classes.

Fall 2014

QUAL/ERSH 8575 - Mixed Methods Approaches to Research
Dr. Jori N. Hall
W, 5:00-7:45pm
This course will address the theory and practice of mixing inquiry methodologies in program evaluation and other forms of applied educational and social science research. The course will cover selected roots of the contemporary interest in mixing methods, various conceptualizations of mixed methods design and analysis, and challenges of mixed methods practice. The course emphasis on practice will feature critiques of samples of empirical work from various disciplines and domains of study.
Students enrolling in this course should have basic familiarity with the conceptual logic and core constructs of experimental or survey (quantitative) social science and of constructivist or interpretivist (qualitative) social science. Familiarity with other frameworks for social science (e.g., critical theory, postmodern perspectives, feminism, action science) is also highly desirable.
Course objectives for students include the following:

  1. Students will develop contextual understanding of the roots of the contemporary interest in mixing methods.
  2. Students will develop an understanding of various conceptual or theoretical frameworks for mixing methods, and the key differences among them.
  3. Students will generate a unique contribution – theoretical, practical or both – to the mixed methods conversation and literature.

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Srping 2014

EDHI 9040 - Using Technology in the College Classroom
Dr. Sherry Clouser
T, 2:00-4:45pm
This course is an examination of instructional technology in the college classroom, on campus and online. The purpose of the course is to encourage participants to critically reflect on the use of instructional technologies in their fields and provide them with opportunities to develop skills in employing technology in the classroom. Topics include an overview of current and emerging technologies, how technology may facilitate teaching and learning, incorporating technology into the disciplines, and teaching online. The course is three credit hours and evaluation is S/U.

GRSC 7800 - College Teaching and Student Learning
Dr. Denise Domizi
Thru, 9:30am-12:15pm
This interdisciplinary course focuses on how undergraduates learn. Participants will learn a variety of factors that inuence teaching and learning in an attempt to discover and dene what it means to be an effective college teacher. We will also discuss theory and strategies for helping undergraduates become more engaged in their learning. Students in the course will help determine the topics of the course based on their own interests.

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Fall 2013

GRSC 7770 - Graduate School Teaching Portfolio Seminar
Dr. Sylvia Hutchinson and Dr. Eddie Watson
T, 3:00-4:00pm
This seminar will guide you in developing a teaching portfolio to demonstrate your teaching skills and enhance your job search potential. The interactions between faculty and students will provide opportunities to explore the presentation of the teaching and learning process as viewed and experienced by seminar members.  The University of Georgia Graduate School Guidelines for Portfolio construction will provide the basis for generating a final teaching portfolio.

GEOG 6720 - Geography of Latin America
Dr. Fausto Sarmiento
You will be wowed throughout the discovery of what Latin America really is, from Abrebocas, MX. To Zaruma, EC. This course will explore identity principles in today’s Latin American landscapes, analyzing the underlying factors of environmental sustainability and forecasting its likelihood of success. Graduate students will develop their research skills as well as their coordination and moderation abilities by introducing discussions, moderating debates, presenting speakers, preparing a paper or organizing a conference-type final.

GEOG 8810 - Landscape Ecology and Protection Territories: The New Geographies of Conservation
Dr. Fausto Sarmiento
W, 10:10am-12:05pm
This graduate seminar on human environment relations engages students in geographical literacy of nature conservation by deconstructing contemporary narratives of cultural landscapes as they relate to Landscape Ecology. This class seeks to develop an understanding of environmental complexities in regional systems, particularly related to the roles of history and socioeconomics on production landscapes that have modified cultures, sustaining countries’ institutional governance with unique trends for biodiversity protection, food (in)security and poverty alleviation within the protected area networks at the local, regional and international scales.

QUEC 1001 - Elementary Quechua Language and Culture
Dr. Chad Howe
M-W-F, 9:05-9:55am
There are two primary objectives in this course: (i) learning the fundamentals of conversation,
grammar, and pronunciation of the Quechua language (the Cusco-Collao dialect spoken from
South Central Peru to Northern Argentina) and (ii) exploring the rich and diverse culture of the
Andean highlands through historical and anthropological perspectives. The class is conducted in
English and Quechua with the instructional materials also being printed in English and Quechua.
Because of the extended contact with Spanish in many regions of the Andean highlands and the
high number of borrowed words into Quechua, a knowledge of Spanish is useful but not required for this course.

GRSC 8200 - Communicating Science and Scholarship
Anthony Marotta
M, 9:05am-11:00am
This course is designed to help students learn to communicate their research to non-specialist audiences. The course meets ONLY the first 7 weeks of the semester.

GRSC 7900 - Integrated Course Design (FULL)
Dr. Denise Domizi
R, 9:30am-12:15pm
This course will give graduate students a foundation in course design grounded in strong pedagogical theory. Students will design or redesign a course, beginning with their goals for student learning and continuing through feedback, assessment, and teaching and learning activities.

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Summer 2013

IHDD 6001 - Introduction to Disabilities
Dr. Carol Britton Laws
Thru Session, MTWRF, 3:30pm-4:30pm
This interdisciplinary course provides students with a foundation of knowledge in the field of disability studies. Students will gain an understanding of disability theory, history, laws, legislation, portrayal in the arts, inclusion, advocacy, and more. Assignments will allow students to tailor their learning to their area of study.

WFED 7020E - Assessing Student Learning
Dr. Elaine Adams
eLC Online
Assessment is a vital part of the learning process and must be planned carefully if individuals are to maximize learning. Assessment is an integral part of the curriculum and instructional delivery system. Assessment should be, above all, a rich learning experience. The course will focus on the nature and functions of assessing student learning. Learners will become actively involved in constructing and preparing to administer and analyze teacher-made cognitive achievement and performance tests, planning for the implementation of alternative assessment methods, selecting and using published tests, using the computer for assessment, and planning for grading and reporting student progress and growth.

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Maymester 2013

LLED 8045 - Advanced Poetry
Dr. Misha Cahnmann-Taylor
May 30-June 5, 9am-9pm
This class is designed for both experienced creative writers and those who do not have poetry experience but who desire to acquire poetic tools and learn how they may be useful across many different genres of writing, including academic prose. This class takes place in two parts--an independent development section and a bootcamp creative section.

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Spring 2013

EDHI 9040 - Using Technology in the College Classroom
Dr. Sherry Clouser
Tuesdays, 2:00-44:45
The purpose of the course is to encourage participants to critically reflect on the use of instructional technologies in their fields and provide them with opportunities to develop skills in employing technology in the classroom.

GRSC 7800 - College Teaching and Student Learning
Dr. Denise Domizi
Thursdays, 12:30-3:15
The course is directed toward graduate students who are concerned about how to teach undergraduates more effectively, interested in being a part of an unique learning community, and pursuing the Interdiscplinary Certificate in University Teaching.

GRSC 8550 - Responsible Conduct of Research
Dr. David Knauft
Thursdays, 3:30-4:45
This seminar explores ethical issues in research, including codes of ethics for professional organizations, intellectual property, human and animal testing, the responsible conduct of research, and the development of personal professionalism and ethics.

HACE 8900 - The Web and Its Impact on Consumer Choices
Dr. Brenda Cude
Tuesdays/Thursdays 11:00-12:15
In this course, we'll focus on research questions related to the impact of the Web on consumer choices and consumer responses to those choices. The course will be divided into three segments: theory (the theories that guide research related to consumers’ use of the Internet), research (ways to use the Internet to conduct research), and application (topics of interest to the students enrolled in the course that relate to consumer use of the Internet).

RLST 8000 - Games: culture and human development
Dr. Nic Holt
Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30
This course explores the growing body of scholarship and research investigating the role of games in contemporary society and potential uses for education. Using a holistic approach, students will explore issues such as identity development, perspective taking, learning and motivation, and community.

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