UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

About The Program

Fall 2020 Courses

Participants in the fall program enroll in a minimum of 15 credits offered in a module format. In this format, courses are taught one at a time in three-week blocks. You'll enroll in only one course per module. The descriptions provided below indicate the module the course will be offered. The required Scotland: Society and Globalization course runs through the entirety of the semester on Monday evenings. Dates for the fall program can be found on our calendars page.

REQUIRED
Course & Textbook Equivalent

Scotland: Society & Globalization/Scottish Professor Gerry Mooney/3 cr.

Scotland: Society & Globalization is a wide-ranging course that explores different aspects of contemporary Scottish society. Locating Scotland in its historical and global contexts,  he course focuses on many of the key social, economic, cultural and political issues that face Scotland today. It considers many of the ways that globalization can be said to be impacting on Scottish economy and society and takes a multi- and inter- disciplinary approach. The course draws on sociology, social policy, social history and human geography. The course emphasizes the importance & usefulness of comparative and trasnational comparisons for the understanding of developments in a particular national context. Comparisons between different aspects of Scottish and US societies will occupy centre stage; students will be required to reflect on points of similarity & convergence between US & Scottish/UK society.

Textbook(s): Textbook provided in Scotland; no purchase required.

Lake Superior State University: POLI 377/3 cr.

Murray State University: SOC 465: Globalization; HIS 390: Special Topics

Normandale Community College: HIST Elective/3 cr. (5, 8)

PLNU: POL 3091 (for Political Science and International Studies majors), or HIS 4015 (for History majors)/3 cr.

UW-Oshkosh: SS Elective 008U (SS)

UW-River Falls: WIS 305/Scotland: Society & Globalization/3 cr., Liberal Arts (HF), GE (GP)

UW-Stout: CAHSS 205/Scotland: Society & Globalization/3 cr.

UW-Superior: SOCI 201/Social Problems in Global Perspectives/3 cr. (Social Inquiry)

UW-Whitewater: LSINDP 999/L&S Interdisciplinary Elective/3 cr. (GI)

MODULE ONE (select one course from the following options)
Course & Textbook Equivalent

Scottish Roots of Contemporary Genre Fiction/Valerie Jahns/UW-Fox Valley/3 cr.

This course is built around the Edinburgh International Book Festival. This course will trace the changing nature of a sense of place and the connections between past and present. Each week we'll focus primarily on the work of one of the "big three": Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson. We'll look at how the writer is currently regarded, how he was regarded during his own lifetime, and how he was influenced by those who came before him. During the final week, we will explore contemporary writers at the annual Edinburgh International Book Festival and look for evidence of their influences. One of our goals will be to identify repeated themes that reflect a consistent sense of place in Scottish literature. We will give context to our featured authors and enhance our studies with trips to notable sites such as the Writer's Museum, the Museum of Edinburgh, and by taking part in walking tours in Old Town Edinburgh, and live readings at the Book Festival.

Textbook(s): 
Edinburgh: Literary Lives & Landscapes by David Carroll
The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Women's Writing Ed Glenda Norquay
Penguin Book of Scottish Verse Introduced and edited by Tom Scott
Other materials, photocopies, TBA

Murray State University: TBD

PLNU: LIT 2000/3 cr.

UW-Fox Valley: ENGL 290/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: ENGL 289/3 cr.

UW-Stout: LIT GXX/Literature Electives/ 3cr.

UW-Superior: ENGL 289/English Elective/3 cr.

Theatre in Our World - Festival Fringe/Joan Navarre/UW-Stout/3 cr.

Development of theatre arts from ancient times to present; play styles, production methods and audience appreciation; representative plays. This course emphasizes the relationships between the technical and artistic components of theatre practices of the past and present from cultures around the world.

Utilizing the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as the laboratory experience, students will:

  • Develop an appreciation for a general history of the theatre and the diversity of theatrical forms
  • Acquire a vocabulary of theater terms and explore theatrical genres
  • Develop an appreciation of the various facets of the working and performing theatre
  • Explore how the technical and artistic components of theatre complement each other
  • Develop the ability to articulate a critical analysis or review of the theatrical performances that they attend

Textbook(s): No textbook required; readings will be supplied via D2L

Murray State University: THD 104/The Theatrical Experience

PLNU: TRE 1001/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: SASA 105/3 cr. (HF)

UW-Stout: THEA 232/3 cr.

UW-Superior: COMM 122/Theatre Appreciation/ 3 cr.

MODULE TWO (select one course from the following options)
Course & Textbook Equivalent

Biotechnology and Society/Kris Koudelka/Point Loma Nazarene University/4 cr.

An examination of current topics in biotechnology as they impact society, bioethics, and sustainable living. Course addresses the questions "What is biotechnology?", "How does it work?", and "How does it affect our lives?" Topics may include genetic engineering, gene amplification, genome projects, gene therapy, DNA fingerprinting, cloning, and assisted reproductive technology, genetic screening, recombinant DNA, knock-outs, AIDS research, and GM foods. Course approach emphasized the process of science, critical thinking, active learning, social relevancy, and building connections between case studies and general concepts of biology. Includes studio style lab experiments.

Textbook(s): 
Biology: Science for Life with Physiology | ISBN: 978-0133892307

Murray State University: BIO 308/Ethics in Biology

PLNU: Bio 1004/4 cr.

UW-River Falls: BIOL 289: Biotechnology and Society/3 cr. + BIOL 289: Biotechnology and Society lab/1 cr.

UW-Stout: BIO GLX Biology Lab Elextives/ 3 cr.

UW-Superior: BIOL 189/Biology Elective/ 3 cr.

Introduction to Visual Art/Ann Lawton/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

This course serves as a broad introduction to visual arts. Students will develop skills to describe and analyze artworks within their cultural and historical contexts, while gaining an understanding of media and processes.

Textbook(s):
Exploring Art (4th Edition), Lazzari and Schlesier

Murray State University: ART 121/Art & Visual Culture

PLNU: ART 1000/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: ART 100/3 cr. (H/F)

UW-Stout: ARTH 222/Introduction to Art/ 3cr. (ST students must have BFA adviser approval)

UW-Superior: ART 189/ Art Elective/ 3 cr.

Scotland: Heritage and Culture/Gerry Mooney/3 cr.

Explores a number of different themes which will be of interest to students - and which will tie in with other aims of widening the opportunities for external engagement for many of the students including: Exploring Scottish Cultural Traditions, Heritage: Exploring the 'Scottish Brand', Exporting Scotland, and Sport & Society in Modern Scotland. Just as there are multiple America's, dependent upon the traditions, beliefs, expectations, and cultures that developed in each area, multiple Scotland's exist. By understanding the heritage/culture of Scotland, students will be able to see how society is structured today as well as see the reason for debates about the direction Scotland will head in the future.

Textbook(s): Textbook provided in Scotland; no purchase required.

Lake Superior State University: SDGE/Cultural Diversity General Education/3 cr.

Murray State University: HIS 390: Special Topics-Scotland

PLNU: POL 3091 for Political Science and International Studies majors or HIS 4015 for History majors

UW-Oshkosh: SS Elective 008U (SS)/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: WIS 310/Scotland: Heritage & Culture/3 cr.

UW-Stout: CAHSS 210/Scotland: Culture & Heritage/3 cr.

UW-Superior: ANTH 289/Anthropology Elective/3 cr. meeting general education requirement: World Languages, Cultures, Philosophy

UW-Whitewater:  ANTHRPL 999/ Anthropology Elective/3 cr.

Career Exploration in an International Setting/On-site course mentor (Emeritus Scholar in Residence)/3 cr.

Career Exploration in an International Setting provides a framework that combines aspects of independent study and internship to facilitate the development of a deeper understanding of your field of study and future career aspirations in general, but also beyond the borders of the United States.  You will utilize a combination of job shadowing, informational interviews, online and local resources, and independent research to build a network within your field, and to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity and breadth of career possibilities within your field.

This course is driven by the students' interests and curiosity about their chosen field. Students will actively pursue interviews, networking opportunities, and lines of inquiry independently. Independent research and reading must be undertaken by students. Course Mentors will provide guidance, feedback, suggestions and advice, and challenge students to delve deeper and ask questions.  Course Mentors will assist in making initial contacts at the beginning of the semester, however, students must be self-directed and willing to make contacts and engage outside of their 'comfort zone'.

Course Competencies:

  • Explore your field of study in Scotland 
  • Develop intercultural communication skills
  • Implement networking contacts in your chosen career field 
  • Develop the ability to be self-directed
  • Evaluate career possibilities within your field of study
  • Document experiences in chosen career field

Lake Superior State University: SERV 277/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: WIS 279/Career Exploration in an International Setting/3 cr.

UW-Stout: TRDIS 101/Career Exploration/(1 cr. + electives)

UW-Superior: IDS 297/Exploring Majors & Academics/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: LSINDP 999/L & S Interdisciplinary Elective/3 cr.

MODULE THREE (select one course from the following options)
Course & Textbook Equivalent

Molecular Biology of Infectious Diseases/Kris Koudelka/Point Loma Nazarene University/3 cr.

This course will take a detailed look into several historic and modern diseases from infectious sources. Each disease explored will include the molecularly focused investigation of disease pathogenesis, transmission, and if applicable, treatment. This course will include (but not limited to) the study of smallpox, cholera, plague, prisons, influenza, and even beneficial treatments using viruses. Historical and modern limitations on how infectious diseases are studied will also be highlighted. Prerequisite(s): Genetics (PLNU BIO 3045)

Textbook(s):
Readings will be assigned/provided

Murray State University: BIO 504/Medical Cell Biology

PLNU: Bio 4095/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: BIOL 235/Medical Microbiology/3 cr.

UW-Stout: BIO XXX/Biology Electives/ 3 cr.

UW-Superior: BIOL 389/Biology Elective/ 3 cr.

2D Design Foundations/Ann Lawton/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

This course explores the visual elements and principles of design and introduces students to the fundamental design concepts related to art making through two-dimensional and three-dimensional hands-on applications. the course will investigate the concepts of emphasis, focal point, pattern, repetition, and contrast through projects that are two-dimensionally directed and study their applicaiton towards the three-dimensional. 

Textbook(s): 
Launching the Imagination: A Comprehensive Guide to Basic Design, 4th Edition by Mary Stewart

Murray State University: ART 111/Studio Practice

PLNU: ART 1003/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: ART 121/3 cr.

UW-Stout: ART 101/2D Design/ 3 cr.(ST students must have BFA adviser approval)

UW-Superior: ART 200/ Design Fundamentals/ 3 cr.

British History/Scottish faculty/3 cr.

This course is designed as a gateway to aspects of Scottish life, past and present. It aims to unravel some of the historical threads that explain Scotland's traditions, culture and attitudes (e.g. to democratic ideas, community, environment, gender issues, urban and rural life, popular culture, sport, etc.). Major historical issues and debates with historical and contemporary focus will underpin discussions, as will comparative approaches with European and American contexts as appropriate. Every opportunity will be taken for discussion of personal views and opinions, so the course is as much about exploring your own reactions to Scotland and fitting your own experiences into different contexts and situations as it is about 'knowledge'. 

Textbook(s):Textbook provided in Scotland; no purchase required.

Lake Superior State University: HIST 277/3 cr.

Murray State University: HIS 410: Modern Britain

Normandale Community College: HIST Elective
/3 cr. (5, 8)

UW-Oshkosh: History 008/3 cr. (SS)

UW-River Falls: WIS 200/British History/3 cr., Liberal Arts (SB)

UW-Stout: HIST-GXX/History Elective/3 cr. (ARHU-HIST)

UW-Superior: HIST 289/Special Topics: British History/3 cr. (Humanities/History)

UW-Whitewater: HISTRY 999/History Elective/3 cr.

Career Exploration in an International Setting/On-site course mentor (Emeritus Scholar in Residence)/3 cr.

Career Exploration in an International Setting provides a framework that combines aspects of independent study and internship to facilitate the development of a deeper understanding of your field of study and future career aspirations in general, but also beyond the borders of the United States.  You will utilize a combination of job shadowing, informational interviews, online and local resources, and independent research to build a network within your field, and to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity and breadth of career possibilities within your field.

This course is driven by the students' interests and curiosity about their chosen field. Students will actively pursue interviews, networking opportunities, and lines of inquiry independently. Independent research and reading must be undertaken by students. Course Mentors will provide guidance, feedback, suggestions and advice, and challenge students to delve deeper and ask questions.  Course Mentors will assist in making initial contacts at the beginning of the semester, however, students must be self-directed and willing to make contacts and engage outside of their 'comfort zone'.

Course Competencies:

  • Explore your field of study in Scotland 
  • Develop intercultural communication skills
  • Implement networking contacts in your chosen career field 
  • Develop the ability to be self-directed
  • Evaluate career possibilities within your field of study
  • Document experiences in chosen career field

Lake Superior State University: SERV 277/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: WIS 279/Career Exploration in an International Setting/3 cr.

UW-Stout: TRDIS 101/Career Exploration/(1 cr. + electives)

UW-Superior: IDS 297/Exploring Majors & Academics/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: LSINDP 999/L & S Interdisciplinary Elective/3 cr.

MODULE FOUR (select one course from the following options)
Course & Textbook Equivalent

Research Methodology/Kris Koudelka/Point Loma Nazarene University/3 cr.

This course builds upon the basis of the scientific method that students are exposed to as freshmen. It focuses on teaching students how to develop biological questions, search databases to obtain background information, design scientific experiments, and analyze data. This course will focus more specifically on how research data is obtained, how experimental knowledge and data are dispersed amongst the scientific community, and how these data are used as a base for correlating new data and upon which new experimentation is based. Prerequisite(s): Genetics (PLNU Bio 3045)

Textbook(s):
Reader (ordering instructions will be provided)

Murray State University: BIO 216/Biological Inquiry & Analysis

PLNU: Bio 3052

UW-River Falls: BIOL 195/Freshman Research Experience/3 cr.

UW-Stout: BIO XXX/Biology Electives/ 3 cr.

UW-Superior: BIOL 389/Biology Elective/ 3 cr.

Drawing One/Studio Drawing/Ann Lawton/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

This course covers achromatic (colorless) drawing techniques, materials, approaches and concepts, including approaches to observational drawing and the visualization of ideas. Students will make use of visual journals as a way to develop problem-solving skills. They will acquire a preliminary range of drawing abilities and knowledge to facilitate visual art disciplines. 

Students who have completed Drawing One may enroll in the advanced Studio Drawing course.

Textbook(s):
A Guide to Drawing, by David L. Farber & Daniel M. Medelowitz

Murray State University: ART 101/ Drawing I/Introducation to Drawing / TBD

PLNU: ART 1015 or ART 2006/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: ART 131 or ART 330/3 cr.

UW-Stout: ART 100/Drawing 1/ 3 cr.(ST students must have BFA adviser approval)

UW-Superior: ART 205/305 / Drawing I/Drawing II/ 3 cr.

Empire and Independence: Consequences, Struggle, and Legacy/Scottish faculty/3 cr.

Between the late sixteenth and early twentieth centuries, Britain amassed the largest territorial empire the world had ever seen, encompassing 24% of the earth’s land mass. With this expansion came the export of the British geo-political colonial administration, environmental resource exploitation and patterns of emigration and immigration that profoundly affected Britain and the colonial states. This geographic fluidity of colonial interaction resulted in the transfer of architecture and urban planning, the visual and spatial consequences of which were profound and unprecedented. This course considers the transnational impact of the Scottish Enlightenment as well as the political, sociological and historical relationship of geographic empire, from the pre-American Revolution and the loss of the thirteen colonies to the partition of India and the demise of the British imperial dream after World War II. It will examine the formal, spatial, social, economic and political characteristics of empire and subsequent independence movements in the context of Britain's ambition to control ever greater swathes of the earth's surface economically and culturally. The struggle of colonized peoples to gain independence from the British Empire is examined alongside theories of decolonization and the formation of the Commonwealth in the twentieth century. The impact of empire within Britain is also analyzed through climate change, trends of political devolution and the present Scottish independence movement. Examples, both secular and religious, will be drawn from across the British colonial world - from England, Scotland, and Ireland to the Americas and Caribbean, India, South East Asia, Africa and Australasia. These examples will be discussed in their historical context and analyzed for what they reveal about notions (and anxieties) regarding modern British identity, imperialism and nationhood.

Textbook(s): TBD

Murray State University: TBD

UW-River Falls: WIS 289/3 cr.

Career Exploration in an International Setting/On-site course mentor (Emeritus Scholar in Residence)/3 cr.

Career Exploration in an International Setting provides a framework that combines aspects of independent study and internship to facilitate the development of a deeper understanding of your field of study and future career aspirations in general, but also beyond the borders of the United States.  You will utilize a combination of job shadowing, informational interviews, online and local resources, and independent research to build a network within your field, and to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity and breadth of career possibilities within your field.

This course is driven by the students' interests and curiosity about their chosen field. Students will actively pursue interviews, networking opportunities, and lines of inquiry independently. Independent research and reading must be undertaken by students. Course Mentors will provide guidance, feedback, suggestions and advice, and challenge students to delve deeper and ask questions.  Course Mentors will assist in making initial contacts at the beginning of the semester, however, students must be self-directed and willing to make contacts and engage outside of their 'comfort zone'.

Course Competencies:

  • Explore your field of study in Scotland 
  • Develop intercultural communication skills
  • Implement networking contacts in your chosen career field 
  • Develop the ability to be self-directed
  • Evaluate career possibilities within your field of study
  • Document experiences in chosen career field

Lake Superior State University: SERV 277/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: WIS 279/Career Exploration in an International Setting/3 cr.

UW-Stout: TRDIS 101/Career Exploration/(1 cr. + electives)

UW-Superior: IDS 297/Exploring Majors & Academics/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: LSINDP 999/L & S Interdisciplinary Elective/3 cr.

 


Internships

In addition to the courses listed above, students may enroll in a limited number of 3-credit, 150-hour unpaid internships. Internships will be completed in place of a course, and all internship participants will be dually enrolled in the Career Exploration in an International Setting course.

Visit the internships page to view internship requirements, current opportunities, and to complete the internship application.