Courses offerings for Summer 2011 (May 31 – July 1)

 

Registration for these courses will close by May 13th.

 

 

Minimum enrollment 10. Underenrolled courses are subject to cancellation.

 

71104

ITAL 101   Elementary Italian

Anna Cafaro

M T W Th F

10:00  - 12:00 noon

OLIN LC 118

FLLC

4 credits   This beginning course is designed for the student with little or no prior exposure to Italian. The course will cover the major topics of grammar and give intensive practice in the four skills (speaking, comprehension, reading and writing). The grammar textbook will be supplemented by traditional homework exercises and a variety of multimedia work in the Bard Foreign Language Resource Center.

 

71103

LIT 2515   After Nature: Imagining the World Without Us

Deirdre d’Albertis

M T W Th F

1:00  - 3:00 pm

OLIN 201

ELIT

Cross-listed:  Environmental & Urban Studies   In this course we examine the recent history of fictions imagining what Alan Weisman memorably calls “the world without us.”  Taking our departure from  W.G. Sebald’s After Nature  (and the 2008 New Museum show exploring the same theme), we will trace the development of a distinctly modern strain of post-apocalyptic literature from Byron's Darkness (1816) through Mordecai Roshwald's Level Seven (1959) and Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker (1980) to Michel Houellebecq’s  The Possibility of an Island (2006).   We will consider cinematic works of Tarkovsky, Herzog and Haneke in tandem with readings in 20th and 21st century fiction.  Of particular concern will be writers’ and film-makers’ vision of existence in a post- or “neo” human society.  What does it mean to be human  “after nature”?  How do we re-conceptualize the state of nature so central to enlightenment discourse from Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau on?  Frequent short writing will be integral to the work of the course.

 

71106

MATH 131   Exploration in Number Theory

Lauren Rose

M T W Th F

10:00  - 12:00 noon

HEG 308

MATC

This course will provide an overview of one of the oldest and most beautiful areas of mathematics. It is ideal for any student who wants a taste of mathematics outside of the calculus sequence. Topics may include: number puzzles, prime numbers, congruences, quadratic reciprocity, sums of squares, Diophantine equations, cryptography, coding theory, and continued fractions.  Prerequisite: Q-elibility and solid algebra skills.

 

71102

MATH 141   Calculus I

Gregory Landweber

M T W Th F

1:00  - 3:00 pm

RKC 111

MATC

An introduction to the basic ideas of differentiation and integration in one variable. Topics include limits, techniques of differentiation, definite integrals, the fundamental theorem of calculus, and applications. Prerequisite: Precalculus or the equivalent. 

 

71101

SPAN 201   Intermediate Spanish

Nicole Caso

M T W Th F

10:00  - 12:00 noon

OLIN LC 120

FLLC

For students who have completed Spanish 106, 110, or the equivalent (two or three solid years of high school Spanish). This course is designed to perfect the student's command of all four language skills (speaking, aural comprehension, reading, and writing). This will be achieved through an intensive grammar review, conversational practice, reading of modern Spanish texts, writing simple compositions, and language lab work. Prospective students must speak with instructor prior to registration.