Winter Session 2017

Undergraduate Credit Courses

aca_pt_winterstagAccelerate Your Degree Program this winter with an intensive, three-credit course. Fairfield University offers a variety of courses, both on campus and online.

REGISTRATION BEGINS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017 AND ENDS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2017.

Tuition

$2,175 per three-credit course ($725 per credit)
Registration Fee: $35

Full payment is due at the time of registration for Winter Intersession courses. Students will be subject to withdrawal from the course(s) due to non-payment.

All students must register online in your My.Fairfield.edu account. If you have any registration questions, please contact the Registrar's Office at (203) 254-4288.

Refund policy

Students may withdraw themselves online from an online course for a full refund through December 14, 2017, and they may withdraw themselves online from a one-week on-campus course for a full refund through December 28, 2017. After each of these dates, a withdrawal request must be submitted in writing, with the student's signature, and delivered to the University Registrar's Office in the Kelley Center or faxed to (203) 254-4109 and the refund will be based on the University's refund policy.

One Week Courses

One-week intensive credit courses will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for five days: Thursday (Jan. 4, 2018), Friday (Jan. 5, 2018), Monday (Jan. 8, 2018), Tuesday (Jan. 9, 2018) and Wednesday (Jan. 10, 2018).

All one-week courses require pre-work prior to the start of class. Students who register for a one-week course will be e-mailed the pre-work and syllabus to their student G-mail account. Students must buy textbooks prior to the start of class.

Textbooks may be purchased at the downtown Fairfield University bookstore. The bookstore will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day but will be open at other times during winter break. Please see the website www.fairfieldbooks.bkstr.com for store hours. You may also order textbooks online at www.efollett.com

Please note that courses, dates, times, and faculty are subject to change. Please check with the Registrar's Office to ensure accurate information.

For details on courses, registration, pre-work or syllabi, please contact Sandy Richardson at (203) 254-4000 Ext. 2911 or arichardson@fairfield.edu.

 

Courses Offered
All courses are 3 credits

Legal Environment of Business

BU 0211 (01) (11801)
This course examines the broad philosophical as well as practical nature and function of the legal system, and introduces students to the legal and social responsibilities of business. The course includes an introduction to the legal system, the federal courts, Constitutional law, the United States Supreme Court, the civil process, and regulatory areas such as employment discrimination, protection of the environment, and corporate governance and securities markets. (Prerequisite: junior standing)
Sharlene McEvoy


Family Communication

CO 0246 (01) (11809)
In this course students come to understand how families are constituted through symbolic processes and interaction; explore the verbal and non-verbal communication behaviors that are developed and preferred in different kinds of families; learn various theories for understanding family interactions at the individual, dyadic, group, and systems levels; analyze family communication patterns using established theories and methods; connect family dynamics to social trends and processes including the roles of the mass media and popular culture; and explore ways culture, class, gender, and sexuality affect and are affected by family structures, roles, and communication patterns. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement and counts for the minor in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. (Prerequisite: CO 100, CO 102)
Margaret Wills


The History and Development of Rock

MU 0102 (01) (11830)
This course surveys the musical and social trends that resulted in the emergence of rock and roll as an important musical and cultural force in America. The course traces the roots of rock, blues, and country styles, showing how they merged with popular music. Students examine periods from the 1950s to the present, along with Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, the Beatles, the British invasion, folk music, Bob Dylan, jazz and art rock, Jimi Hendrix, the west coast movement, and the music industry. Students learn to understand, discuss, and differentiate between stylistic periods and their historical relevance to American culture. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement.
Brian Torff

 

Introduction to Drawing

SA 0012 (01) (11832)
Additional Fee: $55 Materials Fee
This course focuses on the act of seeing and its intimate connection with mark-making. Experiences develop observational, expressive, and conceptual skills. Students explore the formal elements of drawing, such as line, value, composition, and form, and how they can be used to express an awareness of one's self and the world around one. The course explores a variety of materials and processes through in- and out-of-class projects. Students participate in critiques of these projects and, through writing and speaking, develop a language of aesthetic awareness and a sense of artistic quality.
Kathryn Yarrington


Criminal Justice System Seminar

SO 0279 (01) (11819)
This seminar explores in detail the workings and problems of the criminal justice system in the United States. In addition to investigating the sources of criminal behavior, the course focuses on the arraignment process, probation, the trial, sentencing, prison reform, and parole.
Rose Rodrigues

Online Courses

Unless otherwise noted, online courses will run from December 21, 2017 - January 25, 2018. All Blackboard courses are accessed through the My.Fairfield.edu portal. Access to the internet is required.

Students who register for an online course will receive a syllabus from their professor. Students must buy textbooks prior to the start of class.

Textbooks may be purchased at the downtown Fairfield University bookstore. The bookstore will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day but will be open at other times during winter break. Please see the website www.fairfieldbooks.bkstr.com for store hours. You may also order textbooks online at www.efollett.com

Please note that courses, dates, times, and faculty are subject to change. Please check with the Registrar's Office to ensure accurate information.

For details on courses, registration, pre-work or syllabi, please contact Sandy Richardson at (203) 254-4000 Ext. 2911 or arichardson@fairfield.edu.

 

Courses Offered
All courses are 3 credits
Dec. 21, 2017 to Jan. 25, 2018


History of Photography

AH 0172 (OL1) (11805)
This course is designed for the student with little to no background in the subject of Art History in general. Each student will become acquainted with the general historical development of photography from the 1830’s to present day. Concentrating primarily on Europe and the United States, this survey examines some of the themes threaded throughout photography's short history: the interrelationships between photography and other arts, the effect of technology on the medium, identity construction by and through photographs, and the tradition of the popular photograph. In addition, social, cultural, and economic issues are considered as well as important photographers and photographic movements. Throughout the course there is a focus on thinking critically when looking at a photograph as well as how to articulate ideas in writing.
Lauren Cesiro

 

Science, Technology, and Society

BI 0070 (OL1) (11826)
This course analyzes the major science and technology issues that confront today's society. Through an examination of the underlying science, students gain an understanding of the impact these issues hold for the environment, our natural resources, and our society, including benefit versus hazard expectations. Course issues, which change to incorporate timely topics, include acid rain; agriculture; diseases such as AIDS, cancer, and heart disease; energy; genetic engineering; the greenhouse effect; ozone depletion; and water pollution. Note: This course counts as a natural science core but does not satisfy requirements for the biology major or minor.
Debra Sauer

 

Identity and the Human Genome

BI 0071 (OL1) (11827)
This course introduces human genetics to the non-science major. Topics of discussion include the structure and function of genes, modes of inheritance, stem cell research, sex and gender and human genetic diversity. Special emphasis is placed on ethical, legal and social issues related to the knowledge and application of genetic information. Note: This course counts as a natural science core but does not satisfy requirements for the biology major or minor.
Christine Rodriguez

 

Ecology and Society

BI 0075 (OL1) (11806)
This course focuses on environmental issues raised by modern society's conflicting needs for land, water, a livable environment, and renewable/nonrenewable resources. Students examine the available scientific evidence and are encouraged to draw their own conclusions concerning these environmentally sensitive issues, which are presented in lectures, readings, and films. This course is open to all except biology majors. Note: This course counts as a natural science core but does not satisfy requirements for the biology major or minor.
Thomas Cunningham

 

Human Communication Theories

CO 0100 (OL1) (11807)
This course introduces major theoretical perspectives that inform communication scholarship. This foundational course for the major emphasizes understanding human communication as a symbolic process that creates, maintains, and alters personal, social, and cultural identities. Students critique research literature in the communication field in this course, which is a prerequisite for the 200- and 300-level communication courses. This course counts in the social and behavioral sciences core curriculum for non-majors.
Qin Zhang

 

Intercultural Communication

CO 0240 (OL1) (11808)
This course deals with challenges to communication between people of different cultural backgrounds, emphasizing the ways communication practices reveal cultural values and the role of communication in creating and sustaining cultural identities. Students discuss how differences in value orientation, perception, thought patterns, and nonverbal behavior cause misunderstanding, tension, and conflict in business, education, and healthcare settings. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement (registration preference given to Communication and International Studies majors). (Prerequisite: CO 100 or CO 102 or IL 50)
Qin Zhang

 

Imagining Shakespeare

EN 0141 (OL1) (11829)

Shakespeare is considered the greatest writer in the English language. This course will investigate how his genius is expressed in comedy, history, tragedy, and romance. We will study how each kind of play influences the others in every part of Shakespeare's career. Plays include Henry IV, As You Like It, Hamlet, Macbeth and Othello. We will take a multimedia approach by analyzing performances as well as text.
(Prerequisites: EN 11, EN 12)
Shannon Kelley

 

Literature of Illness and Healing

EN 0163 (OL1) (11812)
What is it like to suffer a stroke, contend with cancer, deal with depression or live with a crippling disease? While biomedicine may clinically treat such conditions, it is to literature that we turn to gain a humanistic understanding of the emotional and spiritual impact of illness on wounded storytellers and on the dedicated doctors and nurses who care for them. Readings in various literary genres- memoir, essay, poetry, fiction, drama- and films with medical themes will also explore issues of diversity, noting how gender, race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation affect the illness experience. This English elective satisfies US Diversity requirement. (Prerequisites: EN 11, EN 12)
Jacqueline Rinaldi

 

Introduction to Finance

FI 0101 (OL1) (11837)
Additional Fee: $105 DSB Computer Lab Fee
This course provides the building blocks for understanding the role of finance in the domestic and international environments. Specifically, in a qualitative and quantitative manner, this course addresses the three interrelated fields of finance, namely: financial markets, investments, and business finance. (Prerequisites: AC 0011, EC 0011, EC 0012, one math course, sophomore standing.)
Nazli Alan

 

Principles of Marketing

MK 0101 (OL1) (11835)
This course introduces the fundamental concepts and theories that drive day-to-day marketing decisions. A thorough understanding of the marketplace (consumer or business-to-business) is at the heart of such decision making. In this course, students will learn to identify and satisfy customer's wants and needs. The core tools that enable managers to move from decision-making to action are addressed, namely: product development, pricing, channel management and structure, and promotions (including advertising and sales). Additional topics include global marketing, societal and marketing ethics, and digital marketing. Students are required to work in a team to construct a marketplace analysis for a chosen product/service. (Prerequisite: Sophomore standing)
Camelia Micu

 

United States Foreign Policy

PO 0133 (OL1) (11814)
This course examines the impact of domestic and international actors and processes in the formation and conduct of United States foreign policy. It provides a historical background on the basis of which it analyzes contemporary United States economic and security (broadly understood) foreign policy in different regions of the world, including Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Lucrecia Garcia Iommi

 

The Nature of the Universe

PS 0078 (OL1) (11815)
This course, intended for non-science majors, reviews the scientific field of cosmology, or the nature of the physical universe, from a historical perspective. Beginning with the ancients, the course traces the development of cosmological principles through the Greek and Egyptian era of Aristotle, C. Ptolemy, and others; the 16th and 17th centuries of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton; and the cosmology of the 20th century based upon Einstein's theories of relativity coupled with several fundamental observations. This leads to an examination of the current model of the universe, which is based upon the Big Bang theory.
Joachim Kuhn

 

Abnormal Psychology for Non-Majors

PY 0131 (OL1) (11839)
This course introduces students to the field of abnormal behavior, presenting the classic behavior patterns in the classification system and discussing the possible causes and remediation of such. Psychology majors and students who have taken PY 0231 may not take this course.
Margaret McClure

 

Exploring Religion: Religion in a Comparative Key

RS 0101D (OL1) (11817)
This course invites students to explore the religious dimensions of human experience, emphasizing the themes of scripture, community and practice.  In a critical appraisal of one or more of the great religious traditions of the world, students will analyze sacred texts in context, discover how social patterns shape religious communities, and survey a wide variety of religious devotions and practices, both personal and communal. Students in this course will learn to investigate the religious lives, beliefs, experiences and values of others, in their scope and diversity, respecting both the differences from, and the similarities to, their own.  While several sections of RS 101 will offer a variety of lenses for such a critical understanding, all sections will inquire about the relationship between religion and culture, employing the tools of the humanities and the social sciences. Religion in a Comparative Key: This section examines different kinds of religious experience, doctrine, and practice through a close examination of two different religious traditions, engaging the traditions as these appear in a variety of cultural contexts.
Erik Ranstrom

 

Contemporary Moral Problems

RS 0252 (OL1) (11831)
This theological examination of contemporary moral problems considers selected ethical issues in contemporary society and leading approaches to moral decision-making. The course investigates moral problems such as euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, the death penalty, violence and just war theory, bioethics, sexual and reproductive ethics, global poverty, environmental ethics, and issues in business and legal ethics. (Prerequisite: RS 101)
Christian Cintron

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