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Humans & Heroes

INQR 1000 Courses for Spring 2017

 Myth, Magic, and the Making of a Hero*
  • Debra van Tuyll 7067292183

Description: Students will study Joseph Campbell's theories of how heroes are represented in mythology and be directed in the construction of questions to inquire into whether these theories fit with Irish mythological traditions.  Students will choose an Irish hero to study, based on the provinces of Ireland.

 War Leadership and Heroism
  • Hubert van Tuyll 7066674565

Description: Leaders who have waged wars successfully are often placed on a pedestal -- but sometimes not.  Why do we honor some successful war leaders, and not others?  Students will be encouraged to discuss this topic and go beyond “opinion-only” conversations.

 The Sandman; Hero or Nemesis?
  • Jane Hodges  7066674463
    Psychological Sciences

Description: How much sleep is enough?  Students will research on how sleep deprivation can affect academic, physical, and emotional performance based on biological and behavioral components and complete their own sleep diary to understand how data is important in research!

 Who Watches the Watchmen? The Super Hero Comic Deconstructed*
  • Jared Hegwood  7066674429
    English and Foreign Languages

Description:    This course will be a week-to-week analysis of DC Comics' 12-part maxi-series Watchmen and its spiritual counterpart, The Dark Knight Returns.  We will examine two distinct cultural time periods: the late 1980's and today to demonstrate show how social mores have changed, particularly how loss of life is treated, how first-responders are more valued today.

 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Humans and Heroes
  • Paula Owens  7067213243
    Division of Professional and Community Education

Description:    Almost 80% of cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital (for example, at home, in school, at church or at work) and about 92% of those victims don’t survive because no one knew how to perform CPR!   Students will be given the skills, knowledge and ability to perform and know the steps of CPR and finish the course with their FREE American Heart Association Certification in CPR, First Aid and AED training.

 Taken: Humans and Heroes
  • Paula Owens  7067213243
    Division of Professional and Community Education

Description:    With movies such as “Taken”, the concern of human trafficking among college students has increased.  Students will research current events related to human trafficking and also review legislative laws and the skills, knowledge and ability to identify some contributing factors to this predatory crime.

 Athletic Heroines: Women, Sports, and Title IX in American Universities
  • Andrew Goss  7067371709
    History, Anthropology and Philosophy, PAMPLIN

Description: This course uses an immersive role-playing game to examine what Title IX and the debate over athletics at the college and university means in a democratic society.  Students role play an assigned character from a debate about complying with Title IX requirements at a fictional Liberal Arts college in the early 1990s.

 Heroic Goals and Human Flaws: Exploring the Work of Healthcare Practitioners*
  • Lorraine Evans 7064465137
    Academic Success Center/OT

Description: Students in this seminar will investigate the world of Health Care work in small group projects, debates and research. They will be expected to include social science research techniques and examine the role of public opinion, personal perspectives and empirical data in the definition and understanding of cultural diversity in the work of healthcare practitioners and the health arena.

 What Makes a Pediatrician Hero?
  • Renuka Mehta  7067214402

Description: This course inquiries about perception of patient, their parents and other Healthcare Providers working with a Pediatrician.  Students in this class will develop several questions tailored to ask different individual according to their relationship with a Pediatrician and how they view him/her to be their “Hero", using Health Science Research Strategies.

 Stories of Everyday Heroes*
  • William Bryant 7067292417
    Department of Communication

Description:  Students will take on the role of a journalist, working to uncover information when they interview someone 65 years or older and ask him/her to share the story of his/her life.  The interviewee will find it meaningful to share his/her stories, and the student will discover the wisdom that comes from listening and appreciating the experiences of another.

 Captain Insomnia: Improving Sleep One Human At a Time
  • Amy Allison 7067211684

Description: This course will examine the importance of sleep health, common pitfalls of sleep problems, and how to improve sleep.  Media, pop culture articles, scientific journal articles, demonstrations, handouts, stories & experiences, videos, and classroom discussion will be used to examine the physiological, psychological, behavioral and environmental causes and consequences of insomnia.

 Dangers and Hazards of Social Media and the Internet
  • Michael Nowatkowski 7067292773
    Cyber Institute/Hull College of Business 

Description: Students will explore hazards and dangers associated with social media and the Internet and then explore methods and techniques to mitigate threats, vulnerabilities, and risks.   Students will develop public service announcements, flyers, or other media to share their findings with the rest of Augusta University.

 "Real" Heroes: Sports and Heroism in Everyday Life -ONLINE
  • David Hunt 7066674582
    Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Description:  What is a hero in today's society?  Students in his course will explore what makes a "real" hero and develop plans and strategies for becoming one themselves. Students will question assumptions and develop new ways of approaching the idea of heroes in sports.

 LGBT Heroes: Athletes as Allies -ONLINE
  • Hannah Bennett 7067317924

Description:  This course is designed to explore the various LGBT heroes within our athletic world and to determine ways in which we can use sport as a venue to change within our society.  This class will discuss past historical events, investigate current trends, and work to create a plan for future success.

 Gender Neutral Heroes
  • Kim Davies 7067371735
    Sociology, Criminal Justice, & Social Work / Pamplin College

Description: Does what you say matter?  The Sapir Whorf Hypothesis holds that the structure of language affects our understandings of reality.  In this class, we will take a social constructionist view and explore how our words influence what we think and how we see the world.

 Celebrities Heroes & Heroines
  • Michael Schwartz  7062607938

Description:  What is the status of being a hero in today’s celebrity culture?  Celebrities occupy so much of our collective attention, it is crucial for all of us to get clear about and evaluate their character.  In this course students clarify what is heroic / non-heroic by focusing on case studies of celebrities of their choosing.

 Hero, Human, or Villain: The Portrayal of Professionals through Popular Media (Co-teach with Kemp)
  • Gordon Eisenman  7066674174
    Teaching and Leading/College of Education

Description:    Different professions are portrayed in a variety of way by popular media.  Because of this, the public has misconception of what professionals actually do.  Over the course of the semester, students in this INQR 1000 course will critically analyze the portrayal of teachers, police, doctors, etc. in public media and how these portrayals influence public perceptions.

 Hero, Human, or Villain: The Portrayal of Professionals through Popular Media (Co-teach with Eisenman)

Description:  Different professions are portrayed in a variety of way by popular media.  Because of this, the public has misconception of what professionals actually do.  Over the course of the semester, students in this INQR 1000 course will critically analyze the portrayal of teachers, police, doctors, etc. in public media and how these portrayals influence public perceptions.

 Fighting for Thought: Intellectual Freedom and the Library
  • Thomas Weeks 7066674908
    University Libraries

Description: How the Library War was Fought and Won!  This course will explore issues of intellectual freedom in library spaces, starting with an overview of censorship and book banning in the 20th century and moving into Internet privacy and freedom in the 21st century.

 Health Literacy: Heroes Helping Humans Be Healthy
  • Bill Andrews  7067213266
    Medical Illustration / Allied Health

Description: Granny hates the taste of her pills—which are about the size of a golfball—and conveniently forgets to take them.  What to do?  Students will explore key concepts in general health literacy through inquiry into creative methods for promoting and enhancing patient completion of their necessary drug prescriptions.

 Take Courage: How to Tackle Contemporary Ethical Issues*
  • Steve Weiss 7067371709
    History, Anthropology, Philosophy

Description:    Defending and protecting your position!  Students will learn how to develop a well-reasoned ethical argument and how to anticipate and respond effectively to counter-arguments using a wide range of case studies involving contemporary (and contentious) ethical issues from medicine, ecology, politics, science/technology, business, economics, international relations, and personal morality.

 You Keep the Cape, I'll Take a Classroom: Teachers as Heroes

Description:  In this course students will explore the qualities that make some teachers seem to be superheroes. Students’ own school experiences will serve as starting points, and representations of teachers in popular culture and by the media will be studied. Students will be encouraged to develop inquiry questions around the topic of heroic teaching.

 Study Abroad Costa Rica – FYE Costa Rica*
  • Robert Ness 7067292047

Description: This course will explore two related questions: Within the cultural context of Costa Rica's rural communities, who is valued as a "heroic human"?  Specifically within the context of family-based health care and care-giving, who might be seen as heroic? Students will develop a culturally-sensitive understanding of heroism within the arena of family-based care-giving will be sought based on actual experiential learning within family settings.

 Heroes of Costa Rica – FYE Costa Rica*
  • Penny Alderman  7067371735
    Sociology, Criminal Justice & Social Work

Description: What are the characteristics of a hero?  How does culture influence people and their values?  On our Study Abroad trip, students will examine the Costa Rican culture and how this country defines its heroes then compare this with what we consider heroic in the United States.

 To See Yourself Become the Villain
  • Adam Diehl  7066674448
    English and Foreign Languages

Description:    Instead of considering anti-heroes, who are really just villains we root for, we will discuss men and women who cross the threshold of villainy. We will also consider the question: can these men & women become heroes again?

 Magician Behind the Medicine: Heroes Who Made Healthy Impact on Human Life
  • Soma Mukhopadhyay 5133161045
    Department of Biological Sciences/College of Math and Science

Description: Some ground breaking discoveries about physiological functions (like blood types) and pharmaceutical drugs (like penicillin) have saved lives of millions of people.  This course will look for the heroes whose work has impacted the lives of humans forever.

 Heroes, Villains, and the Art of Disney
  • Adam Wyatt  7064461422
    Academic and Faculty Affairs

Description: Disney films form the background of many of our lives. Our concepts of heroes and villains comes from what we viewed in Disney films during our youth. In this course, we will explore what techniques and characteristics were used in portraying heroes and villains.

 Heroic Italian Culture and Food- SYE Italy Study Abroad*

Giada Biasetti
English and Foreign Languages

 Monsters Among Us
  • Natalie  Logue  7067216473
    University Libraries

Description:  Werewolves, vampires, and zombies, oh my! Monster myths have been around almost as long as storytelling itself as a tool to educate, to entertain, and to inspire. This course will define what makes a "monster" and look at monsters in popular film and literature to analyze the social and personal fears that inspired their popularity.   

Non-traditional students are students whose education was interrupted due to family commitments, financial concerns, health issues, military service, employment opportunities, or simply a compelling need to explore other paths.

 James Bond: Hero or Anti-Hero?
  • Matthew  Buzzell - Department of Communications

This course examines the development, influence, and impact of the James Bond character as hero/anti-hero of novels and films, aiming to understand Bond’s many incarnations.  Particular attention will be given to the films' portrayal of heroism or lack thereof.


Learning Outcomes

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At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop and ask relevant questions which require discovery, research, and/or creativity to answer;
  • Collect appropriate resources to help answer a question;
  • Engage in positive and meaningful debates with various individuals within the class representing multiple perspectives on a question; and
  • Contribute effectively to a group to produce answers to a question using written, oral, and/or graphic skills.

INQUIRY 1000 Course- Core Course in Area B

Inquiry 1000 is a one credit hour, small group, discussion-based course designed to engage lower division students in the discovery, exploration, and analysis of ideas that faculty members, across a variety of disciplines, study and investigate. This course fulfills the Core Course requirement in Area B.  It is suggested that students take COMS 1100 before taking this course.


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Each year, INQR 1000 will have a programmatic theme which can be used to create coursecontent. The academic theme is determined using student surveys and faculty input. The theme for 2016-2017 will be "Humans and Heroes”. What is a Hero? Heroes give us wisdom, deliver justice, offer hope, and provide direction. But aren’t all heroes just humans who, given a set of circumstances, have stepped up to solve a problem? INQR 1000 courses will consider various social, economic, health and political problems from numerous perspectives and discuss, as a class, heroic and sometimes controversial solutions.

Design of Course

All courses will be seminar format, 18-20 students per course with an end of term capstone event—INQR EXPO—an academic festival showcasing student work via posters, photos and videos.

Quotes from Students

"The thing I appreciated the most about my INQR class, was the discussions my professors led. It helped me think deeper about the topics we were learning and helped me understand the movies we watched more. I also enjoyed the EXPO because it allowed me to explore the other classes and different topics in a brief period of time."

--Jessie Yuan

"The inquiry is a great way for students to do research and have questions answered on a certain topic. I believe this course will help guide us as students to help solve problems and it is great way to inspire students on what they want to do in the future"

--Kishan Bhagwandas

"INQR 1000 made me ponder perspectives I had never considered concerning healthcare providers and nutrition. The opportunity, as a student, to lead the topics of conversation and control the atmosphere of the class allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the subjects that interested me. We were challenged to think deeply and directly, but to always connect our research back to the original topic. As one of the privileged few INQR 1000 classes held at the Children's Hospital of Georgia, we were introduced to many different employees of the CHOG and made many connections that otherwise would not have happened."

--Amanda Dojack

"Inquiry 1000 is a class designed to enhance the research abilities of new college student while providing them with an enriching learning experience that allows them to obtain insight in prospective careers. This course is valuable due to the fact that it prepares students for real world inquisition, analysis, and communication in areas of their interests."

--Brandon Edwards

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