2015 Summer Sessions Course Highlights

Summer sessions is bursting with a variety of course options, offered face-to-face or online, including a 7-day Great Smoky Mountain unique course opportunity! Designed for individuals interested in learning about the natural environment. See all course listings

A Few Summer I Highlights:

Concepts of Biochemistry (Face-to-face course) Short course in fundamentals of the chemistry of living systems with an introduction to major categories of biochemical substance, metabolic pathways, and principles of biochemical information transfer.

Introduction to Appalachian Studies (online course) Through comparison with other cultural groups, explores humanistic problems of cultural identity, race and ethnicity, and globalization.

Literature and Cinema (online course) Focus on works of literature and the films into which they have been transformed; emphasis on differences between media.

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A Few Summer II Highlights:

English 3154: Literature, Medicine, and Culture: CRN 71603 (online course)

What is pain? How do people experience illness? What is the future of infectious disease?

Literature, Medicine, and Culture is an asynchronous, online course that allows students to address these pressing questions by reading imaginative and journalistic writing. We read memoirs, novels, short stories, poetry, and medical journalism to understand how people in the past and today have imagined and represented experiences of illness, disability, disfigurement, and cure. Key texts include Autobiography of a Face (Lucy Grealy), Girl, Interrupted (Susanna Kaysen), Fever (Mary Beth Keane), “The Birthmark” and “Rappaccini’s Daughter” (Nathaniel Hawthorne), poetry by Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson, Ebola (David Quammen), and Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood).

The course involves weekly readings and a weekly paper. The paper allows students to explore their own interests by following a theme in the readings through online research. We consider the history of psychiatric diagnosis, the meaning of infectious disease now and at the start of the twentieth century, the experience of pain, ethical questions concerning the technological manipulation of nature, and the future of the human race. Students gain knowledge about the cultural contexts of illness and treatment, and practice writing and research skills with extensive feedback from the instructor.

Animal Physiology and Anatomy (Face-to-face course and laboratory) First introduced in the 2013 Summer Academy, this course is ideal for transfer students to learn the basic concepts and principles of physiology and anatomy in the summer as they make the transition to Virginia Tech. The course is also available to returning students.

Vector Geometry (online course) This course, along with 1114 and 1205-1206, constitute the freshman science and engineering mathematics course.

Natural History of the Great Smoky Mountains (Special studies course) Seven-day residential experience (August 3-9) at the Great Smoky Mountains providing an unsurpassed natural laboratory for ecological and biological course fieldwork.

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