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Biological Anthropology

Course No. NSQR 281  Credits: 3.0

Biological Anthropology is the study of human evolution and diversity from our first bipedal steps in Africa nearly four million years ago to our emergence as a modern species. Topics covered in this class include how we understand and evaluate scientific evidence, how and why we study modern primate behavior, how we understand our own evolution from our last shared ancestor with modern primates through to the emergence of modern humans, and how we see ourselves as a biological species today. Course emphasis is on understanding the changing nature of the relationships between human biology, the environment and adaptation of culture as a way of life. Readings, class discussion, slides, videos, and physical objects/artifacts will be used to build a picture of the complex, and often changing understanding of our evolution as a species. Students will learn about the basics of genetic evolution, deep time, the fossil record, our relationship to modern primates, and the paleoanthropological theories and methods used in studying the human species. Also, schedule-permitting, the class may visit the Cleveland Metropark Zoo for primate observation, and CMNH’s Hamann-Todd Osteological Collection and permanent exhibit on human evolution. 3 credits.

Professional Practices: Entrepreneurial Ventures

Course No. PPEL 398A  Credits: 3.0

This course provides an overview of the environment surrounding the business of art and design, and the practice of the individual. One of the two class meeting per week is a core lecture series that covers self-promotion, networking, ethics, intellectual property, contracts, professional development, and guidance by practicing professionals. During the other weekly meeting, students attend a breakout session for the specific course in which they are enrolled. The breakout session for this course, Professional Practices: Entrepreneurial Ventures, transports the student through the key decisions required to establish a successful art/design business. 3 credits.

Pro Pract: Entrepreneurial Ventures

Course No. PPEL 398A  Credits: 3.0

This course provides an overview of the environment surrounding the business of art and design, and the practice of the individual. One of the two class meeting per week is a core lecture series that covers self-promotion, networking, ethics, intellectual property, contracts, professional development, and guidance by practicing professionals. During the other weekly meeting, students attend a breakout session for the specific course in which they are enrolled. The breakout session for this course, Professional Practices: Entrepreneurial Ventures, transports the student through the key decisions required to establish a successful art/design business. 3 credits.

Professional Practices: Industry

Course No. PPEL 398B  Credits: 3.0

This course provides an overview of the environment surrounding the business of art and design, and the practice of the individual. One of the two class meeting per week is a core lecture series that covers self-promotion, networking, ethics, intellectual property, contracts, professional development, and guidance by practicing professionals. During the other weekly meeting, students attend a breakout session for the specific course in which they are enrolled. The breakout session for this course, Professional Practices: Industry supports student preparation to become an integral part of a commercial organization by providing an understanding of corporate methods and practices. 3 credits.

Pro Pract: Industry

Course No. PPEL 398B  Credits: 3.0

This course provides an overview of the environment surrounding the business of art and design, and the practice of the individual. One of the two class meeting per week is a core lecture series that covers self-promotion, networking, ethics, intellectual property, contracts, professional development, and guidance by practicing professionals. During the other weekly meeting, students attend a breakout session for the specific course in which they are enrolled. The breakout session for this course, Professional Practices: Industry supports student preparation to become an integral part of a commercial organization by providing an understanding of corporate methods and practices. 3 credits.

Professional Practices: Studio to Gallery

Course No. PPEL 398C  Credits: 3.0

This course provides an overview of the environment surrounding the business of art and design, and the practice of the individual. One of the two class meeting per week is a core lecture series that covers self-promotion, networking, ethics, intellectual property, contracts, professional development, and guidance by practicing professionals. During the other weekly meeting, students attend a breakout session for the specific course in which they are enrolled. The breakout session for this course, Professional Practices: Studio to Gallery focuses on the complexities of a professional artist’s studio practice by examining interactions with gallery directors, museum curators, preparators, conservators, and marketing professionals. 3 credits.

Pro Pract: Studio to Gallery

Course No. PPEL 398C  Credits: 3.0

This course provides an overview of the environment surrounding the business of art and design, and the practice of the individual. One of the two class meeting per week is a core lecture series that covers self-promotion, networking, ethics, intellectual property, contracts, professional development, and guidance by practicing professionals. During the other weekly meeting, students attend a breakout session for the specific course in which they are enrolled. The breakout session for this course, Professional Practices: Studio to Gallery focuses on the complexities of a professional artist’s studio practice by examining interactions with gallery directors, museum curators, preparators, conservators, and marketing professionals. 3 credits.

Graphic Medicine

Course No. QR 250  Credits: 3.0

In this course, students will create their own graphic narratives to communicate information about contemporary health and wellness trends. Creative projects will be informed by student research questions such as "How does weather affect mental health?" or "Is maternal health determined by race?" or "Why do the structures of certain neighborhoods help people to survive heatwaves?" Through lectures, close-reading practices, hands-on activities, written reflections, and field trips to local organizations, students will learn statistical skills, practice honing research questions, and develop techniques for plotting data and creating narrative representations of quantitative information. For the final project, students will collect, interpret, and then communicate public health data in a graphic narrative. 3 credits.

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