Unity College Courses for Spring 2019

Spring 2019 Course OfferingsA complete list of course offerings for Spring 2019. Book information is available via your student portal or the campus store.

January 2019 Course Descriptions (JAN-19)

CL 2882 Snowmobile Skills

Students will spend a time at Sky Lodge in the Moose River Valley and the heart of the Maine snowmobile country. Students will be exposed to the safe use of snowmobiles, proper trailside maintenance, trip planning, and the relationship of snowmobiles to many of the Unity College careers. Students will come away from the course with classroom instruction as well as 3 days of day/night riding time. They will also be exposed to tourism in the region and how snowmobiling impacts the local economy. The students will also receive snowmobiling certificates from the State of Maine.

Prerequisites: None.
Instructor: Michael Moody
Enrollment Cap: 15 students
Course dates: January 7 – 11, 2019
Course Fee: $400 ($100 deposit Due December 14, 2018)
Tuition: $1140

Theme-based Course Descriptions Spring 2019

AE 1883 Introduction to Backcountry Skiing/Splitboarding, Avalanche Safety, & Snow Science (Trip 2/8-2/10)

This course is designed for students who want to develop the hard skills and techniques of backcountry touring, travelling safely in avalanche terrain on skis or snowboards, and snow science. Topics will include: how to utilize backcountry touring equipment, trip planning, route selection, uphill and downhill techniques, terrain selection, decision making, interpreting forecasts, search and rescue techniques including use of transceivers and probes, and snow science. Course will combine classroom skills and field time. Course follows AIARE Guidelines. Trips will occur within the course timeframe and hours will vary week to week with snow pack into early Spring.
Pre-requisites: Winter Pursuits 1 and Instructor Approval. Intermediate ski/snowboard ability (comfortable on Black Diamonds in resorts). Participants must also be fit enough to spend most of the day hiking uphill with a moderate sized pack on.

AN 2883 Introduction to Archaeology

Archaeology is the study of past human experiences, societies, and material culture. Throughout the semester, we will review archaeology field and laboratory methods as well as theoretical frameworks for interpreting findings from archaeological sites. Archaeology is carried out all over the world, and we will explore the archaeological record both globally and locally, including archaeological findings from Maine and New England.

AR 2103-01 Art Explorations: Printmaking

This course will provide an introduction to various printmaking methods through monoprints, screenprinting, block printing and experimental processes. Historical and contemporary print imagery will be examined throughout the class as a means for the student to understand the range of expression possible through printmaking.

AR 2103-01 Art Explorations: Creative Scientific Imaging

In this studio course students will explore tools utilized historically for scientific research and imaging as well as organic processes. Students will gain experience in using these tools for creative expression and experimentation. Students will have access to tools including digital cameras, desktop scanners, trail cams, macro lenses, microscopes, and others, as well as experience tools such as drones. We will investigate both historic and contemporary image-makers for inspiration. Computer software programs will be used to organize and process image files. Students will have the opportunity to design and pursue a long-term individual project.

AR 2113-01 Creative Writing: Elements of Fiction Writing

In this course, students will read and write short fiction. Through exemplary reading followed by class discussion and directed exercises, they will learn to identify, analyze, and manipulate such nearly universal fictional elements as structure, theme, character, foreshadowing, dialogue, metaphor, and imagery. They will apply these skills to the writing and revision of several short stories of their own.

AR 2113-02 Creative Writing: Hybrid Forms

This course will explore questions of generic hybridity. We will put pressure on the broad genre classifications of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by studying model texts that explicitly blur these lines. Students will consider the question of genre’s relationship to the reading experience, and experiment with different types of formal juxtaposition. We will consider the creative potential, and potential risk, of manipulating form, mode, and media in literary works. Students will expand their range of creative expression and design, edit, and refine original hybrid writing projects.

AR 2113-03 Creative Writing: Drafting Doomsday

In this course, students will create, critique, and revise fiction that takes place in pre- and post-apocalyptic realities: landscapes of runaway climate change, artificial intelligence, and global pandemics. Through generative writing exercises, class discussion, and assigned readings from a growing canon of doomsday literature, students will learn to identify and deploy universal elements of craft, including characterization, structure, narrative time control, and dialogue. Students will use these skills to produce an original collection of world-ending work. As a workshop-styled course, a significant portion of class time will be given to analyzing peer writing and offering constructive criticism.

BI 1213 The History and Future of Antibiotics: From Life-Saving Medicine to the Spread of Superbugs (Biology in Practice)

Although Alexander Fleming is credited with the discovery of the first antibiotic penicillin in 1929, people have been treating bacterial infections with everything from moldy bread to potent mixtures of wine, onion, and gallbladder since medieval times. However, since the golden age of antibiotic discovery (1930 – 1950), when over half of the antibiotics we use today were discovered, bacteria have been evolving resistance to these medicines. The rate of development of resistant bacterial strains has now outpaced the discovery of new antibiotics. Through reading and discussing both popular and scientific literature, we will trace this history of antibiotics, learn how antibiotics work, how resistance develops, and look towards the future of treating bacterial illnesses. In the lab, we will learn a variety of lab skills, attempt to isolate antibiotic compounds from fungi and test their effectiveness against common bacteria, and communicate those results in a scientific format.
Prerequisite: BI 1114

BI 2111 Diversity of Salmonids (Themes in Aquaculture and Fisheries)

The salmonids include the salmon, char, trout, whitefish, and graylings. These fishes are some of the most iconic and popular fish species on earth with some of the most interesting and pliant life histories. Many members are endangered or imperiled in much of their native range yet in other parts of the world introduced salmon can devastate native fauna. The largest global salmon fishery in the world occurs in US waters and is under threat from mining and other pressures while our local salmonid, the endangered Atlantic Salmon continues to persist in historically low numbers. Dams, expanding salmon farming, lowering and warming waters all put increasing pressures on this remarkable group. In this course we will explore global diversity of salmonids, assess present status, and examine best practices for continued persistence. Optional field trip.
Prerequisite: BI 1114 Diversity of Life

BI 3111 Seabirds, Ecology, and Global Ocean Health (Themes in Marine Science)

Each week we will read and discuss cutting edge seabird-themed research papers on a variety of intriguing ecological topics, including large-scale marine regime shifts, ecological lessons learned from recent seabird tagging studies, risks and benefits of long-distance migration, forage flocks as an ephemeral community microcosm, the surprising reasons behind seabird biogeographic patterns, why individuals matter in ecological studies, the use of seabirds as indicators of ocean health and marine fisheries, and more. Students will take turns giving brief synopses of the week’s paper(s) and leading the discussion. We will also occasionally bring in experts to discuss critical issues in our own Gulf of Maine system.
Prerequisites: BI 2033 Marine Biology or Junior Status

BI 3263 Special Topics in Biology: Wetland Ecology & Restoration

In this course students will discuss all aspects of wetland ecology and restoration, including soils, hydrology, vegetation, wildlife, regulations and design. Class discussions will form many of the assignments. Students will also work in groups to develop all essential components of a wetland restoration plan.

CL 2881 Use of Force

The Use of Force course is designed for students to learn the principles of use of force, review different Use of Force policy’s, case law, and understand who is responsible for review and evaluation of agency Use of Force incidents. The course will utilize problem-based training, role-play, lecture, current cases and demonstrations to give the student the skills they need to understand Use of Force in the field of law enforcement.
Prerequisite: CL 1013

CL 2882 Drug Recognition Training

This course will study current drug trends in society exposing students to both use and abuse. We will identify drugs and the observable effects on the human body when abused. The students will become familiar with the signs and symptoms of abuse and be able to differentiate drug impairment with common medical conditions. We will explore the hazards of drug abuse in the working environments that the students are pursuing and identify potential skills to deal with those individuals.
Prerequisite: Sophomore status

EH 3213 Professional & Technical Writing: Communication for Personal & Organizational Success

This course examines different methods and frameworks that help define and explain the meaning of success personally and organizationally. By examining different concepts each student will identify and explore in writing their own understanding of success and ways to reflect that. Building from that, we will also look at organizational goals, purposes and strategies and how that ignites a sense of purpose and commitment to the mission of an organization. We will examine and practice communicating professional communication strategies and frameworks to promote success for an organization such as mission statements, provocative questions, social media, and assessments. The course provides practical skills and learning that will enhance your professional qualifications and strengthen your ability to assist organizations in pursuing social benefit. It will involve working closely with one or more organizations to accomplish the course’s learning objectives.

ES 2881 Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Is organic farming better for the environment? Does big game “trophy” hunting promote conservation? Do vaccines cause autism? Should we be keeping large mammals in captivity? Do GMOs help farmers? Are neonicotinoids killing bees? Are pandas worth the money? In an age of Facebook memes sometimes it’s hard to know what is fact and what is skewed propaganda. In this course, we will tackle some current controversial environmental issues and try to figure out together what are the underlying facts. Which specific issues we take on will be up to the students enrolled in the course. Students will be required to actively participate both in and out of class. Be prepared to do your homework and contribute intelligently and collegially to discussions.
Prerequisite: CM 1003

HU 2023-01 Topics in Humanities: Food and Culture

This semester we will explore the significance of food in diverse cultural communities around the world and throughout history. Connections between food and gender roles, cultural symbolism, identity, politics, and economics are among the different themes that we will discuss. We will also review how food impacts subsistence strategies, landscape design, sustainability, and human-environmental relationships. This course includes a variety of perspectives to better understand connections between food and culture, including archaeology, cultural anthropology, and history.

HU 2023-02 Topics in Humanities: Happiness and Nature

In this course, students will explore the connection between the natural world and human happiness through lecture, discussion, weekly outdoor excursions, and original creative work. As we walk through the woods on a snowy day, work in fresh soil, or simply enjoy the peaceful sounds of goats nibbling on hay, we will put ourselves in the shoes of writers, philosophers, artists, scientists, yogis, and others who have looked to nature for inspiration and fulfillment. When we return, we will debate and discuss the broader concepts contained within past and current definitions of “nature” and “happiness”. What is the essence of this connection – is it personal or universal? Is there a scientific basis? What implications does this have for modern society? What implications does this have for each of us?

HU 3033-01- Advanced Topics in Humanities: Archaeology of Indigenous North America

In this course, we will trace Native American histories in North America through archaeological findings, oral histories, historical documents, and ethnohistories. We will look at distinct socio-cultural histories throughout time and in different regions. One thematic connection throughout the semester will pertain to cultural landscapes and anthropogenic landscape transformations and management. There will also be a section of the course addressing the archaeology and history of Indigenous communities in Maine. This course will be an intensive exploration into the histories of Indigenous peoples and their landscapes throughout North America, from the earliest archaeological evidence and Indigenous origin stories to present day Native communities.

MA 2003 Applications in Mathematics: Introduction to basic multivariate statistics

This theme-based course will review univariate or one variable statistics, bivariate or two variable statistics, and explore the topic of multivariable statistics. From simple 1-sample, to 2-sample, to 3 or more sample statistics; we will study regressions (linear, curvilinear, and multiple); ANOVAs and MANOVAs (Multivariate Analysis of Variance); along with principal component, factor, and cluster analyses.
Prerequisite: MA 2243, Elementary Statistics.

SA 2881 Cold Season Harvest

Farmers and gardeners in cold climates are using a variety of techniques for extending the growing season. In this course, we will use the college’s high and low tunnels at McKay Farm to demonstrate year-round production. We will mix our own potting soil, start seedlings, and plan garden plots for multiple seasons. Students will also learn everything they need to know to grow their own summer gardens.

UC 3001 The Idea of Wilderness: Literature, Philosophy, and Law (Honors Seminar)

Thoreau admonished that “In wildness lives the preservation of the world.” This seminar seeks to critically explore the idea of wilderness from our Paleolithic past to the present moment through the lenses of literature, philosophy, and law. Through the examination of foundational texts and thinkers, students will interrogate our perception of wilderness, our relation to it, and our attempts to preserve and manage it though mechanisms such as the Wilderness Act of 1964.
Prerequisites: Sophomore Status and Cumulative GPA 3.33

UC 4501 Seminar: Understanding the Global Amphibian Extinction Crisis (Seminar)

As a group, amphibians are among the most endangered of all vertebrates on Earth. The causes of decline are numerous, including habitat loss and degradation, pollution, disease, over collection and climate change. In this seminar course, students will critically read and interpret articles from the primary literature on amphibian declines. Students will also lead discussions and make presentations to the rest of the class.
Prerequisite: Junior status

May 2019 Course Descriptions (MAY-19)

AN 2883: Archaeological Field Methods

The course is an introduction to archaeological methods, fieldwork, and interpretation. This is an opportunity to participate in hands-on archaeological research. A portion of this course will be located at Sky Lodge, and we will also be visiting museums in the area surrounding Unity. Through archaeological research, we will explore human-environmental relationships and histories of Maine, and we will delve into how insight from past practices, landscapes, and resource use may be applied toward future sustainable solutions.

Instructor: Jess Herlich
Enrollment Cap: 15 students
Course dates: May 16-June 5, 2019
Course Fee: $75 ($50 deposit due Jan. 17) (+ Tuition and On-Campus housing fee)

AR2103 Art Explorations: Digital Media Project in Andros Island

This course offers students an immersive experience in the documentation and interpretation of their Andros Island experience. Students will work with audio and visual equipment to fully document their tropical adventure. Students will become familiar with and gain experience with professional-level software to organize, edit, and transform their media for use into digital stories.

Co-Requisite: BI 3263 Special Topics in Biology: Tropical Marine Ecology
Instructor: Deanna Whitman
Enrollment Cap: 12 students
Course dates: May 16 – 29, 2019 (May 16-17 on campus, May 18-25 in Bahamas, May 26-June 5 on campus)
Tuition: $1710

BI 3263 Special Topics in Biology: Tropical Marine Ecology

Students will study the marine biology and ecology of Andros Island, the Bahamas and its surrounding marine areas. Andros Island is a humid tropical island in the Caribbean and as such its ecology is very different to that of Maine. Students will visit Andros Island for one week during the course examining coral reefs, mangrove forests, and National Parks to study the different habitats within the island. This course counts as a field course.

Prerequisite: BI 1114 & Co-Requisite AR2103 Art Explorations: Digital Media Project in Andros Island
Instructor: Emma Perry
Enrollment Cap: 12 students
Course dates: May 16 – 29, 2019 (May 16-17 on campus, May 18-25 in Bahamas, May 26-June 5 on campus)
Course Fee: $1000 ($700 deposit Due Jan 17th 2019)
Tuition: $1710

CL 2883 Exploring Maine’s National Park and Coastal Islands

This travel course will explore Acadia National Park, Katahdin Woods/Water National Monument and Maine Coastal Islands NWR to learn the differences between the agencies and how they operate. Students will have an opportunity to meet with employees, biologists, rangers and law enforcement officers to understand the different positions that work together to achieve their mission. Students will have an opportunity to explore the federal land by hiking, biking and boating in and near the federal lands.

Prerequisites: None.
Instructor: Lori Perez
Enrollment Cap: 12 students
Course dates: May 16 – 29, 2019 (Remote May 16-17 & May 27-29, Face-to-face May 20-24)
Course Fee: $250 ($100 deposit Due Jan 17th 2019)
Tuition: $1710

BI 2111: Themes in Fisheries and Aquaculture: Beginning and Intermediate Fly-Fishing

Students in this course will learn all the basics of freshwater fly-fishing, including rigging, knots, casting, fish behavior, aquatic conservation, insect identification, basic fly-tying, the history and tradition of the sport, streamside etiquette, and safety. Additionally, they will explore the literature of fly-fishing and the community surrounding it, reflecting on their time in nature and practicing the craft. The first week of this 2-week course will be spent at Unity College’s Sky Lodge, where students will received intensive classroom instruction as well as field instruction in fly-casting and on-stream fly-fishing. The class will then move to Trout Lake Lodge in Quebec (just 12 miles over the U.S. border from Coburn Gore) for six days of further work, which will include morning and evening fishing on a private lake full of naturally reproducing, native brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis). The instructor is the former Editor & Associate Publisher of Fly Rod & Reel Magazine, as well as a graduate of Joan Wulff’s Fly Casting Instructor’s School.

Co-Requisite: HU 2022 Literature of Flyfishing
Instructor: Paul Guernsey
Enrollment Cap: 10 students
Course dates: May 16-May 30, 2019
Course Fee: $450 ($225 deposit due Jan. 17) (+ Tuition)

HU 2022: Literature of Fly-Fishing

Students in this course will learn all the basics of freshwater fly-fishing, including rigging, knots, casting, fish behavior, aquatic conservation, insect identification, basic fly-tying, the history and tradition of the sport, streamside etiquette, and safety. Additionally, they will explore the literature of fly-fishing and the community surrounding it, reflecting on their time in nature and practicing the craft. The first week of this 2-week course will be spent at Unity College’s Sky Lodge, where students will received intensive classroom instruction as well as field instruction in fly-casting and on-stream fly-fishing. The class will then move to Trout Lake Lodge in Quebec (just 12 miles over the U.S. border from Coburn Gore) for six days of further work, which will include morning and evening fishing on a private lake full of naturally reproducing, native brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis). The instructor is the former Editor & Associate Publisher of Fly Rod & Reel Magazine, as well as a graduate of Joan Wulff’s Fly Casting Instructor’s School.

Co-Requisite: Enrollment in HU 2022 Literature of Flyfishing
Instructor: Paul Guernsey
Enrollment Cap: 10 students
Course dates: May 16-May 30, 2019
Course Fee: $450 ($225 deposit due Jan. 17) (+ Tuition)

Summer 2019 Online Courses (SU-19-1)

ARTS 101 Composing The Landscape: Introduction To Landscape Photography

Flagship course equivalency: AR 2023 Photography
This course is an exploration of landscape photography. Students will examine its history, study its masters and work on developing their own visions. Over the span of the term, students will gain an understanding of the medium while trying their own eye at creative expression The first 2 weeks will refresh students on the basic camera functions and making good exposures as well as a “get to know you” assignment. The bulk of the semester will be spent learning the variations of landscape photography by both studying significant photographers and their work as well as exploring the variations with their own cameras, culminating in a portfolio project.

ARTS 103 Introduction to Songwriting

Flagship course equivalency: Arts General Education Course
Songwriters use language that moves us to action, marks our place in history, and expresses our individual and collective stories. In this course, students will learn how to craft, refine, and present their own songs–music and lyrics. Successful students will develop critical listening skills, gain proficiency as editors, and immerse themselves into self-designed creative practices. Development of a writer’s voice, understanding sense of place, various narrative styles, and traditional song structures will also be explored. Budding to intermediate songwriters will experiment with leveraging their newly minted skills for cultural, environmental, political, or personal impacts.

BIOL 305 Conservation Biology

Flagship course equivalency: BI 3323 Conservation Biology
There’s a popular axiom in science that “all biology is now conservation biology.” This statement is telling in two ways: First, in the modern era it is hard to find a biological system that is untouched by humankind. Second, perhaps more than any other discipline conservation biology is highly integrative, bringing together such disparate fields as ecology, evolutionary biology, public policy, and sociology. In this course, we will lay the foundation for any field within the natural sciences or environmental studies. Specific topics that we will cover include the status of biodiversity, the threats facing biodiversity, the importance of ecosystem services, conservation policy, design and management of protected areas, and habitat restoration.

BIOL 301 Animal Behavior: The Evolution, Ecology, and Social Behavior of Animals

Flagship course equivalency: BI 3173 Animal Behavior
Animal Behavior is an exciting and fascinating scientific discipline. In this course, students will study why animals behave as they do. Students will also have to discard many of your former ideas about animal behavior. Students will discover that most species do not see, hear, smell, or experience the world as we do. Animal behavior is the scientific study of everything animals do, whether the animals are single-celled organisms, invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, or mammals. In this course, you will investigate the relationships between animals and their physical environment as well as between other organisms, and you will study how animals find and defend resources, avoid predators, choose mates and reproduce, and care for their young.

COMM 201 Multimedia Environmental Communication

Flagship course equivalency: CM 2123 Environmental Communication
From Ecological Activists to Ecomodernists—how humans think, talk about, and represent nature has had an impact on policymaking, natural resource management, and the place that nature has in our day-to-day lives. This course explores how people communicate about the environment and how such rhetoric is used by advertisers, policy-makers, and opinion leaders. We will also cover how citizens can join (or resist) the effort to manage public opinion about the environment. Topics include environmental rhetoric, media and journalism, public participation in environmental decision making, social marketing and advocacy, and nature in popular culture and green marketing.

ENVS 205 Drone Technology and the Environment

Flagship course equivalency: ES 2003 Techniques in the Environmental Sciences
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), most commonly referred to as drones, have become an increasingly valuable tool for the Environmental Science field. Drone Technology and the Environment will also provide hands-on training in planning drone missions, developing policies and procedures, and flying recreational drones- with an emphasis on drone safety. This is a valuable skill set in a field that is growing exponentially both here in the United States and around the globe. How can the use of drones advance the ability to make informed decisions about our environment? What does it take to fly a drone safely and legally? What are the requirements to become a remote pilot?
How will this exponentially growing industry fare in the future? This course will investigate these questions and more. It will provide an opportunity to understand drone use in multiple Environmental Science disciplines and will position students well for studying for the FAA Remote Pilot Certification test should they be interested in taking it.

ENCJ 305 Natural Resource Law and Policy

Flagship course equivalency: PL 3213 Natural Resource Law
This survey course addresses not only the creation and management of our natural and wildlife resources on federal public lands, with a focus on the National Parks, National Forests, and the National Resource Lands (Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulated lands), but also including the National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Wilderness Preservation System. Students will learn how interest groups, citizens, and the courts influence the management of natural resources on these lands. After taking the class, students should be familiar with the major public land legislation such as the National Forest and National Park “Organic Acts” and the Wilderness Act; as well as laws that affect our public lands, but apply more broadly, including the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Through class work and their papers, students will also be familiar with different perspectives on some of the most important current issues facing our public lands.

EVPC 202 Environmental Issues

Flagship course equivalency: IC 2223 Environmental Issues and Insights
This course is part of a two-course sequence that provides students with an understanding of the interconnectedness of looming environmental issues that the world faces. This class will provide students with a basic scientific understanding of energy, water scarcity, and waste, and overpopulation and address what societies can do that they aren’t currently doing. Upon completion, students will be able to critically assess these issues and provide models for making more sustainable choices.

GISC 101 Introduction to GIS

Flagship course equivalency: ES 2103 Introduction to Geographic Information (GIS)
This course is designed for students from any discipline who are interested in applying GIS as a tool to help answer important and timely questions about our environment. This course presents the concepts upon which Geographic Information System technology is based including the fundamentals of cartography, geodesy, coordinate systems, and projections. Conceptual overview and hands-on experience of vector data analyses and table queries are introduced. Students will use ArcGIS to classify data, query tables and maps, analyze spatial relationships, set map projections, build spatial databases, edit data, and create map layouts.

PF 4123 Interpretive Methods

Students critically examine the wide variety of personal and non-personal interpretive methods used by organizations that deliver natural, cultural, and/or historical interpretation programs. Working in terms, students design effective interpretation programs that include personal presentation, exhibits, website, audio/visual publications, and then present them to public audiences. Collaboration with the community partner organizations is often a requirement for this course.

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology

Flagship course equivalency: PY 1013 Introduction to Psychology
This course is a survey of psychology as the science of human behavior. Topics include basic principles underlying behavior and experience, learning, human development, motivation, personality, and psychotherapies.

SPAN 101 Introduction to Spanish

Flagship course equivalency HU 1003 Spanish
Introduction to Spanish will help the student acquire the fundamentals of pronunciation and grammar, practical vocabulary, useful phrases and the ability to understand, read, write and speak simple Spanish. Basic relevant information covered includes: geographical and historical background of the language. The class will prepare the student for further language study. The student will learn Spanish in the same manner s/he learned her/his first language:1. Listening to the language; 2. Repeating the new language; 3. Writing; 4. Reading; 5. Interactive participation.