Observing monkeys, watching classic films, and exploring the wonders of childbirth are just a few of the unique activities students are taking part in this fall. Animal Behavior, Contemporary Film, and Born in the USA- Multiple Perspectives on Childbirth, are three courses that guarantee a semester like never before.
Animal Behavior, a biology course taught by Professor LaPlante, gives students an introduction to studying the behavior of animals. But this isn’t a lecture-style course. Students take part in a semester-long research project at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Mass., observing a variety of animals including bears, monkeys, and flamingos.
Although the course isn’t a walk in the park, it is guaranteed to be a weekly walk in the zoo.
Another course offered this fall is Contemporary Film with Professor Hoffman. This course explores American and foreign films during the post World War II era. Film clips are shown in class while students view full-length films outside of class. A few examples of the films included in the course are: “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “The Hurt Locker,” and “12 Years a Slave”.
Sounds like a perfect excuse to curl up on the couch in front of the TV and still learn a lot.
Born in the USA- Multiple Perspectives on Childbirth, a nursing elective with “Dr. Deb” McCarter-Spaulding, is one of the most fascinating classes being taught this fall. Besides the unique title, the course is special because this is the first time a nursing elective is open to majors other than nursing. The goal of the course is to study the miracle of childbirth through a variety of different lenses.
According to McCarter-Spaulding, the class addresses childbirth through the lenses of “history, sociology, anthropology, health policy, politics, gender studies, epidemiology, media/communications, theology and art–even a little bit of music.”
The course gives students the chance to study one of the most common life events in a new, fun way.
There will be just as incredible of a course lineup to look for in the spring, including Professor LaPlante’s Tropical Biology, which includes a trip to Belize in summer 2015!