PHL4609 - TECHNOLOGY, NATURE AND VALUES
TECHNOLOGY, NATURE AND VALUES
Technology, Nature and Values
Advanced Liberal Arts)
Investigates the ways in which our increasing technological capabilities have influenced our values and the reciprocal influence of beliefs and conceptual systems upon technological progress.
Prerequisites: Any combination of 3 Intermediate Liberal Arts Courses (CVA, LVA, HSS)
PHL4610 - AESTHETICS: BEAUTY AND EYE OF BEHOLDER
AESTHETICS: BEAUTY AND EYE OF BEHOLDER
Aesthetics: Beauty and the Eye of the Beholder
(Advanced Liberal Arts)
This course uses philosophical theory to evaluate our experience of art forms such as film, painting, literature, and music. Through these theories, we will consider questions such as: Is art simply a matter of taste, or can it be held to objective standards? What is beauty? Are artworks that are not beautiful still art? Is art valuable because it gives us pleasure, or because it educates us? How do various forms of art-painting, music, literature-differ from each other? Does art have social or political value, or is its value purely in the delight it gives the individual? Our study of philosophical theory will be supplemented by consideration of specific works of art.
Prerequisites: 3 Intermediate Liberal Art Courses (CVA, LVA, HSS)
This course may be offered Fall or Spring semester.
PHL4620 - PHILOSOPHIES OF LOVE AND AGONY
PHILOSOPHIES OF LOVE AND AGONY
PHL4620 Philosophies of Love and Agony
4 Credit Advanced Liberal Arts
Philosophers have been writing about love for centuries - though it might be more accurate to say that philosophers have been writing about the agony of love for centuries. It appears that from an ethical and aesthetic perspective, love is most interesting when it somehow fails, is unrequited, or drives a person to despair and/or madness. Sure, love inspires, motivates us to do great things, yet what interesting novel or film deals with happy, blissful love? But in asking that question, how are we defining "love"? Friendship, romantic love, erotic love, familial love, love of wisdom, religious love, and love of country love's forms are many and yet we use one word to capture this wide variety of phenomena. Furthermore, people will often dispute the use of the term within a given context: what one person calls love, another may call codependency, obsession, desire, or even zealotry or bigotry. This course considers a range of philosophical perspectives on love at the intersection of ethics and aesthetics. The approach in exploring these perspectives is interdisciplinary: many philosophers turn to fiction and art to not merely illustrate but enrich their accounts of love. This course will therefore strike a balance between rigorous analytical texts on the one hand evocative works of art on the other. As a result, any theoretical account of love will be tested and applied to the individual, particular experiences of love as they are captured in literature and the (visual) arts.
Prerequisites: 3 Intermediate Liberal Arts (HSS, CVA, LVA)
PHO1100 - PHOTOGRAPHY
(4 free elective credit)
Photography: Introduction to Digital & Darkroom Photography is an art course designed to explore visual ideas and concepts about photography as an expressive art medium. Content in a picture and its emotional and aesthetic value is of paramount importance and one of the most essential communicative tools of our era. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of photography with an objective to master the manual camera operating modes, compositional elements, light, color, and black and white imaging. We will learn digital software editing applications and digital printing using Adobes Lightroom and Photoshop software programs. In addition, we will also learn the art and craft of the traditional darkroom using 35mm film cameras and wet-lab printing.
Digital workflow terminology and digital printing will be explored in the first part of the term followed by darkroom techniques in the second segment of our class. This foundation course will form the basis of further studies within photography while emphasizing the rich cultural and historical vocabulary associated with this time and narrative based medium
Note: Babson Photography program has 35mm film cameras and lenses to check out but only a limited number of digital fully manual cameras on reserve. Students are responsible for providing their own digital camera, film and printing papers. You will have 24/7 access to both the digital and darkroom labs.
This course may be offered Fall & Spring semesters.
PRF1110 - FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING AND IMPROV
FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING AND IMPROV
PRF1110 Fundamentals of Acting and Improvisation
4 credit, general credit
In this course students will gain an understanding of the methods and tools required for performance. Through various exercises, theater games, improvisation, and assignments students will create characters, learn theater terminology and various methods of acting, and attempt to find not only meaning but also the theatrical power of dramatic literature. Most importantly, students will develop the confidence to approach the craft of acting with discipline and success.
PRF1120 - THEATER PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
THEATER PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
PRF1120: Theater Production Workshop
2 free elective credits
This course will center on a major collaborative project undertaken jointly by all enrolled students (as well as some students involved in an extra-curricular capacity): the rehearsal and performance of a full-length play. In the professional theater world, every production is a considerable undertaking, requiring deep collaboration among a diverse ensemble, each bringing distinctive expertise to the project. Creating a theater production is not only a rigorous intellectual and aesthetic undertaking but also one that demands the development of leadership and collaboration skills. Whether you intend to pursue a career in the arts or not, the core skills developed through this experience will be highly relevant to any professional path.
RHT1000 - FOUNDATIONS OF ACADEMIC WRITING I
FOUNDATIONS OF ACADEMIC WRITING I
RHT1000: Foundations of Academic Writing I
(Previously title Rhetoric I)
4 credit foundation course
Develops students' abilities in reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking, and promotes understanding of the dynamic relations among these processes. Students will learn approaches to understanding, analyzing, and responding to texts, both in writing and speech, and will learn to assess the nature and conventions of academic discourse.
This course is typically offered in the Fall with some additional sections in the Spring.
RHT1001 - FOUNDATIONS OF ACADEMIC WRITING II
FOUNDATIONS OF ACADEMIC WRITING II
RHT1001: Foundations Of Academic Writing II
(Previously titled Rhetoric II)
Foundation Liberal Arts
Rhetoric II will continue to develop the same rhetorical abilities as Rhetoric I, but assignments will require more complex and sophisticated analysis, research, and argument.
This course is typically offered in the Spring with some additional sections in the Fall.
SPN2200 - SPANISH I
SPN2200 Spanish I (formerly SPN1200)
This is a fast-paced introductory course that prepares students for further study of the language. Through engaging, meaningful activities, students will learn to accomplish real-world communicative tasks. The course incorporates a wide variety of interactive and authentic materials to put language into practice. As the course adopts an intensive and immersive approach, it is recommended for students with some previous exposure to language learning and/or the highly motivated rank beginner.
SPN4610 - SPANISH II
SPN4610 Spanish II
4 credit advanced liberal arts
This is a fast-paced advanced beginner course. The course rapidly expands control of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary, with special attention to speaking and listening. Students consolidate their ability to communicate in Spanish through a wide range of highly communicative and interactive activities that encourage the development of real-world skills and abilities. Spanish II is the second course in the Proficiency Sequence, a program of study designed to bring students to proficiency in 4 semesters.
Prerequisites: SPN2200 Spanish I (formerly SPN1200), or equivalent proficiency as demonstrated through a required placement test. Not open to fluent speakers of Spanish.
SPN4615 - ADVANCED SPANISH IN THE COMMUNITY
ADVANCED SPANISH IN THE COMMUNITY
SPN4615: Advanced Spanish in the Community
4 advanced liberal arts credits
SPN4615 Advanced Spanish in the Community is a service-learning course where students will explore issues of Latino identity in the U.S. Through direct engagement with a community partner in Boston, along with corresponding readings, films, podcasts, and class discussion, students will consider the diversity of the contemporary Latino experience and its representations in the media, popular culture, and politics. Class discussions will be supplemented with a review of advanced grammar topics designed to help students improve their proficiency and gain confidence in their language skills (speaking, listenting, reading, and writing). As an integral part of this course, students will complete 12 hours of service learning (approximately 2 hours every other week) through a partnership with Sociedad Latina, a Boston-based organization whose stated mission is "to create the next generation of Latino leaders who are confident, competent, self-sustaining and proud of their cultural heritage." Students will provide mentorship to high school students that are participating in a 10-week entrepreneurship curriculum as part of an after school program run by Sociedad Latina. Extensive journaling will allow students to reflect on their experiences and improve their writing in Spanish. Guided writing workshop sessions will help prepare students' written reflections to be published on a class blog. At the end of the semester, Babson students and their high school mentees will develop a joint presentation about their collaborative learning.
Pre-requisite: SPN4620 or higher, or similar proficiency as demonstrated by a required placement test. Heritage speakers may enroll upon permission of the instructor.
SPN4620 - BORDERLANDS: INTERM SPANISH I
BORDERLANDS: INTERM SPANISH I
(Previously titles: Intermediate Spanish I: On the Border: Stories of Migration, Immigration, and Cultural Exchange )
4 credit advanced liberal arts
This course will provide an in-depth review and expansion of Intermediate-level Spanish grammar and vocabulary through oral and written practice. Through the use of selected readings, films and music, students will continue to develop their ability to communicate proficiently in Spanish. Supplementary materials will provide a jumping off point for discussions of immigrant experiences in the U.S., Spain, and Latin America. The course will explore the factors that motivate migration, as well the implications (economic, political, artistic, musical, culinary, linguistic, etc.) of immigrant experiences and cultural exchanges throughout the Spanish-speaking world.
Prerequisite: SPN1200 or SPN2200 (Accelerated Elementary Spanish at Babson), or equivalent proficiency as demonstrated through a required placement test. Not open to fluent speakers of Spanish.
SPN4640 - SPANISH AT THE MOVIES
SPANISH AT THE MOVIES
SPN4640 Spanish Cinema, Culture, and Conversation
(Advanced Liberal Arts)
This course is designed as an advanced-level conversation class, with a strong cultural component. The major course materials are contemporary Spanish language films and supplementary readings. Through the lens of ethical questions and concerns that surface in these films, students will study issues relevant to the history, culture, and politics of contemporary Latin America and Spain. Films and readings serve as the basis for debate, discussion, and written analysis. This course aims to ease the path towards greater fluency through improvements in accuracy and more spontaneous communication.
Not open to fluent speakers of Spanish.
Prerequisites: SPN4620, or equivalent proficiency as demonstrated through a required placement test.
SPN4645 - SPANISH FOR THE GLOBAL MARKETS
SPANISH FOR THE GLOBAL MARKETS
SPN4610 01 Spanish for the Global Markets
4 credit advanced liberal arts
Spanish for the Global Markets offers a targeted study of key issues facing Latin American political economies through articles and news reports in Spanish. In addition, students will simulate investment in the Latin American market. They will research companies, markets, and financial markets. In small groups, they will start the term with virtual cash. Their task will be to select a publicly traded Hispanic company and to create the case to persuade the other groups to invest in their chosen enterprise. Students can invest in more than one company; the success of the team will be determined not only by the final value of the portfolio, but also other factors such as social impact. Students will make presentations on the political economies and business climates of specific countries (advantages, pitfalls); they will present their cases to the class; and they will evaluate the environmental footprint of their companies, along with other analyses.
Prerequisite: SPN4640 or equivalent Spanish Proficiency
THR4600 - THEORY, TECH, AND PRAC OF CONTEMP ACTING
THEORY, TECH, AND PRAC OF CONTEMP ACTING
THR4600: Contemporary Acting Techniques for the Stage: Building a Character
4 Advanced Liberal Arts Credit
Effective theatrical performance and communication begins with focused concentration, a free and active imagination, physical poise, and a controlled voice. In this course students will hone these skills as they read, analyze, and experiment with contemporary acting strategies and methods. Students work on the stage will be guided and grounded by careful study and consideration of acting theory and history beginning with the work of Constantin Stanislavski and continuing with the methods of late 20th century and early 21st century practitioners and directors. By courses end students will not only have an understanding of the discipline and rigor required for successful performance but will also have a theoretical understanding and tools to create compelling and viable characters for the stage and for a public audience.
Prerequisites: Any combination of intermediate liberal arts (CVA/HSS/LVA)