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Summer 2013 Courses: 300 Level

| 300 Independent Study Project

1-12 credits


Intermediate level independent study project. Typically, an independent study at this level builds on earlier work in this content area or with this topic. With the guidance of a faculty sponsor, the student developed a proposal identifying learning objectives related to the specific topic area. The proposal also described the resources necessary to complete the study and the criteria for demonstration and evaluation of learning. Students propose and register individually for the Independent Study through Web4U. Additional documentation about the specifics of this project are available online at


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31322 | 312F Globalization since 1870

O'Murchu (5 credits)


Also offered as INTL 312

Prequisites: Fair 203a or Intl 201 required; and Fair 212c or Econ 206 recommended



This course offers an overview of the global political economy from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first. This period is bookended by two extended periods of increasing global trade, investment, and migration from 1870-1914 and from 1972 (or 1990) to the present, now known by the ungainly moniker globalization. The period between British- and American-led globalizations was a period of great turmoil and upheaval in world politics and the global economy, shaped by the two World Wars, the great depression, and the Cold War.


We will examine how and why the first era of globalization collapsed leading via the First World War via the speculations and inflations of the twenties to the Great Depression, the rise of fascisms, and World War Two. We will then show how the global political economy was reestablished as a system of managed liberal capitalism in the West during the Cold War but how that system eroded and was gradually displaced by a neo-liberal form of global political economy from the 1970s and especially since the end of the Cold War. We ask whether the current global capitalist system is destined to implode like its predecessor or can be better managed and maintained.


In particular, we look at the problems of: unequal trade between developed and developing countries; the political economy of capital mobility and financial instability; the global economic crisis; debt; and structural inequalities in health and development between the developed and developing world.




Credit/Evaluation: Attendance, preparation and engaged, active participation; written responses to regular reading/discussion questions; a presentation on one country's global integration; an annotated blog bibliography and analytical paper on your country; and a take-home final.


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31331 | 334r Olympic Natural History & Ecology

Bower (5 credits)


Course dates: 2-4:50 pm on August 13 and August 15, Camping trip is August 18-23.


Course Fee: approx $180, includes all expenses


Learn about the natural history and ecology of the Pacific Northwest through a six-day camping trip to the Olympic Peninsula. We will camp in the beautiful Hoh rain forest and along the coast of the Strait of Juan De Fuca, and visit many spectacular natural areas in the Olympic National Park. We will study the Elwah River dam removal project, hike in the majestic Hoh rain forest, explore mountaintops at Hurricane Ridge, watch sea lions and puffins at Cape Flattery, have an evening dinner at Rialto Beach, and spend an morning studying inter-tidal ecology at Tongue Point. We will also visit the Makah Museum, the showcase of Makah traditional culture using artifacts recovered from a coastal village that was buried in a landslide 500 years ago. We’ll be busy, but there will also be time to relax in the forest and at the beach, watch shooting stars from the side of a wild river, visit the Olympic hot springs, and play music around the campfire.


The goal of the course will be to learn about Pacific Northwest natural history, ecology, and environmental issues through hands-on experiences. Students will learn plant and bird identification, and will study old growth and secondary forest plant communities through two short group scientific studies. In addition, students who wish to can receive instruction in nature photography. The course satisfies either Fairhaven 206 or the upper level Fairhaven science core course requirements and may act as a Huxley College or Biology elective with permission of your advisor.


The course will be taught by Dr. John Bower, a field biologist who specializes in ecology, animal behavior, and ornithology at Fairhaven College. For more information, contact John at 650-7217 or via e-mail at


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31396| 336b Topics in Social Issues: Sustainable Bellingham

Burnett (4 credits)


To see what a “culture of sustainability” might really look like, pay a visit to Bellingham, Washington, recently named by the National Resources Defense Council as the # 1 “smarter” small city in the United States.” -- Worldwatch Institute, 2010: State of the World: Transforming Cultures.


In this course we will fan out across our community, with forays into the County, to interview local farmers, orchardists, craftspeople, restaurateurs, brewers, businesspeople and government officials to record their stories as they “pioneered an economic development strategy that is radically different from the traditional preoccupation with attracting and retaining global businesses….Bellingham has focused on nurturing its local businesses and organizing them into a powerful collaborative network to rebuild the community economy from the ground up.”


How did we get this way? Who was involved, and what happened along the way? What were the pitfalls, the roadblocks, the frustrations-- and what were the triumphs? What are the prospects for the future?


We will gather as many personal interviews of these local pioneers as possible, take photos of participants, and add to a blog of these personal accounts that was started last summer. This blog may find many uses, both within the local community and in outreach to other communities engaged in similar transformations. In addition, we will read numerous articles on sustainable Bellingham, and discuss the issues, challenges, and value of this movement, locally and globally.


Participants will gain skills in interviewing, editing, and compiling a small on-line publication, investigate the issues of sustainable community building, and come to an insider’s view of the workings of Bellingham and environs.


Texts: Selected readings available on Blackboard


Requirements for Credit: Active, informed participation in class discussions and activities, interviewing two Bellingham community members, and collaboration in preparing a blog of interviews and other materials for community use.


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31323 | 375j Topics: Pro Tools HD and Mastering

Fish (2 credits)

Materials fee: $42.00

Prerequisites: FAIR 370P


This class will give students with advanced recording experience the opportunity to record and mix on an industry standard Pro Tools HD system. Students will enhance their knowledge of Pro Tools and learn how to use this software in conjunction with a large-format analog mixing console. Students will be expected to conduct at least two recording/mixing sessions throughout the quarter and prepare a final mix for in-class critique. Students will also learn how to properly configure Pro Tools HD hardware and software components, how to setup session templates and how to utilize each component of an HD/analog system. Digital and analog mastering topics will be introduced. Each student will master their projects with Fairhaven's mastering software and equipment.


Texts: Reprinted materials.


Credit /Evaluation: Projects will be evaluated throughout the quarter by the instructor and the other members of the class.


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31339 | 387k Grant Writing Workshop

Coulet du Gard (4 credits)


This course focuses on the basics of grant writing, including researching and seeking funding sources; reading and interpreting funding guidelines; developing and refining proposals; and tricks of the trade. Development of individual short and long grant proposals are required.


Do you think of writing grants as begging for money? Do you have a fear of grant writing? Have you got a great idea that can’t be implemented because you don’t have the resources? This workshop will help you think of grant writing in a different way. Learning to prepare a good proposal allows you to help granting agencies find a way to spend the dollars they are required to spend to meet their own mandates. You need the money. They need to spend it. Your challenge is to find the match between your need and theirs, and to persuasively articulate that match. In this workshop you will learn the basics of writing proposals to funding agencies, including how to find appropriate funding sources, how to read and interpret funding guidelines, funding restrictions, the steps for developing and refining proposals, including the budget. Aspects of story telling will be used to help with the narrative process.


It is highly recommended that you have identified a project and an agency before the quarter begins.


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