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University 290 Sample Course Descriptions


COMMUNITY : Magellan Scholars

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introduction to research and scholarly activities available at the university with an emphasis on the development of basic skills needed for these activities through hands-on learning including critical reading, research notes, presentation and communication skills, and use of university resources.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1) Identify a research mentor and research resources available on campus 
2) Synthesize course content to develop a research plan 
3) Demonstrate research skills through the development of an annotated bibliography, survey, and research notes
4) Expand their understanding of research in its many forms

UNIV 290 D- Green Issues


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an experimental, one-credit course on "green issues" that will allow students to explore the full range of issues associated with the programming of the Green Quad Learning Center. The course will be conducted in accord with "green values," including an emphasis on cooperative learning and on making decisions in a non-hierarchical way. Students will have the opportunity to focus their activities on either (1) the speakers and events already planned for the semester or (2) their own group or individual projects designed to enhance the Center's programming.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1) understand the concepts of "green" and "sustainability" 
2) identify the primary avenues available for green action 
3) design their own programmatic or action projects 
4) identify their own position on major environmental issues 
5) understand how their position fits within the larger context of on-going debates 
6) be able to apply green values to decision making and to the classroom.

UNIV 290 F- Inner Mastery for Resilience, Creativity, and Life Balance


COURSE DESCRIPTION: To provide an overview and apply mind body practices to master daily living skills. Learn how develop and sustain daily practices that are rooted in modern science and ancient teachings including neurobiological research, mindfulness training, and yogic science. Through direct knowledge and experience of balanced neural circuitry students may gain perspective of the human dilemma and how to address the root cause of anthropocene thinking in which human systems erode the natural systems that support life. As the individual's neural network develops creativity, academic achievement, relationships, mental and physical health improve along with enhanced moral decision making. This one-credit, 10-week course offers training in practices proven to "rewire" the brain/nervous system and support the individual in creating balance in all areas of life, embodied and relational.


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1) understand key definitions of brain, mind, mindsight and practices identified in neurobiology research that rapidly "rewire" individual circuitry for optimal functioning of body and mind
2) identify both formal and informal mindfulness practices 
3) design their practice structure and learn how to revise as needed for optimal development
4) identify and document their own developmental process and observe impact on broader environment
5) understand how individual life choices impact broader human and global issues
6) be able to apply life balance skills in moral decision making in the classroom and all areas of life
7) document learning insights based on pre and post results of Langer Mindfulness Scale

UNIV 290 G-Healthy Carolina

COMMUNITY: Healthy Carolina

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to assist members of the Healthy Carolina Living and Learning Community in fostering the concept of wellness and facilitating health-conscious student development. This course is a one-credit course designed to give members of the Community credit for their activity within the community and to encourage participation in community events. Most activities will be sponsored by the Healthy Carolina. The course will be conducted in accord with the three goals of the Living Learning Community. These goals include: 1) creating an environment that encourages and promotes the development and maintenance of a healthy body, mind, and spirit through a wide-ranging array of wellness programs; 2) enhancing the learning potential and academic success through the creation of a community that facilitates optimal health, and 3) finally motivating students to make lifelong commitments to a lifestyle that promotes wellness.


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1) Defend the link between personal wellness and academic success 
2) Discuss the wellness services and programs offered on the University of South Carolina campus 
3) Develop personal wellness goals.

University 290 T-Bridge Living & Learning Community

COMMUNITY: Bridge Program

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The purpose and mission of this course is to have each Bridge Community student learn the resources and information that will foster their success as a student and an individual. The concentration and topics discussed in this course are centered on leadership, student engagement, and academic success.


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1) Students will be able to identify and apply academic strategies to their courses.
2) Students will be able to identify relevant academic and university policies, processes, and procedures related to advising, academic integrity, and student conduct.
3) Student will be able to identify appropriate campus resources and opportunities that contribute to their social and educational experiences, goals, and engagement.
4) Students will be able to build positive relationships with peers, faculty, and staff.
5) Students will be able to describe what it means to be a Carolinian in context of history, traditions, and culture of the University.

UNIV 290-Special Topics within Journalism

COMMUNITY: Journalism

COURSE DESCRIPTION:This section of University 290 is designed to enhance students' knowledge and skills necessary for advancement and development in the field of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1) Develop skills to think critically, creatively and independently
2) Articulate the history of journalism and mass communication and the diversity of groups in a global society in relationships to communication
3) Conduct research, gather information, and write clearly and correctly. 
4) Present relevant news or persuasive information at a professional level