Explore some of the highly rated and popular featured courses offered by School of Education departments during Summer Term. These courses cover a wide range of interest areas and many fulfill breadth requirements. Register soon. Some of these courses fill up fast.
Through problem-solving and formal and conceptual experimentation, students develop a clear understanding of visual communication. Learn the elements and principles of design and will utilize them to create imagery using both analog and digital processes. This course will introduce students to the Adobe Creative Suite of products, including Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop.
Learn to communicate effectively about an incredibly difficult subject: art. When was the last time you watched/read/looked at something that made you laugh until you cried? Or made you cry because you were so profoundly moved? Can you explain why? What specifically about that work of art affected you so intensely? Maybe you read a poem that caused you to think about something in a completely new way or looked at a photograph that made you reconsider a previously held belief. What was it about that poem or that photograph that made you change? Art affects us in real, visceral ways, but it is incredibly challenging to explain how and why. Our task for this eight-week summer session is to practice writing about art in a persuasive, well-organized, and rhetorically effective way.
Examines the art of contemporary Indigenous artists as it relates to the social relations in the U.S. We will explore historical, political, and aesthetic roots and the directions of the artists. The course consists of several reading assignments, video screenings, film reviews, PowerPoint presentations, and live online discussions. An interdisciplinary approach to art-making and visual culture will be used to discuss artistic style, imagery, representation, and subject matter. Enroll in combined section American Indian Studies 450 of the same title for ethnic studies credit or Art 448-002 for studio credit.
This course examines children's psychological experience of race, ethnicity, and culture (REC), development of their understandings of REC, and implications of this development for discussing, dialoguing, and working with REC diversity with an emphasis on educational or health contexts.
An introduction to the intersectionality framework in the United States to enhance skills necessary for culturally responsive awareness and interactions, with specific emphasis on how to think critically about and hold multiple perspectives and how to prepare for service learning. In addition to learning how contexts and social histories matter to situate an understanding of experience, develop self-awareness and understanding of social location as well as learn how contextual factors shape identity, opportunities, and barriers for others. Relevant for all students of different identities, backgrounds, and experiences, who are interested in developing their awareness, knowledge and skills with multiculturalism and diversity.
Explore history, theory, and research related to the psychology of gender and sexuality. A feminist approach is used to deconstruct gender and sexuality within the field of psychology and other mental health fields. Discussions include challenging the current system of psychology, while also integrating concepts to work within the system. An applied approach is used to encourage participation in activities to integrate activism and knowledge into professional identity, bringing in experiences from field placements, internship, and/or places of employment.
Curriculum & Instruction
Provides an overview of qualitative inquiry, examining assumptions, standards, and methods for generating and communicating interpretations. Methodological and theoretical works illustrate case study, ethnography, narrative, and action research. Does not include a field method component.
Explores current research on videogames and learning. Students critically reflect on the intellectual and educational merits and drawbacks of videogames and how videogame culture shapes how individuals think and learn.
Techniques of exercises and movement forms derived from several Asian cultures as taught in the United States. Studied in the context of the construction and expression of ethnic and cultural identity.
Gender theories and feminist theories focus on the body as the main site where gender distinctions are understood. As the body holds a central position in the art of dance and the academic discipline of dance studies, explores gender and feminist theories through the lens of dance. Drawing on a wide array of examples and dance genres ranging from across the globe (such as Ballroom, Bollywood, Folk Dance, Ballet and more) introduces the cultural specificity of gender norms and the ways that dance has the potential to challenge heteronormativity through performance.
Examines the role of dance as a cultural form of expression within the political sphere. Draws on a variety of case studies ranging from popular dance TV shows, to European modern dance and from hip-hop to dancing at public protests and asks the question of what constitutes dance and what is its social and political function.
The course will first review the principles of climate science and the scientific consensus around climate change, with an additional emphasis on insights from environmental and social psychology, and from innovative approaches to science communication. The course will look at insights from the related field of Disaster Risk Reduction Education (DRRE), and how innovative educational approaches to disaster preparedness and pandemic response can be extended into institution-wide approaches to climate resilience and also look at how higher education institutions in Wisconsin, the United States and around the world are developing innovative climate change research and education programs, planning for sustainability across their operations, as well as working to lead regional programs for climate mitigation, adaptation, and community resilience.
The aim of this course is to practice writing techniques, improve writing ability, and prepare drafted work for publication. As such, a drafted paper is due BEFORE the class meets and all students will be provided two (sometimes conflicting) reviews of the paper so that The class focuses on writing techniques and on how to respond to critical feedback on writing. The class is partially a “workshop”, partially a “boot camp” (with actual on-site or virtual writing times), and partially a class on how to improve scholarly writing. Our goal is to become familiar with and practice:
1. Scholarly writing strategies and techniques that can be useful in and beyond the class;
2. How to receive and respond to feedback on our writing;
3. How to give feedback on the writing of others because this improves our own writing;
4. Different ways to think about writing, productivity, and quality;
5. How to identify peer-reviewed journals and “fit” for publication;
6. How to correspond with reviewers and those giving feedback on our writing.
Coaching athletics requires much more than “Xs and Os.” Coaches must understand matters such as motivation, confidence-building, grit, resilience, mindfulness, feedback, collective efficacy, and joy. Students in Psychology and Coaching will engage these and other concepts that are so crucial in cultivating healthy, successful experiences in sport. The class will be delivered in a flexible online format between (dates). All are welcome!
Educational Policy Studies
This course considers core educational dilemmas from a historical and global perspective. What’s the purpose of schools? Should schooling be a public good or a private good? Can schools increase social equality, or can they only create inequality? Who should determine what is taught in schools and how? By the end of the course, you will be able to describe how communities over time and around the world understand education and examine the impact of poverty, race, gender, and socio-economic status on children's education globally.
EPS offers a range of introductory-level special topics courses under the 150 number. This summer, we are excited to offer: Climate Change and Education, Education in the World: A film-based introduction, Gender, Sexuality and Education, and the Politics of Education. Information about each course is available on request from EPS@education.wisc.edu.
Want to learn about the relationship between housing, schools, and place? In this course, you’ll be given the tools to understand the importance of this relationship along with the implications it has for teaching, learning, and educational policy.
How do people learn? If you've ever wondered about how we learn, think, and know, join our class that is designed to examine the social and psychological principles that inform our understanding of the world around us. In this interactive course, we will explore foundational theories of learning, implications of thinking, tools that make us smart, and relationships between theory and application in the world.
Want to learn about infants and children? If so, this class is for you! This online asynchronous course provides a broad overview of developmental changes from conception through childhood, such as changes in physical, motor, perceptual, cognitive, language, emotional, and social development.
What is it like to be an adolescent in the 21st century? Roughly defined as “the second decade of life,” adolescence comes with a wide range of personal experiences, from the best to the most regrettable. This online asynchronous course provides a broad overview of physiological, social, and cognitive changes which characterize the transition from childhood to adult life.
Issues and basic concepts of athletic healthcare including health care systems, interprofessonal teams, and injuries and conditions common to active populations. Emphasis on the team approach to patient care with exposure to a variety of health science professions.
Provides students with an overview of the personal, interpersonal and broader social factors that contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and populations in the United States. Examinations of contemporary approaches to health education and health behavior interventions including: Foundations of health education and health behavior programs, health indicators, social and structural determinants of health and health disparities, models of health education/health behavior that support interventions for individuals and communities.
Learn basic physiological concepts, apply them to understand human health and disease, and link them to broader core concepts in biology. Complete a project that applies conceptual understanding of general biology and physiology to investigate and create informational materials for the public about a disease or health promotion strategy. The foundational knowledge covered serves those interested in health sciences majors, as well as non-science students interested in life-long health.
Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education
Provides introductory and interdisciplinary life-span perspectives on disability, relevant for both education and non-education majors. Introduces theoretical, cultural, and political models of disability and explores the lived experiences of persons with disabilities (or people who are perceived to have disabilities) in society.
An exploration of various health and rehabilitation professions within the United States health care system, including educational requirements, professional expectations, and practice sites. Consideration is given to career planning in health and rehabilitation professions with review of current employment opportunities and workforce trends.
Designed to expand the knowledge base of future educators, clinicians, and society members to better understand and serve the diverse needs and interests of individuals with disabilities. Introduces the concept of disability as well as the field of special education. The history, etiology, and characteristics of specific categories of disability are examined, as are educational and other federally mandated programs designed to address the needs of both children and adults with disabilities. Topics germane to the study of disability and the field of special education are explored.
Theatre & Drama
Learn how to mount a theatrical production. Through scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, and stage management explore the relationship between the technical components of the production process. Includes lectures as well as practical experience in University Theatre productions.
Skills learned by actors in the theatre world can be applied to presentations and interactions in business, education, and beyond. Utilizing acting techniques traditionally used in theatre to enhance confidence and communication in interviews, presentations, elevator pitches, authentically connecting on a personal level with others, and how to avoid or better deal with stage fright.
Teaches actors the vital, non-performance skills and knowledge needed to launch professional acting careers. Knowledge of self-promoting, marketing, unions, networking, headshot/resumes, agents, casting directors, trade publications, and more will empower the actor and ease their transition into the professional world.