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Fall 2021 ALS 1004: Agriculture, the Arts, and Society Yes Pathway 6a - Critique and Practice in the Arts, Pathway 6d - Critique and Practice in Design ONE CREDIT, ONLINE, ASYNCHRONOUS. PART OF A SERIES OF THREE WHICH CAN BE TAKEN AT YOUR OWN PACE AND IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER (others are ALS 1984L SS: Living Art of Agriculture. and ALS 1984L SS: Gardening Art, Design, and Agriculture) This course examines the connections between the visual arts and agriculture. Most individuals in the US are several generations removed from the farm, yet agriculture touches everyone’s life. We face a global challenge of balancing sustainable production of food, fiber, and fuel while protecting valuable natural resources and stable ecosystems. Through this course, discover why farming is part of your life even if you have never lived on a farm, seen crops grow in a field, or touched a cow! Analyze works of art that tell the story of farming, highlighting social, economic, and environmental dimensions of agriculture. Curate a virtual art gallery making connections between works of art and agriculture. Explore featured artists whose work contributes to our perceptions of agriculture. Express your connection to agriculture through creative photography. CRN 80308 Mark Sumner
Fall 2021 ALS 1984L SS: Living Art of Agriculture Yes Pathway 6d - Critique and Practice in Design ONE CREDIT, ONLINE, ASYNCHRONOUS. PART OF A SERIES OF THREE WHICH CAN BE TAKEN AT YOUR OWN PACE AND IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER (others are ALS 1984L SS: Living Art of Agriculture. and ALS 1984L SS: Gardening Art, Design, and Agriculture) Agriculture occupies many spaces between natural processes and human activity. It faces increasing innovation challenges to meet current societal expectations of sustainability, efficiency, and longevity, yet very few design and aesthetic studies are devoted to it. This course explores the use of art and design in agricultural contexts, and the strong aesthetic response people have on what they perceive as sustainable agriculture. Students will explore these agricultural concepts through a narrative lens. CRN 92051 Dr. Peter Ziegler
Fall 2021 ALS 1984L SS: Gardening Art, Design and Agriculture Yes Pathway 6d - Critique and Practice in Design 1 CREDIT COURSE, ONLINE, ASYNCHRONOUS: PART OF A THREE PART SERIES THAT CAN BE TAKEN AT YOUR OWN PACE AND IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER (other courses in the series include ALS 1004: Agriculture, the Arts, and Society, and ALS 1984L SS: Living Art of Agriculture) Gardens involve a combination of art, design, and science in the creation of aesthetic and functional environments for people. Engaging with the various design styles of gardening provide a way for students to connect with agriculture. Art and design influence the public understanding of what defines gardens and agriculture. This course explores agriculture through the art and design of gardens. Students will learn history, concepts, and applications of gardens through diverse settings. CRN 92050 Scott Douglas
Fall 2021 ARCH 1044 Yes Pathway 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences, Pathway 7 - Critical Analysis of Equity and Identity in the United States The course was developed and will be taught by Professor Greg Tew. He also developed and teaches ITDS 1114: Design Appreciation. ARCH 1044 will utilize the exact same asynchronous format used in teaching Design Appreciation. Professor Tew has explained that the courses share some content that is similar but that the courses are also distinctly different. Taking both courses will reinforce ideas and knowledge that will help students understand how design shapes and impacts their lives - today and in the future. Students are encouraged to take both courses, but Professor Tew does not recommend placing students in both courses in the same semester. The courses are not sequential. Professor Tew explained that either course is fine as a first course to take, and the courses do not have prerequisites. Greg Tew
Fall 2021 BIOL 2984D: Science of COVID-19
Yes Pathway 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences Science of Covid-19 is an interdisciplinary course taught by VT faculty experts from multiple departments across the university. Students will learn about coronaviruses and viral infection and evolution, how the immune system responds to viral infections, how vaccines and other antiviral therapies work, herd immunity, how testing is conducted and the spread of infectious disease is studied, and the role of various mitigation strategies in curbing disease spread. The course has no prerequisites and is open to all Virginia Tech students. Ignacio Moore
Fall 2021 CSES 4984: SS: Drone Use in Ag Systems 92013 No Not applicable Recent years have seen a proliferation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or drones of different shapes, capability and use. Given the low cost and flexibility of carrying various sensor payloads, UAS are now an emerging tool for image data collection for researcher, students and practitioners in various disciplines. This course introduces students to the fundamental components of small UAS, sensors and platforms, UAS operational concepts, the principles of UAS data collection, the legal framework within which UAS should be operated and applied, data processing software and the generation of orthomosaics and 3D point clouds. This course emphasizes the use of UAS in a broad spatial sciences, technology and applications context, including precision agriculture and vegetated ecosystems. Dr. Sanaz Shafian
Fall 2021 ENGR 3984: RF Structures & Fabrication
No Not applicable Please consider signing up for a multidisciplinary engineering class that will be offered next Fall (M,W 4:00-5:15) for junior and senior engineering students (others should inquire). The course combines topics in applied electromagnetics, materials, advanced manufacturing (additive/3D Printing) and composites. The course is taught by 4 faculty members: Hume Center/ECE (Dr. Davis), ME/DREAMS Lab (Dr. Williams), CHE (Dr. Bortner) and CEE (Dr. Case) and is a project-based course. The course examines the application of electromagnetic structures and has direct applications in airborne, spaceborne, marine and ground vehicles. Applications include antennas, radomes, and other electromagnetic structures of interest for commercial and government employers. You will develop analytical and hands-on skills used in constructing and testing for these applications along with 3D printing and composite techniques. You may also choose to extend your knowledge by working on related undergraduate research projects at the Hume Center with faculty and students. Dr. B. Davis
Fall 2021 STS 2984: Intro to Displacement Studies
No Not applicable

Do you wonder why people become refugees, migrants, or asylum-seekers? Do you know what happens to people once they become displaced? Do you think about what it feels like to be displaced from your home and your country? Are you aware of the ways that technology both helps and hinders social connection and resettlement? The Intro to Displacement Studies course will discuss these topics and many more. Population displacement is one of the biggest socio-political issues facing the global community in the twenty-first century. In order to address this phenomenon, we must understand the complexity and significance of displacement in the world today. This introductory course helps students understand the socio-politics and practices of population displacement. After taking this course you will be able to:

● Differentiate displaced groups according to their legal definitions and compare these definitions to other identity markers
● Summarize the role that governance structures play in categorizing and managing displaced populations
● Describe the main drivers of displacement
● Identify the technological infrastructures being used for and against displaced groups
● Describe the experiences of displaced people

Dr. Rebecca Hester
Fall 2021 STS 3984: Societal Health in Local and Global Contexts No Not applicable What is the relationship between health and power? Students will learn how health and well-being are influenced by social structures, including economic and political systems, and by hierarchies of race, gender, and class. We will explore these topics through a comparative analysis of health in North America, focusing especially on Appalachia, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Students will gain an understanding of the life and death consequences of inequity and injustice in the United States, Latin America, and the world. This course serves as an elective for minors in Medicine and Society and Appalachian Studies. Dr. Rebecca Hester