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NKU invites the community into its classrooms

NKU is opening 20 courses to the community on Feb. 4 and 5

January 28, 2020

Students may see a few new faces in their classes on Feb. 4 and 5. 

NKU is opening select courses to the community for free as part of its annual “Making Teaching Public” celebration. The courses offered this year has doubled from 10 to 20, and vary in subjects from Constitutional Law to Harry Potter. See below to read the full list of courses offered. 

“Making Teaching Public is an open invitation to our alumni and the community to experience the outstanding work of our faculty and visit our beautiful campus,” President Ashish Vaidya said in a press release. “We want to offer people the opportunity to sit in on class with our NKU students and learn about a number of engaging topics.”

Before attending courses, participants must complete an online form and are asked to arrive 30 minutes before the start of the course to give themselves time for parking. 

The Open Classes include:

Feb. 4, 2020

Ecology of the City | 9:25 – 10:40 a.m. | Use ecological theory to understand the links between the structure and function of cities. Visitors will be working on sustainability plans with students.

Constitutional Law | 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. | Discuss the role the United States Constitution plays in the structure of government.

Intro to Archaeological Methods & Theory | 10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. | Understand the basic concepts and methods of archaeology. Guests will collaborate with students in a hands-on workshop with prehistoric sherds.

Principles of Informatics | 10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. | Gain the knowledge, abilities and awareness of context that are important in today’s information-centric world.

Entrepreneurial Mindset | 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. | Study and apply an entrepreneurial mindset as an approach to recognizing problems and developing real-world creative solutions.

Harry Potter | 1:40 – 2:55 p.m. | Discuss Harry Potter in a German literature class. (Please note- this class is taught primarily in German.)

Global Citizen in the Natural World: The Extremes of Language | 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. | Learn about the privileges and responsibilities individuals have as contributing members of a global community.

Construction Layout | 2:00 – 4:45 p.m. | Understand the proper operation and care of traditional and modern surveying equipment and instruments.

Acting II | 3:05 – 4:20 p.m. | Develop acting techniques and perceptions with a greater emphasis on a physical approach to character development.

Constitutional Law | 6:30 – 9:15 p.m. | Discuss the role the United States Constitution plays in the structure of government.

Feb. 5, 2020

College Writing | 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. | Become a more successful writer within the many audiences and groups we interact and communicate with every day.

Intro to Strength and Conditioning | 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. | Gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in exercise science, strength training and aerobic conditioning.

Intro to Psychology | 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. | Study behavior from a biological, behavioral and cognitive perspective.

Intro to Media Aesthetics | 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. | Learn key skills for your media creation toolbox, from traditional outlets like journalism and documentaries to new media like game design and animation.

Screen Printing | 12:15 – 2:55 p.m. | Focus on the basic techniques for fine art screen printing. Emphasis is placed on the use of hand-cut stencils, drawing fluid, photo emulsion processes and color registration.

Intro to Integrative Studies | 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. | Analyze large complex problems through the lenses of different disciplines.

Business Strategy Capstone | 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. | Apply theoretical knowledge to a wide variety of business situations and develop top management viewpoint in corporate strategy.

Beginning American Sign Language II | 3:00 – 5:45 p.m. | Study the vocabulary of American Sign Language and learn ASL sentence structure and conversational skills.

Japanese Folklore & Juvenile Literature | 3:20 – 4:35 p.m. | Discuss topics in Japanese literature, literary history and literary theory. (Please note, this class is taught primarily in Japanese.)

Management Cost Accounting | 6:15 – 9:00 p.m. | Learn quantitative techniques to managerial problems and behavioral implications of budgetary control systems.

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