Mount Hood

Well-Behaved Women (and a Lot of Other Folks) Rarely Make History

Who gets credit for the important stuff in history? You may have noticed that some voices and identities show up more that others. Do you wonder what everyone else was doing? In this class, we’ll explore the contributions of people that history forgot, who helped shape the evolution of society, and how their exclusion shapes where we are today.

Instructor: Becka Morgan
Keywords: Historical Perspectives, Policy, Culture, & Society, Conflict, Debate, & Revolution
CRN: 21183

Translating Science Through Scientific Controversies

What are GMOs and are they dangerous? Are vaccines safe? Is Big Pharma trying to hide cancer cures from the public? How can you learn the truth about these and other controversial topics in science? In a world full of disinformation, what is the actual scientific basis behind some of these controversies, and how can we know what sources to trust? In this class, we will learn about some major scientific topics that cause fear or are controversial. We will learn how to find reliable scientific sources, how to read, and how to understand scientific sources. This course will include a lecture component, opportunities for group discussions, and coursework designed to increase your understanding of “how we know what we know” in science.

Instructor: Melissa Kelley
Keywords: Science, Tech, & Data, Policy, Culture, & Society
CRN: 21163

Show Me the Money**

In this class we will examine the financial impacts of being a first-generation or low-income student pursuing an Education degree in the US. We will learn about the principles of financial literacy, and we will also research the effects that economics have on education from K-12 to higher education.

Instructors: TPSSS Staff
Keywords: Teaching & Education, Self & Identity, Policy, Culture, & Society
CRN: 20879

Protecting the Living World and its Inhabitants

This course will explore the reasons for protecting biological diversity along with particular places where biodiversity is found. The course will introduce important concepts through consideration of several ongoing conservation efforts while exploring the why and how behind these efforts.

Instructor: Bryan Dutton
Keywords: Science, Tech, & Data, Policy, Culture, & Society, Media & Current Events
CRN: 21336

Notorious Trials – How Shocking Crimes Became Shocking Administrations of Justice

Crimes that shocked the nation: bizarre defendants, strange case details, unbelievable defenses. In this course we examine the crimes that made headlines and how the trials became almost as notorious as the crimes.

Instructor: Jennifer Moreno
Keywords: True Crime & Horror, Communication & Humanity, Media & Current Events
CRN: 20639

Money Management: Make Your Money Work for You

The goal of this class is to help students to become financially responsible, conscientious members of society. To reach that end, this course develops students’ understanding and skills in such areas as money management, budgeting, career planning, financial goal attainment, the wise use of credit, insurance, investments, and consumer rights and responsibilities. This course will give students the tools and resources needed to make wise financial decisions by evaluating the costs and benefits, recognizing their rights and responsibilities as consumers, and applying the knowledge learned to financial situations encountered later in life. Ultimately, they will learn how to put their money to work.

Instructor: Bojan Ilievski
Keywords: Science, Tech, & Data, Self & Identity, Hands-on, Careers
CRN: 20640

An Ounce of Prevention

Do you know how your dream job might affect your health? Every occupation comes with inherent risks to your health and happiness, whether it’s typing at a desk, lifting objects, or working late to meet deadlines. All of these activities involve a web of stresses to your physical and mental health that impact your happiness and chance for a long and successful career. By learning to identify these risks you can begin making decisions that diminish them, and find your balance between health, happiness, and success.

Instructors: Eric Wallace
Keywords: Careers, Health & Wellness, Self & Identity
CRN: 21301

What’s the Worst That Could Happen? Why we love dystopian stories

Remember when your mother asked if you would jump off a bridge if all your friends did? The consequences of such an action are pretty clear, but some actions – like banning books – have complex consequences that aren’t easily imagined. That’s why dystopian stories are useful. Dystopian stories take ideas to extremes to examine how humans met such dire conditions, and also to warn against certain actions. But why do we like stories about the end of the world as we know it?

Instructor: Maren Anderson
Keywords: Storytelling, Communication & Humanity
CRN: 21238

What’s Your Story?

This course introduces students to the tools they need to discover and analyze the diverse lives of others, peers, and themselves to build a richer understanding of our past, including adversity-type events, and how it forms one’s individual narrative. Methods for students to gain analytical, comprehension, and communication (writing and oral) skills include: journal, prompts, and formal writing; use of technology tools for research, writing, collaboration and presentation; fiction and non-fiction text and media analysis; comparing and contrasting human experience stories; reflection activities; story mapping; gaining observation, reflection, and questioning skills.

Instructors: Alicia Wenzel and Cindy Ryan
Keywords: Self & Identity, Storytelling, Communication & Humanity
CRN: 20929

Islam and Immigration in Contemporary Europe

This course examines the historical, social, and political factors involved in immigration from the Muslim world to Europe from the colonial era to today. What are the driving factors behind immigration? How are Muslim immigrants perceived and treated? How do immigrants integrate into European societies? How has immigration shaped European society and politics?

Instructors: Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop
Keywords: Historical Perspectives, Global Exploration, Policy, Culture, & Society
CRN: 20643