She added that the second half of the semester is clown, which can be different than what people expect and entails getting to put your inner child onstage and live in the present.
Aside from the physical comedy element of the class, the 'clown' element bears most of the weight of the course’s materials.
“The other half of the class, which is dedicated to clown, works on a completely different spectrum,” UNC associate professor Tracy Bersley said. “There’s nothing planned. It’s all about standing in your vulnerability as a clown on stage, just really, truly being yourself, exposing yourself.”
Biology 221: Seafood Forensics
Biology 221: Seafood Forensics focuses on the usage of forensic techniques and DNA tracking to evaluate seafood mislabelling. Class discussion centers around human health and environmental conservation.
Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures 212: “Game of Thrones” and the Worlds of the European Middle Ages
This is a class in UNC’s Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature. The course examines the basis of the “Game of Thrones” TV show and "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series in the culture and aesthetics of the European Middle Ages, through a lens of identity, representation, politics and mythology.
Astronomy 103: Alien Life in the Universe
Astronomy 103: Alien Life in the Universe is a class that endeavors to provide some context for the question of alien reality. This astronomy course provides several different viewpoints and scientific methods to analyze the possibility of alien life — and where it might be found.
Anthropology 125: Canine Cultures
This anthropology class introduces the basic concepts of anthropology through an examination of human-canine relations over time. The topics involved in the course include the evolution of canine domestication, dogs’ roles in society and the values and politics associated with the dog-human relationship.
English 244: Queer Cinema
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This is a class within the Department of English and Comparative Literature's film studies program. The film analysis course examines several films through the lens of queer identities, from the perspective of authorship, audience and representation.
“Cinema is both a mirror and a window,” UNC associate professor Martin Johnson, who teaches the class, said. “So, we can see it often reflects what's happening in society, but it also provides a window into it. So we see ourselves, but we also see things that are different from ourselves.”
He said the queer cinema class does not limit its course materials only to films made by those within the LGBTQ+ community, but examines the impacts and reasoning behind the historical adoption of such films as 1950’s "All About Eve" into the queer film canon.
Some of these classes are being taught in the spring semester, so check ConnectCarolina for their availability.
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