D-Term courses are focused, experiential learning classes not offered during the academic year. Classes are small in size and led by a Lawrence faculty member.

On-campus courses include workshops, fieldwork, or travel to sites or activities within a day’s drive of Lawrence. Travel courses take you to locations around the world for hands-on learning in an immersive setting. Look for courses coded DECM when registering.


Current D-Term 2022 Offerings

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DECM 122: Food Politics and Culture

This course examines political and cultural forces that shape what we eat as well as implications for public health and the environment. Course material includes academic writing, food writing, and popular commentary, and students will undertake cooking projects based on course themes. 

DECM 141 Make it Stick: Using the Learning Sciences to Improve Memory

In this seminar, students will study findings from the learning sciences and apply them in exercises designed to enhance learning and memory. Students will use the results of these exercises to explore the success of various learning strategies and discuss how they might be applied in their other Lawrence courses.

DECM 144 The Science of Super Heroes

A seminar course that examines the good, the bad, and the indifferent approaches to science in popular super hero films (particularly the Marvel and DC Universes). No science background or prerequisites required.

DECM 148 Introduction to Tropes and Stereotypes in Theatre Film and Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Tropes and character types have come down through the advent of western theatre and media to the present day. These characters have represented, and often embarrassed, those they portray from the earliest theatrical performances through international blockbuster films worldwide. Exploring their use and evolution of the good, the bad, and the ugly of various stereotypes will enlighten their perpetuation or suppression in future media.

DECM 149: What to Listen for in Rock

An introduction for students of any musical experience level to the analysis of rock and roll. In this seminar, students will learn to recognize the basics of harmony, timbre, instrumentation, and rhythm/meter that give a song its unique sonic profile. Through regular readings, listening assignments, and work on a final presentation, students will learn to approach individual songs with appropriate stylistic and cultural sensitivity.

DECM 224 Introduction to R and Excel for Data Analysis

Careful data analysis has become central to decision-making in areas from politics to sports to medicine. This introduction to collecting, cleaning, and manipulating messy, real-world data with R and Excel will emphasize reproducible, documented analysis. The course will also introduce graphing and programming concepts that pertain to data analysis. Familiarity with basic statistics is a plus but not required.

DECM 233: Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention

This discussion-based seminar will include critical evaluation of the literature exploring risk and prevention factors for suicide as well as evidence-based approaches to addressing suicide risk in clinical psychology (e.g., Dialectical Behavior Therapy). There will be an applied element to the course, including engaging in role-plays of suicide risk assessment and prevention planning. Prerequisite: PSYC 100

DECM 234: Medieval Toledo and the 13th-cen. Cantigas de Santa Maria

The Cantigas de Santa Maria, a 13th-cen. songbook with hundreds of songs and miniatures, was created in Toledo, Spain. This class will travel to Toledo, Spain. As we analyze relationships depicted in the manuscript among Christians, Muslims and Jews, we will visit surviving churches, mosques, synagogues, and museums to deepen our understanding of the complexities of life and culture in medieval Spain. Prerequisite: Instructor approval

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