Deerfield Academy Course Catalog

Use the filters below to sort through all of Deerfield’s course offerings. Please note that period numbers only apply to spring electives. Courses which include “AP” in the title prepare students for the AP examination. Courses designated “AP” without those letters appearing in the course title have been shown to prepare students for the exam, but students should consult with their instructors.

ACA200
The Scholar’s Craft (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
The path to becoming a successful scholar can be hard to navigate alone. This course helps students recognize and practice the skills necessary to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Topics covered in the course include time management, organization, note-taking, annotation, memorization, concentration, test preparation, reading comprehension, research skills, and listening strategies. Students take this hands-on, pass/fail course, which meets three times a week, in addition to their five core subjects.
ACA600
Exploring Race & Racism
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Chapin or Dr. Cullinane
P2 P6
What is race? What is racism? How did the concept of race emerge and (how) has the understanding of what race means changed over time? What forces caused these changes? How do the forms and expressions of racism affect the lived experience of them? Are their circumstances or strategies that amplify, minimize or eliminate racism? Over nine weeks, multiple Deerfield instructors, each through the lens of a unique discipline, will explore the concepts of race and racism. Students will confront the driving forces, machinery, and consequences of racism and bigotry in the United States, and across the globe. Students will have nightly readings, engage in daily seminar discussions and regular journal writing, and develop independent projects.
ENG200
Voice & Vision
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Developing their distinctive, expressive voices as writers and clear visions as readers, ninth graders explore familiar and unfamiliar realms in literary genres drawn from sources across time and the world. In formal and informal written responses, students begin to recognize their individual styles and refine their techniques. An examination of the fundamentals of English grammar, mechanics, and punctuation complements the seminar study of literature. All ninth graders write and deliver a literary reading and participate in a poetry contest.
ENG300
Defining Literary Traditions
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Sophomore English emphasizes critical reading, focused discussions, and a variety of writing assignments connected to the study of literature derived from the British tradition. Close reading assignments and class discussions encourage students to analyze and to appreciate the elements of literature. Teachers choose core texts from works by Chaucer, Shakespeare, the Romantic poets, a 19th-century novelist, a contemporary author, and a modern playwright. Sophomores also select, memorize, and deliver a declamation from a literary work.
ENG330
The Writer’s Craft (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Before encountering the demands of extended essays and narratives, students meet one period a week to review and reinforce essential composition skills, including questioning evidence, forming and structuring arguments, sustaining unity, varying syntactical patterns, understanding punctuation, and revising drafts. In a workshop setting, the students receive individual attention and also learn to judge their work more critically. Students take this exercise-intensive pass/fail course in addition to English 300. (Open to returning sophomores only – 9th grade teachers identify candidates.) Must commit to both terms.
ENG500
American Dreams
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
The American Dream is a familiar phrase, but what does it mean? Whose dream is it? Is there just one dream for all Americans? How has it evolved over time? Do considerations of gender, race, ethnicity, or class affect the pursuit of this dream? To gain an understanding of how the pursuit of the distinctive American Dream helped to shape the culture and literature of the United States, students examine texts from different genres and time periods. Texts may include Rebecca Harding Davis’s Life in the Iron Mills, Nella Larsen’s Passing, Horatio Alger’s Ragged Dick, and short stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Anzia Yezierska.
ENG501
American Nature
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Nature is a seemingly simple, but paradoxical word that refers both to the environment outside us and to human qualities inside us. On our journey to explore the connection between place and character in America, we visit the Great Plains, the Pacific Northwest, New England , the South, Detroit and New York City with authors like Cather, Kesey, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Emerson, Dickinson, Oliver, Morrison, Whitman, Hughes, and Fitzgerald serving as our guides. Along the way, we pursue different kinds of creative and critical writing and go on monthly field trips into the natural world around Deerfield.
ENG502
American Identities
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
America is made up of a patchwork of ethnicities, races, religions, and personal experiences. As the country has grown over the past 250 years, individuals have struggled to find their personal identities in the midst of America forming its own collective cultural and political identity on the world stage. We will examine the experiences of a variety of both native and immigrant Americans as they come of age in the melting pot that is our country. How are the varied journeys writers and their characters take in forming their personal identities informed by and affected by their status as citizens of the United States? We will examine works by authors such as Nella Larsen, Jhumpa Lahiri, James Baldwin, Leslie Marmon Silko, Toni Morrison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Junot Diaz, Willa Cather, Chimamanda Adichie, Sandra Cisneros, Sherman Alexie, Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes.
ENG503
American Studies
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This is an interdisciplinary course combining honors-level U.S. history and American literature. The course fulfills both the junior English and history requirements, and prepares students for the Advanced Placement exams in US History and English Literature or English Language. Students examine the social, economic, political, and cultural heritage of the United States through a combination of primary documents, interpretive secondary sources, and representative works of American literature and art. Close, critical analysis, responsible oral discourse and expository writing are emphasized. American Studies meets for a double period, is taken concurrently with HIS503 and is team-taught. Selection will be made by the department.
ENG506
American Echoes
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Carl Sagan once declared, “Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs.” What is literature, then, if not the echo of words spoken years ago? In this course we will seek to hear such echoes in the work of American authors who sought to give voice to the country they knew, the country they suffered for, the country they dreamed of. We will also attempt to discern in these writers the various ways their poems, stories, and plays speak not simply to the reader but to one another as well. In addition to core texts from Fitzgerald, Whitman, and Dickinson , we will likely encounter novels from Cather, Twain, Chopin, and Kesey; poetry from Frost, Hughes, and Stevens; short stories from Poe, Walker, and London; and drama from Arthur Miller and Lorraine Hansberry.
ENG507
American Freedom
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
From Frederick Douglass to James Baldwin, from W.E.B. DuBois to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Black authors have navigated a complex set of concerns around the meanings of Black racial identity in America. Black novelists, poets, and playwrights have utilized literature to make sense of the Black American experience, to reflect on the formation of a cohesive self in a world awash with anti-Black imagery, and to bring readers to greater knowledge about the country as a whole. These Black authors’ work provides a standpoint by which to consider not only questions of Blackness but of gender, class, ability, sexuality, and power and justice more broadly. This course will investigate these concerns through reading, writing, and talking about a wide range of material. Students will hone their skills as close readers as they attend to the nuances of our course texts, develop their analytical and creative voices while writing a series of argumentative and personal pieces including the junior declamation, and grow as seminarians while engaged in a collective search for meaning. Possible texts include works by Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, W.E.B. DuBois, Nella Larsen, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Adrienne Kennedy, Audre Lorde, Maya Angelou, Lorraine Hansberry, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, August Wilson, Tennessee Williams, Colson Whitehead, Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
ENG540
American Stages
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
American writers continue to expose the tension between the conventional and unconventional impulses as individuals struggle to find their place in or apart from a larger community. The clashes play powerfully on the stage or screen, and by adding those genres to their exploration of the American character, students encounter the gender and economic tensions in Lynn Nottage’s Ruined, love’s deceptions in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, the deadening social conformity in Edith Wharton’s novel The Age of Innocence and Martin Scorsese’s film adaptation, the decadent American dreams in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, and the battle between intolerance and redemptive love in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.
ENG560
American Voices
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
In addition to the core texts, Gatsby, Huck Finn, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, we will also use a wide range of American short stories and novels to sample the many voices and issues that have populated American literature. Students will encounter writers ranging from Edith Wharton and Nathaniel Hawthorne in the 19th century to Ernest Hemingway, John Updike and Toni Morrison in the 20th. The variety of story styles and ideas helps students to understand better how literature has changed over time and to hone their analytical skills by discussing how the stories work. The purpose of the course is to provide a breadth of exposure as well as a chance to sample modern literature.
ENG610
Future Shock: Contemp. Lit.
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
The ground-breaking “dystopian” novels of the 20th Century, such as Orwell’s 1984, Huxley’s Brave New World and Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, have produced an extraordinary and growing body of literature that imagines future worlds shaped by current trends, for better and worse. What kind of societies will cyberspace, genetic engineering, emerging technologies , climate change, terrorism, population growth and resource wars produce? What will be the fate of the institutions and ideals that presently define us? What will happen to our fundamental notions of liberty, the individual, and human relationships? Will human beings flourish or fail? This course will examine these questions through several of the finest recent literary dystopias and will approach the reading in a primarily seminar-style, discussion format. Writing assignments will be predominantly creative responses to the reading, with an occasional foray into relevant essays, short stories and films. Possible texts include Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell; Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood; The Road, by Cormac McCarthy; The Dazzle of Day, by Molly Gloss; Fiskadoro, by Denis Johnson; Riddley Walker, by Russell Hoban.
ENG612
Public Speaking
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Dr. Wright
P1 P4
Have you ever wondered what makes a great speech or why some people seem to be at ease speaking in public while others stumble through it? In this course students learn the art of effective speechmaking by studying both effective and ineffective oratory models. Students also write and deliver speeches that address a variety of intended audiences and situations in order to gain the knowledge and experience needed to become a confident public speaker.
ENG618
Poetry Now!
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
“Poetry is news that stays news,” said poet Ezra Pound. “Poetry makes nothing happen,” said poet W.H. Auden, on the other hand. Meanwhile, poet Muriel Rukeyser, in her seminal book , The Life of Poetry, argues that the creative life is the only meaningfully engaged life a responsible person can live. In this course, we’ll attempt to bridge some of the distances between these three positions about poetry and the world. In addition to reading widely from contemporary poetry published by living, breathing citizens of the world, we’ll read the news , perform some experiments to see whether poetry does or doesn’t make anything happen, and engage fully with the responsibilities of the creative life. In an effort to extend the concerns of the course into the contemporary world beyond the Pocumtuck Valley, we’ll make efforts to enter into dialogue with poets and publishers as we read their work, and to attend poetry readings at local colleges. Students will have the opportunity to write, share, and discuss their own poetry throughout the year. By the end of the course, students should be fluent readers of contemporary poetry in print and on the internet, as well as being prepared to engage in meaningful conversations about poetry, artistic process, and current events.
ENG622
Jazz Age and Lost Generation
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Paris, Harlem, Greenwich Village: Why were these places such powerful magnets for a generation of writers, artists, and musicians? Students will discover how a diverse range of Americans at home and abroad responded to the cultural climate of the 1920s, a decade characterized by enormous artistic upheaval in the midst of a balloon of economic prosperity. Special attention will be paid to the space Paris, Harlem, and Greenwich Village occupied in the cultural imagination of the 1920s. Students will not only study literature but also how jazz has shaped modernism in American poetry and fiction. Among the writers students will encounter will be James Joyce, Sherwood Anderson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, William Faulkner, Claude McKay, Gertrude Stein, and Jean Toomer. Writing assignments will include personal and analytical essays, as well as creative pieces inspired by modernist models.
ENG625
Central Questions
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
When Hamlet asks, “To be, or not to be? That is the question,” he utters what has become, unfortunately, a cliché. In the context of Shakespeare’s play, however, this question ripples with Hamlet’s anxiety, with his wondering as to how (or whether) he should move forward with his life. This course will explore works, like Hamlet, characterized by protagonists who grapple with similar “central questions,” questions like: What defines me? What does it mean to be a good daughter/son? To what extent has my family, race, gender, and/or choices determined my future? To what extent do I have the power to make my own choices at all? How do people see me? Which path should I take? These questions are visceral and real to the characters we will encounter; yet, the asking of big questions is not (or certainly shouldn’t be) something done only by fictional characters. To that end, at the same time that the class will be analyzing these figures and their defining questions, students will be keeping journals in which they will log their day-to-day experiences. In the winter, as students approach the writing of their meditations, each will read his/her own journal as a text, and, in so doing, isolate the questions that emerge as central in their own lives. This course is designed to exercise the skills of analysis, critical thinking, and writing, as well as the practice of regular self-reflection. Texts may include White Teeth by Zadie Smith, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Maus by Art Spieg.
ENG629
Writing Wild
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Thomas-Adams
P5 P6
What do we mean when we say “Nature”? Is Humanity’s destiny to conquer and transcend our origins in Nature, or are the answers to our happiness and survival to be found in the natural world? Making use of both the seminar table and the surrounding fields and woods as our classroom, this course will explore Humanity’s fraught and complex relationship with the Earth and the living beings who share it with us through a variety of approaches, from close reading of fiction, essays and poetry, to creative writing and discussion, to weekly forays into the outdoors. Expect varied, substantial reading, frequent short creative and AP-style writing assignments, and plenty of time outside in every kind of weather.
ENG631
Mystery Madness and Lies
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course will examine the importance of narrators to fiction. We will consider the function of the narrator as fundamental to how a reader interprets a text. What happens when an author intentionally includes an untrustworthy, unreliable and even unstable narrator? What about a narrator who only knows part of a story but tells it anyhow? How much does who is telling the story influence how the story is described or expressed? Through reading texts with different types of narrators, we will explore these and other questions to gain an understanding of how narrative form complicates the meaning of the text as a whole. The goal of the course is for every student to make the transition from talking about what a text says or what happens to making interpretive arguments about how a text works and what its meanings are. Students will also develop a vocabulary for discussing, analyzing and writing about narrative form. Authors may include Chris Bohjalian, Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith, Henry James, Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Woolf and others.
ENG651
The Literature of Fishing
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Dr. Ott
P6 P7
This course is an introduction to the literature of fishing and ways of thinking that are practiced in so-called “natural” places. Students will consider the natural environment—oceans, lakes, and rivers—and how it is entwined with the human race through fishing and the maritime experience. Besides the written word, we will also consider paintings, photographs, music and films. Once a week, class will be held at the Deerfield River. Students are welcome to use that class time to fish, meditate, read, or write in their journal. This is not a class in “how to fish,” and no instruction in fishing will be provided . Those inclined to fish must have their own equipment, bait, and Massachusetts fishing license (available on-line). Readings may include selections from Mark Browning’s Haunted by Waters: Fly Fishing in North American Literature, Izzak Walton’s The Compleat Angler, A.A .Luce’s Fishing and Thinking, Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It, David James Duncan’s The River Why, Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea and “Big Two-Hearted River,” Rudyard Kipling’s Captain’s Courageous, Jack London’s The Sea-Wolf, as well as selections from William James’ Varieties of Religious Experience, and Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Students will be expected to maintain a reading journal and to write several personal and analytical essays.
ENG652
Page to Stage
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Scandling
P4
Working to bring a playwright’s written words to life, students will read, discuss, and improvise on stage as they explore a variety of contemporary plays recently performed across the United States and create their own monologues or short scenes. The class might suit anyone wanting to write for the stage or screen, nurturing an acting interest (no experience necessary), or hoping to collaborate on creative challenges. The award-winning plays may include The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, Sweat by Lynn Nottage, Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks, and The Humans by Stephen Karam.
ENG655
The Writing Workshop
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This three-term workshop course introduces students to the craft of writing poetry and fiction in the literary and professional worlds. Students will develop an understanding of the generative relationship between reading and writing, and learn how to situate their own writing in relation to the work of practicing authors. To achieve these aims, students will read extensively from literary models, participate in discussions both of the models and of student writing, keep an observation notebook, and complete numerous in-class and take-home writing exercises designed to expand each writer’s repertoire of available techniques in each genre. Students will learn to write powerfully in both genres, and will learn to be clear-minded assessors and capable revisers of their own work. The capstones to the year will be an expansive senior meditation and a drafted, workshopped, revised portfolio of creative work ready to submit to literary journals for consideration to be published.
ENG656
Classics in Translation
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
??d?a µ?? ???epe, µ??sa, p???t??p??… “Muse, tell me of the many-turning man.” So begins Homer’s epic tale about the prevarications and arrivals of Odysseus, the man whose winning way with words lends him a place alongside Achilles and Aeneas in the firmament of epic heroes. While “many-turning” may be the closest literal approximation of polytropos, Odysseus’ Greek adjective epithet, English translators through the ages have instead landed upon “of twists and turns,” “complicated,” “wandering,” and even “for wisdom’s various arts renown’d.” What motivates a translator to generate such distinct iterations? How does each choice resonate with the word’s original meaning, and how do those choices manipulate understandings of the story? This course will explore questions such as these, and examine the various other ways that the Classics, the literatures and languages of the ancient Greeks and Romans, have echoed across the millennia. By reading a wide range of texts, from preliterate oral poems like Homer’s Odyssey to contemporary artist’s books like Anne Carson’s Nox, students will confront and consider the choices that translators have made throughout time, explore their own points of reception, and consider the successes and failures of languages to articulate essential human experiences, all while absorbing the stories and characters from which Western literature grew.
ENG657
New York Stories
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Writers have said of New York City that “the present is so powerful…that the past is lost,” but for anyone who has wandered through the streets or around the boroughs, the city’s stories unfold in mystery, magic, and a myriad of voices. Drawing on the novels This Side of Brightness by Colum McCann, Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, and Sophie’s Choice by William Styron, plays by Stephen Karam and Lynn Nottage, and a selection of stories, poems, documentaries, films and memoirs, students will experience the city perhaps through different perspectives or in startling accents. Written assignments will vary among analytical, imaginative, and meditative responses.
ENG658
The Writer and Society
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This seminar explores the process of artistic creation, considering such ideas as aesthetic experience, artistic creativity, genius and madness, the political and spiritual aspects of art, the workings of imagination, the artist’s relation to society, and the destiny of the creative self. While the readings range from the ancient to the modern, the course is not a survey. Instead we will consider the importance of each work to literary history as well as contemporary culture. Along the way, students will continue to hone their close reading and critical thinking skills as they gain a broader understanding of literature and the humanities. Works may include the plays of Shakespeare, the poetry of John Keats and Kate Tempest, the novels of Charlotte Brontë, Woolf, and Joyce, the essays of Kandinsky, Nietzsche, and Freud. This course concludes with the Deerfield senior meditation.
ENG659
Journalism Amid Fake News
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course will explore the current challenges faced by the media through an examination of the best forms of breaking news, investigative and long-form journalism. Students will gain a sophisticated understanding of the media in the digital age by exposing them to new and old ways of storytelling. Students will learn what goes into making a great story and how to research and write tight, compelling narratives. They will also learn the basic methods of investigative reporting, including how to gather and understand police and court records, how to find and interview difficult subjects, and how to write and file public record requests. Among the readings will be the New York Times investigation of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the Associated Press coverage of slavery in the seafood industry, and the Chicago Tribune’s series on dangerous criminals who fled overseas to avoid justice. Students will listen to and analyze podcasts such as Serial and 74 Seconds and review documentaries including Making a Murderer, Citizen Four and Frontline’s Exodus. Students also will hear directly from some of the nation’s top journalists about their work and careers. An important goal of the course is for every student to gain the skills necessary to produce high-level publishable work.
ENG661
Rivers, Near & Far
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Morris & Mr. McVaugh
P4 P5
“EVENTUALLY, ALL THINGS MERGE INTO ONE, AND A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT.” So proclaims Norman Maclean in his story about growing up in Montana roughly a century ago, a sentiment that in many ways captures the importance of “the river” in the collective identity and memories of Deerfield students. This interdisciplinary course examines various riparian environments through historical and literary lenses, and explores how a diverse range of authors have used their connection to moving water as a reflection for their own lives. Students will read and emulate the works of authors who have interwoven river-oriented historical and scientific fact with personal reflection like Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire, Kathleen Moore’s Riverwalking, John McPhee’s Encounters with the Archdruid, Kevin Fedarko’s The Emerald Mile, and Richard White’s Organic Machine. Through a combination of outdoor and classroom experiences, students will develop historical research skills and gain a greater understanding of their surrounding environment. In addition to several short writing assignments, students will embark on a term-long, process-driven writing project on a river of their choosing. May also be taken as HIS661.
ENG662
Woolf & Joyce
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Dr. Copprue
P5 P6
“On or about December 1910,” Virginia Woolf famously observed, “human character changed.” In our attempt to unpack Woolf’s deeply insightful observation, this elective offers students a focused critical inquiry into two of the preeminent works of British literary modernism, Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (1927). Along with gaining a strong understanding of the künstlerroman, narratives that feature artists as main characters and chart their development, students can expect to consider the extent to which Joyce and Woolf contended with ideas such as language, representation, faith, identity, and empire in the early twentieth century. Additional readings may include earlier short pieces by Joyce and Woolf along with works of literary criticism ranging from Plato to Nietzsche.
ENG664
Journalism in the Digital Age
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Marx
P2
This course will explore the challenges faced by the media through an examination of the best forms of breaking news, investigative and long-form journalism. Students will gain a sophisticated understanding of the media by exposing them to new and old ways of storytelling , including podcasts, documentaries, social media posts, and online news websites. They will also learn the basic methods of investigative reporting, including how to gather and understand police and court records, how to find and interview subjects, and how to write and file public record requests. This course is open to everyone from those who have never written a story before to more advanced students. An important goal of the course is for every student to learn how to research and write concise, well-organized and compelling narratives.
ENG665
Penned Punishment
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Ms. Odim
P3
“We, too often, push the stories of those who’ve had a run in with the criminal justice system aside— yet nearly 8 million Americans have served time in state or federal prison. From behind bars, many have written beautiful and compelling literature. How can we set free these imprisoned stories? This course delves into a selection of literature entangled within the complexity of the penal system. On this journey, we will unearth marginalized narratives and develop an understanding of the role of these stories within the literary world. We will explore intersections of politics and identity in the midst of institutionalization, confinement, and, in many cases, systemic oppression. Authors may include Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Assata Shakur, Walter Mosley, Etheridge Knight, Mumia Abu-jamal, and Martin Luther King Jr.”
ENG667
Epic Spring: Ferrante’s Naples
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Stallings
P2
We will focus this spring on reading and discussing acclaimed and mysterious Italian author Elena Ferrante’s four sensational Neapolitan novels, as well as watching for comparison the recent adaptation of the first novel into an HBO miniseries. Published between 2012 and 2015, My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child together comprise a stunning and consuming contemporary epic centered on the friendship of two female characters raised in a vibrant but impoverished and violent post-WWII neighborhood in Naples. As we read, we’ll have ample opportunity to confront ongoing cultural issues such as education, class, political stagnation, violence, and the role of women in society, all through the lens of a friendship that transcends and informs the story of a nation. Students will journal and annotate while reading, leading to papers upon the conclusion of each novel.
ENG668
Shakespeare’s Comedies
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Scandling
P6
Focusing primarily on Shakespeare’s popular comedies Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night, students will explore the ways in which actors and directors, whether for the stage or screen, find fresh approaches to the plays written more than 400 years ago. Honoring the original texts but also placing the plays in different contexts, contemporary performers solve staging problems, make fresh choices, and reimagine the relationships. Students will do the same as they read the plays, view and critique a wide range of filmed performances, and improvise their own approaches to key scenes. In short, they will encounter the plays as dynamic theatrical experiences. Informal written responses will help students document their discoveries.
ART100
Intro to Studio Art
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mrs. Taylor
P3
This course is intended to be a first experience in the visual arts. It prepares students for AP Studio Art by introducing the fundamentals of drawing and painting – line, form, composition, and color – through a variety of assignments involving the still life, perspective, and interior spaces. A brief survey into 19th and 20th century art is included.
ART201
Photography
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Trelease
P2
This course offers an opportunity to investigate the formal elements of both digital and film photography, while exploring the potential for creative expression and visual narrative. Students study and experiment with the nomenclature of DSLR cameras and advanced computer software, as well as film cameras and darkroom printing. Projects take inspiration from great photographers of the past and present to foster intentionality with design and content. The course concludes with the assemblage of a digital and printed portfolio.
ART210
Videography
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course offers hands-on experience in all aspects of video production, including direction, acting, camera operation, lighting, sound, and editing. Inspiration is derived from the history of film/video along with a substantial library of previous student work. Projects are designed with artistic intent, involving a variety of genres and an emphasis on formal cinematography and creative expression. Many of the final projects are featured in Deerfield’s student video festival in the spring.
ART243
3-D Visual Design
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Projects in this course are focused on experiencing the iterative process, which develops a solution gradually by learning from and refining multiple iterations of a design. Students will learn the essential elements and principles of design using a variety of tools, including drawing and building both digital and physical models. An emphasis of the class will be designing and building in 3-D and all projects will conclude with a verbal and written critique.
ART300
Design for Human Impact
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Whether presenting operating instructions, safety information, statistics, advertisements , or legal arguments, graphics often serve a critical role in guiding-—and responding to—-human needs and behaviors. In this course, students will learn a Design Thinking process that first considers human factors and then provides the critical tools and techniques needed to develop impactful solutions. Students will use Design Thinking and graphics to solve real-world problems ranging from the merely inconvenient to the truly life-threatening.
ART301
Intro to Architecture
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Payne
P1 P3
This course will introduce students to major movements and themes in architecture, significant architects and buildings throughout history, and contemporary architectural issues. Utilizing lectures, discussions, drawings, and field trips, students will develop an appreciation for architecture and become conversant with its history and vocabulary.
ART304
Designing Everyday Things
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Thiel
P5
Whether it’s a toothbrush or a toaster oven, great thought goes into the design of everyday things. In this class, we’ll explore 3D design through an examination of familiar objects, uncovering the linkages between aesthetic quality, utility, and technological/commercial viability. Further, we’ll discuss the cultural impact of these common, everyday items—and the hidden influence that designers wield. Through this lens of industrial design and material culture, we’ll learn the basics of design thinking and launch our own work in developing new forms, employing both handwork and digital fabrication methods .
ART305
Words & Pictures
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Wiemer
P7
From the Lascaux Cave paintings and the Bayeux Tapestry to Doonesbury and Doctor Strange, comic and sequential art has been an important, influential, and at times controversial medium. This course will explore the history of this art form and its influences on history, popular culture, politics, and social issues. Students will view and read a variety of examples of this art form and works they have influenced. As a culminating experience, students will have the opportunity to create their own piece of comic and sequential art. This course will be taught in a blended learning format. Classes will meet face-to-face two periods a week, while the remaining classes will meet online through Canvas and other online resources.
ART306
Advanced Filmmaking
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Videography
ART306P
Advanced Filmmaking (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Videography
ART404
The City as a Work of Art
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Payne
P6
Combining elements of history with art and design, students will examine the characteristic elements of historical urban form, to explain their presence and meaning, and to examine the ways in which they were modified over time and space. The physical form of the urban environment in diverse locations (both built and unbuilt) will be studied from social, economic, political, and design perspectives.
ART412
Art of Architectural Drawing
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Drawing is the primary method by which architects communicate their design ideas, but the drawings themselves are frequently overlooked as works of art. Principles and elements of two-dimensional architectural representation are taught using both traditional and digital media. Projects range from drawing traditional architectural views (plan, section and elevation) by hand and with AutoCad to rendering drawings using colored pencils and watercolors.
ART415
Architectural Design
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Students receive instruction in architectural design, drafting, planning, and materials and construction methods. Plan, section and elevation drawings are produced as well as study and final models. Students will design a range of buildings and spaces, including residential and civic projects. Studio work is supplemented with readings in the history and theory of architecture.
ART416
Advanced Architectural Design
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Architectural Design
Mr. Payne
P4
This course offers advanced work for students who have completed Architectural Design. A spring term project is selected by the class with emphasis on model building and working collaboratively. Students refine their drawing and design skills while working with the 3-D design program SketchUp.
ART500
AP Art History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Exploring history through works of art offers an approach for understanding our global community and is an effective way to review significant events from a visual perspective. From prehistory to the present, artworks are examined in the context of their era’s dominant ideas, political events, economic factors, and social structure. This approach, guided by the redesigned AP art history curriculum, examines exemplars of global artistic traditions within ten content areas. Visual literacy, critical assessment, analytical reading, class discussions, and written expression will enable students to decode art, learn from it, and appreciate the extraordinary creativity of people throughout history. The decision to take the AP exam in May will be made in consultation with the instructor.
ART510
AP Studio Art (Photography)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
The one-term Photography course is recommended
This course expands on the one-term Photography course, with continued emphasis on the history of photography, the formal elements and principles of design, and creative storytelling with the camera. Students work to build a portfolio of images with a range of subject matter, levels of abstraction, varying points of view, depth of field, color, and lighting. Digital and film cameras will be employed, along with a vast array of printing processes. The class routinely takes field trips to a myriad of locales around the northeast. The course concludes with the submission of an A.P. portfolio to the College Board in the spring. May be taken as a 6th course: ART510P – (p/f)
ART510P
AP Studio Art (Photo) (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
The one-term Photography course is recommended
This course expands on the one-term Photography course, with continued emphasis on the history of photography, the formal elements and principles of design, and creative storytelling with the camera. Students work to build a portfolio of images with a range of subject matter, levels of abstraction, varying points of view, depth of field, color, and lighting. Digital and film cameras will be employed, along with a vast array of printing processes. The class routinely takes field trips to a myriad of locales around the northeast. The course concludes with the submission of an A.P. portfolio to the College Board in the spring.
ART520
AP Studio Art – Drawing
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
This course involves concentrated study in drawing and follows the Advanced Placement syllabus. scaThe fall begins with a review of fundamental technique and includes design principles, creative process, historical perspectives and contemporary trends. Each student is expected to do outside reading and studio work and to prepare an AP portfolio during the spring term. All students are required to submit the eventual portfolio. Students assume a photographic lab fee of $60 towards the preparation of their portfolio. The decision to take the AP exam in May will be made in consultation with the instructor. May be taken as 6th course: ART520P-(p/f)
ART520P
AP Studio Art – Drawing (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
This course involves concentrated study in drawing and follows the Advanced Placement syllabus. scaThe fall begins with a review of fundamental technique and includes design principles, creative process, historical perspectives and contemporary trends. Each student is expected to do outside reading and studio work and to prepare an AP portfolio during the spring term. All students are required to submit the eventual portfolio. Students assume a photographic lab fee of $60 towards the preparation of their portfolio. The decision to take the AP exam in May will be made in consultation with the instructor.
ART530
AP Studio Art
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
Similar to AP Drawing, this course also includes work with color, painting, and sculpture . Students will study contemporary trends in Western Art and participate in field trips to museums. Students assume a photographic lab fee of $60 towards the preparation of their portfolio. The decision to take the AP exam in May will be made in consultation with the instructor. May be taken as 6th course: ART530P – (p/f)
ART530P
AP Studio Art (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
Similar to AP Drawing, this course also includes work with color, painting, and sculpture . Students will study contemporary trends in Western Art and participate in field trips to museums. Students assume a photographic lab fee of $60 towards the preparation of their portfolio. The decision to take the AP exam in May will be made in consultation with the instructor.
ART600
Topics: Post AP Studio Art
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is intended for the student who desires to pursue visual art beyond the Advanced Placement studio art syllabus. The major focus is on studio work: drawing, painting and sculpting in the style of a number of contemporary artists. Students gain a broader perspective through slide lectures from visiting artists, field trips and films. From Brunelleschi’s principles of linear perspective, to the palette of Monet’s haystacks, to Christo’s wrapped coast, students discuss the importance of self-expression, and moments of inspiration. “All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.” (Grant Wood). May be taken as 6th course: ART600P-(p/f).
ART600P
Topics: Post AP Studio (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is intended for the student who desires to pursue visual art beyond the Advanced Placement studio art syllabus. The major focus is on studio work: drawing, painting and sculpting in the style of a number of contemporary artists. Students gain a broader perspective through slide lectures from visiting artists, field trips and films. From Brunelleschi’s principles of linear perspective, to the palette of Monet’s haystacks, to Christo’s wrapped coast, students discuss the importance of self-expression, and moments of inspiration. “All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.” (Grant Wood).
ART601
Topics: Post AP Photography
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Studio Art (Photography)
This course is designed for students who have completed an AP portfolio, and wish to further pursue a serious interest in photography. Personalized projects, involving self-selected themes, may be devised by each student. Digital and film cameras, and a variety of printing processes may be employed. Class field trips will provide an opportunity to diversify source material. Students may also assist with curating and implementing exhibitions on campus, featuring work by professional photographers. The assemblage of an art portfolio, to include as a supplement with college applications, is an option to pursue in this course. May be taken as 6th course: ART610P-(p/f).
ART601P
Topics: Post AP Photo (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Studio Art – Photography
This course is designed for students who have completed an AP portfolio, and wish to further pursue a serious interest in photography. Personalized projects, involving self-selected themes, may be devised by each student. Digital and film cameras, and a variety of printing processes may be employed. Class field trips will provide an opportunity to diversify source material. Students may also assist with curating and implementing exhibitions on campus, featuring work by professional photographers. The assemblage of an art portfolio, to include as a supplement with college applications, is an option to pursue in this course.
ART700
Topics Tutorial (Post AP)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Drawing/Studio and Topics in Contemporary Art
This advanced course is for students who have exhausted the drawing/painting curriculum including the AP level and “Topics in Contemporary Art”. Students will pursue a theme and prepare work for a group show to be installed in the school gallery during late winter term. May be taken as 6th course: ART700P-(p/f)
ART700P
Topics Tutorial (Post AP)(p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Drawing/Studio and Topics in Contemporary Art
This advanced course is for students who have exhausted the drawing/painting curriculum including the AP level and “Topics in Contemporary Art”. Students will pursue a theme and prepare work for a group show to be installed in the school gallery during late winter term.
DAN100
Intro to Dance
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is intended to be a first experience in dance. Elementary level boys and girls study a variety of dance forms such as contemporary, modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop. This course also addresses the creative aspect of making dances through improvisation and choreography. There is an emphasis on injury prevention for athletes. Students who sign up for this course are encouraged to continue into Dance I winter and spring terms. May be taken as 6th course: DA100P-(p/f)
DAN100P
Intro to Dance (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is intended to be a first experience in dance. Elementary level boys and girls study a variety of dance forms such as contemporary, modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop. This course also addresses the creative aspect of making dances through improvisation and choreography. There is an emphasis on injury prevention for athletes. Students who sign up for this course are encouraged to continue into Dance I winter and spring terms.
DAN200
Dance I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is intended to be a continuation of the material covered in the introductory level dance class offered fall term. However, all elementary level students may sign up for this course either for one (winter only), or two terms (winter & spring). Students enrolled in this course may have the opportunity to perform in school dance concerts. NO PREVIOUS DANCE EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. May be taken as 6th course: DAN200P-(p/f).
DAN200P
Dance I (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is intended to be a continuation of the material covered in the introductory level dance class offered fall term. However, all elementary level students may sign up for this course either for one (winter only), or two terms (winter & spring). Students enrolled in this course may have the opportunity to perform in school dance concerts. NO PREVIOUS DANCE EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.
DAN300
Dance II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This intermediate level course continues the study of the dance techniques and choreography covered in Dance I. Students enrolled in this course may perform in and choreograph for dance concerts each term. They also have the opportunity to work with a professional choreographer for the Spring Dance Concert. This course may be taken for the full year, or as a two term class in the fall and winter. May be taken as 6th course: DAN300P-(p/f)
DAN300P
Dance II (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This intermediate level course continues the study of the dance techniques and choreography covered in Dance I. Students enrolled in this course may perform in and choreograph for dance concerts each term. They also have the opportunity to work with a professional choreographer for the Spring Dance Concert. This course may be taken for the full year, or as a two term class in the fall and winter.
DAN400
Dance III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is geared towards the serious student of dance and is designed to meet individual needs. Upper level intermediate dancers will train in a variety of techniques including contemporary, modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop. They’ll have the opportunity to choreograph a dance collaboratively for our Student Choreography Showcase in the winter, and rehearse a dance with a professional choreographer for our Spring Dance Concert. Students can sign up either the full year, or two terms (fall and winter). May be taken as 6th course: DAN400P-(p/f).
DAN400P
Dance III (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is geared towards the serious student of dance and is designed to meet individual needs. Upper level intermediate dancers will train in a variety of techniques including contemporary, modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop. They’ll have the opportunity to choreograph a dance collaboratively for our Student Choreography Showcase in the winter, and rehearse a dance with a professional choreographer for our Spring Dance Concert. Students can sign up either the full year, or two terms (fall and winter).
DAN500
Adv. Dance Ensemble
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is appropriate for dancers who are proficient in the techniques offered through the program. Advanced dancers explore the craft of group choreography as well as the art of the solo. Student work is showcased in all of our dance concerts, and there are also opportunities to work with guest choreographers throughout the year. May be taken as 6th course: DAN500P-(p/f).
DAN500P
Adv. Dance Ensemble (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is appropriate for dancers who are proficient in the techniques offered through the program. Advanced dancers explore the craft of group choreography as well as the art of the solo. Student work is showcased in all of our dance concerts, and there are also opportunities to work with guest choreographers throughout the year.
DAN600
Advanced Dance Tutorial
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Adv. Dance Ensemble
This class is tailored to meet the individual needs of the pre-professional dancer. Students work closely with the dance faculty to hone their technique, and create solo and group choreography for our performances. May also be taken as 6th course: DAN600P-(p/f).
DAN600P
Advanced Dance Tutorial (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Adv. Dance Ensemble
This class is tailored to meet the individual needs of the pre-professional dancer. Students work closely with the dance faculty to hone their technique, and create solo and group choreography for our performances.
MUS200
Fundamentals of Music/Studio
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Music can be defined as “organized noise”. Working in the classroom and recording studio we will listen and analyze music in a whole new way. EDM , Hip Hop, Rap, Rock, Jazz, Classical, Early Music, and World music will all be discussed. In class presentations, learning and using terminology will be stressed.
MUS210
Composition: Songwriting
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Working in a recording environment we will listen and analyze music to gain an understanding of its parts, and compositional devices. Using this information we will compose music, starting with the basics and moving towards a complete song or instrumental composition
MUS220
Studio/Production
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. VanEps
P3
How is today’s music put together? What path does music take from the time it leaves the creator until it arrives in your ear . Working in the recording studio, we will learn all aspects of production. Starting with pre-production, then recording, then editing, then mixing. Students will need to do much of the homework in the studio itself. LIMITED NUMBER OF SEATS AVAILABLE
MUS300
Chorus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Pousont
P5
Singing builds community, commitment, self-discipline, personal ownership, and responsibility to the group. Open to anyone, and focused on singing, this course will introduce and develop skills in interpreting musical notation and understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and aesthetics. Students will develop proper singing technique and healthy habits relating to body alignment, breath management, vowel formation, proper resonation, clear diction, and accurate intonation. Classroom activities include sight-singing, light calisthenics, breathing exercises, meditation, historical research, music games, and improvisation. The ensemble will study and perform a wide range of musical styles and genres, including regularly dividing into separate Soprano/Alto and Tenor/Bass groups. Evaluations will be based on performance and growth across each term. May be taken as 6th course: MUS300P – (p/f)
MUS300P
Chorus (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Pousont
P5
Singing builds community, commitment, self-discipline, personal ownership, and responsibility to the group. Open to anyone, and focused on singing, this course will introduce and develop skills in interpreting musical notation and understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and aesthetics. Students will develop proper singing technique and healthy habits relating to body alignment, breath management, vowel formation, proper resonation, clear diction, and accurate intonation. Classroom activities include sight-singing, light calisthenics, breathing exercises, meditation, historical research, music games, and improvisation. The ensemble will study and perform a wide range of musical styles and genres, including regularly dividing into separate Soprano/Alto and Tenor/Bass groups. Evaluations will be based on performance and growth across each term.
MUS303
Advanced Vocal Ensemble
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
Mr. Pousont
P6
Open by audition to advanced singers, this course builds on previously demonstrated skill in interpreting musical notation and understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and aesthetics . Students will develop proper singing technique and healthy habits relating to body alignment, breath management, vowel formation, proper resonation, clear diction, and accurate intonation. Classroom activities include sight-singing, light calisthenics, breathing exercises, meditation, historical research, music games, and improvisation. The ensemble will study and perform a wide range of musical styles and genres, including serving as an SATB a cappella ensemble. Evaluations will be based on performances in and out of the classroom setting. May be taken as 6th course: MUS303P – (p/f)
MUS303P
Advanced Vocal Ensemble (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
Mr. Pousont
P6
Open by audition to advanced singers, this course builds on previously demonstrated skill in interpreting musical notation and understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and aesthetics . Students will develop proper singing technique and healthy habits relating to body alignment, breath management, vowel formation, proper resonation, clear diction, and accurate intonation. Classroom activities include sight-singing, light calisthenics, breathing exercises, meditation, historical research, music games, and improvisation. The ensemble will study and perform a wide range of musical styles and genres, including serving as an SATB a cappella ensemble. Evaluations will be based on performances in and out of the classroom setting.
MUS310
Bands: Wind/Rock/Jazz
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course provides an opportunity for experienced woodwind, brass, and percussion players to collaborate in a variety of ensemble settings including concert band, woodwind chamber groups, brass ensembles, saxophone ensembles, percussion groups, and jazz/rock bands. Ensemble assignments are made by the course instructor, and additional ensemble coaches are drawn from the applied teaching staff. Students work on improving their blend, technique, intonation, musicianship, ensemble playing, and improvisational skills. May be taken as 6th course: MUS310P-(p/f).
MUS310P
Bands: Wind/Rock/Jazz (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course provides an opportunity for experienced woodwind, brass, and percussion players to collaborate in a variety of ensemble settings including concert band, woodwind chamber groups, brass ensembles, saxophone ensembles, percussion groups, and jazz/rock bands. Ensemble assignments are made by the course instructor, and additional ensemble coaches are drawn from the applied teaching staff. Students work on improving their blend, technique, intonation, musicianship, ensemble playing, and improvisational skills.
MUS320
Academy Strings
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is offered to intermediate string players who wish to develop their technical and musical skills to a more advanced level. This course is popular for students who wish to participate in our Chamber Music course, but aren’t quite advanced enough to handle that repertoire. Most student who enroll in this course are eventually ready to take Chamber Music . Students in Academy Strings are required to play in the Deerfield Orchestra. Mr Bergeron and our applied string faculty teach this course on a rotating basis so that students are offered a variety of teaching strategies addressing string technique and musicianship. The content of the class is centered around the repertoire of the Deerfield Orchestra, but other music and exercises are also explored by our various coaches. May be taken as 6th course: MUS320P – (p/f).
MUS320P
Academy Strings (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is offered to intermediate string players who wish to develop their technical and musical skills to a more advanced level. This course is popular for students who wish to participate in our Chamber Music course, but aren’t quite advanced enough to handle that repertoire. Most student who enroll in this course are eventually ready to take Chamber Music . Students in Academy Strings are required to play in the Deerfield Orchestra. Mr Bergeron and our applied string faculty teach this course on a rotating basis so that students are offered a variety of teaching strategies addressing string technique and musicianship. The content of the class is centered around the repertoire of the Deerfield Orchestra, but other music and exercises are also explored by our various coaches.
MUS323
Chamber Music
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course offers our most advanced instrumentalists the opportunity to work in small ensembles, learning and performing repertoire by the world’s greatest composers. Class time consists of rotating coachings by our professional staff and Mr. Bergeron, performance classes in the Concert Hall (including peer feedback), student-led rehearsals, and regular professional guest artist visits from renowned chamber musicians. Students explore questions of performance practice, technique, expression, historical context, music theory, compositional architecture, performance psychology, and group dynamics. Each semester culminates in a showcase concert in the Concert Hall which is open to the public and professionally recorded. May be taken as 6th course: MUS320P – (p/f).
MUS323P
Chamber Music (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course offers our most advanced instrumentalists the opportunity to work in small ensembles, learning and performing repertoire by the world’s greatest composers. Class time consists of rotating coachings by our professional staff and Mr. Bergeron, performance classes in the Concert Hall (including peer feedback), student-led rehearsals, and regular professional guest artist visits from renowned chamber musicians. Students explore questions of performance practice, technique, expression, historical context, music theory, compositional architecture, performance psychology, and group dynamics. Each semester culminates in a showcase concert in the Concert Hall which is open to the public and professionally recorded.
MUS500
AP Music Theory
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Music is a language: this course examines and develops skill in using that language. Following a brief introduction to the rudiments of notation (clefs, pitch, and rhythm), most of the year is spent exploring structure and organization in music (tonality, meter, form, and the four elements), and mastering idioms that convey meaning. Class and homework time is divided between written work, ear training, and composition. Written work includes counterpoint and figured bass realization. Aural skills are developed through regular melodic and 4-part harmonic dictation, and through sight-singing. Composition offers opportunities for students to apply their theoretical knowledge, to practice creating and developing musical ideas, and to experiment with expressing themselves in this abstract language. Students who do well in this course will be prepared to take the Music Theory AP examination in May.
THE200
Acting I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course explores the basic principles of acting including ensemble building, improvisation, voice, movement, textual analysis and theater vocabulary. Class assignments include writing and performing monologues and presenting scenes and projects. Students also explore various texts from classical to contemporary. NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. May be taken as 6th course: THE200P-(p/f).
THE200P
Acting I (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course explores the basic principles of acting including ensemble building, improvisation, voice, movement, textual analysis and theater vocabulary. Class assignments include writing and performing monologues and presenting scenes and projects. Students also explore various texts from classical to contemporary. NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.
THE300
Acting II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course follows Acting I (although preferable, it is not necessary to take Acting I prior to this class) and is an in-depth study of the actor’s craft. Students explore more challenging texts and continue to develop their ability to analyze and perform more complex characters. Ensemble work continues to be the foundation of this class and students will continue to strengthen their voice, movement and interpretive skills. Students will also have the opportunity to study plays and theater practitioners from around the world. NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. May be taken as 6th course: THE300P-(p/f).
THE300P
Acting II (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course follows Acting I (although preferable, it is not necessary to take Acting I prior to this class) and is an in-depth study of the actor’s craft. Students explore more challenging texts and continue to develop their ability to analyze and perform more complex characters. Ensemble work continues to be the foundation of this class and students will continue to strengthen their voice, movement and interpretive skills. Students will also have the opportunity to study plays and theater practitioners from around the world. NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.
THE402
Take to the Stage!
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mrs. Hynds
P7
Is acting on your DA bucket list? Have you performed on stage yet? Here’s your chance! In this class, both actors and directors will collaborate to develop a small performance for an invited audience at the end of term. Students will contribute to the development of a creative ensemble and examine elements of performance. No experience is necessary.
THE407
Film Studies
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mrs. Hynds
P4 P5
This course analyzes and critiques classic and contemporary cinema from around the world. We shall examine basic elements of film production, comparative filmmaking styles and various genres such as Film Noir, Surrealism and Italian Neo-realism. Additionally, we study prominent international filmmakers. There is a weekly screening.
THE500
Act/Directing for Production
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Acting I or Acting II
After completing Acting I and II, committed and experienced acting students are encouraged to progress to a more advanced study of acting. Students are encouraged to contribute to the development of a creative ensemble as well as develop their self-sufficiency as actors. In addition to learning advanced acting techniques, a major performance project is presented at the end of the term. May be taken as 6th course: THE500P-(p/f).
THE500P
Act/Directing for Prod (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Acting I or Acting II
After completing Acting I and II, committed and experienced acting students are encouraged to progress to a more advanced study of acting. Students are encouraged to contribute to the development of a creative ensemble as well as develop their self-sufficiency as actors. In addition to learning advanced acting techniques, a major performance project is presented at the end of the term.
HEA401
Sexual Ethics Unpacked
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Ms. Creagh & Dr. Brown
P7
This discussion-based class will focus on healthy relationships. It will address topics such as identity, affirmative consent, dating, “hook-ups,” sex and sexuality. Students are expected to approach all discussions with a respectful and open attitude. Assessments for this graded course will include reflective writing and presentations. Expectations for the course are to respect others’ privacy and confidentiality. What’s discussed in this class is to remain among the class members. There will be resources available to students if discussion triggers a past experience or prompts further research.
HIS201
Ancient Civilizations
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course examines the development of a number of societies during the period from antiquity to circa 1200. Those societies may include Mediterranean, European, Asian, and Mesoamerican societies. Course materials include a wide array of historical and literary texts that provide insight into key events, themes and ideas. Topics may include the civilizations of classical Greece and imperial Rome, the culture of late antiquity, the nature of medieval civilization in Europe, and the origins and development of several major world religions. Each 200-level history course provides students with a foundation of core skills, including source analysis, discussion and debate, inquiry-based research, and analytical writing and presentation.
HIS210
Africa and Latin America
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course uses literature, along with a rich variety of historical sources including documents and films, to study the cultural and political consequences of colonialism in selected countries in Africa and Latin America. The course explores how the forces of conquest, colonization and commerce have shaped the lives of individuals and communities in these countries. We also focus on the process of upheaval and change associated with decolonization, independence and revolution in these regions. Along with being interdisciplinary, texts rely heavily upon indigenous voices and focus on a range of countries including Nigeria, the Congo, South Africa, Mexico, El Salvador, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Each 200-level history course provides students with a foundation of core skills, including source analysis, discussion and debate, inquiry-based research, and analytical writing and presentation.
HIS220
Asia in World History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course serves both as an introduction for students who have never studied Asian history and as a means, for those with foundational background, to further explore the societies, politics and belief systems of India, China and the Middle East. While students focus primarily on one of the three regional civilizations each term, they also trace the complex web of commercial and cultural exchange paths that crossed Asia and stretched to Europe, Africa, and Oceania. Along the way, they inquire into the relationship between these early pathways and modern global ones. Secondary source texts provide scaffolding for the course, but we also read from primary spiritual texts like the Bhagavad Gita, the Confucian Analects and the Qur’an, as well as from early travelogues, histories and manuals on ruling and warfare. Each 200-level history course provides students with a foundation of core skills , including source analysis, discussion and debate, inquiry-based research, and analytical writing and presentation.
HIS230
Big History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
How did the universe begin? How has the universe developed over time? How do humans fit into this evolving story? Where is the future heading? These are questions that origin stories from different cultures have addressed for thousands of years. This course explores the modern scientific origin story of how the universe and life within it has grown more complex over the last 13.8 billion years. This tale, itself thousands of years in the making, has been woven together by a wide spectrum of thinkers and scholars from numerous scientific and historical fields. Together, students will engage powerful ideas and common themes across the entire time scale of history, from the Big Bang and creation of star systems to the emergence of the Earth’s first microorganisms and the recent rise of human societies. Because Big History relies upon content, concepts and texts drawn from many disciplines, students will need to carefully weigh how scholars develop and justify their claims about the past, and how, over time, new claims serve to refute or refine earlier ones. Students will also have the opportunity to create their own narratives, explanations and arguments in response to Big History’s essential questions. Each 200-level history course provides students with a foundation of core skills, including source analysis, discussion and debate, inquiry-based research, and analytical writing and presentation.
HIS400
United States History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course, a departure from the survey model, prioritizes depth over breadth in exploring certain critical junctures in the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States from pre-colonial times to the present, including its relations with other countries. We will ask how history and identity are inextricably linked, consider the ways in which history is the set of stories we choose to tell, and examine the competing values that have shaped the development of the United States as well as the forces of continuity and change. This course stresses the skills of a historian, including careful reading, critical thinking, primary-source analysis, discussion skills and analytical writing; its core assessments will extend beyond writing to activities that include debates, roundtables, simulations, and research-based projects.
HIS500
AP Seminar: Global H2O
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
200-level history course at Deerfield or the equivalent
Clean water is essential for the living world and the global economy, but in many areas the supply of uncontaminated water is in danger of disappearing. In this AP Seminar course students explore the environmental, social and economic issues associated with the worldwide struggle to acquire clean water. As part of the AP Capstone Program of the College Board, the AP Seminar course challenges students to guide their own inquiry process as they learn to ask good research questions, understand and analyze arguments, evaluate multiple perspectives, synthesize ideas, collaborate effectively, communicate persuasively using written and oral expression, and reflect on their learning and skill development. AP Seminar: Global H2O Resources is an interdisciplinary course designed to foster inquiry, global awareness, scholarship and creativity. Students examine the a viability and use of clean water at local, national, and global levels by means of investigative case studies, debates, independent and collaborative projects, chemistry lab work, and field trips to local sites. Students who take AP Seminar are eligible to pursue a capstone project during senior year in the AP Research course. May also be taken as SCI500. This course does not fulfill the History graduation requirement.
HIS501
AP Seminar:Global Food Systems
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
200-level history course at Deerfield or the equivalent
In this AP Seminar course students explore the complexity of global food systems while developing their skills as critical thinkers and global citizens. The course focuses on local and global issues related to agriculture and food production, nutrition and culture, and hunger and food insecurity. As part of the AP Capstone Program, the AP Seminar course challenges students to guide their own inquiry process as they learn to ask good research questions, understand and analyze arguments, evaluate multiple perspectives, synthesize ideas , collaborate effectively, communicate persuasively using written and oral expression, and reflect on their learning and skill development. Throughout this interdisciplinary course, students will deepen their understanding of food systems through debates, seminar discussions , independent research, collaborative projects, oral presentations, guest speakers, scientific inquiry, and field trips to local farms and food producers. Students will take advantage of Pioneer Valley’s rich agricultural heritage, Deerfield Academy’s award winning dining hall, and other contacts in the valley and around the world as they seek out and analyze divergent perspectives about food systems and their environmental, economic, cultural , and health impacts. Students will be challenged to move from ideas to action as they analyze systems, identify problems and propose solutions related to food around the globe and on their plates. Most of the second half of the year will be spent working on a team project and individual research-based essay as part of the College Board Assessments for AP Seminar. May also be taken as SCI500. This course does not fulfill the History graduation requirement.
HIS503
American Studies
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This is an interdisciplinary course combining honors-level U.S. history and American literature. The course fulfills both the junior English and history requirements, and prepares students for the Advanced Placement exams in US History and English Literature or English Language. Students examine the social, economic, political, and cultural heritage of the United States through a combination of primary documents, interpretive secondary sources, and representative works of American literature and art. Close, critical analysis, responsible oral discourse and expository writing are emphasized. American Studies meets for a double period, is taken concurrently with ENG503 and is team-taught. Selection will be made by the department.
HIS513
Honors United States History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course, for students who have demonstrated aptitude in prior humanities classes, is a fast-paced survey of United States history from colonial times to the early 21st century. Using a college-level textbook that is supplemented daily with excerpts of primary sources, as well as occasional secondary source readings and videos, students examine major themes and developments in social, economic, and diplomatic history within a framework of a political narrative. With an emphasis on careful reading, critical thinking, primary-source analysis, research, and analytical writing, students engage with one another and with the text to develop both a command of the material, and the skills of a historian. This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement exam in U.S. History, and for the SAT Subject test in U.S . History. Selection will be made by the department.
HIS523
Honors European History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
200-level history course at Deerfield or the equivalent
This course examines major topics and selected themes in the history of Europe, from the Renaissance to the recent past. Major topics include the Renaissance, the Reformation, politics, society and culture in early-modern Europe, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, the era of the French Revolution and Napoleon, the emergence of modern political ideologies, nation-building and imperialism in the nineteenth century, the world wars and the advent of the Cold War. Special attention will be given to interactions between Europe and other regions of the world and to the influence of non-European regions on the development of European civilization. The course prepares students for the Advanced Placement European History exam. Selection will be made by the department.
HIS601
Moot Court: US Constitution
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Lyons
P2 P4
In this class, students assume the role of lawyer and justices to examine, argue, and rule upon significant cases before the United States Supreme Court. From the extent of our privacy to the limits on the powers of the federal government, the Supreme Court is the arbiter of many critical issues in American society as it seeks to balance the often conflicting rights of individuals with the broader interests of society. Topics for debate include privacy issues (including gay marriage), equality under the law (including affirmative action), and freedom of speech. Assessments primarily consist of moot courts on recent or current notable cases before the Court.
HIS602
Global Soccer
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Rajballie
P1 P6
In this course we examine the world’s most popular sport and its most widespread cultural practice – soccer (football). We investigate the game’s history and its power as a cultural force in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Readings and case studies highlight intersections with politics, violence, war, nationalism, identity, class, race, gender, globalization, finance, marketing, literature, film, and art. The course combines general analysis with national and regional case studies that invite connections across boundaries of time and space; and, at a more general level, it invites students to think critically about the social, cultural, and political significance of sport and entertainment in the twenty-first century. The course stresses close reading, critical thinking, and discussion.
HIS605
History of Opium
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Ms. Friends
P2
Heroin, OxyContin, fentanyl, carfentanil. These drug names punctuate media stories and policy statements about the opioid crisis that has swept across the United States. Why, among “developed” countries, does the US stand out for this problem? How did we get to the point at which, for Americans under the age of 50, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death? Our course begins just up the road in Greenfield. We then trace opioids to their sources, mapping the global web of narcotics-trafficking routes and identifying stakeholders who both benefit from and are crippled by one of the world’s most lucrative renewable commodities. To understand opium’s power and influence, we examine its history, exploring man’s economic, political and even artistic addictions to opium through topics as varied as the 19th- century Opium Wars to 20th-century music to 21st-century film. Students will read major portions of Sam Quinones’s award-winning Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. They will additionally interview substance-abuse specialists and travel to a court house to meet with social workers and legal experts in the field. Assessments include debates, student-run discussions, and a short independent research project.
HIS607
Modern Europe, 1890-1945
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course surveys the history of Europe from the confidence and splendor of the late nineteenth century to the material and moral ruin of the mid twentieth century. We examine modern Europe’s glories as well as its divisions and failure to solve internal problems that twice brought it to the brink of self-destruction. Social, economic and cultural history are integrated within a framework of political narrative. Special attention is given to the modernism of the Belle Epoque, the Great War, peacemaking and stabilization in the 1920s, challenges to the postwar order (including fascism and communism), the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, and the Holocaust. Film, literature and memoir are used extensively to understand, interpret and evaluate the human experience of the era. [This course is offered every other year, and alternates with Postwar Europe: History, Film and Literature since 1945 .]
HIS608
From Auschwitz to Ramallah
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
During the fall term we will study the Holocaust, the Nazi’s purposeful and highly systematic attempt to destroy the entire Jewish population of Europe. Examining the Holocaust is a journey into the heart of darkness, a tour of the most heinous actions in recorded history. It is as well a testimony to the indomitable human spirit, to courage, compassion and empathy. The Holocaust also served as a key impetus for the creation of Israel in 1948. This tiny strip of land has been the setting for one of the most intractable conflicts of the past 75 years. It is a place that two cultures fiercely call their homeland and that sits at the epicenter of turmoil in the Middle East. In the winter and spring terms we will explore how Israeli and Palestinian cultures have created and sustained narratives of their history and identity that lock them in conflict. We will read Palestinian and Israeli writings, watch films from each culture, dig deeply into historical material, study both Judaism and Islam, and follow current events. We will seek to understand this conflict that has resulted in four wars, an occupation and two uprisings, the resurgence of Anti-Semitism, conceptions about terrorism and bitter debates in governments, organizations, and campuses around the world. May also be taken as REL608. Selection will be made by the department.
HIS610
Modern Times:20th C. World His
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Dynamic, violent, and unpredictable, the past one hundred years have been tumultuous—a time of wonder and tragedy, of great breakthroughs and disastrous breakdowns. This course examines important ideas of the past one hundred years, and traces these ideas through the major developments, discoveries, trends, and tensions of the post-1945 period. The course may address WWI and its impact on thought and culture, Nazism and Stalinism, the Cold War and the collapse of communism, decolonization and nationalism in developing countries, genocide and human rights, technological change, emerging environmental challenges, the impact of the September 11 attacks, and the financial crash of 2008.
HIS615
India – China – U.S. Policy
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
The world is changing at an astonishing pace, and India and China, the world’s two most populous nations, contribute significantly to that change. What is more, both the historical relationships between the Asian giants and their evolving current-day relationships with the U. S. significantly impact domestic and foreign policy. This course draws upon the political, social, economic and environmental histories of India and China from WWII to the present, both to understand how India and China are evolving as modern nations, and to study U.S .-China-India relations. How might the current U.S. administration’s East Asian policy differ from an earlier call to “Pivot to Asia”? To what degree is India a “democratic counterweight” to China in Asia? Where do North Korean missile tests fit into overall policy decisions? In addition to addressing questions on foreign policy and trade agreements, the course covers topics that include pollution, urbanization, corruption, censorship, the debate over “Asian human rights” and comparative popular culture.
HIS617
Terrorism in the Modern World
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course, which explores one of the greatest challenges of our age, will begin by asking: who should be defined as a terrorist, what counts as terrorism, and how have answers to those questions changed over time? We will also delve into why someone might join an armed organization and what purpose violence might serve in advancing a political cause. We will consider the difference between individual actors and state-sponsored groups as well as the efficacy of various counter-insurgency strategies, including the widespread use of American drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere, and the use of American special forces to fight extremists in Africa. Looking back over the last 30 years, our case studies will range from the Oklahoma City bombing, the Orlando nightclub shooting, and the rise of white nationalism in the United States, to activities of al-Qaeda and ISIS. Having established this context, we will examine the root causes of the War on Terror and the mistakes, successes, and limits of U.S. power to combat such international terrorism. Our sources will include a variety of authorities and perspectives: policymakers, journalists, historians, soldiers, politicians, and filmmakers, as well as terrorists, their supporters, and their intellectual forbearers.
HIS618
Cuba from the Inside
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Marx
P3 P4
This course provides students with the unique opportunity to examine contemporary Cuba from the point of view of a journalist who spent five years living and working on the island. We spend the first weeks reviewing Cuban history from the colonial period through the 1959 Revolution and beyond, before focusing on the period from 2002 to the present. We read scholarly texts to become familiar with frameworks for understanding Cuba in the context of the Cold War and post-Cold War geo-politics, but also draw heavily from the teacher’s personal experiences and reporting to detail the multifaceted social, economic, cultural and political realities of the only state in the Americas claiming to be in the process of constructing communism. Course discussions will analyze contemporary fiction and poetry, Cuban films, and Cuban state-run television news and newspapers. We also examine the changes that have taken place on the island since Fidel Castro, Cuba’s ruler for 50 years, resigned his position in 2006; we end with a look at Cuba’s future following the resignation in 2017 of Fidel Castro’s successor and brother, Raul Castro.
HIS619
Introduction to Psychology
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Ms. Munkittrick
P7
Would you rather go through life unable to remember, or unable to forget? What happens to a person if they are raised alone in a locked room, with little to no human interaction – will they ever learn to speak? Can the power of the group make you disbelieve your own eyes? In this elective you will learn about psychology’s most famous (and infamous) personalities and experiments as we analyze and interpret behavior and mental processes through activities, demonstrations, and discussion. We will read peer-reviewed journal articles, watch footage from original case studies and experiments, and think critically about the work of psychologists such as Solomon Asch, Albert Bandura, Elizabeth Loftus, Stanley Milgram, Philip Zimbardo and B.F. Skinner (to name just a few). You will leave this course with a demonstrated understanding of key topics in Social, Cognitive, Behavioral, and Abnormal Psychology, while also learning about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. This class is highly participatory in nature, and you will be asked to apply the concepts we study in class to your everyday life.
HIS621
Brazilian History & Identity
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Ms. Batchelor
P6
The recent election of right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil has sparked renewed national and international debate about the concept of Brazilian “racial democracy” and the nation’s capacity to live up to its promise as “the country of the future .” Contemporary political conversations about Brazil’s future prompt many critical questions about this nation’s complex past. Beginning with independence and moving to the present, this course examines the political, economic, social, and cultural evolution of the Brazilian nation-state. The class investigates a variety of significant themes including the tensions between political ideals and realities under both democratic and authoritarian regimes; race, gender, immigration, and citizenship; and the formation of national culture and social hierarchies in this diverse country. Students utilize scholarly works along with “popular culture” including music, film, photography, and literature to explore the making (and remaking) of racial and national identity. Assessments include participating in and leading class discussion, response papers, and an independent research project.
HIS640
Economics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
In the first half of the year students are introduced to microeconomic theory through the study of such concepts as supply and demand, the law of diminishing returns, marginal utility and the theory of the firm and industry. The second half of the year focuses on macroeconomic analysis and its historic development from Keynes to Friedman. Such concepts as national income analysis and monetary and fiscal policy are covered in depth. We also focus on public policy and current political/economic issues through the use of case studies and supplemental readings. This course prepares students to take the AP Micro and Macro Exam in May. Selection will be made by the department.
HIS661
Rivers, Near & Far
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Morris & Mr. McVaugh
P4 P5
“EVENTUALLY, ALL THINGS MERGE INTO ONE, AND A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT.” So proclaims Norman Maclean in his story about growing up in Montana roughly a century ago, a sentiment that in many ways captures the importance of “the river” in the collective identity and memories of Deerfield students. This interdisciplinary course examines various riparian environments through historical and literary lenses, and explores how a diverse range of authors have used their connection to moving water as a reflection for their own lives. Students will read and emulate the works of authors who have interwoven river-oriented historical and scientific fact with personal reflection like Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire, Kathleen Moore’s Riverwalking, John McPhee’s Encounters with the Archdruid, Kevin Fedarko’s The Emerald Mile, and Richard White’s Organic Machine. Through a combination of outdoor and classroom experiences, students will develop historical research skills and gain a greater understanding of their surrounding environment. In addition to several short writing assignments, students will embark on a term-long, process-driven writing project on a river of their choosing. May also be taken as ENG661.
HIS694
AP Research: Global Enviro
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Seminar: Global H20 or AP Seminar: Global Food Systems
This course explores the changing relationship between human societies and global ecologies over time. It uses as its central question: How has the world environment shaped human history and how have humans altered the environment? To help make sense of a topic of this magnitude, the first half of the course examines three important transformative periods – the Early Modern World (1500-1800), Industrialization and Energy Transitions (1800-1950) and the Great Acceleration (1950-Present). A variety of themes, such as water and air pollution, waste regimes, and population growth, require students to trace the evolution of environmental forces over the last five hundred years. Specific case studies may include the transformation of the Rhine River into the world’s greatest commercial stream, the implications of global trash trading, and the debate over large dam construction in the American West. As the second course in the AP Capstone experience, students will further the skills they acquired in the AP Seminar course by learning historical research methodology, employing ethical research practices, and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing historical data. The second half of the course is devoted to extensive independent research as students build on previously-developed research skills to create, manage, and conduct an in-depth investigation of a historical topic of their choosing. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4,000-5,000 words and an oral defense presentation.
ARA100
Arabic I: Introduction
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is an introduction to the Arabic language and culture. Students work with a variety of media to master reading and writing the Arabic alphabet and develop listening and speaking skills in both the Modern Standard Arabic that is understood by more than 300 million Arabs around the world, and the Levantine dialect used in Jordan, Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon. With an emphasis on developing communicative skills and an understanding of grammar, Students learn the basic linguistic structures of the Semitic Language family and develop an appreciation of Arabic calligraphy art. Through a blended instructional format, students use iPads to complete online homework through apps, interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true pen and paper. Much of the content is introduced through homework and then practiced and activated in class through collaborative activities and speaking experiences. Class is conducted mostly in Arabic with some English when needed.
ARA200
Arabic II: Intermediate
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic 100 or the equivalent
This course advances students’ Arabic skills into the intermediate level of proficiency in all language skills, both in the communicative Levantine dialect as well as in the Modern Standard Arabic. This class continues the blended instructional format, students continue to build their communicative skills and expand their knowledge of grammar. In class, students are exposed to authentic material and are engaged in collaborative work that fosters a deeper understanding of the values and practices of the Arabic culture. Students in this class continue the use of iPads to submit a variety of homework assignments through apps, interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true pen and paper. This class is conducted mostly in Arabic.
ARA300
Arabic III: Intermediate High
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic 200 or the equivalent
This course builds upon students’ language skills developed in Arabic 200 or its equivalent, to advance into the Intermediate-High level of communication skills in the language. Students at this level continue to expand their knowledge of grammar as they apply their skills through collaborative real-world assignments. This continues to help students advance their language skills in the Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine dialect. Students continue to learn through a variety of homework assignments, apps, interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true pen and paper. This class is conducted in Arabic.
ARA303
Intermediate High Arabic-Accel
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic II Accelerated or the equivalent
Students in Accelerated Arabic III are expected to advance through material at a more rigorous pace following the same format outlined in Arabic 300.
ARA400
Arabic IV: Advanced
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic 300 or the equivalent
At this level, students continue developing their language skills through authentic material in the Levantine dialect alongside literature in Modern Standard Arabic. Grammar is integrated through classroom discussions and activities. In this class, students expand their understanding of grammar and enrich their vocabulary as they engage with the material through homework assignments apps, interactive websites, and videos. This class is conducted in Arabic.
ARA403
Advancing in Arabic-Accel
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic III Accelerated or the equivalent
Students in Accelerated Arabic IV are expected to advance through material at a more rigorous pace following the same format outlined in Arabic 400.
ARA500
Arabic V: Advanced Plus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic 400 or the equivalent
This class focuses on the individual student’s stated goals and objectives as it continues to develop language skills through authentic texts and literature in Modern Standard Arabic alongside a variety of textbook activities online. Grammar is integrated through classroom discussions and activities. In Advanced Plus, students continue to expand vocabulary and develop advanced communication skills in the dialects of choice. Learning mediums include apps, interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true pen and paper. This class is conducted in Arabic.
CHI100
Chinese I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is an introduction to Mandarin Chinese for students with little or no background in the language. Students learn the basic communication skills in Mandarin and explore related cultural aspects. The course begins with an introduction to the sound system and moves on to basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students develop their language skills and culture awareness through daily collaborative activities and practice using text, audio and video materials as well. By the end of the year, students are expected to have good pronunciation, oral and aural proficiency for basic communication, and foundational grammar for simple sentences and short paragraph building.
CHI200
Chinese II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chinese 200 or the equivalent
This course is a continuation of Chinese I skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. In addition, the course includes an in-depth study of grammar. Students strive for accuracy while focusing on the ability to communicate in varied contexts and with proper grammar. Class work is supplemented by various technology tools and online resources. Class is conducted in Chinese.
CHI300
Chinese III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chinese 200 or the equivalent
In this intermediate level course, students reinforce what they have acquired in the previous levels and expand and deepen their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing by studying a variety of materials. Students focus on speaking and writing in a coherent, linguistically appropriate manner, using well-formed paragraphs through daily practice, storytelling and projects. Cultural content is integrated into each topic of discussion. Finishing the course, students are to be able to carry out rather fluent conversations about daily life and personal experiences and have acquired solid reading and writing skills to get ready for the next level.
CHI400
Chinese IV
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chinese 300 or the equivalent
This course aims to develop competency in advanced Chinese with an emphasis on fluency of spoken language, reading, and writing. A variety of authentic materials is used to give students a deeper knowledge of Chinese language, culture, history, and social issues. However , a systematic study of Chinese vocabulary and grammar will continue to be emphasized and practiced through the use of the textbook. Students in this class are introduced to the format and material of the Chinese AP Language Examination. Class is conducted in Chinese.
CHI500
Chinese V
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chinese 400 or the equivalent
This course is for students who wish to pursue the study of Chinese at a more advanced level. Students will further develop overall language proficiency through studying a variety of authentic materials and audiovisual sources that cover topics including culture, values, education, art, fashion, social issues, as well as controversial issues in contemporary Chinese society. They will expand their vocabulary and enhance their grammar to handle these broad subjects in both reading and writing. They will also build fluency with confidence and competency in Chinese by engaging in discussion, collaborative work, and projects about various topics. Furthermore, students will develop a more enriched understanding of the traditions and changes in Chinese culture and society.
CHI699
Chinese Tutorial
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
This advanced course is a modern Chinese literature and writing class for students who love to read and write. Students explore a variety of readings and practice a wide range of writing styles in order to analyze and develop effective skills for literary analysis and appreciation. Narrative fiction, films, poetry, and critical essays are included. Students are expected to take an active part in class discussion. In addition, culture and history will be an integral part of this course. Class is conducted in Chinese.
CHI709
Chinese Advanced Tutorial
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
CLA450
Healing Achilles
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Savage
P1
No knowledge of Latin, Greek, or Ancient History is required to enroll in this class. How does war change the warrior? What responsibility do citizens have to help warriors reintegrate into society? What’s at stake if society does not make good on this responsibility? Since 2001 the U.S. Army alone has seen more than 1.5 million troop years of deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan by close to 500,000 service members. In the same time period America has seen and documented the struggles these service members face upon returning home. The ancient Greeks warred constantly and grappled with many of the same issues we are facing today. Through literature they engaged their citizenry with relevant topics and helped heal both warriors and the society in which they lived. In this class we will read ancient Greek literature in translation as well as explore modern writing that explains how 2,500 year old texts can help modern society fulfill its responsibility to the warriors we trust to defend our way of life. We will explore the nature and root causes of Post Traumatic Stress and engage with the local veteran community as we try to find ways to connect our work in this class with our capacity to serve the greater good.
FRE100
French I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
In this introductory course, students learn basic French communication skills – while also exploring the cultures of France and Quebec. They engage in their own learning through collaboration, investigation and practice using text, video and audio materials. Students are exposed to, and expected to master, the present tense, a future tense, the command forms and two past tenses that they will use in their writing and speaking. An emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and basic writing guides the course. Students leave the introductory level excited and interested in further French language acquisition.
FRE200
French II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 100 or the equivalent
This second level course focuses on increasing communicating skills, both in written and oral form, through the lens of grammatical acquisition. Students are exposed to, and expected to master, the past tenses, the future tenses, and the conditional that they will use in their writing and speaking. The study of negatives, and several pronoun categories will be integrated along the way. Reading a variety of Francophone texts, along with video skit performances, daily oral participation, and individual and group projects will establish the natural use of the acquired grammar.
FRE203
French II Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 100, instructor permission, & curr teacher approval
This accelerated intermediate level course is for students with a high degree of aural-oral proficiency. In addition to an in-depth study of grammar, students develop conversation skills and read a variety of short literary works from France and the Francophone world. Various technology sites will be used to enhance both written and oral production. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, French II Honors requires a substantial and consistent work ethic in order to master the material in a satisfactory manner.
FRE300
French III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 200 or the equivalent
The third year of language study is pivotal. Using the skills gained in the first two levels as a springboard, the students expand and deepen their knowledge and comfort level with language use. Intensive grammar review of the items covered in the previous levels allows students to move to the study of the conditional past, if clause structures, and an introduction to the subjunctive. Naturally the student’s language production becomes more sophisticated. The reading of their first substantial novel opens them up to the diverse francophone diaspora. An end of year project puts to use all of the skills acquired in the first three levels of language study.
FRE303
French III Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 200, instructor permission, & curr teacher approval
The honors track for level III continues exposure to advanced grammatical structures, which includes all tenses within the indicative and subjunctive moods, and a more sophisticated application of pronouns. The study of 19th century French history and literature are the center of the class – Balzac, Rimbaud, Hugo, Daudet, and Pagnol. Through the study of these texts, students understand grammar and structure in context. Papers, skits , daily analysis, and class debates engage the students with the material. Although the SAT preparation book is used for practice tests, students are not required to take the test at the end of the year. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, French III Honors requires a substantial and consistent work ethic in order to master the material in a satisfactory manner.
FRE400
French IV
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 300 or the equivalent
This course is for students who would like to pursue the study of French at a more advanced level. Students examine grammar more deeply through literature, continue to develop oral proficiency through discussion, and further hone their reading comprehension through the study of certain historical periods and their accompanying texts. A textbook is also used when grammar and structure review is necessary. Papers, skits, daily analysis, and debates help students engage with the material. Although the SAT preparation book is used for practice tests, students are not required to take the test at the end of the year.
FRE503
French IV Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 300, instructor permission, & curr teacher approval
This accelerated course emphasizes oral proficiency, composition, and literary and oral analysis. Students will read a variety of genres from the Francophone world. This class will also examine French history through various films. Students are introduced to the structure of the Advanced Placement French Language and Culture Examination. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, French IV Honors requires a substantial and consistent work ethic in order to master the material in a satisfactory manner.
FRE510
French V
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 400 or the equivalent
This is a literature seminar that continues to emphasize grammar and composition in order to polish students’ writing skills. Students read works by a variety of authors from France and the Francophone world. Papers, oral presentations, debates and discussions are also used to continue developing oral competency.
FRE603
French V Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 503, instructor permission, & curr teacher approval
This accelerated course emphasizes oral proficiency, composition, and literary and oral analysis. Students will read a variety of genres from the Francophone world. This class will also examine French history through various films. Strong students in this course can choose to take the AP exam. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, this course requires a substantial and consistent work ethic in order to master the material in a satisfactory manner.
FRE703
French VI Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 603, instructor permission, & curr teacher approval
This is a topics-based course for advanced speakers of French who have finished French V Honors. The course is especially designed for those students who wish to continue their French studies at the college level. Readings explore a wide variety of topics such as issues of contemporary France and the European Union. Open to students with permission of the instructor. This course may not be offered every year. Strong students can choose to take the AP exam. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, this requires a substantial and consistent work ethic in order to master the material in a satisfactory manner.
FRE800
French VII Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 703 and department approval
This is a topics-based course for advanced speakers of French who have finished French V Honors. The course is especially designed for those students who wish to continue their French studies at the college level. Readings explore a wide variety of topics such as issues of contemporary France and the European Union. Open to students with permission of the instructor. This course may not be offered every year. Strong students can choose to take the AP exam. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, this course requires a substantial and consistent work ethic in order to master the material in a satisfactory manner.
GRE100
Greek I-Foundations Ancient Gr
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor approval
Who were the ancient Greeks? What did they think? How did they express themselves? And what is their relevance today? This course provides an introduction to the Greek language, specifically the dialect of Athens during the fifth and fourth centuries BCE. Precise, intricate, and beautiful, Attic Greek was a language of philosophy (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle), history (Thucydides), oratory (Demosthenes), tragedy (Sophocles, Euripides), and comedy (Aristophanes). The course introduces students to the vocabulary and grammar of Attic Greek, while exploring themes in Greek history, literature, and mythology. Offered as part of a two-year sequence. Does not fulfill Language graduation requirement.
LAT100
Latin I: Foundations
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Who were the Romans? What did they say about the world and how did they say it? What makes their language and culture relevant today? This course helps students start developing the tools they need to read Latin and engage with the literature and culture of the ancient Romans. We will explore strong connections between English and Latin as we focus on how words work together to make meaning. Studying Latin emphasizes self-discipline and nurtures creative problem solving in the context of language. Group work and project-based learning help us develop critical skills relating to cooperation and collaboration. We routinely explore how each one of us can be critical of our own learning as we manage the process that begins with comprehension and ends with mastery. Cultural content focuses on the geography of the Italian Peninsula and early influences on Roman culture.
LAT200
Foundations in Latin II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Latin 100 or equivalent
In this course we finish constructing a solid foundation in Latin so that we can start reading authentic texts and learn from the Romans themselves. Building on the structures of the Latin language we learned in the first year course, we will study the variety of components that make up complex sentences. We will focus on the logical process of translating to help us unlock the meaning in the Latin we read. Exploring the history of the Roman Republic will help us establish a cultural context for the texts we will read in this course and in the upper levels of Latin at Deerfield.
LAT300
Latin III: Intro to Latin Lit.
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Latin 200 or equivalent
In conjunction with a systematic review of fundamentals, students engage in selected readings of both prose and poetry during the year. Texts, for which students may be asked to identify parallels to modern examples of ancient literary and documentary genres comprise the fall term. Students progress to Cicero’s ‘Somnium Scipionis’ in the winter and an exploration of what it means to be an effective citizen of a diverse and sprawling community that is in need of wise, informed guidance. Selections from authors that may include Ovid, Catullus, Vergil, and Caesar constitute the spring syllabus, in which students, confronted with love, conflict, purpose, and destiny in their own lives, meet these themes writ large in Roman history and culture between the end of the 2nd Punic War and the death of Augustus.
LAT500
Latin IV: Leadership & Empire
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Latin 300 or the equivalent
This course explores the ethics of leadership and the onus of empire via readings selected for the Advanced Placement syllabus in Latin. As political upheaval and social turmoil spiraled out of control, the Roman Republic confronted the crisis of its own existence. Caesar’s Commentarii de bello Gallico and the Aeneid of Vergil are profound meditations on the questions of leadership and empire from writers who were in a position to know: one was himself a principle actor in the events he describes, a consummate politician and commander whose work is a subtle, skillful rationale of justification; the other, a sensitive and supremely gifted poet, welcomed into the privileged circle of the powerful whose epic poem became, as it were, both the signature and conscience of the Augustan regime. Thus, the course is as much about history, ethics, and morality as it is about language. Students who take the course will be prepared, if they so choose, to sit for the AP exam in Latin.
LAT600
Latin V: Roman Lit. in Context
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Latin 500 or the equivalent
This advanced course in the literature of the late Republic and early Empire asks students to apply the skills developed/acquired in previous courses as they read more deeply and produce more concrete analysis in both class discussions and in writing. This particular period was one of tremendous ferment in which literary experimentation and creative adaptation were hallmarks of the Roman cultural achievement. This achievement went hand in hand with the political turmoil that resulted in the establishment of the principate and an age of peace and stability known as the Pax Romana. Students will engage with a given genre or genres and cultivate the ability to approach ancient texts critically in light of their understanding of the historical and political context of this period. Classroom discussions go beyond the translation of texts to explore the implications of not only the them atic content but also the style of the texts we read.
LAT699
Advanced Tutorial
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
Advanced Tutorial may be offered to students who, in consultation with the department and with its endorsement, wish to pursue an individualized course in classical studies.
SPA100
Spanish I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
In this introductory course, students learn basic Spanish communication skills – including vocabulary and grammar – while exploring new cultures and traditions. They expand their knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world and engage in learning through collaboration, investigation and practice using text, video and audio materials. An emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and basic writing guides the course. Students complete this level excited for and interested in further Spanish language acquisition. Class is conducted primarily in Spanish. Open to all students; juniors and seniors need permission from the Academic Dean’s Office.
SPA200
Spanish II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish 100 or the equivalent
In this course, students continue their exploration of Spanish by focusing on Spanish grammar and vocabulary, applied to “real life” situations. We work to further develop the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, while at the same time exploring the Spanish-speaking world through a wide variety of materials, including literature, film, music, periodicals, and various web-based resources. Students develop their command of Spanish structures and vocabulary, their ability to communicate when writing and speaking, and a deeper understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Class is conducted primarily in Spanish.
SPA300
Spanish III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish 200 or the equivalent
Spanish 3 is an intermediate level course in which students review the grammatical structures from the beginning sequence while developing their communicative abilities. The class also studies in greater depth the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, using articles, books, films, and other authentic materials as starting points for studying topics pertinent to Latin America and Spain. Conversational fluency is developed through daily pair and group activities, and oral exams and projects push students to express longer and more complex thoughts. The class also focuses on more extensive reading and writing practice, and students are frequently required to write reflections and essays in Spanish. Class is conducted in Spanish.
SPA303
Spanish III Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Departmental approval
Spanish 3 Honors is designed for students who have excelled in Spanish 2. Students review all of the major grammatical structures at a fast pace while developing their communicative abilities. The class also studies in depth the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, using articles, books, films, and other authentic materials as starting points for studying topics pertinent to Latin America. A full term is devoted to reading a Latin American novel. Conversational fluency is developed through daily pair and group activities, and oral exams and projects push students to express longer and more complex thoughts. The class also focuses on more extensive reading and writing practice, and students are frequently required to write reflections and essays. The students who excel in Spanish 3 Honors are recommended for Spanish 5. Class is conducted in Spanish. Selection will be made by the department.
SPA400
Spanish IV
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish 300 or the equivalent
Which works of art reveal a moment in the history of a country? Which songs unveil the stories of its people? Which films transport us to a different place and allow us to experience another culture? Throughout the year, students are exposed to varied cultural materials and experiences that foster a deeper understanding of the values and practices of the target culture. Individual and collaborative work allows students to develop greater proficiency in the structures of the language and expand their knowledge of the diversity of voices within the Spanish-speaking world. Activities include in-class discussion, group activities, compositions and journal writing centered on the active use of language and a review of the most important aspects of Spanish grammar. Materials include extensive readings (literary and journalistic texts) and audiovisual sources (film). Class is conducted in Spanish.
SPA402
Spanish IV – Community Service
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Departmental approval
This course follows most of the curriculum from the regular Spanish IV course but adds a community service component. Students teach Spanish to third and fourth graders from Deerfield Elementary most Wednesdays during the seventy-minute period. The Spanish IV-CS course is open to those who have finished Spanish 3 or 3 honors at Deerfield and who wish to serve the community while continuing their Spanish studies. This course is a full academic year commitment. We ask that students speak with their current teacher prior to signing up for this class to express their interest in the student teaching component. Students will acquire the tools and experience to prepare fun, exciting and productive elementary Spanish classes. Class is conducted in Spanish. Selection will be made by the department.
SPA500
Spanish V
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish 400 or the equivalent
In this advanced course, students continue to develop oral and written proficiency in Spanish through the study of literature, culture and politics of contemporary Spain, with a special focus on the time period following the Civil War in 1939. An exploration and analysis of authentic cultural materials such as literary texts, films, periodicals and web-based resources provide students with the opportunity to develop a more sophisticated understanding of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Themes of the course include exile and political persecution, resistance to totalitarianism, gender and politics, the evolution of art and literature, and issues in contemporary Spain. Students are introduced to the format and material of the Spanish AP Language Examination, but they are not required to take it. Class is conducted in Spanish.
SPA603
Spanish VI: Honors Lat Am Lit
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
This course allows our most advanced students of Spanish to delve further into the language, cultures and literatures of the Spanish-speaking world. The course readings include a broad sampling across both traditional and modern literary genres, so students might read novels, short stories, essays, and theater, and they will also learn about blogs, new media, film, and other visual arts. Through this development of visual literacy students will hone their analytical and critical thinking skills and deepen their appreciation of the depth and range of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. By the end of the course, the students will be able to use Spanish flexibly and effectively for both academic and intercultural purposes. This is an honors-level, year-long course.
SPA704
Advanced Tutorial in Spanish
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish 603 or native fluency in Spanish
Advanced Tutorial may be offered to students who, in consultation with the department and with its endorsement, wish to pursue an individualized course in Spanish.
MAT101
Algebra I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This is a course in first year algebra with emphasis on such topics as the properties of the real number system, solving first degree sentences in one variable, the fundamental operations involving polynomial and rational expressions, systems of linear equations in two variables, fractions, factoring, ratio, proportion, variation, exponents, roots, quadratic equations, and problem solving. All of the material of a typical first year of algebra will be completed as well as a variety of enrichment topics.
MAT102
Algebra I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This is designed for a student who has already studied some or much of the material that is covered in a typical first year algebra program, but who would benefit from additional work with the topics of Algebra I. The fall term is devoted to a review of the basic skills and ideas of Real Numbers, followed by single-variable equations and inequalities which then leads to work with linear relations and their applications in the late fall and winter. Students end the winter with the study of quadratic relations and their applications, and then spend the spring term on introductions to exponential relations, probability and statistics, and the idea of functions.
MAT201
Geometry
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT101/102 or the equivalent
This course is designed for students who would benefit from significant reinforcement of topics from Algebra I as they pertain to geometric problems. The emphasis in this course is on recognizing the geometric relationships in shapes and solids. New concepts are introduced using inductive reasoning and exploration. Students who complete this course will be prepared for a 300-level course.
MAT202
Geometry
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT102 or the equivalent
This course integrates material from both plane and solid geometry. However, the development of the material requires extensive use of the skills and concepts already studied in algebra. The major emphasis is the study of the properties of two and three dimensional geometric figures from both a deductive and inductive reasoning approach. Additional topics include material from analytic geometry, exercises in logic, the graphing of functions and relations and elementary trigonometry. Students who complete this course will be prepared for a 300-level course.
MAT203
Honors Geometry
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Outstanding ability in MAT101/102 or the equivalent
This is an enriched version of Math 202 and is designed for the well-qualified math student. The course covers the same geometric topics as Math 202 but in greater depth. Students investigate additional topics at the discretion of the instructor. Successful completion of this course normally advances a student to Math 303.
MAT301
Algebra II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT101/102 and MAT202/203
This course meets the standards of a solid course in second year algebra. However, it is designed for students whose background indicates a need for a review of material from previous courses. As such it moves at a somewhat slower pace than Math 302. Students who complete this course are prepared for a 400-level mathematics course.
MAT302
Algebra II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT101/102 and MAT202/203
This course is intended for students who have achieved success in Math 102 and Math 202 or the equivalent. The material is developed with an emphasis on the functional approach and most topics include a range of applied problems. The main focus of the course is the analytical development of the linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Other topics developed include an analysis of both the real and complex number systems, systems of equations in two and three variables, and an introduction to trigonometric functions. Students may take a 200-level and this 300-level course concurrently . Students who complete this course are prepared for a 400-level mathematics course.
MAT303
Honors Algebra II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT102/102 and MAT202/203
This is an enriched version of Math 302 and is designed for the well-qualified student. The course develops the same material as Math 302 but in greater depth. Students in this class are frequently asked to solve non-routine problems and to apply familiar concepts in new problem situations. Students may take a 200-level and this 300-level course concurrently. Successful completion of this course normally advances a student to Math 403.
MAT401
Precalculus & Statistics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT301/302 or the equivalent
This is intended as a follow-up to Algebra II or an equivalent course. It is designed to complete the study of the elementary functions (linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric). Additionally, the course develops material from finite mathematics including an introduction to probability and statistics, and the normal distribution. Throughout the entire course modeling of real phenomena is emphasized.
MAT402
Precalculus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT302/303 or the equivalent
This is a follow up to Math 302 and as such continues the development of functions and relations. The course includes a thorough study of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, an analytical development of conic sections, polar equations and graphs, matrices, and an introduction to data analysis. Calculator based graphing technology is incorporated into the course, and the instructional approach is greatly influenced by the fact that all students have immediate access to this technology.
MAT403
Honors Precalculus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT303 or the equivalent
This is designed as a continuation of Math 303. The topics covered in this accelerated course include all those listed under Math 402 but the pace is such that the material will be completed by the end of the winter term. Successful completion of this course normally advances a student to Math 603 (AP Calculus BC).
MAT450
Discrete Math & Precalculus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT401 or the equivalent
This course follows Math 401. It is also intended for students who have completed 402 and who do not wish to study calculus at this time. This course provides a continued emphasis on the development of functions and relations, including a thorough study of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and power functions. Further, data analysis and difference equations are used to model real world phenomena. Calculator and computer based graphing technology are incorporated into the course.
MAT501
Calculus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT402 or the equivalent
This course offers an introduction to the derivative and the integral. The pace of this course allows for a review of precalculus topics when necessary.
MAT502
AP Calculus AB
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT402 or the equivalent
This course follows the Advanced Placement AB syllabus, which incorporates an introduction to the derivative and the integral and their applications. Students in this course are required to take the AP exam in May.
MAT503
AP Calculus BC
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT 403 or the equivalent
This course follows the Advanced Placement BC syllabus, which incorporates an introduction to the derivative and the integral with their applications and work in infinite series. This four-term course, which begins in the spring term of the sophomore or junior year, is for students who are outstanding in mathematics. Open to students who have completed Math 403 or the equivalent, with permission of the department. Exceptional mathematics students entering Deerfield in the fall term with demonstrated excellence in precalculus may consult the mathematics chair as to placement in the fall. Students in this course are required to take the AP exam in May.
MAT503A
AP Calculus BC – Spr term
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT403 or the equivalent
This course follows the Advanced Placement BC syllabus, which incorporates an introduction to the derivative and the integral with their applications and work in infinite series. This four-term course, which begins in the spring term of the sophomore or junior year, is for students who are outstanding in mathematics. Open to students who have completed MAT402 or the equivalent, with permission of the department. Exceptional mathematics students entering Deerfield in the fall term with demonstrated excellence in precalculus may consult the mathematics chair as to placement in the fall. Students in this course are required to take the AP exam in May.
MAT510
AP Statistics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT303 with permission, or MAT401/402
This course follows the Advanced Placement Statistics syllabus, which introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: exploring data by observing patterns and departures from patterns, planning a study by deciding what and how to measure, anticipating patterns by producing models using probability and simulation, and studying statistical inference by confirming models. May be taken concurrently with a 400-level or higher course. Students in this course are required to take the AP exam in May.
MAT602
Adv Calc w Intro to Multivar
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT502 or the equivalent
This course continues the study of single variable calculus and introduces topics from multivariable calculus. Topics may include understanding the relation of series and convergence to calculus, work with parametric, polar, and vector forms in more than two dimensions, optimization problems, advanced integration, and a broad introduction to differential equations. An open-source textbook and Sage, an open-source software package which does symbolic manipulation and advanced graphing, is used extensively in this course.
MAT603
Multivar Calc & Diff Equations
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT503 or the equivalent
This course covers the major topics of Multivariable Calculus, including optimization problems and vector calculus, and concludes with an introduction to ordinary differential equations. Mathematica, the symbolic mathematics software, is used extensively in the course for displaying 3D graphs, performing advanced numerical analysis, and analyzing nonlinear differential equations and systems of such equations. A licensed copy of the software is provided to all students.
MAT705
Linear Algebra
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT503 or 600 or department permisison
Linear Algebra begins with the concept of systems of linear equations. From this foundation, Linear Algebra uses the mathematical objects and operations derived from vectors and matrices to construct a more abstract system of concepts that has broad relevance in higher mathematics as well as myriad practical applications. Topics studied include linear independence, subspaces, linear transformations, bases and dimension, orthogonality, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and matrix diagonalization. Applications investigated include simple economic models, predator-prey ecological models, cryptography, and Markov chains. This course may be taken concurrently with MAT603.
PHI200
Ethics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
What is “the good life?” How do you define “right” and “wrong”? What do you do when confronted with an important decision that pits “right vs. right”? Students explore and sharpen their own moral reasoning as they investigate the strengths and weaknesses of major ethical theories. The class grapples with the ideas of such philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Mill, Kant, Bentham, and Hobbes. Class discussions focus on the applications of theories to ethical issues and personal stories. Assessment includes analytical writing and independent research projects.
PHI300
Eastern Philosophy
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
“The more you know, the less you understand.” Lao Tzu. Together we will explore the incredibly rich landscape of Eastern philosophy. While deceptively simple, our texts invariably lead to meaningful self-discovery and insights about the world. The students will be asked to consider the significance and relevance of these perspectives. Can they help us navigate our own lives? Have they subtly influenced western thought when we were not looking? Along with the classic texts of Western interpretation, we will consider works such as Zen in the Art of Archery, Tao Te Ching, What the Buddha Taught, and The Analects of Confucius.
PHI302
Mysticism
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Flaska
P6
Great wisdom exists in the mystical traditions of many contemporary and historical cultures. Thomas Keating, the celebrated Deerfield Academy alumnus who espouses silence as the path to humility that begins to “crack the crust of the false self”, claims that “just by the very nature of our birth, we are on a spiritual journey.” This class, through deep engagement with insightful and living texts, nurtures the spiritual journey. We will devalue selfies and seek the elusive Self; we will honor strategies that promote academic focus, earnest empathy, holistic health and sincere service; we will, in a sense, encounter life in a new way. Creative writing, constructive dialogue, and contemplative moments will complement our reading while we reconnect with the wisdom and enriching power of silence.
PHI600
Political Philosophy
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Should there be a government? If so, what should be its responsibilities? What should be the extent of its authority? This course explores classic and contemporary debates in political philosophy. The students undertake a rigorous and critical examination of classic texts on issues such as leadership, justice, civil disobedience, human rights, and social contract theory. Texts by influential political theorists (including Sophocles, Plato, Locke, Marx, Nietzsche, Rawls) supplement a discussion of present day issues. Lively class discussions and independent research projects help students develop their ability to merge politics and philosophy.
PHI601
The Bible on Broadway
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Grimm
P5
This course sets its crosshairs on the curious rash of Broadway shows based on biblical narratives in the 1970s: in the span of five years, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor, Dreamcoat, and Godspell became three of the most unprecedentedly popular musicals in the US. The preeminence of these religious musicals seems at odds with our modern appraisal of the 1960-70s social climate: garlanded with Free Love raves, anti-war protests, and bucolic psychedelia, our contemporary images of what life was like back then omits important shifts in religious demography, like the flood of teenage “Jesus Freaks” in suburban communities, mass-baptisms on the shores of the Pacific, and the centrality of Christian theology to civil rights activism. Through primary source texts, libretti, cast albums, films, and images, students will explore this time period in view of broad thematic questions that bridge history, religious studies, and the arts: why were these musicals so popular at this specific time in history? How did the motif of celebrity permeate from the profane world into the sacred world onstage? How were the concerns, hopes, and fantasies of the country translated to the stage and given new life in well-worn stories from Sunday school? Because this topic has received almost no scholarly attention, our senior students will have the opportunity to break new ground and potentially produce fully original research .
PHI602
Existentialism, Race & Gender
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Ms. Cornelius
P3
Existentialism, a body of philosophy centered around the questions of what it means to exist, was, by and large, created by theorists all of the same race (white), nationality (European), and gender (male). Though they explored many important, fascinating topics, such as freedom, co-existing with the Other, anxiety, religion, and what it means to live authentically, this course will explore the extent to which their thought processes and conclusions may have been shrouded by the narrowness of their circumstance of belonging to the most privileged identities in Western society. After spending the first three weeks diving into the central themes of existential philosophy with the text Existentialism for Beginners, we will read and analyze excerpts from texts such as The Second Sex, Gender Trouble, Black Skin, White Masks, Existentia Africana, and others. Students will be asked to reflect frequently through discussion and writing on how they see the concepts illuminated in the text in their own lives. The course will culminate in an explorative, reflective paper in which they use the presented texts to answer what it means to exist and to live authentically . This course will be an excellent way for students to become acquainted with the study of philosophy and theoretical, college-level texts.
PHI604
Philosophy of Science
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Ferraro & Ms. Insuik
P1
What is the purpose of science? How is scientific knowledge justified? How is progress made? To what extent is scientific knowledge distinguished from other kinds of knowledge? What constitutes a scientific theory? Truth? What should we believe about the world, knowing that our most trusted physical theories conflict with each other? These questions in the philosophy of science will be the focus of the first part of this seminar style course.In the second part of the term, questions about the present-day practice of science will come to the fore. What is peer review? Is it trustworthy? Students will even interview a practicing scientist to get a glimpse into the world of science as a profession. Questions about ways in which equity is promoted, and how inequality can be perpetuated, through modern scientific practice will feature prominently. Finally, we will conclude with discussions of the broader effects of science on human lives, including questions in applied bioethics and the role of technology in modern life. What are the ethical implications of designer babies, gene editing , physician assisted suicide, or self-driving cars? May also be taken as SCI604.
REL200
The Bible
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Flaska
P4
This course examines themes in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. A close reading of selected sections of the Bible provides the basis for examination of the historical and ethical significance of this literature, while an introduction to the linguistic dimension of the Greek New Testament provides opportunity for advanced study.
REL400
Religions of the World
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
The course begins with an examination and analysis of religious questions in the broadest sense. What is religion? What does religion attempt to explain? How can one be a “successful” adherent to this tradition? Students then survey major world religions: Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Class discussion and independent reading focus on the great books of these religions in an attempt to discover both the common and the unique elements.
REL608
From Auschwitz to Ramallah
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
During the fall term we will study the Holocaust, the Nazi’s purposeful and highly systematic attempt to destroy the entire Jewish population of Europe. Examining the Holocaust is a journey into the heart of darkness, a tour of the most heinous actions in recorded history. It is as well a testimony to the indomitable human spirit, to courage, compassion and empathy. The Holocaust also served as a key impetus for the creation of Israel in 1948. This tiny strip of land has been the setting for one of the most intractable conflicts of the past 75 years. It is a place that two cultures fiercely call their homeland and that sits at the epicenter of turmoil in the Middle East. In the winter and spring terms we will explore how Israeli and Palestinian cultures have created and sustained narratives of their history and identity that lock them in conflict. We will read Palestinian and Israeli writings, watch films from each culture, dig deeply into historical material, study both Judaism and Islam, and follow current events. We will seek to understand this conflict that has resulted in four wars, an occupation and two uprisings, the resurgence of Anti-Semitism, conceptions about terrorism and bitter debates in governments, organizations, and campuses around the world. May also be taken as HIS608. Selection will be made by the department.
ANA401
Anatomy & Physiology
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Biology
This course is an in-depth treatment of the musculoskeletal, nervous, and cardiovascular systems using pathology to provide perspective on normal form and function. Students explore the systems from both a functional and clinical perspective using prosected specimens, radiographic imaging, and electronic monitoring devices such as ECG. Grades are based on weekly assessments, in-class clinical presentations, class participation, and end-of-term exams. This course does not fulfill the Science graduation requirement.
AST401
Exploring the Cosmos
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This two-term introductory astronomy course explores the origin, evolution and fate of our universe, the rules that govern its contents, and how we observe it. Topics may include the nature of science, key physics concepts, astronomical observation, the solar system, other planetary systems, stars, exotic objects (like black holes and supernovae), galaxies, and cosmology. The course format incorporates group work, student projects, student presentations, online guest visits by astronomers, extensive use of the planetarium, and observations with the school’s various telescopes. Students will develop useful skills, including effective collaboration, how to communicate science accessibly, and critical analysis of scientific claims. The objective of the course is for students to leave with a better understanding of and enthusiasm for astronomy and it’s role in our daily lives, as well as the ability to follow astronomical developments throughout their lives. This course does not fulfill the Science graduation requirement.
BIO400
Biology I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry
This course introduces students to biology from the level of organic molecules, to cells, tissues, organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems, and the biosphere. The major themes of the course include form and function, inheritance, ecological interactions with the environment, system feedback and regulation, energy and metabolism, unity and diversity, adaptation, and evolution. Students are expected to attend and participate in laboratories, collaborate, critically assess data, and present findings to the class. Grades are determined by assessments, lab reports, and in-class presentations.
BIO403
Biology I Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry
Biology IA is a comprehensive introductory course intended for students who have a high level of interest in science and have demonstrated strong study skills. The themes of the unity and diversity of life provide the conceptual framework of the course and emphasis is placed on developing laboratory skills, collaboration and critical thinking. Students may elect to take the SAT II subject test upon completion of the course.
BIO500
AP Biology
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry 1A or department permission
Advanced Placement Biology is a demanding, double period course designed for students with high aptitude and a strong interest in science. The principles of Biology are developed in depth in accordance with the course syllabus issued by the College Board. Emphasis is placed on inquiry-based laboratory activities and student-centered projects that complement the lectures and discussions. Students are expected to take the AP Biology examination upon completion of the course. Course meets during double period.
BIO602
Molecular Biology Research
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Biology or Biology 1A & instructor permission
Molecular Biology Research is an upper level research course intended for students who have a strong background in the sciences, and who wish to gain college-level research experience in molecular biology. Molecular biology, the inquiry into how life functions on a molecular level, has given us the tools to treat disease, and to make great advances in forensics and agriculture worldwide. Bio/Chem*** will allow students to immerse themselves in understanding the molecular machines and genetic codes that make life happen. Students will practice molecular biology from the beginning of the fall term, at first building the foundations of their research techniques, and then moving on to projects of their own design. Projects might involve investigation of a protein involved in disease, mutating a bacterial strain to alter its metabolism, combining pieces of genes to create a protein with a novel function or investigating how a small molecule elicits a response in a cell. All projects will stem from individual student interests and will develop with support from the instructor . Independent projects culminate in a written scientific paper and a presentation in a research forum that will be open to the DA community.
BIO620
Experimental Neurology
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Bio, or Bio 1A and instructor permission
Experimental Neurology conceptually studies cell physiology, neurotransmitter biochemistry and neuroanatomy with application to modeling human addiction and disease. Experimentally, students explore mechanisms of signaling and regulating gene expression in Drosophila neurons using transgenic and optogenetic technologies. A major focus of the course is on experimental design, data analysis and scientific writing.
CHE300
Chemistry I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
GR 9 – Physics I/IA and Algebra I; GR 10, 11, 12 – Algebra I
This course enables students to develop an understanding of the fundamental properties of matter that provides the foundation for the development of quantitative models of chemical systems. Laboratory work, guided inquiry learning, group discussion and lecture are integrated into most aspects of the year’s work. Students who do exceptionally well in this course may elect to take the SAT II Chemistry test.
CHE303
Chemistry I Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
GR 9 – Physics I/IA and Algebra I;
The course is intended for students with a high aptitude and genuine interest in science and math. Chemistry I Accelerated emphasizes inquiry learning through the development of problem solving and laboratory skills. Students may elect to take the SAT II Chemistry test.
CHE500
AP Chemistry
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Phys 1A, Chem & Algebra II or permission via placement test
This course is for students with a strong interest in science and exceptional quantitative skills. The course is equivalent to an introductory chemistry class at the college level and the major objective is to deeply learn and understand the fundamentals of chemistry. Students are expected to take the AP exam upon completion of this course. Course meets during double period.
CHE602
Introductory Organic Chemistry
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chem 1A, AP Chem or instructor permission
Modern humans benefit from the natural and unnatural construction of complicated compounds from relatively simple building blocks. We will explore the rudiments of both laboratory- and biology-based production of organic compounds. The skills of retrosynthetic analysis, synthetic route-planning, chemical manipulation, purification and analytical characterization will be developed in order to intentionally isolate desired products. All of this will be done concurrent with a focus on the remarkable connection between molecular form and function.
COM300
Intro to Computer Science
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
9th grader may be eligible with permission of the instructor
In this two-term course, students with little to no computer programming experience will learn how to code. This course equips students with a basic understanding of the world of technology and fosters logical algorithmic thinking. Students will be introduced to core concepts and principles of programming, which will be applicable to different platforms and languages as students venture further into computer science. This course stresses problem decomposition with an emphasis on independent problem solving. This course does not fulfill the Science graduation requirement.
COM311
Programming with Roblox
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Reid
P1
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually create a computer game? Stop wondering, and take Programming with Roblox! Roblox is a gaming platform in which the users create all the games. We will use the Lua programming language and Roblox’s built-in tools to learn about game design, coding, and implementation.
COM500
AP Computer Science
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Concurrent Precalculus or departmental approval
This course teaches fundamental topics of computer science including problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, data structures, and algorithms. In this course, students learn an object-oriented approach to programming to develop solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex challenges. Students will write, test and debug solutions in the Java programming language utilizing standard Java library classes and interfaces. Students are expected to take the AP Computer Science A exam upon completion of this course. This course does not fulfill the Science graduation requirement.
COM600
Data Structures & Algorithms
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Computer Science or departmental approval
This course follows AP Computer Science and covers the analysis and design of fundamental data structures. Students learn to use these data structures to code algorithms that effectively solve complex problems. Topics covered include linked lists, trees, graphs, breadth-first and depth-first searches, hash tables, and recursion. Through extended individual and collaborative projects, students learn principles for good program design, and the use of data abstraction and modular program composition in writing clear and effective programs. This course does not fulfill the Science graduation requirement.
COM602
Dig Logic & Comp Architecture
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Computer Science or departmental approval
Digital Logic and Computer Architecture is a course for students with a strong interest in computer science. The course provides a foundation for students to understand modern computer system architecture and organization. Students are guided through the conceptual stack ubiquitous in digital design – number systems, transistor physics, combinatorial and sequential digital logic, memory design, computer arithmetic, instruction set architectures, and assembly programming. Using these concepts, students build and program a simple processing unit. In each unit students simulate, build and test functioning computer components. This is a lab-based course.
PHY200
Physics I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This is an introductory physics course. Through guided inquiry, group discussion, and hands on investigations students will come to a functional understanding of the principles of physics. We study phenomena including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics and others . Students create their own experiments, test their ideas, engineer and build their own structures and communicate their ideas to others. This course focuses on the concepts, principles, and ways of thinking that will underlie students’ further study of science.
PHY203
Physics I Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Algebra I
This is an introductory physics course with an emphasis on data collection and analysis. Through guided inquiry, group discussions, and hands on investigations students will come to a functional understanding of the principles of physics. Students will investigate phenomena from the major themes of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics and others. Students will create their own experiments and be pushed to uncover, explain and extend patterns and principles in nature. This will be done through extensive use of computer-based data acquisition and analysis.
PHY402
Electric Vehicle Engineering
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Physics
Throughout the fall and winter terms, students in this class will convert a 6-wheeled amphibious utility vehicle to run on electrical power. In the spring, students will engage in the essential step of ensuring maximum efficiency and safety of the vehicle by completing extensive testing of the componentry. This course offers students a unique opportunity both to problem solve practical designs, and to bring their ideas to fruition through the hands-on construction and implementation of their ideas. Students will be assessed on their ability to collaborate effectively, demonstrate independence, resilience, and time management. Additionally, students will study topics including gear ratios, thermodynamics, DC motors, fuses, switches, motor controllers, variable resistors, rolling resistance, battery charging, battery management, torque, amperage draw, energy efficiency. This course requires students to spend a significant amount of time outside of the daily class schedule working in the garage.
PHY500
AP Physics I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Concurrent or previous Algebra II
AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: kinematics; dynamics; circular motion and gravitation; energy; momentum; simple harmonic motion; torque and rotational motion; electric charge and electric force; DC circuits; and mechanical waves and sound. This course is appropriate for 11th- and 12th-grade students who have not previously taken a Physics course. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to take the AP Physics 1 exam and will be prepared to take the SAT Physics Subject Test.
PHY501
Advanced EV Engineering
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Electric Vehicle Engineering
Advanced Electric Vehicle Engineering is a two-trimester course offered to students who have demonstrated a keen interest and proficiency in Physics II: EV Engineering. This course will be offered to those who have already completed the conversion of a vehicle from an internal combustion engine to an electric motor. Students will measure the efficiency of the vehicle and make necessary modifications to maximize, torque, velocity, runtime and maneuverability. Possible areas of concentration include, but are not limited to: solar power , efficiency and effectiveness of tracks vs. wheels, testing gear ratios to determine maximum velocity vs. torque capabilities, and efficiency and effectiveness of charging options.
PHY502
AP Physics 2
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Algebra II & prev. physics course, or instructor permission
This is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as fluids; thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics. Emphasis is placed on developing more sophisticated experimental and data-analysis techniques. Students are expected to take the AP Physics 2 exam and will be prepared to take the SAT Physics Subject Test upon completion of the course.
PHY550
AP Physics C
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Past or current Calculus BC and first year physics
This is a second year course for students who have a serious interest in studying physics beyond the introductory level. The AP syllabus is followed as the major themes of physics are studied in detail through lecture, laboratory and demonstration. This course regularly uses double periods, and the out of class work can be extensive and demanding. Students are expected to take the AP Physics examination. Course meets during double period.
PHY600
Robotics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Concurrent Precalculus
This course is rooted in the idea that people learn best when actively engaged in projects that are sustained, personally meaningful, and enjoyable. Students learn the fundamental electronics, computer-aided design (CAD), 3-D printing, and coding in C to be able to build autonomous vehicles. Students engage in collaborative design challenges that drive them to learn problem solving, teamwork, and debugging skills.
SCI406
Earth’s Oceans & Atmosphere
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Calhoun
P2 P3
This course introduces students to the “Fluid Earth” emphasizing Earth’s oceans and dynamic climate. It is estimated that 75% of Americans will live on the coast by 2025 and understanding the history, ecology, physical processes, economic opportunities and environmental challenges of Earth’s oceans is critical in the 21st century. The course will examine a wide variety of subjects including the immense biodiversity of ocean life, the movement of energy through currents/air circulation, plastic pollution, climate change and how those varied topics impact our planet and our lives. Only 5% of the ocean floor has been explored by humans, new discoveries are made almost daily and this course provides an opportunity to dive deep in to the critical role our planet’s vast water bodies has on our lives and the future of humanity.
SCI410
Forensics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Dr. Cullinane
P1 P4
This is a specialized overview of forensic science and specifically forensic pathology, including: basic anatomy and biomechanics, musculoskeletal pathology, intentional versus unintentional trauma, child abuse, intimate partner violence, firearms and ballistic trauma, and criminal profiling. These areas are explored scientifically and as they relate to the field of criminal justice.
SCI500
AP Seminar: Global H2O
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Sophomores may be eligible with permission of the instructor
Clean water is essential for the living world and the global economy, but in many areas the supply of uncontaminated water is in danger of disappearing. In this AP Seminar course students explore the environmental, social and economic issues associated with the worldwide struggle to acquire clean water. As part of the AP Capstone Program of the College Board, the AP Seminar course challenges students to guide their own inquiry process as they learn to ask good research questions, understand and analyze arguments, evaluate multiple perspectives, synthesize ideas, collaborate effectively, communicate persuasively using written and oral expression, and reflect on their learning and skill development. AP Seminar: Global H2O Resources is an interdisciplinary course designed to foster inquiry, global awareness, scholarship and creativity. Students examine the a viability and use of clean water at local, national, and global levels by means of investigative case studies, debates, independent and collaborative projects, chemistry lab work, and field trips to local sites. Students who take AP Seminar are eligible to pursue a capstone project during senior year in the AP Research course. May also be taken as HIS500. This course does not fulfill the Science graduation requirement.
SCI501
AP Seminar:Global Food Systems
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Sophomores may be eligible with permission of the instructor
In this AP Seminar course students explore the complexity of global food systems while developing their skills as critical thinkers and global citizens. The course focuses on local and global issues related to agriculture and food production, nutrition and culture, and hunger and food insecurity. As part of the AP Capstone Program, the AP Seminar course challenges students to guide their own inquiry process as they learn to ask good research questions, understand and analyze arguments, evaluate multiple perspectives, synthesize ideas , collaborate effectively, communicate persuasively using written and oral expression, and reflect on their learning and skill development. Throughout this interdisciplinary course, students will deepen their understanding of food systems through debates, seminar discussions , independent research, collaborative projects, oral presentations, guest speakers, scientific inquiry, and field trips to local farms and food producers. Students will take advantage of Pioneer Valley’s rich agricultural heritage, Deerfield Academy’s award winning dining hall, and other contacts in the valley and around the world as they seek out and analyze divergent perspectives about food systems and their environmental, economic, cultural , and health impacts. Students will be challenged to move from ideas to action as they analyze systems, identify problems and propose solutions related to food around the globe and on their plates. Most of the second half of the year will be spent working on a team project and individual research-based essay as part of the College Board Assessments for AP Seminar. May be taken as HIS501. This course does not fulfill the Science graduation requirement.
SCI510
AP Environmental Science
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry or department permission
Advanced Placement Environmental Science is a challenging double-period course designed for students with a strong interest in environmental issues. The central theme of global sustainability is developed through lectures and debates and specific topics are explored by means of case studies, laboratory activities and field trips to local sites. The material is multi-disciplinary in nature and students are encouraged to draw upon a wide range of academic resources, including readings in sociology, ethics, economics, law and ecology. Students are expected to take the AP Environmental Science examination. Course meets during double period.
SCI602
Sustainable Deerfield
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Dr. Hooker
P2
Using Deerfield Academy’s own sustainability action plan as a foundation, the goal of this course is to draw on prior knowledge of physical and biological sciences, as well as economics, social science, and history, to examine specific principles and methodologies related to sustainability at Deerfield Academy. In this course, students engage with local and regional sustainability projects through weekly field trips. Students will design and carry out data-driven investigations into an important sustainability topic. At the end of the spring term, students will present their findings to the larger Deerfield community.
SCI604
Philosophy of Science
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Ferraro & Ms. Insuik
P1
What is the purpose of science? How is scientific knowledge justified? How is progress made? To what extent is scientific knowledge distinguished from other kinds of knowledge? What constitutes a scientific theory? Truth? What should we believe about the world, knowing that our most trusted physical theories conflict with each other? These questions in the philosophy of science will be the focus of the first part of this seminar style course.In the second part of the term, questions about the present-day practice of science will come to the fore. What is peer review? Is it trustworthy? Students will even interview a practicing scientist to get a glimpse into the world of science as a profession. Questions about ways in which equity is promoted, and how inequality can be perpetuated, through modern scientific practice will feature prominently. Finally, we will conclude with discussions of the broader effects of science on human lives, including questions in applied bioethics and the role of technology in modern life. What are the ethical implications of designer babies, gene editing , physician assisted suicide, or self-driving cars? May also be taken as PHI604.
SCI691
Research in Sustainability
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry
The population of humanity is predicted to soon approach 9 billion and to be largely urban. The questions of how to provide clean air, clean water, and food in efficient, sustainable ways are pressing. Students design and carry out experimental, data-driven investigations into future solutions that could enhance human living environments. These projects will be driven by student interest and can be biological or chemical in nature or they could focus on designing computer control or sensing systems. At the end of the winter term, each student presents an academic paper that summarizes the research process, the findings and the implications of the results of the study. This course does not fulfill the Science graduation requirement.