Department: Short Course
Learning From Monsters
Engineering students study Frankenstein to learn responsible design.
Staking a Position
Professor Willis Jenkins (Grad ’06) takes a somewhat unorthodox approach in his "argument lab."
Learning to Grow
A January Term class teaches students to ask better questions and to be open to challenge in school and in life.
Negotiating for a Grade
Professor Lucien Bass (Engr ’63, Darden ’65) teaches students the art of negotiation.
The physics class, created by professor Louis Bloomfield in 1991, is a big hit with nonscience majors.
“Maximizing Leadership Potential in Sports and Business,” a unique seminar for second-year M.B.A. students, is co-taught by a Darden dean and a men’s tennis coach.
Our Solar System, Ourselves
What exactly is "the Anthropology of Outer Space," and how does it help science students gain valuable perspective about their work?
Media Studies Professor William Little teaches political theory, history, sociology and psychology, all through the lens of AMC drama “Breaking Bad.”
Professor Claudrena Harold’s From Motown to Hip-Hop course traces the African-American experience through popular music.
The Choice is Yours
Many Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, yet few seek treatment. A positive emotional response to anxiety can make it more manageable, says UVA psychology professor Bethany Teachman.
Commerce professor David Mick explains how technology alters our reality, from our habits to our knowledge structure and more.
Bringing the Team Together
Kristin J. Behfar offers three helpful tips for how teams can communicate more effectively and function more smoothly.
Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten
Education professor Amanda Williford discusses how to ready your child for the transition to kindergarten.
Weird Is Wonderful
Darden professor Martin Davidson discusses "weirdness" and explains how weird people may be our greatest resource.
Professor Richard Netemeyer talks about the how and why of financial education, and offers a few tips to help with everyday financial matters.
Is Winning Everything?
Media studies professor Shilpa Davé looks at ideas of competition, from The Hunger Games and America's Got Talent to college admissions and spelling bees.
Four scholars from UVA's Miller Center offer their advice to the president on how to finish strong and create an enduring legacy.
If God Is Good, Why Do We Suffer?
Professor Margaret Mohrmann considers a question that lies at the root of human existence.
The Monticello Mash
Mark Thompson of Starr Hill Brewery explains how Jefferson crafted his own beer.
And That’s the Way It Was
Professor Bruce Williams examines the decline of broadcast news.
What if an author donates a collection of work on a floppy disk? Or a hard drive that only runs Frogger and WordPerfect?
Can We Be Smarter About Our Feelings?
However you define emotional intelligence, researchers agree it can be a determining factor in building a fulfilling life.