Course Listings


For the latest information on UK Core course offerings please refer to the links below:

UK Core - Approved Courses & Upcoming Semester Schedule

UK Core - Online Course Catalog

Spring 2016 UKC course descriptions:

UKC 100 – Lens Art [Intellectual Inquiry - Arts & Creativity]
UKC 100 is an introductory course in digital image making that focuses on the still and moving image as an art practice.  Students will learn the fundamentals of camera operation and still and moving image editing software in order to build an individualized portfolio.  Students will be introduced to contemporary lens arts practice through research and assignments.

UKC 111 – Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible [Intellectual Inquiry - Humanities]
This course is an introduction to and survey of the small library of ancient documents collectively known as the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament) - a library which is sacred to Judaism and Christianity. During our survey of the Hebrew Bible's content and our close reading of selected passages, we will consider the origins and formation of these texts and how they relate to the history and culture of the ancient Near Eastern context in which they were written. We will also pay attention to the artistry of the texts' various genres and to modern academic theories about how to understand and interpret them. 

UKC 131 – Introduction to Individual and Group Dynamics [Intellectual Inquiry - Social Sciences] 
This course will apply sociological and psychological concepts to build an understanding of how individual behavior, attitudes, beliefs, motivations, emotions and perceptions are situationally defined through our interactions with others.  The context for this will be the community setting.  Communities are physical places that have a structure and social processes that influence our attitudes, our beliefs, and actions as individuals as well as our interactions with others.  Groups are the structures or persistent forms that pattern social and individual life in communities.  For sociologists, social processes are the ways in which social structure shapes the types and character of social interactions among persons.  But it is equally true that group processes can modify community structures and process.

UKC 180 – Civic Engagement 101 [U.S. Citizenship] 
This course introduces students to ideas, concepts and notions of civic engagement as a democratic ideal.  It is designed for residents of LexEngaged residential living learning community.  Students will consider the opportunities and obstacles which enhance and impede engagement, attentive to past and present unequal access to democratic participation.  Equipped with a conceptual frame for thinking about what it means to be an engaged citizen, mindful of imbalanced access to democratic participation, students will be challenged to assess their own prospects for being active citizens.  Students, therefore, will ponder civic engagement abstractly, but also through their experiences as members of a classroom, campus, and city.  Civic engagement will be applied to day-to-day lives.  Through course readings, discussions, guest speakers, and off-campus tours, students will obtain a fundamental understanding of the larger community in which they live - Lexington.  In grasping the multi-faceted character of Lexington, students should leave LexEngaged able to encounter any American city as an engaged community member.

UKC 300 – BioArt: Creativity, Experimentation and Methodology in Art and Science [Intellectual Inquiry - Arts & Creativity]