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The Summer Owls Leadership Experience offers courses taught by enthusiastic and knowledgeable faculty members. Classes meet for a minimum of three hours per morning over the program's three-week period. Afternoons are filled with group activities, projects and individual study.
You may enroll in one of the following three-credit college courses:
Information Systems in Organizations (Fox School of Business)
Youth Cultures (College of Education)
The Future of Your TV (School of Media and Communication)
Introduction to Public Health (College of Public Health)
Disasters: Geology vs. Hollywood (College of Science and Technology)
MIS 2101: Information Systems in Organizations
Have you ever thought about creating the next big technology product or service, or dreamed of being the next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg? Have you ever thought there might be a better way for a computer system to work? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this course is for you.
In three action-packed weeks, you will gain a solid understanding of how information systems work. You also will collaborate with a small team to develop a tech-based business using the Business Model Generation framework, meet industry experts and even get a behind-the-scenes tour of Temple's computer labs.
Temple University's distinguished Fox School of Business and Management offers a unique opportunity for high school students to learn how to build a business model for a technology product or service.
EDU 0817: Youth Cultures
Do you listen to hip hop, spend all your time in Second Life, dress up like a cartoon character and go to anime f-airs, or go skateboarding every day with your friends? Then you're part of the phenomenon called youth culture. Often related to gender, race, class and socio-economic circumstances, youth cultures enable young people to try on identities as they work their way to a clearer sense of self. Empowered by new technology tools and with the luxury of infinite virtual space, young people today can explore identities in ways not available to previous generations. Students in this class will investigate several youth cultures, looking closely at what it means to belong. They will also come to appreciate how media and marketing construct youth identities and define youth cultures around the world.
Media and Communication
MSP 0821: The Future of Your TV
Do you ever think about what TV will be like in the future? How will digital technologies such as blogs, podcasts, YouTube and Netflix expand TV into a medium where consumers drive content? Through interactive in-class activities, multimedia presentations and lectures, hands-on collaborative video-production projects, tours of Temple's TV studios and traditional classroom seminars, you will learn about TV's new landscape, create and critique content, and discuss trends in technology and TV programming.
PBHL 1101: Introduction to Public Health
Health is more than the absence of disease; it is the complex interaction of hosts, disease agents, and the environment. As health care challenges continue to evolve in the 21st Century, public health will have a defining role in the health of populations; bridging multiple sectors that influence health opportunities and health outcomes, stressing the importance of economic, social, political, and environmental determinants. In this class, you will examine concepts and models of public health using an historical perspective on the contribution and roles of public health in society. The course will introduce the contributions of the five core public health disciplines: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, behavioral sciences/health education and health services administration. Students will learn to identify prevention strategies such as vaccination, screening, counseling and education interventions and a range of health promotion and disease prevention modalities including environmental-occupational, legal and policy approaches. Particular attention is directed to addressing health disparities and the role of cultural competency in delivering effective public health services. You will look beyond the statistics to understand larger determinants of population health. Dynamic discussions, in-class group activities, and guest presenters will provide real-world exposure to public health efforts and the impact professionals have in the field.
Science & Technology
EES 0836: Disasters: Geology vs. Hollywood
Can you really drive over lava flow in a Jeep, as in Dante's Peak? Like the characters in Aftershock, are we foolish enough to be unprepared for a major earthquake? Could global warming melt the polar ice caps, turning "dry land" into a myth, as Waterworld suggests? Would the impact of an asteroid the "size of Texas" kill half the Earth by heat and freeze the remainder in a nuclear winter, similar to what happened in Armageddon?
By exploring Hollywood disaster movies, students will learn about geologic phenomena from the fundamentals of plate tectonics, to how to use seismic data to calculate earthquake locations, to disaster-readiness planning for major U.S. cities. Students also will grasp the real stories behind disasters in the news and the role of the science in shaping disaster-planning policies through lectures, activities and outdoor exercises.
NOTE: This course fulfills a science & technology requirement under General Education at Temple.