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UI offers courses through television for spring semester

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- People interested in working on their college degrees or who want to explore new ideas and concepts can get academic credit from the comforts of their own homes, thanks to a new slate of courses offered this spring by the University of Iowa.

The programs, known as "telecourses," provide a convenient form of course work to earn UI academic credit without attending classes on campus. Weekly broadcasts of an educational video series broadcast statewide by Iowa Public Television provide the backbone for the courses.

Students' work, including materials, assignments, and tests, is supervised by UI faculty.

The spring catalog includes courses on geology, philosophy, psychology and anthropology. All have official university course numbers and titles and are approved by academic departments.

Here's the spring 1997 selections:
-- Geology. "The Earth Revealed," taught by Robert Carmichael, professor in the department of geology. The course explores geology's relevance to modern issues of resource needs, global diversity and environmental problems as well as the dynamic processes that shape the earth. Broadcasts include 26 half-hour programs beginning Jan. 6.
-- Philosophy. "Ethics in America," taught by faculty in the department of philosophy. The course will provide grounding in the language, concepts and traditions of the study of ethics. Broadcasts include 10 one-hour programs beginning Jan. 12.
-- Psychology. "The World of Abnormal Psychology," taught by Don Fowles, professor in the department of psychology. The course will examine common behavior or psychiatric disorders and look at types of therapies and strategies for preventing disorders. Broadcasts include 13 one-hour programs beginning Jan. 12.
-- Anthropology. "Faces of Culture," taught by Marilyn Rose, adjunct assistant professor in the department of anthropology. The course is a broad study of the nature and diversity of human cultures, exploring such issues as the nature of culture, language and communication, marriage and family, and others. Broadcasts include 26 half-hour programs beginning Jan. 7.
A toll-free telephone is available to consult with the instructor at any time. Tests are given in communities under the supervision of an approved proctor at one of the 19 learning centers located throughout Iowa. Learning center sites include (see list of local sites).

Individual proctors at other sites may also be arranged.

Tuition is $103 per semester hour for undergraduates and $163 per semester hour for graduate students.

For more information, contact Off-Campus Courses and Programs, The University of Iowa, 116 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; call toll-free: 1-800-272-6430; fax: (319) 335-2001; email:; World Wide Web:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Learning center locations for UI telecourses include: Ankeny, Atlantic, Bettendorf, Carroll, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Creston, Decorah, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Harlan, Iowa City, Mason City, Mt. Pleasant, Ottumwa, Rock Rapids, Sioux City, Storm Lake and Waterloo.