Special Topics Courses Related to COVID-19

The University of Minnesota Crookston, along with all of the University of Minnesota System campuses, has developed a series of special topics courses that specifically address various aspects of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  With the exception of the SUST 3480 course, which is being offered in conjunction with the Twin Cities campus, UMN Crookston students can register for these classes through the standard course registration processStudents at UMN Crookston who wish to register for SUST 3480 and students from elsewhere around the campus interested in any of these courses can use the UMN “Multi-Institution Enrollment” process.  Contact your academic advisor if you have questions about registering for any of these courses.

Special Topics Courses Related to Covid-19. Featured instructors and courses for Summer 2020.

Summer 2020 Course

MGMT 3255: Logistics and Supply Chain Management
(Emphasis on the Impact of COVID-19)

Instructor: Dr. James Leiman
This course will analyze disturbances in global supply chains and logistics disturbances throughout the world resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Specifically, this course will focus on the future of manufacturing, commercialization of intellectual property, the use of blockchain technology for identity preservation, and new technologies that will have up and downstream impacts on supply chains throughout the world. This is an applied course with real world implications on the future of transportation, logistics, and supply chains. Logistical efficiency with environmental factors, strategic positioning, laws and policies, and cost maintenance will be examined.

HSM 3910: Special Topics in Health Services Management
Medical Supply Chain Management in the Face of COVID-19

Instructor: Dr. James Leiman
This course will analyze disturbances in medical supply chains and logistics disturbances throughout the world resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The course will also focus on the future of securing medical equipment during a pandemic, commercialization of intellectual property, the rapid development of innovative solutions to solve complex medical challenges and new technologies that will have up and downstream impacts on medical supply chains throughout the world. This is an applied course with real world implications on the future of transportation, logistics, and supply chains.

ITM 3190: Special Topics in Information Technology Management
Cyber Security and COVID-19

Instructor: Dr. James Leiman
This course focuses on topics in data preparedness and security as well as response protocols and planning encountered during and after a crisis.  Specific attention will be afforded to cybersecurity and information technology preparedness and responses to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Topics addressed in this course include comparisons of local, national, and global IT responses to global crisis; U.S. proposed national coronavirus surveillance systems; COVID-19 and pandemic-related malware and scams; security for telemedicine; and providing security for remote work and educational delivery.

Professor Biography

James Leiman talkingDr. James Leiman
Veden Director for Rural and Economic Development

Dr. James Leiman, Veden Director for Rural and Economic Development and Strategic Initiatives at UMN Crookston, is a national security and economic development expert. Leiman has over 10 years experience in counter terror operations where he served as an intelligence analyst, program manager, and linguist in Latin America and the Middle East. In these capacities, Leiman worked with federal agencies and foreign governments to detect and deter sophisticated networks involved in terrorism, human and drug smuggling, and fraud where he became an expert in supply chains and network analysis. Following a career in the intelligence community, Leiman is currently finishing his term as Director of Economic Development and Finance for the State of North Dakota. He recently led efforts to source medical equipment overseas during the COVID-19 outbreak for the State of North Dakota.


Summer 2020 Course

ENGL 4007: Advanced Topics in Literature Epidemics in Literary History

Instructor: Rachel McCoppin, Ph.D.
In this course, we will explore ancient to contemporary texts that address pandemics throughout history, such as: Sophocles' Oedipus the King, the fairytale "The Pied Piper", the nursery rhyme "Ring Around the Rosie", Boccaccio's Decameron, Daniel Dafoe's Journal of the Plague Year, Jack London's "The Scarlet Plague", Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death," Katherine Anne Porter's "Pale Horse, Pale Rider," Albert Camus' The Plague, Geraldine Brooks' Year of Wonders, Jose Saramago's Blindness, and Ling Ma's Severance. *This course counts as an elective for the English major and minor, as well as the Humanities minor.

Professor Biography
Rachel McCoppin sitting at her desk.Rachel McCoppin, Ph.D.
Professor of Literature

Rachel McCoppin, Ph.D. is a Professor of Literature at the University of Minnesota Crookston. She has published the books: The Ecological Heroes of Amerindian Mythology (Kendall-Hunt 2019), The Lessons of Nature in Mythology (McFarland 2015), and The Hero’s Journey and the Cycles of Nature (McFarland2016). She has also published many scholarly articles in the areas of mythology and comparative literature. Her work has appeared in journals including: Symbiosis, Studies in American Humor, Studies in the Novel, World Literary Review, etc. and in many scholarly books published by Palgrave Macmillan, McFarland, Atlantic, Greenwood Press, etc.


Summer 2020 Course

SUST 3480: COVID-19 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Resilience, Connections, and Threats

Instructor: Katy Chapman, Ph.D.
The course will analyze and explore the connection between, and resilience of, the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals to the threat of grand challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic.  The course will be divided into modules that will allow exploration of each individual sustainable development goal, and how each connects to the other sustainable development goals as well as how it has played out in the COVID-19 crisis we are currently experiencing.  Students will gain an appreciation for the sustainable development goals as well as understanding ecosystem health and planetary health are intrinsically linked.

*In order to take this course, you must enroll in the U of M multi-institution program. Follow the link to register.

Multi-Institution Enrollment

Professor Biography
Katy Chapman in a lab settingKaty Chapman, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Chapman serves a dual role at UMN Crookston as Sustainability Director and Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences.  Having earned a Ph.D. in environmental soil chemistry from Purdue University, she has conducted research in sustainable agriculture, specifically focused on greenhouse gas emissions from soils, as well as phytoremediation and utilizing natural landscapes to remove contaminants from runoff water.  She has received the following awards from the University of Minnesota:  Outstanding Community Service (2011), Outstanding Support of International Students (2017), Distinguished Scholar Award (2017), and Innovative International Initiatives (2017). Additionally, she has served on the Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Board for six years and on the Natural Resources work group of the Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP) for seven years.


Summer 2020 Course

BIOL 3496: Special Topics in Biology
Living with COVID-19 & Environmental Hazards in a Changing World

Instructor: Joseph Shostell, Ph.D.
Rapidly changing dynamics within the environment are contributing to a variety of emergent bio-hazards including those related to COVID-19. This course will help students to develop and hone critical thinking, informational literacy, and basic science skills while addressing topics including environmental health; biological hazards; toxicology and the threat of chemical hazards on human health; the movement, distribution, and fate of toxins in ecosystems; and forecasting the future in light of changing environmental hazards.

Professor Biography
Joseph Shostell on the lake in a boatDr. Joseph Shostell, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Shostell is a Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences at UMN Crookston. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Biology from the University of Louisville and has also studied at NDSU, Hamline University, and the University of Seville. He has taught a breadth of undergraduate and graduate-level courses in environmental science, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, ecology, fisheries, limnology, and health. As a research scholar, Dr. Shostell has broad interests across the fields of biodiversity, aquatic ecology, toxicology, conservation, and genetics. He has authored 43 peer-reviewed articles, 12 book chapters, and five books, and has received over $350,000 in external funding. He has led multiple study abroad trips to Europe, Africa, and China to challenge students’ biases and help them to appreciate and respect multiple cultures and prepare them for entering and competing in a cosmopolitan workforce.


Special Topics Courses Related to COVID-19

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