Online Course Offerings
Wintersession 2014 will begin December 20, 2013 and run through January 20, 2014. All Wintersession courses are fully online delivered in Blackboard 9.1 and accessible via the Internet. Advance registration begins Wednesday, October 16.
Please check back the first week in October for a complete listing of courses to be offered in Wintersession 2014.
All Wintersession courses are fully online delivered in Blackboard 9.1 and accessible via the Internet. All courses are 4 weeks in length beginning December 20, 2013 and ending January 20, 2014.
College of Arts & Sciences
A Afs 150 (Class # 1059)
Life in the Third World (3)
Introduction to cultural variation and fragmentation among third-world developing communities. Some lectures and discussions are led by third-world graduate students. Whenever possible, distinguished visitors from third-world countries are also involved in the course (IP).
Instructor: Alexander Gyamfi
A Afs 287 (Class # 1037)
Africa in the Modern World (3)
Africa since 1800: exploration, the end of the slave trade, the development of interior states, European partition, the colonial period, and the rise of independent Africa. Only one of A Aas 287 and A His 287 may be taken for credit (IP).
Instructor: Frank Essien
A Afs 311 (Class # 1098)
History of Slavery in the Western Hemisphere (3)
The institution of slavery and its effects in the Western Hemisphere, its origins, bases of continuance, and contemporary residuals (USHIS, CHALLENGES).
Instructor: Oscar Williams
A Ant 108 (Class # 1099)
Cultural Anthropolgy (3)
Anthropology is the study human cultural diversity in all of its expressions. This course will explore both cultural anthropology and diversity through lectures, readings, films, and class discussions. Students will learn fundamental anthropological concepts, theories, and assumptions, as well as the contributions anthropologists have made to the understanding of diversity, culture, ethnicity, and gender in cross-cultural perspective (SS).
Instructor: Walter Little
A Ant 220 (Class # 1020)
A Lin 220 (Class # 1021)
Introduction to Linguistics (3)
Introduction to the study of language, including examination of the characteristics and structural principles of natural language. After exploring the basic characteristics of sound, word formation and sentence structure, these prinicples are applied to such topics as: language variation, language change, psycholinguistics, pragmatics, and animal communication. Only one of A ANT 220, A LIN 220, and A ENG 217 may be taken for credit (SS).
Instructor: Lee Bickmore
A Ant 240 (Class # 1100)
The North American Indian (3)
The nature and distribution of North American Indian cultures from the pre-Columbian period to the present (IP, SS).
Instructor: Heidi Nicholls
A Ant 269 (Class # 1070)
A Lcs 269 (Class # 1069)
The Caribbean: Peoples, History and Cultures (3)
Peoples, history and cultures of the 20th century Caribbean. Special emphasis will be placed on responses to colonialism and nationalism. Only one version of A ANT 269 or A LCS 269 may be taken for credit (IP).
Instructor: Lissette Acosta
A Arh 207 (Class # 1102)
A Cla 207 (Class # 1103)
Egyptian Archeology (3)
A survey of the remains of ancient Egypt from the earliest times to the Roman Empire. The pyramids, temples, tombs, mummies and works of art will be examined in an attempt to understand the unique character of ancient Egypt. Selections from Egyptian religious and historical texts will be read in translation. A ARH 207Z/A CLA 207Z are the writing intensive versions of A ARH 207/A CLA 207; only one may be taken for credit (AR, HU).
Instructor: Barry Dale
A Com 369 (Class # 1014)
Theories of Organizational Communication (3)
Theoretical models and empirical studies of communication within complex organizations. In-depth case study of one or more organizations. Prerequisite(s): A Com 265 or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Alan Belasen
A Com 370 (Class # 1061)
Theories of Mass Media (3)
The theories, research methods, and empirical research findings related to the effects of mass communication on individuals and society. Prerequisite(s): A COM 238 and 265, or permission of instructor.
Instructor: James Bonville
A Com 375 (Class # 1038)
Computer-Mediated Communication (3)
Possibly the most important technological innovation of the latter half of the 20th century, computer-mediated communication is revolutionizing interaction in the global village. This course explores how social life is accomplished in a variety of Internet CMC systems, including threaded email forums, instant messaging, chat rooms, videoconferencing, and World Wide Web pages.
Instructor: Alan Zemel
A Com 386 (Class # 1129 or # 1130)
Persuasion and Film (3)
This course will examine cinema as a vehicle of persuasion. Cinematic themes will be analyzed for their manifest and latent advocacy of various positions and points of view. A variety of films will be critically evaluated, including those that raise issues about race, gender, power, and politics. Contemporary thinking about persuasive message design will be drawn upon to investigate the cinematic presentation of these and other issues. A Com 368Z is the writing intensive version of A Com 386; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor.
Instructor: William Husson
A Eco 110 (Class # 1082)
Principles Economics I: Microeconomics (3)
Analysis of supply and demand in markets for goods and markets for the factors of production. Study of various market structures, price determination in perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive markets. May not be taken for credit by students with credit for A ECO 300. Prerequisite(s): plane geometry and intermediate algebra or A MAT 100 (SS).
Instructor: Papa Gueye
A Eng 202Z (Class # 1002)
Introduction to Studies in Rhetoric and Poetics (3)
During this four week online writing class, students will study the art of meaning in several different media. Students will craft responses to readings as graded discussion posts, and will contribute to threaded discussions and peer workshop groups. Writing assignments will include a rhetorical analysis, a story, a set of poetry exercises, a persuasive essay and a final project in open form. Most of the readings for the course are online as course files, but students are asked to read two additional required texts: 1984 by George Orwell and The Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore (WI).
Instructor: Jill Hanifan
A Eng 355 (Class # 1104)
Studies in Film: Anime & "Buddha in the Robot" (3)
This course is an introduction to some of the major genres of Japanese animation: sci-fi/cyberpunk/mecha, apocalypse, gothic/noir, romantic comedy, and epic. We will discuss anime’s distinctive paradigms and its narrative and visual styles with attention to anime’s development and circulation in postwar Japanese culture and to its contemporary commercial and cultural globalization. Because anime is a new field of film studies, relatively speaking, some readings are in early film theory, from a time when critics and theorists were trying to articulate what was significant about film as a new medium for art and experience. Though we are not seeing photographs animated for the first time, the advent of anime is something like a new medium and a new aesthetic. Other readings are critical analyses of particular works. We read these both for the writer’s particular insights into the film and for ideas about what it might be important to notice about anime in general or specific genres of anime or about animation. We may also read about the history of producing animation in general to help us understand the production of anime in particular. There are short writing assignments about the films, quizzes, and exams that cover the films and the readings.
Instructor: Patricia Chu
A His 100 (Class # 1003)
American Political and Social History I (3)
Survey of American history from the colonial era through the Civil War, with emphasis on the development of our political, constitutional, economic, social, and cultural institutions (USHIS).
Instructor: Jennifer A. Lemak
A His 140 (Class # 1125)
Cultures of Latin America (3)
Survey of the diverse pre-Columbian and New World societies and cultures of Spanish and Portuguese America from the pre-conquest period to the present. Broadly interdisciplinary introduction to the historical development of Latin American society, culture, politics, and economics with a special emphasis on elements such as race, gender, and class. Focus on the interactions of Indian, European, and Black cultural elements and on the complexities of what is known as Latin American culture. The study of the most distinctive elements of culture such as race, social systems and institutions, folklore and cultural expressions will take precedence over historical events. A LCS 100Z is the writing intensive version of A LCS 100Z and A HIS 140Z are the writing intensive versions of A LCS 100 or A HIS 140. Only one of A LCS 100, A LCS 100Z, A HIS 140, and A HIS 140Z ; only one may be taken for credit (IP).
Instructor: Maryann Kelly
A His 150 (Class # 1084)
Cultural Diversity and the Human Condition (3)
Interdisciplinary study of selected cultures or societies focusing on six themes: family and social structure; religion and cultural values and traditions; art and nature; continuity; change and their global implications; work and play; health, ecology, science/technology. Each semester two or more cultures, including at least one non-Western culture will be compared and contrasted with each other and with the contemporary US experiences. Examples will include Brazil, China, France, India, Mexico, Peru, Russia and West Africa. May be repeated once for credit when content differs.
Instructor: Risa Faussette
A His 225 (Class # 1085)
A Jst 225 (Class # 1040)
American Cinema and the Jews (3)
This course will explore the creative contributions that American Jews have made to the art of motion pictures, as well as the manner in which they have influenced and shaped the motion picture industry both on-screen and behind the camera. Through a representative sample of Hollywood studio and independent films, we will examine how Jewish filmmakers have explored many of the central issues in American life and culture and, more specifically, how their works have reflected the lives and concerns of American Jews. Additionally, film language and technique will be analyzed. Many of the American motion picture industry’s founding fathers were Jews who came to the United States from Eastern Europe. Many Hollywood stars, directors, and writers also were Jewish. This course will touch upon the manner in which the roots and ethnic identities of these men and women impacted on their careers, shaped the style and content of the films they made, and influenced the evolution of the motion picture industry. Artful cinematic approaches from their native lands, such as German Expressionism and Soviet montage theory, also contributed to the creation of a uniquely American style of filmmaking; the dark, fatalist humor of the shtetl would blossom in the hands of writers and filmmakers from Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen to the Coen Brothers. The course also will underscore the manner in which ethnicity and religion became factors in the Hollywood Blacklist of the late 1940s-1950s. Only one version of A HIS 225 or A JST 225 may be taken for credit (AR).
Instructor: Robert Edelman
A His 250 (Class # 1105)
A Jst 250 (Class # 1106)
The Holocaust in History (3)
Begins with an overview of European Jewish life on the eve of the attempt at its destruction, examines the cultural, social, and intellectual roots of Nazism, and discusses the efforts to isolate and marginalize those marked as "a-socials" in German society. Explores the radicalization of the Nazi program and investigates the variety of ways targeted groups responded to the crisis. Covers a number of survivor accounts and the memorialization and politicization of the Nazi Holocaust in the United States and Israel. Only one of A His 250 & A Jst 250 may be taken for credit (IP).
Instructor: Barry Trachtenberg
A His 263Z (Class # 1015)
Art, Music and History I (4)
"Art, Music, and History I" is a survey of European culture from ancient Greece through the Renaissance, which examines the many historical contexts that underlie art and music. Students do not need any background in the arts, as this is a course we will build from the ground up by first exploring the questions: What is art? Is it necessary? Where does it come from? Why is it important? And "What does it mean?" Our world is filled with art and music, and it did not get that way by accident. Broadly speaking, this is a course about cultural history, or how people live their lives in society--what they think, what they value, and what they do. If you can understand these basic ideas within your own life, then you will be able to understand them in history and vice versa. Although our focus here is on the arts, it is important to emphasize that we will study them within the political, social, economic and technological backgrounds from which they sprang and which they also influenced. Hopefully, you will see art, music, history and the world around you in ways you never thought possible (AR, HU, IP, WI).
Instructor: Anthony Anadio
A His 300 (Class # 1004)
The History of American Indians and the United States (3)
A detailed survey of the history of Native Americans, particularly those now within the territory of the United States, as communities and nations, from earliest history to the present. Prerequisite(s): A His 100 or A His 100Z (USHIS).
Instructor: Kwinn Doran
A His 390 (Class # 1065)
"That '70s" Class: America 1968-1984 (3)
This History topics course explores America in the long 1970s, approximately 1968 to 1984. Some have described the Seventies pejoratively as the "forgotten decade" when "nothing happened"-- an era of bad hair, bad clothes, and bad music, when Americans were "running out of gas" and lost faith in their elected leaders and their government. Reassessing the significance of this often dismissed decade, we will examine the key political, social and cultural transformations that shaped America in the long-1970s, through first-hand and interpretive accounts, in addition to film and music. A few major topics provide the overarching framework for our focused study of the Seventies: the decline of liberalism and the rise of conservatism; the "end of the great American ride," as postwar affluence came to a crashing halt; the crisis of oil and energy; the decline of American dominance on the world stage; and the ongoing rights revolutions, including black power, cultural nationalism, the women's movement, gay rights, and the sexual revolution. These developments shaped the larger themes or the big conceptual questions about the 1970s that we will analyze and discuss to arrive at useful, informative--and often contentious!--conclusions about the era. The Seventies became a time of reckoning and recognizing new limits, in both the literal and figurative sense: domestically and in international affairs. But the "zero-sum" society, the "culture of narcissism," or the "me decade," as it has been alternately labeled, also gave rise to the more transformative features of our time, developments that laid the framework for and shaped our contemporary society and culture. The rights revolution fostered an increasingly inclusive, yet diverse society; music and cinema underwent a remarkable renaissance; personal liberation fostered self-improvement; relaxed sexual and social mores transformed society in many positive and liberating ways for men and women; while the many subcultures of the Seventies, including skate, punk, rap, and pc tech shaped what are now multi-million and billion dollar industries. Ultimately, there is more to the 1970s than meets the eye, as you will discover over the course of this session. This is a “topics in American history” 300-level course, designed to meet the requirements for the AHIS390 credit. Specific topics for 390 courses are announced during advance registration periods. The course may be repeated for credit when the content varies. Prerequisites include permission of instructor, junior or senior standing, or 3 credits in History.
Instructor: Jennifer Armiger
A Lcs 100 (Class # 1066)
Cultures of Latin America (3)
Survey of the diverse pre-Columbian and New World societies and cultures of Spanish and Portugese America from the pre-conquest period to the present. Broadly interdisciplinary introduction to the historical developmentof Latin American society, culture, politics, and economics with a special emphasis on elements such as race, gender, and class. A Lcs 100Z and A His 140Z are the writing intensive verions of A Lcs 100 or A His 140. Only one of A Lcs 100, A Lcs 100Z, A His 140, and A His 140Z may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): Any course in Latin American Studies and/or Women's Studies and/or History (IP).
Instructor: Katiuscia Pelerin
A Lcs 100Z (Class # 1032)
Cultures of Latin America (3)
Survey of the diverse pre-Columbian and New World societies and cultures of Spanish and Portugese America from the pre-conquest period to the present. Broadly interdisciplinary introduction to the historical developmentof Latin American society, culture, politics, and economics with a special emphasis on elements such as race, gender, and class. A Lcs 100Z and A His 140Z are the writing intensive verions of A Lcs 100 or A His 140. Only one of A Lcs 100, A Lcs 100Z, A His 140, and A His 140Z may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): Any course in Latin American Studies and/or Women's Studies and/or History (IP, WI).
Instructor: Natacha Bolufer-Laurentie
A Lcs 150 (Class # 1107)
Puerto Rico: People, History, and Culture (3)
Survey of Puerto Rican culture on the island from the prehispanic era to the 20th century. Special emphasis will be placed on the change of sovereignty in 1898, the national question, class and culture, and migration. A Ant 146Z and A Lcs150Z are writing intensive versions of A Ant 146 and A Lcs 150; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Carmen Nieves
A Lcs 201 (Class # 1067)
Latino USA (3)
Intensive examination of Hispanic American society. Major Hispanic groups (e.g., Puerto Ricans, Mexican-Americans, Cubans) will be studied with emphasis on interaction between these groups and mainstream society, culture and value change in contact situations, and efforts to deal with prejudice and discrimination. Only one version of A LCS 201 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Katharine Paarlberg-Kvam
A Lcs 203 (Class # 1108)
Afro-Latin America (3)
The course will present a panorama of blackness in Latin America by examining aspects of its history and contemporary dynamics. Employing theories from Anthropology and Cultural Studies, the course will analyze the inclusion of peoples of African descent in national identities and discourses. We will examine both those countries, such as Brazil and Cuba, which highlight the presence of blacks in their narratives of the nation, as well as such countries as Mexico, Ecuador, and Nicaragua, which overlook the participation of Afro-descendants in the construction of their national discourses. We will analyze the "myths of foundation" of Latin American nations, such as "racial democracy" in Brazil, "transculturation" in Cuba, and the "cosmic race" in Mexico and how these myths are connected to ideas of gender, "race", "race" mixing, blackness and whiteness. We will also assess the relationship between blacks and the many other ethic groups within Latin American nations, and investigate transnational black connections on the American continent (IP).
Instructor: Luis Paredes
A Lcs 216 (Class # 1005 or # 1092)
A Mus 216 (Class # 1006 or # 1093)
Music and Society in Latin America: Past and Present (3)
This course will deal with two basic issues: the evolution of musical thought throughout Latin America from pre-Hispanic times to the present, and the relationship between musical manifestations and the prevailing social order in which those activities took place. A Mus 216Z & A Lcs 216Z, the writing intensive versions of A Mus 216 & A Lcs 216, are NOT offered online; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit (AR, HU, IP).
Instructor: Max Lifchitz
A Lcs 315 (Class # 1109)
Film in Contemporary Latin America (3)
Study of culture and society in Latin America as revealed through film. Emphasis on the use of film, especially in the "new cinema" movements, as an instrument for social and political change. History and current trends of cinema in selected countries (AR, HU).
Instructor: Karolina Babic
A Mat 220 (Class # 1071)
Linear Algebra (3)
Linear equations, matrices, determinants, finite dimensional vector spaces, linear transformations Euclidean spaces. Prerequisite(s): A MAT 113.
Instructor: Kehe Zhu
A Mat 311 (Class # 1110)
Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
Linear differential equations, systems of differential equations, series solutions, boundary value problems, existence theorems, applications to the sciences. Prerequisite(s): A Mat 214.
Instructor: Rongwei Yang
A Mus 100 (Class # 1111)
Introduction to Music (3)
Understanding the art of music through directed listening emphasizing the many uses of musical material. Uses numerous illustrations accenting the criteria which determine quality (AR).
Instructor: Ellen Burns
A Mus 226 (Class # 1026 or # 1027)
Hip Hop Music and Culture (3)
This course examines the evolution of Hip Hop music and culture (Graffiti art, B-Boying [break-dancing], DJ-ing, and MC-ing) from its birth in 1970's New York to its global and commerical explosion in the late 1990's. Students learn to think critically about both Hip Hop culture, and about the historical and political contexts in which Hip Hop culture took, and continues to take, shape. Particular attention is paid to questions of race, gender, authenticity, consumption, commodification, globalization, and good, old-fashioned funkiness (AR).
Instructor: Nicholas Conway
A Phy 103 (Class # 1016 or # 1072)
Exploration of Space (3)
The solar system, modern developments in planetary and space science; human exploration of space; space travel and future colonization (NS).
Instructor: Eric Woods
A Phy 140 (Class # 1112)
Physics I: Mechanics (3)
An introduction to the fundamentals of physics: Classical Mechanics. Topics include the concepts of force, energy and work applied to the kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies and an introduction to special relativity. Pre/corequisite: A Mat 111 or 112 or 118 (NS).
Instructor: Susan DiFranzo
A Soc 115 (Class # 1007)
Introduction to Sociology (3)
Nature of culture and of human society, personality development, groups and group structure, social institutions, the processes of social change (SS).
Instructor: Paul Calarco
A Soc 203 (Class # 1041)
Introduction to the study of crime, including the development of criminal law, the relationship between crime and social structure, and the individual and social causes of crime. Only one of A SOC 203, 381, R CRJ 200, 203 may be taken for credit (SS).
Instructor: Michelle Barton
A Soc 210 (Class # 1113)
Sociology of Culture (3)
The social settings within which culture--literature, painting, theatre, fashion, popular magazines, graffiti, television--are produced and consumed. Special attention is paid to the development of artistic careers, the forces shaping markets for artistic objects and performances, the effects of censorship, and class differences in the consumption of culture. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 (SS).
Instructor: Andrew Horvitz
A Soc 220 (Class # 1042)
Introduction to Social Research (3)
Examination of the assumptions and techniques of social research: problems of design, data collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis; review of current research in professional journals; the uses of survey research; application of concepts through individual and class projects (IT Commons).
Instructor: Erica Hunter
A Soc 235 (Class # 1043)
Sociological Theory (3)
Overview of major schools of theory influencing current sociological inquiry. Discussion of selected works of classical and contemporary theorists. The influence of values on theorizing and the issue of value neutrality. An evaluation of the role of theory in the growth of the discipline.
Instructor: Joseph Gibbons
A Soc 250 (Class # 1074)
Sociology of Families (3)
The family as a social institution; types of family organization; the family as a socializing agency and its interrelations with other institutions; the impact of social change on the American family with particular reference to the transition from a rural-agricultural to a predominantly urban-industrial society. Only one version of A SOC 250 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Emily Pain
A Soc 262 (Class # 1075)
Sociology of Gender (3)
This course examines how gender is socially constructed in contemporary U.S. society. The course examines how gender orders our everyday lives, our sense of self, our friendships, romances, conversations, clothing, body image, entertainment, work, sexuality, and parenthood. Students will learn how conceptions about gender create and enforce a system of gender difference and inequality. This course will examine the lives, experiences, and representations of heterosexual and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) persons. The course will reveal the “common sense” world of gender that surrounds us by exposing the workings of institutions such as the family, the classroom, the workplace, and the media. Throughout the course we will emphasize the ways in which people experience gender opportunities and constraints differently according to their race, gender, class, and sexuality. Only one version of A SOC 262 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115 or permission of instructor (SS).
Instructor: Samantha Applin
A Soc 299 (Class # 1044)
Urban Sociology (3)
This course examines the urban world through a sociological lens. Major historical and theoretical perspectives on the city as developed by sociologists, as well as other social scientists, will be examined and applied to an analysis of the contemporary American city. The first section of the course defines Urban Sociology while considering the influence of social factors such as race, class, gender, economics, culture, and politics on the development of urban areas. The following section moves into an exploration of many of the key aspects defining contemporary life in metropolitan areas today, including immigration, poverty, segregation, crime, urban culture, and the recent housing and economic crisis. The final section focuses on historical and contemporary urban policy. The course concludes with a discussion on the future of urban sociology. Through the readings, class discussions, and course project, students should leave the course with a strong understanding of the variety of features – positive and negative – present in today’s urban landscape as well as the social factors that help create and sustain these characteristics.
Instructor: Chris Galvan
A Soc 362 (Class # 1076)
Sociology of Sexualities (3)
This course reviews the core of the sociology of sexuality from a sociohistorical perspective. Among the topics to be discussed are the theoretical approaches to sexuality, the making of sexual identities, the relationship between sexuality and social institutions, and sexual politics and ethics. Specific examples include hip-hop sexualities, gay marriage, sexual tourism, transgender identities, and heterosexual intimacy. Only one version of A SOC 362 or A WSS 363 may be taken for credit Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Nicole Lamarre
A Soc 384 (Class # 1115)
Sociology of Aging (3)
A broad introduction to aging as a social phenomenon and its implications for both individuals and societies. Specific topics include: historical, cross-cultural, and racial/ethnic differences in the social meanings and consequences of aging, conceptual issues and empirical patterns related to work and retirement, family, residential location, and death and dying; and program and policy issues associated with aging, including retirement and health care policy. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115Z.
Instructor: Michelle Barton
A Soc 389 (Class # 1077)
Sociology of 9/11 and the War on Terror (3)
This course explores the cultural and political impact of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The media's role in constructing meanings is the main organizing focus of the course. Areas of examination include: The attacks and their immediate aftermath, historical meanings and factors in place before 9/11, and how 9/11 changed our culture (and global culture) since and will continue to change it into the future. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Nicole Michaud Wild
School of Business
B Itm 645 (Class # 1079)
Psychology and Information Security (3)
This course provides students with an appreciation for and understanding of the psychological processes that impact information security. Three broad themes are covered. The first explores the psychology of the attacker, and examines the motivation and techniques of cyber criminals and hackers. The second theme stresses the importance of the user in the success of security systems. Students will be introduced to basic perceptual, cognitive, and motivational processes and biases that compromise security and increase vulnerability to attacks. The third theme examines how humans interact with machines and technology and how this interaction affects security in organizations.
Instructor: Kevin Williams
School of Education
E Est 300 (Class # 1047)
Social Foundations of Education (3)
Inquiry into educational policies, purposes, and ideas based upon the resources and insights of the humanities and the social sciences. Only one of E EST 300 and 301 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Gina Giuliano
E Spe 460 (Class # 1017)/E Spe 560 (Class # 1080)
Introduction to Human Exceptionality (3)
Characteristics of individuals whose cognitive, physical, or emotional development differs from typical individuals. Special education history and laws are discussed, as is the process leading to the development of individualized education plans and special education services. Selected strategies for students with special needs are also presented. (Not open to those students who previously completed E Psy 460).
Instructor: Matthew LaFave
E Spe 562 (Class # 1124)
Characteristics of and Methods for Teaching Exceptional Secondary Students in Inclusive Settings (3)
Characteristics of students with disabilities and gifted students. Examines legislative mandates and the process of developing and implementing differentiated and special education services for students at the middle childhood or adolescence levels. Use of research-based approaches and methods, including co-teaching and collaboration for integrating students with disabilities is emphasized.
Instructor: Sean O'Connell
E Tap 487 (Class # 1132)/E Tap 687 (Class # 1139)
Online Learning and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) (3)
Last year more than 6 million US college students enrolled in credit bearing online courses. This reflects growth in online education of nearly 300% between 2003 and 2013. Last year several new online initiatives began and millions of additional students joined the ranks of higher education online learners. This course will introduce students to online learning concepts, history, research, and theory. It will include an analysis of recent developments including the entry of Ivy League and other elite institutions providing college level online courses to millions of students for little or no tuition. Course participants will engage in discussions around access, students, faculty, learning effectiveness, and cost issues in these rapidly expanding online learning environments. Students will also critically examine a variety of perspectives suggesting an historic shift in the nature and future of higher education. Not open to students who have previously taken E Tap 683.
Instructor: Peter Shea
College of Computing & Information
I Csi 103 (Class # 1008)
Topics in Computer Literacy: Web Programming I (3)
Instructor: Michael Kolta
I Csi 300Z (Class # 1116)
Social, Security, and Privacy Implications of Computing I (3)
The ethical and moral implications of using computers to affect the lives of individual and collective members of human society. Material drawn from a variety of topics, including security and privacy in computers, networks, security measures, and human users, data banks vs. rights to privacy, intellectual property, open vs. closed software, software piracy, unauthorized access, and other computer crimes. Prerequisite(s): I Csi 101, I Csi 110, I Csi 201 or other hands-on course in programming (IT Commons, WI).
Instructor: Dawit Demissie
School of Criminal Justice
R Crj 202 (Class # 1045)
Introduction to Law and Criminal Justice (4)
Students will study judicial decisions involving constitutional and other legal issues relevant to criminal justice, including the government’s power to define conduct as criminal, procedural rights, defenses, the rights of juveniles, and punishment. In addition to class meetings, students will enroll in a discussion section where they will engage in legal writing and moot court exercises.
Instructor: Joanne Malatesta
R Crj 351 (Class # 1118)
Policing in a Free Society (3)
Introduction to the study of the local police in the United States, which provides the basis for a continuing study of policing. Also for the individual whose concern is to be an informed citizen dealing effectively with the problems which policing in America does raise. Policing is seen from three perspectives: the police -officer-citizen interaction, the agency-community relationship, and the legal and ethical questions of policing in a democratic society. Considers the background of policing, the problems it must meet in the future, the police task, the major kinds of police work, and the system relationships which tie the police to the community and the criminal justice system.
Instructor: Stephen Pate
R Crj 353 (Class # 1119)
American Criminal Courts (3)
Examines the organization and operations of state and local criminal court systems from the perspective of social science research and public policy analysis. Major issues include: the role of courts in American society; bail and pre-trial procedures; the roles and decisions of prosecutors, judges and the defense bar; selection and operation of grand juries and trial juries; sentencing of criminal defendants; and others. The operations of juvenile and adult courts are compared, and efforts directed toward court reform are assessed.
Instructor: Andrea Kordzek
R Pos 101 (Class # 1046)
American Politics (3)
Introduction to the study of politics, focusing on American national government. Includes some discussion of theoretical questions (such as authority, representation, and consent) and some illustrative examples from the area of comparative and international politics (US HIS).
Instructor: Anne Hildreth
R Pos 101 (Class # 1117)
American Politics (3)
Introduction to the study of politics, focusing on American national government. Includes some discussion of theoretical questions (such as authority, representation, and consent) and some illustrative examples from the area of comparative and international politics (US HIS).
Instructor: Wesley Nishiyama
R Pos 140 (Class # 1120)
Introduction to Public Policy (3)
Introduction to theories of how democracies make public policy. Describes the roles of government institutions, the media, and interest groups in the policy process. Reviews current theories of how problems are identified and how policies are formulated, enacted, and implemented to address public problems. Only one of R PUB 140 and R POS 140 may be taken for credit (SS).
Instructor: Cecilia Ferradino
R Pos 336 (Class # 1121)
Civil Liberties (3)
The ways in which the courts have interpreted the Constitution with respect to individual freedoms. Examines a range of source materials to assess the role of the judiciary in arbitrating between the individual and the state, and its implications in American political life.
Instructor: Natalie Johnson
R Pos 343 (Class # 1081)
Homeland Security (3)
This undergraduate survey course introduces students to the US government response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, specifically, the second largest reorganization of the executive branch that produced the US Department of Homeland Security. Topics examined include border and transportation security, customs, immigration policy and enforcement; preparedness and capabilities building, response and resilience; critical infrastructure protection; threat and vulnerability assessment and risk management; cyber security; counter-terrorism. Although the course is primarily focused on US federal government activities, it will also examine state and local dimensions of homeland security as well as US government interactions with other countries in the homeland security domain.
Instructor: Rick Mathews
R Pos 365 (Class # 1122)
Government and the Mass Media (3)
Study of the relation of the mass media to the American political process, including an examination of the effect of the mass media on legislative actions, the executive, voting behavior and the bureaucracy.
Instructor: Jessica Aubin
School of Social Welfare
R Ssw 299 (Class # 1123)
This course is a critical analysis of the global phenomenon of multiculturalism. Focus is on its interconnectedness with globalization, national and transnational migration, surrounding debates, and effects on the U.S. and other world nations. Theoretical perspectives and methods underlying social work and allied disciplines provide the overarching framework. It examines the history, variations, contributions, and distinct experiences of ethnic groups comprising current multicultural U.S. society giving special attention to the intersections of gender, social class, race, religion, and ethnic group membership. This course enables students to heighten awareness of their own ethnic heritage, strengthen knowledge and understanding of ethnic groups within and outside of the U.S., become engaged global citizens, and be better prepared to function effectively in today's multicultural global society. Only one version may be taken for credit (CHALLENGES).
Instructor: Blanca Ramos
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