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 19, 2014 and ending January 19, 2015.
College of Arts & Sciences
A Afs 287 (Class # 1029)
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 Afs 287 and A His 287 may be taken for credit (IP).
Instructor: Frank Essien
Anthropology & Linguistics
A Ant 108 (Class # 1071)
Cultural Anthropology (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 131 (Class # 1230)
Ancient Peoples of the World (3)
Ancient cultures from around the world will be presented and analyzed from the available archaeological data. The gradual development of civilization in both the Old and New Worlds will be the focus of the course. Only one of A Cla 131 & A Ant 131 may be taken for credit (SS).
Instructor: Sean Rafferty
A Ant 220 (Class #s 1018 or 1231)
A Lin 220 (Class #s 1019 or 1235)
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 principles 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 # 1072)
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 340 (Class # 1232)
Anthropology of Sex (3)
This is a topics course dedicated to exploring the relationship between culture, society, and sexuality. Primary topics in this course include alternative cultural conceptions of sexual behavior and identity, gender roles, and the interaction of modern cultural interaction with sex and sexuality. Interwoven in this course is a focus on how a culturally relative understandings of sex and sexuality can inform public health project domestically and worldwide. Prerequisite(s): A Ant 108Z or 108.
Instructor: Ryan Levy
A Ant 340 (Class # 1233)
Anthropology of Social Media (3)
Over the last few decades, a good deal of social science research has imagined “traditional” forms of community and sociality in decline, a trend that social media appears to have reversed, as these new communicative technologies have contributed to a rather dramatic reimagining of community and communicative practices. As a core tenet of anthropology is to view the individual as part of a wider set of social relationships, the discipline is uniquely positioned to explore the relevance and impact of social media on our everyday lives. Drawing on key concepts and recent scholarship in anthropology, sociolinguistics, and communications, this course will critically evaluate the impact of social media on social relationships, language practices, and identity by asking questions such as: What are the consequences of social networking across cultures? How are lives being changed by online engagement? What impact does social media have on social relationships and networks? Do sites such as Facebook and Twitter (or Orkut and Sina Weibo) approximate some kind of community? While grounded in ethnographic and linguistic theory, this course will also be rooted in practice, actively engaging ethnographic methods through sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr. Prerequisite(s): A
Ant 108Z or 108.
Instructor: Jennifer Crowley
A Ant 381 (Class # 1234)
Anthropology of Gender (3)
The Anthropology of Gender class plays a fundamental role in encouraging reflection on the role of culture and society in defining moral categories of gender and sexuality. By introducing you to various techniques of social critique, this class is designed to maximize your ability to critically interrogate many ideas taken for granted in contemporary U.S. society. Drawing on a variety of ethnographic material, we will explore how anthropologists have engaged with fundamental questions such as: are gender roles based in biology and/or culture? What factors define the relative (in) equality of men and women—especially women and work? What is the relationship between gender and reproduction? Theoretical issues in the literature will in turn be linked to “real life experiences” and to policy debates throughout the world. A Ant 381Z and A Wss 381Z are writing intensive versions of A Ant 381 and A Wss 381; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Mounia El Kotni
Art History & Classical Archaeology
A Arh 207 (Class # 1073)
A Cla 207 (Class # 1074)
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 100 (Class # 1252 or # 1253)
Human Communication: Language and Social Action (3)
Introduction to human communication in terms of an examination of the communication needs, processes, and results that typically occur in different social settings (SS).
Instructor: William Husson
A Com 265X (Class # 1260 or # 1261)
Introduction to Communication Theory (3)
Approaches to the study of human communication. Consideration of major research findings, methods and conceptualizations in such areas as persuasion, interpersonal communication, group communication, organizational communication, and mass communication. A Com 265 is restricted to A-E grading after matriculation at Albany.
Instructor: Michael Barberich
A Com 369 (Class # 1013)
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 # 1045)
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 # 1030)
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
East Asian Studies
A Eac 170 (Class # 1236)
China: Its Culture & Heritage (3)
Survey of the essential elements of traditional Chinese civilization and their transformation in the 20th century. Focus is on the development of basic Chinese social, political and aesthetic ideas. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Chinese required (HU IP).
Instructor: Minggang, Li
A Eco 110 (Class # 1060)
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 Eco 330 (Class # 1258)
Economics of Development (3)
Introduction to the analysis of economic growth and development. Historical, descriptive, and analytical approaches to the problems of fostering economic growth. Consideration of alternative theories of the causes and problems of underdevelopment. A ECO 330Z is the writing intensive version of A ECO 330; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A ECO 110 and 111.
Instructor: Sandwip Das
A Eng 335 (Class # 1237)
Literature in English After 1900: In Depth Study of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land (3)
We will spend our time this winter session entirely on interpreting and understanding T.S. Eliot’s long poem in its political, intellectual, economic, historical and cultural contexts. You will be reading this poem straight through and in its entirety as well as various sections several times. Thus, you should not take this course unless you are prepared to spend time on detail work and analysis—things like looking up and understanding all the footnotes, references and allusions that have become almost a part of Eliot’s text through their use in serious editions of The Waste Land. Broad plot summary and commentary on characters will not be part of the discussion and will not be considered a legitimate exam essay topic. In addition to reading The Waste Land repeatedly, you will be reading articles and watching video lectures on World War I, the artistic movement modernism and biographical information on some of the authors, artists and editors who participated in it, some history of the critical reception of The Waste Land and how it has become so important to English studies today, cultures of gender and sexuality in England and America while Eliot was writing, and some of Eliot’s essays on aesthetics and philosophy. Substantive essay quality participation in class discussion at least once per 24 hours will be required (for the highest grade more participation will be necessary) although the precise time of day you participate will be your choice. There will be exams with short answer and essay sections.
Instructor: Patricia Chu
A Eng 358 (Class # 1238)
Studies in Poetry: American Modernist Poetry (3)
Examination of poetry, with an emphasis on study of poetic forms and modes. Topics to be discussed may include, among others: major developments in themes, language, forms and modes of poetry; poetics; poetry in the arts, including theatre and song. May be repeated once for credit when content varies.
Instructor: Jill Hanifan
History & Judaic Studies
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 (USHIS1 USHIS2).
Instructor: Jennifer A. Lemak
A His 101 (Class # 1240)
American Political and Social History II (3)
Survey of American history from the Civil War to the present, with emphasis on the development of our political, constitutional, economic, social, and cultural institutions. A His 101Z is the writing intensive version of A His 101; only one may be taken for credit (USHIS1 USHIS2).
Instructor: Britt Haas
A His 225 (Class # 1062)
A Jst 225 (Class # 1031)
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 # 1076)
A Jst 250 (Class # 1077)
The Holocaust in History (3)
This class is an exploration into the causes, course, and aftermath of the Nazi Holocaust. It begins with a discussion of the rise of totalitarian regimes and situates the Holocaust within the many attempts at genocide that occurred in the twentieth century. The class then traces the development of Nazism, examines European Jewish life during the first half of the century, and discusses Nazi efforts to eliminate those groups deemed to be a threat to German racial superiority. The class then explores the radicalization and expansion of the Nazi program within the context of World War II. It pays close attention to the variety of ways that Jews and other targeted groups such as homosexuals and the physically and mentally disabled responded to this crisis. Finally, it examines a number of survivor accounts and looks at the memorialization, politicization, and sacralization of the Nazi Holocaust. By the end of the class, students will have attained a thorough introduction to the complicated history of the Nazi Holocaust.Only one of A His 250 & A Jst 250 may be taken for credit (IP).
Instructor: Barry Trachtenberg
A His 263Z (Class # 1014)
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 (USHIS2).
Instructor: Kwinn Doran
A His 346 (Class # 1241)
History of England I (3)
The historical development of English society and government from early times to the 17th century. A His 346Z is the writing intensive version of A His 346; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing, or 3 credits in history.
Instructor: Patrick Nold (IP)
A His 390 (Class # 1046)
"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.
Instructor: Jennifer Armiger
Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies
A Lcs 150 (Class # 1078)
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 (USHIS2).
Instructor: Carmen Nieves
A Lcs 203 (Class # 1079)
Afro-Latin America (3)
This course highlights the presence of peoples of African descent in Latin America by examining aspects of the region’s history and contemporary social dynamics. Employing theories from Anthropology, Sociology, and Cultural Studies, the course analyzes how blackness has been dealt with in national identities and discourses. We will study the “myths of foundation” and “mestizaje” of Latin American nations. We will also look at the relationship between blacks and other ethnic groups within two Latin American countries. This course will focus specifically on a comparative study of blacks in Brazil and Peru. In Brazil, we will analyze how Afro-Brazilians (Blocos Afro) “reinvented” blackness in “The Black Atlantic” to create identity and in Peru; we will analyze how Afro-Peruvians (Perú Negro) “revived” blackness in “The Black Pacific” to also create identity. In the process of “reinventing” and “reviving” blackness, we will do a comparative study between both nations through the examination of the black body, performativity, choreographic exploration, theories of identity, race-representations, and the transnationalization of blackness (IP SS).
Instructor: Luis Paredes
A Lcs 216 (Class # 1005 or # 1067)
A Mus 216 (Class # 1006 or # 1068)
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 # 1080)
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
Mathematics & Statistics
A Mat 108 (Class # 1242)
Elementary Statistics (3)
Frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability and sampling, estimation, testing of hypotheses, linear regression and correlation. Prerequisite(s): three years of high school mathematics. Not open for credit by students who have taken A Mat 308 (MA).
Instructor: Karin Reinhold
A Mat 220 (Class # 1051)
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 # 1081)
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 # 1082)
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 216 (Class # 1006 or # 1068)
A Lcs 216 (Class # 1005 or # 1067)
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 Mus 226 (Class # 1021 or # 1022)
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 # 1015 or # 1052)
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 # 1268)
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: Ozgur Celenk
A Soc 180 (Class # 1254)
Social Problems (3)
Applies the concepts, methods, and ethics of sociology to the analysis of "social problems." A SOC 180Z is the writing intensive version of A SOC 180; only one may be taken for credit (CHALLENGES SS).
Instructor: Stephanie Mack
A Soc 203 (Class # 1032)
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 # 1084)
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 235 (Class # 1034)
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: Abby Stivers
A Soc 250 (Class # 1053)
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 # 1054)
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 350 (Class # 1085)
Social Movements (3)
Mobilization of social, ethnic, national and gender groups is the focal concern. Both macro and micro approaches will be employed. Motivations, resources, ideologies, patterns, and outcomes will be discussed. Major theoretical models will be presented and evaluated. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115Z.
Instructor: Stephanie Mack
A Soc 359 (Class # 1244)
Medical Sociology (3)
Comprehensive introduction to sociological factors in disease etiology and illness behavior and to the sociology of the organization of medical practice and the health professions. A Soc 359Z is the writing intensive version of A Soc 359 and A Soc 359W is the writing intensive and oral discourse version of A Soc 359; only one of A Soc 359, A Soc 359Z, and A Soc 359W may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z (SS).
Instructor: Kaya Hamer-Small
A Soc 362 (Class # 1055)
Special Topics in Sociology of Culture: 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 # 1086)
Special Topics in Sociology of Culture: 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 # 1056)
Sociology of 9/11 and the War on Terrorism (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
A Soc 389 (Class # 1243)
Sociology of the Holocaust (3)
This course is an overview of the sociological literature on the Holocaust, specifically, and genocide, more generally. Students will learn more about the social causes and effects of genocide through a focus on the Holocaust. We will begin with the basic history of the Holocaust and discuss why sociology, as a discipline, should be interested in its study. Then we will cover major sociological explanations of different aspects of the Holocaust, including: the behavior of perpetrators and victims; class based, political, and cultural/ideological explanations of the events of the Holocaust; the Holocaust in international perspective; racism and nationalism and the crises of states in formation; and finally, the long term effects and reactions to the historical fact or experience of the Holocaust. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115.
Instructor: Lacy Mitchell
School of Business
Information Technology & Management
B Itm 645 (Class # 1264)
School of Education
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
Educational & Social Thought
E Est 300 (Class # 1038)
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 # 1016)/E Spe 560 (Class # 1058)
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 # 1095)
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
Educational Theory & Practice
E Tap 487 (Class # 1265)
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.
Instructors: Peter Shea/Timothy McLaughlin
E Tap 655S (Class # 1245)
Contemporary Science Education (3)
This course prepares graduate students in online instruction
for science education with emphasis on models and model-building as
instructional tools. We examine a variety of modeling perspectives and
practices commonly adopted by science educators in an online
Instructor: Rory Glass
E Tap 687 (Class # 1266)
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.
Instructors: Peter Shea/Timothy McLaughlin
School of Public Health
Environmental Health Sciences
H Ehs 590 (Class # 1251)
College of Computing & Information
Introduction to Environmental Health (3)
Basic concepts of the modes of transmission of environmental stressors from source or reservoir to host and methods of reducing their impact on human population; basic concepts, methods and premises of environmental risk management. Permission of Online MPH Program Director required.
Instructor: Lloyd Wilson
I Csi 103 (Class # 1008)
Topics in Computer Literacy: Web Programming I (3)
Instructor: Michael Kolta
I Csi 105 (Class # 1246)
Computing & Information (3)
A broad introduction to computer and information sciences and related disciplines. All of these fields study various aspects of information and the modern digital computer. Among the central topics of this course, students will learn basic computer programming because understanding how computers work is a key to understanding their use across all of the disciplines in Computing and Information. The topics include what we can and cannot known through computing, interactions between technology and humans, and a series of contemporary applications of the disciplines. The course includes critical readings, multiple perspectives, formulation and defense of opinions, common themes among diverse topics, and skills and practice of teamwork.
course in programming.
Instructor: Dawit Demissie
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
I Inf 202 (Class # 1259)
School of Criminal Justice
Introduction to Data & Databases (3)
This course introduces students to data and databases. It covers both long-standing relational (SQL) databases and newly emerging non-relational (NoSQL) data stores. The nature of data, Big Data, intellectual property, system lifecycle, and development collaboration are also explored. Team-based activities alternate with hands-on exercises. Prerequisite(s): I CSI 101, 105, 110 or 201 or B ITM 215; not open to students who are taking or have completed I CSI 410 or 411 or B ITM 331.
Instructor: Jensen Jacob
R Crj 202 (Class # 1036)
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 203 (Class # 1255)
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; A Soc 381; R Crj 200 or R Crj 203 can be taken for credit. Prequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z (SS).
Instructor: Megan Kurlychek
R Crj 281 (Class # 1247)
Introduction to Statistics in Criminal Justice (3)
Provides an introduction to statistical methods useful for analyzing the types of data most often encountered in criminal justice research, and it is intended primarily for criminal justice undergraduates. The course has a "practitioner"; orientation, emphasizing how to understand and use statistics rather than how to create them. A variety of widely used statistical methods will be considered, including descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, hypothesis testing (inferential statistics,) and contingency tables. A working knowledge of high school algebra will be assumed. May not be taken for credit by students with credit for A Soc 221 (MA).
Instructor: Camela Steinke
R Crj 351 (Class # 1089)
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 # 1091)
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 Crj 405 (Class # 1256)
Drugs, Crime & Criminal Justice (3)
This course examines the extent of illicit drug use and drug dealing in the United States; the impact of illicit drugs on individuals, communities, and the criminal justice system; correlates of and influences on illicit drug use; and the connections between illicit drug use and other forms of criminal behavior. Efforts to reduce the supply of and demand for illicit drugs, including street-level law enforcement, military intervention, education, treatment, and drug testing are reviewed. Legal issues in drug policy, including the drug legalization debate, are considered. Prerequisite(s): R Crj 200 or 201 or permission of instructor or junior or senior class standing.
Instructor: Stephen Pate
R Crj 413 (Class # 1257)
Victims of Crime (3)
Examination of the multifaceted problem of crime victimization. Focuses on the incidence of criminal victimization, social characteristics of crime victims, the treatment of the victim in the criminal justice system, and efforts designed to alleviate the consequences of criminal victimization and provide support to victims. Prerequisite(s): R Crj 200.
Instructor: Megan Kennedy
R Crj 418 (Class # 1248)
Information Use & Misuse in Criminal Justice (3)
The information technology revolution has had a large impact on the criminal justice system. This course will use contemporary examples to explore the ways in which criminal justice information is used for different purposes and to examine some common mistakes made when interpreting such information.
Instructor: Janet Stamatel
R Pad 505 (Class # 1250)
Data, Models & Decisions (4)
Basic introduction to statistical methods and tests. Specific course topics include measurement, probability, distribution, tables and graphs, estimation and hypothesis testing, and linear models. Emphasis is placed on interpreting and presenting statistical outputs, including reports generated by computer programs. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Instructor: Junesoo Lee
R Pos 101 (Class # 1088)
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 (USHIS1 USHIS2 SS).
Instructor: Wesley Nishiyama
R Pos 102 (Class # 1249)
Comparative & International Politics (3)
The characteristics and development of statehood and power; conditions of stability; constitutions and the comparative political processes; the international order and the nation-state system. (CHALLENGES SS).
Instructor: Youcheer Kim
R Pos 343 (Class # 1267)
School of Social Welfare
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 Ssw 299 (Class # 1094)
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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