Online Course Offerings

All Wintersession courses are fully online delivered through Blackboard 9.1. All enrolled students can access their course(s) two weeks before the first day of classes (beginning on Thursday, December  7, 2017). Students are encouraged to use the two weeks before the winter term begins to review the course schedule and syllabus and familiarize themselves with the system.Technical issues (if any) should be resolved prior to the Wintersession start date of Thursday, December 21, 2017.

Wintersession 2018 will begin Thursday, December 21, 2017 and run through Thursday, January 18, 2018. All Wintersession courses are fully online delivered in Blackboard 9.1 and accessible via the Internet. Advance registration begins Wednesday, October 18.

Please check back the first week in October for a complete listing of courses to be offered in Wintersession 2017.

 

Courses

College of Arts & Sciences

Africana Studies

       

A Afs 287 (Class # 1013)
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 version of A AFS 287 and A HIS 287 may be taken for credit (IP).
Instructor: Frank Essien

Anthropology & Linguistics

A Ant 100 (Class # 1180)
Culture, Society, and Biology (3)
Introduction to the issue of human diversity, the course poses the question of what it means to be human. Through study of biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and ethnology, students will explore the range of diversity within our shared humanity, and seek explanations which might account for it. (IP)
Instructor: Crystal Sheedy

A Ant 104 (Class # 1240)
Archaeology (3)

Introduction to the methods used by archaeologists to study ancient sites and artifacts. Topics include archaeological fieldwork, laboratory analysis, dating, interpretation of artifacts, and the reconstruction of past cultural patterns. Examples include studies of ancient and recent societies. (IP SS)
Instructor: Jessica Watson       

A Ant 108 (Class # 1026)
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 110 (Class # 1213)
Introduction to Human Evolution (3)

Introduction to human evolution. This course spans the human fossil record from "Lucy" to Cro-Magnon. Topics include our primate past and the evolution of upright walking. The steady increase in our ancestors' brain size is explored along with the cultural correlates of biological evolution such as stone tools, language origins and cave art. (NS)
Instructor: Sarah Ledogar

A Ant 111 (Class # 1263)
Introduction to the Primates (3)
Survey of the basic morphology and behavior of nonhuman primates. Prosimian and anthropoid primates are studied in terms of their comparative morphology and behavior, with reference to these same features among humans. (NS)
Instructor: Amanda Spriggs

 

A Ant 201 (Class # 1241)
Critical Thinking and Skepticism in Anthropology (3)

How many people believe most everything they are told, or everything that they read? How can we tell the difference between statements that are based on fact, and those based only on opinion, ideology, error, or falsehood? Why should we care in the first place? This class will help you answer these questions, and hopefully raise many more. We will cover the ways in which your own brain and senses can trick you. We will cover the common mistakes made in reasoning, "logical fallacies" that can lead even the most critical of thinkers to false conclusions. We will cover several of the most common types of false information that people encounter today, such as psychics, astrology, or complementary and alternative medicine, and will explore why these are problematic. Our focus throughout will be on identifying current, real world examples of "uncritical thinking" in popular and news media. Hopefully at the end of the course, we will all be better consumers of knowledge. Only one version of A ANT 201 may be taken for credit. (CHALLENGES)
Instructor: Sean Rafferty

A Ant 340 (Class # 1229)
Topics in Ethnology: Ethnology of Ireland (3)

Irish culture has long held a certain fascination throughout the world, particularly among the Irish diaspora. Ireland’s entrance into the global economy and the ‘Celtic craze’ of the last three decades has largely contributed to the continuing commodification of Irish culture. Over the course of the semester, we will survey the manner in which various historical and media-driven discourse, immigrant experiences, artistic mediums, international tourism, and emerging global flows have contributed to recent conceptions of “Irishness.” By tracing the development of contemporary anthropological theory and methods in Irish and diasporic studies, and paying particular attention to the intersections and disjunctures between Irish and Irish-American cultural experiences, we will explore the historical construction, negotiation, and contest over what constitutes ‘Irishness’, core questions of identity, tradition, representation, cultural appropriation, and authenticity.Survey of the cultures of one of the major regions of the world. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Prerequisite(s): A Ant 108Z or 108.
Instructor: Jennifer Crowley

A Lin 200 (Class # 1218)/
A Eng 200 (Class # 1217)
Structure of English Words (3)

Introduction to the structure of English words, including the most common Greek and Latin base forms, and the way in which related words are derived. Students may expect to achieve a significant enrichment in their own vocabulary, while learning about the etymology, semantic change and rules of English word formation. Only one version of A ENG200 or A LIN200 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Lee Bickmore

Art History

A Arh 207 (Class # 1028)
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 is the writing intensive versions of A ARH 207; only one may be taken for credit.  (AR HU)
Instructor: Barry Dale

Chemistry

A Chm 105 (Class # 1265)
Chemistry in Our Lives (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry and their applications in everyday life. The course will explore the impact of chemistry on modern life by looking at its role in the environment, medicine, nanotechnology and polymers. Does not yield credit toward the major or minor in chemistry. Prerequisite(s): none.  (CHALLENGES NS)
Instructor: Colin Henck

Communication

A Com 100 (Class # 1168 or # 1169)
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 # 1174)
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. (SS)
Instructor: Michael Barberich

A Com 369 (Class # 1006)
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 # 1242)
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 A COM 265, or permission of instructor.
Instructor: James Bonville       

A Com 375 (Class # 1014)
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. (CHALLENGES)
Instructor: Alan Zemel  

A Com 378 (Class # 1243)
Studies in Public Persuasion: Leadership Communication (3)

Leadership Communication is an advanced Communication course aimed at providing student with in-depth knowledge on the various leadership theories and insight into effective leadership practices. A critical examination of leadership theories and research will be undertaken. Areas of leadership covered include: (1) Management versus leadership; (2) Trait theories of leadership; (3) Behavior theories of leadership; (3) Participative leadership and delegation; (4) Dyadic theories and followership; (5) Power and influence; (6) Contingency theories of leadership; (7) “Modern” theories of leadership (Charismatic, Transformational, & Transactional); (8) Leading teams, meetings and change; (9) Developing leadership skills; and (10) Ethical Leadership. Prerequisite(s): A COM 265 and junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor. (IT Commons)
Instructor: James Snack

East Asian Studies

A Eas 140 (Class # 1227)
Introduction to East Asian Cinema (3)

This course offers an introduction to East Asian cinema, with emphasis on movies produced in China and Japan. Lectures and class discussions will focus on the interpretation of cinematic texts, especially as they relate to cultural dynamics and social change. (AR)
Instructor: Aaron Proffitt     

Economics

A Eco 110 (Class # 1023)
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 # 1173 or # 1176 or # 1209)
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

English

A Eng 200 (Class # 1217)/
A Lin 200 (Class # 1218)

Structure of English Words (3)
Introduction to the structure of English words, including the most common Greek and Latin base forms, and the way in which related words are derived. Students may expect to achieve a significant enrichment in their own vocabulary, while learning about the etymology, semantic change and rules of English word formation. Only one version of A ENG200 or A LIN200 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Lee Bickmore

A Eng 358 (Class # 1244)
Studies in Poetry: Modernist Amr Poetry 1900-1950 (3)

This course will introduce students to selected themes and forms in Modern American poetry, and explore intersections and parallels with innovations and controversies in American art, music and media. Students will read a substantive collection of selected poems from important American poets and movements. In order to develop a broad awareness of the contexts of American poetry and poetics in the first half of the 20th Century, students will also read and view different types of related resource media, and explore and discuss key issues and controversies of the period. Focusing on issues of poetics, politics, society and media, online discussions will ask students to express their deepening awareness in increasingly complex and sophisticated interpretations, responses and analysis. Finally, by reading and reviewing selected critical essays, students will engage the contemporary critical conversation in Modern American Poetry studies. The course is divided into five chapters – a short review of basic poetic concepts, a short chapter on the poetry of Walt Whitman, and three thematic chapters. Each chapter introduces readings, including poetry, selected critical essays, web resources and links. Graded chapter assignments offer students alternatives and options, and include a reflective journal, online discussions and participation, and several short critical reviews. May be repeated once for credit when content varies.
Instructor: Jill Hanifan

Globalization Studies and Geography

A Glo 363 (Class # 1219)/
A Gog 250 (Class # 1220)
Latin American and Caribbean Perspectives on Globalization (3)

Analysis of the impact of globalization on Latin America and the Caribbean, and of ideas developed by Latin American and Caribbean observers of globalization processes. Prerequisite(s): A GLO 103 or A GLO/A GOG 225, or permission of Globalization Studies Director. Only one version of A GLO 363 or A GOG 250 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Neusa McWilliams

History & Judaic Studies

A His 100 (Class # 1002)
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. All books and readings for class are available at no cost on-line. (USHIS)
Instructor: Jennifer A. Lemak

A His 101 (Class # 1160)
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. (USHIS)
Instructor: Britt Haas 

A His 130 (Class # 1182)
History of European Civilization I (3)

Survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the West from its origins to the 18th century. A HIS 130Z is the writing intensive version of A HIS 130; only one may be taken for credit. (IP)
Instructor: Christopher Daly

A His 225 (Class # 1024)/
A Jst 225 (Class # 1015)
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 259 (Class # 1221)
History of Women and Social Change (3)
With an emphasis on the diversity of U.S. women, this course examines the social, historical, and economic forces that have shaped U.S. women's lives from about 1800-1970 and the contexts within which women have participated in and sometimes led social and political movements. (USHIS)
Instructor: Sarah Pacelli

A His 263 (Class # 1007)
Art, Music and History I (3)
"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)
Instructor: Anthony Anadio

A His 300 (Class # 1267)
The History of American Indians and the United States (3)

A detailed survey of the history of the North American Indians, particularly those now within the territory of the United States, as communities and nations, from the period of first contact to the present. Only one of A His 300 & A His 300Z may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A His 100 or A His 100Z. (USHIS)
Instructor: Kwinn Doran    

A His 346 (Class # 1161)
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. (IP)
Instructor: Patrick Nold

Journalism

 

A Jrl 100 (Class # 1246)
Foundations of Journalism (3)

Introduction to contemporary journalism as a major institution in American democracy. This course will help students become more informed about media and introduce them to the major issues in journalism. Topics range from media history and the economic structure of the industry to broad questions about the impact of media on individuals and society in a fast-changing technological society. Also addressed will be ethical and legal issues related to media practices in news media. A student must make a grade of C or better in this course in order to take AJRL 200Z. (AR)
Instructor: Shirley Perlman

 

Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies

A Lcs 100 (Class # 1245)
Culture and Power in the Americas (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. Only one of A LCS 100/100Z, A HIS 140/140Z, and A HIS 144 may be taken for credit. (BE IP)
Instructor: Cassandra Andrusz

A Lcs 150 (Class # 1029)
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. (USHIS)
Instructor: Carmen Nieves

A Lcs 216 (Class # 1248)/
A Mus 216 (Class # 1249)
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. Only one version of A LCS 216 or A MUS 216 may be taken for credit. (AR BE HU IP)
Instructor: Max Lifchitz

A Lcs 269 (Class # 1183)
Caribbean: Peoples, History, and Culture (3)

This course introduces students to significant aspects of Anglophone Caribbean culture and history in the context of this region of the globe, the wider Caribbean, functioning as the crossroads of the world. Colonial conquest forced and forged the intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa in the Caribbean so that while it is not large in terms of geographical area or total population, it resonates with global significance as a crucible of cultural hybridity and as a nurturing space of modernity. Only one version may be taken for credit. (CHALLENGES HU IP)
Instructor: Lissette Acosta

Mathematics & Statistics

A Mat 106 (Class # 1184 or # 1185)
Survey of Calculus (3)
An intuitive approach to differentiation and integration of algebraic and transcendental functions, intended only for students who plan to take no more calculus. Does not yield credit toward the major or minor in mathematics. May not be taken for credit by students with credit for A MAT 111, 112 or 118. Prerequisite(s): three years of high school mathematics. (MA)
Instructor: Boris Goldfarb

A Mat 108 (Class # 1162 or #1186)
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 # 1019)
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 # 1031)
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

Music

A Mus 100 (Class # 1032)
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 # 1249)/
A Lcs 216 (Class # 1248)
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. Only one version of A LCS or A MUS 216 may be taken for credit. (AR BE HU IP)
Instructor: Max Lifchitz

A Mus 226 (Class # 1011 or # 1012 or # 1222)
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 commercial 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

Philosophy

A Phi 112 (Class # 1187)
Critical Thinking (3)

This is a course in informal logic. It centers on the meaning of claims, and whether a claim, should be accepted or rejected, or whether suspension of judgment is appropriate. This course is intended to help students think clearly and effectively. (CHALLENGES HU)
Instructor: Marcus Adams

A Phi 214 (Class # 1247)
World Religions (3)

Survey of the major religions of the world, concentrating on those practices and beliefs that contribute to their value systems. Religions include Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Taoism. Only one of A REL 214 & A PHI 214 may be taken for credit. (HU)
Instructor: Marcus Adams

Physics

A Phy 103 (Class # 1008)
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 # 1175)
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

Sociology

A Soc 115 (Class # 1004 or # 1188)
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)
Class # 1004 - Instructor: Muyang Li
Class #1188 - Instructor: Philip Lewis

A Soc 180 (Class # 1170)
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: Zhifan Luo

A Soc 200 (Class # 1189)
Political Sociology (3)

Analyzes the social bases of political power and the origin, course of development, and duration of social movements; the role of propaganda, communication, and public opinion in political behavior; the structure of political organizations. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115Z. (SS)
Instructor: Haoyue Li 

A Soc 203 (Class # 1250)
Criminology (3)
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. Prerequisite(s): A SOC115.
Instructor: Michelle Barton    

A Soc 235 (Class # 1016)
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 # 1020)
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 359 (Class # 1164)
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 # 1021)
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: Emily Pain

A Soc 373 (Class # 1223)
Community and Urban Sociology (3)

Approaches to the study of community and urban form and process. The city as a coercive product and as a social artifact. The impact of urbanization and other changes on the physical and social structure of communities. The impact of the urban setting upon social institutions, city, metropolis, and megalopolis, the future of cities. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115Z.
Instructor: Colleen Wynn

A Soc 384 (Class # 1033)
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 # 1163)
Special Topics in Sociology of Culture: 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

A Soc 389 (Class # 1251)
Special Topics in Sociology of Culture: Sociology of Education (3)
This course offers a broad overview of the theoretical perspectives that help us understand schools as social institutions. We will examine how schools act as both agents of stratification and opportunity, and we will take a closer look at the trends and debates occurring in contemporary education policy. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Rachel Sullivan 

College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

C Ehc 210 (Class # 1252)
Critical Inquiry and Communication in EP, HC & C (3)
This course is designed as an introduction to argumentation and analysis. Students will learn to evaluate arguments, build arguments, evaluate evidence, generate evidence, and present conclusions within the context of public policy and administration. Students will be introduced to a wide range of methods of inquiry (e.g., qualitative case studies, large-N statistical analysis, and survey research) and will explore the strengths and weaknesses of individual approaches. Students will also will explore ethical considerations in policy analysis and research. Finally, students will have multiple opportunities to communicate arguments in both written and oral forms.
Instructor: Peter Reinisch

C Ehc 242 (Class # 1253)
Cybersecurity (3)

The purpose of this class is to acquaint students with the policy issues associated with cybersecurity, this includes issues like cyber-attacks, network security, incident response, cyber crime, cyber espionage, and cyber conflict. Students will look at how government agencies and private sector entities assess and respond to the changing cybersecurity landscape -- how they assess the risks they face, how they manage those risks through security procedures and practices, and how they mitigate the impact of attacks that do happen on their systems. Prerequisites(s): C EHC/R PAD 101.
Instructor: Daniel Domkowski

C Ehc 343 (Class # 1205)
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. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing.
Instructor: Andrew Vitek

C Ehc 344 (Class # 1228)
Emergency Preparedness (3)

This course provides a study of applicable policies, protocols, and laws that impact the practice of emergency preparedness at the federal, state, and local levels of government. The study includes a brief review of the history of emergency management setting the stage for an examination of "best practices" and philosophies. These drive the nation's preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts of various levels of emergencies and disasters which in turn helps facilitate a community's resilience in the face of disasters. The methodology used in this course includes classroom discussions and activities, studies of applicable case studies, and individual exploration resulting in a well crated paper. Where applicable, simulation activities provide opportunities for the student to "experience" realistic situations similar to real-world emergencies and disaster operations. Only one version may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): R PAD/C EHC 101 recommended.
Instructor: Terry Hastings

C Ehc 393 (Class # 1212)
Simulation: Building Security and Preparedness (3)

This is an intensive four week course that provides the student with an opportunity to blend "practice" with "theory" through a mix of high-end simulations and other blended learning activities. The course is typically offered in four week blocks of time and includes a blend of on-line readings, discussions, and related activities, capstone writing activities, and a residential one week mix of face-to-face classroom instruction with intensive simulation activities. The topics for the simulation course will vary with each one focusing on a core theme within the emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity framework. This course may be repeated once for credit when content varies. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.  This is a blended/hybrid course. In-class meeting dates and place to be announced. Email CEHC@albany.edu for additional details and permission of instructor.
Instructor: Samantha Phillips

School of  Education

Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

E Aps 300 (Class # 1254)
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. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing.
Instructor: Gina Giuliano

E Aps 687 (Class # 1255)
Seminar On Competition, Marketization, and Enrollment Management in Higher Education (3)

This course is a graduate seminar designed to analyze the theoretical concepts and practices of enrollment management that have evolved over the last 40 years at colleges and universities. Enrollment management strategies will be examined within the broader context of higher education administration. Enrollment management has evolved in response to the changing climate in the marketplace and forces encroaching on these institutions. The course examines enrollment as a function.This course analyzes how effective enrollment planning connects an institution’s mission, current state, and the changing environment to a long-term strategic enrollment and fiscal health plan of action.
Instructor: Clayton Steen

Educational Psychology

E Psy 200 (Class # 1192)
Introduction to the Psychological Process of Schooling (3)

Critical analysis of the psychological process of schooling. Interpretive survey of the literature and research in learning, motivation, development, and intelligence and their impact on American education and society. Only one of E PSY 200 and T EPS 200 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Deborah Chapin

Special Education

E Spe 460 (Class # 1009)/
E Spe 560 (Class # 1022)
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: Matt LaFave

E Spe 562 (Class # 1039)
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 and Practice 

E Tap 655S (Class # 1266)
Contemporary Science Education: Teaching Science Online (3)

This course meets a requirement for the Institute of Online Learning & Teaching. This course prepares graduate students to effectively integrate online instruction in science education, with an emphasis on the utilization of online instructional materials and the development of online environments for instruction. During the semester, students will discuss the affordances of online environments (with the advantages and disadvantages as compared with traditional face-to-face instruction), the role of the teacher during online instruction, and explore a number of freely available online resources. Students will explore, through readings and discussions, the resources currently available and the potential of these resources for informing contemporary science instruction.
Instructor: Rory Glass

College of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Computer Science

I Csi 105 (Class # 1165)
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. (IT Commons)
Instructor: Dawit Demissie

I Csi 124X (Class # 1193)
Computer Security Basics (3)
An introduction to security in computers and networks for a general audience. The operation of computers and networks is explained to show how they are the basis for attacks. The course will confer a basic but comprehensive understanding of how computer and network attacks (e.g., viruses, worms, denial of service) work. Also, how general users of computers can defend themselves from current and future attacks.
Instructor: Ian MacDonald

I Csi 300Z (Class # 1034)
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

Informatics

I Inf 108 (Class # 1257)
Programming for Problem Solving (3)
Ever thought about a problem and said, "There should be an app for that"? This course provides an introduction to computer programming using modern programming languages as a way to solve problems. It focuses on programming concepts and fundamentals within the context of solving real world problems.
Instructor: Donald Riggs

I Inf 202 (Class # 1258)
Introduction to Data and 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       

I Inf 301 (Class # 1259)
Emerging Trends in Information and Technology (3)

This course is designed to address challenges of the 21st century from the information science framework. We will explore emerging technologies and discuss how they alter and create new information environments. Examples of these technologies include Big Data, 3D Printing, Social Media, Wearable Computing, etc. Attention will be paid to real world uses of these technologies, emphasizing how they are changing business, government, education, and a number of other industries. This course also focuses on career paths for digital citizens in the 21st century. Prerequisite(s): I INF 100X or I IST 100X.
Instructor: Felippe Cronemberger

School of Criminal Justice

R Crj 202 (Class # 1017)
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 # 1171)
Criminology (3)
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 # 1166)
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 # 1036)
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: Sean Roche

R Crj 405 (Class # 1260)
Drugs, Crime, and 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 # 1172)
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 495 (Class # 1261)
Special Topics Criminal Justice: Comparative/International Criminal Justice Systems (3)
This course will entail an exploration of justice systems around the world. Students will learn about different legal traditions, and will examine international perspectives on and practices in law enforcement, courts and corrections. Topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated when subject matter differs. Prerequisite(s): R Crj 200 or 201 and junior or senior class standing; or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Andrea Kordzek

Rockefeller College

Political Science

R Pos 101 (Class # 1035)
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 (USHIS SS).
Instructor: Anne Hildreth

R Pos 102 (Class # 1167)
Comparative and International Politics (3)

Comparative and international politics embodies the notion of “know the world, know yourself.” This course introduces students to key scholarly discussions about how to compare politics in different countries and how to study global politics. There are no prerequisite requirements, except for an open mind and curiosity for domestic politics around the globe and world politics in general. By the end of the class, students should be familiar with the key concepts and debates in international affairs and recognize the value of learning about different polities around the world. Only one version of R POS 102 may be taken for credit.(CHALLENGES SS).
Instructor: Yeufen Hsieh

R Pos 356 (Class # 1225)
Russian Foreign Policy (3)
Survey of Soviet and Russian activities in international relations, 1917 to the present. Attention is focused on the Soviet Unions relations with Western Europe, Eastern Europe, China, the developing nations, and the United States, and contemporary Russian policy. Previous study of Soviet internal politics is desirable, but not a prerequisite.
Instructor: Inguna Miller

R Pos 365 (Class # 1226)
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: Sean McKeever

School of  Social Welfare

R Ssw 299 (Class # 1038)
Multiculturalism (3)

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

 

Study Abroad

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