Listen to some professors talk about what you will learn in their Maymester courses.
AAAD 232 Black Women in America (WGST 266) (3)
An examination of the individual and collective experiences of black women in America from slavery to the present and the evolution of feminist consciousness. Same as WGST 266.
AMST 220 On the Question of the Animal: Contemporary Animal Studies (3)
This course is an introduction to “animal studies,” through animal rights, animal welfare, food studies, and the human/animal distinction in philosophical inquiry. We will read work from dog and horse trainers and explore the history of the American racetrack. This course builds a moral and ethical reasoning skill set. Meets mornings.
AMST 225 Comedy and Ethics: The Ethics of Stand Up Comedy (3)
This course explores the historical, sociocultural, and legal significance of 20th- and 21st-century comedy in the United States. We will consider comedy as public voice; examine how humor constructs and disrupts American identities; and discuss the ethics of the creative process, performance, and reception. Meets late mornings to early afternoons.
AMST 278 Crimes and Punishments (3)
This course explores the social history and culture of crime, deviant behavior, and punishment in America between the pre-revolutionary period and today. It traces the history of longstanding institutions; examines elements of American history from a criminal justice perspective; and seeks historical origins and continuities for contemporary problems. Meets afternoons.
ANTH 147 Comparative Healing Systems (3)
In this course we compare a variety of healing beliefs and practices so that students may gain a better understanding of their own society, culture, and medical system.
ANTH 149 Great Discoveries in Archaeology (3)
MAYMESTER. This course provides students with a detailed look at some of the most significant archaeological discoveries from around the world, including Neanderthals, Stonehenge, and the Egyptian pyramids.
ANTH 290 Seeking Recovery: Disasters, Natural Hazards, and Community (3)
In a moment punctuated by the Coronavirus pandemic we find the world riddled with real and proclaimed crises reflected across the social spectrum of health, economics, environment, beliefs, and governance. This class seeks to understand how communities response to disasters, natural hazards, and crises influence their recovery. Disasters are complex combinations of natural and social factors that present multiple effects. The complexity of disasters is perhaps most strikingly embodied in the interdependent ways in which human and non-human relations are connected. Crises shape the wider human experience, constrain people’s actions and social processes, and limit or free up possibilities for cultural transitions and adaptation. Given that the global experience of the pandemic, this course will look at past disasters caused by natural hazards, pandemics, and human accidents to understand what is involved in the process of recovery. We will take a broad anthropological view, considering both prehistoric and contemporary cases of societal crisis, transition, and adaptation alongside the data and theory used to understand them. The course will involve discussion, activities, and writing assignments.
ANTH 318 Human Growth and Development (3)
This course covers the comparative study of human growth and development from conception through adulthood. Special emphasis is placed on the evolutionary, biocultural, ecological, and social factors that influence growth.
ANTH 423 Written in Bone: CSI and the Science of Death Investigation from Skeletal Remains (3)
This course combines laboratory training, field projects, lectures, films, discussion, and student presentations into a course on the science of human skeletal analysis. Students learn the laboratory methods scientists use to study human remains and the role of skeletal analysis in the study of contemporary forensic cases.
ARTH 551 Introduction to Museum Studies (3)
Introduces careers in museum and other cultural institutions. Readings and interactions with museum professionals expose participants to curation, collection management, conservation, exhibition design, administration, publication, educational programming, and fundraising.
ARTS 132 Collage: Strategies for Thinking and Making (3)
Collage is both an artistic technique and a way of thinking. Even though its historical roots stem from the early 20th century, it is an image-construction strategy that is almost ubiquitous today. Using a variety of conceptual and media approaches, this course explores strategies of collage in contemporary studio practice.
ASIA 150 Asia: An Introduction (3)
ONLINE. The course introduces Asia’s historical, cultural, and political diversity by examining some of the global forces that have shaped Asian societies (e.g., colonialism, orientalism, and neoliberalism). This class will meet online via Zoom during its scheduled time (MTWRF 11:30-2:45), but will also offer alternatives for asynchronous learning to students unable to participate at the scheduled time.
ASIA 425 Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Partnerships in Film, Literature, and Music (JWST 425)(PWAD 425)(3) ***Cancelled***
Focuses on the various collaborations, exchanges, and mutual enrichment between Israelis and Palestinians in the realm of culture, particularly literature and cinema. These connections include language (Israeli Jewish authors writing in Arabic and Palestinian writers who choose Hebrew as their language of expression), collaborating in filmmaking, and joint educational initiatives.
BIOL 455 Behavioral Neuroscience (3) ***Cancelled***
Prerequisite, BIOL 205. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. The neurobiological basis of animal behavior at the level of single cells, neural circuits, sensory systems, and organisms. Lecture topics range from principles of cellular neurobiology to ethological field studies.
BIOL 469 Behavioral Ecology (3)
Prerequisite, BIOL 201. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Behavior as an adaptation to the environment. Optimality and games that animals play. Five lectures per week.
BIOL 474 Evolution of Vertebrate Life (3)
Prerequisite, BIOL 201 or 202. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Evolutionary history of the vertebrates. Emphasis on anatomical, physiological, behavioral adaptations accompanying major transitions: the move from water to land, the development of complex integrating systems. Counts as organismal ONLY when 474 & 474L completed (474L offered in fall & spring only). Five lectures per week.
CLAR 242 Archaeology of Egypt (ARTH 242) (3)
ONLINE. A survey of the archaeological remains of ancient Egypt, from the earliest settlements of the Neolithic period until the end of the New Kingdom.
COMM 150 Introduction to New Media Credits (3)
ONLINE. An introduction to the design, aesthetics, and analysis of various forms of digital media. Hands-on experience with different modes of creation, including graphics, web-based communication, and social media.
COMM 249 Introduction to Communication Technology, Culture, and Society (3)
ONLINE. Historical exploration of the sociocultural import of communication technologies, from the introduction of the telegraph in the mid-1800s through current implications of the Internet and various digital devices.
COMM 422 Family Communication (3)
ONLINE. Prerequisite, COMM 120. Growth in technologies, more frequent travel, and movements of products and people across the borders of nation states change concepts of family and community. Foregrounded by these realities, this course combines theories of family and communication with documentation of lived experience to interrogate family communication patterns in contemporary culture.
COMM 453 The History of New Media Technology in Everyday Life (3)
Prerequisite, COMM 140. The starting point for this course, chronologically and conceptually, is the emergence of popular media technology. Our purview includes transformative innovations in mediated communication, such as telephony and e-mail, alongside familiar media technologies such as televisions and computers.
DRAM 245 Acting for the Camera (3)
No prerequisite required. The process of acting and its relationship to the technical and artistic demands of television/film production. Problems of continuity and out-of-sequence filming. Concentration and thinking on camera. Students will explore techniques to successfully navigate the invigorating chaos of a professional camera set. Each student will execute production roles from actor to cinematographer to holistically understand how to create an effective on-camera “take” culminating with an original scene in collaboration with DRAM 290 – Special Studies: Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television, and DRAM 300 – Directing. The environment will be highly collaborative, energized, and engaging for all.
DRAM 260 Advanced Stagecraft (3)
The course provides practical applications of principles and techniques used in technical theatre. Lectures are supported by individually scheduled workshop sessions where techniques are applied to a theatrical production. Students will learn the structure, tools, and safety aspects of the scene shop. They will then apply these skills while designing and building half-size scenery for a chosen play.
DRAM 290 Special Studies: Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television (3)
The course is designed to provide students with the essential building blocks of successful television writing and train them to act as colleagues in a simulation of a professional Writer’s Room. Our ultimate goal is to create and produce an original TV scene acted by students from DRAM 245 – Acting for the Camera, and directed by students taking DRAM 300 -Directing.
DRAM 300 Directing (3)
No prerequisite required. This course is designed to give the director a detailed understanding of basic tools needed for storytelling, how to communicate ideas to actors, as well as way of bringing a strong point of view and thematic vision to the forefront of their work. In addition, students will incorporate framing devices and camera techniques in order to collaborate with DRAM 245 – Acting for the Camera, and DRAM 290 – Special Studies: Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television, also Maymester classes.
ECON 468 Socialism, Planning, and the Contemporary Russian Economy (3)
Prerequisites, ECON 400, and 310 or 410; a grade of C or better in ECON 400, and 310 or 410 is required. Study of the principles, design, organization, and performance of state-controlled economies relying on planning or regulated markets, with an emphasis on continuity and post-communist transition.
EDUC 375 Identity and Sexuality (3)
This course will guide students in the examination of the vital role that sexuality, sexual identity, gender, race and class play in families, communities, and educational settings. These and other socio-cultural factors, which often intersect and are embedded in historic ways of constructing what it means to be “normal,” fundamentally shape how individuals understand themselves, their place in the world, as well as others around them.
EDUC 401 Child Development: Birth to Twelve (3)
This course examines the field of child development as it contributes to the teaching and learning of children in early childhood and elementary educational settings, ages prenatal to age 12.
EDUC 524 Learning on the Edge: Theories of Experiential Education (3)
This course examines experiential education in a variety of settings. Students will explore the role experiential education currently plays and suggest new roles in a chosen field of study.
ENEC 264 (GEOG 264) Conservation of Biodiversity in Theory and Practice (3)
This course will give students a multidisciplinary introduction to growing field of biodiversity preservation. There is a mandatory week-long trip to Tampa Bay during the second week of the course. There are additional costs to this course estimated at $500 that will cover transportation, lodging, and food during the field trip.
ENEC 698 Capstone: Analysis and Solution of Environmental Problems (3)
Interdisciplinary, team-based analyses of environmental phenomena are performed and applied to problems of the selection of effective environmental strategies. Students may select from a wide range of examples and venues.
In this 3-credit course, students will fill their ENEC capstone graduation requirement by working on a project focused on advancing sustainability goals for a client. In this capstone project, students will apply their GIS skills to explore upgrades to our nation’s transportation system via the construction of electric vehicle charging stations. Depending on enrollment, a second project, also focused on improving environmental sustainability will be added.
ENGL 128 Major American Authors (3)
ONLINE. A study of approximately six major American authors drawn from Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Stowe, Whitman, Clemens, Dickinson, Chesnutt, James, Eliot, Stein, Hemingway, O’Neill, Faulkner, Hurston, or others.
The United States was founded through dissent, and the tradition of collective action has shaped the country and its literature ever since. This course will focus on major American authors who engaged in forms of literary protest from approximately 1850 to 1950 including Henry David Thoreau, Harriet Jacobs, Stephen Crane, James Weldon Johnson, Kate Chopin, John Steinbeck, and Mine Okubo.
We will think of literature and protest as broadly as possible to make connections across time to consider the rich literary history that continues to inform our contemporary moment. The historical period covered in this class, from the dawn of the Civil War until World War II, established may political and cultural trends that continue to shape forms of protest in the 21st century. Accordingly, we will study the past with an eye to how it informs our present.
Through our study of major American authors, we will attempt to answer some of the following questions: How has literature been mobilized as a form of protest? What impact has dissent had on American literature? What cultural narratives shape our understanding of protest and dissent?
ENGL 265 Literature and Race, Literature and Ethnicity (3)
ONLINE. Considers texts in a comparative ethnic/race studies framework and examines how these texts explore historical and contemporary connections between groups of people in the United States and the Americas.
ENGL 268 Medicine, Literature, and Culture (3)
ONLINE. An introduction to key topics that focus on questions of representation at the intersections of medicine, literature, and culture
ENGL 283 Life Writing: Black Music, Memoirs, Movement, Faith (3)
ONLINE. Students will analyze and compose different forms of life writing such as autobiography, biography, and autoethnography. Readings will include theories of autobiography and selected literature.
Black Music, Memoirs, Movement, Faith:
What are life narratives? How can reading about other’s lives and writing about our own life experiences help healing? This is especially relevant in the wake of our global health pandemic. In this course, we will read, listen to, and write through diverse genres, including memoirs, biography, music playlists, creative non-fiction, religious autobiography, poetry and visual art. Students will read excerpts from writing as craft models that enable them to better develop their writing voice and vision and they will write and workshop their own life narratives. Note this course focuses on African American and Black authors. Authors include: Elizabeth Alexander, The Light of the World, Hanif Abdurraqib, Go Ahead In the Rain, Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, Farah Jasmine Griffin, If You Can’t Be Free, Be A Mystery, In Search of Billie Holiday, June Jordan, Soldier, A Poet’s Childhood, and Monica Coleman, Bipolar Faith, A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith.
EXSS 288 Emergency Care of Injuries and Illness (3)
Recommended preparation, EXSS 175. Theory and practice of basic first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the acute care of athletic injuries.
GEOG 110 The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth’s Environmental Systems (3)
Emphasizes geographic patterns and interrelationships in energy, climate, terrain, and life. Develops integrative view of how atmospheric, hydrologic, geomorphic, and biotic processes create global patterns in the environment. Incorporates influence of human activities on earth. This course will help understand the natural environment, both globally and in North Carolina. This Maymester section of the course will be a hands-on course, and the UNC Campus will be the learning laboratory.
GEOG 477 Introduction to Remote Sensing of the Environment (3)
Covers fundamental theory and mechanics of remote sending, related theoretical aspects of radiation and the environment, and remote-sensing applications related to terrestrial, atmospheric, and marine environments. Hands-on experience for application and information extraction from satellite-based imagery through daily, 1 hour laboratory assignments.
GERM 265 Hitler in Hollywood: Cinematic Representations of Nazi Germany (3)
An examination of selected cinematic representations (both American and German) of Nazi Germany in terms of their aesthetic properties and propagandistic value. Films with English subtitles; readings and discussions in English.
GLBL 390 Current Topics in Global Studies: The Migratory Experience (3) ***Cancelled***
This course presents a critical analysis of the migrant experience in North America and Europe. In addition to examining theoretical explanations for migration, this course will ensure that students develop a deep, personal, and practical appreciation of migration rooted in a social justice framework. To do so, we will utilize storytelling, documentaries, and my own firsthand lived experiences as a Latina immigrant. By the end of the course, students will:
- Develop a clear understanding of the theories driving migration and the various motivations (forced or voluntary) of individuals embarking in this journey.
- Become familiarized with the policies implemented by sending and receiving countries.
- Understand the reception and backlash migrants face.
- Assess whether media portrayals of immigrants via shows such as TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé accurately represent the empirical reality of the migratory experience.
GLBL 415 Dealing with Difference: Criminal Justice, Race, and Social Movements in Globalization (3) ***Cancelled***
Whether it is constructing a functional democracy; making sense of media and popular portrayals of events like Hurricane Katrina or the “war on drugs”; organizing social movements, or unraveling complex stories of urban renewal and economic development (domestically and abroad)— concepts and constructions of difference, or diversity, prove to be key. In fact they are at the heart of many of the most critical issues today. This course will be dedicated to understanding how (cultural) diversity, or difference, and the concomitant notions of sameness and universality, have been constructed, used and contested in different places and at different times in our modern history. We will do this by critically reading and analyzing different texts—ranging from case studies, to theoretical treatises, to films and other forms of popular culture—as well as engaging in experiential learning and collective projects.
This course will be dedicated in large part to familiarizing students with social theories of, or relevant to, making sense of such questions. However, it is premised on the belief that social theory is not an abstract and useless thing academics create for their own amusement (or employment), but that it is a vital and necessary aspect for understanding and therefore living in this world. The focus for Maymester 2021 will be on alternative and social movement responses to the Criminal Justice System, including Abolition, movements for Restorative and Transformative Justice, Black Lives Matter, among others. We will focus on local and domestic manifestations, as well as global ones including the Drug War, recent Brazilian social movements, and Israel/Palestine. The course will include guest speakers, field trips, and other experiential methodologies (Depending on the public health situation).
HIST 242 United States-Latin American Relations (3)
This course examines the history of United States involvement in Latin America and the Caribbean. Lectures will cover two centuries of United States intervention, from the wars of the 19th century to the covert CIA operations of the Cold War and the more recent wars on drugs and terror.
HIST 245 The United States and the Cold War: Origins, Development, Legacy (PWAD 245) (3)
This is both a wide-ranging and detailed course that looks at the origins, the evolution, and the termination of the Cold War from 1945 to 1989/90. It also considers the “New Cold War” with Russia that developed in 2014. The course is based on an international and multinational perspective.
HNRS 350 Startup Bootcamp: From Idea to Actionable Business Plan (3)
This class will bring out your inner startup ninja. Over the course of three weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to create an idea for a startup and transform it into an actionable pitch deck for your business concept. Students will utilize a business plan creation model to develop the foundational skills to get a startup idea off the ground. Startup Bootcamp welcomes all students and aspiring entrepreneurs with a hunger to learn.
Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. Students should click here to provide a brief statement of interest. The class will be taught by Kurt Schmidt, a serial entrepreneur, investor, board member, and advisor to startups from Silicon Valley to Shanghai and Sydney. Mr. Schmidt regularly attends Y Combinator and 500 Startups investment pitches and other investor events. He has his finger on the pulse of the global startup community and will share with you his insight and experience.
INLS 465 Understanding Information Technology for Managing Digital Collections (3)
ONLINE. Prepares students to be conversant with information technologies that underlie digital collections in order to evaluate the work of developers, delegate tasks, write requests for proposals, and establish policies and procedures. Teaches students how to think about information technology systems and recognize and manage interdependencies between parts of the systems.
INLS 752 Digital Preservation and Access (3) ***Cancelled***
ONLINE. Focuses on best practices for the creation, provision, and long-term preservation of digital entities. Topics include digitization technologies, standards and quality control, digital asset management, grant writing and metadata.
LTAM 390 Special Topics in Latin American Studies: Latin American Revolutions (3) ***Cancelled***
ONLINE. This course will introduce students to the history of Latin American revolutions and social movements dating from the late 18th century to the present. We will explore the contexts in which these struggles took place and take a close look at some of the ways they remain alive and relevant today. This is a interdisciplinary course that will incorporate History, Art History, Literature, Music and popular culture as ways to interrogate and examine the experiences of people involved in resistance, rebellion and social change. Revolutions are made by the convergence of ideas and the actions of ordinary people; it is they who will be the central focus of our course.
In this class, students will become knowledgeable about Latin American history, politics, and culture as well as gain valuable skills, such as communication, writing, and critical analysis of historical documents, works of art, music and literature. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.
MASC 220 North Carolina Estuaries: Environmental Processes and Problems (ENEC 220) (3)
North Carolina is home to some of the nation’s most productive, most scenic, and most threatened estuaries. This class will use the Neuse River estuary as a case study to examine both natural processes and human impacts on estuarine systems. The course is heavily “hands-on” and blends field research, laboratory analysis, data synthesis and interpretation. Suitable for both science and non-science majors. Students spend one week at the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) in Morehead City. They participate in a cruise on the R/V Capricorn to the Neuse River estuary in which they actively engage in research using state-of-the art techniques. On non-cruise days, students work on laboratory analysis, data synthesis, and group reports and have afternoon seminars conducted by IMS faculty and graduate students. In addition, students will tour other estuarine research facilities such as National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration and National Estuarine Research Reserve. Course has an extra fee for the off-campus component.
MATH 347 Linear Algebra for Applications (3)
The algebra of linear combination of vectors has numerous applications in the arts and sciences, most recently as a foundation for data science and artificial intelligence. Vectors can be used to represent visual images, musical scores, or medical cardiograms. Exploring the range of new entities (images, sounds, diagnoses) that can thus be obtained leads to consideration of matrices, linear systems of equations, best approximations, eigenvalues and algorithms for these procedures. This course presents the mathematical framework for linear algebra enhanced by numerous applications, with a focus on treating art images as data that can be processed to identify particular artists or even produce new works in a particular style. No prerequisites are required and computer programming and mathematical calculus concepts are introduced as needed throughout the course.
MEJO 121 Introduction to Digital Storytelling (3)
Restricted to declared journalism majors and minors. Introduces students to the tools and skills needed to engage in quality news-oriented storytelling with audio, video, and multimedia. Students will learn to deliver news stories using multiple platforms, taking advantage of the strengths of each.
MEJO 376 Sports Marketing and Advertising (3)
ONLINE. Examines the range of promotional techniques being used in the modern sports industry. Topics include sponsorships, advertising, merchandising, and the effects of commercialization.
MEJO 475 Concepts of Marketing (3)
ONLINE. Designed to provide the larger business context for students anticipating careers in advertising, public relations, and other media industries, the course teaches the vocabulary and basic concepts of marketing as it will be practiced.
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy: Central Problems, Great Minds, Big Ideas (3)
ONLINE. An introduction to philosophy focusing on a few central problems, for example: free will, the basis of morality, the nature and limits of knowledge, and the existence of God.
PLAN 375 Real Estate Development (3)
Rigorous examination of real estate development from the entrepreneurial and public perspectives. Emphasis on risk management and the inherent uncertainties of development. The four dimensions of real estate are addressed: economic/market, legal/institutional, physical, and financial. Previously offered as PLAN 575.
PLAN 704 Theory of Planning I (3)
The logic of planning as a professional activity. Critical overview of current process theories leading students to develop a personal philosophy applicable to their work as planners.
PLAN 793 Planning Internship (Var.)
Applied work experience in a professional setting.
PLCY 101 Making Public Policy (PWAD 101) (3) ***Cancelled***
Overview of the policy-making process and of major public policy issues. Study of policy and political challenges in areas such as economic and tax policy, the social safety net, income support and the minimum wage, health care, education, environment and energy, foreign policy and national security, and homeland security.
PLCY 305 Communicating in Public Policy (3) ***Cancelled***
Students will learn and practice the use of a range of tools and techniques for communicating information about complex public policy issues to diverse audiences. Emphasis on written communication and visualization techniques to explore and explain patterns in large data sets.
POLI 100 American Democracy in Changing Times (3)
Why do Americans love democracy, but hate politics? Why are there only two political parties? Why do votes hate, yet respond to negative campaigning? This course will introduce students to politics in the United States, addressing these and many more questions about how American democracy works.
POLI 270 Classical Political Thought (3)
The 2021 Maymester version of Poli 270 will focus on an in-depth study of Plato’s Republic. The Republic is distinctive in the history of political thought in that it generates interpretations directly opposed to one another: is it a design for an ideally just city, or is it showing that an ideally just city is impossible? Is it a utopian tract or a caution against utopian thinking? This diversity in interpretation is not the result of poor scholarship, but rather an integral and deeply interesting component of Plato’s text. In most courses where the Republic is taught, students only read excerpts, and thus don’t have the opportunity to confront the numerous cross-cutting currents of the Republic. Reading the entire work, and understanding the way different sections of the text comment on each other, will require students to wrestle with the clash of political goods: is the quality of decision-making at odds with the ideal of equality? Does the need to persuade “the many” make it unlikely that truth will prevail in a democracy? Or does it depend on how that democracy has chosen to educate its young? Is the structure of the family political? What’s the relationship between statecraft and soulcraft? Underlying all this are the fundamental questions: what constitutes a flourishing human life, and how do we know?
As we engage these questions, we will also develop our understanding of interpretive rigor. What counts as evidence for a persuasive interpretation of a complex text? What effect does the dialogue form, or historical context, have on the content of the work and on our interpretation of it?
POLI 287 Strategy and International Relations (PWAD 287) (3)
Introduction to the study of strategic decision making in international relations, with an emphasis on the application of basic game theoretic models. Incorporates in-class simulations of international relations scenarios.
POLI 432 Tolerance in Liberal States (3)
This course will compare the theory and practice of tolerance in the United States and Europe, with particular attention to Great Britain and France.
PSYC 245 Abnormal Psychology (3)
ONLINE. Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Major forms of behavior disorders in children and adults, with an emphasis on description, causation, and treatment.
PSYC 490 Current Topics in Psychology (3)
Gender and Pronouns. This course offers an inside look at pronouns from an interdisciplinary perspective. From a cognitive perspective, we examine major models of the role that pronouns play, and the mental processes involved in using them. From a social perspective, we examine the role pronouns play in marking gender identity, and how both language usage and gender concepts are currently in flux. Students also learn about research methods and conduct a novel empirical study.
PSYC 501 Theoretical, Empirical Perspectives on Personality (3)
Prerequisite, PSYC 101. An in-depth coverage of the traditional clinically based personality theories of the early 20th century contrasted with more recent empirically based perspectives.
PWAD 250 Introduction in Peace and Security Studies (3)
In this course, we will examine global security challenges such as international wars, internal wars, non-state violence, economic disputes, financial crises, and problems of coordination and cooperation. We will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on lessons from political science, economics, history, sociology, and anthropology. We will begin by examining problems of international security, such as interstate crises and war, and develop an understanding of the bureaucracies tasked with managing these issues. In the second section of the course, we will first examine conflict associated with non-state actors, and will then discuss non-traditional security issues, such as financial crises and problems of common pooled resources. Throughout, we will use scientific research and historical analyses to gain a better grasp on the dynamics of security problems in the international system.
PWAD 330 Negotiation and Mediation: The Practice of Conflict Management (PLCY 330) (3)
This course aims to provide students with the tools necessary to most effectively engage in interpersonal conflicts. The course will also redefine the meanings of “winning” and “power” and provide students with methods to cope with stress, discomfort, and emotions when in conflict. Students will learn new negotiation and mediation skills, build upon existing ones, and challenge assumptions regarding conflict. While some theory is covered, the main focus is experiential learning through role-plays.
PWAD 364 Post-Conflict and Peacebuilding (3) ***Cancelled***
This is a discussion-based course that focuses on how to rebuild a country that has experienced gross abuses of human rights and violations of international law. Students examine several case studies throughout history and use that context to prepare a report on a present-day country that could benefit from a transformation from an authoritarian to a democratic form of government. At the end of the course, they present their transitional justice plan. This is a valuable and exciting opportunity for our students who are interested in peacebuilding strategies, international affairs, global justice, and the politicization of these processes. By taking this course, students will become more aware of the world they will one day lead and contribute to as socially responsible global citizens.
RELI 104 Introduction to the New Testament (3)
This course studies the New Testament from both a literary and a historical perspective, focusing on its origins in the land of Israel and moving into the eastern Mediterranean. In it students learn to wrestle with the nature of historical evidence, develop their skills for making argumentation, and learn how to analyze the philosophical and ethical claims of the ancient Christian texts, and participate in class debates on contemporary ethical issues. Honors version available.
RELI 167 Global Christianity (3) ***Cancelled***
Christianity began in Asia and Africa, followed by expansion into Europe and eventually the Americas. Now, the Global South again has the highest population of Christians. This course examines the geographical expansion of Christianity in its early history, then turns to modern and current processes of enculturation and globalization as well as inter-religious dynamics.
RELI 246 Supernatural Encounters: Zombies, Vampires, Demons, and the Occult in the Americas (3)
This course examines accounts of supernatural beings such as zombies and vampires and aims to understand them as popular ways of making sense of the world in the context of uneven and frequently unsettling processes of modernization, neoliberalism, and globalization.
SOCI 122 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)
Examination of domination and subordination in general and in specific institutional areas (e.g., economy, polity) along racial and ethnic lines. Causes of changes in the levels of inequality and stratification are also studied.
SPAN 344 Latin American Cultural Topics: Spanish Language and Culture through Documentaries and other Films (3)
Prerequisite, SPAN 261 or 267. This course studies trends in thought, art, film, music, social practices, in the Spanish speaking Americas, including the United States. Topics may include colonialism, race, class, ethnicity, modernization, ecology, religion, gender, and popular culture. First session section also available (see below).
SPAN 361 Hispanic Film. (3)
ONLINE. Prerequisite, SPAN 261 or SPAN 267. Study of contemporary cultural, historical, and aesthetic issues through narrative film, documentary, and other media from Latin America and Spain.
WGST 101 Introduction to Women Studies (3)
An interdisciplinary introduction to the field of Women’s and Gender Studies, this class explores feminist perspectives on intersecting inequalities based on gender, race, class, and sexuality. Topics include: work and labor; sexuality and sexual identity; gender relations; images of women and gender in literature, science and technology; religion; art; family; and the history of feminist struggles. Course readings are drawn from the humanities and the social sciences. Online section also available.