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Description for AFRSTY270: This course explores the history and development of how Africans and African Americans are depicted on stage, on the movie screen, and in television. Starting in the days of Shakespeare (Othello, Aaron in Titus Andronicus) the course will take a path that includes the days of minstrel shows, Race movies, Magic Negroes, Blacksploitation, The Black Arts Movement, the post-racial age, and on into the images of tomorrow. By the end of the course, students will not only have the knowledge of how racial identities develop through media such as television and motion pictures, but will also be able to view future depictions of blacks and other persons of color on stage with a critical eye to certain stereotypes.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Distribution: Arts Diversity: United States
Description for AMST310: The American experience with television and its cultural, political, and economic implications. Topics include technological innovation, entrepreneurship, the changing cultural content of "prime-time" programming, and public broadcasting cable system capabilities.
Prerequisite: a minimum of 30 credits or Permission of Instructor.
Description for ART100: The course teaches students to begin to understand the processes of artistic creation. It enables the student to grasp the expressive content of works of art in a wide variety of media and to analyze how the artist creates his/her effect. It is not an historical survey. Through lectures, discussions, field trips, and museum visits, the student studies paintings, sculptures, and buildings; examples are chosen as often as possible from the Boston area. The course addresses such concepts as elements of composition, rhythm, symmetry, and space; and the possibilities of differing interpretations of subject matter. It offers a solid introduction to the arts by developing the student’s ability to see and analyze forms as the result of aesthetic and interpretive decisions.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Distribution: Arts
Description for COMM200: This course addresses the increasing globalization of mass communication and its impact on culture and ideology. Specific attention is given to the varying functions of media as a tool, an agent of change and as a weapon on international and domestic politics. The impact of globalization is discussed in terms of their impact of geopolitics, healthcare, education, and national identity.
Description for HIST339: This course examines the forces and movements in the development of Irish nationalism from 1800 to the achievement of national independence. The course also explores the history of an independent Ireland. (Course offered summer only.)
Description for MATH115: Designed primarily but not exclusively for students seeking a stronger foundation in algebra before taking MATH 129 or MATH 130. Topics include basic algebra concepts, linear equations and inequalities and inequalities, properties of functions, linear and quadratic functions, absolute value equations and inequalities, systems of equations.
Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on the Math Placement Test or completion of Math 114QR, Math 125 or MathSk 098 or 099.
Description for MUSIC115: An introduction to the musical traditions of countries throughout the world, embracing the role of music in society, ritual, and culture. Traditional vocal and instrumental styles of folk and traditional music are illustrated through audio and visual materials.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Distribution: Arts Diversity: International
Description for PHIL108: Important moral and social issues of current concern are examined and debated. The course covers several problems each semester from a list including criminal punishment, war, abortion, racism, violence, the death penalty, private property, sexism, animal rights, the environment, and hunger.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Distribution: Humanities Diversity: United States
Description for PHIL207G: Reading in this course centers around this question: Does life have meaning? If so, what is it? The course considers whether the question is coherent and whether religion, morality or the search for knowledge are possible answers to it. It also considers arguments that life is meaningless. Finally, discussions focus on what the rational attitude toward death should be. This course may count toward the major in philosophy. Capabilities addressed: Critical reading, critical thinking, clear writing.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102, and a minimum of 30 credits. Degree Students Only.
Note: Students may not take more than one 200G (Intermediate Seminar) course.
Description for PHIL222: Concepts of health, illness and healing, under different paradigms of medicine. Is medicine an art or science? What is the impact of medical technology on human life and death? What is considered "natural"? Attention is given to issues in human reproduction (e.g. in vitro fertilization, conception, abortion). Questions of authority, accountability in doctor-patient relationships, patient advocacy, self help, right to health care or to refuse treatment. Social and political questions of health care organization.
Description for POLSCI371: An analysis of social structure and political behavior of various groups in Latin America, of a variety of political participation at grass roots and national levels, and of the influence of technologically advanced countries on the politics of Latin America.
Description for PSYCH215: This course examines the range of common psychological disorders, their characteristic symptoms, possible causes, and treatment. It takes a critical scientific approach to the criteria used to define psychological abnormality, the theories used to explain it, and the therapies used to treat it. Etiology, dynamics and treatment of psychopathology.
Description for PSYCH234: This course examines the nature and dynamics of inter-group relations within a multicultural context, studying relations among diverse cultures and racial groups in the United States and globally. The course looks at cross-cultural relations from an interdisciplinary perspective, discussing psychological and sociopolitical perspectives.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100 or 101.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Diversity: United States
Description for PSYCH301: An examination of the assessment process and the methods (tests, interviews observations) used in it. Emphasis on the standards of validity for tests and procedures and on proper test use. Introduction to some major psychological tests.
Description for PSYCH460: The neural basis of higher cognitive functions, such as perception, language, and memory, including a consideration of human brain damage and psychological tests used to assess such damage.
Description for WGS220: This course explores how the historical evolution and commercial orientation of mass communications media have helped shape the depiction of women and gender in advertising, entertainment, and news. Students learn to analyze visual imagery for its conceptual and emotional messages; to distinguish stereotypes from more complex characterizations in TV fictions; and to monitor the representations of women and gender in the print and broadcast news.
Description for WGS240: This course studies the lives and ideas of women in the U.S. who have been educators and activists in struggles for equality in, and transformation of, education. Central themes include how women learn; education as a means of self-realization and empowerment for women in different ethnic, race, and class contexts; how gender affects experience in educational institutions.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Diversity: United States