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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 AFRSTY430: This course focuses on the historical relationship between race and the American legal system. It examines the social forces and events that precipitated major court decisions and legislative enactments from slavery to the present.
Description for ANTH220G: This course focuses on indigenous peoples of South America’s Amazon region, and persistence and change in their cultures and histories, from 1500 to the present- especially in response to European colonizers, missionaries, modern states, and contemporary rain forest development. Participants consider the human rights issues involved, and critique conventional European representations of Amazonians, in ethnography, literature and film. Capabilities addressed: Critical reading, critical thinking, clear writing, academic self assessment, collaborative learning, information technology.
Prerequisite: 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 ANTH274: An ethnographic and historical overview of the Caribbean, examining the impact of external forces on local economic organization, domestic life, religion, and migration, with attention to the importance of transnational communities and migrations that link the islands with the North American mainland.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Distribution: World Cultures Diversity: International
Description for COMSTU105: This course focuses on improvement of interpersonal, small group, and public communication skills. Through readings, journals, class discussions and activities, we explore the following: self-concept and perception, listening and responding, language and non-verbal behaviors, interviewing, problem-solving and decision-making, formal elements of speech-making, the evaluation of one’s own and others’ public messages.
Description for COMSTU250: Participants intensively examine mass media products, including print media, radio, television, and the visual and musical arts. They develop skills in deconstructing media products and evaluating them to arrive at a sophisticated understanding of how the various mass media are produced and how they interact with society and culture. The course makes use of both theoretical texts and the media products themselves.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Distribution: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Description for HIST265: Beginning with the history of North America prior to the voyages of Columbus, History 265 examines the impact of Europeans upon indigenous peoples, and studies the evolution of colonial settlements in British North America. It covers the causes and consequences of the American Revolution, the subsequent development of democratic political and social institutions, the emergence of transportation, market and industrial revolutions and the coming of the sectional conflict and Civil War.
Description for HIST344: This course examines selected great generals fo World War II such as Eisenhower, MacArthur, Montgomery, Rommel, Patton and Vandegrift. Topics include the roles of hte strategist, the supreme commander in coalition warefare, and masters of operational art.
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: MATH 125 or appropriate scores on the Math Placement Test.
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 POLSCI369: This course traces the creation and transformation of Middle Eastern states, focusing on the development of their political systems and on their transition towards democracy. It explores the diversity of Middle Eastern states and analyzes the factors that contribute to the predominance of authoritarian regimes among them. In this respect, it examines the role of ideologies, -in which Islam and nationalism play key roles-, the nature of the party and family politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the ways in which economic developments impact political structures. It also focuses on the domestic, regional and international forces pushing for democracy in the region, central among which is the role of civil society and the changing pattern of foreign intervention in the region. The course pays attention to central themes such as modernization, development, democratization, state/society., state/military relations, all of which are key to any course in comparative politics and political development, two core categories in any political science program
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 PSYCH339: This course provides a basic understanding of the interaction between law and psychology, including developmental, social and clinical psychology. Topics include rules of evidence, statistics in the court, child witnesses, eyewitness testimony recovered memory, criminal investigatory practices, competence to stand trial, and constitutional rights of search and seizure.
Description for PSYCH370: The applied study of the scientific method in the behavioral sciences. Fundamental statistical concepts and techniques are surveyed and used, with primary emphasis on the logic underlying the use of descriptive and inferential tools in scientific inquiry. Topics include parametric and non-parametric statistics, e.g., correlation and analysis of variance.
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100 or 101 and MATH 114 or MATH 115 or placement into Math 125.
Description for THRART236: Dramatic form as required in acting. A survey of various styles: Greek, Elizabethan, Restoration and Modern; the actor’s function, with emphasis on recently evolved methods of acting, and on preparation of scenes in class.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Distribution: Arts
Description for WOST220: 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.