Fall 2014 Special Topics

BIOL 396-6 / MOLECULAR MEDICINE AND MECHANISMS OF DISEASE
Provides an in-depth analysis of molecular medicine and advances in the field taught through a combination of didactic methods and the use of case studies.  Topics include basic principles of molecular medicine, discoveries in cellular and molecular biology, disease mechanisms and development, clinical research, biomedical ethics, and personalized medicine.  Presents an overview of the process from basic science discovery to therapeutic or vaccine approval using practical aspects of specific case studies. 

ECON 481-6 / BEHAVORIAL ECONOMICS
Examines the combination of economic theory with insights from psychology. Takes a systematic approach to behavioral economics.  Topics: 1) examine how people deviate from the standard economic theory; 2) explore the psychological evidence; 3) construct the behavioral economics model; 4) analyze how we can we test the predictive power of the behavioral economics model.  Prerequisites: ECON 201 and 202

GBST 390-4 / STORYTELLING IN CONTEMPORARY ISRAEL: PERSONAL NARRATIVES OF IDENTITY, CONFLICT, AND NEGOTIATION
Focuses on storytelling in contemporary Israel, with special attention given to the Israeli/Palestinian relationship.  Stories and personal narratives are central aspects of all cultures.  They play a key role in the oral history and cultural memory of conflicting groups within a country or region, particularly those defined by ethnicity, religion, or racial heritage.  Given the long tradition of conflict in the region, stories and folktales from Israel often focus on displacement and exile, cultural identity, collective history, and social justice.   For Jews, Muslims, and other groups in Israel, their stories frequently attempt to map and redefine the past in order to make sense of the present and future.

HIST 300-6 / HAITI AND WORLD HISTORY
Covers Haitian history from Columbus arrival in Hispaniola to the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.  Provides an historical perspective on Haiti in colonial times (when it was called Saint-Domingue), during the Haitian Revolution, and after Haiti’s independence in 1804.  Attention will be paid to the multiple challenges that Haiti faced after independence, from ongoing internal struggles to international hostility.  Special focus on Haiti in the 21st century and to issues of globalization and development.

HIST 300-9 / VISUAL CULTURE AND DIGITAL HISTORY
Explores the history of visual culture as a way to engage with the methods, principles, and practice of digital history.  Exposure to basic analytical methods from the field of Visual Culture Studies, topical information that connects visual culture with a range of social, cultural, and political developments, and the basic skills necessary to build digital history projects using the blogging and site-building platform, WordPress.

NATV 380-1 / ST: IMAGINING INDIANS: AMERICAN INDIANS, MASS MEDIA, FILM AND SOCIETY
Designed to provide students with a critical analysis and deeper understanding of American Indian cultures at the intersection of the Mass Media.  Examines American Indians in media from the very first instances in America through contemporary media and critically examines the effects of media on American Indian identity, politics, sovereignty, ethnic identity, environment, economic development, health disparities, human rights, spirituality, religious freedom, language and art and the very existence of Indian Country in the 21st century.  Examines American Indian cultures as part of the American entertainment cinema, television and as mascots for team sports.

PSYC 560-4 / DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
In-depth review and discussion of etiology, prevalence, comorbidity, course, assessment, and treatment of a range of psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence.   Employs an integrative perspective to address biological, familial, social, and cultural influences as well as individual processes relevant to cognition, emotion, and attachment that contribute to the onset and course of youth psychopathology.  Consideration of abnormal child development in the context of normative developmental processes and the continuity of psychopathology from childhood into adulthood will be highlighted.

VPA 180-3 / INTRODUTION TO AUDIO/VIDEO
Covers the basics of software that integrates time-based media such as audio, video and motion graphics.  Teaches the basics of media production.  Develops skills in using the tools that integrate these basic principles with production resulting in short videos and motion graphics projects.

VPA 180-4 / INTRODUTION TO GRAPHIC DESIGN
Covers the basics of software that integrates two dimensional graphic design, photography, and web applications.  Teaches the basics of graphic design.  Develops skills in using the tools to create projects that integrate these basic principles resulting in print and web applications.

VPA 380-17 / DIGITAL PHOTO SKETCHBOOK
Investigates a broad range of artistic practices and contemporary artists who use digital media as a tool for contemporary photographic practices. Students will experiment with different conceptual approaches to art making and develop aesthetic strategies for engaging audiences. Students will learn to use digital still cameras and mobile devices for their experimental and documentary work.

VPA 380-20 / DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION
Follows-up on the introduction classes in film and video by drawing upon the particular expertise of faculty in creating non-fiction or documentary projects.  Emphasizes non-fiction field production, with theory, history and practice, focusing on a hands-on experience.  Screenings, readings, lectures and discussion prepare students to envision, plan, shoot, edit and screen a documentary video.  Students gain experience working individually and in groups.

VPA 380-24 / EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA PRODUCTION
Students will study various forms of experimental cinema and video.  They will produce several short experimental hi-definition digital productions that explore sounds and image relationships, narrative and non-narrative structures.

WMST 300-21 / ECOFEMINISM
Introduction to ecological feminism - ecofeminism or "green feminism”. Examines the ways in which feminist thought and feminist movements have prioritized the environment, focused on the relationships of men and women to the natural world, and engaged a range of .Environmental issues, ranging from pollution and toxic waste, resource exhaustion, and species extinction and animal rights, to health, economic development, and the politics of food. Explores the important contributions of varied ecofeminism perspectives, including: critiques of the parallel oppression of women and nature, multiple hierarchies of domination, and the gendered effects of environmental problems; the reframing of militarism, corporate globalization, and technology as environmental issues; and the promotion of distinctive feminist alternatives, including sustainability, earth democracy, and spirituality

WMST 300-22 / WOMEN AND RELIGION
Explores the place and power of women within the major religious traditions of the world, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Indigenous traditions.  Addresses issues of women and religion, among them how sacred texts define women and gender relations, the ways women have been included—and excluded--as participants and leaders in the formal structures and everyday practices of major religions, and how feminists have theorized the treatment and agency of women in religious traditions.    

Information provided by the Office of Catalog & Curriculum
Posted April 8, 2014