SUMMER 2009

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Departmental  (Please note that 100-level courses do not count towards the minor but NOT the major)

ANTHRO 106 – Culture Through Film (SB G)
Session I - Online

Exploration of different societies and cultures, and of the field of cultural anthropology, through the medium of film. Ethnographic and documentary films; focus on gender roles, ethnicity, race, class, religion, politics and social change.

ANTHRO 205 – Inequality and Oppression (SB U)
Session I - Online

The roots of racism and sexism and the issues they raise. The cultural, biological, and social contexts of race and gender and examination of biological variation, genetic determinism, human adaptation, and the bases of human behavior.

EDUC 591W – Recognizing Family Values and Initiating Interventions
Kevin Warwick – Session II, Online

This course will allow school counselors, teachers, and criminal justice professionals to look at the impact of family violence as it relates to their work. This course will focus on the treatment issues, as well as the impact of adults and children living in that home. The course will examine some of the signs of this and will allow for those working in a school setting to gain a greater understanding of the issues. May be taken for Undergraduate and Graduate credit. Part of the School Counseling but open to all.

ENGLISH 132 – Gender, Sexuality, Literature & Culture (AL, G)
Session I:  Section 1, Gustavo Llarull, Section 2, Amy Brady
Session II:  Section 3, Natasha Azank, Shanon Luders-Manuel

Literature treating the relationship between man and woman. Topics may include: the nature of love, the image of the hero and heroine and definitions, past and present, of the masculine and feminine. Please check our website for updated textbooks information. Please order the correct textbooks based on your section.

HISTORY 297F – History of Sexuality
Babette Faehmel – Session I - online

Introducing students to the study of gender and sexuality as historical categories. Rather than thinking of a person's gender and erotic longings as simply biological facts or expressions of instinctual drives, we will ask to what extent social, cultural and political developments have influenced the ways in which we define masculine/feminine, normal or abnormal sexuality, and what we consider sexy, erotic, or queer. We will approach the topic from multiple perspectives. In examining how historical forces influence notions of gender/sexuality, we will look at relatively open and straightforward ways of control and regulation such as religious dogma or civil laws. We will also examine the more subtle workings of power. For that we will try to understand how ideas about what is "normal" or "appropriate" gender or sexual behavior were disseminated in society, how historical actors internalized or resisted these ideas, and how they at times even deployed them strategically to advance agendas of their very own. We will look at men and women of different races, classes, ethnicity's, ages, and sexual proclivities, to illuminate the extent of diversity in U.S. gender and sexual relations.

SOCIOL 106 – Race, Gender, Class & Ethnicity (SB U)
2 sections, Session II - Online

The first third of this course focuses on social class inequality; the second on race (primarily the African American experience); the final third focuses on gender. Emphasis is on the contemporary American scene, with historical background included when appropriate.

SOCIOL 222 – The Family (SB U)
2 sections, Session I – Online, Session II - online

First part: historical transformations in family life (relationships between husbands and wives, position and treatment of children, importance of kinship ties); second part: the contemporary family through life course (choice of a mate, relations in marriage, parenthood, breakup of the family unit).

SOCIOL 395K – Domestic Violence
Laura Hickman
Session I – online

Prior to the 1970s, domestic violence in America was widely viewed as a private matter in which public intervention was inappropriate except under the most extreme circumstances. Over the past several decades, however, domestic violence has been increasingly perceived and responded to by the public as a criminal matter. Take a detailed look at patterns and trends in domestic violence in contemporary America, explore theoretical perspectives about its causes, and examine the domestic violence reform movement, paying special attention to research that tries to assess the actual effectiveness of criminal justice reforms in reducing domestic violence. Elective course in Criminal Justice Studies Certificate Online Program but open to all.

WOMENSST 187 – Introduction to Women’s Studies
Jessica Montagna
Session I - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00-12:30 p.m.

Basic concepts and perspectives in Womens Studies, with womens experiences at the center of interpretation. Critical reading and thinking about gender and its interaction with race and class. Focus on womens history and contemporary issues for women.

Component  (Women’s Studies students must focus the papers or projects on gender)

AFROAM 236 – History of the Civil Rights Movement (HS U)
Jonathan Fenderson
Session II - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  3:30-6:00 p.m.

Examination of the Civil Rights Movement from the Brown v. Topeka decision to the rise of Black power. All the major organizations of the period, e.g., SCLC, SNCC, CORE, NAACP, and the Urban League. The impact on White students and the anti-war movement.

ANTHRO 103 – Human Origins & Variation
Session I, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30-12:00 p.m.
Online, Session II

The biological aspects of being human. Evolution, how and where the human species originated, and biological similarities and dissimilarities among contemporary human groups.

AHTHRO 270 – North American Indians
Session II, Online

Survey of the indigenous people of America north of Mexico; their regional variations and adaptations, their relationship to each other and the changes taking place in their lifeways.

COMM 121 – Introduction to Media and Culture
Brett Ingram
Session I - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30-12:00 p.m.

Introduction to the social role of mass media in advanced industrial western societies, focusing on how relationships between mass communications and the surrounding economic framework affect cultural, political and ideological processes in society. An examination of social and historical contexts within which newspapers, radio and television developed and how they are structured with attention to both the domestic and international implications of treating mass media as just another industry.

COMP-LIT 141 – Good and Evil: East-West (AL G)
2 online sections, Session I, 2 online sections, Session II

The imaginative representation of good and evil in Western and Eastern classics, folktales, childrens stories and 20th-century literature. Cross-cultural comparison of ethical approaches to moral problems such as the suffering of the innocent, the existence of evil, the development of a moral consciousness and social responsibility, and the role of faith in a broken world. Contemporary issues of nuclear war, holocaust, AIDS, abortion, marginal persons, anawim and unwanted children.

EDUC 210 – Social Diversity in Education (I U)
Taj Smith
Session I - Monday, Wednesay  9:00-12:00 p.m.

Focus on issues of social identity, social and cultural diversity, and societal manifestations of oppression. Draws on interdisciplinary perspectives of social identity development, social learning theory, and sociological analyses of power and privilege within broad social contexts. Open to all students.

SOCIOL 222 – Social Class Inequality (SB U)
David Cort
1 online section, Session I and 1 online section Session II

The nature of social classes in society from the viewpoint of differences in economic power, political power, and social status. Why stratification exists, its internal dynamics, and its effects on individuals, subgroups, and the society as a whole. Problems of poverty and the uses of power. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course.