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Wonder what classes are like at AU? This spring, we are offering a number of virtual simulated classes, across all our schools and colleges. 

The following is a list of our current virtual class opportunities:

Appropriation or Appreciation: Pop Culture and Race in Today's Society

Monday, February 8, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm (Eastern)

This course explores notions of cultural appropriation. Questions examined include whether it is appropriation for white people to wear dreadlocks, whether non-white cultures can appropriate each other, since being transgender is real, can someone be transracial, and who the gatekeepers to appropriation are. The course explores notions of identity and culture in an increasingly polarized world.

The Persistence of Pirates

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm (Eastern)

This course studies a truly complex problem for all of humanity: piracy. In this sense, piracy refers to criminal activities conducted at a specific kind of intersection between a more-or-less recurring set of physical, social, and economic marginalities. Pirates have been with human society as long as there have been human societies with such margins (be they military, moral, social, or demographic). Students gain not only a good sense of why that is but also a sense of major processes within human societies and how these latent processes manifest in observable phenomena.

College of Arts and Sciences Simulated Class

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm (Eastern)

Whether they know it or not, everyone is a chemist in the kitchen. This course dispels the notion that chemistry is only for the trained and gives students the confidence to experiment in their own cooking. Students explore chemical topics including structure and function, acid/base chemistry, and reaction energetics through the preparation of food.

Visual Literacy

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm (Eastern)

This course introduces students to ways of understanding visual media through instruction in the fundamental principles of 2-D design, photography, and film/video. Students learn visual theory and immerse themselves in new ways of seeing; understand the impact of images in various forms and contexts; critically deconstruct images created by others while producing images of their own; and come to appreciate the influences of visual symbols on communication.

Introduction to Business

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm (Eastern)

What is Business? In the introductory and interactive session, students explore the purpose of business, how business solves problems and meets customers needs, and the metrics for which we measure business activity within a risk/reward framework. You will also get to launch a new App to solve a business problem!

School of Education Simulated Class

Monday, March 1, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm (Eastern)

Join us for an interactive session with small group discussions led by current AU education student-teachers. They will cover what life is like for teacher education students, answer all your questions about the program, and discover if the program is right for you.

The American Constitution

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm (Eastern)

This class explores how social, economic, and political forces influence the development of American constitutional law. Among the topics covered include race and American history, the First Amendment, congressional power to regulate commerce and discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.