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CORE-105
Complex Problems Seminar
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Visual Identities
03.00
Pearson,A
Books
MTH
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Visual Identities (3) Drawing on museum collections in Washington, DC, this course explores how visual images constructed, claimed, and sometimes contested identities across the geohistorical spectrum. This course considers how images convey identities tied to cultural conceptions about politics, religions, race, gender, disability, and sexuality, and what such works teach us about visual strategies for conveying identity, past and present. Students analyze images comparatively in a case-study approach across specific cultures. Individual and group projects develop critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills.
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The Material World
03.00
Harshman,N
Books
MTH
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
The Material World (3) This course explores the matter that has mattered to humans, from stone and bronze through semiconductors and nanostructures. Individuals, cultures, and nation states flourish and decline based in part on the material resources and technology they can access and control. This course is half about material science, investigating the atom-stuff that we and our world are made of, and half a critical investigation of materialist theories of culture, history, economics, and politics. The primary student assessment is a portfolio demonstrating an integrated understanding of scientific and technical material into social, historical, artistic, economic, philosophical and political contexts.
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Act Like a Man
03.00
Kippola,K
Books
MTH
11:20AM
12:35PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Act Like a Man (3) This course examines the search for and performance of ideal models of American manhood on theatrical, political, and social stages. Through investigating gender theory and masculinity studies, reading and analyzing plays, viewing theatrical productions and films, unpacking political posturing, and scrutinizing human behavior, students explore, demystify, and question the ways in which public masculine figures manipulate, challenge, and reflect lives of American males. From the first American play to Hamilton, from the Founding Fathers to Donald Trump, the course investigates the ways in which American men learn to behave and misbehave.
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Living and Dying in DC
03.00
Young,J
Books
MTH
12:55PM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Living and Dying in DC (3) This course introduces students to health inequities and uses political, economic, historical, and sociological analyses of differences in power and privilege as it relates to quality of life, disease burden, and mortality in Washington, DC. Through local texts, site visits, discussions, and reflections, students explore how DC residents, communities, health care providers, public health practitioners, and policymakers have shaped the social forces that influence health, and how they have worked together to ensure that all DC residents have the opportunity to live healthy and long lives. Students also ask critical questions about how they can support efforts to improve health in DC, including how to support and elevate community voices in shaping the factors that impact the health of DC residents.
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Making Up Your Life
03.00
Dussere,E
Books
MTH
02:30PM
03:45PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Making Up Your Life (3) Mostly we make our lives up as we go along, and although we might sometimes find it hard to imagine doing anything else, we may also sometimes wish that there was a recognizable narrative that we could point to, or create, in our lives. This course reflects on the notion of life history and considers a few of the ways that books, movies, and people have represented, considered, and plotted out various kinds of lives. Students look at texts that try to imagine what a self is, exactly, and texts that offer useful or interesting examples of lives both fictional and real. Students consider books by Shakespeare, Freud, Toni Morrison, Tsitsi Dangarembga, as well as films, and utopian or speculative narratives that deal with these issues of life history.
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Jerusalem: Myth Hist Modernity
03.00
Brenner,M
Books
MTH
04:05PM
05:20PM
TBA
TBA
CANCELLED
Jerusalem: Myth, History, Modernity (3) Central for the three Abrahamic traditions, Jerusalem has been a locus of worship and dispute for over two-thousand years. The course proceeds thematically, beginning with the role of Jerusalem in the mythic imagination of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Students then turn to writings reflecting the history of Jerusalem as a physical place and a source of contention for the Assyrians and Babylonians, the Persians, the Romans, the empires of medieval Europe and the Ottomans, the British, the Arabs and the modern State of Israel. Finally, the course turns to the modern era and examines Jerusalem as a modern city and a proxy for disputes over identity, culture, language, and religion. Students visit different places of worship in Washington,DC and invite guest speakers representing a diversity of cultures to class.
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Myth, Fantasy, and Meaning
03.00
Cox,C
Books
TF
08:10AM
09:25AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Myth, Fantasy, and Meaning (3) Ancient myths of gods and warriors, modern tales of wizards and superheroes, the legends that accumulate around families and communities: People use stories - especially fantastical ones - to understand reality, develop identities, and share values. In this course, students grapple with the ways myth, folklore, and fantasy permeate our lived experiences and cultural interactions. The course involves reading primary texts from many cultures and secondary texts from a range of academic disciplines. Students unpack how people use the unreal through discussions and varied writing projects.
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Social Justice Or Libertarnsm?
03.00
Merrill,T
Books
TF
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
CANCELLED
Social Justice or Libertarianism? (3) Social justice activists and libertarians are two of the most familiar social types in our polarized political climate. This course asks students to think though their own political identities by working through some of the most important texts in this debate in constant conversation with the best arguments on all sides. Students read well-known contemporary proponents of both points of view such as John Rawls and Robert Nozick as well as authors who speak to this issue from unexpected angles such as Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglass, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, and Kurt Vonnegut. Activities include trips to Brookings Institution, the Cato Institute, or other think tanks, and a discussion of college education in prison with a local prison reform nonprofit.
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Cities: Destroyed & Reinvented
03.00
Demshuk,A
Books
W
11:20AM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Cities: Destroyed and Reinvented (3) This seminar introduces students to dreams and shortcomings in modern architecture and planning, theories of nationalism and memory, and urban examples from twentieth-century European cities. Our dynamic urban environment in the US capital is also introduced through trips and guest lectures. Critical thinking, reading, and writing are encouraged through intense discussion of weekly readings, the composition of short response essays, and a terse essay/presentation assessing the intersection between urban change and the politics of memory in a context of the student's choice.
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The Threat of Chemical Weapons
03.00
Costanzi,S
Books
MTH
04:05PM
05:20PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
The Threat of Chemical Weapons (3) Research and development efforts in the field of chemistry have significantly enhanced the quality of human life. However, they also pose threats to global security, since highly toxic chemicals can be employed by states and terrorists to develop deadly weapons, including weapons of mass destruction. Crafting successful policies that minimize the threat without hampering the development of peaceful applications is a complex task that requires understanding the science of chemical weapons, knowing their history, and being aware of the current state of the affairs. This course introduces students to scientific concepts from the disciplines of chemistry and biology and gives them the opportunity to analyze and critically discuss the historical aspects related to the development and deployment of chemical weapons; the international frameworks for their control; the current discourse on events and issues in the chemical weapons arena in news outlets and social media.
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How Are Latinxs Changing US
03.00
Vidal-Ortiz,S
Books
W
05:30PM
08:00PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
How Are Latinxs Changing US (3) This class adopts a less Western-centric way of framing knowledge by focusing on a U.S. ethno-racial minority group within the U.S. Latinxs are shifting the economic, political, cultural, and social landscape of US society. Latinx communities bring forth questions of nation and ethnicity, along with intersectional aspects of class, gender, sexuality, ability, and migratory/documented status to a discussion of who the U.S. is as a nation. Students hear leaders of local organizations and advocacy groups, as well as national entities, to better understand the contributions and challenges of Latinxs in the U.S. and analyzes how Latinxs are portrayed in the media through movies and documentaries.
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Futures: What Will Be in 2040?
03.00
Carmel,E
Books
MTH
08:10AM
09:25AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Futures: What will be in 2040? (3) Universities teach about the past and the present in depth, but what about the future? This course develops an anticipatory future consciousness and equips students with practical methods and first-hand experience in a futures study. Future awareness comes from thoughtful reading, discussions, and guest speakers. Students create future scenarios, and a first-hand future study at a local organization.
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Understanding Sex and Gender
03.00
Doperalski,A
Books
TF
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Understanding Sex and Gender (3) For many individuals gender and sex mean the same thing, but for others, sex assignment and gender have a complex relationship. Students are introduced to the biological basis of sex and explore what it means to be male and female. This course offers students the opportunity to explore this topic from the cellular aspect to the neurological aspect as well as in the context of evolution. The course examines the science behind sex and gender as well as the societal implications and how this has shaped politics and policy in the modern era.
OPEN
015
Constructions of Self & Other
03.00
Doud,T
Books
T
05:30PM
08:00PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Constructions of Self and Other (3) Establishing one's identitie(s) is both real and invented. How one reads other's projected identitie(s) in a multi-platform culture is complicated, not only by how people adorn themselves, but by our media choices. From avatars on social media (Instagram, YouTube, Tinder) to online simulation platforms (Open Simulator and SecondLife), and from fan conventions (Otakon, Comic Con) to festivals (Afropunk), notions of the constructed self destabilize conventional models of the singular identity. Using an interdisciplinary and inter-media approach, this course introduces the ways people shape their identities across a variety of cultural perspectives.
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Ethics, Morals & Criminal Law
03.00
Engert,M
Books
MTH
04:05PM
05:20PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Ethics, Morals and Criminal Law (3) Inherent within criminal law and justice is the power to make discretionary decisions that greatly impact the accused, victims, and society. Students discover the complexity of determining what an ethical course of action or result means to this wide variety of criminal justice actors, and how they draw upon personal bias, experience and cultural context in interpreting what is ethical. The specific issues that are covered include: the prosecution and defense of both guilty and innocent people; wrongful convictions; just and unjust punishment; criminal prohibition and prosecution of specific drug use, possession and sales; and the criminalization, prosecution, and defense of select forms of marriage and sexual activity. Readings, documentaries, podcasts and the selection of guest speakers provide students with diverse professional and personal perspectives from a variety of racial, economic, ethnic, geographic and philosophical backgrounds.
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Ethics, Morals & Criminal Law
03.00
Engert,M
Books
MTH
11:20AM
12:35PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Ethics, Morals and Criminal Law (3) Inherent within criminal law and justice is the power to make discretionary decisions that greatly impact the accused, victims, and society. Students discover the complexity of determining what an ethical course of action or result means to this wide variety of criminal justice actors, and how they draw upon personal bias, experience and cultural context in interpreting what is ethical. The specific issues that are covered include: the prosecution and defense of both guilty and innocent people; wrongful convictions; just and unjust punishment; criminal prohibition and prosecution of specific drug use, possession and sales; and the criminalization, prosecution, and defense of select forms of marriage and sexual activity. Readings, documentaries, podcasts and the selection of guest speakers provide students with diverse professional and personal perspectives from a variety of racial, economic, ethnic, geographic and philosophical backgrounds.
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Jihad: From Caliphate to ISIS
03.00
Omar,S
Books
TF
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
CANCELLED
Jihad: From the Caliphate to ISIS (3) What exactly does jihad mean? No Islamic concept has generated as much disagreement and as many questions as jihad, a concept that is now in common use in Western media and literature. This course deconstructs the concept of Jihad as it has been appropriated by Western media and radical Islamists, both of whom have propagated the myth that Islam and the West are at war. Students are exposed to the various meanings, nuances, theories, and manifestations of jihad from the Prophet Muhammad's time, through the age of the Caliphate, and into the present.
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Let's Talk About Sex Education
03.00
Twigg,M
Books
TF
11:20AM
12:35PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Let's Talk About Sex Education (3) How do we learn about sex? It's a complicated question with unique answers based on our families, friends, schools, and identities. And despite these enduring disputes, U.S. institutions still have no consistent answers even for whether we ought to include sexual education in our curricula, much less what such courses should entail. This course explores these conversations by examining perspectives on sex education from media, history, scholars, and a variety of professionals currently working in the field.
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Legally Speaking
03.00
Mass,M
Books
TF
12:55PM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Legally Speaking (3) Although it might seem that the law provides rules for personal and business conduct that are definitive and clear, the law more often balances complex interests that involve many shades of gray. This course examines a series of legal problems concerning the role of the law in people's personal lives as well as in the economic life of countries as part of a community of nations. Although the course examines these problems through a legal lens, it includes economic, business, political and international relations perspectives. Students critically read, discuss, argue and write with an objective of questioning their own views and gaining an understanding of alternative perspectives.
OPEN
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Legally Speaking
03.00
Mass,M
Books
TF
02:30PM
03:45PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Legally Speaking (3) Although it might seem that the law provides rules for personal and business conduct that are definitive and clear, the law more often balances complex interests that involve many shades of gray. This course examines a series of legal problems concerning the role of the law in people's personal lives as well as in the economic life of countries as part of a community of nations. Although the course examines these problems through a legal lens, it includes economic, business, political and international relations perspectives. Students critically read, discuss, argue and write with an objective of questioning their own views and gaining an understanding of alternative perspectives.
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The Food Water Energy Nexus
03.00
Fox,D
Books
MTH
02:30PM
03:45PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
The Food Water Energy Nexus (3) Food, energy, and water resources are interconnected, so addressing one resource will cause scarcities in others. This complex problem requires innovative, cooperative, and interdisciplinary solutions utilizing the skills from multiple disciplines. The next generation must be equipped with sustainability and resilience strategies for the food energy water nexus, requiring interdisciplinary approaches. Natural scientists, engineers, social scientists, economists, policy makers, and diplomats must work together to form an international collaboration for addressing these resource scarcities simultaneously.
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Branding Nations and Cultures
03.00
Tighe,D
Books
W
11:20AM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
CANCELLED
Branding Nations and Cultures (3) We all have our own image in mind when we think of "home," whether a street or neighborhood, a city or state, or even a country or culture. In today's increasingly globalized world, countries, regional alliances, and cross-border populations all have more platforms and avenues available to them than ever for conveying their messages, developing their identities, and promoting their diplomatic interests. In this course, students examine geographically and culturally diverse "identity-building" narratives, utilizing wide range of academic and practical texts such as tourism campaigns, strategic communication and persuasion efforts, movies, and documentaries, and leveraging a wide range of unique cultural resources available in Washington, D.C., such as embassies and museums, to analyze the successes and shortcomings of such efforts.
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Education: Problem or Solutn
03.00
Kravetz,K
Books
W
02:30PM
05:20PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Education: Problem or Solution (3) While there is agreement that education is key to individual and community well-being, much controversy exists over education's goals and how to achieve them. Issues include identifying education challenges and effective solutions, recognizing how social or economic status interacts with education, and examining what role political ideologies play. Students engage with a variety of speakers, site visits, and readings, and discuss key issues, such as school choice and assessment, through creative exercises, as they collaboratively explore this complex topic.
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027
21st Century Silk Road
03.00
Nakshbendi,G
Books
W
05:30PM
08:00PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Twenty First Century Silk Road (3) How will the revival of the Silk Road via the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative increase the connectivity between nations and facilitate trade to the benefit of all parties when each country has their own political, cultural and economic systems? This course discusses past, present and the future evolution of globalized commerce via the Silk Road. With sustainability and stabilization at the forefront of many countries' statecraft planning, this course equips students to think critically and develop their own part in the world ahead through reading materials, weekly current articles, guest speakers, and visits to institutions in Washington, DC.
OPEN
028
Maxing Out Planet Earth
03.00
Alonzo,M
Books
MTH
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Maxing Out Planet Earth (3) How many people can our planet support? This course explores the controversial ways in which humans use technology (e.g., large dams, GMO) and policy (e.g., energy subsidies) to support more people with higher qualities of life. Students examine these controversies with readings such as Paul Ehrlich's The Population Bomb and Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert, movies including Chinatown, and field trips to visit DC think tanks and a nearby sustainable farm.
OPEN
029
Obesity: A Complex Crisis
03.00
Bracht,J
Books
TF
11:20AM
12:35PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Obesity: A Complex Crisis (3) Obesity is a public health emergency; a majority of Americans are currently overweight and a significant fraction are likely to suffer adverse health impacts including diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and even cancer. This course investigates the ways lifestyle, culture, socioeconomic factors, and the food industry all interface with biology to impact body weight. The course surveys both popular and scientific works relevant to the causes of the obesity epidemic, drawing connections while promoting critical analysis and discussion. This class emphasizes the multifactorial causes of obesity, through engagement with both popular and scientific literature, reinforced through student writing and feedback.
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Immigrant America
03.00
Dondero,M
Books
TF
12:55PM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Immigrant America (3) As in centuries past, immigration continues to transform U.S. society and remains a hotly debated issue that presents complicated economic, political, and social challenges. This course examines the complexities of contemporary U.S. immigration through three core questions: who immigrates and why, how immigrants and their children adapt to U.S. society, and whether immigration creates social and economic benefits and/or burdens for the U.S. Students use readings, film, guided discussion, and critical writing to engage with a wide range of themes including motivations for immigration, immigrant integration, racialization, citizenship, immigration policy, and attitudes toward immigration.
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Food Justice Matters
03.00
Davis,C
Books
MTH
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Food Justice Matters (3) This course explores issues related to food justice in the United States. Students are introduced to foundational issues including recommended components of a healthy diet, the connections between diet and overall health status, food economics, and basic features of food production. Students examine ways that race, class, age, and access impact food and health. They evaluate a variety of complex issues associated with food justice.
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Defining American
03.00
Cohn,E
Books
TF
11:20AM
12:35PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Defining American (3) Analyzing historical as well as contemporary trends, this course explores American ideology, institutions, and society, and how they inform and reflect an individual's personal identity as an American. Students look at concepts of patriotism, nationalism, democracy, individualism, equality, capitalism, American Exceptionalism, the American Creed, and the American Dream. The course explores the role immigration has played in America's history, as well as how some see it currently challenging America's identity. Students expose myths and come to a more complex understanding of what it means to be an American.
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035
Organizations and World Change
03.00
Faulk,L
Books
W
02:30PM
05:20PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Organizations and World Change (3) Complex problems challenge young people. The exact solutions to these problems may be uncertain, but they will certainly require ingenuity and innovation - as well as multipronged approaches from diverse perspectives. In this course, students learn how to leverage different organizational forms for social innovation and world change. As a final project, students develop a business plan for a new nonprofit or for-profit organization to help solve a complex problem in the world.
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Wildlife Conservation
03.00
Heckel,H
Books
W
11:20AM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Wildlife Conservation (3) The World Wildlife Fund recently reported that total wildlife populations declined over 50% between 1970 and 2010. Students in this course explore the primary causes of habitat and wildlife loss including consumption, pollution, and climate change. Students then engage with diverse political, economic, and social approaches to preserving and protecting the remaining biodiversity. Students actively and personally consider how individuals and their communities can communicate about and contribute to wildlife conservation.
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Electric Music Since Edison
03.00
Snider,N
Books
MTH
02:30PM
03:45PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Electric Music Since Edison (3) This course considers how electronics have impacted listening, musical creativity, responses, expectations and culture. These questions are examined through multiple lenses and disciplines where art, science, technology and society meet at sometimes surprising but undeniable crossroads. Students observe, analyze, experiment and even create with electronics. Special attention is given to the advent of sound in film as well as to new language/vocabularies in music, new sounds as the result of newly designed instruments and synthesis techniques, digital versus analogue applications and, the computer.
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038
Normalizing Bodies
03.00
Zurn,P
Books
TF
04:05PM
05:20PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Normalizing Bodies (3) This course examines the distinction between "normal" and "abnormal" bodies and investigates the complex ways in which abnormal bodies become "problems" for medicine. Looking at historical examples, e.g. pathologization of slaves' desires to flee captivity, nineteenth century diagnosis and treatment of "hysteria," medical treatment of height (tallness in girls, short stature in boys) and atypical sex anatomies (intersex bodies), the course asks what normality means, and explores the effects of meanings we may too often take for granted. Students visit the Smithsonian Museum of American History to speak with the curator and specialist of disability and hear guest lectures on normalizing surgical interventions for children.
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Wildlife Conservation
03.00
Heckel,H
Books
W
08:10AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Wildlife Conservation (3) The World Wildlife Fund recently reported that total wildlife populations declined over 50% between 1970 and 2010. Students in this course explore the primary causes of habitat and wildlife loss including consumption, pollution, and climate change. Students then engage with diverse political, economic, and social approaches to preserving and protecting the remaining biodiversity. Students actively and personally consider how individuals and their communities can communicate about and contribute to wildlife conservation.
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040
The Nature-Society Binary
03.00
Dixon,M
Books
MTH
02:30PM
03:45PM
TBA
TBA
CANCELLED
The Nature-Society Binary (3) Many people would agree with the statement that we, humans, are part of nature and whatever harms the rest of nature harms ourselves and future generations. Yet, when social scientists study society, they often analyze the social world as acting on, and thus distinct from, nature. When environmentalists mobilize, they act to protect the environment from human activity. This course delves into this paradox, which necessarily involves multiple and conflicting perspectives on the relationship between nature and society. Specifically, the course explores two present-day cases in which this paradox plays out: both the Anthropocene literature and biosecurity policies and institutions reinforce the enduring nature-society binary and have invited critiques from scholars and activists alike.
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041
Do Better at Doing Good
03.00
Choutka,A
Books
MTH
08:10AM
09:25AM
TBA
TBA
CANCELLED
Do Better at Doing Good (3) This course examines the conversation on poverty in Washington, DC through scholarship, research, and community-based service-learning with an afterschool program. Horton's Kids is a local nonprofit that serves families in Ward 8's Wellington Park neighborhood, where the average household income is below $10,000 a year. Students discover how Horton's Kids has evolved since 1989 using a comprehensive service model to address the cyclical needs of the community and adopting more inclusive practices. Students connect their work in the community to their work in the classroom by researching, writing, and reflecting on poverty in this neighborhood. Service-learning requires critical reflection with a focus on doing better by the community, thus combining current research on poverty with on-the-ground action based on a community's needs. Students learn how to reimagine service, focusing on reciprocity and equity. Readings cover a range of perspectives, from historians, sociologists, psychologists, public health scholars and professionals, service-learning and social justice scholars, community partners, community members, nonprofit professionals, policy makers, contemporary public intellectuals, and cultural critics.
CORE-106
Complex Problems Seminar
OPEN
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What Does Education Mean?
03.00
Gargano,T
Books
W
08:10AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Course Type: Community Based Learning. As a part of this course, students will actively serve with a nonprofit agency or school in the DC area to apply their course knowledge. What Does It Mean to be Educated? (3) There are economic, philosophical, sociological, cultural, and political perspectives surrounding the purpose of education and the pedagogical constructs that guide education. Yet, what it means to be an educated individual varies among cultures and is contextually dependent. Through various forms of storytelling, readings, guest speakers, blog posts, and debates, this course explores interdisciplinary and international perspectives on what it means to be an educated individual. Restriction: Community-Based Research Scholars.
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002
Problem of Poverty in America
03.00
Curtin,M
Books
TF
04:05PM
05:20PM
TBA
TBA
CANCELLED
Course Type: Community Based Learning. As a part of this course, students will actively serve with a nonprofit agency or school in the DC area to apply their course knowledge. Problem of Poverty in America (3) This course examines the history of poverty in America, perceptions of the problem over time, and efforts made by the poor to address it. Restriction: Community-Based Research Scholars.
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003
Global Hip-Hop & Resistance
03.00
Dibinga,O
Books
TH
02:30PM
05:20PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Global Hip-Hop and Resistance (3) This course explores the enduring question of why and how hip-hop has become equally a tool for revolution and capitalist expansion across the world. As hip-hop has attained the interest of corporate America, it has gone from being vilified by many in the mainstream to a source of expansion for American ideals. As hip-hop began to emerge in other countries, it also began to develop its own country-specific narrative. Across the globe, the effects of hip-hop can be felt from politics and education to pop culture and religion, from the Arab Spring to the whitewashing of history books in Japan. The course explores how hip-hop has become a source of revolution and capitalist expansion for some of the world's most marginalized (and not-so-marginalized) populations. Restriction: AU Scholars.
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What Causes Homelessness?
03.00
Kerr,D
Books
MTH
12:55PM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
What Causes Homelessness? (3) It does not take long traveling across Washington, DC to encounter people experiencing homelessness. This course explores the phenomenon of homelessness by drawing upon scholarly work done in history, sociology, anthropology, geography, and public policy. Students meet with advocates for the unhoused, as well as people experiencing homelessness themselves. Students read and critically evaluate texts addressing the issue from across these disciplines. They also draw upon existing government and agency reports as well as oral histories as they explore alternative ways that people have come to understand the issue outside of the university setting. Restriction: AU Scholars.
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005
How to Sustain an Ocean World
03.00
Kim,K
Books
TF
12:55PM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
CANCELLED
How to Sustain an Ocean World (3) The ocean gave rise to life on earth, holds much of its biological diversity, and to this day, sustains it. However, for much of human history, the ocean has been thought of as vast, unmanageable, and its resources inexhaustible. Thus, the ocean has been over-exploited and treated without regard. The consequence is that over the last century, the fundamental nature of the ocean - its physical, chemical, and biological characteristics - has changed, and along with it, its ability to provide humankind with sustenance, livelihoods, and inspiration. In this course, the students explore the natural history of the ocean, identify threats, and evaluate the range of possible solutions to ensure the long-term sustainability our ocean world. Restriction: AU Scholars.
CANCELLED
006
Living As a Digital Citizen
03.00
Klein,J
Books
W
11:20AM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
CANCELLED
Living as a Digital Citizen (3) Digital citizenship broadly describes what it means to live in our networked world when every click leaves a trace of our digital footsteps. This course looks at what this means to us as individuals, as a community, and as a global society, as well as those less fortunate who do not experience the power of the Internet and how to engage these individuals. The course raises more questions than it answers, but heightens students' understanding of the evolving challenges and opportunities on our digital planet. Restriction: AU Scholars.
OPEN
007
Pollution Solutions
03.00
Meiller,J
Books
TF
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Pollution Solutions (3) In this course, students pursue issues surrounding pollution in the environment including how and why pollution occurs. The course investigates the sources of various air, water, and land pollutants and looks at environmental and health effects and potential solutions. Students participate in and benefit from diverse assignments including case studies, debates/ role-playing, peer-teaching, and facilitated discussions on assigned readings from written texts, documentaries, and topic-specific exhibits. Restriction: Community-Based Research Scholars.
OPEN
008
Contemporary World Cinema
03.00
Middents,J
Books
MTH
11:20AM
12:35PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Contemporary World Cinema (3) This seminar examines questions of contemporary world cinema from multiple perspectives by working back and forth between concepts of examining single, individual texts and broader, globally relevant contexts. As part of that project, each student studies in detail a single international film of their choice made between 2002 and 2017. In addition to traditional writing and research projects, all students craft a 5- to 7-minute short film that visually presents their argument concerning their film. No previous editing experience required. Restriction: AU Scholars.
CLOSED
009
Dying, Death, & the Afterlife
03.00
Oliver,M
Books
TF
11:20AM
12:35PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Dying, Death, and the Afterlife (3) This course examines the agony of dying, questions about how we measure death, and accounts of a possible life after death, drawing upon philosophical arguments, biological measurements, literary imaginings, and religious visions to understand how the experience of death is a core component to our shared human experience. By evaluating the many differing accounts of death and the afterlife, this class assesses how our understanding of these experiences yields insights into our conceptions of justice and ethics, divine reward and righteous punishment. This exploration of dying and a possible second life thus reflects to us an idea of our common concerns and struggles in attempting to make a life of meaning. Restriction: AU Scholars.
CLOSED
010
Cultures of Corruption
03.00
Bates,S
Books
MTH
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Cultures of Corruption (3) Political and social leaders accuse each other of it and are accused by a media that itself is then condemned for it - but what is "corruption"? This course considers how the mention of corruption has become pervasive, while there seems to be no set definition or even direction and when a "favor" become "corruption." There are governments accused of being kleptocracies - governments of organized thieves composed of individuals whose only goal is to legally take as much money and resources from others as possible. This kind of corruption seems easy to define. But what about a payment to a border guard to let you pass? This course examines values, systems, and institutions across the globe - and down the street. Restriction: AU Scholars.
WAIT-2
011
Tactical Urbanism
03.00
Kiechel,V
Books
MTH
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Tactical Urbanism (3) Home to two-thirds of the world's population, cities are contested, even violent, grounds, embodying social, political, and economic exclusion. This course employs an emerging "Right to the City" challenge to the status quo of urban power dynamics: tactical urbanism. Through the collaborative design of a tactical urbanistic intervention in Washington, DC, students seek to understand the possibilities and limits of this approach in moving the world towards more just and inclusive cities. The course draws on historical and contemporary sources and case studies, including urban film, music, philosophy, and literature, and theories/examples of urban planning and form. Permission: advisor.
WAIT-2
012
Jerusalem: Myth Hist Modernity
03.00
Brenner,M
Books
MTH
04:05PM
05:20PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Jerusalem: Myth, History, Modernity (3) Central for the three Abrahamic traditions, Jerusalem has been a locus of worship and dispute for over two-thousand years. The course proceeds thematically, beginning with the role of Jerusalem in the mythic imagination of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Students then turn to writings reflecting the history of Jerusalem as a physical place and a source of contention for the Assyrians and Babylonians, the Persians, the Romans, the empires of medieval Europe and the Ottomans, the British, the Arabs and the modern State of Israel. Finally, the course turns to the modern era and examines Jerusalem as a modern city and a proxy for disputes over identity, culture, language, and religion. Students visit different places of worship in Washington, DC and invite guest speakers representing a diversity of cultures to class. Permission: advisor.
WAIT-3
013
Social Justice/Libertarianism?
03.00
Merrill,T
Books
TF
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Social Justice or Libertarianism? (3) Social justice activists and libertarians are two of the most familiar social types in our polarized political climate. This course asks students to think though their own political identities by working through some of the most important texts in this debate in constant conversation with the best arguments on all sides. Students read well-known contemporary proponents of both points of view such as John Rawls and Robert Nozick as well as authors who speak to this issue from unexpected angles such as Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglass, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, and Kurt Vonnegut. Activities include trips to Brookings Institution, the Cato Institute, or other think tanks, and a discussion of college education in prison with a local prison reform nonprofit. Permission: advisor.
CORE-107
Complex Problems Seminar
Permission: University College.
CLOSED
001
Borders Migration & Globalizn
03.00
Castaneda-Tinoco,E
Books
W
08:10AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Borders, Migration and Globalization (3) Borders, migration, and globalization are terms invoked by the media and in everyday conversations; but it is important to dig deeply to understand what these terms mean. This course studies policies and the discourse around border security; the cause and effects of international migration; the origin of the term "globalization" and the theories associated with these phenomena. The course accounts for the social context that explains the rise of these ideas, as well as the push-back against what people see as the negative consequences of international migration and trade.
OPEN
002
International Intervention
03.00
Cromwell,A
Books
F
11:20AM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
International Intervention (3) How does the international community work to support victims of mass violence, injustice, brutal dictatorships, and poverty around the world? Moreover, how has the inaction of the international community (in places such as Rwanda and Bosnia), as well as the recent failures of the West in the Middle East (e.g. Libya), shaped current military, humanitarian, and post-conflict peacebuilding interventions? Through readings, discussions, case studies, and video clips, students survey interventions in contexts of mass violence where vulnerable populations are at the mercy of dictatorships or rebel groups with little regard for human life and the multiple perspectives associated with how, when, and if international actors should intervene. The course explores the responses of the international community in post-conflict contexts, the interplay between various actors in these contexts, standard processes of peacebuilding, and critiques of these approaches from different disciplines.
CLOSED
003
Prejudice: Who, How, Why
03.00
Duval,L
Books
W
05:30PM
08:00PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Prejudice: Who, How, Why (3) This course assumes that everyone is prejudiced to some extent (even when having the best intentions not to be) and considers potential origins of prejudice. The course examines the individual, socio-cultural, inter-group and systemic bases of prejudice. Through empirical readings, guest speakers, field trips, film, and even fairy tales, students consider how prejudice develops, is maintained and can be reduced. Studying the many different theories for the origins of prejudice provides a foundation for a multi-faceted approach to combatting and undermining prejudice in ourselves and others.
CLOSED
004
Is Global Citizenship a Dream?
03.00
Groen,G
Books
W
08:10AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Is Global Citizenship a Dream? (3) With the recent rise of populism across the Western world, this course helps students with international aspirations to critically examine the emerging issues related to "being a global person." Course readings and team projects explore global citizenry and cover topics such as globalization, the sovereign state, economic interdependence, the global enterprise, ethics, prejudice, and intercultural skills. Outside class, student meet global leaders to discuss this course's implications.
OPEN
005
Sex, Power, Human Trafficking
03.00
Stockreiter,E
Books
W
02:30PM
05:20PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Sex, Power, Human Trafficking (3) Slavery, or human trafficking in contemporary language, is one of the most controversial and enduring questions in history. Using interdisciplinary and international perspectives, this course explores changes and continuities in the institution of slavery from antiquity to the 21st century. The course analyzes how conceptualizations of gender, race, and religion shaped various forms of slavery. Students understand how the intersection of power, gender, and socio-economic status has made women and girls particularly vulnerable to enslavement and human trafficking.
CANCELLED
006
Welcome to the Anthropocene
03.00
van Doorn,A
Books
TF
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
CANCELLED
Welcome to the Anthropocene (3) During the past 10,000 years, humans have become the primary driver of changes to the Earth's surface, ecosystems, biodiversity and chemistry of the atmosphere and oceans. The Anthropocene describes this new geological epoch of humans. This course explores the interface between humans and the natural world through an examination of cultural, economic, philosophical and scientific values of the environment and the role that humans continue to play in the alteration of the planet.
OPEN
007
DNA in the Digital Age
03.00
Axe,J
Books
MTH
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
DNA in the Digital Age (3) Sequencing the human genome began as a 13 year, $3 billion, multi-institutional project. Today, you can have your DNA sequenced for just $79 during the holiday-sale through ancestry.com. This course uses readings, film, and critical essays to begin by covering the basics of genetic inheritance and work its way to applications such human migration patterns, forensics, and personalized medicine. The course ends with a discussion of the future of DNA.
OPEN
008
Happiness Pursuit of Good Life
03.00
Kelley,J
Books
TH
05:30PM
08:00PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Happiness: Pursuit of the Good Life (3) Happiness is considered by many to be the ultimate goal in life; virtually everyone wants to be happy. The American Colonies' Declaration of Independence takes it as a self-evident truth that the "pursuit of happiness" is an "inalienable right" comparable to life and liberty. This course explores what makes happiness so elusive, a problem as true in the age of antiquities as it is today. The course content presents diverse perspectives aiming to define happiness, then examines individual practices designed to bring happiness to one's life, and lastly assesses larger scale initiatives, such as social policies, behavioral incentives, and the role of institutions in supplying the greatest happiness for the greatest number. Students engage with these aspects through the prism of their own personal experiences, and along the way confronting and reassessing their assumptions about "the good life."
OPEN
009
Resilience
03.00
Potter,C
Books
TF
12:55PM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Resilience (3) How can individuals grow their own resilience? This course explores the complexity of preventing mental illness, specifically the mood disorders of depression, anxiety, and PTSD, in the US. Through a mix of readings including the popular press, social media, academic articles, memoir, and self-exploration texts, reflection and active seminars, field trips to view 'outsider art,' and homework on building personal and communal resilience, students work on two underlying complex problems: how to integrate individual and systemic responsibility for mental wellness and how people change.
CLOSED
010
Challng in U.S. (Im)Migration
03.00
Enchautegui-de-Jesus,N
Books
W
05:30PM
08:00PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Challenges in U.S. (Im)Migration (3) One of the challenges to advancing the debate over immigration in the United States is the tension between those who are apprehensive and those who are optimistic about the impact of newcomers on the receiving society. This course explores from multiple perspectives what makes migration in the U.S. a challenge for newcomers and for the receiving society. The scope of the course spans from the migrant's personal experience (e.g., why and how they leave the home of origin, the stressors of acculturation, a sense of identity in the new homeplace) and changes in the receiving community (e.g., schools, employment, and neighborhoods), to the mutual influence evidenced through attitudes, cuisine, media, and policies.
CLOSED
011
Juvenile (in)justice
03.00
Griggs,C
Books
W
02:30PM
05:20PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Juvenile (In)justice (3) Juvenile delinquency poses difficult and interesting problems for youth policy and criminal justice policy. This course looks at the misconduct of youths that brings them within the jurisdiction of the juvenile courts and focuses on the complex problem of whether a youth will stay in the juvenile delinquency system or be waived and transferred to the adult criminal justice system. Student look specifically at the legal, social, and policy determinations and implications of that decision. The course explores the intersection between legal and mental culpability that is critical to understanding the issue of waiver.
OPEN
012
The Art of Theft
03.00
Helfers,E
Books
MTH
04:05PM
05:20PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
The Art of Theft (3) From William Shakespeare to Beyonce, much of what we consider original art depends on borrowed text, recycled images, and familiar melodies. This course considers questions of creative ownership. Drawing from scholarship by ethicists, cultural critics, and legal scholars, students analyze case studies in music, film, literature, and visual art. Working in groups, students trace intellectual property attitudes within a chosen genre or institution (i.e. death metal, Persian poetry, Pixar films). For the final project, after meeting working artists in the Washington, DC area, students compose a creative work that borrows responsibly.
CLOSED
013
Harsh Justice
03.00
Johnson,R
Books
W
11:20AM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Harsh Justice (3) The United States leads the Western world in the use of harsh punishments: life sentences, death sentences, and extended solitary confinement. Each of these punishments is a type of death penalty: life sentence prisoners are sentenced to die in prison, death sentence prisoners are sentenced to be killed in prison, and prisoners sentenced to extended terms in solitary confinement (often in notorious "Supermax" prisons) are sentenced to what has been described as a living death. As a general matter, conditions in American prisons are uniquely painful and degrading, and have been described by researchers as "dehumanizing," "hellish" and ultimately "unsurvivable" in the face of widespread violations of human dignity. This course considers harsh sanctions and the prison experience in general, from different points of view, drawing on the arts (primarily poetry) and the social sciences (primarily criminology).
CLOSED
014
Creating Social Entrepreneurs
03.00
Terjesen,S
Books
W
11:20AM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Creating Social Entrepreneurs (3) Social entrepreneurs are individuals who create businesses to address social problems or needs that are unmet by governments and current markets. They are typically motivated by social benefit but may also attain clear economic benefits to become sustainable and survive a turbulent marketplace. Students analyze and synthesize diverse perspectives on how best to create and support social entrepreneurs. The course emphasizes discussion, active learning, guest lecturers and associated groups in the greater DC area, and students have the opportunity to start their own social enterprise and to interview a social entrepreneur.
OPEN
015
Navigating Childhood
03.00
Palmer,J
Books
MTH
12:55PM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Navigating Childhood (3) This course focuses on the extent to which inequality and public policy affect a child's experience of childhood. The course draws on historical, sociological and legal perspectives to examine what rights children have (and when they might lose them), the role of the state in protecting children and how the zip code where a child is born may affect a child's life trajectory. The course primarily focuses on children's diverse experiences within the United States, but there is some content related to international contexts.
OPEN
016
Perspectives on Mental Illness
03.00
Stepanek,L
Books
W
11:20AM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Perspectives on Mental Illness (3) This course explores not only the scientific basis for mental illness and treatment, but also how cultural, political, and economic forces impact mental health policy. Students consider issues such as whether patients have rights to refuse treatment, how socio-cultural perspectives of mental illness influence treatment, and how mental illness should affect culpability and sentencing in the courtroom. Students read and respond to narratives by the mentally ill, clinical and legal case studies, scientific review articles and congressional testimony, Students meets experts in mental health policy and advocacy both in the classroom and on Capitol Hill.
CANCELLED
017
The Nature-Society Binary
03.00
Dixon,M
Books
MTH
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
CANCELLED
The Nature-Society Binary (3) Many people would agree with the statement that we, humans, are part of nature and whatever harms the rest of nature harms ourselves and future generations. Yet, when social scientists study society, they often analyze the social world as acting on, and thus distinct from, nature. When environmentalists mobilize, they act to protect the environment from human activity. This course delves into this paradox, which necessarily involves multiple and conflicting perspectives on the relationship between nature and society. Specifically, the course explores two present-day cases in which this paradox plays out: both the Anthropocene literature and biosecurity policies and institutions reinforce the enduring nature-society binary and have invited critiques from scholars and activists alike.
OPEN
018
Plagues, Plots, and People
03.00
Marsh,S
Books
TF
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Plagues, Plots, and People (3) Diseases, colloquially, are caught, transmitted, and contracted in many different ways: miasmas, bugs, germs, and vectors--to name just a few. How does the language people use to describe illness indicate beliefs about illness? This class studies historical, scientific, and popular accounts of illness to explore this question and others. Students explore whether disease creates immunity or results from lack of it, whether class, sexuality, race, gender, or geography protect against disease or expose people to it, how biomedical narratives of illness inflect cultural practices and social relations, and how the life cycles of pathogenic microorganisms shaped human history. This course's materials include science writing, theory, film, and literature--as well as images and objects from the National Library of Medicine and the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology at the Smithsonian Institute.
CLOSED
019
Pollution Solutions
03.00
Meiller,J
Books
MTH
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Pollution Solutions (3) In this course, students pursue issues surrounding pollution in the environment including how and why pollution occurs. The course investigates the sources of various air, water, and land pollutants and looks at environmental and health effects and potential solutions. Students participate in and benefit from diverse assignments including case studies, debates/ role-playing, peer-teaching, and facilitated discussions on assigned readings from written texts, documentaries, and topic-specific exhibits.
CLOSED
020
Depicting the Divine
03.00
Allen,J
Books
TF
11:20AM
12:35PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Depicting the Divine (3) Using Washington, DC's rich art museums and centers of contemporary religious practice, this course explores the controversies and orthodoxies surrounding godly representations across geographies, temporalities, and cultures. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from analysis of ancient scriptural texts to engagement with DC community leaders, students investigate arguments for and against representation of the divine, and analyze the visual strategies used by artists constrained by dogmatic limitations. In a globalized society which regularly witnesses terrorist destruction of religious images, depicting the divine is a complex and ancient problem still relevant today. The course examines questions such as what does God look like, is the divine representable, and whether it is morally dangerous to visualize divinity.
OPEN
021
Inventing Queer Lives
03.00
Friedman,D
Books
MTH
04:05PM
05:20PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Inventing Queer Lives (3) This course examines how dominant understandings of LGBT identity came into being in the Western world and, subsequently, the alternative paradigms for sexual and gender difference that have been offered by racial minorities, transgender communities, and non-Western cultures. Students encounter literary texts as well as films, historical documents, and perspectives from sociology and anthropology. Assignments consist of various formal and informal writing assignments and class presentations. Students explore the DC area's queer cultural resources, including (potentially) archives, performances, cinema, and exhibits.
CLOSED
022
Religion and World Politics
03.00
Nimer,M
Books
T
05:30PM
08:00PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Religion and World Politics (3) The interaction between religion, society and state has given rise to competing ideological and nationalist movements in America and throughout the world. Methodically evaluating such case studies as Evangelicals, Muslim Brothers, Zionists, and Hindutva advocates, students engage these forces through readings as well as speakers and field visits. Individually and collectively, students examine how different religious movements have shaped the struggles for identity, democracy and peace. Exploring these thorny issues experientially, students find this course is founded on the notion that religion can be a source of harmony and peacemaking as it has been a source of division and conflict.
CANCELLED
023
Electric Music Since Edison
03.00
Snider,N
Books
MTH
02:30PM
03:45PM
TBA
TBA
CANCELLED
Electric Music Since Edison (3) This course considers how electronics have impacted listening, musical creativity, responses, expectations and culture. These questions are examined through multiple lenses and disciplines where art, science, technology and society meet at sometimes surprising but undeniable crossroads. Students observe, analyze, experiment and even create with electronics. Special attention is given to the advent of sound in film as well as to new language/vocabularies in music, new sounds as the result of newly designed instruments and synthesis techniques, digital versus analogue applications and, the computer.
OPEN
024
Fight Club: US War and Peace
03.00
Susca,M
Books
MTH
11:20AM
12:35PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Fight Club: US War and Peace (3) This course looks broadly and critically at the issues of war and peace in U.S. society, focusing on Washington, D.C. institutions that play a key role in both areas. Students explore both historical and modern issues addressing how the United States creates, maintains and, at times, contributes to a global culture of violence. Students explore these subjects as they simultaneously work to understand the human cost of war through readings, speakers, films, documentaries and site visits in the city. Students also understand the activist communities at work trying to stop interventions and actions abroad as the course looks at media institutions that play a role in shaping public opinion.
OPEN
025
The West's Problem of Evil
03.00
Tamashasky,A
Books
MTH
12:55PM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
The West's Problem of Evil (3) Great minds of every generation have struggled to explain why bad things happen to good people, why humans are cruel to one another, and, especially for the followers of the Abrahamic faiths, how a world can have evil in it if it's been created by a god who is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-good. This course discusses the religious origins of the classic "problem of evil," scientific contributions to the discussion, and the legal ramifications of beliefs about evil. This reading- and discussion-heavy course looks for guidance from texts and films, nonfiction and fiction, such as philosopher Susan Neiman's Evil in Modern Thought, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and writings on neuroscience from David Eagleman, along with visits to sites around Washington, DC such as the Holocaust Museum.
CANCELLED
026
Incivility
03.00
Weis,L
Books
MTH
02:30PM
03:45PM
TBA
TBA
CANCELLED
Incivility (3) In our society, divided by inequality and ideology, many demand civil discourse to solve the problem of incivility. This course challenges our assumptions about incivility and "civil discourse." Course themes may include how ideals of civility connect to language and emotion; how the normalization of civility connects to colonialism, imperialism, and globalization; whether movements employing 'uncivil' practices (suffrage, labor, civil rights, feminist, LGBTQ, disability rights, Occupy, Black Lives Matter) reject civility as an ideal and/or challenge us to think more deeply about truly "civil discourse." Students read texts from disciplines such as literature, philosophy, political science, anthropology, technology studies, gender studies, and sociology.
OPEN
027
Social Media for Social Good
03.00
Woods,S
Books
W
11:20AM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Social Media for Social Good (3) How have organizers, nonprofits, and marketers used digital tools to try to make the world a better place? Students explore the role of information literacy, how to engage those without technological access, whether online campaigns lead to offline action, and hashtag activism. Readings cover a range of topics, disciplines, and case studies, pushing students to question the role that social media plays in helping the public. Note: No prior experience with social media, activism or advocacy required.
CANCELLED
028
Normalizing Bodies
03.00
Zurn,P
Books
TF
04:05PM
05:20PM
TBA
TBA
CANCELLED
Normalizing Bodies (3) This course examines the distinction between "normal" and "abnormal" bodies and investigates the complex ways in which abnormal bodies become "problems" for medicine. Looking at historical examples, e.g. pathologization of slaves' desires to flee captivity, nineteenth century diagnosis and treatment of "hysteria," medical treatment of height (tallness in girls, short stature in boys) and atypical sex anatomies (intersex bodies), the course asks what normality means, and explores the effects of meanings we may too often take for granted. Students visit the Smithsonian Museum of American History to speak with the curator and specialist of disability and hear guest lectures on normalizing surgical interventions for children.
OPEN
029
Reality After Einstein
03.00
Johnson,P
Books
TF
09:45AM
11:00AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Reality after Einstein (3) What is reality? Seemingly contradicting everyday experience, current theories of physics suggest we live in a quantum universe in which objects exist simultaneously in multiple locations, and where cause and effect, even time and space, may be an illusion. Students explore, via discussions, readings, interactive demonstrations, guest speakers, hands-on activities, and experiments, scientific ideas about the nature of reality, critically examining the evidence and arguments for these theories, and debating the implications. Investigations are informed by physics, astronomy, computer science, and philosophy.
CLOSED
030
Podcasts and Persuasion
03.00
Oakes,K
Books
MTH
08:10AM
09:25AM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Podcasts and Persuasion (3) Any topic or theme you can imagine has a podcast covering it. Podcasts are modern, flexible modes of storytelling. But the sense of shared experience and bond between listener and host means listeners are less likely to challenge the purpose, presented information, and analysis. Through listening and analyzing podcasts, the course explores how podcasts inform and shape our experiences and our understanding of ourselves and others in complex, compelling ways.
CLOSED
031
The Art of Decision Making
03.00
Sicina,R
Books
MTH
02:30PM
03:45PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
The Art of Decision Making (3) Decision making is one of our most important activities in both our professional and personal lives. In this course, decision-making processes are unpacked and thoroughly analyzed. They are viewed through the lenses of psychology, business, economics as well as various cultural perspectives to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Students are guided to see patterns and come to understand that there are not "right or wrong" approaches but rather "better or worse" approaches to decision making.
CLOSED
033
International Crisis Mgmt
03.00
Whitman,D
Books
TF
04:05PM
05:20PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
International Crisis Management (3) Humans seldom seek conflict for its own sake, but nations, regional groupings, and ethnic groups often compete and sometimes clash. Rivalries and conflicts are more often managed than "resolved." The course brings in Washington resources in addressing conflict such as embassies, U.S. government, think tanks, and regional advocacy groups. Readings and videos highlight strategy, comparative advantage, anthropological views of conflict, negotiation skills, and "tool kits" for use in a crisis. Simulations of real-life scenarios put students in roles such as governments, multilateral organizations, NGOs, private sector, military, and intelligence organizations. Class modules draw from methods developed at US government agencies, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the United Nations.
CLOSED
034
No Home, No Refuge
03.00
Sajjad,T
Books
MTH
11:20AM
12:35PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
No Home, No Refuge (3) Currently, around 65 million people across the globe are forcibly displaced, many of whom are classified as refugees. Half of the world's displaced are children. This course introduces students to some of the critical issues of forced displacement in the 21st century. It examines some of the ethical and political questions surrounding forced displacement, and pertinent challenges that have arisen including anti-immigrant movements and questions of security regarding the world's displaced. Through memoirs, scholarship, film, and guest speakers, students engage with some of the most pressing issues surrounding the crisis of global displacement in our times.
OPEN
035
Who's Watching You Now?
03.00
Serhan,R
Books
TF
02:30PM
03:45PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Who's Watching You Now? (3) Surveillance is often dismissed as the concern only of those who have something to hide. In this course, students explore the various ways we are monitored from birth by the state, healthcare system, employers, and parents, to businesses trying to sell products. The course considers questions such as why people acquiesce, who owns these technologies, who has the ability to resist surveillance, and what are the emotional, legal, and political effects are.
OPEN
037
Place and Politics
03.00
Houser,S
Books
TF
12:55PM
02:10PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Place and Politics (3) So much of our lives today takes place in the virtual world of the internet that it is easy to forget or ignore the ways in which our physical environment affects our behavior and our self-understanding. This course explores different theories of place and why place matters for politics. The course includes an examination of how architecture and design can create or destroy community, the consequences of residential segregation, the importance of public space and monuments, the relationship between place and civic virtue, and the meaningfulness of boundaries.
OPEN
038
Why Do We Punish
03.00
Tschemplik,A
Books
MTH
02:30PM
03:45PM
TBA
TBA
08/27/18
12/15/18
Why Do We Punish (3) This course uses literature, philosophy and the social sciences to understand the complex phenomenon of punishment. Students examine why parents punish their children, why we punish ourselves as well as why the state punishes individuals. The course considers whether there are any links between the different forms of punishment and whether there are forms of punishment that cannot be justified both on the individual and the state level.