Featured Classes

Featured Classes

SOC 450-550 Social Psychology

Think you’ve learned everything there is to know about social psychology from the Psych department? Think again! There’s a whole other world of social psychology out there for you to explore. In this course, we will consider issues such as: 

What is reality? How do social routines create reality? What happens when we refuse to take part?

Who are you? Where does your “self” come from? Why do names matter? Can language affect how we view the world? How does society affect our emotions? What is self-presentation and why do we do it? How can we coordinate our actions with others? How do social expectations affect and/or constrain our behavior? Come with questions, come with ideas, and definitely come to learn about yourself and others. 


PLS 382 Civil Litigation

An introduction to civil litigation — the process of resolving disputes between individuals, businesses and government through the court system, with emphasis on procedure.


ECO 444 Economics of Healthcare

This course is designed as an introduction to the field of health economics. It is divided into two general sections. The first section will explore the determinants of health, especially economic factors, and use economic tools to analyze the demand, supply, and market for health care. The second section will cover health insurance in theory and in practice, then look at the role of government and policy in providing health insurance in the US and around the world. 

Broadly speaking, the course will have three types of content. First, there will be theoretical economic models that analyze individual decision making and markets as they relate to health. Second, there will be empirical applications that use data and statistical techniques to better understand issues in health economics. Finally, there will be non-quantitative descriptions of the basic institutions and characteristics of the health care system, such as the important features of different private health insurance plans and the structure of Medicare and Medicaid.


ANT 331 Archaeological Methods

How do archaeologists learn about the unwritten past? This course surveys field and laboratory methods in archaeology, what can be learned by the broad range of archaeological evidence that exists, and what questions modern archaeology poses about past cultures. Principles are put into practice with a series of field and laboratory exercises.

ANT 317 Culture and Power in Latin America

This course will introduce students to social and cultural dynamics of Latin America and the legacy of political and economic inequality in the region. We will exam geographical sub-regions; race, ethnicity, class and gender; political economic forces and the historical development of the region. Requirements will include weekly reading assignments, class participation, two exams and short writing assignments.


PS 450 Governments of Western Europe

This course is designed to familiarize you with the politics of Western Europe, concentrating on the period since World War II.

The fundamental goal of this course is to question how institutions, parties, and governments influence political and economic developments in Europe. The course is divided thematically into three broad sections: 1) domestic political and economic institutions, 2) country studies of the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, and France, and 3) the process and politics of European integration. 

We begin by considering the character of democratic organization and party competition in Europe, and explore the institutional and economic fundamentals that underlie outcomes. We will then complement our analyses of these issues with more in-depth investigation of the political history of the four specific countries.

For each country, we will spend considerable time analyzing how social and political forces have shaped economic policies aimed at securing growth and prosperity for all. This emphasis on comparative political economy will allow us to discern how differences in political organization and competition have led to varying policy patterns.  In the last section of the course, we shall consider the development and organization of the European Union.  The dramatic deepening of European integration in the postwar period has had vast implications for policymaking in European states.  We will consider why the EU was formed, how it works, and what it means for member states.


 PS 453 Politics and Protest

Protests can change politics, often for the better; sometimes not. The focus is on nonviolent resistance and theories that explain it.

Some protests are massive, such as Gandhi’s successful campaign against the British occupation of India. Others start as individual protests, such as  Colin Kaepernick kneeling at a football game to protest police treatment of minorities, or women breaking their silence over sexual mistreatment.

Nonviolent resistance against human rights abuses has brought change in countries around the globe. This course will examine how protests are organized and theories that help explain their rise and fall. The course combines lectures with student involvement in creative ways.