Featured Classes Spring 2018 - Page 2

Featured Classes

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 ENG 200: Intro to Drama

Conceptually, this survey course introduces students to a wide range of dramatic literature through an exploration of the unique societal role of theatrical performances in different cultures at different historical moments.  From the ritualistic origins of ancient Greek and medieval Japanese drama to the emergence of commercial theaters in Shakespeare’s London and the subsequent rise of theatrical realism in 19th century Europe, we will read, analyze, and discuss representative dramatic texts alongside selections of theoretical writings addressing the social function(s) of drama at certain historically situated moments.  We will conclude our survey course with a consideration of the continuing relevance of drama and dramatic performances throughout the world today.

 

AIS 301: Indian Country

This course will focus on the cultural diversity of American Indians as well as introduce students, through dialogue, media, readings and guest presenters, to American Indians at the forefront of current economic, social, political and cultural forces that are relevant in Indian Country. Service Learning is an option for students who elect to volunteer with the Golden Eagles Intertribal Society and help out Annual Pow Wow during the semester.

 

SOC 340 Deviant Behavior

What do nudists, alleged alien abductees, cult leaders, and criminals all have in common? These are all people that our society deems deviant in some way. This class will explore what it means to be deviant or "normal" in society, how society tries to encourage conformity, why some people are quicker to conform to society's norms than others, and how being labeled "deviant" impacts people in society. 

 

ANT 441 Human Variation

This course will explore the biological variation seen within the human species.  It will look at the history of attempts to classify this variation and the role that concepts such as race have played.  Next the various explanations for the biological differences will be examined, particularly focusing on how adaptation to various environmental contexts, from climate to disease, have shaped us, Homo sapiens sapiens.

 

ENG 454: Survey of Shakespeare

This course offers undergraduates a survey-style introduction to the Shakespearean canon.  Together we will read, analyze, and discuss representative examples from all of the major genres in which Shakespeare wrote during his career: the English Chronicle History Play (Richard II and Richard III), Comedies (Twelfth Night and Measure for Measure), Tragedies (Othello, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar), and the late Romances (The Tempest). Lectures will attend to the historical, cultural, and political context in which these plays were written and first performed, while seminar-style discussions and course writing assignments will focus on the interpretive “close reading” of critical passages from Shakespeare’s plays and their continuing relevance to our political and social lives today. 

 

PS 457 Political Development

Why are so many people still very poor in a world or growing affluence? How can the gap be narrowed? This comparative politics course uses theories and case studies to examine how justice and power affect global inequality and responses.

 

CAL 350 Career Readiness

CAL 360º is  a one-credit course designed to help arts, humanities and social science majors find careers that match their interests and skills, prepare for the application and interview process, and learn how to translate what they’ve learned in the classroom into skills employers want. 

 

PS 401 Political Socialization

How do people make political and economic decisions? This class explores how people form ideas about politics and how they make economic decisions in an interdisciplinary class that uses insights from psychology, sociology and anthropology to think about economics and politics.

 

ENG 655 Shakespeare Populism and Protest

The 2016 presidential election campaigns of both major political parties featured the notable rise of populist political platforms, and our current U.S. president routinely invokes “the people” in order to justify his decision-making and political policies.  Set against this contemporary political backdrop, this course interrogates the relationship between the surviving plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, historical and literary representations of social unrest in medieval and early modern England, and contested theoretical notions of the ‘popular’ (in politics and culture). Among our primary historical considerations will be the role of censorship in limiting cultural expressions of political dissent and the complex relationship between performance and printed playtexts in the early modern period.

 

SOC 240 Social Problems

This course will explore selected problems facing the United States today from a sociological perspective. Some of the topics to be covered include poverty, the environment, discrimination, health care, and the rising prison population. With each problem, we will examine the relationship between existing social inequalities, public rhetoric about social problems, and people’s experiences of those problems. Students will learn tools for analyzing social problems as well as strategies for addressing problems society faces.  Although this course is open to any students, it is particularly useful to those who have completed Sociology 101 and expect to take further upper-division sociology classes.

 

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