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Summer 2016 Credit Courses: Social Science

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online courses iconAmerican Subcultures in Film
What does it mean to be part of a subculture? This phenomenon is explored through film, focusing on subcultures that are usually not in the mainstream spotlight and analyzing what it means to live on the margins. The subcultures may include, for example, the Amish, big rig drivers, Scrabble champions, graffiti artists, quadriplegic athletes, prison inmates, and outsider artists.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
CMS3160 / 4 credits
Noncredit option: $625
Rachel Simon
Session III (3-Week Intensive): June 13–July 1

American Film, Reflections of a Century II: 1950 to 1999
Defining trends in U.S. cultural history between 1950 and 1999, as reflected in film. Topics include the re-introduction of realism, counterculture films, films by socially oriented and “new auteur” directors, and the impact of AIDS, relations between the sexes, and modern special effects. Aspects of cinema history are also examined, including the construct and use of certain genres, the relationship between cinematic realism and censorship, and the rise of independent film.
CMS3170 / 4 credits
Noncredit option: $625
Michael Garber
Mon.–Thurs., 9 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Session III (4-Week Intensive): June 13–July 7
Room: Refer to the online schedule

online courses iconThe Family on Film
Explores the many types of families presented on the silver screen in the 20th century and today: perfect/idyllic families, families threatened by divorce, dysfunctional families, eccentric families, families facing a crisis, and current notions of extended or nontraditional families.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
CMS3190 / 4 credits
Noncredit option: $625
Rachel Simon
Session II: June 13–July 29

online courses iconWhite-Collar Crime
White-collar criminality, the law of economic crime, and political crimes associated with white-collar crime are investigated through the lens of class and privilege. Students compare traditional and white-collar crimes, including organized crime, and associated prosecutions such as conspiracy, mail fraud, racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO), money laundering, corporate criminal liability, and fraud upon financial institutions and against the government.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
LEG3060 / 4 credits
Noncredit option: $625
Charles Murphy
Session IV (3-Week Intensive): July 11–29

online courses iconContemporary Popular Culture
Combines readings, viewings, and discussion of various forms of contemporary culture since the mid-1960s, such as popular films and music, design and fashion, architecture, magazines, art, television, and the new imaging technologies. Topics include avant-garde, popular, and mass culture; high and low aesthetics; stereotypes; cultural hierarchy; identity, gender and sexuality, and race and ethnicity; and American concepts of age and class.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
SOC3315 / 4 credits
Noncredit option: $625
Audrey Sprenger
Session III (3-Week Intensive): June 13–July 1

online courses iconSociology of the Five Senses
Using a variety of sensory mediums—such as radio (sound), movies and photography (sight), sculpture (touch), and cooking (taste, smell)—this course explores different sensory cultures (blind and deaf), their social meanings, and social movements; the evolution of medical terminology; media representations such as sign language and Braille by, for, and about these cultures; and how they have changed since the early 1900s.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
SOC3355 / 4 credits
Audrey Sprenger
Session I (3-Week Intensive): May 23–June 10

Conflict Resolution
An introduction to dispute resolution techniques (negotiation, mediation, arbitration) increasingly used in the courts as alternatives to the trial process and in schools and communities to resolve personal, social, and political conflicts. Procedures like mini-trials, early neutral evaluation, and settlement conferences are also covered. Students develop dispute-resolution skills while practicing in structured role-play.
SOC3490 / 4 credits
Noncredit option: $625
Arnold Streisfeld
Mon. & Wed., 6:30–10:05 p.m.
Session II: June 13–Aug. 1
Room: Refer to the online schedule

Updated Feb. 15, 2016

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