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Online Winter 2014 Course Descriptions

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online courses icon All winter session 2014 courses, which are 4 credits each and 100 percent online, begin January 2 and end January 21.

Art History
Communications/Writing
Culture/Language
Film
Legal Studies
Mathematics
Natural Science
Philosophy/Religion
Psychology
Social Science

Art History

Contemporary Art
The first distinctly American modern movement in art, Abstract Expressionism, burst onto the international scene around 1950. American artists then pioneered the major movements of Pop art, photorealism, earth art, and minimalism, while simultaneously participating in the more international developments: happenings, environments, conceptualism, neo-expressionism, and new figuration. Students explore the multiple directions in American and European art from 1945 to the present.
AAR3120.60 / 4 credits
James Bergesen

Communications/Writing

Creative Writing Workshop
This course allows students to explore various genres, including poetry, the short story, and the memoir. Students should be prepared to write, revise, and share portions of their work with the class and to read a selection of works by contemporary authors.
AWR2120.70 / 4 credits
AWR3120.70 (Advanced) / 4 credits
Marie McGrath

Global Media, Local Cultures
See description under Social Science.

Culture/Language

Basic Spanish I
Designed for students with little or no previous exposure to the language. Attention is given to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on oral work, using material from students’ everyday experiences and activities.
ASP1030.60 / 4 credits
Deborah Symons

Global Media, Local Cultures
See description under Social Science.

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Film

The 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. Also offered as CSS 3270.
FTF3270.70 / 4 credits
Rachel Simon

Lights, Camera, God: Religion in the Movies
Since the dawn of cinema, religion has had an enduring hold on filmmakers’ creative and spiritual imaginations. The symbolic and controversial role of religion in movies made during the 20th century is examined through films and critical readings. Students analyze Judeo-Christian traditions and imagery inspired by the Bible and sacred sites. Films include cinematic masterpieces, popular movies, silent films, and indie features. Also offered as AHU 3340.
FTF3340.70 / 4 credits
Judith Dupre

Legal Studies

Crime and Delinquency
Crime and delinquency are analyzed as social phenomena, and their relationship to various social institutions is examined. Students are also given an overview of the theories of crime causation, as well as the nature and role of the police, courts, and prisons in society.
CSO3550.60 / 4 credits
Charles Murphy

Mathematics

Mathematics for Contemporary Life
Students learn basic concepts in quantitative reasoning (number systems, data manipulation, basic statistics), with emphasis on problem solving using computational methods. This course uses a textbook and focuses on applications related to consumer issues to develop computational and problem-solving skills. Students learn to transform data into information and apply quantitative methods to evaluate information and solve real-world problems.
BMA1060.60 / 4 credits
Barbara McMullen

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Natural Science

The Search for Life in the Universe
Explore the nature of life, examine the history of life on Earth, look for life among the rocky planets and icy moons of our solar system, hunt for extrasolar planets, and join in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Are we alone in the universe?
BNS1120.60 / 4 credits
Keith Landa

Philosophy/Religion

World Religions: An Anatomy of the Sacred
“God is dead,” Nietzsche famously proclaimed to signal the waning power of religion. In spite of the influence religion exerts, one is reminded of the lack of understanding of the world’s major faiths. This course is a study of the origins, evolution, and the traditions of the major and minor religions of the world.
AHU3110.60 / 4 credits
George Keteku

Lights, Camera, God: Religion in the Movies
Since the dawn of cinema, religion has had an enduring hold on filmmakers’ creative and spiritual imaginations. The symbolic and controversial role of religion in movies made during the 20th century is examined through films and critical readings. Students analyze Judeo-Christian traditions and imagery inspired by the Bible and sacred sites. Films include cinematic masterpieces, popular movies, silent films, and indie features. Also offered as FTF 3340.
AHU3340.70 / 4 credits
Judith Dupre

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Psychology

Introduction to Psychology
Empirical and theoretical approaches to the basic physiological, cognitive, and social mechanisms underlying behavior. Topics include learning and conditioning; sensation and perception; memory, thinking, and language; psychological development; social processes; and personality and psychopathology.
BPS1530.60 / 4 credits
Laura Moore

Behavioral Statistics
An introduction to data analysis, with coverage of both descriptive and inferential statistics, and an introduction to probability. Class discussions focus on the use of sample, sampling, and population distributions as they are employed in hypothesis testing. Inferential tests include t-tests, ANOVAs, chi square, regression, and nonparametric tests.
Note: This course is intended to fulfill the statistics requirement for psychology majors. It may also be used to satisfy the statistics requirement for economics and environmental studies majors, and it counts as a basic science support course for biology majors.
BPS2320.60 / 4 credits
Peggy De Cooke

Developmental Psychology
A study of human development from infancy through childhood, with particular emphasis on social interaction, cognition, language, play, and representational activity. Because of their interchangeability, credit is not given for both BPS 3350 and PSY 2650/Child Development (offered by the School of Natural and Social Sciences).
BPS3350.60 / 4 credits
Kenneth Mann

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Social Science

Global Media, Local Cultures
Explores how media technologies and genres are produced, used, and interpreted in different cultural contexts around the world. Emphasis is placed on the effect of different media on people’s social identities and communities, including families, nations, and religions. Anthropological theories of media and performance are applied to ethnographic research projects in and around the Purchase College community.
Recommended: Prior background in anthropology
CAN3185.60 / 4 credits
Ahmed Afzal

Crime and Delinquency
See description under Legal Studies.

*CANCELLED* Health Issues in the 21st Century
Health issues in the 21st century are presented from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include the origins of emerging health and related public policy issues; the impact on the local, national, and global economy and educational systems; national security; preventive efforts; and approaches to planning policy that address these health challenges now and in the future.
CSS3005.60 / 4 credits
Owen Borda

The 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. Also offered as FTF 3270.
CSS3270.70 / 4 credits
Rachel Simon

Updated Dec. 30, 2013

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