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Fall 2008 Courses

Modern American Short Stories
Concise and focused, the short story has been a lens through which Americans have explored their identities. Stories written in the last 25 years examine the changing sense of what being an American means.
ALI3070.21 / 4 credits
Karen Schechner
Mon., 6:30–10:00 p.m.
Sept. 8–Dec. 15
Academic II, Room 2323

Religion and Psychology
In this study of psychology in relation to religion, students explore the definition of religion, its personal meaning to people, and its social and political meaning in the community. The importance of ritual is discussed, and conversion is examined to understand its meaning. The middle of the course focuses on such theorists as Freud, Jung, and Maslow, and the role religion played in their theories. Finally, the role religion and culture play in psychotherapy and the difference between religions and cults are examined.
AHU3245.45 / 4 credits
BPS3245.45 / 4 credits
Donna Hart
Tues., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Sept. 2–Dec. 16
Academic II, Room 2323

Music of Protest
A survey of the past 50 years of popular protest music, with a preparatory examination of early 20th-century blues and socialist “magnet” songs. Students study the power of popular music and the artist’s role in shaping contemporary society, with a focus on three eras of social upheaval in the U.S.: the civil rights movement, the war in Vietnam, and the emergence of punk and hip-hop. Includes readings, musical analysis, and listening. The ability to read musical notation is not required, but a working knowledge of contemporary popular music is critical.
AHI3116.45 / 4 credits
EMT3116.45 / 4 credits
James Koeppel
Wed., 6:30–10:00 p.m.
Sept. 3–Dec. 17
Academic II, Room 2323

CANCELLED 8/18/08: Law and the Family
The law touches everyone from conception to the grave and beyond. Family interactions between spouses, parents, children, and elders are dictated by rights and duties defined in the law. This course explores how the law weaves in and out of family structures in an attempt to protect and preserve certain rights and values.
CSO3475.20 / 4 credits
Barbara Leifer-Woods
Thurs., 6:30–10:00 p.m.
Sept. 4–Dec. 18
Academic II, Room 2323

History in Film
How has history been portrayed on the silver screen? What responsibilities do directors assume in presenting their subjective view of historical events? Students consider these questions and examine depictions of American and European history in early and contemporary cinema, the documentary film, and the cinematic presentation of film history itself.
CSS3550.45 / 4 credits
FTF3550.45 / 4 credits
Richard Connolly
Thurs., 6:30–10:00 p.m.
Sept. 4–Dec. 18
Academic I, Room 1106


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