Fall 2011 Courses

American Art
A study of American painting and sculpture from colonial times to the present, focusing on American contributions to romanticism, realism, impressionism, abstraction, Pop Art, and postmodernism. Lectures also cover African-American art, Latino-American art, and Jewish artists as part of this opportunity to learn about American history through art.
AAR3180.20 / 4 credits
Beth Gersh-Nesic
Mon., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Sept. 12–Dec. 19 (no class Sept. 5)
Location: Academic II, room 2100
» Core curriculum/general education requirement: The Arts
» Upper-level humanities credit
» Upper-level arts credit

Capital Punishment in America
An examination of the historical, moral, and legal issues surrounding the death penalty. Students confront the major controversial issues in the current death penalty debate and learn to form arguments from both the pro-life and pro-death penalty perspectives. Topics include retribution, deterrence, proportionality, discrimination, error, and public opinion. Students analyze Supreme Court decisions and scholarly treatments of capital punishment.
CSS3729.20 / 4 credits
Charles Murphy
Tues., 6:30–9:40 p.m.
Sept. 6–Dec. 20
Location: Academic I, room 1107
» Upper-level social sciences credit
» Legal studies elective

East–West: Film and Literature of Cultural Formation
Students explore contemporary literary and cinematic expressions of immigrant groups seeking acceptance in Western cultures. The focus is on issues related to assimilation, identity, and the reactions of the Western mainstream cultures as outside forces compete for recognition. The immigrant groups depicted include those originating in Southeast Asia, China, Africa, and the Middle East.
ALI3415.45 / 4 credits
FTF3415.45 / 4 credits
Michael Taub
Wed., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Sept. 7–Dec. 21 (no class Sept. 28)
Location: Academic II, room 2306
» Core curriculum/general education requirement: Other World Civilizations
» ALI3415.45: Upper-level humanities credit
» FTF3415.45: Upper-level arts credit
» Communications/media studies elective

Mass Media: A Cultural History
An interdisciplinary (social science and humanities) course that emphasizes critical thinking in understanding the social and historical effects of mass media in the U.S. and throughout the world. This course begins in 19th-century America, when print media shaped and defined the national culture, and concludes in the current century with the mass-media convergence of print, electronic, and digital multimedia that is shaping and defining our global culture.
AHU3325.45 / 4 credits
CSS3325.45 / 4 credits
Richard Connolly
Thurs., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Sept. 1–Dec. 22 (no class Sept. 29 and Nov. 24)
Location: Academic I, room 1106
» Core curriculum/general education requirement: Humanities
» AHU3325.45: Upper-level humanities credit
» CSS3255.45: Upper-level social sciences credit
» Communications/media studies requirement

Updated June 1, 2011

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