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Purchase College @ RCC

Fall 2012 Courses

Body Art and Modification
The body is adorned, manipulated, and modified in both Western and non-Western societies. Forms of alteration, which include dressing, body sculpture, plastic surgery, infibulation (piercing), cicatrization (scarification), and tattooing, are examined sociologically, culturally, and historically. The symbolic and mythic associations of body modification are also explored as mechanisms of social communication that help define aesthetic and cultural meanings and perceptions.
CAN3480.20 / 4 credits
William Peace
Mon., 6:30–10 p.m.
Sept. 10–Dec. 17
Location: Room 1116, Academic I
» Upper-level social sciences credit

The American West 1789–1914
Explores the influence of the expanding West on the culture, politics, and society of the United States. Topics include the California Gold Rush, the significance of the Northwest Land Ordinances, the Louisiana Purchase, the Mexican Cession, and the Oklahoma Land Rush. Students consider the influence of the “Wild West” on the American character and explore racial and gender stereotyping in American literature. In addition to readings, traditional Hollywood “westerns” are compared with more modern portrayals of the West.
AHI3650.20 / 4 credits
Kenneth Brumbaugh
Tues., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Sept 4. –Dec. 18
Location: Room 2111, Academic II
» Core curriculum/general education requirement: Humanities
» Upper-level humanities credit

Counseling and Psychotherapy
A study of the basic theories and their applications in counseling and psychotherapy. Theories studied include behavior therapy; drug therapy; interpersonal psychotherapy; psychoanalysis; and group, art, movement, and the “newer” therapies. Variations on the above as applied to different clinical populations are emphasized, as are issues of research and ethics in counseling and psychotherapeutic practice.
BPS3730.20 / 4 credits
Edwardo Rodriguez
Wed., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Sept. 5–Dec. 19
Location: Room 1106, Academic I
» Core curriculum/general education requirement: Social Sciences
» Upper-level natural sciences credit

American Music: A Cultural History
Using an interdisciplinary approach, students analyze the social and historical effects of American music, from the music of Native Americans and the early Europeans in America to gospel, blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, rock ’n’ roll, rap, hip-hop, and beyond. The evolution and convergence of musical genres and forms are also examined, along with the artists, their aesthetics and audiences, and the evolving history of American culture.
CSS3470.45 / 4 credits
EMU3470.45 / 4 credits
Richard Connolly
Thurs., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Sept. 6–Dec. 20
Location: Room 1106, Academic I
» CSS3470.45: Upper-level social sciences credit
» EMU3470.45: Upper-level arts credit

**CANCELED** Law, Order, and Disobedience
Protection of civil rights in the U.S. has been characterized by both civil disobedience and widespread violence. This course analyzes milestones in American history, periods of unrest, and the sociolegal changes associated with them. Landmark constitutional cases, law, and justice in U.S. culture are studied, and historical lawbreakers and high-profile dissidents are examined through various media.
CSS3420.20 / 4 credits
Arnold Streisfeld
Thurs., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Sept. 6–Dec. 20
Location: Room 2115, Academic II
» Upper-level social sciences credit
» Legal studies elective

Updated August 20, 2012

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