Purchase College @ RCC

Spring 2004 courses

Advanced Psychology of Communications
The Advanced Psychology of Communications course will focus on understanding interpersonal and intraphysic communications. We will study communication in relationships as well as communications within the mind: thinking, alone time, analyzing, understanding the world around you and how you communicate with yourself. Topics discussed will include styles of communications, communication on the intimate relationship, within the family and at the workplace.

American Film Reflections of a Century I: 1900-1949
This course offers a unique opportunity to study the first period in human history that left a moving historical record of its defining trends, philosophies, and ideas. Early films depict the transition from the Victorian era to the Industrial Age, birth of big cities, the suffrage movement, and the development of narrative cinema. Topics include: World War I and the introduction of the propaganda film; the wild Jazz Age; the cynical gangster movies; the social protests films of the Depression era; and the rise of the escapist entertainment films starring Shirley Temple, Mickey Rooney, and Judy Garland, among others. The course concludes with entertainment propaganda films from the World War II period and the re-introduction of realism in the postwar ‘40's. Students also examine film censorship of the ‘20s-‘40s, the development of the "movie staff" system, and the stark differences between "realist" and "escapist" films. May be taken for communications credit (under CSS 3075) or film/media studies credit (under FTF).

American History and Society Through Music
A narrative survey of U.S. history from the Colonial period to the present through an exploration of its musical history. Students investigate America's fundamental principles of politics, its primary social issues, ands its wealth of aesthetic musical initiatives. This includes an examination of unity and diversity, and the originality and adaptability of significant political, social, and musical institutions. May be taken for history credit (under AHI) or music credit (under EMT).

Shamanism and the Native Cultures
Shamanism has been described as an art of ecstasy, a technology of the sacred, an opening to visions of a non-ordinary or separate reality. This course focuses on Native American, Central Asian, and aboriginal Australian testimonies and techniques of shamanic experience, and their relationship to other native cultures of the world. The contemporary global contribution of these cultures to ecology and spirituality, and the challenges native peoples face in the world today are also explored.

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