Spring 2011 Courses

Censorship: Sociological and Legal Perspectives
Sociologists have long understood that the study of censorship can yield an understanding of the structure and values of a society. Modern societies define and enforce limits on expression by defining certain forms of expression as “obscene,” “pornographic,” “subversive,” etc. Censorship in film, literature, and theatre is the major focus.
CSO3481.46 / 4 credits
Arnold Streisfeld
Mon., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Jan. 24–May 9 (no class April 18)
Location: Academic II, Room 2113
» Upper-level social science credit

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.
Jan. 25–May 10 (no class April 19)
Location: Academic II, Room 2207
» Core curriculum/general education requirement: Humanities
» AHU3245.45: Upper-level humanities credit
» BPS3245.45: Upper-level natural science credit

Understanding Moral Problems
Representative problems of business, legal, medical, environmental, and personal ethics (e.g., violence, discrimination, capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, conservation, sexual morality) are covered. Emphasis is placed on learning to think about and discuss these issues clearly and objectively, rather than on abstract ethical theories.
APH3350.21 / 4 credits
Andrew Bernstein
Wed., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Jan. 26–May 11 (no class April 20)
Location: Academic II, Room 2325
» Core curriculum/general education requirement: Western civilization
» Upper-level humanities credit

America at the Movies
Selected films are analyzed to illuminate significant aspects of American society in the 1970s and 1980s, including: the war in Vietnam and expansion of American power; the end of legal racial segregation; the movements for women’s equality and gay rights; and challenges to traditional conventions (the sexual revolution, counterculture movement, and youth movement). How did these developments affect life in America in the following decades, and how did Hollywood confront their political reverberations?
AHI3156.45 / 4 credits
CPO3156.45 / 4 credits
Richard Connolly
Thurs., 6:30–9:50 p.m.
Jan. 27–May 12 (no class April 21)
Location: Academic I, Room 1106
» Core curriculum/general education requirement: Humanities
» AHI3156.45: Upper-level humanities credit
» CPO3156.45: Upper-level social science credit
» Communications/media studies elective

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