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Summer 2014 Credit Courses: Social Science

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online courses iconGlobal Media, Local Cultures
Explores how media technologies and genres are produced, used, and interpreted in different cultural contexts around the world. Emphasis is placed on the effect of different media on people’s social identities and communities, including families, nations, and religions. Anthropological theories of media and performance are applied to ethnographic research projects in and around the Purchase College community.
Recommended: Prior background in anthropology
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
ANT3185 / 4 credits
Ahmed Afzal
Session I (Intensive): May 19–June 6

**CANCELLED** Middle Eastern Cultures: Texts and Films
Explores the various cultures, geography, and history of the Middle East, including Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. Some time is also devoted to minorities within a larger context. The selected texts and films raise awareness of human rights issues as well as the political, ethnic, and national complexities of the region. Both fiction and nonfiction works are used.
Note: This course is restricted to students who have completed 60 or more credits. Visiting students who meet this requirement: email for assistance.
ANT3330 / 4 credits
Michael Taub
Mon. & Wed., 6:30–10:05 p.m.
Session II: June 9–July 23
Rockland Extension site, Room 1230

online courses iconThe Family on Film
Explores the many types of families presented on the silver screen in the 20th century and today: perfect/idyllic families, families threatened by divorce, dysfunctional families, eccentric families, families facing a crisis, and current notions of extended or nontraditional families.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
CMS3190 / 4 credits
Rachel Simon
Session IV (Intensive): July 7–25

online courses iconSports Films: Underdogs, Champions, and Gutter Balls
Examines the elements and messages in sports films that make people cheer for the underdog and care about teams, players, and sports. Using both big-budget Hollywood films and documentaries with a small scope, this course explores the ideas of team, sport, and athletics and investigates the grip that sports have on American culture.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
CMS3290 / 4 credits
Rachel Simon
Session I (Intensive): May 19–June 6

online courses iconMacroeconomic Theory I
An introductory course on modern theory of the causes of unemployment, inflation, economic growth, and a strong or weak dollar. The course treats the economy as a system and examines the ways in which its behavior can be influenced by policy (e.g., the monetary policy of the Federal Reserve Board, fiscal policies of Congress and the Administration).
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
ECO1500 / 4 credits
Jesse Gastelle
Session IV (Intensive): July 7–25

online courses iconMicroeconomics I: The Principles of Human Action
A practical introduction to the logic of human action with applications to daily life. This course traces the implication of choice in the face of scarcity and imperfect knowledge. Topics include the nature and value of cost, the spontaneous emergence of social order, demand-supply analysis, theory of markets, and public policy.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
ECO1510 / 4 credits
R. David Seabrook
Session II: June 9–July 24

online courses iconContemporary Popular Culture
Combines readings, viewings, and discussion of various forms of contemporary culture since the mid-1960s, such as popular films and music, design and fashion, architecture, magazines, art, television, and the new imaging technologies. Topics include avant-garde, popular, and mass culture; high and low aesthetics; stereotypes; cultural hierarchy; identity, gender and sexuality, and race and ethnicity; and American concepts of age and class.
Note: This course is 100 percent online; please visit for details.
SOC3315 / 4 credits
Audrey Sprenger
Session IV (Intensive): July 7–25

Updated May 30, 2014

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