MLS COURSES FOR SPRING 2014

LBST D501: Humanities Seminar (3 cr.)
Contemporary Rhetoric - Abernethy
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. W

The last sixty years have seen remarkable changes in the ways in which messages are conveyed. The development of radio, television, and the internet has made it easier than ever for those with a message to communicate to their constituents. However, the negative aspect of these developments is that people are bombarded with more messages than ever. This course is designed to look at those communicators and messages which have made an impact in the last sixty years, specifically in the areas of politics and social reform.

LBST D502: Social Sciences Seminar (4 cr.)
Body Adornment as Identity - Allen
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. M

Body adornment/modification (tattoo, scarification, piercing, etc.) and its role in the construction of individual and group identity will be investigated from the perspective of a number of different disciplines: psychology, sociology, cultural studies, art history, and aesthetics. In addition to the approaches and methodologies taken in each field, and emphasis will be placed on how these areas intersect to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the significance of these arts for the individual and their larger communities.

LBST D503: Natural Sciences Seminar (3 cr.)
Social Networks, Crowds, Markets - Kimmer
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. R

The course focuses on networks--both their structure and how they change over time. The term network does not necessarily imply a computer network such as the Internet. Instead it refers to a more abstract concept where pairs of nodes are linked by a relationship, represented as a line linking the nodes. In a social network, the nodes represent people and the relationship between the people may indicate that they are Facebook friends, two people that work on a project together in an office, etc. depending on the particular network being constructed. Following dynamics of such networks leads to insights about how videos become viral, how news spreads online, or how businesses can use social networks for increased sales and profits. The dynamics even sheds light on revolutions as when Facebook and Twitter were used in the Arab Spring uprisings to coordinate protests or disseminate information to the world at large.

LBST D5591: Graduate Workshop on Teaching (2 cr.)
Finkel
6:00 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. T

Working together and independently, students will develop a basic understanding of the pedagogical issues and mechanics of teaching at the college level. Each student will select a particular course (e.g., Intro Psych) to “build” during the semester. Throughout the course, students will begin the process of building a teaching portfolio.

MLS COURSES FOR SUMMER 2014

LBST D601: Graduate Project Proposal Seminar (3 cr.)
May 13 - August 5 - Finkel
6:00p.m. - 7:30 p.m T

Working as a group and independently, students will research and develop a thesis proposal. Students will complete the literature review, develop their methodology, identify their thesis committee, and develop knowledge of the relevant research ethics. At the end of the semester, students will be prepared to submit their thesis proposal to their thesis committee.

LBST D503: Natural Sciences Seminar (3 cr.)
Yoga, the Science of Health, and Beyond
4:15 p.m - 5:45 p.m MTWR Summer Session 1 – Manwani

The goal of the course is to understand yoga and to use it as an enhancement of mental and physical health. The course surveys the ancient philosophy behind yogic practices and scientific data concerning the benefits on the mind and body. Physical practice of yoga will be involved.

LBST D502: Social Sciences Seminar (3 cr.)
Overview of Aging in America
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m MW Summer Session 2 – Bowles

From a physiological, sociological and psychological approach, the course offers a contemporaryview of how an aging population affects our society. With the predicted growth of the Baby Boomer generation, being aware of the impact from a multitude of views is warranted. A plethora of research studies and theories for gerontological issues will be discussed.

MLS COURSES FOR FALL 2014

LBST D510: Intro to Grad Liberal Studies (4 cr.)
6:00 p.m. - 7:40 p.m. MW - Finkel

The course provides a comprehensive introduction to graduate liberal studies, as well as preparing students to participate successfully in all facets of the MLS program. The course will examine principles of intellectual inquiry in the three fields represented in the MLS program: Arts & Letters, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. These methods will be applied to the Common Experience topic for the year.

LBST D501: Humanities Seminar (3 cr.)
Remembering Auschwitz: Bearing Witness to the Impossible
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. T - Barry

In this course, we will examine the problem of bearing witness to the event of the death camp, an event that compromises the structures of experience and understanding for all concerned. Our work will focus on the writings of Primo Levi in particular, with special attention being paid to his last and most philosophical effort to understand Auschwitz, The Drowned and the Saved. We will examine the ways in which memory and judgment are impoverished, even neutralized, by the structures of the death camp. We will also spend considerable time considering the ways in which Levi, Arendt, and others argue that psychology of the normal world is unable to adequately account for what happens to individuals in the camps. Finally, we will examine the ways in which the loss of the very possibility of moral action renders effective history and fact-finding exceedingly problematic.

LBST D502: Social Sciences Seminar (4 cr.)
Environmental Psychology and Sustainable Living
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. S – Woodward and Galvin

With the improvement of technology and communications, the Earth is an increasingly global community. Unfortunately, Hardin’s 1968 parable of the tragedy of the commons suggests that the more we are forced to share a decreasing pool of resources, the more abuse and neglect of the Earth’s ecology occurs. As resources abate, pollution intensifies, and the climate shifts, social scientists have increased their focus on the need to restore balance between humans and their natural environment. The proposed program will provide an overview of theory, research, and methods in environmental psychology—the study of the reciprocal human relationship with our environment. In addition to keeping up with the assigned readings for class discussion, students will maintain a personal journal, conduct field research, tour model eco-friendly businesses and communities, interview leaders in the local green movement, and participate in the design and construction of an off-the-grid cob house using recycled, reused, and renewable resources. When not attending field trips in the community, classes will be held at the organic farm and orchard of the class instructors.

LBST D503: Natural Sciences Seminar (3 cr.)
Cancer: Biology and Society
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. R - Connerly

In the first part of the course, we will use Hesketh, Betrayed by Nature: The War on Cancer, to cover the biology basics required to understand the complexity of cancer as a disease and its treatments. As we read the book, students will answer a series of short essay questions to demonstrate their understanding of critical biological concepts. As a class, we will also discuss at least one article from the primary scientific literature to help students see how scientific information is established and shared. The second part of the course will examine cancer as a disease and its treatments, in the context of looking at the history of cancer using Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. In addition to general class discussions, students will give oral presentations on sections of the book covering specific aspects of the history of cancer and cancer research. The third part of the course will utilize Leaf, The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer- and How to Win It, to evaluate the author’s criticism of the current cancer culture and the failure of the war on cancer. As we read and discuss the book, students will write response essays to specific portions of the book. The final project in the course will give each student a chance to focus on an aspect of their own perspective on cancer.

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