MLS COURSES FOR SUMMER 2015

LBST D502: Social Sciences Seminar (3 cr.)
China in American Eyes & Minds - Shen
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. M
Summer Session Two

A study of US-China relations through the prism of cultural perceptions by the Americans of the Chinese. Perceptions are not policy; American perceptions are not American policy toward China. Perceptions could feed public opinion, affecting policy. Perceptions reflect an understanding or misunderstanding of another culture and its people. The course examines perceptions and investigates how and why these perceptions were formed and how and why they have persisted.

LBST D601: Graduate Project Proposal Seminar (3 cr.)
Finkel
6 – 7:30pm T
May 13 – August 5

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.

MLS COURSES FOR FALL 2015

LBST D501: Humanities Seminar  (3 cr.)
Discursive Space – Babb
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. T

This course will examine the relationship between space, whether physical, digital, imagined, or remembered, and the ways human interactions shape and are shaped by space through rhetoric. The study of space is fundamentally interdisciplinary are of inquiry, informed by scholarship in cultural and human geography, sociology, philosophy, literary studies, communication studies, gender studies, the fine arts, and rhetoric and composition. The study of space enhances our understanding of the role of space in the production and consumption of texts, whether written, spoken, visual, or digital.

LBST D502: Social Sciences Seminar (3 cr.)
Women and Global Society – Hare
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. R

This course examines the status of women throughout the world, focusing on developing countries. The purpose of the course is to provide an international examination of conditions for women, covering topics including: economic power, political and legal power, violence against women, reproductive health, women’s work and labor issues, environmental sustainability, religion, social movements, and the effects of globalization on women.

LBST D503: Natural Sciences Seminar (3 cr.)
The Philosophy and Science of Yoga – Manwani 
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. MW

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 D510: Intro to Grad Liberal Studies (4 cr.)
Finkel
6 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. MW

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.

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