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Descriptions of Special Topics and Seminar Courses

Fall 2018: Descriptions of Special Topics and Seminar Courses

ENG 201, The Harlem Renaissance: A Cultural Celebration
An exploration of the history and richness of the African American culture following their migration and settlement in Harlem in the 1920s. This cultural journey engages students in social discourse and critical analysis as they become immersed in the writings, artwork and music of that era.

HIS 480, Dismantling Slavery in the Civil War Era
The question “Who Freed the Slaves?” may sound overly simple with an easy and obvious answer. We learn in school that President Lincoln, the “Great Emancipator,” freed the slaves on January 1, 1863 with the Emancipation Proclamation. However, students in “Dismantling Slavery in the Civil War Era” will learn that the answer to this important question is not simple nor straightforward. It is indeed one of the most complex and fascinating stories in all of American history and involves a multitude of actors. Throughout the semester students will engage with scholarship from some of the top historians of the Civil War era, including Eric Foner, Edward Ayers and James Oakes.

LAW 479, Race and the Justice System
This course will involve a frank and considerate discussion about justice and the unequal treatment of African Americans during the founding of this country, and subsequently other minority groups, and the economic, social, political and legal considerations that have evolved by way of the judicial system to today. Regarding diversity, students will come to understand different perspectives of criminal justice and how social, cultural, and political forces shape the justice system and society. Assumptions about crime and justice will be discussed, along with social views on law enforcement, the grand jury process, punishment, freedom, and legal rights in the criminal justice setting. Upon completion of this course students will have a deeper understanding and knowledge of diversity and how laws shape and impact society.

PSY 470, Drugs and Addiction
Drugs, Society, and Chemical Dependency is a fascinating course that aims to review psychoactive drugs and their effects. Emphasis will be placed on physiological brain responses, history of drug use and drug control, epidemiology of drugs use, substance use disorders, etiology of substance use disorders, and intervention/prevention. Along with understanding drug and chemical dependence, students will apply their knowledge through group projects, in which each team provides a systematic synthesis of the events and happenings for that particular week. Students will search for news articles in the newspaper, on television, and online on different drugs, crimes associated to drugs, and the combination of drugs and sports. By the end of this course, students should be able to communicate classification of different drugs, how drugs affect behavior, and historical trends in drug use, social policy towards drugs and chemicals, the distinction between drug use and pathological drug use, antecedents and consequences of drug use, and common treatment approaches for drug problems which prevail in our society.