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Current Semester Offerings - Diversity & Community Studies

Diversity & Community Studies

Fall 2017

Core Classes:

AFAM 190: African American Experience, with C. Hopson and A. Rosa

Description:  African American life and experiences in the United States viewed from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Seven core subjects are surveyed: African American history, religion, politics, creative productions (music, dance, theatre), economics, social organizations and psychology. Available online.

CSJ 200: Introduction to Social Justice – TBA

An introductory study of theories, concepts and strategies of social justice, including individual action, policy, advocacy, and collective action.

DCS 300: Public Problem Solving – TBA

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations/Explorations Courses, or junior status. Investigation of historical perspectives and theoretical dimensions of public problem solving; attention to the development of collective power, capacities, and responsibilities.

GWS 200: Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies, 5 sections

Description: Drawing on historical perspectives and cultural analysis, this course examines such topics as women and work, violence against women, family, and the social construction of gender, sexuality, race, and class.

 

Available Electives:

*Courses marked with an asterisk are valid electives but may require an iCAP Exception Form until officially approved.

 

I.          Formations of identity and narratives of oppression (minimum of 6 hours):

COMM 463: Honors Intercultural Communication, with J. Kong

Prerequisite(s): COMM 200; COMM 300 (may be taken concurrently) or instructor permission. Creates an understanding of dimensions of communication theory that apply across cultural boundaries. Emphasis is placed on both theoretical and practical awareness of communication in and between cultures.

ENG 393: African-American Literature, with C. Lewis

Description: Prerequisite(s): ENG 200 or permission of instructor A critical study of the contributions of African-American writers to American literature.

*FACS 395 – Child and Family Stress, with D. Haynes-Lawrence (On-Demand)

Acquaint students with major concepts from the research and conceptual literature on family stress and resilience. Examines stress as experienced and perceived by children and their families. Factors that influence children's coping with stress are emphasized.

GWS 375: American Masculinities, with K. Branham

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing. Survey of the meanings of manhood in the United States, including historical, social, economic, cultural, and political influences on the development of masculine identity.

PSY 355: Issues in Cross-Cultural Psychology, with A. Paquin

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100/PSYS 100 or equivalent and sophomore standing. Examines the impact of culture on major principles, theories, and applications of psychology, including social behavior, gender, communication, development and abnormal psychology. Involves interacting with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

SOCL 210: Interaction Self and Society, with A. Krull

Prerequisite(s): SOCL 100 or consent of instructor. Study of the individual in social context. Emphasis is on group, social, and cultural factors and their consequences for self-development, role perception, role performance and value orientation. *Offered online

 

II.        Advocacy and social change (minimum of 6 hours)

AFAM 343: Communities of Struggle, with A. Rosa

Prerequisite(s): AFAM 190 or permission of instructor; 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations courses, or junior status. Examines the relationship between distinct communities of struggle in Africa and the African Diaspora and the impact of African American social movements on a range of liberation struggles within this context.

HIST 359: Black American History Since 1877, with J. Graves

A chronological study of African American history and culture since 1877 with an emphasis on black contributions to American life and thought. *Offered online.

*PS 374: Women & Politics, with V. Gordon

An examination of the political, economic and social status of American women from an historical and contemporary perspective; explores issues of concern to women in a political context.

 

III.        Systems, Local to Global (minimum of 6 hours):

DCS 360: Place, Community, Resilience, with M. Kerby

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status. Exploration of the multidisciplinary interconnections of place, identity, and sense of place within organizational and community structures, with attention to the ways systems bounce back under unexpected social and environmental crises.

FLK 330: Cultural Connections/Diversity, 3 sections

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations courses, or junior status. Service learning course that examines the diversity of American culture and engages students in activities to develop skills in working with a variety of cultural groups.

GEOG 110: World Regional Geography, 6 sections

A general survey of the political, social, and ecological systems of the world. The course is concerned with the complexity and diversity of world peoples and cultures. *Offered On Demand and online

SOCL 240: Global Social Problems, 3 sections

Prerequisite(s): SOCL 100 or consent of instructor; 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations courses, or junior status. Examines causes of and responses to critical social problems in different world regions, with a focus on the dimensions and impacts of globalizations. Diverse social theories are applied to interpret problems such as environmental degradation, AIDS, family violence, racism, migration, international poverty, and crime. *Available On Demand

SOCL 360: Rural & Urban Communities, with D. Lovell

Prerequisite(s): Six hours of sociology. Study of the structure and function of community life and the process of balancing community needs and resources.

SWRK 330: Human Behavior in Social Environments I, with G. Mallinger

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSW Program or permission of the instructor. Examines behavior within the context of families, groups, organizations, communities, and cultures. Topics include developmental stages of the individual within multiple systems with a particular focus on issues of diversity.

SWRK 330: Honors: Human Behavior in Social Environments I, with G. Mallinger

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSW Program or permission of the instructor. Examines behavior within the context of families, groups, organizations, communities, and cultures. Topics include developmental stages of the individual within multiple systems with a particular focus on issues of diversity.


 

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