LAS 1120 – COMMUNITIES IN AMERICA
Art and Diversity: African-American Art
Why have issues such as race, gender and class been historically excluded from the study of art history? Why is it important that histories of art reflect the kind of gender and racial diversity seen in present-day America? This course takes these questions as central ones to understanding how race, gender and class impact artists who explore these issues through their art. In this class we are exploring the history of African American art and culture in particular, paying close attention to literature, music and art and artifacts created during the years of slavery, the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement.
Online Communities in America
In this course, students will discuss the social impacts of online communities. The course will provide a brief introduction to ethics and to the history of computing and the Internet in America. Through readings, lecture, writing, and discussion, we will identify and explore many cultural, social, philosophical, and economic effects of information technology (computers) on individuals, groups, and society in our country. Current issues that will be discussed include social networking, electronic voting, spyware, span, and electronic commerce and the impact each of these has had on our society. This course is directed toward undergraduate students who wish to understand the impact, in particular, of computers and, in general, of what has been termed high technology, on the institutions, beliefs, values, tastes, activities, ideals, paradigms, and processes of our society.
This course provides experiential study to explore the functioning of work group behavior. Specific interest areas covered include leadership, persuasion, organizational effectiveness, and other related topics that enhance the students’ ability to manage people and projects in an organization.
Stemming the Tide of Consumerism
Many of us in America frequent the mall, purchase the latest gadgets to stay hip and current, and may not have a clue why we decided on the brewing style of cappuccino we just ordered at the café. Anti Consumerism is a growing network of groups and communities who look to stem the tide of American commercialized spending. Groups such as “Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood” have successfully lobbied for legislation restricting advertising on school grounds, restricted licensed characters used for selling junk foods to children, and have effectively stopped some controversial toy production. Communities are coming together to ban Wal-Mart and other businesses detrimental to society. This course examines the fundamental social pressure of living in an American consumer-based society and what some groups are doing about it.
The Evolution of the American Democracy:
This course will provide an analysis of American history from the perspectives of political though & process, as well as the concurrent developments in economics and culture, The course begins amidst the turmoil of the early modern Scientific Revolution and the Protestant Reformation and traces the development of the sovereignty of the people from 16th century Europe to the controversial election of 2000.
The Meaning of the Media Image
This course is a critical inquiry into the ways that media communicate and manipulate information through technical elements such as photography, editing, and sound. Students apply the knowledge and skills gained in this course to specific screenings. Students will analyze the ways that media communicate and manipulate information, and expand their media literacy skills. The goal of this course is to help students become more critical viewers of media.
The New South
This course is about the history, politics, culture and economics of the New South. Growing out of the ashes of the Civil War, the new south has evolved from poverty and institutionalized White supremacy through the end of World War II to a civil rights movement which has changed the South forever.
U.S. Legal Systems This course provides an introduction to the American Legal System, including its history, philosophy, and practices. Students will consider the structure and function of the legal system, several substantive areas of the law (e.g. torts and contract law), and the dynamic relationship between law and social policy.
This course examines the basic concepts involved in the study of politics. The four classic areas of Political Science are stressed: International Relations, US Politics, Comparative Government, and Political Theory and Methodology. Topics include nature of the state, purpose of government, justice, and the definition and use of power.
U.S. Social Problems
The U.S. faces many challenging social problems, including crime, violence, unemployment, poverty, greed and discrimination. In this course, we will be studying some of these problems and their root causes and consequences. We will also examine some of the efforts/suggestions to address these problems.