Special Topic Course Descriptions


CLS-270-OL:Government of the Ancient World
A study of different models of government from the ancient world including: the polis and different manifestations of polis government, such as Athenian democracy and Spartan oligarchy, and the Roman Republic. Topics will include how governments functioned, what factors led to the development of specific governments, and the means by which governments attain and maintain control. These models of government will be considered as models to think critically and comparatively about modern governments. FWC


ENG 115-OL: Writing About Literary Genres – Short Story


RLS-270-OL: Hinduism

Survey of the Hindu religious traditions from its origins in the Vedas to contemporary Indian political thought and philosophy. Course will focus on ideas of sacrifice, liberation, devotion to the deities, and social structure through an examination of core texts from the Hindu tradition. Prerequisite: RLS 108 or permission. NWC


RLS-270-OL: Judaism

An introduction to Judaism. Students will survey the central understandings that undergird the Jewish tradition and examine the ritual context in which these beliefs are manifest: sacred text study, prayer, holy day practices and lifecycle passages (e.g. birth, marriage, death). The course will explore the ancient sources from which so much of the Jewish tradition derives and observe the ever-changing ways tradition is manifest in contemporary Jewish life. Prerequisite: Foundations course in English. FWC


WS-570-10: Feminist Theory: Literary Analysis

Feminist Theory: Literary Analysis addresses the theories that women have historically made use of in their writing, in order to gain a form of subjectivity precisely through the act of literary creation. Prerequisite: Permission of the Graduate Program Director required.




ENG 115-10: Writing About Literary Genres – Detective Fiction and Film


ENG 115-OL: Writing About Literary Genres – Short Story


ENG-370/570-10: Environmental (In)Justice in American Literature

This course examines inequality in access to natural resources and the wealth they produce, exposure to toxins, and participation in environmental decision making as represented in literature by Native American, African-American, Latino, and Asian-American authors. 370 Prerequisite: 200 level English or Mass Communications course. CD, ES, LIT, WI; 570 Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.


HIS-270-10: History of the Crusades

A historical study of the Crusading movement in Western Europe from approximately1095 - 1300 CE, focusing on the first four Crusades. We will investigate Christian and Muslim concepts of “holy war”, the impact of the Crusading movement on current events in the Middle East, and the use of the Crusades in popular culture, as demonstrated by their use in movies. FWC, NWC




BIO-270-01: Tropical Ecology of Belize
This course will provide students with the opportunity for field study of the ecology and biodiversity of typical Belizean ecosystems, namely tropical broad-leaf forests, mangrove forests, sea grass beds, tropical riparian corridors and coral reefs. Student learning will be facilitated by a combination of field-work experiences, primary literature readings, and traditional textbook readings and lectures. The focus of field experiences will be on observing and measuring (native and exotic) biodiversity, ecosystem characterization, and modeling ecosystem services provided by the various ecosystems under study. A secondary focus of the course will be on the diversity of human cultures represented in Belize with specific attention paid to the land ethics of the different cultures that have and continue to inhabit Belize in an effort to evaluate human impacts, values, and conservation efforts of Belizean ecosystems and native biodiversity. Prerequisite: instructor permission required. NSL, ESL




ENG 115-01: Writing About Literary Genres – Gothic Literature


ENG 115-02: Writing About Literary Genres – Graphic Novel


ENG-370-10: Fiction and Film Noir

A study of hard-boiled fiction and crime films that focuses on the paradigmatic figures of the private detective and the femme fatale (i.e., fatal woman). Representative authors include Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler,Chester Himes, and Walter Mosley. In-class screening of films noir by such directors as John Huston, Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang, Jacques Tourneur, and Carl Franklin. Prerequisite: 200-level English or Mass Communications/Communications course. LIT


HIS-270-10: Representations of Antiquity

History has the ability to fascinate, puzzle, and enlighten.  Because of this allure, historical narratives, events, and figures are often the subject of summer blockbusters and novels, video games and comic books.  Most people consume not academic history but “popular history” – history that is packaged in documentaries on the History Channel, in movies, or in novels.  This class will study popular representations of the ancient world, including art, Hollywood blockbusters, television dramas, comic books, and more.  By studying these interpretations of antiquity, we will discover what they say about their producers, their audience, and the culture that created them. We will also address the question of what history is, and what function it plays. Topics will include “History versus Myth in the Greek World”, “Great Men”, “Women”, “Slavery”, and “Film as a Historical Thought Experiment”. FWC


IS-370-01:  International Law and International Organizations

A study of the historical development, sources, and codification of international law, laws of treaties, and laws of diplomatic relations. Attention will be given to the role of international and regional organizations in promoting the welfare of the global community, human rights, peace, and security. Prerequisite: PS 110.


PSY-370-01: Theories of Psychotherapy

This part lecture, part seminar course focuses on operational theories of personality.  After learning a firm concept of behavior change, the course examines the currently most accepted theories regarding change, both classical and newer viewpoints.  The course attempts to assist the student in formulating  some beginning answers to the following questions: Are certain conditions present in all behavior change?  What is the nature of health and pathology?  Is changing behavior changing personality? Prerequisite: PSY 209


RLS-270/370-01: Religion of Martin Luther King

The course examines the religious life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in conversation with continuing debates over how best to understand his religion and its legacy. Prerequisites: 270 level – Foundations course in English or permission of instructor. 370 level – RLS course. ETH



Course Schedules

Course Rotations- 2011-2012
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