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|USNA||211||Einstein, Space and Time||Jeff||Kriessler||MW 12.45-2.00||Explore the profound changes in our conception of space and time brought about by Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity.|
|USNA||226||Evolution of Human Behavior||Marianne||Reeves||TuTh 8.30-9.45||Review the history of evolutionary theories of mind and behavior, as well as current ideas about the ecological and genetic components of behavior.|
|USNA||249||Restoring the Great Lakes: Opportunities and Challenges||Glenn||Odenbrett||TuTh 4.30-5.45||Focus on the issues and methods of restoring the Great Lakes, with particular emphasis on public action and decision-making processes.
|USNA||262||How I Learned to Love the Bomb||Amy||Absher||MW 9.00-10.15||Understand the work of the scientists who developed the atomic bomb, as well as their motivations, travails, internal conflicts, and the ramifications of their achievement.
|USNA||287G||Genes, Genomes and Society||Helen||Salz||TuTh 1.00-2.15
||Explore the science behind the news and discuss the philosophical, ethical and societal concerns raised by advances such as GM crops, genetic testing, personalized medicine, and issues of genetic privacy.|
|USNA||287H||Plants in Medicine||Erika||Olbricht||MWF 10.35-11.25||Investigate how plants are used medicinally through time, and come to understand the cultures that used them and how they conceived of health in relationship to nature|
|USNA||287P||Women and Science: Changing Paradigms||Barbara||Burgess-Van Aken||MW 4.00-5.15||Examine the scientific evidence that has supported assumptions about gender in various philosophical paradigms from the Enlightenment philosophy to the postmodernist era.|
|USNA||287T||Conflicts and Controversies in American Science and Technology||Peter||Shulman||TuTh 1:15-2:30||Explore how changes in science and technology affect American life, and how cultural ideas shape scientific practice.|
|USNA||288I||Beyond Silicon Valley||Michael||Goldberg||TuTh 11.30-12.45
|| Explore how communities around the world support entrepreneurship, and learn about the rapidly developing field of online learning and MOOCs.
|USNA||288J||Sustainable Energy: Resources, Technologies and Impact||Alexis||Abramson||TuTh 11.30-12.15||Evaluate, from a scientific, mathematical and societal perspective, the trade-offs and uncertainties of various energy systems and assess possible solutions.
|USNA||288K||Burn, Baby, Burn!||David||Schiraldi||MW 9.00-10.15||Investigate exactly what happens when materials burn, read about the history of fire and society.
|USNA||288L||Future Energy: @home&abroad||Daniel||Scherson||See Main Entry||Investigate means of meeting our energy requirements without jeopardizing the environment or fostering geopolitical conflicts.|
|USNA||288M||Spirits and Synapses||Michael||Decker||TuTh 10:00-11:15||Explore how a basic understanding of neurophysiology helps us understand sleep and its importance for health.|
|USSO||203||Law in Literature||Laura||Tartakoff||TuTh 10.00-11.15||Focus on law in literature by examining representations of the legal process in poems, plays, short stories, and novels.|
|USSO||285I||Spectacle in American Culture||Bernie||Jim||MWF 9.30-10.20||Understand the power of remarkable visual experiences to awe, entertain, persuade, and create meaning from the colonial period to the present day.|
|USSO||285N||Globalization and American Culture||William||Marling||TuTh 2.45-4.00||This course investigates the role of the US in globalization – Americanization, the resistance of local cultures and the role of American technologies in spreading culturally specific ways of working and behavior|
|USSO||286E||Global Tourism||Narcisz||Fejes||TuTh 10.00-11.15||Gain insight to the motivations of tourists, the inhabitants of the places being visited, and international organizations as well as governments who oversee this industry.|
|USSO||286L||Exploring Non Profit Organizations||Barbara||Clemenson||TuTh 8.30-9.45||This seminar enlightens students concerning the opportunities and challenges faced by non-profit organizations.|
|USSO||286V-100||Management of chronic disease||Amy||Zhang||MW 12.45-2.00||This course covers substance-based, mind-body, spiritual and social approaches used to manage chronic diseases and promote wellness in various cultural settings.|
|USSO||286V-101||Management of chronic disease||Amy||Zhang||MW 2.15-3.30||This course covers substance-based, mind-body, spiritual and social approaches used to manage chronic diseases and promote wellness in various cultural settings.|
|USSO||287E||Economic, Industrial and Social Trends for the 21st Century||Joao||Maia||TuTh 11.30-12.45||Develop an educated argument as to whether the US will continue in its prominent leadership role, or whether one or both of the emerging Asian economic powerhouses will become dominant.|
|USSO||288Y-100||The Secret History of Corporate America||Ted||Steinberg||MW 12.30-1.45||The corporation is the most powerful economic institution of our time. How did it come to reign, and how does its power affect us economically, politically, and socially?|
|USSO||288Y-101||The Secret History of Corporate America||Ted||Steinberg||MW 9.00-10.15||The corporation is the most powerful economic institution of our time. How did it come to reign, and how does its power affect us economically, politically, and socially?|
|USSO||289C||Ethics for the Real World||Susan||Case||TuTh 10.00-11.15||Explore sources of personal values and standards of behavior using moral conversations, leading to developing an ethical code to guide decision-making in difficult contexts.|
|USSO||289K||Stuggles for Justice in Complex Globalizing Environments||Paul||Hanson||TuTh 10.00-11.15||This course looks at globalization and justice in two sites – Madagascar and Cleveland, both places in which the professor has done research.|
|USSO||290I||Understanding Patient Behavior||Erin||Lavik||TuTh 2.45-4.00||Using a mix of first-hand accounts and scholarly secondary sources, we will investigate the factors that influence patient psychology and their implications for designing effective, patient-centered treatments.|
|USSO||290L||The Big Story of Small Things||Gillian||Weiss||TuTh 1.15-2.30||Look at ordinary people, prosaic objects, mundane places, single incidents and fleeting moments, and the ways we might interpret micro cases to make sense of macro developments in our world|
|USSO||290M||The Effects of Race, Class and Education: A Dialogue on Current Issues||Benjamin||Sperry||MW 3.20-4.35||Examine the impact of race, class and educational levels in determining how people fare in society, hold workshops and teleconferences with students incarcerated at Lorain Correctional Institution.|
|USSO||290N||Perspectives on Dying and Death: Normalizing the Inevitable||Maryjo||Prince-Paul||TuTh 1.15-2.30||Review the physical, psychological, social, spiritual, cultural, ethical, and economic perspectives of dying in America to create thoughtful and reflective dialogue about dying and death.|
|USSO||290P||Is the Audience Listening?: The Ethos of Experiencing Live Music||Christopher||Bagan||TuTh 4.30-5.45||Make sense of the complex phenomenon of experiencing live music by incorporating perspectives drawn from scholarship, the media and personal experience.|
|USSY||249||Paris: From Revolution to Globalization||Miriam||Levin||MW 3.20-4.35||Explore the history of Paris as it became the center of French national life, international culture and politics in the 19th century.|
|USSY||250||Medical Narrative||Athena||Vrettos||TuTh 11.30-12.45||This course examines the narrative conventions that have been used to understand and communicate the experience of illness.|
|USSY||287X||Paris in the Arts||Annie||Pecastaings||MW 9.00-10.15||Paris has been a favorite subject for visual artists and writers alike. This course explores the broader relationship between art, the city, and the plight of modern man.|
|USSY||288Y||Investigating Crime Films||Terri||Mester||TuTh 2.45-4.00||By identifying, collecting, analyzing and interpreting evidence, we’ll investigate what makes the crime genre so enduring.|
|USSY||289A||Do We Have Free Will?||William||Deal||MW 12.30-1.45||Use classic and contemporary texts, taken from multiple cultural traditions, to explore the problem of free will and related issues of body/mind dualism and personal identity.|
|USSY||289Y||Reading and Writing Biography||Brad||Ricca||TuTh 10.00-11.15||Study important and contemporary biographies, and learn how researchers build a narrative that tells a story of a life in a way that engages with important issues of self, audience, and the location of truth.|
|USSY||290N||Django Chained||Amy||Absher||MW 3.00-4.15||Join the historical narrative with the science fiction narratives of Octavia Butler to arrive at a deeper understanding of the human experience of subjugation and oppression.|
|USSY||290Q||Great Nineteenth Century Novels||William||
|MWF 11.30-12.20||Read novels by Balzac, Flaubert, Turgenev, and Tolstoy in modern translations, taking our time with them.|
|USSY||290U||Poetry for People who Hate Poetry||David||Lucas||TuTh 1.15-2.30||What can our individual attitudes about poetry reveal about what and whom we value on a cultural scale?|
|USSY||291P||Social Justice Literature||Kaysha||Corinealdi||MW 2.00-3.15||Use selections of poetry, short stories and books by winners of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards as a framework to discuss diversity, social justice and identity.|
|USSY||291Q||PR, Spin and Inventing Reality||William||Doll||MW 4.00-5.15||Explore the origins and uses of P.R. today in business, politics, and popular culture to shape our values, democracy and even the ways we view reality.|
|USSY||291R||The Roles of Acquisition||Noelle||Giuffrida Armhold||MWF 11.30-12.20||Examine the development of museum collections of Asian materials, consider the complex motives museums have had for acquiring them.|
|USSY||291S||Control Shift: Making Meaning Across Media||Allison||Schifani||MW 12.30-1.45||Explore the ways in which communication media (from painting, to print volumes, to websites, to mobile applications) impact, shape, change, and encourage or prohibit certain ways of knowing about the world.|
|USSY||291T||Demystifying the Guerrilla Fighter||Kaysha||Corinealdi||MW 5.00-6.15||Examine some of our assumptions regarding what it means to be a guerrilla fighter, and investigate what this understanding can do for us as we tackle questions of change and possibility.|
|USSY||291U||Live Rust: The Industrial Midwest in Art and Culture||David||Lucas||TuTh 4.30-5.45||Seek to understand the socioeconomic conditions from which the Rust Belt rose, fell, and address the history of the region and present efforts to remake it.|