Fall 2015 Course Summary






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FSNA 104 Archaeastronomy Earle Luck TuTh 10:00-11:15 (4th Hour – Wed) Explore how astronomical practice and knowledge is central to ancient civilizations.
FSNA 111 Chemical Aspects of the Aging Mind Michael Zagorski MW 4.00-5.15 (4th Hour – Wed) The seminar will examine lifestyle changes that are implicated in preventing or slowing down Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. 
FSNA 113 Fact and Values in Environmental Decisions Beverly Saylor TuTh 10:00-11:15 (4th Hour – Wed) Evaluate the evidence, uncertainties, and value judgments pertinent to some of the world’s pressing environmental issues.
FSNA 116 Cities (Under Construction) Bernie Jim MWF 11:30-12:20 (4th Hour – Mon) Through lecture, discussion, textual analysis, computer simulations, and writing assignments, gain a deeper understanding of remaking and sustaining the built environment.
FSNA 120 The Impact of Materials on Society Peter Lagerlof MWF 3.00-3.50 (4th Hour – Wed) Examine the impact of engineering materials on societal development through human history using a few specific materials of interest as examples: concrete, steel, and semi-conductors.
FSNA 120 The Impact of Materials on Society James McGuffin-Cawley TuTh 8.30-9.45 (4th Hour – Mon) Examine the impact of engineering materials on societal development through human history using a few specific materials of interest as examples: concrete, steel, and semi-conductors.
FSNA 124 The Challenge of Sustainability John Ruhl TuTh 8:30-9:45 (4th Hour – Wed) This course will review some of the current and future impacts of environmental changes, and explore alternate paths forward and how they might be forged. 
FSNA 128 Naturally spicy Rekha Srinivasan MWF 2:00-2:50 (4th Hour – Mon) Understand the influence spices and the spice trade had on the history, culture, and cuisines of different parts of the world and explore the chemistry of active components of spices and their health benefits.
FSNA 129 Engineering design for the World’s Poorest Dan Lacks TuTh 1:15-2:30 (4th Hour – Wed) Address ways that engineering solutions can improve peoples’ lives within these severe economic constraints. A hands-on component of the course will involve designing and building affordable devices to meet specific needs.
FSNA 133 Engineering Innovation and Design Malcolm Cooke TuTh 2:45-4:00 (4th Hour – Wed) Discover how innovation and design are cornerstones of the engineering profession and are responsible for many of the improvements in the quality of life that have taken place over the last century
FSNA 133 Engineering Innovation and Design Gary Wnek TuTh 10:00-11:15 (4th Hour – Mon) Discover how innovation and design are cornerstones of the engineering profession and are responsible for many of the improvements in the quality of life that have taken place over the last century
FSNA 134 Fuel Cells Bob Savinell MW 4:00-5:15 (4th Hour – Wed) Study and critically analyze the prospects, technical and economic barriers, and impact of broad implementation of fuel cells, focusing on the transportation sector and portable power.
FSNA 135 Introduction to BioDesign Colin Drummond MWF 11:30-12:20 (4th Hour – Wed) Focus on acquiring and refining the underpinning critical thinking skills needed to identify and articulate unmet clinical patient needs in contemporary healthcare settings.
FSNA 136 Saving the World from Poverty, Disease, Injustice and Environmental Exploitation Andrew Rollins MWF 2:00-2:50 (4th Hour – Wed) Half of the world’s population lives in poverty. Through reading, analysis, writing, and rigorous discussion the class will investigate issues surrounding poverty and disparities in health and opportunity.
FSNA 144 Is Mind what the brain does? Lee Thompson MWF 2:00-2:50 (4th Hour – Mon) Explore neurological and psychological case studies, empirical research studies, direct experimentation, and readings and films about brain structure and function, to form hypotheses about the relationship between the mind and the brain
FSNA 145 Hostile Waters Aaron Jennings MWF 3.00-3.50 (4th Hour Mon) This course will examine how historical “hostile water” events such as floods, storms and hurricanes have altered our social perceptions and legal institutions.
FSNA 150 Hobbies – Engineering Fun Jeff Capadona TuTh 2:45-4:00 (4th Hour – Mon) Work under the instructors’ guidance to analyze how principles of engineering can be used to understand the successes and failures they have encountered in their own hobbies.
FSNA 154 The Green Energy Transformation in Germany Peter Yang MWF 2.00-2.50 (4th Hour – Wed) Consider the ongoing energy revolution in Germany driven by technological advances in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
FSNA 155 The Engineering of Things Francis Merat MWF 2.00-2.50 (4th Hour – Wed) Examine what engineers do, the skills needed to be successful in engineering and many other professions, how some things work, and how to actually design and build something.
FSNA 156 The Chemistry, Physics and Engineering of Chocolate David Schiraldi MW 4.00-5.15 (4th Hour – Mon) Investigate the science of chocolate, and learn the engineering behaviors of other materials, especially polymers … as well as fully considering chocolate’s other virtues.
FSNA 157 Plastics Recycling: Re-use of Plastic Waste John Blackwell MWF 11.30-12.20 (4th Hour – Mon) Address the scientific, economic, environmental, and political issues involved in plastics recycling.
FSNA 158 Making and Manufacturing Today





TuTh 8:30-9:45 (4th Hour – Wed) Through both a hands-on and historical approach, this course will explore the commonalities between today’s makers and yesterday’s manufacturers, and arrive at an understanding of innovation.
FSNA 159 Nanotechnology in Medicine: The Fantastic Voyage Anirban Sen Gupta TuTh 1.15-2.30 (4th Hour – Mon) Examine the scientific, engineering, ethical, economic, and social implications of current and future applications of nanotechnology.
FSNA 160 Technological Development and Popular Perception Richard Bachmann MWF 2.00-2.50 (4th Hour – Wed) Discuss how to characterize the basic physical principles at work in the design of automobiles, airplanes and electricity generation, and see how popular opinion can affect the adoption or abandonment of sound technology.
FSNA 161 Making Sense of Place Eric Chilton MW 4.00-5.15 (4th Hour – Mon) Examine how concepts of space and place affect the way we interact with the physical environment and with each other.
FSSO 119 Philanthropy in America Barbara Burgess-Van Aken MWF 2.00-2.50 (4th Hour – Mon) Conduct a broad but intellectual inquiry into the systems and ethics of giving time and money to charitable causes. 
FSSO 120 Social Policy Brian Gran TuTh 1:15-2:30 (4th Hour – Wed) In this class, we will examine different conceptualizations and measures of poverty. We will then examine short-term and long-term poverty experiences and their potential consequences.
FSSO 123 Ten Developments that are Shaking This World Elliot Posner TuTh 10:00-11:15 (4th Hour – Wed) An introduction to some of the most important global developments of our times, examined through political, historical, economic, cultural, sociological, scientific and ethical lenses.
FSSO 128-100 Movers and Shakers: Leadership Anita Howard TuTh 2.45-4.00 (4th Hour – Wed) Explore the socio-emotional and motivational characteristics of effective leaders and their ability to create positive change.
FSSO 128-101 Movers and Shakers: Leadership Anita Howard TuTh 4.30-5.45 (4th Hour – Wed) Explore the socio-emotional and motivational characteristics of effective leaders and their ability to create positive change.
FSSO 137 Telling War Stories Jim Sheeler MWF 2:00-2:50 (4th Hour – Mon) Analyze tales of wartime through the journalists and historians who have learned to listen and the people who lived the stories behind the words.
FSSO 143-100 Living With and Making Decisions Concerning Injustice Barbara Clemenson TuTh 10:00-11:15 (4th Hour – Wed) Examine how people live and make decisions when they are perpetrating, enduring, or fighting injustice.
FSSO 143-101 Living With and Making Decisions Concerning Injustice Barbara Clemenson TuTh 10:00-11:15 (4th Hour – Wed) Examine how people live and make decisions when they are perpetrating, enduring, or fighting injustice.
FSSO 146 The Past and Future in Art: Architecture and Museums in Cleveland Henry Adams TuTh 10:00-11:15 (4th Hour – Wed) What makes a great city? How can the artistic and cultural life of a great city be developed and sustained?  How can the social and economic collapse of a great city be reversed?
FSSO 149 Creativity in the Arts, Sciences and Engineering Sandra Russ TuTh 2.45-4.00 (4th Hour – Mon) What are the similarities and differences in the creative process in the three different broad fields of the arts, sciences and engineering?
FSSO 151 Border Crossings Kristine Kelly MWF 3.00-3.50 (4th Hour – Wed) Explore how individuals, including ourselves, define themselves in personal, local, and national contexts and how we redefine ourselves and our world as we cross geographical borders.
FSSO 152 Decision Making in Everyday Life Jennifer Butler MWF 11:30-12:20 (4th Hour – Wed) Use a multi-disciplinary approach to decision making, including topics such as personality factors, incentive-based decision making, cognitive biases, automatic information processing, and theories of mind
FSSO 157 Being in Touch: Animal and Human Considerations Susan Ludington MW 4.00-5.15 (4th Hour – Mon) Refine skills of critical thinking and reading, listening, learning. writing and verbal presentation while considering the topic of touch.
FSSO 158 The Symphony Orchestra
Eric Charnofsky TuTh 2:45-4:00 (4th Hour – Wed) Using the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra as a paradigm, this seminar will examine the role of the orchestra in ascertaining a city’s cultural health.
FSSO 159 Gender and Adolescence Renee Sentilles TuTh 1.15-2.30 (4th Hour – Wed) This course explores the creation and depictions of adolescence in the United States as a means of understanding how such ideologies becomes naturalized.
FSSO 160 Brazil Inside Out Katia Almeida MWF 11:30-12:20 (4th Hour – Wed) An academic and experiential introduction to Brazil’s history, society, and culture from a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective.
FSSO 161 The Craft of Cloth: Textile Production Since the Industrial Revolution Erika Olbricht MWF 2.00-2.50 (4th Hour – Mon) Consider the human relationships and institutions that support the production of textiles and cloth (especially silk and cotton) and how they create global and local economies that influence social organization.
FSSO 164 Social Change, Genes and Environment Dale Dannefer TuTh 4.30-5.45 (4th Hour – Wed) Consider the wide and future implications of gene-environment interactions for politics, the economy, and culture.
FSSO 165 Intersections of Inequality Camille Warner TuTh 10.00-11.15 (4th Hour – Wed) Analyze and critique social institutions, belief systems, and practices that promote inequality and social justice through data-based dialogue and writing
FSSO 171 Prediction Justin Buchler MWF 11:30 -12:20 (4th Hour – Mon) An interdisciplinary examination of predictions about social events, how we make them, why they go wrong, and how we respond.
FSSO 172 Muslims in South Asia Anaya Dasgupta TuTh 4:30-5:45 (4th Hour – Wed) What variety of religious practices and traditions of debate characterize Muslims in South Asia?
FSSO 173 Attitudes in Jazz Paul Ferguson MW 9.00-1.015 (4th Hour – Wed) Examine the history of the development of jazz, what makes the music so important in American culture, and some of the reasons why, despite this importance, few people listen to it anymore.
FSSO 174 Smartphones: Bane or Boon? Michael Kenney TuTh 8.30-9.45 (4th Hour – Mon) Consider ways we can use technology for effective communication, personal growth and professional development while reflecting on the impact of technological tools on our personal and social interactions.
FSSO 176 Savor: The Ethics and Politics of Eating Narcisz Fejes TuTh 4.30-15.45 (4th Hour – Mon) Examine the environmental and social consequences of our food choices by interrogating both our individual habits as well as current (often controversial) food policy issues.
FSSO 177 Urban Renewal in Cleveland Matt Feinberg MW 9.00-10.15 (4th Hour – Mon) Investigate how the arts have contributed to the physical rehabilitation of some of Cleveland’s most popular neighborhoods like Tremont, Ohio City, Collinwood, and University Circle.
FSSO 178 Crafting Your Own Freedom Jeremy Bendik-Keymer TuTh 10:00-11:15 (4th Hour – Mon) Work as in a laboratory to style your lives critically, articulating stratagems and ideals of liberation
FSSY 112-100 Shakespeare – Still a hit Marshall Leitman TuTh 1:15-2:30 (4th Hr – Tue 4.30-5.15) Students will read approximately six Shakespeare plays, including at least one history, comedy, and tragedy. In addition, they will view at least one film version or adaptation of each play.
FSSY 112-101 Shakespeare – Still a hit Marshall Leitman TuTh 2:45-4:00 (4th Hr – Tue 4.30-5.15) Students will read approximately six Shakespeare plays, including at least one history, comedy, and tragedy. In addition, they will view at least one film version or adaptation of each play.
FSSY 154 The Imagination Project Brad Ricca TuTh 4.30-5.45 (4th Hour – Mon) Look at how the imagination has been understood by various thinkers and artists, and we will consider how the physical world interacts with the imagination in stories, music, film, and scientific ideas.
FSSY 157 Pursuits of Happiness Michael Householder MW 9:00-10:15 (4th Hour – Wed) What is happiness? Why is it so important for us to pursue it, but so hard to retain?
FSSY 162 The Mind of the Warrior Cristián Gómez MWF 11:30-12:20 (4th Hour – Mon) Understand the origins and representation of traditional martial arts through movies, novels, and comics.
FSSY 166 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Marie Lathers MWF 11:30-12:20 (4th Hour – Mon) Explore Hugo’s intentions in writing this novel, its place in 19th-century French literature, and why it continues to capture the imaginations of readers today
FSSY 167 Films and Novels about 9/11 Thrity Umrigar TuTh 1:15-2:30 (4th Hour – Wed) How do novels and movies influence our cultural and political understanding of the epochal events of 9-11?
FSSY 168 Fly Fishing: The Sport, the Metaphysics, and the Literature John Orlock MW 4.00-5.15 (4th Hour – Wed) Examine the appeal and cultural significance of fly fishing, especially as a site for understanding an individual’s relationship to the natural world.
FSSY 169 What’s in a Face? Maggie Popkin MWF 3:00-3:50 (4th Hour – Wed) Explore how portraits, from statues of political leaders to selfies, mediate how we construct power relations, fame, and even group and individual identities.
FSSY 171 Gender and Seclusion: Exploring the Women’s Quarters Lisa Nielson TuTh 4.00-5.15 (4th Hour – Mon) Study the harem as a real and symbolic locale in the Eastern and Western imagination, exam similar questions related to diversity and gender in our contemporary culture.
FSSY 173 Fictions of Empire Suhaan Mehta MWF 11.30-12.20 (4th Hour – Mon) Examine different fictional texts that highlight the human cost of building and sustaining different empires in the twentieth century.
FSSY 175 God and the American Writer Scott Dill MWF 3.00-3.50 (4th Hour – Mon) Discuss the ways American writers have created and critiqued the religious value of individuality, as well as how the category of “personal experience” can both hinder and help us in understanding American culture.



USNA 211 Einstein, Space and Time Jeff Kriessler TuTh 1.15-2.30 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 MW 12.30-1.45 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 10.30-11.20 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 10.00-11.15 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 and Literature Laura Tartakoff TuTh 1.15-2.30 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 11.30-12.45 This seminar enlightens students concerning the opportunities and challenges faced by non-profit organizations.
USSO 286V-100 Management of chronic disease Amy Zhang MW 12.30-1.45 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 2.00-3.15 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 8.30-9.45 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 MW 9.00-10.15 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 3.00-4.15 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 12:30-1:45 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.

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