Advanced Special Topics Courses (390′s and 490′s)

Fall, 2014, Offerings

Courses numbered in the 390′s and 490′s are offered only once or twice and focus on a specialized topic. These courses are rarely appropriate for first-year students.

BIO/GEO 395 Paleobiology (crosslisted in Biology and Geology)

MWF 10-10:50; lab F 1:30-4:20. Professor Whitenack.

A study of temporal and spatial changes of the Earth’s fauna within the context of evolution and geological processes.  Our study begins with an introduction to invertebrate and vertebrate paleobiology that focuses on classification, relationships, and evolutionary history.  We then focus on analysis and use of paleontological data in evolution, systematics, paleoecology, and extinction.  One laboratory per week, plus field trips.  Prerequisite:  Biology 220 or Geology 120.

BLKST/WGSS 390 Explorations in U.S. Black Feminisms (crosslisted in Black Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)

TTh 3-4:15. Professor Gilbert.

An exploration of the ways that women intersect with notions of race. We highlight the use of metaphor in literature, politics, and culture in the United States to offer ways of understanding the realities of black women in the contemporary United States. The multidisciplinary perspectives we consider include black feminisms and black women’s intellectual thought, media studies, and cultural criticism. Students who wish to explore further issues concerning women, race, and metaphor may wish to enroll in English 322 during the Spring 2015 semester.

Political Science 490 Democracy and Civil Society in Comparative Perspective

TTh 9:30-10:45. Professor Wood.

A comparative investigation of democratic practices in public life. We focus on two fundamental elements of democracy, participation and accountability, which are integrally related to most concepts of civil society, and consider how people participate in politics and hold leaders accountable in different parts of the world—in both “democratic” and “non-democratic” societies. We consider the different ways in which “civil society” is conceived and practiced in both Western and non-Western contexts. We particularly examine the relationship between civil society and democracy, in theory and in the “real world.”

Psychology 490 Psychology of Adolescence

TTh 3-4:15. Professor Chowdhury.

 An examination of the theories, research, and empirical findings associated with biological, psychological, and social aspects of adolescent development. Topics include development of identity and self-concept, social and moral development, family and peer relations, adolescent sexuality, influence of media, and psychopathology in adolescence among others. Examination of cultural variations in adolescent development is an underlying theme in most discussions. Prerequisites: Psychology 206 and one core course in Psychology.