“Short” Course Descriptions

“Short Courses” are classes whose duration is less than a half semester (7 week module) and that are not generally a recurring part of the curriculum. Typical uses for Short Courses are courses offered in conjunction with the campus visit of a scholar with exceptional expertise or experience.

Each course has specific dates. Please consult the Allegheny faculty listed below if you have questions.

Spring 2018 

ECON 290, Aid and Development in Africa
Professor Onyeiwu and Jonathan White ’92, Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA, Washington, DC
Dates: March 19-April 13, 2018
An exploration of U.S. foreign assistance and its impact on Africa’s development. The course discusses the theory, history and rationale for aid as well as an analysis of key debates on the impact of aid in Africa. It will cover the evolution of the role of U.S. foreign assistance from the Marshall Plan to the creation of new and innovative partnerships such as the Millennium Challenge Corporation and USAID Global Development Alliances. The course provides an overview of U.S. government agencies providing foreign assistance and policies aimed at making aid more effective. May be taken for a grade or for Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 1
Pre-requisite: Permission of the instructor
RELST 190, Queer Folks and the Church
Professor Nickell and Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, writer and retired Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches
Dates: March 1-15, 2018
An exploration of the ongoing conflict in Christian churches over the full inclusion of LGBTQ persons, especially related to ordination and marriage. Students prepare short reflection papers based on assigned readings for four evening sessions, which include discussion of that material and presentations by instructors. Students serve as discussion facilitators at a Saturday workshop with area clergy and church members. Instructors are Rev. Dr. Wilson, ’72, retired Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches, a fully inclusive denomination, and Allegheny Chaplain Rev. Dr. Jane Ellen Nickell, whose research addresses resistance to inclusion in mainline Protestant denominations. May be taken for a grade or for Credit/No Credit.
Credits: 1
Pre-requisites: None
GEO 290, Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Geology
Short Title: PA Oil & Gas Geology
Professor O’Brien and Kristin M. Carter, P.G., C.P.G., Assistant State Geologist, Manager, Economic Geology Division, Pennsylvania Geologic Survey
Dates: March 6-April 27, 2018
A study of the history of the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania, with a focus on Pennsylvania’s subsurface geology, common oil and gas reservoir characterization methods used to assess a reservoir’s potential, and the impact petroleum hydrocarbons have had on the U.S. energy resource portfolio in general and Pennsylvania’s economy in particular. Topics include shallow vs. deep oil and gas development, siliciclastic formations vs. shales, petroleum trapping mechanisms, reservoir characterization methods, and the economic impact of petroleum hydrocarbons.
Course must be taken for a letter grade.
Credits: 2
Pre-requisites: ES 110 or GEO 110 or GEO 190 Intro to Energy and Society.
POLSC 490, International Criminal Law
Professor Kirschner
Dates: February 19-April 20, 2018
An investigation of international criminal law. Early attempts to codify humanitarian law and laws of war began in the mid-19th century, and the International Criminal Court was founded in 2002 to investigate and try individuals for crimes of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes of aggression. Yet while the concept of these crimes is not new, the notion of legal accountability for atrocities remains controversial, as does the mechanism for achieving that accountability. This course will explore the development of international criminal law since WWII, with particular focus on post-Cold War institutions. We will do so primarily through meetings and conversations with a scholar of humanitarian law and two former prosecutors of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, which tried a variety of individuals for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including former Liberian President Charles Taylor. In order to contextualize these visits, we will also engage with some of the critical debates surrounding the notion of accountability for these grave crimes and the institutions that have taken on that task.
Course must be taken credit/no credit.
Credits: 1
Pre-requisites: None.