Fall 2022 Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies (MALS601-010)
- Instructors: Aimee Gee, Tara Kee
- Hybrid--online via Zoom with four in person classes on the Newark Campus
gateway experience for incoming MALS students. Students learn the
conventions and expectations of graduate-level reading, writing,
research, and critical analysis and explore the concept of
interdisciplinarity. Topics include documentation of sources,
formulation and development of independent research projects, research
methods, use of online databases. The content will be interdisciplinary
and/or intercultural, and the course methodology will include lecture,
discussion, independent research, and varied forms of academic writing.
Click here for a sample syllabus: MALS601 Syllabus Fall 2020.pdf
How to Read an Election (MALS629)
How do people really make important decisions, like how to vote in an election? Why are lies so often effective, even when they're transparent? How is it possible for two apparently rational individuals to draw the opposite conclusions from the same evidence? How to Read an Election moves beyond partisan politics to delve into psychology, literature, and film for insights into these and other questions that inevitably arise during an election season. We'll read recent best-sellers, such as Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow (excerpts), in which he summarizes his Nobel-prize-winning research on how humans make and manipulate decisions; The Secret Life of Pronouns, in which psychologist James Pennebaker offers hints on how to read between the lines to understand what people are really saying; and Weaponized Lies, a primer of critical thinking by neuroscientist Daniel Levitin. We'll also discuss relevant literary works, such as Arthur Miller's The Crucible and George Orwell's 1984; and films like Dr. Strangelove and Wag the Dog. A course website will provide links to lectures and interviews by many of these authors. In addition to the reading, the course will involve two response papers, a personal essay, and a take-home final exam.
Click here for a sample reading list: How to Read an Election reading list
Mozart Opera and the Enlightenment
- Instructor: Larry Peterson
a book by Nicholas Till: Mozart and the Enlightenment: Truth, Virtue, and
Beauty in Mozart's Operas, we will explore different productions of Le
Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, and Die
Zauberflöte. The operas will also be discussed against the backdrop
of the Hapsburgs and Masonry in the late eighteenth century.
More to come...