- Instructor: Meg McGuire
- Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m. (June 4-August 10)
- Newark Campus
Who we are and where we come from impacts all facets of our lives from our families to our professions to our social media presence. This course considers how culture and language shape our racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and socioeconomic identities and how we represent them online. We will spend the semester considering how we "write" ourselves and our communities and how we are "written" by technologies and media around us. We will investigate the use of visual, audio, and cultural conventions within certain technological communities (Facebook, LinkedIn, Match) in creating individual and group identities. We will also discuss the importance of identification through association (with one another, with media, with brands, etc.) and how this necessitates critical awareness of the technologies we use.
How to Read an Election (MALS667)
- Instructor: Joan DelFattore
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.
Environmental Ethics (MALS648)
Ethical problems associated with environmental protection, local, national,
and international. Relations to social and political movements. Seminar
format. Cross-listed with Philosophy and Urban Affairs & Public Policy.
Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies (MALS601)
A 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.
Another course is in the planning stages...stay tuned!