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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Featured Course: Social Problems in American Society

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SOCY201

  From the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement to the historically divisive 2016 presidential election, there’s never a better time to discuss social issues.  SOCY 201 – Social Problems in American Society provides you with the chance to understand issues such as race and ethnic conflict, criminal justice reform, social justice, and economic inequality. How will the President-Elect’s […]

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Featured Course: The Politics of Poverty

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POLI 446

  According to Feed America, 43.1 million Americans or 13.5 percent of the population lived in poverty in 2015. The Cato institute tells us that federal government spends $668 billion on social welfare programs each year. Combine that figure with state and local spending, and our country contributes $1 billion to counteract poverty annually. But where does that money actually go? How […]

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Featured Course: Introduction to Scientific Reasoning

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phil 248

  Ever wonder why certain things happen, or how your mind reaches certain conclusions? Do we begin with a hypothesis and explore options to reach a conclusion? Deductive reasoning. Or do we start with what we see around us, drawing patterns from observations and using those trends to make a generalization? Inductive reasoning. This winter, explore the various ways to […]

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Featured Course: Ancient Science and Technology

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HIST 330

The first recorded observations of comets, solar eclipses and supernovae came from the Chinese. We can thank the Greeks for gears, screws, catapults, and crowbows. The Romans were pioneers in civil engineering and built a highly sophisticated  urban civilization. The ancient Egyptians developed simple machines, such as the ramp, to make the construction process easier (After all, the pyramids weren’t built […]

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Featured Course: Introduction to Moral Theory

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PHIL 152

Ever considered the moral motivation of characters in The Dark Knight? The Joker, one might say, strives for a Hobbesian “state of nature” by trying to eliminate social values. Thomas Hobbes argued that social structures eliminate the inclinations of the state of nature, which pit all men in a war against one another. Bruce Wayne, on the other hand, could be considered moral using […]

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