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Featured Course: Media Literacy

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Summer 2015 – Media Literacy How do you use Facebook? Some people use it to discuss politics, sports, or post their favorite pet videos. In MCS 101, you’ll use Facebook to develop your own media literacy skills. Explore net neutrality, bias in the news industry, and viral media. Analyze the value of Wikipedia, as well as the economic, social, legal, […]

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Featured Course: Introduction to Critical Sexuality Studies

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Summer 2015 – Introduction to Critical Sexuality Studies Let’s talk about sex! GWST/AMST 210: Introduction to Critical Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary look at sexuality–in history, media, politics, and personal life. Explore the wide world of sexuality, including the origins of heterosexuality as an identity, the global history of lesbianism, the feminist porn wars, the criminalization of LGBT people in […]

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Featured Course: Ways of Knowing

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An interdisciplinary approach to complex issues facing us today. The critical challenges of our time involve a tangle of disciplines: from pollution to crime, cancer to climate change. Tackling those problems requires knowing how to effectively integrate different areas of knowledge. “Ways of Knowing” provides interesting, fun and wide-ranging experiences in constructing big-picture analysis of the important issues facing us […]

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Featured Course: Neuroscience of Resilience

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Summer 2015 – Neuroscience of Resilience “Resilience” through the “Mind-Body” Connection …How life stress affects our health and well-being thru brain mechanisms …How can two people experience the same stress or trauma, and one emerges ‘unscathed’ while the other lapses into depression? …Why do identical twins with the same DNA have different personalities and develop different vulnerability for diseases triggered […]

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Featured Course: Studies in Popular Culture

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Summer 2015 – Studies in Popular Culture What do summer blockbuster movies, guilty pleasure TV shows, online video games, and social media share in common? They’re all part of American popular culture. While often dismissed as “only entertainment,” American popular culture is a huge economic force that shapes and reflects how we think about virtually everything. Using examples from film, […]

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