Special Topics Courses

The following are Special Topics Courses for Summer 2021…

BIOL 546 41
Special Topics in Physiology: Advanced Human Physiology
Students work on a specific topic in Physiology or closely related disciplines to summarize the current state of knowledge using primary research studies. A list of topics is suggested but students are encouraged to select their own specific topics of interest to work on. Here are a few examples of the topics students can choose from: “Why stevia and other artificial sweeteners bad for healthy people?” “Adrenal fatigue (sometimes called Adrenic fatigue): how is it measured?” “Sedative effects of alcohol: How does ethanol affect the GABA receptors in the brain?”
BIOL 586 41
Special Topics in Advanced Biology: Toxicology
The study of the adverse effects of chemical, physical, or biological agents on living organisms. These effects are observed at various levels of the body, such as an organ, a type of cell, or a specific biochemical and include the study of prevention and amelioration of such adverse effects.
CHAD 610 41
Special Topics in Child Advocacy Seminar: School Social Work
This special topic of social work is intended for students who plan to work in schools or in agencies that are school-based or school-linked. While it is primarily a practice course, it is also a policy course because social work practice in schools is so strongly influenced by state and federal education laws. This course elaborates and builds upon basic skills and knowledge learned in first semester policy and foundation courses to help the student take initial steps toward expertise in school social work and/or providing school-based services and interventions. This course seeks to familiarize students with the roles social workers assume in schools; the culture of primary, middle, and high schools; the psycho-social and developmental needs of the students; and the pressing issues facing schools today, including violence, diversity, racism, homophobia, over-crowding, poverty, and the changing relationship between family, school and community.
COUN 653 41
Special Topics in Counseling: Technology in Counseling
Technology in Counseling is an online, asynchronous, hands-on course designed for students of all technological abilities interested in learning how to integrate technology into counseling practice. The focus is using technology with clients and families to enhance counseling. The course covers legal and ethical considerations, online counseling, using image generators, making gifs, evaluating and using apps, video editing software, and many other types of technology to enhance your clinical, school or higher education practice.
COUN 653 42
Special Topics in Counseling: Counseling LBGTQ
This course will address issues related to LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) identity development, and will examine issues related to counseling LGBTQ individuals. Issues to be addressed will include sexual identity development, sexual orientation, coming out, homophobia/heterosexism, intersections of multiple identities (i.e. age, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic status, spiritual), family/relationships, aging, health issues, substance use/abuse, counselor ethics/values, counselor biases, and affirmative counseling.
COUN 850 41
Special Topics in Counseling and Supervision: Writing for Publication
This course is designed to assist students in professional writing endeavors through writing, revising, editing, and critiquing their own and peers’ professional writing. Students will select a topic and develop a manuscript suitable for publication throughout the course. The course is designed for individual goals and development. As such, students will determine and contract for an approved written product for the course, in consultation with the instructor.
CSIT 495 21
Special Topics in Undergraduate Computer Science: Cloud Computingco-sat with…
CSIT 595 21
Special Topics in Computer Science: Cloud Computing
Cloud computing has become a new business paradigm and has revolutionized the way how we can access information and run applications over Internet. In particular, the on-demand and pay-as-you-go model of cloud computing benefits many small and medium size businesses who often do not have resources to purchase and maintain their own infrastructure. In this course, students will be introduced to a broad array of cloud computing concepts, models, and techniques. In addition, several key aspects of cloud computing such as virtualization, security, trust, and identity management will be covered via case studies. Students will be exposed to many exciting open research challenges and issues in the field. The mini course project will facilitate students to work in small groups and get hands on experience by working on real-world topics related to cloud computing.
LALS 390 41
Special Topics in Latin American and Latino Studies: Macho Menos: Constructing and Deconstructing Latinx Masculinities co-sat with…
LALS 401 41
Capstone Course in Latin American and Latino Studies: Macho Menos: Constructing and Deconstructing Latinx Masculinities
TA true Latin American/Latino “macho”, has been constructed as a tough, independent, aggressive, dominant, sexually experienced, competitive and emotionally cool “real” man. Defined as hegemonic masculinity, these traditional concepts embody a set of norms that govern the different spheres of daily life, which are not biologically determined, but rather “historical, cultural, psycho-social and interpersonal” in nature. According to Matthew C. Gutmann, “the dominant male ideological expressions of these hegemonic masculinities–for instance, homophobia, machismo, and misogyny–are not simply individual expressions of interpersonal relations in families and households but also pertain to the very foundations of gender inequalities within these societies and internationally.” This course will focus on different representations of “hegemonic masculinities” in film and the politics of resistance among non-heteronormative agents triggered by such representations.
CMST 425 41
Seminar in Mediated Communication: Celebrity and Digital Culture
We live at a moment when celebrity, in all its variations, shapes much of our public discourse. For example, it is likely that more of us are aware of who 6ix9ine is than the person responsible for setting interest rates on credit cards and student loans (Jerome H. Powell—I too had to look it up). Of course, this is not new—celebrities have always been more familiar to us and played a bigger part in our daily lives than most people. However, we also live at a moment when much of the developed world has access to the same technology (an old Android phone) and media platform (Twitter) that enabled Donald Trump to be elected President of the United States of America. The goal of this course is to provide a space to critically examine this moment and the way we engage fame and the forms of publicity that create and nurture it in increasingly digitized environments. To do this, we will consider celebrity in terms of its history, economics, production, and consumption in the context of the evolving media practices and cultural norms tied to digital communication.
EAES 599 11
Special Topics in Earth and Environmental Studies: Industrial Hygiene
Principles of Industrial Hygiene provides an introduction to the field of Occupational Health and emergency response operations. Focus on concepts, terminology, and methodology in the practice of Occupational Health (also known as Industrial Hygiene). Benefits those wishing to pursue a Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene or Public health; those interested in the Industrial Hygiene, environmental health or safety professional and/or emergency response career fields; and applicable to students in allied disciplines such as Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, and Industrial Engineering. As part of successfully passing the Principles of Industrial Hygiene course, student have an opportunity to attain a 40-hour HAZWOPER certificate (US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation 29 CFR 1910.120). Course meets June 28 – July 2. The first 3-4 days will be fully on-line with the last 1-2 days of on-campus, in-person meetings from 8:30am-4:30pm with some outdoor venues (weather permitting); contact department for permit to register, if needed.
HSET 392 11
Special Topics in Hospitality Management: Large Scale Events (PGA The Northern Trust)
This course will provide students “behind the scenes” experience at the PGA TOUR FedEx Cup Playoffs event, THE NORTHERN TRUST. Students will gain hands on experience within a major professional sporting event through service to the Liberty Club, the most premium hospitality venue at THE NORTHERN TRUST. Students will interact with elite members of the metropolitan area and professional athletes while learning the various hospitality aspects of managing a public sport event. Uniforms and meals will be provided.
MUTH 525 41
Special Topics in Music Therapy: Digital Technology ad Advance Music Therapy Practice
This course will cover the theoretical and clinical application of digital music in music therapy, focusing on imaginative listening, typologies and sociocultural history, and approaches to telehealth. Students will create digital compositions related to the course material and clinical practice.
SOCI 350 41
Special Topics in Social Issues: Drugs and Society
This course analyzes the phenomenon of drugs through the theories of social construction. Therefore, we examine the questions of how and why society has criminalized drugs at this particular juncture in history. Included in this analysis are the institutions of the sciences, state, the criminal justice system and the media. We also study the implications of these powers on the communities who use drugs and explore alternatives to existing methods of punishment.
SOCI 572 41
Special Topics in Social Research: Environmental Policy
This course will investigate the state of environmental policy making in the United States in the past, present and future. We will focus on how environmental policy goals are affected by diverse populations across the United States and beyond. The course introduces students to texts referencing the interaction of policy, environmental sciences, and ethics across numerous environmental justice topics. Using critical thinking and the application of a framework for studying socio-environmental systems, students will assess how citizens and politicians work together to develop environmental policies.
SPAN 471 41
Contemporary Trends in the Spanish-American Novel: Latin American Women Writers (Undergraduate)
SPAN 548 41
Latin American Novel: After the Boom: Latin American Women Writers (Graduate)
This course will explore the literary production of a group of women writers relegated by the so called “Boom” of the Latin American literature during the 60’s and 70’s of the last century. The emphasis will be on women writers’ strategies for articulating female experiences, some of them very particular to the Latin American cultural, political and economic context. Also, special attention will be devoted to literature as a metaphor for social reality and catalyst for social change. Some of the concepts that will guide our analysis are gender, race, class ethnicity, and social identity, and most importantly, how these concepts are articulated in particular texts by Isabel Allende, Laura Restrepo, Elena Poniatowska and Claudia Piñeiro.
TETD 817 41
Research in Teacher Education: Reimagining Teacher Professional Learning for Social Justice and Equity
This course will explore the ways that we might reimagine teacher learning for social justice and equity. We will begin by trying to understand the terms we use and what scholars, theorists, and practitioners mean by social justice and equity. Using a variety of theoretical and conceptual frameworks – from abolitionist teaching for racial justice to post structural and queer theories – we will ground our work in ideas aimed at creating greater equity and justice. Throughout the course we will examine these ideas in relationship to educational organizations striving to do social justice work in the context of real schools and communities, attempting to understand how they support teachers in learning to do this work through curriculum, pedagogy, and relational practice.
TETD 817 61
Research in Teacher Education: Critical Inquiry of Inclusive Schooling in Finland
During this course, remote and on-campus class sessions will be held, as well as a 10-day travel experience to Finland. This faculty-led study abroad course will provide graduate-and doctoral-level students with a rich educational and cultural immersion including visits to schools and universities. The focus of this course is to critically examine inclusive education policy and practices in Finland.