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Special Topics Courses

The following are Special Topics Courses for Winter 2021…

ARTH 101 41
Special Topics in Global Art Cultures: 20th Century Asian Art: Globalism Cultural Identity
This course offers students a comprehensive version of Asian art in the global art world. It has been designed to introduce important themes and artists in relation to modern and contemporary Asian art in the Twentieth and Twenty-first century. The course will provide a careful examination of major topics in the context of countries comprising East and Southeast Asia. Topics will include the political, religious, economic, and social environments that impact local aesthetics and cultural identity, which will further investigate a critical analysis of the various discourses on Asian art. In addition, students will learn how to compare and contrast non-Western with Western traditions in the visual arts and will develop their own “global perspective.” This course is specifically designed to fulfill the non-western distribution requirement for Art history majors as well as allocate related general education requirements.
CHEM 490/510
Special Topics in Chemistry:Hazardous Materials Management
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 230 or equivalent. Restriction(s): Majors in College of Sciences and Mathematics or instructor’s permission. Exploration of the physical and chemical characteristics of hazardous chemicals, hazardous waste, and mixed waste materials. Their sources, handling, transportation, storage, disposal, and regulation.
POLS 416 41
Selected Topics in Political Science: Religion and Politics
This course explores the ways in which religion influences politics, reviewing the current key issues in the relationship between religious institutions and the states. The course will study the diversity in state religious policies around the world from the Muslim-majority countries to Christian-majority nations as well as the United States. New phenomena, including the rise of religious fundamentalism, religious terrorism, war on terror and de-secularization in parts of the globe will be among the topics to be examined in this course.
MEDH 391 41
Special Topics in the Medical Humanities: COVID, Religion and Culture co-sat with…
RELG 286 41
Special Topics in Religious Issues: COVID, Religion and Culture
This course will investigate some of the ways religion and religious practices have been affected by the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. Considering a diversity of pressing concerns around healing, religious freedom, mourning practices, and the virtualization of religion, students will learn to analyze the functions and presence of religion during a time of social remoteness. Using news articles, commentaries, and religious theory, students will examine how long-standing spiritual traditions have adapted–and continue to adapt–to a tumultuous modern world. The course will conclude with a consideration of religion’s future in the digital age.
HONP 301 41
Honors Seminar on Ways of Knowing: Religion and Race co-sat with…
RELG 386 41
Special Topics in Religious Issues: Religion and Race
This course will provide students with an understanding of the ways in which religion and faith traditions have contributed to the construction of race and racism – both historically and in contemporary life. It will familiarize students with current movements within religion that are working to dismantle racism. It will also introduce students to anti-racism theories and practices that are in effect within religious organizations and other community organizations.
SOCI 250 41
Special Topics in Current Sociology Issues: Bullying
Why do kids bully one another? Most of what we know comes from Psychology, where individual explanations are focused on the most. Anti-bullying programs and laws reflect this approach as they aim to punish the rule breakers and protect the victims with little regard to the social forces and contextual realities that foster these child interactions. By applying the sociological imagination we see bullying as a byproduct of social inequalities and pressures placed on children by adults and school communities. In this class, we challenge the traditional definition of bullying, explore the social hierarchies at school, examine similarities between schools and prisons that are conducive to bullying, dissect the nature of bullying interactions and bully suicides, and compare ways of measuring school climate and bullying. We also study popular media images about bullying related to gender and sexuality, as well as the impact of cultural forces such as heteronormativity, racism and cancel culture.
ELAD 670 41
Special Topics in Administration and Supervision: Crisis Management
This course Selected Topics in Administration and Supervision: Crisis Management is designed to provide future educational leaders exposure to preparing for the unexpected. The course will include content which supports steps educational leaders should in regards to mitigation, preparation and recovery. A crisis or disaster can impact the operations of any school and/or district. Having a plan to recover and aid in the recovery has become an unspecified job description of an educational leader. In this course, students will be exposed to characteristics in preventing a school crisis through situational awareness. In addition, the course structure will provide in-depth discussions and practice preparing for the impact of a natural disaster or crisis through preparedness. Students will gain practical experience in developing a Continuity of Operation Plan, Reunification Plan, Evacuation Plan, and Bomb-Threat Responses Procedures.