Course Descriptions Spring 2008
BUAD 489 A – Special Topics: Sustainable Enterprise
This course will explore the nature of the "triple bottom line"-the simultaneous delivery of financial, social, and environmental performance-by corporations. Class sessions will engage students in discussions aimed at developing strategy models and applying new strategy tools that incorporate principles of environmental management and social performance. The course is an option under the General Management Concentration. Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing
BUAD 489 B – Special Topics: Risk Management and Insurance
This course starts with an examination of the risks faced by businesses and individuals along with methods of managing those risks. Special emphasis is placed on insurance as a risk management tool. Further, students will learn about the business of insurance. Thus, insurance will be examined both from the standpoint of the consumer and the provider. This course is an option under the Finance Concentration. Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing
ECON 489 A - Special Topics: Economics of Gender
Application of economic models to issues associated with gender and family: gender differences in the U.S. economy, economic models of marriage and divorce, economics of fertility, the household as an economic unit, labor force participation decisions by gender, effects of female labor force participation on family structure, economic treatment of the gender "earnings gap," and economics of gender discrimination, cross-societal and historical gender comparisons
ECON 489 B – Special Topics: Economics of Sports 2
This course builds on the material covered in ECON 340. Topics include: Discussion of the state of the sports economics in general; review and analysis of the economics of specific sports and leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, European soccer, female intercollegiate sports, and a number of individual sports); the analysis of sports demand; competitive balance; other topics.
ENGL 489 A - Henry James
In this senior seminar, we will study works by the fin-de-siecle American expatriate writer, Henry James (1843-1916). Reading novels and stories from his early, middle, and late periods, we will explore themes common in his works, including American "innocence" in the face of European "experience," representations of women and power, and the significance of aesthetes and aesthetics. We will also read excerpts from Leon Edel's and Sheldon Novick's biographies to examine recent conflicts in James studies as well as Colm Toibin's 2004 novel, The Master, for a stirring portrait of James nearly 90 years after his death.
HIST 331 A - The History of The Byzantine Empire: From Icon To Minaret
This course will introduce students to the "other half" of Europe’s Middle Ages, the eastern half with a focus on the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantine Empire had tremendous theological, artistic, and legal influence on Western Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It served as a model of advanced politics and diplomacy, of trade and commerce, and as a military
bulwark against Islamic invaders, preventing their assault on Eastern Europe for nearly 800 years.
INED 3143 - Marburg, Germany: Philipps University
Location: Marburg, Germany. Student Population: 17,500 students. GPA requirement: 2.6 cumulative. Program Dates: Fall - late August to 3rd week of December; Spring - late February through late July. Program: Coursework in German (students must have completed through German 204 prior to arrival in Germany). Students live in shared apartments or campus dormitories with German and/or international students.
INED 3442 - InterStudy: Kwazulu-Natal Howard College Campus
Location: Durban, South Africa. Student Population: 17,800 students. GPA requirement: 2.5. Program Dates: Fall - late July to early December; Spring - early February to late June. Program: Courses taught in English in the following subject areas: Business, Development & Social Sciences, Drama & Performance Studies, Ecology/Environmental Science, Education, Health Sciences, Humanities, Management Studies, Music, Nursing, Science & Agriculture. Students live in University-run halls of residence integrated with local South African students. Single rooms, self-catered.
JAPN 389 A – Intensive Intermediate Japanese
This course will focus on the Japanese language, focusing on the four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Prerequisite: JAPN 203
POLI 489 A - Seminar in Political Behavior
This course focuses on the various models that attempt to explain political behavior in the U.S. The seminar will examine various aspects of mass political behavior including: political socialization, public opinion, political participation, voting behavior as well as elite political behavior such as congressional voting behavior and executive & judicial
decision-making. Students should have taken POLI 200 and have junior or senior standing.
SOCI 289 A - Globalization and Society
This course provides an overview of major trends in globalization, exploring the impact of increased trade and communication on global society. We will place recent shifts in the global economy in historical perspective, examining the classic literature on colonialism and dependency, and then look at new understandings of global transformations. During the course of the semester we will discuss the measurement of globalization, the global division of labor, global commodity trade, and the creation of global culture. We will also examine the impact of globalization on women and ethnic minorities around the world.
SOCI 489 A - Aging in America: Challenges and OpportunitiesThe course will examine the social construction of aging – how older adults are perceived and misperceived – to help students develop a more authentic perception of the elderly, and to invest them in awareness of their own future. Various models of aging and care will be treated, including Erik Erikson’s stages of generativity, integrity, and gerotranscendence. One-third of the course will consist of outreach and direct contact with the elderly – field experiences, guest speakers, and "encounter" projects. It will also provide an overview of late-life issues: retirement; Social Security; health care (Medicare, Medicaid); mental health; long-term care and skilled nursing; Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias; end-of-life issues; and death and dying..
SPAN 400 A - Senior Capstone Seminar: Revolution and its Images: Representations of Political Struggle in Literature, Art, and the Cinema
This course examines the relationship between art and political upheaval. It discusses the social functions of art during revolution (for example: art as protest, as propaganda, as instruction). The course will focus on three specific historical moments: the Mexican Revolution (1910-17), the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and the military juntas of the Southern Cone (1970's). Works studied include the Mexican novel "Los de abajo"; Jacobo Timerman's memoir "Preso sin nombre, celda sin numero"; Picasso's painting, "Guernica";
and the films "Machuco" and "La Espina del Diablo".