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Spring 2010 New & Special Topics Courses
COME 389-A Special Topics: Health Communication
This course examines a variety of issues and theories related to health, including communication about health issues, communication in the health care industry, health campaigns and more. Health communication is unique in that it intersects different areas of the field including interpersonal communication, organizational communication, persuasion, media studies, family communication and more.

CSCI 189-A Special Topics: Applications of Discrete Structures
Discrete structures are sets of distinct or unconnected elements. These structures are useful when solving problems that require counting objects, exploring the relationship between finite sets, and analyzing an algorithm (a finite sequence of steps) for its effectiveness and efficiency. Discrete structures can be used to answer the following questions: What is the cheapest or fastest way to travel between two cities? Why is a ten character password better than a six character password? Can students be enrolled in courses so that each has their first choice? What is the longest matching sequence in two strands of DNA? How quickly can a set of items be sorted? Which items should be packed to optimize the total value of all items in a container? In this course you will learn techniques for solving such problems and for defending your solution. Weekly laboratory sessions provide opportunities for students to analyze problems and experiment with their solutions. This is not a programming course.

ECON 489-A Special Topics: Economics of Health Care and Social Security
This course uses microeconomic tools to address fundamental issues associated with government-provided retirement and health care benefits in the 21st century. Basic economic models and concepts, such as supply and demand, elasticity, market structure, profit maximization, utility maximization, and monopoly power are applied to the public and private sectors of the health care and retirement industries. After comparing the current policy practices of the U.S. and other developed nations, participants will actively engage in lively debates regarding the costs and benefits of various policy reforms.

ENGL 489-A Advanced Seminar in English Literary Studies: Literature and Film
Interest in film as a literary medium with more than semiotic, political, or economic implications has increased steadily over the last three quarters of a century. This course will consider significant works of literature that have made the transition to cinema, with attention to the theory and criticism of both media. We will also explore some of the major movements in literary and cinematic history noting how authors and filmmakers have contoured text to their means of conveyance. Readings will include representative novels, poems, and plays, and movies will include a range from noir to comedy to independent and art films.

GENS 489-A - Special Topics: Slavery and Resistance: Antebellum America & the Abolitionist Movement
This course will examine anti-slavery publications and place them in their historical context tracing the legal shifts that changed the goals of the abolition movement. Students will also read excerpts from the "Anti-Uncle Tom literature" that sprang up to defend the institution of slavery.

INED 3006-A - University of Manchester
Location: Manchester, England. Required GPA: 3.00. Spring program dates: February-June. Program: Classes for all majors. Unique Program: Study Abroad plus Leadership and Service.

INED 3680/3681-A - SNC Study Abroad: Peru/ProWorld Peru-Cusco
Location: Cusco, Peru. Required GPA: 2.50. Spring program dates: Mid-January to late April. Program: Set curriculum of Intensive Spanish; Special Issues in Development work; Art and History of Peru; History of Latin American Politics.

JAPN 306-A - Intensive Intermediate Composition and Grammar
Review of Japanese grammatical structures, syntax and idioms through composition and short essay readings. Emphasis on developing facility in diverse types of written expression. Prequisite: JAPN 204

PEAC 266-A - Human Dignity and Responsibility
This course will seek to establish a multi-disciplinary, interfaith rational for human dignity while highlighting the contribution of the Catholic intellectual tradition. It will then examine the rhetoric and dynamic of genocide, exploring the way forward with realistic strategies that emphasize human connectedness and responsibility.

PEAC 333-A - Christian Ethics: Theo + Socty
The course addresses the enduring problem of the relationship between Christian faith and moral questions. It does so in the light of the convictions of a Catholic Christian faith community tradition. It seeks to determine the faith responses to contemporary social ethical issues. The social issues studied will vary. Crosslisted with RELS 333-A.

POLI 289-A - Special Topics: Mock Trial
The Mock Trial course prepares students to compete in regional and national mock trail competitions. Students will use case materials to develop basic legal skills, as well as communication and argumentation skills.

POLI 489-A - Special Topics: Latin American Politics through Film, Art, and Literature
No description available.

PSYC 289-A - Special Topics: Adult Development and Aging
This course focuses on the historical perspectives, contemporary issues, social policy implications, and research findings relevant to development in the later part of the lifespan. Some topics to be covered include parenting practices and beliefs, gains and losses in cognitive functioning, persisting plasticity of the brain, successful aging, and ethics and care of the elderly. Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and Sophomore standing.

SOCI 489-A - Special Topics: Aging: Challenges and Opportunities
The 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 389-A Special Topics: Magic Realism in Spanish American Fiction
Magic realist writing, appearing in the latter half of the 20th century, is associated with one of the richest periods in Spanish American literary history. In this literature, multiple interpretations of reality coexist and challenge one another, setting up a tension that models the diverse cultural perspectives and beliefs that coexist in Spanish American society. This course explores the concept of magic realism in Spanish American fiction through the reading and analysis of several novels and short stories. Essays on how different writers have understood this idea will guide our reading and discussions.

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