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ANTH 215: Health, Culture, and Disease: An Introduction to Medical Anthropology

This course is an introduction to the field of Medical Anthropology. Medical Anthropology is concerned with the cross-cultural study of culture, health, and illness. During the course of the semester, our survey will include (1) theoretical orientations and key concepts; (2) the cross-cultural diversity of health beliefs and practices (abroad and at home); and (3) contemporary issues and special populations (e.g., AIDS, homelessness, refugees, women’s health, and children at risk).

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TR 10:30-12:45

Instructor: Kristi Ninnemann

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Anthropology

ANTH 308: Child Policy Externship

Externships offered through CHST 398/ANTH 308 give students an opportunity to work directly with professionals who design and implement policies that impact the lives of children and their families. Agencies involved are active in areas such as public health, including behavioral health, education. juvenile justice, childcare and/or child welfare. Students apply for the externships, and selected students are placed in local public or nonprofit agencies with a policy focus. Each student develops an individualized learning plan in consultation with the Childhood Studies Program faculty and the supervisor in the agency. CHST 398/ANTH 308 is a 3 credit-hour course and may be taken twice for a total of 6 credit hours.
Offered as CHST 398 and ANTH 308.

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Instructor: Gabriella Celeste

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Anthropology, New 2021 Summer

ARTH 101: Art History I: Pyramids to Pagodas

The first half of a two-semester survey of world art highlighting the major monuments of the ancient Mediterranean, medieval Europe, MesoAmerica, Africa, and Asia. Special emphasis on visual analysis, and socio-cultural contexts, and objects in the Cleveland Museum of Art.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TWR 1:00-2:20

Instructor: Reed O'Mara

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Art History and Art

ARTH 102: Art History II: Michelangelo to Maya Lin

The second half of a two-semester survey of world art highlighting the major monuments of art made in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe from 1400 to the present. Special emphasis on visual analysis, historical and sociocultural contexts, and objects in the Cleveland Museum of Art.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MWF 9:00-10:20

Instructor: Angelica Verduci

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Art History and Art, New 2021 Summer

ASTR 101 – Introduction to the Sun and Its Planets

This introductory astronomy course describes our solar system of planets and how astronomers develop our physical understanding about the universe. Topics include the properties of the Sun and planets; the formation of the solar system and how the planets have evolved over time; asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets; and a comparison of our solar system with new planetary systems being found around other stars. This course has no pre-requisites.

This course has been canceled for Summer 2021. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TWR 10:30-12:00

Instructor: Jeffrey Kriessler

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Astronomy, New 2021 Summer

ASTR 103 – Introduction to the Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

This introductory astronomy course describes the universe we live in and how astronomers develop our physical understanding about it. Topics covered include: the properties of stars; the formation, evolution, and death of stars; white dwarfs, pulsars, and black holes; spiral and elliptical galaxies; the Big Bang and the expansion of the Universe. This course has no pre-requisites.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered online. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Instructor: William Janesh

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Astronomy, Online

CHST 398: Child Policy Externship

Externships offered through CHST 398/ANTH 308 give students an opportunity to work directly with professionals who design and implement policies that impact the lives of children and their families. Agencies involved are active in areas such as public health, including behavioral health, education. juvenile justice, childcare and/or child welfare. Students apply for the externships, and selected students are placed in local public or nonprofit agencies with a policy focus. Each student develops an individualized learning plan in consultation with the Childhood Studies Program faculty and the supervisor in the agency. CHST 398/ANTH 308 is a 3 credit-hour course and may be taken twice for a total of 6 credit hours.
Offered as CHST 398 and ANTH 308.

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Instructor: Gabriella Celeste

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Anthropology, New 2021 Summer

COGS 312/412: Second Language Acquisition I

This course is an introduction to the growing field of second language acquisition (SLA). SLA seeks to understand the linguistic, psychological and social processes that underlie the learning and use of second language(s). The goal of research is to identify the principles and processes that govern second language learning and use. SLA is approached from three perspectives in the course: 1) as linguistic knowledge;2) as a cognitive skill; and 3) as a socially and personality-meditated process. Important factors in second language learning will be identified and discussed. These include: age-related differences, the influence of the first language, the role played by innate (universal) principles, the role of memory processes, attitudes, motivation, personality and cognitive styles, and formal versus naturalistic learning contexts. The objective of this course is to survey the principal research in second language acquisition. Students will become familiar with the major research issues through their reading of both primary and secondary sources, as well as through lectures and class discussions.
Offered as COGS 312, COGS 412, LING 301 and LING 401.

This course has been canceled for Summer 2021. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MW 1:00-3:15

Instructor: Joseph Casal

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Cognitive Science, New 2021 Summer

CSDS 101: Introduction to Computer and Data Sciences

For students who want to explore the history, the current state, and future challenges of computer and data sciences. Topics include how computers work, computational thinking, how software development differs from traditional manufacturing, the Internet and World Wide Web, social networks, data collection, search engines and data mining, machine learning, trends in computer crime, security, and privacy, how technology is changing our laws and culture. The class includes a lab component where students will learn the Python programming language and other technologies and applications in order to further explore these topics. The recommended prerequisite is comfort with high school algebra.

Please reach out to the instructor of this course to confirm modality, or check the course list in SIS

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MR 9:00-11:50; TF 9:00-11:00

Instructor: Harold Connamacher

Credits: 4 credits

Departments: Computer and Data Sciences, New 2021 Summer

CSDS 233: Introduction to Data Structures

Different representations of data: lists, stacks and queues, trees, graphs, and files. Manipulation of data: searching and sorting, hashing, recursion and higher order functions. Abstract data types, templating, and the separation of interface and implementation. Introduction to asymptotic analysis. The Java language is used to illustrate the concepts and as an implementation vehicle throughout the course.
Offered as CSDS 233 and ECSE 233.

Please reach out to the instructor of this course to confirm modality, or check the course list in SIS

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MWF 9:30-12:25

Instructor: Erman Ayday

Credits: 4 credits

Departments: Computer and Data Sciences, New 2021 Summer

CSDS 440: Machine Learning

Machine learning is a subfield of Artificial Intelligence that is concerned with the design and analysis of algorithms that “learn” and improve with experience, While the broad aim behind research in this area is to build systems that can simulate or even improve on certain aspects of human intelligence, algorithms developed in this area have become very useful in analyzing and predicting the behavior of complex systems. Machine learning algorithms have been used to guide diagnostic systems in medicine, recommend interesting products to customers in e-commerce, play games at human championship levels, and solve many other very complex problems. This course is focused on algorithms for machine learning: their design, analysis and implementation. We will study different learning settings, including supervised, semi-supervised and unsupervised learning. We will study different ways of representing the learning problem, using propositional, multiple-instance and relational representations. We will study the different algorithms that have been developed for these settings, such as decision trees, neural networks, support vector machines, k-means, harmonic functions and Bayesian methods. We will learn about the theoretical tradeoffs in the design of these algorithms, and how to evaluate their behavior in practice. At the end of the course, you should be able to:
–Recognize situations where machine learning algorithms are applicable;
–Understand, represent and formulate the learning problem;
–Apply the appropriate algorithm(s), or if necessary, design your own, with an understanding of the tradeoffs involved;
–Correctly evaluate the behavior of the algorithm when solving the problem.

Prereq: EECS 391 or EECS 491

 

Please reach out to the instructor of this course to confirm modality, or check the course list in SIS

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MW 10:00-12:15

Instructor: Soumya Ray

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Computer and Data Sciences, New 2021 Summer

DANC 122: Dance in Culture – Theatrical Forms

Introduction to an historical and cultural overview of many different theatrical forms of dance from various cultures specifically selected to encompass geographic diversity and represent different periods in history. Basic craft elements of the structures of theatrical dance will be introduced to provide a foundation for viewing dance and developing a personal aesthetic.

This course has been canceled for Summer 2021. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MWF 10:30-12:00

Instructor: Danielle Dowler

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Dance, New 2021 Summer

DSCI 354/454: Data Visualization and Analytics

Data Visualization and Analytics students will learn data visualization and analytics techniques focused on different types of data such as time-series, spectral, or image data science problems. This class will focus on increasing analysis of complex data sets through visualization by enhancing exploratory data analysis and data cleaning. This class will focus on creating effective data visualizations to communicate data analytics results to different audiences. Different datasets will be provided to develop different types of visualizations and analytics. Types of data visualizations include in interactive plots (e.g., bar graphs change over time), applications that allow users to adjust the visualizations based on their decisions (e.g., shiny applications), interactive maps, 3-D plots of data, etc. Discussing how an audience understands information and brings in data as well as the ethics of making data visualizations will be discussed. The class will also include ways to increase modeling and analysis with effective visualizations for credible, data-driven decision making. This will include a git repository for other students to use these codes as open source resources and the preparation of reproducible data science analyses for different types of problems.
Offered as DSCI 354, DSCI 354M, and DSCI 454.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Instructor: Laura Bruckman

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Data Science

ECSE 233: Introduction to Data Structures

Different representations of data: lists, stacks and queues, trees, graphs, and files. Manipulation of data: searching and sorting, hashing, recursion and higher order functions. Abstract data types, templating, and the separation of interface and implementation. Introduction to asymptotic analysis. The Java language is used to illustrate the concepts and as an implementation vehicle throughout the course.
Offered as CSDS 233 and ECSE 233.

Please reach out to the instructor of this course to confirm modality, or check the course list in SIS

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MWF 9:30-12:25

Instructor: Erman Ayday

Credits: 4 credits

Departments: Computer and Data Sciences, New 2021 Summer

ECSE 246: Signals and Systems

Mathematical representation, characterization, and analysis of continuous-time signals and systems. Development of elementary mathematical models of continuous-time dynamic systems. Time domain and frequency domain analysis of linear time-invariant systems. Fourier series, Fourier transforms, and Laplace transforms. Sampling theorem. Filter design. Introduction to feedback control systems and feedback controller design.

Prereq: ENGR 210.  Prereq or Coreq: MATH 224.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor.

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TWR 2:45-4:45

Instructor: Vira Chankong

Credits: 4 credits

Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

ECSE 281: Logic Design and Computer Organization

Fundamentals of digital systems in terms of both computer organization and logic level design. Organization of digital computers; information representation; boolean algebra; analysis and synthesis of combinational and sequential circuits; datapaths and register transfers; instruction sets and assembly language; input/output and communication; memory.
Offered as CSDS 281 and ECSE 281. Prereq: ENGR 131 or EECS 132.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor.

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TR 1:00-3:30; W 1:30-3:30 lab

Instructor: Evren Gurkan Cavusoglu

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering, New 2021 Summer

ENGL 146: Tools, Not Rules: English Grammar for Writers

This course provides an introduction to English grammar in context for academic writers. It focuses on the study of language in use, including parts of speech, sentence grammar, paragraph structure, and text cohesion. This course is specifically designed for multilingual students, but native speakers of English may take the course with the approval of the instructor.

This course has been canceled for Summer 2021. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MW 9:00-11:15

Instructor: Ana Codita

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: English, New 2021 Summer

ENGL 147: Writing Across Disciplines

In this course, students will develop their genre knowledge and metacognitive skills to prepare for the advanced writing, reading, and research tasks required in upper-level writing and disciplinary courses across the university. Through individual and group inquiry, students will analyze and discuss the conventions of academic genres to understand the textual and linguistic features and disciplinary expectations of each form of writing. Then, students will apply these generic conventions through the production and revision of writing within each genre. Throughout the semester, students will engage in workshops and discussions that foster skills in the areas of seminar participation, collaboration, rhetorical awareness, and critical thinking. This course is specifically designed for non-native speakers of English, but native speakers may take the course with the approval of the instructor.

This course has been canceled for Summer 2021. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TR 9:00-11:15

Instructor: Mary Assad

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: English, New 2021 Summer

ENGL 180: Writing Tutorial

English 180 is a one-credit writing tutorial class designed to develop students’ expository writing skills through weekly scheduled conferences with a Writing Resource Center Instructor. Goals are to produce clear, well-organized, and mechanically-acceptable prose, and to demonstrate learned writing skills throughout the term. Course content is highly individualized based on the instructor’s initial assessment of the student’s writing, and the student’s individual concerns. All students must produce a minimum of 12 pages of finished writing, and complete other assignments as designated by the instructor.

 

 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Instructor: Martha Schaffer

Credits: 1 credit

Department: English

ENGL 203: Introduction to Creative Writing

A course exploring basic issues and techniques of writing narrative prose and verse through exercises, analysis, and experiment. For students who wish to try their abilities across a spectrum of genres.

This course has been canceled for Summer 2021. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TR 1:00-3:15

Instructor: Hayley Verdi

Credits: 3 credits

Department: English

ENGL 398: Professional Communication for Engineers

A writing course for Engineering students only, covering academic and professional genres of written and oral communication. Taken in conjunction with Engineering 398, English 398 constitutes an approved SAGES Departmental Seminar. Prereq or Coreq: ENGR 398. Prereq: 100 level first year seminar in FSCC, FSNA, FSSO, FSSY, FSTS, or FSCS.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TR 4:00-5:30

Instructor: Joseph Spieles

Credits: 2 credits

Department: English

ENGR 131: Elementary Computer Programming

Students will learn the fundamentals of computer programming and algorithmic problem solving. Concepts are illustrated using a wide range of examples from engineering, science, and other disciplines. Students learn how to create, debug, and test computer programs, and how to develop algorithmic solution to problems and write programs that implement those solutions. Matlab is the primary programming language used in this course, but other languages may be introduced or used throughout.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-asynchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor.

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Instructor: Matthew Williams

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Engineering

ENGR 145: Chemistry of Materials

Application of fundamental chemistry principles to materials. Emphasis is on bonding and how this relates to the structure and properties in metals, ceramics, polymers and electronic materials. Application of chemistry principles to develop an understanding of how to synthesize materials.

Prereq: CHEM 111 or equivalent.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor.

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTW 1:30-3:30; R 1:30-2:30

Instructor: Peter Lagerlof

Credits: 4 credits

Departments: Engineering, Online

ENGR 210: Introduction to Circuits and Instrumentation

Modeling and circuit analysis of analog and digital circuits. Fundamental concepts in circuit analysis: voltage and current sources, Kirchhoff’s Laws, Thevenin, and Norton equivalent circuits, inductors capacitors, and transformers. Modeling sensors and amplifiers and measuring DC device characteristics. Characterization and measurement of time dependent waveforms. Transient behavior of circuits. Frequency dependent behavior of devices and amplifiers, frequency measurements. AC power and power measurements. Electronic devices as switches.

Prereq: MATH 122. Prereq or Coreq: PHYS 122.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor.

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTW 2:30-4:30

Instructor: Christian Zorman

Credits: 4 credits

Department: Engineering

ENGR 225: Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer

Elementary thermodynamic concepts: first and second laws, and equilibrium. Basic fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and mass transfer: microscopic and macroscopic perspectives.

Prereq: PHYS 121 or PHYS 123. Prereq or Coreq: MATH 223 or MATH 227.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor.

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTWR 1:00-3:00; M 1:00-2:55

Instructor: Steve Hostler

Credits: 4 credits

Departments: Engineering, Online

ENGR 398: Professional Communication for Engineers

Students will attend lectures on global, economic, environmental, and societal issues in engineering, which will be the basis for class discussions, written assignments and oral presentations in ENGL 398. Recommended preparation: ENGL 150 or FSCC 100 or equivalent and concurrent enrollment in ENGL 398 (ENGL 398 and ENGR 398 together form an approved SAGES departmental seminar).

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-asynchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Instructor: Marc Buchner

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Engineering

LATN 101: Elementary Latin I

An introduction to the elements of Latin: pronunciation, forms, syntax, vocabulary, and reading.

This course has been canceled for Summer 2021. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Instructor: Paul Hay

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Classics, New 2021 Summer

LING 301/401: Second Language Acquisition I

This course is an introduction to the growing field of second language acquisition (SLA). SLA seeks to understand the linguistic, psychological and social processes that underlie the learning and use of second language(s). The goal of research is to identify the principles and processes that govern second language learning and use. SLA is approached from three perspectives in the course: 1) as linguistic knowledge;2) as a cognitive skill; and 3) as a socially and personality-meditated process. Important factors in second language learning will be identified and discussed. These include: age-related differences, the influence of the first language, the role played by innate (universal) principles, the role of memory processes, attitudes, motivation, personality and cognitive styles, and formal versus naturalistic learning contexts. The objective of this course is to survey the principal research in second language acquisition. Students will become familiar with the major research issues through their reading of both primary and secondary sources, as well as through lectures and class discussions.
Offered as COGS 312, COGS 412, LING 301 and LING 401.

This course has been canceled for Summer 2021. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MW 1:00-3:15

Instructor: Joseph Casal

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Cognitive Science, New 2021 Summer

MATH 121: Calculus for Science and Engineering I

Functions, analytic geometry of lines and polynomials, limits, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions. Definite integral, antiderivatives, fundamental theorem of calculus, change of variables. Recommended preparation: Three and one half years of high school mathematics. Credit for at most one of MATH 121, MATH 123 and MATH 125 can be applied to hours required for graduation.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered in-person. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTWR 8:45-10:15

Instructor: David Grzybowski

Credits: 4 credits

Department: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics

MATH 122: Calculus for Science and Engineering II

Continuation of MATH 121. Exponentials and logarithms, growth and decay, inverse trigonometric functions, related rates, basic techniques of integration, area and volume, polar coordinates, parametric equations. Taylor polynomials and Taylor’s theorem. Credit for at most one of MATH 122, MATH 124, and MATH 126 can be applied to hours required for graduation. Prereq: MATH 121, MATH 123 or MATH 126.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-asynchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Instructor: Leon Bykov

Credits: 4 credits

Department: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics

MATH 126: Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci II

Continuation of MATH 125 covering differential equations, multivariable calculus, discrete methods. Partial derivatives, maxima and minima for functions of two variables, linear regression. Differential equations; first and second order equations, systems, Taylor series methods; Newton’s method; difference equations. Credit for at most one of MATH 122, MATH 124, and MATH 126 can be applied to hours required for graduation. Prereq: MATH 121, MATH 123 or MATH 125.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTWR 8:45-10:15

Instructor: Long Tran

Credits: 4 credits

Department: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics

MATH 201: Introduction to Linear Algebra for Applications

Matrix operations, systems of linear equations, vector spaces, subspaces, bases and linear independence, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization of matrices, linear transformations, determinants. Less theoretical than MATH 307. Appropriate for majors in science, engineering, economics. Prereq: MATH 122, MATH 124 or MATH 126.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTWR 10:30-11:45

Instructor: Ulises Fidalgo

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics

MATH 223: Calculus for Science and Engineering III

Introduction to vector algebra; lines and planes. Functions of several variables: partial derivatives, gradients, chain rule, directional derivative, maxima/minima. Multiple integrals, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Derivatives of vector valued functions, velocity and acceleration. Vector fields, line integrals, Green’s theorem. Credit for at most one of MATH 223 and MATH 227 can be applied to hours required for graduation. Prereq: MATH 122 or MATH 124.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTWR 9:00-10:15

Instructor: Christopher Butler

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics

USNA 285: The Science of Madness: An Historical Investigation of Mental Illness

Since antiquity the western world’s understanding of mental illness has continued to evolve. This course will examine the trajectory of that evolution, looking at the medical theories that have influenced assumptions about the causes and treatments of mental illness from the early modern era through the twenty-first century. Examples of questions we will investigate include: How we have defined the normal and the pathological in human mental behavior over time? How do we explain the centuries-old correlation that medicine has made between creativity and mental illness? Which past and present psychiatric treatments have been beneficial and which harmful? How did Darwin’s theory of evolution affect theories of mental illness (and how does it continue to do so with the advent of evolutionary psychology)? How have changing philosophies of science affected the research and practice of psychology? How and why do the sciences of the mind–psychiatry, psychoanalysis, clinical psychology, psychopharmacology, the cognitive neurosciences–claim so much scientific authority and exert influence over our lives today? As a frame work for this inquiry, the class will use the concept of paradigm shifts as Thomas Kuhn defines in his classic work, the Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Prereq: Passing letter grade in a 100 level first year seminar in USFS, FSNA, FSCC, FSSO, FSSY or FSCS. Prereq or Coreq: FSTS 100.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TWR 4:00-5:30

Instructor: Barbara Burgess-Van Aken

Credits: 3 credits

Department: SAGES

USSO 289J: Treasure or Trash: Examining Theatrical Credibility

This seminar is a fundamental study of theatre from the standpoint of developing the critical acumen of a potential audience. It covers each ingredient of the theatrical experience-audience, playwriting, acting, directing, theatre architecture, design and technology-and attempts to help students define a reasonable set of standards to judge that part of the experience as an audience member and to clearly communicate their feelings and thoughts regarding that experience.

In addition to class discussions, lectures, and readings, students are also required to attend four live performances-two theater productions offered by Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Theater and two productions at the Cleveland Play House. The students will write critical essays about their experience as an audience member in relation to a particular aspect of the performance.

 

This course has been canceled for Summer 2021. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MWF 9:00-10:30

Instructor: Jeffrey Ullom

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: New 2021 Summer, SAGES

USSO 291J: Narratives of Immigration

As one of the most pressing issues of the twenty-first century, immigration has captured the imagination of politicians and authors alike. In this class, we will explore the stories of those who have migrated to the United States. We will analyze how various writers create autobiographical and fictional narratives of migration, addressing issues such as adjusting to different cultures, learning new languages, and adapting to new environments. Through these stories and histories, we will ask broader questions about immigration, including: Is migration a basic human right? Is it ethical to define someone as being “illegal” for peacefully working and living in a different country from where they were born? What are the gender, ethnic, cultural, and racial barriers that exist when migrating between countries? What are the cost(s) of citizenship and embracing a new country as one’s home?

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MWF 9:00-10:30

Instructor: Cara Byrne

Credits: 3 credits

Department: SAGES

USSO 291X: “We’re Dying in America”: The History of the U.S. AIDS Crisis

Thirty-seven years have passed since the summer of 1981, when the Centers for Disease Control published a report on the mysterious deaths of five previously-healthy gay men. In that time, more than thirty-nine million people have died of AIDS around the globe. Approximately 600,000 of those people died in the United States; at least 10,000 more Americans will die this year. Why, given the global scope of the crisis and the dramatic impact it has had on US society and culture, do so few students learn about the AIDS crisis in school? Why does it receive less attention than, for example, terrorism? In this course, we will study the first 20 years of the United States’ AIDS crisis, and use what we learn to contemplate the current status of HIV-positive people and people with AIDS. We will examine the origins of AIDS as a biological, political, and cultural phenomenon in the hopes of understanding why the United States experienced the virus as it did. We will also address the myriad responses to the virus by presidents and preachers, artists and activists, doctors and business people. How did this tragedy impact American politics and culture? What lessons did we learn, and what mistakes are we still repeating today? How can (and should) the history of AIDS inform our response to the opioid crisis, or the battle over Obamacare? Are we ready for the next epidemic?

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MWF 12:00-1:30

Instructor: Andrea Milne

Credits: 3 credits

Department: SAGES

USSO 292V: Mapping Music Through the Digital Humanities: A Cleveland Atlas

For all its celebrated preoccupation with rock, Cleveland is home to a wide variety of musical genres: jazz, blues, classical, polka, hip hop, gospel, among many others. Cleveland is also a home on the move, a city of immigration and outmigration, a city of waterways, bridges and commuter rails. Then again, Cleveland is a city of enclaves, borders and barricades, social distance despite geographic nearness. In this seminar, we will ask a fundamental question: is music like a bridge that connects different people in the city or is it a border that structures divisions? To answer this question, we will put digital mapping tools to use in better understanding the musical patterns that shape city life over time. We will examine the links between dominant and subcultural music; analyze music’s relationship to socio-economic forces such as segregation, urban decline, suburban flight, and revitalization; and reflect on how music defines Cleveland’s place in the national imagination. In the process, students will contribute to a digital atlas of Cleveland’s shifting musical soundscape. Music, at once rooted in identity and as rootless as radio waves, presents an alternate lens for understanding the routes and rifts shaping urban life.

 

This course has been canceled for Summer 2021. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MWR 4:00-5:30

Instructor: George Blake

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: New 2021 Summer, SAGES

USSO 293E: Gender and War in the U.S.

Major wars disrupt and permanently alter power relations and social systems. This seminar looks specifically at the American Revolution, Civil War, and World War II to examine how gender ideologies and signifiers (and points of intersection with race, ethnicity, and class) were experienced, perpetuated, reconfigured and remembered.
Students will discuss historical articles that analyze the norms of gender dynamics and how they change over the course of war alongside primary materials by Americans experiencing those norms and changes. We will also analyze two feature films and one documentary to examine how Americans use cultural expression to grapple with gender changes wrought by war.

 

This course has been canceled for Summer 2021. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MWF 10:00-11:30

Instructor: Renee Sentilles

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: New 2021 Summer, SAGES

USSY 286U: Puzzled

“Puzzled” will look at the practice of puzzle making and puzzle-solving and explore the meaning of puzzles for different cultures throughout history. We will read works from the disciplines of math, history, anthropology, philosophy, and literature. We will explore why certain types of puzzles became popular and how puzzles have transferred from one culture to another. We will examine the role of code writing and code-breaking in the military and in the world of business. We will read examples of fiction and watch films that adopt the form of the puzzle as a narrative device. We will think about the function of puzzles as instruments to exercise the faculties of reason and logic and as a means of leisure or pleasant distraction.

Students will be asked to both solve and create puzzles over the course of the semester. They will write analytical essays on topics related to the practice and history of puzzle making and puzzle solving, and they will pursue a research topic that revolves around an issue or problem that has “puzzled” them.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TWR 12:00-1:30

Instructor: Bernie Jim

Credits: 3 credits

Department: SAGES

USSY 288I: Diversions: Experimental Stories and New Media

Summer ’21 Instructor Comments:

This class focuses on interactive fiction and literature. Our syllabus will include mostly digital literary works, such as choose-your-own-adventure-style narratives, multimedia stories and documentaries, and narrative video games. We will also read popular and scholarly analyses that consider how features like choice, interaction, image, movement, and sound contribute to meaning. In addition to reading and writing about interactive fiction, students will also try their hands at making interactive works.

 

General Bulletin Course Description:

In this course, students will study works in which the authors and artists have experimented with traditional linear forms and created stories that are, for instance, labyrinthine, framed, collaged, geometrical, digressive, and even networked. While both print-based and digital texts offer spaces for diverse and deeply engaging written or visual performances, they also require further critical inquiry into the ways in which they create, reflect, or resist social and cultural values. Our focus in this course will be exploring how stories (and other texts) – in print, on screen, on canvas, in digital formats – that don’t follow or that play with conventional rules of order encourage us to participate in making sense of our contemporary world.

The goals of the course include: exploring the relationship between form and content in written and visual productions, developing a critical perspective from which to enjoy, assess, and respond creatively to traditional print and multimedia presentations, and making excellent use of research resources at CWRU and cultural resources at University Circle. In addition, students will work to develop their writing and presentation skills and to innovate novel models of research writing.

This course has been canceled for Summer 2021. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MWR 2:00-3:30

Instructor: Kristine Kelly

Credits: 3 credits

Department: SAGES

USSY 291B: Science (Fiction) Dystopias

In 1927 the German science fiction classic Metropolis showed filmgoers a mechanized dystopian nightmare in which humans took on the roles of cogs and levers in a giant machine. Years later, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four depicted a totalitarian regime reshaping post-war England in a similar way, using surveillance and repetitive activities to turn the population into something less than human. Appropriating science fiction motifs, dystopian narratives have forced us to reconsider how science and technology are used to complicate and at times augment our notion of what it means to be a social animal. In this class, we will consider a range of texts, including novels, short stories, films, and comic books, to explore the interaction between people and the things that they invent. The first half of the course will emphasize traditional utopian texts and readings will include selections from works like Margaret Cavendish’s Blazing World (biological utopia), Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We (mathematical dystopia), and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (technological dystopia). During the second half of the semester we will discuss utopian and dystopian worlds in popular fiction and film, such as science fiction short stories by Harlan Ellison, Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta, and Wall-E, to consider how the utopia/dystopia changed in the latter half of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TWR 10:00-11:30

Instructor: Gabrielle Parkin

Credits: 3 credits

Department: SAGES

USSY 292N: Cli-Fi: Addressing Climate Change in Fact, Fiction, and Film

This seminar examines the emerging literary genre of Cli-Fi, or climate fiction, which bridges genres such as science fiction and apocalyptic literature as it depicts imagined responses to the damage wrought by global climate change. In the early 1960s, well in advance of compelling scientific evidence of anthropogenic climate change, novelists were already speculating about the effects of global warming. Focusing on fiction, films, and non-fiction writing from the past three decades, we will consider how authors envision the effects of climate change. Specifically, we will read works by historians, journalists, philosophers, scientists, and cultural critics as a foundation for our analysis of several works of fiction. Further, we will consider how visual media, like feature and documentary films, depict the impacts of climate change. Centrally, we will evaluate how climate fiction complements existing popular and academic conversations about our transforming world. Ultimately, responding to the broadening field of narratives about human-generated transformations of the world, we will address climate fiction’s potential to influence ethical paths shaped by those who seek to alter the disastrous trajectory that the genre imagines.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTR 4:00-5:30

Instructor: Matt Burkhart

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: New 2021 Summer, SAGES

USSY 292Q: The Secret Lives of Animals

Animals are instructive. When we study animals, their biological makeups and creaturely habits, we do so with hopes of learning something about them. At the same time, such investigations often betray an interest in our human selves. The study of animals, in scientific and literary laboratories alike, quickly turns to acts of self-discovery: not what it means to be animal, exactly, but what it means to be human-animals. So what more could we learn by cultivating new strategies for listening and new languages for communicating with animals?

This seminar invites students to investigate the secret lives of animals as imagined in a sampling of classical, medieval and modern literatures. Thinking with animals past and present–in fables, manuals, and tales–we will examine human-animal relationships in imagined settings. Over the course of the semester, we will read, view, listen, and perform works in which animals are tasked with teaching moral lessons and testing the ethical obligations of their human audiences. Comparing treatments of companion animals past and present, we will reflect on the many ways literature can guide our evolving relationship to the animal kingdom.

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MWR 10:00-11:30

Instructor: Arthur Russell

Credits: 3 credits

Department: SAGES

USSY 294Y: Language of the Suffering Body

“Pounding headache.” “Burning fever.” “Pins and needles.” Such phrases rely on figurative or metaphorical language to convey pain or general not-right-ness in the body. But they are also clichés, or overused metaphors that over time have become worn out and meaningless. What happens when people lack the language to communicate to others what is happening in their bodies? How do they begin to find the words to express what they feel?
In this seminar, we will explore the relationship between language and pain, and the extent to which words have (or lack) the capacity to give meaningful expression to bodily pain experienced. To do this, we will closely read how literary works from a variety of genres use language in new, striking, and even baffling ways. Our analysis will be guided by theoretical and philosophical texts about pain and bodily sensation, as well as linguistics and metaphor. In making this investigation, students will be invited to research and formulate their own claims about how the language of literature gives–or does not give–meaningful expression to bodily pain.

 

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MWF 12:00-1:30

Instructor: Camila Ring

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: New 2021 Summer, SAGES

USSY 294Z: The American Musical on Film

While the musical represents a quintessentially American art form, it is film that has amplified and popularized it around the world, entertaining audiences as well as inspiring performers, writers and composers to put their own stamp on the form.

From the very beginning of “talking pictures,” the American musical has enthralled its audience and became the ultimate form to articulate what the “dream factories” represented. The film musical allowed moviegoers to step out of a world of realism as characters danced and sang their way through experiences that were too large to remain earthbound. At the same time, the musical not only provided escapist entertainment: song and dance revealed character, furthering the story and were not merely seen as an “interruption” or “divertissement”. Serious subject matters could be tackled and the popularity of musical films were central to the financial survival of Hollywood during the Great Depression.

While the popularity of the film musical has seen highs and lows, the form remains durable. It’s influence makes it an essential component in the study of film. This seminar will cover a range of film musicals from from the dawn of the sound era to the present day. We will encounter them not only as works of art or popular entertainment but as time capsules that help us to understand the issues of the time. All films will be ones that are easily accessible to the class and the expectation is that the assigned movies will be viewed outside of class time unless we are looking at specific excerpts. Discussion will be central to this class as we share our observation and critical evaluations of these films with respect to performance, art direction, music, direction and themes.

 

For summer 2021, this course will be offered remote-synchronous. For more information, please reach out to the instructor. 

Dates: June 1 - July 27, 2021

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TWR 1:00-2:30

Instructor: Donald Carrier

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: New 2021 Summer, SAGES

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