Course Catalog: Summer 2019

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Hip Hop and Social Change

Black Panthers, Brown Berets: Radical Social Movements of the Late-20th Century

Dyin’ Dixie?: Literature and Culture of the Southern U.S.

Law and Social Change

Leadership For Immigration and Refugee Policy

Race, Gender & Horror: Reading Psychoanalysis in American Film & Fiction

Anthropology of Religion

Fashion and Clothing in the Ancient World

Girl Power Through the Ages: An Introduction to Feminist Theory and Practice

Global Health: Inequality, Culture, and Human Well Being Around the World

Language, Power, and Social Justice

Live Like It's 3000 BC: Introduction to Experimental Archaeology

Protecting and Serving What?: U.S. Policing and Racism Through an Anthropological Lens

The Origin of Everything: Creation Myths Around the World

A Genetic Approach to Laboratory Research using the Roundworm, C. elegans

Ancient DNA: Uncovering the Secrets of Our Species

Antibiotic Drug Discovery: Identifying Novel Soil Microbes to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Applied Research Strategies in Pharm/Tox.

At the Scene: Crime Solving in the 21st Century

Athlete 101: The Science of Training

Bacteriology: The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly

Behind the Breakthroughs: Using Laboratory Organisms in Biomedical Research

Black Lives Matter Less: How Structural Racism Affects the Health of Black Lives and Communities

Cancer Biology: An Evolving Puzzle

Cell and Molecular Biology

Characterizing C. elegans Using Reverse Genetics

Disease in America: Investigation and Response to Outbreaks

DNA Science and Biotechnology

DNA Science: Forensics, Food, and Medicine

Drug Discovery: Treating Human Disease Through Medicine

Drugs, Alcohol & Behavior

Emerging Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

Explaining the Mysteries of Common Events: Acid/Base Chemistry

Forensic Science - CSI Providence

Genome Hijackers

Infectious and Epidemic Disease

Innovation Inspired by Nature: A Biomimicry Challenge

Introduction to Medicine: Do You Want to Be a Doctor?

Laboratory Research in Biomedicine

Leadership and Global Health

Marine Invertebrates: Exploring Rhode Island's Rocky Coast

Me, Myself and My Microbiome: Meet the Trillions of Microbes You've Unknowingly Been Living With

Modeling Living Systems: The Principles of Life

Molecular Biology of Life: From Ancient Bacteria to Animals

Moral Medicine: Questions in Bioethics at the Cutting Edge

Our Moody Microbes: How Gut Bacteria and Diet Impact Behavior

Parasitology and Human Health

Research Techniques in Biomedical Fields

Scholar-Athlete: Sport Physiology

Science of Running and Secrets of Elite Performance

Science of Sport Injury & Rehabilitation

Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Techniques in DNA-Based Biotechnology

The Great Diseases: Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Infections

Tropical Marine Biology

Virus Evolution: Combating Disease in the Modern Age

Zoo Animal Management

Animal Minds: The Neural Basis of Animal Cognition and Behavior

Blood and Brains: Neurovascular Physiology in Model Organisms

Brain Basics: From Biology to Behavior

From Sensation to Perception: Discovering the Brain

Introduction to Biopsychology and Neuroscience

Mysteries of Sleep: How the Brain and Body Keep Busy While You Rest

Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

Neuroeconomics: The Science of Decision Making

Neuroscience in Action: Understanding Our Brains and Nervous Systems

Neuroscience in Health and Disease

Psychoactive Drugs: Brain, Body, Society

Psychopathology: Investigating the Biology and Psychology of Mental Illness

The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience

The Neurobiology of Sensation and Perception

Think About It! An Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

Acid/Base Chemistry: From Food to Everyday Phenomena

Biochemistry, The Magic that Keeps Us Alive

Chemical Structure and Reactivity: Foundations for Success in Chemistry

Engineering Selfcare - The Science of Cosmetics

Factory to Faucet: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry: From DNA to Enzymes

Organic and Biochemistry: Key Pathways to Success for the Pre-Med Student

Ancient Greek Theater Production

Archaeology of Ancient Greece

Making of an Eternal City

Playing with Death: Games in the Ancient World

A Data-Centric Introduction to Programming

Artificial Intelligence: Modeling Human Intelligence with Networks

Crash Course in R Programming

Cybersecurity Ethics

Decoding the Gut Microbiome: An Introduction to Computational Biology

Hiding in Plain Sight: An Introduction to the Art of Cryptography

Introduction to Statistical Programming in R

Introduction to Systems Thinking: Game Design and Learning

Learn to Program in Five Days

Learning to Code with Arduino LED Cube Engineering

An Introduction to Game Theory

Behavioral Game Theory: Experiments in Strategic Interaction


Econometrics: Statistical Tools to Understand Economic Data

Economics of Everyday Life for Everyday Life

Financial Accounting

How a Nation's Economy Works: An Introduction to Macroeconomics

I Heart Startups: An Entrepreneurship Incubator

Intro to Microeconomics

Introduction to Behavioral Finance

Introduction to the Global Business Environment

Making Informed Financial Decisions in Today's World Economy

Principles of Economics

Technology and Its Effect on Business and World Economies

The Entrepreneurial Process: Turning Ideas into Commercial Realities

The Wealth of Nations: Why Are Some Countries Richer Than Others?

An Introduction to Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Egyptology 101

From Museums to Computers: Ancient Material Culture and Digital Epigraphy

Alternative Energy Engineering: An Introduction

Biomedical Engineering and Device Design

Biomedical Engineering: The Smart Design of Medical Implants and Devices

Design Principles and Process

Engineering Biomedical Systems

Engineering Design Studio Learning by Making in the Brown Design Workshop

Engineering with Arduino: Project-Based Electronics and Programming

Fluid Mechanics Through Hovercraft Physics

Flying Robots: How to Build and Program Small UAVs Using the Robot Operating System

Heart of the Matter: Designing Implantable Devices for the Cardiovascular System

Hovercrafts and High Speed Submarines, How Fluid Mechanics Inform Engineers

Introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing

Introduction to Engineering and Design

Leadership and the Future of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Learning Matlab by Digital Simulation of a 4-Rover Game

Materials Engineering: A Revolution in the Making

Materials Science and Engineering: Designing for Society's Needs

Mechatronic Design for Game-playing Rovers

Renewable Energy Engineering: Wind and Solar Power

The Beating Heart - Discovering the Design of Cardiac Implants

Best Frenemies?: Cultural Narratives of Female Friendship in Literature and Film

Classic Short Stories

Coming of Age in African Literature

Creative Coding: Reading and Writing Web-based Literature for English Language Learners

Creative Coding: Reading and Writing Web-based Literature Online

Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction

Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry

Critical Reading and Writing I: The Academic Essay

Experimental Writing

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

Introduction to Fiction Writing

Introduction to Language and Linguistics

Literature, Culture, and American Identities

Medical Diagnostics: Observation, Interpretation, the Art of Being a Better MD

Monstrosities: The Meaning of Monsters in the Modern World

Multimedia Storytelling

Narratives of Revolution and (post)Colonialism: Race, Gender, and Human Rights

Party Girls: Feminist Fiction Up Till Dawn, 1815 - 2015

Public Speaking for the American University Experience

Putting Your Ideas Into Words

Read, Think, Write - Approaching the College Essay

Reading and Writing Workshop I: Utopia and Dystopia

Reading and Writing Workshop II: Reflection and Reaction

Reading, Writing, Traveling: An Exploration in Creative Nonfiction

ReWrite Mississippi: Narratives of Harmony and Hate

Transnational Detective Fiction

Very Contemporary Poetry

Writing Flash Fiction

Writing for College and Beyond

Writing Seminar: Composing the Academic Essay

Writing Seminar: Putting Yourself into Words

Writing Seminar: Writing the Expository Essay

Writing Speculative Fiction

Writing the College Admissions Essay

Biodiversity and Ecology of Tropical Forests

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Alaska

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Florida Keys

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Rhode Island

Human Evolution and the Environment

Marine Ecosystems in the Balance: Protecting a Changing Estuary

Research Methods in Marine Science

Studying the Ocean from the Classroom to the Bay

Tiny Solutions for Big Problems: Introduction to Environmental Nanotechnology

When Disaster Strikes

Immersive Italian

Read, Write, Reflect: Creative Writing Workshop

Reading French in the Arts and Sciences

Spanish Language

Habitable Worlds: Possible Places for Life in the Solar System and Beyond

A People's History of War in America

Ancient Warfare

Civil Rights and Its Opponents, from the Civil War to Now


Humanities Seminar: Disruptive Thinkers, Ideological Conflict, and Social Revolution

Political Imprisonment and Captivity in the Modern World: From Revolution to Conscience

Power and the Production of History

Spanish Life and Culture

The American Civil War

Ancient Art in the Flesh: Discovering ancient art at the RISD Museum

Fakes, Forgeries, and Fraud in Art History

Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Architecture

Trends in Modern Art

A Closer Look at Infinity with Logic Problems

Applied Linear Algebra

Applied Ordinary Differential Equations

Introduction to Applied Geometry

Introduction to Applied Mathematics: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Introductory Calculus, Part I

Linear Algebra

Logic & Paradox

Mathematical Modeling of Finance: An Introduction to Quantitative Analysis

Million Dollar Mathematics

Number Theory: An Introduction to Higher Mathematics

Probability and Its Applications

Set Theory: The Dazzling Foundation of Abstract Mathematics

Statistics in the Real World

Cinema and Revolution: A Global Perspective

Documentary Production and Practice

Fiction for Social Change: Building a Shared Analysis of Justice and Community

From Mayberry to "Netflix and Chill": Topics in Television Studies, Race, Gender, and Class

Introduction to Film Analysis

Media Psychology: The Psychological Basis of the Media's Power of Persuasion

The *@#%* Media: Pulling Back the Curtain on Fake News

Work and Its Discontents: Theory, History and Media of Work and Its Refusal

Hands-On Medicine: A Week in the Life of a Medical Student

Issues in Bioethics

Introduction to Music Production

Jazz and Hip Hop

Contemporary Moral Issues

Critical Reasoning


Happiness: Philosophy and Psychology

Issues in Moral Philosophy: Trust in the Face of Lies, Deception, and Conspiracy

Lying, Cheating and Stealing: A Philosophical Introduction to Vice

Moral Philosophy

Science, Perception, and Reality

The Ethics of Technology: Privacy, Biased Algorithms, and Moral Robots

This discussion-based class surveys a range of ethical (broadly construed) issues arising from emerging technologies. In doing so, the course also aims to sharpen students' skills at critical thinking, analysis, and argumentation. The issues we'll discuss include:

- Privacy

Privacy I: It's common to hear worries about privacy in internet and data ethics. What might such worries be about, in more concrete terms? Are we always talking about the same thing, when we claim to be worried about privacy? And why, most fundamentally, do we care about privacy? Suppose, for instance, that data about us is collected, but in such a way that we aren't identifiable: is our privacy nevertheless still threatened?

Privacy II: Do social media companies (such as Facebook) have a moral obligation to suppress the spread of fake news over their networks? Is the suppression of fake news by social media companies a form of censorship? Is censorship ever morally permissible --- and if so, under what conditions?

- Bias and discrimination

Do emerging technologies like Big Data increase inequality or be unfair, and if so, how? In what way might the algorithms driving decisions behind the scenes be biased or discriminatory? (And what is it to discriminate?)

- Building ethical robots (and autonomous systems)

How do we build autonomous systems that behave ethically (as far as it is possible for them to do so)? Should we go for programs that derive their own rules by learning from experience (but whose rules it may not be possible for us be sure of)? Or should we instead use only programs with explicitly formulated rules (but which may not be able to adapt to changing environments)?

Prerequisites: No prerequisites are required, though students should be prepared to put in intellectual effort.

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Themes from Existentialism

An Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism

An Introduction to Newtonian Mechanics and Electromagnetism

Basic Physics (3)

Basic Physics (4)

From Newton to Nanotechnology: History and Applications of Physics

From the Solar System to the Universe: An Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology

Introduction to Nanotechnology

Quantum Mechanics and the Nature of Reality

Smartphone & Computational Physics

Solar System Formation and Processes

The Quantum Revolution in Technology

Biotechnology, Genetics, and the Human Future

Brothers in Arms: War, States, and Human Rights

Creating Change Through Public Policy

Debating Democracy: Reform and Revolution

Ethics and International Affairs

Ethics, Technology, and Violence

Frenemies? Trump, Media, and Politics

Great Trials That Changed History: A Judge's Perspective

Human Rights

International Relations: Enduring Questions and Contemporary Debates

Introduction to the Politics of Global Poverty and Inequality

Introduction to U.S. Law and The Way Lawyers Think

Law, Ethics, and Democracy

Leadership and Conflict Resolution

Leadership and Global Engagement

Making Sense of the World

Order, Corruption and Populism: Political Theory of Democracy

Political Science Fiction

Political Theory and the Law

Taking Life to Save Life: War, Media and Humanitarianism

Terrorism in the United States

The American Presidency

The End of Politics as We Know It? Theories of Control & Resistance in the Digital Age

The Idea of Socialism: Radical Political Theory from Paine to Marx

The Power of Political Ideas

The U.S. In World Politics

To Fight Without Violence: History, Theories, and Tactics of Nonviolent Civil Resistance

U.S. History and Politics Since 1945: Personalities, Power, and Politics

Your Body Your Rules: An Interdisciplinary Unpacking of Reproductive Justice

Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology

Abnormal Psychology

Becoming You: Human Development Across the Lifespan

Conducting Research at the Forefront of Science: Mental Health, Policy, and Social Implications of Cannabis Use in the U.S.

Critical Thinking About Human Behavior

Culture and Psychology

Current Controversies in Mood Disorders

Freud: Psychoanalysis and Its Legacies

Genetics, Epigenetics and Human Behavior

Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Is Bad Stronger Than Good? Risks and Rewards of Adolescent Friendships and Romantic Relationships

Mental Health in College: Risk, Resilience, and Resources

Organizational Behavior

Personality Disorders Through the Lifespan: Phenomenology, Treatment, and Controversies

Personality Psychology: What Makes Us Who We Are?

Positive Psychology: The Key to Happiness

Psychology and Culture

Psychology and Health: Emotions, Behaviors, and Disease

Psychology and the Media

Psychology of Good and Evil

Psychology of Social Media

Psychology of Stress and Trauma

Psychology of Willpower and Motivation

Social Psychology

Stranger than Fiction: Debunking Popular Myths in Psychology

Sustainable Leadership: Self-Care, Community and Activism

The Mind, Brain, and Behavior

The Psychology of Love

The Science of Self-Destructive Behaviors

A Queer Theory Approach to Public Health

Can the United States Afford the Health Care We Want?

Eat Your Heart Out: How Food Impacts Health

The Opioid Crisis: Addiction, Treatment, Impact

An Introduction to Contemplative Studies

From Muhammad to Malcolm: Islam, Race, and Empire

Meditation, Creativity, and Performance

Engaging the Sociological Imagination: An Introduction to Sociology

Finance for the Poor: Microcredit, Poverty, and Development

Gender, Race and Class in Medical Research and Practice

Identity, Diversity, and Leadership

Informed Leadership: Combating Human Trafficking Globally

Informed Leadership: The Politics of Science and Society

Leadership and Social Justice

Leadership in Changing Business: Social Entrepreneurship

Mass Incarceration: Leadership for Transforming Punishment and Justice in a Global Context

The Science of Social Justice: A Public Health Approach

The Social and Political Life of Food

Thinking Globally: Colonialism and the Making of the Modern World

Women and Leadership


Creative Entrepreneurship: From Prototype to Presentation

Creativity and Social Change

Persuasive Communication

Presenting to the Public

Something to Offer and Something to Learn: Becoming a Better Communicator

Writing for Performance/Designing Creative Inquiry

3-D Foundation

Drawing Intensive

Paper! Paper! Paper! SCULPTURE

Photography Foundation

Studio Foundation

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