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Course Catalog: Summer 2020

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Globalization, Media and Culture

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

Celebrity in Modern America

Controversies in Contemporary Social Policy: Gun Violence in America

Immigration and Refugee Policy in the United States

Law and Social Change

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

Anthropology in and of the City

Anthropology of Religion

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

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

Human Cognition and Culture: An Evolutionary Perspective

Humanities Seminar: Death and Burial in the Ancient World

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

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

Re-Learning Native America: Popular Imagination Versus Diverse Realities

The Origin of Everything: Creation Myths Around the World

What the “War on Drugs” Never Told Us: Ethnographic Perspectives on the Illicit Drug Economy

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

Anatomy, Behavior, and Evolution: Fishy Solutions to Life Underwater

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

Biotechnology and Pop Culture: From Science Fiction To Reality

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

Can We Build Organs? The Use of Complex 3D Cell Models for Biotechnology.

Cancer Biology: An Evolving Puzzle

Cancer Biology: Discovering Molecular Mechanisms & Novel Therapeutic Strategies

Cell and Molecular Biology

Characterizing C. elegans Using Reverse Genetics

Demystifying the Microbiome: Microbes and the Host in Health and Disease

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

Explaining the Mysteries of Common Events: Acid/Base Chemistry

Forensic Science - CSI Providence

From Birds to Bees: Comparative Reproductive Biology

Genome Hijackers

Infectious and Epidemic Disease

Innovation Inspired by Nature: A Biomimicry Challenge

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

Laboratory Methods in Biomedical Research

Laboratory Research in Biomedicine

Leadership and Global Health

Marine Invertebrates: Exploring Rhode Island's Rocky Coast

Moral Medicine: Questions in Bioethics at the Cutting Edge

Our Moody Microbes: How Gut Bacteria and Diet Impact Behavior

Scholar-Athlete: Sport Physiology

Science of Running and Secrets of Elite Performance

Science of Sport Injury & Rehabilitation

Techniques in DNA-Based Biotechnology

The Global Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Forests

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: Comparative Neuroanatomy and Animal Behavior

Blood and Brains: Neurovascular Physiology in Model Organisms

Brain Basics: From Biology to Behavior

Deep Learning - Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Animal Behavior Research

Feeding the Brain: Diet and Metabolism

Free Will and the Brain: Neuroeconomics and the Science of Decision-Making.

From Sensation to Perception: Discovering the Brain

How Our Experiences Shape Our Brains: An Experimental Approach

Introduction to Biopsychology and Neuroscience

Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

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

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

Horror in the Ancient and Modern World

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

Demystifying Machine Learning: A Python-Based Introduction to Data Science

Ethical Questions in Cybersecurity

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

Introduction to Computational Mathematics and Big Data Visualization

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

Using Genetic Algorithms and Neural Networks to Build Game AIs

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 Econometrics

Introduction to Economic Growth: Why are Some Countries Richer than Others?

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 Theory and Practice of Sustainable Investing

Egyptology: The Pyramids in Context: Between Ancient Mysteries and Modern Myths

Humanities Seminar: Egyptology 101

Alternative Energy Engineering: An Introduction

Biomedical Engineering and Device Design

Biomedical Engineering: The Smart Design of Medical Implants and Devices

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

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

"All of them Witches!": Race, Gender, and Witchcraft in Popular Culture

“How blue can you get?”: Blues Fiction and Film

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

Beyond the Book: Text, Image, and Experiments in the In-between

Classic Fairy Tales Reconsidered

Classic Short Stories

Comedy and Cruelty

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

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

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

Writing Flash Fiction

Writing for College and Beyond

Writing Seminar I: Presenting Yourself in Words

Writing Seminar II: Writing About Media

Writing Seminar III: Composing the Academic Essay

Writing Speculative Fiction

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Alaska

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Florida Keys

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Rhode Island

Hybrid Lives: An Introduction to Environmental History

Leadership for Environmental Justice

Marine Ecosystems in the Balance: Protecting a Changing Estuary

Research Methods in Marine Science

Studying the Ocean from the Classroom to the Bay

Reading French in the Arts and Sciences

Spanish Language

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

"The People Want the Fall of the Regime": Popular Politics in the Middle East and North Africa

A People's History of War in America

Ancient Warfare


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

Humanities Seminar: Mythology

Power and the Production of History

Setting Sail: Early American History from the Water

Spanish Life and Culture

The American Civil War

World War II: A Global History

“Double, double toil and trouble”: Witches and Witchcraft, 1450-1700

Art, Fashion, and Gender in the Modern Age

Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Architecture

Trends in Modern Art

A Closer Look at Infinity

Applied Linear Algebra

Applied Ordinary Differential Equations

Introduction to Applied Geometry

Introductory Calculus, Part I

Linear Algebra

Logic & Paradox

Mathematical Modeling of Finance: An Introduction to Quantitative Analysis

Mathematics of Real World Networks

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

The Art of Counting: An Introduction to Combinatorics

"Here's Looking at You, Hollywood": An Introduction to American Film

Documentary Production and Practice

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

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

Introduction to Film Analysis

Post-Cinema? New Media and the Digital Turn

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

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

Introduction to Music Production

Arguing About Arguing and Thinking About Thinking

Contemporary Moral Issues

Critical Reasoning

Happiness: Philosophy and Psychology

Implicit Bias - Its Nature and Moral Blameworthiness

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

Moral Philosophy

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Current Issues in Feminist Philosophy

Science, Perception, and Reality

Themes from Existentialism

An Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism

An Introduction to Newtonian Mechanics and Electromagnetism

An Introduction to Quantum Computing

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

Modern Physics and its Impact

Quantum Mechanics and the Nature of Reality

Smartphone & Computational Physics

Solar System Formation and Processes

Contemporary U.S. History and Politics

Debating Democracy: Threats and Prospects

Ethics and International Affairs

Great Trials That Changed History: A Judge's Perspective

Human Rights

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 Theory and the Law

Political Theory Through Science Fiction: Utopias, Dystopias and Allegories

Radical Borderlands: The Philosophy, History, and Literature of Borders and Migration

Terrorism in the United States

The Economics of Racial (In)Justice

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 U.S. In World Politics

The United States and World 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

Being the Change: Caring for Self and Community as a Socially Responsible Leader

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

Death, Dying, and Bereavement

Disasters and Recovery: The psychological traumas of war, displacement and violence.

Existential Psychology and the Search for Meaning

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

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

The Mind, Brain, and Behavior

The Psychology of Love

The Science of Self-Destructive Behaviors

Transgenerational Trauma and Epigenetics: How Trauma Can Be Inherited

Evidence-based Science Policy to Support a Better Society

Food For Thought: Personal to Global Perspectives on Nutrition

From Idea to Publication: Building Your Own Research Project

Informatics and Data Science for Health

Through the Lens of Storytelling: Maternal and Child Health in the US

Tobacco, Disease and the Industry: cigs, e-cigs and more

We're All Breathing the Same Air: The Impact of Power and Privilege on Public Health

An Introduction to Contemplative Studies

Music & Meditation

Capitalism and the Environment - A Sociological Perspective

Engaging the Sociological Imagination: An Introduction to Sociology

Gender, Race and Class in Medical Research and Practice

Hip Hop Intelligentsia: The US and the World Through the Eyes of Hip Hop, Academia, and the Media

Identity, Diversity, and Leadership

Informed Leadership: Science, Technology and Society

Leadership and Social Justice

Leadership for Access and Equity in Education

Leadership in Changing Business: Social Entrepreneurship

Planet Hip Hop: Learning about current politics and social challenges through Hip Hop (and more)

This course looks to interpret some of the increasing complexity of today’s world through the eyes of hip hop artists (especially graffiti writers and rappers) and hip-hop culture, using mainstream news outlets and academic scholarship to provide added or alternative insights. This is a course about hip hop culture and artistry. But it is more than that: It uses hip hop to explore contemporary societies and politics, and how they are interpreted by hip hop artists (who are usually members of a subaltern group of grassroots, engaged, often minority and excluded, agents of social change), and two mainstream sources of opinion-making and knowledge production: media (mainly newspaper) outlets, and academia.

In this survey of contemporary societies and politics, we will study how hip-hop artists and activists, as well as academics and the media, have looked at relevant topics central to studies in the social and political sciences: class, race, ethnic and gender inequality; peace, war and international conflict; the global mobility and trafficking of people (migration) and “goods” (opioids) and its effect for local communities; climate and environmental change; or nationalist and populist politics worldwide, from Brazil to the United States and Europe.

If you want to gain a deeper understanding of the complex world of today and address foundational topics in the social and political sciences through a range of perspectives (academic, artistic, grassroots, media), in a creative way and using sources as varied as newspapers, scholarly texts, and hip-hop lyrics, then this is the course for you.

Altogether, hip hop artists have produced an immense array of material on foundational social and political topics, national and global. [click to learn more]

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Social Impact of Natural and Manmade Disasters

Social Justice and Social Change

The Sociology of Health Inequality

Women and Leadership

Oklahoma! to Hamilton: Race and the "American" Musical

Persuasive Communication

Persuasive Communication and Public Speaking

Presenting to the Public

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

The Creative Activist

Writing for Performance/Designing Creative Inquiry

3-D Foundation

All About Paper


Drawing Intensive

Photography Foundation

Studio Foundation

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