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Black Panthers, Brown Berets: Radical Social Movements

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

Law and Social Movements (New Online)

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

Humanities Seminar: Death and Burial in the Ancient World

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

The Origin of Everything: Creation Myths Around the World

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

Moral Medicine: Questions in Bioethics at the Cutting Edge

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

Ancient Greek Theater Production

Ancient Warfare (New Online)

Archaeology of Ancient Greece

Humanities Seminar: Mythology

Making of an Eternal City

Playing with Death: Games in the Ancient World

Ethical Questions in Cybersecurity

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

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

Humanities Seminar: Egyptology 101

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

Leadership and the Future of Science, Technology, and Medicine

"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

Best Frenemies?: Cultural Narratives of Female Friendship in Literature and Film (New Online)

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

Classic Fairy Tales Reconsidered

Comedy and Cruelty

Creative Coding: Reading and Writing Web-based Literature Online

Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction

Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry

Experimental Writing

Experimental Writing (New Online)

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (New Online)

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

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

Public Speaking for the American University Experience

Public Speaking for the American University Experience (New Online)

Putting Your Ideas Into Words

Read, Think, Write - Approaching the College Essay

Reading and Writing Workshop : Utopia and Dystopia (New Online)

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 Flash Fiction (New Online)

Writing for College Admissions

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

Writing Speculative Fiction (New Online)

Italian Language

Spanish Language

"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

A People's History of War in America (New Online)

Ancient Warfare

Diplomacy

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

Popular Politics in the Middle East and North Africa (New Online)

Power and the Production of History

Setting Sail: Early American History from the Water

Spanish Life and Culture

The Wars Within: Patriotism, Protest, and Citizenship in American 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

Logic & Paradox

"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

Introduction to Music Production

Arguing About Arguing and Thinking About Thinking

Contemporary Moral Issues

Happiness: Philosophy and Psychology

Implicit Bias - Its Nature and Moral Blameworthiness

Implicit Bias - Its Nature and Moral Blameworthiness (New Online)

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

Issues in Moral Philosophy: Trust, Lies, Deception, and Conspiracy (New Online)

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Current Issues in Feminist Philosophy

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Current Issues in Feminist Philosophy (New Online)

Science, Perception, and Reality

Themes from Existentialism

From Newton to Nanotechnology: History and Applications of Physics

Quantum Mechanics and the Nature of Reality

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

Law, Ethics, and Democracy

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

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

Existential Psychology and the Search for Meaning

Freud: Psychoanalysis and Its Legacies

Freud: Psychoanalysis and Its Legacies (New Online)

Psychology and the Media

Psychology of Good and Evil

Psychology of Social Media

Capitalism and the Environment - A Sociological Perspective

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

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

Informed Leadership: Science, Technology and Society

Leadership for Access and Equity in Education

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]

Tagged With: Creative Writing History & American Studies Modern Culture & Media Political Science

The US and the World: Hip Hop, Academia, and the Media (New Online)

This course seeks to interpret some of the increasing complexity of today’s world through the eyes of hip hop artists and hip hop culture, using mainstream news outlets and academic scholarship to provide added or alternative views. 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 other 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 mainstream media, have looked at topics key to studies in the social and political sciences: (1) class, race, ethnic and gender inequality; (2) peace, war and international conflict; (3) the global mobility and trafficking of people (migration), “goods” (opioids) and diseases (COVID-19), and its effect for local communities; (4) climate and environmental change; or (5) nationalist and populist politics worldwide, from Brazil to the United States or Europe.

If you are looking for an introduction to foundational topics in the social and political sciences, and to today’s world, through a range of perspectives (academic, artistic, grassroots, media), in a creative and fun way, using sources as varied as newspapers, scholarly texts, and hip-hop lyrics, then this is the course for you.

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Tagged With: Performing & Media Arts History & American Studies Political Science

Women and Leadership

Women and Leadership (New Online)

Compassionate Creativity for Health and Well-Being (New Online)

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

Presenting to the Public

Presenting to the Public (New Online)

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

The Creative Activist

Writing for Performance/Designing Creative Inquiry

All About Paper

Drawing Intensive

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