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Summer Courses

April 01, 2018

Explore conservative political philosophies, gender in Hollywood, and modern Hindu and Buddhist thought in these new summer courses.


Power, Gender, and Hollywood (WGST T280.001)

In 2017, 88% of the top 250 films had no female directors, 83% had no female writers, and 96% had no female cinematographers. When we also consider the overwhelming allegations of sexual harassment, one might wonder if there is any hope for gender equality in Hollywood. In this course, we will attempt to answer that question by tracing a gendered history of film. We will meet landmark figures, examine the relationship between representation and reality, and acquire analytical tools to help us become cannier consumers as well as advocates for change.

This 3.0 credit course, taught by Jacqui Sadashige, PhD, is open to undergraduate students. It will meet Mondays from 2 – 4:50 p.m. Location TBD


Hindu & Buddhist Philosophies (PHILT280.131)

This course is a study of modern and contemporary Hindu and Buddhist thinkers. Students will consider Gandhi's philosophy of Satyagraha with regard to justifying civil disobedience movements.

This 3.0 credit hybrid course, taught by Roger Magyar, PhD, is open to undergraduate students above the freshman level. It will meet Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:50 p.m. with additional online work required. Location TBD

Conservative Political Philosophies (PHILT280.940)

This course seeks to separate the arguments for conservative political positions from the often provocative conclusions drawn from them. We will look at arguments involving fiscal conservatism, liberty rights, and pursuit and primacy of self-interest. "Conservative" thinkers for this course include John Locke, Adam Smith, Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, Richard Epstein and others.

This 3.0 credit course, taught by James Stieb, PhD, is open to undergraduate students above the freshman level. Meeting time and location TBD