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New Courses for Fall

June 24, 2014



ST: Community-Based Learning Course: Nonprofit Communication (COM 400.002/690.003)

All nonprofit organizations must develop and maintain effective communication strategies in order to survive in a competitive economy. Nonprofits have unique needs and limitations in their long-term goals and short-term operations that relate to communication. This course introduces students to the ways nonprofits communicate with both their constituents and their benefactors and the ways researchers have examined these practices.

Students will explore these two perspectives on nonprofit communication through a combination of scholarly readings, dialogues with local representatives in the nonprofit sector, and direct contact and work for a local nonprofit organization (as coordinated by Drexel Edits, a center for the support of nonprofit communication).

This 3.0 credit course, taught by Lawrence Souder, PhD, is open to all students above the sophomore level who have passed COM 210, and will meet Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:20 p.m. Location TBD.

Criminal Justice

Community-Based Learning Course: Reconsidering Our Code: An Ethnography of 33rd Street (CJ 380)

This course utilizes the side-by-side community-based learning format to explore the relationship between Drexel students and community students. The CBL format is an evolving set of projects that will create opportunities for dialogue between Drexel, Mantua and Powelton Village community members. The course demonstrates the potential for dynamic collaborations between students and members in the community.

Elijah Anderson’s “Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City,” will be utilized as an example of urban ethnography. Students will learn, review and evaluate ethnographic methods. The course will begin an ethnographic study of 33rd Street through Mantua, Powelton Village and conclude on Drexel’s campus.

This 3.0 credit course, taught by Cyndi Rickards, is open to all students above the sophomore level who have passed COM 210, and will meet Tuesdays, 5 – 8 p.m., at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, 3509 Spring Garden Street.

Environmental Science

ST: Community-Based Learning Course: Project Footpath – Developing an Urban Ecology Experience (ENVS 280)

This course is a multidisciplinary introduction to scientific communication through a community–based learning platform focused around urban ecology. The goals of the course are to develop an understanding of urban ecology, civil planning, public outreach about science, graphic designs and social media technology. Over the term, students will plan, design and potentially implement an informational and engaging walking pathway to connect Drexel’s main campus with the center city campus, including a segment along the Schuylkill Banks.

This 3.0 credit course, taught by Ted Daeschler, PhD, will meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:50 p.m. Location TBD.


ST: The Politics of Health (HIST 298.001 & PSCI 480.002)

This course examines current problems and debates in U.S. healthcare. Through case studies, students will map out the historical, technical, political and scientific factors that shape contemporary health. Case studies are drawn from a variety of contexts: infectious disease outbreaks; diagnostic standards in mental health; end-of-life care; environmental health problems; nutrition and FDA regulations; disability and the built-environment. Students will grapple with these issues through different analytic lenses: bodies, identities, institutions, policy and what counts as evidence.

This 3.0 credit course, taught by Ali Kenner, PhD, is open to all students and will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 – 5:50 p.m., location TBD.

ST: International Perspectives on Population and Development (HIST 298.003 & PSCI 380.001)

This course provides a survey of issues related to the idea of development from demographic, social, economic and historical perspectives. Issues to be discussed include the concepts of human progress and social and economic development, as viewed by different schools of thought. Students will also explore the hypothesized relationships and links between economic growth, social development, population growth and health progress. The concept of standard of living, human development index, the demographic transition and the gender aspects of development will be also discussed. The goal of the course is to provide a general introduction to the major issues involved in the concepts of social and economic development.

This 4.0 credit course, taught by Jose Tapia, PhD, is open to all students above the freshman level and will meet Wednesdays and Fridays, 2 – 3:50 p.m. Location TBD.

ST: Life of Lincoln (HIST 298.004)

This course considers the life and political career of Abraham Lincoln. Students will be introduced to the biography of Lincoln, and will read closely into Lincoln's development as a politician and President. Lincoln's views on democracy, slavery, technology and foreign affairs will also be examined, as well as his legacy in American politics and culture.

This 3.0 credit course, taught by Scott Knowles, PhD, is open to all students above the freshman level and will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 – 3:20 p.m. Location TBD.

ST: History of LBGT in American Society (HIST 298.005)

This course surveys lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history in the United States. Students will explore the development of LGBT culture, identity and rights through different periods in U.S. history, with special focus on the period from Stonewall (1960s) to the present.

This 3.0 credit course is open to all students above the freshman level and will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12 – 12:50 p.m. Location and instructor TBD.

Judaic Studies

Reconstructing History After Genocide (JUDA 215.001 & ANTH 212.001)

In this course, students will explore the concept of educational restitution to peoples who are victims of genocide. Students will discuss the world’s responsibility to maintain its cultures, as well as its role in helping victims of genocide and mass violence in recovering their histories. The class will compare educational efforts of documenting life-before-destruction in locations such as Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, as well as among Native American groups.

Students will also focus on the politics of teaching Jews about the Polish Jewry, the largest community of Jews in the world up until World War II, when the Nazis destroyed it. And, using film, book-length studies, literature and survivor testimony, students will evaluate sources that describe the life that was destroyed in Jewish Lublin, Poland.

This 3.0 credit course, taught by Rakhmiel Peltz, PhD, will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:50 a.m. Location TBD.


Philosophy of Time (PHIL 216.001)

This course stretches the imagination, inviting students to think about time—the pervasive, ineliminable fabric of our experience. Our lives proceed through time, and time seems to flow in a direction. Things grow old instead of young, causes precede their effects. But is the “direction of time” a feature of the world, or part of the human point of view? How does the classic theory of time, with the properties of past, present and future, mesh with the “block universe” of Einstein and Minkowski, where objects do not move through time, but exist as space-time worms, or “streaks” in a four-dimensional universe? Can we make a time machine and travel into the past? Can there be more than one “time,” and if so, does that mean there are parallel universes? In the Philosophy of Time we consider these and other questions through classical and contemporary readings in philosophy, science, science fiction and film.

This 3.0 credit course, taught by Joseph McPeak, PhD, is open to all students and meets Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:50 p.m. Location TBD. For more information contact the instructor at

Simone de Beauvoir: Existentialism, Ethics and Feminism (PHIL 380.001)

This course is an introduction to the philosophy of the existential feminist author, Simone de Beauvoir. In it, students will look at Beauvoir’s philosophical and autobiographical writings to draw an account of Beauvoir’s contribution to the philosophical schools of existentialism and feminist philosophy. Throughout the course, students will focus on such questions as: What is existentialism? How do we understand Beauvoir’s contribution to existentialism? In what ways might a philosopher’s autobiography inform her philosophy? How do existential ethics present a challenge to our understanding of “freedom?” How might we define situatedness and should it be a concern of ethics?

What impact do and should various –isms (sexism, racism, classism, etc.) have on our philosophical pursuits? What responsibility might philosophers have to challenging various forms of oppression?

This 3.0 credit course, taught by Qrescent Mason, is open to all students above the freshman level who have taken at least one PHIL or WMST course, and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:50 a.m. Location TBD. For more information, contact the instructor at

Political Science

ST: Community-Based Learning Course: Constitutional Controversies (PSCI 280.001)

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects rights to speech, religious expression and free association, but what are—and should be—the limits of those protections? This course utilizes the side-by-side community-based learning format and meets off-campus with students at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility as part of Drexel's Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Students will use Supreme Court cases to explore enduring tensions over individual freedom and the public interest. Permission of the instructor required.

This 4.0 credit course, taught by Rose Corrigan, PhD, is open to all students above the freshman level and will meet Thursdays, 12:15 - 4:30 p.m. (including transit time). The course will meet off-campus at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (transportation to and from campus will be provided). Permission of the instructor is needed to register for this course.

ST: Race and the Environment (PSCI 280.002)

Nature. The environment. Race. While these seem like basic terms with well-established meanings, they are in fact ideas constructed by people and societies in different historical moments and subject to change over time. In this course, students will consider two vital areas of study—race and the environment—to examine questions of power.

To do so, students will study different topics related to the relationship between race and the environment in the United States. They will consider how European colonialism changed the American landscape; the construction of the idea of “wilderness” and the founding of National Parks; different racial groups’ cultural beliefs about, and approaches towards, the natural world; whiteness in the mainstream environmental movement; the food justice movement; as well as issues concerning race and the urban environment such as environmental racism, environmental justice and green gentrification.

This 4.0 credit course, taught by Katharine Travaline, PhD, is open to all students above the freshman level and will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 2 to 3:50 p.m. Location TBD.

ST: Civilians in Armed Conflict (PSCI 480.001)

In this seminar-style course, students consider the causes and consequences of violence against civilians during armed conflicts. Key questions include: What are common patterns of violence against civilians? Under what circumstances are civilian casualties more or less likely? Do different types of armed conflicts, or different types of groups, produce different types of civilian casualties? Finally, what actions (by civil society groups, armed groups, governments, the international communities, or civilians themselves) have been successful in limiting civilian casualties? In addition to these substantive questions, the course addresses methodological and ethical questions about research in conflict-affected areas.

This 4.0 credit course, taught by Amelia Hoover Green, PhD, is open to all students above the freshman level and will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 12 – 1:50 p.m. Location TBD.