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Summer Courses

March 24, 2016

Students can examine crimes from the perspective of the victim, understand the evolutionary biology of humans, and explore the ethical issues faced by those working in the legal field in these summer courses.


Introduction to Biological Anthropology (ANTH T180.940, Online)
Anthropology is the holistic study of the human condition. Biological anthropology is a subfield of the larger discipline that studies humankind as a zoological species. As biological anthropology is firmly rooted in evolutionary theory, the evolutionary biology of humans is the central focus of the course. Basic concepts of genetics, geology, paleontology, comparative anatomy, primate biology and material culture provide the foundation for understanding humanity's place in nature.

This online course is taught by Robert Powell, PhD.

Reflecting on Work Identity (ANTH 245.940, Online)
This course was developed for students to take during their co-op cycle, as well as for those who have not yet entered the workforce. The goal of the course is for students to begin to build their social and work identities to better understand how power and culture influence the workplace environment and how it is negotiated. The first phase of the course will focus on the "self"; the student will participate in self-categorization and evaluation of personal expectations in regard to their co-op and future professional life. The second phase will consist of an analysis of power dynamics in the workplace, focusing on the "other" rather than the "self." Students will observe their surroundings and use assigned readings to better understand how workplace relations are interpreted and function through the lenses of race, culture and gender. The final phase is a synthesis of the "self" and the "other," in which the student will combine knowledge acquired from the readings and personal experiences to address issues facing the modern workplace, and to reflect on their individual work identity.

This online course is taught by Simone Schlichting-Artur, EdD.

Community-Based Learning

Justice in Our Community (CJS 260)
Hybrid Course
Community Partner: UConnect

This course is a seminar-style community-based learning course that begins with an introduction to urban social issues and examines problems unique to cities. The majority of students' instructional time will take place with community partners. The synthesis of scholarship and community-classroom experience will provide a holistic lens in which to explore issues in our urban community. Topics will include urban economies, access to education and health care, digital divides and crime.

This hybrid community-based learning course, taught by Ashley Dickinson, PhD, is partnered with UConnect. Meeting time and location TBD.

Criminology & Justice Studies

ST: Victimology (CJS T380.941, Online)
Often, the criminal justice system focuses solely on the actions of the offender. Before the 1950s, little attention was paid to the role of the victim in criminal justice proceedings. This course emphasizes the role of the victim at various stages of the criminal justice process. Several crimes will be discussed from the perspective of the victim. Emphasis will be placed on exploring the relationships between the victim and their families, the victims and their community, the victim and the offender, and the victim and society. Students will examine victim classifications, the role of the media and violence prevention strategies. This course will discuss legislation and various practical applications that have resulted in increased concern for victims and victims' rights.

This 3.0 credit special topics course is taught by Ashley Dickinson, PhD and is offered online for students in on-campus programs only.


ST: Extended Mind (PHIL T280.001)
Is cognition something that occurs inside the body, or is it interwoven into one's full technological, social and historical environments? The Extended Mind Thesis will be introduced and explored in a way that combines insights from psychological, philosophical, cognitive and other types of investigations.

This 3.0 credit course, taught by Patrick Denehy, PhD, is open to all undergraduate students above the freshman level and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:50 p.m., location TBD.

Business Ethics (PHIL 301.001)
Most business decisions have obvious and important ethical dimensions. This class won't tell students what the answers are to ethical questions, but it will help them recognize, understand, confront and resolve the kinds of questions that normally arise in everyday business activities.

This 3.0 credit course, taught by Eric Fleming, PhD, is open to all undergraduate students above the freshman level and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:50 p.m., location TBD.

ST: Ethics and Legal Practice (PHIL T380.001)
The life of a legal professional can be fraught with questions of ethics and professional responsibility. The trust placed in members of the legal profession by clients, the courts, and society at large can lead to a number of questions, not only about what someone in the legal profession can do, but, more importantly, what someone in the legal profession should do. This course will explore many of the ethical issues and dilemmas faced by those working within the legal field. Students will address many topics stemming from the tension between the legal professional's duty to his/her client and his/her individual duty to the legal profession and society at large.

This 3.0 credit course, taught by Michael D. Vitlip, JD, pre-law adviser for the Steinbright Career Development Center, is open to all undergraduate students above the freshman level and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:50 p.m., location TBD.

ST: Søren Kierkegaard: On Becoming A Person (PHIL T480.001/485.001)
The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard is often regarded as the first Existentialist. As such, he asked and addressed questions like "Who am I?", "Why am I here?", "What is the Meaning of My Life?", and "Why am I so often in Despair?" He also asked the question: "Why is it that life must be lived forward but can only be understood backwards?" In this class we will explore some of Kierkegaard's puzzles, focusing on his notion of what it means to become and be a "person."

This 3.0 credit course, taught by Stacey Ake, PhD, is open to all undergraduate students above the sophomore level and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 - 4:50 p.m.