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Summer Courses

Drexel College of Arts & Sciences Summer Courses 2020


May 5, 2020

Explore the media’s influence on society, the role of the United Nations, and the causes and consequences of aging in these new and noteworthy summer courses. Course meeting times are listed for scheduling purposes; courses may consist of a mix of synchronous and asynchronous engagements.

Communication

Social Media in Communication (COM 247.001)
Social media provide a communication system for connecting, collaborating and building community. This course will examine how these functions may be applied in personal, professional and political contexts. Activities will include readings, case studies and discussions. Students will create a strategic plan for using social media for personal, organizational or political purposes.

This 3.0 credit course will be taught by Susan Magee. Its scheduled meeting time is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Grant Writing (COM 375.900)
Students will explore the grant writing process, from the development of an idea and researching appropriate contributors, to writing a fully realized grant proposal, complete with budget. Course topics will also include surveying the political and social climate before developing an idea, assessing an organization's capabilities to handle a project, and performing through literature reviews. This is a writing intensive course.

This 3.0 credit course will be taught by Dierdre McKee.

Media Effects (COM 385.001)
Some people believe that the mass media rule our lives, making us fat, violent, sexist, etc. Some think that media are irrelevant. Of course, these arguments are extreme and simplifications. In this course, we ask: What are the facts regarding media effects research?

This 3.0 credit course will be taught by Alexander Jenkins, PhD. Its scheduled meeting time is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 – 3:20 p.m.

History

US Military History II (Since 1900) (HIST 231.940)
This course will examine the emergence of the United States as a major military power, including military/civil relationships and the impact of technological change; the course will cover World War I, World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War.

This 4.0 credit course will be taught by Jonson Miller, PhD.

Technology in Historical Perspective (HIST 285.001)
This course will examine the causal interrelations between technological developments and economic, social, intellectual and political aspects of Western civilization from the 18th century to the present.

This 4.0 credit course will be taught by James Bergey. Its scheduled meeting time is Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 – 7:50 p.m.

Political Science

American Foreign Policy (PSCI 250.001)
This course will examine current issues in American foreign policy, including the assumptions underlying policy goals, the means of achieving them, and the decision-making machinery.

This course will be taught by Zoltan Buzas, PhD. Its scheduled meeting time is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 – 1:50 p.m.

International Organizations: The United Nations (PSCI 351.001)
The goal of this course is to present an overview of the nature and function of international organization in world politics. The role of the United Nations and its agencies will be highlighted. Students will gain an understanding of how international life is structured through these institutions.

This course will be taught by Joel Oestreich, PhD. Its scheduled meeting time is Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 – 3:50 p.m.

Sociology

Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality (SOC 210.001)
This course will examine cultural diversity, racial and ethnic identity; racism, discrimination and prejudice, as well as minority-majority group relations both globally and at home. Special attention will be paid to the history and present status of various major racial and ethnic groups in the United States including African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans as well as “white” ethnicities.

This 4.0 credit course will be taught by Ahmad Al-Sholi. Its scheduled meeting time is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 – 11:50 a.m.

Sociology of the Family (SOC 221.001)
This course will examine structure and functions of the family and the roles, relationships, problems, and opportunities of family living from a variety of perspectives. It will consist of lectures, field experiences and discussion.

This 4.0 credit course will be taught by Jessica Cohen, PhD. Its scheduled meeting time is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 – 1:50 p.m.

Sociology of Aging (SOC 271.941)
This course will introduce the multidisciplinary scientific study of the causes and consequences of aging, its history, methods of research, major theoretical approaches and empirical findings.

This 4.0 credit course will be taught by Shannon Hitchcock.