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Winter Courses


October 28, 2020

Dive into money laundering cases, the rich biodiversity of Ecuador, or the philosophy of desire in these new and noteworthy winter courses! Please refer to Drexel Central for up-to-date information on Winter Course registration.

Criminology & Justice Studies

Electronic Fraud Investigations (CJS 268)
This course examines the most common types of financial crimes that occur in contemporary society. It also explores how law enforcement authorities and private sector investigators collaborate to solve these crimes. The course opens with a history of U.S. financial regulations, particularly pre-9/11, and shows how the events of September 11 led to changes in the regulations that govern the collective financial industry. The course includes case studies on terrorist financing schemes and Anti- Money Laundering investigations and teaches students to use IBM’s i2 software to conduct, interpret, and write reports on, link analysis — a primary method for investigating electronic crime. The course concludes with an examination of how offenders use the dark web as an illegal online marketplace to commit financial crime.

This 3.0 credit course, led by Zachary High, is open to all undergraduate students. It will meet Wednesdays from 6 – 8:50 p.m.

Applications of Justice (CJS 303)
This course will examine different aspects of justice — distributional; procedural; retributive; and restorative — as they relate to crime, the criminal justice system and society more broadly. After introductory background history on this topic, each week will examine concrete cases pertaining to one of the various aspects of justice along with readings reflecting on the cases theoretically.

This 3.0 credit course, taught by Douglas Porpora, PhD, is open to all undergradute students. It will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:50 p.m. Location TBD.

Environmental Science

Tropical Diversity: Ecuador (ENVS T380.940)
This is a 1-credit online course offered over winter break in December focusing on the ecology of Ecuador as a model of tropical biology. By getting together (virtually) to explore the biology of this amazing country, students will gain a basic background understanding of its exceptional biodiversity, and stave off the early winter blahs. Grab a glass of papaya nectar and be ready to learn some amazing things about mega-biodiversity.

This 1.0 credit course, led by Sean O’Donnell, PhD, is open to all undergraduate students. Time and location TBD.


Philosophy of Sex and Love (PHIL 255.002)
This course investigates sexual activity and desire, and the morality of sexual behavior. It also examines various types of love and their links with sexuality. Figures studied will include Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Kant, Kierkegaard, Freud and Foucault. Topics will include marriage, prostitution, pornography, homosexuality, perversion, rape, intentionality, irreplaceability, unconditionality, reciprocity and exclusivity.

This 3.0 credit course, led by Andrew M Kirk, is open to all undergraduate students. It will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 – 1:50 p.m.


Social Networks and Health (SOC 318)
This course introduces social network analysis to undergraduate students, emphasizing its theoretical, substantive, and methodological foundations. It shows how social networks (types, manner, size and strength, and other dimensions of interpersonal connections) affect a wide array of health outcomes including illness (flu, STDs, depression) and access to and utilization of health information and resources. Students will acquire a sufficient grasp of both the classical and the contemporary network literatures to enable them to pursue independent advanced study in social network analysis.

This 4.0 credit course, led by Emmanuel F Koku, PhD, is open to all undergraduate students. It will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 – 1:50 p.m.

Sociology of Disasters (SOC 349)
This course focuses on social aspects of disasters, such as: collective behaviors (panic, crime, improvisation); warning, evacuation and perception of risk; social responses to natural and technical disasters; scientific uncertainties and technical disasters; socially produced age, gender, racial/ethnic and social class vulnerabilities to disaster; terrorism-caused disasters; and disaster preparedness and prevention.

This 4.0 credit course, led by Diane M Sicotte, PhD, is open to all undergraduate students. It will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 5:50 p.m.