A critical evaluation of Hollywood action movies, using the laws of physics and Fermi-type estimation techniques to distinguish between fictional and real movie physics. For college students and beyond.
Introduction to Psychology
A survey of major psychological approaches to the biological, cognitive, social, and emotional bases of behavior.
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00am-10:00am; Fulfills SO distributional requirements.
1 Credit. Tuition: $3450. Audit: $345. Technology fee: $85. Session B: July 7 - August 8.
Mental Lives of Babies and Animals
Interdisciplinary exploration of the cognitive, social, and emotional capacities of creatures lacking language and culture. The extent to which our complex psychology is unique to mature humans; the relative richness of a mental life without language or culture. Some attention to particular human populations such as children with autism and adults with language disorders. For college students and beyond.
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm; Fulfills SO distributional requirements.
1 Credit. Tuition $3,450. Audit: $345. Technology fee $85. Session B: July 7 - August 8.
Causes and Consequences of Corruption
Corruption, a manifestation of the principal-agent problem, is an obstacle to economic efficiency. This course examines the economic, cultural, and political causes and consequences of corruption; cross-country comparisons of corruption levels; and examples of successful reforms and policies to combat corruption in bureaucracy and business. Prerequisite: ECON 108a or b, 110a, or 115a or b, or equivalent. 1 Credit. Tuition: $3,450. Technology fee: $85. Session A: June 2 - July 4.
Capital Punishment: Race, Poverty, & Disadvantage
This course will examine issues of poverty and race in the criminal justice system, particularly with regard to the imposition of the death penalty. Topics will include the right to counsel for people who cannot afford lawyers, racial discrimination, prosecutorial discretion, judicial independence, and mental health issues.
Moral Foundations of Politics
This course explores main answers to the question, “When do governments deserve our allegiance?”
“Moral Foundations of Politics” starts with a survey of major political theories of the Enlightenment—Utilitarianism, Marxism, and the social contract tradition—through classical formulations, historical context, and contemporary debates relating to politics today. It then turns to the rejection of Enlightenment political thinking. Lastly, it deals with the nature of, and justifications for, democratic politics, and their relations to Enlightenment and Anti-Enlightenment political thinking. Practical implications of these arguments are covered through discussion of a variety of concrete problems.
Introduction to Classical Music
Using a simple and enjoyable teaching style, this course introduces the novice listener to the wonders of classical music, from Bach fugues to Mozart symphonies to Puccini operas.
America's Unwritten Constitution
America’s Unwritten Constitution goes beyond the text of the Constitution to ask questions like: What are the ground rules for proper constitutional interpretation? Who decides what the text means? How does the written constitution interact with unwritten sources of constitutional authority, such as judicial decisions, presidential proclamations, landmark statutes, and widespread popular understands?
Electronic Dance Music: History and Evolution
The developmental history of technology in music creativity, with particular attention to the aesthetics and musical invention in the genres and repertoire of electronic dance music including: house, techno, trance, hip-hop, jungle, drum ‘n bass, dub step, drum step and trap, among others.
Introduction to Econometrics and Data Analysis I
Basic probability theory, statistics, and linear regression. Methods of evaluation quantitative information; the use of data to answer quantitative questions in the social sciences. After introductory microeconomics and MATH 112 or equivalent. For college students and beyond.