College of Liberal Arts

Capstone in Psychology: The Future of Work – Psychology 4696 (004) 

Prof. Donald A. Hantula 

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Short Description: The National Science Foundation recently concluded a research program focused on the Future of Work at The Human-Technology Frontier that brought together teams of behavioral scientists, computer scientists, and engineers to address the challenges of a technology-driven workplace. This seminar draws on work from that program as well as other current research on work and digital technologies to approach future work concerns such as neurodiversity at work, human-robot collaboration, virtual work arrangements, alternative work weeks, AI, augmented abilities, and the meaning of work. Students should have taken either PSY 2402,3418 or have a good background in Psychology at work. 

The Politics and Poetics of (Energy) Infrastructures– Geography and Urban Studies 51639 

Prof. Veronica Jacome 

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Short Description: In this course, we investigate the profound entanglement of our lives and infrastructure, highlighting how they co-create each other in an enduring project of shared existence that shapes our spaces, histories, and futures in both subtle and deeply impactful ways. While focusing on tangible elements like concrete, cables, and conduits, we also navigate through the less visible aspects of infrastructure, considering it not merely as a physical connector but as an entity that can silently or forcefully shape our collective narratives, politics, and socioeconomic landscapes. Drawing inspiration from Brian Larkin’s seminal paper, “The Politics and Poetics of Infrastructure,” and the myriad ways infrastructure has been interpreted, theorized, and studied across various disciplines, the course will focus primarily on energy infrastructure, and include related readings produced by environmental historians, humanities scholars, political economists, geographers, and scholars from Science and Technology Studies (STS). By intertwining various disciplinary perspectives on infrastructure, we aim to deepen our understanding of the promises and limitations of contemporary energy projects, particularly amidst the prevailing battles against climate change and social inequality. 

Fieldwork and Ethnographic Methods – Anthropology 3396 

Prof. Damien Stankiewicz 

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Short description: This writing-intensive course supports the theme “Mobility and Global Inequality” by cultivating six program goals. Students hone critical analysis, disciplinary knowledge, sociocultural understanding, communication, problem-solving skills, and technological literacy through assignments and readings. Evaluation includes workshops, ethnographic methods application, and written assessments, emphasizing fieldwork methods and analytical skills. 

Environmental Ethics – Philosophy 2157 

Prof. Bryce Herdon 

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Short description: This course dives into the ethical aspects of modern environmental disputes. It covers various environmental ethics perspectives, including human-centered, animal-centered, and nature-centered values, while also exploring the critiques of these views. Specific issues like biodiversity, human use of animals as food, environmental justice, and sustainable development are discussed throughout the semester. 

Ethics in Medicine – Philosophy 3249 

Prof. Daniel Remer 

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Short description: This course focuses on ethical dilemmas arising from the integration of scientific and technological progress into human life, including issues related to medical research, abortion, euthanasia, behavior management, allocation of limited medical resources, and the ethical dynamics of patient-physician relationships. 

Topics: Behavior Science, The Arts and Aesthetics – Psychology 3620 

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Short description: This Special Topics course explores diverse subjects within psychology, including clinical, developmental, social, and BBC (Brain, Behavior & Cognition) divisions. The topics vary by semester or instructor. Please consult the spring 2024 course catalog for details on topics offered for the semester.  

Religion and Human Sexuality East & West – Religion 2002 

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Short description: The objective of this course is to explore the beliefs and behaviors related to human sexuality within the major world religions. The course will encompass a wide range of subjects, including marriage and reproduction, as well as contentious topics such as abortion, homosexuality, and sexual relationships outside of marriage.  

Risk Culture: The Politics of Pandemics, Natural Disasters and Nuclear Energy – Sociology 2130 

Multiple instructors/ sections, see course catalog. 

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Short description: The subjects will differ to discuss areas not already addressed in the Sociology major. Students are advised to reach out to the instructor for specific information for the upcoming semester. 

Independent Study in Medical Sociology – Sociology 3582 

Prof. Matt Wray 

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Short description: This course involves an intensive study in a specific area of sociology. The proposal outlining the work to be completed must be filed in the department office and with the undergraduate chair before the end of the first two weeks of the semester. 

College of Engineering 

The Bionic Human – Bioengineering 0844 

Multiple instructors/sections, see course catalog. 

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Short description: Explore bioengineering’s cutting-edge advancements, from regenerative medicine to gene therapy and mRNA vaccines. This course delves into ethical questions about medicine, examines the impact of pseudoscience, and gains insights into the future of healthcare. The Bionic Human satisfies GenEd’s Science & Technology (GS) requirement or Core’s Science & Technology Second Level (SB) requirement. 

 Ethical Issues in Biomedical Science, Engineering & Technology – Bioengineering 0856 

Prof. James Furmato 

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Short description: This course empowers you to navigate ethical dilemmas arising from biomedical advances. Explore topics like genetic testing, AI, and human enhancement, using ethical frameworks, while sourcing material from journals and news for in-depth discussions, lectures, and debates. This course satisfies GenEd’s Science & Technology (GS) requirement. 

Lewis Katz School of Medicine 

Special Topics: Current Topics in Urban Bioethics – Urban Bioethics (UBTH) 5230 

Prof. Nicolle Strand and Prof. Whitney Cabey 

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Short description: This course explores evolving themes in urban bioethics, addressing current events not listed in the regular course catalog. Topics vary and may include discussions on bioethics in political discourse, managing the public response to issues, and the impact of public policies on violence and health. For specific details on the current course offering, please reach out to the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy faculty members. 

College of Public Health 

Politics and Payments in US Healthcare System – Health Policy and Management 2214 

Prof. Tulay Soylu 

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Short description: This course offers an overview of the financial and infrastructural underpinnings of the U.S. healthcare system, along with a basic understanding of the health policy process. Students will delve into private and public health insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP to examine the challenges of uninsured populations. Furthermore, the course explores the policy-making process within the healthcare system, focusing on the legislative, executive, and judicial systems, special interest groups, and public opinion’s role in shaping health policy.  

Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play – Health Related Professions 1001 

Prof. Alyson Hansberger 

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Short description: “The Way We Live, Work, and Play” encourages students to examine contemporary health issues through an interdisciplinary lens. It covers the five core areas of public health – biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences – and their relevance to various health and human service professions. Additionally, students will also collaborate in small interdisciplinary teams to research and evaluate specific health issues for individuals or populations and develop persuasive communication skills, both oral and written, advocating for interdisciplinary approaches.  

Cultural Competency in Health and Healthcare – Health Related Professions 3096 

Prof. Jasmine Tooles 

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Short description: This course fosters cultural competence in healthcare, encompassing diverse aspects beyond language and ethnicity, like gender, age, and ability, to improve patient experiences and healthcare quality. It equips learners by breaking down cultural and linguistic barriers, addressing bias related to gender, age, and ability, and promoting compliance with care requirements. 

AIDS and Society – Social & Behavioral Sciences 2203 

Multiple instructors/sections, see course catalog. 

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Short description: This course provides an in-depth examination of crucial public health concerns, focusing on HIV/AIDS, encompassing topics like sexuality, discrimination, research, global implications, and economic impacts.  

Ethnicity, Culture and Health – Social & Behavioral Sciences 2216 

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Short description: This course explores the impact of ethnicity and culture on health, addressing factors contributing to disparities. It explores key public health concepts related to race and ethnicity, prejudice, discrimination, and community context, with a focus on urban minority health issues in the USA. This course is highly recommended for Public Health majors and minors. 

Clinical Research Methods in Public Health and Medicine – Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EPBI) 8301 

Prof. Jingwei Wu 

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Short Description: This graduate-level course provides an introduction to the core topics in clinical research. Beginning with practical issues in starting and advancing in a career in clinical investigation, the course proceeds to cover diagnosis and treatment studies, research on prognostic and causal risk factors, special types of study design and analyses, principles of measurement in human subjects, and studies using secondary databases. This course will be an elective class for all students enrolled in the Master of Science in Public Health, Clinical Research and Translational Medicine as well as the Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology. This course is principally aimed at healthcare professionals, not limited to the field of public health, usually with a doctoral-level degree relevant to their clinical discipline, who desire advanced knowledge and skills in evaluating, designing, and implementing clinical research studies. 

Klein College of Media and Communication 

Technology and Culture – Media Studies & Production 3421 

Prof. Barry Vacker 

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Short description: This course critically analyzes the impact of new communication technologies on various aspects of contemporary U.S. culture, including work, leisure, art, knowledge, identity, and the environment. It explores the socio-cultural factors influencing technology development and its close ties to cultural change, along with the social history, philosophies, politics, and economics of new technologies. 

Information Society – Media Studies & Production 4453 

Prof. Larisa Mann 

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Short description: This course explores the dynamics of the global information society, focusing on the impact of information and communication technology. Students will delve into its historical evolution and critically examine current debates regarding economics, ownership, and regulation in this rapidly changing digital landscape.