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Summer 2019 Courses

With immediate effect, students are required to take a Non-Western, which may be at either the 2000 or 3000 level. Students are also required to take two upper division courses (these can be two 3000, two 4000 or one 3000 and one 4000-level course)

A 3000-nonwestern cannot double dip as an upper division course but it could serve as an upper division if you have another non-western.



Course Descriptions: Summer 2019


HP 3151-40: MDS Harry Potter, Instructor: Dr. Tammy Mielke, CRN: 30472

Course meets from 5/28/19-7/19/19

HP description: This course focuses on gaining a greater understanding of Harry Potter as literary and cultural phenomena. Together, we will study the critical discourse that has emerged over the last decade or so as it relates to the Harry Potter novels and other cultural and artistic manifestations. We will further explore this series in terms of their relation to the world of the Muggles (us); and the broader social and political implications of this series.


HP 3152-40: Modes: Mass Media and Collective Consciousness, Instructor: Adrian Molina, JD, CRN: 30474

Courts meets from 7/8/19-8/16/19 Meets (H) Humanities

This is a topics course that addresses the following contemporary issues: the development of collective consciousness; the history of propaganda; functions of mass media; the rise of corporate media as big business; how mass media affects public opinion; journalism and ethical considerations; pop culture's relationship to American values and standards; the nature of news coverage and news filters; access to media and social justice concerns; functions of art and entertainment; critiques of mass media and pop culture; alternative forms of media, social media consumption, futurism, Afrofuturism and Indigenous futurism, and various issues surrounding technology, sustainability and humanity.  


HP 3153-40: MDS Maya Art and Culture, Instructor: Dr. Mary Katherine Scott, CRN: 30752

Meets: 5/28/19-6/14/19


Maya Art & Culture explores the confluence of ancient and modern Maya culture through its people, art, archaeology, and cultural traditions. With guidance from targeted readings, content presentations, and reflective and interactive assignments, this course is designed to give students a deep understanding of Maya culture through time. Students will investigate the rich art and architectural traditions of the region, the cultural elements that define the Maya worldview of yesterday and today, and how the pre-Columbian Maya past is simultaneously present and absent in contemporary Maya life. Finally, by studying primary sources from ethnographic data, students will gain insight into the complex processes involved in cultural continuity and change in response to both internal and external pressures.


HP 3153-41: MDS American Popular Music, Instructor: Zachary Taylor, MPA, CRN: 30887

Meets: 5/28/19-6/21/19 Meets Meets A&S D (Diversity) requirement

Music as an idea, an expression, a practice, and an experience can create personal feelings of connection, evoke emotional responses, and even bridge language and cultural barriers. This course is an exploration of the ever-growing compendium of songs and genres that make up American Popular Music. As our society’s development of music has evolved, so have its reflection of cultural, political, and technological contexts.

This course addresses “popular music” both in in its personal sense (e.g. how individuals interact with music, what role it plays in daily life, etc.) and in its systemic sense (e.g. the record industry, professional musicians, etc.) as they influence American culture. While some course content will deal with the theory and historical context of popular music, the remainder of the course will focus on the effect of music as a practical application of culture and socialization.


HP 4152-40: SM Futurism 001, Instructor: Adrian Molina JD, CRN: 30477

Meets: 7/8/19-8/16/19  Meets (H) Humanties

This course is about the present human condition, human diversity, and the future of humanity.  Is there any question that we are living in the future?  Is there any doubt we are in times of accelerated change and shifting landscapes?  Whose future is it?  Whose imagination are we living in?  It is a time of mass movements for racial and economic justice, new gender orientations, populism and fascism, anti-fascism and mass protests.  Mixed reality.  Wearable technology.  Virtual headsets.  Artificial intelligence.  Robots.  Cyborgs.  Self driving vehicles and flying cars.  Singularity.  Questions of human survival.  Time travel.  Quantum leaps…  Future Studies 101 places students in the context of present and future times.  Most college classes and the bulk of academia revolves around the distant past or recent history, with select courses focusing on current events.  While it is critical to study history from a multitude of perspectives, young people know intuitively that we are in different times. The social rules, norms, modes, moods, pace, and dialogue have shifted dramatically over the past decade.  Popular media, social media, and social and political movements indicate that further shifts will come in rapid succession.  Students now need to study the future as much as they study the past.  Given the multitude of present and future problems facing the human species, we have never been more in need of imagination, expansions of consciousness, and forward thinking.  Futurism 101 exposes students to various futurist movements of the past 100 years, with a focus on contemporary perspectives of Women of Color, and the futurist movements of people of color.  Course topics include: futuristic depictions in popular media and alternative media; philosophies of time and space; future cultural, social and political identities; human agency to determine future life on planet earth; and emerging strategies for social change


HP 4152-21: SM First Ladies, Instructor: Dr. Tammy Mielke, CRN: 30895

Meets: 5/28/19-7/5/19

The Presidents of the United States have their historical positions secured. They led the nation through, to borrow from Dickens, “the best of times [and] the worst of times.” But every President – married, unmarried, or widowed – had a woman by his side. Our goal is to discover, explore, and bring to light the fascinating lives of these strong and smart women who acted as hostess, teammate, champion, and policy advocate. They have been called First Hostess, First Mother, First Lady, and even Acting First Man. Some sought to secure the values and morals of the nation; some intended to shake up the ways the country thought. All these women are firsts in their own way, as we will discover this semester.


HP 4153-40: SM The Value of Things: Form, Function, and Meaning, Instructor: Dr. Mary Katherine

Meets: 7/15/19-8/2/19

The way that any object acquires meaning and value is dependent on several factors, including, but not limited to, its age, materiality, aesthetics, history of ownership, utility and portability. This class will challenge some of the generally accepted theories of value by focusing on close readings and discussions of seminal texts from interdisciplinary perspectives. Knowledge gained from these readings and respective discussions will be applied to practical case studies, including examination and interpretation of local and regional object-based collections, and through the analysis of web content at renowned international commercial galleries and public museums.





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