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Remixing Racial Codes: Interraciality in Literature and Film Post-1945

Through a reading of select critical theory, literary texts, and films, students will look critically at the ways in which interracial relationships have been prescribed and figured in U.S. culture post-1945. Decentering the dominant narrative of black-white miscegenation, we will give equal attention to the role that Asian bodies play in complicating this binary. We will also...

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Education Beyond the Classroom Walls: Teaching and Learning in Cultural Institutions

Explore teaching and learning beyond classroom walls. We will focus on teaching/learning in cultural institutions (museums, historic houses, children’s museums). We will begin with our own experiences with this kind of learning, then explore the pedagogical methods, underlying philosophies & learning theories, debates, &goals of informal education today. What...

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Anthropology of Stuff

Our lives are surrounded by objects we make, gift, sell and buy. What can these objects tell us about who we are as humans? This course will introduce students to material anthropology, exploring what objects can tell us about culture, society and experience. We will talk about gifts, commodities, counterfeits, and copyrights. Students will learn how people make objects, how...

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Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

This course provides an introduction to cultural anthropology, surveying its defining questions, methods, and findings. We will examine the history and utility of anthropology's hallmark method, ethnography, the long-term immersion of the researcher in the culture under study. We will compare cultural anthropology's findings and comportment in other cultures to its conclusions and conduct in our own. No prerequisites.

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Introduction to Human Physiology

An introduction to human physiology aimed primarily at undergraduates who have minimal to no Biology background or who are not concentrating in biology. Acquire a basic understanding of the physiological mechanisms that allow for the running of each major organ systems. Topics include basic cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, endocrine, and neuromuscular function,...

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Cell and Molecular Biology

This course examines the structure and function of the basic unit of an organism, the cell. An experimental approach is used to examine cellular functions, ranging from gene transcription, cell division and protein secretion, to cell motility, and signal transduction. Relevance to health and disease will be considered. Prerequisite: BIOL 0200 or AP Biology score of 4 or 5.

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Principles of Immunology

Introduction to experimental and theoretical foundations of immunology. Focuses on concepts, landmark experiments and recent advances. Topics include innate and adaptive immunity; structure/function of antibody molecules and T cell receptors; regulation of immune responses through cellular interactions. Applications of concepts to medically significant issues (vaccines, transplantation,...

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Principles of Physiology

Introduction to the function and integration of animal systems with an emphasis on mammals. Includes basic concepts in cell and organ system physiology as well as fundamentals of modern trends in physiological science. Emphasizes the application of physical and chemical principles to animal function at both the cellular and systemic levels. Prerequisite: BIOL 0200 or AP Biology score of 4 or 5.

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American Consumer Culture, 1870-present

What do we mean when we talk about the modern era in the United States as a “culture of consumption?” How have Americans created and reflected identities through participation in this culture? Beginning with the advent of mass production, advertising, and branding, we will examine the development of modern consumer culture, from its foundations in the 1870’s...

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The Wars Within: Patriotism, Protest, and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America

Why do Americans go to war? How do conflicts abroad shape politics at home? In this course, students will study debates concerning freedom of speech, civil rights, and political repression during the two World Wars, the early Cold War, and the Vietnam era. Reading a range of primary sources, including political speeches, journalism, and literature, discussions will reflect...

The Trouble with History Class: Movies, Music, and the Politics of Memory

Ever wonder where history comes from? What happens when people have different ideas about the way things happened? Is it possible to tell every side of every story? Textbooks, museums, and even popular culture are always making decisions about not just what should be told, but how it should be told. Looking at the past as contested ground, this course will explore the challenges,...

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Discovering the Past: Introduction to Archaeology

Do you like solving ancient mysteries, traveling to exotic parts of the globe, visiting ancient monuments, examining ancient artifacts, and studying history? If so, then this course is for you!! This course will introduce you to the fascinating field of archaeology: what it is, how it’s done, how it can help us understand the human past, and how it can help us make sense...

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Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

The cultural and social diversity of the world around us is astounding. Anthropology is a discipline that examines different aspects of this diversity and allows one to better understand the complexity of social phenomena. This course introduces students to the most important concepts and approaches used by anthropologists in understanding socio-cultural variation. The course...

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Global Health: Inequality, Culture, and Human Well Being around the World

This course examines human health in a global perspective. Using ideas and methods from anthropology, students will explore how inequality and culture intersect to produce the world's predominant health problems. Further, students will look critically at efforts to address the global burden of disease, using multiple case studies to help them develop more politically and...

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Unearthing the Secrets of the Dead: Archaeology of Death and Burial

Death is universal. Whether it is burying an early human in a cave, or a king deep down in a chamber surrounded by wonderful things, throughout history human interactions with the dead have been extremely diverse. In order to understand what this diversity can tell us about life and death in ancient societies, we will survey major archaeological discoveries of royal and non-royal...

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Archaeological Science: Reverse-engineering Archaeological Materials and the Study of Ancient Technology

Archaeologists uncover a multitude of materials in their investigations of ancient societies that often require the tools and skills of materials engineering to understand. How were these objects made? With what materials? How did the ancient society obtain the materials, and what technologies did they use? To help answer these questions, this course combines archaeology...

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Otherworldly Selves in Science Fiction and Anthropology

Alien. Foreign. Exotic. These are words used to describe something as drastically different from ourselves. Fusing science fiction and anthropology, this course traces various markers of difference, including race, culture, and biology. Through literature, ethnography, and film this course enhances students ability to think critically in interdisciplinary ways about questions...

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So You Want to be a Laboratory Scientist?

Have you ever wondered what DNA looks like? Are you curious about what it is like in a laboratory, working to solve problems in the medical field? Have you ever wanted to solve a crime?

This course is designed to expose middle school students to basic laboratory research in the fields of biotechnology, microbiology, medicine, forensics and general laboratory techniques....

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Conservation of Endangered Species

We always hear about endangered species all over the world. What exactly is being done to protect these animals and their habitats? Most people do not realize it, but every endangered species has a recovery plan that maps the road to successfully increasing populations and saving habitats. Zoos are a huge part of these recovery plans by being a place for breeding and increasing...

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Understanding the Human Body: An Exploration of Anatomy

Have you ever wondered how your body does all the things that it does? Our bodies contain 206 bones and over 600 muscles, all coordinated by a central computer called the brain. In this course, you will learn how your body’s components work as one to keep you going every day.

This exciting hands-on course will provide an opportunity to answer your questions about...

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DNA Science and Biotechnology

Are you curious as to what it is like to be in a laboratory, working to solve problems in the medical field? Have you wondered how scientists work to provide breakthrough products and technologies to improve our environment? This course will immerse you in the laboratory as you learn the basics of biotechnology and gain experience conducting advanced laboratory techniques....

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Fatal Infections: How Scientists Combat Disease

Medicine is losing the fight against emerging infectious diseases. The microorganisms that cause infections can out maneuver and genetically transform to combat our best medicines to date. In this course, students will learn the microbiology behind the most fatal "diseases" facing our world today, such as ebola, toxoplasmosis and mad cow disease. We will also explore...

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Forensic Science: CSI Providence

Forensics is the application of science to answer questions pertaining to the law. Methods used to solve criminal investigations have progressed significantly over the past thirty years. Investigators and scientists now collaborate and use forensic technologies to uncover facts associated with criminal cases. This course will uncover the truth behind criminal investigations...

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Understanding Athletics: How our Bodies Respond to Exercise

What happens in our bodies when we exercise? What does it mean to be "out of breath"? How are the bodies of elite athletes and patients with heart or lung disease similar and different? What does it mean to be “fit” and how can you modify this with more training? In this course we will look at the ways a healthy and unhealthy body responds to exercise,...

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At the Scene: Crime Solving in the 21st Century

Burden of proof? Presumed innocent? Guilty beyond a reasonable doubt? Is it your desire to be a crime scene investigator (CSI), medical examiner, or an expert in any other forensic science related field? Are you naturally curious? Can you piece together clues to solve a problem? This course will help hone your investigative skills and review a wide range of science concepts...

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Techniques in DNA-Based Biotechnology

The development of powerful tools in molecular biology has led to an explosion in our understanding of genes and the factors controlling their expression. Illuminating research, including recent Nobel Prize winning work, is beginning to reveal the significant role of RNA, a molecule long thought to be merely a "messenger."

Through extensive laboratory work,...

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Introduction to Medicine: Do You Want to Be a Doctor?

So you think you want to be a doctor? This course is designed to help you answer that question by letting you see the practice of medicine firsthand, giving you a taste of what medical school would be like, and helping you evaluate how well your talents and preferences match those of a career in medicine. Students who take this course are expected to have a strong foundation...

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The Body: An Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

This course explores the structure and function of the human body at multiple levels: individual cells, their coming together to form tissues, the organization of tissues into organs, organs working together as parts of organ systems, and finally how those organ systems support one another to maintain the body. Normal structure and function are presented as a starting point,...

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Exploring Infectious Disease: Are We Safe?

The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the field of infectious diseases and to give students an understanding of pathogens that cause infections and their impact on worldwide public health. This course will be of interest to students who want to study medicine, life science, or public health.

Will there be a bird flu outbreak? If I travel abroad, am...

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Hands-On Medicine: A Week in the Life of a Medical Student

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a medical student? In this course, you will learn about the fundamentals of the practice of medicine through an exciting week of immersive activities. You and your peers will explore the physiology of the human body in the classroom, and then experience an in-depth look at the anatomy of the organs themselves in the anatomy lab....

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Understanding the Nation's Health

What is Public Health? Public health is the latest buzz word in America and encompasses efforts to improve the health of specific populations through education and advocacy. In this one-week course, students will develop an overall understanding of public health. The course will culminate with an opportunity for students to work collaboratively and use their new skills to solve...

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Scholar-Athlete: Sport Physiology

The goal of the course is to understand the organ systems’ integrated response and adaptations to the stress of exercise. This topic is interesting to anyone who wants to understand what their body is actually doing at the biological level during exercise and post exercise. The course will introduce and demystify training regimens and diets and sciences' evolving...

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Research Techniques in Biomedical Fields

Doctors work to treat diseases, but scientists work to cure them. Have you ever wondered about the work that goes on behind the scenes in Medicine? Do you want to find out what it is like to work in a laboratory and be a real "lab rat"? This laboratory intensive course is designed to expose students to basic laboratory research, current topics, and techniques in molecular...

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Bacteriology: The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly

Did you know that the bubonic plague killed approximate 50% of Europe’s population in the middle ages? Did you know that the bacterium that causes leprosy lives inside of the American Armadillo? Bacteria floating miles high in the atmosphere can cause meningitis. Bacteria even contribute to obesity and heart attacks. Come learn about the amazing world of bacteria!

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Principles of Human Physiology - Part A

Physiology is the critical study of how living things function. It is not anatomy, but as one of the most fundamental disciplines in the biomedical sciences, it depends heavily on anatomical and biological concepts. An understanding of the basic principles of physiology, especially in regard to our own bodies, is an invaluable part of any budding physicians' or scientists'...

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So You Want to Be a Doctor?

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Nine Weeks

Is a career in medicine right for you? This course is designed to help you answer that question. Experience the study of medicine in a whole new way and get a taste of what medical school and practicing medicine in a variety of different medical specialties would be like. Participants in this class will:

• Study gross anatomy, histology, physiology, and microbiology...

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Principles of Human Physiology - Part B

Physiology is the critical study of how living things function. It is not anatomy, but as one of the most fundamental disciplines in the biomedical sciences, it depends heavily on anatomical and biological concepts. An understanding of the basic principles of physiology, especially in regards to our own bodies, is an invaluable part of any budding physicians’ or scientists’...

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Molecular Biology and Biochemistry: From DNA to Enzymes

Molecular biology and biochemistry are two closely related fields where the properties of key biological molecules, such as proteins and DNA, and how they interact with each other in living organisms are studied. Research in these areas has become so successful at explaining living processes that it is used in almost all areas of the life sciences from medicine to the study...

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Organic and Biochemistry: Key Pathways to Success for the Pre-Med Student

Organic and biochemistry are the foundation sciences for the life sciences discipline. Students hoping to have a medical career need to have a strong foundation in chemistry. The MCAT exams given to college students hoping to enter medical, dental, or veterinary schools contain a number of sections devoted to general, organic, and biochemistry.

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Body at Work: Anatomy, Physiology, and Disease

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

In this course you will study the major organ systems of the body, investigate normal and pathologic anatomy and physiology, and examine common diseases and injuries and their effect on the body’s organ systems.

One of the main objectives of this course is to provide students considering a career in the health professions a foundation in the study of human form and...

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DNA Science: Forensics, Food, and Medicine

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

DNA can solve a crime, identify a future disease, and distinguish our common ancestors. A remarkable molecule, it has often been referred to as the “building block of life.”

Advances in molecular biology and biotechnology have led to an explosion in our understanding of DNA and how it impacts us, both as individuals and as a society. This course will introduce...

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Laboratory Research in Biomedicine

Topics to be covered in this laboratory intensive course include the structure and function of biomolecules such as proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, and DNA, as well as the structure and function of cellular components. In the laboratory, students will carry out several introductory and advanced experimental techniques utilizing both DNA and proteins. Experiments will include...

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Leadership and Global Health

Despite world-wide advances in technology and development, providing basic health care to people in resource-poor settings continues to pose enormous challenges. Now more than ever, the global community is focused on overcoming inequities in health care and reducing poverty as a means of curbing the spread of disease and improving lives. Building on this momentum, this course...

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Infectious and Epidemic Disease

Understanding how pathogens are transmitted, lead to illness, and how they can be controlled or cured is the cornerstone of medical science. We will explore a variety of pathogenic organisms by examining their life cycle, transmission from host to host, and why some pathogens result in to epidemics. Students will discover not only the treatment of epidemic disease, but also...

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Responding to Urgent Global Public Health Crisis: The Epidemiology and Prevention of HIV/AIDS

The HIV/AIDS pandemic is one of the most urgent public health crises of our time. Learn how to respond to complex global health crises using public health evidence, policy, and politics through HIV as an example case study. This course is designed to inspire the next generation of public health advocates, activists, practitioners, and scholars.

The global HIV/AIDS...

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Forensic Science - CSI Providence

What makes an expert witness an expert? What would the perfect crime look like? These are but a couple of the many questions we will explore during this course. Forensic science is an exciting field that combines scientific principles from many different science disciplines with technology and math resulting in new, sometimes surprising outcomes!

This integrated...

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Using Pharmacology To Help Us Study The Nervous System

Have you ever thought about how nerve cells in your brain talk to each other, and how psychoactive drugs can affect this process? In this class, you will learn the latest ideas concerning how nerves use chemicals and electricity to communicate with each other, and how drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, LSD, caffeine, and nicotine can alter brain communication.

Pharmacology...

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Drugs, Alcohol & Behavior

Drugs and alcohol have been part of the human experience since prehistory. Why are drugs and alcohol so thoroughly entrenched in human society? How do different drug classes affect human behavior? Why do some people abuse drugs, while others never become addicted? In this course, we will attempt to answer these questions. This course will cover the function of drugs in human...

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Drug Discovery: Treating Human Disease Through Medicine

The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the way that diseases are treated on a physiological level and how drugs are discovered and created. Students will gain an understanding of how the pharmaceutical industry approaches drug discovery, balancing patient quality of life and treatment regimen, as well as how drugs interact with the human body to elicit...

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The Great Diseases: Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Infections

This course will explore the big killers of mankind. Students will gain a better understanding of the history of disease and the biological reasons diseases occur.

In examining the major diseases that afflict man, we will explore cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, like Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s, autoimmune diseases,...

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Cancer Biology: An Evolving Puzzle

Have you ever questioned why certain types of cancer are so difficult to treat or how basic science discoveries translate into clinical practice? This course will provide an introduction to cancer biology through hands-on laboratory exercises and interactive lectures. Students will have the opportunity to develop an independent research project and learn about the daily activities...

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Viruses: Ancient Machines in a Modern World

Have you ever had a really bad cold? Maybe the flu? Do you know a polio survivor? Someone with AIDS?

Do you ever wonder exactly how these illnesses occur? It turns out we are merely guests in a fascinating microscopic world. Among the bacteria, parasites, prions, and other microbes are tiny, lifeless, parasitic beings that have been on earth long before we ever were: we...

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The Politics of Global Public Health

The World Health Organization describes health as a fundamental human right. Global public health is not only driven by scientific evidence, but also by community, national, and international interests. Even seemingly simple public health solutions, such as providing food for famine, vaccines for diseases, clean water, and implementing evidence-based prevention strategies,...

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Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

There's a lot of controversy surrounding embryonic stem cells, but did you know that there are many types of stem cells in the body and that some are already being used to treat diseases? In this course, you'll learn about what stem cells are, what they do, and their importance to research and medicine. You’ll even learn how to culture mammalian cells. Discover...

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The Immune System: Your Inner Warrior

Immunology, the study of the immune system, provides a glimpse into how your body defends you against an ever-changing realm of infectious pathogens. Using specialized cells called lymphocytes that literally re-engineer their own DNA, the immune system coordinates a physical, chemical and cellular defense against these potentially lethal invaders. Most often, your immune...

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Scholar-Athlete: Back From the Bench: Sports Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation

Approximately 80% of high school athletes will experience a significant sport-related injury at some point in their athletic career. In this interactive course we will explore the relationship between injury, injury prevention and improving sports performance. This course offers clarity on what really matters in prevention, rehabilitation, and return to sport to enjoy a lifetime...

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Viruses of Humans, Past, Present and Future

Edward Jenner described how to prevent smallpox in 1796; the virus was eradicated from the human population in the late 1970s. With all of modern biology and medicine why are AIDS, Ebola, Enterovirus D68, and bird flu still in the news almost daily?

This course provides students the opportunity to learn about the major pathogenic viruses of humans. It draws from...

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Biomedical Informatics and Data Science for Biomedicine and Health Care

Modern health care relies on the ability to best interpret available data that may originate from a number of sources, including healthcare professionals, patients, and medical devices. Data science is the process of interpreting data for use within specific contexts. Biomedical informatics is the scientific discipline that is focused on transforming data for providing biomedical...

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Exploring Women's Cancer: From Bench to Bedside

In this course, students will explore cancers unique to women, with a particular focus on breast and ovarian cancer, which respectively represent a very common and very deadly form of cancer. Students will gain a broad understanding of how cancer develops and is treated while gaining an in-depth understanding of specific types of the disease. Another major goal will be to expose...

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From Molecular Aging to the Bicentennial Man: Why We Age and How Science Will Change Everything

"Everyone gets old". There's no law of nature that says that aging is immutable. On the contrary. What we know now is that aging is surprisingly plastic: it can be effectively manipulated. Why we age, what drives the process of aging from a cell or molecular perspective is still relatively poorly understood. We will focus on the different molecular hypothesis...

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Modeling Living Systems: The Principles of Life

Why can some cancer types elude treatments? How come we still haven't found a vaccine for HIV? Why do antibiotics sometimes work and sometimes don't? Adaptation, while providing quite a general answer to these questions, is not at all illustrative. This one simple principle governs many very different phenomena that we encounter in everyday life. The key to understanding...

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Emerging Microbial Pathogens

This course will focus on emerging microbial pathogens including bacteria, fungi, and protozoan parasites and the human diseases that they cause. In addition we will discuss the current research and scientific understanding of each disease, and how this knowledge translates to combating infection. The students will learn the sciences related to each pathogen and develop the...

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Disease Control: Biotechnology versus Microbes

Study with Brown University in Atlanta, Georgia at the United States' Centers for Disease Control (CDC)!

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are the last line of defense against a worldwide pandemic. Are you up for the challenge to fight emerging drug-resistant infections alongside the CDC?

The microorganisms that infect us can outmaneuver...

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Behind the Breakthroughs: Using Laboratory Organisms in Biomedical Research

Groundbreaking advancements in our understanding of human health and disease could not be accomplished without the help of some interesting creatures. In this laboratory-intensive course we will work with several model organisms as well as mammalian cells grown in culture. Students will gain practical laboratory experience in the context of published biomedical research.

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Moral Medicine: Questions in Bioethics at the Cutting Edge

Medical science has brought enormous advantages in the 21st century: cloned sheep, life-prolonging technology, cognitive and physical enhancement, widespread vaccination, and organ transplants for example. Just because we can do something, however, doesn't necessarily mean we should. What are the major issues that arise with scientific progress? How do we frame, re-frame,...

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Doctor as Advocate: The Human Rights-Based Approach to Health

Refugees from Syria. Torture in Guantanamo. "Black Lives Matter." Human Trafficking. Topics in "Human Rights" are all over the news. But what responsibility do doctors have to act? This course will explore the physician's role in protecting the "right to health." We'll tackle a number of issues to understand how individual and community...

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From Brain to Sensation: Neurobiology of Perception

Taste! Smell! Sound! Sight! Touch! Our world is alive with stimuli and these are just some of the many senses we use to explore and interact with our environment. But how are all of these senses transformed into our everyday perceptions and how do we respond?

Using a combination of individual and small group experiments, students will learn about the brain and how...

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The Secret Lives of Animals: A View into their Brains and Behaviors

Humans have the ability to learn, communicate and problem-solve. But are we alone? This hands-on, field trip and lab-based course will change the way you think about nature. We will investigate innate and learned behaviors, including but not limited to imprinting, social structures and animal communication. This course provides an introduction and overview of animal behavior....

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Brain Basics: From Biology to Behavior

The study of the brain as a biological structure is very different from the study of any other organ in the body. The cells that make up the brain, neurons, share many of the same fundamental characteristics with other cells of the body (exocytosis, manufacturing of proteins, metabolism, growth). However, the functions of these cells result in products that are quite unique...

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Learning and Memory: From Brain to Behavior

The facts we learn as humans across our lifetime and our memories of personal experiences make each one of us unique. Consider, however, how a person’s sense of self would be affected if he or she were unable to form new memories. At a more basic level, how could animals survive if they were unable to learn from their experiences? This course will offer students the opportunity...

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Psychoactive Drugs: Brain, Body, Society

Have you ever wondered about the difference between recreational and medicinal usage of psychoactive drugs (drugs that alter mood and behavior)? Are there basic differences in the action of psychoactive drugs when they are taken for recreational versus medicinal purposes? And how does society decide how to categorize psychoactive drugs: which ones to make legal and which illegal?...

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Neuroscience in Health and Disease

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and networks of nerve cells, or neurons, that travel throughout the body. Although the field of neuroscience is relatively new, being recognized only in recent decades as a formal discipline, it is growing and expanding at a very rapid rate. The rapid growth of neuroscience and the pace of biomedical...

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Computer Modeling of the Brain

The human brain is one of the most complicated and mysterious systems on the planet. In recent decades, a huge push has been made to understand the brain through computer modeling. A large number of scientists have been involved in the development of these models not only to advance our understanding and treatments of neurological and psychiatric illnesses, but also to help...

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Neuroscience in Action: Understanding Our Brains and Nervous Systems

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Six Weeks

The human brain has more than 85 billion nerve cells, also known as neurons. Ever since the original description of the neuron by Santiago Ramón y Cajal in the 19th century, neuroscientists have known that understanding the neuron is key toward understanding how the brain works. This course is an introduction to neuroscience in which we will examine the inner workings...

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Brain and Behavior: Biological Perspectives and Therapeutic Approaches to Mental Illness

This course will be co-taught by a Ph.D. biologist and a practicing mental health counselor. "Brain and Behavior" will provide students with a multifactorial perspective on psychopathologies. We will delve into illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders. Students will study both the biological...

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The Mysteries of Sleep: What Goes Bump in the Night?

We spend a third of our lives asleep. Why would we do this? What function(s) does sleep serve for the body, the brain, or the mind? We will explore one of the unanswered questions of science: what is sleep for? We will examine its nature, its peculiarities and oddities, and what happens if you don't get enough. Join us at the intersection of biology and psychology where...

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This is Sparta!

Why do we still glorify the Spartans in movies and books over 2000 years after their city and way of life fell to ruins? What about Spartan history and culture has captured the imaginations of those who have studied them, both in the ancient and modern worlds? Their strict, regimented lifestyle produced a class of dedicated, fearsome warriors, but did their eugenics and training...

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Conquest, Control, and Interconnections: The History of the Roman Empire

Spanning from Britain to Iraq, the Roman Empire connected vast areas and different cultures in a time before the internet, telephones, or mass media. How did the Romans gain such an Empire, how did they govern it, and ultimately why did it fall? This course examines the history of the Roman Empire and considers the unique social, cultural, and political concerns of an imperial...

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Ancient Greek Theater Production

What did the ancient Greeks do for entertainment? Today we have movies, concerts, YouTube, and countless other sources of amusement. For the ancient Greeks, theater was the main game in town. Every year, companies of citizen actors would produce original, large budget plays. The competition was fierce; the prizes: glory, gold, and undying fame.

This is a performance-focused...

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Through the Gates of Horn: Dream Interpretation in the Ancient World

Dreaming has always been part of our everyday experience. But did the ancient Greeks dream any differently than we do? How and why did they extract meaning from their nightmares and daydreams? In this course, we will explore the art and science of dream interpretation, a curious practice that stands at a fascinating intersection in the history of ideas between philosophy, religion,...

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Cupcake, KitKat and Marshmallow: Android Mobile App Development

How many times each day do you use your phone? Countless. Smart phones sit in our pockets or purse every day, but aren't you curious how they operate? Have you ever wondered what happens inside your phone when you touch the screen? Well prepare to find out. In this course, students will learn the inner workings of Android Application Development, culminating in a final...

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Introduction to Systems Thinking: Game Design and Learning

How do people learn, and how do games help people learn? In this workshop-based seminar, we will explore these questions by designing, reflecting upon, and critiquing our own games.

Solving the complex problems of the 21st-century requires systems thinking- the “art of seeing the forest and the trees.” Yet, learning systems thinking as a decontextualized...

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Natural and Artificial Intelligence

What is intelligence? Humans have it, but what about computers? This course covers the basic concepts and tools at the intersection of Cognitive Science, which studies the mind as a biological computer, and Artificial Intelligence, which seeks to reverse engineer thinking. Through readings and computer simulations, we will explore the similarities and differences between human...

Visualizing Your Data: Graphical Programming in R

We will use the statistical programming language R to graphically represent data. Students will be able to present their data in a compelling way. This will be useful for many fast-growing fields of study including public health and biomedical sciences.

Advances in computing power have enabled scientists to amass huge amounts of data on everything from genetics to...

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Learn to Program in Five Days

This course is a whirlwind introduction to programming in Python. No programming experience is expected or required. By the end of the week, you will be able to design, execute, and debug your own code.

The goal of this course is to learn how to program using Python, a highly popular, easy-to-learn programming language. Though the course is fast-paced, it assumes...

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Introduction to the Global Business Environment

In this course, we will analyze how different configurations of key elements--the market, the participants, the institutions, and the external factors--constitute the global business environment. It is an environment in which each participant wants to optimize a measure of welfare: for example, firms make production and pricing decisions in order to maximize profits (or any...

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International Financial Markets and Investments

This course provides an introduction to the study of financial assets and international financial markets. Topics covered include the purpose and functioning of financial markets and institutions, valuation of financial assets, analysis of risk and return, and the recent financial crisis.

The course will address questions such as the following: What are the functions...

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An Introduction to Game Theory

An Introduction to Game Theory is a three-week core course in behavioral economics. Game theory is the systematic study of strategic interactions that are present everywhere, not only in economics but in politics, sociology, law, computer science, and sports.

The main goal of the course is to introduce students to the basic concepts and tools of game theory and to...

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How a Nation's Economy Works: An Introduction to Macroeconomics

“Our economy is the result of millions of decisions we all make every day about producing, earning, saving, investing, and spending.”
-- Dwight David Eisenhower

Students should think of this three-week core course as An Intelligent Citizen’s Guide to Macroeconomics that provides them with a better understanding of...

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Making Informed Financial Decisions in Today's World Economy

This course introduces students to concepts and tools needed to understand basic economic decision making. By examining how individuals, governments, and businesses allocate resources, students will gain an understanding of the environment in which resource decisions are made. In this course, we focus on economic analysis rather than investments. We examine some of the instruments...

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Technology and its Effect on Business and World Economies

In 1980, three television stations provided entertainment, telephones were stuck to walls, computers took up entire rooms, and people found facts in books and consumer goods in a store. Today, smart chips no bigger than a fingernail hold more information than the computer of the 1980s, Google processes 1.2 trillion Internet searches per year worldwide, e-commerce sales topped...

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Leadership and Global Development

Despite unprecedented increases in global wealth, a large share of the world’s population still lives in abject poverty. Addressing economic, social, and political inequality is one of the primary challenges for the world in the 21st century.

Development is a complex and controversial endeavor. Some think of development as industrial or economic growth, some as a...

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Economania

Do good‐looking people earn more? Are 'Emily' and 'Greg' more employable than 'Lakisha' and 'Jamal'? Can cancer affect housing prices? Does living near a fast food restaurant cause obesity? Is corruption a cultural trait? This one-week core economics course will examine selected discoveries in applied microeconomics and explain them...

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Becoming an Entrepreneur: Turning Ideas into Startups

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

Are you full of innovative and creative ideas? Do you enjoy discussing your ideas with friends and family? Does your imagination wander when you think about how a product or service could be developed or improved? If so, you may be on your way to becoming the next great entrepreneur!

Develop your ability to see the world with an entrepreneurial eye and identify the next...

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Econometrics: Statistical Tools to Understand Economic Data

We are exposed to economic data and statistical analysis wherever we go: at the supermarket through prices and quantities of goods, at school through relative performance and GPAs, and in advertising through comparisons between the new iPhone 6 and a competitor’s model. Understanding the message is not an issue, but being a critical user of that information requires a...

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Intro to Microeconomics

This is a core course in introductory microeconomic theory, introducing students to the fundamental principles of how to think like an economist. By the end of the course, students should be able to combine abstract concepts with formal analytical tools in order to understand how consumers and producers make optimal choices, and how these choices affect real market outcomes....

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Behavioral Game Theory: Experiments in Strategic Interaction

Game theory is used to understand human behavior. The course will start with the study of the basic concepts of game theory and then will move on to the study of decision making by real people who are not perfectly rational. The course will help students understand how people really interact with each other in daily life, using both economic theory and experiments in economics.

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The Entrepreneurial Process: Turning Ideas into Commercial Realities

Being an entrepreneur means being willing to take risks, look at things in new ways, and challenge convention with your creativity. In this course, you’ll learn how the entrepreneurial process can work, as well as the ways innovation of products and services are developed and managed. We’ll look at entrepreneurial ventures within both start-up and fully developed...

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Economics of the Underprivileged: Starting Small to Make a Big Difference in the World

Do you want to contribute to making the world free of poverty? Are you curious about why nothing seems to solve this global problem? This course will introduce you to the field of development economics. It will help you understand the economic problems of less developed countries and provide you with insights into some key issues facing policy makers today.

With...

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Predictions: Using Statistics to Foresee the Future

Presidential elections, college grades, football games, extramarital affairs, interest rates. What do all of these topics have in common? They can all be explained and analyzed using the tools of Econometrics and Statistics. Did you ever wonder how Nate Silver reaches his election predictions? Did you watch Moneyball and wonder how it was possible for an...

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Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt

The Bust of Nefertiti. The great Pyramids of Giza. Karnak Temple. Book of the Dead Papyri.

These are just a few of the places and things students will examine in this course. During this course, students will be introduced to Egyptian material culture, art, and architecture, from over 3,000 years of Egyptian history. We will begin at the moment of political unification in...

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Ancient Egyptian Religion and Magic

Ancient Egyptian temples stand as enduring remnants of Egypt's religious past. From the Great Pyramids of Giza to pit graves of the non-elite, from the great palaces and temples of kings and gods like Karnak and Luxor to private shrines in houses, this course invites you to partake in the reconstruction of ancient Egypt's religion. By analyzing Egyptian texts, statues,...

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Mummies, Tombs, and Magic: Funerary Religion in Ancient Egypt

Learn about how and why the Egyptians made mummies, built pyramids, and wrote the Book of the Dead. We will explore ancient Egyptian religion, focusing on death and the afterlife, with the goal of understanding the fundamental concepts behind Egyptian funerary practices and the meaning of the structures, texts, and objects they left behind.

Why did the ancient Egyptians...

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TOEFL Preparation

This course is an intermediate-advanced level English course focused on preparation for the TOEFL test. Students will review test-taking strategies and develop skills in Listening, Grammar, Reading and Writing. Students join in class discussions to reinforce their knowledge of the structure of English. They will complete in-class and homework assignments related to developing...

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World Literature

World Literature introduces literary works from four different countries, written in the second half of the 20th century: a Czech novel by Bohumil Hrabal, stories by Argentine master Jorge Luis Borges, a novel by German Nobel Laureate Heinrich Boll, and Little Red Riding Hood versions by British novelist Angela Carter. Through close reading and discussion, you will gain an...

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Classic Fairy Tales Reconsidered

Originally, fairy tales were not intended for children, but throughout much of their history, they were told among adult audiences for entertainment and instruction. During Romanticism, fairy tales were understood as tales sending a strong moral and didactic message. The basic structure and narrative conventions are provided through magic, supernatural elements, and happy endings....

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Writing Seminar: Composing the Academic Essay

Based on Brown’s well-regarded Academic Essay course, in this class you will learn how to organize and craft a well-researched academic essay that explores a topic of your choice on an issue that matters to you. You will develop an idea, expand and support it with evidence, articulate it by means of a carefully-structured argument, and conclude it with implications for...

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Writing Speculative Fiction

In this class we will write. A lot. We will write every day. And by doing so, we will develop as story tellers. We will look at work from the early days of the genre to work written last week. We will look at these stories not only out of a love for sci-fi, but also out of an interest in language. We will see how the great stories were crafted and use that knowledge to inform...

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Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction

This intensive, fiction writing program offers a blend of small workshops, group writing sessions, and presentations by practicing writers, which will inspire students to consider writing as a process and to experiment with new approaches and modes of creativity. Students will grow as a writer, hone their creative skills, and deepen their passion for the writer's craft....

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Flash Nonfiction

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

Like a tropical storm,
I, too, may one day become “better organized.”
-Lydia Davis

In Flash Nonfiction, you will learn to apply key skills for college writing: concision and clarity. You will study and practice nonfiction "shorts," ranging from 250 to 1000 words, in forms such as the profile, scene, story, essay,...

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Reading, Writing, Traveling: An Exploration in Creative Nonfiction

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

Who says you need to board a plane or take a road trip to travel? Wherever you are, being “in the moment” provides each of us a unique window of experience. Good writers open up those windows for others with words by sharing their personal experience with vividness and intelligence. Reading inspires us to travel because we want to experience the places we read about...

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Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry

This intensive, poetry writing program offers a blend of small workshops, group writing sessions, and presentations by practicing writers, which will inspire students to experiment with new approaches and modes of creativity. Students will grow as a writer, hone their creative skills, and deepen their passion for the writer's craft.

Participants explore numerous creative...

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Why Go to College? Higher Education, Its Critics, and You

If Mark Zuckerberg did not need a college degree, why do you? If you’re planning on going to college soon, but haven’t a real answer to this question, this class will help you develop your own answer and prepare you to begin with your eyes wide open and your communicative skills ready. By engaging with a variety of texts on education, including fiction, essays,...

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Introducing The Craft of Journalism

This course is designed to introduce students to the craft of journalism. Students will learn to report stories, how to conduct interviews, and to become close observers of everyday life. Students will become stronger writers, rid their writing of clutter, and learn what it takes to become a good reporter.

This course teaches news writing as a thought process, a...

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Writing the College Admissions Essay

The main objective of this course is to teach high-school students how to write a personal statement for their college applications.

Wondering how you're going to describe yourself in 500 words? Talk about your dreams without using cliches? Don't you want to set yourself apart from the rest of the college-bound hopefuls? In this week-long seminar, students...

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Scholar-Athlete: Sports Writing

After the game, when the cheering stops, a sports writer's work begins. Learn how to make sport come alive in words -- the drama, the pressure, the pivotal moments, the personalities. You will also gain deeper insights into your own athletic pursuits by learning to communicate the essence of competition. From game coverage to profiles to columns to broader issues, students...

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Writing Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is a story boiled down to its essence, one that hinges on a single word, a phrase or a fragment. In this class will learn by doing. We will write every evening and workshop in every class. We will read the work of a variety of modern authors, learning from those who have come before us. This is a class for exploring and pushing language, it is for students who...

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Monsters and Beauties, Heroes and Villains: Writing About Literature by Reading Below the Surface

The goal of this two-week course is to introduce you to the practice of college-level critical reading and writing. Making the transition from high school to college writing is a complex process, one that first entails re-thinking the reading process. This class works under the assumption that there is not a single, easy meaning to any piece of literature. Thus, instead of...

Experimental Writing

Experimental Writing is offered to high school students interested in producing works of fiction and non-fiction. By thinking critically about both established authors' works and those of their peers, students will enhance their own understanding of writing. They will have the opportunity to practice drafting in a variety of styles and genres, including memoir, poetry,...

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Writing for College and Beyond

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

Are you ready to start writing the way college students write? Challenge yourself intellectually and creatively as you explore and experience writing as a form of inquiry, and a part of social conversation.

The first half of this course offers you the chance to think carefully about writing narrative prose, which is in effect a form of storytelling. Thus you begin the course...

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Storytelling in the Digital Age

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

In 2008, Nicholas Carr asked everyone on the internet, “Is Google making us stupid?” The answer seems to be yes, and no. The immediate availability of boundless stores of information gives us all a crutch to lean on when we need quick answers; if you have a smartphone in your pocket, you are a walking encyclopedia. But only so much information will fit on a smartphone...

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Putting Your Ideas Into Words

Do you ever wish you could express your thoughts in a clearer and more compelling manner? Do you have convincing arguments and brilliant insights in your mind that just don't seem to translate into your writing? This course will help you get those great ideas onto paper and communicate them effectively to your intended audience, whether that is a high school teacher,...

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Read, Think, Write - Approaching the College Essay

Despite our increasing reliance on screens in our 21st-century lives, writing remains a crucial skill that one must have. The texts we will read are not only important for their philosophical and social content, but also for their exemplification of various modes of written argumentation. Our discussion of the various texts will focus on the three levels of reading: summary,...

Communicating Science: Writing, Editing, Reviewing and Presenting the Language of Science

Do you see science or medicine in your future? Two of the greatest challenges facing budding scientists/physicians are to learn the unique language of science and how to effectively communicate with peers. This course introduces essential skills necessary for any science major or pre-med student, emphasizing the language of science and how information is disseminated. Students...

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Writing Seminar: Writing the Expository Essay

This course is designed to teach you how to introduce your voice into an academic conversation. You will learn how to closely read primary texts, summarize arguments, evaluate and respond to critical sources, incorporate evidence and cite references, and employ a variety of rhetorical tools and strategies that will strengthen your position.

Students will study and...

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Literature, Culture, and American Identities

This course is designed to expose students to the diversity of contemporary American literature while developing interpretative skills for the close reading and written analysis of texts. By the end of this course, students will be familiar with major concepts in literary and cultural studies such as globalization, democracy, diaspora, genre, and representation. Through an...

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Sherlock's Methods: An Investigation of the Detective Novel

You know my methods, Watson! In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, the detective frequently draws attention to his methods of detection and investigation. These methods are precise forms of close readings that focus on details as well as structures or patterns and require logical reasoning. In this seminar, the detective as a reader, as well as the reader...

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Modern Doomsdays: Robots, Zombies, and Global Collapse

American society has been fascinated with global catastrophe since at least the nuclear age. But in the last few decades, we have seen a resurgence of literature and films that explore doomsday scenarios. This course will critically examine popular and lesser-known works, giving students a relevant medium in which to develop their academic and creative writing skills.

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Mississippi Writers

"To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi."

Attributed to William Faulkner, this quotation will serve as the framework for an examination of 20th century Mississippi literature. This course will introduce students to major 20th century writers and will focus on how these writers engage issues of class, race, gender, language,...

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Writing Seminar: Putting Yourself into Words

This week-long workshop will explore the balance between self-expression and effective communication essential to writing powerful personal narratives, college admissions essays, and creative reflections. As you write and receive feedback daily, you’ll learn not only about purpose, revision, and style, but also about writing as a means of exploring, learning, figuring...

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Zombies, Creatures, and Death Itself: Monstrosity in the Humanities

Why do we fear monstrosity? A key concept in the human imagination, the monstrous escapes definition, as it always stands for something else - something lurking right below the surface, just out of sight. In this course, we will search for the deeper implications that haunt narratives of the monstrous by means of close readings and interpretation, transforming our findings...

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The World After Tomorrow: Science Fiction and Society

The history of science fiction is a history of writers writing from limited, historically-specific social perspectives as they try to imagine worlds made possible through some radical technological or social rupture with the present. By focusing on the themes of utopia and cosmopolitanism, this class introduces students to the history and great works of 20th- and 21st-century...

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The Art of Medicine: How Learning to Write Can Make You a Better Doctor

This course focuses on how skills of observation, diagnosis, character development, pacing, subtext and other elements of good writing are essential to both doctoring and writing. Readings will be drawn from fiction, memoir and essays, by and about physicians, that explore the practice of medicine as well as what it means to think and feel like a doctor. Creative writing assignments...

Building Flying Machines: The Science of Flying from Earth to Space

Have you ever looked at an airplane and wanted to know how it works? Have you ever wanted to know how NASA launches satellites into outer space to reach their final destination thousands of miles away? Would you like to build machines that fly? If you want to investigate flying, aerospace, rocket science, airplanes, satellites, drones and astronauts, then this course is...

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Robotics – Programming and Innovation

Do you like LEGO's? Do you like robots? Have you ever wanted to make your LEGOs come to life? If these questions appeal to you, then you will want to register for this course.

This LEGO robotics course will feature fully customizable LEGO robotic creations. Students typically work in groups of 2 or 3 designing and building a working model. You will learn how...

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Introduction to Mechanical Engineering: Design and Experimentation

Do you want to learn what it takes to be an engineer? There are many kinds of engineers; those who specialize in building bridges, designing submarines, or building massive off-shore wind turbines. While it might be daunting to figure out what type of engineering is right for you, this class will show you many of the different types of work that engineers do.

Engineering...

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Robotics: Innovation and Engineering

Do you like to solve problems, tinker around with designs or have an interest in learning more about technology? Today’s robotics blends mechanical design, electronics and programming in a way that that is exciting, creative and engaging. Taking a step beyond traditional robotics, this course allows you to inventive as you “make” your own robots using the...

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Hack Your Space: Designing and Creating a Smart Home with Arduino

Home automation is one of the hot topics of today’s tech sphere. Smart home technology can both save energy and increase convenience in our everyday lives. In this course, we will explore both the hardware and software sides of home automation, by creating smart home solutions with inexpensive and open-source Arduino components.

Have you ever wanted a smart...

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Crystallography - Studying Structure and Symmetry in the World Around Us

Have you ever wondered: why ice is less dense than water and floats while most solid substances are denser than their liquid counterparts and sink; or why blood is red and grass is green? The answers to these questions are the result of structural analysis, or crystallography - the study of the arrangement (or structure) of atoms in a solid.

In this hands-on course, you...

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Robot Rover Derby

Engineers design useful or desirable objects, employing scientific principles. In Robot Rover Derby you and your teammates will design, construct, and program a useful and desirable rover that will compete with other rover teams in a ladder tournament.

Your rover can navigate autonomously by on-board computer signals. The rover will start remotely by 900MHz wireless...

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Alternative Energy Engineering: An Introduction

One of the most pressing issues of modern times is how we will satisfy our future energy needs and what influence this might have on global warming. This course pursues developing intuitive insights into the benefits and limitations of various approaches to energy generation, and how to differentiate between hype, scientific analysis, and political interference. This course...

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Materials Engineering: A Revolution in the Making

What do you think will be the greatest, coolest invention of this century? Many of the greatest scientists and technologists believe that this will be in the field of Materials research: "of new materials that have amazing properties,” and what’s more, “are capable of changing themselves to suit their requirements.” Though we know of an amazing...

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Introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing

This course is a week long introduction to the basics of the CAD package Solidworks. This CAD software will be used to help you create solutions for engineering design challenges presented in this course.

Engineering has changed tremendously in the past few decades. Some of the most notable changes can be found in how computers are used by engineers to quickly develop...

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Exploring Engineering

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Two Weeks

Enrollment begins February 22nd at canvas.net.

Are you considering a career in engineering? Are you fascinated by what engineers do?

In this free, open course, you will gain an understanding of the various fields of engineering and explore the engineering design process, from conceptual design and optimal choice...

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Biomedical Engineering: The Smart Design of Medical Implants and Devices

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Four Weeks

Are you passionate about innovative approaches to improving human health? Biomedical engineers apply principles of biology, medicine, and science, along with problem-solving skills and critical thinking, to a broad spectrum of problems, from designing regenerative medicine and new methods of drug delivery to micro-
devices and gene therapy.

In this course, you will explore...

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Materials Science and Engineering: Designing for Society's Needs

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Four Weeks

Are you interested in learning more about the materials that surround our everyday lives? How might newly developed, advanced materials positively impact society? In this course, you will explore the mathematical and scientific fundamentals behind the field of materials science and engineering. You will explore the current state of the art in engineering design as you test...

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Renewable Energy Engineering: Wind and Solar Power

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

The demand for energy is expected to grow 30% by 2040. What role can engineers play in developing renewable energy sources? In this course, you will explore the some of the science, math, and technology that is used to extract energy from renewable resources. You will:

• Apply engineering concepts and principles to solving renewable energy issues
• Examine how...

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Leadership and the Future of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, and emerging technologies have a major impact on our everyday lives in the 21st century. They provide new insight into our complex world and address a range of global needs and problems. Few pre-college students are exposed to the advanced research that will likely lead to the future of science, technology and medicine. In this...

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Introduction to Engineering and Design

Are you considering a career in engineering? Are you fascinated by what engineers do? In this course, students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of the engineering design process, an appreciation of the far reaching impacts of engineering, a grasp of the various fields of engineering, and a better understanding of the profile of an engineer, including the typical...

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Engineering Biomedical Systems

Have you ever wondered how scientists make pacemakers or grow cartilage for joint repair? In this course, you will learn how these scientists, called biomedical engineers, develop devices and tissue-engineered technologies that often times save lives!

The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to biomedical engineering analysis, specifically relating to...

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Mechanics of Materials and the Engineering of Catapults

If you like the idea of applying physics concepts to hurtling objects through the air, then you're in for an exciting week. From forces to launch angle, kinematics to bending stress, and composites to prototyping, you'll get the chance to do some quality engineering backed up by college-level scientific concepts. Will you be part of the team to engineer the ultimate...

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Fluid Mechanics through Hovercraft Physics

This course introduces students to the wide world of fluid mechanics, an area that covers vast scientific fields such as aerospace engineering, bacteria locomotion, and combustion dynamics, and which is fundamental for flight, rocketry, swimming, bio-locomotion, and countless other topics in engineering. We will focus on the physics and engineering of fluids and visualize core...

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Materials Science and Engineering: Where Would the World Be Without Them?

Virtually every segment of our everyday lives - be it transportation, housing, clothing, communications, recreation, sports, and so on - is influenced by materials in one way or another. In our contemporary era, sophisticated electronic devices, such as laptops and cell phones, rely on components that are made of semiconducting materials. Automobiles would not have been possible...

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Engineering Energy for Our Future

What is energy? How do we use it? Where do we get it? Why do we feel that we must find new ways of generating energy? What are the options? If you ever wondered about these questions, then this is the right course for you. If you ever saw a wind turbine and said I want to build one for myself, no need to wait!

We want energy and lots of it. In everyday life, we need...

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The Future of Science, Technology, and Medicine

  • Program: Spring
  • Length: One Week

Brown University offers intellectually curious students the opportunity to explore a broad range of scientific, technological, and medical breakthroughs and address emerging ethical conundrums associated with cutting-edge innovation. In this course, students will have a unique opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research in areas such as: space exploration, tissue engineering,...

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The Creative Process: Making Your Ideas Come Alive

The most useful skill in the world right now – no matter what your field of interest – is coming up with exciting ideas and then productively making them happen. This intensive two-week course will guide students to build a creative process and workflow that allows them to sidestep fear and procrastination and happily and confidently create whatever it is they love...

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Exploring the World of Marine Science

Students will learn the basics of estuarine ecology and environmental sciences through a variety of field exercises and data collection techniques. The one-week course will allow students to learn about Narragansett Bay in-depth by using Save The Bay’s waterfront Bay Center laboratory, classroom, shoreline and dock space, and from bay field trips aboard Save The Bay’s...

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Protecting Estuaries: A Changing Ecosystem

Rhode Island is home to a huge and important estuary: Narragansett Bay. An estuary is a place where a river meets the ocean. This creates a unique home for many species of plants and animals including eel grass, seaweed, crabs, fish and seals. Estuaries are the foundations of life in marine systems and are considered to be one of the most productive and biodiverse ecosystems,...

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Your Environment - Your Health!

Did you know that the environment has been influencing your health even before you were born? There are thousands of chemicals all around us, in the air, land, and ocean. We even actively interact with some, like those contained in makeup, food and cleaning products. Why do children who live in big cities have higher rates of asthma that those who grow up in the countryside?...

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Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Environmental Science and Social Action

BELL Rhode Island is a unique outdoor learning experience. The academic content of this course centers on understanding the causes, impacts, and solutions to climate change both globally and locally. In order to appreciate the many manifestations of climate change, our curriculum draws from both environmental science and environmental studies including biology, chemistry, economics,...

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Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Alaska

Study with Brown University in Alaska!

BELL is a unique outdoor learning laboratory. The courses draw their curricula from many different disciplines: history, biology, geology, economics, environmental studies, and leadership theory. In this course, students will travel to southern Alaska to experience, first-hand, the beauty and complexities of present-day Alaska. Learning...

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Crowdsourcing Science: Your Data, Global Collaboration, and Scientific Discovery

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

If a butterfly flaps its wings in Chicago, can it change the world? It might, if you make note of it! By sharing your observations of the natural world with professional scientists, you can contribute to solving real problems, answering scientific questions, and ultimately helping others.

Today, scientists using sophisticated technologies to manage massive collaborations...

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Climate & Climate Change: Scientific, Societal, and Global Implications

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

What is climate change? How do humans interact with the climate system? How can science inform action? This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of the climate system on Earth, interactions between climate and human society, and how climate change science is communicated, interpreted, and used by different nations and cultures.

Topics include:
•...

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The Tropical Coast: Florida Keys

  • Program: Spring
  • Length: One Week

Study with Brown University in Key Largo, Florida!

Brown University offers curious high school students a unique opportunity to explore marine biology, conservation, and leadership skills in the Florida Keys. Focusing on the ecology of three main coastal habitats-- coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrasses-- students will practice many of the methods and skills used by marine...

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The Cloud Forest: Costa Rica

  • Program: Spring
  • Length: One Week

Study with Brown University in Monteverde, Costa Rica!

Join Brown University in San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica to study the cloud forest from a different perspective – high up in the trees! If you are an adventurous and curious person who is passionate about science and nature, this course is for you! Students will study a beautiful and unique ecosystem -the tropical...

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Leadership for Environmental Justice

Around the world, the brunt of environmental inequality has disproportionately impacted developing countries, low-income communities, and people of color. Too often, environmental efforts fail to adequately address these pressing realities. Environmental justice, however, strives to provide equal and fair treatment for all people with respect to the development, implementation,...

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Intermediate Spanish in Segovia

Study with Brown University in Segovia, Spain!

The aim of this course is for students to significantly improve their communications skills in Spanish, particularly their oral expression and listening comprehension, in order that their immersion in Spanish culture during their time in Segovia is successful and rewarding. Daily classes are taught completely in Spanish and...

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Immersive Italian

Study with Brown University in Rome, Italy!

Why learn Italian only in the classroom when you’re in Italy? The city of Rome will be our classroom as we take our course out onto the street for a unique and immersive learning experience. Students learn Italian organically, by hearing, reading, and speaking the language in a fun and low-pressure environment. Ordering...

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Exploring the Planets and Moons of our Solar System

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered how the Moon got there? Why did we send humans to the Moon and what did they discover there? What does Pluto look like? What is a Dwarf Planet? Why do we think Mars might have extraterrestrial life and what form might this life have? How do spacecrafts take measurements of planets? If you are curious about any of these questions,...

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Habitable Worlds: Possible Places for Life in the Solar System and Beyond

Does life exist anywhere else in the Solar System or galaxy? If you have ever looked at the sky and wondered if habitable worlds like (or unlike) ours exist elsewhere, then this is the class for you. This week-long course explores possible habitats for life on Mars, the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and exoplanets (planets around other stars). Along the way, you will learn...

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From Kodak to Instagram: Photography as a Global Language

Twitter. Facebook. 'Selfies.' How do today’s forms and uses of photography represent a continuation of, or break with, those of the past? Through a focus on photography’s use in digital contexts, students in this course will learn methods of critical visual analysis, build visual literacy skills, and prepare for coursework in fields such...

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Trends in Modern Art

This course will look at the major art movements from the 1880s to the present. We will focus on the dominant trends in art making as well as some of the critical theory that surrounds it.

From the Impressionist paintings of Claude Monet, the Cubist work of Pablo Picasso, and the Pop art of Andy Warhol, this course will examine what it means for a work of art to...

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Ancient Art in the Flesh: Discovering ancient art at the RISD Museum

This course will introduce students to the art of Egypt, Greece, and Rome in the context of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum. Students will learn about ancient art, and how to apply this knowledge to museum collections; they will devise and present talks on ancient objects in the RISD galleries, and also have the opportunity to design their own exhibition.

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Music & Politics: From Mozart to Arcade Fire

So you like listening to music, but have you ever stopped to consider its meaning, even its political significance? In this class we explore the relationship between music and politics, from classical music to indie rock. Through the practice of listening critically to music, this class illuminates past and present political events and demonstrates music’s crucial participation...

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Diplomacy

The art of negotiation has never been more important than it is today. From the classroom to the boardroom, inter-personal skills and a clear conception of the give-and-take of personalities and tactical planning are vital elements of success in today’s world. This course is designed to encourage students to think critically about the history of theories of diplomacy...

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Lessons in Leadership: What History's Great Leaders Can Teach Us Today

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Four Weeks

What makes a great leader? What is your own leadership potential, and how can you increase it? Do you have a passion -- such as literacy, the environment, or equal rights -- and hope to make an impact one day?

Great leaders often possess several key leadership skills. Based on one of Brown University's most popular political science courses, this course offers students...

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A People's History of War: From Imperial Rome to Modern Afghanistan

“War is hell,” an old saying goes. Yet people have waged war on one another for all of human history, and communities around the globe continue to face the harsh realities of war every day. Rather than focusing on battles and military tactics, this course offers a deeper understanding of the human experience of warfare by studying people ranging from the common...

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Evil: The History of an Idea

The daily news bombards us with stories about the evils that humans commit against one another--from acts of interpersonal violence such as rape and murder, to atrocities perpetrated on a massive scale, such as genocide and terrorism. Ideas about what it means to be evil, and what it means to be just and good, continue to shape the ways that we understand and react to these...

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Ancient Warfare

This course will examine warfare in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. Blood, battles, and brutality have romanticized these warrior rulers -- Ramesses the Great, Darius the Great, Alexander the Great, and Caesar -- and have kept their memory alive into the modern era. To understand their fame, this course will use a cross-cultural approach to the study of war in...

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Pop Music in American Culture and Politics

This course examines the development of popular music over the last 100 years from jazz and folk to indie rock and hip hop. Students will learn about U.S. history through the perspective of music. It provides a chance to learn how to analyze music critically and express one's ideas clearly.

This course is both about U.S. history and the history of music....

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Empire States: An Introduction to Imperialism through Pre-Modern Empires

How can ancient Rome help us understand Beijing? Why should we care about the Hittite Empire? This course introduces students to the concepts, applications, and practices of imperialism by exploring and comparing empires of the pre-modern era from both the old and the new world.

Each day we will focus on a different theme and use several different empires as case...

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ISIS: Violent Salafism in the 21st Century

ISIS is an organization of considerable international fascination and concern: it continues to embrace alarming tactics like beheading, it controls land roughly the size of Great Britain, it has a sophisticated approach to social media that helps it to spread its message, it has coordinated and taken responsibility for attacks in Egypt and Lebanon and France, and it has been...

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Cuneiform: The World's Oldest Writing

The class introduces students to the development of writing systems, focusing primarily on the earliest known script, Cuneiform. We are most familiar with the Roman alphabet, but cultures all over the world have designed and used a wide variety of written scripts and each has a rich history and unique features.

Cuneiform, the world’s oldest writing script,...

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The Many Faces of Rome

Study with Brown University in Rome, Italy!

This intensive two-week course introduces the complexities and beauties of Rome, an ancient and vibrant metropolis. Designed for high school students without prior experience in Rome, the course introduces students to workshops and lectures by world-class Brown faculty, as well as immersive Italian language studies, all in the...

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Humanities Seminar: Disruptive Thinkers, Ideological Conflict, and Social Revolution

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Four Weeks

Experience what it’s like to participate in a Brown University seminar that will challenge your ideas and invigorate your thinking. In this course, you will engage with great thinkers in world history, explore great social movements of our time, and immerse yourself in key ideological controversies that underpin contemporary global society.
Revisit...

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Vampires, Witches, Angels, and Demons: Representing the Magical World in Renaissance Europe

Today, vampires and witches appear frequently in novels, tv, and movies, but ideas about these magical creatures date back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. This course will examine European beliefs about vampires, witches, angels, and demons between 1500-1700 -- the era of the famous witch hunts and a period of dramatic confrontation between belief and disbelief about...

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Spanish Life and Culture

Study with Brown University in Segovia, Spain!

Spanish Life and Culture workshops will give students the opportunity to explore Spain’s rich culture and history from the Middle Ages to the present. This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to Spain’s art, cooking, geography, history, literature, music, and other cultural aspects, like the Camino de...

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Games, Chance, and Chaos

Whether we play a game of chess, make a business decision, or simply try to decide if we should take our umbrella to school, we are engaged in the same practice: trying to predict the future! What move will our opponent make next? Which investment will make money? Will it rain or not?

When it seems that the possibilities are too numerous and complicated to consider, we...

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Spy Training 101: How to Encode and Decode Messages like an Expert

The course provides an introduction to the history and mathematics behind cryptography. From Julius Caesar's encoded messages to his generals and Thomas Jefferson's wooden cipher to modern day encryption systems, codes have always been used to protect important or personal information. In this course we study the mathematical concepts behind encoding and decoding...

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Creating Your Own Snowflake: An Excursion in Fractal Geometry

Have you ever looked closely at a snowflake? The flowerhead of a broccoli? The veins of an autumn leaf? They all share the striking characteristics of self-similarity, the way the whole resembles smaller parts of itself at different scales. Studies of these shapes fall into the area of fractal geometry, which is as much math as it is art. Extending beyond the systems of equations,...

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Million Dollar Mathematics

Although not all open problems in mathematics come with a million dollar prize, some definitely do! Math is a changing and growing subject and new discoveries are being made all the time. Through experimentation and with the help of computers, we will discover how research mathematicians draw their conclusions. If we are lucky, we may even solve a million dollar problem!

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1+1= 0? Exploring the Beauty of Numbers

Amicable, Powerful, Weird, Untouchable, Narcissistic, Perfect or Happy!

These may seem like words you might use for people, but mathematicians find them equally descriptive for numbers, as numbers behave very "interestingly" when we study them by types. For example, do you know that 1+1 can be 0?

YES, 1+1=0!

It's not magic, just modular arithmetic, which...

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Number Theory: An Introduction to Higher Mathematics

"Mathematics is the queen of the sciences and number theory is the queen of mathematics." Carl Friedrich Gauss

Number theory, the study of the integers, is a vibrant area of mathematical research that many students do not have the opportunity to study in high school. The objectives for this course are to expose students to this beautiful theory, to understand...

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Fundamentals for Calculus: Functions and Equations

The aim of this course is to reinforce fundamental concepts and techniques that a student preparing to enter a first calculus or pre-calculus class will need for success. To this end, we will focus on those topics introduced in algebra courses that most often pose difficulties for students down the road. Along the way, for enrichment and depending on student interest, we may...

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Applied Statistics

“For Today’s Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics.” Such was the title of a New York Times feature and the motivation behind this course. While the field of statistics is growing daily, the most critical aspects of the subject are accessible to high school students. This course will explain how, where, and why statistics is used to solve...

How Big Is Infinity? And Other Math Questions

Have you ever wondered how many numbers there really are or how big infinity is? Many mathematicians have asked these questions, and the answers can be fascinating . . . and sometimes quite strange. This course will be a journey through the mathematical concepts that have helped answer such questions, and along the way, you'll get a taste of what pure mathematics is all...

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Logic & Paradox

Logic is a system of rules upon which human reasoning is based. It is a tool that we deploy routinely in our everyday lives. It pervades every academic discipline, from mathematics to the sciences to the humanities. To philosophers, however, logic is a deep and complex subject of study in its own right. This course is devoted in part to exploring this system of rules, which...

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Combinatorics: Why Counting Counts, or How to Count Without Counting

Imagine putting a random group of people in a room: how many do you need so the probability that two of them have the same birthday is at least one half? Something like 182 or about 365/2, right? Wrong! In fact, the probability is already greater than one half with a random collection of only 23 people! At its core, this is a question about counting; in this course, we study...

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Probability and Its Applications

Don’t let them fool you! You hear people talking about probabilities all the time. 80% chance of rain? Well, what does that even mean? If a medical test gives the correct answer with 99% probability, does a positive test result mean you have a 99% chance of being sick? It does not. And when you hang out with your friends playing poker, wouldn’t you like to know...

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Mathematical Modeling: Probability, Linear Algebra and Discrete Markov Chains

The goal of this course is to introduce high-level mathematical concepts intuitively, focusing on real world applications rather than on theoretical aspects. Students will have the opportunity to see mathematics in action, applied to everyday situations beyond the dreaded "word problems" in algebra and pre-calculus.

After a brief discussion of probability...

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Bridging the Gap Between Math Class and the Real World

More often than not, the things we learn in math class seem to have no other use except in math class: the quadratic formula, finding domain and range, the Pythagorean Theorem... Yet these very techniques can give us a deep understanding of the world around us and even enable us to do things like create basic computer animation and predict the weather. This course will offer...

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Infinity: Foundations and Investigations

People often say that "infinity is unfathomable." This course will try to subvert this widespread view, introducing students to tools used by mathematicians and philosophers for thinking about infinity. We will discuss the most exciting results surrounding infinite sets, and we may have the opportunity to devise some 'infinite art,' including fractals and...

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The Art of the Film

In “THE ART OF THE FILM” we will examine the dramatic effects and cultural implications of the techniques used in film making, and some of the central developments in film’s artistic and technological history. The course will be broken down into a series of sections, each based upon a given formal technique (mise-en-scene, lighting, editing, sound, etc.) or...

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History of American Film

This course examines American film-making from about 1920 through the present. Its main objective is to familiarize students with the history of American film, with a special focus on films that have been highly influential both culturally and aesthetically.

This course examines the history of American cinema from the silent era into the era of the studio monopolies...

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The History of Television: News Coverage through the Looking Glass

Television remains the most significant source for the delivery of news to the American public. Local television regularly tops surveys as the preferred provider of news. Network evening newscasts reach 25 million each night. At the same time, the challenge television has in presenting content to a diffused audience is great.

This class will cover history over the...

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Elevator Pitch for the New Media Age: Short-Form Writing and Speaking

Tweets, Facebook posts, e-mails, texts, instant messages, news alerts, ads: ours is the age of short-form communication. This course offers an introduction to different styles and genres of short-form verbal and non-verbal communication to help make you a more persuasive, concise, and creative writer and speaker. We will examine historical and current uses of the short form...

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in History, Literature and Film

This course examines the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through novels, poetry, film, visual arts and historical records. We will watch movies, view artworks and read literature in combination with historical and cultural texts, to explore how artists and writers have responded to key issues and events from the partition of Palestine and the birth of the State of Israel in 1948...

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Media Psychology: The Psychological Basis of the Media's Power of Persuasion

What we see and hear in films, TV, advertising, music and the news, influences our thinking and behavior in ways we are often unaware. How this happens has a lot to do with the ways these media use psychology in producing the work we see and hear. Media Psychology is a new and dynamic field in psychology that studies the varied ways in which social interactions as well as individual...

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Introduction to Music Production

"Introduction to Music Production" will provide hands-on study of recording studio techniques and aesthetics. Students will create original studio work while developing listening and technical skills for audio production. Technical topics include digital and analog audio technology, acoustics, microphone technique, signal processing and mixing using professional audio...

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Electronic Music

Electronic Music explores how advancements in technology give rise to musical styles, such as techno, hip-hop, progressive rock, industrial, and synthpop. Students gain an understanding of the most influential works of electronic music through guided listening, video screenings, selected readings, class discussions, and creative assignments. Each class focuses on a specific...

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Star Wars and Beyond: Physics in Film

Lightsabers clash in a galaxy far far away as a pair of droids walk slowly towards the setting of the twin suns.

In the world of cinema, science fiction has been experiencing an exciting revival. With the rebooting of the Star Wars franchise and grand offerings like The Martian, Interstellar, and Gravity, our screens are flooded with dazzling depictions of space and technology....

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The Secret Life of Planets

Our solar system contains eight planets (and Pluto!) that are millions of miles apart. Mars contains the largest canyon and the tallest mountain in the solar system. Our Moon was formed through a giant impact with Earth. On Saturn’s moon Titan, it rains methane instead of water. We have never sent humans to explore most of the planets, yet scientists have made (and continue...

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From the Solar System to the Universe: An Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology

The Solar System. Black holes. Galaxy clusters. Quasars. The closer we look at these and other astrophysical objects, the more mysteries we uncover. This course will provide an introduction to topics of active research in astrophysics and cosmology, traveling from our galaxy to the furthest reaches of the Universe. Along the way, we will explore objects like black holes, quasars,...

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The Extraordinary Inventions of Nikola Tesla

Much is speculated and little is known about one of the most brilliant inventors at the turn of the century, Nikola Tesla. With more than 1000 patented inventions, Tesla laid the foundations of modern society. Students will be introduced to the theory of electricity and magnetism and its applications, the principles of wireless transmission of signals, and the idea of harvesting...

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The Quantum Revolution in Technology

Nearly 100 years ago, quantum mechanics changed the face of physics forever. The orderly, deterministic rules of classical physics were turbulently turned on their head, unveiling a veritable zoo in which particles can behave like waves and waves like particles, particles can tunnel through walls, and either the position or speed of an object can be known, but both can't...

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From Newton to String Theory: A History of Physics

We all know how a falling apple helped Newton discover the laws of gravitation, but did you know that playing bongos in the desert helped Richard Feynman untangle quantum field theory? Or that every famous physicist who studied thermodynamics eventually went crazy?

This is a course for people who want to understand what physics is all about. We will discuss the equations...

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Light and Sight: The Science of Vision

What is light? How does it encode information about the world around us? What are our eyes made of, and how do they record images? How do those images get converted into brain signals? These are the questions guiding our exploration.

Every experience you've ever had has relied on a group of special nerve cells devoted to responding to external stimuli. These...

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Introduction to Nanotechnology

Introduction to Nanotechnology provides a broad overview of nanotechnology, discussing the fundamental science of nanotechnology and its applications to engineering, biomedical, and environmental fields. We will discuss the interdisciplinary nature of nanotechnology and how the different basic sciences merge to create the field.

The course provides a background of...

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Meet the Time Magazine Particle of the Year: The Higgs Boson!

The discovery of the Higgs boson has solved a long standing question: how do particles get masses? In this course you will learn about one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time through hands-on models and by making your own “discovery plots” with data provided by the CERN outreach office. The goal of this course is to introduce you to cutting edge...

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The First Three Minutes: An Introduction to the Origin of the Universe

What happened in the first three minutes? How did our universe evolve?

This course will begin with the origin of the Big Bang theory and introduce the observational evidence supporting it. We will explore how the Universe in its present state grew out of a primordial plasma of elementary particles. Students will be introduced to the earliest moments of time and the ultimate...

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Science, Perception and Reality

Modern science throws light on many of the perennial questions of philosophy, sometimes seeming to confirm or refute old answers and sometimes suggesting new ones. Are sensory qualities, such as colors, in external things or only in our minds? Is the world governed by deterministic laws, and if so, what room is there for freedom of the will? Could space have extra dimensions?...

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Themes from Existentialism

By far the most popular philosophy course at Brown, this course on existentialist philosophy (taught by the current chair of the philosophy department) provides a unique introduction to philosophical thinking, by applying the methods of philosophical analysis and argumentation to questions and issues confronting all human beings: What is the meaning of a life with the distinctive...

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The Meaning of Life

There may be no single question more important than this: What is the meaning of life? It’s a question we all face, and finding an answer is urgent. Is there even such a thing? If so, is it something outside of us or something we have to give to ourselves? In trying to find answers, we will discuss issues ranging from purpose and fulfillment to happiness and death. By...

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An Introduction to Philosophy

We will grapple with the great questions of philosophy. Our provocations will come from classic and contemporary authors, but we will learn to do philosophy, not just study it. Our topics will include the nature of the mind, knowledge, the existence of God, free will, and morality.

In this course, we cover many of the main branches of philosophy as understood in...

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Ethics: Theory and Practice

What kind of justification can we give for our ethical decisions? Do other people have to accept our justifications? These are questions everyone grapples with, and wondering about it never ends. This course will address different answers philosophers give to these questions.

We’ve all faced tough ethical decisions and have given reasons to support what we...

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Experience and Consciousness

We typically enjoy a rich, conscious mental life: there's a subjective feel to experiencing the smell of fresh brownies, to be stuck with a pin, or to go on a first date. Conscious experience is such a fundamental part of what it is to be a creature like us that we often take it for granted, but some of philosophy's most fascinating and difficult questions revolve...

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World Philosophy

What does Confucius have to say about what career to choose? What does Buddhist or Islamic philosophy say about how to live your life? Examining the ideas from other cultures can be overwhelming and confusing. This course provides a basic overview of the context and major ideas from cultures around the world.

World Philosophy will give students a very broad overview...

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Happiness: Philosophy and Psychology

The course introduces the study of happiness by considering classic and contemporary research from the two most relevant disciplines, philosophy and psychology. Besides exposing the students to a topic of immediate human interest, the course also exposes them to two distinct modes of inquiry about it, allowing them to compare and contrast them.

The course explores...

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The Body in Pain

Physicians, scientists, philosophers, and writers alike have grappled with the challenges of describing physical pain. The question of pain -- and more specifically how much pain one is able to or should endure -- is found in discourses pertaining to issues as diverse as healthcare, sports, grief, sexuality, illness, disability, torture, capital punishment, and war.

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Conscience and the Philosophy of Civil Disobedience

This is a course about breaking the law. The law is not always on the side of justice, and when it is not, we have to decide what to do about it. Do we obey the law, or do we engage in civil disobedience?

But what is civil disobedience, and what makes it different from other kinds of law breaking? Are we only allowed to participate in civil disobedience when the...

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The U.S. In World Politics

Globalization is transforming the relationship between world events and U.S. politics. This course analyzes some of the main challenges, threats, and questions facing the United States in the first decades of the twenty-first century. In addition to introducing students to core theoretical perspectives, concepts, and debates in the study of International Relations and American...

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Leadership and Conflict Resolution

Conflict is universal. We encounter it in our daily lives with friends, family-members, classmates and co-workers; in our communities between different interest and identity groups; and at the global level between state or non-state actors. Good leadership is essential at any and all of these levels to ensure that conflicts are dealt with constructively rather than destructively,...

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Political Theory and the Law

How should we evaluate the laws that govern and bind society? This course will examine the moral and political value of American law through the lens of political theory. As such, students will be able to evaluate for themselves whether laws are legitimate.

During the course, we will read contemporary and classic political theory in light of the history of American...

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Leadership and Global Engagement

The world is a complicated place. World leaders must address an array of domestic and international issues on a daily basis. Their leadership qualities and styles often reflect cultural and social norms as well as their nation’s political system. Understanding how global leaders make decisions and how those decisions impact the world is vital as the world becomes increasingly...

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The Power of Political Ideas

This course gives students a chance to undertake a fascinating and highly challenging process of political and intellectual exploration. In addition to well-established far right- and left-wing ideas, you will be exposed to and asked to evaluate such ideologies as Nihilism, Radical Feminism, Radical Environmentalism, and even Radical Islam.

This will be an intense,...

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Global Justice, Part A

Do we have duties to help the poor in other countries? Is every human being owed a human right to health as a basic moral entitlement? This course introduces students to the most important ethical debates about global politics. The course strongly appeals to students who are interested in ethics, political philosophy, public policy, and international relations.

This...

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Debating Democracy: Individual, Society, and Tradition

All of us are formally equal in a democracy. But does equality breed conformity? Can we really be individuals in the crowd? And conversely, given our many differences, is formal equality enough to hold a democracy together? Or do we need something more, like a shared sense of tradition or purpose? What does a commitment to democracy require of us today?

We will explore and...

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Ethics and International Affairs

This course examines the complex relationship between ethics and politics in international affairs. Starting with an overview of different perspectives on the role of ethics and morality in international relations, the course then explores the ethical dimensions of issues central to foreign policy and the study of world politics, including the use of force, human rights, and...

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Watching and Being Watched: The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age

The course will consider privacy in the digital age. Students will work through puzzles that push them to consider how laws should govern privacy and how privacy relates to their own development.

At least since George Orwell's 1984, it has been clear that privacy is impacted by technological innovation. In this course, we'll consider in detail how technology...

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The New World (Dis)Order: Terrorists, Insurgents, and Revolutionary Movements in the 21st Century

The international section of today’s newspapers looks far different than it did only a few decades ago: rather than stories on large-scale conflict (e.g., World War II), or the prospects for such (specifically, the Cold War), we’re presented with gruesome tales of ISIS, Boko Haram, and other shadowy actors. As these groups grow in strength and number and carry...

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Global Justice, Part B

Should the United Nations and World Bank be reformed? How should states cooperate to address global warming? This is the second part of a two-part course introducing students to the most important ethical debates about global politics. The course strongly appeals to students who are interested in ethics, political philosophy, public policy, and international relations. Students...

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The Global Politics of Climate Change

Climate change is the most important issue humanity faces and will increasingly dominate our experiences and global discourse over the course of our lives. The takeaway message of this course is that while global governance is presently dysfunctional, there is reason to hope, and that motivated individuals can still make a difference. Students will learn who the major actors...

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Introduction to International Law

We will explore international law and its political and economic issues, including war and conflict, human rights, trade and intellectual property, medicine and health, and the environment. We will inquire into how international law has influence without world government, conditions under which it is effective, and actors in its practice. Students will also become familiar...

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Money v. People: Is Democracy Still a Factor in the Ways We Govern?

Does our vote matter or does our pocketbook? Big cities are going into bankruptcy, big businesses are buying elections, and entire countries are going into default. This class considers the impacts of public finance on democracy using political economy literature, current events, and a simulation we explore the implications of economics on democracy.

In this course,...

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How to End Wars and Craft Peace: Major Issues and Dilemmas in International Conflict Management

Violent political conflicts, such as the civil wars in Syria and Ukraine, cause enormous human suffering and undermine global security. What can the international community do to prevent and resolve such conflicts? This course surveys the major issues that policy-makers face in international conflict management: preventing escalation, mediating and enforcing peace agreements,...

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Worlds Apart: Varieties of Developmental States

States, across the developed-developing country divide, are known to display a distinct preference for types of development policy. While some countries stand out as models of business-friendly policies, others prioritize the well-being of the masses through generous redistributive measures. In recent years, as debates around multiculturalism have gained ground, we are perhaps...

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Brothers in Arms: War, States, and Human Rights

Wars have scarred our world. They shape and define the political units we live in, they affect our economic lives, from the content of our shopping cart to the price of gas, and they infiltrate into our very social networks, defining friends and foes. For some, wars claim even greater prices. For others, wars are not only beneficial, but crucial for survival. In this course...

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Putin and the (New?) Cold War

Whether passing anti-LGBT laws, annexing the Crimea, or intervening in Syria, many observers of international politics find themselves asking, "What is Russia doing? Is this the start of another Cold War?" Answers to that question are often unsatisfactory, ranging from Putin-related memes to stereotypes from the Soviet Union. Rejecting such simplistic explanations,...

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Creating Change Through Public Policy

Public policy is the set of laws, rules, and regulations enacted and enforced by government. Policy is made in response to a societal issue or problem that requires attention and is made on behalf of the public. Examples of public policy include: marijuana legislation, standardized testing in schools, environmental regulations, and immigration. Policy affects virtually every...

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Making Sense of the World

Study with Brown University in Segovia, Spain!

As the globalization of the world economy erodes national borders, nation states have become more interdependent than ever before. Indeed, developments in one region of the world can have a profound impact on those living on the other side of the globe. This introductory course aims to explore some of the broad topics in the...

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Introduction to U.S. Law and The Way Lawyers Think

The law touches nearly all aspects of our lives, and a certain amount of basic legal knowledge is necessary to identify important legal issues that arise in daily life and in various industries. The way that lawyers think and analyze serves as a valuable foundation for individuals in many fields. Learn at an introductory level, from an attorney, about: the legal system in...

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Corporations: Strictly Businesses, Global Citizens, or Future Governments?

From Apple to Wal-Mart to Toms, it is hard to imagine our world without corporations. If anything, the largest corporations today even outstrip some governments in their wealth, scope of operations, and power to set policy. In the US, Supreme Court cases like Citizens United and Hobby Lobby have further cemented corporations as entities protected by constitutional rights and...

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Critical Thinking About Human Behavior

This course will introduce students to methods used by psychological science to help answer common questions about the “unknown.” We will examine common ways in which human thinking leads people to believe strange things and to maintain these beliefs even in the face of contradictory information. Students will develop critical thinking skills for evaluating claims...

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Genetics and Human Behavior

The completion of the Human Genome Project may be the most important scientific achievement of our lifetime, but how much can genes tell us about complex human behavior? How much does the environment impact human behavior? What kind of research techniques can be used to identify specific genes and specific environments that influence behavior?

Behavioral genetics...

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Introduction to Clinical Psychology

In this course, students will be exposed to the science and practice of Clinical Psychology. Students will learn about the clinical characteristics of many major classes of psychiatric disorders, and the scientifically validated treatments available for these conditions. This course is intended to provide information for those considering a career in clinical psychology, allowing...

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Current Controversies in Mood Disorders

Can bipolar disorder be accurately diagnosed in children? Do certain antidepressant medications increase risk of suicide? Can alternative remedies such as fish oil stabilize mood swings? These questions address only a few of the recent controversies that surround the study of mood disorders, such as major depression and bipolar illness. Using these disorders to illustrate key...

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Positive Psychology: The Key to Happiness

For years, psychology has been the study of what ails the human mind. For example, why do certain individuals develop depression or abuse substances? Currently, there is a movement within psychology to study not only what ails the human mind, but what makes us happy, healthy, and content in our lives. Positive psychology is the scientific study of what goes right in our life,...

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So You Want to Be a Counselor?

This course provides an introduction to the profession of counseling. As such, a primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the field of counseling and the multiple training disciplines. The course will address the various fields of counseling (e.g., school counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, clinical psychology) and the required training needed...

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Psychology and the Media

In "Psychology and the Media," we will explore and evaluate the ways in which psychology and psychologists are (mis)-represented in the popular media. Films, TV clips, and websites will be used to illustrate the ways in which psychology and psychologists are portrayed in the media and to stimulate discussion about the accuracy, ethics, and implications of the media...

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Personality: What Makes Us Who We Are?

This course will introduce students to what psychologists mean when they use the term personality. Does money make people happy? Why do some people prefer to study in a noisy coffee shop while other people prefer a quiet library? How is personality related to health outcomes such as heart disease? What motivates people? Are men from Mars and women from Venus? What does it mean...

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Community Psychology: Making a Difference in the Real World

Are you interested in psychology and really want to have an impact on your school, neighborhood, community, or society? Are you passionate and have a vision of how to affect and maybe change the system?

Community psychologists seek to understand the relationships between individuals and larger systems. If you have ever wanted to learn about applied psychology that could...

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The Psychology of Gender

What is the latest science about how gender identity develops? Are fathers essential for a child’s well-being? Is fetal sex selection harmful for society? What are the consequences of advertisements that suggest that an individual’s status depends on so-called sex appeal? This course will address these questions, and provide a broad survey of the field of the psychology...

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Psychology of Stress and Trauma

How do we cope with war, natural disaster, or terrorism? What about surviving experiences with abuse or torture? How are these experiences different or similar to routine life stresses like exams, moving, or getting divorced? How can you prevent or treat psychological problems that might arise after trauma? These are some of the overarching issues that will be addressed in...

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Abnormal Psychology

Have ever wondered if your friend has an eating disorder, if your uncle is an alcoholic, or if your math teacher is depressed? Have you ever thought about why a behavior that is normal in one culture might be considered a disorder in another culture? If so, you have already thought about abnormal psychology.

Abnormal psychology involves understanding the nature,...

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Psychology of Resilience

The field of psychology has long focused on the harmful impact of stress, adversity, and trauma. Yet many remarkable individuals show incredible resilience in the midst of difficult, even horrible, situations. How are some people resilient in the face of abuse, torture, war, natural disaster, or terrorism? What about resilience to routine life stresses like taking exams or...

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Freud: Psychoanalysis and its Legacies

What does it mean to know yourself? Why is love so painful? What is the source of man’s belief in God? How does history repeat itself? Why do our dreams haunt us? Is there a difference between men and women? What is an Oedipus complex, and do you have one? Sigmund Freud devoted his life to answering these questions.

In this course, we will dive deep into the...

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Organizational Behavior

This course integrates the study of management principles and practices with the study of human behavior within organizations. The focus will be upon translation of management and organizational behavior theory to practices that result in organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and human resource development. The primary goal of this course is to prepare students for advanced...

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Scholar-Athlete: Introduction to Sport Psychology

The psychology of sport is the study of the interaction between psychological variables and performance in athletic and physical activities. The overall objective of this course is to introduce students to psychological theory and practical skills that influence sport performances. Students will be encouraged to incorporate the personal significance of the course content to...

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Social Psychology

Social psychology is the intriguing study of social context and the way it influences our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the application of social psychology research to real-world problems and to incorporate concepts explored in class to its relevance in their own lives.

Social interactions have a tremendous influence...

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Psychology and Health: Emotions, Behaviors, and Disease

Have you ever wondered where the terms “cold feet” or “butterflies in your stomach” come from? Have you ever wondered why zebras and other animals don’t get ulcers? This course will answer these and other questions related to the role of psychology in the onset, course, and treatment of physical health conditions.

This course will provide an...

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Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology

Have you ever wondered how mental illness affects children and their families? Can kids "catch" autism? Can children really suffer from schizophrenia? From autism and anxiety to pediatric bipolar and schizophrenia disorders, students will learn what psychiatric disorders look like in children, how they are treated, and controversies in childhood psychiatric diagnoses....

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Psychology of Good and Evil

How do we define good and evil? Are people born that way? What about social, environmental, and cultural forces? What are your individual vulnerabilities and strengths? Let's find out in this course!

The media is filled everyday with stories of unimaginable harm and unselfish heroes. Have you ever wondered what makes people behave the way they do? What can research...

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Leading with Empathy in the 21st Century

There is a recent groundswell of interest in empathy; CEOs, best-selling authors, and international leaders have identified empathy as one of the most important leadership skills of the 21st century. Generally understood as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another,” empathy will play an increasingly important role in our interdependent and hyper-connected...

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Becoming You: Human Development Across the Lifespan

What made you who you are? How do you see yourself changing in the future? Human development is brought to life in this course through the use of online simulations and engaging class discussion. You will create a "virtual self" and see how your decisions impact your simulated future self over time. You will also raise a "virtual child" from birth to age...

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The Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Psychology - the study of the mind, the brain, and behavior - is relevant to every aspect of your life! How does personality form? How does society and culture impact an individual's behavior? How are mental illnesses diagnosed and treated? These are just some of the questions we will attempt to answer in this course. This course will provide an introduction to a broad...

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Introduction to Neuropsychology

This course will provide an introduction to the principles of neuropsychology, the study of brain-behavior relationships. The goal of this course will be to introduce the student to the role that specific brain regions and networks play in producing behavior. The course will focus on the tools neuropsychologists use to detect behavioral and cognitive deficits cause by brain...

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Can an App Help People Change?

Many computer and smartphone applications were designed to help people change their behavior - for example, there are apps that were designed to help smokers quit and others that remind patients to take their medicine. How can we know whether these applications really work? Students will learn about different medical, psychological, and behavioral conditions and whether computer...

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Terrorism: Theory and Practice

There is little question that terrorism presents a critical threat. In just the last twenty years it has caused a significant number of deaths, resulted in major economic losses, influenced elections around the world, and even led nations to fail. As important, it has resulted in a political discourse characterized by fear-mongering and has threatened to undermine values central...

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Gods and Mortals: Athens, Rome, Jerusalem

Ancient texts are filled with deities, humans, and everything in between. What makes a god a god, and what makes a human a human? Where do they come from? How should they act? How do we, as humans, become more like the gods? In this course, we will look at a variety of ancient Greek, Roman, and Jewish texts to see how writers in the ancient world answered these questions....

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Dead Bodies and Immortal Souls in the Ancient World

Egyptologist Jan Assmann has asserted that, "All culture is a struggle against oblivion." How, then, do different cultures struggle against the oblivion of death--the loss of person-hood, the deterioration of the body, and the eventual loss of memory? In this course, we will explore such questions and examine the ways in which cultures of the ancient world depict...

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Power, Politics, and Society in Global Context

How does power work in modern society? As access to education, technology, and social mobility increase, is the world becoming more or less equitable? How should we think about power in a global society, and how might we understand the conditions and structures of opportunity that shape one’s social position and personal experience?

This course investigates...

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Women and Leadership

Despite remarkable progress over the last hundred years, women in the 21st century still face unique challenges in educational, career, social, and political arenas. In this course, students (1) analyze the position and portrayal of women in society, (2) explore how gender and other factors influence women’s leadership styles, and (3) propose strategies to facilitate...

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Leadership and Social Justice

Leadership and Social Justice is a course designed to provide engaged students with the tools and theory needed to become successful change makers, activists, and community organizers. This course explores how grassroots movements can transform communities, cultural norms, and global systems. How are campaigns developed, initiated, and orchestrated? What factors determine a...

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Leadership in Changing Business: Social Entrepreneurship

Social enterprise is a rapidly growing field which utilizes an entrepreneurial approach to address social needs and create positive change. Companies such as Patagonia, Seventh Generation, and Stonyfield Farms epitomize strong and sustainable organizations which are creating both social and financial value. This course will provide students with an overview of this evolving...

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Identity, Diversity, and Leadership

Who am I and how does my personal background impact my life experiences, my world view, and my interactions with others? To work effectively as a leader towards social change, one must have self-knowledge and an understanding of how individual, institutional, and societal inequity manifests in society, both locally and globally.

Through engaging readings, provocative films...

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Under Your Skin: The Social Determinants of Health

Why do black men in the United States die nearly ten years earlier, on average, than white women? Can having overweight friends cause you to gain weight, independent of your own eating and exercise habits? Can stress from living in your neighborhood cause breast cancer? Increasingly, researchers are finding that the social worlds that we inhabit “get under our skin”...

Mind the Gap: Leadership in an Unequal World

Income inequality in the United States, which has been rising since the 1970s and is now among the highest of all developed countries, has been called “the defining challenge of our time” by President Obama and other leaders. But what explains this inequality? Why does it persist and what are some of its effects? Is it necessarily a bad thing? In what ways is American...

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Human Trafficking in Global Perspective

In the past decade, human trafficking has rapidly risen to the top of the global human rights agenda. This course introduces students to the varying definitions of human trafficking in law and practice in a variety of global contexts. It provides an overview of critical debates in "modern day slavery" studies, including: gender, labor, migrant, and sexual rights....

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Suburban Slums and $2-a-Day: Poverty in the Contemporary United States

What does it mean to be poor in America today? Since the 1970s poverty has not only increased, but has also deepened and changed geographically. Researchers have found that the number of families living on $2 a day has risen dramatically and that suburban neighborhoods are now home to more poor than cities. As a class, we will examine these recent trends and the lived experience...

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Unpacking Race in the U.S.: Theory, Concepts and Lived Experience

We often learn about race from "sound bites" in the media or experiences with family and friends which can be limited in scope. This course will provide an opportunity to thoughtfully analyze the social construction of race. We will take a historical look at how race is categorized and institutionalized in the U.S. and learn key concepts used to maintain racial distinctions.

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Innovative Leadership: Storytelling for Social Impact

A great leader is an inspiring storyteller. The ability to tell engaging stories is critical for building brands, growing businesses, and inspiring change. Why are stories so effective in conveying ideas and gaining support? What makes a powerful story? Through an innovative curriculum, this course explores these questions and shows why storytelling is an essential skill for...

Presenting to the Public

Want to make amazing presentations and influence people? Learn the tips, tricks, tactics, and tools of giving effective public presentations. This course will introduce you to fundamental methods of public speaking and designing effective graphic presentations.

Public presentation skills are central to success in any academic or professional career. This course will...

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Persuasive Communication

This course introduces students to the art of public speaking. Learn to speak with confidence, and to create and deliver engaging presentations. In Persuasive Communication, you will develop the communication skills necessary for success in college, and beyond.

Persuasive Communication combines the practice of public speaking with a theoretical exploration of what...

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Demystifying Research: Becoming a Successful Scientist

Being a scientist means Petri dishes and white lab coats, right? Not at all! Scientists come in all forms and the keys are curiosity and a passion for the unknown. The title “research scientist” applies to a broad range of fields, from physics to psychology, and refers to someone who works to uncover answers to questions sparked by fascination. Whatever your...

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Digital Video Production

Digital video production is for budding movie-makers with an emphasis on experimentation in the use of the video medium. The primary goal of the course is to serve as a foundation for further exploration in digital video artwork and storytelling. Students will write, direct, act, shoot, and edit short videos, with beginning and intermediate instruction. We will cover the fundamentals...

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Drawing Intensive

Drawing Intensive introduces students of all levels to a totally immersive drawing experience on a daily basis. Each day's real art-school-based studio session offers three full hours of drawing combined with group critique, one-on-one feedback to hone technique, and the freedom to experiment. This course gives students a head start in preparing for college art classes...

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The Creative Process: Gaining Your Edge through Critical/Creative Making

This course is an exploration of your creative edge. We will examine the methods and means by which visual artists express creativity as a springboard into developing your own creative position. The course allows for students to move at their own pace, using a variety of methods and materials, to create art projects intended to be far more exploratory of the creative process...

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Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure

Explores the electronic structure of atoms and molecules, thermodynamics, solution equilibrium, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, and reaction mechanisms. Course includes lecture and laboratory sections. Laboratory cannot be taken without the lecture. Students who previously passed 0330 lab may be excused from repeating the lab portion of the course. Prerequisite: CHEM 0100,...

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The Idea of Self

Literature gestures us toward a certain kind of knowledge not quite psychological, not quite philosophical. We read widely in the classical and medieval traditions in order to gauge the peculiar nature of what this knowledge tells us about experience and the ways in which expressions of selfhood abide or are changed over time. Authors include but are not limited to Sappho, Pindar, Catullus, Horace, Augustine, and Fortunatus.

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An Introduction to Contemplative Studies

Introduction to the new field of Contemplative Studies focusing on identifying methods human beings have found, across cultures and across time, to concentrate, broaden and deepen conscious awareness. We will study what these methods and experiences entail, how to critically appraise them, how to experience them ourselves, and how they influence the development of empathy,...

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Principles of Economics

Extensive coverage of economic issues, institutions, and vocabulary, plus an introduction to economic analysis and its application to current social problems. Required for all economics concentrators. Course serves as a prerequisite for ECON 1110, 1130, 1210 and 1620. Serves as a general course for students who will take no other economics courses and want a broad introduction to the discipline.

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Financial Accounting

Basic accounting theory and practice. Accounting procedures for various forms of business organizations.

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Good, Evil, and Inbetween

Are humans born naturally good, evil, neither, or all of the above? Does evil lurk deep within the heart of all that is good, or can the forces of good eradicate those of evil? Is evil an inextricable part of what it means to be human in the first place? We'll examine these and related questions by reading some especially provocative literature, including Frankenstein,...

Critical Reading and Writing I: The Academic Essay

An introduction to university-level writing. Students produce and revise multiple drafts of essays, practice essential skills of paragraph organization, and develop techniques of critical analysis and research. Readings from a wide range of texts in literature, the media, and academic disciplines. Assignments move from personal response papers to formal academic essays. Enrollment...

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Reading French in the Arts and Sciences

Designed to develop the reading competence in French for graduate students (or advanced undergraduates with permission of the instructor). Fundamentals of grammar and syntax are emphasized as well as reading skills in the fields of individual students. Successful completion should satisfy the foreign language requirement for graduate students in other departments. (Consult...

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The American Civil War

In this course we will investigate the "felt histories" of the American Civil War -- the personal experiences of Americans (northerners and southerners, slaves and freed people, European immigrants and Native Americans, men and women) who fought its battles and bore its consequences. These histories, as Robert Penn Warren notes, are an "index to the very complexity,...

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The Romans

The Romans established the only successful pan-Mediterranean empire in history, lasting nearly 1,000 years, with its legacy living everywhere today, from the U.S. Constitution to the English alphabet. Who were these people? How did they ever conquer and maintain such a vast territory and for so long? And what did it mean to be a Roman? This course explores these basic, yet...

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Evil: The History of an Idea

This course considers how individuals and societies have constructed the idea of evil. We examine evil’s origins in religious traditions and review how those interpretations have been deployed and how the concept of evil has changed over time. Is it possible to offer a universal definition of evil? Is it true that “When a woman thinks alone, she thinks evil?”...

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Essentials of the Latin Language

An intensive two-semester approach to Latin with special emphasis on developing facility in the rapid reading of Latin literature. No previous knowledge of Latin is required.

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Fiction I

A workshop for students who have little or no previous experience in writing fiction. Enrollment limited to 17 per section. This course is limited to undergraduates and pre-baccalaureates. Grade Option: S (Satisfactory) / NC (No Credit) only. Enrollment limited to 17.

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Screenwriting I

A workshop for students who have little or no previous experience in writing screenplays. This course is limited to undergraduates and pre-baccalaureates. Grade Option: S (Satisfactory) / NC (No Credit) only. Enrollment limited to 17.

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Introductory Calculus, Part I

An intensive course in calculus of one variable including limits, differentiation, maxima and minima, the chain rule, rational functions, trigonometric functions, and exponential functions. Introduction to integration with applications to area and volumes of revolution. MATH 0090 and 0100, or AP Calculus BC score 4 or 5 are recommended for all students intending to concentrate...

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Introductory Calculus, Part II

A continuation of the material of MATH 0090 including further development of integration, techniques of integration, and applications. Other topics include infinite series, power series, Taylor's formula, polar and parametric equations, and an introduction to differential equations. MATH 0090 and 0100, or AP Calculus BC score 4 or 5 are recommended for all students intending...

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Harmonic Convergence: Music’s Intersection with Science, Mathematics, History and Literature

An examination of research on music and the brain; connections between music, mathematics and history; and music's interrelationship with literature. Readings include The Power of Music (Mannes), Musicophilia (Sacks), The Kreutzer Sonata (Tolstoy), Doctor Faustus (Mann), A Clockwork Orange (Burgess), and writings by Morike, Hofstadter, Vaget, and Taruskin, in which music...

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The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience

Introduction to the mammalian nervous system with emphasis on the structure and function of the human brain. Topics include the function of nerve cells, sensory systems, control of movement and speech, learning and memory, emotion, and diseases of the brain. No prerequisites, but knowledge of biology and chemistry at the high school level is assumed.

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Critical Reasoning

The overall goal of this course is to improve students' ability to think clearly and carefully and to enable them to identify and evaluate arguments. This includes enabling them to: understand and apply relevant concepts like truth, validity, and soundness; determine the structure of an argument; work with arguments using basic propositional logic; understand and apply...

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Basic Physics (3)

Survey of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics for concentrators in sciences other than physics-including premedical students or students without prior exposure to physics who require a less rigorous course than PHYS 0050, 0060. Employs the concepts of elementary calculus but little of its technique. Lectures, conferences, and laboratory. Twelve hours...

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Persuasive Communication

Provides an introduction to public speaking, and helps students develop confidence in public speaking through the presentation of persuasive speeches. Primarily for seniors. Limited to 18. Instructor's permission required. No permission will be given during pre-registration; interested students should sign up well in advance on the TAPS 0220 waitlist (form is at http://www.brown.edu/academics/theatre-arts-performance-studies/undergraduate-program/required-course-information)...

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Acting

Focus on elements of dramatic analysis and interpretation as applied to the art of acting, and, by extension, directing. Monologues, scene study, and improvisation are basis for comment on individual problems. Reading of dramatic texts and theory. Substantial scene rehearsal commitment necessary. Attendance mandatory. Not open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 20....

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Studio Foundation

An introduction to basic visual art concepts, exploring a range of materials with emphasis on experimentation and analysis of visual relationships. Drawing is a vital part of this course. VISA 0100 or 0110 is a prerequisite to any advanced studio course work at Brown or the Rhode Island School of Design. Under certain circumstances a student may petition for a waiver of this requirement upon submission of a portfolio.

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3-D Foundation

This is an extensive study in form and structure to develop spatial understanding and the fundamentals of 3-dimensional design and construction. Students will explore the structural, compositional and conceptual implications of basic materials, such as wood, metal, plaster and found objects. Projects are designed as a means for investigating a variety of sculptural processes....

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