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

Course Code: AMST 0192B CRN: 60001

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...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Anthropology of Stuff

Course Code: ANTH 0001 CRN: 60056

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...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Course Code: ANTH 0100 CRN: 60003

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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Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Applied Ordinary Differential Equations

Course Code: APMA 0350 CRN: 60058

This course gives a comprehensive introduction to the qualitative and quantitative theory of ordinary differential equations and their applications. Specific topics covered in the course are applications of differential equations in biology, chemistry, economics, and physics; integrating factors and separable equations; techniques for solving linear systems of differential...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Statistical Inference I

Course Code: APMA 1650 CRN: 60059

APMA 1650 begins an integrated first course in mathematical statistics. The first half of APMA 1650 covers probability and the last half is statistics, integrated with its probabilistic foundation. Specific topics include probability spaces, discrete and continuous random variables, methods for parameter estimation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. Prerequisite:...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Cell and Molecular Biology

Course Code: BIOL 0500 CRN: 60005

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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Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Principles of Immunology

Course Code: BIOL 0530 CRN: 60006

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,...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Principles of Physiology

Course Code: BIOL 0800 CRN: 60041

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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Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure

Course Code: CHEM 0330 CRN: 60043

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,...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Organic Chemistry

Course Code: CHEM 0350 CRN: 60086

Sequel to CHEM 0330. Investigates the constitution and properties of the different classes of organic compounds, with considerable attention to reaction mechanisms. The laboratory work involves an introduction to microscale preparative and analytical techniques of organic chemistry and the preparation of representative organic compounds. Three hours of lecture and five hours...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Greek Mythology (Online)

Course Code: CLAS 0900 CRN: 60050

“What of these things goes now without disaster?”
-Aeschylus, Agamemnon

This course is an introduction to Ancient Greek mythological traditions. Topics include: the twelve Olympian gods; ‘culture heroes’ (e.g. Heracles), Homer and the Trojan Cycle of myths; mythical traditions about the families of Oedipus and Agamemnon; etc. We...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

The American Presidents and the Western Tradition (Online)

Course Code: CLAS 1120U CRN: 60051

We are accustomed to engaging the American presidency as a public office approached through the prism of government, political science, the history of institutions, constitutional power, and the like. This course studies the ways in which the presidency as an institution, and the presidents in thought and action, are part of a larger continuum of expression and experience in...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Children's Thinking: The Nature of Cognitive Development (Online)

Course Code: CLPS 0610 CRN: 60052

This is a fully online course in cognitive development. There are no prerequisites. The course is designed for rising sophomores through seniors, to be taken during the summer. This course will examine children’s thinking and cognitive development from infancy to elementary school. Some of the topics we will study are children’s memory, reasoning, categorization,...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Developmental Psychopathology

Course Code: CLPS 0640 CRN: 60008

A comprehensive introduction to child and adolescent psychological disorders. Focuses on risk, vulnerability, and protective factors in order to probe why some children develop significant psychological problems when others do not. Emphasis on how biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors interactively contribute to the development of psychopathology. Examines effective...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Quantitative Methods for Psychological Sciences

Course Code: CLPS 0900 CRN: 60009

A survey of statistical methods used in the behavioral sciences. Topics include graphical data description, probability theory, confidence intervals, principles of hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, correlation, and regression, and techniques for categorical data. Emphasizes application of statistical methods to empirical data.

Course not open to Pre-Baccalaureate Students

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Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Animal Behavior Laboratory (Online)

Course Code: CLPS 1191 CRN: 60055

In this course, you will learn about the standard research methodologies for observing animal behavior and the main formats for presenting research to the scientific community and general public. The research skills you will acquire are broad-based and transcend the specifics of animal behavior observational research. The intellectual background for the hands-on assignments...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Sleep and Chronobiology Research

Course Code: CLPS 1194 CRN: 60010

Part of a summer immersion in behavioral science research in human sleep and chronobiology. Instruction in human sleep and circadian rhythms, research techniques in basic physiology, laboratory skills, ethics of research, and basic CPR. Research seminars explore other techniques and career paths. Recommended prerequisite: CLPS 0010 is preferred; NEUR 0010 is also acceptable....(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 11 weeks; May 30, 2016 - August 19, 2016

Abnormal Psychology

Course Code: CLPS 1700 CRN: 60011

The study of anxiety, stress, and neurotic disorders, psychosomatic disorders, deviant social behavior, affective disorders, and schizophrenia. Considers theories of etiology (causes) and methods of therapeutic treatment, case studies, experimental research, and clinical research.

Course not open to Pre-Baccalaureate Students

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Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

An Introduction to Contemplative Studies

Course Code: COST 0540 CRN: 60012

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,...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Meditation, Mindfulness and Health

Course Code: COST 1080 CRN: 60073

This course provides an overview on the relation of mindfulness (the ability to attend in a nonjudgmental way to one’s own physical and mental processes during ordinary, everyday tasks) with various health outcomes and disease risk factors such as depression, anxiety, pain management, diet, substance use, and cardiovascular disease. Mechanisms by which mindfulness may...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Principles of Economics

Course Code: ECON 0110 CRN: 60060

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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Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Financial Accounting

Course Code: ECON 0710 CRN: 60061

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

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Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Intermediate Macroeconomics

Course Code: ECON 1210 CRN: 60013

The economy as a whole: Level and growth of national income, inflation, unemployment, role of government policy. Prerequisite: MATH 0060, 0070, 0090, 0100, 0170, 0180, 0190, 0200, or 0350, or AP Calculus AB 4, AP Calculus BC 3, or IB HL Mathematics 5; and ECON 0110 or AP Microeconomics 4 and AP Macroeconomics 4, or IB HL Economics 6.

Course not open to Pre-Baccalaureate Students

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Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Introduction to Econometrics

Course Code: ECON 1620 CRN: 60062

Probability and statistical inference. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Simple and multiple regression analysis. Applications emphasized. Prerequisite: ECON 0110, or AP Microeconomics 4 and AP Macroeconomics 4, or IB HL Economics 6; and ECON 1110 or 1130.

Course not open to Pre-Baccalaureate Students

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Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Critical Reading and Writing I: The Academic Essay

Course Code: ENGL 0900 CRN: 60015

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...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (Online)

Course Code: ENGL 0930-S01 CRN: 60048

Creative Nonfiction: Writing the World is for students with a serious interest in writing narrative essays based on fact, research, interviews, and memory. Through assignments and revisions, students will hone their investigative, analytical, and creative skills, inspired by close readings of 20th century nonfiction writers, including Jamaica Kinkaid, Annie...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (Online)

Course Code: ENGL 0930-S02 CRN: 60049

Creative Nonfiction: Reading, Writing, and Traveling takes advantage of its online format to enable students to read, reflect, and share their travel experiences from wherever they are this summer. Assignments includes blogging, actively participating in discussions, op-ed pieces, and a longer travel essay; students are also encouraged to explore visual and...(more »)

Course Status: Full

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Reading French in the Arts and Sciences

Course Code: FREN 0220 CRN: 60016

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...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

German for Reading (Online)

Course Code: GRMN 0120 CRN: 60053

This course prepares students to read and understand German texts from a variety of disciplines and in various genres. This intensive introduction to German grammar and syntax is for students without prior knowledge of German, and also for students with some background in German who wish to review and master German grammar. The student who successfully completes this course...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

The American Civil War

Course Code: HIST 0252 CRN: 60017

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,...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

The Romans

Course Code: HIST 0720 CRN: 60063

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...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Evil: The History of an Idea

Course Code: HIST 0770 CRN: 60018

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?”...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Essentials of the Latin Language

Course Code: LATN 0100 CRN: 60019

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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Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Fiction I

Course Code: LITR 0110A CRN: 60020

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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Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Introductory Calculus, Part I

Course Code: MATH 0090 CRN: 60022

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...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Introductory Calculus, Part II

Course Code: MATH 0100 CRN: 60064

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...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience

Course Code: NEUR 0010 CRN: 60024

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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Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Experimental Neurobiology

Course Code: NEUR 1600 CRN: 60025

Intensive laboratory experience in neuroscience appropriate for students with basic background in Neurobiology. Learn and employ the classical neurophysiological techniques of extracellular recording, intracellular recording and receptive field mapping using a variety of animal species. Experiments will include recording of sensory signals in the cockroach leg; frog sciatic...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Critical Reasoning

Course Code: PHIL 0100 CRN: 60026

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...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Doctors and Patients- Clinical Communication in Medicine

Course Code: PHP 1010 CRN: 60027

Communication is central to medical practice and interpersonal relationships between patients and physicians can be powerful curative agents. This course reviews theory and research on physician-patient communication. In addition to lectures, readings, and discussions, students will have opportunities to observe physicians in clinical settings. Appropriate for students interested...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

World of Food: Personal to Global Perspectives on Nutrition, Agriculture, and Policy (Online)

Course Code: PHP 1101 CRN: 60077

This course brings together issues of food and nutrition in America and around the world through the lens of public health, economics, and agriculture. The overarching theme requires that students reconsider their own previous notions, experiences and behaviors with food. This online setting intentionally requires the students to engage in and learn about their own community...(more »)

Course Status: Full

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Meditation, Mindfulness and Health

Course Code: PHP 1880 CRN: 60072

This course provides an overview on the relation of mindfulness (the ability to attend in a nonjudgmental way to one’s own physical and mental processes during ordinary, everyday tasks) with various health outcomes and disease risk factors such as depression, anxiety, pain management, diet, substance use, and cardiovascular disease. Mechanisms by which mindfulness may...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Case Studies in Maternal and Child Health

Course Code: PHP 1994 CRN: 60028

This course examines current topics in maternal and child health by addressing the question: How can the communities we serve become the healthiest place for children? In this first year offering the course, the focus will be on Rhode Island, with the central question being posed: How can Rhode Island be the healthiest place in the world for children? This is not a survey course...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 10 weeks; June 07, 2016 - August 11, 2016

Basic Physics (3)

Course Code: PHYS 0030 CRN: 60046

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...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Basic Physics (4)

Course Code: PHYS 0040 CRN: 60071

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...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Radical Islam: Signifcant Moments in Contemporary Media (Online)

Course Code: RELS 0600C CRN: 60054

This course studies the phenomenon of radical Islam through the lens of contemporary media. We will explore related issues including the nature and roots of militant Islamist violence in the contemporary world and learn about historical contexts, theoretical structures, and detailed comparative case studies. We will explore self-styled modern Islamist and “jihadist”...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Persuasive Communication

Course Code: TAPS 0220 CRN: 60068

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)...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Acting

Course Code: TAPS 0230 CRN: 60029

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....(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

CoLAB: Innovations in Performance Practice

Course Code: TAPS 1715 CRN: 60069

CoLAB is focused on incubating creativity and research at the interface of performing arts, critical scholarship, fine art and design practice. This intensive interdisciplinary course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students in the arts as a laboratory for the development of new/devised performance. This type of performance is intermedial in that it combines work...(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 3 weeks; July 11, 2016 - July 31, 2016

Studio Foundation

Course Code: VISA 0100 CRN: 60031

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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Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

3-D Foundation

Course Code: VISA 0130 CRN: 60032

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....(more »)

Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Drawing I

Course Code: VISA 1110 CRN: 60070

Drawing from nature, still life, the model, and the imagination in a variety of media. A continuing series of outside assignments emphasized. Visits to galleries and museums and pertinent exhibitions may be undertaken. The portfolio of the individual student will be the basis of evaluation. Great emphasis is put on classroom participation. Pre-requisite: VISA 0100 or 0110.

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Course Status: Open

When: 7 weeks; June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016