Course Catalog: 54 Courses

Globalization, Media and Culture

Course Code: AFRI 0500

This course is designed to examine the changing global landscape and its impact on society and culture. The course will draw on analytical tools from the social sciences to make sense of the rapidly changing nature of global society. In the past three decades the flows of commodities, ideas, people, norms and resources across international borders has accelerated exponentially....(more »)

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Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Course Code: ANTH 0100

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...(more »)

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Anthropology for Global Leaders

Course Code: ANTH 0112

This course makes the case that global leaders have much to gain from anthropology, the study of human diversity across geographic and historical contexts. Readings and lectures will introduce students to anthropological thinking about significant global challenges - namely climate change, the internet, and international migration. We will discuss appropriate methods of...(more »)

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Methods of Applied Mathematics I

Course Code: APMA 0330

This course will cover mathematical techniques involving ordinary differential equations used in the analysis of physical, biological, and economic phenomena. The course emphasizes established methods and their applications rather than rigorous foundation. Topics include: first and second order differential equations, an introduction to numerical methods, series solutions,...(more »)

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Applied Ordinary Differential Equations

Course Code: APMA 0350

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 »)

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Intensive Summer Arabic

Course Code: ARAB 0120

This intensive summer course (Equal to ARAB 0100 and ARAB 0200) is an introductory course designed to build basic listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills in Arabic. Given the vast geographical region in which it is spoken, the Arabic language has a variety of forms. One of them is Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). MSA is the medium of formal oral and written communication...(more »)

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The Archaeology of College Hill

Course Code: ARCH 1900

A training class in field and laboratory techniques. Topics include the nature of field archaeology, excavation and survey methodologies, archaeological ethics, computer technologies (such as GIS), and site and artifact analysis and conservation. Students will act as practicing archaeologists through the investigation of local historical and archaeological sites in the College...(more »)

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Introduction to Human Physiology

Course Code: BIOL 0060

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,...(more »)

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Cell and Molecular Biology

Course Code: BIOL 0500

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.

Prerequisites: BIOL 0200 or AP Biology score of 4 or 5.

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Principles of Physiology

Course Code: BIOL 0800

Lab: W 6:00P-8:00P

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.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: BIOL 0200 or AP Biology score of 4 or 5.

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The World of Byzantium (Online)

Course Code: CLAS 0660

Caught between the East and West, the culture of Byzantium inherited the ancient worlds of Greece, Rome, and Jerusalem, nurturing many a modern ideology, conflict, and identity. Byzantium is explored through its history, texts, and art. We examine the foundation and history of Constantinople, Iconoclasm, the Crusades, medieval Christianity and Islam, Byzantine court life,...(more »)

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Greek Mythology (Online)

Course Code: CLAS 0900

“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 »)

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The American Presidents and the Western Tradition (Online)

Course Code: CLAS 1120U

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...(more »)

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

Course Code: CLPS 0611

This is a fully online course in cognitive development. 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, and concepts such as space,...(more »)

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Animal Behavior Laboratory (Online)

Course Code: CLPS 1191

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 »)

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Sleep and Chronobiology Research

Course Code: CLPS 1194

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. Enrollment limited to 12.

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Abnormal Psychology (Online)

Course Code: CLPS 1700

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.

This course is open to Brown undergraduates and qualified Visiting Undergraduates only. The...(more »)

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An Introduction to Contemplative Studies

Course Code: COST 0100

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 »)

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A Data-Centric Introduction to Programming

Course Code: CSCI 0050

An introduction to computer programming with a focus on skills needed for data-intensive applications. Topics include core constructs for processing both tabular and structured data; decomposing problems into programming tasks; data structures; algorithms; and testing programs for correct behavior.

This course is not intended for CS concentrators. In particular, it does...(more »)

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Cybersecurity Ethics

Course Code: CSCI 1870

Bots, trolls, fake news, privacy, freedom of information, government transparency, liberty, autonomy, artificial intelligence, big data, data analytics, encryption, human rights, intellectual property, open source, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, averting cyberwar, humanitarian law, white, gray, and black hat hacking, fair information practices, behavioral...(more »)

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Principles of Economics

Course Code: ECON 0110

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.

Prerequisites: None

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Financial Accounting

Course Code: ECON 0710

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

Prerequisites: None

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Intermediate Microeconomics

Course Code: ECON 1110

Tools for use in microeconomic analysis, with some public policy applications. Theory of consumer demand, theories of the firm, market behavior, welfare economics, and general equilibrium. 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...(more »)

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Love Stories

Course Code: ENGL 0100P

What do we talk about when we talk about love? We will see how writers have addressed this question from Shakespeare's day to the present. Writers may include Shakespeare, Austen, Eliot, Flaubert, Graham Greene, Marilynne Robinson, and/or others. Students should register for ENGL 0100P S01 and may be assigned to conference sections by the instructor during the first week of class. WRIT

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Literature and Social Justice (Online)

Course Code: ENGL 0100X

What role does literature play (if any) in understanding/revealing injustice, oppression, or inequity, or even helping create a more just world? What role might literature play in helping produce the very definitions of sociality and justice through which we see the world? Readings may be drawn from the writings of Mark Twain, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, and Leslie Marmon...(more »)

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Critical Reading and Writing I: The Academic Essay

Course Code: ENGL 0900

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....(more »)

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Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (Online)

Course Code: ENGL 0930-1

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,...(more »)

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Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (Online)

Course Code: ENGL 0930-2

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...(more »)

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Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (Online)

Course Code: ENGL 0930-3

Creative Nonfiction: Reading & Writing in a Digital World uses debates over the so-called "death of reading" supposedly brought about by the internet, smartphone and e-reader as a spur for our writing. Have we entered a period when most readers will no longer able to engage in the kind of "deep" reading that helped usher in the modern world? How and/or...(more »)

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Law and Literature (Online)

Course Code: ENGL 1760Z

What is the relationship between law and literature? How do these supposedly separate worlds contribute jointly to our sense of justice, and to our understanding of injustice? We examine these questions through novels, legal writings, legal opinions, and film, in order to discover how law and literature create interrelated narratives that shed light on issues like identity,...(more »)

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The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Investing

Course Code: ENVS 1545

21st century businesses and investors face a broadening and deepening array of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. Climate change, water scarcity, community conflicts, resource depletion, supply chain breakdowns, worker well-being and economic inequality pose present material challenges that make sustainability an imperative for successful...(more »)

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Reading French in the Arts and Sciences

Course Code: FREN 0220

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 »)

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German for Reading (Online)

Course Code: GRMN 0121

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 »)

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The American Civil War

Course Code: HIST 0252

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 »)

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Political Imprisonment and Captivity in the Modern World: From Revolution to Conscience

Course Code: HIST 0770B

How and why do acts get defined as political rather than criminal? What is the relationship between the rise of ideologies such as fascism, communism and nationalism on the one hand, and the use of political imprisonment on the other? How have humanitarian ideals and the human rights evolution of the 20th century shaped our responses to political imprisonment? How has captivity...(more »)

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Introduction to Latin America

Course Code: LACA 0100

This course will provide an introduction to the complex and diverse region of Latin America highlighting its geographical, historical, cultural and ethnic characteristics. It will present an overview of critical junctures, paradigms, and individuals that across the centuries have defined Latin America as a unique, transnational and multilingual subcontinent, ranging from...(more »)

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Fiction I

Course Code: LITR 0110A

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. Grade Option: S (Satisfactory) / NC (No Credit) only.

Prerequisites: None

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Classic Short Stories

Course Code: LITR 0900A

This course will introduce you to a selection of works by important writers of the short story. We shall explore the richness and diversity of short fiction through close reading and discussion, both of which should give you an appreciation of the short story in general and of our writers' countries and histories in particular. Our focus will be on authorial strategies...(more »)

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Calculus with Applications to Social Science

Course Code: MATH 0070

A one-semester survey of calculus for students who wish to learn the basics of calculus for application to social sciences or for cultural appreciation as part of a broader education. Topics include functions, equations, graphs, exponentials and logarithms, and differentiation and integration; applications such as marginal analysis, growth and decay, optimization, and elementary...(more »)

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Linear Algebra

Course Code: MATH 0520

Vector spaces, linear transformations, matrices, systems of linear equations, bases, projections, rotations, determinants, and inner products. Applications may include differential equations, difference equations, least squares approximations, and models in economics and in biological and physical sciences. MATH 0520 or 0540 is a prerequisite for all 1000-level courses in...(more »)

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The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience

Course Code: NEUR 0010

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.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites, but knowledge of biology and chemistry at the high school level is assumed.

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Experimental Neurobiology

Course Code: NEUR 1600

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 »)

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Critical Reasoning

Course Code: PHIL 0100

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 »)

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Moral Philosophy

Course Code: PHIL 0500

An introduction to ethics, the part of philosophy that is concerned with right and wrong, good and bad, virtue and vice. We will look at some central issues in the field as well as some of the main theories in it. Is an action good or bad because of its anticipated results or regardless of these results? Is it ever right to kill one person to save five? Is relativism true?...(more »)

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Doctors and Patients- Clinical Communication in Medicine

Course Code: PHP 1010

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 »)

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Basic Physics (3)

Course Code: PHYS 0030

Lab: M,F 9:00A-11:00A

Survey of mechanics 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.Prerequisites: Recommended - MATH 0090...(more »)

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Basic Physics (4)

Course Code: PHYS 0040

Lab: M,F 9:00A-11:00A

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...(more »)

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Islamic Sexualities (Online)

Course Code: RELS 0290D

In this course we examine gender and sexuality in Muslim cultures, as well larger issues that shape the ways in which Islam is imagined in relationship to gender and sexuality. In doing so, we will think about how particular constructions of gender and sexuality affect the representation of Islam and Muslims in the US and abroad, especially in films and documentaries, which...(more »)

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Food Fights: Food, Politics and Society in Rhode Island and Beyond

Course Code: SOC 0001S

This course teaches students to use the analytical tools offered by sociology to study how food systems work: How is food is produced and who does the production? How is food distributed, and who wins and loses in the distribution? Finally, what social, political, cultural and economic factors help explain our eating choices? We will examine the food system from a global...(more »)

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Persuasive Communication

Course Code: TAPS 0220

Provides an introduction to public speaking, and helps students develop confidence in public speaking through the presentation of persuasive speeches. Limited to 18.

Prerequisites: None

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Course Code: TAPS 0230

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. Enrollment limited to 20.

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Studio Foundation

Course Code: VISA 0100-0

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.Prerequisites: 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...(more »)

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3-D Foundation

Course Code: VISA 0130

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 »)

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Photography Foundation

Course Code: VISA 0140

This class is a wide ranging technical and conceptual introduction to photography. Through weekly projects, students will be exposed to 19th-21st century photo processes.Topics covered include cameras, lenses, software, darkroom overview, scanning, natural and artificial lighting, alternative processes as well as concepts such as selective focus, color temperature, composition....(more »)

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