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HUM/HST 930 World Cultures: This course is an interpretive survey of the development of selected societies and cultures from ancient to modern times. The class presents a comparative and interdisciplinary study of world cultures within the context of their religious and philosophical traditions. Additionally, this seminar examines the nature of multiculturalism in modern societies, and analyzes the meaning and relevance of cultural chauvinism, race, and racism within their historical and contemporary contexts.
Professors: Gail Mooney and David Kalivas
SOC 901 Introduction to Globalization: This interdisciplinary course examines the social,economic, cultural, political, and historical dimensions of globalization and analyzes the variety of ways that economic, political, and cultural arrangements are organized in an interdependent world. It will also examine theories of globalization, the rise of the global economy and of transnational capitalism, transnational classes and states, political globalization, global culture and ideology, transnational social movements/global civil society, transnational migration, the new global labor market, race, ethnicity and gender within the context of globalization, local-global linkages and patterns of resistance to globalization.
Professor: Binnur Ercem
HUM/HST 931 Latin American Literature and History: This course will explore Latin American culture and society from the independence generation of the 19th century to the globalization of the 21st century. The course will provide students with a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective on the history and literature that contributed to the formation of Latin American cultural identity. Major attention will be given to topics such as the legacy of colonialism, nation building, cultures, migration, race, religion, women, international relations, reform and revolutionary movements in Latin America.
Professors: Cathy McCarron and Alejandro Raya
ECO/SOC 935 Poverty, Wealth, and Capitalism
Professors: Rob Kaulfuss and Lucy Ogburn
There is no denying the dynamism and wealth creating potential of capitalism and
markets in the global economy. However, there are also consequences to global
capitalism: corporate influences in our political system; financial booms and
downturns that create prosperity for some and devastation for others; increasing
income and wealth disparities that lead to social unrest within and among
nations; depletion of natural resources and ecological degradation that
constrain economic growth and threaten human health. This course will examine
the social and economic implications of wealth, poverty, and capitalism and
analyze the consequences and alternatives for achieving a more ethical and
HUM/PSY 932 Introduction to Asian Literature and Social Psychology: This course is an introduction to selected East Asian Studies which explores culture through literature, the arts, and Social Psychology. East Asian culture is examined within its social context through literature and films. Additionally, students will conduct investigative analysis of East Asian cultural perspectives using Cross-Cultural and Social Psychology frameworks.
Professors: Claire Kamasaki and Betty Millin
HST 914 Middle East and Islamic World
This course examines the history of the Middle East and the Islamic World from the time of Muhammad to the present. It will provide an introduction to the history of this often turbulent region. It will expose students to the processes and patterns that have shaped the history of the Middle East and the Islamic World. The course examines the historical roots of the many challenges that the region faces today. At the same time, it will also provide students with the knowledge to shatter the myths and stereotypes about the Middle East and the Islamic World.
Professor: David Kalivas
ENG 101 English Composition I/Honors: English Composition I includes prewriting, writing, and revising essays of exploration, analysis, argumentation/persuasion, and research. Students write at least 3 papers of 3–5 pages and one position paper of 5-10 pages that requires a thesis and support developed through formal research and documentation. This course emphasizes reading and informal writing as methods through which ideas are developed.
ENG 102 English Composition II/An Introduction to Literature/Honors: A continuation of ENG 101, this course is an introduction to literature with an emphasis on learning to write analytical essays through a close reading of fiction, poetry, and drama. Honors students will be expected to read extensively in short fiction, novel, poetry and drama, and conduct scholarly research for a final project. Offered both at the Bedford and Lowell Campuses.
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