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Summer 2015 Course List & Descriptions


Session 1
June 1 - July 3

CRWR 212: Introduction to Creative Writing (GER 6)

In this course, students will be introduced to craft of writing fiction, poetry, and drama. Through readings and class discussions, students will learn the basics of contemporary techniques in these fields. Then, with weekly writing assignments and in-class workshops, students will put these techniques into practice. They will complete a short story and several smaller writing assignments during the session.


KINE 350:  The Science of Nutrition (GER2b)

An introductory course which begins with the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal system. Individual nutrients will be discussed and there will be in-depth treatment of life cycle nutrition issues. Guest speakers will supplement lectures relative to nutrition research and public policy. 


KINE 352: Nutrition and the Brain - The Psychology of Eating and Drinking (GER2b, GER 3, Neuroscience Behavioral Elective)

Although the science of nutrition and brain function is relatively new and is still evolving, certain nutrients in foods are known to be essential to human brain function. Through exploration of past and current research in the area of nutrition science, students will be exposed to the development of the body of literature exploring the effects of various nutrients found in food and how these nutrients affect the brain and subsequent behavior.  


Arab/AMES 311: The Arab American Experience (GER 4b)

This course looks at the Arab experience in America. The course will be divided between the street and the classroom. In class, we explore the experience of Arab immigrants in the United States since the beginning of the 20th century. We will investigate a variety of material including fiction, autobiography, and film (in English or translation), which will reflect Arab cultural engagement with North America, the process of assimilation, and also the racial histories of a number of different waves of immigrants. We will also research contemporary issues in the Arab American community including issues of gender, Islamophobia and racial profiling. This academic work will be the backdrop for our excursions into the Washington community and political culture. Namely, we will have meetings with prominent civil rights and government institutions and figures. 


Arab/AMES: Israel and Palestine: A Washington DC Dialogue  (GER TBD)

TBD


INRL 391: Foreign Policy Decision-Making

  • 1 credit
  • F 4:00pm - 5:50pm
  • Adjunct Professor Gabriel Swiney: Gabriel Swiney is an international lawyer with experience in a wide range of foreign policy issues.  Mr. Swiney holds law degrees from Harvard and Oxford, and is an attorney for the U.S. Department of State.

Foreign Policy Decision-Making is taught by a practicing international lawyer for the U.S. Department of State. The course examines the real-life choices that policymakers face when designing and implenting U.S. policy, and provides a unique view into how those decisions are made. The class will visit the Department of State, where students will meet with members of the foreign service and other officials. The course is ideal for any students considering a career in diplomacy or international relations, or anyone interested in how the U.S. government operates.


SOCL-GSWS 312: Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Cultures (GER 4b) (Cross-listed with GSWS 312-01, Fulfills the Social Science requirement for the GSWS major/minor)

In this course we comparatively examine some Muslim-majority societies (Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey, Iranian Diaspora, and the historical examples from the city of Aleppo, and Ottoman & Istanbul in the eighteenth century) by focusing on cultural formations and practices of gender and sexuality in everyday life and in institutional arrangements. The course draws together materials from Sociology, History, Politics, Anthropology, and Cultural Studies to explore Muslim identities and their historical and contemporary transformations through the lens of gender and sexuality.


RELG 212: Introduction to Islam (GER4b)

This course examines the origins, historical evolution, extraordinary diversity, core theological principles, and key modern developments of the Islamic faith.  The class directly confronts many of the currently prevailing stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding the Islamic faith today, questioning, assessing, and in some cases debunking, their veracity.  Among other topics, the class examines the Sunni-Shia divide, the mystical branch of Islam known as Sufism, and the status of women in Islam.   



Session 2
July 6 - August 7

ART 211: 2-Dimensional Foundations in Washington, DC (GER 6)

  • 3 Credits
  • M-Th 5:00-6:50 pm
  • Adjunct Professor Heidi Brar

Students will explore the fundamentals of two-dimensional art using the landscape and museums of Washington, D.C. as a classroom. The class will meet at specific locations around the Capitol Mall (i.e. The National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Natural History, or the Capitol Mall Park itself), in which core two-dimensional art concepts such as Line, Value, and Color will be investigated. Course information will be delivered in the form of lectures, demonstrations, and short supplemental readings. There are no prerequisites. As this course is introductory in nature, no previous drawing or painting experience is needed.


GOVT 338: Latin American Politics  (GER4b)

This course examines the political and economic development of Latin America since independence. The course covers a broad range of topics, including democracy, economic development, social movements, violent conflict, and U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. We will focus on both broad regional trends and variation among the diverse sub-regions and countries of Latin America.


GOVT 203: Introduction to Comparative Politics (GER3, GOVT Major Requirement)

TBD


RELG 212: Introduction to Islam (GER4b)

This course examines the origins, historical evolution, extraordinary diversity, core theological principles, and key modern developments of the Islamic faith.  The class directly confronts many of the currently prevailing stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding the Islamic faith today, questioning, assessing, and in some cases debunking, their veracity.  Among other topics, the class examines the Sunni-Shia divide, the mystical branch of Islam known as Sufism, and the status of women in Islam.  


GOVT 390: How Congress Works

This course will be taught by Marty Paone, currently Executive Vice President at the Prime Policy Group, Washington's premiere lobbying and consulting firm. From 1979 to 2008, Mr. Paone worked on the Senate floor for the Democratic leadership in one capacity or another. From 1995 to 2008, he served as an officer of the Senate in the position of Democratic Secretary. His duties on the floor consisted of analyzing and recommending matters for floor consideration, including legislation, nominations and treaties. The course will involve an investigation of the legislative process in the United States with emphasis on the United States Congress. Internal and external forces influencing legislative behavior will be examined.