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DC Summer Session 2016

Course List & Descriptions

Approaches to US National Security GOVT 390, 1 credit Topics in Government Professor Kay Floyd Session 1 W&M Washington Center


In this class, we will examine the foundation and evolution of US national security. National security policy refers to a set of policies both domestic and foreign that are designed to maintain the integrity and survival of the nation-state in times of peace and war. This can include military, economic, and political power, as well as the exercise of diplomacy. This course covers five core areas: National Security Overview and Roots, Pre-Cold War and Cold War National Security, Post-Cold War National Security, Non-traditional National Security, Grand Strategy and the 21st Century.
Foreign Policy Decision Making INRL 391, 1 credit INRL Elective Professor Gabe Swiney Session 1 W&M Washington Center Friday
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.  Professor Gabe Swiney holds law degrees from Harvard and Oxford, and is an active attorney for the U.S. Department of State.
Insurgency and Terrorism GOVT 391, 3 credits Topics in Government Professor Kay Floyd Session 1 W&M Washington Center Mon-Thur
This course examines the complexities of insurgency and terrorism in the modern world, while shedding light on the rising problem of religious radicalization and politically motivated violence.  A variety of disciplines will be discussed in this course, including primarily political science, but also: terrorism and war studies; religious studies; various elements of psychology (as relevant); and, radicalization.  This course will pose a wide range of questions to challenge students to better understand how acts of terrorism can be anticipated and prevented, dealt with as they occur, and limited in impact and scope. It will pay particular attention to the nexus between government policy and terrorism.  This course will also provide a strong foundationfor subsequent studies and research.  This is not a linear course, but rather Topics in Government.
Intro to Creative Writing CRWR 212, 3 credits


Active Learning Credit

Professor Brian Castleberry Session 1 W&M Washington Center Mon-Thur 
5-6:50pm &
This course serves as an introduction to the craft techniques used by writers of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama. The course is reading and writing intensive, and features a workshop component in which students read and respond to peer work.
Intro to Islam REL 212, 3 credits GER 4B Professor Chrystie Swiney Session 1 & 2 Potomac Institute Mon-Wed
This course will be an exploration into the heart of Islam: its origins, historical evolution, diversity, core theological principles, and key modern developments.  During our whirlwind tour, we will touch on many of the currently prevailing stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding the Islamic faith today, questioning, assessing, and in some cases debunking, their veracity.
Nutrition and the Brain KINE 352, 3 credits

COLL 200


Professor Ken Kambis Session 1 Potomac Institute Mon-Thur
KINE 352 focuses on nutrients known to enhance cognition and memory as well as protect against major neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimers disease and various other types of dementia. Neural mechanisms involved in taste, flavor detection, hunger and, satiety are discussed as well as disordered eating and excess alcohol consumption. Brain plasticity and plant based pharmaceuticals are also covered in detail.  KINE 352 fulfills both the KINE Writing Requirement and the NSCI Writing Requirement.
Palestine-Israel: A Washington Dialogue AMES 290, 3 credits GER 4B Professor Stephen Sheehi Session 2 W&M Washington Center Mon-Thur
This class traverse four historical periods (1900-1948, 1948-1967, 1967-1993, 1993-Present). These periods span from the Ottoman and British mandate period to the post-Oslo Accord period, dealing with historical topics such as the politics of the"Great Empires" to the Cold War to the rise of globalization and the rise of the US as unipolar superpower. The topics will be, however, located specifically within the historical and social developments within Palestine and Israel, with the developments of the Palestinian liberation movement and the rise of Zionism and its realization in the Palestine, leading to the establishment of the State of Israel. We will discuss the political history and possibilities of one binational state and two-state solutions.  We will also invite a number of figures from the DC community to talk about these issues.
Science of Nutrition KINE 350, 3 credits GER 2B Professor Ken Kambis Session 1 Potomac Institute Mon-Thur 3-4:50pm
KINE350 Science of Nutrition is an introductory-level course. A major objective of KINE350, in addition to developing an understanding of the physiology of nutrition, is to develop awareness of inadequate/inappropriate nutrition as a major US public health issue.