Death Penalty Perspectives

Death Penalty Perspectives (3) The U.S. death penalty is primarily applied to murderers for heinous crimes, while at the same time there is evidence of the execution of innocents, as well as unequal punishments such as Life Without Parole (LWOP). How can the U.S. execute when there is a chance for error or when some […]

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Empathy in a Digital Age

Empathy in a Digital Age (3) This course will consider how our attitudes about our ability to connect with and empathize with one another have been shaped by new technologies, especially social media. Over the course of the semester, we’ll consider what the “problem” of empathy means in our current cultural moment, a time when […]

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What Does it Mean to be Educated?

What does it mean to be educated? (3) There are economic, philosophical, sociological, cultural, and political perspectives surrounding the purpose of education and the pedagogical constructs that guide education. Yet, what it means to be an educated individual varies among cultures and is contextually dependent. Through various forms of storytelling, readings, guest speakers, blog posts, […]

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Who’s Watching You Now?

Who’s watching you now? (3) Surveillance has become a commonplace term, yet it is often dismissed as only the concern of those who have something to hide. This suggests that only criminals/criminal activity is watched and having a public persona online means we agree to being surveyed. In this course, we will explore the various […]

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Borders, Migration & Globalization

Borders, migration, and globalization are terms invoked by the media and in everyday conversations; but it is important to dig deeply to understand what these terms mean. This course studies policies and the discourse around border security; the cause and effects of international migration; the origin of the term “globalization” and the theories associated with […]

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Cities: Destroyed & Reinvented

The turmoil and traumas of modernity have transformed urban spaces into architectural and commemorative battlegrounds. This seminar introduces theories of memory and nationalism alongside controversies over architecture and planning with special case examples from twentieth-century European urban transformations. The dynamic environment of the US capital also informs the course. Intense discussion of weekly readings, short […]

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