Imagining the Other

Grounded in a thorough examination of the various theories of society, such as social Darwinism, and designed around a comparative and multidisciplinary set of scholarly works, literary writings, and primary sources, this course explores the colonial, postcolonial, and imperial interactions between the West and the rest of the world during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. […]

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Futures: What will be in 2040?

Universities teach about the past and the present in depth, but what about the future? This course’s dual goals are to develop an anticipatory future consciousness and to equip each student with practical methods and first-hand experience in a futures study. Future awareness comes from thoughtful reading, discussions, and guests; Future methods are qualitative, including creation of […]

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Competitive Advantage in Business

This course provides students with an opportunity to develop their existing critical thinking skills through a specific focus on the concept and empirical phenomenon of competitive advantage in business ((i.e., superior stakeholder value creation).  The course addresses a variety of sources of competitive advantage and the interactions between them (including macroenvironmental and industry forces, corporate, […]

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The Art of the Decision

Decision making is one of our most important activities in both our professional and personal lives. In this course, decision-making processes will be unpacked and thoroughly analyzed. They will be viewed through the lenses of psychology, business, economics as well as various cultural perspectives to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Students will be guided to see patterns […]

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Envisioning an Inclusive Future

This course seeks to: dismantle the ideologies which reproduce social inequality and prevent inclusiveness in our schools and society; develop a collective vision for an inclusive future; and identify the role schools and other social institutions must play in an inclusive society. Among other activities, students consider texts, social and cultural institutions, social movements, and […]

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Plagues, Plots, and People

Diseases, colloquially, are caught, transmitted, and contracted in many different ways: miasmas, bugs, germs, and vectors–to name just a few. How does the language people use to describe illness indicate beliefs about illness? This class studies historical, scientific, and popular accounts of illness to explore this question and others. Students explore whether disease creates immunity […]

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Homo Addictus

Addiction is an extremely common human experience–an experience that highlights the particular joys and pains of being alive. Addictions to such varied things as alcohol, drugs, the internet, video games, pornography, sex, and shopping address and treat a universal pain that is central to humanity. This course considers how potentially addictive behaviors draw people away […]

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