Classes

    The Holocaust (Gen Ed 1118)

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2022

    How could the Holocaust have happened/how did it happen?

     

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    Kevin Madigan

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    Who is responsible for genocide? Through the lens of the Holocaust – perhaps the most-studied genocide of the modern era – we will grapple with the issues of good and evil, blame and responsibility, duty and dissent as they pertain to violence enacted at the personal and state levels.... Read more about The Holocaust (Gen Ed 1118)

    Numbers in Policy and Society (Gen Ed 1173)

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2022

    How can we critically assess the data, models, and numbers used in making policy and hold to account those with the power to produce them?

     

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    Sheila Jasanoff and Sam Weiss Evans

    The ability to critically assess numbers, data and models and hold to account those with the power to generate them is a vital capability for every 21st century citizen. This course will give you an increased understanding of why some important ethical and political perspectives fail to enter into the design of the scientific and technical systems that permeate our societies.... Read more about Numbers in Policy and Society (Gen Ed 1173)

    The Celts: People or Construct? (Gen Ed 1081)

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2022

    Who and what define an ethnic group?

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    Catherine McKenna

    We are exposed every day to terms referring to ethnic groups, and we tend to accept these terms uncritically, assuming that we know what they mean and to whom they refer. These labels help to shape our sense of ourselves, of others, and of ourselves in relation to others. Yet the ethnic identities associated with such terms are in fact ambiguous and malleable, constructed of a shifting array of elements, including genetics, shared history, language, religion, economy, political institutions, music, architecture, and foodways.... Read more about The Celts: People or Construct? (Gen Ed 1081)

    The United States and China (Gen Ed 1068)

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2022

    Are the United States and China destined for conflict or can they lead the world in addressing common challenges?

     

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    William C. Kirby

    The United States and China are global economic and military powers. They have a rich history of commerce, friendship, alliance, and antagonism. Both countries have been shaped and re-shaped by the nature of their mutual relations. Their relationship is in crisis, the outcome of which will do much to define the world of the 21st century.... Read more about The United States and China (Gen Ed 1068)

    Satire (Gen Ed 1010)

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2022

    Is satire a dying art, and do we need it?

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    Ambrogio Camozzi Pistoja

    A course on satire, its power and limitations, from Classical Rome, through medieval Italy, to Elizabethan theatre and 19th-20th century American cartoonists. Serving as both a critique of social norms and the oppression of minorities (anti-women, anti-Jews, etc.), satire has been one of the most practiced and effective languages in Western culture.... Read more about Satire (Gen Ed 1010)

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