Epidemiology of Everyday Life (3)
Buried inside each of us is an innate statistician. We receive
data everyday, assess its quality, compare it to other data we
have received, and analyze it to make decisions about our lives.
Too often people are intimidated by numbers and Greek letters to
uncover the intuition behind statistical analyses and reports.
As a result, we end up not evaluating numerical analyses that
come our way all of the time; some we trust too much, others we
trust too little. This course introduces the mathematics behind
statistical analyses, but mathematics is not the focus of the
course. The course helps students to be knowledgeable consumers
of numerical data in our increasingly data-driven world.
Globalization and Education (3)
In this course students are introduced to the key sociological
themes and theories that help frame our understanding of
globalization and its impact on education around the world.
After tracing globalization's history and contemporary trends,
the course turns to detailing how education, broadly conceived,
is affected by globalization. This includes a critical
examination of multi-lateral agencies such as the World Bank,
the International Monetary Fund, and the United Nations/UNESCO;
transformations in patterns of student mobility and migration;
curricular changes and alignment such as the Bologna Process in
the European Union; the emergence of global norms for education;
and the use of new media and digital platforms for global
educational exchange and higher education. The course uses
sociological theories and frameworks to interrogate these trends
and offer explanatory frameworks. Meets with EDU-396 001.
Arab and Arab American Feminism (3)
This course challenges assumptions about gender, sexuality, and
commitments to feminism and justice-centered struggles in Arab
societies and Arab American communities; employs a mix of
materials to highlight how Arab and Arab American feminist
perspectives inhabit multiple and intersecting spaces; and
explores how shared oppression connects Arab and Arab American
feminists to women of color/third world feminists movements
organizing for social justice.
Instructional Method: Online.
Intimacy and Sexuality in Contemporary Societies (3)
This course examines modern-day coupling, romantic, and sexual
patterns in Western societies, from "hooking up" to "getting
hitched." Emphasis is on alternative lifestyles, sexual
variations, the importance of love and marriage (or not),
pleasuring, common sexual and relationship challenges, managing
desires, and sexual health issues, e.g., the impact of sexual
disorders, trauma, sex communication, pornography, sexual
compulsivity, and sexual harassment. Special attention is given
to cross-cultural comparisons when it comes to love, attraction,
intimacy, customs, monogamy vs. polyamory, sexual relationship
difficulties, and criminal sexual behaviors.