Pre-College Programs

Courses Starting the Week of June 15, 2014 (34)

So What's up Doc?

Are you interested in a career in medicine? This one week course will introduce you to Medical Education "Brown" style and help you decide if medicine might be the right career for you. We will look at characteristics of a "good physician," shadow members of the Brown Medical faculty, tour the Brown Medical School (anatomy lab and the hospitals), do a...

Scholar-Athlete: Sport Physiology

To understand the organ systems integrated response and adaptations to the stress of exercise.

This topic is interesting to anyone who wants to understand what their body is actually doing during exercise and post exercise at the biological level. The course will introduce and demystify training regimens and diets. Students will be introduced to sciences' evolving...

Principles of Human Physiology - Part A

Physiology is the critical study of how living things function. It is not anatomy, but as one of the most fundamental disciplines in the biomedical sciences, it depends heavily on anatomical and biological concepts. An understanding of the basic principles of physiology, especially in regard to our own bodies, is an invaluable part of any budding physicians' or scientists'...

The Pharmaceutical Industry: From Drug Discovery to Market

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like without Tylenol or penicillin? How were these drugs discovered? How did they become so popular? Pharmaceutical companies spend over 1 billion dollars developing just one new drug and getting it to the market. Why does it cost so much money??? In this course you will find out the answers to these questions and get an in...

The Politics of Global Public Health

Global public health is not only driven by evidence but also community, national, and international interests. This course explores the politics global public health.

The course explores the politics of global public health through a series of historical case studies spanning the globe. In these case studies, we will explore some of the most important public health...

Playing Tricks on the Brain!: Perception and Illusion in the Human Visual System

Nearly half of the human brain is devoted to vision, and even the best software engineers at Google and Microsoft can't beat a 3-year-old when it comes to object recognition. Visual perception feels automatic and effortless, and is usually so perfect that we fail to notice it. This course will look at cases where this breaks down when we fall prey to illusions. Like glitches...

Classic Fairy Tales Reconsidered

Introducing today's students to the original versions of fairy tales. Make them aware the the tradition continues to present times.

Originally, fairy tales were not intended for children but throughout much of their history were told among adult audiences for entertainment and instruction. During Romanticism, fairy tales were understood as tales sending a...

Writing the College Admissions Essay

The main objective of this course is to teach high-school students how to write a personal statement for their college applications.

Wondering how you're going to describe yourself into 500 words? Talk about your dreams without using cliches? Don't you want to set yourself apart from the rest of the college-bound hopefuls? In this week-long seminar, students...

Experimental Writing

Experimental Writing is offered to high school students interested in producing works of fiction and non-fiction. By thinking critically about both established authors' works and those of their peers, students will enhance their own understanding of writing. They will have the opportunity to practice drafting in a variety of styles and genres, including memoir, poetry,...

Communicating Science: Writing, Editing, Reviewing and Presenting the Language of Science

Do you see science or medicine in your future? Two of the greatest challenges facing budding scientists/physicians are to learn the unique language of science and how to effectively communicate with peers. This course introduces essential skills necessary for any science major or premed, emphasizing the language of science and how information is disseminated. Students who...

Writing the Analytic Essay

This course is designed to teach you how to introduce your voice into an academic conversation. You will learn how to closely read primary texts, summarize arguments, evaluate and respond to critical sources, incorporate evidence and cite references, and employ a variety of rhetorical tools and strategies that will strengthen your position.

Students will study and...

Who Is Hamlet?

For over 400 years, Shakespeare's Hamlet has captivated audiences and readers, but people rarely agree on just what type of hero the title character is -- or if he's a hero at all. Is he an ingenious avenger or an insane rebel? A devoted son or a spoiled smart-aleck? A sensitive dreamer or a horrible boyfriend? By closely reading the play, comparing movie adaptations,...

Putting Yourself into Words

This week-long workshop will explore the balance between self-expression and effective communication essential to writing powerful personal narratives, college admissions essays, and creative reflections. As you write and receive feedback daily, you’ll learn not only about purpose, revision, and style, but also about writing as a means of exploring, learning, figuring...

Alternative Energy Engineering - An Introduction

One of the most pressing issues of modern times is how we will satisfy our future energy needs and what influence this might have on global warming. Energy research should receive significant funding from the Obama administration, and many new developments now try to "go green". This course will provide a strong introduction to many of the relevant issues and provide...

Modern Rapid Prototyping Techniques

In this course you will have an introduction to the art of fabricating cast metal prototypes. Using 3 dimensional computer aided design software, rapid prototyping equipment, and the undergraduate Materials science lab to make metal castings, this course will demonstrate some of the basic ideas about how engineers go about designing and fabricating prototypes in the modern...

Biomedical Engineering: Design of Tissue-Engineered Materials

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Three Weeks

Are you passionate about innovative approaches to improving human health? Biomedical engineers apply principles of biology, medicine, and science, along with problem-solving skills and critical thinking, to a broad spectrum of problems, from designing regenerative medicine and new methods of drug delivery to micro-devices and gene therapy.

In this course, you will explore...

Ancient Art in the Flesh: Discovering ancient art at the RISD Museum

This course will introduce students to the art of Egypt, Greece and Rome in the context of the museum. Students will learn about ancient art, and how to apply this knowledge to museum collections; they will devise and present talks on ancient objects in the RISD galleries, and also have the opportunity to design their own exhibition.

Students will receive an introduction...

History at the Movies

Whether historians like it or not, most people learn about the past at the movies. Historical movies, from Birth of a Nation (1915) to Lincoln (2012) and The Butler (2013) have larger audiences and greater cultural impact on public perceptions of history than the most celebrated and well-known scholars. Traditionally, historians have grumbled about filmmakers’ who encroached...

Logic & Paradox

Logic is the system of rules upon which all reasoning is based. It pervades absolutely every academic discipline, from mathematics to the sciences, to the humanities as well. It also is a tool that all of us deploy in our everyday lives. And if that is not enough, to logicians, logic is a deep and complex subject of study in its own right. Part of this course will be devoted...

African Music and Dance Experience

In this course, students will learn to perform music from Ghana, Togo and neighboring countries of West Africa leading up to a final public performance at the end of the two-week session. Students will learn to play new types of music, gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for African cultures, learn all the dances, songs and drum parts for the genres studied and...

Democracy: Philosophy, Politics, & Power

This course seeks to foster critical understanding of the key philosophical conceptions of democracy and their relation to modern social practices.

The objective is to challenge mainstream conceptions of democracy as essentially defined by representative elections and to introduce students to the role of democratic values in all spheres of social life, formal, informal,...

The Political Theory of Human Rights

What are human rights? Why is torture immoral? Is there a basic right to education, or health care? Is war sometimes justified to protect those who can't protect themselves?

In this class, we'll use philosophy, film, and literature to answer these questions, to examine how the idea of human rights developed and how we use that idea in modern debates about war,...

Democracy and Development in Africa

Once labeled "the hopeless continent", the political and economic developments of Africa today suggest the exact opposite. Africa's economies are among the fastest growing in the world, with at least a dozen countries enjoying a growth rate of 6 per cent or higher for six or more years; furthermore, the number of democracies on the continent has risen from a...

Ethics and International Affairs

This course examines the complex relationship between ethics and politics in international affairs. Starting with an overview of different perspectives on the role of ethics and morality in international relations, the course then explores the ethical dimensions of issues central to foreign policy and the study of world politics, including the use of force, human rights, and...

After Snowden -- Spies, Lies and Secrets in a Transparent World

Everyone does it " but no one talks about it " until now. The Snowden revelations of extensive American surveillance operations has upset the world of international relations in a dramatic fashion, yet the United States is not the only country that spies. Is spying allowed under international law? Can surveillance and spying be reconciled with democratic values...

Freud: Psychoanalysis and its Legacies

What does it mean to know yourself? Why is love so painful? What is the source of man’s belief in God? How does history repeat itself? Why do our dreams haunt us? Is there a difference between men and women? What is an Oedipus complex, and do you have one? Sigmund Freud devoted his life to answering these questions.

In this course, we will dive deep into...

Scholar-Athlete: Introduction to Sport Psychology

The psychology of sport is the study of the interaction between psychological variables and performance in athletic and physical activities. The overall objective of this course is to introduce students to psychological theory and practical skills that influence sport performances. Students will be encouraged to incorporate the personal significance of course content to their...

Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology

This course will introduce students to the disciplines of developmental and social psychology through the lens of one capacity important to research in both subfields: having a “theory of mind”. “Theory of mind” refers to a person’s ability to use what they observe about someone’s visible behavior to figure out the “invisible”...

Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology

Have you ever wondered how mental illness affects children and their families? Can kids "catch" autism? Can children really suffer from schizophrenia? From autism and anxiety to pediatric bipolar and schizophrenia disorders, in this course, students will learn what psychiatric disorders look like in children, how they are treated, and controversies in childhood psychiatric...

Game Theory in Psychology and Social Decision Making

Decision-making is a necessarily social endeavor. A variety of considerations must be taken into account before we make decisions when we're interacting with other people. This course will explore the psychological factors that influence our decisions to cooperate, defect, trust, punish, reward and make otherwise impactful decisions when others are involved. We will do...

Who are you Calling Sick? The Sociology of Diagnosis

How do doctors decide what is wrong with you? What happens when your symptoms cannot be explained medically? How do patients negotiate diagnoses, and where does self-diagnosis come in? This course will address these questions, as well as the decision-making process of diagnosis through a sociological lens. Diagnosis is the cornerstone of modern biomedical practice, since it...

Social Theory: Understanding Everyday Life

Why is the world the way it is? Do we act as free-willing individuals or do we follow social structures that we have no control over? Why are societies unequal and why do these inequalities persist? How is social change possible?

Social theory tackles these ‘big questions’ and addresses some of the most challenging social issues today. This course proposes...

Presenting to the Public

Want to make amazing presentations and influence people? Learn the tips, tricks, tactics and tools of giving effective public presentations. This course will introduce you to fundamental methods of public speaking and designing effective graphic presentations.

Public presentation skills are central to success in any academic or professional career. This course will...

STEAM Studio: Design Projects

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Four Weeks

There is a movement emerging across the country that is challenging students and educators to explore new ways of integrating art and design into the traditional "STEM" fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). Careers in the 21st century will demand the kind of creative problem solving that translates critical observation, critical thinking, and critical...