Pre-College Programs

2014 Course Catalog (297)

Revolting Bodies: Aesthetics, Representation, and Popular Culture

Our bodies make us feel (un)comfortable, sublime, ridiculous, grotesque. In this course we examine how social and visual images of our bodies force us to consider our identities in socially approved ways. We employ cultural and disability studies, queer theory, science fiction, and film to ask how representations structure the way we "know" and "see" bodies....

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Anthropology of Stuff

Our lives are surrounded by objects we make, gift, sell and buy. What can these objects tell us about who we are as humans? This course will introduce students to material anthropology, exploring what objects can tell us about culture, society and experience. We will talk about gifts, commodities, counterfeits, and copyrights. Students will learn how people make objects, how...

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Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

This course provides an introduction to cultural anthropology, surveying its defining questions, methods, and findings. We will examine the history and utility of anthropology's hallmark method, ethnography, the long-term immersion of the researcher in the culture under study. We will compare cultural anthropology's findings and comportment in other cultures to its conclusions and conduct in our own. No prerequisites.

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Cell and Molecular Biology

This course examines the structure and function of the basic unit of an organism, the cell. An experimental approach is used to examine cellular functions, ranging from gene transcription, cell division and protein secretion, to cell motility, and signal transduction. Relevance to health and disease will be considered. Expected: BIOL 0200 (or equivalent placement).

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Principles of Immunology

Introduction to experimental and theoretical foundations of immunology. Focuses on concepts, landmark experiments and recent advances. Topics include innate and adaptive immunity; structure/function of antibody molecules and T cell receptors; regulation of immune responses through cellular interactions. Applications of concepts to medically significant issues (vaccines, transplantation,...

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Principles of Physiology

Introduction to the function and integration of animal systems with an emphasis on mammals. Includes basic concepts in cell and organ system physiology as well as fundamentals of modern trends in physiological science. Emphasizes the application of physical and chemical principles to animal function at both the cellular and systemic levels. Expected: BIOL 0200 or equivalent.

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From I Love Lucy to Lost: Television and American Culture

In this course, we will study how television reflects and shapes American culture, from its beginnings as focal point of family life in the suburban 1950s to its current status as interactive experience. We will look at television as a business, as a medium, and as a cultural force. Within that framework, we will analyze who decides which programs to put on the air, and how...

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American Consumer Culture, 1870-present

What do we mean when we talk about the modern era in the United States as a “culture of consumption?” How have Americans created and reflected identities through participation in this culture? Beginning with the advent of mass production, advertising, and branding, we will examine the development of modern consumer culture, from its foundations in the 1870’s...

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The Four-Color Phenomenon: A Historical Survey of American Comic Books and Graphic Novels, 1938-2000

This course surveys the history of American comic books. It utilizes the study of the medium as an entry point to engage broader trends and issues in American society and culture throughout the twentieth century, like race, class, and gender. Generally, comic books have long been seen as ephemera designed for children, but today, with the rise in popularity of superhero movies...

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The Wars Within: Patriotism and Protest in Twentieth-Century America

Why do Americans go to war? How do conflicts abroad shape politics at home? In this course, students will study debates concerning freedom of speech, civil rights, and political repression during the two World Wars, the early Cold War, and the Vietnam era. Reading a range of primary sources, including political speeches, journalism, and literature, discussions will reflect...

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The Human Body: A Cultural Creation

Henna art. Bleached skin. Foot binding. Medical tattooing. Each of these bodily practices represents a socially-constructed understanding of how the human body is treated and experienced in a particular culture. Constituted by much more than genetics and biology, the human body has social, political, physical, symbolic and technological dimensions which vary through time and...

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Discovering the Past: Introduction to Archaeology

Do you like solving ancient mysteries, traveling to exotic parts of the globe, visiting ancient monuments, examining ancient artifacts, and studying history? If so, then this course is for you!! This course will introduce you to the fascinating field of archaeology: what it is, how it’s done, how it can help us understand the human past, and how it can help us make sense...

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The Prehistory of Humans: A Social and Cultural Evolution

The overarching theme of this course is meant to supply students with an ample understanding of our human antiquity. Therefore, in this course we will use archaeology as a means to comprehend our earliest origins and our unique evolution. This course should be of particular interest to students interested in archaeology, but also the humanities in general.

The main...

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Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

The cultural and social diversity of the world around us is astounding. Anthropology is a discipline that examines different aspects of this diversity and allows one to better understand the complexity of social phenomena. This course introduces students to the most important concepts and approaches used by anthropologists in understanding socio-cultural variation. The course...

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Forensic Science: CSI Providence - Senior SPARK

Forensics is the application of science to answer questions pertaining to the law. Methods used to solve criminal investigations have progressed significantly over the past thirty years. Investigators and scientists now collaborate and use forensic technologies to uncover facts associated with criminal cases. This course will uncover the truth behind criminal investigations...

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So You Want to be a Laboratory Scientist? - Junior SPARK

Have you ever wondered what DNA looks like? Are you curious about what it is like in a laboratory, working to solve problems in the medical field? Have you ever wanted to solve a crime?

This course is designed to expose middle school students to basic laboratory research in the fields of biotechnology, microbiology, medicine, forensics and general laboratory techniques....

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Conservation of Endangered Species - Junior SPARK

We always hear about endangered species all over the world. What exactly is being done to protect these animals and their habitats? Most people do not realize it, but every endangered species has a recovery plan that maps the road to successfully increasing populations and saving habitats. Zoos are a huge part of these recovery plans by being a place for breeding and increasing...

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Understanding the Human Body: An Exploration of Anatomy - Junior SPARK

Have you ever wondered how your body does all the things that it does?

Our bodies contain 206 bones and over 600 muscles, all coordinated by a central computer called the brain. In this course, you will learn how your body's components work as one, to keep you going everyday.

This exciting hands-on course will provide an opportunity to answer your questions...

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DNA Science and Biotechnology - Senior SPARK

The field of Modern Biotechnology explores breakthrough technology that has revolutionized pharmaceutical, agricultural, and biomedical research. Scientific researchers in DNA Science work to understand diseases, develop treatments and cures, and to address concerns with the environment and our food supply. This laboratory-based course is designed to expose students to the...

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Understanding the Human Body: An Exploration of Anatomy - Senior SPARK

Have you ever wondered how your body does all the things that it does? Our bodies contain 206 bones and over 600 muscles, all coordinated by a central computer called the brain. In this course, you will learn how your body’s components work as one to keep you going everyday.

This exciting hands-on course will provide an opportunity to answer your questions...

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Fatal Infections: Why are Some Diseases Incurable? - Senior SPARK

How do germs invade the human body? How does our body fight these tiny invaders and in some circumstances lose the battle? Why do some diseases affect humans and not animals or vice versa? In this course, you will learn why certain infections cannot be cured and what makes a germ infectious to humans. Ever curious how vaccines work to protect us from deadly microbes? We will...

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Biological Illustration

This course will introduce students to the field of Biological Illustration. The opportunity to learn the tenets of traditional media and expectations in producing renderings suitable for publication are a paramount feature of this intensive course that puts skills to use immediately.

Employing a range of media, students will learn the protocols of scientific rendering...

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Techniques in DNA-Based Biotechnology

The development of powerful tools in molecular biology has led to an explosion in our understanding of genes and the factors controlling their expression. Illuminating research, including recent Nobel Prize winning work, is beginning to reveal the significant role of RNA, a molecule long thought to be merely a "messenger."

Through extensive laboratory...

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So You Think You Want to Be a Doctor: An Introduction to Medicine

So you think you want to be a doctor? This course is designed to help you answer that question by letting you see the practice of medicine firsthand, giving you a taste of what medical school would be like, and helping you evaluate how well your talents and preferences match those of a career in medicine.

You will "try medicine on for size" by spending a half...

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The Body: An Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

This course explores the structure and function of the human body at multiple levels; individual cells, their coming together to form tissues, the organization of tissues into organs, organs working together as parts of organ systems, and finally how those organ systems support one another to maintain the body. Normal structure and function are presented as a starting point,...

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Exploring Infectious Disease: Are We Safe?

The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the field of infectious diseases and to give students an understanding of pathogens that cause infections and their impact on worldwide public health. This course will be of interest to students who want to study medicine, life science or public health.

Will there be a bird flu outbreak? Can Ebola reach...

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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...

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Understanding the Nation's Health

What is Public Health? Public health is the latest buzz word in America, and in this one week course, students will develop an overall understanding of public health. From universal health care to mandated health insurance coverage, students will examine the dichotomy between individual health and public health. Newspaper articles and sound bytes will challenge students to...

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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...

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Introduction to Bio-Medical Science: Cells, Tissues and Organs

While some would say “substance over form,” in this course the substance IS form: that of the vertebrate body. We will focus on the four tissues that represent the body’s building blocks. These will be examined from the perspective of the cell, tissue and organ levels.

This course is of interest to students interested in development, morphology, with...

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Research Techniques in Biomedical Fields

Doctors work to treat diseases but scientists work to cure them. Have you ever wondered about the work that goes on behind the scenes in Medicine? Do you want to find out what it is like to work in a laboratory and be a real "lab rat"? This laboratory intensive course is designed to expose students to basic laboratory research, current topics and techniques in molecular...

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From Mad Cow Disease to Alzheimer's: The Biological Basis of Disease

What do Mad Cow, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease have in common? All these diseases are caused by cellular proteins, found in the brain, which fail to fold properly. Through this course, you will learn about key diseases that are caused by protein mis-folding. Topics covered will include symptoms, cellular physiology and current methods of treatment. You will...

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Bacteriology: The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly

Did you know that the bubonic plague killed approximate 50% of Europe’s population in the middle ages? Did you know that the bacterium that causes leprosy lives inside of the American Armadillo? Bacteria floating miles high in the atmosphere can cause meningitis. Bacteria even contribute to obesity and heart attacks. Come learn about the amazing word of bacteria!

Bacteria...

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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'...

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So You Want to Be a Doctor?

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Five Weeks

Is a career in medicine right for you? This course is designed to help you answer that question. Experience the study of medicine in a whole new way and get a taste of what medical school and practicing medicine in a variety of different medical specialties would be like. Participants in this class will:

* Study gross anatomy, histology, physiology, and microbiology in...

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Principles of Human Physiology - Part B

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’...

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Molecular Biology and Biochemistry: From DNA to Enzymes

Molecular biology and biochemistry are two closely related fields where the properties of key biological molecules, such as proteins and DNA, and how they interact with each other in living organisms are studied. Research in these areas have become so successful at explaining living processes that they are used in almost all areas of the life sciences from medicine to the...

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Organic and Biochemistry: Key Pathways to Success for the Pre-Med Student

Organic and biochemistry are the foundation sciences for the life sciences discipline. Students hoping to have a medical career need to have a strong foundation in chemistry. The MCAT exams given to college students hoping to enter medical/dental or veterinary schools contain a number of sections devoted to general/organic and biochemistry.

The course begins with...

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Body at Work: Anatomy, Physiology, and Disease

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Four Weeks

In this course you will study the major organ systems of the body, investigate normal and pathologic anatomy and physiology, and examine common diseases and injuries that affect the body’s organ systems.

Students considering a career in the health professions will find this course provides a foundation in the study of human form and function, with an emphasis on the...

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DNA Science: Forensics, Food, and Medicine

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Four Weeks

DNA can solve a crime, identify a future disease, and distinguish our common ancestors. A remarkable molecule, it has often been referred to as the “building block of life.”

Advances in molecular biology and biotechnology have led to an explosion in our understanding of DNA and how it impacts us, both as individuals and as a society. This course will introduce...

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Laboratory Research in Biomedicine

Topics to be covered in this laboratory intensive course include the structure and function of biomolecules such as proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, and DNA, as well as the structure and function of cellular components. In the laboratory, students will carry out several introductory and advanced experimental techniques utilizing both DNA and proteins. Experiments will include...

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Leadership and Global Health

Despite world-wide advances in technology and development, providing basic health care to people in resource-poor settings continues to pose enormous challenges. Now more than ever, the global community is focused on overcoming inequities in access to health care and poverty alleviation as a means of curbing the spread of disease and improving people’s livelihoods. Building...

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Infectious and Epidemic Disease

Understanding how pathogens are transmitted, lead to illness, and how they can be controlled or cured is the cornerstone of medical science. We will explore a variety of pathogenic organisms by examining their life cycle, transmission from host to host, and why some pathogens result in to epidemics. Students will discover not only the treatment of epidemic disease, but also...

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Successful Nontraditional Careers in Life Sciences

Do you have a passion for the life sciences but are uncertain of whether you would like to become a medical doctor? There are many other career choices you could consider, like for example: University Professor, Biotech scientist, Biomedical Researcher, Forensic Scientist, Intellectual Property Attorney, Geneticist, Science Writer, Clinical research liaison and Government...

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Forensic Science - CSI Providence!

What makes an expert witness an expert? What would the perfect crime look like? These are but a couple of the many questions we will explore during this course. Forensic science is an exciting field that combines scientific principles from many different science disciplines with technology and math resulting in new, sometimes surprising outcomes!

This integrated...

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Using Pharmacology To Help Us Study The Nervous System

Have you ever thought about how nerve cells in your brain talk to each other, and how psychoactive drugs can affect this process? In this class you will learn the latest ideas concerning how nerves use chemicals and electricity to communicate with each other, and how drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, LSD, caffeine and nicotine can alter brain communication.

Pharmacology...

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Sex and Chromosomes: The Genetics and Biochemistry of Development

Did you ever wonder how a male knows to be male, not female? How does the female know to stay female? What does sex have to do with any of that? Can the male/female development process be altered? That is, can we re-engineer our genome? If so, how do we turn on and off the right genes at the right time to make sure this happens? And if we can control how and when to turn our...

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Introduction to Public Health and the Global Disease Burden

This course will provide an introduction to public health in terms of terminology, research methods, important chronic and infectious diseases, and career opportunities in the field. This is a great class for students interested in learning more about public health, the social and political context of disease, and future opportunities in the field.

The focus of this...

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Drugs, Alcohol & Behavior

Drugs and alcohol have been part of the human experience since prehistory. Why are drugs and alcohol so thoroughly entrenched in human society? How do different drug classes affect human behavior? Why do some people abuse drugs, while others never become addicted? In this course, we will attempt to answer these questions. This course will cover the function of drugs in human...

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Drug Discovery: Treating Human Disease Through Medicine

Whether you’re pursuing a career in research or medicine, this award-winning class will give you a “behind the scenes” look into drug discovery and prescription medicine. You will learn biological pathways of the most prevalent diseases affecting society and how drugs are being developed to treat these aliments. By course end, you will have developed a fundamental...

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The Great Diseases: Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Infections

This course will explore the big killers of mankind. Student will gain a better understanding of the history of disease and the biological reasons diseases occur.

This course will examine the major diseases that man is afflicted with. We will explore cancer, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis and Alzeimers, autoimmune...

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Cancer Biology: An Evolving Puzzle

Have you ever questioned why certain types of cancer are so difficult to treat or how basic science discoveries translate into clinical practice? This course will provide an introduction to cancer biology through hands-on laboratory exercises and interactive lectures. Students will have the opportunity to develop an independent research project and learn about the daily activities...

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Viruses: Ancient Machines in a Modern World

Have you ever had a really bad cold? Maybe the flu? Do you know a polio survivor? Someone with AIDS?

Do you ever wonder exactly how these illnesses occur? It turns out we are merely guests in a fascinating microscopic world. Among the bacteria, parasites, prions, and other microbes are tiny, lifeless, parasitic beings that have been on earth long before we ever were: we...

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Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

There's a lot of controversy surrounding embryonic stem cells, but did you know that there are many types of stem cells in the body and that some are already being used to treat diseases? In this course, you'll learn about what stem cells are, what they do, and their importance to research and medicine. You’ll even learn how to culture mammalian cells. Discover...

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The Immune System: Your Inner Warrior

Have you ever wondered why your doctor poked you with so many needles when you were a kid? Why you got the flu this year but your best friend didn't - but if she eats peanuts she could die within minutes? What your white blood cells are and what makes them different from the "red stuff" that you can see? Why HIV is so deadly and what it means when someone "rejects"...

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Introduction to Bio-medical Molecular Virology

The focus of this course is on the molecular biology that allows interactions between a virus and its host cell. We will begin with the fundamentals: a discussion of the basic composition of a virus particle and how the macromolecules from which a virus is composed allows it to interact with a specific host cell. The interaction between virus and host will then be further discussed...

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From Brain to Sensation: Neurobiology of Perception - Senior SPARK

Taste! Smell! Sound! Sight! Touch! Balance! How is all of this information turned into sensation? Hint: it involves the brain! Students will learn how our brains make sense of the world around us, and they'll learn a little brain anatomy along the way too!

Through a combination of individual and small group experiments, students will about the sensory systems...

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From Brain to Sensation: Neurobiology of Perception - Junior SPARK

Taste! Smell! Sound! Sight! Touch! Balance! How is all of this information turned into sensation? Hint: it involves the brain! Students will learn how our brains make sense of the world around us, and they'll learn a little brain anatomy along the way too!

Through a combination of individual and small group experiments, students will about the sensory systems...

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Brain Basics: From Biology to Behavior

The study of the brain as a biological structure is very different from the study of any other organ in the body. The cells that make up the brain, neurons, share many of the same fundamental characteristics with other cells of the body (exocytosis, manufacturing of proteins, metabolism, growth). However the functions of these cells result in products that are quite unique...

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Learning and Memory: From Brain to Behavior

The facts you have learned across your lifetime and your memories for personal experiences make each one of us unique, as humans. Consider, however, how one’s sense of self would be affected if they were unable to form new such memories? At a more basic level, how could animals survive if they were unable to learn from their experiences? This course will offer students...

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Psychoactive Drugs: Brain, Body, Society

Have you ever wondered about the difference between recreational and medicinal usage of psychoactive drugs (drugs that alter mood and behavior)? Are there basic differences in the action of psychoactive drugs when they are taken for recreational versus medicinal purposes? And how does society decide how to categorize psychoactive drugs: which ones to make legal and which illegal?...

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Neuroscience in Health and Disease

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and networks of nerve cells, or neurons, that travel throughout the body. Although the field of neuroscience is relatively new, being recognized only in recent decades as a formal discipline, it is growing and expanding at a very rapid rate. The rapid growth of neuroscience and the pace of biomedical...

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The Secret Life of the Brain: From Shrimps to Humans

The human brain contains about 100 billion cells known as neurons, yet it remains a mystery how the activity of these neurons makes us think, feel and move. In this course we will try to answer this question.

Standard neuroscience courses usually begin with a description of brain's nuts-and-bolts (neurons, ion channels, synapses), while all the fun topics (behavior,...

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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...

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Neurotechnology, Where Brain Meets Machine

This course will introduce students to the rapidly advancing interface between the human nervous system and technology, and its potential to treat neurological and psychiatric diseases. A brief introduction to brain basics, and an overview of past, current and future neurotechnology will inspire students to consider how medical technology is envisioned, tested and created in...

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The Anatomy of Human Cognition: A Neuropsychological Approach

Much of what is known about the neuroanatomy of human cognition has been inferred from observing how behavior changes as a result of injury or disease. In this course, students will learn about the brain structures and systems involved in memory, language, attention, and executive function by reviewing case studies of patients sustaining brain injuries or disease. By introducing...

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From Sound to Synapse: Introduction to Auditory Neuroscience

The main objective of this course is to explore what sound is and how the brain interprets it with a special focus on the perception of music. We will relate the physical properties of sound to acoustic perception, and investigate how music elicits emotional responses.

The course content will answer several central questions that build on one another: How does sound...

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Computer Modeling of the Brain

The human brain is one of the most complicated and mysterious systems on the planet. In recent decades a huge push has been made to understand the brain through computer modeling. A large number of scientists have been involved in the development of these models to not only advance our understanding and treatments of neurological and psychiatric illnesses, but also to help...

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Visual Consciousness

How can a physical system of the brain experience anything? We are going to seek answers to this question within a neuro-scientific framework. Consciousness is the major unsolved problem, although we all experience it everyday.

We will address following questions: (1) What is consciousness?
 (2) What are the neuronal correlates of consciousness in brain? This course...

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Neuroscience in Action: Understanding Our Brains and Nervous Systems

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Four Weeks

The human brain has more than 85 billion nerve cells, also known as neurons. Ever since the original description of the neuron by Santiago Ramon y Cajal in the 19th century, neuroscientists have known that understanding the neuron is key toward understanding how the brain works. This course is an introduction to neuroscience in which we will examine the inner workings of the...

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Word Etymologies: The Greek and Latin Roots of English

What do the SAT and the application essay have in common? Both offer opportunities for the word-smith to shine: both rely on choosing the right words and understanding them in context. Expanding your vocabulary can also improve success in college, especially if you are intending to major in a STEM field, medicine, or law, which have highly specialized vocabularies based on...

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Introduction to Roman Culture & Literature

Spectacles, brutality, gluttony, decadence, ruthless ambition, limitless empire: these are a few of the terms associated with the Romans in modern culture. This course examines another side of one of the greatest societies of the Western World from the point of view of their cultural accomplishments. We will learn about their society through their own words, seeing Roman culture...

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This is Sparta!

Why do we still glorify the Spartans in movies and books over 2000 years after their city and way of life fell to ruins? What about Spartan history and culture has captured the imaginations of those who have studied them, both in the ancient and modern worlds? Their strict, regimented lifestyle produced a class of dedicated, fearsome warriors, but did their eugenics and training...

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Conquest, Control, and Interconnections: The History of the Roman Empire

Spanning from Britain to Iraq, the Roman Empire connected vast areas and different cultures in a time before the internet, telephones, or mass media. How did the Romans gain such an Empire, how did they govern it, and ultimately why did it fall? This course examines the history of the Roman Empire and considers the unique social, cultural, and political concerns of an imperial...

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Ancient Greek Theater Production

What did the ancient Greeks do for entertainment? Today we have movies, concerts, Youtube, and countless other sources of amusement. For the ancient Greeks, theater was the main game in town. Every year, companies of citizen actors would produce original, large budget plays. The competition was fierce, the prizes: glory, gold, and undying fame.

This is a performance-focused...

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Greek Tragedy Alive: Introduction to Ancient Drama and Performance

Drama, tragedy, theater - these modern terms and concepts have their origins in Ancient Greece, which developed modes of performance that we still enjoy today. Despite the basis of modern theater in antiquity, if we could watch the original performance of Greek tragedy by Aeschylus, Sophocles or Euripides, the experience would differ greatly from going to see a modern play....

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Learning Linux & Programming for Beginners

The main aim of the course is to enable students to learn about a powerful operating system and to become familiar with its most important scripting tools. Computer programming skills are a hot commodity in this ever connected world and this course will get students started on the path to become a software programmer. This course will therefore be attractive to all students...

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Taming the Python- Programming in Python using Linux

The main aim of this course is to enable students to learn about a powerful programming language (python) and familiarize with its most important scripting tools. Computer programming skills are a hot commodity in this ever connected world and this course will get students started in the path to become a successful software programmer.

Python is considered as one...

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Programming and Problem Solving in Matlab

Mat lab is a powerful numerical computing, visualizing, and programming environment that has found wide use across all engineering disciplines and is probably the most commonly used tool for engineering calculations. Electrical engineers use it to accelerate magnetic field measurements, mechanical engineers use it to enhance structural analysis computations and visualizations,...

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Introduction to the Global Business Environment

This course deals with the application of global business theory in the context of institutional, political, national and international economic factors. We will study how global trade patterns are determined, how the particular configurations of global finance under which firms operate emerge, and contemporary strategies utilized by firms in the global economy within the context...

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International Financial Markets and Investments

This course provides an introduction to the study of financial assets and international financial markets. Topics covered include the purpose and functioning of financial markets and institutions, valuation of financial assets, analysis of risk and return, and the recent financial crisis.

The course will address questions such as the following: What are the functions...

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An Introduction to Game Theory

When we decide how to behave, we take into account how other players behave, not only because we care about other people but because it affects what we get out of the interaction. Game theory is the systematic study of this strategic interaction. Strategic interactions are present everywhere not only in economics but in politics, sociology, law, movies, computer science, at...

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How a Nation's Economy Works: An Introduction to Macroeconomics

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the study of economics and more specifically to macroeconomics, that is, with how the big picture of how the economy works.

What are the sources of long-run economic growth? Why are some countries so much richer than others? What determines the course of the business cycle? How are inflation and unemployment...

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Economic Growth and Development

Why are some countries so much richer than others? Why is the standard of living in developed countries like the United States so much higher today than it was 100 years ago? Are there policies that poor countries can implement that will help them catch up with those that are rich? Will growth in rich countries continue on its current trend, so that our grandchildren will...

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Making Informed Financial Decisions in Today's World Economy

This course introduces students to concepts and tools needed to understand basic economic decision making. By examining how individuals, governments and businesses allocate resources, students will gain an understanding of the environment in which resource decisions are made. In this course, we focus on economic analysis rather than investments. We examine some of the instruments...

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Technology and its Effect on Business and World Economies

This course analyzes economic effects of continuous advances in technology, automation in production, outsourcing and globalization. From nanotechnology to smart phones to 3D printers, this course helps students understand and predict what the economy of the future will look like.

In 1980, three television stations provided entertainment, telephones were stuck to...

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Leadership and Global Development

Despite unprecedented increases in global wealth a large share of the world’s population still lives in abject poverty. Understanding and promoting economic, social, and political equality is one of the primary challenges for the world in the twenty-first century. This course seeks to train students to become participants and leaders in global debates about development,...

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Economania

Do good-looking people earn more? Are `Emily’ and `Greg’ more employable than `Lakisha’ and `Jamal’? Can cancer affect housing prices? Does living near a fast food restaurant cause obesity? Is corruption a cultural trait? This course will examine selected discoveries in empirical economics and explain them in easy-to-understand terms, introducing students...

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Developing Young Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Pitch

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Four Weeks

Are you full of great business ideas? Do you love sharing these ideas with your friends and family? Does your imagination wander when you think about how a product or service could be developed or improved? If so, you may be on your way to becoming the next great entrepreneur!

Entrepreneurship is a creative endeavor, in which innovators put their ideas to the test in the...

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Econometrics: Statistical Tools to Understand Economic Data

This course teaches students how to communicate methods, results, and interpretations using the vocabulary of statistics, with an application in Economics. It is intended to help students that aim to take AP Statistics tests.

Reasoning based on probability and statistics gives modern society the ability to cope with uncertainty. It deals with the design of how data...

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Intro to Microeconomics

This course will introduce students to the fundamental principles of microeconomics, and by doing so teach students the basics of how to think about economics. Students who adequately complete this three-week course will be well prepared to study economics at the university level. The solid foundation in economic analysis should also benefit students planning to take the AP...

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Behavioral Game Theory: Experiments in Strategic Interaction

The purpose of the course is to understand behavior using game theoretic concepts. The course will start with the study of basic concepts of game theory and then will move on to the study of decision making by real people who are not perfectly rational. The course will help students understand how people really interact with each other in daily life using both economic theory...

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The Entrepreneurial Process: Turning Ideas into Commercial Realities

Being an entrepreneur means being willing to take risks, look at things in new ways and challenge convention with your creativity. In this course, you’ll learn how the entrepreneurial process can work, as well as the ways innovation of products and services are developed and managed. We’ll look at entrepreneurial ventures within both start-up and fully developed...

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Decision Theory: How to Model Rational Choice

What is rational choice? How do economists model the decision making process? The primary objective of this course is to understand the standard way of modeling choice, which serves as the foundation of both micro- and macroeconomics.

The course will be divided into two parts. In the first part, the traditional way of modeling individual and group choice will be...

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Economics of the Underprivileged: Starting Small to Make a Big Difference in the World

Do you want to contribute to the making the world free of poverty? Are you curious about why nothing seems to solve this global problem? This course will introduce you to the field of development economics, it will help you understand the economic problems of less developed countries and provide you insights into some key issues facing policy makers today.

With over...

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Predicting Presidential Elections and Other Things

Presidential Elections, marathon times, wine quality, extramarital affairs, interest rates. What all of these topics have in common is that they can all be explained and analyzed using the tools of Econometrics and Statistics. Did you ever wonder how Nate Silver reaches his election predictions? Did you watch Moneyball and wondered how it was possible for an economist to take...

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Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt

The Bust of Nefertiti. The great Pyramids of Giza. Karnak Temple. Book of the Dead Papyri.

These are just a few of the places and things students will examine in this course. During this course, students will be introduced to Egyptian material culture, art, and architecture, from over 3,000 years of Egyptian history. We will begin at the moment of political unification...

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Ancient Egyptian Religion and Magic

Ancient Egyptian temples stand as enduring remnants of Egypt's religious past. From the Great Pyramids of Giza to pit graves of the non-elite, from the great palaces and temples of kings and gods like Karnak and Luxor to private shrines in houses, this course invites you to partake in the reconstruction of ancient Egypt's religion. By analyzing Egyptian texts, statues,...

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TOEFL Preparation

This course is an intermediate-advanced level English course focused on preparation for the TOEFL test. Students will review test-taking strategies and develop skills in Listening, Grammar, Reading and Writing. Students join in class discussions to reinforce their knowledge of the structure of English. They will complete in-class and homework assignments related to developing...

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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...

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Composing the Academic Essay

Based on Brown’s well-regarded Academic Essay course, in this class you will learn how to organize and craft a well-researched academic essay that explores a topic of your choice on an issue that matters to you. You will develop an idea, expand and support it with evidence, articulate it by means of a carefully-structured argument, and conclude it with implications for...

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Writing Speculative Fiction

In this class we will write. A lot. We will write every day. And by doing so, we will develop as story tellers. We will look at work from the early days of the genre to work written last week. We will look at these stories not only out of a love for sci-fi, but also out of an interest in language. We will see how the great stories were crafted and use that knowledge to inform...

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Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction

This intensive program will excite young writers with numerous tools and alternative approaches to the writing process in either fiction or poetry. Organized into small group workshops based on students' choice of genre, key elements of the program include:

• frequent workshop sessions in which leader and participants offer supportive feedback on your writing;
•...

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Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry

This intensive program will excite young writers with numerous tools and alternative approaches to the writing process in either fiction or poetry. Organized into small group workshops based on students' choice of genre, key elements of the program include:

• frequent workshop sessions in which leader and participants offer supportive feedback on your writing;
•...

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Introducing The Craft of Journalism

This course is designed to introduce students to the craft of journalism. Students will learn to report stories, how to conduct interviews and become close observers of everyday life. Students will become stronger writers, rid their writing of clutter, and learn what it takes to become a good reporter.

This course teaches news writing as a thought process, a set...

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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...

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Scholar-Athlete: Sports Writing

After the game, when the cheering stops, a sports writer's work begins. Learn how to make sport come alive in words -- the drama, the pressure, the pivotal moments, the personalities. You will also gain deeper insights into your own athletic pursuits by learning to communicate the essence of competition. From game coverage to profiles to columns to broader issues, students...

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Literature of the Fantastic

Students will hone their analytical skills with close readings of some of the most thrillingly strange narratives of the last two centuries. The writings of authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, and Jorge Luis Borges provide an ideal starting point for exploring the role of the imagination and of unconscious forces in human experience. Students will finish the course...

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Writing Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is a story boiled down to its essence, one that hinges on a single word, a phrase or a fragment. In this class will learn by doing. We will write every evening and workshop in every class. We will read the work of a variety of modern authors, learning from those who have come before us. This is a class for exploring and pushing language, it is for students who...

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Love, Horror, Monsters, Beauties: Writing about Literature by Reading Below the Surface

The goal of this two-week course is to introduce students to the practice of college-level critical reading and writing. This class works under the assumption that there is not a single, easy meaning to any piece of literature. Thus, instead of trying to find that one “correct” interpretation, we will be reading closely and actively. Students will learn the skills...

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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,...

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Intro to Language and Linguistics

This course introduces pre-college students to the study of language. We examine how people produce, hear, and classify speech sounds, how we structure words and group them together, and how we use and interpret language in everyday life. We also discuss key findings about the social dimensions of language, its neurological basis, and the history of language.

Students will...

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Invisible Cities and Ideal States

We'll consider what societies need to survive and thrive, and design societies to our own specifications. We'll explore what we can learn about our own world -- both how it is and how it could be -- by inventing others.

Our central questions: How do the worlds we live in affect the worlds we can imagine? What can we learn about our own world's...

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Writing for College and Beyond

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Four Weeks

Are you ready to start writing the way college students write? Challenge yourself intellectually and creatively as you explore writing as a form of inquiry, and a part of social conversation.

The first half of this course offers you the chance to think carefully about writing narrative prose, which is in effect a form of storytelling. Thus you begin the course thinking...

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Storytelling in the Digital Age

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Four Weeks

In 2008, Nicholas Carr asked everyone on the internet, “Is Google making us stupid?” The answer seems to be yes, and no. The immediate availability of boundless stores of information gives us all a crutch to lean on when we need quick answers; if you have a smartphone in your pocket, you are a walking encyclopedia. But only so much information will fit on a smartphone...

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Inward Bound: The Art of Travel Writing

How do we translate our experiences of new places--and new worlds--into a form that we can share with others? When we learn to use the tools of fiction like character, narrative, and description to address topics from the real world including our personal experience and topics that are of interest to us, our writing immediately becomes more powerful. This course provides techniques...

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Politics and the Tradition of American Humor: Ben Franklin to Stephen Colbert

Starting with satirical writing from the 18th century and continuing to the late-night television satire of today, this course examines how humor has been used to explore the political and social issues of the time. Jon Stewart's "fake news" uses irony and sarcasm to blur the divide between "real" and "fake" news, while Stephen Colbert's...

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Putting Your Ideas Into Writing

Do you ever wish you could express your thoughts in a clearer and more compelling manner? Do you have convincing arguments and brilliant insights in your mind that just don't seem to translate into your writing? This course will help you get those great ideas onto paper and communicate them effectively to your intended audience, whether that is a high school teacher,...

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Read, Think, Write - Approaching the College Essay

Despite our increasing reliance on screens in our 21st-century lives, writing remains a crucial skill that one must have. The texts we will read are not only important for their philosophical and social content, but also for their exemplification of various modes of written argumentation. Our discussion of the various texts will focus on the three levels of reading: summary,...

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English On Stage: Building Language Skills Through Performance

The main objective of English on Stage is to provide students with an opportunity to hone their English language skills through improvisational and scripted performance. By setting English instruction in the world of the dramatic arts, the course encourages students to experiment with newly learned vocabulary and grammar. It supplements more traditional language learning models...

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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...

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How to Read a Poem (and How to Write One, too)

Poems challenge us. They use language differently from other genres, and their subjects often elude us, and we end up asking what does the poem mean?

How then do poems need to be read? What, other than the technical information we find in books on poetry, do we need to know about poetic forms and language? think about? puzzle over? How do we know when our interpretation...

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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...

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Toward a Global America: Identity and Difference in the American “Melting Pot”

America has been described as a melting pot and a nation of immigrants, but what does it mean to be an “American” and to claim an “American” identity? This course will introduce students to the study of personal and group identity in U.S. literature and culture. Crossing multiple genres, historical periods, and cultural forms (fiction, film, TV), we...

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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...

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Nanotechnology: The Small Wonder from Atom to Space - Senior SPARK

In this hands-on course, you will learn about nanotechnology and its broad spectrum of applications in current life. You will experience the fundamental rules behind nanotechnology through interesting experiments, activities and games. You will also see how scientists at Brown conduct leading nanotechnology research. In addition, you will get a chance to design your own nanotechnology...

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Aerospace Engineering and Rocket Science - Junior SPARK

Have you ever looked at an airplane and wanted to know how it works? Do the words; rocket, space, and satellite excite your imagination? Have you even wanted to know how NASA shoots up satellites into outer space and reach their final destination millions of miles away? Or how to build an airplane that can travel faster than the speed of sound? If these questions excite you,...

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RobotC : An Introduction to Programming using LEGO Robots - Junior SPARK

Do you like LEGO's? Do you like robots? Have you heard of the Mars Rover? Do you want to learn about ultrasonic, light, and sound sensors? Do you like computers? If these questions appeal to you, then you will want to register for this course.

This LEGO robotics course will feature fully customizable LEGO robotic rovers (car-like vehicles). Students typically...

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Engineering and Design: Fluid Mechanics from Underwater to the Sky - Senior SPARK

Have you ever wondered how airplanes and submarines use fluids like water and air to move? What physical principles and design skills do you need to know to design them to be more efficient? These questions will be tackled through exciting hands-on-projects. So beware: for this course you will not only need an intelligent brain but also skillful hands! Each class will be...

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Robot Rover Derby

Engineers design useful or desirable objects, employing scientific principles. In Robot Rover Derby you and your teammates will design, construct and program a useful and desirable rover that will compete with other rover teams in a ladder tournament.

Your rover can navigate autonomously by onboard computer signals. The rover will start remotely by 900MHz wireless...

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Do You Want to Be an Engineer?

In this course we will explore the interdisciplinary connections between different engineering fields, ranging from mechanical engineering to materials science, and include topics and projects in biomedical, chemical, and aerospace engineering.

Throughout high school, you may well have wondered why classes focused so much on scientific concepts rather than on any...

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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...

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Engineering Biomedical Systems

Have you ever wondered how scientists make pacemakers or grow cartilage for joint repair? These scientists, called biomedical engineers, have been working in this new and exciting field to develop devices and tissue engineered technologies to help us live better lives. The most exciting thing about biomedical engineering is that there are many questions left to be answered....

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RobotC, Robot Do: Programming Lego Robots With A Text Based Language

“RobotC, Robot Do” is a summer course meant for high school students interested in learning about programming, but more so about problem solving. RobotC is a text based programming language which is very similar to the C++ programming language, but designed specifically to work with Lego Mindstorms robots. Students will be able to program robots to move, sense,...

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Materials Engineering: A Revolution in the Making

What do you think would be the greatest, coolest invention of this century? Many of the greatest scientists and technologists believe that this would be in the field of Materials research " of new materials that have amazing properties, and what’s more " are capable of changing themselves to suit their requirements. Though we know of an amazing array of materials,...

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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...

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Exploring Engineering

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Two Weeks

Are you considering a career in engineering? Are you fascinated by what engineers do?

In this free, open course, you will gain an understanding of the various fields of engineering and explore the engineering design process, from conceptual design and optimal choice evaluation to project construction and the need for engineering ethics.

This introductory course is a recommended...

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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...

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Materials Engineering: Using Nanotechnology to Design a Space Elevator

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Three Weeks

Nanotechnology is one of the most cutting-edge fields of science and engineering. It allows scientists to observe, touch, design, and fabricate matter as small as atoms and molecules. Can you imagine working with material that is only 1/100,000 the width of a human hair? Nanotechnology creates new materials and devices for use in a variety of applications, including physical...

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Renewable Energy: Wind Turbine Design

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Three Weeks

World energy consumption is expected to grow 30% by 2030. What role can engineers play in developing renewable energy sources? In this course, you will explore some of the science, math, and technology that is used to extract energy from renewable resources, and learn how to apply engineering concepts and principles to solving renewable energy issues. You will:

* Create...

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Nanomaterials for Energy Storage and Conversion

The main objective of the course is to deliver background knowledge of renewable energy and discuss the advantages and challenges of existing methods of energy storage and conversion. The course will help students to understand the importance of renewable energy. This will provide the foundations to students who are interested in related subjects such as materials engineering,...

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From Water Striders to Airplanes: Engineering Fluids

What is fluid? Ranging from air and water (which is obvious), to lava and glass (which is somewhat non-intuitive), to large objects like Jupiter (a gas planet) and the Sun (also gaseous), and even a galaxy (with numerous clouds), a fluid is simply everything that can flow.

In this course you will learn how to apply various important fluid dynamics concepts to a range...

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Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering

Are you curious to learn more about how computers work? Do you want to build your first Android Application? Are you fascinated by Laptops and Smartphones and have an interest in learning how engineers use the iterative design process to make these technologically amazing products? If you answered yes to these questions, this introductory course on electrical and computer...

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Exploring the World of Marine Science - Junior SPARK

Students will learn the basics of estuarine ecology and environmental sciences through a variety of field exercises and data collection techniques. The one-week course will allow students to learn about Narragansett Bay in-depth by using Save The Bay’s waterfront Bay Center laboratory, classroom, shoreline and dock space, and from bay field trips aboard Save The Bay’s...

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Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Sustainable Development

BELL is a unique outdoor learning laboratory. The courses draw their curricula from many different disciplines: biology, chemistry, geology, environmental studies, leadership theory and experiential education. As students live and learn together on the shores of Narragansett Bay, they are challenged both physically and intellectually.

This program is based on the 372 acre...

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BELL: Costa Rica

Brown University, in partnership with the Monteverde Institute and the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG), is excited to offer a unique international environmental leadership program in Costa Rica.

This 3-week pre-college program introduces students to the theory and practice of conservation and sustainability in Costa Rica. Students study and explore some of the most...

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BELL: Hawai'i

This March, Brown University offers outstanding high school students an opportunity to study marine science, volcanology, and culture in one of the earth’s most incredible places: the living laboratory of Hawai'i’s Big Island. The Big Island contains eleven of the world’s thirteen climate zones in just over 4,000 square miles of terrain, including dry...

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BELL: New Orleans & Louisiana Gulf Coast

In partnership with The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Brown offers this rigorous academic program for pre-college students with interests in science, leadership, and cultural studies. Together, we will educate students about conservation, restoration, and protection efforts in Louisiana.

Almost a hundred years ago, for the purposes of navigation and flood...

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BELL: Alaska

BELL is a unique outdoor learning laboratory. The courses draw their curricula from many different disciplines: history, biology, geology, economics, environmental studies, and leadership theory. In this course, students will travel to southern Alaska to experience, first-hand, the beauty and complexities of historic and present-day Alaska. Learning will be fast-paced, experiential,...

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Urban Built Environments: Stewardship and Resilience

A majority of the world's population now lives in cities, and the global urban population is expected to increase steadily. With so many people living in urban communities, city infrastructure systems face growing demands and vulnerabilities to disruption from climate-related weather events. Challenges include providing clean, reliable energy supply and demand management,...

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Beginning Italian in Rome

To really experience Italy one must feel the color and rhythm of the Italian language. This course aims to help students experience the Italian language in everyday contexts, so that they may use it in their wanderings around Rome. In the classroom, students will learn by doing, and they will be involved in all sorts of team projects, musical games, and creative thinking activities....

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Beginning Spanish in Segovia

Spanish has become the second language of the United States and the third most spoken language in the world. Today’s Spanish language learner can look forward to using their language knowledge in personal and professional settings: in business, finance, education, medicine and public health, arts, law, politics, diplomacy, and humanitarian and environmental work.

In...

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Intermediate Spanish in Segovia

The aim of this course is for students to significantly improve their communications skills in Spanish, particularly their oral expression and listening comprehension, in order that their immersion in Spanish culture during their time in Segovia is successful and rewarding. Daily classes are taught completely in Spanish and focus on proficiency in everyday speech to facilitate...

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Modern Greek in Naxos

This three week course is designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of Modern Greek and is aimed at developing the ability to speak Greek, to understand spoken Greek and comprehend and extract information from written texts, within a specific framework of topics and functions. Through a variety of resources, the students will be given the opportunity to learn...

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Hurricanes, Global Warming, and the Science of Weather - Junior SPARK

Summer weather produces storms that include lightning, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. You will track these storms as they are occurring during the week of study at Brown and will learn about these storms and the weather systems that produce the storms. We will also explore how global warming is affecting the strength of hurricanes. What might you do to guard against...

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Exploring the Planets and Moons of our Solar System - Junior SPARK

Now is the time to get involved in planetary science! NASA is sending out mission after mission of unmanned spacecraft to investigate the mysteries of our solar system. Come and explore the latest high-resolution datasets and learn how to plan a mission to one of our inner planets.

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered how the Moon got there? Why...

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Habitable Worlds: Possible Places for Life in the Solar System and Beyond

Does life exist anywhere else in the Solar System or galaxy? If you have ever looked at the sky and wondered if habitable worlds like (or unlike) ours exist elsewhere, then this is the class for you. This week-long course explores possible habitats for life on Mars, the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and exoplanets (planets around other stars). Along the way, you will learn...

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Secrets & Symbols of Roman Art & Architecture: Renaissance & Baroque

This course will provide an in-depth, insider investigation of the architectural and artistic wonders of the city of Rome, from the Renaissance through the Baroque. But more than this, this course will bring students behind the scenes, to explore the secrets and symbols of the hidden city. While the course will cover the major items of art historical interests, from the Caravaggio’s...

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Trends in Modern Art

This course will look at the major art movements from the 1880s to the present. We will focus on the dominant trends in art making as well as some of the critical theory that surrounds it.

From the Impressionist paintings of Claude Monet, the Cubist work of Pablo Picasso, and the Pop art of Andy Warhol, this course will examine what it means for a work of art to...

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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...

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Music & Politics: From Mozart to M.I.A.

So you like listening to music, but have you ever stopped to consider its meaning, even its political significance? In this class we explore the relationship between music and politics, from classical music to indie rock. Through the practice of listening critically to music, this class illuminates past and present political events and demonstrates music’s crucial...

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Lessons in Leadership: What History's Great Leaders Can Teach Us Today

  • Program: Online
  • Length: Three Weeks

What makes a great leader? What is your own leadership potential, and how can you increase it? Do you have a passion -- such as literacy, the environment, or equal rights -- and hope to make an impact one day?

Great leaders often possess several key leadership skills. Based on one of Brown University's most popular political science courses, this course offers students...

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How History is Made: An Introduction to Source Analysis

How History is Made invites students into the historians' workshop and introduces them to the basics of historical research. We will handle, discuss, and evaluate the sources available to historians when they construct their narratives about the past. Students will learn to identify various types of sources, to analyze and to evaluate a source, and to recognize the various...

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Ancient Rome: Archaeology and Civic Life

The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the high point of Roman civilization, the Early Imperial Era, from which remains rich literary and archaeological evidence. Students will investigate the Romans through daily visits to archaeological sites throughout the modern city of Rome, as well as through museum visits and readings in the relevant literature.

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Greece and the World

“Greece and the World” traces Greece’s evolution from ancient to modern times. The core course is divided into three 1-week course modules that explore the defining eras of Greek history.

Week 1: Ancient Greek World
In this first week, we will trace the history, politics and culture of the fifth century BC(500-400 B.C). The century began with the two...

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From Plantation to Wall Street

How did the United States become the world’s biggest economy? What are the roots of Wall Street, global investment, and America’s agricultural and manufacturing sectors? This course journeys though American business history, beginning with colonial trading ventures and ending with the recent financial crisis. It is ideal for students who want to learn more about...

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The American Counterculture: From Oz to Occupy Wall Street

The overarching theme is the study of the sociological category of a subculture and the emergence of counternormative cultural expressions in music, literature, style and politics. The main objective of the course is to critically communicate and analyze the historical, philosophical and sociological foundations of the American counterculture from the nineteen fifties to the...

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On the Wrong Side of History: Recalling America's Losers

History is told from the point of view of the winners, but the “losers” leave behind their marks. In this class, students will consider the arguments of Tories and others who opposed the American Revolution; the dimensions and dynamics of the pro-slavery debate in the antebellum North and South; the alternatives proposed for funding early radio and TV; the American...

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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...

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A People's History of War: From Imperial Rome to Modern Afghanistan

“War is hell”, an old saying goes. Yet people have waged war on one another for all of human history, and communities around the globe continue to face the harsh realities of war every day. Rather than focusing on battles and military tactics, this course offers a deeper understanding of the human experience of warfare. By examining the social and cultural impact...

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The History of the Modern Middle East

The focus of the course will be the history of the Modern Middle East from Napoleon's incursion into Egypt until the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Concepts and issues to be discussed on a thematic basis include nationalism, cultural renaissance, the decline of empire, genocide, diplomacy, human rights and the status of refugees. Thematic coverage in the course will include...

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Debates on the Holocaust

There is hardly an event in recent history as prominent in the cultural imagination or as publicly remembered as the Holocaust. And yet for all this attention there is scarcely another topic in history about which even fundamental explanations elude scholarly consensus. This course “Debates on the Holocaust” will engage in-depth with the five most crucial, prominent...

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Number Theory: An Introduction to Higher Mathematics

"Mathematics is the queen of the sciences and number theory is the queen of mathematics." - Carl Friedrich Gauss

Number theory, the study of the integers, is a vibrant area of mathematical research that many students do not have the opportunity to study in high school. The objectives for this course are to expose students to this beautiful theory, to understand...

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Fundamentals for Calculus: Functions and Equations

The aim of this course is to reinforce fundamental concepts and techniques that a student preparing to enter a first calculus or pre-calculus class will need for success. To this end we will focus on those topics introduced in algebra courses which most often pose difficulties for students down the road. Along the way, for enrichment and depending on student interest, we may...

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Applied Statistics

“For Today’s Graduate, Just One Word-Statistics.” Such was the title of a 2009 New York Times feature and the motivation behind this course. While the field of statistics is growing daily, the most critical understanding of the subject is accessible to high school students, and this course will explain how, where, and why statistics is used to solve real world...

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How Big Is Infinity? And Other Math Questions

Have you ever wondered how many numbers there really are or how big infinity is? Many mathematicians have asked these questions, and the answers can be fascinating...and sometimes quite strange. This course will be a journey through the mathematical concepts that have helped answer such questions, and along the way you'll get a taste of what pure mathematics is all about.

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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...

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Combinatorics: Why Counting Counts, or how to Count Without Counting

Imagine putting a random group of people in a room - how many do you need so the probability that two of them have the same birthday is at least one half? Something like 182 or about 365/2, right? Wrong! In fact, the probability is already greater than one-half with a random collection of only 23 people! At its core, this is a question about counting; in this course we...

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Probability and Its Applications

Don’t let them fool you! You hear people talking about probabilities all the time. 80% chance of rain? Well, what does that even mean? If a medical test gives the correct answer with 99% probability, does a positive test result mean you have a 99% chance of being sick? It does not. And when you hang out with your friends playing poker, wouldn’t you like to know...

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The Art of the Film

In “THE ART OF THE FILM” we will examine the dramatic effects and cultural implications of the techniques used in filmmaking, and some of the central developments in film’s artistic and technological history. The course will be broken down into a series of sections, each based upon a given formal technique (mise-en-scene, lighting, editing, sound, etc.) or...

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Modern Italy Through Film

Italy has a long and important film history, one recognized throughout the world: Rossellini, Bertolucci, Fellini, De Sica, Antonioni, Visconti and many others " all of them have contributed in important ways to international, global cinema. At the same time, these directors have also been deeply engaged with the exploration of what it means to be Italian; they, in their...

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Space, Place, & Moving Image

This studio course focuses on video production and uses a variety of digital media tools for creative practice. This course focuses on ideas of space and place in and uses locations in the city of Segovia as starting points for investigating these ideas. The format for the class includes lectures and discussions, lab time, and technical training in video production as needed....

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History of American Film

This course examines American film-making from about 1920 through the present. Its main objective is to familiarize students with the history of American film, with a special focus on films that have been highly influential both culturally and aesthetically.

This course examines the history of American cinema from the silent era into the era of the studio monopolies...

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The History of Television: News Coverage through the Looking Glass

We will cover the evolution of television news coverage from the 1950's to the present day, from 15 minute newscasts sponsored heavily by advertisers to today's 24 hour cable channels, owned by major corporations. News content, news coverage, news delivery, and news consumption has changed significantly from the early days of visual media. Are we better off today,...

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Introduction to Music Production

"Introduction to Music Production" will provide hands-on study of recording studio techniques and aesthetics. Students will create original studio work while developing listening and technical skills for audio production. Technical topics include digital and analog audio technology, acoustics, microphone technique, signal processing and mixing using professional audio...

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Electronic Music

Electronic Music explores how advancements in technology give rise to musical styles, such as techno, hip-hop, progressive rock, industrial, and synthpop. Students gain an understanding of the most influential works of electronic music through guided listening, video screenings, selected readings, class discussions, and creative assignments. Each class focuses on a specific...

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What Is Music Theory?

This course is designed for you to learn: 1) what music theory IS, and 2) how music theory can help you "hear music better." We will investigate patterns and trends in Western classical music (with Baroque through twentieth century) and more contemporary genres. The ultimate goal of the course is to see how theory can be applied to their own musical experiences, providing...

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Everyday Mechanics and Special Relativity: From Earthly Speed to the Speed of Light! - Senior SPARK

Newtonian mechanics and Einstein's theory of Special Relativity is a very exciting and beautiful part of our daily life! Every single day, we see mechanics, experience it, and enjoy it through many cool activities! Every time we shoot an American football, bike, drive, take ride on a roller coaster, or fly in an airplane, we precisely obey the fundamental laws of mechanics...

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The Physics of Music and Neuroscience of Hearing - Senior SPARK

What does it take to hear music? What makes musical instruments sound different from one another even when you play the same note? How can an opera singer shatter glass? Why is a cello much bigger than a violin? Why are the sound of a cymbal and a snare drum different from each other? Why does the note change when you hold different finger holes on a flute?

In this...

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Star Wars Physics - Senior SPARK

Do you love the Star Wars movies? Did you know that all of the coolest stuff in Star Wars (tractor beams, force fields, invisibility, lightsabers!) are based on basic ideas of physics and astronomy? Does the idea of learning about how a blaster bolt might work, and where the idea for it comes from, sound interesting to you? Then this might just be the course for you. In...

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The Art of Statics: From Physics to Safe Engineering Structures at Rest - Junior SPARK

Every day, we come across many familiar structures, such as skyscrapers, bridges and towers, which are fundamentally at “rest” " i.e. stable and unmovable. These structures are designed to be in a state of equilibrium. But how is this vital state achieved? What prevents the Brooklyn Bridge from shaking? What keeps the Seattle Space Needle upright?

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Theory of Relativity

This course provides an introduction to Einstein's theories of special and general relativity. These theories have had a profound impact on science and technology as well as our worldview of the universe. By the course's end, students will have a much greater understanding of relativity, its importance, and many of its surprises.

Einstein's theories...

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The Tiniest Bits of Reality

Why is the Higgs boson so important? Why does Leon Lederman, a Nobel laureate, call it “the God particle”? And what does it have to do with the world we live in: light, electricity, nuclear power, atoms and molecules? In order to answer these questions, we will have to take a journey back in time, to the universe as it was when it was forming. Along the way we will...

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Physics in Health and Medicine

Ever wonder how our immune system is able to detect and track down harmful invaders? Or how an MRI machine can examine our body from the inside out? In reality, both our bodies and medical technologies heavily rely of the laws of physics to operate effectively.

In this course, we will examine how physical laws govern how our body works. For example, in the circulatory...

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From the Solar System to the Universe: An Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology

The Solar System. Black holes. Galaxy clusters. Quasars. The closer we look at these and other astrophysical objects, the more mysteries we uncover. This course will provide an introduction to topics of active research in astrophysics and cosmology, travelling from our galaxy to furthest reaches of the Universe. Along the way we will explore objects like black holes, quasars,...

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The Extraordinary Inventions of Nikola Tesla

Much is speculated and little is known about one of the most brilliant inventors at the turn of the century, Nikola Tesla. With more than 1000 patented inventions, Tesla laid the foundations of modern society as well as a solid ground for this course. Students will be introduced to the theory of electricity and magnetism and its applications, the principles of wireless transmission...

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The Quantum Revolution in Technology

Nearly 100 years ago, quantum mechanics changed the face of physics forever. The orderly, deterministic rules of classical physics were turbulently turned on their head, unveiling a veritable zoo in which particles can behave like waves and waves like particles, particles can tunnel through walls, and either the position or speed of an object can be known, but both can't...

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From Newton to String Theory: A History of Physics

We all know how a falling apple helped Newton discover the laws of gravitation, but did you know that playing bongos in the desert helped Richard Feynman untangle quantum field theory? Or that every famous physicist who studied thermodynamics eventually went crazy?

This is a course for people who want to understand what physics is all about. We will discuss the equations...

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Light and Sight: The Science of Vision

What is light? How does it encode information about the world around us? What are our eyes made of, and how do they record images? How do those images get converted into brain signals? These are the questions guiding our exploration.

Every experience you've ever had has relied on a group of special nerve cells devoted to responding to external stimuli. These cells,...

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Introduction to Nanotechnology

Introduction to Nanotechnology provides a broad overview of Nanotechnology. The course discusses the fundamental science of Nanotechnology and its applications to engineering, biomedical, and environmental fields. This course also focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of the course and how the different basic sciences merge into the field of Nanotechnology.

The...

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Science, Perception and Reality

Modern science throws light on many of the perennial questions of philosophy, sometimes seeming to confirm or refute old answers and sometimes suggesting new ones. Are sensory qualities, such as colors, in external things or only in our minds? Is the world governed by deterministic laws, and if so, what room is there for freedom of the will? Could space have extra dimensions?...

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Themes from Existentialism

By far the most popular philosophy course at Brown, this course on existentialist philosophy (taught by the current chair of the philosophy department) provides a unique introduction to philosophical thinking, by applying the methods of philosophical analysis and argumentation to questions and issues confronting all human beings: What is the meaning of a life with the distinctive...

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The Meaning of Life

There may be no single question more important than this: What is the meaning of life? It’s a question we all face, and finding an answer is urgent. Is there even such a thing? If so, is it something outside of us or something we have to give to ourselves? In trying to find answers, we will discuss issues ranging from purpose and fulfillment to happiness and death.

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An Introduction to Philosophy

We will grapple with the great questions of philosophy. Our provocations will come from classic and contemporary authors, but we will learn to do philosophy, not just study it. Our topics will include the nature of the mind, knowledge, the existence of God, free will, and morality.

In this course we cover many of the main branches of philosophy as understood in the...

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Leadership in Science, Technology and Medicine

Scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, and emerging technologies have a major impact on our everyday lives in the 21st century. They provide new insight into our complex world and address a range of global needs and problems. However, these innovations also reveal conceptual, philosophical and ethical questions about the nature of matter, the existence of facts, and...

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Ethics: Theory and Practice

What kind of justification can we give for our ethical decisions? Do other people have to accept our justifications? These are questions everyone grapples with, and wondering about it never ends. This course will address different answers philosophers give to these questions.

We’ve all faced tough ethical decisions and given reasons to support what we did....

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Experience and Consciousness

We typically enjoy a rich conscious mental life: there's a subjective feel, or something it's like, to experience the smell fresh brownies, to be stuck with a pin, or to go on a first date. Conscious experience is such a fundamental part of what it is to be a creature like us that we often take it for granted, but some of philosophy of mind's most fascinating...

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World Philosophy

What does Confucius have to say about what career to choose? Does Buddhist or Islamic philosophy have anything to say about how to live your life? Examining the ideas from other cultures can be overwhelming and confusing. This courses provides a basic overview of the context and major ideas from cultures around the world.

This course will give students a very broad...

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The U.S. In World Politics

Globalization is transforming the relationship between world events and U.S. politics. After 9/11 and Iraq, foreign affairs are no longer distant affairs, yet confusion abounds. This course provides pathways to understanding, usable to students as future voters and global citizens. It combines traditional perspectives on war and trade with a new look at world politics, tracing...

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Leadership and Conflict Resolution

Conflict is ubiquitous. We encounter it in our daily lives with friends, family-members, and colleagues; in our communities between different interest or identity groups; and at the global level between state or non-state actors. Good leadership is essential at any and all of these levels to ensure that conflicts are dealt with constructively rather than destructively, to...

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How the Legal System Works: Anatomy of a Case

This course analyzes the current legal system by tracing each step of a legal case, from the occurrence of the event to final appeals. The objectives are to create an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of resolving disputes and punishing crime through the courts, to make students more sophisticated consumers of news about legal issues, to help them determine whether...

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Social Media and Social Change

Can Twitter save the world? Did it topple dictators in the Arab Spring? Will social media be driven more by progress or profits? And is access to all of this--basic internet access--a universal human right?

This class will investigate the possibilities of using social media for leadership in social change. We'll look at the history of social media, it's uses (and,...

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Political Theory and the Law

How should we evaluate the laws that govern and bind society? This course will examine the moral and political value of American law through the lens of normative political theory. As such, students will be able to evaluate for themselves whether laws are legitimate.

During the course we will read contemporary and classic political theory in light of the history...

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Creating Change: Public Policy in a Global Context

Public policy is the set of laws and rules enacted and enforced by government. These policies affect virtually every aspect of our daily lives. For example: can schools use standardized tests? What age can you get your drivers license? How much of your paycheck gets taken in taxes?

This course introduces students to how public policies are made and to the skills...

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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,...

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Leadership and Global Engagement

World leaders have the same styles, skills, and setbacks as leaders in any walk of life. However, the challenges they face are often much more visible, and the impact of their effectiveness more broadly felt. In this course students will explore complex international issues including security and terrorism, immigration, HIV/AIDs, human rights and sustainable development. From...

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The Power of Political Ideas

This course gives students a chance to undertake a fascinating and highly challenging process of political and intellectual exploration. In addition to well-established far right- and left-wing ideas, you will be exposed to and asked to evaluate such ideologies as Nihilism, Radical Feminism, Radical Environmentalism, and even Radical Islam.

This will be an intense,...

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Global Business

This 3-week course has been developed by faculty of the IE Business School in Madrid to provide pre-college students the opportunity to explore undergraduate level business topics and to develop a global and multidisciplinary understanding in disciplines such as international economics, finance, politics and contemporary culture. The course is a series of morning lectures...

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Global Justice and International Politics

Do we have duties to help the poor in other countries? Should the UN and World Bank be made more democratic? This course introduces students to the most important ethical debates about global politics. The course strongly appeals to students who are interested in ethics, political philosophy, public policy, and international relations.

The course will engage students...

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Democracy and Crisis: Freedom, Security and Emergency Politics

Wiretapping. Enhanced, invasive airport security screening. Evacuations. Financial bailouts. In these and many other ways, our regular ways of democratic life are disrupted when a crisis looms. But what happens to individual freedom and the accountability of government to its citizens when the red alert siren goes off?

How can (and should) we "as citizens,...

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Debating Democracy: Individual, Society, and Tradition

All of us are formally equal in a democracy. But does equality breed conformity? Can we really be individuals in the crowd? And conversely, given our many differences " social, economic, and personal " is formal equality enough to keep a democracy going? Or do we need something more, like a shared sense of history, tradition, or purpose?

We will explore...

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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...

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Watching and Being Watched: The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age

The course will consider privacy in the digital age. Students will work through puzzles that push them to consider how laws should govern privacy and how privacy relates to their own development.

At least since George Orwell's 1984, it has been clear that privacy is impacted by technological innovation. In this course we'll consider in detail how technology...

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Introduction to Psychology and Human Behavior

In this class we will define the scope of psychology and explore some of its most interesting and relevant topics. For example, in what ways does our evolutionary history influence the way we behave today? How has intelligence been defined and measured, and what have been the political and social consequences? How do early patterns of attachment influence current romantic...

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Critical Thinking About Human Behavior

This course will introduce students to methods used by psychological science to help answer these common questions about the “unknown.” We will examine common ways in which human thinking leads people to believe strange things and to maintain these beliefs even in the face of contradictory information. Students will develop critical thinking skills for evaluating...

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Genetics and Human Behavior

The completion of the Human Genome Project may be the most important scientific achievement of our lifetime, but how much can genes tell us about complex human behavior? How much does the environment impact human behavior? What kind of research techniques can be used to identify specific genes and specific environments that impact behavior?

Behavioral genetics is a field...

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Introduction to Clinical Psychology

In this course, students will be exposed to the science and practice of Clinical Psychology. Students will learn about the clinical characteristics of many major classes of psychiatric disorders, and the scientifically validated treatments available for these conditions. This course is intended to provide information for those considering a career in clinical psychology, allowing...

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Current Controversies in Mood Disorders

Can bipolar disorder be accurately diagnosed in children? Do certain antidepressant medications increase risk of suicide? Can alternative remedies such as fish oil stabilize mood swings? These questions address only a few of the recent controversies that surround the study of mood disorders, such as major depression and bipolar illness. Using these disorders to illustrate key...

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Positive Psychology: The Key to Happiness

For years, psychology has been the study of what ails the human mind. For example, why do certain individuals develop depression or abuse substances? Currently, there is a movement within psychology to study not only what ails the human mind; but what makes us happy, healthy, and content in our lives. Positive psychology is the scientific study of what goes right in our life,...

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So You Want to Be a Counselor?

This course provides an introduction to the profession of counseling. As such, a primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the field of counseling and the multiple training disciplines. The course will address the various fields of counseling (e.g., school counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, clinical psychology) and the required training needed...

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Personality: What Makes Us Who We Are?

This course will introduce students to what psychologists mean when they use the term personality. Theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the concept of personality as well as contemporary research and issues in personality will be explored.

Does money make people happy? Why do some people prefer to study in a noisy coffee shop while other people prefer...

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Community Psychology: Making a Difference in the Real World

Are you interested in psychology and really want to have an impact on your school, neighborhood, community, or society? Are you passionate and have a vision of how to affect and maybe change the system?

Community psychologists seek to understand the relationships between individuals and larger systems. If you have ever wanted to learn about applied psychology that could...

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The Psychology of Gender

What is the latest science about how gender identity develops? Are fathers essential for a child’s well-being? Is fetal sex selection harmful for society? What are the consequences of advertisements that suggest that an individual’s status depends on so-called sex appeal? This course will address these questions, and provide a broad survey of the field of the...

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Psychology of Stress and Trauma

How do we cope with war, natural disaster, or terrorism? What about surviving experiences with abuse or torture? How are these experiences different or similar to routine life stresses like exams, getting divorced, or taking exams? How can you prevent or treat psychological problems that might arise after trauma? These are some of the overarching issues that will be addressed...

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Abnormal Psychology

If you have ever wondered if your friend has an eating disorder, if your uncle is an alcoholic, or if your math teacher is depressed, you have already thought about abnormal psychology. The study of abnormal psychology includes, but is not limited to: (1) identifying aberrant behavior and (2) determining when the behavior qualifies as a mental illness. Researchers in this area...

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Psychological Responses to Stress and Trauma

This class is for students who are interested in psychology, and more specifically in the topic of stress disorders and anxiety. The class will focus on normal and pathological responses to stress, how stress disorders such as PTSD are diagnosed and treated, and how they are different from other types of mental illness. Students will learn stress-management techniques such...

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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...

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Great Experiments in Psychology

Are you more likely to obey instructions when you think you're with an authority figure? Is it true that when you are part of a group of people that you will come up with a greater range of ideas, or do your ideas just become more extreme? Is therapy helpful for people with problems such as depression and anxiety or is it no more effective than waiting for these problems...

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Organizational Behavior

Organizational Behavior is an introduction to theoretical concepts and empirical research in the behavioral sciences as they apply to behavior within organizational settings. The primary goal of this course is to prepare students for an advanced leadership role in modern organizations, and is designed for students of any discipline. The course’s main objective is to provide...

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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...

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Social Psychology

Social psychology is the intriguing study of social context and the way it influences our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The overall objective of this course is to introduce students to key theories in this fascinating field of psychology. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the application of social psychology research to real-world problems and to incorporate concepts...

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Psychology in Medicine: Emotions, Behaviors, and Disease

Have you ever wondered where the terms “cold feet” or “butterflies in your stomach” come from? Have you ever wondered why zebras and other animals don’t get ulcers? This course will answer these and other questions related to the role of psychology in the onset, course, and treatment of medical conditions.

This course will provide an...

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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”...

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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...

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Developing Minds: An Introduction to Developmental Psychology

How do infants and young children perceive and think about the world? This course will explore the rapid patterns of growth and cognitive change that occur early in life. It will also examine the methods that researchers use to learn about how infants and children learn, think, and grow.

What do infants know about the world, and how do they develop so quickly into...

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Psychology of Good and Evil

How do we define good and evil? Are people born that way? What about social, environmental, and cultural forces? What are your individual vulnerabilities and strengths? Let's find out in this course!

The media is filled everyday with stories of unimaginable harm and unselfish heroes. Have you ever wondered what makes people behave the ways they do? What can...

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Psychology of Criminal Behavior

People commit crime every day. While this is true, we know that all crime is not the same. What makes one crime different from another? Are all criminals different? Do they commit crimes for different reasons? What do we know about their motivation to commit crime? There is much variability in the occurrence of criminal conduct. In this course, we will learn about crime, criminals,...

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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...

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Between Darwin and Design: Science & Religion in Conversation

Are religion and science fundamentally in conflict with one another? The U.S. has been called the "most religious of the advanced industrial democracies," yet it also stands at the forefront of scientific discovery. Think about the conflict, for example, between evolutionary theory’s and creationism’s understanding of the human being. At the same time,...

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Women and Leadership

Despite remarkable progress over the last hundred years, women in the 21st century still face unique challenges in educational, career, social, and political arenas. In this course, students (1) analyze the position and portrayal of women in society, (2) explore how gender and other factors influence women’s leadership styles, and (3) propose strategies to facilitate...

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Leadership and Social Justice

Leadership and Social Justice is a course designed to provide engaged students with the tools and theory needed to become successful change makers, activists, and community organizers. This course explores how grassroots movements can transform communities, cultural norms, and global systems. How are campaigns developed, initiated, and orchestrated? What factors determine a...

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Changing Business: Becoming a Social Entrepreneur

In this course, students will explore how social entrepreneurs and social enterprises are solving some of the most pressing social challenges in areas such as education, job creation, the arts, the environment, poverty, health care and finance and changing the world! Examples of realistic social enterprise include: how can a nonprofit create a business that can train and employ...

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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...

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Ethical Leadership: Theory into Practice

We often expect leaders to act ‘ethically’, but ethical values frequently conflict with the practical challenges and demands of leadership. Furthermore, talk of ‘leadership ethics’ can conjure up images of ‘ideal’ or ‘absolute’ values which can be difficult to embody in practice. With these challenges in mind, this course will...

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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...

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Mind the Gap: Leadership in an Unequal World

Income inequality in the United States, which has been rising since the 1970s and is now among the highest of all developed countries, has recently been called “the defining challenge of our time” by President Obama and “a quiet crisis” by newly elected New York City mayor de Blasio. But what explains this inequality, and what are some of its effects?...

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TheatreBridge

TheatreBridge and Playwrights Workshop offer a connecting link between high school and college theatre and encourage a commitment to a life of creative engagement. The highly selective programs provide promising young actors and playwrights an opportunity to stretch their imaginations and skills as they create new work under the mentorship of established theatre professionals....

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Writing for Performance: Sketch Comedy

This two-week course offers a unique workshop experience for young writers and performers interested in the special challenges of writing sketch comedy for performance. Students will work both collaboratively and individually to develop and refine short scenes, to edit them based on student and instructor feedback, to stage them with minimal time and resources, and afterwards...

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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...

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Playwrights Workshop

TheatreBridge and Playwrights Workshop offer a connecting link between high school and college theatre and encourage a commitment to a life of creative engagement. The highly selective programs provide promising young actors and playwrights an opportunity to stretch their imaginations and skills as they create new work under the mentor-ship of established theatre professionals....

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Big Ideas, Short Talks: How to Make Effective Presentations

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...

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Applied Creativity: From Collaboration to Community Action

What is creativity? Why is creativity such an important aspect of leadership development and social change? How can creativity be cultivated in each of us, allowing us to engage with a diverse array of perspectives?

In this course, students will 1) study the creative process, 2) engage in activities that stimulate creativity, and 3) apply the creative process to...

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Digital Video Production

Digital video production is for budding movie-makers with an emphasis on experimentation in the use of the video medium. The primary goal of the course will be to serve as a foundation for further exploration in digital video artwork and storytelling. Attendees will write, direct, act, shoot, and edit short videos, with beginning and intermediate instruction. We will cover...

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STEAM Studio: An Introduction to Design

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...

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Digital Photography

This is a course in Basic digital photography dedicated to STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. It is divided in two parts: The first being theoretical, with the analysis of the work of the masters of Photography, an historical and technical approach to the style and an overlook to the traditional techniques of the past and present (from B/W prints to Lightroom and Photoshop software elements....

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Foundations of Creative Process

Creativity is typically characterized as the ability to produce work that is both novel and appropriate to a given context, which is to say, useful and meaningful. Through interdisciplinary studio practice, this course will challenge students to develop and refine their own personal approach to the creative process.

In this course, we will explore divergent thinking...

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Skyscrapers! The Secret Lives of the World's Tallest Buildings

Ascending a staggering half mile into the sky, the Burj Khalifa represents the culmination of a story that began in 1896 with the ten-story Wainwright Building; the world's first skyscraper. What happened in the intervening century is the story of this class, which traces the forgotten histories of the world's tallest structures. The glistening pinnacle of the Chrysler...

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Drawing Intensive

Drawing Intensive introduces students of all levels to a totally immersive drawing experience on a daily basis. Each day's real art-school-based studio session offers three full hours of drawing combined with group critique, one-on-one feedback to hone technique, and the freedom to experiment. This course gives students a head start in preparing for college art classes...

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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...

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Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure

Explores the electronic structure of atoms and molecules, thermodynamics, solution equilibrium, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, and reaction mechanisms. Required background: CHEM 0100 or AP Chemistry 4 or CHEM Placement Test 8 or IBC Chemistry.

Students MUST register for all four components of this course (the common meeting, lecture, lab and conference) during the...

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The Idea of Self

Literature gestures us toward a certain kind of knowledge not quite psychological, not quite philosophical. We read widely in the classical and medieval traditions in order to gauge the peculiar nature of what this knowledge tells us about experience and the ways in which expressions of selfhood abide or are changed over time. Authors include Sappho, Catullus, Horace, Virgil,...

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Literature and the American Presidency

We are accustomed to engaging the American presidency as a public office best approached through the prism of government, political science, and the like. This course studies the presidency through a literary lens, "literary" understood broadly to designate the study of words in multiple media, using five broad categories as our touchstones: memory, language, consolation,...

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The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict in History, Literature, Film

An examination of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the lens of cultural production. We will read literature and film in combination with historical texts, exploring how cultural producers have responded to key events from the partition of Palestine in 1947 until the second Intifada. We will examine the way that novels, poetry, documentaries and films provide us with...

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Principles of Economics

Extensive coverage of economic issues, institutions, and vocabulary, plus an introduction to economic analysis and its application to current social problems. Required for all economics concentrators. Prerequisite for ECON 1110, 1130, 1210 and 1620. Serves as a general course for students who will take no other economics courses and want a broad introduction to the discipline....

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Financial Accounting

Basic accounting theory and practice. Accounting procedures for various forms of business organizations.

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Critical Reading and Writing I: The Academic Essay

An introduction to university-level writing. Students produce and revise multiple drafts of essays, practice essential skills of paragraph organization, and develop techniques of critical analysis and research. Readings from a wide range of texts in literature, the media, and academic disciplines. Assignments move from personal response papers to formal academic essays. Enrollment...

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Good, Evil, and Inbetween

Are humans born naturally good, evil, neither, or all of the above? Does evil lurk deep within the heart of all that is good, or can the forces of good eradicate those of evil? Is evil an inextricable part of what it means to be human in the first place? We'll examine these and related questions by reading some especially provocative literature, including Frankenstein,...

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Reading French in the Arts and Sciences

Designed to develop the reading competence in French for graduate students (or advanced undergraduates with permission of the instructor). Fundamentals of grammar and syntax are emphasized as well as reading skills in the fields of individual students. Successful completion should satisfy the foreign language requirement for graduate students in other departments. (Consult...

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German for Reading

Intensive introduction to German grammar and syntax for students without prior knowledge of German and from all academic disciplines. Primarily for graduate students but also open to undergraduates. The student who successfully completes this course will have the necessary foundation for reading and translating German texts for students.

Please note that this is a blended...

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World War II in Europe: History, Experience, Memory

World War II was the defining event of the twentieth century. This course will focus on the military, political, social and cultural dimensions of the war in Europe and the USSR. Topics and themes include: Hitler’s war aims; the uses of propaganda; civilian mobilization and "total" war; the Grand Alliance; racial policies and genocide; and the collaboration...

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Essentials of the Latin Language

An intensive two-semester approach to Latin with special emphasis on developing facility in the rapid reading of Latin literature. No previous knowledge of Latin is required.

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Fiction I

A workshop for students who have little or no previous experience in writing fiction. Enrollment limited to 17 per section. S/NC. WRIT

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Screenwriting I

A workshop for students who have little or no previous experience in writing screenplays. S/NC. Enrollment limited to 17.

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Graphic Novels and Comic Masterworks

Focused on the influence of graphic novels and comic art, this course looks at examples of graphic novels and comic art from seminal texts like Art Spiegleman's Maus through a range of mainstream and independent comics from Marjane Satrapi, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, David B., Lynda Barry, Daniel Clowes, Frank Miller, and many others, including graphic memoir, reportage,...

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Calculus with Applications to Social Science

A one-semester survey of calculus for students who wish to learn the basics of calculus for application to social sciences or for cultural appreciation as part of a broader education. Topics include functions, equations, graphs, exponentials and logarithms, and differentiation and integration; applications such as marginal analysis, growth and decay, optimization, and elementary...

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Introductory Calculus, Part I

An intensive course in calculus of one variable including limits, differentiation, maxima and minima, the chain rule, rational functions, trigonometric functions, and exponential functions. Introduction to integration with applications to area and volumes of revolution. MATH 0090 and 0100 or the equivalent are recommended for all students intending to concentrate in the sciences or mathematics. S/NC only.

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Introductory Calculus, Part II

A continuation of the material of MATH 0090 including further development of integration, inverse trigonometric and logarithmic functions, techniques of integrations, and applications. Other topics include infinite series, power series, Taylor's formula, introduction to differential equations, and numerical methods. MATH 0090 and 0100 or the equivalent are recommended...

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Harmonic Convergence: Music’s Intersection with Science, Mathematics, History and Literature

An examination of research on music and the brain; connections between music, mathematics and history; and music's interrelationship with literature. Readings include The Power of Music (Mannes), Musicophilia (Sacks), The Kreutzer Sonata (Tolstoy), Doctor Faustus (Mann), A Clockwork Orange (Burgess), and writings by Morike, Hofstadter, Vaget, and Taruskin, in which music...

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The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience

Introduction to the mammalian nervous system with emphasis on the structure and function of the human brain. Topics include the function of nerve cells, sensory systems, control of movement and speech, learning and memory, emotion, and diseases of the brain. No prerequisites, but knowledge of biology and chemistry at the high school level is assumed.

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Critical Reasoning

A study of the techniques and principles of correct reasoning and effective communication. Topics may include deduction and induction, meaning and definition, fallacies in reasoning, the basic logic of propositions and predicates, and the essentials of inductive reasoning.

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Basic Physics (3)

Survey of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics for concentrators in sciences other than physics-including premedical students or students without prior exposure to physics who require a less rigorous course than PHYS 0050, 0060. Employs the concepts of elementary calculus but little of its technique. Lectures, conferences, and laboratory. Six hours of attendance. Recommended: MATH 0090 or 0100.

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Persuasive Communication

Provides an introduction to public speaking, and helps students develop confidence in public speaking through the presentation of persuasive speeches. Primarily for seniors. Limited to 18. Instructor's permission required. No permission will be given during pre-registration; interested students should sign up well in advance on the TAPS 0220 waitlist (form is at http://www.brown.edu/academics/theatre-arts-performance-studies/undergraduate-program/required-course-information)...

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Meditation and the Brain: Applications in Basic and Clinical Science

This class is a detailed exploration of the most recent neuroscientific research of meditation. The course explores the cognitive, affective, and neurophysiological effects of meditation practices with reference to their clinical applications in health, psychiatry and medicine. Current methodological challenges and directions for future research will also be explored.

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Contemplative Approaches to Living and Dying

One of the central components of a religious tradition are beliefs about the meaning of human existence - a meaning that is constructed in relation to the significance of one’s inevitable death, the nature of the afterlife, and conceptions of salvation. These core beliefs also deeply inform the ethics, rituals, and contemplative practices of religious communities. Through...

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An Introduction to Contemplative Studies

Introduction to the new field of Contemplative Studies focusing on identifying methods human beings have found, across cultures and across time, to concentrate, broaden and deepen conscious awareness. We will study what these methods and experiences entail, how to critically appraise them, how to experience them ourselves, and how they influence the development of empathy,...

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Studio Foundation

An introduction to basic visual art concepts, exploring a range of materials with emphasis on experimentation and analysis of visual relationships. Drawing is a vital part of this course.

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3-D Foundation

This is an extensive study in form and structure intended to develop spatial understanding and the fundamentals of 3-dimensional design and construction. Students will explore the structural, compositional and conceptual implications of basic materials, such as wood, metal, plaster and found objects. Projects are designed as a means for investigating a variety of sculptural...

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