The market system and alternative mechanisms for determining prices and allocating resources. Economic analysis of monopoly, cartels, wage and price controls, pollution, and other contemporary problems. The role of government in promoting economic efficiency. Only open to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in precalculus.
Determinants of aggregate employment and national income; evaluation of government policies to alleviate inflation and unemployment. Money, banking, and monetary policy. International trade and finance, and the prospects for world economic development. Only open to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in precalculus.
The Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa, hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, and droughts and fires in California are a few examples of recent, high-profile events that demonstrate fundamental connections and interdependencies between human and natural systems. Human choices and actions fundamentally transform, and are transformed by, environmental processes, with critical implications for ecosystem and human health, prospects for maintaining secure livelihoods, the equitable distribution of resources, and long-term sustainability. In this introductory environmental studies course, students will gain a foundation in the constitutive fields of environmental studies through a review of biophysical, social science, and humanities-based understandings of the environment.
Earth's physical environment, its atmosphere, landscapes, water resources, and geology change from place to place. With this comes environment affects on people's everyday lives. Yet people also influence their surrounding environments. Dry, wet, warm or cold regions present different challenges for the human population. How do the earth's physical landscapes develop and evolve? Why does New Jersey’s climate vary from season to season and year to year, and why is it changing? How does this differ from deserts in the southwestern US, the Florida Everglades, and the Alaskan tundra? Why does the landscape change from the Rocky Mountains to the New Jersey barrier islands? How do water, ice and wind sculpt these landscapes? Where do humans fit into these “equations”? This course uses a systems approach to delve into linkage amongst these aspects of the physical environment, in particular exploring their geographic dimensions.
This introductory geography course explores how human activities and natural systems interact with each other to profoundly transform the environment. Environmental geography begins with recognition that what we call “natural resources” is socially constructed. In other words, something may become a resource if humans make it so through a variety of economic, cultural, and technological filters. It is not possible to understand environmental problems Without understanding the demographic, cultural, political, and economic processes that lead to increased resource consumption and waste generation. Students will uncover that environmental transformations occur at individual, community, regional, national, and global scales. In this course we will examine aspects of the Earth’s physical geography such as biomes, climate systems, renewable energy, and air quality, as well as components of our human geography such as urban environmental footprints, sustainability, food resources, and population change.
This introductory geography course explores human geography, a discipline that studies people and places. Specifically, students will learn how people organize space and society, how we interact with each other in places and across space, and how we make sense of others and ourselves in our local areas, regions, and the world. In this course we will cover a range of topics such as language, religion, development, migration, and the unequal distribution of power. We will pay particular attention to key geographic approaches to contemporary globalization,specifically, how global processes are unevenly distributed and differently manifested across the world.
Introductory geology for the non-science major, designed to give a broad, basic understanding of the planet on which we reside, its age and origin, composition and evolution, interrelationships of Earth's major physical systems, scientific revolutions in Earth Science, and the role the physical Earth plays in global politics and economics. Online and in-class sections.
This course will deepen students’ global awareness by introducing them to an interdisciplinary approach to international and global studies, and drawing on real-world examples from diverse cultural regions to illustrate 21st Century trends and challenges. Using analytical tools from a variety of social sciences and humanities traditions, students will learn about our increasingly interconnected world, with a particular focus on the transnational flows of people, goods and ideas associated with economic, political and cultural globalization. This course is particularly well suited for students who plan on pursuing majors or minors in international and global studies, geography, anthropology, sociology, area studies, economics, political science, public policy, and women's and gender studies.
Development of skills in reasoning. Consideration of what an argument is, how arguments go wrong, what makes an argument valid. Application of techniques for clarifying meaning, evaluating, and constructing arguments.
Exploration of basic issues in ethical theory and metaethics. Topics may include consequentialism, deontology, virtue theory, constructivism, value relativism, the objectivity of values, value skepticism, free will, and the nature of the values and practical reasons.
“The Nature of Politics” is a foundational course for political science majors as well as those interested in the study of politics more generally. It introduces students to fundamental issues in political theory as it has developed from ancient Greece to the present day; in other words, we’ll encounter questions that are both historical and conceptual. We will ask, for example, how concepts like “the market” or “the social contract” come to connote political freedoms in contemporary politics, whether and to what extent “politics” is separate from other social realms such as the family or the economy, and why so many contemporary social movements see antiracism as a key political goal in the twenty-first century.
This course is designed to introduce students to the theories, concepts, and ideas used in social science efforts to understand international politics. As such, it stresses theory and inference and uses historical examples and contemporary events only as illustrations to illuminate behavior in larger classes of events. We will begin the overview with the dominant theoretical paradigms in international relations and study the causes and consequences of military conflict and war. We will then explore major issues in international political economy. We will conclude the semester with a discussion of contemporary issues, including human security, environmental issues, and border politics.
Comparative politics is sometimes seen as an amorphous area of study within political science. American politics, as the adjective "American" clearly indicates, answers questions about political science in the American context. In contrast, deciphering what, for political scientists, the adjective "comparative" means is a less straightforward task. Saying that comparative politics scholars compare things may be the painfully obvious answer but it still leaves unanswered just what is meant when we say "comparative politics." This course is designed as an introduction to the key topics and debates within comparative politics.
This course explores the structure and interplay of the various institutions and sub-institutions of the American federal government, providing a cursory introduction to the ideas and institutions that shape politics in contemporary America. Our lectures will focus on three thematic areas: the Constitution: reach, scope, and interpretation, Modern American institutions, and the political behavior of a presumably engaged citizenry. We will study the strategies, roles, and limitations of both governmental elites and ordinary citizens, with particular emphasis on how they communicate and interact within the constitutional to shape the achievement of the “common good”. To a lesser extent, we will examine documents from America’s formative period and discuss insights from the modern discipline of political science. This will allow us to examine important social and political phenomena from a variety of perspectives. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to help each student arrive at a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of the forces that shape American government and politics, so that they may be both a more discerning student and critic of the system and a more informed and reflective participant in it.
This course will explore the foundational parts of the American government and is designed to introduce you to the study of law and the courts as an integral part of the political process in the United States. This course is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the history and principles of the US Constitution, the structure and function of the various US court systems, the process for selecting judges and justices, how the Supreme Court in particular functions and makes decisions, what factors influence legal decisions, how to interpret Supreme Court decisions, and the ongoing debate on the proper role of the Court in a democratic political system.
In this course we will be thinking about the ways that race, gender and sexuality structure our social worlds and intimate lives. We will ask what it means to describe these categories as ‘socially constructed’ and consider the mechanisms through which they are produced and reproduced. At the same time we will pay careful attention to the material ways in which power is organized and distributed through these categories. Assuming that these are not ‘natural’ categories we will look at the work that goes into making them appear so, and consider the ways in which their meanings and efficacy change over time. In the latter weeks of the course we will begin to think more about the value and pitfalls of using identity categories as analytical frameworks and organizing platforms. The course is invested in an interdisciplinary approach and as such we will broach these questions by engaging a cross section of academic, literary, popular culture and activist texts. The course is designed to be not only an academic endeavor, but also an attempt to bridge our academic, personal and political investments, as such I encourage you to bring your life experiences and political investments into the course and classroom as a valuable set of knowledges that we will attempt to build upon and challenge.
Examines development of women's and gender studies as interdisciplinary field of study; explores relationship of feminist scholarship to activism; introduces students to basic research techniques.Required for major.
Historical development of mass media institutions and the role of media in society. Particular attention to news, government regulation, effects, economics, emerging technologies, and audience dynamics.
Do you appreciate art but cannot find the words to talk about it? Are there events in paintings or sculpture that you can feel but don’t know how to express? The online course in Art Appreciation is an opportunity to look at many pieces of artwork and to learn “art talk.” Travel around the world on your computer to look at all kinds of fine art. This is not an Art History course. The emphasis is on looking and understanding what you see.
Explore the technical and the creative principles of beginning digital photography. Students will develop their own analytical eye for framing and composing photographs as well as working with their digital camera and basic Photoshop to develop a personal workflow. In addition to readings, audio and visual lessons and feedback will be provided for both the technical and creative components of this class.
Color considered primarily as pigment; some attention given to color as light and an introduction to color printing processes. Approaches to color relationship, theories of organization of color on both scientific and aesthetic levels.
Individualized work that introduces a range of technical and experimental approaches to oils and acrylics. Varied approaches to the problems of structure, shape, and color, and to the development of formal coherence and imagery through individual and group critiques.
Dance Appreciation is an introduction to dance as an art form, wherein students study the historical, cultural, social, and performative contexts of diverse dance forms. Students engage with aesthetic, theoretical, and scholarly discourses aimed at illuminating how dance functions as a form of communication and personal, aesthetic expression. In addition, students explore the ways in which dance both reflects and comments upon contemporary society. Students develop fundamental dance literacy through critical analysis of dance in live and recorded formats; identify aesthetic concepts and ideas through written and visual media; demonstrate comprehension in their utilization of dance vocabulary and terminology; discuss influential choreographers and genres of dance; and articulate critical conclusions about the reciprocal relationship between dance, the arts, and societal concerns.
This course explores the evolution of dance in musical theater and on Broadway. Course topics will include a historical survey of dance on Broadway; an examination of the reciprocal relationship of Broadway dance to economic and cultural change; and a close look at the power structure and organization of Broadway musicals. The evolution of Broadway dance steps and styles and the contribution of notable dancers will be examined.
This course is an introduction to both the technical and creative elements essential for video editing. In this class through reading and assignments, students will examine the role of video editors in the storytelling process. Students in the class will learn the tools necessary to manipulate existing footage into thoughtful and creative video edits using Adobe Premiere Pro software. Through a series of readings and provided video examples, the students will expand their understanding of editing concepts and storytelling tools. Then they will use that creative knowledge and apply it practically through a series of video editing assignments.
An introduction to computer music technology with a focus on creative composition projects integrating studies in electronic music theory and history, digital signal processing (DSP), performance practice, and aesthetics.
The exploration of the history of rock-and-roll music from a wide array of perspectives, emphasizing the formation and development of the genre as the result of exchange and interaction across cultural, racial, and economic boundaries, as well as its role in social change.
Students attend a wide spectrum of theater offerings including Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, regional, educational, and community events, and, through viewing those theatrical productions and online lectures, gain an appreciation of performance and everything that goes into producing theater.
Extensive overview of marketing: the process of creating goods and services in response to consumer wants and needs. Study of the marketing function in business firms and nonprofit organizations. Consumer behavior, marketing research, industrial marketing, pricing, channels of distribution, and promotion.