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Black Panthers, Brown Berets: Radical Social Movements of the Late-20th Century

Dixieland? - Literature and Culture of the American South

Food, Identity, and Place: You Are What You Eat and Where You Eat It

Race, Gender & Horror: Reading Psychoanalysis in American Film & Fiction

Anthropology of Religion

Global Health: Inequality, Culture, and Human Well-being Around the World

Why do we want to help? Motivations, History, and Critiques of Humanitarianism

Writing from the Heart: Empathy and Ethnographic Writing Seminar

Ancient DNA: Uncovering the Secrets of Our Species

Black Lives Matter Less: How Structural Racism Affects Health

Human Behavior and Addiction

Moral Medicine: Questions in Bioethics at the Cutting Edge

Understanding Evolution: Theory, Evidence, Implications & Controversy

Coding to Read and Control the Brain

Free Will and the Brain: The Neuroscience of Decision-Making

How Our Experiences Shape Our Brains: An Experimental Approach

Psychoactive Drugs: Brain, Body, and Society

Psychology Across Species: Animal Cognition and Behavior

Archaeology of Ancient Greece

Introduction to Systems Thinking and Game Design

An Introduction to Game Theory

Behavioral Game Theory: Experiments in Strategic Interaction

"All of them Witches!": Race, Gender, and Witchcraft in Popular Culture

Apocalypse Now

How Poetry Matters: Reading Experimental Poetry in the Pandemic Era

Literature, Culture, and American Identities

Climate Change & Health: Infections and Inequalities

Nature as Our Teacher: Learning Skills to Shape Change

"In the Good Old Days" - The Idea of Nostalgia

Power and the Production of History

Warfare in the Ancient World

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

Art, Fashion, and Gender in the Modern Age

Statistics in the Real World

Around the World in 10 Days: Exploring Tourism

From Mayberry to Netflix: Topics in Television Studies, Race, Gender, and Class

The People vs. The Media: Race and Gender in Representations of Crime

"Who Run the World? Girls": Women's Music for Social Change

Implicit Bias - What is it and Who is to Blame?

May The Force Be With You: Physics for the Ages

Animals Among Us: Humans, Nonhumans, and Politics

Introduction to Women’s Studies

Race, Justice, and American Democracy

The International Human Rights of Political and Environmental Migrations

The Politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The United States Supreme Court: The 2021-22 Term in Review

Abnormal Adolescent Psychology

Abnormal Psychology

Application of Management Principles & Behavior for Leadership in Organization

Becoming You: Human Development Across the Lifespan

Conducting Research at the Forefront of Science: Cannabis Use in the U.S.

Critical Thinking About Human Behavior

Current Controversies in Mood Disorders

Deja-Vu and Tricks of the Mind

Freud: Psychoanalysis and Its Legacies

Genetics, Epigenetics and Human Behavior

Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Personality Disorders: Research and Treatments

Psychology of Resilience

Psychology of Stress and Trauma

Social Psychology: How Attitudes and Relationships Shape Human Behavior

Stranger than Fiction: Debunking Popular Myths in Psychology

The Mind, Brain, and Behavior

The Psychology of Denial, Skepticism, and Conspiracy

Why do people use drugs? Contemporary Theories of Health Behaviors and Addiction

Racism and Health: From a Physiological to Societal Perspective

The End of the World

Living now amid the Covid-19 pandemic, thoughts of whether humanity can defeat the virus and, if so, what will become of the world post-pandemic greatly trouble the mind. While our anxieties at present are very real and valid, concern over humanity’s end and the end of the world is not new. The theme of the apocalypse features prominently in some of the most lucrative Hollywood movies that dramatize global catastrophes—extreme global warming, astrological forces, pandemics—that threaten humanity’s end. That concern over the world ending is at the forefront of the present-day human mind is indicated by the sheer popularity and success of these films. Such anxieties have also been revealed by recent crazed responses over the uncertainty of what would happen after Dec 21, 2012, the last day of the Mayan calendar, and when the clock struck midnight to usher in the year 2000 (Y2K). However, this kind of apocalyptic thinking is not born out of modernity. It originated over 2,000 years ago in the religions of Judaism and Christianity and has shaped human thinking and catalyzed human action ever since. What can we learn from the history of the apocalyptic mindset, and how might it better help us understand ourselves and the world we live in today? How has belief in the apocalypse shaped human behavior for better or worse? If this topic and these questions are of interest, then this is the course for you.

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Child Development in Historical, Societal and Cultural Context

Finance for the Poor: Microcredit, Poverty, and Development

Gender, Race and Class in Medical Research and Practice

Globalization and Development: The Case of China

Social Impact of Natural and Human-made Disasters

The Climate Crisis and Society

The F-Word: Examining the Science, Culture, and Politics of Fatness

The Sociology of Health Inequalities


Something to Offer and Something to Learn: Becoming a Better Communicator

Female Forces: Hidden Histories of Art + Design

Queer Strategies of Resistance: Fools, Tricksters, Shapeshifters