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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

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

Ancient DNA: Uncovering the Secrets of Our Species

Black Lives Matter Less: How Structural Racism Affects Health

Moral Medicine: Questions in Bioethics at the Cutting Edge

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

Archaeology of Ancient Greece

Behavioral Game Theory: Experiments in Strategic Interaction

The Quest for Immortality in the Ancient World

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

20th Century Literary Movements and Theories

Apocalypse Now

How Poetry Matters: Reading Experimental Poetry in the Pandemic Era

Literature, Culture, and American Identities

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

A People's History of War in America

Popular Politics in the Middle East and North Africa

Power and the Production of History

Setting Sail: Early American History from the Water

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

Logic & Paradox

Around the World in 10 Days: Exploring Tourism

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

The *@#%* Media: Enough Disinformation!

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

Arguing About Arguing and Thinking About Thinking

Contemporary Moral Issues

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

Science, Perception, and Reality

From Newton to Nanotechnology: History and Applications of Physics

Introductory Astronomy: Exploring the Cosmos

May The Force Be With You: Physics for the Ages

Quantum Mechanics and the Nature of Reality

What Does It Take to Discover a Particle?

Animals Among Us: Humans, Nonhumans, and Politics

Debating Democracy: Threats and Prospects

Ethics and International Affairs

Introduction to U.S. Law and The Way Lawyers Think

Introduction to Women’s Studies

Law, Ethics, and Democracy

Political Theory Through Science Fiction: Utopias, Dystopias and Allegories

Posting Power - Digital Media and the Transformation of Politics

Race, Justice, and American Democracy

The American Presidency

The International Human Rights of Political and Environmental Migrations

The Political Economy of Cities: American and Comparative Perspectives

The Politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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

U.S. Foreign Policy: Past, Present, and Future

Freud: Psychoanalysis and Its Legacies

The Psychology of Denial, Skepticism, and Conspiracy

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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Environmental Sociology for A Rapidly Warming World

Finance for the Poor: Microcredit, Poverty, and Development

Gender, Race and Class in Medical Research and Practice

Social Impact of Natural and Human-made Disasters

The Climate Crisis and Society

Acting

Female Forces: Hidden Histories of Art + Design