Courses

Spring 2008 Courses


EXP-0003-S: Beyond the Book: The Future of Literacy
Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Bromfield-Pearson 05
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04223

Are books becoming extinct? 

In this course we will focus on how we produce and consume information and how these have changed dramatically over the past several decades.  We will explore the history and impact of such new structures as search engines, blogs, wikis, and online libraries and will seek to understand how these innovations have redefined human interaction with text.

We will continue our exploration of literacy by outlining the main features of the present informational landscape and considering the technologies that may shape its future. Media and literary theorists, law scholars, librarians, and economists will provide the conceptual framework for examining a range of topics including authorship, readership, plagiarism, and intellectual property. Class assignments will include participating in online public forums, writing blog entries and editing Wikipedia articles.

This course will count as a Humanities and the Arts elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor.

Dennis Tenenboym is a former Microsoft developer and is currently a doctoral candidate at Harvard's Comparative Literature program. He holds a fellowship from the Instructional Computing Group and is the recipient of a Harvard University Presidential Scholarship.


EXP-0004-S: Listening for Stories: The Narrative in Art, Psychology, and Medicine
Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Olin 002
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04224

"Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories," Eudora Welty told readers in her autobiographical work, One Writer's Beginnings. What does it mean to listen for stories? How do stories shape our sense of self and our relationships with others?

Drawing on psychological, philosophical, sociological, anthropological, medical, and literary works, this course will examine the meanings and purposes of stories and storytelling across disciplines. Readings will include works by Robert Coles, Jerome Bruner, Maya Angelou, Richard Wright, Bell Hooks, Maxine Hong Kingston, Toni Morrison and Sigmund Freud. Topics will include narratives and identity formation, truth and memory, the relationship between the storyteller and the listener, narrative memory, storytelling and culture, and the practical applications of narrative research in the social sciences and medicine.

Erin Seaton holds an Ed.D. in Developmental Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied rural adolescents' narratives. She has taught social science, education and writing courses at Hampshire College, Tufts University, Harvard University and Boston University.


EXP-0005-S: Rastafari: A New World Religion
Monday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Eaton 206
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04225

The Rastafari movement, which began in Jamaica in the 1930s, has become a global phenomenon, philosophically, culturally, politically, and even economically, via its music, reggae. This course critically investigates Rastafari by paying close attention to its discursive structures.

In this course we will examine the socio-historical conditions that engendered Rastafari, and the contemporary conditions that sustain its growth and attractiveness both to youth in the urban setting and the marginal setting of third world countries. We will approach Rastafari as a form of political and cultural resistance, and investigate such elements as hair politics, gender politics, dread theology and rasta vibrations. We will also look at the role of Selassie as Savior, Garvey as the Black Moses, and Marley as the Prophet.

Andy Joseph holds an M.S. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard and an M.T.S. in Theology and Ethics from the Episcopal Divinity School. Rastafarianism was an integral part of Joseph's adolescence in St. Lucia, became a source of tremendous conflict and soul-searching during his theological study in Trinidad, and is now an area of interest that inspires him professionally and personally.


EXP-0007-S: The Spirit of Revolt: American Anarchism since 1776
Monday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Eaton 202
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04226

What do Henry David Thoreau, Emma Goldman and Noam Chomsky have in common? They are all part of the "spirit of revolt" that was inaugurated in America in 1776.

This course will trace the influence of anarchist thought on social movements and public discourse in America from abolitionism to the labor movement, women's rights to anti-globalization. Along the way we will cover the major anarchistic events in American history, including the Haymarket tragedy, the origin of Labor Day, the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and the socio-political upheavals of the 1960s.

This course has been approved by the History department to count toward either Humanities or Social Science distribution. It has also been approved to count toward American Studies major credit.

Sara Weisman is a graduate student in Educational Studies at Tufts, is in the process of starting a shcolarly journal for Tufts graduate students titled Educational Studies, and works on campus in the Office of the Trustees. Prior to coming to Tufts she taught both middle and high school English and World History in Oakland, California.


EXP-0010-S: Art, Activism, & Community: Visual Art for Social Change
Wednesday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04272

How do artists address social issues? Can art transform lives? How can art serve as a force for creating public dialogue? Are there different aesthetics for art with a social or political message?

In this course students will explore visual art created for positive social change. Through slide lectures and guest artists, students will learn and engage in dialogue about contemporary artists that are addressing issues of the environment, racial and cultural identity, human rights, healthcare, and social justice. Innovative community-based art organizations will also be studied, with guest lecturers from local Boston organizations who have developed nationally recognized models. Students in this course will also have the opportunity to create an interdisciplinary public art installation with two visiting artists through the project "Harmony in the Age of Noise." This class is appropriate for SMFA students as well as any Tufts student interested in social change.

Mindy Nierenberg is Senior Student Programs Manager for the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. Prior to joining the Tufts staff, she served as an associate dean at Massachusetts College of Art, where she founded the Office of Community Service Learning. Mindy is an exhibiting artist whose work focuses on social issues.


EXP-0012-S: The AIDS Epidemic in Theatre and Film
Monday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Aidekman 13
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04271

HIV/AIDS is the crisis of our lifetime.

In this course we will analyze the film and theatre that have emerged in response to the AIDS epidemic in the United States, from the first documentation of the disease in 1981 to the present. We will consider such films and plays as And the Band Played On, Angels in America, Silverlake Life, and Rent, to name just a few, doing so from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. To this end, we will draw on politics, economics, and medical discourse and practice. Through our discussions we will view these texts and films as the historical evidence that has defined the cultural chronicle of the meaning and scope of AIDS in America.

This course will count as a Humanities and the Arts elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor and as an elective in the Film Studies minor.

Virginia Anderson has been volunteering with AIDS service organizations for over ten years, and was honored last summer by Boston's AIDS Action Committee as a Larry Kessler Scholar. She is  currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Tufts Department of Drama and Dance and is writing her dissertation on American theatre and the AIDS epidemic.


EXP-0014-S: A History of Burlesque in American Culture
Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Bromfield-Pearson 07
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04270

This course will explore the history of the American Burlesque Show, from its inception as a form of working-class, affordable entertainment, through its Golden Age, decline, revival and continued influence on popular culture and entertainment.  How did Burlesque affect perceptions of women, gender roles, and sexuality?  Does the striptease constitute a form of goddess worship? Why the current craze for stripper chic? We will examine the American fascination with burlesque, pin-ups, and what Jean Cocteau called the "craze for the colossal," through iconographic images in film, paintings, photography and theatrical ephemera. We will also study burlesque's descendents, including musical theatre, minstrelsy and vaudeville.

Rachel Mansfield currently teaches the History of Burlesque Performance at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Drama at Tufts University.


EXP-0019-S: Research for Success: Using the Library for Thesis and Capstone Projects
Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 PM (1st 8 wks), Tisch 223
0.5 credit, Pass/Fail, Call #04269

Thinking about writing an honors thesis your senior year? Would you welcome a head start in understanding the research process? Would you enjoy sharing what you learn as you become, increasingly, an expert in your subject area?

If so, this course is definitely for you.  We will introduce you to the major research tools and search techniques specific to your subject area at an intermediate-to-advanced level. You will learn how to evaluate the literature you find, whether print or electronic. You will also come away from this class with a working bibliography of resources, and a plan for continuing your research that will include databases, web resources, interviews, primary sources and various other tools and collections. The bibliography will help you make an early choice for a thesis advisor. As an added benefit, you'll have a strong grounding in graduate-level research skills and resources.

Laurie Sabol has been a reference and instruction librarian for 25 years.  As the coordinator of library instruction, she oversees the activities of 6 librarians who offer course-related library research sessions to the schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering.

Regina Raboin has been a reference and instruction librarian for 10 years. In that time, she has taught hundreds of course-related library instruction sessions in the sciences and interdisciplinary studies, in addition to general research sessions.


EXP-0020-S: Forensic Science: From Investigation to Crime Reconstruction
Thursday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Pearson 104
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04268

Drew Peterson, a police officer, is suspected of murdering not one, but two wives. The body of a missing Harvard biochemist is found floating in the Mississippi. DNA tests thirty-five years after the fact suggest that Albert DeSalvo was not the Boston Strangler. Two Dartmouth professors are murdered in their home.

With the advent of each horrific case over the past 10 years the public has been given a glimpse into the dynamics of criminal investigation. In this course students will be provided with an introduction to this fascinating process. Students will gain an understanding not only of crime-specific investigation procedure, but forensic science, the practice of criminalistics, and crime-scene processing. This will be done by focusing on the steps involved in the aftermath of a criminal act, including discovery and police response, processing of the crime scene for physical evidence, forensic analysis, arrest, court presentation and pursuit of conviction. Finally, special emphasis will be given to presentation of evidence in a mock trial.

James Jabbour recently retired from his position as a Police Inspector in the Office of the Connecticut Chief State's Attorney. He has had more than twenty-five years experience in law enforcement dealing with homicides, sexual assaults, arson, and robberies. Inspector Jabbour holds an M.S. in Forensic Science with a concentration in Advanced Investigation and last year was appointed an Education Commissioner for the American College of Forensic Examiners.


EXP-0022-S: Faith and Doubt in American Culture
Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Braker 220
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04267

What does it mean to believe? Is belief simply about what goes on in churches or synagogues? Or is faith something else, something more personal and hard to pin down?

In this course we will explore the complex nature of faith in contemporary America. We will attempt to discern whether or not faith is a construction of race, culture, class, and personal history, or whether it's defined by our positions on such hot button issues as evolution and abortion. In our effort to understand the nuances of different spiritual experiences and the various responses to religion, we will learn how to read and write about religion objectively and critically.

Rather than use the religious canonical texts, we will examine how religion is expressed through story, memoir, and the creative essay.

Peter Bebergal has written and published numerous works on religion and culture over the past ten years, with notable contributions to Beliefnet, The Boston Globe, The Believer, Salon, Jewcy and Nextbook. He has a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and has spent the past four years researching and writing his first novel, The Faith Between Us.


EXP-0023-S: Los Angeles: A Cultural and Historical Perspective
Monday and Wednesday, 7:30-8:45 PM, East 015
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail, Call #04266

What is it about Los Angeles that makes it so intriguing? A world all its own, Los Angeles is more of a state of mind than a geographical location, a set of myths more than a bastion of reality.

In this course we will be deconstructing these myths and discussing their implications. We will be looking at such topics as Hollywood and the film industry, car culture, the rise of surfers and skaters and the development of race relations in the past forty years. While focusing on the social and cultural history of the city and its surrounding areas, we will try to distinguish the true character of Los Angeles and its inhabitants, and discover how it became such a fascinating part of the American landscape.

Erica Shipow was born and raised in San Fernando Valley, an offshoot of Los Angeles. She is a senior majoring in English and minoring in Sociology at Tufts.


EXP-0024-S: History of Punk Rock
Monday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Jackson 06
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04265

Have you heard of the Sex Pistols, the Dead Kennedys, the Stooges, or the Ramones? Ever wanted to learn the history behind the music: the cultural, political, and aesthetic dimensions that fueled punk?

This is a multimedia course designed to give students a new perspective on a once obscure genre that has recently gained renewed momentum and popularity. The class will begin with analysis and discussion of the genre's nascent roots in New York and the Midwest, before moving on to regional music scenes across the United States and Europe. Special attention will be paid to the evolution of the genre's tour network, sound and design aesthetics.

This course has been approved by the Music department to count toward Arts distribution. It will also count as a Humanities and the Arts elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor.

Michael Fournier is a music critic and historian who has been involved in the Boston and New Hampshire music scenes since the early 1990s. His writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, Talking River and Chunklet, and his book about the Minutemen's album of the same name, Double Nickels on the Dime, was recently published by Continuum Press.


EXP-0026-S: Korean Language and Popular Culture
Monday and Wednesday, 6:00-7:15 PM, East 016
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail, Call #04264

This course will provide a great opportunity for those who already know some Korean to further improve their reading, writing and speaking abilities. Ever wish you could understand the menu at delicious Korean restaurants? Ever had the urge to sing along to Korean pop songs? We will learn about the history of Korea, its major cities and attractions, Korean political/economic news, and examine Korean music, drama and film. By the end of this course students will not only have a more advanced understanding Korean, but also a greater appreciation for Korean culture in general.

Esther Kim was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. She is currently a junior at Tufts majoring in International Relations. She has been on the executive board of the Tufts Korean Students Association for the past three years and has appeared on several Korean television programs.


EXP-0028-S: Psychopathy: Exploring Antisociality
Monday and Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 PM, Braker 118
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail, Call #04263

Television, movies and books are all are riddled with portrayals of inhuman, evil villains. But is there such a thing as an "evil" person? If so, is the way they perceive themselves, others and events around them cognitively different?

In this class we will explore these questions by studying psychopathy and the notion of evil from a psychological, philosophical, sociological, anthropological and historical perspective. Topics will include human resilience, the cycle of violence, childhood behavioral disorders, serial killer typology and parent management training.

Jay Singh is a senior majoring in Psychology. He has worked with children with behavioral problems for over seven years and has published works on problem behavior in the classroom and childhood externalizing disorders' relationship to learning disabilities.


EXP-0029-S: Exploring Taboos: An Anthropological Approach
Thursday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Braker 222
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04262


This course will explore social taboos across cultures in an attempt to help students put aside their sensitivities and use anthropological research, analysis and discussion to better understand some of the world's more uncanny practices and beliefs.  Topics of discussion include, but are not limited to: political correctness, maledicta and distressful communications, unorthodox beliefs and superstitions, eating the family pet v. eating beef or pork, painful rites of passage, soft-tissue mutilation, nudity and sexual kink, cross-cultural infractions (wearing shoes in the house, giving thumbs up, etc.), and deviancy and criminality.

Laurie Notch is an author and small-press publisher who has lived and worked overseas in Europe, Russia, Africa and Asia as a university lecturer in language acquisition and cross-cultural issues for nearly twenty years.  She has an M.A. in Applied Anthropology from the American University in Washington D.C., and is currently working on a book, Spanking Tinkerbell, which deals with sexual taboos and kinky behavior in America.


EXP-0030-S: Sabermetrics 101: The Objective Analysis of Baseball
Wednesday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Eaton 201
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04261

This course will teach students about the fundamentals of Sabermetrics, the objective analysis of baseball. We will discuss baseball, not through conventional wisdom and consensus, but by searching for real knowledge of baseball performance. Hitting, pitching and fielding performance, along with other areas of sabermetrics, will be analyzed and better understood with current and historical baseball data. Students will design and implement their own Sabermetric research study, while learning the important concepts in statistics and statistical analysis needed to perform this research.

This course has been approved to count toward American Studies major credit.

Andy Andres, (Ph.D. N '99) is an Assistant Professor of Natural Science at Boston University, a Data Analyst at BaseballHQ.com, and a die-hard Red Sox fan.


EXP-0032-S: Introduction to Game Development
Thursday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Miner 112
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04260

How do you create a complete computer game from start to finish? What are the different elements to a game? What defines "fun"? What makes a great game? These may be easy questions to ask, but they involve profound insight to answer.

This course will focus on the elements of computer game development. We will explore the value of computer graphics, artificial intelligence, algorithms, data structures, networking, and human-computer interaction. We will also take into account the impact of such disciplines as Economics, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.

At the same time, this course will involve students in hands-on work. We will experiment with the game engine, sound, rendering, modeling, and the user interface. Real-world skills including design, teamwork, management and documentation. Finally, students will develop two working games, one in 2D and one in 3D.

See the course website here.

This course will count as Media Practice credit for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor and the Multimedia Arts minor.

Ming Chow (E '02) is currently a software developer and webmaster in the greater Boston area. He has taught this course and Security, Privacy, and Politics in the Computer Age for the Experimental College. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from Tufts.


EXP-0035-AS: Rape Aggression Defense
Tuesday, 4:00-6:00 PM, South Hall Basement Lounge
0.5 credit, Pass/Fail, Call #04259

The Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.) is based on the philosophy of choices: "to develop and enhance the OPTIONS of self defense, so that they become more viable considerations for the woman who is attacked."

While it is completely natural to resist, unless a woman is trained to do so the resistance she attempts may be futile. This course will try to strengthen innate survival techniques by making more options available. Preparation through education and training is usually the best way to survive an assault situation. Issues that will be addressed include awareness and prevention, sexual assault definitions, patterns of encounter, the decision to resist, basic principles of self-defense, and the defensive mindset. This course will end with realistic simulation training.

Kerri Dervishian and Darren Weisse are members of the Tufts University Police Department and certified R.A.D. instructors.


EXP-0035-S: Rape Aggression Defense
Monday, 4:00-6:00 PM, South Hall Basement Lounge
0.5 credit, Pass/Fail, Call #04258

The Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.) is based on the philosophy of choices: "to develop and enhance the OPTIONS of self defense, so that they become more viable considerations for the woman who is attacked."

While it is completely natural to resist, unless a woman is trained to do so the resistance she attempts may be futile. This course will try to strengthen innate survival techniques by making more options available. Preparation through education and training is usually the best way to survive an assault situation. Issues that will be addressed include awareness and prevention, sexual assault definitions, patterns of encounter, the decision to resist, basic principles of self-defense, and the defensive mindset. This course will end with realistic simulation training.

Jessica Bruno and Mark Roche are members of the Tufts University Police Department and certified R.A.D. instructors.


EXP-0041-S: Education for Active Citizenship
Friday, 10:30 AM-1:15 PM, Eaton 206
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail, Call #04257


This course is specifically designed to prepare first year students for the Citizenship and Public Service Scholars Program. Only students who have been pre-selected for the E4AC program are permitted to enroll.

In this course students will begin to build a framework for civic engagement. Through selected readings, class discussions, guest speakers, experiential work and simulations, students will learn how change is created in a community-based setting. In order to be effective as college student agents for change, as well as lifelong active citizens, class members will study the relationships between Tufts University and its host communities. Students will become familiar with both the historical and current issues facing these communities, and the ways in which Tufts students and community residents are making a difference.

Elizabeth Bennett has worked as social justice educator and human rights advocate. She is a 2008 candidate for a Master of Arts in International Law and Diplomacy and a Certificate in International Development (Political and Social Change) from The Fletcher School. 

Melissa DeFreece is the Scholars Program Coordinator for the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.


EXP-0042-S: Black Power: Student Civil Rights Movements
Wednesday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Olin 109
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04256


Why was Malcolm X meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama in 1965, and how did it happen? What do the Selma March, the SNCC, the Black Panther Party, and the Antiwar Movement all have in common?

Students in this course will explore the answers to these questions, paying special attention to the role that student movements played in transforming the Civil Rights movement from the late fifties to the early seventies. Initially our work will be concentrated geographically on the southern states and politically on the civil rights activities and organizations at work in the South. We will examine how students attempted and, in some cases, succeeded in making major changes in established Civil Rights organizations. In addition, we will study what took place when their attempts were less than successful, and they subsequently formed their own, alternative organizations. Finally, while we will focus on the southern states, we will also pay attention to how the influence of such groups took on national and even international dimensions.

This course has been approved to count toward American Studies major credit.


George Davis holds an M.A. from Tuskegee University. He has taught Afro-American History at the University of Vermont and has worked for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, the Black Student Union at U.C.L.A. and the Black Panther Party.


EXP-0043-S: What's My Vote: Ethical Dilemmas Legislators Face
Wednesday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Olin 111
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04255

Was Bismarck correct when he suggested that to appreciate either sausage or legislation, one should see neither being made?

This course, taught by a former legislator, will examine what goes into the decision making process that all legislators – whether at the local, state or federal level – must deal with on a regular basis, ones made all the more difficult with this being an election year.

We will consider the subtleties involved in trying to satisfy  the desires and demands of multiple parties, as well as consider the conundrum that surrounds trying to do "the right thing" when it comes to drafting and executing legislation. Guest speakers from government, media, the lobbying community, and public interest groups will assist students in finding solutions to these dilemmas.

This course has been approved to count toward the American Studies major.

Larry Alexander served for almost twelve years as a Massachusetts State Representative and was House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Energy. He is the author of a law that prohibits politicians from pocketing leftover campaign contributions, and was the first recipient of the Massachusetts Common Cause's Public Service Award. He also spearheaded an effort  to enact the Massachusetts Bottle Law, under which millions of bottles and cans have been recycled. He holds a JD from Boston University School of Law.


EXP-0044-S: Science Elementary Education Partnerships
Wednesday, 4:30-5:45 PM, Pearson 112
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail, Call #04254

Do you enjoy working with young kids - showing them hands-on activities and demonstrating how learning can be fun? Are you wondering if teaching might be a career for you? This is your chance to work with 1st through 5th graders in one of our host community schools and effect change in the lives of local students! SEEP is an initiative that emphasizes science experiments and activities that will engage young students in the learning process. Tufts students will meet together regularly in a seminar to share experiences, discuss current educational issues, learn effective teaching strategies and work through interesting and fun hands-on science lessons. In addition to the seminar, Tufts students will spend three hours per week in a host school helping with science activities.

This course represents a partnership between the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and the Experimental College.

Ronnee Yashon holds degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Education, and Law. She has taught human genetics and general biology, bioethics and the law for more than twenty years. She is also the author of a series, Case Studies in Bioethics, and a book, Landmark Legal Cases for Scientists.


EXP-0047-S: Politics and the Blogosphere
Monday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Jackson 05
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04252

Blogs. Simple websites for publishing anyone's thoughts, opinions, or ideas. Who could have envisioned that such an instrument would change the face of American politics?

In this course we will discuss the rise of the "blogosphere" and its impact on the nature of political discourse, campaigning, and the electoral system as a whole.  We will explore the media landscape within which blogs have flourished while major daily newspapers lose circulation and television news programs lose viewers. We will then pay special attention to the ways in which American political parties and candidates have become increasingly adept at using the "blogosphere" to promote their ideas, publicize their campaigns and raise money. Finally we will look at the role that blogs have played in promoting the agendas of political activists on both sides of the spectrum.

This course will count as a Social Sciences elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor.

Peter Morin is an attorney, freelance writer, blogger and former Massachusetts legislator (1985-1990).  He is a prolific reader of political blogs on the left and right and follows the political campaigns of the major presidential contenders in both the blogosphere and main stream media.


EXP-0048-S: The Myth of the Welfare Queen: Women's Lives on the Margins in Today's America
Monday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Braker 225
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04251

Are the majority of low-income women and their families truly living in the lap of luxury thanks to the largesse of the government? Whose interest does it serve to perpetuate this myth?

In this class we will attempt to deconstruct the persistent mythology of the "welfare queen."  We will examine how this extremely harmful stereotype developed over time. And we will confront its use as control imagery by exploring and replacing these images with the realities of life in the low-income communities who are living and surviving with minimal resources.

This course has been approved to count toward the American Studies major.

Autumn Green is a low-income mother and local activist working on issues of economic justice for low-income communities. She is currently involved with the ROAD program, which focuses on addressing the mental and emotional needs of low-income women. In addition to balancing motherhood and activism, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Boston College where her research centers on issues of access and support for low-income parents who wish to pursue higher education.


EXP-0049-S: Experimenting with Philanthropy
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00-7:15 PM, Braker 226
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04250

If you had the opportunity to provide funding to local nonprofit organizations, how would you make your decision, and why? Now you actually have a chance to find out!

In this course, students will be given the responsibility for deciding how to allocate $10,000.00 in private funding to nonprofit organizations in the Tufts partner communities of Medford, Somerville, Chinatown, and Grafton.

The process of doing so will enable us – in a "real world" experiment – to look at the needs of the community, goals in giving, the best use of philanthropic resources and the ethical and moral issues involved in giving.  Working in teams that simulate a foundation board, students will learn the essentials of grant making, and effective philanthropy, and will review and make funding decisions on student proposals written on behalf of local charitable organizations.

The course will conclude with the students' presentation of their grant awards to the nonprofit organizations.

This course is supported by a grant from the Sunshine Lady Foundation through its Learning by Giving Program.

Louise Sawyer is a nonprofit consultant with over ten years experience working in the nonprofit community. She recently helped to develop and expand youth philanthropy education programs in the greater Boston area. She received her law degree from Boston College and holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown's Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership.


EXP-0052-CS: 21st Century Television: Media in the age of Facebook, YouTube and MP3s
Tuesday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04249

In this course we will explore how digital technologies and the Internet are transforming television and creating a new paradigm with consumer control and participation at the forefront. 

Questions to be asked include: What does the era of "see me TV," with its user-generated content, mean for public affairs programming?  What will the television news and information shows of the future look like?  And where will they live in a world in which the mantra for television of the future is: "anything you want to see, anytime, anyplace and on any device?"

This course will count as a Humanities and the Arts elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor .

Glenda Manzi is a three time Emmy Award winning television producer with more than 25 years experience in television, radio, newspapers and Internet media.  Most of her career she worked at WGBH-TV, Boston's PBS affiliate, as a news and documentary producer.  More recently Ms. Manzi worked as the Executive Producer for Botticelli Interactive, a new Internet media company.


EXP-0056-CS: Making Movies
Monday and Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Halligan 105
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04248

So you've always dreamed about making movies? Is it easy to envision yourself behind the camera? Wait a minute! Being a filmmaker means learning a variety of crafts and becoming a student of film as well. Can you make the commitment?

This course will immerse students in the practice and logic associated with camera, lighting, audio and editing, all in the service of learning how to tell a story cinematically. Working in teams, students will complete a series of small, experimental projects aimed at developing their technical and stylistic facility while, at the same time, engaging in analyses of how filmmakers across the decades and around the world do very similar things in their movies. The teams will then produce an original, ten-to-fifteen minute "short," each of which will be exhibited at a public screening at semester's end.

HIGH DEMAND. You must attend the first class meeting on Wednesday, January 16, in order to be considered.

This course has been approved to count toward the American Studies major. It will also count as a Humanities and Arts elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor, a Film Studies elective for the Film Studies minor, and Media Practice credit for the Multimedia Arts minor.

Howard Woolf is the Associate Director of the Experimental College, as well as its Director of Media Technology. He is the founder of TuftsFilmWorks (the Ex College's filmmaking center), co-chairs the Multimedia Arts minor, and is the faculty advisor to TUTV.

Don Schechter (A '01, G '03) is the founder of Charles River Media Group, a Boston-based video production company. He has worked on numerous documentaries, been a key contributor to the ExCollege's Producing Films for Social Change course, and has taught his own course on the History of Documentary for the ExCollege.


EXP-0057-CS: Media Law and Ethics in a Digital World
Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Braker 220
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04247

This course will examine the legal and ethical challenges facing reporters, editors, broadcasters, and bloggers working in a rapidly changing media landscape. The perspective will be both academic and practical, both journalistic and legal.  We will survey how U.S. law has evolved in response to changing media, from print, to broadcast and cable, to the internet.

Attention will also be paid to how other nations – among them Singapore, Brazil, France, and the United Kingdom –  have answered the same legal and policy questions in very different ways.  Students will learn the basics of libel, privacy, copyright, and related law that a working journalist must know, and will wrestle with the ethical issues faced by journalists in a world where the very definition of "journalism" is in flux.  Along the way, we'll read, analyze, and sometimes re-enact actual court cases and journalistic scenarios that illustrate the policy choices and ethical quandaries that abound in this area.

This course is for aspiring journalists, aspiring lawyers, and others interested in developing a sophisticated understanding of the law and ethics of journalism.

This course will count as a Social Sciences elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor.

Rob Bertsche is a media lawyer at the Boston firm of Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye. He began his career as a newspaper and magazine reporter and editor.  A graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Law School, he has been named one of the "Best Lawyers in America," for media and first amendment law, and represents newspapers, magazines, broadcasters, and internet sites across the country.


EXP-0060-CS: Young People, the News, and Politics
Monday, 1:30-4:00 PM, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04246


This course will examine how young adults in general, and college students in particular, regard, obtain and use "news" about politics and other public affairs, and discuss the implications of these news habits on the type of informed citizenry upon which democracy depends. The course, which will include guest speakers from a range of traditional and Internet news outlets, will provide an overview of how the "old" press, such as newspapers and broadcast news, as well as newer, web-based sources both seek to target and attract younger audiences.

As their major class exercise, students will prepare detailed memoranda addressed to executives in real news organizations, suggesting specific ways for them to make their products more interesting, relevant and accessible to young adults.

This course will count as a Social Sciences elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor.

Phil Primack (A '70) is a longtime journalist who has covered politics, the economy and a range of other public policy topics. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, CommonWealth, Boston, and Columbia Journalism Review. He has also been a policy adviser to elected officials, including former congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II, and has taught journalism at a number of area universities.


EXP-0062-S: Insurgencies and Counter-insurgencies
Monday and Wednesday, 6:00-7:15 PM, Anderson 208
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail, Call #04245


The world we live in today is a world of insurgencies. Yet these insurgencies are not won or lost on the battlefield. They are instead championed and defined by ideas, safety, prosperity and public opinion, both at home and abroad. This interdisciplinary course will demonstrate how military force, economics, diplomacy, the law, and even healthcare relate and interact in modern day conflicts. We will examine the recent history of insurgencies, and how the United States has reacted to their proliferation. As the boundaries between war and peace become ever murkier, future aid workers, soldiers, sociologists, third-world entrepreneurs and diplomats will all find value in this course.

Toby Bonthrone is a Senior at Tufts majoring in International Relations.


EXP-0064-S: Latin America: Democracy, Human Rights, and Civil Society
Monday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Braker 223
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04244

How can we make sense of  contemporary Latin America, a region of complex extremes. Students in this course will attempt to gain an understanding of the political, social, and environmental realities that intersect in Latin America today. We will focus on such key concerns as the growth of and challenges to democracy, the effects of left and right wing tendencies, the influence of ongoing debt, the impact of emerging capital markets, the possibilities for environmental justice, and the role of media.

We will use case studies drawn from representative cities across the region, as well as looking at the issue of sustainability from the point-of-view of developing countries.

This course has been approved to count toward the Latin American Studies minor and toward the Peace and Justice Studies major as an elective.

Carlos Ponce is a social-policy and environmental lawyer with experience in sustainable development, human rights, education, and judicial reform. He is currently Director of the Justice Consortium.

Javier Marin is the founder and Director of Hispanic News Press and Descifrado News, a one-stop solution provider to the radio industry in Latin America. His radio programs on Latin American politics and economics reach the majority of the countries of the region.


EXP-0066-S: US-China Relations
Thursday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Eaton 206
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04243

Looking ahead into the 21st Century, no country looms larger on the international horizon for the United States than the People's Republic of China. The relationship that has developed between these two nations is complex, lengthy, interdependent and volatile. Will the P.R.C. and U.S.A. become allies, friendly competitors, cold warriors, or openly hostile enemies?

This course will immerse students in an exploration of this complex relationship, beginning with the history of the two countries' interaction, from the inception of the P.R.C. on October 1, 1949 to the present day. It will do so through an analysis of the five principal components of this relationship: its strategic, economic, emotional, historical, and political dimensions. Finally, rather than simply examining past events, students will be asked to analyze them in terms of international politics in order to try to foresee the future.

Todd Whitten is the Chair of the History Department at Beaver Country Day School. He holds a M.A. in Political Science from Boston College, is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and has traveled extensively in China.


EXP-0070-F: Embryos, the Law, and Assisted Reproductive Technology
Tuesday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Olin 101
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04242


"Where DO parents come from?" Moving at a startling pace since the 1978 birth of the first "test-tube baby," advances in reproductive technology have continued to grow, and now present us with options for creating families that were scarcely deemed possible even 25 years ago. This course intends to examine the law and policy behind such techniques as donor eggs, "collaborative reproduction," freezing sperm, eggs, and embryos, the use of surrogates, and pre-implantation genetic testing of embryos (PGD). We will also explore the families such techniques create, as well as the political and ethical tensions they engender.

Susan Crockin (J '76) is the Principal of Crockin Law and Policy Group, LLC, a private law and consulting practice focused on reproductive technology and genetics, adoption, and embryo law. She writes a column for the American Society of Reproductive Technology News and is a consultant to the Genetics and Public Policy Center in Washington DC.


EXP-0073-S: Internet Law and You
Tuesday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Eaton 333
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04241


How many laws did you break on the Internet today? How many of them could result in a lawsuit? In this course we will examine how technology and the law intersect, interact and sometimes violently smash together in a big, but exciting, mess on the Internet.  We will discuss the implications that arise, not just at the theoretical level, but at the ground level, where you live and play and work every day.  We will consider how copyrights, trademarks and other private rights in property can limit free speech.  Paying special attention to how the law affects – and should affect – the online world, we will finish by trying to answer the complex question, "Who should run the Internet?"

This course will count as a Social Sciences elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor.

Michael Simon (A '89) is a former trial attorney with more than six years experience in litigation and labor employment in Chicago.  He is also the general editor of the award-winning The Internet, Law and Business, published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education and has been the featured speaker at numerous seminars and events by such groups as the International Legal Technology Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Texas Lawyer.


EXP-0077-S: The Supreme Court in American Life
Monday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Terrace Room, Paige Hall (new location!)
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04240

How will the current Supreme Court Justices decide on abortion, physician-assisted suicide, campaign finance reform, drug enforcement, and capital punishment? Why has "handicapping" the vote become a new media "sport"? This course will begin with an overview of how the Court selects and hears its cases and what, in fact, the Constitutional requirements are for the Court. We will observe the current Court with a weekly check-in on their progress, while delving into the personal, political and legal history of the institution since its first session in 1790. In addition, we will read several landmark decisions, and take a close look at the contemporary media coverage of these issues, including slavery, school desegregation, interracial marriage, contraception, gay rights, war protest and immigration.

Emily Woodward (J '96) is an intellectual property attorney and has worked at several Boston-area biomedical and technology firms. She holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.


EXP-0085-S: Ethical Leadership in Business
Monday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Crane Room, Paige Hall
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04239

What is needed to become a successful leader? Do you need to sell your soul to work in the corporate sector? What are the key issues that impact businesses and individuals, and how can we as leaders effectively deal with them? In this course, we will explore the changing roles in leadership and collaboration as well as business ethics. It is through engaging leadership and a supporting infrastructure that sustainable results are achieved. Through the use of selected readings, open discussion, and case studies, we will examine key business and organizational issues. In addition, we will learn about our own way of interacting with others and handling ethical dilemmas. This course benefits from a diversity of perspectives and does not require any business or economic background. However the curriculum and discussions for this class are specifically designed for upper level students.

This course is supported by the Distler Family Endowment.

Steve Frigand (A '73) is a business process consultant, and an executive / career coach with over twenty-five years of leadership and change management experience. He has worked with organizations in many different industries and non-profits. He holds a M.B.A. from the Sloan School at MIT.


EXP-0088-S: Understanding The Stock Market: History, Structure, & Impact
Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Eaton 206
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04238

One day it's up, the next it's down. One day the Dow is setting records, the next day a "market correction" ushers in gloom and doom. What makes the stock market tick? In this course students will begin to develop an understanding of, and an appreciation for, the fundamentals of stock market investing in the context of larger social, demographic, political, and economic issues. Beginning with a brief historical overview, we will attempt to assess the significance of key time periods, such as 1929, 1973 and1987. We will then move to a discussion of the unprecedented change that the market has undergone the last ten years. Major themes in this discussion include the globalization of investing, the relationship between Social Security and the market, socially responsible investing, the impact of technology, and the mutual fund explosion.Finally, special attention will be paid to the unique role the stockbroker plays in the investment process.

Timothy Stratford has had twenty years' experience as a financial services professional at brokerage houses such as Shearson Lehman Brothers and Smith Barney Harris and Upham. During that time, he has been party to some of the most significant and historic changes in the US and world stock markets.


EXP-0090-S: Teaching a Seminar
To be arranged
Variable credit, Pass/Fail, Call #04237

This course is designed to assist the undergraduates who are teaching courses in the Experimental College. Weekly group meetings are held in which student teachers are exposed to a range of teaching techniques and learning theories, asked to articulate their course goals, and given a forum for discussing the unique problems that first-time teachers often encounter.

Robyn Gittleman is Director of the Experimental College and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education.


EXP-0091-AS: Inquiry Teaching Group
To be arranged
1.0 yearlong credit, Letter-graded, Call #04236

Inquiry Teaching Group is a global-issues simulation for high school students from the U.S. and abroad. It forms an integral part of the year's activities for EPIIC.
Students in this course will help design and plan a simulation on Global Poverty that will be held during the Spring 2008 semester. They will mentor a high school delegation - helping them understand the materials and issues, as well as preparing them for the simulation. Students in Inquiry will receive one credit for the full academic year.

Steve Cohen teaches in the Education department at Tufts and is the Chair of the Experimental College Board for the academic year 2007-2008.

Heather Barry is the Associate Director of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts.


EXP-0091-S: EPIIC: Global Poverty
Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00-5:45 PM, Bromfield-Pearson 02
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04235

Mass poverty is mankind's oldest, yet most pressing problem. Over a billion people subsist on less than a dollar a day, almost one in five. If the poverty line were raised to $2 a day over half the world's population would be poor. Eight million people die each year simply because they are too poor to live. Every day, 30,000 children die because they are too poor to survive. Over the past several decades, the percentage of the world's population living on less than a dollar a day has been cut in half. Global poverty is rapidly falling for about 80% of the world. But over the next four decades the population of developing countries will swell to nearly 8 billion, representing 86% of humanity.  Is there a "doom spiral," a crisis afflicting 50 failing states, the "Bottom Billion?" If so, are there ways to escape the "poverty traps" of civil war, the "resource curse," and the plague of bad governance? How do we confront the radical impact and inequality of "corrupt capitalism" in developed countries? Indeed, poverty is not an abstraction in the U.S., where 37 million Americans live in poverty.

Eschewing ideology, we seek a nuanced, rigorous understanding of global poverty. How can we transcend the images of starving children, the stereotypes of ruthless corporations, and corrupt politicians, to create a realistic and meaningful agenda for action?

High Demand. Permission of instructor required.

Sherman Teichman is Director of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts and the founding director of EPIIC (Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship). He holds a M.A. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


EXP-0096-S: Auditing for Breadth
Variable credit, Pass/Fail, Call #04234

This program is intended to provide students with an opportunity to broaden their education by attending courses in which they might not otherwise enroll. With the approval of the instructors in question, students may elect to audit any three full-credit university courses (or the equivalent) during their four years. (One course credit is awarded upon completion of the three audits.) Please note: graduating seniors may audit two courses and receive one-half credit.

For more information about this program please contact Robyn Gittleman or Cindy Stewart, at the Experimental College office, 95 Talbot Ave, x73384.

Robyn Gittleman is Director of the Experimental College and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education.


EXP-0097-AS: Quidnunc: Sustainable Development in Nicaragua
Thursday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Anderson 309
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail, Call #04233

This course will provide the members of BUILD (Building Understanding through Learning Development), a student group that travels to Nicaragua over winter break and engages in a community-defined service project, with the opportunity to further their understanding of sustainable developments. The course will provide students with an interdisciplinary perspective on the health and economic needs of communities in developing nations. Students will develop community-based action plans to address the major health and development issues found in these countries.

Contact the Coordinator for more information.

Scott Mathews will be coordinating the Quidnunc. He is a Senior at Tufts majoring in Political Science.


EXP-0097-BS: Quidnunc: Mock Trial
To be arranged
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail, Call #04232

Students will learn the skills required by attorneys and witnesses in a courtroom trial by acting out these roles in a competitive, intercollegiate mock trial. Students will act as either an attorney or witness as both the Prosecution/Plaintiff and the Defense in a hypothetical trial, while learning valuable skills for critical thinking, communication, and public speaking.

Students will develop their own trial strategy and materials, and use them to prove their case against opposing teams. Students will also learn the rules of evidence and methods for developing a case for trial.

Contact the Coordinators for more information.

Hailey Fitzgerald and Jeffrey Kiok will be coordinating the Quidnunc. Hailey is a Senior at Tufts majoring in Psychology and Child Development. Jeffrey is a Junior at Tufts majoring in History and Political Science.


EXP-0099-CS: Media Internships
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail, Call #04231

Supervised internship in communications and mass media. Student can intern at a newspaper, magazine, book publishing company, film production company, television or radio station, advertising or public relations firm, or other media outlet approved by instructor. Students must intern a minimum of 150 hours during the semester (usually 12-16 hours a week), fulfill written assignments, and meet regularly with the instructor.

Students should consult with the instructor prior to researching and applying for internships, and must submit an Internship Agreement signed by the internship site supervisor prior to being allowed to register.

Please contact Susan Eisenhauer (susan.eisenhauer@tufts.edu, x72007) for more information.

Susan Eisenhauer (J '71) has a B.A. in English from Tufts and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has worked in many areas of the media, including print journalism, television, radio, and public relations. Among other responsibilities, she directs the Communications internship program, supervising more than 90 students each year who intern for credit at various media organizations.


EXP-0101-CS: Advanced Filmmaking
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04230

Based on a directed study model, this course provides the means by which students who have completed EXP-0056-S Making Movies – or who are able to demonstrate equivalent proficiency– can continue their training.

Permission of instructor required.

This course is supported by the generosity of Lisa and Bruce Cohen (J '86 and A '83, respectively).

Howard Woolf is Associate Director of the Experimental College, as well as Director of Media Technology. He is the founder of TuftsFilmWorks (the ExCollege's filmmaking center), co-chairs the Multimedia Arts minor, and is advisor to TUTV.


EXP-0102-CS: Advanced Electronic and Digital Media
1.0 credit, Letter-graded, Call #04229

Based on a directed study model, this course provides the means by which students who are able to demonstrate an appropriate degree of proficiency can continue their training in the multimedia arts.

Permission of instructor required.

Howard Woolf is Associate Director of the Experimental College, as well as Director of Media Technology. He is the founder of TuftsFilmWorks (the ExCollege's filmmaking center), co-chairs the Multimedia Arts minor, and is advisor to TUTV.


EXP-0192-S: Independent Study
Variable credit, Letter-graded, Call #04228

By arrangement only. For more information, please stop by the Experimental College office at 95 Talbot Avenue, or call us at x73384.

Robyn Gittleman is Director of the Experimental College and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education.


EXP-0194-CS: CMS Senior Project
Variable credit, Letter-graded, Call #04227

All CMS minors completing their Senior Projects this semester must register for this class.

Julie Dobrow is the Director of the Communications and Media Studies program at Tufts. She holds a Ph.D. in Communications from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania.