Courses

Summer 2010 Courses


First Summer Session


EXP-0088-A: Understanding the Stock Market: History, Structure, and Impact
1.0 credit, Letter-graded.
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00-9:30 PM
Olin 101
Call #00417


In the 90s, the sky was the limit. NASDAQ was making the mainstream NYSE look old and tired. Then in 2000 the Internet "bubble" hit, and a lot of "experts" lost their shirt and the shirts of thousands who invested their mutual funds. Does anybody really know what makes the stock market tick? In this course, students will begin to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of stock market investing, doing so within the realm of larger social, demographic, political, and economic contexts. Beginning with a brief historical overview, we will attempt to assess the significance of such key years as 1929, 1973 and 1987. We will then move to a discussion of the unprecedented change that the market has undergone during the last fifteen years. Major themes include the globalization of investing, the relationship between Social Security and the market, socially responsible investing, the critical role that interest rates play, the impact of technology, and the mutual fund explosion, the fallout 9/11, and the recent spate of corporate scandals. Finally, special attention will be paid to the role that stockbrokers play 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.


Second Summer Session


EXP-0007-B. Hindu Yoga and Buddhist Meditation
1.0 Credit, Letter-graded.
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00-9:30 PM
Eaton 123
Call #00297

This course seeks to present a clear-eyed look at the teachings of two great spiritual traditions. We will undertake our investigation from both traditional and contemporary perspectives. In doing so, we will read such ancient texts as Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and such modern ones as Jack Kornfield's A Path with Heart. Parallel to the readings, we will practice yoga and meditation techniques weekly in class. In exploring the interface between practice and theory, students will be expected to write papers, keep a meditation journal, actively participate in class discussion, and keep up with their yoga and meditation outside the classroom.

Matthew Daniellhas lived in Asia for many years, studying yoga and Buddhism firsthand from teachers and monks. A Tufts graduate (A '85), Matthew asked himself during his senior year if there wasn't more to life. This question led him on a spiritual journey that took him to Japan, Thailand, and India.

Ravi Nathwani has also studied and lived in Asia, residing with a Buddhist community in Japan. Ravi is certified in the Sirvananda yoga tradition and has training in the Ashtanga, Kripalu and Iyengar methods of yoga.


EXP-0032-B: Introduction to Game Development
One Course Credit. Letter-graded.
Monday and Wednesday, 6:00-9:30 PM
Halligan 122
Call #00356


How do you create a complete computer/video game from start to finish? What are the different elements to a game? What makes a great game? Computer game development requires all facets of Computer Science, including Computer Graphics, Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, Data Structures, Networking, and Human-Computer Interaction. It also requires knowledge of other disciplines including Economics, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. The value of this course goes beyond culminating Computer Science. It is largely a hands-on course where real-world skills including design, teamwork, management, documentation and solid communications are critical. This course will delve into topics such as the game engine, sound, rendering, modeling, and the user interface.

Note: EXP 0032B meets with COMP 0050B Special Topics: Introduction to Game Development (call number 00445).

This course will count toward the Computer Science major but only for students who have completed COMP-0015 "Data Structures." It also counts as a Media Practice course for the Multimedia Arts minor and a Media Practice elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor.

Ming Chow (A' 02, G '04) is currently an application developer and webmaster. He frequently educates and trains users on the fundamentals of computer security, software engineering, and engineering technologies. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from Tufts.


EXP-0174-B: Genetics, Ethics, and the Law
One Course Credit. Letter-graded.
Monday and Wednesday, 6:00-9:30 PM.
Olin 109
Call #00299


This course will address the ethical, legal and scientific aspects of the new genetics. As part of the new technologies, individuals, families and society as a whole will have to make decisions that will affect everyone. We will analyze cases, question the legal system's role in regulating this field, discuss options for now and analyze cases. Gene therapy, DNA forensics, new reproductive techniques and cloning are only a few of the topics that will be addressed.

This course has been approved by the Biology department to count toward the Natural Sciences distribution requirement.

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.


12-Week Session


EXP-0099-CA: Media Internships
0.5 credit, Pass/Fail.
Call #00419


With the approval of the instructor, students can arrange a supervised internship at a newspaper, magazine, book publishing company, film production company, television or radio station, advertising or public relations firm, or other media outlet. Students must intern a minimum of 150 hours during the semester (usually 12-16 hrs/wk), fulfill written assignments, and meet regularly with the instructor. PLEASE NOTE: 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. Contact Susan Eisenhauer for more information. (susan.eisenhauer@tufts.edu, x72007)

Susan Eisenhauer (J '71) holds a M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 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-0099-CB: Media Internships
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail.
Call #00420


With the approval of the instructor, students can arrange a supervised internship at a newspaper, magazine, book publishing company, film production company, television or radio station, advertising or public relations firm, or other media outlet. Students must intern a minimum of 150 hours during the semester (usually 12-16 hrs/wk), fulfill written assignments, and meet regularly with the instructor. PLEASE NOTE: 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. Contact Susan Eisenhauer for more information. (susan.eisenhauer@tufts.edu, x72007)

Susan Eisenhauer (J '71) holds a M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Among other responsibilities, she directs the Communications internship program, supervising more than 90 students each year who intern for credit at various media organizations.