Courses

Summer 2011 Courses


First Summer Session


EXP-0088-A: Understanding the Stock Market: History, Structure, and Impact
1.0 credit, Letter-graded.
Monday and Wednesday, 6:00-9:30 PM
Olin 101


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 over twenty years of 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 #00346


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 Daniell has 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-0074-B: Famous Trials in U.S. History
One Course Credit. Letter-graded.
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00-9:30 PM
Olin 002
Call #00339


O.J. Simpson. Lizzie Borden. The Salem Witch Trials. President Clinton's impeachment proceedings.

These four trials, separated in time and place, cover the span of three centuries of American history. What makes trials such as these so resonant? Why do some garner attention so universally, while others - perhaps more interesting or sordid - do not? While there were great differences between the defendants in these particular cases, the outcomes of the trials, and the periods in which they took place, they share the commonality of being defined as "great American trials" or "trials of the century" - trials that have a unique place in our history. This course will discuss these cases and others like them, with the intention of resolving what made them so iconic and so influential in American history and popular culture.

Ian C. Pilarczyk is the founding director of the Executive LL.M. in International Business Law at Boston University School of Law. He received his B.A. with Honours in Philosophy from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and his J.D. cum laude from Boston University School of Law in 1995.


12-Week Session


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

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.

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.