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Current Course Offerings: Summer 2014

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Code Name Instructor Day/Time
ANTH 386 Desire and Demand II Marilynne Diggs-Thompson TR 5:30-9:20PM, 05/27/14 - 07/02/14
  FULFILLS CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US REQUIREMENT. The goal of this course is to understand and to investigate both historical and contemporary issues related to a culture of consumption. Reading topics cover both contemporary and scholarly issues in cultural anthropology, popular culture, consumer behavior, off-shore production, social networking, media and communications, financial and real estate markets and marketing. Class distinctions are equally interdisciplinary as we focus on investigating and identifying critical global/local linkages. We analyze the various ways in which Philadelphia and other "global cities" are competing for consumer revenues. We ask what factors have led contemporary society reaching its current stage of mass consumption and how have certain goods and services been reconfigured, packaged or re-packaged to attract new consumers. In order to better understand the link between consumption and production factors we explore the relationship between outsourcing and/or offshore production and modern consumption. Approximately sixty percent of the seminar takes place in the classroom and will include lecture, class discussion, and films. The remaining half of the class meetings will involve local and regional travel. Research assignments emphasize the use of anthropological participant-observation techniques to investigate the relationships between culture and contemporary mass consumption within the contexts of re-gentrification, urbanization and globalization.
Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy Animal Ethics Anne Barnhill TBA
  Humans use non-human animals for food, research, companionship, and entertainment, among other things. Which ways of relating to non-human animals are ethical? Which are unethical? Why? Do non-human animals have moral rights, on a par with human rights? Should non-human animals have legal rights? Are there ethically better and worse forms of animal agriculture, animal research, zoos, hunting, and keeping animals as companions? If some ways that we relate to non-human animals are unethical, why do they continue? What are some psychological barriers to reform?
NURS 112 Nutrition Science and Applications DeJonghe TWR 3:00-5:00 PM, 05/27/14 - 07/02/14
An overview of the scientific foundations of nutrition. The focus is on the functions, food sources and metabolism of carbohydrate, fat, protein, vitamins and minerals. Effects of deficiency and excess are discussed and dietary recommendations for disease prevention are emphasized. Current issues and controversies are highlighted. Students will analyze their own dietary intakes and develop plans for future actions.
URBS 390 Urban Agriculture Michael Nairin TR 9:00-12:50 NOON, 05/27/14 - 07/02/14
Urban Agriculture is a growing global trend. This course examines urban agriculture as an issue of sustainability, social justice, public health, and vacant land. It explores the potential of urban agriculture in both the Global North and South to provide a safe and secure source of food to city residents. Major topics include sustainable agricultural practices, operations and spatial requirements, distribution systems, and access to fresh food. Using Philadelphia as a laboratory, the course explores its robust agricultural scene of community gardens, guerilla gardens, and entrepreneurial farms, as well as its distribution system including programs such as City harvest, the emerging Common Market, and established farmersbo?= markets. The course will integrate lectures about sustainable agricultural practices with field trips to and hands-on work at community gardens and farms.
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