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Fall 2013 Course Offerings

Code Name Instructor Day/Time
ANTH 063 East & West: A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Cultural History of the Modern World Lisa Mitchell MW 11:00-12:00 NOON
(cross-listed with SAST 063 and HIST 087) FULFILLS HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES SECTOR REQUIREMENT. Sugar and Spices. Tea and Coffee. Opium and Oil. Hop aboard the Dutch schooners, Indian Ocean dhows, Chinese junks, and British and American clipper ships that made possible the rise of global capitalism. How have desires to possess and consume particular commodities shaped cultures and the course of Modern History? This class introduces students to the history of the modern world by tracing connections between East and West, South and North. Following the circulation of commodities and the development of modern capitalism, the course examines the impact of global exchange on interactions and relationships between regions, nations, and peoples, including the role of slavery, colonial and imperial relations, and struggles for economic and political independence. From the role of spices in the formation of European joint stock companies circa 1600 to contemporary conflicts over oil, the course's use of both primary and secondary source readings will enable particular attention to the ways that global trade has impacted social, cultural, and political formations and practices throughout the world.
FNCE 101 Monetary Economics and the Global Economy L. Drozd 001-MW 10:30-12NOON; 002- MW 1:30-3:00PM; 003-MW 12-13:30PM
(cross-listed with FNCE 602) Prerequisite(s): ECON 010 [or ECON 001, ECON 002] and MATH 104. Students cannot receive credit for both FNCE 101 and ECON 102 [ECON 4] WHARTON STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE FNCE 101. This is an intermediate-level course in macroeconomics and the global economy, including topics in monetary and international economics. The goal is to provide a unified framework for understanding macroeconomic events and policy, which govern the global economic environment of business. The course analyzes the determinants and behavior of employment, production, demand and profits; inflation, interest rates, asset prices, and wages; exchange rates and international flows of goods and assets; including the interaction of the real economy with monetary policy and the financial system. The analysis is applied to current events, both in the US and abroad.
FREN 226 French Civilization, from the Beginnings to 1789 M. Peron 301- TR 10:30- 12 NOON; 302- TR 1:30-3:00PM
  FULFILLS HISTORY AND TRADITION SECTOR. PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT. Prerequisite(s): Two advanced courses taken at Penn or equivalent. An introduction to the social, political and historical institutions of France from the earliest times until the Revolution of 1789. Required for majors in French and also of particular interest to majors in history, international relations, Wharton students, etc. This course will be taught in French.
GEOL 511 Geology of Soils A. Johnston MW 2:-00-3:30PM
Nature, properties, genesis, and classification of soils; soils of the United States.
HIST 087 East & West: A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Cultural History of the Modern World Lisa Mitchell MW 11:00-12:00 NOON
(cross-listed with SAST 063 and ANTH 063) FULFILLS HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES SECTOR REQUIREMENT. For complete course description, see ANTH 063
HSOC 135 The Politics of Food and Agriculture Mary Summers W 3:30-6:30
(cross-listed with PSCI 135) This academically based community service course will explore the politics and institutions that have shaped - and continue to shape - food production and consumption. Students will use the readings, their community service, and ongoing "food events" at Penn to analyze the politics of food in many arenas: from farms, kitchens, supermarkets, schools, and communities of faith to corporations, research institutions, the media and international trade.
HSCO 150 American Health Policy A Johnson MW 1:00-2:00PM
(cross listed with SOCI 152) This lecture course will introduce students to a broad range of topics that fall under the heading of American health policy. Its main emphasis will be on the history of health care in America from the U.S. Civil War to the present day. Some of the themes addressed include: American public health movements and hospitals, private health insurance (such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield), industrial health and workmen's compensation, the welfare state (in Europe and the U.S.), women's health, especially maternal and infant care programs, Medicare/Medicaid, the Clinton Health Plan, injured soldiers and the Veterans Administration.
NURS 112 Nutrition Science and Applications Hayes & DeJonghe 001: TR 3:00-4:30 PM; 002: TR 4:30-6:00 PM
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.
NURS 313 Obesity and Society T. Kral R 4:30-7:30 PM
(cross-listed with NURS 513) FULFILLS THE SOCIETY & SOCIAL STRUCTURES SECTOR FOR NURSING CLASS OF 2012 AND BEYOND. This course will examine obesity from scientific, cultural, psychological, and economic perspectives. The complex matrix of factors that contribute to obesity and established treatment options will be explored.
NURS 365 Case Analysis in Clinical Nutrition Theory C. Compher W 1:00-4:00 PM
This course is designed for present and future nurse professionals who wish to increase their knowledge of nutrition and expertise and application of knowledge to achieve optimal health of clients and themselves. Principles of medical nutrition therapy in health care delivery are emphasized in periods of physiologic stress and metabolic alterations. Individual nutrient requirements are considered from pathophysiologic and iatrogenic influences on nutritional status. Nutritional considerations for disease states will be explored through epidemiological, prevalence, incidence, treatment and research data. Understanding applications of medical nutrition therapy are included through case analysis and field experiences.
NURS 513 Obesity and Society T. Kral R 4:30-7:30 PM
(cross-listed with NURS 313) FULFILLS THE SOCIETY & SOCIAL STRUCTURES SECTOR FOR NURSING CLASS OF 2012 AND BEYOND. For complete course description see NURS 313.
PSCI 135 The Politics of Food and Agriculture Mary Summers W 3:30-6:30
(cross-listed with HSOC 135) This academically based community service course will explore the politics and institutions that have shaped - and continue to shape - food production and consumption. Students will use the readings, their community service, and ongoing "food events" at Penn to analyze the politics of food in many arenas: from farms, kitchens, supermarkets, schools, and communities of faith to corporations, research institutions, the media and international trade.
SAST 063 East & West: A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Cultural History of the Modern World Lisa Mitchell MW 11:00-12:00 NOON
(cross-listed with HIST 087 and ANTH 063) FULFILLS HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES SECTOR REQUIREMENT. For complete course description, see ANTH 063
SOCI 435 Globalization & The City S. Chattaraj T 4:30-7:30 PM
(cross-listed with URBS 457) For complete course description, see URBS 457.
URBS 290 Metropolitan Nature Michael Nairn M 2:00-5:00
Metropolitan Nature begins with the premise that in order to understand the complex and skewed relationship between nature and its natural resource base, we must examine different scales simultaneously. The course explores a variety of issues concerning natures role in the contemporary urban world with a focus on urban sustainability. At its core, sustainability is a radical concept. Co-opted by marketing slogans, stripped of meaning and context, it has become vague and pliable. It does, however, have a real meaning, which will form the basis for examining nature in the city. Sustainability demands a systems view of both the economy and environment and understanding the management of their interactions. The course focuses on the ecological aspects of the emerging field of ecological economics fostering an understanding of the ecological principles of urban sustainability.
URBS 457 Globalization & The City S. Chattaraj T 4:30-7:30 PM
(cross-listed with SOCI 435 ) Over the past two decades, the public imagination has been gripped by the concept of globalization. Scholars, corporations, advertisers and government officials have latched onto this idea as a defining feature of our current era. These various constituencies use globalization not only to account for epochal shifts in our economy and society, but also to justify new types of business strategy and public policy. This course will examine three interlinked dimensions of globalization: Global economic processes (e.g. the transnational operations of multinational firms that have given rise to a new international division of labor); cultural globalization (e.g. the spread of American brands like Coca Cola, Nike and Hollywood films), and political globalization (e.g. the rise of supranational organizations like the IMF, World Bank and WTO that promote the idea of free markets). Moreover, we will study globalization in the context of cities because, given their centrality to globalization processes, it is in cities that we can best understand how globalization takes place. In cities, we can study the global economic processes that restructure urban space, giving rise to new financial districts, international art exhibits and post-modern architecture and entrepreneurial strategies that seek to elevate cities to world city status. The course will examine these processes in a comparative light, contrasting urban globalization processes in Europe and North America with those in Latin America, Asia and Africa.
WRIT 011-301 Global Health and Healing Adam Mohr MW 3:30-5:00 PM
FULFILLS WRITING REQUIREMENT. In most of the world, multiple therapeutic traditions co-exist, sometimes symbiotically and at others competitively. Many societies have radically different ideas and practices concerning health, the body and disease than in the US. And these ideas and practices are contested both within these societies and between different societies in an emerging global world. In this writing seminar, we will examine several contested topics within the field of medical anthropology in Haiti, Ghana, Eastern Europe, Japan, India, Southern Africa and the US: holistic versus ontological approaches towards disease, the politics of suffering, religious healing and contestation, the meaning(s) of organ donation, biomedicine under conditions of poverty, female circumcision, the ethics of clinical trials in the developing world, and finally, HIV/AIDS. This course is designed to improve students' writing skills via peer review, multiple drafts and revisions of essays, and midterm and final portfolios.
WRIT 013-304 Global Health and Healing Adam Mohr MW 2:00-3:30 PM
FULFILLS WRITING REQUIREMENT. For complete course description see WRIT 011-301.
WRIT 073 310 Environmental Ethics Latta MWF 12:00-1:00PM
FULFILLS WRITING REQUIREMENT. The heightened concern about environmental issues, from global warming to the extinction of species, brings with it an influx of pressing ethical questions. The two fundamental questions that we will address in this seminar are: what ethical obligations do humans have to the environment and why? These questions, in turn, generate a range of subsidiary questions: Does the environment have intrinsic value? Do we have duties to nonhuman animals? To ecosystems? To future generations of humans? How can we achieve environmental justice? We will consider these questions against the backdrop of various ideological perspectives such as utilitarianism, deep ecology, ecofeminism, and social ecology. The aim of the assignments for this course is to help students to develop critical writing skills. As such, students will draft and revise short persuasive essays, participate in peer reviews, and prepare midterm and final portfolios of their work.
WRIT 073 312 Environmental Ethics Latta MWF 10:00-11:00AM
FULFILLS WRITING REQUIREMENT. For complete course description see WRIT 073-312.
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