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Fall 2014 Course Offerings

Code Name Instructor Day/Time
ANTH 086-301 Desire and Demand Marilynne Diggs-Thompson M 2:00-5:00 PM
  FULFILLS CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US REQUIREMENT. Does consumption shape culture or does culture shape consumption? As even the most mundane purchase becomes socially symbolic and culturally meaningful, we can persuasively argue that the concept of "need" has been transformed. Analyzing a variety of physical and virtual consumer venues, the goal of this seminar is to understand and to analyze historical and contemporary issues related to a culture of consumption. We investigate social and political-economic factors that impact when and how people purchase goods and argue that behavior attached to consumption includes a nexus of influences that may change periodically in response to external factors. Readings and research assignments are interdisciplinary and require a critical analysis of global/local linkages. The city of Philadelphia becomes the seminar's laboratory as we ask how have issues of culture, consumption, and global capitalism become intertwined around the world?
ANTH 386 Desire and Demand II Marilynne Diggs-Thompson W 5:00-8:00 PM
  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.
ENVS 648-660 Issues in Food and Agriculture Policy Michael Kulik R 5:30-8:10 PM
  Food is central to our daily lives, yet we seldom think about the political or social implications of what we eat. In this course, students will study how societies produce, distribute, market and consume food, with an emphasis on American politics and food systems to develop an understanding of how policies are shaped by power relations, institutions, and ideas. Topics include food systems, food and agriculture industries, farming practices, sustainable agriculture, food security, genetically modified foods, hunger, obesity, nutrition policy, food labeling and marketing, fast food, junk food, and more. MES students are given preference, as this is a graduate level course. Upper level undergraduates are encouraged to request a seat on our wait list (by emailing Greg Dunbar: dunbar@sas.upenn.edu); once our graduates have registered, we'll open up remaining seats to the waitlist.
FNCE 101 Monetary Economics and the Global Economy L. Drozd 001-MW 10:30-12NOON; 002-12NOON-1:30PM; 003-MW 1:30-3:00PM
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.
HSOC 135 The Politics of Food and Agriculture Mary Summers R 1:30-4:30
(cross-listed with PSCI 135) PERMISSION NEEDED FROM THE INSTRUCTOR. 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 2:00-3:30PM
(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 4:00-7:00 PM
(cross-listed with NURS 513) AN ACADEMICALLY BASED COMMUNITY SERVICE COURSE. 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 4:00-7:00 PM
(cross-listed with NURS 313) AN ACADEMICALLY BASED COMMUNITY SERVICE COURSE. 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 R 1:30-4:30
(cross-listed with HSOC 135) PERMISSION NEEDED FROM THE INSTRUCTOR. 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.
SOCI 435 Globalization & The City Staff 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 Staff 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.
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