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Code Name Instructor Day/Time
ANTH 386 Culture, Production and Consumption in the Global Marketplace Marilynne Diggs-Thompson TR 5:30-8:40 PM
  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.
BIBB 420 Smell and Taste Catherine M. Kopil TR 5:30-8:40 PM
  All organisms respond to chemicals in their environment. This chemosensation guides diverse behaviors such as a feeding, avoiding predators, sex, and social interactions. This course will provide a broad survey of our current understanding of taste and smell, focusing on insect and rodent model systems as well as studies in humans. The course will begin with a review of chemical signal transduction mechanisms, and build to an exploration of the cortical integration of chemical signals and chemical guided behaviors. Class time will emphasize primary literature, discussion, and student presentations. The goal is to reach an integrated understanding of the physiology and psychology of chemical sensory systems. In the process, students will learn to read and critically evaluate data from primary research articles.
BIOE 550 Bioethics and Society: Public Health Ethics Jason Schwartz R 4:30-7:00 PM
  UNDERGRADUATES NEED PERMISSION. This course will examine issues at the intersection of ethics, politics, and public health, paying particular attention to the centuries-long tension between individual rights and the common good. Ethical considerations are increasingly visible in public health programs and policy in the United States and worldwide. Mandatory vaccination laws, taxes on soft drinks, the regulation of tobacco, and controversies over the risks of pharmaceuticals are just a few examples of the continued relevance of long-standing debates over the proper role of government in protecting the health of individuals and communities. Through case studies reflecting the remarkable breadth of public health regulation and oversight, we will consider the historical context of contemporary policy debates; the scientific, medical, public health, and ethical arguments offered by advocates and critics; and the institutions and individuals responsible for developing and implementing public health policy.
COMM-130 Mass Media and Society B. Bumgarner MTWR 2:40-4:15 PM
FULFILLS SOCIETY SECTOR. How might we think about the legal, political, economic, historical, and "cultural" considerations that shape what we watch on TV, read in books, stare at in billboards? What ideas are relevant for examining the enormous changes in the mass media system and the consequences of those changes? The aim of this course is to begin to answer these questions by acquainting you with the workings of American mass media as an integral part of American society.
COMM 237 Health Communication A. Tan MW 1:-00 -4:10 PM
An examination of the influence of public health communication on health behavior. The course will consider: intervention programs addressing behaviors related to cancer, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, drug use, obesity and others; theories of health behavior change; issues in the design of effective health communication programs; concerns about the portrayal of health and medicine on mass media.
EALC 069 Japanese Popular Culture L. Harrington LEC TR 6-9 PM
This course provides a rigorous introduction to the academic study of Japanese popular culture. Through careful attention to forms of popular culture such as anime (animated films or television shows), manga (comic books), TV dramas, short stories, popular music, fashion and contemporary art, each one of us will be able to develop a better understanding of contemporary Japan. In order to deepen our knowledge, we will learn various methods for studying and writing about the relation between our everyday lives, the processes of globalization, and the pleasures or displeasures that we derive from the objects of popular culture. Through the application of theoretical models to our practical experience of different forms of Japanese popular culture, we will learn to analyze critically some of the functions that these objects serve as sources of meaning, escape, and identity formation in our everyday lives.
ENGL 105 War and Representation in Russia, Europe and the U.S. TR 5:30-8:40 PM
(cross-listed with COML 150) FULFILLS HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE SECTOR CLASS OF 2010 AND BEYOND. Representations of war are created for as many reasons as wars are fought: to legitimate armed conflict, to critique brutality, to vilify an enemy, to mobilize popular support, to generate national pride, etc. In this course we will examine a series of representations of war drawn from the literature, film, state propaganda, memoirs, visual art, etc. of Russia, Europe and the United States. We will pursue an investigation of these images of conflict and bloodshed in the larger context of the history of military technology, social life, and communications media over the last two centuries. Students will be expected to write two papers, take part in a group presentation on an assigned topic, and take a final exam. The goal of the course will be to gain knowledge of literary history in social and historical context, and to acquire critical skills for analysis of rhetoric and visual representations.
FNCE 101 Monetary Economics and the Global Economy T. Shabbir MTWR 10:40-12:15 PM
(cross-listed with FNCE 602) Prerequisite(s): ECON 010 [or ECON 001, ECON 002] and MATH 104. Students cannot receive credit forboth 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.
FOLK 231 American Popular Culture L. Lee TR 9:00 AM-12:10 PM
The course will explore the history and practice of popular culture and culture studies in the United States. We will begin by challenging the concepts of "folk," "mass" and "popular" as well as "American" and "culture." Furthermore, we will interrogate various media such as television, film, music, comics and popular romances to gain insights into the conditions for the reproduction of social relations. Through an analysis of audience response to performed or viewed events we will explore how and why people actively negotiate and interpret popular materials. This class will attempt to situate popular culture within a larger social, cultural and political framework. Some areas of popular culture we may investigate include MTV, talk shows, fashion, club cultures, rap and other musics, snaps, pro-wrestling, professional sports, Hollywood movies, advertising, McDonald's and there will be room to explore other areas students may find interesting. We will end by looking into the exportation of American popular culture and its reception, interpretation, adaptation and consumption around the world.
FOLK 552 Writing and Culture M. Camitta TR 9:30-12:30 PM
(cross-listed with EDUC 549) In this class we will look at writing as an expressive and instrumental part of culture and society. We see writing as cultural artifact and cultural behavior, shaped by and shaping the context of its use. This approach to writing is the foundation for the new literacy studies, which understands writing as several variable, multiple, diverse and changing practices contingent upon specific cultural and social contexts. Readings for the course are drawn primarily from the New Literacy Studies, but also from philosophy, anthropology, folklore, literary theory, literature and linguistics. We will consider ways these approaches to understanding and describing writing can inform classroom practice.
FREN 226 French Civilization, from the Beginnings to 1789 M. Peron Study Abroad Course
(cross-listed) 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.
GSOC 002 Gender and Society K. Aid MW 1-4 PM
FULFILLS SOCIETY SECTOR. This course examines the impact of sex and gender roles on contemporary American society. Differentiation by sex is the central organizing principle of nearly every human society. How can we understand the relationship between biological sex and socially constructed gender? How do maleness and femaleness affect the balance of power and resources in our society? How much has changed since the beginning of the Women's Movement of the 1960's? The course will examine key issues of gender difference and inequality including family life, paid work, economic status, violence, body image, sexuality, and and reproduction. The course will examine men's roles and women's roles, treating gender as an interactive and dynamic concept.
HSOC 102 Bioethics A. Hogan TR 9-12 NOON
(cross-listed with SOCI 101) Bioethics is intended to introduce students to the complex issues that confront medicine and biotechnology in this time of rapid change. The first part of the course will be devoted to an overview of the standard principles of academic bioethics. We will then consider several clinical topics to which the principles may be applied, including neonatal medicine, death and dying, abortion, and the ethics of human experiments. The last part of the course will address certain "cutting edge" issues including genetics, cloning, stem cells, biodefense, and neuroscience in relation to national security. These subjects will be addressed using the tools and methods of history, sociology, philosophy and law.
NURS 112 Nutrition Science and Applications Bart-Gerard C De Jonghe TWR 3:00-5:00 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 540 Current Issues in Health & Social Policy Matthew D. McHugh M 4:30-7:30 PM
FULFILLS THE SOCIETY & SOCIAL STRUCTURES SECTOR FOR NURSING CLASS OF 2012 AND BEYOND. Analysis of key contemporary issues in health and social policy that will provide students with a deeper understanding of the design and structure of the U.S. health care system, the policy initiatives that have shaped it, and the roles of the government, the private sector, and consumers and advocacy groups in setting the policy agenda. Seminars will examine the origins of each issue, the politics enacted and their effects, both intended and unintended, and will propose and debate the merits of alternative policy solutions. The role of health services and policy research in informing the policy debate and directions will be highlighted.
PUBH 527 Media, Advocacy and Public Health J. McDonald W 4:30-7:30 PM
PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT. This course will examine the ways in which the media can be used as a tool to improve health. It will also investigate the ways in which the media has had anegative impact on health behaviors in the population. Looking at specific topics like tobacco, food and nutrition, and HIV/AIDS, we will explore the intersection of media, advocacy, advertising and entertainment and the impact of media broadly on health behavior and society. The course will also provide students the opportunity to practice strategically working with the media to address health problems.
SOCI 137 The Sociology of Media and Popular Culture S. Danielson TR 9:00 AM-12:10 PM
FULFILLS SOCIETY SECTOR. This course relies on a variety of sociological perspectives to examine the role of the media and popular culture in society, with a particular emphasis on the power of the entertainment industries, the relationship between cultural consumption and status, and the social organization of leisure activities from sports to shopping. Specific course topics include the globalization of branding and popular culture, the rise of aesthetics and style in everyday life, the importance of social networks in the diffusion of fads, fashions, and mass media; and the social effects of new media technologies in the digital age. td>
URBS 255 Urban Neighborhoods J. Milestone TR 1-4:10 PM
The last several decades have witnessed a dramatic acceleration in the interconnection of cities around the world. The globalization of the economy, the spread of communications technology, major migrations between urban locations, increasing disparities between rich and poor, the dramatic growth of the "culture industries", and the increasingly popular quest for "place making" through urban design have all contributed to this process. This course will examine urban neighborhoods in the United States and elsewhere in the world. In particular, class readings and discussions will explore the wide range of ways (political, social, cultural; organized and informal) that individuals and institutions in urban neighborhoods have reacted to global transformations and what effects and consequences those reactions have precipitated.
URBS 390 Urban Agriculture Michael Nairin TR 9:00-12:00 NOON
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.
URBS 412 Building Non-Profits from the Ground Up G. Goldman TR 4:30-7:40 PM
This course will cover the basic elements of building and growing a non-profit organization, including the development of the mission and the board; needs assessment, program design, development, and management; financial management, contract compliance and understanding an audit; fundraising, public, foundation, corporate, and individual; communication and marketing; organizational administration (including staff and volunteer selection, management and development); public policy, research and advocacy. Students will engage in field assignments and role play, in addition to research and writing.
URBS 457 Globalization & The City FREIHERR TR 5-8:10 PM
(cross-listed) 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.