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Code Name Instructor Day/Time
ANTH 286 Desire and Demand II Marilynne Diggs-Thompson TR 5:30-8:40 PM, 5/20-6/28
  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.
BIOE 550 Bioethics and Society: Public Health Ethics Jason Schwartz T 4:30-7:00 PM, 12 week session
(cross-listed with URBS 352) 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, 7/1-8/9
  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 D. Shapiro TR 1:-00 -4:10 PM, 5/20-6/28
  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, 5/20-6/28
  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.
FNCE 101 Monetary Economics and the Global Economy T. Shabbir MTWR 10:40-12:15 PM, 5/20-6/28
(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, 5/20-6/28
  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.
FREN 226 French Civilization, from the Beginnings to 1789 M. Peron Study Abroad Course 5/19-7/4
  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.
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, 5/20-6/28
  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 E. Anderson M 4:30-7:30 PM, 12 week course
  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 S. Haas W 4:30-7:30 PM, 12 week course
  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.
URBS 255 Urban Neighborhoods J. Milestone TR 1-4:10 PM, 7/1-8/9
  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 Nairn TR 9:00-12:00 NOON, 5/20-6/28
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, 7/1-8/9
  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 478 Sustainable Development Policy J. Keene MW 5:30-8:10 PM, 7/1-8/9
 (cross-listed with CPLN-678) This course has several objectives. The central focus will be on developing a comprehensive understanding of the principles of sustainable development, a broad, deep, and in fact, revolutionary new way of shaping the operations of society. It was first defined in the 1987 Report of the United Nations' World Commission in Environment and Development (the Brundtland Report) as: "... development that meets the needs to the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." The course will combine lectures on general concepts and ways of viewing sustainable development with individuals and team presentations on a wide variety of sustainable development programs. Students will examine the efforts of universities, companies, local governments, state governments, and national governments to being to moderate man's impact of the natural environment and to make societies more economically viable and just - and therefore, more sustainable - in the long run. Students will learn how sustainable development strategies involve the full range of human activities, such as energy production and use, creation of urban communities, transportation, food systems, building construction and operation, waste disposal, control of environmental pollution, water use and treatment, and social inclusion, migration, and global poverty.