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Course Offerings Summer 2016


Code Name Instructor Day/Time
ANTH 386 Desire and Demand II Marilynne Diggs-Thompson TR 5:30-9:20PM, 05/23/64 - 06/29/16
  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.
BIBB 420-920 Smell and Taste Brian Lewandowski MW 5:30-9:20 PM, 05/23/16 - 08/05/16
PREREQUISITES: Introductory Psychology and Biology, BBB 109. PSYC 111 (Perception) preferred. 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.
ENVS 181-950 Cultures of Sustainability Simon Richter 6/7/16 - 6/18/16
(cross-listed with GRMN 181-950) FULFILLS CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS REQUIREMENT. STUDY ABROAD COURSE. Permission Needed From Department. Sustainability is more than science, engineering, policy, and design. Surveying the world, we see that the politics and practice of sustainability play out in different ways depending on cultural factors. Some cultures are more prone to pursue ecological goals than others. Why? Do the environmental history and experience of a nation affect policy? Do nature and the environment play a crucial role in the cultural memory of a nation? Can cultural components be effectively leveraged in order to win approval for a politics of sustainability? And what can we, as residents of a country where climate change and global warming are flash points in an enduring culture war, learn from other cultures? This course is designed to equip undergraduate students with the historical and cultural tools necessary to understand the cultural aspects of sustainability in two countries noted for their ecological leadership and cultural innovation, Germany and the Netherlands.
NURS 112-910 Nutrition: Science and Applications Monique Dowd TWR 3:00-5:00 PM, 5/23/16 - 6/29/16
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 390-910 Urban Agriculture Michael Nairn TR 9:00-12:50 NOON, 05/23/16 - 06/29/16
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, guerrilla gardens, and entrepreneurial farms, as well as its distribution system including programs such as City harvest, the emerging Common Market, and established farmers markets. The course will integrate lectures about sustainable agricultural practices with field trips to and hands-on work at community gardens and farms.