Physical Design, ARTE 3901, (SH4)

Strengthens the creative practice in the service of functional, intelligently designed objects for a specific or a wide range of use cases. Is an, in-depth review of best practices and accurate use of digital and physical tools. Projects will utilize cutting-edge, 3D Printing and 3D scanning technologies, alongside model making and casting to explore human-centric object design.

Is an, in-depth review of best practices and accurate use of digital and physical tools. Projects will utilize cutting-edge, 3D Printing and 3D scanning technologies, alongside model making and casting to explore human-centric object design. Sophomore standing or above, Instructor’s permission is required for the course. Interested students, please email instructor prior to registration.

Physical Design ARTE 3901

Collaborative Video and Community Engagement, ARTD 4582, (SH4)

This is a hands-on course exploring the process of collaborative video making with a focus on local civic engagement and community media. Students will have the chance to work with local artists, community groups and student organizations to produce videos that matter.

Explores the process of collaborative video making with a focus on local civic engagement. Uses interactive team-based production labs that mix analysis and technical training. Examines different forms of authorship, video genres, and digital tools for collaboration ranging from crowdsourcing to remix platforms. Throughout the course, offers students an opportunity to produce reflection papers and video arts projects in collaboration with organizations working on campus and in the broader New England area.

Physical Computing, ARTG 3250, (SH4)

Explores the communication between the physical world and the interactive, computer-based interface. Examines the potential of reactive analog and digital devices embedded within the physical realm. Offers students an opportunity to use simple kit sensors and indicators designed to enable student teams to create interfaces triggered by gesture, bodily movement, physical forces, and other tangible actions. Concludes with discussions of more complex interactive devices, the relationship between physical computing and robotics, and possible future directions.

Visual Environment Design, ARTD 3471, (SH4)

Utilizes elements of story and game play in the design of both 2D and 3D environments, integrating architecture, landscape, and set dressing. Introduces real-time procedurally generated terrain and flora, asset optimization, and nonlinear path finding. Explores content ranging from historically accurate and contemporary hyperrealistic to stylized and fanciful.

The African-American Experience Through Music, AFRS 1104, (SH4)

Surveys various African musical traditions with respect to their historical, social, and cultural heritage. Examines traditional and contemporary African music, instruments, and performance traditions.

The African American Experience Through Music ARFS 1104

Black Popular Culture: Music, Movies, and More, AFAM 1113, (SH4)

Surveys Black popular culture from the mid-1950s to the present through music, movies, music videos, and other forms of multimedia, paying close attention to social commentary, political critique, economic inference, cultural formation, explications of religious and spiritual beliefs, and the like. Issues of representation, identity, values, and aesthetics are pondered and discussed. Seeks to cause students to rethink and reexamine the intent and impact of Black popular culture as a method and means of expression and communication.

Black Popular Culture Music Movies AFAM 1113

Anthropology of Africa, ANTH 4510, (SH4)

Examines key concepts and debates pertinent to the anthropology of postcolonial Africa (colonialism, urban informalities, citizenship, postcolonialism, neoliberal reform, gender, youth, and popular culture) to offer students a critical perspective on stereotypical representations of “Africa.” Explores the world from the vantage point of this diverse continent through nuanced and ethnographically grounded writings. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the postcolonial African city, youth cultures, identity politics, gender, and love, as well as consumption and sovereignty.

Sex, Relationships and Communication, COMM 1131, (SH4)

Focuses on communication as it occurs in sexual and romantic relationships, specifically on the positive and negative role of verbal and nonverbal communication in these relationships. Topics may include the role of communication in interpersonal attraction, attachment, affection, love, sex, and relational duration and outcomes. May also introduce communication in other types of relationships, such as family and/or friendship, as points of comparison. Encourages students to explore the central place of communication in all aspects of sexual and romantic relationships and how communication may help them derive maximum social rewards.

From Kafka to Kushner: Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature, ENGL/JWSS 3685, (SH4)

Surveys Jewish literature from the late modern (1880–1948) and contemporary (1948–present) periods. Considers themes of immigration and cross-cultural influences and issues of religious, ethnic, and gender identity. Emphasizes American and European literatures to begin to define an international Jewish literary canon, including Yiddish poets and playwrights, Russian Jewish writers, and modern writers.

Special Topics: Games as Theatre, GAME 3899, (SH4)

Designed specifically for designers concerned with building virtual characters, the course examines the acting process used for character creation, scene analysis, scene development and performing.


Level Design and Architecture, GAME 3400, (SH4)

Level Designers create spaces for players to act.

Spaces, Player and Actions are the three fundamental building blocks of this course. Learn how to profile players and create hypothetical models of behaviors. Define player archetypes, design spaces, plan actions accordingly and craft multiple possible experiences. Experiment with a variety of level design editors, ranging from first person shooters to 2D platforms to open sandbox games. Master concepts like pacing, rewards, layouts, encounters, navigation and orientation. The class is composed as a series of lectures, exercises and presentations. No prior knowledge required.

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Hitler, Germany, and the Holocaust, HIST 2280, (SH4)

Studies historical developments from Germany’s defeat in World War I to the end of World War II. Topics include the failure of Weimar democracy; Weimar culture; the rise to power of Hitler and National Socialism; Nazi culture and racial wars against alleged “degenerates”; the roles of party leaders, business and cultural elites, and ordinary Germans in supporting and legitimizing the Nazi dictatorship.

American and the Holocaust, HIST/JWSS 2285, (SH4)

Examines the American response to the Holocaust, in terms of both contemporaneous knowledge and actions and the lasting impact on policy and culture. Starts with early twentieth-century events, such as the Armenian genocide, that shaped later attitudes. Explores the prewar period, particularly U.S. immigration and isolationist policies. Assesses Americans’ knowledge of European events as the extermination campaign unfolded and fights ensued over rescue possibilities. Examines changing depictions of the Holocaust that emerged in the postwar period as a result of critical events such as the Eichmann trial and popular television and film portrayals. Finally, considers how perceptions of the Holocaust have shaped subsequent U.S. responses to genocide.

The American Jewish Experience, HIST/JWSS 2431, (SH4)

Examines Jewish political, social, and cultural history from the arrival of the first group of Jews at New Amsterdam in 1654 to the present. Themes include immigration, adaptation, family life, religion, anti-Semitism, Zionism, the Holocaust, and American- Israeli relations.

Elementary Hebrew 1, HBRW 1101, (SH4)

Designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of Hebrew. Presents a lively introduction to basic oral expression, listening comprehension, and elementary reading and writing. Uses practical vocabulary drawn from realistic situations, and aims at good pronunciation and ease in response.

Introduction to Language and Linguistics, LING 1150, (SH4)

Introduces students to their tacit linguistic knowledge of word structure (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), meaning (semantics), and speech sounds (phonetics and phonology). This structural knowledge is the basis for exploring the social dimensions of language: geographic dialects (e.g., Boston speech), Black English (Ebonics), men’s and women’s language, as well as biological questions of nature vs. nurture, language acquisition, and animal communication.

English Now and Then, LING 1449, (SH4)

Introduces the linguistic study of the English language from current and historical perspectives. Topics include the Latin and Greek etymology of English words; the linguistics of modern English dialects; English as a global language; and the origins of English as a Germanic language, closely related to German and Dutch.

English Now and Then LING 1449

Film 101, MSCR 1100, (SH4)

Provides an overview of film studies for nonmajors. Offers students an opportunity to watch films to learn about the basic elements of films (e.g., shot construction, sound, editing) and the production, marketing, and distribution of films.

TV 101, MSCR 1150, (SH4)

Provides an overview of television studies for nonmajors. Covers different ways to think about how to watch TV and the effect of changing technology and industry practices on television.

Introduction to Music, MUSC 1101, (SH4)
Offers an introduction to selected works of our Western musical heritage, from earliest to contemporary styles. Consists primarily of a survey and listening format, with emphasis on styles, basic theory, forms, and the historical, social, and artistic periods that these works represent.

Fundamentals of Western Music Theory, MUSC 1119, (SH4)

Introduces students with little or no musical experience to all the major and minor key signatures and the following scales: major, natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor. This course is recommended to students interested in improving their understanding of Western music notation and theory.

Understanding the Bible, RELS 1150, (SH4)

Introduces students to the Old and New Testaments, so that they may enter into a dialogue with the Bible, understanding not only what it says, but why it is said that way. To do this, discussion focuses on the Bible’s social, political and cultural backgrounds. • NU Core: Humanities level 1.

Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, RELS 1271, (SH4)

Explores approaches to gender, social organization of sexuality and gender, sexual ethics, and marriage in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Explores various sources within each tradition that serve as normative foundations, contemporary cultural and sociological dynamics that challenge those foundations, and psychological/existential considerations for understanding the general nature of human sexuality. Addresses how these traditions understand gender and gender roles, seek to shape and control interactions between men and women, regulate sexual relations outside of and within marriage, view sexuality education, regard homosexuality, and examine historical and contemporary approaches to marriage, divorce, and parenting.

Deviant Behavior and Social Control, SOCL 1285,  (SH4)

Interested in learning more about studying the sociological approaches to the study of deviance and social control?  Take SOCL 1285 Deviant Behavior and Social Control.  You will learn more about debate over defining deviance in society, perspectives on deviant behavior, research in the study of deviance and social control, and strengthen your critical awareness in the interactions of individuals and society regarding deviance and social controls. When the course is over you will have a sound scientific understanding of deviance in contemporary society.

Explores the conditions under which people categorize others as deviant; processes by which persons so defined are assigned deviant status and assume appropriate roles and self-images; development of deviant careers and their relation to deviant subcultures; and situations in which people transform deviant identity.

Sociology of Human Service Organizations, SOCL 3440, (SH4)

If you are interested in work of NGO, international organizations and community development agencies, this may be a course for you. Human service organizations are wide and diverse group of organizations that work on people and with people.  Their primary goal is improving and maintaining human well-being.  The purpose of the course is to make students familiar with the nature of human service organizations; to compare these organizations with business organizations; to outline specific problems that human service organizations face; and to propose some potential solutions to those problems. The course covers variety of organizations both local and international. Some of the issues we will discuss include: How do non-profit human service organizations differ from for-profit human service organizations and public sector human service organizations? Who are the clients and what role do they play in human service organizations? How do political, economic and social conditions influence ability of organizations to obtain resources and serve their clients? How do providers make decisions concerning which services are best for their clients? What is a source of power for human services providers and how can they empower their clients to be partners in solving their problems? Prof. Rabrenovic has waived all prerequisites for Fall 2015.

Introduces selected theoretical perspectives on human service organizations, emphasizing defining organizational goals and effectiveness. Gives students the opportunity to become familiar with the nature of human service organizations, to compare these organizations to business and industrial organizations, to outline specific problems that human service organizations face, and to propose potential solutions.

Sociology of Boston, SOCL 1220, (SH4)

Examines Boston from the perspectives of environmental development, neighborhood and intergroup relations, institutional services, and symbolic meanings. Explores current issues in the city through term projects. Requires field trips.

Race and Ethnic Relations, SOCL 2270, (SH4)

Focuses on racial and religious groups, particularly with reference to the United States. Places special emphasis on historical development, specific problems of adjustment and assimilation, and present-day problems and trends.

Introduction to Theatre, THTR 1101, (SH4)

Reveals the dynamic world of theatre by exploring the artistry, ideas, and techniques of actors, designers, directors, and playwrights. Goes behind the scenes in the study of theory and literature with both in-depth discussions and in-class performances. Includes a survey of significant movements in theatre history and analysis of diverse plays from contemporary drama. No theatre experience required.

Introduction to Acting, THTR 1130, (SH4)

Introduces techniques that awaken the creative mind, body, and spirit of the actor. Through theatre games and voice/movement exercises, offers students an opportunity to explore and develop skills used by actors in preparation for a role. Students rehearse and perform scenes from contemporary plays.

The Professional Voice, THTR 1106, (SH4)

Designed to help students across disciplines enhance the quality of their spoken voice and the clarity and urgency with which they express themselves. Offers students practical tools to improve their voice and speech in interpersonal interactions, based on the book Freeing the Natural Voice by Kristin Linklater and elements of the Alexander Technique. Offers students an opportunity to learn how to free the habitual tensions, holding patterns, and inefficient uses that block the clear communication of thoughts and feelings. Focuses on the development of physical and vocal exercises and the direct application of these skills to various forms of texts

Theatre and Society, THTR 1210, (SH4)

Overviews several great practitioners of theatre. In particular, stresses how society influenced the thought and craft of playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and theorists. Pays careful attention to how the play’s ideas are translated into performance. Uses video, discussion, and live performance, when possible, as integral elements in the course.

Dramatically Different Theatre Courses Fall 2015