Student Courses

Social Sciences

  • Summer

    June 17 - Aug 2, 2019 For All Students Register
  • Semester 1

    Sept 5 - Dec 21, 2018 For Members Registration closed
  • Semester 2

    Jan 16 - May 4, 2019 For Members Register
  • Yearlong

    Sept 5, 2018 - May 4, 2019 For Members Registration closed
  • Flex Courses

    Offered Year-round For All Students Register

9/11 in a Global Context

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Summer, Semester 1, Semester 2

September 11, 2001, was a tragic day that changed the world in profound ways. In this course, students will explore the causes of 9/11, the events of the day itself, and its aftermath locally, nationally, and around the world.

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Advanced Topics in Economics

Semester 1

What is the economic impact of professional sports teams on their local community? How does pollution in China affect vineyards in Italy? Why did the US financial market collapse in 2008 and how can we use this experience to predict our next global business cycle? In this course, students will choose current events to explore through an economic lens.

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Climate Change and Global Inequality

Semester 2

Nowhere is the face of global inequality more obvious than in climate change, where stories of climate-driven tragedies and the populations hit hardest by these disasters surface in every news cycle. In this course students will interrogate the causes and effects of climate change, and the public policy debates surrounding it.

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Comparative Politics

Semester 2

In 2012, the Economist issued a report entitled "Democracy at a Standstill". This course uses the comparative model to ask students to consider whether democracy is in fact at a standstill, but more importantly, if and why we should care?

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Entrepreneurship in a Global Context

Semester 2

In this experiential course students develop an understanding of entrepreneurship in today’s global market; employ innovation, design, and creative solutions for building a viable business model; and learn to develop, refine, and pitch a new start-up.

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Gender Studies

Semester 2

This course uses the concept of gender to examine a range of topics and disciplines that might include: feminism, gay and lesbian studies, women’s studies, popular culture, and politics.

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Genocide & Human Rights

Semester 1

Students in this course study several of the major genocides of the 20th century (Armenian, the Holocaust, Cambodian, and Rwandan), analyze the role of the international community in responding to and preventing further genocides (with particular attention to the Nuremberg tribunals), and examine current human rights crises around the world.

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Introduction to Investments

Summer, Semester 1

In this course, students simulate the work of investors by working with the tools, theories, and decision-making practices that define smart investment.

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Macroeconomics

Semester 2

Students will learn to better understand how to measure national economic activity with concepts like gross domestic product, unemployment and inflation and the strengths and weaknesses of these statistics.

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Microeconomics

Summer, Semester 1

In this course, students will learn about how consumers and producers interact to form a market and then how and why the government may intervene in that market.

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