Course Descriptions

Political Science

POLS 494-01 Latin American Politics and Film (3)

Emily Edmonds-Poli

CRN 33   Limit 35
3-week Pre Session (6/5 – 6/23)
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.    
The purpose of this course is to examine how important political issues in Latin America are treated in film. We will seek to understand how films (both U.S. and Latin American) reflect popular opinion and understanding of specific political events and issues. Topics covered include: revolutions in Cuba and Central America, military authoritarianism in South America and urban violence (Brazil and Mexico). Students will acquire the ability to critique films in the context of Latin American politics. Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled by Monday, May 15.

Conflict, Counterterroism and Peace Building (3)

Robert Hooper 

CRN 273 Limit 10
3-week Pre Session (6/5 - 6/23) 
4 - 7:15 p.m.

This course examines violent extremism and acts of terrorism as strategies designed to recruit and inspire susceptible people to commit violence. Expanding global Internet technologies and media infrastructures enable terrorism, including seemingly irrational acts of violence that lack any strategic objective, to play out as engagement strategies framed for specific target audiences. Violent political conflict, and terrorism in particular, increasingly is being waged on the Internet, 24-hour satellite and cable television news services and the front page of daily newspapers throughout the world. A goal of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to use mass media as a critical strategy in reducing violence and channeling conflict from the terrorist cell and battlefield to the political process. In-depth case studies of terrorism, insurgency and related violence around the world, theoretical approaches to peace building pradigms in nations and regions threatened by violence, models of preventive diplomacy, and the potential of media to address contemporary as well as traditional cultural and religious appraches to the peace process, will serve as the principle foci of this course. Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled by Monday, May 15.