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The University of San Diego offers an impressive number of short-term programs during the summer session. These programs are offered in various international locations and are all taught by USD faculty members. Program locations and courses change periodically.

The tuition cost for these programs is subsidized by the university and USD International Center scholarships as well as outside scholarships are available.

The program cost ranges from $4,600-$5,075 and includes the following: three units of USD tuition, housing, excursions, class related visits, medical insurance, and some group meals Some programs offer students the option to take up to 6 units, which would increase the price to $6,750. Some additional fees may apply based on the course. For complete information on the program details, please click on the program link to be directed to the program-specific brochure page.

Summer 2016 Programs


Course(s) Offered



AUSTRIA, Salzburg

GERM 201: Third Semester German Dr. Christiane Staninger $4,800

CHINA, Beijing & Shanghai

Engineering Program

ENGR 121: Engineering Programming Dr. Eric Jiang $4,800


Business Program

FINA 405: International Financial Management Dr. Phil Zhu $4,600


COMM 480: British Media Dr. Eric Pierson


($4,900 for ENGL/THEA cours)

ENGL/THEA 494: London Plays in Production Dr. Cynthia Caywood
Dr. David Hay
ETLW 302D: Business & Society Dr. Tara Ceranic
MENG 260: Introduction to Thermal Sciences Dr. Frank Jacobitz
MKTG 420: Consumer Behavior Dr. Kenny Bates
PHIL 330: Ethics & Moral Diversity Dr. Brian Clack
THRS 315: Introduction to Islam Dr. Bahar Davary


FREN 201 is 4-week program

ARTV 355: Digital Photography Prof. Duncan McCosker


$5,075 (FREN 201 course, 4-week option)

COMM 494: Sexual Discourse & Society Dr. Bradley Bond
FREN 201: Third Semester French  Dr. Michele Magnin
PHIL 334: Studies in Ethics Dr. Lori Watson
THRS 376: Saints, Sex, and Social Justice: French Feminism in Conversation with Catholic Theology & Ethics Dr. Emily Reimer-Barry


THRS 394/MUSC 340: Religion & the Performing Arts in Bali

Dr. Lance Nelson

Dr. David Harnish


ITALY, Ferrara

ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian

Prof. Emanuela Patroncini



FINA 300: Financial Management

Dr. Shreesh Deshpande $4,800

MGMT 309W: International Comparative Management

Dr. Jo Hunsaker

Dr. Phil Hunsaker

MKTG 480 Advanced Marketing Project (Cases in Global Marketing)

Dr. David Light

JAMAICA, Duncans

SOCI 425W: The Black Atlantic Dr. Rafik Mohammed $4,800

THEA 375C/D: Theatre and Community

Dr. Evelyn Cruz

SOUTH AFRICA, Various Cities

POLS/SOC 494: Education, Politics & Citizenship in South Africa

Dr. Mike Williams $4,800

TURKEY, Istanbul

ARTH/ARCH 138/340: Biographies of World Cities

Dr. Can Bilsel $4,800

ARTV/ARCH 115/494: Recording the City

Dr. Juliana Maxim


Course(s) Offered Professor Cost

AUSTRIA, Salzburg


GERM 201/202: Third/Fourth Semester German Dr. Christiane Staninger $4800

CHINA, Beijing & Shanghai (Computer Science program)


COMP 494: Data Mining

Dr. Eric Jiang $4800



ARTH 394: The Museum as Artifact

Dr. Derrick Cartwright


$4900 for ENGL/THEA 494 course

BIOL 104: Microbes, Plagues and Peoples Dr. Terry Bird
ENGL/THEA 494- London Plays in Production Dr. Cynthia Caywood
ETLW 302D- Business & Society Dr. Tara Ceranic
FINA 402: Investments Dr. Ryan McKeon
MATH 494: Cryptography & War - How Mathematics Saved Democracy Dr. Cameron Parker
PHIL 330- Ethics  Dr. Lori Watson
THRS 315: Islamic Faith and Practice in London Dr. Bahar Davary

FRANCE, Paris: College of Arts & Sciences Program


COMM 338: Media & Conflict

Dr. Esteban Del Rio


$4925 for FREN 201 or FREN 202

ENGL 225/494: American Writers in Paris Dr. Fred Robinson
FREN 201: Third Semester French Dr. Richard Stroik
FREN 202: Fourth Semester French Dr. Michele Magnin
ISYE 494: Sustainability and Engineering Dr. Truc Ngo

FRANCE, Paris & Strasbourg: Business Program
*take up to 6 units*

May 26 - 29, 2015: Courses on-campus at USD
June 3 - 25, 2015: Courses abroad 

BSCM 300: Global Purchasing and Supply Management Dr. John Hanson $4800 ($6750 for 2 courses)
ETLW 494: International Approaches to Sustainability Dr. Norm Miller
MGMT 309W: International Comparative Management  Dr. Johanna Hunsaker & Dr. Phil Hunsaker




ENGL 225/ENGL 364: South Asian Literature Dr. Atreyee Phukan $4800
ENVI 494/PHIL 334: Dharma for Nature - Environmental Issues in India Dr. Ron Kaufmann & Dr. Mark Woods
LEAD 352/379: Nonprofit Leadership & Management/Advanced Nonprofit Leadership and Management - COURSE CLOSED
Professor Teresa Van Horn
POLS 494/594: Power Vs. Compassion: India's Democracy and the Tibetan Question - COURSE CLOSED Dr. Vidya Nadkarni
THRS 394: Nature, Society, and Salvation in India's Religions - COURSE CLOSED Dr. Lance Nelson

ITALY, Ferrara

ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian Dr. Emanuela Patroncini $4925

JAMAICA, Falmouth
*take up to 6 units*

June 1 - 21, 2015

PHIL 330: Ethics - Liberty & Its Opponents

SOCI 494DW: The Black Atlantic

Dr. Brian Clack

Dr. Rafik Mohamed

$4800 ($6750 for 2 courses)

Summer 2015 Course Descriptions


GERM 201- Third Semester German (GERM 202 credit available upon approval of instructor)
Professor: Dr. Christiane Staninger
Pre-requisite: GERM 102 or equivalent
This course is a continuation of German 102 and is designed to teach students to speak, read, and write German at an intermediate level and enhance students’ familiarity with recent German culture and history. Emphasis is placed on improving students’ knowledge of intermediate grammar, reading more complex tests and speaking with moderate proficiency.

Additional Information: GERM 201 fulfills language competency requirement. GERM 202 fulfills minor requirement.

CHINA, BEIJING & SHANGHAI (Computer Science Program)

COMP 494: Data Mining
Professor: Dr. Eric Jiang
Pre-requisites: Math 150 and COMP 151, or permission of the instructor.

Data mining is a new interdisciplinary field of computer science and represents a process of analyzing and extracting patterns embedded in large amounts of data by using various methods from machine learning, statistics and database management.  With the rapid proliferation of the Internet and advances of computing technology, data mining has become an increasingly important tool of transforming large quantities of digital data into meaningful and actionable information in many areas including business and finance, health care, telecommunication, science and higher education. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to data mining with a primary focus on fundamental concepts, algorithms and applications of association analysis, classification and clustering modeling. It will also discuss ethical issues related to data mining and advanced data mining models. 

Additional Information: This course satisfies a 3-unit upper-division elective in computer science (COMP), electrical engineering (ELEC), industrial and systems engineering (ISYE), or a 3-unit upper-division tech elective in mechanical engineering (MENG). 


ARTH 394: The Museum as Artifact
Professor: Dr. Derrick Cartwright

Pre-requisite: None; some background in Art History will be helpful but not required

This course will survey museum practices in one of the world’s great cultural capitals: London.  Students will explore the growth of public culture in England through the museum as a dynamic civic entity and will gain a complex understanding of these institutions as producers of national identity, economic strength and other highly nuanced (and also contested) meanings.  Thinking critically about the place of these structures in the cultural geography of contemporary England will be another important emphasis of the course. Field trips to a variety of museums—including The Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Gallery and Tate Modern, The British Museum, The Courtauld Gallery, Wallace Collection, Imperial War Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum (to name only a few destinations)—will make up a significant part of the course, as will meetings with art world professionals, classroom discussions and readings devoted to the debates, history and theoretical justifications of museums throughout the world. 

Additional Information:This course fulfills requirements for both major and minor in Art History as well as Fine Arts core.

BIOL 104: Microbes, Plagues and Peoples
Professor: Dr. Terry Bird

Pre-requisite: None

This course will consider the social impact of periodic outbreaks of pestilence that have devastated London throughout its history.  An important cultural and economic center that has long drawn people from across Europe and around the world, London has been vulnerable to sweeping epidemics of infectious disease brought to the shores of the British Isles by these visitors.  We will examine how specific microbes responsible for the bubonic plague, cholera and influenza evolved to cause disease while rapidly spreading through crowded populations.  We will also discuss how physicians treated various types of plague to understand how our perception of disease and the role of microbes have evolved with time.  Our studies will be greatly enhanced by frequent visits to ancient graveyards that contain the remains of plague victims, museums, and to the district of Soho where the last deadly cholera epidemic led scientists to a final acceptance that microbes are indeed responsible for many human scourges. 

Additional Information: This course is a lecture course only. No lab credit. 

ENGL/THEA 494- London Plays in Production
Professors: Dr. Cynthia Caywood & Dr. David Hay
Pre-requisite: None

Be immersed in the theatre of world’s theatre capital, London!  Enjoy an eight play “season” that can include classical, modern, multi-cultural, and experimental plays and musicals, and visit venues ranging from the Royal National Theatre to abandoned warehouses.  Past productions have included such award winning shows as War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Sweeney Todd, Waiting for Godot (with Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart) and the ground-breaking productions of some of the UK’s most innovative troupes, including Propeller (“rock n’ roll meets Shakespeare”) and Punchdrunk (“an experience impossible to shake, even days later”).  The course includes a tour of the Royal National Theatre and a guided walk through Shakespeare’s London. This course fulfills the GE fine arts or literature requirement and major or minor upper division, elective requirements in both English and Theatre Arts.

Additional Information: ENGL fuflills English major requirement and Literature core requirement. THEA fufills Theatre Arts major requirement and the Fine Arts core curriculum requirement.

ETLW 302D- Business and Society
Professor: Dr. Tara Ceranic
Pre-requisite: MGMT 300 + 60 units
This course examines principles of social responsibility, ethics, law, and stakeholder theory as they apply to organizations domestically and abroad. Coverage includes business ethics; individual versus societal interests; labor and employment issues; consumer protection; discrimination and diversity; the natural environment; politics, public policy, and government regulation of business. Particular attention is given to developing moral reasoning skills.

Additional Information: Course is required of all Majors in the SBA; fulfills the D requirement and meets the requirement for the Environmental Studies minor.

FINA 402- Investments
Professor: Dr. Ryan McKeon
Pre-requisite: FINA 300

This course surveys the basic principles and techniques of security and investment analysis. It covers capital markets, stocks, fixed-income portfolios, options, futures contracts and other derivatives. Market analysis methods are examined, and sources of analytical information and their use are studied. The goal is for students to complete the course with a firm understanding of risk and return in the financial markets.  

Additional Information: Course is required for the Finance Majors and Minors and is an elective for Business Administration Majors.

MATH 494- Cryptography & War: How Mathematicians Saved Democracy
Professor: Dr. Cameron Parker
Pre-requisite: Either math 250 or math 160 or permission from the instructor

This course will cover the exciting field of creating and breaking ciphers, from its early war time origins through its current everyday use in the internet age.   Our focus will include number theory, group theory, probability, statistics and information theory.   We will take several excursions around the London area,focusing on World War II and the devastating effects it had on the city and its citizens.  This will remind us that the problems we are working on are not just interesting abstract questions, but were solved by people under great stress at a time when their very way of life was being challenged.  One of the highlights will be a trip to Bletchley Park, where the German codes were first broken using methods and machines that laid the ground work for modern programmable computers.  

Additional Information: This course counts for both the mathematics major and minor.  

PHIL 330- Ethics 
Professor: Dr. Lori Watson
Pre-requisite: None

Two of the most influential moral philosophers in the history of philosophy are: Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill, both of whom are credited with “inventing” utilitarianism, one of the most pervasive views of morality.  Hence, the course begins by studying their works.   Another strand of moral philosophy that developed out of the English context is moral sentimentalism, defended by Adam Smith and David Hume both English philosophers (technically Scottish, but both resided in London and are among the most prominent philosophers in the English-speaking world).  Thus, the course  segues from the early utilitarian thinkers, Mill and Bentham, to the Scottish Enlightenment thinkers Smith and Hume.  As a final portion of the course, we will consider the works of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, both English philosophers who wrote political treatises during the time of the English civil war and the Glorious Revolution (the installment of William and Mary to the throne).  Hobbes and Locke give us a unique opportunity to examine the political culture of England, English Government and its influences on American Government, including the American Revolution and the founding of the United States.

Additional Information: Fulfills Philosophy major requirement and Ethics core requirement.

THRS 315- Islamic Faith and Practice in London
Professor: Dr. Bahar Davary
Pre-requisite: None

Islam is the fastest growing religion in London. Muslims comprise 12.5% of the population, making them the largest religious minority in the capital.  While the first Muslims to migrate to England were Yemenis and Somalis today the majority are descendants of the immigrants from the Indian sub-continent, especially Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India. The overall Muslim population is very diverse.

In this course the students will learn the religious foundations of Islam, its beliefs, rituals, law, history, as well as issues of immigration and integration of Muslims, issues such as halal food festival, the hijab, the mosque, and the perceived threat of Islamization of Europe. We will discuss how a strong Muslim presence impacts British society and politics and what effects living in London have on second, third, fourth generation Muslim immigrants. We will be visiting the Islamic College of London, Muslim neighborhoods and markets in East end of London (where 40% of population is Muslim), the Islamic Cultural Center and the London Central Mosque.     

Additional Information: Fulfills upper division THRS Core requirement.


COMM 338- Media & Conflict
Professor: Dr. Esteban Del Rio
Pre-requisite: COMM 130 is recommended, but not required

Media and Conflict looks at the relationship between the symbolic and the real through an examination of how reality-based media and culture shape instances of political violence, social control, and resistance. The course provides both intellectual dynamism and practical implications for the most urgent, lived questions facing people around the world today. Using Paris as our unfolding case study, we examine the politics and poetics of war, immigration, French motherhood, memory, mobility, gender, race/ethnicity/religion, revolt, craft, solidarity, and cinema - studying sites in Paris as a regular part of our course. This course is especially useful for those interested in understanding the world in a radically relevant way - and ultimately intervening in conflict to promote justice, empathy, and deliberation.

ENGL 225/494- American Writers in Paris
Professor: Dr. Fred Robinson
Pre-requisite: TBD

Course description coming soon.

Additional Information: TBD

FREN 201- Third Semester French
Professor: Dr. Richard Stroik
Pre-requisite: FREN 101 and FREN 102 or equivalent
The final course of the core language sequence completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with increased emphasis on grammatical exactness to further develop communicative proficiency. At this level students are encouraged to participate in community service-learning and/or cultural activities within the French-speaking community. In addition, students in Paris will have the opportunity to speak French in their host families, and will have a more direct experience of French culture than students taking French in San Diego.

Additional Information: Fulfills language competency core requirement.

FREN 202- Fourth Semester French
Professor: Dr. Michele Magnin
Pre-requisite: FREN 201 or equivalent

This course is the key to upper division courses in French for future majors and minors. Emphasis on accuracy and fluency will be reinforced through short essay writing, readings of short stories about Paris as well as conversations about contemporary French culture, Parisian life and history. Students will have the opportunity to speak French in their host families and with local students. Their Parisian-born professor will help them explore the lesser-known facets of the city and understand its rich culture.  Museum and monument visits, walks, shopping, open air markets, cooking, will complement class time as well as optional day-trips outside Paris: Bruges and Giverny. This class is guaranteed to increase your enthusiasm for French and will make each subsequent French class on campus more meaningful.

Additional Information: Fulfills fourth semester language requirement

ISYE 494- Sustainability and Engineering
Professor: Dr. Truc Ngo

Pre-requisite: Junior-standing

This course is interdisciplinary and provides an overview of engineering roles and opportunities to improve the sustainability of engineering products, processes and systems. Topics include carbon footprint, life cycle assessment, design for sustainability principles, wastes and recycling, energy, and water. 

Additional Information: This course fulfills 3 units of engineering technical electives, applicable towards any engineering major.


BSCM 300- Global Purchasing and Supply Management
Professor: Dr. John Hanson
Pre-requisite: Math 130 or Math 150 or Math 151 and completion of 60 units

Supply Chain Management includes all the activities that must take place to get the right product into the right consumer’s hands in the right quantity and at the right time – from raw materials extraction to consumer purchase.  This course will expose students to topics related to design and management of supply chains, from incoming raw materials to final product delivery.  Emphasis on developing and maintaining successful supplier relationships in recognition of their critical importance to organizations. Systematic coverage of the process: strategic make vs. buy and outsourcing decisions; ethics and social responsibility; development of requirements; source selection; price determination and negotiation; quality management; supplier development; and relationship management. Combination of lectures, case studies and class discussions. 

Additional Information: This course is required for the Supply Chain Management Minor and serves as an elective for Business Administration Majors.

ETLW 494- International Approaches to Sustainability
Professor: Dr. Norm Miller
Pre-requisite: Completion of 60 units

This course will expose students to careers in sustainability and corporate social responsibility through an examination of the best practices by the best companies; allow students to gain insights into the strategies used by companies to become more efficient and profitable, waste less and pollute less, all while making more profits, and will examine how the integration of cutting edge technology and design into buildings, new products and services can create a better world in which to live, work and play. There will be exciting field trips including learning about Champagne production, sightseeing in France, touring companies such as: the Smart Car Factory, Schneider Electric Innovation Center, Office and Home of the Future, BeCitizen (Visualization Software), and CBRE Sustainable Strategies (actual activities may change).  

Additional Information: This course fulfills major or minor requirement in Management (Business Administration), Real Estate or International Business. Credit for Economics may be possible upon Department Chair appoval.

MGMT 309W- International Comparative Management
Professor: Dr. Jo Hunsaker & Dr. Phil Hunsaker
Pre-requisite: MGMT 300 + 60 units; IB minors can substitute BUSN 361 for MGMT 300 as the prerequisite
This course addresses the dilemmas and opportunities that managers face as they work in multicultural and global environments. The main objective of the course is to increase the effectiveness of managers/employees in identifying, understanding, and managing the cultural components of organizational dynamics. Focuses on the relationships between cultural values and the practice of managing people.

Additional Information: W course, Fulfills Management, International Business, Business Administration or International Relations major requirements. Is also an elective for Management and International Business Minors.

INDIA, VARIOUS LOCATIONS (note: application deadline for this program has been extended to February 6, 2015)
For any courses in the India program, there will be required sessions held on-campus in Spring 2015

ENGL 225/ENGL 364:  South Asian Literature
Professor: Dr. Atreyee Phukan
Pre-requisite: None

An introductory course in South Asian Literature from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Tibet, guiding your study abroad experience in the diverse range of cultural and philosophical traditions from the region. In preparation for our special visit to Dharamshala (home to the Tibetan government in exile) our readings will include Tibetan literature, an emergent literary voice, and Vikram Seth’s From Heaven Lake, a moving documentation of the author’s journey by hitch-hiking from China to New Delhi via Tibet.
Additional Information: This course fulfills the core Literature requirement for non-English majors; it will also fulfill the upper-division elective for English majors and minors.

ENVI 494/PHIL 334: Dharma for Nature - Environmental Issues in India
Professor: Dr. Ron Kaufmann & Dr. Mark Woods
Pre-requisite: Upper division standing if taking PHIL 334; For ENVI credit prerequisites are: one lower-division life science course and one lower-division physical science course

This team-taught upper-division course will explore significant environmental issues in India, the world's second most populous nation, using perspectives from science, philosophy, spirituality and the social sciences.  Responses by people, organizations and governments to environmental challenges are informed by many factors, and are especially complicated when social, economic and political conditions create unjust outcomes for certain groups.  Understanding the nature of human responses to environmental issues and forming well-reasoned positions about courses of action requires solid knowledge of the spiritual, philosophical, social and scientific aspects of the issues being considered. This course will focus on current environmental issues confronting India.  One important topic will be the Ganges River, one of the most sacred and most polluted bodies of water in the world.  This course will include two days in Dharamsala with the Dalai Lama, who will join us for discussions about the role of spirituality in addressing environmental issues facing the world today.

Additional Information: ENVI 494 fulfills upper-division non-science elective for Environmental Studies majors and minors; PHIL 334 fulfills the Ethics core requirement and the meets requirement for Philosophy major and minor as well as the "Environmental Justice" requirement for Environmental Studies major and minor.

LEAD 352/LEAD 379: Non-Profit Leadership & Management/Advanced Nonprofit Leadership and Management - COURSE CLOSED AT MAXIMUM CAPACITY
Professor: Prof. Teresa Van Horn
Pre-requisite: None

Nonprofit Leadership and Management course covers nonprofit fundamentals in a global context.  The emphasis will be on studying organizations that deal with sustainability, education, health and wellness, and charitable trusts.  The course will be held for two weeks during summer session at USD and the reminder of the course will be in Northern India.  The focus will be on comparison and contrast of local national, and international nonprofits. Planned in-country visits will be to a variety of organizations in the nonprofit sector.
Additional Information: This course satisifies a core requirement for the undergraduate Nonprofit Leadership and Management program and an elective requirement for the Leadership Studies Minor. Students who have already taken LEAD 352 may sign up for the LEAD 379 section. 

POLS 494/594: Power Vs. Compassion: India's Democracy and the Tibetan Question - COURSE CLOSED AT MAXIMUM CAPACITY
Professor: Dr. Vidya Nadkarni
Pre-requisite: None

This course will offer a critical exploration of India’s democracy and pluralism that will serve as a backdrop for examining the quest of the Tibetan exile community in India to protect their identity and culture from extinction even as they seek to return to their homeland.  Indian democracy operates in a country of sub-continental size, colliding cultures, searing poverty, and a bulging youth population. It also houses a polyglot population that is divided along caste, class, and religious lines.  In this vast civilizational space with competing interests jostling for attention, what points of access and influence are available to an exile community whose political aspirations straddle international boundaries?  How does the Indian government reconcile the values of compassion and redress on behalf of a community’s grievances against a powerful neighbor, namely China? How do India’s relations with China affect New Delhi’s position on the Tibet question?   In what ways are political borders both palpable barriers to movement and sites of exchange?  The in-country environment will provide a living laboratory for on-the-ground observation and interaction that will allow students to experience what they are reading and discussing.

Additional Information: This upper-division course (POLS 494) will count toward the Political Science and International Relations major.  POLS 594 will count toward elective course work in the Master of International Relations program.

THRS 394: Nature, Society, and Salvation in India's Religions - COURSE CLOSED AT MAXIMUM CAPACITY
Professor: Dr. Lance Nelson
Pre-requisite: THRS 110 or THRS 112 is recommended but not required. 

India is the source of a number of the world’s most fascinating religious traditions.  In this course, we will visit India to study its colorful religious diversity, especially in terms of attitudes toward nature, social practice, and—not the least—concepts of self and salvation. Focus will be on Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. While our visit with the Dalai Lama will perhaps be the highlight of the course, the experience will include visits to many amazing religious and cultural sites, and encounters with other extraordinary people. Course readings, which will give essential background knowledge and critical awareness, will be carefully synchronized with experiential immersion.  

Additional Information: This course will fulfill requirements for THRS Core credit (upper-division) and for THRS major and minor credit. 


ITAL 201- Third Semester Italian
Professor: Dr. Emanuela Patroncini 
Pre-requisite: ITAL 101 and 102 or equivalent

The experiential learning program, will be divided into four intensive weeks that will take place using a combination of classes and a full immersion in the everyday Italian city life. In order to be involved in an authentic context and get a better grasp of the real meaning of the Italian academic life, students will have the opportunity to participate in classes, exams and all the other events/activities that are in full bloom in the month of June in Ferrara. Students will live in home stays.

Additional Information: Fulfills language competency requirement.


PHIL 330: Ethics - Liberty & Its Opponents
Professor: Dr. Brian Clack
Pre-requisite: None
In this class, we will explore some central issues in ethics, utilizing our location in Jamaica as an opportunity to focus our attention on the vital and living issues of personal liberty. We will begin by exploring (a) the most important moral theories (deontology, consequentialism, virtue ethics) and (b) the relation between religion and morality. This latter issue will allow us to explore the ways in which religion historically has had both a positive and a negative effect upon moral behavior and the treatment of others. One dramatic example of the latter effect was the church's role in the transatlantic slave trade, and we will use our Jamaican setting to explore this matter, also investigating the manner in which philosophers (such as Aristotle and Aquinas) justified slavery. Since slavery is the most extreme example of the denial of liberty, the remainder of the class will (by sustained attention to John Stuart Mill's classic text On Liberty) focus on matters of personal liberty, an issue again brought into prominence by our location in Jamaica, where homosexuality is illegal.

Additional Information: Fulfills Ethics core requirement. 

SOCI 494DW- The Black Atlantic
Professor: Dr. Rafik Mohamed
Pre-requisite: None
With a particular emphasis on Jamaica, this course provides an overview of Caribbean society and culture from the beginning of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present. Specific attention will be given to the themes of colonization, slavery, culture, and resistance. Students are asked to consider the role European colonization played in shaping Caribbean societies and culture for the bad and the good, and the role of the world's most powerful nations in detracting from the self-determination and global competency of less-developed former colonies. This course seeks to engender cultural competence in students and have them use Caribbean cultures as a lens through which they critically evaluate their racial, ethnic, gendered, national, and socioeconomic selves.

Additional Information: Fulfills D and W Core Requirements. Fulfills Sociology or International Relations major requirement.