New Grad and Undergrad Courses Available

March 22, 2012 — Students looking to add fresh and exciting classes to their schedule this spring may be interested in two new courses, “Campaign Management” and “Neighborhood Narratives II,” offered by the Center for Public Policy and the Center for Mobilities Research & Policy, respectively.

Brendan Boyle

Brendan F. Boyle

In Campaign Management (PLCY 590), graduate students will learn the intricacies of running a successful campaign with Representative Brendan F. Boyle of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 170th Legislative District. Elections are critical to the functioning of any representative democracy and yet, many citizens—if not most—do not know how campaigns function. This course seeks to change that. Topics will include writing a campaign plan, creating a budget, fundraising, polling, advertising, and running an election-day field operation. This 3.0 credit course will meet Thursdays from 6:30 pm – 9:20 pm. Location TBD. No prerequisites required. Space is limited.

Mimi Sheller

Dr. Mimi Sheller

Neighborhood Narratives II (COM380/SOC380) offers a platform for undergraduate students to produce works that reflect the conflicts, collaborations and boundaries that have evolved in the local community as a result of social, economic and ethnic differences. Using basic mobile recording devices, cameras and cell phones, as well as open-source formats like blogging and Google Maps, students will collaborate with community members to produce context-rich stories, ultimately creating a dynamic portrait of the surrounding urban neighborhood. Neighborhood Narratives will be taught by Mimi Sheller, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, and Hana Iverson, director of the Neighborhood Narratives project. This 3.0 credit course will meet Fridays, 11 am-1:50 pm, in PSA Room 115. No prerequisites required. Space is limited.