Cool New Classes for Winter

January 6, 2013 — Looking to add new courses to your winter schedule? Study the works of one of the 20th century’s most influential philosophers in the Philosophy of John Rawls or take a look at how philosophy, psychology and neuroscience collide in Philosophy and Neuroscience. Other new courses include Blackness and Utopia, an exploration of utopia in African American film, literature and culture, and The Civic Lancaster Project, a class that allows students to discover and become part of the Lancaster Avenue neighborhood.

Philosophy of John Rawls (PHIL 485.001): John Rawls was one of the most significant and influential political, legal and ethical philosophers of the 20th century. Addressing issues of basic rights and social justice for a modern liberal democratic society, Rawls became famous for his theory of “justice as fairness.”  In the Philosophy of John Rawls, students will examine some of his most important and influential ideas. This 3.0 credit course, taught by Dr. Carol Anne Mele, is open to all students above the pre-junior level and will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30pm – 4:50pm, in MacAlister 5060.

Philosophy and Neuroscience (PHIL 475.002): This course will introduce students to the problems that arise at the juncture of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. Students will identify core issues and conflicts between philosophy and neuroscience, while examining how both fields can be used to construct our ideas about the human person. Students will also work to understand what neuroscience has to say about morality, consciousness, and human behavior. Readings will be taken from the works of Patricia Churchland, Antonio Damasio, and V.S. Ramachandran. This 3.0 credit course, taught by Dr. Stacey Ake, is open to all students above the sophomore level and will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:00pm – 1:50pm, in Randell Hall 114.

Blackness and Utopia (ENGL 365): Taught by Dr. André Carrington, this course will examine concepts of utopia (a better world or a perfect world) in African-American literature and culture, including science fiction, novels, film, short stories, and literary criticism. This 3.0 credit course is open to all students above the freshman level and will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 2:00pm – 2:50pm, in the Center for Automation Technology (CAT) 77. Contact for more details.

The Civic Lancaster Project (WEST 465.002/CIVC 299): This course will use new modes of creative urban engagement to offer students a new way to interact with (and become part of) the Lancaster Avenue neighborhood. Students will participate with community members in the creation and production of a neighborhood-based project, which will use mobile devices, blogging, and interactive tools to understand and re-imagine our Lancaster Avenue neighborhood. Co-led by Dr. Mimi Sheller, the director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, mCenter, and Hana Iverson*, the director of the Neighborhood Narratives project, this class is part of a new cross-disciplinary collaboration between the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement and the Center for Creative Research.  This 3.0 credit course will meet Mondays from 3:00pm – 5:00pm in Drexel’s new URBN Center, room 104.

*Hana Iverson has been appointed a visiting professor with joint appointments in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and the College of Arts and Sciences, after teaching for both Colleges over the past two years. She is also the managing director of the Center for Creative Research (CCR), which supports research processes of contemporary U.S. artists working in collaboration with investigators across the arts, sciences and other fields of inquiry. Iverson is a media artist with a conceptual grounding in screen-based and portable/wearable media. She was the director of the New Media Interdisciplinary Concentration at Temple University and has taught at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; the Mason-Gross School of Art, Rutgers-New Brunswick; and the Graduate Program in Advanced Photographic Studies at the International Center of Photography/Bard College of Art.