Module descriptions for RACL Undergradute programmes

Regent's American College London Undergraduate modules

ACCT 2010 Financial Accounting (3)

This module introduces accounting with an emphasis on the relationships between business events and financial statements. You will learn to explain how any given business event will affect the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. You will gain an understanding of the accounting cycle, accounting terminology, collection of accounting data, data entry into the accounting system, and basic financial accounting statements.

ACCT 2025 Managerial Accounting (3)

Managerial accounting emphasises the use of accounting information for planning, control and decision-making purposes in all types of organisations. You will explore topics in the areas of cost behaviour, cost-volume-profit analysis, relevant cost analysis, cost accumulation and assignment, activity-based costing, profit planning and control, performance evaluation, responsibility accounting and product costing systems.

ADVT 3500 Visual Communication for Advertising and Public Relations (3)

You will study the concepts and techniques of modern design for a variety of media commonly used by advertising and public relations professionals, including posters, brochures, public relations kits, print and television advertising, sales promotions, and website/internet. You will learn the basic elements of design and their best uses. Emphasis is placed on problem/solution exercises and assignments that challenge you to utilise those elements of promotional design to solve communication problems in workplace settings. Project critiques are conducted regularly, and aesthetic and psychological aspects of work are analysed.

ANSO 2030 Culture and Communication (3)

This module examines the concept of culture as a means of communicating with others. You will look not only at language but manners, etiquette, dress, rituals and ceremonials, gesture and movement—the entire system of symbols and signs that provide meaning for human behaviour. You will also explore a variety of issues in cross-cultural communication, language use and symbolic systems.

ANTH 1100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)

This course explores the concepts of culture, the universal and diverse traits of humanity, the transmission of culture, and the role of the anthropologist in modern society.

ANTH 1300 Introduction to Archaeology (3)

Archaeology, defined simply, is the study of humanity through its material manifestations. It is also about trying to understand something of our common humanity by examining the physical traces of the people of the past. These traces don’t have to be old, and you don’t have to dig for them - the vast majority of archaeological work, however, does involve digging up old materials that people have left behind. You will learn about the methods involved, how to deal with materials, and how to draw conclusions from them. The course explores the scope and usefulness of archaeology, as well as the ethics of doing it at all.

ANTH 2000 Issues in Contemporary Anthropology (1-4)

This module will acquaint you with the various social and cultural issues of contemporary societies, with an emphasis on the concerns of living in globalised, industrialised, urban societies. You will compare complex societies to gain an understanding of the issues that confront their members.

ANTH 3550 Anthropological History and Theory (3)

This course will examine the history of anthropological theory. You will read works of ethnography, and look at significant arguments in theory, central definitions of culture and perspectives on fieldwork. The module explores the ways that ‘new’ ethnography, post-modernity, transnationalism, and global movements for integration and distinctiveness are transforming the discipline today.

ANTH 4330 Gender and Sex (3)

This module explores assigned gender practices of women and men from cross-cultural and historical perspectives. Among the enduring issues you will examine are the varied cultural concepts of masculinity and femininity, gender acculturation, sexual practices and the connections among sex/gender ideologies, the organisation of work and family, and unequal sex statuses.

ARHS 1050 Art Appreciation (3)

An introductory course for non-Art majors. You will examine a variety of visual forms, including art from the past and contemporary work. The emphasis is on expanding your awareness, enhancing your understanding and offering insight to influences on creation and meaning in the visual arts. You will gain experience of active and responsive talking and writing about art.

ARHS 2200 Current Art (3)

This module surveys many of the dominant styles and theories of contemporary art. As there cannot be an accepted ‘received history’ of the art of our own time, the course takes both a linear and thematic approach, with special attention to the political and social constructs implicit in the creation of recent ‘avant-garde’ art. Students will be introduced to the nature of the ‘art world’, current trends in art, and the dialogues taking place both in and around its creation.

ARHS 2210 Introduction to the History of Western Art (3)

This course offers a broad survey of the major historical periods and styles of the arts of the West from the prehistoric world to the early twentieth century. As this is a humanistic study, you will be introduced to the social, literary and religious ideas and events that are interrelated with the creation of visual art. These interrelations of art and culture will be studied in terms of the basic art historical concepts of style, iconography and context. You will also explore the primary technical and formal innovations of artistic production.

ARHS 2320 Introduction to Asian Art (3)

This module introduces the arts of Asia.

ARHS 3110 Early Renaissance Art (3)

This module follows the development of Renaissance art in Italy, from the late medieval period through to the fifteenth century. Topics include the rise of humanism, theories of vision, the introduction of printmaking and the growth of artistic status and identity.

ARHS 3250 Modern Art (3)

This course surveys European High Modern Art and other modern art of the early twentieth century, through to post-World War II developments to the neo-avant-garde. You will focus on art in relation to the important political forces of the time, including the Russian Revolution, two world wars, the Great Depression and Cold War policies. Topics will include German Expressionism, Cubo-Futurism, Constructivism, Abstract Expressionism and Formalism.

ARHS 4600 Topics in Art History (3)

This course offers in-depth study of particular issues in the history, criticism and theory of art. Topics vary from semester to semester and may include performance art, history of prints, Renaissance visions of nature, Chinese landscape painting, the Japanese garden, Mughal architecture and art in the current decade.

ART 1000 Introduction to Studio Art (3)

This course is for students who have not had formal experience in visual arts studio practice, who would like to do some work in the visual arts. It is also for those whose major interests are in other programmes, but who wish to add another dimension to their experience and understanding of the visual arts.

ART 1010 Creative Strategies (3)

This module examines the creative strategies of contemporary visual artists through selected reading, seminar-style discussions, and studio assignments in a variety of media and approaches. There is an emphasis on critical thinking as you analyse, compare and contrast problem-solving techniques employed by artists and adopt these strategies to self-defined tasks of creative activity.

ART 1110 Introduction to Drawing (3)

This module gears compositional exercises and structural processes to form-making. Your personal development will emerge through subject sources, the figure and out-of-studio projects. Various materials and routines are employed.

ART 1210 Design Concepts (3)

This course introduces the tools to deal with visual materials in a knowledgeable and critical way and offers insight into the making and consuming of images. You will use problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to develop artistic solutions, based on your understanding of basic concepts and principles of 2D design, in actual and digital formats. You will also use experimentation and evaluation to develop awareness of your personal methodology and style within the paradigm of contemporary art concepts. Through critiques and oral presentations, the course will focus on improving oral communication skills using the art terminology that you will learn throughout the semester.

BUSN 1200 Introduction to Business (3)

This module surveys fundamental aspects of American business, including the private enterprise system, forms of business, financing, marketing, personnel, production, quantitative analysis and government regulations.

BUSN 2750 Introduction to Statistics (3)

This course studies the logic of empirical research and statistical tools: correlational techniques, chi square, critical ration, t-test, and analysis of variance.

BUSN 4300 Business Ethics (3)

This module presents theories of the role of a business, and its socio-economic responsibilities to stockholders, employees, customers, suppliers, the community, the nation and the world.

BUSN 4650 International Business (3)

You will explore international business operations, looking at organisation structure, finance, taxation, marketing, cultural differences, global trade, capital markets and economic growth, the impact of regional trading blocs, corporate global competitiveness and global strategies.

COAP 1020 Introduction to Computer Applications (3)

This course is for students who are interested in using computer applications in an academic, professional or personal setting. It provides an introduction to word processing, electronic spreadsheet and database management software.

COAP 1040 Graphic Utilities I (3)

This course offers you hands-on experience with a variety of graphics software. You will learn to generate computer art of various types and evaluate software packages.

COAP 2000 Introduction to Web Programming (3)

HTML is the programming language used to develop home pages on the internet. This course covers the most current tools available for developing HTML documents and posting web pages. The course covers the basics of XHTML (Extensible HTML).

COAP 2020 Desktop Publishing (3)

This course is designed to develop your proficiency in page layout and design by utilising the latest desktop publishing software, including related word processing and graphics tools.

COAP 2120 Web Editors (3)

In this course you will learn methods of building, maintaining and supporting a website. The content created (including documents, workbooks, presentations and databases) will be built and published using a current web-editing tool.

COAP 2550 Database Software (3)

You will learn to use a commercial database software package. In addition to the commands and uses of the software, the course emphasises the principles and concepts involved in developing a database.

COAP 2560 Electronic Spreadsheet (3)

You will learn to use a commercial spreadsheet software package. In addition to the commands and uses of the software, this course emphasises the principles and concepts involved in designing spreadsheets.

CRIM 1100 Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)

This module covers a wide ranges of criminological topics, including descriptions of crimes and criminals, the major elements and functions of the criminal justice system, and explanations of criminal behavior and ways of reducing crime. The module is taught from a sociological perspective and as such will examine the aspects of crime, law and justice that reflect social institutions, display the functioning (or dysfunctions) of social systems, and how social factors, such as population demographics, ecological factors, questions of deviance, power, and social forces impact and alter our understandings of crime and how we structure our criminal justice system. In addition, you will explore a number of topical issues that are currently of interest to criminologists with an eye towards debating the relative merits and deficits of how the public, policymakers, researchers and media outlets present and attempt to resolve these issues.

CRIM 1800 Careers in Criminology and Crime Prevention (1)

This module provides career information for criminology, including career fields such as national and international security, business, government, the military, the criminal justice system, or law. You will  learn how to search for and apply to graduate programs and internships, create personal statements, develop a resume and apply for jobs.

CRIM 2350 Criminology Theory (3)

This module analyses sociological perspectives on criminology, criminal justice, and juvenile delinquency. Itaddresses the nature and extent of crime nationally and internationally, evaluating the strengths and limitations of criminological theories developed to explain crime.

CRIM 4900 Senior Capstone in Criminology (3)                          

This module provides culminating experience for criminology majors, allowing you to synthesis and apply your knowledge in preparation for a career. You will use your criminology skills and knowledge to become familiar with the research, theories and methods associated with an area of personal interest.

ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

This module studies institutions and the process of market specialisation and exchange, pricing and output, competition and monopoly, government regulation, current economic problems and international economic developments.

ECON 2030 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

This module covers economic activity and growth, determination of income, employment, output, inflation, aggregate demand and supply, money and banking, monetary and fiscal policies, and international economic issues.

ECON 4720 International Trade and Finance (3)

This module examines the theories, policies, and instruments of international trade and considers trade integration. You will also explore the foreign exchange market and balance of payments in international trade, together with macro-policies in open economies, such as flexible exchange rates and the nature of world money. Theories and policies of foreign direct investment are considered.

ENGL 2110 Perspectives (3)

This module examines a society, social problem, or social institutions from the differing viewpoints of those in and out of power.

ENGL 2150 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)

You will explore your own ideas, practice a range of techniques and analyse poems. Poems are discussed in a workshop format, where you will learn to give and receive constructive criticism. The exercises will help you to develop a style that is varied and flexible. If you already write poetry, the course will help you gain a wider perspective, both on yourself and the world.

ENGL 2160 Creative Writing: Fiction (3)

To turn your ideas into stories, you will sharpen your observation of life by keeping a daily diary. The possibilities of fiction are explored in examples of literature. You will complete writing exercises to increase your flexibility of style and awareness of techniques. Editing and discussing your stories in workshops will help to develop your skills.

ENGL 2180 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction (3)

This is a writing course for students interested in the essay form. You will study a wide variety of contemporary essays as models for your own writing, focusing on voice, form and audience.

ENGL 2210 Literature into Film (3)

This module concentrates on works of literature that have been transferred to film, with the focus on both literature and film.

ENGL 2250 Literary London (3)

This course explores the works of writers who lived in or wrote about London. Among the authors who may be discussed are Chaucer, Samuel Pepys, James Boswell, Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens and Iris Murdoch. Visits to relevant museum and historical sites are organised when appropriate.

ENGL 3500 Contexts (3)

This module deals with works, ideas and genres in their historical, social and philosophical contexts.

ENGL 3900 Myth and Classical Literature (3)

This module explores Greek and Roman myths, the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid. Occasional pieces of later literature are introduced to show the continuing life of the ancient images of human experience.

ENGL 4150 Shakespeare I (3)

You will study plays from the early part of Shakespeare’s career, with a focus on the histories and comedies. The module includes discussion of historical and social contexts, genre and staging.

ENGL 4160 Shakespeare II (3)

This module explores plays from the latter part of Shakespeare’s career, focusing on the tragedies and romances. The module includes discussion of historical and social contexts, genre, and staging.

EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production (3)

This module introduces new students of all communications disciplines to a certain level of media production literacy. The course combines applied media aesthetics, theory and hands-on production experience in photography, film-making, audio and video production.

FLST 1800 Film Appreciation (3)

In this module you will explore the aesthetic and technological elements in motion pictures. The course traces artistic trends and critical theories and focuses on visual imagery, sound, story, acting and directing to develop a critical framework for appreciating the artistic aspects of film.

FLST 2050 History of Film (4)

This module explores the basics of the film medium and its development as an art form. You will view films, discuss them in their historical settings, analyse them for directorial style, and evaluate them as forms of art and entertainment.

FLST 2060 Modern World Cinema (4)

This module looks at the current trends, styles and significant developments in the field of cinema.

FLST 3160 Topics in Film Studies (3)

This module deals with topics related to film theory and criticism. Classes may focus on genre, individual artists, specific studios, historical eras, and film in other cultures.

FLST 4160 Survey of Film Theory and Criticism (3)

This module explores the major critical approaches to the study of film, including the auteur theory, structuralism and semiotics, genre criticism, and political and sociological film criticism. You will learn to examine these critical approaches and apply these concepts through analysis of films.

FLST 4620 Senior Overview (3-6)

This module provides an opportunity for seniors to demonstrate their proficiency in a selected area of film history/criticism. You will take responsibility for the production of a thesis under the direction of a faculty member.

FREN 1090 Elementary French: Level I (1-4)

This course teaches listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, with the emphasis on understanding and speaking. The goal is fluency in the basic French needed for expression in everyday situations.

FREN 1100 Elementary French: Level II (1-4) A continuation of FREN 1090.

The course teaches listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, with the emphasis on understanding and speaking. The goal is fluency in the basic French needed for expression in everyday situations.

FRSH 1200 Freshman Seminar (3)

These interdisciplinary seminars combine academic enquiry with supplementary programmes that foster your educational and personal development during the first year of college. Topics vary and include interdisciplinary offerings in the humanities, arts and sciences. Classes are small and require substantial student participation.

GNST 1308 Technology, Science and Society (3)

This course offers interdisciplinary study that focuses on contemporary problems arising from our increasingly complex technological and scientific environment. Subject matter will be timely and often controversial. A central goal is to acquaint you with the insights and methods of diverse disciplines and train you to think critically about universal challenges that confront humanity.

HIST 1100 World Civilisations before 1500 (3)

This module examines the evolution of ancient and pre-modern cultures throughout the world with a focus on the development of the ideas, values, and social, cultural and political institutions that have shaped the civilisations and the subsequent history of the world.

HIST 1320

Twentieth Century United States (3) This course makes a survey of US history from World War I to the present.

HIST 2000 Social History (3)

This module explores the way ordinary people lived in different times and places, together with their values, customs, beliefs and social institutions.

HIST 2030 Topics in Asian History (3)

You will study the cultures and the political-social development of major Asian nations, with an emphasis on the period since the impact of Western civilisations on ancient cultures. Content varies, and may include Japan, China, the Far East or Pacific World.

HIST 2040 Topics in Latin American History (3)

This module introduces the history of culture, politics and society in Latin America. Chronological periods and themes will vary. Topics could include Mesoamerican civilisations, the colonial era, modern Mexico, and overviews of South and/or Central American history.

HIST 2230 The Age of Total War: Europe 1890-1945 (3)

This course offers an exploration of European politics, society and culture during a period dominated by two world wars. Topics include imperialism and great power competition, the Great War, social reform and class conflict, transformations in gender, the Russian Revolution, Nazism and Fascism, World War II and the Holocaust.

HIST 2280 History of England (3)

This module provides an overview of the political, social, and cultural history of England from the medieval period to the present. The specific period covered varies from semester to semester, for example: the medieval period, the Tudor-Stuart era and modern England.

HIST 2340 History of American Business and Management (3)

This course traces the rise of business as a major American cultural institution, with consideration given to its impact on government, law, education and social customs. Special emphasis is given to the changes in managerial thought and practice in the twentieth century and the rise of big management and bureaucracy.

HIST 2600 The Craft of History (3)

This module introduces the methods of historical research and the nature of historical thinking. It aims to help you analyse and interpret books, articles and primary sources. You will learn to write substantive, organised, well-documented essays and papers, and become familiar with the most important library resources and search techniques in history and the social sciences.

HIST 3100 Diplomatic History (3)

This module studies the foreign affairs of the major developed areas of the world: Europe, the United States and Japan.

HIST 3130 History of Human Rights (3)

This course explores the development of international human rights as theory and practice. You will explore the traditional concepts of sovereignty and national belonging and look at two monumental events that created new possibilities for ‘moral intervention’ across international borders: the French Revolution and the birth of the anti- slavery movement in the context of European imperialism. You will also explore the rise of global governance and human rights movements, on both the local and global level.

HIST 3150 International Affairs (3)

This module takes a regional or topical approach to selected international periods and issues, with attention given to knowledge of historical events preceding and influencing the topic under analysis.

HIST 4200 Advanced Studies in European History (3)

This module allows you to pursue advanced studies in a wide variety of sub-fields of European history. Subject matter varies from semester to semester.

HRTS 1100 Introduction to Human Rights (3)

This module introduces the philosophic and political background of the concept of human rights. You will discuss important documents as part of the history of the development of human rights theories, and explore issues in current political and ethical debates about human rights. The modules also reviews core legal documents and the work of the most important governmental and non-governmental institutions currently involved in human rights protection and promotion. You will examine at least one current problem area in human rights protection.

HRTS 2086 Topics in Human Rights (3)

This course involves the study of a text or topic in a special area of human rights. Contents and methodology are at an introductory level.

HRTS 2500 Current Problems in Human Rights (3)

At any given time, there are approximately 20 million refugees, 30 wars of various sizes, and scores of governments violating citizens’ rights with varying degrees of brutality. This course will review current areas of concern to human rights advocates, paying special attention to obtaining current information, evaluating sources, and understanding the actions of violators in terms of current human rights standards.

HRTS 2800 Methods of Inquiry (3)

This is a general introduction to the methods and analysis used to examine human rights abuses, as well as a resource for sources, databases and other material on human rights. You will learn to analyse and conduct research and to write effective policy briefs and research proposals.

HRTS 3080 Advanced Topics in Human Rights (3)

This module offers upper-level study of influential text(s) or topic(s) in a special area of international human rights.

HRTS 3160 Human Rights in Film: Documentaries (3)

This module focuses on documentary films and videos that explore serious human rights concerns. Through discussion, reading and writing you will explore the films and the situations or problems depicted in them, as well as documentary films in general and the human condition. Each film is discussed in terms of the human rights issues raised, relevant international human rights standards, the historical, philosophical and political background, and the methods used by the filmmakers to get their messages across.

HRTS 3200 Human Rights Area Studies (3)

This module examines the conditions in selected countries during a specific time period. For example: the conditions in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay in the 1960s and 1970s that led to the human rights abuses of the 1970s and 1980s. You will investigate the impact of human rights abuses on the politics and society in the countries selected. The approach may vary from semester to semester, ranging from the historical to the literary.

HRTS 3500 International Human Rights Law (3)

This module introduces the idea of international law and examines the development of international human rights law from its origins, through successive generations of thinking and institutionalism, to the present. You will look at conventions, monitoring, conformity and violation, attempts at enforcement and current controversies.

HRTS 3590 Theories of Human Rights (3)

This module examines the historical development of theories of human rights and their relation to civil liberties, international law and social organisation, and to different conceptions of community, individualism and the state. The most significant human rights documents are examined in their historical context. There may also be a focus on specific cases and questions of current concern.

HRTS 3700 Human Rights and Business (3)

Human rights standards are often incorporated into the civil law of nations, but not always, and often incompletely. Business practice is generally required to conform to national law, but businesses operating internationally are also under pressure to conform to international human rights standards. This module examines conformity of national and international business with relevant human rights standards and the pressures leading toward greater conformity or increased violation.

HRTS 4500 Human Rights Field Experience (3)

This module is for students undertaking EITHER travel or research into a specific human rights topic or area through direct contact with the material or people studied (outside academic confines) OR experience working in an organisation whose mission includes work in the area of international human rights. It requires prior and follow-up consultation with an appropriate faculty member, approved by the programme director or site academic director. You will prepare a portfolio, to include an advance description of the intended field and/or work experience and (whichever is appropriate) EITHER a projected itinerary, documentation of the travel and experiences and a summary of, and formal reflection on, those experiences, OR a description of the projected work experience and a summary of, and formal reflection on, the work experience.

HRTS 4600 Senior Overview (3)

In this module you will make a critical examination of a text, a theme or a current problem in international human rights. You will write a paper reflecting significant mastery of the methods and content of the chosen area, and an ability to evaluate the evidence and assumptions in light of criteria relevant to human rights.

INTL 1500 The World System since 1500 (3)

This module examines the origin and evolution of the current world system. You will explore the political, cultural, technological, social, and economic forces that have shaped world history from 1500 to the present.

INTL 2030 International Law (3)

This module introduces public international law, including the law of international institutions. Topics include the sources of international law, questions relating to state jurisdiction and state responsibility, the regulation of the use of force, and the legal aspects of the structure and functions of the United Nations.

INTL 2100 Model UN (3)

This module examines the structure, operations and politics of the United Nations. You will focus on current UN issues, and participate in classroom simulations.

INTL 2610 Advocacy, NGOs and Civil Society (3)

This course looks at multilateral activities designed to promote economic, social and technical progress. You will examine international cooperation in such ‘non-political’ fields as trade, economic development, communications, health, humanitarian assistance and environmental protection.

INTL 2630 New States in World Politics (3)

This course introduces the political process in the non-Western world and surveys different methodological approaches to the study of non-Western systems. There is an emphasis on the analysis of foreign policies and the role of new states in world politics.

INTL 2650 The Politics of Peace (3)

This module examines issues of war prevention, including social justice, ecological balance, large-scale social change, impacts of science and technology, and political processes relating national and transnational institutions.

INTL 2700 Methods of Political Inquiry (3)

This module explores the nature of political inquiry and the conceptual approaches to the study of politics and government. You will examine and compare some major modes of political inquiry: discursive, systematic, philosophical and scientific.

INTL 3100 International Political Economy (3)

This module explores, both historically and conceptually, the theories and practices of international political economy. You will examine the interplay of politics and economics at the global level, together with ways of understanding the modern world system as a unity of international, political, and economic processes.

INTL 3260 International Communications (3)

You will explore the philosophy, process, problems and potentials of communication across cultural boundaries. The course emphasises inter-relationships between communications and the social, political, economic and cultural factors that affect international communications.

INTL 3500 Environmental and Energy Security (3)

This course introduces the role that environmental and energy issues play in causing and exacerbating conflict between groups and states in the international system. You will learn theories of international conflict and apply them to pressing issues in environmental studies.

INTL 3700 International Organisations: Structure and Political Conflict (3)

This module analyses the international organisation to determine whether it is an effective instrument for achieving peace and security and for the promotion of human welfare. Attention is given to the adjustment of political conflicts by international organisations, and to interactions between different types of multinational enterprises and various levels of government.

INTL 3800 International Security (3)

This course explores the nature of international conflict in the world from the perspective of international relations, focusing extensively on the causes, conditions and consequences for war (both historical and contemporary) and possible paths to peace.

INTL 4600 International Relations Seminar (3)

This module offers an in-depth analysis of international relations.

INTL 4700 Senior Thesis (4)

This module allows senior students to pursue significant independent research and writing projects in international relations.

INTM 3150 Special Topics (3)

This course addresses current and significant issues in interactive media and interactive communications. You will focus on existing theories and practices, with emphasis on new and emerging topics and technologies in the field. The course topics vary, and could include computer-based training, games and entertainment, journalism on the internet, and interactive narrative writing.

JOUR 1030 Fundamentals of Reporting (3)

This module introduces the basic forms and techniques of modern journalistic writing. You will learn to write both simple and complex news stories, with an introduction to feature writing and other specialised story forms. Basic word processing skills and competence in diction and grammar are required.

JOUR 2110 Production Techniques (3)                          

You will learn about audio and video techniques for broadcast journalism, and how to make the best use of available technology in producing pieces for radio and television news.

JOUR 2140 Advanced Reporting (3)

You will study a variety of specialised news story forms, as well as the formats for interpretative stories, editorials, op-ed pieces and personal columns. Actual reporting assignments, both on and off campus, are an integral part of the coursework. You will be expected to compose subjective commentaries based on your objectively reported story assignments.

JOUR 2170 Copyreading/News Editing (3)                          

This is an intensive workshop where you will learn the essentials of copyreading and editing.

JOUR 3130 Feature Writing (3)

This module covers the longer feature and the interpretative or specialised writing style of a newspaper or magazine article. Articles written by students from class assignments are submitted for publication on a freelance basis.

JOUR 3150 Topics in Modern Media (1-3)

This module features topics in media and journalism not covered by regularly offered courses.

JOUR 3300 Newspaper Production Workshop (2-4)                          

This module forms the centre of the journalism curriculum. You will learn to apply the journalistic theories, principles, and techniques youhave learned in the classroom to newspaper production. You will gain firsthand experience in developing a readable and attractive publication.

JOUR 4620 Senior Overview (3-6)                         

This module provides an opportunity for seniors to demonstrate their proficiency in a selected area of journalism. You will undertake a writing/research project under the direction of a faculty member. Projects may include an investigative article, a story series, or a thesis.

JOUR 4700 Professional Development in Journalism (3)                          

You will explore the various careers available in the field of journalism and apply this knowledge to your personal portfolio development and presentation. You will visit professional journalistic organisations, improve your interviewing skills and prepare your resume.

MATH 1360 Business Mathematics (3)

This course provides you with a variety of opportunities to strengthen the mathematics skills necessary for analysing numerical information and solving practical business problems. You will learn to translate business-related problems into simple equations. Topics include applications of ratio and proportion, computing taxes, commercial discounts, simple and compound interest, basic statistics and graphs.

MATH 1420 Modular Algebra (3)

This course explores algebra through the lens of the modular systems, each a finite and unique world generated by remainders. You will develop number sense, problem-solving skills and a deeper understanding of arithmetic and algebra as you experience the beauty, underlying structure, surprising results and creative potential of mathematics.

MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications (3)

This module introduces you to the history, development, and impact of the mass media, including print, photography, film, radio, television and digital media. The course focuses on communication theories and research, media systems, structure and ethics, the relationship between the media and society, and future directions in media communications.

MEDC 1050 Introduction to Media Writing (3)

In this module, you will learn the basics of media writing for a number of applications. You will explore the style, structure, and techniques involved in print journalism, scriptwriting, advertising, public relations writing, critical writing and writing for interactive media.

MEDC 1630 Media Literacy (3)

Through this module, you will learn to systematically decode, evaluate and analyse information conveyed through the channels of mass communication. You will explore the process, language and effects of the media and develop a critical awareness of messages conveyed through channels of mass communication, such as children’s programming, advertising, journalism and political communications.

MEDC 2200 Ethics in the Media (3)

This module explores the ethical considerations applied to journalism, broadcast journalism, photography, audio, film, video, interactive digital media, the internet, public relations and advertising. You will learn to analyse the ethical dilemmas facing media professionals.

MEDC 2800 Cultural Diversity in the Media (3)

This module explores media images, messages and impact with regard to race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. You will look at how groups that are marginalised in the media affect the economics and history of the industry, and explore the multiple ways that you have learned about cultural diversity through personal reflection, formal education and the media.

MEDC 3150 Topics in Media (1-3)

This course covers topics in media and journalism not covered elsewhere.

MEDC 3190 Introduction to Media Research (3)

This module introduces qualitative and quantitative media research methodologies, including content analysis, focus groups and field research. You will learn strategies and methodologies for examining the process and impact of the media.

MEDC 3260 International Communications (3)

Through this module, you will study the philosophy, process, problems and potential of communication across cultural boundaries. You will look at the inter-relationships between communications and social, political, economic and cultural factors that affect international communications.

MEDC 4100 The Law and the Media (3)

This module looks at the specifics of First Amendment freedoms and the laws that restrict or regulate the flow of information in American society. You will learn about libel and privacy torts, information access problems, shield laws, broadcast regulation, copyright laws and constraints on political communication and advertising.

MNGT 2100 Management Theory and Practices (3)

This course presents a broad view of management theory and practices, classical to modern. You will study the basic management functions of planning, organising, directing and controlling. Issues such as ethical decision making and social responsibility are covered, as are innovation, globalisation and working with a diverse workforce

MNGT 2340 History of American Business and Management (3)

This module traces the rise of business as a major American cultural institution, and considers its impact on government, law, education and social customs. Special emphasis is given to changes in managerial thought and practice in the twentieth century and the rise of corporate bureaucracy.

MNGT 2900 Human Communications (3)

This course covers a variety of verbal and non-verbal communication techniques. Specific subject matter may vary from semester to semester, and may include the following: interpersonal communication, small group interaction, self-awareness, written and non-verbal communication techniques, and electronic communications.

MNGT 3100 Issues in Management (3)

This module analyses current management issues in terms of historical background, present status and possible solutions. Case studies are discussed to aid the exploration of issues.

MNGT 3280 Introduction to Business Law (3)

This module introduces legal concepts that influence business relationships, decisions and practices. You will study topics from a ‘law for managers’ perspective. Topics include: structuring business transactions by contracts, legal forms of business organisation, legal aspects of financial transactions, laws related to property (including intellectual property) business-related torts (civil liability only) and business-related crimes.

MNGT 3320 Business Law: International (3)

This module introduces the fundamentals of law and legal relationships related to business in the United States and the Common Market and selected national legal systems. The emphasis is on legal problems, laws and issues in international trade transactions: contracts, agency, distributorship arrangements, sales, negotiable instruments, financing, corporate organisation, exports, ventures and licensing.

MNGT 3400 Human Resource Management (3)

In this module you will explore the relationship between management and employees. You will learn about the principles of dealing with the human factor to maximise the individual’s fulfilment and the productive efficiency of the firm through sound procurement, development and utilisation of the firm’s employees, and labour-management relations.

MNGT 3450 Principles of Organisational Behaviour (3)

This module examines the individual and group processes involved in management-employee relationships. Topics include leadership, group dynamics, communications, motivation, morale, power, conflict management, and job design and satisfaction. There is analysis of modern concepts of participatory management, organisational culture, change and development.

MNGT 3500 Marketing (3)

This module studies the marketing process as it relates to management. You will look at channels of distribution, trends in selling, consumer behaviour, promotion and pricing policies, research, communications and government regulation.

MNGT 3510 Advertising (3)

This module looks at advertising in terms of its relation to the economy, marketing management, and behavioural sciences. You will explore the use, organisation, planning and preparation of advertising, together with its economic and social effects.

MNGT 3550 Public Relations (3)

In this module, you will examine public relations policies and practices as an integral process of information gathering, assembling, evaluating and reporting. There is an overview of the role of public relations in developing favourable external public opinion toward an organisation, corporation, institution or individual.

MNGT 3700 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3)

This course introduces the concept of entrepreneurship and its relationship with small business. The course focuses on activities involved in planning, organising, establishing and controlling a small business. You will learn about procedures and problems in starting a business, managerial functions, marketing, and financing a new enterprise, as well as governmental regulations.

MNGT 4100 International Management (3)

In this module you will examine the environment and operations of international management. Topics include the globalisation of business, strategic planning for the multinational, global and transnational organisations, multinational structure, foreign subsidiary coordination and control, and special issues concerning expatriate employees.

MNGT 4330 International Marketing (3)

This module explores several aspects of international marketing. These include the international marketing mix and product pricing, distribution and promotion. Emerging issues in international trade are also examined, such as trading blocs, trade barriers and standardisation/adaptation.

MNGT 4570 Marketing Research (3)

This module studies the nature and scope of research techniques employed in gathering information concerning marketing and advertising practices and procedures. You will learn about sources and collection of data, sampling, interpretation of data, and research in areas of motivation, advertising and consumer behaviour.

MNGT 4900 Managerial Policies and Strategies (3)

This module takes a broad view of business from the perspective of the CEO and general manager. You will learn about concepts and tools for company and environmental analysis and the formulation, implementation and control of strategies. You will then apply this knowledge in problem-solving case analyses of firms and industries.

MNGT 4920 Marketing Strategies (3)

This module covers a variety of marketing practices, procedures, and problems. Employing a case-study approach, there is an emphasis on the use of techniques in product image-building and problem solving. You will undertake specific, substantive projects.

MNGT 4940 Global Competitive Strategies (3)

This is a capstone course that covers a variety of international business and management practices, procedures and problems. A case-study method is used, with emphasis on problem-solving techniques from a global perspective.

MUSC 1050 Introduction to Music Appreciation (3)

This module is designed for students majoring in areas outside music. The course covers the elements, style, genre and structures of major works of traditional Western music. In some semesters, topics may include jazz, popular music or music of other world cultures.

MUSC 1070 Topics in Music (3)

This module is designed for students majoring in areas outside music. Topics vary, and may include African music, American music, jazz, music and spirituality, rock music, women in music and world music. The course emphasises listening skills by examining musical materials and structures.

PBRL 2100 Fundamentals of Strategic Communications and Public Relations (3)

You will learn the strategic and tactical communications skills necessary for the practice of corporate communications and public relations in business, organisational and not-for-profit settings. Topics include the history and theory of public relations, strategic communications processes, stakeholder analysis and issues management. You will also study communications tactics such as media relations, publications, community relations, consumer relations, employee communications and online communications.

PBRL 2920 Writing for Public Relations (3)

This module covers the writing skills involved public relations. You will look at professional copy and learn how writing style and format can be adapted to specific stakeholders and a variety of public relations situations. You will produce your own writing for inclusion in your portfolio, and will benefit from the instructor’s critique. You will also be asked to critique fellow students’ work.

PBRL 4300 Crisis Communications Management (3)

This module introduces techniques for dealing with sudden and unexpected situations that have a negative impact on organisations and their images to key constituencies. Through case studies and mock crises, you will develop strategic solutions to crisis situations and create a generic crisis-communications plan that can be included in your personal portfolio.

PBRL 4620 Senior Overview (3-6)

This module provides an opportunity for seniors to demonstrate their proficiency in public relations and/or communications campaigns. You will take responsibility for the production of a project under the direction of a faculty member..

PBRL 4800 Media Relations (3)

This module teaches effective verbal and non-verbal communication techniques, applied through a series of ‘real-world’ simulations in which you will learn to attract, work with, and be interviewed by radio, television and newspaper reporters.

PBRL 4920 Public Relations Campaigns (3)

As the culmination of the public relations curriculum, you and your fellow students will operate as a public relations agency, serving the needs of an actual client. The module offers the opportunity to apply learned theories to developing a complete public relations campaign. Emphasis is placed upon concept, strategy, tactics and presentation skills.

PHIL 1100 Introduction to Philosophy (3)

This module introduces a broad spectrum of topics in philosophy, such as knowledge, reality, freedom, morality and art. The emphasis is not only on what is contained in these topics, but also on how to think critically about them.

PHIL 2010 Informal Logic (3)

This course introduces the study of reasoning. You will explore topics including the nature of argument, deductive and inductive inference, meaning and inference, validity, hypotheticals, syllogisms and the identification of fallacies. The course emphasises reasoning in a natural language and arguments in practical contexts with minimum use of symbolic notation.

PHIL 2300 Social and Political Philosophy (3)

This module introduces the philosophical issues raised by our social and political existence. You will look at topics such as the social contract, rights and obligations, sovereignty and authority, utopias and political ideas, and the individual and the state.

PHIL 2320 Contemporary Moral Problems (3)

You will examine the opposing positions typically taken in discussions of contemporary moral problems, such as euthanasia, the death penalty, pornography, animal rights and world hunger. The focus is on developing and critically analysing the reasons used to support a moral position.

PHOT 1000 Photo I (3)

This module introduces the basic concepts and practice of digital photography, including understanding and use of the camera, lenses and other basic photographic equipment. You will learn about aesthetic principles in relation to composition, space, exposure, light and colour. The technological requirements of digital formats are addressed, such as formats and resolution. You will also learn about basic digital manipulation of images in preparation for creating a photo portfolio of your own.

PHOT 2500 Photojournalism (3)

This module combines practical assignments in newspaper and magazine photography with critical analysis of how photographs produce outstanding news and feature stories.

PHOT 3190 Digital Photographic Imaging (3)

You will learn intermediate and advanced concepts and methods of working with photographic imagery in creative, efficient and

innovative ways using Adobe Photoshop. Additional peripheral software and hardware are discussed. Mastery of these methods, tools and topics is expressed in successful completion of interactive tutorials and personal projects.

POLT 1000 Topics in Politics (3)

This module introduces the study of contemporary politics, focusing on understanding current events or enduring themes (power, war, justice, etc.) of politics. You will practice the oral and writing skills needed to effectively engage in political discourse and communication.

POLT 1050 Introduction to International Relations (3)

This course examines how state and non-state actors confront contemporary global problems. It also introduces you to the sub-fields of international relations, including international security, international political economy, foreign policy, international relations theory, international organisations and international law.

POLT 1070 Introduction to Political Theory (3)

This module introduces the central concepts of political thought from antiquity to the present day through examination of multiple perspectives on democracy, liberty, equality, power, ideology, authority and justice.

POLT 1080 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)

This course is an introduction to the systematic and analytical study of states/societies in the world using the comparative method. You will learn to compare countries on such topics as state legitimacy and capacity, ethnic conflicts, political ideologies and institutions, economic poverty and development, political violence, the impact of globalisation and environmental problems.

POLT 1550 Introduction to Political Argument and Debate (3)

This module introduces the basic principles of debate, emphasising the development of research, critical thinking and oral presentation skills. You will research one or more contemporary public policy issues and participate in debates on those issues.

POLT 2050 Contemporary American Politics (3)

This module examines various issues and processes in American politics. Subject matter varies from semester to semester.

POLT 2250 Politics in the Industrialised World (3)

This module examines the politics of those countries customarily considered part of the affluent north. Topics may include evolution of political party systems, the evolution of communist systems, environmental and peace movements, economic integration of countries, planning and market mechanisms, trade policies, ethnic conflicts, governmental influence in collective bargaining systems, the welfare state and tax revolts.

POLT 2500 Interdisciplinary Approach to Politics (3)

This module integrates the contributions of other disciplines - history, psychology, sociology, economics, literature, media and philosophy - into the study of politics, and explores the role politics plays in the non-governmental arena.

POLT 2550 Politics of Development (3)

In this module, you will look at how the majority of the world’s people - those living in the poorest nations - are governed. Topics include colonialism and neo-colonialism, tradition and modernity, dependency and the nature of contemporary revolution in the Third World.

POLT 2600 Research Methods and Approaches in Political Science (3)

This course introduces the research methods, models and frameworks of contemporary political analysis.

POLT 3310 Conduct of Foreign Policy (3)

This module examines the techniques and problems of foreign policy decision making in the contemporary nation-state system.

POLT 4100 Advanced Studies in International Politics (3)

This module allows you to pursue advanced studies in international politics or one of its sub-fields. Specific subject matter varies from semester to semester.

POLT 4600 Political Science Seminar (3)

This course explores topics of interest in contemporary politics.

POLT 4700 Senior Thesis (4)

This module allows senior students to pursue significant independent research and writing projects in political science (including legal studies).

PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology (3)

You will be introduced to the breadth and diversity of contemporary psychology, forming a foundation from which you may progress to more advanced, specialised courses. Topics include learning, perception, bio-psychological processes, childhood and development, adjustment and mental health, and social behaviour.

PSYC 1800 Careers in Psychology (1-2)

This module provides you with career information for the field of psychology. You will receive guidance on how to search and apply for graduate programmes and internships, create personal statements, develop a CV and find jobs within the field of psychology.

PSYC 2000 Issues in Contemporary Psychology (1-4)

This is an introductory course designed to provide a brief, intensive overview of specific areas of contemporary psychology. You will explore a number of approaches to understand how psychological principles are applied to a specific topic or area of interest.

PSYC 2200 Child Psychology (3)

This module examines the physical, emotional, cognitive and social development of the child from conception to adolescence. You will consider the complex interaction between heredity and environment. Emphasis is placed on language development, achievement, personality and gender behaviour.

PSYC 2300 Lifespan Development (3)

This module looks at the development of the individual from conception to adulthood. You will examine the intellectual, emotional and social aspects of behaviour in terms of the complex interaction of heredity and environment. Content includes the application of prominent theories of human development to the individual’s development over the life span. You will review current research in critical areas of human behaviour, such as attachment and aggression, and use it to enhance your understanding of the human developmental process.

PSYC 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics (3)

This module is designed to aid you in learning how to make sense of a body of numbers. You will learn how to summarise and extract information from numbers, how to detect, measure and use relationships between variables, and how to use statistical aids in the decision-making process. The course covers descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, and inferential statistics such as the t-test and analysis of variance.

PSYC 2825 Introduction to Research Methods (3)

Research is at the heart of the behavioural and social sciences. This module covers the basics of quantitative and qualitative research design. You will learn to critically analyse and assess the ethics of research findings, and have the opportunity to create a research proposal.

PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology (3)

This module introduces the concept of psychopathology. You will consider the physiological, psychological and sociocultural factors that influence the development of mental disorders. There is an overview of the major diagnostic categories, including symptomatology, demographics, etiology and treatment approaches.

PSYC 3350 Cognitive Psychology (3)

This module explores fundamental phenomena and basic literature in cognition. You will compare human language abilities with the learning capacities of various animal species. The course integrates important theories and research methods with major topics including pattern recognition, perception and information processing, attention, short- and long-term memory, discrimination, concept learning, creativity and decision making.

PSYC 3550 History, Philosophy and Systems of Psychology (3)

This module examines the contributions of philosophy, physics, physiology, and other disciplines and intellectual traditions to the development of contemporary psychology - its subject matter, problems and methodology.

PSYC 3600 Social Psychology (3)

This module looks at how people influence and are influenced by their social setting. You will explore the social nature of individuals (attitudes, attitude change, prejudice), dyads (human relations) and small groups (conformity, decision making, leadership). You will be encouraged to apply theories and research to issues of personal concern.

PSYC 3775 Personality Theory (3)

This module examines the structure, dynamics and development of personality and explores the assumptions about human nature that underlie the various theories about personality.

PSYC3850 Sensation and Perception (3)

This module looks at how the human brain receives and processes information from the environment. You will explore the functioning of human sensory systems and the means by which we interpret these neural signals. Topics covered include vision, audition, taste, smell, touch and basic psychophysics. The manner by which we perceive the world is examined through topics such as colour vision, depth and space perception, motion perception, visual illusions and Gestalt principles of organisation. You will also discuss issues such as information-processing approaches to perception, the role of knowledge and attention in perception, imagery and stage models of information flow.

PSYC 3875 Psychology Lab (1-3)

This module complements a core course, allowing you to work collaboratively with the instructor towards the development of a course-related project.

PSYC 4250 Introduction to Counselling (3)

This module introduces a variety of counselling theories, techniques and skills. You will explore the problems and issues facing a professional counsellor in a variety of settings, including individual and group counselling, family counselling, counselling handicapped individuals, career counselling and consulting. You will have the opportunity to explore new dimensions in counselling and to confront and clarify your own reasons for wanting to do this kind of work.

PSYC 4300 Health Psychology (3)

This module focuses on the fundamental issues and current literature on health psychology. The course includes material on the social and cultural bases of illness and looks at issues that affect wellness such as stress, pain and personality. Also discussed are factors related to health care providers such as communication, utilisation and ethics.

PSYC 4400 Human Sexuality (3)

In this module, you will examine human sexual behaviour within the cultural, social and political context. Topics discussed include historical/cross-cultural sexual attitudes, reproductive health and rights, the range of sexual experience, gender differences and roles, sexual orientation, sex and disease, sex and the law, and sex and social responsibility/personal ethics.

PSYC 4825 Senior Thesis (3)

This course provides the opportunity to investigate a topic of interest within the field of psychology. You will be expected to develop a topic, design the study, collect and analyse data and report the results of your research in APA format. Following completion of the thesis, you will be encouraged to submit your work for possible publication.

RELG 1060 World Religions (3)

This module concerns the origins and historical development of worship, ethics, theology, scriptures, and institutions of the world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

RELG 2400 Religion and the Arts (3)

This course explores the important inter-relationships of the arts in world religions. The use of the visual and allied arts for communication and edification has been a primary concern, both positive (such as the glorification of Rome during the counter-reformation) and negative (such as the Islamic proscription of images for all religions).

RELG 2405 Religion and Film (3)

This course will look at different themes in religious studies which are articulated by feature films and documentaries. The content will vary, but sample topics could include: Hollywood and Catholics, film and the clergy, film and Eastern religion, film and religious conflict.

RELG 2420 Religion and Culture (3)

This module looks at selected areas in which religious institutions and beliefs are influenced by their cultural environment, and cultures are influenced and moulded by religious ideas.

RELG 2500 Gender, Culture and Religion (3)

This module explores the diverse representations of gender in selected religious traditions and cultural contexts. You will consider their influence on religious conceptions of personhood and divinity, relationships between humans, cosmic and natural orders, and representations of the divine. Cultural and social definitions of gender roles, and resistance to those definitions, may also be included.

SCPT 2900 Scriptwriting (3)

This module focuses on understanding and developing story, character, structure and style used in scriptwriting. You will study specific genres, including commercial television, episodic series for internet/broadcast, unscripted series (reality TV), script for continuing series (comedy and drama), documentary television and narrative features.

SCPT 3110 Script Analysis (3)

You will learn the elements of a screenwriter’s craft by studying scripts. The module focuses on how scriptwriters develop engaging and believable characters, how they build conflict, how they create and build tension and suspense, and how they write effective dialogue.

SOCI 1100 Introduction to Sociology (3)

This module is intended primarily for students who wish to gain a broad, general overview of the field, its area of study, methods of inquiry, conceptions and analysis of society. You will learn about core concepts in sociology, including sociological perspectives on culture, social structure, socialisation, social institutions, personality and the self, prejudice and discrimination, the significance of race, class and gender, political and social change, demography, human ecology, and crime and deviance.

SPAN 1090 Elementary Spanish: Level I (1-4)

This module develops listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills. The goal is fluency in basic Spanish structures needed for expression in everyday situations.

SPAN 1100 Elementary Spanish: Level II (1-4)

A continuation of SPAN 1090.

Teaches listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, with the emphasis on understanding and speaking. The goal is fluency in the basic Spanish needed for expression in everyday situations.

SPCM 1040 Public Speaking (3)

You will learn about the organisation, development and delivery of a variety of formal public speeches. The course includes public speeches and a variety of other speaking exercises to help you adapt to audiences and contexts, solve delivery problems and build confidence. Activities will also help you to develop realistic evaluations of various speaking occasions.

SPCM 1280 Interpersonal Communications (3)

This module examines the contexts and skills associated with interpersonal communication competence. You will learn to apply the intrapersonal constructs necessary for effective interpersonal communication, as well as skills and behaviours associated with relating to others. There is a focus on relational development and dynamics. Topics include self-disclosure, listening, non-verbal communication and conflict.

SPCM 3500 Presentations for Media Professionals (3)

This module focuses on building skills that contribute to presentational effectiveness within media contexts and professions. This is an intensive speaking course with an emphasis on activities specific to media-related professions, such as requests for proposals and portfolio presentations.

THEA 1050 Theatre Appreciation (3)

The course examines how theatre art is created, from concept to curtain call, and involves attending several live theatre performances. You will look at how theatre art involves audiences in the exploration of the themes of the human condition.

THEA 1080 Studio Acting (2-3)

This is an introduction to naturalistic acting. The course includes basic awareness exercises, as well as theoretical and practical application of the Stanislavsky system.

THEA 3040Topics in Theatre (2-3)

A series dealing with various topics in theatre, including creative dramatics, museum studies, design applications, women in theatre, black/ethnic theatre, contemporary theatre, the elitist theatre and a history of acting.

VIDE 1000 Introduction to Video Production I (3)

Using digital video cameras and non-linear editing tools, you will learn the technological, aesthetic and theoretical basics of creating motion media. The course offers a broad overview of how and why to use video equipment creatively and evocatively to complete several different types of project, based upon real-world applications of the medium.

Last updated: 15 August 2017