Summer 20 (5 week course) | Albright College

Summer 20 (5 week course)

Dates: June 29, 2020 – July 30, 2020
Note: The word new refers to credit type awarded for SPS students enrolled after June 2016. The word old refers to credit type awarded for those ADP students who enrolled prior to June 2016.

All classes NOT online are from 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.


CourseTitleInstructorLocationNew/Old
ENG 135Hitchcock: Film & TextsAdlesteinReadingnew Connections-Humanities; old Humanities or IDS
MUS 125History of JazzPotteigerReadingFine Arts new and old
ART 270Monumental Art: Art & CommunityKrumholzReadingnew Connections-Global Humanities or FL-CU; old IDS, Humanities, or FL-CU
POL 340US Foreign PolicyBackstromReadingnew Connections-Global or FL/CU or SS Elective; old Social Sciences or IDS or FL/CU
COM 270Ethical Issues in Social MediaConradLancasternew Connections-Global-Humanities or FL/CU; old Humanities or IDS or FL-CU

Course Descriptions

ENG135/Lecture/RD01 – Hitchcock: Film & Texts
In this course we will explore what Donald Spoto calls the “matter & manner” of the films (along with the novels and short stories upon which some of them are based) of one of the great artists of the 20th century (1899-1980) and arguably the greatest and most influential auteur of narrative cinema. Like Shakespeare and Dickens before him, Hitchcock’s works seem to have been produced for the general public as well as for the most sophisticated and learned of viewers. What are Hitchcock’s films “about”? How do they “work”? How do they reflect or challenge –formally, philosophically, ideologically- the culture from which they came? Which of his works speak most directly to us today? Why?

MUS125/Lecture/RD01 – History Of Jazz
This course will cover Jazz history from its obscure origins in the post-Civil War period to the present. The focus will be on important instrumentalists and vocalists of the 20th century, and how they helped to create the different jazz and jazz-related styles, among these: ragtime, blues, hot jazz, Dixieland, swing, bebop, cool jazz, free jazz, and jazz fusion. Among the key performers and composers to be discussed will be Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, and Keith Jarrett. Basic concepts of jazz performance and various jazz styles will be explored through independent research, listening and discussion. When possible, field trips to live jazz performances will be incorporated.

ART270/Lecture/RD01 – Monumental Art: Art & Community
This course investigates art in public spaces, with a historical focus on sculptures, statues, and monuments, and a contemporary focus on installation art, performance, physical objects and memory-making in human life. We will delve into the dialogue between maker and audience and how those roles influence one another. Students will explore the relationship of public art to education, community, politics, culture and identity. A wide variety of issues will naturally emerge as students learn about monumental art, and the full range of disciplines that play a role in the making and exhibition of this art will, ideally, expose students to a fuller understanding of interdisciplinary learning. Students will exit the class with the ability to describe how public art functions in a specific setting; explain how cultural awareness affects self and the community; and demonstrate what impact these structures have on daily life, especially with relation to diverse populations and people of different ages and backgrounds. Students will also write about the influences of individuals and groups both small and large, in the making of and expectations regarding monuments and memory-making.

POL340/Lecture/RD01 – US Foreign Policy
This course provides a comprehensive overview of American foreign policy within the political science subfield of international relations. American society tends to praise and chastise our President for foreign policy decision-making; however, the process is much more complex than one individual determining policy for the entire country. Students will examine the patterns and processes that influence US foreign policy in order to determine the ultimate questions of how and why the United States conducts its foreign policy with the general international community. We will concentrate heavily on the watershed event of the end of the Cold War and how the US has adapted our policy to interacting with the world. The roles of the president, Congress, State Department, and CIA will be covered as we analyze philosophical reasonings and principles behind US foreign policy. For instance: Why does the US go to war with certain countries but find peaceful methods of resolution with others? Why is the current administration pursuing negotiations with North Korea but beating the drum of possible future conflict with Iran, despite the similarities between the two cases?

COM270/Lecture/LC01 – Ethical Issues in Social Media
In this course, students learn to analyze the ethical implications of social media and social networking technologies. In addition to defining and identifying ethical issues and expressions, students address the complex web interactions that shape social roles and bonds; the relationship between media and their users; the use of social networks by governments, institutions, corporations; and the conflicts and motivations that present ethical dilemmas for people worldwide as they navigate the online world. Students will conduct online research; write essays that support an analytical thesis; present case studies; hold panels and class discussions; deliver oral presentations; and review existing interdisciplinary research to develop and explain their views and conclusions. They will also analyze the interdependencies and influences between different cultures and subcultures.