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Social & Behavioral Science

  • LIR 100H - Industrial Relations
    (Fall 1997) - Introductory analysis of the employment relationship and of the interrelated interests of managements, workers, unions, and the public.
  • SOC 005H - Social Problems
    (Fall 1999) - Current social problems such as economic, racial, and gender inequalities; social deviance and crime; population, environmental, energy, and health problems. 
  • STS 200H  - Critical Issues in Science, Technology, and Society  
    (Fall 1997 & Fall 1999) - An overview of interactions between science, technology, and society from social sciences and humanities perspectives.

Arts

  • ARTH 112H - Renaissance to Modern Art  
    (Spring 1998) - Survey of Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary art, with an emphasis on painting, sculpture, and graphic arts.
  • InArt 001H - The Arts
    (Spring 1998 & Spring 2000) - Develop critical perception, knowledge, and judgments through an examination of the basic concepts common among the arts.
  • MUSIC 007H  -  Evolution of Jazz 
    (Spring 2000) -  Study of the origins and development of jazz as an art form.

Humanities

  • AMST 050H - The Literature and Lore of Mining  
    (Fall 1998) - Experience and values of mining tradition: survey of the literature and lore, including field research.
  • FR 139H - France & French-Speaking World 
    (Fall 2000) - An introduction to the culture of France and its impact on the world.
  • HIST 143H - History of Fascism and Nazism 
    (Fall 1998) - The study of right-wing totalitarianism in the twentieth century, with special emphasis on Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany.
  • STS 297H - Pestilence & Society:  Biological and Historical Perspectives 
    (Fall 2000) - This course examined the various and dramatic effects that disease has had on human history.  It included both scientific material on the nature of the disease and contagion and several episodes from history in which disease played a decisive role in the course of civilization.

Speech Communications

  • SPCOM 100A H - Effective Speech
     (Spring 1999 & Spring 2001) - Principles of communication, implemented through presentation of speeches, with some attention to group discussion and message evaluation.
  • SPCOM 100B H - Effective Speech
    (Spring 1999) - Principles of communication, implemented through group problem solving, with some attention to formal speaking and message evaluation.
    Course: Speech Communication 100H, 
    Semester: Spring 2001Honors Course
    Instructor: Mrs. Elaine Graham 
    Project: Empower ESQ and Butler Grant
    When teaching communication courses it is necessary to offer students opportunities to practice the skills that are being taught. For courses in small group discussion I usually use hypothetical case studies or current events to provide discussion topics for the students. In an effort for innovation, I decided to use a particular science fiction novel, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, instead of the old "tried and true" methods I had used in the past. Two sections of Honors students were given copies of the novel, assigned readings and on designated dates engaged in discussion of the novel in their classes. In addition, the two sections were linked electronically by a First Class network so that they could discuss the novel even though they were unable to meet face-to-face. This enhanced the course by demonstrating to the students the techniques, problems, and advantages unique to electronic discussion. The culmination of the experience occurred when the two classes were able to engage in a live, on-line chat with the author again using the First Class networking.

 

Contact Information

Dr. Justin Nordstrom
Phone: 570-450-3037
Email: jan13@psu.edu

 

 

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