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Examination of Black social and historical institutions in the United States and the African diaspora; focus on education, sports, political science, religion, health, criminal justice, history, sociology, and other disciplines.
Students are encouraged to use critical thinking to examine the impact of historical evolution on social institutions and African American society. Various issues surrounding race, class, gender, and sexuality will be explored specifically as they relate to societal institutions like religion, politics, education, law, sports, and globalization. The class will include visual materials, discussion segments, presentations, and valuable readings. Students are required to complete all readings, assignments, and participate fully in class discussions.
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Racial inequality and experiences of African American families in the United States during the 20th and 21st centuries; historical context for contemporary research on African American family; relative impact of structural and cultural factors on various aspects of African American family life, declining marriage rates, family formation patterns; intersections of race and class in family life; research methods used to examine dynamics of African American family life, including quantitative analysis, structured qualitative interviews, and ethnography.

This course explores racial inequality and the experiences of African American families in the United States over the course of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. The course has four primary goals. First, it will provide a historical context for contemporary research on the African American family. Second, the course will assess the relative impact of structural and cultural factors on various aspects of African American family life, including declining marriage rates and family formation patterns. Third, this course examines the intersections of race and class in family life. Finally, this course seeks to orient students in social science research methods used to examine the dynamics of African American family life including quantitative analysis, structured qualitative interviews and ethnography. Students will be expected to actively engage course readings through writing assignments, class discussions, and presentations.

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Social and political impact of television dramas featuring people of African descent in the West; examination of production, reception, representation, and industry as it relates to the African American images that are granted tenure on television screens.

Employing a cultural historical approach, this course examines the sites of production, reception, representation and industry as it relates to the African American images that are granted tenure on television screens. Beginning with an overview of radio representation and the ways that they morphed into television representations, this course traces the early scripts available for televisual blackness. The course will progress more or less chronologically in order to investigate the ways black cast television and black representation has shifted and changed throughout the medium’s history.

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Experiences of African and African American people in the American colonies and the states of the new nation; history of Africans and African Americans as early settlers, enslaved and free, in places such as Detroit, Chicago, New York, and New Orleans; interactions with Indigenous people; role in the war for American independence; long history of resistance to slavery and racial discrimination; exploration of the rich history of community building, creation of significant Black social and cultural institutions, and formation of Black political thought and political activism.

This course is a survey of African-American history from its beginnings through emancipation and Reconstruction. Classes and coursework will examine the African origins of black Americans, the history of the middle passage, the development of plantation slavery, and the many historical changes that shaped African-American life and culture thereafter—from the American Revolution to the Civil War. Topics will include laws pertaining to slavery, the impact of the Haitian and American Revolutions on African-American life; the abolition of slavery in the post-Revolutionary North, the development of a free black community there; the expansion of slavery in the South, antebellum slave culture, and slave resistance. Some readings will explore the African American body under slavery. Some topics that will be covered include the use of enslaved African Americans in early medical research and experimentation, enslaved women’s reproduction, and the role of enslaved people in the healing and medical treatment of others within the enslaved community. We will also examine African-American freedom struggles during the Civil War and Reconstruction. The readings will be attentive to the ways that gender shaped the experiences of slavery and freedom for African Americans and we will also read about the experiences of enslaved children. You should leave the class with a broader understanding of the experiences of African Americans prior to 1865.

All assigned readings will be available on the course ICON site or at the University Library.

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Exploration of various contemporary social topics (e.g., education, religion, literature, theater, media, politics, sports, criminal justice, health, economics); use of readings, interactive experiences, course assignments (reading essays, interview/profile, observation analysis, case study, final paper), and unit quizzes to understand Black life in the 21st century.

This course explores black culture and experience within a contemporary perspective. Readings, interactive experiences, course assignments (interview, essays and final paper) and unit quizzes will offer students the opportunity to better understand black culture in the 21st century. The course will explore a variety of important societal topics such as: education, religion, literature, theater, media, politics, sports, criminal justice, health and economics.

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Cultural meanings of sport in contemporary U.S. culture; sport experiences, inclusion, and exclusion as affected by social class, gender and sexuality, age and ability, race and ethnicity, and religion.

This course offers students an introduction to current scholarship and debates surrounding issues of inequality in sport. Students will learn how to use a critical cultural studies perspective to examine the meaning of sport within the U.S. In particular, the course focuses on the relationships and dynamics of inequities in sport structured along such lines as class, gender, sexuality, ability, race, ethnicity, and religion. The class is offered in a lecture/discussion section format. Requirements include: multiple short reflection writing assignments; reading assignments; lecture attendance and engagement; discussion section attendance and participation; and course roundtable attendance and participation.

Required course text & technology

McGraw Hill Connect

The required textbook for this course is the Connect (digital) format of Coakley's "Sports in Society" (2020). The Connect platform provides an interactive eBook and integrates with ICON for online assignments. 

The University of Iowa’s Inclusive Access program will be used to provide required course materials. Your IOWA student account (UBILL) will then be charged $50 by the HawkShop, unless you opt out prior to the last add date of the semester. Specific opt out information will be provided in the syllabus.

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History and variety of American identities, examined through citizenship, culture, social stratification; conflict and commonalities among groups according to race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality; how art, literature, music, film, photography, and other cultural artifacts represent diversity of identities. Diversity and Inclusion
Examination of historical populace roots of the print.

As a historically populist medium, printmaking has a long tradition of social critique, Printmaking and The Politics of Protest and Representation is an extremely student-centered and interactive course. The course combines scholarship, research, experiential and active learning components. Most classes are devoted partially to print demonstrations, small workshop group discussions that follow-up on short readings and writing assignments outside of class, or provide ideation meetings and in-progress feedback for print projects. Students actively participate in their own learning through prompts given for short writings and then the opportunity to first discuss in small groups prior to discussing with the entire class. Students will create zines, stencils and linoleum cut prints. A sense of community is at the heart of every printmaking class. Students must work in the studios during and outside of class, which not only fosters community within the course but throughout the entire Print Area.

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Science fiction from around the world; spanning poetry, fiction, drama, film, television, comics, mobile phone games, and music; produced on six continents. Taught in English.

Science Fiction is a genre produced in diverse guises from diverse viewpoints. Not only does it have origins and precedents in multiple places and several languages, it also deals with questions relevant to the entirety of humankind: the role of technology in our lives and on our physical or mental capacities; the geographically uneven impact of human beings on the earth and environment; the desire for, limits to, and human consequences of exploration and conquest; the ideal society; the boundaries between the human and non-human; and the shape of the future (including the recycled past). While Science Fiction is characterized by these overarching themes that transcend the particularity of individual cultures and nations, it is equally characterized by the plurality of approaches to these questions, inflected by the distinct artistic traditions where Science Fiction emerges, and by the distinct media in which it has found expression. In this course, we will study works of Science Fiction in media and genres spanning poetry, fiction, drama, film, television, comics, mobile phone games, and music, produced on six continents.

The key questions we will explore include:

• How does SF represent diversity? How do we account for the diversity of SF traditions?
• How does SF represent inequality? On what in our current world or its history are these representations based?
• How is the concept of the “alien” linked to the concept of the “foreigner,” the “queer,” the “racially other,” etc.? How does it help us understand and challenge assumptions around these categories?
• How does SF represent and respond to colonialization and conquest?
• How does SF portray class and caste? How do these portrayals map onto or critique real-world class and caste systems in our present?
• How does SF challenge the boundaries of the human? What lessons does this hold for how we conceive of dis/ability, neurodiversity, and accessibility?

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Experiential and theoretical foundation; cultural competence as a concept and practice; conceptual frameworks and models for understanding cultural differences and similarities within, among, and between groups of people with whom others interact in their professional, personal, public, and private lives; appreciating differences while learning to be self-reflective; adjustment of perceptions, behaviors, styles for effective interaction with people from different ethnic, racial, sexual, gender, age, ability, and class groups. Diversity and Inclusion
Introduction to key issues and debates regarding the representation of gender, race, and sexuality in cinema.

This course (General Education – Diversity and Inclusion) provides students with an introduction to representations of racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual diversity across American film and television of the 20th and 21st centuries. We’ll consider questions of identity as they have and continue to intersect with representations of, and issues related to, race, ethnicity, femininity, masculinity, heteronormativity, and LGBTQ+ identities throughout American screen history. We’ll also examine the roles of intersecting systems of oppression (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.), feminist activism, and contemporary LGBTQ+ cultures on screen.

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Examination and analysis of the role of the Bible in contemporary culture; how different groups can read the exact same passages, yet reach different conclusions about how they and others should live.

Even in a country in which the Separation of Church and State is a stated goal, it is impossible to completely separate the two. People frequently base their decisions and opinions upon their religious beliefs. However, the debate over exactly how the Bible should influence our culture and laws is not just one between Christian Believers and Atheists. On the contrary, many Christians disagree over exactly how the Bible should be interpreted and applied in any given case. This course will introduce students to the variety of biblical stances presented on major issues influencing our country and help them better understand how so many different positions can be based upon the Bible.

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What makes popular music important for people; music's power to change culture; production, distribution, reception of popular music in cultural and historical contexts. Diversity and Inclusion
What is the relationship between Beyoncé, Jesse Owens, and Thích Quang Duc?—Protest! Each of these cultural figures put their body on the line using protest as performance to challenge power structures, address social equity, and influence social change; students examine historical and contemporary issues of power, identity, and inclusion, situating protest and dissent as key parts of civic engagement through study of music and performance videos, readings, blogs and other media; students are asked to place themselves in a historical continuum where intersections of class, race, gender, and sexuality are considered.

What is the relationship between Simone Biles, Lil Nas X, Britney Spears and  Thich Quang Duc?.....Protest! Each of these cultural figures put their bodies on the line, using protest as performance to challenge power structures, address social equity, and influence social change. This class will examine historical and contemporary issues of power, identity, and inclusion, situating protest and dissent as key parts of civic engagement through the study of embodied acts, performance videos, readings, blogs, and other media. Throughout the class, you will be asked to place yourself in a historical continuum where intersections of class, race, gender, and sexuality are considered. No Formal Dance training is required for this course.

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Introduction and overview of important topics and discussions that pertain to the experience of being disabled; contrast between medical and social models of disability; focus on how disability has been constructed historically, socially, and politically in an effort to distinguish myth and stigma from reality; perspective that disability is part of human experience and touches everyone; interdisciplinary with many academic areas that offer narratives about experience of disability.

One or more sections may be assigned to a TILE classroom.

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Exploration of human experiences of dis/ability and exclusion/inclusion. Taught in English.

Exploration of human experiences of dis/ability and exclusion/inclusion as represented in recent international film and popular writing from Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East; how these experiences contribute to and reflect awareness of the challenges of disabilities as well as public policy; strategies that filmmakers and authors deploy to contain, complicate, and challenge cultural preconceptions of the disabled body; how disability intersects with other major identity categories (i.e., sexuality, nationality, race); tools for researching history, policy, and activism. Taught in English.

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Students with disabilities, gifted and talented; strategies for effective treatment, collaboration between regular and special education teachers; remediation of academic, behavioral, social problems.

Strategies for effective treatment for students with disabilities, collaboration among general education and special education teachers; remediation of academic, behavioral, social issues.

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Overview of the liberal arts experience in higher education; theories of student success, socialization, and development; history of American liberal education; issues of diversity, equity, and social justice including privileged and marginalized identities, structural oppression, racism, classicism, sexism, abelism, and genderism; organizational structures of higher education. Diversity and Inclusion
Introduction to feminist interdisciplinary study of women's lives, with emphasis on race, class, sexual orientation; work, family, culture, political and social change.

What is gender?  What is sexuality?  Why does studying them matter?  This course helps you answer these questions by focusing on the specific ways our daily lives are shaped by gender and sexuality. We will discuss gender and sexuality at the intersections of race and class as well.  These socially and historically constructed categories of analysis exist together and affect each other.  Our lectures and discussion sections will ask you to think critically about gender and sexuality and about the consequences that our assumptions about them have on our daily lives.  We will discuss personal issues—such as body image and sexuality—as well as public and political issues – such as the wage gap, reproductive justice, sexual assault and harassment.  Additionally, we will evaluate and rigorously analyze writing, research, and popular representations of gender and sexuality.  You need no prior familiarity with conversations about gender or sexuality or feminism—just an interest in exploring some of the most powerful issues that shape and affect our daily lives.    

Course assignments will include a midterm and take-home essay final exam, a short paper that allows students to reflect on how course themes and identities are experienced in daily lives, as well as in-class activities in discussion sections.


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Introduction to principles and theories of social justice; students examine the history of influential social movements in the United States and the world in the last century; how intersectionality can create tensions between and among members of social movements; how race, class, gender, age, geography, and our bodies play a role in the application of theories of social justice.

Introduction to Social Justice will focus on the contested notions of justice, human rights, and equality. We will look specifically at particular issues related to race, class, health, policing, immigration, prison, poverty, and the environment, using a social justice lens to explore and critique structural and systemic institutions that disadvantage marginalized and or silenced populations. Our focus will be primarily domestic, but we will look at some issues such as health and poverty transnationally. We will read, watch, and explore the works of theorists, writers, activists, and artists who have spent time working against inequality, disparity, and discrimination.

This class will include one collaborative research project, and short quizzes after each subject. I will also require students to actively participate in discussions, complete readings/assignments, and post to discussion forums on ICON.

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Examination of the importance of ethnic and cultural factors for community health practice; essential theories, models, and practices for working with race, ethnicity, gender, and social issues; topics may include demographics, disparities, complementary and alternative medicine, spiritually grounded approaches, multicultural populations, communication, workforce, aging, sexual orientation, and future challenges. Diversity and Inclusion
How did diversity affect past societies? How does history help us to understand diversity today? Introduction to thinking about diversity and inclusion; topics vary.

How did diversity affect past societies? How does history help us to understand diversity today? Introduction to thinking about diversity and inclusion; topics vary.

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Introduction to field of Latina/o/x studies through interdisciplinary readings from literature, history, sociology, political science, urban studies, and anthropology; commonalities and differences among long-standing Latina/o/x populations (i.e., Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans); challenges faced by newer arrivals (i.e., Dominican Americans, Salvadoran Americans, Guatemalan Americans, Central and South American immigrants). Taught in English.

Taught in English. First-year friendly!

This course does not presume previous coursework in Latina/o/x Studies on the part of students enrolled, and it is appropriate for all UI undergraduate students who are interested in learning about Latina/o/x Studies.

This introductory course will take an interdisciplinary approach to a broad array of fields of inquiry related to Latina/o/x people including history, race/ethnic/gender studies, literature, film, music, politics, economics, education, health policy, etc. Our course will also study and reflect on the multiplicity of national, cultural, and ethnic groups encompassed under the larger pan-ethnic rubric of “Latino/a/x” or Latinidad such as Mexican Americans, Chican/o/x, Puerto Ricans, Dominican Americans, Afro-Latina/o/x, Cuban Americans, and other groups from Central and South America. The latter part of the course will focus on the experiences of Latina/o/x people in the Midwest in both urban and rural areas. This course seeks to incite students’ curiosity and creativity not only in relation to Latina/o/x studies but also in relation to their own ethnic, cultural, or individual identities.

 Class will consist of topic- and sources-centered discussions led by students, short writing assignments, an identity formation paper, and a final project, consisting of creative and analytical pieces related to one academic or non-academic field within Latina/o/x students selected by each student.

This course is the foundational course for the Latina/o/x Studies minor.  See the Latina/o/x Studies website for more information about the minor.


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Current events that introduce students to political and cultural developments throughout the world.

This introductory level course will use current events to introduce students to political and cultural developments throughout the world. We will read international newspapers and magazines, watch television programs, and listen to podcasts, and will then employ an interdisciplinary approach to help us understand the historical background of current events and their contemporary meaning(s) in global context. In addition to political events, we will highlight sociocultural and artistic themes that connect different parts of the world, for example the politics of popular music, film, or foodways.

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Exploration of Italian American presence in the U.S. by investigating historical background, multifaceted reality, heritage, and contribution to national culture; examination of Italian American ethnicity as portrayed in American literature, film, and television through an interdisciplinary approach; analysis of how Italian American writers and filmmakers have represented their community and contributed to shape their own cultural identity. Taught in English.

Between 1870 and 1920 more than four million Italians immigrated to the United States and became the largest non-native group in the country. In a multicultural society, the turn-of-the-century immigrants and their descendants pursued assimilation while maintaining customs and traditions that contributed to construct a new identity. This course will explore the Italian American presence in the United States by investigating its historical background, its multifaceted reality, its heritage, and its contribution to national culture. Through an interdisciplinary approach, students will examine Italian American ethnicity as portrayed in American literature, film, and television. In particular, they will analyze how Italian American writers and filmmakers have represented their community and have contributed to shape their own cultural identity. Moving from commonplace images to a more complex picture, this course will focus on the Italian American example to discuss the issues of immigration, ethnic exclusion/inclusion, assimilation, acculturation, and cultural complexity. Requirements include class attendance and participation, writing exercises, a creative project, a midterm and a final exam.

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The boundaries of community can be set in many ways—by geography, age, ability, race, ethnicity, and more—or by intersection of several of these factors; students engage deeply with media representations of different types of communities, discuss basic concepts of identity and community, and explore some of the major fault lines, biases, and privileges in contemporary life; students critique common stereotypes that often show up in media coverage of marginalized communities to better practice storytelling across difference, focusing on how stories from communities that are underrepresented or misrepresented by media can be amplified. Diversity and Inclusion
Philosophy, history, political science, and legal studies blended into a semester-long meditation on the meaning of freedom of expression, especially in the United States, and specifically on the U.S. Supreme Court; special attention given to the way in which freedom of expression enters into societal debates about benefits and challenges of diversity, and whether and how to rectify structural relationships of inequality; as students learn the history and tradition of how Americans have understood this concept, they reflect on their own perspectives and engage with others who may have different ideas from their own.

This course blends philosophy, history, political science, and legal studies into a semester-long meditation on the meaning of the freedom of expression, especially in the United States, but also globally. It pays special attention to the forms of reasoning about free expression developed by the U.S. Supreme Court during the 20th and 21st centuries. However, the primary theme of the course is the transition from a traditional, conservative society in the 19th century to a modern liberal one in the twentieth, and the consequences of this transition for how Americans understand the freedom of expression. Part and parcel of this transition has been a greater interest in the protection of individual rights, but also more consideration for social and cultural difference, especially racial and ethnic difference, but economic, religious, and other forms of difference as well. Thus, while the course covers basic areas of free expression law, including prior restraint, libel, obscenity and time-place-manner restrictions, commercial speech and hate speech, it does so in an expansive way.

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Pretend that you are making a phone call to ask about ordering a textbook and the person who answers is a stranger to you; you will immediately start to form opinions about that person (and about any other talkers you interact with) based upon the way they speak—where they are from, whether they are a native speaker of English, and even how well educated they are—and whether you are aware or not, these opinions and impressions you have will influence your interaction with that person and are based in language ideologies that all people have regarding how others sound; students explore common language ideologies and reflect upon their own. Taught in English.

Pretend that you are making a phone call to ask about ordering a textbook and the person who answers is a stranger to you, yet you immediately start to form opinions about any other speaker based upon the way they speak— where they are from, whether they are a native speaker of English, and even how well-educated they are. Whether you are aware or not, these opinions and impressions you have will influence your interaction with that person and are based in language attitudes that all people have regarding how others sound. In this course we will explore how these attitudes arise and how to question our own attitudes. 


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Exploration of the wide diversity of cultures and individuals who have contributed to mathematical sciences; experiences and cultural messages that have shaped our own mathematical attitudes; numerous mathematical contributions of women, people of color, and members of other underrepresented groups—their accomplishments, challenges they faced, and factors that led to their success; revisiting and revising our own attitudes toward mathematics in light of what is read to incorporate a larger vision of mathematics and of people who do mathematical work. Diversity and Inclusion
Politics in news, culture, commerce, campaigns, and government with attention to current media (e.g., cinema, internet, print, television).

How is viral media changing politics and news? With digital media, the public’s demand for around the clock real-time news has skyrocketed. Over the past twenty years newsroom staff has declined by nearly 40% according to Pew, but there has been a dramatic increase in how much is written about leading candidates and political celebrities. In 2016, Donald Trump received about $2 billion of free media coverage, almost three times as much as received by Hillary Clinton. President Trump’s Twitter campaigning generates coverage from traditional journalists and digital-only media outlets and then is consumed by readers online, who want streaming news around-the clock, and television viewers. There is blurring of digital and traditional media and a feedback loop between the two.

This course is about the media and politics. Scholars and the public agree that a free and healthy press is an essential condition of democratic politics, yet both now express doubt as to whether the press is satisfying this requirement. This course surveys the media, including norms and trends of media coverage, with an eye toward asking whether the media is able to fulfill this function.

This course also extends this discussion of media and politics to understand how political information flows online, investigating how members of the mass public talk about politics online as well as efforts by politicians and parties to organize and campaign online. We will investigate whether social media bridges the gaps in traditional media coverage, whether online platforms promote extremism, whether being a celebrity on the internet translates into political relevance, and more.

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Introduction to issues of class and economic inequality in the U.S. and other countries; what class and economic inequality are, debates surrounding these definitions, and attempts to measure both of these concepts; research and arguments on economic and political explanations of economic inequality; different policies aimed at reducing economic inequality and debates over them.

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Introduction to the complex relationship between religion and politics; examination of historical and contemporary effect of religion on a wide range of areas (e.g., political culture, political parties, political behavior, public policy); consideration of important policy debates (e.g., role of religion in public life, religious discrimination, various social issues).

Too often the role of religion in politics is ignored and yet religion plays an important role in the lives of the majority of Americans. Not only is religion important to the majority of Americans, but in many cases it can influence and shape the political behavior of individuals and have a substantial impact on the policies of America. This course will introduce students to this complex relationship between religion and politics by examining the historical and contemporary effect of religion on a wide range of areas, such as: political culture, political parties, political behavior, and public policy. The course will also consider important policy debates, such as the role of religion in public life, religious discrimination, and various social issues.

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Development of practical skills in engaging religious diversity for workplace success through case studies; strengths of character that dispose a person to think open mindedly and critically about the impact of religion; practical knowledge of the impact religions have on perceptions and choices of business leaders, investors, customers, and coworkers; personal understanding of importance that respect, care, and trust have in facilitating effective communication and building good working relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds; development of keen appreciation that religions are internally diverse, dynamic, and culturally embedded.


This course is intended for students who may be interested in business careers, especially in entrepreneurship and leadership. Its aim is to facilitate business success by helping students to acquire practical skills in engaging religious diversity in the workplace.  Through the analysis of real-life case studies, focused inquiry into influential religions, and guided ethical discussion, the course helps students to understand the impact that religions have on the perceptions and choices of business leaders, investors, co-workers, and customers, as well as the principles and operations of successful organizations. This is an asynchronous, online course that fits well into tight schedules.

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Impacts of Islam and Islamic institutions on economic, religious, and political systems that produce wealth, use natural and human resources, design financial institutions, and structure business organizations.

More information on Prof. Souaiaia's website 
In this course, using Islam and Islamic institutions as case studies, students will explore how people, individually and collectively, domestically and globally, organize different aspects of production and distribution of goods and services for current and future use--given the resources at hand and the determinant value systems to which societies adhere.

Learning Objectives:
As a course that is approved for CLAS GE--Diversity and Inclusion, it emphasizes the conceptual and practical interventions of religious, societal, and state institutions in expanding and/or limiting opportunity, access, and the sharing of resources among members of individual communities and across the world. The course will help students develop understanding and appreciation of religious and cultural diversity that shape economic behavior, social hierarchies, and the forces that produce inequity, poverty, and extreme wealth. The course will provide students with vocabulary, knowledge, and sensitivity to help them navigate a connected world; become more competent in performing their job in a diverse workforce and in complex marketplace; and develop communication strategies that avoid blind spots, negative biases, and discrimination.

Online course; all activities, including exams, will be managed online.

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Emergence and distribution of selected social problems; alternative solutions; may include population, inequality, female-male relationships, racism, crime.

This introductory course will use a sociological perspective to examine a few contemporary social problems in the United States. We will begin by investigating how sociologists define social problems. We will then learn about the methods sociologists use to study social problems with a particular focus on how to evaluate statistics about social problems presented by the media, politicians, and activists. In the remainder of the semester we will cover specific social problems, including poverty, racism, gender inequality, family problems, education, and crime, in detail. The lectures, discussions, assignments, and group exercises are designed so that you will understand what a sociological perspective is and be able to apply that perspective to the social problems we cover; gain a greater understanding of each of the social problems we cover and be able to explain causes and consequences of those problems; understand the methods social scientists use to further knowledge about social problems; improve skills that are fundamental to college education including: “numerical literacy” and the ability to think critically about statistics, reading tables, evaluating arguments, pulling together evidence to support a position, and writing with clarity. 

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Issues related to Spanish in the United States; aspects of linguistics and sociolinguistics inherent to the existence and proliferation of Spanish in the United States. Taught in English.

This fully online course examines historical and sociolinguistic aspects of Spanish in the U.S. Students learn through readings, essays, videos, discussions and an independent research project about the demographic and linguistic varieties of Spanish spoken in this country. 

The course focuses on the dynamics of immigration, language choice, language policies, bilingualism and bilingual education, the myths about Spanglish and the social and identity aspects of speaking Spanish in the United States. 

Students will identify language internal traits in various Spanish dialects, and address extra-linguistic factors (race, gender, economic level, education, nationality and age,) and how language use is affected by these demographic characteristics. Taught in English. 

The required textbook is available through online access with the University of Iowa Library. Varieties of Spanish in the United States (1st Edition) Author: Lipski, John M. ISBN-13: 9781589012134 Pub Date: 2008. Publisher: Georgetown University Press 


This course has online proctored exams, all of which will be administered via Proctorio, an online proctoring service.  

Generally, students will need: 

  • a computer with 2 GB of free RAM 
  • a reliable internet connection 
  • a webcam capable of scanning the testing environment 
  • a working microphone 
  • a quiet, private location 
  • the Google Chrome browser with the Proctorio extension installed 

This section is offered through Distance and Online Education . Visit our Courses page to learn more about Distance and Online Education courses at the UI. Contact 319-335-2575 or for assistance.

This course is divided into online modules; you will complete the assignments for each module on your own by the due date.

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Students read and analyze the works of a diverse range of American and international playwrights and documentarians; fundamental skills of reading, hearing, imagining, and writing for local and global stages; emphasis on a broad range of voices, styles, and stories. Diversity and Inclusion

Contexts and functions of translation in the age of globalization; how translations are produced, received, and utilized in various contexts; effects of globalization on ethics, aesthetics, and politics of translation; how we understand cultures when they are received or transmitted through translation; effects of these exchanges on the English language.

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Service-learning course offered in coordination with Iowa Youth Writing Project (IYWP); students create lesson plans, lead creative writing workshops in area schools and after-school programs, and collaborate to publish a final chapbook of writing from their teaching sites; assigned readings on creative writing pedagogy, teaching life, community outreach, social justice; relationships between self and community enhance interdisciplinary perspectives; weekly written reflections on teaching experiences featured on IYWP blog.

How can language serve to empower an individual or community? What are the connections between literacy and social justice? In this course, you will put language into action to build communities, inspire young thinkers, and ultimately act as mentors and advocates for K-12 youth in Iowa City. With a team of your peers, you will create lesson plans and put them into action each week as the leader of an in-person or virtual (depending on public health circumstances) writing workshop for K-12 youth. You will write brief "field notes" from your teaching sessions that address your growth as a student mentor, and you will create a final chapbook of student work. Our class time will serve as a weekly reflection on your teaching experience through group discussions, writing exercises, and engagement with pedagogical and literary texts. We will consider what it means to be a community builder and how a student can most effectively and thoughtfully connect with youth of diverse backgrounds. Special emphasis will be placed on real-world engagement, equity and inclusion, collaborative learning and leading, sharpening social awareness, and honing practical writing/communication skills. You will have to undergo a routine background check before working with children. This course counts as an elective for the Nonprofit Management Certificate and for the Writing Certificate. Students interested in counting this course toward their experiential learning requirement for University Honors should enroll in the Honors-designated section. Students must be available for a weekly one-hour volunteer commitment outside the course meeting times. In the event of a public health risk, volunteer opportunities may be moved online at any time. Students volunteering in K-12 schools will be required to comply with district-wide public safety protocol while in school buildings.

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