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POL 255-2. Topic: Human Rights and the Holocaust in Europe
(Social Science) YAMANISHI

POL 351-5. Advanced Topic: Political Parties and Organized Interests
Political parties appear in one form or another in virtually every aspect of American
politics and some argue that democracy could not exist without parties. Why do people
join groups such as parties or special interests and how do those decisions shape the
political world we know? This course examines the role of parties and interest groups in
American politics. In this class we will look at party formation, party processes, party
machines, pressure groups, and party identification in the electorate and how each of
these aspects shape the political process, political outcomes, and public policy. (Social



PSY 243-1. Psychological Insights: Environmental Problems (FYS)
Human behavior is at the root of almost all environmental problems: We drive gas
guzzling cars (contributing to both global warming and depletion of natural resources),
produce tons of refuse, deplete water resources (build golf courses in the desert). This
course explores facets of psychology that can help explain why we act as we do and how
we might change behavior toward greater sustainability. We review some basic
psychological principles as they apply to the environment: What are the thinking
processes that lead some people to accept and others to reject concepts like global
warming? How do people develop their basic value systems, and how do things like
emotions and culture impact this? Even when people want to change their behaviors,
what are the barriers that make change difficult? Course includes an analysis and

application of these principles to a local issue. (FYS) GANZEL

PSY 244-4. Human Aggression & Violence (W)
This course will examine recent efforts to integrate explanations of human aggression
and violence across several disciplines. Students will consider the interplay between
social learning, neural, endocrine, and evolutionary explanations of aggression by
individuals in their social environment. Topics are likely to include interpersonal and
online aggression, workplace violence, aggression within competitive situations,
video/computer game violence, and war. In addition to analyzing both primary and
secondary sources, special attention will be given the depiction of violence across several
different forms of mass media. Because this is a writing course, a significant amount of
time will be spent on the writing process, with a focus on revision. Not open to students
who have completed their writing course (W) requirement. DRAGON (Writing
Requirement (W))

PSY 256-2. Topic: Culture and Contemporary Issues in Japan
This off-campus course, taught in Japan, examines the interconnections between
Japanese cultural traditions and contemporary issues. Cultural ideologies, social
practices, and public policies related to gender, race/ethnicity, and human rights will be
emphasized. Specific topics may include: gender roles; work and family life; intimate
relationships; interpersonal violence; birthrate and aging concerns; youth culture and
the current challenges faced by young adults; national identity; race/ethnicity,
immigration and human rights; historical preservation and urban development; and the

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