This is a synchronous online course for beginners in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It will introduce the student to the speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the standard means of communication in the Arab World. The course is proficiency-based, implying that all activities within the course are aimed at placing the learner in the context of the native-speaking environment from the very beginning. We anticipate that by the end of this course students will range in proficiency from Novice High to Intermediate Low on the ACTFL scale which means from 'incipient survival' to 'full' survival' in the native-speaking environment. The course will be offered using animation and several virtual modes of discussion. It involves a full interaction between students and the instructor, creating a real class setting specifically by utilizing chat rooms and/or text based virtual reality environments and other applications. Students will be able at the end of this course to introduce themselves, express feelings, emotions and basic needs.
This course is a continuation of ARAB 031 (Beginner Arabic). This is a synchronous class that is designed for students who have had some exposure to Arabic through an academic institution, through living for a period of time in an Arab country, through private tutoring in the language, or by completing Arabic 031. It will be offered using animation and several virtual modes of discussion. This course involves full interaction between students and the instructor, creating a real class setting specifically by utilizing chat rooms and/or text based virtual reality environments through Adobe Acrobat and other applications. The speaking and writing assignments are more varied and more demanding than the assignments for Arabic 031. Text books: 1) Al-Kitaab fii Taʿallum al-ʿArabiyya : A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part I, Third Edition, by Brustad, Al-Batal & Al-Tonsi, Georgetown University Press, 2011.
2) The Hans-Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, Spoken Languages Services.
The course is designed for students and working professionals who have no
prior exposure to Chinese, and are interested in conducting business in China.
The objective of this course is to build a solid foundation of basic Chinese
in the business context, with a main focus on speaking and listening. Upon
Completion students are expected to be able to converse and interact with
people in a variety of business settings. Topics in the course units include
meeting people, talking about family, introducing companies, making inquiries
and appointments, visiting company, introducing products, initiating dining
invitations and practicing dining etiquette. The course is offered online.
Myths are traditional stories that have endured many years. Some of them have to do with events of great importance, such as the founding of a nation. Others tell the stories of great heroes and heroines and their exploits and courage over adversity. Still others are simple tales about otherwise unremarkable people who get into trouble or do some great deed. What are we to make of all these tales, and why do people seem to like to hear them? This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as a contemporary American ones, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations. We will also pay some attention to the way the Greeks and Romans themselves understood their own myths. Are myths subtle codes that contain some universal truth? Are they a window on the deep recesses of a particular culture? Are they entertaining stories that people like to tell over and over? Are they a set of blinders that all of us wear, though we do not realize it? Investigate these questions through a variety of topics creation of the universe between gods and mortals, religion and family, sex, love, madness, and death.
This summer class has two online virtual sessions each week (MW 5:30-7pm Eastern Time), along with offline course work and discussion in the Arts & Sciences Learning Commons course site.
This course seeks to trace the evolving relationship between new media and the political process from three perspectives: the voter, political campaigns and candidates, and the news media. The course begins with a broad overview of the main theories of political communication and U.S. political campaigns leading up to 1996, the year the internet debuted in a presidential campaign. It will then follow this evolution from the 1996 presidential campaign through the 2012 presidential campaign. In addition, the course will examine issues of new media and activism with emphasis on the so-called Twitter and Facebook revolutions, including the Occupy Wall Street movement.
This seminar focuses on the political, social and cultural history of the Chinese region from the Stone Age to the 20th century. Readings will consist of primary and secondary sources, including influential modern studies of Chinese history and civilization. All course materials are in English and no knowledge of Chinese is presumed.
Americans believe strongly in their rich heritage of dissent, believing that both their nation’s foundation and their nation’s continued strength arises out of the freedom Americans have to speak truth to power. Students in this course will read foundational American texts, such as Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, as well as lesser known texts such as Rebecca Harding Davis’s “Life in the Iron Mills” and Richard Wright’s “Bright and Morning Star.” Throughout students will be asked to hone their writing and critical reading skills while viewing texts both as literature and as historical and sociological documents.
This online class includes weekly virtual sessions on the web (Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm Eastern Time). Class members will also have the opportunity to meet the professor and each other live on-campus in Philadelphia, for the first and last class! Live classes will be recorded for those unable to attend.
Historical consumption of materials and land resources has resulted in increasing per capita waste and greenhouse gas emissions. This course will explore opportunities to address the challenges of climate change through sustainable closed-loop approaches for materials and land. Alternative views of the drivers of climate changing greenhouse gases and the relative contributions of various sectors of the U.S. economy will be presented. The implications of climate change, economic costs of climate change mitigation and adaptation, rising energy prices, land use, and waste management issues will be discussed. The course will identify policy needs at all levels (international, national, state, and local) as well as practical solutions for greenhouse gas reductions. The course will explore in depth local policies and actions (e.g., recycling efforts and land use planning) that complement national and international efforts (e.g., cap and trade system and carbon tax).
This is an online course. Review and applications of selected methods from differential equations, advanced engineering mathematics and geostatistics to problems encountered in geology, engineering geology, geophysics and hydrology.
This online course offers students flexibility and efficiency in a demanding academic setting. It is designed for the beginning student with no previous knowledge of German. Through innovative online collaborative instruction and mentoring, the course focuses on the development of language competence in the three modes of communication (interpersonal, presentational and interpretive). Weekly sessions combine authentic content from Deutsche Welle for self-learning and materials designed by the instructor in a learning management system. The online distance-learning tool Adobe Connect facilitates the synchronous part of the course, thereby engaging students in collaborative online written and verbal conversation monitored by the instructor. Students interact in simple conversations about familiar things and develop basic strategies for both face-to-face situations and online settings. The rich cultural resources available online complement instruction and offer students the opportunity to learn about the German-speaking world.
Building upon the innovative online collaborative instruction, learning, and mentoring in GRMN 101, this online course is designed to strengthen and deepen students’ language competence in the three modes of communication (interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive). Through the authentic visual, audio, and textual content from Deutsche Welle for self-learning, and materials prepared by the instructor, students express a variety of day-to-day needs and engage in conversations about topics pertinent to them. The city of Berlin stands at the center of the course and students will become familiar with the Arts, media, and current social topics. The online distance-learning tool Adobe Connect facilitates the synchronous part of the course, thereby engaging students in collaborative online written and verbal conversation monitored by the instructor. Online office hours and individual interviews with the instructor will complete the online assessment.
In this course, rather than simply debating changes in sexual practices over time, we will discuss the ways in which different Western societies in the past and present constructed sexual norms and understood normality and deviance in sexual terms. We will focus special attention on the following questions: To what extent are sexual identities constructed by different cultures, rather than simply being determined biologically? What influence do social, economic, and political conditions have on social constructions of sexuality? How have different societies used sexual norms to mark “natural” practices from “deviant” ones, and how are these norms connected to societies' power structures? We will explore case studies from Classical Greece through the contemporary United States. Our readings will explore topics such as intersections among the body, gender, sexuality, and science; change and continuity in same-sex relationships from classical Greece to medieval and early modern Europe to the contemporary United States; expectations for sexuality and reproduction within and outside marriage; hermaphrodites, vibrators, and the creation of sexual norms; Jack the Ripper and the tensions of urban life in late nineteenth-century London; culture wars and debates on sex education; and sexual revolutions, among others. Students will be expected to participate actively in class discussions and threaded discussions; to develop discussion questions and lead two class discussions; and to complete two short response papers and a longer review essay.
This online class is a review of the basic algebra and trigonometry required by students who plan to take calculus. Topics include basic algebraic operations, linear and quadratic equations and functions, polynomial functions, mathematical induction, the binomial theorem, exponential and logarithmic functions, complex numbers and includes a treatment of plane trigonometry. MATH 101 937 is a half-credit course.
Brief review of High School calculus, applications of integrals, transcendental functions, methods of integration, infinite series, Taylor's theorem. Use of symbolic manipulation and graphics software in calculus.
Functions of several variables, vector-valued functions, partial derivatives and applications, double and triple integrals, conic sections, polar coordinates, vectors and analytic geometry, first and second order ordinary differential equations. Applications to physical sciences. Use of symbolic manipulation and graphics software in calculus.
This course examines how we as consumers in the "Western" world engage with musical difference largely through the products of the global entertainment industry. We examine music cultures in contact in a variety of ways-- particularly as traditions in transformation. Students gain an understanding of traditional music as live, meaningful person-to-person music making, by examining the music in its original site of production, and then considering its transformation once it is removed, and recontextualized in a variety of ways. The purpose of the course is to enable students to become informed and critical consumers of "World Music" by telling a series of stories about particular recordings made with, or using the music of, peoples culturally and geographically distant from the U.S. Students come to understand that not all music downloads containing music from unfamiliar places are the same, and that particular recordings may be embedded in intriguing and controversial narratives of production and consumption. At the very least, students should emerge from the class with a clear understanding that the production, distribution, and consumption of world music is rarely a neutral process.
African Contemporary Music: North, South, East, and West. Come to know contemporary Africa through the sounds of its music: from South African kwela, jazz, marabi, and kwaito to Zimbabwean chimurenga; Central African soukous and pygmy pop; West African fuji, and North African rai and hophop. Through reading and listening to live performance, audio and video recordings, we will examine the music of Africa and its intersections with politics, history, gender, and religion in the colonial and post-colonial era.
The course begins with four two-hour online classes that provide an overview of South African music, dance, and theater beginning two weeks before the festival. Students will be expected to post to blogs and discussion forums about course materials audio, video, and readings-- provided online prior to leaving for South Africa.These blogs and discussion materials will be fully integrated into the online lectures.The Grahamstown Festival includes a wide range of events: we will focus on South African jazz, gospel, and art music, with some discussion of dance and theater. All students will be required to post daily to blogs and discussion forums while at the Festival. The class will conclude with two days of discussion, synthesis, and a final essay.
This course is designed for students with little or no previous
knowledge of the Polish language. The class will meet through Adobe
Connect. In the online environment, students will interact with each
other and the instructor by engaging in listening, speaking and
writing activities. Students will also participate in diverse
activities outside of the online classroom and communicate with the
instructor through Blackboard. During the semester, students will
learn proper pronunciation, build a good grammar foundation and
develop their vocabulary based on every-day life situations. While
working on authentic materials, which reflect contemporary Poland,
students will develop and enhance their listening, speaking, reading,
and writing skills. They will develop their communicative competence
and acquire cultural knowledge.
This critical writing seminar will focus on the recent history and cultural impact of advertising, exploring issues of power and identity in the advertising age. Readings will include case studies and selected essays, as well as advertising materials and texts from popular culture. This seminar will build upon the rhetorical strategies introduced part one of the LPS Critical Writing sequence and is structured around developing a sound and successful research writing process. This process will increase your ability to excel in future Penn classes at Penn, and practices skills important to a wide range of professional writing tasks. You will complete several short exercises and contribute regularly to a course blog. As a final project, you will write an involved research paper stemming from an issue presented in course text. This final research project, as well as other required materials, will be submitted as a final portfolio at the end of the semester. Please note: This is a hybrid on-campus/online course. The second half is conducted online in real time, so do check the time zone if you are going to be spending the second six weeks out of country. Also be sure to have a reliable computer, headset, and wired connection (wireless isn’t reliable). If you are going to be on campus for the second half of the session, you may use the equipment in Penn’s Multimedia Services Lab. (Part II of 2-part Writing Requirement for LPS BA candidates. Must have completed a Part I course to enroll.)