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2017 Course Listing

Yale Summer Online offers courses with a variety of subjects, distributional requirements, and class times to fit students' academic needs. This year, eleven courses are offered in the evening providing additional academic opportunity for students in the summer.  

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Date: Session A:
May 29 - June 30, 2017

Session B:
July 3 - August 4, 2017

Abnormal Psychology

Jutta Joormann

Study of the major forms of psychopathology that appear in childhood and adult life. Topics include the symptoms of mental disorders; the etiology of disorders from a variety of perspectives (psychological, biological, and sociocultural); and issues pertaining to diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisite: PSYC 110 or equivalent. 1 Credit.

Archaeoastronomy

Michael Faison

An introduction to how celestial patterns and events were observed and interpreted up to the Copernican revolution. Ancient observatories, calendar systems, records of astronomical events, and the role of astronomical knowledge in culture. Exercises in naked-eye observation of the sky. 1 Credit.

Autism and Related Disorders

Fred Volkmar and James McPartland

Survey of current understandings and treatment of autism from infancy through adulthood. Topics include etiology, diagnosis and assessment, treatment and advocacy, and social neuroscience methods. Focus on ways in which research findings are integrated into diagnosis and treatment practices. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit. Audit option. Syllabus

Brains of Genius: Mozart and Friends

Craig Wright

The changing meaning of the term "genius" from ancient Greece to the present. The nature of genius examined through the lives and working methods of exceptional individuals, including Mozart, da Vinci, Newton, Picasso, and Joyce. Topics such as nature vs. nurture, prodigy, concentration, memory, and exceptional processing skills explored to define and establish markers for genius. Recent developments in neurobiology that may elucidate why some individuals possess extraordinary mental and artistic abilities. 1 Credit. Audit option.

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Causes and Consequences of Corruption

Bonnie Palifka

Corruption, a manifestation of the principal-agent problem, is an obstacle to economic efficiency. Corruption occurs where fundamental institutions are weak or poorly designed, while situation-specific incentives make corruption tempting, and personal ethics are malleable. This course examines the economic, cultural, and political causes and consequences of corruption; cross-country comparisons of corruption levels; and examples of successful reforms and policies to combat corruption in bureaucracy and business. This summer, the textbook and the course materials have been updated. For college students and beyond. Prerequisite: ECON , 110, or 115, or equivalent. 1 Credit.

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Econometrics and Data Analysis I

Douglas McKee

Basic probability theory, statistics, and linear regression. Methods of evaluating quantitative information; the use of data to answer quantitative questions in the social sciences. After introductory microeconomics and MATH 112 or equivalent. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit. Offered in both Session A (CRN 30041) and Session B (CRN 30042).

Electronic Dance Music: Fundamentals

Kathryn Alexander

The developmental history of technology in music creativity, with particular attention to the aesthetics and musical invention in the genres and repertoire of electronic dance music including: house, techno, trance, hip-hop, jungle, drum 'n' bass, dub step, drum step and trap, among others. 1 Credit.

Introduction to Microeconomics

Tolga Koker

Introduction to the principles of microeconomics, supply and demand, consumer theory, and competitive markets. Applications to contemporary policy issues such as rent control, minimum wage, antitrust policy, pollution, and income inequality. For college students and beyond. May not be taken after ECON 108 or 110. 1 Credit. Offered in both Session A (CRN 30037) and Session B (CRN 30038).

Milton

John Rogers

A study of Milton's major poetry, with attention to his relation to the cultural, social, and political struggles of the Puritan Revolution. Students will watch or listen to pre-recorded lectures, and will meet online for biweekly seminar discussions. Satisfies pre-1875 requirement. 1 Credit. Audit option.

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Modern American Drama

Marc Robinson

In-depth reading and discussion of major twentieth-century American playwrights, including Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, Zora Neale Hurston, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, David Mamet, and Suzan-Lori Parks. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit.

Moralities of Everyday Life

Paul Bloom

The modern science of moral thought and moral action explored through disciplines such as cognitive science, social and developmental psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, and analytic philosophy. Empathy and compassion in babies and young children; emotional reactions to family, friends, and strangers; the origins of prejudice and bigotry; sexuality, disgust, and purity; punishment, revenge, and forgiveness; the relationship between morality and religion. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit. Offered in both Session A  (CRN 30132) and Session B (CRN 30135). Audit option.

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Reading and Writing the Modern Essay

Jessica Brantley

Close study of selected works of nonfiction prepares students to become critical readers and to apply professional strategies to their own writing. Readings from such authors as Joan Didion, Malcolm Gladwell, Maxine Hong Kingston, N. Scott Monaday, George Orwell, Brent Staples, Jonathan Swift, Henry David Thoreau, Tom Wolfe, and Alice Walker. Written assignments, involving frequent revision, include autobiography, portraiture, nature writing, cultural critique, and formal argument. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit.

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Calculus of Functions of One Variable

John Hall

Offered Online. Limits and their properties. Definitions and some techniques of differentiation and the evaluation of definite integrals, with applications. Use of the software package Mathematica to illustrate concepts. No prior acquaintance with calculus or computing assumed. 1 Credit. Session B: July 3 - August 4.

Drugs, Brains, and Behavior

Hedy Kober

Introduction to the scientific study of psychoactive drugs (e.g., drugs that affect the mind). Drug use in modern society and the basic neurobiology related to neurotransmission and drug effects. Pharmacological and neurobiological mechanisms of different classes of legal, illegal, and medicinal drugs, including alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, stimulants, depressants, anti-depressants, pain-killers, and hallucinogens. Common misconceptions, drug effects, addiction, medical use of marijuana, and America's drug policies. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit.

Econometrics and Data Analysis I

Douglas McKee

Basic probability theory, statistics, and linear regression. Methods of evaluating quantitative information; the use of data to answer quantitative questions in the social sciences. After introductory microeconomics and MATH 112 or equivalent. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit. Offered in both Session A (CRN 30041) and Session B (CRN 30042).

Introduction to Microeconomics

Tolga Koker

Introduction to the principles of microeconomics, supply and demand, consumer theory, and competitive markets. Applications to contemporary policy issues such as rent control, minimum wage, antitrust policy, pollution, and income inequality. For college students and beyond. May not be taken after ECON 108 or 110. 1 Credit. Offered in both Session A (CRN 30037) and Session B (CRN 30038).

Introduction to Psychology

Yarrow Dunham

A survey of major psychological approaches to the biological, cognitive, social, and emotional bases of behavior. 1 Credit.

Jazz, Race, and Gender in America

Thomas Duffy

A study of the evolution of jazz, from its precursors in the music of Africa through its beginnings in New Orleans to its fusion with rock in the 1970s. Jazz's greatest artists and their styles are presented with selected music of each jazz period and a discussion of the gender, racial and sociological factors surrounding the genre's development. While no extensive music theory background or formal instrumental experience is required, students who can read music will be best prepared to fulfill the listening and form identification assignments. 1 Credit.

Mental Live of Babies and Animals

Karen Wynn

Interdisciplinary exploration of the cognitive, social, and emotional capacities of creatures lacking language and culture. The extent to which our complex psychology is unique to mature humans; the relative richness of a mental life without language or culture. Some attention to particular human populations such as children with autism and adults with language disorders. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit. Audit option.

Moralities of Everyday Life

Paul Bloom

The modern science of moral thought and moral action explored through disciplines such as cognitive science, social and developmental psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, and analytic philosophy. Empathy and compassion in babies and young children; emotional reactions to family, friends, and strangers; the origins of prejudice and bigotry; sexuality, disgust, and purity; punishment, revenge, and forgiveness; the relationship between morality and religion. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit. Offered in both Session A  (CRN 30132) and Session B (CRN 30135). Audit option.

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Reading the Constitution

Akhil Amar

Intensive introduction to the written Constitution, revolving tightly around two books authored by the instructor--America's Constitution: A Biography (2005) and America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (2012). Provides detailed knowledge of America's written Constitution and considers various techniques of constitutional interpretation. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit. Audit option.

The Criminal Mind

Arielle Baskin-Sommers

Covers the range of theoretical and empirical material that relates to the understanding of the criminal mind. Four main topics will be covered: personality and psychopathological factors associated with criminal behavior; theoretical and psychobiological explanations of crime; the interaction between biology and environment; the impact of psychobiological models for policy and intervention. 1 Credit.

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