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2020 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. 

Summer 2020 application is now open.

Tip: Graduate Language Reading Courses
Online

       

Date: Session A:
May 25 - June 26, 2020

Session B:
June 29 - July 31, 2020

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. 1 credit.

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Autism and Related Disorders

Fred Volkmar

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.

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Causes and Consequences of Corruption

Bonnie Palifka

Corruption, a manifestation of the principal-agent problem, is an obstacle to economic growth, social cohesion, and political legitimacy. 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 government and business. For college students and beyond. Prerequisite: ECON , 110, or 115, or equivalent. 1 Credit.

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Classicism and Its Controversies

Christina Ferando

Explores the ways that classical antiquity has impacted the modern artistic and political imagination. Topics of discussion will include representations of the body, expressions of political authority, and debates about cultural patrimony across time, place, and medium; (mis)understandings of classical sculpture, including its supposed white surface, and their impact on ideas about race and morality; the invocation of Greco-Roman models of government from Revolutionary America to Nazi Germany; and the role of classical ideals in shaping modern-day arguments about cultural patrimony. 1 Credit. 

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Disinformation and Democracy

Asha Rangappa

This course explores the evolution of information warfare as a national security threat to the United States. Beginning with the KGB’s use of “active measures” during the Cold War, the course looks at how propaganda and disinformation campaigns became central to the Putin regime and how social media has facilitated their expansion and impact. Using Russia’s efforts in the 2016 election as an example, students will examine how the First Amendment places limitations on the U.S.’s ability to counter such operations in the United States and explore how strengthening critical thinking and American social capital might be effective prophylactics against these efforts. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit. 

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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, jungle, drum 'n' bass, dubstep, and drum step, among others.1 credit.

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Engineering Improv: An Introduction to Engineering Analysis

Michael Loewenberg

Mathematical modeling is not a scripted procedure. Models are constrained by physical principles, including conservation laws and experimental observations but this does not provide a closed description. There is a lot more art in mathematical modeling than is commonly acknowledged and improvisation plays a significant role.  The artistic aspects are important and intellectually engaging because they often lead to a deeper understanding. This course provides a general introduction to engineering analysis and to chemical engineering principles. Material includes the derivation of governing equations from first principles and the analysis of these equations, including underlying assumptions, degrees of freedom, dimensional analysis, scaling arguments, and approximation techniques. The goal of this course is to obtain the necessary skills for improvising mathematical models for a broad range of problems that arise in engineering, science and everyday life. Students from all majors are encouraged to take this course. Prerequisite: MATH 112. 1 Credit. 

Introduction to International Relations

Nicholas Lotito

Survey of key debates and concepts in international relations. Exploration of historical and contemporary issues using Western and non-Western cases and evidence. Topics include the rise of states; causes, conduct, and outcomes of wars; the emergence of new actors and forms of conflict; and evolution of global economy. 1 Credit.

Introduction to Macroeconomics

Marnix Amand

An introduction to basic macroeconomic concepts and theories, such as national income accounting, theories of growth, inflation, unemployment, business cycles, fiscal and monetary policy, banking, finance, and economic crises, with special emphasis on the recent financial crisis. Prerequisite: ECON 108, 110, 115 or equivalent. For college students and beyond. 1 credit. Offered in both Session A and Session B.

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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 and Session B.

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Introduction to Psychology

Yarrow Dunham

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

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Levantine Arabic

Sarab Al-Ani

This is a course in the Arabic dialect of the Levant (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine). It focuses on the principles of grammar and syntax; foundations for conversation and reading. The course concentrates on developing the speaking skills of the students using Levantine dialect in a grammatically correct and culturally appropriate manner. Additionally,  the course works to improve listening skill and discussion function. The essentials of conversing and main idioms as well as phrases will be covered, in addition to listening, discussing and various video that include both a language and a culture element. Prerequisite: Students who take this course must be of a Beginner High level or Intermediate Low level. They must have completed at least two semesters of Arabic or have taken the placement test and placed at L2 or above. For college students and beyond. 1 credit.

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Mental Lives 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. Offered in both Session A and Session B.

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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.

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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 and Session B. Audit option.

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Movie Physics

Frank Robinson

A critical evaluation of Hollywood action movies, using the laws of physics and Fermi-type estimation techniques to distinguish between fictional and real movie physics. For college students and beyond. 1 credit. 

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Planets and Stars

Michael Faison

Astronomy introduction to stars and planetary systems. Topics include the solar system and extrasolar planets, planet and stellar formation, and the evolution of stars from birth to death. No prerequisite other than a working knowledge of elementary algebra. 1 Credit.

Reading and Writing the Modern Essay

Jessie Royce Hill

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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The Business of Hollywood

Greg Johnson

An examination of the key events and ideas that shape the modern motion picture business from financial, institutional, and historical standpoints. Topics include ways that the business has evolved in response to changes in technology, distribution, and competition; how the business dictates what ends up on screen; and relationships among studios, actors, agents, independent filmmakers, distributors, and the viewing audience. Industry practitioners discuss special topics. 1 credit.

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Thinking

Woo-Kyoung Ahn

A survey of psychological studies on thinking and reasoning, with discussion of ways to improve thinking skills. Topics include judgments and decision making, causal learning, logical reasoning, problem solving, creativity, intelligence, moral reasoning, and language and thought. 1 credit. Offered in both Session A and Session B.

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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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Calculus of Functions of One Variable I

Pam Sargent

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.

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Calculus of Functions of One Variable II

Brett Smith

 A continuation of MATH 112. The definite integral, fundamental theorem of calculus, techniques of integration, polar coordinates, Taylor series, applications. Prerequisite: one term of calculus of functions of one variable (MATH 112 or equivalent). 1 Credit. 

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Introduction to Green Energy Systems

Yehia Khalil

Environmental sustainability and the role of green energy in mitigating the impact of greenhouse gases and global warming. Solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, wind, biofuel, hydro, geothermal, and nuclear power; ocean thermal energy conversion and harvesting of tidal power. System-level performance, overall efficiency, cost, and environmental impact of integrated green energy systems. 1 Credit. 

Introduction to Macroeconomics

Marnix Amand

An introduction to basic macroeconomic concepts and theories, such as national income accounting, theories of growth, inflation, unemployment, business cycles, fiscal and monetary policy, banking, finance, and economic crises, with special emphasis on the recent financial crisis. Prerequisite: ECON 108, 110, 115 or equivalent. For college students and beyond. 1 credit. Offered in both Session A and Session B.

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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 and Session B.

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Introduction to Statistics

Jonathan Reuning-Scherer

An introduction to statistical reasoning. Topics include controlled experiments and observational studies; histograms and scatterplots, averages and standard deviations; measurement error, the normal approximation; correlation and regression; probability and chance variation; sampling, the Gallup Poll and Current Population Survey; tests of significance. Focus on understanding concepts rather than mathematical manipulation. No formal mathematical prerequisite. 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.

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Mental Lives 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. Offered in both Session A and Session B.

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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 and Session B. 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.

Thinking

Woo-Kyoung Ahn

A survey of psychological studies on thinking and reasoning, with discussion of ways to improve thinking skills. Topics include judgments and decision making, causal learning, logical reasoning, problem solving, creativity, intelligence, moral reasoning, and language and thought. 1 credit. Offered in both Session A and Session B.

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