Summer Term Offers Seminars and Special Topics on ‘Impact of War’

Posted: May 13, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

In recent years, terms like “War on Terror,” “insurgency” and “human rights” have become commonplace in discussions of global affairs. This summer, Mason offers more than a dozen courses that look at these terms and their implications.

Under the heading of “Impact of War” are courses in communication, cultural studies, sociology, conflict analysis and resolution, global health, history and even geography and Russian.

As Summer Term Director Cathy Evans explains it, “We can be a little more creative in the summer, and we like to find a topic where we can bring in all of the disciplines.”

Evans adds that Mason’s location in the Washington, D.C., region, with its large military and government presence, makes “the impact of war” as an overarching topic especially relevant.

Some of the classes offered under the topic include the following:

COMM 302 A01 Foundations of Mass Communication, taught by Cynthia Lont

COMM 326 A01 Rhetoric of Social Movements and Political Controversy, taught by Mark Hopson

COMM 380 A01 Media Criticism, taught by Tim Gibson

CONF 240 B01 Social Dynamics of Terrorism, Security and Justice, taught by Julie Shedd

CONF 601 C01 Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution, taught by Solon Simmons

CONF 695 A01 The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, taught by Adina B. Friedman

CONF 695 X01 and X02 International Terrorism and Counterterrorism, taught by Ivan Sheehan

CULT 320 A01/B01 Globalization and Culture, taught by Pamela Scott and Robert Gehl

GCH 205 A01 International Health, taught by Jonas Webster

GEOG 399 A01/GEOG 590 A01 Geography of Insurgency, taught by Burl Self

HIST 281 C01 Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization, taught by Sumaiya Hamdani

RUSS 325 A01 Major Russian Writers: Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” Text and Context, taught by Julie Christensen

SOCI 395 B01 War and Society, taught by Rutledge Dennis

SOCI 326 A01 Armed Conflict and Conflict Resolution, taught by John G. Dale

The first summer session begins on Monday, May 18. For more information and the full schedule of summer classes, see the Summer Term web site.

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