Course Guide – Camden Campus – Summer 2010 

Course TitleDescription


Classics and Moderns 
Cross-listed: 56:350:594:B4
MTh 6/3-7/8 
6:00-10:00 PM 
Professor Joe Barbarese

What is a “classic”? What do we mean when we compare a classic to a modern or contemporary text? The course will examine these questions by constant comparisons of the literature of the ancient and pre-Modern eras to contemporary adaptations that in some way were influenced by or emerged from the past. Readings, in whole or excerpted, will include Homer’s Odyssey, Dante’s Inferno, Chretien’s Perceval (the earliest mention of the Holy Grail), a play of Shakespeare, Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, Christopher Logue’s War Music, Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, and Sandor and Birk’s recent graphic-novel adaptation of The Divine Comedy. Two short papers and a culminating exercise. Look for a downloadable syllabus at: early in the spring.



The Crime Film 
Cross-listed: 50:354:396:D3
MTuTh 6/28-7/22
1:40 – 4:20 PM 
Professor Matthew Sorrento
In this course we will analyze the theme of crime in a variety of American genres, from the classic gangster film, film noir, the police thriller, the spy thriller of the 1970s, and others. Through close viewings of representative films and companion readings, we will analyze how cinematic crime has served the public imagination throughout the 20th century in response to cultural and historical changes, including Prohibition, the Second World War, the “Red Scare,” Watergate, the 1980s.



American Classics for Children and Adults 
Cross-listed: 56:352:391:D6, 56:352:593:D6, 56:163:698:D6
MTuTh 6/28-7/22
6:00 – 9:40 PM 
Professor Carol Singley

We examine American literature written for adults, for both children and adults, and exclusively for children. Texts ranging from Puritan times to the early twentieth century, with focus on the nineteenth century, when major authors also wrote for minors. Includes titles on the M.A. comprehensive exam reading list.



Cross-listed: 56:202:513:A6
MTuTh 6/1-6/24 
6:00 – 9:40 PM 
Professor Gail Caputo
Explanation of crime and delinquency in American society. Topics include deterrence theory, biological explanations for crime, sociological theories, and conflict-based theories. Emphasis on social causes of crime.
Politics and Culture 
Cross-listed: 50:790:304:D2
MTuWTh 6/28-7/22
10:50 AM – 1:30 PM 
Professor Kim Shienbaum
Note: Web-enhanced course with limited in-class sessions. 
Examines the interrelation between politics and cultural change. Analyzes how the development of various modes of artistic expression, such as the novel, reflect and affect changing sociopolitical values.

AttitudesTtoward Crime and Punishment 
Cross-listed: 56:202:673:J6 
MTuTh 7/26-8/17
6:00 PM – 9:40 PM 
Professor Anna King

In this course, students will become familiar with major issues in the study of public opinion related to issues of crime and justice (e.g., measurement, theory, concept and debates). This investigation will focus on explaining individual differences in ‘get tough’ mentalities, through various theoretical frameworks such as:  psychoanalytic, socio-emotive, attributional, information-based and media perspectives.   Students will learn how attitudes are formed and maintained in a psycho-social context.
Colloquium in Public Policy and Adminstration: Social Equity in Governance
Cross-listed: 56:834:605:D6
MTuTh 6/28-7/22
6:00 – 9:40 PM 
Professor Christine Brenner

Social equity is a pillar of public administration. This course will examine “the fair, just and equitable management of institutions serving the public directly or by contract and the fair, just and equitable distribution of public services, and implementation of public policy (National Academy of Public Administration)”. It will include discussion of the social equity issues in criminal justice, economic development, education, elderly issues, emergency management, environmental justice, gender, health, housing, information technology, language, and poverty.

Special Topics in Political Science: 9/11 and 9/11 Revisionism 
Cross-listed: 50:790:490:J2
MTuWTh 7/26-8/18
10:50 AM – 1:30 PM 
Professor Kim Shienbaum
Note: Web-enhanced course with limited in-class sessions. 
Course counts towards the National Security minor. After the shock and surprise of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Commisson Report investigated and reported on the perpetrators: a shadowy Islamist organization called Al Qaeda. Nevertheless, soon after and ever since Sptember 11, 2001, there have been many voices, some in academia and the media, who disagree with the Report’s conclusions. This web enhanced course investigates in detail the history of Al Qaeda and the rise of Islamism/Jihadism, and critically evaluates the evidence both for and against the conventional wisdom.


Philosophy of Law 
Cross-listed: 50:730:320:A6
MTuTh 6/1-6/24 
6:00 – 9:40 PM 
Professor Gregory Hall

Introduction to philosophical issues concerning the nature of law and how law relates to justice and to political power.  Focuses on the purposes of punishment, how law regulates behavior, and what makes a good legal argument.  Legal materials include landmark cases drawn from constitutional, tort, and criminal law.



Professor Stuart Charmé

Independent study of a special interest to the student, under supervision of an advisor chosen in consultation with the program director.

Professor Stuart Charmé




Professor Stuart Charmé