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The Science Essay, Spring 2009
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" The science essay uses science to think about the human condition; ...

" The science essay uses science to think about the human condition; it uses humanistic thinking to reflect on the possibilities and limits of science and technology. In this class we read and practice writing science essays of varied lengths and purposes. We will read a wide variety of science essays, ranging across disciplines, both to learn more about this genre and to inspire your own writing. This semester's reading centers on "The Dark Side," with essays ranging from Alan Lightman's "Prisoner of the Wired World" through Robin Marantz Henig's cautionary account of nano-technology ("Our Silver-Coated Future") to David Quammen's investigation of diseases that jump from animals to humans ("Deadly Contact")."

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Arts and Humanities
World Cultures
Journalism
Educational Technology
Ecology
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Boiko, Karen
Seminar in Historical Methods, Spring 2004
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Examines different types of historical writing: political, social, cultural, demographic, biographical, and ...

Examines different types of historical writing: political, social, cultural, demographic, biographical, and comparative. Includes discussion of historical films, fiction, memoirs, and conventional history. Particular attention given to works which have broken new ground in terms of their methodology and approach. Required writing includes brief weekly response papers and a substantial research paper (including proposal, first draft, and final draft), in conjunction with a formal oral presentation. Weekly discussion of readings include periodic student-led discussion and/or presentations. Open to all students, but required of history majors and minors in junior year. This course is designed to acquaint students with a variety of approaches to the past used by historians writing in the twentieth century. The books we read have all made significant contributions to their respective sub-fields and have been selected to give as wide a coverage in both field and methodology as possible in one semester's worth of reading. We examine how historians conceive of their object of study, how they use primary sources as a basis for their accounts, how they structure the narrative and analytic discussion of their topic, and what are the advantages and drawbacks of their various approaches.

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Arts and Humanities
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M.I.T.
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McCants, Anne Elizabeth Conger
Shadows of North Carolina's Past (Archaeology)
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In their study of artifact and lifeway pictures, students will observe and ...

In their study of artifact and lifeway pictures, students will observe and discuss past Native American lifeways and construct a timeline of four major culture periods in Native American Social Sciences. This unit is based on Lesson 4.1

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Archaeology
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Lesson Plan
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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LEARN NC Lesson Plans
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UNC Archaeology
Sheena Iyengar on the Art of Choosing
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Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel ...

Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions. Sheena Iyengar studies how people choose (and what makes us think we're good at it). A quiz, thought provoking question, and links for further study are provided to create a lesson around the 24-minute video. Educators may use the platform to easily "Flip" or create their own lesson for use with their students of any age or level.

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TED
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TED-Ed
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Iyengar, Sheena
Social Attitudes and Public Opinion
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This course examines the nature of attitudes, beliefs, and values, and the ...

This course examines the nature of attitudes, beliefs, and values, and the influences which indiviudals' attitudes have upon their behavior. Various theories of attitude organization and attitude change are discussed, and the development of social attitudes is explored by examining the differential impact of the family, the educational system, the mass media, and the general social environment. The changing content of public opinion over time and its relationship to the political system are also discussed.

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Communication
Journalism
Management
Political Science
Sociology
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UMass Boston
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Ph.D.
Professor Michael Milburn
Soviet Politics and Society, 1917-1991, Spring 2003
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Explores political and historical evolution of Soviet state and society from 1917 ...

Explores political and historical evolution of Soviet state and society from 1917 Revolution to its demise in 1991. Subject covers the creation of a revolutionary regime; causes and nature of the Stalin revolution; post-Stalinist efforts to achieve radical political and social reform; and causes of the Soviet collapse. At its greatest extent the former Soviet Union encompassed a geographical area that covered one-sixth of the Earth's landmass. It spanned 11 time zones and contained over 100 distinct nationalities, 22 of which numbered over one million in population. In the 74 years from the October Revolution in 1917 to the fall of Communism in 1991, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, its leaders and its people, had to face a number of difficult challenges: the overthrow of the Tsarist autocracy, the establishment of a new state, four years of civil war, a famine, transition to a mixed economy, political strife after Lenin's death, industrialization, collectivization, a second famine, political Show Trials, World War II, post-war reconstruction and repression, the "Thaw" after Stalin's death, Khrushchev's experimentation, and Brezhnev's decline. Each of these challenges engendered new solutions and modifications in what can be loosely called the evolving "Soviet system..

Subject:
World Cultures
Political Science
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Wood, Elizabeth A.
Spanish 2, Spring 2004
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Increased practice in listening comprehension, reading, and group interaction. For graduate credit ...

Increased practice in listening comprehension, reading, and group interaction. For graduate credit see 21F.752.In Spanish II focuses on continuing to develop fluency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish, using the second part of the video-based program, Destinos, begun in Spanish I. Destinos is a soap opera that allows students to learn Spanish and experience its cultural diversity while following a good story full of surprises and human emotions. Spanish II also includes additional materials, such as Spanish films and other media, various types of reading selections and online resources. Spanish II continues to develop students' listening, speaking, reading and writing skills using the second part of the video-based program, Destinos, begun in Spanish I. Destinos is a soap opera that allows students to learn Spanish and experience its cultural diversity while following a good story full of surprises and human emotions. Spanish II also includes additional materials, such as Spanish films and other media, various types of reading selections and online resources.

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Languages
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Groeger, Margarita
Spanish 3, Spring 2003
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Aims at consolidation and expansion of skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, ...

Aims at consolidation and expansion of skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Uses short stories and other readings, Hispanic television programs, and interactive video to study issues of current interest in Hispanic culture. The first intermediate-level course in Spanish, with a focus on grammar review, additional vocabulary, writing of essays in Spanish and enhancement of cultural awareness. Group activities and projects, and conversation are emphasized.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Morgenstern, Douglas
Spanish 4, Spring 2005
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Continued study of the language, literature, and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Materials ...

Continued study of the language, literature, and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Materials are from Spain and Latin America and include films, short stories, novels, plays, poetry, and journalistic reports in various media.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
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Assessment
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Groeger, Margarita
Spanish Conversation and Composition, Fall 2003
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Systematic training in spoken and written skills to improve fluency and style. ...

Systematic training in spoken and written skills to improve fluency and style. Oral reports by participants on individual topics. Discussions with native speakers, analyses of selected literary texts, periodicals, and Spanish-language media. Taught in Spanish.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Morgenstern, Douglas
Spanish III, Spring 2006
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Aims at consolidation and expansion of skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, ...

Aims at consolidation and expansion of skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Uses short stories and other readings, Hispanic television programs, and interactive video to study issues of current interest in Hispanic culture. The first intermediate-level course in Spanish, with a focus on grammar review, additional vocabulary, writing of essays in Spanish and enhancement of cultural awareness. Group activities and projects, and conversation are emphasized.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
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Activity/Lab
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Morgenstern, Douglas
Spanish for Bilingual Students, Spring 2003
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Designed for students of Hispanic descent and raised in the US. Expands ...

Designed for students of Hispanic descent and raised in the US. Expands oral and written grammar study and increases contact with standard Spanish. Studies recent fiction and poetry as well as specific historical, social, economic, and political aspects of Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, and Cuban cultures. Many of the nonliterary readings are in English; class discussions in Spanish. Taught in Spanish. Fron the course home page: Course Description Spanish for Bilingual Students is an intermediate course designed principally for heritage learners, but which includes other students interested in specific content areas, such as US Latino immigration, identity, ethnicity, education and representation in the media. Linguistic goals include vocabulary acquisition, improvement in writing, and enhancement of formal communicative skills.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Philosophy
Economics
Psychology
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Morgenstern, Douglas
Sport Media and Culture: Who's Calling the Shots?
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The media play a huge part in sport; we find out what͢__ë_ ...

The media play a huge part in sport; we find out what͢__ë_ ˘s happening, how our team is doing and it creates great sporting moments and sports celebrities and stars. This unit looks at the role played by the media in sport and how this has changed with the d

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Lecture
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Studies in Fiction: Rethinking the American Masterpiece, Fall 2007
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Intensive study of a range of texts by a single author or ...

Intensive study of a range of texts by a single author or by a limited group of authors whose achievements are mutually illuminating. Some attention to narrative theory, and biographical and cultural backgrounds. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication. Topic: Joyce's Ulysses and Its Legacy.

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Arts and Humanities
Ethnic Studies
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M.I.T.
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Author:
Kelley, Wyn
Studies in Fiction: Stowe, Twain, and the Transformation of 19th-Century America, Fall 2004
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Intensive study of a range of texts by a single author or ...

Intensive study of a range of texts by a single author or by a limited group of authors whose achievements are mutually illuminating. Some attention to narrative theory, and biographical and cultural backgrounds. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication. Topic: Joyce's Ulysses and Its Legacy. This seminar looks at two bestselling nineteenth-century American authors whose works made the subject of slavery popular among mainstream readers. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain have subsequently become canonized and reviled, embraced and banned by individuals and groups at both ends of the political and cultural spectrum and everywhere in between.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Ethnic Studies
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M.I.T.
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Author:
Kelley, Wyn
Sudsy Cells
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Students culture cells in order to find out which type of surfactant ...

Students culture cells in order to find out which type of surfactant (in this case, soap) is best at removing bacteria. Groups culture cells from unwashed hands and add regular bar soap, regular liquid soap, anti-bacterial soap, dishwasher soap, and hand sanitizer to the cultures. The cultures are allowed to grow for two days and then the students assess which type of soap design did the best job of removing bacteria cells from unwashed hands. Students extend their knowledge of engineering and surfactants for different environmental applications.

Subject:
Engineering
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Kaelin Cawley
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Surface Tension and Suminagashi
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In an activity that integrates science and art, students see, experience and ...

In an activity that integrates science and art, students see, experience and harness the phenomenon of surface tension as they create beautiful works of art. Students conduct two experiments related to surface tension floating objects on the surface of water and creating original artwork using floating inks. They also learn historical and cultural information through an introduction to the ancient Japanese art form of suminagashi. They take the topic a step further by discussing how an understanding of surface tension can be applied to solve real-world engineering problems and create useful inventions.

Subject:
Engineering
Arts and Humanities
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Partnerships for Research,
Steve Shaw, David Hu