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Course IDCourse NameCourse DescriptionTextbookCredit HoursSyllabus
RPOL300Politics and Film

This course examines the role of how American politics is viewed through fictional portrayals as well as the burgeoning documentary genre. For decades now, Hollywood has increasingly relied on Washington DC and the political scene for movie fodder. In this vein, it is important to clarify this relationship and to better understand how movies help us relate to ourselves as citizens, to politics, political actors, and key issues. We will touch on a number of relevant topics including, but not limited to: how do these films portray the need for government, how do films illustrate key political institutions, and how do the various governmental branches shape policymaking and politics. We will rely on both written materials and movies (broadly defined) over the past several decades to answer these questions. Please check the class schedule at your home institution to see if this class is available for enrollment this term.

Title: A Novel Approach to Politics
Author: Douglas A. Van Belle
ISBN: 978-1-5063-6865-8
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication Date: December 4, 2017

RPOL301Security & Insecurity in World Politics

This course examines security and insecurity in world politics. Relying on written material delivered in a compressed format online, we touch on a number of relevant and pressing topics that include: the systemic, societal, and individual causes of war; economic, military, and cultural globalization and their relationship to (in) security; terrorism and the state; and, environmental security and its implications for world politics.

There are no textbooks required for this course.

RPOL302Understanding Civil Liberties and Rights

Americans’ knowledge of their civil liberties and civil rights remains limited for multiple reasons. This is unfortunate given the country’s founding, which was deeply impacted by the struggle for civil liberties, and due to the civil rights struggle that continues today. Additionally, individuals are often unaware of the full protections—and limitations—of these two sets of rights. As we continue to debate and ponder privacy rights, equal rights protections, religious freedoms, etc., the significance of civil liberties and civil rights is as pertinent as it was at the country’s founding. Consequently, this course is designed to facilitate students’ understanding of these rights and protections. Please check with your participating institution to determine whether this course is offered on your campus and when it will be offered.

Title: American Government
Author: Theodore J. Lowi; Benjamin Ginsberg; Kenneth A. Shepsle; Stephen Ansolabehere
ISBN: 978-0-393-92188-5
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication Date: March 4, 2013

RPSY300Adulthood and Aging

A developmental psychology class that explores the lives of adults from 21 until death. It takes a Biopsychosocial approach to development and investigates the interaction of physical maturation and aging with cognitive growth and decline and social interactions and expectations. The course will be delivered entirely online, including exams, assignments and communication.

Title: Journey of Adulthood
Author: Barbara R. Bjorklund
ISBN: 978-0-205-97075-9
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication Date: February 7, 2014
Notes: 7th Edition

RPSY301Abnormal Psychology

This course is designed as an upper-level, online psychology course and assumes that students possess basic knowledge about the field of psychology and that they have completed an Introduction to Psychology course. The course is set up to provide students with a more in-depth look at the study of abnormal behavior and the types of psychological disorders which are identified, diagnosed, and treated with the field of clinical psychology.

Title: Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World, 11th Edition
Author: Nevid, Rathus, Rathus & Greene
ISBN: 9780135821688
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: July 14, 2021

RPSY302Adolescent Development

Examines theory and research relative to physical growth, intellectual development, relationships with parents and peers, and growth in self-direction. Special attention given to the quest of identity and self-concept.

Title: Adolescence
Author: John Santrock
ISBN: 9781260058789
Publisher: McGraw Hill
Publication Date: McGraw Hill


Examines the family systems theory and a systemic family development model to describe intergenerational family scenarios and lifespan challenges, with a focus on the ecological, social, and cultural contexts in which parent-child relations occur. Some major parenting strategies are anchored by focusing on nurture and structure, and important discussions of ethnic diversity and family structures in the United States are explored.

Title: Parent-Child Relations
Author: Jerry J. Bigner; Clara Gerhardt
ISBN: 978-0-13-285334-7
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication Date: January 18, 2013

RPSY304Paranormal Psychology

By combining ideas from the social and natural sciences, as well as religion and philosophy, this course focuses on the importance of skepticism, scientific analysis, and valid logic when evaluating fringe science/paranormal claims concerning topics such as ESP, telepathy, remote viewing (clairvoyance), precognition, psychokinesis, PSI dreaming, afterlife channeling, near-death experiences, ghosts, UFOs, alien abductions, astrology, paraphysics, healing art sources and other paranormal topics.

There are no textbooks required for this course.

RPSY305Social Psychology

This course examines the interaction of individuals in group situation, the products of collective activity, and their influence upon the individual The primary goal is to explore the various ways in which people interact with others, with groups and with the larger society as a whole. Participants also seeks to discover why people behave the way that they do. Social psychology addresses a large array of topics related to human interactions: attitudes, attraction, aggression, helping others, conformity and obedience. This knowledge has real-world applications in such fields as business, health, law and the environment.

Title: Social Psychology
Author: Stephen Franzoi
ISBN: 9781627515641
Publisher: BVT Publishing; 7th edition (2016)
Notes: Also available: eBook plus
ISBN: 9781627515634 Loose-leaf
ISBN: 9781627515658 Soft cover
ISBN: 9781627515610

RPSY400Interpersonal Dynamics

The main objective of this course is to develop a scientific basis for understanding and building compassion toward self and others. This course will introduce the student to the latest research on compassion as a fundamental basis for intra- and interpersonal relationships, and offer practical exercises designed to strengthen the student’s capacity to be compassionate to self and others as a pathway to effective interpersonal dynamics.

Title: The EQ Edge
Author: Steven J. Stein; Howard E. Book
ISBN: 978-0-470-68161-9
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication Date: April 26, 2011

Title: Go Suck a Lemon
Author: Michael Cornwall
ISBN: 978-1-365-63200-6
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc.
Publication Date: December 24, 2016

Title: Emotional Intelligence
Author: Daniel Goleman
ISBN: 978-0-553-80491-1
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: September 26, 2006

Course IDCourse NameCourse DescriptionTextbookCredit HoursSyllabus