Student Inspired Courses
This course discusses the various types of alternate realities, such as mental illness, time travel, virtual reality, dreams, and drugs as creating another reality. The course goal is to analyze alternate realities through discussions, writing, creative activities, and research
Coffee to Cocaine: Addictions
This course is about the psychology of addictions. Students will be expected to understand the methods by which individuals develop addictions and how they affect them. The final project will be an in-depth study and presentation on a specific addicting substance.
Dragons and Mythical Creatures
It is part of mainstream pop culture with a long history in fantasy that will continue to influence culture and entertainment. This course will study the changes in perception of magical creatures from ancient to modern times in literature and media. Additionally, the course objectives are to:
- Understand what natural phenomenon caused a belief in a particular creature
- Study ancient perceptions of mythological creatures compared to modern views
- Study the changes in perception over time; learn about and appreciate mythological creatures
- Study how the culture shapes perception and how that changes over time
History of Marriage
Marriage affects many people. There are many political debates and issues about what constitutes marriage. This course researches the institution of marriage and how it has changed over time. The objective of this course is to understand:
- What marriage is in different cultures
- How it has changed in U.S. culture (ethics of marriage and divorce over time)
- Discuss marriage in political views
Human trafficking happens all around the world, even in the United States. Most people do not know that there are modern day slaves. Our global community should be committed to liberating these people, but that cannot be done until people are educated about this issue. Slavery is not a thing of the past. This course teaches about the prevalence of human trafficking around the world, such as sex trafficking, slave labor, child trafficking, and the like. Students will compare sex trafficking and how it compares to slavery in the past. This course will also focus on what can be done to change this issue.
Psychology of Dreams
This course studies the interpretation and effect of dreams. The fundamental process of REM sleep cycles in correlation to the subliminal messages of a particular dreams. This course also investigates lucid dreaming and its purpose in solving internal conflicts. Moreover, this course is designed to help students recognize and interpret the correlation between dreams, personality and behavior, as well as understand the subconscious and its effect on human behavior.
Victorian Morality: Vision and Actuality
This course is an examination of sexual repression during the Victorian Era and the dichotomy of the class system seen in London during the mid to late nineteenth century. The goal of this course is to discuss the disparity between classes and analyze how this inspired modern social and equality movements.