Panama (spwebdesign) wrote,

One of the benefits I receive is tution remission for courses at BU. I am thinking of taking advantage of this over the summer term. I have narrowed the list to the following five courses:

CAS EN 220 Proseminar in Literature: Bodies and Machines in U.S. Literature and Film
Fundamentals of literary analysis and interpretation. How do short stories, poems, novels, and films represent and interpret the shifting relation between people and machines? Topics include factory labor, inventions (the locomotive, telegraph, phonograph), cyborgs. Works include Blade Runner, Modern Times, writings by Whitman, Poe, Melville, Norris, and Gibson. Frequent papers. Limited class size. Required of concentrators in English. Satisfies WR 150 requirement. 4 cr. Tuition: $1692

Summer 1:
A1 Mon. thru Fri. 2-3:30 p.m. Richards

CAS IR 511 The Middle East in the Twentieth Century
A critical survey of the rise and development of modern nations, states, and economies in the Middle East and North Africa since 1900 that provides context and perspective essential for understanding contemporary issues (e.g., Peace Process, gender relations, religion's roles, democracy). 4 cr. Tuition: $1692

Summer 1:
A1 Tues. thru Thurs. 9:30 a.m.-12 noon Rollman

CAS PH 110 Great Philosophers
Introduction to the thought of three preeminent philosophers: Plato, Kant, and William James. 4 cr. Tuition: $1692
Summer 1:
A1 Mon./Tues./Thurs. 9:30 a.m.-12 noon Kestenbaum

CAS PO 191 Utopias and Dystopias
A study of the more famous fictitious political communities: Plato's Republic, Machiavelli's The Prince, More's Utopia and Orwell's 1984. Issues include the nature of the good society, the tension between political ideals and political realities and the role of imagination in political theory and political practice. (Summer only.) 4 cr. Tuition: $1692
Summer 1:
A1 Mon./Wed. 6-9:30 p.m. Kiros

MET PS 221 Psychology of Love and Sexuality
Provides a psychological framework for reviewing the science of human sexuality. Emphasis is placed on not only what has been learned, but how it has been studied. The clinical, developmental, personality, social psychology, and neuro-psychological theory and research of human sexuality are presented. Specific topics include sexual dysfunctions, sex therapy, alternative sexual orientations, and moving from attraction to love. 4 cr. Tuition: $1692
Summer 2:
B1 Mon./Wed. 5:30-9 p.m. Fleming

The course I find most interesting is the English course on Bodies and Machines, but that might be the hardest one to make work with work. The psychology course is probably next most interesting, but I wonder how much psychology background I'll need to make this course worthwhile. I also wonder about the quality of discussion at a 100- or 200-level course; I'm used to very small class sizes, which I'm unlikely to find at BU unless I get to the higher-level courses. I'll probably contact the professors to see if I can get syllabi and estimates of class size to help with my decision-making.

Any thoughts?
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