slide coolclassesA dragon thinking about cool subjects. Looking for a cool class to take this spring? Then look here! You'll find special topics courses from across the College, spanning liberal arts and sciences and sometimes combining both. 

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are 3 credit hours and will be offered in Spring 2016.

College of Arts and Sciences faculty can submit information on their upcoming special topics courses via the Cool Classes submission form.

AnthropologyAnthropology

Classes include:
• Peace Ethology
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Art and Art HistoryArt and Art History

Classes include:
• Intaglio
• Contemporary Woodworking
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Communication Studies. Communication Studies

Classes include:
• Current Issues in Health and Medical Communication
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Computer Science. Computer and Information Sciences

Classes include:
• Mobile App Development (Special Topics)
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English. English

Classes include:
• Introduction to Black Studies
• Dystopian Literature
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Political Science. Government

Classes include:
• Riot, Resist, Revolt
• GIS for Managers
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History. History

Classes include:
• Public History: Focusing on Birmingham' s "Edgy" Side
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MathMathematics

Classes include:
• The Mathematics of Poker
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Philosophy. Philosophy

Classes include:
• Philosophy and Superheroes
• Philosophy in Film
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Sociology. Sociology

Classes include:
• Sociology of the South
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slide coolclasses A dragon thinking about cool subjects. Looking for a cool class to take this fall? Then look here! You'll find special topics courses from across the College, spanning liberal arts and sciences and sometimes combining both. 

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are 3 credit hours and will be offered in Fall 2016.

Art and Art HistoryArt and Art History

Classes include:
• Graphic Design/Art of the Poster
• Bloom Studio
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Communication Studies. Communication Studies

Classes include:
• Interpersonal Communication and Close Relationships
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Computer and Information Sciences. Computer and Information Sciences

Classes include:
• Introduction to Computation
• Penetration Test and Vulnerability Assessment
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English. English

Classes include:
• Ekphrastic Poetry Writing Workshop
• Stephen King
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Criminal Justice. Justice Sciences

Classes include:
• The Gallows: Crime and Punishment Before the Modern World
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HistoryHistory

Classes include:
• Race & Disease in America
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Media Studies. Media Studies / History

Classes include:
• Public History: 360-degree Video
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Philosophy. Philosophy

Classes include:
• Exploring Political Authority
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TheatreTheatre

Classes include:
• Special Workshop: Foundations of Dramaturgy
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slide coolclasses A dragon thinking about cool subjects. Looking for a cool class to take this summer? Then look here! You'll find special topics courses from across the College, spanning liberal arts and sciences and sometimes combining both.

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are 3 credit hours and will be offered in Summer 2016.

AnthropologyAnthropology

Classes include:
• Peace and Environmental Sustainability
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Art and Art HistoryArt and Art History

Classes include:
• Camera-less
• Public Art Projects
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English. English

Classes include:
• Women's Science Fiction
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Political Science. Government

Classes include:
• Health and Humanitarian Crises
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Media Studies. Media Studies / History

Classes include:
• Untold Stories: Oral History
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Philosophy. Philosophy

Classes include:
• Philosophy of Religion
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Social Work. Social Work

Classes include:
• Disaster Preparedness and Response
• Social Work in Perinatal Settings
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Nine years ago, the University of Alabama at Birmingham had an aha moment: Create an undergraduate neuroscience major that would link the medical and university portions of UAB and produce skilled young researchers destined for medical school or top graduate programs.
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Last Friday, the UAB Alumni House was filled with some of the College’s finest—representing the outstanding intellect, creativity, and character at UAB—as we celebrated the 2015 Scholarship and Awards Luncheon. It was a wonderful afternoon of camaraderie and support, as students, chairs, faculty, staff, donors and members of the community came together to celebrate the accomplishments of our remarkable students and the people who have provided financial support to them.
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December 05, 2014

Anthropology Classes

AnthropologyThe Power of Nonviolence (ANTH 497 1D)

Time: M/W/F 12:15 - 1:05 p.m.
Instructor: Douglas P. Fry

Nonviolent protest has an important role to play in the 21st century for achieving justice, assuring human rights, and removing repressive regimes. Research shows that nonviolent social movements are more effective than violent ones. In this course, we will consider many intriguing cases of nonviolent social change, including:

Image from a 1963 civil rights march on Washington, DC, by Warren K. Leffler. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.Image from a 1963 civil rights march on Washington, DC, by Warren K. Leffler. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.
  • the Arab Spring
  • the ousting of Milosevic from Serbian rule
  • the “Orange Revolution” in the Ukraine
  • the “Velvet Revolution” in former Czechoslovakia
  • the end of Argentina’s military dictatorship by “Las Madres de la Plaza del Mayo”
  • the classic Gandhi-inspired examples of effective nonviolence that drove the British out of India and enhanced civil rights the United States

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of nonviolence as a manner of social change and as a philosophy. The course explores some of the classic writings on nonviolence by Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. as well as current research findings on the efficacy of nonviolent social change, for instances, in the work of Gene Sharp and Erica Chenoweth. Readings, films, small group discussions, and whole class discussions will contribute to an understanding of the necessary skills for practicing and promoting nonviolent social change. We will watch, discuss, and analyze the award-winning “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” “A Force More Powerful,” “Brining Down a Dictator,” and other powerful films. No Prerequisites. All interested students are welcome.
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December 04, 2014

Justice Sciences Classes

Criminal JusticeIntelligence Oversight and Legal Controls (JS 338)

Time: TH 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: John Grimes

Taught by retired intelligence community (IC) professional and attorney Professor John Grimes, the course strips back many of the layers of perceived mystery and black art surrounding legal checks and balances under which the IC must operate on a daily basis. Issues to be explored include:
  • What legal sanctions may the US Government pursue against fugitive former IC contractor Edward Snowden?
  • What behaviors that he uncovered through his unauthorized disclosures have the potential for prosecution, both criminally and civilly, against decision makers and agencies of the IC?
Throughout the semester, prominent guest lecturers will make presentations, including several retired IC General Counsels, members of Congress, as well as officers of the IC itself. Students will also work on a class project where advances in social media might be leveraged to significantly enhance the government’s search and rescue capabilities relating to mass disasters such as plane crashes or shipwrecks.

Drugs in Society (JS 400/500)

Time: T/TH 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Instructor: Hayden Griffin

Taught by lawyer and criminologist Professor Hayden Griffin, the course examines various definitions of drugs, their pharmacological affects and classifications, the historical development of drug laws, and the various methods of drug regulation, including prohibition, prescription, decriminalization, and legalization. Theories regarding substance abuse will be discussed, including the social and individual characteristics of those most likely to engage in drug use. The course will also examine the direct and indirect harms of drug use and methods of drug treatment. Finally, students will examine the future of drug regulation and treatment in the United States.
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Dear College of Arts and Sciences Family,

After yesterday's announcement of decisions affecting UAB Athletics, I wanted to speak to you about our next steps and the future course of the College of Arts and Sciences.
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November 24, 2014

Sociology Classes

Sociology. Global & International Sociology (SOC 278-2B)

Time: T/TH 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Instructor: Magdalena Szaflarski

Global Society, Global You
Globalization is a pervasive feature of contemporary social life. A world economy, a world polity, and a world culture (from McDonald’s to Hard Rock Café) are all undergoing rapid expansion. This course considers globalization’s aspects and impacts, in an effort to develop some understandings of its causes, effects, and implications for your own life.
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Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Foreign Cultures (FLL 120 1F)

Time: M/W/F 1:25 - 2:15 p.m.
Instructor: Erika Hille Rinker

Do you seek enhanced global awareness? Enroll in Foreign Cultures and gain greater competence in understanding your own culture and the cultures of others.

The goal of FLL 120 is to encourage students to reflect upon the various ways through which cultural and linguistic identities are constructed around the globe. Excerpts from literature and selected films will be used to illustrate introductory concepts in cultural studies, and students will be encouraged to add the perspectives of their own academic areas of interest. In the unique service-learning section of the course, students will learn first-hand about diversity in their own university environment and how others view American culture(s), in exchange for the help they will provide international students with conversational English through a partnership with the English Language Institute.

Spanish Conversation and Culture (SPA 210)

Time: T/TH 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Instructor: John Maddox

Do you like to speak Spanish? Then this intermediate Spanish class, designed for students who have completed Spanish 202, is for you! Discussions of history, culture, and everyday life will be complemented with the latest in sports, entertainment, and world events. Students will have the unique opportunity to talk via Skype with students at the world-famous National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

African Hispanophone Writers (SPA 414)

Time: T 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: John Maddox

The vast majority of the twelve million enslaved Africans brought to the Americas were not taken to the United States. They were sent to the sugar plantations, mines, and cities of what is now Latin America. Black, mulatto, and mestizo people — as well as African traditions in food, music, dance, religion, and celebrations — have helped to make Latin America what it is today.

This class uses works of literature and film to trace the simultaneously painful, heroic, and joyous history of Afro-Hispanic and Afro-Brazilian peoples from the Conquest to the present, providing an innovative interpretation of Latin America, Spain, and Africa’s only Spanish-speaking nation, Equatorial Guinea. Students will build their Spanish skills through lots of conversation and group work, and they can opt to present their research at the 2015 Birmingham Southern Undergraduate Research Symposium. Graduate students will hone their teaching skills by helping professor Maddox lead class discussions. Come discover the African roots of salsa, the tango, and hip-hop!
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