Signature Course Descriptions
Classic Television Comedy
Herman Howard (Communications/Mass Media)
Section Section F05
The Course will study how television comedies have made a lasting impact on American society through educational themes, humor, and proposing social and civic action for viewers.
MW 12:00 - 12:50
Jordan Daniel (Kinesiology)
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the field of sport and exercise psychology. An emphasis will be placed on the application of psychological theories and training techniques specifically for improved sports performance and coaching effectiveness. In doing so the student will gain a holistic understanding of the psychological aspects of sport.
Post Apocalyptic Video Games
Shirley Simpson (Social Work)
In this course, students will use apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic games, movies, and tv programs as a vehicle to understand world-building from a sociological perspective. They will grapple with questions of social significance. For example, what happens after people survive a cataclysmic event? Where do they go? Who do they trust? How do they rebuild? How do their decisions affect their life chances and those of their progeny? While students will be asked to play games and watch movies, the emphasis will be on critical thinking and sociological analysis.
A Look at “Crazy”: Myths, Misconceptions, and Movies
Drew Curtis (Psychology)
Movies and Media have promoted numerous myths of psychopathology. Films may inaccurately portray people with psychological disorders and “crazy” violent killers, scary people in need of isolation, or entertaining. The goals of this class is to examine the foundations for understanding abnormal psychology and to provide a myth-busting tool kit for approaching films that portray psychopathology.
Personal and Family History
David Faught (English Modern Languages )
This course will focus on four things; 1) personal history (narrative as well as visual); 2) family history (helping a parent or grandparent record their personal history); 3) genealogy; 4) the resources at ASU that will help you research and write effectively and efficiently. By the time you finish the course you will you will have completed video presentations that incorporate pics, videos and audio narration from you and a loved one as well as a 4 generation genealogy chart. As we learn how to organize and present personal and family histories, we will explore the resources that ASU has to offer to help you succeed as a student.