Courses Offered

Tufts University

28 Capen St, Medford, Massachusetts,

Awards Offered: Bachelors degree,Postbaccalaureate certificate,Masters degree,Post-masters certificate,Doctors degree - research/scholarship,Doctors degree - professional practice

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Current Course Catalog Subject: Social Science

  • Blender 3d Design

    The Blender 3D Design course is intended to offer students an introduction to the world of computer generated 3-D modeling and animation. As an introductory course, it provides a basic understanding of the skills and techniques employed by 3-D designers in a wide range of applications.

  • Contemporary Biosocial Problems in America

    This course examines the application of basic biological ideas to modern social problems in America, in particular, the intersection of biological theories and social beliefs. Among the major issues examined are the ideological uses of science, the biological basis of sex roles and homosexuality, behavioral genetics, evolutionary psychology, and the meaning of race in medical practice. This course will stress the analysis of evidence in the original scientific literature and a critical reading of how science is reported in the press.

  • Force and Strategy

    This course provides an overview of the role of force in international politics. It examines the circumstances under which states and non-state actors use force of the threat of force to advance their interests and enhance their security. The course has three parts. Part I reviews systemic theories on the causes of war and their implications for current U.S. grand strategy. Part II examines theories and practice of coercion, specifically the use of conventional airpower in World War II and the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Part III examines current security challenges, including U.S. military transformation; U.S. Nuclear doctine; the privatization of military forces and functions. It also includes China's military modernization; nuclear weapons proliferation in South Asia and the Middle East; third party intervention in ethno-nationalist civil wars; state sponsorshop of terrorism; and the dynamics insurgencies and counterinsurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Intellectual Development

    This child development course aims to explore several of the major points of view currently influential in the field of cognitive development. It also examines implications of these various perspectives for the education and socialization of children. The emphasis is on theory in the conceptualization of intellectual change processes.

  • Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS) for Urban and Environmental Analysis

    This course will focus on introducing students to the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in the urban/suburban/metropolitan environment. Students will learn to work with urban spatial databases (including data sets pertaining to land use/land cover, parcel records, census demographics, environmental issues, water, transportation, local government, community development, and businesses). Technical topics to be covered include finding and understanding sources of information for metropolitan spatial databases, integration of data from a variety of sources, database structure and design issues, spatial analysis capabilities, data quality, and data documentation. Technologies covered include GIS, online data retrieval, and the use of GIS data in other applications such as Google Earth. While learning GIS skills, students will complete a mapping/analysis project of their choosing and present the results in a poster and short paper. The course will use ArcGIS 9.2 software.

  • Producing Films for Social Change

    This is an intensive, hands-on editorial and production course in which students pitch their ideas and then research, report, produce, shoot, write, and edit their own short documentary films on social issues affecting the local community, the U.S., or the world. Readings and discussions focus on current news, media ethics, media literacy, the declining credibility of the press, journalists? responsibilities to the public, social justice issues, First Amendment principles, corporate media ownership, media images of women and people of color, and the powerful role of media (TV news, documentaries, new media, digital storytelling) as tools for civic engagement and positive social change.

  • Promoting Positive Development Among Youth

    Applied developmental science (ADS) uses research about human development to inform programs and policies pertinent to topics of social importance. Students integrate readings and class discussions of ADS theory and research with information about community-based programs. The focal topic of the seminar varies each semester, for example, building civil society through community-based child development programs, promoting the positive development of teenage mothers and their infants, or promoting healthy alternatives to interpersonal, family, and community service.

  • Tropical Ecology and Conservation

    The course is for advanced undergraduate and graduate students from different disciplines, i.e., Agriculture, Food and Environment (Friedman School of Nutrition), Biology, Environmental Studies, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning). The course meets twice a week during the Fall semester and is followed by 2 weeks of intensive fieldwork in Costa Rica (Dec. 29-Jan 13). The writing workshop (ww) designation means that the course emphasizes writing as a way of learning. In science, writing involves both text and graphical presentation, and this course focuses on both aspects

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