Loyola University Maryland

Graduate Program in Liberal Studies

Summer-Fall 2015 Course Offerings

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SUMMER (May 28–August 20, 2015)


LS 689-401: American Film Classics

Students are encouraged to examine and reflect upon traditional American values as portrayed in a set of eight vintage films. The central focus of the films chosen varies, but could include foundational myths like the self-made man, the cowboy and the Wild West, the pioneer spirit, or individual freedom. May be repeated for credit. (Creative)
Dr. Randall Donaldson
Monday & Wednesday, 6–9 p.m. [5/28–7/9/2015] 


LS 620-501: Power & Money: Understanding a Global Economy in Flux

Why don't countries with McDonald's go to war with each other? What are the real costs (and benefits) of American energy dependence? What has been the most effective poverty alleviation scheme of the last century (hint: not the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund)? How can people turn trees into HDTVs? Will today's young people ever be able to retire? This course approaches these and other political economy enigmas with lively and erudite discussions of the classics, the controversial, and current events. (Historical)
Dr. James Quirk
Tuesday & Thursday, 6–9 p.m. [5/28–7/9/2015] 


LS 752-601: Sex and Modernity

Human beings have always been interested in sex, but modern civilization is downright obsessed with it. Indeed, revolutions in both sexual behavior and attitudes toward love and sex are central to the phenomenon called "modernity." Questions of sexuality now preoccupy political struggles, religious debates, social movements, and psychological theories, to say nothing of the role played by sex in the emergence of a commodity culture. Sexuality is the central metaphor, the privileged myth of modern world. Students examine the nature and function of sexuality in modern life through readings from psychological and political theorists and from literature. In doing so, they consider questions about the history of conceptions of love and sex, a history that takes them back to the ancient world. Students are also required to absorb some key lessons from some of greatest thinkers of the modern period, including Foucault, Freud, de Beauvoir, and Arendt. Literary works by Fauset, Wedekind, Nabokov, and others. Taught from a feminist perspective. (Thematic)
Dr. Patrick Brugh
Tuesday, 6:30–9:00 p.m. [7/13–8/20/2015] 

FALL (August 31–December 17, 2015)


LS 650-401: The Absurd in Life and Literature

This course traces the concept of absurdity from first principles to modern postulates. The first principles are assembled from writers as diverse as Kierkegaard, Sartre, Camus, and Kafka. The modern postulates include the notion of an absurd hero (or antihero) in modern fiction and absurd tragedy (or tragic farce), called Theater of the Absurd. Writers studied include Samuel Beckett, Edward Albee, Walker Percy, and John Irving. (Thematic)
Dr. Steven Burr & Dr. Randall Donaldson
Wednesday, 6:30–9 p.m. [8/31–12/16/2015] 

LS 709-401: The Moral and Political Ideas of Tolkien's The Lord of Rings

One of the most popular literary works of all time, The Lord of the Rings is filled with moral, political, philosophical, and religious ideas. Exploring Tolkien's great themes of friendship, war, mercy, treachery, possession, land, and totalitarianism, students take a close look at Tolkien's writings, the film trilogy, and philosophical works upon which he likely relied. (Historical)
Dr. Graham McAleer
Thursday, 6:30–9 p.m. [8/31–12/17/2015]  


LS 652-501: American Foreign Policy

Who makes American foreign policy, and how? This course looks at making foreign policy with cases from World War II through today. What ideals, institutions, personalities, and constraints are at work with various countries, economic crises, the environment, cyber security, and more? Students examine the making of foreign policy as told by distinguished practitioners, mostly presidents and their key advisors. Lessons are drawn from these experiences as students design and debate their own foreign policy strategies for current and emerging issues. (Thematic)
Dr. James Quirk 
Monday, 6:30–9 p.m. [8/31–12/14/2015] 


LS 656-601: Numeracy: A Language of the World and the Imagination

Mathematics is a way of thinking, of questioning, analyzing, and synthesizing information about the world around us. It can lead to wonder and awe, as well as increased understanding which improves decision making in our personal lives and in public policy. The aim of this course is to provide the student with a deeper appreciation and understanding of mathematical thinking and the importance of its role in our highly technological society. Topics include the scale of things and the power of ten; lies and statistics; the shape of things and visualization; the world in motion, the world of bits and bytes. (Thematic)
Dr. Suzanne E. Keilson
Tuesday, 6:30–9:00 p.m. [8/31–12/8/2015]