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Fall 2015 Lecture List

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Additional Courses and Class Cancellations for Fall 2015


Auditor Only Series change: date change and title change


ASC 002 – Architecture of Princeton University

Instructor: Lecturer, Barksdale Maynard,  Department of Art and Archaeology


Listed by Forbes magazine as one of the Worlds Most Beautiful Campuses, Princeton has long been an architectural paragon, much-admired and copied. Its astonishingly varied buildings can help tell the story of American architectural history from the 1750s on. This course will examine Princetons fascinating relationship to ever-changing architectural trends in America and Britain. Controversies will be emphasized, from nineteenth-century fights about Gothic Revival to current debates about Neo-modernist designs by world-famous architects. This course will enhance your understanding of Americas fourth-oldest campus.


Dates: Fridays – 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13

Time: 1:00 - 2:30

COST: $100.00

Additional Classes

ECO 100 Introduction to Microeconomics

Henry S. Farber

Monday/Wednesday 1:30-2:20

Economics is the study of how people and societies deal with scarcity. This course focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of market systems for allocating scarce resources.

POL 362 Chinese Politics

Rory Truex

Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:20

This course provides an overview of China's political system. We will begin with a brief historical overview of China's political development from 1949 to the present. The remainder of the course will examine the key challenges facing the current generation of CCP leadership, focusing on prospects for democratization and political reform. Among other topics, we will examine: factionalism and political purges; corruption; avenues for political participation; village elections; public opinion; protest movements and dissidents; co-optation of the business class; and media and internet control.

Sample reading list:

Lieberthal, Kenneth, Governing China: From Revolution Through Reform
Svolik, Milan, The Politics of Authoritarian Rule
Nathan, Andrew J., The Tiananmen Papers
Li, Lianjiang, Political Trust in Rural China
Tanner, Murray Scot, China Rethinks Unrest

POL 329 Policy Making in America

Charles M. Cameron 

Tuesday/Thursday 10:00-10:50

This course provides a realistic introduction to how public policy is made in the United States today. It examines how people (voters, activists, wealthy individuals, lobbyists, politicians, bureaucrats, and judges), organizations (interest groups, firms, unions, foundations, think tanks, political parties, and the media) and political institutions (Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, and the judiciary) come together to create and implement public policy. The course combines social science theory and systematic empirical evidence with case studies, and provides students with tools of proven usefulness for practical political analysis.

Sample reading list:
Paul Burstein, American Public Opinion, Advocacy, and Policy in Congress
Robert Kaiser, Act of Congress
Ken Silverstein, Turkmeniscam: How Washington Lobbyists Fought
Alex Hirsch and Ken Shotts, Health Care Reform 2009-2010, Harvard Business School Case
Richard Whitmire, The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation's Worst
Eric Patashnik, Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes

LIN 305 Sociolinguistics

Carina Bauman

Monday/Wednesday 1:30-2:50

Human language viewed from a social perspective. Topics will include social difference in the use of language, and linguistic differences as a function of geography, social group membership, and social status.

SOC 301 Sociological Research Methods

Margaret Frye

Monday/Wednesday 9:00-9:50

Most research in sociology is quantitative, and it is important for students at a minimum to be able to critically evaluate published quantitative research. Ideally, students should also be able to conduct empirical research involving statistical methods. This course provides the foundation for both goals. The course focuses specifically on how to determine, apply, and interpret statistical methods appropriate for answering a sociological research question given a particular set of data. Basic probability theory is introduced as a building block of statistical reasoning, and a variety of commonly-used statistical tests are developed.

Closed and Cancelled Classes 

Closed classes are not available to auditors because they have an over flow of students.

ART 248 Photography's History from Analog to Digital - Cancelled
CHM 440 Drug Discoveries in the Genomic Era - Closed
ENV 201A Fundamentals of Environmental Studies - Closed
GEO 102A Climate: Past, Present, and Future - Closed
GEO 415 Earth's Atmosphere - Cancelled
HUM 216Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture - Closed
LIN 201 Introduction to Language and Linguistics - Closed
MAE 345 Robotics and Intelligent Systems - Closed
ORF 363 Computing and Optimization for the Physical and Social Sciences - Closed
POL 365 Democracy - Cancelled
PSY 306 Memory and cognition - Closed
REL 219 Business Ethics and Modern Religious Thought - Closed
WWS 340 The Psychology of Decision Making and Judgment - Closed