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Courses and Syllabi

Michael Kammen
Art Controversies in American Culture
Cornell University, History 421
Fall 2003

Sujatha Fernandes
Art, Resistance, and Power
WWS – 593h
Fall 2003

Stephen Urice
Armed Conflict and the Protection of Cultural Property
WWS 402h
Spring 2003

Steven Tepper
Creativity, Innovation, and Society
SOC 214
Spring 2003

This course will explore the social context for innovation and creativity. The course is open to all undergraduates and is intended to cut across disciplines – from the arts, to engineering, economics and science – and to appeal to students who have a broad interest in the creative process, invention and entrepreneurship. The course will emphasize social relationships and networks surrounding creative work; gate keeping; the diffusion of innovation; new technologies; changing institutions; and public policy. In addition to lectures and precepts, the course will involve guest presentations by individuals who have made significant contributions in the areas of science, music, art, and business.

Paul DiMaggio and David Dobkin
Sex, Money and Rock and Roll: Information Technology and Society
FRS 129
Fall 2002

Syllabus Course Description

Stan Katz and Steven Tepper
Communications, Decency and Children: Government's Role in Protecting Youth from Violence and Pornography
WWS 401a
Fall 2001

Tali Mendelberg
Seminar in American Politics - Deliberation and Cultural Conflicts
POL 420
Spring 2000

The course will be a seminar on deliberation and cultural conflict, to be taught in the spring of 2000. The course will pose the question of how public discussion might resolve cultural conflict. We will pay particular attention to cultural disagreements driven by ethnicity, race, or gender. We will first study theoretical approaches to discussions of conflict. We will then study the empirical literature on the structure, dynamics and policy outcomes of public discussion about cultural conflict. Whenever possible, we will study actual instances of public discussion. The course will end with the question of how to design productive deliberation that can resolve cultural conflict. The main requirement of the course will be a paper based on direct observation of a group of people communicating about cultural conflict.

Stan Katz
Copyright Law, the Internet and the Public Interest
WWS 401a
Fall 1999

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