Audit for Enrichment Spring 2018 Courses | Webster University

Audit for Enrichment Spring 2018 Courses


The following Audit for Enrichment courses are available for Spring 2018 (textbooks are not included in the audit fee).


College of Arts & Sciences

Literature into Film:  Jane Austen, Cult Classic Wed, March 21-May 9, 5:30-9:30p
Why are we still interested in Jane Austen, 200 years later?  How do people in the 20th and 21st century use the idea of Jane Austen, and to what end?  What makes Jane Austen a cult classic?  In this introductory course, we will explore the world of Jane Austen and the wide array of 20th/21st-century adaptations of her works.  We analyze Austen's original literary texts, and will then compare, contrast, and evaluate film, tv, and video adaptations, as well as literary, game, and other adaptations.  Some highlights of the course will include a dark tale about manipulative and seductive Lady Susan; a fun, gothic parody Northanger Abbey; and a classic love story, Pride and PrejudiceCost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Contemporary Europe: 1945-Present Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 15-May 11, 10:00a-10:50a
An exploration of European politics, society, and culture from the end of World War II to the present. Topics include postwar reconstruction and the Marshall Plan, the origins of the Cold War, decolonization, feminism and environmentalism, the European Union, and the crisis and fall of the Soviet empire, along with current issues in European affairs. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

History of the Consumer Society  Wed, March 19-May 11, 5:30p-9:30p
This course will survey the history of the so-called “consumer society,” from the development of department stores and advertising in the twentieth century to the current landscape of dead shopping malls, Wal-Mart, and the growing surveillance of consumers through data mining, on-line shopping, and social media. We will examine prominent criticisms of the consumer society and explore debates about the social and political effects of consumer culture. By the end of the course, students should have a more critical understanding of our everyday lives. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

The American West: Film, Fiction, and Reality Tues, Jan 15-March 9, 5:30p-9:30p
This course examines the settlement of the American West as well as the role that the region has played in American culture throughout the country's history. Students will learn about the history of the West as a region for the earliest days of European exploration through the 20th century. Particular attention will be paid to the late 19th century, when western expansion was at its peak. We will examine western expansion from the perspectives of both American settlers and the Native Americans already living in the region. Students will learn about the diversity of the West throughout its history, and how the "Old West" of cowboys and gunslingers was only part of the story. We will also discuss the reasons why the popular perception of the "Old West" has lingered as a romanticized image in American culture. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Ideas in History: History of Economic Thought Tues, Thurs, Jan 15-May 11, 12:00p-1:20p
Examines the history of ideas and the role played by ideas in the social, cultural, and political evolution of nations and peoples. This course provides a survey of the key ideas and concepts that make up the history of economic thought, from the Old Testament to the present day. The course addresses the major themes that have engaged economists and other social theorists for centuries, including: the role of markets in society; the determination of economic value; the distribution of income; the causes of wealth and poverty; the nature and development of capitalism; the possibility of alternatives to capitalism; the meanings of justice, freedom and human welfare; and the role of government in influencing economic outcomes. By studying the most important debates in the history of economic thought, we will gain a more informed and critical understanding of the ideas that still impact on our lives and affect the responses to the burning issues of our times. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

History Roundtable: The Civil War in Myth and Memory Tues , Thurs, Jan 15- May 11 1:30-2:50p                          This course examines the lasting significance of the Civil War for American society. The memory of the Civil War took on great political importance in the years after the fighting ceased, as North and South, white and black, struggled over whose version of the conflict would become the “official” history. Students will learn about how the memory of the Civil War became entwined with both local and national politics and how sectional reconciliation was ultimately accomplished through a selective “forgetting” of the past. We will also examine the memory of the Civil War in the 20th century, including the rise of the modern-day “Lost Cause,” the connection of Civil War imagery and racial politics, and the ways in which Hollywood films have affected how Americans remember the war. Finally, we will discuss the ways historians have interpreted the war, and why those interpretations have changed over time. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Contemporary American Politics: The Presidency Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 15-May 11 11:00-11:50a
topics course examines various issues and processes in American politics, with the subject matter varying from semester to semester. May be repeated once for credit if content differs. Do you follow the daily news coming from the White House? Are you pleased? Angry? Fascinated? In disbelief? It is undisputed that President Donald Trump is breaking the mold of conventional presidential behavior. In order to evaluate him, it is important to understand the presidency in light of the history of the office and its institutional interactions with the other branches. We will study the development of the office, the process of nomination and election, and the relationship of the Presidency to Congress and the judiciary. In addition, we will closely follow President Trump and current events. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Civil Liberties and the Law Mon, Jan 15-March 9, 5:30-9:30p
on the liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Examines First Amendment protections for speech, press, and religion. Explores the significant changes in approach to due process and equal protection of law. Emphasizes case law and political analysis of judicial decision making.  This course will focus upon the role of the judiciary in interpreting the various freedoms and rights that are guaranteed to citizens by the United States Constitution. As we study the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court, we will explore its actions as a political player involved in public policy issues such as church/state relations, First Amendment freedoms, racial discrimination, and privacy rights. We will seek both to understand the internal logic of the Supreme Court's opinions and to place the Court's decisions in historical and political context. Students will be expected to: (1) attain a basic understanding of the role of the federal judiciary in interpreting the 1st amendment and the 14th amendment; (2) comprehend and assess arguments made by both majority and dissenting opinions in major decisions of the Supreme Court; (3) apply their knowledge to hypothetical cases involving similar controversies over civil liberties and civil rights; (4) participate in class analyses and discussions of Court decisions. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Elementary Latin, Level 1 Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 15-May 11, 9:00-9:50a
Introduces the language and culture of ancient Rome. The acquisition of vocabulary, grammatical forms, and linguistic structures enables students to decipher complex Latin sentences and encourages them to think critically about the nature of this language, and that of their own native language. The cultural content of this course touches on the roots of Western civilization and develops students' intercultural skills. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Elementary Chinese, Level 1 Tues, Thurs, Jan 15-May 11, 1:30-2:50p
Develops listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The goal is fluency in basic linguistic structures needed for expression in everyday situations and the recognition of challenges in intercultural communication. The target language varies. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Elementary Chinese, Level 2 Tues, Thurs, Jan 15-May 11, 10:00-11:20a
This course teaches listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing, with emphasis on understanding and speaking. The goal is fluency in basic linguistic structures needed for everyday situations and an understanding of the origin of specific cultural differences. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Chinese Culture Through Films Wed, Jan 15-May 11, 12:00-4:00p
This course provides an introduction to Chinese language cinema in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. It covers an overview from the silent era to the present time. We will use films to provide an introduction to China’s rich culture, values and history by screening a selection of internationally or nationally acclaimed Chinese films. We will analyze various film genres such as martial arts films, ghost films, new documentary, and urban comedy, etc., placing each film in its historical context, considering both the aesthetic forms and the socio-political/economic implications. Class time will be divided between watching films and discussing the relevant themes raised in these films both for Chinese and American audience. The course is taught in English, with all films subtitled in English. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

France, Homeland of Human Rights Tues, Thurs, Jan 15-May 11,10:00-11:20a
France is often considered to be the homeland of human rights because the Revolutionaries of 1789 infused the rights of the individual—irrespective of nationality or social status—with a universal dimension. In this course we will analyze how the writings of Enlightenment philosophers (Voltaire, Rousseau, Condorcet, Olympe de Gouges...) informed this ideal, and how they argued in favor of tolerance or the critique of torture. Conversely, we will see how the Terror of 1793 promptly denied the rights on which the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen were founded through an arbitrary use of the guillotine against the enemies of the Revolution. Moreover France’s foreign policies have not always been exemplary, and it is not yet a refuge for all migrants, as the current crisis demonstrates. Through case studies (the Calas Affair, the Dreyfus Affair, the ​use of torture during the ​Algerian War), literary texts, but also artworks and films we will see what has contributed to -and compromised- France’s reputation in the world. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Le Cinemea Francais Engage Tues, Thurs, Jan 15-May 11, 1:30-2:50p
This survey of French and Francophone cinema examines the history of the medium from its origins through some of its more recent trends, focusing on its socially activist tendencies. Films viewed will have explicit social and political messages, often times highly critical of established ideological currents. Among the film /auteurs /studied are Gance, Clair, Renoir, Truffaut, Godard...Films will be on reserve in​ ​Emerson library. Taught in French. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Murder on the Menu: Italian Mysteries & Food Wed, Jan 15-May 11, 12:00-12:50p
An introduction to the culture; including customs, history, literature, and arts of a particular region or country, taught by faculty trained and experienced in the target culture or language. Through single or multiple themes, students will learn about the historical and sociopolitical contexts for areas where the target culture differs significantly from U.S. culture and develop their intercultural competence skills. Students may also learn linguistic tools, such as greetings, polite and ceremonial formulas, and culturally specific terms that do not exist in English, that would help them establish contact with the people of the target region. Cost: $100 ($50 for 60 years of age or older)

Elementary Italian, Level 1 Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 15-May 11, 9:00-9:50a
Develops listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The goal is fluency in basic Italian structures needed for expression in everyday situations and the recognition of challenges in intercultural communication. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Elementary Italian, Level 2 Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 15-May 11, 10:00-10:50a
This course is designed as the continuation of Italian Elementary Level I. Students will complete the basics of grammar and expand their vocabulary beyond daily topics. The goal is fluency in the basic Italian needed for everyday situations and an understanding of the origin of specific cultural differences. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Intermediate German, Level 2 Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 15-May 11,10:00-10:50a
This course consolidates grammar, vocabulary building, and development of conversational skill with group discussions, covering practical and cultural aspects of the language. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Intermediate French, Level I Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 15-May 11, 9:00-9:50a
Teaches listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing, with emphasis on understanding and speaking. The goal is fluency in the basic French needed for everyday situations and the recognition of challenges in intercultural communication. May be repeated once for credit with permission of department chair. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Elementary French, Level II Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 15-May 11,11:00-11:50a
This course teaches listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing, with the emphasis on understanding and speaking. The goal is fluency in the basic French needed for in everyday situations and an understanding of the origin of specific cultural differences. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

la Cuisine Francaise: intermediate language and food Mon, Jan 15-May 11, 2:00-2:50p
Students with an intermediate-level proficiency in French will learn more about French seasonal and regional cuisines while developing practical vocabulary and improving listening, speaking and reading skills. Students are expected to participate actively in the preparation of dishes. Cost: $100 ($50 for 60 years of age or older)

Cibler la langue Wed, Jan 15-May 11, 2:00-2:50p
How cultural is taste? How do food practices influence language? Does sharing a meal help create cultural empathy? What are the current social debates around food and foodways in France? Students will explore these questions in addition to learning how to prepare and appreciate iconic French culinary dishes and to discuss them in culturally appropriate ways. Cost: $100 ($50 for 60 years of age or older)

The Meaning of Life Tues, Thurs, Jan 15-May 11,1:30-2:50p
In this class, we examine multicultural perspectives on the meaning of life. More specifically, we engage in a sustained, shared inquiry into the nature and purpose of human existence, drawing on some of the world's major philosophical traditions to guide us in our inquiry: Taoism, Zen Buddhism, Native American thought, Critical Race Theory, Existentialism, and Naturalism. Students will deepen and broaden their appreciation for life. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Ethics of Privacy Mon, Jan 15-May 11, 3:00-4:40p
This one-credit course uses the work of philosophers, lawyers, novelists, and technologists to help us understand ways in which privacy is both vitally important and terribly risky. We will consider arguments for different conceptions of privacy, critique them, and work to formulate our own coherent views. Weekly reading and discussion. Grading based on several short, largely informal writing assignments and a final essay sorting through the arguments and defending a position. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Contemporary Moral Problems Tues, Thurs, Jan 15-May 11,1:30-2:50p
This course delves into some of our most difficult and fascinating contemporary moral issues. From various philosophical perspectives we examine the death penalty, euthanasia, abortion, climate change, hunger, poverty, and forms of violence and discrimination based on gender, race, and sexuality. This course counts toward the programs in Practical and Interdisciplinary Ethics and International Human Rights, and fulfills the Global Citizenship Requirements for Ethical Reasoning and Social Systems and Human Behavior. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)


School of Communications

Introductory Topics in Media Digital Portfolios in Adobe CC Fri, April 6, 5:30p-9:30p and Sat, April 7, 9:00a-6:00p
This weekend seminar is an introduction to the creation of portfolios to be presented on the internet. The web based portfolio is an essential aspect when applying for a job, graduate school, film festivals and art shows. The class will cover basic tools and concepts of Adobe Creative Suite, which include digital imaging, video editing, video encoding and web streaming, web design and publishing portfolio based web sites. Students will create a visually effective demo of their work and package it as a web site. Cost: $100 ($50 for 60 years of age or older)

Adobe Applications: Photoshop Fri, January 26, 5:30p-9:30p and Sat, Jan 27, 9:00a-6:00p
In this introductory course, students will learn the basics of the program as well as a few practical applications. The course is intended for people with no working knowledge of the program, and will give successful students a baseline understanding and a jumping off point to explore the program more fully. the instructor will give students tips and resources to go deeper in the program and explore more advanced uses independently. Cost: $100 ($50 for 60 years of age or older)

Adobe Applications: Illustrator Fri, February 9, 5:30p-9:30p and Sat, Feb 3, 9:00a-6:00p
In this introductory course, students will learn the basics of the program as well as a few practical applications. The course is intended for people with no working knowledge of the program, and will give successful students a baseline understanding and a jumping off point to explore the program more fully. the instructor will give students tips and resources to go deeper in the program and explore more advanced uses independently. Cost: $100 ($50 for 60 years of age or older)

Adobe Applications: InDesign  Fri, February 9, 5:30p-9:30p and Sat, Feb 10, 9:00a-6:00p
In this introductory course, students will learn the basics of the program as well as a few practical applications. The course is intended for people with no working knowledge of the program, and will give successful students a baseline understanding and a jumping off point to explore the program more fully. the instructor will give students tips and resources to go deeper in the program and explore more advanced uses independently. Cost: $100 ($50 for 60 years of age or older)

Adobe Applications: Premiere Fri, February 16, 5:30p-9:30 p and Sat, Feb 17, 9:00a-6:00p
In this introductory course, students will learn the basics of the program as well as a few practical applications. The course is intended for people with no working knowledge of the program, and will give successful students a baseline understanding and a jumping off point to explore the program more fully. the instructor will give students tips and resources to go deeper in the program and explore more advanced uses independently. Cost: $100 ($50 for 60 years of age or older)

Adobe Applications: AfterEffects Fri, February 23, 5:30p-9:30p and Sat, Feb 24, 9:00a-6:00p
In this introductory course, students will learn the basics of the program as well as a few practical applications. The course is intended for people with no working knowledge of the program, and will give successful students a baseline understanding and a jumping off point to explore the program more fully. the instructor will give students tips and resources to go deeper in the program and explore more advanced uses independently. Cost: $100 ($50 for 60 years of age or older)

Adobe Applications: Audition Fri, March 2, 5:30p-9:30p and Sat, March 3, 9:00a-6:00p
In this introductory course, students will learn the basics of the program as well as a few practical applications. The course is intended for people with no working knowledge of the program, and will give successful students a baseline understanding and a jumping off point to explore the program more fully. the instructor will give students tips and resources to go deeper in the program and explore more advanced uses independently. Cost: $100 ($50 for 60 years of age or older)

Intro to B&W Photography Friday, April 20, 1:00p-5:00p, and Sat, April 21, 9:00a-5:00p                               
Cost: $100 ($50 for 60 years of age or older)

Digital Portfolios in Adobe CC Fri, April 16, 5:30p-9:30p, and Sat, April 17, 9:00a-5:00p              
This weekend seminar is an introduction to the creation of portfolios to be presented on the internet. The web based portfolio is an essential aspect when applying for a job, graduate school, film festivals and art shows. The class will cover basic tools and concepts of Adobe Creative Suite, which include digital imaging, video editing, video encoding and web streaming, web design and publishing portfolio based web sites. Students will create a visually effective demo of their work and package it as a web site. Cost: $100 ($50 for 60 years of age or older)

Media Literacy Mon, Wed, Jan 15-May 11, 12:00-1:20p
Students learn to systematically decode, evaluate, and analyze information conveyed through the channels of mass communication. They learn the process, language, and effects of the media and develop a critical awareness of messages conveyed through channels of mass communications, as reflected in children's programming, advertising, journalism, and political communications. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Film and Television Appreciation Mon, Jan 15-May 11, 5:30-8:30p
Students learn the aesthetic and technological elements in moving pictures. The course traces artistic trends and critical theories and focuses on visual imagery, sound, story, acting, and directing to develop a critical framework for appreciating the artistic aspects of film and television. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Introduction to Interactive Media Wed, March 19-May 11, 1:00-4:50p    
A practical introduction to interactive media. Students learn the concept, information and interactive design, production strategies, technical aspects of production and publication, and practical applications of interactive media in educational, commercial, and public environments. Students create formal design documents that include flowcharts, treatments, scripts, and storyboards. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)



School of Business

Entrepreneurial Financial Management Tues, Thurs, Jan 15-May 11, 1:30-2:50p
This course will focus on the process an entrepreneur goes through to produce, understand, interpret, and use basic financial information to start, manage, or grow their entrepreneurial organization. As an entrepreneur and small business owner, each decision you make has financial implications. Entrepreneurs must be able to generate and understand their financial information in order to evaluate their organization's financial performance, to communicate clearly with their employees, bankers, and stakeholders, as well as to incorporate financial information into their day-to-day operations and decision-making process. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Introduction to Web programming Mon,19-May 11, 5:30-9:30p
This course covers the most current markup language used for developing web pages. Students will also be introduced to the various methods of styling page content. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Public Relations Thurs, March 19-May 11, 5:30-9:30p
In this course, students study public relations policies and practices as an integral process of information gathering, assembling, evaluating, and reporting. Includes an overview of the role of public relations in developing favorable external public opinion toward an organization, corporation, institution, or individual. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Intro to Entrepreneurship & Small Business Mgmt Downtown Campus, Thurs, Jan 15-March 9, 5:30-9:30p
This course introduces the concept of entrepreneurship and its relationship with small business. The course focuses on activities involved in planning, organizing, establishing, and controlling a small business. Includes procedures and problems in starting a business, managerial functions, marketing, and financing a new enterprise, as well as governmental regulations. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Intro to Entrepreneurship & Small Business Mgmt Wed, Jan 15-May 11, 2:00-5:00p
This course introduces the concept of entrepreneurship and its relationship with small business. The course focuses on activities involved in planning, organizing, establishing, and controlling a small business. Includes procedures and problems in starting a business, managerial functions, marketing, and financing a new enterprise, as well as governmental regulations.Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Entrepreneurial Marketing Downtown Campus, Wed, March 19-May 11, 5:30-9:30p
This course introduces students to the unique marketing issues faced by today's entrepreneurs when creating and growing their businesses. Students will learn the process of designing and implementing marketing concepts to address challenges facing entrepreneurial organization. this process, known as Entrepreneurial Marking, takes into account the special challenges and opportunities involved in developing marketing strategies from the "start-up phase", through growth and maintenance phases. Students will develop a comprehensive entrepreneurial marketing plan over the course based on their own business concept. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Entrepreneurial Marketing Tues, Thurs, Jan 15-May 11, 10:00-11:20a
This course introduces students to the unique marketing issues faced by today's entrepreneurs when creating and growing their businesses. Students will learn the process of designing and implementing marketing concepts to address challenges facing entrepreneurial organization. this process, known as Entrepreneurial Marking, takes into account the special challenges and opportunities involved in developing marketing strategies from the "start-up phase", through growth and maintenance phases. Students will develop a comprehensive entrepreneurial marketing plan over the course based on their own business concept. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Innovation, Creativity, & the Entrepreneur Tues, March 11-May 11, 5:30-9:30p
This course introduces students to basic theories of innovation and creativity. The concepts are balanced between an analysis of what has been done and what can be done. The course includes an analysis of the sources of creativity as seen from multiple perspectives and from an interdisciplinary perspective. The creativity of artists and musicians is analyzed. The role played by language, and to a lesser extent, literature is also analyzed. The social contexts for creativity and economic activity are evaluated and analyzed. Practical tools for individual creativity are introduced to the student to advance their own approaches to creativity in their specific field to assist the student toward realizing what might be done. Cost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)