Brandeis Anthropologist Javier Urcid teaches 2 courses this summer

Photo of Anthropology Professor Javier UrcidBrandeis Associate Professor and Chair of the Brandeis Anthropology Dept., Javier Urcid, will be teaching two classes this summer.  Prof. Urcid will be teaching ANTH 5a: Human Origins and ANTH 116a: Human Osteology. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Prof. Urcid studies the development of ancient complex societies in Mesoamerica: the origin and societal functions of early writing, political economy and settlement patterns, and the social and ideological dimensions of mortuary practices.

Recently, Prof. Urcid was the feature of a video on his work helping students understand ancient societies using Brandeis’ rich collection of artifacts.

Several Anthropology courses are being offered this summer:

ANTH 1a: Introduction to the Comparative Study of Human Societies with Ieva Jusionyte
Sage class number: 2109

ANTH 5a: Human Origins with Javier Urcid
Sage class number: 2070

ANTH 61b: Language in American Life with Laura Ann John
Sage class number: 2110

ANTH 105a: Myth and Ritual with Adam Gamwell
Sage class number: 2111

ANTH 116a: Human Osteology with Javier Urcid
Sage class number: 2072

ANTH 129b: Global, Transnational, and Diasporic Communities with Noah Tamarkin
Sage class number: 2073

ANTH 144a: The Anthropology of Gender with Anna Jaysane-Darr
Sage class number: 2112

To register for 2012 Brandeis Summer Classes, visit:

Course Preview: Mathematics

MATH 15a – Applied Linear Algebra

Typically this course is taken after a student has completed Techniques of Calculus A/B.  If you were able to receive credit from AP Calculus AB/BC, then you may have enrolled in this class without taking any mathematics course at Brandeis.  Assuming that you are hoping to pursue some sort of major or minor in Mathematics if you intend on taking this course, feel free to browse through the department’s website. If you are having difficulty planning additional courses in this department, email a professor or UDR.  There are many resources that are available, so use them!

This course will focus on matrices, determinants, linear equations, vector spaces, eigenvalues, quadratic forms, linear programming, and more!  Emphasis will be placed on techniques and applications.

Summer Humanities Program

Humanities, being reason and imagination, is an opportunity to explore many aspects of the world that we may not have been familiar with beforehand.  It allows us to answer questions and understand concepts from our ever-changing surroundings.  To learn more about why you should enroll in a Humanities Class this summer, please read the 5 benefits listed below:

1.  Understanding Change.  The world around us is constantly changing and in order to get the fullest understanding of everything, we first need to learn more about our past and present to figure out how to deal and manage things for our unknown future.

2.  Real People.  We are a world made up of unique individuals that cannot necessarily be listed as plots on a graph or numbers on a spreadsheet.  Each person has his or her own genetic and cultural make up.  In Humanities, people and cultures are viewed at a more personal and understanding level.  Classrooms are no longer boring lectures, but relatable learning material that is interesting, fun, and exciting!

3.  Skills.  Important skills that are necessary for doing well in Humanities courses are just as important in the real world.  Doctors, Lawyers, and other professions are continuously looking for people that can read other people and not just analyze the data given to them on a piece of paper.  If one can think analytically and critically in conjunction with analyzing the human being or group, he or she will be very successful in the job field.  Humanities courses also teach people how to express one’s self verbally and in writing in an informative and interesting way.  Overall, these courses will be extremely helpful in the long run.

4. Working together.  If your sharing and team-oriented skills were not fully shaped in kindergarden, elementary school, or during summer camp, then have no fear, because Humanities courses are here!  As long as you keep an open mind and are ready to learn the new, important skills that these courses have to offer, you will be successful in absorbing everything.

5.  Meeting new people.  If you know how to meet new people and how to handle different situations, not only will you be a huge hit at parties, but you will also have the confidence that could be quite beneficial when networking for your career.

So enroll in a Humanities course today and let literature, philosophy, and the professors shape your mind for your future.

Introductory Biology 15b

BIOL 15b is one of the more basic biology courses that fulfills the science requirement. Often you’ll see non-science majors in the lecture hall alongside those newly embarking on a science concentration.  This class touches on many of the same concepts found in the AP Biology curriculum, which explains why the registrar recommends against taking this course if you have taken AP Bio.  Because there is a lot of material to cover, it is important that you remain focus throughout the session and try to absorb as much of it as possible.  If you are taking this course with the intention of enrolling in BIOL 22a/b in the future, this course will provide an excellent foundation for those future courses.  Be sure to save your notes and lectures, perhaps they will be useful in semesters to come!

Course Tuition: $2,236 plus a nonrefundable, once per summer $50 registration fee.

New Summer Classes Added to Summer 2012!

3 new classes have been added to Summer 2012!

BIOL 172b – Growth Control and Cancer with Justin Dore
M, T, W, Th 9:00 – 10:50 AM
Summer Session I: May 29 to June 29, 2012
Requirements Fulfilled: sn
This course covers the fundamental rules of behavior of cells in multicellular organisms. We will examine cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern cell growth, and differentiation and survival in normal cells, as well as how this regulation is disrupted in cancer.

JOUR 89a – Contemporary Media: Internship and Analysis with Maura Jane Farrelly
Extended Summer Session: May 29 to August 3, 2012
Prerequisite: AMST 15a, 137b, or 138b
This course brings together students who are independently engaged in various media internships and provides an opportunity for them to exchange their experiences w

ith other students and to discuss and analyze related readings. Students will receive career guidance in the various communication fields and they will have an opportunity to practice job-hunting skills, such as resume and cover letter writing. Students who choose to satisfy the journalism minor’s internship option must take this course. Students should first contact Prof. Maura Jane Farrelly to discuss their proposed Internship, or for advice in finding an internship site.

HISP 104b – Peoples, Ideas, and Language of the Hispanic World with Jorge Arteta

M, T, Th 8:30 – 10:50 AM
Summer Session I: May 29 to June 29, 2012
Requirements Fulfilled: hum, fl
Prerequisite: 30-level Spanish course or equivalent.
This course offers an opportunity to expand the participants’ linguistic skills in Spanish while simultaneously deepening their understanding of Hispanic culture. The main theme of the course is the history and ideas that shape the Spanish-speaking world, from its peninsular origins to the realities of Spanish-speakers in the Americas, including the United States.

The following topics will be studied throughout the course:

  • Concepts of identity and culture
  • Religion and mythology in the course of history
  • Dynamics of nation formation
  • Hispanic peoples, ideas and languages in the USA

Pertinent vocabulary and complex grammar not mastered in previous courses will be studied, contextualized and applied during the course as appropriate. Please note that most of the study of grammar will be assigned to be done outside of class, as well as the course manual’s activities. Students will improve their listening skills, as well as develop new strategies to acquire new vocabulary and carry out the following functions in Spanish: narrating, describing, giving out advice and recommendations, comparing and contrasting, expressing opinions and providing valid arguments.

Registration is now open!

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