Category Archives: Brandeis Courses

Considering an ECON major or minor? Start your study with ECON 10a!

Student reviewing course materials on his laptop with a background illustrating the stock market rising.

ECON 10A: Introduction to Microeconomics is intended for all possible economics majors, minors, and for all other students who plan to take Econ 20 (Introduction to Macroeconomics) later in their academic career. This is the first economics course that economics students should take at Brandeis, and anyone contemplating a major or minor should start with this course.

The course will give you an idea of the range of behaviors that economists investigate, introduce you to the basic tools that we use to analyze economic behavior, and apply these tools to public policy issues. Perhaps most important, this course will introduce you to the “economic way of thinking,” an approach to decision making that applies to personal decisions, to the decisions of businesses, labor unions and other organizations, and to the larger choices that society faces.

This course satisfies the School of Social Science (SS) distribution requirement and the Quantitative Reasoning (QR) component of the General University Requirements. It is also the first course for any student considering a concentration or minor in Economics.

This course has two “broad” goals. First, it is hoped that everyone will come out of this course a more educated citizen, being able to use basic economic principles to critically evaluate the arguments for and against public policy proposals (various tax proposals, immigration reform). Second, this course should give students the theoretical tools necessary for success in subsequent economics courses.

Learn more about registration for the Brandeis Summer School here.

Get online and get outside this summer!

Get online and get outside this summer!

Our online BISC 11a: Biodiversity Connections class will help you do both!

Photo of a lake, small island, trees, mountain, sky, and buildings representing bio-diversity

If you are looking to complete your Brandeis School of Science graduation requirement then check out BISC 11a: Biodiversity Connections.  (BISC 11a is open to any college student or degree recipient with an interest in the subject matter.  The course is also open to select high school students.)
This online course will help you discover the natural world by doing citizen science (via iNaturalist.org) in tandem with an exploration of ecology and evolution. So, if you are curious about the natural world and want to explore nature (from anywhere in the world), then this course is a great opportunity for you to get outside and discover local biodiversity.

Photo of a young woman working on her course work in a city park

BISC 11a is taught by Prof. Colleen Hitchcock of the Biology Department and Environmental Studies Program and is designed to promote local exploration of biodiversity through citizen science while you learn the fundamentals of ecology and evolution. Throughout the 10-week course you’ll have a chance to delve into the basics of biodiversity science and make contributions to biodiversity research by using a digital camera or cell phone to capture data about the biodiversity you interact with every day.
Biodiversity Connections is an entry-level science course designed to satisfy the School of Science graduation requirement and there are no prerequisites to this course! (The Science graduation requirement needs to be completed by all Brandeis students – not just students majoring in the Sciences!) 
Enrolled students will discover how everyone can make scientific contributions through citizen science and will use citizen science research to complement the scientific topics explored in each week’s online discussions. So get outside and explore the natural world regardless of if your summer is being spent in an urban center, suburb, or remote natural location while completing this online summer course.

Click here to learn more about online courses at Brandeis and how online classes are conducted!

Photo of a an ariel view of a city with busy highways and green spaces teeming with biodiversity.

BIOL 26A: Plant Biology – Offered Online this Summer!

Photo of Caladium Plant LeavesHave you ever thought about the overwhelming amount of diversity that surrounds us in our everyday lives?  Have you ever considered that most of this macroscopic diversity comes from the Plant Kingdom?  Are you interested in taking a Biology elective, but concerned that you are going to be away from campus this summer?

For the first time ever, the Biology department is offering BIOL 26A: Plant Biology – a BIOL elective course completely in an online format.  Professor of Biology, Melissa Kosinski-Collins, will be offering this online course over 10 weeks this summer (June 4-Aug. 12).  Professor Kosinski-Collins teaches the introductory biology lab courses at Brandeis and specializes her approach to teaching cater to all types of learnings in active learning exercises.

Plant Biology is a mid-level course will build on the foundational knowledge of introductory biology to take students on an adventure through the molecular and cellular basis of plants.  Enrolled students will experience at-home labs, readings and exercises to participate in both a hands-on and virtual tour of the plant kingdom from anywhere in the world.  This course will pay special attention to agricultural practices and policies central to the U.S. produce farming industry.

Click here to learn more about online classes at Brandeis and how the courses are conducted!

MACROECONOMIC THEORY 82B

This course is a one-(summer) session course covering macroeconomic facts, theory, and policy.  It covers the determinants of economic growth, business cycles, inflation, and unemployment along with a discussion of the international economy.

The learning goals of this course are for students to leave with an understanding of:

  • how the availability of capital and labor affect a country’s standard of living;
  • how technological progress results in economic growth and higher living standards;
  • the relationship between the domestic economy and the international economic environment, as reflected in the behavior of the balance of payments; and
  • how fiscal and monetary policies affect unemployment and inflation in the short run.

In general, you will learn how to use rigorous, mathematical models to appraise critically the issues underlying important contemporary policy debates in the United States and elsewhere.

Contact alaski@brandeis.edu if you have further questions about the course material and expectations.

Theater Arts Department, Brandeis University

THA 71a: Playwriting

Online Class

Do you want to be a Playwright or Screenwriter? 

Do you have a story to tell?

This summer students will have the opportunity to write a One-Act Play or Short Film in our Online THA 71a Playwriting workshop.

You will learn how to write compelling action, three-dimensional characters, engaging dialogue, and use the power of myth (think Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones) to create stories that grab the audience’s attention.

As models for writing, members interested in writing for the stage will look at 1-2 plays by such dramatists as Pinter, Albee, Mamet, Anna Deavere Smith, or Tony Kushner.

Those interested in writing for the screen will look at short films or 1-2 films by such directors as Scorsese, the Coen brothers, Wes Anderson, David Lynch, or Iñárritu,

However, the focus will be on students’ original work. 

Click here more information about the course and a link to the course syllabus.

Your instructor will be Joseph A. Coroniti, PhD, Professor, Drama & Film, email: coroniti@brandeis.edu