Category Archives: Brandeis Courses

Summer is Here!

Happy First Day of Summer!

Session 1 and Online classes are in full swing!

Session 2 classes begin on July 8!

(Don’t forget to register for Session 2 classes before the regular deadline next Friday, June 28!)

 

We know you are busy and that life can get stressful – and that is why the Brandeis Summer School is here to help. We created a Summer Activity program filled with fun and uncomplicated events just for you! Whether you’re living on campus, back home for the summer, or renting nearby, you’re welcome to participate.

Calm your mind and strengthen your body with a yoga session, satisfy your sweet tooth with free ice cream, go shopping at the local malls, take a trip off-campus to see wild animals at the Franklin Park Zoo, venture into Boston for a Red Sox game or museum tour, escape to Newport Beach, or just relax with netflix and pizza at an on-campus movie night. View our Activities Calendar for the full schedule of events this summer! You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest activity updates.

We encourage you to participate in the summer activities scheduled by our program. We do ask that you RSVP for events as appropriate, as space fills up quickly for certain events.

We look forward to seeing you during your study breaks!

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If you have questions you can always email us at summerschool@brandeis.edu.

Summer School Late Registration

Summer School Late Registration for Session 1 and Session O!

Although self-service registration in Sage has closed for Session 1 and Session O classes, you can still register for classes by emailing our office.

Mention “SUMSCH2019” in your enrollment email and we will waive the Late Registration fee!

Register by emailing us now!

Use this Summer to:
  • Earn credits toward graduation, and fulfill major, minor, and graduation requirements
  • Focus your attention on one or two challenging classes at a time.
  • Prepare for study abroad or make time for an internship by lightening your course load in future semesters
  • Take a class that you always wanted to take and explore a new passion.
  • Avoid future waitlists for popular courses.
  • Work on a second major or minor.
  • Enjoy class sizes that are smaller than the same courses in the Fall and Spring semesters.
Course Details:

Take a look at our Summer Course Listings and learn more about Online Classes.

Balance Work and Play:

Review course workload by browsing summer course syllabi.

Hurry! This offer ends on May 31!

Email any of your questions to summerschool@brandeis.edu.

Still Undecided on your Major/Minor?

Do you want to explore your major or minor options but haven’t had the time? Brandeis Summer School provides students with a general overview of many different fields of study by offering several introductory courses over the summer.

Perhaps you want to consider philosophical questions such as: What can we know about the world external to our senses? What can we know about the thoughts and feelings of others? What is the relationship between our minds and our brains? What makes an action right or wrong? The PHIL 1A: Introduction to Philosophy course aims to motivate these questions and introduce students to the methods of contemporary analytic philosophy.

Maybe you want to study the basics of neuroscience from a biological perspective: How does the brain talk to the body? How is visual information transformed from the eye to the brain? How does learning and memory work? The NPSY 11B: Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience course considers cells, circuits of neurons, and regions of the brain, but does not require prior specific biological knowledge.

Or maybe you wonder about “Globalization” and how it touches our lives more each and every day. The IGS 10A: Introduction to International and Global Studies class introduces the historical origins of globalization, then addresses the challenges of globalization to national and international governance, economic success, individual and group identities, cultural diversity, and the environment.

Perhaps you want to join the journey through the bio-cultural transformations of humanity, which highlights the emergence of bipedal locomotion, the increased levels of encephalization, changes in subsistence practices, the control of fire, the appearance of language, and the anthropogenic impacts of the global dispersal of modern humans, in ANTH 5A – Human Origins.

Whatever your interest, the Summer School offers courses from a wide variety of academic disciplines including: Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Contemporary Art, Economics, English, Fine Arts, Health Care Policy, History, International and Global Studies, Literature, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Screenplay Writing, Sociology, and Theater Arts.

Explore all of our summer course offerings and register today!

If you have questions you can always email us at summerschool@brandeis.edu.

We look forward to learning with you this summer!

Pursue your Passion for the Arts this Summer!

Are you interested in exploring your creative side this summer? It is the perfect time to take a course in the arts with Brandeis Summer School!

Summer class options include:
FA 165A: Contemporary Art – ONLINE CLASS!

This course addresses art at the turn of the 20th century with attention to intersections of art and identity, politics, economy, and history. It will begin with discussions of art in the United States as New York City established itself as the capital of contemporary art and then move to consider art communities around the world that have become prominent as the art world, like politics and the economy, have become increasingly globalized.

ENG 21A: Young Adult Literature

Like myth, Young Adult literature brings us to the most elemental aspects of literary experience, and it does that in the most compelling and interesting way. It takes the experiences of young adults as seriously as they should be taken, and offers joy and consolation to its audience. In this course students will examine what is genuinely great about the work of Young Adult authors like J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Philip Pullman, and Lois Lowry. You’ll study how literature works, and in particular what makes narrative powerful.

ENG 79A: Screenwriting Workshop: Beginning Screenplay

There’s never been a better time to become a screenwriter. Breakthroughs in technology, production, and distribution have heightened the demand for good scripts. Whether you want to write a micro-budget indie or a Hollywood blockbuster, this course provides all the essential tools you’ll need. Learn the fundamentals – structure, story arc, character development – and develop the first act of your feature screenplay. You’ll also watch and analyze recent movies. You’ll never look at a movie the same way again!

FA 3A: Introduction to Drawing I

Through a solid understanding of its form and principles, students will be encouraged to instigate intuitive and open responses to perceptual and conceptual sources. Students will address the role of drawing as part of their creative process.

FA 178B: Seminar on Chinese Calligraphy: History and Practice

This seminar examines the art and history of Chinese calligraphy. The goal is to introduce students of different Chinese-language levels (not limited to native-speakers) to canonical works of calligraphy as well as the enthusiasm and creativity these works have generated through the ages. From anonymous oracle bones and stone inscriptions to famed masterpieces, such as Wang Xizhi’s “Lanting Pavilion Preface,” and from original renderings to copies of others’ compositions, this course showcases the kaleidoscopic range that makes calligraphy a visual-linguistic art form beyond “words.” The multifaceted functions of stylized writing—such as for political, religious, and expressive purposes—will also be explored.

ENG 180A: The Modern American Short Story

Short stories bring you to the heart of narrative in a way that no other kind of literature does. Novels, plays, and movies have time to do world-building, and therefore they can give you a sense of what’s unique about their world. But short stories have to be far more direct, have to interact with readers in their own world. Over 5 weeks students will explore many of these worlds as they read and discuss several short stories every class!

THA 130A-1 & 2: Suzuki

Developed by the Japanese theater artist Tadashi Suzuki, the Suzuki method of acting training develops physical strength, stamina, and agility while engaging the imagination and will of the actor. Through a series of walks, statues, and marches, students are taught to breathe and move from the core of their bodies. This training allows students to act from physical impulse, resulting in a deep and personal experience of language and the world of play. This class also counts as one activity course toward the physical education requirement.

View all of the Summer Arts Courses and Syllabi Online.

Enroll today! Space is limited!

 

Questions? Email us at: summerschool@brandeis.edu

Study Anthropology with Professor Javier Urcid this summer!

Still thinking about how to spend your next couple of months? Join Professor Javier Urcid as he journeys through the bio-cultural transformations of humanity and studies forensic methods and techniques in his Anthropology classes this summer!

Professor Urcid will offer two Anthropology courses during Summer School Session 2: July 8 to August 9, 2019. Read more about these classes below.

ANTH 5a – HUMAN ORIGINS

This course covers the transformation of human biological and cultural endowments through a span of some 7 million years, from a hominoid stage to the appearance of anatomically modern humans.  A consideration of the human genome, of our place in nature–including our relationship with non-human primates–, and a review of evolutionary principles, leads to a broad coverage of the archaeological findings of hominids in a diachronic framework. Further consideration is placed on the selective processes that led to the human reliance on symbolic adaptations. The journey through the bio-cultural transformations of humanity highlights the emergence of bipedal locomotion, the increased levels of encephalization, changes in subsistence practices, the control of fire, the appearance of language, and the anthropogenic impacts of the global dispersal of modern humans.

The course is lecture-oriented and combines in-class presentations with discussions of assigned readings. Students engage throughout the summer session in the critical assessment of several video documentaries.  Students make these assessments using the conceptual tools that are presented and discussed in class.

ANTH 116a – HUMAN OSTEOLOGY

This course reviews in detail human skeletal anatomy for the proper identification of the bones in the body, their biomechanical articulations, and their relationship with the muscular system.  Focus is then directed to studying forensic methods and techniques for the estimation of age at the time of death, determination of sex, assessment of type of bone remodeling, identification of cultural modifications to bone, and of the impact of environmental processes on bony tissue. Hands-on laboratory sessions involve team analysis of human remains from the comparative collection in the Archaeology Laboratory at Brandeis.

The course combines lectures, class discussions, trans-media materials, and a hands-on project where students (organized in groups) use the human skeletal comparative collection to collect data and write a research paper that mimics a forensic report on a set of commingled and highly fragmented remains.

Enroll Today!
Currently a Brandeis student? Simply log into your SAGE account, activate yourself in summer term, and enroll.
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If you’re a visiting student – welcome! The Brandeis Summer School Office is ready to support you through the process to create a Brandeis student record.
Email us with any questions at: summerschool@brandeis.edu

Enrollment closes on June 28, 2019!