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Mark Your Calendars – Key Dates Summer School 2013

logoLooking forward to Brandeis Summer courses this year? With the start of March, there are 37 school days left this semester – that means it’s almost summer and time to start planning for summer courses!

Below are some key dates for Brandeis Summer 2013:

March: Watch our Facebook page during this month for ways to earn Brandeis gear!

April: Early April is when registration begins for summer courses.  Priority applications for summer housing will be due this month.

May: May 24: Regular course selection in Sage ends for Session 1.

June: June 3: Summer Session 1 & Extended Summer Session begins

         June 28: Regular course selection in Sage ends for Session 2.

July: July 8: Summer Session 2 begins

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Protest, Politics, and Change: Social Movements

Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish person to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and the namesake of Brandeis University.

Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish person to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and the namesake of Brandeis University.

“We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” (Louis Brandeis)

Louis Brandeis, the namesake of Brandeis University, was a fierce defender of social justice in America.  Beginning his career as a lawyer, Louis worked to undermine corporations, monopolies,  and public corruption. He would work on cases without pay, defending workers who experienced injustice at the hands of railroad monopolies.   In 1916, he was nominated to serve on the Supreme Court by President Woodrow Wilson.  The Senate confirmed his nomination, but not before mild protests arose claiming that if he was appointed the social order would be compromised.  Louis was not only a man for the people, he was also the first Jewish person appointed to the Court.  For more biographical information on Louis Brandeis, follow this link.

In many ways, Louis Brandeis showed the American people what change was possible.  Although he did not spark his own social movement, he brought revolutionary changes to practicing law.  The “right to privacy” and the utilization of expert witnesses were his brainchildren.  If you are interested in social movements, then Protest, Politics, and Change: Social Movements, a sociology course offered during Brandeis’ Summer Session, may be the perfect match for you. This course utilizes case studies of actual movements to examine a variety of approaches to contentious politics. Some of the topics covered include collective behavior, resource mobilization, rational choice, and newer interactive models.  For more information about the Brandeis sociology program, click here.

If you’re interested in Brandeis Summer School and want to stay up-to-date on new courses and registration procedures, take a moment to sign-up for email reminders: sign-up now!

Top 5 Reasons to Take Summer Courses

1. Have some fun!

Summer is a time to explore new areas of study and to dig deeper into topics you know.  With smaller classes and shorter  instruction periods, Brandeis Summer School gives students the opportunity to expand their knowledge base and foster relationships with award-winning faculty.  In addition, Brandeis students can choose to live on campus during the summer and take advantage of the campus’s proximity to Boston.  With festivals and baseball games, concerts and beaches – a summer in Boston promises to fun.

2. Build your resume.

The variety of courses offered each summer at Brandies allows students who wish to double major, or pick up a second minor, to do so without pushing back their graduation date.  Summer is also a perfect time to get prerequisite classes completed so you can take upper-division classes during the school year.

3. Free up time in next year’s schedule.

By taking required courses in the summer, you can lighten your course load for the following year.  With your extra time, maybe you can study abroad or get an internship – two experiences future employers will notice.  Or, take the time you freed up through your summer study and sleep (you remember what your parents said – your brain needs 8 hours to function properly.)

4. Get your challenging class over with.

We all have that required class we are dreading for one reason or another.  Maybe the there is a lot of material to memorize or time-consuming projects.  Don’t sweat it – take the class over the summer when you can focus all your energy on it for a short period of time.  You still get the academic credit, you just don’t have to worry about it during the school year.

5. Earn credits for less.

Summer courses offer equivalent class credit – for less money.  That’s right, same credit, some course, same teachers – lower price.  Whether you’re a current Brandeis student, or a student at another university home for the summer, Brandeis University offers a variety of quality courses to help fulfill your requirements for graduation.

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