Teaching

COURSES TAUGHT

Sex and Gender in American Culture (WST 3640)

Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University

This course explores gender and sexualities, their histories, contexts, consequences and the movements challenging inequities associated with them. Students critically explore the socially acceptable definitions of the “normal” woman or man as well as what is defined as “proper” sexuality, and analyze how sexual orientation, race, age, class, and ethnicity affect the way both gender and sexuality are experienced. The course further examines the ways that the media, family, work, education, religion, and the state contribute to ideas about sex, gender relations and gender distinctions.

Sex, Violence and Hollywood (WST 4337)

Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University

Created by cultural theorist Jane Caputi, this course focuses upon the relationships of sex and violence to issues of sexism and gender roles and explores various theories regarding the effects of movies on the body, psyche or soul, imagination, consciousness, and society. Course readings encompass a range of sources including philosophy, feminist film and cultural criticism, social psychology, and literary essays.

Critical and Creative Thinking (PHI 1103)

Humanities, Indian River State College

Critical and Creative Thinking is purposed to introduce students to logical thinking. It stresses the practice and application of critical thinking through discussion and analysis of important socio-political issues. The course also provides practice in recognizing and avoiding inaccurate or fallacious thinking and promotes coherent, well-reasoned and creative thinking.

Humanities: Philosophy (Hum 1533)

Humanities, Indian River State College

Humanities: Philosophy utilizes philosopher Elliot D. Cohen’s pioneering text, Philosophers at Work: Issues and Practice of Philosophy (2000) to integrate the study of philosophy and discussions of real world issues. On the one hand the course aims to introduce students to a variety of problems, theories, and methods of philosophy. To this end the course surveys some of the salient ideas in the philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and social philosophy. Conversely, this course aims to demonstrate the relevance of philosophy to practical concerns in both private and public life.

Introduction to Ethics (PHI 2630)

Humanities, Indian River State College

This course is purposed to introduce students to ethical theories and methods of ethical analysis as applied to contemporary moral problems such as social justice, animal rights, environmental ethics, and warfare. Students are also required to demonstrate college-level writing skills through multiple writing assignments. The course includes an Ethical Action Project wherein students engage in original ethical analysis, contemplate ethical solutions to a given problem, and seek to embark in a form of civic action to address this problem.

Introduction to Philosophy (PHI 1010)

Humanities, Indian River State College

Focusing on critical thinking, Introduction to Philosophy is purposed to introduce students to significant philosophical problems in metaphysics, philosophy of religion, ethics, political philosophy, and epistemology. Moreover, this course seeks to demonstrate the relevance of philosophy to practical concerns in both personal and public life. The course also aims to develop students’ critical thinking and communication skills through multiple writing assignments. Toward this objective, students author a Critical Self-Reflection on the topic of religion.


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