Current Courses

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AFR 2402ID The Heritage of Imperialism
An examination of the thought, structure, operation and results of imperialism in human history generally, and the 19th/20th centuries in particular. European/American imperialism in the non-white areas of the world: the role of the Industrial Revolution; the imposition of Western European institutions on indigenous peoples of Africa, Asia, North/South America; colonialism; attempts by these people to reestablish autonomous sociological and cultural systems.

AFR 3000ID Black New York
Using history, literature, the arts, politics, and sociology, this interdisciplinary course seeks to trace the Africana presence in New York from the 1600s to the present. This localized course will enable students to examine the varied ways in which people of African descent in the Diaspora have helped to shape the complex identity of New York City over time. Readings, films, music, information literacy sources, and local cultural and research institutions will be used to examine topics, such as slavery, resistance, migration, immigration, labor, Civil Rights, popular culture, gender politics, and gentrification. Sites of inquiry in the five boroughs may include, but are not limited to, the African Burial Ground, San Juan Hill, and Harlem in Manhattan, Sandy Ground in Staten Island, Weeksville, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, and Flatbush in Brooklyn, the South Bronx, and Addisleigh Park in Queens.

AFR 3001ID Around the Dinner Table: The Visual Culture & Art of African
Diaspora Foodways
This course explores the intersections between foodways (defned as the cultural, social  and economic practices relating to food) and the visual culture/ art history of the African Diaspora. The focus is on the African American and African Diasporic engagements

ARTH 2101ID Healing the Body: The Visual Culture of Medicine
Examines the visual culture of medicine, including how images help shape medical knowledge, artistic representations of the healthy and ailing body, and the emergence and increasing dependence on visual technologies. The lecture course consists of three modules that present the socio-historical context of medicine in relation to the body, disease and illness, and treatment and healing. Students acquire skills to better analyze images, and examine variables in cultural values that underlie medical practice across history.

BIO 1201ID Biology II
BIO1201 is the second half of First Year General Biology for non-science majors at New York City College of Technology. This course comes with a lecture and a lab component. The course introduces the student to a variety of biological topics fundamental to all living organisms, with a focus on human organ systems. In particular, the course is a survey of organisms belonging to the Domains Archaea and Bacteria and, more extensively, the groups spanning the four kingdoms of the Domain Eukarya. A special focus will be dedicated to higher animal organization, ranging from animal tissues to organs and organ systems, and how these systems compare and contrast among other vertebrates and invertebrates. Throughout the curriculum, interdisciplinary topics, centered around 4 major themes, “History & Scientific Discoveries”, “Biology & Industry”, “Disease Impact & Public Health Policies”, “Science & Race, Gender & Social Status”, will be discussed, providing social, historical and economical contexts and connections to biology.

COM2403ID Health Communication
The study and practice of communication as it relates to health professionals and patient outcomes. Topics include provider-patient interaction, team communication and the diffusion of health information through public health campaigns. Students learn the basics of clear, purposeful and compassionate communication across multiple channels, to reduce errors and provide better health care delivery.

CST 1102ID Programming Narratives: Computer Animated Storytelling
In this interdisciplinary course, through the study of the structure of narrative, concepts of problem solving, and the logic of computer programming languages, students develop a narrative-driven video game prototype. Emphasis is placed on creative writing and computational thinking.

ECON 2505ID Environmental Economics
This course examines current environmental issues from a macroeconomic perspective, focusing on both the long- and short-term economic viability of various proposals to address current environmental challenges. Traditional goals of economic efficiency are examined in the context of the need to expand renewable energy sources, green design, sustainable construction and resource allocation and other efforts to combat climate change on a global scale.

ECON 2820ID Behavioral Economics
The goal of this interdisciplinary course is to understand the factors that underlie the judgment/decision making processes of economic agents. Behavioral economics challenges the rationality assumption of standard economic theory and provides a comprehensive framework to understand human choice by incorporating insights from the discipline of psychology.

ENG 1161ID Language and Thinking
A study of communication designed to increase understanding and control of language on both the individual and social levels. Class work includes reading and discussion of elements of semantics and psycholinguistics and guided practice in effective thinking.

ENG 1710ID Introduction to Language and Technology
Introduction to the relationship between language and technology by reviewing the history of various technologies of the word, including writing, printing, and digital media. The course will explore the history of rhetoric and its relationship to traditional, print-based technologies, as well as new forms and meanings of digital literacy.

ENG 1773ID Weird Science: Interpreting and Redefining Humanity
This writing-intensive interdisciplinary course will allow students to explore the literature of shifting and expanding definitions of humanity and post-humanity from the perspectives of the natural and social sciences, technology and engineering, incorporating digital media.

ENG 2170ID Introduction to Studies in Maleness and Manhood
This course identifies expected and redefined understandings and representations of Maleness and Manhood through physical, psychological, sociological, and philosophical approaches through literature, scholarly writing, and film. Subject matter  includes sex, sexuality, sexual orientation, perception, identity, power, politics of manhood, violence, and the use or expectation of male dominance.

ENG 2420ID Science Fiction
Study of science fiction literature and film, with attention to cultural implications of the genre. Explores the questions science and technology raise about past, present and future societies. Projects, presentations and exams based on readings.

ESCI 2000ID Energy Resources
This special topics interdisciplinary course surveys various energy resources: hydropower, solar, wind, geothermal and natural gas. Students learn about the scientific process of energy production and its applications. Students explore economic, social, political, and environmental impacts.

HEA 2112ID The Evolving Face of Race, Class, and Gender Identity
Using internal colonialism as an analytical construct, this course examines the socio-historical, cultural conditions, and gender constructs of marginalized cultural and racial groups in America. A special focus is on Blacks and other Indigenous cultures and populations, such as Native Americans and Mexican Americans. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following: slavery/genocide, racial/cultural blending, integration/segregation, economic deprivation, the impact of public health and mental health and shifts in gender identity and cultural roles.

HIS 3402ID Topics in Modern World History, 1945-Present
A seminar-based exploration of selected topics in modern world history from 1945 to the present. Students in this course are expected to keep abreast of current trends in various parts of the world and to be familiar with popular sources of information. The topic for each section will be selected by the instructor.

HIS3209ID History of Technology
An examination of technology in North America from Native American inhabitation to the present. Focusing on the relationship between technology and cultural value systems, this course addresses the historical development of our current technological society.
Topics include the relationship of technological change to class, gender and racial divisions, the creation of large-scale technological systems, and ethical debates regarding the appropriate use of technology.

LIB 2205ID/ARCH 2205ID Learning Places: Understanding the City
This special topics course offers an interdisciplinary approach to investigating our built environment using a case study focused on a specific place each semester. This course combines physical examination with information research and data collection using methodologies developed in multiple disciplines. Students from a variety of departments engage in on-site exploration and in-depth research of a location in New York City.

PHIL 2202 Symbolic Logic
The course covers fundamental elements of propositional and quantificational logic, including translating English to symbolic logic, constructing truth tables, and utilizing derivations and proofs

PHIL 2203ID Health Care Ethics
An examination of the major ethical theories on what is morally right and wrong, and the meaning of moral concepts (e.g., the concepts of right and duty). Focus is on ethical  problems associated with the practice of medicine and biomedical research.

PHYS 1002ID An Introduction to the Physics of Natural Disasters
A course for non-science majors that focuses on natural disasters and the dynamic Earth processes that control them. It integrates the principles of geology, meteorology, climatology, oceanography, and astronomy to provide rudimentary understanding of geophysics. Students learn about the nature, causes, risks, impacts, and prediction of natural disasters including hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and climate change. Laboratory exercises are incorporated with class work to illustrate and supplement the lecture material.

PHYS 1010ID Science in the Kitchen
An introduction to the scientific concepts behind food cooking processes. Emphasis is given to general concepts and qualitative description. Laboratory work complements the course to show the scientific concepts in action in the kitchen. Laboratory exercises explain the scientific method and teach students how to perform experiments and compose a lab report.

PHYS 2443ID Modern Physics
Selected topics in physics and modern physics including: light,wave optics, interference, diffraction and polarization of light, relativity,origins of the quantum theory, atoms,the nucleus, elements of condensed matter, lasers, holography, elements of elementary particle physics and astrophysics. Laboratory experiments are computer-based and illustrate and supplement the lecture material.

PHYS 3600ID Machine Learning for Physics and Astronomy
Problem solving in physics and astronomy through statistical inference, machine  learning algorithms and data mining techniques. Researching and solving problems in different areas of physics using tools such as Bayesian statistics, Monte Carlo sampling, regression and classification algorithms, dimensionality reduction and data cleaning data. Programming assignments use current, flexible languages, such as Python.

PSY 2404ID Personnel and Organizational Psychology
Theory and techniques of personnel problems in industry and business. Dynamics of individual and group behavior in work situations, selection, evaluation methods,interviewing and leadership development. The psychological implications of mechanization and automation are considered.

PSY 3405ID Health Psychology
An overview of existing psychological and epidemiological findings on the relationship between behavior and disease. The course explores how behavior, emotion and cognition can influence disease processes and examines the impact of stress and personal control on specific coronary, immune and infectious disease symptoms. Social support, referral and interventions for optimal physical and mental health are introduced.

SBS 2000ID Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
An introduction to the research methodologies utilized in the social and behavioral sciences, beginning with the fundamentals of research design, through data collection, analysis, interpretation, and the final reporting of results. Both quantitative and qualitative designs are examined using software to aid in inquiry and analysis.

SOC 2380ID Sociology of Education
Examines the social influences on education and the effects of education and schooling on the social experiences and identities of individuals and groups in contemporary society. Focus is on the history, philosophy and the role of education as well as the responsibilities of teachers, school administrators and other professional staff, students, parents, and community members with regard to education. Emphasizes the importance of productive relationships and interactions among the school, home, and community.

SOC2401ID Society, Technology and Self
This course analyzes the social relationship between society, technology and self from a sociological perspective. The emphasis of this course is on technology as the principal form of social interaction, and as a determinant of the reconstitution of the character and personality structures.

SOC 3302ID Environmental Sociology
This course examines the complex interactions between societies and the natural environments on which they depend. Special emphasis is placed on the link between the deepening ecological crisis and the operation of the capitalist socio-economic system.

THE 2280ID History of Theatre: Technology and Stages
A survey of the development of architectural and scenic styles in the physical structure of theatre from its beginnings in ancient Greece to its most current forms. Emphasis placed on the stylistic influences of theoreticians and artistic movements.