- Directed Studies
- Education Studies
- Eli Whitney Program
- Freshman Seminars
- Global Health Studies
- International Experience
- Non-Degree Program
- Perspectives on Science & Engineering
- Residential College Seminars
- The STARS Program
Information about credit to the major is included when available; in other cases, consult the department. Instructors reserve the right to alter the information provided. Course meeting times and locations are listed on the Yale Online Course Information (OCI) system.
Screenwriting workshop combined with film screenings and critical examination of modern screenplays. Guidelines for structuring a screenplay, techniques for developing original characters, and questions to ask when building a cinematic narrative. Students develop scenarios and characters for original scripts. Enrollment limited to juniors and seniors.
An examination of several famous trials of the twentieth century. The legal significance, political and historical context, social implications, and media coverage of each case. Trials include the Lindbergh kidnapping case; the Scopes "monkey trial"; the Rosenberg spy case; the Chicago Seven conspiracy case; the O. J. Simpson, Emmett Till, and Charles Manson murder trials; and the impeachment trial of President Clinton.
The role of real estate in building the modern economy. The increasing importance of property, from ancient civilizations to the development of western legal structures and into the modern era. Property's connection to individual liberty and social norms; eminent domain; the government's role in supporting housing; development and investment case studies.
Introduction to the fundamentals of watercolor painting. Rendering color, form, perspective, composition, shade, and shadow. Analysis of works by artists such as J. M. W. Turner, John Singer Sargent, Maurice Prendergast, and Edward Hopper. Includes weekly painting assignments. Open both to seasoned artists and to beginners.
Ancestral and personal history as a source for writing; crafting family stories and legends into creative works. Examination of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry written directly about family members, as well as writings about narrative from the fields of literary theory and psychology. Open to writers working in playwriting, screenwriting, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
The influence of Frank Lloyd Wright's tumultuous personal life on his architectural vision. Focus on the roles of women, including his mother, three wives, and mistress, as well as an employee. Attention to Wright's Oak Park home and studio, Robie House, Unity Temple, Taliesin, Usonia, and Fallingwater.
The origins and changing conceptions of dramaturgy from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. Dramaturgy as both a practice and a critical method in theater. The future of professional dramaturgy as it contends with an array of theatrical perspectives. Focus on practical and analytical skills applicable to dramaturgical modes from criticism to full theatrical production.
Prerequisites: THST 110 and 111.
The creative process of songwriting explored in the context of the fundamentally shifting industries of film, television, and the Web. Exploration of students' own songwriting voices through exercises in writing, cowriting, and analysis of songs, as well as in-class critique. Discussion of crowd sourcing, collaboration, and copyright. Guest speakers from the worlds of art and business.
CSPC 280, SO, Understanding Politics and Politicians. David Berg, organizational psychologist and clinical professor of Psychiatry; Howard Dean, consultant: health care, politics, and democracy building. Lecturers in Yale College. The DUS will consider individual petitions for credit to the major in Sociology prior to or following completion of the course.
Exploration of issues and challenges faced by politicians, with particular attention to politicians' motivations for confronting difficult problems. Understanding of the political process developed through interviews with working politicians.
Study of ways in which effective negotiators create and distribute value, manage tensions between principals and agents, leverage emotions to improve negotiated outcomes, and mitigate psychological barriers that may hinder agreement. Readings explore different frameworks for analyzing negotiations. Exercises and simulations develop both practical negotiating skills and awareness of students' own behavior as negotiators.
Basic scientific concepts from genetics, neuroscience, and microbiology and their relation to media reports concerning health-related issues. Ways in which biomedical science is portrayed in the media; the effects of such portrayals on society; comparison of primary scientific literature to media reports. Topics include cloning, GMOs, neurodegenerative diseases, infectious diseases, and vaccines.
Exploration of the allocation and exercise of authority over children in American society. Examination of areas in which children and parents encounter the legal system. Topics include children's rights, child abuse and neglect, the legal treatment of fetuses, child custody, medical treatment and experimentation, juvenile justice, and public education.
CSTC 280, SO, Global Energy Sources, Uses, and Issues. Tom Weil, consultant, lecturer, and General Counsel for Water Health International, Inc. Lecturer in Yale College. No credit to the major in Environmental Studies.
Analysis of major domestic and global energy supply and demand issues. Competing views of the availability and usage of fossil, alternative, and renewable fuels. Active observation of energy-consumption behavior in the Yale environment.
Introduction to the science and technology behind contemporary uses of nuclear science. Applications to policy concerning radiation doses, detection, nuclear power, terrorism, and medicine. Critical examination of reports and scientific literature relevant to public discourse. No prerequisite other than a working knowledge of high school–level physics and algebra.
Introduction to techniques of movement improvisation. Actions examined include dance improvisation, protest movement, social dance, and play. The actions of racialized, gendered, sexualized, politicized bodies moving together in space in real time. Exercises in solo and group movement applicable to theater, dance, design, and composition. No previous dance experience required.
Exploration of recent advances in neuroscience and in scientific understandings of human behavior, with emphasis on issues of social, legal, or ethical importance. Topics include the neurobiological basis of free will, the contribution of neurological injury to violence, and the biological underpinnings of mystical or religious experience.
Recommended preparation: PSYC 110 or 120.