New GenEd Courses

Look for them in the fall 2019 course schedule.   


Chemistry of Global Environmental Issues 

Science and Technology, Chemistry 0877
Global warming. Climate change. Ozone Layer. Carbon Footprint. Ocean Acidification. Pollution. The Greenhouse Gas Effect. The ramifications of these issues, for the environment you live in are debated in such venues as the living (and dorm) room, the news, the halls of Congress, and the United Nations. The primary objective of this course is to pull back the veil on the scientific aspects of these topics while giving you the scientific background so that you can better understand and evaluate the potential impact of these significant environmental topics.


Environmental Life Cycle Analysis: Does Buying Green Matter?

Quantitative Literacy, Earth and Environmental Science (EES) 0874
With increasing societal awareness of environmental sustainability, many industry and business sectors have prioritized the development and application of gree technology and/or green processes over the course of a product’s life span. Life cycle analysis (LCA) is a scientific methodology that systematically examines both cumulative and potential evironmental impacts of a product over its entire life cycle, ranging from the extraction of raw Earth materials to its disposal when all the materials ultimately return to the Earth. LCA can also provide comparative impacts among the different products, and both campanies and consumers benefit from the evironmental rating systems for their marketing and decision making processes. Through this course, we will learn how LCA model works in detail, using real-world examples, such as paper vs plastic bags, cathode ray tube (CRT) vs liquid crystal display (LCD) technology, as well as electronic wastes.


Evil Plots

Quantitative Literacy, Earth and Environmental Science (EES) 0873
Computer technology and the internet have produced a glut of digital information that can’t be communicated without using charts and graphs. But like all forms of human communication, graphs can fib a little or lie outright. There are three basic ways data visualizations can go wrong: (1) The plot can be evil, designed to persuade or mislead rather than inform; (2) the data set may be suspect (too small, biased, or full of errors); or (3) even if the plot and data are okay, they may not support the claims being made. In this class, we will explore the representation and misrepresentation of data, learn the questions to ask about data quality, and how to spot falsehoods and fallacies in the digital age. Examples will be drawn from science, politics, marketing, business and more. Protect yourself by learning to spot evil plots!


Media in a Hyper-Mediated World

Human Behavior, Media Studies and Production 0873
The Internet-fueled democratization of media creation has enabled anyone to be a publisher, and has given audiences almost infinite choices — with both great and
questionable effects. In a world of information abundance, it can be difficult to discern fact from opinion and truth from fiction. We need to know how to wade through this barrage of information with a critical eye, to be better informed and ultimately become creators of media ourselves. Media in a Hyper-Mediated World is a course designed to help students navigate 21st century media, starting by becoming active users of media, not just passive consumers. Students will employ principles of media literacy in analyzing and creating messages on a variety of topics using a combination of writing, image production, sound production and creative work with digital media. In order to become active participants in an information society, students will examine the factors that assist them in acting responsibly in media environments.


Study Criminal Behavior at Temple Rome – Summer I

  Study Criminal Behavior at Temple Rome – Summer I.  This GenEd course will explore Criminal Behavior in the birth place of criminology.  We use the city of Rome as our backdrop and explore criminality though some of the sensational cases that have shocked the citizens of Rome. We will examine the question of nature vs nurture through criminological theories, as we visit memorable sites, like the Crypt of the Capuchins and the Jewish Museum of Rome and the Jewish Ghetto, and the Mamertine Prison.  Building on the theoretical foundation established in the first half of the semester, we will shift our focus onto specific areas of crime, including violence against women, organized crime and juveniles and situational crime prevention.  In addition, we will visit the Colosseum to understand modern society’s zeal for violence.  These classes are geared toward experiential learning.  As much as possible, we will take advantage of the rich history and culture of Rome as part of the learning experience.  This class will be taught by Prof. Catresa G. Meyers.  For more information contact Prof. Meyers at  Deadline is Feb. 15, 2019.

Midday Arts Series: A Poetry Reading with Ryan Eckes

 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 // 1:00 pm

Paley Library: Ground Floor Lecture Hall — 1210 W. Berks Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Ryan Eckes

Please join us for an afternoon of poetry with Temple University alumnus and Philadelphia poet Ryan Eckes. He will read from his latest manuscript, General Motors, which centers around labor and the influence of public and private transportation on city life. Eckes’ other books include Valu-Plus and Old News (Furniture Press 2014, 2011), and his poetry can be found in Tripwire, Slow Poetry in America Newsletter, Public Pool, Entropy, and elsewhere. Eckes has worked as an adjunct professor at numerous colleges and is pro-union. He won a Pew Fellowship in 2016.

Laura Spagnoli, Associate Professor of Instruction in French at Temple, will open the event with a poetry reading.