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Ever wonder how social media affects modern courtship or where the cultural myths that are still part of our culture came from?

Queens' fall class offerings examine those topics and many more. Students will enjoy lively conversations that explore issues including identity challenges posed by avid Facebook use, emerging computer technologies, and what's been called "the greatest trial in history."

In "Nature Deficit Disorder?" Dr. Helen Hull will challenge students to think about whether they feel connected to the natural world.  She asserts that as we become more urban as a nation we lose touch with our surroundings, and will lead discussions about how that informs our society and culture.  Hull will challenge students to think about the last time they went camping or picked fresh produce from a garden, and consider whether the increase in our standards of living comes at a cost.

Dr. Alexa Royden's "Politics in Science Fiction" course will analyze how considering the future helps us think critically about politics today.  Students will analyze seminal works in modern science fiction in an attempt to better understand current theories of politics, economics, and society. "We will examine utopias and dystopias to help students consider the differences between 'open' and 'closed' societies," Royden said. "We will also touch on issues relating to the rule of law, political tolerance, moral relativism, and ethical constraints (or lack thereof) during war."

Dr. Karen Neal will lead students on an exploration of the psychology of forgiveness, looking at theory and empirical research that examine its role in major world religions and philosophies. "We focus on the research of interpersonal forgiveness, from cheating in boyfriend/girlfriend relationships to victims of abuse, and examine how forgiveness and the lack of forgiveness affect physical health and well-being," she said. "We also explore how forgiveness is used in psychological therapy, and look at forgiveness and social justice, from the Holocaust to 9-11 to contemporary issues, to the effectiveness of programs that promote forgiveness in Bosnia, Ireland and Rwanda. 

Other courses topics include Irish history, activism, contemporary courtship, the psychology of men, women in music, desegregation and democracy, and sports in America. For a full course catalog visit the Registrar's section of the Queens website.

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