Winter Session courses on the New Brunswick campus meet or exceed the high academic standards set for the regular academic year at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, a top-ranked research institution and public university. Courses are selected for their suitability and approved by the school dean and/or faculty curricular committee.

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Taught by: Norman Markowitz

Become immersed in the 1950s this winter. Students will read and view the way people have long lived in a media-saturated society, from radio and motion pictures to television and today the Internet. This course connects the central issues of the 1950s as played out through mass media and popular culture and continues to influence the U.S. and global political economy and culture today in a period of history whose myths and stereotypes still flow around us in politics, culture, and daily life.  

Professor Markowitz has taught at Rutgers since 1971 and is no stranger to online courses. He developed this course himself and lived through the 1950s as it formed his first real memories. He has written for History News Service, the History News Network, the journal Political Affairs, and various Encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of American National Biography, and the Encyclopedia of Social Movements on a variety of topics, including biographical entries on Jimmy Hoffa Julius, and Ethel Rosenberg, the Civil Rights movement, 1930-1953, and Poor Peoples Movements in American History. 

This course is a 300-level course and fills a requirement for history majors and minors. 

Taught by: Keri Sansevere

This 1.5 credit asynchronous mini-course will provide students with a basic point of entry into the rich archaeological record of New Jersey from prehistoric through historic times. By the end of the course, students will: read a selection of major literature on the course topic, identify the material culture that contributes to the archaeological narrative of New Jersey, and become familiar with digital resources that are used to connect the public to archaeology in light of the continued public health crisis. Getting the public involved in the archaeology of New Jersey has been a tradition for over 80 years and students will have the chance to practice public archaeology at a safe and appropriate level.

Prof. Keri Sansevere, holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Temple University and Sansevere’s research operates at the intellectual borderland between cultural anthropology and archaeology. My dissertation examined colonoware, a kind of pottery traditionally found on archaeological sites in the American Southeast and the Caribbean associated with enslaved laborers. Through ethnographic interviewing, oral history, and participant-observation, my research discovered that the pottery is present in the American Northeast, but knowledge of it resides in places that are difficult to access: the memories of archaeologists, inaccessible storage facilities, and obscure literature. Though the field of anthropology traditionally uses analytics like class, gender, and race to reveal hidden structures of power among so-called “ethnographic others,” my research discovered there is much to learn when the same analytics are applied to the industry of North American archaeology.

Taught by: Hyacinth Miller

What better time to learn about the Caribbean than during the winter solstice! We have all heard about the region, but what do we really know about the people, the culture, the food, the history? Satisfy your curiosity about the Caribbean through this course. This unique, asynchronous course will teach students all about the region and how this region impacts the world. It is an interactive, engaging, learning experience. It is for those that are genuinely inquisitive and open to exploring new areas of study. 

Professor Miller is a political scientist and a Caribbean-ist. As a Caribbean-American, Miller is passionate about this topic and has been teaching this course since 2013.  

This course fulfills the Contemporary Challenges - Human Difference, Multidisciplinary, Science and Technology, Social Justice requirement.

Taught by: Alessandra Valentin

This asynchronous, online course explores how categories of difference such as race, gender, sexuality, class, size and disability produce some people as human and others as less than human within film and society. By analyzing the representational politics of horror films, we will understand how society sees difference as monstrous and as a means of legitimizing the oppression and elimination of those framed as “other.” Who we fear as a society (and as individuals) is dependent on structural power dynamics and discourses of normalcy that produce “others” as deviant. Our fears are shaped and reshaped through the genre of horror where filmmakers and audiences work out cultural anxieties together.

Over the course of the semester, students will be able to:

  • Effectively identify how horror movies mobilize normative conceptions of gender, racial and sexual difference as well as subvert those norms
  • Analyze how the categories of difference shape the lived experiences of marginalized people on both individual and societal levels, in local and global contexts
  • Explain how power dynamics are at play in the contexts of culture, society, politics, economics and technology as well as the role that they play in naturalizing hierarchies of difference and perpetuating stereotypes
Taught by: Camila Belliard, PhD

Are you interested in your critical thinking as well as creative skills? Do you want to explore feminism and what it means to be a feminist? Do you want to experience more embodied and engaged ways of comprehending difficult subjects? This online course explores how feminist practices can be articulated from an embodied situated perspective. Drawing from Cherrie Moraga's "Theory in the Flesh" and brown's "Pleasure Activism," you will be introduced to key discussions on feminist theory towards feminist praxis and activism.

This course is 100% online and asynchronous, we will not meet in synchronous weekly lectures, but you are invited to participate in weekly discussions and a final personal project assignment that is open to your preference of media and content depending on what makes the most sense for you and your professional or personal experience and interest.