Academic Papers of Curtis M. Kularski

Identity Theory: Reconstruction and Application


Social Theory PHIL6651
Master of Arts in Sociology Fall 2014

Abstract

             This paper reviews Burke & Stet's Identity Theory and then examines new research that builds on the theory.

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Commodified Gender Performance and Influence in Pornography


Philosophical Methods and Analysis PHIL 6120
Master of Arts in Sociology Fall 2013

Abstract

             Pornography is treated as a social illness by some academic disciplines and by most religious groups. This depiction arises from a perceived corruption of societal values through the viewing of pornography. Could it be possible that pornography is mirroring what exists in society? Pornographic imagery is driven by the consumer demand for a specific type of imagery. If the social demands were to change, then so would pornography itself. This paper explores this concept through the lens of feminist and post-modern theories.

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Gay Sadomasochism as Hyper-Masculine Performance


Theoretical Approaches to Gender WGST 6602
Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Spring 2013

Abstract

             Gay men involved in sadomasochistic sexuality display a performance of hyper-masculine behavior. Through the appropriation of masculine artifacts due to fetishistic desire the material traits of masculinity are implemented and hyper-masculine roles are enacted. Sadomasochistic behaviors themselves emulate homosocial interactions in erotic spaces, producing a gay clone of hyper-masculine culture.

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The Effects of Stigma on Self-Disclosure in the BDSM Community


Issues in Social Research SOCY 6652
Master of Arts in Sociology Spring 2013

Abstract

             This document proposes thesis research into the impact of the stigma of alternative sexual identities on the self-disclosure and presentation of members of the BDSM community. This proposal presents a content analysis and an interview-based methodology.

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Complexity of Social Deviance


Complex Adaptive Systems ITIS 6500
Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science Spring 2013

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Complexity of Social Deviance (Presentation)


Complex Adaptive Systems ITIS 6500
Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science Spring 2013

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The Digital Divide as a Continuation of Traditional Systems of Inequality


Pro-Seminar: Social Problems and Social Policy SOCY 5151
Master of Arts in Sociology Fall 2012

Abstract

             The Internet has become a global community for those that are able to access it and utilize it effectively. Those individuals who are not among those that fall into that category are considered to be in a “gap” known as the digital divide. The digital divide mimics structural inequality that is found in traditional systems that result in social inequality. Individuals who fall into this divide are not engaged in the same social experience as those who are more privileged. The lessened engagement promotes the continuation of inequality in other spheres such as social status and access to social resources. The ubiquity of the Internet blinds the casual observer of the existence of the digital divide.

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I Don’t Like Macho, Put It Away: Considering Queercore Men in Context


Directed Readings: Subcultural Masculinity WGST 6800
Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Fall 2012

Abstract

             This paper considers the different construction of masculinity in the queercore punk scene compared to its mainstream counterpart. Using lyrics and acts of drag through a cultural engine of the Do It Yourself ethic queers mainstream masculinity in acts of queer terrorism. Do these acts challenge mainstream constructions of masculinity or do these acts provide a way for queercore to reinterpret masculinity for its own context?

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Differences in Categorization Between Biological and Artificial Cognitive Systems


Introduction to Cognitive Science ITCS 6216
Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science Spring 2012

Abstract

             Categorization is one of the most essential features of cognition. Categorization is the beginning of meaning and the way in which the result of cognition is stored. There are two basic types of cognitive systems that are capable of categorization, biological and artificial systems. These two types of cognitive systems approach categorization with somewhat different processes and with different levels of proficiency on different types of categorization. There is an obvious difference in the hardware in use for each type of cognitive system, this paper aims to explore the differences that go beyond hardware and also explore some of the similarities.

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Discursive Construction and Enforcement of Gay Identity


Queer Theory WGST 5050
Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Spring 2012

Abstract

             Gay identity is a creation of social discourse. There are many variations in gay identity that do not conform to the identity that is accepted by the gay community. Queer theory questions and attempts to deconstruct gay identity to move it away from its discursively constructed emulation of stereotypes in culture. Through questioning the identity intersectional identities, such as those found between masculinity and homosexuality or homosexuality and blackness emerge. Difference goes against the categorical construction of the identity and as such the community uses social pressure to attempt to enforce upon members of the community a standard gay identity.

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Kiln Loader User-Centered Design


Principles of Human-Computer Interaction ITIS 6400
Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science Spring 2012

Description

             Group project. Our group interviewed ceramic artists at UNC Charlotte to determine their needs in terms of design changes to systems in their environment. Through our evaluation we discovered that the only difficulty with which we could assist but not interfere in their process was to design a better way to load kilns. We used several design prototypes until ultimately we selected a web-based prototype which could be extended. We took the prototype to our users to get their feedback and they responded positively to our design. This report describes our entire adventure.

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Social Construction of Sadomasochism and Fetishism


Theoretical Approaches to Sexuality WGST 6601
Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Fall 2011

Abstract

             The social constructionist view of sexuality is framed around the concept that sexuality is a construction of social and cultural influences, and that sexuality is fluid. This paper puts forth the concept that social construction is applicable to all forms of sexuality, not just the normative and intercourse driven forms of sexuality. Non-normative, non-genital centric sexual behaviors and sexualities are also socially constructed. Sexuality is influenced by social forces and in turn sexuality shapes the social landscape. Sadomasochistic and Fetishistic sexual identities are formed through processes of socialization, social learning and community formation. This paper explores the creation of subcultures as a necessary part of the maintenance of the identities, the influence of the identities on majority society and the ways in which the gender hierarchy plays a major role in constructing alternative sexual identities.

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Absent Masculinity in Feminist Discourse on Sex Work


Transnational Feminism WGST 5050
Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Fall 2011

Abstract

             Feminist discourse proposes a system of gender equality through the destruction of the hegemonic system of power. The traditional approach to feminism constructs a world view that disregards men as being any role other than the oppressor. While in the Western world there may be statistical justification for this, when viewing feminism as a transnational construct with global ramifications that scope loses its validity, but as feminism is fueled by Western ideals, men and their associated masculinity are ignored in feminist discourse. This paper exposes some of the shortcomings of feminist discourse, particularly in the area of sex work. Men are ignored in all but a handful of academic articles, leaving them unrepresented. This paper utilizes those few articles and presents an argument for the need for further representation of men in feminist discourse.

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Gay Invisibility vs. Gay Identity


Introduction to Lesbian & Gay Studies WGST 2050
- No Program - Fall 2011

Abstract

             Since the initial defining of the terms homosexual and heterosexual, there have existed sexual identity categories. The categories were created as unequal, with homosexuality being rendered as inferior to heterosexuality, which was assumed to be the natural order of sexuality. In categorizing homosexuals as distinct, they were created as a separate class of people, capable of their own identity. The identity was originally a negative trait socially, and was associated with discrimination and hate crimes. Discrimination has been reduced and the homosexual identity has been integrated into society more fluidly in modern times, but this creates a problem for gay identity. A question is raised of whether gay identity should continue to exist, or if the identity should fold into the rest of society to become invisible

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Sociology of Masculinity: An Overview


Tutorial in Sociology: Masculinity SOCY 6895
Master of Arts in Sociology Fall 2011

Abstract

             Masculinity is one of the longest living social institutions. Its rules are carried through unspoken codes and are enforced by social processes. Sociology is the optimum field to explore masculinity due to its ties with so many social institutions and its impact on all members of society. This paper explores how masculinity is conveyed and enforced in society as well as how masculinity influences other social institutions. There is more than one type of masculinity and this paper addresses how those various masculinities interact.

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History of Queer Symbology


Introduction to Lesbian & Gay Studies WGST 2050
- No Program - Fall 2011

Abstract

             Symbols of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people over time have ranged from the very visible six-striped rainbow flag to the more obscure and seldom recognized purple hand. The symbols have a varied history. Some symbols were given by outside influences; others were originated from within gay liberation movements. The symbols are as diverse as the individuals that they represent.

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Changes in the Classification of Homosexual Behavior


Introduction to Lesbian & Gay Studies WGST 2050
- No Program - Fall 2011

Abstract

             The psychiatric and mental health institutions were heavily involved in the creation of the stereotype of homosexuality as a disease. This paper explores how this view has changed over time and the impact that the institutions have had on homosexuals. This paper also addresses discrepancies in the way that policy of the American Psychiatric Association has been interpreted compared to the actual policy changes that were made. What is gender identity disorder and how does it relate to the removal of homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders?

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Discrimination and Social Exclusion of Homosexuals


Advanced Composition ENGL 241
- No Program - Summer 2011

Abstract

             For the history of modern society various groups have been targeted as victims of discrimination, whether because of the color of their skin, their religious heritage or their sexual orientation. Individuals do not generally respond favorably to people that they perceive as being different from themselves. Homosexuality should not be treated as a deviant condition in society, and homosexuals should instead be granted the same rights that are afforded to heterosexuals.

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Gender Distinctions in Video Game Advertisements


Sociology of Gender Roles SOCI 400
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Summer 2011

Description

             A PowerPoint presentation analyzing gendered behavior in video game advertising.

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Linquistic Assimilation


Race & Ethnic Relations SOCI 412
Minor in Sociology Spring 2011

Description

             Linguistic assimilation is the process by which a person or group learns the language of a new culture and integrates it into their self-image and their understanding of reality. This projects sets forth the notion that linguistic assimilation is a tool for adapting to a new culture and ultimately integrating into the culture either by cultural assimilation or a multicultural identity.

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Jesse James Hollywood Analysis


Crime & Delinquency SOCI 340
Minor in Sociology Spring 2011

Abstract

             This paper analyzes the murder of Nick Markowitz using the rational choice theory of criminology. This paper includes a biography of Jesse James Hollywood and a detailed description of rational choice theory. In using rational choice theory I analyze the failures of the criminal justice system and Hollywood's attorney regarding providing Hollywood access to information that could have potentially lead to a decision (rational choice) which could have prevented the murder.

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Routine Activity Theory


Sociology of Deviant Behavior SOCI 360
Minor in Sociology Spring 2011

Description

             Routine activity theory is a criminology theory that sets forth the premise that crime occurs because of opportunity. According to routine activity theory, crime requires only a motivated offender, an appealing target and the lack of capable protection for the target. The theory declines sociological causes of crime.

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Gender Differences in Domestic Violence


Sex & Gender PSYC 430
Bachelor of Science in Psychology Spring 2011

Abstract

             Historically men have been thought of as the aggressors in domestic violence. Men and women are both capable of initiating domestic violence, but typically each takes a different approach. While in most areas of study gender is not a relevant classification for differentiation, in domestic violence both genders have discreet approaches and different motivations and objective

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Harriet Martineau - Group Project


History of Sociological Thought SOCI 350
Minor in Sociology Spring 2011

Abstract

             Harriet Martineau was the first female sociologist (Hill, 2002). Her contributions to the science of sociology were great. She refused to be stopped by being female and was instrumental in the development of modern sociology. She implemented an observational method adhering to positivist ideals in producing substantial volumes of work on the topic of societ

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Roman Architectural Influences


Art History 1 ART 114
Associate in Fine Arts Spring 2011

Abstract

             Roman influences on modern architecture can be found in numerous places in the United States and around the world. Romans are also responsible for many of the simple engineering concepts that are relied on for the construction of buildings. The Roman invention of concrete and eventually the fired brick allow for the construction of strong buildings at significantly less cost than using other substances such as stone. Roman engineering is also responsible for the marvel that is the load-bearing arch structure. Roman architecture is distinguished by its use of concrete, fired bricks, arches, vaults and domes. The most widely used of these in modern architecture is concrete and fired brick.

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Development of Nude Form in Greek Art


Art History 1 ART 114
Associate in Fine Arts Spring 2011

Abstract

             Greeks art is highly influenced by the human form. The most vivid illustration of this influence is the evolution of Greek sculpture. The appreciation for the nude form is evident in sculpture, painting (most notably on ceramics) and even in Greek philosophy. The standing male nude and the draped female form are some of the most iconic of styles emerging from the Greek obsession with the human form. The nude male form appears more prevalently in Greek art than the draped female form. It is apparent from the frequency of the occurrence and the level of development that the human form was the most important aesthetic inspiration for ancient Greek art. The gender roles of ancient Greece are obvious in the presentation of the two different forms. The draped figures of the females are all very modest, and conservatively draped, whereas the male figures are completely exposed and sculpted to show the strength and masculinity of the male form.

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Polish-American Experience


Multi-cultural Psychology PSYC 343
Bachelor of Science in Psychology Fall 2010

Abstract

             The United States is a composite culture, developed from a number of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. One such group is the Polish. Polish-Americans have been a part of the American cultural catalog since as early as 1608 and still maintain a distinctive presence in the culture.

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Midterm Examination for Multi-cultural Psychology


Multi-cultural Psychology PSYC 343
Bachelor of Science in Psychology Fall 2010

Description

             Discuss institutional discrimination. Comparing people's race and people's social class, what similarities and differences in institutional discrimination exist? Support your argument with evidence.

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Animal Subjects in Experimentation


Animal Behavior PSYC 443
Bachelor of Science in Psychology Fall 2010

Abstract

             Animal testing in research is a complex issue that has a variety of viewpoints. The process itself involves administering drugs and other medical treatments, such as experimental surgeries, to animal subjects to test their safety and practicality for human applications. In some cases medications and surgeries are tested on healthy animals to determine how they react. In other cases, animals are intentionally harmed to facilitate determining the effectiveness of the treatment. In those instances the harm to the animal can be physical, such as dislocating joints, or it can be biological, such as injecting an animal with a disease for which a potential treatment will eventually be administered.

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Lecture Exam 3 for Introduction to Sociology


Introduction to Sociology SOC 210
Minor in Sociology Fall 2010

Description

             Third (final) written examination on course lectures.

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Lecture Exam 2 for Introduction to Sociology


Introduction to Sociology SOC 210
Minor in Sociology Fall 2010

Description

             Second written examination on course lectures.

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Lecture Exam 1 for Introduction to Sociology


Introduction to Sociology SOC 210
Minor in Sociology Fall 2010

Description

             First written examination on course lectures.

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Obersational Metods of Research


Research Methods PSYC 352
Bachelor of Science in Psychology Spring 2010

Abstract

             Observational research is the key to non-experimental research. There are several methods of observational research that may be used, each with its own concerns for validity as well as ethical feasibility in its implementation. Observational studies often take place outside the confines of a laboratory, forcing a large number of confounding variables. With the relative imprecision of observational studies, there are still protocols that must be followed.

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Uses of Tactile Perception of the Blind


Sensation and Perception PSYC 420
Bachelor of Science in Psychology Spring 2010

Abstract

             Individuals explore the world in a variety of different ways. The difference between common ways to interact with one’s environment becomes greater when a disability is involved. One of the most limiting disabilities in a society of visually inclined is blindness. Blind individuals adapt in many ways, one of the more common is by learning to “see” by touch. This paper will explore some of the various ways that the blind use the sense of touch, specifically pattern recognition, to be aware of the world around them.

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Gender Differences in Self Esteem


Developmental Psychology PSYC 331
Bachelor of Science in Psychology Spring 2010

Abstract

             This paper seeks to explore the differences in forming self-esteem as well as the differences in how self-esteem affects the overall person between the genders. Focus will be given to formation of the adolescent self-image and as a result, self-esteem.

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Chunking


Theories of Learning PSYC 320
Bachelor of Science in Psychology Spring 2010

Abstract

             This paper is an exploration of the cognitive process of chunking. Three research studies on the topic of chunking will be explored to expound on the topic and provide perspective on the implications of chunking on the overall storage and retrieval system of the brain. Each of the studies is from a different area of memory. One is from language, one from number processing and the final study is from the topic of ideomotor principle. Each study provides a unique perspective on how chunking is used to facilitate human learning.

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Personality Analysis


Theories of Personality PSYC 310
Bachelor of Science in Psychology Spring 2009

Abstract

             There are many theories of personality to select between when attempting to explain any particular personality. For exploring the personality characteristics of Curtis Kularski, Erickson’s Crisis and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs theories were selected. These theories provide simple explanations to the intricacies of the personality being explored, provide a mechanism for predicting future behavior and personality development and explain the limitations of the present state of Mr. Kularski’s personality.

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Perception As It Applies to Artificial Intelligence


Cognitive Psychology PSYC 421
Bachelor of Science in Psychology Spring 2009

Abstract

             This paper explores the Cognitive Psychology concept of Perception, as it applies to the field of Artificial Intelligence. Humans and computers see things in very distinct ways. There are parallels drawn between a computer's processor and a human's brain, but the two are not equivalent. Perception for a human is a native, organic process, but for an artificial intelligence, it is a much more involved process. There are a lot of similarities, including matching of facial patterns to identify a person and measuring of pitch and pattern in a voice to determine spoken words. The fundamental differences between organic intelligence and artificial intelligence are how the raw input is used and how it is stored.

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Comparing Frost and Longfellow


Introduction to Literature ENG 131
Associate of Arts Fall 2008

Description

             A comparison of the poetry of Robert Frost and Henry Longfellow.

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Sociological Impact of the Civil War


American History 1 HIS 131
Associate of Arts Fall 2008

Abstract

             The Civil War is one of the most defining events of American history. The war had a lasting effect on the culture of the country as well as the way the country is perceived. The events of war had a huge impact politically, but what was the impact on the common person? All people in the country were affected in some way or another by the war. The lives of families in both the north and south were disrupted.

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Pointillism


Art History 2 ART 115
Associate in Fine Arts Fall 2008

Abstract

             Pointillism is a time consuming and labor intensive method for painting, applying texture or shading (in illustration). It is most commonly seen in painting, which is its most elaborate form. Tiny dots of primary colors are used to create an image. The style was originally created by Georges-Pierre Seurat.

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Emancipation Proclamation


American History 1 HIS 131
Associate of Arts Fall 2008

Description

             An essay describing the impact of the emancipation proclamation on the United States.

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Hamada Shoji


Art History 2 ART 115
Associate in Fine Arts Fall 2008

Description

             A biography of Hamada Shoji and description of his work.

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Colombian Biological Exchange


American History 1 HIS 131
Associate of Arts Fall 2008

Description

             What was the Colombian Biological Exchange, and what affects did it have on the old and new worlds?

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Raphael


Art History 2 ART 115
Associate in Fine Arts Fall 2008

Description

             Brief biography and description of work for Raffaello Sanzio da Urbin

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Carl Warner – Foodscapes


Digitial Photography ART 390
Associate in Fine Arts Summer 2008

Description

             An extra credit assignment discussing Carl Warner's Foodscapes.

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The Gaze


Digitial Photography ART 390
Associate in Fine Arts Summer 2008

Description

             In photography there is nothing so frightening as the portrait. Mention you have a camera and it seems like anyone who knows you wants to hide in the darkest space around. I can't say I blame my potential subjects for their need to hide. Staged portraits are horrible things to do with people. As discovered in the "difficult lighting situations" assignment, some people are very hard to create portraits of. My subjects become very stiff and the portrait becomes of a depressed statue

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Daniel Johnston: Lidded Lotus Vessel


Ceramics Wheel 2 ARTC 3172
Associate in Fine Arts Spring 2007

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Mary Roehm: Bowl


Ceramics Wheel 1 ARTC 2172
Associate in Fine Arts Fall 2006

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Examination in Ancient Philosophy: Theory of Reality


Ancient Philosophy PHIL 3211
- No Program - Fall 2005

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Final Exam for Plato: Epistemology and Metaphysics


Major Figures in Philosophy: Plato PHIL 3060
- No Program - Spring 2005

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Midterm Exam for Plato: Eros


Major Figures in Philosophy: Plato PHIL 3060
- No Program - Spring 2005

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Pierced (blue) by Jean Blackburn


Western History and Culture LBST 2101
- No Program - Fall 2004

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The Administration of Fear


Writing for Academic Communication ENGL 1102
Associate of Arts Fall 2004

Abstract

             Fear and fright are emotions that have profound psychological impacts on Americans. Some people say that it is fun to be scared and in a controlled setting where the fear is consciously acknowledged, such as a scary movie or amusement park ride, that is true. The unconscious fear that is being driven into most Americans by the much loved media, the trusted government and the celebrated religious organizations is fear of the harmful sort, not only harmful to the person experiencing the fear, but also to the rest of the general population and perhaps to democracy itself.

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Fashioning the Self


Western History and Culture LBST 2101
- No Program - Fall 2004

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Art Analysis 2


Art Apreciation ART 111
Associate of Arts Summer 2004

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Internet Activity: Domestic Violence


Sociology of the Family SOC 213
Minor in Sociology Summer 2004

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Internet Activity: Parenting


Sociology of the Family SOC 213
Minor in Sociology Summer 2004

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Art Analysis 1


Art Apreciation ART 111
Associate of Arts Summer 2004

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Internet Activity: Gender


Sociology of the Family SOC 213
Minor in Sociology Summer 2004

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