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Personal Odyssey Courses

As a part of The University of Tulsa’s Continuing Education Network, the Division of Lifelong Learning promotes both personal and professional enrichment opportunities. Lifelong Learning acts as a community outreach program and educates and enriches the minds of the greater Tulsa area. This program offers anyone with an inquiring mind the unique opportunity to audit rewarding undergraduate classes at The University of Tulsa, but at a fraction of the standard tuition.

Interested students will experience our traditional academic environment, our intimate classroom organizations, and the invaluable mentorship of our university’s world-renowned professors. If you have lifelong scholarly aspirations, this may be exactly the experience for you. Since no credits or transcripts are recorded, and no tests or papers are required, an aspiring scholar need only enroll, attend the class, participate in discussions, complete the readings, and enjoy!


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ANTH 2033.01 Human Development and Diversity: Physical Anthropology

Instructor: M Belmaker
Meeting Times: MWF 1:00-1:50 pm
Course Description: Survey of the sub-fields of biological anthropology: primatology (comparative studies of monkeys and apes), human biology and variability, human fossil evolution and forensics. Presents an overview of evolutionary theory and genetics and emphasizes interactions of biology, culture, and environment on human biology and behavior.

ANTH 2043.01 Patterns in Culture: Cultural Anthropology

Instructor: P Stromberg
Meeting Times: MWF 9:00-9:50 am
Course Description: Human cultural institutions are described and analyzed, drawing examples from non-industrial societies. Emphasis on the ways anthropologists study people, ideas, patterns of behavior, and material life.

ANTH 3173.01 Gender Across Culture

Instructor: L Lindstrom
Meeting Times: MW 2:00-3:15 pm
Course Description: A comparative cultural investigation of gender relations and human sexuality in a range of human societies, including the United States.


ARTH 2203.01 Survey of Art History

Instructor: M Maurer
Meeting Times: TTH 2:00-3:15 pm
Course Description: Western art and architecture from prehistoric times through the Middle Ages. Explores basic artistic principles and vocabulary, specific examples of works, and the historical and social context from which these works emerged. Provides the background to take more advanced art history courses and ability to critically assess works of art.

ARTH 4803.01 Late Antique and Eastern Medieval Art

Instructor: M Maurer
Meeting Times: TTH 11:00-12:15 pm
Course Description: Examination of a special topic in art history.


COM 4113.01 Documentary Workshop

Instructor: M Mason
Meeting Times: TH 6:00-9:45 pm
Course Description: History, philosophy and practice of documentary journalism in the United States. Interviewing, writing and producing publication-quality documentary journalism in the field.


ENGL 2513.01 Major British Writers I

Instructor: L Stevens
Meeting Times: MWF 10:00-10:50 am
Course Description: Reading and discussing important British poetry, prose, and drama from the Anglo-Saxon period to 1800, exploring critical approaches to literary study, and learning to write literary criticism.

ENGL 3723.01 Literature, Cinema, Modernis

Instructor: R Jackson
Meeting Times: TTH 11:00-12:15 pm
Course Description: Special Topics: 16th or 17th Century


FR 1004.01 Beginning French I

Instructor: V Conway
Meeting Times: MTWF 9:00-9:50 am
Course Description: Acquisition of basic communicative competence, including listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural skills. Strategies for functioning in situations at a level appropriate to novice learners. Study of grammar as aid to communication. Prerequisite: No previous training or experience in French, or departmental approval through placement.

GRK 1004.01 Beginning Greek I (Ancient Greek)

Instructor: B MacQueen
Meeting Times: MTWF 1:00-1:50 pm
Course Description: Introduction to the forms and usage of elementary grammar of ancient Greek.

GERM 4513.01 German Fassbinder und Herzog

Instructor: V. Udwin
Meeting Times: TTH 12:30-1:45 pm
Course Description: Exploration of a particular historical or literary period, a place, a population, or a literary theme. Topics include medieval courtly society, romanticism, the 1848 revolution, the Weimar era, postwar Germany, turn-of-the-century Vienna, Jewish writing and thought, poetry and history, childhood and boarding schools
*** The class will be taught in German***


HIST 2413.01 Pirates and Piracy in the Atlantic World

Instructor: A Wood
Meeting Times: MWF 1:00-1:50 pm
Course Description: Pirates and piracy as a way to approach the larger history of the Atlantic World political economy ca. 1500-1800. Particular attention is paid to Elizabethan England as English pirates challenge Spain’s power and also engage in the trafficking of African slaves.

HIST 2523.01 History of Oklahoma

Instructor: B Hosmer
Meeting Times: TTH 3:30-4:45 pm
Course Description: Oklahoma from prehistoric times to the present with emphasis on the role of the Indian in the state’s history.

HIST 2603.01 Russia and the West

Instructor: J Bradley
Meeting Times: MWF 10:00-10:50 am
Course Description: Survey of Russian history and culture with emphasis on the historical origins of the differences between Russia and the West and Russia’s response to western influence.

HIST 2703.01 Dragon and the Eagle: The History of U.S. – China Relations

Instructor: T Buoye
Meeting Times: TTH 8:00-9:15 am
Course Description: Examines the historical, cultural, political, and economic background of U.S.-China relations since 1800. In addition to providing a broad historical context for U.S.-China relations, course also examines topics such as Chinese immigration to the U.S., economic ties between the U.S. and China, international adoption from China to the U.S., Christian missionaries in China and the future of U.S.-China relations in the 21st century. Course explores the full dimensions of U.S.-China relations over the past two centuries.

HIST 2823.01 European Politics

Instructor: M Mosher
Meeting Times: TTH 12:30-1:45 pm
Course Description: Introduces the parliamentary governments of the developed economies of Western Europe. Treats the rise and fall of twentieth century fascism and communism as backdrop to the democratic experiments now going on in the European Union and in the post-communist transition economies of Central Europe.


POL 2033.01 World Politics in the 21st Century

Instructor: G Kampani
Meeting Times: TTH 9:30-10:45 am
Course Description: Overview of the main theoretical perspectives that contribute to the understanding of world politics. Concrete case studies of global and regional conflict (Cold War, Israeli-Palestinian Dispute), transnational actors (international terrorist groups, MNCs, NGOs, and IGOs), international political economy and institutions, environmental issues and management.

POL 2073.01 Law and Society

Instructor: J Hockett
Meeting Times: MWF 11:00-11:50 am
Course Description: Introduces the study of law and its relation to other social institutions and processes. Examination of the character and functioning of the American legal system.

POL 2093.01 Western Political Thought II

Instructor: M Mosher
Meeting Times: TTH 3:30-4:45 pm
Course Description: How Western modernity arose in 16th-19th centuries. Pursues changes in the idea of the individual and of the political community from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment and from the democratic revolutions to the rise of industrial societies.

POL 2263.01 Modern Latin America

Instructor: R Saylor
Meeting Times: MWF 1:00-1:50 pm
Course Description: Modern Latin America

POL 3323.01 U. S. National Security

Instructor: G Kampani
Meeting Times: TTH 2:00-3:15 pm
Course Description: Overview of the foundations of U.S. national security policy from the mid-20th century until the present. This course analyzes America’s hegemonic role in constructing the post-World War II liberal international order, U.S. grand strategy during the Cold War and post-Cold War eras, the nature of American “hard” and “soft” power, historic and emerging threats to American national security, and the current debate on America’s decline. This course focuses on the foundational elements that govern the policy choices of U.S. national security decision-makers.

POL 3383.01 Human Rights in International Politics and Law

Instructor: J Hockett
Meeting Times: MW 2:00-3:15 pm
Course Description: This course addresses the politics and controversies associated with that branch of international law that aims to protect human dignity. Attention is given to matters of enforcement, the universality and indivisibility of rights, women’s rights, counter-terrorism policies and immigrants’ rights, The right to health, and global warming and human rights.

POL 3393.01 Politics of the Commons

Instructor: G Kampani
Meeting Times: MW 6:00-7:15 pm
Course Description: Examines contemporary governance issues and policy pertaining to the environment, ecosystems, oceans, outer space, and the poles – spaces that constitute the global commons. How are problems at the global commons likely to affect human wellbeing and security?


PHIL 1003.01 Socrates to Sartre: Ideas That Shaped Our World

Instructor: Michael Futch
Meeting Times: TTH 9:30-10:45 am
Course Description: Major ideas, figures, and movements in philosophy that have shaped Western thought and heritage from the beginnings of Greek thought to the present, including the broad historical and cultural context in which these ideas emerged.

REL 2383.01 Religion and Science

Instructor: M Drever
Meeting Times: TTH 11:00-12:15 pm
Course Description: A survey of religious issues that have arisen through the interaction between western science and religion. Topics include cosmology, evolution, and technology.

REL 2453.01 The Great Conversion II: Modern and Contemporary

Instructor: S Gardner
Meeting Times: MW 6:00-7:15 pm
Course Description: An examination of major figures in the break-off of philosophy from theology in the modern era. Consideration of the Reformation background of modern thought, the challenge of scientific rationalism to religion, and the effort to conceive the moral and political foundations of society in wholly secular terms.