Online/Distance Education

Colleges: College of Arts & Sciences | College of Communication | Questrom School of Business | School of Education

The online courses listed below are single courses offered to all students (unless a restriction is noted). This list does not include courses offered to students who are matriculated into an online degree program at Boston University.

Note: Course details for Summer 2019 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2018 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.

College of Arts & Sciences

First-Semester Chinese

CAS LC 111

Online offering. Essentials of structure, oral practice, introduction to the writing system. 4 cr.

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First-Semester Spanish

CAS LS 111

For students who have never studied Spanish, or by placement test results. Introduction to grammatical structures. Emphasis on aural comprehension, speaking, and pronunciation. Introduction to Hispanic culture. 4 cr.

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College of Communication

Special Topics in Mass Communication

COM CM 561

Topic for Summer 2018: Kpop Culture & Media. According to Jason Robinson, “Music often serves as one of the primary ways that we create and maintain identities.” Music bonds friendships, distinguishes one generation from another, and affects value systems. This course looks at the influence of pop music, lyrics, and performances on gender identity and on the creation and consumption of music. It explores the commonalities of American (e.g., Pussy Cat Dolls) and British (e.g., Spice Girls) forms of music with Eastern forms such as Korean (Kpop and Korean Wave), Japanese (Jpop), and Chinese (Mandopop). The course looks at the history and the influence of mass media and technology on these forms of music and the ways in which music overcomes language barriers. Students explore the role of popular music as a symbol of identity, both culturally and with regard to femininity. 4 cr.

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Special Topics in Mass Communication

COM CM 561

Online offering. Topic for Summer 2018: Designing Dynamic Data Visualization Systems. Provides students with a foundation for understanding how to visualize (and make sense of) dynamic data sources—those that are either extremely large or constantly changing. Through an introduction to the broader conceptual systems and frameworks that facilitate the work of designers and other creative professionals, students acquire a recognition of data visualization as a tool for interpreting/telling stories using dynamic data and promoting data literacy. To that end, students engage with practical exercises and examine relevant case studies across a range of disciplines (including healthcare, social media, finance, and urban planning) in the interest of developing a skillset that enables them to understand critical aspects of a broadly conceptualized dynamic data visualization process and potentially work more effectively as part of future collaborative/discipline-specific endeavors. A $240 technology fee is also charged for this online course in addition to tuition. 4 cr.

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Special Topics

COM FT 554

Topic for Summer 2018: Black & Indian British Cinemas. While British people of African and Indian descent have been represented on screen since the early days of British colonial cinema, Black British and British Indian filmmaking only started in earnest in the 1970s and 1980s. Production ramped up in the 1980s and 1990s, when Channel 4 studios sought out directors of color to fulfill its mission to serve minority interests. This course examines the history of Black British and British Indian filmmaking, from studio pictures to independent, documentary, and avant-garde films. We study how filmmakers of Black and Indian heritage carved out space for themselves within the film industry, as well as how their films engage with various intersections of identity, including race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality. 4 cr.

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Special Topics

COM FT 554

Topic for Summer 2018: Screenwriting for Fiction Writers. This course acquaints participants with the structure of the traditional three-act, feature-length, narrative screenplay for motion pictures. Through the analysis of a variety of screenplays, we will develop our own principles about the elements of screenwriting; and we will apply those principles to the writing of an outline, and then to the feature itself. Through workshops and instructor response, participants will select, develop, and write their (screen) stories. Each participant will finish the class with a full draft of a script. 4 cr.

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Special Topics

COM FT 554

Online offering. Topic for Summer 2018: Super Heroes in Film. Focusing on films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), this course explores the thematic and aesthetic aspects that have made super hero films so popular. Students learn and utilize basic film studies terminology (the close-up, the long take, cross-cutting, etc.) in order to understand how filmmakers create meaning though the use of specific cinematic techniques. In addition, the course contextualizes MCU films by explaining how each has operated within Marvel’s cinematic history and its competition with DC. Taking the films themselves and their historical context into consideration, students are introduced to a basic understanding of the field of film studies and the types of analyses those working in the field undertake. A $240 technology fee is also charged for this online course in addition to tuition. 4 cr.

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Questrom School of Business

Introduction to Management

QST SM 101

A broad introduction to the nature and activities of business enterprises within the United States' economic and political framework. Course content introduces economic systems, essential elements of business organization, production, human resource management, marketing, finance, and risk management. Key objectives of the course are development of business vocabulary and a fundamental understanding of how businesses make money. This course is intended for non-business majors. It may not be taken by Questrom students for credit nor can it be used by Boston University students toward the Business Administration minor. Non-Questrom students may register for this course directly via the Student Link. 4 cr.

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School of Education

Legal Issues in Higher Education

SED AP 755

This course is designed to consider issues that arise in the administration of institutions of higher education and the ethical and legal principles applicable to their resolution. Educational institutions experience difficult legal and policy decisions similar to every other industry, including but not limited to situations regarding freedom of speech, expression, and association; due process and right to privacy; discrimination on the basis of identity; use of alcohol; and ownership and use of intellectual property. This course will explore the shifting perspectives on higher education law and how those legal decisions impact one's work in higher education. Students will examine the foundations of higher education law, analyze cases, and explore application of the law in practice to help them make sound decisions in their various roles in education. 4 cr.

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Classroom Assessment

SED CT 556

Online offering. Introduces the conceptual, practical, and ethical issues related to classroom and school-based assessment of children and adolescents. Topics include: basic assessment principles, design of classroom assessments, discussion of standards for educational testing, including validity, reliability, norming, test development, avoidance of cultural bias, and general guidelines for selections of particular types of assessment methods for individual children. It is open to teachers of all grades and content areas. 4 cr.

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Reading Development, Assessment, and Instruction in the Elementary School

SED LR 551

For beginning graduate students without experience in the teaching of reading. Study of reading development in childhood and early adolescence, and the implications for teaching and learning. Discussion of theory and research on effective instruction and assessment, and the application of both to teaching. Not open to students who have completed SED LR 501 or SED LR 503. 4 cr.

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Classroom Discourse

SED LS 690

Focuses on the role of discourse as a central component of teaching and learning and strategies, and strategies for building on students' linguistic and cultural backgrounds as learning assets in the learning process. Examines the types of instructional contexts, pedagogical approaches, and teacher talk moves that will support productive instructional interactions and deepen students' conceptual understanding. Includes use of video recording and transcript analysis to reflect on teacher talk in lesson planning and implementation. 4 cr.

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Problem Solving in Mathematics

SED ME 563

Explores the teaching and learning of mathematics through solving sets of challenging problems. Topics include research on problem solving and how its design and implementation can be supported in the classroom. 4 cr.

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Explaining Science: a Philosophical Perspective

SED SC 539

Online offering. An analysis of science from a philosophical and historical perspective. What distinguishes scientific knowing? What vision has science given us of the universe and humanity's place within it? And how can answers to such questions inform the presentation of science to students and other non-scientists? 4 cr.

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Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction

SED SE 510

Designed to develop an understanding of the historical background and legal framework of special education, various disabilities, instructional practices and behavioral support strategies. 2 cr.

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Introduction to Special Education

SED SE 706

Improves students' understanding of individuals with disabilities, traces the development of their programs and services, and analyzes and critiques key assumptions, attitudes, and beliefs about special education practices. 4 cr.

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Assessment In Special Education: Procedures

SED SE 751

Online offering. Prereq: (SED SE 706). Designed to develop the knowledge and skill related to the assessment of students who are in or are being referred to special education. Includes legal issues, culturally- and linguistically-responsive practices, various types of assessments in multiple domains, test administration procedures, scoring, interpreting, and reporting of results. 4 cr.

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Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), 5-12

SED TL 508

Online offering. Teaching methodologies for English as a Second Language at the middle- and high-school levels, including techniques for developing language skills, content-based language teaching, evaluation and adaption of materials, and planning and assessment. Students participate in a field-based component. 4 cr.

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