Winter Quarter Course Offering

Are you still in need of a winter quarter course?

Check out Catholics and Muslims in Western Tradition (CTH 389/ REL 340 / PSC 339 / MLS 488):


“The course will discuss the historical development of the relations between the Catholic Church and Islam.

We will touch topics such as the Crusades, the role of Mary, and the development of the dialogue during the 20th century.

We will have exceptional guest speakers; among them, Dr. Mathieu Caesar from the University of Geneve (Switzerland), a scholar on the Crusades, and Dr. Rita Trvkovick, who is working on the devotion to Mary in the Muslim world. Finally, we will discuss some contemporary aspects of the Catholic-Muslim dialogue.

The class is cross-listed by Catholic Studies, Religious Studies, Political Science, and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies/Sciences in Interdisciplinary Studies.”

Here is also a flyer for an event connected to the class:



Exciting Spring Quarter Cross-Listing

Kellstadt Graduate School of Business is offering GSB 595: Developing Sustainable Strategies – Capstone Practicum cross-listed as

MLS 409/Section 302, Environment and Society: Developing Sustainable Strategies– Capstone Practicum

Time: Wed: 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Location: DePaul Lewis Center 1103
•Dr. Ron Nahser •
•Dr. Scott Kelley •

Purpose of the Course

GSB 595 / MLS409 Developing Sustainable Strategies shares the same purpose as the United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) to “develop the capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy” (Principle 1). As such, it seeks to integrate the concept of strategy development into the larger ecological economic context of serving market/society needs in a finite world.  The goal of strategy in organizations has traditionally been defined as one of value maximization, from the shareholder perspective exclusively. To generate sustainable value for business and society, strategy must guide organizations in competitively defining and meeting market/society’s needs.

Values. An inclusive and sustainable global economy demands a clear commitment to “the values of global social responsibility as portrayed in international initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact” (PRME Principle 2). The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact will serve not only as a set of ethical standards to be recognized but, more importantly, as a morally imaginative lens through which students will identify, define, and respond to a particular set of market/society needs in a way that builds a sustainable global economy. That is, the ten principles of the UN Global Compact concerning human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption will be positioned in terms of sustainable strategy development and not merely moral obligation.

Method. With the primary aim of developing strategy that creates sustainable value for business and society in a global economy, GSB 595 / MLS 409 will employ an educational framework – Pragmatic Inquiry® – that enables “effective learning experiences for responsible leadership” (PRME Principle 3). Responsible leadership able to develop sustainable strategy demands that students locate the broader aims and values of the UN Global Compact in an ongoing arc of inquiry that emerges from and responds to a particular Challenge / question (Cq). Because responsible leadership must operate on all levels of human consciousness, not merely the level of planning or tactics – Pragmatic Inquiry asks students to begin attentively, explore openly, interpret imaginatively, decide responsibly, and act courageously. Theory, practice, and self-knowledge must inform each another if students are to become the kind of responsible leaders able to develop sustainable strategies.

Art and the Environment




Randall Honold, PhD
Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Adjunct in Philosophy and Environmental Science & Studies


Course Description
We will examine how contemporary artists are responding to environmental challenges. Through a critical look at select visual art, place-based art, architecture, film, literature, and music, we will discover how artists are grappling with issues that are, on one hand, enduring, and on the other hand, new to the Anthropocene. The course will be run as a seminar with active contributions by every student expected. Requirements will include regular attendance and participation, leading a discussion, weekly reflective papers, a book report, and a final summative paper or creative piece.

Yoga and Tantra with Dr. David Gitomer

ChakraswithSriYantraDavid Gitomer, the Director of DePaul’s MALS and IDS Program, is offering an amazing class next quarter.  Religion/AAS 344 is  cross listed with MLS 488:


Starting with the classical yoga of ancient India, moving to medieval Hatha Yoga concepts of the body’s chakras, and finally to Tibetan mandala and “conscious rebirth” practices that build on the earlier ideas, this course focuses on the phenomenon of spiritual liberation through the body in South Asian and Himalayan culture.  The development of modern studio yoga with its emphasis on physical and ChakraDiagrammental well-being will be traced from its origins as a response to British colonial contempt for the India body to its contemporary western practice and its role in Hindu nationalism.  Emphasis on constructions of gender in the yoga and tantra traditions will be central to the course.  Students with some background in Hinduism or Buddhism will have an advantage in preparation, but all students willing to absorb the rich philosophical and cultural texture of the pre-modern South Asian and Himalayan worldview will find the course enriching.

Upcoming Course: ENG 480: Introduction to Creative Writing

Looking to enhance your creative writing skills?

Consider taking English 480: Introduction to Creative Writing 

Autumn Quarter 2015

Monday, 6:00 pm- 9:15 pm

This course will introduce graduate students to creative writing techniques, practices, and vocabulary, as well as to the workshop method of learning. We’ll experiment with fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, with attention to both the writing process and to the works we produce. Note: This course is appropriate for students with little or no background in creative writing and is open to all DePaul graduate and non-degree-seeking students with a bachelor’s degree in any field.

MALS/IDS Class Offering- SOC 433: The Sociology of Education

 Graduate Course
Autumn Quarter, 2015:
W 6:00-9:15pm
Room TBA in LPC
Professor Melanie Gast, Ph.D.
What roles do race, ethnicity, gender, and social class play in schooling? How do schools mitigate and reproduce inequality? How do disparities in school funding affect students? This is a graduate-level course examining the sociology of education. Education occupies a central role in our society as the site of both social reproduction and social mobility. In this course, we will focus on the origins and sources of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequality in public U.S. education and the structure of schooling.We will read a variety of theoretical and empirical work using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The readings and discussion will have implications for issues impacting public schooling in Chicago, such as school closures, elected school board campaigns, and the school-to-prison pipeline. The course is divided into three main learning modules: (1) historical origins and thinking about educational inequality, (2) sources of inequality in American education, and (2) prospects for reducing educational inequality.