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1. Organized Crime and the Business of Drugs (CCJ 4642, Professor Richard Mangan)

According to Mangan’s class syllabus, the purpose of the class is to examine the dynamic of the international traffic in illegal drugs. The class will present the major issues of drug control and provide students with an understanding of organized criminal groups in the United States. “As to the most interesting things that students will learn, that will depend a lot on what their interests are. If they are interested in the American Mafia, they will find that interesting. If they are more interested in Russian or Asian or Colombian organized crime, then that is what they will probably enjoy the most,” said Mangan.
There is no prerequisite for the course, and it is open to anyone who wishes to enroll.

2. Stress Management (HSC 4104, Professor Toby Mastrocola)

According to Mastrocola’s class description, the course involves the study of the scientific foundation of stress, such as lifestyle conditions, relationships to diseases, management techniques, behavioral changes and recognizing stressors. “The course is highly experiential,” said Mastrocola.
The class involves a lot of open discussions, guest speakers and participation. “Students gain insight and self-awareness into their personal stressors and learn a variety of stress management techniques to overcome these stressors. The most interesting techniques include humor therapy, art and music therapy, yoga, and progressive muscular relaxation, including mental imagery.”
The class is only open to juniors and above.

3. The Holocaust (JST 4710, Professor Alan Berger)

According to Berger, students who register for the class will learn “the reality of evil, the thinness of the veneer we call civilization, the indifference of governments, the persistence of the social pathology of anti-Semitism, the fact that there was a ‘moral minority’ — and I do mean minority — willing to help the Jewish people, the ability to think critically, and the importance of being an actively engaged citizen.”
The class is broken up in three parts: pre-Holocaust, Holocaust and post-Holocaust worlds. Students will learn about religion, literature, ethics and history. They will also examine key issues like personal responsibility, justice, the possibility of forgiveness and the lessons of the Holocaust.”Given the heavy demands — both scholarly and in terms of personal involvement — I recommend that only juniors and seniors take the course,” said Berger.
The class is open to any FAU student.

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