Mafia knowledge enhanced by films

While some courses might focus on accounting or microscopic life forms, Associate Professor of Political Science Bruce Anderson is teaching a course about immigration and the Italian Mafia.

“This course is to make students think about how people think about organized crime,” Anderson said. “A lot is perception.”

The course is the only political science course offered as a general education course. Besides class lectures and discussions, the students also have a series of movies from which to draw knowledge.

“There are 10 to 11 movies being shown, and students are responsible for watching four,” Anderson said. “Typically students attend more than just four movies. They enjoy the movies, and so they go to more.”

Freshman Erin Rodgers said she likes the laid back and relaxed atmosphere.

“This course wasn’t my normal choice, but it is a pretty good class,” Rodgers said. “Plus my dad and my brother are interested in mafia movies so they were pretty happy I was enrolled in the class.”

Senior Alex Riester said he was excited to find out about it because he likes learning about the mafia.

“I saw a flier in Mabee one day, and I got all excited and instantly knew I had to take that course,” Riester said. “I really like the mafia. I was really excited all summer long, and I would definitely take another course that’s more in depth.”

The series includes familiar titles like “The Godfather,” “Goodfellas” and “Scarface,” as well as less famous movies like “The Untouchables.” Anderson said the movies that are played are to give the students and community a visual and realistic image of the mafia and to paint a clearer and less stereotypical picture. The movies are shown at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in Mabee 100 and are open to everyone.While some courses might focus on accounting or microscopic life forms, Associate Professor of Political Science Bruce Anderson is teaching a course about immigration and the Italian Mafia.

“This course is to make students think about how people think about organized crime,” Anderson said. “A lot is perception.”

The course is the only political science course offered as a general education course. Besides class lectures and discussions, the students also have a series of movies from which to draw knowledge.

“There are 10 to 11 movies being shown, and students are responsible for watching four,” Anderson said. “Typically students attend more than just four movies. They enjoy the movies, and so they go to more.”

Freshman Erin Rodgers said she likes the laid back and relaxed atmosphere.

“This course wasn’t my normal choice, but it is a pretty good class,” Rodgers said. “Plus my dad and my brother are interested in mafia movies so they were pretty happy I was enrolled in the class.”

Senior Alex Riester said he was excited to find out about it because he likes learning about the mafia.

“I saw a flier in Mabee one day, and I got all excited and instantly knew I had to take that course,” Riester said. “I really like the mafia. I was really excited all summer long, and I would definitely take another course that’s more in depth.”

The series includes familiar titles like “The Godfather,” “Goodfellas” and “Scarface,” as well as less famous movies like “The Untouchables.” Anderson said the movies that are played are to give the students and community a visual and realistic image of the mafia and to paint a clearer and less stereotypical picture. The movies are shown at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in Mabee 100 and are open to everyone.While some courses might focus on accounting or microscopic life forms, Associate Professor of Political Science Bruce Anderson is teaching a course about immigration and the Italian Mafia.

“This course is to make students think about how people think about organized crime,” Anderson said. “A lot is perception.”

The course is the only political science course offered as a general education course. Besides class lectures and discussions, the students also have a series of movies from which to draw knowledge.

“There are 10 to 11 movies being shown, and students are responsible for watching four,” Anderson said. “Typically students attend more than just four movies. They enjoy the movies, and so they go to more.”

Freshman Erin Rodgers said she likes the laid back and relaxed atmosphere.

“This course wasn’t my normal choice, but it is a pretty good class,” Rodgers said. “Plus my dad and my brother are interested in mafia movies so they were pretty happy I was enrolled in the class.”

Senior Alex Riester said he was excited to find out about it because he likes learning about the mafia.

“I saw a flier in Mabee one day, and I got all excited and instantly knew I had to take that course,” Riester said. “I really like the mafia. I was really excited all summer long, and I would definitely take another course that’s more in depth.”

The series includes familiar titles like “The Godfather,” “Goodfellas” and “Scarface,” as well as less famous movies like “The Untouchables.” Anderson said the movies that are played are to give the students and community a visual and realistic image of the mafia and to paint a clearer and less stereotypical picture. The movies are shown at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in Mabee 100 and are open to everyone.While some courses might focus on accounting or microscopic life forms, Associate Professor of Political Science Bruce Anderson is teaching a course about immigration and the Italian Mafia.

“This course is to make students think about how people think about organized crime,” Anderson said. “A lot is perception.”

The course is the only political science course offered as a general education course. Besides class lectures and discussions, the students also have a series of movies from which to draw knowledge.

“There are 10 to 11 movies being shown, and students are responsible for watching four,” Anderson said. “Typically students attend more than just four movies. They enjoy the movies, and so they go to more.”

Freshman Erin Rodgers said she likes the laid back and relaxed atmosphere.

“This course wasn’t my normal choice, but it is a pretty good class,” Rodgers said. “Plus my dad and my brother are interested in mafia movies so they were pretty happy I was enrolled in the class.”

Senior Alex Riester said he was excited to find out about it because he likes learning about the mafia.

“I saw a flier in Mabee one day, and I got all excited and instantly knew I had to take that course,” Riester said. “I really like the mafia. I was really excited all summer long, and I would definitely take another course that’s more in depth.”

The series includes familiar titles like “The Godfather,” “Goodfellas” and “Scarface,” as well as less famous movies like “The Untouchables.” Anderson said the movies that are played are to give the students and community a visual and realistic image of the mafia and to paint a clearer and less stereotypical picture. The movies are shown at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in Mabee 100 and are open to everyone.