Video Instructional Program

The video instructional program offers an alternative for the student who is far from campus, whose physical disability, work schedule, or other responsibilities make it difficult for him/her to attend traditional classes. Video lessons for various courses are available for viewing on cable television stations as well as in UM-St. Louis libraries.

St. Louis Area Cable Stations
Continental Cable, and United Video in St. Louis County; AT&T Cable in the city will air courses over the Higher Education Channel (HEC). (Charter, Continental, United Video & AT&T Cable).

Course Listings
The following courses from the UM-St. Louis curriculum are offered:


1019(019) Archaeology [SS]
This telecourse uses dramatic onsite filming to enable students to explore how archaeologists reconstruct ancient societies and explain how they evolved. Students will understand how archaeology and anthropology interact, with emphasis on how people have behaved in the past. 

1025(025) World Cultures [CD, SS, V]
This telecourse is an ethnographic survey of the major culture areas of the world. It is an introductory cultural anthropology course that studies the structure and process of culture.

2124(124) Cultures of Africa [CD]
This telecourse offers a basic ethnographic survey of African cultures, with attention to social groupings, tribalism, religion, language, social change, the ecological relationship between humans and nature.

4350(350) Special Studies
This telecourse offers a glimpse into the science of anthropology through a variety of approaches, theories, controversies, and solutions encountered in the field. Students will gain insight into the practices of foreign cultures and the beliefs of their own culture in addition to the importance of diversity of human behavior.


1012(001) General Biology (For Non-Science Majors) [MS]
This telecourse provides a firm foundation in the fundamental principles of biology.   


1070(070) Introduction to Cinema
This telecourse examines the history, rhetoric, and aesthetics of film. The content is designed to bring Hollywood filmmaking into clear focus as an art form, as an economic force, and as a system of representation and communication. Film theory and criticism will be studied, as well as major genres, authors, and artists. Introduction to Cinema explores how Hollywood films work technically, artistically, and culturally. The course also probes the deeper meaning of American movies--the hidden messages of genres, the social and psychological effects of Hollywood film style, and the mutual influence of society and popular culture on filmmaking. 

2232(232) Effective Communication in the Organization: Tool for Leadership (3)
Prerequisites: Junior standing or consent of instructor.  Telecourse designed to equip students with communication skills applicable to the organizational context.  The course will present effective strategies for the articulation of ideas, with particular emphasis on the development of leadership skills.


308 Foundations of Adult Basic Education (3)
This telecourse discusses the various characteristics of the adult learner, including needs, interests, physiological factors, interpersonal relations, and communications. The video demonstrations present teaching practices in adult basic education. This course focuses on the need of corporate and industry trainers as well as ABE and GED teachers.

You will work with topics in teaching basic reading: word recognition, comprehension, writing for the student=s needs, basic and intermediate mathematical skills, selection and use of materials, learning contracts, learning styles, and other methods to individualize instruction, as well as student recruitment and retention and corporate classroom management. This is an important class offered at a time when there are more adult students than teachers.


1031(031) Topics in European Civilization: Emergence of Western Europe to 1715 [SS]
This telecourse offers lectures and discussions on the development of Western European society and tradition from approximately 800 to 1715.

1032(032) Topics in European Civilization:1715 to the Present [SS]
This telecourse offers lectures and discussions on the development of Western European society and tradition from 1715 to the present.

History 1031(31) or History 1032(32) may be taken separately.

2300(150) The People's Century, Part I
This telecourse provides unique insight into the turbulent events of the last 100 years by combining rare archival film footage with the testimony of ordinary people who lived through the century’s sweeping changes and who recount their firsthand experiences.


1003(003) General Psychology [SS]
This telecourse is an introductory college level course that covers the fundamental principles and major concepts of psychology. The content is designed to provide a broad introductory survey of the general principles of human behavior. 

2245(245) Abnormal Psychology
Prerequisite: Psych 1003(03), General Psychology. This telecourse introduces the major theoretical models for explaining and treating disorders - psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive and biological. Ten of the 13 programs feature specific disorders, including anxiety disorders, personality disorders, the schizophrenias, sexual disorders, substance abuse, and the disorders of childhood. The first program concerns assessment, while the last two provide information on treatment and prevention. This approach serves the introductory abnormal psychology student, while allowing individual faculty latitude to underscore the approach to which they subscribe. 

1268(268) Human Growth and Behavior [SS]
Prerequisites: Psych 1003(03).  This telecourse uses special readings, reports, and/or field research as well as video and audio courses to explore the stages of life as an introduction to developmental psychology.

4280(280) The Psychology of Death and Dying
Same as Gerontology 4280(280). Prerequisite: Psych  1003(3). This telecourse will address the psychological aspects of death and dying for both adults and children. The psychological reactions of terminally ill patients and their families will also be examined, and therapeutic interventions will be discussed.  

Social Work

4200(280) Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3)
Prerequisite: Biology 1012(1) and Sociology 2160(160) or Psych 2160(160) or permission of instructor. This telecourse will focus on the normative stages in the life span, specifically how human development is affected by the physical environment and social status characteristics. Empirical information and theoretical views on human development will be included. Human development will be viewed as a complex interaction of individual developmental stages with family, social 

4601(312) Women's Social Issues
Prerequisites: Social Work 4200(280) or consent of the instructor. This telecourse is designed to help students identify gender stereotypes and barriers and how they impact on women's lives. This course will help students become more sensitive to the social and welfare concerns of women. The course also explores how gender intersects with other social systems, such as age, class, disability, ethnicity, race, religion, and sexual orientation. Emphasis will be placed on integrating a knowledge base of women's needs with professional social work practice.

1010(010) Introduction to Sociology [V, SS]

This telecourse is an introductory college level course designed to give students an in-depth look at sociological approaches to human behavior, including types of social organizations, patterns of social interaction, and social influences on individual conduct.

1090(90) Philosophy and Other Disciplines [H, V]
Prerequisites: Video course offering.  General introduction to philosophy examines its connections to works of art and related areas.  Course does not satisfy any requirements for philosophy major or minor.

1091(91) Significant Figures in Philosophy [H, V]
Video course introduces philosophy through a survey of the ideas of some of the important figures in the history of the discipline.  Course cannot be used to satisfy any requirements for philosophy major or minor.