Fall 2009 Descriptions
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Anthropology 295.01 "Special Topic: Anthropology, Violence, and Human Rights."
This course is designed to address recent anthropological engagement with violence and human rights in a variety of cross-cultural contexts. The course centers on examining the tensions between cultural relativism and rights advocacy within anthropological theory and practice. It does so by beginning with foundational theories grounded in Western European intellectual thought that universalize rights. It then moves to look at anthropological responses to forms of violence in the ethnographic record and considers the possible limits of cultural relativism to represent them. Special emphasis will be placed on state formation, legitimized forms of violence, and self-conscious efforts to overcome the legacy of violence by individuals and institutions in the post WWII era. Prerequisite: ANT-104 and one 200-level Anthropology course.
Anthropology 295.02 "Special Topic: Hunter-Gatherers."
This course examines variability in human forager behavior patterns using data from recent studies that emphasize systematic observation. The first part of the course will focus on descriptive ethnography and theoretical approaches to human foragers while the second part of the course will delve into current issues in human forager studies (e.g., land rights and indigenous rights). The primary orientation is ecological/biological, focusing on issues of economy, time allocation, sex differences, organizational and settlement patterns, and mating patterns. Prerequisite: ANT-104.
Anthropology 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: Human Paleobiology."
This course is designed to provide a detailed comprehensive overview of the techniques and methods used to obtain anthropological information from prehistoric and fossil hominin skeletal remains. As such it will cover many of the current topics and issues faced by bioarchaeologists in the anthropological analysis of past traditional human groups. The course will emphasize how the skeletal remains can be seen as a way of looking at the success or failure of biological adaptations and behaviors of different cultural systems. In other words, how do skeletal biologists come to an understanding of past human behavior. Prerequisite: ANT-280.
Art 111.01, 02, 03 & 04 "Introduction to Studio."
New course. Introduction to the Studio is a beginning level studio course designed to introduce and ground students in core principles of art making in a rigorous, hands on studio. These principles will be taught though a series of practical exercises using traditional and digital tools. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills, knowledge of materials, methods of observation and translation, collaboration, discussion, and creative discipline. Prerequisite: none.
Art 134.01 "Drawing."
New course. An introduction to observational drawing. Subjects will include architecture, objects, landscape and the figure. Traditional and non traditional media will be explored. Emphasis on technical skill, perceptual development and critical skills. Prerequisite: none.
Art 240.01 "Ceramics."
Note new course description. An introduction to clay as a medium for visual expression with an emphasis on hand building, throwing, conceptual problem solving, glazing, and firing. Students will construct both sculptural and functional forms, with particular attention paid to the development of technical skills, surface enrichment through texture, and creativity in the construction of three-dimensional forms. Prerequisite: ART-111.
Art 242.01 "Sculpture."
Note new course description. This course will explore techniques and concepts employed by contemporary sculptors. Students will utilize materials from the ephemeral to the permanent to explore issues of space and construction through a series of creative projects. Prerequisites: ART 111.
Art 295.01 "Special Topic: Aesthetics of Place: Prairie Artculture."
The prairies, in popular culture, are still portrayed as home to the American icons of Iowa artist Grant Wood, though the population is now overwhelmingly (sub)urban. Views of regional art are equally problematic. Is it simply provincial and nostalgic? Or, perhaps, is "regional art" different, less bound to narratives of theory than the art of New York and more engaged in what is actually seen in this place? We will look at the history of art on the prairies through the trajectory of the Regionalism of Grant Wood, et al, then turn to contemporary art. Field trips are planned. Prerequisite: ART-103.
Art 310.01 "ART 310 Advanced Studio: Hybrid Media."
New course. This advanced studio course involves investigating and expanding a visual idea across a range of media. Students have an opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary, expansive approach to art making. Prerequisites: twelve credits if 200-level art.
Art 360.01 "Exhibition Seminar."
Serial Imagery: prevalent in the digital age, repetition has also characterized art in other periods. Consider works as diverse as many medieval manuscripts, Kota reliquary guardian figures, Goya's "Disasters of War," or Andy Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Cans." Is repetition an aesthetic or political strategy? A symptom of compulsive behavior or capitalist production? Or a response to technologies in printmaking, photography, or film? In this seminar we will explore the nature of repetition in art through examination of relevant theoretical and historical texts and works in the Grinnell College Art Collection. Learning also about the techniques and politics of exhibition, the class will curate a show in the Faulconer Gallery, including production of an exhibition catalogue and complementary programming. Prerequisite: One 200-level art history course.
Biology 150.01 "Introduction to Biological Inquiry: Prairie Restoration."
As a way to explore how biologists ask questions and develop answers to them, this class will focus on the biological problems involved in the restoration of tallgrass prairies. It will be taught in "workshop" format at Grinnell College's Conrad Environmental Research Area (CERA), where we will use the college's prairie and savanna restorations as our laboratory. Students will be required to formulate research questions based on readings of the scientific literature, design experimental or observational studies to test these hypotheses, and communicate the results of these studies after the conventions of professional biologists. Papers resulting from a substantial independent project will be published in the class journal, Tillers. Prerequisite: none.
Biology 150.02 "Introduction to Biological Inquiry: Sex Life of Plants."
This course will explore the evolution and ecology of reproduction in flowering plants to develop your understanding of how and why plants reproduce as they do. You'll experience biology as it is practiced, as you learn principles of adaptation, practice the scientific method, and communicate your research findings in the style of professional biologists. Activities will include reading and discussing classic and contemporary scientific literature, completing exercises on the structure and function of plant reproductive features, and conducting and reporting on research projects done in the lab, the greenhouse, and the field. Prerequisite: none.
Biology 150.03 "Introduction to Biological Inquiry: The Effects of Climate Change on Organisms."
We will examine the effects of predicted changes in temperature, moisture and carbon dioxide levels on organismal and ecosystem function through experimental investigation. We will focus on the effects of such changes on the physiology and metabolic functioning of soil and aquatic organisms, as well as on biogeochemical processes of ecosystems, including respiration, decomposition and nutrient-cycling. This course will be taught in a workshop format, meeting twice a week for three hours. Class time will be devoted primarily to discussions and lab work examining theoretical aspects of organismal and ecosystem functioning, design and implementation of lab-based experiments, and the interpretation of our results in the context of extensive ongoing climate change research. Prerequisite: none.
Biology 150.04 "Introduction to Biological Inquiry: The Language of Neurons."
In this course students will actively learn how biologists study the nervous system. Specifically, students will work as neuroscientists for a semester and will attempt to learn something novel about how nerve cells communicate with one another at chemical synapses. Students will present their findings at the end of the semester via both oral and written presentations. Papers resulting from a substantial independent project will be published in the class journal, Pioneering Neuroscience: The Grinnell Journal of Neurophysiology. Students with a strong background in high school physics will benefit most from this section of Biological Inquiry. Prerequisite: none.
Biology 295.01 (Also Computer Science) "Special Topic: Bioinformatics."
In this interdisciplinary course, students will explore Bioinformatics, the application of computing tools to problems in the biological sciences, particularly problems related to genetics. Although students will use some existing bioinformatic tools, the foci of the course will be on identifying appropriate biological problems for analysis by computer and on the development of computational tools to support such analysis. Most of the work for this course will be conducted by interdisciplinary teams. Prerequisite: BIO-251 or CSC-151.
Biology 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: Environmental Microbiology: How Microbes Impact the Environment."
In this course we will examine the species concept and the dynamic nature of microbial populations in the environment, including how to define and measure relevant microbial populations. We will investigate the roles of microorganisms in key environmental processes including biogeochemical cycling and bioremediation of pollutants. Further topics include aeromicrobiology, microbial populations in extreme environments, and drinking water and wastewater treatment. A significant component of this course will be the critical evaluation of primary literature, along with an emphasis on written and oral communication skills. The lab portion of this course is designed to allow students to interact with microbes that impact the environment; these include microbes that are involved in important processes and cycles occurring in the environment. Prerequisite: BIO-252 or BCM-262.
Biology 334.01 "Plant Physiology."
Note new course description and prerequisite. An assessment of the physiological, biochemical, and molecular mechanisms underlying the life processes of plants. This course will examine major plant functions with emphasis on the physiology and biochemistry of photosynthesis, respiration, nutrient metabolism, translocation, control of growth, and response of plants to environmental stress. Prerequisite: BIO-252 or BCM-262.
Chemistry 295.01 "Special Topic: Modern Crystallography and Molecular Symmetry."
This short course will develop the fundamental ideas of modern crystallography and molecular symmetry. The class will begin by describing the symmetry of molecules leading up to the development of the Schoenflies and Hermann-Maguin notations of molecular symmetry. The use of crystallographic structural methods to determine molecular structure will then be discussed. Hands-on work with computer-based software to solve structures will be the lab component of the course. These concepts will then be applied to the crystal structures of large clusters of palladium and platinum with metal carbonyl ligands. Dates: September 1 to October 1. Short course deadlines apply. 2 credit option will include lab. Labs meet on Friday afternoon Sept 18, Sept 25, and Oct 2. Prerequisite: Chemistry 129 or 210.
Classics 295.01 (Also History and Religious Studies) "Special Topic: Greek Religion."
This course examines the religious practices of the city-states of archaic and classical Greece (c. 800-300 BC). It will examine ritual practices including animal sacrifice, ecstatic worship, divination and the use of oracles, mystery cults, and the relationship between myth and action. Prerequisite: Classics/History 255, Humanities 101, or Religious Studies 111 or 115.
Classics 395.01 (Also History) "Advanced Special Topic: Alexander the Great."
Alexander the Great was one of the most significant figures in world history. This course examines his career and his achievements, making extensive use of the ancient literary accounts of his life (Diodorus, Curtius, Plutarch, Arrian) and of documentary evidence from the Greek world and the Near East. It will also consider his representations in modern culture. This course counts toward the History major but does not count as one of the major's two research seminars. Prerequisite: CLS/HIS-255.
Computer Science 295.01 (Also Biology) "Special Topic: Bioinformatics."
See Biology 295.01.
Economics 295.01 "Special Topic: Investments and Public Policy."
This course provides an introduction to investments. It covers types of investments, measurement of risk and return, institutional aspects of investment markets, and key concepts in investments such as efficient diversification and efficient markets. The course will consider differences between approaches for individual and institutional investors, the use and performance of mutual funds, and the implications of investment theory for both individual financial planning and related public policy issues. Current issues of interest in investing such as hedge funds, private equity, and venture capital will be covered, as well as public policy on private pension guarantees, social security, and corporate governance. Prerequisite: ECN-111.
Economics 380.01 "Seminar in Monetary Policy."
Note new course description. Analysis of how monetary and financial institutions affect the growth and stability of economies internationally. Examination of theoretical controversies and evidence about relations between money and the real sectors of economies, interactions between central banks, international monetary authorities, and currency flows, and financial aspects of the inflation process and economic stability. Study of the effects of current changes in financial intermediaries and structures. Prerequisite: Economics 282.
Education 250.01 "Differentiating Instruction for All Students."
Note new course description. This course aims to help future teachers develop ethical and effective approaches for meeting all students' learning needs using a critical model of inclusion based on a disability studies framework. The course will center on two key activities: a case study with a student at the middle or high school, and the peer lessons developed using approaches that help all students learn more effectively. The case study will require that students spend a minimum of 24 hours in the school observing, tutoring, and talking with the focus student. In the course, students will develop research skills to improve their own teaching and will analyze how particular students learn, how teachers adapt instruction to meet a wide range of student learning needs, and how schools organize curricular paths for students. Prerequisite: EDU-101 and 221.
Education 295.01 "Special Topic: School Mathematics and Equity."
Analysis of a variety of critiques of the gate-keeping function mathematics serves in the modern US K-12 curriculum. Many of the critiques focus on the role math plays in excluding students of color, low SES students, and female students from prestigious higher education institutions and/or particular disciplines. Attention will be paid to articulations of the mechanisms by which school math functions to exclude and the corrective paths those mechanisms suggest. Prerequisite: EDU-101.
English 120.01 "Literary Analysis."
Students in this section will explore methods of analyzing novels, short fiction, films, and poetry. We will begin with a unit that involves reading a novel to use as a touchstone while exploring a range of critical and theoretical approaches. The course will then examine the technique of short fiction, film, and poetry in turn. We will discuss the ways writers and filmmakers craft their works, and we will develop strategies for analyzing those choices in academic papers. Graded assignments will include frequent short writing assignments and papers on fiction, film, and poetry. Prerequisite: none.
English 120.03 - "Literary Analysis."
This is a critical reading, writing, and thinking course designed to introduce students to literary works in a number of genres while reinforcing their skills in critical analysis. We will examine important elements of fiction and poetry in order to better understand how these elements create meaning in the work. We will also examine a range of contemporary approaches to literary texts by familiarizing ourselves with various schools of literary criticism and ways of reading. In addition to reading the poetic works of Audre Lorde, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Ai, and Gwendolyn Brooks, we will read fictional works such as James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room, Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior, and Jhumpha Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies. Prerequisite: none.
English 120.04 "Literary Analysis."
This course is designed to introduce students to literary works in a number of genres while reinforcing their skills in critical analysis and literary interpretation. We will examine a range of contemporary approaches to literary analysis by familiarizing ourselves with various schools of criticism and specialized approaches to textual studies such as historicism, psychoanalysis, feminism, structuralism, postcolonialism and queer theory. We will develop our understanding of these methodologies through readings in drama, short fiction, novels, poetry and performance art including authors such as Tony Kushner, Sherman Alexie, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Karen Finlay, and Audre Lorde. The last section of the class will direct the analytic skills we have learned to the challenge of film interpretation. Prerequisite: none.
English 120.05 "Literary Analysis."
An introduction to poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, this course will explore the complexities behind simple questions-Are realism and fabulism different paths to the same place? How do poems operate? What is creative non-fiction, besides a seeming oxymoron?-in order to expand the emotional and intellectual registers with which we read. Authors are likely to include Emily Dickinson, Lady Murasaki, Adam Zagajewski, Milan Kundera, Zora Neale Hurston, Denis Johnson, Annie Dillard and W.G. Sebald, and will be supplemented by a study of prosody (the formal mechanics of verse) and an overview of critical theory from New Criticism to Postcolonialism. Response papers, midterm, class presentation, 3 mid-length papers required. Prerequisite: none.
English 303.01 "Chaucer."
In this seminar, we will read the entirety of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. As we move through the tales, we will consider Chaucer's representations of history, politics, and gender, as well as the way in which the whole of the text functions as an ars poetica, a commentary on the art of poetry. The tales will be read in Middle English, but prior experience with the language is not necessary; as you'll see, Middle English is a beautiful and complex literary language, and a reader can gain competence in a short period of time. Prerequisite: ENG 223.
English 323.01 "Studies in English Literature, 1660-1798: From Smut to Prudery: Tracing Libertinism in the English Literary Imagination."
When the monarchy was restored in 1660, Charles II ushered in a new era of debauchery and depravity that challenged the traditional mores of English society. Writers such as Aphra Behn and the Earl of Rochester took advantage of the court's licentiousness by producing sexually explicit verse that both exposed the figure of the rake and brought attention to woman's sexual needs and desires. By the end of the eighteenth century, however, the fear of a disintegrating moral order resulted in less overt expressions of wanton sexuality. Beginning with the figure of the rake, this course will examine literary representations of libertinism in the period. We will study different types of rakes such as the philosophical libertine, the debauchee, and the reformed rake. We will also contemplate how two major political revolutions - the Glorious (or "Bloodless") Revoluti on and the French Revolution - informed other competing desires, such as the desire for religious stability and the desire for knowledge. In addition to studying the works of Behn and Rochester, we will read a range of poetry, drama, and prose fiction by a variety of writers including Wycherley, Richardson, Fielding, Sheridan, Haywood, and Wollstonecraft. Prerequisite: ENG-223, 224, or 273.
English 328.01 "Studies in American Poetry II: Beat, Black, and (Sometimes) Blue: Poetry of the '50s and '60s from San Francisco, Black Mountain, and the Black Arts Movement."
In this course we will explore poetry that breaks out of what Robert Bly called "the new critical jail," as well as poetry that resists what Haki Madhubuti called the "protective custody" of cultural institutions dominated by white, patriarchal, and (often) emotionally and sexually repressed wardens and masters. Some members of this generation went from "liking Ike" to hiking out, as far out as words and rucksacks could take them, while others, such as Amiri Baraka, hoped to "clean out the world for virtue and love" by writing "poems that kill." Our discussions of such raptures and ruptures will be framed by an analysis of the Civil Rights and Wilderness Acts of 1964. Understanding the historical processes leading up to these landmark legislative actions will enable us to shed light on the ways in which certain poets act out the affirmations of language, place, and civil rights within an often bewildering juxtaposition of "American" spaces stretching from Piute Creek to the moon and back and from Newark to Viet Nam. Assigned readings may include selections from Baraka, Bly, Bukowski, Creeley, Di Prima, Duncan, Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, Giovanni, Kerouac, Levertov, O'Hara, Olson, Snyder, and Waldman, as well as a novel, The Dharma Bums, and memoirs by Joyce Johnson, Di Prima, and Baraka. Prerequisite: ENG-227, 228, 229, 231, 232, or 273.
English 331.01 "Studies in American Prose."
In her book Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Disability in American Culture and Literature, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson speaks of "investigating how representation attaches meaning to bodies" (5). "Although much recent scholarship," she maintains, "explores how difference and identity operate in such politicized constructions as gender, race and sexuality, cultural and literary criticism has generally overlooked the related perceptions of corporeal otherness we think of variously as 'monstrosity,' 'mutilation,' 'deformation,' 'crippledness,' or 'physical disability'" (5). Taking Garland-Thomson's point about the lack of critical attention paid to representations of physical disability and expanding it so that it might apply to other forms of "corporeal otherness"-genetic differences, paralysis, deafness, blindness, "retardation," neurological difference, etc.-we will examine what might be called the politics of abnormality, and we will use, as our objec ts of study, contemporary American fiction, memoir, and film. Ever sensitive to the point of view of those traditionally represented as "abnormal," we will pay particular attention to the way that disabled writers wrest from the medical profession, and the culture at large, the right to describe-to give meaning to--their own conditions, and we will view this struggle in the larger context of the disability rights movement. Prerequisite: ENG-225, 227, 228, 229, 231, 232, or 273.
English 346.01 (Also General Literary Studies) "Studies in Modern Prose: James Joyce's Ulysses."
This seminar will undertake an intensive examination of James Joyce's Ulysses. In addition to Joyce's text, students will read some of Joyce's sources as well as a variety of literary and critical responses to Ulysses. Assignments will include responses, bibliographic work, and a term paper. Prerequisite: ENG-224, 225, or 226.
Environmental Studies 195.01 "Introductory Special Topic: Environmental Challenges and Responses."
This course, offered each semester, provides a substantive forum for sustained discussions of current environmental issues amongst small groups of students and faculty. Content varies each semester. All students will meet biweekly to hear an invited speaker present on a relevant topic. During intervening weeks students will meet in small groups with two faculty members to discuss the previous week's seminar and related readings. S/D/F only. Prerequisite: second-semester standing.
Environmental Studies 395.01 & 02 "Advanced Special Topic: Tropical Biological Diversity: Amaz"nia."
The course will explore the evolution and maintenance of tropical biological diversity, both terrestrial and marine. It will have a mandatory +2 during fall break in Brazilian Amaz"nia, when students will spend ten days on a riverboat traveling ca. 1,400 miles from the Rio Solim"es to the Rio Xeruin¡, conducting censuses of flora and fauna. Prerequisite: Biology or Anthropology major, third-year standing and permission of instructor. +2 required.
Gender and Women's Studies 295.01 "Special Topic: Feminism and Popular Culture."
This course critically examines the multiple ways that women have been and are currently portrayed in various popular cultural forms. Through an intersectional and inter-textual investigation of television, film, advertising and popular music, students will explore how representation both reflects and produces socio-cultural phenomena and ideas about the proper role of women in society. Prerequisite: GWS-111.
Gender and Women's Studies 295.02 "Special Topic: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies."
This course will provide an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) studies. We will study the emergence and transformation of LGBTQ identities, cultural practices, and political movements within the broader context of changes in social constructions of sexuality, as well as cultural, social, political, and economic transformations. We will pay particular attention to the ways in which gender, race, ethnicity, and class have shaped same-sex sexuality in different historical periods. Prerequisite: second-year standing.
General Literary Studies 295.01 (Also Japanese) "Special Topic: Japanese Horror: Past and Present."
See Japanese 295.01.
General Literary Studies 346.01 (Also English) "Studies in Modern Prose: James Joyce's Ulysses."
See English 346.01.
History 100.02 "Making History: U. S. in the Age of Transatlantic Revolution."
This course provides an introduction to issues of historical causation, argumentation, and evidence, throught the lens of U.S. History in the age of the American, French, and Hatian Revolutions (1763-1815). After introductory units on historical methods and the concept of transatlantic history, we will spend the bulk of the semester considering U.S. history in a global context to understand how Revolutions shaped politics, cutlure, social relations, race, and gender. Students will work intensively with primary sources. Prerequisite: none.
History 100.03 "Making History: The Emergence of the Welfare State in Europe and the Americas."
This course provides an introduction to issues of historical causation, argumentation, and evidence, through the lens of the development of the Welfare State in Europe and the Americas. After introductory units on historical methods and the development of laissez-faire principles, we will spend the bulk of the semester discussing readings on the development of welfare policies and ideas in Europe, the United States, and some Latin American countries. As we proceed, we will discuss alternative interpretations on the origins of state welfarism. Prerequisite: none.
History 100.04 "Making History: Europe under the Great Dictators."
This course provides an introduction to issues of historical causation, argumentation and evidence, through the lens of two of the most repressive dictators in all of world history--Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin -- who dominated world politics between 1914 and 1945. After an introductory unit on historical methods, we will use a variety of primary and secondary texts to investigate the workings of the Nazi and Stalinist dictatorships, examining subjects like the personal role of Hitler and Stalin in determining state policy, the use of state terror and the secret police, the rise of the leader cult, the origins of the Holocaust, and the nature of Stalin's Great Purges. Prerequisite: none.
History 100.05 "Making History: Peter Abelard and His World."
Peter Abelard (1079-1142) is one of the most well-known and exciting figures from the Middle Ages. Although best remembered today for his love affair with Heloise, in his own age he was better known as a philosopher, theologian, monk, and poet. Through the lens of Abelard's turbulent life, this course will provide an introduction to issues of historical causation, argumentation, and evidence. After introductory units on historical methods, we will spend the rest of the semester studying Peter Abelard's writings and adventures. Each unit will introduce students to different primary sources and historical methodologies, including the sources and approaches of social, cultural, intellectual, and religious history. Prerequisite: none.
History 225.01 "Native American History, 1491-1865."
New course formerly offered as HIS-295. This course offers a social, environmental, political, and cultural history of early America from the perspectives of Native Americans. From the point of view of Native Americans, we will examine many familiar topics, like European exploration of North America, the founding of European colonies, warfare among European powers, slavery, and the American Revolution. Prerequisites: HIS-100 or second-year standing.
History 295.01 (Also Classics and Religious Studies) "Special Topic: Greek Religion."
See Classics 295.01.
History 295.02 "Special Topic: Ivan and Fritz Go to War: World War II on the Eastern Front." This course will examine the war between Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR along World War II's Eastern Front. Although it will include an overview of the war's main military events, it will focus on the war's larger social and political significance. Major themes will include the experiences and motivations of the troops, the relationship between the two states' political systems and their war aims, the reasons for the unusually high level of brutality on the Eastern Front, the role of the war in the origins of the Holocaust, and the creation of a Soviet myth of World War II. Prerequisites: Second-year standing.
History 295.03 "Special Topic: Tyrants and Tunesmiths: Music and the State in Modern Europe.
This course examines the complex connections between music production and political power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in four national contexts: France, Italy, Germany, and the Soviet Union. Considering relationships among composers, politicians, and institutions, we seek to understand how they shaped both the works themselves and the political and social realities around them in the processes of inception, performance, and reception. We analyze current scholarship and primary sources including costumes, staging sketches, newspapers, aesthetic treatises, letters, libretti, and poetry. Knowledge of music or music history is helpful but not required. Prerequisite: Second-year standing.
History 295.04 "Special Topic: The Making of Modern France."
This course traces the development of the modern French nation from the eighteenth century to the present. Relying heavily on primary sources and current scholarship, we will consider the legacy of Enlightenment and Revolutionary ideologies, the global dissemination of French influence, shifting notions of citizenship and national identity, responses to modernization, the durability of religious beliefs, twentieth-century crises, and the formation of the European Union. We will pay particular attention throughout to perspectives of class, race, and gender. Prerequisite: Second-year standing.
History 311.01 "Politics in Early American Republic."
Students in this seminar will discover and debate recent developments in the study of political history by focusing intensely on one of its most exciting periods, the early American republic. During the years 1789-1820, the American political system first took shape as federal and state governments established themselves, as the country experienced its first era of party conflict, and as philosophical ideas about the structures of American power and concepts such as "republicanism" and "democracy" were put to the test. The seminar will analyze traditional topics of political interest in this period such as political party formation and interaction among the "founding fathers," and it will also explore the many ways that recent historians have broadened their view of politics to include such factors as political culture, female involvement in politics, and the politicization of everyday life. Students wil l write in-depth research papers on some aspect of politics in the period. Prerequisites: HIS-111 and any 200-level American History course.
History 332.01 "Gender and Empire in Victorian Britain."
This course will examine the centrality of women, gender, and sexuality to British colonialism in the "long nineteenth century." The first half of the course will focus on three related investigations: women's historical experience in the empire through travel, emigration, and philanthropy; the gendered dynamics of colonial rule; and the role of imperial identity in shaping feminist and reform movements. We will also consider the impact of poststructuralist and postcolonial theory on studies of gender and empire. The shared readings will facilitate students' development of an independent research project. Prerequisite: HIS 236, or 262, or 295 (British Empire), or 295 (Disease & Public Health in Europe).
History 335.01 "Crusades and Crusaders."
This research seminar will introduce students to modern debates and research into the crusades. In the first seven weeks, students will read extensively in the primary sources of the first four crusades and choose a research topic. Class discussion will focus on understanding these written texts as both literary works and historical sources. Weeks 8-13 will be devoted to special topics and students' research projects. A different student/group of students will be responsible for structuring class discussion in each of these remaining weeks and assigning (short) readings for the rest of the class. This exercise will help students become familiar with their classmates' research area and teach them how to understand and frame their own research within a broader context. Prerequisite: HIS-233.
History 342.01 "Advanced Studies in Russian History: Stalinism."
This seminar will concentrate upon the major historiographical divide over Stalinist Russia and evaluate the evidentiary bases that sustain these interpretations. Traditional historiography of this era has concentrated upon the "totalitarian" model, and has depended upon official documents, as well as the memoirs and public statements of major figures and ‚migr‚s. More recent interpretations have sought to complicate the story, and give voice to more ordinary historical actors-as preserved in the archives of the secret police, in private diaries, and in the collections of unprinted denunciations and letters to the editors of Soviet publications and Soviet leaders. Through scrupulous reading of some major representatives of these views, as well as through careful consideration of representative examples of the various sources, participants in the seminar will develop a better understanding of the historiographical issues and the w ay that these issues inform historical research. The first part of the seminar will depend upon our common reading, but students will also select a project of their own on which to work the entire semester, culminating in a written paper and oral presentation to the seminar. Prerequisite: HIS-242 or its equivalent.
History 395.01 (Also Classics) "Advanced Special Topic: Alexander the Great."
Alexander the Great was one of the most significant figures in world history. This course examines his career and his achievements, making extensive use of the ancient literary accounts of his life (Diodorus, Curtius, Plutarch, Arrian) and of documentary evidence from the Greek world and the Near East. It will also consider his representations in modern culture. This course counts toward the History major but does not count as one of the major's two research seminars. Prerequisite: CLS/HIS-255.
Humanities 211. 01 & 02 "Film Analysis."
New course formerly offered as HUM-195. This course will examine the foundational concepts and methodologies in the field of cinema studies, focusing on "reading" film images and the comprehension of film as a language through the study of a range of critical approaches to film analysis. The course addresses cinema as an institution, introducing students to the history, theory and criticism of moving image culture. Prerequisite: Second-year standing.
Humanities 295.01(Also Science 295.01) "Special Topic: Space, Time, and Motion."
This is an interdisciplinary study of the philosophical developments of the concepts of space, time, and motion in the late seventeenth century and early twentieth century. It is anchored on an interactive re-creation of the study of physics at each time-period based on original textbooks, lectures, demonstrations, and experiments. The course will focus on key philosopher-scientists including Descartes, Leibniz, Newton, Poincar‚, Lorentz, Einstein, and Minkowski, as well as pivotal experiments including airpump, freefall, Michelson-Morley and æ-decay experiments. The course will end with reflections on the competing epistemological and ontological views during each time-period and the nature of theory change in science. Prerequisite: PHI-111 and MAT-131.
Japanese 295.01 (Also General Literary Studies) "Special Topic: Japanese Horror: Past and Present."
As Hollywood adaptations of Japanese horror films show, Japanese horror has recently captured the interest of the international audience. These films focus on psychological horror and often draw on traditional folk ideas of the supernatural, such as spirit possession and ghosts. Why this persistence of folk imagery in thoroughly modernized films about the internet and mobile communications, and what does Japanese horror tell us about the nation's culture, society, and history? Through study of classical literature and folklore alongside analysis of modern and contemporary films, we will examine the genealogy of Japanese horror, from medieval times to the present. Prerequisite: second-year standing.
Music 201.01 "Topics in Music and Society: Music, Language, and Culture."
What is the relationship between music and language? Is music a universal language, or is it even a language at all? In what way can music be said to have meaning? What are the processes by which this meaning is created and communicated? How does discourse about music help us to understand its meaning in specific contexts? In an attempt to answer questions such as these, we will examine music and language within a broad, cross-cultural and/or trans-historical framework, drawing on studies from diverse musical traditions. Each participant will lead a discussion on a topic of her or his choice, probably related to the paper required at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: none.
Music 321.01 "Advanced Musical Studies: Jazz Improvisation."
An integral part of the jazz tradition, improvisation is a necessary skill for the successful performer in the jazz idiom. This course will serve to familiarize the student with the basics of jazz harmony and improvisation; including the reading of chord symbols, basic jazz repertoire, stylizing melody and the correlation between the ear and performance in jazz. In addition, this course will serve as an introduction to the various styles commonly employed in jazz including swing, latin, funk and ballad. The basics of protocols for performance in a jazz setting will also be covered. The course is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists (scat singing) interested in pursuing proficiency in jazz improvisation. Basic proficiency on student1s chosen instrument is required. Prerequisites: MUS 112.
Music 322.01 "Advanced Studies in Music History and Literature: Late Beethoven."
Close reading of selected compositions from 1815 to 1827 (the piano sonatas, the string quartets, the Diabelli Variations, the Missa solemnis, and the Ninth Symphony). We will explore readings in musicology and music theory (Adorno, Tovey, Kerman, Rosen, Lockwood) along with newer, more cutting-edge criticism and interpretation. Prerequisites: MUS-112 and MUS-261 or MUS 262.
Philosophy 393.01 "Advanced Studies in the History of Philosophy: Spinoza's Ethics"
This course will examine Spinoza's philosophical system, paying particular attention to his metaphysics and epistemology and how they lay the groundwork for answering what he takes to be the most important philosophical question: how to live well. We will begin with the Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect and then spend the bulk of the semester doing an intensive reading of the Ethics. The course will finish with some selections from his political writings. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship between philosophy, religion, and politics in the seventeenth century, as well as to the relationship between Spinoza's metaphysics and epistemology and his ethical and political thought. Prerequisites: PHI-233.
Policy Studies 395.01 (Also Political Science) "Advanced Special Topic: Applied Policy Analysis - Climate Change."
See Political Science 395.01.
Political Science 295.01 "Special Topic: Human Rights and Democracy."
This course is about human rights, which have emerged in the post-cold war period as the only universally recognized system of values, and the close link between human rights and democracy. It will first attempt to understand what human rights are from philosophical and historical perspectives and then move on to explore their relevance to the sustenance of democracy. The course will also look at various mechanisms available for the protection of human rights internationally, regionally, and nationally, as well as their actual operation at ground level. The course will encourage students to acquire an empirical knowledge of human rights from a political science perspective. Dates: Sept 15 to Oct 8. Short course deadlines apply. Prerequisite: POL-101.
Political Science 295.02 "Special Topic: Rights: Natural, Political, Human, Animal."
Only a few centuries ago the idea of individual "rights" was largely unheard of. Today, rights claims may well be the essential threads from which we weave our moral and political lives. Over time, the threads have not only grown in importance but also proliferated. The more weight we place on rights the more rights people claim. This course in political theory challenges you to ask yourself how much you really know about the concept of "rights." Where do rights come from? How have they evolved? What are their limits? Have we taken rights talk too far? In this class we will trace the development of the idea of "rights" from the 17th century to today, look at the invention of "human rights," weigh arguments for "animal rights," scrutinize the possible overuse of the concept in contemporary American society and consider the "right to die." Authors may include: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Marx, Michael Ignatief f, Mary Glendon, Gary Francione and Leon Kass. Prerequisite: POL-101.
Political Science 295.03 "Special Topic: States, Markets, Societies."
This course will examine theories of political power and how the relationship of the state to the market affects the distribution of power in society. The objectives of this course are to understand theories of social and political power, how these theories relate to various state-market arrangements, and what purchase these theories have for explaining problems in contemporary political economy. The course will begin with several selections from political science that present different theoretical lenses for investigating economic and political power. Several weeks will then be dedicated to economic and sociological discussions of the variety of ways in which states and markets co-exist and structure power relationships, focusing on the evolution of political-economic thought in the 19th and 20th centuries. Finally, the course will conclude by applying these bodies of literature to the current economic crisis, paying partic ular attention to the causes and consequences of economic change within the contemporary United States. Prerequisite: POL-101.
Political Science 395.01 (Also Policy Studies) "Advanced Special Topic: Applied Policy Analysis - Climate Change."
This course will analyze different aspects of policy to mitigate climate change, bringing to bear the perspectives of science and social science. Topics for discussion will include: 1) assessment of the scientific data on climate change; 2) Discussion of the ways that climate change is a policy issue; 3) evaluation of strategies and technologies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change; 4) explanation of policy development up to the present, as policy has been impacted by scientific, economic and political factors, the changing climate change agenda, decision-making at international, national and local arenas and the interplay between the various arenas; 5) policy recommendations for effective and feasible action to meet the climate change challenge of 2009 in international and U.S. policy arenas. Prerequisite: ECN/PST 295.01 (Foundations of Policy Analysis , SP09), ECN-240, POL-225 or POL-250.
Psychology 295.01 "Special Topic: Sensation & Perception."
This course addresses the perception and interpretation of sensory information. The function of sensory systems starting from the energy to which they are sensitive to transduction at the sensory organ to interpretation of the information that is carried in the signal at higher brain centers will be considered. Topics may include: vision (perceptual organization; color, space, and scene perception), hearing (auditory scene analysis; music and speech perception), touch, smell and taste. Prerequisite: PSY-113.
Psychology 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: Psychology of Motivation."
This course will approach the Psychology of Motivation by selecting a specific behavior and examining it using a broad array of psychological perspectives (ingestive behavior for Fall 2009). We will study the psychology of food and eating from the level of physiology and behavioral genetics to learning and environmental influences to social and cultural factors. Specific topics covered will include: hunger, homeostatic regulation and energy balance, development of eating behaviors, food preferences, "cravings", social facilitation of food intake and obesity. Prerequisite: PSY-246 or NRS-250 and one additional 200-level psychology course.
Religious Studies 295.01 (Also Classics and History) "Special Topic: Greek Religion."
See Classics 295.01.
Religious Studies 394.01 "Advanced Topics in Religious Studies: Applying Religious Studies"
This seminar is intended to create the context of a scholarly community in which participants explore how the study of religion may be applied to a variety of different phenomena. As a construct of the scholar, the category of religion may be applied as a lens to a variety of phenomena, including that which is commonly not considered to be religious. Prerequisite: REL-311.
Science 295.01(Also 295.01 Humanities) "Special Topic: Space, Time, and Motion."
See Humanities 295.01.
Sociology 295.01 "Special Topic: Food and Society." This sociology course approaches the activities of food production, distribution, and consumption as "strategic research sites" open to multiple investigative techniques and interpretations. Through a variety of readings and documentary films, it examines issues from the perspectives of three sociological sub-disciplines: culture, politics, and organizations. We will explore principles of social interaction, power, social justice, and issues of environmental awareness as taught in many other courses and departments. Class sessions will include visits to local food growers and retailers. Prerequisite: SOC-111.
Sociology 390.01 "Advanced Studies in Sociology: Global Feminism."
This course explores a range of contemporary women's issues from the perspective of transnational feminism. Through the lens of sociology, we will examine women's human rights, gendered law, cultural differences, religious fundamentalism, economic globalization, women's role in the military, and the legacies of colonialism. Topics to be addressed include the ways that feminisms have emerged, the issues that have galvanized women across national and regional borders, the politics of generalizing across-culturally about women's interest and demands, the ways that feminism has related historically to nationalism and imperialism, and the role that feminist agendas might play in addressing current global concerns. Course materials to be drawn from five regions of feminist experience: American, European, African, South American and Asian. Students will be challenged to analyze current events in terms of emergent theories of gender development within women's transnational space around the world and to formulate new approaches to feminist interpretation and activism. Prerequisites: any 200-level Sociology course and third year standing.
Social Studies 221.01 "Geographical Analysis and Cartography."
New course formerly offered as SST-295. This course offers an introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) for spatial analysis and mapmaking. Covers topics such as the nature of geographic information, georeferencing, GIS data models, cartographic design, geovisualization, the Global Positioning System, and basic and intermediate spatial analysis skills. Focus on understanding the major underlying theories and concepts of GIS, which students put into practice using GIS software applications in lab exercises and an independent research project. Prerequisite: MAT/SST-115 or equivalent.
Spanish 295.01 "Special Topic: Constructing the Spanish City: The Films of Almodovar."
This course will explore how the city becomes a cultural force daring the traditional values imposed by the Franco legacy. We will analyze how in the films of Almodovar the city contributes to the construction/destruction of the individual, his/her family and the society as a whole. We will also question the role of this urban space and its formation as a gendered entity, associated at times with the feminine and the masculine. Prerequisite: SPN-285. This course would satisfy the prerequisite requirement for upper 300-level courses.
Spanish 295.02 "Special Topic: Readings in Latin@ Literature."
This discussion-based course provides a broad approach to US Latin@ literature. We will explore filmic and literary texts that voice the multiple and varied experiences of different generations of Latin@s from different national origins and cultures. We will pay particular attention the construction of identity in terms of race, gender, sexuality, and class; bilingualism and code-switching; the experiences of the exile, the immigrant, and the refugee; the marketing of the Latin@ identity; and the construction of community. Texts and films may be in English (with some Spanish) while discussions and written work will be in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN-285. This course would satisfy the prerequisite requirement for upper 300-level courses.
Spanish 295.03 "Spanish Topic: Cultures of Spanish-Speaking World: Spanish-Speaking immigrants in Latin America, United States and Spain."
This course will focus on the topic of immigration in the Spanish-speaking world and will include Spanish-speaking immigrants within Latin America, the United States and Spain. We will pay particular attention to the circumstances that create the decision to immigrate, the impact of the new cultures on the immigrants, and the public view of immigrants in the new countries. Students will work with a variety of material in Spanish including articles, films, documentaries and newspapers. COURSE IN SPANISH. Prerequisite: SPN-285. This course will not fulfill the prerequisite requirement for upper 300-level literature courses but it will count for the major.
Theater 295.01 "Special Topic: State and Production Management."
An exploration of the stage manager as theatre technician and as an artist. This course examines the daily responsibilities inherent in balancing the needs of a production, director's vision, technical crews, theatre staff, design team, and maintaining the well-being of performers. In addition, students will apply the skills they have examined in the first half of the course and take artistic responsibility for an in-class production project, literally demonstrating the ability to make the sun rise and set on stage. Prerequisite: THE-115 and 201.