Course Listing Cultural Studies

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41.360 Legal Issues in Racism Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4972
Status Active

A study of racial discrimination in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on relevant constitutional provisions, statutory provisions, and on United States Supreme Court cases.

41.366 International Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4976
Status Active

Introduces the body of international rules, customs, and regulations which are in force between nations. Specific legal issues involving a study of multinational, cultural, political, economic, and ethnic perspectives are addressed. Topics covered include human rights, war prevention, foreign policy, tort and criminal liability, business trade practices, and dispute settlement. Recommended at the senior level.

41.376 Family Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4983
Status Active

Studies the critical family law issues facing society today. Subject matter examined includes the law of marriage, custody, adoption, divorce, child support, juveniles, right to die, fetal tissue transfer to prolong the life of another, reproduction control, and surrogate parenting. This course is taught from a legal and human values perspective.

41.381 Women and the Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4985
Status Active

Presents issues that particularly affect women. Topics include: sex discrimination, sexual harassment, marriage, divorce, reproductive control, surrogate motherhood, and custody.

43.105 Western Civilization I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5191
Status Active

This course surveys some important issues and tendencies in the history of Western Civilization from its origins through the early modern period, including ancient Mesopotamia, classical Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. These include "civilization" and the rise of cities, different imaginings of god(s) and humanity, evolving forms of political organization, continuity and change in social organization and everyday life, and the ongoing dialogue of faith and reason.

43.106 The Modern World Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5192
Status Active

In a period of intensifying globalization a basic understanding of our world is increasingly important. The main purpose of this course is to expose students to the global processes that have shaped our modern world since roughly the year 1500. Taking on a global and comparative perspective, this course will help students to develop a topical, chronological, and geographical understanding of global history and cultures.

43.204 China & the Modern World Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5201
Status Active

This course introduces China's interactions with the world since the 1840s. With theOpium War as the starting point, students are ushered into a traditional China whosepolitical system, cultural values, and an economic structure stood in sharp contrast to those of the outside world. The main focus of the course is to explore the process inwhich China fought for its survival as a sovereign nation and searched for its road tomodernization.

43.209 Colonial Latin America Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5206
Status Active

This class examines the history of Latin America from 1492 until the early nineteenth century. After considering the rise of the Aztec and Inca empires, we will consider how the Spanish and Portuguese were able to acquire and maintain control in the region. Topics include indigenous-European relations, slavery, economic developments, the challenges of maintaining a colonial government, and Latin American independence.

43.274 Native American History Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5242
Status Active

A comprehensive study of the Native Americans through historical and first-hand accounts of their lives. Designed to enlighten students and to represent fairly the Native Americans, dispelling some of the existing myths about them.

43.275 African-American History Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5243
Status Active

This course surveys African American history in the United States from colonization to the present. It begins with a study of life in West Africa and traces the forced migration of Africans to the Americas. It explores West African transmissions, the freedom struggle, the great migrations from the South, the Harlem Renaissance, the modern Civil Rights movement, and the continuing impact of African Americans on life in the 21st century.

43.281 Sub--Saharan Africa Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30354
Status Active

This course provides a basic introduction to the history of the African continent. It will expose students to the processes and patterns that have shaped modern African history. The course examines the historical roots of the many challenges that the continent faces today. But, at the same time, it will also provide students with the knowledge to shatter the myths and stereotypes about Africa.

43.295 Japan Since 1600 Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5252
Status Active

A study of the traditional Japanese institutions and the transformation of Japan into a modern state after 1868: the Tokugawa Shogunate, Meiji Restoration, Russo-Japanese War, world power status, militarism, World War II, and present day Japan.

43.334 The French Revolution and Napoleon Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5286
Status Active

This course will involve students directly in critical consideration of the central events and issues of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods, with an eye to their longer-term historical resonances in France, Europe and beyond. The core problems we will be discussing are ones which have remained vital in modern and even contemporary political history: the nature of liberty, the nation and national identity, equality and inequalities, violence and terror in politics, the cult of the leader, war and empire.

43.382 The American West Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5325
Status Active

Involves readings and discussions of the history of the American frontier and the place of the frontier in American society and thought.

43.393 History of the Middle East and Islamic World Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5331
Status Active

This course examines the history of the Middle East and the Islamic World from the time of Muhammad to the present. It provides an introduction to the history of this often turbulent region. It exposes students to the processes and patterns that have shaped the history of the Islamic World. The course examines the historical roots of the many challenges that the region faces today.

45.296 Introduction to World Religions Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33190
Status Active

A study of religious knowledge and the phenomena of religion from a philosophical standpoint. The course considers explanations for religious behavior, some central issues in religious belief, and the values and goals of religious systems. Various world religions provide specific data for these topics.

45.340 Mysticism: East and West Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5546
Status Active

This course explores the religious and psychological phenomenon known as the mystical experience, both within the context of organized religion and outside it. We will approach this subject from a comparative standpoint, considering examples from Christianity, Judaism, and Islam and also from Eastern religions such as Buddhism and Taoism. We will make use of philosophy, psychology, theology and literature in order to try to understand mysticism and its relation to religion. Readings include The Upanishads, the Tao Te Ching, the Bible, and Plato.

45.384 Philosophies of Art and Beauty Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5560
Status Active

Examines the views of major philosophers on the beautiful and the nature of artistic creativity. An attempt is made to correlate the views of the thinkers with the works of poets, artists, and composers and the statements the latter have made about their work.

46.218 Introduction to Politics and Sports Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5586
Status Active

Analyzes the growing importance of sports in American life. Examines the psychological, political and social impact of sports on society. Discusses how sports have been shaped by such monumental events as war, the civil rights movement, and the changing economy.

48.102 Social Anthropology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5813
Status Active

Using the comparative approach to society, this course examines several distinct cultures as a means of understanding both the universal constants and the variations in human societies.

50.310 French Speaking World Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5964
Status Active

Designed for prospective majors and minors in French as well as for those who have completed four years of high school or two years of college French. The course examines similarities and differences in the ethos of nations of the French-speaking world and in the life-styles of the individuals and groups that make them up. Conducted in French.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 50.211 French 3 and Culture, or 50.212 French 4 and Culture.

52.378 Italian Cinema and Culture Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6025
Status Active

A guide to contemporary Italian studies through literary and cultural approaches. The works of central figures in contemporary Italian letters are examined in view of their impact on Italian life. Emphasis is given to poets, novelists, the new cinema, the influences of existentialism, and the impact of America on Italian literature. Conducted in Italian/English.

54.301 Introduction to Spanish Literature Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6075
Status Active

Studies the history of Spain's literature in its general trends and through its major writers revealing the complicated series of interactions, conflict, and influences which have molded the unique character of the nation. Conducted in Spanish.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 54.211 Spanish 3 and Culture, or 54.212 Spanish 4 and Culture.

54.310 Spanish Civilization and Culture Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6078
Status Active

Considers Spanish culture and civilization up to the present. Through audiovisual aids, current newspapers and selected readings, the student will explore the Spanish way of being, thinking, and living. Emphasis is placed on the main contributions of Spain to the Western world.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 54.211 Spanish 3 and Culture, or 54.212 Spanish 4 and Culture.

58.101 Art Appreciation Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6218
Status Active

The course introduces the student to the technical, aesthetic and historical aspects of architecture, sculpture, and painting. An analysis of the visual elements used in fine arts such as color, line, shape, texture, and principles of design are developed through slide lectures, museum visits and assigned readings. In addition, students investigate the purposes of art and visual communication and develop a heightened sense of critical thinking that allows them to investigate successfully different modes of representation, styles and media in a multicultural society.

58.203 History of Art I: Prehistoric to Medieval Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6221
Status Active

A survey of the origins and development of painting, sculpture and architecture from prehistoric times to the Medeival period. Emphasis is placed on representative works of art from Ancient Egypt and Near East, Antiquity, Byzantine and Medeival, and Early Renassance Europe. Methodological problems of interpretation, formal analysis and aesthetic principles are studies in these art works.

58.204 History of Art II: Renaissance to Modern Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6222
Status Active

A survey of the origins and development of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Renaissance times to the Modern period. Emphasis is placed on representative works of art from the Renaisance, Baroque, Rococo, Nineteenth Century Movements-Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Impressionism, Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism and Abstract Art. The aim of the coure is to introduce the student to basic critical and art historical methods as well as the analysis of style and content within sequential cultural contexts.

58.206 History of Architecture Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6224
Status Active

A survey of the major technical and stylistic developments in ecclesiastical and secular architecture from Prehistory to the present day studied with an emphasis on the major monuments (Parthenon, Pantheon, Gothic Cathedrals, St. Peter's, Versailles Palace, Eiffel Tower, Guggenheim Museum). Spring, alternate years.

58.211 Nineteenth Century Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6225
Status Active

A study of the nineteenth century European painting, sculpture, and architecture are analyzed, including the art of Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau.

58.231 Greek and Roman Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6228
Status Active

A study of Greek painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Cycladic to the Hellenistic period, and an examination of Roman Art from the Etruscan age to the beginning of Christian art. Emphasis is placed on the Greek Classical period and the Roman Empire.

58.313 American Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6234
Status Active

The study of American painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Colonial period to the end of the nineteenth century seen in relation to European developments and American social and technological changes. Emphasis is placed on New England architecture.

58.332 Baroque Art in Italy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6239
Status Active

The development of painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy during the seventeenth century with special emphasis on Rome and Venice. The role of representative artists (Caravaggio, Bernini, Borromini, Pietro da Cortona, Artemisia Gentileschi, Elisabetta Sirani and Longhena) is emphasized.

58.490 Art History Seminar Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6248
Status Active

Study of particular artist, style or selected art historical problem. Topics to be announced. Course may be repeated.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 58.204: Hist Of Art II:Ren - Mod, 58.221: 20th Century Art.

59.105 Comparative Arts Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6258
Status Active

This course studies the aesthetic, artistic and intellectual similarities between art history and music history. By comparing modes of visual and aura representation, the course focuses on the development of human creativity and expression through the arts, from ancient times as 'art and morality' followed in the Renaissance as 'art and sciences' continued in the Enlightenment as 'art and society' contrasted in the nineteenth century as 'art and enlightenment'.

59.111 Foundations in Cultural Studies Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 34823
Status Active

This course explores a series of fundamental issues in the interdisciplinary field of cultural studies, addressing the breadth as well as the limits of the term culture. it will relate to languages, visual and performing arts, film, sports, food, music, and fashion, using case studies from different historical and geographical contexts.

59.203 History of Art I: Prehistoric to Medieval Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6221
Status Active

A survey of the origins and development of painting, sculpture and architecture from prehistoric times to the Medeival period. Emphasis is placed on representative works of art from Ancient Egypt and Near East, Antiquity, Byzantine and Medeival, and Early Renassance Europe. Methodological problems of interpretation, formal analysis and aesthetic principles are studies in these art works.

59.204 History of Art II: Renaissance to Modern Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6222
Status Active

A survey of the origins and development of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Renaissance times to the Modern period. Emphasis is placed on representative works of art from the Renaisance, Baroque, Rococo, Nineteenth Century Movements-Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Impressionism, Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism and Abstract Art. The aim of the coure is to introduce the student to basic critical and art historical methods as well as the analysis of style and content within sequential cultural contexts.

59.208 Cultural Studies I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6265
Status Active

In this course, students gain an understanding of how the arts progress through examining earlier historical periods and using close studies of examples from different parts of the world. We will examine the Renaissance in Europe, the Hindu to Islamic period in the empires of Southeast Asia, dynastic changes in China, and the rise of Buddhism in South Asia.

59.209 Cultural Studies II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6266
Status Active

This course examines later cultural progressions around the world. These will include Classical, romantic and Modern periods in European arts and the cultural influences of colonial interactions on both the European powers and the colonized. We will also examine cultural arts in the era of technologies and the beginning of the modern era (such as recording and reproduction, architecture and technology), cultural globalization , and subcultures of the 20th century.

59.315 Islamic Culture and Contemporary Society Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6292
Status Active

This course examines the relationship between Islam, politics and culture in the contemporary Muslim world. This course will introduce students to the emergence and spread of Islam and the place the 'Muslim brotherhood' holds in the imagination of many Muslims. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the social, political and cultural complexity of the Muslim world. We will cover such regions as the Middle East, Africa, South and Southeast Asia as well as various places in the 'western' world. Topics will include the rise of political Islam, the various cultural expressions of Muslims, and the variation and divergences across Muslim cultures. **This course could be taken by students from a variety of departments/majors: Islamic Studies, Political Science, History, Asian Studies, Cultural Studies,a nd Liberal Arts

59.331 Greek & Roman Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6302
Status Active

A study of Greek painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Cycladic to the Hellenistic period, and an examination of Roman Art from the Etruscan age to the beginning of Christian art. Emphasis is placed on the Greek Classical period and the Roman Empire.

59.332 Baroque Art in Italy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6239
Status Active

The development of painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy during the seventeenth century with special emphasis on Rome and Venice. The role of representative artists (Caravaggio, Bernini, Borromini, Pietro da Cortona, Artemisia Gentileschi, Elisabetta Sirani and Longhena) is emphasized.

59.349 Literature, Politics and Genocide in Cambodia Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36699
Status Active

This course will examine various literary and political responses to the Cambodian genocide, particularly personal accounts or literary testimony by survivors and government sanctioned legal proceedings. The course will consider how the literary and political responses to the Cambodian genocide have at different times paralleled, complimented and opposed each other. The course will also ask whether their overall effect contributes to or detracts from the serving of justice and the process of healing for the survivors. To pursue these questions, we will read selections from novels and poetry written by Cambodian survivors side by side with accounts of political activities of the Cambodian government and the international community to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice.