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Below are Fall, 2019 courses that faculty members or departments would like to bring to the attention of First Year Seminar advisors.  ADVISORS: PLEASE CHECK OR REFRESH THIS PAGE OFTEN, AS THE LISTINGS CHANGE CONTINUALLY.


ART 156--Drawing: Unlearning What You See

Instructor: Puerta

Course Schedule: MW 1:30-4:15

CRN: 92623

We will cover various approaches and experimentation with mark making and materials. Dry and wet media will be used as well as basic sculptural techniques to get a better understanding of the volumetric qualities of depicting space and figures. Students will learn how to render composition, scale, negative/positive space, contour lines, tonal values, line quality, and personal style. Class includes individual and group critiques, and when possible, field trips. Topics relating to representation such as who gets represented and how, will be discussed. Readings and short lectures will inform these discussions and there will be short writing assignments that will allow further exploration. No prior drawing experience is expected. (Not open to students who have taken ART 0157 or ART 0159) 6 hrs lct.


CMLT 0200--Folk Fairy Tales of the World

Instructor: Russi

Course Schedule: MW 2:50-4:05

CRN: 92738

Tell me a story! We will examine the complex, inter-connected fairy tale traditions found in every society. Comparing fairy tale variants from around the world-including Japan, China, India, Near East, Africa-we will explore their convoluted and fertile relationships as observed in the rise of fairy tale collections in 15th-century Europe, reaching a culmination in the Brothers Grimm collection, often synonymous with the fairy tale itself. To attain a more dispassionate critical perspective we will explore theoretical approaches to the fairy tales through authors such as Zipes, Bottigheimer, Tatar, and Rölleke, and conclude by examining modern variants in prose, poetry, and film. 3 hrs. lect.


CMLT 0201--The Fictions of Science and Science Fiction: Technological Fantasies in Global Context

Instructor: Portice

Course Schedule: MW 2:50-4:05

CRN: 92630

In The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt refers to science fiction as “a vehicle for mass sentiments and mass desires” that bears witness to the fact that “science has realized and affirmed what men anticipated in dreams that were neither wild nor idle.” Drawing on a wide range of literary, cinematic, and philosophical texts from Europe, Russia, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, in this course we will examine how cultural specificity informs and responds to the demands of technological fantasy, and investigate the challenges and opportunities posed to the concept of “the human” in an age dominated by technology. 3 hrs. lect


ECON 0234--Economics of Africa

Instructor: Porteous

Course Schedule: TR 1:30-2:45

CRN: 92208

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to some of the poorest and some of the fastest growing economies in the world. In this course, we will explore the opportunities for sustained, inclusive economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa, the challenges that must be overcome in realizing these opportunities, and the policy options for overcoming these challenges. Topics may include demography, institutions, infrastructure, agriculture, urbanization, climate change, health, natural resources, mobile technology, trade, and regional integration. Students will be exposed to relevant economic theory and recent empirical economic research on Africa. (Note: there are prerequisites: ECON 0150 and ECON 0155, or equivalent from  AP or IB credit, or instructor's approval) This course counts as elective credit towards the Economics major and IPEC major. AAL, SAF, SOC.


ECON 0240--International Economics: Theory and Policy

Instructor: Porteous

Course Schedule 
Lecture: TR 9:30-10:45
Discussion Section (Choose ONE): M 12:30-1:20 OR M 1:45-2:35

CRN: 91347

This course provides an overview of international trade and finance. We will use economic theory to help us understand how and why countries interact in the global economy and evaluate the effects of different trade, exchange rate, and macroeconomic policies. Topics covered will include the reasons for trade, the winners and losers from trade, trade policies, trade agreements, exchange rates, the balance of payments, causes of and solutions to financial crises, and the role of the WTO and IMF. ECON 0240 does not count towards the ECON major or minor requirements. (Note: there are prerequisites: ECON 0150 and ECON 0155, or equivalent through AP or IB credit).

Note from instructor: ECON 0240 is a required course for the IPEC major.


ENAM 0115--Introduction to Ethnic North American Literature

Instructor: Wang

Course Schedule:  MWF 12:30-1:20

CRN: 92618

This course introduces ethnic Canadian and U.S. literature by investigating how cultural representations of “ethnic America” are formed in relation to its social, political, and material histories. We will begin by analyzing the nested issues of labor, legality, and immigration that have shaped black, Asian, and Indigenous presence within North America. From there, we will move on to the themes of national assimilation, multiculturalism, diaspora, and empire in order to track the trajectory of ethnic Canadian and U.S. literature in the late-20th and 21st centuries. Authors include: Amiri Baraka, Frank Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, Tomson Highway, Julia Alvarez, Karen Tei Yamashita, Toni Morrison, Viet Nguyen, and Mohsin Hamid. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

ENAM 0225--Travails of the Self: Eighteenth-Century Literature

Instructor: Napier

Course Schedule: TR 11:00-12:15

CRN: 92264

The 'long' 18th century opens with poems of affairs of state and ends with intensely private and often anguished meditations on the self. In this course we will examine the rich range and complexity of 18th century literary concerns through a loosely chronological look at major works of poetry, drama, and fiction of the period: poems of Gay, Pope, Swift, Cowper, and Gray; Congreve's The Way of the World and Sheridan's The School for Scandal; and Fielding's Joseph Andrews and Inchbald's A Simple Story. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

HARC 0248-Gold, Sex, and Death at the Museum

Instructor: Laursen

Cours Schedule: TR 11:00-12:15

CRN: 91865

Most visitors to museums notice the architecture, carefully chosen collections, and meticulously curated special exhibitions. However, behind this façade is a busy network of museum professionals coordinating every aspect of the institution’s life. Through readings and guest lectures, we will explore how directors, curators, and staff navigate the challenges facing the modern museum, such as establishing acquisitions policies in an increasingly uncertain art market, defining ethical standards for conservation, and addressing audiences with ever-changing needs. Speakers such as a curator, art critic, and conservator will contribute to our discussion, and attendance at a series of public talks is required.

HARC 0251: Court, Castle, and Cathedral: The Gothic World

Instructor: Garrison

Course schedule: TR 3:00-4:15

CRN: 92317

In this class, we will consider closely the major architectural and artistic monuments of the Gothic period in Western Europe, using them as a point of departure in a larger consideration of the artistic culture of this time. In looking at Gothic art and architecture, the class will ask some of the following questions: How were buildings embedded in the promotion of distinct political programs? How did liturgical considerations determine the shapes of buildings and sites? How are we to understand the myriad representations of the “other" and their defining nature according to gender, class, religion, and ethnicity? In what ways were medieval Europeans connected to the world around them? How can we characterize the visual and intellectual culture of "courtly love" and the possibilities for imaginative play? What are the visionary strategies that artists of all types used to transport viewers to another world?


HEBM 0101--Introduction to Modern Hebrew

Instructor: Alasiri

Course Schedule
Lecture: TR 8:00-9:15
Drill: MWF 10:10-11:15

CRN: 90950

In this course students will become acquainted with the basic grammatical and formal concepts necessary for the comprehension of the Modern Hebrew language. We will focus on the fundamentals of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, with a particular emphasis placed on the acquisition of conversational ability. We will also make use of audiovisual, situational, and cultural exercises, and give attention to the elements of Classical form and style that provided a foundation for Modern Hebrew, which was revived as a vernacular in the late 19th century. No previous knowledge of Hebrew is required. 6 hrs. LNG


HEBM/RELI 0269-Rites and Rituals in Israeli Society

Instructor: Gazit

Course Schedule: TR 11:00-12:15

CRN: 92627

In this course we will present and analyze a wide range of rites, festivities, ceremonies, and rituals that take place in Israeli society. By doing so we will shed light on core values, common and less prevalent norms, and social relations, as are represented, reproduced, and contested in ritualistic activities, between ethnic groups, people holding diverse beliefs, as well as those in power and those who defy them. Based primarily on sociological and anthropological literature, the discussions will address the characteristics of various rituals, the manners in which rituals have been created, modified, and abandoned over the years, and the distinctive cultural meanings they may hold for different groups and individuals. We will use theoretical literature, empirical case studies, and an abundance of cultural artifacts. Comparisons will be drawn between Israel and in its neighbors, in addition to an emphasis on past and present-day Jewish communities abroad. We will address similarities and differences in the ways rituals are performed in geographically proximate yet culturally distinct countries, and in the heterogeneous Israeli society (formerly HEBM/SOAN 0254). Lecture. CMP, CW, SOC.


HIST 0433--Latin America in the 1960s: A Digital History Course 

Instructor: Davis

Course schedule: W 1:30-4:15

CRN: 92349

Latin America was at the center of the Cold War in the 1960s. U.S. intervention and military repression contrasted with Marxist and other utopian visions for peace and social justice. This seminar will explore these tensions by examining critical political, economic, and cultural watersheds of the era. We will study the influence of personalities such as Franz Fanon, Che Guevara, Elena Poniatowska and movements that challenged the status quo of the post World War II era. We will explore the tensions between nationalism and transnationalism, as well as the dissonance between class and racial utopian ideals and migration and exile. The class will work on digital projects and exercises that allow us to recreate the past and analyze specific case studies. We will immerse ourselves in the new revolutionary and the countercultural aesthetics in art, film, and music in movements such as tropicália, black consciousness, and liberation theology. We will also uncover the links with the historical dynamics in the United States and Europe. 3 hrs. sem. AAL AMR CMP HIS SOC.

Note from Instructor:  Most of assignments will be completed online or in creative ways using digital technology or wordpress. Students and professor agree on a flexible grading scheme at the beginning of class that does not use traditional grading schemes but relies on readings, working in groups in class, discussion, improvement and reflection. Please note that 400 does not connote the level of difficulty; see department webpage or the professor with any questions.  There are no prerequisites for this class.

ITAL 0101 A and C-Beginning Italian

Instructors: Busdraghi (A); Van Order (C)

Course Schedules
A: TR 8:00-9:15; MWF 8:00-850
C: TR 1:30-2:45; MWF 1:45-2:35

A: 90122
C: 91814

This course is an introduction to the Italian language that provides a foundation in both spoken and written Italian. Focus on the spoken language encourages rapid mastery of the basic structures and vocabulary of contemporary Italian. The exclusive use of Italian in dialogue situations and vocabulary building encourages the student to develop skills in a personalized context. Conversation and drill are stimulated and fostered through active reference to popular Italian music, authentic props, and slides of Italian everyday life and culture. Students are required to participate in the Italian table. 6 hrs. disc./perf.; 2 hrs. screen.


LATN 0101--Introduction to College Latin

Instructor: Star

Course Schedule: MWF 10:10-11:00

CRN: 91946


This course is designed for students with one to four years of high school Latin who are interested in continuing their study of the language. The course combines review of grammar and practice in translation; the aim is to improve reading skills and understanding of the language. Students may expect to join a 0200- or 0300-level Latin course the following spring. We will use both a textbook and readings from authors such as Cicero and Livy. (Prerequisites: Students should have had some formal study of Latin and should consult with the instructor during orientation week or the first week of classes to determine whether or not the class is at the appropriate level.) 3 hrs. lect.

RUSS 0151–The Golden Age of Russian Literature

Instructor: Walker

Course Schedule: T-Th 3:00-4:15

CRN: 91648

In the early decades of the nineteenth century, Russians complained they had no literature of their own, but by the century’s end they could boast of one of the greatest and most original literary traditions in the world. This course will serve students as an introduction to what is known as the “golden age” of Russian literature, focusing on exemplary works by six masters of fiction: Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov. Beyond that, we will explore what literature is, how it “works,” how to read it, and why we still need to read it in the twenty-first century. No prerequisites. All texts and discussion in English, but students with Russian are also welcome to read texts in the original.

Note from Instructor: RUSS0151 is a basic, 100-level introduction to the classics of Russian literature and to reading literature at the college level. A “great books” course, as it were.


WRPR 0100--Writing in Academic Contexts

Instructor: Giamo

Course Schedule: TR 3:00-4:15

CRN: 90283

In this class students will build upon their identities as writers and thinkers, engaging complex issues within a diverse and supportive classroom community. Class activities and assignments will focus on building rhetorical awareness, analyzing texts and media by prominent writers, and understanding academic culture. We will critically examine various genres and grammatical structures, with attention to cultural context. Students will explore their voices and perspectives in class discussion and throughout all phases of the writing process, including planning, peer review, and revision. Each student will meet frequently with the instructor. This course does not fulfill the college writing requirement 3 hrs. lect/disc