Middlebury

 

Spring 2012

EDST 0115 A Education in the US
Tara Affolter
What roles do schools play in educating citizens in a democracy for a democracy?  What, in the end, is the purpose of “education” and “school”? This course examines education in the United States from a number of different perspectives. We will look at the multiple and often contradictory purposes and functions of schools.  We will pay particular attention to the ways in which schools replicate or work against various societal inequities. We will also examine various issues in contemporary education and consider the lived realities of students and teachers. Ultimately, we will be gathering information to consider and interrogate the role schools can play in challenging different forms of social oppression. Students should be prepared to engage in intellectually rigorous discussions around important educational issues.

EDST 0300 A Models of Inclusive Education
Tara Affolter
In this course participants are provided with strategies and techniques for including students with diverse learning styles in general education environments.  A historical overview of special education services used to educate students with disabilities is provided as a foundation to understand the legal, theoretical, philosophical and programmatic changes leading toward inclusive models of education.  Additionally, the course works to expand notions of inclusion such that students’ multiple identities are incorporated into all learning. Emphasis is given to the concepts of active learning models and differentiated curriculum & instruction to accommodate a range of learners with diverse disabilities, abilities, and identities.

FYSE1356A-S12: Disability, Difference, and Society
Susan Burch
In this course we explore the varied and evolving meanings of disability—as condition, lived experience, and analytical framework—and the contexts that shape these meanings. Dominant issues, including representation, education, employment, bioethics, institutions, community, and policies and rights, will serve as our touchstones for research, analysis, and learning. We will pay rigorous attention to the links between disability and other significant social categories, such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, gender, sexual orientation and identification, and age. While the United States is highlighted in this class, transnational and global components will figure significantly as well. Course materials and assignments offer different disciplinary approaches and writing styles, fostering both individual and collective work. Films, on line exhibits, music, advertising, popular media, and the material world reflect the wide range of sources on which this course draws.

RELI 0390A:  Seminar in Religious Ethics: Black Women’s Voices of Liberation
Mary Kay Cavazos

Standing at the intersection of racial and gender discrimination, African American women have engaged structures of oppression from a distinct perspective. This course explores the origins and development of womanist and black feminist thought, beginning with abolitionists like Maria Stewart and Sojourner Truth, and extending to calls for justice during Jim Crow and the Civil Rights eras. We will also consider the continuing struggle for liberation in the work of contemporary black feminist ethics. We will examine the religious impulses that inform African American women’s responses to marginalization and consider how the study of black feminism informs our understanding of women and race in contemporary American society. 3 hrs. sem.

FREN 0394 New French Identities: Black and Beur Expression
A. Crouzières

This course will focus on second-generation children of immigrants from the Caribbean, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, and will examine the problems of the (re)construction of the self, gender identity, relationship to family and country of origin, the role of the French educational system, and the challenges of social adaptation, stereotypes, and cultural ghettoes. We will analyze the historical, social, and political events that have shaped the identities of this young generation in France, as reflected in literature and film. Readings and films may include works by Allouache, Begag, Beyala, Diome, Dridi, Mabanckou, Pineau, and Sebbar. 3 hrs. lect./disc. (FREN 0221 or by waiver) AAL, CMP, LIT, LNG ()

FYSE1357A-S12 White People
Laurie Essig

"White people are often invisible when it comes to having a race.  We will consider how whiteness formed in post Civil War America.   We will read histories of whiteness, such as Grace Elizabeth Hale’s Making Whiteness, as well as consider important milestones in  whiteness, from the films Birth of a Nation and Gone with the Wind to the blog “What White People Like.”  Then we will use essays, blogs, photographs and videos to make white people at Middlebury visible by documenting how they represent themselves through language, dress, and rituals."

ENVS 0215 Nature's Meanings: American Experiences
K. Morse

Today’s ideas about "nature" have emerged from a complex history of diverse experiences, perceptions, and understandings of the bio-physical world, and of contests over that world. In this course we will investigate how American meanings of nature have changed from European-Native contact to the present. These questions will be addressed from multi-disciplinary perspectives in the humanities and will include attention to race, class, gender, and environmental justice. Topics and readings may include: Native American authors, Emerson, Thoreau, Marsh, Muir, Leopold, and Carson, as well as rural, urban, pastoral, and marine ecological contexts. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

HIST 0216 History of the American West
K. Morse
This is a survey of the history of the trans-Mississippi West from colonial contact through the 1980s. It explores how that region became known and understood as the West, and its role and meaning in United States history as a whole. The central themes of this course are conquest and its legacy, especially with regard to the role of the U.S. federal government in the West; human interactions with and perceptions of landscape and environment; social contests among different groups for a right to western resources and over the meanings of western identity; and the role of the West in American popular culture. (formerly HIST/AMST 0374)

HARC 0432 - Race, Space, and Place
Jennifer Hock

Race, Space, and Place: Identity, Difference, and the Built Environment
In this course we will explore modern American architecture, landscapes, and urban spaces through the critical lens of race. We will investigate the hidden and explicit ways in which race has structured the American built environment, and we will discuss how we can use the built environment to understand racial formations, identities, and experiences. Drawing on recent scholarship in urban studies, geography, and race and ethnic studies, we will focus on specific buildings and sites that help us understand the intersections of race, space, and place. 3 hrs. sem.

Some knowledge of either modern architectural and urban history or modern US racial formations would be helpful for the course, but there are no formal prerequisites. We’ll do our best to make good use of the knowledge and experiences of everyone in the class, regardless of academic background.

ENAM 0440 Postcolonial Literature and Theory
Y. Siddiqi
The field of postcolonial studies addresses the literature and culture of regions that have been marked by the experience of European colonialism. Today Postcolonial writers and critics are at the cutting edge of creative and scholarly work around the world. We will read literature by writers such as Wole Soyinka, Assia Djebar, Patrick Chamoiseau, Michelle Cliff, Mahasweta Devi, and Salman Rushdie, We will consider these works alongside theory, history, and anthropology in order to explore their political, cultural, and literary dynamics. We will address such topics as: critiques of colonialism, nationalism, social movements, postcolonial gender studies, development, neocolonialism, globalization, migration, and diaspora. LIT SOC CMP AAL

RELI 1020 Giving Meaning to Ordinary Time: Exploring the Jewish Sacred Calendar
I. Schiffer
Beginning with an overview of the history and evolution of Jewish culture and religion, we will examine the holy days and holidays of Judaism.  We will study selected celebrations in terms of their development and practice, and their role in expressing a theology and system of values. We will explore themes such as the human condition and its challenges; forgiveness, repentance, and atonement; celebration; the tension between historical memory and spiritual reinterpretation; and the function of holidays in society. We will also examine contemporary issues of gender, emerging practices, and the portrayal of religious holidays in pop culture. This course counts as elective credit towards the Religion major.  PHL

WRPR/EDST 102:  The English Language in a Global Context
Shawna Shapiro

In this course, we will discuss and write about the dominance of English in the global landscape. The course reader, The Handbook of World Englishes (2006), offers an interdisciplinary approach to the topic. We will begin the course with a geographic and historical overview of World Englishes and then will examine the impact of English language dominance on individuals and societies, emphasizing themes such as migration, globalization, education, and identity. Throughout the course, we will explore the relevance of these issues to educators, linguists, and policy-makers around the world. Meets T/Th 9:30-10:45am in ATA A100.

LNGT 0102:  Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Shawna Shapiro

In this course, we will explore the ways that language creates and reflects social identities. We will look at the contextual factors-social, cultural, geographical, political, etc.-that impact language use and variation. Themes for this course will include linguistic variation, language and identity, language policy, and language in the media. We will consider questions such as: What distinguishes a language from a dialect? How and why do some language varieties become privileged? How do notions of politeness and respect vary across linguistic contexts? In essence, we will learn how language shapes our world, and how we shape language itself. Meets T/Th 1:30-2:45pm in MCA 209.

SOAN 0103 -Selected Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
David Stoll
This course introduces students to the varieties of human experience in social life and to the differing approaches and levels of analysis used by anthropologists to explain it. Topics include: culture and race, rituals and symbolism, kinship and gender roles, social evolution, political economy, and sociolinguistics. Ethnographic examples are drawn chiefly from non-Western societies, from simple bands to great agrarian states. The ultimate aim is to enable students to think critically about the bases of their own culture and about practices and beliefs previously unanalyzed and unexamined. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc., 2 hrs. screen

SOAN 0221 - Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
David Stoll
This course introduces students to the indigenous peoples of North and South America, from before European conquest to the present. Following a brief look at the mound-builders of North America, we will explore the connection between social stratification, religious ideology, and imperial expansion in the political economy of the Aztecs and the Incas. Ethnographies of Quechua peasants in the Peruvian Andes, Yanomami Indians in the Amazon, and Oglala Sioux in the Dakotas will show how contemporary Native Americans are dealing with the never-ending process of colonialism. How Europeans have imagined indigenous peoples has had a profound impact on how the latter defend themselves. The resulting images of authenticity and resistance have always been double-edged. The course will conclude with the debate over the reservation paradigm in the U.S. Limited places available for students to satisfy the College writing requirement. (Formerly SOAN 0321) 3 hrs. lect./disc.