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Addendum to the
Williams College Courses of Instruction 2010-2011

Last updated: 1/25/11 9:40 AM

New Exploring Diversity Initiative courses Fall 2010:
AFR 205(F) From Sin to Salvation and Back Again!: Spirituals, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, R&B, and Hip Hop (Same as Music 205) (D)


AFR 267(F) Race in American Life (Same as Sociology 267) (D)

New Exploring Diversity Initiative course Spring 2011:
AFR 248(S) History of the Caribbean: Race, Nation, and Politics (Same as History 248) (D)

New course Spring 2011:
ANTH 103(S) Living in a Material World: An Introduction to Archaeology
How can we learn about people from the past when they left behind no written accounts? Archaeology gives us the tools we need to study histories that were never written down, and to reexamine written histories from a different perspective. This course will examine how we can understand past lives and cultural histories through the material remains and spatial landscapes of ancient and historical periods. It will also explore the ways that our archaeological reconstructions of the past are created and used in a contemporary context. Different goals, approaches, and methodologies of archaeology will be discussed theoretically, and applied to real-life case studies.
Format: lecture/discussion/class presentations of case studies. Requirements: class presentations, two papers, midterm and final exams.
No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 40 (expected: 25).  Open to first-year students.
OLAND

New cross listing with AMST 203 Fall 2010:
ANTH 203(F) Introduction to Native American Studies

Course Cancelled Spring 2011:
ANTH 232(S) Anthropological Approaches to the study of Islam (Same as
Religion 232)


New cross listing with SOC 270 & ASST270 Fall 2010:
ARAB 270(F) Cities and Citizenship (Same as ASST 270 and SOC 270)

New cross listing with SOC 337 & ASST 337 Fall 2010:
ARAB 337(F) Cultures of Political Protest in South Asia (Same as ASST 337 & SOC 337)

New cross listing with SOC 327 & ASST 327 Spring 2011:
ARAB 327(S) Violence, Terrorism, and Collective Healing (Same as ASST 327 & SOC 327)

New Exploring Diversity Initiative course Spring 2011:
ARTH 245(S)  From Slave Quilts to Post-Black Canvases: Introduction to African American Art (Same as Africana Studies 246) (D)

Cancelled course Spring 2011:
ARTH 274 Chinese Calligraphy

Cancelled course Spring 2011:
ARTH 276 Chinese Art and Culture

Cancelled course Fall 2010:
ARTH 301 Methods of Art History

New description and number Fall 2010:
ARTH 309(F) (fomerly ARTH 208) Art About Art: 1400-2000
This thematic lecture course will focus on depictions through which artists referred to their own profession and its products. Images to be discussed include legends of the origin of art, self–portraits and other portraits of artists, scenes of contemporary and historical artists in their studios, finished art on display, and appropriation art. We will analyze specific images, comparing their implications with the social conditions as well as the theoretical positions then current in order to track major changes from the end of the Middle Ages through the twentieth century.
The course will also acquaint students with the diversity of art-historical approaches that can be used to study these works.Format: lecture. Can satisfy the Art H 301 requirement. Requirements: Two 10 page papers. Those majors taking the course for Art H 301 credit would have to write methodologically explicit papers.  Prerequisite: ArtH 101–102. Enrollment limit: 20 (expected: 20). Preference: Art majors.
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM
FILIPCZAK

Revised course description & title Spring 2011:
ARTH 522(S) Envisioning Divinity: A Global Perspective on Christian Art                 
This seminar has two fundamental goals. First, through readings and class discussion, it aims to examine the origins and evolution of representations of God in the early centuries of Christianity (ca. 200 to 600 CE). In particular, the seminar will consider art historical accounts of the relationships at play—in regard to these works of art—amongst form, iconography, materials, function, meaning, and audience. The seminar will also investigate Early Christian anxieties about the making and using of images as well as the controversies that arose as a result of these anxieties. In the process, it will explore a number of tensions manifest in or evoked by this art, including picture vs. text, symbolism vs. mimesis, and asceticism vs. splendor. Second, in their individual research projects, students will assess the seminar’s findings concerning Early Christian art in relation to specific depictions of divinity found in later Christian art, made anytime and anywhere around the world. What is the relationship, these research projects will investigate, between Early Christian paradigms—concerning the production, content, or reception of, or theorizing about, art—and later developments? The aim here will be to use the case study of representations of divinity in Christian art to test the value of thinking about the history of art on a global scale.
Format: seminar. Evaluation will be based on class participation, oral presentations, and a term paper of 20-25 pages.
Enrollment limit: 12. Preference given to Graduate Program students and then to senior Art History majors.
Hour: 1:10-3:50 F                                           LOW

Cancelled course Spring 2011:
ARTH 562
Andy Warhol

New course Spring 2011:
ARTH 566(S) Intermedia: Performance, Installation, Cinema
Artist and Fluxus co-founder Dick Higgins coined the term “intermedia” in the mid-1960s to describe art practices that crossed the boundaries of recognized media. The intermedia concept provided a framework to investigate the interaction of structures originally composed in one medium onto those in another medium, including those that had not previously been considered art forms. Importantly, intermedia was proposed as both a method of production and analysis. The course will focus on several case studies that draw out the various dimensions of intermedia art practices, and in the process explore the intersections of performance, installation, and media arts in modern and contemporary art practices since the 1960s. By focusing on visual artists engaged in performance and installation practices, we will examine the connections between time, action, and space, and the role of documentation in various intermedia or ephemeral forms of art. The course will also consider the institutional issues involved with preserving, collecting, and exhibiting such work.  Readings will draw from critical theory, art history, and cinema and media studies. Format: Seminar. Evaluation will be based on two short papers, an oral presentation, and a term paper of 20-25 pages.Enrollment limit: 12. Preference given to Graduate Program students and then to senior Art History majors.
Hour: 2:10-4:50 W                             CHAVOYA

New Course Fall 2010:
ARTS 309(F) One Place After Another: Site-Specificity Across the Arts (Same as English 396)
The specific constraints of sites, situations, and contexts have informed artistic practices over the course of Modernism, from Futurism to Land Art, and from the Situationists to Institutional Critique. This production-oriented seminar will focus on a critical understanding of the expansion of site and debate-specific practices in visual art, dance, theater and writing, and how to utilize these ideas in the production of new work. Half of the class will be dedicated to readings and presentations drawn from primary documents, art and literary criticism, literature, and films and videos of artworks and performances. The other half of the class will be dedicated to the production and critique of new work. Students from all of the arts departments (Visual Arts, Dance, Theater, Music and Creative Writing) are encouraged to enroll. Likewise, students may work in any medium, although the class will focus on deepening students' commitment to their individual practices.Class Format: seminar and studio-workshop. Requirements/Evaluation: attendance; completion of weekly reading, writing and creative assignments; conceptual and technical quality of creative work; growth during the semester; and participation and contribution to the class as a whole. Prerequisites: At least one course in art history or criticism (or the history/criticism of the student's chosen field), or the permission of the instructor; and at least one production-oriented course in the student's chosen field. Enrollment Preference: Effort will be made to represent students from across the arts departments. Department Notes: Because no other video-production course will be offered in the Art Department this semester, students wishing to work with video are invited to enroll, however the class will not feature introductory-level technical workshops on cameras or computer editing software. Enrollment limit: 12 (expected: 12).
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM
GREEN

New cross listing with ASTR 221 Fall 2010:
ASTR 421(F) Compact Stellar Remnants: White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars and Black Holes

New writing intensive/new course description Spring 2011:
BIMO 401(S)   Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (W)
This seminar course involves a critical reading, analysis, and discussion of papers from the current biochemistry and molecular biology literature. Specific topics vary from year to year but are chosen to illustrate the importance of a wide range of both biological and chemical approaches to addressing important questions in the biochemical and molecular biological fields.  To facilitate discussion, students will prepare written critiques analyzing the data and conclusions of the chosen literature. 
Format: seminar, three hours per week. Evaluation will be based on class presentations and discussions, frequent short papers, and a final paper.
Prerequisites: Biology 202 and BIMO 321. Enrollment limit: 12 (expected: 8). Preference given to those completing the BIMO concentration; open to others with permission of instructor. Hour: 1:10–3:50 W

New course Spring 2011:
CLLA 401(S) Plautus’ Rome Made Visible 
Augustus famously claimed to have found Rome a city of brick and left it a city of marble, but Rome had been a visually impressive city since the sixth century.  Romans in every period and of every status experienced their lives with an intense sense of time and place in this gloriously multi-class, multi-ethnic, and multi-lingual city, filled with public spectacles that often competed with one another to map Rome and its history. We will explore Rome of the Middle Republic through selected fragments of Livius Andronicus, Naevius, Ennius, and the elder Cato, as well as some remains of much older Latin, but our chief guide will be Plautus’ comedy, the Aulularia (circa 190). This play was produced after more than a century of temple-building, monument-erecting, cult-and-festival-creating, and story-promoting that would shape every subsequent version of Rome, in real space and time and in the imaginary. The Aulularia takes us into the heart of this loud, crowded and busy Rome -- even though it purports to be set in Athens.  In using this play as our guide to Rome, we will examine Romans’ self-fashioning through a creative appropriation of “the other” which insists on maintaining a distance from that other, be it Greek or Sabine, female or eunuch, slave or plebeian.
Format:  seminar.  Evaluation will be based on class preparation and participation, several short essays or oral presentations, a longer final paper, and midterm and final exams.
Prerequisites:  Latin 302 or permission of the instructor.  Enrollment limit: 12 (expected:  5-7).   Preference will be given to majors and prospective majors in Classics and Comparative Literature.
Hoppin

Cancelled Course Spring 2011:
CLAS 226 The Ancient Novel

Cancelled Course Spring 2011:
CLLA 409 Seneca and the Self

New courses in Dance Fall 2010:
DANC 201(F) African Dance and Percussion I (Same as Africana Studies 201)
This course will focus on two or more dance and percussion forms from the continent of Africa or the African diaspora. All students will learn the fundamentals of dance and drumming technique that provide the skills for learning forms such as Kpanlogo (Ghana), Lamban (Senegal, Mali and the Gambia) as well as Ring Shout from the United States. Format: studio/seminar. This course may be taken for academic and/or PE credit. Students enrolled for academic credit are required to attend two dance/percussion technique classes weekly, attend a third meeting for lectures and discussion of reading or media that provide context for the impact of these forms, write a critique of a relevant concert or screening of a documentary film, keep a journal that documents learning, prepare and present a final project based on course content that demonstrates understanding of technique and the ability to use forms to create a composition, and submit a short research paper that supports their project. Students enrolled for PE credit are required to attend two dance/percussion technique classes weekly, attend a relevant concert or screening of a
documentary film during the semester, and prepare and present a final study using dance or percussion that demonstrates understanding of technique and ability to use the forms in a
composition. All students will be evaluated on the quality of participation in technique classes and demonstration of ability to use and understand forms in mid-term and the final project, Students enrolled for academic credit will also be evaluated on the quality of short research paper/project, quality of journaling and participation in discussion. Prerequisites: dance or music experience in any form or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limit: for PE credit, 6; for academic credit, 10.
W 1:10 PM-2:00 PM; Conference: TF 1:10-2:25
BURTON/SHAKUR

DANC 205(F) Irish Traditions in Dance and Music I
This course will introduce students to the dance and music forms that provide a fundamental understanding of Irish dance and music traditions. The technique aspect of the course will
include: soft shoe reels. jigs and slipjigs in their role for solo, ceili and long dance forms and hard shoe treble jigs, reels and Hornpipes in their role for solo and set dances.
Format: studio/seminar ; two dance technique classes per week for all participants; students enrolled for academic credit will attend a third session per week which includes; lectures,
discussions, readings and media presentations prepared and selected by professor which include the history of Irish dance and its relationship to Irish dance in North America, the
musical influence to Irish dance forms and compositional aspects of Irish dance choreography. One field trip may be included at cost to the student. Evaluation will be based on
participation and progress throughout the semester. All students are required to take a bi-weekly quiz on course content, attend one live performance during the semester (field trip
may be used for this requirement), and prepare movement study (outside class time) for final demonstration of their technical and compositional development. Academic credit
participants must submit a journal that reflects their learning periodically and at end of the semester, critique a live performance (field trip may be used for this requirement), give
comment on their personal development through video tape support, and give written documentation to support final movement study.
PE credit participants must meet with the professor for mid-term assessment.
No prerequisites; open to all. Enrollment limit: for PE credit, no limit; for academic credit, 10. Preference given to experienced dancers if academic limit is exceeded.
F 11:00 AM-11:50 AM; Conference MW 11:00 AM-11:50 AM
H. SILVA and SAUER     

New courses in Dance Spring 2011:
DANC 202(S) African Dance and Percussion II (Same as Africana Studies 206)
This course will focus on two or more dance and percussion forms from Africa and the African diaspora such as Manjani (Mali and Guinea), Gum Boots (South Africa) and Samba
(Brazil). All students will learn the fundamentals of dance and percussion techniques that provide the skills for learning these forms. Format: studio/seminar. This course may be taken for academic and/or PE credit. Students enrolled for academic credit are required to attend two dance/percussion technique classes weekly, attend a third meeting for lectures and discussion of reading or media that provide context for the impact of these forms, keep a journal that documents learning , write a critique of a relevant concert or documentary film, present a final project based on course content that demonstrates understanding of technique and the ability to use the forms to create a dance or music composition and submit a short research paper that supports the final project Students enrolled for PE credit are required to attend two dance/percussion technique classes weekly, a relevant concert or documentary film during the semester, and prepare and present a final study using dance or percussion that demonstrates understanding of technique and the ability to use the forms in a composition. All students will be evaluated on the quality of participation in technique classes and demonstration of ability to use and understand forms in mid-term and a final project. Students enrolled for academic credit will also be evaluated on the quality of short research paper/project, quality of journaling and participation in discussion. Prerequisites: students with dance or music experience in any form or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limit: for PE credit, 6; for academic credit, 10.
W 1:10 PM-2:00 PM; Conference TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM
BURTON/SHAKUR      

DANC 207(S) Anatomy for Movers 
An introduction to the musculoskeletal system through exploration of the body in motion.  Anatomical identification, terminology and physiological principals will be highlighted with the use of conditioning exercises, strengthening and diverse movement vocabulary. Various dance styles and Pilates matwork concepts are discussed and experientially explored.  Course work will include reading, video viewing, weekly written and physical reviews and final exam. No prerequisites. Appropriate for dancers, athletes or other movement based participants ie: yoga, pilates, martial arts etc.  Enrollment limit: 10.
MWF 11:00 AM-12:15 PM            
SILVA                                                   

Cancelled Course Fall 2010:
ECON 204 Economic Development in Poor Countries (Same as ENVI 234)

Cancelled Course Fall 2010:
ECON 360 International Monetary Economics
This course studies the macroeconomic behavior of economies that trade both goods and assets with other economies: international financial transactions, especially the buying and selling of foreign money, the role of central banks and private speculators in determining exchange rates and interest rates, and the effects of international transactions on the overall performance of an open economy. Additional topics may include the "asset market approach" to exchange rate determination, the nature and purpose of certain international institutions, and important current events.
Format: lecture. Requirments: for first semester: two hour tests and a choice between a 10-page paper or a comprehensive final; requirements for second semester: two exams and a term paper.
Pre-requisites: Economics 251 and 252. Enrollment limit: 25 (expected:25)
TF 2:35-3:50
PEDRONI

To be offered Fall 2010:
ECON 362(F) Global Competitive Strategies
This course examines the ways in which a country's factor endowments, domestic market characteristics, and government policies promote or impede the global expansion of its industries and corporations. First, actual trade and investment decisions of multinational corporations are analyzed and compared to the predictions of international trade theory. Second, competitive strategies of indigenous and foreign rivals in U.S., Pacific rim, and European markets are explored. Third, the efficacy of government policies in promoting the competitiveness of industries in global markets is discussed. Case studies of firms, industries, and countries will be utilized.<BR>In class taught during the fall, students will simulate a meeting of the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee, either to decide on monetary policy or to debate a current policy monetary policy or regulatory issue; in class taught during the spring, students will gain insights into the implementation of monetary policy through a simulation of the Federal funds market.
Format: lecture/discussion. Requirments: a research paper and exam(s).
Pre-requisites: Economics 251. Enrollment limit: 25 (expected: 25). Prefrence giving to senior Economics majors
M 7pm-9:40pm
FORTUNATO

Cancelled Course Fall 2010:
ECON 385 Games and Information (Q)

Cancelled Course Spring 2011:
ECON 468 Your Money or Your Life

New Course Spring 2011:
ECON 470(S) The Indian Economy: Development and Social Justice
The Indian economy today is described in two competing narratives. India is, on the one hand, a fast-growing "emerging economy:" it is producing a range of information technology services, threatening white-collar jobs in the United States; its growing consumption of fossil fuels is stressing world energy supplies and contributing to global warming; along with China, it is changing the balance of international economic and political relations. In another narrative Indian economic growth is lop-sided and unsustainable: poverty and malnutrition remain widespread; Maoist insurgencies threaten a swath of eastern districts; and conflicts rage over threatened ecological resources. In one prominent academic work India has been described as an "Emerging Giant;" in another, it is a "Republic of Hunger." This course will introduce the student to these narratives in the words of participants, ranging from books by CEO's of major corporations to pamphlets produced by left-wing critics of present economic policies.
We will then use the traditional theoretical and quantitative methods of an economist to evaluate these perspectives, and, consistent with the goals of the Exploring Diversity Initiative, consider how they are shaped by power, privilege, and the social location of the narrator.
Format:seminar. Requirements: five short response papers (5 pages), and longer final paper (15 pages)
Pre-requisites:Economics 253, Economics 255, or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Enrollment Enrollment limit:19 (expected: 15). Preference given junior and senior majors.
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM
SWAMY

Course to be Offered also in Fall 2010:
ENGL 111 (F,S) Poetry and Politics (W)
MWF 11:00am-12:15pm
CASE

Course Cancelled Spring 2011:
ENGL 131 Vertigo/Verticality (Same as AFR/AMST/COMP 131)

New Course Spring 2011:
ENGL 135 Vengeance (W)
For almost three thousand years revenge has been a central preoccupation of European literature. Revenge is inviting to literary and dramatic treatment partly because of its impulse towards structure: it traces a simple arc of injury and retaliation. A injures B, and B retaliates against A. But retaliation is never easy or equivalent, and there is always a volatile emotive mixture of loss and grievance that stirs up ethical ambiguities that are seldom resolved. Vengeance also fascinates because it is so paradoxical. The avenger, though isolated and vulnerable, can nevertheless achieve heroic grandeur by coming to personify nemesis. And yet the hero is always contaminated by trying to make a right out of two wrongs--and he usually has to die for it. Driven by past events, cut off from the present, and rapt up in stratagems for future reprisals, the avenger's actions are almost always compromised by impotence or excess. At best, revenge is "a kinde of Wilde Iustice"--a justice that kills its heroes as well as its villains. We will look at as many stories of vengeance, across as wide a range of cultures and media, as possible.
TR 8:30-9:45
DEGOOYER

New Course Spring 2011:
ENGL 143(S)  Imitation and Parodies (W)
What you tend to do in English classes is read stories or novels or poems, discuss them, and write essays about them.  But critical essays are only one form of written response to a text, and in this class you will attempt other forms.  In particular, as the name of the course suggests, you will be writing stylistic imitations of a variety of writers, and plotting out new stories they might have written if they’d ever gotten around to it.  In addition, you will be writing parodies—that is, imitations in which you exaggerate various aspects of a piece of imitation, typically to emphasize and mock the aspects of the original that you don’t like.  Doubtless you can see how the success of an imitation will involve a stylistic and structural understanding of the original, and the success of a parody will involve a complicated piece of criticism that goes entirely unsaid.  We’ll also screw around with texts in a variety of other ways, by writing meta-fiction responses, or by imagining how a story by one of our target authors might have been rewritten by another.  Our guiding assumption will be that by exploring new kinds of written responses to literature, you will be able to strengthen your essays in the long term.  Here is my tentative list of target authors, which might be revised at any minute:  H.P. Lovecraft, Octavia Butler, J.K. Rowling, Arthur Conan Doyle, P.G. Wodehouse, Ernest Hemmingway, Stephanie Meyer, and Paul Park.  And maybe I’ll throw in some poets:  Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, etc.
Format:discussion/seminar. Requirements: This is a writing-intensive seminar, and you will be writing intensively:  numerous small sketches, and at least four longer essays, of at least five pages each.
Prerequisites: None Enrollment limit: 19 (expected:19) Prefrences giving to first- year students.
TF 1:10pm-2:25
PARK

Cancelled Course Spring 2011:
ENGL 144 American Ethnic Detective Fictions and Variations (Same as American Studies 144)

New Course Spring 2011:
ENGL 315(S) Milton
The premise of this course is that Milton is the greatest of the English poets and Paradise Lost the greatest of English poems. The purpose of the course is to persuade you that the premise is correct, by immersing students in his densely organized language, his imagined worlds of an earthly paradise, heaven, hell, and the dark world after the fall, and the philosophical and theological problems that challenge the best readers. To prepare for our 6 weeks on Paradise Lost, we will read some of Milton's early poems and prose, including Areopagitica, his ringing defense of freedom of expression, some of his political writings (to situate him in the strenuous politics of church and state during the English Civil War), and his tract defending divorce (which reflects not only on his own life, but also on the "marriage" of Adam and Eve). And we will conclude the course with three weeks on his other two great long poems, the magnificent and austere Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes, which continue Milton's radical redefinition of the classical ideas of heroism and constitute his parting words on the apparent failure of the Puritan Revolution.
Discussion Requirements: Several one-page assignments, a shorter paper and a longer paper; regular attendance and class participation.
Prerequisites: an English 100-level course; not open to First-Year students. Enrollment limit: 25 (expected: 15).
Pre-1700
11:00-12:15 MWF
D. GRIFFIN

New Course Description Spring 2011:
NOT A CRITISCISM COURSE
English 331:  British Romantic Literature

In England, the period between the French Revolution (1789) and the death of George IV (1830) was one of great social change and upheaval: it saw political revolutions, the Napoleonic wars, the rise and consolidation of the British Empire, and England’s decisive shift from an agrarian to an industrial economy, among other things.  It was also a thrilling moment in English literature, the period often categorized as "British Romanticism."  This course will critically explore the literature of British Romanticism, while also assuming the problematic, contested nature of this term: is "Romanticism" a revolutionary or quietist aesthetic? Does it advocate engagement with common life, or retraction into the landscape of the sole self? That is, instead of assuming in advance the definition of "Romanticism," we will seek to tease out some of the complexities and internal stresses of this rich aesthetic movement. Our conversations will explore the relation of Romantic  literature to the important political, social, and philosophical issues of the day:  everything from its responses to the French Revolution to its engagement with emerging theories of affective life.  The course will focus on the close reading of poetry; there will also be an emphasis on the historical context of the literature. Writers may include William Blake, William Wordsworth, Helen Maria Williams, Anna Letitia Barbauld, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, John Keats, Lord Byron, John Clare, and Laetitia Elizabeth Landon.  Requirements: three 5-7 pp. formal essays, class participation, and occasional short writing assignments.
1700-1900
Prerequisite: 100-level English course or equivalent
Course type: seminar/discussion
Limited to 25
Preference to English major

Course Cancelled Spring 2011:
ENGL 379 Contemporary World Novel
(Same as COMP 329)

Course Cancelled Fall 2010:
ENGL 389
Victorian Poetry: Innovation and Crisis

New crosslisting with ANTH 209 Fall 2010:
ENVI 209(F) Ecologies of Place: Culture, Commodities & Everyday Life

New Exploring Diversity Initiative course:
ENVI 239(F) Introduction to Ecocriticism: Transnational Dialogues on Nature and Culture (Same as COMP 239)
This course will introduce students to the study of the relationship between literature and the environment, often referred to as ‘ecocriticism,’ through careful examination of Jean de Léry’s 1577 History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil and related texts.  Léry’s fascinating account of a yearlong stay among the ‘cannibals’ of Brazil gets at many of the themes and debates taken up by ecocritics today: How do political, economic, religious and philosophical factors influence individual and collective conceptions of ‘nature’ and its value?  How do acts of reading and writing inform (or deform) our understanding of the ‘natural’ world?  What is the role of aesthetics in environmental politics, and how can unspoken assumptions about race, gender, and cultural difference influence representations of global environmental issues like deforestation and global warming? Envi/Comp 239 fulfills the goals of the Exploring Diversity Initiative by contextualizing current questions of international environmental policy within the long history of colonialism, challenging students to think about cultural diversity as well as economic inequality as relevant to contemporary debates about the value and distribution of natural resources.  In addition to Léry’s History, we will also read landmarks of ecocritical theory by scholars including Lawrence Buell, William Cronon, Candace Slater and Jorge Marcone, as well as more recent literary interventions into environmental issues in the Americas.
Lecture/discussion.  Three 5-7 page essays and several shorter writing assignments.  
No prerequisites.  All readings will be in English. Enrollment limit: 20 (expected: 15) Preference give to ENVP, ENVS and COMP majors and ENVI concentrators.  This course satisfies the ‘Theory/Methods’ requirement for the Society and Culture track through the ENVP major and the ‘Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences’ requirement of the Environmental Studies concentration.
TF 2:35 PM-3:50 PM
FRENCH

New crosslisting with SOC 291 Spring 2011:
ENVI 291(S) God's Green Earth: Religion and Environment in America (W) (Same as REL 291)

Course Number Change and New Crosslisting with COMP:
ENVI/ENGL 300 now ENVI/ENGL/COMP 257(F)
Imagining Contamination

New Course Spring 2011:
ENVI 311(S) Environmental Philosophy and the Emergence of the Ecosphere(Same as PHIL 311)
From its earliest practitioners, Western philosophy has been concerned with providing systemic accounts of being, in particular answers to the “what is it?” question of ontology and the “how do we know it?” question of epistemology.  Environmental philosophy is concerned primarily with ontological and epistemological accounts as they apply to conceptions of nature, including the human place in nature and the human capacity to know and understand nature.  This course will focus on recent efforts to conceptualize the ecosphere as both a conceptual tool and as ontologically real, and the epistemological implications that follow.  It will include a brief historical overview of ontological and epistemological conceptions of nature from Plato and Aristotle to Descartes and Bacon, before turning to a critical assessment of foundational texts in the ecospheric re-conceptualization of nature, including the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, A.N. Whitehead, Aldo Leopold, Eugene Odum, James Lovelock, Stuart Kaufman and Wes Jackson
Lecture/Discussion.  Requirements: 2-3 short response essays and a final paper.  
Pre-requisites: One course in Philosophy or permission of instructor. Enrollment limit: 19 (expected: 15).  Preference given to majors in Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, and Philosophy and to Environmental Studies concentrators. 
MW 11:00-12:15
VITEK   

New Course Offered Spring 2011:
ENVI 320(S)
Climate Change Law and Policy (Same as PSCI 320)
The laws and policies of climate change are evolving very rapidly and not always well.  The impacts of climate change on the world environment as well as the chosen methods of mitigating and adapting to those changes will influence every sector of society for the foreseeable (and unforeseeable) future.  How we respond to these challenges will implicate distributional justice, law and science, risk, uncertainty and precaution, litigation strategy, technology policy, and international relations. This course will leave students with a better understanding of the sources and impacts of climate change, the key state, national and international policies, and the rule and role of law.  Readings will come from a climate law casebook or reader as well as from other articles, most of them attainable on line.  We will also likely read portions of the most recent IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report as well as excerpts from the Kyoto Protocol and from the Copenhagen meetings. 
Format:seminar. Requirments: one short (3-5 page) paper, an oral presentation, and a longer research paper of 15-20 pages.  Class participation will also count significantly toward the final grade.
Enrollment Limit: 19. Priority given to Environmental Policy majors, Environmental Science majors, and Environmental Studies concentrators.This course fulfills the Environmental Policy requirement for the Environmental Policy major.  It may also be counted as a Policy elective for the concentration in Environmental Studies.
Hour: MR 9:55am-11:10am
CASSUTO

Course is Offered Fall 2010:
GEOS 303(F) Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
The origin of metamorphic, plutonic, and volcanic rocks are examined in the light of field evidence and experimental work. Rock texture and composition are used to interpret the environment of formation of individual rock types, and important assemblages are related, where possible, to theories of global tectonics. <BR>Laboratory work emphasizes the study of individual rock units and rock suites in hand specimens and by petrographic and x-ray techniques.</BR>
Lecture/discussion, three hours per week; laboratory, three hours per week; several field trips including one all-day trip to central New Hampshire. Requirements: evaluation will be based on lab work, one hour test, and a final exam.
Pre-requisites: Geosciences 202 recommended but not required. Enrollment limit: none (expected:12).

New Exploring Diversity Initiative course Spring 2011:
HIST 203(S) A Survey of Modern African History (Same as Africana Studies 203) (D)

Course Cancelled Fall 2010; to be offered Spring 2011:
HIST 217 Early Modern Japan (Same as ASST 217 and JAPN 217)

Course Cancelled Spring 2011:
HIST 218 Modern Japan (Same as ASST 218 and JAPN 218)

Course Section Cancelled Spring 2011:
HIST 228 Europe in the Twentieth Century with REVIL

New Exploring Diversity Initiative courses Fall 2010:
HIST 281(F) African-American History, 1619-1865 (Same as Africana Studies 281) (D)
HIST 304(F) South Africa and Apartheid (Same as Africana Studies 304) (D)

New Exploring Diversity Initiative course:
HIST 305(S) Nation Building: The Making of the Modern Middle East
In 1932, or twelve years into his rule and twelve years after the establishment of Iraq, King Faysal I lamented that there were "no Iraqi people but only unimaginable masses of human beings, devoid of any patriotic idea, imbued with religious traditions and absurdities, connected by no common tie." This course will consider how true the Kings statement still holds by evaluating the various attempts at state and nation building in the modern Middle East and the challenges of statecraft. After assessing some of the more influential theories of nationalism, we will explore the historical experience of nationalism and national identity in Iraq, Israel, Turkey, Palestine, Iran, and Egypt. What has been at the basis of nationhood? How did European concepts of nation translate into the Middle Eastern context? What was the role of religion in these modern societies? How did traditional notions of gender effect concepts of citizenship? We will also explore some of the unresolved issues facing the various nations of the Middle East, such as unfulfilled nationalist aspirations, disputes over land and borders, and challenges to sovereignty. Finally, we will evaluate the role of foreign powers in nation building in the Middle East and consider whether the modern concept of the nation has any validity in the Middle Eastern context. Because this course is comparative in nature that utilizes theoretical frameworks to better understand cross-cultural interaction and because it focuses on the ways in which governments in the Middle East have used their power to legitimate their actions in the name of nationalism, this course fulfills the requirements of the Exploring Diversity Initiative (EDI).
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM
BERNHARDSSON

Course Cancelled Fall 2010:
HIST 311 The United States and the Middle East (Same as LEAD 310)

Course Cancelled Spring 2011:
HIST 333 Fin-de-siecle Paris and Vienna

Course Cancelled Spring 2011:
HIST 335 Cultural History of the First World War

New Exploring Diversity Initiative courses Spring 2011:
HIST 336 (S) Nazi Germany (D)
HIST 381 (S) From Civil Rights to Black Power
(D) (Same as AFR 381)

Course Cancelled Fall 2010:
HIST 427 Failed States and U.S. International Relations (Same as LEAD 472)

New Course Fall 2010:
JAPN 222(F)  Introduction to Postwar Japanese Cinema to 1960 (Same as COMP 222)
This course is an introduction to Japanese postwar cinema. The film screenings will be arranged chronologically, starting from 1948 and move forward until the 1960s. Due to time limitations the course will not be comprehensive but it will be critical, with an examination of major, pioneering Japanese directors and some of their seminal films, their visual and narrative styles. Analytical attention will be paid to the cultural and historical background of the films before, during and after WWII, and the influence of the American Occupation after 1945. There will be an exploration of the complexity and depth of the thematic topics that recur across time, and how Japanese cinematic representation derived and departed from filmmaking in the West, all the while contributing to defining the film art form in the twentieth century.
All films will be shown with English subtitles; no knowledge of Japanese is required.
Format: Lecture and discussion. Requirements: critical (2-3) page responses after each screening and one research essay (10-15 pages) at the end of the term. Attendance at weekly screenings is mandatory. No formal prerequisites. Class is open to all but enrollment limit is 15.
Required reading text: Donald Richie, A Hundred Years of Japanese Film: A Concise History, with a Selective Guide to DVDs and Videos and Harp of Burma.
Hour: 2:35-3:50 MR   
F. STEWART             

New course Spring 2011:
JAPN 223(S) Physical Theatre Japan (Same as Theatre 233)
Japanese nô, a 600 year-old composite of poetry, dance and chant, persists to this day not as a mere relic, but as a thriving cultural institution. performers train decades before they attain professional status, and professional performers enjoy the patronage of thousands of student amateurs who dedicate themselves to lifetime study of one or more of the constituent arts (singing, dancing, or instrumental accompaniment) and who are the core of their audiences.
Through readings, discussions and hands-on training, this course looks into both the historical circumstances and the intrinsic properties of the art that have allowed it to attract and cultivate a dedicated following of patron-practitioners. We will also look into how this product of a Japanese cultural milieu has been able to transcend that milieu, compelling western theatre artists (from Eugene O'Neill to Eugenio Barba) and composers (from Benjamin Britten to David Byrne) to look to it for sources of inspiration. Finally we consider the diaspora of as a performed art outside Japan, and in languages other than Japanese.
Throughout the semester, we will delve into the training, history and literature of , and investigate how it operates as theatre, how it tells its stories.  Along the way, students will learn, rehearse, and be expected to perform one or more basic dances (shimai) and songs (utai) from traditional or emerging repertoire. No experience in dancing or singing is necessary — just an ounce or two of courage! Readings will include English translations of several plays (Japanese versions are also available upon request). Other readings offer departure points for our discussions. Where possible, I will endeavor to provide optional opportunities to attend live performances that illustrate the principles at play in our readings and discussions.
Format: seminar.Requirements: active participation in discussions and training sessions; in-class performances; several abstracts and other short written assignments. Final projects may take the form of either a creative work or a research paper, and will be designed in direct consultation with the instructor. Some rehearsals outside of regularly scheduled class periods may also be required.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing or higher (waived with permission of the instructor).Material and Lab fee (for rehearsal fan and tabi): $75.
Thomas O’Connor

Cancelled course Spring 2011:
JAPN 276 Premodern Japanese Literature and Performance

New Exploring Diversity Initiative course Spring 2010: 
MUS 130(S)  History of Jazz (Same as Africana Studies 130) (D)

New Exploring Diversity Initiative course Fall 2010:
 
MUS 231(F) Nothin' But the Blues (Same as Africana Studies 231) (D)

Course Cancelled Fall 2010:
MUS 233(F) African Music: Interdisciplinary Studies (Same as Africana Studies 250 and INTR 287)       

Course Cancelled Spring 2011:
MUS 235 African Rhythm, African Sesibility (Same as Africana Studies 235) (D)                                              
New Course Fall 2010:
PSCI 233(F) Capitalism and its Challengers
We are often told that there is some intuitive link between capitalism and political ideals such as democracy or freedom.  That said, a long line of critics has suggested that this economic form has destructive tendencies when left to its own devices.  Over the course of the semester, we will engage a number of challengers (both classic and contemporary) that shed light on a wide range of contemporary debates.  For instance, if this economic form systematically generates poverty, then should there be a safety net for those who ‘lose’ in the market? What kinds of things should be available within the market – and should some be protected from commodification (e.g. children, body organs, water, genetic material)?   Does this form of economic competition erode the possibility of ’genuine’ community?  Finally, how deeply do the values of capitalism enter into the ways that we make sense of the world and others?  We will begin with some classic texts (both for and against this economic form) and then engage contemporary challenges from across the spectrum of political theory – including Marxists, social democrats, anti-corporate, and anti-globalization theorists.
Format: lecture/discussion. Requirements: class participation and three papers.
No prerequisites.
TR 9:55-11:10 AM
FEOLA

To be offered Spring 2011:
PSCI 250(S) Theories of Comparative Politics

Cancelled Course Spring 2011:
PSCI 254 Democracy in Comparative and Theoretical Perspective

New Course Spring 2011:
PSCI 336(S) Democracy, Globalization, and the Politics of Exclusion
Very few people argue against inclusion as a political ideal.  When we look behind the official narratives, however, we find a rather less savory picture.  At the global level, we see populations displaced by military and economic forces, on the margins of nation-states, lacking the rights or protections extended to full citizens.  And, as many critics maintain, we need not look this far, as liberal democracies practice a kind of ‘internal’ exclusion of those groups who do not fully count as ‘one of us’ (however this is defined), and are thus targets of special treatment, surveillance, or suspicion. Over the course of the semester, we will begin with the democratic ideal of inclusion – and then explore how this ideal is subverted in the practice of democratic life.  Are members of such groups (e.g., the poor, the alien, the enemy, the immigrant) deprived of protections and benefits extended to ‘full’ or ‘normal’ members of the civic community? Are they subject to disproportionate oversight, control and regulation?  Are their voices excluded from policy deliberations?  As we engage these questions, we will explore issues that range from race to war conduct to incarceration to welfare - and we will ask if this political logic can be contested.
Format:  seminar/discussion. Requirements:  class participation and three papers.
Prerequisites:  at least one prior course in political theory or philosophy, or permission of the instructor.
TF 2:35-3:50
FEOLA

New Course Fall 2010:
PSCI 337(F) Critical Theory:  Unmasking Power, Thinking Resistance
This course begins by pressing political theory with a question:  should theorists limit themselves to describing social life, or should they rather attempt to change it?  Those who choose this second path argue that political theory has a distinct, critical task – not simply to map the social world as accurately as possible, but rather to identify the hidden workings of power, unmask how our institutions betray their ideals, and suggest how such conditions should be transformed.  This course will explore a number of theorists who take up this challenge by detailing elements of coercion within our everyday practices, identities and relationships.  And, we will encounter a wide range of strategies for how these operations of power might be resisted.  Although we begin with classic texts (Marx, Marcuse, Adorno), the second half of the course will ask whether a Marxian emphasis on class and economy risks overlooking other valences of injustice, such as race, gender, or ethnicity.  Accordingly, we will move to a series of authors (e.g., Foucault, Fraser, Young, Fanon) who seek to bring these factors into the conversation.
Format: seminar/discussion. Requirements: class participation and three papers.
Prerequisites: at least one prior course in political theory or philosophy, or permission of the instructor.
TF 1:10-2:25
FEOLA

New course Fall 2010:
REL 208(F) "Thus says YHWH!"  Introduction to Prophetic Literature of the Hebrew Bible (Same as JWST 208)
How should we understand "prophets" or "prophetesses"? As mystical visionaries, political and social critics, eccentrics? The prophetic books of the Hebrew Bible are among the most intriguing and difficult books for the modern reader. The basic aim of this course is to teach the students how to critically evaluate the prophetic literature and, as a result, how to reach independent and informed interpretations of the prophetic texts of the Hebrew Bible.  The course is divided in two parts: 1) a historical and literary overview of the prophetic literature of the Hebrew Bible and in its ancient Near Eastern context, with special attention to the contemporary political events in ancient Israel and its surroundings but also reflecting on the relevance of these texts for modern societies; 2) close examination of the book of the prophet Isaiah, its formation and literary, theological and ideological traditions against specific historical backgrounds. All readings are in translation.
Requirements: regular participation, one in-class presentation, one midterm paper, one final paper.
No prerequisites. Open to all.  Enrollment limit: 15 (expected: 10). Preference will be given to Religion majors and Jewish studies concentrators.
MW 11:00-12:15
SCHEUER

Course Cancelled Fall 2010:
REL 212 The Development of Christianity: 30-600 C.E. (W) (Same as HIST 324)

Course Cancelled Fall 2010:
REL 234 Shi'ism Ascendant?

Course Cancelled Fall 2010:
REL 236 Central Asia and Its Neighbors (Same as HIST 216 and INST 101)

New Course Spring 2011:
RLFR 112(S) Advanced Conversation in French: French and Francophone Cultures Through the Media
This course in Advanced Conversation in French is designed to develop students' skills in spoken French while learning about French and Francophone cultures. Students will increase vocabulary and fluency through interactive discussions, and will improve their pronunciation and both oral and written comprehension through different media: the press, television, movies, plays, and songs. We will discuss questions of French and Francophone identities, the Second World War, immigration, and current events. Conversation will improve students' ability to communicate effectively and to analyze culture through different media. Class activities will include listening to recordings, reading newspapers, conversation, and debates. Films to include:"Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain," "Tanguy," "L'Auberge espagnole," "Paris je t'aime," "Le vieil homme et l'enfant," "Les Choristes,and "La Rue cases-nègres."
Format: seminar. Evaluation based on class participation, quizzes, midterm, and a final oral presentation.
Prerequisites: RLFR 104 or RLFR 105 or permission of instructor. Enrollment limit: 20 (expected: 20).
MWF 9:00 AM-9:50
BROSSILLON

New Course Spring 2011:
RLFR 228(S) Solitude and Alienation in the Work of Maupassant
Who does not feel lonely? Who has never felt lonely? Guy de Maupassant writes in "Solitude" (1884): "Notre grand tourment dans l'existence vient de ce que nous sommes éternellement seuls, et tous nos efforts, tous nos actes ne tendent qu'à fuir cette solitude." Through Maupassant's short stories, we will explore the roots of solitude and examine how the figure of the loner emerges in nineteenth-century France. Some of the issues that we will discuss include: willful isolation and imposed seclusion, marriage and adultery, love and lust, love and loss, folly and death. To complement Maupassant's short stories, we will read works by Flaubert, Balzac, Baudelaire, Villiers, and Huysmans, as well as sociological and historical sources. Primary emphasis will be placed on close textual reading and analysis. Critical and theoretical approaches will be incorporated in class discussions. Conducted in French.
Format: seminar. Requirements: active class participation, Glow postings, two short papers, an oral presentation and a final paper.
Prerequisites: French 201 or above, or permission of instructor. Enrollment limit: 20 (expected: 20). If overenrolled, preference given to French majors and those with compelling justification for admission.
MR 1:10 PM-2:25
BROSSILLON

Course Cancelled Spring 2011:
RLFR 228 Fatal Passions and Happy Fools: French Theater in the Ae of Louis XIV (Same as COMP 227)



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