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Addendum to the
Williams College Courses of Instruction 2011-2012

Last updated: 2/13/12 11:15 AM

Newly Cross-listed with AMST:
AFR 211(F) Race and the Environment (Same as AMST 211, ENVI 211 and SOC 211) (D)

Newly Cross-listed with AMST:
AFR 217(F) Race(ing) Sports: Issues, Themes and Representations of Black Athletes (Same as AMST 217 and ENGL 255) (D)

Newly Cross-listed with AMST:
AFR 310(F) Womanist/Black Feminist Thought (Same as AMST 309, REL 310 and WGSS 310) (D)

Newly Cross-listed with AMST:
AFR 211(S) Race in the Americas (Same as AMST 267 and SOC 267) (D)

Newly Cross-listed with AMST:
AFR 305(S) The Sociology of Black Religious Experience (Same as AMST 304, REL 315 and and SOC 305)

Newly Cross-listed with AMST:
AFR 316(S) Sacred Cinema: Black Religion and the Movies (Same as AMST 316 and REL 265)

Newly Cross-listed with AMST:
AFR 317(S) Black Migrations: African American Performance at Home and Abroad (Same as AMST 317, COMP 319, DANC 317, ENGL 317 and THEA 317)

Newly Designated as Writing Intensive:
ANTH 234(S) Masculinities (Same as WGSS 234) (W)

Course Cancelled Spring 2012:
ARTH 465 Mining the Museum: Critical Revisions of Museum History and Practice (Same as ARTH 564)

Course to be offered Fall 2011:
ARTH 555(F) John Singer Sargent
In this seminar we will consider the life and art of John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). Paintings in the collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will focus our discussions and provide the basis for exploring his art-making and his place within the art-culture of his day. Sargent—born in Italy, trained in France, active in England—epitomized the cosmopolitanism of American artists in the late 19th century. Consideration of his career will encourage us to think about questions of nationality; the mechanisms of fame in the modern art world; the tension between the lures of artistic tradition and innovation; and the fluctuating taste for his art among critics, collectors, and historians of the past century.
Format: seminar. Students’ responsibilities will include class discussion, weekly summaries of readings, two short papers, an oral presentation (and response to someone else’s), and a final research paper (20-25 pages). A field trip to Boston is likely.
Enrollment limit: 12. Preference given to Graduate Program students and then to senior Art History majors.
Hour: 1:10-3:50 F                              

Course Cancelled Fall 2011:
ARTH 559 Daniel Chester French

Course NOT Cancelled Spring 2012:
ARTS 101 Artists Respond to Contemporary Events (Same as AMST 101) (D)

This introductory video production course focuses on how contemporary artists engage the high stakes of living in this historical moment.  We will look ways in which the moving image can be used to reckon with the force that historical events and conditions have on us as artmakers, and the ways in which we might hope to have force on historical events. We will focus on U.S. makers and events, with comparative attention to international and transnational work. The course will give special consideration to particular forms of artist-made film and video: the essay film, activist/grassroots/social media, and performance-based and narrative media that reflect on
Historical events and the ongoing present. We will look at work by Adam Curtis, Adele Horne, The Yes Men, Anna Deveare Smith, Patty Chang, Spike Lee, Alex Rivera,and Katherine Bigelow, and collectives including TVTV, ACT UP, and Occupy Wall Street. Readings will include work by Meg McLagen, Gregg Bordowitz, Trebor Schultz, Mark Reinhardt, George Lipsitz, Kimberle Crenshaw and Gary Peller, and many others.
Students will complete three video production assignments. Evaluation will be based primarily on these works and class participation.
HOUR W 1:10-3:50

ARTS 324 The Documentary Photography Project (Same as INTR 324)
While every image documents something, the field of documentary photography traditionally uses still images to relate a story about the events and people that shape our world. Students will learn skills required to produce an effective visual narrative. Technical aspects of image acquisition that are particularly useful in conveying information will be reviewed, including manipulation of exposure controls, wide angle composition, and location lighting. Conceptual topics will include myths about “truth” and “objectivity” in photography, and the responsibilities of the documentarian to his/her subjects. Students will practice different types of documentation, from news photography to photo-essays, and consider techniques for approaching, photographing and interviewing subjects. The practical aspects of developing a story, gaining access, working in unfamiliar environments and editing both individual images and series will be examined. Students will work throughout the semester on planning and executing a documentary project, culminating in an exhibition of their work. Participants will use college-supplied digital cameras, and should expect to spend significant time working outside of class.
Hour: 7:00-9:40 p.m. M

Course Cancelled Fall 2011:
BIOL 416 Epigenetics

Minor change to the catalog description (increased enrollment) Spring 2012:
BIOL 205 Physiology
This lecture-based course examines principles, patterns, and mechanisms of biological function from the level of cells and tissues to the whole organism. The themes of the course include structure and function, mechanisms of regulation, control and integration, and adaptation to the environment. Examples of these themes are taken from a wide variety of organisms with a focus on vertebrates. Laboratories provide practical's experience in measurement and experimental elucidation of physiological phenomena and functional analysis of gross structure.
Enrollment limit 48

Minor change to the catalog description (increased enrollment) Spring 2012:
BIOL 322 Biochemistry II: Metabolism
This lecture course provides an in-depth presentation of the complex metabolic reactions which are central to life. Emphasis is placed on the biological flow of energy including alternative modes of energy generation (aerobic, anaerobic, photosynthetic); the regulation and integration of the metabolic pathways including compartmentalization and the transport of metabolites; and biochemical reaction mechanisms including the structures and mechanisms of coenzymes. This comprehensive study also includes the biosynthesis and catabolism of small molecules (carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleotides). Laboratory experiments introduce the principles and procedures used to study enzymatic reactions, bioenergetics, and metabolic pathways.
Enrollment limit 64

New Course to be offered Spring 2012:
COMP 211(S) Terrorism and Literature(W)
Terrorism is distinctly related to literature in that text is often the primary form in which the motives of terrorists are conveyed to the public and the way in which many people contextualize trauma and create cultural memory. The ten-year anniversary of 9/11 will provide an opportunity for students to revisit the attacks through literature and read texts pertaining to 9/11 by al-Qaeda, major news sources, and novels by authors such as Jonathan Safran Foer and Don DeLillo. Students will also have the opportunity to see how terrorism and the cultural memory of terrorism is approached in different countries with a focus on Germany and the Red Army Faction (RAF) and texts by former RAF members, by major news sources, and by authors such as Heinrich Böll, Peter Schneider, Stefan Aust, Erin Cosgrove, and Bernhard Schlink.
Format: seminar. Requirement: Frequent short writing assignments, final oral presentation that will be revised into final paper.
Prerequistites: None. Enrollment: 19 expected: 19. Prefrence: Comparative Literature and Literary Studies majors and those interested in majoring.
TR 11:20-12:35

To be offered Spring 2012:
CRKO 302(S) Intermediate Korean

Course Cancelled Spring 2012:
ECON 204 Economics of Developing Countries (Same as ENVI 234)

To be Offered Spring 2012:
ECON 378(S) Long-Run Perspectives on Economic Growth (Q)

Course Cancelled Spring 2012:
ENGL 335 T1 Manner, Modernity, & The Novel (Same as COMP 335) (W)

Course NOT Writing Intensive Fall 2011:
ENGL 389 The Fiction of Virginia Woolf (Same as WGSS 389)

New Course Fall 2011:
ENVI 208 Science and Politics in Environmental Decision Making (D)
This course explores the relationship between science and politics in environmental decision-making. How do legislators know when a species is endangered and warrants protection? What precautions should be applied in allowing genetically modified foods onto our plates? Can we, and should we, weigh the risks of malaria against the impacts of pesticides used to control those mosquitoes that transmit the disease? How has the global community come together to understand the risks from global climate change, and how has this understanding shaped our policy responses? What are some of the limits of science in shaping policy outcomes? In addressing these and other questions, we will pay particular attention to how power relations and existing institutions shape what knowledge, and whose knowledge, is taken on board in decision-making, be it at the local, national or global level. We will delve into how these dynamics shape policy outcomes and we will also examine novel approaches for incorporating the knowledge of traditionally disempowered groups, including indigenous and local communities. Format: lecture/discussion with some role-play exercises Requirements: several shorter writing assignments and two 5-7 page essays.  
No pre-requisites; open to first-year students.  Enrollment limit: 19; expected enrollment, 15.  This course fulfills the Exploring Diversity Initiative requirement; it may also be used an environmental policy elective by ENVI concentrators.  Students majoring in environmental policy or environmental science should ask the Director of CES how it may be used towards the completion of the major.
TF 2:35-3:50

New Course Spring 2012:
ENVI 217(S) Environmental isms: Ideology in the Environmental Humanities(D)
How does culture shape our use and imagination of the physical environment? This is the central question of the environmental humanities. This course will explore the various ways in which scholars from a broad range of disciplines have sought to answer this question by incorporating insights from social theory and cultural criticism. Focusing on studies of social and cultural conflict in the United States and Latin America from the time of European colonization to the present, it will examine key works from fields such as environmental history, ecocriticism, environmental ethics, and cultural geography, and it will survey the major methodological and philosophical commitments that unite these fields. Emphasis will be placed on the ideological critique of modernity. How have scholars made environmental sense of liberalism, capitalism, nationalism, colonialism, imperialism, sexism, and racism? How have these isms influenced our relations with the natural world, and how can the humanities help us both understand and change these relations for the better? With its emphasis on the critical theorization of inequality and cross-cultural interaction, this course fulfils the Exploring Diversity requirement. 
No pre-requisites; open to first-year students.
Enrollment limit: 19
Expected enrolment: 15
Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements: Three 5- to 7-page essays and several shorter writing assignments. This class satisfies the theory/methods requirement of the Society & Culture track of the Environmental Policy major.  It may also be used to fulfill the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences elective for the Environmental Studies concentration.
TR 8:30-9:45

New Course description and title Spring 2012:
ENVI 309(S) Environmental Politics and Policy (Same as HSCI 309, SCST 309 & PSCI 301)
This course will provide an overview of environmental policy-making, with an emphasis on the ways in which policies are developed and implemented at the local, state and national level. Special attention will be paid to the variety of actors that shape environmental outcomes, including legislators, administrators, the science community, civil society and the private sector. Following an examination of different models of environmental policy-making, this course will focus on several case studies, including on the management of public lands,  air and water pollution, climate change and endangered species protection. 
Class Format: lecture/discussion. 
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation is based on several short writing assignments, a term research project, and active participation in class. 

New course description Spring 2012:
ENVI 402 Spring 2012 Senior Seminar: Perspectives on Environmental Studies (Same as MAST 402)  
The Environmental Studies and Maritime Studies programs provide students with an opportunity to explore the myriad ways in which humans interact with diverse environments at scales ranging from local to global. As the capstone course for Environmental Studies and Maritime Studies, this seminar will bring together students who will have specialized in the humanities, social studies and/or the sciences and will provide an opportunity for exchange across these disciplinary streams. Readings and discussion will be organized around the common theme of complexity theory, paying particular attention to means of strengthening the resilience of socio-ecological systems. Over the course of the seminar, students will develop a sustained independent research project on a topic of their choice. 
Class Format: seminar Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation is based on active participation, discussion leading, several smaller assignments and a research paper. 
Prerequisites: Environmental Studies 302 or MAST 351 Maritime Policy or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: limited to senior Environmental Policy & Environmental Science majors and the Environmental Studies concentrators
Department Notes: required course for students wishing to complete the Environmental Policy & Environmental Science majors and the Environmental Studies or the Maritime Studies concentrations. no division 1, 2 or 3 credit
Other Attributes: ENVI Core Courses,ENVP Core Courses,ENVS Core Courses,SCST Elective Courses Enrollment Limit: 20, Expected Enrollment: 15

New Course to be offered Spring 2012:
GERM 202(S) Switzerland
While the tourist brochures for Switzerland tout the myth of the mountain, the Swiss writer Hugo Loetscher asserts that Swiss literature and culture defy that myth; they traditionally represent rather the flight from the mountains into the cities, the quest for education, and the desire for home and identity. Students will read texts by German speaking Swiss authors such as Gottfried Keller, Johanna Spyri, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Max Frisch, Robert Walser, Peter Bichsel, Hugo Loetscher, Hermann Hesse and Zoe Jenny. We will also examine the concept of  “Swissness” and how cultural artifacts such as literature, art, films, and products contribute to, reflect, and challenge ideas about this complex, multi-lingual, multi-cultural, global country.
Readings and discussions in German.
Format: Seminar. Evaluation: Frequent short writing assignments, midterm, final exam, one oral presentation.
Prerequisites: German 201 or equivalent. Enrollment: none Expected: 12.
MR 1:10-2:25

New Course to be offered Fall 2011:
GERM 311(F) O Immortality! The Legacy of Heinrich von Kleist (W)
2011 is the 200-year anniversary of the death of Heinrich von Kleist, the German author who is famous for texts that challenge ideas of reason, destiny, truth, patriotism, and love and for his death on November 21, 1811, when he shot his terminally ill friend and then himself at the Kleiner Wannsee near Berlin. In this course, we will follow the ongoing commemorations of Kleist in Germany and abroad, becoming familiar with his biography and most influential works and their 20th- and 21st-century reception in literature and film. Students will read and discuss texts such as Das Erdbeben in Chili, and Michael Kohlhaas, among others, and analyze their reception in works by Christa Wolf, Heiner Müller, Elfriede Jelinek, Alexander Kluge, Dagmar Leupold, and in films by directors such as Volker Schlöndorff and Helma Sanders Brahms. By the end of the semester, students will have an overview of late 20th-century literature through the “green lens” of Heinrich von Kleist and feel comfortable questioning the “truth” of his ghost and legacy.
Reading and discussion in German
Format: tutorial. Evaluation: 5-page papers, presented orally, every other week, and 1-2 page critiques in the other weeks.
Prerequisites:German 202 or the equivalent. Enrollment: 10. Expected: 10. Preference: German majors and serious German students

Newly Cross-listed Course for Spring 2012:
HIST 141(S) Adventures and Pleasures in the Russian Metropolis, 1880-1917 (same as WGSS 141) (W)

Course Cancelled Spring 2012:
HIST 243 Modern Latin America, 1822 to the Present

Course Cancelled Spring 2012:
HIST 253 History of the United States, 1865-Present

New Course to be offered Spring 2012:
HIST316(S) Japan Since 1945 (Same as ASST 316)
Japan’s path since 1945 has been jagged and unpredictable, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes full of anxiety. This course will examine that path in an effort to understand the main themes in recent Japanese history and the forces that have propelled the nation across the last 65 years. The focus will be on reading primary materials and secondary sources, watching films, and discussing what we have read and seen. Although the course will proceed in a chronological fashion, several themes will be seen to thread their way across the decades: the lingering questions of militarism and World War II, the struggle between capitalism and democracy, Japan’s complicated relationships with both Asia and the United States, and the vicissitudes of economic growth and decline. We also will look at the impact of popular culture in Japan and on the world.
Format: discussion and lecture. In terms of evaluation, students will be expected to write a combination of response papers and a longer (15- to 20-page) research-based interpretive paper. There will also be a final test or project.
No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 25. Expected enrollment: 15-20. If oversubscribed, preference will be given to History and Asian Studies majors.
Group B
2:35-3:50 MR                                                                                           

Course Cancelled Fall 2011:
HIST 371 The History of U.S. Environmental Politics (Same as ENVI 371)

Course Cancelled Fall 2011:
HIST 403 Making it in Africa: Business in African History (Same as AFR 404 and LEAD 403) formerly Entrepreneurship and African History

Course Cancelled Spring 2012:
HIST 478 Cold War Landscapes (Same as ENVI 478)

New Course to be offered Spring 2012:
HIST 489(S) Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Remembrance (Same as Asian Studies 489T)
To this day, few topics stir a greater variety of images and recollections, or more passionate debates, than the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, at the end of World War II. This tutorial will focus on two matters: the nature of memory and the ways in which those events have been remembered. Topics to be covered include the making of the bombs, the decision to drop them, their impact on Japan’s surrender, the destruction that they wrought, the experiences and treatment of victims, the debate over the bomb in postwar Japan and America, and the impact of those first two bombs on discussions of nuclear weapons and energy today.
Format: tutorial. Students will prepare and present: (1) a paper on the assigned readings every other week, and (2) a written critique of the colleague’s paper on the weeks when they do not write a paper. A final, interpretive essay also will be required.
No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 10. Expected enrollment: 10. If oversubscribed, preference will be given to advanced History and Asian Studies majors who have previously not enrolled in a tutorial.
Group B
Hour: TBA                                                                                                        

Course Cancelled Fall 2011; to be offered Spring 2012:
LATS 240(S) Latina/o Language and Literature: Hybrid Voices (Same as AMST 240 and COMP 10) (D)

Course Cancelled Fall 2011:
LATS 306 Latinos and Cultural Citizenship (Same as American Studies 306)

New Course to be offered Fall 2011:
LATS 311(F) Ethnographies of Diaspora and Popular Culture (Same as American Studies 311)
For many contemporary diasporic communities, popular culture is central to the creation and maintenance of a transnational, imagined community.  Using a comparative approach, this course will explore the ways in which popular culture (i.e., film, music, television, travel writing, food) fosters the creation and maintenance of diasporic communities such as Indian youth in London, Latina teens in the South, and Greek Cypriots in London and New York among others.  The course will also consider how popular culture might encourage distinctions within diasporas and in relation to other ethnic and racial communities.  Central to the course is an ethnographic approach to studying popular culture.  As such, students will gain an introduction to qualitative methods that seek to understand the role of popular culture in everyday life.  We will focus on the following questions: How does popular culture cultivate “imagined communities” for diasporas?  How do diasporic communities not only consume, but produce popular culture?  How does the process of migration impact one’s consumption of popular culture?  How do second-plus generation members participate in diasporic media, if at all?  Topics will include youth, family, gender, race, hybridity, the city, and consumer culture in sites as varied as the home, work, bars/nightclubs, shopping malls, and museums.
Format: lecture/discussion. Evaluation will be based on class participation, 1 student-led discussion, two 3- to 4-page ethnographic writing exercises, and one final essay of 5-7 pages.
No prerequisites. No enrollment limit (expected: 15).
2:35-3:50 MR

Course Cancelled Spring 2012:
LATS 313 Gender, Race, Beauty, and Power in the Age of Transnational Media (Same as AMST 313, COMP 313 and WGSS 313) (D)

New Course Spring 2012:
MUS 112(S) Popular Music in Global Perspective (Same as ANTH 112) D
Using case studies of styles, genres, and artists drawn from across the globe (Central, West, and Southern Africa; the Middle East; South East Asia; Latin American and the Caribbean; Europe, and North America) this course will examine the rise of “world music” and “world beat.” What do these musics sound like, and why? Classes will focus on analyzing popular music in order to better understand musicians’ motives, intentions, and creative processes. The roles of popular music in social movements will be explored; as well as the roles that economics, globalization, transnational trends, and the music industry play in shaping sound and culture. We will examine what the study of these musics can reveal to us about the people who create and use them.
EDI: This course fulfills the Educational Diversity Initiative by virtue of its emphasis on comparative study of sociopolitical, cultural, and economic processes that impinge on popular aesthetics, and the production and functionality of music in different societies. It equips students with the analytical tools to critically engage incipient issues associated with modern economics and globalization from the perspective of the arts.
Format: lecture. Evaluation: To be comprehensively based on attendance and participation in class, two short review essays, a final project, two quizzes, and midterm and final exams.
No prerequisites. Enrollment Limit: 30 (Expected: 30). Preference will be given to current or prospective majors in Music, Anthropology and Sociology, Africana Studies, as well as current and prospective students of Arabic Studies, Asian Studies, and Latina/o Studies concentration.
Hour: TF 1:10-2:25

New Course Fall 2011:
MUS 113(F) Exploring 20th Century American Experimentalism: The New York School Composers and Visual Artists (Same as AMST 113)
In the mid 20th century, American composers and visual artists in downtown New York convened around 8th street to discuss and share a common vision of letting free the unconscious mind to break past the conventions of European formalism. Were these the fresh ideas of a new generation of young composers and artists or were their ideas influenced by earlier American thought? This course will look first to the 19th and early 20th century to find some philosophical and aesthetic roots that gave rise to experimentation in 20th century American Music. We will then explore the ideas and music of the New York Schools of composers and look at the special bonds they formed with their visual artist counterparts: Morton Feldman, Mark Rothko and Philip Guston; Earle Brown, Jackson Pollack and Alexander Calder; John Cage and Marcel Duchamp. We will also explore how our own creative intuitions work and what they can produce in music by forming an experimental found-object ensemble. We will develop our creative ideas through experimentation and improvisation and present our improvisations and compositions in a concert at the end of the semester. No prior musical experience is required for this class. 
Format: weekly lecture class and ensemble class. Evaluation will be based on reading assignments, periodic quizzes, journal keeping, creative work throughout the semester, end of semester concert of experimental works and an eight page paper reflecting on creative work using journals and referencing class readings.
Enrollment:12 (expected:12)
WF 11:00am-12:15pm

New Course to be offered Spring 2012:
MUS 121(S) African American Folklore and Music (same as AFR 120 and ANTH 121) D
This course will explore African American cultural forms (with much emphasis on music) in the context of their historical experience. Because African American folklore and music cannot be studied in isolation from the larger American cultural space, we will also examine the factors of inter-ethnic influences on African American culture, and conversely, African American contributions to American cultural identity especially in the area of music and the arts.
EDI: This course may fulfill the Education Diversity Initiatives requirement.  The class will engage in critical discussions on the historical contexts that informed the evolution of the styles of music and cultural behaviors associated with Black America, and how African Americans have used those to engage the large American society.
Format: seminar. Evaluation: based on attendance and participation in class; two review essays; two quizzes; and midterm and final exams.
No prerequisites. Enrollment Limit: 15 (expected: 15). Preference given to current or prospective music majors, anthropology and sociology, and Africana Studies concentrators.
HOUR: MR 11:20am-12:35pm

Cancelled Course Spring 2012:
MUS 122 African-American Music (Same as AFR 122) (D)

New Course to be offered Spring 2012:
MUS 128(S) Chinese Music and Intercultural Influence: From the Silk Road to Korea and Japan (Same as ASST 128)(D)
Traveling back in time across the immense span of Chinese history, it is almost impossible to fathom the incredible richness of sound and musical style that emanated from the Dynastic courts, Daoist temples, private literati gardens or local villages. Equally impressive is the broad influence Chinese music both received from and passed on to other cultures. Our task in this course is to explore and understand Chinese Music by looking broadly at its history and traditions. We will examine more closely historical periods of intercultural exchange. We will learn about Central Asian music, the Silk Road and its influence on Chinese Music from the Han through Tang Dynasties. We will also explore Japanese and Korean Music and see how Chinese culture and music influenced these traditions. We will look at some basic principles of Western culture and music to provide context from which to better understand differences between Western and East Asian music. We will not just listen to recordings but will have the chance to experience several live performances of this music during the semester. No prior musical experience is required for this class.
Format: Weekly lecture classes. Evaluation will be based on class participation, reading assignments, journal keeping, a midterm and final exam as well as a term paper.
No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 20 (expected: 20).Preference: Instructor will decide on basis of individual consultations with students.
WF 11:00-12:15pm

New Fall Course 2011:
MUS 129(F) Music in African Religious Experience (Same as AFR 121 & REL 262) (D)
This course explores the role of music in the multiplicity of religions that pervades the continent of Africa. Whether in the rituals of ancestral veneration; spiritual healing and spirit possession; worships in mainstream, independent, and Pentecostal Christian churches; and the rites of the Muslim Brotherhoods, religious practices are always paired with music. Music plays the role of forging a sense of community as well as enhances participants’ spiritual experience at ritual events. Beyond the contexts of ritual and worship however, religious music performance in Africa sometimes comprises the locus for negotiating identities and power. Relying on relevant analytical literature and audios/films, this course will pay particular attention to the social and political history of various communities, and how religion and ritual music have been used to articulate members’ experiences, and rendering them in performance either as affirmation of, or to challenge the circumstances of those experiences.
Format: lecture. Evlauation based on a comprehensive evaluation for this course will be based on attendance and participation in class; two review essays; two quizzes; and midterm and final exams.
No prerequisites. Enrollment limit 20 (expected 20) Preference will be given to current or prospective music majors, religion majors, and Africana Studies concentrators
TR 1:10pm-2:25pm

Cancelled Course for Spring 2012:
MUS 231 Nothin' But the Blues (Same as AFR 231) (D)

Cancelled Course for Spring 2012:
PHIL 115
Personal Identity (W)

CLAS Course Number Change for Spring 2012:
PHIL 201(S) History of Ancient Greek Philosophy (Same as CLAS 203) (formerly CLAS 201)

New Fall Course 2011:
PSCI 232(F) Modern Political Thought (Same as PHIL 232)
This course offers an overview of major thinkers and texts in modern political thought by considering their relationship to a defining theme of the modern era: Enlightenment.  Although the Enlightenment is often identified simply as a historical period—the eighteenth century—Enlightenment can also be understood in terms of the revolutionary projects, political ideals, republican institutions and liberal aspirations that came to the fore during this period.  Course readings will begin with early modern texts that mark the shift away from medieval power structures towards more rationalized forms of political organization.  We will then turn our attention to new conceptions of the state, society, and public life, with a particular focus on the emergence of the individual as the subject of political theory and practice.  Conflicts between Enlightenment and counter-Enlightenment positions will be highlighted, with extended discussions of key theorists who put forward a critique of the Enlightenment either from the right or the left.  The thinkers we will read include Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Adam Smith, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, Edmund Burke, David Hume, Justus Möser, Joseph de Maistre, Mary Wollstonecraft, Olympe de Gouges, John Stuart Mill, Friedrich Hegel, and Karl Marx.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, and three 6-8 page papers
Additional Info:Enrollment limit: 25 (expected 21), Additional Info2: Preference to PSCI majors and concentrators in Political Theory, Prerequisites: none
Political Theory Subfield
Hour: 2:35-3:50 MR

New Spring Course 2012:
PSCI 236(S) Sex, Gender, and Political Theory (Same as WGSS 236)
This course offers a feminist reading of some of the most important concepts and theoretical concerns in the study of politics: freedom, justice, equality, obligation, alienation and objectification.  Each of these terms will be evaluated from the perspective of its potential to address social inequities of sex, gender, race and class.  Is welfare a problem for freedom theory?  In what way might a pregnancy be experienced as a form of alienation, and how does this pose a challenge for theories of justice?  Is it possible to treat another person as equal and at the same time an object of one’s sexual desire?  We will identify the analytical tools and strategies that feminist theorists have employed in order to bring these and other concerns into political theory scholarship, reconstructing traditional ideas of politics and public life in the process.  Theorists whose work we will read include Susan Moller Okin, Nancy Hirschmann, Martha Nussbaum, Iris Marion Young, Drucilla Cornell, Gayatri Spivak, Dorothy Roberts, Judith Butler, Linda Zerilli and Catherine Mackinnon.
Class Format: discussion, Requirements/Evaluation: one oral presentation and three papers (3 pages, 7 pages and 8-10 pages), Additional Info: Preference to PSCI majors and concentrators in Political Theory, Additional Info2:Enrollment limit: 25 (expected 21)
Prerequisites: none
Political Theory Subfield
Hour: 1:10-2:25 TF

New Cross-listing and Writing Intensive designation:
PSCI 242(F) America and the Vietnam War (Same as Leadership Studies 242) (W)

New Spring Course 2012:
PSCI 334(S) Theorizing Global Justice
While economic exchanges, cultural convergence, and technological innovations have brought people in different parts of the world closer together than ever before, globalization has also amplified differences in material wealth and social inequalities.  Ill health, inadequate sanitation, and lack of access to safe drinking water are increasingly common. Yet, more than ever before, the means exist in affluent regions of the world to alleviate the worst forms of suffering and enhance the well-being of the poorest people.  How are we to understand this contradiction as a matter of justice?  What is the relationship between justice and equality, and what do we owe one another in a deeply divided world?  Course readings will engage your thinking on the central debates in moral philosophy, normative approaches to international political economy, and grassroots efforts to secure justice for women and other severely disadvantaged groups.  Key theorists include John Rawls, Onora O’Neill, Thomas Pogge, Paul Farmer, Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum, Manfred Steger, Saskia Sassen, Susan George, Vandana Shiva, Majid Rahnema and Gustavo Esteva.
Class Format: discussion, Requirements/Evaluation: one oral presentation and three papers (3 pages, 7 pages and 8-10 pages), Additional Info: Preference to PSCI majors and concentrators in Political Theory, Enrollment limit: 19 (expected 14), Prerequisites: at least one course in political theory or philosophy or permission of the instructor
Political Theory Subfield
Hour:  2:35-3:50 MR

Cross-Listing Course Number Change:
PSCI 430(F) Senior Seminar in Political Theory: Visual Politics (Same as ArtH 329)

Newly Designated as Writing Intensive:
PSYC 335(S) Early Experience and the Developing Infant (W)

Course Cancelled Spring 2012:
220 The Reformations in Early Modern Europe (Same as History 330)

Revised Course Description:
REL 231(S) The Origins of Islam: God, Empire and Apocalypse (Same as ARAB 231 and HIST 209)
Both Muslim and non-Muslim historians usually see the rise of Islam in the seventh century C.E. as a total break with the past. This course will challenge that assumption by placing the rise of Islam in the context of the history of late antiquity (c. 250-700 C.E.). The first portion of the course will examine the impact of Judeo-Christian monotheism in the ancient world, the rise of confessional empires, articulation of new ideas about holiness and its relation to sexuality and the transformations undergone by Judaism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism. We shall examine the conversation of these traditions with classical paganism and philosophy, the internal struggle within traditions to define rules of interpretation, the impact of ascetic, iconoclastic and apocalyptic ideas and, finally, polemics among the traditions.  We will then examine the career of Muhammad (PBUH) in the context of Arabia, the spread of the Islamic empire into Christian and Iranian worlds, the impact of apocalyptic expectations, the fixation of religious decision making within the tradition, the process of conversion, the encounter with the Late Antique heritage and religious diversity within the commonwealth of Islam. The course will end with the end of the Abbasid Caliphate in 1258.
11:20-12:35 TR

Course Cancelled Spring 2012:
REL 245 Tibetan Civilization (Same as ASST 247) (D)

New Spring 2012 Course:
REL 255(S) Buddhism in Society (Same as ASST 255)
This course introduces students to Buddhism by examining its ideas and practices as they have taken place in actual social contexts rather than as disembodied textual objects.  After surveying the main ideas and narratives of the tradition, we turn our attention to Thailand where we examine how these ideas and narratives have shaped a whole range of practices, from meditation to ritual of exorcism involving magical and shamanistic elements.  We also consider the complex relation that Buddhism has entertained with the political realm, focusing more particularly on the place of statecraft in the Buddhist ethical universe and the problematic place of violence therein.  We then consider the transformations that Buddhism is undergoing in contemporary Thai society, examining the changing role of monks and laity, the complexities of gender dynamic, the resurgence of the nun order, the rise of Buddhist social activism and the development of new Buddhist social philosophies.  We ask questions such as: How can Buddhism adapt to modernity?  What are the transformations involved in this process? What is the role of Buddhism in the new consumerist culture, which is taking over East Asia? Should Buddhist traditions take advantage of the opportunities of this new culture or should they adopt a critical stance toward its values?  And if so, how can it contribute to the transformative movements that are changing our world? We conclude by raising some of the same questions in the United States.
Format: lecture/discussion. Requirements: full attendance and active participation; three 6 page papers.  Enrollment limit: 25.
Prerequisites: none

Course Cancelled Spring 2012:
305 Foucault (W)

New Course to be offered Spring 2012:
SOC 202(S) Terrorism and National Security
An analysis of the roots, goals, and social organization of contemporary radical Islamist terrorism and of the state efforts to defeat it. A focus on: the recruitment, training, and indoctrination of Islamist terrorists; their ideologies and self-images; and case studies of specific terrorist attacks and the vulnerabilities of modern societies that such attacks reveal. The course analyzes the exigencies and dilemmas of ensuring public safety in a democratic society. Special attention to: the structure and ethos of intelligence work; the investigation of terrorist networks and their financing; the relationship between organized and semi-organized crime and terrorism; the legal dilemmas of surveillance, preemptive custody, and "extraordinary rendition" in democratic societies; and the technology and organization of ascertaining identities in modern society. The course also addresses the crisis facing European societies--particularly the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany--with growing populations of radical Islamist minorities who reject cultural assimilation into Western social or legal frameworks, a crisis paralleled in the United States, with important differences, by widespread illegal immigration. An assessment of the ideology of multiculturalism and its intended and unintended consequences in the fight against terror. The course also examines the threat of terrorists' use of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons of mass destruction and the defenses against such threats. Finally, it appraises the structure and content of mass media coverage of terrorism, as well as official and nonofficial propaganda on all sides of these issues. A Gaudino Fund Course.
Format: seminar. Requirements/Evaluation: full participation in the seminar, class presentations, and a major paper. Not available for the Gaudino option. No prerequisites.
Preference to Anthropology and Sociology majors. Enrollment Limit: 25. Expected: 25.
8:30-9:45 TR

Course Cancelled Fall 2011:
THEA 338
Facing the Music

New Course to be offered Spring 2012:
WGSS 306(S) Voice and Sexuality in Afrodiasporic Women's Literature (Same as Africana Studies 306, Comparative Literature 307 & English 306)

As a critical tool, an effect of the body, and a means of expressing both pleasure and dissent, the “voice” takes on several social, political and personal meanings. This course explores the relationships between poetic strategy and the rendering of sexual identity in global black women's fiction, autobiography, drama, poetry, and film. Examining texts by authors such as Audre Lorde, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Achy Obejas, Ama Ata Aidoo, Staceyann Chin, Nelly Rosario, Cheryl Dunye, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sapphire, Suzan-Lori Parks, Dionne Brand and others, we will examine how feminist and black cultural notions of “voice” are mobilized in global black women’s formal strategy and artistic expression. How do stereotypes about black female sexuality connect with issues of ethnicity, nationality, gender expression, color, and body shape and size? How do Afrodiasporic women writers use poetic strategy to express sexual identity and sexual desire? How do these techniques connect and vary across decades and Diaspora locales? In considering these questions, we will incorporate feminist, poetic, and Afrodiasporic cultural conceptions of voice offered by M. Nourbese Phillip, Mae G. Henderson, Evie Shockley, Patricia Hill Collins, Ann Banfield, Judith Butler, and others. Readings will focus on 20th- and 21st-century texts and emphasize Anglophone literature of the Caribbean, North America, and Africa, but will also forge critical connections to other periods and other locations in the African Diaspora.
Prior coursework in Africana cultures, poetic and narrative theories, and/or gender and sexuality will be helpful, but is not required. This course is designed to chart connections among each of these fields, and to offer students grounding in issues related to sexuality in African American and African Diaspora women's literature. 
Format: seminar/discussion. Requirements: two short papers, one 7-10 page final paper, and regular in-class presentations. Enrollment limit: 25. Expected Enrollment: 20. Preference to WGSS majors, English majors and Africana Studies concentrators.
11:00-12:15 MW

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