Office of the Registrar

peoplesoft login

Addendum to the
Williams College Courses of Instruction 2012-2013

Last updated: 2/4/13 9:20 AM


New Course Spring 2013:
AMST 254(S) Workers' Stories, Workers' Lives: Narrative Approaches to U.S. Labor History (Same as HIST 254)
This course will use novels, comics, poetry, autobiographies, zines, films, and visits to historic sites as windows into the complex histories of work and working-class life in U.S. history. Reading labor studies texts alongside these literary and cinematic accounts, we will survey major developments in the U.S. economy, labor force, types of work, and the lives of working people. Topics include: the transition from household economies to wage labor; work regimes under slavery; divergent experiences of immigrant labor and cultural assimilation; industrialization and the consumer society; deindustrialization and structural unemployment; the sexual division of labor; and the rise of knowledge and service economies. Throughout, we will focus on ways in which working people cope with or resist the burdens of their work lives and organize to seek greater control over decisions that affect them, including: union organizing, political engagement, stealing, and sharing their own interpretations and representations of their experiences.
Hour: TBA
CORNELL

New Course Fall 2012:
AMST 257(F) Social Justice Traditions from the 1960s to Occupy Wall Street (Same as HIST 257 and LEAD 257)

In 2011 Time magazine declared "the protestor" the person-of-the-year in acknowledgement of the massive social movements that swept the globe over the previous twelve months. This course is designed to clarify where movements like Occupy Wall Street came from and to evaluate how they might shape American life and politics in the near future. Taking a historical approach, we will begin by studying the civil rights, anti-war, counter-culture, and feminist initiatives of the 1960s. We will then explore how progressive and radical activists adjusted their theories and strategies as the country became more conservative in the 1970s and 1980s. Making use of movement documents, documentary films, and a variety of other sources, we will study the development of LGBTQ, ecological, and economic justice initiatives up to the present day. Throughout, we will seek to understand how movements in the United States are shaped by global events, and how the very idea of "social justice" has been reconfigured in their wake. Students will give an in-class presentation on a supplementary text and will write a research paper at the end of the term.
Hour: 11:20-12:35 TR
CORNELL

Cancelled Course Fall 2012:
AMST 303 Race and Abstraction (Same as AFR 303, COMP 301 and ENGL 344)

New course Spring 2013:
AMST 310(S) Race Wars in America (D)
This course examines the ways in which race/racism and war/militarism have operated as mutually constitutive processes throughout the twentieth century. At the same time that America's wars abroad-from the Philippines and Cuba in 1898 to Iraq and Afghanistan-have highlighted "new" and "old" forms of racism, they have also been central to shaping "common-sense" racial ideologies and projects. This class can be considered a broad cultural history of race and race-making, but our framework means to foreground the inherence of violence of the story and history of race, both recognizable and hidden. We will be particularly attentive to the uneven distribution and experiences of war and violence and the ways in which they are racialized and gendered. Given our topic and framework, then, keep in mind that there will be a fair amount of representations of physical and other kinds of violence in the course materials. Course materials will range from and include literary (selected works by Chester Himes among others) but also scholarly/theoretical (Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, etc) and cultural/visual (including films, to be determined) texts. This course reflects the aims of Exploring Diversity Initiative by critically considering the rhetoric of "diversity" that often forgets the very real existence of violence in encounters with difference and otherness.
Format: lecture. Evaluation will be based on active in-class and on-line participation; 2-3 short response papers, in-class presentation and/or workshop; final paper.
No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 25.
Hour: 9:55-11:10 TR
UM

New Course Spring 2013:
AMST 321(S) Theories of U.S. Power (Same as PSCI 321)
Is it true that the U.S. remains the most powerful country in the world due to the combination of noble values that its citizens hold dear? What does "American Freedom" mean at a time when the U.S. has the highest rate of incarceration in the world? This course is designed to introduce students to different theories of "power" and how it functions in the contemporary world, using the United States as a case study. Beginning at the domestic level, we will explore how the U.S. has remained relatively politically stable despite deep racial divisions and polarizations of wealth. Are residents simply satisfied with their lives? Are they intimidated or physically prevented from seeking change? Or is control maintained in more subtle ways having to do with how we view ourselves and interpret the world? Moving to the international scale, we will analyze whether the United States should be deemed an empire, ways in which the country's economic and military influence has been justified, and how its position in the global economy and system of states is changing. Throughout, we will question how these forms of domestic and international power may be linked. The course will pair challenging theoretical texts with accessible accounts of historical events or processes that exemplify the forms of power under examination. Using texts drawn from history, political science, philosophy, and American Studies, students will develop an understanding of key terms such as class, racial projects, hegemony, governmentality, citizen-subjects, colonialism, the world-system, and transnational states.
Hour: 2:35-3:50 MR
CORNELL

New Course Fall 2012:
AMST 407(F) Neoliberalism: A Key Concept for Our Times (Same as PSCI 307)
Neoliberalism is, in essence, the belief that unencumbered market mechanisms will maximize prosperity and happiness. Over the past thirty years this idea has come to shape the global economy, the ways governments function, and how individuals understand themselves and their relations with other people in their lives. However, political movements around the world have challenged these principles -- pointing to growing wealth inequality, environmental destruction, and negative cultural changes that have followed the implementation of neoliberal policies. This interdisciplinary course will provide students with a detailed understanding of the concept and these ongoing debates. We will begin by tracing the rise of neoliberal thinking in the fields of economics and public policy. We will then explore its impact on American society, relying on sociological accounts of changes in welfare provision and education, as well as analyses of the political implications of reality television shows. Anthropological studies will help us assess neoliberalism's effects on the Global South. The course will conclude by looking at political movements resisting neoliberalism and asking whether the current economic crisis marks the end of this policy agenda and mode of governance.
Hour: 8:30-9:45 TR
CORNELL

Course Offered Spring 2013:
ARAB 223 Migrants at the Borders: Comparative Middle Eastern and Latin American Cultural Studies (Same as COMP 223)
Why do the peoples and cultures of Latin America and the Middle East often elicit such passionate responses in the United States and Europe? Some feel threatened, while others are intrigued, but responses to these world regions are seldom neutral. Often seen as exotic and erotic, or as a danger to the way of life of Americans and Europeans, Islam, Arabs and Latin Americans are at the forefront of socio-political debates in the United States and Europe. The origins of this world-view are historical, but are also heavily influenced by contemporary immigration and international affairs. After characterizing Islam as the greatest contemporary threat to "Western" civilization in his infamous essay titled "The Clash of Civilizations," Samuel Huntington subsequently found it necessary to focus on Latinos as the most significant threat to American civilization. By examining literature and film from the Middle East and Latin America, and from these immigrant communities in the United States and Europe, we will go beyond superficial images and inflammatory rhetoric to explore the cultures behind the passions. Among other things, the texts of this course examine the ties between the Arab world and Latin America, and between these two regions and their neighbors to the north. At the heart of this course are the ideas of borders and margins. What does it mean to cross borders or to live on the margins of society? The borders we will discuss will be geographic borders, but also cultural borders that will permit the exploration of the territories between life and death, civilization and barbarism, wealth and poverty, war and peace and other dichotomies that some employ to classify the world but that rarely allow for human sensibilities and the subtle experiences of being. Our texts may include works by writers such as Alurista, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Gloria Anzaldua, Juan Rulfo, Clarice Lispector, Milton Hatoum, Taher Ben Jelloun, Mohamad Choukri, Mahmoud Darwish, Laila Lalami and Tayyib Saleh that treat the human condition at the borders/margins of society. Films may include El Norte, La Mision, Pixote, Midaq Alley, City of God, Battle of Algiers, My Beautiful Launderette, Crash, Hate and Head On. There will also be a course reader that includes theoretical material on orientalism, tropicalism, nationalism and transnationalism. All readings are in English translation and films have English subtitles.
Format: lecture/discussion. Requirements: active class participation, two 3- to 5-page papers and a final research paper (7-10 pages) or half hour oral exam.
No prerequisites: Enrollment limit: 25 (expected: 15-20).
Hour: 1:10-2:25 MR
VARGAS

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
ARAB 233 Introduction to Classical Arabic Literature (Same as COMP 233) (W)

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
ARAB 245 Revolution in Arab Cinema (Same as COMP 245)

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
ARTH 232 The Visual Culture of Renaissance Rome

Newly Cross-listed with AMST:
ARTH 265(S) Pop Art (Same as AMST 265) (W)

Cancelled Course Fall 2012:
ARTH 278 The Golden Road to Samarqand

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
ARTH 564 Photography in/of the Middle East
Since its inception, photography has been globally disseminated but locally inflected, serving myriad documentary and expressive purposes in diverse visual cultures. This is nowhere more true than in the Middle East, where the powers and pleasures of the medium have been valued by colonial forces, indigenous populations, photojournalists and artists. The resulting images manifest, extend and contest complex traditions of representation that vary from place to place, Constantinople, the Holy Land, Egypt, and Persia each sustaining different tropes and modes of production. We will proceed accordingly, concentrating on individual photographers and centers of image-making, operating across the spectrum of visuality from creation to reception. Along the way, we will address the burdens and risks of image-making: What work do photographs do and how do they perform this labor? Who resists and who benefits? Students will track photography in/of particular locales over time to appreciate diverse renderings of the Middle East as aspects of global visual culture.
Format: seminar. Evaluation will be based on class participation, presentation of research, and a term paper of 20-25 pages.
Enrollment limit: 14. Preference given to Graduate Program students and then to senior Art History majors.
May not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option.
Satisfies the seminar requirement for the undergraduate Art History major.

New Course Spring 2013:
ARTH 564(S) Seeing is (perhaps not) Believing
Islam forbids the depiction of the human figure, right? Wrong. There is actually a long and rich tradition of figural imagery, particularly in Iran, Afghanistan and India. Many of those images occur in the context of Persian manuscripts, but the introduction of photography generated new possibilities and controversies as well. Indeed, since its deployment in the Middle East, photography has served myriad purposes; the powers and pleasures of the medium have been valued by colonial forces, indigenous populations, photojournalists and artists. In this seminar, we will consider diverse aspects of image-making including visual convention, documentation, commemoration and religious conviction with particular reference to painting and photography in the Persian sphere. Students will have access to a special exhibition of pertinent materials at Williams College Museum of Art
Format: seminar. Evaluation will be based on class participation, presentation of research, and a term paper of 20-25 pages. Enrollment limit: 14. Preference given to Graduate Program students and then to senior Art History majors.
May not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option.
10:00-12:40 R
H. EDWARDS

New Course Spring 2013:
ARTS 264(S) Printmaking: Lithography
An introduction to printmaking through the process of lithography. Students will work on both stones and aluminum plates. Techniques will include traditional lithographic processes as well as monotyping, multiple plates, collage, and hand tinting. Both technical skill and a strong conceptual basis will be emphasized in order to create good, finished, fine art prints.
Format: studio work, demonstrations, lectures, critiques, and field trips. Evaluation will be based on attendance, participation in class, and quality of work produced. Lab fee.
Prerequisites: ArtS 100 or ArtS 103. Enrollment limit: 12.
Hour: T 1:10-3:50
AMOS

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
Chem 118 Macromolecules: The Chemistry of Really Big Things

Newly Cross-listed with MUS:
DANC 201(F) African Dance and Percussion (Same as AFR 201 and MUS 212)

Newly Cross-listed with MUS:
DANC 202(S) African Dance and Percussion (Same as AFR 206 and MUS 213)

To be offered Spring 2013:
ECON 362(S) 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.
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.
Hour: 7:00-9:40 M
FORTUNATO

New Course Spring 2013:
ENGL 110(S) American Love Story (W)
It's been argued that American writers don't know how to tell a happy love story. Instead of ending a tale with the payoff of a wedding, or writing about the joys of family life, they obsess over loneliness, death, and escape from civilization. In this class, we will collectively test and revamp that thesis, constructing an informal history of love over a century of American imaginings. What is the symbolic value of marriage in a country with a stated aim to achieve a more perfect union (a question we'll see played out in the film The Philadelphia Story)? How do some of our great authors try to convey the nature of desire? What, for instance, makes Daisy in The Great Gatsby, or Poe's dark-eyed heroine in "Ligeia," so alluring? And we'll consider extramarital forms of attachment, from the ties that bind "frenemies" (like Chillingworth and Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter) to the tender care people lavish on the things they collect (as in Mary Wilkins Freeman's The New England Nun).
Format: seminar. Requirements: active class participation and 4 essays totaling at least 20 pages.
No Prerequisites. Enrollment limit:19(expected:19). Prefrence given to first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level Enlgish course.
HOUR: 8:30-9:45 TR
BARNES


New Course Spring 2013:

ENGL 310(S) Rebels, Revelers, and Reactionaries: The Poets of the Seventeenth Century
The decades following the death of Elizabeth I was period of scandal, schism, dissent and decadence, culminating in a bloody civil war and the beheading of a king. It was, in other words, a world turned upside down by every kind of upheaval: in civics, philosophy, politics, religion, and science. It also produced writers of some of England s finest lyric and satiric poetry, and its greatest epic poet. How the century s poets successfully dramatized the critical events and feelings in this time of turmoil will be the focus of the course. While primarily a course in close reading, we will nevertheless try to reconstruct the lives and contexts of the writers, and examine some of the critical and theoretical issues involved in contextualizing the poems. Authors will include Donne, Jonson, Lanyer, Herbert, Herrick, the Cavalier Poets, Milton, Marvell, Cavendish, Dryden, and Rochester.
Format:seminar. Requirements:two 8-10 page essays and several short writing assignments.
Prerequisites:a 100-level English course, or a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement examination in English Literature or a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate. Enrollment:25(expected:20). Preference given toEnglishMajors.
(LH-A)
HOUR:TR 9:55-11:10
DE GOOYER

New Course Spring 2013:
ENGL 322(S) Robot Dreams: Artificial and Human Identities in Literature and Popular Culture(W)
In this course we will trace artificial intelligence (A.I.) in literature and film from the industrial revolution to the "hive mind" of rave music and the age of the internet. We will consider the fear of A.I. as well as the optimistic view of it as an enhancement or amplification of the human. The image of the female and/or racialized robot is especially prominent, as is the notion that manufactured internet identities are variations on the theme of A.I. Readings will include E. T. A. Hoffmann's short stories about automata, Karel Capek Rossum's Universal Robots, Jeanette Winterson's The Stone Gods, Thomas Berger's Adventure of the Artificial Woman, Donna Haraway's "A Manifesto for Cyborgs," and selections from Isaac Asimov, William Gibson, Jean Baudrillard and contemporary cyberpunk and steampunk fiction. Films will include Metropolis, Blade Runner, The Matrix, Sleep Dealers and selections from the series Battlestar Galactica.
Format:seminar. Requirements:4 papers, of varying length (3-5 pages, 4-6, 5-7, and 8-10).
Prerequisites:a 100 level English course, or a score of 5 on the AP Exam in English Literature or a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate. Enrollment limit:25 (expected:20). Preference given to Enlgish Majors.
HOUR: MR 2:35-3:50
MIHAILOVIC

New Course Spring 2013:
ENGL391(S) American Portraits: Capturing the Self in Word and Image (Same as AMST 391)
We've all seen pictures of ourselves that we thought got it right, and others we've rejected as wrong. This class will weigh the different powers of words and pictures to represent persons, asking how each medium tries to define and achieve something lifelike. Considering (mostly) nineteenth-century American fiction alongside a variety of visual portraits, we'll identify the ways writers and artists try to convey the slippery thing we call identity. Can a writer get us closer to "the truth of the human heart" by manipulating our view, "mellow[ing] the lights" and enrich[ing] the shadows of the picture," as Nathaniel Hawthorne claims? Are new visual media like daguerreotypes, as he suggests, able to make the secrets of the heart visible? Questions about how to portray the true self will lead us to questions about how to find the true self. We'll ask, with Henry James, about the difference between private and public selves, and whether it's possible to maintain that distinction. And what might signal identity if something supposed to be as essential as race isn't even visible (a possibility treated as a cosmic joke by Mark Twain and as a tragedy by Nella Larsen)? We'll also consider who has the authority to judge likeness. Are self-portraits the most or the least reliable picture of a person (a persistent question in "The Amber Gods")? By the end of the term, we won't have decided whether words or images finally win the contest for the best representation of human life. But we will understand better what it takes to make a character look like himself and come to life, whether on the page or in a frame. Readings will include Poe's"The Oval Portrait," Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables, Harriet Prescott Spofford's "The Amber Gods," Melville's "Bartleby," James's The Portrait of a Lady and "The Real Thing," Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson, and Larsen's Passing. We will consider a variety of 19th-century portraits (from Gilbert Stuart's George Washington to miscellaneous silhouettes), and students may extend the class's attention forward to contemporary portrait artists like Chuck Close, Kara Walker, and Cindy Sherman.
Format: seminar. Requirements:active participation and presentation in class discussion; two essays (one of about 6-7 pages, one of about 9-10 pages)
Prerequisites:a 100-level English course, or a score of 5 on the AP Exam in English Literature or a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate. Enrollment limit:25 (expected 20). Preference given to English majors and American Studies majors.
May not be taken ona pass/fail baisis

HOUR: TR 11:10-12:25
BARNES

New Course Spring 2013:
ENGL 396 (S)Happiness
Happiness is one big puzzle. The Greek philosophers were largely agreed that nothing was more important, but they couldn't agree on how to get it. The Declaration of Independence makes a big deal about it, and yet modern politicians talk about happiness almost not at all. They offer to make us freer or safer or richer, but they almost never say they'll make us happier. Academic psychologists, meanwhile, have shown that we're really bad at identifying what will make us happy; we think we know, and we're usually wrong. Some living philosophers have concluded that we don't even know what the word means. In this seminar, we'll have to ask all the hard questions: What is happiness? What makes people happy? How do you decide what kind of life is worth living? Does happiness change from society to society or culture to culture? Is there a politics to happiness?What, if anything, does happiness have to do with justice? Why does the song tell you to clap your hands "if you're happy and you know it"? Is it possible to behappy and not know it? Are some of us happy behind our own backs? The course will be held inside the Berkshire county jail; enrollment will be divided equally between Williams students and residents of the jail. Final enrollment will be settled on the basis of face-to-face interviews with the instructor. The jail setting is a way of opening up the classroom to the one group that college students almost never get to hear from around the seminar table: people who have not thought of themselves as college-bound. One class meeting per week. Please note that class will be held on Tuesday evenings; attendance is required, except in cases of emergency. Transportation will be provided by the college.
Format:seminar/discussion.Requirements:short weekly writing assignment; final essay, 12-15 pages.
No Prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 9(expected:9) Open to all Williams students, men and women.
HOUR: T 6:30pm-9:30pm
THORNE

Cancelled Course Fall 2012:
ENGL 423 History in Theory

Newly Cross-listed course; Spring 2013:
ENVI 217(S) Environmental "isms":Theory and Method in the Environmental Humanities (Same as AMST 216) (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.
Format: lecture/discussion. Requirements: three 5- to 7-page essays and several shorter writing assignments.
Prerequisites: Environmental Studies 101 or permission of instructor. Enrollment limit: 19 (expected: 15).
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.
9:55-11:10 TR
HOWE

Cancelled Course Fall 2012:
ENVI 219 Topics in Sustainable Agriculture

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
ENVI 320(S) Cultivating the Local: Place-based Productions of Food and Agriculture

Not offered Fall 2012; to be offered Spring 2013:
HIST 252(S) North American History to 1865
This course will provide a survey of North American history from Europe's first expansion into the New World to the American Civil War. Cast as a contest between competing empires and their peoples, the course begins in Europe and Native North America before contact and studies the expansion of European nations into the New World. The course will emphasize the history of British North America and the interactions between and among the many peoples of colonial America. The course will then examine the coming, course, and consequence of the American Revolution (or what many at the time considered America's first civil war). The new nation unleashed massive and far-reaching economic, social and political changes. The last third of the course will explore these changes in the antebellum era and trace how they affected the coming of America's second civil war.
Format: lecture/discussion. Requirements: class participation, mid-term, final exam, and weekly writing assignments.
Prerequisites: none; open to all. Enrollment limit: 40 (expected: 20-30).
Groups F and G
Hour: 11:00-12:15 MWF
SPERO

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
HIST 335 Weimar Germany

To be offered Spring 2013:
HIST 336(S) National-Socialist Germany (D)

This course is a history of National-Socialist Germany based to a considerable extent on primary documents. Students will use the documents to reconstruct the history of the Third Reich and to articulate and assess some of the principal historiographical debates relating to National-Socialist Germany. The course will consider the following topics: the failure of the Weimar Republic and the rise of National Socialism; the consolidation of Nazi rule; the experiential reality of the Volksgemeinschaft; the popularity of National Socialism; youth and women in the Third Reich; Nazi culture; Nazi racism and image of the Jew; Gestapo terror; the pre-war persecution of Jews; popular German anti-Semitism; the regime's euthanasia program; the Nazi Empire; the experience of war in Russia; the implementation of the "Final Solution to the Jewish Problem"; German knowledge of and complicity in the "Final Solution"; the experience of "total war" on the home front; resistance to National Socialism; and the collapse of the Third Reich. The course will focus especially on how ordinary Germans experienced and participated in the history through which they lived. We will take an empathic approach to National-Socialist Germany and to the Germans who lived through this period, attempting to understand why they felt, thought, and acted as they did. We will also consider the epistemological and ethical problems involved in attempting to empathize with Nazis.
Format: lecture/discussion. Requirements: evaluation will be based on participation in class discussion, a research paper of between ten and fifteen pages and a final examination.
No prerequisites; open to all. Enrollment limit: 25 (expected: 20-25).
Group C
2:35-3:50 MR
KOHUT

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
HIST 353 Before Independence: British North America, 1607-1763

Newly Cross-listed with AMST
:

LATS 203(F) Chicana/o Film and Video (Same as ARTH 203, AMST 205 and WGSS 203)

New Course Spring 2013:
LATS 206(S) Cycle of Socialization: Understanding Similarities, Bridging Differences (D)
This course offers an overview of social identity development theories, social & cultural diversity, and societal manifestations of power, privilege and oppression within American society. How do the groups you belong to impact your life experiences (do they)? Are we predisposed to being in conflict or can diverse peoples form a harmonious community? We will identify the tools and strategies that social scientists, activists, and educators have employed in order to bridge the gaps across our differences. Topics include: race, ethnicity and racism; social class and classism; religion, spirituality and religious oppression; gender, sex, and sexism; and ability and able-ism. This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to relate their own life experiences to social science theories, research, and practice. Theorists whose work we will read include Beverly Tatum, Gordon Allport, Urie Bronfebrenner, bell hooks, Peggy Mcintosh, Claude Steel, and many others.
Format: seminar. Evaluation will be based on a series of short papers, final paper or project, and active participation in class discussions.
No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 20 (expected: 15).
Hour: TBA
L. RODRIGUEZ and T. SMITH

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
LATS 330 Connective Approaches to Race, Ethnicity, and Diaspora (Same as AMST 330)


Newly Cross-listed with WGSS, Spring 2013:
LATS 338(S) Latina/o Musical Cultures and the Dynamics of the Everyday (Same as AMST 339, COMP 338 and WGSS 338) (W) (D)

Semester Change to Spring 2013:
LATS 408 (S) Envisioning Urban Life: Objects, Subjects, and Everyday People (D) (W)(Same as AMST 408)

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
MATH 304(S) Introduction to Lebesgue Measure and Measurably Dynamics (Q)

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
MATH 327 Computational Geometry (Q)

New Course Fall 2012:
MUS 111(F) (formerly 125) Music Cultures of the World (D)
This course introduces a select variety of musical traditions from around the world. Musical genres will be approached within their geocultural contexts, taking into account the interrelatedness of the structural, historical and cultural. The class is designed to advance knowledge of the diversity and unity of the cultures of the world, with music being a point of entry. Thus, case studies will provide insight into distinctions in social and aesthetic values across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, with the goal of fostering a better appreciation of global diversity. Equally, musical universals will be highlighted with the goal of celebrating our common humanity. While becoming acquainted with the fundamental concerns of ethnomusicology and the ethnographic approach, students will develop an informed vocabulary for discussing a range of musical activities practiced worldwide. A hands-on approach will be encouraged through lecture-demonstrations. Prior musical knowledge is not a prerequisite for this class, but a wide-open listening ear is!
Format: lecture. Evaluation: based on attendance and participation in class, two short papers, and several tests.
No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 30 (expected: 30). Preference will be given to current or prospective majors in Music, Anthropology and Sociology, as well as current and prospective students concentrating in Arabic Studies, Asian Studies, Africana Studies and Latina/o Studies.
May not be taken on Gaudino or pass/fail basis
HOUR: 2:35-3:50 MR
DOSUMNU

New Course Spring 2013:
MUS 113(S) Musics of Africa (Same as AFR 113) (D)

This course introduces a selection of musical cultures from the geographical breadth of Africa. Following an introductory exploration of the fundamental aesthetic and social parameters governing African musical practice, we will proceed to examine in more depth regional case studies from North, South, East, West and Central Africa. Attention will be given to both traditional and urban music-making contexts, and styles covered will include Shona mbira music, Tuareg rock, West African highlife, Ba'Aka vocal polyphony and South African kwela. Through readings, writing, lecture-demonstrations, and hands-on participation, this course satisfies the EDI requirement by investigating the intersection of African music with politics, gender, advocacy, globalization and other broad themes.
Format:lecture. Evaluation will be based on four tests, two papers, attendance, and class participation.
No prerequisites: prior musical background is not essential for this class. Enrollment 30 (expected:25).
Not avialable for Gaudino or Pass/Fail options.

HOUR: MR 1:10-2:25
DOSUNMU

New Course Spring 2013:
MUS 214(S) Music Theater in World Cultures (Same as ANTH 210 and THEA 215) (D)(W)
Although the term "music theater" came to prominence in the twentieth-century, expressive forms that synthesize the verbal, plastic, kinesthetic and illusionary arts have existed since antiquity. This is true across cultures worldwide. From Africa to the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, music, narrative, masquerading, puppetry, costuming, dance and, more recently, electronic media have been integrated in unique ways, giving humankind a crucial apparatus for ritual enactment, religious expression, moral instruction, entertainment and activism. This course surveys a select range of musical-theatrical traditions, including ancient Greek drama, Indian Sanskrit plays, Beijing opera, Japanese Noh theater, Yoruba alarinjo theater, Bollywood and Broadway musicals. We will investigate the role of music theater in society, giving attention to the historical, economic and political contexts that have fostered distinctive genre manifestations. As an EDI course, the overarching aims of the class will be to explore the relationship between ideology and aesthetics, and the role of performance in constructing representations of self and other.
Format:seminar. Evaluation will be based on class participation, three short sequenced writing assignments which will be peer reviewed and revised, a longer final paper, and a final class presentation.
Prerequisites: none. Enrollment:10 (expected: 10). Preference will be given to sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are current or prospective majors in Music, Theater, Anthropology and Sociology, as well as current and prospective students concentrating in area studies.
Not available for the Gaudino or Pass/Fail options.
Hour: TF 2:35-3:50
DOSUNMU

New Course Fall 2012:
MUS 222(F) Popular Music and Resistance in Africa and the African Diaspora (Same as AFR 223) (W)(D)
Whether discussing the independence campaigns of African states during the 1950s/60s, the Civil Rights Movement unfolding concurrently in the United States, or 20th century class struggles in the Caribbean and South America, mass-mediated musics have given voice to popular resistance to social, economic, political, racial and cultural disenfranchisement. This course explores popular music as an oppositional tool in Africa and the African Diaspora. A selection of "protest" genres and styles including Afrobeat, Chimurenga, Be-bop, Reggae and Hip-hop will provide case studies for approaching music as politically charged text, allied to specific moments of social change. Relationships between music and Negritude, Pan Africanism, Afrocentrism and other Nationalist ideologies that unify black struggles on all sides of the Atlantic will be examined. However, students will also situate specific case studies within local cultural histories framed by geographical boundaries of nation-state in order to critically explore intersections between genre identity and political discourse. Lectures will make generous use of audio/visual materials.
Format:seminar. Requirements:students will write three short sequenced writing assignments which will be peer reviewed and revised. They will also write a longer final paper, and give a final class presentation. Evaluation will be based on the quality of written work, class participation, and oral presentation.
Prerequisites: none. Enrollment:10 (expected:10) Preference given to sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are current or prospective majors in Music, as well as current and prospective students concentrating in Africana Studies and Latina/o studies.
Not available for the Gaudino or Pass/Fail options.
Hour: TF 2:35-3:50

New Course Spring 2013:
MUS 261(S) The Saint and the Countess: The Lost Voices of Medieval Women (Same as WGSS 261)
Very few female voices from the Middle Ages are audible today; most of the music, poetry, and other writings that survives reveals the creativity and expresses the attitudes of men. This course will explore the experiences and viewpoints of medieval women through the lens of the poetry and songs of two exceptional 12th-century figures: the German abbess Hildegard of Bingen, whose long and immensely productive life was shaped by the requirements of monastic culture; and the French Countess of Dia in Provence, whose elusive life and works exemplify the dynamics of aristocratic court culture. We will ask how these and other musical women active in both the sacred and the secular spheres (such as the nun Birgitta of Sweden, and Queen Blanche of Castile) negotiated their places and made their voices heard within the patriarchal society of their time. We will examine the ways in which these contrasting environments informed the different outlooks, ideas, and aesthetics expressed in the words and music of their songs. Along the way we will critically assess how these lost voices have been recreated to speak to us today through recordings and film.
Format:seminar. Evaluation based on several short papers and presentations, and a final project and presentation.
Prerequisite ability to read music useful but not required. Enrollment limit: 10(expected: 8) Preference given to current or prospective majors in Music, WGSS, History, and Comparative Literature.
May not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option.

HOUR: MR 1:10-2:25
BLOXAM

New Course Fall 2012:
MUS 275(F) The Romantic Piano Tradition (W)
This course charts the development of the Romantic piano tradition from its beginnings at the end of the 18th century to the present day. With the more adventurous keyboard works of C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven as our starting point, we will then focus our attention on the "Romantic Generation" of Chopin, Liszt, and Schumann. As the semester progresses we will enter the 20th century with the works of Albeniz, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff. Along the way, we will also examine the works of overlooked composers such as Alkan, Henselt, and Medtner. Topics for discussion will include the technological development of the piano, Romantic ideals of personal expression, the cult of personality surrounding virtuoso performers, formal and technical innovations of the great pianists, piano pedagogy schools, and the changing landscape of performance practice. Genres studied will include sonatas, etudes, character pieces, transcriptions, fantasies, and concertos. Consultation of historic recordings will constitute a major portion of the curriculum.
Format:seminar. Requirements:evaluation based on regular participation, short biweekly writing assignments, and a final longer writing/presentation project.
Prerequisites:ability to read music. Enrollment limit:15(expected:10).Preference given to students who are taking or have taken piano lessons, and students with a demonstrated interest in piano music.
Not available for the Gaudino or Pass/Fail options.
HOUR: MR 1:10-2:25
HARINGER

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
MUS 277 (formerly 133) Men, Women, and Pianos

Fall 2012 Course Format Change from Seminar to Tutorial:
PHIL 331T(F) Contemporary Epistemology (W)
Epistemology is one of the core areas of philosophical reflection. In this course, we will study the literature in contemporary philosophy on the nature of knowledge and rational belief. Epistemologists seek answers to the following kinds of questions: When is it rational to have a particular belief? What is knowledge (as opposed to mere opinion)? In order to be justified in holding a belief, must someone know (or believe) that she is justified in holding that belief? What, if anything, justifies our scientific knowledge? These questions are typically asked within a framework where the overarching goal is attaining truth and avoiding falsity. Beyond this common ground, however, epistemologists are much divided. Some maintain that these issues are solely the provinces of philosophy, using traditional a priori methods. Others maintain that these questions will only yield to methods that incorporate our broader insight into the nature of the world including, perhaps, feminist thought or science. Both stances face severe difficulties. Further, even where there is agreement as to the proper way of answering epistemological questions, there is a stunning variety of possible answers to each question.
Format: tutorial. Requirements: each student will write a 5- to 6-page paper every other week (6 in all) and comment on his or her tutorial partner's paper in alternate weeks.
Prerequisites: at least one upper-level philosophy course or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limit: 10 (expected: 6). Preference given to current and prospective Philosophy majors.
[Metaphysics & Epistemology]
Hour: 9:55-11:10 TR
CRUZ

To be Offered Spring 2013 :
PSCI 229(S) Global Political Economy
This course offers a broad overview of global political economy, the study of how international economic relations are influenced by politics and, in turn, how economics influences politics. Students will learn frameworks for analyzing the global politics of economic resource allocation, consumption, and distribution. Focus will be placed on the interconnectivity between states and markets, power and wealth, and how these affect policy decisions. Topics covered include the WTO, money, financial crisis and innovation, debt, energy, foreign aid, and other forms of globalization. Throughout the course we will examine contemporary problems that threaten the viability of the liberal international economic order and, in conclusion, assess its future in light of rising powers and emerging economies.
Format: lecture/discussion. Requirements: several papers, participation, and a final exam.
No Prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 35 (expected 30). Preference to PSCI and POEC majors.
International Relations Subfield
2:35-3:50 TF
KIGGINS

Revised Course Number and Description and newly cross-listed with ENVI:
PSCI 273(F) (formerly 400) Politics Without Humans, Humans without Politics (Same as ENVI 273)
Are human beings the only beings who belong in politics? And is political involvement a unique or defining aspect of what it means to be human? Such questions are increasingly complex as the boundaries of "the human" become blurred by the rise of artificial intelligence, robotics, and brain implants: shifting attitudes towards both animal and human bodies; and the automation of economic and military decisions (buy! sell! attack! retreat!) that used to be the prerogative of human actors. How do visions of politics without humans and humans without politics impact our thinking about longstanding questions of freedom, power, and right? Can and should the link between humans and politics survive in an age in which "posthuman" or "transhumant" entities become central characters in the drama of politics? This class will consider these questions through readings, films and artifacts that bring political theory into conversation with science fiction, popular literature on the so-called "singularity" (the merger of humans with computers), science and technology studies, evolutionary anthropology, "new materialist" philosophy, and feminist theory.
Format: lecture/seminar. Requirements: class participation, three 6-8 page papers.
No prerequisites.Enrollment limit: 35 (expected: 15).
Political Theory Subfield
11:20-12:35 TR
EPHRAIM

New Course Spring 2013:
PSCI 324(S) Global Cyberpolitics
This course offers students an introduction to global cyberpolitics. The overarching focus is how internetworking, new media, and communications technologies alter norms, institutions, and global interactions among individuals, states, and non-state actors. Particular attention will be given to information and security, information technology and power, as well as technological dependence and freedom. Throughout the course we will grapple with whether or not the advent and exponential growth in global usage of information and communications technologies (ICTs) by individuals, states, and non-state actors is a panacea for what ails the global body politic. That is, are we witnessing the dawn of a global public square where democratic dialogue, deliberation, and cultural understanding, enabled by ICTs, foster conditions for global peace or are we subtly slipping towards political despotism, social control, and conflict enabled by the same technologies?
Format: seminar/discussion. Requirements: a few short essays, participation, and a research paper.
No Prerequisite. Enrollment limit: 15.  Preference to PSCI majors.
International Relations Subfield
Political Science Research Course

1:10-3:50 W
KIGGINS

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
PSYC 326 Choice and Decision Making

New Course Spring 2013:

PSYC 327(S) Cognition and Education

This course will examine the cognitive processes underlying learning in educational settings. Students will come away with a richer understanding of how the mind encodes, stores, and retrieves knowledge, and how learners monitor and manage their own learning. We will examine common educational practices and how they depart from what research recommends. Although the class is primarily about cognition, we will delve into related topics such as motivation, determination, and inequality. Most of the readings will be scientific research articles on cognition and/or education. Although this is not a lab class, we will design at least one study, collect data, and write about the results.
Format: seminar. Requirements: class participation, short essays, midterm and final.
Prerequisites: Psychology 201 and Psychology 221 or 222, or permission of instructor. Enrollment limit: 19 (expected: 12). Preference given to Psychology majors.
Hour: 11:00-12:15 MWF
KORNELL

New Course Spring 2013:
REL 223(S) Religious Roots and Trajectories of Asian Americans (Same as AMST 223)

The objective of this course is to broadly examine the meanings and significance of different forms of religious practices and beliefs among Asian Americans. It treads across many layers of diversity – from religious traditions to ethnicity, place, and time – and we will draw upon theoretically-based historical, anthropological and sociological perspectives to understand their complexities, convergences, and (dis)continuities. Thus, although the course is focused on the religious life of Asians in the U.S., it also grounds and connects this topic to Asia, societal phenomenon that shaped this society and its people, and contemporary global manifestations such as migration and diasporization. Books will include: Tony Carnes and Fenggang Yang, Asian American Religions; Michael Emerson and Christian Smith, Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America; Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down; Kenneth J. Guest, God in Chinatown; Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Becoming American? The Forging of Arab and Muslim Identity in Pluralist America;Khyati Y. Joshi, New Roots in America's Sacred Ground: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America
Format: lecture/discussion.
Evaluation to be based on: attendance and active participation, 3 response papers, group presentation, midterm and final exams.
No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 25 (expected: 15). Preference given to first- and second-year students, then to Religion and American Studies majors
11:20-12:35 TR
NINH

New Course Fall 2012:
REL 229(F) Reel Jesus: Reading the Christian Bible and Film in the U.S.A. (Same as AMST 229) (W)
In this course we examine some of the myriad ways that Christian biblical narratives have appeared in certain movies. What are the overt and subtle ways that these films seek to interpret and employ biblical texts? Why do they draw upon the texts they do and read them as they read them? What can cinematic interpretations of biblical texts reveal to us about how these texts are used in broader U.S. culture? How does an awareness of this scriptural dimension in a work of "popular culture" affect our interpretation of both the film and the scriptural text's meanings? How do varying interpretations of biblical texts help us to understand cinematic meaning? By assuming that we can read both biblical texts and films in multiple and contradictory ways, this class can use film as the occasion for interpreting, analyzing, and debating the meanings, cultural functions, and affective responses generated by biblical narratives in film. Finally, this course asks us to analyze how movies may interpret certain biblical texts in order to crystallize and reflect certain political, economic, ethnic, racial, sexual, and social parameters of U.S. cultures. Attention to the biblical imagination of U.S. cinema and the cinematic imagination of biblical texts will necessitate interdisciplinary study of text and representation and a concern with the implications of ways in which we read texts and films. While this course will read selected biblical and extra-canonical texts, including selections from canonical and non-canonical gospels, the letters of Paul, and the book of Revelation, our foci will be on the way that movies (and the people who make them and watch them) seek to make meaning out of and with reference to these biblical texts.
Format: lecture/discussion. Evaluation to be based upon participation, short writing exercises (including three 1-page film analyses and three 1-page text analyses), one 3-page analytical essay that will also be revised, a 6-page synthetic midterm essay, and a final 10-page review essay.
No prerequisites. Enrollment: 19 (expected: 12).
1:10-2:25 MR
HIDALGO

Cancelled Course Fall 2012:
REL 309 (formerly 273) Scriptures and Race (Same as AFR 309 and LATS 309)

Newly Cross-listed Course, Spring 2013:
REL 385(S) Ethics after the Shoah (Same as JWST 385) (W)

New Course Spring 2013:
RLSP 217T(S) Love in the Spanish Golden Age(W)
The principal focus of this course is the Spanish "comedia" of the seventeenth century (with supplemental readings from prose and poetry) to provide us with a dynamic and critical understanding of the theme of love as constructed by the greatest dramatists and authors of the period. Works by Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Calderón, Cervantes, San Juan de la Cruz, and others will show us how the theme was treated from diverse perspectives, and how it related to key concepts such as honor, religion, and artistic creativity. Conducted in Spanish or English depending on student ability.
Students will meet with the instructor each week in groups of two. One student will read a 5-page paper, left in advance for the tutorial partner, and the other will critique the paper. Evaluation is based on the quality of the weekly essays and critiques, as well as evidence of preparation, punctuality of submission, and quality of discussion. By the end of the semester each student will have produced around 25 pages of writing.
Prerequisites: Spanish 105 and above or permission of instructor. Enrollment limit: 10. Preference given to students with a background in literature.
can be taken gauidno
can not be taken pass/fail option

TBA
ROUHI

 

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
RLFR 320T Slums and Housing Projects: Writing Urban Margins in French and Francophone Literature (W)

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
RLSP 318 Three Spanish Medieval Masterpieces and the Myth of Co-existence (D)

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
SOC 202 Terrorism and National Security

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
SOC 216 The City

Cancelled Course Spring 2013:
SOC 268 Class and Inequality

Section Cancelled, Fall 2012:

SOC 387(F) Propaganda

Section 01 will be offered 1:10-3:50 T
Section 02 02:35-3:50 TF Cancelled

Updated course description Spring 2013:
STAT 440(S) Categorical Data Analysis (Q)
This course focuses on methods for analyzing categorical response data. In contrast to continuous data, categorical data consist of observations classified into two or more categories. Traditional tools of statistical data analysis are not designed to handle such data and pose inappropriate assumptions. We will develop methods specifically designed to address the discrete nature of the observations and consider many applications in the social and biological sciences as well as in medicine, engineering and economics. All methods can be viewed as extensions of traditional regression models and ANOVA.
Format: lecture. Evaluation will be based primarily on performance on exams, homework, and a project.
Prerequisite: Statistics 201 and Statistics 346. Enrollment limit: 50 (expected: 15).
Hour: 11:20-12:35 TR
KLINGENBERG

Course Cancelled Spring 2013:
WGSS 302 Global Sexualities (D)


Updated Course Description; Spring 2013:
WGSS 304(S) Writing Love in the African Diaspora (Same as AFR 321, ENGL 313, and COMP 304) (D)
This course explores how various forms of love are imagined in contemporary writing of the African Diaspora. From parent-child affections, to heterosexual romance, to queer intimacies, to the love between friends, "love" is a central theme in literature and a crucial part of how we define humanity. Exploring texts such as Junot Diaz's This is How you Lose Her, Mariama Ba's So Long a Letter, Ben Okri's The Famished Road, Dee Rees's Pariah, and Toni Morrison's Love, we will consider how various forms of intimacy are written and read in the African Diaspora. We will read these works alongside theoretical and critical texts in black feminism, sexuality studies, affect theory and queer theory to consider several questions: What do literary love relationships reveal about cultural notions of gender, sexuality, class, and spirituality? How are intimacy and human connection evoked differently through Diasporic modernist, magical realist, and postmodernist literary techniques? How do processes of enslavement, colonization, migration, and war shape how love is imagined in Afrodiasporic literature?
Format: seminar. Requirements:two short (3-4-page) papers, one longer (7-10-page) final paper, a final presentation, and regular contributions to class discussions. Students will have the option to fulfill the presentation requirements with creative work.
Prerequisites: some coursework in WGSS, AFR, ENGL or COMP. Enrollment limit: 20 (expected: 15). Preference given to WGSS, AFR, ENGL, COMP majors/concentrators.
Cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option.
Hour: 11:00-12:15 MW
SULLIVAN


New Spring 2013 course:
WGSS 306(S) Queer of Color Critique (Same as AFR 306, AMST 306 and LATS 306) (D)
This advanced seminar introduces students to queer of color critique, a mode of queer theory emphasizing diverse experiences, geographies, and epistemologies that also foregrounds the intersection of sexual and racial constructs. We will examine the history of this line of critique, exploring how and why it became a necessary intervention into the then still emerging field of queer studies. In addition to theoretical works, we also examine literary and cinematic works that exemplify and enact queer of color critique. We will read major works by those individuals who established the discipline, thereby surveying works from a variety of fields including critical race studies, literary theory, anthropology, feminist/womanist studies, ethnic studies, postcolonial studies, area studies, and others. Much of this early work in queer of color critique is North American in context, but we will also explore more recent scholarship that deals with transnational contexts and applications and examine how queer of color critique contributed to the emergence of transnational queer studies. A key feature of this course will be its uniquely dialogic structure that will allow a variety of diverse authors and artists to appear virtually to answer questions about their published work as well as some emerging scholars in the field who will share their experiences finding their way into this area of study and how they developed research and artistic projects. This course meets the requirements of the Exploring Diversity Initiative in that it focuses on empathetic understanding, power and privilege, and critical theorization, especially in relation class, gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity in both the US and global comparative contexts.
Format: discussion/lecture. Requirements: attendance at first class is mandatory, participation, online forum, three short papers synthesizing readings and course materials, and a final research paper (8-10 pages).
No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 25 (expected: 25). Preference given to WGSS majors and students considering a WGSS major.
Hour: 9:55-11:10 TR
MITCHELL



Questions or concerns?
Send Email

Registrar Home . | .Williams Home