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Williams College Courses of Instruction 2014-2015

Last updated: 9/17/14 3:39 PM

New Course Spring 2015:
AFR 324 Contemporary Nubian Identities and Aesthetics (Same as ARTH 324, ANTH 314, ARAB 324, and COMP 324)
In 1964, the Egyptian government elevated the Aswan High Dam. While the project was a major step in the modernization and industrialization of Egypt, it irrevocably altered the lives of the 100,000 Egyptian and Sudanese Nubians who were displaced due to the flooding of their natal villages. This course examines the impact of that forced migration on contemporary Nubian identities and aesthetics. We will explore themes such as memory and dislocation, racialized Othering and national belonging, syncretic religious practices, subversion and resistance. Readings will include novels by Idris Ali and Haggag Hassan Oddoul; historical texts by Eve Troutt Powell, Nicholas Hopkins, and Sohair Mehanna; and ethnographies by Anne Jennings, John G. Kennedy, Robert and Elizabeth Fernea. In addition, a key feature of the course will be critical engagement with original works of art by contemporary Egyptian-Sudanese Nubian artist Fathi Hassan in the upcoming WCMA exhibition Fathi Hassan: Migration of Signs. evaluation will be based on class participation, response papers, and 10-12 page final paper.
Not available for the Gaudino option.
Meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ARTH; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR, ARAB or ANTH
Hour : MW 11:00am -12:15pm
Instructor: Maurita Poole

Cancelled Course Fall 2014:
AMST 212 Race and Capitalism (Same as AFR 215)

New course Spring 2015:

AMST 218 The Cultural Politics of the 1970s
In popular imaginations today, the 1970s is often remembered scornfully as the “Me Decade” (as Tom Wolfe coined it) or nostalgically for its disco, drug culture, and bell bottom jeans (think That 70s Show). However, the 1970s marked a decisive (and divisive) moment of flux and transition in the United States away from the progressive mood of the 1960s to the conservative outlook of the 1980s. While many scholars have located the origins of contemporary neoliberalism in the 1970s, this course aims to unpack any simple historical trajectory by focusing rather on the social and cultural contradictions of the period. In analysis of film, fiction, memoir, performance art, and other cultural texts - as well as scholarly work from and about the period - we will consider how the history of the 1970s lends insight into contemporary questions of identity, social movements, political economy, and global politics.
Hour: TBA
Instructor: John Andrews

Cancelled Course Spring 2015:
AMST 230 U.S. Imperialism

New course Fall 2014:
AMST 327 Feeling the Present (Same as SOC 327)

Feelings, moods, and affects are typically understood as bound to individual persons. However, this course examines not only how feelings and moods are profoundly collective but also why and how these collective moods have come to matter in contemporary culture, politics, and economy. Focusing on current and classic scholarship in critical political economy, neoliberalism, and affect studies - as well as film and popular culture - we will attend to the ways in which anxiety, depression, hope, rage, and other moods figure into everyday life, work, social movements, and other key sites. Topics considered include: mental health and the pharmaceutical industry; the social implications of financialization; the Tea Party and its political influence; the rise of social media; and the recent housing crisis.
TF 1:10-2:25

New Course Spring 2015:
AMST 328 Immaterial Labor
(Same as SOC 328)
In the last 50 years, the character of work and labor has fundamentally changed as the economy has increasingly involved transnational markets, media culture, and networked technologies. Although industrial production has not disappeared – far from it – we have witnessed a dramatic rise in knowledge and information work, the service economy, advertising, finance, biotechnologies, and other kinds of labor whose “product” is fleeting, emotional, and/or affecting bodily capacities. As a result, the distinction between work and leisure is more and more blurred as activities from blogging to watching television to working out at the gym become economically valuable. Drawing on a range of classic and contemporary literatures on the subject (including those by Karl Marx, Paul Lafargue, Hannah Arendt, Kathi Weeks, Sylvia Federici, Hardt & Negri, Richard Sennett, and Sunder Rajan), this tutorial will examine how the proliferation of immaterial labor is reconfiguring our understanding and experience of class, race, nation, gender, sex, and everyday life.
Hour: TBA
Instructor: John Andrews

New cross listing:
Newly cross-listed with COMP 335 and ENGL 425
AMST 340(F) The Aesthetics of Transnationalism in American Literature (D) (W) (Same as COMP 335 and ENGL 425)

New course number, revised description Fall 2014:
ANTH 211 (was 310) Black, Indian, and Other in Brazil (Same as INST 211 (was 310)

As host to global sports spectacles like the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil has garnered much attention of late. Headlines have also focused on the wide-scale social protests that have gripped the country in recent years. The central question of the course is why Brazilians so often articulate the country in terms of its unfulfilled promise, i.e. “a country of the future” (um país do futuro) and the centrality of race and ethnicity to the country’s national project. Brazil presents itself as a multicultural racial democracy, a product of 500 years of mixture and progress. However, the tumultuous terms for daily life amidst legacies of slavery and often brutal development schemes belie prevailing rhetoric. The course will focus on elements of indigenous and Afro-Brazilian cultures (such as religion, cosmology, and music), while at the same time situating cultural movements like the Movimento Negro (Black Movement) and indigenist politics within the larger international production and exchange of ideas regarding blackness and indigeneity. Core course materials consist of both academic literature and pieces from Brazilian popular culture, including cinema, music, and television.

Revised course description, changed to tutorial Fall 2014:
ANTH 326T Time and Space (Same as ENVI 326)

 Often considered a mere backdrop to daily life, this course challenges that time and space are not inert, but are instead social products. Exploring a span of western science and philosophy ranging from the Enlightenment to contemporary debates in and about post-modernism, we interrogate the concepts of time and space by situating them across cultural milieus. This course provides an introduction to classic and contemporary social science literatures on the sociocultural production and experience of time and space, including by such figures as Bakhtin, Lefebvre, and Benjamin. We will further take up anthropological analyses of concrete ethnographic materials from contexts in (but not limited to) the Amazon, New York City, Mombai, Melanesia, Paris, and Appalachia. Topics of major concern include memory, ritual, narrative, deixis, chronology and time-reckoning, embodiment, landscape, planetarity and cosmopolitanism, as well as the spatiotemporal organization of contemporary industrial and post-industrial societies.

New title, revised course description and new number Fall 2014:

ANTH 220(F) (was 319) Law and Family in South Asia: Post-Colonial Dilemmas (Same as ASST 318 and INST 220 (was 319)
The American press frequently depicts countries like India and Pakistan as in the grip of lawless, anachronistic beliefs about how to organize family life. Such beliefs are blamed for “tribal” violence in Pakistan’s Frontier Regions, for dowry disputes in north India and for the persistence of corrupt dynasties in leading political parties. Yet these beliefs and practices aren’t in fact old-fashioned or lawless, and many of them result from South Asia’s unique historical position as a former British colony. In this class, we will use ethnographic and historical research to examine what law and kinship can teach us about how the past shapes the present in post-colonial South Asia. In particular, we’ll examine how a perspective that seriously considers law and kinship can help us better understand contemporary dilemmas in South Asia, ranging from controversy over women’s right to inherit property, to the role of caste in contemporary democratic politics. The course is organized into three sections. First, we will discuss kinship, reading classic theories of kinship in the region, as well as critiques of those theories, and ending with a contemporary dilemma, the problem of dowry “pressure.” Next, we learn about how family relationships were codified legally, and how laws were shaped to respond to perceived family “traditions,” in colonial and post-colonial South Asia. Finally, we will look at specific topics concerning law and kinship. As we do so, we will move from reading ethnographies to producing our own ethnographic observations using film, news stories and first-hand accounts as our primary materials. No prior knowledge about South Asia is necessary.

New title, revised course description Fall 2014:

ANTH 312. Paradoxes of Human Rights: Addressing Violence Against Women (Same as INST 313 and WGSS 314)(W)
In recent decades, violence against women has become a major target for human rights activism. Most people take the connection between violence against women and human rights activism for granted. Yet gendered and sexual violence have only recently been framed as human rights issues.  In this course, we examine this recent transformation, focusing on the paradoxes and possibilities of a human rights framework for addressing issues of gendered violence. We will do so by comparing different humanitarian and human rights-based interventions as they play out in places from Trinidad and Tobago to the American college campus. We’ll explore a range of research on the topic in order to complicate and expand our understanding of both gendered and sexual violence as well as the institutional interventions designed to engage it. Along the way, we will examine the history of human rights as a means to imagine social justice. In the first half of the course, we will read critical texts concerning violence, human rights, humanitarianism, and gender. We will then turn to historical and ethnographic studies of human rights, finishing with several case studies of human rights work on gender and violence.

Cancelled Course Spring 2015:

ARTH 242 Art of Two Dimensions

Cancelled Course Spring 2015:

ARTH 463 The Holocaust Visualized (Same as JWST 463)

Cancelled Course Fall 2014:
Offered Spring 2015

ARTS 100 Drawing 1


New Course Spring 2015:

ARTS 202 (S) Inventive Structures

Inventive Structures is a studio course emphasizing drawing as a mode of conceptualizing and developing new forms of architecture through visual representation. We will examine an array of past and living examples through the presentation of projects, text, film and other materials. Students will develop works individually and collaboratively, and will be encouraged to depart from traditional approaches to design, to work from personal directives, improvisation and utopian vision.
We will begin the process of envisioning structures through design and artistic experimentation, leading to proposals for spatial adaptation and intervention. Structures will evolve through a weekly series of studio assignments that explore design strategy. The final production of site-transformation concepts can include a range of materials; original drawings, found images, instruction manuals, text, diagrams, maps, and other relevant artifacts.
Format: studio. Requirements/Evaluation: Completing project assignments and participation in discussion and critique are required; assigned readings will support the work and discussion in the studio; introduction to some rendering and modeling techniques will be offered.
Prerequisites: 100 level studio course. Enrollment: 15 (expected:15) No Preference.

Cancelled Course Fall 2014:
Offered Spring 2015:

ARTS 230 STU Drawing II


New Course Spring 2015:

ARTS 333T (S) Narrative Strategies (Same as COMP 333)

In this tutorial, we will examine the use of narrative in a range of fine art 
practices, which could include painting, drawing, video, sculpture, installation, 
public art, and sound art. Students who are interested in telling or referencing 
stories in their work in some way will be given the opportunity to develop their 
ideas and skills in a challenging studio class. In addition to intensive projects, 
we will look at and discuss the work of artists such as Huma Bhabha, Lorna 
Simpson, Joe Sacco, Lydia Davis, Raymond Pettibon, Todd Solondz, Sophie 
Calle, Jenny Holzer, and Omer Fast among others. One of the aims of this 
course is to challenge traditional notions and expectations of narrative. For 
instance, what could minimally constitute a narrative piece? How do different 
mediums allow for time to unfold in unexpected ways? How does omission 
play a powerful role in a narrative? How might the role of the narrator (often 
so powerful and present in novels and short stories) change in a visual arts 
This is a studio tutorial with an emphasis on demanding, weekly projects. 
Students will work both in mediums of their choice and be asked to 
experiment with new, unfamiliar formats. Readings and screenings will be 
required in addition to tutorial hours. Evaluation based on assignments, studio 
performance, class participation, and attendance.
Prerequisites: students are required to have taken at least two Studio Art 200-
level classes in any medium (or by permission of the instructor). Enrollment 
limit: 10 (expected: 10).  Preference given to Art studio majors.
Not available for the Gaudino option.

HOUR: M 1:10pm-3:50pm

New Course Fal 2014

ASTR 412 Solar Physics (W) 

We study all aspects of the Sun, our nearest star. We discuss the interior, including the neutrino experiment and helioseismology, the photosphere, the chromosphere, the corona, and the solar wind. We discuss the Sun as an example of stars in general. We discuss both theoretical aspects and observational techniques, including work at recent total solar eclipses. We discuss results from current spacecraft, including the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), the Solar Dynamics Observatory, and Hinode (Sunrise), as well as additional Total Solar Irradiance measurements from ACRIMSAT and SORCE. We also discuss our data analysis of recent transits of Mercury across the face of the Sun and the 2004 and 2012 transits of Venus across the face of the Sun as observed from Earth, the first such transits of Venus since 1882, as well as our work in observing transits of Venus from Jupiter with the Hubble Space Telescope and from Saturn with Cassini. Class Format: tutorial; students will meet weekly with the professor in groups of two or three to discuss readings and present short papers Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on four 5-page papers, discussions, and presentations; students will be expected to improve their writing throughout the course, with the aid of careful editing by and comments from the professor Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis Prerequisites: ASTR 111 (or ASTR 101 and either 102 or 104 with permission of instructor) and a 200-level PHYS or ASTR course Divisional Attributes: Division III,Writing Intensive
Enrollment Limit: 12 Expected Enrollment: 10

Newly cross-listed with AMST; Spring 2015:

242(S)  Americans Abroad (Same as AMST 242 and ENGL 250) (D) (W)
This course will explore some of the many incarnations of American experiences abroad between the end of the 19th century and the present day. Readings will be drawn from novels, short stories, films, and nonfiction about Americans in Europe in times of war and peace. We will compare and contrast the experiences of novelists, soldiers, students, war correspondents, jazz musicians, and adventurers. What has drawn so many Americans to Europe? What is the difference between a tourist, an expat, and an émigré? What are the profound, and often comic, gaps between the traveler's expectations and the reality of living in, say, Paris or a rural village in Spain? What are the misadventures and unexpected rewards of living, working, writing, or even falling in love in translation? Authors may include: Henry James, Langston Hughes, Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway, Elaine Dundy, Richard Wright, and Ben Lerner.
Additional reading will be drawn from historical and critical works. All readings will be in English.
This comparative course fulfills the EDI requirement because it is designed to highlight the challenges and benefits of cultural immersion abroad. It will focus on the linguistic, emotional, intellectual, and social adaptation skills that are required to understand others, and oneself, in new contexts.
Format:  seminar. Requirements/Evaluation:  each student will give an in-class presentation and complete 3 writing assignments totaling 20 pages; one of these writing assignments will be a personal travel narrative based on the student's own experiences
Prerequisites:  any literature course at Williams or permission of the instructor.
Enrollment Limit:  18. Expected:  18.
Preference to  students interested in, or returning from, study abroad; and/or students studying abroad at Williams
Extra Info:  may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
TR 11:20 12:35  
Instructor: Soledad Fox   

Cancelled course Spring 2015:
ECON 217  Economics of East Asia (Same as INST 217 and ASST 220)

Cancelled course Spring 2015:
ECON 469 Topics in Urban Economics (Same as ECON 527)

Cancelled Course Fall 2014:

ENGL 329 Premodern Sexualities (D) (Same as WGSS 329)

Newly Cross-listed with HIST; Spring 2015:
ENGL 383(S)  Representing History (Same as COMP 383 and HIST 399)

Newly Cross-listed with HIST; Fall 214:
ENGL 395(F) Signs of History (Same as COMP and HIST 395)

Cancelled course Spring 2015:
HIST 165
 From Pocahontas to Crazy Horse: Representations of Native Americans in Popular Culture (Same as AMST 258)(W) 

Cancelled course Fall 2014:

HIST 279 From Cahokia to Casinos: Histories of Native North America from Precontact to the Present (Same as AMST 279)

New course Spring 2015:
HIST 306 On the Move: Migration, Displacement, and Dispossession in the Middle East
(Same as ARAB 306)
This course explores how patterns of human migration impacted the states and societies of the Middle East from the nineteenth century to the present. The course retrieves nomads, labor migrants, travelers, and refugees from the margins of social history and focuses on how post-Ottoman Arab states thought about migration, how they categorized migrants, managed human mobility, and even compelled forced migrations. We will take special interest in how modern Arab nation-states shaped their populations through migration policy: how did the construction of new national boundaries influence ethnic, religious, and political identities? Students will analyze how legal paraphernalia like passports, the census, visas, and international law made the state a stakeholder in regulating human migration. This course incorporates discussions of major migrations in the region, including the Armenian Genocide, the Greek-Turkish population transfer, Palestinian dispossession, and Arab emigration to the Americas. Contemporary issues like statelessness, "brain drain," and sectarian politics will be contextualized within the region's experience with migration. Course readings will include historical case studies, participant interviews, memoirs, diasporic literature/arts, and international legal documents. Students will additionally apply recent theories of migration in the Middle Eastern context.
Format: seminar. Evaluation: based on class discussion, regular short response papers, and a long term paper based on a case study of the student's choosing.
No Prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 25 (Expected: 15-20). Prefrence: given to History and Arbic Studies Majors.
May not be taken on a pass/fail basis
HOUR: TR 9:55-11:10

New Spring 2015 Course:

HIST 334(S)  From Habsburg to Hitler (Same as JWST 335)
This course comprises intertwined German, Czech, and Jewish case studies in the rich and tragic history of nationalist politics in Central and Eastern Europe. We will start in 1848, with the "Springtime of Nations," and end in the late 1940s, with the imposition of Stalinist rule on a region recently purged of Jews through the Holocaust, then stripped of Germans through mass expulsion. The territorial focus is Bohemia and Moravia, historic lands that belonged to the Habsburg Monarchy until 1918, to the Czechoslovak Republic until 1938 or 1939, and to the Third Reich until 1945. Through peace and war, we will study the contrasting philosophies and tactics of German and Czech nationalist movements which grew as they competed for power. We will trace the responses of the small but significant Jewish minority, and explore the quite different attempts by national or nonnational states--a liberal monarchy, a democratic republic, a fascist dictatorship, and its postwar, anti-fascist successor--to manage national or "racial" conflict. Readings include a variety of primary sources: eyewitness accounts, inspired analysis, radical rants, law, secret documents, poetry, memoir, fiction, and more.
Class Format:  seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class discussion, midterm and final exams, and a research paper of 10 pages
Prerequisites:  none; open to first-year students with instructor's permission
Enrollment Limit:  25
Expected Class Size:  20-25
Enrollment Preferences:  preference given to History majors
Distributional Requirements:
Division 2
Other Attributes: 
HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
SEM  Section: 01 TF 02:35 03:50  Instructor:  Jeremy King

Cancelled course Fall 2014:
HIST 375 History of American Childhood (D) (Same as AFR 375)

New Spring 2015 Course:
JAPN 131 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics

This course is an introduction to the basic ideas and methodology of linguistics. We learn how to formally analyze the patterns of speech sounds (phonetics and phonology), word formation (morphology), sentence structures (syntax), and meanings (semantics and pragmatics). Other topics, such as first language acquisition and language variations, may be discussed as needed. Although we use Japanese as the primary target data throughout the course, we occasionally look at data from other languages for further application of linguistic methodology and for the better understanding of cross-linguistic variations and underlying universality across languages.
Classes are conducted in English.
Class format: Lecture. Requierment: Class discussion, reading assignments (as preparation for class), written assignments (exercises), mid-term and final exam.
Preequisites: No background knowledge of Japanese or linguistics is required. Open to all students who are interested in Japanese language or language in general. Enrollment limit: 25 Expected: 25. Preference: First-years and Sophmores.
MR 2:35-3:50
Instructor: Ai Kubota

Newly Cross-Listed LATS 208 with ENGL 251

Introduction to Latina/o Literatures (D) (Same as AMST 207 & COMP 211)

8/13/14 & 8/19/14 & 8/26/14
Newly Crossed-Listed LATS 245 with COMP 249, WGSS 247, AFR 245 & ENGL 245

Queering the Color Line": Queer Black and Latina/o Literature (D)

8/13/14 & 8/19/14 & 8/26/14
Newly Crossed-Listed LATS 336 with COMP 342
& ENGL 365
Transnational Approaches to Latina/o and Indigenous Literature

8/13/14 & 8/26/14
Newly Crossed-Listed LATS 331 with COMP 347, WGSS 335 & ENGL 368

Chicana/Latina Feminist Literature and Thought

Cancelled Course Spring 2015:

MUS 146 The Concerto: Dialogue and Discord

New Fall 2014 Course:

PHIL 223 Philosphy of Sport

Sports: many of us (at Williams, in the US, throughout most of the world) play them, yet more of us watch them, and we invest not only our time but enormous amounts of money in them (we build sports arenas, not cathedrals; in 2013, in 40 of the 50 United States, the highest-paid public official was a football or basketball coach). Why do sports matter so much to us? Should they? The topics we consider in responding thoughtfully to these questions will include sports and health, sports and education, ethical issues in sports (including issues of class, gender, and race), and sports and beauty.
Class format: Lecture/discussion. Requirement: short writing assignments for most classes
Prerequisites: None. Enrollment Limit: 30 Expected: 30. Preference: Seniors, then Juniors, then Sophomores
MR 2:35-3:50 p.m.
Instructor: Alan White

Cancelled Course Fall 2014:

PHIL 224 Contemporary Political Philosophy (Same as LEAD 221)

New Course Fall 2014:

PHIL 337  Justice in Health Care   (W)
Justice is a notoriously complex and elusive philosophical concept, the conditions of which are even more difficult to articulate within real world institutions and contexts than in the abstract. In this course we'll explore justice as a fundamental moral principle and as a desideratum of the US health care system. The first portion of the course will be devoted to considering general theories of justice as well as alternative conceptions of justice within the health care context. This will provide the background for subsequent examination of specific topics, which may include, among others: justice in health care financing and reform, which may itself include an analysis of the Affordable Care Act; justice in health care rationing, with particular attention to the relationship between rationing criteria and gender, "race," disability, and age; justice in the procurement and allocation of organs for transplantation; AIDS and personal responsibility for illness; and justice in medical research, including "double standards" for research conducted in less developed countries.
Format: tutorial. Requirements/Evaluation: evaluations will be based on written work, oral presentations of that work, and on oral critiques
Prerequisites:  none. Enrollment Limit: 10 Expected: 10. Preferences:  Philosophy majors, students in the International Studies Global Health Track or Public Health Program, and students committed to taking the tutorial
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Instructor: Julia Pedroni

Cancelled Course Fall 2014:
PSCI 208T Wealth in America (W)

Cancelled Course Spring 2015:

PSYC 348 Is it the Thought that Counts? Examining Intentions and Outcomes in Intergroup Interaction (D) (W)

Cancelled Course Fall 2014:

REL 226 New Religions in North America (Same as AMST 226)

Cancelled Course Fall 2014:

REL 312 Kierkegaard: The Existentialist and Religious Thought of Søren Kierkegaard

Cancelled Course Spring 2015:

THEA 275T Lying, Cheating, Stealing: Hidden Knowledge in American Drama (Same as COMP 275 and ENGL 224)

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