- Academic English Studies (ESL)
- Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
- East Asian Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Ethnic Studies
- Exploration and Discovery
- Foreign Languages
- French Studies
- Gender Studies
- German Studies
- Health Professions
- Hispanic Studies
- International Affairs
- Latin American Studies
- Mathematics/Computer Science
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- Political Science
- Religious Studies
- Rhetoric and Media Studies (formerly Communication)
- Sociology and Anthropology
COURSES IN ETHNIC STUDIES
ETHNIC STUDIES ELECTIVES: SPRING 2014
SOCIAL SCIENCES COURSES
RHMS 340 Media Across Cultures TTh 1:50-3:20pm Peter Christenson
Theoretical perspectives on the political and social role of mass communication in developed and developing nations. Mass communication organizations, content, regulatory models, audiences in diverse cultures. Implications of public versus private ownership of mass media. Evaluation of claims of U.S. cultural imperialism. Minority and ethnic media.
RHMS 406 Race, Rhetoric, and Resistance M 6:00-9:00pm Kundai Chirindo
Role of rhetoric in social conflicts regarding issues of race. Theories and strategies of resistance and the implications for political action. Examination of major race and resistance texts.
SOAN 225 Race/Ethnicity: Global Perspective TTh 9:40-11:10 am Sarah Warren
Sociological and anthropological analysis of how the notions of racial and ethnic groups, nations and nationalities, indigenous and nonindigenous groups, and states and citizenships have evolved cross culturally. How they might be reconfiguring in the present context of economic globalization, mass migrations, and diasporic formations. Causes and consequences of the recent resurgence of ethnicity and the content, scope, and proposals of ethnic movements.
SOAN 251 Myth, Ritual, and Symbol MWF 11:30 am-12:30 pm Bruce Podobnik
Sociocultural approaches to the study of myth, ritual, and symbol. The nature of myth and ritual in a variety of cultures, including the United States. Introduction to analytical approaches to myth, ritual, and symbolic forms including functionalism, structuralism, psychoanalysis, interpretive and performative approaches.
SOAN 274 Contemporary Chinese Society TTh 9:40-11:10am Jennifer Hubbert
Anthropology of late 20th- and early 21st-century China. Particular attention paid to the effects of the political economy on family, gender, labor, class, ethnicity, and urban life. Extensive use of feature film as a contemporary ethnographic source of political/cultural expression and critique.
SOAN 324 Anthropology of Violence TTh 1:50-3:20 pm Sepideh Bajracharya
An upper-level introduction to the anthropology of violence, including recent literature in the field as well as classical examples of the study of violence by anthropologists. Questions of control, responsibility/accountability, public-/private-sphere boundaries, ritual/symbolic meanings. Topics include possible biological bases of aggression; symbolic enactment of violence; nationalism and militarism; the politics of gender, race, class, and ethnic identity; state violence; human rights.
SOAN 350 Global Inequality MWF 1:50-2:50pm
Issues in the relationships between First World and Third World societies, including colonialism and transnational corporations, food and hunger, women’s roles in development. Approaches to overcoming problems of global inequality.
SOAN 363 Imagining the Nation TTh 1:50-3:20pm
Examines the rise of the modern nation-state and nationalism, including imperialism, colonialism, and postcolonial experiences. Reviews how Asian models exhibit similarities and differences from Western models of nation-state formation. Investigates narratives of national identity, and compares violent and nonviolent dynamics of “assimilation” of minority groups.
ARTS & HUMANITIES COURSES
ART 207 Pre-Columbia Art MWF 10:20-11:20am
Overview of the art of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations, other major early Central and South American cultures. Examination of architecture, sculpture, ceramics, painting; how the arts played a key role in developing a sense of continuity within these societies across time and distance.
ART 451 Art of the American West TTh 11:30am-1:00pm Matt Johnston
This course examines how visual materials have shaped perceptions of the American West from the nineteenth century to the present. In particular, we investigate not only how images of the West have changed over time, but what they meant to the different social, ethnic, and economic groups who had a stake in claiming it as a home. Although we examine traditional painting and sculpture, the focus will be on less traditional high-culture art forms and the texts surrounding them, such as mass market prints and illustrations in dime novels, geological and mapping survey materials, early film and advertising, native arts, and Spanish colonial architecture.
FREN 450 Special Topics TTh 1:50-3:20 Isabelle DeMarte
Special topics or issues of French/Francophone literature and culture. Emphasis on stylistics, fine points of idiomatic usage and academic writing. Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in French.
HIST 142 Modern Latin America TTh 9:40-11:10am Elliott Young
Confrontation with the complexity of modern Latin America through historical analysis of the roots of contemporary society, politics, and culture. Through traditional texts, novels, films, and lectures, exploration of the historical construction of modern Latin America. Themes of unity and diversity, continuity and change as framework for analyzing case studies of selected countries.
HIST 298 African American History 1865 to Present TTH 9:40-11:10am
This course will be a survey of African American history from emancipation to the present. We will examine the demise of slavery, the rise of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression and the transformation of the rural South, the civil rights movement, black power and white backlash, the rise of the prison-industrial complex, and the development of hip-hop culture. We will supplement our reading of written primary and secondary sources with an examination of art, film, and theater.
HIST 450 History Seminar T 6:00-9:00pm Elliott Young
Work with primary documents to research and write a major paper that interprets history. Topical content varies depending on instructor’s teaching field. Recent topics: the Americas; the United States and Asia; European intellectual history since 1945; women in American history; Indian policy on the Pacific slope; World War II, the participants’ perspectives; the British Raj; cultural nationalism in East Asia. May be taken twice for credit. Enrollment preference given to history majors and minors.
IA 232 Southest Asian Politics MWF 10:20-11:20am Cari Coe
Political and economic context of contemporary Southeast Asian states using a comparative perspective. Topics may include the effects of colonial and Cold War legacies on state development; the relationships among ethnicity, religion, and conflict; political transition and democratization; economic development policy; regional environmental issues; and Southeast Asian economic integration.
SPAN 370 LatinAm/Spain: Enlightment-Present MWF 11:30-12:30pm J. Toledano Redondo
Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from the Enlightenment period to present day. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.
ETHNIC STUDIES ELECTIVES: FALL 2013
CORE COURSES: SOAN SOAN 225 Race/Ethnicity: Global Perspective
Sociological and anthropological analysis of how the notions of racial and ethnic groups, nations and nationalities, indigenous and nonindigenous groups, and states and citizenships have evolved cross-culturally. How they might be reconfiguring in the present context of economic globalization, mass migrations, and diasporic formations. Causes and consequences of the recent resurgence of ethnicity and the content, scope, and proposals of ethnic movements.
ETHS 400 Colloquium: Race, Place, and Power
TTH 11:30 – 1:00 p.m
The big house and the quarters; the front door and the back door; prisons, gated communities, and internment camps. One of the most persistent ways in which people exert power over other people is to control their access to space. Drawing upon the fields of urban design, political economy, and cultural history, this course will engage the questions: How are the ideology and history of racism actuated visually and spatially in the built environment? How have ethnic and racial minorities resisted and reclaimed segregated spaces?
Themes include the origins of segregation, racial ideologies in the borderlands, contests over historical commemoration and memorialization, suburbanization and white flight, tourism, gentrification, “ghetto” culture, and public health. This is an interdisciplinary course, and we will examine works of history, fiction, drama, memoir, and film.
ELECTIVES Arts Arts & Humanities
ART 451 Art in the Qing Dynasty
MW 3- 4:30p.m.
Reading and critical analysis organized around themes or problems in art history. Focus varies depending on instructors teaching and research areas
HIST 141 Colonial Latin America History
TTH 9:40 – 11:10 a.m.
History of Latin America from Native American contact cultures through the onset of independence movements in the early 19th century. Cultural confrontations, change, and Native American accommodation and strategies of evasion in dealing with the Hispanic colonial empire.
HIST 226 Twentieth-Century Germany
TTH 9:40 – 11:10 a.m.
Origins and consequences of World War I; attempts to develop a republican government; Nazism; evolution of the two Germanies after 1945 and their reunification. Readings on relationship between individual and state, pressures for conformity, possibility of dissent.
HIST 345 Race/Nation in Latin America Elliot Young
TTH 1:50 – 3:20 p.m.
Social thought about race and nation in Latin America. The Iberian concept of pureza de sangre, development of criollo national consciousness, 20th-century indigenista movements. Linkages between national identities and constructions of race, particularly in the wake of revolutionary movements. Freyre (Brazil), Marti (Cuba), Vasconcelos (Mexico), and Sarmiento (Argentina).
HIST 400 Reading Colloquium - History of History Susan Glosser
TTH 12:40 – 1:40 p.m
Reading and critical analysis of major interpretive works. Organized around themes or problems; comparative study of historical works exemplifying different points of view, methodologies, subject matter. Focus varies depending on instructor’s teaching and research area.
HIST 450 20th Century Britain & Empire
TTH 9:10 – 11:10 a.m
Work with primary documents to research and write a major paper that interprets history. Topical content varies depending on instructor’s teaching field. Recent topics: the Americas; the United States and Asia; European intellectual history since 1945; women in American history; Indian policy on the Pacific slope; World War II, the participants’ perspectives; the British Raj; cultural nationalism in East Asia.
MUS 306 World Music: Latin Am/Carribbean Beth Szczepanski
MW 9:10 - 10:10 a.m
Survey of musical traditions and styles of the Caribbean and Middle and South America, including Afro-Cuban music, salsa, Latin jazz, and folk music of the Andes. Study of the music, instruments, and performance through readings, recordings, live performance when possible. Historical developments, how the music is used. Social function, political context, art, poetry, literature, religion as they assist in understanding the music and its culture.
SPAN 360 LatAm/Spain: PreColumbian-Baroque Matthieu Raillard
MWF 12:40 -1:40 p.m
Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from the beginnings to the Baroque period. Selected works from Latin American and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.
SPAN 446 Textos for Modern Spain
Juan Carlos Toledano
Study of a genre, an author, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures and cultures (Peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written in Spanish. May be taken twice for credit with change of topic.
PSY 390 Cross-Cultural Psychology
Relations between culture and human behavior. Examination of topics in psychology from a multicultural, multiethnic perspective, with special emphasis on cultural influence on research methods, self-concept, communication, emotion, social behavior, development, mental health. Cultural variation, how culture shapes human behavior, and psychological theories and practices in different cultures.
SOAN 261 Gender/Sexuality Latin America
Gender and sexuality in Latin America through an anthropological lens. Ethnographic and theoretical texts—including testimonial and film material—dealing with the different gender experiences of indigenous and nonindigenous peoples, lowland jungle hunter-gatherers, highland peasants, urban dwellers, and transnational migrants.
SOAN 310 Religion-Society and Modernity
MW 3 - 4:30p.m
Anthropological approaches to religion in the context of modern global transformations, including secularism, capitalism, and colonialism. Advanced introduction to classic theories (Marx, Durkheim, Weber) in the sociology and anthropology of religion, along with their contemporary ethnographic applications. Critical ethnographies of the ideological, practical and embodied expressions of religion in contemporary context.