New or Changed Courses - Spring


"New Courses"

 FILM 110 - Introduction to Cinema Studies (1) (CA)

An introduction to the critical study of film and moving images, covering basic elements of cinema—construction of the image in the frame (including lighting, the use of black and white and color), editing, elements of sound, and narrative strategies. The course will consider the effects of technological changes on cinematic practice, on the nature of the film industry and on audiences.  Emphasis on constructing readings of films as well as on basic theoretical strategies that question and critique the role of cinema in culture and society. Assignments will include experiments in building blocks of production.

HIST 331 - Asian Enviromental History (1) (TH)

This course explores East Asian history through environmental perspectives, interrogating the relationship between humans and the natural environment as mediated by state and social institutions. It covers both the pre-modern and the modern periods, focusing on discrete case studies relating to different East Asian states. We explore the intersections of ecological history with social and economic development as well as examine the role of the state with respect to both regulating and exploiting natural and human resources. We also consider the philosophical and cultural factors which distinguish the Asian historical experience of environmental management. 

RHET 271 - Telling the Internment Story (1) (EV)

The decision to exclude, evacuate and intern Japanese Americans living on the West Coast during WWII is an historical controversy directly engaging citizens in the Pacific Northwest; it remains a controversy through the museum exhibits, memorial sites, and artistic representations of the internment that continue to be generated to tell the story of this dark part of American history. Students identify and analyze ways of telling this story through films, photographs, paintings, memoirs, memorials and museums. There are three units: Fear & Racism Fanned by the Media, Life in the Camps and Reintegration, and Commemoration Through Museums, Memorials, and Films. Readings for this course include primary documents legislating the exclusion and internment of Japanese Americans, testimonials by internees, print media coverage, and visual and verbal commemorative texts. This is a project based course and includes a film screening lab.

"Course Change"

ARTS 331 - Installation Art (1) (CA)

Installation Art is an inherently interdisciplinary contemporary art practice in which artists construct artwork designed to transform the perception of space. This course will introduce analog (material exploration and transformation) and digital (video, sound, digitally rendered graphics) studio techniques, as well as provide a historical and contemporary context for Installation Art. Emphasis will be placed on site specificity, perception and the senses, and conceptually driven art-making practices.

MUSE 102X - Coordinate Movement for Musicians (.25)

This course is designed for students interested in exploring movement as it relates to playing a musical instrument, singing or acting. Students will learn Body Mapping, a method for improving coordination. Participants will gain ease in performing, will learn how improved coordination enables them to better avoid fatigue, injury and technical limitation, and will be able to more completely realize their musical and artistic intentions.

RHET 335W - Burke and Film: Equipment for Living (1) (IT)

Kenneth Burke thought the examination of the patterns used to order human discourse and experience provided people with “equipment for living.” His critical theories have influenced writers in the humanities and the social sciences. This course draws on varied film genre—science fiction, the haunted house, the western, documentary, war, drama, and comedy—as it examines concepts of form, identification, motive, piety, agency, visual and verbal symbol manipulation, terministic screens and perspective by incongruity. This writing centered course has an associated required film screening time.

Topic Courses

ARTH 345W:  Advance Topics in Art History (1)

"Fellini and the Arts"

The course will examine in detail Federico Fellini’s films, texts, and drawings. By using interpretive methods generally adopted by art historians–such formal analysis, iconological interpretations and semiotic investigations–the course will provide an attentive study of Fellini’s process of creation in order to link it to a larger frame of cultural references. The course will also investigate the impact of Fellini’s narrative devices and style on the production of some American films and television series.

"Dada and Surrealism"

This seminar-style course undertakes a detailed survey of two of the key movements of the European avant-garde, Dada and Surrealism, in an international and multimedia context between 1915 and 1935. Surveying chronologically from the first stirrings of the Dada revolution in Zurich during World War I, discussions pursue this movement through its permutations in Germany, France and the United States. Following on the heels of Dada and the Great War, the first decade of Surrealism receives close attention from a variety of perspectives including theory, literature, politics, popular culture and psychology through a reading of both primary and secondary texts. 

HIST 131: HIstorical Inquiry (1) (TH)

"The Rise of Capitalism"

This course studies the history of capitalism from its origins in the Middle Ages to the present.  Drawing on a wide variety of materials, including primary sources, film, and fiction, it examines the emergence of the capitalist order in Europe, its expansion into a global system, and its impact on the social hierarchy, intellectual life, politics, and the environment.  

"Comparative Revolutions"

The American Revolution inaugurated an “Age of Democratic Revolutions” that convulsed the Atlantic World in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  While these revolutionary movements drew on a common ideological thread, they grew out of diverse social, political, and economic circumstances; this diversity shaped the nature of revolutionary movements in each place, as well as their achievements. In their wake, these movements left altered power relationships and the “modern” world. In this course, we will study the American, French, and Haitian Revolutions by examining ideological, political, social, cultural, and economic contours of each revolution and the threads that link them.

"Western Civ and Sustainability"

What does it mean to think historically in an age of climate change? How did civilizations in the West evolve the values, practices, and institutions that lead to environmental crises today?  How have people in the past dealt with climate change and environmental collapse?  This course is an introduction to the historical roots of sustainability and climate change focused on the thought and practices which have marked interations between humans and the environmen in the West prior to the eighteenth century.  Readings will include environmental and traditional histories, essays in contemporary environmental ethics and sustainability studies, and classic texts from the western tradition that speak to the relationship between human and natural systems.

HIST 221W: History Workshop (1)

"Medieval Intellectual History"

This course is designed to engage students in the kind of readings, research, and interpretative practices that mark the work of cultural and intellectual historians.  Focused on major texts from pre-modern Europe (Boethius, Marie de France, Christine de Pisan, Dante, and others), the course explores how texts reflect and resist historical contexts and how historians work with a diversity of genres -- from poetry to romances to mystical treatises -- to create narratives regarding the intellectual and cultural history of the West.

HIST 306 - History Through Biography (1)

"John Brown"

In this course we will study the life of John Brown, one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in American history.  Brown’s use of terror to attack slavery inspired both sanctification and vilification, both in his own time and ever since.  Known primarily as an abolitionist, Brown’s life intertwined with almost every current of 19th -century American thought and culture.  We will read one of the many biographies on Brown, as well as selections from his writings and those of his contemporaries.  We will consider also Brown’s contentious legacy by reading a portion of the voluminous literature on Brown that has appeared since his death. Thus, we will use our study of Brown’s life to understand more about both his life and about the culture from which he emerged.

HIST 345: Studies in Greek or Roman History (1)

This course will consider the period in Roman history between 44 BCE and 14 CE, including the assassination of Julius Caesar, the war between Antony and Octavian, and especially the metamorphosis of Octavian into the princeps Augustus. Under his leadership, the old Republic was replaced by a new style of Republic in which, paradoxically, overwhelming authority was vested in one man. How was this contradiction managed, and why was it accepted? We will examine in detail both the political events and the cultural life of this period, paying particular attention to the continuities and ruptures between the old Republic and the Augustan regime, Augustus' construction of his public identity, and the role of literature, art, and architecture in the formation of Augustan ideology in Rome and in the provinces. Assignments will include readings (in English) in a wide variety of primary sources of different genres as well as in the scholarly literature, with a view to exploring the divergent ways in which Augustus has been evaluated by modern historians and the relationship between these interpretations and the ancient sources. Students will be expected to participate actively in discussions, prepare in-class presentations, and develop a research project culminating in a substantial paper.

POLI 315: Topics in Politics (1)

"What's the Matter with American Politics"

Why can’t Washington get anything done anymore? And what’s going on in the Republican Party? How is that two political neophytes, Donald Trump and Ben Carson, are leading the Republican field? And why does Congress seem continually to be on the brink of shutting down the government? These are among the questions that we will explore this semester in a course that will be more like a book group than a conventional seminar. Each week we will read a recently published book (most published within the last year) that tackles the question of what’s gone wrong with American politics . . . and also examines the prospects for fixing these problems in the near future. Among the possible culprits that we will examine are economic inequality, partisan polarization, racial backlash, and the new media. Books we will read include Jennifer Lawless and Richard Fox, Running from Office: Why Young Americans are Turned Off to Politics (Oxford University Press, 2015); Marc Hetherington and Thomas Rudolph, Why Washington Won’t Work: Polarization, Political Trust and the Governing Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2015); Diana Mutz, In-Your-Face Politics: The Consequences of Uncivil Media (Princeton University Press, 2015); Christopher Parker and Mattt Barreto, Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America ((Princeton University Press, 2013); Marisa Abrajano and Zoltan Hajnal, White Backlash: Immigration, Race, and American Politics (Princeton University Press, 2015); Ronald Formisano, Plutocracy in America: How Increasing Inequality Destroys the Middle Class and Exploits the Poor (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015); and Benjamin Wittes and Pietro Nivola, ed., What Would Madison Do: The Father of the Constitution Meets Modern American Politics (Brookings Institution Press, 2015).


"One Time Only" Courses

ECON 370 - When the Invisible Hand Fails (1)

Examining arguments for the invisible hand and mutually beneficial exchange, this course extends the analysis introduced in Economic Inquiry to real-world markets and the role of public policy in the modern U.S. economy when markets “fail.” Specific topics corporate power, antitrust policy, industry regulation, social regulation to protect consumers, workers, and the environments, and income distribution.

"One Time Only" Topics Courses with MOI Designation

One Time Only Courses with Writing-Centered Designation

"One Time Only" Topics Courses