VLPA Courses

Winter Quarter 2021 VLPA courses

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African-American Studies

Afram 334 – Civil Rights and Black Power in the U.S. (5 credits)
TTh 2:30-5:20
Instructor: Brukab Sisay
Diversity credit
Examines the politics and culture of the modern African American freedom struggle, which began after WWII and continued into the 1970s. Interrogates political strategies associated with nonviolent direct action, armed self-reliance, and black nationalism, as well as the cultural expression that reflect these political currents. Offered jointly with HSTAA 334.

Asian American Studies

AAS 401 – Asian-American Literature to the 1940s (5 credits)
MW 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Vincent Schleitwiler
Diversity credit
Asian American literature from nineteenth-century immigrants to the 1940s. Emphasis on Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino writings detailing the experience and sensibility of first generation immigrants. Early twentieth-century writing focus on the development not only of Asian American community, but also of second generation American-born Asian American writers.

AAS 402 – Contemporary Asian American Literature (5 credits)
MW 8:30-10:20
Instructor: Jang Wook Huh
Diversity credit

Examines Asian American literature from the 1950s to the present that require analyses of structures of power and possibilities for empowerment of an American "minority" group. Multi-ethnic focus, including Filipino American, Japanese American, Chinese American, Korean American, Vietnamese American, and South Asian American subjects.

American Indian Studies

AIS 377 – Contemporary American Indian Literature (5 credits)
MW 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Christopher Teuton
Diversity credit

Creative writings (novels, short stories, poems) of contemporary Indian authors; the traditions out of which these works evolved. Differences between Indian writers and writers of the dominant European/American mainstream. Offered jointly with ENGL 359.

AIS 379 – Powwow: Tradition and Innovation (5 credits)
MW 4:30-6:20pm
Instructor: Scott Pinkham
Diversity credit

Explores the historical and cultural roots of powwow. Discusses the ways this indigenous Native art form has adapted since prehistoric times.


Anth 494 – Feminist Performance Ethnography: Performing Art as and At the Site of Feminist (5 credits)
TTh 3:30-6:20
Instructor: Rachel Chapman
Open to all students on 11/23, period II registration.
Explores the relationship between ideas and practices of feminism, performance, and ethnography through readings, writing, movement, and artistic expression. Students conduct fieldwork and use personal narrative and everyday life performance techniques to create performances that explore the potential of performance ethnography to contribute to equity, liberation, and justice.


Arch 150 – Appreciation of Architecture I (3 credits)
To be arranged. Go to Time Schedule or MyPlan for details.
Instructor: I. Iarocci
Historical survey of global architecture and built environments with reference to environmental, technological, and socio-cultural contexts, from prehistory to 1400. For nonmajors.

Arch 151 – Appreciation of Architecture I (3 credits)
To be arranged. Go to Time Schedule or MyPlan for details.
Instructor: Kathryn Rogers Merlino
Historical survey of global architecture and built environments with reference to environmental, technological, and socio-cultural contexts, from 1400 to the present. For nonmajors.

Art History

Art H 233 – Survey of Native Art of the Pacific Northwest Coast (5 credits)
MW 1:00-2:20
Quiz Th, times vary
Instructor: Katie Bunn-Marcuse
$30 course fee
Writing credit
Surveys indigenous art of the Pacific Northwest Coast from the Columbia River in the south to Southeast Alaska in the north and from ancient through contemporary times. Focuses on the historical and cultural contexts of the art and the stylistic differences between tribal and individual artists' styles.

Art H 270 – Contemporary Art and Identity (5 credits)
Online course. Go to Time Schedule or MyPlan for details.
Instructor: Kolya Rice
$30 course fee
writing credit
Introduces participants to various ways contemporary artists and art movements have explored the intersection of visual representation, identity formation, and politics, one of the most persistent themes in art since the 1960s.

Art H 309 – Topics in Art History: Artemisia and All That: Gender and Early Modern Art
TTh 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Estelle Lingo
$30 course fee
In the past two years there have been landmark developments in the study of early modern women artists: the discovery of a seventeenth-century biography of Artemisia Gentileschi in 2019; the 2019 publication of a major new monographic study of Sofonisba Anguissola with a new catalogue of her works; the Prado Museum's 2019-20 exhibition dedicated to Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana, A Tale of Two Women Painters, in Madrid; and the acquisition of Artemisia Gentileschi's Self-Portrait as St. Catherine of Alexandria by the National Gallery of Art in London, which inspired the Gallery's current exhibition, Artemisia, on view through January 2021. In this course you will learn about the art and careers of European women artists from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, and how new scholarly approaches and discoveries are changing our understanding of their works.

Art H 311 – Art of Imperial China (5 credits)
TTh 10:00-12:20
Instructor: Haicheng Wang
$30 course fee
Introduces the role of painting in the history of Imperial China from the fourth to the seventeenth century. Topics for reading and discussion include political forces, regional geography, social structure, gender, traditional philosophies, and religious and spiritual influences.

Asian Language and Literatures

Asian 207 – Special Topics in Literature and Culture of Asia: Faeries, Genies, and Monsters (5 credits)
TTh 2:30-4:20
Instructor:  Jennifer Dubrow
Introduction to the literature of one or more Asian traditions considered in its cultural context. Content varies depending on the specialization and interest of instructor. Texts in English translation.

Asian 225 – Indian Philosophical Literature (5 credits)
MW 1:30-3:20, F 12:30-1:20
Instructor: Prem Pahlajrai
Introduction to various topics pertaining to the vast philosophical literature of India, such as its origins and contexts, dharma; karma and free will; logic and argument. A variety of systems from Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, theistic, and non-theistic schools are covered. Taught in English.

Chicano Studies

CHSTU 332 – Chicano Film (5 credits)
MW 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Lauro Flores
Diversity credit
Provides a historical overview of the evolution of Chicano culture through film. Critically examines the portrayal and self-portrayal of Chicanos in film and selected works of narrative. Taught in English.

CHSTU 466 – Chicano Literature: Fiction (5 credits)
MW 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Lauro Flores
Examines nineteenth- and early twentieth-century fiction, as well as contemporary works in attempts to trace the development of Chicano fiction in the proper historical trajectory. Taught in English.


Clas 324 – Greek and Roman Athletics (5 credits)
MTWth 11:30-12:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: Sarah Stroup
Diversity credit
Surveys Greek athletics and Roman gladiatorial events; the place of athletic and violent spectacle in ancient politics, economy, art, and literature; the role of marginalized populations (especially women, slaves, POWs, and ethnic minorities) in these events, with focus on the ongoing marginalization and disposability of female athletes and athletes of Color on campus and in the community.

Clas 328 – Sex, Gender, and Representation in Greek and Roman Literature (3 credits)
MWF 11:30-12:20
Instructor: Sarah Levin-Richardson
Diversity credit

This class explores how the categories of gender and sexuality were defined, represented, replicated, and policed in ancient Greece and Rome. What were the expectations for proper male and female behavior in Greece and Rome? What were considered appropriate sexual objects and sexual acts? How were men and women, and their gender and sexual roles, represented in literature? How did the Greeks and Romans make sure that the boundaries of these roles were maintained?  No prior knowledge is needed.

Clas 430 – Greek and Roman Mythology (3 credits)
MWF 11:30-12:20
Instructor: Christopher Waldo
Principal myths found in classical and later literature.

Clas 432 – Classical Mythology in Film (5 credits)
MW 7:30-9:50pm
Instructor: James Clauss
Comparison and discussion of classical myths and modern films inspired by them. Promotes access to the reading of classical mythology. Analyzes significant differences between ancient literary and modern cinematographic representations of the myth.


Com 200 – Introduction to Communication (5 credits)
To be arranged. Lecture is asynchronous.
Quiz F, times vary. Quiz sessions are synchronous.
Instructor: Andrea Otanez
Introduces theories and research in communication. Explores the myriad ways scholars approach fundamental issues of contemporary human communication. Focuses on theories and research of communication (e.g. relational, group, political, cultural, and international). Acts as a gateway to knowledge about the communication discipline.

Com 231 – Intro to Rhetoric (5 credits)
To be arranged. Lecture is asynchronous.
Quiz sections are asynchronous.
Instructor: Amanda Friz
Introduces students to the over two thousand year old discipline of rhetoric. Through contemporary examples of texts and images from politics and popular culture, students will explore concepts such as: the public, identity, persuasion, difference, and ethics.

Com 234 – Public Debate (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Quiz to be arranged. Sections are asynchronous.
Instructor: M. McGarrity
Examines public debate in a democracy by developing a rhetorical perspective of public argument and skills to evaluate debates critically. Develops an understanding of rhetoric, values, audiences, tests of reasoning, and sources of information. Sharpens critical skills and applies them to contemporary controversies in the public sphere.

Comparative History of Ideas

Chid 120 – Yoga Past and Present (5 credits)
MW 11:30-1:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: Christian Novetzke
Diversity credit
Studies yoga and its history, practice, literature, and politics. From the ancient past to modern yoga, studies essential texts and ideas, as well as the effects of class, religion, gender, nationalism, development, Marxism, colonialism, and physical culture on yoga. Offered jointly with RELIG 120.

Chid 250B – Special Topics: Processes of Everyday Resilience: Decoding and Recoding Cultural Language in Foods and Eating-Related Events (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20

Instructor: Carlos Salazar
What messages and meanings does food create and acquire with culture? What are the feelings, emotions and meanings that foods and other eating-related events embody? This course will develop an understanding of our foods and the dynamic messages that we as a society interchange in the events and performances related to culinary traditions through the lens of cultural studies and ethnography. Using Seattle as research, we will develop a practical analysis of cultural events such as holidays, performances of belonging related to ethnic food, food and diaspora, American nostalgia, and street food culture. With an emphasis on diverse practices and forms of “fusion” we will unpack the interlocking structures of power and resilience.

Chid 370 – Cultural Impact of Information Technology (5 credits)
MW 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Anis Rahman
Utilizing approaches from the history of technology, cultural studies, and literary theory, seeks to analyze the cultural and social impact of information technology. Considers how information technologies impact our relationships with others, our concept(s) of self, and the structure of the communities to which we belong. Offered jointly with COM 302.

Chid 480A – Advanced Special Topics: Diasporic (Re) Envisioning of Social Movements: Multisensory Encounter and Multimodal Research (5 credits)
MW 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Ellen Chang
A critical overview of how the idea of diaspora has been (re)shaped through different understandings of the notions of roots, routes, and returns, with an emphasis on how such mobility (re)shapes the ways we participate in and (re)envision, from a distance and often through the mode of virtual encounter, social movements that explore personal and collective identities, rebel against social injustices, and ignites social and political transformation.

Chid 480C – Advanced Special Topics: The New Poetics of Race (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Caroline Simpson

We’ve witnessed the emergence of a number of poets of color concerned with re-posing the questions of race in American culture, including Solmaz Sharif, Ocean Vuong, and Layli Long Soldier. Their vibrant reclamation of the often lost classical symbiosis between poetry (or the lyric) and protest has re-set the stakes of American poetry. In this course, we will try to figure out how they do what they do. How does a poem come to mean this rather than that to us? What turns of language, address, tone, and page setting create their particular worlds of desire, lament, and outrage? We will try to situate our poems in relationship to other expressive conventions, be they poetic, musical, or linguistic. No need for previous experience with poetry but come with a curiosity to learn about this emerging poetry “scene”.

Cinema and Media Studies

CMS 274 – Perspectives on Media: Critical Concepts (5 credits)
TTh 11:30-1:20
Instructor: Stephen Groening
$10 required course fee
Provides an introduction to media studies, with particular attention to critical concepts including, but not limited to, audience studies, formal analysis, and ideological critique. Specific media analyzed varies.

CMS 304 – Television Studies (5 credits)
TTh 2:30-4:20
Instructor: Stephen Groening
$10 course fee
Provides an overview of key issues in the study of television. Explores what television is, what television does, and how television shapes our fundamental assumptions about space, time, image, and sound.

Comparative Literature

C Lit 210 – Literature and Science: Literature and the Environment (5 credits)
TTh 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Gary Handwerk
Introduces the rich and complex relationship between science and literature from the seventeenth century to the present day. Students examine selected literary, scientific, and philosophical texts, considering ways in which literature and science can be viewed as forms of imaginative activity. Offered jointly with Envir 295A.

C Lit 321A - Literature of Americas: Chicana/o Fiction (5 credits)
MW 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Lauro Flores
Emphasizes connections between twentieth century literature of the United States and Canada and current literature of Latin America. Emphasizes that, despite obvious differences, much is shared in terms of culture and national sensibility across the two continents.

C Lit 322 – Asian and Western Literature: Pop Culture in 20th Century China (5 credits)
MW 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Chris Hamm

The popular culture of 20th-century China abounds in images and tales of heroic warriors. While rich with contemporary significance, this material often represents China’s cultural past; and by championing an essential Chinese identity, this material has played a role in defining Chinese positions in a multicultural, multinational age. In this course we will first examine the pre-modern roots of China’s heroic traditions, then move on to their expression in a variety of 20th-century fiction and film, including revolutionary model operas, martial arts fiction, and Hong Kong gangster movies. We will combine analysis of literary and cinematic works with discussion of relevant secondary scholarship and study of the social and historical contexts of cultural production.

Recommended for anyone with an interest in Chinese literature, culture, or history. No prerequisites, though previous coursework in literature or any aspect of China studies will enrich your experience in the course. All readings and coursework are in English; films are in Chinese with English subtitles. Jointly offered with Chinese 385A.

C Lit 322 – Asian and Western Literatures: Mystical Islam (5 credits)
MW 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Aria Fani
The story of Layli & Majnun is without a doubt the most globally-circulated and adapted love story to have emerged from West Asia. Together we will read Nezami Ganjavi’s (d. 1209) twelfth-century narrative of Layli & Majnun in English translation. We will use this story as an entry point into formative debates on ethics or akhlaq, socially subversive poetry, mystical and profane concepts of love, and representations of animals in literature. These debates were part and parcel of Muslim societies that developed diverse ideas and practices of spirituality. This class will help you develop more imaginative and nuanced reading practices and use academic writing as a medium for critical thinking. Intrigued yet? Jointly offered with Near E 429A.

How’s this course good for your life? In “Neoliberalism: The Idea That Swallowed The World,” Stephen Metcalf writes, “‘neoliberalism’ is not simply a name for pro-market policies, or for the compromises with finance capitalism made by failing social democratic parties. It is a name for a premise that, quietly, has come to regulate all we practise and believe: that competition is the only legitimate organising principle for human activity.” According to this logic, this course is only valuable insofar as it may help you become more marketable, on purely transactional terms. 

What we are witnessing in our world today is the utter moral bankruptcy and the slow death of the age of the capital market. This experience is no doubt traumatic and devastating to millions of people. To best respond to it, we must learn how to create robust alternatives to corporate capitalism and its system of value-making. In this course, through slow and patient debate on issues that are central to human society, we can learn how to insist on the distinction between price and value and on the centrality of humanistic inquiry and intentional empathy in any healthy and thriving society.  

C Lit 357A – Literature and Film: The Political Thriller in Latin America
TTh 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Cynthia Steele

Introduction to the genre of the political thriller, through close readings of two Febels, nineteen films and five essays in film criticism, exploring family and intimate relationships against the backdrop of dramatic political changes in Argentina and Chile during the past half century: first the military coups, dictatorships, tortures and disappearances of the 1970s and 1980s, and then the processes of democratization and reconciliation of the 1990s and 2000s.  Texts: Marcelo Figueras, Kamchatka. Trans. Frank Wynne. NY: Grove Press / Black Cat, 2010; and Eduardo Sacheri, The Secret in their Eyes. Trans. John Cullen. NY: Other Press, 2011. Films:

Spoils of War, The Official Story, Chronicle of an Escape, Clandestine Childhood, Kamchatka, El premio, The Invisible Eye, El secreto de sus ojos, The Secret in their Eyes, Salvador Allende, Massacre at the Stadium, Machuca, The Pinochet Case, Post-Mortem, No, Nostalgia for the Light, The Cordillera of Dreams, El Patio and Pacto de fuga. Most of the films will be available for instant streaming for free; a few are available on Netflix or on Amazon for a small rental fee.        


Engl 257 – Asian-American Literature (5 credits)
MW 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Douglas Ishii
Writing credit
Diversity credit
No seniors period I (11/6-11/22)
Examines the emergence of Asian American literature as a response to anti-Asian legislation, cultural images, and American racial formation. Encourages thinking critically about identity, power, inequalities, and experiences of marginality.

Engl 259A – Literature and Social Difference (5 credits)
TTh 9:30-11:20
Instructor: TBD
Writing credit
Diversity credit
No seniors period I (11/6-11/22)
Literary texts are important evidence for social difference (gender, race, class, ethnicity, language, citizenship status, sexuality, ability) in contemporary and historical contexts. Examines texts that encourage and provoke us to ask larger questions about identity, power, privilege, society, and the role of culture in present-day or historical settings.

Engl 265 – Environmental Humanities: Ecologies, Adaptations, De-colonizations (5 credits)
MW 10:00-11:20
Instructor: Jason Groves

Diversity credit
Introduces the study of the environment through literature, culture, and history. Topics include changing ideas about nature, wilderness, ecology, pollution, climate, and human/animal relations, with particular emphasis on environmental justice and the unequal distribution of environmental crises, both globally and along class, race and gender lines.

Engl 308 – Marxism Literary Theory (5 credits)
TTh 9:30-11:20
Instructor: Alys Weinbaum

Writing credit
Open to all students on 11/23

Introduces Marxist theory and methodology. Explores how and why Marx's writings, Marxist theory, and materialist methods became central to the study of literature and culture over the course of the twentieth century.

Engl 316 – Postcolonial Literature and Culture: Home Leavings and Home Comings (5 credits)
TTh 8:30-10:20
Instructor: Anu Taranath
Diversity credit
Open to all students on 11/23

Readings of major texts and writers in postcolonial literature and culture. Surveys some of the most important questions and debates in postcolonial literature, including issues of identity, globalization, language, and nationalism. Cultural focus may vary.

History of Modern Europe

HSTEU 274 – European History and Film from the 1890s to the Present (5 credits)
Lectures to be arranged. Go to MyPlan or the Time Schedule for details.
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: Jordanna Bailkin

Introduces the histories of world war, the rise and fall of fascism and communism, postwar migrations, the Cold War and decolonization, and the making of the European Community through film. Historical content unified by methodological focus on the social and political function of film.

Jackson School of International Studies: Area Studies

JSIS A 207 – Asian Civilizations: Traditions (5 credits)
MW 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Deborah Porter
Interdisciplinary introduction to the civilizations of Asia, particularly those of India, China, Japan, and Korea. Explores the religion, philosophy, literature, art, and social and political thought of these civilizations from ancient times to the 17th century.

JSIS A 210 – Islamic Civilization (5 credits)
TTh 1:30-3:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: Hamza Zafer
Covers major developments in the formative, classical, and modern periods of Islamic civilization from seventh century Arabia to the contemporary Muslim world. Looks at the development of Islamic religious thought and legal practice as well as the Muslim polities, cultures, and intellectual traditions of Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. May not be taken for credit if credit earned in NEAR E 210. Offered jointly with NEAR E 229.

JSIS A 239 – Greece: From Ancient to Modern (5 credits)
TTh 2:30-4:20
Instructor: Alexander Hollman

How are Ancient and Modern Greece connected to each other? Learn about great moments in Ancient Greek culture (tyranny and democracy, tragedy and comedy, athletics and art) and the complex ways Modern Greece has drawn on this heritage by exploring ancient and modern texts and images. Offered jointly with CLAS 239.

JSIS A 365 – Luso-Brazilian Cultures (5 credits)
TTh 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Eduardo Viana Da Silva
Explores cultures of Brazil, Portuguese-speaking Africa, Asia, and Europe within the framework of cultural studies theory. Follows an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from readings, audio files (radio), films and documentaries in history, literature, arts and performances, anthropology, among others. Focuses on selected cultural aspects and countries. Taught in English. Offered jointly with Port 365.

Jackson School of International Studies: Jewish Studies

Jew St 295 – Popular Film and the Holocaust (5 credits)
MWF 12:30-1:20
Instructor: Richard Block
Diversity credit
Contribution, assimilation, and alienation of German-speaking Jews - such as Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and Franz Kafka - emphasizing the multi-cultural nature of that which is understood as "German culture." Offered jointly with German 295.

Jew St 460 – Sephardic Culture (5 credits)
MW 2:30-4:20
Instructor: Ana Gomez-Bravo

Explores Sephardic art. Music, food, film, literature, citizenship and nationhood, identity, and the origins of ladino, among other topics. Taught in English. Prerequisite: SPAN 303 or SPAN 316; SPAN 322. Offered jointly with Span 460.

Landscape Architecture

L Arch 353 – History of Modern Landscape Architecture (5 credits)
MWF 11:30-12:50
Instructor: Maria Taylor
Development of profession and art of landscape architecture in the United States, Europe, South America, and Japan in relation to prevailing social, economic, political, and cultural factors. Relationships with other professions, especially architecture and urban planning, and other arts, such as painting and sculpture. Open to non-majors.

L Arch 361 – The Human Experience of Place (3 credits)
To be arranged. Go to MyPlan or Time Schedule for details.
Instructor: Jeff Hou
Diversity credit

Interdisciplinary approaches to exploring the reciprocal relationship between people and the landscapes of everyday life. Through readings, discussion, in-class activities and mini-projects, students study place attachment, relationships to nature, environmental attitudes and perception, personal space, territoriality, urban public space, diversity, participation, and the politics of space. Open to nonmajors.


Ling 200 – Intro to Linguistic Thought (5 credits)
MWF 2:30-3:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor: Naja Ferjan Ramirez
QSR credit
Not open for credit to students who have completed LING 201 or LING 400.
Language as the fundamental characteristic of the human species; diversity and complexity of human languages; phonological and grammatical analysis; dimensions of language use; and language acquisition and historical language change.

Near Eastern Language and Civilization

Near E 201 – Intro to the Ancient Near East (5 credits)
MW 1:30-3:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: Gary Martin
Surveys the peoples, places, and events of the ancient Near East. Examines the cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Canaan, and Israel with an eye to each culture's cultural contributions. Pays special attention to shared cultural elements as well as distinguishing characteristics of the peoples of these regions.

Near E 335 – Language Identity (5 credits)
W 1:30-3:20
Instructor: H. Elkhafaifi

Explores social and linguistic aspects of the languages and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on the relationship between language and national/ethnic identity from the perspective of group conflict. Considers language policies in colonial and post-colonial states, and individual strategies of accommodation and resistance to these policies.

Near E 430 – Muslim Scripture, Historiography, and Exegesis (5 credits)
W 3:30-6:20
Instructor: Hamza Zafer

Examines the origins and development of early and classical Muslim thought. Provides an in-depth survey of the three key genres of early and classical Muslim writing: scripture (Quran), historiography (Maghazi, Sira, and Tabaqat), and exegesis (Tafsir and Ta'wil). Offered: jointly with NEAR E 430.


Phil 240 – Intro to Ethics (5 credits)
MWF 9:30-10:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor: Paul Franco
Writing credit
Critical introduction to various philosophical views of the basis and presuppositions of morality and moral knowledge. Critical introduction to various types of normative ethical theory, including utilitarian, deontological, and virtue theories.

Phil 243 – Environmental Ethics (5 credits)
TTh 1:00-2:20
Quiz WF, times vary
Instructor: Stephen Gardiner
Focuses on some of the philosophical questions that arise in connection with environmental studies. Topics to be considered include: the ideological roots of current issues, values and the natural world, public policy and risk assessment, intergenerational justice, and social change. Offered jointly with ENVIR 243.

Scandinavian Studies

Scand 100 – Intro to Scandinavian Culture (5 credits)
MW 1:30-3:20
Instructor: K. Naesby

The Scandinavian experience from the Viking Age to the present day; the background for contemporary Scandinavian democracy, with major emphasis on the cultural, political, and religious development of the Scandinavian countries.

Scand 445 – War and Occupation in Northern Europe: History, Fiction, and Memoir (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Marianne Stecher-Hansen
Diversity credit

The study of literary representations (fiction, memoirs, and personal narratives) dealing with World War II and the occupation of the Nordic and Baltic countries. Offered jointly with JSIS A 442.

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Slavic 320 – The Other Europe: Post-World War II East European Fiction (5 credits)
MW 2:30-4:20
Instructor: G. Crnkovic
Introduces post-WWII Eastern European fiction created during and after the communist era, both in Eastern European countries and in exile. Includes works by Polish, Czech, Yugoslav, post-Yugoslav, Hungarian, and Baltic writers. Taught in English. Jointly offered with Comp. Lit 252A.

Slavic 426 – Ways of Feeling (5 credits)
MW 12:30-2:20
Instructor: K. Dziwirek
Investigate the diversity of human experience by focusing on culture specific aspects of linguistic expression of emotion. Examination of the meaning and form of emotion words in different languages, facial expressions, cultural attitudes to emotion and emotional behavior, and gender-specific emotional expressions.