VLPA Courses

Winter Quarter 2020 VLPA courses

Please note: class times, locations, fees, enrollment numbers and course descriptions may change.  Check the Time Schedule for updates BEFORE registering for any class. Always check your degree audit after registering for courses.

African-American Studies

Afram 220 – African American Film Studies (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Sonnet Retman
Diversity credit
Examines the history and theory of African American filmmaking, introducing central political and aesthetic debates by way of different cinematic eras, genres, and filmmakers. Focuses primarily on black directors and producers independent and commercial contexts as they confront popular representations of U.S. blackness in their own cinematic practice.

Afram 334 – Civil Rights and Black Power in the United States (5 credits)
MW 3:30-5:20
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.

Afram 350 – Black Aesthetics (5 credits)
TTh 3:30-5:20
Instructor: Sonnet Retman
Draws on both multi-media and print sources, including fiction, poetry, prose, films, polemics, historiography and speeches to explore the idea of a black aesthetic in various cultural, historical, and political contexts within the twentieth century.

American Ethnic Studies

AES 212 – Comparative American Ethnic Literature (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: Vincent Schleitwiler
Diversity credit
Open to all majors on 11/18.

Reviews selected texts by African American, American Indian, Asian American, Chicano/Latino, and Euro American writers. Includes a comparison of how texts envision and interpret a diverse American culture and social, political relations among peoples of the United States. Explores the power of cultural agency in the creation of America's literature.

American Indian Studies

AIS 377 – Contemporary American Indian Literature (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Chadwick Allen
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)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Iisaaksiichaa Braine
Diversity credit
Explores the historical and cultural roots of powwow. Discusses the ways this indigenous Native art form has adapted since prehistoric times.

Art History

Art H 209 – Themes and Topics in Art History: Art Now (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-1:50
Instructor: Adair Rounthwaite
$30 fee required
Writing credit
Contemporary art today confronts viewers with a bewildering array of images, objects, and processes. This can leave viewers thinking: can anything count as “art?” And what’s the point of it all? In this class, we explore how contemporary art connects artists and viewers in forms of creative engagement with pressing social and political issues. We will see how artists use diverse strategies to help us consider who we are, how our world is changing, and how we can best inhabit it together. Across a set of themes that address the state of contemporary global culture, students will discuss how today’s art speaks to both individual and collective life.

The course trains students how to express these ideas in clear, structured pieces of writing. We focus on the levels of description, contextualization, and analysis as key stepping stones in writing about art. 

Art H 214 – Art of India (5 credits)
MW 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Sonal Khullar
$30 fee required
The course surveys the material culture and artistic production of South Asia, which comprises the modern nation-states of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka, from antiquity through the early modern period. We attend to traditional art historical concerns such as the role of the artist, treatment of materials, systems of patronage, development of style, theories of aesthetics, and iconographic analysis. We relate South Asian art to its social contexts, emphasizing exchange and interaction between cultures and groups, including but not limited to artists, pilgrims, merchants, warriors, and kings; Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians; Indians, Persians, Europeans, Central Asians, and Southeast Asians. We consider questions of iconophilia and iconoclasm, narrative and temporality, archeology and historiography, ritual and religion, sovereignty and kingship, gender and sexuality, urbanism and empire, colonialism and nationalism as they pertain to the images, objects, and sites of our study. Students with a background in art history, studio art, architecture, history, religion, literature, anthropology, or South Asian Studies are especially welcome.

Art H 250 – Rome (5 credits)
TTh 1:30-2:50
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: Albert Sbragia, Mary O’Neil
Focuses on Rome as an historical, intellectual, and artistic world center. Literary and historic documents, visual arts, architecture, film, and opera used to explore the changing paradigms of the Eternal City. In English. Offered jointly with HSTEU 250/ITAL 250.

Art H 310 – Chinese Art and Archeology (5 credits)
MW 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Haicheng Wang
$30 course fee
Introduces Chinese art and archaeology from the Neolithic to the Han Dynasty. Focuses on the history of developing technology and the archaeological basis for understanding the development of art and visual culture in early China.

Art H 390 – American Architecture through an Ecological Lens (5 credits)
TTh 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Meredith Clausen
$30 required fee

Introduction to the history of American architecture and urbanism as seen from an ecological perspective, from the time of indigenous inhabitants to the present.

Asian Languages and Literatures

Asian 203 – Literature and Culture of Ancient and Classical India (5 credits)
MW 1:30-3:20
Instructor:  Heidi Pauwels
Introduction to ancient and classical Indian literature in its cultural context. Texts in English translation.

Asian 207 – Special Topics in Literature and Culture of Asia: Faeries, Genies and Monsters (5 credits)
TTh 2:30-4:20
Instructor: Jennifer Dubrow
This course introduces the romance in India, a literary genre of fantastic adventures, supernatural encounters, and brave heroes. Major readings comprise The Arabian NightsThe Adventures of Amir Hamza, and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. We will explore the development of the genre by reading one of the most famous and beloved examples of romance from India. Toward the end of the course we will study The Hobbit as a modern example of the romance genre, and compare it with The Adventures of Amir Hamza. All works will be read in English translation, and no prior knowledge is assumed.

Asian 211 – Chinese Languages and Literatures (5 credits)
MWF 2:00-3:20
Instructor: Zev Handel

Provides a general survey of the languages and language-families in China, emphasizing the rich linguistic diversity found there today. Languages compared with English, from linguistic and cultural perspectives, to demonstrate not only characteristics but also mutual dependence throughout their development.

Asian 223 – Buddhist Literature: Buddhism in South and East Asia from the Teaching of the Buddha in India through China and Japan (5 credits)
TTh 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Collett Cox
Introduction to Buddhist literature in India, China, and Japan including biographies, poetry, narratives, ritual manuals, doctrinal treatises, and historical accounts. Attention also given to issues of textual composition, transmission, authorship, audience, context, and function. Taught in English.

Built Environment

B E 210 – Global History of the Built Environment I (5 credits)
MWF 10:00-11:20
Instructor: V. Prakash
This course critically examines built environments over time using a global perspective beginning with First Societies through 1st millennium CE. The global perspective encourages thinking about history in a transnational and transgeographical manner. The course is broadly structured around the concept of "time cuts" that allow for comparisons across regions and cultural formations. There are no prerequisites.

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. Offered jointly with Span 332.

CHSTU 465 – Contemporary Chicano Literature (5 credits)
MW 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Lauro Flores
Examines one or more problems, themes, and/or figures in the developing body of Chicano literature. Taught in English.


Clas 239 – Greece: From Ancient to Modern (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Instructor:  Alexander Hollmann
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 JSIS A 239.

Clas 330 – Age of Augustus (5 credits)
MTWThF 9:30-10:20
Instructor: A. M. Gowing
This course will examine all aspects of the Age of Augustus (31 BC - AD 14), a period of profound political and cultural change that permanently altered the course of Roman history. The history, politics, literature, art, architecture, and religion of the period will all come under scrutiny as we investigate the various ways in which Rome's first emperor sought to repair and redirect a society fragmented by years of civil war -- and the various ways in which the citizens of Rome reacted to the Augustan reforms. The readings will be drawn largely from primary texts, including Augustus' own account of his rule (the Res Gestae); selections from the works of Vergil, Ovid, Horace, and other Augustan writers; Suetonius' Life of Augustus; and numerous inscriptions illustrating various aspects of life in Rome as well as in the provinces.

Clas 410 – The Classical Tradition (5 credits)
MW 2:30-4:20
Instructor: Stephan Hinds
The Greek and Roman imagination has fed literature, art and thought in the Western world and beyond from antiquity until today:  the god and the hero, the warrior and the wanderer, the lover and the schemer, the statesman and the dissident, the city-builder and the seeker of rural fantasy ...  Poets, artists, thinkers and doers, all stake-holders in the Classical Tradition.

Presupposing no prior study of what we know as classical antiquity (a shorthand term for the ethnically diverse and multicultural worlds unified by the use of the Greek and Latin languages on all sides of the Mediterranean Sea from about 1000 BCE/BC to 500 CE/AD), the course will offer the opportunity to explore conversations across centuries between ancient and modern texts and ideas, especially in poetry but in other genres and in other media too.  For classicists like myself, antiquity ends in the 5th or 6thcentury CE, and on some definitions modernity begins as early as the 14thcentury CE; in between lie the Middle Ages (the medieval period), whose boundaries are themselves negotiable.  Although this class will pick and choose its particular objects of study, in principle no period of culture influenced by ancient Greece and Rome is irrelevant to our investigation.  What will unify our explorations are, first, a grounding in ancient Greek and Roman texts and ideas and, second, our own perspectives as 21stcentury readers living in increasingly diverse and interconnected societies, trying to make sense of conversations across two and even three millennia of Western culture and to put them in conversation with other world cultures and traditions on which they have had an impact, including our own.  ‘Classical’ and ‘tradition’ are both highly loaded terms: to study the Classical Tradition is to investigate, and to be ready to problematize, a long history of cultural appropriation and identity formation.

Clas 430 – Greek and Roman Mythology (3 credits)
MWF 11:30-12:20
Instructor: Stephen Hinds
Optional linked writing course

This course will introduce you to the principal myths of ancient Greece in Greek and Roman sources, to the main places and characters involved, to some of the ways in which myth functioned in real life in Ancient Greece, and ways it functions in human societies in general. You will get a sense of how Greek myth fitted together into a system, and we will look for connections and patterns that made that system work and for developments, events and influences that made it change. You will read some excellent literature and, of course, encounter some fantastic stories - which are more than simply stories. We will approach myth as stories that people tell to create the (virtual) worlds in which they live, and our goal in this course will be to reconstruct some of these worlds on the basis of stories that survive from Antiquity.

Cinema and Media Studies

CMS 275 – Perspectives on Visual Culture: Feminist Approaches to Media (5 credits)
MW 10:30-12:20
Instructor:  Mal Ahern
Diversity credit
$10 course fee
Introduction to feminist critiques of mainstream cinema, television, print, comics, and digital media, as well as a range of feminist experimental and alternative media practices. Screenings and readings will emphasize work by feminist, queer, women of color, trans-, and non-binary artists and critics. Assignments may include: making a zine, writing a manifesto, and completing a video essay. 

CMS 302 – Media Arts and Culture: New Media and Urban Space (5 credits)
TTh 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Yomi Braester
$10 course fee
Open to all students on Nov. 18th
Examines cultural expressions and aesthetic formations across media forms, with an emphasis on electronic and digital media. Media arts analyzed vary, including but not limited to comics, cell-phones, mash-ups, games, electronic literature, video installations, photography, and soundscapes.

CMS 320 – Cinema and Nation: Transnationalism in Latin American Cinema (5 credits)
MW 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Cynthia Steele
$10 course fee
"In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Latin American films like Amores perros, Diarios de motocicleta, Y tu mamá también and Cidade de Deus enjoyed an unprecedented level of critical and commercial success in global markets. Benefiting from external financial and/or creative input, these films were considered examples of transnational cinema. Through a textual analysis of six filmmakers, we will examine these and other transnational films, including the subsequent wave or commercially successful ‘deterritorialized’ films by the same directors." (Tierney)

You will watch two films a week on instant streaming, read the textbook, and keep a viewing and reading journal. Also, you will write one 4-6-page comparative analytical essay and participate in a group presentation with other students. You will be required to subscribe to Netflix for the duration of the quarter, in order to watch several of the films. Other films will be available on Canvas, on Kanopy, or for rental on Amazon Video. All films have English subtitles. PLEASE NOTE: There is a great deal of nudity and violence in several of these films. If you are sensitive to these issues, you may want to consider taking a different class.

CMS 321 – Oppositional Cinema/Media: Race on U.S. Television (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Stephen Groening
$10 course fee
Approaches film and related media as socially and politically engaged practice, with focus on screen media produced or received in "opposition" to dominant cultural and entertainment industry norms. Topics vary.

Comparative History of Ideas

Chid 480A – Advanced Special Topics: Waves of Knowing: Surfing and Empire in the Pacific (5 credits)
MW 2:30-4:20
Instructor: Lydia Heberling
This course examines the entangled relationships between the modern sport of surfing, indigenous practices of wave riding, and empire in the Pacific. Grounded in creative texts, film, and sports and cultural studies, this course will interrogate the ways in which modern surfing reenacts neocolonial forms of power and indigenous dispossession in Pacific coastal regions. The course incudes the opportunity to speak with a Maori surf activist and a voluntary field trip to Westport, Washington.

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 the 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.

Comparative Literature

C LIT 250B-Literature and Culture: Mirror, Mirror: Fairy Tales as Reflection and Subversion of Social Vision (5 credits)
MWF 9:30-10:20
Instructor: Brandon Emrys
Folktales and fairy tales entertain and teach their audiences about culture. They explain taboos, model ideal behaviors, and demonstrate the punishments for violating the collective and its prescribed social roles. These tales pass on vital cultural and social histories via metaphoric language. In this course, we will examine a variety of classical and contemporary fairy and folktale texts from German and other European cultures, learn about approaches to folklore materials and fairy tale texts, and look at our own culture with a critical-historical perspective.

We will explore relevant topics, values, and fears of Western society across a span of time ranging from 1400 to the present. These aspects of human life include arranged marriage, infanticide, incest, economic struggles, boundaries between the animal and human, gender roles, and class antagonisms. Among the tales we will read and learn to analyze using various interpretive methods are those collected by the Brothers Grimm, by the Italian authors Basile and Straparola, by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French writers such as D‘Aulnoy, de Beaumont, and Perrault, by Hans Christian Andersen and Oscar Wilde. We will also read 20th century re-workings of classical fairy tale motifs. The course is loosely organized around clusters of Aarne, Thompson, and Uther’s tale types, providing a framework for our examinations. We will learn about the history of both oral and literary fairy tales as we examine reworkings (including films) from different periods. Various interpretive approaches and critical lenses will be modeled and critiqued in class. Students will have the chance to apply these models in their discussion sessions, in a written paper, and in a group project. Offered jointly with Engl 200 and German 298.


ENGL 259 – Literature and Social Difference (5 credits)
TTh 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Gillian Harkins
Writing and Diversity credit
No seniors period I registration (11/1-11/17).
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 (5 credits)
TTh 1:00-2:20
Instructor: Jason Graves
Diversity credit
No seniors period I registration (11/1-11/17).
With the future of the Endangered Species Act and other important environmental protections at stake, this course takes a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding one of the more wicked problems of the twenty-first century: The Sixth Extinction. Rather than approaching this event as a discrete biological phenomenon, this course looks at how current threats to biodiversity are implicated in, and connected to, long-standing and ongoing threats to cultural diversity. We will seek to understand how discourses of extinction, beginning from its scientific “discovery” in the eighteenth century, are related to fraught histories of colonialism and imperialism, whose ecological and cultural effects extend into the present and threaten to shape the future.

While the course seeks to grasp the scale of the Sixth Extinction, it will also critically reflect upon, and propose alternatives to, the dominant apocalyptic narratives in which extinction is framed in the popular imagination. This is a course about world-building as much as it is about taking stock of what has been lost: rather than dwelling on the approaching end of the world, we will seek to move beyond the end of the world by attending to those who argue that we already live in a post-apocalyptic present in the wake of historical and ongoing genocides, forced migrations, and other forms of dispossession and displacement. Course readings  drawn from across the arts, humanities, and social sciences will explore and critique various framings of “the end,” while other readings from decolonial speculative fiction will offer resources for imagining and cultivating a more just world. Readings and discussion in English, originals in other languages will be made available wherever possible. 

ENGL 266 – Literature and Technology (5 credits)
TTh 2:30-4:20
Instructor: Jeffrey Knight
Writing credit
No seniors period I registration (11/1-11/17).
The codex book has been called “the perfect invention,” “the first mass-produced commodity,” and “the most powerful object of our time.” It has survived the digital revolution not only intact but revitalized, as hardback sales now outpace ebooks, Amazon is building brick-and-mortar bookstores, and “digital detox” is being touted as a cure for stress and screen addiction. What makes this 2000-year-old technology so resilient, so good to think with? What lessons might it hold for the future of information, literacy, and human expression? 

This course offers an introduction to the technology of the book from ancient wax tablets to 21st-century tablet PCs. To understand the affordances and permutations of books as material things, we will turn to those who know them best: the novelists, poets, playwrights, and philosophers who write them. Readings will cluster around four or five English-language case studies and will include at least one very old poem, a Shakespeare play, a modern novel, and a piece of born-digital literature. Frequent field trips will take us to UW Special Collections in Allen Library, where we will gain hands-on experience with real medieval manuscripts, Renaissance printed books, Victorian serials, and contemporary artists’ books. Evaluation will be based on participation, in-class exercises, two special projects, and two medium-length papers. Students will leave the course with knowledge of exemplary works of English literary history along with fundamental concepts in the study of media.

ENGL 362 – Latino/a Literary Genres (5 credits)
TTh 2:30-4:20
Instructor: Monika Kaup

Diversity credit
Open to all majors on Nov. 18th

Considers how conventions of genre have been distributed in U.S Latino literature and beyond in networks of Latino transnationalism and trans-border exchanges. Links the relationship between generic forms to questions of power within social, cultural, and historical contexts.

ENGL 372 – World Englishes (5 credits)
MW 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Nancy Bou Ayash
Diversity credit
Examines historical, linguistic, economic, and sociopolitical forces involved in the diversification of Global/New Englishes. Attention to changing power relations, language hierarchies, and inequalities associated with the teaching, learning, and use of English. Explores current debates on linguistic imperialism and resistance, concepts of 'mother tongue', nativeness, comprehensibility/intelligibility judgments, and language ownership.

ENGL 378 – Special Topics: Colonialism, Globalization, and the Literature of Slavery (5 credits)
MW 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Juliet Shields
Open to all students on 11/18.

We often understand globalization—worldwide interactions among people, companies, and governments—as a recent phenomenon, something that’s unique to our time.  But in fact, it has a long history, dating back at least to the seventeenth-century origins of the slave trade and the subsequent building of the British and American empires.   

This course will introduce students to the basics of postcolonial and globalization theory.  Just as globalization developed out of earlier patterns of colonial expansion, so too in literary studies, globalization theory has grown out of postcolonial theory.  We will trace the relationships between these bodies of theory and the phenomena that produced them as we ask how colonialism and globalization have shaped literary works and our interpretation of them. 

We will bring postcolonial and globalization theory to bear on a range of literary works that engage with the slave trade, colonial expansion, and their legacies of racial inequality from Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1603) and Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko (1689) to NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names (2013) and Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing (2016).  Readings from theorists including Ania Loomba, Paul Gilroy, and Simon Gikandi will be available through Canvas.

No prior expertise in postcolonial or globalization theory (or any kind of theory) is necessary for this course, but you will need to be willing to grapple with difficult texts and questions.  Assignments will include several short response papers, a class presentation, and a longer analytical paper.

ENGL 440 – Special Studies in Literature: Toni Morrison (5 credits)
TTh 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Alys Weinbaum

Open to all students on 11/18.
Themes and topics offering special approaches to literature. See MyPlan for updates to course description.

Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

GWSS 272 – Gender and Fandom (5 credits)
MW 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Regina Lee
Examines gender, race, and sexuality in transformation of cultural products by online fandoms, in both domestic and transnational contexts, across a wide variety of media.

History of Modern Europe

HSTEU 276 – Postwar Europe (5 credits)
MW 10:30-12:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: Jordanna Bailkin
Writing and Diversity credit
Explores efforts to reconstruct Europe and European identity after 1945. Assesses the successes and failures of these efforts. Addresses themes of poverty and affluence, postwar justice, Americanization, expansion and collapse of communism, decolonization, migration, and ongoing ethnic tensions that threatened new forms of warfare. Explores the history uses of film.

JSIS-Area Studies

JSIS A 207 – Asian Civilizations: Traditions (5 credits)
MTWTh 10:30-11:20
Instructor: TBA
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 365 – Luso-Brazilian Culture (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.

JSIS-Global and Thematic Courses

JSIS B 391 – Climate Change – An International Perspective (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Instructor: R. Pavia
Explores climate change science in the context of geographic, social, and political constraints, considering the role of art, activism, and Arctic indigenous peoples in communicating impacts and mitigation. Students gain knowledge in key atmospheric and ocean science principles along with the role of science in society Offered jointly with ARCTIC 391.

JSIS-Jewish Studies

Jew St 427 – Russian Jewish Experience (5 credits)
TTh 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Sasha Senderovich
Diversity credit
Examines the experience of Russian Jews from the late 19th century to the present through fiction, films, memoirs, graphic novels set during the Bolshevik Revolution, Stalinism, the Holocaust, the Cold War, the post-Soviet era. Explores issues of identity, gender, class, place of Jews as individuals and as a minority within Russian & Soviet society, as well as Jewish-Russian emigration to USA, Israel and elsewhere at the turn of the 21st century. Offered jointly with RUSS 427.

Landscape Architecture

L Arch 353 – History of Modern Landscape Architecture (5 credits)
MW 11:30-12:50
Quiz F 11:30-12:50
Instructor: Maria Taylor
Writing credit

What makes an urban landscape modern? A great public park? An inspiring work of landscape art? This course will explore the history of gardens and landscapes as designed, built, critiqued and used in diverse cultures and places, in particular the differences and continuities relevant to the 20th Century’s division of “capitalist” “socialist” and “developing” worlds. We will begin in the late 19th century period of industrialization and modernization by examining the first parks designed for the public, and work our way up to the “post-industrial” parks and landscapes of the late 20th century. We will study small gardens that inspire the poet and large nature preserves, as well as city plazas, corporate roof gardens, and the neighborhood park. Open to non-majors.

L Arch 361 – The Human Experience of Place (3 credits)
TTh 10:00-11:20
Instructor: Lynne Manzo
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.

This course brings together the social sciences (psychology, geography, anthropology and sociology) and the design disciplines (landscape architecture, architecture and urban planning) to provide a richer understanding of the human experience of place. Starting with foundational theories on place attachment and place identity, we will also explore our relationships to nature, landscape perception and cognition, safety and environmental design, urban change and gentrification, community development, and urban public space. Open to non-majors.


Music 131 – History of Jazz (5 credits)
Group start online course. See Time Schedule or MyPlan for details on course access, tuition and additional fees.
Instructor: Alek Gayton

Extensive overview of important musicians, composers, arrangers, and stylistic periods of jazz history from emergence of the first jazz bands at the turn of the twentieth century through post-modern bebop era of the 1990s.

Music 160 – American Folk Music (5 credits)
MTWThF 8:30-9:20
Instructor: C. Sunardi
Introduces different types of folk music practiced in the United States. Examines how pieces, genres, performers, and consumers fit into particular socio-historical contexts as well as issues including identity politics and the roles of the media.

Music 162 – American Pop Song (5 credits)
Group start online course. See Time Schedule or MyPlan for details on course access, tuition and additional fees.
Instructor: Jackson Flesher
Historical, social, and stylistic study of popular idioms from the late nineteenth century to the present. Most attention to contemporary idioms (rock, country-western, soul, hip-hop). Various facets of the industry examined to learn how they influence taste and musical style.

Near Eastern Languages and Civilization        

Near E 202 – Intro to the Hebrew Bible (5 credits)
MW 1:30-3:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: Gary Martin

Examines the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) in translation and its relationship with literatures of ancient Near East. Comparisons drawn between Biblical text and literary works of Canaan, Egypt, Greece, Mesopotamia. Emphasis on the sophisticated literary techniques employed by Biblical writers. Cannot be taken for credit if credit earned in NEAR E 240. Offered jointly with Relig 240.

Near E 229 – 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 JSIS A 210.

Near E 271 – Cultural History of Turkey: Charismatic Leaders and Social Movements (5 credits)
TWTh 3:30-4:50
Instructor: Selim Kuru

Topics include: social, economic, and political structures of Ottoman and Turkish Anatolia; language, literature, and artistic tradition; social status of women, literacy and illiteracy, the secular enterprise of Kemal Ataturk; Islamic fundamentalism, educational institutions, Kurdish nationalism.

Near E 318 – Jewish Literature and Film (5 credits)
TTh 11:30-1:20
Instructor: Noami Sokoloff
Diversity credit

By examining fiction, poetry, memoirs, diaries, monuments, commix, and other aspects of popular culture, this course will explore literary responses to the Nazi Holocaust. How has literature imagined and reacted to the persecution of Jews and other marginalized groups – including Gypsies, homosexuals, and people with disabilities? Among the topics to be covered: bearing witness and survivor testimony; the shaping of collective memory; the second generation; Holocaust education and children's literature; gender and the Holocaust; fantasy and humor in representations of catastrophe. Offered jointly with C Lit 318.

Students may opt to take this as a W course by completing additional writing assignments. Revision, editing, and reworking of essay assignments is an integral part of a W course. Any student in this course who wishes to read some texts in Hebrew may contact the instructor and make arrangements to register for an additional 2-3 credits of independent study (MODHEB 490 or MODHEB 600).

Near E 335 – Language Identity (5 credits)
W 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Hussein Elkhafaifi
NOTE: This is a hybrid course with significant online content.
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.


Phil 240 – Contemporary Moral Problems (5 credits)
MWF 10:30-11:20
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 242 – Medical Ethics (5 credits)
TTh 8:30-9:50
Quiz WF, times vary
Instructor: Carina Fourie
Writing credit
Introduction to ethics, primarily for first- and second-year students. Emphasizes philosophical thinking and writing through an in-depth study of philosophical issues arising in the practice of medicine. Examines the issues of medical ethics from a patient's point of view.

Phil 243 – Environmental Ethics (5 credits)
MW 1:00-2:20
Quiz TTh, times vary
Instructor: Stephen Gardiner
Writing credit

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)
MTWTh 1:30-2:20
Instructor: Kristian 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 367 – Sexuality in Scandinavia (5 credits)
TTh 2:30-4:20
Instructor: Olivia Gunn

The New York Times recently published an article titled “‘Love Island’ in the Land of Gender Equality” (11/6/18). As this article suggests, the public global image of the Nordic countries in 2018 involves their status as some of the most egalitarian and sexually open nations in the world. How did they achieve this reputation? What has changed (or stayed the same?) since the great Moral Debate of the 1880s? Our sources—which will include literary works, art, scholarly articles, socio-political writings, film, and television—will help us to explore how the Scandinavians have perceived human sexualities since the late nineteenth century, while also acknowledging the complexity and diversity of the landscape of gender and desire in Northern Europe.

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Slavic 426 – Ways of Feeling: Universal and Culture Specific Aspects of Language (5 credits)
MW 2:30-4:20
Instructor:  Katarzyna 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.