VLPA Courses

Spring Quarter 2021 VLPA courses

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African-American Studies

Afram 330 – Music, Folklore, and Performance in Black Society (5 credits)
MW 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Brukab Sisay
Focuses on cultural expressions created by people of African descent in the Unites States in the twentieth century, with an emphasis on music, folklore, dance, and humor.

Asian American Studies

AAS 320 – Hawaii’s Literatures (5 credits)
TTh 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Vincent Schleitwiler
Diversity credit
Covers views by Native Hawaiian and multicultural writers and composers, studied within historical contexts ranging from the eighteenth century to the present. Examines how the colonization of a sovereign people redefines culture in ethnocentric, racist, Orientialist ways. Analyzes strategies of decolonization as presented and interpreted in works studied.

AAS 330 – Asian-American Theater (5 credits)
MW 8:30-10:20
Instructor: Jang Wook Huh
Diversity credit

Covers drama from the 1970's to now, in historical contexts. They study of drama is dialogical, through dialogue. Themes are contested among the characters. Our studies participate, with the plays, in questioning race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class. Includes students' performances of dramatic readings. No prior experience in theater is required.

AAS 404 – Advanced Asian American Studies in Humanities: Apparitions of the Non-Alien: The Cultural Afterlife of Japanese American Incarceration (5 credits)
TTh 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Vince Schleitwiler
Diversity credit

Asian American and Pacific Islander identity and cultures from a humanities perspective. Emphasis on literature, film, music, performance, visual, and material culture. Topics include globalization, war, empire, militarism, capitalism, racism. Interdisciplinary research methods utilize primary documents, historical analysis, cultural studies, and theory. Prerequisite: either AES 150, AES 151, AAS 101, AFRAM 101, or CHSTU 101.

American Ethnic Studies

AES 212 – Comparative American Ethnic Literature (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Quiz Friday, times vary
Instructor: Jang Wook Huh
Diversity credit
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 350 – Two-Dimensional Art of the Northwest Coast Indians (5 credits)
TTh 3:30-5:20
Instructor: TBA

Studio course emphasizes principles of structure and style of two-dimensional art which can be found on many old, traditional Northwest Coast pieces, such as painted storage boxes and chests, house panels, and ceremonial screens. Students apply these principles in creating a variety of graphic projects.

AIS 360 – Indians in Cinema (5 credits)
TTh 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Daniel Hart
Diversity credit

Studies representations of American Indians in American films from 1900 to present. Examines the foundations of American Indian stereotypes and how Hollywood helped create and perpetuate those stereotypes. Activities include reading critical materials, and viewing, discussing, and writing critically about films by non-Native directors.


Anth 233 – Language and Society (5 credits)
MWF 8:30-9:20
Quiz Th, times vary
Instructor: TBA
Diversity credit
Introduces the study of sociolects, the varieties of language that arise from differences in cultural and societal groups, often reflective of power inequalities. Raises awareness of the role that society and the individual play in shaping sociolects via the systematic observation and critical discussion of linguistic phenomena. Offered jointly with COM 233/LING 233.

Anth 235 – Global Feminist Art (5 credits)
MW 1:30-3:20
Instructor: TBA
Introduces feminism as a way of thinking about visual art practice in terms of social hierarchy, aesthetic form, and ideology. Explores how feminist artists working in diverse locations and cultural traditions challenge, at the local and global level, artistic conventions and representations of gender, sexuality, race, class, and nationality. Offered jointly with GWSS 235.

Anth 306 – The Power of Representation: Pacific Islander Voices (5 credits)
MW 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Holly Barker

Focuses on how Pacific Islands and Islanders are being represented by Pacific Islander artists, writers, performers, poets, filmmakers, and scholars. By creatively challenging older dominant misrepresentations in ways these individuals are fashioning new identities that transform images and identities, as well as extend the boundaries of "the Pacific."


Arch 150 – Appreciation of Architecture I (3 credits)
To be arranged. Go to Time Schedule or MyPlan for details.
Instructor: Mohajeri Baradaran
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 II (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.

Arch 231 – Making and Craft (5 credits)
TTh 10:00-11:20
Instructor: R. Congdon
$50 course fee.
No seniors
Introduces the cultures and practical realities of "making" through study of the nature of tools, techniques, and the development of built culture over time. Examines the relationships of "making" to available materials, sources of energy and the development of infrastructure. Also covers qualities and characteristics of materials.

Art History

Art H 273 – History of Photography (5 credits)
To be arranged, online course. Go to time schedule for details
Instructor: Kolya Rice
$30 course fee
Writing credit
Survey of photography from its beginnings in the early 19th century to the digital imaging of today. Study photography as an artistic medium, a social text, a technological adventure, and a cultural practice. Key photographers, cultural movements and recurring themes will be explored with close attention to the social and cultural contexts in which photographs were produced, circulated and consumed.

Art H 309 – Topics in Art History: Race and Representation in American Art (5 credits)
TTh 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Juliet Sperling
$30 course fee
This course explores how visual culture has shaped ideas of racial difference in North America, from circa 1492 to the present. Focusing on representations of bodies, we will examine prints, paintings, performances, films, and photographs that contributed to the construction of Black, Native American, Latino/a, White, and Asian identities and interwoven issues of class, gender, and sexuality. 

Art H 310 – Chinese Art and Archeology (5 credits)
TTh 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 400 – Art History and Criticism: Art and Seattle – Jacob Lawrence: the American Struggle
Th 2:30-5:20
Instructor: Juliet Sperling
$30 course fee
This seminar looks closely at a rotating selection of artists, movements, and collections that have shaped and been shaped by the city of Seattle. Spring 2021's focus is the art of Jacob Lawrence, one of the most important artists of the 20th century and the subject of a special exhibition opening at the Seattle Art Museum in March. Lawrence, who is best known for epic, multi-panel narratives of American history as seen through the eyes of Black Americans, left New York for Seattle in 1970 to become professor of painting at UW’s School of Art + Art History + Design. Through close analysis of key artworks, art historical scholarship, and primary sources from local archives, we will deepen our understanding of Lawrence’s work as it relates to topics including race, regional experience, artistic networks, abstraction and modernism, narrative, history, and legacy. Students will conduct original research and contribute essays to a digital publication spotlighting work made during Lawrence’s time teaching at the University of Washington. 

Art H 435 – Thematic Studies in Native American Art (5 credits)
MW 10:30-12:20
Instructor: TBA

Approach to Native-American art through themes and issues. Focus varies from year to year (e.g. Shamanism in Native-American art, gender identity in Native-American art, social and political aspects of Native-American art, issues in contemporary Native-American art).

Asian Language and Literatures

Asian 204 – Literature and Culture of Modern China (5 credits)
MW 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Chris Hamm
Introduction to modern Chinese literature in its cultural context. Texts in English translation.

Asian 206 – Literature and Culture of South Asia (5 credits)
TTh 2:30-4:20
Instructor: J. Dubrow
Introduction to medieval and modern South Asian 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 1:30-3:20
Instructor:  Richard Salomon
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.


Clas 326 – Women in Antiquity (5 credits)
TTh 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Olga Levaniouk
Diversity credit
A broad survey of primary sources in medicine, law, philosophy, religious ritual, myth, history, and ethnography, informed by perspectives from literature, art, and archaeology. Provides students the tools to analyze the social roles of women in ancient Greece and Rome.

Clas 329 – Greek and Roman Slavery (3 credits)
MW 2:30-4:20
Instructor: Deborah Kamen
Diversity credit

Examines slavery in ancient Greece and Rome, investigating chattel slavery and serfdom, the slave supply and slave numbers, the economic role of slavery, the legal status and treatment of slaves, the resistance of slaves, the freeing of slaves, and ideologies of and attitudes toward slavery.

Clas 420 – Freedom in Ancient Rome and the Modern World (5 credits)
To be arranged. See time schedule for details.
Instructor: Alain Gowing
Diversity credit
Examination of the concept of 'freedom' in Ancient Rome, from its founding in the eighth century BC to the fourth century AD. Special attention to comparing the Roman perspective with some modern views of 'freedom', including (but not limited to) the United States from its founding to the present day. Recommended: HSTAM 111, 302, 312, or 313; CLAS 122, 320, or 329. Offere: jointly with HSTAM 420.

Clas 423 – Gender and Heroism in Ancient Greek Thought (5 credits)
To be arranged. See time schedule for details.
Instructor: Anna Simas
Diversity credit
Examines gender and heroism as mutually constitutive categories in Greek thought, and ways in which they work to uphold or subvert power structures among men and women in their various statuses under patriarchy. Topics will include the multiple conceptions of male and female heroism (mythic, epic, tragic, comic, philosophical, religious) and the ways they are endorsed or critiqued in a variety of literary and philosophical texts. Recommended: Previous coursework in Classics at the 200- or 300-level


Com 200 – Introduction to Communication (5 credits)
To be arranged. Lecture is asynchronous. See Time Schedule for details.
Quiz F, times vary. Quiz sessions are synchronous.
Instructor: Leilani Nishime
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 220 – Intro to Public Speaking (5 credits)
To be arranged. Lecture is asynchronous. See Time Schedule for details.
Quiz sections are asynchronous.
Instructor: Matt McGarrity
Designed to increase competence in public speaking and the critique of public speaking. Emphasizes choice and organization of material, sound reasoning, audience analysis, and delivery.

Com 234 – Public Debate (5 credits)
MW 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Matt 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)
To be arranged. Asynchronous course
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 250C – Special Topics: Art, Memory, and Violence in Latin America (5 credits)
TTh 10:30-12:20

Instructor: MariaElena Garcia
This class invites students to think critically about art, violence, memory and social activism in Latin America. Students will examine notions of “otherness” and the power to label as central to the cultural politics of violence. After examining discourses of state authoritarianism, gendered strategies of torture, and the role of race and coloniality in political violence, students will learn about the politics of struggle, resilience and hope. Specifically, we will explore the role of art in social struggle and in enacting a politics of memory, and read and hear from artists, political activists and other social justice actors.

Chid 250D – Special Topics: High Voltage: Power and Feminist Photographic Practice (5 credits)
TTh 2:30-5:20
Instructor: Dan Paz
Exploring varying modes of photographic practice that trace feminist gestures of representation. Students begin with analog methods of recording light to build and better understand a contemporary digital photographic practice. Students look at photographic practices that have broken historical boundaries of representation with supplementary critical readings in gender, queer, and trans theory, as well as critical race theory.

Chid 370 – Cultural Impact of Information Technology (5 credits)
MW 12:30-2:20
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 480B – Advanced Special Topics: Just Sustainability (5 credits)
TTh 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Gary Handwerk
Diversity credit
This course will focus upon social, cultural, and political aspects of sustainability, particularly the relationship of sustainability to issues of environmental justice and equity. Offered jointly with Comp. Lit 396.

Cinema and Media Studies

CMS 272 – Film Genre: Science Fiction and Other Speculations (5 credits)
TTh 10:30-12:20
Instructor: J. Bean
$10 required course fee
Introduction to study of film and/or television genre. Literary, mythic, and historic aspects of film and/or television genre.

CMS 314 – History of TV (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Stephen Groening
$10 course fee
Open to all students on 3/1.
Covers issues, problems, and themes in the history of televsion. Topic may include changes in television styles and representational forms, television's historical relationship with other media, transitions from broadcast to satellite through cable and digital distribution, and television's changing audiences.

Comparative Literature

C Lit 320B – Contemporary German Prose: Travel, Narration, Migration (5 credits)
MWF 12:30-1:20
Instructor: Brigitte Prutti
The Fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 signaled a new era of openness and global mobility and it spawned new forms of writing and reflection. Some of them will be discussed in this course. It offers an introduction to contemporary German literature and culture in English translation. We will work with short prose texts and novels from the period between the end of the Cold War and the present, with an emphasis on transcultural writing from the last decade, and undertake one or two excursions to earlier modernist travel writing. Key questions posed: How are recent travel and migration experiences narrated by a diverse group of German-speaking writers?  Whose voices do we hear in their stories? What is the range of perspectives they represent?  What are the personal and political stakes of their texts? And, finally, given our current state of pandemic limbo, how may they help us reflect on questions of movement and stasis in the past and the future?  We will discuss some of the following writers: Alina Bronsky, Abbas Khider, Ilja Trojanow, Wolfgang Herrndorf, Yoko Tawada, Julya Rabinowich, Thomas Mann, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Judith Hermann, and W.G. Sebald. Offered jointly with German 298.

C Lit 357 – Literature and Film: East European Literature and Film (5 credits)
MW 2:30-4:20
Instructor: Gordana Crnkovic

The large eastern half of Europe—customarily lumped together under the name of “East Europe”—has produced vibrant, diverse, unique, and often unexpectedly inspiring literature and cinema.  This course introduces students to masterpieces of literature and film by Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav, and Baltic authors. We will focus mostly on works created during the region’s communist or socialist era in the second half of the twentieth century, in societies that were profoundly different from those in the West. While some of the countries of that “Second World’s” Eastern Europe are no longer on the map (Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia), their literature and cinema continue to excite and surprise with the variety of their concerns, their aesthetic excellence, and their relevance to our world today. Offered jointly with Slavic 490.


Engl 204 – Pop Fiction and Media (5 credits)
TTh 11:30-1:20
Instructor: Eva Cherniavsky
Writing credit
No seniors period I (2/12-2/28)
Introduces students to the study of popular culture, possibly including print or visual media, understood as sites of critical reflection. Particular attention to dynamics of production and reception, aesthetics and technique, and cultural politics. Topics may foreground genres (science fiction; romance) or forms (comics; graffiti).

Engl 259 – Literature and Social Difference (5 credits)
TTh 8:30-10:20
Instructor: Ann Taranth
Writing credit
Diversity credit
No seniors period I (2/12-2/28)
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 – Introduction to Environmental Humanities (5 credits)
MW 9:30-11:20
Instructor: Alexander McCauley

Writing credit
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 314 – Transatlantic Literature and Culture (5 credits)
WF 11:30-1:20
Instructor: Catherine Cole

Writing credit
Diversity credit
Open to all students on 3/1.

Explores literatures and cultures produced in the Atlantic world. Emphasizes historical lines of communication and exchange among Atlantic cultures and their literature.

Engl 319 – African Literatures (5 credits)
TTh 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Laura Chrisman
Diversity credit
Open to all students on 3/1.

Introduces and explores African literatures from a range of regions. Pays particular attention to writings connected with the historical experiences of colonialism, anti-colonial resistance, and decolonization. Considers the operations of race, gender, nationhood, neocolonialism, and globalization within and across these writings.

Engl 368 – Women Writers (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Sydney Kaplan
Diversity credit
Open to all students on 3/1.
Investigates how perceptions of "woman writer" shape understandings of women's literary works and the forms in which they compose. Examines texts by women writers with attention to sociocultural, economic, and political context. Considers gender as a form of social difference as well as power relationships structured around gender inequality.

Engl 372 – World Englishes (5 credits)
MW 1:30-3:20
Instructor: Nancy Bou Ayash
Diversity credit
Open to all students on 3/1.

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 466 – Queer and LGBT Studies (5 credits)
MW 2:30-4:20
Instructor: Gillian Harkins
Diversity credit
Open to all students on 3/1.

Special topics in queer theory and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) studies. Examination of ways lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer histories and cultures are represented in criticism, literature, film, performance, and popular culture.

Engl 478 – Language and Social Policy (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Bojan Belic
Diversity credit
Open to all students on 3/1.
Examines the relationship between language policy and social organization; the impact of language policy on immigration, education, and access to resources and political institutions; language policy and revolutionary change; language rights.

Ancient and Medieval History

HSTAM 276 – Celtic Civilizations (5 credits)
TTh 8:30-10:20
Quiz F, times vary
Instructor: Robin Stacey
Have you ever wondered about bards, druids and pagan religion, Celtic mythology, "Celtic monasticism," heroic literatures and what happens to them in the Christian era, beautifully ornamented Gospel books like the Book of Kells, and the conquest of the Celtic nations of Ireland, Wales, and Scotland by the English?  Have you ever wanted to compose and perform a satire against your teacher or competing discussion sections?  If so, this is the class for you!  Celtic studies is a field bedeviled with paradoxes.  On the one hand, Ireland alone preserves the richest vernacular literature extant from anywhere in western Europe before the twelfth century:  volumes and volumes of narrative tales and poetry, annals, law tracts, saints’ lives, and genealogies that run to 13,000 names and counting.  On the other, its history and culture, along with that of Wales, Scotland, and Brittany remains a virtual unknown to the vast majority of medievalists. Usually Ireland appears in standard medieval textbooks (if at all) principally as the “savior” of a western civilization in which it is then, bizarrely, imagined as having never subsequently participated.  Wales and Scotland have fared even worse in textbook accounts, showing up only briefly—and then only in order to be vanquished (or ultimately not, in the case of Scotland) by the English.  

This class seeks to redress that imbalance by focusing entirely on the history and culture of the Celtic-speaking peoples of Europe from the Iron Age to the coming of the Normans to Ireland, Wales, and Scotland in the twelfth century.  There are two principal themes to this course:  identity and tradition.  By “identity” is meant “Celtic” identity--the notion that the peoples and cultures we will study this term display common characteristics that one can legitimately term “Celtic.”  As we will see, this is a more complicated subject than it might at first appear.  The “Celtic” peoples we will study this term were widespread throughout the ancient and medieval worlds, a fact that in itself suggests regional variation and the possibility of differential change over time.  Moreover, these peoples did not exist in isolation but, rather, lived side by side with the literate cultures of the ancient and Christian worlds.  Distinguishing what is “Celtic” from what is not can be a difficult proposition indeed.  Related to the issue of “identity” is that of “tradition”:  how traditions are transmitted and how they change over time in response to changing perceptions and priorities.  It is a common assumption that Celtic-speaking peoples were both capable of and interested in transmitting “traditional” beliefs unchanged throughout the centuries.  However, for many of these peoples, the past served primarily as a means by which to talk about the present, a fact that makes it difficult to talk about “tradition” as though it were always and everywhere an immutable constant.  A large part of our efforts this quarter will thus be devoted to understanding the construction of tradition rather than its verbatim transmission over time.

History of Modern Europe

HSTEU 2746 – Postwar Europe (5 credits)
MW 10:30-12:20
Instructor: Jordanna Bailkin
Diversity credit
Writing credit

How did Europeans attempt to come to terms with the aftermath and legacy of the Second World War? As they sought to rebuild their cities, laws, empires, economies, and social relations in the wake of the war, the place of Europe in the world seemed ever more fragile. In this course, we will explore efforts to reconstruct Europe and European identity after 1945, as well as assessing the successes and failures of these efforts. We will address the themes of poverty and affluence, postwar justice, Americanization, the expansion and collapse of communism, decolonization, migration, and ongoing ethnic tensions that threatened new forms of warfare.

Throughout this tumultuous period, film offered a powerful way for Europeans to rethink their identity. We will focus on films that illustrate how Europe tried to memorialize (and forget) the wartime past, and what arguments Europeans made about how they might build a new future. The course thus provides students with an opportunity to explore the historical uses of film, and to sharpen their skills of visual analysis, along with an overview of key themes in post-1945 European history. Films will include Roberto Rossellini's Germany Year Zero, Wolfgang Becker's Goodbye, Lenin, Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things, and Quentin Tarentino's Inglourious Basterds.

Jackson School of International Studies: Global and Thematic Studies

JSIS B 391 – Climate Change – An International Perspective: Science, Art, and Activism (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Robert Pavia
Writing credit
This course explores the science of climate change in the context of social and political constraints. It further explores the role of art and activism in communicating climate impacts and forcing change. Students will gain knowledge of key atmospheric and ocean science principles along with the role of science and uncertainty in social change and apply them to the climate crisis in the context of Arctic nations and peoples.

We will use climate science to explore how scientists, artists and musicians connect climate science to emotional engagement and activism. Climate change has social justice ramifications for communities and nations, as well as the scientists doing research. In studying climate change, students will develop skills for critically evaluating the popular portrayal of scientific concepts and their role in policy debates as a way to gain a deeper appreciation for the complexity of developing sustainable and just adaptations to the climate crisis.


Music 131 – History of Jazz (5 credits)
MTWThF 10:30-11:20
Instructor: T. Collier
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  162 -  American Pop Song (5 credits)
MTWThF 8:30-9:20
Instructor: S. Dudley
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 Language and Civilization

Near E 286 – Themes in Near Eastern Literature: Orhan Pamuk and Modern Turkey  (5 credits)
MW 3:00-5:20
Instructor: Selim Kuru
Challenging binaries of East/West, Empire/Nation through vibrant imagery and penetrating stories, the Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk's fiction presents histories of Modern Turkey and interrogates its place in the world. As the translations of his novels into 63 languages imply, the worlds he creates have struck a chord across the globe. 

This course approaches three novels to discuss the novel as a genre and its relevance today, the place and function of the novelist in our times along with ideas of empire and nation. The course includes verbal and visual assignments and encourages students to develop projects that incorporate their ideas, interests and work to the reading material and course discussion. Offered jointly with Comp. Lit 362A.

Near E 332 – Arab-American Writers (5 credits)

TTh 2:30-4:20
Instructor: Terri DeYoung

Explores the influences of Arab American writing both in the United States and the Arab world during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Discusses issues of emigration to the United States from the Arab world and its impact on the formation of a distinctive Arab American identity. Offered jointly with Comp. Lit 362B.

Near E 359 – Language and Ethnic Identity in China (5 credits)
TTh 3:30-5:20
Instructor: Talent Mawkanuli

Analysis of the political, social, and linguistic contexts of languages of China's fifty-six nationalities and the ongoing process of Chinese nation-state building efforts from sociolinguistic and ethnographic perspectives. Examines the relationship of linguistic diversity to social and cultural identity and the role of language in the construction of ethnic identities. Offered jointly with Anth 369.


Phil 242 – Medical Ethics (5 credits)
TTh 11:30-12:50
Quiz WF, times vary
Instructor: Carina Fourie
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.


Russ 323 – Revolution: 20th Century Russian Literature and Culture (5 credits)
WF 9:30-11:20
Instructor: Jose Alaniz
Optional Writing credit.
Explores Russian literature and culture during the twentieth century before perestroika, a period of "revolutions" and unprecedented change in political, cultural, and economic life. Authors include Babel, Bulgakov, Il'f and Petrov, and Nabokov. Periods include symbolism, revolution, Soviet, Stalinist, the "thaw", and post-Soviet.

Scandinavian Studies

Scand 100 – Intro to Scandinavian Culture (5 credits)
MTWTh 10:30-11:20
Instructor: Amanda Doxtater

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 334 – Immigrant and Ethnic Folklore (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Colin Connors

Survey of verbal, customary, and material folk traditions in ethnic context. Theories of ethnic folklore research applied to the traditions of American communities of Scandinavian, Baltic, or other European ancestry. Offered jointly with C LIT 334.

Scand 365 – Finnish Pop Culture (5 credits)
TTh 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Ilona Harmavaara
Intensive exploration of Finnish culture. Popular culture is a window to the multilayerdness of a society: tradition and innovations, international and national, high and low cultures, mainstream and underground, majorities and minorities, and different media and genres. Recommended: SCAND 151; FINN 101; and FINN 102.

Scand 375 – Vikings in Popular Culture (5 credits)
To be arranged. See Time Schedule for details.
Instructor: Lauren Poyer

Explores media representations of "the Vikings" in popular culture over the past 200 years in Europe and the United States, including advertising, comics, film, literature, music, poetry, propaganda, television series, and video games. Compares these modern artistic productions with their medieval counterparts, and examines how the Vikings have functioned as vessels for a variety of cultural fantasies about gender, class, race, and religion.

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Slavic 425 – Ways of Meaning (5 credits)
MW 12:30-2:20
Instructor: Katarzyna Dziwirek
Diversity credit
Focuses on the diversity of human experience and the social and cultural conditioning of language use. Language as a mirror of culture and national character. Universal and culture/language specific components in linguistic expression of emotions, courtesy/politeness and rudeness, prejudice and (in)sensitivities, linguistic expression of gender differences in different cultures.