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      JMUH 3805 A   Punk & Noise  (CRN:7933) *BEST BET* 3 CR Rapport, Evan
      MW - 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
  • This course explores the aesthetics, techniques, history, and elements of style of punk and noise music, with an emphasis on New York City-based musicians, audiences, and venues. Related topics include postmodernism, youth subcultures, the music industry, and issues of politics and gender. The course offers opportunities for performance and composition. Crosslisted with Eugene Lang College.
    •   LANT 3015 A   Race, Culture and the Classification of People  (CRN:7287) 4 CR Hirschfeld, Lawrence
        MW - 10:00 am to 11:40 am
    • "Few ideas are as potent, as easy to learn, and as difficult to forget as race. This course explores issues about race by disrupting ""common sense"" and by identifying its psychological and cultural dimensions. Much of the research on the psychological dimension seeks to explain racializing beliefs and attitudes in terms of general and familiar cognitive processes like perception, stereotyping, and category distortion. Research on the cultural dimensionûtypically conducted by anthropologists, historians, and sociologistsûfocuses on the way race figures in the regulation of power and resources, on its role in creating and sustaining economic inequity and political domination. The seminar adopts an integrative and comparative approach, examining differences and similarities in racial thinking across cultures and across historical periods, and comparing race with other important social categories, such as gender and class.
      One prior course taken in either Anthropology or Psychology.
      This course satisfies the Reading requirement."
      •   LARS 2215 A   Introduction to Art History & Visual Studies  (CRN:7911) 4 CR Yoon, Soyoung
          MW - 11:55 am to 1:35 pm
      • This course introduces students to the fundamentals of art history and the related field of Visual Studies. Based upon close looking at artistic objects, as well other visual and material objects (taken from, for example, film and performance, advertising and design), the class familiarizes students with key terms and debates, and those methods (from formal analysis to interdisciplinary theoretical approaches) that are employed in the interpretation of cultural objects. Through close visual analysis of diverse objects in tandem with a range of readings (drawn from literature and literary criticism; social theory and gender studies; postcolonial and global studies, to name a few), students will gain insight into how one builds an interpretation, stressing the centrality of skills of critical thinking and reading as objects are brought into dialogue with texts. In addition, the class demonstrates how the study of art history entails the very question of what is considered "art," emphasizing that medium, form, and discourse all possess a history. Further elucidating the historical dimensions of the discipline, the course follows its recent expansion under the aegis of Visual Studies, Cultural Studies, and Media Studies.
        •   LCST 3043 A   Performativity&Powerlessness  (CRN:7479) *BEST BET* 4 CR Cowan, Theresa
            MW - 10:00 am to 11:40 am
        • Shaped as much by the "real world" as by the art world, activist art represents a confluence of the aesthetic, socio-political, and technological impulses of the past twenty-five years or more that have attempted to challenge, explore, or blur the boundaries and hierarchies traditionally defining the culture as represented by those in power. This cultural form is the culmination of a democratic urge to give voice and visibility to the disenfranchised, and to connect art to a wider audience. - Nina Felshin, But is it Art? The Spirit of Art as Activism This course has two main goals. The first is to familiarize students with the diverse ways that "performativity" and "power"ùtwo of our most overwrought critical conceptsùhave been mobilized in the past 50 years of cultural theory. The second is to provide students with the opportunity to consider the ways that political performanceùincluding installations, demonstrations, occupations, glitterventions, and other practices of social actionùembodies the condition that Saskia Sassen identifies as "complex powerlessness" and mark moments when "powerlessness is à consequential" through small-scale actions that may include only one body and large-scale actions, which mobilize many bodies. The work of this course will include seminar workshops, archival study and cultural intervention. At least 2 intro courses (or at least 1 intro course and one 2000-level course). /One intro course should be in the relevant Tracks C & M. - Or by permission of instructor.
          Prerequisite(s): At least 2 intro courses (or at least 1 intro course and one 2000-level course). /One intro course should be in the relevant Tracks C & M. - Or by permission of instructor.
          •   LCST 3071 A   Global Media Activism  (CRN:7411) 4 CR Scholz, Trebor (Robert)
              TR - 11:55 am to 1:35 pm
          • Global Internet Activism argues that digital media impacts real life politics by exploring technology-enabled political activism outside the United States and Europe. How can digital media help to mobilize citizens? Why do we have to stop talking about Twitter revolutions? Why do mainstream media in the US still pay disproportionately less attention to economically developing countries? Does the Internet democratize society? While the Internet is not accessible to the vast majority of people in poor countries, there is a larger density of mobile phones in those geographic regions than in post-industrial societies. What are the opportunities of mobile platforms to aid social change? Are platforms that allow activists to connect around specific causes valuable tools to raise awareness or does such nano-activism render us passive? The class is structured around case studies from Brazil, China, Russia, Iraq, Iran, Serbia, and South Korea. [Counts for Track C & M] Please note that this is a pilot course with shortened in-class hours but additional web-based instruction and field trips. At least 2 intro courses (or at least 1 intro course and one 2000-level course). /One intro course should be in the relevant Track M. - Or by permission of instructor.
            Prerequisite(s): At least 2 intro courses (or at least 1 intro course and one 2000-level course). /One intro course should be in the relevant Track M. - Or by permission of instructor.
            •   LCST 4029 A   Foucault, Bodies, Power  (CRN:7525) 4 CR Rault, Jasmine
                TR - 1:50 pm to 3:30 pm
            • *Foucault, Bodies, Power* [Track C] This course provides a thick introduction to the work of Michel Foucault and the key concepts that have helped to shape the field of cultural studies. We will explore Foucault's theories of discipline, the body, discourse, power, biopolitics and sexuality and how these theories have been used, challenged and redefined within feminist, queer, critical race, crip, post-colonial and decolonial cultural studies. [Track C] At least 2 intro courses, at least one "toolkit" methods course, and at least two 3000-level courses. One Intro course should be in the relevant Track C. ---Or by permission of instructor
              Prerequisite(s): At least 2 intro courses, at least one "toolkit" methods course, and at least two 3000-level courses. One Intro course should be in the relevant Track C. ---Or by permission of instructor
              •   LEDU 3042 A   American Youth Cultures, Past & Present  (CRN:7388) 4 CR Mehlman-Petrzela, Natalia
                  MW - 11:55 am to 1:35 pm
              • "This course employs a historical lens to explore the emergence of diverse youth cultures in the United States. Primarily looking beyond the schoolhouse, this course explores how childhood, adolescence, and youth culture are socially constructed, evolving categories. Examining topics as diverse as cyberbullying, working-class girls in 19th-century New York City, teenaged Mexican American protestors in 1960s East L.A. and various ""masculinity crises"" that have flared throughout U.S. history, the ways that race, class, gender, citizenship/nationality, region, and sexuality intersect with the experiences of youth are central themes uniting the course. Students will explore both primary and secondary sources in the history of youth cultures, and will be expected to formulate their own written and oral perspectives on these and outside materials."
                •   LEDU 3061 A   Body, Mind, and School: Wellness in American Education  (CRN:7503) 4 CR Mehlman-Petrzela, Natalia
                    MW - 1:50 pm to 3:30 pm
                • "This course explores historical and contemporary approaches to health and wellness in American education. Beginning by examining the progressive errand to educate ""the whole child,"" the course investigates what that has meant in theory and in practice in the nation's public schools. Students consider questions such as: Should schools educate beyond ""the 3 Rs?"" Is educating for wellness a ""frill,"" or crucial to a successful education? What kind of curriculum did John Dewey have in mind when he advocated educating ""the whole child?"" How has the idea of ""multiple intelligences"" shaped this idea? Who have been the winners and losers of these pedagogies? How have changing ideas about the body informed educational practice and experience? How have nutrition and physical fitness programs both empowered and limited students? What has the role of extracurricular sports been? How has race, class, and gender shaped our public health agenda? Do wellness programs promote individual or systemic change? Students will be evaluated on written and oral assignments, as well as class participation. This course is a recommended pre or corequisite to participation in the HealthClass2.0 practicum."
                  •   LFYW 1000 O   Writing the Essay I: Radical Arguments  (CRN:2364) 4 CR Price, John
                      TR - 10:00 am to 11:40 am
                  • This writing-intensive course explores the construction of political arguments outside of the purview of mainstream political ideologies. We will investigate the writings and thoughts of right and left-wing activists, scholars, artists, and theorists whose work has been described as radical. We look across partisan beliefs as well as throughout modern history in order to understand how political ideas are expressed, packaged, and received within different historical contexts. The readings will focus on primary documents, mission statements, speeches, polemics, and political essays including selected works from W.E.B. Dubois, Emma Goldman, Eugene McCarthy, Harry Hay, James Baldwin, William F. Buckley, the Scratch Orchestra, the John Birch Society, the Black Panthers, Radical Feminists, Grizzly Mammas, Queer Activists, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, and contemporary Internet communities such as Anonymous.
                    •   LFYW 1000 F   Writing the Essay I: The Future of Feminist Theory  (CRN:6492) 4 CR Kruse, Meridith
                        TR - 11:55 am to 1:35 pm
                    • This writing intensive course will look at how several innovative scholars are envisioning the future of feminist theory. Rather than presume to know what feminist theory entails, we will develop a working definition of the field from our engagement with course texts. As a result, no prior knowledge of feminist theory is required, but students will be expected to demonstrate a willingness to listen to challenging texts and new ideas. Class discussions will explore strategies for transforming current inequities into a more just future, and consider how feminist theory can contribute to this kind of radical social change in the world. Students will have an opportunity to use the ideas, concepts, and practices introduced in course to think through a contemporary topic of their choosing.
                      •   LHIS 2222 AX   Ads, Brands and Ballyhoo: A History of Advertising in America  (CRN:7508) 4 CR Hulser, Kathleen
                          M - 12:10 pm to 2:50 pm
                      • This course explores the rise of national brands, techniques of persuasion, the new science of marketing and consumer psychology, alliance of Madison Ave and wartime propaganda, consumer society, the emergence of irony and pop, beauty culture and gender protocols, and resistance to selling and materialism. Course materials will use visual, audio and moving images and engage with new histories of the senses to understand how advertising has penetrated public and personal space and shaped identities. Another important thread for discussions will be the shadow cast over democratic politics by the power of advertising.
                        •   LHIS 3052 A   Consumer Culture  (CRN:7391) *BEST BET* 4 CR Ott, Julia
                            TR - 1:50 pm to 3:30 pm
                        • This course examines how United States became the quintessential consumer society, where citizens define 'the good life' and a good political order through consumer abundance and a rising standard of living.The perspective is historical, tracing the origins of consumer culture to the colonial period.The course considers how the institutions and products of a mass-market economy have transformed American culture, ideals, and politics.It explores the ways men and women of various racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds have both resisted and embraced consumerism to make political demands and to articulate social identity.Readings will consider historical scholarship, critiques and defenses of consumer culture, and theoretical statements.There will be a special emphasis on clothing and fashion.
                          •   LHIS 3072 A   Design/History/Revolution  (CRN:7510) 4 CR Halpern, Orit
                              MW - 10:00 am to 11:40 am
                          • Whether by providing agitprop for revolutionary movements, an aesthetics of empire, or a language for numerous avant-gardes, design has changed the world. But how? Why? And under what conditions? This course proposes a consideration of design as an historical agent, a contested category, and a practice. Casting a wide net, the course will consider a range of geographical locations ("West," "East," "North," South," and contact zones between these constructed categories). We will examine not only designed objects (e.g., industrial design, decorative arts, graphic design, fashion) but also spaces (e.g., architecture, interiors, landscapes, urban settings) and systems (e.g., environment, economy, communications, services, governments). Together we will ask: What is design? How does it relate to society, history and politics? Students will get to engage with how histories of the past inform our contemporary media saturated lives, and experiment with new ways to do history through use of digital media, visual materials, and aesthetic practices.
                            •   LINA 2006 A   Punk and Noise  (CRN:7396) 3 CR Rapport, Evan
                                MW - 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
                            • This course explores the aesthetics, techniques, history, and elements of style in punk and noise music, with an emphasis on New York City-based musicians, audiences, and venues. Related topics include postmodernism, youth subcultures, the music industry, and issues of politics and gender.The course offers opportunities for performance and composition. Familiarity with Western music notation is not required.
                              •   LINA 3311 A   Femme Fatale  (CRN:7399) 4 CR Brooks, Colette
                                  TR - 10:00 am to 11:40 am
                              • This course examines the iconic femme fatale figure as she appears in dramatic literature and pop culture from the Greeks to the present day. Students explore the question of why this alluring but treacherous siren has persisted, with scant alteration, over centuries. What is threatening about her, and to whom? How does this archetype stand in relation to the lives women typically lead? Virginia Woolf once observed that women were accorded a power in literature that they were never allowed in life. Why? Students read plays, see Hollywood movies, and look at related literature in such fields as psychology and cultural studies.
                                •   LPHI 2007 A   Feminism and Literature  (CRN:7497) *BEST BET* 4 CR Bottici, Chiara
                                    TR - 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
                                • Can literature be used as a tool to articulate feminist claims? If it is true that language speaks, what is the feminist practice of writing telling us? What does it mean to write? What is the difference, if any, between feminist philosophical and literary forms of writing? How do the production and reception of feminist narratives interact with one another? The aim of this seminar is to explore the connection between feminism and literature, at the crossroads of philosophy, literary theory and psychoanalysis. In the first part of the seminar, we will explore the feminist critique of the western philosophical canon. We will compare some key texts written by male philosophers with the use (or misuse) that has been done by feminist philosophers and writers, who have reworked, reshaped or, indeed, subverted them. In the second part, we will focus on a particular constructive literary practice -- that of women's autobiographies -- both as a tool for speaking without telling and for the articulation of feminist claims in the public sphere.
                                  •   LPOL 3041 A   Resistance  (CRN:7569) *BEST BET* 4 CR Wu, Yun-Chan
                                      TR - 11:55 am to 1:35 pm
                                  • This course explores the politics of resistance. It examines examples of resistance from around the world, traversing different time periods, geographies, and cultures. Examples range from peasant revolts to labor movements, feminist struggles to anti-war mobilizations, prisoner uprisings to anti-colonial wars. Contemporary forms of corporeal, self-sacrificial resistance are of particular interest. The course inquires into dynamics of political struggle in each case: who are the social forces involved, what they seek to oppose, the methods and goals of resistance, and the reception of this resistance by its purported audience. Relying upon the concrete political problems posed by each historical instance as springboards into larger theoretical concerns, the course focuses on questions such as the nature of power relations, different forms of political organization and representation, the relationship between means and ends, the role of violence, and the function of different media, especially as they become manifest in the complexity of real politics.
                                    •   LPSY 2772 A   Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Health  (CRN:3066) 4 CR Chang-Kaplan, Doris
                                        TR - 11:55 am to 1:35 pm
                                    • This course is an introduction to the study of culture and human behavior in general, and culture and mental health in particular. Although primary attention is given to cross-national research and research on the major U.S. ethnic groups, issues of gender, social class, and other forms of diversity are also addressed. Multidisciplinary perspectives are examined, in particular that of medical anthropology. Familiarity with Abnormal Psychology is desirable, but not required. This is an Integrative Foundations course. This course satisfies some of the requirements in Literary Studies: in both concentrations.
                                      •   LPSY 3137 A   Introduction to Bioethics  (CRN:7649) *BEST BET* 4 CR Mozersky, Jessica
                                          TR - 10:00 am to 11:40 am
                                      • This course is intended to introduce students to the fundamental principles of bioethics and the many ethical issues that arise in the rapidly changing fields of biomedicine and the life sciences. The course will begin with an overview of the philosophical underpinnings and principles of bioethics, using clinical case studies to help illustrate and work through these principles. We will spend the remainder of the course focusing on recent biomedical topics that have engendered much public controversy including end of life decision making, physician assisted suicide, reproductive technologies, prenatal screening, abortion, diagnostic genetics, and human experiments. Bioethics is by its nature interdisciplinary and includes methodologies and readings from history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, the life sciences and many more disciplines. You should come to this class prepared to think critically, articulate your views, and understand the potential opposing arguments. Your participation and engagement with the material is essential. Come prepared to keep your eye on high profile issues arising in the media.
                                        •   LREL 2051 A   Women's Spirituality and Contemporary Religion  (CRN:7570) *BEST BET* 4 CR Kurs, Katherine
                                            TR - 1:50 pm to 3:30 pm
                                        • "Beginning with the ""second wave"" of the feminist movement in the early 1960s, this course explores the contours of women's spirituality within mainstream and (so-called) alternative religious traditions in contemporary America, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Wicca/neo-Paganism, and Buddhism. Using primary and secondary texts by Euro-American women and women of color; traditionalists, reformers, and radicals; we will consider a range of issues at the intersection of religion and gender including: the role of hierarchy and authority; the individual in relation to her religio-spiritual community; the boundaries of normative religious practice; tradition, innovation, and continuity; the role of ritual and concepts of the sacred; and issues involving race, power, class, and social justice. We will consider the ways in which women from diverse backgrounds and orientations articulate their religious and spiritual legacies, their struggles and yearnings, and we will explore their common concerns as well as their significant differences."
                                          •   LREL 2070 A   Hebrew Bible as Literature  (CRN:3068) *BEST BET* 4 CR Snyder, Fran
                                              MW - 10:00 am to 11:40 am
                                          • A thousand years in the editing, the Hebrew Bible is an anthology of literary genres, an historical digest, an ethical law collection, and a record of one people's experience of their deity. In this course, students read the myths of Genesis, the narratives of slavery and liberation, the Joseph novella, the short stories of Ruth and Esther, selections from the prophets, and from the political epic of Kings. The Bible's methods of characterization, elliptical storytelling techniques, and poetic parallelism are explored. The literary emphasis of the course is grounded by discussions of ancient near eastern history, archaeology, and anthropology. Biblical conceptions of monotheism, prophecy, mortality, human failure and redemption, creation, and humankind's interaction with "mother" earth are discussed, along with modern "problems" with the Bible, such as the flattened fairytale quality of its early stories, and the anti-literary tendencies of fundamentalism.
                                            •   LREL 3004 A   Theorizing Religion  (CRN:3069) *BEST BET* 4 CR Larrimore, Mark
                                                TR - 10:00 am to 11:40 am
                                            • "What is ""religion""? As students read classic answers to this question, they explore the curious fact that while ""religion"" is a modern western concept (born, perhaps, in 1799), most of what is studied in the field of ""religious studies"" is non-modern and/or non-western. We will follow three intertwining story-lines through the history of ""religion"" and its study in the west: religious apologetics, critiques of religion (epistemological, historical, ethical), and Europe's encounters and entanglements with the rest of the world, especially during the heyday of colonialism. A critical understanding of ""religion"" and its implication in modern and postmodern understandings of politics, ethics, gender and progress can make this Eurocentric concept a vehicle for profound critique and an opening to genuine dialogue."
                                              •   LSOC 2001 A   Sociological Imagination  (CRN:3181) *BEST BET* 4 CR Tombus, Hasan Ertug
                                                  TR - 8:00 am to 9:40 am
                                              • In this course, students begin to think about how society works. The course examines relationships among individual identity and experience, social groups and organizations, and social structures. They examine the economic, political, and cultural dimensions of social life and question social arrangements that seem natural or unchangeable. Topics covered include social inequality, politics and power, culture, race and ethnic relations, gender, interaction, and socialization. The course also introduces students to major sociological theorists and sociological research methods.
                                                •   LSOC 2300 A   Youth Mentoring in the City  (CRN:6727) *BEST BET* 3 CR Pryor-Ramirez, Judy
                                                    F - 12:10 pm to 2:50 pm
                                                • This course questions the politics, problematics and opportunities of developing non-academic youth mentoring programs in urban cities. Using sociological inquiry, students will analyze New York City's new Cornerstone Mentoring Program from the lens of race, class, gender, culture, and power relations. Through fieldwork, course readings, class discussions, and guest lectures, students come to understand what it means to be a youth in the margins of New York City. This civic engagement course requires students to participate weekly as a mentor in the Cornerstone Mentoring Program. Students will be expected to spend (2) hours per week at a NYCHA community center mentoring a group of 3-4 adolescents in grades 5-9. Due to the nature of mentoring, this course is a year-long course which requires fall 2013 and spring 2014 registration. NOTE: This course does not count toward the major.
                                                  •   NANT 3521 A   Interrogating America: Anthropology of the United States  (CRN:7595) *BEST BET* 0 OR 3 Heiman, Rachel
                                                      T - 6:00 pm to 7:50 pm
                                                  • Anthropology is often thought of as the study of foreign lands, but anthropologists have long focused their attention on the United States. In recent years, as public concern grows about everything from the militarization of everyday life to the mass marketing of pharmaceutical drugs, there has been a surge of anthropological studies of the United States. This course explores contemporary ethnographic studies of forms of inclusion and exclusion in the United States, ranging from race and religion to class and citizenship. We read about new technologies that are transforming financial markets and nuclear stockpiles and explore social solidarities that are reimagining the frontiers of gender and urban futures. We end by posing critical questions about the boundaries of the nation-state, with a focus on immigration law, military bases, and global clinical trials. The ethnographic texts we read explore a variety of sites and subjects: from Tennessee to tobacco farms, from Los Alamos to Latino/a youth, from California to casinos.
                                                    •   NCHM 3101 A   Adv.1: Chinese Pop Culture in Media: Sitcoms and Films  (CRN:6429) *BEST BET* 4 CR Ping, Lei
                                                        TR - 1:50 pm to 3:30 pm
                                                    • This course introduces Chinese contemporary society through the dynamic lens of pop culture and media. While advancing Chinese language proficiency level, students will be fully exposed to various media resources. Music videos, major newspaper articles, episodes and clips of popular sitcoms and films (such as "Dwelling Like a Snail" (Woju), "Golden Marriage" (Jinhun), and "Unknown Pleasures" (Ren xiaoyao)) will be studied and discussed in detail. The class will focus on various themes including Chinese urbanism, gender politics and youth culture. Colloquial speech/vocabulary, slang, grammatical points and structures will be introduced and explained for each of the media productions.
                                                      Prerequisite: Chinese Intermediate 2, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor
                                                      •   NCOM 3006 A   The F Word: Feminisms in Popular Television and Film  (CRN:6546)  *Online Course* 0 OR 3 Smukler, Maya
                                                      • In this course, we examine the relationship between feminism and popular film and TV from the postwar era to the present. We look at depictions of women on film and TV, asking: What is feminism, and how do we recognize it? What is at stake in naming characters like single-gal icon Carrie Bradshaw, working girl Liz Lemon, and the Real Housewives as feminist? Do Thelma and Louise's road trip, Precious' struggle for self-determination, and the Bridesmaids characters' debauchery mark them as feminist? In what ways are female characters represented as feminist on screen? We also ask how feminism as a cultural movement has defined female audiences and affected women working in production, considering figures like Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director, and fans of films and programs like Twilight and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Students are introduced to the diverse and evolving definitions of feminism and then apply them in analyzing current media representations, modes of production and exhibition, and audience reception.
                                                        •   NCST 3300 A   Queer New York  (CRN:7531) 0 OR 3 Montez, Ricardo
                                                            W - 4:00 pm to 5:50 pm
                                                        • This course traverses the geography of New York City, exploring queer life from the 1960s to the present. Through engagement with literature, performance, and film, students look at experiments in the production of queer art and culture. From Jack Smith's trash aesthetics to Dynasty Handbag's performance of abjection, queer art practice has transformed the landscape of New York City and fueled the development of vibrant underground communities. In addition to examining queer historical landmarks such as the Chelsea Hotel, CBGB, and the Pyramid Club, students consider the ephemeral nature of queer subcultures and investigate multiple aesthetic models for queerness, including camp and realness. NCST3300 was formerly listed as NHUM3062. Do not register for this course if you have previously taken NHUM3062; it is the same course and cannot be taken twice for credit.
                                                          •   NFLM 3430 A   The Anatomy of Horror Films  (CRN:2567) 0 OR 3 Serra, Mary
                                                              M - 8:00 pm to 9:50 pm
                                                          • Filmmakers working in the horror genre foreground and manipulate a culture's collective fears. This course is a political survey of horror films that reveal a direct relationship to the social unconscious. We begin with several classics: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, King Kong, Frankenstein, and The Bride of Frankenstein. We then examine some more or less contemporary pictures as examples of newly identified subgenres, such as rape-revenge, splatter, and slasher films. Readings from Georges Bataille, William Everson, Stephen King, Judith Butler, and Carol Clover help us explore and expand on the concepts of terror and gender as we discuss the horror film in relation to themes like performativity, identification, and female and cross-dressing serial killers.
                                                            •   NINT 5323 A   International Social Policy  (CRN:6736) *BEST BET* 3 CR Nayar, Usha
                                                                W - 4:00 pm to 5:50 pm
                                                            • The aim of the course is to look at the critical role of international social policy and revisit nation state social policies with the comparative perspective necessary to emphasize local relevance and global interdependence. The student will question and analyze the need to redefine social policy in the international context. Value base and political belief structures of social policies are fundamental to policy formulations and their practices in the form of social services and other related features of policy making. Recognizing the importance of young people in the demography of nation states, the rationale for the social policies related to issues of development of children, adolescents and youth are discussed. Questions and different perspectives on how to reduce gender discrimination, class, and ethnicity and race barriers in bridging the gap in opportunities through social policies shall be addressed. Evidence based researches will encourage discussion on national and international implications of policy positions.
                                                              •   NINT 5347 A   Truth Commissions and Accountability  (CRN:4161) *BEST BET* 3 CR Gonzalez-Cueva, Eduardo
                                                                  M - 8:00 pm to 9:50 pm
                                                              • "Truth commissions - sometimes called ""truth and reconciliation commissions"" - have emerged as a key instrument in dealing with genocide, human rights abuse, and crimes against humanity in countries as diverse as Liberia, East Timor, Argentina, and South Africa. This course will be an intensive immersion in questions of truth and accountability, providing students with the tools necessary to understand and critically evaluate truth commissions and related efforts as they emerge, for example, in Darfur, Kenya, Colombia, or other post-conflict societies around the world. We will begin with a theoretical introduction to the idea of ""truth"" as it applies to mass atrocity. What does it mean to seek ""truth""? What is its relationship to ""justice""? ""Memory""? ""Accountability""? Students will examine the relationship between truth-seeking and other accountability mechanisms, including prosecutions (from the International Criminal Court to domestic tribunals), memorialization, and reparations, and will explore the intersection between efforts to achieve truth, justice and accountability, and negotiations to ensure sustainable peace. The curriculum will integrate gender-based considerations and be supplemented with case-study presentations of truth-seeking initiatives developed around the world, including both historical examples as well as more current initiatives."
                                                                •   NINT 5348 A   Women's Rights  (CRN:4162) 3 CR Dauer, Sheila
                                                                    R - 6:00 pm to 7:50 pm
                                                                • This course will examine the integration of women's human rights into the UN international human rights system through study of several relevant UN bodies, treaties and declarations. The course will consider contestations and defenses of applications of human rights to women's issues. Many human rights advocates (local, national and international) realize that human rights principles gain meaning and traction in dialogue with local principles, politics and ideas of justice. The course will examine dialogues about how women's human rights are negotiated and implemented.
                                                                  •   NLIT 3233 A   Female Biography, Novels, Memoirs: Are WomenÆs Truths in Their ôFictionsö?  (CRN:7463) *BEST BET* 0 OR 3 Walker, Gina
                                                                      W - 6:00 pm to 7:50 pm
                                                                  • "In this course, we examine women's biographies and autobiographies, from the ancients to the present, to consider how female lives are written, by whom, and for what purposes. We draw on feminist interpretations of Plato's brief portrait of his teacher Diotima in the Symposium; accounts of women by Ovid and Plutarch; the prison diary of an early Christian martyr, Vibia Perpetua; medieval hagiographies of Hildegard of Bingen and others; and the 15th-century ""confession"" of Christine de Pizan, in which she imagines a subversive ""City of Ladies."" We then turn to the barely veiled autobiographical writings of early modern women like the poet Anne Askew, burned as a heretic in 1546; the 17th-century author and scientist Margaret Cavendish; and the political theorist Mary Wollstonecraft, best known for her Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). In Mary Hays' groundbreaking Female Biography (1803), we see how women's reputations have been determined, in part, by their compliance with or resistance to sexual norms. In Victorian texts, we observe efforts to codify gender behavior through biography. We conclude with modern and contemporary biographies by and about women that reveal the continuing struggle to identify the distinctive qualities of the ""female biography."""
                                                                    •   NLIT 3237 A   Jane Austen and the Romantic-Era Novel  (CRN:7602) *BEST BET* 0 OR 3 Berman, Carolyn
                                                                        T - 6:00 pm to 7:50 pm
                                                                    • "Somerset Maugham wondered how ""the daughter of a rather dull and perfectly respectable father"" and ""a silly mother"" managed to write Pride and Prejudice. In this course, we explore the mystery of one of Britain's greatest writers by reading her novels Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion and selections from her Letters. Adopting a historical perspective, we address critical responses to Austen beginning with Charlotte Brontë's dismissal of her as ""a carefully fenced, highly cultivated garden."" We discuss Austen's aesthetic genius: her precise prose, her superb use of wit and irony, and her moral certitude combined with a comic use of chance. We examine how the author embraced the female conventions of her day and how, in subtle ways, she challenged them. Was W.H. Auden correct in his assessment: ""Beside her Joyce seems innocent as grass""?"
                                                                      •   NLIT 3425 A   19th Century Masterpieces:á Three Great Social Novels  (CRN:7538)  *Online Course* *BEST BET* 0 OR 3 Birns, Margaret
                                                                      • "This course examines three English novels, inspired stories of memorable characters caught in the web of their social circumstances, which still speak to us today: the fate of a child's heart in the wake of the Industrial Revolution; a romance in which pride and prejudice meet amid the ""dark Satanic mills"" of Manchester; and an insightful interrogation of marriage and ""the new woman"" as England enters the modern age at the close of the 19th century. Bringing imaginative color and emotional resonance to such timeless subjects as education, work, religion, social class, money, gender roles, love, marriage, morals, and manners, these novels also address a variety of social upheavals—political, economic, and cultural. Readings: Charles Dickens, Hard Times; Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South; George Gissing, The Odd Women."
                                                                        •   NLIT 3873 A   The Fairy Tale and Literature  (CRN:6594) *BEST BET* 0 OR 3 Berman, Carolyn
                                                                            M - 4:00 pm to 5:50 pm
                                                                        • Adults need erotic literature just as children need fairy tales, according to Havelock Ellis. Yet fairy tales themselves have an erotic and adult history. Why do children need them? What do they mean? How do they fill our collective imagination with remnants of ancient history? This course surveys a number of recent approaches to the European fairy tale. We begin by looking for common narrative functions in a set of stories. Next we examine the fairy tale as a genre with a history through multiple versions of the story of Cinderella. We also compare fairy tales with short stories by Hoffmann and Poe and consider feminist approaches to the classic tales. Students read tales by Perrault, Mme. d'Aulnoy, Mlle. de La Force, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Lewis Carroll and essays by Vladimir Propp, Jack Zipes, Sigmund Freud, and Maria Tatar.
                                                                          •   NMAT 5115 A   Sociolinguistics of English  (CRN:4565)  *Online Course* *BEST BET* 3 CR Silverman, Alex
                                                                          • The goal of this course is to understand the variety of functions and roles that English plays in countries around the world. This course explores the relationship between language use and social context. It does this from the historical context of standard language development and different types of regional and social language variation through to specific cultural issues such as politeness, gender and identity, to looking at the relationship between culture, language and thought and finally thinking about some ways in which this can be investigated using sociolinguistic methodologies. It is essential for ESOL instructors to understand the historical, political and cultural origins of the "nativization" process whereby localized varieties of English are developed, codified, and disseminated.
                                                                            •   NMDS 5015 A   Research Methods for Media Activism  (CRN:3262) *BEST BET* 3 CR Bates, Margaret
                                                                                R - 6:00 pm to 7:50 pm
                                                                            • "This course will provide an overview of research methods for media activism. Students will analyze media activists' use of websites and blogs to share information or organize people into action, or to give a public face to activist groups. Documentaries that list specific ways people can take action, like ""An Inconvenient Truth,"" will be screened. Students will learn how to conduct research to help organizations use media effectively to meet their objectives of political or social change. They will also learn which research methods to use to find out if media does help advance social justice or if people are actually moved to action by the media they consume."
                                                                              •   NMDS 5529 A   Projects in Advocacy Media  (CRN:4378)  *Online Course* 3 CR Lydia M. Foerster, To the Estate o
                                                                              • Advocacy media is used to train, teach, motivate, shock, inspire, raise awareness, consciousness and funds. With more opportunities for independent journalists and activist groups to form global alliances, Advocacy Media is an increasingly powerful tool for social change. In this course, students interested in the potent intersection of media, action and society will explore various theoretical approaches to social change as they work on exercises meant to expand and strengthen production skills. We will explore the advocacy potential of the production process as well as the product, including media training, witness and performance media and alternative authorship approaches to traditional documentary and narrative. We will also investigate the tactical potentials of various media including mobile video, podcasting and flash mob activism. While there will be some discussion of media history (WWII propaganda, ethnographic film) this course is not meant to be an overview of advocacy media's past, instead we will take a strategic approach to media advocacy as it relates to current social issues, now. Students will be required to make contact with non-profits, special-interest groups, their families, friends or communities to collaborate on a final project. So, it is useful to come into the class with some ideas about the issues or causes you might want to advocate for.
                                                                                Prerequisite: Media Practices: Time-Based; Media Practices: Design; Media Practices: Interactive or instructor permission.
                                                                                •   NPSY 3142 A   Illicit Substance Use in Our Society  (CRN:7824) *BEST BET* 0 OR 3 Bolger, Kelly
                                                                                    M - 6:00 pm to 7:50 pm
                                                                                • Illicit drugs have a long and controversial history in the United States, from the days of opium houses and cocaine in soda to Prohibition and mandatory sentencing. This course is an overview of the use and abuse of illicit drugs and the role these drugs play in our society. We explore the physiological mechanisms associated with drug use, abuse, and addiction; the classification, evaluation, and diagnosis of drug use, abuse, and addiction; the theoretical understandings of addiction; and the differing approaches to addiction treatment. We also examine the social and historical context of drug use and abuse, theoretical and political issues around the use of drugs, and the complex interaction of context, culture, race, gender, and class.
                                                                                  •   NPSY 3395 A   The Aging Process: Putting Myths into Context  (CRN:6531)  *Online Course* 0 OR 3 Kraemer, Beatrice
                                                                                  • "As longevity increases, new questions and concerns around the process of aging arise. A number of myths surround the aging process, many of which cause fear of the unknown. In this course, we explore the aging process as it affects the individual, family and friends, and society at large, taking into account how certain relevant factors are not widely understood or discussed. We shed light on some of these myths by examining the aging process from psychological, sociological, human developmental, biological, and cultural perspectives. We ask questions about self and personality, intelligence, knowledge, creativity and wisdom, societal involvement, work and retirement, friendships and family, sexuality, end-of-life issues, and ethical considerations. The ultimate goal is for students to better understand and define for themselves what ""successful"" aging means."
                                                                                    •   NSOC 3006 A   Statistics for the Social Sciences: Family Values  (CRN:4207) *BEST BET* 0 OR 3 Ziff, Elizabeth
                                                                                        M - 6:00 pm to 7:50 pm
                                                                                    • Our world is saturated with information generated through statistical analysis. We are bombarded with facts and figures from all areas of society. Learning how statistics are generated and what the data mean is important for everyone, from quantitative researchers to consumers. This course is an introduction to statistical analysis. Students learn the underlying theory of statistics and the mechanics of hypothesis testing, z-tests and t-tests, ANOVA, linear regression, and other methods. They learn how to execute these statistical functions and use data from existing sources to develop their ability to engage with and critique statistical data. The class examines census data, the General Social Survey, data from political think tanks, polls compiled by media outlets, and data from scholarly articles. This term, the class learns how to respond to statistical data collection and presentation through an exploration of subjects relating to gender and sexuality. By looking at such topics as the gender binary system, the use of data on sexually transmitted disease and sexual health, and variations in sexual choice and lifestyle, students develop an understanding of how statistics are used on a daily basis to regulate and guide our gendered and sexual ways of life. This course satisfies application requirements for graduate school in psychology and other social sciences.
                                                                                      •   NSOC 3231 A   Theories and Practices of Social Movements  (CRN:7598)  *Online Course* *BEST BET* 0 OR 3 Nahm, Sheena
                                                                                      • Why, when, and how do groups mobilize to act against social injustice and for social change? Until the mid-20th century, scholars viewed collective action as irrational outbursts that grew out of frustration. After the emergence of the civil rights, feminist, and peace movements of the 1960s, sociologists began to explain social movements by recognizing their strategy and purpose. In this course, we analyze theories that examine different aspects of social movements: political and economic reform, democratization, networks, civil society, collective identities, cultural change, and emotions. We discuss contemporary cases and explore the way these movements struggle at the local and global levels for social change. We also examine how media and technology have contributed to shifts in mobilization.
                                                                                        •   NSOC 3502 A   Identity and Social Theory  (CRN:7654) *BEST BET* 0 OR 3 Wagner, Aleksandra
                                                                                            R - 4:00 pm to 5:50 pm
                                                                                        • Social theory, both classical and contemporary, has always wrestled with the issue of identity, seeking to interpret and explain the social processes and political struggles by means of which individual and collective identities are construed. Since the dawn of modernity, human identity—who we are as individual and collective beings—has not been viewed as a fixed, stable, or ascribed position. We begin with a discussion of self-identity in late modernity and then explore three theoretical frameworks within which identity is examined as a social and cultural construction. We analyze the conceptualizations of class and status in classical social theory; we discuss theories of collective action that elaborate on the production of collective identities within different social movements; and we examine feminist thought as it addresses the categories of women and gender and the complexities of identity politics.
                                                                                          •   NSOS 3800 A   Foundations of Gender Studies  (CRN:7599) *BEST BET* 0 OR 3 Vimo, Jacqueline
                                                                                              T - 6:00 pm to 7:50 pm
                                                                                          • What does it mean to think critically about gender and sexuality in a time of cultural instability? We compare the broad topics and controversies in the social sciences and humanities that historically defined women's studies with those that have contributed to the recent shift to the broader designation of gender studies. Important factors contributing to this shift are the influx of gay, lesbian, and transgender subjects; multicultural feminist thought; the rise of postmodernism and its critique of identity politics; and the emergence of men's studies. In the process, students are introduced to a critical framework within which to think about gender. Central to the course is the examination of personal narratives--memoirs, autobiographies, oral histories, photographs--in relation to gender experiences and identities, politics, and social change.
                                                                                            •   NSPN 3101 A   Spanish Advanced 1  (CRN:6425) 0 OR 4 Villa, Sara
                                                                                                TR - 11:55 am to 1:35 pm
                                                                                            • This course will offer an overview of women's artistic production in Latin America and will consider how their "texts" intersect, reflect, disrupt or resist canonical literary movements in Hispanic tradition. The material to be covered spans from short stories, novel, poetry, painting of the 20th century to film and documentaries which can reinforce students understanding of the different characteristics of women production. Students will familiarize themselves with canonical authors such as Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel, Rosario Ferr?, Delmira Agustini and also with less well-known author such as Giovanna Pollarolo. Through the analysis and the close reading of these texts students will also sharpen their language skills.
                                                                                              •   NWRW 3853 A   Nonfiction Workshop (R)  (CRN:3809) *BEST BET* 3 CR Jaffrey, Zia
                                                                                                  W - 8:00 pm to 9:50 pm
                                                                                              • In this workshop, students sharpen their skills as storytellers, drawing from their own experience, but linking their narratives to larger, timely themesùmixing the personal and political. Students keep a journal, each week concentrating on a different aspect of craft. Three student works are carefully critiqued in every session. Supplementary readings explore race, class, post-colonialism, and war, among other subjects, and include short essays, memoir, reportage, and travel writing by Katherine Boo, Haruki Murakami, Studs Terkel, Liao Yuwi, Chang-Rae Lee, Svetlana Alexievich, George Packer, Jonathan Franzen, V.S. Naipaul, Jonathan Raban, Gay Talese, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Sherman Alexie, and others.
                                                                                                •   PGAR 5113 A   Issues and Practices in Modern Architecture 1: Lecture  (CRN:1271) *BEST BET* 3 CR Gardner, Jean
                                                                                                    W - 9:00 am to 11:40 am
                                                                                                • "Throughout the Twentieth Century, architects asked, ""What are the relationships of my work to philosophy, science, religion, ecology, politics, cyberspace, gender, literature, aesthetics, economics, history, culture, and technology."" In this seminar students will explore case studies helping order to understand the complex factors at play today in the creation of architecture. In addition to group study of case studies in architectural, landscape and urban design, students will also read critically primary and secondary sources, keep a Process Folio, give short reports, and develop an independent research project on a design of their choice.
                                                                                                  Pre-requisite(s): none. Co-requisite(s): PGAR 5115 Issues & Prac Mod Arch 1: Recitation. Open to: Masters Degree in Architecture Majors and Masters Degree in Architecture and Lighing Design Dual Degree Majors Only; Others by permission.
                                                                                                  •   PGAR 5513 B   Theory of Urban Form  (CRN:1797) *BEST BET* 3 CR McGrath, Brian
                                                                                                      F - 12:10 pm to 2:50 pm
                                                                                                  • Theory of Urban Form examines the various ways architects have theorized their role in relation to the design of cities over the past four decades. The period of time covered, from the 1970's to the present, comprises an era of radical transformation in architecture, urban form and daily life. It comprises the emergence of digital technologies, the end of the Cold War, neo-liberal globalization, and its recent collapse. Additionally we have seen an awakening of environmental consciousness as well as the emergence of a multiplicity of diverse urban subjectivities around civil rights struggles around race, gender, ethnicity and sexuality. While we will focus on the last forty years, contemporary theories will be examined in relation to intellectual genealogies and historical examples and practices reaching deeper into the past. A key theme will be examining the tension between how the city is made through collective architectural expressions, and how individual buildings are informed by the architecture of the city itself. Therefore, transitions in urban form will be examined through the change in discourse both in written architectural theories and representations, but also on how these forms of material construction establish a specific metabolism of the city based on social, food, energy and water systems, and ultimately changes the role of the architect in shaping urban form.
                                                                                                    Pre-requisite(s): none.Open to: Masters Degree in Architecture Majors and Masters Degree in Architecture and Lighing Design Dual Degree Majors Only; Others by permission.
                                                                                                    •   PGHT 5740 A   Looking at Decorative Arts through Film  (CRN:7363) 3 CR Cohen, Marilyn
                                                                                                        W - 4:00 pm to 5:50 pm
                                                                                                    • This course will examine film through the lens of the decorative arts. It will explore how costume, makeup, architecture, set design and furnishings convey information as to character, class, ethnicity, and gender. Feminine ideals of beauty, images of power, and notions of city and empire are some of the themes to be examined. Musicals, dramas, westerns, film noir, and animated features will be viewed (literally and figuratively) for the ways in which the decorative arts construct representations of reality that reinforce film narrative and contemporary ideologies. Readings will be drawn from film theory as well as from texts on material culture. The course will be held as a seminar with participation deemed essential.
                                                                                                      Open to: All university graduate degree students.
                                                                                                      •   PGHT 5760 A   Villas & Gardens of Ren Italy  (CRN:6667) *BEST BET* 3 CR Ehrlich, Tracy
                                                                                                          M - 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
                                                                                                      • This seminar will explore developments in Italian villa culture ca. 1450-1650, focusing on Rome, Florence, and the Veneto with attention to such other centers as Milan. The landscape of the Italian peninsula will be considered in relation to the social, political, and intellectual life of the time. The course will begin with the villas and gardens of ancient Rome and the sources (literary and archaeological) available to Renaissance patrons anxious to create country retreats all'antica. We will then trace the development of villa culture in the early modern period, considering questions of typology, patronage, function, and decoration û with particular attention to collections of antiquities, curiosities, and botanical specimens, and to gardens. We will look at villas in terms of their natural environments, whether pleasure grounds or agricultural lands, focusing on questions of aesthetics, iconography, gender, technology, and ritual or social use. At least one session will be devoted to the representation of gardens and landscape in contemporary prints, and students will be encouraged to work directly with original materials available in New York collections, particularly those of the Cooper Hewitt.
                                                                                                        Open to: All university graduate degree students.
                                                                                                        •   PLAH 2001 A   The Nude: History & Theory  (CRN:4165) 3 CR Collins, Bradley
                                                                                                            W - 12:10 pm to 2:50 pm
                                                                                                        • Few images are as powerful as the nude. The unclothed figure, whether male or female, can embody everything from beauty and strength to suffering and ecstasy. It can arouse the strongest desire or provoke the most violent outrage. This course will use traditional art historical approaches as well as newer methodologies such as psychoanalysis and feminism to gain a critical understanding of the nude. Although the course will closely examine paintings and sculpture by Western masters such as Michelangelo, Rubens, and Picasso, it will also explore the immensely varied ways in which different cultures and different historical periods have envisioned such a seemingly timeless and universal subject. This will involve looking at pre-historic art, non-Western works, and attempts by contemporary artists of both genders to reclaim and reinvent this age-old tradition. The course will discuss as well the effect of popular culture on depictions of the nude and, in particular, how costume and fashion both determine and are determined by ideal body types.
                                                                                                          Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman and sophomores only. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.
                                                                                                          •   PLAH 4096 A   Islamic Art  (CRN:6775) 3 CR Sweet, Leah
                                                                                                              T - 7:00 pm to 9:40 pm
                                                                                                          • The rise of Islam fostered a unique yet adaptable visual culture that spread across vast geographic and temporal boundaries. This course investigates the defining features of Islamic objects and sites while acknowledging their diverse regional and cultural influences. Students will learn how religious art reflects the tenets of Islam in its symbolic meanings and decorative purposes, as well as connect the rise of secular court culture to the political circumstances of Islamic dynasties. While this class addresses Islamic art from the seventh century to the present day, it explores thematic case studies rather than presenting a comprehensive survey. Concepts of self, representation, gender, and identity will feature prominently in class discussions. Pathway: Art and Design History
                                                                                                            Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university wrting course, and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.
                                                                                                            •   PLCW 2010 A   A History of ArtistsÆ Books: Visual Pleasures  (CRN:7342) *BEST BET* 3 CR Necol, Jane
                                                                                                                W - 3:50 pm to 6:30 pm
                                                                                                            • A cultural history about the creative union of word and image, this course offers visual pleasures of looking and reading critically. Today we might use an e- reader, but the physical book is still produced, read and collected. What are artists' books? Or livres d'artistes? How important are concept, composition and cost? Students study a range of work from the livres d'artistes of Matisse and other Modernists to contemporary artists' books and book-like works that defy expectations. The production of livres d'artistes and artists' books parallel the stylistic movements of the modern and contemporary periods from origins in late 19th-century Symbolism through Conceptualism, the Women's Art Movement and recent iterations, offering a broad overview of art and design. Individuals who test the scope of the artist's book include Duchamp and his scraps in a box, Max Ernst, Sol LeWitt, Ida Applebroog, Anselm Kiefer and others. Students develop portfolios of their research, critical writing and presentations to demonstrate their critical thinking and understanding of the historic and theoretical premises of the artist's book. Field trips are planned. Pathways: Art and Design Criticism and Writing
                                                                                                              Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman and sophomores only. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. Co-requisite(s): PSDS 2701 People and Things
                                                                                                              •   PLCW 4010 A   Politics of a Woman  (CRN:6047) *BEST BET* 3 CR Ebin, Chelsea
                                                                                                                  T - 9:00 am to 11:40 am
                                                                                                              • "This course will introduce students to the history, development, and practices of diverse forms of conservative and religious feminisms in the United States. Utilizing a broad-range of texts -including films, photographs, and archival materials- students will engage with the question of what it means to be a ""Right Wing Woman"" in the current political environment, as well ask how conservative religious and political practices have historically intersected with feminism in America. From radical evangelical egalitarianism in the 18th century to the cult of domesticity in the 19th century to the creation of Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council in the 1970s and 1980s, students will explore a broad range of discourses through primary such as Church documents, newspaper archives, and blogs. Pathway: Criticism and Writing
                                                                                                                Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.
                                                                                                                •   PLDS 2190 A   History of Design: 1850-2000 Lecture  (CRN:2863) 0 CR Lichtman, Sarah
                                                                                                                    W - 9:00 am to 10:15 am
                                                                                                                • This course introduces significant developments in the history of design in Europe and America from 1850 to 2000. The lectures will examine a variety of object types, including furniture, interiors, graphics, and products, and draw examples from the well known as well as the anonymous. Throughout, design will be situated within its social, cultural, political and economic contexts. Materials, technology, and debates informing the configuration of things?such as Modernism and taste?will be considered, as will the changing role of the designer, and the effects of the shifting ways of life on patterns of production and consumption. In addition, the course will also consider how issues of gender, race, and class affect design. Readings will come from both primary and secondary sources, and new approaches and methods in the study of the history of design will be discussed. Pathway: Art and Design History
                                                                                                                  Open to: Bachelors degree in Design & Management, Integrated Design, and Product Design majors; others by permission of the School of Art and Design History and Theory. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. Co-requisite(s): PLDS 2191 Recitation
                                                                                                                  •   PLDS 2500 A   Introduction to Design Studies: Lecture  (CRN:1665) 0 CR Bowen, Emma
                                                                                                                      R - 3:50 pm to 5:05 pm
                                                                                                                  • This class examines different aspects of design and visuality by looking at larger questions of production, consumption, and use and how these issues become part of a larger discourse about design and visual culture. The design process is intricately tied to visuality, or how things appear and look; thus, the course uses images to provide students with a better understanding of their chosen field of study at Parsons. We will assess the relationship between design and the visual by investigating questions about gender, spatial control, ethics, race, status, and class. We will look at a variety of theoretical, historical, social, and political writings to explore this complicated topic. Pathway: Design Studies
                                                                                                                    Open to: Bachelors degree in Architectural Design, Communication Design, Design & Technology, Fashion Design, Integrated Design, Illustration, Interior Design, and Product Design majors; others with permission. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. Co-requisite(s): PLDS 2501 Recitation
                                                                                                                    •   PLDS 2500 B   Introduction to Design Studies: Lecture  (CRN:1462) *BEST BET* 0 CR Bowen, Emma
                                                                                                                        F - 12:10 pm to 1:25 pm
                                                                                                                    • This class examines different aspects of design and visuality by looking at larger questions of production, consumption, and use and how these issues become part of a larger discourse about design and visual culture. The design process is intricately tied to visuality, or how things appear and look; thus, the course uses images to provide students with a better understanding of their chosen field of study at Parsons. We will assess the relationship between design and the visual by investigating questions about gender, spatial control, ethics, race, status, and class. We will look at a variety of theoretical, historical, social, and political writings to explore this complicated topic. Pathway: Design Studies
                                                                                                                      Open to: Bachelors degree in Architectural Design, Communication Design, Design & Technology, Fashion Design, Integrated Design, Illustration, Interior Design, and Product Design majors; others with permission. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. Co-requisite(s): PLDS 2501 Recitation
                                                                                                                      •   PLDS 3141 A   Design and the Workplace  (CRN:6059) 3 CR Casciano, Kateleen
                                                                                                                          W - 7:00 pm to 9:40 pm
                                                                                                                      • The Modern American Office is an "artificial" environment where many people spend 40 or more hours a week for much of their lives. It has a rich history, coinciding and sometimes driving the style of a period, but it is often overlooked as a contributor to the larger field of material culture. This course will focus on design history, popular and material culture; including fashion and furniture design, and theory related to the design of the office. Students will explore this particular area of practical design through readings, images, popular culture articles, media, and site visits throughout Manhattan. Some examples of topics covered might include: the dynamic of gender and power roles in the workplace, the role of building technology like the skyscraper, office furniture systems, space programming, the office in media and entertainment, and the adaptation of the function of the office as generations of workers have evolved. Pathway: Design Studies
                                                                                                                        Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.
                                                                                                                        •   PLFS 2003 A   Hair: Social, Cultural and Historical Perspectives  (CRN:7346) 3 CR Kurennaya, Anna
                                                                                                                            T - 3:50 pm to 6:30 pm
                                                                                                                        • Hair: almost all of us have it, and most of us spend some portion of our day 'managing' it, whether in the morning in front of the mirror or in quickly glimpsed reflections in a window. But what are the rules that govern acceptable standards for how (and where) hair should appear? Why do we devote so much time and energy to bleaching, dyeing, styling, tweezing, waxing, and shaving it? What does hair say about our identities and what meanings does it communicate to others? We will examine changing attitudes to the 'proper' treatment of hair, including facial and bodily hair, developing an understanding of how hair positions itself as a site of important debates related to religion, politics, morality, and identity. We will also question how our treatment of hair fits within culturally prescribed notions of gender, sexuality, race, and age. Pathways: Fashion Studies
                                                                                                                          Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman, and sophomores noly. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods in art, media, film, or visual culture.
                                                                                                                          •   PLFS 2004 A   Fashioning Social Movements  (CRN:7357) *BEST BET* 3 CR Kenny, Laura
                                                                                                                              W - 7:00 pm to 9:40 pm
                                                                                                                          • This course will explore how fashion and dress practices play a role in major social movements through readings and discussions that will examine how the body and dress are used to pursue social change. Beginning with the rejection of bourgeois dress following the French revolution, this course will examine the clothing in such occurrences as women's suffrage, the Harlem renaissance, the civil rights movement, the gay rights movement, the anti-war protest of the 1970s, the emergence of hip-hop culture, Occupy Wall Street, the Slut Walks and numerous other historical and contemporary events. As this course explores the body's use as social capital, it will consider the rise of visual culture and the influence of surveillance. This course will examine social movements through a new lens as it takes into account the importance of bodies and the significance and power of the clothes being worn. Pathways: Fashion Studies
                                                                                                                            Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman, and sophomores only. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.
                                                                                                                            •   PLFS 3014 A   Hip Hop Culture and Style  (CRN:7347) 3 CR Kurennaya, Anna
                                                                                                                                R - 3:50 pm to 6:30 pm
                                                                                                                            • This critical introduction to hip hop culture and style considers both the production and consumption of the genre, tracing it from its subcultural beginnings to its current state of global popularity and cross-cultural appeal. This class includes within its scope a range of stylistic, artistic, and musical practices, considering rappers, DJs, dancers, artists, designers, producers, critics, and listeners as important actors making up the genre's diverse culture. We consider topics such as geographic and political factors in the genre's spread; the processes of representation and appropriation in hip hop style and music; notions of authenticity and 'realness'; commercialization and luxury product placement; censorship in relation to depictions of sex and violence; and newly changing attitudes regarding misogyny and homophobia. The key themes of identity, race, gender, sexuality, authenticity, and status will be explored through varied media including album covers, music videos, lyrics, concert footage, films, ad campaigns, and interviews. Pathway: Fashion Studies
                                                                                                                              Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 300-level.
                                                                                                                              •   PLFS 3147 A   Fashion & Violence  (CRN:6671) 3 CR Snelgrove, Laura Cassia
                                                                                                                                  W - 12:10 pm to 2:50 pm
                                                                                                                              • The relationship between fashion and violence has been conceived in many different ways, from early theories of dress as physical protection and Foucault's technologies of the body to 2011's global SlutWalk protests, which sought to challenge the tenacious link between these terms in public opinion. The entanglement of fashion and violence is worthy of critical study, as both concepts are part of extensive discourses touching on ideas of gender, power relations, mass media, and the body. This class seeks to uncover and analyze points of intersections between violence and fashion, using a Fashion Studies approach that finds evidence in images, objects, spaces, and practices and applies theories from disciplines including sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, and visual and material culture studies. Our readings will cast a wide net, from key fashion studies figures such as Rebecca Arnold, Caroline Evans and Joanne Entwistle, to media studies writing from Susan Bordo and Sherie Inness, in order to build a solid theoretical foundation for students' analysis of cultural texts both in class and through independent research. The fashion media will be the primary source of inquiry, as it consistently offers representations of fashionable violence and/or violent fashion, to much controversy. We will examine these images, from photographers such as Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin, as well as designers (McQueen, Mugler) popular films (American Psycho, Mad Max) and media figures including Rihanna, for the cultural assumptions and expectations they demonstrate. Furthermore, we will consider designed objects, including garments, for their materialization of these concepts and for how they uphold or contest messages from within the broader discourse.
                                                                                                                                Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.
                                                                                                                                •   PLFS 4002 A   Visionaries: Stylists and Photographers Shaping the Image of Fashion  (CRN:7348) *BEST BET* 3 CR Filippello, Roberto
                                                                                                                                    W - 7:00 pm to 9:40 pm
                                                                                                                                • "The eye has to travel" said Diana Vreeland. And for the eye to travel through the pages of a fashion magazine, the encounter of a photographer and a stylist is needed. This course will explore the creative relationship between fashion editors and photographers since the early 20 th century until present. Visual analysis will be used as a methodology to investigate the evolution of fashion through issues of beauty, taste, art vs fashion, masculinity/femininity, and sexuality. The rise of the fashion editor will be explored by looking at Diana Vreeland's work. Issues of race and body image will be addressed by examining the Black and the Curvy issues of Vogue Italia. "Celebrity culture" will be discussed through current issues of American Vogue and by looking at the Supermodels in the 1990s. The students will be required to research magazines, watch fashion documentaries, and visit exhibitions. Pathway: Fashion Studies
                                                                                                                                  Open to: All undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000 level.
                                                                                                                                  •   PLFS 4003 A   Early Modern Fashion  (CRN:7349) 3 CR Morano, Elizabeth
                                                                                                                                      W - 9:00 am to 11:40 am
                                                                                                                                  • This course traces the evolution of Western urban fashion, from its creation in the fourteenth century through the early stages of industrialization, focusing on the development of fashion as a contested area of social and self-identification. Issues to be closely examined include gender and political expression -- though initially a masculine gamble, fashion is defined as feminine and French by the end of this period -- as well as how dress defines morality and purity (including health, hygiene, and manners), the impact of technological innovations, the structure of labor (with particular focus on gender) and the influence of court and celebrity. For this early period, we rely on the primary sources of painting and sculpture, manuscripts and literature, dance and drama, always considering and grappling with the relationship between dress and art, and with critical reflection on the nature and study of fashion and its history. Readings include work by Norbert Elias, Susan Vincent and Jennifer Jones. Pathway: Fashion Studies
                                                                                                                                    Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.
                                                                                                                                    •   PLSD 4080 A   Senior Seminar: Public and Private Space  (CRN:3795) 3 CR Necol, Jane
                                                                                                                                        W - 12:10 pm to 2:50 pm
                                                                                                                                    • "In an exploration of what an artist or designer's responsibility is to society and to him/herself, we attempt to articulate how public and private meaning are created and valued as these ""social spaces"" affect us all. To that end, we will examine several areas of global visual culture with the emphasis on contemporary painting and sculpture, and monuments and public art. We will also study the limits of personal expression with an emphasis on the body, drawing examples from performative art, photography and popular culture. In other words, visual art will be our lens through which we study and discuss themes such as collective memory, the urban and global environment, politics, race and gender. Students are invited to develop topics of their own interest in relation to the concepts of the course and their studio practice for their papers and presentations. Field trips are planned. Overall we will enhance our skills in critical thinking, analysis and writing while gaining insights into contemporary art and its cultural underpinnings. Pathway: Spatial Design Studies
                                                                                                                                      Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.
                                                                                                                                      •   PLVS 2500 A   Introduction to Visual Culture: Lecture  (CRN:4892) 0 CR Fripp, Jessica
                                                                                                                                          R - 12:10 pm to 1:25 pm
                                                                                                                                      • Visual images pervade our everyday experiences in an increasingly technological and communications based culture. From newspapers to the Web, from the sciences to the humanities, to advertisements and movies, we encounter visual images in every area of our lives. Visual Studies is an exciting new area of study that looks at this range of art, media, and visual images, rather than focusing on fine art alone. The course will familiarize students with the key terms and debates, as well as introduce techniques used to analyze visual images from art and photography, to television and electronic media, using a variety of overlapping analytic frameworks. We will draw upon new approaches in art history, media studies, gender studies, literary and social theory, and discuss their cultural, political, and aesthetic implications. Pathway: Visual Studies
                                                                                                                                        Open to: Bachelors degree in Fine Arts, Integrated Design, and Photography majors; others with permission. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. Co-requisite(s): PLVS 2501 Recitation
                                                                                                                                        •   PLVS 3128 A   Modes of Seeing  (CRN:6058) *BEST BET* 3 CR Hall, Gordon
                                                                                                                                            F - 9:00 am to 11:40 am
                                                                                                                                        • This course explores the act of perception as a rich relationship between perceivers and the objects of our perception. Through texts and artworks we will explore a variety of theories that account for the cultural, racial, gendered, technological, and phenomenological forces at play in the process of perception. Contrary to attitudes that constitute perception as an objective or consistent source of information, perception is presented in this course as a rich site for the formation, and transformation, of who we are, what we perceive, and how we understand our world. By shifting the focus from what we see to how we see, we seek to understand perception as a dynamic and mutually formative relationship between subject and object. Pathway: Visual Studies
                                                                                                                                          Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.
                                                                                                                                          •   PLVS 4045 A   Photography & Society  (CRN:6048) 3 CR Selejan, Ileana
                                                                                                                                              T - 3:50 pm to 6:30 pm
                                                                                                                                          • This course explores the development of photography from the 1830s to the present in the context of the social, political, ethical and cultural issues that surround it. Readings will span a broad range of texts by photographers, writers, artists, critics, philosophers and others. Topics will include early photography and democracy, Victorian travel photography and orientalism, portraiture and the self, social documentary photography in the US and Europe, photography and revolution, war photography and journalism, consumerism, art photography, fashion and culture, gender and race, theories of modern memory, death and the ethics of witnessing. In addition to a number of writing assignments of varying length, students will be asked to develop a research project over the course of the semester that will culminate in a final paper. Pathway: Visual Studies
                                                                                                                                            Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.
                                                                                                                                            •   PSAM 3073 A   Performance & Photography  (CRN:7741) *BEST BET* 3 CR De Holl, Nancy
                                                                                                                                                T - 3:50 pm to 6:30 pm
                                                                                                                                            • What is the relationship of photography and performance? What is performance? Is every action a performance? This advanced, studio-based course will explore various notions of representation and the use of the self and/or surrogates in performances for the camera. Other issues and genres to be explored include the constructed image, the fictional image, gender and sexuality, metaphor, fantasy, identity construction, and masquerade. Students complete three camera based assignments during the course. Additionally, the class involves reading about the history of Performance art and its relationship with Photography, and its influence on contemporary photographers such as Cindy Sherman, Gregory Crewdson, Yasumasa Morimura, Anthony Goicolea, and many others.
                                                                                                                                              Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): PUPH 1011 Freshman Seminar 2 or PSAM 1051 Photography 2.
                                                                                                                                              •   PSAM 3710 A   Collaborative Research Studio  (CRN:5956) *BEST BET* 3 CR Selzer, Shane
                                                                                                                                                  W - 9:00 am to 11:40 am
                                                                                                                                                  W - 12:10 pm to 2:50 pm
                                                                                                                                              • This is a practical, collaborative workshop that emphasizes research and production. It is shaped by faculty research and is designed to provide a context for students to engage with the themes and problems with which their teaching faculty are currently engaged. Unusual in a Fine Arts teaching context, it introduces collective problem solving and multidisciplinary team-building that exposes students to the processes of research and development, fabrication, as well as working with institutional needs and agendas that are often a part of professional practice.

                                                                                                                                                The Teaching Project - Early Imagination: This project-based course looks at progressive early childhood education approaches as a means for activating our studio processes through observational and material research. Progressive education models such as The Reggio Emilia Approach will be studied for their resonance as valid methodologies for conducting innovative studio-based research. Projects will focus on the context of learning environments and their relationship to the body as it comes in contact with materiality, phenomenology, identity and locale. The course gives students an opportunity to experience a site-residency where your projects can be developed and tested within a community of children and early childhood educators. This course will take place within an elementary school or the Children's Museum of Art in Soho (TBD).

                                                                                                                                                Open to: All School of Art, Media & Technology upper-level undergraduate degree students.
                                                                                                                                                •   PUPH 4079 A   Picturing Sexuality  (CRN:2273) 3 CR Pitts, George
                                                                                                                                                    M - 7:00 pm to 9:40 pm
                                                                                                                                                • This course examines the photographic representation of the female and male body from the 19th century to our present epoch. The course is a passionate, irreverent, analytical, and rigorous study of how the body has been depicted, perceived, and manipulated in the many and diverse periods of photography. Photography examined in the class will include examples from the following genres: anthropology; fine art photography: Victorian, Modernist, and Contemporary; fashion: Surrealist, avant-garde and editorial; amateur: historical erotic snapshots by anonymous photographers; Magazine photography; as well as footage and cinematography from films that overlap historically with the photography the class will study. Many artists will be studied including: Lady Hawarden, Bellocq, Stieglitz, Man Ray, Bunuel and Dali, Hans Bellmer, Bettie Page, Avedon, Pierre Molinier, Jan Saudek, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Grace Jones, Francesca Woodman, Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, Madonna, Sally Mann, Nobuyoshi Araki, David Lynch, Bettina Rheims, Steven Meisel, Juergen Teller, and Katy Grannan. Students will be expected to contribute original photographic work in conjunction with the specific periods explored in the class. Work will culminate in the development of original project work unique to each student that explores the body or sexuality in a personal or commercial style to be established by each student.
                                                                                                                                                  Open to: Bachelors degree in Photography majors, juniors & seniors only; others by permission of Photography program. Pre-requisite(s): PUPH 1010 Freshman Seminar 1 and PUPH 1011 Freshman Seminar 2 or PSAM 1050 Photo 1 and PSAM 1051 Photo 2
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