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Generally speaking each course at Marlboro College requires a minimum number of contact hours with teaching faculty based on the credits to be earned. Usually 50 minutes or more of weekly contact time per credit earned is required. Contact time is provided through formal in-class instruction as well as other instructional activities facilitated by the teaching faculty member.
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Courses marked with hearing are Writing Seminar Courses.
Courses marked with public meet Marlboro's Global Perspective criteria.
From 1861 to 1865, the United States plunged into a bitter Civil War that would completely alter the country we live in. This course will examine some of the changes that occurred in the political, military, economic, socio-cultural and technological landscape of America during those years. This will be a discussion-driven class with short, weekly writing responses. Taught by student: William Finkel. Prerequisite: None
- Friday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D43
The seminar is organized around the different research topics of seniors doing Plan work in American Studies. Each student will assign and teach selected works in their subject area. Students will also present their own research in progress and read and critique each other's writing. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
- Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
This course traces the history of family life in the U.S. from the time of European settlement to the end of the nineteenth century. Drawing on an interdisciplinary array of sources from popular literature to material culture, we will explore how the family both affected and was affected by the major historical developments of these centuries. Our study will include Anglo-American nuclear families as well as families and groups which did not fit the norm-- slave families, immigrant families and utopian communities. A central focus of the course will be the importance of the family in defining and reproducing gender roles and relationships. Prerequisite: None
- Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
- Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
|City of Women||Stansell||9780252014819||$26.00|
|Intimate Matters 2nd||D'Emilio||9780226142647||$22.50|
Dozens of Vermont towns, including Marlboro, are celebrating their 250th anniversaries this year. The course will use the occasion of these semiquincentennial celebrations to frame and explore the topic of commemoration in relation to local history. We will draw on materials and methods from anthropology, history and performance studies to ask such questions as: How do people and places inscribe and perform their own history? Which stories are remembered as institutionalized public events, and which are forgotten, relegated to the private spaces of attic trunks? Students will create their own immersive historical experiences, commemorating some aspect of local history. Joining Carol, Kate, and Brenda in teaching the class will be Obie award-winning performance artist Ain Gordon whose own work has powerfully engaged issues of history and memory.
- Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
- Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
For American Studies offerings, also see:• After 9/11
• TOPICS IN U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
An overview of the dominant theories and issues that have shaped anthropological research and writing in the 20th century. Paradigms to be investigated include Boasian anthropology, functionalism, French structuralism, cultural materialism, sociobiology, interpretive anthropology, feminist anthropology, historical anthropology, and reflexive anthropology. Prerequisite: Background in social sciences or permission of instructor
- Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
- Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
|Anthropological Theory 4th||McGee||9780073405223||$123.35|
In recent years, anthropologists have been experimenting with innovative forms of writing as a means to explore how they construct and represent people's lives in words. In this seminar we will consider how to read and write ethnographies and, in doing so, will ask questions about narrative form, audience, argument, uses of field data, the place of the fieldworker/writer, and more. Students are expected to either have field materials with which they want to work or be willing to do a small field-based project as part of the seminar. This seminar would work well taken with "Designing Fieldwork." Prerequisite: Course work in the social sciences or history
- Thursday 1:45pm-3:20pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
|How to Read Ethnography||Wardel||9780415328678||$38.95|
For Anthropology offerings, also see:• After 9/11
• The Presence of the Past
The twenty-first century viewer is so accustomed to visual imagery that reproduces, in the most minute detail, the thing, view, person seen, that this kind of image production is taken to be the goal to which all image makers aspire (up until the modern period, that is). To many the imagery of the classical periods in western art history, Greece, Rome, the Italian Renaissance and nineteenth-century France set the standards by which much artistic production, even today, is measured. This course examines how and attempts to understand why âClassicalâ or âNaturalisticâ or âRealisticâ vision transformed the artistic production of these cultures across time and space and why it continues to be important to us today. Prerequisite: None
- Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Apple Tree
- Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Apple Tree
|Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture||Neer||9780226570631||$65.00|
|Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy 2nd||Baxandall||9780192821447||$19.95|
Cities have always been sites of protest, transformation, dream making and dream dashing, triumph, celebration and disaster. Human activity, building practices and civic authority all play a role in the creation and production of both the stage and the "play" of city life.This course undertakes to examine two world historical cities, Florence and Cairo in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. Both were key cities of the Mediterranean world at this time, experiencing remarkable growth in their architectural fabric, their world renown and their earthly riches. The aim of the course is to probe, through an examination of primary documents and the built environment, what lived experience was like. Prerequisite: None
- Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Apple Tree
- Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Apple Tree
|City of Florence||Lewis||9780805046304||$21.99|
|Cairo: Histories of a City||Alsayyad||9780674047860||$29.95|
|Dino Compagni's Chronical of Florence||Bornstein||9780812212211||$22.50|
This course will examine the development of Chinese culture from the earliest divination rites and the Book of Changes to the flowering of drama and literature during the Ming dynasty. Along the way we will explore the sparring schools of Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism; we will study the creation and growth of the imperial institution and meritocratic civil service that made it work; we will consider some of the fabulous economic and technological developments that made Chinese products the envy of the world in the 17th century; and we will read a selection of poetry and prose by Tang hermits, Song officials, and Ming aesthetes. The course will be integrated with a year-long Marlboro College lecture series, held on occasional Monday evenings, that will bring outside experts to speak on diverse aspects of Chinese culture. Prerequisite: None. Please note that students wishing to take part in the college-sponsored trip to China in May-June 2012 should take either this course, or its spring-semester continuation (Modern Chinese History and Culture), or both.
- Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
- Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
|Open Empire 6th Rev.||Hansen||9780393973747||$55.40|
|Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy||Van Norden||9781603844680||$15.95|
|1587: A Year of No Significance||Huang||9780300028843||$22.00|
While Asia is still often thought of as primarily agricultural, it is now home to most of the world's largest cities. And while these cities are rightly seen as places for coming together, they also depend on social segregations. In "dark twins" such as ghettos, squatter settlements, sweatshops, jails and sewer systems, much of the work that allows these newly prosperous cities to function takes place. Using history, sociology, anthropology, journalism and urban planning, we will peer into the history of these hidden spaces. What institutions, formal and informal, create and preserve urban enclaves? How does the study of these "dark twins" change our understanding of cosmopolises such as Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Calcutta. and Chandigarh? Prerequisite: None, but knowledge of Asian history helpful
- Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
- Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
|Religious Violence in Contemporary Japan||Reader||9780824823405||$26.00|
|Seeing Like a State||Scott||9780300078152||$21.00|
|Policing Shanghai 1927-1937||Wakeman||9780520207615||$36.95|
Group tutorial devoted to writing and peer-review of Plan papers for seniors working in Asian Studies.
For Asian Studies offerings, also see:• PLAN WRITING SEMINAR IN ASIAN STUDIES
Biochemists used to debate the nature of proteins: their composition, structure, and function. Now we know many extraordinary details of the shapes of proteins and how they function. For example, how they help our bodies acquire nutrients from food, use those nutrients for fuel, and carry oxygen to our tissues. In particular, researchers have revealed the intricacies of how a protein's structure is related to its function. In this course we will employ an evolutionary perspective as we discuss major topics such as amino acids, proteins and protein structure, bioenergetics, enzymes and enzyme function. We will also study major metabolic pathways and their key control points. Our goals are for you to develop a thorough understanding of how enzymes work and to be familiar with key metabolic pathways and how they are controlled. The course will include class discussions and presentations based on the text and primary literature, homework assignments, a 5-page paper and exams (including a final exam).Prerequisite: General Chemistry I and II, or instructor's permission
- Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216
- Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216
This laboratory will be an introduction to techniques commonly used by biochemists, and must be taken in conjunction with Biochemistry of the Cell. Your work in the laboratory will focus on a semester-long investigation of an enzyme. This project will allow you to perform your own biochemistry research project in which you will employ the principles of chemistry and biochemistry that we study in the classroom.
The protein you will investigate is already well-characterized. That is, previous research has described in detail the properties of the enzyme. Your goal is to determine if the enzyme you isolate is the same as that described in the primary literature. To answer this question we will begin with basic laboratory procedures such as preparing reagents, chromatography, and performing a protein assay. We will then explore techniques for studying the activity of enzymes, and methods for separating proteins, such as one and two-dimensional electrophoresis. Finally we will employ methods for the identification of specific proteins using immuno-staining, and a phenomenally sensitive technique for quantifying a specific protein in solution, the enzyme-linked immuno-sorbent assay (ELISA). Throughout this semester-long project you will also learn about the procedures for data acquisition and analysis that will allow you to draw meaningful conclusions from your results. Prerequisite: General Chemistry I & II Corequisite: Biochemistry of the Cell
- Thursday 1:30pm-4:50pm in To Be Determined/TBD
In 1953 scientists James Watson and Francis Crick first deduced the structure of DNA, and since then the advances in molecular biology have been staggering. Scientists can make plants resistant to pesticides. Doctors can cure children born with no immune system. Genome sequencing and stem cell technology may someday lead to personalized medical advice and replacement organs grown from your own skin cells. But DNA science also raises serious ethical questions. For example, what risks do we take when we release genetically engineered organisms into the environment, and do pest-resistant GM crops really reduce the use of pesticides? In this course we will explore advances in human understanding of DNA, and the promises and perils associated with scientists' ability to manipulate genetic material. We will examine the personalities driving DNA research, as well as the politics and financial incentives involved.
This course will provide a general introduction to the nature and function of DNA, RNA, and protein, both in the classroom and in the laboratory. Students with prior experience in these topics are welcome although the course is intended as a general introduction to non-specialists. This course is therefore not considered a foundation course that prepares students for advanced study in the field. Prerequisite: None
- Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216
- Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216
|Stem Cell Now||Scott||9780452287853||$16.00|
|Lords of the Harvest||Charles||9780738207735||$17.50|
An examination of the molecular and cellular basis for life. This course serves as the foundation course for further work in life sciences. Prerequisite: Some chemistry recommended
- Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
- Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
- Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
|Biological Science 3rd||Freeman||9780321543271||$202.67|
An exploration of biological principles and biological diversity in a laboratory setting. We will study such organisms as bacteria, yeast, molds, mammalian cell cultures including cancer cells, plants, fish, and others. Skill in basic laboratory techniques in biology will be acquired throughout the semester. Recommended for prospective life science Plan students. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in General Biology I or permission of instructor
- Tuesday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
An examination of several major factors which contribute to the distribution and abundance of organisms and, hence, to the structure of biotic communities. An emphasis will be placed on the original literature. This course should be taken by all students with a life-science orientation in the environmental sciences. Prerequisite: College level biology
- Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
- Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
|Ecology: Concepts and Applications 5th||Molles||9780073383224||$157.65|
In this lab we will take a hands-on approach to learning important concepts discussed in the General Ecology class. You will be introduced to the methods that ecologists use to design, carry out and analyze research. The scheduled day is tentative and may change once students are enrolled. Prerequisite: Co-requisite General Ecology, NSC140
- Monday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 220
A study of the anatomy, physiology, behavior, and ecology of birds. Text readings will be supplemented with primary literature and we will schedule regular bird walks in order to identify and observe birds in their natural habitat. Prerequisite: College-level biology; animal behavior and/or general ecology would be beneficial but are not required.
- Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
- Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
Chemistry has a rich history, including ancient theories on the nature of matter and recipes for converting lead into gold. Modern research and applications are equally exciting. For example, models of chemical bonds explain why carbon dioxide and methane are greenhouse gases, and some of the colors we see in the Aurora Borealis. We will explore these topics as we learn about atomic structure and the periodic table, reaction stoichiometry, chemical bonds, molecular structure, and other concepts central to modern chemistry. Many of these topics are related to current health and environmental issues. For example, discussions of pH and reduction-oxidation reactions include research on the natural chemistry of surface waters and the effects of acid rain on natural systems. Prerequisite: Co-requisite of General Chemistry I Laboratory
- Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
- Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
- Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
|Principles of General Chemistry 2nd||Silberberg||9780077274320||$194.90|
Science is a process, not a collection of facts. In this laboratory we will combine the study of chemistry with the process of science by exploring the production of biofuels. We will begin by developing some basic quantitative skills and familiarity with laboratory techniques. The activities for these early parts of the lab will be fairly structured. As you develop your ability to approach a problem scientifically the activities will be less structured and you will have more responsibility for designing and conducting your own experiments on the production and analysis of biofuels. Students will work on projects in groups but each student will keep their own laboratory notebook and write their own laboratory reports. Prerequisite: Co-requisite of General Chemistry I
- Thursday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 112
This course is a continuation of Greek IA. Prerequisite: Greek IA
- Monday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D31
- Wednesday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D31
- Friday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D31
|Greek to GCSE Pt. 2 2nd||Taylor||9781853997037||$27.00|
This is a beginner's course in Latin. Students come to Latin for many reasons: to understand better their own and other languages; to access one of the richest bodies of literature and history in the world; or simply as an intellectual test. Latin is a demanding language, and students should be prepared for regular short quizzes to reinforce material as we go along, but consistent effort will pay rich dividends. We'll be working from Wheelock's Latin (6th edition), which introduces students to the basic elements of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, and offers students original Latin thought and language as soon as possible. Prerequisite: None
- Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102
- Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102
- Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102
|Cambridge Latin Course Unit 1 4th||Pope||9780521004343||$24.00|
This course is a continuation of Latin IA and Latin IB. We will aim to finish Wheelock's Latin and move on to original texts by the end of the semester. The choice of texts studied will very much depend on the interests and enthusiasms of students: we could try Catullus' lewd love poems, or Vergil's Dido and Aeneas, or Tacitus' thoughts on living under a dictatorship. Prerequisite: Latin IA and IB
- Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D31
- Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D31
- Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D31
Two works from the ancient world survive in greater numbers than any other: Homer's two great epics, the Iliad - the original story of the Trojan war - and the Odyssey, a colourful account of Odysseus' long journey home from Troy. Homer's work was a common cultural reference point for all Greece, and not without reason has been dubbed 'the bible of the Greeks'; Homer himself was often simply referred to as 'The Poet'. Vergil's Aeneid, a very Roman reworking of both epics, tells the story of the foundation of Rome, and achieved a similarly canonical status almost overnight.
But despite this canonical status, the ancient epics have retained their capacity to surprise us. In spite of its martial theme, Homer's Iliad is also a work deeply interested in the lives of others, be they women, children, or enemies. Vergil's Aeneid by contrast, so long disparaged as an eloquent but ultimately vacuous panegyric of the emperor Augustus, has in recent years been rehabilitated as a profound and at times disturbing meditation on the darker side of Roman imperialism. This course is a chance to trace this foundational genre from its ancient near eastern origins to imperial Rome; topics covered will include mythology and folklore, oral literature, heroism, gender, ethics, warfare, and the gods. Prerequisite: None.
- Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102
- Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102
Recommended for this course, though not required, is Gilgamesh, translated by George, ISBN 9780141449198, $14.00. The required books for the course are listed below.
An examination of the methods used in problems encountered in trying to teach computers to "think." Topics covered will be among the following: representation of knowledge, learning, game theory, perception, neural networks, cellular automata, cognitive modeling, and natural language processing. Most people who work in AI program in Lisp, and so we will likely use it as well (learn it along the way), but that won't be the main focus of the course. This is an intermediate course in computer science and as such assumes previous programming experience. Prerequisite: Substantive programming experience
- Tuesday 11:30am-1:00pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
- Thursday 11:30am-1:00pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
Recommended for this course, though not required, is ANSI Common Lisp, by Graham, ISBN 9780133708752, $88. The required text is listed below.
|Artificial Intelligence 3rd||Russell||9780136042594||$146.00|
This is a first class in computer programming, and as such a foundation class for further work in computer science. Much as a competency with English grammar is required for writing, an understanding of programming is required for nearly all intermediate and advanced work in computer science. A similar course is offered every fall, though the language chosen varies from year to year. Python is a modern, elegant, high level scripting language, popular at Google among other places. In addition to learning about "object oriented programming", loops, input/output and all that, expect to also learn a variety of computer skills and basics. Prerequisite: None
- Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
- Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
This September marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001. Some scholars argue that a decade is needed to absorb a "national trauma." What cultural responses to the 9/11 attacks are evident in the past decade?
Through different media, cultural criticism and theory, we will explore changes in American culture since 9/11, including the tolerance of surveillance, anticipation of future attacks, commemoration and disaster tourism, and renewed nationalism and xenophobia in popular culture. Coursework will include film showings outside class, in-class reports and collaborative analysis, and substantial research projects. Prerequisite: Course work in the social sciences or humanities
- Thursday 3:00pm-5:20pm in Apple Tree
|Tourists of History||Sturken||9780822341222||$24.95|
|Imagining America at War||Weber||9780415375375||$44.95|
|Shock of the News||Monahan||9780814795552||$24.00|
Reading of key texts in theory and cultural history on the characteristics and dynamics of modernity and postmodernity. Individual student projects applying the ideas of these texts to specific historical materials. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
- Friday 10:30am-12:50pm in Whittemore Theater/Greene
|Consequences of Modernity||Giddens||9780804718912||$21.95|
|Rites of Spring||Eksteins||9780395937587||$16.00|
|War and Cinema||Virilio||9781844673469||$12.95|
|Culture of Time and Space||Kern||9780674021693||$26.50|
For Cultural History offerings, also see:• ANTHROPOLOGICAL THOUGHT & THEORY
How can your body move efficiently and powerfully through space?Â Â WhatÂ pathways of movement work with the skeletal structure of the body toÂ create an easeful flow? How does becoming more aware of bodilyÂ sensations change your ability to control your own movement?Â Â In thisÂ beginning modern dance course, we will spend our time learning by moving.Â You will develop a basic vocabulary of movement principles that are used in contemporary dance performance and work on the ability to learn physically --Â improving physical coordination, strength,flexibility, balance, and body awareness.Â Â Supporting our study of movement techniques will be some personal movement exploration (through improvisation and choreography) and occasional readings or video viewings to contextualize our dancing.Â Prerequisite: None
- Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance
- Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance
In this class, students will explore both the art and the craft of making dances. Responding to specific assignments, students will create a number of dances throughout the semester, bringing a new draft to class each week. Class sessions will focus on viewing and discussing students' work, and when appropriate, on exploring tools for the creative process and ideas about composition. Attention will be given to learning how to give and receive choreographic feedback, and to editing and developing existing choreography. In addition, students will study the choreographic methods of other artists independently and commit a substantial amount of time outside of class to the completion of choreographic studies. Students will present their final projects in an end of the semester show.
- Friday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance
An exploration of what it means to view and analyze dances that come from cultures other than one's own, conducted in preparation for fieldwork to be completed the following semester. Readings will include dance cultures from around the world with an emphasis on dances of Africa.
This course will be a laboratory exploring focused awareness of weight, initiation, musicality and sensation in our dancing. We will learn to commit to movement through our research in breath work, visualization, and static contraction.Â In class, we will practice specific movement sequences and exercises to hone our technical skills, and we will use improvisation and meditation to investigate our personal movement sensibility and its relationship to others.Â Â Time, space, shape and motion will complement one another in an intense and rigorous hour and a half.Â Prerequisite:Â Previous dance experience and permission of the instructor
- Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Serkin Center/Dance
- Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Serkin Center/Dance
Students will participate in the creation of a new choreographic work directed by faculty member, Kristin Horrigan. The choreography will be performed at the end of the fall semester. The working title for this yearâs repertory piece is "How big are YOUR feet?"
In this class, we will use choreographic process as a lens for examining the concept of carbon footprints and our own individual participation in the production of greenhouse gases. Through our research, we will explore the physicality inherent in the human aspects of this issue â our motivations, our actions, our relationships with the bigger picture. Out of our process together we will produce one or more performance pieces inspired by what weâve learned and the questions we are asking. This artistic process will be directed by the instructor, however dancers will have an active role in creating material, imagining the direction of the work, and resolving the issues raised by engaging such a complex topic. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
- Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance
- Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance
This course seeks to convey a sense of the discipline of Economics as a whole--its history, methods, and substantive concerns. The course examines processes common to all systems (e.g., division of labor, production, exchange, growth) and it examines whole systems as modeled and as observed. Prerequisite: None
- Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D34
- Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D34
|Reinventing the Bazaar||McMillan||9780393323719||$16.95|
|Boggs: A Comedy of Values||Weschler||9780226893969||$15.00|
|Planet of Slums||Davis||9781844671601||$19.95|
|Worldly Philosophers 7th Rev.||Heilbroner||9780684862149||$18.00|
This course--offered in Fall 2011 in group tutorial format -- considers the theories and methods of contemporary neoclassical microeconomics. We will examine prices, markets, and market failures primarily from the perspectives of individual and organizational decision-makers and in consideration of efficiency and equity, among other assessment criteria.Topics include determination of prices and wages, individual and collective decision-making, the organization and regulation of production, and the distribution of income. The course offers solid grounding in the theory and methods of economics as required for further work in the field; it is required or recommended for many graduate and professional programs in business, law, and policy studies. Although this is a second-level course, the material is developed from the ground up, so previous work in economics is not required for students comfortable with basic algebraic and graphical analysis. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Note: The "group tutorial" designation means that I will expect a greater degree of collaborative engagement on the part of students than might otherwise be the case with this material. For my planning purposes, I would appreciate hearing from interested students before the beginning of the semester. This Fall 2011 offering means that the course will not be offered in Fall 2012.
- Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
- Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
For Economics offerings, also see:• TOPICS IN U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
This is a foundational course in the environmental studies program and is designed to introduce students to key environmental issues and concepts in a broad and interdisciplinary context. Facultyfrom across the curriculum will cover topics that include, but are not limited to, land use, ecology, famine, biodiversity, environmental economics, environmental ethics, art and religion.
- Tuesday 8:30am-9:50am in Brown Science/Sci 221
- Thursday 8:30am-9:50am in Brown Science/Sci 221
An exploration of major environmental themes and issues in U.S. History, from colonial times to the present. The inquiry is organized around a series of case studies that address such issues as land and land-use control, water resources, toxic substances, wildlife, and the environmental movement. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
- Monday 4:05pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 207
- Thursday 2:30pm-4:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 207
|Changes in the Land||Cronon||9780809016341||$15.00|
|Down to Earth 2nd||Steinberg||9780195331820||$39.95|
|War and Nature||Russell||9780521799379||$30.00|
For Environmental Studies offerings, also see:• Designing Fieldwork
• General Ecology & Ecology Lab
• Political Theory and the Ecological Crisis
This course explores the full range of non-fiction possibilities including ethnographic films, personal cinema, cinema verite and even mockumentaries through screenings and video projects.Â Beginning with a group project and advancing to individual work, we will take a hands-on approach to documentary production: from interview techniques and verite shooting to character development and collage editing.
Films by Jean Rouch,Â Barbara Kopple, the Maysles Brothers, Ross McElwee, and Agnes Varda,Â among others will be screened and discussed.Â Â Assignments will include readings and video projects.
- Thursday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/Media Lab
For Film/Video Studies offerings, also see:• Contemporary German & Austrian Cinema
For Gender Studies offerings, also see:• U.S. LATINO/A LITERATURE: CARTOGRAPHIES OF THE SELF, BORDERS, EXILES
This course serves as a broad introduction to the Medieval European world. There are two major goals of the course. First, students should become acquainted with the changes and narratives of medieval history as well as its significance to modern history. Second, as an introduction to the historical discipline, this course offers students the opportunity to learn the methods of historical research: how to use primary sources as well as historiography to formulate historical narratives and arguments. The course will look at the medieval world through a variety of lenses, including political, religious, economic and social history as well as looking at the art, music and literature of the time. Prerequisite: None
- Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
- Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
|Short History of the Middle Ages 3rd||Rosenwein||9781442601048||$47.95|
For History offerings, also see:• After 9/11
• ANTHROPOLOGICAL THOUGHT & THEORY
• TOPICS IN U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
With over two million people incarcerated in the U.S. and approximately 600,000 prisoners being released each year, issues of criminality, justice, and punishment have become central sites of struggle and contestation in the contemporary period. Over the last thirty years, the prison has become a central means through which social insecurities are expressed, struggled with and managed. Anti-prison activists, such as Angela Davis and Julia Sudbury, have coined the term âPrison Industrial Complex,â to name the âsymbiotic and profitable relationship between politicians, corporations, the media and state correctional institutions that generates the racialized use of incarceration as a response to social problems rooted in the globalization of capital.â In this course, students will engage in an in-depth examination and critical inquiry into the field of prison studies. Through shared readings, seminar style discussion and written assignments, students will use race, gender, class, sexuality and nation as central analytics through which to think through the unique constellation of forces that is the prison industrial complex. Examples of course topics include, the War on Drugs, indigenous women prisoners and reproductive health, U.S. Militarism and immigration detention Centers. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
- Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
- Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
|Are Prisons Obsolete?||Davis||9781583225813||$11.95|
In a supposedly colorblind era, how has race remained a salient feature of American life? In this course, students will explore the meaning making practices that produce race as a âcommon senseâ both historically and contemporarily. How has race been explained in biological, cultural and social constructionist approaches? How has the imbrication of race, class, gender, sexuality and nation been thought through across disciplines? This course has two main objectives. The first is to familiarize students with a range of advanced scholarship on theories of race and ethnicity. The second is to develop within students the capacity to bring concepts, theoretical trajectories and categories of difference into conversation with one another.Â Students in this course will develop a critical vocabulary for analyzing power and racial formation. Topics covered include diaspora, citizenship, race and the colonial imagination, representation, the borderlands and a special unit on Hurricane Katrina and the management of social insecurity. Prerequisite: Previous work in the social sciences and permission of the instructor
- Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42
- Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42
This course will provide the opportunity for any student from any discipline to explore the following questions through an online porfolio:
- Monday 3:00pm-3:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
Introduces students to the phonology and script of classical/modern standard Arabic and covers the basic morphology and syntax of the written language. Emphasis on the development of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) at the earliest stages. Samples of modern (contemporary) and classical styles of writing introduced, and audio-visual material from the contemporary Arabic media. Prerequisite: None
- Monday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D42
- Wednesday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D42
- Friday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D42
|Al-kitaab Pt. 1 2nd||Brustad||9781589011045||$59.95|
|Alif Baa 3rd||Brustad||9781589016323||$49.95|
This course will explore German and Austrian cinematic engagements with recent political, historical, and cultural transformations such as German reunification and EU integration and expansion, considered as part of larger transnational and global developments. The emphasis will be on close formal readings of contemporary films, examining their implied theoretical and political projects. We will use contemporary German and Austrian cinema to study methodological and theoretical issues relating to film analysis and film history. Works by Tykwer, Murnberger, Haneke, Seidl, Albert, Haussmann, Becker, von Donnersmarck, Schmidt, and Akin, among others.
Films will be screened with English subtitles, and class discussion will be conducted in English. An additional weekly discussion section held in German will be offered for students with knowledge of German, who will be able to enroll for an additional credit.
- Monday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
|German Cinema: Since Unification||Clarke||9780826481450||$49.95|
|German National Cinema 2nd||Hake||9780415420983||$35.95|
This course is for beginners. It is designed to help students develop communicative competence in the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will learn basic vocabulary and sentence structures used in everyday situations through various forms of oral practice. Pinyin (the most widely used Chinese phonetic system) will be taught as a tool to learn the spoken language. Students will also learn Chinese characters in order to be able to communicate effectively in real Chinese situations. While linguistic aspects of the Chinese language are the primary focus, introduction to the social and cultural background of the language will also form an important part of the course. Prerequisite: None
An additional 50 minutes a week is to be added. The specific time is based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll and the instructor
- Monday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
- Wednesday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
- Friday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
|Chinese Link Simplified L. 1 Pt. 1 Workbook||Wu||9780131564411||$39.80|
|Chinese Link Simplified L. 1 Pt. 1||Wu||9780131564428||$54.67|
This course is the continuation of Elementary Chinese II. Students will continue to learn more skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing for daily communication. A broad variety of expressions and complicated sentence structures will be taught so that students can participate in conversations on various topics related to modern Chinese society. While equal emphasis will still be given to both characters and structures, students will be guided to write more Chinese essays. Activities related to the broad spectrum of Chinese culture will be organized to facilitate language learning with knowledge and analysis of the cultural background of the language.
An additional 50 minutes a week is to be added. The specific time is based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll and the instructor.
- Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
- Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
- Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
|New Practical Chinese Reader 3 Textbook||Xun||9787561912515||$21.95|
|New Practical Chinese Reader 3 Workbook||Xun||9787561912522||$12.95|
Topics in language and culture. In this continuation of Elementary German, students will expand their basic linguistic and cultural knowledge of German through an exploration of contemporary German culture. The primary focus will be on the development of literacy skills, vocabulary expansion, and a thorough review of grammar. Using a variety of media and text genres, students will improve their communicative competence in German while also honing critical thinking skills through cross-cultural and cross-linguistic analysis. Students' interests will largely determine course content. Prerequisite: One year of college level German or equivalent
- Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
- Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
- Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
|Handbuch zur Deutschen Grammatik 5th||Rankin||9781439082782||$128.95|
A continuation of elementary Arabic with equal emphasis on aural and oral skills, reading and writing. Selections from contemporary Arabic media are introduced and serve as a basis for reading and conversation. Prerequisite: Beginning Arabic or the equivalent
- Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D42
- Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D42
- Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D42
|Al-kitaab Pt. 1 2nd||Brustad||9781589011045||$59.95|
Strives for mastery of complex grammatical structures and continues work on writing and reading skills. Frequent compositions, selected literary readings and a short novel, class discussions, and debates on films and current events. Prerequisite: At least two consecutive semesters of college Spanish
- Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
- Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
- Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
|En contacto gramatica en accion 9th||Gill||9780495912651||$120.95|
|En contacto lecturas intermedias 9th||Gill||9780495908418||$86.95|
Semantics is the study of the literal meaning of words and the meaning of the way words are combined. This course is a practical introduction to topics in formal semantics. It aims to provide a good understanding of a range of semantic phenomena and issues in semantics, using a truth-conditional account of meaning. The topics include modality and possible worlds, counterfactuals, generalized quantifiers, aktionsarten and event semantics, opacity and specificity, tense and aspect. Prerequisite: None
- Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
- Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
- Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
Translation is commonly assumed to be a pragmatic matter: the mere rendering of information given in one linguistic code into another. But the actual practice of translation inevitably raises profound theoretical questions about the nature of language. Where does meaning reside? What role does authorial intention play in understanding? How does a reader's own historical, cultural, and personal context influence understanding? To what extent is any understanding or interpretation of a text a "translation"? What criteria are valid for evaluating a translation or interpretation? This course will explore these and related questions through readings of seminal works in the history of translation theory placed in dialogue with specific issues raised by students' own translations of chosen texts. Prerequisite: One year of college level foreign language study or equivalent
- Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
- Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
|Translation Studies Reader 2nd||Venuti||9780415319201||$49.95|
|Becoming a Translator 2nd||Robinson||9780415300339||$43.95|
The main goal of this survey course is to introduce students to the cultures & literatures of the Nahua, Maya and Inca peoples on the territory that after the conquest came to be known as Spanish America; we will then move on to examine accounts of the discovery, conquest and colonization; we will conclude the course with the writings produced in the age of Spanish American emancipation. In class, we will read letters, cronicas, stories, poems, novels and essays that in one way or another helped define an entire continent. It is hoped that through these readings the students learn to place the text within its literary, historical and cultural context, we will also learn to identify the common themes, the voices, and the complex historical conditions under which these texts emerge. Given the scope of the course and the period studied, attendance and punctual and careful reading of the assigned material is of utmost importance. Frequent absences or late coming to class will reflect negatively on the grade. Prerequsite: Upper language or literature courses in Spanish
- Monday 8:30am-9:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
- Wednesday 8:30am-9:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
- Friday 8:30am-9:20am in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
|Conquest of America||Todorov||9780061320958||$15.00|
|El reino de este mundo||Carpentier||9786074571240||$9.99|
|Huellas de las literaturas hispanoamericanas 2nd||Garganigo||9780130618573||$103.00|
Blanchot, in The Writing of the Disaster, claims: "It is dark disaster that brings the light." Through selected works, we will examine the "dark disaster" of the Balkans: the anguish of war, of ethic tension, of exile, and the suffering of the Holocaust and "the machinations of greater power that vie to absorb." Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
- Friday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Dalrymple/D34
|Tomb for Boris Davidovich||Kis||9781564782731||$12.95|
|Death and the Dervish||Selimovic||9780810112971||$24.00|
|Museum of Unconditional Surrender||Ugresic||9780811214933||$16.95|
|Dictionary of the Khazars||Pavic||9780679727545||$16.00|
|Culture of Lies||Ugresic||9780271018478||$34.95|
|Bridge on the Drina||Andric||9780226020457||$15.00|
A year long course examining signs, memory, and meaning in three novels of Marcel Proust. Fall semester: Swann's Way, Within a Budding Grove, and The Guermantes Way. Spring Semester: Cities of the Plain, The Captive, The Fugitive, and Time Regained.
- Thursday 3:00pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D34
|Remembrance of Things Past V. 2||Proust||9780394711836||$24.00|
|Remembrance of Things Past V. 1||Proust||9780394711829||$23.00|
A reading of selected novels of the tensions in the 19th century, what Hardy calls the "ache of modernism," in Tess of the d'Urbervilles. We will examine the relationships between mechanizations and ethical concerns, gender issues, depictions of the city and the self, beginnings of media control and colonization in the works of Hardy, Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Trollope, Eliot, and Conrad. Prerequisite: None
Note: 19th Century Russian Novel will be offered in spring, 2012
- Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D34
|Mill on the Floss||Eliot||9780393963328||$18.75|
|Tess of the D'Urbervilles 3rd||Hardy||9780393959031||$19.30|
|Lord Jim 2nd||Conrad||9780393963359||$19.90|
|Sign of Four||Doyle||9781551118376||$13.95|
|Heart of Darkness 4th||Conrad||9780393926361||$19.90|
|Way We Live Now||Trollope||9780199537792||$12.95|
A Plan writing tutorial on the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Supplementary readings will include work by relevant critics and Julia Kristeva.
This course will explore the work of three of the twentieth century's most important modernist writers: Yeats, Eliot and Woolf. We will focus intensively on these writers' work, which we will read closely and slowly, and ask how each helped forge the modernist aesthetic. Students will also gain a broad understanding of literary culture (particularly Bloomsbury) in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain and Ireland. Prerequisite: One previous literature class or permission of professor
- Tuesday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
|To the Lighthouse||Woolf||9780156030472||$15.00|
|To the Lighthouse: A Reader's Guide||Winston||9780826495839||$19.95|
|Selected Prose of T. S. Eliot||Eliot||9780156806541||$18.95|
|Virginia Woolf: A Writer's Life||Gordon||9780393322057||$14.95|
|Cambridge Companion to T. S. Eliot||Moody||9780521421270||$29.99|
|Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats 2nd||Yeats||9780684807317||$20.00|
|T. S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life||Gordon||9780393320930||$21.95|
|Mrs. Dalloway Reader||Woolf||9780156030151||$14.95|
|Cambridge Companion to W. B. Yeats||Howes||9780521658867||$29.99|
|Yeats: The Man and the Masks||Ellmann||9780393008593||$17.95|
|Collected Poems 1909-1962||Eliot||9780151189786||$25.00|
|Cambridge Introduction to Virginia Woolf||Goldman||9780521547567||$25.99|
|Yeats's Poetry, Drama and Prose||Yeats||9780393974973||$25.60|
After centuries of invisibility and marginalization, Latino culture and literature exploded on the American scene in the 60s. Chicanos, Cubans, Nuyoricans, and lately Dominicans and Central Americans have all contributed to create a diversified body of literature characterized by its bilingualism, biculturalism, and hybridity. This course will center on how U.S. Latino / a literature bears witness to identity formation, self-representation, and celebration of Latino culture and its people. It will explore a series of critical issues that define "latinidad" in the U.S. including language (bilingualism, Spanglish, code-switching, and "dialect"), race/ethnnicity/color, gender migration, racism, and difference. The texts in the course are representative of a great body of oral and written literature that articulates the experience of being Latina / o in the U.S. Although the course is taught in English, familiarity with Spanish is useful. This course requires the careful reading of the assigned materials, therefore, class participation, attendance and preparation is of utmost importance, continued absences and lack of preparation will reflect negatively on the grade. Prerequisite: None
- Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
- Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 1
|Dreaming in Cuban||Garcia||9780345381439||$13.95|
|When I Was Puerto Rican||Santiago||9780306814525||$14.95|
|Down These Mean Streets||Thomas||9780679781424||$13.95|
|Hunger of Memory||Rodriguez||9780553382518||$15.00|
|In the Time of the Butterflies||Alvarez||9781565129764||$13.95|
|Woman Hollering Creek||Cisneros||9780679738565||$13.00|
|And the Earth Did Not Devour Him||Rivera||9781558850835||$14.95|
"Well-behaved women rarely make history" has become a popular feminist mantra. In this course, we will read fiction, poetry and memoirs by women whose characters push against societal norms. As we read and discuss these texts, we will consider the following questions: To what extent is the label of ‘madness' a construct used to subdue or ostracize independent, aggressive and rebellious women? In what ways do women writers reappropriate female madness to critique sexism in their own society? How do ‘mad' characters deliver powerful and subversive messages? How does the media portray women writers who have experienced mental illness? And lastly, how do women writers use narrative style or poetic form to explore madness innovatively? Texts include The Female Malady: Women, Madness and English Culture 1830-1980, The Yellow Wallpaper, Wide Sargasso Sea, Mrs. Dalloway, Housekeeping, The Bell Jar, Girl, Interrupted, A Short History of Women, poetry by Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, Eavan Boland and Medbh McGuckian, and selections from The Madwoman in the Attic. Prerequisite: None
- Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
- Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
|Wide Sargasso Sea||Rhys||9780393960129||$17.00|
|Mrs. Dalloway Reader||Woolf||9780156030151||$14.95|
|Good Morning, Midnight||Rhys||9780393303940||$13.95|
|Fact of a Doorframe: Poems 1950-2001||Rich||9780393323955||$18.95|
|Short History of Women||Walbert||9781416594994||$15.00|
A one semester course covering differential and integral calculus and theirapplications. This course provides a general background for more advanced study in mathematics and science. Prerequisite: NSC556
- Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
- Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
- Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
|Single Variable Calculus: Early Transcendentals V. 1 7th||Stewart||9780538498692||$128.95|
Discrete math is the study of mathematical objects on which there is no natural notion of continuity. Examples include the integers, networks, permutations and search trees. After an introduction to the tools needed to study the subject, the emphasis will be on you *doing* mathematics. Series of problems will lead gradually to proofs of major theorems in various areas of the discipline. This course is recommended for those intending to do advanced work in math or computer science. Prerequisite: None
- Monday 8:30am-9:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
- Wednesday 8:30am-9:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
- Friday 8:30am-9:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
|Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications 6th||Rosen||9780073229720||$189.00|
Our goal for this class will be to study dynamical systems.Â To study dynamical systems, we will be using the software Mathematica (no initial computer programming knowledge is required).Â We will not only learn some of the theory behind dynamical systems, but we will also experiment on the computer. We will look at simple dynamical systems, use graphical analysis to help describe the behavior of a system, symbolic dynamics, examine fractals and look at the Mandelbrot set and Julia sets.Â Prerequisite: Linear Algebra or instructor's approval.
- Monday 11:30am-12:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
- Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
- Friday 11:30am-12:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
|First Course in Dynamical Systems||Devaney||9780201554069||$71.00|
This course will explain the basics of a branch of mathematics called Group Theory by examining Rubik's Cube and other similar puzzles. My hope is that the puzzles will motivate the ideas behind Group Theory. Although this is an introductory course and does not depend on any previous math (we will, for example, hardly use numbers at all), students should be comfortable with abstract thought. Prerequisite: Some facility with abstract concepts.
- Thursday 3:30pm-5:00pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
This course will require a Rubik's Cube. It will be helpful if students can find the game TopSpin, no longer in production.
An extension of the ideas from Calculus and Calculus 2 to multivariable and vector functions. Topics covered include the geometry of 3-dimensional space, partial derivatives, multiple integrals and higher dimensional analogues of the fundamental theorem of calculus. Prerequisite: Calculus II or equivalent
- Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
- Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
- Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
|Multivariable Calculus 7th||Stewart||9780538497879||$187.95|
Probabilities pop up everyday like "There's a 30% chance of rain" or "The probability of being dealt a full house in stud poker is approximately 0.00144." Our main goal for the class will be developing various tools to calculate probabilities.Â Topics include axioms of probability, counting techniques, conditional probability, discrete and continuous random variables, special discrete and continuous distributions and joint distributions.Â Prerequisite: Calculus I
- Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
- Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
|Fundamentals of Probability 3rd||Ghahramani||9780131453401||$153.33|
This course covers a wide range of math topics prerequisite for further study in mathematics and science and of interest in their own right. The course is divided into over 50 units (listed on the course web page). One credit will be earned for each group of 6 units completed. Students select units to improve their weak areas. There are also tailored streams for students who wish to go on to study calculus or statistics and for those who wish to prepare for the GRE exam. Over this semester and next, 42 units will be offered in the timetabled sessions. Individual tutorial-style arrangements can be made to study the non-timetabled units or to study units earlier than their scheduled session.
- Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216
- Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216
We will study the writing and presentation of mathematics. All skills needed for writing Plan-level math will be discussed, from the overall structure of a math paper down to the use of the typesetting package LaTeX. Much of the time will be spent working on writing proofs. Short papers, based on material in your other math classes, will be read and discussed as a group. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Concurrent course or tutorial that includes substantial mathematical content and permission of instructor
- Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 116
An opportunity for students to meet on a weekly basis to read and rehearse music from the standard chamber music repertoire. Woodwind, string, brass instruments welcome. Prerequisite: Ability to play an instrument and read music. Course may be repeated for credit.
- Thursday 6:30pm-8:00pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall
The Jazz Ensemble will operate in the historic "jazz workshop" format, where participants bring ideas and materials they would like to see realized. All levels of experience with Jazz and improvised music are welcome, but a technical facility with an instrument is expected.
If you haven't played in a music ensemble before, or have questions of fit in terms of technique, please see Rubinstein personally.
- Tuesday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall
Ensemble singing for more experienced choristers. Ability to read music and sight-sing. An exploration of repertoire from Renaissance to contemporary music for small choral ensemble. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Ability to read music helpful
- Tuesday 4:00pm-5:20pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall
A study of musical signatures, meter, rhythm, and basic chordal structure. Prerequisite: None
- Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Serkin Center/Serkin 104
- Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Serkin Center/Serkin 104
We will engage in improvised music practices and the conceptual frameworks, techniques and musical vocabulary associated with them. As a general rule, we will divide our time between improvisation in workshop format and a seminar setting with readings on and by improvisers, intensive listening to recordings, and discussion of the topics - equal parts practical music making and academic enquiry. Proficiency with a musical instrument or in singing is required for the course. Music literacy, while recommended, is not necessary.
- Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall
- Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall
A study of the relationship between music and ideas in the 19th century. Emphasis on the transformation of the Sonata and the development of the symphony. Prerequisite: None
- Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 104
- Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 104
|Music in the Nineteenth Century||Taruskin||9780195384833||$39.95|
The course will make an inquiry into the last century of âwesternâ music from an initial vantage point of five works written from 1913 to 2004: Igor Stravinskiâs Rite of Spring;Â George Gershwinâs Porgy and Bess; Karlheinz Stockhausenâs Gesange Der JÃ¼nglinge; Ornette Colemanâs The Shape of Jazz To Come; and DJ Danger Mouseâs The Grey Album. Each work will serve as a springboard for consideration of a wide range of notions that have gained special prominence in music of this time. Modes of transmission and reception, developments in technology and their effect on both production and dissemination, âhigh browâ vs. âlow browâ, artisanship vs. industry, authenticity and fakeness, all inform these works in different and multifaceted ways. Course work will involve focused listening to those works and others related to them, reading of related materials drawn from both primary and secondary sources, and some on-going writing projects about music, as well as regular presentations of assigned topics as a starting point for discussion. Prerequisite: None
- Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 104
- Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 104
|Rest is Noise||Ross||9780312427719||$19.00|
Studio class in advanced painting. Understanding contemporaryÂ painting, its processes and philosophy. Four paintings will beÂ undertaken to investigate certain possibilities of painting. OneÂ painting will involve working from a cell phone photo image, theÂ second painting will be painting as an accumulation of layers, theÂ third painting will be a series of three paintings developed through aÂ similar method, and the fourth painting will follow a specificÂ conceptual plan. Class time will be painting, critique, and discussionÂ of artists and ideas.
Prerequisite: Drawing 1, Painting 1, or permissionAdditional Fee:$100
- Monday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Baber Art/Baber-Up
- Thursday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Baber Art/Baber-Up
Phenomenology constitutes the most significant development in twentieth-century European philosophy; it is the foundation for existentialism, hermeneutics, post-structuralism, and deconstruction, and informs concepts and methods across the humanities and social sciences. We will begin with an analysis of the methodologies and foundational concepts of Edmund Husserl's phenomenology, including the phenomenological reduction, the intentional structure of consciousness, the lifeworld, meaning, truth, knowledge, the proper relationship between philosophy and science, and the critique of representationalism. We will move from Husserl's transcendental and genetic phenomenology to the existential and hermeneutic phenomenology of his student, Martin Heidegger, and devote a little more than half the semester to Heidegger's Being and Time. Being and Time is a phenomenological inquiry into the question of being that is most famous for its analyses of being-there, of existence in the world, with others, facing our death, authentic and inauthentic existence, freedom, meaning, conscience, and care. Finally, we will turn to the work of Emmanuel Levinas; grounded in phenomenological descriptions, Levinas argued that ethics is first philosophy. Levinas, more than any other philosopher, put the question of alterity, the question of the Other, at the heart of much contemporary theory, and he is often considered the most important European philosopher of ethics in the later half of the twentieth century.
- Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
- Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
|Being and Time||Heidegger||9781438432762||$18.95|
This course provides an introduction to black and white 35mm photography. Students will learn basic camera operation, film exposure and development, and printing. Student work will be discussed regularly in critique where visual communication will be emphasized alongside technique. The course will also introduce some of the fundamental issues and movements within the history of photography. Prerequisite: None (manual 35mm camera will be helpful)Additional Fee: $100
- Tuesday 1:30pm-4:20pm in Woodard Art/Classroom
- Thursday 1:30pm-4:20pm in Woodard Art/Classroom
|Photography: The Essential Way||London||9780136142768||$87.60|
This is a seminar for all students on Plan in photography. Prerequisite: submission of Plan application or instructor's permissionÂ Additional Fee: $100
- Monday 9:00am-11:20am in Woodard Art/Classroom
- Wednesday 9:00am-11:20am in Woodard Art/Classroom
This is a seminar for all students on Plan in photography. Prerequisite: submission of Plan application or instructor's permission Additional Fee: $100
This course will explore the use of narrative in photography, with and without inclusion of text. We will research and create narrative works in various forms from constructed fiction to the observed non-fictional and documentary. Prerequisite: Introduction to B/W Photography on the college level or by permission of instructorÂ Additional Fee: $100
- Tuesday 9:00am-11:20am in Woodard Art/Classroom
- Thursday 9:00am-11:20am in Woodard Art/Classroom
An introduction to modern astronomy and astrophysics, includingÂ some recent research topics. Appropriate for students whoÂ already have a good foundation in physics. Topics will includeÂ stellar structure and evolution, galaxy structure and evolution and the structure of the universe and cosmology.
- Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
- Friday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
|Introduction to Modern Astrophysics 2nd||Carroll||9780805304022||$186.00|
The first semester of a two semester introductory course in physics, this is an algebra-based approach that involves some laboratory work, suitable for students considering a plan in physics, science students or non-science students who want a physics foundation. Topics include vector algebra, kinematics, dynamics of single and many-particle systems, gravitation, energy, momentum, conservation laws and circular and rigid body motion. Prerequisite: Mathematical proficiency through but notÂ necessarily including calculus
- Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
- Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
- Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
|Understanding Physics Pt. 1||Cummings||9780471464358||$71.00|
The continent of Africa remains to most students a distant and exotic land, difficult to imagine, and even harder to understand. In this course, we will attempt to become familiar with this part of the world - its peoples, its history, its politics, its current predicaments. By studying the many different countries and regions that make up this continent, the goal will be to better appreciate, on the one hand, that which makes African politics so unique, rich, and diverse, yet at the same time, to recognize the overwhelming similarities of the struggles of people everywhere. Prerequisite: Previous work in social science or permission of instructor.
- Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D43
- Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D43
|States and Power in Africa||Herbst||9780691010281||$31.95|
|Penguin Atlas of African History||McEvedy||9780140513219||$17.00|
|History of Africa||Asante||9780415771399||$31.95|
|Global Studies: Africa 13th||Krabacher||9780073527765||$53.25|
|How Europe Underdeveloped Africa||Rodney||9780882580968||$23.95|
|Reframing Contemporary Africa||Soyinka-Airewele||9780872894075||$41.95|
Since the beginning of this country, African-American thinkers have pondered how a constitutionally-based democracy justifies race-based discrimination. We'll use the writings of W. E. DuBois, Patricia Williams, Audre Lorde, and Cornel West to think through various strategies to deal with systemic violence perpetrated against people with darker skins.
- Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
- Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
|Souls of Black Folks||DuBois||9781416500414||$5.50|
|Taste of Power||Brown||9780385471077||$17.95|
|Alchemy of Race and Rights||Williams||9780674014718||$23.00|
|Killing the Black Body||Roberts||9780679758693||$15.95|
Political Theorists often write in times of crisis. When states are at war, when corruption rules supreme, political theorists step back and write down their thoughts. How can we live together? How should we organize our needs? What responsibility to we have to others? From Plato to Foucault, political theorists have wondered how we might better govern ourselves.This class considers the writings of prominent political theorists in the context of our current ecological crisis. The end of cheap oil will require new mechanisms for generating wealth and new arrangements for taking care of our basic needs. But it won't necessarily require new concepts. The goals for the class are two-fold: one will be to gain familiarity with classic texts in political theory; the other will be to apply those ideas to our current ecological crisis.
- Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
- Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
|From Dictatorship to Democracy||Sharp||1880813092||$10.00|
|Princeton Readings in Political Thought||Cohen||9780691036892||$46.95|
How can cooperation enable us to become more active and experience more joy?
Engaging in imaginative and collaborative action we can explore the ways that our habitual perceptions of reality shape our encounters.Â Simultaneously, we can actively imagine ways of relating that disrupt existing conditions.
We will consider this as the jumping off point for thought experiments and collaborative play, using our whole selves in composition with others.Â The Campus Center will be our laboratory for engaging with and mobilizing the reading, getting a felt sense of how ideas can be practically applied.Â Using a variety of methods, some self-created, others drawing from Theatre of the Oppressed, Nonviolent Communication, and the field of Somatics, we will stage encounters and act out events.Â Journaling, art making, and discussion will give us tools to reflect on and express our experience, deepening our understanding of how we relate to self, and how we relate to the world.Â Through collaborative work and play we will begin to explore what is created in common.Â What will we do with it? Taught by student: Julianna Stevens and Austin Rose. Prerequisite: None
- Monday 2:00pm-4:00pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5
The world is changing right before our eyes. Â But how it is changing, in what direction it is moving, and why - these questions continue to challenge some of the greatest thinkers of our time. Â In this upper level, international relations seminar, we will attempt to uncover the various assumptions and/or intellectual traditions that frame the divergent discourses concerning the state of the world today. Prerequisite: Familiarity with International Relations Theory
- Tuesday 6:30pm-7:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
- Thursday 6:30pm-7:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
|World We Wish to See||Amin||9781583671719||$15.95|
|Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire||Ferguson||9780143034797||$17.00|
|Post American World||Zakaria||9780393334807||$15.95|
|Geopolitics of Emotion||Moisi||9780307387370||$15.00|
|Globalization or Empire?||Pieterse||9780415948494||$43.95|
|Breaking of Nations||Cooper||9780802141644||$13.00|
This writing seminar develops strategies and skills necessary for completing a Plan in political theory. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: For seniors writing a Plan in political theory
- Thursday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/202
|How to Write a B.A. Thesis||Lipson||9780226481265||$19.00|
|Why I Write||Orwell||9780143036357||$10.00|
A course on the developing child, emphasizing current research and theories. Prerequisite: None
- Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D38
- Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D38
- Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D38
|Child's Conception of the World||Piaget||9780742559516||$32.95|
Major theories of personality are discussed and compared. The emphasis is on the underlying assumptions regarding persons and the therapies and psychotherapies which have emerged. Prerequisite: Abnormal Psychology or permission of instructor
- Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D38
- Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D38
- Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D38
|Theoretical Models of Counseling||Fall||9780415994767||$59.95|
|Principles of Counseling and Psychotherapy||Mozdzierz||9780415997522||$49.95|
This course is an introduction to the fundamental teachings presented in the foundational texts of Islam and elaborated in Islamic ritual, arts, and literature. Our aim, through studying the Qur'an and the life and teachings of the prophet Muhammad, is to grasp the internal logic of the Islamic worldview and the vocabulary used to articulate the vision of Islam. This work will provide the basis for examining the divergence within later (classical and modern) Muslim interpretations concerning questions of theology, human development and perfection, leadership, and the organization of communities. Prerequisite: None
- Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D13
- Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D13
|Vision of Islam||Murata||9781557785169||$18.95|
This course will introduce the diversity of native traditions as well as elucidate various approaches to religious studies. Using literary texts and film we will explore the life ways and sacred ecology of Native Americans. Specific attention will be placed on the Lakota peoples of the great plains and the Puebloan peoples of the southwest. Together we will examine methodological issues regarding the study of myth and symbolism, theories of harmony and kinship, the transmission of knowledge and power, the dynamism of sacred narrative and ceremony as well as rites of initiation and healing. We will use case studies to examine contested issues; including, the encounter of traditional life ways with modern secular society, appropriation of ceremonies, social justice, and freedom of religion. Prerequisite: None
- Tuesday 8:30am-9:50am in Apple Tree
- Thursday 8:30am-9:50am in Apple Tree
|One Nation Under God||Smith||97809400666719||$22.95|
|Native American Spirituality||Irwin||9780803282612||$24.95|
Writing seminar for seniors completing their Plan in religious studies. Prerequisite: Seniors on Plan in Religious Studies
- Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
A year-long course, reading and discussing some of the major works of Western culture from Homer to Shakespeare. Heavy reading schedule, regular discussions, papers required. Designed as a course for sophomores or juniors. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
- Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
- Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
- Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
Each student should choose just one edition each of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid and Ovid's Metamorphoses. Students may decide to purchase either the separate volumes of Plato's Republic (either of the listed editions,) Five Dialogues and Plato on Love; or the Complete Works.
|Lysistrata and Other Plays||Aristophanes||9780140448146||$9.00|
|Plato on Love||Plato||9780872207882||$13.95|
|Handbook of Epictetus||Epictetus||9780915145690||$4.95|
|Five Dialogues 2nd||Plato||9780872206335||$7.95|
|Theogony, Works and Days||Hesiod||9780199538317||$11.95|
|Way Things Are||Lucretius||9780253201256||$13.95|
|Sophocles I 2nd||Sophocles||9780226307923||$12.00|
|If Not Winter||Sappho||9780375724510||$16.00|
Examination of available sources and current methodologies in the study of religion. Required for juniors on Plan in religion. Prerequisite: Plan in Religious Studies
An introduction to the ideas, concepts, theories and methodologies of the discipline of sociology, its relationship to the other social sciences, history and philosophy and its relevance to an understanding of social reality. Prerequisite: None
- Monday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D43
- Wednesday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D43
|Number our Days||Myerhoff||9780671254308||$15.00|
|Death Without Weeping||Scheper-Hughes||9780520075375||$31.95|
|In Search of Respect 2nd||Bourgois||9780521017114||$25.99|
|Small Town in Mass Society||Vidich||9780252068904||$30.00|
|Communal Organization and Social Transition||Laffan||9780820411934||$31.95|
|Invitation to Sociology||Berger||9780385065290||$14.00|
A study of American social classes and thier interactions from the end of World War II until the present.
Alcohol and other drug use. STIs. Eating disorders. Stress. Relationship violence. On their own, these issues of health and wellness can be difficult to discuss, but when placed within the context of a college campus, they take on an entirely different meaning. This course will allow participants to explore and reflect on the concepts of health and wellness through the lens of both their own experience as well as their peers around them. As we meet only once a week, attendence at all sessions is required.
- Friday 3:00pm-4:30pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5
For Sociology offerings, also see:• ANTHROPOLOGICAL THOUGHT & THEORY
Acting 1 is a practical theatre course that explores the tools and techniques necessary for developing characters onstage. The course will consist of various exercises, monologue work and scene study.
- Friday 1:30pm-4:00pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater
An examination of principles of directing from script analysis to rehearsal and staging techniques with a focus on working with actors and crew.
Each participant will write a series of short scripts (3-8 pages) conceived for stage or screen that will be read and critiqued by others in the workshop each week. Â Initially, scripts will be written to follow prompts (a specific theme, situation, framework, etc) supplied by the instructor. Some readings and viewing of videos outside of class will be involved. Â At the culmination of the semester, students will complete scripts developed from their own framing devices. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
- Tuesday 1:30pm-4:30pm in Whittemore Theater/Greene
A survey of how dramatic narratives are composed in cinematic models from around the globe. The focus of studies will involve close viewings of over 20 films from a variety of cultures â all are in foreign languages and must be viewed with sub-titles. Class exchanges will relate elements of the movies to theatrical traditions from various regions and specific countries. Seminar style discussion will require preparation of response perspectives. Assessment mechanisms will include mid-term and end of semester exams.
- Monday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Whittemore Theater/Greene
- Thursday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Whittemore Theater/Greene
|Contemporary World Cinema||Chaudhuri||9780748617999||$34.00|
From Dramatic Publishing website: In June 1789 in the penal colony that was later to become the city of Sydney, a marine lieutenant decides to put on a Restoration comedy, The Recruiting Officer byÂ George Farquhar, to celebrate the king's birthday. He casts the play with the English convicts who populate this distant Australian prison camp. Few of them can read, let alone act, and the play is being produced against a background of food shortages and barbaric punishments--brilliantly juxtaposed against the "civilizing influence" of theatrical endeavor.
Director: Anna Bean. Anna directed the theater program production of THE CLEAN HOUSE by Sarah Ruhl last fall at Marlboro.
Casting: 7 men, 5 women with doubling and probable cross-gender casting. Script available on Moodle under Course Listing for ART2283 by 1 September. Auditions held in September.
Rehearsals will begin week of 19 September. 1-3 nights per week for majority of rehearsal process, depending on size of role.
Technical designers and crew will be assigned by director.
Please contact Anna Bean at firstname.lastname@example.org with interest and experience and check the Town Crier for up-to-date information.
- Wednesday 6:30pm-9:00pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater
For Theater offerings, also see:• The Presence of the Past
This course provides a forum for students to share their Plan work with each other and to engage in critical dialogue. This semester the course will include a series of presentations on contemporary artists by Visiting Professor Jeffery Stuker as well as 2-3 field trips to galleries in NYC also led by him. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: A student on Plan in the Visual Arts or by permission. Some classes will include an evening session 6:30-8:00pm for continued critiques.
- Tuesday 3:30pm-5:30pm in Woodard Art/Classroom
This course will introduce students to the primary forming methods in ceramics as well as providing the building blocks for a technical understanding of the material and processes. Students will be encouraged in a variety of making techniques working both sculpturally and functionally. Prerequisite: None Â Additional Fee: $90
- Wednesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Woodard Art/Ceramics
- Friday 10:30am-12:50pm in Woodard Art/Ceramics
As sculpture moved off the pedestal in the first half of this century it found new relationships to its place in the world. The development of earth art, installation art, and site specific sculpture have created a realm of activity for sculptors which has been varied and rich. Through a series of projects and investigations of places and objects, including light and sound, mapping, indoor and outdoor installations, and modelmaking, students will create a series of works. Prerequisite: Sculpture I and at least one other art course or permission of instructor. Additional Fee:$60
- Wednesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Perrine/Perrine
This workshop will examine all the components of a table service. Focusing on continuity and diversity within their designs, students will make settings that create a visual and functional feast. Making methods will not be limited to wheel-throwing. Readings will be drawn from Material Culture Theory, contemporary Craft Theory and Philosophy to expand the foundation of ideas functional production may draw from. There will be a written component and field trips required in this class. Prerequisite: Two ceramics classes or permission of the instructor. Additional Fee: $90
- Friday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Woodard Art/Ceramics
A discussion gathering for drawing, painting and printmaking students.Â Independent work will be discussed as well as ideas and theory ofÂ contemporary image making. Readings, gallery and studio visits, filmsÂ and websites/resources will all be shared. Emphasis on developingÂ student's capabilities to articulate their own work as well as respondÂ to the work of others.
- Monday 9:00am-11:20am in Baber Art/Baber-Up
Like stretching before the big race, this course is designed to get our creative juices flowing.Â Focused on the formal elements of line, texture, shape, space and structure in a variety of materials, students will be asked to delve into developing a personal aesthetic vocabulary.Â This is a foundation course for the visual arts designed to provide a base for further work in the visual arts curriculum. Prerequisite: None Additional Fee: $60
- Tuesday 9:00am-11:20am in Baber Art/Baber Art
- Thursday 9:00am-11:20am in Baber Art/Baber Art
This course explores the language of objects. We are surrounded by things and take them for granted, but each item was made by a process of design. In a series of problems, students will be asked to design and build a chair, a package, and a game. Problems will focus on structure, presentation, and invention. The development of design styles will be studied as well. While Sculpture I explores the language of three dimension from a representational and expressive point of view, this course approaches the same language from the point of view of a problem solver. The inventive artistic result of this problem solving is often remarkable. Prerequisite: None Additional Fee:$80.
- Tuesday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Perrine/Perrine
- Friday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Perrine/Perrine
For Visual Arts offerings, also see:• Painting II
World Studies Program
Required for WSP students; Open to non-WSP students
This course is designed to acquaint students who are preparing for independent research with a diverse range of fieldwork methods. We will consider matters of epistemology, access, observation, interviewing and surveying, collecting, note taking and reporting. Cross-cultural challenges and the ethics of fieldwork will also feature in our discussions. Over the course of the semester, students will develop an Internship Proposal that describes their academic and professional goals, explaining what they expect to learn; the methods of their independent work; resources found and still needed; and how the work will be evaluated. These proposals function as learning contracts for their academic sponsors, requests for funding for scholarship organizations, and presentation pieces for the hosting organization. Prerequisite: Finding an internship or permission of instructor
Note: Designing Fieldwork will likely NOT be offered in Spring 2012. Students intending to take the course this academic year should do so in Fall 2011.
- Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Dalrymple/D21
Either the 4th or 5th edition of the required text will be acceptable for this course.
|Research Methods in Anthropology 4th or 5th||Bernard||various||$64.95|
A forum for discussion of cross-cultural experience and international work, with participation by faculty, visiting professionals, alumni and current students. The sessions include an introduction to international resources at Marlboro and SIT, with discussion of area studies, internships, and Plans in international studies. All students are welcome; required for new WSP students.
Course time may change based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll.
- Wednesday 4:00pm-5:20pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5
A ten-week seminar addressing cultural differences and adaptation, and the integration of international field experiences into senior Plan work. Required of WSP seniors; for students returning from study or fieldwork abroad. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisite: Study/field experience abroad
Course time will be determined based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll.
For World Studies Program offerings, also see:• PLAN SEMINAR: READING AND WRITING CULTURE
The course begins with a review of basic grammatical principles. It continues with exercises designed to increase the students' control of their prose. The second half of the semester is spent partly in revising existing papers, and partly in studying such stylistic niceties as parallel structure, rhythmic control, and felicitous presentation of research. May be a designated writing course (4 credits); otherwise, 3. NOTE: Open to students who have passed the writing requirement but desire to improve their writing for Plan. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
- Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
- Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
Class discussion of students' stories. Each student produces work for the class and participates in analysis and discussion. Reading and assignments vary as appropriate (variable credits: 2-5); admission based on consideration of samples of students' work. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
- Tuesday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D23
Have you ever found yourself drawn into a story of abduction and the return of the victim to society? The captivity narrative is a surprisingly flexible, durable, and popular genre. At their core, these are gripping stories of survival that also challenge and create our culture and identity. Traditionally thought of as nonfictional accounts of the capture of a white person by Native Americans on the frontier, ending with their redemption, this class will examine many ways to write about and on captivity. The possibility and threat of border-crossing is central to these stories, and issues of race and gender are always present. Several early American captivity narratives will be read, but we will also examine more recent captivity narratives that center on alien abduction, a POW story, and more.
- Tuesday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D38
- Thursday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D38
|Women's Indian Captivity Narratives||Derounian-Stodola||9780140436716||$16.00|
|Curious Researcher 7th||Ballenger||9780205172870||$48.00|
|Cowboys and Aliens||Vinge||9780765368263||$7.99|
Most writing is nonfiction writing, and, "academic essays" aside, the category covers a huge range of genres: Â personal essays, memoirs, journalism, "new" journalism, reporting, nonfiction novels. . . the list could go on. Â In this course, we will both read and write in a variety of nonfiction modes: Â we'll read essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Marilynne Robinson and Â James Baldwin, short and long journalistic pieces by Hunter Thompson, Malcolm Gladwell and others, and books by Terry Tempest Williams and Truman Capote. Â And along the way, we'll write -- essays, character studies, journalistic pieces and longer analyses. Â The goal, everywhere, will be to do what all nonfiction writers do: Â to tell the truth, to tell it deeply, and to be interesting about it.
This is a writing seminar, so expect a lot of reading and a lot of writing. Â Work with texts will alternate with work on revision, clarity and style. Â A good time will be had by all.
- Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
- Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
|Pocket Style Manual 5th||Hacker||9780312664800||$28.40|
|River Runs Through It and Other Stories||Maclean||9780226500669||$12.00|
How can non-specialists make sense of todayâs revolutionary advances in technology, mobility, food production and more? In this class, weâll examine how popular science writers such asÂ Michael Pollan and Elizabeth KolbertÂ âtranslateâ technical information into stories that anybody can understand and find compelling. Weâll look at a variety of texts that repackage scientific knowledge into accessible, jargon-free narratives, practicing our own hand along the way. Our class is centered on the goal of clear communication driven by curiosity.
- Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
- Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
|Curious Researcher 7th||Ballenger||9780205172870||$48.00|
|Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010||Dyson||9780547327846||$14.95|
The twentieth century was the bloodiest century in history: for the first time technology made it possible for armed forces to engage in routine attacks on civilian populations, to kill indiscriminately and from a distance, to destroy entire cities from the air, to threaten the annihilation of humanity itself. Our experiences with war in the last century have set the stage for the wars we fight today; more than that, our responses to today's conflicts are predicated on ways of thinking about war, and about human conflict generally, that developed in the preceding century. In this course, we will attempt to understand the wars of the last century, and the ways of thinking they have engendered, by looking at various cultural reactions to them: these will include books like Heller's Catch-22, Ernst Junger's Storm of Steel, Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, as well as films like "The Best Days of Our Lives," "Full Metal Jacket," and "Breaker Morant" and more. And of course, we will write about all of it: expect at least three major papers, culminating in a research paper, and weekly shorter writing assignments. Discussions of the text will alternate with work on writing: conferences, writing workshops, and discussions of style and structure. Prerequisite: None
- Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D38
- Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D38
|Sorrow of War||Bao Nihn||9781573225434||$15.00|
|All Quiet on the Western Front||Remarque||9780449213940||$6.99|
|Pocket Style Manual 5th||Hacker||9780312664800||$28.40|
|Things They Carried||O'Brien||9780618706419||$14.95|
|Where Men Win Glory||Krakauer||9780307386045||$15.95|
"The mind is its own place, the visible world is another, and visual and verbal images sustain the dialogue between them." Â Wright Morris
Â When we think about narratives, we most often think of proseâwords that tell a story.Â But what happens when writersânovelists, memoirists, and nonfiction writersâintegrate images into their narrativesâphotographs archived in history museums, personal photographs, or evocative graphics that merge with the written text?Â In this writing seminar, we will investigate the elusive dialogue between words and visual images, and consider how we "read" or interpret both prose and pictures.Â Beginning with Tim OâBrienâs The Things They Carry, a genre-bending autobiographical novel that explores the convergence ofÂ memory and imagination, we will explore Jonathan Safran Foerâs Extremely Loud & Incredibly CloseÂ (a childâs wild vision and wild hurt in confronting the cataclysm ofÂ 9/11), Josh Neufeldâs nonfiction comic, A.D. Â New Orleans After the Deluge (the story of seven Katrina survivors), Natasha Tretheweyâs Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (a collection of poems, essays, letters, and photographs that tell the story of Katrinaâs effects on Tretheweyâs family and on the black community in which she grew up), Wright Morrisâs memoir The Home Place (a photo-text that takes us back to a single day in Wrightâs boyhood home in Nebraska), and Lynd Wardâs Vertigo (a wordless novel of the Great Depression in woodcut prints). We will consider the point at which images enter the texts and examine how they act to undercut, reinforce, and/or expand the written narrative. Through lots of practice in writing, critiquing, and rewriting, we will work toward two of our main goals â to help you find a writing process that works well for you and to allow you to experience the value of language as a tool for thinking deeply and clearly. Prerequisite: None
- Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
- Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
|Things They Carried||O'Brien||9780618706419||$14.95|
|A. D. New Orleans After the Deluge||Neufeld||9780375714887||$16.95|
|Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close||Foer||9780618711659||$14.95|