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Spring 2014 Course List

Spring 2014 Final Exam Schedule

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.

Book lists for courses are posted on the course list prior to the first week of each semester, when course registration takes place, in fulfillment of the provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.  Lists are subject to change at any time.  Books required for courses at Marlboro are available at the College Bookstore.

Courses marked with mode_edit are Designated Writing Courses.
Courses marked with hearing are Writing Seminar Courses.
Courses marked with public meet Marlboro's Global Perspective criteria.
Course Categories

American Studies

The Family in U.S. History IImode_edit


The course traces the history of family life in the US from the late nineteenth century to the present. Drawing on an interdisciplinary range of readings from History, Sociology, Anthropology and Gender Studies, we will explore how the family has both affected and been affected by the major historical developments of the past century. Topics to be examined include changing conceptions of marriage, child rearing and sexuality; the ongoing debate over family values as it relates to public policy; and the contested and shifting relationship between feminism and the family. The course is designed to highlight how cultural meanings and experiences of family life have changed over time and how those meanings and experiences have been shaped by race, class, ethnicity and gender. Prerequisite: None

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Homeward BoundMay9780465010202$19.95
Immigrant Women in the Land of DollarsEwen9780853456827$15.00
Families on the Fault LineRubin9780060922290$14.99
All Our KinStack9780061319822$15.95


Introduction to Human Rights and Anthropologymode_edit

Rebekah Park

This course will introduce students to human rights as the dominant language of social justice movements. Rather than investigating all forms of rights and protections, we will focus on three specific areas that are subjects of human rights activism: (1) environmentalism/biological citizenship, (2) Ethnic Minority/Collective Rights/Indigeneity, and (3) Migration. After discussing the theoretical foundations of human rights, we will read articles from anthropology journals on these three topics and then follow each section with readings from human rights theorists. The purpose of this course is to consider how various social issues can be framed within the discourse of human rights, and to discuss the merits and problems with applying a human rights frame to complex social and moral issues. Students will present on one of these three areas of focus and produce a research paper on a topic of their own choosing.

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E

Asian Studies

The Nation and Its Others: Ethnicity in Asiamode_editpublic

Seth Harter

What is ethnicity? How is it related to nationality? And why are the two so important? This class tries to answer these questions by looking at a wide range of case studies in modern Asia: Highlanders in Indonesia, Overseas Chinese in Malaysia, the Ainu in Japan, the various minorities in Southwest China and the Mongols in Central Asia. In each of these cases we find tensions between minority and majority populations. Who has the power to determine who belongs to which ethnic group? What resources become available through ethnic and national belonging? What responsibilities do they entail? We will look at state policy and social responses in the realms of religion, tourism, cultural preservation, economic development and language use. Students will do close readings of pieces from the contemporary media and will conclude the semester with a research paper on a subject of their choosing. Prerequisite: Previous coursework in Asian studies, anthropology, or sociology

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Imagined CommunitiesAnderson9781844670864$21.95
Multi-Ethnic JapanLie9780674013582$30.00
Imperial AlchemyReid9780521694124$33.99


Plant Diversitymode_edit


Plants are spectacular in their diversity and are vital components of Earth’s biota.  Mosses, ferns, conifers, and flowering plants will be among the plants we investigate.We will explore questions such as:  How and when have these different groups of plants evolved and how diverse are they?   How does plant form relate to its function?  How do different plants reproduce?  How does the physiology of a plant influence its ecology?  We will have the opportunity to learn about plants in lab/greenhouse and field settings as well in classroom discussions.  Prerequisite: None

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Biology of Plants 8thRaven9781429219617$191.00

Environmental Studies

Inhabitations: An Introduction to Environmental Studiesmode_edit


Understanding the environmental challenges and opportunities of today’s world begins with careful inhabitation, or dwelling, within and upon specific places and texts. This course emphasizes local ecology and human communities through a series of visits to nearby environmental sites. Interdisciplinarity has long been a hallmark of the field of environmental studies; reflecting that tradition, "Inhabitations" is team-taught by faculty of multiple academic areas. This course is an important building block for environmental studies students and is also a designated writing course.

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Friday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217


BUDDHISM & POETRYmode_editpublic


An exploration of the presence of Buddhist ideas and practices in poetry, including some reflection on concepts of the mind, nature, contemplation, language, and the self. Readings of selected Chinese and Japanese poetry in translation and poetry in English including work by Kenneth Rexroth, Gary Snyder, Lew Welch, W.S. Merwin, Robert Hass, and Mark Strand. Prerequisite: None

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D23
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D23
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D23
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Beneath a Single MoonJohnson9781570626029$29.95
Essays in Zen BuddhismSuzuki9780802151186$16.95
Reasons for MovingStrand9780679736684$17.00
Field GuideHass9780300076332$17.00
Moment to MomentBudbill9781556591334$14.00
Myths & TextsSnyder9780811206860$12.95
Zen and the Birds of AppetiteMerton9780811201049$13.95
Ring of BoneWelch9780872865792$17.95
One Hundred Poems from the JapaneseRexroth9780811201803$14.95
Spirit of ZenWatts9780802130563$14.95

Shakespeare: Selected Comedies, Histories, Tragedies and Problem Playsmode_edit


Our reading will include Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Othello, Coriolanus, and Anthony and Cleopatra. We will focus on the themes of genre definitions, gender issues, freedom and authority. Consideration will also be given to scenic structure, use of metaphor, characterization and setting.

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
King Henry IV Pt. 2Shakespeare9781904271062$17.00
Midsummer Night's DreamShakespeare9781903436608$17.00
Merchant of VeniceShakespeare9781903436813$17.00
Twelfth NightShakespeare9781903436998$17.00
Troilus and CressidaShakespeare9781903436691$18.00
King Henry IV Pt. 1Shakespeare9781904271352$18.00