Fall 2013 Courses


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I. Core Courses
II. Electives offered through Global Studies Program
III. Collaborative Research Seminars
IV. Directed Research Seminar
V. Global Engagement
VI. Relevant Electives Offered through Other Departments



UGLB 2110A [Dis]Order and [In]Justice: Introduction to Global Studies
Dechen Albero
Monday 7:00 – 9:40 PM

This class serves as an introduction to Global Studies. The focus is on the tension between order and justice as it plays out across the contemporary world, from war to migration, to the changing roles of the state, international institutions, transnational actors, and citizens. A governing metaphor for the class is the “border” and the ways in which it creates order and disorder in the modern system of states. We will examine the creation of the borders of countries, but also the borders between the local and the global, the legal and illegal, the licit and the illicit, self and other. These borders have intertwined histories, structures, and logics that we shall explore together. In particular we will seek to understand order as a dynamic relationship between territory, identity and belonging, and justice as a question of responsibility and ethics at the collective and personal level in an intimate relationship to forms of order. In other words, how did we get to where we are today, and what should— and can—we do about it? We will explore these topics through “global” perspective with an interdisciplinary focus, emphasizing the interconnectedness between global and local spaces and the impact of global issues on the real human lives that are inevitably at the center of our investigations. (3 credits) CRN 4817

NOTE: Understanding Global Capitalism will not be offered this semester. Please contact your advisor to discuss courses that can fulfill this requirement for Fall ’13.



Note: These electives are offered through the Global Studies Program. Students may also take course through other departments at the University and count these courses towards their elective requirements. See section 7 below.

Knowledge Base Electives:

UGLB 3234 (same as NPOL 3573) Comparative Constitutional Law
Glynn Torres-Spelliscy

This course provides students with a comparative analysis of how different constitutions around the world have dealt with the most significant and challenging problems of our times. We begin by discussing the U.S. Constitution and how it deals with issues of power sharing between branches of government and individual rights. Our topics include some of the more problematic constitutional issues of our time, including: racial and sexual discrimination, the right to free speech, the right to privacy, and the rights of the accused. We then turn our attention globally and discuss how other societies’ constitutions have dealt with similar issues. Our discussions compare the constitutional texts and examine varying historical contexts and legal and cultural norms that provided the foundation for the various constitutions. Students leave with the knowledge necessary to engage in a detailed examination of significant modern constitutional issues and to discuss the issues in a constructive and comparative manner. (3 Credits) CRN 7931

UGLB 3236 (same as NSOS 3800) Foundations in Gender Studies
Jackie Vimo
Tuesday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

What does it mean to think critically about gender and sexuality in a time of cultural instability? We compare the broad topics and controversies in the social sciences and humanities that historically defined women’s studies to those that have contributed to the recent shift to the broader designation of gender studies. Important factors contributing to this shift are the influx of gay, lesbian, and transgender subjects; multicultural feminist thought; the rise of postmodernism and its critique of identity politics; and the emergence of men’s studies. In the process, students are introduced to the critical framework for thinking about gender. Central to the course is the examination of personal narratives–memoirs, autobiographies, oral histories, photographs–in relation to gender experiences and identities, politics, and social change. (3 credits) CRN 7989


Cluster 1 Electives: People, Places, Encounters (PPE)

UGLB 3314 Global Gender and Sexuality
Geeti Das
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

This course explores issues of gender and sexuality in comparative and transnational perspective. Incorporating readings from political science, anthropology, sociology, history, theory, and journalism, we pay special attention to the ways in which global flows of labor and discourse determine or limit the ways in which gender roles and sexual hierarchies are produced, reinforced, and challenged. We will explore the tension between universal claims about gender and sexuality and local understandings across regions and cultures, with a particular focus on South and Southeast Asia, and the Americas.

Specific topics covered will include the impacts of globalization, migration, and colonialism on gender and sexuality; how gender and norms structure interventions into development and the management of conflict; sex work and questions of autonomy and agency; transgender politics in different cultural contexts; women and domestic or reproductive labor; constructs of masculinity; sexuality, migration and tourism; and the use of scientific discourses to enforce the gender binary. (4 credits) Spring CRN 4820

UGLB 3316 (same as NPOL 3167) Arab Awakening
Farideh Koohi-Kamali
Tuesday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

The revolutionary wave that has swept over the Arab world is a sign of fundamental change and the start of an exciting era in the history of the region. These unexpected and unprecedented uprisings, demonstrations, and protests create a new page in world history, the full impact of which is still to come. Since late 2010, there have been revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt; armed uprisings in Libya and Syria; major protests and civil disobedience in Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman; and minor protests in Kuwait, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. The Arab awakening is marked by criticism of undemocratic regimes and demands for political and economic accountability. It is also characterized by the use of civil resistance methods in organizing demonstrations, rallies, and strikes, as well as the use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. In this course, we discuss the roots of this new wave, analyzing the situation in each country and examining its impact on the non- Arabic-speaking countries of the region: Israel, Iran, and Turkey. We also discuss possible outcomes of these movements, the future of the Arab countries and the region as a whole, and the role the United States can play in this turning point in the region. (3 Credits) CRN 7901

UGLB 3327 The US and Latin America: Transnational Histories, Global Connections
Luis Herran-Avila
Monday and Wednesday 2:00 – 3:40 PM

The idea of “Latin America” emerges as the intersection of local, global and transnational histories marked by the flows and interactions between states and peoples. From this perspective, this course approaches critical issues and themes in the history of US – Latin America relations by stressing the importance of “transnational contact zones” for understanding the larger implications of social and political processes in the hemisphere. The course looks at decisive turning points in the shared and often uneasy relationship between the US and Latin America, such as the formulation of the Monroe Doctrine, the idea of “Pan-Americanism,” and the pursuit of “Manifest Destiny” as the principle guiding the neo-colonial expansion of the United States. Through the use of primary and secondary sources, as well as film and other visual media, the course will also attempt to disentangle the notion of “empire” by tackling important moments of consent, coercion, conflict and resistance – such as U.S. interventions in Central America and the Caribbean, the Cuban Revolution and U.S. support for counter-insurgency initiatives – as well as the development of other spheres of interaction and integration such as the economy, culture and migration. (4 credits) CRN 7612

UGLB 3328 (same as LURB 2010) Migrant City
Laura Liu
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This course explores the ways in which processes of migration, immigration, and mobility fundamentally shape the cultural, economic, and political life of cities. Students examine histories and contemporary examples of urban immigration and migration and the structures and institutions that control movement and mobility at the global, national, regional, and local levels. They consider the interactions, tensions, and alliances between social groups in the “migrant city,” as well as transnational linkages between the “migrant city” and other places. Throughout, the focus is on issues of labor and the state; identity and difference; and politics and community, for both newcomers and older residents. The course focuses on New York City and its region as the primary case, but also examines other US “migrant cities” and regions. (3 credits) CRN 7951

UGLB 4313 (same as NINT 5379) Non-Western Approaches to the World
Lily Ling
Wednesday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

NOTE: This is a graduate-level course offered in collaboration with the Graduate Program in International Affairs. Students should have completed at least 60 credits with a B or better to register for this course. Contact your Global Studies faculty advisor or the Global Studies academic advisor, Van Lee, at leev@newschool.edu for permission to register or if you have any questions.

Scholars of international relations increasingly recognize the need to take into account non-Western, non-Westphalian understandings of the world and its version of world politics. Yet they are usually at a loss as to how to do so. Few IR scholars in the West (including many from the non-West) are trained in how so-called Others think about, relate to, and act in the world. This course aims to amend this gap, albeit in a limited way. We will cover three world traditions and how they see/treat politics: Confucianism, Hinduism, and Islam. This course, however, will not be a comparative religion/philosophy course. We will not study these world traditions just for the sake of it. Rather, we will examine specifically how we can aspire towards an integrated yet democratic global politics where all voices, not just the Westaphalian one, is both heard and heeded. (3 credits) CRN 6683


Cluster 2 Electives: Markets and States (MS)

UGLB 3405 (same as NFDS 3410) Hungering for Opportunities: Food and Migrations
Brandon (Biko) Koenig
Tuesday 8:00 – 9:50 PM

In the contemporary world, food sparks debates on power structures, race, ethnicity, and multiculturalism that acquire particular relevance in places where people from around the world live together and interact. In this course, we examine food in relation to migration in New York City and at the national and international levels. We look at how food can become an instrument of communication and cultural exchange but also of exclusion and xenophobia. Through lectures, interviews, and fieldwork in the city, we use food as a starting point for an analysis of the dynamics of adaptation, appropriation, and diaspora in a global framework. Although the focus is on contemporary society, we also explore historical aspects of the subject. (3 credits) CRN 7969

UGLB 3408 (same as NSOC 3231) Social Movements
Sheena Nahm

Why, when, and how do groups mobilize to act against social injustice and for social change? Until the mid-20th century, scholars viewed collective action as irrational outbursts that grew out of frustration. After the civil rights, feminist, and peace movements of the 1960s, sociologists began to explain social movements by recognizing their strategy and purpose. In this course, we analyze theories that examine different aspects of social movements: political and economic reform, democratization, networks, civil society, collective identities, cultural change, and emotions. We discuss contemporary cases and explore the way these movements struggle at the local and global levels for social change. We also examine how media and technology have contributed to shifts in mobilization. (3 credits) CRN 7932

UGLB 4413 (same as NINT 5398) Europe in Crisis and the World Economy
Richard Wolff
Monday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

NOTE: This is a graduate-level course offered in collaboration with the Graduate Program in International Affairs. Students should have completed at least 60 credits with a B or better to register for this course. Contact your Global Studies faculty advisor or the Global Studies academic advisor, Van Lee, at leev@newschool.edu for permission to register or if you have any questions.

This global economic crisis develops – as capitalist crises usually do – unevenly across the globe. The early years (2008-2010) damaged the US economy more than most others. Since then the center of crisis moved to Europe (and especially to Greece, Ireland, United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Hungary, among other countries). There are profound economic effects of crisis – on production, employment, foreign trade, capital movements and especially government policies (financial and corporate bailouts followed by austerity programs). These have been matched by profound impacts on European politics and culture. As Europe’s social democracies have been challenged, a changing Europe alters its relationships with the rest of the world. This course will explore how the crisis is changing Europe and the consequences for the United States as well as the rest of the world economy. (3 credits) CRN 7642


Cluster 3 Electives: Rights, Justice, Governance (RJG)

UGLB 3509 War, Conflict and Security in the 21st Century
André Simonyi
Thursday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

In a world of drones, terrorism, and nuclear proliferation, has the very nature of war itself changed since the fall of Communism and the end of the Cold War a mere twenty years ago? If so, how? In our age of digital technology and post-Fordist organization of labor can we still follow the linear evolution of warfare and humanity once calmly traced by military and strategic historians? This class explores the multiple facets of conflict and security, situating these discussions in contemporary political, social and cultural realms. Topics to be explored include whether pre-emptive wars are compatible with democracy, the increasing reliance on private military companies as public budgets shrink, conflict resolution through peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and the question of moral obligation for military intervention in countries such as Sudan and Syria. We will also discuss phenomena such as asymmetric warfare, cyber war, infrastructure and financial systems, and unconventional forms of coercion. As a whole the class will undertake a thorough examination of the changing nature of war and conflict in the 21st Century. (3 credits) CRN 7984

UGLB 3519 Global Outlaws – Law and International Crimes
Emma Lindsay
Wednesday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

In a world of conflict and catastrophe, is there such a thing as global justice? This course is an introduction to international criminal law (ICL) and its role in responding to concerns such as war, terrorism, the environment and the global financial crisis. The course explores the potential for courts and tribunals to deter international crimes and promote international peace, security and reconciliation. Students will consider philosophical and practical aspects of the prosecution, trial and punishment of individuals alleged to have committed crimes considered to be among the most serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. We will study the origins and evolution of ICL, the elements of international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, and the fundamentals of international criminal responsibility. Special reference will be made to the creation, development and work of international criminal courts and tribunals including those for the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Cambodia and Lebanon as well as the International Criminal Court (ICC). We will examine the advantages and disadvantages of international, transnational and national approaches to dealing with past atrocities through litigation. As this is designed to be an introductory course, no prior knowledge of international law is required. The course assumes no prior exposure to legal studies. (3 credits) CRN 7386

UGLB 4513 (same as NINT 5346) Displacement, Asylum, and Migration
Faculty TBA
Thursday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

NOTE: This is a graduate-level course offered in collaboration with the Graduate Program in International Affairs. Students should have completed at least 60 credits with a B or better to register for this course. Contact your Global Studies faculty advisor or the Global Studies academic advisor, Van Lee, at leev@newschool.edu for permission to register or if you have any questions.

In essence, this course explores how attempts to distinguish between forced and voluntary migration have shaped international norms, standards and institutions, as well as state-level practices and localised strategies and tactics. Adopting an interdisciplinary perspective that draws insight from international law, anthropology, history and political economy, we engage fundamental questions related to belonging, identity and the politics of being out-of-place. Major themes include: refugees and the limits of asylum; internal displacement and human rights; the protection of “irregular” migrants; the trafficking and smuggling of persons; development-related resettlement and persons displaced by natural disasters. The course will be of specific value to students with a critical research or professional interest in the governance and management of populations-at-risk, emergency assistance and humanitarian aid, international development work and advocacy related to protection from displacement. (3 credits) CRN 7643

UGLB 4514 (same as NINT 5375 and NFDS 3260) Food, Global Trade, and Displacement
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Fabio Parasecoli
Monday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

NOTE: This is a graduate-level course offered in collaboration with the Graduate Program in International Affairs. Students should have completed at least 60 credits with a B or better to register for this course. Contact your Global Studies faculty advisor or the Global Studies academic advisor, Van Lee, at leev@newschool.edu for permission to register or if you have any questions.

Agricultural development is essential to world food security and to the reduction of poverty and economic transformation of developing countries, but the role of global trade in food is the object of intense controversy. Are global food markets and speculation to blame for recent spikes in food prices? Is trade an instrument of neoliberal globalization that erases local food traditions and productions to the advantage of transnational corporations? Or, does trade enhance the welfare of struggling communities all over the world by bringing lower prices and opening new markets? Is the global intrinsically bad and is the local intrinsically good? This course explores contemporary debates and policy choices on issues ranging from recent negotiations in the World Trade Organization to food safety regulations to the impact of GMOs on national food security. (3 credits) CRN 6222


Cluster 4 Electives: Urban, Media, Environment (UME)

UGLB 4620 (same as NINT 5401) International Environmental Governance
Mona Shomali
Wednesday 8:00 – 9:50 PM

NOTE: This is a graduate-level course offered in collaboration with the Graduate Program in International Affairs. Students should have completed at least 60 credits with a B or better to register for this course. Contact your Global Studies faculty advisor or the Global Studies academic advisor, Van Lee, at leev@newschool.edu for permission to register or if you have any questions.

International environmental issues are quintessential public policy issues, due to the fact that so many environmental problems are “common pool resources” (such as air or water) that are transboundary, lack economic incentive to regulate, and require a collective and collaborative decision making instrument. In this course, we will analyze and discuss the effectiveness of the current international environmental regime; a non-binding voluntary mechanism, (often signed but not ratified), that has been structured around solving the problem of climate change. We will also examine the earliest international environmental treaties, (the UN Law of the Seas), and focus on the last 20 years since the Rio Earth Summit. Simultaneously, we will focus on local case studies, such as natural resource conflicts that have become human rights hotspots in the developing world. Solving environmental problems often involves comparing international modes of environmental management. On a socio-cultural level, we will discuss the motivations and ethos that lead to progressive policy behaviors in other parts of the world; such as Bolivia’s formation of the Law of Mother Earth and Europe’s clash with the World Trade Organization over genetically modified foods. We will also explore the roots of American environmentalism and discuss its cultural impact and effectiveness when exported all around the world. (3 credits) CRN 7644


III. Collaborative Research Seminar (CRS)

UGLB 3711 CRS: The Politics of Immigration in Action
Jackie Vimo
Thursday 3:50 – 6:30 PM

As Congress debates the passage of a comprehensive immigration reform package, how are immigrant organizations, researchers, government institutions and think tanks advocating for the rights of migrants? What are their different approaches to understanding and communicating the needs of migrants and promoting adequate solutions according to their perspectives regarding the causes and effects of migration?

This collaborative research seminar will provide students, first, with the skills to understand current debates about immigration as well as the variety of sources available to study issues such as immigrant detention and deportation, the Dream Act, immigrant integration, comprehensive immigration reform, and immigrant mobilizations. We will examine different research methodologies, their contributions and limitations to understanding migration flows and the experiences of migrants. Second, we will explore how different groups and institutions use different information, resources and strategies to advocate for policies regarding migration. The class will include site visits and guest speakers to provide students with opportunities to engage with relevant organizations and institutions outside of the classroom. Students will be expected to work in teams on a project with research conducted at one of the organizations or institutions with a particular focus on how research can be translated into action, whether it is to inform a broader audience beyond academia, to mobilize a group or to change policies. (4 credits) CRN 7385

Jackie Vimo has worked in immigration policy for over a decade and has been the Director of Advocacy at the New York Immigration Coalition and the Coordinator of Policy and Administration at Make the Road New York. She also co-founded the New York State DREAM Act Coalition and New York Coalition for Immigrants’ Rights to Drivers’ Licenses.

UGLB 3712 Collaborative Research Seminar: International Human Rights Advocacy: Norms, Strategies and Change
Naomi Kikoler
Monday 3:50 – 6:30 PM

This collaborative research seminar provides students with an insider’s understanding of the world of international human rights advocacy. Using the responsibility to protect (R2P) as a case study, students will explore how international moral commitments are translated into legal and social norms and state action in a political world. Through group discussions, guest presentations by leading human rights practitioners, government and UN officials, and field visits, students will learn the essentials skills of human rights advocacy: the identification of advocacy targets, the development of advocacy strategies from grassroots campaigns to elite level engagement and the fundamentals of tactical implementation, from drafting reports to using social media. Through case studies, including the Save Darfur movement, students will grapple with the difficult ethical considerations and tactical challenges arising from conducting human rights advocacy in an ever-changing world. The course will explore who are relevant human rights actors; how factors such as funding, branding, and personal relationships influence the setting of advocacy priorities; the impact emerging powers have on the way human rights advocates do their “business”; and what it means to do “no harm” when speaking for others. Students will each be responsible for compiling a case study describing and analyzing the strategies employed and efficacy of an organization or campaign’s human rights advocacy efforts, either in the context of a crisis, such as Syria, or in advancing an agenda, such as the landmine treaty ban. (4 credits) CRN 6215

UGLB 3730 CRS: Genocide & Action
Dechen Albero
Tuesday 7:00 – 9:40 PM

NOTE: This course is required for, and only open to, students who attend the Summer 2013 Study Abroad program in Rwanda.

In the wake of World War II, the term ‘genocide’ was coined to describe the Nazi extermination of European Jews. World leaders vowed such violence would happen “never again,” however genocide continues to occur at an alarming rate with inaction proving the norm. As a result, genocide prevention has proven to be one of the most daunting political challenges of modern times.

Building on the Rwanda summer 2013 experience abroad, this required supplementary course for all participants provides the opportunity to explore the puzzle of inaction by studying genocide from a comparative perspective. The course begins by considering the concept of genocide from a theoretical perspective and draws on political theory and sociology to understand reasons for political inaction in the midst of unfolding mass atrocity. The second part of the course focuses on empirical cases of 20th century genocides in Namibia, Cambodia, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia and Darfur. Students will explore the dimensions of genocide, including the roles and relationships of perpetrators and victims, the potential and limits of justice, restitution and forgiveness, the political and ethical uses of remembering and forgetting, and questions of intervention and prevention. Readings will include an array of theoretical texts, historical accounts, memoir, interviews, biography, and news clippings among others. Films and guest speakers from international organizations working on genocide prevention campaigns supplement the course.

In addition to seminar meetings, students will work collaboratively to design an original intervention aimed at raising awareness regarding a historical or current instance of genocide. The exact format of this intervention will be decided by the group but may include an advocacy campaign, anti-genocide curriculum for high school or university students, or public event commemorating International Human Rights Day. (6 Credits) CRN 7400


IV. Directed Research

UGLB 4710 Directed Research
Alexandra Délano, Luis Herran-Avila and Alberto Fernandez
Tuesday 3:50 – 6:30 PM

The main goal of this course is to prepare senior students for their final research project or thesis required for the major in Global Studies. The senior work is a major independent project that requires the best application of students’ analytical, writing, and research skills. To this end the course will help you clearly formulate your research design, plan the writing of your project/thesis, and allow you to learn from your colleagues. The course is heavily interactive—we will work primarily with materials provided by you, the students. Using secondary texts and your own work we will cover issues such as formulating a research problem, defining your concepts, situating yourself in the literature, finding, using and presenting data, and the writing process. The senior project may take slightly different forms for each person, but for all students must reflect the ability to synthesize complex information, present ideas clearly and creatively, situate your ideas in a larger context, and convincingly make an argument that is relevant to this field of inquiry. It is a scholarly endeavor that creatively reflects knowledge and experience obtained both inside and outside the classroom.

By the end of the fall semester, students graduating in May 2013 will produce a prospectus and be ready to start writing their thesis. These students will take part in a follow-up writing workshop during the spring semester that will follow the writing process and will use the same model of student presentations and peer review. Students graduating in December 2012, will need to work at an accelerated pace and actually complete the thesis by the end of the Fall semester. Accordingly, assignments will differ somewhat for students seeking to graduate in December. (0 to 4 credits) CRN 4826


V. Global Engagement

UGLB 3903 Global Engagement
Alexandra Délano
Internship / Externship

All students in the Global Studies program must complete an experiential component relevant to the field in consultation with an advisor. These experiences include, but are not limited to, study abroad, internships, collaborative studios, or other fieldwork projects in New York or across the globe. Global Studies majors who are planning to complete their global engagement requirement during the Fall semester must register for this course. All seniors who have completed this requirement but have not registered for this course should register this semester. After successful completion of the experience or at the end of the semester, students will be asked to submit a brief reflection form. Please contact the Global Studies academic advisor, Van Lee, at leev@newschool.edu if you have any questions. (0 credits) CRN 6684


VI. Relevant electives offered through other departments

Knowledge Base

LSOC 2001 Sociological Imagination
Hasan Ertug Tombus
Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 – 9:40 AM

In this course, students begin to think about how society works. The course examines relationships among individual identity and experience, social groups and organizations, and social structures. They examine the economic, political, and cultural dimensions of social life and question social arrangements that seem natural or unchangeable. Topics covered include social inequality, politics and power, culture, race and ethnic relations, gender, interaction, and socialization. The course also introduces students to major sociological theorists and sociological research methods. (4 credits) CRN 3181

LSOC 2004 Culture and Society
Ido Tavory
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

What is culture? Should we understand it as ideas floating in our head? As ways of acting? And where do cultures come from? Following both theoretical debates as well as empirical work on music, fashion, film, and food this course is an introduction to the study of meaning in social life. Through these studies and debates, we will try to think about the role of power relations in culture, as well as the place for creativity and ways of challenging power; To see how cultural industries are organized, and how sub-cultures provide alternative ways for people to imagine their world. (4 credits) CRN 7563

LCST 2120 Introduction to Cultural Studies
Jasmine Rault
Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 – 1:15 PM

This course examines the pivotal role of culture in the modern world, including the ideas, values, artifacts, and practices of people in their collective lives. Cultural Studies focuses on the importance of studying the material processes through which culture is constructed. It highlights process over product and rupture over continuity. In particular, it presents culture as a dynamic arena of social struggle and utopian possibility. Students read key thinkers and examine critical frameworks from a historical and a theoretical approach, such as Raymond Williams, Stuart Hall and the Birmingham School; the work on popular culture, identity politics, and postmodernism in America; and the emergence of a ‘global cultural studies’ in which transnational cultural flows are examined and assessed. Class sessions are set up as dialogic encounters between cultural theory and concrete analysis. (3 credits) CRN 6446

LCST 2450 Introduction to Media Studies
Faculty TBA
Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 – 9:45 AM

This course introduces the student to basic concepts and approaches in the critical analysis of communications media. Drawing on contemporary critiques and historical studies, it seeks to build an understanding of different forms of media, such as photography and cinema, television and video, the internet and hypermedia, in order to assess their role and impact in society. Since media are at once technology, art and entertainment, and business enterprises, they need to be studied from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The readings for the course reflect this multi-pronged approach and draw attention to the work of key thinkers and theorists in the field. Moreover, the readings build awareness of the international dimensions of media activity, range, and power. (3 credits) CRN 1988

NCOM 3000 Introduction to Media Studies
Peter Haratonik
Thursday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

Students explore media history and the basic concepts employed in media analysis, spanning the history of technologies from the magic lantern to multimedia and stressing the relationship between media and their social, political, and economic contexts. Since media are at once technology, art, entertainment, and business enterprises, they need to be studied from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The readings for this course reflect this multifaceted approach and draw attention to the work of key thinkers and theorists in the field. Examples are drawn primarily from the visual media of commercial film, television, advertising, video, and the Internet, although alternative media practices are also noted. Students gain an understanding of how media texts are constructed, how they convey meaning, and how they shape one another in significant ways. (0 or 3 credits) CRN 1727

NSOC 3006 Statistics for Social Science
Elizabeth Ziff
Monday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

Our world is saturated by information that is generated through statistical analysis. We are bombarded with facts and figures from all areas of society. Learning how statistics are generated and what the data means is important for everyone; from the person who spends their life doing quantitative research to everyday consumers. This is an introductory course to statistical analysis. You will learn the underlying theory of statistics and the mechanics of such concepts as hypothesis testing, z tests/t tests, anova, linear regression and other concepts. In addition to learning how to execute these statistical functions we will also be using data from existing sources to better develop our ability to engage with, and critique statistical data. We will examine Census data, the General Social Survey, data from political think tanks, as well as polls compiled by media outlets and data from scholarly articles. This semester, we will be exploring topics under the theme of “Gender and Sexuality” to learn how to respond to statistical data collection and presentation. By looking at such topics as the gender binary system, the use of STD and sexual health data, as well as the variation in sexual choice/lifestyle we will be able to better grasp how statistics are used on a daily basis to regulate and guide our gendered and sexual ways of life. (0 or 3 credits) CRN 4207

NANT 3101 Documenting Culture: Anthropology in Practice
Jennifer Scott
Wednesday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

This course introduces students to the real practice of anthropological work: ethnographic research and writing. The course is organized chronologically, starting with early classic ethnographies, then moving through various theoretical, methodological, and ethical critiques of ethnography, and finally surveying a range of new ethnographies. (0 or 3 credits) CRN 7596

NSOC 3502 Identity and Social Theory
Aleksandra Wagner
Thursday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

Social theory, both classical and contemporary, has always wrestled with the issue of identity, seeking to interpret and explain the social processes and political struggles by means of which individual and collective identities are construed. Since the dawn of modernity, human identity—who we are as individual and collective beings—has not been viewed as a fixed, stable, or ascribed position. We begin with a discussion of self-identity in late modernity and then explore three theoretical frameworks within which identity is examined as a social and cultural construction. We analyze the conceptualizations of class and status in classical social theory; we discuss theories of collective action that elaborate on the production of collective identities within different social movements; and we examine feminist thought as it addresses the categories of women and gender and the complexities of identity politics. (0 or 3 credits) CRN 7654


Cluster 1 Electives: People, Places, Encounters (PPE)

LNGC 1516 Militarizing Culture
Jasmine Rault
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

This course involves turning ourselves and our everyday practices into objects of investigation, thinking critically about the ways we may be implicated in the processes of militarization and practices of Empire, and engaging in discussions about alternatives and possibilities for constructive and creative resistance. While we will take up historical studies in and around World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam and the first Gulf War, we will be particularly attentive to our contemporary cultural moment, and how militarization works, through popular culture, legal reform, news coverage, federal security and domestic policy, to shape things like gender, sexuality, race, nation, citizenship, care, memory and mourning. (4 credits) CRN 7827

LREL 2030 Religion in South Asia
Christopher D. Kelley
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This course is a comprehensive introduction to Indian philosophy and religion. It covers all the major philosophical schools, concepts, issues, and debates in a chronological framework. Students read both translations of primary sources as well as materials from secondary sources. This course aims to familiarize students with the kinds of questions asked by Indian thinkers such as: What really exists (metaphysics)? How do we know what we know (epistemology)? And how should we live our lives (ethics)? Students gain exposure to the practice of Indian philosophy and religion through local fieldwork projects. (4 credits) CRN 4283

LHIS 2221 Power and Biology: The Global South and the History of Science
Laura Palermo
Monday and Wednesday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This seminar approaches the history of science from the perspective of the global margins. We will study the contextual connections between biological research, imperialism and postcolonial societies. We will analyze case studies from the history of Eugenics and racism, military research, sexually transmitted diseases and the social and environmental impact of science in the Global South. The course places special emphasis on historical case studies from Latin America and Africa. (4 credits) CRN 7509

NCST 2700 Introduction to Islam: Culture and Civilization
Nargis Virani
Tuesday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

This course offers an introduction to the colorful mosaic of Muslim cultures around the world, their various histories, and the way these societies have been shaped through interactions with other world cultures. In addition to studying Islam as a system of belief, students are introduced to Islamic civilization as a way of life expressed through highly diverse Muslim cultures. Lectures and multimedia presentations based on assigned readings broaden students’ cultural horizons by providing insights into Muslim music, poetry, and art, architecture, and other forms of material production. There is a required field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to visit the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia (formerly the Hall of Islamic Art). Students are asked to create projects inspired by artifacts in this installation. They are also encouraged, but not required, to visit the 96th Street mosque as observers of Friday afternoon Muslim congregational prayers, which are normally followed by a lecture and Q&A led by the imam of the mosque. (0 or 3 credits) CRN 8046

This course was formerly listed as NREL3621. Do not register for this course if you have previously taken NREL3621; it is the same course and cannot be taken twice for credit.

LANT 3015 Race, Culture, and the Classification of People
Lawrence Hirschfeld
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

Few ideas are as potent, as easy to learn, and as difficult to forget as race. This course explores issues about race by disrupting “common sense” and by identifying its psychological and cultural dimensions. Much of the research on the psychological dimension seeks to explain racializing beliefs and attitudes in terms of general and familiar cognitive processes like perception, stereotyping, and category distortion. Research on the cultural dimension–typically conducted by anthropologists, historians, and sociologists–focuses on the way race figures in the regulation of power and resources, on its role in creating and sustaining economic inequity and political domination. The seminar adopts an integrative and comparative approach, examining differences and similarities in racial thinking across cultures and across historical periods, and comparing race with other important social categories, such as gender and class. This course satisfies the Reading requirement. (4 credits) CRN 7287

LEDU 3024 Immigration, Education and the American Dream
Naomi Moland
Tuesday and Thursday, 1:50 – 3:30 PM

Since the founding of the United States, schools have played a central role in socializing diverse children into American identities. Education has been used strategically with the goal of achieving the national motto, “e pluribus unum”—out of many, one. Immigrants from all over the world have flocked to the United States, believing that an American education is the key to their success, and if they work hard enough, they can rise through the ranks and “make it.” Yet this American Dream is rife with contradictions, and the disconnect that many immigrants find between these promised opportunities and their daily realities has led to significant disillusionment and disenfranchisement. This course will explore the ways in which the American school system decides who “belongs” in the United States, who is “American,” and what opportunities they deserve. We will also investigate cultural conflicts that continue to rage in schools, such as conflicts over religious expression, multicultural curriculum, and bilingual education. While this course will focus on the American experience, a few comparative examples from will be brought in to examine how other nations are addressing increasingly diverse student populations. (4 credits) CRN 7921

LPOL 3038 China in Revolution and Reform
Martin Frazier
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

This course examines the revolutionary politics and the post-revolutionary reforms that have made China what it is today: a high-growth economy that is neither socialist nor capitalist; a rapidly changing society increasingly polarized between rich and poor; and a puzzling political regime that remains Leninist in structure but pursues political reforms to adapt itself to broad socio-economic changes. The study of Chinese politics is in many respects an attempt to make sense of all these changes. Throughout this survey of Chinese politics, we will pay close attention to how those in power exercise authority, how political conflict arises and is resolved, and how citizens make political demands. (4 credits) CRN 6435

LANT 3055 Urban Guerrillas: The Anthropology of Political Resistance
Neni Panourgia
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

Started in antiquity, practiced as ideology in the 19th century, but acquiring a discourse in the 1960s, urban guerrilla movements became emblematic of political praxis of the youth. In this course we will address issues that are to do first with the conceptualization of youth as a category, the political and cultural movements that made such a conceptualization possible, the ideologies that inform such political action, and the development of these ideologies as youth become middle-aged. The primary focus of the course, however, will be on the conceptualization of armed violence as political resistance to the transgressions of the state against it citizens. Material will be drawn from literature, political theory, and anthropology and will examine cases from Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the US. The course satisfies requirements in Reading. (4 credits) CRN 7808

NARH 3361 After the Cold War: Art, Museums and the Market in Contemporary Russia
Thomas Werner
Monday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

In this course, we explore the history and function of Russian art museums, contemporary art and photography, and the contemporary Russian art market from the era of perestroika in the late 1980s to the present. Contemporary spaces, such as the Garage Center and Loft Etashe; museums, such as the Hermitage, the Museum of Non-Conformist Art, and the National Center of Contemporary Art; and cultural institutions in the Russian provinces are covered. We also discuss the role of international funding organizations such as the Ford, Carnegie, and Open Society foundations and of individual artists. The instructor presents original course materials, including interviews and artifacts from Russia, that have not been available in the United States until now. (0 or 3 credits) CRN 6582

LCST 4029 Foucault, Bodies, Power
Jasmine Rault
Tuesday and Thursday, 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This course provides a thick introduction to the work of Michel Foucault and the key concepts that have helped to shape the field of cultural studies. We will explore Foucault’s theories of discipline, the body, discourse, power, biopolitics and sexuality and how these theories have been used, challenged and redefined within feminist, queer, critical race, crip, post-colonial and decolonial cultural studies. (4 credits) CRN 7525


Cluster 2 Electives: Markets and States (MS)

LPOL 3007 Contesting Economic Inequality
Sanjay Ruparelia
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This course analyzes the politics of inequality, in particular its socioeconomic dimension, in comparative interdisciplinary perspective. It addresses several fundamental questions: What is the significance of inequality? What are its causes and consequences? Why do disparities of power, wealth and status, and the relationship between these sources of stratification, vary across countries, regions and eras? What explains the varying relative tolerance of inequality in different societies? Finally, why have states and societies responded to its phenomenal rise in recent years, and how successfully? In the first part of the course, we examine competing intellectual approaches of inequality. Part two surveys the rise, origins and variety of social welfare regimes in the advanced industrialized west and across the global South from the 1940s to the 1980s. In part three, we examine the causes, patterns and consequences of rising socioeconomic inequality in an era of neoliberalism across the world. Finally, part four analyses a range of contemporary political responses to these trends from state and society, ranging from Occupy Wall Street, the Indignados in Spain and the landless workers movement in Brazil to popular Maoist insurgency in India, local environmental protests in China and socio-legal activism in South Africa. (4 credits) CRN 7953

LECO 3011 Poverty and Inequality
Lopamudra Bannerjee
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

What does improvement in material conditions of well-being for all citizens of a country and the world at large entail? What causes poverty? What brings about inequality? How are issues of poverty eradication and inequality diminution addressed in the developed and underdeveloped economies?

Analysis is extended from the study of income deprivation (which leads to non-fulfillment of basic needs of food and shelter), to deficits in human development (including non-access to health, education, and environmental goods), and discrepancies in political power and social rights across the world. Patterns of income poverty and income inequality are examined in advanced industrialized countries like USA and UK, middle-income countries of Latin America, fast growing economies like China and India, poverty-stricken countries of Africa, and the so-called “Asian Tigers” of East Asia. Non-income aspects of deprivation are examined in terms of disparities in health, nutritional and educational attainments. (4 credits) CRN 6481

LSOC 3038 Nationalism
Meral Ugur Cinar
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This course starts by analyzing different theoretical approaches to nationalism. It then proceeds to different aspects of nation-building such as education, commemorations and citizenship policies. After that, the course looks at competing or complementary notions of political identity such as ethnicity, religion and transnationalism. A significant part of the class will be devoted to the application of theoretical discussions to empirical cases. Students will also be given assignments where they apply the theoretical frameworks they learn in the class to particular cases of their research interests. (4 credits) CRN 7565

NECO 3181 The Economic Significance of 99%
Abid Raza Khan
Thursdays 4:00 – 5:50 PM

This course will highlight the importance of general populace for an economy. The course is roughly divided into three sections. First, we will study the evolution of thought in economics literature vis-à-vis labor and economic agents. Discussions will revolve around what classical thinkers referred to as “subsistence wage” and how they defined the role and preferences of working class in a capitalist economy. Why Marx and others centered their analysis around class struggles and how that is relevant today? The next section will present selected models from modern economics that are most commonly used to present the economy of today. Economic models that affect the choice of policy today will be chosen for this discussion. The last section will bring the first two sections together; the economic models and the philosophical importance of general population in academic models. This will be compared with social norms and issues of the 99%. By debating the assumptions, limitations and implications of various economic models which are widely used for discussion and policy making today, the participants will be able to appreciate the pros and cons of using such models. Moreover, this will help elaborate the economic significance of the 99%. (3 credits) CRN 7822

LECO 4510 (same as GECO 5104) Historical Foundations of Political Economy
Anwar Shaikh
Wednesday 8:00 – 9:50 PM and Thursday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

This course provides an introduction to the history of classical economic thought. The course begins with a brief survey of political economy to 1776, then turn to the classical economists. The focus is on Smith, Malthus, Ricardo, Mill, and Marx, with about half the semester devoted to a survey of Marx’s economics, treated in the context of classical political economy. (3 credits) CRN 3070

GPOL 6434 Great Transformations
Sanjay Ruparelia
Wednesday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

NOTE: This is a graduate-level course and is only open to seniors. Students should have completed at least 60 credits with a B or better and must obtain special permission from the instructor to register for this course. Contact the instructor and Van Lee at leev@newschool.edu for permission to register for this course or with questions.

This seminar analyzes the comparative political economy of the modern welfare state in comparative historical perspective. It addresses the following questions: Why did the modern welfare state emerge in the twentieth century? What factors explain the variety of processes of capital accumulation and social protection across the world? What have been the consequences of these differences for patterns of human welfare, democratic politics and economic change? The first part of the seminar examines the construction of modern welfare systems in Europe and the United States in light of Karl Polanyi’s classic account, The Great Transformation, and their key differences. In part two we survey the variety of social welfare regimes in the global south from the 1950s to the 1980s, ranging from the productivist welfare regimes of East Asia and state corporatist systems in Latin America to informal security arrangements of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Part three of the seminar analyzes the patterns, causes and ramifications of comparative welfare retrenchment in the 1990s in the wake of the Washington Consensus. In part four, we investigate the diverse contemporary attempts to tame capitalist accumulation, ranging from rights-based legal activism and radical social movements to popular military insurgencies, in India, China, South Africa and Brazil. The seminar concludes by assessing the possible futures of the modern welfare state and its alternatives. (3 credits) CRN 7801


Cluster 3 Electives: Rights, Justice, Governance (RJG)

LSOC 2153 Social Inequality
Robin Wagner-Pacifici
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This course analyzes conflicting theoretical perspectives on the origins, significance and experiences of social inequality. Empirical studies of inequality will be examined as they reveal issues of the nature and representation of work, property rights and relations, differential experiences of embodiment, and different assessments of the mind and intelligence. The approach is phenomenological and asks: How are inequalities made social and how might they be disrupted? (4 credits) CRN 6413

LANT 2815 The Politics of Giving: Philanthropy, Charity, and Humanitarianism
Faculty TBA
Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 – 9:40 AM

Should we give our spare change to a homeless woman on the subway? Or would we feel better if we donated to a local charity, where the donation can be monitored and accounted for and we can know exactly how the money was spent? What goes into our decisions of when, how and to whom to give? In his classical work The Gift (1990) Marcel Mauss emphasized the gift’s role in maintaining social and moral order. Mauss hints that the social obligation to give forms the philosophical basis of charity. In this course we will explore anthropological approaches to various forms of giving, including religious charity, ‘rational’ philanthropy, and ‘universal’ humanitarianism. What kinds of relationships and moral communities do these different forms of giving constitute between giver and receiver? Is secular giving different from religious giving? We will attend to the historical evolution of practices of giving, reading anthropological studies of the gift ranging from the exchange rituals of ancient societies examined by Mauss, to the organized humanitarian assistance programs of modern industrial nations. We will explore conceptions of giving and charity in various philosophical texts (Aristotle, Derrida) and religious traditions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam). (4 credits) CRN 7697

LHIS 2844 History, Authority, & Power
Neguin Yavari
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

This course introduces students to reading and analyzing primary sources that deal with the interaction of political life with religious sanction. It examines the role of interpretation in appropriating the past and dreaming the future. It includes texts from a variety of fields and cultural geographies, to investigate intellectual commonalities while recognizing cultural differences. We begin with excerpts from the Histories of Herodotus, one of the world’s first complete prose works. Then we proceed with the Peloponnesian Wars of Thucydides, whose historical methodology differed emphatically from the epic and hero-centered style of Herodotus. We move on to Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Politics, and from there to the Bible, St Augustine’s City of God, and the Qur’an. Proceeding to the medieval world, we read selections from European and Islamic mirrors for princes, and four different perspectives on the Crusades. The investigation ends in the thirteenth century, with the collapse of the ‘Abbasid caliphate in Baghdad and the drafting of the Magna Carta in Europe. (4 credits) CRN 6498

LREL 3004 Theorizing Religion
Mark Larrimore
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

What is “religion”? As students read classic answers to this question, they explore the curious fact that while “religion” is a modern western concept (born, perhaps, in 1799), most of what is studied in the field of “religious studies” is non-modern and/or non-western. We will follow three intertwining story-lines through the history of “religion” and its study in the west: religious apologetics, critiques of religion (epistemological, historical, ethical), and Europe’s encounters and entanglements with the rest of the world, especially during the heyday of colonialism. A critical understanding of “religion” and its implication in modern and postmodern understandings of politics, ethics, gender and progress can make this Eurocentric concept a vehicle for profound critique and an opening to genuine dialogue. (4 credits) CRN 3069

LPOL 3041 Resistance
Ayse Banu Bargu
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This course explores the politics of resistance. It examines examples of resistance from around the world, traversing different time periods, geographies, and cultures. Examples range from peasant revolts to labor movements, feminist struggles to anti-war mobilizations, prisoner uprisings to anti-colonial wars. Contemporary forms of corporeal, self-sacrificial resistance are of particular interest. The course inquires into dynamics of political struggle in each case: who are the social forces involved, what they seek to oppose, the methods and goals of resistance, and the reception of this resistance by its purported audience. Relying upon the concrete political problems posed by each historical instance as springboards into larger theoretical concerns, the course focuses on questions such as the nature of power relations, different forms of political organization and representation, the relationship between means and ends, the role of violence, and the function of different media, especially as they become manifest in the complexity of real politics. (4 credits) CRN 7569

LREL 3069 Buddhism and Human Rights
Christopher D. Kelley
Monday and Wednesday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This course brings Buddhism into dialogue with contemporary human rights studies. Students first consider the history of Western conceptions of human rights and explore their affinities with Buddhist ideals. The application of human rights discourse by NGOs like Free Tibet and individual advocates such as the Dalai Lama-Tenzin Gyatso are analyzed as test cases. The second half of the course is devoted to Buddhist contributions to the emerging human rights culture of the 21st century, focusing on meditation practices and on the activism of “engaged Buddhism.” (4 credits) CRN 7571

NFDS 3201 Food Policy Tools for Food System Change
Thomas Forster
Thursday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

This course provides tools for advocacy through interactive participation and engagement with U.S. food and farm policy. Our food system relies on industrial farming practices controlled by relatively small clusters of global firms, with negative consequences for farm communities, urban consumers, and the environment. This course explores how ecologically and socially sustainable alternatives, from community-supported agriculture programs to inner-city farms, are generating excitement and energy at the city, state, national, and international levels. Through readings, lectures, and field trips, we consider policy responses to food system challenges on three levels: city-state, state-federal, and national-international. We discuss how current food and farm policies govern markets, provide incentives, and channel individual food choices. We look at emerging social movements and food policy coalitions in the United States and internationally. We hear from leaders advocating policy change, who discuss how community-based solutions could be scaled up to address the interlocking challenges of persistent hunger and poverty, environmental degradation and climate change, growing urban and rural food deserts, epidemics of preventable chronic diseases, and collapsing rural economies. (0 or 3 credits) CRN 7604


Cluster 4 Electives: Urban, Media, Environment (UME)

LECO 2029 Economics of Disasters
Lopamudra Bannerjee
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

What is a disaster? What causes a disaster? Who are affected by a disaster? This seminar studies natural calamities (including droughts, floods and earthquakes) and “man-made” catastrophes (including famines, industrial-technological accidents violent conflicts and financial crises) to explore these issues. It draws upon social theories and theories in natural sciences to argue that disasters are neither random accidental ahistoric events, nor are they entirely deterministic predictable explicable processes. Rather, they are “deviations from norm” that are generated in the environmental and social systems through an interplay of chance and systemic factors. The theory is illustrated in terms of different case studies, including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, and flood disaster in Bangladesh in 1998; famine in Ireland in the 1840s and famine in Sudan in 1997; earthquake in San Francisco in 1906 and earthquake in Lisbon in 1755; industrial-nuclear accidents like Bhopal gas tragedy in India in 1984, Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986, and Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident in Japan in 2011; oil spill in Alaska [Exxon-Valdez] in 1989 and in Gulf of Mexico [Deepwater horizon] in 2010; violent ethnic conflicts in Great Lakes Region of Africa in 1996-97; worldwide recession and the economic crisis of 2007-08; and the phenomena of global warming. (4 credits) CRN 7652

LCST 3043 Performativity and Powerlessness
Theresa L. Cowan
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

Shaped as much by the “real world” as by the art world, activist art represents a confluence of the aesthetic, socio-political, and technological impulses of the past twenty-five years or more that have attempted to challenge, explore, or blur the boundaries and hierarchies traditionally defining the culture as represented by those in power. This cultural form is the culmination of a democratic urge to give voice and visibility to the disenfranchised, and to connect art to a wider audience. – Nina Felshin, But is it Art? The Spirit of Art as Activism This course has two main goals. The first is to familiarize students with the diverse ways that “performativity” and “power”—two of our most overwrought critical concepts—have been mobilized in the past 50 years of cultural theory. The second is to provide students with the opportunity to consider the ways that political performance—including installations, demonstrations, occupations, glitterventions, and other practices of social action—embodies the condition that Saskia Sassen identifies as “complex powerlessness” and mark moments when “powerlessness is … consequential” through small-scale actions that may include only one body and large-scale actions, which mobilize many bodies. The work of this course will include seminar workshops, archival study and cultural intervention. (4 credits) CRN 7479

LCST 3071 Global Media Activism
Robert Scholz
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

Global Internet Activism argues that digital media impacts real life politics by exploring technology-enabled political activism outside the United States and Europe. How can digital media help to mobilize citizens? Why do we have to stop talking about Twitter revolutions? Why do mainstream media in the US still pay disproportionately less attention to economically developing countries? Does the Internet democratize society? While the Internet is not accessible to the vast majority of people in poor countries, there is a larger density of mobile phones in those geographic regions than in post-industrial societies. What are the opportunities of mobile platforms to aid social change? Are platforms that allow activists to connect around specific causes valuable tools to raise awareness or does such nano-activism render us passive? The class is structured around case studies from Brazil, China, Russia, Iraq, Iran, Serbia, and South Korea. Please note that this is a pilot course with shortened in-class hours but additional web-based instruction and field trips. (4 credits) CRN 7411

LHIS 3072 Design/History/Revolution
Orit Halpern
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

Whether by providing agitprop for revolutionary movements, an aesthetics of empire, or a language for numerous avant-gardes, design has changed the world. But how? Why? And under what conditions? This course proposes a consideration of design as an historical agent, a contested category, and a practice. Casting a wide net, the course will consider a range of geographical locations (“West,” “East,” “North,” South,” and contact zones between these constructed categories). We will examine not only designed objects (e.g., industrial design, decorative arts, graphic design, fashion) but also spaces (e.g., architecture, interiors, landscapes, urban settings) and systems (e.g., environment, economy, communications, services, governments). Together we will ask: What is design? How does it relate to society, history and politics? Students will get to engage with how histories of the past inform our contemporary media saturated lives, and experiment with new ways to do history through use of digital media, visual materials, and aesthetic practices. (4 credits) CRN 7510

NFDS 3220 Food Environments, Health, and Social Justice
Kimberly Ann Libman

With obesity and diabetes rising at alarming rates, an interdisciplinary academic field has emerged to rethink the role of the environment in shaping our food use patterns and health. In this class, our approach is framed by the ideas and activities of the environmental justice movement, which guide a critical reading of the literature on food environments and the sociospatial distribution of nutritional resources. We conceptualize systems of food production and consumption in environmental terms, such as food deserts and platescapes, and examine how modes of food production and distribution are connected to the nutritional landscapes of cities. We consider research methods to gain an understanding of these environments and health effects and explore strategies to promote effective change in resource distribution. Students use Internet-based mapping tools to conduct field research on their own food environments. Written assignments include responses to major themes in the literature, reviews of relevant films, and letters to policymakers. (0 or 3 credits) CRN 3213

NFDS 3300 Food Fight! The Role of Food in Advocacy and Sociopolitical Communication
Stefani Bardin

The importance of food in popular culture is evident in media such as television shows, films, and blogs. Complex issues such as hunger and food justice, health and obesity, locavorism, biotechnological influences, fair trade, ethical consumption, and sustainability are slowly entering the conversation about food in contemporary media outlets. We begin by examining the role food plays in communication from semiotic and cultural studies points of view. We then explore food as a focus of social, political, and environmental debates; as a topic discussed in social networks, advertising campaigns, political platforms, viral Internet campaigns, television programs, magazines, and newspapers; and as inspiration for art and media projects addressing these social and political issues. We discuss food and food advocacy content generators and consider effective communication strategies for food-related activism. (0 or 3 credits) CRN 4825

NCAT 3309 Transforming Community Through the Arts
Louise Montello
Tuesday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

In this experimental course students answer the question, “how can the arts transform community problems?” In small groups formed from shared passions, students choose a community issue, assess personal/group arts resources, engage with the community members and create solutions through a variety of artistic processes (theater, music, art installations, multi-media events). Students learn the theory and practice of engaging communities through the arts, read cutting-edge literature, and experience the work of ground-breaking innovators in this burgeoning field. Students come away with a portfolio of their unique arts-based solutions in the form of essays, performances, designs, exhibitions, and other forms of artistic expression. Two hours of fieldwork required weekly over a 10 week period. (0 or 4 credits) CRN 8151

LCST 4060 Transnational Contemporary Cinema
Silvia Vega-Llona
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 – 1:35 PM

This seminar is dedicated to the study of the impact of globalization on contemporary cinema, and the way in which filmmakers imagine their local worlds as interconnected with, mutually dependent on or put under pressure by the global world system. If transnationalism can be understood generally as the combination of forces that link people, places and institutions across nations, then transnational cinema reflects the increasing tendency of a film’s place of production or setting, the nationality of its makers or performers, and the source of its financing or funding to be at variance with each other. (4 credits) CRN 6474

NINT 5136 Media and Politics of Propaganda
Nina Krushcheva
Thursday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

NOTE: This is a graduate-level course offered by the Graduate Program in International Affairs. Permission from the instructor may be required.

This course will examine the propaganda symbolism of American ideology in the pre-post and Cold War periods. We will consider ways in which the patriotic American ideology, Americanism, have been represented in various media forms—printed press, television, film and recently in new social media. We will look at other countries that use their own PR and propaganda to deliver their own political and ideological message. Specifically, we will focus on the propaganda symbolism that carried out the ideology of the two former most prominent political rivals—the United States and the Soviet Union. We will deliberate on how this symbolism has been translated, transformed, and reused in communist China, the religious Middle East, as well as in America’s post-9-11 “global war on terror.” We will also investigate the elections campaigns around the world with a particular focus on the new technology-enhanced PR formulas of the Obama era. (3 credits) CRN 6555

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