Fall 2015 Courses

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



UGLB 2110 (Dis)Order and (In)Justice: Introduction to Global Studies
Jaskiran Dhillon
Wednesday 12:10 – 2:50 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 logic 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 3679

UGLB 2111 Global Economies: Understanding Global Capitalism
Gustav Peebles
Tuesday 9:00 – 11:40 AM

This class explores the circulation of money, goods, bodies, and ideas that make up the global economy as it is experienced and lived today. This core course introduces students to key global areas where economic dynamics intersect with politics, society, and culture. It explores essential and contested concepts such as value, money, labor, trade, and debt, “licit” and “illicit” economies, and moral economy. We will examine changing trends in the global political economy as well as emerging areas such as the sharing economy (e.g. AirBnB) or technologies such as automated trading. Readings will be drawn from classic texts, contemporary commentary, and case studies from a variety of disciplines that seek to understand the “economic” and relate its logics and workings to our contemporary realities of unparalleled inequality, interconnectivity, and interdependence. (3 credits) CRN 6135



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 VI below.

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

UGLB 4313 Non-Western Approaches to World Politics
Lily Ling
Tuesday 2:00 – 3:50 PM

This course introduces world politics through three, interrelated layers of learning: epics and myths (“how do different societies narrate themselves?”), art and aesthetics (“how do they express themselves beyond words?”), food and manners (“how do they relate to the world and each other in everyday life?”). Learning how other cultures represent themselves orally, visually, and gastronomically helps students gain access to multiple worlds without interference from the state and its nationalistic politics.

We will learn about other peoples, in short, on their own terms. Students will see the world as seen by those they study. This course will prompt students to consider multiplicity in all aspects, from the big to the small, the “outside” to the “inside,” the Other to the Self. From this basis, this course aims to inspire a new generation to envision its own world(s) and discover, in the process, new ways of addressing what typically plagues world politics: national in/security. (3 credits) CRN 7302

UGLB 3314 Global Gender and Sexuality
Geeti Das
Monday and Wednesday 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 colonialism and 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: how gender and sexual norms structure interventions into development and the management of conflict; love and globalization; sex work, HIV/AIDS, and questions of autonomy and agency; queer and transgender politics in different cultural contexts; gender, migration, and domestic or reproductive labor; constructs of masculinity and their relationship to nation; the politicization of trauma and recovery; sexuality and tourism; and the use of scientific discourses to enforce the gender binary. (4 credits) CRN 3681

UGLB 4304 (same as NINT 5381) Global Soccer, Global Politics
Sean Jacobs
Thursday 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.

This course will explore the connections between soccer — particularly in its most “globalized” form through the World Cup and also the European professional leagues that are watched every week by hundreds of millions of TV viewers (and fans) on every continent — and global political, economic and cultural power relations. It will explore the game’s relationship with issues ranging from political power and resistance, globalization, identity politics, migration, economic and social inequality, and transnational commerce, among others. Case studies include the World Cup as spectacle, migration and African football, identity politics and imagining the “national”, the business economics of European football, Spain’s La Liga and the English Premiership as global cultural performance, as well as the significance and potentials of soccer in the United States. We will also explore soccer in world film and literature. Class discussions will be complemented by visiting speakers and film screenings, and where possible, field trips. (3 credits) CRN 6321


Cluster 2 Electives: Markets and States (MS)

UGLB 3416 China: Between Socialism and Global Capitalism ***new course***
Lei Ping
Monday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

How to understand China, home to 1.3 billion people, 56 ethnic groups, millennia of civilization, and the world’s second largest and most dynamic economy? Modern China (1949-present) is often portrayed in the West as an emblem of something mysterious, politicized, powerful and problematic. In the last quarter century, China has come to embody a contradictory role as the motor of global capitalism and a self-proclaimed socialist alternative. This course explores what happened to China’s socialist political ideology and utopic vision as it became an essential part of global capitalism. We examine the legacies of communist revolution today through three cross-cutting themes: 1) the spatialization of global capital manifested through Chinese urbanization; 2) the role of “guanxi” (networking and personal relations) as a crucial Chinese socio-political practice; and 3) moral critiques from within China about the transformation of everyday life resulting from the “socialist market economy.” Students will be introduced to these topics through contemporary Chinese art, film, literature, anthropology, sociology and political science. This course concludes by critically re-mapping China Studies as it is understood in the English-speaking world today. (3 credits) CRN 7543


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

UGLB 3515 Politics of Violence ***new course***
Jaskiran Dhillon
Wednesday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

Representations and experiences of violence are omnipresent in human history and in the realm of contemporary imagined and lived social realities. Violence itself, however, defies easy classification or definition – “it” can be both everything and nothing, acquiring existence only through the eye of the beholder. This seminar coalesces around exploring violence through its relationship to power and politics and the various technologies through which it is enacted. The course begins from the basic premise that violence always has a context and thus can never be understood solely in terms of its physicality. Rather, violence must be understood in relation to its social and cultural dimensions that provide its power and meaning. The class is infused with an ethnographic sensibility that augurs a practical engagement with debates about violence and its consequences, highlighting the different forms which violence takes and considering the implications of violent political action as a method of both subjugation and resistance. Readings draw upon the social sciences (primarily anthropology and sociology) as well as literature in the fields of political philosophy, violence studies, and critical indigenous studies. (3 credits) CRN 7149

UGLB 3512 Politics of Memory: Present Pasts ***new version***
Dejan Lukic
Thursday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

Memory is at the core of politics. Both as individuals and as a society we define ourselves through memory. Wars are waged and alliances formed through it. The remembrance of national tragedies is particularly revealing in this respect. Memories here have to be monumentalized, as if national pain has to take concrete form of the monument or the memorial. In order to engage the problem of memory and politics we will analyze a range of figures: from survivors to mourners to tourists. Furthermore, we will examine the catastrophic (from natural disasters to terrorism) through questions of sacred space, embodied ritual, and starchitecture. On the one hand, we will investigate memory and politics as concepts, unraveling their inner workings; on the other, we will focus on the concrete ways in which they are embodied in art, popular practices, and urban design. To this end we will consider examples from a variety of global sites and territories. Each class session will consist of careful investigation of weekly readings, coupled with images of an installation or an event. Finally, we will ask what is our own place in the present which is undeniable marked by the past, and is there an “escape” from memory, one that can serve as a starting point for what we call “freedom”. (3 credits) CRN 7618

UGLB 3519 Global Outlaws: Law and Crime
Carla De Ycaza
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 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. The course assumes no prior exposure to legal studies. (3 credits) CRN 7179

UGLB 4514 (same as NFDS 3260) Food, Global Trade, Development
Fabio Parasecoli and Sakiko Fukuda-Parr
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.

Food security is a basic human right and an urgent priority in countries rich and poor, but the causes of food insecurity and ways to address it are the subject of intense controversy. Multiple discourses shape debates in areas ranging from food sovereignty to sustainable food systems to the new Green Revolution. We examine a number of controversial questions: How can geographical indications be used to enhance opportunities for trade? Did speculation cause the recent price hikes in world food markets? From a cultural and ethical perspective, is the global intrinsically bad and the local intrinsically good? How do global value chains help or undermine local food systems? Drawing on food studies and development economics, this course is an exploration of key policy approaches and challenges around food security in the context of rapidly evolving global food systems. This is a graduate-level course that is also appropriate for undergraduates. (3 credits) CRN 7303


III. Collaborative Research Seminar (CRS)

UGLB 3733 CRS: Social Action and Solidarity in Difficult Times ***new course***
Alexandra Délano
Thursday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

What does it take to accomplish real social change (individually and collectively) in our society? What does organizing for social change look like? What are some different approaches to organizing and non-violent resistance? What does solidarity mean and what forms does it take? This course engages these questions through a dynamic combination of theory, practice and action. We will discuss readings and documentaries focusing on the history, theory and methods of grassroots organizing, social movements and activism. Our case studies will draw from recent campaigns and mobilizations in the U.S. and around the world including the Indignados in Spain and Podemos, Occupy Wall Street, the “Dreamers”, the Arab Spring, Ayotzinapa, and Black Lives Matter, among others. Throughout the semester, students will design their own campaign/action, from the decision of the issue to focus on to the actual launch of the project and an analysis of the results. In addition to a critical analysis of questions related to social action and solidarity, students will practice skills such as writing a mission statement, press releases, grant applications, presentations to different audiences, and strategies for dissemination through different media and social networks. Based on the issue selected by the class, we will organize field trips, invite guest presenters and use creative spaces and formats to develop a project. (4 credits) CRN 7158

UGLB 3734 CRS: Sound-Power: New Dimensions of the Global ***new course***
Michelle Weitzel
Thursday 3:50 – 6:30 PM

Sound represents an underexamined modality of political power. In neglecting the political dimension of sound, we fail to perceive crucial strategies adopted by political actors of all persuasions and to fully discern contemporary urban power dynamics, government-civil society relations, or neocolonial strategies of territorial domination. This course examines how political power is constituted through sound, seeking to “tune in” to the power structures and relationships that saturate the human audial map of the world. Drawing on a wide range of ethnographic, historical, and political case studies, the course introduces students to ways of thinking politically, spatially, historically, and culturally about sound and listening, asking how a particular emphasis on the sonic deepens foundational theories of domination and resistance in the political sphere. Specific attention will be given to New York City as a site from which to ground an examination of our individual participation within sonic regimes. To contextualize these issues, we will draw on a range of authors from diverse disciplines, reading selections from Michel Foucault, Jacques Attali, Friedrich Kittler, Roland Barthes, Jonathan Sterne, Emily Thompson, Alain Corbain, Charles Hirschkind, Steve Goodman, Brian Larkin, and others. (4 credits) CRN 7561


IV. Global Engagement

UGLB 3903 Global Engagement
Jonathan Bach

All majors 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. This course is permission only. Please contact the Global Studies academic advisor, Van Lee, at leev@newschool.edu. (0 credits) CRN 4554


V. Global Studies Colloquium

UGLB 3906 Global Studies Colloquium
Alexandra Délano
Monday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

What does it mean to be engaged with the world around us? This colloquium explores what it means to connect Global Studies to the world beyond the classroom, mainly through a dialogue with people whose careers and actions reflect the core concerns of the major. Guests may include career professionals in international or non-governmental organizations, artists and activists, among others who participate and work in, interact with, and create the communities and space that we study. In addition to discussions with guest speakers, class activities will include presentations and writing assignments (including resumes and application letters) with the goal of helping students make connections between their experiences in and out of class, understand the range of options available for students to build on their skills and knowledge, and the challenges of putting ideas and ideals into practice. (1 credit) CRN 7833


V. Directed Research Seminar

UGLB 4710 Directed Research Seminar
Jonathan Bach (Section A) OR Alexandra Délano (Section B)
(both sections meet at the same time)
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 the following May 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. Students graduating in the Fall semester in which this course is taken will need to work at an accelerated pace to complete the thesis by the end of the semester. Accordingly, assignments will differ somewhat for students seeking to graduate in the Fall. (3 credits) CRN 3686 for Section A (Jonathan Bach); CRN 7663 for Section B (Alexandra Délano)


VI. Relevant electives offered through other departments

Knowledge Base

LSOC 2001 Sociological Imagination
Melissa Amezcua
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 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 2544

LREL 2065 Introduction to Islam
Faculty TBA
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This course provides an introduction to the key texts, beliefs and practices of the religion of Islam. The course begins with an examination of the rise of Islam, the life of its Prophet and the early appearance of the main sectarian divisions. Topics explored will include the nature and history of the Qurán and the Hadith, particular aspects of Islamic practice and belief, as well as religious law, theology, philosophy, Sufism, literature, and art and architecture from the earliest period to the present. Students will also explore major developments in the political, social and cultural history of the Muslim world from its origins in seventh century Arabia to rise of the nation-state in the twentieth century, especially its expansion into South and Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. (4 credits) CRN 6990

UENV 2000 Environment and Society
Timon McPhearson
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

The state of the air, water, and soil climate change, habitat conversion, invasive species, biodiversity decline, deforestation, overfishing, and many other environmental issues are at the core of most of our pressing economic, social, political and human health concerns. This course examines the roots of the modern environmental crisis, reviewing the most current environmental issues and the underlying science for a critical look at how societies have interacted with the natural environment past and present and requirements for a sustainable future. The course consists of small group discussions, readings and case studies. (4 credits) CRN 6038

LCST 2120 Introduction to Cultural Studies
Jasmine Rault
Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 – 9:45 AM

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 4507

LCST 2450 Introduction to Media Studies
Cathleen Eichhorn
Tuesday and Thursday 10:15 – 11:30 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 1712

NCOM 3000 Introduction to Media Studies
Melissa Friedling
Tuesday 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. (3 credits) CRN 1517

LECO 3101 History of Economic Thought
Paulo dos Santos
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This course provides an introduction to the history of economic thought. Such ideas are important because they inform us about the present structure of economic analysis: what has been retained and also what has been unfortunately lost. But equally, they inform us about the present structure of world in which we live. The focus of this course will be on Smith, Ricardo, Marx, the early neoclassical economists, and Keynes. Additional discussions on Austrian economics and on mainstream contemporary economic thought will conclude the course. (4 credits) CRN 4512

NSOC 3102 Modern Social Theory
Faculty TBA
Tuesday 8:00 – 9:50 PM

What holds societies together? When do they break down into conflict? What drives social change? Are there rules that govern human interaction? This course examines some of the Big Ideas about society, how those ideas came about, and how we can use them to understand concrete social problems. In the first part of the course, we look at how the classical thinkers Adam Smith, Auguste Comte, and Herbert Spencer grappled with ideas about progress and social change. In the second part, we focus on efforts by four seminal writers–Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Georg Simmel–to understand the development of capitalism and its implications for modern societies. Throughout the course, different theoretical traditions are presented as tool kits with which to examine historical and contemporary social issues. (3 credits) CRN 6192


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

LHIS 2221 Power and Biology: The Global South and the History of Science
Laura Palermo
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 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 5008

LANT 2100 Postcolonial Africa
Janet Roitman
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

Postcolonial Africa is typically represented as a marginal place in the world: a place of disorder and war. How does anthropology help us to consider Africa’s place in our world? Do anthropological accounts of postcolonial Africa confirm that it is a place of chaos and violence? Or does anthropology allow us to better understand how we came to think about Africa as prone to violence and marginality? This seminar will consider these questions. We will examine some of the key concepts and debates that are central to the anthropology of postcolonial Africa with an aim to developing a critical perspective on representations of this vast continent and the diversity of practices that make Africa more than a continent. The seminar will take a thematic approach, covering topics such as kinship and ethnicity, religion and witchcraft, and economics and globalization. We will use both ethnographies and novels as the basis for discussion and debate. (4 credits) CRN 6952

LSOC 2018 The Forest of Symbols
Robin Wagner-Pacifici
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This is a course about nature – how humans understand, participate in, and represent the natural world. The course will explore the importance of symbols in constructing our understanding of both the social and the natural world and in carrying out their transformations and exchanges. Of particular concern will be the interfaces between Nature and Religion, Nature and Science, Nature and the Law, Nature and Society, and Nature and the Nation. Readings will highlight human actions and symbolic representations of trees and forests in nation building, struggles over water rights, militaristic and territorial aspirations in the design of gardens, scientific engagement with and appropriation of nature and natural processes, human interactions with other animals, and the cultivation of a “natural conscience” in urban and suburban contexts. (4 credits) CRN 6909

LCST 3060 Borders, Borderlands, Border Identities
Sumita Chakravarty
Wednesday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

This course examines the impact of borders on everyday life, and on art, media, and politics. Do borders empower or disempower a people? Why is the idea of ‘crossing a border’ at once so appealing and so dangerous? Are borders the militarized form of consciousness of our time, giving rise to new mobilizations of people, policies, and predicaments? How might one arrive at a historically-informed understanding of border thinking and border identities? And, what are the precise mechanisms whereby media contribute to our activities around borders? By analyzing the reality and rhetoric of borders, this course helps students find answers to such questions. Assignments are project-based, and students are encouraged to take innovative approaches to the course topic. The broader goal of the course is to develop a set of critical strategies that can define media’s complicated role in how we think about, and experience borders. (3 credits) CRN 7341

LLSL 3052 Literature & Revolution in Latin America
Juan de Castro
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This course studies the discrepant visions and revisions of revolution in Spanish American literature from the 19th century until the present. Given the social and economic inequality prevalent in the region, Spanish American writers have frequently grappled with the need for radical political change. In particular, the belief in revolution as a modernizing and democratizing process became widespread after the Cuban Revolution in 1959, which for many exemplified the possibility of achieving equality and freedom in the region. We begin with Jose Marti’s response to Marxism, and continue with the first direct attempts at creating a (Marxist) revolutionary literature in the poetry of Chilean Pablo Neruda; we conclude with the late 20th century novella Amulet by the also Chilean Roberto Bolano, and with Patricio Pron’s My Father’s Ghost is Climbing in the Rain which look back at the revolutionary hosts of the 1960s and 1970s. Additional readings include The Kiss of the Spider woman by the Argentinean novelist Manuel Puig and The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta by Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, Karl Marx’s and Friedrich Engels’ Communist Manifesto, and Ernesto Che Guevara’s narrative and essayistic writings, among other texts. (4 credits) CRN 5928

NHIS 3850 Black Intellectuals: 17th to 19th Century
Faculty TBA
Monday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

This course explores the ideas of men and women of the African diaspora from the 17th through the 19th century. The class examines early African diaspora writers’ intellectual engagement with a key Enlightenment concept—liberty—and develops a rich understanding of the arguments of Black intellectuals such as Ignatius Sancho, Olaudah Equiano, David Walker, Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, and Ottobah Cugano. Students acquire a foundational understanding of the development of Black thought in a period of slavery, liberation struggles, and revolution, and of the way it shaped the field of African-American studies. (3 credits) CRN 7039

LINA 2101 Contemporary Cuba: Art, Politics, History, Ideas
Ileana Cepero-Amador
Monday and Wednesday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

The course will focus on the development of different artistic media over five decades of Cuba’s contemporary history. We will consider how Cuban works of art reflect the complexity of the country’s history, culture, and charged political situations. We will analyze the history of the post-revolutionary era through the lenses of visual arts, considering how they constitute highly sophisticated interpretations of the always-changing reality. Classic films and video by prestigious filmmakers (Santiago Alvarez and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea) will be reviewed and analyzed, and we will also explore the history of Cuban music and dance with guest lecturers. This course examines curatorial events organized in Cuba, such as the Havana Biennial, and exhibitions of Cuban art in North America, such as “Cuba: Art and History from 1868 to Today!” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal in 2008 and the exhibition at the Bronx Museum this year. (4 credits) CRN 7313

LHIS 2210 Gender, Race, and Citizenship
Elaine Abelson
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This seminar explores the history of American women from the early republic to the present day, focusing on three periods: the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the decades following WWII. Students examine social, economic, and political issues among and across groups of women and men in order to explore and evaluate structures of inequality, racial categories, and sexual identity. “Gender, Race and Citizenship” focuses on reading and analyzing primary sources and examining how historians use these sources to write history. The goal is to develop critical and analytical skills and to understand the racial and gender dimensions of American history — the complex processes by which a ‘White Man’s Republic’ was initially constituted and subsequently challenged. (4 credits) CRN 6763

NANT 3639 Cultures and Madness
Victoria Malkin
Thursday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

How are claims about madness made? What are the implications of such categorizations? Although much evidence points to the universality of conditions like schizophrenia,culture shapes how people experience, and respond to, even this serious disease. This course explores descriptions and models of madness, and other forms of mental illness, and explores what separates them from other forms of experience and behavior. What is it like to “hear voices” or to be diagnosed as schizophrenic, or suffer from depression or “soul loss”? To what extent is psychiatry a cultural expression involving rituals of its own? How is suffering expressed through symptoms and what are the limits of language? Texts exploring the anthropology of psychology and medicine, and the history of psychiatry will provide the class with a framework for examining the intersection of culture and interpretations of irrationality and abnormality. We will read about madness and its categorizations in the western world, and then explore experiences outside of the west and contemporary modern life to ask how this disrupts our commonplace understandings. Students will be asked to read texts critically, exploring the different methods and forms of writing used to represent mental illness and ask how this influences our understanding of mental illness. As a requirement, students will be asked to conduct an interview and use this as a basis of analysis to consider this interaction of culture and experience, and explore how the discourses of self and mental illness are incorporated into individual lives and subjectivity. (3 credits) CRN 7066

LCST 4029 Foucault, Bodies, Power
Jasmine Rault
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

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 5011

LREL 3004 Theorizing Religion
Mark Larrimore
Monday and Wednesday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

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 2475

NANT 3213 Race and Biology
Jennifer Scott

What do we learn about ourselves through genetics and genealogy? How does DNA connect with what we know about our identities, family ancestry and cultural heritage? This course explores the intersection between biology, culture and history. In particular, we examine the evolving scientific and social classifications of race and human difference. Students will learn how certain racial distinctions emerged historically, such as: Caucasoid, Mongoloid, Negroid and mulatto, quadroon, octoroon or creole. They will critically examine the ways in which we dissect and quantify lineage – why we speak about our backgrounds, bloodlines, ethnic, racial and national make-ups in terms of percentages, fractions or measurable terms, why we use cultural tools, such as the census to “count” heritage, why we operated by “the one drop rule.” Using anthropological, sociological, historical, biological and literary works, we will also explore the “social narratives” or “social life of DNA,” the various ways in which genetics is used culturally and racially – as evidence to make legal claims or seek social justice, to anticipate wellness or disease, to determine social membership, pedigree or purity, or to re-construct identities. We will analyze the recent expansion, commercialization, and popularization of genetic analysis, most prominently exhibited in increased public DNA testing, as well as, in the widely-watched televisions programs, such as the American documentary series, Who Do You Think You Are? Examining these trends, students will investigate the ways in which genetics is used to constitute family history, construct individual and group identities, and create community. (3 credits) CRN 6091


Cluster 2 Electives: Markets and States (MS)

LHIS 4537 Zone Infrastructure: Histories of Finance, Globalization, and Territory
Orit Halpern
Thursday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

A new form of global space is emerging—“the Zone”. Green zones, free trade zones, hi-technology corridors—these are but a few of the new types of territories that make up our contemporary world. Often linked to new forms of digital media, security and war, logistics, and economy these spaces demand study. They may be the future of urban life on earth. This course will look at histories of zones, and study how globalization, technology, and economy are transforming the structure, form, and design of contemporary human settlements. Our study will stretch from piracy and colonial trading companies, to contemporary ubiquitous computing cities and free trade zones, to satellite systems. The course will be a part lab/part seminar. Students will be trained in softwares for spatial visualization and mapping, and will be encouraged to produce multi-modal and media presentations and final mapping projects. The course will thus introduce students to both research skills in history and with archives, as well as training students in basic web based presentation and the use of api’s for geographic and spatial analysis. (3 credits) CRN 7322

LSOC 3019 Classical Sociological Theory
Carlos Forment
Monday and Wednesday 3:50 – 5:30 PM

This course seeks to explore the relationship between the emergence of ‘modernity’ and the invention of ‘social science.’ Our readings include selections from a range of modern thinkers who created some of social sciences most memorable and influential narratives; we continue to use them today to make sense of our own world and each other’s place in it. We will focus on the following four thinkers and the various narratives that they used to make sense of modernity: Adam Smith on the impartial spectator and market society; Alexis de Tocqueville on revolutionary change and democratic life; Karl Marx on alienation and exploitation; Max Weber on social action and rationalization; and Sigmund Freud on the libido and unconscious. (4 credits) CRN 5799

LECO 4510 Historical Foundations of Political Economy I
Paulo dos Santos
Wednesday 6:00 – 7:50 PM
Friday 4:00 – 5:50 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. This course is crosslisted with the New School for Social Research. (3 credits) CRN 2476

LECO 3245 The Economics and Politics of Global Warming
Willi Semmler
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

Description TBA. (4 credits) CRN 6948

LECO 3877 Intermediate Macroeconomics
Mark Setterfield
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

In contrast to microeconomics, which is the study of the economic behavior of individual consumers, firms, and industries, macroeconomics is the study the economy as a whole. In this course we will study how economists model the relationships between aggregate economic variables and examine how various fiscal and monetary policies can affect the results. This course attempts to address a variety of questions about the functioning of modern economic systems, such as: What causes recessions and depressions? Why is inflation rate higher in some countries than in others? What types of economic policies can be implemented, and what outcomes can be expected? The topics to be discussed in this course include: Interaction between goods, labor and financial markets; and the relationship between unemployment and inflation. The main goal of this course will be to improve your economic literacy and ability to apply economic models to analyze world events. (4 credits) CRN 4513


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

LHIS 2219 Democracy/Dictatorship Latin America
Federico Finchelstein
Friday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

This course addresses the emergence of modern military dictatorships, authoritarian and/or fascist politics and repression as well as their confrontation with revolutionary and democratic politics in Latin America. The role of the United States will also be analyzed. The seminar charts the history of the relationship between democracy and dictatorship in different national contexts. Special emphasis will be placed in the case of Argentina as well as Mexico, Chile and Brazil. (4 credits) CRN 6762

LSOC 3022 Crime, Violence and the State
Gema Santamaria Balmaceda
Monday and Wednesday 8:00 – 9:40 AM

This course will examine the sociological and political underpinnings of some of the most salient expressions of criminal violence affecting the United States and Latin America today. The focus will be on the impact that globalization and migration flows have had on the emergence and intensification of certain expressions of transnational crime such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, juvenile gangs, and gender-based violence. Based on theoretical as well as on empirical and audiovisual material, the course will explore how different states have responded to the “crime problem”. In turn, it will bring into focus how citizens themselves have tried to assert their sense of safety, in some cases by defying the state’s monopoly of violence and punishment. A central aim of the course will be to elucidate the tensions and challenges crime and violence pose for sovereignty, democratic governance and the rule of law. (4 credits) CRN 7072

NFDS 3201 Food Policy Tools for Food System Change
Thomas Forster
Monday 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. (3 credits) CRN 5016

NFDS 3220 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 examine 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. (3 credits) CRN 3685

NPOL 3318 The Morality of War and Nonviolence
Karsten Struhl
Tuesday 8:00 – 9:50 PM

Is all fair in love and war? War is often regarded as a raw exercise of power and national self-interest to which no moral limitation can be ascribed. We consider the moral dimensions of war and its many dilemmas: Under what conditions, if any, can war be ethically legitimate, as in “a just war”? Can the ends justify the means? Is terrorism ever morally permissible? Is war a legitimate response to terrorism? Are there always reasonable alternatives to war? What are the possibilities of nonviolent social struggle? We apply these and other questions to wars in which the United States has engaged. We also consider these issues with respect to current hot spots around the globe, like the Middle East. We read from the works of contemporary political and philosophical theorists and nonviolent activists. (3 credits) CRN 7030


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

NINT 5242 Feet in 2 Worlds
John Rudolph
Wednesday 3:00 – 5:50 PM

NOTE: This is a graduate-level course offered by the Graduate Program in International Affairs and permission is required from the instructor. Students should have completed at least 60 credits with a B or better to register for this course. Eligible and interested students should send a brief email of application stating their reasons for wanting to take this course to John Rudolph at RudolphJ@newschool.edu. Please put ‘FI2W course’ in the subject line.

This course, a collaborative workshop, provides students whose studies focus on media, journalism, international affairs, urban issues, food and the environment an opportunity to use journalism to explore and tell stories that illuminate the lives of immigrants in New York City. Using a variety of media – audio, video, text, multi-media – students will report stories for the Feet in 2 Worlds website (Fi2W.org) and for Fi2W’s partners in community, ethnic and mainstream media. Through the reporting and editing process, students will hone their journalism skills while simultaneously developing a deep understanding of issues of special interest and relevance to immigrants in the city. Students will learn effective story-telling and basic audio production skills. Students will be introduced to New York’s ethnic media sector, hundreds of newspapers, websites, blogs, radio and TV programs and channels that serve immigrant communities in a variety of languages. The course is based on the highly successful journalism training methods developed by Feet in 2 Worlds (Fi2W.org), an award-winning online news site, and public radio and podcast production project at the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School that focuses on immigrants and immigration. (3 credits) CRN 7476

LPOL 3067 Made in –?–: The Spatial Politics of Work & Identity
Victoria Hattam and Laura Liu
Thursday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

This course explores the relationships between visuality, spatiality, and politics. We will examine urban spaces and places at different scales—home, worksites, districts, neighborhoods, regions, nations, hemispheres, Throughout the class, we ground our discussion of visual and spatial politics through careful attention to questions of identity. How are identities shaped by the places in which we live and work? Conversely, how do our identities shape the places we inhabit? What about the relationship between people and things? How might the objects around us shape the world we live in? How might material cultural analysis shape our understandings of place and scale? Throughout the seminar, identities are broadly conceived: race, class, sexuality and any other identities that emerge from the texts we read and fieldwork we engage in will be taken up as sites for political analysis. The class will encourage multi-modal learning by drawing on texts, images, and fieldwork as sources of evidence to be gathered and Students will be asked to write analytic papers as well as visual essays. By examining the movement of people and things across spaces and between places, we will attempt to see the construction of visual and spatial politics as a dynamic process. Readings will be drawn from across the social sciences and humanities. Where possible, visual material will be integrated into weekly sessions. (4 credits) CRN 6821

UURB 3200 Global Images of Metropolitan Futures
Margarita Gutman
Tuesday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

This course explores the way the urban future is envisaged by different disciplines in different geographies: Buenos Aires, Mumbai (Bombay), New York, and Shanghai. The course looks at these cities from the perspectives of visual culture, architecture, urban planning, art history, geography, and other social sciences. It analyzes the patterns and complexity of the international flow of visual culture related to images of the future, their agency, conditions of dissemination, and interaction with local contexts. Studying cities on different continents, the course examines how globalization affects local images and visions and is in turn affected by them. Students compare images and ideas from different cities, evaluating the content and power of these diverse images of the future and the way they influence aspects of urban life, including the built environment, culture, society, and the economy. (3 credits) CRN 7186

UURB 3028 Screening the City
Scott Salmon
Monday and Wednesday 3:50 – 6:30 PM

This course examines the changing representation of cities in film, drawing on major theoretical debates within urban studies to explore the two-way relationship between the cinema and the city. Visually compelling and always modern, cities are the perfect metaphor for the contemporary human condition. Students consider the celluloid city not as a myth in need of deconstruction but as a commentary in need of explicationa resource that offers a unique insight into our complex relationship with the urban experience. Throughout the course, cinema’s artistic encounter with the city will intersect with a theoretical and political engagement in which issues such as race, class, sexuality, architecture, planning, the environment, (post)modernity, capitalism, and utopianism are explicitly examined. (4 credits) CRN 7577

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

NOTE: This is a pilot course with shortened in-class hours but additional web-based instruction and field trips.

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. (4 credits) CRN 7138

LSCI 2300 Introduction to Urban Environmental Health
Jorge Ivan Ramirez
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

In this course, we will look at a broad range of factors affecting public health in urban environments. In 2009, for the first time in human history, more than half of the world’s population resides in urban areas. Urban growth has outpaced the ability of governments to build essential infrastructures, and one in three urban dwellers lives in slums or informal settlements. The pace of urbanization results in built and social environments that place stress on human immune systems, increase exposures to industrial toxins, and present sanitation challenges. In addition, the effects of climate change have led to concerns about renewed incidence of infectious diseases that disproportionately affect urban populations. We will study how these factors collectively affect a city’s health, as well as how these cities can respond to meet the increased challenges. (4 credits) CRN 5013

LSCI 2600 Climate & Society
Jorge Ivan Ramirez
Friday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

This interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce students to the many facets of climate (averages, extremes, variability and change) and the broad range of climate affairs and issues that affect society at global and local scales. Given the growing concern about global climate change, it is intended to provide a baseline understanding of climate-society interactions, focusing on five basic elements: a) climate science and knowledge; b) climate impacts; c) climate economics; d) climate politics and policy; and e) climate ethics and equity. A broad range of topics will be covered including: global warming 1-1, hazards (floods, droughts, and hurricanes), El Nino Southern Oscillation, food insecurity, mainstreaming gender into global responses, vulnerability, the politics of climate disasters, adaptation, and climate justice. (3 credits) CRN 7205

UENV 3200 Spatial Thinking with GIS
Faculty TBA
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

This course offers a critical and technical introduction to the graphic representation of urban spaces, landscapes, and environments. Students survey the growing use of mapping technology in the practice of planning and spatial research in contemporary and historical contexts. They learn spatial analysis techniques with a focus on the role of special mapping and representation as a support tool, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Google Earth, and assorted visualization software. Practices of spatial representation with a specifically insurgent or counter-institutional agenda are also examined. Finally, the course engages available technologies for spatial representation and analysis, but with a careful eye toward the inherently political aspect of maps. (4 credits) CRN 3585

UURB 2701 Deconstructing Cities
Jurgen von Mahs

This is an introductory urban studies course that exposes students to innovative ways of understanding cities and the social disparities they manifest. The class focuses on contemporary urban issues including income inequality, segregation, gentrification, homelessness, immigration, media and culture, and social control. Students learn to analyze such problems by looking at economic, political, and social processes occurring simultaneously on different scales–global, local, personal–and how they unfold through space and over time. Using New York City as a benchmark, students explore urban contexts in comparative international perspective by researching an urban issue in a global city of their choice. (3 credits) CRN 7326

NFDS 3220 Food Environments, Health, and Social Justice
Magdalena Ornstein-Sloan

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. (3 credits) CRN 2568


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