Fall 2016 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
Section A: Gabriel Vignoli
Section B: Dechen Albero
Tuesday 3:50 – 6:30 PM (both sections)

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)
Section A (Vignoli) 3365
Section B (Albero) 8461

UGLB 2111 Global Economies: Understanding Global Capitalism
Amanda Zadorian
Wednesday 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 5531



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 VII below).


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

UGLB 4330 (same as NINT 5162) Migration of Memory ***new course***
Jonathan Bach
Tuesday 2:00 – 3:50 PM

Nations rely on memories, yet today national territories are increasingly sites of encounter where national memories are dis- and relocated and overlap in new and complicated ways, especially for controversial memories stemming from state violence. This class explores how migration is changing the role of memory and how memory itself travels across generations and geographies. How do people removed in time and space from original, often traumatic, events endow them with meaning and power in the present, and with what effects? How do memory institutions (memory laws, archives, memorials, museums, schools, but also literature, theater, and film) negotiate the shifting roles of personal and collective memory? Empirical cases from around the world include the memorialization of controversial events outside the home country (e.g. commemoration of Korean “comfort women” in the US; attempts to recognize Armenian genocide in Germany in the context of Holocaust memory and Turkish migration), the deployment of collective memory in national discourses to frame migrant and refugee crises including migrant deaths (e.g. in Europe, the US, and Australia), slavery (e.g. African burial grounds in New York) and the growing tension between the national and the transnational in dealing with dislocated memories. Readings will draw from memory studies, anthropology, political science, sociology, comparative literature, performance studies, media and film. Students will complete an independent research project that explores the dynamics of entangled memory in a specific case or cases. (4 credits) CRN 7276

UGLB 3340 Cosmo-Politics ***new course***
Dejan Lukic
Monday 3:50 – 6:30 PM

Can we think of politics as “cosmic” rather than national or international? Where do cosmos and politics cross paths? Is the link between the two natural and inherent, or constructed and invented? In traditional political philosophy cosmos is taken for granted and identified with nature. However, there is a line of thinking that posits unity of cosmos with a peculiar kind of planetary politics (or relations). We will explore this obscure line that passes through a range of disciplines in order to address topics of central concern to global studies such as tolerance, nature, plurality, security. In each class session we will focus on a concrete detail of cosmos-politics and illustrate it through texts and images. Our goal is to unravel the point where cosmos and politics converge. To this end we will delve into provocative work of anthropologist Viveiros de Castro, philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, artist Tomas Saraceno, psychologist William James, legal scholar Carl Schmitt, sociologist Gabriel Tarde and many others. After close analysis of these authors we will construct our own proposal for a cosmo-politics, one that corresponds to global predicaments of the twenty-first century. Students will be required to provide three short reading or image responses throughout the semester and one final research paper of ten pages. (3 credits) CRN 7277

UGLB 3314 Global Gender & Sexuality
Geeti Das
Monday and Wednesday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This course explores issues of gender and sexuality in 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, governed, and challenged. We will explore the tension between universal claims about gender and sexuality and local understandings across regions, cultures, and flows of migration, 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 conflict; the rise of NGO-ization in global gender-based activism; sex workers’ movements and constraints; how HIV/AIDS has shaped a global discourse on sexuality; non-binary gender and sexual identities in different contexts; women and domestic or reproductive labor in a globalized economy; constructs of masculinity in militarism and nationalism; sexuality, migration and tourism; and the use of scientific discourses to enforce the gender binary. (4 credits) CRN 3366

UGLB 3330 (same as LREL 3330) Sacred Boundaries: Faith, Ecology, and the Politics of the Himalayas
Pasang Sherpa
Monday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

This course will explore sacred sites that cross international boundaries. It looks specifically at the Kailash Sacred Landscape (KSL) that spans the borders of China, India and Nepal, and how it becomes a unique global space in which ecology, economy, and politics converge in unexpected ways. KSL covers an area of 31,000 sq. km including parts of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, Uttarakhand State in northern India, and Far-western Nepal. Mount Kailash is considered the holiest of mountains by Hindus and Buddhists. For thousands of pilgrims who make the arduous journey to this mountain every year, it is the closest place on Earth to heaven, where ordinary humans are spiritually transformed. This course examines the following questions: How have 20th century national borders forced indigenous groups to reorient and reconfigure their centuries-old trans-Himalayan traditions, livelihood patterns and identity? How is globalization in the form of tourists and modern transportation changing the economic basis of life, and with it notions of the sacred? As the source of four major rivers that sustain billions of people, how is climate change affecting this sacred space and with what implications for sustainable stewardship of this most vital resource? The class will draw from field notes, policy briefs, institutional reports, academic papers, audio-visual materials and online sources. This course is a unique opportunity for students to learn about most recent developments in the Himalayan region through the India China Institute’s Sacred Himalaya Initiative. (4 credits) CRN 7082
(Note: In case this course is full, check the LREL section to see if additional seats are available.)

UGLB 2375 Cuba Now! Arts & Society ***new course***
Raul Rubio
Wednesday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

This course examines Cuban nationality in a wide-range of artistic formats; from art and visual cultures to literature and film. The course embarks on analyzing innovative social media activism to current day initiatives focusing on social entrepreneurship and cultural sustainability, highlighting both the island’s current realities and the global Cuban diaspora at-large. By grappling with current progress on US/Cuba relations, the course intends on establishing common ground on possible Cuban futures related to ideology, politics, democracy, race, and ethnicity. (3 credits) CRN 7632

UGLB 4304 (same as NINT 5381) Global Soccer, Global Politics
Sean Jacobs & Tony Karon
Thursday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

PERMISSION REQUIRED: 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 3.0 or better to register for this course. Contact the Global Studies academic advisor, Dechen Albero, at alberod@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 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. (3 credits) CRN 7420

UGLB 4313 (same as NINT 6379) Non-Western Approaches to World Politics
Lily Ling
Monday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

PERMISSION REQUIRED: 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 3.0 or better to register for this course. Contact the Global Studies academic advisor, Dechen Albero, at alberod@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 Westphalian one, are both heard and heeded. (3 credits) CRN 7278


Cluster 2 Electives: Markets and States (MS)

UGLB 3416 China: Between Socialism and Global Capitalism
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 6275

UGLB 3420 Making Sausage: Policy for food systems, environment & design ***new course***
Thomas Forster
Wednesday 10:00 – 11:50 AM

Food and environmental activists and designers can have a positive impact on the lives of people, places and neighborhoods. But to have lasting impact on larger systems that define cities and regions, countries or global communities, policy is key. The agreed norms, rules and regulations that make up the policy landscape are created and reauthorized according to a common policy cycle at city, state, national and international levels. By understanding the policy cycle and how it is shaped, activists, and designers, citizens and professionals can all contribute to resolving the more complex challenges of our time. This course introduces students to the policy dimension of sustainable design, planning and development with concrete examples from New York City, national policy and the new global 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Applied policy research for actual policy processes will put into practice what is learned in the classroom, with individual and team projects that may be local, national or international. (3 credits) CRN 7498


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

UGLB 3519 Global Outlaws: Law and Crime
Bieta Andemariam & Jovana Crncevic
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 5978

UGLB 2512 Geopolitics of the Sky ***new course***
Tamara Alvarez Fernandez
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 – 11:40 AM

Politics is often understood as the governance of circumscribed territories and populations on earth, yet technological advancements and especially military struggles of the 20th and 21st century have expanded politics upward -towards the sky, and into outer space. In this course we will examine the politics that takes place above earth and the attempts to govern air, wind, and deep space, where fences can’t be built and borders are nearly impossible to draw. Among other things we will discuss the regulations around Mexican winds and Hong Kong’s air, aircraft developments during the World Wars, the US-USSR space race, the growing militarization of the sky in the 21st century (drone warfare, satellite surveillance, and navigation systems), and contemporary NASA and New Space industries’ projects of deep space colonization. We will draw on a range of authors from a variety of disciplines, including Geography and Geopolitics, Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies, Political Philosophy, and History. (4 credits) CRN 8495

UGLB 3509 War, Conflict and Security in the 21st Century
Andre 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 preemptive 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. (4 credits) CRN 7083

UGLB 4513 (same as NINT 5346) Displacement, Asylum and Migration
Daniel Naujoks
Thursday 8:00 – 9:50 PM

PERMISSION REQUIRED: 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 3.0 or better to register for this course. Contact the Global Studies academic advisor, Dechen Albero, at alberod@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 7734


III. Collaborative Research Seminar (CRS)

UGLB 3721 CRS: Political Organizing for Social Justice: From Below and the Revolutionary Left ***new course***
Jaskiran Dhillon & LJ Amsterdam
Thursday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

This interdisciplinary seminar considers the complicated terrain of political organizing and movements for social justice in contemporary North America. What are today’s young activists dreaming about? What are they fighting against? What are they fighting for? Now is a critical moment: young people are increasingly identifying as activists, but lack historical understanding of the organizing traditions that have taken shape over the past 100 years. The course begins from the basic premise that in order for the rising generation of thinkers and doers to (re)make the world, they must first be able to imagine it in relationship to one another and to the embodied social and political histories that make up everyday life in a place like New York City—to see the future in the present. Part of this imagining happens in and through the simultaneously contested and promising space of political organizing projects that make real the act of translating political ideas into social practices centered on creating a more just world. Grounded in the tenants of public intellectualism and engagement with real world issues, students reflect on and situate themselves within social movements that are emergent, fraught with competing theories of social change, and cross a range of interconnected social issues including anti-blackness, police brutality, colonial gender violence, poverty, and climate change. Students will begin the semester by tracing the history of political organizing in the United States, analyzing various lineages of community organizing (including but not limited to structure-based, momentum, decentralization, and anarchist traditions) and by exploring the variance within organizing efforts across grassroots efforts, NGOs, alliance/coalitions, state-engineered interventions, and coordinated international efforts that challenge the sovereignty of domestic states. Questions of power, authority, dominance, solidarity, privilege, freedom, and liberation will be foundational to our discussions, as well as dialogues of how race, gender, class, sexuality, ability, religion, and citizenship status create intersectional theories and practices of political organizing. The ultimate goal of the course is for students to begin crafting a path towards social activism that is informed by a deeper and critical understanding of political organizing. (4 credits) CRN 7417

UGLB 3735 CRS: Love, Inc. – Philanthropy, Capitalism, and Humanitarianism ***new course***
Sara Shroff
Tuesday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

Philanthrocapitalism is a recent phenomenon that merges philanthropy and capitalism. It emerges as the popular, often uncontested and naive response to the failures and limitations of global development, global public policy in the name of social justice. In this course we will closely examine philanthropy not only as a social and voluntary humanitarian practice but also as an integrated part of present day capitalism, having a direct relation to the growing inequality associated with it. Drawing from economics, sociology, peace and justice studies, feminist and queer theory, trans studies and political science, among others, we will engage questions such as – Is Capitalism philanthropic? How does the current order of things resemble or differ from the colonial/imperial world order? How does the neoliberal world order currently create structural inequalities that ensure the reproduction of poverty and violence? Can philanthropy serve progressive and radical movements for structural social change? Can social justice movements e.g. Occupy, Arab Spring, Prison Abolition, BlackLivesMatter, and LGBT rights challenge philanthropy at large? Can we think of social movements that are making us radically re-imagine philanthropy’s role in society? Our readings will problematize the operative logic in charitable, philanthropic, humanitarian, NGO, religious, and peacekeeping efforts. (4 credits) CRN 7419


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, Dechen Albero, at alberod@newschool.edu. (0 credits) CRN 4168


V. Global Studies Colloquium

UGLB 3906 Global Studies Colloquium
Jonathan Bach
Thursday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

NOTE: This course meets every other week beginning on September 7th.

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 6510


VI. Directed Research Seminar

UGLB 4710 Directed Research Seminar
Jaskiran Dhillon & Laura Liu
Thursday 9:00 – 11:40 AM

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. (0-4 credits) CRN 3371


VII. Relevant electives offered through other departments

1-credit courses (RJG)

NOTE: GPIA has announced three new short interlinked 1-credit courses this Fall on “Assessing Progress Towards Sustainable Peace,” listed here. These classes are co-taught by United Nations professionals and New School faculty, and will take place consecutively in September, October, and November. Taking all three will count as one elective in the Global Studies ‘Rights, Justice & Governance’ cluster.

NINT 5008 Sustainable Peace and the Sustainable Development Goals
Erin McCandless
In-person workshop: Saturday Sept. 10, 10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Online sessions: Thursday Sept. 8 and Thursday Sept. 15, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

PERMISSION REQUIRED: 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 3.0 or better to register for this course. Contact the Global Studies academic advisor, Dechen Albero, at alberod@newschool.edu for permission to register or if you have any questions.

This course will investigate how issues of peace, conflict and fragility feature in the “Agenda 2030″ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework, and will examine the pathways for implementing and measuring progress of the agenda through the realization of related goals and targets. The course will focus on country contexts affected by conflict and fragility, while addressing the wider links and applications of this universal framework. This course aims to ensure students:
• Understand how peace and fragility issues are incorporated in the SDG framework – both through Goal 16 (Peaceful and Inclusive Societies, Access to Justice, and Accountable Institutions) and through other goals and targets throughout the framework, i.e. around gender and participation, and inequality, as well as measures to counter international drivers of conflict and fragility;
• Understand the technical, political and contextual issues around how peace sustainability can be understood and assessed through this framework, drawing lessons from both the MDG and the New Deal implementation. (1 credit) CRN 8116

NINT 5009 UN Peace Operations in Post-Conflict Transitions
Erin McCandless
In-person workshop: Saturday Oct. 15, 10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Online sessions: Thursday Oct. 13 and Thursday Oct. 20, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

PERMISSION REQUIRED: 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 3.0 or better to register for this course. Contact the Global Studies academic advisor, Dechen Albero, at alberod@newschool.edu for permission to register or if you have any questions.

United Nations (UN) peace operations have become a central tool of the international community’s efforts to support sustainable peace in post-conflict societies – and increasingly to help reduce violence in situations of ongoing conflict. The proliferation of peace operations has coincided with increasingly complex and ambitious mandates and a far longer average life-cycle of peace-keeping missions. As Member States increasingly demand that UN peace operations become more efficient and effective, greater attention has focused on developing the theories and tools for measuring whether countries move towards durable peace, how UN peace operations contribute to that process, and when it may become possible to withdraw UN post-conflict operations without risking a relapse into conflict. The non-linear nature of conflict and peacebuilding as well as the highly dynamic and complex environments into which peace operations deploy, however, present formidable challenges to this endeavor, and UN peace operations continue to struggle to plan for and measure progress in a systematic manner. This course will allow students to understand:
• Key approaches being used for measuring and benchmarking progress in these complex conflict settings;
• The related political and methodological challenges of assessing progress toward transition from conflict to peace, and the primary efforts to overcome these challenges. (1 credit) CRN 8117

NINT 5010 Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding
Erin McCandless
In-person workshop: Saturday Nov. 12, 10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Online sessions: Thursday Nov. 10 and Thursday Nov. 17, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

PERMISSION REQUIRED: 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 3.0 or better to register for this course. Contact the Global Studies academic advisor, Dechen Albero, at alberod@newschool.edu for permission to register or if you have any questions.

This course focuses on project and program design, monitoring and evaluation methods to better ensure outcomes that contribute to peace. Peacebuilding DM&E can refer to peacebuilding-specific projects and programs, or those in other sectors (e.g. security, rule of law, governance, social services) that aim to be “conflict and peace sensitive.” This course aims to ensure students:
• Are familiar with leading methodologies designed for peacebuilding DM&E;
• Can develop and employ conflict and peace sensitive analysis to shape project and program design;
• Understand theories of change to contextualize and shape program design;
• Are able to develop M&E methods, including appropriate indicators that support these approaches. (1 credit) CRN 8118


Knowledge Base

LSOC 2001 Sociological Imagination
Guillermina Altomonte
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 2376

NPOL 3310 Global Justice
Karsten Struhl
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

From Plato to John Rawls, classical political theory regards arguments concerning justice as moral disagreements about the internal organization of a nation- or city-state. In the age of globalization, however, there is an increasing recognition that decisions made within one national entity often have effects that transcend its boundaries and that the actions of transnational agents like corporations and international financial and trade institutions significantly affect the living conditions of people around the world. There is an emerging global institutional order whose rules are coming under increasing scrutiny and moral criticism. After a brief introduction to the classical problem of justice, this course focuses on contemporary interpretations of the concept of global justice. We examine the relation of these interpretations to different assessments and theories of globalization. We also look at the debates about global justice from the perspective of the struggles for alternative forms of globalization. (3 credits) CRN 7060

LCST 2120 Introduction to Cultural Studies
Jasmine Rault
Monday and Wednesday 10:15 – 11:30 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 4132

LCST 2450 Introduction to Media Studies
David Bering-Porter
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 1655

UENV 2000 Environment and Society
Yaella Depietri
Monday and Wednesday 11:55 AM – 1:35 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 5287

LECO 3101 History of Economic Thought
Clara Mattei
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

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 4137

NPOL 3322 International Policy in the Modern Age
Glynn Torres-Spelliscy

This course is an overview of contemporary international issues that shape society on a daily basis. As the world becomes more and more fully integrated, communities become global in scope and we, as both observers and participants, are faced with the challenge of grasping complex issues of international politics and law. Understanding these issues has never been more important, but headlines and news bulletins often do not provide enough background information to enable readers and viewers to comprehend and analyze factors underlying the latest crises or to imagine ways to address them. Students learn to engage in close examination of these issues and to discuss them in a constructive manner. After a unit on conducting foreign policy analysis, we focus on major global issues, divided into three broad categories: conflict, security, and terrorism; globalization and the international economy; and international human rights and justice. The class attempts not only to understand these problems but also to develop solutions, which are then presented in a peer group setting. Through lectures and visual presentations, students learn about important geographical and geostrategic factors contributing to the political crises to be examined. (3 credits) CRN 5894

NSOC 3102 Modern Social Theory
Berfu Aygenc Akman
Wednesday 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 5374

LREL 2065 Introduction to Islam
Mahmood Zainab
Monday and Wednesday 11:55 AM – 1:35 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 5874

NCOM 3000 Introduction to Media Studies
Natasha Chuk
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 1475

LCST 3211 Culture Concept
Orville Lee
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

While culture has become a buzzword in the social sciences, the category of culture is not unproblematic, either as an object of analysis or as a framework of explanation. The question of what culture is, and how it should be studied is far from being resolved. This course is organized around a set of arguments and debates that animate contemporary theory and research on culture. In readings and discussions students critically explore themes that emerge from theintersection of society, culture, and history: the culture concept; the status of meaning, agency, and structure in social scientific analysis; the relationship between power, domination, and resistance; and cultural critique. (4 credits) CRN 4697

NECO 2004 Introduction to Microeconomics
Aviva Ancona

This course introduces the principles of microeconomics and shows how microeconomic analysis and techniques can be employed in problem solving. We begin with the basics of supply (firms) and demand (consumers) and examine the logic of consumers’ choices and firms’ decisions regarding output and pricing policies. We next study market structures, technological innovations, market failures, and public policies. Finally, we analyze labor markets, income distribution, and poverty. Throughout, we discuss case studies, such as the Microsoft antitrust case, deregulation of the telecom industry, and the debate about the effects of raising the national minimum wage. (3 credits) CRN 5449


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

LANT 2100 States of 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 5849

LHIS 2221 Power and Biology: The Global South and the History of Science
Laura Palermo
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

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 4586

LLSL 3052 Literature and Revolution in Latin America
Juan DeCastro
Tuesday and Thursday 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. Readings may include The Kiss of the Spider woman by the Argentinean novelist Manuel Puig, The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta by Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, Roberto Bolaño’s Distant Star, and Ernesto Che Guevara’s The Motorcycle Diaries. (4 credits) CRN 7034

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 5308

LCST 4311 Trans(gender) Cultural Studies
TL Cowan
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

Transgender Cultural Studies will provide students with an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Trans- Studies, through an exploration of key theoretical texts, activist histories and archives and a wide range of expressive cultures including film and video, performance, spoken-word, memoir, blogging and other “new media.” This course will consider the ways in which Trans- Studies draws from and builds upon queer and feminist, critical race and anti-colonial theory, but also aims to study the ways that the unique histories and politics of transgender and transsexual people have been obscured within these broader fields. Furthermore, the course will be framed by a consideration of the ways that we might “critically trans-” cultural studies: that is, what does Trans- Studies bring to Cultural Studies? Shifting from a focus on identity politics to a practice of assemblage and allied critique, this seminar will take up the work of theorists, cultural producers and activists including Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Susan Stryker, Kate Bornstein, Jay Prosser, Sandy Stone, Dean Spade, Patrick Califia-Rice, Bobby Noble, Imogen Binnie, Viviane Namaste, Trish Salah, Eli Clare, Justin Vivian Bond, Mira Soleil Ross, the Fully Functional Cabaret, Mangos with Chili, Viva Ruiz, Emi Koyama, Katastrophe and Nina Arsenault. (4 credits) CRN 7515

LLSL 3406 Postcolonial Fiction
Elaine Savory
Monday and Wednesday 3:50 – 5:30 PM

We live in an increasingly postnational world though national boundaries remain in place, and of often frustrate those who either must seek or desire to seek a new place in which to live. This course explores ways in which the anglophone novel or novella is reimagined in postcolonial ways by writers with strong connections to three important regions of the world, South-East Asia, Africa, the Caribbean. We shall closely read the primary texts along with studying relevant contexts (historical, cultural, political, aesthetic) and the development of critical approaches to these examples from major literary canons which developed in the twentieth century. We shall ask how representing complex identity and cultural space can influence the formal choices a fiction writer makes when telling a story. (4 credits) CRN 7031

LHIS 3034 A World of Disasters: Famine, Plague, and Crisis in Global History
Aaron Jakes
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

Scarcely a week goes by without news of a major disaster somewhere in the world. Earthquakes and storms lay waste to cities and towns. Deadly epidemics spread with little regard for national borders. Crop failures leave millions hungry or starving. Markets crash and bring whole countries to the brink of collapse. Of course societies across the globe have grappled with unexpected cataclysmic events throughout all of recorded history. But many would argue that the character, meaning, and experience of such profound disruptions have varied greatly across different world regions and historical eras. This course seeks to chart a global history of the modern era by way of it famines, plagues, disasters, and crises. Through an episodic and thematic reading of eco-social theory, history, literature, and film we will ask how these unwelcome disruptions have shaped issues including the dynamics of global capitalism, the workings of government, the role of technology and expertise, and the meaning of nature. This is a research seminar, and students will design and complete projects on topics of their own choosing (4 credits) CRN 7017

NFLM 3492 World Cinema: Bollywood
Farrah Qidwai
Wednesday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

This course introduces the genre of popular Indian films known as Bollywood, with a focus on constructions of gender, sexuality, and national identity in the film narratives. We begin by exploring the Indian cinema of the period immediately preceding the birth of the Indian nation-state. We analyze articulations of gender and sexuality in the colonial context and then trace them discursively through the decades that follow. We treat popular cinema as a social text that illuminates changing ideas about gender roles and sexual behavior in modern India. The course is divided into four historical sections: the colonial period (1930s), the era of Nehru nationalism (1950s), the social justice era (1970s), and the commodity fetish period (2000s). (3 credits) CRN 7280

NHIS 3313 Reformation to Revolution: Mapping Discovery, Empire and Dissent
Gina Walker
Thursday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

This course is about the dynamic coming together of global exploration, cultural encounters, and the rise of the right to dissent in the early modern period. We begin by examining traditional accounts of the global flow of information and fantasy through maps and other texts that fueled adventures and ambitions, especially the revolution in cartography in the 15th century away from symbolic Christian cosmology to mathematical mapping made possible by Islamic inventions. We consider the effects of this revolution on traders, trade routes, international competition, cultural collaborations, and stereotypes of masters and slaves. We make use of cutting-edge multimedia resources, in combination with alternative narratives to explore the new field of “”continental history”" expressed in period maps, accurate and imaginary, that helped motivate Britain, France, Spain, Russia, and Holland to identify, penetrate, claim, and occupy territories to build their empires. Finally, we consider how the spread and manipulation of information and disinformation by empire builders for their own purposes encouraged the religious and philosophical dissent that erupted in Enlightenment revolutions. (3 credits) CRN 7062

LNGC 1526 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 7096

LREL 3101 Queering & Decolonizing Theology
Karen Suzanne Bray
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

Christian theology is often depicted as a violent colonial force standing in particular opposition to LGBTQI lives. However, over the last 30 years people of faith, activists, and theorists alike have rediscovered what is queer within Christianity, uncovered what is religious within secular queer communities, and used postcolonial theory to decolonize lived religious practices and theologies. This course explores secular philosophies of queer and postcolonial theory as well as their critical and constructive application to religion. From topics such as the sexual ethics and ritualization found in the S&M community, transgender Christs, and the mestiza (or mixed) cultures of Latin America, the class goes to where theory meets practice and where critique reveals theologies already radically unmaking and remaking themselves today. (4 credits) CRN 7050

LVIS 2017 Latin American Modernisms
Iliana Cepero-Amador
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This course examines the emergence and development of Latin American modernisms in the visual arts. The first wave, from the 1920s to the 1940s in Brazil, Mexico and Cuba, witnessed the combination of European avant-garde tendencies such as post-impressionism and Cubism with local motifs in a quest to reflect a national identity. The second wave pertains to the post-World War II rise of abstraction in South America, specifically concrete abstraction in Argentina and Brazil and op and kinetic art in Venezuela. We will study these developments and a range of artists in their political and cultural context, specifically the process of nation-state building, the rise of populist ideologies, and the incidence of developmentalism in the Southern Cone during the 1950s and 1960s. Topics will include the strategies of modernity in Latin America, the new concept of “inverted utopia,” the role of the avant-garde group manifestos, the post-colonial legacy, and the meaning of abstraction within a turbulent political milieu. The course includes visits to the Latin American collection at MoMa and art galleries that specialize in Latin American art. (4 credits) CRN 7321

LCST 4029 Foucault, Bodies, Power
Jasmine Rault
Monday and Wednesday 11:55 AM – 1:35 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 4588

UURB 3510 Homelessness: An International Perspective
Jurgen von Mahs

This online research seminar introduces students to the complex societal problem of homelessness in the U.S. and abroad and ways to collect, analyze, and share information about this complex societal issues. Over the course of the semester, students learn how to conduct research on extent, causes, and consequences of homelessness using the internet and develop a comprehensive profile of homelessness in a city of their choice and think creatively about solutions to address homelessness more effectively. These profiles will also help provide the empirical basis for the multi-year Homeless Engagement, Action, Research and Teaching (HEART) project. (3 credits) CRN 7423


Cluster 2 Electives: Markets and States (MS)

LECO 3823 Intermediate Microeconomics
Chen Ying
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This course introduces students to modern economic methods of modeling social interactions. Topics include game theory as a method of conceptualizing social interaction, decision theory, self-organization of economies and coordination failures, the ideal-type of competitive markets, and its limitations, labor market contracts and the role of power in the workplace, and an introduction to the theory of economic institutions. All of the mathematics required for the course are covered in the assignments, readings, and lectures. Text used is selected chapters of Samuel Bowles’ Microeconomics: Behavior, Institutions and Evolution. (4 credits) CRN 7415

LECO 4510 Historical Foundations of Political Economy I
Paulo dos Santos
Monday 8:00 – 9:50 PM and Wednesday 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 2320

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 5205


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

LREL 3004 Theorizing Religion
Mark Larrimore
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 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 2319

NINT 5402 Technopolitics: Infrastructure, Technology, Power
Stephen Collier
Thursday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

PERMISSION REQUIRED: This is a graduate course offered at the Graduate Program in International Affairs. Students should have completed at least 60 credits with a 3.0 or better to register for this course. Contact the Global Studies academic advisor, Dechen Albero, at alberod@newschool.edu for permission to register or if you have any questions.

In recent years, critical scholars from a number of sub-disciplines—including anthropology, economic sociology, and science and technology studies—have re-engaged with old questions concerning the relationship between politics and technical expertise. This course will examine the work of some of the leading exponents of this new interest in “technopolitics,” such as Timothy Mitchell, Gabriella Hecht, Paul Edwards, Michel Callon, and Andrew Barry. It will also examine classical texts on these topics by Max Weber, Michel Foucault, and others. Particular attention will be given to the relationship between these discussions of technopolitics and the question of critique. What kinds of critical relationships to politics and expertise have been imagined in the “technopolitics” literature? And what alternative critical relationships might be imagined? (3 credits) CRN 6526


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

LSCI 2600 Climate and Society: Impacts and Responses
Ivan Ramirez
Monday and Wednesday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce students to the many facets of the climate system, the broad range of climate and ocean issues, and impacts that affect society and ecosystems at global and local scales. Given the growing concern about global climate change, it is intended to provide a baseline understanding of: climate science; climate interactions and impacts with weather, people and ecosystems; and societal responses to climate vulnerability, including adaptation and resilience building. Topics include global warming 101, El Niño-Southern Oscillation, traditional weather/climate knowledge, human health implications, drought and famine, mainstreaming gender, and disasters and early warning systems. Students are evaluated based on exams, writing assignments, and final presentation and paper. There are no prerequisites. This course counts towards elective for the major or minor in Interdisciplinary Science. (4 credits) CRN 6002

LSCI 2600 Introduction to Urban Environmental Health
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. Students are evaluated based on exams and writing assignments. (4 credits) CRN 4589

LPOL 3067/ UURB 3412 Made in -?-: Spatial Politics of Work and 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) LPOL CRN 5749; UURB CRN 6301

NFLM 2500 Movements in World Cinema Part I: The Emergence of an Art Form
Heliodoro San Miguel
Tuesday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

Movements in World Cinema, Part 1, introduces students to the history of cinema from the 1890s until 1960. Beginning with the experiments of Louis Lumière, the creation of cinematic language by D.W. Griffith, and the development of “montage” by S. Eisenstein, the course will survey changing aesthetics, narrative styles, and ideologies in German, Russian, French, Italian, and Hollywood cinema of the first half of the 20th century. The topics covered include: the poetics of the silent cinema, the transition to sound, the role of genre, the rise of documentary, animation, experimental modes, musical comedy and escapism, propaganda and social commitment, and international studio systems and economics. Required weekly screenings outside of class. (3 credits) CRN 5908

LPOL 3034 Global Political Ecology
Rafi Youatt
Friday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

Contemporary global politics exists in the midst of an unprecedented era of environmental change, with issues from biodiversity loss to climate change affecting every corner of the planet. Frequently, however, these problems are considered in technical terms, as a matter of science or policy that simply needs political will to work. This course examines the relationship between politics and ecology in the global arena through the lenses of critical environmental politics, focusing on the political structures, power relations, and patterns of thought that allow these environmental problems to continue. The course will address both empirical and theoretical material, and includes a multi-day simulation of an international negotiation on climate change. (4 credits) CRN 6949

LCST 4022 Internet: Playground & Factory
Trebor Scholz
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This course explores the shift of labor markets to the Internet where the distinction between work, leisure, communication, and play has faded. In the midst of the worst financial crisis in living memory, the Internet has become a simple-to-join, anyone-can-play system where digital labor generates profits and data for a small number of commercial and governmental stakeholders. Newly gained freedoms and visions of empowerment for the digital (social) worker have complex social costs that often go unnoticed. The course examines the violence of participation through the lens of examples of waged and unwaged practices including Amazon.com’s Mechanical Turk, Txteagle, and Crowdflower). We’ll study milestones of labor struggles in the United States and implicate recent exploitative forms of digital labor as a grievous affront to these difficult struggles for the 8-hour workday, minimum wages, paid vacation, and against child labor. Beyond an analysis of the situation of digital labor, the class will formulate a specific course of action. Readings include Aneesh, Tronti, Virno, Lazzarato, Dibbell, Vercellone, Doctorov, von Hippel, and Terranova. Films include Sleep Dealer and Golden Times. Two research papers, one presentation, and a final paper are required. (4 credits) CRN 6996

LSCI 4506 Global Climate Change and Health
Ivan Ramirez
Thursday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

NOTE: Permission of instructor required for undergraduates; email ramirezi@newschool.edu during registration.

The impact of climate change on health is a growing concern for public health and development practitioners globally. Climate change, climate variability and weather extremes can affect human health and well-being through various direct and indirect pathways, including heat-related exposures, alteration of ecology of infectious diseases, and impacts on what the World Health Organization refers to as “the basic determinants of health” (e.g., air, water, food, and shelter). In this seminar course, students will gain foundational knowledge to understand: the impacts of weather and climate on human health, conceptual models and methods of risk and vulnerability assessment, and responses and climate capacity building in the public health sector, including adaptation strategies and the co-benefits of greenhouse gas mitigation. (3 credits) CRN 7520

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

PERMISSION REQUIRED: This is a graduate course offered at the Graduate Program in International Affairs. Students should have completed at least 60 credits with a 3.0 or better to register for this course. Contact the Global Studies academic advisor, Dechen Albero, at alberod@newschool.edu for permission to register or if you have any questions.

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 in 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, and Russia as its successor. We will deliberate on how this symbolism has been translated, transformed, and reused in totalitarian North Korea, communist China, religious Middle East, fundamentalist militant groups as well as in America’s post-9-11 reality. We will also investigate the importance of sports in state propaganda and look at the election campaigns around the world (most intently past and upcoming US presidential elections) with a particular focus on the new technology-enhanced PR formulas. (3 credits) CRN 6292

UURB 3200 Global Images of Metropolitan Futures
Margarita Gutmann
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 5984

NFDS 3274 (same as UENV 4520) Urban Food Systems
Kristin Reynolds
Monday 3:50 – 6:30 PM

In this course, the concept of sustainable urban food systems is explored from farm to fork. Topics discussed include community food security; disparities in access to food; and the social, political, economic, and environmental dimensions of food production, distribution, and marketing for contemporary city dwellers. Through guest lectures and field trips to urban farms, farmer’s markets, and food production facilities, students meet food producers, processors, and distributors as well as policymakers and activists. (3 credits) CRN 5949

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

With the rapid growth of computing technologies, geographic information systems (GIS) have become an important tool for examining many crucial urban issues, including human health, social equity, urbanization, and climate change. GIS are used extensively by nonprofit, business and government sectors to examine the spatial aspects of these issues and inform research, planning and decision making practices. This course offers a conceptual, technical and practical introduction to the field of spatial analysis and GIS. In collaboration with local nonprofit organizations engaged in practices of environmental planning and social justice, students and class partners will co-create knowledge and practices through applied GIS projects. Through these hands-on projects with class partners, students will experience project design and management, gain literacy in spatial data models and methods of spatial analysis, engage with theoretical underpinnings of spatial reasoning, and critically examine responsible methods of spatial analysis and cartographic representation. (4 credits) CRN 3308

NFDS 3300 Food Fight! The Role of Food in Advocacy & Sociopolitical Communication
Stefani Bardin
Wednesday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

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. (3 credits) CRN 3370


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