Fall 2017 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

 

I. CORE COURSES

UGLB 2110 [Dis]Order and [In]Justice: Introduction to Global Studies
Jaskiran Dhillon (Section A)
Wednesday 12:10 – 2:50 PM
OR
Gabriel Vignoli (Section B)
Tuesday 9:00 – 11:40 AM

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: Dhillon CRN 2336
Section B: Vignoli CRN 6251

UGLB 2111 Global Economies: Understanding Global Capitalism
Laura Liu (Section A)
Thursday 12:10 – 2:50 PM
OR
Amanda Zadorian (Section B)
Tuesday 3:50 – 6:30 PM

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 intersects 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)
Section A: Liu CRN 3745
Section B: Zadorian CRN 6464


II. ELECTIVES

Note: These electives are offered through the Global Studies Program. Students may also take courses through other departments at the University and count these courses towards their elective requirements (list coming soon!).

 

Knowledge Base Electives

UGLB 3210 Introduction to International Law
Bieta Andemariam & Jovana Crncevic
Wednesday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

This course is designed as an introduction to the basic concepts and principles of public international law. The object is to enable students to recognize the legal dimensions of state policy and foreign relations acts. Taking an overview approach to a wide body of material, the course aims to give students an understanding of fundamental concepts, including the consensual nature of international rule-making, the existence of affirmative obligations on States to act or refrain from acting in certain ways, key institutional structures supporting implementation of the rules, the consequences of abrogation of the rules, and the interplay between international and municipal law. The later part of the semester will consider special topics in international law, with heavy emphasis on contemporary examples of State practice (mostly in the United States). (3 credits) CRN 5767

 

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

UGLB 2350 Race and Gender in the Global City ***new course***
Laura Liu
Tuesday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

This course explores how race, gender, and other forms of social difference both produce and are produced by global cities. We will examine the race and gender dynamics of urban spaces and places at various scales— households, the street, public spaces, workplaces, and neighborhood and community spaces—and from the perspective of globalization and transnationalism. We will also consider how race and gender come together with other categories of difference—class, sexuality, age, ethnicity, nationality, disability, etc.—in urban life and in the relationship between cities and other places. Topics we will cover include: urban design, public space, “queer” space, social control, mobility, domestic space, recreation, consumption, and work, among others.

UGLB 3342 Charismatic Image: The Faces of Power ***new course***
Dejan Lukic
Thursday 3:50 – 6:30 PM

Charisma is an unavoidable aesthetic of politics: it can be viewed as charm in its positive or affirmative version, or as tyrannical manipulation and a will-to-dominate in its negative form. The etymological root takes us back to Greek word kharis, meaning “grace” or “favor”. Charisma is therefore a form of a gift, something received. But how exactly is it attained, and how does it turn from grace into a curse? This class looks at charisma in relation to the image in which it is embedded. An image, a line of writing, or the presence of a person gains the power to inspire and attract us at the level of temperaments and barely perceptible impulses. We will investigate charisma as it is perceived in images and persons, beginning with the convergence of aesthetics and politics in early 20th century avant-garde movements in Europe and Latin America, most notably Dada, Futurism, and Situationism, and culminating in their subsequent, perverse and absurd, appropriation by the 21st century capitalist politics and politicians. What did the convergence of aesthetics and politics initially promise one hundred years ago and what has it delivered today? To this end we will address the evolution of concepts such as speed, simulation, resistance, war, and peace. We will end with our own definitions (manifestos, proposals) of radical peace. Our readings will come from anthropology, philosophy, art history, and other more experimental sources. (3 credits) CRN 6274

UGLB 3314 Global Gender & Sexuality
Geeti Das
Monday and Wednesday 3:50 – 5:30 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 2337

UGLB 4320 (same as NINT 5038) Indigenous Politics & Environmental Justice
Jaskiran Dhillon
Wednesday 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.

This interdisciplinary course critically examines the interplay among settler colonialism, indigenous resurgence, and the politics of climate justice. Students gain an understanding of how histories of invasion, conquest, and ongoing settler colonial dispossession factor into debates over extractive industries and further consider the dynamics and possibilities of indigenous resurgence and epistemology in response to corporate and governmental encroachment on, and pollution of, land, water, and air. Particular attention will be paid to case studies in Canada and the United States, with a distinct focus on the extractive industries of mining and the tar sands (located in Fort McMurray, Northern Alberta). Seminars discussions are complemented by direct engagement with scholars and advocates working on the frontlines of climate justice and indigenous political movements (via Skype and guest lectures). An exploration of transnational indigenous organizing, including linkages to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the UN Working Group on Indigenous Peoples, will be integrated into our seminar discussions on the geopolitics of settler colonialism.(3 credits) CRN 6300

 

Cluster 2 Electives: Markets and States (MS)

UGLB 3425 The Politics of Memory and Power in the Middle East and North Africa ***new course***
Michelle Weitzel
Thursday 3:50 – 6:30 PM

This course examines the relationship between power, memory, and politics in the Middle East, aiming to understand how contemporary conflict, social change, institutions and governance, public opinion and participation, and political identity are affected by, and in turn impact, collective perceptions of the past. Using methodological and theoretical approaches drawn from critical international relations and memory studies, we trace power and memory’s operations in the Middle East through case studies in Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen. In teasing out mechanisms by which memory is reproduced, contested, and disseminated, and identifying memory’s role in the construction and maintenance of collective identities, we come to understand key political trends and actors in contemporary Middle East. Students will gain a strong grounding in the region as well as developing analytical tools for thinking critically through structures of power more broadly.

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 4191

UGLB 3420 (same as NFDS 3201/UENV 3511) Policy for food systems environment and design
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 4871

 

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

UGLB 3509 War and Conflict in the 21st Century
Andre Simonyi
Monday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

Not even twenty years into the 21st century, the events surrounding September 11th and the war on terror that followed seem far away. Coalitions have been replaced by fragmented and sometimes opposing forces sharing a common battle space. New war zones in Eastern Europe have re-asserted old reflexes. Al-Qaeda has faded given way to ISIS, Boko-Haram and others. Violence and wars are confused concepts and we feel their effects not only in far way places, but also near our homes, in our schools, along borders, financial market, and public spaces. And, after 50 centuries of recorded human history, the human condition seems at its worst: migration, trafficking, poverty, discrimination and more. This seminar explores the phenomena of violence, conflict and war. It does not follow an historical perspective, but rather experiments with theoretical frameworks to attempt to understand this complex system. As a whole the class will undertake a thorough examination of the changing nature of war and conflict in the 21st Century. This seminar uses a critical approach aimed at questioning dogmatic explanations of war, violence and conflict. (3 credits) CRN 4555

 

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

UGLB 3630 The Spatial Politics of Israel-Palestine ***new course***
Michelle Weitzel
Tuesday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

This course tacks between an empirical examination of the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine and an engagement with spatial politics at a theoretical level. Inextricably tied up with place and territory, political debates in the region are approached through an examination of relevant spatial concepts such as movement, barrier, periphery, camp, cities, senses, and globalization. Thus, rather than tackling the contentious political sphere from a state and institution-centric perspective, the course adopts a material approach, looking at the contemporary political situation from the ground up and examining cases from both sides of the Separation Barrier in order to gain textured insights into broader concerns. In so doing, it situates Israel-Palestine in a global network of actors and power relationships, highlighting the emergence of different spatial regimes over time. Over the course of the semester, students will grapple with issues pertaining to the colonial residuum of borders, urban architectures and infrastructures, ongoing human mobility and post-colonial connections, land rights, military urbanism, sedentarization, and embodied politics. Students should come away with a strong understanding of core features of the conflict in Israel and Palestine as well as a firm grasp on key theories and concepts in spatial politics. (4 credits) CRN: 6941 

UGLB 4624 (same as NINT 5012) African Cities
Gulelat Kebede
Wednesday 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.

Africa is the most rapidly urbanizing region of this century. By 2030 Africa’s urban population will exceed urban Latin America and Urban Europe. The relatively rapid economic growth of some African countries that started in early 2000s and the emerging consumer class of their growing cities have attracted interest to Africa and to what pundits call “the last frontier” of development. Urbanization together with demographic change and technology, and in the context of globalization, define, to a great extent the pace and nature of Africa’s growth and development . Understanding the state of African cities and the nature and dynamic of urbanization driving their formation and growth and identifying the levers and tools to make it a real transformative power and agent of change is therefore crucial. The purpose of this course is to expose students to the key issues, challenges and opportunities African cities and urbanization are facing, and the policy choices and strategies that are available to them to turn urbanization into a real force of inclusive economic growth and sustainable development. (3 credits) CRN 7537

III. Collaborative Research Seminars (CRS)

UGLB 3717 CRS: Inequality in India and China: Social Lives of Economic Change ***new course***
Jonathan Bach and Ashok Gurung
Tuesday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

Is inequality the price of prosperity? How do societies respond to rapid economic growth in such diverse realms as policy, governance, social theory, culture, and art? This class explores India and China as contemporary cases of historically unprecedented economic growth accompanied by daunting new forms of inequality: More people than ever before are being pulled out of poverty, yet more than 1.5 billion people in India and China earn less than US$2 a day. The very wealthy are growing at staggering rates, and an emerging middle class is changing both society and patterns of global consumption and production. This class investigates China and India’s different strategies, circumstances, historical narratives, cultural and political contexts in relation to growing prosperity and inequality, as well as their interlinked transformations and global implications. Topics include economic and social dimensions of inequality, the meaning of prosperity and inequality in cultural context, new forms of distinction, consumption and social differentiation, and spatial manifestations, such as gated communities, urban villages, luxury housing, villas, slums, but also land development and related revenue and financing issues. This class is part of a Ford Foundation-supported project and is being offered in conjunction with partner classes on the same subject in Peking University in Beijing and Jawaharlal University in Delhi. It will include a wide range of readings from social science and humanities, and include guest lectures. Students will develop an individual research project over the course of the class. (4 credits) CRN 6548

UGLB 3723 CRS: Subversive Technologies and Critical Cartographies ***new course***
Zeynep Ustun
Thursday 9:00 – 11:40 AM

The strategic use of media technologies in contemporary social movements has been one of the most widely discussed and central forms of resistance that have marked the twenty-first century. From its origin in the Military-Academic complex during the Cold War to its present form, it is necessary to understand the architecture of the Internet that has played a great role in the formation of networked social movements of the day. This course aims to introduce students to tactics and strategies of digital dissidence that maintain the global Net as a space of resistance, as well as the regulations and appropriations of networks of power by governments and technology corporations whose alliance led to the rise of surveillance nations. We take a close look at the Arab revolts, European anti-austerity movements, Occupy Wall Street, the Gezi Resistance in Turkey, the Brazilian Vinegar revolt, the Cold Winter in Ukraine, the Umbrella movement in Hong Kong, #BlackLivesMatter, among others. Each section of the course will examine the repertoire of digital actions deployed during these events, with a particular focus on subversive technologies and their political and social context. This class is a collaborative research seminar also designed to be an Online Open Public Seminar (OOPS) class. Under supervision of the instructor, students are expected to conduct empirical research beyond the classroom. Selected research will be eligible to be published on the blog Public Seminar. (4 credits) CRN 6675

IV. Global Engagement

UGLB 3903 Global Engagement
Jonathan Bach
Internship/Externship

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 Spring semester must register for this course. All seniors who have completed this requirement but have not registered for this course should also 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 2919

 

V. Global Studies Colloquium

UGLB 3906 Global Studies Colloquium
Laura Liu
Tuesday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

NOTE: This course meets every other week.

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 4274

 

VI. Directed Research Seminar

UGLB 4710 Directed Research Seminar
Alexandra Délano (Section A)
Wednesday 12:10 – 2:50 PM
OR
Jonathan Bach (Section B)
Thursday 12:10 – 2:50 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. (1 credit) CRN 2342 (Section A: Délano) or 5723 (Section B: Bach)

 

VII. Relevant electives offered through other departments

Knowledge Base

LCST 3901 On Air: Making a Radio Station
Sarah Montague
Friday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

WNSR is the New School’s web-based radio station. Students are responsible for managing and producing content for the station’s five programming streams, currently conceived as a series of podcasts while streaming options are being explored. Course components include station management including marketing and fundraising; Audio production including basic recording and mixing; Broadcast journalism including interviewing and writing for radio; Feature productions, editing, and critiquing; Music programming; Artistic performance programming-interfacing with Eugene Lang’s wide array of creative performance and arts programming. Classes meet fully once a week, but students should be prepared to work independently outside of regular class times. This is a practice-based course. (3 credits) CRN 2005

LSOC 2001 Sociological Imagination
Emmanuel Guerisoli
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

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 1891

LCST 2450 Introduction to Media Studies
Deborah Levitt
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 1410

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 1267

LCST 2120 Introduction to Cultural Studies
Ken Wark
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 2897

LCST 3211 Culture Concepts
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 the intersection 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. (3 credits) CRN 3314

LREL 2065 Introduction to Islam
Mahmood Zainab
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 AM – 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 4002

UENV 2000 Environment and Society
Alan McGowan
Monday and Wednesday 3:50 – 5:30 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 3731

LMTH 1950 Quantitative Reasoning I
Steven Bollon (Section A)
Monday and Wednesday 8:30 – 9:45 AM
OR John Park (Section B)
Monday and Wednesday 10:15 – 11:30 AM

This course is designed to help students gain an understanding of fundamental numerical and quantitative skills and their application to everyday life. The focus will be on applying basic mathematical concepts to solve real-world problems, and to develop skills in interpreting and working with data in order that students become able to function effectively as professionals and engaged citizens. Topics will include problem-solving and back-of-the-envelope calculations, unit conversions and estimation, percentages and compound interest, linear and other models, data interpretation, analysis and visualization, basic principles of probability, and an introduction to quantitative research and statistics. Another important objective of the course is a clear introduction to and a development of appropriate working knowledge of MS-Excel as well as some of the software’s most common applications in a variety of contexts. (3 credits) CRN 1963 (Section A: Bollon) OR CRN 1964 (Section B: Park)

LMTH 1950 Quantitative Reasoning II: Research Methods & Data Visualization
Faculty TBA (Section A)
Monday and Wednesday 10:15 – 11:30 AM
OR Ross Flek (Section B)
Tuesday and Thursday 10:15 – 11:30 AM

This course is aimed at developing students’ ability to (i) identify a well-formed data-based research question, (ii) find, analyze and present the relevant quantitative information, using numerical summaries and data visualization techniques, in support of the pertinent argument, and (iii) to compile all results and construct a sophisticated data analysis project. Building upon QR-I’s numerical and quantitative reasoning skills, this course will focus on quantitative research methods and related skills, including elements of statistical analysis and data visualization, as well as their applications to business and social sciences. Students will be able to identify, understand, and critique primary and secondary research in industry, scholarly, government, and other specialized applications. They will also gain expertise with the use of large data sets. Prerequisite: LMTH 1950 Quantitative Reasoning I or placement via the New School Quantitative Reasoning Assessment Test. Contact Ross Flek, flekr@newschool.edu, regarding the QR Assessment Test. (3 credits) CRN 4003 (Section A: Faculty TBA) OR CRN 4004 (Section B: Flek)

NECO 2002 Microeconomics
Vivette Ancona Online

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 5798

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 2902

NSOS 3800 Foundations of Gender Studies
Raul Rubio
Monday 12:00 – 1:50 PM

What does it mean to think critically about gender and sexuality in a time of cultural instability? We compare the broad topics and controversies in the social sciences and humanities that historically defined women’s studies with those that have contributed to the recent shift to the broader designation of gender studies. Important factors contributing to this shift are the influx of gay, lesbian, and transgender subjects; multicultural feminist thought; the rise of postmodernism and its critique of identity politics; and the emergence of men’s studies. In the process, students are introduced to a critical framework within which to think about gender. Central to the course is the examination of personal narratives–memoirs, autobiographies, oral histories, photographs–in relation to gender experiences and identities, politics, and social change. (4 credits) CRN 5850

LCST 2120 Literature and Environmental Consciousness
Elaine Savory
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This course introduces students to a vitally important developing field of literary and interdisciplinary studies. The course first addresses the goals, strategies and geographical, cultural and sociopolitical diversity of the field. It also explores three major approaches to bringing environmental concerns and scholarship and the study of literature together: bringing an environmental lens to the reading of literary texts, making a productive conversation between environmental science and literary studies, and using art, music and literature to provide a framing and insight into environmental concerns. Students from literary studies, environmental studies and global studies are especially welcome . No prior expertise in and knowledge of the field is required. (4 credits) CRN 6054

LREL 3004 Theorizing Religion
Mark Larrimore
Monday and Wednesday 3:50 – 5:30 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 1849

LSOC 3019 Classical Sociological Theory
Faculty TBA
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

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 3680

LSOC 2850 Urban Sociology
Virag Molnar
Friday 9:00 – 11:40 AM

The course offers a survey of the central themes of urban sociology. It examines the distinctiveness of the city as a form of social organization, highlighting how urban space shapes and is simultaneously shaped by social processes. It emphasizes the significance of the city as a strategic research site for sociology, showing how the study of the modern city offers a lens into key social processes such as social inequality, migration, globalization, collective memory and social conflict. It covers a broad range of topics including street life, crime and the informal economy, the relationship between spatial and social segregation, urban riots and mass protests, the place of consumption in urban life, the importance of public space, changes brought about by globalization, and challenges facing cities in the wake of terrorism. The course will equip students to reflect critically on everyday urban life while encouraging them to think about the social relevance of urbanity in a comparative and international context. (4 credits) CRN 5885

NPOL 3222 International Policy in the Modern Age
Glynn Torres-Spelliscy
Online

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 5855

 

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

LHIS 2047 African Slavery and the Atlantic World
Frank Cirillo
Monday and Wednesday 8:00 – 9:40 AM

This seminar explores the rise and fall of African chattel slavery in the Atlantic World from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Students examine how a racialized system of bondage came to dominate the various colonial labor systems that emerged in the New World. They investigate how the slave trade and slavery powered the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, British, and French colonial empires, as well as the independent United States and Brazil. The course emphasizes the experiences of the slaves themselves, analyzing how Africans and their creole descendants lived under–and resisted, whether through cultural or physical means–the brutal oppressions of the chattel system. Students also interrogate why the institution of slavery collapsed within a century of its mid-1700s zenith, exploring such topics as the Haitian Revolution and British abolition. The course draws on firsthand accounts from such important historical figures as Olaudah Equiano, William Wilberforce, and Nat Turner alongside scholarly texts. (4 credits) CRN 6812

LHIS 2221 Power and Biology: The Global South and the History of Science
Laura Palermo
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 AM – 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 3221

LVIS 3022 The African Gaze: Visual Culture of Post-colonial Africa and the Social Imagination
Amy Sall
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

This course is an exploration of visual culture of post-colonial Africa (from the late 1950s onward). We will be looking at the ways in which artistic expression in form of African cinema and photography engendered discourses concerning identity, power, and self-determination. Colonial photography deprived Africans of agency, rendered them voiceless and classified them as subaltern. In colonial photography, African subjects were subjected to a physical positioning that took away their autonomy or allowed viewers to perceive them as primitive. African photographers and filmmakers from just before independence and onward, were able to reclaim this power and allow Africans to truly see themselves, and explore their social, economic, and political conditions from their own perspective. Drawing from important works from influential African photographers and filmmakers such as Ousmane Sembene, Malick Sidibé, Seydou Keita, Souleymane Cissé and more, we will identify the ways in which “The African Gaze” was instrumental in telling African stories and providing visibility. We will also be drawing from texts from cultural theorists to better frame our discussions. (4 credits) CRN 4979

NANT 3655 Labels, Categories and Names: The Anthropology of People “Out of Place”
Rachel Heiman
Wednesday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

We are in a global political moment in which the need for interrogating the labels, categories, and names in our midst is particularly acute. Anthropology is a discipline with a long history of critically and publically engaging the limiting and often grave use of particular concepts. Over 80 years ago, anthropologist Ruth Benedict, one of the leading figures in the cross-cultural exploration of diverse behaviors, made a declaration to her colleagues in the field of psychology that was extremely radical for the times: Behaviors that many Americans considered abnormal, such as same-sex sex or going into a trance state, were regarded as normal elsewhere. Therefore, Benedict proclaimed, abnormalities were not caused by individual psychological or biological problems; rather, they were the products of a society’s system of defining and classifying so-called normal behavior. In this course we read anthropologists and other social theorists who explore the extraordinary power of labels, categories, and names to include and to exclude, to create people in their image and to be altered by those same people, and to be both politically problematic and politically useful. Our topics range from transgender identities to refugee status to racial categories of colonial rule. (3 credits) CRN 5766

LVIS 3010 Contemporary Latin American Art
Iliana Cepero-Amador
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

This course explores the imbrication of aesthetics, politics, and media in Latin American art and culture from the mid 1950s to today. We will begin with the emergence of South America abstract, kinetic and concrete movements to the development of neo-figuration, pop and conceptual art in Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela and Colombia. We will analyze the photo iconography of the Cuban and Sandinist Revolutions, the art of resistance during the military juntas in Chile and Argentina, the narco representations in Mexico and Colombia, as well as performance, video art and queer artistic production. We will also study the “architecture of necessity” and hip hop music in contemporary Cuba. Crucial topics such as: political criticism, hybrid cultures, violence, race and border politics, post-colonialism, and postmodern strategies will be discussed. As part of the course, we will visit institutions and art galleries that specialize in Latin American art. (4 credits) CRN 6541

LANT 2065 Body and Color: The Politics of Difference
Faculty TBA
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

How are individuals and communities imagined and stereotyped through skin color, hair, facial features and other bodily traits? This course examines the politics of bodily difference in global context. We move from looking at the embodied experience of race in North America, to analyzing how physical features are assessed, and hierarchized, in other parts of the world. We ask: what place do corporeal features have both in the wider social and political arena, and also in the most intimate relationships, the romantic partnership and the family? We think through the relationship between racism and colorism, and debate whether desires for light skin in the cultural contexts of different ex-colonies -nations in East Asia, South Asia, Africa -index identical phenomena. Do aspirations for particular bodily features, for instance in the trend of double-eyelid/sangapul surgery in South Korea, evidence a desire for racial passing? If not, how do we study and situate these desires? We consider how sex and gender continue to be associated with visible bodily features, despite an increasing variety in the possibilities of gender identification. We also examine images of the body, including fingerprinting and biometric data collected by the state, as well as medical images such as ultrasounds, and ask how these representations seek to “know” the people they thus depict. (4 credits) CRN 6920

NFLM 3492 Topics in World Cinema: Gender, Sexuality, & Nationhood in Popular Indian Cinema
Farrah Qidwai
Tuesday 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 4684

NFDS 4530 Food History and Globalization
Fabio Parasecoli
Thursday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

Crops, recipes, and culinary techniques have traveled across regions and populations since the beginning of human cultures. This course focuses on the dynamics beyond these movements and the role they played in the globalization of consumption and material culture. We will examine the role that food has played in trade, territorial expansion, ecological imperialism, migrations and other worldwide phenomena. Using cultural and political interpretive frames, the course will examine cases from around the globe.(3 credits) CRN 6861

LINA 2101 Contemporary Cuba: Art, Politics, History, Ideas
Iliana 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 ¡Cuba, Cuba! 65 years of Photography, organized by the International Center of Photography in August 2015. (4 credits) CRN 4883

NCST 2103 Debates in Race and Ethnicity
Ricardo Montez
Tuesday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

Through an interdisciplinary engagement with contemporary literature and scholarship on race and ethnicity, this course considers the following questions: How do race and ethnicity organize the social world? What are the historical conditions under which the various definitions of racial and ethnic difference emerge? What is at stake in the institutional recognition of race and ethnicity, particularly as these categories come to be defined in relation to other nodes of difference such as gender and class? How do individuals utilize labels of racial and ethnic difference to develop an understanding of the self in relation to the social and political worlds they inhabit? As an introductory course to the curricular area in Race and Ethnicity Studies, the class provides an overview of different areas within this complex field, including Latino Studies, African-American Studies, Asian-American Studies, and Whiteness Studies. (3 credits) CRN 6918

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

Few ideas are as potent, as easy to learn, and as difficult to forget as race. This course explores issues about race by disrupting “common sense” and by identifying its psychological and cultural dimensions. Much of the research on the psychological dimension seeks to explain racializing beliefs and attitudes in terms of general and familiar cognitive processes like perception, stereotyping, and category distortion. Research on the cultural dimension-typically conducted by anthropologists, historians, and sociologists-focuses on the way race figures in the regulation of power and resources, on its role in creating and sustaining economic inequity and political domination. The seminar adopts an integrative and comparative approach, examining differences and similarities in racial thinking across cultures and across historical periods, and comparing race with other important social categories, such as gender and class. (4 credits) CRN 5921

NANT 3401 Eating Identities: Food, Gender & Race
Jennifer Scott
Online

This course explores how gender and race are experienced and expressed through food. It starts from the premise that food is at once political and quotidian, and this is what gives it power. Far from a benign activity, preparing and consuming food becomes a forum for the performance, reproduction, negotiation, manipulation, and at times rejection of racial and gendered identities. Readings and discussions address how appetites are marked by gender and race, how cooking has served as a medium of female oppression and empowerment, how soul food evolved as a productive and problematic symbol of blackness, and how identities change through distance and difference. Topics include home-cooking, ethnic restaurants, norms of taste and pleasure, ideal bodily images, migration and diaspora, and the shifting location of women and racial minorities within the food system today. (3 credits) CRN 6085

NANT 3213 Race and Biology
Jennifer Scott
Online

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 5852

 

Cluster 2 Electives: Markets and States (MS)

LCST 3225 Don’t Blame the Robots: Technology and Inequality in the 21st Century
Trebor Scholz
Thursday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

We are living in a time of global ecological degradation, insecurity about the world’s water supply, terror attacks, post-Brexit insecurities, pervasive data tracking, and fears about unemployment in the face of sprawling automation. While robots may not destroy all jobs, they are likely to change the nature of many professions. On the other hand, we are also seeing a renaissance of cooperatives, the peer-to-peer movement, and inventive unions, and as well as the emergence of 3D maker labs and co-working spaces. This course considers the role of technology in shaping social and economic blueprints in the overdeveloped world but also in poorer countries. Should we blame the Internet for inequality? Has technology, and the “sharing economy” in particular, been instrumental in creating workplaces that are deregulated and badly paid? What are some tangible short-term, and longer term alternatives to this crisis? (4 credits) CRN 6365

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

Numerous methodological approaches in economics aim to understand the process of production and distribution of goods and services in a society. This course will familiarize students with the assumptions, mechanisms, and implications of one of these approaches: the neoclassical theory. The neoclassical theory dominates the teaching of Economics. It has also been a target of criticism. We will use real world examples to discuss the relevance, strengths, and weaknesses of the neoclassical theory. (4 credits) CRN 4786

 

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

LHIS 3090 The Politics of Xenophobia: From Fascism to Populism
Federico Finchelstein
Friday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

This seminar will study the history and public impact of right-wing populist movements in a global and historical perspective. It will be specially tuned to contemporary public discourse on populist anti-politics in the context of discrimination against immigrants and minorities in Latin America, Europe and the United States. (4 credits) CRN 4861

LPOL 3049 Politics of Violence
Banu Bargu
Friday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

This course inquires into the relationship between politics and violence. It explores the centrality of violence to political power as articulated by early modern, modern, and contemporary political theorists. It investigates questions of individual and collective preservation, legality, legitimacy, and morality. It considers the implications of violent political action as a method of subjugation and resistance, as a logic of contestation, and as a form of self-expression by the dispossessed, drawing comparisons with non-violent resistance. It aims to distinguish between different forms of violence: crime, warfare, terrorism, revolutionary struggle, among others. The course focuses the theoretical discussion of violence on practices that are relevant to our political lives, such as capital punishment, torture, humanitarian war, and corporeal forms of resistance. Theorists include Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Marx, Arendt, Benjamin, Fanon, Sorel, Foucault, and Schmitt. (4 credits) CRN 5906

 

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

UURB 3010 Sensing the City
Joseph Heathcott
Thursday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

The city reveals itself to us through our senses. But the urban environment is bewildering and fragmentary, and the picture we build of it is necessarily incomplete. As Baudelaire wrote, “We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous, but we do not notice it.” This course takes up Baudelaire’s implicit challenge to notice the city. Students explore the city through sight, sound, smell, touch, and, taste, cataloguing how the senses simultaneously reveal and limit what we can know of the world around us. We also examine the interconnection of biology and ideology in the co-construction of perception. Where our senses fail us, we turn to the prosthetic machines and cyborg sensory extensions designed to gather in more of the world, from cartography, telecommunication, and geocoded data streams to vast remote sensing and planetary surveillance systems. Finally, we study the variety of uses made of sensory apparatus by planners, designers, artists, activists, police, military, and others with a stake in the urban. Students will produce term projects that explore particular aspects of urban sensing in whatever format they choose–from fiction and memoir to scholarly papers, photographic essays, theatrical scripts, videos, installations, urban plans and policies. The goals of the course are threefold: to raise basic questions about privacy, power, and social justice in our cities; to sharpen our critical engagement with urban perception; and to use this awareness to experiment with new counter-narratives, interventions, and imaginaries. (4 credits) CRN 6361

UURB 3301 City in Motion: Radical Interventions in Transportation & Infrastructure
Faculty TBA
Monday and Wednesday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

Transportation networks create the frenetic pulse of the city, and play a crucial role in how the metropolis develops. Economic and cultural growth is dependent on our ability to efficiently and affordably get from one place to another, yet political and economic agendas significantly shape these projects and can muddle project outcomes. In this trans-disciplinary seminar, we will study the key roles played by transportation and infrastructure in shaping how cities and urban regions develop, grow, and change. We will consider the interwoven, and often conflictual, elements of history, politics, demographics, environmental consequences, design, space and culture. Our readings and case studies will explore recent radical innovations in transport mobility, exploring U.S. and global case studies of high-speed rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), and bicycle infrastructure, including Bogota’s Transmilenio and Copenhagen’s famed bike lane network. Students will develop the skills to identify and analyze a myriad of complex mobility challenges currently faced by cities. Technical experts and scholars will join the class to share their work and knowledge. Students will produce upper-level research, wherein they further examine key elements of questions raised in seminar discussions. Through completing these analytic assignments, students will gain substantial empirical knowledge about the crucial role of transportation networks and infrastructure in urban life. (4 credits) CRN 5883

UURB 4223 Maps as Media
Shannon Mattern
Wednesday 4:00 – 6:45 PM

NOTE: Open to undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor.

Maps reveal, delineate, verify, orient, navigate, anticipate, historicize, conceal, persuade, and, on occasion, even lie. From the earliest maps in cave paintings and on clay tablets, to the predictive climate visualizations and crime maps and the mobile cartographic apps of today and tomorrow, maps have offered far more than an objective representation of a stable reality. In this hybrid theory-practice studio we will examine the past, present, and future – across myriad geographic and cultural contexts – of our techniques and technologies for mapping space and time. In the process, we will address various critical frameworks for analyzing the rhetorics, poetics, politics, and epistemologies of spatial and temporal maps. Throughout the semester we will also experiment with a variety of critical mapping tools and methods, from techniques of critical cartography and sensory mapping to time-lining, using both analog and digital approaches. Course requirements include: individual map critiques; lab exercises; and individual (or, if desired, small-group) critical-creative “atlases” composed of maps in a variety of formats, about any topic of the student’s choosing. (4 credits) CRN 6937

LPOL 3034 Global Political Ecology
Rafi Youatt
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 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 6630

LSCI 2600 Climate and Society: Impacts and Responses
Ivan Ramirez
Tuesday and Thursday 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. (4 credits) CRN 6630

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 2292

LSCI 2600 Introduction to Urban Environmental Health
Ivan Ramirez
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 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 3222

UENV 4703 Social Justice in Sustainable Food Systems
Kristin Reynolds
Monday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

This course explores social justice dimensions of today’s globalized food system and considers sustainability in terms of social, in addition to environmental indicators. We develop an understanding of the food system that includes farmers and agroecological systems; farm and industry workers; business owners and policymakers, as well as all who consume food. Based on this understanding, we examine how phenomena such as racism, gender discrimination, and structural violence surface within the food system in United States and globally, drawing examples from such diverse sectors as agriculture, labor, public health, and international policy. We discuss conceptual frameworks-such as food justice and food sovereignty-that farmers, activists, critical food scholars, humanitarian agencies, and policy makers are using to create food systems that are both sustainable and just. We also investigate how current ideological debates about the intersections of food, agriculture, and social justice shape policy making and activism at multiple scales. Throughout the semester we explore our own position(s) as university-based stakeholders in the food system. Students are encouraged to integrate aspects of their own scholarly and/or activist projects into one or more course assignments. (3 credits) CRN 5845

NHIS 3475 Environmental History
Faculty TBA
Online

What is nature? Are we part of nature, or is nature something outside of us? Is there anything natural about our cities or cultures? In this course, we attempt to make sense of the term “nature” and understand how it has evolved. We consider what nature has meant to different people at different times, from ancient Greece and China to modern Europe and North America. Using primary sources, we examine approaches to nature in scientific, Romantic, artistic, religious, conservationist, and ecological traditions. Finally, we look at the discipline of environmental history, in which nature itself is understood as changing and evolving over time. (3 credits) CRN 6598

NFDS 3220 Food Environments, Health, and Social Justice
Maggie Ornstein
Online

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 5823

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