Spring 2016 Courses


Note: This listing is being updated on a daily basis. Please keep checking back for more up to date information. The official university online registration version is definitive.

 
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I. Core Courses
II. Electives offered through Global Studies Program
III. Collaborative Research Seminars
IV. Global Engagement & Directed Research
V. Relevant Electives Offered Elsewhere (selected list)

 

I. Core Courses

UGLB 2110 [Dis]Order and [In]Justice: Introduction to Global Studies
Jaskiran Dhillon
Wednesday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

This class serves as an introduction to Global Studies. The focus is on the tension between order and justice as it plays out across the contemporary world, from war to migration, to the changing roles of the state, international institutions, transnational actors, and citizens. A governing metaphor for the class is the “border” and the ways in which it creates order and disorder in the modern system of states. We will examine the creation of the borders of countries, but also the borders between the local and the global, the legal and illegal, the licit and the illicit, self and other. These borders have intertwined histories, structures, and logic that we shall explore together. In particular we will seek to understand order as a dynamic relationship between territory, identity and belonging, and justice as a question of responsibility and ethics at the collective and personal level in an intimate relationship to forms of order. In other words, how did we get to where we are today, and what should—and can—we do about it? We will explore these topics through “global” perspective with an interdisciplinary focus, emphasizing the interconnectedness between global and local spaces and the impact of global issues on the real human lives that are inevitably at the center of our investigations. (3 credits) CRN 4017

UGLB 2111 Global Economies: Understanding Global Capitalism
Jonathan Bach
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) CRN 6029

 

II. Electives

These electives are offered through the Global Studies Program. You may also take courses through other departments at the university and count them towards your elective requirements. See section V for a selected list.

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 5172

UGLB 3215 (same as NFDS 2230) Politics and Power in the Global Food System
Katinka Wijsman
Monday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

This course is about the major political decisions, institutions, patterns, habits and arguments, which structure the contemporary global food system. We’ll look at why food prices are up and fish stocks are down, what trade barriers really do and why farm subsidies are hard to get rid of. To put these things in perspective, we’ll adopt a historical approach that identifies both the malleable features and the fixed contours of our food system. Throughout the course, we’ll examine how today’s food system is a product of past decisions—and we’ll discuss the policy decisions being fashioned today that will shape the food system to come. The overarching goal will be to pierce the surface of the food system, to see things not just as they appear, but to identify the underlying structures that create and reinforce the system. (3 credits) CRN 7449

 

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

ULEC 2950 China Today: Art, Economy and Politics ***new course***
Lei Ping
Monday 4:00 – 5:15 PM

NOTE: Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section (ULEC 2951, 3 credits) of this course. Please see the online course catalog for a full list of discussion sections with timings and CRNs.

Why is it important to learn about China in the age of globalization? How to understand a country and civilization that is often times understudied and misrepresented in the West? How to view its rapid development and recurring controversies in the domains of art, culture, economy and politics? This course examines today’s China through the lens of theory and practice, representation and visuality. Students will be introduced to various heated debates and topics such as uneven urban-rural development, social inequality, media censorship, political activism, contemporary Chinese art and fashion. By the end of the semester, students will be expected to develop considerable empirical and critical knowledge about China. Guest speakers and specialists will be invited to present their topics and dialogue with students. (0 credits; with 3-credit discussion section) CRN 7146

UGLB 3322 Gender Beyond the West ***new course***
Geeti Das
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

How might we think about gender beyond the Western canon? This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to question the dominance of Western gender theorizing by analyzing how and where it has been produced, and then looking at how it has been marshaled, critiqued, changed, or ignored by movements and thinkers outside “the West”. In staking out a departure from canon, this class also questions the category of “the West”, tracing gender based convergences and solidarities that blur the divide. Outside the more dominant institutions of knowledge production, what are some ways in which gender is understood, theorized, resisted, and lived? Is the gender binary truly global? How can we think through and learn from non-binary gender based and feminist movements elsewhere? Topics covered include theories of “imperial feminism”, gender in critiques of colonialism, putting the binary in historical context, the relationship between performativity and work, and faith-based feminisms outside Judeo-Christian traditions. Most weeks will be structured to bring academic texts in conversation with thinking outside the academy. In addition to regular reading responses, the course includes a collaborative project. (4 credits) CRN 6730

UGLB 4320 (same as NINT 5038) Indigenous Politics and Environmental Justice ***new course***
Jaskiran Dhillon
Wednesday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

NOTE: This is a graduate-level course offered in collaboration with the Graduate Program in International Affairs. Students should have completed at least 60 credits with a B or better to register for this course. Contact your Global Studies faculty advisor or the Global Studies academic advisor, Van Lee, at van@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 7704

UGLB 3332 (same as NANT 3690) The Middle Classes: A Global Perspective ***new course***
Rachel Heiman
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

There is a constant stream of media attention in the United States to the state of the middle classes. One the one hand, there is growing concern about the cultural and political implications of the “fragile middle class” in the United States and the “missing middle” in Latin America. At the same time, there is curious fascination (and competitive envy) of places where middle classes are expanding, particularly India and China. This course provides students with an analytical vocabulary and theoretical framework through which to engage these discussions and discern rhetoric from reality. We begin by reading theorists of class for their approach to those who are “between labor and capital,” ranging from Marx and Weber to Mill and Ehrenreich. We then turn to ethnographic accounts of everyday life among the middle classes in sites that include high-tech firms in China, malls in Buenos Aires, urban spaces in Mumbai, and suburbs in Hungary. (3 credits) CRN 7410

UGLB 3327 The US and Latin America: Transnational Histories, Global Connections
Luis Herrán Ávila
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

The idea of “Latin America” emerges from the intersection of local, global and transnational histories marked by the flows and interactions between states and peoples. From this perspective, this course stresses the importance of “transnational contact zones” for the study of critical issues in the history and present of US – Latin America relations.The course relies on primary and secondary sources, including various forms of cultural production (film, caricature, music and iconography) to introduce a notion of “empire” that takes into account moments of consent, coercion, conflict and resistance in these shared histories. The course thus provides a historical perspective on the present by examining the trajectory of hemispheric relations in a global context, including the southward expansion of the American Frontier, the cycle of interventions in Central America and the Caribbean, the Cuban Revolution and U.S. support for dictatorial regimes, and the development of crucial spheres of interaction and integration such as the economy, culture and migration. (4 credits) CRN 6028

UGLB 4534 (same as NINT 5440) Food History and Globalization
Fabio Parasecoli
Monday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

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

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 7763

 

Cluster 2 Electives: Markets and States (MS)

UGLB 3434 Spaces of Exception: The Politics of Refugee Territoriality/Refugees, Politics, Territory ***new course***
Douglas de Toledo Piza
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This seminar seeks to analyze spatial issues of the current refugee crises. It aims to offer theoretical and methodological frameworks to investigate the politics of space and (im)mobility that affect refugees. The course comprises of four parts. The first part looks at the different theoretical approaches to understanding the refugee spaces, and includes case studies of refugee camps, border control extension, detention spaces, and deportation. The second part problematizes the figure of the refugee, contrasting it to the idea of the migrant and other terms referring to human mobility. The third part critically assesses the legal basis of refugee protection regimes in a comparative perspective. The last part seeks to discuss ethical issues for public policy and academic research posed by international population movements. Each of these parts combines theoretical work with more empirical readings examining cases drawn from throughout the world. Academic readings will be alternated with other materials such as news, interactive data, documentaries, novel excerpts, and art work. Students will be required to do a presentation, reading responses and short papers. (4 credits) CRN 7127

UGLB 4502 (same as NINT 5429) Contending Economic Analyses and Economic Development
Richard Wolff
Monday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

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

This course examines how different economic theories yield different concepts of and policies for economic development. Economics has always included alternative theories or paradigms. Today’s mainstream neoclassical economics contends with the different Keynesian and Marxian economics. They differently understand basic issues: e.g., causes and cures for poverty, strategies for economic growth, and deepening inequalities of wealth and income. Policies, politics, and global affairs are shaped by the contending economic theories. This course explores how and why their differences matter so much to international affairs. The major reading will be: R. Wolff and S. Resnick, Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian and Marxian. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012. No advanced background in economics is required. Professor Wolff will gladly answer questions about the course for any interested student. (3 credits) CRN 6382

 

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

UGLB 3731 Prisons, Punishment & Global (In)Justice ***new course***
Eric Anthamatten
Monday and Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:40 AM

The United States is living through an era of mass incarceration, with nearly 7 million people, mostly poor persons of color, in prisons, jails, or under some form of carceral surveillance. Is the US out of step with the rest of the world or is this part of a global trend? How did the US end up being one of the world’s largest jailor of people in the “land of the free”, with over 2 million locked inside walls and cages? This course examines how this situation came to be, what it is, and the effects it has on various levels of society. It asks whether the role of the prison as the primary mechanism of punishment is still a valid form of justice, in the United States and as a global phenomenon. Students will become familiar with the “through lines” that intersect in the modern prison—race, class, policy—as well as the various philosophical concepts that surround the issue—justice, harm, crime, revenge, and forgiveness. We look transnationally to understand “the prison” as a global phenomenon: how does deportation and detention of migrants, or camps for refugees, fit into the age of mass incarceration? How are carceral practices influenced by the Geneva Conventions or exceptional spaces such as GITMO? Students will consider alternatives to the prison as punishment, from reform and rehabilitation to abolition altogether. The course will consider the work of Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, Loïc Wacquant, Marie Gottschalk, George Jackson, Michel Foucault, and Lisa Guenther, amongst others. (4 credits) CRN 7473

UGLB 3522 The Politics of Aid in Africa
Rhea Rahman
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

From so-called natural disasters such as drought and famine, to the perception of ‘failed states’ and corrupt dictators, Africa is consistently represented as a place in need of outside assistance. Yet many scholars have asked whether foreign aid practices have actually done more harm than good on the continent. The recent rise of non-Western relief and funding agencies (particularly from the Gulf States, India and China) has made the field of foreign aid in Africa more diverse and therefore more contentious. While development and humanitarian aid organizations are often assessed in the language of political science and international relations, this course asks how anthropological examinations of aid in Africa can offer valuable insight into the politics of foreign intervention in Africa. We will develop skills to critically assess the effects of international aid on the continent, asking what kinds of social realities are made possible, and which are possibly foreclosed, as a result of these aid practices. (4 credits) CRN 5023

UGLB 4539 (same as NINT 5039) International LGBT Rights ***new course***
Cyril Ghosh
Thursday 8:00 – 9:50 PM

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

This is a survey class on the rights, recognition, and struggles of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people, queer-identified people, and other non-heterosexual individuals and sexual orientation & gender identity minorities both in the Global North as well as the Global South. The course has three modules. We will begin with a broad overview of the discourse of human rights in international law and then survey the literature on the rights of sexual minorities. In doing so, we will familiarize ourselves not only with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but also the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Yogyakarta Principles, and so on. In addition, we will analyze the scholarship on both the marriage equality movement as well as the claims of radical/queer critics of marriage. In the remaining two modules, we will examine the rights, accomplishments, and struggles of LGBTQ+ individuals, first in the Global North (with a focus on three Anglophone countries: United States, Canada, and Britain) and then in the Global South (particularly South Asia, the Middle East & North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America). (3 credits) CRN 7705

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

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

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 7562

UGLB 4512 (same as NINT 5278) Justice and Reconciliation After Violent Conflict
Eduardo Gonzalez-Cueva
Monday 8:00 – 9:50 PM

NOTE: This course used to be ‘Human Rights & Transitional Justice’
NOTE: This is a graduate-level course offered in collaboration with the Graduate Program in International Affairs. Five seats are reserved for Global Studies students. Students should have completed at least 60 credits with a B or better to register for this course. Contact your Global Studies faculty advisor or the Global Studies academic advisor, Van Lee, at leev@newschool.edu for permission to register or if you have any questions.

Should societies confront the legacies of past human rights abuse or atrocity? If so, how? What policy options are open to successor regimes during a post-transition or post-conflict period? How do these policy options relate to broader goals, such as peace, stability, or democracy? This course seeks to answer these questions. The course begins with an exploration of why, or even if, societies should confront past human rights abuse and atrocity. Drawing on film and literature, as well as accounts by victims and arguments by victim movements, the course examines arguments about justice and democracy-building that have been advanced to support the field of transitional justice. The course then examines the main strategies that have emerged for an engagement with the past. The theme of “reconciliation” will also be discussed throughout the course. (3 credits) CRN 7512

 

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

ULEC 2280 Liquid Cities: Reimagining Urban Waterfronts and Waterways
Zeynep Turan
Tuesday 10:00 – 11:15 AM

NOTE: Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section (ULEC 2281, 3 credits) of this course. Please see the university’s online course catalog for a full list of discussion sections with timings and CRNs.

Water has always been the lifeblood of the city. The 21st century, with its emerging threats of climate change and a rising sea level, presents most if not all of our great urban centers with unprecedented questions about their sustainability and survival; as a result, urban waterworks, waterfronts, and waterways have all assumed a critical importance. Drawing from four interdisciplinary New School programs–Global Studies, Urban Studies, Urban Design, and Environmental Studies–this course investigates the complex connection of cities and water systems, with a particular focus on the way the “edge” of the waterfront city can be both a boundary and a center, essential for commerce, transport, development, and ecological resilience. New School faculty and visiting lecturers will take an interdisciplinary approach to local, regional and global topics and initiatives, including the strengths and weaknesses of New York City’s water and sewer systems and efforts to clean its most contaminated waterways, the politics of land reclamation and waterfront development here and abroad, containerization and the global geography of transport, the representation of the waterfront in art and media, and the social and political impact of climate change and natural disasters. Field trips and collaborative projects will be required elements of this course. (0 credits; with 3-credit discussion section) CRN 6049

UGLB 4611 (same as NINT 5171) Hollywood and the World
Nina Khrushcheva
Thursday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

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

This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the relationship between American cinema and world politics beginning with D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation in 1915. The principal purpose of the course is to understand some of the broad themes of contemporary world politics such as state and nationhood, nationalism, intelligence, conflict, globalization, colonization/decolonization, development/underdevelopment, security/insecurity, and, most profoundly, the politics of identity based on race, class, gender, and sexuality. We will examine each of these themes through the lens of film theory, American cinema, and international political economy. Through lectures, discussions, film screenings and classroom presentations we will analyze the ways in which American cinema has represented and constructed the world around us – sometimes realistically or even satirically, and at other times, fantastically. In our “journeys” into these themes, we will visit some of the following “characters”: Cleopatra, Rambo, Jason Bourne, and “Hollywood as American dream factory.” (3 credits) CRN 7706

 

III. Collaborative Research Seminar (CRS)

UGLB 3720 CRS: Public Space in Global Cities: From Citizens to Consumers ***new course***
Zeynep Turan
Monday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

In a world increasingly defined by markets, rapid urbanization, surveillance, and gentrification, how has public space changed, and how can we ensure that it continues to exist? This course examines how socio-political movements today are contesting and shaping the meaning of public space. It applies an interdisciplinary, comparative perspective to key cases from around the world, including Barcelona, Beirut, Cairo, Istanbul, and New York City. The class begins with the history of public space and enumerates a critical analysis through major interpretive frameworks such as structuralism, the Situationist International, neoliberalism, gender, and post-colonial studies. Themes to be investigated include representation, participation, stratification, authority, dissent, design, class and power. In particular the course will examine environmental change, demographic shifts, refugee flows, architecture and infrastructure, and other new influences are changing the concept and practice of public space today. Students will collaborate on a public space project in New York City in which they will conduct detailed analyses of a space (or spaces) and formulate policy or design solutions that comprehensively speak to the needs of inhabitants, recognize and celebrate the spaces’ functional and symbolic qualities, and enhance its potential for social equality and transformation. Readings include Jan Gehl, David Harvey, Henri Lefebvre, Kurt Iveson, Setha Low, Don Mitchell, Ali Modanipour, Michael Sorkin, Eda Unlu Yucesoy, and Sharon Zukin. (4 credits) CRN 7472

UGLB 3714 CRS: Refugee Youth Experiences
Bernadette Ludwig
Monday 9:00 – 11:40 AM

The U.S. resettles about 80,000 refugees annually of whom 35 to 40% are children. This collaborative research course introduces students to concepts related to forced migration with a focus on the experiences of refugee children. In the first part of the course we will read key texts which discuss the definition of refugee, refugee camp experiences, and the three permanent solutions for refugees outlined by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), with a particular emphasis on resettlement in third countries. Students will learn how refugee, asylee, and immigrant youth who they will encounter in the service learning component of the class (see below) experience these transitions from being a resident of their country to becoming a refugee/an asylee/an immigrant and then finding refuge/a new home in the U.S. Refugee and asylee youth and their families are aided by Voluntary Agencies (Volags) to ease their transition to a new society. In the second part of the course we will discuss issues that are pertinent to refugee/asylee/immigrant youth such as assimilation, acculturation, and the needs of Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE). Ultimately the course will juxtapose theory and practice and by doing so, knowledge will be mutually reinforced and enriched.

This course is comprised of regular seminar meetings AND a substantial service learning component. Students will serve as tutors in the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Youth Program for about 2.5 hours per week throughout the semester. Students will volunteer with the Saturday Learning Series in midtown Manhattan on Saturdays from 10:am to 12:30pm. In this capacity they will see the inner-workings of programs designed to aid refugee/asylee/immigrant youth’s adjustment to their new environment and to succeed academically. Thus, they will be able to make connections between their experiences and observations and the theory/readings discussed in class. Given that students will work with youth, all students have to undergo a background check administered by the IRC and/or the New York City Department of Education.

In collaborative research projects, students will create a guide for future volunteers to help them understand and assist refugee/asylee/immigrant students better. For this project students will draw on existing research and data. In addition, students will collect data on challenges faced by refugee/asylee/immigrant youth through participant observation in the service learning component of the class and through an information session with key informants such as IRC staff. The guide which the students will compile will include a theoretical section on forced migration and refugee resettlement/immigrant experiences and a practical part which will include suggestions on how to assist refugee/asylee/immigrant children. Thus, the guide will enable students to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge of issues related to refugees/asylees/immigrants as well as to demonstrate the knowledge which they have gained through volunteering with the IRC. (4 credits) CRN 4290

 

IV. Global Engagement & Directed Research

UGLB 3906 Global Studies Colloquium
Jaskiran Dhillon
Thursday 12:00 – 1:50 PM (biweekly)

NOTE: This course meets every other week and does not conflict with the Thesis Colloquium.

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 7404

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 Fall semester must register for this course. All seniors who have completed this requirement but have not registered for this course should register this semester. After successful completion of the experience or at the end of the semester, students will be asked to submit a brief reflection form. This course is permission only. Please contact the Global Studies academic advisor, Van Lee, at van@newschool.edu. (0 credits) CRN 4270

UGLB 4711A & 4711B Thesis Colloquium
Jonathan Bach & Alexandra Délano Alonso
Two sections. See details below.

NOTE: This course meets every other week and does not conflict with the Global Studies Colloquium.

The main goal of this course is to guide students in the process of writing their thesis (or alternative research project) required for the major in Global Studies. The course builds on the research design that was developed in the Fall semester. The senior work is a major independent project that requires the best application of students’ analytical, writing, and research skills. We will work together to ensure that your project fulfills these requirements and that throughout the process of doing your research and writing you have a support network that includes the instructor and your peers, in addition to your thesis advisor. This course will help you plan the writing of your thesis, it will provide strategies and feedback to help fluid your project through completion, and allow you to learn from your colleagues. Much like the first part of the course taught in the Fall, this second part is heavily interactive—we will work primarily with materials provided by you, the students, using the same model of presentations and peer review. By the end of the semester, students will finish writing their thesis and be able to present their work both orally and in writing. (1 credit)

Section A (Jonathan Bach)
Thursday 2:00 – 3:50 PM
CRN 6418

Section B (Alexandra Délano Alonso)
Wednesday 12:00 – 1:50 PM
CRN 7403

 

V. Relevant electives elsewhere (by category)

1-Credit Courses

NFDS 2120 The Sweet and the Bitter
Michael Krondl
Saturday 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM

While the liking for sweetness is undoubtedly evolutionary in origin, desserts and candies are purely cultural phenomena. This course examines the interplay of food, culture, and society from multiple perspectives, including religion and ritual, class and gender, the connection between elite tastes and global supply chains dependent on slavery, confectionery as art and as an industrial commodity, and the effects of a high-sugar diet on Americans’ taste and health. (1 credit) CRN 4156

NOTE: The following 1-credit courses are graduate level, offered at the Graduate Program in International Affairs. Students should have completed at least 60 credits with a B or better to register for this course. Contact your Global Studies faculty advisor or the Global Studies academic advisor, Van Lee, at van@newschool.edu for permission to register or if you have any questions.

NINT 5002 Business and Human Rights: Why voluntary mechanisms are not enough to enforce labor standards
Yana Rodgers
Days and times vary

This course consists of both online and on-campus sessions. See the university online catalog for the schedule.

Weak enforcement of national labor laws, together with changes in market forces arising from growing consumer pressure for decent working conditions, has contributed to a surge in corporate self-regulation through codes of conduct since the mid-1990s. With pressure from non-governmental organizations and the negative consequences of media exposure of non-compliance, most major retailers and manufacturers now either have their own compliance programs or rely on multi-stakeholder organizations. While this approach may improve working conditions in monitored factories, critics argue that relying on companies to self-regulate compliance based on market forces is not enough to guarantee adequate safeguards for working conditions. This course covers essentials of the latest research and debates on corporate codes of conduct to enforce labor standards. Upon completion of the course, students will be more informed and critical readers of academic work, news accounts, and policy materials that present evidence and policy arguments about corporate social responsibility, labor standards, and worker rights. The purpose is to equip students with tools and concepts that will help them advocate for, write about, and research policy reforms and behavior changes to improve working conditions. (1 credit) CRN 7631

NINT 5003 Global supply chains: what do they mean for corporate environmental sustainability
David O’Connor
Days and times vary

This course consists of both online and on-campus sessions. See the university online catalog for the schedule.

Globalization of supply chains is now pervasive and longer as manufacturing processes are increasingly decomposed into activities spread across national borders. This course asks: do they facilitate or undermine corporate responsibility for environmental sustainability. Global supply chains raise difficult questions for corporate policy and practice – how to ensure that the suppliers with whom they are dealing only at arm’s length uphold sustainability principles and regulatory obligations. Through a number of case studies covering different global supply chains – from extractive industries to agriculture, fisheries and forestry to manufacturing – students will acquire and apply the analytical tools needed to understand the main drivers of supply chains’ environmental impacts and the different approaches that have been used to enhance environmental sustainability at different stages of globally distributed production networks. (1 credit) CRN 7605

NINT 5004 Private-public Partnerships for Development: Potentials and Pitfalls
Barbara Ann Adams
Days and times vary

This course consists of both online and on-campus sessions. See the university online catalog for the schedule.

This course will analyze the emerging trend of private funding and partnership arrangements in addressing global challenges and explore their impact and influence across a range of areas from program development to decision-making and democratic governance. Global economic, social and ecological crises have intensified in recent years, yet the ability of states and multilateral organizations to tackle these crises appears to have diminished and there has been an increase in the role of the business sector and philanthropy in helping meet global challenges. While “innovative” in many ways, these partnerships also raise questions; is the public interest really served, does it lead to excessive corporate capture of decision making, does it erode democratic governance…. The course will aim to equip students with the concepts and tools to research and assess the impact of partnerships and private funding and to develop policy frameworks for private financing of global public goods and services. (1 credit) CRN 7606

NINT 5007 Bilateral and regional trade agreements and health equity: the case of the Trans Pacific Partnership and intellectual property rights
Judit Rius Sanjuan
Days and times vary

This course consists of both online and on-campus sessions. See the university online catalog for the schedule.

The Trans Pacific Partnership and parallel regional trade agreements now under negotiations will further deepen global integration of markets around the world. Amongst the most contentious issues are the provisions for intellectual property and their consequences for people’s ability to access medicines and treatments. This course will demystify the complex legal provisions and the economics of health that are hotly contested. (1 credit) CRN 7633

NINT 5006 Resolving Sovereign Debt Crises: There Must be a Better Way
Barry Herman
Days and times vary

This course consists of both online and on-campus sessions. See the university online catalog for the schedule.

As of May 2015, 14 developing countries governments were judged at “high” risk of debt distress and three were already in debt distress, according to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Greece and Ukraine could be added to that list. Although the affected countries change, sovereign debt crises are an international policy problem that never goes away. They are also not handled well by the international community of nations and multilateral institutions, let alone by the home courts of the creditors. This course is about what happens after a government cannot make its normal payments to its creditors and has to “restructure” its debt. The course asks how the decisions are made to ease which obligations and in what ways and why the changes are usually insufficient. It also examines a number of proposals to introduce a more fair and effective system of sovereign debt resolution. By the end of this course, students will be better equipped with key concepts to assess debt crises and evaluate alternative approaches to resolve them. (1 credit) CRN 7607

 

Knowledge Base Electives

ULEC 2230 Introduction to Political Economy
Paulo dos Santos
Monday 12:00 – 1:15 PM

NOTE: Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section (ULEC 2231, 3 credits) of this course. Please see the online course catalog for a full list of discussion sections with timings and CRNs.

This course offers a critical introduction to the central ideas used by Political Economists to understand the structure, social meaning, and historical development of capitalist economies. Lectures draw on competing traditions in Political Economy to provide a critical appreciation of the defining socio-economic relationships of capitalism, including wages, productivity, profits, inequality, prices, entrepreneurship, markets, capitalism, growth, crises, recessions, socialism, etc. While these discussions necessarily involve economic theory, the overall emphasis is on how an analytically diverse understanding of these relationships can open up unique, critical perspectives into the problems of contemporary capitalism. The course will thus prepare students for well-grounded, critical engagement with debates about income distribution, financial crises and recessions, fiscal austerity, globalization, the role of finance in contemporary economies, and on the long-term future of capitalism. The course will also introduce students to current discussions on the usefulness and limitations of contemporary Economics. (0 credits; with 3-credit discussion section) CRN 4910

LHIS 2023 Power + Knowledge
Orit Halpern
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

This course will examine the relationship between science, technology, and society through a historical lens. Our main focus will be to expose how ideas of nature, culture, and the human have changed over time; and to interrogate the implications of these epistemological shifts.This historical inquiry will develop a critical approach to understanding complex socio-technological systems in the present. Exploring topics such as eugenics, bio-technology, and computing we will interrogate how historical study helps us politically and ethically engage with the most pressing contemporary questions concerning how we use, and imagine, our technical future. The course will pay particular attention to the historical construction of race, gender, sexuality, and to the transformations between human beings and machines. (4 credits) CRN 7080

NSOS 3800 Foundations of Gender Studies
Raul Rubio
Tuesday 4:00 -5:50 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. (3 credits) CRN 6967

NECO 2002 Introduction to Macroeconomics
Aviva Ancona
Online

This course introduces both theoretical and applied issues in macroeconomics, looking at the U.S. economy on the one hand and the global economy on the other. The course emphasizes theoretical controversies relevant to contemporary policy debates. Beginning with the key principles of modern economics, we examine major questions in macroeconomic policy, including measuring the gross domestic product, the possible connection between employment and inflation, the relationship between saving and investment, the effects and limitations of government monetary and fiscal policy, and business cycles. We also consider issues in the international political economy, such as trade policy and its relation to current account deficits and the role of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in the international financial system. (3 credits) CRN 5800

LCST 2120 Introduction to Cultural Studies
Kenneth 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 4276

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 3222

UENV 2000 Environment and Society
Yaella Depietri
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

The state of the air, water, and soil climate change, habitat conversion, invasive species, biodiversity decline, deforestation, overfishing, and many other environmental issues are at the core of most of our pressing economic, social, political and human health concerns. This course examines the roots of the modern environmental crisis, reviewing the most current environmental issues and the underlying science for a critical look at how societies have interacted with the natural environment past and present and requirements for a sustainable future. The course consists of small group discussions, readings and case studies. (4 credits) CRN 7163

UENV 3501 Economics of the Environment
Yaella Depietri
Wednesday 9:00 – 11:40 AM

This is an introductory course to the field of ecological economics and related topics in environmental economics and political economies. It covers basic approaches to the relationships between ecological and economic systems covering both traditional and alternative economic theories and worldviews. Overall, the course examines the role of economics in understanding and valuing environmental problems. Current environmental issues, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, ocean acidification and freshwater use are introduced through this framework. Students will be guided through multiple approaches and analytical frameworks developed historically and by unconventional economists to frame and interpret these issues. Finally, the course looks at the application of ecological economic principles to environmental problem-solving by presenting a set of policies targeting areas such as pollution and natural resources management. Throughout the semester, students will learn how to think about the relationship between the economy and the environment, the role of economic analysis in understanding and valuing the environment, and examine approaches to problems of social and economic development, environmental and related policies. (3 credits) CRN 5768

LHIS 4535 Postcolonial History Big and Small
Aaron George Jakes
Wednesday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

There has been much talk among historians lately about a “spatial turn” within the discipline, and over the past few years, spatial concepts drawn from the field of critical geography have multiplied across the pages of historical monographs. But if choices of theoretical vocabulary and framework have in fact signaled new patterns of collaboration between historians and geographers, the underlying issues that this new trend seeks to address are less new. For the better part of the last fifty years, historians of the postcolonial world have been engaged in a protracted debate over the appropriate geographic scale for scholarly inquiry. The long list of labels that can attach to a single region—Orient, Near East, Middle East, Third World, Arab World, Islamic World, developing world, global south, postcolonial world—attest to this often-implicit contest over spatial frames. This course is designed to introduce some basic concepts and important texts from critical geography that might usefully inform new areas of historical inquiry. But it also aims to enrich that conceptual apparatus by remapping some older scholarly debates in terms of their insights about questions of space, place, and scale. The monographs we read will focus largely on the modern Middle East and South Asia, but students of all regions and periods are welcome. (4 credits) CRN 7163

NPOL 3570 International Law
Glynn Torres-Spelliscy
Online

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of international law. We consider basic ideas and problems of public international law: What is the origin of international law? Is international law really law? Who is governed by international law? How are treaties interpreted? What is the relationship between international law and domestic law? We examine the interplay between international law and international politics, as well as between international human rights, humanitarian law, the use of force, and international criminal prosecutions. We also analyze the international law implications of the conflict in Iraq and the Hezbollah/Israel conflict. (3 credits) CRN 6780

NCOM 3000 Introduction to Media Studies
Peter Haratonik
Online

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 1570

 

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

LPOL 3038 China in Revolution and Reform
Mark Frazier
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This course examines the revolutionary politics and the post-revolutionary reforms that have made China what it is today: a high-growth economy that is neither socialist nor capitalist; a rapidly changing society increasingly polarized between rich and poor; and a puzzling political regime that remains Leninist in structure but pursues political reforms to adapt itself to broad socio-economic changes. The study of Chinese politics is in many respects an attempt to make sense of all these changes. Throughout this survey of Chinese politics, we will pay close attention to how those in power exercise authority, how political conflict arises and is resolved, and how citizens make political demands. (4 credits) CRN 6546

UURB 3702 Topics in Urban History: Berlin
Jurgen von Mahs
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

Berlin, Germany’s present day capital, is by many considered one of the most exciting, vibrant, livable, progressive, and intriguing cities in the world. Yet Berlin is haunted by a tumultuous history which, like no other place, is intrinsically tied to world history and some of the most significant events of the twentieth century. To make this complex history understandable, students will take virtual field trips to select contemporary buildings, memorials, and other sites and thereby chronologically venture through the city’s distinct historic periods starting with the imperial period and Berlin’s rapid growth and industrialization, the “Golden Twenties” and its arguably most progressive phase, the city’s rise and fall during Fascism culminating in its complete destruction during World War II, the subsequent division of the city during the “Cold War”, and eventually its improbable unification following the fall of the wall in 1989. In learning how to approach, study, and analyze urban history, student will learn how to link local circumstances to processes operating at the national and international scale and gain a more profound understanding of how urban history determines present day circumstances and sets a path for the future. (4 credits) CRN 7110

LVIS 2015 Photography in Latin America
Iliana Cepero-Amador
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This course examines the history of Latin American photography, from early photography of the nineteenth century to contemporary conceptual tendencies. We begin with photographic representations of the local landscape and its inhabitants, continue with the establishment of the first photographic studios, and follow with the advent of modernist trends, such as surrealism and abstraction. We approach the strong documentary practice that swings from registering everyday life and autochthonous rituals, to chronicling political upheavals—as exemplified in the Mexican and Cuban revolutions— and cataloguing the “disappeared” under the military juntas of Argentina and Chile. We also explore the treatment of labor in 1970′s Cuban and Brazilian photo essays, the incorporation of postmodern concepts by Latin American photographers in the 1990s, and photographic representations of narco-culture in Colombia and Mexico. We discuss critical problems such as: realism, indigenism, social commentary, propaganda, nationalism, violence, and ethics. (4 credits) CRN 6737

LLSL 3092 Shining Paths: Representing Political Violence in Peru
Juan De Castro
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

In 1980, the till then unknown Maoist revolutionary group Shining Path spearheaded an explosion of violence and governmental repression that, by the time it was over in 2000, had left over 69,000 people dead. This course looks at the representation of the internal conflict in Peru (in which the much smaller Movimiento Revolucionario Túpac Amaru also played a role) during the 1980s and 1990s in novels and films by (U.S) American, British, and Peruvian authors. Among possible authors and filmmakers to be studied are Nicholas Shakespeare, Daniel Alarcón, Ann Patchett, Mario Vargas Llosa, Santiago Roncagliolo, John Malkovich, Alonso Cueto, and Federico Lombardi. (4 credits) CRN 6683

LHIS 3075 Ebola in Context: Viruses Through History
Laura Palermo
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This seminar focuses on how and why viruses affected Modern History and how and why they were affected, by, different social, economic and political contexts over time in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and beyond. The course approaches disease from the double perspective of its basic scientific dimensions and its interactions with modern historical phenomena and societies. We will analyze the frequent responses that societies provide to outbreaks : violence, fear, poor solidarity and stigma. (4 credits) CRN 6585

LLSL 2375 Introduction to Caribbean Literature
Elaine Savory
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This course introduces the rich and varied field of Anglophone Caribbean literature, which developed in the second half of the 20th century, and is flourishing today. The class reads samples of fiction, poetry, and drama by canonical writers in the region and its diaspora such as Walcott, Brathwaite, Rhys, Harris, Naipaul, Marshall and Lamming, as well as more recent writers such as Jamaica Kincaid and Nalo Hopkinson. We shall read this work in the context of anti-colonial and independence movements, the growth of the Caribbean diaspora, literary interactions across language areas, the relation and history of oral and scribal literary traditions, gender, and important aspects of Caribbean culture represented in the literature such as Carnival, ritual, religion and language. (4 credits) CRN 6732

LREL 2107 Religions of East Asia
Neil McGee
Monday and Wednesday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This course provides students with a foundation for understanding the main religious traditions of East Asia – Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. The goal of the course is not only to discover the basic concepts and tenets of the “three teachings” but also to consider the variation of ideas within each tradition, how the ideas from these traditions have interacted and competed with each other, and how they have been transformed over time. Working with many primary sources in translation, students also discover how these traditions influenced or were influenced by what is perhaps the largest and most important religious tradition in East Asia – the unnamed and so-called “popular” or “folk” religion of everyday people. (4 credits) CRN 4754

LREL 2075 World Christianities
Karen Bray
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

Diversity has been a feature of Christianity from its inception, when the disciples of Jesus argued among themselves over who was carrying on the true legacy of their teacher. This course has a dual focus on the diversity of contemporary Christianity and on the historical factors that have shaped it. Students study the context of the historical Jesus in Judaism and principal texts from each period including the New Testament. Topics include early forms of Christianity in the Mediterranean region, Asia, and Africa, the Reformation and Counter-reformation, Christianity and European colonialism, Liberation Theology, and the Ecumenical movement. The scope of the course allows students to choose research topics according to their own interests. (4 credits) CRN 6651

LANT 3046 Cultural Politics of Religion and Secularism
Abou Ali Farman Farmaian
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

The recent resurgence of religion and spirituality worldwide in private and public life has raised questions regarding secular analyses of religion, and the assumptions of secularism. What is religion in a modern, scientific world? What are the boundaries of religion and how have they been shaped? What are new emerging forms of religion, and what’s this thing called ‘spirituality’ that suddenly seems to be everywhere? Through theory and ethnography, the course will consider the relation between religious and non-religious domains, and analyze the ways in which the separation between domains is managed and at times broken down. (4 credits) CRN 6619

NLIT 3604 Authors in Exile: Nostalgia, Mourning, and Dissidence in World Literature
Noelle Carruggi
Online

World Literature encompasses a vast array of cultures, styles and traditions. In this course we will explore the works of Twentieth Century acclaimed authors from Japan (Yasunari Kawabata), China (Eileen Chang), Vietnam (Marguerite Duras), Haiti (Marie-Célie Agnant), Morocco (Abdellatif Laâbi), and Lebanon (V. Khoury-Ghata). With the exception of Kawabata who remained in Japan but was deeply affected by the loss of traditional values, every one of these writers had to face cultural, social, and political oppression leading to exile. Thus, the goal of their writing is to break silence, voice dissent, or express their struggle with a dual identity. Writing becomes a means to survive loss and persecution. The material selected for this course covers an array of literary genres (novel, short story, auto-fiction and poetry). The esthetic quality of the prose or poems, and the originality of each author writing style will highlight cultural imagery and traditions. Students will be guided to analyze the literary material in relationship to literary esthetics, as well as social and political context. (3 credits) CRN 6720

NANT 3633 Whose Heritage: Contested Cultural Sites
Jennifer Scott
Online

What does “culture” mean to those who produce it and those who consume it as tourists? Can sites, objects, and their histories simultaneously belong to a local community, a nation, and all humanity? How do culture-specific museums operate in a global context? How do mainstream museums address diversity? This course is an examination of the phenomenon of cultural heritage from an anthropological perspective, pairing specific cultural sites with questions central to anthropology. We begin with sites in New York City, including the American Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian, Ellis Island, the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Weeksville Heritage Center. We then consider the meaning of “world heritage” and “universal value” as defined by UNESCO and focus on some of its World Heritage sites, including Chichen-Itza in Mexico, Angkor in Cambodia, Ghana’s El Mina Slave Fort, and Pharaonic and Islamic monuments in Egypt. Through our case studies, we link the local to the global, exploring the role of public memory; the representation of racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual identities; the role of archaeology in constructing national identities; indigenous ownership of material culture; performance theory in historical re-enactment; and symbolism and iconography in site marking and the marking of tragic histories, such as slavery and wars. (3 credits) CRN 5610

 

Cluster 2 Electives: Markets and States (MS)

LECO 2150 Globalization and Trade Under Capitalism
Alexandria O’Keefe Eisenbarth
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

Whether the latest fashion displayed in a shop window or mangoes piled high in a grocery store’s produce section, the products we buy are largely produced in little known conditions worldwide. While organizations like Fashion Revolution and Good Guide try to expose the conditions under which products have been sourced, there are many reasons to be skeptical of the effectiveness of such movements. This course examines the overarching structures of “trade under capitalism” that contribute to unequal distributions of wealth, environmental degradation, and massive human rights violations. Readings draw on news articles, human rights documents, press releases, scholarly articles, and beyond. (4 credits) CRN 6850

LSOC 3021 Neoliberalism: Selfhood and Market-Centered Societies
Carlos Forment
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

The aim of this seminar is to make sense of the ongoing debate over the general character and changing practices of neoliberalism, a subject that continues to attract, elude, and generate controversy among scholars in the human sciences. The course is divided into four parts. In the first, we explore the emergence of neoliberal doctrine during the inter- and post-war period, beginning with the German Ordo-Liberals of the 1930′s, the members of the Mont Pelerin Society in the 1940′s, and Milton Friedman and some of his colleagues in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago in the 1950′s, who went on to play a leading role in transforming Chile into a market-centered society. The second part of the course examines three of the most insightful and influential interpretations of neoliberalism: a.) Neomarxist-Financialization; b.) Foucauldian-Governmentality; and c.) Precarization-Disaffiliation. In the third part of this course we analyze a broad range of case studies of ‘actually existing neoliberalism’ that focus on some of its key aspects in order to understand how its policies and practices of financialization, governmentality, and disaffiliation are lived and transformed by citizens and stateless peoples from all walks of life in different parts of the world. In the closing section we review some of the unresolved controversies that continue to divide scholars in the field. Although their disputes are expressed in ‘methodological’ terms, they are in large part motivated by ethico-political concerns that are seldomly discussed by them. (4 credits) CRN 5866

LPOL 2017 Nation-State & Its Discontents
Amanda Zadorian
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

Did nations make states? Will markets un-make them? This course provides an introduction to the subfield of comparative politics by examining the focal point of contemporary political power: the state. Beginning with the origin of the modern nation-state in Europe, we will trace its postcolonial development through the twentieth century and consider its frequently remarked decline in the present. How did this new form of political organization arise, and how did it interact with emerging nationalism? How has it been reshaped by the spread of liberal democracy? How do its operations vary in diverse cultural contexts? How can it effectively respond to pressure from popular movements, international institutions and the globalized economy? While investigating these questions, we will also discuss the methods and approaches that shape our knowledge of political institutions and processes. (4 credits) CRN 6783

LANT 3017 Introduction to Capitalism Studies
Janet Roitman and Julia Ott
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

Under capitalism, private owners operate the means of production in the pursuit of profit. Competitive markets determine the prices and allocation of goods, services, and assets efficiently. Workers labor for a wage. All parties are driven by self-interest. How well does this model explain global capitalism? This course starts from the premise that capitalism must be explained, rather than assumed. Capitalism is a social process. Institutions, history, power relations, and cultural context shape the specific form that capitalism assumes in any given place at any particular moment. In this course, students will gain a basic literacy about the practices and institutions of capitalism. Readings, discussions, and assignments will interrogate capitalism from the perspective of multiple disciplines. The course will equip students to formulate their own critical perspective on capitalism. Major themes will include: primitive accumulation and the origins of capitalism, varieties of capitalism, debt, the material and visual culture of capitalism, the limits and boundaries of capitalism, the ecology of capitalism. (4 credits) CRN 5342

LECO 3823 Intermediate Microeconomics: Methods and Models
Lopamudra Banerjee
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

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 4279

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

This course analyzes the politics of inequality, in particular its socioeconomic dimension, in comparative interdisciplinary perspective. It addresses several fundamental questions: What is the significance of inequality? What are its causes and consequences? Why do disparities of power, wealth and status, and the relationship between these sources of stratification, vary across countries, regions and eras? What explains the varying relative tolerance of inequality in different societies? Finally, why have states and societies responded to its phenomenal rise in recent years, and how successfully? In the first part of the course, we examine competing intellectual approaches of inequality. Part two surveys the rise, origins and variety of social welfare regimes in the advanced industrialized west and across the global South from the 1940s to the 1980s. In part three, we examine the causes, patterns and consequences of rising socioeconomic inequality in an era of neoliberalism across the world. Finally, part four analyses a range of contemporary political responses to these trends from state and society, ranging from Occupy Wall Street, the Indignados in Spain and the landless workers movement in Brazil to popular Maoist insurgency in India, local environmental protests in China and socio-legal activism in South Africa. (4 credits) CRN 6735

 

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

LHIS 2079 “The People Want the Overthrow of the Regime”: History and the Arab Uprisings
Aaron George Jakes
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

In January 2011, the world watched with amazement as huge crowds of ordinary people in countries across the Middle East rallied around the slogan, “al-sha‘b yurid isqat al-nizam” [the people want the overthrow of the regime]. During those first heady days of mass protest, this revolutionary cry helped to unify popular forces and topple governments that had long seemed unassailable. But in the months and years since, the slogan has become a shorthand for difficult questions that remain the topic of ongoing struggle: who are “the people”? Who or what is the regime, and what kinds of power does it wield? What does it mean to effect meaningful political change in the world or to overthrow a dominant system of rule? The course will be divided into three parts. First, we will use these questions to guide an exploration of earlier social and political movements that helped to transform the region. The central segment of the course will then provide an overview of the uprisings that began in 2011 and continue to unfold across the Arab world until today. Finally, over the course of the semester each student will compile an archive of sources—articles, photos, tweets, videos, pamphlets—about a place, event, or issue of his or her choosing and write a research paper from those sources. In the final portion of the course, student presentations from these research projects will guide our discussions about the shifting trajectories of the uprisings and about the challenges involved in writing histories of the very recent past. (4 credits) CRN 6588

LCST 4032 Queering Activism
Jasmine Rault
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

The forms of “activism” that this course explores range from the collective acts, organizing movements, strategies and tactics to individual gestures and accidents, life-sustaining if ephemeral social lives and scenes, to the images, sounds and sometimes words that make up an archive and ongoing repertoire of queer creative resistance. Given this city’s rich history of activism at the intersections of sexual, racial, religious, national and class politics, we will begin by focusing on organizations, events and scenes in New York City and use this background to consider the forms of activism that hold sway in other national and international contexts. Working with the understanding that ‘queer activism’ is not necessarily or most importantly dedicated to sexuality, we will pursue questions such as, What does it mean (and what has it meant) to queer activism? What are the historical and contemporary relationships between ‘queer’ and ‘activism’? How have queer creative cultures contributed to activism? What can we learn about contemporary modes of activism by studying queer traces in archival collections? This course will involve several ‘field trips’ to archives, organizations and events to provide students with an understanding of the broad range of queer activisms necessitated by this city (and country) as well as a sense of how and where to grow this understanding through archival research. Finally, students will be expected to develop (collectively or individually) their own forms of queer creative resistance as a component of their final grade. (4 credits) CRN 7044

LPOL 3083 Statocentrism and the Making of Modern Political Theory
Andreas Kalyvas
Friday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

Description TBA. (4 credits) CRN 6564

LCST 3782 Feminist and Queer Affect Studies
Jasmine Rault
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This course develops close studies of current issues in feminist and queer theory. Our readings revolve around contemporary feminist and queer studies of affect, or the politics of feeling – a central concern for feminist and queer research since the early 1990s, and a critical component to what has been referred to as ‘the affective turn’ in studies of social, cultural and political life (Clough and Halley 2007). Students will be introduced to the major texts, issues and debates in the field which explore questions such as: how are ostensibly private and individualized feelings related to very public and shared structures of power? How are feelings gendered, racialized, sexualized and classed? How do we mobilize private, anti-social feelings towards public, social, political and cultural change? (4 credits) CRN 4792

 

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

LHIS 3072 Design/History/Revolution
Orit Halpern
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

Whether by providing agitprop for revolutionary movements, an aesthetics of empire, or a language for numerous avant-gardes, design has changed the world. But how? Why? And under what conditions? This course proposes a consideration of design as an historical agent, a contested category, and a practice. Casting a wide net, the course will consider a range of geographical locations (“West,” “East,” “North,” South,” and contact zones between these constructed categories). We will examine not only designed objects (e.g., industrial design, decorative arts, graphic design, fashion) but also spaces (e.g., architecture, interiors, landscapes, urban settings) and systems (e.g., environment, economy, communications, services, governments). Together we will ask: What is design? How does it relate to society, history and politics? Students will get to engage with how histories of the past inform our contemporary media saturated lives, and experiment with new ways to do history through use of digital media, visual materials, and aesthetic practices. (4 credits) CRN 5732

UURB 2016 Consuming Cities
Scott Salmon
Monday and Wednesday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This course offers a global perspective on the changing character of cities and the increasing importance that consumption and consumer culture plays in the construction of urban life. Consumption has become both a means and motor of social change; an active ingredient in the construction of space and place; and in constructing subjectivity and social selfhood. Cities are simultaneously being restructured as engines of consumption – providing the contexts in which goods and services are marketed, compared, purchased, used, and displayed – just as they are themselves increasingly being commodified and, in a very real sense, consumed. Increasingly, forms of spectacle have come to shape how cities are imagined and to influence their character and the practices through which we know them – from advertising and the selling of real estate, to popular music and youth cultures, to the regeneration of urban areas under the guise of the heritage and tourist industries. Using examples of cities such as New York, Sydney, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, London, and Johannesburg this course explores how image and practice have become entangled in the mutual and dynamic relationship between urban development and consumption. (4 credits) CRN 6447

LSCI 2600 Climate & Society
Ivan Ramirez
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 – 3:15 PM

This interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce students to the many facets of climate (averages, extremes, variability and change) and the broad range of climate affairs and issues that affect society at global and local scales. Given the growing concern about global climate change, it is intended to provide a baseline understanding of climate-society interactions, focusing on five basic elements: a) climate science and knowledge; b) climate impacts; c) climate economics; d) climate politics and policy; and e) climate ethics and equity. A broad rante of topics will be covered including: global warming 1-1, hazards (floods, droughts, and hurricanes), El Nino Southern Oscillation, food insecurity, mainstreaming gender into global responses, vulnerability, the politics of climate disasters, adaptation, and climate justice. (3 credits) CRN 7513

LCST 3071 Global Media Activism
Trebor Scholz
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

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

Global Internet Activism argues that digital media impacts real life politics by exploring technology-enabled political activism outside the United States and Europe. How can digital media help to mobilize citizens? Why do we have to stop talking about Twitter revolutions? Why do mainstream media in the US still pay disproportionately less attention to economically developing countries? Does the Internet democratize society? While the Internet is not accessible to the vast majority of people in poor countries, there is a larger density of mobile phones in those geographic regions than in post-industrial societies. What are the opportunities of mobile platforms to aid social change? Are platforms that allow activists to connect around specific causes valuable tools to raise awareness or does such nano-activism render us passive? The class is structured around case studies from Brazil, China, Russia, Iraq, Iran, Serbia, and South Korea. (4 credits) CRN 5948

LSCI 3042 Environmental Health in Latin America and the Caribbean
Jorge Ivan Ramirez
Friday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

This intermediate seminar course will focus on contemporary environmental health topics and issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Emphasis will be on people and their relationship with the environment and on understanding the processes that have led to environmental health outcomes, broadly defined, in the region. The appreciation of underlying processes helps understand how the region is adjusting to increased integration, globalization, and environmental change, including global warming. (3 credits) CRN 6657

NFLM 2501 Movements in World Cinema: 1960s – Present
Heliodoro San Miguel
Monday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

This course surveys the key cultural and technological developments in cinema of the last 50 years, from the French New Wave (Nouvelle Vague) in the sixties to the rise of digital cinema at the end of the 20th century. Although the class considers a variety of industry practices, including the evolution of American cinema from classical to new Hollywood films, the emphasis is on the alternative film tradition that runs parallel to Hollywood, including neorealism (with its use of locations and amateurs and its hybrid of fiction and documentary), the rise of the notion of the “auteur” and the idea of film as a form of individual expression, “art cinema” and other modernist practices, new modes of political cinema, and alternative uses of the medium of digital video. This semester, a special unit on Japanese New Wave and contemporary Japanese cinema will correspond with the program A Tribute to Donald Richie Part 2 presented by the Japan Society in March. Students will have an opportunity to view rare prints presented by guest curators, scholars, and filmmakers in attendance. (3 credits) CRN 6901

LCST 4022 Internet:: Playground & Factory
Trebor Scholz
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

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 7042

NFLM 3418 Human Rights Issues Explored on Film
Karen Kramer
Tuesday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

At great personal risk, independent filmmakers around the globe capture human rights stories. We discuss films a range of variously provocative, emotionally challenging, and important issues. We ask: What issues of human rights are raised in each film? Are they primarily race or gender issues? Do they involve war or dehumanization? What are the cultural implications of these human rights issues? Do outsiders have the right to interfere? Most important, how do the filmmakers use their craft and technique to tell the stories? Film screenings and discussions are supplemented by presentations by guest filmmakers, who take us behind the scenes. (3 credits) CRN 1371

PSCE 5035 Topics: Water and the Elements
Jean Gardner
Wednesday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

NOTE: This course is open to 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students with the permission of the instructor.

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” ~Loren Eiseley, anthropologist & natural scientist. Is water a resource, a right, a property, a life necessity? Is it taken for granted? What is its relation to the other basic elements — earth, fire, and air? Artists, policy makers, designers, scientists, architects, economists, lawyers, religious leaders, politicians, educators, students—they all need, work with, and have something to say about water and its relation to energy, our stuff, air, and the way we live. But which group knows what they are talking about? Which group do you identify with? And how can these differing modes of existence provide a basis to agree on a common future? Our objective is to contribute to the possibilities opening to us if we deepen our relation to water. Our exploration will begin with your lived experiences of water. We will also dive into the differing cultural experiences of water. We will explore current conflicts related to water and predictions about its future. Then we will develop ways to communicate what we have rescued from the sea of data on water. We will emphasize process, reflection, internal critique, and activism as our points of departure for weaving together new ways of being in relation to water. Our goal is to create a teaching-learning seminar for understanding the current status of water and the possibilities water embodies. We will do this by creating a place in which we can play as “the highest form of research.” Because as physicist and philosopher Albert Einstein also famously said: “Problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them.” (3 credits) CRN 6045

NCOM 3023 Media, Nature, and Apocalypse
Joan Schuman
Online

What can we learn from comparing media coverage of environmental disasters with fictionalized representations of such apocalyptic scenarios? This class examines media responses to natural disasters and environmental catastrophes including mainstream coverage of the BP oil spill, Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy as well as the historical Titanic sinking and global disasters in Japan, Sri Lanka and Haiti. We evaluate the impact of disaster journalism alongside that of citizen-driven media advocacy around climate change via Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook. Analysis of both the film and book versions of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road contrasts the fictional treatment of environmental apocalypse with nonfiction and other media treatments (video games, TV series, artistic projects). Assignments invite students to practice interviewing, gathering footage and building a social network advocacy campaign of an environmental issue in their own neighborhoods. (3 credits) CRN 4160


 
 

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