Spring 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. Thesis Colloquium
VII. Relevant Electives Offered through Other Departments



UGLB 2110 [Dis]Order and [In]Justice: Introduction to Global Studies
Gabriel Vignoli (Section A)
Thursday 3:50 – 5:30 PM
OR Jaskiran Dhillon (Section B)
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)
Section A: Vignoli CRN 3598
Section B: Dhillon CRN 8439

UGLB 2111 Global Economies: Understanding Global Capitalism
Amanda Zadorian
Wednesday 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 5156



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

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 4601


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

UGLB 3334 Afrofuturism ***new course***
Rhea Rahman
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

From Sun Ra’s Space is the Place to Janelle Monae’s The ArchAndroid, Black artists in the West have been long been reimagining the future. Writers from at least the nineteenth century have used science fiction to explore, radically rethink and challenge racial hierarchies. A cultural, social and artistic movement, Janelle Monae has defined Afrofuturism as “the intersection between black culture, technology, liberation and the imagination, with some mysticism thrown in, too. It can be expressed through film; it can be expressed through art, literature and music. It’s a way of bridging the future and the past and essentially helping to reimagine the experience of people of colour.” Moving beyond Afrofuturism’s place among artists of the African diaspora, in this course we rethink the past, present and future of Africa and the African diaspora. We draw from the conceptual themes of afrofuturism in order to radically challenge prevailing representations, imaginaries, and oppressions that continue to equate modernity, technology, and science with a White West and relegates the rest as ‘other’. We will use readings in history, political science, anthropology as well as film, music, comics and speculative literature. (4 credits) CRN 7739

UGLB 3345 Knowing Worlds: Rethinking the International ***new course***
Lily Ling
Tuesday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

This course aims to teach the multiple logics that inhere in multiple worlds. Accordingly, the title of this course is “Knowing Worlds.” It begins with the premise that we all live in multiple worlds whether these come through worldviews, civilizations, philosophies, statecraft, or something as everyday as food. This course will identify some basic elements of these logics by introducing students to three iconic games: chess, backgammon, and go. Each represents and demonstrates a specific approach to the world that often translates into foreign policy strategies. The course will teach students how to become critical thinkers and to realize the consequences to each action. Put differently, the course will convey an ideal of the classroom as a “playground of the mind”: that is, a safe environment for cultivating, articulating, and experimenting with ideas. (3 credits) CRN 8349

UGLB 3322 Gender Beyond the West
Geeti Das
Monday and Wednesday 3:50 – 5:30 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 5516


Cluster 2 Electives: Markets and States (MS)

UGLB 3421 The Arabian Peninsula: Changing Political Landscapes in the Middle East ***new course***
Michelle Weitzel
Tuesday 3:50 – 6:30 PM

For more than a decade now, the Middle East has dominated global headlines. With the invasion of Iraq, the hunt for Al-Qaeda, the rise and decline of democratic hopes surrounding the Arab Spring, the emergence of the Islamic State, and the Syrian civil war and its attendant refugee crisis, the region has undergone tremendous turbulence and change. Yet the headlines, which tend to frame the region through a lens of security or crisis, only tell part of the story, often eclipsing underlying political and social realities. Offering one inroad to understanding regional politics and their geopolitical ramifications, this course examines the modern histories, social organizations, cultures and political systems of 21st Century Arabia, focusing on Yemen, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. At the heart of the region, these rapidly transforming desert nations provide sites for a critical investigation into themes central to Middle Eastern politics. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach and drawing on literatures in political science, anthropology, history, and international law, the course engages fundamental questions related to political Islam and contemporary Islamist mobilization, “tribes” and non-national sovereignties, postcolonial state formation and durable authoritarian rule, civil society participation, human rights, and resource debates over water and oil. Tacking between fine-grained, ethnographic and localized understandings of power and larger, transnational concerns, students should come away with a strong understanding of society and politics in the Arabian Peninsula and how these relate to contemporary challenges. (4 credits) CRN 7740

UGLB 4502 (same as NINT 5429) Contending Economic Analyses and Economic Development
Richard Wolff
Tuesday 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 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 8329


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

UGLB 3560 Anxious Belonging: Nationalism after Globalization ***new course***
Jonathan Bach
Thursday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

How are we to understand the new forms of xenophobic politics that are reshaping our world order? This class explores the current revival of xenophobic nationalism in democratic societies in an era of globalization. It seeks to analytically make sense of the anxieties that dominate the present global political landscape, for both those who fear the “other”, and by those who are marked as “other.” It looks at how recent events such as Brexit and the elections in the US and the Philippines raise urgent questions about globalization and its relation to democracy. Until very recently the “international community” framed globalization as an inevitable if controversial move beyond the excesses of 20th century nationalism. With the current rise of nationalism, has globalization in some sense “failed”? Or has its rhetoric camouflaged underlying identity politics and questions of class (itself a contested category)? What are other contending explanations? The class is an analytical inquiry into the xenophobic turn at the global scale. It seeks to provide conceptual tools for understanding the underlying forces driving this shift. It examines constitutional democracies with significant popular support for xenophobic nationalism such as the United States, European countries, Turkey, India, the Philippines and Japan (among others). The class aims at locating contemporary manifestations of nationalism within its long historical and conceptual trajectory, including its changing meanings from the 19th and 20th centuries to its resurgence in the post-Cold War era and its electoral impact in the world today. (3 credits) CRN 8608

UGLB 2520 #NODAPL: Standing Rock in Focus ***new course***
Jaskiran Dhillon
Thursday 9:00 – 11:40 AM

Thousands of Water Protectors from more than 200 Native Nations, and allied supporters from a range of social movements, are gathered at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). DAPL threatens to cross under the Mni Sose (the Missouri River), which is the freshwater supply for millions of humans and countless nonhuman relations. This class contextualizes the Standing Rock struggle within literatures on Sioux history and contemporary Indigenous politics and criticism, within the literature on toxicity and its dangers to the environment, and within accounts of gender and police violence within settler states. Throughout the course, we will explore how this epic resistance signifies not only the resurgence of the Oceti Sakowin Oyate (the Great Sioux Nation) and the radical Indigenous movement to reclaim Native lives, lands, and waters, but also the confluence of allied struggles in support of a transformative anti-colonial agenda centering Indigenous sovereignty, eradicating colonial gender violence, territorial restoration, and land reclamation. Readings and multimedia resources for the class are drawn from the #NODAPL Syllabus Project which foregrounds the work of Sioux scholars, other Indigenous scholars and media makers, and allied settler scholars. The course includes guest presentations by individuals directly involved in on-the-ground organizing at Standing Rock. (3 credits) CRN 8423

UGLB 2501 (same as LSCI 2601) Climate Justice
Ivan Ramirez
Monday and Wednesday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce students to the economic, political and social justice dimensions of climate and ocean systems, arising from human-climate interactions. Given the growing concern about global climate change, it is intended to provide a baseline understanding of a) climate economics of weather and climate; b) climate politics, policy and law; and c) climate justice issues that communities and governments face. Topics include Climate and the North-South Divide, Climate, Markets and Imperialism, Arctic Politics, Disaster Diplomacy, Climate Debt, and Climate Action and Capacity Building. Students will be evaluated based on critical writing assignments, presentations and a final project. (4 credits) CRN 8348

UGLB 3540 Prisons, Punishment & Global (In)Justice
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 6170

UGLB 4510 (same as NINT 5773) Borders, Migrants, States
Alexandra Délano
Thursday 2:00 – 3:50 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.

How do states define their interests and responsibilities regarding migration flows, border controls, immigrant integration or relationships with diasporas? How do the resulting migration policies impact the movement of people (or lack thereof) and migrants’ political, economic and civic engagements in countries of origin and destination? Borders, Migrants and States examines policies of immigration and emigration from the perspective of the states where movement originates as well as the place of arrival (including countries of transit and return), and from the perspective of migrants who are affected by but also challenge and reshape the boundaries of such policies and norms. The course will focus particularly on the US and Latin America as the basis for discussions about the push and pull factors of migration, particularly emphasizing labor migration and undocumented migration. We will examine policies ranging from border controls to temporary worker programs, regularization programs (including DACA), immigrant integration and diaspora policies focused on development in the origin country as well as the extension of citizenship rights across borders. In every case we will consider the impact of migration policies on migrants and their transnational activities, mobilization and activism. The course will include site visits and guest speakers. In addition to academic texts, course materials will include current news articles, documentary films, a novel and chronicles. (3 credits) CRN 8137

UGLB 4516 (same as NINT 5916) Surveillance, Privacy & Rights
Filip Pospisil
Tuesday 8:00 – 9:50 PM

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

The evolution of new technologies and means of electronic communication have undoubtedly enlarged the opportunities to realize one’s human rights but they have also brought new kinds of challenges. Increasing global attention to the right to privacy can be understood as a response to these challenges. The emergence of big data and its profiling for public and private purposes, the mass use of geo-location, cloud computing, mobile internet, and social networks bring different meanings to terms such as public and confidential. In fact, recent indiscretions of collaborators of secret services have revealed that we live in an era in which some governments collect and process the largest amounts of personal data in human history. This seminar intends to place these revelations within the history of surveillance and privacy and compare methods and approaches to the control of data on the behavior, communication and characteristics of populations in different types of societies labelled as democratic as well as authoritarian and totalitarian. The course will explain the effects such methods of surveillance have on the efficiency of government and also on the behavior of individuals and social groups. It will describe the evolution of legal frameworks of international privacy and data protection and their connections to human rights law. We will analyze shifts and changes in ancient concepts of private and public spheres in societies equipped with the means of mass control and explore the extent to which Bentham’s concept of the panopticon and Foucault’s concept of governmentality are now applicable to countries that are pursuing policies of dataveillance or global surveillance justified as necessary counterterrorism measures. (3 credits) CRN 8339

UGLB 4525 (same as NINT 5325) Global Health, Poverty & Development
Manjari Mahajan
Tuesday 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 course explores the challenge of Health for All, by analyzing the relationships among health, nutrition, and development within the context of socio-economic inequities. A historical review of the human rights approach to health will ground the course and introduce students to the social determinants of health. From there, students will investigate the role of aid agencies, government, non-governmental projects, and grass roots efforts to tackle the inter-related problems of disease and poverty that are compounded by rapid urbanization and globalization. A range of topics will be used to provide a framework for discussion and include: access to essential medicines and technology; institutionalized discrimination; and nutrition and food security. (3 credits) CRN 8373

UGLB 4514 (same as NINT 5375 and NFDS 4260) Food, Global Trade and Development
Fabio Parasecoli & Sakiko Fukuda-Parr
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.

Food security is a basic human right and an urgent priority in countries rich and poor, but the causes of food insecurity and ways to address it are the subject of intense controversy. Multiple discourses shape debates in areas ranging from food sovereignty to sustainable food systems to the new Green Revolution. We examine a number of controversial questions: How can geographical indications be used to enhance opportunities for trade? Did speculation cause the recent price hikes in world food markets? From a cultural and ethical perspective, is the global intrinsically bad and the local intrinsically good? How do global value chains help or undermine local food systems? Drawing on food studies and development economics, this course is an exploration of key policy approaches and challenges around food security in the context of rapidly evolving global food systems. This is a graduate-level course that is also appropriate for undergraduates. (3 credits) CRN 8190

UGLB 4526 (same as NINT 6426) Conflicts and Global Responses
Peter Hoffman
Thursday 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 class analyzes the causes, dynamics, and consequences of contemporary armed conflicts, and examines global responses embodied in conflict management strategies and tools. It begins by laying out the major perspectives on conflicts and conflict response that are rooted in rationalist and critical traditions of Security Studies and Strategic Studies. The class then examines the historical and political contexts that have shaped and continue to shape contemporary international conflicts—namely, the early inter-state system, the 19th century, World Wars I and II, and the Cold War. With this background the class investigates recent and ongoing cases of armed conflict from the so-called “New Wars” of the 1990s through the post-September 11, 2001 period. These include: Somalia and the Horn of Africa; Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Afghanistan-Pakistan; Iraq, Syria, and Iran; Sudan, Darfur, and South Sudan; Libya, Mali, and Yemen; Israel-Palestine; and the drug war in Colombia and Mexico. The final section of the class will consider drivers of conflict and conflict management and assess future prospects for international conflict management. (3 credits) CRN 8378


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

ULEC 2280 Liquid Cities: Reimagining Urban Waterfronts and Waterways
Aurash Khawarzad
Monday 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 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 waterfrontcity 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.Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course. (0 credits, with 3-credit discussion section) CRN 5166

UGLB 4634 (same as NINT 5334) The Poetics of Witnessing
Peter Lucas
Friday 2:00 – 4:50 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.

Today, many documentarians consider themselves working within a well-defined human rights framework where images and film are used to raise awareness and critical consciousness about social injustice. On the far edge of this movement, however, there are photographers and filmmakers whose work calls attention to the traditional documentary ethics of bearing witness but whose images and modes of representation blur the lines between fact and fiction. This body of work is more open-ended to interpretation and multiple readings than traditional documentary representation. And while their themes are just as serious as straight documentarians, their work engages different audiences in a variety of venues. Beginning with a theoretical base of Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida and Susan Sontag’s Regarding the Pain of Others, the course will study several underlying themes in visual poetics such loss, memory, longing, nostalgia, melancholy, the ephemeral nature of time. We will also study how poetical images move between the moral community and the ethical community. (3 credits) CRN 8347


III. Collaborative Research Seminar (CRS)

UGLB 3733 CRS: Social Action and Solidarity in Difficult Times
Alexandra Délano
Wednesday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

What does it take to accomplish real social change (individually and collectively) in our society? What does organizing for social change look like? What are some different approaches to organizing and non-violent resistance? What does solidarity mean and what forms does it take? This course engages these questions through a dynamic combination of theory, practice and action. We will discuss readings and documentaries focusing on the history, theory and methods of grassroots organizing, social movements and activism. Our case studies will draw from recent campaigns and mobilizations in the U.S. and around the world including the Indignados in Spain and Podemos, Occupy Wall Street, the “Dreamers”, the Arab Spring, Ayotzinapa, and Black Lives Matter, among others. Throughout the semester, students will design their own campaign/action, from the decision of the issue to focus on to the actual launch of the project and an analysis of the results. In addition to a critical analysis of questions related to social action and solidarity, students will practice skills such as writing a mission statement, press releases, grant applications, presentations to different audiences, and strategies for dissemination through different media and social networks. Based on the issue selected by the class, we will organize field trips, invite guest presenters and use creative spaces and formats to develop a project. (4 credits) CRN 6944

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

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 with an immigrant organization and/or a Volag for about 2.5 hours per week throughout the semester. This will allows students 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. (4 credits) CRN 3837


IV. Global Engagement

UGLB 3903 Global Engagement
Jonathan Bach

All majors in the Global Studies program must complete an experiential component relevant to the field in consultation with an advisor. These experiences include, but are not limited to, study abroad, internships, collaborative studios, or other fieldwork projects in New York or across the globe. Global Studies majors who are planning to complete their global engagement requirement during the 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 3818


V. Global Studies Colloquium

UGLB 3906 Global Studies Colloquium
Alexandra Délano
Monday 12:00 – 1:50 PM

NOTE: This course meets every other week starting on January 30.

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 6104


VI. Thesis Colloquium

UGLB 4711A & 4711B Thesis Colloquium
Jaskiran Dhillon (Section A) or Laura Liu (Section B)
Thursday 12:00 – 1:50 PM

NOTE: This course meets every other week, starting on January 26.

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) CRN 5335 (Section A: Dhillon) or 8086 (Section B: Liu)


VII. Relevant electives offered through other departments

1-credit courses

NFDS 2120 The Sweet and the Bitter
Michael Krondl
Wednesday 6:00 – 7:50 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 8191


Knowledge Base

UENV 3501 Economics of the Environment
Yaella Depietri
Tuesday 3:50 – 6:30 PM

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 7922

LCST 3901 Radio / Podcasting: On Air
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 2207

LHIS 2041 State and Society in the Modern Middle East
Aaron Jakes
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

This course is designed to offer a general introduction to the region of Southwest Asia/North Africa commonly designated “The Middle East.” The class will provide an overview of major historical developments in the region from roughly the mid-eighteenth century to the present. But it also aims to leave students with a basic understanding of the work that historians do and the kinds of questions they ask. Towards that end, we will in fact be studying two histories at once. First, the general outline of the course will follow the longer arc of time through the major political, social, and cultural transformations that have shaped the region. We will focus on the changing character of the state and its relationships with the populations it governs. But second, we will stop along the way to examine the history of ideas about how this part of the world should be studied and understood. As we move through the course, the connections between these two histories will become clearer. We will explore how different kinds of knowledge about the Middle East have in fact shaped its history. (4 credits) CRN 6885

LSOC 2001 Sociological Imagination
Faculty TBA
Tuesday and Thursday 3:50 – 5:30 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 8358

LCST 2450 Introduction to Media Studies
Deborah Levitt
Monday and Wednesday 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 2947

NCOM 3000 Introduction to Media Studies
Natasha Chuk (Section A)
Tuesday 6:00 – 7:50 PM
OR Peter Haratonik (Section B)

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 1446 (Section A) OR 6961 (Section B)

LCST 2120 Introduction to Cultural Studies
Kate Eichhorn
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 3824

NSOS 3800 Foundations of Gender Studies
Katinka Wijsman

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 5717

NECO 2002 Macroeconomics
Vivette Ancona

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 5052


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

NANT 3423 Anthropology of Home
Rachel Heiman
Wednesday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

When we think of home, we typically envision spaces, sentiments, and relationships that are deeply personal, familiar, and familial. Yet these seemingly private spaces also are key sites through which we become national subjects and cultural citizens with specific gendered, classed, and culturally infused desires. How might we understand the relationship between domestic design, national anxieties, and intimate lives? This course provides students an introduction to the anthropology of home and explores sites that include living rooms in Hungary, dining rooms in Egypt, cramped quarters in Algeria, service entrances in Rio, and dens in New Jersey. Our readings examine topics that range from how kitchens and drawing rooms in Punjab have replaced national spaces of personal transformation to the ways that love and marriage in China have been recast amid the rise of homeownership. Final projects enable students to write about an aspect of home of their own choosing. (3 credits) CRN 6963

LHIS 4536 Nationalism in Global History
Sebastian Conrad
Thursday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

This seminar provides an overview over various theories of nationalism, and at the same time introduces a variety of case studies since the early nineteenth century from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. We will thus discuss a variety of different cases; at the same time, one of the overriding concerns will be theoretical: How to write a global history of nationalism? Its overall aim is therefore to confront common (largely Eurocentric) theories of nationalism with more recent approaches that aim at an explicitly global history of nationalism. A first part of the seminar familiarizes students with the most common theoretical approaches to the study of nationalism from an interdisciplinary perspective. A second part introduces a variety of interpretations that try to understand the rise of nationalism as a global (and globally linked) phenomenon, and to situate its specific inflections in a global context. (3 credits) CRN 7052

LPOL 3076 Politics of Walking
Rafi Youatt
Thursday 12:10 – 2:50 PM

Gandhi’s Salt March, the Long March in China, and the Selma to Montgomery Marches are all iconic events. Departing from these events, the course asks what it means to take walking seriously as a political act. We work through multiple modes of walking, from the symbolic and iconic collective protest marches; to automobility, transportation infrastructure, and individuated urban walking; to migration and mobility across borders; to spiritual treks and religious pilgrimages. What makes walking political? What vocabularies of mobility allow us to understand movement on foot as something more than a slow form of transportation? The course investigates the ways that walking can be both an object of political research, and a method of political practice. (4 credits) CRN 8057

LPOL 3094 Writing Global Politics
Anne McNevin
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

As students of global politics we are saturated with information, data and opinion about what’s going on in the world. Much of this material attempts to convince us to think and act according to particular political ideas. Many of us hope to make our own mark on global politics by writing, advocating and communicating for particular political ends. How do we do so effectively? This course engages students with different genres of political writing (essays but also commentary, fiction, reports, manifestos, speeches, and so on). We examine the purpose of different forms of writing and judge their effectiveness. Working from examples, students will workshop their own writing/speaking across different genres on topics of global politics that are driven by their own interests and political commitments. This is a course about how to read, process, synthesize, analyze, and write more effectively. It’s also about learning the art of persuasion and strategic communication to different audiences for different purposes. (4 credits) CRN 6843

LANT 3037 What Was Europe? Anthropology and History of an Unsettled Present
Charles McDonald
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

We don’t have to follow the news closely to know that “Europe” is in trouble, beset on all sides-and from within-by threats that shift depending on one’s political orientation: financial austerity or social welfare; too few or too many borders; inadequate or excessive surveillance; radical Islam or “native” xenophobia; the erosion of nation-states or their resurgence, to name a few. These longstanding debates have gained added urgency in the wake of terrorist attacks from France to Scandinavia; economic collapse in Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain; Russia’s annexation of part of Ukraine; and the millions of displaced people from North Africa and the Middle East who have crossed land and sea in search of refuge. But what is this “Europe” that is threatened and must be protected? Our objectives in this course are two-fold: (1) to critically examine several key moments that illuminate how “Europe” has been conceived as a territory, civilization, and political project over time; and (2) to ethnographically explore how these ideas inform people’s lives in the present, their attachments to the past, and their expectations for the future. We will be particularly attuned to the forms of inclusion and exclusion that mark contemporary life in Europe, including race, religion, gender, citizenship, always with an eye toward how such abstractions come to matter in everyday life. While students will develop a solid foundation in the anthropology of Europe, we will also draw heavily on history and philosophy, journalism and cultural criticism, as well as fiction and film as resources for drawing connections between theoretical material and current events. (4 credits) CRN 7563

LANT 2405 Blood Politics
Frederick Howard
Monday and Wednesday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

Gil Anijar explains, “Blood makes and marks difference, an allegedly universal difference inscribed between bloods.” Anidjar asks us to suspend the practice of distinguishing between blood in its literal and figurative form, for it is only then that we can assess the politics of blood. This course pursues the politics of difference between bloods in four parts. The first unit of the course examines blood as an informatic-as a substance believed to contain, disseminate, and preserve a truth. The practice of determining bloodquantum within Indigenous communities in North America is a vestige of the colonial categories used to assess interior qualities of human kind, and yet tribal governments often assess cultural and ethnic authenticity by quantifying bloodlines. This section looks at race, sentiments of belonging, and judgments of exclusion. Next, the class will compare practices of consumption, asking what blood means for the making of food-for preparations that determine what mixing is permissible, and for ritualized absorption of bloods’ essences. The third unit will consider blood as a vector of contagion. As a substance necessary for life, how has it figured into the politics of death? How have imaginaries of poison, bad blood, and disease become the basis for stigma and a context for solidarity? Next we will look at notions of spilt blood, or blood loss. What metaphors can be read in vampirism? An idiom of war explains that objectives are paid for with “blood and treasure.” How is blood rendered as a form of currency that can purchase territory and sustain a nation? Blood Politics poses a central question: If blood has been long understood to carry or transmit essences and truths, what politics have emerged for the management of this transmission? The class surveys a broad range of source material and yet remains focused on blood as a substance, offering anthropological perspectives on the social relations and subjectivities that manifest under the sign of blood. (4 credits) CRN 7584

LHIS 3027 From the Plague, to AIDS, and Beyond – Global Histories of Disease
Laura Palermo
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

This seminar focuses on the global history of disease and how and why it affected, and was affected by, different social and political contexts over time in Europe, Latin America and beyond. The course approaches disease from the double perspective of its basic scientific dimensions and its interactions with history and society. We will analyze different historical cases including the plague and its role in the Early Modern period; smallpox and the colonial encounters; influenza and World War I world; Sexually Transmitted disease and its politics from Guatemala to Alabama, the ‘”Nazi War on Cancer”; Disease and Poverty in the history of the Third World (tuberculosis, Cholera, Dengue fever, Malaria, Yellow Fever, “neglected” diseases) as well as the more recent cases of HIV/AIDS and Avian Flu . The seminar examines the different contextual genealogies of disease including issues of imperialism and the expansion of global capital; fascism and democracy in the Third World. The seminar deals with the relationship between the past, present and future of disease in a global context. (4 credits) CRN 6886

LLSL 3033 Magical Realism and its Discontents
Juan DeCastro
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This course studies the rise of magical realism, its spread throughout world letters, and the reaction against it in the Spanish-speaking world and beyond. While the term had first been used to describe German paintings, it has become associated with Latin American literature, in particular with Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), one of the most influential and beloved novels written during the 20th century. The popularity of García Márquez’s novel-it is a favorite of both Oprah Winfrey and Salman Rushdie-helped usher a world wide magical realist fever, as writers from the global South and even the U.S. and Europe found in the style a way to write about social realities that had till then seemed too excessive for realistic or even modernist representation. As a reaction against the exoticist implications of the style and, perhaps, its association with political radicalism, the best-known contemporary Latin American novelists have explicitly rejected magical realism. Among the authors that could be studied are Gabriel García Márquez, Rushdie, Rudolf Anaya, Peter Carey, Joyce Carol Oates, and Alberto Fuguet. (4 credits) CRN 6905

NANT 3636 Childhood in Crisis: Development in a Globalized World
Victoria Malkin
Thursday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

What is childhood? What does it mean to be a child? How much are these ideas a reflection of adult anxieties and desires? In this class, childhood will be approached as an object of ethnographic study. We will consider the ways in which different discourse and practices create specific types of childhoods. By exploring the stories we tell about childhood and comparing the lived experience of children as active agents across sociocultural and historical contexts, we can think critically about this stage. The class also explores how transnational and global forces draw children into different practices. What can we say about children as victims, social actors and contributors to their world? Through classic texts such as Jean Briggs’ *Inuit Morality Play: The Emotional Education of a Three-Year Old* or Margaret Mead’s classic *Growing up in New Guinea: A Comparative Study of Primitive Education,* anthropology provides us rich descriptions of children in their sociocultural world. More contemporary ethnographies explore how children are taught their “”place in the world”" and how their bodies are policed and disciplined Among the issues we will explore are race, class, and gender; normative expectations; and the ways in which children are policed and punished. We will consider writings around child soldiers, child migrants and child sex workers as growing transnational phenomena and examine how our prevailing ideologies influence well-meaning interventions developed to address children’s needs, but which can fail in the context of communities with radically different ideas around these needs and roles. (3 credits) CRN 6974

LPOL 3016 Borders and Walls
Jessica Pisano
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

What are borders, and why do states police them? What are the politics that generate beliefs that we need borders? How are barriers between states constructed, and who are the actors that participate in their construction? And how, where, and why do people negotiate state boundaries? In this course, we analyze not only physical borders, but also bureaucratic barriers to movement and walls in virtual space. Much research about politics focuses on what happens within individual states or an international state system. But borderlands–physical or virtual–often have their own politics distinct from those of the states on whose peripheries they exist. In the course we emphasize research that seeks to understand politics in contexts that transcend the boundaries of states. Through case studies drawn from different continents, we consider the local political economies borders generate, and the ways people find to move around and across them. We also examine questions such as: how do walls made by authoritarian regimes differ from walls built by countries considered to be democracies? Finally, we consider how the study of borders and walls can change how we think about politics within states. (4 credits) CRN 7564

LREL 2075 World Christianities
Faculty TBA
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

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 principle 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 5458

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 6955

NANT 3633 Whose Heritage: Contested Cultural Sites
Jennifer Scott

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 4934


Cluster 2 Electives: Markets and States (MS)

LECO 2260 History of Development
Marjan Fadavi Ardekani
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

Economic development and development economics with all their close correspondence are two concepts with different histories and evolutionary paths that can be traced separately but in relation to one another. From Henry Truman’s inaugural speech in 1949 that marked the birth of underdeveloped world there has been an interesting relationship between the evolution of the field of knowledge which has been called (modern) development economics and what has long been a subject of inquiry, namely economic development. In this course we will take a critical look at the evolution and rise and fall of different ideas and key concepts in the field of development economics. How such ideas were shaped and what economic models, policies and strategies were introduced based on each will be addressed in this course. Due to the broad nature of the topic the aim of the course in general will be to expose students to the path that economic development as a subject matter in economics has been taken to reach its current stage and how development economics as a subfield of economics has been responding to it. Students will have the chance to critically discuss the variables affecting the “economic development” and the indicators which have been used in gauging the state of economic development. (4 credits) CRN 7703

LPOL 3094 Global Political Economy: Theories and History
Quentin Bruneau
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

Nowadays, scholars, pundits and politicians often speak of economic governance, but when did the idea that there are such things as ‘economies’ that can be governed emerge? Who were the first modern economists and what impact did they have on the development of global economic life? If the nineteenth century global economy was characterised by liberalism and free trade, how should we think of the central role played by empire over the same period? This course is concerned with the emergence and development of the global economy, with a particular focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The two key goals of this course are to add to students’ understanding of the relation between the political structure of the international system and its economic organisation, and to get them to think about global economic developments in broader historical perspective. To this end, the course first examines key theories of international political economy such as hegemonic stability theory and world-systems theory. It then investigates the ideas, knowledge, and groups of people that have historically underpinned the global economy. The course concludes by reflecting on normative issues stemming from contemporary processes of globalisation, such as the distribution of global wealth (i.e. global distributive justice). (4 credits) CRN 7054

LECO 3760 Comparative Systems
Ying Chen
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This course will discuss the theories and practices of alternative economics systems, with a focus on the actual history of the alternative economics systems. We will start with the early debates about Socialism, and then move on to study the actual historical practice of socialism, with a focus on evaluating the performance of the Soviet system first. Then we study the features of market socialism practiced in China and self-management practiced in Yugoslavia. We will then discuss the reasons for the demise of the soviet economy, from both the mainstream point of view and the alternative explanations. We conclude by discussing some new theories of socialism, specifically the debate between market socialism and participatory planning, and evaluate their feasibility in the 21st century. (4 credits) CRN 7704

LHIS 4546 Slavery, Race, Capitalism
Julia Ott
Monday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

Historians’ recent investigations of the centrality of racialized chattel slavery to the origins of capitalism — along with activists’ efforts to expose the ongoing legacy of New World slavery — inspire a broad reconsideration of the connections between capitalism, race, and coerced labor across time and around the world. ‘Carceral capitalism,’ the question of reparations, ‘revenue-generating’ policing, international sex-trafficking, and transnational ‘sponsorship’ arrangements that bind migrant workers to their employers: all these pressing concerns call out for interdisciplinary and international investigations of how historical and present-day forms of slavery shape contemporary capitalism. (3 credits) CRN 7917

LANT 2023 Money
Janet Roitman
Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:40 AM

Can we imagine life without money? And why would we want to imagine life without money? In this seminar we will examine the ways that coins, cash, currencies, and commodities mediate interactions between human beings. We will study various ethnographies relating to many parts of the world so as to better understand the histories and meanings of money, or how money can be understood as an economic and cultural practice. What forms does money take? What distinguishes barter from exchange, gifts from commodities, official monies from alternative monies? And why do we make such distinctions? To answer these questions, we will study the history of money forms as well as the history of anthropological thought about money in its different forms. This seminar aims to give critical consideration to the ways in which money has been understood by both local communities and anthropologists. Permission of the Instructor is required for students outside of the Lang Division. (4 credits) CRN 7554

LECO 3877 Intermediate Macroeconomics
Mark Setterfield
Tuesday and Thursday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

In contrast to microeconomics, which is the study of the economic behavior of individual consumers, firms, and industries, macroeconomics is the study the economy as a whole. In this course we will study how economists model the relationships between aggregate economic variables and examine how various fiscal and monetary policies can affect the results. This course attempts to address a variety of questions about the functioning of modern economic systems, such as: What causes recessions and depressions? Why is inflation rate higher in some countries than in others? What types of economic policies can be implemented, and what outcomes can be expected? The topics to be discussed in this course include: Interaction between goods, labor and financial markets; and the relationship between unemployment and inflation. The main goal of this course will be to improve your economic literacy and ability to apply economic models to analyze world events. This is a ULS course, taught through Lang. It is open to students across the university. (4 credits) CRN 7632

NFDS 3623 New Global Food Policy Tools for Sustainability
Thomas Forster
Tuesday 4:00 – 5:50 PM

In 2015 two global policy events, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Paris Climate Accord, presented the best chances for sustainable development in a world challenged by climate change, constantly displaced peoples, and rapid urbanization. Food system change has become are a central part of the solution. Local governments and civil society will be decisive for these new policy commitments to succeed. This course will provide grounding in the changing policy landscape that gives local governments and local peoples new tools, resources and technical support to integrate sustainable development goals through strengthening city region food systems. (3 credits) CRN 7658


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

LHIS 3036 Oil, Energy and Power in the 20th Century
Aaron Jakes
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This research seminar will examine the many histories of the thick, black liquid that, for better or worse, continues to fuel the world we inhabit. Over the past hundred years, oil has been at the center of historical developments that have reshaped diverse regions of the globe in countless ways, some obvious, others less so. Since at least the end of WWI, the struggle to control flows of oil and the enormous wealth they generate has generated intense and often violent geopolitical rivalries. The complex relationships between newly-formed nation states and their subsoil resources have had a decisive and ongoing influence upon the character of government regimes and political and social movements both within and beyond the major oil-producing countries. The energy derived from oil has shaped the routines of our everyday lives in ways so numerous and profound that they often escape our notice. The material processes involved in extracting, refining, and moving oil have transformed both rural and desert landscapes and urban built environments. And the contest over oil revenues has helped to animate ongoing conflicts around religious, ethnic, and national identity. Readings for this course will provide a basic history of oil, with a particular focus on the modern Middle East, as well as an introduction to major works of scholarship that represent a range of approaches to the history and politics of this highly-prized substance. Over the course of the semester, each student will design and complete a research project on a topic, to be chosen in consultation with the instructor, dealing with some aspect of the historical geography of oil, energy, and power. (4 credits) CRN 6890

NPOL 3571 Law and Terrorism
Glynn Torres-Spelliscy

The conclusion of World War II led to a new era in international relations, one purportedly based on international law and human rights. In practice, however, states frequently ignore international legal requirements when the laws impede the pursuit of their own national interests. Since the catastrophic attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States has responded to security threats with policies and practices in its declared Global War on Terrorism that have challenged fundamental legal understandings. These policies have not so much disregarded international law as redefined it. This course focuses on the complex legal and domestic constitutional issues posed by the U.S. governments words and actions. Topics range from domestic issues, such as the USA Patriot Act, warrantless wiretapping, and indefinite detention, to international legal issues, such as the doctrine of preemption, the practice of “extraordinary rendition,” and the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody and control. Policies of the Bush and Obama administrations are compared and contrasted with respect to effects on the international legal order. (3 credits) CRN 6966


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

LVIS 3022 New Enclosures: Art, Space and the Global City
Alan Ruiz
Tuesday and Thursday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This course will explore the ways in which space is produced both as material and as ideology. Addressing historical and current neoliberal policies that have influenced the shape, contour and mesh of the global city, how might we consider forms of art and architecture in relation to or complicit with a project of urban development? We will explore a range of spatial typologies from architectural pavilions, World Fairs, Free-Trade Zones, to international art fairs and biennials, and their influence on the production of “experience economies.” We will also examine the impact of what architect Keller Easterling calls “infrastructure space” to understand how systems of standardization and mass-customization produce not only objects but subjects as well. Reconsidering form as carrying the potential for action, we will engage space as both a medium and a practice in our attempts to expand upon preconceived notions of the built-environment advanced by artworks such as Charlotte Poseneske’s “Series-D/DW” and Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Fake Estates”. Readings will be drawn from a range of theoretical, art historical, and architectural sources. Students will work individually and/or collaboratively towards developing a semester long creative research project that will directly engage a discursive or physical site of their choice. (4 credits) CRN 8188

UENV 3510 Planning Sustainable Cities
Joseph Heathcott
Monday 3:50 – 6:30 PM

This course explores how urban planning affects the sustainability of cities, for better or worse. Students study land-use practices that have, over decades, led to traffic congestion, air pollution, inefficient energy consumption, loss of open space, inequitable resource distribution, and the loss of community. They explore and evaluate planning principles and tools that are designed to halt, reduce, and reverse the negative effects of poor planning on the urban environment. There are presentations by community activists, government planners, and private developers who are working in the New York metropolitan region to advance sustainable land use planning. (3 credits) CRN 8289

UURB 4510 The Design of Cities: Policy, Planning and People
Joseph Heathcott
Wednesday 6:00 – 7:50 PM

This seminar orients students to major themes in the planning and design of metropolitan environments in a globalizing age. We examine these practices in an international context, drawing on a wide range of cases. We study the applications of urban planning and design to such elements as housing, property, land use, streets, transportation, utilities, industry, parks, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, leisure and entertainment. In all cases, we place these practices into the broader ambit of urban politics, policy, and social relations. The animating question of the course is this: how do multiple competing and colluding interests shape the planning and design of cities, and how do cities reflect these struggles in their built forms? Students of urban policy, management, and international affairs will benefit from this course by developing a more comprehensive understanding of planning and design. Through readings, discussions, films, and guest speakers, we explore the ways in which planning and design shape the physical, aesthetic, and social experience of cities. Students learn to read the signatures of design embedded in built landscapes, to form critical understandings of urban planning and design schemes, and to assess their impact on people and environments. In this way, students gain the capacity to build bridges to professions such as urban planning, design, architecture, and landscape architecture. Ultimately, the course will better position students to work across intellectual and practice boundaries to address the most pressing problems of cities. (3 credits) CRN 7975

LSCI 2810 Environment and Health in Latin America
Ivan Ramirez
Monday and Wednesday 1:50 – 3:30 PM

This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to contemporary environment and health issues in Latin America. Course resources will focus on people and their relationship with the environment and how interactions influence health vulnerability in the region. An appreciation of the underlying processes of human-environment interactions will contribute to a deeper understanding of regional responses to environmental change and increased globalization, and efforts towards sustainability and environmental and health justice. Topics include: Natural Regions and Environmental Hazards, Economic-Crisis, Ecology, and Epidemics (e.g., Cholera and Zika), Disaster and Health Vulnerability, Political Ecology and Ecosystem Approaches, and Capacity Building for Public Health. Class discussions will provide a critical analysis of frameworks that focus on disease and populations rather than the individuals making up the population and their capacity to achieve wellness. Students will be evaluated based on critical writing assignments, presentations and a final project. There are no prerequisites. (4 credits) CRN 8291

UENV 3200 Spatial Thinking with GIS
Faculty TBA
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 7697

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 5343

UURB 3028 Screening the City
Scott Salmon
Monday and Wednesday 3:55 – 5:30 PM

This course examines the changing representation of cities in film, drawing on major theoretical debates within urban studies to explore the two-way relationship between the cinema and the city. Visually compelling and always modern, cities are the perfect metaphor for the contemporary human condition. Students consider the celluloid city not as a myth in need of deconstruction but as a commentary in need of explication, a resource that offers a unique insight into our complex relationship with the urban experience. Throughout the course, cinema’s artistic encounter with the city will intersect with a theoretical and political engagement in which issues such as race, class, sexuality, architecture, planning, the environment, (post)modernity, capitalism, and utopianism are explicitly examined. (4 credits) CRN 7551

NFLM 2501 Movements in World Cinema: 1960s – Present
Faculty TBA
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. (3 credits) CRN 5662

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

“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 mind set that created them.” (3 credits) CRN 5163

LCST 3108 World Cinema
Silvia Vega-Llona
Monday and Wednesday 11:55 AM – 1:35 PM

This course studies world cinema, initially understood as films of world-importance, not produced in and for Hollywood. Beginning with the pioneering work of French filmmakers, and highlighting German Expressionism of the early 1920s, as well as Russian montage cinema of the late 1920s, the focus shifts to Latin America (Mexico and Argentina) as well as China and Japan in the 1930s and 1940s. After WW II, the course will consider the different ‘new waves’ in Western Europe (Italian Neo-Realism, the French Nouvelle Vague, New German Cinema) and Eastern Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary). From the 1970s onwards, a politicised, anti- and post-colonial cinema emerges in parts of Latin America (Cuba, Argentina, Brazil) and Sub-Sahara Africa (Mali, Senegal, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso), which also reflects the increasing importance of international film festivals for world cinema. The 1980s witness a strong presence of Asian films (from Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong), while the 1990s reflect the vitality of filmmaking in Mainland China, in Iran, as well as world-class directors in Spain and Mexico. With the arrival of digital media and the spread of globalised culture since the late 1990s, cinema everywhere has undergone such dramatic changes that the course will conclude with new definitions of what is meant by ‘world cinema’ today. Readings in film history and international film culture will be complemented by critical analyses of individual films. (4 credits) CRN 6935

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 1287


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