Spring 2018 courses

 

Note: All course information is subject to change. Please consult the university course catalog or the university registration website for the most up-to-date course information.

Direct experience will change how you view your academic work, and help prepare you for deeper and more nuanced thesis research. Talk to us about how you plan to fulfill your Global Engagement experience if you haven’t already, or get in touch for help finding and choosing among opportunities and seeking funding.

By junior year you should have begun work towards fulfilling your language requirement. If you need to arrange a proficiency test, or you plan to fulfill your language requirement outside The New School, or you just want to explore your options, contact Joelle Piekes.

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I. Core Courses
II. Knowledge Base Electives
III. Global Challenge Cluster Electives
IV. Collaborative Research Seminars
V. Global Engagement & Thesis Colloquium
VI. Relevant Electives Offered through Other Departments

 

I. CORE COURSES

UGLB 2110: (Dis)Order and (In)Justice: Introduction to Global Studies
Gabriel Vignoli
Thursday 3:50 pm – 6:30 pm

CRN: 2467
3 credits
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.

UGLB 2111: Global Economies: Understanding Global Capitalism
Amanda Zadorian
Tuesday 3:50 pm – 6:30 pm

CRN: 3421
3 credits
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.

 

II. KNOWLEDGE BASE ELECTIVES

NOTE: These electives are offered through the Global Studies Program. You may also take courses through other departments towards your elective requirements. See section VI for a selected list.

UGLB 3200: Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods
Jaskiran Dhillon
Wednesday 12:10 pm – 2:50 pm

CRN: 6452
4 credits
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to qualitative research broadly and ethnographic research specifically. Ethnography is a qualitative approach that focuses on the study of culture and social organization through participant observation and interviewing, an approach known as fieldwork. The course is designed balance the practical and political dimensions of research by exposing students to literature and discussions that will help them develop the skills to become strong researchers as well as unveil the continuum of theoretical and epistemological frameworks that guide ethnographic fieldwork. As such, course readings and discussions will engage students in exploring a number of issues in the field of ethnographic research broadly and the uses of these methods in applied development work. Further, the course is structured to support students, as part of an inquiry community, to critically examine and analyze the complex relationships between society, ideology/ies, epistemology/ies, and research methodology/ies – to understand and appreciate the possibilities and limitations of contemporary ethnography within the contexts of broader sociopolitical and economic realities nationally and globally.

UGLB 3215: Global Food Systems
Kristen Reynolds
Online

CRN: 6449
3 credits
This course examines the contemporary global food system, its structure, historical evolution, and integration at multiple geographic scales. We explore how current issues such as land grabbing or food insecurity in the midst of plenty are connected to political structures and relative power on the global stage. We consider how international trade agreements affect migration and labor dynamics in regional and national-level food systems. With an emphasis on sustainability and justice, we survey some of the most important challenges affecting the global food system today, including climate change; feeding an increasingly urban population; migration; gender inequity; loss of biodiversity; and declining fish stocks. We consider how global governance, agricultural development discourse, and international trade have — and continue to — affect these issues. With an emphasis on action and activism, we examine how international movements such as food sovereignty and agroecology are being used to design more just and sustainable systems at a global scale.

 

III. GLOBAL CHALLENGE CLUSTER ELECTIVES

NOTE: These electives are offered through the Global Studies Program. You may also take courses through other departments towards your elective requirements. See section VI for a selected list.

 

CLUSTER 1 ELECTIVES: PEOPLE, PLACES, ENCOUNTERS (PPE)

UGLB 3322: Gender Beyond the West
Faculty TBA
Monday 3:50 pm – 6:30 pm

CRN: 3593
4 credits
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.

UGLB 3335: Anti-Blackness in Global Perspective
Rhea Rahman
Tuesday 3:50 pm – 6:30 pm

CRN: 7110
4 credits
This course examines anti-Blackness in global perspective. Drawing on the critical insights of Frantz Fanon, Steve Biko, and Sylvia Wynter, among others, this course examines foundational concepts of the ‘human’ and the racialized formation of the ‘other’ that results from the interrelated histories of European colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade. We explore the ways Africa and Blackness persist as central figures against which the West has historically defined itself and ask how this formation shapes racialized identities across the globe. Taking from critical studies in anthropology, history, and literature, we set out to imagine possibilities of a humanity that is not predicated on anti-Blackness. As forms of othering are ways of defining the self, we will also undertake a critical examination of whiteness as a social identity, political project, and cultural formation.

UGLB 3360: Propaganda & Post-Factual Politics
Andrew Kuech
Thursday 3:50 pm – 6:30 pm

CRN: 6453
4 credits
Contemporary fears and accusations of “fake news!” have ushered in the specter of a new age of “post-factual politics” where “the truth” is politicized and the very ways we receive information appears challenged. Yet the quest to manipulate information for the masses is far from new. This course tackles ‘propaganda’ as an object of historical, theoretical and political inquiry and debates its consequences. From fascist and communist propaganda in Europe and Asia, to CIA foreign “black ops” and Hollywood films, to corporate marketing and monopolistic news media, to international terrorism, social media warfare and the global crackdown on independent journalists, this course surveys the different ways news and information has been manipulated to sway public opinion over the past century around the world. We study works of famous (and infamous) propaganda theorists such as Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Ayn Rand, Hannah Arendt, Joseph Goebbels, Mao Zedong, Edward Bernays, Walter Lippmann, Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein to analyze the propagandistic qualities of films, images, advertisements, art, news, and contemporary political issues. Students will be exposed to different methods and theories for ‘deconstructing’ political imagery and language as we return to the central questions: “What is propaganda?” “What is the relationship between news, information, and the state?” and “What are the prospects for democracy and resistance in a post-factual world?”

 

CLUSTER 2 ELECTIVES: MARKETS AND STATES (MS)

UGLB 3440: Beyond the Sharing Economy
Nicholas Fiori
Tuesday & Thursday 1:50 pm – 3:30 pm

CRN: 6454
4 credits
While the most successful companies tout the “sharing economy” as flexible, efficient and empowering, in fact, commodification, automation, and financialization are on the increase with drastic consequences in terms of inequality and exploitation. This course explores these increasingly prevalent features of global capitalism today to understand how so much wealth is generated at the top while the economic fortunes and futures of everyone else are rendered frustratingly precarious. Attempting to cut through the rhetoric, the course will investigate the “sharing” economy to understand how smartphones and apps are enabling the commodification of private property and the untethering of workers from traditional forms of job security, made possible by Big Data and algorithmic management. We will explore how global supply-chains make the availability and movement of commodities greater than ever, significantly impacting the power of global labor for resistance. Through the housing crisis, the course shows how financialization, debt and the dispossession of wealth from non-white bodies condition the existence of a permanent underclass of cheap labor. Other case studies will include social media as a site of data accumulation, biotech’s commodification of life, and social impact bonds that financialize the population’s social welfare along racialized lines. We will conclude by examining the creative forms of resistance advanced by leading scholars, activists, and artists who are refusing the exhaustion and depression of these new economic realities.

UGLB 2407: Coffee: From Seed to Cup
Amanda Caudill
Thursday 4:00 pm – 5:50 pm

CRN: 7092
3 credits
In the US alone, we drink over 400 million cups of coffee a day, paying top dollar for our coffee, while many coffee farmers across the globe struggle to support themselves and their families. The coffee industry is a complex web with many different players and perspectives. In this course, we investigate the coffee industry from seed to cup and explore coffee as a plant, farm, agricultural product, business, and beverage. Through reading and discussion of primary literature, speaking with various stakeholders, and conducting our own local field work, we examine coffee farms in different regions of the coffee-growing world; assess coffee certifications such as shade grown, organic, Rainforest Alliance, and Smithsonian Bird Friendly; learn about socio-economic and environmental issues associated with the coffee industry; gain an understanding of the challenges that farmers and their communities face; and explore the coffee in New York City.

UGLB 3405: Food and Migration
Douglas de Toledo Piza
Tuesday 4:00 pm – 5:50 pm

CRN: 7109
3 credits
[description coming soon]

 

CLUSTER 3 ELECTIVES: RIGHTS, JUSTICE, GOVERNANCE (RJG)

UGLB 3508: Living in the Nuclear Age
Jonathan Bach
Monday 10:00 am – 11:50 am

CRN: 6971
3 credits
We are all products of, and hostage to, the legacy of the splitting of the atom. This class examines the culture and politics of the nuclear era. If the immediacy of nuclear issues seemed to fade with the Cold War, they have now come roaring back: The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize went to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons among growing fears of nuclear war with North Korea and a backdrop of other possible nuclear conflicts, including between India and Pakistan. The 2011 meltdown in Fukushima sent radiation round the world and is an ongoing catastrophe. This course explores the lived spaces between the the “thinkable” world of strategy and policy and the “unthinkable” world of worst case scenarios (e.g. mutually assured destruction, nuclear winter, meltdowns). Sites of war and accidents, of waste storage and weapons testing, are also the sites of new forms of social awareness, popular culture, and protest. We ask how did managing unimaginable risks become part of “normal” life? What is the relation between nuclear weapons and energy? How has society dealt with the tension between knowledge and responsibility—of scientists, politicians, and ordinary people—as they face situations where people struggle most elementally with their relation to nature, humanity, and power? Readings draw on ethnographies, reportage, scholarly writing, film, and popular culture. Students will complete an individual research project. With the hands of the Doomsday Clock set by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists at 2.5 minutes to midnight, this class aims to provide a timely perspective on our parlous contemporary situation.

UGLB 3540: Prisons, Punishment & Global (In)Justice
Eric Anthamatten
Monday & Wednesday 1:50 pm – 3:30 pm

CRN: 3907
4 credits
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.

UGLB 3515: Politics of Violence
Jaskiran Dhillon
Wednesday 4:00 pm – 5:50 pm

CRN: 6502
3 credits
This interdisciplinary course critically examines the politics of violence as it relates to Indigenous lands and bodies. Students work to develop an understanding of the range, scope, and tactics of colonial violence/power, both past and present, and systematically explore how Indigenous lands and bodies have been recast as terra nullius, as disposable wastelands, and as criminal through the production and expansion of settler laws and social policies. The course will also examine Indigenous relationships to their territories, settler colonialism and its enduring impacts for everyday resurgence, gender violence and murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, extractive industries that seek to remove “resources” from the land and children from their families and communities, and the ongoing criminalization of Indigenous assertions of sovereignty and resistance to the state. The syllabus prioritizes critical engagement with the work of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars theorizing settler colonialism, Indigenous lived experience, and resistance to state violence. Discussions are complemented by direct engagement with scholars and advocates working on issues of violence in Indigenous North America.

UGLB 3519: Global Outlaws: Law and Crime
Bieta Andemariam & Jovana Crncevic
Wednesday 6:00 pm – 7:50 pm

CRN: 5525
3 credits
In a world of conflict and catastrophe, is there such a thing as global justice? This course is an introduction to international criminal law (ICL) and explores the potential for courts and tribunals to deter international crimes and promote international peace, security and reconciliation. Students will consider philosophical and practical aspects of the prosecution, trial and punishment of individuals alleged to have committed crimes considered to be among the most serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. We will study the origins and evolution of ICL, the elements of international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, and the fundamentals of international criminal responsibility. Special reference will be made to the creation, development and work of international criminal courts and tribunals including those for the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Cambodia and Lebanon as well as the International Criminal Court (ICC). We will examine the advantages and disadvantages of international, transnational and national approaches to dealing with past atrocities through litigation. The course assumes no prior exposure to legal studies.

 

CLUSTER 4 ELECTIVES: URBAN, MEDIA, AND ENVIRONMENT (UME)

ULEC 2280: Liquid Cities: Reimagining Urban Waterfronts and Waterways
Dylan Gauthier Monday 10:00 am – 11:15 am

CRN: 3428
0 credits, with 3-credit discussion section
NOTE: For a list of discussion section times and CRNs, see the university’s online course catalog.
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.

UGLB 3620 (same as UENV 3610): Ecology, Religion, and Politics
Chris Crews
Tuesday & Thursday 11:55 am – 1:35 pm

CRN: 5288
4 credits
Religion and ecology are becoming entangled in new ways in the 21st century. This course first introduces students to the varied and diverse relationships between religious communities and environmental care, ranging from Pope Francis and green evangelicals and the politics of Christian environmentalism, to indigenous politics of Pachamama in Ecuador and Bolivia, to Buddhist, Hindu, and animist traditions of environmentalism in the Himalayas. The second part of the course pursues the ways that these relationships between religion and ecology are important nodes of environmental politics and justice. We focus in particular on the history and rise of peasant social movements and communal land defense efforts in Nepal, Ecuador and the United States, and ask how these religious ecologies have changed or evolved to deal with a range of issues, from land grabs and deforestation to multinational agribusiness (plantations, ranching) and natural resource development projects (dams, mining, road building, oil and gas developments) in the 21st century. The overall aim of the course is to explore how different understandings and notions of the sacred and secular can help us to better understand and engage with our shared planet.

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

CRN: 5288
3 credits
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 modes of representation break away from classical storytelling and linear narrative conventions. 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. The poetics course will study personal documentaries, essay films, assemblage techniques working with found materials, the diary and journal approach, the cine poem and other experimental forms. While not a production class per se, students usually create short poetic films for their final project.

 

IV. COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH SEMINAR (CRS)

UGLB 3732: CRS: Migration of Memory
Jonathan Bach
Thursday 10:00 am – 11:50 am

CRN: 6573
4 credits
Nations rely on memories, yet memory of the past is a deeply conflicted component of modern national identity (witness the recent confederate monument debate in the US). This class explores controversial memories stemming primarily from state violence and how memories are entangled with one another as they move across time and space, across generations and geographies. Rather than seeing memory as competitive (mine vs. yours), the class explores the ways in which memory, identity, and the nation-state are interwoven and how they impact us today. How does what we call memory exceed, challenge, or transcend national frameworks? How do people in the present endow traumatic events from the past with meaning and power? How do memory institutions (memory laws, archives, memorials, museums, schools, etc.) negotiate the shifting roles of personal and collective memory? How to think about memory in an age of mass migration and displacement? Does memory have a materiality? What happens to the past when the past is not even past? The class draws from a wide variety of empirical cases from around the world, including the legacy of the war in Vietnam, slavery and its legacy in the United States, the commemoration of Korean “comfort women,” Turkish migration and Holocaust memory in Germany, and others. Readings are drawn from memory studies, anthropology, political science, sociology, comparative literature, performance studies, media and film. Students will complete a small ethnographic research project here in New York and an independent research project that explores the dynamics of entangled memory in a specific case or cases.

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

CRN: 2555
4 credits
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.

GPOL 6417: Transnational Border Lab: Theory, Practice and Scholar-Activism
Alexandra Délano, Anne McNevin, and Engin Isin
Thursday 12:00 pm – 1:50 pm

CRN: 5648
3 credits
PERMISSION REQUIRED: This is a graduate-level course offered in collaboration with The New School for Social Research. 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, Joelle Peikes, at peikj109@newschool.edu for permission to register or if you have any questions.
This course examines the border as a site of political struggle and a laboratory for political innovation. It provides a comparative, transnational perspective on contemporary border struggles in the EU and US contexts. It examines theoretical perspectives informing those struggles, and develops students’ capacities for scholar-activism on the border. Against the rise of restrictive border policing, populist anti-immigrant politics, and precarious migrant labor, the course examines the political mobilization of undocumented people, asylum seekers, refugees and precarious border dwellers; sanctuary and ‘no-borders’ movements; and broader traditions of asylum, hospitality and solidarity. The course will include students from the New School as well as students from the University of London. It will include field trips to transnational borderzones where students will directly engage sites, actors, and agencies involved in border struggles. This course is open to graduates and a small number of senior undergraduate students.
PLEASE NOTE:
• In addition to undertaking a course of reading over the term, students must be available to travel to the US/Mexico border over the Spring break. Funding will be available to contribute to the costs of travel and accommodation. Students will need to cover the costs of meals and incidentals whilst on this field trip.
• Students must also be available for a small number of seminars during term in the scheduled class time (these classes will be intermittent rather than weekly), and possibly for a two day intensive workshop (timing TBC).
• Course ENROLMENT IS BY PERMISSION ONLY. Numbers will be limited due to logistics. Interested students must send an expression of interest to Anne McNevin by 21 November 2017. They should include a CV of no more than two pages that includes courses studied and grades achieved. They should also include one page (max) on why they wish to do this course. Students must be available to attend an interview on Friday 1 December to confirm their place in the course. Interview times will be sent via email. Instructors: Anne McNevin (Politics, NSSR), Alexandra Delano (Global Studies) and Engin Isin (University of London, Paris Institute)

 

V. GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT AND THESIS COLLOQUIUM

UGLB 3905: Global Engagement
Alexandra Délano
Internship/Externship

CRN: 2540
0 credits
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, Joelle Peikes, at peikj109@newschool.edu.

UGLB 3906: Global Studies Colloquium
Jaskiran Dhillon
Thursday 12:10 pm – 1:50 pm

CRN: 3875
1 credit
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.

UGLB 4711: Thesis Colloquium
Alexandra Délano
Tuesday 12:00 pm – 1:50 pm

CRN: 3532
1 credit
Note: This course meets every other week starting in the first week of the semester.
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 provide strategies and feedback to help 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, at the Global Studies graduation ceremony, and in writing.

 

VI. RELEVANT ELECTIVES ELSEWHERE (BY CATEGORY)

KNOWLEDGE BASE

NECO 2002: Introduction to Macroeconomics
Faculty TBA
Monday 4:00 pm – 5:50 pm

CRN: 5527
3 credits
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.

LSOC 2001: Sociological Imagination
Faculty TBA
Monday & Wednesday 10:00 am – 11:40 am

CRN: 5297
4 credits
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.

LMTH 1950: Quant. Reasoning 1
John Park
Monday & Wednesday 10:15 am – 11:30 am

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

LMTH 1950: Quant. Reasoning II: Research Methods & Data Visualization
Anne Yust
Monday & Wednesday 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

CRN: 3570
3 credits
This course is aimed at developing students’ ability to (i) identify a well-formed data-based research question, (ii) find, analyze and present the relevant quantitative information, using numerical summaries and data visualization techniques, in support of the pertinent argument, and (iii) to compile all results and construct a sophisticated data analysis project. Building upon QR-I’s numerical and quantitative reasoning skills, this course will focus on quantitative research methods and related skills, including elements of statistical analysis and data visualization, as well as their applications to business and social sciences. Students will be able to identify, understand, and critique primary and secondary research in industry, scholarly, government, and other specialized applications. They will also gain expertise with the use of large data sets. Prerequisite: LMTH 1950 Quantitative Reasoning I or placement via the New School Quantitative Reasoning Assessment Test. Contact Ross Flek, flekr@newschool.edu, regarding the QR Assessment Test.

LANT 2120: Introduction to Cultural Studies
Kate Eichhorn
Tuesday & Thursday 10:15 am – 11:30 am

CRN: 2544
3 credits
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.

NCOM 3000: Introduction to Media Studies
Natasha Chuk
Tuesday 6:00 pm – 7:50 pm

CRN: 1261
3 credits
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.

LCST 2450: Introduction to Media Studies
David Bering-Porter
Monday & Wednesday 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

CRN: 2015
3 credits
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.

LCST 3901: Radio/Podcasting: On Air
Sarah Montague
Friday 12:10 pm – 2:50 pm

CRN: 1774
3 credits
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.

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

CRN: 5854
3 credits
How are claims about madness made? What are the implications of such categorizations? Although much evidence points to the universality of conditions like schizophrenia,culture shapes how people experience, and respond to, even this serious disease. This course explores descriptions and models of madness, and other forms of mental illness, and explores what separates them from other forms of experience and behavior. What isit like to “hear voices” or to be diagnosed as schizophrenic, or suffer from depression or “soul loss”? To what extent is psychiatry a cultural expression involving rituals of its own? How is suffering expressed through symptoms and what are the limits of language? Texts exploring the anthropology of psychology and medicine , and the history of psychiatry will provide the class with a framework for examining the intersection of culture and interpretations of irrationality and abnormality. We will read about madness and its categorizations in the western world, and then explore experiences outside of the west and contemporary modern life to ask how this disrupts our commonplace understandings.Students will be asked to read texts critically, exploring the different methods and forms of writing used to represent mental illness and ask how this influences our understanding of mental illness. As a requirement, students will be asked to conduct an interview and use this as a basis of analysis to consider this interaction of culture and experience, and explore how the discourses of self and mental illness are incorporated into individual lives and subjectivity.

NSOC 3102: Modern Social Theory
Agnes Szanyi
Wednesday 6:00 pm – 7:50 pm

CRN: 5560
3 credits
What holds societies together? When do they break down into conflict? What drives social change? Are there rules that govern human interaction? This course examines some of the Big Ideas about society, how those ideas came about, and how we can use them to understand concrete social problems. In the first part of the course, we look at how the classical thinkers Adam Smith, Auguste Comte, and Herbert Spencer grappled with ideas about progress and social change. In the second part, we focus on efforts by four seminal writers–Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Georg Simmel–to understand the development of capitalism and its implications for modern societies. Throughout the course, different theoretical traditions are presented as tool kits with which to examine historical and contemporary social issues.

UENV 2000: Environment and Society
Alan McGowan
Tuesday & Thursday 1:50 pm – 3:30 pm

CRN: 6016
4 credits
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.

UENV 2501: Economics of the Environment
Julia Puaschunder
Thursday 3:50 pm – 6:30 pm

CRN: 4989
3 credits
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.

 

GLOBAL CHALLENGE CLUSTER ELECTIVES

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

LHIS 2081: Creating the Atlantic World: Empires, Enlightenments and Revolutions
Michael Hattem
Monday & Wednesday 8:00 am – 9:40 am

CRN: 6293
4 credits
This course explores the political, intellectual, and economic upheavals from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth century that set the foundation for the emergence of the modern West. Topics include the clash of empires that led to European settlement of the Americas, Enlightenment ideas and their imperial context, and the three key revolutions of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century in British America, France, and Haiti. Along the way, we will seek out connections and disconnections between imperialism, Enlightenment, and republicanism in the period, not least the paradox of how an enlightened imperial age produced both liberal self-determination and the subjugation of peoples on an unprecedented scale.

LHIS 3019: History, Trauma, Genocide
Federico Finchelstein
Tuesday & Thursday 1:50 pm – 3:30 pm

CRN: 5639 4 credits
The course is an introduction to how historians understand their own disciplinary past, especially with respect to historical trauma and radical violence. Topics include the role of extreme events such as the Holocaust and other recent genocides (in Africa and Latin America) in redefining the relation between history, trauma and genocide. Moreover, the course will address the key issue of “probing the limits of representation,” and will explore whether traumatic histories can be represented and examined in historical terms. The course focuses especially on works from Holocaust Studies, intellectual history, theory, and historiography, truth commissions, and modern Latin American, African and European history.

LHIS 3027: From the Plague, to AIDS, and Beyond: Global Histories of Disease
Laura Palermo
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 am – 11:40 am

CRN: 4211 4 credits
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.

LSOC 3053: Racializing Muslims
Rhea Rahman
Tuesday & Thursday 11:55 am – 1:35 pm

CRN: 6839
4 credits
In the US, a nation-state with an origin myth that includes the freedom from persecution for religious beliefs, how can we make sense of not one but two “Muslim bans”? Hate crimes and institutionalized racial violence towards Muslims has risen drastically in Europe and Australia. The “othering” of Muslims is not new, but to make sense of the current moment, we trace practices of racializing Muslims in the “West” dating back to the Crusades. However, much less discussed are processes of racialization and in particular anti-black racism within Muslim communities. Black Muslims make up about one third of the American Muslim population yet their presence is erased in popular representations which depict and affirm Muslims as exclusively Arab or Asian. Black Muslims are also marginalized on a global scale, with little acknowledgement that Africa is likely the only continent with a Muslim majority, and that roughly one-sixth of the global Muslim population resides in sub-Saharan Africa. We examine Black Islam through histories of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa and and within the black diaspora in the Americas, showing how black conversion to Islam has historically inspired social, economic, cultural, and political activism in the U.S., Brazil and Southern Africa. We will make use of field trips to Muslim community centers in New York and will meet and collaborate with Muslim activists in the city.

LLSL 3507: Latin American Women Writers
Juan DeCastro
Tuesday & Thursday 1:50 pm – 3:30 pm

CRN: 5736
4 credits
While it is customary to read the region’s literature through the works of its internationally celebrated male authors, the fact is that women writers have made equally important contributions to Latin American literature, as well as to the different national and local traditions that constitute it. From Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, whose poetry, plays and letters founded the region’s literary tradition in the 17th century, to current novelists such as Mayra Santos Febres, Samanta Schweblin, or Rita Indiana, women authors have not only penned some of the most relevant works in Spanish, but their works also constitute a rebuke to the region’s patriarchal values and mores. In addition to the previously mentioned writers, authors studied may include Clorinda Matto de Turner, Teresa de la Parra, Silvina Ocampo, Rosario Ferré, María Luisa Bombal, and Elena Garro.

LANT 3037: What Was Europe? Anthropology & History of an Unsettled Present
Faculty TBA
Tuesday & Thursday 11:55 am – 1:35 pm

CRN: 6480
4 credits
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.

LREL 3101: Queering and Decolonizing Theology
Eric Thomas
Monday & Wednesday 10:00 am – 11:40 am

CRN: 5615
4 credits
Christian theology is often depicted as a violent colonial force standing in particular opposition to LGBTQI lives. However, over the last 30 years people of faith, activists, and theorists alike have rediscovered what is queer within Christianity, uncovered what is religious within secular queer communities, and used postcolonial theory to decolonize lived religious practices and theologies. This course explores secular philosophies of queer and postcolonial theory as well as their critical and constructive application to religion. From topics such as the sexual ethics and ritualization found in the S&M community, transgender Christs, and the mestiza (or mixed) cultures of Latin America, the class goes to where theory meets practice and where critique reveals theologies already radically unmaking and remaking themselves today. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor.

 

Cluster 2 Electives: Markets and States (MS)

LHIS 3092: Development and Humanitarianism in Historical Perspective
Emma Park
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 am – 11:40 am

CRN: 6337
4 credits
From the consumption of “Fair Trade” coffee to summers volunteering abroad, development thinking and humanitarianism often appear to be two sides of the same coin. This course offers students a longer genealogy of the relationship between transformations in developmentalist thinking and humanitarianism in the so-called global south by exploring topics such as: the relationship between capitalism and the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade; emergent ideas surrounding “social welfare” and domesticity campaigns; and neoliberal reforms and the rise of micro-financing.

LECO 3830: Development Economics
Sanjay Reddy
Monday & Wednesday 1:50 pm – 3:30 pm

CRN: 6024
4 credits
This course surveys key issues in development studies. It seeks to foster understanding of the main debates and approaches to study within the field of development economics, concerning the concept of development, the theory and empirics of growth and structural transformation, inequality and poverty, the impact of historical legacies, the impact of international trade and finance, the role of government, gender, population, health, social protection, and environment. The course furthers the awareness that development theory and practice are contentious domains and calls upon insights from diverse disciplines. Although the course includes a technical component, it equally emphasizes a critical and historical understanding of contemporary development debates and the role of political economy. No special topical knowledge is assumed. Introduction to Political Economy is a prerequisite.

LECO 3760: Comparative Systems
Ying Chen
Tuesday & Thursday 1:50 pm – 3:30 pm

CRN: 4806
4 credits
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.

LECO 3877: Intermediate Macroeconomics
Willi Semmler
Tuesday & Thursday 11:55 am – 1:35 pm

CRN: 4752
4 credits
In contrast to microeconomics, which is the study of the economic behavior of individual consumers, firms, and industries, macroeconomics is the study the economy. 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 growth, recessions and depressions? Why is inflation rate higher in some periods 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 real world events.

LANT 2023: Money
Janet Roitman
Monday & Wednesday 10:00 am – 11:40 am

CRN: 4696
4 credits
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.

 

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

LSCI 2601: Climate Justice
Michael Dobson
Tuesday & Thursday 11:55 am – 1:35 pm

CRN: 4833
4 credits
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. There are no prerequisites.

LPOL 3093: Is Colonialism Over? Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Colonial Continuities in the Global World
Sandro Mezzadra
Monday & Wednesday 10:00 am – 11:40 am

CRN: 6766
4 credits
The course will explore critical theoretical approaches to study the legacy and the persistence of colonialism in the present, in a “postcolonial” time. The first classes will introduce the topic through a concise reading of the relevance of colonialism for the historical constitution of modernity, particularly as far as political theory is concerned. The course will then continue with a reading from this point of view of important anti-colonial figures (such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Aimé Césaire, and Frantz Fanon) and of Marxist thinkers such as José Carlos Mariátegui. In this first part of the course we will attempt to draw a map of theoretical questions and structural problems associated with the modern experience of European and Western colonialism. In the second part of the course such concepts as neocolonialism, postcolonialism, decolonial, and decolonization will be discussed in order to track the wide scope of continuities with the colonial experience which shape the global world – ranging from economic to cultural processes, from political to cognitive dynamics. A postcolonial approach which emphasizes and re-launches the legacy of anti-colonialism will be proposed as the most effective way to make sense of these continuities and to foster ongoing struggles for decolonization.

LANT 3135: Migration, Politics and Power
Julia Morris
Tuesday & Thursday 1:50 pm – 3:30 pm

CRN: 6967
4 credits
The twenty-first century is one of unprecedented movement in and across nation states. Faster transport, transnational and regional mobility agreements, and a proliferation of immigration and security technologies all offer the global citizen the freedom to move across territorial boundaries with ease. But at the same time, while immigration controls promise freedom for some, for others it has become increasingly difficult to move elsewhere. This course focuses on the migration security landscape, looking at how border externalizations and biopolitical practices stretch the border well beyond the territorial limits of the state. The first part of the course examines the American-Mexican borderlands in the contemporary moment, discussing the confluence of public and private sector interests that come together in the migration-security nexus. The second part addresses how nation state exclusions create new forms of illegality and bordered identities. We discuss the creation of the “undocumented” as a human subject, asking how borders and other managerial practices structure individual lives but also shape and define human relations. Through ethnographic research assignments, guest lectures and engaged discussion, this course aims to draw students into critical conversation with current debates in the field, as well as merging social justice concerns with rigorous theoretical dialogue.

NHIS 3470: The History of Poverty
Fiore Sireci
Thursday 6:00 pm – 7:50 pm

CRN: 5546 3 credits
The concept of poverty has alternated between a virtue, as in the early Christian and monastic traditions, and a sign of personal weakness, as in the individualist doctrines more familiar today. This course examines both the historical reality and the image of poverty. We investigate the living conditions and the laws and institutions affecting the poor at selected points in British, French, and U.S. history, as well as the role played by the “lower” social classes in making that history. We study poverty as it came into public consciousness in early modern Britain through powerful texts and visual art. We examine institutional responses, both private and governmental, such as debtor’s prisons, foundling hospitals, and “philanthropy.” We then look at the role of the disenfranchised in France during the 1789 Revolution and beyond and their fictional representation in Les Misérables and later in La Bohëme. We devote the second half of the course to policies and perceptions of poverty in the United States from the Great Depression to the present.

NPOL 3620: Comparative Constitutional Law
Glynn Torres-Spelliscy
Online

CRN: 5550
3 credits
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to different ways that modern democracies have organized themselves, and sought to address common questions. Indeed, as we will study, how a nation chooses to organize, structure and limit its government’s power is often a function of the cultural, social and legal history of the society itself. We will begin by exploring the nature of comparative constitutional law and the role of constitutional courts in defining the meaning of individual rights. Then we will analyze the various constitutional court decisions on fundamental rights, such as privacy, equality and freedom of speech and religion. We will then focus on abortion, sexual orientation, defamation and hate speech, and religion in public schools.

 

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

LPOL 3034: Global Political Ecology
Rafi Youatt
Thursday 12:10 pm – 2:50 pm

CRN: 6361
4 credits
Contemporary global politics exists in the midst of an unprecedented era of environmental change, with issues from biodiversity loss to climate change affecting every corner of the planet. Frequently, however, these problems are considered in technical terms, as a matter of science or policy, needing simply political will to work. This course examines the relationship between politics and ecology in the global arena through the lenses of critical environmental politics, focusing on the political structures, power relations, and patterns of thought that allow these environmental problems to continue. The course will be grounded in a series of case studies from around the world, with the broader aim of teaching students to do independent research in global political ecology.

LCST 2107: Digital Dissidence: Social Movements in the Age of the Internet
Zeyno Ustun
Tuesday & Thursday 1:50 pm – 3:30 pm

CRN: 6411
4 credits
Digital dissidence takes a wide variety of forms in today’s mediascape, from high-profile leaks to hashtag activism. The strategic use of media technologies in contemporary social movements have been one of widely discussed and central forms of resistance that have marked the 21th century. Protestors all over the globe, from the Arab Spring revolts to Black Lives Matter, have been depicted as armed with mobile technologies. The internet has of course connected the dispersed activities of the leakers, live-streamers, hacktivists, citizen journalists, data activists, and many other figures of digital contestation, who often are capable of networked action on the global Net. But popular, as well as critical, opinion of the effectiveness of political contestation online has experienced several shifts in its brief history. Indeed an understanding of the actual story of the internet, from its origin in the Military-Academic complex during the Cold War to its present form, is necessary to understand the role that it has played in the formation of contemporary social movements. In this course we will ask questions such as: What is the infrastructure of the global Net and who made it? Since its release to the public, how have digital technologies and online media been utilized toward political and social change? And have the supposed democratic rules of the internet resulted in positive social transformations? In the age of increasing internet surveillance, who ultimately gains? And what can ensure the safety and freedom of online resistance?

NARH 3664 Latin American Cities: Urban Change in the Age of Bicentennials
Margarita Gutmann
Monday 6:00 pm – 7:50 pm

CRN: 5540
3 credits
Latin America is on the move, with new political leadership, new ideas, and new agendas. Elections between 2002 and 2009 produced progressive governments in eight of ten countries, a result that has been called the “democratic fiesta.” The results included the election of the first two women, the first indigenous leader, and the first former priest, as presidents of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Paraguay, respectively. Many countries are also celebrating the bicentennial of their independence from Spain, which offers new possibilities for social reform and urban change. The centennial celebrations 100 years ago left a deep impression on the cities of Latin America. How will the bicentennial affect physical form, culture, and institutions in the region? We study cities, city life, and commemorations in Latin America, focusing on four cities — Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Quito, and Mexico City. We examine the rise of democracy and cultural diversity in the public sphere, as well as inequality and accelerating change in cities and city life. We look at geography, urban planning, architecture, art history, contemporary literature, and film, examining the interaction of democracy, commemorations, visual culture, and the built environment and analyzing these phenomena in a global context.

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

CRN: 4799
4 credits
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.

LSCI 2840: Science and Politics of Infectious Diseases
Angelica Ferguson
Monday & Wednesday 11:55 am – 1:35 pm

CRN: 6983
3 credits
This course investigates infectious diseases with a focus on sustainability and environmental and health justice. Course discussions and readings review the complex interaction between host, pathogen, and environment; the biological processes underlying infection, treatment, and prevention; and the socio- economic/political factors that influence infectious disease progression such as, urbanization, globalization, climate change, and varying cultural practices. Using topics such as Zika, cholera, malaria, and tuberculosis, basic scientific principles regarding the human immune system, the rise of drug resistant pathogens, sustainable practices for disease prevention, and biotechnological advances in surveillance, diagnostics, and vaccine development will be reviewed in the first part of the course. During the last third of the course, students will apply basic knowledge gained to address an assigned a disease for the semester and present both the biological and the sociological perspectives of the disease.

UENV 3510: Planning Sustainable Cities
Joseph Heathcott
Tuesday 3:50 pm – 6:30 pm

CRN: 5237
3 credits
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.

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

CRN: 5036
3 credits
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.

NFDS 3300: Food Fight! Food in Advocacy and Sociopolitical Communication
Stefani Bardin
Wednesday 4:00 pm – 5:50 pm

CRN: 5856
3 credits
Food has become embedded in the fabric of popular culture due to the rise of technology and social media. However, complex issues such as hunger and food justice, health and obesity, locavorism, biotechnological influences, fair trade, ethical consumption, and sustainability are slowly starting to enter into the larger dialogue about food within the realms of contemporary media outlets. This course will initially examine the role food plays in communication from semiotic and cultural points of view; food as the strategic focus for social, political, and environmental debates; food as culture; and art as the inspiration for art and media projects that attempt to address these issues. Students will examine and discuss different kinds of food and food advocacy content generators, while reflecting on how to create effective forms of communication for food-related activism.

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

CRN: 5209
4 credits
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.

NFLM 2501: Movements in World Cinema 2: 1960s-present
Anthony Anemone
Monday 6:00 pm – 7:50 pm

CRN: 3675
3 credits
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. Note: This course may be taken independently of Movements in World Cinema 1.

NCOM 3009: Movement of Jah People: Reggae, Media, and the Representation of Difference
Jean Oliver-Cretara
Online

CRN: 5516
3 credits
Reggae originated on the island nation of Jamaica, but it is one of the most popular musical forms in the world and is heard in a multitude of derivative forms in every corner of the planet. Reggae’s revolutionary spirit has stood as a potent symbol of independence and social critique and has informed notions of selfhood, nationhood, race, ethnicity, religion, and politics. The course begins with a history of reggae that considers the genre in its various forms (ska, rocksteady, dub, roots rock, DJs, toasting) and its influence on popular music worldwide. We explore the ways in which people around the world have adopted the genre’s gestures, attitudes, and icons as their own and discuss the role of media in the international spread, adaptation, and enjoyment of reggae. Reading the critical and historical literature about reggae music and studying the reggae texts themselves (songs, films, videos, and images), we track its influence and responsiveness to music and cultures from the Caribbean to Britain, the United States, Latin America, Japan, Australia, and western, southern, and eastern Africa.

NFDS 3274: Urban Food Systems
Kristin Reynolds
Online

CRN: 5562
3 credits
In this course, the concept of sustainable urban food systems is explored from farm to fork. Topics discussed include community food security; disparities in access to food; and the social, political, economic, and environmental dimensions of food production, distribution, and marketing for contemporary city dwellers. Through guest lectures and field trips to urban farms, farmer’s markets, and food production facilities, students meet food producers, processors, and distributors as well as policymakers and activists.

NFLM 3343: Political Cinema
Anthony Kaufman
Online

CRN: 6201
3 credits
Political crises often lead to powerful and provocative images and stories. This course looks at cinema and media from and about some of the world’s most contentious political hotspots, including Southeast Asia, Afghanistan and Iraq, Israel and the Arab world, and (most recently) Ukraine and Russia. Surveying both fiction and documentary works, the course will interrogate concepts of national memory, propaganda, and “the war film” along with theories of trauma, ideology and “the Other.” The class will also examine whether images and stories can lead to social and political change. Combining historical and aesthetic approaches, the class will survey films concerning WWII (Why We Fight, Triumph of the Will), the war in Vietnam (Winter Soldier, Apocalypse Now), Iraq and Afghanistan (The Hurt Locker; My Country My Country), the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (Paradise Now; Waltz with Bashir) and Egypt (The Square), among others.

 
 

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