Additions and Cancellations to the
2005-2006 Course Catalog
COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
204. African History. 208. Slvry & Frdm in W Hemisphere.
268. Black Arts Workshop 3 hours 3HU, CD This course combines the study of African-American history and culture with theatrical performance. From Africa through the Middle Passage and into America, students will read essays, stories, poems, and plays-while discussing the legacy and aesthetic of the African tradition within the Diaspora. Students will gain academic information as well as develop their own artistic responses to the material through performance and the creation of theatre-drama, spoken word, movement,and music. A final workshop performance will be presented using work developed in class. Enrollment limit 15 with consent of instructor. Identical with THEA 268. Sem 2 CRN 13311 AAST-268-01 TTh--1:00-2:45 Mr. Emeka
172. Intro African-American Music
206. Globalization and Development 3 hours 3SS, CD, WR A case-study-based introduction to different approaches to globalization, transnationalism, and modernity. Focusing on the linkages between local and international systems, we will investigate issues including the anthropology of development, globalization of Western media, the rise of transnational corporations and effects on indigenous economies, modern-day slavery, population displacement, tourism and effects on local populations, transnational social movements, and effects of "free trade" and structural adjustment policies. Friday classes: in- depth debates on issues relevant to the course. Prerequisite: Any social science introductory course. Limit 25. Sem 2 CRN 13146 ANTH-206-01 MWF--11:00-11:50 Ms. Smith 225. Anthropology of Health and Healing 3 hours 3SS, CD, WR This course introduces the field of medical anthropology through a cross-cultural examination of doctor-patient relationships, infectious disease, reproduction, mental illness, methods of curing, and experiences of pain/suffering. We will consider Chinese, Islamic, Ayurvedic, Hmong and other systems of diagnosis and healing in cultural and historical depth. Emphasis will be placed on biomedicineas a mode of power by critically investigating the political economy of pharmaceutical companies, the impact of colonial public health, and the process of medicalization. Enrollment limit: 30. Sem 2 CRN 13148 ANTH-225-01 TTh--3:00-4:15 Mr. Stein 232. Native Americans: Contemporary Issues 3 hours 3SS Second Semester. This course focuses on a selected number of issues facing North American Indians. These include land rights, protection of the environment, creation of urban communities, challenges of economic development and education on the reservations, repatriation and reburial, exploitation of Native American images in the market economy, revitalization movements, and other topics. The course emphasizes the strategies of political and cultural survival amid incorporation into the world system. Through videos and presentations by invited speakers, the class will be particularly attentive to native voices and perspectives. Prerequisite: One introductory course (100 level) in Anthropology or equivalent. Sem 2 CRN 12274 ANTH-232-01 MWF--3:30-4:20 Ms. Pagliai 304. Language, Gender and Sexual Identities 3 hours 3SS This course will examine the role language plays in the construction of gender and sexual identities. It will emphasize a cross-cultural approach and will address studies in linguistic anthropology, linguistics, and sociolinguistics. By considering some of the debates about how and why gender differences in language use exist, students will explore how both language and gender are rooted in structures of power, authority, and social inequality. The course will also offer an opportunity to reflect on the influence that ideologies of language exercise on practices connected to the representation of sexualities and expressions of desire. The course will utilize a discussion-oriented format, and students will conduct their own research on the topics addressed in class. Prerequisite: ANTH 204 or ANTH 251, or consent of instructor. Enrollment Limit: 25 Sem 2 CRN 13191 ANTH-304-01 MWF--1:30-2:20 Ms. Pagliai 440. Part of the Solution: Social Issues and Public Perception 3 hours 3SS, CD Why are so many urgent social issues ignored by the public? This seminar integrates progressive social theory with original research on how best to apply theories to effect social change. We will integrate ongoing student research on public perception of selected social issues with discussions of how to incorporate insights from theorists including Lakoff, Freire, Chomsky, Foucault, Gramsci, Bourdieu, and others. Goals include reframing issues for public consumption and field testing our results. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and demonstrated interest in social issues. NOTE: This course will involve applied work and community-based research. Limit 20. Sem 2 CRN 13147 ANTH 440-01 T--1:00-2:45 Ms. Smith 458. Discourse, Nationhood and Racism 3 hours 3SS, CD, WR Discursive practices have received increasing attention from scholars engaged in the study of language. This seminar will look at the relation between discourse and the construction of hegemonic power. The students will follow the invention of standard languages as part of the shaping of national identities, explore the role of linguistic ideologies in the colonialist enterprise, and the connection between language, racism and nation-making. The course will cover topics such as language planning, language revitalization movements and literacy. We will address questions such as: how does language maps onto social groups organized around notions of race, ethnicity, and peoplehood? How does languages operate as an index of allegiance, distance, solidarity, and power among social groups within the nation? How do various social actors use language to craft notions of collective "selves" and "others" within the nation? Prerequisites: ANTH 101 and one additional course in anthropology, or consent of instructor. Enrollment Limit: 10. Sem 2 CRN 13149 ANTH-458-01 W--7:00-8:45pm Ms. Pagliai
048. Visual Concepts & Processes: What's Natural Isn't Real. 049. Visual Concepts & Processes: Sculpture. 053. Visual Concepts & Processes: Silkscreen. 442. Themes in European Landscape Painting, 1600-1900.
086. Advanced Studio 3 hours 3 HU Only open to upper level students who have already completed numerous studio courses and have demonstrated their level of accomplishment and their serious commitment to exploring art. Students are expected to present their own ideas for weekly discussion and be prepared to contribute to critiques and presentations. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 8 Sem 2 CRN 13144 ARTS-086-01 MW--7:00-10:00pm Mr. Coleman 225. Approaches to Islamic Art and Architecture 3 hours 3HU CD An introduction to the architecture, painting, and decorative arts of the Islamic World, from Spain to India, between the seventh and eighteenth centuries. The course material is discussed chronologically with an eye toward stylistic change, and thematically in order to emphasize the central concepts of Islamic art and architecture. This course will provide a basic understanding of the historical evolution and regional variation of Islamic art and architecture and a deeper appreciation of its major themes and concepts. Sem 2 CRN 11986 ARTS-225-01 TTR 3:00-4:15 Mr. Tabbaa 270. Early Modern Architecture 3 hours 3HU This course surveys new developments in architecture from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. From the rise of rationalism in architectural theory and the birth of the French academy of architecture during the seventeenth century through the appearance of new institutions and political and technological revolutions during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the course will consider major monuments and movements from the Baroque to Art Nouveau. Limit: 30 Sem 2 CRN 12941 ARTS-270-01 TTR--1:00am-12:15pm Ms. Gilkerson 327. Modern and Contemporary Architecture in the Middle East 3 hours 3HU CD This course discusses Middle Eastern architecture and urbanism from the beginning of the 19th century till the present. The introduction of European architectural styles and the consequent rise of eclecticism and hybridity are discussed in relation to modernization, westernization, and the endless search for an appropriate architectural style. The Modernist interlude of the first half of the 20th century is discussed as a response to Colonialism and in relation to nation building. The course concludes by assessing the recent Postmodernist and Neo-Islamic trends prevailing in some Arab countries. Sem 2 CRN 12940 ARTS-327-01 TTR--9:35-10:50 Mr. Tabba 340. Gender, Domestic Reform and the New Woman in Modern Architecture 3 hours 3HU CD This course explores the intersections between gender and modern architecture. Topics to be discussed include domestic reform, images of the New Woman, institutional changes in the architectural profession and the question of a "feminist" aesthetic. Readings will include texts by women architects and feminist theorists, including Dolores Hayden, Gwendolyn Wright, Denise Scott Brown, Jane Jacobs, Beatriz Colomina, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Helene Cixous and Luce Irigaray. Limit: 30 Sem 2 CRN 12942 ARTS-340-01 TTR--3:00-4:15 Ms. Gilkerson 425. The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright 3 hours 3HU Examines the buildings, writings and ideas of America's most celebrated architect through selected projects and themes. The seminar will include field trips, a visit to view Japanese prints admired by Wright at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, and several sessions in Oberlin's Wright-designed house. Prerequisite: a survey course in American architecture or consent of the instructor. Limit: 15 Sem 2 CRN 12943 ARTS-425-01 Monday--1:00-2:50 pm Ms. Gilkerson
ATHLETICS & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
130. Women's Rugby 131. Cycling Conditioning. 191. Volleyball I. 198. Intermediate Swimming. 254. Flag Football
155. Games .5 hours .5EX Revisit PE games of your childhood, but without the trauma. Get fit while playing tag, creative bombardment bowling, hone your circus skills, and participate in all around merriment. Students are asked to bring proper athletic wear and a free spirit. Sem 2 CRN 13150 ATHL-155-01 TTh--1:30-2:50 Mr. Appenheimer Module One 156. Basketball Individual Offensive Skills . 5 hours Basketball is one of the most popular recreational team sports in the US, for both children and adults. Whether you play in an organized league, a lunchtime pickup game, or at the Y on weekends, your game will benefit from this class! We will work on three fundamental areas of offense: the art & science of shooting; 1-on-1 scoring moves; and 3-on-3 team concepts. All skill levels welcome! Sem 2 CRN 13165 ATHL-156-01 MWF--3:30-4:20 Ms. Winkelfoos Module Two
031. Health Careers Practicum 0-1 hour 0-1NS First and second semesters. This class provides an opportunity for engaged learning relevant to medical, dental, and veterinary careers. Students will volunteer at a local medical facility, social service agency or with a community outreach group. Readings and weekly discussions will explore in depth student-selected topics relevant to their volunteer experiences. Notes: CR/NE or P/NP grading. May be repeated for credit. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment limit: 10 Sem 2 BIOL-031-01 Ms Garvin 405. Seminar: Emerging Diseases: Global Challenges to Human Health 3 hours 3NS Second Semester. The twentieth century saw tremendous progress in controlling and treating infectious diseases. Nevertheless because of the emergence and re-emergence of deadly diseases such as AIDS, Ebola, SARS, cholera, Avian Influenza, and drug-resistant tuberculosis, infectious diseases remain the leading cause of death worldwide and the third leading cause of death within the United States. This course will approach disease from several perspectives, integrating public health, environmental studies, and medical anthropology. Readings of primary literature and review articles will explore the role of human demographics, human behavior, and agricultural practices, as well as the natural genetic variations and adaptations of pathogens to the emergence of new disease. Lectures/tutorials will alternate with in-class discussions. Students will serve as discussion leaders and oral presentations will be required of all students. /Prerequisite: / Biol 213. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment limit: 12. Sem 2 CRN 13220 BIOL-405-01 TTh--11:00-12:15 Ms. Salter
314. The Living Cell.
Lab Dropped/Credit Hours Reduced
310. Genetics is no longer a lab course and is to be offered for 3 hours credit.
320. Documentary Production (identical to English 320).
100, 100B. Introduction to Digital Video Production 1 hour 1HU Second semester, both modules. An introduction to digital video production. Students will become familiar with the basics of camera, sound,and lighting equipment, and with iMovie editing software. Students will collaborate on focused production exercises and a larger final class project. This course will fulfill the prerequisite for advanced production courses in Cinema Studies, though it does not guarantee admission, which will remain at the instructor's consent. Enrollment Limit: 16. [Cr/NE orP/NP]. Sem 2 CRN 12635 CINE-100-01 Thursday--7:30-9:30pm Mr. Pence, Mr. Witmer Module One CRN 12636 CINE-100B-01 Thursday--7:30-9:30pm Mr. Pence, Mr. Witmer Module Two 222. Chicano(a)/Latino(a) Film 4 hours 4HU, CD, WR This course examines "Chicano/Latino Cinema" and its connections to particular historical, cultural, and political movements in the U.S. and Latin America. In the first section, we will review and critique Latino/a representations in Hollywood films. We will focus on 1930s- 1950s constructions of Latinos/as and the ways in which some early stereotypes are still part of recently released mainstream movies. In the second section, we will discuss the "origins" and development of Latino video and film. In this section we will analyze particular films in relation to the Civil Rights Movement, the Chicano/a Movement, the New Latin American Cinema, the Feminist Movement and the Gay Rights Movement. In the last part of this course, we will examine films directed, written, or produced by Latinos/as which were co-produced by Hollywood studios. We will compare Hollywood/Latino films to understand the ways in which Latino-ness has been represented in the U.S. cultural landscape. Enrollment limit: 25. Sem 2 CRN 13189 CINE-222-01 TTh--3:00-4:15 + M 7:00-10:00pm Ms. Gordon 415. Seminar: Spectatorship Across Media 4 hours 4HU, WR The study of cinema spectatorship has exploded over the past two decades, in part because of the growth of television studies and new media studies. This course examines the major theoretical approaches to spectatorship across media. It is organized around three distinctive and sometimes incompatible theoretical and methodological traditions: psychoanalytic film theory; cognitive film theory; and reception studies. Though our initial focus in the course will be film spectatorship, we will also explore how television spectatorship and the "immersive" experience of the Internet and digital media have been theorized and debated. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment limit: 12. Sem 2 CRN 13221 CINE-415-01 W 7:00-9:30 pm + Sun 7:00-10:00 pm + Tu 7:00-10:00 pm Ms. Gordon
202. Ethnic Identity in Ancient Greece and Rome 3 hours 3SS, CD Second Semester. This course explores: theories about the roles of race, language, and culture in the construction of identity; the relative usefulness of historical and archaeological methodologies in attempts to understand past conceptions of identity; ethnic identity and the ethnic groups of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds as presented by specific ancient texts and archaeological remains; and the ways in which modern and contemporary ethnic issues have influenced the study of classical antiquity. Prerequisites: 100-level Classics course or consent of the instructor Enrollment Limit: 40. Sem 2 CRN 13157 CLAS-202-01 TTh--11:00-12:15 Ms. Colantoni 208. Wild and Crazy Emperors: Caligula, Claudius, Nero 3 hours 3SS Second Semester. This course surveys the evidence for the lives and reigns of three of Rome's most famous-and infamous-emperors: Caligula, Claudius and Nero. Although the most powerful individuals in the Roman world, these men have been characterized as an insane megalomaniac, a stuttering idiot, and a debauched arsonist. The course aims to analyze the process by which history is created and reinterpreted. Ancient sources in translation, contemporary scholarship, and modern interpretations. No Prerequisites. Enrollment Limit: 30. Sem 2 CRN 13158 CLAS-208-01 TTh--1:30-2:45 Mr. Wilburn
COMPARATIVE AMERCIAN STUDIES
211. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Identities.
320. An Ever-Present Past: The Intersection of Colonialism and Sexuality in the US 4 hours 2SS, 2HU, CD, WR NOTE DISTRIBUTION CHANGE FROM WHAT IS LISTED IN THE 2005-06 CATALOG This course will explore the impact of US colonialism on sexuality and gender systems for Chicana/o, Native Hawaiian, and American Indian individuals and communities. We will place readings from very different genres of anthropology, poetry, fiction and political manifesto into conversation with each other and ourselves to ask questions about loss, resistance and reclamation of bodily and cultural integrity and autonomy. Writers include Andrea Smith, Chrystos, Gloria Anzaldua, Will Roscoe, Noenoe Silva, Lilikala Kame'elehiwa, Maurice Kenny and Randy Burns. Enrollment limit: 20 Sem 2 CRN 12966 CAST-320-01 MW--2:30-3:45 Ms. Hall 328. Outlaw Genres: Latina, Native American, and "Third World" Women's Autobiography 4 hours 4SS This seminar will examine non-traditional constructions of self or "out-law" genres such as /testimonios/, ethnographies, oral histories, and life stories. We will read literature by "third world" women and focus on alternative historical narratives that write marginalized communities back into history. We will ask, for example, how deterritorialization, linguistic alienation and forced assimilation contribute to the formation of identities and to cultural representation? And how these women writers have challenged the notion of a monolithic national identity. How do these writer's life-stories or autobiographies challenge our conception of literacy and interpretation and problematize the binary of the oral and written traditions? More importantly, we will discuss the concepts of authenticity and "truth- telling" in relationship to historical and literary narratives. In addition, we will review the sociological and ideological function of photography in relation to the works by Leslie Marmon Silko and Norma Cantu among others. How have these authors utilized "image-texts" to counter the confining categories of race, ethnicity, and class within their autobiographical works? Lastly, our readings of identity-based multi-genre anthologies by "third world" feminists of color will explore further the relationship of testimonial writing to socio-political movements and activism. Enrollment Limit: 20 Sem 2 CRN 13190 CAST-328-01 TTh--11:00-12:15 Ms. Portillo
140. Introduction to Computer Science.
141. Scientific Computing 3 hours 3NS, QPf This course introduces students to mathematical modeling and numerical methods. The course will include mathematical basics of numerical analysis, application of numerical methods to various scientific and mathematical problems, and programming and graphic visualization using MATLAB. Topics include major areas of numerical methods such as root location, linear algebraic equations, curve fitting, and numerical integration. Students learn programming techniques of plotting and develop skills of presenting mathematical and scientific material using graphics. The mathematical prerequisite for this course is college algebra. Sem 2 CRN 13163 CSCI-141-01 MWF--10:00-10:50 Ms. Lomonosov
150. Dance History: Cross-Cultural Approaches to Dance 3 hours 3HU, CD PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE NO LONGER CARRIES WR World Dance- This course focuses, first, on looking at dance and second at discerning the meanings of dance in context. We will briefly survey global forms then examine three or four case studies in depth, examining the relationship between form and meaning in changing cultural and historical contexts. This approach depends on translating between visual, kinesthetic, and verbal modes, and on qualitative movement analysis, contextual research, and critical thinking. We will cover some theory in Dance Ethnology. If possible, we will include a local fieldwork component. Genres we might cover include: Pueblo parrot dance, bharata natyam in India and its diaspora, raks el baladi in multiple social contexts, Afrocentrism in U.S. popular dance, and/or ballet in European history and diaspora. TuTh 9:30-10:50 No consent required. Enrollment Limit: 25 Sem 2 CRN 13229 DANC-150-01 TTh--9:30-10:50 Ms. Sklar 215. Workshop: Intercultural Performance 3 hours 3HU A recent news account reported on the encounter between New Orleans victims of hurricane Katrina and their hosts at an Oklahoma Methodist retreat center. Drawing on relevant news articles, 1st person accounts, historical and contemporary texts, and fiction, we will develop performance material while examining our own relationship to difference, conflict, cultural comfort, and cycles of oppression. This is an experiential and experimental laboratory where we will work collaboratively. Beginning with exercises to focus awareness, including hatha yoga and Vipassana meditation, we will integrate dance and theatre techniques from Etienne Decroux's Corporeal/Abstract Mime, Jerzy Grotowski, Open Theatre, Liz Lehrman, and Viewpoints. Enrollment Limit: 15 Sem 2 CRN 13230 DANC-215-01 TTh--3:00-4:20 Ms. Sklar 260. Seminar: Theories of Embodiment 3 hours 3HU This readings seminar confronts the problem of "the body" in dance and movement. Based on work in dance ethnology, performance theory, somatics, philosophy, cultural anthropology, feminist theory, and child development, we will chew on some of the following questions: What is it to know of something kinesthetically, through the sensations of movement? How does this kind of knowledge relate to knowledge in other sensory modes? How are our own bodily practices and rhetoric implicated in larger local and global, historical, social, and political systems? Indeed, to what extent is "felt" knowledge culturally determined? What methods do we have for ascertaining another's felt kinesthetic experience? how does communication work in this mode? What language do we have to overcome the mind/body dualism, and what, indeed, is "the body", relative to "the person" and relative to "the world"? Enrollment Limit: 15 Sem 2 CRN 13231 DANC-260-01 M--7-10 pm Ms. Sklar
EAST ASIAN STUDIES
265. The Politics of Memory: Remembering War in Contemporary East Asia 3 hours 3SS, CD, WR Since the end of the Cold War, there has been a boom of interest in the study of war and memory. Commemorative culture and the endless procession of anniversaries throughout the world, beginning with the fortieth anniversary of the Second World War and continuing through the sequence of fiftieth and sixtieth anniversaries, D-Day, the conclusion of the Pacific War, to the outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula, has generated an extraordinary amount of commemorative reflections about past conflicts. One interesting feature of this commemorative culture is how memory has been used to shore up nationalist sentiments, as recollections of the past have become fraught with tensions about how this past is to be remembered. The aim of this course is to explore the complexities of war and memory from a comparative, regional perspective, with particular emphasis on East Asia. By comparing different histories and memories of war, this course will explore how public memory of wars are formed, produced, commemorated and transformed. It will also explore the political relevance of war memories on contemporary East Asian politics. Specific wars to be explored will include: the Chinese Civil War, the Pacific War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Limit: 25. Prerequisites: At least one 100-level course in East Asian History or consent of the instructor. Sem 2 CRN EAST-265-01 TTh--11:00-12:15 Ms. Jager
260. Colonialism/Post-Colonialism and Globalization in East Asia.
420. Sem on Income Inequality.
235. Contemporary Japanese Economy 3 hours 3SS, CD, QPh The course will survey recent developments in the Japanese economy, and how Japan's economic system has evolved relative to that of the U.S. Topics to be covered include the asset price bubble of the 1980s and its collapse, the economic policy responses to the collapse and subsequent recession, and the current prospects for economic recovery and reform. Prerequisite: ECON 101; ECON 251 is desirable, but not required. Sem 2 CRN 13227 ECON-235-01 TTh--1:30-2:45 Mr. Jinushi 420. Seminar on Income Inequality 3 hours 3SS, WR Second Semester. The purpose of this course is to deepen the understanding of factors underlying the unequal distribution of income and to analyze equity-efficiency trade-offs arising under alternative government policies. The course mostly focuses on the U.S.; however, cross- country differences in economic inequality will be addressed as well. Policy implications include progressive income taxation, unemployment insurance, welfare programs, social security and public education. Prerequisite: ECON 253. Enrollment Lmit: 10 Sem 2 CRN 13228 ECON-420-01 T--7:00-9:00pm Ms. Koreshkova 435. Seminar on the Economic Systems of Japan and the US 3 hours 3SS The [seminar] offers an in-depth comparison between the U.S. economic system and that of Japan. The seminar's comparative approach is intended to illuminate the structure of the Japanese economy, and to enhance understanding of the U.S. economy and the U.S.-Asian economic relations more broadly. Readings will include works by Japanese economists, such as the comparative system studies pioneered by Masahiko Aoki, and by American scholars, including the institutional history studies of Douglas North. Prerequisites: ECON 251 and ECON 255, or consent of instructor. Enrollment limit: 10 Sem 2 CRN 13222 ECON-435-01 Th--7:00-9:00pm Mr. Jinushi
141. Rivers. 320. Documentary Production (identical to CINE 320).
Credit Hour Change
326. Contemporary Irish Novel is offered for 3 hours credit.
Description Omitted from 2005-06 Catalog
272. American Cinema: The Possibilities of Art in the Entertainment Business 4 hours 4HU, WR Second Semester. This course deals with how the art of American cinema is shaped by demands of business and technology. We will also explore how filmmakers used strong genres and stars, focusing on two eras of American cinema, 1939-1942 and 1966-73. American, Post-1900. Identical to CINE 272. Prerequisite: ENGL 173/CINE 101 (preferred) , or see headnote above. Enrollment Limit: 30. Sem 2 CRN 12889 ENGL-272-01 MWF--1100-1150 & Sun. 7:00-10:00pm Mr. Day
New Course Description/Title/Instructor
309. Milton, 3 hours 3HU,WR Second semester. Milton's English poetry and selected prose, with special attention to Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes. Considerable time will be devoted to the poetic texts as participants in historical and intellectual discourses and to modern critical writing on Milton. British, Pre-1700. Prerequisite: See headnote above. Enrollment limit: 25. Sem 2 CRN 12899 ENGL-309-01 TuTh--9:35-10:50 Mr. Pierce 312. "Emptiness and Plenitude in the Eighteenth Century" 3 hours 3HU, WR This course explores the cultural and literary fascination with emptiness across periods, disciplines, genres, and artistic mediums. It investigates how and why "nothing," in its myriad forms, as vacuum, in dialectical relationship with matter, as mental and textual blank, in utopian guise, as an experience of emptiness, serves as a spur to literary and cinematic innovation. We will look at how forms of nothing offer a way to investigate the material world, function as a means of social commentary, and assist in probing the nature of selfhood. Using the long 18th century - the period in which "nothing" enjoyed the greatest scientific, literary, and cultural prominence - as a base, this course pairs 18th- century treatments of the topic with classical sources of vacuity and contemporary artistic experimentation with matter and space, for example the recent film, I Heart Huckabees. Other possible works to be considered include: Tom Jones, White Noise, On the Nature of Things. 1700-1900. Enrollment limit: 25. Sem 2 CRN 12894 ENGL-312-01 MWF 3:30-4:20 Ms. Baudot
212. Eighteenth-Century Literature 3 hours 3HU, WR Eighteenth-century authors explore what it means to be modern. In this course we will consider how their literary experiments engage with different kinds of newness - from revolutionary models for how the mind works to a radically altered understanding of the globe and the cosmos. We will trace how authors, in a variety of genres, exploit and critique the new forms of materialism that emerge from philosophical and scientific developments, the extension of trade routes, and the expanding book market. Students of this course will learn to navigate their way through texts at first dauntingly allusive and gain the confidence to critically engage with these rich and complex works. Readings will cover a variety of genres including, the periodical essay, the novel, slave narratives, poetry, science fiction, and the gothic. Enrollment limit: 30. Sem 2 CRN 12884 ENGL-212-01 MWF--10:00-10:50 Ms. Baudot
275. Introduction to Comparative Literature 3 hours 3HU, CD, WR First and Second Semesters. For description, please see "Comparative Literature" in the catalog. Identical to CMPL 200. Enrollment Limit: 25. Sem 2 CRN 12890 ENGL-275-01 Mr. Deppman Courses Primarily for Non-Majors 162. "Eye Deep in Hell": Literature of the Great War 4 hours 4HU "On these battlefields," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, "my lovely, safe world blew itself up." In this course we will consider an array of aesthetic responses to World War I, with an emphasis on the literature and film of the Western Front. Texts will be drawn from historical accounts, trench novels and poetry, American modernism, psychiatric literature, war memoirs, documentary footage, war and anti-war films, and painting. Classics of war literature (Remarque, Hemingway, Sassoon) and film (Griffith, Renoir, Kubrick) will be studied alongside lesser-known works, including those by women on the front (Wharton, Stein, West). Our aim in this course is to immerse ourselves in what Fitzgerald called the "terrible twilight of an old world, noisy dawn of our times." Enrollment limit: 50. Sem 2 CRN 13186 ENGL-162-01 MWF--10:00-10:50 Ms. Geerken Introductory Elective Course 215. Eighteenth-Century Literature in Modern Fiction and Film 3 hours 3HU, WR In this course we will read eighteenth-century works alongside the modern fiction and film they inspire. Eighteenth-century authors experiment with literary form to pose open-ended questions about the nature of the self, as a solitary and social being, the cultural and ethical role of artistic representation, the limits of reason, and the function of the imagination. These are just some of the issues to be considered in the cinematic adaptation and modern re-writings of eighteenth-century works, such as: Pope's poetry in Nabokov's Pale Fire and Kaufman's/Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Robinson Crusoe transferred to celluloid in Castaway and revised in Coetze's Foe; Austen's Emma set in the Beverly Hills of Clueless. 1700-1900. Enrollment limit: 30. Sem 2 CRN 13187 ENGL-215-01 MWF--11:00-11:50 Ms. Baudot Advanced Courses 375. The Psychoanalytic Imagination in American Culture 4 hours 4HU, WR In this course we will examine psychoanalysis as a literary and artistic medium in its own right. In addition to studying classic texts of Freudian psychoanalysis and those of object-relations theorists (Klein, Winnicott), we will explore the representation of psychoanalysis in the modern imagination. We will look, for example, at how post-war American film portrays the rehabilitation of the hysteric through the patient-doctor relationship (The Seventh Veil, The Three Faces of Eve, Spellbound), and how the "confessional" school of American poets (Lowell, Berryman, Plath) uses the therapeutic session as a basis for poetry. We will also examine contemporary memoirs of madness, analyze the short stories of A.M. Homes, and evaluate the Freudian "family romance" in film and TV (Chinatown, The Sopranos). What we hope to accomplish from this work is an appreciation of psychoanalysis as an influential and intriguing model (and modeler) of human consciousness, as we test its validity across various periods and genres. American, Post-1900. Enrollment limit: 25. Sem 2 CRN 13188 ENGL-375-01 MWF--2:30-3:20 Ms. Geerken
Note: 376. Screening Spirituality does not count for Cultural Diversity(CD).
375. Seminar: Topics in Conservation Biology 3 hours 3NS Second Semester. A discussion format is used to study foundations of the field, key threats and approaches to conservation. Papers from the current primary literature are used to cover topics such as overexploitation of populations, species invasions, biological impacts of climate change, habitat fragmentation, conservation genetics, landscape approaches, restoration and reserve design. Students alternate as discussion leaders; term papers and oral presentations required of all students. Prerequisite: BIOL 120. Restricted to ENVS or BIOL juniors or seniors. Enrollment Limit: 15. Sem 2 CRN 13169 ENVS-375-01 Wed--7-9:30pm Ms. Ballard
FIRST YEAR SEMINAR PROGRAM
166. Under the Banner of Science: the Crusade Against Evolution 4 hours 4HU, WRi The teaching of evolutionary theory is under attack in many secondary school districts in the US. This course will research the history, science, politics and legal maneuvering of this particular conflict between science and religion. We will explore the structure of scientific research and methods, what distinguishes science from pseudoscience, the history of the creationist and intelligent design movements, and how the two sides in this debate are often talking past each other, with little common ground. Sem 2 CRN13018 FYSP-166-01 TTh--8:30-9:50am Mr. McAdams (Theater and Dance)
GENDER & WOMEN'S STUDIES
210. Celebrity, Gender, and Everyday Life 3 hours 3SS In this course we will examine the intersection of gender, celebrity,and capitalism and its impact upon how we construct identities in American culture. We will review the historical precedents of celebrity culture, as well as psychoanalytic and sociological explanations for the popular fascination with glamour and notoriety. We will draw upon social theory, cultural studies, and feminist studies to examine how the gendered logics of celebrity reflect and produce prevailing notions of morality in contemporary society, as well as the gendered and racialized character of the "trauma culture" of daytime talk-show programs. We will also examine the new forms of media technologies- cable television, the web, the cell phone-and their impact upon the social construction of language and sexuality, class and celebrity. This course will also review case studies in celebrity sports culture, and the representation of gender in the export industry of professional American sports. Enrollment limit: 30. Sem 2 CRN 13242 GAWS-210-01 TTh--9:35-10:50 Dr. Randal Doane
433. Multicultural Aspects in Recent German Literature (Senior Seminar) 3 Hours 3HU, CD Second Semester. European nations - including Germany, Austria, and Switzerland - have become increasingly multicultural since the arrival of guest workers in the 1950s and 60s, a process that was greatly accelerated by the opening of the eastern borders after 1989. Literature increasingly reflects these developments, with some of the most interesting works being written by "minority authors." We shall examine works by authors of various backgrounds, e.g. Frischmuth, Rabinovici, Mehr, Honigmann, Senocak, Özdamar, Said, and others. Note: Required of all German majors. Prerequisite: One 400-level course or consent of instructor. Ms. Tewarson
329. Music, Orality, and Literature in Hispanic Traditions. 457. Caribbean Cultures and Literatures.
Topic and Course Description Announced
333. Representaciones de "El Otro" en la Cultura Española In this class, we will examine representations of the "Other" from medieval to contemporary Spanish culture. We will study their place in Spanish history and the day in which cultural representations (visual art, music, literature, and cinema) express their complex identity. We will dedicate the first weeks to medieval Spanish culture and the issue of "convivencia" among Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Spain. Our study of Medieval Spain will serve as a springboard to our discussion of the situation of the Muslim Other in contemporary Spain, in light of the recent terrorist attack in Madrid, the building of a mosque in Granada, and the recent wave of immigrants from Morroco. We will continue our study of Spanish others by looking at how Spaniards portray the gypsy, particularly the gypsy woman, in Spanish literature, painting, opera, and music. We will also examine gypsy self-representation in flamenco music and we will discuss how this popular musical form has evolved in recent decades and merged with other musical genres. In the final weeks, we will study representations of the female Other in 19th and 20th century women's writing, recent cinema, and a contemporary novel. We will use these works to discuss issues confronting women in modern Spanish culture. Conducted in Spanish. Enrollment Limit: 20.
314. Heaven under Siege: Tradition and Subversion in Latin American Poetry 1 hour 1HU An intensive mini-course on twentieth-century Latin American poetry. The six required lectures, primarily by Chilean poet and professor Oscar Hahn, will cover: women poets challenging Modernismo; the radical experimentation of vanguardista Vicente Huidobro; Nicanor Parra's "antipoetry"; poets of the Southern Cone's Dirty Wars; and the "shadow texts" of Alejandra Pizarnik. Prof. Hahn will also read from his own works. Feb.27-March 3 and March 6, from 4:30-5:45; the lectures will be conducted in Spanish; a 4-6pp. analysis of a poem will be required to receive credit for the course. CR/NE, P/NP only. Sem 2 CRN 13335 HISP-314-01 MTWThFM Science Center A155; Thursday poetry reading, Craig Lecture Hall
110 Latin American History- State and Nation 3 hours 3SS, CD Second Semester. An introductory survey of Latin American History. Topics include the aftermath of independence, the liberal regimes that emerged, the growing influence of the United States in the region, the emergence of labor, race, and gender movements, revolutions of the 20th century, and modern challenges. Enrollment limit: 50 Enrollment Limit 50 Sem 2 CRN 11216 HIST-110-01 MWF 9-9:50 Mr. Hammond 133. Jews in the New World 3 hours 3SS Introduction to the Jewish experience in North America from the arrival of Jews in New Amsterdam in 1654 to the present, with emphasis on the late nineteenth and 20th centuries. Key issues explored are: reasons for Jewish immigration; Jewish legal status and economic activities; successive waves and impact of immigration, processes of acculturation and assimilation; formation of US Jewish identity; changes in Judaism in the American environment; is "America different", and if so how, and why; characteristics of and challenges to Jewish identity in the contemporary US; role that consciousness of the Holocaust and Zionism play in contemporary US Jewish identity and communal politics. Idential to JWST 133. Enrollment limit: 35 Sem 2 CRN 13232 HIST-133-01 TTh--11-12:15 Mr. Amkraut 262 Antebellum American Women: Private, Public, Political 3 or 4 hours 3-4SS CD Second semester, How did diverse women in antebellum America understand, explain and act upon their varied roles in American society? This course explores women from different regions, classes, cultures and races from the end of the Revolution to the beginning of the Civil War. Readings on "the domestic sphere," family, work, enslaved women, religion,, antislavery, voluntary organizations, political engagement, and other topics will frame lectures and discussion. Student projects will include extensive work with primary documents. 35 enrollment limit-25 as free-for-all 10 places reserved at discretion of instructor Sem 2 CRN 13175 HIST-262-01 TTH 3:00-4:20 Ms. Lasser 292 Cuba from Colony to Castro 3 hours 3SS, CD, WR Second Semester. The course will explore the history of Cuba, with particular emphasis on the origins of the 1959 Revolution and its development through to the present day. The course will aim to provide a nuanced portrait of the island and explain how and why it faces the challenges it does. Enrollment limit: 30 Sem 2 CRN 13176 HIST-292-01 TTH 11-12:15 Mr. Hammond 305. Seminar: The Jewish State: Ideology and Reality 3 hours 3SS This Seminar studies the creation and development of modern Israel. It focuses on the emergence of modern Zionism from the nineteenth century through the establishment of the State of Israel, looking at major ideological and political streams in Zionism. It charts the growth of the Jewish population in Palestine and in the State of Israel in the twentieth century and the emergence of a self-governing Jewish society there. While conflict with Arab states and peoples is crucial to understanding the reality of Jewish life in Israel, the primary focus of this course is on the cultural, religious, economic and political, and military realities that have forged Jewish experience there in the last 100 years and that govern relations with Jews of the Diaspora. Themes are: religion and state; nationalism; immigration; ethnic and economic diversity and conflict; major political streams in Israeli politics. Enrollment limit: 18. Identical to JWST 305. Sem 2 CRN 13234 HIST-305-01 T--1:00-2:50 Mr. Amkraut 321 Consumption and its Consequences in American Society 3 hours 3SS Second Semester. We will discuss the rise of mass consumer society in the United States since the late nineteenth century. The course will begin with a consideration of theories on what drives consumerism and then focus on how changing patterns of consumer behavior for American men and women have affected notions of status and identity, exposed class and gender tensions, and produced economic and environmental consequences. Assignments include a research paper on one aspect of the history of consumer society. Enrollment Limit 15. Consent of the Instructor required. Sem 2 CRN 13177 HIST-321-01 Wed. 2:30-4:20 Mr. Zimring 350. Violence in Japanese History 3 hours 3SS, CD Second Semeester. The goal of this course is to use violence as a lens to study major themes in Japanese history while deepening our understanding of violence in its various forms. Topics include: the monopolization of violence; the relationship between violence and religion; violence and the state; legitimate/illegitimate forms of violence; ethnic violence; violence and gender; terrorism, and contemporary issues of memory, national identity and victimization. We will cover the entire range of Japanese history from the rise of the samurai to contemporary issues of WWII memory and responsibility. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment limit 15. Sem 2 CRN 13243 HIST-350-01 T--1-2:50 Mr. Wert 366 Gender Issues in Latin America 3 hours 3SS, CD, WR Second Semester. This seminar will examine the evolution of gender roles in Latin American society, with particular emphasis on the rights and limitations placed on women. We will explore regional as well as chronological variations on these themes in order to explain how and why the status of women has changed over time. Enrollment Limit 15. Consent of the Instructor required. Mr. Hammond Sem 2 CRN 13178 HIST-366-01 Monday 2:30-4:20 Mr. Hammond
204. Medieval Intellectual History. 225. Twentieth-Century Europe, I: 1900-1945. 237. Women in Jewish Society, Antiquity to Modernity. 261. Race and Radicalism in the 1960s. 306. Germans and Jews. 308. Heresy and Orthodoxy in Medieval Europe. 332. The Radical Challenge 337. Colloquium in the Environmental History of Oil.
452. Readings in Japanese Sources.
402. Advanced Japanese II 3 hours Sem 2 CRN 13226 TTh--7:00-8:15pm Ms. Kurasawa
237. Women in Jewish Society, Antiquity to Modernity. 306. Germans and Jews.
133. Jews in the New World 3 hours 3SS Introduction to the Jewish experience in North America from the arrival of Jews in New Amsterdam in 1654 to the present, with emphasis on the late nineteenth and 20th centuries. Key issues explored are: reasons for Jewish immigration; Jewish legal status and economic activities; successive waves and impact of immigration, processes of acculturation and assimilation; formation of US Jewish identity; changes in Judaism in the American environment; is "America different", and if so how, and why; characteristics of and challenges to Jewish identity in the contemporary US; role that consciousness of the Holocaust and Zionism play in contemporary US Jewish identity and communal politics. Idential to HIST 133. Enrollment limit: 35 Sem 2 CRN 13233 JWST-133-01 TTh--11-12:15 Mr. Amkraut 305. Seminar: The Jewish State: Ideology and Reality 3 hours 3SS This Seminar studies the creation and development of modern Israel. It focuses on the emergence of modern Zionism from the nineteenth century through the establishment of the State of Israel, looking at major ideological and political streams in Zionism. It charts the growth of the Jewish population in Palestine and in the State of Israel in the twentieth century and the emergence of a self-governing Jewish society there. While conflict with Arab states and peoples is crucial to understanding the reality of Jewish life in Israel, the primary focus of this course is on the cultural, religious, economic and political, and military realities that have forged Jewish experience there in the last 100 years and that govern relations with Jews of the Diaspora. Themes are: religion and state; nationalism; immigration; ethnic and economic diversity and conflict; major political streams in Israeli politics. Enrollment limit: 18. Identical to HIST 305. Sem 2 CRN 13235 JWST-305-01 T--1:00-2:50 Mr. Amkraut
Latin 310 Catullus and the Traditions of Latin Poetry 3hrs 3HU, CD Reading and discussion of the longer poems of Catullus, as a basis for exploring the poet's influence on the development of Latin poetry in the late Republican period. Prerequisite: LATN 202 or the equivalent. Sem 2 CRN 13159 LATN-310-01 MWF--1:30-2:20 Mr. Van Nortwick
LEARNING ASSISTANCE STUDIES
111. English as a Second Language II (Intermediate level) 2 hours 2EX First and Second Semester. An intensive course designed to build upon skills developed in LRNS 110 and to increase mastery of the basic language skills at the intermediate and upper-intermediate levels. Prerequisite: LRNS 110 or qualification by placement test. Consent of instructor required. Sem 1 CRN 13053 LRNS-111-01 MWF--1:30-2:20 Ms. Miller 112. English as a Second Language III (Advanced level) 2 hours 2EX First and Second Semester. An intensive course designed for the advanced student of English as a second language to increase fluency, build rich vocabulary, and practice the use and understanding of idiomatic English. This course will focus on the use of English for academic purposes and academic writing in particular. Prerequisite: LRNS 111 or qualification by placement test. Consent of instructor required.
Sem 1 CRN 7699 LRNS-112-01 MWF--9:00-9:50 Mr. Arbogast Cancelled Course
104. Analytical Reading Skills for the Liberal Arts Curriculum
030. Topics in Contemporary Math.
095 Discrete Mathematical Models 3 hours 3NS, QPf An introduction to discrete mathematical models. Mathematical techniques to be discussed include difference equations, iteration, convergence, elementary probability and optimization. Basic financial, population, economic, and physical models will be explored. The course will make extensive use of spreadsheet software. Note: This course does not count towards a major in mathematics. It is intended for students who have not satisfied the quantitative proficiency requirement and is not open to any student who has received credit for a mathematics course numbered 113 or higher. Enrollment Limit: 30 Sem 2 CRN 13070 MATH-095-01 MWF--10:00-10:50 Mr. Henle
343. The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 3 hours 3NS The principles of neural plasticity-how nervous systems change structurally in response to experience-and how memories are accessed and used will be examined in a variety of systems. Topics may include: historical perspectives on memory, habituation and sensitization in aplysia, neural network models, Pavlovian conditioning, Hebbian plasticity, long-term potentiation/depression (LTP or LTD), the developing or aging brain, hippocampal function, methods in assessing learning, cortical re-mapping with experience, REM sleep and learning, etc. In addition to readings in the textbook, students will read and analyze original research papers. Second Semester. Prerequisite: NSCI 201 or 204 or consent of the instructor. Enrollment Limit: 20. Neuroscience and Psychology majors given priority. Sem 2 CRN 11994 NSCI-343-01 TTh--11:00-12:15 Mr. Myme
New Course Descriptions
101. Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours 3HU First and Second Semester. The overall theme of the course concerns the nature and possibility of a uniquely philosophical understanding of some aspect of human life. Through both historical and contemporary texts, we will explore philosophical questions about metaphysics, knowledge, freedom of the will, morality and moral obligation, and death. Historical texts will include works from Plato, Descartes, Kant, Mill, Sartre, and Montaigne. Assignments include papers, a midterm, and a final exam. Enrollment Limit: 33. Mr. Ganson 120. Knowledge and Reality 3 hours 3HU First and Second semester. This is an introductory course in philosophy. Our purpose, however, will not be to introduce ourselves to all of the subjects that come under the heading of 'philosophy'. Instead, we will focus our attention on a host of issues that arise in the philosophical study of knowledge (epistemology) and metaphysics. We will investigate the nature of objectivity and the problem of skepticism about our knowledge of the external world. Then we'll investigate problems such as the relation of mind to the physical world (the 'mind/body' problem), personal identity, and free will. Assignments include papers, a midterm, and a final exam. Enrollment Limit: 30. Mr. Thomson-Jones
124. Love, Friendship, and Morality 3 hours 3HU Second Semester. This course examines issues concerning important elements of a good life love, friendship, and morality. What is the nature of love and friendship, and why do they make our lives richer? We begin with a look at traditional philosophical accounts of love and friendship, reading Plato, Aristotle. Next we'll examine the nature of moral obligation, and ask whether the demands of morality can conflict with the commitments that come with friendships and other love relationships. We will read historical figures as well as contemporary writers. Throughout the course, we will also read selected pieces of literature, to see what light may be shed on these issues from more literary sources. The assignments for the course will include three essays a final exam, and in-class presentations. Enrollment Limit: 30. Sem 2 CRN PHIL-124-01 MWF--10:00-10:50 Mr. Bell 233. Workshop in Contemporary Aesthetics 3 hours 3HU, WP Second Semester. In anticipation of the Oberlin Colloquium in Philosophy taking place in April 2006, this course provides an in depth study of some of the most important areas of current research in analytic aesthetics. By drawing on resources in the arts at Oberlin, we will address a range of questions in a collaborative and interactive teaching environment. These include, How do we define art? What is its ontological status? How is art related to popular culture? What is the nature of fiction and narrative in literary and cinematic art? How do we imaginatively engage with fictions and fictional characters? And, What is the value of art? Enrollment Limit: 45. Mr. Bell and Ms. Thomson-Jones Sem 2 CRN 13094 PHIL-233-01 TTh--3:00 4:15 Mr. Bell & Ms. Thomson-Jones
122. The Nature of Value.
220. Ethnicity and International Relations. 3 hours 3SS Inter-ethnic conflict is only one-sixth of the question: understanding inter-ethnic cooperation, intra-ethnic conflict and cooperation, and ethnic irrelevance complete the picture. What are limitations of/on 'ethnic power?' Many international conflicts are described, in part, as 'ethnic conflicts?' In what ways, and to what extent, is this description analytically useful? In what ways, and to what extent, might conflicts that are not described in ethnic terms be usefully analysed through an ethnic lens? Limit 30. Sem 2 CRN 13108 POLT-220-01 MWF 1:30-2:20 Mr. Stuligross 223. South Asian International Relations. 3 hours 3SS Two countries, two nuclear triggers, two claims (both false) to a single sociocultural history. Sounds like trouble, and sometimes it is! But why only sometimes? What explains the quality and extent of cooperation between Pakistan and India? By addressing this question, students will be challenged at the same time to explain the quality and extent of violence between Pakistan and India, most importantly, to test the robustness of International Relations theory far outside the social and political context in which it was created. Limit 25. Sem 2 CRN 13106 POLT-223-01 MWF 10:00-10:50 Mr. Stuligross 260. Environmental Politics in Comparative Perspective. 3 hours 3SS Environmental politics are different in different countries. Why? How, and to what extent, can environmentalists in one country learn from the experiences of environmentalists in another country? What explains varying degrees of effectiveness of 'sustainable environment' communities in different countries? Economic affluence is a part of the story; at least as important are institutional design and social history, but even these are only starting points. Limit 30. Sem 2 CRN 13107 POLT-260-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mr. Stuligross 263. Central Asia in World Affairs 3 hours 3SS This course introduces students to the politics of Central Asia,aiming to enable them to evaluate current events. We will focus on the region that is today composed of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan and consider the influences of neighboring countries, including Russia, Iran, Turkey, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan. After surveying the cultural, historical, and geographical landscape of the region, the course will analyze in detail the international and domestic factors shaping political and economic development in these five countries. The main topics covered in the course concern the historical legacy of the Russian and Soviet regimes, the broad effect of modernization on the region, the politics and economics of nation and state building in the transition period, the role of traditional forms of politics, the rise of political Islam, and the prospects for democratization. Limit 30. Sem 2 CRN 13181 POLT-263-01 TTh--11:00-12:15 S. Bolukbasi 322. Middle Powers in World Politics: Iran, Turkey and Egypt 3 hours 3SS This course explores the notion of middle powers in the context of Middle East. It seeks to accomplish two main goals. Empirically, it seeks to investigate the role played by middle powers in the Middle East, their relations with greater powers and their attitudes towards and relations with each other. At the theoretical level, this course aims to revisit the great power bias of theories of International Relations. At the intersection of the empirical and theoretical objectives of this course lies exploring the similarities and differences between middle powers' foreign policies, particularly those directed against great powers. Most theories of IR carry a baggage. They mostly deal with great power politics thereby erroneously creating an impression that international affairs are virtually all about what great powers do. This great power favoritism demeans the role of middle powers. Foreign policies of such middle powers as Turkey, Iran or Egypt have been confined to the realm of comparative politics and their influence on the larger international scale has largely been overlooked. Challenging this bias is one of the goals of this class. Limit 20. Sem 2 CRN 13182 POLT-322-01 T--7:30-9:30pm S. Bolukbasi
Writing Proficiency Removed
121. Introduction to International Relations no longer carries the writing proficiency attribute.
New Course Descriptions
100. Introduction to American Politics 3 hours 3SS, WRi This course provides an overview of American Politics: the Constitution, major institutions, political principles and practices, and key policy issues. Using a historical perspective, we study how major events of the past shape our politics today. We discuss the current challenges and dilemmas of American Politics. For example, how can we build a spirit of trust, cooperation and democracy in our increasingly diverse, fragmented society? Coursework includes weekly assignments, exams and team projects. Enrollment Limit: 35. Sem 2 CRN 13109 POLT-100-01 MWF--1:30-2:40 Mr. Yi CRN 13110 POLT-100-02 MWF--3:30-4:20 Mr. Yi 204. Political Inquiry: Theories and Research Methods in Politics 3SS, QPh, WRi The course provides an introduction to constructing theories and doing research in political science. How do scholars gain and systematically expand their understanding of politics? We aim to equip you with the concepts and skills to undertake your own research and to critically assess the work of others; and to develop basic proficiency in qualitative and quantitative methods, including some statistics. Coursework includes weekly assignments, exams and team projects. Enrollment Limit: 30. Sem 2 CRN 12569 POLT-204-01 MWF--10:00-10:50 Mr. Yi
PSYCHOLOGY NOTE: (Seminar in Attachment Across the Lifespan) Psyc 450 is now numbered 460.
305. Human Psychophysiology 3 hours See the 2005-06 course catalog for a description. Sem 2 CRN 13168 PSYC-305-01 MW--3:00-4:15 Mr. Porterfield
303. Laboratory in Cognitive Psychology. 420. Seminar in Emotion. 510. Research Practicum: Cognitive Processes in Clinical Disorders.
104. Introduction to Religion: Reverence and Rebellion 3 hours 3HU, CD Second Semester. Religions often uphold a society's stability, clothing a social, moral, and cosmic order in the mantle of the sacred. Religions have also produced powerfully destabilizing forces that shred that mantle, such as heresy, fanaticism, and reform. Using the histories of Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity, this course will explore these (seemingly) opposing dimensions of religion's role in society and bring to bear key concepts from religious studies, including myth, ritual, sacred institution, and holy person. Enrollment Limit: 35. Sem 2 CRN 12506 RELG-104-01 MWF--10:00-10:50 Mr. Hatcher 225. Modern Religious Thought in the West: Late 17th to mid-19th Century 3 hours 3HU An analysis of developments in Western philosophy of religion and theology in Europe from the end of the Thirty Years War to the mid-19 century. Of special interest will be how the emerging scientific worldview affected views of God, human nature, religious scriptures, religious authority, and the true "essence" of religion. Some of the thinkers to be studied include Pascal, Locke, Hume, Voltaire, Rousseau, Kant, Schleiermacher, Feuerbach, and Kierkegaard. Enrollment Limit: 35. Sem 2 CRN 13140 RELG-225-01 MWF-2:30-3:20 Mr. Kamitsuka 263. Roots of Religious Feminism in North America 3 hours 3HU, CD This course investigates the proto-feminist aspects of women's thought and activism beginning from colonial times. Issues, movements and thinkers to be studied include: 18th-century African-born poet, Phyllis Wheatley; critical re-readings of the Bible by suffragette, Elizabeth Cady Stanton; the Grimke sisters on the religious basis for women's rights and abolitionism; the movement for Jewish women's ordination; theologies of social reform from the black women's club movement; Catholic social activist Dorothy Day. Enrollment Limit: 35. Sem 2 CRN 13141 RELG-263-01 MWF-10:00-10:50 Ms. Kamitsuka 277. Shi'ite Islam 3 hours 3HU, CD Second Semester. The Muslim Shi'i minority has long influenced faith and practice throughout the Islamic world. This course explores the early Islamic roots of the Sunni/Shi'i divide; Shi'i cosmologies, legal institutions, and rituals; the diverse branches of Shi'ism, including "Twelvers" and Isma'ilis; religious movements originating in Shi'ism, such as the Druze and the Baha'is; and the significant Shi'i impact on contemporary Islamic thought and politics in the Middle East, Iran, and South Asia, including the Iranian Revolution. Enrollment Limit: 35. Sem 2 CRN 13139 RELG-277-01 TTh--11:00-12:15 Mr. Hatcher 366. Feminist Interpretations of Evil 3 hours 3HU, WRi This seminar examines how current scholars are revisiting traditional philosophical and theological discussions of evil, original sin, theodicy, and suffering in light of women's multiple oppressions in a global context. Among the questions we will ponder are: How can an omnipotent and omnibenevolent God allow evil in the world? What is structural sin? How might Goddess spirituality respond to the Holocaust? How have biblical depictions of women as evil affected cultural perceptions of women? Enrollment Limit: 15. Sem 2 CRN 13142 RELG-366-01 Th-1:00-2:50 Ms. Kamitsuka
126. Oil on Troubled Waters: A New Great Game? 1 hour 1SS Second semester; April 3-6, King 106 Central Asia and Caucasia have long been the focus of contending empires and states. Can the Central Asian states cooperate to prevent resource conflicts over water? Can oil and water mix? Students will gain a geographical knowledge of the region and a basic understanding of the environmental and social problems these new states face, connecting those to the specific problems facing Central Asia and the Caucasus with the larger global issues of non-renewable resource depletion. CR/NE; P/NP grading, no prerequisites. Sem 2 CRN 13355 RUSS-126-01 Mr. Scholl
210. Soviet Blockbusters 1-2 hours
1-2HU, CD Second semester. First module. A course that boldly goes where no traditional Soviet film course has gone before. Our mission: to seek out and explore those movies beloved by generations of viewers back in the USSR. These classics include war movies, musicals, Soviet "easterns," comedies, and "chick-flicks." Our goal: to determine the basis of their popularity through an examination of their aesthetics and their surrounding social and political context. Sem 2 CRN 13318 RUSS-210-01 MW 2:30-3:20 Ms. Forman 212. Russian Blockbusters 1-2 hours 1-2HU, CD Second semester. Second module. This course focuses on Russian film after the fall of the Soviet Union and the Soviet film industry. We will examine the aesthetic and socio-political dimensions of post-Soviet comedies, epic and costume dramas, gangster films, fantasy and other genres in order to explore the pressures facing new Russian cinema. Sem 2 CRN 13319 RUSS-212-01 MW 2:30-3:20 Ms. Forman
215. Contemp Asian American Experi 3 hours 3SS, CD The goal of the course is to introduce you to a range of contemporary issues dealing with Asian Americans and immigrants generally. The focus is less on each ethnic group's differences and more on the trends that many groups face, with a focus on how they experience challenges and claim accomplishments. The course stresses the light that studying Asian Americans sheds on other groups and for the country as a whole, including immigration, identity, religion, family, gender, race relations, and other topics. We will read from a variety of disciplines, with stress on sociology. Prerequisite: One course in sociology. Enrollment Limit: 35 Sem 2 CRN 12533 SOCI-215-01 MW--2:30-3:45 Jinzhao Li 241. Urban Sociology 3 hours 3SS Globalization has led to the restructuring of the American metropolis in recent decades. New inequalities of gender, class, race/ethnicity, and sexualities have been produced. New urban forms have emerged as central cities and suburbs changed functions and inhabitants. Residential segregation increased among the poor while the middle sectors retreated into gated communities. Gentrification, the new urbanism, urban sprawl, community and housing, and the lack thereof (homelessness and the underclass) became concerns. In this course we will utilize a comparative theoretical approach to these issues. Prerequisite: One course in Sociology. Enrollment Limit: 35. Sem 2 CRN 13171 TTh--9:00-10:50 Jinzhao Li 318. Chinatown as an American Space 3 hours 3SS, CD There is no Chinatown in China. Chinatown is an American invention. It locates in the center of American cities and American experience. This course explores the formation and transformation of Chinatown as a geographical, cultural, and political space in the history of the United States. Through an interdisciplinary examination of the origins, disasters, epidemics, social relations, public protests, urban development, celebrations, and representations of Chinatowns, we will challenge the conventional understanding of the shaping of American culture and national identity. The texts we will use include history, sociology, literature, anthropology, arts, film, and law. Enrollment Limit: 15 Sem 2 CRN 13170 SOCI-318-01 TTh--1:00-2:45 Jinzhao Li
Grading Option Announced
The following courses are graded P/NP and CR/NE only and cannot be taken for letter grades: 331. Torts, Trials & Trouble. 365. Law, Literature & Society. 472. Sociology of Law Seminar, a.k.a. Breakfast & the Law.
272. Technical Production: Scenery (SEE 172 BELOW) 300. Acting 3 (SEE 308 BELOW)
172. Technical Production: Scenery 3 hours Beginning work in the techniques and principles used in technical production for theater, dance, and opera. Lecture materials include: production management, stage rigging, orthographic projection, elements of the physical plant as well as construction methods used in building scenic units. Students participate in fabricating scenery for the semester's productions as scheduled. Enrollment Limit: 14. Sem 2 CRN 13236 THEA-172-01 TTh--9:00-10:50 Mr. Grube 268. Black Arts Workshop 3 hours 3HU, CD This course combines the study of African-American history and culture with theatrical performance. From Africa through the Middle Passage and into America, students will read essays, stories, poems, and plays-while discussing the legacy and aesthetic of the African tradition within the Diaspora. Students will gain academic information as well as develop their own artistic responses to the material through performance and the creation of theatre-drama, spoken word, movement, and music. A final workshop performance will be presented using work developed in class. Enrollment limit 15 with consent of instructor. Identical with AAST 268. Sem 2 CRN 13246 THEA-268-01 TTh--1:00-2:45 Mr. Emeka 308. Advanced Acting 3 hours 3HU This course is designed to develop advanced strategies for creating physical character, as well as techniques for engaging in scenework and monologues. There will be an emphasis on increasing the actor's physical awareness and use of space while being present in relationships. We will continue developing a physical and practical vocabulary towards the pursuit of "actions" onstage. Students will engage in movement exercises, improvisations, and scenework. Enrollment limit 12 with consent of the instructor. Sem 2 CRN 13245 THEA-308-01 MWF--2:30-4:20 Mr. Emeka
CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
CNST 130. Physical Wellness for the Musician's Life 2 hours The musician's body and its state of physical health has a strong influence on his or her ability to play or sing. This course will emphasize physical restructuring, as well as practical methods for maintaining balanced physical health. Students will develop an increased understanding of the body's physical and muscular structures and its movement principles. Their everyday postural habits will be evaluated and corrective patterns explored. This is a practical course, with daily lab components which will allow the information to be integrated into their bodies, setting the foundation for physical health, and decreasing the possibility of injuries. Offered for CR/NE or P/NP only. Limit 15 Ms. Vogel
HPRF 521 01 (module 1) HPRF 521B 01 (module 2) Graduate Studies in Historical Performance Spring 2006, 1st and 2nd module Number of Credits: 1 2 Letter Grade Only For graduate students in the Historical Performance program. This course constitutes an extension to "Historical Performance in Context" HPRF 111, -112, -113, -114 which is to be taken concurrently. Students will undertake one or two independent research projects relating to the performance practice of national repertories, to be designed in collaboration with their applied teacher. May be repeated for credit. Enrollment limit: 30 Teacher: David Breitman Consent of Instructor Thursday and Friday time TBA
HPRF 113. Historical Performance in Context: Music of Italy Spring 2006 - 1st Module .5 - 1 Credit DAYS - TBA TIME - TBA Instructor: David Breitman Consent of Instructor One of a set of four courses designed to introduce students to a wide range of styles. Each course focuses on the music of a different country and will include an overview of the significant repertoire as well as the historical context (art, politics, and society). NB students who participate as performers earn 1 credit; non-performers who do only the academic work receive .5 credit. Consent of the instructor required. Limit: 30 David Breitman
MHST 322. Music and the Narrative 3 hours Second Semester. A study of the relationship between music and narrative structures throughout history, using aspects of narrative theory. Focusing on building a viable analytical structure, this course will include discussion of the way that music functions as an aid to plot (both implicit and explicit) in genres such as opera, pantomime, oratorio, symphony, program music, tone poem, and film/television scores. Specific compositions investigated may include Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Beethoven's 5th, 6th, and 9th Symphonies, Schumann's 3rd Symphony, Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Liszt's Les Preludes, Wagner's Götterdämmerung, Rachmaninov's 1st Symphony, Elgar's The Kingdom, Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony, Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes, Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, Maxwell-Davies' Eight Songs for a Mad King and the soundtracks to the movies Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Mummy, Psycho, and Twister. Prerequisites: MHST 101 and one 200-level music history course. Consent of the instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 20. Mr. McGuire
MHST 370. Music in the Age of Debussy and Ravel 3 hours The course will focus on French music from the 1890s through the 1930s, especially on the work of Debussy and Ravel, though other important figures, for instance Erik Satie, will also be considered. Connections with the literature and painting of the time will play an important role in the lectures and discussions. All major genres, relevant to the composers in question, will be included (opera, song, chamber and symphonic music). Students will be responsible for one oral presentation and one written paper. Prerequisites: One two-hundred level course in music history or consent of instructor. Instructor: Peter Laki
MUTH 317: Music & Embodied Cognition. 3 Hours This course explores the relationship between musical experience and conceptualization. Starting from basic embodied experience, this course explores how music generates affect -how and why different works and styles have different feels-and how the experience and feel of music motivate and ground traditional and novel concepts. The approach is interdisciplinary, with readings drawn from: perception and cognition (general and musical); ancient and modern philosophy and music theory; human development (ontogenetic and phylogenetic); cognitive neuroscience; cognitive linguistics; and musicology, including gender issues pertaining to music. Written coursework includes 1) responses to readings, 2) brief analyses of works and styles, and 3) a term paper. Eligibility: junior standing and instructor consent. Enrollment limit: 20 Instructor: Arnie Cox
MUTH 416: Chamber Music Analysis & Performance 3 hours This course will focus on the integration of analysis and interpretation/performance. As a 400-level course, it features a high degree of analytical rigor. Each group will prepare a recital program, to be selected in consultation with the instructor and coach. Students will study all of the music chosen by the groups, but will focus (individually and collectively) on their own programs. Prerequisites: MUTH 232. Consent only (permission of instructor and chamber-music coach required; every member of the chamber music group must register for the course). Students must enroll concurrently in chamber music. Teacher: Brian Alegant
CNST 151 Intermediate Piano Technology 3 credits Limit = 8 John Cavanaugh Instructor Consent Prerequisite: CNST 150 CR/NE and P/NP and Letter Grade options TR 3:30 - 5:00 in Piano Shop, Bibbins The class includes a week-long review of equal temperament and action regulation/repair, after which students focus on developing their tuning skills with respect to accuracy and speed, and on turning the action regulation theory they were taught in the intro course into practical skills as action technicians in the workshop. As the course nears its end, students will be introduced to the art of building and regulating tone in Steinway hammers.
APST 705 Oberlin College Women's Chorale credits: 0-1 MW @ 3:30-4:20 PM Central 21 Instructor Consent Conservatory Humanities Credit/No Entry or Pass/No Pass ONLY Jody Kerchner The Women's Choral will provide singers the opportunity to explore a variety of choral music written specifically for female voices. The choir will sing three- (SSA) or four-part (SSAA) music including songs from the "classical," contemporary, world music, secular and sacred genres.
140. Global Standard Time: Internalizing Rhythms 1 hour A workshop for instrumentalists and vocalists that focuses on the student's ability to internalize and comprehend a range of rhythms that originate in multiple cultures. The teaching emphasizes speaking rhythm and then performing the lessons on the frame drum. The course materials are based upon a contemporary application of old-world teaching methods from North Africa, the Mid-east, and South India. The rhythms are poly-rhythmical an cyclical in nature. The playing techniques implemented are basic hand and finger techniques adapted from South Indian drumming and can be applied to a variety of percussion instruments. Limit: 12 with consent of the instructor. Sem 2 APST-140-01 M--3:30-5:30 Jamey Haddad
TOPIC ASSIGNED: HPRF 312 - Special Topics in Perf Practice: Intro to Clavichord HPRF 312B - Special Topics in Perf Practice: Chopin & the Romantic Piano
CANCELLED COURSES: Jazz-291 - Intro African-American Music MHST-291 - Intro African-American Music