038. Visual Concepts & Processes:
Sculpture 2 3 hours
For a semester course in sculpture that would fit Oberlin's approach to teaching, I envisioned an exploration of "HOME". Naturally, my multi-disciplinary background would guide the course and encourage a wide range of projects and materials. We would explore the home as shelter, some rural and urban differences, class and culture, personal space and its contemporary uses in art. Our studies would include perspective drawing for models and/or larger scale proposals. We would also make use of the CCCA's , and the CMA's up coming architectural schedule with field trips. Course limited to 15. Meets in the Sculpture Studios of Art Department
Sem 1 CRN 5178 ARTS-038-01 F--9:00-12:00 & Sat--10:00-1:00 Roydon Watson
046. Visual Concepts and Processes:
Drawing 3 hours
First and second semesters. This course will facilitate both beginners and intermediate students in the exploration of traditional drawing and experimental systems. An introduction to basic drawing concepts,
vocabulary, and media, the course will improve the student's technical proficiency and understanding essential for advanced study in the visual arts. The drawing experience will be explored through slide lectures, directed readings/presentations, demonstrations, and studio problems. Initial problems will address basic concepts of gesture, linear perspective, and value systems. Subsequent projects will expand to address the relationship of form and content. Subject matter for this course will include: the figure, modified still life, and architectural forms.
Sem 1 CRN 5166 ARTS-046-01TR 1:30-4:30 Ms. Umbenhour
044. Visual Concepts and Processes:
Drawing 3 hours
First and second semesters. This course is an introduction to the basic
subjects of representational drawing - the figure, the landscape/cityscape,
and interior space, including the still life. We will use a wide range of
drawing materials and focus on formal issues such as line, shape, form,
gesture, perspective, texture and value, while constantly asking the big
questions: Why are we drawing what we are drawing, what does this drawing
mean, and why is it important? Three outside projects, group critiques,
slide lectures and readings are integral parts of this course.
Sem 1 CRN 5165 ARTS-044-01 MW 9:00-12:00 Ms. Coleman
073. Seminar - Advanced Video
Projects 3 hours
This course will closely examine various genres of visual storytelling; documentary, essay, narrative and experimental. This course is designed for advanced students who have previous knowledge of digital video production and editing. Class time will consist of extensive peer critiques and viewing works in progress. Students will be required to create one complete digital video project to be submitted to film/video festivals and public screenings. To be given consent for the class, students must submit a script or synopsis of project to the instructor.
Sem 1 CRN 4930 MW 1:30-4:30 Ms. Brown-Orso MODULE 2
109. Approaches to Islamic
Art and Architecture 3 hours
An introduction to the architecture, painting, and decorative arts of the Islamic World, from Africa 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, including sacred space, palace culture, the role of mysticism, the question of figural representation, and the centrality of calligraphy and ornament. 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 1 CRN 4381 ARTS-109-01 TTh--11:00-12:15 Mr. Tabbaa
210. Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy
This course is an investigation of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy. Calligraphy is the most highly regarded artistic accomplishment in China and Japan and crucial to understanding the art and culture of these two countries. This course will introduce the techniques, stylistic concerns, and social functions of calligraphy. An emphasis will be placed on the relationship between calligraphy, philosophy, and other forms of art, especially painting. Background in East Asian art and history desired. Limit of Enrollment: 25.
Sem 1 CRN 4938 ARTS-210-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Ms. Lu
231. The Islamic City:
Urban Form and Culture 3 hours
A chronological and thematic discussion of city formation, urban form, and urban culture in Middle Eastern cities from early Islam to the dawn of the modern period. Within this broad chronological framework the course discusses such central themes as the place of religion, the royal domain, the bazaar, institutions of education and public welfare, the changing role of women, and contacts with western and colonial culture. The course looks primarily at Cairo, Damascus, and Aleppo for the early and middle periods; Istanbul and Isfahan for the pre-modern period; and some of these cities during the modern transformation.
Sem 1 CRN 4079 ARTS-231-01 TTh--3:00-4:15 Mr. Tabbaa
158. Introduction to Radio Astronomy
Identical to PHYS 252.
Sem 1 CRN 4937 ASTR-158-01 TTh--11:00-12:15 MODULE 1
017. Everyday Evolution is a
Seminar Program course and not offered in Biology.
FYSP courses are available only to first-year students entering in fall 2002.
415. Seminar Sexual Selection
Sexual selection is an important and pervasive evolutionary process. This discussion-based course will evaluate our current understanding of sexual selection by examining primary literature concerning mate choice, sexual imprinting, developmental stability, signaling theory, hormones, immunocompetence, the major histocompatibility complex, sperm competition, plant morphology, speciation, and other topics. Papers will cover a variety of taxa. Each student will be responsible for leading discussions and giving oral presentations, and will write papers that integrate literature from an array of subdisciplines. Prerequisites: BIOL 120, BIOL 118, or equivalents, and at least one Biology course at or above the 200-level. Consent of the instructor required. Enrollment limit 12. Preference given to seniors and juniors.
Sem 1 CRN 4932 Biol-415-01 Th 7:30-10:00 pm Mr. Tarvin
This course introduces the major writers and works of Chinese literature in the 20th century, including fiction, poetry and essay. We will discuss these works in their relevant literary, social, historical, political and cultural context (including Western influences) and explore how they provide a panoramic view of the changing faces and identities of China. For works since 1949 writers from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong will often be explored in comparison in investigating issues like the notion of self, relationship between individual and collective as well as the writer�s changing sense of mission.
399. Cinema Studies Practicum:
Independent Projects in Media Production 1 hour
This practicum allows qualified students to pursue independent projects in media production within the collaborative context of a practicum. In order to be admitted to the practicum, each student must demonstrate previous production training and experience (through Oberlin College production courses, Ex-co courses, or independent internships or employment experiences), submit a specific and feasible project proposal, and receive permission from the instructor. In the practicum, each student will work to develop his or her individual project in consultation with the instructor while offering both critical feedback and technical support for the projects of the other students. Credit/No entry grading. Consent of instructor required.
Sem 1 CRN 5195 CINE-399-01 Hours to be arranged Mr. Pingree
214. Teaching Dance: A Chance
for Transformation 3 hours
Today, more than ever, dance artists: choreographers and dancers, are called upon to engage with communities in creating original works and developing teaching residencies. We will examine specific residency models created by companies and artists who work in community settings. Students will create class plans and curricula. The course consists of: presentations by guest artists; discussion and analysis; in-studio teaching and assessment; some research and written work. The class will culminate by planning and executing two different kinds of residencies: one in the Oberlin school system, and one designed by the class. Consent of instructor required.
Sem 1 CRN 4693 DANC-214-01 TR--9:00-10:30 am Ms. Martynuk
312. Glorious Horror: Pleasure
and Terror in Eighteenth-Century Literature
From Gulliver�s Travels to Frankenstein, eighteenth-century literature often took great pleasure in the disgusting, the depraved, or the horrifying. We will first ask, how is the allure of the dreadful created? We will then explore how, by paradoxically combining the pleasurable and the terrible, our writers grappled with some of the central concerns of the Enlightenment: embodiment, subjectivity, and reason. This course will also attend to the ethical dimensions of "the gothic" in its historical context, including the construction of misogyny and race, and the feminist and abolitionist uses of horror. F, EL. Prerequisite: Three 200-level ENGL courses. Enrollment limit: 25.
Sem 1 CRN 4924 ENGL-312-01 MWF 1:30-2:20 Mr. Juang
347. Black Feminist Writing
4HU, CD, WR
Is there such a thing as a black feminist tradition in American writing? This course is a survey of literary-cultural trends revised by twentieth-century African American women�s literature: the remapping of African American cultural history; the exploration of African American vernacular culture; the presence of women as authors of and subjects in African American literature; and the acknowledgment and exploration of multiple African American identities. The course will concentrate on Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker. F, AL. Prerequisite: Three 200-level ENGL courses. Enrollment limit: 25.
Sem 1 CRN 4915 ENGL-341-01 TuTh 9:35-10:50 Ms. Morrissette
349. Contemporary British and
Irish Drama 3 hours
This course focuses on major playwrights of England and Ireland from post-World War II to the present. Authors may include Samuel Beckett, John Osborne, Edward Bond, Tom Stoppard, David Hare, Harold Pinter, Caryl Churchill, Brian Friel, Martin McDonagh, Marina Carr, Mark Ravenhill, and Sarah Kane. Students will be expected to attend productions and participate in scene performances. D, WL. Prerequisite: Three 200-level ENGL courses. Enrollment limit: 25.
Sem 1 CRN 4130 ENGL-349-01 MWF 3:30-4:20 Mr. Walker
358. Film Theory
Major themes and debates in classical and contemporary film theory and historiography. Topics to be explored include realism, montage, semiotics, apparatus theory, theories of the Avant-Garde, Third Cinema, and spectatorship. Authors: Bazin, Eisenstein, Kracauer, Mulvey, Metz, Doane, Williams, and Wollen. Directors: Griffith, Ford, Micheaux, Godard, Marker, Hitchcock, Ackerman, Varda, Haynes, Sembene, Trihn. F, WL. Identical to CINE 358. Prerequisite: Either CINE 101, a 200-level Cinematic Traditions course, or three
200-level ENGL classes. Enrollment limit: 25.
Sem 1 CRN 5158 ENGL-358-01 MW 12:00-1:15 Ms. Horne
323. Energy and Society (Lecture and
Laboratory) 4 hours
Identical to ENVS 322 but with the addition of one laboratory per week. Laboratories will investigate the local energy infrastructure that surrounds and supports our daily life. Prerequisite: ENVS 101 and consent. Limit: 14.
Sem 1 CRN 4904 TR--11:00-12:15 Ms. Janda
333. Environmental Aesthetics
For many people, the natural world is a repository of deep meanings and a source of enduring beauty. Environmental aesthetics explores the values that arise from an appreciation of and engagement with both natural and built environments. It examines issues related to aesthetic qualities perceived in or projected onto nature and our surroundings. How, for example, can natural beauty provide reasons for preserving wilderness, serve as a guide for ecological restoration, or inspire creative pursuits? What are the connections between experiences of artistic and natural beauty, or the technological and natural sublime? How should landscapes be shaped, admired or conserved? This course considers environmental traditions within philosophical aesthetics and insights provided by science, photography, poetry, film and literature as well as earthworks and artworks. Restricted to Environmental Studies, Philosophy or Art majors. Enrollment Limit: 15
Sem 1 CRN 4905 TR--3:00-4:15 Mr. Macauley
410. Art and the Adam J. Lewis
Center for Environmental Studies
This course is designed to explore how art can be used to promote the environmental message of the AJLC. The course is centered around a planning charrette featuring four prominant visiting environmental artists. Projects intended for exhibition will be pursued by small groups of students working with Oberlin faculty following the charrette. Prerequisite: evidence by course work or other experience that the student is prepared to contribute creatively to their project. Enrollment limit 20
Sem 1 CRN 4946 W--7:00-9:30 pm Mr. Benzing
How do we understand our relation to
the natural world, particularly to a specific place? This course will explore
different modes of understanding our relation to our surroundings, focusing
on Oberlin College?s natural environment. We'll write about the biological
processes of autumn after taking frequent walking field trips to observe
nearby natural areas, such as Plum Creek, the Arboretum, and the Bill Long
Preserve. We will supplement assignments with readings in environmentalist
literature and local history. We will particularly focus on what
scientific writing can show us about learning in a local environment by
comparing science journalism and professional scientific writing with other
ways of representing the natural world, such as poetry, fiction, and personal
memoir. We will also explore how sketching and other forms of visual
recording (such as film) can sharpen our ability to write about nature.
Through weekly writing assignments and a writing project that addresses
a community need for scientific information about the local environment,
students will gain information literacy skills and work toward earning
certification for the Writing Proficiency Requirement. Students will
discuss their writing in class and with the instructor in individual appointments.
Sem 1 CRN 5162 FYSP-154-01 TTh--9:30-10:50 & W--1:30-4:30 Ms. Cooper
114. 20th Century Russian History:
Memoirs, Novels and Diaries 3 hours
This colloquium for first- and second- year students will explore the seminal moments of 20th century Russian history (revolution, Stalinism, World War II, and the post-war developments) as narrated through memoirs, novels and diaries. The approach is intended to familiarize students with the methods of analyzing historical sources while also providing a solid background in 20th century Russian/Soviet history. Enrollment Limit: 15 (10 first year students, 5 sophomores).
Sem 1 CRN 4951 HIST-114-01 W--2:30-4:20 Ms. Osokina
206. Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment
A topical survey course in the history of science focusing on the 17th and 18th centuries. Topics will include mechanical philosophy, experimental practice, Newtonianism, the emergence of natural history and the life sciences, the growth of scientific institutions, and the culture of early modern scientific communities. The course will also examine how the concepts "Scientific Revolution" and "Enlightenment" have been employed by historians to designate key moments in European scientific history. Enrollment limit: 35.
Sem 1 CRN 4949 HIST-206-01 TTh--3:00-4:15 Mr. Sepkoski
261. Race and Radicalism in the
1960s 3 hours
3SS, CD, WR
Throughout the 1960s, people of color in the United States struggled for rights and power. This course examines social movements by African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicano/Latinos, and Native Americans during this period. We will examine the various goals sought, strategies used, and understandings of race and nation deployed. Enrollment Limit: 35.
Sem I CRN 4934 HIST 261-01 MW 12:00-1:15 Mr. Maeda
260. Asian American History
3SS, CD, WR
An introductory history of Asian Indians, Chinese, Filipinos, Japanese, and Koreans in the United States from the 1840s to the 1960s. Major themes include imperialism, labor migration, racism, community formation, and resistance. Lecture and discussion format. Enrollment Limit: 40.
Sem I CRN 4527 HIST 260-01 MWF 10:00-10:50 Mr. Maeda
299. Life after Socialism
This course examines the dramatic changes that have taken place in Russia during the last two decades. We will discuss factors that brought about Gorbachev�s reforms and the collapse of the Soviet Union, analyze social, economic, political, and cultural development of contemporary Russia, as well as the new opportunities and hardship of post-Soviet everyday life. Enrollment limit 25.
Sem 1 CRN 4335 HIST-299-01 TTH--1:00-2:15 Ms. Osokina
199. The Modern History of a
African Americans & Jews in America, 1945 to present
This course will explore the post-World War II history of relations between African Americans and American Jews before, during and after the Civil Rights era. It will explore identification with the other, assertions of group pride and exclusivity, and the ties, tensions, animosities, and collaboration between these two groups.
Dates: Sunday, November 3 through Thursday, November 7 from 7pm-9:30pm in Wilder 101 with a additional second class being held on Sunday, Nov 3 from 1-3:30 p.m. Limited to 100. CR/NE grading.
Sem 1 CRN 5174 JWST-199-01 Ms. Goldman
448. Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis.
102. Science and the Mind is
First-Year Seminar Program
course and not offered in NSCI.
FYSP courses are available only to first-year students entering in fall 2002.
250. International Human Rights
This class divides the academic study of human rights into four parts: (1) Historical and current philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of human rights; (2) Contemporary international human rights norms, how and why they change, and the institutions created to uphold them; (3) factors that
shape human rights conditions around the world; (4) specific human rights issues that students will research and present to the class. Enrollment limit: 25.
Sem 1 CRN 4917 POLT-250-01 MWF 9:00-9:50 Mr. Ahnen
251. Central America & Caribbean
Theoretically informed country by country study of the five major Central American and two Caribbean (Cuba and the Dominican Republic) states. The course seeks to explain how brutal authoritarian regimes developed in almost every country; why masses of civilians rose in revolutionary movements to defeat them; why they succeeded or failed; why some countries escaped these violent episodes; how do these periods of crisis and violence shape present day political systems. Enrollment limit: 25.
Sem 1 CRN 4918 POLT-251-01 MWF 11:00-12:15 Mr. Ahnen
252. Ethno-Political Conflict
While the news media reports on genocide and ethnic violence in many places around the globe, few answers are provided for why ethnic conflicts occur beyond the fact that the groups hate each other. This course will build on several cases, including Rwanda, Bosnia, India, and Northern Ireland, to explore different theories on the origins of group identity, why violence between groups breaks out, and the role of institutional design and international intervention in resolving ethnic conflicts. Enrollment limit: 30.
Sem 1 CRN 4919 POLT-252-01 MWF 2:30-3:45 Mr. Deets
323. Seminar: Democratization
This seminar examines the process and prospects of democratization. The first half will focus on transitions from authoritarianism and communism, the cases on which most of the literature is built. The second half focuses on democratization in Islamic states and in severely ethnically divided states as a way to consider the limits of the democratization literature, particularly regarding civil society and majoritarian institutions. Enrollment limit: 14.
Sem 1 CRN 4920 POLT-323-01 T 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mr. Deets
333. Seminar: Indigenous Political
Theory 3 hours
Examines political theories concerned with indigenous identity and self-determination. What does it mean to claim to be indigenous? How is that claim expressed in political theory? Key themes will include the theoretical construction and practical effect of indigenous claims; historical and colonial roots of indigenous politics; contemporary tactics in politicizing indigenous concerns. Course materials focus primarily on North America and include political, historical and literary texts, colonial documents, case law, protest projects, film and fiction. Enrollment limit: 12 with consent of instructor.
Sem 1 CRN 4948 POLT 333-01 T--1:00-2:50 Ms. Hsueh
208. The New Testament and Christian
Origins 3 hours
An introduction to the academic study of the New Testament in its ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts. The course explores early Christian writings as literature, historiography, myth, and as foundational texts for what became Christianity. An important aspect of this course will be learning the art and skill of a close and critical reading of ancient texts and of modern scholarly interpretations of those texts. Thematic emphases include the diversity of early Christian writings, Christianity within First-Century Jewish sectarianism, the evolution of the Jesus narrative, and the rise of institutional Christianity. No previous knowledge of the New Testament is assumed.
Sem 1 CRN 5141 RELG-208-01 MWF--1:30-2:20 Ms. Chapman
408. Seminar on Democracy and
power in 20th Century urban America 3 hours
In this seminar we examine power relations in urban America in the 20th Century with the purpose of understanding the promises and problems of local democratic institutions. The traditional view of democracy in America, derived from the writings of French political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville, holds that the fulfillment of democratic ideals depends upon the existence of small-scale political units like cities or towns that nurture a sense of collective responsibility and empowerment. In cities, as in small towns, people live in neighborhoods, where they meet in face-to-face interactions that generate a sense of solidarity, trust, and purpose in direct participation. Yet the promise of participatory democracy has often been undermined in the 20th Century by machine politics, business-party alliances, and ethnic and racial barriers to neighborhood solidarity. In the first section of the course, we will examine alternative perspectives on community power and analyze the organization of urban politics in the 19th and, especially, the 20th Centuries. In the second section we will pursue issues raised in section one about participation in local politics: neighborhoods and social capital, the politics of race, class, and ethnicity, and models of successful citizen participation programs. In the last part we will discuss how physical planning of the city shapes the prospects for citizen participation. Prerequisites: Three social science courses or consent of instructor. Enrollment Limit: 12
Sem 1 CRN 5144 SOCI-408-01 T--7:00-9:00pm Mr. Crowley
311. Linguistics for Lang Students.
172. PRODUCTION: Scenery
First and second semesters. Introduction to the techniques and principles used in technical production for theater, dance and opera. Lecture materials inlude: production management, stage rigging and mechanics, elements of the physical plant as well as construction methods used in building scenic units. Enrollment limit: 14.
Sem 1 CRN 5149 THEA-172-01 TTh--10:00-10:50 Mr. Grube
Friday lab 1:30-4:20
210. Movement for Actors
First Semester. This studio course explores movement through both a structured and an improvisational approach. The basis for individual movement exploration is in Laban Effort/Shape work; we will emphasize developing an expressive and malleable physicality. Group improvisations will be based on the Viewpoints structures of Anne Bogart; we will focus on responsive/openness: the ability to respond to quickly changing circumstances, while remaining open to the choices of others. Awareness, presence, alignment and strength will also be addressed through the consistent practice of certain movement patterns. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment limit: 15.
Sem 1 CRN 5179 THEA-210-01 TTh--12:30-1:30 Ms. Martynuk
236. SCENE DESIGN and HISTORICAL
RESEARCH 3 hours
This course will use historical theater architecture and scene design as an impetus to the design process by using historically accurate elements to inspire plans and elevations for class design projects. Presentation of individual and group design projects will be by plan, elevation, rendering and model. Basic scenographic techniques will be covered, as well as design processes involving the collaborative nature of the medium. Consent of the instructor. Enrollment limit: 12.
Sem 1 CRN 4544 THEA-236-01 TTh--9:00-10:50 Mr. Mroczek
262. Play Analysis
This class will focus on the analysis of playscripts with the aim of developing practical skills in examining both form and content. A wide range of plays from different genres will be examined for their major themes, significant elements and unifying principles with the intent of discovering how each play "works" . The student will be expected to read one play a week and to write a weekly assignment prior to each seminar session. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment limit: 16
Sem 1 CRN 4541 THEA-262-01 M--7:00-10:00 PM Mr. Plate
304. Graduate School Preparation
For seniors preparing to audition for graduate schools in acting. Students will research conservatory options, prepare pictures/resumes and develop several potential audition pieces. Consent of instructor required.
Sem 1 CRN 5161 THEA-304-01 M--4:30-5:20 Matthew Wright
240. Feminisms and Music 3 hours THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED 07-16-02
his course focuses on the
analysis of music of a variety of historical periods and styles from feminist
theoretical viewpoints including black feminist thought, global feminism,
postmodernism, and psychoanalytic feminism. Genres and styles to be analyzed
will be chosen from classical song literature, jazz, opera, performance
art, rap, and world music. A brief overview of selected feminist
theories will precede analytical discussions. Among the important theories
of women and music to be evaluated will be Catherine Clément's "Opera,
or the Undoing of Women." This course meets the feminist theory requirement.
Enrollment limit: 25
CRN 4952 WOST-240-01 MWF--10:00-10:50