WID Courses - Fall 2004

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Medieval Art I
Professor J.C. Anderson

The course covers the art of the Mediterranean world from the time of the Emperor Constantine to the fall of Constantinople. The works studied cover the range from architecture and monumental painting (mainly mosaics) through illuminated manuscripts, ivory carvings, and other small objects. Works of art are treated within the historical and social contexts of a rapidly changing world, that of the collapse of Roman imperial authority and emergence of the Byzantine state.


U.S. Women's History to Reconstruction
Professor T. Murphy

This course will examine the history of women in the United States from pre-Columbian settlement until Reconstruction. We will pay particular attention to the ways in which gender has been an important component in the construction of power relationships; the ways in which issues of race and class have affected the relationships among women; and the ways in which ideas about gender have evolved during the past several centuries.


Writing Culture
Professor J. Kuipers

This course adopts an ethno-graphic ('writing culture') approach to the description of the structure, variation and use in the organization of speaking practices. Students will conduct original research projects investigating the structure and variation in conversational interaction. Prerequisite: ANTH 4. Laboratory Fee, $40.


Introductory Microbiology
Professor D. Morris

Survey of the major groups of micro-organisms with emphasis on structure, physiology, ecology, pathogenesis, and biotechnology. Antibiotic resistance and emerging diseases. The laboratory sections are designed to train students in the basic skills of the discipline, using both traditional and molecular methods of investigation and analysis of bacteria, eucaryotic microbes and viruses. Students design and carry out their own research projects with the guidance of the instructor and teaching assistant. Prerequisite: one year of chemistry. Laboratory fee, $55.


Technology and Society
Professor D. Martin

The historical, social, and ethical issues of the technological age. Ethical principles and skills, social analysis skills needed to evaluate the design and implementation of complex computer systems. Privacy, computer crime, equity of access, automaton and professional ethics. Data collection, analysis, and presentation, technical writing and oral communication skills are emphasized.


Introduction to American Literature, Part II
Professor C. Sten

This course is a historical survey of American Literature from the end of the Civil War to the present (Realism, Modernism, Postmodernism and Contemporary). Prerequisite: UW20.


Introduction to Creative Writing
Staff

An exploration of genres of creative writing (fiction, poetry, and/or playwriting). Basic problems and techniques; examples of modern approaches; weekly writing assignments; workshop and/or conference discussion of student writing. Prerequisite: UW20.


Introduction to French Literature
Professor M. Belenky

This course is an introduction to French literature. We will read closely a broad selection of texts from different genres (poetry, prose, theater) and periods, and learn how to read and write analytically about literature in its cultural context using different techniques of textual analysis. We will explore the complex relationship that exists among a reader, a text, and an author. The unifying theme of this class is representation of spaces (physical, metaphoric, imaginary, poetic, psychological, ideological etc). We will examine how landscapes, cityscapes, houses, prisons, and open spaces do not merely serve as a background, but rather have a profound meaning indispensable to the development of the story or the structure of a poem, and to our understanding of the texts. (Course is conducted in French) . Prerequisite: FREN 10.


Urban Geography
Professor L. Benton-Short

This covers contemporary urban dynamics by considering three key urban geography themes: economic globalization, planning and politics and social/cultural changes to cities. One of the most innovative aspects to this course is the opportunity for students to conduct research on selected topics in the Washington D.C. metro area. We will investigate economic, political and cultural changes and challenges in D.C. while placing an emphasis on writing as a key means of analysis. Prerequisite: GEOG 1.


WWI in East Asia and the Pacific
Professor R. Spector

An examination of the political , military, social and cultural aspects of the Second World War in East Asia and its aftermath. Emphasis is on the ways in which the history and memory of the war has been constucted and used by Americans and by the peoples of Asia.


History of France
Professor E. Kennedy

Old Regime: monarchy and social classes; the Church; the Enlightenment; the 1789 revolution; Napoleon.


Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Professor R. Shepherd

This course is designed to motivate students to think about the question of "culture" by introducing them to the ways in which cultural anthropologists practice their craft.


Introduction to Comparative Politics
Professor M. O'Gara

This course is an introduction to the field of comparative politics, which focuses primarily on the concept of political development within states and across regions. We will compare states, nations and various sub-state actors (such as multinatinal corporations and terrorist movements) while continually progressing toward a sophisticated understanding of the nature, processes and effects of globalization.


Writers of the Future
Professor J. Kasle

This course focuses on improving the writing skills necessary to succeed in the legal field as well as well as other professions. The class is held in an informal setting, utilizing peer editing and revision techniques. Evaluations are based on a series of short papers on various topics.


European Union: Economy, Politics and the Future
Professor D. Campbell

The development of the European Union (EU) has given rise to the evolution of supranational structures, embedding the traditional European nation states. Multi-level governance represents one of the consequences, also impacting our understanding and our concepts of politics. In addition to an overview of the history and institutions of the EU, our analysis will focus on the dynamics of the contemporary European political systems and on EU policy-making: innovation policy and economic policy represent crucial key issues, since they feed into the knowledge base of advanced economies and societies. The prospects of the EU shall be assessed in accordance with the following questions: What are scenarios for the future of the EU and will the European nation states finally become absorbed, leading ultimately to a "United States of Europe"? What are possible consequences for globalization and how will the further relationship between the EU and U.S. develop?


Topics in East Asian Religion
Professor T. Michael

Commonly recognized as originating with the short text called the Daodejing attributed to the mysterious figure known as Laozi, Daoism grew to become the major indigenous vehicle for religious expression in traditional China. In this course, we will explore the early history of the formation and development of Daoism up to the fourth century A.D. through close readings of important foundational texts. We will examine the earliest religious views as represented in such writings as the Daodejing and the Zhuangzi, two texts long recognized as important classics of world literature, and move on to the less familiar study of later Daoism as it was transformed into a major religious institution that played a dominant role in Chinese culture. Through a close reading of texts taken from or associated with the Daoist Canon, we will look at the divinization of Laozi, some particularly Daoist forms of messianism and apocalyptism, the emergence of communal forms of Daoist worship and organization, as well as specifically Daoist methods of salvational practice.


Contemporary Italy
Professor A. Iovino

Focus on post-WWII Italy, juxtaposing political upheavals with their interruptions in society, using literature, film and history. Course involves 4 novels, 6 films and, of course, readings in history spanning 1945-2000.


Contemporary Conflict
Professor D. Kostanteras

Course explores three main areas of historical context: in what ways do contemporary conflicts resemble or depart from those of the past; in what ways do contemporary conflicts share common themes in their historical prologues; in what ways do conflicts of all epochs fit into a larger scheme of world change and development. These enquiries are pursued through an analysis of selected contemporary conflicts. We also limit the course's scope by maintaining a close focus on certain influential themes and factors, such as nationalism or colonialism/de-colonialism.


European Democracy - Global Comparison
Professor D. Campbell

The course will focus on democracy in Europe, placing an emphasis on Western Europe and the EU member countries. Three major areas of interest will be. (1) Measuring democracy: Concepts and indicators will be presented, which should allow for a systematic comparative analysis of democracy and a testing of different theories. (2) Quality of democracy: What are available concepts for evaluating the quality of democracy? (3) European (supranational) democracy in a global perspective: What are the implications for nation state-based democracy in Europe, embedded in the supranational architecture of the EU; furthermore, when European democracy is compared with other advanced democracies, what are similar and/or different characteristics (does something like a "Global Democracy" emerge?). Within that general framework, the course will focus more specifically on additional topics, such as: classical texts about democracy; the dynamics of party systems and political systems in Western Europe; and the spreading of democracy in Central and Eastern Central Europe after 1989, after the breakdown of communism.


Writing in the Discipline -- Information Technology
Professor E. Cherian

This is a new course specifically designed for the Writing in the Disciplines Program. The course focuses on information technology (IT). Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of information technology, the basics of databases, telecommunications networks, corporate systems design, and the way organizations use this technology. Further, the course will continue to present a variety of computer-based information systems derived from this technology and the application of these systems in a variety of organizational settings. The course will provide a general introduction to information technology and the use of this technology in modern (digital) organizations. As such there will be little opportunity for in-depth study or discussion of many issues of interest in information systems.The uniqueness of this course is in its focus upon writing. There are a variety of different writing assignments throughout the semester that will result in some 19 deliverable papers. These include case studies, critical analyses of journal articles, and a substantial research effort. Students will work both in groups (teams) as well as individuals in these writing assignments


Music and Physics
Professor B. Berman

Primarily for non-science majors. A comparative study of music and physics, showing parallels in the history of the two fields and emphasizing those topics in physics related to the theory of music and the production of sound by musical instruments, particularly classical mechanics and wave motion. Prerequisite: high school algebra and geometry. Laboratory fee, $55.


Women and Politics
Professor K.Morgan

This class will examine the participation of women in political life. The first section of the course will examine the notion of women's interests and how this shapes the behavior of women as voters, as activists in social movements and interest groups, and as politicians. The second section will look at the access women have to the political system and how women behave once in office. The third part of the class will discuss particular public policy issues. The overall focus of the class will be on the United States, but there will be some comparative readings as well.


Classical Sociological Theory
Professor I. Kennelly

In this course we will collaboratively examine theories from the "classical period" of modernity (1848-1919) by Martineau, Marx, Cooper, Durkheim, Gilman, Weber, and Du Bois. These theories will help us answer questions like: Why do we often say one thing but do another? Why do I get along with somebody who is so different from me? and Why do we feel lazy if we don't work long hours? In addition, we will apply classical theories to issues of present-day concern, such as why it might be problematic to use diamond rings to symbolize love, and why there was ever a show on television called Homeboys from Outer Space.


From Kansas City to Anatevka
Professor L. Jacobson

In this course we will collaboratively examine theories from the "classical period" of modernity (1848-1919) by Martineau, Marx, Cooper, Durkheim, Gilman, Weber, and Du Bois. These theories will help us answer questions like: Why do we often say one thing but do another? Why do I get along with somebody who is so different from me? and Why do we feel lazy if we don't work long hours? In addition, we will apply classical theories to issues of present-day concern, such as why it might be problematic to use diamond rings to symbolize love, and why there was ever a show on television called Homeboys from Outer Space.