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Quantitative Reasoning


Objectives                                                           D. Collecting and organizing numerical data from archives, surveys,
                                                                     lab experiments, or other sources.

The quantitative reasoning requirement has been established to       E. Testing hypotheses, using experimental or statistical controls.
develop students’ abilities to collect, summarize, and analyze
numerical data; to make abstract concepts operational; and to        F. Assessing the limitations of research, such as the reliability and
think critically about the accuracy and soundness of conclusions     validity of measures, adequacy of experimental design, sample size
based on data or on mathematical models. Quantitative                and quality, and alternative hypotheses and interpretations.
reasoning courses usually embed methodological training in their
subject matter. These courses vary widely in the skills that are     Each Brandeis undergraduate is required to take one course from the
emphasized, but they usually include one or more of the              approved list of quantitative reasoning courses. This list may change,
following:                                                           so students should consult the most recent list of approved courses in
                                                                     the Course Schedule to assure that they will receive requirement
A. Learning to read, construct, interpret, and evaluate tables,      credit. (Naturally, students will not be denied credit retroactively if a
graphs, and charts.                                                  course taken to fulfill the requirement is later dropped from the list.)

B. Developing quantitative measures of physical, behavioral, or      Courses with an asterisk (*) satisfy the quantitative reasoning
                                                                                               *
social phenomena.                                                    requirement only when they are taken with the corresponding lab.

C. Using mathematical models to express causal relationships
and to explore the implications of changed assumptions or
proposed solutions to problems in the physical or social world.



Courses of Instruction                          CHSC 8b                                         MATH 8a
                                                Chemistry and Art                               Introduction to Probability and Statistics

ANTH 110a                                       COSI 21a                                        MATH 36a
Human Evolution                                 Data Structures and the Fundamentals of         Probability
                                                Computing
BCHM 100a                                                                                       MATH 36b
Introductory Biochemistry                       COSI 21b                                        Mathematical Statistics
                                                Structure and Interpretation of Computer
BIOL 22a                                        Programs                                        NEJS 165a
Genetics and Molecular Biology                                                                  Analyzing the American Jewish
                                                COSI 22a*                                       Community
CHEM 11a                                        Fundamentals of Programming
General Chemistry                                                                               PHSC 2b
                                                COSI 22b*                                       Introductory Astronomy
CHEM 11b                                        Programming Paradigms
General Chemistry                                                                               PHSC 4a
                                                ECON 2a                                         Science and Development
CHEM 15a                                        Introduction to Economics
Honors General Chemistry: Principles of                                                         PHSC 7b
Material Evolution                              ECON 83a                                        Technology and the Management of Public
                                                Statistics for Economic Analysis                Risk
CHEM 15b
Honors General Chemistry: Principles of         ECON 135a                                       PHSC 9b
Material Evolution                              Industrial Organization                         Introduction to Physics

CHEM 150b                                       ECON 184b                                       PHYS 10a
Special Topics in Chemistry                     Econometrics                                    Physics for the Life Sciences I

CHSC 5a                                         HIST 127b                                       PHYS 10b
The Magnitude of Things and How on Earth        Household and Family in Late Medieval and       Physics for the Life Sciences II
They Matter                                     Early Modern Europe (1300-1800)
                                                                                                PHYS 11a
CHSC 6a                                         HSSP 100b                                       Basic Physics I
Forensic Science: Col. Mustard,                 Introduction to Epidemiology, Biostatistics
Candlestick, Billiard Room                      and Population Health                           PHYS 11b
                                                                                                Basic Physics II
                                                LGLS 138b
                                                Science on Trial
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PHYS 15a                                        PSYC 51a                                         SOC 181a
Honors Basic Physics I                          Statistics                                       Quantitative Methods of Social Inquiry

PHYS 15b                                        PSYC 52a                                         SOC 183a
Honors Basic Physics II                         Research Methods in Psychology                   Evaluation of Evidence in Quantitative
                                                                                                 Research
PHYS 39a                                        SOC 106a
Advanced Physics Laboratory                     Issues in Law and Society




University Seminars in Humanistic Inquiries


Objectives                                                            The seminars are also skill-oriented. At one level, they seek to
                                                                      develop writing and analytical skills; seminar discussions, under
                                                                      faculty guidance, will help students to formulate key questions and to
The University Seminars in Humanistic Inquiries (USEM) are            construct a critical analysis of the author’s assumptions, evidence,
special courses specifically designed for first-year students and     and argumentation.
intended as a foundation for their studies at Brandeis. The
primary objective is to offer a small seminar environment where       University Seminars that are designated as “USEM+W” (e.g. USEM
students, under the close guidance of faculty, can engage major       90a sec. 1W) may be used to satisfy Option I of the first year writing
texts from ancient times to the present. The topics and texts of      requirement. These courses provide an additional hour of writing
the seminars are extremely broad-ranging and come from every          instruction per week and periodic individual tutorials under the
school of the University; such diversity allows students and          guidance of a trained writing instructor. This targeted writing
faculty to focus on subjects in which they have a particular          instruction should appeal particularly to students who wish to
interest. The seminars are also quite consciously                     sharpen the writing skills required for academic work at the
interdisciplinary: although taught by faculty from regular            University, as well as for their later professional careers.
departments, the seminars seek to transcend traditional
disciplinary boundaries and to address important problems from
a much broader perspective. That approach is indeed integral to
the mission of humanistic inquiry, which seeks to address
fundamental and enduring questions of human existence.



Courses of Instruction                          USEM 3a Slavery, Religion, and Women             USEM 4a Literacy and Development
                                                [ uswi ]                                         [ usem ]
                                                Slavery is the most extreme form of power        Studies various definitions and forms of
USEM 1b Jewish Literatures in Eastern           that one human being can exercise over           literacy across cultures and eras as depicted
Europe                                          another. Religion aims to express                in literature and social science texts.
[ usem ]                                        humanity’s highest ethical aspirations.          Students’ personal literacy stories are part
The emergence of a modern literary              How, then, does religion support slavery?        of the curriculum. Requires 10 hours of
consciousness was one of the results of the     Are enslaved women treated differently           volunteer service to a literacy program.
breakup of traditional Jewish society.          than enslaved men? Do slave-holding              Ms. Hale (French Language and Literature)
Examines some of the leading Jewish             women exercise their power differently
writers in Eastern Europe who wrote in          than slave-holding men? To answer these          USEM 5b Conceptions of the Good Life
Hebrew, Yiddish, Polish, or Russian.            questions, female slave narratives, pro-         [ usem ]
Mr. Polonsky (Near Eastern and Judaic           slavery biblical interpretation, American        Explores competing conceptions of the
Studies)                                        slave religion, and biblical, early Christian,   “good life” and of moral right and how
                                                and early Rabbinic statues and teachings are     these conceptions vary within different
USEM 2b Body Matters                            examined.                                        cultural periods in history; also explores
[ usem ]                                        Ms. Brooten (Near Eastern and Judaic             standards for what is good and for justifying
When Madonna asks, “Do you know what it         Studies)                                         claims that one way of life is better than
feels like for a girl in the world?” she                                                         another. Included are conceptions of the
appeals to the notion that the male body        USEM 3b Color—Art and Science                    “good life” as pleasure (Epicurus), as
represents the standard human form and          [ usem ]                                         virtuous activity (Aristotle), as
experience. But does it? Students examine       How do we experience and express color in        renunciation, as reason (Kant), as
how the image of the female body in             our own lives and in the natural world, and      utilitarianism (J.S. Mill), as self-assertion
Western literature, art, film, and music has    in painting, literature, music, and language?    (Nietzsche), as faith (Kierkegaard), as
been used in a variety of situations to         How do we see, perceive, and describe            aesthetics, and as spirituality.
express a number of ideas, from deference       color? How is this evolving? And is our          Ms. Hayim (Sociology)
to difference.                                  human experience unique?
Ms. Harder (Romance and Comparative             Mr. Henchman (Chemistry)
Literature)
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USEM 6a Anatomy and Gender from                USEM 9b Going to Hell: Journeys to the         USEM 13a America in Black and White: A
Antiquity to Modern Times                      Underground                                    History of Race in the Workplace
[ uswi ]                                       [ usem ]                                       [ usem ]
Traces changing perceptions of the body        Why does the theme of a living being, either   Examines the relations between whites and
and sexual difference from the ancients to     divine or human, going to visit the world of   African Americans from the earliest
Freud and Foucault. Examines relations         the dead occur in several cultures? This       colonial settlements to late 20th-century,
between men and women, notions of gender       seminar explores connections to the            post-industrial society. Special attention is
and sexualities, and the social construction   meaning of life and justice within the         paid to the encounters between black and
of decent and indecent behavior in Western     specific cultures engendering each text.       white women and men in the work place.
culture.                                       Ms. Walker (Classical Studies)                 Texts include autobiographies, novels, and
Ms. Kelikian (History)                                                                        essays, as well as legal statutes, labor
                                               USEM 10a The Popular Book                      contracts, court cases, and government
USEM 7a The Twentieth-Century Political        [ uswi ]                                       reports.
Novel                                          Explores the social significance of popular    Ms. Jones (History)
[ usem ]                                       books. Examines such books’ historical
Novelists have illumined the ethical           development, the contemporary industries       USEM 14a Imagining the Other: Encounters
complexity and the ideological pressures       that produce and market them, and the          in North America from Columbus to the
entangled in political choices. Such texts     people who read them. Students discuss         Revolution
can also be read as showing how political      how popular books relate to issues such as     [ uswi ]
acts are heightened versions of the tragic     power, identity, and individualism.            Using North America after Columbus as a
limitations embedded in social experience.     Ms. Miller (Sociology)                         case study, examines the problems of
Mr. Whitfield (American Studies)                                                              understanding and representing people
                                               USEM 10b Reading, Writing, and                 across cultural frontiers. Focuses on the
USEM 7b The Concept of Time                    Arithmetic                                     various ways authors have explored and
[ uswi ]                                       [ usem ]                                       defined boundaries of race, ethnicity, and
Explores the changing concept of time from     Explores the role of mathematics and           gender.
human and scientific points of view. Topics    mathematicians through works of                Ms. Kamensky (History)
include ancient and medieval view of time,     biography, philosophy, popular science,
the Newtonian concept of universal time,       drama, and fiction.                            USEM 14b How do you know what you
and changes brought by relativity and          Mr. Diamond (Mathematics)                      “know”?
quantum mechanics.                                                                            [ usem ]
Mr. Bensinger or Mr. Blocker (Physics)         USEM 11a Risk: What Is It and How Do We        This seminar is rooted by a fascination of
                                               Deal with It?                                  what we “know,” how we know it to be
USEM 8a Textual Transformations                [ usem ]                                       “true,” and how observations we make can
[ usem ]                                       Risk has been an important feature of our      change what we “know.” The class begins
Examines how literature responds,              lives for thousands of years. However          with a controversy that continues today:
internally and externally, to the challenge    analyzing risk in a formal way has been an     the literal interpretation of Genesis in the
that change poses for the individual and       exercise of the last few hundred years—        Bible vs. the findings of geologists and
society. Metamorphosis, the transformation     with most of that limited to the last 50.      evolutionists. Then it looks at a less clear
of one object into another, is the primary     What is “risk” and how has our                 cut, much argued about, more emotional
focus within each text studied, but            understanding changed over the centuries?      topic: human nature and in particular sex
considerable time is also spent in             How are the decisions of individuals,          and beauty.
determining how each text relates to the       groups, and societies altered in risky         Mr. DeRosier (Biology)
others with which it shares characters,        circumstances? Elementary probability,
plots, and themes. As multiple versions of a   statistics and decision models, puzzles, and   USEM 15a Journeys to Enlightenment
few particular stories are read, only          real world applications are examined.          [ usem ]
students with a tolerance for repetition and   Mr. Dolbear (Economics)                        Literature often symbolizes the meaning of
an appreciation for variation should                                                          existence as a journey from error to truth,
consider enrolling.                            USEM 11b Exchange                              from affliction to freedom and
Ms. Walker (Classical Studies)                 [ usem ]                                       enlightenment. Works by Dante, Rabelais,
                                               Explores the concept of “exchange”, and the    Shakespeare, Blake, Baudelaire, Hesse, and
USEM 9a The Wandering Hero in Ancient          different types of exchange encountered in     Hurston illustrate visions of human
Literature                                     daily life and throughout history—Adam         existence that have been entertained from
[ uswi ]                                       and Eve, Native Americans and early            the Middle Ages to the present.
Focuses on the Epic of Gilgamesh.              settlers, knowledge, drugs, global exchange,   Mr. Kaplan (Romance and Comparative
Examines such issues as friendship, social     bribery, the stock exchange, free speech,      Literature)
responsibility, the meaning of life,           Napster, pollution, trading, and more.
mortality and immortality, the difference      Mr. Erbil (Economics)                          USEM 16a The Art of Scientific
between the human and divine. Texts are                                                       Investigation
read from Mesopotamia, Greece, Israel, and     USEM 12a An American Tragedy: The              [ usem ]
Canaan, which intersect literally and          Wartime Internment of Japanese Americans       Explores the scope and methods of science.
thematically with the epic, such as The        [ usem ]                                       Is scientific investigation art or craft or
Odyssey, Genesis, Aqhat, Ecclesiastes, and     After Pearl Harbor the U.S. government         methodology? The importance of
selected Sumerian narratives.                  sent more than 110,000 ethnic Japanese to      identifying “right” problems. The role of
Mr. Abusch (Near Eastern and Judaic            concentration camps on American soil.          hypothesis, imagination, intuition, and
Studies)                                       How can we understand this                     serendipity. The feeling for order behind
                                               unconstitutional violation of an innocent      natural phenomena. Research strategies.
                                               people’s rights? What actions are              Planning and carrying out experiments.
                                               appropriate in a national security crisis?     “Chance favors the prepared mind.”
                                               The story of the internment and the            Observation, reason, and error. The
                                               problems it raises for us today is explored    scientific temperament. Examples of classic
                                               through novels, films, memoirs, poetry, and    and romantic scientists. Illustrated with
                                               visual art.                                    examples of great discoveries. Reading:
                                               Ms. Harth (Romance and Comparative             Selected writing of scientists.
                                               Literature)                                    Mr. Lowenstein (Biochemistry)
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USEM 17a Through a Gendered Lens:             USEM 19b Political Truths and Modern             USEM 22a Right and Left in Europe from
Women and Men in Modern Jewish Culture        Fictions                                         1900 to the Present
[ uswi ]                                      [ usem ]                                         [ usem ]
Gender roles are changing rapidly in          Explores a series of modern works of fiction     Reviews the main political families of 20th-
modern Jewish society. Engages students in    with an eye to the particular insights that      century Europe and their 19th-century
an interdisciplinary investigation of the     they provide into the nature of various          ancestries. Using original texts, novels, and
roots of these changes. Examines male and     political phenomena, e.g., class conflict,       documentaries to examine the ideas and
female roles in pre-modern European Jewish    violence, and bureaucracy, and to what it is     followers of each movement, it introduces
culture and the transformations in gender     about fiction in general that allows us to       the participants to analytical tools as well
relations, education, family, and religious   think about politics, character and social       as to modern history.
life that took place during the Haskalah      relationships together. Authors include          Mr. Jankowski (History)
(Enlightenment) Movement of the 19th          Conrad, Kafka, Baldwin, Camus, Saramago,
century and up to the start of the            Kundera, Voinovich, Lampedusa, al-Shaykh,        USEM 23a Opera as Drama
Holocaust. Readings are drawn from fiction,   and Lessing.                                     [ usem ]
poetry, and autobiography originally          Ms. Smiley (Philosophy)                          Explores the literary, theatrical, and
written in Yiddish and Hebrew and from                                                         musical dimensions of opera. The course
recent studies in cultural history.           USEM 20a From Colonies to Independent            may be organized in one of several ways,
Ms. Kellman (Near Eastern and Judaic          State-Decolonization in Comparative              e.g., by historical period, by thematic
Studies)                                      Perspective                                      considerations, by composer or group of
                                              [ usem ]                                         composers, by librettist or librettists, or by
USEM 18a Understanding Evil and Human         The middle of the 20th century was a time        literary sources.
Destiny                                       of political, social, and economic upheaval      Messrs. Keiler or McGrade (Music)
[ uswi ]                                      globally. Colonies of European powers
Designed to introduce students to some of     embarked on the path to independence,            USEM 24a Classical Myths Told and Retold
the Western classics that deal with the       struggling to define new identities.             [ usem ]
impact of evil on human destiny. Suffering,   Struggles over power, identity, race, and        Surveys several major literary works of the
justice, and death is studied in their        class characterize the decolonization            ancient Greeks and Romans in order to
relationship with God, the world, and         experience of developing countries. The          study their mythological content, variant
history.                                      decolonization experience using (primarily)      myths, and the influence of mythology on
Mr. Kimelman (Near Eastern and Judaic         literature and political writings is             Greek art, later literature, and modern film.
Studies)                                      examined. The experience of Africa, Asia,        Ms. Koloski-Ostrow (Classical Studies)
                                              and the Caribbean are covered. Texts
USEM 18b Latinos in the United States:        include Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the        USEM 25a Reading Between the Lines:
Constructing Transnational Identities         Earth and A Dying Colonialism; Jean-Paul         Freedom of Conscience and Persecution
[ uswi ]                                      Sartre, Colonialism and Neocolonialism;          [ usem ]
Latinos are now the largest minority in the   speeches of Amilcar Cabral; Edward Said,         Traces different cases of intellectual
United States. They come from many            Orientalism; George Orwell, Burmese Days;        expression exercised under illiberal
different countries, socioeconomic            Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness; VS             conditions of censorship and persecutions.
backgrounds, and ethnic groups. Some are      Naipaul, A Bend in the River; Adam               Organized chronologically, beginning with
recent immigrants, others have lived here     Hochschild, King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story        Plato’s account of his teacher’s execution
for generations. Does it make sense to lump   of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial         under Athenian democracy, and closing
them together into one category? Analyzing    Africa. Where appropriate the course uses        with 20th-century reassessments of the
texts such as historical documents,           films (Indochine, The Battle of Algiers, etc.)   freedoms of conscience and expression.
memoirs, novels, poems, and films, this       to provide a different perspective on            Mr. Sheppard (Near Eastern and Judaic
course examines how group identity/ies        decolonization.                                  Studies)
have been constructed by and for people of    Ms. Thorne (Politics)
Latin American descent over the past                                                           USEM 26a Property in the Information Age
century.                                      USEM 20b Art and the Asian City: Tokyo,          [ usem ]
Ms. Arrom (History)                           Shanghai, Hong Kong                              Examines the history and future of such
                                              [ usem ]                                         concepts as copyrights, copylefts, patents,
USEM 19a The Hungry Soul: Eating and the      Studies the evolution of the urban               licensing, public domain, fair-use,
Perfection of Our Nature                      environment in three modern Asian cities         interfaces, caching, framing, work-for-hire,
[ usem ]                                      and its impact on the visual arts. Examines      joint tenancy, digital cash, software
Eating is a necessity, yet we are forbidden   the city as the financial and cultural hub of    freedom, upgrades, wares, electronic read-
to eat other human beings. Does this mean     the nation, as well as the site of clashing      once books and DIVX movies, in a
biology must admit something                  cultural identities, personal anxieties, and     collective effort to understand what,
“immaterial,” like a soul? What is the        civic crises.                                    exactly, is the information age doing to the
relationship between bio-logy and onto-       Ms. Wong (Fine Arts)                             core human idea of property.
logy, (Aristotle) the study of “being-qua-                                                     Mr. Pollack (Computer Science)
being”?                                       USEM 21b Language and Identity
Mr. Yourgrau (Philosophy)                     [ usem ]                                         USEM 26b Everyday Activity
                                              Explores how who we are is reflected in the      [ usem ]
                                              language we use and examines the ways in         Examines various frameworks for describing
                                              which language influences our perception of      everyday activity. “Everyday activity”
                                              ourselves. Topics include the role of            refers to such common behaviors as riding a
                                              metaphor in the expression of identity,          subway, attending a movie, buying
                                              issues related to bilingualism, cultural         groceries, playing a CD, doing the laundry,
                                              identity, gender, and language.                  and carrying on a conversation. Focuses on
                                              Ms. Chevalier (German, Russian, and East         models of skill acquisition and problem-
                                              Asian Languages and Literature)                  solving, the nature of activity and planning,
                                                                                               and the role of culture in everyday activity.
                                                                                               Mr. Alterman (Computer Science)
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USEM 27b Coming into One’s Own:                USEM 30b Development of Play, Art, and           USEM 34a A Haunted America: American
Sources of the Self in Modern Literature       Creativity                                       Dreamers as Wanderers, Visionaries,
[ usem ]                                       [ uswi ]                                         Isolates
With the collapse of the old imagery of        Is there a relation between intrinsic            [ usem ]
hierarchy and harmony, individuals who         motivation, play, art, and creativity? In this   In Langston Hughes’ poem, Dream
have been cut loose from their social          seminar, the possible relation is explored       Deferred, the question is posed “What
moorings require new images and symbols        how creativity develops, especially among        happens to a dream deferred?” Examines
in order to orient themselves in the world.    artists is attempted to be determined. Ideas     what happens to the 20th-century dreamer
Explores problems of acting in a world         and writings from developmental                  lured, often obsessed, and frequently
where the outward signs denoting inner life    psychology, theories of creativity, and the      tormented by the promise of the mythic
are no longer believed to be adequate and      visual arts are used.                            American dream. The class will map an
where definite limits and fixed principles     Mr. Watson (Psychology)                          America haunted by various definitions of
are missing.                                                                                    the dream, its displacement, its erosions,
Mr. Teuber (Philosophy)                        USEM 31a Views of Human Nature                   and its reinventions.
                                               [ usem ]                                         Ms. Whelan (English and American
USEM 28a Let’s Play a Game                     What is human nature? Are we inherently          Literature)
[ usem ]                                       good or inherently selfish? Do we come
Mathematically and literarily, explores the    with built-in psychological tendencies, or       USEM 34b Agrarian Ideal and Rural Reality
dichotomy between games like chess, go,        are we free to shape ourselves? How do           in America
backgammon, or tic-tac-toe, where all          biology, context, and culture shape our          [ usem ]
players know everything, and ones like         behavior? Such questions are explored            Once, the American farmer embodied
poker, rock-paper-scissors, or nuclear         through philosophical, biological,               economic and political independence. A
proliferation, where players must make         psychological, and anthropological readings.     pastoral impulse persists among urban
decisions lacking some information.            Ms. McIntosh (Anthropology)                      people. For the last two centuries, however,
Mr. Kleber (Mathematics)                                                                        economic competition and suburban sprawl
                                               USEM 31b Religion and Society in the             have undercut country life. Are healthy
USEM 28b The Jewish Family: Past and           Modern Middle East                               family farms and attractive rural landscapes
Present                                        [ usem ]                                         mythical, doomed, or an enduring American
[ usem ]                                       Examines the relation between Islam and          dream?
Examines the transformation of the Jewish      society in the Modern Middle East through        Mr. Donahue (American Studies)
family in four different settings (Europe,     reading and discussion of the writings of
America, North Africa, and the Middle          prominent Muslim thinkers and leaders.           USEM 35b Cultural Conflicts Generated by
East) from medieval to modern times,           The focus is on Islam’s reaction to              Scientific Milestones
focusing primarily on the internal dynamics    modernity and on some social, economic,          [ usem ]
of family life and interaction with majority   and political issues facing Islamic societies    Scientific milestones have generated major
cultures.                                      in our times.                                    controversies throughout history. Delves
Ms. Freeze (Near Eastern and Judaic            Messrs. Levy or Nakash (Near Eastern and         into conflicts generated by Galileo’s
Studies)                                       Judaic Studies)                                  dethroning of the earth, Darwinian
                                                                                                evolution, the development of nuclear
USEM 29a From Jewish Shtetl to the New         USEM 32b Crime and Punishment in                 bomb power and the potential uses of the
World                                          History                                          genome project and animal cloning.
[ uswi ]                                       [ uswi ]                                         Ms. White (Biology)
Examines the transformation of Jewish life     Examines how America and other Western
from its roots in Eastern Europe to its        political communities have defined,              USEM 36b Drama and Social Issues
transplantation in America. Focuses on         represented, and punished crime. Discusses       [ usem ]
social and religious change, culture, family   diverse texts—speeches, court cases,             What are the values and purposes of drama?
life, politics, and women’s experiences.       memoirs, novels, and films—to develop a          What drama can tell us about violence and
Ms. Freeze (Near Eastern and Judaic            critical historical perspective on such          sexuality, about political relationships, and
Studies)                                       concepts as evil, responsibility, and justice.   about ourselves is explored, through plays
                                               Mr. Willrich (History)                           by writers from Sophocles to Calderon to
USEM 29b Russia, “Herstory”: Memory,                                                            Dorfman.
Identity, and Culture                          USEM 33b Revisioning the Classics: Then          Ms. Fox (Romance and Comparative
[ uswi ]                                       and Now                                          Literature)
Explores the life stories of Russian women     [ uswi ]
(especially Russian Orthodox and Jewish)       Participants read works from the canon of        USEM 37a Myth and Prejudice: Social
through memoirs, diaries, novels, and films.   Western civilization and then analyze how        Attitudes about Language
Focuses on women’s family lives, religion,     these works have been rewritten artistically     [ usem ]
involvement in revolutionary movements         and reinterpreted theoretically from a 20th-     As Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle knew
and culture, their role in a new Soviet        century perspective. It is hoped that, by        well, the minute we speak, we are judged
society, and post-Soviet realities.            listening to the dialogue that takes place       and categorized as to our social class,
Ms. Freeze (Near Eastern and Judaic            across the centuries between major texts,        competence, and even intelligence. The
Studies)                                       students come to a deeper understanding of       sources of some prevalent beliefs about
                                               some of the political, social, and               language are examined and whether the
                                               philosophical ideas that have shaped             value judgments that many of us make on
                                               contemporary thought.                            the basis of those beliefs stem from valid
                                               Ms. Ratner (Romance and Comparative              assumptions about language or from
                                               Literature)                                      destructive myths that perpetuate prejudice
                                                                                                is questioned.
                                                                                                Ms. Maling (Psychology)
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USEM 37b Art and Memory                         USEM 41a New Ways of Seeing Nature               USEM 46a Feast and Famine: Food and
[ uswi ]                                        [ uswi ]                                         Social Relations
Studies works of art and architecture,          An introduction to Fractals and Chaos in a       [ usem ]
grounded in the discipline of art history,      non-mathematical manner as a new                 Food brings together our physical bodies
that either create collective memory, or        language to describe and emulate the             and our capacity for making culture; this
demonstrate the distillation of memory          complexities of nature. The older                has made it a central topic for writers,
from landscapes or travel. The curriculum       traditional language of microscopic              artists, historians, anthropologists, and
explores the myriad ways artists as diverse     reductionism is used as a backdrop to            others. Examines ways of eating (and not
as Daniel Libeskind and Maya Lin, Henri         illustrate the revolutionary nature of the       eating) that mediate, express, and exemplify
Matisse and Giorgio de Chirico, Wassily         new language.                                    relations among people.
Kandinsky and Georgia O’Keeffe work with        Mr. Canter (Physics)                             Ms. Ferry (Anthropology)
memory and imagination.
Ms. Scott (Fine Arts)                           USEM 41b The Romantic Rebellion                  USEM 46b Cities and Cyberspace
                                                [ uswi ]                                         [ usem ]
USEM 38b World Views                            During the Romantic period in England the        How are cities and cyberspace related? How
[ uswi ]                                        values of the pastoral ideal and                 do anonymity and transiency,
People act in society according to many         individualism were seen by many literary         characteristics common to both, shape
stimuli, including their world views. These     figures of the time to be in peril as a result   social identity and social relationships?
are ways of understanding how the world         of the industrial revolution and the creation    These questions are addressed in an
works or should work. They include              of the urban consumer society. The ensuing       exploration of urbanism and the worlds of
propositions that may be religious, secular,    Romantic Rebellion, fought in print and in       computer-mediated communication.
economic, psychological, feminist, and          the streets, is followed from its inception      Mr. Jacobson (Anthropology)
more. This course examines many world           200 years ago up to the present and beyond.
views and the class works toward having         Mr. Canter (Physics)                             USEM 47b Growing Up and Growing Old:
each student define their own world view,                                                        Concepts of Masculinity and the Adult Life
however much in process it may be.              USEM 42b Experiencing Statistical                Cycle
Mr. Fellman (Sociology)                         Thinking                                         [ usem ]
                                                [ usem ]                                         Using Erik Erikson’s theory of the life
USEM 39a On the Road from Homer to              Uses reading, writing, and discussion, on        cycle, explores the difficult transitions in
Ridley Scott                                    the one hand, and experimentation, on the        adult life and the various roles men play as
[ usem ]                                        other, to delve into the role of statistical     they mature from adolescence into
The voyage has always played an important       thinking in current life. Throughout the         adulthood and old age is examined. Topics
role in European and American literature        semester, the class experiments with             include the creation of the autonomous self;
and culture. Analyzes the theme of the          materials whose analysis and description         the search for a vocation and success; the
voyage as it occurs in written works and in     require seminar participants to develop          patterns of romance, intimacy, and
films, pondering questions about why the        statistical concepts for themselves.             parenthood; the mid-life crisis; old age; and
trip is made and what the “road” in the trip    Messrs. Fraden or Lange (Physics)                the confrontation with death.
means. Why, for example, does Odysseus in                                                        Mr. Holmberg (Theater Arts)
Homer’s Odyssey embark on his trip? Or          USEM 43b Speaking Truth to Power?: The
why do the title characters in Ridley Scott’s   Intellectual and Social Responsibility.          USEM 48b The Rational and Irrational
film Thelma and Louise set off on theirs?       [ usem ]                                         [ usem ]
Mr. Randall (Romance and Comparative            Study of key 19th- and 20th-century              Rationality has often been viewed as
Literature)                                     intellectuals and their precursors from          humanity’s most distinctive and prized
                                                classical antiquity and after, in terms of       possession. Reason is said to elevate us
USEM 40a The Future of the Book                 questions of commitment, responsibility,         above other living things and to make
[ usem ]                                        and complicity.                                  human existence especially valuable.
Is there a future for the book? Will the        Mr. Sanders (English and American                Critics and detractors, however, have held
Internet destroy printing as we know it?        Literature)                                      that there is at bottom a core of
Popular wisdom now claims that linear                                                            irrationality that is indispensable to the
narrative is yielding to hypertext, and that    USEM 44a I Spy: Ritual, Spectatorship, and       meaning of our lives. Explores the scope
books will give way to comic-book               Violence                                         and limits of human reason from the
screenshots and virtual picto-novellas. This    [ usem ]                                         perspectives of philosophy, psychology, and
seminar suggests otherwise. Studies the         Focuses on a central aspect of Western           literature.
history of the book and the social and          culture: the connection between the I and        Mr. Hirsch (Philosophy)
linguistic transformations accompanying         the eye—the need to watch, to see and be
print in society. These revolutions are         seen; to peek and pry, to be a voyeur, to        USEM 49a Text and Subtext
traced, giving the student a greater            seek pleasure through watching.                  [ uswi ]
understanding of how digital technologies       Mr. Mandrell (Romance and Comparative            A close study of eight classics of Western
create possibilities and their social and       Literature)                                      literature and film that explore how their
cultural consequences.                                                                           surface contents connect with meanings
Mr. Pustejovsky (Computer Science)              USEM 45b Philosophy and Everyday Life            that they convey only indirectly. The
                                                [ usem ]                                         literary works to be examined range from
USEM 40b The Origins of Language                In this seminar, students are asked to think     Sophocles to Ibsen. Two film classics will
[ usem ]                                        philosophically about moral problems that        be analyzed on the same basis.
Where does language come from? The origin       confront us in our day-to-day lives              Mr. Binion (History)
and evolution of linguistic abilities in        (something philosophers rarely do).
humans is studied. Evidence from                Examples include racist/sexist jokes, white
psychology, linguistic theory, the cognitive    lies, gossip, sexual behavior, smoking,
neurosciences, comparative psychology, and      gambling, downloading MP3s, mutual
computational modeling of evolutionary          responsibilities of parents and children,
processes is considered.                        charity, drug use, modesty, and politeness.
Mr. Pustejovsky (Computer Science)              Mr. Samet (Philosophy)
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USEM 50b Humor                                 USEM 53b Common Questions, Different            USEM 57b Why Work?
[ usem ]                                       Answers: The Bible and Near Eastern             [ uswi ]
Often thought of as light reading, humor       Literature                                      Mankind has always “worked,” but the
can also be great literature. Humorous         [ uswi ]                                        tasks and their material and social
works by writers such as Aristophanes,         Archaeological and textual finds of the last    significance have evolved, and this
Shakespeare, Moliere, and Mark Twain,          one-and-a-half centuries have radically         evolution is accelerating. Considers how
among others, are read and discussed.          changed how we read the Bible. We now           societies in different times and places view
Mr. Gessel (Mathematics)                       have thousands of previously unknown            work, how different societies parcel out the
                                               texts from all over the Near East that          tasks that individuals perform, how
USEM 51a Faces: Understanding the              provide a new framework for interpretation.     technology and specialization interact, and
Influence of Appearance on Social              Near Eastern literature asks many of the        how work is related to experience beyond
Perception and Social Development              same questions as the Bible. How are the        the workplace. Why do members of affluent
[ usem ]                                       answers the texts give similar to or            societies work as long and as hard as we do?
An interdisciplinary examination of the        different from one another?                     Ms. Carter (Economics)
ubiquity, origins, and consequences of using   Mr. Wright (Near Eastern and Judaic
facial appearance to judge psychological       Studies)                                        USEM 58a The Secret Life of Things
attributes. Attention is given to                                                              [ usem ]
associations between facial appearance and     USEM 54a Ideas of Equality, Systems of          What makes us certain of the difference
character in literature and the arts, and to   Inequality                                      between inanimate things and living
biological, social, and psychological          [ usem ]                                        beings? Studies living or life-bearing objects
analyses of these associations.                Examines classic and contemporary               in texts such as The Aeneid, Defoe’s
Ms. Zebrowitz (Psychology)                     accounts of equality and inequality in          Robinson Crusoe, Shakespeare’s The
                                               Western and non-Western societies.              Tempest, film such as Fitzcarraldo, and in
USEM 51b Assumed Identities                    Influential philosophical texts on equality     the theoretical writings of Marx and Mauss.
[ usem ]                                       and inequality are read first, and the these    Mr. Plotz (English and American Literature)
Explores narratives that present               speculative accounts are confronted with
protagonists engaged in resolving personal     empirical evidence from the ancient Near        USEM 58b Animal Kingdoms
crises through acts of disguise,               East and from so-called “egalitarian”           [ uswi ]
dissimulation, and discovery of multiple       societies. The origins of an ideology of        The term “animal kingdom” suggests an
self-identities. Readings from Chretien de     individual equality in the Western tradition    analogy between the human and animal
Troyes, Dante, Cervantes, Shakespeare,         are located and ways that obvious evidence      worlds. Explores the meaning and
Silone, and Conrad.                            of social inequality is rationalized in         significance of the analogy—aesthetically
Mr. Lansing (Romance and Comparative           contemporary America are examined.              and ideologically—in a wide variety of
Literature)                                    Mr. Parmentier (Anthorpology)                   cultural activities and artifacts with a focus
                                                                                               on “high” and “popular” cultures.
USEM 52a Race and Representation               USEM 55a Tales of Travel                        Mr. Morrison (English and American
[ usem ]                                       [ usem ]                                        Literature)
As readers of literature and as viewers of     Looks at the way travel creates meaning
film, do we have shared assumptions about      through writing, images, and film.              USEM 59a Majorities and Minorities
the racial and ethnic identities encoded in    Examines tales of fictional and non-            [ usem ]
the texts we receive? How do we learn to       fictional travelers in order to ponder themes   Explores how political philosophers and
“read” categories such as “white,”             of empire, tourism, national identity,          practitioners from ancient Greece to the
“ethnic,” or “mixed,” and how is this          natural history, and scientific imperialism.    contemporary era have dealt with the
related to our status as citizens? Narrative   Ms. Davila (Romance and Comparative             problem of reconciling the rights of
and cinematic strategies in 19th- and 20th-    Literature)                                     individuals, majority groups, and minorities
century texts are reviewed, paying close                                                       in democratic political systems.
attention to issues of assimilation and        USEM 56b From Vitruvius to Venturi:             Mr. Burg (Politics)
marginality, racialized constructions of       Study of Architecture through Texts,
gender, and the politics of interpretation.    Theories, and Treatises                         USEM 59b Educational Philosophy, Politics,
Ms. Smith (African and African-American        [ usem ]                                        and Practice
Studies/English and American Literature)       Through texts as varied as the pattern          [ uswi ]
                                               books of Palladio; the memoir House by          Examines the philosophy, history, politics,
USEM 53a Between Conflict and                  Tracy Kidder; the film and novel The            and impact of education. Introduces the
Cooperation: Muslims, Christians, and Jews     Fountainhead; the life of Frank Lloyd           “big ideas” about education throughout
in Medieval Spain                              Wright; the original notes of architects and    history, connects those ideas to modern
[ usem ]                                       the reviews by critics; explores architecture   practice, and asks how those ideas should
An examination of social and intellectual      from the ancient to the modern as a             guide reform in the present.
interaction among the three religious          metaphor for other humanistic disciplines.      Mr. Teles (Politics)
communities of medieval Spain focusing on      Mr. Bernstein (Fine Arts)
literature, philosophy, and religion                                                           USEM 60b Art and the Bible
(including mysticism). Will study how the      USEM 57a Freedom and Repression                 [ usem ]
interaction of the three faiths helped         [ usem ]                                        From prohibition to inspiration, the Bible
produce a unique culture.                      Looks at various models of freedom, as well     has had a profound influence on the
Mr. Decter (Near Eastern and Judaic            as at how states engage in repression to        development of art. Explores the rich and
Studies)                                       preserve systems of privilege. Specific cases   complex relationship between sacred text
                                               examine democracy in the United States,         and image in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic
                                               colonialism in Africa, and totalitarianism      art from antiquity to the present.
                                               in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia.           Mr. McClendon (Fine Arts)
                                               Mr. Cunningham (Sociology)
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USEM 61a Illness Narratives                     USEM 64b Madness in Western Civilization         USEM 69a Human Movement and the Sense
[ usem ]                                        [ usem ]                                         of Self
How do people make sense of illness and         Explores the meaning of “madness” in             [ usem ]
caring for sick people through stories?         Western civilization—how its definition          This seminar explores what human
Beginning with a historical overview of         changed over time, how societies have            movement is and how it reflects and
Western medicine, analyzes illness              sought to address the problems it raises,        governs who we are. If you couldn’t move,
narratives as a coping device and a means to    and how it has been reflected in literature,     how would you experience yourself in the
restore one’s biography. The different          art, and law.                                    world, and how would other experience
viewpoints of health care providers and         Mr. Freeze (History)                             you? What can we learn from problems
patients are linked to the broader structural                                                    encountered in space flight about our limits
characteristics of the modern health care       USEM 65a Critique of Erotic Reason               of adaptability? What can we learn about
system.                                         [ uswi ]                                         volition from robotic prostheses directly
Mr. Timmermans (Sociology)                      Perhaps the most prominent literary theme        interfaced to the human brain? Questions
                                                of the last two centuries is love, (especially   like these are analyzed through reading of
USEM 61b Stigmatized Identities                 of the romantic and erotic variety) and          classical and current texts in neuroscience,
[ uswi ]                                        marriage. It has amounted to a secular           psychology, and philosophy, as well as
Society creates stigmas that can stain one’s    metaphysics of the post-religious age. But is    through practical exercises and
reputation. Examines sources and forms of       the novel of love still possible in our          experimental demonstrations.
stigmatization and managing stigmatized         demystified world? Does it belong to an era      Mr. DiZio (Psychology)
identities, focusing on deviance,               and a way of life that has receded into the
disabilities, and the Hollywood “blacklist.”    past? Explores a few classics of this genre      USEM 71b Right and Society
Investigates stigma through text, film, and     together with some philosophical essays          [ usem ]
firsthand interviews.                           from Plato to the present. Works by Jane         Explores theories of the best society, the
Mr. Conrad (Sociology)                          Austen, Goethe, Stendhal, Flaubert, Musil,       nature of public and private obligation, the
                                                Schnitzler, Kundera, Jeanette Winterson,         authority of law, and the nature of justice.
USEM 62a Children’s Literature and the          and others.                                      Focuses on a handful of key texts from the
Construction of Childhood                       Mr. Dowden (German, Russian, and East            classical and modern periods and examines
[ usem ]                                        Asian Languages and Literature)                  their different visions of the nature of
Whether children’s literature has sought to                                                      public duty and public life and their
civilize or to subvert, to moralize or to       USEM 66b History of Utopia                       different theories of the role of political life
enchant, it has formed a bedrock for the        [ usem ]                                         in human destiny.
adult sensibility. Childhood reading reflects   What might a better world look like? How         Mr. Burt (English and American Literature)
the unresolved complexity of the                do people in different cultures imagine the
experience of childhood itself as well as       ideal life? Students read the original Utopia    USEM 73a Thinking about Infinity
larger cultural shifts in values and beliefs.   (by Englishman Thomas More), together            [ uswi ]
Ms. Miller (German, Russian, and East           with several 20th-century utopian novels,        Explores the attempts of the finite human
Asian Languages and Literature)                 and an American work of their choice.            mind to think about infinity. Readings in
                                                Ms. Irr (English and American Literature)        mathematics, history of science,
USEM 62b How Science is Really Done                                                              philosophy, literature, and art, including
[ usem ]                                        USEM 67a Politics as Seen through Fiction        Euclid, Plato, Cantor, Poincare, Einstein,
Science is seen by many as the “culture of      [ usem ]                                         Pascal, Kant, Hegel, Wordsworth, Shelley,
our times,” yet popular misconceptions          How modern fiction helps us understand           Joyce, Beckett, Leonardo, Michaelangelo,
about science abound. Examines a variety of     the dilemmas of politics, the tensions           and Raphael.
discoveries to learn how scientists actually    between ideas and actions, social change,        Mr. Flesch (English and American
go about their work and whether there           leaders and followers, societies in transition   Literature)
exists, in fact, a “scientific method.” Ways    and decay, revolution, law, bureaucracy,
in which science as a creative activity is      and ethnicity. Koestler, Twain, Sartre, Oz,      USEM 74a Imagining Governance: The
linked to pursuits in the humanities are        Solzhenitsyn, Kafka, and Greene are read.        Federation and Other Science Fictions
explored. A genuine interest in science in      Format is a highly interactive seminar with      [ usem ]
required.                                       several short writing assignments.               Science fiction is often described as a way
Ms. Cohen (Biology)                             Mr. Levin (Politics)                             of thinking that helps people to reimagine
                                                                                                 how society is organized. It supposedly
USEM 63a Art and Propaganda: The                USEM 68b The Art of Living                       allows its best minds to escape limits set by
Persuasive Image                                [ uswi ]                                         social convention (“fiction”) while holding
[ usem ]                                        How ought I to live my life? This seminar        out the possibility that, because of its
An investigation of the ways in which           approaches this question by examining still      commitment to “science,” imagined society
visual images in all media have been used       powerful ancient religious, philosophical,       could become a reality.
to persuade the public to accept certain        and literary models, as well as the profound     Ms. Chu (English and American Literature)
ideological views. What are the various         challenges posed to them by modern
forms propaganda can take, and what are         thought and art.                                 USEM 74b Women’s Biography and Society
the methods it uses?                            Mr. Powelstock (German, Russian, and East        [ uswi ]
Ms. Allara (Fine Arts)                          Asian Languages and Literature)                  Through the biographies of women
                                                                                                 intellectuals, controversial political
USEM 63b The Name of This Course Has                                                             activists, and “ordinary” women, this
Two Mistakes!                                                                                    seminar investigates the relationship
[ usem ]                                                                                         between women’s everyday lives, history,
Figured it out? You will by the end if the                                                       and the sex/gender system.
course! Covers in outline form a                                                                 Ms. Hansen (Sociology)
mathematical proof of certain limitations of
what we can express in precise formal
languages. For students interested in
mathematical and logical problems.
Mr. Berger (Philosophy)
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USEM 75a United States and Africa               USEM 78a Twentieth-Century Global                USEM 81a The Subversiveness of Asking
[ uswi ]                                        Literature                                       “Why?”
The first Africans arrived in what is now       [ usem ]                                         [ usem ]
the United States before the Pilgrims landed    Introduces students to novels, plays, short      It is common to wonder why people behave
in Massachusetts. This seminar analyzes         stories, and poems from around the world.        as they do. Less common is consideration of
how cultures and people interact in the         The major objective is to stimulate the          the implications of even supposing that the
creation of race and nation. Africa has         students’ desire to learn about issues of        question might be answerable. Considers
influenced American economics, speech,          identity, culture, social differences,           causal accounts of human actions, and
and music (from spirituals to hip-hop). The     alienation, and otherness through a              consequences for notions of responsibility
United States itself has had “Back to Africa    comparative approach to global literature.       and punishment.
Movements,” and elements of the American        Mr. Sanchez (Romance and Comparative             Ms. Herzfeld (Chemistry)
Civil Rights struggle were used by various      Literature)
African leaders. Some see Africa as an                                                           USEM 82b War in World History
idyllic “Mother-land” free from the evils of    USEM 78b Jews and Gender                         [ usem ]
the West. Others see it as the home of          [ usem ]                                         How has war affected the course of world
AIDS, famine, and civil war. However,           A look at the construction of Jewish             history? How different does war look across
Africa is not a country, but a continent.       sexuality in literature, films, illustrations,   the ages? How has technological innovation
How do we comprehend its diversity? How         caricatures, and posters in the last 150 years   influenced the conduct of war and the
do Africans see us? A range of materials is     as a response to modern theories of race,        evolution of societies? These are the broad
used, including Olaudah Equiano’s               ethnicity, and nationality.                      questions are addressed.
Narrative, Manthia Diawara’s In Search of       Mr. Peleg (Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)      Mr. Art (Politics)
Africa, Richard Wright’s Black Power,
Marcus Garvey’s Philosophy and Opinions         USEM 79a Environment as Modern Myth:             USEM 83a Critical Thinking
and Keith Richburg’s Out of America and         Books, Movies, and Marketplace                   [ usem ]
Steven Spielberg’s film Amistad.                [ usem ]                                         Learn how to identify, construct, analyze,
Mr. Sundiata (African and Afro-American         What role does the natural environment           and evaluate arguments, as well as the
Studies/History)                                play in our vision of the world? Is it a warm    common traps and false assumptions that
                                                and welcoming womb; a savage, fearsome           lead to shoddy thinking. Primary objectives
USEM 75b Nature, Art, and Illusion              force; a worldly embodiment of a higher          are to develop the ability to distinguish
[ usem ]                                        power; a precious resource needing               good arguments from bad arguments and
How the physical stimulus, its                  protection from man’s destruction; a             the ability to reason well.
representation on the eye, and our              convenient source of images for product          Mr. Petsko (Biochemistry/Chemistry)
phenomenal image of it are related, has         marketing? Explores these divergent images
challenged philosophers, scientists, and        as portrayed in fiction and non-fiction, film,   USEM 83b Science in Art
artists. Explores this problem historically     and popular culture; and analyzes the            [ usem ]
and in laboratory experiments examining         relationship between these concepts and          How do we know whether that painting or
visual illusions in nature and art.             our treatment of the natural world.              that sculpture is “genuine?” Usually it’s
Mr. Morant (Psychology)                         Ms. Goldin (American Studies/Legal               because we take the word of the museum or
                                                Studies)                                         of the art dealer. But many works of art are
USEM 76a Law and the Search for                                                                  discredited every day as new methods are
Authority                                       USEM 80a Alienation, Isolation, and              applied to determine the “fine structure” of
[ usem ]                                        Difference in Cultural Studies                   a particular artifact. Art objects are looked
Examines how societies seek to justify their    [ usem ]                                         at critically, from the point of view of the
basic legal rules. Readings drawn from          Discusses how we characterize the many           conservator, who has to determine a piece’s
political, historical, and philosophical        meanings of the term “alien.” Whether it be      value before it is bought or is displayed.
works that search for ultimate legal            as a monster from a science fiction movie,       Ms. Ringe (Chemistry/Biochemistry)
principles in written constitutions,            or an immigrant to America, or a new
totalitarian authority, custom and tradition,   college student, our ideas about the strange     USEM 84a Philosopher’s Choice
or the fallible capacities of human reason.     and foreign are also a reflection of our own     [ usem ]
Mr. Gaskins (American Studies)                  self-identity.                                   The students determine the issues they
                                                Ms. Dave (American Studies)                      want to discuss, which are selected from
USEM 77a Where the Idea of the Computer                                                          the readings, but the instructor chooses the
Came From                                       USEM 80b Memory and Democratic                   readings. Everyone in the class will bring
[ usem ]                                        Prospects in State-Damaged Societies             only their own experience, instead of any
Where did the idea of the computer come         [ usem ]                                         expertise, to the material in the readings.
from? Examines its cultural, non-               Examines the prospects for democratic            Readings will include works by Ryszard
engineering roots in philosophy, logic, and     governance in state-damaged societies and        Kapuscinski, Philip Roth, Ckournos, Ben
mathematics: algorithms, undecidability,        how the social memory of catastrophe (war,       Rogers, Jeffrey Toobin, Bob Woodward,
games, mechanical intelligence and the          famine, repression, and genocide) enables or     Thomas Mann, Alan Dershowitz, Saul
mind, and precursor ideas of desktop            hinders the process of democratic                Bellow, John Updike, Homer, and Virginia
publishing and Internet technology.             construction or reconstruction. Explores the     Woolf.
Readings include historical documents as        applicability of the concept of psychic          Mr. Greenberg (Philosophy)
well as fiction. A willingness to think         trauma to state-damaged societies and the
abstractly and mathematically is an             formation of collective memory.                  USEM 84b The American Immigrant
informal prerequisite.                          Mr. Thaxton (Politics)                           Experience
Mr. Mairson (Computer Science)                                                                   [ uswi ]
                                                                                                 The story of America, from colonial days to
                                                                                                 our day, is the story of immigration.
                                                                                                 Explores that story using letters, memoirs,
                                                                                                 fiction, and film. Through these sources,
                                                                                                 selected immigrants are accompanied as
                                                                                                 they leave home, journey to a new land,
                                                                                                 secure a job, interact with a new culture,
                                                                                                 and clash with their Americanized children.
                                                                                                 Mr. Sarna (Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)
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USEM 85b Breaking the Rules: Deviance          USEM 87a Be a Mensch! Write!                    USEM 88b Free Will
and Non-Conformity in Pre-Modern Europe        [ usem ]                                        [ usem ]
[ uswi ]                                       Creativity, memory, emancipation: from          Explores the debates over free will and the
Explores the ways in which “deviant”           fairy tales passed on orally to globally        limits of human choice that have pervaded
behavior was defined and punished by           communicated cybertales, humans all over        literary, philosophical, and religious writing
some, but also justified and even celebrated   the world create, interpret, and critique       since ancient times. Readings include
by others in pre-modern Europe. Topics         stories to leave their indelible mark.          selections from the Hebrew Bible and the
include vagrancy, popular uprisings,           Investigates the meaning of reading and         New Testament; Augustine, Luther; Calvin;
witchcraft, religious heresy, and the status   writing in Homer’s Odyssey, Virginia            Shakespeare; Milton; Locke; Edwards;
of women.                                      Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, Bernhard           Dostoevsky; Kafka; Beckett.
Mr. Sreenivasan (History)                      Schlink’s The Reader, and others.               Ms. Targoff (English and American
                                               Ms. vonMering (German, Russian, and East        Literature)
USEM 86b The Art of Seeing Things              Asian Languages and Literature)
Invisible                                                                                      USEM 89b College 101
[ usem ]                                       USEM 87b Time                                   [ uswi ]
Our world is largely a creation of vision’s    [ uswi ]                                        This seminar studies one of the most
capacities. To learn what vision could tell    The approach of a new millennium often          important institutions in modern America:
us about ourselves and about other life        causes us to reflect upon our understanding     the university. Students examine the
forms, a variety of perspectives on vision     of “time.” Through readings of ancient and      current organization and orientation of
from psychology, art, biology, speculative     contemporary literary and non-literary          higher education in historical and
fiction, comparative zoology, philosophy,      texts, explores the ways in which humans        sociological perspective, using non-fiction
and computer science is explored.              develop, express, research, and project their   accounts, memoirs, and fiction about the
Mr. Sekuler (Psychology)                       concepts of “time.”                             college experience.
                                               Ms. vonMering (German, Russian, and East        Mr. Engerman (History)
                                               Asian Languages and Literature)

                                               USEM 88a Islands
                                               [ usem ]
                                               Islands are worlds unto themselves, capable
                                               of developing singular ecologies and
                                               singular “forms of life,” yet vulnerable to
                                               invasion and swift destruction. Studies the
                                               wealth and the fragility of islands, as
                                               mythical and as actual places.
                                               Ms. Quinney (English and American
                                               Literature)
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University Writing


The writing requirement is satisfied by completing one of the         Writing-intensive courses are upper-level courses that are offered in
following options:                                                    departments throughout the University. Normally taken in a
                                                                      student’s second or third year, these courses are based in a specific
Option I: One University Seminar in Humanistic Inquiries Plus         academic discipline and require frequent or regular attention to
Writing (USEM+W) course taken in the first year, plus two             writing and instruction in the skills of academic writing.
writing-intensive courses. The USEM+W course has a fourth
hour of instruction focusing on composition that is closely           The list of courses that satisfy the writing-intensive requirement
linked, thematically and stylistically, to the academic disciplines   changes each year. The following list should be considered
that define the context and content of the course.                    preliminary, courses that satisfy the requirement in a particular
                                                                      semester are designated “wi” in the Schedule of Classes for that
Option II: One University Writing Seminar (UWS) taken in the          semester. When there is a conflict between this Bulletin and the
first year, plus one writing-intensive course, in addition to a       Schedule of Classes regarding the designation of a course as writing
University Seminar in Humanistic Inquiries (also taken in the         intensive, then the information in the Schedule of Classes takes
first year). The UWS is a full-credit course specifically dedicated   precedence. To find classes offered in a semester that are designated
to writing as a subject in its own right; it treats writing as a      as “wi,” search for the attribute of “genr/wi.” Consult with the
multifaceted art and gives students an opportunity to study and       director of University writing if in doubt about whether a course
experiment with a broad range of writing styles.                      satisfies the requirement in a specific semester.

All first-year students will thus complete either a USEM+W or a
UWS course. Both courses place special emphasis on forms of
argumentation. Other areas of attention include critical reading,
essay structure, revising, research skills, and proper
documentation.




Courses of Instruction                           Writing Intensive Courses                      CHIN 105a
                                                                                                Advanced Conversation and Composition I

COMP 1a Composition                              AAAS 79b                                       CHIN 105b
Prerequisite: Placement by the director of       Afro-American Literature of the Twentieth      Advanced Conversation and Composition II
University writing. Successful completion        Century
of this course does NOT satisfy the first-                                                      CLAS 115b
year writing requirement.                        AAAS 123a                                      Topics in Greek and Roman History
A course in the fundamentals of writing,         Third World Ideologies
required as a prerequisite to the first-year                                                    CLAS 166a
writing requirement for selected students        AAAS 126b                                      Medieval Literature: A Millennium of God,
identified by the director of University         Political Economy of the Third World           Sex, and Death
writing. Several sections offered in the fall
semester and one section in the spring           AAAS 143a                                      COML 165a
semester.                                        Economies of African Countries                 Reading, Writing, and Teaching across
Staff                                                                                           Cultures
                                                 AAAS 158a
UWS ##a and ##b University Writing               Theories of Development and                    ECON 8b
Seminar                                          Underdevelopment                               The Global Economy
Four semester hour credits.
A course in college writing, with stress on      AMST 100a                                      ECS 100a
writing sound, argumentative essays that         Classic Texts in American Culture to 1900      European Cultural Studies Proseminar:
demonstrate mechanical and stylistic                                                            Modernism
expertise. This course satisfies Option II of    ANTH 83a
the first-year writing requirement. Offered      Anthropological Inquiry                        ECS 100b
every semester.                                                                                 European Cultural Studies Proseminar:
Staff                                            ANTH 131b                                      Making of European Modernity
                                                 Latin America in Ethnographic Perspective
                                                                                                ED 100b
                                                 ANTH 144a                                      Exploring Teaching (Secondary)
                                                 The Anthropology of Gender
                                                                                                ENG 19b
                                                 BIOL 17b                                       The Autobiographical Imagination
                                                 Conservation Biology
                                                                                                ENG 109b
                                                 BIOL 18a                                       Directed Writing: Short Fiction
                                                 General Biology Laboratory
                                                                                                ENG 119a
                                                 BIOL 160b                                      Directed Writing: Fiction
                                                 Human Reproductive and Developmental
                                                 Biology
                      University Writing                                               391


ENG 129a                                     HBRW 123b                                 ITAL 105a
Writing Workshop                             Introduction to Modern Hebrew             Italian Conversation and Composition
                                             Literature II
ENG 129b                                                                               JOUR 112b
Understanding the Screenplay: A Workshop     HBRW 143a                                 Literary Journalism: The Art of Feature
                                             Advanced Survey of Hebrew and Israeli     Writing
ENG 137a                                     Literature I
Primal Pictures                                                                        LAS 100a
                                             HBRW 143b                                 Seminar: Topics in Latin American Studies
ENG 181a                                     Advanced Survey of Hebrew and Israeli
Making Sex, Performing Gender                Literature II                             LGLS 132b
                                                                                       Environmental Law and Policy
FA 174b                                      HBRW 146a
Post-Impressionism and Symbolism             The Voices of Jerusalem                   MATH 23b
1880-1910                                                                              Introduction to Proofs
                                             HBRW 161b
FA 175b                                      Israel Today: Advanced Conversation and   NEJS 75a
Avant-Garde Art in the Twentieth Century     Writing                                   Introduction to Yiddish Literature

FA 197b                                      HBRW 164b                                 PHIL 22b
Methods and Approaches in the History of     Israeli Theater                           Philosophy of Law
Art
                                             HBRW 166b                                 PHIL 111a
FREN 106b                                    Portrait of the Israeli Woman             What is Justice?
The Art of Composition
                                             HBRW 170a                                 PSYC 52a
FREN 122b                                    Israeli Cinema                            Research Methods in Psychology
The Renaissance
                                             HIST 146a                                 PSYC 131b
FREN 145a                                    Romantic Europe, 1798-1848                Seminar in Health Psychology
French Fiction
                                             HIST 147a                                 RECS 130a
GER 105a                                     Imperial Russia                           The Russian Novel
Learning Language through Literature-
Learning Literature through Language         HIST 147b                                 RUS 110a
                                             Twentieth-Century Russia                  Russian Language for Russian Speakers
HBRW 123a
Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature I   HIST 152b                                 SOC 107a
                                             Salem, 1692                               Global Apartheid and Global Social
                                                                                       Movements
                                             HIST 157a
                                             Americans at Work: American Labor         SPAN 106b
                                             History                                   Spanish Composition, Grammar, and
                                                                                       Stylistics
                                             HIST 164b
                                             The American Century: The U.S. and the
                                             World, 1945 to the Present

                                             HIST 170a
                                             Italian Films, Italian Histories

				
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