UPPER-DIVISION ELECTIVE COURSES for FALL 2011 There are many other upper-division courses that have no major restrictions. They do, however, have specific course prerequisites. You might be able to take one of those courses as an elective if you have met the prerequisite. The second part of this list consists of upper-division courses that fulfill Core requirements but that do not have any major restrictions or specific course prerequisites. These courses could also count as electives if you have already filled the Core area covered by a certain course. ARAB 3330-3 The Arabic Novel Focusing on the origin and development of the novel genre in the Arabic tradition, this course examines both the aesthetic qualities of the genre as an artistic form and the ways that it has depicted and intervened in the modern social, political, and cultural upheavals that have shaped the Arab world in the 20th century. Authors include Najib Mahfuz, Abd al Rahman Munif, Hanan al_Shaykh, and Ghassan Kanafani. Taught in English. ARTH / CLAS 4169-3 Topics in Ancient and Classical Art and Archaeology (Topic: Topography of Ancient Rome) In-depth consideration of an aspect of ancient Mediterranean culture. Topics vary; they may include ancient wall painting, Greek sculpture, artists and patrons, the ancient Near East, Egyptian art and archaeology, or Etruscan art and archaeology. Maybe repeated up to 9 total credit hours providing the topics are different. ASTR / GEOL 3300-3 Extraterrestrial Life Discusses the scientific basis for the possible existence of extraterrestrial life. Includes origin and evolution of life on Earth; possibility of life elsewhere in the solar system, including Mars; and the possibility of life on planets around other stars. Prereq., one-year sequence in a natural science. CHIN 3331-3 Culture and Literature of Late Imperial China The late imperial period was marked by growth of great metropolitan areas, expanded urban entertainments, and an extensive popular culture. This course focuses on the literature and artifacts of this urban culture as well as the hegemonic culture of the state and of traditional social codes and their literary manifestations. Also considers growing contacts with the West and the transition to the modern period. All readings are in English. Recommended prereq., EALC 1011 or CHIN 1051. CHIN 3342-3 Literary Culture in Contemporary China Surveys the late 20th century Chinese and Taiwanese literature and popular culture against the historical background Market Reform in China and the lifting of Martial Law in Taiwan. Emphasizes close and critical reading skills and an understanding of how aesthetic texts critically engage within historical and cultural experiences. Assignments include novels, essays, short stories, poems, plays, songs, films, and scholarly articles. CLAS / HIST 4071-3 Seminar in Ancient History (Topic: Greek and Roman Slavery) Considers topics ranging from demography, disease, family structure, and the organization of daily life to ancient slavery, economics, and law. Focuses either on Persia, Greece, or Rome and includes a particular emphasis on the methodology required to reconstruct an ancient society, especially the interpretation of problematic literary and material evidence and the selective use of comparisons with better known societies. No Greek or Latin required. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. CLAS / HIST 4081-3 The Roman Republic Studies the Roman Republic from its foundation in 753 B.C. to its conclusion with the career of Augustus. Emphasizes the development of Roman Republican government. Readings are in the primary sources. No Greek or Latin required. CLAS / HIST 4091-3 The Roman Empire Intense survey of Imperial Rome from the Roman revolution to the passing of centralized political authority in the western Mediterranean. Emphasizes life, letters, and personalities of the empire. No Greek or Latin required. DNCE 4909-3 Problems in Dance (Topic: History of Hip Hop) EDUC 4112 / PSYC 4114-3 Educational Psychology and Adolescent Development Analyzes fundamental psychological concepts underlying classroom instruction, as well as adolescent growth and development. EDUC 4411-3 Educational Psychology for Elementary Schools Integrates theories and ideas from elementary school child development and educational psychology. Explores theories of learning and child development and considers implications for teaching motivation, and academic achievement. ENGL 3226-3 Folklore 1 Emphasizes formal study of folk traditions (including tales, songs, games, customs, beliefs, and crafts) within a theoretical framework, using examples from several cultures.. ENGL / JWST 3312-3 The Bible as Literature Surveys literary achievements of the Judeo-Christian tradition as represented by the Bible. ENVS / SOCY 4027-3 Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment Focuses on the structural forces affecting environmental degradation and environmental behavior by examining the relationships between (a) inequality and democratic decision making and (b) undemocratic decision making; U.S. and corporate food and energy policy; and global environmental degradation. The course also focuses on the role that global inequality plays in fostering environmental degradation. GEOG 3251-3 Mountain Geography Surveys mountain environments and their human use with illustrations from temperate and tropical mountain areas. GEOG 3682-3 Geography of International Development Compares and contrasts global characteristics and processes of development, emphasizing the developing countries of the world. Integrates theories of development, specific development topics, and case studies to explore the problems of development. Recommended prereqs., GEOG 1982, 1992, 2002 or 2412. GEOG 4292-3 Migration, Immigrant Adaptation, and Development Examines historical and current patterns of migration with an emphasis in international movement. Looks at leading migration theories related to both origin- and destination-based explanations while critically looking at the role of development as a potential cause and consequence of population movement. Finally, covers some aspects of immigrants' social and economic adaptation to their host society. Recommended prereqs., GEOG 1982, 1992, 2002, or 2412. GEOG 4732-3 Population Geography Emphasizes spatial aspects of population characteristics including fertility, mortality, migration, distribution, and composition. Includes both theoretical and empirical considerations, in addition to field work and computer simulations. Recommended prereqs., GEOG 1982, 1992, 2002 or 2412. GEOG 4742-3 Environment and Peoples Studies the interaction of people and the environment, including human adaptation and modification of environments, cultural interpretation and construction of landscapes, and natural resources and land management. May be taken twice. Topics vary. Recommended prereqs., GEOG 1982, 1992, 2002 or 2412. HIST / JWST 4827-3 Modern U.S. Jewish History Explores the experience of Jews in the United States from the 1880's when the great migration of Jews from Eastern Europe began, through the twentieth century. Students will explore the changing ways in which Jews adapted to life in the U.S., constructed American Jewish identities, and helped to participate in the construction of the United States as a nation. Recommended prereqs., HIST 1025 or HIST/JWST 1108 or HEBR/JWST 2350. HUMN 3093-3 Topics in Humanities: Modern Media & the Parisian Avant-garde, 1848_1914 As imperial and republican forces struggled for power in France between 1848 and 1914, its cities grew into sprawling urban centers populated by a working class inspired by socialism, and by a bourgeoisie with expendable income and leisure time. Avant-garde artists attempted to translate this new state of modernity into their chosen media. Studies the Parisian avant-garde – its artistic and literary personalities and movements – to investigate the notion of the artist as cultural commentator and to inquire how it built the foundations for 20th-century modernism. Prerequisites HUMN 2000 or junior/senior standing. HUMN 3210-3. Narrative (Twentieth Century Narrative) Examines narrative as a central form of representation in the twentieth century by analyzing the effects of form on how we understand and construct our world. Two questions will guide this examination: what kind of relation (if any) is there between narratives and reality (or life)?; and, what kind of notion of reality authorizes construction of a narrative account of reality? With the aid of different theories of narrative, we will attempt to answer these questions by closely analyzing how narrative structure informs perception as well as how perception has changed over the course of the past century. Authors to be studied include Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway), Faulkner (Absalom, Absalom), Borges (selected stories), Nabokov (Lolita), Reed (Mumbo Jumbo), Carter (selected stories from The Bloody Chamber), Calvino (If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler), Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Spiegelman (Maus I). Theoretical readings will consist of selections from Benjamin, Bruner, Chatman, Jameson, Prince, and White. We will also view and analyze one film (Pan’s Labyrinth). Prerequisites HUMN 2000 or junior/senior standing. HUMN 4060 Reading Theory This course will examine the place of theory within 20th century critical discourse. It will explore the extent to which every theoretical text is constituted around a central difficulty in the concept of theory itself. Readings from Freud, Benjamin, Levi-Strauss, Genette, Derrida, Butler, Bhabba, and de Man. Prerequisite: HUMN 2000 or junior/senior standing. JPNS 3811-3 Classical Japanese Literature in Translation Surveys the major works and authors of classical Japanese literature, both poetry and prose, from the earliest historical records and literary anthologies through the Heian period (784-1185). Taught in English. Recommended prereq., JPNS 1051. JPNS 3831-3 Early Modern Japanese Literature in Translation Surveys the major works, authors, and genres of literature from the Tokugawa through Meiji periods in their historical and cultural contexts. Attention is given to various approaches of literary analysis and interpretation. Taught in English. Recommended prereq., JPNS 1051. JPNS / HUMN 3841-3 Modern Japanese Literature in Translation Surveys the major works, authors, and genres of literature from the late Meiji period and 20th century in their historical and cultural contexts. Attention is given to various approaches of literary analysis and interpretation. Taught in English. Recommended prereq., JPNS 1051. JWST / ANTH 4050-3 Anthropology of Jews and Judaism (Topic: Cultures of Israel and Palestine) Explores topics in Jewish anthropology. Uses the lens of anthropological inquiry to explore, discover and analyze different concepts within Jewish culture. Topics include customs, religious practices, languages, ethnic and regional sub-divisions, occupations, social composition, and folklore. Explores fundamental questions about the definition of Jewish identity, practices and communities. JWST / RLST 4620-3 Topics in Judaism (Topic: Women and Jewish Law) Examines in depth central themes, schools of thought, and movements in Judaism across a range of historical periods. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours as topics change. Recommended prereqs., 6 hours of RLST courses at any level including RLST/JWST 3100, RLST/JWST 2600, HIST/JWST 1108 or HEBR/JWST 2350 or instructor consent. MUEL 3051-3 Basic Composition Introduces the processes, materials, and forms of composition through the writing and performance of short musical works. Open to any student who already has rudimentary musical knowledge. MUEL 3642-3 History of Jazz Studies the distinctly American art form of jazz music from its origins to the present, including the various traditions, practices, historical events, and people most important to its evolution. For nonmusic majors. MUEL 4012-3 Africa Music Studies the musics, dances, and cultures of various peoples of Africa. Includes African diaspora music and Afro-pop. PHYS 3000-3 Science and Public Policy For nonscience majors. Reading, discussions, debates, and lectures are used to study how science affects society economically, intellectually, and in terms of health and national security. Another focus is how government fosters and funds scientific activities. Recommended prereq., completion of core science requirement. RLST 3200-3 Hinduism Studies literature, beliefs, practices, and institutions of Hinduism, in historical perspective. RLST 3838-3 Dancing, Religion, and Culture A critical examination of the received cultural, religious, and academic understandings of dancing and the body; the construction of a richer theory of dancing that will more adequately support comparative studies; the study of dancing in cultures and religions in a diverse representation of cultures; and a more in depth social study of Latin American dancing including actual dancing experience. THTR 3085-3 History of Western Fashion Surveys topics in western dress from ancient civilizations to contemporary time: the garments, accessories, materials, and technologies of personal adornment in the context of philosophical, political, social, and technological change. Priority given to majors. UPPER-DIVISION CORE classes that can be taken as UPPER-DIVISION ELECTIVES ARTH / CLAS 3039-3 Greek Art and Archaeology Covers prehistoric Aegean through the fourth century B.C.E., considering architecture, pottery, painting,sculpture, and personal ornament. Societal customs such as use of space and burial patterns are considered as well as art and its uses, to help understand developments in Greek culture. Fulfills Literature and the Arts Core requirement. ATOC / GEOL 3070-3 Introduction to Oceanography Investigates the broad-scale features and dynamics of the Earth's oceans. The course is roughly divided amongst the four major, interrelated disciplines of oceanography: marine geology, marine chemistry, physical oceanography (i.e. circulation), and marine biology. Specific topics include seafloor spreading, marine sediments, salinity, biogeochemical cycles, currents, waves, tides, primary production, marine ecology, marine resources, global warming, and much more. Prereq., any two-course sequence of natural science courses. Fulfills part of the Natural Science Core requirement. DNCE 4017-3 History and Philosophy of Dance Follows the specific history and narrative of some dance forms (including African, Ballet, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Modern) and traces their development over time. Gives attention to the effect of social, political, economic, and environmental conditions as well as the influence of other dance forms and the impact of specific dance artists and teacher. Fulfills Literature and the Arts Core requirement. EDUC 3013-3 School and Society Introduces the real world of schools, teaching, and learning. Examines issues of diversity and equity from different disciplinary lenses, including history, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology. Fulfills Human Diversity or Contemporary societies Core requirement. ENGL 3000-3 Shakespeare for Non-majors Introduces students to Shakespeare's major works: the histories, comedies, and tragedies. May include the nondramatic poetry as well. Fulfills Literature and the Arts Core requirement. ENGL 3060-3 Modern and Contemporary Literature Close study of significant 20th century poetry, drama, and prose works. Readings range from 1920s to the present. Fulfills Literature and the Arts Core requirement. ENGL 3164-3 History and Literature of Georgian England Provides an interdisciplinary study of England in one of its most vibrant cultural and historical periods. Topics include politics, religion, family life, and the ways contemporary authors understood their world. Fulfills Historical Context Core requirement. ENGL / JWST 3677 Jewish-American Literature Explores the Jewish-American experience from the 19th century to the present through writers such as Sholom Aleichem, Peretz, babel, Singer, Malamud, Miller, Ginsberg, and Ozick. The Jewish experience ranges from the travails of immigration to the loss of identity through assimilation. Fulfills Human Diversity Core requirement ENGL 4113-3 History and Culture of Medieval England Explores the major historical, literary, and cultural developments in England from the Anglo-Saxon period through the 15th century. Prereq., junior standing. Fulfills Historical Context Core requirement. ENVS / PHYS 3070-3 Energy and the Environment Contemporary issues in energy consumption and its environmental impact, including fossil fuel use and depletion; nuclear energy and waste disposal; solar, wind, hydroelectric, and other renewable sources; home heating; energy storage; fuel cells; and alternative transportation vehicles. Included are some basic physical concepts and principles that often constrain choices. No background in physics is required. Fulfills part of the Natural Science Core requirement. FILM / HUMN 3660-3 The Postmodern Analyzes the cultural and critical practices as well as the thought that defines the postmodern period at the end of twentieth century. Prereq., HUMN 2000 or junior/senior standing. GEOG 3822-3 Geography of China Surveys the world's most populous country, examining physical and historical geography, urbanization and regional development, agriculture, population, energy, and the environment. Seeks to situate China's development in a broader Asian and global context. Recommended prereqs., GEOG 1982, 1992, 2002 or 2412. Fulfills Contemporary Societies Core requirement. GRMN 3502-3 Literature in the Age of Goethe Features the writings of Germany's major literary figures from 1749 to 1832. Special attention is paid to the formation of literary periods, genres, aesthetic, and socio-historical developments contributing to the birth of modernism in German intellectual history and literature. Fulfills Literature and the Arts Core requirement. GRMN / HUMN 3702-3 Dada and Surrealist Literature Surveys the major theoretical concepts and literary genres of the Dada and Surrealist movements. Topics include Dada performance and cabaret, the manifesto, montage, the readymade, the Surrealist novel, colonialism and the avant-garde, and literary and philosophical precursors to the avant-garde. Taught in English. Fulfills Literature and the Arts Core requirement. HEBR / JWST 3202-3 Women, Gender & Sexuality in Jewish Texts & Traditions Reads some of the ways Jewish texts and traditions look at women, gender and sexuality from biblical times to the present. Starts with an analysis of the positioning of the body, matter and gender in creation stories, moves on to the gendered aspects of tales of rescue and sacrifice, biblical tales of sexual subversion and power, taboo-breaking and ethnos building, to rabbinic attitudes towards women, sexuality and gender and contemporary renderings and rereadings of the earlier texts and traditions. Fulfills Human Diversity Core requirement. IAFS / JWST 3600-3 Global Secular Jewish Societies Uses a transnational lens to explore contemporary debates about Jewish people, places, and practices of identity and community. Drawing on history, sociology, international studies, and anthropology, we'll think about the places that Jewish people have called 'home,' and what has made, or continues to make those places 'Jewish.' We'll also explore diverse practices that express the extraordinary varieties of Jewishness (such as building synagogues, food markets, and coffeehouses, creating film festivals, going on heritage travel, Israeli-Jewish backpacking, the creation of online websites and blogs, and creating new urban kibbutzim) Fulfills Human Diversity Core requirement. ITAL / HUMN 4140-3 The Age of Dante: Readings from The Divine Comedy Focuses on close reading of Dante's poetry with emphasis on the intellectual, religious, political, and scientific background of the medieval world. Taught in English. Fulfills Literature and the Arts Core requirement. ITAL 4290-3 Italian Culture Through Cinema Examines the representations of Italian culture through its Cinema. Focusing especially on post-World War II cinema, we will examine how Italian filmmakers have portrayed Italian history and specific aspects of its culture (i.e., Fascism, post-war reconstruction, the Mafia, patriarchy) in the past fifty years. Approved Taught in English. Fulfills Contemporary Societies Core requirement JWST / RLST 3100-3 Judaism Explores Jewish religious experience and its expression in thought, ritual, ethics, and social institutions. Fulfills Historical Context Core requirement. LING 3220-3 American Indian Languages in their Social and Cultural Context A sampling of the many languages and cultures found in America before Columbus. Emphasizes those living in what eventually became the United States, but also gives attention to the languages and higher civilizations of Latin America. Prereq., junior standing. Fulfills Human Diversity Core requirement. PSCI 3054-3 American Political Thought Highlights the development of American political theories and ideas from colonial period to present. Can also be taken for American field credit. Recommended prereq., PSCI 2004. Fulfills United States Context or Ideals and Values Core requirement. PSCI 3064-3 Environmental Political Theory Examines environmental discourses as conceptual means for theorizing environmental politics, and applies normative political theories to contemporary environmental policy issues. Considers the roles of political actors (individuals, groups, the state) in defining and addressing environmental problems on local, national, and global levels. Recommended prereq., PSCI 2004. Fulfills Ideals and Values Core requirement. PSCI 3074-3 Dimensions of Citizenship in the US and the EU Studies theories and problems related to citizenship in the US and the EU. This includes rights and restrictions of citizenship, issues of immigration, multicultural citizenship, globalization and citizenship. In the EU the relation between member nation citizenship and EU citizenship is a special problem. How do the US and EU compare? Fulfills Contemporary Societies Core requirement PSCI 4131-3 Latinos and the U.S. Political System Examines the political status and activities of Mexican Americans and other Latino groups (Cuban Americans and Puerto Ricans) in the U.S. Also covers Latino political attitudes and behaviors; Latino efforts to influence the major national, state, and local institutions of the American government; and public policy concerns of Latinos. Recommended prereq., PSCI 1101. Fulfills Contemporary Societies or Human Diversity Core requirement. RLST 3000-3 Christian Traditions Studies origins and development of various aspects of Christian tradition as expressed through scripture, theology, ritual, church order, ethics, and the arts. Fulfills Historical Context Core requirement. RLST 3100-3 Judaism Explores Jewish religious experience and its expression in thought, ritual, ethics, and social institutions. Fulfills Historical Context Core requirement. RUSS 3701-3 Slavic Folk Culture: Ideals and Values in the Contemporary World Explores contemporary Slavic and American folk practices and investigates the possible origins and consequences of such practices. Focuses upon the value systems these practices represent, and ways that core values help to define identities and cultures. Topics include folk religion, magic, healing, life cycle and calendar rituals and folk music. Taught in English. Fulfills Ideals and Values Core requirement. RUSS 4811-3 19th Century Russian Literature Surveys background of Russian literature from 1800 to1900. Russian writers and literary problems in the 19th century emphasizing major authors: Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Chekhov. Taught in English. Fulfills Literature and Arts Core requirement. RUSS 4831-3 Contemporary Russian Literature Acquaints students with the most representative works of Russian writers from the 1960s to the present in a broad historical and political perspective. Examines the relationships between ideological concepts and aesthetics, and the treatment of moral and social issues in recent literary works. All readings are provided in translation. Taught in English. Recommended prereq., lower level literature course. Fulfills Contemporary Societies or Literature and Arts Core requirement. SCAN 3204-3 Medieval Icelandic Sagas Advanced introduction to medieval Icelandic saga with readings in the family, outlaw, skald, and legendary sagas as well as the main scholarly approaches to this unique literature. Topics include honor, blood feud, fate, sexuality/gender, oral composition, and legend. Fulfills Literature and Arts Core requirement. THTR 3011-3 Development of the American Musical Theatre Studies the American musical theatre heritage and its relation to the continually changing social milieu. Examines productions, their creators, and performers. Prereq., junior or senior standing. Recommended prereq., 3 credits in THTR, DNCE, or MUSC. Fulfills Literature and Arts Core requirement.