Courses

   Writing Fellows Courses - Spring 2014

Writing Fellows courses help students improve their writing skills by working with a Brown undergraduate who has been trained in composition and pedagogy. In a "fellowed" course, students receive detailed commentary on at least two paper drafts during the semester. Professors receive the first drafts, annotated by the Writing Fellows, along with the final papers, so that they may review the process of their students' work.

First-Year Seminars

ANTH0066N-S01    Peoples and Cultures of Greater Mexico
CRN: 25415
Primary Meeting: R 09:30 am - 11:50 am

This course will focus on the cultural area known as Greater Mexico, incorporating Mexicans resident south of the Rio Grande, as well as the approximately 25 million Mexicans living permanently or for at a time in the United States. Specific topics to be covered in the class include: urban peasants and rural proletarians, recent challenges to gender conventions, national and international migration, nationalism and the changing meanings of the Conquest and colonial periods, land and indigenous rights, everday violence, machismo, popular culture, and protest and rebellion. Limited to first-year students. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Matthew Gutmann

COLT0610P-S01   Stories and Storytelling
CRN:26251
Primary Meeting: M W 09:00 am - 10:20 am

An introduction to stories, how they are constructed, and how they are told. We will explore the role of storytellers in the creation of a story, the idea of “plot,” the forms that stories take, and the category of fiction itself—in essence, how and why stories are made, and made up. Our discussion will range from topics such as fictional forms, the acts of reading and of telling, the role of memory, and the invention of self, to questions of time and duration. Texts examined will be drawn from a variety of genres, periods, and cultures. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Ann Gaylin

EDUC0410E-S01     Empowering Youth: Insights from Research on Urban Adolescents
CRN: 24073
Primary Meeting: W 03:00 pm - 05:20 pm

Together, we consider the design, analysis, and interpretation of research on youth in urban settings. In doing so, we examine the roles of power, privilege, and multiculturalism in research. In the experiential component of the course, students engage in fieldwork in a local school or community-based youth organization. As part of their fieldwork, students design and undertake a research project, thereby bridging theory with practice. Reserved for First Year students. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. Instructor permission required. FYS DVPS WRIT
Instructor: Margary Martin

ENGN0120A-S01      Crossing the Consumer Chasm by Design
CRN: 24999
Primary Meeting: M W F 11:00 am - 11:50 am

Technologies have shaped human life since tools were sticks and flints to today's hydrocarbon powered, silicon managed era. Some spread throughout society; bread, cell phones, airlines, but most never do; personal jet packs, Apple Newton, freeze dried ice cream.
Space Tourism, the Segway, electric cars: Can we predict which ones will cross the chasm to broad application? Can we help them to by combining design, engineering, marketing, communications, education, art, and business strategies?
Student teams identify potential new products, conceptualize, package, and define their business mode. By plotting their course across the chasm, we confront the cross-disciplinary barriers to realizing benefits from technology.
Enrollment limited to 18 first year students. Instructor permission required. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Richard D. Fleeter

ENGN0120B-S01     Crossing the Space Chasm through Engineering Design
CRN: 25000
Primary Meeting: M W F 02:00 pm - 02:50 pm

Five decades of human activity in space has provided the world community with benefits including instant global communications and positioning, human and robotic exploration of the moon, planets and sun, and a perspective of earth which continues to inform and influence our relationship with our environment.
Unlike other technical revolutions of the 20th century space has not transitioned to a commercial, consumer market commodity. Rather its users and applications remain primarily large and institutional.
To experience the challenges of engineering design and of changing an industrial paradigm, we will work in one or several groups to identify a use of space, and a plan for its implementation, that could help transition space from its status as a niche technology. Through the process of design, we will confront the technical, economic, societal and political barriers to obtaining increased benefits from technologies in general, and space in particular, and to making new technologies beneficial to a wider range of users. Enrollment limited to 18 first year students. Instructor permission required. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Richard D. Fleeter

PHP0030-S01     Health of Hispaniola
CRN: 25164
Primary Meeting: T R 06:30 pm - 07:50 pm

Two developing countries, Dominican Republic and Haiti, have widely differing health outcomes despite centuries of shared experience on the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola. This course will examine the history, politics, economics, culture, international relations, demography, and geography, as well as epidemiology and health services, to demonstrate that multiple factors, both recent and long-standing, determine the present health of these populations. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. Instructor permission required. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Timothy M. Empkie (P)

SOC0300D-01      Who am I?
CRN: 23774
Primary Meeting: T R 01:00 pm - 02:20 pm

A study of self in contemporary society. We examine the structural and situational forces that shape the self and their impact on personal development, orientations to the world, and interpersonal behavior; we investigate the development of the self as a way of being in the world that makes everyday doings and, ultimately society, possible. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. Instructor permission required. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Gregory Elliot

Courses Open to All Students

AFRI0710A-S01     Racial and Gender Politics in Contemporary Brazil
CRN: 24943
Primary Meeting: T R 09:00 am - 10:20 am

Brazil is commonly understood as an example of a "racially democratic" nation, but as scholars have recently shown, racism permeates all aspects of Brazilian society. This course traces the development of the theorization of race, racial identity and race relations in contemporary Brazil. The approach of the course will be interdisciplinary, drawing upon works from anthropology, literature, history, music, and film. Topics will include colonialism and enslavement, nationalism, social activism and popular culture. We will also consider how Brazilian social relations differ from or conform to other racialized patterns in other nation-states in the Americas. Particular attention will be placed on the interrelationship between race, gender, class, and nation. WRIT
Instructor: Keisha-Khan Y. Perry (P)

BIOL0190H-S01     Plants, Food, and People
CRN: 24017
Primary Meeting: M W 03:00 pm - 04:20 pm

Examines the selection, breeding, cultivation and uses of food plants. Discusses the effects on agriculture of pathogens, climate change, and loss of biodiversity. Considers whether enough food can be produced for a world population of potentially 10 billion, while sustaining biodiversity and environmental quality. Course will include two papers and assistance from Writing Fellows; feedback from first paper will be available when writing second paper. Enrollment limited to 40. LILE WRIT
Instructor: Peter Heywood

EDUC1100-S02      Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
CRN: 25639
Primary Meeting: M 03:00 pm - 05:20 pm

Designed for sophomores or juniors concentrating in education studies, but also open to other undergraduates interested in qualitative research methods. Through readings, class exercises and discussions, and written assignments, examines issues related to the nature of the qualitative research methods that are commonly used in education, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. Enrollment limited to 20.
Instructor: Margary Martin

EDUC 1860-01      Social Context of Learning and Development
CRN:24076
Primary Meeting: R 04:00 pm - 06:20 pm

Focuses on the social environment that contributes to the development of children's minds, language, self-understanding, relations with others, affect, and attitudes toward learning. Examines the period from birth through young adulthood. Topics include children's social interactions, parental expectations and socialization practices, and the influences of family, peers, school, and media. Prerequisites: EDUC 0800, EDUC 1270, EDUC 1430, EDUC 1580, EDUC 1710, CLPS 0610 (COGS 0630), or equivalent. Enrollment limited to 30. WRIT
Instructor: Jin Li

ENGN1010-S01  The Entrepreneurial Process: Innovation in Practice
CRN:25088
Primary Meeting: T R 10:30 am - 11:50 am

Entrepreneurship is innovation in practice: transforming ideas into opportunities, and, through a deliberate process, opportunities into commercial realities. These entrepreneurial activities can take place in two contexts: the creation of new organizations; and within existing organizations. This course will present an entrepreneurial framework for these entrepreneurial processes, supported by case studies that illustrate essential elements. Successful entrepreneurs and expert practitioners will be introduced who will highlight practical approaches to entrepreneurial success. Enrollment limited to 35. WRIT
Instructor: Danny Warshay

GEOL0240-S01     Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet
CRN: 24946
Primary Meeting: M W F 11:00 am - 11:50 am

Introduces Earth's surface environment evolution - climate, chemistry, and physical makeup. Uses Earth's carbon cycle to understand solar, tectonic, and biological cycles' interactions. Examines the origin of the sedimentary record, dating of the geological record, chemistry and life on early Earth, and the nature of feedbacks that maintain the "habitable" range on Earth. Two field trips; five laboratories arranged. Prerequisite: GEOL 0220 or 0230, or instructor permission. WRIT
Instructor: Timothy D. Herbert

HISP1290U-S01    HISP1290U-S01
CRN: 26054
Primary Meeting: T R 09:00 am - 10:20 am

No other event marked contemporary Spain as profoundly as the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). This course will study the history of the war itself and trace the multiple ways it has been remembered and represented from its immediate aftermath through to the present. Materials will include films and documentaries, paintings and photography, propaganda posters and newsreels, radio and television, monuments and comics, oral histories and fiction. In addition, we will read critical and theoretical texts on historical trauma and individual and collective memory as well as amnesia.
Instructor: Sarah Thomas

HIST1976T-S   History of the Andes from the Inca Empire to Evo Morales
CRN: 24004
Primary Meeting: W 03:00 pm - 05:20 pm

Before the Spanish invaded in the 1530s, western South America was the scene of the largest state the New World had ever known, Tawantinsuyu, the Inca empire. During almost 300 years of colonial rule, the Andean provinces were shared by the "Republic of Spaniards" and the "Republic of Indians" - two separate societies, one dominating and exploiting the other. Today the region remains in many ways colonial, as Quechua- and Aymara-speaking villagers face a Spanish-speaking state, as well as an ever-more-integrated world market, the pressures of neoliberal reform from international banks, and the melting of the Andean glaciers. Enrollment limited to 20. E WRIT
Instructor: Jeremy Mumford

ITAL0981-S01   When Leaders Lie: Machiavelli in International Context
CRN: 25219
Primary Meeting: T R 02:30 pm - 03:50 pm

This course examines the writing of Niccolò Machiavelli, a Renaissance author praised and condemned for his insistence on analyzing the realities of politics, rather than the ideals of political behavior. Machiavelli's view of the tenuous relationship of ethics to politics has cast him as the founder of political science and the proponent of "consequential morality" or the notion that the ends justify the means. We will also examine precedents for his ideas and conclude by examining the relevance of Machiavelli's insights for understanding political practices and ethics in the twenty-first century. LILE WRIT
Instructor: Caroline Castiglione

RUSS1200-S01   Russian Fantasy and Science Fiction
CRN: 24265
Primary Meeting: T R 10:30 am - 11:50 am

Survey of Russian literature, from fairy tales, utopias, and dream sequences to science fiction, which depict altered states of reality. Readings in English, supplemented with films in March and April. Seminar with emphasis on discussion. Russian concentrators and graduate students expected to cover most of the readings in Russian. Familiarity with Russian literary history is not required. WRIT
Instructor: Alexander Levitsky