Fall 2013

First-Year Seminars

ANTH0066S-S01    Contemporary Egypt in Revolution
CRN: 16147
Primary Meeting: T 04:00 pm - 06:20 pm

On January 25, 2011 protestors in Egypt amassed in Tahrir Square in Cairo with basic demands: Bread, Freedom, Social Equality, and Human Dignity. After hundreds of peaceful protestors were killed at the hands of riot police and hired thugs, eighteen days later, President Husni Mubarak resigned. Yet since then, hundreds more have been killed, Egypt's revolution continues, and the basic demands are as crucial today as they were at its inception. We will read contemporary Egypt from the perspectives of anthropologists and social historians, and discuss the value of social theory and analysis for understanding current political turmoil. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students.
Instructor: Ian Straughn

ANTH0066T-S01    Postcolonial Matters: Material Culture between Colonialism and Globalization
CRN: 16157
Primary Meeting: W 09:30 am - 11:50 am

This course is about things - 'stuff' - as it is about people past and present and their entanglements in and through colonial situations. It explores colonialism past and present through the combined lenses of postcolonial theory and material culture - the emphasis is thus not so much on literary and figurative representations of colonial conflicts and engagements but rather on the material surroundings of people living those colonial worlds. In other words, this course is about what people did and about the things they used to construct their daily lives in colonial situations across the globe and through time. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS, WRIT
Instructor: Peter van Dommelen

ENGL0360E-S01      The Medieval King Arthur
CRN: 14513
Primary Meeting: T R 02:30 pm - 03:50 pm

Where did stories of King Arthur come from and how did they develop in the Middle Ages? We will read the earliest narratives of King Arthur and his companions, in histories and romances from Celtic, Anglo- Norman, and Middle English sources, to examine Arthur's varying personas of warrior, king, lover, thief. Enrollment limited to 20 first-year students. WRIT
Instructor: Elizabeth J. Bryan

ENVS0070C-S01     Transcending Transportation Impacts
Primary Meeting: T 04:00 pm - 06:20 pm

Students will be engaged in interdisciplinary analyses of the life-cycle costs, environmental impacts, technical developments, and policy innovations at the local and regional level. We will discuss technical modifications in vehicles, such as plug-in hybrids, as well as policy and planning on intermodal systems, recycle-a-bike programs, intelligent transportation systems, and other innovations. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. Instructor permission required. FYS LILE WRIT
Instructor: Kurt Teichert

GNSS1200-S01       Feminist Utopias and Dystopias
Primary Meeting: T R 10:30 am - 11:50

From the religious overtones and abhorrence of heterosexual sex in the all-female world of Millenium Hall (1762), to the need for a new race of cyborg in Octavia Butler's Lilith's Brood Trilogy (1987-89), to the gender-inflected environmental apocalypse of Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, feminist writers have used their utopian and dystopian fiction to imagine worlds where the standard system of male/female (or even human/machine) does not work. This course will examine feminist utopias and dystopias across historical periods and within the context of contemporary feminist and queer theory about gender, "race," sexuality, environmental justice, and interspecies communication. Enrollment limited to 30. WRIT
Instructor: Gail E. Cohee

GEOL0160N-S01    Monsters of the Abyss: Oceanography and Sea Tales
CRN: 15985
Primary Meeting: T R 01:00 pm - 02:20 pm

We will read from the logbooks of Cook, Darwin, Wallace, and Nansen. Their discoveries and expeditions inspired and were inspired by fiction that we will also read, including Moby Dick and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The daring successes and cannibalistic dooms of the Essex, Beagle, Terror, Challenger, and Fram inspired 19th century writers to imagine what lay far across and deep beneath the oceans. These retellings--fictional, narrative, and scientific--helped formulate and fund further research. Who risks their life for a bird, a map, a widow, or an eclipse? How would these scientists and their ideas do today? Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Baylor Fox-Kemper

GRMN0750B-S01        Tales of Vampirism and the Uncanny
CRN: 15309
Primary Meeting: T R 10:30 am - 11:50 am

This course compares literary texts of horror and haunting in English and German Romanticism. The psychoanalytic foundations of vampirism are discussed to enable students to boldly go beyond mere fandom and engage these texts on a more sophisticated level. Readings by Walpole, Coleridge, Poe, Tieck, E.T.A. Hoffmann and others. In English. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS, WRIT
Instructor: Thomas Kniesche

HIST0971G-S01        The Age of Revolutions, 1760-1824
CRN: 15309
Primary Meeting: R 04:00 pm - 06:20 pm

In the middle of the eighteenth century, the Americas belonged to a handful of European monarchies; within a few decades, most of the Americas was composed of independent republics, some of the European monarchs were either deposed or quaking on their thrones. Usually considered separately, revolutions in British North America, France, Saint-Domingue (Haiti) and Spanish America had diverse local circumstances yet composed a single cycle of intellectual ferment, imperial reform, accelerating violence and, forging of new political communities. We will examine revolutions that helped create the world we live in. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. E FYS WRIT
Instructor: Jeremy R. Mumford

HIST0970J-S01      Slavery and Historical Memory in the United States
CRN: 14653
Primary Meeting: W 03:00 pm - 05:20 pm

How has America chosen to remember and forget the enslavement of millions of its own people? What are appropriate ways to acknowledge slavery in monuments, museum exhibitions, film, literature, and public policy? By approaching these questions through a wide range of visual and textual sources, we will explore the indeterminate space between history and memory. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS WRIT M
Instructor: Seth Rockman

HIST0970P-S01      Culture and U.S. Empire
CRN: 14860
Primary Meeting: M 03:00 pm - 05:20 pm

This seminar examines the relationship of American culture to U.S. imperial project. We will look at how cultural ideologies such as those about race, gender, and American exceptionalism have not only shaped Americans' interactions with other peoples but also justified the spread of U.S. power. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS M
Instructor: Naoko Shibusawa

ITAL0951-S01        The Grand Tour, or a Room with a View: Italy and the Imagination of Others
Primary Meeting: M 03:00 pm - 05:20 pm

Italy has for many decades been the place to which people traveled in order to both encounter something quite alien to their own identities and yet a place where they were supposed to find themselves, indeed to construct their proper selves. This course introduces students to some of the most important texts that describe this "grand tour." Readings, both literary and travelogues by Goethe, De Stael, Henry James, Hawthorne, Freud, among others, and films like "A Room With a View" - all in order to determine the ways in which Italy "means" for the cultural imagination of Western civilization. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg

PHP0050-S01     Pain and the Human Condition: Exploring the Science, Medicine, and Culture of Pain   
Primary Meeting: T R 01:00 pm - 02:20 pm

Pain is a universal human experience, yet it is highly subjective. For most, pain represents an occasionally unpleasant, self-limited experience. However, for others, chronic pain persists beyond the recovery from an injury or as a result of a chronic health condition. Persons with chronic pain often describe their pain as permeating every aspect of their lives. While an active area of research, pain remains a significant challenge to the individual seeking treatment, the health care provider and society. This multidisciplinary course introduces students to scientific, medical, and public health aspects of pain and explores personal narratives and cultural meanings of pain. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS
Instructor: Nisha G. Trivedi

POBS0810-S01      Belonging and Displacement: Cross-Cultural Identities
Primary Meeting: T R 09:00 am - 10:20 am

Focuses on the representation of immigrants, migrants and other "border crossers" in contemporary literature from Brazil and other countries. How do people respond to the loss of home and the shift to a new culture? Is "going home" possible? How do individuals deal with their dual or triple identities? Piñon, Lispector, Scliar, Rushdie, Salih, Cristina Garcia, V. S. Naipaul and others. Conducted in English. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Patricia Sobral

PPAI0700J             Comparative Policies: Analyzing Policy Making Around the Globe

CRN: 15331 
Primary Meeting:  R 03:00 pm - 05:20 pm

Who determines how public policy is made? Do public policies reflect what voters want, or do lobbyists, politicians, and bureaucrats really make the decisions? What factors motivate these different actors? This course examines public policy from the perspective of comparative politics. Over the course of the semester, we will examine policy making in the US and a number of industrialized countries in Western Europe and Japan. Topics studied include immigration policy, education policy, and family policy. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS WRIT
Professor Andrew Pennock

RUSS0320E-S01        Crime and Punishment through Literature
CRN: 15344
Primary Meeting: M 03:00 pm - 05:20 pm

The seminar will explore how texts of different epochs and cultures, ranging from Ancient to Modern and from drama to poem, novel, and film treat the issues of transgression, punishment, justice, and forgiveness. We will examine each text both in terms of its artistic merit and its place within its cultural and historical milieu. Enrollment limited to 20 first-year students. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Vladimir Golstein

Courses Open to All Students

EDUC1130            Economics of Education I
CRN: 14779
ECON1301            Economics of Education I

CRN: 16155
Primary Meeting: M W F 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm 

How do we attract good teachers to public schools? What are the economic returns to early-childhood intervention programs? These are just two examples of important education policy questions. This course introduces key concepts of microeconomic theory and uses them to analyze these and other policy questions. Organized around a structured sequence of readings. First year students require instructor permission. WRIT
Instructor: John Tyler

EDUC 1850-S01     Moral Development and Education
Primary Meeting: W 03:00 pm - 05:20 pm

Examines contending approaches to moral development and its fostering in the home, school and peer group. Topics include philosophical underpinnings of moral theory, cognitive and behavioral dynamics of moral growth, values climate of contemporary American society, the role of schooling, and variations attributable to culture and gender. Prerequisites: EDUC 0800, 1270, or 1710, or CLPS 0610 (COGS 0630), or CLPS 0600 (PSYC 0810). Enrollment limited to 30. WRIT
Instructor: Jin Li

ENGN1010-S01         The Entrepreneurial Process: Innovation in Practice
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

PHP1070-S01         The Burden of Disease in Developing Countries
Primary Meeting: M W 08:30 am - 09:50 am 

Defines and critically examines environmental, epidemiologic, demographic, biomedical, and anthropological perspectives on health and disease in developing countries. Emphasis on changes in the underlying causes of morbidity and mortality during economic development. Focuses on the biosocial ecology of diseases. Guest lecturers cover different diseases and public health perspectives. Enrollment limited to 80. Instructor permission required. Special application form available at the International Health Institute website: bms.brown.edu/ihi/ DVPS LILE WRIT
Instructor: Stephen T. McGarvey

RUSS1290-S01        Russian Literature in Translation I: Pushkin to Dostoevsky
Primary Meeting: T R 10:30 am - 11:50 am 

Survey of major works of Russian literature of the early and mid-19th century. Authors to be studied include Karamzin, Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Leskov, and Dostoevsky. Lectures and discussion. No knowledge of Russian required. Discussion sections to be arranged. WRIT
Instructor: Alexander Levitsky

SOC0020-S01       Perspectives on Social Interaction: An Introduction to Social Psychology
Primary Meeting: M W F 01:00 pm - 01:50 pm 

The relationship between one's place in the social structure and one's own personal growth. Investigates the social aspects of individual growth and change throughout the life course. Also examines social factors involved in the failure to find a meaningful place for oneself in society. WRIT
Instructor: Gregory C. Elliott

SOC1420-S01         Violence and Society
Primary Meeting: T R 02:30 pm - 03:50 pm 

The course focuses on the personal and structural sources and consequences of violence in the U.S. We investigate three levels of violence: interpersonal; institutional, wherein social institutions do violence to individuals or groups; and structural, examining the structures of society that tolerate or promote violence, both within the society and toward other societies. Next, we examine the culture of violence that permeates our society, including the mass media and violence. WE focus on specific forms of violence in our society, including gang violence, bullying, violence within schools, sex trafficking, war, religious violence, and terrorism. WRIT
Instructor: Gregory C. Elliott