Fall 2016

                                                Writing Fellows Courses
                                                           Fall 2016                                     

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

COLT 0710N A Comparative Introduction to the Literatures of the Americas
CRN: 15414
Primary Meeting: T R 02:30 pm - 03:50 pm

Considers the common links between the diverse literatures of North and South America, approached in relation to one another rather than to Eurocentric paradigms. Focuses on the treatment of such topics as the representation of the past and the self, the role of memory and the imagination, the nature of literary language, and the questions of alienation, colonialism and post-colonialism, communication versus silence, and fiction versus history in the works of selected writers from North and Latin America, including García-Márquez, Faulkner, Cortázar, Allende, Lispector, Morrison, Doctorow, Rosa, and DeLillo. Enrollment limited to 15 first year students. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Luiz Valente

ENVS0070C-S01 Transcending Transportation Impacts
Primary Meeting: T R 01:00 pm - 02:20 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

GEOL0160I-S01 Diamonds
CRN: 016662
Primary Meeting: T R 02:30 pm – 03:50 pm

Examines both the science and human history of diamonds, and shows how they have interacted over the years. Investigates how and where diamonds are formed in nature and what they tell us about the Earth. At the same time, explores the role diamonds have played in our history and culture. Enrollment limited to 12 first year students. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Stephen Parman 

GRMN0750F-S01 Historical Crime Fiction
CRN: 16241
Primary Meeting: T R 10:30 am - 11:50 am

There is almost no time period that has not been covered by historical crime fiction. From ancient Egypt and Rome to 18th century China, historical crime fiction has complemented and contested our knowledge of history. In this seminar, we will do some extensive time travel and explore how crime fiction explores the past and challenges our understanding of bygone times. Readings of texts by Ellis Peters, Umberto Eco, Peter Tremayne, Lindsey Davis, Alan Gordon, Robert van Gulik, Laura Rowland, among others. LILE FYS WRIT
Instructor: Thomas W. Kniesche

CRN: 15117
Th 4-6:30 pm

From tango to plastic surgery, Donald Duck to reggaeton, this course places popular culture at the center of modern Latin American and Caribbean history. How, we will ask, did popular culture reflect and shape struggles over national belonging? How did foreign cultural products come to bear on international relations and transnational flows? In what contexts has culture served as a vehicle of resistance to dominant ideologies and systems of power? Far from a mere "diversion," popular culture instead offers a compelling lens onto the relationship between state and society in Latin America and beyond. WRIT FYS
Instructor: Jennifer Lambe

HIST0580M-S01 The Age of Revolutions, 1760-1824
CRN: 14934
Primary Meeting: W 03:00 pm - 05:30 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

ITAL0950-S01 Introduction to Italian Cinema: Italian Film and History
CRN: 15100
Primary Meeting: W 03:00 pm - 05:30 pm

How do we visualize the past? How has cinema influenced our understanding of contemporary history? The course will focus on how key moments of 20th-century History (Fascism, WWII, the Mafia and Terrorism) have been described or fictionalized by major Italian film-makers (including Benigni, Bertolucci, Cavani, Fellini and Pasolini). Subtitled films, readings and discussion groups. Reserved for First Year students. Enrollment limited to: 20. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg

Courses Open to All Students

Peoples and the Cultures of the Americas
CRN: 16298
Primary Meeting: T R 09:00 am - 10:20 am

Examines the diverse cultures and history of the Americas - especially Brazil, Peru, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Topics include the organization of labor, cultural and artistic practices, changing conventions of gender and family, international migration, national and local identities, indigenous rights, and protest and rebellion. LILE DPLL WRIT
Instructor: Kay Warren

ANTH1224-S01 Human Trafficking, Transnationalism, and the Law
CRN: 17089
Primary Meeting: T R 02:30 pm - 03:50 pm

Designed to give students an opportunity to engage in transnational research on social issues through an extended case study of a new generation of international norms that identify and combat "human trafficking." The course format combines seminar discussions, lectures, and small group exercises. Students will learn by doing. As we consider legal instruments, UN and U.S. documentary archives, anti-trafficking media such as films and websites, and the prosecution of criminal networks, we will experiment with alternative methodologies for analyzing them. We will study the relation of texts to the social and political contexts of their production and circulation. Enrollment limited to 30. DPLL LILE WRIT
Instructor: Kay Warren

ENGN1010-S01 The Entrepreneurial Process: Innovation in Practice
CRN: 16552
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
CRN: 16212
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. Required major term paper worth 50% of final grade is scholarly centerpiece of course. Weekly discussion sections and small group research projects supplement the two exams and term paper. Guest lecturers cover different diseases and public health perspectives. Enrollment limited to 65. DPLL LILE WRIT
Instructor: Stephen T. McGarvey

RUSS1290-S01 Russian Literature in Translation I: Pushkin to Dostoevsky
CRN: 15991
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 Perceptions on Social Interaction: Introduction to Social Psychology
CRN: 16024
Primary Meeting: M W F 11:00 am - 11:50 am

An introduction to the discipline of sociology examining the individual in social situations. Explores the social development of the person, the development of interpersonal relationships, and the problems of integrating the individual and social system. For each area, the personal and situational factors that bear upon the issue are investigated. The objective is to deepen understanding of the behavior of people in a social context. WRIT
Instructor: Gregory Elliott