Spring 2013

First-Year Seminars

ANTH0066R-S01       Child and Youth Cultures
CRN: 25447
Primary Meeting: M 03:00 pm - 05:20 pm

This first year seminar addresses childhood from two linked but distinctive theoretical perspectives. First, what is childhood? Rather than assuming it is a universal category, we will explore how childhood has been constructed differently through history and across cultures, in opposition to infancy, youth, and adulthood. Second, who are children? In contrast to conventional representations of young people as passive objects of socialization, we will review anthropological conceptions of children and youth as social actors with respect to identity formation, cultural expression, and political economy. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. DVPS FYS WRIT
Instructor: Jessaca B. Leinaweaver

COLT 0710N            A Comparative Introduction to the Literatures of the Americas
Primary Meeting: T R 2:30 pm - 3:50 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 fifteen. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Luiz F. Valente

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

ETHN0090A-S01      The Border/La Frontera
CRN: 25825
Primary Meeting: M 03:00 pm - 05:20 pm

We will examine the historical formation, contemporary reality and popular representation of the U.S.-Mexico border from a bilingual (English-Spanish), multicultural (U.S., Mexican, and Latino), and transnational perspective within the framework of globalization. We will explore the construction of border communities, lives and identities on both sides of the international divide, and pay particular attention to the movement of peoples in both directions. We will read materials, watch films, and conduct class discussions in English and Spanish. Comfort and reasonable proficiency in Spanish is required, but native command is not necessary. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Evelyn Hu-Dehart

GRMN 0750D-S01     The Poetics of Murder: Crime Fiction from Poe to the Present
CRN: 24918
Primary Meeting: T R 09:00 am - 10:20 am

In this course, we will trace the literary and cinematic depiction of mystery and mayhem from the earliest manifestations of the genre to the present. Texts will include examples from the "Golden Age," the hard-boiled mode, the police procedural, and historical crime fiction. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Thomas W. Kniesche

HIST0970P-S01        Culture and U.S. Empire
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 WRIT
Instructor: Naoko Shibusawa

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)

SOC0300G-S01        Populations in Danger
CRN: 25522
Primary Meeting: R 04:00 pm - 06:20 pm

Examines populations confronted with dangerous social, economic, political, or health crises. These include small Amazon farmers in situations of environmental degradation, Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland in economic and social conflict and under peace agreement, Israelis under threat of random attack with neighbors who demand Israel's extinction, Palestinians under Israeli occupation with a largely powerless and corrupt Palestinian Authority, South Africans under HIV/AIDS pandemic, and undocumented Dominican immigrants in Providence. The seminar will include readings on these populations in danger, lectures by internationally known experts, student presentations and class discussion, and three short essays. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. Instructor permission required. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Dennis Hogan

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

EDUC 1850-S02       Moral Development in Education
Primary Meeting: R 04:00 pm - 06:20 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

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

HIST1430-S01         Truth on Trial: Justice in Italy, 1400-1800
CRN: 24748
Primary Meeting: T R 01:00 pm - 02:20 pm

Law courts had a profound impact on Italian society and culture between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. Law courts helped define what constituted deviance, legitimate knowledge, and individual rights. They did so in a long ago world in which it was possible to imagine that some gifted individuals could fly, that certain people were created superior to others, and that the sun revolved around the earth. From the persecution of heretics and witches, to the trial of Galileo and the increasing use of courts by women and other marginalized groups, the Italian legal arena mediated what was political, social, scientific, and religious truth. By the eighteenth century many judicial practices came under criticism, including the use of torture and the death penalty. How did reformers attempt to remake the legal regime and the society in which it was by then so intricately entangled? LILE WRIT P
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

SOC1440-S01          Intimate Violence
CRN: 23857
Primary Meeting: T R 02:30 pm - 03:50 pm

Explores sociological perspectives of violence in intimate relationships. Begins with theories of violence, including social learning theory, the frustration-aggression hypothesis, and violence as catharsis. Examines the contributions of gender, race status, media violence, and pornography to the issue. Investigates specific forms of intimate violence: sexual aggression (including "acquaintance rape"), partner abuse, elderly abuse, and child abuse. Not open to first year students. WRIT
Instructor: Gregory C. Elliot