Spring 2016

First-Year Seminars

EDUC 0410E-S01 Empowering Youth: Insights from Research on Urban Adolescents (20)
CRN: 25455
Primary Meeting: M W F 10:00 am - 10:50 am

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

ENGN 0120A-S01 Crossing the Consumer Chasm by Design (18)
CRN: 24748
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 

ENGN 0120B-S01 Crossing the Space Chasm through Engineering Design (18)
CRN: 24749
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 

PHP 0030-S01 Health of Hispaniola (20)
CRN: 25322
Primary Meeting: T R 06:40 pm - 08:00 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) 

 Sophomore Seminars

AFRI 0660-S01 Activist Scholarship: Research and Writing for Social Change (21)
CRN: 25455
Primary Meeting: M 03:00 pm - 05:30 pm

How can research advance the global social justice struggle? This course will emphasize the idea that education has never been a politically neutral undertaking. Students’ research can have social impact in the university and beyond. We will engage a variety of disciplinary fields to theorize key concepts such as intersectionality of oppression and resistance, power, hegemony, social justice, and activist research. Students will be required to carry out an original research project that tackles a pressing societal problem we face today. SOPH
Instructor: Keisha-Khan Perry

POBS 0990-S01 Mapping Cross-Cultural Identities (20)
CRN:25224
Primary Meeting: W 03:00 pm - 05:30 pm

How do we construct our own identity as life becomes a multitude of narrative threads intersecting and overlapping like roadways on a map? How do we reconfigure identities vis-à-vis those who surround us? We will investigate the ever-changing map of cultural identities and its repercussions on human existence via contemporary literature and a series projects that incorporate the arts (visual, digital, literary) and oral history. Some of the writers include Julia Alvarez, Kiran Desai, Junot Diaz, Milton Hatoum, Chang-Rae Lee, Clarice Lispector, Dinaw Mengestu, Nélida Piñon, Salman Rushdie, Taiye Selasi and others. No experience in the arts necessary. SOPH
Instructor: Patricia Sobral

 Courses Open to All Students

ENGN 1010-S02 The Entrepreneurial Process: Innovation in Practice (40)
CRN:24758
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

GEOL 0240-S01 Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet (open)
CRN: 25354
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

HISP 0760-S01 Transatlantic Crossings: Readings in Hispanic Literatures (open)
CRN: 25264
Primary Meeting: T R 09:00 am - 10:20 am

This course provides students a comprehensive introduction to literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking world, through exploration of a wide range of genres (short story, poetry, theater, novel, and film) and periods of production. The course not only gives students a contextualized historical panorama of literature in Spanish, it also equips them with strategies for reading, thinking, and writing about texts and films in Spanish, preparing them for more advanced literature and culture courses in Hispanic Studies. The course is conducted entirely in Spanish.
Instructor: Sarah Thomas

HIST 1976A-S01 Native Histories in Latin America and North America (20)
CRN: 26184
Primary Meeting: R 04:00 pm - 06:30 pm

From Alaska to Argentina, Native people have diverse histories. Spain, Portugal, England and France established different colonial societies; indigenous Latin Americans today have a different historical legacy than Native Americans in the United States. But the experiences of conquest, resistance and adaptation also tell a single overarching story. In colonial times, Native Americans and Europeans struggled over and shared the land. After Independence, however, the new American republics tried to destroy American Indians through war and assimilation. But in the last century Native peoples (both North and South) reasserted their identities within modern states: the "vanishing Indian" refused to vanish. WRIT DPLL
Instructor: Jeremy Mumford

ITAL 1430-S01 Popular Culture, 1400 – 1800 (40)
CRN: 25751
Primary Meeting: M 03:00 pm - 05:30 pm

From folktales to rebel songs, carnival play and everyday rituals, popular culture shaped the lives of ordinary people of the early modern world. In this course we explore the materials available at Brown for examining popular culture before 1800. Students write a final paper from the materials they select. Italy will be examined comparatively with other geographical areas in order to prepare students for their research. Topics will include the multiplicity of popular cultures; the relationship between popular culture and elite culture; transformations in the beliefs, rituals, and practices that provided meaning for peoples of the early modern world. (P) WRIT 
Course is taught in English.
Instructor: Caroline Castiglione