Fall 2014

First-Year Seminars

ANTH0066P-S01   Transnational Lives: Anthropology of Migration and Mobilities        
CRN: 15108
Primary Meeting: M 02:00 pm - 04:30 pm

In an era characterized by globalization, by the increasing and rapid flows of ideologies, information, money, goods, and people across national borders, how do individuals, families, and communities grapple with the new forms of existence brought forth by migration? This course will go beyond macro-economic explanations of why migration happens to explore what migration does: the effects of mobility on a range of practices that include parenting, health, gender roles, marriage, politics, and anthropological research itself. We will consider three overlapping issues: the everyday practices of transnational living in a variety of cross-cultural settings; the theory and methodology anthropologists use to better understand local experiences of migration; and the ways in which migration has been effectively politicized. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS LILE WRIT
Instructor: Jessaca B. Leinaweaver

COLT0710N-S01     A Comparative Introduction to the Literatures of the Americas
CRN: 15145
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 bAmerica, including García-Márquez, Faulkner, Cortázar, Allende, Lispector, Morrison, Doctorow, Rosa, and DeLillo. Enrollment limited to 15 first year students. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Luiz F. Valente

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

GEOL0160I-S01     Diamonds
CRN: 16069
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. CAP course. Enrollment limited to 12 first year students. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Stephen Parma

HIST0970B-S01   Tropical Delights: Imagining Brazil in History and Culture
CRN: 14878
Primary Meeting: R 04:00 pm - 06:30 pm
Examines the many ways that Brazilians and foreigners have understood this vast continent-size country, ranging from early European explorers' anxieties about Cannibalism to modern images of the Amazonian rainforest, Rio De Janeiro's freewheeling Carnival celebrations, and the array of social movements mobilizing for social justice. Through an examination of historical sources, literature, movies, and popular culture, this seminar will consider how multiple images and projections of Brazil have shaped national and international notions about the country. Reserved for First Year students. Enrollment limited to 20. FYS E
Instructor: James Green

HIST0971G-S01     The Age of Revolutions, 1760-1824
CRN: 14874
Primary Meeting: T 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

ITAL0950-S01    Introduction to Italian Cinema: Italian Film and History
CRN: 15942
Primary Meeting: M 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

PHP0050-S01     Pain and the Human Condition: Exploring the Science, Medicine, and Culture of Pain
CRN: 16313
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 WRIT
Instructor: Nisha G. Trivedi

POBS0810-S01   Belonging and Displacement: Cross-Cultural Identities
CRN: 15399
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- S01   Comparative Policies: Analyzing Policy Making Around the Globe
CRN: 16476 
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

Courses Open to All Students

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
CRN: 15443
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: 15907
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
CRN: 15037
Primary Meeting: T R 10:30 pm - 11:50 pm
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: Vladimir Golstein

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

SOC1440-S01     Intimate Violence
CRN: 15026
Primary Meeting: M W F  02:00 pm - 02:50 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 terrorism. WRIT
Instructor: Gregory C. Elliott