Fall 2015

First-Year Seminars

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

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

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

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: 15539
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

POBS0850-S01           Comparative Approaches to the Literatures of Brazil and the United States
CRN: 16267
Primary Meeting: M 03:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Brazil and the United States have much in common: continental territories, huge natural resources, dynamic economies and multi-ethnic populations. Yet, their histories and cultures are distinctive and unique, as suggested in Vianna Moog's classic symbolic contrast between the Brazilian bandeirante and the American pioneer. We will undertake a comparative study of the two countries' literatures over the past eighty years with an eye towards exploring contextual, thematic and technical analogies as well as differences. Faulkner, Ramos, Lispector, Morrison, Rosa, Scliar, DeLillo, Carvalho, and Doctorow. Some attention to music, film and the visual arts. Enrollment limited to 15. Conducted in English. FYS WRIT
Instructor: Luiz F. Valente

Courses Open to All Students

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

HISP0470-S01         Intensive Survey of Spanish Literature
CRN: 15560
Primary Meeting: T R 09:00 am - 10:20 am

An introduction to the major authors and literary movements of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to contemporary times. Focuses on building critical vocabulary. Also aims to develop students' written and oral expression in Spanish. Preparatory course for 1000-level courses for students who achieve the highest placement in Spanish. Prerequisite: HISP 0600, or AP score =5, or SAT II (Literature) score of 750 or above, or Brown placement score of 651 or above. WRIT
Instructor: Sarah Thomas

HISP1290J-S01      Spain on Screen: 80 Years of Spanish Cinema
CRN: 15709
Primary Meeting: T R 02:30 pm - 03:50 pm

This course traces major developments in Spanish cinema from silent films of the 1930s to globalized commercial cinema of the 21st century. In this 80-year period, Spain has undergone sweeping political, social, economic, and cultural changes, many of which we see reflected in its cinema. By critically examining films by Spain's most well-known and influential directors – Rey, Berlanga, Buñuel, Bardem, Saura, Erice, Almodóvar – as well as less canonical filmmakers, we will ask what representations of Spain we see on screen in the last eight decades, interrogating notions of nation, race, class, gender, sexuality, and political ideology, among others. Prerequisite: HISP 0730 or 0740. WRIT
Instructor: Sarah Thomas

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

SOC1430-S01            Social Structure and Personal Development
CRN: 15439
Primary Meeting: M W F 11:00 am - 11:50 am
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 Elliott