Spring 2014 Topics Course Descriptions

Spring 2014 Topics Course Descriptions





Term/Year Offered

 Topics: Hindu Mythology

CLAS 2994
CRN# 22490

MWF 8:15-9:20am West Spring 2014
Hindu Mythology comprises one of the most complex and intriguing sets of narratives ever created by humankind, and its moral and ethical underpinnings are as rich and profound as its symbolism and metaphorical imagery.  This writing-intensive course will teach you how to understand and engage with the world’s oldest extant mythico-religious tradition by reading ancient texts, absorbing and analyzing their meanings on multiple levels, and turning your thoughts and research on them into clear and informative prose.  By the end of the course, you will understand what the ॐ represents, Śiva, Kālī and Viṣṇu will be old friends, you’ll use words like “dharma” and “karma” with a confident understanding of their actual meanings, and you will have acquired some of the habits of mind required to turn even the most confusing material into straightforward writing that others can understand and enjoy.

 Topics: Writing for the Digital Age: Creating Compelling Content for Blogs, Websites and Social Media

ENGL 3984
CRN 23377/23378
Online N/A Jepson Spring 2014
Learn how to create a blog that readers love, develop website content that brings people back to your site again and again, and write for social media so you stand out in the crowd. Whether your focus is fiction, poetry, journalism, academic writing, or promotional writing, this course exploring digital literary forms will take your writing skills to a new level, bringing it the focus, clarity, and appeal it needs for the digital age.

 Topics: American Foreign Policy

HIST 2994
CRN# 23072
M/W 2:55-4:35pm Smith Spring 2014
An examination of American Foreign Policy since World War II, this course will consider U.S. approaches to foreign policy during the period through readings and case studies.  In addition to historical perspectives, we will analyze contemporary issues in the context of political understandings.

 Topics: Family, Love, and Marriage in 19th Century Women's History

CRN# 22732/22733
Thur 6-9:30pm Neiwert Spring 2014
In this class, we will focus narrowly on the 19th century to look at wider issues in European women's history.  Each week we will examine an aspect of a woman's life-cycle (i.e. girlhood, marriage, motherhood, and being single) and examine the constraints that women faced and how women operated within these constraints to create opportunity and possibility for themselves as individuals and citizens.  As part of the online portion of the class, we will look at various online museums and exhibits that provide an opportunity to see how women depicted themselves and were depicted by others and examine aspects of material culture that shaped a women's lives in the nineteenth century.

 Topics:  History of Greece

CRN# 23070/23069
MWF 12:15-1:20pm West Spring 2014
The Ancient Greeks present an intriguing paradox for our modern sensibilities.  They invented democracy, but envisioned it as a system in which only elite male members of society were permitted to participate.  The Greeks saw themselves as the champions of “freedom,” but their prosperity was built on the labor of slaves. The Greeks  believed they were the upholders of civilization, but the “barbarians” they opposed were an elegant and sophisticated people who upheld religious freedom for all and prohibited slavery within their borders.  Greek women were strictly confined to their homes, and fathers were entitled to kill babies or members of the household at any time, for any reason. Yet the Greeks also produced some of the most superb art and the finest achievements of literature that the world has ever seen.  In this course, we will explore the history of ancient Greece from the Paleolithic through the end of the Classical period, with emphasis on art, literature and material culture, and use these diverse sources to try and form a coherent vision of this truly remarkable and self-contradictory culture.

 Topic: National Parks and Environmental Conservation HIstory

CRN# 23070/23069
T/R 3:25-5:00pm Flynn Spring 2014
Glacier-sliced cliffs and spectacular waterfalls of Yosemite. Colorful mineral springs, dramatic geysers, and amazing wildlife of Yellowstone. The gigantic, rugged gorge of the Grand Canyon. These were some of the stupendous natural landscapes that first stimulated American leaders to preserve parts of this land as, in the words accompanying the establishment of Yellowstone, "a great national park or pleasure-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people." Less than 150 years ago, there were no national parks anywhere in the world. Today, we have a very extensive and enormously popular system in the United States and many countries have designated wild lands for preservation and enjoyment by the people.

In this course, we will explore the history of the U.S. National Park system, examine (through readings, photographs, art, and film) many of our national parks, monuments, and historic sites, including their geology, physical geography, and historical development. We will also look at a small selection of similar places around the world and consider their meaning for people in those places and for travelers and lovers of nature. Throughout the course, we will examine, consider, and discuss changing attitudes to environment, arguments for and against preserving specific places, and the development of a greater respect for and appreciation of nature, including an understanding of our intimate, everlasting relationship with it.

 Topics: Native American History: Pre-European Contact to Recent Past

CRN# 23065/23064
T/R 1:30-3:10pm Edwards-Simpson Spring 2014
This is a topics survey of Native American history focusing on the period from pre-European contact to the recent past. Native Americans have had a long, varied, rich history.  Much of this history involves Native Peoples' interactions and conflicts with persons from Europe and elsewhere who began arriving in the sixteenth century to what is now the United States.  America's vast territory and natural resources offered diverse conditions; native cultures therefore evolved differently according to geographic region and patterns of settlement.

Course lectures will focus on the impact of colonization and US Federal Indian Policy on American Indian cultures as a unifying theme.  A secondary theme will emphasize major shifts in the nature of Native American sovereignty.  This course will stress the integrity and adaptability of American Indian societies and the centrality of ever-emergent Native American identity.

 Topics: Music and Healing

MUS 4994
CRN# 22996
T/R 1:30-3:10pm Adrian Spring 2014
This 4-credit course, open to both majors and non-majors, explores the way people across the globe use music to heal, maintain health, and prepare for death.  Of particular interest is the relationship of music to spirituality, memory, and emotion; and new findings in neuroscience about music. Learning will be accomplished through listening to music, reading, video-viewing, and a variety of field trips.

 Topics: Archival Digitization Project Management

LIS 7963
CRN# 22490
Sat 12:00-5:00pm Hazelton Spring 2014
This course teaches students the nuts and bolts of planning an archival digitization project, using the Archives at the Walker Arts Center as a real-life learning lab.  Students will work closely with the Walker's Archival staff and the instructor to develop and implement a comprehensive digitization program.  Students will be expected to meet at the Walker Arts Center for some of the class sessions.  Prerequisite: LIS 7010.