Introductory Special Topics Courses (190′s), Fall, 2013
Courses numbered in the 190′s focus on a particular topic and are offered only once. These courses are appropriate for all students.
Art 190, Expressive Drawing: From DaVinci to Rauschenburg. Professor Prince. MW 10-11:50.
A thematic examination of the history of drawing and mark making from various cultural perspectives and traditions. We explore Old Master techniques, such as making paper, Silver Point drawing, creating inks from plant fibers, and fashioning drawing implements. Students work with traditional drawing tools, such as graphite and charcoal. We embrace avant-garde techniques, working with Transparent Base Drawing, Masked Water Soluble Drawing, Xerox Transfer, Watercolor Mono-print Drawing, and Pastel Rubbing Drawing. Students use mixed-media materials like watercolors, oil sticks, collage, and screen-printing to enhance the drawing experience. Our goal is to assist students in creating coherent bodies of work.
Black Studies/Philosophy 190, Democracy Realized?: The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. Professors Bywater and Gilbert. TTh 1:30-2:45.
An examination of critiques of the legacy of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, including the impact of the Voting Rights Act. Students have the opportunity to present their work at a conference on the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement to be held at Allegheny in Spring 2014.
CLC 190, Intermediate Arabic. Professor Hilal. MWF 2:30-3:20.
Continued study of Modern Standard Arabic, with emphasis on grammar and expansion of vocabulary, as well as current events and cultures of Arabic-speaking societies. Attention is given to reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking skills. Three 50-minute class meetings are held each week, plus an additional practicum hour (to be arranged) with an Arabic teaching fellow concentrating on speaking and interacting in Arabic. Prerequisites: CLC 120 and 220, or permission of the instructor.
CLC 191, Beginning Portuguese I. Instructor TBA. MTWTh 2:30-3:20
An introduction to spoken Portuguese, basic grammar structures, and reading for comprehension, as well as to Lusophone cultures. Four class meetings are held each week. This class is not open to first-year students. Applications must be submitted to the Director of the Center for Language and Culture.
History*191: History of Africa and Globalization. Professor Hardin. MWF 11-11:50.
An introduction to African history focusing on the economic exchanges between the African continent and the rest of the world since the fourteenth century. Topics include long-distance trade across the Sahara and the Indian Ocean, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, “legitimate” trade, colonialism, development, the HIV epidemic, and globalization. Our exploration—which covers portions of West, central, southern, and East Africa—highlights how Africans have worked to profit from long-distance trade and the challenges they have faced.
Philosophy 190, Democracy Realized?: The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.
SEE Black Studies/Philosophy 190
Political Science 190, Social Movements. Professor Wood. MWF 8-8:50.
A survey of recent social movements worldwide and theoretical perspectives on how, where, and why social movements arise, who joins them, and what they accomplish. We consider various meanings of “civil society” and how it structures possibilities for protest. Finally, we consider ways in which people have expressed resistance without engaging in open protest. Case studies may include Arab uprisings of 2011-12; anti-austerity protests in Europe; the anti-corruption protests in India, Russia, and China; and a comparative examination of Occupy and the Tea Party in the United States.
Religious Studies 190, Education and Religion in Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Professor Asmi. MW 11-12:15.
An investigation of the role that education plays in teaching religious practices and beliefs in diverse religious traditions. Students explore case studies of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu communities and attend to what distinguishes education in religious communities from that of secular contexts.
Women’s Studies 190: Queer Lives. Professor Bailey. MWF 2:30-3:20
An exploration of a broad range of queer issues and the lived experiences of sexual minorities in the United States. Students examine major events in the history and social construction of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and queer communities, with the goal of understanding the role of power and privilege in constructing sexual identities. We consider how queer lives have been inflected by differences like race and class and how the struggles of sexual minorities have shaped larger cultural discourses around family, intimacy, law, and social change.