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Selected Topic Course Descriptions

The courses described below are offered under "Selected Topics" course numbers. Departments offer Selected Topics only occasionally and the selection is different every semester. Selected Topics courses do not repeat material presented by regular semester courses.

All Semesters

Spring 2012


AH 497 Section 01 Light and Space Art

This seminar explores Light and Space Art in historical and critical context. Artists discussed include Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Michael Asher, Douglas Wheeler, and Larry Bell.

AH 597 Section 01 Light and Space Art

This seminar explores Light and Space Art in historical and critical context. Artists discussed include Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Michael Asher, Douglas Wheeler, and Larry Bell.

AH 497 Section 02 War, Commemoration and Art

This seminar examines the relationship of strife and visual culture during the 20th century Asia, America and Europe. Using primary ‘texts’ including moments and their rhetoric, as well as secondary studies, it looks at art made during war, art commemorating victory, and art as a strategy of processing defeat.

AH 597 Section 02 War, Commemoration and Art

This seminar examines the relationship of strife and visual culture during the 20th century Asia, America and Europe. Using primary ‘texts’ including moments and their rhetoric, as well as secondary studies, it looks at art made during war, art commemorating victory, and art as a strategy of processing defeat.

CLSC 490 Sections 01 Ancient Cities of the Near East, Egypt, and Mediterranean

This course will be a study of the archaeology of urban life in these areas with a special force on urban development and evolution, socio-economic constraints, and the effects of specific structures and urban planning on cities and their fabric.

Comm 590 Section 01 Performance and Healing

This graduate seminar will consider the relationship between performance methodologies and healing. Specifically, theatre of the oppressed, psychodrama, and drama therapy will be studied and practiced to consider the efficacy of these models for therapeutic contexts. Since traumatic memories are encoded at the cellular and muscular level, it is imperative to develop, study and assess performance-based, embodied treatment protocols.

CWL 402 Section 01 Middle Eastern Literature in the Diaspora

As the title indicates, this course examines remarkable texts by Middle Eastern writers in the Diaspora. Their common concerns and different outlooks will enrich the discussions; these will also focus on the socio-historical stratas from which those writers emerge.

CWL 502 Section 01 Studies in Middle Eastern Literature in the Diaspora

As the title indicates, this course examines remarkable texts by Middle Eastern writers in the Diaspora. Their common concerns and different outlooks will enrich the discussions; these will also focus on the socio-historical stratas from which those writers emerge.

CWL 461 Section 01 Reading in the Spaces: An Ethics of Reading

Addresses issues of metonymy / metaphor and the implications of this distinction for an ethics of reading. Readings include Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, Civilization and its Discontents, selections from Roman Jakobson, Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Lacan, Homi Bhabha, and novels by A. B. Yehoshua, Elias Khoury, and Toni Morrison.

CWL 561 Section 01 Reading in the Spaces: An Ethics of Reading

Addresses issues of metonymy / metaphor and the implications of this distinction for an ethics of reading. Readings include Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, Civilization and its Discontents, selections from Roman Jakobson, Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Lacan, Homi Bhabha, and novels by A. B. Yehoshua, Elias Khoury, and Toni Morrison.

ENGL 489 Section 01 Chicana/o-Latina/o Literature and Culture

Readings will underscore the histories of colonialism, migration, racialization, and gendering that have shaped Chicana/o-Latina/o Literature. We will study genres including poetry, short fiction, the novel, the essay, visual art, and film.

ENGL 681 Section 01 John Keats

In-depth study of English Romantic poet John Keats, including both his poetry and letters.

HIST 489 Section 01 Gender Law

This course will examine how assumptions about innate qualities of men and women as well as assumptions about femininity and masculinity have shaped legal doctrines and the way that law has been implemented from colonial times through the past.

MAE 590 Section 01 System Architecting and Requisites

This course will help to familiarize the student with an effective method for defining a set of system requirements. The focus will be on the initial problem space definition, defining user needs, the concept of operations, from systems to component-level requirements, and the architecture development.

THEA 490 Sections 01 and 02 Devising

Creation of integrated theatrical performance through Interdisciplinary collaboration. Recommended for students in theatre, music, dance, and film.