Spring 2003 Additions & Cancellations
to the 2002-2003 Course Catalog

Continually updated - last update 09/27/04
Maintained by Sheila H. Harley

College of Arts and Sciences


Cancelled Courses

204.  Modern African History.
336.  Pan Africanism
346.  African American Literature.

Time Correction

195.  Jazz Improv meets from 9:00-10:50.

Changes in Duration/Credit Hours

120.  The Caribbean & the Wider World will now meet only during the second module.  It will be offered for two credits.
209.  Society & Politics in the Western Hemisphere will now meet only during the second module.  It will be offered for two credits.

New Course

352.  Running and Governing: Urban Politicking and Governance       1 hour
Second semester, second module.  In this seminar, former Cleveland Mayor Michael White and Chris Carmody (OC�89), former Co-director of the Mayor�s Office of Competitiveness, will explain the processes of campaigning for, and governing from, the mayoralty of a major U.S. City.  How is a campaign shaped and pursued?  What enables victory?  What were the White Administration�s goals?  How were challenges met and managed?  Based on first-hand and original materials, students will produce analyses of what works and doesn�t work in urban campaigning and governance.  Identical to POLT 423.  Enrollment limit: 20.
Sem 2  CRN 11423   AAST-352-01 T--1:00-2:50(April 8, 15, 22, 29)  Mayor White, Mr. Carmody  SECOND MODULE


New Course

216.  Latin(o) American communities in the United States  3 hrs.
This is an interdisciplinary course that examines the social, political, and economic status of Latin American immigrants and their descendants in the United States.  Our main focus will be on current social issues and the future of Latino communities.  Using ethnographic studies of Latino communities in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago, we will consider the impact of immigration policy, affirmative action, welfare reform, bilingual education, and civil rights legislation within each community.  We will then proceed to examine Latino political dynamics at the local and national level.  Special attention will be paid to the role of informal networks and the parallel economies in the different communities.  We will draw from a variety of information sources, including academic writings, newspaper articles and other media reports, and recent government publications.  Limit:  30.
Sem 2     CRN 11063     ANTH-216-01     TTh--3:00-4:15    Mr. Reyes Ruiz


New Section

064.  Problems in Photography     3 hours
Constructing the composite image: Collage has been called ?the single most revolutionary formal innovation in artistic representation? in the 20th century.  Through studio assignments and readings, students will investigate the history of collage and collage extension with emphasis on the use of the photographic image.  Methods will run the gamut from scissors and glue, through traditional photomontage techniques, to digital imaging.  Previous experience in photography is required.  Enrollment limit: 12  with Consent.
Sem 2     CRN 11390    ARTS-064-02    MW--1:30-4:30    MS. Critchlow

New Courses

109.  Approaches to Islamic Art and Architecture     3 hours
      3HU, CD
An introduction to the architecture, painting, and decorative arts of the Islamic World, from Africa to India, between the seventh andeighteenth centuries.  The course material is discussed chronologically with an eye toward stylistic change, and thematically in order to emphasize the central concepts of Islamic art, including sacred space, palace culture, the role of mysticism, the question of figural representation, and the centrality of calligraphy and ornament. This course will provide a basic understanding of the historical evolution and regional variation of Islamic art and architecture and a deeper appreciation of its major themes and concepts.
Sem 2     CRN 10455     ARTS-109-01     TTh--1:30-2:45    Mr. Tabbaa

234.  The Art and Architecture of Islam in the South Asia     3 hours
This course discusses the architecture, painting, and decorative arts of the Indian Subcontinent during the Sultanate and Mughal periods (c.1200-c.1750). The course emphasizes the syncretic nature of Mughal art, examining its roots in Islamic Central Asian art, its borrowings from regional artistic traditions,  its links with Islamic and indigenous  mystical practices, and its contacts with Jesuit missionary culture.
Sem 2     CRN 10459     ARTS-234-01     TTh--3:00-4:15     Mr. Tabbaa

315.  Orientalism and Occidentalism in Art and Architecture     3 hours
This seminar discusses Orientalism in European art and architecture and the responses it elicited in the visual culture of the Middle East.  Dealing primarily with the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and covering a broad spectrum of the visual arts -- painting, architecture, interior design, and the decorative arts -- the seminar explores the essentializing, exoticizing, and hegemonic perspectives that informed Orientalism and examines the contemporary "occidentalizing" and modernizing  stances adopted in regional cultures, particularly in Cairo and Istanbul.  Students may choose to work on a European or a Middle Eastern topic within the parameters of the subject.
Sem 2     CRN 10465    ARTS-315-01     M--2:30-4:20     Mr. Tabbaa

Course Description Announced

216. Topic in Chinese Art: Twentieth-Century Chinese Art
This course is an introduction to the major artistic movements in twentieth-century China. As China faced serious challenges from the West in political and social realms, traditional modes of Chinese visual culture confronted Western styles and techniques of visual expression. Through a variety of media, including traditional-style and Western-style paintings, calligraphy, woodblock prints, and popular art, we will trace the changing face of Chinese art and explore the complex interactions between art and the history, politics, and culture of twentieth-century China.

Cancelled Courses

039.  Vis Cncpts/Prcss:  Drawing.
060.  Problems in Drawing.
312.  Seminar in Asian Art.
362.  Dev Eur Lndscp Paint 1600-1900.


Note:  all private reading courses in Athl may be taken for a maximum of 2 hours credit.

Cancelled Courses

191.  Volleyball I.
505.  Excercise Science.
508.  Personal Wellness.

Change in Module

152.  Tennis I meets during the SECOND module of the spring semester.


Cancelled Course

411.  Seminar: Conservation Biology.

New Courses

304. Mechanisms of Plant Adaptation (Lecture only)     3 hours
Second semester. This course focuses on cellular and molecular mechanisms that affect plants ability to succeed in natural and agricultural populations.  Topics will include issues of particular importance for agriculture such as control of flowering, and nitrogen use, as well other issues of widespread ecological significance such as natural defenses against plant pathogens, response to stresses such as the cold, and sensitive mechanisms for light perception. Creation of transgenic plants for use in agriculture and research will be discussed. Prerequisit: BIOL 213 or consent of the instructor strongly recommended
Sem 2     CRN 11337     BIOL-304-01     MWF--10:00-10:50     Ms. Laskowski

305.  Project-Based Plant Lab           1 hour
Second semester. The goal of this laboratory is to give students exposure to current molecular and genetic techniques in plant research. It is designed to give people the opportunity to sample research without having to commit to an honors project. Working together, we will choose a set of novel projects that can be carried out over the course of the semester. Lab will meet one afternoon a week. Some additional hours outside of scheduled class time will also be required (plant watering, etc.)  Co-requisite: BIOL 304. Enrollment limit: 8.
Sem 2     CRN 11338    W--1:30-4:20 + extra hours as dictated by the experiments  Ms. Laskowski

Format Change

301 & 302 Developmental Biology  has a change in format.  The class times will be the same:  Mon and Wed, 8 to 9 am, for lecture, but now a third meeting (1:30 to 4:30 on Mon.) will be added to have a discussion/demonstration section.  This option (2 lect. + 1 discussion), called Biology 301, Developmental Biology, is worth 3 NS credits.

NOTE:  Only 301 will be a WR course.

Another option is to take Biology 301, and add a lab, which is called Biology 302.  The lab will meet 1:30 to 4:30 pm Wed., plus some hours outside of lab meetings (to do observations, experiments, feed animals, etc.) for 2 NS credits.  Biol 301 is a pre- or co-requisite for Biology 302.


New Courses

145. Chemistry and Crime    3 hours
Principles of sample collection, physical and chemical measurements, and instrumental techniques as applied to criminal investigations.  The scientific evidence that links a suspect to a crime scene will be examined using important criminal case studies as examples.  Chemical concepts will be developed as needed to understand the case. Enrollment Limit: 35.
Sem 2    CRN 11407    CHEM-145-01    MWF--2:30-3:20     Mr. Thompson

151. Chemistry and the Environment    3 hours
A discussion of the natural and human origins of significant chemical species in the environment and the ultimate fate of these materials. Air and water quality will receive special attention. Chemical concepts will be developed as needed. Enrollment Limit: 35.
Sem 2     CRN 11408    CHEM-151-01     TTh--3:00-4:1     Ms. Watrob


New Course Description

109.   Topics in Chinese Film: Chinese Cinema Since 1980s     3 hours
       3 HU, CD
Second Semester.  Situated in the cultural and historical contexts of Mainland China,  Taiwan and Hong Kong, this course is designed to introduce Chinese  cinema in the past two decades with an emphasis on "the Fifth Generation  Directors," who were admitted to the Beijing Film Academy in 1978 and  graduated in 1982.  It is this generation that has made the mainland  Chinese cinema known to the world.   With Taiwan and Hong Kong movies  screened for contrast, the instructor will trace the development of this  new generation and explore their negotiation with tradition and establishment from socio-political and cultural perspectives.  Enrollment  Limit: 35
MWF 1:30-2:20        Mr. Chou

Semester Change

305.  Introduction to Literary Chinese will be taught spring semester 2003.


New Courses

273.  Cinema & Modern Life: Silent Film & Spectatorship    4 hours
      4HU, WR
This course surveys the American silent cinema and its spectators. It asks how the cinema, as one of many technologies invented at the turn of the last century, changed everyday life by changing our relationship to it. We will study how the new media of the cinema, once considered a source of danger, contamination, and vice, became a legitimate cultural institution in its own right. We discover how cinema promoted itself not simply as a national cultural pastime but as an integral feature of American everyday life. Our weekly screenings of silent films will be organized around the representations of race, sexual difference, and poverty that preoccupied the early cinema. Readings in classic and contemporary film theory will help us establish the particular character of early and silent-era cinematic form and narrative. Theoretical perspectives on the question of what it means to be modern will come from such social theorists and cultural critics as Benjamin, Freud, Simmel and Kracauer. Course Requirements: Active class participation and mandatory attendance at weekly film screenings; twelve one-page papers; final paper (12-15 pages). Identical to ENGL 273. Enrollment Limit: 30.
Sem 2     CRN 11348    CINE-273-01     MWF 1:30-2:20 + Tu 7:00-10:00 pm     Ms. Horne

275. East European Cinema: Moments, Movements, Filmmakers     3 hours
In the context of Socialist and Post-Socialist cinemas of Eastern Europe, this course will focus primarily on the Czech New Wave period of the 1960s, the Yugoslav new film period of the 1960s and 1980s, and selected analyses of critically significant, internationally awarded films of the past decade; including Kolya; Underground; Pretty Village, Pretty Flame; Before the Rain; Wounds; Cabaret Balkan and No Man's Land. Enrollment Limit: 50.
Sem 2     CRN 11346     CINE-275-01     MW 3:30-4:20 & T--3:00-5:00    Mr. Goulding

345.  Exhibition and Inhibition: Cinema & Social Practice     4 hours
      4HU, WR
What is the difference between going to see a movie at a multiplex theater and watching a movie on a flat screen during a trans-Atlantic flight? Between watching a movie in 1903 and watching a film in 2003? How do patterns of distribution and exhibition formats affect our experience of movies? This course is a wide-ranging investigation of what it means to go to the movies. It will provide both historical and technological frameworks for examining transformations in viewing habits and viewing experiences, from the silent cinema to the current moment. Topics covered will include storefront kinetoscopes, segregated nickelodeon audiences, film censorship, movie theater architecture, exhibitors' trade publications, early fan culture, widescreen cinema, journalistic and narrative accounts of moviegoing, and the shift from analog to digital images. Readings from film and cultural theory on mass spectacle, the observer, the spectator, and the mass audience will shape our discussion and guide our individual research. Course requirements: Mandatory attendance at weekly screenings; each student will develop, propose, research and write a long (15-20 page) paper over the course of the semester. Identical to ENGL 345. Enrollment Limit: 25.
Sem 2     CRN 11350    CINE-345-01     MWF 10:00-10:50 + M 7:00-10:00 pm     Ms. Horne

399.  Cinema Studies Practicum     1 - 2 hours
This practicum allows qualified students to pursue independent projects in media production within the collaborative context of a practicum. In order to be admitted to the practicum, a student must demonstrate previous production training and experience (through Oberlin College production courses, Ex-co courses, or independent internships or employment experiences), submit a specific and feasible project proposal, and receive permission from the instructor. In the practicum, students will work to develop individual or group projects in consultation with the instructor while offering critical feedback and technical support for their peers.
This practicum can count for one or two hours of credit and may be counted towards the College?s humanities requirement.  CR/NE grading.  Consent of instructor.
Sem 2     CRN 11636    CINE-399-01     TBA     Mr. Pingree     MODULE TWO

499. Honors Project    0-4 hours
     0-4HU, WR
Intensive work on the student's honors project, culminating in either an honors paper or creative project.  Consent of instructor required.
Sem 2    CRN 11351  CINE-499-01     TBA     Mr. Day


New Section

101.  (section 02)  Introduction to Computers & Computing.
Sem 2     CRN 11420    TTh--11:00-12:15      Mr. Borroni & Mr. Gegg-Harrison       Limit:  30

Cancelled Course

366.  Logic Programming.


New Course

220. Writing Fiction                       3 hours
     3 HU
The writing of short fiction. Students who have taken CRWR 120 and/or 201 may apply, but there are no prerequisites.  The course will count toward the English major creative writing concentration, but not toward the creative writing major.  Admission based on a completed application form and writing sample (due in the program office by Thursday, January 16, 2003).  Notes: not open to first-year students.  Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 2     CRN 11367     CRWR-220-01  TTh--11:00-12:15     Ms. Hardy


Time Correction

195.  Jazz Improv meets from 9:00-10:50.

New Course

101.  Dance Maintenance     .5 - 1 hour
The experience is designed to complement a  wide range of dance forms as we will focus on alignment, injury prevention and efficiency, endurance, strength, and stretch.  The material is drawn from basic fitness sequences, Pilates, and Yoga.  Credit/No Entry grading. Course limit: 30.   No Consent.  Requires appropriate gym shoes and attire.
Sem 2     CRN 11424     DANC-101-01     TTh�9:00-10:50     Ms. Rosasco


New Courses

192.  The Japanese Economy    3 hours
      3SS, CD
Second semester, first module.  This intensive module course will introduce students to major aspects of the Japanese economy, including the factors of land, population, and labor; characteristics of Japanese management; a discussion of the notion of Japan, Inc.; transportation issues as they relate to the economy; the environment and economic growth; and foreign trade and investment.  Cultural factors affecting the economy will also be considered, as will postwar growth and the current recession.  The Japanese economy will be discussed in a world context, including the shifting of production to sites in China and other developing countries, and the relationship of the Japanese economy to Asian and U.S. economies.  No prerequisites.  Enrollment Limit: 22
Sem 2     CRN 11371    EAST-192-01     MWF--12:00-1:15     Mr. Sakakibara    FIRST MODULE

262.  Asia's Modern Wars             SS      CD      3
This course will examine the relationship between militarism and nationalism in East Asia, focusing particularly on the question of how war-and the discourse about war-has shaped modern Chinese, Korean and Japanese identities.   Wars that will be specifically address will include, the Sino-Japanese War (1894-5), the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-5, the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-45), the Chinese Civil War (1945-9), and the Korean War (1950-53).
Sem 2     CRN 11389    EAST-262-01     TTh--11:00-12:15     Ms. Jager

Semester Change

152.  Japanese Thought & Religion will be taught spring semester 2003 (identical to RELG 236).

Cancelled Course

261.  Gendered Modernities in East Asia.


New Course

315.  Financial Markets     3 hours
      3SS, QPf
A microeconomics approach to the study of the functions of financial markets.  Topics include the fundamentals of risk and return, the valuation of equity and fixed incomes securities, the term structure of interest rates, investment and security analysis, and questions of market efficiency.
Prerequisites:  ECON 253 and ECON 206 or 211.  Limited to 25.
Sem 2     CRN 11380     ECON-315-01     MWF--3:00-4:15     Mr. Cleeton


Cancelled Course

204.  Current Topics in Emerging Arts.

New Course

207.  Creative Options in Contemporary Art     3 hours
Today's artists, musicians, dancers, and writers confront an unprecedented plethora of creative options and career alternatives.  Creative Options for Contemporary Artists is an interdisciplinary arts course designed to guide students through the complex process of establishing an artistic position within today's free-reigning arts professions.  Through readings, projects, guests, and field trips, the course engages such essential issues as choosing an audience, identifying sources of inspiration, crafting an artistic "self", expressing an artistic attitude, choosing an artistic mission, and designing a personal measure of success.  The course is an exploration in creative self-determination.  Limited to 15 with consent.
Sem 2    CRN 11402    EMAR-207-01     TTh--1:30-4:30 every other week     Ms. Weintraub


Cancelled Courses

212.  London in Eighteenth-Century Literature.
228.  Modern British & Irish Fiction.

Semester Changes

315.  Eighteenth-Century Fiction: Representing the Subject will be taught spring semester 2003.
338.  Modern Fiction & Sexual Difference will be taught spring semester 2003.

New Courses

217.  Love, Death, and Globalization: Prose, Poetry, and Drama of the Eighteenth Century     4 hours
As Britain became an international power, the great passions, satires, and tragedies of eighteenth-century British literature often took place in distant lands (both real and fantastic) and envisioned complex human migrations. This course explores how British literature dealt with some of its grand topics, particularly desire, sexuality, and power, while also imagining imperial and commercial expansion. We will pay close attention to the representation of the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia and the role of the transatlantic slave trade. P, EL. Prerequisite: Any Writing Intensive course.  Enrollment limit: 30.
Sem 2     CRN 11157     ENGL-217-01     MWF--3:30-4:20     Mr. Juang

273.  Cinema & Modern Life: Silent Film & Spectatorship    4 hours
      4HU, WR
Identical to CINE 273
Sem 2     CRN 11347    ENGL-273-01     MWF 1:30-2:20 + Tu 7:00-10:00 pm     Ms. Horne

345.  Exhibition and Inhibition: Cinema & Social Practice     4 hours
      4HU, WR
Identical to CINE 345.
Sem 2     CRN 11349    ENGL-345-01     MWF 10:00-10:50 + M 7:00-10:00 pm     Ms. Horne

404. Special Topic: From Scrolls to Screens: The Materiality of Writing     4 hours
     4HU, WR
Second Semester. This course considers writing as a material, physical object. We will consider how changes in writing technologies�from handwriting to printing to computers�affect the ways we write, read and think. Key issues include concepts of the "literary," authorship, originality, intellectual property, and the "end of the book." Readings will be theoretical, historical, and literary; field trips will be taken to Special Collections and computer labs, and projects will ask students to experiment with the material form of their own writing. EL. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 18.
Sem 2     CRN 11181    ENGL-404-01  Th--1:30-4:15     Ms. Trubek


New Course

155.  Information, Knowledge, and the Internet    3 hours
      3NS, WP
The Internet has been described as a conduit that has taken us from the Machine Age to the Information Age.  What does this mean?  What is information and how does it differ from knowledge?  Is technology making fundamental changes in the way we think and learn?  What is "intellectual property" and why are people able to own (and deprive others of) it?  The Internet gives us access to enormous amounts of "information," much of which is totally fallacious.  How can we locate reliable information and how can we determine that it is reliable?  This course will attempt to answer these and related questions.  Along the way we will look at techniques for presenting information clearly and effectively, both on paper and electronically, and we will look at hypertext and discuss its potential.  Students in this course will develop web pages, write papers and undertake research projects using both print and electronic references. No prior computer experience is necessary for this course
Sem 2     CRN 11386     FYSP-155-01     MWF 11-11:50     Mr. Geitz


New Course

317.   Religion and Colonialism:  The French Example in the New World     1 hours
       1HU, CD
Second module, first week.  This one-week ?mini-course? will address aspects of the French encounter with the Americas at several points in colonial and post-colonial history. Topics to be examined: Calvinism and colonialism, exploration as cross-cultural encounter, the obsession with cannibalism, the vicissitudes of French Canada, and the French colonial legacy.  Primary readings will drawn from the writings of Columbus, Cartier, Verrazano, Thevet, Montaigne, Champlain, Sagard, Brebeuf, d?Iberville, Gaffarel, Lyautey, Loti, Malraux. Critical readings will include Lestringant, Blackburn, Dickason, and Fanon. The course will be conducted in English; students wishing to earn credit for the French major or minor should complete most readings and the paper in French.  CR/NE grading.  Enrollment Limit: 50.
Sem 2      CRN 11403     FREN-317-01       March 31-April 4, 2003             Mr. Van Den Abbeele
                                           Mon. 3/31 ? 4:30-6 pm
                                           Tues. 4/1-Thurs. 4/3 - 7-9 pm
                                           Fri 4/4 ? 4:30-6 pm


New Course

425. Seminar:  Environmental Geology of Japan   2 hours
A survey of the interplay between geologic processes and human activities in and around the island nation of Japan. At the intersection of four converging tectonic plates, Japan is subjected to an unusually broad spectrum of geohazards, including explosive volcanic eruptions, strong earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, land subsidence and water contamination. On the other hand, these processes have also produced a wealth of resources, including geothermal energy, fertile soils and rich mineral deposits. Participants will examine all of these topics and more in a combination of scientific and societal contexts.  Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Sem 2     CRN 11352     GEOL-425-01     W--7:30-9:20    Mr. Simonson and Staff

Cancelled Course

426.  Reserach Colloquium.

Grading Option Change

425.  Environmental Geology of Japan will be graded CR/NE only.


New Topic & Description

433. Selected Authors, Works, Themes (Senior Seminar) The Literature      3 hours
     and  Culture  of the Weimar Republic
     3HU, CD
This course will examine several aspects of the unusually rich cultural creativity during the brief period of the Weimar Republik, the so-called "Golden Twenties." We shall
consider the historical, social and political situation as well as avant-garde developments in painting, architecture and design, literature, and film. Required of all German majors. Prerequisite: one 400-level course or consent of instructor.
Ms. Tewarson


New Course

313.  The Emergence of the Anti-Slavery Novel in Cuba    3 hours
Black slavery in Cuba was the "main gear" in the Plantation economy and also became a social issue for Creole landowners that lived trapped  between the slave exploitation system and the  capitalist sugar market. These circumstances molded and characterized an important part of the social and cultural life in the XIX century.  After the 1840s, a group of texts reflected and took into consideration this matter and revealed the polemic ideas of some of the intellectuals of the period.  This course covers economic, social and cultural events related to this topic. The course will approach this theme from a postmodern and interdisciplinary perspective.  Enrollment Limit:  15
Sem 2     CRN 10631     SPAN-313-01    TTh--1:30-2:50     Mr. Hildago


Number Change

The French Empire: Colonizers & Colonized will be numbered 313 (not 318).

New Courses

111.  Frosh/Soph Colloquium:  Asian American Cultural History     3 Hours
      3SS, WR, CD
Second Semester. Since their arrival on American shores, Asian Americans have produced cultures and cultural artifacts that protested injustice, provided comfort in an often-hostile environment, and defined Asian American identities.  This course explores how cultural productions such as poems, novels, films, and everyday social practices have spoken to issues confronting Asian Americans, such as notions of race and racism, nation and belonging, transnationalism, gender, and sexuality.  Enrollment limit: 14.
Sem 2     CRN 11344     HIST-111-01    TTh--3:00-4:15

207.  The Darwinian Revolution     3 hours
      3SS, WP
This course examines the history of evolutionary thought from its origins in 18th century natural history, through the controversial publication of Darwin?s famous theory of descent by modification via natural selection, to the acceptance of evolutionary theory by the general scientific community and the ?Darwinian synthesis? of the early 20th century.  The course will present the full spectrum scientific and socio-cultural responses to Darwinian theory, and will center on primary readings drawn from scientific, religious, and popular contemporary literature.  Enrollment limit: 35.
Sem 2     CRN 11219     HIST-207-01     TTh--3:00-4:15    Mr. Sepkoski

308.  Heresy and Orthodoxy in Medieval Europe   3 hours
      3SS, WRi
This is an upper-division seminar that focuses on primary documents and historiographic debates to examine the interaction between heretical movements and the development of orthodox beliefs and practices in the Latin Middle Ages. Topics include Gnosticism and the birth of anti-heretical literature, Pelagianism and Christian attitudes toward sexuality, literacy and popular heresy, the women?s religious movement in the High Middle Ages, and the Inquisition. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 15
Sem 2     CRN 10476   HIST-308-01    W--7:00-9:00 pm    Mr. Miller

330.  Unbearable Whiteness: The Social Construction of a Racial Category    3 Hours
      3SS, WR, CD
Spring Semester. Throughout the history of the U.S., people deemed to be ?white? have accrued social, legal, and economic privileges at the expense of others deemed non-white.  But the boundaries of whiteness have shifted over time.  This course examines the emergence of whiteness as a socially constructed racial identity, especially in relation to ethnicity, class, and the nation.  By critically focusing on whiteness, it explores the plasticity of racial categories and the articulation of skin color with power.  Enrollment limit: 12 Consent of the Instructor.
Sem 2     CRN 11345     HIST-330-01     T--7:00-9:00 pm  Mr. Maeda

Semester Change

306.  Germans and Jews will be offered spring semester 2003 (identical to JWST 306).

Cancelled Courses

237.  Women in Jewish Society, Antiquity to Modernity (identical to JWST 237).
300.  Science and History from the Middle Ages to the 17th Century.
442.  Democracy & Humn Rights China.


New Courses

102.  Modern Hebrew II     3 hours
      3HU, CD
This is a course in modern, conversational Hebrew, geared to upper beginners who have successfully completed Hebrew 101 or its equivalent.  Registration is open but admission and placement will be determined by the instructor in the first few sessions of class.  Limit:  20.
Sem 2     CRN 11395    JWST-102-01     TTh--9:35-10:50     Ms. Schafer

190.  Muslims and Jews: Cultures in Confluence and Conflict     1 hour
      .5SS, .5HU, CD
March 2-6, 2003, this mini-course will examine the historical and cultural interaction between Muslims and Jews from  the emergence of Islam in the  seventh century down to the contemporary Middle East. The first part of the course will study classical Islamic civilzation and Judaism under the orbit of Islam through their cultural interaction (scriptural, intellectual, literary, communal), using readings of primary text (in translation). The second part of the course will deal with the cultural reawakening and the development of national consciousness of Arabs and Jews since the turn of the 20th century and the clash of their two nationalisms in the same land, especially as this conflict is depicted in cultural life. We will also consider the role of historical memory in themodern  conflict in light of the record of pre-modern interaction.  Credit/no entry grading.  Instructor:  Ross Brann Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and Chair, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University.
Sem 2    CRN 11417    JWST-190-01     Sunday, March 2 -- 2:00-5:30 p.m. (with half hour break)
                                      Monday-Thursday, March 3-6 -- 4:30-6:45 p.m.

Semester Change

306.  Germans and Jews will be offered spring semester 2003 (identical to Hist 306).

Cancelled Courses

112.  Classical Hebrew II.
209.  Women in Ancient Mediterranean Religions (identical to RELG 209).
237.  Women in Jewish Society, Antiquity to Modernity (identical to HIST 237).

New Title/Description

338. Seminar: Isaiah: The Prophet, his Book, and its Canonical Legacy     3 hours
See description for Religion 338.


New Courses

090.  Environmental Mathematics     3 hours
Limited to 24.
Sem 2     CRN 11384     MATH-090-01    MWF--3:30-4:20    Mr. Bosch

397. Seminar in Math Modeling    3 hours
Consent of the instructor.
Sem 2     CRN 11385     MATH-397-01     W--7:00-9:30 pm     Mr. Bosch


New Course

351. Seminar in Modern Physics     1 hour
Second semester.  Second module. A seminar to study physics topics of current interest.  Recent research articles are used to cover subjects such as Bose-Einstein condensation, nanoscale transistors, and solar neutrino oscillation. Students alternate as discussion leaders; oral presentations and accompanying papers are required. Prerequisites: PHYS 312 and PHYS 314 or consent of instructor.  Enrollment limit: 12
Sem 2     CRN 11343     PHYS-351-01    TTh--11:00-11:50     Ms. Ijiri     MODULE 1

Semester Change

055.  Introduction to Solor Energy will be taught spring semester 2003.

Cancelled Courses

152.  Dark Matter & the Fate of the Universe.
254.  Astrophysics:  Cosmology

Time Change

412.  Applied Quantum Mechanics will meet MWF--10:00-10:50.


New Courses

233.  American Political Theory I: Freedom     3 hours
Examines the origins and development of American political thought from the Puritans to the Civil War. How has the shift from empire to independence shaped American interpretations of freedom, slavery, democracy, equality, power and rights?  Do these ideas continue to influence contemporary political life and thinking -- for example, in civil rights, free speech, and self-determination?  Readings by Winthrop, Edwards, Franklin, Paine, Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Lincoln, Crèvecoeur, Tocqueville, Douglass, and others. Enrollment limit: 30.
Sem 2     CRN 11381     POLT-233-01     TR--9:30-10:45     Ms. Hsueh

235.  Justifying Toleration: Theory and Practice    3 hours
Toleration seems bound in a paradox: How do we justify tolerating those practices we find politically, morally, or ethically objectionable? Course examines traditional and contemporary theories of toleration with particular emphasis on their connection to recent political struggles over religious, cultural, ethnic, and sexual difference.  Enrollment limit: 30.
Sem 2     CRN 11382     POLT-235-01     TR 3:00-4:15     Ms. Hsueh

319.  Seminar: Latin American Democracy in the 21st Century     3 hours
Conceptual and theoretical approaches to democratic transition, consolidation and deepening in Latin America.  The course considers effects of expanding political space on social foces (and vice versa) and evolving political cooperation and conflict.  It analyzes challenges and opportunities affecting
consolidation, with particular attention to the role of authoritarian legacies, diverse institutional forms, civil society, and effects of World Bank and International Monetary Fund structural adjustment policies.  Enrollment limit: 13.
Sem 2     CRN 11383    POLT-319-01     W--7:30-9:30     Mr. Ahnen

423.  Running and Governing: Urban Politicking and Governance       1 hour
Second semester, second module.  In this seminar, former Cleveland Mayor Michael White and Chris Carmody (OC�89), former Co-director of the Mayor�s Office of Competitiveness, will explain the processes of campaigning for, and governing from, the mayoralty of a major U.S. City.  How is a campaign shaped and pursued?  What enables victory?  What were the White Administration�s goals?  How were challenges met and managed?  Based on first-hand and original materials, students will produce analyses of what works and doesn�t work in urban campaigning and governance.  Identical to AAST 352.  Enrollment limit: 20.
Sem 2  CRN 11422 POLT-423-01  T--1:00-2:50  (April 8, 15, 22, 29) Mayor White, Mr. Carmody SECOND MODULE

Writing Proficiency Added

101.  Race & Ethnicity in American Politics is a Writing Intensive course.


New Courses

420. Seminar: Explorations in Cognitive Neuropsychology     3 hours
     3NS, WR
This seminar will investigate the relationship between the mind and brain from the perspectives of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science. The course will emphasize a neuropsychological approach to cognition which attempts to link mental processes to their neuroanatomical substrates. Seminar discussions will focus on topics such as conscious and unconscious processing, blindsight and visual agnosia, language processing, memory deficits, hemispheric processing, and neural networks. Topics of special interest to students will also be included for discussion. This seminar is open to Neuroscience majors.  Prerequisites: PSYC 219 or 220, or consent of instructor. Enrollment Limit: 10.
Sem 2 PSYC-420-01 Sem 2     CRN 9958    PSYC-420-01     Th--11:00-1:00     Mr. Tanaka

440.  "Nervous Conditions": Critical Examinations of       2 hours
      Psychological Research on Marginalized Groups
This course examines psychological research on certain traditionally oppressed and marginalized groups.  The study of human behavior occurs within a framework of social hierarchy. Using theories and empirical work, this course explores the relevance of social identities in psychological research.  Attention is specifically focused on research relevant to traditionally marginalized and disenfranchised groups. The course explores three main themes: 1.) The relationship of psychological investigations to social hierarchy, 2.) Alternative frameworks of theory and method proposed for studying marginalized groups, 3.) Exploring the application of these frameworks of inclusion in research. Research on race, socioeconomic class, gender, sexual identities, and the mentally ill is examined. Students will have no more than 90 pages of reading a week. They will be required to write three reaction papers and one more detailed 15-20 paged paper for their final. Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and 200 or consent of instructor. Limit 15.
Sem 2     CRN 11405    PSYC-440-01     W--3:30-5:30     Ms. Harrell


Cancelled Courses

209.  Women in Ancient Mediterranean Religions (identical to JWST 209).
214.  Christianity & Its Interpretations.
218.  Christian Thought & Action.
262.  Feminist Religious Thought in Multicultural Perspective.
282.  Survey of Amer Christianity.

New Courses

104.  Introduction to Religion: Perspectives on Religous Narratives     3 hours
This course uses fictional narratives -- primarily modern novels, but also premodern poetry and scripture -- as an introduction to some fundamental questions about religion.  How is religious meaning interpreted and expressed through cultural traditions?  What is the meaning of religion in the face of modern skepticism and historical catastrophe?  How do religious narratives shape individual and communal lives?

201.  The Bible in the Christian Communities of Asia, Africa    3 hours
      & Latin America
      3HU, CD, WR
This course examines the history of the interpretation of the Bible in the non-western world focusing on hermeneutical issues including the relationship between colonialism and the missionary movement, anthropological models of conversion, and the contended issues of biblical translation.  Prerequisite: RELG 205 or 208 or by consent of instructor.
Sem 2    CRN     RELG-201-01     TTH--11:00-12:15     Ms. Chapman

261.  Feminist Theory & the Study of Religion     3 hours
      3HU, CD, WP
This course will examine the various ways in which feminist scholars bring gender issues to the academic study of religion. Topics to be addressed will include: feminist critiques of androcentrism in "classic" theories of religion; methods for the historical retrieval of suppressed women�s voices in sacred texts.
Sem 2     CRN 11358     RELG-261-01     MWF--1:30-2:20     Ms. Kamitsuka

342.  Sem:  Selected Thinkers Mod & Contemporary Relgious Thought     3 hours
      3HU, WP
This seminar will focus on Kierkegaard and his characteristically ironic method.  Irony, for Kierkegaard, was a means for critically investigating thought itself and a way to approach the ineffable.  Drawing heavily on Kierkegaard�s pseudonymous works, we will analyze his critique of modern philosophy and theology The consent of instructor required.
Sem 2     CRN 11372    RELG-342-01     Th--7:00-9:00 pm     Mr. Kamitsuka

Semester Change

236.  Japanese Thought & Religion will be taught spring semester 2003 (identical to EAST 152).

Description Announced

365.  Seminar:  Selelected Topics in Women & Religion     3 hours
      3HU, CD, WRi
This seminar investigates how religion represents and regulates women�s bodies and bodily practices in light of current feminist theories about gender, sexuality and women�s experience.  Issues to be studied include menstruation, asceticism, veiling, and mystical experience.Consent of instructor required.  Ms. Kamitsuka Tue 1:00-2:50 pm

New Title/Description

338. Seminar: Isaiah: The Prophet, his Book, and its Canonical Legacy     3 hours
     3HU, WR
This course first investigates the eighth-century prophet known as Isaiah of Jerusalem (Isa 1-39) in the historical context of Judah under Assyrian domination.  Secondarily, it traces the literary and theological afterlife of this prophet?s writings as they are reshaped and expanded upon by later prophets including Nahum, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Deutero-Isaiah. Overarching themes include: the development of monotheism, the inviolability of Jerusalem, and the role of foreign conquerors in the divine plan.  Prerequisite: RELG 205 or 208 or by consent of instructor. Enrollment limit: 15.  Idential to JWST 338.
Ms Chapman Wed  12:20-2:20 pm


New Course

208.  Studies in Journalism, II     3 hours
Writing about social issues. In an age when the media are driven by profits and synergy, it's harder than ever to marry a social conscience to professional journalism. But it can be done -- and in the least likely of places. This course will focus, first, on mastering the basics of magazine journalism. Students will learn how to decipher a masthead, pitch an editor and write for different audiences. Attention will also be paid to the theoretical: what constitutes an "alternative" versus a mainstream approach; how to modulate your voice for different audiences; and the complexities of writing from an ideological perspective. Assigned readings will range from Salon.Com and Seventeen to Mother Jones and the Weekly Standard, along with writing exercises.  Enrollment limited to 15.
Sem 2     CRN 11387     RHET-208-01     W--7:00-9:30 pm    Ms. Howey


New Courses

254.  Political Sociology     3 hours
Second Semester:  In this course we survey major themes in the analysis of power in modern societies, including the formation of nation states, organized groups and political parties, contentious politics and social movements, the nature and role of civil society in political life, and the relationship between media discourse and political behavior. While the course is intended as an introduction to key concepts, theories, and topics in the sociological study of politics, we will approach the subject matter from an historical point of view. Thus we give considerable attention to questions concerning how modern politics has been shaped by the rise of a world capitalist economy, democratization, new information and transportation technologies, and globalization.  Prerequisites: one introductory sociology course.  Enrollment Limit: 30
Sem 2     CRN 11341     SOCI-254-01     MWF--3:30-4:20    Mr. Gregory Crowley

293.  Civil Society, Social Movements, and American Democracy     3 hours
Second Semester:  This course examines the different forms of civic engagement in the United States over the course of the 20th century with the purpose of understanding the role of voluntary and non-profit associations in the American political process. Two guiding questions for the course are: (i) How do Americans organize themselves in the institutions between the state and the market? (2) Can ordinary people not constituted as powerful state or economic actors exercise meaningful influence over government institutions and policies in the United States? Topics covered include civil society and social capital, social movements, community building and democratic revitalization, and the racial, ethnic, class, and religious bases of participation in civic life.   Prerequisites: one introductory sociology course. Enrollment Limit 30
Sem 2     CRN 11342     SOCI-293-01     MWF--1:30-2:20     Mr. Gregory Crowley

456. Seminar: HIV/AIDS: Community and Resistance  3 hours
     3SS, CD
HIV/AIDS decimated gay male communities, but rather than mourning, it stimulated resistance and community formation.  An AIDS social movement was created in the form of ACT-UP.  Communities came together around social innovations such as The Quilt, media groups, artistic productions  and ACT-UP.  In the face of state indifference, communities organized health programs, clinics, and agencies  which organized support for the sick.  The paradox which emerged is that one does not commonly see juxtaposed artistic production, community building, a social movement and the politics of disease.
Seminar participants will be expected to work on the examples suggested above or to develop their own approach to the various issues, either in groups or individually.  To develop some themes, we will begin with some reading and discussion about the epidemic and the response to it.
Sem 2     CRN 11421     SOCI-456-01    W--2:30-4:20     Mr. Norris

Cancelled Courses

217.  Social Dvlpmnt Brazil & Mexico.
436.  Sexualties & Collective Action.


Cancelled Course

174.  Lighting Technology.

New Courses

101.  Fundamentals of Technical Theater     2 hours
This course is an introduction to what happens backstage in the theater.  It will focus on the basic skills and terminology of the theatrical stage.  Sound, lights, scenery, as well as costumes, will be covered, and students will have an opportunity to both read about and experience each particular aspect of theatrical production. This course is designed for students with little or no background in technical theater, and it will serve as a introduction to more advanced courses in production and design.  If students already have extensive experience in technical theater, they are encouraged to test out of this class and move on to the more specialized offerings in the department.  Credit/No Entry grading.
Sem 2     CRN     THEA-101-01     TTh--9:00-9:50     FIRST MODULE

105.  Exploring Acting    3  hours
This class is for upper-class non-theater majors only. Students explore fundamental acting skills: observation, concentration, character, ensemble and text work.
Sem 2    CRN 11311    THEA-105-01     MW--12:30-2:20     Ms. Moser

172. Production/Scenery   3 hours
Limited to 12.
Sem 2    CRN 11304     THEA-172-01     TTh--10:00-10:50 & F--1:30-4:20     Mr. Grube

236.  Scene Design & Historical Reserach     3 hours
This course will use historical theater architecture and scene design as an impetus to the design process by using historically accurate elements to inspire plans and elevations for class design projects. Presentation of individual and group design projects will be by plan, elevation, rendering and model. Basic scenographic techniques will be covered, as well as design processes involving the collaborative nature of the medium.  Consent of Instructor.
Sem 2     CRN 11377    THEA-236-01     TTh--9:00-10:50     Mr. Mroczek

270.  Speech and Dialects For The Actor     3 hours
A course designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of General American speech through the study of the International Phonetic Alphabet. The first module of the course will address individual speech challenges and the second module will investigate the process of learning dialects for the stage.  Limited to 12 with consent of the instructor.
Sem 2     CRN 11305     THEA-270-01     MWF--1:00-2:20     Mr. Wright

Conservatory of Music


Cancelled Course

200. Prof Development for Musicians.


New Course

332.  History of Film Music     3 hours
A survey of the history of film music, tracing the genre's antecedents in program music, opera, ballet, melodrama, vaudeville, and pantomime through the major film eras of the twentieth century (the silent era; the epic soundtracks of Hollywood's "Golden Age"; Jazz and popular soundtracks; and neo-Romantic soundtracks).  The course will be comprehensive, discussing compositional developments within the genre of film music (growth of instrumentation; use of Leitmotivic structure; expansion of diegetic versus non-diegetic music); how music is used within film to aid telling the story (generating continuity; providing momentum; subliminal commentary); and the use of various sorts of music (Popular, Western Art, Jazz, and World) as an iconographic character and plot device.  Films viewed will include those with soundtracks by major twentieth-century general musical figures (Vaughan Williams, Britten, Copland, Milhaud, Shostokovich, Prokofiev, Rota, Ellington, Davis, Berkley, Bernstein, Glass, et. al.) as well as specialized soundtrack composers (Korngold, Steiner, Williams, Goldsmith, Barron, Moroder, Preisner, Silvestri, et. al.).   Limited to 20 with consent of instructor.
Sem 2     CRN 11336     MHST-332-01     MW--1:00-2:15     Mr. McGuire