New Courses - Spring 2013

CHI 235/CHI 435 Photography in East Asia:

T, R - 2:00pm - 3:15pm - Meliora 209 - Instructor: William Schaefer

Course explores the intertwining of photography, culture, and modernity in East Asia. Topics include the redefinition and transformation of photography within the visual cultures of 19-century Japan and early 20th-century China; and how in the photography of recent decades the border of art and documentary have become a site for engaging with urgent questions of place, displacement, the presence of the past, and an ever-changing world of images.

FR 266/FR 466 Balzac and Baudelaire in Paris:

M, W - 3:25pm - 4:40pm - Meliora 219 - Instructor: Robert Doran

Course examines two of the most compelling and iconic visions of the transformation of society and urban culture we call modernity: the novelistic oeuvre of Honoré de Balzac and the poetry of Charles Baudelaire. We will read, in particular, Balzac’s great serial novel The Splendors and Miseries of Courtesans (1844) and selections from Baudelaire’s Paris Spleen (1869) and The Flowers of Evil (1857), to study how the their multifaceted evocations of nineteenth-century Paris represented a revolution in literary representation. Conducted in French.


FR 279/FR 479 Immigration in French Literature and Film:

T, R - 12:30pm - 1:45pm - Instructor: Julie Papaioannou 

The aim of this course is to investigate the interactions and relationships between French culture and the immigrant “other” from a critical and theoretical point of view. We will examine notions of emigration and immigration, national identity, belonging, exile, cultural integration and assimilation in the literary activity that has emerged in France, and particularly in Paris, by writers emigrating to France mainly from Africa, and will explore what pertinent traits allow the definition of this literature as French, Francophone or otherwise. A number of recent French films that have touched on questions of immigration will provide additional material to supplement study and discussions. Literary and visual texts will be available in both French and English. Knowledge of French is strongly encouraged but not necessary. The course will be taught in English.


GER 237/437 After the Wall:

M, W - 3:25pm -4:40pm - Instructor: June Hwang

In their search for what it means to be German after the Berlin Wall came down, many turned to an examination and reinterpretation of the past, both of a divided Germany, but also of World War II and the legacies of National Socialism. Within this context, ethnic minorities also strived to redefine German identity, or at least challenge a conceptualization of it that did not allow them to be considered German. This course will examine literature and films from 1989 to the present with a focus on these questions of German identity. Readings and discussions will be in German; GER 202 or 203 or an equivalent course is a prerequisite.


JPN 270 Religion and Japanese Culture:

T, R - 2:00pm - 3:15pm - Instructor: David Pollack

Explores the roles of Shinto, Buddhism, the New Religions, and Christianity in Japanese culture. Issues examined include faith and practice, worldview and national identity, community and law, good and evil.


WRT 246 Spoken Communication and Peer Tutoring: Special Section for Writing Fellows (2 Credits):

M, W, F - 9:00am - 9:50am - Instructor: Amy Negley

Prepares selected writing fellows for work as speech fellows. Students will build on prior writing fellow training while exploring another area of communication that has become just as important in today's world: public speaking. In this course, we will examine various components of presentations, including effective use of visual aids and professional delivery styles. We will also explore several types of spoken communication for different purposes and audiences, including argumentative and descriptive speeches, interviews, and group presentations. Through analyzing, studying the construction of, and creating and delivering their own presentations, students will improve their own speaking styles and develop the skills necessary to aid their peers in constructing and revising presentations, as well as in making the transition from page to performance. By the midpoint of the semester, students should be ready to take on their own hours as peer tutors.


WRT 273 Communicating Your Professional Identity (2 Credits):

 For Juniors in the Engineering & Applied Sciences Only
Prerequisite: Completion of Primary Writing Requirement

W - 4:50pm - 6:05pm - Instructor: Laura Godwin
T - 9:40am-10:55am - Instructor: Catherine Towsley

This interactive course teaches “real life” communication skills and strategies that help students present their best professional selves. Students will explore and articulate their internship and career goals for distinct audiences and purposes as they develop a professional communication portfolio of materials such as resumes, cover letters, electronic communications, technical project abstracts, online profiles (i.e., LinkedIn), and TED Talks. Students will revise and refine their written and spoken work across the semester based on critical feedback from peers, instructors, alumni and potential employers. By the semester’s end, students will have gained extensive experience with the communication skills expected in today’s competitive job market.