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Upcoming Courses: Fall 2018

*"Special Crosslist" courses are now referred to as "Special Contract" courses.  The website is in transition.

ANTH 379 ST: Anthropology of Tourism
TR 10:30-11:45 am
This course will examine tourism and other forms of travel as a complex social setting in which encounters and exchanges of all kinds occur, and which creates formative meaning through its participants. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or SOC 101

ARTH 279-01 ST: Art as Political Action (Reinoso Genoni)
T 3:00-5:40 pm
Art has served as a pivotal and powerful element of politics for centuries, across time, space, ideas, and media. Whether we look at the socio-political battles that raged in Renaissance, Florence, as families and rival governmental factions fought a propaganda war using the stage of the city itself – its streets, homes, and civic buildings - , or at the socio-cultural and political battles of contemporary America, in which artists and activists create works whose messages are seen on the streets and in institutions of power (governmental, artistic, academic), art has long been political action – meant to sway, provoke, and mold public opinion, to express, argue, and create individual and institutional identities. This course focuses on a series of fascinating examples in art and architecture throughout the centuries, in which art is persuasion, propaganda, narrative, counter-narrative, activist act, protest, counter-protest, revolution, and more, enacted on individual and civic bodies and the body politic alike.

CLSC 302 Roman Art and Archaeology (Baughan) Special Contract
MW 3:00-4:15 pm
A survey of Roman art and architecture from the early republic through the late empire, and throughout the Roman world, from Spain to Syria. Explores the meanings of 'style' in Roman art and the social and political significance of Roman sculpture, painting, and architecture.

EDUC 340 Gender and Education (Brown) Special Contract
TR 10:30-11:45 am
Exploration of the multiple and complex relationships between gender and education, primarily in the context of formalized schooling. Topics include the history of women's education; gender identity and socialization, gender discrimination and biases in curriculum and classroom teaching, gender gaps in academic performance, stratification in schools, and the relationship between educational choices and gender. In all topics, gender will be explored in connection with other socially constructed aspects of identity, such as race, class, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
Prerequisites: EDUC 217 or 220; or permission of instructor

ENG 230 Women in Modern Literature (Outka)
MW 12 -1:15 pm
In this course, we will investigate contemporary novels, poems, and plays written by—and about—women from different, though often intersecting, racial, ethnic, national, and economic perspectives, as well as from a range of gender and sexual orientations. We will consider issues surrounding agency and voice, motherhood and families, economic and educational opportunities (or lack thereof), violence, biological and social constructions of gender and sex, and the many faces of desire. The course explores literature that stretches from Japan, to Zimbabwe, India, China, the Dominican Republic, Britain, Nigeria, the United States, and Mexico, and considers a wide-ranging set of perspectives and voices—from a Sudanese woman living in ancient Roman London, to enslaved women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to contemporary queer voices, and more. Alongside the literature, we will also consider non-fiction writing on women by many of the authors we are reading, including Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Audre Lorde, and Virginia Woolf, as well as excerpts from theorists like Simone de Beauvoir, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Eve Sedgwick, and Judith Butler. One of the highlights of the semester will be a class visit from one of our novelists, Patty Smith—author of The Year of Needy Girls.

ENGL 239 Vampires in Literature & Film (Snaza)
TR 12:00-1:15 pm; 1:30-2:45 pm
Examination of "the vampire" as a metaphor for social fears as it appears in different historical moments (sixteenth century to the present) and across several genres and media, including poetry, prose fiction, folklore, film, television, and popular songs. Readings, brief lectures, and discussions analyze vampires in these texts in relation to ideas from philosophy, economics, gender studies, and literary theory.

GERM 451 Deviant Bodies in German Culture (Weist)
TR 1:30-2:45 pm
Analysis of literary, theatrical, and clinical representations of physical, sexual, and psychological deviance in German culture with a focus on the late nineteenth to the mid twentieth century.
Prerequisites: German 321

HIST 199 Joan of Arc & Marie Antoinette (Watts) Historical Perspectives
TR 10:30-11:45 am; 12:00-1:15 pm
This course examines the history of European women who lived prior to the era of the women's suffrage movement of the late nineteenth century. This semester we will focus on two, iconic, female leaders: Joan of Arc and Marie Antoinette. We will, in turn, examine each of their lives through memoirs, trial records, diaries, and pamphlet literature. The course focuses on putting these women into proper historical context through the study of gender, sexuality, military history, social structures, court politics, and religious practices.
Students will engage in independent work, seeing how various portrayals of these women and the historical interpretation of their lives have changed over the centuries through an array of media (film, portraiture, popular and scholarly literature, advertising, and propaganda). Students will become skilled in historical thinking through reading, writing and oral assignments that ask them to be attentive to the use and distortion of historical fact, and to critically examine the range of interpretation, aims of historical revision, and modes of representation as a culturally constituted practice.

LDST 386/ PSYC 359 Leadership in a Diverse Society (Hoyt)
TR 9:00-10:15 am
The goal of this course is to understand how diversity affects social relations with an emphasis on leadership. To this end, we will examine diversity, primarily through the lens of social psychology, by examining individual and collective dynamics in pluralistic settings. We will examine the phenomena and processes associated with one’s beliefs about members of social groups (stereotypes), attitudes and evaluative responses toward group members (prejudice), and behaviors toward members of a social group based on their group membership (discrimination). On the flip side, we will examine how stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination shape the experiences of members of low-status or minority groups. We will focus primarily on large societal groups that differ on cultural dimensions of identity such as gender, sexuality, and race & ethnicity. We will also address approaches to ameliorating these problems and will apply the theoretical and empirical work to current events and relevant policy issues.

MUS 235 I Want My MTV: Music Video and the Transformation of the Music Industry (Love) Special Contract
MW 10:30-11:45 am
Engagement with early music videos, as well as corresponding albums and related cultural multimedia as primary sources, to analyze the critical relationships between the music and images that premiered on the MTV network in its first decades. Situation of videos in their historical and cultural contexts using methodologies from a variety of disciplines, including film and cinema studies, sociology, the music industry, ethnomusicology and musicology.

PHIL 314 Philosophy of Science (McDaniel) Special Contract
MW 3:00-4:15 pm
General introduction to philosophy of science. Topics may include distinguishing science from nonscience; the structure of scientific theories and explanations; the nature of scientific activity; and the relationship(s) of science with values, culture and society.

PLSC 361 The Politics of Social Welfare (Erkulwater)
TR 12:00-1:15pm
Study of the development and effectiveness of programs in the United States that seek to promote economic equality and alleviate need. A focus on programs for both the poor and the middle class. Prerequisites: Political Science 220, 260, or Sociology 101 or permission of instructor.

RELG 257 Native American Religions (Winiarski) Special Contract
TR 10:30-11:45 am; TR 12:00-1:15 pm
Survey of selected themes in Native American religious history from prehistory through the new millennium. Will investigate development of complex religious traditions among the mound builder cultures of the southeast; rituals of trade, healing, and warfare among the Algonquian and Iroquoian peoples of the northeast; the emergence of native prophets and visionaries who employed religious doctrine and ritual in support of military actions against invading American settlers; and Black Elk and Lakota Catholicism. Concludes with topical discussion of religious challenges facing Indian communities today, including the controversial use of the narcotic peyote in the Native American Church, debates over the status of Indian burial remains and sacred space, and the appropriation of indigenous spirituality by New Age gurus and environmentalists.

RHCS 103 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory (Mifsud) Special Contract
TR 12:00-1:15 pm
Introduction to theoretical study of rhetoric where we learn to think about language, speech, argument, and symbolic action at large as social forces, influencing how we perceive ourselves and others, how we understand our relationship to local and global communities, and how we address important issues in politics, law, and culture. Applies to majors/minors and general electives.

RHCS 105 Media, Culture, and Identity (Tilton) Special Contract
MW 10:30-11:45 am
Basic theoretical frameworks and concepts in media studies. Through close analysis of a variety of texts including, but not limited to, films, music, television programs, newspapers, magazines, and websites, explores the ways in which culture is produced and consumed. Case studies and other examples will provide entry points into thinking about how culture shapes and also is informed by individual and collective identities.

RHCS 412/AMST 381 Digital Memory & the Archive (Maurantonio)
TR 12:00-1:15 pm
What is an archive? How is it created? How does it shape our understandings of the past and present? Throughout the semester, students will grapple with fundamental curatorial questions necessary to build an archive – a dynamic space for the preservation, storage, and accessing of historic artifacts. Complicating notions of the “archive” as a natural and transparent space, students will work toward developing and curating content for the Race and Racism at the University of Richmond Project, which takes as its mission the documentation, preservation, and analysis of texts illuminating dimensions of the University of Richmond’s racial history.

RHCS 412 ST: Gender Violence (Mifsud)
TR 1:30-2:45 pm
Using feminist theory and pedagogy, we explore ancient Greek rhetorics of gender violence, resistance, and reform via ancient Greek epic, comedy, tragedy, history, and philosophy. From the rape, to murder, to treatment of women as property, exchangeable at men’s will, excluded from public life, scenes of gender violence will be explored to discern the contexts, cases, causes, and effects of gender violence as revealed in ancient Greek rhetorics, along with means of resistance to and reform of gender violence. We bring our explorations to bear on considerations of contemporary gender violence crises in and through related intersectional feminist theory in the aspiration of developing a praxis of living that is free from gender violence.

SOC 101 -03 & 04 Foundations of Society (Grollman)
TR 1:30-2:45 pm; 3:00-4:15 pm
How would your life be different if you woke up one morning to discover that you were someone of a different race, class, religion, nationality or sexual orientation? Would you live in a different neighborhood? Attend different schools? If so, would these changes mean that you would think differently? Would your values and priorities change? Would it change the type of food that you think is delicious or who you thought was appropriate for dating or friendship? The objective of this course is to provide you with the tools to answer these questions by introducing you to the field of sociology, its methods, underlying principles and assumptions. By the end of this course, you will understand yourselves and the society in which you live much better than you did before taking this course, and perhaps, will be curious enough to learn more about the field of sociology.

SOC 255 Sport in Society (Ransom) Special Contract
MW 9:00-10:15 am; MW 10:30-11:45am
Foundation for critical understanding and appreciation for centrality and importance of sport in contemporary society. Prerequisite: Sociology 101.

SOC 302 Social Movements (Borlu) Special Contract
TR 3:00-4:15 pm
Examination of various types of social movements and theoretical perspectives that explain them. Includes movement origins, structure and organization, goals and strategies, how movements change, and how they affect the larger society. Analysis of social, economic, and political contexts in which movements develop. Prerequisites: Sociology 211 or 221 with a grade of C- or better.

WGSS 200 Introduction to Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies (Skerrett)
MW 10:30 - 11:45 am; MW 1:30-2:45 pm
Introduction to the broad, interdisciplinary field of women, gender, and sexuality studies. Special attention will be paid to the meaning and history of the terms "gender" and "sexuality" and to the political movements mobilized around those terms. Students will read both contemporary and historical materials and both primary and secondary sources.

WGSS 257/AMST 298/RHC 279 Intro to Digital Humanities (Tilton) Knowledge Production
M 3:00-5:40 pm
Digital Humanities or “DH” brings the application of computing to humanities questions. In this course, we will explore applying computational methods including text analysis, mapping, and network analysis to humanities data. Our guiding questions include:
What is humanities data?
Why apply computational methods to the humanities and how? Which methods are best for which forms of inquiry?
What new forms of scholarly inquiry are made possible?
What are the challenges and limitations of DH?

WGSS 279/AMST 381/Soc 279 The System
MW 10:30-11:45 am
The System. Nobody wants to get stuck in it. Lots of people want to blame it. Some say it’s rigged. Some try to beat it. But most of the time we don’t even notice it, as it quietly runs in the background, shaping our society and the entirety of our experience. And it is precisely in those moments when we don’t notice The System that it is having its greatest effect. The System takes many forms. It is The Market, The Media, and The Man. It is Transportation, Criminal Justice, and The University. And all of its forms are interconnected. Our task will be to notice The System, to develop ways of analyzing its various guises and effects, to explore how we can affect it, and to predict its future. We will resist being glum about The System, and we’ll conclude the course with a party.

WGSS 280 Gender and Work (Ooten)
TR 12:00-1:15 pm
Examines the gendered nature of both historical and contemporary workplace issues from a global perspective. Gender and workplace issues will be examined from theoretical, historical, comparative perspectives.

*WGSS courses are open to all students regardless of major. Some courses listed may have specific prerequisites, but you should always check with the professor if you are interested. Please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Mari Lee Mifsud with any questions.

**NOTE: Courses designated as "Special Contract" carry WGSS credit only if students contract with the professor at the beginning of the semester to do work specific to the WGSS component of the course. Interested students should consult with the program coordinator.

Updated 4/6/2018