New REEEC Courses for Spring 2013

REEEC Professionalization Practicum

Pavel Spivakovsky, visiting professor from Moscow State University, is offering a course this spring to prepare you for academic research and work in Russia.

REES 596 Section RPP (CRN 41797) MW 1-2:20 4 hrs.

This course aims to prepare students for research in Russian-speaking countries and professional engagement with institutions in that part of the world. Topics include the Russian internet, its resources and dangers, recommended protocols for its use, and Russian IT terminology; the composition of CVs, letters of application, and other documents relating to research projects in the former Soviet space; rules for formatting academic manuscripts and bibliographies in Russian; methodology of work in archives and libraries; strategies for searching for and identifying Russian-language printed and online sources; and cultural features of Russian institutions of higher education. Prerequisite: RUSS 402 or equivalent.

Social Media & Global Change

As a part of a REEEC-led initiative to bring together campus area centers’ expertise with the strength of campus computing and informatics units, we are offering a new online pilot course on the impact of the internet and new social and communications media on social movements and change around the world.

REES 496 (CRN 41516) 3 hrs. undergrad; REES 596 (CRN 44394) 4 hrs. grad. Online. Social Media & Global Change

This course covers the impact of global and national computer networks on politics, culture, and social relations overseas during a time of upheaval and revolutionary change. Guest lectures will be given by informatics practitioners and scholars with expertise on specific world regions. Topics may include the new social media, the politics and culture of the internet, hacktivism, cyber warfare, and mobile telephony and their role in the formation, dissemination, manipulation, and suppression of public opinion in Russia/Eurasia, the China/Pacific region, Central/South America, as well as Africa, Iran, and the Middle East. Required face-to-face session Saturday, March 2. Details will be announced in class.

Genetic Technologies, Social Networks, and the Transformation of Racial Identities in Europe

Another exciting interdisciplinary course on the REEEC menu for next semester is Judith Pintar’s course focused on how new genetics science and information is generating new forms of racial discourse in Europe.

REES 496 (CRN 41517) 3 hrs. undergrad; REES 596 (CRN 54121) 4 hrs. grad. Genetic Technologies, Social Networks, and the Transformation of Racial Identities in Europe

This course examines the rapid acceleration in the global production of genetic knowledge that was triggered by the initiation of the Human Genome Diversity Project in 1991, and the diverse social networks (commercial, hobbyist, academic, and religious) through which this knowledge continues to be received, framed, and disseminated. Nationalists across Europe increasingly use genetic findings to strengthen ethnic origin myths, or to tear down the territorial claims of competing groups. Pseudoscientific racism has resurged among white supremacists as discussions of mtDNA and the Ice Age inhabitation of the refuges of the last glacial maximum, collide with traditional notions of East and West, North and South. Over the course of the semester we will take a multi-disciplinary approach to the issues, drawing from the natural and social sciences and the humanities to examine the interaction of genetic discoveries with the collective re-imagining of racial categories and identities in Europe.

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