Fall 2016 Course Offerings

REES 116, Intro to Russian Culture: Instructed by Prof. Richard Tempest.

Topic: Putin. This course will meet with RUSS 199 C. Students interested in this topic and who have taken REES 115 previously should register for RUSS 199 C.

MWF, 1:00-1:50PM, 370 Armory

REES 200, Intro to Russia and Eurasia: Instructed by Maureen Marshall. Survey of the societies and states formerly constituted as the Soviet Union.

Interdisciplinary and team-taught. Combines lectures, discussions, and films covering the history, political science, economics, sociology, and culture of the area.

Tu/Th, 2:00-3:20 PM, 104 Talbot

REES 550, Seminar in REEE Studies: Instructed by Dr. Judith Pintar Interdisciplinary seminar involving faculty in a number of disciplines.

The course examines Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia and the methodologies of its study through questions of identities, cultural values, and change.

Meets with REES 495, Senior Seminar. M, 3:00-4:50 PM, 1020 Lincoln Hall

LIS 490, Social Media and Global Change: Instructed by Dr. Damian Duffy.

This course covers the impact of global and national computer networks on politics, culture, and social relations during a time of upheaval and revolutionary change. 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.

Tu/Th, 9-11:20 AM, 109 Graduate School of Library & Information Science (Tu) and 242 Graduate School of Library & Information Science (Th)

HIST 260, Introduction to Russian History: Instructed by Prof. Diane Koenker.

This course explores the main themes and problems of Russian history from earliest times to the present.

MWF, 10:00-10:50 AM, 146 Armory

HIST 400, War, Politics, Society, and Culture: From the War of the Austrian Succession to the War on Terror: Instructed by PhD Candidate in the Department of History Stefan Djordjevic.

This course explores the relationship between warfare, culture, and society beginning in the Enlightenment and culminating with the recent Yugoslav Wars and the on-going War on Terror. During the semester, we will discuss battles seared in the popular imagination such as Antietam, Omaha beach, and Waterloo as well as lesser known, yet equally significant, killing fields including Königgrätz, Lucknow, and the Masurian Lakes.

Tu/Th, 2:00-3:20, 315 Gregory Hall

HIST 560, Problems in Russian History: Politics, Society, and Culture in Modern Russia, 1901-1917: Instructed by Prof. Mark Steinberg.

Major themes in Russian history from the early nineteenth century to the revolution of 1917, especially the exercise and justifications of authority, intellectual and cultural trends, and social life and experience. Central to the course are questions of methodology and theory as well as of the interpretation of the Russian past. The emphasis is on examining new work and new approaches. Topics to be explored (which may evolve depending on student interest) include practices and representations of power, cultural construction and experience, the intelligentsia, cities, the province, peasants, civil society, gender, sex, religion, and empire.

Tu, 1:00-2:50 PM, 318 Gregory Hall

SOC 196, Introduction to Central Asia: Instructed by Prof. Cynthia Buckley.

We focus on three overarching questions to structure our exploration of Central Asia. In the first section, we focus on approaches to the question, “What is Central Asia?” Comparing and contrasting how we identify the area historically and by familiarizing ourselves with the basic geography of the region and key social, cultural, political and economic issues. In the second section we will focus on the question, “How can we analyze the region sociologically?” highlighting issues of basic social theory and comparative analysis. The third section of the course turns to the question, “Why does Central Asia matter?”, providing participants with the opportunity to link what we have learned about the region and social theory into evaluating global issues concerning gender, human rights, citizenship, and civil society.

MWF, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM, 1002 Lincoln Hall; “Flipped Friday” sessions (online)

SOC 270, Population Issues: Instructed by Prof. Cynthia Buckley

Examines the current world population situation; the historical and current patterns of birth, death, migration, marriage, contraception, and abortion; and the world food and energy resources, crowding, and problems of overpopulation.

Course Information: Same as RSOC 270. MWF, 2:00-2:50 PM, 1002 Lincoln Hall

RLST/SAME 401: Gender and Hinduism: Instructed by Dr. Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz.

This course explores the traditional identities, roles, and expectations of Hindu women, men, and the ‘third sex,’ as well as popular Hindu beliefs and lived practices in both the divine and earthly realms, from the ancient period through the present day. We will assess the ways in which these normative ideologies and gendered practices are being challenged in the modern world. Our sources will include authoritative texts and treatises, myths and other historical narratives, contemporary ethnography, and film.

Tu/Th, 2-3:20 PM, 346 Davenport Hall

RLST 481, Muslim Ethics in the Global Age: Instructed by Prof. Valerie Hoffman.

Many Westerners are highly critical of Muslims and allege that they embrace values that are contrary to Western liberalism; some promote fear of Islam itself. Are Muslims necessarily tied to a tradition that alienates them from today’s global society? How are Muslims incorporating, changing, and analyzing their tradition and their place in the contemporary world? This course explores the ideas and writings of contemporary, often revisionist, Muslim scholars on a broad range of ethical issues that face societies today, such as human rights, gender and sexuality, religious pluralism, just war, and bioethics.

Th, 4-6:30 PM, 1068 Lincoln Hall

LAW 656, International Law: Instructed by Dr. Francis A. Boyle.

The nature, sources, and subjects of international law and its place in the control of international society; includes an examination of the law of jurisdiction, territory, recognition and succession of states, rights and immunities of states in foreign courts, diplomatic immunities, treaties, protection of citizens abroad, settlement of international disputes, war and neutrality, the United Nations, and the International Court of Justice.

M/Tu, 3-4:15 PM

PS 549, Topics in Comparative Politics: Instructed by Prof. Carol Leff.

Selected research topics designed for graduate study in Comparative Politics.

Tu, 9:30-11:50 am

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