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Afroamerican and African Studies (Division 311)

358. Topics in Black World Studies. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
Section 003 Community Research Practicum.
For Winter Term, 1998, this section is offered jointly with Psychology 305.003. (Barbarin)
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458. Issues in Black World Studies. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
Section 001 Empowering African American Families and Communities.
For Winter Term, 1998, this section is offered jointly with Psychology 470.002. (Mattis)
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490. Special Topics in Black World Studies. Junior standing. (1-2). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
Section 002 Suzan-Lori Parks. (1 credit). Meets Jan 23-Feb.20.
Suzan-Lori Parks is a playwright and screenwriter. She is author of "Girl 6," "Venus," "The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World," "Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom," and other works. At the 1996 Black Theater Network Awards Luncheon at which Parks received an award for innovation in theatre, the following exchange took place: "Moderator: 'George [C. Wolfe], tell Suzan-Lori how much we love her work and how much we want her to keep on writing. We don't necessarily understand what she's writing, but we want her to continue to do so anyhow.' Audience: (great laughter from the audience)." In this 5 week mini-course we will attempt to gain a better "understand[ing]" of the work of Suzan-Lori Parks. Be prepared to prepare oral in-class readings of selected plays studied in the course. Cost: 1; WL:4 (Splawn)

Section 003 Black Counterpublics: Theory, History, & Practice. (1 credit). Meets March 13-April 10. This seminar introduces the concepts of "counterpublics," "subaltern publics," and "multiple publics" and applies them to analyzing examples of Black publics (mainly in the United States) from the era of slavery up to the present. We will examine how the "official" public sphere excludes people on the basis of race, class, and gender (as expressed through language, repertoires of communication, and styles of collective action), as well as how specific Black communities have created their own spaces of association and political communication. Examples will be drawn from three historical moments: Black women's participation in religious publics in the post-emancipation period; the relationship between 'hidden transcripts' and public resistance during the civil rights movement; and the questions raised by contemporary Black intellectuals in analyzing popular music and expressive cultures. We will also consider questions of boundaries, diasporas, and the construction of national vs. transnational identities. Cost:2 WL:4 (Sheller)
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Asian Languages and Cultures

Chinese (Division 339)

462. Readings in Modern Chinese. Chinese 461. (5). (Excl).
Chinese 461-462 is a two-term Chinese language course sequence with graded readings at an advanced level. Texts chosen from a variety of sources in both Mainland China and Taiwan include 20th-century fiction and essays on various topics. While students are helped to further improve command of structure and vocabulary in a range of language styles, the primary emphasis of the sequence is on reading comprehension with the aim of enabling students to read original materials with less reliance on a dictionary. Development of speaking and writing skills will also be stressed through discussions on the readings. In this term, longer texts will be used and efforts will be made to improve reading skills and speed. Weekly assignments such as, but not limited to, composition in Chinese and translation into English are required. Classes are conducted largely in Chinese. (Chen)
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South and Southeast Asia (Division 483)

110. Beginning Sanskrit. S&SEA 109. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in S&SEA 369. (3). (LR).
This course will work toward developing a proficiency with the basic tools necessary to read and write Sanskrit, the classical language of India. Lessons will include study of the script (Devanagari), elementary grammar and vocabulary. The grade will be based on completion of regular homework assignments, weekly quizzes, a midterm and a final exam. (Deshpande)
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250. Undergraduate Seminar in South and Southeast Asian Culture. No knowledge of any Asian language required. (3). (HU). May be repeated with department permission.
Section 003 Bhagavad-Gita: The Activist View of Hinduism.
This class introduces Hinduism to students through an intensive study of this single most important scriptural text, the Bhagavad-Gita. We spend half the time going over the text-in-translation, chapter by chapter. The other half of the class time is devoted to critical issues relating to the text, i.e., history of the text, its transmission, its location within the history of Hinduism, its connections with political/cultural history, its ancient and modern interpretations. The grade is based on class participation, two papers, and two in-class examinations. (Deshpande)
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English Language and Literature (Division 361)

239. What is Literature? Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).
Section 011 Telling Stories: A Need to Narrate.
We will want to, in this class, think about the power and the connectedness that the act of telling stories might provide. For example a character in Ursula Hegi's Stones From the River thinks: Every time I take a story and let it stream through my mind from beginning to end, it grows fuller, richer, feeding on my visions of those people the story belonged to until it leaves its bed like the river I love. And then I have to tell the story to someone. Our readings will often focus on the dynamics of the imaginative process our own as well as the author's. As we begin the course by reading and discussing a masterly short piece by Borges entitled "Borges and I" in which the author-narrator begins to question where his identity begins and his characters' end. As the term continues and we discuss various 20th-century literature (mostly), we will find ourselves grappling with issues as basic as what defines the dimensions of a character and the place that character makes in his or her world. We want to understand how an author has prepared these amazing creations to speak to us. Although the complete syllabus decisions are yet to be made, I'm sure we will want to read the following novels to help us unfold the ingenious visions of those who seek to "tell us stories": French Lieutenant's Woman; A Prayer For Owen Meany; Mama Day; and Stones From the River. (Back)

Section 012 and 013. The purpose of this section is to introduce you to a wide range of the critical concepts and issues you are likely to encounter in other English courses. To that end, we will read some very different works a couple of "classics" and some contemporary works along with various critical responses. The course will also have a practical research component, including a field trip to the library. Texts (at Shamman Drum): Hamlet, Endgame, Cloud 9, Wuthering Heights, Beloved, and a course pack (at Accucopy). Requirements: faithful and enthusiastic attendance, participation, three short exercises, an eight-page paper, an oral report, a midterm, and a final. (Herold)
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325. Essay Writing: The Art of Exposition. (4). (Excl).
Section 007 Rhetoric and Reasoning in Written and Visual Communication.
Social critic Raymond Williams reminds us that communication is not a static concept; discourse is a continuously evolving and transformative integration of languages and signs and symbols. We will be examining various forms of inquiry and argumentation and creativity, applying research and insight to the process of discovery, analysis, and interpretation. We will be asking ourselves questions as we work through issues of logic, perspective, and representation: How does writing reflect its author and the society from which it is produced? How do media influence the public imagination? How does a writer master form and retain originality? Upon what assumptions do we base our criticism of what we write or read? How can we account for opinions which vary from our own and upon what evidence do we base our acceptance or rejection of the positions of others? Can individuals collaborate successfully? In what ways might writing inspire thoughtful reflection? Several papers require argumentative inquiry while others are dependent upon research and interpretation. Four papers of 5-6 pages and a final 10-15 page essay. Revision may be needed, and the class requires discussions and some oral presentations. (Morris)
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Political Science (Division 450)

450. Political Modernization in the Developing World. Any 100-level course in political science. (3). (Excl).
This course will have a double purpose. It will cover some of the key conceptions of political development and explore how such large scale transformations affect other sectors of national life. Moreover, the course will review briefly how national development and the resulting mobilization of resources will affect the structure of international power. The method of instruction will be lecture. Cost:4 WL:4 (Organski)
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University Courses (Division 495)

151. First-Year Social Science Seminar. First-year students. (3). (SS). May be repeated for credit with permission of department.
Section 007 Social Implications of the Biological Revolution.
We will examine the social revolution soon to follow from contemporary biology. Our topics will include the social and ethical responses to genetic testing, "designer babies," sequencing the human genome, and cloning. We will also examine society's response to AIDS. The course will consist mainly of discussions based on readings, student presentations and papers. We will apply critical thinking to conflicting social, scientific and political claims. (Reibstein)
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Residential College

Interdivisional (Division 867)

351. Special Topics. (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May be repeated for a total of eight credits.
Section 003 Video Documentary Production. This course will focus on the essentials of documentary video production. Primary materials will include footage shot as part of the RC30AC celebrations, and additional footage enrolled student will shoot as part of the course. The final goal of the course will be to produce at least one professional-quality video documentary. We will work through the entire video production process from pre-production planning and scripting, through production and post-production. Students will learn about, and use, video production equipment including cameras, lighting, and digital editing systems. Additional meetings and lab sessions will be arranged based on the number of credits elected. Students should keep at least two hours per week available for lab/studio time.
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