Winter '99 Course Guide

Courses in University Courses (Division 495)

Winter Term, 1999 (January 6-April 29, 1999)

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University Courses are sponsored by the College or University rather than by individual departments or programs and may be taught by members of the faculty in any academic unit on the Ann Arbor campus. The College offers as University Courses both full-term courses and mini-courses.

The University Courses Division sponsors a number of First-Year Seminars (UC 150, 151, 152, 153) that provide a unique small-class educational experience open to all first-year students. (A complete list of seminars offered this term by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts can be found in the first section of this Course Guide.) These seminars are taught on a variety of topics by regular and emeritus faculty from many different departments. The small-class size (approximately 15-25 students) facilitates deeper learning through more active participation and increased opportunities for interaction between student and teacher as well as dialogue among students. First-Year Seminars provide a stimulating introduction to the intellectual life of the University by exposing new students to engaging subject matter; some may discover a subject to pursue in further courses. It is hoped that students who take a seminar will find in it a sense of intellectual and social community that will ease the transition to a large university.

All First-Year Seminars can be used to complete part of the College's general requirements. UC 153 meets the Introductory Composition requirement. Other seminars count toward satisfying the Area Distribution requirements: Humanities (UC 150); Social Sciences (UC 151); Natural Sciences (UC 152), Quantitative Reasoning or Race & Ethnicity.

The University Courses Division occasionally offers Collegiate Seminars, open to any student who has completed the Introductory Composition requirement. Intended especially for lower-division students and taught by regular professorial faculty members, Collegiate Seminars provide additional opportunities for first- and second-year students to personalize their education through a small-group course.

All Collegiate Seminars count toward satisfaction of the College's Area Distribution requirements in one of the three major divisions: Humanities (UC 250); Social Sciences (UC 251); Natural Sciences (UC 252). All emphasize critical thinking about important and central topics and feature further instruction in writing.

University mini-courses are one-credit, special interest offerings that center upon a conference, group of lectures, or special exhibit, appear on short notice in a term, and are usually of 2-to-8-weeks duration. Mini-courses are offered mandatory credit/no credit and are normally excluded from area distribution and concentration credits. Information about upcoming UC mini-courses is available by dialing POINT 10 (764-6810). No more than two University mini-courses may be elected in one term.


UCourses 103. 21st Century Program Seminar: Academic Decision Making.

Section 001 Students Must be Enrolled in the 21st Century Program. Mini course meets Jan 13 March 3

Instructor(s): Marita Inglehart

Prerequisites & Distribution: 21st Century Program participant. (1). (Excl).

No Description Provided.

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UCourses 111/Soc. 111/AOSS 172/NR&E 111. Introduction to Global Change II.

Section 001 Human Impacts

Instructor(s): Timothy Killeen (tkilleen@umich.edu), Maclin

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit for seniors. (4). (SS).

Theme Semester

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.sprl.umich.edu/GCL/

The purpose of this course is to guide students in learning about the natural world, the processes of science, and the role of human activities in shaping and changing the environment. Global Change II will examine the growth and spread of the human population, and the problems of global environmental change produced by recent human advances in technology and institutions. We will consider the methods available for detecting global change, and then examine change in a number of key resources, including land, water, the atmosphere, and biological diversity. The course concludes by considering the political and policy considerations relevant to the transition to a more sustainable future. Global Change II is appropriate for all students and will assume no prior background. The homework and laboratories will depend heavily on the use of computers to perform spatial analysis, develop quantitative reasoning, write critically, and to promote personal interaction with the faculty. Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour lab/discussion per week. Grades will be based on weekly written lab exercises, midterm, and final exam. An expanded course description can be found at http://www.sprl.umich.edu/GCL

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UCourses 150. First-Year Humanities Seminar.

Section 001 Inventing Race

Instructor(s): Vanessa Agnew (vagnew@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be repeated for credit with permission of department.

R&E First-Year Seminar, Theme Semester

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar deals with the emerging concept of race in late 18th- and early 19th-century Europe. Focusing on the work of key Enlightenment thinkers Linne, Buffon, Kant, and Montesquieu as well as the contribution made by travel writers and ethnographers, the seminar examines the way in which race was invented as a category. Study of the material highlights the tension between Enlightenment universalism and relativism and brings out the shifting criteria for the constitution of racial difference. The seminar goes on to examine the process whereby racial topologies were naturalized within the context of nascent anthropological, biological, and medical discourses and traces some of the social and political implications thereof. In confronting the issue of the social and historical constructedness of race, the seminar concludes with a brief examination of contemporary "race" thinking. Students will read texts by Appiah, Goldberg, Hooks, Fanon, and Wright and examine issues concerning the politicization of racial difference multiculturalism, identity politics, and xenophobia. The seminar emphasizes student participation. Students will be encouraged to discuss the material and to relate the readings to their own experiences. In addition to assigned readings, the seminar will include the use of visual media discussion of films, paintings, and museum exhibits. Assessment will take the form of oral presentations, class participation, written responses to assigned readings and a longer essay. The instructor will be available to consult with students about their work and about the seminar in general.

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UCourses 150. First-Year Humanities Seminar.

Section 002 The Literature of Colonialism in Asia

Instructor(s): Rhoads Murphey

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be repeated for credit with permission of department.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

We will read novels and stories set in colonial or semi-colonial Asia, by both Western and Asian writers, that can give perspective from both sides. Readings will include Kipling's stories; A Passage to India by Forster; The Guide by R.K. Narayan; Burmese Days by Orwell; The Quiet American by Greene; Stories by Lu Hsun; The Good Earth by Pearl Buck; The Chinese Bell Murders by Robert Van Gulick; The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd; and When I Whistle by Shusako Endo. Some use will also be made of films, including those based on some of the books or stories we will read. Total reading is modest, but fun.

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UCourses 150. First-Year Humanities Seminar.

Section 003 Fictional World of Ernest Hemingway

Instructor(s): Edward Shafter

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be repeated for credit with permission of department.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

"All stories, if continued long enough, end in death, and he is no true storyteller who would keep that from you." This stark observation by Ernest Hemingway pinpoints his basic pessimism regarding the human condition. For him, the harsh realities of that condition are violence, suffering, absurdity, disorder and, finally, death. Nevertheless, despite its tragic nature, life still can often be a delight love and friends are especially rewarding. You will enter this compelling Hemingway world through the reading of short stories plus such longer works as The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms. Since this course is discussion and not lecture, your active oral participation at each meeting is a non-negotiable expectation. There will be frequent short papers and a final examination.

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UCourses 150. First-Year Humanities Seminar.

Section 004 Understanding the Dramatic Script. You must be able to make the screening times (M & W 7-9) to take this class

Instructor(s): William Weinberg (weinbrg@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be repeated for credit with permission of department.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course, we will examine the dramatic structure of the script. Focusing primarily on the screenplay, we will investigate a variety of important subjects, including: the presentation of a message through dramatic means; the arc of traditional narrative; the construction of character; and the representation of inner life through external dialogue. As a final project, students will write their own script. Please note: you must be able to make the screening times to take this class.

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UCourses 151. First-Year Social Science Seminar.

Section 001 Why Grandpa Went To War: The Psychology of Obedience & Drives Toward World War

Instructor(s): Donald Brown (donrobro@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (SS). May be repeated for credit with permission of department.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

What were the social, economic, geopolitical and personal psychological conditions in 1942 that would result in an 18-year-old freshman leaving college and going off to spend the next three years fighting with the U.S. Army in Europe and liberating Dachau? What led up to 1942 and how did these series of historical events become a part of the life of American youth and continue to affect that generation's (your grandparents) behavior after World War II and through today? What do we know from 30 years of research on the nature of obedience that resulted in both self-sacrifice and the Holocaust? These questions will be explored using the resources of historical works, novels, films, and personal documents. Each student will interview a member of that generation, preferably a grandparent or surrogate, with armed services experience during the war and write a psycho-history of their subject's experiences and its consequences for their lives and times.

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UCourses 151. First-Year Social Science Seminar.

Section 002 Public Education for Blacks and Other Minorities: An Historic Perspective

Instructor(s): Warren Palmer (palmerwg@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (SS). May be repeated for credit with permission of department.

First-Year Seminar, Theme Semester

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The purpose of the seminar will be to trace the development of elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education of Blacks and other minorities in the South from the Emancipation Proclamation to May 17, 1954. Particular emphasis will be focused on watershed judicial litigation, from the Supreme Court decision of Plessy vs. Ferguson, from which the doctrine of "separate but equal" evolved, to the historic Brown vs. Topeka, Kansas Board of Education in 1954 and beyond. Of special importance will be seminar discussions revealing how Blacks and other minorities were successful in achieving an education in spite of the barriers confronting them. Students will be expected to read a number of the classic writings by authors such as W.E.B. DuBois, E. Franklin Frazier, Booker T. Washington, and John Hope Franklin. The writings of contemporary Blacks and minorities will be explored as well as books such as Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma. Students will be expected to prepare readings, participate in seminar discussions, and develop a research topic preferably centered around one of the Southern states under investigation in the seminar.

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UCourses 151. First-Year Social Science Seminar.

Section 006 Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships

Instructor(s): Allen Menlo (almenlo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (SS). May be repeated for credit with permission of department.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed to assist members toward an understanding of the personal and situational forces that help and hinder persons in their relationships with each other and in their efforts to work and live together. It will also assist members to transform these social psychological understandings into constructive actions for handling the problems and difficulties that inevitably arise when people are together. There will be opportunity to refine one's competencies at reflective listening, giving and seeking feedback, interpersonal observation, and mindfulness in thinking about issues. The class sessions are interactive and informal with brief information-giving, focused discussions, interpersonal learning exercises, and videotapes. Reading assignments are mainly through course handouts and other suggested sources. To stimulate personal reflection on interpersonal issues, class members maintain an observation log and a reading log and do a term paper on a relevant, self-selected topic. This work is also used as the source of evaluation and grading in the course.

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UCourses 151. First-Year Social Science Seminar.

Section 007 The Ethical Treatment of Cancer

Instructor(s): Jill A. Macoska (jcoska@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (SS). May be repeated for credit with permission of department.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Medicine continues to advance in the treatment of cancer, but is far from being able to "cure" all cancers. This presents several ethical dilemmas that are encountered by physicians and other health professionals who treat patients with cancer. This course will evaluate potential ways to resolve these dilemmas by introducing students to some of the ethical issues involved in cancer detection, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and outcome, and in physician/patient interactions. The topics to be discussed include: (1) a basic introduction to ethical theory; (2) information and truth in the patient-physician relationship, i.e. disclosure of diagnosis versus prognosis and how much to tell; (3) the roles of realism and hope in the cancer equation; (4) the decision to "end" treatment, especially how much therapy is "enough" and what are the alternatives, e.g. hospice and euthanasia; (5) clinical trials, in particular the ethics of randomization and the use of patients as experimental subjects; (6) cancer screening, i.e. using genetic testing and other means to identify people at risk for developing cancer or with asymptomatic (non-clinical) cancers. This course will evaluate potential ways to resolve these dilemmas through lectures, oral presentations and written reports intended to engender thoughtful analysis and lively debates among the class participants.

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UCourses 151. First-Year Social Science Seminar.

Section 008 Epidemics: Mass Disease in American History

Instructor(s): Martin Pernick (mpernick@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (SS). May be repeated for credit with permission of department.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

From smallpox to AIDS, dramatic disease outbreaks both shaped and were shaped by American culture. This course explores how medicine and culture intersected to influence the causes, experiences of, and responses to epidemics in America; and it uses epidemics to illuminate the history of American society from colonization to the present. Lectures introduce new topics and summarize discussions. Discussions explore past perceptions and compare past and present; we will not discuss the present apart from the past. Readings (4-5 hours weekly) include modern histories, plus old newspapers, films, and medical journals. Readings available only for purchase cost about $30; other required readings available on reserve or for purchase cost about $125 more. Written assignments are two 5-page book review papers, a short weekly journal, and an individual research project with parts due throughout the term. They will introduce you to the medical, graduate, and undergraduate libraries.

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UCourses 210. Perspectives on Careers in Medicine and Health Care.

Section 001 Perspectives on Careers in Medicine and Health Care

Instructor(s): Frances Zorn (franzorn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is for students considering a career in the health profession. It is designed to help them acquire perspectives to facilitate their decision-making process. Health care professionals visit the class and share their educational and professional experiences. Students become acquainted with the prerequisites for professional and graduate schools and spend time with dental, medical, osteopathic, nursing and public health students. We consider problems facing the health professions in the 90s: problems of health care delivery, the high cost of medicine and its effect on the uninsured and underinsured. We discuss issues relating to malpractice and death and dying. Students are expected to respond in writing and in class to the visitors, to the reading materials and to films. Two course packs serve as the required texts. All students are responsible for taking definite steps toward the development of their own goals through a self-inventory of their values, skills and interests, and through a term paper exploring a possible career direction. Evaluation is based on class attendance and participation in and completion of all the assignments. Students must meet with Fran Zorn at CSP, 1017 Angell, and receive an override in order to register. Monday 3-5 class meets at 2008 MLB. Thursday 7-9:30 pm session meets at 2130 Dorset, located about a mile from campus (maps available at CSP). Students are responsible for their own transportation to first session, when rides will be arranged.

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UCourses 280. Undergraduate Research-A (Grade).

Prerequisites & Distribution: First or second year standing, and permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). A maximum of eight credits of UC 280 and 281 may be counted toward graduation.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~urop/Home.html

This course provides academic credit for students engaged in research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). To receive credit, the student must be working on a research project under the supervision of a University of Michigan faculty member. Students may elect the course for 1-4 hours of credit. For each hour of credit, it is expected that the student will work three hours per week. The grade for the course will be based on a final project report evaluated by the faculty sponsor and on participation in other required UROP sponsored activities, including bimonthly research group meetings, and submission of a journal chronicling the research experience. Students will receive a letter grade for this course.

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UCourses 290. Disciplinary Study in a Second Language.

Section 001 Everyday Life and the Russian Imagination. 1-Credit Language Across the Curriculum Mini-Course Will Meet on the Following Dates: January 25 & 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, & 15. Prerequisite: Russian 202. Drop/Add deadline: February 5

Instructor(s): Joseph Peschio (jpeschio@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Fourth-term language proficiency, and permission of instructor. (1). (Excl).

ARTS Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The Russian word byt refers generally to the behaviors and material milieu of "everyday life" that are included in descriptions of a given people's way of life. There is, however, also a vast ideological component to everyday life; everything around us contributes to our world view. This course will explore the historical and contemporary interface of these objects, behaviors and beliefs using a wide array of Russian discourse from the last 250 years films, literary texts, television commercials, anthropological investigations, and historical works. The course's emphasis is on expanding students' Russian skills, so classes and classwork will be conducted mostly in Russian.

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UCourses 300. College Practicum.

Section 001.
Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-4). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL).

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UCourses 390. Disciplinary Study in a Second Language.

Section 001 America Through Russian Eyes. 1-Credit Language Across the Curriculum Mini-Course Will Meet on the Following Dates: March 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 & 29. Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Russian 202. Drop/Add deadline: March 12

Instructor(s): Valerie Laken

Prerequisites & Distribution: Fourth-term language proficiency, and permission of instructor. (1). (Excl).

ARTS Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Most of us are familiar with the images and stereotypes of Russians which have evolved throughout this century in American film, literature and mass media. But what about the ways that Russians view us? What kinds of things have Russians been saying about America and Americans in the past century? How have their views of America changed in conjunction with the political and cultural transformations of the past hundred years in Russia and the Soviet Union? In this course we'll look at a variety of materials, including film, art, literature and mass media, in an attempt to locate and understand the images of America which Russians have created and lived by. We'll chart the evolution of Russians' portrayal of America from pre-revolutionary times, through the Cold War, Perestroika and up to the present. The majority of class materials and discussions will be in Russian, and class sessions will be designed to help students learn and practice the vocabulary and grammar needed to have meaningful discussions of this topic in Russian. Students will be expected to submit brief written responses to the readings in Russian, as well as a short final essay.

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UCourses 424/Urban Planning 424. Cities and International Development.

Instructor(s): Hemalata Dandekar (hema@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~hema/UP%20424intro.txt

This course provides students with a conceptual understanding of the physical and socio-economic-cultural structure of cities. Students will learn to understand the history of city development; use city maps and architecture to read the impact of social, political, and demographic forces that influence city evolution; analyze the spatial evolution of cities in industrializing to post-industrial societies; and learn how cities of the future are currently imagined and shaped, in societies throughout the world. Cities such as Bombay, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Lagos, London, Cairo, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Beijing, Delhi, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Detroit, Johannesburg, Calcutta and Toronto have important parallels as well as differences in their historical evolution and in their emerging roles in a globalized world. These will be explored. Multi-media presentations and multi-disciplinary guest lectures will communicate the sights, sounds, and textures of city fabrics and city life. Class grades are based on two mini assignments of data gathering (25% of the grade each) and a final term paper (30 pages, 50% of the grade). The two mini-assignments will be provide material for the final paper.

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UCourses 490. Disciplinary Study in a Second Language.

Section 001 Languages Across the Curriculum Latin America: The National Period. Prerequisite: Spanish 232

Instructor(s): Fernando Coronil (coronil@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Fourth-term language proficiency, and permission of instructor. (1). (Excl).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students enrolled in this LAC section must enroll concurrently in History 477.004.

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UCourses 490. Disciplinary Study in a Second Language.

Section 002 Languages Across the Curriculum Reading Political Theory in German. Prerequisite: German 232

Instructor(s): Claudia Ritter (ritterc@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Fourth-term language proficiency, and permission of instructor. (1). (Excl).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students enrolled in this 1-credit LAC section must enroll concurrently in German 449.002, "Contemporary German Social Thought."./P>
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UCourses 490. Disciplinary Study in a Second Language.

Section 003 Languages Across the Curriculum Reading in German. Prerequisite: German 232

Instructor(s): Edward Dimendberg (eddimend@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Fourth-term language proficiency, and permission of instructor. (1). (Excl).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students enrolled in this 1-credit LAC section must enroll concurrently in German 449.001/Film & Video 455.001 "German and Austrian Directors in Hollywood."

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