Undergraduate Fall 2020
Fall 2020 UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
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AFAM 326 (14687) /ER&M 310/AMST 312/WGSS 298
Examination of various texts and films pertaining to the representation of postcolonial cities in the global north and a range of social, political, and cultural issues that concern those who inhabit these spaces.
AFST 345 (14221) /SOCY 218/URBN 440
Space, Time, and the African City
Areas HU, WR
Definitions of the urban often vary according to country and culture. In the United States, the city is often broadly defined by sociologists as a relatively large and dense human settlement composed of heterogenous individuals. In some definitions of the urban, these can include spatial constructs of the “town,” “suburb,” “city,” or “megacity” with populations as small as 200 or as large as 10 million people. This seminar aims to explore how culturally-constructed notions of space, time, and the city inform African urban theory and practice. This course delineates sociological theories of urban space and time in the U.S. and Europe, explores how postcolonial theory challenges Western concepts, and examines six case-studies of contemporary African cities. As spaces with complex colonial legacies and transnational connections, a rich collection of cultural artifacts such as film, the novel, photography, music, and visual art are used to research the spatial and temporal politics of urban life in Accra (Ghana), Cape Town (South Africa), Cairo (Egypt), Lagos (Nigeria), Nairobi (Kenya), and Johannesburg (South Africa). Sophomore Seminar: Registration preference is given to sophomores and urban studies or African studies majors writing their senior essay and need of supervision. This course is not normally open to first-year students.
AFST 368 (10411) /HIST 366J/EVST 369
Commodities of Colonialism in Africa
Areas HU, WR
This course examines historical case studies of several significant global commodities produced in Africa to explore interactions between world market forces and African resources and societies. Through the lens of four specific commodities–ivory, rubber, cotton, and diamonds–this course evaluates diverse industries and their historical trajectories in subSaharan Africa within a global context from ~18701990s. Students become acquainted with the historical method by developing their own research paper on a commodity using both primary and secondary sources.
AMST 330 (12544)/ENGL 236
Dystopic and Utopian Fictions
Attempts since the late nineteenth century to imagine, in literature, cinema, and social theory, a world different from the existing world. The merging of political critique with desire and anxiety; the nature and effects of social power; forms of authority, submission, and resistance.
AMST 348 (12582) /ER&M 381/EVST 304
Space, Place, and Landscape
Survey of core concepts in cultural geography and spatial theory. Ways in which the organization, use, and representation of physical spaces produce power dynamics related to colonialism, race, gender, class, and migrant status. Multiple meanings of home; the politics of place names; effects of tourism; the aesthetics and politics of map making; spatial strategies of conquest. Includes field projects in New Haven
ANTH 244 (11585)
Social Change in Contemporary Southeast Asia
This course examines a number of significant forms of social change occurring in Southeast Asia in recent years. Fueled by new digital technologies; environmental change; globalized economies, politics, human rights, and religion—Southeast Asia is experiencing a rapid transformation. Some of these changes are visible such as the ubiquitous use of mobile phones, transformed city skylines, rampant deforestation, and changing infrastructure. However, some are less visible such as the forced evacuations of the poor from urban centers, increasing state surveillance, and new forms of relationships between people and places enabled through digital communications. Topics include migration, politics and political activism, urban development, environmentalism, labor, violence, religion, popular culture, gender, and relationships. Principle readings include key works from a range of disciplines and represent a number of Southeast Asian nations. The course includes a visual component through several in class film screenings.
ANTH 322 (10081) /EVST 324/SAST 306
Environmental Justice in South Asia
Study of South Asia’s nation building and economic development in the aftermath of war and decolonization in the 20th century. How it generated unprecedented stress on natural environments; increased social disparity; and exposure of the poor and minorities to environmental risks and loss of homes, livelihoods, and cultural resources. Discussion of the rise of environmental justice movements and policies in the region as the world comes to grips with living in the Anthropocene.
ANTH 342 (11665) /ANTH 542
Cultures and Markets in Asia
Historical and contemporary movements of people, goods, and cultural meanings that have defined Asia as a region. Reexamination of state-centered conceptualizations of Asia and of established boundaries in regional studies. The intersections of transregional institutions and local societies and their effects on trading empires, religious traditions, colonial encounters, and cultural fusion. Finance flows that connect East Asia and the Indian Ocean to the Middle East and Africa. The cultures of capital and market in the neoliberal and postsocialist world.
ANTH 367 (11796)
Technology and Culture
This class examines how technology matters in our daily lives. How do technologies shape understandings of ourselves, the worlds we inhabit, and each other? How do the values and assumptions of engineers and innovators shape our behaviors? How do technologies change over time and between cultures. Students learn to think about technology and culture as coconstituted. We read and discuss texts from history and anthropology of science, as well as fictional explorations relevant to course topics.
ANTH 372 (12065) /ARCG 372
The Archaeology of Urbanism
Anne Underhill, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos
T 9:25am – 11:15am
Archaeological studies of ancient cities and urbanism. Topics include the origin and growth of cities; the economic, social, and political implications of urban life; and archaeological methods and theories for the study of ancient urbanism. Case studies include ancient cities around the world.
ANTH 409 (10859) /F&ES 422/EVST 422/ER&M 394/GLBL 394/ENV 878
Climate and Society from Past to Present
Discussion of the major currents of thought—both historic and contemporary—regarding climate, climate change, and society; focusing on the politics of knowledge and belief vs disbelief; and drawing on the social sciences and anthropology in particular.
ANTH 473 (11882) /EVST 473/ARCH 473/NELC 473/ ENV 793
Climate Change, Societal Collapse, and Resilience
Areas HU, SO
The coincidence of societal collapses throughout history with decadal and century-scale abrupt climate change events. Challenges to anthropological and historical paradigms of cultural adaptation and resilience. Examination of archaeological and historical records and high-resolution sets of paleoclimate proxies.
ARCH 316 (13894) /URBN 416
Revolutionary Cities: Protest, Rebellion and Representation in Modern Urban Space
Cities have always been hotbeds of radical ideas and actions. Their cafes and taverns, drawing rooms and universities have been incubators of new ideas, revolutionary ideologies and debate, while their streets and public spaces have been the sites of demonstrations, protests, and uprisings. Since cities are key nodes in larger networks of trade and cultural exchange, these local events have often had a global audience and impact. This seminar explores the interaction of urban space and event, and the media and technologies of revolutionary representation, through case studies of particular cities at transformational moments in their development. These begin with Boston in the 1760s and 1770s, and may include Paris in 1789, 1830, 1848, 1871 and again in 1968, St. Petersburg in 1917, Beijing in 1949 and again in 1989, Havana in 1959, Prague, Berlin and Johannesburg and other cities in 1989, Cairo in 2011, Hong Kong in 2011-12, 2014 and 2019, and other urban sites of the Occupy and Black Lives Matter movements. Course work in modern history is recommended.
ARCH 345 (10837) /URBN 345
Civic Art: Introduction to Urban Design
Introduction to the history, analysis, and design of the urban landscape. Principles, processes, and contemporary theories of urban design; relationships between individual buildings, groups of buildings, and their larger physical and cultural contexts. Case studies from New Haven and other world cities.
EALL 210 (11806) /LITR 172/EALL 510/EAST 540/EAST 210
Man and Nature in Chinese Literature
An exploration of man and nature in traditional Chinese literature, with special attention to aesthetic and cultural meanings. Topics include the concept of nature and literature; neo-Taoist self-cultivation; poetry and Zen (Chan) Buddhism; travel in literature; loss, lament, and self-reflection in song lyrics; nature and the supernatural in classical tales; love and allusions to nature; religious pilgrimage and allegory.
EALL 233 (12022) /EAST 243/HSAR 417/HUMS 285/EAST 543
History of Chinese Imperial Parks and Private Gardens
Study of notable parks and private gardens of China, spanning from the 2nd century BCE to contemporary China. Themes include the history, politics, and economics surrounding construction of parks; garden designs and planning; cultural representations of the garden; and modern reinterpreted landscapes. Some sessions meet in the Yale University Art Gallery.
ENGL 114 - Section 03 (11388)
Black and Indigenous Ecologies
Through readings in anthropology, geology, critical race studies, philosophy, literature, and poetry, this course explores the perspectives of indigenous peoples and communities of color in crafting new modes of anti-colonial and anti-racist ecological thought from 1492 to the present.
ENGL 114 – Section 05 (11390)
The Secret Life of Food
Focusing on the contemporary United States, this course examines how food shapes our cultural and social identities by examining ordinary and celebratory rituals around food, different aspects of food science, historical movements around agricultural labor, and the food entertainment industry.
ENGL 114 – Section 06 (11391)
The Consumer Politics of Food
Is the only way to change how we grow, distribute, eat, and dispose of our food to “vote with our forks”? This seminar examines different conceptions of political agency by analyzing our globalized food system.
ENGL 114 – Section 08 (11394)
Travel Writing/Writing Travel
Daniel de la Rocha
What does it mean to travel well? Is there such a thing as a good traveller and a bad traveller? In this course, we examine the possibility for selftransformation that accompanies thoughtful journeys to new lands.
ENGL 114 – Section 10 (11395)
Virtual Environments and Human Bodies
Is anything not virtual? This class engages with the absent/present body in virtual environments. We will read scholarly work on video games, avatars, and virtual reality and use Google Cardboard to go on virtual field trips.
ENGL 114 – Section 15 (11400)
Shelter and Place
Last spring, millions of Americans discovered a new passion for raising chickens, baking sourdough, and living the simple life. This course explores the complexities of making home, asking how radical homesteading movements survive and thrive in the modern era.
ENGL 114 – Section 17 (11402)
Anthropocentrism, Ecocentrism, and Ecological Crisis
Are humans the center of the universe (anthropocentrism?) Or are humans only a small part of a more significant whole, nature (ecocentrism)? Do anthropocentric belief systems lead to climate disaster? Do ecocentric belief systems lead to the oppression of minorities?
ENGL 114 – Section 22 (11407)
Chaos, Instability, and the Anthropocene
Course listing TBA
ENGL 114 – Section 26 (11411)
The Modern Metropolis
Big cities afford opportunities for creativity, resourcefulness, and community on a grand scale. They are also sights of sweeping inequality and division. What does modern city life tell us about ourselves and our world?
ENGL 114 - Section 32 (11417)
The Real World of Food
Ever wonder how the food we eat in this country is produced? This course will answer this and other important questions as we study the impact of the Farm Bill on our food and the environment in which we live.
ENGL 237 (10227) /LITR 323/HUMS 234/EVST 237
Animals in Literature and Theory
Areas HU, WR
Consideration of the role animals play in our aesthetic, ethical, political, and scientific worlds through reading of fiction, poetry, philosophy, and critical theory. Topics include: animal sentience and experience; vegetarianism; animal fables; pet keeping; animals alongside disability, race, and gender; and the representation of animal life in the visual arts.
ENGL 418 (10938) /EVST 224
Writing About the Environment
Exploration of ways in which the environment and the natural world can be channeled for literary expression. Reading and discussion of essays, reportage, and book-length works, by scientists and non-scientists alike. Students learn how to create narrative tension while also conveying complex—sometimes highly technical—information; the role of the first person in this type of writing; and where the human environment ends and the non-human one begins.
EVST 020 01 (11205)
Sustainable Development in Haiti
The principles and practice of sustainable development explored in the context of Haiti’s rich history and culture, as well as its current environmental and economic impoverishment. Enrollment limited to first-year students. Preregistration required; see under First-Year Seminar Program.
EVST 234L (10940)
Field Science: Environment and Sustainability
T 1:00pm-2:15pm, Th 1:00pm-5:00pm
A field course that explores the effects of human influences on the environment. Analysis of pattern and process in forested ecosystems; introduction to the principles of agroecology, including visits to local farms; evaluation of sustainability within an urban environment. Weekly field trips and one weekend field trip.
ER&M 214 (11310) /HSHM 212/HIST 146/HLTH 280
Historical Perspectives on Global Health
In the 21st century “global health” is recognized as an influential framework for orienting action among a huge range of groups including public health workers, activists, philanthropists, economists, political leaders, and students. How did this come to pass? This survey class introduces you to the historical circumstances that have contributed to the contemporary landscape of global health. We travel through several centuries to examine how ideas about disease, colonialism, race, gender, science, diplomacy, security, economy, and humanitarianism have shaped and been shaped by attempts to negotiate problems of health that transcend geopolitical borders.
ER&M 402 (10302) /AMST 479
The Displaced: Migrant and Refugee Narratives of the 20th and 21st Centuries
This course examines a series of transnational literary texts and films that illuminate how the displaced—migrants, exiles, and refugees— remake home away from their native countries. The twentieth and twenty-first centuries have produced massive displacements due to wars, genocides, racial, ethnic and religious conflicts, economic and climate change, among other factors. Our course focuses on several texts that explore questions of home, nation, and self in the context of specific historical events such as the Holocaust, civil rights movements in the U.S., internment, the Indian partition, African decolonization, and Middle Eastern/Arab ethno-religious conflicts and wars. We examine these events alongside the shifting legal and political policies and categories related to asylum, humanitarian parole, refugee, and illegal alien status. Exploring themes such as nostalgia, longing, trauma, and memory, we look at the possibilities and limitations of creating, contesting, and imagining home in the diaspora. Our objective is to debate and develop the ethical, political, geographic, and imaginative articulations of home in an era of mass displacements and geo-political crises. We examine how notions of home are imagined alongside and against categories of race, gender, and sexuality.
HIST 170J (11022)
Native Peoples and the Making of the Southwest
Areas HU, WR
This class traces Native communities across the region’s Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. American regimes (between the 15th century and the present). We foreground Indigenous peoples’ distinct geopolitical agendas and explore their innovative, hard-won persistence. Likewise, we interrogate the strategies—displacement, forced labor, genocide, assimilation—that colonial governments have used to dominate native peoples. Finally, we consider the function of the U.S.-Mexico border, and of ideas of “citizenship” on both sides of the border, since 1848.
HIST 361 (10395) /LAST 361
History of Brazil
Brazilian history from European contact to the reestablishment of civilian government in the 1990s. Focus on the multiethnic nature of Brazilian society, the formation of social and political patterns, and the relationship of people to the environment.
HIST 408J (12033)
Global Water in the Modern Era: Capitalism, State Power, and Environmental Crisis
Areas HU, WR
This course introduces students to the historical promises and perils of the modern hydraulic era using a global, comparative approach. Throughout the semester, we read a variety of case studies, arranged in a roughly chronological manner, that provide a vantage on structural and cultural similarities, as well as problems and cultural aspirations unique to particular places and times.
HSHM 406 (11009) /HIST 150J
Healthcare for the Urban Poor
Exploration of the institutions, movements, and policies that have attempted to provide healthcare for the urban poor in America from the late nineteenth century to the present, with emphasis on the ideas (about health, cities, neighborhoods, poverty, race, gender, difference, etc) that shaped them. Topics include hospitals, health centers, public health programs, the medical civil rights movement, the women’s health movement, and national healthcare policies such as Medicare and Medicaid.
HSHM 407 (14157) /HIST 289J/HSAR 399/HUMS 220
Areas HU, WR
A history of museums before the emergence of the modern museum. Focus on: cabinets of curiosities and Wunderkammern, anatomical theaters and apothecaries’ shops, alchemical workshops and theaters of machines, collections of monsters, rarities, and exotic specimens.
HSHM 415 (10344) /HIST 179J
Historical Perspectives on Science and Religion
Ivano Dal Prete
Areas HU, WR
The engagement between science and religion from a historical standpoint and a multicultural perspective. The Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist, and Christian traditions; the roots of modern creationism; salvation expectations and the rise of modern science and technology. General knowledge of western and world history is expected.
HSHM 422 (11093) /HIST 467J
Cartography, Territory, and Identity
Areas HU, WR
Exploration of how maps shape assumptions about territory, land, sovereignty, and identity. The relationship between scientific cartography and conquest, the geography of statecraft, religious cartographies, encounters between Western and nonWestern cultures, and reactions to cartographic objectivity. Students make their own maps. No previous experience in cartography or graphic design required.
HSAR 326 (10796) /ARCH 260
History of Architecture I: Antiquity to the Baroque
The history of architecture from antiquity to the dawn of the Enlightenment, beginning in Africa and the Middle East, following trade routes from the Mediterranean into Asia and back to Rome, Byzantium, and the Middle East, and then circulating back to Europe, before finally juxtaposing the indigenous structures of Africa and America with the increasingly global fabrications of the Renaissance and Baroque. Emphasis on challenging preconceptions, developing visual intelligence, and learning to read architecture as a shared cultural expression that can both register and transcend place and time, embodying immaterial ideas within material structures that survive across the centuries in often unexpected ways.
HSAR 455 (12247)
Conceptualization of Space
Introduction to the discipline of architecture through the elusive concept of space. This course traces key shifts in the conceptualization of space in aesthetics and architectural theory from the eighteenth century through to the present.
HSAR 492 (12724) /ER&M 372
Visual Encounters in the Early Modern Atlantic World
This course examines the visual, material, and human flows that connected Africa, Europe, and the Americas between 1450 and 1850 and gave its contours to the early modern Atlantic World. Readings, class discussions, and assignment will explore the role of the visual in key institutions and phenomena that emerged in the circum-Atlantic and continue cast their long shadow over the contemporary world. Topics include: colonialism, the slave trade, blackness and indigeneity, scientific exploration, religious encounters, revolt.
THST 427 01 (14003) /AMST 349
Technologies of Movement Research
An interdisciplinary survey of creative and critical methods for researching human movement. Based in the motion capture studio at the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media, the course draws movement exercises and motion capture experiments together with literature from dance and performance studies, art, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, cognitive science, and the history of science to investigate the ways that artists and scholars conceive of human movement as a way of knowing the world. Students will develop their own projects over the course of the semester. No prior experience in dance required.
URBN 160 (14560) /ARCH 4246
Introduction to Urban Studies
Areas HU, SO
An introduction to key topics, research methods, and practices in urban studies, an interdisciplinary field of inquiry and action rooted in the experience of cities. As physical artifacts, the advent of large cities have reflected rapid industrialization and advanced capitalism. They are inseparable from the organization of economic life; the flourishing of cultures; and the formation of identities. They are also places where power is concentrated and inequalities are (re)produced. Debates around equity are filtered through urban environments, where struggles over jobs, housing, education, mobility, public health, and public safety are front and center. The course is organized as a colloquium with numerous guests. Accessible entirely online, there will also be live, in-person events, with social distancing and face masks/shields, available to students in New Haven.
WGSS 260 (11144)
Food, Identity and Desire
Exploration of how food—ingredients, cooking practices, and appetites—can intersect with gender, ethnicity, class, and national origin to produce profound experiences of identity and desire. Sources include memoir, cookbooks, movies, and fiction.