Spring 2008 Descriptions
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Anthropology 195. (See Religious Studies 195.01) "Introductory Special Topic: The Galilee Jesus and Hillel Walked."
Anthropology 295.01 "Special Topic: Mothers and Infants." In this course, we will examine mother-infant relationships and infant development across the primate order from an evolutionary perspective. Topics will include but are not limited to: parental investment theory, parent-offspring conflict theory, attachment theory, conception, pregnancy, gestation, lactation, human and nonhuman primate infant development and trajectories, infant sex differences, and infanticide. Prerequisite: ANT-104 or permission of instructor.
Anthropology 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: Social Foundations of Illness and Suffering." This course will examine the social and political forces that underlie experiences of illness and numerous other forms of suffering such as famine, depression and war trauma among others. We will examine how structural violence becomes embodied across cultures and how humans have responded to economic and social instability. Prerequisite: ANT-104 and ANT-280.
Art 295.01 "Special Topic: The Pre-Raphaelites." A study of the idealistic and rebellious Victorian artists who sought through their collaborative practice (the Brotherhood) to create beauty, seek the truth, and address the most important social issues of their time. A major theme will be the paradoxes their art and lives address: a commitment to fresh new realist art -- based on a love of history, literature, the Bible, and the archaic past; how to reconcile religious truth with the materialist facts of science; how to deal with the vexed questions of the Victorian era -- gender, sexuality, class, capitalism, and colonialism -- in their art. Major emphasis on multi-disciplinary approaches. Prerequisite: ART-103.
Art 295.02 "Special Topic: Art History of the Prairie States." Just as the feminist revolution greatly expanded the practice of art and art history, this course is meant to expand the paradigm of American art history. Beyond examining the influence of traditions and issues associated (mainly) with New York and the east coast, this course will explore the varied ways in which artists have responded to this vast region and will include extensive inquiry into the diverse connections between contemporary art and the Midwestern landscape. Prerequisite: ART-103 or permission of instructor.
Art 400.01 "Seminar in Art History: Rethinking Manet and Modernism: The New Art History." The nineteenth century is recognized as a "terrain par excellence for new theoretical approaches to the study and interpretation of art." This seminar will map out these new paths of interpretation and consider how they are changing analyses of cultural production and consumption. We will do this by focusing on recent interpretations of douard Manet, the first and quintessential modernist painter, and, as such, considered foundational to modern painting. We will begin with canonical constructions of Manet's modernism and then turn to the wide range of viewpoints in recent scholarship, with particular attention to social and psychoanalytic foundations of identity formation. These include the thematic of Manet's "femininity," the proposal of his oeuvre not as unitary but as inconsistent and fragmentary, the artist's biography conceived as a Foucauldian exercise in producing a self. We will also look a t interpretations which shift from the tradi-tional monographic focus on the individual creator to consider the how Manet's works represent the experiences, tensions, and myths of social modernity (consumerism, spectacle, etc.). Prerequisite: senior standing in art history major or permission of instructor.
Biology 150.01 "Introduction to Biological Inquiry: What Makes a Pathogen Pathogenic?" This course will focus on pathogenic bacteria and how they cause disease. Some bacteria are more effective than others at causing disease. We will investigate factors contributing to virulence in pathogenic bacteria at the genetic level using standard microbiology techniques. Students will learn principles of pathogenic microbiology, including where disease-causing organisms come from, how they are transmitted to a host, what factors they use to cause damage to the host and perpetuate their own survival, how the disease is treated, and how transmission can be prevented. Students will design their own experiments based on reading of the primary literature, perform experiments, and present their findings both in writing and in oral presentations. The class will have two, three-hour meetings per week that combine lab, lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: none.
Biology 150.02 "Introduction to Biological Inquiry: Animal Locomotion." As a way to explore how biologists ask questions and develop answers to them, this class will focus on the biological problems associated with animal locomotion. Students will begin learning how to use the scientific literature to study the physical, physiological, and biomechanical principles that underlie the ways animals move. Students might make videos of moving creatures, design paper airplanes, or shoot rubber bands to better understand locomotor mechanics. The emphasis of the course will be on asking questions, designing experiments to answer those questions, and communicating results of the experiments in a variety of formats. Each class period will combine lab, lecture, and discussion. Prerequisite: none.
Biology 150. 03 "Introduction to Biological Inquiry: Survivor." In this course we will investigate strategies organisms use for survival in different environments. We will focus on microorganisms and humans as model systems. Topics addressed will include; the biology of bacteria, factors important for biofilm formation, how microorganisms become resistant to antibiotics, and how we protect ourselves from microorganisms. Students will isolate and characterize microorganisms attached to vegetables by using standard microbial and basic molecular biology techniques. Based on critical reading of the literature, students will design and carry out independent research projects, analyze and report the results in scientific papers, posters and oral presentation. The class will have two, three hour meetings per week, which combine lecture, lab, and discussion. Prerequisite: none.
Biology 150.04 "Introduction to Biological Inquiry: Building an Animal." In this course students will begin a study of how a fertilized egg turns into an animal with many highly differentiated cell types. Students will begin learning how to use the scientific literature to study the cellular and molecular events underlying development. Students will learn to work with sea urchins to study fertilization and early invertebrate development and then will work with chicken embryos to study the appearance of different cells, tissues and organs in later vertebrate development. The emphasis of the course will be on asking questions, designing experiments to answer those questions, and communicating results of the experiments in a variety of formats. The class will have two, three-hour meetings per week that combine lab, lecture, and discussion. Prerequisite: none.
Biology 150.05 "Introduction to Biological Inquiry: The Effects of Climate Change on Organisms." We will examine the effects of predicted changes in temperature, moisture and carbon dioxide levels on organismal and ecosystem function through experimental investigation. We will focus on the effects of such changes on the physiology and metabolic functioning of soil and aquatic organisms, as well as on biogeochemical processes of ecosystems, including respiration, decomposition and nutrient-cycling. This course will be taught in a workshop format, meeting twice a week for three hours. Class time will be devoted primarily to discussions and lab work examining theoretical aspects of organismal and ecosystem functioning, design and implementation of lab-based experiments, and the interpretation of our results in the context of extensive ongoing climate change research. Prerequisite: none.
Biology 295.01 "Special Topic: Animal Behavior w/lab." Investigations of the causes, function, and origins of animal behavior. We will use an evolutionary perspective to understand and integrate common behavioral adaptations, e.g., obtaining food, avoiding predators, living in groups, communicating, mating, and caring for offspring. Laboratory projects emphasize design, analysis, and communication of quantitative tests of hypotheses carried out in the lab and field. Three lectures and one laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BIO-150.
Biology 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: Principles of Pharmacology: How Drugs Work w/lab." This course will discuss how drugs and physiological substances interact with organisms. The course will concentrate on drug-receptor interactions, the receptor theory, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug design. Aspects of drug binding and dose responses, tolerance, and dependency will be covered. Although physiological systems will be used to illustrate drug actions, the course will not concentrate on drug classes. Three lectures and one laboratory per week. Prerequisite: BIO-252 or BCM-262 or permission of instructor.
Biology 395.02 "Advanced Special Topic: Environmental Microbiology w/lab." In this course we will examine the species concept and the dynamic nature of microbial populations in the environment, including how to define and measure relevant microbial populations. We will investigate the roles of microorganisms in key environmental processes including biogeochemical cycling and bioremediation of pollutants. Further topics include aeromicrobiology, microbial populations in extreme environments, and drinking water and wastewater treatment. A significant component of this course will be the critical evaluation of primary literature, along with an emphasis on written and oral communication skills. The lab portion of this course is designed to allow students to interact with microbes that impact the environment; these include microbes that are involved in important processes and cycles occurring in the environment. We will be conducting bioinformatics research in association with the wet-lab exper iments. During the last seven weeks of the semester, we will perform culture-dependent and culture-independent techniques to examine the microbial population in a selected research area at CERA. An important goal will be to develop culture media that represent the nutritional composition of the environment. Prerequisite: BIO-252 or BCM-262.
Biology 395.03 "Advanced Special Topic: Immunology." Investigations of the cellular and molecular basis of vertebrate immune systems, including the components and organization of the immune system, development of the immune system, studies of how organisms mount an immune response, and how the immune response itself can cause disease by being hypo- or hyper-reactive. The course will also emphasize the structures and compounds important for cell-cell communication, as well as genetic control of the variability and expression of these structures. Two lectures and one scheduled lab each week. Prerequisite: BIO-252, or BCM-262 or permission of instructor.
Chemistry 390.01 "Current Topics in Chemistry." This course is designed to provide undergraduate students with an overview of olefin metathesis. Olefin metathesis has become one of the most influential and important reactions in organic chemistry. In this course a variety of topics will be covered including a historical analysis of the reaction, catalyst development, and examination of key mechanistic studies. Furthermore we will look at how metathesis is utilized in synthesis including ring-closing metathesis (RCM) cross-metathesis (CM), ring-opening metathesis (ROM) ring-opening polymerization (ROMP) and alkyne metathesis. The course will culminate in a lecture by Professor Robert Grubbs who was recently awarded the noble prize in chemistry for his work on olefin metathesis. Prerequisite: CHM-210 (formerly CHM-130) and CHM 221 or permission of instructor.
Chinese 195.01 (See Theatre 195) "Introductory Special Topic: A Short Survey of Traditional Chinese Theatre: History and Performance Techniques."
Computer Science 295.01 "Special Topic: Human-Computer Interaction." The field of HCI addresses two basic questions: How do people interact with computers? How can computer systems enhance rather than detract from the human experience? This course's primary focus is user-centered design: methods and principles for the design and evaluation of user interfaces that are useful and usable rather than frustrating. Students will learn core methods such as user and task analysis, prototyping, and usability testing through laboratory exercises and a significant team project. Other topics include key findings from cognitive and social psychology and the social implications of design. Prerequisite: CSC-152 or CSC-153 or permission of instructor.
English 120.01 "Literary Analysis." This is a critical reading, writing, and thinking course designed to introduce students to literary works in a number of genres while reinforcing their skills in critical analysis. We will examine important elements of fiction and poetry in order to better understand how these elements create meaning in the work. We will also examine a range of contemporary approaches to literary texts by familiarizing ourselves with various schools of literary criticism and ways of reading. In addition to reading the poetic works of Audre Lorde, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Ai, and Gwendolyn Brooks, we will read fictional works such as James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room, Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior, and Jhumpha Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies. In our study of these works, we will spend a good deal of time contemplating what it means to 'construct a self' in literature. Prerequisite: none.
English 120.02 "Literary Analysis." We're all familiar with crime drama and detective fiction: the quest to discover "whodunnit" involves a careful sifting through clues and evidence to uncover method, motive, opportunity, and identity. The task of literary interpretation works in a similar manner, but the hunt is not for a criminal but for meaning. A careful sifting through the words of the text (our evidence) and close consideration of motive, both of author and of characters, helps us unearth meaning and theme. In this course, we'll study some classic literary hunts for motive, and consider the ways in which these investigations into fictional people help us to question our own responsibilities to others. Texts include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Shakespeare's Othello, Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience, and selections from Conan Doyle's The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Stout's Nero Wolfe mysteries and Bujold's "The Mountains of Mourning." Prerequisite: none.
English 120.03 "Literary Analysis." In this section of Literary Analysis, we will develop our skills through readings in the three major genres, poetry, prose, and drama. We will begin with close readings of poems, starting in the twentieth century and moving backward, through Romanticism, to the complexities of Shakespeare's sonnet series. In the second section, we will work with the short story and drama, moving through the pared-down forms of the contemporary post-modern story to more traditional writings, so as to examine our ideas about what a story is and how our notions about it shape our interpretations. In the last section, we will read poetry and poet's prose, mainly from the twentieth century, that raises questions about interpretation in terms that engage the primary concerns-gender, politics, race, identity, sexuality, history, poetic indeterminacy, ethics-of contemporary literary criticism. We will also look at the ways in which poets have used each other's work to create thei r own. Requirements: Engaged participation, regular response papers, and three formal essays of increasing length and complexity. Probable authors: Dante Alighieri, Amiri Baraka, Gwendolyn Brooks, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Robert Creely, Emily Dickinson, Susan Howe, Franz Kafka, John Keats, Adrienne Kennedy, Jamaica Kincaid, Herman Melville, Sylvia Plath, William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, Virginia Woolf, and Louis Zukofsky. Prerequisite: none.
English 120.04 "Literary Analysis." This section will explore methods of literary analysis for poetry, short fiction, novels, and drama. We will begin by developing a vocabulary for the discussion and interpretation of poetry and focus on the analysis of imagery, sound, theme, rhyme and meter, and other elements. We will then turn to close reading of eight or nine short stories and two novels and conclude with a consideration of drama and of the specialized approaches-historical, psychological, feminist and gender, and others-to analyze literature. Prerequisite: none.
English 120.05 "Literary Analysis." Rather than beginning with an historical overview of literary theory from Matthew Arnold to the poststructuralists, this course opens with the practice of theory in relation to literary analysis. What is an author? How does a text work? What is the relationship between a text, an author, an audience, and a culture? These large questions come under control via David Richter's Falling into Theory and Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle's Introduction to Literature, Criticism, and Theory. From this beginning we'll look at specific methods of literary analysis and theory. Our texts for discussion will be Shakespeare's Hamlet and The Tempest; Henry James' The Beast in the Jungle; Kate Chopin's The Awakening; Richard Wright's Native Son; the poems of Wallace Stevens; and N. Scott Momaday's The Names. To these texts we'll be bringing perspectives from New Criticism, Russian Formalism, structuralism, deconstruction and intertextuality, and gender studies and post colonial theory. We'll conclude the course with the poems of Hart Crane and the literary analysis and theory of Thomas Yingling, which in certain ways brings together a number of the themes and methods of the class. An important goal of the class will be to invite each student to adopt or create a specific method of literary analysis and to explain or justify its specific merits with relation both to an attitude toward culture and an attitude toward a specific group of texts. Prerequisite: none.
English 295.01 "Special Topic: Advanced Non-Fiction Seminar with Steve Kuusisto." Visiting professor Steven Kuusisto from the Iowa Writers' Workshop offers a six-week short course in non-ficiton writing. Students who have taken at least one creative writing course at Grinnell (English 205, 206, 385, and/or 386) are eligible to register for this advanced creative-writing workshop. Class meetings will take place on April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2 and 9. Short course deadlines apply. S/D/F only. Cannot count toward English major. Prerequisites: ENG-205 or 206.
English 303.01 "Chaucer." This seminar involves a close study of the Canterbury Tales , with emphasis on kinds of narrative, acts of interpretation, and anything else that interests us. For students with sufficient background, there are options of doing reading in Latin, Italian, or Old French. Prerequisite: ENG-223 or permission of instructor.
English 325.01 "Studies in Ethnic American Literatures: Interracial Conversations." This course takes for granted the idea that people of all ethnic groups talk-not only to members of their own group but, more importantly, to people from other cultures and traditions. Talking forms the basis for any number of exchanges, borrowings and, even, appropriations. We will look at instances in literature when people transgress the color line through acts of language-moments of solidarity, violence, transformation, mimicry, parody and, even, passing. Prerequisite: ENG-227, 228, 229, 232 or permission of instructor.
English 332.01 "The Victorians: Performance, Gender, and Politics in Victorian Writing." In the nineteenth century, as more and more women became able to make a living by writing, men and women writers alike began to write about the rewards and dangers of women's literary performance. This course will begin with a brief overview of the early nineteenth-century myths of "the performing heroine," in Ellen Moers's words. Then it will treat a number of Victorian adaptations and revisions of those myths in detail, placing those readings in the context of Victorian historical and critical theory. Readings will include Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh, George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss, E.M. Forster's A Room with a View, and a variety of other texts from writers such as Germaine de Sta‰l, Walter Scott, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Maria Jewsbury, Charles Dickens, Thomas Carlyle, Matthew Arnold, and Oscar Wilde. Prerequisite: ENG-224, 225 or permission of instructor.
English 337.01 "The British Novel I: Truth and Sexual Criminality--(De)Constructing the Self in the Eighteenth-Century Scandalous Memoir and the Novel." In the mid-eighteenth century, scandalous memoirs made their way onto the literary scene. These autobiographical works were authored by women, and were usually written as a defense against an accusation of sexual criminality. The memoirists often pointed to dysfunctional family relationships as one explanation for their failure to resist sexually transgressive behavior, as well as their need to later "'go public'" with the details defending such behavior. By identifying "failed" family relationships as the source of sexual wrongdoing, the memoirists countered the wholesome and loving image of the family that was often represented in the novel. But more than this, the memoir also challenged the novel's claim to "Truth." Yet while the novel busied itself with articulating a certain kind of truth, one associated with the moral and psychological gr owth of the individual, the scandalous memoir articulated truths that described the individual's decline, thus resisting ideologies that constructed a unified and coherent vision of the self. Along with contemplating the novel's "rise" in the eighteenth century, this course will explore how the scandalous memoir contested "reigning notions of identity" and character in the period. We will also examine other autobiographical texts as well as contemplate various definitions of the genre of autobiography. Prerequisite: ENG-223, or 224, or 225, or 226 or permission of instructor.
English 360.01 "Seminar in Postcolonial Literature: Gandhi--Yogi, Hero and Activist" Scheduled at the same time as REL-394, ENG-360 will meet both privately and jointly with Prof. Dobe's REL-394. This course will focus on the ways in which modern Indian ascetic figures negotiated the binaries of a) tradition/modernity and b) privatized religion/public secular sphere. We will study Gandhi's charismatic authority in Rudolph's The Traditional Roots of Charisma and compare it with Gandhi's self-presentation in his autobiography. We will also study more critical and deconstructive approaches to Gandhi's status as saint, perhaps removing some of the glow from his halo. We will consider Gandhi's activist side by studying how Gandhi became a type of the saintly hero in literature. For example, while R. K. Narayan's novel Waiting for the Mahatma (1955) presents Gandhi as the revolutionary hero who would galvanize a traditional society into a new phase, other fictional works take an ironic and ambival ent perspective on the idea of self-sacrifice and renunciation as giving the hero special spiritual and social power. Arundhati Roy's more recent The God of Small Things (1996) makes the figure of the untouchable or Harijan a nodal point of a political and social critique of Hindu society first made prominent by Gandhi. Prerequisite for those students enrolling for ENG-360 credit: ENG-224, or 225, or 226, or 229, or permission of instructor. English majors are required to register for English credit. Writing requirements for the course will include two short essays and one longer research project on literary, historical, and contextual material from the course.
English 386.01 "Poetry Writing Seminar: Music & Text." Scheduled at the same times as MUS-321, ENG-386 will meet both privately and jointly with Prof. Rommereim's MUS-321. This course will engage both poetic and musical composition. Under the supervision of professors Rommereim and Savarese, aspiring poets and composers will work together to produce texts set to music and music set to texts. The course will culminate in a public performance. No knowledge of music is required for poetry-writing students, and no knowledge of poetry writing is required for music composition students. Indeed, the composers will be composing, and the writers will be writing; we will simply try to do these activities in relation to one another. Prerequisite for those students enrolling for ENG-386 credit: ENG-206 or permission of instructor.
English 390.01 "Literary Theory." This course is organized as a survey of major critical and theoretical approaches to literary studies. We begin with a sampling of writing by Formalists, both Russian and Anglo-American. We will then study the contribution of Structuralism to our understanding of the workings of language and then move to major figures in poststructuralism. This last movement or approach is further broken down into theoretical approaches such as feminism, Marxism, deconstruction, and psychoanalysis. The final section of the course will address theoretical approaches defined as 'postmodern.' In each of these sections, we will study primary theoretical writings with their implications for literary criticism. Prerequisite: third year or senior standing and at least one 300-level literature seminar in English department or permission of instructor.
Environmental Studies 195.01 (Also Global Development Studies 195.01) "Introductory Special Topic: Natural Hazards and Disasters with Lab." Natural hazards arise from normal Earth processes. But natural disasters generally result from the inability of humans to anticipate, and plan for, inevitable hazardous events. This course focuses on: the Earth processes that lead to natural disasters; the historical and geologic record of hazardous events; hazard prediction; the social, political, economic, historical, artistic, and religious consequences of natural disasters. Prerequisite: none.
Environmental Studies 195.02 "Introductory Special Topic: Historical Ecology." Historical Ecology - a synthesis of landscape ecology, archaeology, history, pre-history, epidemiology, climatology, palynology, demographics, and more - is ideally suited to the Liberal Arts. We will discuss the current literature in this field, with examples from tropical, temperate, boreal, insular and oceanic environments. Prerequisite: none.
Environmentnal Studies 251.01 (See Global Development Studies 251.01) "Water, Development and the Environment."
Environmental Studies 295.01 (Also Global Development Studies 295.01) "Special Topic: Environmental Issues of the Developing World." This course examines environmental conservation in the developing world (mainly Latin America, Africa, and Asia). Due to both political-economic and ecological factors, the developing world presents a complex and varied panorama of environmental issues. Using a "political ecology" approach, we will explore such issues as tropical deforestation and wild biodiversity conservation (Amazon Basin); wildlife protection (Africa); agricultural biodiversity conservation (Peru/Mexico); ecotourism and other market-based conservation strategies; desertification (drylands degradation) in Africa; shrimp aquaculture (Ecuador); and the politics of global climate change. Prerequisite: one 100-level Social Studies Course.
Environmental Studies 295.02 "Special Topic: Renewable Energy: The Energy Basis for Humans and Nature." This course explores the basic concepts of energy and how these concepts apply to energy flows in nature and in human economy runs on renewable energy. We will also explore the application of these basic concepts in creating a human economy that runs on renewable energy. We'll look at the cultural, economic, and public policy issues involved in the widespread use of renewables coupled with drastic improvements in energy efficiency. In addition to classroom work, this course will provide opportunities for hands-on work, practical application in projects on campus and in the community, and field trips. On the first day, we will convert the classroom to run on solar energy. Dates: February 11 to March 5. Short course deadlines apply. Prerequisite: Any math course, including SST-115, or permission of instructor.
Environmental Studies 495.01 "Senior Seminar: Latin America." The course explores the geography, natural history, human ecology, and contemporary environmental issues of Central America, South America and the West Indies. Emphases will be on Amaz"nia; its paleoclimate; theories regarding the evolution, maintenance and patterns of its biodiversity; disease ecology; environmental determinism of its native people; the TransAmazon Highway; extractive reserves; floodplain agriculture; and black earths. Other topics discussed will be the pre-Contact history of the Americas; the environmental impact of export commodities (coffee, cacao, sugar, beef); the ecology of savannas (pampas/llanos); the Brasilian ethanol economy; fisheries in the West Indies, the Humboldt Current and the Southern Ocean; human demography over the past 11,000 years (especially the holocaust after the European contact); the survival of indigenous people and their languages; the relationship between El Ni¤o and famine in northeas tern Brazil. Readings will be from the contemporary literature. Two lectures per week. Prerequisite: senior status or permission of instructor.
French 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: American Stories." Conducted in French. This course explores the ways in which North America is portrayed in works by authors from diverse regions of the French-speaking world. Topics to be addressed may include the American dream, the New World, immigration, exile, the death penalty, September 11, and the war in Iraq. Examines cities such as Montreal, New York, San Francisco, and Miami. Prerequisite: FRN-312 or 313 or permission of instructor.
Gender and Women's Studies 495.01 "Senior Seminar: Epidemics, Bodies and Gender." This seminar will investigate issues of gender and sexuality as viewed through the lens of infectious diseases in the United States and abroad. Topics may include the mother/child relationship, changing notions of "bodies" as they relate to disease transmission, the role of sex and sexuality, the relationship between gender inequality and access to the health care system, and how gender constructions form disease vectors. There will be opportunities for students to pursue aspects of these and other relevant topics depending on the interests of the class. Prerequisite: GWS-111 and one GWS core course, and four additional credits from GWS core or elective courses, or permission of instructor.
General Literary Studies 227.01 (See German 227) "Topics in German Literature in Translation: 20th Century Writers."
General Literary Studies 353.01 (See Russian 353) "Major Russian Writers: Nabokov."
German 227.01 (Also General Literary Studies 227) "Topics in German Literature in Translation: 20th Century Writers." The focus will be on representative prose and drama by major 20th century writers from the Federal Republic of Germany, the former German Democratic Republic, Austria, and Switzerland. Among the authors included are Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Bertolt Brecht, Friedrich Drrenmatt, Anna Seghers, Gnter Grass, Heinrich B"ll, Christa Wolf. Readings and discussions in English. Prerequisite: none.
Global Development Studies 195.01 (See Environmental Studies 195.01) "Introductory Special Topic: Natural Hazards and Disasters with Lab."
Gloval Development Studies 251.01 (Also Environmental Studies 251.01) "Water, Development and the Environment." New course. This course explores international water issues, focusing on the environmental, social economic, and political implications of water scarcity. Emphasis will be on three inter-related topics: water scarcity as a constraint on development; water scarcity as a source of domestic and international conflict; and, in particular, the environmental implications of water supply projects and their social and economic consequences. Water management policy and the implications of changing climate on regional water availability will also be considered. Prerequiste: second-year standing or permission of instructor.
Global Development Studies 295.01 (See Environmental Studies 295.01) "Special Topic: Environmental Issues of the Developing World."
Global Development Studies 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: Sustainable Development and Costa Rica." The course critically examines the concept of sustainable development and the development history of Costa Rica. The bulk of the course explores a number of key issues, debates, and development practices at the boundary of economic/social development, natural resource management, and environmental degradation within Costa Rica. The class will consider the complex ways in which natural environment, economics, politics, law, and culture interplay and affect development alternatives such as ecotourism, fair trade, organic agriculture, and others. Students will have the option of using Spanish language resources for their research papers. Students who enroll for this section of the seminar will travel to Costa Rica over spring break to undertake research that will be incorporated into their final research papers. Each student will be charged a $100 nonrefundable fee upon enrollment. All other esse ntial travel costs will be covered. International students should ensure that their visas will permit international travel. All students will require valid passports. Prerequisite: GDS-111, junior or senior standing and one 200-level course applicable toward the GDS concentration, or permission of instructor.
Global Development Studies 395.02 "Advanced Special Topic: Sustainable Development and Costa Rica." The course critically examines the concept of sustainable development and the development history of Costa Rica. The bulk of the course explores a number of key issues, debates, and development practices at the boundary of economic/social development, natural resource management, and environmental degradation within Costa Rica. The class will consider the complex ways in which natural environment, economics, politics, law, and culture interplay and affect development alternatives such as ecotourism, fair trade, organic agriculture, and others. Students will have the option of using Spanish language resources for their research papers. Prerequisite: GDS-111, junior or senior standing and one 200-level course applicable toward the GDS concentration, or permission of instructor.
History 295.01 "Special Topic: U.S. Environmental History." This course will introduce students to some of the central issues and debates in American Environmental History (c.1600-present). Focusing on the complex relationship between human communities and their surrounding environments, we will explore how the material world has shaped the changing social, economic and political landscape of America, and conversely, how people have labored to transform, conserve, and appropriate nature to suit their own designs. Key topics will include: the shifting patterns of land use and resource management among Native American and settler communities; the ecological transformations wrought by commercial agriculture and industrial capitalism; long-standing debates about the relationship between America146s natural environment and the distinctive character of its peoples; the evolving role of the state in environmental policy; the growth of conservation and public health movements; and the changing ways in which people have conceptualized, portrayed, and interacted with the material world around them. Prerequisite: HIS-111 or 112 or Second-year standing.
History 295.02 "Special Topic: Disease and Public Health in European History." This course examines how diseases helped to shape European history. As disease microbes exploited everyday life as well as the chaos of war, famine, and poverty, they have done more than determine who lived and died. Diseases stimulated the creation of new technologies and institutions and have shaped cultural values and beliefs. In turn, cultural values and beliefs shaped the way humans experienced disease. These disease-human interactions have changed over time, as people continually modified their societies, environments, and behavior and interacted in new ways with diseases, plants, and animals. This course will examine this process in a series of case studies from the Black Death to HIV/AIDS. Prerequisite: Second-year standing.
History 295.03 "Special Topic: Who Killed Kirov?" This course will look at Stalinist Politics and early Soviet history through an in-depth case study: the 1934 assassination of Sergei Kirov, Leningrad's Communist party boss. We will use this murder case as a window into several major themes from Soviet history, including the nature of Stalin's dictatorship, the extent of opposition to Stalin, the role of the police and the rumor mill in Soviet Politics, and the purpose of the 1930s show trials. Prerequisite: History 101 or 105 or second- year standing.
History 295.04 "Special Topic: European Urban History." This course analyzes the transformation of the European urban landscape from the nineteenth-century explosion of urbanization and industrialization to the present day. Particular attention will be devoted to several key themes: the emergence of urban planning, the aesthetics of urban life, the advent of urban "modernity" (and "modernism") as expressed in politics, art, and a nascent mass consumer and leisure culture; the personal experience of war, poverty, and immigration in the city; and the connection between the urban landscape, political legitimacy, and memory. Prerequisite: History 101 or permission of instructor.
History 318.01 "Many Faces of 'New' American Women, 1880-1930." This seminar will examine the public image and lived experience of three cohorts of women: those who came of age in the 1880s, early 1900s, and 1920s. The goal of the seminar is to explore changes in both women's definition and the popular culture's definition of the "new" woman, and to analyze the ideological debates and social tensions that were manifest in the "new" woman. The "new" woman will be discussed in terms of change and persistence in education, sexuality, family life, professional life, and political life Included will be the experiences of white women, African-American women, Mexican-American women, Asian-American women, heterosexual and homosexual women, wealthy, middle-class, and working-class women, private women and public women. These variegated female experiences will be placed in the context of a popular culture that sought to the "new" woman. Common readings will prepare students to select their own research topics to pursue in the second half of the semester. Prerequisite: HIS-222.
History 321.01 "Colonial Encounters in North America: A Comparative Approach." This course will examine Spanish, French, and British encounters with the native peoples of North America from 1492-1821. Students will grapple with three comparative questions: 1) What common attitudes and behaviors marked the European colonizers? 2) How did European colonists differ in their reactions to, and actions toward, the native peoples? 3) What was the range of native responses to the three different European empires and their colonists? Students will use the course common readings to propel them towards their own research project. Prerequisite: HIS-105 or HIS-111 and any 200-level U. S. History or Latin American History course (HIS-201, HIS-202, HIS-204, HIS-211, HIS-212, HIS-214, HIS-221, HIS-222, HIS-227, OR HIS-228), or permission of instructor.
History 338.01 "Histories of Leisure in Modern Europe." From well-heeled British travelers visiting Rome on a "Grand Tour" in the early 19th century to contemporary spectators attending the final match of the Champions League soccer competition at the Stade de France in Paris, "leisure" - in its many guises - has constituted an increasingly central part of the European social and cultural historical experience. This seminar will examine the development and transformation of leisure in Europe over the past two centuries, focusing particularly on the contested massification of three types of leisure pursuits: consumption, travel and tourism, and sport. The first half of the course will be devoted to common readings designed to familiarize students with these topics; students will then research and write a major independent paper during the remainder of the semester. Prerequisite: Two 200-level History classes, preferably one in modern European history, or permission of instructor.
History 352.01 "Film and Historiography: The Cinematic Representation of the Past." Many historians have been harshly critical of the ways that movies portray the past. In this seminar, our goal will not be to discuss how "good" a film is or to point out the historical errors within it, but to ask a series of broader questions about the possibilities and drawbacks of producing history for the silver screen. In the first half of the course, we will look at historical films from around the world, ranging from Eisenstein's "Ivan the Terrible" to Beatty's "Reds," paying particular attention to critiques written by historians who specialize in the films' subject matter. In the second half of the course, each student will write a 20-30 page analysis of a historical film or films, discussing the historiographical and theoretical issues we discussed in the first 7 weeks of the seminar. Pre-requisites: Two 200-level History classes.
History 376.01 "Mao Zedong (1893-1976)." This seminar will examine the various stages of the life of Mao: his childhood, his rise to prominence in the revolutionary, and his roles first as Chairman of the Communist Party and later as the most powerful administrator in the People's Republic. Themes for this course will include Mao's family life and his struggles against rivals both inside and outside of the Party; this course will also consider his thoughts on peasant organizations, guerrilla warfare, intellectuals and elites, literature and art, mass will and energy, and the continuing revolution. As well, the course will analyze changing depictions of Mao both by himself and by other individuals of differing political persuasions. Readings will include Mao's early autobiographical account, selected biographies published in the West over the past decades, and portions of Mao's speeches and writings relevant to our themes. Prerequisite: HIS-275, or HIS-276, or HIS-277, or HIS-278.
Library 195.01 "Introductory Special Topic: How Disciplines Construct Knowledge." This course is being team-taught by Catherine Rod, Associate Professor and Special Collections Librarian and Judy Hunter, Director of the Writing Laboratory. In this course students will analyze how academic communities use genres to construct, validate, communicate, and preserve knowledge. Specifically, students will closely analyze how academics perform specific types of scholarly work through the writing they produce, the sources of information they value, the modes of communication they honor, and the ways they control and organize information. Through this analysis, students will gain an understanding of how academics' work differs within and among disciplines. Prerequisite: none.
Music 202.01 "Topics in American Music: Rock Music." This course will focus on American and Anglo-American popular music, primarily in the rock and hip-hop traditions. In addition to functioning as a historical survey, this course seeks to understand the narrative and symbolic qualities present within musical sound with the purpose of being able to interpret this music as a social text that reflects the larger cultural and political movements surrounding its creation. Probable topics include, among others, Nirvana and the end of history, the roots of the blues in the African diaspora, class and classicism in heavy metal music, disco as a progressive social movement, and the role of break-dance in the development of hip-hop. Prerequisite: none
Music 321.01 "Advanced Studies in Music: Vocal Composition." Scheduled at the same times as ENG-386, MUS-321 will meet both privately and jointly with Prof. Savarese'sENG-386. This course will engage both poetic and musical composition. Under the supervision of professors Rommereim and Savarese, aspiring poets and composers will work together to produce texts set to music and music set to texts. The course will culminate in a public performance. No knowledge of music is technically required for poetry-writing students, and no knowledge of poetry writing is technically required for music composition students. Indeed, the composers will be composing, and the writers will be writing; we will simply try to do these activities in relation to one another. Prerequisite: MUS-215 or permission of instructor.
Philosophy 295.01 "Special Topic: Metaphysical Freedom and Moral Responsibility." We commonly think of ourselves and each other as free and responsible agents. We regard the murderer as deserving of blame (and even of punishment) and we regard the philanthropist as deserving of praise (and even of plaques). This conception of ourselves as free and responsible agents is essential to many kinds of human relationships and many kinds of social practices. However, the claim that we are in fact free and responsible agents is a view that conflicts with certain world-views 150 both theistic ones and scientific ones. We will study contemporary arguments against the possibility of freedom and responsibility, various responses to those arguments, as well as various theories about what freedom and responsibility are. Prerequisite: PHI-111 or permission of instructor.
Philosophy 394.01. "Advanced Studies in Theories of Value: Arendt." Hannah Arendt's political philosophy is one of the most compelling systematic visions of the place and significance of the political in human life. In this course we will study a range of Arendt's work, including selections from The Origins of Totalitarianism, The Human Condition, On Revolution, Eichmann in Jerusalem, and the posthumously published The Life of the Mind. We will also consider contemporary interpretations and appropriations of Arendt's work, including those by Jurgen Habermas, Hannah Pitkin, and Seyla Benhabib. Prerequisite: third year/senior standing and two of the following: PHI-234, 235, 242, 263, 264, 265, 268, 295, 336, 393, or permission of instructor.
Physical Education 295.01 "Special Topic: Lifeguard Instructor Training." This is a course designed by the American Red Cross to teach and certify current Lifeguards to become Lifeguard Instructors. After completion of this course, the student will be able to train and teach people over the age of 15 ARC Lifeguard Training. Dates: April 1 to May 8. 1/2 semester deadlines apply. Prerequisite: PHE-100-16, Lifeguard Training, or equivalent.
Political Science 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: American Public Policy." The purpose of this course is to address how government policies construct gender, race, and work in the United States. Students will analyze policies and the policymaking process from different policy eras for example, the Progressive Era, the New Deal and Great Society. In addition to the historical policy eras, we will also focus on specific policies relating to gender, work and race such as comparable worth, welfare to work, and full employment policies. Prerequisite: POL-295 (Spring 2006, Spring 2007) "Special Topic: Race, Gender and the American Welfare State" or POL-295 (Fall 2006) "SpTp: American Public Policy and Democracy" or permission of instructor.
Psychology 295.01 "Special Topic: Health Psychology." This survey course will examine the contribution of psychological processes to health utilizing a biopsychosocial model. Major topics to be covered will include health-compromising and health-promoting behaviors, stress and coping, managing chronic illnesses and patient-provider communication. Students will become acquainted with the ways in which the mind and body are involved with each other, and be able to apply the principles of health psychology to their daily lives. Prerequisite: PSY-113.
Psychology 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: Evolutionary Psychology." The goal of Evolutionary Psychology is to understand human behavior, the human brain and its circuits through the lens of our evolutionary past. A common nation is that human behavior is "instinctual". However, human behavior is also, of course, influenced by its genetic code, the result of millions of years of natural selection. In this course, we will learn about biological evolution, the evolutionary history of our ancestors and how the evolutionary pressures they faced selected genetically-based behavioral and physiological traits. We will then turn to modern humans and attempt to identify evolved psychological adaptations, behavioral predispositions and behavioral tendencies that are predicted by our evolutionary past. In short, we will try to understand -and be critical of- the claim made by previous authors that "Our modern skull houses a stone age mind." May not be taken by students who complete PSY-295, Fall 2006. Pre requisite: Two 200-level Psychology courses.
Religious Studies 195.01 (Also Anthropology 195.01) "Introductory Special Topic: The Galilee Jesus and Hillel Walked." This course will explore what can be known and understood about the religious, social and cultural life of first century Galilee. Along with being the senior archaeologist assigned to the Galilee by the Israel Antiquities Authority, instructor was the director of the excavation at the remains of a Jewish Galilean town, Yodefat, that was destroyed by the Romans in 67 CE. This course will use the lens of the archaeology finds (architecture, coins, ceramics etc.) to study the life of Jewish Galilee at the time of Jesus and Hillel. Dates: April 7 to April 23. Short course deadlines apply. Prerequisite: none.
Religious Studies 295.01 "Special Topic: Separatism, Islam, and African-American Identities." W.E.B. DuBois wrote in 1903 of the double-consciousness of African-Americans who, because of the experiences of slavery and segregation, must ask, "Am I an American, or am I a Negro? Can I be both?" Answers have often taken religious forms, from the attempted recovery of precolonial African Islamic roots, to Christian integrationism, to the Nation of Islam's separatist theology of self-help. More recently, as some African-Americans have embraced traditional Islam, possible responses to DuBois's original question have become even more complex. This course will examine the range of African-American religion and its role in fashioning racial and national identities. Prerequisite: REL-111, REL-115 or permission of instructor.
Religious Studies 295.02 "Special Topic: Queer Theory, Interpretation, and Biblical Worlds." This course is an introduction to the study of relevant biblical texts in the context of their social, historical, and cultural backgrounds. The texts and approaches for the course broadly fall into two categories. The first part of the course is particularly focused upon those passages that are traditionally claimed as being "about" homosexuality. Careful study of these passages will indicate some surprising departures from these views. The second part of the course involves grappling with how queer theory contributes to our contemporary interpretations as they relate to various issues, including gender, sexuality, identity, and political praxis. Prerequisite: REL-111, 115 or second-year standing.
Religious Studies 394.01 "Advanced Topics in Religious Studies: St. Gandhi--Yogi, Hero and Activist." Scheduled at the same times as ENG-360, REL 394 will meet both privately and jointly with Prof. Kapila's ENG-360. This course will focus on Gandhi as an ascetic who connected tradition and modernity and drew on religion within the realm of politics. We will study Gandhi's charismatic authority in Rudolph's The Traditional Roots of Charisma and compare it with Gandhi's self-presentation in his autobiography. We will also study more critical and deconstructive approaches to Gandhi's status as saint, perhaps removing some of the glow from his halo. We will consider Gandhi's activist side by studying how Gandhi became a type of the saintly hero in literature. For example, while R. K. Narayan's novel Waiting for the Mahatma (1955) presents Gandhi as the revolutionary hero who would galvanize a traditional society into a new phase, other fictional works take an ironic and ambivalent perspective on the idea of self-sacrifice and renunciation as giving the hero special spiritual and social power. Arundhati Roy's more recent The God of Small Things (1996) makes the figure of the untouchable or Harijan a nodal point of a political and social critique of Hindu society first made prominent by Gandhi. Prerequisite for those students enrolling for REL-394 credit: REL 311or permission of instructor. Religious Studies majors are required to register for Religious Studies credit. Writing requirements for the course will include two short essays and one longer research project on religious, historical, and contextual material from the course.
Russian 195.01 "Introductory Special Topic: Literature and the Arts in Russian Modernism and the Avant-Garde." An interdisciplinary course that examines the varieties of artistic expression in Russia during the first decades of the twentieth century. Media to be considered include poetry, prose, drama, painting, book arts, photography, film, theater and costume design, and the refashioning of genres such as autobiography. Issues to be considered include Russia's position vis-...-vis the West, its attempts at self-definition as related to the search for new creative forms, the reactions of artists to the Revolution of 1917, and the demise of the avant-garde under Stalin. Conducted in English. Prerequisite: none.
Russian 353.01 (Also General Literary Studies 353) "Major Russian Writers: Nabokov." This course examines the artistic oeuvre of a single major Russian writer within the context of his cultural and literary milieu. The following writers could be offered in alternating years: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Gogol, Chekhov, Nabokov. Conducted in English. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: none.
Social Studies 295.01 "Special Topic: Introduction to GIS." An introduction to the fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with examples of applications in various fields. Focuses on the principles of spatial-statistical analysis and emphasizes building skills in GIS software packages, GPS (Global Positioning System), and cartographic design. Students will use GIS software to capture, store, query, analyze, and display spatially referenced data (e.g. roads, land parcels, vegetation, and other landscape features, as well as social, economic, and public health data). Students will pursue independent projects using GIS methods for analysis in social and environmental sciences. Prerequisite: MAT 115 or 209.
Social Studies 295.02 "Special Topic: Creative Careers: Learning from the Alumni." This course, sponsored by the Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership, focuses on the idea of career, as the construction of one's identity within the context of communities. We will be examined in cases studies of 8-10 Grinnell alumni who have developed significant careers and made a difference in the government, non-profit, and business sectors. These alumni, with diverse majors in all three divisions, will visit class to tell their own stories so that we can learn about their opportunities, decisions, and learning as they constructed their careers. Dates: January 25 to March 14. 1/2 semester course deadlines apply. Prerequisite: One social studies division course (Anthropology, Education, History, Economics, Sociology or Political Science).
Social Studies 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: Intellectual property Law and Policy: the Intersection of Public Policy and Legal Regulation." This short course is sponsored by the Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership. The course will examine the nexus between governmental policy making and federal legislation. U.S. economic and trade policies over the last fifty years will be reviewed and contrasted with the development and change of U.S. intellectual property laws during the same period. The effect of intellectual property legislation in achieving governmental economic and trade policies will be studied together with comparable foreign trade policies and legal developments. Dates: April 7 to April 23. Short course deadlines apply. Prerequisite: SST-295, Intellectual Property and its Role in Global Socioeconomic Shifts (Sp07 & Fa07).
Sociology 295.01 "Special Topic: Comparing Genocide." The objective of this course is to contribute to an understanding of the different forms and manifestations of twentieth-century genocide. The course will explore what I consider key aspects of genocide, drawing on the wealth of 20th century experience with it. It will also enable students to gain perspectives on two related earlier phenomena: slavery and the extermination of Native American, both of crucial importance for understanding the usefulness of mass murder. It will examine in some detail four instances of genocide: that of the Armenians in Ottoman Turkey, of the Jews by Nazi Germany, of Bosnians in the Bosnian war, and of Tutsi by Hutu in Rwanda. Basic knowledge of the historical facts involved will be expected. It will deal extensively with the involvement and responsibility of not only the immediate perpetrators, but of their societies at large. It will analyze the mechanism of genocide on the level of discrete events, as well as the way that information about it spreads and/or is suppressed, and the way the outside world reacts - or does not. Prerequisite: Third or fourth-year standing or permission of instructor.
Sociology 295.02 "Introductory Special Topic: Media and Ethnic Conflict." Based on an analysis of the role of the media in contemporary ethnic conflicts in the Balkans and in the Middle East, both as participants and as observers, the course will attempt to describe the impact the media have on such conflicts, and their influence on the media. Issues of journalistic neutrality and objectivity will be addressed, responsibility of media for their coverage will be debated. The course will concentrate mainly on print media, though TV coverage will be occasionally analyzed as well. The role of media as active participant will be stressed, and journalistic mistakes and manipulations will be analyzed in depth on the basis of case studies. Prerequisite: second-year standing.
Sociology 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: Citizenship Matters." Citizenship is fundamentally a legal tie between an individual and a particular state, but it is also a category to which rights are attached, and a basis for identification. What has happened to this three-dimensional institution as globalizing forces have reconfigured the state, its main referent? How does it matter that people's "right to have rights" has been diminished? This course grapples with answers to these questions by analyzing changes in citizenship policy in leading liberal-democratic and illiberal countries over the long run. Special attention is paid to the Americas and Europe. Prerequisite: Two 200-level Sociology courses or permission of instructor.
Theatre 195.01 "Introductory Special Topic: A Short Survey of Traditional Chinese Theatre: History and Performance Techniques." This course will explore the development of the classical Chinese theatre from its origins to the present day. Areas of focus will include social context, training and performance techniques, music, setting and costume. The first part of the course will be an introduction to the major classical traditions. The second part will be a workshop of current training and performance techniques and will be conducted by a master teacher and advanced students from the Suzhou Museum School of Kunqu Opera. The class will conclude with a demonstration/performance of these techniques by members of the class. During the last two weeks of the course, evening workshop rehearsals will be required. Dates: January 21 to February 15. Short course deadlines apply. S/D/F only. Prerequisite: none.
Theatre 303.01 "Studies in Drama I: Shakespeare's Comedies and Tragedies." Study of selected comedies (Midsummer Night's Dream, 12th Night, Measure for Measure), late romances (Winter's Tale, Tempest), and tragedies (Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear) with reference to their sources in literature and folklore, intellectual backgrounds, cultural contexts, critical history, and ongoing life in landmark productions, including modern film performances (the Hamlets of Jacobi and Branagh; McKellan's Macbeth; Scofield's Lear). The seminar will pay close attention to dramatic structure and Shakespeare's innovative experiments with genre, character, and language. Resources, both practical and critical, will include Granville-Barker, Northrop Frye (A Natural Perspective), The Renaissance Hamlet, the Arden editions of the plays, and major scholarship on the plays and the plays in performance. In keeping with the Department's Shakespeare focus this fall (with productions of Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Midsummer Night's Dream), this spring course may include a final project involving a public staged reading of soliloquies and scenes, particularly focusing on King Lear. Prerequisite: THE 201 or 202, HUM 102 or 140, ENG 120, upper-level literature or history courses, or permission of instructor.