Exposes students to the diversity of cultural and religious life through world area studies; histories; cultural and political movements; and religious institutions and practices. Topics include religions, cultures, power, colonialism, empire, communities, nations, states, identities, alterities, civilizations, social movements, resistance, development, and security.
Survey of significant scholarly texts on Israel and Palestine during the 19th-21st centuries. Topics may include: Jewish and Middle East context; medical and environmental history; economic history; intellectual history of Zionism and Palestinian nationalism; cultural history.
"UTOPIAS GONE AWRY: CONFLICT AND PARADISE IN THE BLACK SEA REGION" (VLPA) THIS COURSE INTRODUCES STUDENTS TO THE HISTORY AND POLITICAL DYNAMICS OF THE BLACK SEA REGION THROUGH CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE, ART, FILM, MUSIC AND FOOD. WE WILL LOOK AT THE MULTICULTURAL MAKEUP OF THE COUNTRIES SURROUNDING THE BLACK SEA - BULGARIA, ROMANIA, UKRAINE, RUSSIA, GEORGIA, AND TURKEY - AND INVESTIGATE WHY CONFLICTS PERSIST IN THIS BORDER AREA BETWEEN EAST AND WEST, EUROPE AND ASIA. IDENTIFYING PATTERNS OF TURBULENCE, GENDER POLITICS, AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION, WE WILL ALSO EXPLORE POSITIVE CULTURAL CONTINUITIES IN THE REGION. IN THIS SEMINAR STYLE COURSE, STUDENTS WILL CONTRIBUTE THROUGH REPORTS, DISCUSSIONS, AND CREATIVE PROJECTS.
GEOPOLITICAL BORDERS FORTIFY
NATIONAL IDENTITIES AND PRODUCE
ECONOMIC CONDITIONS OF MATERIAL
EXCHANGE. THIS COURSE WILL READ
FEMINIST AND QUEER THEORIES OF
BORDERS, BODIES AND RESISTANCE TO
BETTER UNDERSTAND CONTEMPORARY
CONFIGURATIONS OF GEOPOLITICAL
BORDERS ACROSS THE US/MEXICO,
ISRAEL/PALESTINE, AND SOUTH/NORTH
History and development of Egyptian cinema. Examines a range of topics, including: the transition to sound, the differentiation into film genres, the nationalization of the film industry in the 1960s, the role of the director as auteur, and the recovery of the Egyptian film industry after 2000.
NOTES: POL S MAJORS: COUNTS FOR FIELD C,
INTERNATIONAL SECURITY OPTION
ELECTIVE COURSE. ** WARNING: IF YOU
COMPLETED POL S 333 IN WINTER 2017
YOU WILL NOT EARN CREDIT FOR POL S
349. COURSE CONTENT IS THE SAME.