Spring 2019 Course Offerings

Please find our Spring 2019 course offerings listed below.

Course Offerings

African Studies

Professor: Richard Wamai

CRN: 34450

Days, Time: TF, 1:35 pm – 3:15 pm

Pre-requisites: N/A

Attributes: NUpath Societies/Institutions, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities, Crosslisted Course

Description: Introduces global health in the context of an interdependent and globalized world focusing on four main areas of analysis: infrastructure of global health; diseases; populations; and terms, concepts, and theories. While the focus is on lower-income countries, the course examines issues in a broader global context, underscoring the interconnections between global health disparities and global health policy response. Applies case studies describing interventions to improve healthcare in resource-poor settings in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere to help illuminate the actors, diseases, populations, and principles and frameworks for the design of effective global health interventions. AFRS 1270 and PHTH 1270 are cross-listed.

Fulfills: African Studies minor elective

Professor: Kwamina Panford

CRN: 34763

Days, Time: MW, 2:50 pm – 4:30 pm

Pre-requisites: N/A

Attributes: NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, NUpath Difference/Diversity, NUpath Societies/Institutions, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

Description: Offers a basic survey of the latest innovations and cultural and socioeconomic trends of 21st-century Africa. Examines the political transformations of some of the 49 Sub-Saharan African nations. Focuses on a culturally and ethnically diverse continent of five regions with linguistic and religious diversity and tribal societies reflecting an ancient triple heritage—Indigenous, Arab, and European. Presents complex and critical perspectives on topics including governance and civil strife, gender empowerment, the impact of globalization, trade and investment developments, public health challenges, the visual and performing arts, identity formation among a rising youth demographic to pervasive mobile technology, food security, and the new “African” passport.

Fulfills: African Studies minor elective

Professor: Richard Wamai

CRN: 35480

Days, Time: WF, 11:45 am – 1:25 pm

Pre-requisites: N/A

Attributes: NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, NUpath Difference/Diversity, NUpath Societies/Institutions, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

Description: Examines the epidemiology and determinants of diseases and the public health practice among continental African peoples and African-derived populations in the Americas and elsewhere in the African Diaspora. Emphasizes such epidemic diseases as malaria, yellow fever, tuberculosis, smallpox, the current AIDS pandemic, obesity, and cancer. The course also aims to critically address the breadth of factors behind these pandemics, such as socioeconomic, political, health system, behavioral, and genetic. A cross-cutting theme throughout the course is the entrenched health disparities in society.

Fulfills: African Studies minor elective

Professor: Kwamina Panford

CRN: 34633

Days, Time: MTh, 11:45 am – 1:25 pm

Pre-requisites: Must be Sophomore, Junior, or Senior

Description: Examines the social dimensions of resource extraction. Focusing mainly on developing nations, studies global issues, including developments in industrial nations, to assess their impact on resource extraction and living and working conditions in resource-rich regions. Uses case studies of key countries producing oil/gas, minerals, and forest/agricultural commodities to illustrate the past/current causes of resource mismanagement; their social consequences; and how public policies, legislation, and financial and human resource management with industrialization can be used to avert or reduce the adverse effects of resource extraction, especially in poor countries.

African-American Studies


Professor: Eric Jackson

CRN: 31428

Days, Time: MTh, 11:45 am – 1:25 pm

Pre-requisites: Not open to students who have taken MUSC 1104

Attributes:The Learning Link, NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, NUpath Interpreting Culture, NU Core Arts Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

Description: Explores the various musical traditions of African Americans, with a specific focus on the United States. Examines the impact of African, European, and Native American traditions on African-American music as well as the role of music as an expression of African-American aesthetics, traditions, and life. Considers historical and contemporary forms of African-American music, with selected video presentations.

Fulfills: African American Studies major and African American Studies minor elective

Professor: Gia Barboza

CRN: 37148

Days, Time: MTh, 11:45 am – 1:25 pm

Pre-requisites: N/A

Attributes: UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

Description: Discusses the cycle by which racism in our institutions helps form our attitudes and the manner in which our attitudes, in turn, shape our institutions. Emphasizes the practical, day-to-day aspects of racism, rather than the theoretical and historical.

Fulfills: African American Studies major and African American Studies minor elective

Professor: Gia Barboza

CRN: 36925

Days, Time: MWTh, 10:30 am – 11:35 am

Pre-requisites: N/A

Attributes: UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

Description: Examines the impact of public policy on African Americans and the role of African Americans in the formulation of public policy. These roles include protest, interest-group politics, electoral politics, and blacks as policy researchers and advisers. The process of public policy formulation as it affects blacks is explored through a series of case studies ranging from the formulation and enforcement of fugitive slave laws in the pre–Civil War era to strategic military and foreign policy, affirmative action, welfare reform, and reparations in our own time.

Fulfills: African American Studies major and African American Studies minor elective

Culture Studies

Professor: Holbrook Robinson

CRN: Section 01: 31288 / Section 02: 34451

Days, Time: Section 01: MTh, 11:45 am – 1:25 pm / Section 02: MW, 2:50 pm – 4:30 pm

Pre-requisites: N/A

Attributes: NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, NU Core Humanities Lvl 1, NUpath Interpreting Culture, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

Description: Examines the rich interconnections between literature and language and the culture that supports them. Discusses the relationship of language to literature and investigates how language and literatures are embedded in culture. Addresses several very broad and important questions, such as the relationship between language and culture; the relationship between language and thought; the definition of cultural relativism; and how ethical dilemmas are expressed in different cultures. Explores the relationship of esthetic and rhetorical traditions in given languages to the culture from which they sprang. In this context, examines the extremely interesting case of American Sign Language and how a gestural language sheds light on these issues.

Fulfills: Language minor requirement

Professor: José Buscaglia

CRN: 34452

Days, Time: MW, 2:50 pm – 4:30 pm

Pre-requisites: N/A

Attributes: NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, NU Core Humanities Lvl 1, NUpath Interpreting Culture, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

Description: Examines contemporary works of cinematography in Latin America, focusing on the culture and imagery of the Spanish-, French-, and Portuguese-speaking peoples of the Western hemisphere, including the United States. Critically engages—from a technical (cinematographic), genre, and socio-historical perspective—topics of history, memory, and cultural resiliency; colonialism, racism, and patriarchy; dictatorship, revolution, and democratization; and nationalism, dependency, and globalization. Conducted in English; most films are in French, Portuguese, or Spanish with English subtitles.

Professor: Jennifer Cullen

CRN: 35481

Days, Time: TF, 11:45 am – 3:15 pm

Pre-requisites: N/A

Attributes: NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, NU Core Humanities Lvl 1, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

Description: Provides an introduction to Japanese film through works by such great masters as Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, and Ozu, as well as works by new directors from the 1980s and 1990s such as Tami, Morita, and Suo. Studies both form and content; relates major works to Japanese culture. Conducted in English.

Fulfills: Japanese minor elective

Professor: TBD

CRN: 34162

Days, Time: MWTh, 10:30 am – 11:35 am

Pre-requisites: N/A

Attributes: NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, NU Core Humanities Lvl 1, NUpath Interpreting Culture, NUpath Societies/Institutions, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities, Crosslisted Course

Description: Introduces modern Chinese history and culture through literary works, films, and historical texts. Examines political, social, and cultural changes in China since 1800: the decline of empire; the New Culture Movement of the 1920s; the rise of nationalism and rural revolution; the changing roles of women; the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s; and China’s cinematic, literary, and economic engagement with the world since 1978. Taught in English and open to all undergraduates. CLTR 1500 and HIST 1500 are cross-listed.

Professor: Alice Sedar

CRN: 34534

Days, Time: WF, 11:45 am – 1:25 pm

Pre-requisites: N/A

Attributes: NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, NU Core Humanities Lvl 1, NUpath Interpreting Culture, NUpath Societies/Institutions, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

Description: Explores contemporary France and French mentality through lectures, screenings, readings, and discussions. Topics covered include the modern vs. the traditional family, social reproduction, gender norms, culture and social distinction, the concept of “grandeur,” identity, and immigration. Offers students an opportunity to evaluate historical and sociological readings, films, documentaries, and TV commercials; to compare French and American systems; and to consider contemporary human and social behaviors in the face of globalization.

Fulfills: French minor elective

Professor: Shakir Mustafa

CRN: 35677

Days, Time: M, 11:45 am – 1:25 pm [hybrid course]

Pre-requisites: N/A

Attributes: NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, NU Core Humanities Lvl 1, NUpath Interpreting Culture, NUpath Societies/Institutions, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

Description: Designed to provide students with an in-depth survey of Arabic culture. Familiarizes students with the roots of one of the richest and oldest cultures but also seeks to satisfy their curiosity concerning certain social norms, patterns, and cultural traits in contemporary Arabic societies. Examines cultural manifestations ranging from the hijab (head covering), Jihad (holy struggle), human rights, polygamy, gender relations, public behavior, and many others by providing the historical backgrounds for these customs and traditions as well as exploring how they are now perceived in various Arab societies as well as in the West. Seeks to provide students with an appreciation for this multifaceted culture but most importantly a broad perspective on Arabic culture within the context of the universal human experience.

Professor: Luigia G. Maiellaro

CRN: 34535

Days, Time: MTh, 11:45 am – 1:25 pm

Pre-requisites: N/A

Attributes: NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, NU Core Humanities Lvl 1, NUpath Interpreting Culture, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

Description: Examines chronologically the main aspects of Italian culture, concentrating on the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the modern, post-unification period. Topics include art, philosophy, literature, architecture, film, and historical background. Other topics address significant personages in Italian culture, such as Dante, Boccaccio, Piero della Francesca, Leonardo da Vinci, Alberti, Pico della Mirandola, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli; the differences between northern and southern Italy; and the nature of Italy’s cultural heritage and its influence and status today. Conducted in English.

Fulfills: Italian minor elective


Professor: Élika Ortega Guzman

CRN: 34480

Days, Time: MWTh, 10:30 am – 11:35 am

Pre-requisites: N/A

Attributes: NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, NU Core Humanities Lvl 1, NUpath Interpreting Culture, NUpath Societies/Institutions, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

Description: Introduces students to Latin American culture through the study of a broad array of literary and critical writings by Latin American authors and selected films from Latin America. Authors include Sor Juana, Garcia Marquez, and Jorge Amado. Conducted in English.

Fulfills: Spanish minor elective, LACS minor elective, Spanish major elective


Professor: Jennifer Cullen

CRN: 30063

Days, Time: TF, 9:50 am – 11:30 am

Pre-requisites: N/A

Attributes: NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, NU Core Humanities Lvl 1, NUpath Interpreting Culture, UG Col Socl Sci & Humanities

Description: Provides an introduction to Japanese popular culture through critical analysis of mass media such as film, television, comics, and animation. Investigates various social and cultural issues, such as gender, family, and education. Films and videos supplement readings. Conducted in English.

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Professor: Élika Ortega Guzman

CRN: 15419

Days, Time: MWR, 10:30 am – 11:35 am

Pre-requisites: N/A

Description: Focuses on Latin America as a region of rich technological creativity in the digital media landscape of the 21st century. Explores how social networks, computational technologies, and digital devices are subject to creative hacks that incorporate alternative economies and knowledge models and enact social and artistic movements. Examines how hacks or adaptations of new media traverse the local dimensions of the current global technocultural landscape and invite reflection on the multiplex relationships fostered by digital media around the world. Offers students an opportunity to analyze cultural artifacts and phenomena in Latin America in a comparative global setting and engage in innovative expression by creating reflexive multimedia artifacts of their own, replicating the creative and adaptive uses studied in the class. Taught in English.

Professor: Amílcar Barreto

CRN: 18103

Days, Time: MR, 11:45 am – 1:25 pm

Pre-requisites: Undergraduate level POLS 1155 Minimum Grade of D- or Undergraduate level POLS 1160 Minimum Grade of D-

Description: Explores contending theories of identity and nationalism—a powerful force in international and domestic politics. Examines topics such as the process of identity creation, the choice of national symbols, how group boundaries are established, the role of identity in conflict and state building, and the debate over nationalism’s constructed or primordial nature. POLS 3418 and CLTR 3418 are cross-listed.

Professor: Daniel Noemi Voionmaa

CRN: 17863

Days, Time: MWR, 1:35 pm – 2:40 pm

Pre-requisites: Undergraduate level SPNS 2102 Minimum Grade of D-

Description: Studies the idea of violence and how it relates to the social, economic, and political situation in Latin America. Students watch films and documentaries and read novels, testimonies, short stories, and poems of several artistic movements to study how violence is represented/visualized in these texts. Also addresses the topics of historical memory and human rights by using basic theoretical texts about the concept of violence, memory, and human rights. Studies four moments in recent Latin American history: Mexico 1968, Shining Path and Peru in the 1980s and 1990s, the genocide in Guatemala, and the dictatorships in the Southern Cone. Taught in Spanish.

Film Studies

Professor: Jose Buscaglia

CRN: 14975

Days, Time: MW, 2:50 pm – 4:30 pm

Pre-requisites: N/A

Description: Examines prizewinning Latin American films based on actual events, such as those that occurred during the Argentine military dictatorship of the 1970s, or works of fiction by well-known authors, such as Nobel Prize winner Garcia Marquez. These films ably depict the history and culture of these countries. Conducted in English and the films are in Spanish with English subtitles.

Professor: Alan West-Durán

CRN: 14012

Days, Time: MW, 2:50 pm – 4:30 pm

Pre-requisites: N/A

Description: Introduces the study of world cinema from the past several decades as a form of artistic and cultural expression. Emphasizes the way that different ethnicities and cultures mix and even clash within national boundaries. Readings cover such topics as the postcolonial inheritance, immigration, the boundaries of class, the pressures of modernization, ethnic identities, and historical memory. Examines storytelling in its multicultural aspects and deals with the diverse influences of entertainment cinema and art cinema, as well as measures taken by countries to limit the influx of foreign films in order to protect their own cultural productivity. One overall concern of the course is the place of film in contemporary global culture.

Literature Studies

Professor: Shakir Mustafa

CRN: 17415

Days, Time: M, 11:45 am – 1:25 pm

Pre-requisites: N/A

Description: Covers selected writers who fairly represent a wide range of Muslim attitudes to the Qur’an. Muslim writers use the Qur’an for political and social criticism, question Qur’anic texts related to the status of women, or question the authenticity of the Qur’an itself. After 9/11, however, Muslim writers in the West have presented characters who find in the Qur’an a source of positive powers. Readings are drawn from works such as the following: Leila Aboulela, Minaret; Monica Ali, Brick Lane; Gamal Al-Ghitani, Zayni Barakat; Tehmina Durrani, Blasphemy; Nuruddin Farah, Maps; Taha Hussein, An Egyptian Childhood; Yusuf Idris, “A House of Flesh”; C. H. Kane, Ambiguous Adventure; Hanif Kureishi, The Black Album and “My Son the Fanatic”; Naguib Mahfouz, The Children of the Alley.

Professor: Barbara Corbett

CRN: 15420

Days, Time: MR, 11:45 am – 1:25 pm

Pre-requisites: Undergraduate level SPNS 3101 Minimum Grade of D-

Description: Traces the development of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages (las jarchas, El poema del Cid, El libro de buen amor, La Celestina) through the Renaissance and Baroque periods or Golden Age (Garcilaso de la Vega, the picaresque novel, the mystics, Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderon). Conducted in Spanish.

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