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General Studies

Certain courses focus on areas that are not usually covered in the Bryn Mawr curriculum and provide a supplement to the areas more regularly covered; these are called general studies courses and are listed in the Tri-Co Course Guide under this heading. Courses that cut across a number of disciplines and emphasize relationships among them are cross-listed and described under the departments that sponsor them.

Many general studies courses are open, without prerequisite, to all students. With the permission of the major department, they may be taken for major credit.

GNST B101 African Civilizations: An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Africana Studies

The required course introduces students to African societies, cultures and political economies with an emphasis on change and response among African people in Africa and outside. (Ngalamulume, Division I)

GNST B103 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture I

(Mshomba, Division I or III)

GNST B105 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture II

(Mshomba, Division I or III)

GNST B155 Islamic Civilization, A Literary Introduction

Surveys major political, social, religious and cultural developments in the Islamic world, from Spain to India, as represented in the works of Arabic, Persian and Turkish literature in translation, with some attention to art and architecture. We cover the period from the rise of Islam to early modern times (roughly 600 to 1500). (Kim, Division III)

GNST B213 Introduction to Mathematical Logic

(Weaver, Division II; cross-listed as PHIL B213)

GNST B215 Introduction to Set Theory

Study of the theory of cardinal and ordinal numbers in the context of Gödel Bernays-von Neumann set theory. Topics include equivalents of the axiom of choice and basic results in infinite combinatorics. Prerequisites: PHIL 103 and MATH 231. (Weaver, Division II) Not offered in 2006-07.

GNST B224 Gender and Science

We hear of new medical developments or breakthroughs, and patients hope for a "magic bullet." Health care is not only about scientific progress, but about treating people. We see how differently people are affected by medical developments, according to their social constituencies. Recently disparities have been considered by medical researchers, practitioners and policy makers. What methods can we use to picture health care closer to its social reality? Focus is on methods of social historians and emphasizes advantage of combining approaches from social disciplines. (McCormack)

GNST B239 Introduction to Linguistics

(Kandybowicz, Division I)

GNST B261 Palestine and Israeli Society: Cultural and Historical Perspectives

(Neuman; cross-listed as ANTH B261, HEBR B261 and HIST B261)

GNST B265 The Islamic Literary Tradition

Focus on the major poetic genres and figures in Islamic literature. Selected works from Arabic, Persian and Turkish are read in translation, and each is situated in historical, social and cultural context. We weill not engage in extensive comparisons among the three literatures, but questions of continuities and ruptures will inform the course. (Kim, Division III; cross-listed as COML B265) Not offered in 2006-07.

GNST B277 Topics in Islamic Literature: Travel Narrative

Examines medieval and early modern Muslim travel accounts of the Islamic world and beyond, through selected texts in English translation. Looks at critical approaches to travel narrative and considers whether they are useful for Islamic context. (Kim, Division III; cross-listed as COML B277)

GNST B290 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

This course explores the variety of ways in which we "do" sex and gender, by looking at the inevitability of our making categories, play as a way of unsettling them and politics as a way of making them useful, as we put them into action in the world. (Patico, Division III) Not offered in 2006-07.

GNST B303 Advanced Mathematical Logic

(Weaver; cross-listed as PHIL B303) Not offered in 2006-07.

GNST B342 Middle Eastern Diasporas

(Neuman; cross-listed as ANTH B342 and HEBR B342)

GNST B403 Thesis


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