2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog

General Studies

General studies 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 courses cut across disciplines and emphasize relationships among 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 B103 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture I
The primary goal of this course is to develop an elementary level ability to speak, read, and write Swahili. The emphasis is on communicative competence in Swahili based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. In the process of acquiring the language, students will also be introduced to East Africa and its cultures. No prior knowledge of Swahili or East Africa is required.
(Mshomba, Division I or Division III)

GNST B105 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture II
The primary goal of this course is to continue working on an elementary level ability to speak, read, and write Swahili. The emphasis is on communicative competence in Swahili based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Students will also continue learning about East Africa and its cultures. Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture I or permission of the instructor is required.
(Mshomba, Division I or Division III)

GNST B145 Introduction to Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures
A broad, interdisciplinary survey of themes uniting and dividing societies from the Iberian Peninsula through the contemporary New World. The class introduces the methods and interests of all departments in the concentration, posing problems of cultural continuity and change, globalization and struggles within dynamic histories, political economies, and creative expressions.
(Arbona, Song, Division I or Division III)

GNST B156 Themes in Middle Eastern Society: The Space of Religion
The basis for the Middle East Studies Concentration, this course features changing themes. For Fall 2010, the theme is the space of religion: in daily life; in politics and culture; space and metaphor. Included are sacred kingship, the rise of Islamic states, roles of Middle Eastern Christians and Jews, and challenges from secular ideologies that transform the space of religion.
(Harrold)

GNST B255 Advanced Video Production
This course will explore aesthetic strategies utilized by low-budget film and video makers as each student works throughout the semester to complete a 7-15 minute film or video project. Course requirements include weekly screenings, reading assignments, and class screenings of rushes and roughcuts of student projects. Prerequisites: Some prior film course experience necessary, instructor discretion.
(Staff, Division III: Humanities)

GNST B290 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality
This course offers a rigorous grounding for students interested in questions of gender and sexuality. Bringing together intellectual resources from multiple disciplines, it also explores what it means to think across and between disciplinary boundaries. Team-taught by Bryn Mawr and Haverford professors from different disciplines, this course is offered yearly on alternate campuses.
(Dalke, Lindgren, Schneider, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.