2012-2013 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.

COURSES

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mshomba,E.
(Fall 2012)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures; International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GNST B155 Introduction to Islamic Civilization

This course offers a basic introduction to the Islamic world, from Spain to India, in its political, social, religious, and cultural dimensions. We cover the period from the rise of Islam to early modern times (roughly 600 to 1500). Texts in English translation.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Crosslisting(s): COML-B155
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GNST B156 Themes in Middle Eastern Society

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Middle East Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GNST B223 Acting in Prison: Vision as Resource for Change

This course uses the theme of “vision” to explore the context and consequences of mass incarceration, daily experiences inside correctional institutions and social movements formed and inspired by incarcerated individuals. Students will explore and apply course materials in campus-based classes and in classes with incarcerated women inside a correctional facility.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Toews,B.
(Fall 2012)

GNST B255 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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Film Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cho,E.
(Fall 2012)

GNST B260 Silent Spaces: a History of Contemplation in the West

This course will trace contemplative traditions developed and preserved in the Western monastic tradition from the desert through the present. Topics include elected silence and the ways in which it has shaped communities in the Western contemplative tradition, and the difference between enclosed contemplatives and contemplatives loose in the world.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

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.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GNST B302 Topics in Video Production

This course is an immersive experience in the art of narrative film, combined with technical instruction in cinematography, sound, and editing. Coursework includes critiques, creative writing exercises, formal analysis of film clips, presentations, group projects, attending local film festival, and the production of a digital short film using narrative tehniques. Pre-requisite: GNST B255, ENGL/HART B205-001 or an equivalent Video Production course, such as Documentary Production or an equivalent critical course in Film or Media Studies. Please contact instructor for pre-requisite questions.
Counts toward: Film Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cho,E.
(Spring 2013)

GNST B400 Study Abroad Enrollment

Units: 4
(Fall 2012, Spring 2013)

GNST B403 Supervised Work

Units: 1.0
(Fall 2012, Spring 2013)

GNST B425 Praxis III - Independent Study

Counts toward: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2012, Spring 2013)