2013-2014 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 towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mshomba,E.
(Fall 2013)

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. Prerequisite: GNST B103 (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 towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mshomba,E.
(Spring 2014)

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 towards: Middle East Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

GNST B201 Nutrition, Smoking, and Cardiovascular Health
The class explores the relationships between health, national associations, and the federal government is they relate to the creation and implementation of laws and policies as well as the perception of what is healthy. The class focuses on health in the U.S. The course will include a look at tobacco use through U.S. history as a case study for how the federal government acts and reacts to protect the public. Then, in turn, to evaluate how the public reacts to pressures from the government and other national associations. From there, students will be asked to examine current trends in nutrition and cardiovascular health in order to draw parallels between the previous function of government in the protection of the populace and the current efforts in these two areas.
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hewitt,J.
(Fall 2013)

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 towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

GNST B244 American Ideas: Cultural Contexts for Academic Writing
This course, for students who are reading and writing in English as an additional language, explores contemporary American thought through readings in social criticism, ethical philosophy, and psychology. Writing assignments emphasize analysis and interpretation and support continued development of academic vocabulary, rhetorical technique, and grammatical accuracy. Prerequisite: English 127 or permission of instructor.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Litsinger,B.
(Spring 2014)

GNST B245 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 towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Marquez,E.
(Fall 2013)

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 towards: Film Studies
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2013)

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
Instructor(s): Francl,M.
(Fall 2013)

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. This semester it will be taught at Bryn Mawr College by Professor Rosi Song, Spanish, Bryn Mawr College and Professor Nilgun Uygun, Anthropology, Haverford College.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Song,R.
(Fall 2013)

GNST B302 Topics in Video Production
This is a topics course. Topics vary. Prerequisite: 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.
Counts towards: Film Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

GNST B400 Study Abroad Enrollment
Units: 4
(Not Offered 2013-14)

GNST B403 Supervised Work
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dept. staff, TBA
(Fall 2013)

GNST B403 Supervised Work
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dept. staff, TBA
(Spring 2014)

GNST B425 Praxis III - Independent Study
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dept. staff, TBA
(Fall 2013)