2017-18 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 B048 Metacognition and the Transition to College
The First Year Experience Seminar aims to support students in making the transition to higher education by engaging them in the Bryn Mawr community, getting to know themselves and the college. The seminar will be a small, inquiry-based course that will promote and encourage intellectual confidence by developing student success tactics including critical thinking, written and oral communication, research skills, self-reflection, and self-regulation while addressing larger questions of justice, identity, and community. This course is offered as an alternative to the traditional Wellness Seminar requirement; students will earn 2 PE credits (the equivalent for Wellness) and 0.5 academic credits.
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2017-2018)

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. Note: GNST B103/B105 do not fulfill the Bryn Mawr College language requirement.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mshomba,E.
(Fall 2017)

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. Note: GNST B103/B105 does not fulfill the Bryn Mawr College language requirement.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mshomba,E.
(Spring 2018)

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 2017-2018)

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.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Balay,A.
(Fall 2017)

GNST B302 Topics in Video Production
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Prerequisite: GNST B255 or ENGL/HART B205 or ICPR H243 or ICPR H343 or ICPR H278 or ANTH H207 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
Instructor(s): Romberg,D.
(Spring 2018)

GNST B403 Supervised Work
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2017)

GNST B425 Praxis III - Independent Study
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2017)