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Fall 2021

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
CITY B185-001Urban Culture and SocietySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWOld Library 110
In Person
McDonogh,G., McDonogh,G.
Breakout discussion: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM WDalton Hall 300
In Person
CITY B185-002Urban Culture and SocietySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWOld Library 110
In Person
Restrepo,L., Restrepo,L.
Breakout discussion: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM WDalton Hall 300
In Person
CITY B217-001Topics in Research Methods: Research Mthds/Social SciencesSemester / 1LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWCanaday Computer Lab
In Person
Hurley,J.
CITY B226-001Introduction to Architectural DesignSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM- 9:00 PM TRockefeller Drafting Studio
In Person
Olshin,S., Olshin,S., Voith,D., Voith,D.
Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM FRockefeller Drafting Studio
In Person
CITY B254-001History of Modern ArchitectureSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHPark 180
In Person
Lee,M.
CITY B345-001Advanced Topics in Environment and Society: The City and NatureSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM THPark 180
In Person
Lee,M.
CITY B360-001Topics: Urban Culture and Society: Urban TheorySemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 3:00 PM FOld Library 116
In Person
Restrepo,L.
CITY B398-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Dept. staff, TBA
Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TCarpenter Library 13
In Person
CITY B403-001Independent StudySemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CITY B403-001Independent StudySemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B244-001Great Empires of the Ancient Near EastSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Amrhein,A.
ECON B208-001Labor EconomicsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWDalton Hall 10
In Person
Nutting,A.
ECON B213-001Industrial organization and AntitrustSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHDalton Hall 2
In Person
Lambie-Hanson,T.
ECON B324-001The Economics of Discrimination and InequalitySemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWDalton Hall 212E
In Person
Nutting,A.
EDUC B266-001Critical Issues in Urban EducationSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWIn PersonZuckerman,K.
HART B323-001Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art: Palladio and neo-PalladianismSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WOld Library 223
In Person
Cast,D.
HIST B319-001Topics in Modern European History: History of FascismSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM TTaylor Hall, Seminar Room
In Person
Kurimay,A.
HIST B325-001Topics in Social History: Food PoliticsSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM MTaylor Hall B
In Person
Ullman,S.

Spring 2022

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
CITY B190-001The Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the PresentSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHOld Library 110
In Person
Ruben,M.
CITY B190-00AThe Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the PresentSemester / 1Discussion: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM WOld Library 110
In Person
Ruben,M.
CITY B190-00BThe Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the PresentSemester / 1Discussion: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM TIn PersonRuben,M.
CITY B190-00CThe Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the PresentSemester / 1Discussion: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM WIn PersonRuben,M.
CITY B201-001Introduction to GIS for Social and Environmental AnalysisSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHCanaday Computer Lab
In Person
Hurley,J.
Discussion: 3:45 PM- 4:15 PM TTHCanaday Computer Lab
In Person
CITY B207-001Topics in Urban Studies: Philadelphia Architecture & UrbanismSemester / 1LEC: 10:10 AM- 1:00 PM THIn PersonCohen,J.
CITY B228-001Problems in Architectural DesignSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM- 9:00 PM TRockefeller Drafting Studio
In Person
Olshin,S., Voith,D.
CITY B229-001Topics in Comparative Urbanism: Cities Beyond WallsSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWIn PersonMcDonogh,G.
CITY B253-001Before Modernism: Architecture and Urbanism of the 18th and 19th CenturiesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWIn PersonCohen,J.
CITY B306-001Advanced Fieldwork Techniques: Places in TimeSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TIn PersonCohen,J.
CITY B350-001Urban Projects: Cities Praxis in ActionSemester / 1LEC: 10:10 AM-12:00 PM FIn PersonMcDonogh,G.
CITY B360-001Topics: Urban Culture and Society: Urban RenewalSemester / 1LEC: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM TIn PersonHurley,J.
CITY B377-001Topics in Modern Architecture: HousingSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
CITY B403-001Independent StudySemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CITY B403-001Independent StudySemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CITY B415-001Teaching AssistantSemester / 1In Person
CITY B415-002Teaching AssistantSemester / 1In Person
CITY B415-003Teaching AssistantSemester / 1In Person
CITY B420-001Praxis Fieldwork SeminarSemester / 1In Person
ANTH B216-001Transnational Movements Across the AmericasSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHIn PersonCarby Denning,N.
ARCH B252-001PompeiiSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHIn PersonTasopoulou,E.
ECON B214-001Public FinanceSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHDalton Hall 119
In Person
Nutting,A.
ECON B215-001Urban EconomicsSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWIn PersonLambie-Hanson,T.
ECON B225-001Economic DevelopmentSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 300
In Person
Anti,S.
ECON B253-001Introduction to EconometricsSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 300
In Person
Anti,S.
ECON B314-001The Economics of Social PolicySemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHIn PersonKim,J.
EDUC B266-001Critical Issues in Urban EducationSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWIn PersonZuckerman,K.
GEOL B209-001Natural HazardsSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFPark 278
In Person
Marenco,K.
GERM B217-001Representing Diversity in German CinemaSemester / 1Lecturee: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHIn PersonShen,Q.
GNST B245-001Introduction to Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o StudiesSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWTaylor Hall E
In Person
Harford Vargas,J.
HART B268-001Telling Bryn Mawr Histories: Topics, Sources, and MethodsSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THIn PersonWalker,A.
HART B323-001Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art: The FrescoSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WCarpenter Library 13
In Person
Cast,D.
HIST B325-001Topics in Social History: Queer American HistorySemester / 1LEC: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM TIn PersonUllman,S.
ITAL B318-001Falling Statues: myth-making in literature, politics and artSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MOld Library 116
In Person
Benetollo,C.
SOCL B338-001The Black Diaspora in the US: African and Caribbean Communities.Semester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM FIn PersonOsirim,M.

Fall 2022

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2021-22 Catalog Data

CITY B185 Urban Culture and Society
Fall 2021
Examines techniques and questions of the social sciences as tools for studying historical and contemporary cities. Topics include political-economic organization, conflict and social differentiation (class, ethnicity and gender), and cultural production and representation. Philadelphia features prominently in discussion, reading and exploration as do global metropolitan comparisons through papers involving fieldwork, critical reading and planning/problem solving using qualitative and quantitative methods.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CITY B190 The Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the Present
Spring 2022
This course studies the city as a three-dimensional artifact. A variety of factors, geography, economic and population structure, politics, planning, and aesthetics are considered as determinants of urban form.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CITY B201 Introduction to GIS for Social and Environmental Analysis
Spring 2022
This course is designed to introduce the foundations of GIS with emphasis on applications for social and environmental analysis. It deals with basic principles of GIS and its use in spatial analysis and information management. Ultimately, students will design and carry out research projects on topics of their own choosing. Prerequisite: At least sophomore standing and Quantitative Readiness are required (i.e.the quantitative readiness assessment or Quan B001).
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Counts toward Introduction to Data Science
Counts toward Environmental Studies

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CITY B207 Topics in Urban Studies
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Philadelphia Architecture & Urbanism
Spring 2022
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

Current topic description: City 207 explores Philadelphia's architectural and urban evolution over five centuries. We'll look very closely at buildings -- both the extraordinary and the more normative in different eras - while also devising a firm orientation within historical geographies of growth, functional differentiation, and social patterning. In this year's special iteration as part of Trico in the City, we'll take advantage of our presence downtown with walks almost every week to collectively interrogate our settings. We'll visit both historical buildings and informational repositories, the latter serving as our laboratory for learning to tap archival sources in constructing new knowledge about buildings and urban change. The course meets in the MLK room at the Friends Center in Philadelphia.

Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CITY B214 The Philadelphia Mosaic: Immigrant Communities in the City
Not offered 2021-22
This course explores the experiences and city-making strategies of immigrant communities in the Greater Philadelphia Area from roughly the late 19th century to the present day. It sheds light on how immigrant communities have shaped the city at different points in time and how the Philadelphia metropolitan region, as an urban context, has shaped immigrants' lives. The course also familiarizes students with Philadelphia's history, transformations of the metropolitan region in recent decades and current economic, social and spatial dynamics as well as key immigration concepts and theories. This will be offered as part of the Trico-Philly program. The course will take place in Center City, Philadelphia. For additional information and the program application see the program's website https://www.brynmawr.edu/philly-program
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CITY B217 Topics in Research Methods
Section 001 (Fall 2020): Research Mthds/Social Sciences
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Research Mthds/Social Sciences
Fall 2021
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

Current topic description: Research Methods in the Social Sciences: This course is a hands-on introduction to the research process. It will provide students with the practical skills needed to design, conduct, and analyze original research of the complexity of a thesis-length project. Specifically, students will build knowledge and experience in research design (how to craft a good research question and match methods to the question), research methods (quantitative methods involving analysis of pre-existing large-n survey data and the qualitative methods of case study, content analysis, and interviewing), and data analysis (basic descriptive and inferential statistical analysis using Excel and SPSS along with qualitative data analysis using computer-assisted qualitative data analysis). No computer programming is required or taught.

Quantitative Methods (QM)
Counts toward Introduction to Data Science

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CITY B226 Introduction to Architectural Design
Fall 2021
This studio design course introduces the principles of architectural design. Suggested Preparation: drawing, some history of architecture, and permission of instructor.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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CITY B228 Problems in Architectural Design
Spring 2022
A continuation of CITY 226 at a more advanced level. Prerequisites: CITY B226 or permission of instructor.
Course does not meet an Approach

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CITY B229 Topics in Comparative Urbanism
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Cities Beyond Walls
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Colonial & Post Colonial Reflections
Spring 2022
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

Current topic description: What happens after the city "ends?" Beyond physical or structural walls of governance, finance and culture, what forms of peri-urban life do people create - suburbs, squatter settlements, new or old enclaves? And what do these formations teach us about cities and regions? This writing-intensive course uses a comparative case study method to develop research and writing skills, drawing on materials from Hong Kong, Greater Buenos Aires, Greater Philadelphia and Paris and its region.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CITY B250 Topics: Growth & Spatial Organization of the City
Not offered 2021-22
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Environmental Studies

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CITY B253 Before Modernism: Architecture and Urbanism of the 18th and 19th Centuries
Spring 2022
The course frames the topic of architecture before the impact of 20th century Modernism, with a special focus on the two prior centuries - especially the 19th - in ways that treat them on their own terms rather than as precursors of more modern technologies and forms of expression. The course will integrate urbanistic and vernacular perspectives alongside more familiar landmark exemplars. Key goals and components of the course will include attaining a facility within pertinent bibliographical and digital landscapes, formal analysis and research skills exercised in writing projects, class field-trips, and a nuanced mastery of the narratives embodied in the architecture of these centuries.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CITY B254 History of Modern Architecture
Fall 2021
A survey of the development of modern architecture since the 18th century.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CITY B255 Survey of American Architecture
Not offered 2021-22
This survey course examines architecture within the global framework of "the modern." Through an introduction to an architectural canon of works and figures, it seeks to foster a critical consideration of modernity, modernization, and modernism. The course explores each as a category of meaning that framed the theory and practice of architecture as a cultural, political, social, and technological enterprise. It also uses these conjugates to study the modes by which architecture may be said to have framed history. We will study practical and discursive activity that formed a dynamic field within which many of the contradictions of "the modern" were made visible (and visual) through architecture. In this course, we will engage architectural concepts and designs by studying drawings and buildings closely within their historical context. We will examine spheres of reception for architecture and its theoretical, discursive, and cultural life through a variety of media: buildings of course, but also journals, books, and film. We will also investigate architecture as a site and subject for critical inquiry. In particular, we will see what it may tell us about the globalization and politics of the twentieth century, and about history, theory, and criticism as epistemological tracks.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CITY B306 Advanced Fieldwork Techniques: Places in Time
Spring 2022
A hands-on workshop for research into the histories of places, intended to bring students into contact with some of the raw materials of architectural and urban history. A focus will be placed on historical images and texts, and on creating engaging informational experiences that are transparent to their evidentiary basis.

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CITY B328 Analysis of Geospatial Data Using GIS
Not offered 2021-22
An advanced course for students with prior GIS experience involving individual projects and collaboration with faculty. Completion of GIS (City 201) or equivalent with 3.7 or above. Instructor permission required after discussion of project.
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Counts toward Introduction to Data Science

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CITY B332 Paris: Making a Modern City
Not offered 2021-22
This course explores 19th-century Paris from the French Revolution to the First World War, and studies how the city transformed into a modern capital. By engaging with history, architecture, art and literature, we will examine the social, cultural, political, and economic shifts and conflicts that shaped its built environment and influenced many other cities around the world.

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CITY B337 The Chinese City
Not offered 2021-22
This course examines Chinese urbanization as both a physical and social process. Drawing broadly on scholarship in anthropology, political science, geography, and city planning, we will construct a history of the present of Chinese cities. By taking the long view on China's urban development, this course seeks to contextualize and make sense of the sometimes dazzling, sometimes dismal, and often contested landscape of everyday life in contemporary urban China. Prior familiarity with China and the Chinese language is welcomed but not required.
Course does not meet an Approach

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CITY B345 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society
Section 001 (Fall 2020): The City and Nature
Section 001 (Fall 2021): The City and Nature
Fall 2021
This is a topics course. Topics vary.

Current topic description: The City and Nature: The Environmental Transformation of Modern Cities: The class examines the emergence of the modern city in Europe and the Americas in relation to their natural environments in order to understand how "country" and "city" were and continue to be mutually constitutive spaces and concepts. Focusing on the era of the Industrial Revolution and the rise of capitalism, the class studies how the planning, building, and regulating of urban built environments were embedded in practices to control, manage, and consume natural resources, and ultimately define nature. An integral part of this subject also concerns the people who both affected and were affected by the decisions to construct and manipulate the terrain, as well as the institutions that were built to manage and define new social relations and public responsibilities of the modern city. This course looks at history of the relationship between the city and the countryside and how it has informed contemporary responses, policies and ideas around global climate change. The readings and materials are diverse, drawing from environmental studies and urban history, as well as art and architecture. This is a reading and discussion heavy upper-level course. Each student will be asked to facilitate/host a discussion session. There are two options for the final assignment: an exhibition developed by a team and a more traditional research paper. The course fulfills major requirements in Environmental Studies, History and Cities.

Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Environmental Studies

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CITY B350 Urban Projects: Cities Praxis in Action
Spring 2022
This course will put groups of advanced students working with professors to work with local groups around concrete projects in planning and renewal. Class sessions will provide background reading as well as evaluation of tools and experiences.Prerequiste: Advanced standing in the Cities major and permission of the instructor
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Praxis Program

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CITY B360 Topics: Urban Culture and Society
Section 001 (Spring 2021): House & Dwelling
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Urban Renewal
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Urban Theory
Fall 2021, Spring 2022
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

Current topic description: Urban theory is a tool with which to critique existing cities, a position from which to imagine cities yet to come, and a structure with which to generate interventions in the space between. This course will trace the intellectual lineages of contemporary critical and postmodern urban theory and put the '-isms' into practice to help make sense of the forces that differentiate and segregate individuals - and those that bring us together as urban citizens. Open to cities majors and non-majors who have taken an introductory course in social theory.

Current topic description: Explores physical, social, economic, and political aspects of neighborhood change, with a particular emphasis on the interstate highway and urban renewal programs in the US. These large-scale government-led efforts will be compared with more incremental neighborhood change from grassroots community development efforts, small-scale developers, and immigrant-led transformations.

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CITY B365 Topics: Techniques of the City
Section 001 (Spring 2021): New Urbanism and Its Discontents
Not offered 2021-22
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

Current topic description: This course explores how governance, politics, economics, planning, and community and social action have shaped and continue to shape modern American cities, with a special focus on Philadelphia. Course content will include; historical, academic, and popular texts. Students will have the opportunity to interact with guest speakers active in various aspects of Philadelphia's urban landscape. Students will also conduct independent research on topics of their choosing. For advanced majors but also open to others by permission.

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CITY B377 Topics in Modern Architecture
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Housing
Spring 2022
This is a topics course on modern architecture. Topics vary.

Current topic description: Housing is one of the fundamental rights --and problems -- of modern cities. This class considers the history and form of housing, with special attention to public policies. It will look primarily at the U.S but will also consider global cases and strategies.

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CITY B378 Formative Landscapes: The Architecture and Planning of American Collegiate Campuses
Not offered 2021-22
The campus and buildings familiar to us here at the College reflect a long and rich design conversation regarding communicative form, architectural innovation, and orchestrated planning. This course will explore that conversation through varied examples, key models, and shaping conceptions over time.

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CITY B398 Senior Seminar
An intensive research seminar designed to guide students in writing a senior thesis.

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CITY B403 Independent Study

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CITY B403 Independent Study

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CITY B415 Teaching Assistant
An exploration of course planning, pedagogy and creative thinking as students work to help others understand pathways they have already explored in introductory and writing classes. This opportunity is available only to advanced students of highest standing by professorial invitation.

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CITY B420 Praxis Fieldwork Seminar
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Exploring Urban Questions through Practical Engage

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CITY B425 Praxis III: Independent Study
Praxis III courses are Independent Study courses and are developed by individual students, in collaboration with faculty and field supervisors. A Praxis courses is distinguished by genuine collaboration with fieldsite organizations and by a dynamic process of reflection that incorporates lessons learned in the field into the classroom setting and applies theoretical understanding gained through classroom study to work done in the broader community.
Counts toward Praxis Program

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CITY B450 Urban Internships/Praxis
Individual opportunities to engage in praxis in the greater Philadelphia area; internships must be arranged prior to registration for the semester in which the internship is taken. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

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ANTH B216 Transnational Movements Across the Americas
Spring 2022
Globalization has enabled the movement of people, the trade of goods, and the exchange of culture and ideas but it has also created unprecedented problems such as inequality, exploitation, and environmental crisis. However, the networks formed by globalization have also created exciting opportunities for activists to organize across borders, tackle issues of global concern, and develop creative solutions. This course will introduce students to the study of transnational social movements with a focus on the Americas. We will make use of ethnographic case studies, documentary film, and an interdisciplinary social science literature to examine transnational movements on a variety of themes such as: human rights, the rights of indigenous peoples, the environment, biodiversity conservation, climate justice, the alter-globalization movement, and the rights of nature. Students will learn about the historical context of transnationalism, theories of social movement and collective action, the study of networks of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the strategies mobilized by transnational actors to advocate on issues of social and environmental justice. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and up; or first years who have taken Anth 102
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx

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ARCH B104 Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban Revolutions
Not offered 2021-22
This course examines the archaeology of the two most fundamental changes that have occurred in human society in the last 12,000 years, agriculture and urbanism, and we explore these in Egypt and the Near East as far as India. We also explore those societies that did not experience these changes.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Geoarchaeology
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B110 The World Through Classical Eyes
Not offered 2021-22
A survey of the ways in which the ancient Greeks and Romans perceived and constructed their physical and social world. The evidence of ancient texts and monuments will form the basis for exploring such subjects as cosmology, geography, travel and commerce, ancient ethnography and anthropology, the idea of natural and artificial wonders, and the self-definition of the classical cultures in the context of the oikoumene, the "inhabited world."
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B203 Ancient Greek Cities and Sanctuaries
Not offered 2021-22
A study of the development of the Greek city-states and sanctuaries. Archaeological evidence is surveyed in its historic context. The political formation of the city-state and the role of religion is presented, and the political, economic, and religious institutions of the city-states are explored in their urban settings. The city-state is considered as a particular political economy of the Mediterranean and in comparison to the utility of the concept of city-state in other cultures.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B215 Classical Art
Not offered 2021-22
A survey of the visual arts of ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age through Late Imperial times (circa 3000 B.C.E. to 300 C.E.). Major categories of artistic production are examined in historical and social context, including interactions with neighboring areas and cultures; methodological and interpretive issues are highlighted.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East
Fall 2021
A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B252 Pompeii
Spring 2022
Introduces students to a nearly intact archaeological site whose destruction by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 C.E. was recorded by contemporaries. The discovery of Pompeii in the mid-1700s had an enormous impact on 18th- and 19th-century views of the Roman past as well as styles and preferences of the modern era. Informs students in classical antiquity, urban life, city structure, residential architecture, home decoration and furnishing, wall painting, minor arts and craft and mercantile activities within a Roman city.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B305 Topics in Ancient Athens
Not offered 2021-22
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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ARCH B316 Trade and Transport in the Ancient World
Not offered 2021-22
Issues of trade, commerce and production of export goods are addressed with regard to the Bronze Age and Iron Age cultures of Mesopotamia, Arabia, Iran and south Asia. Crucial to these systems is the development of means of transport via maritime routes and on land. Archaeological evidence for traded goods and shipwrecks is used to map the emergence of sea-faring across the Indian Ocean and Gulf while bio-archaeological data is employed to examine the transformative role that Bactrian and Dromedary camels played in ancient trade and transport.

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ARCH B505 Topics in Ancient Athens
Not offered 2021-22
This is a topics course. Topics vary.

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ECON B208 Labor Economics
Fall 2021
Analysis of labor markets. Focuses on the economic forces and public policies that determine wage rates and unemployment. Specific topics include: human capital, family decision marking, discrimination, immigration, technological change, compensating differentials, and signaling. Prerequisite: ECON B105.
Course does not meet an Approach

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ECON B213 Industrial organization and Antitrust
Fall 2021
Introduction to the economics of industrial organization and regulation, focusing on policy options for ensuring that corporations enhance economic welfare and the quality of life. Topics include firm behavior in imperfectly competitive markets; theoretical bases of antitrust laws; regulation of product and occupational safety, environmental pollution, and truth in advertising. Prerequisite: ECON B105.
Course does not meet an Approach

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ECON B214 Public Finance
Spring 2022
Analysis of government's role in resource allocation, emphasizing effects of tax and expenditure programs on income distribution and economic efficiency. Topics include sources of inefficiency in markets and possible government responses; federal budget composition; social insurance and antipoverty programs; U.S. tax structure and incidence. Prerequisites: ECON B105.
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies

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ECON B215 Urban Economics
Spring 2022
Micro- and macroeconomic theory applied to urban economic behavior. Topics include housing and land use; transportation; urban labor markets; urbanization; and demand for and financing of urban services. Prerequisite: ECON B105.

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ECON B225 Economic Development
Spring 2022
Examination of the issues related to and the policies designed to promote economic development in the developing economies of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Focus is on why some developing economies grow faster than others and why some growth paths are more equitable, poverty reducing, and environmentally sustainable than others. Includes consideration of the impact of international trade and investment policy, macroeconomic policies (exchange rate, monetary and fiscal policy) and sector policies (industry, agriculture, education, population, and environment) on development outcomes in a wide range of political and institutional contexts. Prerequisite: ECON B105.
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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ECON B234 Environmental Economics
Not offered 2021-22
Introduction to the use of economic analysis to explain the underlying behavioral causes of environmental and natural resource problems and to evaluate policy responses to them. Topics may include air and water pollution; the economic theory of externalities, public goods and the depletion of resources; cost-benefit analysis; valuing non-market benefits and costs; economic justice; and sustainable development. Prerequisites: ECON B105.
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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ECON B242 Economics of Local Environmental Programs
Not offered 2021-22
Considers the determinants of human impact on the environment at the neighborhood or community level and policy responses available to local government. How can economics help solve and learn from the problems facing rural and suburban communities? The instructor was a local township supervisor who will share the day-to-day challenges of coping with land use planning, waste disposal, dispute resolution, and the provision of basic services. Prerequisite: ECON B105.
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Praxis Program

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ECON B253 Introduction to Econometrics
Spring 2022
An introduction to econometric terminology and reasoning. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. Particular emphasis is placed on regression analysis and on the use of data to address economic issues. The required computational techniques are developed as part of the course. Class cannot be taken if you have taken H203 or H204. Prerequisites: ECON B105 and a 200-level elective. ECON H201 does not count as an elective.
Quantitative Methods (QM)
Counts toward Counts toward Introduction to Data Science

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ECON B314 The Economics of Social Policy
Spring 2022
Introduces students to the economic rationale behind government programs and the evaluation of government programs. Topics include health insurance, social security, unemployment and disability insurance, and education. Additionally, the instructor and students will jointly select topics of special interest to the class. Emphasis will be placed on the use of statistics to evaluate social policy. Prerequisites: ECON 200; ECON 253 or 304.

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ECON B324 The Economics of Discrimination and Inequality
Fall 2021
Explores the causes and consequences of discrimination and inequality in economic markets. Topics include economic theories of discrimination and inequality, evidence of contemporary race- and gender-based inequality, detecting discrimination, identifying sources of racial and gender inequality, and identifying sources of overall economic inequality. Additionally, the instructor and students will jointly select supplementary topics of specific interest to the class. Possible topics include: discrimination in historical markets, disparity in legal treatments, issues of family structure, and education gaps. Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: At least one 200-level applied microeconomics elective; ECON 253 or 304; ECON 200.
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ECON B335 East Asian Development
Not offered 2021-22
Identifies the core economic and political elements of an East Asian newly industrializing economies (NIEs) development model. Assesses the performance of this development model in Northeast (China, South Korea and Taiwan) and Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) in a comparative perspective. Considers the debate over the impact of interventionist and selective development policies associated with this model on the development successes and failures of the East Asian NIEs. Evaluates the impact of democratization in several of these polities on both the core development model identified as well as on development performance. Prerequisite:ECON 225; ECON 200 or 202; and ECON 253 or 304; or permission of instructor.

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EDUC B266 Critical Issues in Urban Education
Fall 2021, Spring 2022
This course examines issues, challenges, and possibilities of urban education in contemporary America. We use as critical lenses issues of race, class, and culture; urban learners, teachers, and school systems; and restructuring and reform. While we look at urban education nationally over several decades, we use Philadelphia as a focal "case" that students investigate through documents and school placements. Weekly fieldwork in a school required.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Praxis Program

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ENVS B200 The Edible Environment: Theory and Ethics
Not offered 2021-22
The course addresses core philosophical questions related to food production, consumption, and representation. The focus is on topics that highlight how we engage with the environment based on what we eat, how we consume it, and the way we talk about it. In the first part (food production), we examine the significance of domestication, taxonomies of edible animals, plants, and microbes, and how recent (bio)technological possibilities are changing our approach to food production. In the second part of the course, we turn to the human body to discuss how hunger, pleasure and taste guide our food consumption. In the third part, we discuss how extant practices of labeling and food criticism influence our understandings of the edible environment. The class draws upon a wide range of resources, including classical and contemporary philosophical texts, food essays, magazine and newspaper articles, videos and images. The course counts as a Social Science/Humanities elective for the Environmental Studies Minor. Suggested preparation is one course in Environmental Studies OR one course in the Cities Program or permission of the instructor.
Course does not meet an Approach

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GEOL B209 Natural Hazards
Spring 2022
A quantitative approach to understanding the earth processes that impact human societies. We consider the past, current, and future hazards presented by geologic processes, including earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, and hurricanes. The course includes discussion of the social, economic, and policy contexts within which natural geologic processes become hazards. Case studies are drawn from contemporary and ancient societies. Lecture three hours a week.
Quantitative Methods (QM)
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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GERM B217 Representing Diversity in German Cinema
Spring 2022
German society has undergone drastic changes as a result of immigration. Traditional notions of Germanness have been and are still being challenged and subverted. This course uses films and visual media to examine the experiences of various minority groups living in Germany. Students will learn about the history of immigration of different ethnic groups, including Turkish Germans, Afro-Germans, Asian Germans, Arab Germans, German Jews, and ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe. We will explore discourses on migration, racism, xenophobia, integration, and citizenship. We will seek to understand not only the historical and contemporary contexts for these films but also their relevance for reshaping German society. Students will be introduced to modern German cinema from the silent era to the present. They will acquire terminology and methods for reading films as fictional and aesthetic representations of history and politics, and analyze identity construction in the worlds of the real and the reel. This course is taught in English.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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GERM B321 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies
Not offered 2021-22
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Course is taught in English. There will an additional hour in German for those students taking the course for German credit.
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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GNST B245 Introduction to Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Spring 2022
A broad, interdisciplinary survey of themes uniting and dividing societies from the Iberian Peninsula to the Americas. 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. Course is taught in English.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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HART B253 Survey of Western Architecture
Not offered 2021-22
The major traditions in Western architecture are illustrated through detailed analysis of selected examples from classical antiquity to the present. The evolution of architectural design and building technology, and the larger intellectual, aesthetic, and social context in which this evolution occurred, are considered.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B268 Telling Bryn Mawr Histories: Topics, Sources, and Methods
Spring 2022
This course introduces students to archival and object-based research methods, using the College's built environment and curatorial and archival collections as our laboratory. Students will explore buildings, documents, objects, and themes in relation to the history of Bryn Mawr College. Students will frame an original group research project to which each student will contribute an individual component. Prerequisite: An interest in exploring and reinterpreting the institutional and architectural history of Bryn Mawr College and a willingness to work collaboratively on a shared project.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B323 Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Palladio and neo-Palladianism
Section 001 (Spring 2022): The Fresco
Fall 2021, Spring 2022
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

Current topic description: This seminar is concerned with the idea of architecture in the Renaissance and with Palladio in particular. But it is also concerned, at a wider level and at different moments and indeed in cultures beyond Italy, with the idea of the villa, the country house and all that is invoked by the idea of living and building, not in a city, byt beyond it, in the countryside.

Current topic description: The fresco was the most important medium in the Renaissance for the representation of subject matter, whether religious or secular. This seminar has as its focus the idea of public art, across the centuries and continents, whether produced years ago or more recently, whether represented, among other placed, in Mexico or China or, of course, the United States. In the first part of the class we will consider readings that discuss the opportunities and problems of such an idea of art. In the second part we will have reports, based on research, chosen by the individual members of the seminar.

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HART B355 Topics in the History of London
Not offered 2021-22
Selected topics of social, literary, and architectural concern in the history of London, emphasizing London since the 18th century.

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HIST B237 Themes in Modern African History
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Public History in Africa
Not offered 2021-22
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B257 British Empire I: Capitalism and Slavery
Not offered 2021-22
Focusing on the Atlantic slave trade and the slave plantation mode of production, this course explores English colonization, and the emergence and the decline of British Empire in the Americas and Caribbean from the 17th through the late 20th centuries. It tracks some of the intersecting and overlapping routes--and roots--connecting histories and politics within and between these "new" world locations. It also tracks the further and proliferating links between developments in these regions and the histories and politics of regions in the "old" world, from the north Atlantic to the South China sea.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B319 Topics in Modern European History
Section 001 (Fall 2021): History of Fascism
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Queer Histories of Europe
Fall 2021
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

Current topic description: History of Fascism: Then and Now: What are the historical roots of facist ideologies and organizations and what can a historical perspective tell us about the reasons for their continuous attraction? The seminar will examine the histories of facists' movements in Europe from World War I to the present. As part of the seminar we will also interrogate the relationship between fascists movements and gender, sexuality, and youth in both the pre and post-World War II era.

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HIST B325 Topics in Social History
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Food Politics
Section 001 (Fall 2020): History of Sexuality
Section 001 (Spring 2022): Queer American History
Fall 2021, Spring 2022
This a topics course that explores various themes in American social history. Course content varies. Course may be repeated.

Current topic description: The Politics of Food. Politics shapes what appears on our plates as well as where we set our table... It all has a history. In America with its confounding combination of engorging bounty and tragic poverty, food represents a special nexus of the political and the personal. The politics of food is also cultural and helps frame our sense of the present and the past. This course cannot cover all these arenas in one semester, but is an introduction to how to look at the complex history and politics of eating, producing, and consuming food in the United States. Course topics include food and race, the cultural politics of who eats what and how they think about it; and the history and politics of food consumption in modern America.

Current topic description: Queer American History. This course centers the influence of gender and sexual diversity in understanding the historical development of institutions, ideals, social and cultural transformations, and economic and political processes in the U.S. since European colonization. The approach is intersectional, addressing gender and sexual diversity as they intersect with race, class and other forms of social difference and power. The course examines both key events and developments in the emerging visibility of queer subjects in the American context as well as the processes by which such visibility occurs.

Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ITAL B308 Rome as Palimpsests: from Ruins to Virtual Reality
Not offered 2021-22
From the urban dream that Raphael confessed to pope Leo X in the middle of the Renaissance to the parkour on the top of the Colosseum in the Assassin's Creed videogames, Rome has always been both a memory and a vision: a place of nostalgia and endless potential. In this course we will investigate some crucial places, moments, and ideas in the modern history of this ancient capital of Western culture: XVI century Mannerist painting and the Pop Art of Piazza del Popolo, the early modern re-uses of the Colosseum and its cubic clone designed under fascism, the narrations of Romantic grand-tours and the ones of contemporary postcolonial authors. We will adopt a trans-historical and inter-disciplinary perspective, focusing on the main attempts to revive the glory of the ancient empire. We will try to understand weather Italy's capital is a museum to be preserved, an old laboratory of urban innovations, a cemetery, a sanctuary, or simply an amalgam of past and future, glory and misery, beauty and horror. For Italian majors you will have an additional hour for credit. Prerequisite: One two-hundred level course for students interested in taking the course towards Italian credits.
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Praxis Program

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ITAL B318 Falling Statues: myth-making in literature, politics and art
Spring 2022
We have become accustomed to the rituals of the dismissal of the heroes of the past: we tear down statues, we rename buildings and places. But how did we get there? How, why and by whom are heroes constructed? When old heroes are questioned, what substitutes them? How are the raise and fall of heroes tied to shifting models of masculinity, womanhood, power and the state? In this course, we will explore these questions focusing on Italy and Russia, two countries that in the 19th and 20th century went through several cycles of construction and deconstruction of their political heroes. In the first part of the course, we will investigate the codification of the "type" of the freedom-fighter in the representations of the protagonists of 19th-century European revolutionary movements, focusing on the links between the Italian Risorgimento and the anti-Tsarist movement in Russia, culminating in the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. From the pamphlets that consecrated the Italian Garibaldi as the "hero of the two worlds" to the autobiographies of the Russian terrorists and the transcripts of their trials, we will investigate myth-making as a constitutive part of political movements and reflect on the models of masculinity and womanhood at the foundation of the "typical" revolutionary hero. In the second part of the semester, we will focus on Stalinism and Fascism, systems that exploited their revolutionary roots to mobilize supporters in favor of oppressive institutions. Finally, we will discuss the many ways in which 19th - and 20th-century heroes have been confronted, neutralized, dismantled - and the many ways in which their models still haunt us. We will focus on literary texts and political speeches, but we will also analyze propaganda posters, movies, paintings, photographs, monuments and even street names. For your final project, you will have the option of building on our class discussions to explore myth-making in contemporary movements or forms of deconstruction of existing heroes.

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MEST B210 The Art and Architecture of Islamic Spirituality
Not offered 2021-22
This course examines how Muslim societies across time and space have used art and architecture in different ways to express and understand inner dimensions of spirituality and mysticism. Topics to be studied include: the calligraphical remnants of the early Islamic period; inscriptions found on buildings and gravestones; the majestic architecture of mosques, shrines, seminaries, and Sufi lodges; the brilliant arts of the book; the commemorative iconography and passion plays of Ashura devotion; the souvenir culture of modern shrine visitation; and the modern art of twenty-first century Sufism. Readings include works from history, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, and the history of art and architecture.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Visual Studies

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POLS B222 Environmental Issues: Movements and Policy Making in Comparative Perspective
Not offered 2021-22
An exploration of the ways in which different cultural, economic, and political settings have shaped issue emergence and policy making. We examine the politics of particular environmental issues in selected countries and regions, paying special attention to the impact of environmental movements. We also assess the prospects for international cooperation in addressing global environmental problems such as climate change.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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POLS B224 Comparative Political Phil: China, Greece, and the "West"
Not offered 2021-22
An introduction to the dialogic construction of comparative political philosophy, using texts from several cultures or worlds of thought: ancient and modern China, ancient Greece, and the modern West. The course will have three parts. First, a consideration of the synchronous emergence of philosophy in ancient (Axial Age) China and Greece; second, the 19th century invention of the modern "West" and Chinese responses to this development; and third, the current discussions and debates about globalization, democracy, and human rights now going on in China and the West. Prerequisite: At least one course in either Philosophy, Political Theory, or East Asian Studies, or consent of the instructor.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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POLS B256 Global Politics of Climate Change
Not offered 2021-22
This course will introduce students to important political issues raised by climate change locally, nationally, and internationally, paying particular attention to the global implications of actions at the national and subnational levels. It will focus not only on specific problems, but also on solutions; students will learn about some of the technological and policy innovations that are being developed worldwide in response to the challenges of climate change. Only open to students in 360 program.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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SOCL B205 Social Inequality
Not offered 2021-22
In this course, we will explore the extent, causes, and consequences of social and economic inequality in the U.S. We will begin by discussing key theories and the intersecting dimensions of inequality along lines of income and wealth, race and ethnicity, and gender. We will then follow a life-course perspective to trace the institutions through which inequality is structured, experienced, and reproduced through the family, neighborhoods, the educational system, labor markets and workplaces, and the criminal justice system.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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SOCL B229 Black America in Sociological Perspective
Not offered 2021-22
This course presents sociological perspectives on various issues affecting black America as a historically unique minority group in the United States: the legacy of slavery and the Jim Crow era; the formation of urban black ghettos; the civil rights reforms; the problems of poverty and unemployment; the problems of crime and other social problems; the problems of criminal justice; the continuing significance of race; the varied covert modern forms of racial discrimination; and the role of race in American politics. Prerequisite: at least one additional sociology course or permission of instructor. Course is not available to freshmen.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Child and Family Studies

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SOCL B338 The Black Diaspora in the US: African and Caribbean Communities.
Spring 2022
An examination of the socioeconomic experiences of immigrants who arrived in the United States since the landmark legislation of 1965. After exploring issues of development and globalization at "home" leading to migration, the course proceeds with the study of immigration theories. Major attention is given to the emergence of transnational identities and the transformation of communities, particularly in the northeastern United States.
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies

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