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Fall 2020

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 MTHGoodhart Hall Auditorium
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Hurley,J., McDonogh,G.
CITY B217-001Research Methods in the Social SciencesSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM MTHCarpenter Library 25
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
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 B250-001Topics: Growth & Spatial Organization of the CitySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM TFTaylor Hall G
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Cohen,J.
CITY B254-001History of Modern ArchitectureSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM MTHRemote
Remote Instruction
Lee,M.
CITY B306-001Advanced Fieldwork Techniques: Places in TimeSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 5:30 PM THDalton Hall 119
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Cohen,J.
CITY B345-001Advanced Topics in Environment and Society: The City and NatureSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-12:30 PM TRemote
Remote Instruction
Lee,M.
CITY B398-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:30 PM TTaylor Hall F
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Dept. staff, TBA
CITY B403-001Independent StudySemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CITY B403-001Independent StudySemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B104-001Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban RevolutionsSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWOld Library 110
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Bradbury,J., Bradbury,J., Teaching Assistant,T., Teaching Assistant,T.
Laboratory: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM FOld Library 110
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
ARCH B203-001Ancient Greek Cities and SanctuariesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MTHRemote
Remote Instruction
Tasopoulou,E.
ARCH B215-001Classical ArtSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM MWFRemote
Remote Instruction
Donohue,A.
ARCH B305-001Topics in Ancient AthensSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM SRemote
Remote Instruction
Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B505-001Topics in Ancient AthensSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM SRemote
Remote Instruction
Lindenlauf,A.
HART B323-001Topics in Renaissance and Baroque ArtSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TRemote
Remote Instruction
Cast,D.
HIST B257-001British Empire I: Capitalism and SlaverySemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MTHTaylor Hall E
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Kale,M.
HIST B325-001Topics in Social History: History of SexualitySemester / 1LEC: 5:40 PM- 8:00 PM THRemote
Remote Instruction
Ullman,S.

Spring 2021

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: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHIn Person
CITY B190-00AThe Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the PresentSemester / 1Discussion: 11:30 AM-12:20 PM TIn PersonLee,M.
CITY B190-00BThe Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the PresentSemester / 1Discussion: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM TIn PersonLee,M.
CITY B190-00CThe Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the PresentSemester / 1Discussion: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM WIn PersonLee,M.
CITY B201-001Introduction to GIS for Social and Environmental AnalysisSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWCanaday Computer Lab
In Person
Hurley,J.
Discussion: 2:10 AM- 2:40 AM MWIn Person
CITY B228-001Problems in Architectural DesignSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM- 9:00 PM TIn PersonOlshin,S., Voith,D.
CITY B229-001Topics in Comparative Urbanism: Colonial & Post Colonial ReflectionsSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWIn PersonMcDonogh,G.
CITY B360-001Topics: Urban Culture and Society: New Urbanism and Its DiscontentsSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM TIn PersonHurley,J.
CITY B365-001Topics: Techniques of the City: Making & Remaking PhiladelphiaSemester / 1LEC: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWIn PersonRuben,M.
CITY B377-001Topics in Modern Architecture: Writing ArchitectureSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM THIn PersonCohen,J.
CITY B403-001Independent StudySemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CITY B403-001Independent StudySemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B359-001Topics in Classical Art and ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM TIn PersonDonohue,A.
ECON B225-001Economic DevelopmentSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHIn PersonAnti,S.
ECON B236-001Introduction to International EconomicsSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHIn PersonCeglowski,J.
ECON B253-001Introduction to EconometricsSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHIn PersonAnti,S.
EDUC B266-001Critical Issues in Urban EducationSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM MWFIn Person
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHIn Person
GEOL B209-001Natural HazardsSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFIn PersonMarenco,K.
HART B253-001Survey of Western ArchitectureSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHIn PersonCast,D., Teaching Assistant,T.
SOCL B205-001Social InequalitySemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWIn PersonCox,A.

Fall 2021

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

2020-21 Catalog Data

CITY B185 Urban Culture and Society
Fall 2020
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 2021
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 2021
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 Environmental Studies

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CITY B207 Topics in Urban Studies
Not offered 2020-21
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CITY B214 The Philadelphia Mosaic: Immigrant Communities in the City
Not offered 2020-21
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 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Qualitative Methods
Fall 2020
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Quantitative Methods (QM)

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CITY B226 Introduction to Architectural Design
Fall 2020
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 2021
A continuation of CITY 226 at a more advanced level. Prerequisites: CITY B226 or permission of instructor.
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CITY B229 Topics in Comparative Urbanism
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Colonial & Post Colonial Reflections
Section 001 (Spring 2020): Divided Cities: Race, Class, Gender & Other Debate
Spring 2021
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: Probing the relations of colonial and post-colonial power that both structure and are structured by cities, this writing-intensive class employs a comparative case study approach to explore the social, cultural and spatial realities of everyday life in these deeply divided cities. We will examine and compare history, form and processes of differentiation and reconstruction of urban and national life in Hong Kong, Belfast, the Magreb-Paris axis, and the Mexican-American border.

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

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CITY B250 Topics: Growth & Spatial Organization of the City
Fall 2020
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course is intended as a venue for exploring the built fabric of cities over time -- observing larger scale topographies and armatures amid patterns of growth, distinctive built textures at the level of the block, and dominant building forms. Adopting an international range of examples, we will examine the effects of shaping forces and influential models, distributions of functions and populations, and purposeful ways that urban spaces have been represented, in order to learn to more effectively read the built form of cities. CITY B250 Growth & Spatial Organization of the City City 250 will be a small, highly participatory class for actively exploring physical, social, and historical patterns in cities from diverse places and cultures across the globe, and through different moments in their evolution. Rather than a series of lectures tracking the most famous examples of large-scale city planning, the course will be more of a group workshop collectively interrogating urban forms and the forces that shape them, especially in areas that we have sometimes cast as products of 'organic' or 'unplanned' growth. We'll look at a lot of highly detailed old maps and views. Through them and current digital images, the course will examine urban spaces and built fabric closely and comparatively, tracking the evolution of selected cities from their origins to the present day. As the title implies, an initial focus will be on larger-scale morphologies and armatures that structure patterns of growth and use. Students will work from successive weekly or bi-weekly prompts to delve into the historical development of different cities, different transformative moments, and different information types, identifying pertinent resources, compiling annotated bibliographies, and reporting out findings through illustrated presentations to classmates, meant to seed discussion. Over the course of the term we will move toward looking inside these larger geographies, focusing more on distributions of economic functions and population groups, on distinctive built textures at the level of the block, and on common building forms that dominated their built urban landscape at different points in time. Proceeding through these prompted observational exercises, the course will rely substantially on the visual evidence in historical representations that record successive iterations of the city, peering at layers in an urban palimpsest that have often been disrupted or even completely erased by 20th century development. And as we observe, we will connect patterns to forces, models, and aggregated actions that have shaped parts of cities, seeking to engage with a rich literature in analytical scholarly writings and period documents that chronicle episodes and help us understand these patterns. In addition to these successive research exercises, annotated bibliographies, and discussions, there will be a research paper/project advanced in increments over the second half of the course, exploring a chosen aspect of the course's subject in greater depth. ===

Inquiry into the Past (IP)
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CITY B253 Before Modernism: Architecture and Urbanism of the 18th and 19th Centuries
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020
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 2020-21
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
Fall 2020
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 2020-21
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)

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CITY B332 Paris: Making a Modern City
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020-21
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
Fall 2020
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 B360 Topics: Urban Culture and Society
Section 001 (Spring 2021): New Urbanism and Its Discontents
Section 001 (Spring 2020): Urban Theory
Spring 2021
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course will examine the theory and practice of New Urbanism, particularly in the context of North American planning and real estate development. Tracking the history and growth of the new urbanist movement; it will explore the work of significant practitioners in the field. We will look closely at plans and development projects across the full range of new urbanist practice - including rural-urban; greenfield, infill, and redevelopment schemes, in both modernist and traditional design languages - engaging with current critiques and trajectories of new urbanist ideas and work.

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CITY B365 Topics: Techniques of the City
Section 001 (Spring 2020): Making & Remaking Philadelphia
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Making & Remaking Philadelphia
Spring 2021
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 theoretical, historical, academic, and popular texts. Students will have the opportunity to interact with guest speakers active in various aspects of Phladelphia's urban landscape. Students also will conduct independent research on topics of their chosing.

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CITY B377 Topics in Modern Architecture
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Writing Architecture
Spring 2021
This is a topics course on modern architecture. Topics vary.
Current topic description: This course centers on reading and responding to different species of writing about buildings and dialogues on architecture. These include present and past architectural criticism and the values embodied in it, architectural history in well-researched narratives; theory and argument meant to frame future architecture; architectural biographies; writing aimed toward past or present vernaculars; and the language and strategies of architectural description. The course will reach out broadly, to places near and afar and writing both old and new, in meetings each week to discuss what we have found, read, and written.

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CITY B378 Formative Landscapes: The Architecture and Planning of American Collegiate Campuses
Not offered 2020-21
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 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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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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ARCH B104 Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban Revolutions
Fall 2020
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 B203 Ancient Greek Cities and Sanctuaries
Fall 2020
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
Fall 2020
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
Not offered 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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)
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ARCH B305 Topics in Ancient Athens
Fall 2020
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course offers a comprehensive overview of the archaeology and history of Athens and Attica, from the earliest prehistoric settlement through to the demise of the city in Late Antiquity. It examines the physical and symbolic dimensions of public places within the cityscape of Athens, including the urban sanctuary (Acropolis), downtown area (Agora), cemeteries and pottery production centers (Kerameikos), and the changing relationship between the city-center, the hinterland, and the port-city of Piraeus. It also explores the rediscovery of ancient Athens and its incorporation into the modern urban fabric of the city. This course offers a comprehensive overview of the topography, archaeology, and history of Athens, from the earliest prehistoric settlement through to the demise of the city in Late Antiquity but focuses particularly on the monuments and culture of the Archaic to Roman periods. We will explore the following three public places within the cityscape of Athens in detail, which give a complete picture of the ancient city in its urban, social, religious, and historical contexts: the Acropolis, which has dominated the cityscape for thousands of years and arguably is the best known acropolis in the world; the agora, which was the civic and commercial center of the city and one of the major production centers of pottery; the Kerameikos of Athens, which is one of the biggest and best published cemeteries of the Athenians. We will also discuss the relation of the urban center with Piraeus, its rural hinterland and the sanctuaries in Eleusis, Brauron and Sounion, which are situated at the western and eastern boundaries of Attica. This course will also place Athenian sites and monuments into their modern setting, exploring the discovery of ancient Athens from the earliest modern travelers in the 15th century AD, to the origins of scientific excavations in the 19th century, and will look at how ancient Athens is being excavated, preserved and exhibited today. Please email me, if you would like to have a look at the preliminary Syllabus, which includes a course outline and assignments.

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ARCH B316 Trade and Transport in the Ancient World
Not offered 2020-21
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 B359 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology
Spring 2021
This is a topics course. Topics vary. A research-oriented course taught in seminar format, treating issues of current interest in Greek and Roman art and archaeology. 200-level coursework in some aspect of classical or related cultures, archeology, art history, or Cities, or related fields is strongly recommended.

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ARCH B505 Topics in Ancient Athens
Fall 2020
This is a topics course. Topics vary.

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CSTS B324 Roman Architecture
Not offered 2020-21
The course gives special attention to the architecture and topography of ancient Rome from the origins of the city to the later Roman Empire. At the same time, general issues in architecture and planning with particular reference to Italy and the provinces from republic to empire are also addressed. These include public and domestic spaces,structures, settings and uses, urban infrastructure, the relationship of towns and territories, "suburban" and working villas, and frontier settlements. Prerequisite: ARCH 102.

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ECON B208 Labor Economics
Not offered 2020-21
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.

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ECON B213 Taming the Modern Corporation
Not offered 2020-21
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.

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ECON B214 Public Finance
Not offered 2020-21
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 B225 Economic Development
Spring 2021
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 2020-21
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 B236 Introduction to International Economics
Spring 2021
An introduction to international economics through theory, policy issues, and problems. The course surveys international trade and finance, as well as topics in international economics. It investigates why and what a nation trades, the consequences of such trade, globalized production, the role of trade policy, the economics of immigration, the behavior and effects of exchange rates, and the macroeconomic implications of trade and capital flows.Prerequisites: ECON B105. The course is not open to students who have taken ECON B316 or B348.
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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ECON B242 Economics of Local Environmental Programs
Not offered 2020-21
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 2021
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)

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ECON B314 The Economics of Social Policy
Not offered 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020-21
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
Spring 2021
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 2020-21
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 2021
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 B245 Interdisciplinary Approaches to German Literature and Culture
Not offered 2020-21
This is a topics course. Taught in German. Course content varies. Previous topics include, Women's Narratives on Modern Migrancy, Exile, and Diasporas; Nation and Identity in Post-War Austria. Current topic: Crime, Justice and the Courtroom. This is a film-based course about political trials at critical junctures of German history.
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 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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
Spring 2021
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 B323 Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art
Fall 2020
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topics description: This seminar is concerned with both the history and the historiography of Mannerism. The first subjects are the works of art produced in Italy in the XVIth century in various mediums and in various cultural centers that are described now as Mannerist. And we will be interested in the influence of these works in other countries in Europe, bound in their various ways to the Italian tradition. But we are concerned also, and very seriously, with the critical history of these works and the attention they have been given within the history of art, especially in Germany in the first years of this last century. We will also think about how far and how usefully the designation Mannerist, with or without a capital letter, can be used to speak of art at other moments and other cultural contexts. And it is this interest that will allow us to think about art beyond the XVIth century, from the first years of this last century, even to the present.

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HART B355 Topics in the History of London
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020): Public History in Africa
Not offered 2020-21
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
Fall 2020
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 2019): Metropolis: A Cultural History
Not offered 2020-21
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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HIST B325 Topics in Social History
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Civil War, Race, Amer. Memory
Section 001 (Fall 2020): History of Sexuality
Fall 2020
This a topics course that explores various themes in American social history. Course content varies. Course may be repeated.
Current topic description: This course addresses the social history of sexual practices, social and governmental regulation of sex, and the changing cultural meaning of sex in the U.S. from the 16th century to present. Among the covered topics will be the intersection of race, sexuality, and settler colonialism, sexuality and enslavement; eugenics; sexual violence, transgender history, the social power present in the relationship between sexuality and disease; sexuality as a site of political activism; sexuality and visual culture. The reading list is currently under construction. Among other things, you'll probably be reading Foucault, "History of Sexuality Volume 1;" selections from Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie M. Harris (eds) "Sexuality and Slavery: Reclaiming Intimate Histories in the Americas"; Selections from : Nayan Shah, "Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality and the Law in the North American West," Regina Kunzel, "Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern Sexuality" and Susan Stryker, "Transgender History, Second Edition: The Roots of Today's Revolution" Required Films may include: American Experience: The Eugenics Crusade Screaming Queens: the Riot at Comptons's Cafeteria How To Survive a Plague Disclosure This course does carry a content warning. There are many topics in the history of sexuality that are painful. Sexual violence has a significant history in this country. This class will be addressing some of that history in the course of the semester. We will also, for example, look at the prominence of sex in visual culture, including pornography. And there will be other covered topics that may be hard for some. Such topics can be particularly upsetting to anyone who has been subject to sexual harassment and/or assault. If, knowing this, a student chooses to take the class, please know that I am very open to working with any student to help them access the material in a way that feels comfortable to them.

Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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HIST B368 Topics in Medieval History
Not offered 2020-21
This is a topics course. Topics vary.

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ITAL B308 Rome as Palimpsests: from Ruins to Virtual Reality
Not offered 2020-21
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 B319 Multiculturalism and Diversity in Medieval Italy
Not offered 2020-21
This interdisciplinary course will reflect upon history, religion, literature, politics, and built environment of Italy from ca. 1000 to 1400. Italy was famous for its diverse cultural landscape of urban towers and fortified castles, its Mediterranean trade, and its ethnically and religiously differentiated voices. The course examines cross-cultural interactions played out through the patronage, production, and reception of works of art, literature, and architecture. Sites of patronage and production include the cities of Venice, Palermo, and Pisa. It counts towards Art History and City.

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MEST B210 The Art and Architecture of Islamic Spirituality
Not offered 2020-21
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

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POLS B222 Environmental Issues: Movements and Policy Making in Comparative Perspective
Not offered 2020-21
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 B256 Global Politics of Climate Change
Not offered 2020-21
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
Spring 2021
Introduction to the major sociological theories of gender, racial-ethnic, and class inequality with emphasis on the relationships among these forms of stratification in the contemporary United States, including the role of the upper class(es), inequality between and within families, in the work place, and in the educational 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 2020-21
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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