New Courses

Each semester, the Bryn Mawr Curriculum Committee and Bryn Mawr Faculty create and approve new courses to add to the curriculum. Spring 2023 courses are listed here with the course descriptions below.

Spring 2023

Subject Catalog Section Course Title Min Units Enrl Stat Name Srt1 AM/PM End 1 AMPM Days 1
ARTD     B146 001 Asian Diaspora: Beginning Tech 0.50 Open Department staff,TBA 11:40 AM  1:00 PM MW
ARTD     B233 001 Hip Hop: Intermediate Tech 0.50 Open Cotton,Melanie Felicia  2:40 PM  4:00 PM TTH
ARTD     B260 001 Dance Ed: Practice and Perform 1.00 Open Carrasco,Tammy  8:10 AM 11:00 AM F
ARTD     B351 001 Dance Ensemble: Tap 0.50 Open Karon,Corinne Anne  7:10 PM  9:30 PM M
ARTW     B165 001 The Writing Practice 0.50 Open Sheriff,Sanam  2:25 PM  3:45 PM TTH
BIOL     B151 001 Anatomy and Physiology II 1.00 Open Wehrle,Beck 11:10 AM 12:00 PM MWF
BIOL     B212 001 Nutritional Physiology 1.00 Open Wehrle,Beck 10:10 AM 11:00 AM MWF
BIOL     B337 001 Stem Cell Biology 1.00 Open Skirkanich,Jennifer Nicole  9:10 AM 10:00 AM MWF
COML     B217 001 Lovesick 1.00 Open Le Mentheour,Rudy  1:10 PM  2:30 PM MW
CSTS     B219 001 Poetic Desires, Queer Longings 1.00 Open Lam,Erin Wai-Man  2:40 PM  4:00 PM MW
HIST     B334 001 Caste and Race 1.00 Open Weidman,Amanda J.  1:10 PM  3:30 PM T
HLTH     B302 001 Survey Research Methods 1.00 Open Olson,Hannah E.  1:10 PM  4:00 PM W
INST     B217 001 Global Social Movements 1.00 Open Denning,Nicholas Carby 12:55 PM  2:15 PM TTH
INST     B308 001 Human Rights 1.00 Open Denning,Nicholas Carby  1:10 PM  3:30 PM T
INST     B315 001 Humans & Non-Humans 1.00 Open Denning,Nicholas Carby  1:10 PM  3:30 PM TH
ITAL     B233 001 Translation Workshop 1.00 Open Bozzato,Daria 11:25 AM 12:45 PM TTH
ITAL     B302 001 Italo Calvino 1.00 Open Benetollo,Chiara  1:10 PM  4:00 PM W
ITAL     B324 001 Diversity in Italian Poetry 1.00 Open Zipoli,Luca  1:10 PM  4:00 PM T
NEUR     B399 001 Neuroscience Senior Capstone 1.00 Open Grafe,Laura  1:10 PM  4:00 PM W
PHIL     B309 001 Topics in Philosophy 1.00 Open Culbreth,Andrew  1:10 PM  4:00 PM TH
PSYC     B344 001 Early Experience&Mental Health 1.00 Open Mukerji,Cora E.  1:10 PM  4:00 PM T
SOCL     B324 001 Du Bois and Sociology 1.00 Open Taplin-Kaguru,Nora E.  1:10 PM  4:00 PM T
SPAN     B333 001 La invención de América 1.00 Open Martínez Bachrich,Roberto 12:10 PM  2:00 PM F


Asian Diaspora: Beginning Tech ARTD B146

Beginning level dance technique courses focus on introducing movement vocabulary, developing skills, and gaining an understanding of the form. Students must meet the attendance requirement, and complete three short writing assignments. Offered on a pass/fail basis only. This course is focused specifically in the dance form Bharatanatyam. Course Approach: No Approach


Dance Ed: Practice and Perform ARTD B260

Dance education is a world where teaching and performance coalesce to center being-with-our-bodies as a platform for learning. This course involves collaboratively creating an educational program for young audiences, communities, and participants in various educational sites. The seminar portion of the course engages students in reading, writing, and discussion on various perspectives of dance pedagogy, theory, and teaching strategies. The embodied component of the course brings students into a fluid relationship between theory and practice through teaching, peer-observation, and reflection on arts in education. There will be field visits during the course that include teaching and performance opportunities. This course is intended for students with experience in any dance form or theatrical performance at any level and we welcome students who are courageously beginning their journey with dance. It is embodied and writing attentive. Course Approach: CI


The Writing Practice ARTW B165

This course is designed for students who are either working towards or considering proposing an independent major in Creative Writing. Over the course of seven weeks, we will explore the many approaches to maintaining a writing practice and consider various elements of the writing process. We will learn about the back-end of submitting written work so that it may be published and will help match students with published works that might inform and enhance their individual projects. While focusing broadly on the writing life, we intend to build a community of writers on campus that may turn to each other to support and nurture their own practices. Course Approach: No Approach


Nutritional Physiology BIOL B212

Nutritional physiology covers the biochemical basis of energy metabolism, physiological processes in digestion and uptake, structure and function of the digestive tract, and the biochemical transformation of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in the body. The course also addresses vitamins, mechanisms of organ- to organism-wide control, the gut microbiome, and major events in nutritional research, as well as topics on politics and sociocultural influences of agricultural practices, food production, its distribution, and factors in its consumption. The emphasis is on expanding the students' understanding of physiology, primarily through a human-focused approach. Prerequisite: completion of Biol 110 or 111. Course Approach: SI


Lovesick COML B217

Love has often been compared to some kind of sickness. In this class, we will explore this traditional discourse on love from different angles: how sick is love? What kind of sickness are we talking about? Is there a cure to love? Is love always delusional? Is there always a touch of sacrifice in love? In order to answer these questions, we will read books, a graphic novels, and watch movies belonging to a variety of cultures and times. Authors include: Ovid, Mme de La Fayette, Charles Burns. Course Approach: CC


Caste and Race HIST B334

With the global spread of the Black Lives Matter movement, and since the publication of American journalist Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, there has been a renewed interest in thinking comparatively about caste and race. This course will examine the intertwined histories and legacies of caste and race as imaginaries deployed both to create and enforce social inequality and hierarchy, and to describe and analyze it. In the first half of the course we will examine how analogies and comparisons between caste and race have been made at various moments over the long 20th century. In the second half of the course, we will explore how caste and race have intersected in lived experience, using historical sources, ethnography, and memoir. In tracking intersections of experience and the production of knowledge, our course will bring together history, anthropology, sociology, and related fields, as well as different world areas– India/South Asia and the U.S./Western hemisphere– that have traditionally been held apart in the modern academy. Course Approach:  No Approach


Global Social Movements INST B217

This course will introduce students to the study of transnational social movements. Globalization has created unprecedented problems of inequality, exploitation, and environmental crisis however, its networks and logics by globalization have also created exciting opportunities for activists to organize across borders, tackle issues of global concern, and develop creative solutions. 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. Course Approach: CC


Humans & Non-Humans INST B315

Anthropology is the study of humans, but the idea of the “human” always implies the category of the “non-human.” Humanity is defined in its relation to “non-humans”: ranging from tools and technology, to domesticated (and undomesticated) animals, to agricultural crops, our local ecologies, and the global environment. What does it mean to be human? What is the agency of non-humans in human worlds? Do forests think? Do dogs dream? What is the agency of a mountain? What are the rights of a river? What is the cultural significance of DNA? This course will trace Anthropological debates over the “human” and “non-human” in contexts ranging from Amerindian cosmology, to political ecology, and science and technology studies. Course Approach:  No Approach


Italo Calvino ITAL B302

Italo Calvino is one of the best-known Italian writers in the world - but in addition to being the author of numerous novels and short stories, Calvino was a translator, and editor and – perhaps most importantly – a reader. His activity provides us with a window into the Italian editorial landscape and its connection with foreign literary markets and traditions. Analyzing Calvino’s letters to his colleagues at the publishing house Einaudi, his famous risvolti, introductions, and book reviews, we will reflect on the journey of texts from their selection and translation, to their publication, to their promotion and reception. We will discuss books as complex and stratified objects, reflecting on how editorial choices shape the reception and interpretation of a text. In exploring Calvino’s engagement with other people’s books, we will focus on the international dimension of his work, his personal and professional connections with France - where he lived for several years - with South America, Russia, and the United States. Such an emphasis on Calvino as a transnational reader and writer reflects and illuminates the peculiarity of the Italian editorial and literary ecosystem, in which translation has a central role. Course Approach:  No Approach


Neuroscience Senior Capstone NEUR B399

This course will survey empirical studies from several subdisciplines within the field of neuroscience (eg behavioral, cognitive, computational, molecular, etc) that advance our understanding of the brain. Through exposure to a diversity of approaches, it is hoped that students will be reminded that the boundaries that define the disciplines of neuroscience are blurred, and that it is the language of all these subdisciplines, that continue the advance of modern neuroscience. Each section of the course (defined by a given subdiscipline and relevant empirical articles) will culminate with a visit from a current researcher in that subdiscipline whose studies continue to advance our understanding of the brain. The visiting researcher will lead an in-class discussion about their research, as well as the path they took to get to their current position. Course Approach:  No Approach


Early Experience&Mental Health PSYC B344

Development represents a unique period during which the brain shows enhanced plasticity, the important ability to adapt and change in response to experiences. During development, the brain may be especially vulnerable to the impacts of harmful experiences (e.g., neglect or exposure to toxins) and also especially responsive to the effects of positive factors (e.g., community resilience or clinical interventions). This seminar will explore how childhood experiences “get under the skin,” shaping neurobiological systems and exerting lasting effects on mental health and well-being. We will examine theoretical models of how early experiences shape development, considering the proposed mechanisms by which different features of childhood environments could shape psychological risk and resilience. We will evaluate the scientific evidence for these models and then apply this knowledge to consider what strategies for intervention–– at the level of the child, family, and society–– could help reduce psychopathology and promote well-being. There is no textbook required for this course. We will read, critically evaluate, and discuss empirical journal articles and explore the implications of this scientific literature for public policy. Prerequisites: PSYC B209 or PSYC B206 or PSYC B218 or permission from instructor; PSYC B205 highly recommended Course Approach:  No Approach


La invención de América SPAN B333

Beginning in 1492, Spanish explorers, soldiers, and friars visited, noted, and imagined what they initially would call the New World. According to Alfonso Reyes, America was for Europe, rather than a sudden and new reality, a complete poetic invention. The astonished -pleased, marveled, horrified- writings of newly arrived Spaniards drew not only the real components of a vast and very different world from the European one, but also the fictional components: everything obscure, remote, or misunderstood that experience or the senses could not grasp, and the powers of imagination would. This course seeks to explore some of the key texts of the "invention of America" (Reyes) in the first centuries of the Conquest and Colonization. Our goal is to analyze how "the imperial eye" (Pratt) looked at and noted the American lands -its men and women, its cultures and wealth- projecting on them its oldest fears, fantasies, ambitions, and hopes: America was also "a new Europe”, says Ángel Rosenblat, with all the political, literary and epistemic weight that such an idea implies. We will work with fragments of stories, chronicles, and poems on the following thematic axes: the first contacts, a rich and abundant nature (pearls, gold, silver, fish, fruits, spices, wood), the great Mesoamerican cultures, the Andean "empire", the extreme south and the eternal horizon, the interior lands and their immense rivers and mountains, the "bestiary of the Indies", the American myths (El Dorado, the Amazons) and some of the great and tragic historical native American figures as they were perceived and written by the Spaniards. Prerequisite: At least one SPAN 200 level course Course Approach: No Approach


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