This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

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Students must choose a major subject and may choose a minor subject. Students may also select from one of seven concentrations, which are offered to enhance a student's work in the major or minor and to focus work on a specific area of interest.

Concentrations are an intentional cluster of courses already offered by various academic departments or through general programs. These courses may also be cross-listed in several academic departments. Therefore, when registering for a course that counts toward a concentration, a student should register for the course listed in her major or minor department. If the concentration course is not listed in her major or minor department, the student may enroll in any listing of that course.

Fall 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
CHEM B208-001Topics in Art AnalysisSemester / 1Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FPark 274Weldon,M., Weldon,M.
Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THPark 337
CHEM B310-001Topics in Art AnalysisSemester / 1Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FPark 274Weldon,M., Weldon,M.
Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THPark 337
HART B218-001Byzantine Textiles in Life and DeathSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHCarpenter Library 25Teaching Assistant,T., Walker,A.
HART B274-001History of Chinese ArtSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHCarpenter Library 21Shi,J.
HART B281-001Museum Studies: History, Theory, PracticeSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THOld Library 104Scott,M.
HART B374-001Topics: Exhibition Seminar: Early and Modern TemperamentsSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 3:30 PM WCarpenter Library 17Hertel,C., Hertel,C., Robbins,C., Robbins,C.
Lecture: 2:10 PM- 3:30 PM FCanaday 205 (Special Collect.)
HIST B237-001Themes in Modern African History: Public History in AfricaSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHTaylor Hall CNgalamulume,K.
PSYC B231-001Health PsychologySemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHOld Library 224Peterson,L.

Spring 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARCH B102-001Introduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFLindenlauf,A.
ARCH B219-001Art and Archaeology of Late AntiquitySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWMcFadden,S.
FREN B105-001Directions de la France contemporaineSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFCorbin,C.
FREN B105-002Directions de la France contemporaineSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFLe Menthéour,R.
HART B279-001Exhibiting Africa: Art, Artifact and New ArticulationsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THScott,M.
HART B301-001Topics in Exhibition Strategies: ExhibitingByzantine TextilesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FRobbins,C., Teaching Assistant,T., Walker,A.
HART B316-001Museum Studies Fieldwork SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WHoughteling,S., Scott,M.
HART B318-001Cultural Property and MuseumsSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM- 9:00 PM TMacKay,C.
HART B345-001Topics in Material Culture: OrnamentSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM MHoughteling,S.
HIST B245-001Topics in Modern US HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM MWVider,S.
ITAL B308-001Rome as Palimpsests: from Ruins to Virtual RealitySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WGiammei,A.
SPAN B312-001Latin American and Latino Art and the Question of the MassesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WGaspar,M.

Fall 2019

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

2018-19 Catalog Data

ANTH B271 Museum Anthropology: History, Politics, Practices
Not offered 2018-19
This course provides an in-depth exploration of museum anthropology: the critical study of museum practices from an anthropological perspective. The course will fundamentally consider the role of museums in exhibiting culture--the politics of placing cultures on display, from living humans and human remains to cultural objects and artifacts. The course will also consider changing practices in museum anthropology, including repatriation efforts, shifting notions of heritage and identity and the emergence of community-curated exhibitions. This course complements the theoretical explorations of the museum with visits to area museums and hands-on work in Special Collections.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Spring 2019
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky
Not offered 2018-19
This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B218 Byzantine Textiles in Life and Death
Fall 2018
This course explores the manifold uses and meanings of textiles in early Byzantine visual and material culture as well as their afterlife as objects of collection and display in the modern era. Students will undertake original research on early Byzantine textiles from the collection of Philadelphia University. Assignments will develop skills in museological writing, including documentation for collection databases and object exhibitions. Prerequisites: Previous coursework in History of Art, Archaeology, Museum Studies, or History is recommended, but not required.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B219 Art and Archaeology of Late Antiquity
Spring 2019
This class examines the art and archaeology of the late-antique Mediterranean, tracing various iterations of artistic and architectural experimentation as well as socio-political expression from the Late Roman world of the Tetrarchs (3rd century CE) to the first Islamic Dynasty, the Umayyads (7th century CE). We will explore how the vitality of classical styles and pagan beliefs mixed with the creative energies of other "indigenous" traditions - Egyptian, Arabic, Jewish, Gallic, etc., as well as those of the new church, so as to better understand the cultural plurality and vigor of this period formally considered a "Dark Age."
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B306 Monumental Painting
Not offered 2018-19
The Mediterranean tradition of large-scale painting begins in prehistoric times and continues through Late Antiquity and beyond. Important examples survive on the walls of houses, tombs and other structures at sites in the Bronze Age Aegean, in Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Anatolia, Macedonia, Magna Graecia, and Etruria, Rome and the famous sites of Pompeii and Hercul- aneum preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Technical, artistic, cultural and interpretive issues will be considered.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B318 Cultural Property and Museums
Spring 2019
This course examines cultural heritage and the concept of cultural property in relation to museums and collections. We will consider the development of national and international laws in the 20th and 21st centuries to protect cultural heritage, museum responsibilities, and case studies on topics including the looting of archaeological sites, the fate of art during war, nationalism and politics, restitution of art, and fakes and forgeries.
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Spring 2019
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky
Not offered 2018-19
This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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CHEM B208 Topics in Art Analysis
Fall 2018
This is a topics course and topics will vary. All courses will cover a variety of methods of analysis of works of art centered around a specific theme. Using both completed case studies and their own analysis of objects in the Bryn Mawr College collection, students will investigate a number of instrumental methods of obtaining both quantitative and qualitative information about the manufacture, use and history of the objects.
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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CHEM B310 Topics in Art Analysis
Fall 2018
This is a topics course and topics will vary. All courses will cover a variety of methods of analysis of works of art centered around a specific theme. Using both completed case studies and their own analysis of objects in the Bryn Mawr College collection, students will investigate a number of instrumental methods of obtaining both quantitative and qualitative information about the manufacture, use and history of the objects.
Current topic description: This course introduces the science of textiles through hands-on training in the analysis of textile weaving techniques and materials. Students will learn to identify fibers, weave structures, dyes, and mordants through visual and instrumental analysis culminating in their ability to fully identify the methods of production of an authentic early Byzantine textile. Instrumentation used will include polarized light microscopy, high performance liquid chromotography, and x-ray florescence spectroscopy.

Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B237 Themes in Modern African History
Section 001 (Spring 2018): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Public History in Africa
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Urban History
Fall 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Current topic description:The course will explore the colonial and postcolonial practices in public history. It will address the following question: in an age of "fake news" and "history wars", how can we understand the relationship between the public and the place of the past? Topics will include exhibitions; museum practices and colonial outlooks; commemorations and identities; monuments; film, popular history and memory; heritage and regeneration; oral history and public engagement; and public policy. We will also discuss ongoing inter-sectional and interdisciplinary decolonizing approaches to breaking received hierarchies and narratives. The course will also introduce students to the multi-faceted method of public history - in theory, application, and critique.

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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ITAL B308 Rome as Palimpsests: from Ruins to Virtual Reality
Spring 2019
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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ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Spring 2019
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B274 History of Chinese Art
Fall 2018
This course is a survey of the arts of China from Neolithic to the contemporary period, focusing on bronze vessels of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, the Chinese appropriation of Buddhist art, and the evolution of landscape and figure painting traditions.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ANTH B271 Museum Anthropology: History, Politics, Practices
Not offered 2018-19
This course provides an in-depth exploration of museum anthropology: the critical study of museum practices from an anthropological perspective. The course will fundamentally consider the role of museums in exhibiting culture--the politics of placing cultures on display, from living humans and human remains to cultural objects and artifacts. The course will also consider changing practices in museum anthropology, including repatriation efforts, shifting notions of heritage and identity and the emergence of community-curated exhibitions. This course complements the theoretical explorations of the museum with visits to area museums and hands-on work in Special Collections.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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FREN B105 Directions de la France contemporaine
Spring 2019
An examination of contemporary society in France and Francophone cultures as portrayed in recent documents and film. Emphasizing the tension in contemporary French-speaking societies between tradition and change, the course focuses on subjects such as family structures and the changing role of women, cultural and linguistic identity, an increasingly multiracial society, the individual and institutions (religious, political, educational), and "les loisirs". In addition to the basic text and review of grammar, readings are chosen from newspapers, contemporary literary texts and magazines, complemented by video materials. Prerequisite: FREN 005 or 101.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Spring 2019
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

Back to top

ARCH B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky
Not offered 2018-19
This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

Back to top

CHEM B208 Topics in Art Analysis
Fall 2018
This is a topics course and topics will vary. All courses will cover a variety of methods of analysis of works of art centered around a specific theme. Using both completed case studies and their own analysis of objects in the Bryn Mawr College collection, students will investigate a number of instrumental methods of obtaining both quantitative and qualitative information about the manufacture, use and history of the objects.
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

Back to top

HART B218 Byzantine Textiles in Life and Death
Fall 2018
This course explores the manifold uses and meanings of textiles in early Byzantine visual and material culture as well as their afterlife as objects of collection and display in the modern era. Students will undertake original research on early Byzantine textiles from the collection of Philadelphia University. Assignments will develop skills in museological writing, including documentation for collection databases and object exhibitions. Prerequisites: Previous coursework in History of Art, Archaeology, Museum Studies, or History is recommended, but not required.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B219 Art and Archaeology of Late Antiquity
Spring 2019
This class examines the art and archaeology of the late-antique Mediterranean, tracing various iterations of artistic and architectural experimentation as well as socio-political expression from the Late Roman world of the Tetrarchs (3rd century CE) to the first Islamic Dynasty, the Umayyads (7th century CE). We will explore how the vitality of classical styles and pagan beliefs mixed with the creative energies of other "indigenous" traditions - Egyptian, Arabic, Jewish, Gallic, etc., as well as those of the new church, so as to better understand the cultural plurality and vigor of this period formally considered a "Dark Age."
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B226 Perspectives on African Art
Not offered 2018-19
This course is an exploration of a selected range of art that represent the role and place of art in Africa and demonstrate the changes in artwork over time. The course begins with an examination of what defines the art of Africa, and proceeds to seek an understanding of its philosophical underpinnings and aesthetics. It then conducts a cultural as well as an historical exploration of selected art traditions on the continent. The course will emphasize the diversity of African aesthetics as well as highlight the similarities and differences between African people within and across various artistic practices in secular and non-secular settings.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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ANTH B271 Museum Anthropology: History, Politics, Practices
Not offered 2018-19
This course provides an in-depth exploration of museum anthropology: the critical study of museum practices from an anthropological perspective. The course will fundamentally consider the role of museums in exhibiting culture--the politics of placing cultures on display, from living humans and human remains to cultural objects and artifacts. The course will also consider changing practices in museum anthropology, including repatriation efforts, shifting notions of heritage and identity and the emergence of community-curated exhibitions. This course complements the theoretical explorations of the museum with visits to area museums and hands-on work in Special Collections.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B274 History of Chinese Art
Fall 2018
This course is a survey of the arts of China from Neolithic to the contemporary period, focusing on bronze vessels of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, the Chinese appropriation of Buddhist art, and the evolution of landscape and figure painting traditions.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B279 Exhibiting Africa: Art, Artifact and New Articulations
Spring 2019
At the turn of the 20th century, the Victorian natural history museum played an important role in constructing and disseminating images of Africa to the Western public. The history of museum representations of Africa and Africans reveals that exhibitions--both museum exhibitions and "living" World's Fair exhibitions-- has long been deeply embedded in politics, including the persistent "othering" of African people as savages or primitives. While paying attention to stereotypical exhibition tropes about Africa, we will also consider how art museums are creating new constructions of Africa and how contemporary curators and conceptual artists are creating complex, challenging new ways of understanding African identities.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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HART B281 Museum Studies: History, Theory, Practice
Fall 2018
Using the museums of Philadelphia as field sites, this course provides an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of museum studies and the important synergies between theory and practice. Students will learn: the history of museums as institutions of recreation, education and leisure; how the museum itself became a symbol of power, prestige and sometimes alienation; debates around the ethics and politics of collecting objects of art, culture and nature; and the qualities that make an exhibition effective (or not). By visiting exhibitions and meeting with a range of museum professionals in art, anthropology and science museums, this course offers a critical perspective on the inner workings of the museum as well as insights into the "new museology."
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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HART B300 The Curator in the Museum
Not offered 2018-19
This course provides an introduction to theoretical and practical aspects of museums and to the links between practice and theory that are the defining characteristic of the museum curator's work today. The challenges and opportunities confronting curators and their colleagues, peers, audiences, and constituents will be addressed through readings, discussions, guest presentations, writings, and individual and group projects.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B301 Topics in Exhibition Strategies
Section 001 (Spring 2019): ExhibitingByzantine Textiles
Spring 2019
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course builds toward a student-curated exhibition of early Byzantine textiles. Students will investigate past exhibitions of early Byzantine textiles as case studies, reading catalogues and accounts of critical reception in order to understand different curatorial strategies and to apply what they learn in the organization of their own public exhibition. They will develop original documentation of objects for entry in Philadelphia University's online, publicly accessible collection database. Collectively, they will determine a curatorial agenda, produce didactic materials, develop public programs, script tours for different audiences, and install an exhibition of approximately 20 early Byzantine textiles.

Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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ARCH B306 Monumental Painting
Not offered 2018-19
The Mediterranean tradition of large-scale painting begins in prehistoric times and continues through Late Antiquity and beyond. Important examples survive on the walls of houses, tombs and other structures at sites in the Bronze Age Aegean, in Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Anatolia, Macedonia, Magna Graecia, and Etruria, Rome and the famous sites of Pompeii and Hercul- aneum preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Technical, artistic, cultural and interpretive issues will be considered.
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ITAL B308 Rome as Palimpsests: from Ruins to Virtual Reality
Spring 2019
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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HART B316 Museum Studies Fieldwork Seminar
Spring 2019
This course provides students a forum in which to ground, frame and discuss their hands-on work in museums, galleries, archives or collections. Whether students have arranged an internship at a local institution or want to pursue one in the Bryn Mawr College Collections, this course will provide a framework for these endeavors, coupling praxis with theory supported by readings from the discipline of Museum Studies. The course will culminate in a final poster presentation, an opportunity to reflect critically on the internship experience. Prior to taking the course, students will develop a Praxis Learning Plan through the LILAC office. All students will share a set syllabus, common learning objectives and readings, but will also be able to tailor those objectives to the specific museum setting or Special Collections project in which they are involved.
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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HART B318 Cultural Property and Museums
Spring 2019
This course examines cultural heritage and the concept of cultural property in relation to museums and collections. We will consider the development of national and international laws in the 20th and 21st centuries to protect cultural heritage, museum responsibilities, and case studies on topics including the looting of archaeological sites, the fate of art during war, nationalism and politics, restitution of art, and fakes and forgeries.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B325 Care and Conservation of Contemporary Art
Not offered 2018-19
This course explores the ethics, principles, analysis and materials used in art conservation. Case studies, guest lectures, and museum visits will then introduce the unique problems involved in preserving, conserving and exhibiting contemporary art. There will be some hands on/lab component activities. Prerequisites: At least one previous HART course at Bryn Mawr College. Understanding of basic chemistry helpful.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B345 Topics in Material Culture
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Ornament
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Textiles of Asia
Spring 2019
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This seminar will examine the history and theory of ornament from a wide range of disciplinary, temporal and geographic perspectives.

Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B373 Contemporary Art in Exhibition: Museums and Beyond
Not offered 2018-19
How does the collection and display of artwork create meanings beyond the individual art object? In recent decades, enormous shifts have occurred in exhibition design as artwork projected from the walls of the museum, moved outdoors to the space of the street, and eventually went online. We will study an array of contemporary exhibition practices and sites in their social and historical contexts, including the temporary exhibition, "the white cube," the "black box," museum installations, international biennials, and websites. During the seminar, we will examine how issues such as patronage, avant-gardism, globalization, and identity politics have progressively brought museums and other exhibition spaces into question.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B374 Topics: Exhibition Seminar
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Early and Modern Temperaments
Fall 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Students will gain practical experience in the production of an exhibition: conceiving a curatorial approach, articulating themes, writing didactics, researching a checklist, designing gallery layout, producing print and web materials, developing programs, and marketing the exhibit. Prerequisite: At least one previous HART course at Bryn Mawr College.
Current topic description: "Early/Modern Temperaments" will explore the representation of the four principle human dispositions or personality types - melancholic, choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic - in the graphic arts of the early modern period. Additionally, identification of the legacy and extension of these concepts in modern and contemporary prints will result in the juxtaposition of early/modern temperaments.

Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B218 Byzantine Textiles in Life and Death
Fall 2018
This course explores the manifold uses and meanings of textiles in early Byzantine visual and material culture as well as their afterlife as objects of collection and display in the modern era. Students will undertake original research on early Byzantine textiles from the collection of Philadelphia University. Assignments will develop skills in museological writing, including documentation for collection databases and object exhibitions. Prerequisites: Previous coursework in History of Art, Archaeology, Museum Studies, or History is recommended, but not required.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B237 Themes in Modern African History
Section 001 (Spring 2018): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Public History in Africa
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Urban History
Fall 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Current topic description:The course will explore the colonial and postcolonial practices in public history. It will address the following question: in an age of "fake news" and "history wars", how can we understand the relationship between the public and the place of the past? Topics will include exhibitions; museum practices and colonial outlooks; commemorations and identities; monuments; film, popular history and memory; heritage and regeneration; oral history and public engagement; and public policy. We will also discuss ongoing inter-sectional and interdisciplinary decolonizing approaches to breaking received hierarchies and narratives. The course will also introduce students to the multi-faceted method of public history - in theory, application, and critique.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B245 Topics in Modern US History
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Making Public Queer History
Spring 2019
This is a topics course in 20th century America social history.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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HIST B274 Focus: Topics in Modern US History
Not offered 2018-19
This is a topics course in 20th century America social history. Topics vary by half semester
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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HIST B349 Topics in Comparative History
Not offered 2018-19
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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PSYC B231 Health Psychology
Fall 2018
This course will provide an overview of the field of health psychology using lecture, exams, videos, assignments, and an article critique. We will examine the current definition of health psychology, as well as the theories and research behind many areas in health psychology (both historical and contemporary). The course will focus on specific health and social psychological theories, empirical research, and applying the theory and research to real world situations. Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology (PSYC B105) or Foundations of Psychology (PSYC H100)
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B237 Themes in Modern African History
Section 001 (Spring 2018): African Economic Development
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Public History in Africa
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Urban History
Fall 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Current topic description:The course will explore the colonial and postcolonial practices in public history. It will address the following question: in an age of "fake news" and "history wars", how can we understand the relationship between the public and the place of the past? Topics will include exhibitions; museum practices and colonial outlooks; commemorations and identities; monuments; film, popular history and memory; heritage and regeneration; oral history and public engagement; and public policy. We will also discuss ongoing inter-sectional and interdisciplinary decolonizing approaches to breaking received hierarchies and narratives. The course will also introduce students to the multi-faceted method of public history - in theory, application, and critique.

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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ITAL B308 Rome as Palimpsests: from Ruins to Virtual Reality
Spring 2019
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 Museum Studies
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PSYC B231 Health Psychology
Fall 2018
This course will provide an overview of the field of health psychology using lecture, exams, videos, assignments, and an article critique. We will examine the current definition of health psychology, as well as the theories and research behind many areas in health psychology (both historical and contemporary). The course will focus on specific health and social psychological theories, empirical research, and applying the theory and research to real world situations. Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology (PSYC B105) or Foundations of Psychology (PSYC H100)
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Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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SPAN B312 Latin American and Latino Art and the Question of the Masses
Spring 2019
The course examines the ways in which Latin American and Latino texts (paintings, murals, sculptures, and some narratives) construct "minor," "featureless" and "anonymous" characters, thus demarcating how and which members of society can and cannot advance a plot, act independently and/or be agents of change. By focusing the attention on what is de-emphasized, we will explore how artistic works, through their form, are themselves political actors in the social life of Latin America, the US, and beyond. We will also consider the place of Latin American and Latino Art in the US imaginary and in institutions such as museums and galleries. Prerequisites: Course is taught in English and is open to all juniors or seniors who have taken at least one 200-level course in a literature department. Students seeking Spanish credit must have taken BMC Spanish 120 and at least one other Spanish course at a 200-level, or received permission from instructor. Course does not meet an Approach. Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies. Counts toward Museum Studies.
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Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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