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Selected Fall 2009 Course Offerings From Across Campus

AFRO 500, Core Probs. African-American Studies, McWhorter, W 10-12:50

AFRO 598, Research Seminar in African-Am Studies, Mendenhall, T 1-3:30

Topic: Urban Communities & Public Policy

ANTH 502, Ethnicity & Nationalism, Orta, M 2-4:50

Examines ethnic and national identities, their interactions, and the implications for them and of them within increasingly translocal, transnational, and global historical contexts.

ANTH 515, Social Theory/Ethnography, Moodie/Dominiquez, W 6-8:50

ARTE 501, Issues in Art Ed, Delacruz, W 9-11:40

Topic: Writing for Publication

CI 560, Trends & Issues in Language Arts, McCarthey, T 4-6:50

Advanced seminar in literacy for teachers, researchers, and specialists. Focuses on trends and issues in elementary and middle school language arts. Current theories, relevant research and practical applications are considered in relation to reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

CI 590, Analyzing and Writing Qualitative Research, Dressman, W 4-6:50

This course will focus on the analysis and “writing up” of qualitative research data from a wide variety of social science areas (social work; communications; writing studies; library information science, and other fields) and from multiple theoretical, methodological, and rhetorical perspectives. Topics will include: the history and development of multiple approaches to qualitative writing over the last century; four approaches to the analysis and interpretation of multiple forms of data (semiotic/structural/poststructural analysis; coding; conversation analysis; text and document analysis); different styles of qualitative narrative (realist, autoethnographic [including action research], confessional, impressionist) and their rhetorical implications; the use of social theory as a framing device; the process of writing for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

CMN 529, Seminar Communication Theory, Shumate, W 2-4:50

Topic: Globalization & Communication

CMN 529, Seminar Communication Theory, Poole, M 2-4:50

Topic: Theory Construction

CMN 529, Seminar Communication Theory, Davis, T 2-4:50

Topic: Folklore: Communication & Culture

CMN 529, Seminar Communication Theory, Miller, TH 2-4:50

Topic: Ethnographic Research Methods

CMN 538, Seminar Rhetorical Theory, Murphy, W 2-4:50

A methods seminar covering textual analysis and what Jim Jasinski calls conceptual criticism--ways in which key concepts guide critical readings. Participants will identify a series of key concepts (style, decorum, circulation, hegemony, polyphony & heteroglossia, etc.), look at critical and theoretical work defining and circulating those concepts and then look at how they might guide understanding of public texts. For example, one day might involve kairos or timing as the concept; participants would read Poulakos, Hawhee, Condit, Sophists for that day while looking at, say, King's "I Have A Dream" and FDR's "Great Arsenal of Democracy" as political texts that attempt to shape a public perception that THIS is a key moment in history.

CMN 574, Communication Research Methods, T & TH 2-3:20

Introduction to content analysis, survey, and experimental research designs and quantitative and qualitative analysis in communication research.

EIL 445, Second Lang Reading & Writing, Sadler

EIL 445 introduces students to second language reading and writing, including theory, research, and practical applications in the field. Now that you’ve read the official course description, here is what that “really” means. This course is designed to /first/ give you some ideas about how people actually learn to read and write and the theories that we’ve come up with about the best ways to teach learners to do this (this is the theory part). /Second/, we’ll talk about some of the research being done in this field and how to do your own research on second language reading and writing topics. /Finally/, this class will have a significant /practical/ component. This part of the class will consist of you designing your own materials for teaching reading and writing, designing a syllabus to use in such a class, etc. All the materials you create for this class will be shared with your classmates.

EIL 511, Task Based Language Training, Markee, MWF 1-1:50

Introduces students to current issues in the theory and practice of communicative language teaching. Discusses the notion that communication is a social event from three perspectives: theoretical linguistics; applied linguistics; and classroom teaching. Specific questions addressed range from a consideration of the nature of applied linguistics to issues related to student autonomy. Prerequisite: EIL 411 and consent of instructor.

ENGL 505 Writing Studies I, Mortensen, M 1-2:50

This course introduces you to Writing Studies and allied fields, with the aim of enabling scholarly inquiry that advances our graduate career. Throughout the semester, you will evaluate claims to disciplinary that draw variously on ancient traditions (e.g., rhetoric, reaching back some 2,500 years), established institutional practices (e.g., U.S. college composition instruction, dating from the nineteenth century,) and contemporary academic activity (e.g., scholarly exchange emergent in twentieth-century studies of rhetoric, composition, communication, information, literacy, language, reading, and writing). You will learn to navigate the print and electronic resources that document knowledge in Writing Studies and allied fields; in doing so, you will gain a sense of the fields' most pressing questions and the best methods for pursuing answers to them. Seminar discussions, grounded in careful reading of relevant texts, will survey the breadth and depth of scholarship in Writing Studies and allied fields. Your final portfoliio will include writing that demonstrates your familiarity with scholarship in Writing Studies and allied fields, and that positions you to make significant contributions to that scholarship.

ENGL 582, Topics Research and Writing, Littlefield, M 3-4:50

Topic: Writing Bodies of Knowledge: Lit & Feminist Science Studies
This course explores how scientists, sciences and technologies envision, create and politicize our bodies. Our focus will be female bodies and feminist perspectives, but this lens also allows us to explore the ways in which men are constituted as subjects and objects of the scientific gaze. We will begin by asking several practical questions: who's doing science? How are these sciences constituted? We will then work through a series of case studies that address the ways in which female bodies have been used in science and created by scientific discourse. Finally, we will address the way in which science fiction provides a tool-kit for scientists and theorists interested in challenging traditional relationships between science and the body. Course work will include a book review, presentation, response papers, and a final research paper.

ENGL 583, Topics Writing Pedagogy and Design, Camargo, W 3-4:40

Topic: Writing Instruction from Classical Antiquity to Renaissance Humanism
The seminar will trace major developments in the theory and practice of writing pedagogy from the Athenian schools of the fifth century B.C.E. through the Humanist schools of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Among the topics that may be considered are the disciplinary overlaps and oppositions between grammar and rhetoric, the relationship between oral and textual "delivery," the nature and function of the sequenced elementary exercises known as progymnasmata, imitation and variation as inventional techniques, genre-based pedagogies, Latinity vs. emergent vernacular textuality, and changing social and institutional contexts for writing instruction.

EPS 500, Topics in Educational Policy, Fortier, W 3-4:50

Topic: Race, Ethnicity & Ethnography: A Study of the University

EPS 500, Topics in Educational Policy, Brown, W 6-8:50

Topic: Hip Hop Feminism: Theory & Practice

EPSY 562, Literacy Across Cultures, Anderson, W 10-12:50

Combines anthropological and psychological approaches to literacy in theory and practice, using case studies of cultural meanings and uses of literacy in worldwide array of traditional, historical, and modern settings; topics include origins and definitions of writing systems, psychology of scripts and math notations, issues of cultural cognitive consequences, out-of-school acquisition and uses, autonomous vs. ideological meanings of texts, hegemony and writing, roles of readers, and interpretive communities. Prerequisite: EPSY 400 or EPSY 402, or equivalent.

EPSY 577, Foundations of Qualitative Methods, Schwandt, W 1-3:50

Introduction to epistemological, methodological, ethical, and political issues characterizing the broad field of qualitative inquiry. Topics covered include an overview of logical positivism and logical empiricism; the Continental philosophers' critique of scientism and the emergence of hermeneutics; sociological theories of Verstehen; interpretive anthropology; feminist qualitative inquiry; social constructionism; contemporary crises of ethics, representation, and justification.

GWS 550, Feminist Theories Humanities, Chandra, W 1-3:50

Interdisciplinary graduate-level course in feminist theory, with an emphasis on the humanities. Explores current debates in feminist theory as they pertain to humanities disciplines. Prerequisite: At least one graduate-level humanities course or consent of instructor.

HDFS 540, Gender & Sexuality, Oswald, T 2-3:50

Highlights key approaches to gender and sexuality within the multidisciplinary field of family studies; examines how gender and sexuality organize the accomplishment of family life through both social structure and social performance, and their attendant historical, economic and political contexts.

HIST 572, Prob in US Hist Since 1815, Pleck, M 1-250

Topic: Women & Gender

LIS490 Community Engagement, Bruce, TH 4:30-6:30

Community engagement refers to the multiple ways that information professionals in libraries and other settings learn about, collaborate with, and provide service and outreach to community members. Typical activities include performing community needs assessments, involving local residents in museum decision-making, offering computer training for seniors at local community centers, partnering with schools on literacy programs, bookmobiles, teen reading clubs, citizen science, using library facilities for local issue forums and art exhibits, homework help programs, and collecting and archiving local history data. This course provides an introduction to, and overview of, community engagement theory and practice. A significant portion of coursework will take the form of service learning or community-based research via approved projects that match students' interests.

LIS 590, Advanced Problems in LIS, Davis, F 2-4:50

Topic: Folklore: From Fireplace to Cyberspace

LIS 590, Advanced Problems in LIS, Kendall, M 1-3:50

Topic: Qualitative Methods Research

MDIA 577, Philosophy of Technology, Christians, M 3-5:50

Introduces students to those thinkers who understand technology philosophically as a central component in modern culture. Examines major perspectives on the nature of technology, rooted in Norbert Weiner, Karl Marx, and Martin Heidegger. Links media technologies, information systems, and global communications background problems and basic issues to technology more generally. Develops instrumentalism, feminist and critical approaches, ethical concerns, alternative technologies in the context of technology as a cultural activity.

MDIA 590 Special Topics, Jackson, T 3-5:50

Topic: Whiteness in Media

SOC 580, Advanced Interpretive Methods, Denzin, W 12-2:50

Analysis of social interaction based on the social psychology of C. H. Cooley, G. H. Mead, and W. I. Thomas; presentation of problems of theory, concepts, and method. Same as MDIA 580. Prerequisite: 4 hours graduate credit in sociology.

SOC 596, Recent Developments in Soc, Barnett, T 12:30-3:20

Topic: Gender, Race, Class and Diversity in Society