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Selected Fall 2010 Course Offerings From Across Campus

AFRO 500, Core Probs. African-American Studies, Cha-Jua, TH 3-5:50

Introduction for grad students to the central concepts, theories, methodologies, and paradigms in Black Studies. Students will also be introduced to the key critical scholars, seminal works and emerging trends in Black Studies.

AFRO 598, Research Seminar in African-Am Studies, McWorter, W 9-11:50

Theory and Practice of Black Power in Higher Education. This course will survey the main ideological trends and practical experience of Black Studies. Case studies of Black Studies in Illinois will be reviewed as well as empirical research on Black Studies on a national level.

ARTS 499, Writing with Video, Squier, TH 2-4:50

CI 507, Prob Trends in Spec Fields, Dressman, TH 4-6:50

Topic: Theories of Instruction

CI 590, Seminar for Adv Study of Education, Tettegah, T 4-6:50

Topic: Equity and Educational Technology

CI 590, Seminar for Adv Study of Education, Dyson, M 4-6:50

Topic: Early Written Language Development

CI 590, Seminar for Adv Study of Education, Dyson, W 4-6:50

Topic:Introduction to Language Study in Education

CMN 423, Rhetorical Criticism, Finnegan, TR 11-12:20

Methods of interpreting and judging persuasive discourse with emphasis on political speaking and writing; extensive practice in criticism of rhetorical texts.

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

Topic: Mass Media and the Individual

CMN 529, Seminar Communication Theory, McChesney, W 5-7:50

Topic: Critical Research in Communication

CMN 529, Seminar Communication Theory, Althaus, TH 3-4:50

Topic: Content Analysis Practicum

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

Topic: Theories of Communication in Context

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

Topic: The Rhetorical Presidency

CMN 574, Communication Research Methods, Shumate, MW 3:30-4:50

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

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 500, Intro to Criticism & Research, Nazar, TH 1-2:50

This course will provide a historical survey of the foundational thinkers, texts, and schools that orient contemporary work in the humanities, from Kant and Hegel to Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Theory. Among the topics we will address are: aesthetics, history, the subject, value, power, language, ideology, materiality, gender, sexuality, race, and colonialism. The purpose of this course is to ensure that graduate students receive a rigorous introduction to critical theories and methodologies cetnral to a variety of fields in the humanities and to provide the basis for interdisciplinary conversation and intellectual community among graduate students and faculty members from across the university.

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

This seminar is an introduction to writing studies, a field originally defined by the teaching of academic writing. In recognition that writing structures a good deal of our institutional and interpersonal exchanges, writing studies has expanded to include a much wider array of topics. Over the course of the semester, students will become familiar with the main academic journals and presses in the field, as well as work from related disciplines. This seminar is aimed at helping students to produce meaningful scholarship. Written work in the course will demonstrate competence in: ethnographic research, archival research, computer mediated communication, knowledge of rhetoric, knowledge of discourse, and research into situated literacy practices.

ENGL 581, Seminar Literary Theory, Wood, T 1-2:50

Topic: New Directions in Ecocriticism
This seminar will consider the chequered history of ecocriticism from its origins as a marginal and unfashionable discourse in the 1980s to its rapid diversification and increasing centrality today. Ecocriticism has always been in crisis, and the competing agendas of environmental conservation and justice have now been joined by a raft of urgent new themes dominant in other disciplines, such as climate change, green urbanism, biodiversity, environmental history, and sustainability, to add to the complexity of the field at this critical juncture.

ENGL 582, Topics Research and Writing, Mortensen, T 1-2:50

Topic: Historiography in Writing Studies
What does it mean to speak of "history" in the context of "writing studies"? A great deal: indeed, far too much to address in a semester. For practical purposes, then, we'll limit our attention to North America between 1850 and 1975, and even so we'll have to be very selective in surveying the intertwined historical literatures on rhetoric, composition, and literacy. Seminar participants will complete a proposal for a conference paper and a researched seminar paper suitable for revision into a conference paper. Research projects may be situated outside the geographical and temporal boundaries defined by our readings.

ENGL 584, Topics Discourse and Writing, Hawisher, W 3-4:50

Topic: Literate Lives and the Digital
Literate Lives, Digital Times seeks to provide opportunities to explore changing practices -- local and global -- for literacy in contemporary societies. In addition to looking at the digital contexts in which we immerse ourselves, we will also work to develop a research approach that makes use of digital tools to capture literate activity. In doing so, we will sometimes employ digital media tools for collecting and exhibiting life history interviews while, at others, attempt to represent literate behavior by video recording everyday writing processes. Historical research is also an option as we delve into the ways in which digital communication technologies have profoundly altered understandings of the field of writing studies. Regardless of our choices, however, the class is intended to take on a wide variety of issues related to the digital as it finds its place alongside alphabetic literacies. Our overarching goal is to engage in a scholarly study of how people forge literate lives in a variety of technological, print, and cultural settings.

EPS 590, Adv Graduate Seminar, R. Pillow, TH 10-12:50

Topic: Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education Policy

EPS 590, Adv Graduate Seminar, W. Pillow, T 4-6:50

Topic: Writing Seminar

EPSY 562, Literacy Across Cultures, Anderson, W 9-11:50

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.

GWS 550, Feminist Theories Humanities, T. Barnes, T 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.

HIST 591, History and Social Theory, Liebersohn, TH 3-4:50

Introduces recent historical work drawing upon theories and concepts from the social sciences; considers fields of inquiry which include family history, demographic history, labor history, prosopographical and entrepreneurial studies, local and regional studies, and others.

LIS 590 Advanced Problems in LIS, Haythornthwaite, M 9-11:50

Topic: E-Learning: Social and Technical Issues in E-Learning Research & Practice

LIS 590, Advanced Problems in LIS, Davis, W 9-11:50

Topic: Folklore: Communication & Culture

LIS 590, Advanced Problems in LIS, Weech, M 9-11:50

Topic: Global Perspectives in Library & Information Science

LIS 590, Information Networks, Gasser, TH 1-3:50

Topic: Information Networks

LIS 590, Advanced Problems in LIS, McDonough, TH 9-11:50

Topic: Metadata in Theory & Practice

LLS 577, Perspectives in LLS, Rodrigues, T 4:30-7

Provides an overview of scholarly work and research in the field of Latino/a Studies.
Topic: Latino/a Studies: Borders, Boundaries, and Frames and Frames

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

MDIA 580, Advanced Interpretive Methods, Molina, W 4-6:50

Topic: Gender, Body and Power

PS 590, Research in Selected Topics, Krassa, TH 3:30-5:50

Topic: Human Dimensions of Environmental Systems, TH 3:30-5:50