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Selected Fall 2012 Course Offerings From Across Campus

AAS 561--Race and Cultural Critique, CRN #58576, T 3-5:50, C. Yang

Introduction to graduate level theoretical and methodological approaches in Comparative Race Studies. As a survey of theories of race and racism and the methodology of critique, this course offers an interdisciplinary approach that draws from anthropology, sociology, history, literature, cultural studies, and gender/sexuality studies. In addition, the study of racial and cultural formation is examined from a comparative perspective in the scholarship of racialized and Gender and Women's Studies.

ANTH 512--Language and Culture, CRN #43119, W 5-7:50, B. Farnell

Explores theories and methods of linguistic anthropology with special attention to the relationship between language and culture. Examines the historical development of the field and its debates and develops analytical skills needed in contemporary research.

ART 550--Writing with Video Workshop, CRN #57660, R 2-4:40, J. Squier

Explores the use of video in research, scholarly, and/or creative endeavors. Students engage in a comprehensive examination of video as a rhetorical narrative medium, with a focus on the actual production of video work. Emphasizes the use of video as a tool for inquiry, engagement, composition, and communication across a broad range of cultural and professional practices.

CAS 587--Culture as Data: Social Spaces on the Internet, CRN #30145, T 2-4:50, C. Sandvig

CI 552--Qualitative Writing, CRN #59542, T 4-6:50, M. Dressman

Focuses on analysis of data and writing of qualitative/ethnographic research in educational contexts. Topics include the history of qualitative research practices; approaches to the analysis and interpretation of multiple forms of data, including coding, discourse analysis, text analysis, and structural/post-structural analysis; different styles of qualitative writing; social theory as a framing device; and writing for publication. Provides a theoretically informed but very practical, hands-on approach to qualitative writing for graduate researchers across the broad range of educational and social science contexts. One part of the course focuses on methods of analysis through application, while a second part is designed as a writer's workshop in which students "write up" the data from a study in three narrative styles. Assignments include weekly readings, three short writing assignments, and a more substantial writing project. Advanced graduate standing is useful but not required.

CI 563/English 505--Writing Studies I, CRN #35706, R 3-4:50, S. Schaffner

This seminar is an introduction to writing studies, a field that was originally dedicated to scholarship dealing with the teaching of academic writing. The field of writing studies has expanded in recent decades to include a much wider array of topics, indicative of the view that writing structures a good deal of our institutional and interpersonal exchanges. Over the course of the semester, we will read broadly to explore how work on writing engages a variety of ideas and disciplines. Students in the course will complete regular reading response papers, co-author a review essay, present on work-in-progress, and complete a research paper dealing with an aspect of writing studies. Periodically throughout the term, we will discuss tools that can be useful in writing research.

CI 565/English 582--Topics Research and Writing, CRN #45654, R 1-2:50, P. Prior

This seminar explores theoretical and methodological frameworks for studying writing and, more broadly, semiotic remediation practices. Its basic premise is that any study of writing as practice leads toward embodied activity that involves varied semiotic modes and that implicates multiple times, places, and people. In this seminar, we will examine in depth some key examples of theoretical and empirical work in these areas. The examples are drawn from a variety of research areas, not only Writing Studies. To examine how to implement these approaches in studies of writing and literate activity, we will engage in a number of inquiry activities (practicing in effect how to plan, conduct and analyze research). Finally, students will explore the application of these approaches to current or projected research projects.

CMN 538--Seminar Rhetorical Theory, CRN #53581, W 2-3:50, J. Murphy

Contemporary rhetoric will explore the ways in which American orators defined the nation and its politics from 1960-2008. Guided primarily by Daniel Rodgers's The Age of Fracture, we'll particularly examine how American public life moved from an emphasis on consensus, unity, and oneness to one that highlighted diversity, debate, and wholeness. We'll critique the discourse of presidents and protestors, intellectuals and activists as well as many others, from the Kennedys to the Clintons, from the civil rights, environmental and feminist movements to the canon wars. In this way, we hope to get something of a handle on this turbulent era in U.S. public life.

CMN 538--Seminar Rhetorical Theory, CRN #57571, M 2-4:45, T. O’Gorman

A survey of major works in American rhetorical criticism from Herbert Wichelns (1925) to 2000. In its survey, the course will address major concepts, controversies, and movements in 20th century rhetorical criticism.

EIL 511--Task Based Language Teaching, CRN #48162, TR 12:30-1:50, N. Markee

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.

EPS 531--Critical Race Theory & Educ, CRN #59069, W 10-12:50, A. Dixson

Focuses on critical race theory as a critique of racism and the law in U.S. society and discusses its current applications to education policy and research in K-12 schooling and higher education. Also looks at how critical race theory can be used as a methodological lens for policy analysis and educational research.

EPS 590--Educational Policy Studies, CRN #58539, T 7-9, C. Mayo

Seminar in educational policy studies; sections offered in the following fields: (a) history of education; (b) philosophy of education; (c) comparative education; (d) social foundations of education; (e) philosophy of educational research; and (f) historical methods in education.

GWS 550--Fem Theories Humanities, CRN #30426, T 9:30-12:20, S. Frost

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.

GWS 590: Topics in GWS--Queering Legal Cultures, CRN #42913, W 2-4:50, C. Nadeau

GWS 590: Topics in GWS--Performance Gender & Nationalism, CRN #39345, M 2-4:50, A. Satkunaratnamm

LIS 514--History of Children's Lit, CRN #39949, R 1-3:50, C. Jenkins

Interpretation of children's literature from the earliest times, including the impact of changing social and cultural patterns on books for children; attention to early printers and publishers of children's books and to magazines for children.

LIS 518--Community Informatics, CRN #55975, W 9-11:50, K. Williams

Survey of an emerging field that studies how local, historical communities use information and communication technologies or otherwise access, create, organize, and share information. Covers key principles for working in libraries or the wider non-profit/public sectors as individuals, organizations, and communities harness new technologies and media. Prepares both professionals and researchers, whatever their technology background. Especially useful for those interested in public or community libraries, youth services, university public engagement, social work, education, and anyone interested in working with or studying underserved communities.

PS 572--Political Economy, Its Theorists and Critics, CRN #40368, M 1:30-3:50, M. Orlie

This advanced introduction to modern political theory will focus upon theorists and critics of political economy of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, including Hobbes, Locke and Montesquieu; Rousseau and Adam Smith (with brief consideration of David Hume's account of justice in general and property in particular); and Hegel and Marx, along with a briefer attention to J.S. Mill. In addition to these primary texts, we will consult incisive commentaries and theoretical elaborations of our main thinkers (for example, Gramsci and Althusser on Marx and ideology and Fred Jameson's recent Hegelian Variations), as well as synthetic historical works (for instance, David Harvey's The Enigma of Capitalism, The Crises of Capitalism and Karl Polanyi's The Great Transformation).