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Selected Spring 2010 Course Offerings From Across Campus

AFRO 552, Ethnography Urban Communities, R. Jarrett, F 9-11:50

Addresses substantive, theoretical, methodological, and policy issues within the field of urban community studies. Focusing primarily on African American urban communities, with comparisons to other racial-ethnic group communities (e.g. Euro-American, Latino, immigrant), ethnographic case studies are used to explore community processes (formation, ghettoization, gentrification, transnationalism), their relationship to historical, economic, social, and political factors, and how these processes are influences by ethnicity, class, gender and developmental cycle. Attention will also be given to how empirical studies can be used to inform public policies affecting urban communities. Interdisciplinary readings draw primarily from anthropology, education, and sociology.

AFRO 597, Problems in African-Am Studies, E. McDuffie, T 2-4:50

Topic: Gender & Sexuality and the Black Freedom Movement

AFRO 598, Res Sem in African-Am Studies, B. Tynes, T 4-6:50

Topic: Race, Gender, Development & Media

ANTHRO 515, Seminar in Anthropology, M. Perry, W 2-4:50

Topic: The Anthropology of Race/The Race of Anthropology

ANTHRO 518, Discourse Centered Approaches, B. Farnell, W 11-1:50

Combines critical examination of theories with methods of transcription and analysis to prepare students for linguistically informed ethnographic field research. Develops a reflexive awareness of language-in-use, plus a historically situated familiarity with Western theories of language. Emphasis on how spoken/written discourse and related semiotic practices (bodily communication, visual images) constitute the primary elements of socio-cultural practice—the means by which social action, cultural knowledge and social institutions are achieved, maintained and enacted. Provides opportunities to apply analytic frameworks learned in the course to students own research interests.

ARTE 501, New and Social Media, J. Castro, M 4-6:50

A range of topical issues are explored, which may vary from semester to semester, but may include children’s artistic development, visual culture and curriculum, the philosophy of art, and cultural studies.

ARTS 499, Writing with Video, J. Squier, TH 2-4:40

CAS 587, Special Topics, R. Fouché, T 2-3:50

Topic: Interpreting Technoscience: Explorations in Identity, Culture and Democracy
This seminar will examine the ways technoscience (the confluence of scientific practices and technological artifacts) influences and affects human identity, cultural knowledge, and democratic action. This focus will explore historical, contemporary, and emerging interpretations of technoscience as a means to understanding connections between science, technology, and human existence.

CI 507, Prob Trends in Spec Fields, A. Dyson, M 4-6:50

Topic: Advanced Language Arts Pedagogy

CI 580, Qualitative Research in Language & Literature Education, A. Dyson, W 4-6:60

Focuses on the goals and nature of qualitative, observational study of life in educational settings, with an emphasis on oral and written languages. Adopts interpretive and critical perspectives on research and includes key readings on the ethnography of oral and written communication in schools, given a socioculturally and linguistically diverse society. All students will conduct a small scale study in an education site.

CMN 529, Seminar Communication Theory, D. Brashers, M 2-4:50

Topic: Communication and Uncertainty in Health Care Contexts

CMN 529, Seminar Communication Theory, S. Davis, TH 2-4:50

Topic: Narrative in Interdisciplinary Perspective
This course explores the question "what is story" from a range of theoretical, methodological, and artistic perspectives. We will be interested in traditional and experimental kinds of narration, in personal, shared and collective stories, and in how people tell, understand and use them. Subjects for consideration include: folk stories, legends and ballads; oral histories; family stories; life stories; dreams and jokes; narratives or catastrophe and trauma; untellable stories.

CMN 529, Seminar Communication Theory, S. Jacobs, W 2-4:50

Topic: Processes & Procedures of Linguistic Communication

CMN 538, Seminar Rhetorical Theory, T. Conley, T 2-4:50

Topic: Kenneth Burke

CMN 538, Seminar Rhetorical Theory, C. Finnegan, W 2-4:50

Topic: Visual Politics of US Public Culture.
This seminar surveys interdisciplinary scholarship on US visual politics in order to answer the question, “how have power relations and social/political relationships historically been visualized in American culture?” By situating visual images in the historical contexts in which they initially emerged and subsequently circulated, we will explore how prints, photographs, paintings, and other graphic works frame our experiences of public culture, enable us to deliberate about matters of common concern, and tell us something about who we are as citizens. Specific topics include visual rhetorics of the colonial/founding period; the pictorial press; viewership and response; Civil War imagery; presidents and politics; 1930s documentary; and visual cultures of gender, race, and class. We will read case studies of visual politics by scholars in the fields of rhetoric, communication, American studies, history, and art history. Assignments include a series of short response papers, a book review, and a final project paper.

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.

EIL 587, Seminar in Second Language Studies, R. Sadler, T, TH 9-10:20

Topic: CNC

EIL 590, Seminar in Second Language Learning, D. Musumeci, W 2-4:30

Topic: Content-based instruction: Theory research and practice.

ENGL 504, Theories of Cinema, L. Kaganovsky, T 3-4:50

Seminar on influential theories and accompanying debates about the textual/extra-textual mechanisms and cultural/political impact of cinema and related screen media. The course fulfills the theory requirement for the interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Cinema Studies. This course will provide an advanced introduction to the field. Attention will be given to canonical texts of classic and contemporary film theory. Film screenings accompanying the course will help to develop a common vocabulary for speaking about film. This course is meant to provide an introduction to the topic: prior knowledge of cinema or film theory is very helpful but not required.

ENGL 506, Writing Studies II, P. Prior, M 3-4:50

Topic: Writing in Multimodal Genre Systems
This seminar (for which Writing Studies I is not a prerequisite) aims to foster an in-depth experience of theory, research, and pedagogy in Writing Studies. It begins with an overview of some central issues that have shaped the field. It then turns to an in-dept examination of a theme - writing in multimoda genre systems - that integrates work on writing processes, genre, and multimodality in different contexts (school, workplace, home, community) and at different levels of development (from pre-school children to adults). Course readings and discusssion will explore the theoretical grounds for genre theories, trace empirical studies of multimodal writing processes, sketch the bases for a semiotic approach to literate activity, and consider implications for instruction. In addition to active participation in class activities and regular informal writing, each student will be expected to explore and write on an issues of particular interest in greater depth. (Same as CI 564)

ENGL 582, Topics in Research and Writing, D. Baron, M 1-2:50

Topic: Technologies and Words
Words may be abstractions, but they are communicated through real-world technologies of writing and reading. The tools we use to write with impact who gets to write and affect the manner and kinds of writing that gets done. Technology also shapes how we read. In turn, our reading and writing practices affect technology. We will examine reading, writing, and literacy and technology from a historical point of view, from the dawn of writing to the age of the computer, exploring the different theories of orality and literacy, and looking at the spread of the written word through various communities. We will examine earlier communication technologies (the manuscript, clay tablet, print, typing, and the telephone). We will look as well at the ways in which present-day reading and writing practices are affected by the computer revolution, exploring such topics as responses, both positive and negative, to new teachnologies; the perennial information glut; class, gender and literacy; the development of virtual genres; changing notions of authorship, text, audience, and publication; changing notions of public and private; the dark side of the web; and the emergence of a transnational web culture. (Same as CI 565)

ENGL 584, Topics in Discourse and Writing, G. Kirsch, T 3-4:50

Topic: Alternative sites of Rhetorical Education
In the last few decades, scholars in rhetoric and writing studies have begun to study rhetorical education in a range of new settings, during different historical periods, and among other marginalized groups. The most interesting and unusual research has included studies of rhetorical activities among small town rura women (e.g., Charlotte Hogg); women's poitical organizations after suffrage (e.g., Wendy Sharer); literacy and social change among African American women (e.g., Jaqueline Jones Royster); resistant pedagogies developed by nineteenth-century women teachers of African American, Native American, and Chicano/a students (e.g., Jessica Enoch); rhetorical activities of Japanese Americans imprisioned in Internment camps during WWII (e.g., Gail Okawa); activist rhetorics created by educators teaching working-class students (e.g., Susan Kates); and sites of rhetorical education in 19th century Black America, such as places of worship and military camps; African American literary societies, sewing circles, and the black press (e.g., Shirley Wilson Logan). In this seminar, we will examine these and other alternative sites of rhetorical education. we will also discuss the nature of archival research, paying close attention to how identity, place, and cultural memory can intersect with our own lives; how serendipity and creativity can inspire our own archival research and study alternative sites of rhetorical education. Students will be encouraged to contribute to ongoing conversations in rhetoric and writing studies by developing and submitting an abstract for a conference presentation; crafting and submitting a proposal for a book chapter or article; and writing a review of a recently published book. Several collegues from the Midwestern region will visit our seminar and discuss their scholarship.

EPS 575, Cultural Studies & Critical Inter., C. McCarthy, TH 12-1:50

Course will offer students the opportunity to become familiar with the history, applications and limitations of several theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of contemporary culture and popular media that have been developed in the emergent research field known as cultural studies. It is intended to provide students with analytical frameworks for understanding contemporary cultural life. (Same as MDIA 575)

GWS 561, Race and Cultural Critique, J. Rana, W 3-5:50

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. Same as AFRO 531, ANTH 565, GWS 561, and LLS 561.

GWS 580, Queer Theory, S. Sommerville, TH 3-5:50

Traces the history of the field of queer theory and examines recent developments such as black queer studies and transnational queer studies.

GWS 590, Topics in GWS, T. McDuffie, T 2-4:50

Topic: Women, Gender & Sexuality & Black Freedom Movement

GWS 590, Topics in GWS, J. Desmond, T 2-4:50

Topic: Performance Studies

GWS 590, Topics in GWS, T. Barnes, F 11-12:50

Topic: Feminisms on the African Continent

LING 588, Seminar in Language Learning, D. Musumeci, F 2-4:30

Topic: Content-based Instruction: Theory Research & Practice

LIS 590, Advanced Problems in LIS, C. Bruce, M 9-11:50

Topic: Inquiry-based Learning

MDIA 578, Communication Ethics, T 1-2:50

This course introduces the latest literature in, or directly relevant to, communication, media and information ethics. It examines current efforts in applied and professional ethics, feminist ethics, and social ethics to develop ethical models that are cross-cultural, gender inclusive and international. The major ethical issues are considered in such areas as global communication, new media technologies, information systems, news, and entertainment.

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, L. Nakamura, T 2-4:50

Topic: New Media Theory

MDIA 590, Special Topics, N. Denzin, W 3-4:50

Topic: Writing Ethnography