Courses

Please consult the online course catalog for cross-listed courses and full course information.

The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found at https://sis.jhu.edu/classes.

AS.100.211 - Freshman Seminar: American Slavery

This seminar explores the history of American slavery, tracing developments over time and across space, probing the impact of this iniquitous and dynamic institution on societies and individuals, and examining a variety of sources that historians use to construct their narratives. Freshman only

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Morgan, Philip
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.100.115 - Modern Latin America

From Simón Bolivar to the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo to the Zapatistas, this course asks what it means to be Latin American through the lenses of state formation, artistic expression, and international relations.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Lurtz, Casey
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
Status: Open

AS.010.210 - The Art of Colonial Latin America

This course offers a broad introduction to the arts of colonial Latin America: students will become familiar with the artistic production in the areas of Latin America invaded and controlled by the Spanish Crown from the time of the conquests in the sixteenth century to independence movements in the early nineteenth century. We will explore a wide range of materials from maps to featherwork, paintings to urban grids, cathedrals to mummy bundles. The course is thematically organized, such that students will not only become familiar with the art of Latin America, but will come to understand critical topics related to the study of early modern colonialism: conquest, race, missionary control, literacy, extraction, and indigenous and imperial systems of governance.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Hyman, Aaron M.
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
Status: Open

AS.010.407 - Ancient Americas Metallurgy

This course addresses the technology, aesthetics, and social significance of metals. Case studies are drawn from North America, Mesoamerica, and the Andes. Collections study in museums.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Deleonardis, Lisa
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Open

AS.070.209 - Urban CItizenship in Latin America

Latin American cities are among the largest in the world, but also among the most unequal. Significant proportions of the urban populations reside informally on the fringes of metropolitan areas without access to services or amenities, secure tenure, or adequate sanitary conditions. This course will study several ethnographies to examine the intricacies of the notion of "urban citizenship” and how the "right to the city" has been imagined, demanded and struggled for in Latin American cities. Cases will include Sao Paulo in Brazil, El Alto in Bolivia, or Bogota in Colombia.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Procupez, Valeria
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.070.113 - Freshman Seminar: Human Nature Under Captialism

Think about the wide range of lives people lead today. Financial traders, stay-at-home parents, tech entrepreneurs, slum dwellers, corporate office drones, migrant workers, indebted college students. Our identities, aspirations, and anxieties are reflections of a capitalist system that has always relied on claims to what it means to be human. In this course we treat capitalism not as an abstraction for political debate but as a social force shaping the human lives and the planet. Departing from a conception of human nature not as fixed and universal but as formed by the totality of social relations, we explore how capital shapes human needs, desires, and relations to each other and the world.

Credits: 2.00
Instructor: Angelini, Alessandro
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Canceled

AS.100.394 - Brazilian Paradoxes: Slavery, Race, and Inequality in Brazil (from a Portuguese Colony to the World’s 8th Largest Economy)

Place of contrasts, Brazil has a multi-ethnic cultural heritage challenged by social and racial inequalities. Its political life remains chaotic. We will examine these problems through Brazilian history and culture.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Hebrard, Jean Michel Louis
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: TTh 3:00PM - 4:15PM
Status: Open

AS.010.398 - Tombs for the Living

Centering on the tomb as the unit of analysis, this course examines the cultural and material aspects of death and funerary ritual. Case studies are drawn from North America, Mesoamerica, and the Andes. Collections study in museums.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Deleonardis, Lisa
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Status: Open

AS.140.328 - Science and Technology in Slave Regimes

What does science and technology look like in slave regimes? This seminar explores this question from a trans-national perspective by comparing cases in the Antebellum US, Cuba, Brazil and other countries.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Kargon, Robert H, Portuondo, Maria M
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: W 1:30PM - 3:50PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.210.313 - Medical Spanish

Medical Spanish is a comprehensive examination of vocabulary and grammar for students who either work or intend to work in medicine and health-related fields in Spanish-speaking environments. The student will be able to participate in conversations on topics such as contrasting health systems, body structures, disorders and conditions, consulting your doctor, physical and mental health, first-aid, hospitalization and surgery on completion of this course. In completing the course’s final project students will apply, synthesize, and reflect on what has been learned in the class by creating a professional dossier individualized to their professional interests.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Chirinos Delgado, Grecia Bellatrix, Staff
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Status: Open

AS.215.380 - Modern Latin American Culture

Taught in Spanish. This course will explore the fundamental aspects of Latin- America culture from the formation of independent states through the present—in light of the social, political, and economic histories of the region. The course will offer a general survey of history of Latin- America, and will discuss texts, movies, songs, pictures, and paintings, in relation to their social, political, and cultural contexts. May not be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Seguin, Becquer D, Staff
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
Status: Open

AS.210.316 - Conversational Spanish

Conversational Spanish surveys high-interest themes, discusses short films by contemporary Hispanic filmmakers and offers a thorough review of grammar. The student will be able to participate in conversations on topics such as personality traits, social media, political power, art and lifestyles on completion of this course. Conversational skills mastered during the course apply to all careers interconnected by Spanish.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Ramos, Maria Del Rosario, Staff
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.215.231 - Introduction to Literature in Spanish

The main objective of this course is to examine and discuss specific authors and topics in literature in Spanish from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The course is designed to cover a selection of Hispanic texts from Spain and Latin America. Literary genres to be studied will include narratives, poetry, and drama. The bulk of each class session will be dedicated to the discussion of the assigned readings. This course is taught in Spanish. This course is required for the major in Spanish.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Gonzalez, Eduardo, Staff
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.230.101 - Introduction to Sociology

Introduces students to basic sociological concepts and perspectives, and applies them to a variety of topics including family, work, and the dynamics of class, gender, and racial/ethnic inequalities in the United States and globally.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Cherlin, Andrew J
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.210.394 - Portuguese for the professions

Portuguese for the professions is a comprehensive examination of vocabulary and grammar for students who either work or intend to work in a Portuguese speaking environment. It focuses on the development of advanced communication skills according to students’ individualized professional interests through conversations, readings, discussions, writings and media. The course also highlights cultural nuances of the professional Portuguese-speaking world. Grammar will be reviewed as needed in class, but most of it will be done outside of class with tutors or a TA, freeing class time for more communicative activities. There is no final exam. May not be taken on a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory basis. Prereq: one semester of Portuguese (AS.210.177), Two semesters of Spanish or Placement test.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: De Azeredo Cerqueira, Flavia Christina
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
Status: Open

AS.100.115 - Modern Latin America

From Simón Bolivar to the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo to the Zapatistas, this course asks what it means to be Latin American through the lenses of state formation, artistic expression, and international relations.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Lurtz, Casey
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.215.290 - Latin American Critical Perspectives on Colonialism: From the 'World Upside Down' to the 'Coloniality of Power'

This course, taught in English, examines how indigenous and local (postcolonial) intellectuals in Latin America responded to the ideology and practices of Spanish Colonialism in the earliest post-conquest years (1532), continued to battle colonialism during the period of the wars of independence, and finally arrived at the production of an analysis that shows how modernity is but the other face of colonialism. Among key works to be discussed are Guaman Poma's illustrated sixteenth-century chronicles, D.F. Sarramiento's _Civilization and Barbarism_ (1845), and Anibal Quijano's "Coloniality of Power" (2000).

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Castro-Klaren, Sara
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open

AS.230.101 - Introduction to Sociology

Introduces students to basic sociological concepts and perspectives, and applies them to a variety of topics including family, work, and the dynamics of class, gender, and racial/ethnic inequalities in the United States and globally.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Cherlin, Andrew J
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.361.511 - Senior Thesis II

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Staff
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.230.350 - Capitalism, Dependency, and Development in Latin America

This course examines Latin American insertion into the global capitalist economy from the colonial period to the present. Examining various historical, sociological, and political-economic theories, this course will ask not only how Latin American economies and societies have developed their particular characteristics, but also how theorists within and outside the region have understood Latin American development over time. development over time.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Thornton, Christy
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: T 3:00PM - 5:30PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.211.316 - Brazilian Cinema and Topics in Contemporary Brazilian Society

Course is taught in ENGLISH - This course is an introduction to the academic study of cinema as a communicative art and to Brazilian film. The films selected focuses on films from the late 1950s to the present and highlight import episodes and challenges in the advancement of the Brazilian society as well as its cinematic production with a special view to the film aesthetics through analysis from a number of critical perspectives, including class, race, gender as well as ethnicity, nationalism or national identity, colonialism, social changes, and the politics of representation. In this sense, the films and documentaries that we will be watching and studying encompass the period from the rise of New Cinema (Cinema Novo) up to films exploring the most recent trends, including movies launched up to 2016. Students wishing to do the course work in English, for 3 credits should register for section 01. Those wishing to earn 4 credits by doing the course work in Portuguese should register for section 02. THERE IS NO FINAL EXAM. May not be taken on a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory basis.

Credits: 4.00
Instructor: De Azeredo Cerqueira, Flavia Christina
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.210.392 - Advanced Portuguese: Language and Literature II

This course focuses on reading, writing, and oral expression. Under the supervision of the instructor, students will read several works by major Brazilian, Portuguese, and/or Afro-Portuguese writers, followed by intensive writing and oral discussion on the topics covered. Grammar will be reviewed as necessary. The course is conducted entirely in Portuguese. No satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Pre-requisites: 210.391 or placement test.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Spiker, Magali T, Staff
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: MWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM
Status: Open

AS.100.312 - The Transatlantic Slave Trade, c. 1450-1850

The course explores the origins, organization and abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade c. 1450-1850. It delves into the historiographical debates over the impact of the trade on the development of Africa, Europe and the Americas in the early modern period.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Krichtal, Alexey
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Open

AS.210.313 - Medical Spanish

Medical Spanish is a comprehensive examination of vocabulary and grammar for students who either work or intend to work in medicine and health-related fields in Spanish-speaking environments. The student will be able to participate in conversations on topics such as contrasting health systems, body structures, disorders and conditions, consulting your doctor, physical and mental health, first-aid, hospitalization and surgery on completion of this course. In completing the course’s final project students will apply, synthesize, and reflect on what has been learned in the class by creating a professional dossier individualized to their professional interests.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: López Raja, Julio, Staff
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.230.150 - Issues in International Development

Why do billions of people continue to live in poverty? What obstacles stand in the way of secure and dignified lives for all? Who is most likely to bring about change, what strategies should they follow, and what kinds of institutions should they put in place? This course will introduce the main theoretical perspectives, debates, and themes in the field of international development since the mid-20th century. It has three sections. The first section focuses on debates over the optimal conditions and strategies for generating economic growth and on the relationship between growth, human welfare, and inequality. The second section presents critical assessments of development interventions from various perspectives. The third section considers the role of social movements in shaping development and social change in the 21st century.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Dong, Yige
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.230.397 - The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars

In the United States, we spend more than $100 billion annually on illegal drugs—and the government spends more than $50 billion a year to combat their sale and use. These statistics raise important and complicated social questions. This course will examine the production, sale, use, and control of illegal drugs from a historical and sociological perspective. We will have three objectives: to understand the social construction of drug use and illegality in the United States and other rich countries; to uncover the political and economic consequences of drug trafficking in those countries that produce drugs, particularly in Latin America; and to examine the political economy of drug control through the so-called War on Drugs, both domestically and internationally.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Thornton, Christy
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.361.336 - Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro, and Bolivar's Venezuela

Are the current extreme hard times in Venezuela's Bolivarian Republic irreversible? Is there a ballpark somewhere for Thomas Jefferson and Simón Bolívar to hold a debate match about democracy, achieved emancipations, republican values and the lure of dictatorship? The course welcomes serious and sharply political dialogue about ideals of democratic republicanism in clash from the rise and apparent fall of Fidelismo and Chavismo in the Caribbean region to the agitations and alliances dictated by Trump's seizure of American politics.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Gonzalez, Eduardo
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.211.316 - Brazilian Cinema and Topics in Contemporary Brazilian Society

Course is taught in ENGLISH - This course is an introduction to the academic study of cinema as a communicative art and to Brazilian film. The films selected focuses on films from the late 1950s to the present and highlight import episodes and challenges in the advancement of the Brazilian society as well as its cinematic production with a special view to the film aesthetics through analysis from a number of critical perspectives, including class, race, gender as well as ethnicity, nationalism or national identity, colonialism, social changes, and the politics of representation. In this sense, the films and documentaries that we will be watching and studying encompass the period from the rise of New Cinema (Cinema Novo) up to films exploring the most recent trends, including movies launched up to 2016. Students wishing to do the course work in English, for 3 credits should register for section 01. Those wishing to earn 4 credits by doing the course work in Portuguese should register for section 02. THERE IS NO FINAL EXAM. May not be taken on a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory basis.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: De Azeredo Cerqueira, Flavia Christina
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.010.320 - Art of Colonial Peru

Viewed within the dynamic historical context of colonial society, we consider the pictorial, sculptural, and architectural programs that ensued in viceregal Peru (1532-1825). We examine the role of religious orders, art schools, artisan guilds and cofradía, and consider the social and political implications of art patronage.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Deleonardis, Lisa
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Open

AS.010.105 - Art of the Ancient Americas

This course provides a basis for the study of ancient Americas art and architecture and a broad exposure to the issues relevant to its study. Select visual arts within the primary regions of Mexico and Central America will be emphasized. In conjunction with the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and the JHU Archaeological Museum (JHAM), students will participate in on-site study of the collections.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Deleonardis, Lisa
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Status: Open

AS.100.203 - Freshman Seminar: From Columbus to Calypso: The Caribbean and the Wider World

This course examines the history of the Caribbean and how five hundred years of colonization, slavery, piracy, rebellion, and revolution have shaped the politics and culture of the islands today.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: MacDonald, Lauren Elaine
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM
Status: Open

AS.070.132 - Invitation to Anthropology

Click. The screen that brings you last night’s Instagrams and celebrity gossip also flashes glimpses of melting icecaps and burning rubble. These are complex times for human beings, both exciting and unsettling. This course introduces anthropology as a way of reflecting on the challenges of contemporary life around the globe, focusing on themes such as migration, warfare, ecology, inequality, and addiction.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Pandian, Anand
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: W 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Open

AS.010.325 - Arts of the Spanish Empire

From the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, visual forms and practices linked such disparate places as Mexico City and Naples, Manila and Lima, Cuzco and Antwerp, Quito and Madrid: all cities in the Spanish Empire. This course provides an overview of the visual strategies deployed by the Spanish Crown and the Catholic Church across these vast global geographies to consolidate political power and instill religious faith. Such regimes of visuality were reshaped by local conditions and concerns. Focusing on different cities in the Spanish Empire, this course will examine the entanglements between the global and universal ideals of empire and their local manifestations and contestations. Students will gain a broad understanding of the diversity of artistic production in the Spanish empire, exploring religious paintings and sculptures; maps used for imperial surveillance; luxury goods crafted from shimmering feathers, ceramics, ivory, and precious metals; urban design and architecture from the ports of Europe to the highland outposts of the Andes; ephemeral cityscapes for civic performance. Through an examination of such topics, this course offers an introduction to the art historical methods and theoretical concerns used to study objects within an imperial frame.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Hyman, Aaron M.
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
Status: Open

AS.070.132 - Invitation to Anthropology

Click. The screen that brings you last night’s Instagrams and celebrity gossip also flashes glimpses of melting icecaps and burning rubble. These are complex times for human beings, both exciting and unsettling. This course introduces anthropology as a way of reflecting on the challenges of contemporary life around the globe, focusing on themes such as migration, warfare, ecology, inequality, and addiction.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Pandian, Anand
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: W 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Open

AS.100.117 - History of Brazil

An introductory survey of Brazilian History, 1500-2017.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Paquette, Gabriel
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 1:30PM - 2:20PM, F 1:30PM - 2:20PM
Status: Canceled

AS.100.117 - History of Brazil

An introductory survey of Brazilian History, 1500-2017.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Paquette, Gabriel
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 1:30PM - 2:20PM, F 1:30PM - 2:20PM
Status: Canceled

AS.361.335 - Colombia at War

The history of Colombia comes down to a tale of armed conflicts, protracted and renewed civil wars, coups, ethnic cleansing riots, narco wars, besides the struggles for independence from Spanish colonial rule and extractive capitalist exploitation. We will study the literary, journalistic, and historical record about warring and uncivil Colombia through fiction from Gabriel García Márquez (The General in his Labyrinth and News of a Kidnapping), Fernando Vallejo (The Virgin of the Assassins), and Juan Gabriel Vázquez (The Sound of Things Falling and The Secret History of Costaguana). We will also delve into the current peace process and disarming of the FARCS and the perils and promises that the absorption of the former combatants and recalcitrant holdovers pose to the skeptical and hopeful citizens and various political factions.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Gonzalez, Eduardo
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open

AS.100.427 - The Portuguese Empire

A reading- and discussion-intensive overview of the history and historiography of the Portuguese empire, c. 1400-1970. This course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Paquette, Gabriel
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: W 3:00PM - 5:30PM
Status: Canceled

AS.215.380 - Modern Latin American Culture

Taught in Spanish. This course will explore the fundamental aspects of Latin- America culture from the formation of independent states through the present—in light of the social, political, and economic histories of the region. The course will offer a general survey of history of Latin- America, and will discuss texts, movies, songs, pictures, and paintings, in relation to their social, political, and cultural contexts. May not be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Seguin, Becquer D, Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.190.352 - The Politics of Global Development

Development is often assumed to be an economic issue. In this course we examine the politics of development on a global scale. We begin by looking at the colonial and Cold War histories of development. We then use these histories to contextualise contemporary development issues that directly affect international relations such as aid and debt, humanitarianism, food security, land “grabs”, migration and indigenous rights. The course also seeks to understand the ways in which the issues underlying global development have always connected and continue to connect the peoples and polities of the Global North and Global South.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Shilliam, Robert
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.180.241 - International Trade

Theory of comparative advantage and the international division of labor: the determinants and pattern of trade, factor price equalization, factor mobility, gains from trade and distribution of income, and theory and practice or tariffs and other trade restrictions. Recommended Course Background: AS.180.101.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Dasgupta, Somasree
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 3:00PM - 4:15PM
Status: Open

AS.230.101 - Introduction to Sociology

Introduces students to basic sociological concepts and perspectives, and applies them to a variety of topics including family, work, and the dynamics of class, gender, and racial/ethnic inequalities in the United States and globally.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Agree, Emily, Calder, Ryan
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
Status: Open

AS.190.382 - Democracy and Development: Theory and Cases

Most wealthy countries are democracies. But not all democracies are wealthy—India, Costa Rica, and Mongolia are prominent examples of poor countries with democratic regimes. The course will examine the relation between economic development and political democratization under three big questions. (a) Under what conditions, and through which mechanisms, does economic development promote democracy? (b) If economic development is not possible in the foreseeable future, how do countries achieve stable democratization? (c) Under what conditions, and through which mechanisms, does democracy foster economic development?

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Mazzuca, Sebastian L
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 3:00PM - 3:50PM, F 3:00PM - 3:50PM
Status: Canceled

AS.100.154 - Modern Mexico from the Alamo to El Chapo

In this course we will use popular depictions of Mexico’s heroes and villains, tragedies and triumphs to delve into both the nation’s history and the importance of thinking historically.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Lurtz, Casey
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
Status: Open

AS.100.376 - The Haitian Revolution in Global Perspective

This course situates the events of the Haitian Revolution in a global context, from its origins to its lasting effects and historical memory.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Gaffield, Meredith Michelle
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Status: Canceled

AS.210.313 - Medical Spanish

Medical Spanish is a comprehensive examination of vocabulary and grammar for students who either work or intend to work in medicine and health-related fields in Spanish-speaking environments. The student will be able to participate in conversations on topics such as contrasting health systems, body structures, disorders and conditions, consulting your doctor, physical and mental health, first-aid, hospitalization and surgery on completion of this course. In completing the course’s final project students will apply, synthesize, and reflect on what has been learned in the class by creating a professional dossier individualized to their professional interests. There is no final exam. May not be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Not open to native speakers of Spanish. No new enrollments permitted after the third class session.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
Status: Canceled

AS.210.288 - Portuguese: Conversation through Film & Music

Improve your Portuguese conversational and speaking skills through colorful Brazilian media. This course is designed for highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students who want to SPEAK Portuguese. Conversation sessions provide intensive work on communication skills through discussion on issues raised in films, news media & music. Grammar will be reviewed as needed outside of class with tutors or TA, freeing class time for more communicative activities. May not be taken on a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory basis. Prereq: one semester of Portuguese (AS.210.177), two semesters of Spanish or Placement test.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: De Azeredo Cerqueira, Flavia Christina, Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
Status: Canceled

AS.215.337 - Teatro Espanol del Siglo del Oro

Close reading of various Spanish authors, among them Lope de Vega, Calderon de la Barca, Moreto, and Zorilla. Students should have taken courses beyond intermediate level or advanced Spanish. This class will be conducted primarily in Spanish as a seminar and will require active participation and discussion. Papers will be written in Spanish. Undergraduate Seminar.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Sieber, Harry
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: T 4:00PM - 6:30PM
Status: Open

AS.190.382 - Democracy and Development: Theory and Cases

Most wealthy countries are democracies. But not all democracies are wealthy—India, Costa Rica, and Mongolia are prominent examples of poor countries with democratic regimes. The course will examine the relation between economic development and political democratization under three big questions. (a) Under what conditions, and through which mechanisms, does economic development promote democracy? (b) If economic development is not possible in the foreseeable future, how do countries achieve stable democratization? (c) Under what conditions, and through which mechanisms, does democracy foster economic development?

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Mazzuca, Sebastian L
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 3:00PM - 3:50PM, F 4:00PM - 4:50PM
Status: Canceled

AS.210.277 - Intermediate Portuguese I

More advanced training in the skills of the language with emphasis on vocabulary building, ease and fluency in the language through the use of a multifaceted approach. Materials used immerse students in the cultures of Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese-speaking Africa, and reflect the mix of cultures at work in the contemporary Lusophone world. All classes are conducted in Portuguese. Lab is required. May not be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Prereq: AS.210.178, or placement test.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Spiker, Magali T, Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM
Status: Closed

AS.210.317 - Adv Spanish Composition

This third-year course is a hands-on and process-oriented introduction to discussion and compositional analysis. On completion of this course, students will have improved their Spanish writing skills in various types of compositions they might be expected to write in academic settings and in real-life formats such as film reviews, letters to the editor, cover letters, etc. The course also focuses on refinement of grammar and vocabulary use. May not be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Not open to native speakers of Spanish. No new enrollments permitted after September 13th.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: López Raja, Julio, Sanchez, Loreto, Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Open

AS.361.501 - Independent Study

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Closed

AS.361.510 - Senior Thesis I

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings:
Status: Closed

AS.210.316 - Conversational Spanish

Conversational Spanish surveys high-interest themes, discusses short films by contemporary Hispanic filmmakers and offers a thorough review of grammar. The student will be able to participate in conversations on topics such as personality traits, social media, political power, art and lifestyles on completion of this course. Conversational skills mastered during the course apply to all careers interconnected by Spanish. There is no final exam. May not be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Not open to native speakers of Spanish. No new enrollments permitted after the third class session.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Ramos, Maria Del Rosario, Sanchez, Loreto, Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Canceled

AS.215.231 - Introduction to Literature in Spanish

The main objective of this course is to examine and discuss specific authors and topics in literature in Spanish from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The course is designed to cover a selection of Hispanic texts from Spain and Latin America. Literary genres to be studied will include narratives, poetry, and drama. The bulk of each class session will be dedicated to the discussion of the assigned readings. This course is taught in Spanish. This course is required for the major in Spanish.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Gonzalez, Eduardo, Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Open

AS.210.177 - Portuguese Elements I

This one-year course introduces students to the basic skills in reading, writing, and speaking the language. Emphasis is placed on oral communication with extensive training in written and listening skills. Class participation is encouraged from the very beginning. All classes are conducted in Portuguese. Students must complete both semesters with passing grades to receive credit. May not be taken on a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory basis. No previous knowledge of Portuguese is required.

Credits: 4.00
Instructor: De Azeredo Cerqueira, Flavia Christina, Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM
Status: Open

AS.230.101 - Introduction to Sociology

Introduces students to basic sociological concepts and perspectives, and applies them to a variety of topics including family, work, and the dynamics of class, gender, and racial/ethnic inequalities in the United States and globally.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Agree, Emily, Calder, Ryan
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
Status: Open

AS.230.150 - Issues in International Development

This course will provide an undergraduate level introduction to the study and practice, as well as the successes and failures, of international development. Students will be introduced to the various theoretical frameworks used to explain underdevelopment. Students will also explore the practice of development since the 1950s by examining specific strategies employed in Latin America, South Asia, East Asia, and Africa. Using a variety of country-specific case studies, students will have the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical frameworks learned in the class to assess the successes and failures of real-life cases.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Levien, Michael
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
Status: Open

AS.215.413 - Cuba y España

La frase “más se perdió en Cuba” alude al singular rango de la antigua Provincia de Ultramar en el mapa geopolítico del colonialismo hispánico. Hemos de estudiar la prolongada relación entre España y Cuba, desde 1492 al presente, a través de materiales literarios, crónicas, artes plásticas, música y medios sociales al corriente. Enseñado íntegramente en español.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Gonzalez, Eduardo
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
Status: Open

AS.211.394 - Brazilian Culture & Civilization

The course is taught in English. No knowledge of Portuguese is required. This course is intended as an introduction to the culture and civilization of Brazil. It is designed to provide students with basic information about Brazilian history, art, literature, popular culture, theater, cinema, and music. The course will focus on how indigenous Asian, African, and European cultural influences have interacted to create the new and unique civilization that is Brazil today. The course is taught in English, but ONE extra credit will be given to students who wish to do the course work in Portuguese. Those wishing to do the course work in English for 3 credits should register for section 01. Those wishing to earn 4 credits by doing the course work in Portuguese should register for section 02. The sections will be taught simultaneously. Section 01: 3 credits Section 02: 4 credits (instructor’s permission required)

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: De Azeredo Cerqueira, Flavia Christina
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.210.391 - Advanced Portuguese Language & Literature I

This third-year course focuses on reading, writing, and oral expression. Under the supervision of the instructor, students will read two complete works by major Brazilian, Portuguese, and/or Afro-Portuguese writers each semester, followed by intense writing and oral discussion on the topics covered. Grammar will be reviewed as necessary. All classes are conducted in Portuguese. Prereq: 210.278 or placement test. Permission required

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Spiker, Magali T, Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM
Status: Open

AS.230.397 - The Political Economy of Drugs and Drug Wars

In the United States, we spend more than $100 billion annually on illegal drugs—and the government spends more than $50 billion a year to combat their sale and use. These statistics raise important and complicated social questions. This course will examine the production, sale, use, and control of illegal drugs from a historical and sociological perspective. We will have three objectives: to understand the social construction of drug use and illegality in the United States and other rich countries; to uncover the political and economic consequences of drug trafficking in those countries that produce drugs, particularly in Latin America; and to examine the political economy of drug control through the so-called War on Drugs, both domestically and internationally.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Thornton, Christy
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.210.313 - Medical Spanish

Medical Spanish is a comprehensive examination of vocabulary and grammar for students who either work or intend to work in medicine and health-related fields in Spanish-speaking environments. The student will be able to participate in conversations on topics such as contrasting health systems, body structures, disorders and conditions, consulting your doctor, physical and mental health, first-aid, hospitalization and surgery on completion of this course. In completing the course’s final project students will apply, synthesize, and reflect on what has been learned in the class by creating a professional dossier individualized to their professional interests. There is no final exam. May not be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Not open to native speakers of Spanish. No new enrollments permitted after the third class session.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: López Raja, Julio, Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.210.314 - Spanish for International Commerce

Spanish for international business is an overview of business topics in an international Spanish-speaking context with an emphasis on deep review of grammar and vocabulary acquisition. On completion of this course the student will have developed the ability to read and critically discuss business and government relations in Latin America and will have examine entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, business ethics, human resources and commerce in the Spanish speaking world. In completing the course’s final project students will apply, synthesize, and reflect on what has been covered in the class by creating a professional dossier individualized to their own professional interests. Concepts learned in this course will be directly applicable to careers linked to international relations and will apply to various careers in business. There is no final exam. May not be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Not open to native speakers of Spanish. No new enrollments permitted after the third class session. Language Program Director: Loreto Sanchez-Serrano

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Hubbard, Aranzazu, Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Open

AS.230.244 - Race and Ethnicity in American Society

Race and ethnicity have played a prominent role in American society and continue to do so, as demonstrated by interracial and interethnic gaps in economic and educational achievement, residence, political power, family structure, crime, and health. Using a sociological framework, we will explore the historical significance of race and its development as a social construction, assess the causes and consequences of intergroup inequalities and explore potential solutions.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Greif, Meredith
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 4:30PM - 5:45PM
Status: Open

AS.211.394 - Brazilian Culture & Civilization

The course is taught in English. No knowledge of Portuguese is required. This course is intended as an introduction to the culture and civilization of Brazil. It is designed to provide students with basic information about Brazilian history, art, literature, popular culture, theater, cinema, and music. The course will focus on how indigenous Asian, African, and European cultural influences have interacted to create the new and unique civilization that is Brazil today. The course is taught in English, but ONE extra credit will be given to students who wish to do the course work in Portuguese. Those wishing to do the course work in English for 3 credits should register for section 01. Those wishing to earn 4 credits by doing the course work in Portuguese should register for section 02. The sections will be taught simultaneously. Section 01: 3 credits Section 02: 4 credits (instructor’s permission required)

Credits: 4.00
Instructor: De Azeredo Cerqueira, Flavia Christina, Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Closed

AS.230.150 - Issues in International Development

This course will provide an undergraduate level introduction to the study and practice, as well as the successes and failures, of international development. Students will be introduced to the various theoretical frameworks used to explain underdevelopment. Students will also explore the practice of development since the 1950s by examining specific strategies employed in Latin America, South Asia, East Asia, and Africa. Using a variety of country-specific case studies, students will have the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical frameworks learned in the class to assess the successes and failures of real-life cases.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Levien, Michael
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
Status: Open

AS.230.363 - Sociology of Dispossession

The “grabbing” of land and natural resources has, in recent years, generated widespread political conflict across the world and put dispossession on the agenda of academics and policy-makers. Nevertheless, compared to other social relations of power, land dispossession has not been central to scholarly or public understandings of capitalism, the state, development, or politics. In this class, we will collectively explore the nascent field that we might call the sociology of dispossession. We will examine existing theories of dispossession, and proceed to challenge, reconstruct or supplant those theories as we consider a wide range of historical examples of dispossession from the English Enclosures and colonial plunder to contemporary urban redevelopment and rural land grabs. This is a reading- and writing-intensive seminar.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Levien, Michael
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open

AS.210.316 - Conversational Spanish

Conversational Spanish surveys high-interest themes, discusses short films by contemporary Hispanic filmmakers and offers a thorough review of grammar. The student will be able to participate in conversations on topics such as personality traits, social media, political power, art and lifestyles on completion of this course. Conversational skills mastered during the course apply to all careers interconnected by Spanish. There is no final exam. May not be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Not open to native speakers of Spanish. No new enrollments permitted after the third class session.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Ramos, Maria Del Rosario, Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Status: Open

AS.191.326 - International Politics from the Global South

This course focuses on the interests and preferences of developing countries in international politics. The formal and informal rules of international politics tend to favor the interests and preferences of powerful countries: richer states, with better technologies and superior military capabilities. Sometimes, however, the interests and preferences of great powers do not align with what the rest of the countries want, especially with states in the Global South. We will analyze what developing countries do to restrain the leeway of powerful countries, particularly when their interests and preferences conflict. The course is divided into four main sections: a review of the structure of international politics and the Global South, hierarchies of authority, tools to restrain great powers, and actors that try to constrain the leeway of these countries. Given the nature of the material that will be discussed, a previous course on either Global Security Politics or Contemporary International Politics is recommended.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Rodriguez Aquino, Jose Luis
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Status: Open

AS.215.406 - Novelist Intellectuals

What does a novelist’s op-ed about economics have to do with her literary writing? In what ways does a fiction writer’s essays on the environment inform how we read her novels? What happens when we find the political opinions of a writer objectionable? This undergraduate seminar will consider what the Spanish writer Francisco Ayala termed “novelist intellectuals,” that is, literary writers who actively participate in a society’s public sphere. Considering writers from Madrid to New York, from London to Buenos Aires, we will ask how one should hold a novelist’s fictional and non-fictional writings in the balance and explore ways of reading that allow us to consider the public intellectual side and the aesthetic side of a novelist together.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Seguin, Becquer D
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open