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Course Schedule

The MALS program is delighted to offer a pilot summer session with three courses. Courses will start the day after Memorial Day on Tuesday May 30th, 2017 and run through July 20th, 2017. Courses will not meet on July 3 (Monday) or July 4 (Tuesday), as the GC is closed on the 4th of July.

MALS 71400 - Introduction to International Studies, CRN # 
"Understanding New Security Discourses"
W, 6:00 - 9:45 PM, Rm. TBD, Prof. Anca Pusca 

This course offers a critical engagement with our contemporary understanding of security, closely engaging with a series of key concepts - violence, resilience, (in)security, emergency - within the context of an increasingly expanded conceptualization of security that goes well beyond traditional associations with military and defense, as well as the overarching agency of the state. New discourses such as the 'Islamic threat', 'migration waves', or 'cyber warfare' combined with revived fears of 'nuclear warfare' and new forms of extinction, including environmental extinction, provide a rich background against which to assess our ability, or in some cases lack thereof, to deal with new and old threats. 

MALS 77200 - Film History I, CRN #  
R, 6:00 - 9:45 PM, Rm. TBD, Prof.  Leah Anderst

History of Cinema I is an intensive examination of film history before 1930 that introduces students to international silent cinema, to the scholarly literature on early cinema, and to the practices of researching and writing film history. Subjects covered will include the emergence of cinema, the cinema of attractions, the narrativization of cinema, theater and early film, sound, color, and the “silent” image, the industrialization of film production, national cinemas of the 1910s, the Hollywood mode of filmmaking, women and African-American filmmakers, and film movements of the 1920s. Students will study the work of such filmmakers as Lumière, Méliès, Porter, Paul, Bauer, Christensen, Feuillade, Weber, Micheaux, Murnau, Dulac, Eisenstein, and others while considering the ways that silent films were exhibited and received in diverse contexts.

MALS 78500 - Readings on Fascim, CRN #
T/R, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Rm. TBD, Prof. Sarah Danielsson

Understanding the nature and practice of Fascism has become vital in recent years, reaching an urgency in Europe and the US not felt since the 1920s and 30s. A product of modernity and its contradictions, Fascism’s mix of nationalism, national-rebirth, rejection of democratic liberties, cult of the leader, etc. has seen a dramatic resurgence. Through a look at the rich literature on fascism and authoritarianism, this course offers a deeper understanding of a thoroughly modern phenomenon with contemporary wide reaching impact.