FALL 2016 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
MALS 70000 - Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies CRN# 32248 CANCELLED
Envisioning the Body: Gender, the Body, and the Rise of #SelfieNation
R, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. TBA, 3 credits, Prof. Elizabeth Wissinger
What do the Kardashians have to do with contemporary race and gender politics? How do fashionable images play into world power relations? How is today’s explosive availability of images affecting concepts of selfhood, agency, and bodily worth?
This course will explore theories of visualization technologies and bodies, taking students from classic approaches to ways of seeing through an interdisciplinary trajectory encompassing media, feminist, cultural, and sociological studies of how the body is performed and iterated through evolving technological frames. Representation, always a thorny issue, has philosophical, sociological, scientific, and political implications. These implications are urgently in need of interrogation as digital culture has pushed the primacy of the image in social life to the extreme, where a picture can speak a thousand words (or launch a thousand tweets).
Using curated readings to guide our thinking, we will make use of the vibrant visual culture of online and social media, as well as visit key examples of the cultural institutions, built environment, and streets of NYC, to explore how the body is constructed by the gaze of cinema, diced and sliced by the glance of television, and shattered into bits by the digitization of the internet and social media. Throughout, we will consider the role of the malleable body, artifice and authenticity, gender politics, and the rise of self-branding as it feeds into neoliberal values and biopolitical frames.
In addition to developing critical thinking and writing skills, by visiting museums, viewing films, walking neighborhoods, and inspecting branded environments, students will develop their fieldwork and research skills, while learning the intricacies of how to conduct visual analysis of urban, cultural, and digital spaces.
In addition to building an intellectual framework from which to develop their Master’s thesis, students will have the opportunity to explore this course’s ideas by engaging in critical making, creating their own media or imaging objects. In so doing, students will hone their thinking and analytic abilities through critically examining the lenses through which we experience our contemporary visual world.
MALS 70000 - Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies CRN# 32249
Dividing Lines: Borders in the American Landscape
T, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 3212, 3 credits, Prof. Libby Garland
How has the demarcation of spatial boundaries both reflected and shaped the social divisions that have defined the United States? How do different kinds of borders—the formal and informal lines between nations, regions, states, jurisdictions, electoral districts, neighborhoods, and properties, for example—delimit economic and political possibilities? How have these different kinds of spatial borders produced racial, class, and ethnic divides in new ways over time? When and how have people challenged the boundary lines designed to contain them? In this course, students will explore these questions by engaging with the work of historians, sociologists, geographers, anthropologists, urban planners, and artists. Students will present on and lead discussion regarding a text in class. They will also design, workshop and complete a final research project, which may be a traditional article-length piece of writing or a digital project of comparable sophistication.
MALS 70000 - Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies CRN# 32250
What is "Asia"?
W, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 4419, 3 credits, Prof. Qiulei Hu
This course introduces students to critical thinking and techniques of academic reading and writing related to cross-cultural and international studies through a critical evaluation of the concept of Asia in the Euro-American intellectual discourse. Asia is much more than a geographic location. The understanding we generally have of Asia and things Asian has evolved from a continuing re-assessment of this designation within a Euro-American intellectual framework. Where did this framework come from, under what circumstances was it created? What is its appeal? A multi-cultural and interdisciplinary approach is employed to help answer these questions. Central to this course is an exploration of the representation of Asian cultures and “Eastern traditions” in the intellectual discourse of Europe and America.
This interdisciplinary course is designed for students interested in history, literature, religion, gender studies, postcolonial studies and international studies. It is divided into three parts. In the first part we will explore the history, evolution and current nature of the Asian Studies as academic field. In the second part we will cover the nuts and bolts of conducting research and writing an academic paper. In the third part we will engage with key theoretical issues and methodological approaches current in the humanities and social sciences that pertain to the focus of the course yet have much broader applications, including ideology, culture, modernity, feminism, the construction of national identity, the proliferation of “post-“studies.
MALS 70000 - Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies CRN# 32251
R, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 4419, 3 credits, Prof. Karen Miller
Is the United States an empire? If so, what might that mean? If not, what other metaphors can we use to explain U.S. global relations? We will examine transformations of U.S. global power and international relations from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. Clearly, the United States does not hold political sovereignty over a broad range of colonies. Aside from the 50 United States, the U.S. holds Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands of the United States, the Northern Marianas, and American Samoa. But, the U.S. has the largest military in the world, sustains the world’s biggest economy, and has unparalleled political power. That power is constantly shifting, under continuous challenge, and never as complete as U.S. leaders would like. Our task in this class is to interrogate that power, to understand how it emerged and changed over time, to explore its relationship to other forms of global power and other colonial projects, to examine the dynamics and contradictions that animate it, to consider its limits, and to understand its challengers. We will also explore how global engagements have transformed the United States’ domestic terrain: just as the U.S. helps shape the world, the world also changes the United States, through immigration, culture, commerce, and other connections. Our interdisciplinary study of these questions will be organized both chronologically and thematically. Students will be asked to write frequently and to produce a final paper.
MALS 70000 - Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies CRN# 32252
M, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 4419, 3 credits, Prof. Aránzazu Borrachero
Inspired by Foucault’s theories of discursive formation, we will examine the gender discourses that 20th century Spanish, Italian and German fascist dictatorships developed, and their important role within the nation-building plans of those regimes. What can we learn by looking at these discourses from a gender-studies perspective? What comparisons can we make with contemporary gender discourses in the Western world? We will read current scholarship from various disciplines on women, gender and fascism and we will interpret related art, political propaganda, commercial advertising and film. We will begin studying Francoist Spain (1936-1975) and its National Catholicism ideology, a repressive system that predicated the natural subordination of women to men, and pervaded all aspects of women’s lives: education, sexuality, marriage, labor, and citizenship. We will analyze textual, visual and audio-visual representations of Spanish women created by social agents such as the Catholic Church, fascist women organizations, and economic interests. The class methodology will include independent reading, class discussions, short written reflections, presentations, and a final project. The analysis of gender practices in Spain will prepare students to conduct their own intellectual inquiry of the Italian and German fascist gender agendas. Each student’s research will contribute to the whole group’s compilation of a bibliography for the study of gender discourses and representations under the Italian and German dictatorships. Class readings will be in English, but students will be encouraged to conduct research in Spanish, German and Italian if they know any of those languages.
MALS 70200 – Metropolis: A Political, Historical, and Sociological Profile of New York CRN# 32253
W, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. 5417, 3 credits, Prof. Cindy Lobel, 
This interdisciplinary course will explore New York City’s rise and role as the nation’s metropolis, examining several key themes in the city’s development. In particular, we will look at Gotham as a center of work, culture and residency as well as at the diverse populations that have called the city home through its four-century history. We will examine New York City from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including history, sociology, anthropology, economics, and political science.
MALS 70600 - The Enlightenment and Critique CRN# 32254
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 3207, 3 credits, Prof. Martin Burke
The course will examine a number of seminal texts produced in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries within the contexts of current debates over the contours, and the consequences, of the Enlightenment in America. The interpretive and analytic approaches taken will be ones from cultural and intellectual history, the history of political thought, religious studies and the history of science. Among the sources to be read are: Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography; St. John de Crèvecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer; Thomas Paine’s Common Sense; the “Declaration of Independence”; Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia; the “Federalist” and the “Letters of Brutus”; Charles Brocken Brown’s Alcuin; Sarah Wentworth Morton’s Ouabi; Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s Journals; and letters and essays by Benjamin Banneker, Mercy Otis Warren, Benjamin Rush and Judith Sargent Murray. Among the contemporary scholarly works are monographs by John Fea, Susan Parrish, Darren Staloff and Leigh Eric Schmidt, as well as a number of articles and historiographic reviews. The course welcome masters-level students from the Liberal Studies Program (especially, but not exclusively, the Western Intellectual Traditions and the American Studies tracks) and doctoral students from the Ph.D. Programs in History and English, and the American Studies Certificate Program.
MALS 70700 – Transformations of Modernity, 1914 - Present CRN# 32255
W, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 3207, 3 credits, Prof. Sarah Danielsson
Modernism, and modernity can be discussed in terms of bureaucracy, rationalization, secularization, alienation, commodification, individualism, subjectivism, objectivism, universalism, chaos, mass society, homogenization, diversification, hybridization, democratization, centralization, mechanization, totalitarianism, and many, many more. The meanings of “Modernity” and “Modernism” have been debated to a great extent in scholarship and are often applied differently in history, prose, philosophy, art, music, theater or poetry. Its counterpart “Postmodernism” also provides important juxtaposition and meaning to the terms. There are a myriad of ways in which one can discuss the transformations of modernity in the twentieth century: this course will look through the lens of intellectual history. Starting with the viewpoint of Marshall Berman’s seminal discussion of modernity, “All that is Solid Mets into Air,” this course will look at the challenges of modernity in the intellectual history of the twentieth century: The modernity and postmodernity of: Totalitarianism; Existentialism; anti-Colonialism and the challenge of Human Rights; etc. Among others, we will read authors such as Hannah Arendt, Michael Foucault, Edward Said, Walter Benjamin, Franz Fanon, Joseph Conrad, etc.
MALS 71000 – Forms of Life Writing CRN# 32628
M, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. 5383, 3 credits, Prof. Brenda Wineapple
"To live over people's lives," wrote Henry James, "is nothing unless we live over their perceptions, live over the growth, the change, the varying intensity of the same-- since it was by these things they themselves lived."
This course will interrogate various forms of so-called "life writing" (biography/fictional biography/memoir) to investigate the meaning, aims, ethics, pitfalls, and possibilities of the genre as practiced in literature. We will therefore examine a wide range of topics that various forms of life-writing encounter: the relation between fact and fiction; the significance of politics and historical context; the impact of individual psychology; point of view in narration; the function of imagination; the use or exploitation of marginal figures. And to the extent that life-writing depends on the creation of character, this course looks closely at how such characters are created from real people: how a living, breathing person seems to arise out of a mass of sometimes contradictory “facts”; how characters are made to change, that is, if they do; how characters can make a story move; and of course how or if traditional forms of life-writing might be liberated from its brick-like borders.
Writers/books will likely include Lytton Strachey, Natalie Zemon Davis (The Return of Martin Guerre), Virginia Woolf (Orlando), Richard Holmes (Footsteps), Janet Malcolm (on Sylvia Plath biographies), Henry James, The Aspern Papers, Gertrude Stein, Adam Phillips on Freud and biography, Julia Blackburn and her biographical inventions about Daisy Bates, Robert A. Caro on Lyndon Johnson, W. G. Sebald, Hilton Als.
MALS 71200 – The Culture of Fashion/The Fabric of Cultures CRN# 32257
W, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 3309, 3 credits, Prof. Eugenia Paulicelli
Cross-listed with IDS 81660
The course will take the form of an interdisciplinary study of fashion and fabric and their bearing on a heterogeneous cultural identity. Fashion and identity – personal, collective, transnational—are the results of the multilayered fabric of cultures. They are also the manifestation of a dynamic process, a dialogue between self and other. Self and identity are not defined on the basis of closure and homologous relations, but in terms of interplay between similarities, differences, reuses and translations. Identity is a process of negotiation and understanding, a journey of becoming.
This process, although expressed with different aesthetic results, is very much at work in the textiles and clothing we will examine in the course.
The course will draw on writings from history, fashion studies, material culture, literature, and objects that are part of a digital archive project designed to highlight and embrace the rich multicultural composition of New York and its boroughs and the central role of clothing in our lives. The digital archive is a further development of an earlier project and exhibition: “The Fabric of Cultures. Fashion, Identity, Globalization” held at Queens College in 2006. In addition, the course will feature guest speakers and a research lab component that require students to carry out a creative project.
MALS 71400 - Introduction to International Studies CRN# 32258
M, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 3207, 3 credits, Prof. Tomohisa Hattori
The two main purposes of this course are to introduce you to theoretically informed historical analyses of international relations (IR) and to help you apply one of the theories of IR to an international subject of your choice. While the historical contexts and theories of IR will help you engage in further studies in IR, your paper will enhance your understanding of how you may gain social scientific knowledge by reviewing relevant theoretical literature, conceptualizing your subject matter, developing research questions, figuring out how to answer them, gathering information about them, organizing the research result as evidence for your answer to the research question, and developing your answer as an argument about a particular phenomenon or relationship on the chosen topic in the context of existing theoretical arguments.
MALS 71800 - Cross-Cultural & Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Work & Family Issues CRN# 32566
M, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 5417, 3 credits, Prof. Caryn Medved
Cross-Cultural & Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Work & Family Issues, is designed to broaden and deepen your perspective by addressing more complex issues, and taking a cross-national perspective to these topics. The course will emphasize the importance of context for understanding individual work and family experiences, as well as broader policies and practices that vary across countries. In addition, we will learn about how work and family issues are approached by several social science disciplines, each of which offers a unique perspective and different insights.
MALS 72300 – Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies CRN# 32260
T, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 6417, 3 credits, Prof. James Wilson
In Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us Kate Bornstein writes, “The first question we usually ask new parents is: ‘Is it a boy or a girl?’” Bornstein recommends the response, “We don’t know; it hasn’t told us yet.” This course explores the ways in which gender and sexuality are pronounced, embodied, and negotiated within specific historical and cultural contexts. Through a close reading of interdisciplinary, foundational, and recent scholarship the class will examine and theorize the ways in which categories of gender and sexuality inform and shape our understanding of the world. Investigating the intersections and collisions of gender and sexuality with race, class, ability, nationality, ethnicity, and age, the class will consider societal and institutional systems of power, privilege, oppression, and marginalization. Course requirements include an oral presentation, two 4-6 page response papers, and a 15-20 page, staged researched essay.
MALS 73100 - American Culture and Values
T, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 4419, 3 credits, Prof. Justin Rogers-Cooper
The Object(s) of American Studies: History, Method, & Praxis
Russ Castronovo and Susan Gillman begin the introduction to their recent collection States of Emergency: The Object of American Studies (2009), with a deceptively straightforward question: “What is the object of American studies?” They continue by unpacking the ramifications of that question, in particular by noting its imbrication in two corollary questions: “What does ‘American studies’ study, and what does it want?” For all of its centrality, after all, American studies remains an anomaly in the academy - as a program and not a department it resides somewhere between (or, perhaps, outside) normative disciplinary boundaries. The object of this course is to explore these questions by considering the histories, theories, and practices of American studies from its inception as an academic discipline to the present. In other words, we will consider how in the span of about sixty-five years – using the first publication of American Quarterly in 1949 as a marker of discernable communal birth – American studies transformed from a movement into an institution (an institution marked by one of the largest annual academic conferences in the United States). As we undertake these questions, we will also address the present state “American” studies and whether it’s best understood in tension with such concepts as “the Circum-Atlantic," as a vocabulary or concepts and keywords, or perhaps even as a constellation of emerging or converging set of inter-disciplinary sub-fields or orientations, with the drive of “minoritarian criticism” in the 2014 text Unsettled States edited by Ivy G. Wilson and Dana Luciano acting as a spur for reflection. As such, our assignments will attempt to take stock of its current position in the academy and in our own work.
MALS 73200 - American Social Institutions CANCELLED
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., 3 credits, Professor Lucia Trimbur
MALS 73400 - Introduction to Africana Studies: Black Intellectual Thought CRN# 32262
Tuesdays, 11:45 – 1:45pm, Room 6114, 3 credits, Prof. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy– RLEWISMCCOY@CCNY.CUNY.EDU
Cross-listed with AFCP 72000 & SOC 82301
This course explores the development and evolution of the Black intellectual tradition in the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries. In particular, the course explores two distinct areas: 1) conceptualizing and interrogating the diversity of scholarly approaches to the African-American condition and 2) what role(s) can/should intellectuals play in the Black freedom struggle. The course surveys ideological traditions that include, but are not limited to, Black nationalism, Black conservatism, Black feminism, Black Marxism, etc. These traditions are presented to raise greater consideration of the influence of ideology, diversity within the tradition, and the weight of ontological claims on programs of racial uplift and social change. Through an exploration of critical voices from inside and outside of academia, the course seeks to locate sites for potential intellectual intervention, pragmatic struggle, and redefinitions of the boundaries of Blackness. Readings from authors such as WEB Du Bois, Harold Cruse, Audre Lorde, Jared Sexton, Joy James, and Patricia Hill Collins are designed to survey existing approaches to social and intellectual problems facing Black peoples. Requirements for the class include: 1) thorough reading and discussion of the assigned course materials, 2) weekly response papers submitted digitally to the instructor, and 3) an in-depth term research paper on Black Intellectual Tradition.
MALS 74500 - Great Digs: important sites of the Classical, Late Antique and Islamic Worlds CRN# 32263
Tuesdays, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. 3309, 3 credits, Prof. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis
Cross-listed with CLAS 74400 & ART 82000
This course introduces students to archaeological methods and important archaeological sites from the Classical, Late Antique and Islamic worlds. The course assumes no previous knowledge of archaeology. The two primary methods of archaeological inquiry—excavation and survey—are first introduced, discussed and problematized in this course. We will then consider specific sites – cities, towns and, in certain cases, residences – to understand how archaeology has contributed to our knowledge of these sites. Sites, such as Athens, Alexandria, Rome, Jerusalem and others, will each be the focus of a lecture or seminar. By the end of the course students will gain a knowledge of the principles of archaeological excavation and survey; an understanding of major classes of archaeological evidence and key archaeological theories; some of the important issues and challenges, such as war and cultural destruction, confronting archaeologists today; and a knowledge of important archaeological sites from the Classical, Late Antique and Islamic worlds.
The course is composed of lectures and seminars. In addition to completion of all required readings and active participation in class discussion, there are two major assignments in this course. First, a seven to ten page (2,500- 3,000 words) paper that discusses an archaeological theory, methodology, or type of evidence. This paper may be revised and resubmitted, as this course aims to help students develop their academic writing. Second, students will create a digital site report (effectively a website) about a site of their choice from the Classical, Late Antique or Islamic worlds that has not been discussed in class; this site can be a city or a smaller, specific site. This project aims to teach students how to interpret a site from an archaeological and historical perspective. It should also enable a student to understand and interpret archaeological data and publications, demonstrate the significance of the selected site, and to designed website on a specific site. Students will be supported in creating their website reports through two seminars where the digital skills required to create these site reports will be discussed and demonstrated.
MALS 75400 - Introduction to Digital Humanities CRN# 32264
Wednesdays, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. 6496, 3 credits, Profs. Stephen Brier/Lisa Rhody
Cross-listed with IDS 81610
The dramatic growth of the Digital Humanities (DH) over the past half dozen years has helped scholars re-imagine the very nature and forms of academic research and teaching across a range of scholarly disciplines, encompassing the arts, the interpretive social sciences, and traditional humanities subject areas. This course will explore the history of the digital humanities, focusing especially on the diverse pioneering projects and core texts that ground this innovative methodological and conceptual approach to scholarly inquiry and teaching. It will also emphasize ongoing debates in the digital humanities, such as the problem of defining the digital humanities, the question of whether DH has (or needs) theoretical grounding, controversies over new models of peer review for digital scholarship, issues related to collaborative labor on digital projects, and the problematic questions surrounding research involving “big data.” The course will also emphasize the ways in which DH has helped transform the nature of academic teaching and pedagogy in the contemporary university with its emphasis on collaborative, student-centered and digital learning environments and approaches. Along the way, we will discuss broad social, legal and ethical questions and concerns surrounding digital media and contemporary culture, including privacy, intellectual property, and open/public access to knowledge and scholarship. Students will be expected to participate actively in class discussions and online postings (including on blogs and wikis) and to research and write a final multimedia presentation on a key topic in the digital humanities. Students completing the course will gain broad knowledge about and understanding of the emerging role of the digital humanities across several academic disciplines and will begin to learn some of the fundamental skills used often in digital humanities projects.
Note: this course is part of an innovative "Digital Praxis Seminar," a two-semester long introduction to digital tools and methods that will be open to all students in the Graduate Center. The goal of the course is to introduce graduate students to various ways in which they can incorporate digital research into their work.
MALS 77200 - History of Cinema I: 1895-1930 CRN# 32265
Tuesdays, 4:15-8:15 p.m., Rm. C-419, 3 credits, Prof. Anupama Kapse
Cross-listed with THEA 71500, ART 79500 & FSCP 81000
This class will survey the emergence of cinema from inter-related perspectives that situate early experiments with moving images alongside older moving image technologies and theatrical practices that often coexisted with the new medium. The course will not only focus on cinema’s so-called progress but its ability to radically enhance viewing possibilities, alter public culture, change perceptions of modernity, picture new women, mobilize race-gender politics and effect social transformation. We will situate these topics within the larger context of international film movements, the development of national cinemas worldwide, and broader questions of film archaeology and historiography. Although our primary examples will be drawn from American silent cinema, we will also consider British, Indian, Chinese, Russian, Swedish and German examples to better understand the global spread and varied applications of the medium. Finally, we will examine the initial impact of sound on cinema though, as we will see, silent cinema often included some sort of aural accompaniment.
Students will be encouraged to think of film history as a practice that extends beyond silent cinema into a host of related areas: these include not only ‘discarded’ media and film formats but medium crossings between theater, literature and local performance traditions such as shadow puppetry, and the various incarnations of opera. To that end, this class will ask students to explore the different methods available for producing film history and ask how film continues to proliferate after the ‘death’ of celluloid.
Screenings will include selections and/or whole features, as well as additional viewing, to be completed outside class: The Movies Begin: A Treasury of Early Cinema, 1894-1913, Edison: The Invention of the Movies: 1891-1918, Landmarks of Early Film, Vol. 1, George Méliès: First Wizard of Cinema, More Treasures from American Film Archives 1894-1931, Griffith Masterworks, extracts from American, British, and French serials, The Birth of Krishna (1919), shorts by Chaplin and Keaton, The Thief of Baghdad (1924), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Ingeborg Holm (1913), Man with a Movie Camera (1929), The Goddess (1934), Pandora’s Box (1929), Falling Leaves (1912), and Where are my Children? (1916).
Requirements: Readings must be completed before the day for which they are slotted. Please come to class on time. Full attendance, engaged viewing, and active classroom participation are vital for your success. Discussion--20%. Reading responses and discussion questions-10 %. A research paper with original content (20-25 pages) on a topic of your choice will fulfill a major requirement for this course—70%. Your topic must be chosen in consultation with me. A one page proposal will be due five weeks before the final paper is due, after which we will meet to discuss your topic.
MALS 77400 - International Migration CRN# 32266
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 6421, 3 credits, Prof. Pyong Gap Min
We have ushered into the global migration period since the early 1990s. Not only traditionally immigrant-accepting countries, including the U.S. and three former British colonies in the “New World” (Canada, Australia and New Zealand), but also Western European countries and Asian countries have annually received large numbers of formal immigrants or migrant workers/brides over the last two decades. In particular, the U.S. has received the largest number of immigrants annually since the late 1960s The influx of immigrants to the U.S. over the last 50 years has changed the face of the U.S., impacting neighborhoods, the economy, the school systems, cuisines, politics, healthcare, and sports.
This course, focusing on international migration, has three main objectives. First, it will provide an overview information about immigration patterns in three areas for students: (1) the U.S., (2) Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and (3) Europe. Immigration patterns include immigration policies, the annual number of immigrants, their national and regional origins, and their racial, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. Second, it will compare two mass migration periods in the U.S. (the classical and contemporary periods) in immigration patterns and immigrants’ adaptations. Third, it will help students to learn about U.S. immigrants’ and their children’s adaptations (settlement patterns, socioeconomic adaptations and racialization) and theories of adaptations, especially regarding second-generation immigrants’ adaptations. To summarize the main objectives, this course aims to provide general information about global migration patterns, but focuses on the U.S. context in examining immigrants’ and their children’s adaptations with special attention to the differences between turn-of-the twenty-century white immigrant and contemporary immigrant groups.
MALS 78100 - Issues in Urban Education CRN# 32267
Wednesdays, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. 4419, 3 credits, Prof. Susan Semel
This course provides an overview of major issues and controversies in urban education in the United States. Through a historical, sociological, philosophical and political analysis of educational problems, the course explores a variety of progressive and traditional approaches to improving urban education in the 20th century. The course focuses on current neoliberal reforms to reduce educational inequality, including curriculum and common core learning standards, teacher education reform, school choice, tuition vouchers, charter schools, privatization, whole school reform, small schools, and value added models of teacher evaluation. Finally, the course examines the limits and possibilities of these reforms in improving urban education and reducing racial, ethnic and social class based educational inequalities.
MALS 78200 Public Higher Education Policy, Finance, and Leadership - CUNY (1961-Present) 
Thursdays, 3 credits, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m., Rm. 3309, Professors Picciano and Goldstein
Cross-listed with UED 73200
This seminar will examine major policy and financial developments at the City University of New York from its inception in 1961 to the present. Critical to this examination will be the role of chancellors and other CUNY leaders who were instrumental in promoting and implementing these policies. This seminar will consider important developments such as the creation of the City University in 1961, the expansion of colleges in the 1960s, open admissions, the New York City fiscal crisis, the imposition of tuition, the capital rebuilding program of the 1980s and 1990s, Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s Institution Adrift Task Force Report, the end of open admissions at the senior colleges, the second major expansion of CUNY in the 2000s, and the Pathways curriculum. The seminar will feature extensive student participation and guest speakers.
MALS 78500 Clouds CRN# 32872
Tuesdays, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. 4419, 3 credits, Prof. Matthew Gold
Cross-listed with ENGL 89500
In Mechanisms, Matthew G. Kirschenbaum writes about the magnetic hard disk drive as an “example of what it means to consider storage media as a kind of writing machine.” Though Kirschenbaum’s work provides a “grammatology of the hard drive,” increasingly, our text is consigned to other people’s hard drives – otherwise known as “the cloud”: our prose typed into Google docs; our books downloaded from remote Kindle and iBook libraries; and our tweets, Facebook updates, and blog posts stored on remote, cloud-based servers. This is the public cloud. Behind that public cloud lies a mass of computational infrastructure and obfuscated text: our individual and collective search and purchase histories; our phone texts, email messages, and call logs; our media preferences and choices; our annotations, comments, faves, and likes -- all mined by "machine learning" algorithms, often in the service of both private corporate interests and governmental surveillance agencies. How do we make sense of the texts in and of our lives at a moment when our words are both inscribed on hard drives and consigned to the “cloud”? What new forms of control and surveillance do such cloud-based structures make possible, and what kinds of collectivities do they write into being? To what extent can we see such large-scale textual corpora as spaces for agency and for algorithmic exploration and play? Moving across histories of the book and of computational infrastructure to issues of text mining and deformance, this course will consider the problems, processes, and possibilities of the modern, text-based cloud.
Authors to be read include: Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Simone Browne, Samir Chopra, Yochai Benkler, Benjamin H. Bratton, Frank Pasquale, Trebor Scholz, Gabriella Coleman, John Durham Peters, Tung-Hui Hu, Adrian Johns, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, William Gibson, Adrian McKenzie, Jerome McGann, Evgeny Morozov, Alex Galloway, and Nicole Starosielski, among others.
MALS 78800 Introduction to Childhood and Youth Studies, CRN# 32879
Wednesdays, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. 3207, 3 credits, Prof. Roger Hart
Cross-listed with ESS 79903, PSYC 80103, and U ED 75100
This seminar offers an introduction to how childhood and youth is investigated across the different disciplines of the social sciences and the humanities. Beginning with the recognition that concepts of childhood and adolescence are socially constructed and vary across culture and historical periods, we will examine how our shifting conceptions of childhood both align and clash with the way children actually live. This will include childhood experiences that challenge the historically recent notions of a “protected” and “innocent” childhood and such issues as child sex, child labor, child soldiers and child criminals. We will examine how different institutions, discourses and systems shape how childhood is experienced: including family, school, the juvenile justice system, media and consumer culture. But while attending to the force of structural inequalities in cultural and economic arrangements, we will not risk rendering children passive or invisible; we will recognize the methodological strides that have been made in recent years by researchers in working with rather than on or about children. Students will be expected to complete a paper on a theme related to their own particular interests in the study of or children or childhood.
MALS 79600 Thesis Workshop CRN# 32268
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 5417, 1 credit, Prof. George Fragopoulos