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Summer 2019 Session

The MALS program is delighted to offer a summer session with five courses. Courses will start the day after Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Courses that meet twice a week will end the week of June 24, 2019, whereas courses that meet once a week will end the week of July 22, 2019.

Courses will not meet on Thursday, July 4, 2019 as the Graduate Center is closed on the Fourth of July.  

The deadline to Add/Drop courses is Thursday, June 6, 2019.

Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change.  

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
4:00 – 6:00       Prof. Anderst
MALS 70000

Intro. to Grad. Liberal Studies
4:00 – 8:00   Prof. Anderst
MALS 70000

Intro. to Grad. Liberal Studies
6:00 – 9:00    Prof. Schmidt
MALS 72000

Thesis Writing Course
  Prof. Schmidt
MALS 72000

Thesis Writing Course
6:00 – 9:45 Prof. Fox
MALS 72300

Intro. to Gender and Sexuality Studies
  Prof. Fragopoulos
MALS 70700

The Shaping of Modernity
Prof. Pusca
MALS 71500

Critical Issues in International Studies



MALS 70000 - Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies #
"Imagining Gotham: Cinematic Depictions of New York City"
Tuesday, 4:00 - 8:00 PM, and Thursday, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, Rm. TBA, 3 Credits, Prof. Leah Anderst (
First Class: May 28, 2019 - Last Class: June 27, 2019
Open to MALS students only.
This course will focus on cinematic representations of urbanism and specifically New York City. From its earliest days, cinema has regularly turned its eye, an eye both critical and celebratory, to the densely populated spaces and the vertical structures of New York City. In fact, large population shifts into cities, domestic and international, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries closely coincided with the birth and the infancy of this mass medium, initially localized, in the United States, in and around New York City. In the course, we will look at a variety of films, from mainstream to art films and including fiction and nonfiction. These may include early city symphonies and silent shorts produced in NYC, crime dramas from the 1940s through the 1970s, science fiction fantasies of the 1980s and 1990s that imagine the city under attack, and documentaries from across the medium’s history that provide a window onto NYC’s past. We will explore a number of questions: How has film accurately reflected urban realities, and conversely how has it imagined or distorted perceptions of urban life and populations? How have the city’s immigrant populations and minority groups represented themselves and their neighborhoods in films? How has the New York City of cinema changed throughout the history of film? A research focused seminar that will introduce students to graduate work, this course will require students to design and write a research project. Additional course requirements include: weekly responses to course readings and viewings, a midterm scene analysis, and a presentation as part of a mini research conference at the end of the term. 

MALS 70700 - The Shaping of Modernity, 1789–1914 #
Wednesday, 6:00 - 9:45 PM, Rm. TBA, 3 Credits, Prof. George Fragopoulos (
First Class: May 29, 2019 - Last Class: July 17, 2019

In an essay on the work of Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens, Fredric Jameson makes a claim that he himself declares as being an “outrageous assertion, namely that modernity begins with the Council of Trent (ending in 1563)—in which case the Baroque becomes the first secular age.” We begin with this quote not to affirm or deny the legitimacy of Jameson’s claim but to illustrate one theory, among many, regarding the nature of modernity itself. This section of Transformations of Modernity will begin by examining different theoretical and historical conceptions of what we have come to define as the “Modern,” all the while aware that there is no singular definition that will ever satisfy the fragmented story that is modernity.  
            If there is one general theme to this course it will be in following the historical, political and social upheavals that were brought about by what historian Eric Hobsbawm calls the dual revolutions of the French revolution and the British Industrial revolution. As such, we will examine institutions, ideologies and political and social structures that are inseparable from the historical actuality of these two revolutions.
            Readings will include source materials from the historical period that will be our primary frame of reference: 1789-1914. Authors may include but not be limited to Mary Wollstonecraft, Edmund Burke, Olaudah Equiano, Karl Marx, Percy Shelley, Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud and Virginia Woolf. Finally, secondary readings from authors such as C.L.R James, Jürgen Habermas, Paul Gilroy, Lisa Lowe and the aforementioned Jameson will provide us with contemporary reflections on the modern and modernity. 

MALS 71500 - Critical Issues in International Studies #
"Critical Security"
Thursday, 6:00 - 9:45 PM, Rm. TBA, 3 Credits, Prof. Anca Pusca (
First Class: May 30, 2019 - Last Class: July 25, 2019

This course provides both a broad theoretical as well as a case specific introduction to some of the most pressing issues surrounding security studies today. The course introduces the subject matter through a series of key concepts, including: violence, war/conflict, peace, terror/terrorism, borders, nuclear security, human/environmental security, and cyber security, and related case-studies. Through these concepts and case-studies, the course offers a complex and well rounded introduction to the rising challenges of security in today’s globalized world. 

MALS 72000 - Thesis Writing Course #
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Rm. TBA, 3 Credits, Prof. Christopher Schmidt (
Permission by the Department required for registration. Contact as soon as possible.
First Class: May 28, 2019 - Last Class: June 27, 2019

MALS 72000, Thesis Writing Workshop, is designed to help students with the process of writing, researching and working towards completing a thesis or capstone project. As indicated by the course's title, the course is primarily run as a workshop with students sharing and commenting on writing in different stages of development. There will also be readings and discussions on the nature of academic discourse and how writing and research methods differ according to academic disciplines, thus replicating the department's interdisciplinary ethos. Students in all stages of their thesis and capstone projects are encouraged to take the course.

MALS 72300 - Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies #
Monday, 6:00 - 9:45 PM, Rm. TBA, 3 Credits, Prof. Meghan Fox (
First Class: June 3, 2019 - Last Class: July 22, 2019

What does it mean to “to ‘do’ one’s gender,” as Judith Butler has put it? And how might “failing, losing, forgetting, unmaking, undoing” established gender and sexual norms subvert existing power structures, as J. Jack Halberstam has asked? This course will explore these questions and provide an introduction to the interdisciplinary and intersectional study of gender and sexuality. Through our reading of foundational gender studies texts and contemporary feminist and queer theory, we will consider how gender is felt and understood in terms of lived experience and how it has been constructed within specific historical and cultural contexts in relationship to other identity categories, namely race, class, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, and nationality. Likewise, we will examine how conceptions of identity rooted in sexual preferences and/or sex acts have changed over time and differ based on socio-cultural and political conditions. The course will cover a range of topics including but not limited to intersectionality, privilege, marginalization, compulsory heterosexuality, and gender performativity, and will include readings by Gloria Anzaldúa, bell hooks, Patricia Hill Collins, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, J. Jack Halberstam, Sara Ahmed, David Eng, Michael Kimmel, Kate Bornstein, and Nancy Mairs among others.