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Fall 2011 Courses

Fall 2011 Courses

GC:   M, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 6421, 3 credits, Prof. Joseph, [15941]

This required course will introduce students to interdisciplinary study and study within the disciplines as pursued in the MALS program and other programs, as well as to debates within the discipline Special attention will be paid to the nuts and bolts of graduate study, e.g. the genres of academic writing such as conference papers, the prospectus and the thesis.


MALS 70000 – Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies

GC:   R, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 7395, 3 credits, Prof. Sharlin, [15941]

Learning how to read and write on the graduate level means learning how to identify, analyze, and participate in different disciplinary conversations.   The goal of this course is to introduce students to these conversations by studying the scholarship on the secretarial profession.   At the beginning of the twentieth century, becoming a secretary was the career of choice for ambitious women from rural and immigrant backgrounds. Becoming secretaries offered an opportunity to figure out how to become urban, professional, American, and middle-class women.   We will explore the way scholars from different disciplines understand this transformation and, in the process,  develop our own self-awareness as writers and intellectuals who have something to contribute.


MALS  70200 – Political/Historical/Sociological Profile of NYC

GC:   W, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. 3306, 3 credits, Prof. Lobel, [15929]

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-decade history.  We will examine New York City from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including history, sociology, anthropology, economics, and political science.


MALS 70500 – Classical Culture

GC:   R, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 8203, 3 credits, Prof. Marianetti, [15930]  

The course will be a survey of selected pieces of ancient literature and legend that have subsequently influenced Western civilization. The chosen literary works will be analyzed from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining literature, history, archaeology, religion, culture, politics and philosophy. Certain universal issues will be considered as they are conveyed through the literary genres. The class will concentrate upon a thorough examination and discussion of the following primary sources: The Epic of Gilgamesh, Hesiod’s Theogony, Homer’s Odyssey, Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle (the Theban plays), Euripides’ Iphigeneia in Aulis, Aristophanes’ The Clouds, Plato’s Apology and Symposium and Virgil’s Aeneid. Course Program: 1 September Introduction to Class Objectives and Requirements 8 September The Epic of Gilgamesh 15 September Hesiod’s Theogony 22 September Homer’s Odyssey (I-XII) 29 September NO CLASS 6 October Homer’s Odyssey (XIII-XXIV) 13 October Aischylos’ Agamemnon 20 October Aischylos’ Choephoroi and Eumenides 27 October Sophocles’ Oidipous Rex FIRST PAPER DUE 3 November Sophocles’ Antigone and Oidipous at Colonus 10 November Euripides’ Iphigeneia in Aulis 17 November Aristophanes’ The Clouds 24 November NO CLASS 1 December Plato’s Apology and Symposium 6 December Virgil’s Aeneid (I-VI); Virgil’s Aeneid (VII-XII) SECOND PAPER DUE Grading/Class Requirements: 90-100=A 80-89=B 70-79=C 60-69=D 0-59=F first paper 25% second paper 25% attendance/participation 50% All of you are responsible for having read the weekly assignment so that we can discuss its content. Each week, in addition, one or two students will present articles from secondary sources about the particular play, work and author. Although I will provide you with an extensive bibliography for each literal piece and ancient author we examine, I urge you to spend sufficient time in the library doing research on what is being the most updated information on the authors of your preference. This exercise will benefit you as it will form a preparatory stage in doing research for your Master’s thesis or your PhD dissertation. Absences are not recommended. Verbal and physical participation is required. I do not give extra credit projects. I do not accept late papers. I look forward to having an enjoyable and cooperative semester with all of you!!!!!!

Great dialogues of Plato tr. By W.H.D. Rouse (Signet Classics)

Hesiod’s Theogony  tr. By Richard Caldwell (Focus Classical Library)

Aristophanes, The Clouds: An Annotated Translation tr. By M. Marianetti (Univ. Press of America)

The Odyssey of Homer tr. by Richmond Lattimore (Perennial Classics)

Euripides IV tr. by R. Lattimore and David Green (The Univ. of Chicago Press)

Virgil’s Aeneid tr. By David West (Penguin Classics)

Sophocles The Three Theban Plays tr. By Robert Fagles (Penguin classics)

Aeschylus The Oresteia tr. By Robert Fagles (Penguin Classics)

H. D. F. Kitto, The Greeks (Penguin Classics)

D. Jackson, The Epic of Gilgamesh (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers)


MALS 70700 – The Shaping of Modernity, 1789-1914

GC:   T, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 4433, 3 credits, Prof. Gordon, [15931]  

Political liberty is the most pressing demand in much of the world today.  It is not easy to achieve.   Hatred of being oppressed is not the same as hatred of oppression itself.  To hate a tyrant is not to love liberty; love of individual rights and personal freedom is also required.  Nineteenth-century Europe was a laboratory for the development of both modern democracy and dictatorship.  This course will examine the political, economic and social forces that lay the foundation for liberal democracy, fascist and communist dictatorship, two world wars and the Holocaust in the twentieth century.  It will in particular focus on the evolution of democratic process in France through two empires, two monarchies and three republics, the development of a social welfare state in authoritarian Germany, and the transformation of traditional Britain government into a genuine democracy, all against a background of unprecedented economic growth and violent social change.  Special attention will also be paid to the social and political pathologies of Tsarist Russia and Austria-Hungary, an empire that one author called “a laboratory for the destruction of the human race,” and whose sad history was a harbinger of so many murderous events in our own time.


MALS 70900 – Approaches to Life Writing

GC:   W, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 8202, 3 credits, Prof. Hintz, [15932]

This course will explore the narrative nature of life writing, with attention to point of view, tone and narrative structure. Throughout the course, we will try to define the main genres of life writing (biography, autobiography, letters and diaries)—with the awareness that the distinction between these forms is anything but clear. Much of the course will be devoted to experiments in life writing forms (from the modernist period forward) and the link between novels and life writing. Secondary readings will include writings by Samuel Johnson, James Olney, Georges Gusdorf, Peggy Kamuf, Carolyn Heilbrun, Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson, Carl Rollyson, and Paul John Eakin.

MALS 71200 – The Culture of Fashion: Clothing Culture of Early Modern Italy and England

GC:   R, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. 3309, 3 credits, Profs. Paulicelli/Fisher, [15943] Cross listed with ENGL 82100 & RSCP 83100.  

This course will examine the clothing culture of early modern Italy and England. During this period, “fashion” was much broader than a simple notion of dress; it could refer to a wide variety of things like behavior and manners, and even to national character and identity.  Thus, fashion became an important institution of modernity. This course will investigate how and where fashion came to the fore, establishing itself as a threat to morality and religious belief, and serving as a vehicle for gender, class and ethnic definitions. We will draw on a broad interdisciplinary framework and discuss sources from both the English and Italian literary traditions (although all the reading will be in English). We will examine texts from many different genres, including costume books, plays, poetry, novellas, treatises, and satires. We will also be analyzing early modern visual and material culture. We will ultimately consider how dress (and other types of ornamentation that covered the body) became a cause for concern for the Church and State. These institutions sought to regulate individual vanity and any desire to transgress the accepted societal codes.


• The sumptuary laws from the period that prescribed the types and styles of fabrics that could be worn by persons of various ranks.

•The importance of clothing and fashion in court culture, especially as discussed by Castiglione’s The Courtier.

•The significance of clothing and accessories in public space. In hierarchical environments, but also the street, rituals, parades, spectacles etc.

•The significance of costumes on the early modern stage, both symbolically and materially.

 •The role that accessories of dress like the codpiece and farthingale played in materializing masculinity and femininity, as well as the cultural context and significance of gendered crossdressing (both inside and outside the theatrical context).

•The use of cosmetics, and especially their relationship to the formation of racial ideals.

•The practice of forcing members of religious groups to wear specific forms of dress (Shylock, for example, mentions his “Jewish gabardine” in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice).

 •The erotics of dress in love poetry, and in everyday life.


English texts such as William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; Ben Jonson’s Volpone; the poetry of Robert Herrick; polemical pamphlets about crossdressing such as Hic Mulier and Haec Vir.

Italian texts such as Baldassare Castiglione’s The Courtier; excerpts from Cesare Vecellio’s Habiti Antichi et Moderni di tutto il mondo and Giacomo’s Franco’s Habiti; Pietro Aretino’s The School of Whoredom, Arcangela Tarabotti’s, Antisatira


MALS 71400 – Introduction to International Studies

GC:   R, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 3305, 3 credits, Prof. Hattori, [15933]

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 72100 – Feminist Texts and Theories

GC:   T, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Rm. 3212, 3 credits, Profs. Cole/Lee, [15934] Cross listed with WSCP 81001.

This course provides a broad overview of the issues and texts of Women’s Studies. The instructors will use an interdisciplinary approach to consider some of the themes, questions, methodologies, and findings of Women’s Studies scholarship. The course will cover a selection of feminist texts, taken from both literary and social science sources, and also classic and contemporary theoretical works. In addition, students will explore the ways in which the field of women’s studies has raised new questions and brought new perspectives to those areas where the humanities and social and behavioral sciences intersect, with material which is interdisciplinary in nature and frequently poses a challenge to conventional disciplinary boundaries.


MALS 73100 – American Culture & Values

GC:   M, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rm. 3209, 3 credits, Prof. Singer, [15935] Cross listed with ASCP 81000.    

In this course, we will focus on a variety of literary and film titles as we explore complex eruptions and erasures of American identity as it is revealed, or rather manufactured, in varieties of narrative forms. From the early captivity narratives, to Emily Dickinson, and up to the graphic novel, this course will present perspectives on the complex issue of national identity. Particular attention will be given to evaluating the manner in which literature interrelates with other media and how each venue reflects cultural and historical ideologies. For example, what makes a text “American”? How does literature from the past comment on the present? Are literary and film narratives mirrors or x-rays into the nation’s psyche?

Course requirements include active participation in discussions, an oral presentation, and one paper (approx. 20 pages) which critically interprets the assignments/new material.

Preliminary Reading List–THIS WILL BE UPDATED IN EARLY AUGUST Riverside Editions: American Captivity Narratives Wheatley’s Complete Writings Douglass’ Narrative of the Life Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Whitman’s Leaves of Grass Poe’s Collected Stories and Poetry Dickinson’s Collected Poems Davis’ Life in the Iron Mills Plath’s Ariel Albee’s The Zoo Story/American Dream


MALS  74100 – The Conceptual Structure of Science

GC:   T, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. 4433, 3 credits, Prof. Dauben, [15936] Cross listed with HIST 78400.

This course will survey the rise of modern science from Copernicus to Newton, the period of intellectual ferment in the 16th and 17th centuries generally referred to as the Scientific Revolution. In addition to charting the advance of astronomy and physics through the works of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes, Boyle, Newton and Leibniz, the revolution in biology associated with Vesalius, Harvey and others will also be considered, along with related questions in the history of botany, medicine and iatrochemistry.

The emphasis in this course will be upon texts, a careful reading of the original scientific “classics,” along with diaries and letters where they survive, in order to evaluate as much as possible from primary sources the most important factors that motivated and inspired the creators of modern science. In assessing the social role the “new” science played, the disturbingly unfamiliar world in which philosophical, religious and even political principles were called into question will also be examined.


MALS  74300 – Research Ethics Sini: M, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Rm. TBA, 3 credits, Prof. Rhodes, [15942] Course meets at Mt. Sinai.  Cross listed with PHIL 77700.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this course participants should be able to: – Refer to the historical evolution of research ethics and the development of protections for human subjects. – Identify and employ the guiding principles of research ethics. – Evaluate clinical studies in terms of ethical considerations. – Review the research ethics literature and use it in addressing questions related to clinical research. – Justify decisions about the ethical conduct of research in terms of reasons that other reasonable scientists should accept.


MALS  77200 – Film History II

GC:   W, 2:00-6:00 p.m., Rm. C419, 3 credits, Prof. Massood, [15937] Cross listed with FSCP 81000 & THEA 71600.

This course is devoted to intensive analysis of the international development of cinema as a medium and art form from the early sound years (1930 onward) to the present. We will concentrate on major film tendencies and aesthetic and political developments through a close examination of individual film texts.

Subjects covered will include Hollywood filmmaking during the Depression years, French Poetic Realism, Italian Neorealism, melodrama and other postwar Hollywood genres, the rise of global “new waves” (including French, Latin American, and German filmmaking movements from the late-1950s through the 1970s) and modernist tendencies in international cinema.

We will also examine the rise of American independent filmmaking, recent global cinema trends, and the effects of new digital technologies on visual and narrative aesthetics.

Emphasis will be placed on the major historical currents of each period and on changes in aesthetic, political and industrial context.

Required Texts:

Required: David A. Cook. A History of Narrative Film. 3rd ed. New York: Norton, 1996. Available through the GC Virtual Bookshop. Scheduled films and supplemental readings ® are on reserve in the library.

Recommended books and additional films are listed in the syllabus, available in the Certificate Programs office (Room 5110).

Please note: Students are not required to purchase recommended texts or view all the suggested films.

Course Requirements:

Writing Assignments:
1) 8pp. essay on prearranged topic. (40%)
2) 15pp. final essay on topic of choice. (50%)

Discussion Questions:
Each week, two students will be required to prepare two questions each to initiate class discussion on the scheduled reading and screening. (10%)

Class sessions will begin promptly at 2:00pm and will last, unless otherwise noted, until 6:00pm. Please be prepared to attend the entire class.


MALS  78100 – Issues in Urban Education

GC:   W, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. 7314, 3 credits, Prof. Rogers, [16435]


MALS 79000 – Thesis Research

3 credits, Faculty

MALS 79600 – Thesis Workshop

GC:   T, 4:15-6:15 p.m.,  Rm. 3305, 1 credit, Prof. Sharlin, [16834]

The goal of this workshop is to help students at any point in the thesis-writing process by reading each others’ work and reflecting on the writing and research process.