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Fall 2016 Course Offering: Introduction to Central Asia

Published Date:April 26, 2016

SOC 196, Introduction to Central Asia: Instructed by Prof. Cynthia Buckley. We focus on three overarching questions to structure our exploration of Central Asia. In the first section, we focus on approaches to the question, “What is Central Asia?” Comparing and contrasting how we identify the area historically and by familiarizing ourselves with the basic geography of the region and key social, cultural, political and economic issues. In the second section we will focus on the question, “How can we analyze the region sociologically?” highlighting issues of basic social theory and comparative analysis. The third section of the course turns to the question, “Why does Central Asia matter?”, providing participants with the opportunity to link what we have learned about the region and social theory into evaluating global issues concerning gender, human rights, citizenship, and civil society. MWF 4:00 PM-5:00 PM, Lincoln Hall 1002; "Flipped Friday" sessions (online)

Published Date: April 26, 2016


Fall 2016 Course Offering: Problems in Russian History

Published Date:April 25, 2016

HIST 560, Problems in Russian History: Politics, Society, and Culture in Modern Russia, 1901-1917: Instructed by Prof. Mark Steinberg. Major themes in Russian history from the early nineteenth century to the revolution of 1917, especially the exercise and justifications of authority, intellectual and cultural trends, and social life and experience. Central to the course are questions of methodology and theory as well as of the interpretation of the Russian past. The emphasis is on examining new work and new approaches. Topics to be explored (which may evolve depending on student interest) include practices and representations of power, cultural construction and experience, the intelligentsia, cities, the province, peasants, civil society, gender, sex, religion, and empire. T 1:00-2:50 PM 318 Gregory Hall

Published Date: April 25, 2016


Fall 2016 Course Offering: Social Media and Global Change

Published Date:April 25, 2016

LIS 490, Social Media and Global Change: Instructed by Dr. Damian Duffy. This course covers the impact of global and national computer networks on politics, culture, and social relations during a time of upheaval and revolutionary change. Topics may include the new social media, the politics and culture of the internet, hacktivism, cyber warfare, and mobile telephony and their role in the formation, dissemination, manipulation, and suppression of public opinion in Russia/Eurasia, the China/Pacific region, Central/South America, as well as Africa, Iran, and the Middle East. T/TR 9-11:20 AM

Published Date: April 25, 2016


Fall Course Offering: War, Politics, Society, and Culture: From the War of Austrian Succession to the War on Terror

Published Date:April 21, 2016

HIST 400, War, Politics, Society, and Culture: From the War of the Austrian Succession to the War on Terror: Instructed by PhD Candidate for the Department of History Stefan Djordjevic. This course explores the relationship between warfare, culture, and society beginning in the Enlightenment and culminating with the recent Yugoslav Wars and the on-going War on Terror. During the semester, we will discuss battles seared in the popular imagination such as Antietam, Omaha beach, and Waterloo as well as lesser known, yet equally significant, killing fields including Königgrätz, Lucknow, and the Masurian Lakes. Tu/Th 2:00-3:20 Gregory Hall 315

Published Date: April 21, 2016


Fall 2016 Course Offering: Gender and Hinduism

Published Date:April 18, 2016

RLST/SAME 401: Gender and Hinduism: Instructed by Dr. Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz. This course explores the traditional identities, roles, and expectations of Hindu women, men, and the 'third sex,' as well as popular Hindu beliefs and lived practices in both the divine and earthly realms, from the ancient period through the present day. We will assess the ways in which these normative ideologies and gendered practices are being challenged in the modern world. Our sources will include authoritative texts and treatises, myths and other historical narratives, contemporary ethnography, and film. Meets T/TH 2-3:20 pm.

Published Date: April 18, 2016