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ANTH 171 : Intro Cultural Anthropology
Examination of diversity and similarities across contemporary world societies. Topics: fieldwork and ethnographic description; theoretical approaches; communication/human language; interrelationships between environment, technology, social and political organization and worldview; sociocultural change; applied anthropology. Films and case studies illustrate intricacies of culture and how an anthropological perspective provides insights about our own society/culture.
ANTH 330: Human Variation
Prerequisite: Anth 170 or consent of instructor. An examination of the range of human physical variation, with a special emphasis on its adaptive nature. On demand.
ANTH 370: Language and Culture
Fundamentals of modern linguistics; utility of linguistic concepts of culture analysis; interaction of language with other cultural subsystems.
ANTH 371: Cultural Dynamics
Focus on sociocultural change along a selected theme, such as "the local and the global," "ethnic minorities and nation-states," or "ethnographer as researcher and writer." Also considered are theoretical orientations in the study of society/culture, fieldwork, ethics, and anthropologists' roles with respect to public policy. Repeatable to 9 credits if topics vary.
ANTH 375: Women in Prehistory
This course will explore recent research that explicitly illuminates women's roles, behaviors and ideologies in the ancient past, and will examine methodological and theoretical attempts to understand how gender can be retrieved from the archaeological record.
CJ 302 : Women, Crime and Criminal Justice
This class explores the changing roles of women as offenders, as victims, and as professionals in the criminal justice system. Attention is directed toward empirical findings, conflict theory insights, and the feminist perspective within the discipline. The basic goal of this course is to respectfully enhance understanding of the importance of gender equality within the field of criminal justice and to encourage self-examination of habitual modes of thinking and acting.
COMM 102: Communication and the Human Community
An introduction to the important concepts and principles of human communication, with a focus on how humans create meaningful worlds to live in through shared language, shared visual perceptions and interaction process. Examination of the conflicts and opportunities that can result from communication differences within and among communities, with particular emphasis on gender, race and ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, class and physical ability.
COMM 310: Media and Diversity
Study of minority status within mass media organizations and in media content from historical, contemporary and speculative points of view.
COMM 407: Communication Technologies and the Future
Prerequisites: Admitted Communication major or instructor consent.
Enables students to develop an in-depth understanding of new communication technologies and to explore their potential. Consideration of how media industries are being restructured, of the social consequences of new technological applications and of implications for the exercise of social power.
COMM 530: Gender, Culture, and Communication
The course takes the approach that gender is a cultural phenomenon. Hence we start with the questions, "Where do 'males and females' and 'women and men' come from? Our task will be to look at how gender systems are created, maintained, and challenged within and between U.S. dominant and other cultural contexts (European American, Latina/Latino, African American, Asian American, Native American), at gender in national and global contexts, and at issues of sexuality, class, and ability. The seminar will be organized into three major sections that will engage students in reading, writing and discussing-gender theory, feminist theory, and masculinity studies.
ENGL 227: Intro to Literature & Culture - Vampires in Literature & Film
In this class, we will examine representative vampire legends, literature, art, and films, with particular attention to the developing intertextual complexity of the image of the vampire and to its evolving capacity to address issues of social moment, especially issues relating to race, class, gender, and sexuality. We will further investigate the transformation of the vampire from a dark soulless creature into a mysterious and seductive enigma.
Some of the texts may include: Dracula by Bram Stoker, Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu, The Vampyre by John William Polidori, Interview with the Vampire by Ann Rice, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, 30 Days of Night, and Nosferatu.
ENGL 228 : Diversity in Global Literature
This course will use literature to study cultures from elsewhere in the world, with a special emphasis on examining issues of violence and reconciliation. This course is organized geographically in order to discuss a range of cultures, with each unit focused on a different geographical “hot spot” of violence and reconciliation. As part of our study of Ireland, for instance, we will read Jennifer Johnston’s How Many Miles to Babylon, a poignant novel of a friendship divided by the civil war between the Northern Protestant Irish and the Southern Catholic Irish; and for our discussion of South Africa, we’ll read Antjie Krog’s moving account of working with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Country of My Skull.
ENGL 229 : Diversity in U.S. Literatures - Southern Literature
The literature of the American South describes a point where landscape and history intersect. But whose history? Site of Spanish, French, and English colonization, the American slave trade and the Cherokee Trail of Tears, from antebellum plantations to Reconstruction, Jim Crow to Hispanic immigration, the South is the region most immediately associated with racial stereotypes. We will explore the various problematic aspects of the South through its literature from early Local Colorist sketches through the golden age of Faulkner, O’Connor, and the Fugitive Poets, to the writers of the New South.
ENGL 357 : Women Writers and Readers - The Classic Texts
“Books continue each other,” as Virginia Woolf says in A Room of One's Own. We will think back through our foremothers, to paraphrase Woolf again, using The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, The Traditions in English, which brings together influential British and American women writers. The classics are there: The Awakening by Kate Chopin, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” by Harriet Jacobs, “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell. Plus some unsung heroes such as Dame Julian of Norwich, a medieval mystic.
We will study common themes, styles, and strategies, as well as their variations. Differences among women and their works are as important to study as their commonalities. Woolf's Room will give us a theoretical base from which to view these works.
ENGL 357 : Women Writers and Readers - Representing Sexuality
If, starting in the nineteenth-century, the "true woman" was supposed to be defined by sexual innocence and "purity," how are women writers to represent female sexuality? How to write something that is not supposed to exist? Is it possible for women writers to successfully challenge mainstream values when many of them have already been perceived as being outside of the dominant culture? What difficulties are encountered by women writers who choose to represent homoerotic relationships? How and why does the representation of female sexuality become political?
ENGL 357 : Women Writers and Readers: More Bad Girls and Mavericks
This course will explore our recurring fascination with figures of noncompliant female in Western culture, from the disobedient daughters and wives of Greek tragedies and the Bible to Girls Gone Wild, Sarah Palin, and Amy Winehouse. How are we to read stories of women’s anger and dissent today, when notions of “transgression” and “resistance” are commonly trafficked by corporate interests, fashion magazines, and self-help books to discipline women’s fantasies of freedom and pleasure? This course will explore the place of contemporary women writers and artists whose work addresses complicated questions of sexual desire and political action represented in fiction, film, and music by women. Special attention will be given to the UND Writers’ Conference, March 23-27, titled “Mind the Gap.” Required texts include Karen Russell’s St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Lorrie Moore’s Gate at the Stairs. Films include Lars Von Trier’s Breaking the Waves and Nellie Kaplan’s A Very Curious Girl.
Frequent writing assignments, a class project, and two papers will be assigned.
ENGL 406 : Studies in 19th Century Literature - The Brontës and Elizabeth Barrett Browning
We will read three novels - Aurora Leigh, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights - in editions that include documents, reviews, and other writings from the Victorian era in England (1837-1901). The course will involve guided library research on the Victorian period and Victorian women writers. The CFL holdings are fairly good in critical and historical studies of the period, and we also have some primary materials such as published diaries, letters, and manuscripts. It’s a well-documented period on the Internet as well, and these three writers individually have received considerable attention online.
ENGL 511: Problems in Literary Criticism (gender/Queer Theory)
The semester's focus will be on two related schools of criticism- Gender Theory & Queer Theory. Our focus will be on the theories themselves, with literature and literary applications being a secondary focus of our classroom experience. Queer theory calls into question the efficacy of traditional categories of sexual identification such as heterosexual, gay, lesbian, and bisexual, and focus instead on a more fluid constituency, who share non-hetero-normative positioning as their identity-forming characteristic. Queer Theory pays particular attention to the tension between non-normative sexualities and the concept of heterosexuality against which they are typically defined. Gender studies focuses on issues of sex and gender in language and society, and often addresses related issues including racial and ethnic oppression, postcolonial societies, and globalization. Queer
Theory and Gender Theory also closely examine the roles that bodies and pleasures play in power constructs, and have therefore substantially reconfigured the ways in which subjectivity gets discussed in contemporary academic settings.
Some topics that we may encounter and/or explore (not an exhaustive list) included:
How assumptions of biological sex, gender, desire and sex shape our society
How language is used to support and shape assumptions and definitions
The intersections of sexuality and identity construction (e.g. self-formation and self-dissolution)
The intersection of race, class, and queer theory
The historical emergence of the concept of sexuality
Fetishism, perversity, fantasy, s/m
Femininities, masculinities, transgender, polymorphic identity A course in applied criticism.
Repeatable when topic vary.
HIST 371: African-American History since 1877
This course begins with a brief overview of Reconstruction; it then examines Populism, the entrenchment of Jim Crow segregation, and the philosophies of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois. We also explore the impact of World War I on African Americans, as well as the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Great Depression/World War II era. Several weeks are devoted to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, and the course concludes with an examination of contemporary race relations. A mixture of lectures, discussion, projects, and writing assignments, History 371 emphasizes both the travails and triumphs of African Americans since 1877, and endeavors to discover (and cultivate) the forces which promote racial equality and social justice.
HIST 399 : Selected Topics – Europe & Human Rights
This course will study how the concept of human rights developed in Europe from the 18th through the 20th centuries. It will approach the concept of Human Rights from a critical perspective, examining the benefits, limits, and contradictions inherent in it. Topics will include changing conceptions of punishment and torture, empathy and social conformity, women's rights as human rights, and critiques of the viability of human rights as a concept.
HIST 425: American Family in Historical Perspective
This course is devised as a survey of the family over the nation's first 400 years of existence. Course members will examine variations in the structure of the family, changes in the definition of the family and the forces which have wrought significant alterations in this most basic of social institutions, taking into consideration race, culture, and gender.
HIST 450 : European Social History
This course will explore major themes in Modern European Social History. We will not focus on the elites (kings, prime ministers, high-military command), nor the so-called power-brokers of 19th and 20th century Europe (wealthy capitalists, parliamentary politicians), but the majority of Europeans who lived their lives outside of high politics. To this end, we will explore ways in which everyday people sought to advance social and political reform as they engaged in the major issues of their time. The themes we will focus on include: imperialism, the rise of socialism and communism, and feminism.
HON 291 : Traveling Under Cover - Western Women's Journeys to the Middle East
This course will look at the changing and historical configuration of Western women’s experiences in the Middle East. From Mary Kingsley to Gertrude Bell as British Adventure Travelers, Elizabeth Fernea Warnock and Judith Caesar’s explorations as researchers and educators, and finally Sensational writers like Betty Mahmoody or Jessica Lynch, these stories have fascinated us for centuries. What does a modern world look like, how does modernity come into existence and how do women’s lives (Western and Eastern) shape our understanding of global politics today?
HUM 212: Integrated Cultural Experience
This course seeks to examine human concerns and motivations through the examination of artistic and cultural expressions. Students will attend and analyze various types of cultural events, including dramatic productions, art shows, films, and music concerts to examine the subtext of the human condition. They will also study texts in which authors present philosophies regarding the nature of art and importance of particular mediums (poetry, visual arts, film, etc.) in voicing personal and social concerns. In addition, students will study the philosophy of philanthropy by researching and gaining personal experience in a community service activity.
IS 419: Indigenous Identities
This course looks at issues of indigenous identity: how do people define themselves and others, and what criteria do they use to construct, invent, and imagine their identities? The course focuses on North America, but also looks at global indigenous identities.
LANG 480 - Capstone: Global Connections
Open to majors and non-majors. Literature, linguistics and/or culture course organized by genre, movement, topic or period with a focus on promoting complex engagement with the subject through in-depth analytical writing and discussion. Taught in English
NORW 350: Norwegian Culture: Masculinities and Men's Narratives
Taught in English. Open to non-majors. A systematic analysis of Norwegian culture through the centuries. Repeatable when topics vary.
NORW 403: Great Literary Works of Norway
This course explores the plays of Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), said to be the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare. Ibsen used the theater to uncover the dark sides of upper class society; his plays probed taboo topics such as incest, STDs, deceit, forgery, manipulation, hypocrisy, and much more. Taught in English, students of the course will engage with the social and literary implications of Ibsen’s central plays. No prerequisites. The course is open to all students and is taught in English.
POLS 351: Women and American Politics
Role of women in politics, including selection of women for political offices, the political attitudes and behavior of women; and the development of public policy initiatives as they affect or are likely to affect women.
POLS 393 : Problems in Political Science - Women and Politics
This course provides an overview of the role women play in American politics. We begin by exploring the origins and history of women’s roles as political participants from the struggle for the right to vote through the modern feminist movement. In the next section, we will examine contemporary political roles for women as voters, candidates, and officeholders. In this section of the course we will address questions such as: What is the gender gap? Are voters and/or the media biased against female candidates? Do female politicians have different issue priorities than their male colleagues? The course concludes by examining policy areas of specific concern to women such as, reproductive rights, child care, education, and employment issues.
PSYC 355: Adulthood and Aging
Basic findings and theoretical issues in the study of human aging from biopsychological and socio-psychological perspectives with an emphasis on the individual.
PSYC361: Social Psychology
Research on individual behavior in its social context: how the individual acts
upon the social environment, and interacts with other individuals
PSYC 421: Diversity Psychology
Prerequisite: PSYC 111, PSYC 241, and PSYC 250, or instructor consent
Origins and consequences of psychological differences among individual and groups with special emphasis on sex differences and racial differences.
RELS 216: Women and Religion
"Women and Religion" is more properly named "Women in Religion", for this course introduces students to the complex issues surrounding the experiences of women as well as their effect on a variety of religious traditions. This course is also an introduction to the growing body of contemporary scholarship by women who critique and inevitably reshape their traditions primarily through the experiences of women. We will explore the patriarchal assumptions of religion that have silenced the influence of women’s experience as well as the effects of "feminisms" on religious traditions. This course approaches religion as a product and shaper of culture. Such an approach assumes that the rising voices of women in religion will reshape culture as well as religious traditions.
RELS 466 : Sex, Gender and Religion
This course presents issues generated by the interrelationship of sex, sexual orientation and gender with religion. Included in our investigation are examination of the various interpretations of sacred texts which produce discourses of sexual control, establish moral authority and seek to define sexual identity. Other discourses are those created from other religious experiences and therefore resist those of the dominant society.
SOC 115: Social Problems
A sociological analysis of major social problems in America
SOC 250 : Diversity in American Society
Prerequisite: Soc 110
An introductory survey of the racial, ethnic and cultural mosaic of American Society. Basic theories of intergroup relations, prejudice and discrimination are covered.
SOC 340: Sociology of Sex and Gender Roles
Examination of the social construction of gender at the individual, interpersonal, and socio-cultural levels. The changing nature of gender relations, institutionalized understandings of feminine and masculine, and the responses of social organizations and institutions will be analyzed through various sociological perspectives.
SOC 436 : Social Inequality
Prerequisite: 6 hours of SOC or instructor consent
An examination of various forms and modes of portraying human inequality. An investigation of the role of inequality in human affairs, its measurement and significance.
T&L 319: Inclusive Strategies
An introductory course dealing with the etiology of conditions and the characteristics affecting individuals with emotional disturbance, learning disabilities, and cognitive/developmental disabilities within the general education classroom. Instructional approaches and service delivery models within the general education classroom will also be explored.