All Graduate Courses

All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

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Comparative Studies 5194 Group Studies

Special topics. Open to both undergraduates and graduate students.
Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs.


Comparative Studies 5668 Studies in Orality and Literacy

Examination of major theories of writing and of oral composition and transmission, in juxtaposition to case material deriving from a variety of Middle Eastern cultures. Not open to students with credit for 648, or NELC 5568 (648). Cross-listed in NELC 5568.


Comparative Studies 5691 Topics in Comparative Studies

Critical study of selected themes and topics in a comparative and cross-cultural perspective; emphasis on issues of method, critical theory, representation, power, knowledge, and authority.  Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr hrs including credit for 651.


Comparative Studies 5864 Modernity and Postmodernity: Concepts and Theories

Introduces key issues and concepts defining modernity; focuses on how modernity has shaped recent and contemporary politics and culture; discussions of globalization. Not open to students with credit for 660.


Comparative Studies 5957.01 Comparative Folklore

Comparative study of folklore. Topics vary, e.g., folklore and gender politics; theories of myth; folklore, memory, and history.  Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs.


Comparative Studies 5957.02 Folklore in Circulation

Study of transmission of culture.  Topics vary, e.g., tourists, travelers, tricksters; cultures of waste and recycling; orality and literacy. Study of transmission of culture.  Topics vary, e.g., tourists, travelers, tricksters; cultures of waste and recycling; orality and literacy.  Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs.


Comparative Studies 5980 Ancient and Modern Narrative: Cognition, Affect, Ethics, Belief

This course will juxtapose narratives from an ancient culture with narratives from a modern culture to explore the hypothesis that the power of narrative arises from its capacity to affect the lives of audiences by engaging their cognition, affect, ethics, and beliefs. Team-taught w/ faculty in English.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for English 5980. Cross-listed in English.

 

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Comparative Studies 6390 Approaches to Comparative Cultural Studies I

Introduces students to theoretical tools, methods of investigation, and key concepts integral to research in comparative studies.  Not open to students with credit for 710.


Comparative Studies 6391 Approaches to Comparative Cultural Studies II

Continuation of 6390.  Discussion of theoretical tools, methods of investigation, and key concepts integral to research in comparative studies.  Not open to students with credit for 711.


Comparative Studies 6425 Introduction to Latino Studies

Introduces graduate students to the broad themes, concepts, and questions raised in the interdisciplinary field of Latino studies. Not open to students with credit for 705, ArtsSci 705, or Spanish 6705 or 7705. Cross-listed in Spanish.


Comparative Studies 6750.01 Introduction to Graduate Study in Folklore I: The Philology of the Vernacular

Introduction to the canonical folklore genres and the history of folklore as a discipline. Why and how should we study the vernacular?  Not open to students with credit for 770.01, or English 6751.01 (770.01). Cross-listed in English 6751.01.


Comparative Studies 6750.02 Introduction to Graduate Study in Folklore II: Fieldwork and Ethnography of Communication

Introduction to fieldwork and ethnographic writing in the humanities - interviewing, participant observation, and research ethics. Focus on the ethnography of communication and community representations.
Not open to students with credit for 770.02 or English 6751.02 (770.02). Cross-listed in English 6751.02.

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Comparative Studies 7193 Individual Studies

Designed to give able students an opportunity to pursue special studies not otherwise offered.
Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr hrs or 12 completions. This course is graded S/U.


Comparative Studies 7256 Complex Ethnography

Critical analysis of relationships among the researcher, object of research, framing knowledge, and political context of ethnographic work.  Not open to students with credit for 706.

 


Comparative Studies 7301 Theorizing Literature

Provides an accelerated introduction to literary theory and criticism, surveying significant developments in modern and contemporary literary and cultural studies in global perspective. Cross-listed in NELC. *This course may be used toward a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Comparative Literature. More information about the GIS can be found here.


Comparative Studies 7320 Theorizing Race and Ethnicity

Advanced introduction to field of critical race theory; critical analysis of concepts of law in relation to race and ethnicity.  Not open to students with credit for 752.


Comparative Studies 7340 Theorizing Science and Technology

Introduction to comparative and cultural studies of science and technology.  Not open to students with credit for 730.


Comparative Studies 7350.01 Theorizing Folklore I: Tradition and Transmission

The transmission of cultural forms through time and space across social networks, with special attention to the dynamics of conservation and innovation, reflexivity and habit. Not open to students with credit for English 7351.01 or 7351.11.  Cross-listed in English 7351.01.


Comparative Studies 7350.02 Theorizing Folklore II: Ethnography of Performance

Performance as a heightened mode of communication characteristic of vernacular cultural process, studied in the context of ongoing social interaction. Not open to students with credit for 770.02 or English 770.02 or English 7351.02 or 7351.12. Cross-listed in English 7351.02.


Comparative Studies 7350.03 Theorizing Folklore III: Differentiation, Identification, and The Folk

Performance as a heightened mode of communication characteristic of vernacular cultural process, studied in the context of ongoing social interaction. Not open to students with credit for 770.03 or English 770.03 or 7351.03 or 7351.13. Cross-listed in English 7351.03.


Comparative Studies 7360 Theorizing Culture

The concept of culture as it has developed over time; emphasis on tension between descriptive and normative approaches. Not open to students with credit for 716.
 

Comparative Studies 7370 Theorizing Religion

Relationships between religion and other domains in a cross-cultural, comparative framework with attention to theoretical models and particular texts and traditions. Not open to students with credit for 725.
 

Comparative Studies 7380 Theorizing America

Interdisciplinary study of culture, identity, and representation in the U.S.  Not open to students with credit for 715.
 

Comparative Studies 7888 Interdepartmental Studies in the Humanities

Two or more departments present colloquia on subjects of mutual interest; topics to be announced. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs. *This course may be used toward a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Comparative Literature, depending on the topic. More information about the GIS can be found here.


Comparative Studies 7999 Research in Comparative Studies: Thesis

Research for Master's thesis. Repeatable to a maximum of 24 cr hrs. This course is graded S/U.

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Comparative Studies 8193 Individual Studies

Designed to give able students an opportunity to pursue special studies not otherwise offered.
Prereq: Grad standing or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr hrs or 12 completions. This course is graded S/U.


Comparative Studies 8791 Seminar in Interdisciplinary Theory

Discussion of interdisciplinary cultural theory. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs. 


Comparative Studies 8802 Seminar in Life Narrative

Investigates modes of autobiographical and biographical writing, performance, representation in media. Focuses on particular theories and texts, varying with course topic. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs. *This course may be used toward a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Comparative Literature. More information about the GIS can be found here.


Comparative Studies 8805 Seminar in Literature in Global Context

Discussion of literary texts, cultural-political documents, and theoretical discourses in global contexts.
Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs. *This course may be used toward a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Comparative Literature. More information about the GIS can be found here.


Comparative Studies 8842 Seminar in Science and Medicine

Explores relationships between science, technology and the health sciences and medical practices; topic varies.  Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs.


Comparative Studies 8843 Seminar in Technology and Culture

Explores relationships between science and technology and other areas, including politics, gender and sexuality, popular culture; topic varies.  Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs.


Comparative Studies 8858 Seminar in Folklore

Advanced seminar on current or specialized topics in folklore studies. Folklore GIS course.
Cross-listed in English. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs.


Comparative Studies 8865 Seminar in Critical Trauma Theory

Examines various topics in the growing field of critical trauma theory.  Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs.


Comparative Studies 8866 Seminar in Culture and Capital

Exploration of theoretical approaches to relations between cultural and economic production; examines major materialist theories, materialist feminism, and other forms of materialist critique.  Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs.


Comparative Studies 8872 Seminar in Religious Studies

Explores relationships between religious institutions and practices and other areas, including politics, gender and sexuality, technology, popular culture; topics vary.  Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs.


Comparative Studies 8888 Interdepartmental Seminar in Critical Theory

Interdisciplinary study of a movement or problem in critical theory.  Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs. Cross-listed in English, French, German, Spanish, and WGSSt.


Comparative Studies 8890 Colloquia, Workshops, and Departmental Seminars

Departmental workshop, colloquium, or seminar.  Topics vary.  Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs or 9 completions. This course is graded S/U.


Comparative Studies 8896 Seminar in East Asian Philosophy

Seminar focusing on a particular thinker, school of philosophy, or set of texts from the East Asian philosophical tradition. Topics vary.  Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs. Cross-listed in EALL and Philos 8102.


Comparative Studies 8997 Writing Seminar

Writing seminar for CompStd doctoral students. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 cr hrs. This course is graded S/U.


Comparative Studies 8998 Research in Comparative Studies: Candidacy Examination

Research in preparation for Ph.D. exams.  Repeatable to a maximum of 27 cr hrs or 12 completions. This course is graded S/U.


Cmparative Studies 8999 Research in Comparative Studies: Dissertation

Research for dissertation.  Repeatable. This course is graded S/U.


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