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Autumn Semester 2024 Graduate Courses

Comparative Studies 

This list is current as of March 12, 2024. Course schedule and descriptions are subject to change. We are adding here course-specific descriptions, as well, as they become available. Please refer to SIS for the most up-to-date information. Contact arceno.1@osu.edu if you notice any discrepancies or have any questions.


COMPSTD 5240 / PUBAFRS 5240 / AFAMAST 5240 Race and Public Policy in the United States

MW 9:35-10:55 | Instructor: TBA | Page 60

This course explores Race and Public Policy in the United States from Reconstruction to the present. In particular, the class is designed to look at the long list of "hot topics" in the current policy landscape, including policing, housing, wealth gap, immigration, voting, political representation, and others. Cross-listed in African American and African Studies and Public Affairs. Not open to students with credit for AFAMAST 5240 or PUBAFFAIRS 5240.

COMPSTD 5957.02 Folklore in Circulation 

TR 2:20-3:40 | Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth | Hagerty 451

This is a study of the transmission of culture.  Topics vary, e.g., tourists, travelers, tricksters; cultures of waste and recycling; orality and literacy.  Prereq: COMPSTD 2350(H) / ENGLISH 2270(H). Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs. (Graduate students should contact Jasper with any questions before enrolling in the course.)

COMPSTD 6300 Foundations: Comparative Analysis and Socioculture Cultural Theory

W 11-1:45 | John Brooks | Hagerty 451

Course description forthcoming.

COMPSTD / ENGLISH 7350.03 Theorizing Folklore III: Differentiation, Identification, and the Folk

T 9:15-12 | Mintzi Martinez-Rivera | Denney Hall 447

In this course, and moving among, besides, and beyond the Western Folklore Studies canon, we will explore the history of how "the folk" (as an object of study) was imagined and theorized. The first part of the semester will provide a historical overview of how the field of folklore constructed "the folk," while the second part will provide current theorizations grounded in Critical Race and Ethnic studies, Queer studies, Disability Studies, and Decolonization approaches. Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 870 or CompStd 7350.03 (792). Cross-listed in CompStd.

COMPSTD 8100 Interdisciplinary Learning Lab I

TR 3:55-5:15 | Barry Shank and Ryan Skinner | Hagerty 451

The Comparative Studies Interdisciplinary Learning Laboratories are two-part courses that seek to give participants opportunities to engage in sustained interdisciplinary research, to workshop their research projects in conversation with one another, and to share their projects with broader publics. 

Specific AU24 course description forthcoming.

Enrollment in Spring 2025's COMPSTD 8200 is encouraged but not required for students outside Comparative Studies.

COMPSTD 8791 Seminar in Interdisciplinary Theory: Race, Nation, and Empire

W 2:15-5 | Zachary Morgan | Hagerty 451

Course description forthcoming.

COMPSTD 8791 Seminar in Interdisciplinary Theory: Theorizing Bad Feelings

R 9:15-12 | Melissa Curley | Hagerty 451

This seminar examines bad feelings as emergent historical phenomena. Together, we’ll look at the affective, aesthetic, phenomenological, and political dimensions of feeling bad, thinking in conversation with theorists such as Byung-Chul Han, Sianne Ngai, Jack Halberstam,  Ann Cvetkovich, Lee Edelman, and Sara Ahmed, about a host of bad feelings: feeling sad, feeling mad, feeling bored, feeling like a failure, feeling anxious, and feeling burned out. Taking up cases and texts from a wide range of times and places, we’ll bring a comparative approach to bear on illuminating the social meanings and radical possibilities of our own bad moods. 

COMPSTD 8890 / Dissertation Writing Workshop

T 12-2 | Miranda Martinez | Hagerty 451

Since the dissertation is often your first effort to construct a complex, original, and extended argument, interpretation and/or analysis, this writing workshop will assist you in developing concrete strategies for tackling this major task, hold you accountable for making progress on the dissertation, and contribute to the creation of an intellectual community among Comp Studies graduate students. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs or 9 completions. This course is graded S/U.