Graduate Courses for Spring 2018


Comparative Studies 5189-S Comparative Studies Field School

M 2:15PM-5:00PM | Jennings 50 | Cassie Patterson

The Ohio Field Schools course provides an introduction to ethnographic field methods (participant-observation, writing field notes, photographic documentation, audio-interviewing), archiving, and the public exhibition of research for both undergraduates and graduate students. Students will contribute to a team-based, immersive research project designed to document the ways that diverse communities express and preserve a sense of place in the face of economic, environmental and cultural change. 

The semester-long, experientially-based course will consist of three parts: 

·         Introduction to fieldwork (on OSU campus in Columbus)

·         A one-week field experience in Scioto County during spring break (where students will reside together on-site) 

·         Accessioning, digital gallery preparation, and reflection (on OSU campus in Columbus)

Thus, throughout the semester, students will practice all of the skills necessary to construct a permanent record of local expressive culture that will be accessible to future researchers and community members. Participation in all parts of the course is required. 

Comparative Studies 6391 Approaches to Comparative Cultural Studies II

We 2:15PM - 5:00PM | Hagerty Hall 451 | Philip Armstrong

The course offers an introduction to the theoretical and methodological debates informing comparative cultural studies. The weekly readings and class discussions are organized around a series of key concepts, including: knowledge/discipline; race/ethnicity; gender/sexuality; history/narrative/representation; discourse/language; comparative modernities; science/technology; community/social relations; anthropology/ethnography; folklore/culture/popular culture; nation/(post-)colonialism, comparative mythology/political anthropology; religion/belief/faith; identity/alterity. Each concept will be explored in terms of its historical, genealogical, disciplinary, and contemporary implications. Invited lectures and discussions by faculty from Comparative Studies and other departments serve to demonstrate how the texts studied in the course actively shape both individual research projects as well as various disciplinary and inter-disciplinary fields of study.

Comparative Studies 6425 Introduction to Latino Studies

We 9:10AM - 11:55AM | Hagerty Hall 451 | Theresa Delgadillo

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

Tu 1:50PM - 4:50PM | Derby Hall 024 | Gabriella Modan

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.

Comparative Studies 7350.01 Theorizing Folklore I: Tradition and Transmission

Mo 2:15PM - 5:00PM *Note time change* | Hagerty Hall 451 | Dorothy Noyes 

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 7360 Theorizing Culture

Fr 9:10AM-11:55AM | Hagerty Hall 451 | Morgan Liu

Cultural form as social marker. "Folklore" and other metacultural concepts in the history of modernity. Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 792 or English 870. Cross-listed in English.

Comparative Studies 8865 Seminar in Critical Trauma Theory

Tu 2:15PM-5:00PM | Hagerty 451 | Maurice Stevens

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

Comparative Studies 8890 Colloquia, Workshops, and Departmental Seminars  

Th 12:00PM-2:00PM| TBA | Barry Shank 

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