Spring Semester 2020 Graduate Courses

Comparative Studies

Comparative Studies 5189S Comparative Studies Field School

M 10:00-12:45 | Hagerty 251 | Katherine Borland and Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth

Introduction to ethnographic field methods (participant-observation, writing field notes, photography, interviewing), archiving, and public humanities. An introduction to fieldwork is followed by a field experience (where students will reside together in local housing) followed by accessioning, exhibition planning, and reflection. Admission by prior application.

Comparative Studies 5240 Race and Public Policy in The United States

WF 11:10-12:30 | Hayes 006 | Miranda Martinez

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. Crossslisted in AAAS and PUBAFFAIRS.

5691 Topics in Comparative Studies: Latinx Literature in Global Contexts

WF 9:35-10:55 | Hagerty 451 |  Theresa Delgadillo

 In this upper division undergraduate/graduate level class, students will study a selection of significant works of Latinx literature from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries alongside selections of secondary critical literature to gain an understanding of Latinx literature's temporal engagements with the past, present, and future in works that explore interrelationships among phenomena of empire, colonialism, capitalism, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, environment, and culture.

Comparative Studies 6391 Approaches to Comparative Cultural Studies II

W 2:15-5:00 | Hagerty 451 | Miranda Martinez 

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 8842 Seminar in Science and Medicine

Thu 2:15-5:00 | Hagerty 451 | David Horn

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

Comparative Studies 8872 Seminar in Religious Studies

TuThu 12:45-2:05 | Hagerty 451 | Hugh Urban

This seminar will examine the intersections between religion and sexuality in a variety of historical examples and from a range of critical theoretical perspectives. Topics will include: marriage and gender in 19thcentury American movements such as the Mormons, Shakers and the Oneida community; the contemporary Christian ex-gay movement; sexuality and gender in contemporary Islam; transformations of sexuality in Hindu and Buddhist Tantra; the role of sexuality and feminism in modern new religious movements such as the Raelians and Neopagan witchcraft; and other topics to be decided by class interest. Each of these topics will be accompanied by discussions of contemporary theoretical approaches to religion and sexuality, including the work of Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Gilles Deleuze, Sudhir Kakar, and others. The seminar will be a collaborative effort based on close reading of texts and student-led discussions. Students willbe expected to pursue an original research project on a topic of their own choosing which will be presented to the class for constructive feedback from the group. Each student will also be partnered with one or two others in order to read and comment on one another’s projects as they develop over the course of the semester. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs.

Comparative Studies 8890 Colloquia, Workshops, and Departmental Seminars

Multiple Sections

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


Religious Studies

Religious Studies 5871 The Japanese Religious Tradition

Tu 2:15-5:00 | Hagerty 451 | Melissa Curley

A survey of the Japanese tradition, including Shinto, Buddhism, Taoism, New-Confucianism, and folk religion from the 6th century B.C.E. to the present.   Not open to students with credit for 641, or Japanese 5271 (641). Cross-listed with Japanese 5271.