Comparative Studies 1100 Introduction to the Humanities: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Explores the role of literature and the arts in constructing, maintaining, and questioning the values and beliefs of diverse cultures and historical periods; topics vary. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies. Honors version.
*Other sections of 1100 can be found on buckeye link
Comparative Studies 2099 Questions in Comparative Studies
Mo 5:20PM – 6:15PM | Hagerty Hall 451| Isaac Weiner
This course offers an introduction to the Comparative Studies major. It is designed to help students to take advantage of curricular, research, and advising opportunities; to manage the particular challenges of independent and interdisciplinary work; to link classroom work to social and political engagement with relevant communities; and to prepare for life after graduation. This course is graded S/U.
Comparative Studies 2101 Literature and Society
TuTh 9:35AM-10:55AM | Baker Systems 180 | Theresa Delgadillo
Through readings, films, and extensive class discussion, the course explores the relationship between literature and society. Organized around five novels and five accompanying films, students will read texts from different regions of the world and cultural contexts, addressing their social implications and political conditions. Class discussions will turn on questions of social critique, representations of culture and community, and discourses of social relation and justice. Prereq: Honors standing, and English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 2101 (201, 201H). GE lit and diversity global studies
Comparative Studies 2103 Literature and the Self
TuTh 3:55PM-5:15PM | University Hall 038 | Lucia Bortoli
Study of relationships between psychology and literature; analysis of psychological concepts and processes as represented in literature and film of diverse cultures and historical periods. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies.
Comparative Studies 2104 Literature, Science, and Technology
WeFr 11:10AM - 12:30PM | Arps Hall 388 | Nancy Jesser
Study of relationships among literature, science, and technology; analysis of representations of science and technology in literature and film of diverse cultures and historical periods.
Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 2104H (204H) or 204. GE lit and diversity global studies course.
Comparative Studies 2105 Literature and Ethnicity
WeFr 12:45PM-2:05PM | McPherson Lab 1035 | Kwaku Korang
Study of relationships between literature and ethnicity; analysis of concepts of ethnicity as represented in literature and film of diverse cultures and historical periods.
GE Literature and Diversity: Social Diversity in the U.S.
Comparative Studies 2220 Introduction to South Asain Studies
WeFr 9:35AM-10:55AM | Denney Hall 253 | Ila Nager
A multi-disciplinary introduction to South Asia's geographical, political, cultural, and religious contexts and connections.
Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for ArtsSci 265 or NELC 2220. Cross-listed in NELC. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course.
Comparative Studies 2264 Introduction to Popular Culture Studies
MWF 12:40PM-1:35PM | Journalism Building 139 | Alexandra Sterne
This course introduces students to the major arguments, concerns, and theories involved in the critical study of popular culture while actively discussing contemporary events, from Taylor Swift to Black Lives Matter. Far from a trivial or superficial matter, critical engagement with popular culture is essential because it provides unique insights into how we construct and understand the human experience.
In addition to understanding the parameters and arguments involved in the field, students will learn some of the methods used by pop culture theorists so that students may demonstrate their own interpretations of current events and cultural productions. To this end, historical, social, and political contexts will be discussed in addition to theoretical and methodological texts. We will also be discussing a wide range of pop-culture phenomena, including television, film, music, social media, and current events. Finally, critical readings of pop culture objects will provide students with a variety of opportunities to engage with diverse issues that popular culture both reflects and constructs. Cross-listed in English. GE cultures and ideas course.
*Other sections of 2264 can be found on Buckeye Link
Comparative Studies 2281 American Icons
TuTh 3:55PM-5:15PM | Baker Systems 184 | Cristina Benedetti
Interdisciplinary methods in American studies; emphasis on the plurality of identities in American culture. GE Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Social Diversity in the US.
Comparative Studies 2301 Introduction to World Literature
TuTh 11:10AM-12:30PM | McPherson Lab 2015 | Ashley Perez
What is “world literature”? Is it the “best of the best” of all the national literatures in the world? Works that people everywhere claim as their cultural inheritance? Is it what we call any literary work once it travels beyond the context in which it was originally written? Does world literature enrich our lives through cultural exchange? And what about the realities of writers in many parts of the world who can only access a significant audience by writing in English or producing works that “travel well” via translation?
We will tackle these questions through our discussion of literatures of the world in their historical and social contexts. We will read twentieth-century texts from the literary traditions of five geopolitical areas: the Middle East; Africa; Asia; Latin and Central America/the Caribbean; and Europe/North America. Student presentations will introduce additional examples of literary texts from different time periods.
In addition to engaged in-class and online discussion, course assignments include short papers and a presentation. All assignments will help you pursue the course goals and participate deeply in a community of learners.
Comparative Studies 2322 Introduction to Latino Studies
TBA | TBA | TBA
Introduction to Latino studies; history, politics, and cultural production of Latino/a communities in the U.S. and its borderlands.
GE Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Social Diversity in the US. Cross-listed in Spanish 2242.
Comparative Studies 2323 Introduction to American Indian Studies
TuTh 11:10AM-12:30PM | Mendenhall 131 | Daniel Rivers
Explores the legal, cultural, historic, and political foundations, experiences, and perspectives and futures of American Indians in the U.S.
Prereq: English 1110 or equiv. GE cultures and ideas and diversity soc div in the US course.
Comparative Studies 2340 Introduction to Cultures of Science and Technology
TuTh 11:10AM-12:30PM | Mendenhall 125 | Noah Tamarkin
This class provides an introduction to the field of Science & Technology Studies. Science & Technology Studies, often referred to as STS, is an interdisciplinary field that examines how science and technology are shaped by and shape culture and society. STS brings the sciences, social sciences, and humanities together by asking questions such as: How do we know what we know? What do we mean when we talk about things like facts, objectivity, and scientific methods? How do historical and social contexts shape the production of science, and how does science in turn shape our world, our experiences, and our relationships? As we address these questions, we will familiarize ourselves with critical thought about science and technology, including key historical, sociological, and anthropological theories and case studies. We will learn to think critically about how scientific practice claims access to truth, reason, and universality. Together, we will hone our analytical skills by discussing a broad range of contemporary issues in which scientific knowledge and technological capacity are entwined with the power relations of race, sex, global capitalism, and politics. This course is an experiment in collective knowledge production in which we will all participate, and throughout the course, we will follow the ideas of knowledge, culture, and experimental worlds. These themes organize the course into two units: 1. ways of knowing: science as culture and cultures of science and technology; and 2. Experimental worlds.
Comparative Studies 2341 Technology, Science, and Society
TuTh 12:20PM-1:35PM | Pomerene Hall 260 | David Horn
This course explores, from a variety of perspectives, the multiple relations among social and cultural formations, scientific and technical work, and the production and circulation of knowledge. Topics include the everyday life of the laboratory, the shifting boundaries of science and other ways of knowing, the political and ethical contours of scientific and technical work, and the social effects of scientific discourses and technological systems. This class fulfills the GE Cultures and Ideas and Diversity (Global Studies) requirements and the Professional Ethics requirement for the College of Engineering.
*Other sections of 2341 can be found on Buckeye Link
Comparative Studies 2350 Introduction to Folklore
TuTh 11:10AM-12:30PM | Cockins 218 | TBA
A general study of the field of folklore including basic approaches and a survey of primary folk materials: folktales, legends, folksongs, ballads, and folk beliefs. Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for English 2270 (270), or 2350H. GE cultures and ideas course. Cross-listed in English 2270.
Comparative Studies 2350H Introduction to Folklore
TuTh 9:35AM-10:55AM | Enarson 340 | Katherine Borland
A general study of the field of folklore including basic approaches and a survey of primary folk materials: folktales, legends, folksongs, ballads, and folk beliefs.
GE cultures and ideas course. Cross-listed in English 2270H.
Comparative Studies 2360 Introduction to Comparative Cultural Studies
WF 12:45PM-2:05PM | Knowlton Hall 195 | Franco Barchiesi
Introduction to interdisciplinary field of cultural studies; emphasis on relation of cultural production to power, knowledge, and authority, globally and locally.
GE Cultures and Ideas.
Comparative Studies 2367.02 US Latino/a Identity
TuTh 2:20PM - 3:40PM | Denney Hall 265 | Miranda Martinez
This is a writing intensive course that examines the formation and expression of Latino/a identity in the U.S. We will look at the impact of historical experiences, including patterns of (im)migration, socioeconomic and political incorporation on identity formation of major Latino/a groups: Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican. We will use social science, as well as visual media, fiction and essays to examine the role of race, class and sexuality in identity construction and cultural expression. We also discuss questions related to the ambiguities and uncertainties related to U.S. Latinos/as: how do different Latino ethnicities at different times make sense of being “ni de aquí, ni de allá” (neither from here nor there)? How has urbanization and changing migrations patterns changed the expression and cultural impact of Latino/a identities? To what degree is there a corporate Latino/a identity? What is the cultural significance of racial and cultural hybridization on these identities, and is there such a thing as an “authentic” Latino/a identity? The course assignments will include an interview/observation exercise looking at Latino/a cultural incorporation in the central Ohio, Columbus area. GE Diversity: Social Diversity in the US; GE Writing and Communication, Level 2.
Comparative Studies 2367.04 Science and Technology in American Culture
MoWeFr 1:05PM-2:45PM | Enarson 214 | Sarah Stork
Role of science and technology in contemporary American society; their relationship to human values; sources of concern about their impact; evaluation of selected issues. GE Writing and Communication: Level 2 and Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Social Diversity in the US. Honors version.
*Other sections of 2367.04 can be found on Buckeye Link
Comparative Studies 2367.07 Religious Diversity in the U.S.
MoWeFr 3:00PM-3:55PM | Enarson 218 | Bishal Karna
Exploration of the concept of religious freedom and the position of minority religious groups in American society. GE Writing and Communication: Level 2 and Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Social Diversity in the US.
*Other sections of 2367.07 can be found on Buckeye Link
Comparative Studies 2367.08 American Identity in the World
TuTh 3:55-5:15PM | Enarson 202 | Zeynep Aydogdu
American culture viewed from inside and from the perspective of foreign cultures, as seen in literature, film, art, music, journalism, folklore, and popular culture. GE Writing and Communication: Level 2 and Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Social Diversity in the US. Honors version.
*Other sections of 2367.08 can be found on Buckeye Link
Comparative Studies 2864H Modernity and Postmodernity: Issues and Ideas
TuTh 12:45PM-2:05PM | Enarson 340 | Philip Armstrong
Examination of some of the defining ideas of modern thought and how those ideas have problematically affected modern life in both developed and developing countries.
GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies.
Comparative Studies 3302 Translating Literature and Cultures
TuTh 2:20PM-3:40PM| Campbell Hall 119 | Gregory Jusdanis
Introduction to issues and problems inherent to translating literatures and cultures. GE Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Global Studies.
Comparative Studies 3360 Introduction to Globalization and Culture
WF 11:10AM-12:30PM | Hagerty Hall 160 | Nancy Jesser
The course introduces students to the histories and principle concepts and themes defining the discourses and practices of globalization. Through weekly readings, lectures, documentaries, and extensive class discussions, the course will cover a range of debates concerning the historical and contemporary meanings of globalization and its intersection with a number of related fields of research, including patterns of migration and trade routes; economics; political sovereignty, the nation-state, and global governance; NGOs and international organizations; cultural exchange, media, and telecommunications; religion; the environment; and global justice movements. We will also situate the weekly readings in relation to a range of material addressing global issues, as well as research sites that offer different ways of situating globalization in both historical and contemporary contexts. In this sense, we will be asking not only “what is globalization?” (Its meanings and thematic concerns. How is it represented historically?) but also “when is globalization?” (What are its origins? How do we begin to write its history?), “where is globalization? (How do we think the relation between the local, regional, and global? What are the geopolitical spaces of the global?), and “globalization for whom?” (Who experiences globalization and in what ways? Which voices speak for and against globalization?).
Comparative Studies 3603 Love in World Literature
MoWeFr 9:10AM - 10:05AM | Baker Systems 180 | Lucia Bortoli
This course explores diverse formulations, presentations, and engagements with love in fiction, poetry, and visual forms. Underlying nearly every story of human relationships is a particular concept of what love is, and we will seek to articulate this idea, understand its complexity, and compare it to other conceptions in other texts. Through our explorations of literature, we will consider what makes love particular or universal to people and cultures, the extent to which love is described as spiritual as compared to animal, and the extent to which love reflects individual needs and drives or, alternatively, how it develops in response to community and tradition. We will also consider the influence of various notions (e.g., affection, friendship, attraction, sexuality, duty, kinship, community, religion, patriotism, power, and commodities) on how we—and the texts we read—construct love. This course requires engaged participation and demonstrated preparation and will engage students in a range of structures for discussion and collaboration. Assignments include several short response papers, an in-class analysis presentation, and a final course portfolio. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies.
*Other sections of 3603 can be found on Buckeye Link
Comparative Studies 3606 The Quest in World Literature
TuTh 9:35AM-10:55AM | Mendenhall 125 | Lucia Bortoli
Motif of the quest in world literature; physical and mental journeys as metaphors of personal transformation and salvation. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies.
Comparative Studies 3607 Film and Literature as Narrative Art
Mo 12:10PM-2:00PM WF 12:40PM-1:35PM | Mendenhall 131 | Susan Hanson
Relationships between film and literature; emergence of cinematic art as a form of representation with emphasis on diverse cultural traditions. GE Visual and Performing Arts and Diversity: Global Studies. Honors version.
*Other sections of 3607 can be found on Buckeye Link
Comparative Studies 3608 Representations of the Experience of War
MoWeFr 8:00AM-8:55AM | Mendenhall 185 | Jason Payne
Representations of war in works of literature, religious texts, and film from diverse cultures and time periods. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies
*Other sections of 3608 can be found on Buckeye Link
Comparative Studies 3686 Cultural Studies of American Popular Music
TTh 12:45PM-2:05PM | Mendenhall Lab 115 | Barry Shank
Investigation of the social, political, and cultural contexts of the development of popular musics in the U.S. GE Visual and Performing Arts and Diversity: Social Diversity in the US.
Comparative Studies 3990 Approaches to Comparative Studies
TTh 2:20PM-3:40PM | Enarson 212 | David Horn
Introduces comparative studies majors to theoretical tools, methods of investigation, and key concepts in comparative studies research and scholarship. You must be a CompStd major or get the permission of instructor.
Comparative Studies 4803 Studies in Asian American Literature and Culture
WF 2:20PM-3:40PM | Hayes Hall 025 | Staff
Focused study of a topic in Asian American literary and cultural studies. Cross-listed in English 4587.
Comparative Studies 4921 Intersections: Approaches to Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality
WeFr 9:35AM-10:55AM | TBA | Maurice Stevens
Examines intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality in various sites within American culture (e.g., legal system, civil rights discourse, social justice movements). Prereq: One course in CompStd, WGSSt, or AfAmASt. Not open to students with credit for 545, AfAmAst 4921 (545), or WGSSt 4921 (545). Cross-listed in AfAmASt and WGSSt.
Religious Studies 2102.02 Comparative Sacred Texts
TuTh 2:20PM-3:40PM | Ramseyer Hall 059 | Hugh Urban
This course will cover the sacred texts of a variety of religious traditions and the basic theories and methods for reading religious literature. We will examine texts not only from "mainstream" traditions such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, but also materials from Native American traditions and from new religious movements such as Scientology and Wicca. Students will also be introduced to basic theoretical tools for reading and interpreting sacred texts from multiple perspectives. In addition to lectures, films, and in-class discussions, the class will include field trips to a variety of religious sites in central Ohio. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies.
*Students will also need to pick a recitation.
Religious Studies 4873 Contemporary Religious Movements in Global Context
TuTh 11:10AM-12:30PM | Baker Systems 180 | Hugh Urban
Examination of contemporary religious movements within the context of larger political, cultural, and economic processes, including post-colonialism, modernization, and globalization. Cross-listed in IntStds.