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CS 1100 - Introduction to the Humanities: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Professor Nina Berman | MW 12:40-1:35 | Dreese Lab | #21473*
This course will introduce students to the humanities through literary texts and films. Through these texts/films, we will engage historical and social constructions of race, gender, and class. On the one hand, we can ask through these texts: How do social, cultural, economic, political realities relate to questions of identity (self and other), violence, justice, community, domination, and resistance? On the other hand, these texts compel us to address some great humanistic questions, including: what is ethical and unethical, and how do we know the difference? Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 1100H (100H) or 100. GE lit and diversity global studies course.
*Students must also sign up for a recitation section. Recitations will be held Fridays at the following times: 9:10-10:05, 10:20-11:15, 12:40-1:35, and 1:50-2:45.
Other Lecture sections for 1100 can be found on Buckeyelink.
CS 1100H - Introduction to the Humanities: Cross Cultural Perspectives
Professor Kwaku Korang | TR 9:35-10:55AM |Campbell Hall 119 | #23976
CS 2101 - Literature and Society
Elizabeth Marsch | TR 3:55-5:15 | Mendenhall Lab 173 | #23976
Study of relationships among politics, society, and literature; analysis of social and political elements of literature and film from diverse cultures and historical periods. Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 2101H (201H, 201). GE lit and diversity global studies course.
CS 2103 - Literature and the Self
TBA | TR 3:55-5:15PM | Campbell Hall 309 | #14032
CS 2103H - Literature and the Self
Professor Ashley Perez | TR 2:20-3:40pm | Enarson Classroom Building 206 | #14033
Assuming the self is something that exists (and not everyone agrees on this), what does it mean to have, be, or make a self? How do we present our selves to others, and what accounts for our different ways of being in varied contexts? Is there such a thing as an “authentic” self? Is the self constant over time? What is the relationship between the “me” I show (or the “I” I am) when I am with my family versus the “me” that hangs out with friends, crosses paths with a stranger, enters an unfamiliar space? In this course, we will focus on the relationship between the self and various forms of narratives, especially autobiography, fiction, comics and graphic art, and film. We will consider a number of historical and cultural positions, and we will draw on personal intuitions, impulses, and insights to generate our own self-narratives. We will consider how our selves shape the way we read and write, and we will ask what it means for an author to invent a “self” in the form of a narrator or character. We will also explore how authors shape the way we feel or think in our selves as we encounter narratives.
CS 2104 - Literature, Science, and Technology: The Rise of A.I.- Artificial Intelligence
Professor Eugene Holland | TR 11:10AM-12:30PM | McPherson Lab 1040 | # 21880
CS 2105 - Literature and Ethnicity
Professor Maurice Stevens | TR 11:10AM-12:30PM | Hagerty Hall 359 | #14034
CS 2214 - Introduction to Sexuality Studies
Lucia Bortoli | WF 11:10AM-12:30PM | Campbell Hall 355 | #14035
CS 2264 - Introduction to Popular Culture Studies
Multiple Sections and Instructors, see Buckeyelink.
CS 2281 - American Icons
Instructior TBA | TR 3:55-5:15PM | Enarson Classroom Building 240 | #21881
CS 2301 - Introduction to World Literature
Rick Livingston | WF 2:20-3:40 | University Hall 038 | #14036
CS 2321 - Introduction to Asian American Studies: Race, Technology, and Bio/Digital/Visual Cultures
Professor Jian Chen | WF 3:55-5:15PM | Cockins Hall 218 | #22651
CS 2322 / Spanish 2242 - Introduction to Latino Studies
Professor Theresa Delgadillo | TR 11:10AM-12:30PM | Campbell Hall 309 | #21722
This course provides an introduction to Latina/o Studies for those interested in learning more about the national, racial, social, and economic diversity of Latinas/os; key issues facing Latinas/os; and important topics and methods in the study of Latinas/os. Students will gain an overview of the historical and cultural experience of Latinas/os from the 19th century forward and study specific political, social, and cultural events of relevance to Latinas/os. Some of the questions we will explore include: What defines, unites or divides Latinas/os? How have Latinas/os been viewed in the U.S.? What important political movements have enjoyed Latina/o leadership or participation? What is the significance of sexuality, gender, race, and class among Latinas/os? What kinds of literature and art have Latinas/os created? How pervasive is Latina/o influence in popular culture? How do Latinas/os fit into the U.S. mosaic? Surveying the historical and current efforts of Latinas/os in the legal, religious, political, literary, and artistic arenas will allow students to better understand and appreciate the visions of this American community. This course fulfills GE Requirement in "Cultures and Ideas" and "Social Diversity in the U.S."
CS 2340 - Introduction to Cultures of Science and Technology
Professor David Horn | TR 9:35-10:55AM | Caldwell Lab 177 | #21716
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. Prereq: English 1110 (110), or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 2341 (272). GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course.
CS 2341 - Technology, Science, and Society
Professor Leo Coleman | TR 3:00-3:55, check buckeyelink for recitation times | Page Hall 020 | #14006
CS 2350 / English 2270 - Introduction to Folklore
Instructor TBA | MWF 10:20-11:15AM | Denney Hall 250 | #32881 / #32904
CS 2350H / English 2270H - Introduction to Folklore (Honors)
Professor Dorothy Noyes | TR 2:20-3:40PM | Denney Hall 268 | #32878 / #32905
- Interpreting culture. Learn how to “read” a wide variety of cultural messages according totheir own conventions and in their social context.
- Field observation and ethnography. Learn how to size up an unfamiliar situation, participate in it appropriately, and describe it in writing.
- Interviewing and rigorous listening. Learn how to understand what someone is telling you without imposing your own agenda on the conversation.
- Understanding diversity. Learn how communities in the US and internationally develop distinctive forms of expression that can foster strong identities, exercise social control, provoke conflict, and build bridges.
- Connecting vernacular and codified expression. Learn about the interchanges and miscommunications among communities, professionals, and institutions.
CS 2360 - Introduction to Comparative Cultural Studies
Carolyn Elerding | MWF 11:30AM-12:25PM | Campbell Hall 213 | #14050
Introduction to interdisciplinary field of cultural studies; emphasis on relation of cultural production to power, knowledge, and authority, globally and locally. Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 274. GE cultures and ideas course.
CS 2367.02 - U.S Latino Identity
Professor Miranda Martinez | TR 2:20-3:40 | Hagerty Hall 186 | #32631
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 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 as: what has been the impact of urbanization and changing migration patterns on these 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? Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv, and Soph standing. Not open to students with credit for 367.04. GE writing and comm: level 2 and diversity soc div in the US course.
CS 2367.04 - Science and Technology in American Culture
Instructor TBA, MWF 1:50-2:45PM, #14020 | Instructor TBA, MWF 1:50-2:45PM, #14049
CS 2367.07 - Religious Diversity in America
Multiple Sections and Instructors, see Buckeyelink
CS 2367.08 - American Identity in the World
Multiple Sections and Instructors, see Buckeyelink.
Nancy Jesser | TR 11:10AM-12:30PM | McPherson Lab 2017 | #33298
In this course we will examine the historical connections and disconnections between science and religion through controversies, explicit philosophies, and historical accounts of the development of scientific institutions and values from secular and religious sources.
We will then examine practices (from various cultures) that claim to be or are seen as both "religious" and "scientific."
Lastly, we look at contemporary attempts to reconcile science and religion, re-enchant nature, and bring non-western religious and cultural perspectives to bear on the globalpractices of science.For more information, please contact Nancy Jesser at firstname.lastname@example.org. GE Cultures and Ideas
CS 2864H - Modernity and Postmoderntiy: Issues and Ideas
Professor Philip Armstrong | WF 11:10AM-12:30PM | Baker Systems 134A | #23977
This course introduces students to the principle concepts and themes defining the discourse of modernity and postmodernity. Through weekly readings, lectures, films, and extensive class discussions, the course will cover a range of debates concerning the historical and contemporary meanings of (post)modernity and its intersection with a number of related fields of research, including economics and social relations, political sovereignty, the nation-state, and global-governance, colonialism and post-colonialism, migration and human mobility, media and telecommunications, religion, technology, and the environment. We will also situate the weekly readings in relation to extracts from a range of recent literature as well as documentary films addressing issues related to modernity and postmodernity. In this context, we will be asking not only “what is modernity and postmodernity?” (Its meanings and thematic concerns) but also “when is modernity and postmodernity?” (What are their origins? How do we begin to write their history?), and “modernity and postmodernity for whom?” (Who experiences modernity and postmodernity and in what ways? Which voices speak for and against these terms?). Prereq: Honors standing and English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 240H or 240. GE lit and diversity global studies course.
CS 3302/3302E - Translating Literatures and Cultures
Professor Gregory Jusdanis | TR 9:35-10:55AM | Enarson Classroom Building 243 | #14037 / #14038
This course explores the theory and practice of translation between languages, across different media, disciplinary frames, cultural context and historical periods. We will read a series of theoretical texts on translation and relate them to case-studies from literature, philosophy, visual arts and film. This theoretical aspect of the course will be followed by a practical component, in which every student will be asked to produce translations into English from a foreign language he or she is familiar with. These translations will then be discussed in class in terms of various theoretical approaches and case-studies. Basic knowledge of a foreign language (two semesters minimum or equivalent) is sufficient to participate in this task. Prereq: English 1110 (110), or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 3302E (373E) or 373. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. Embedded Honors course.
CS 3603 - Love in World Literature
Multiple Sections and Instructors, see Buckeyelink
CS 3606 The Quest in World Literature
Professor Daniel Reff | WF 9:35-10:55AM | Campbell Hall 335 | #21888
CS 3607 - Film and Literature as Narrative Art
Instructor TBA | M 12:10-2:00PM and WF 12:40-1:35PM | Mendenhall Lab 0131 | #14051
Jason Payne | MW 4:10-5:05PM and F 4:10-6:00PM | #24690
CS 3608 - Representations of the Experience of War
Jason Payne, MWF 8:00-8:55AM, #14042
Susan Hanson, MWF 3:00-3:55PM, #14043
Susan Hanson, MWF 4:10-5:05PM, #14044
CS 3645H - Cultures of Medicine
Professor David Horn | TR 12:45-2:05PM | Smith Lab 3082 | #23979
This interdisciplinary course explores medical arts and sciences, concepts of illness and disease, and representations of the human body in a range of cultural and historical contexts. Topics include metaphors and images of the body, the meanings and symbolism constructed around pathology (cancer, menopause, PTSD, AIDS), the social consequences of “medicalizing” racial and sexual differences, and the concerns raised by recent medical technologies. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. Honors version.
CS 3657 / Arabic 3301 - Contemporary Folklore in the Arab World
Professor Sabra Weber | TR 12:45-2:05PM | Hagerty Hall 042 | #32648
CS 3678 - Religion and American Culture
Professor Isaac Weiner | WF 9:35-10:55AM | University Hall 038 | #32641
CS 3686 - Cultural Studies in American Popular Musics
Professor Barry Shank | WF 2:20-3:40PM | Mendenhall Lab 185 | #14045
CS 3990 - Approaches to Comparative Studies
Professor Euegene Holland | TR 2:20-3:40PM | Enarson Classroom Building 204 | #14046
Approaches to Comparative Studies is required of all majors in Comparative Studies. It is intended to provide a common experience for all our majors while ensuring that each has some awareness of the chief branches of intellectual work that takes place under the interdisciplinary rubric of Comparative Studies. This class requires a lot of reading in fields as varied as folklore, comparative literature, religious studies, science & technology studies, and comparative ethnic and American studies. The bulk of each class meeting will be devoted to discussion of the required readings. Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. CompStd major, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 398.
CS 4597.01 - Global Studies of Science and Technology
Nancy Jesser | TR 2:20-3:40PM | Caldwell Lab 102 | #32643
CS 4655 - Studies in Ethnography: Columbus as Growth Machine
Professor Miranda Martinez | TR 11:10AM-12:30PM | Hagerty Hall 046 | #32634
CS 4661 - The City and Culture
Professor Leo Coleman | TR 12:45-2:05PM | Mendenhall Lab 173 | #21721
CS 4685 - Comparative Ethnic and American Studies
Professor Maurice Stevens | TR 2:20-3:40PM | Mendenhall Lab 173 | #32638
CS/NELC 5668 - Studies in Orality and Literacy
Professor Sabra Weber | Th 4:00PM - 6:45PM | Hagerty Hall 451 | #32647 / #32646
Religious Studies Courses
RS 2102.01 - Literature and Religion
Professor Lindsay Jones | TR 12:45-2:05PM | PAES Building A111 | #32629
RS 2102.02 - Comparative Sacred Texts
Professor Melissa Curley | TR 3:55-5:15PM | Jennings Hall 160 | #32618
Introduction to religious views of the universe, the supernatural, social organization, ethics, etc., through sacred texts (oral and written) of diverse cultures and historical periods. Prereq: English 1110 (110), or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 202.02. GE lit and diversity global studies course.
RS/Hebrew 2210H - The Jewish Mystical Tradition
Professor Michael Swartz | TR 2:20-3:40PM | Enarson Classroom Bldg 214 | #32645 / #33523
RS 2370 - Introduction to Comparative Religion
Professor Hugh Urban | WF 9:10-10:05AM, see Buckeyelink for recitation times | Page Hall 010 | #14008
RS 4875 - Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
Professor Hugh Urban | WF 11:10AM-12:30PM | Cockins Hall 218 |#32639
RS 4877 - Myth and Ritual
Professor Lindsay Jones | TR 9:35-10:55AM | Campbell Hall 335 | #32628
This class will take a critical look at the supposedly universal categories of ‘myth’ and ‘ritual’ and, moreover, at the complex ways in which myth and ritual are related. To that end, we will consider: (1) a series of alternative academic theories of myth and ritual; (2) a series of specific case studies featuring the myths and rituals of several very different sorts of communities from North and Meso-America, India, Europe, Africa, and perhaps even Columbus, Ohio; and (3) a set of strategies for the cross-cultural comparison of myths and rituals.