Spring Semester 2020 Undergraduate Courses

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All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.
 

Sorted by General Education Requirement: 

 

Comparative Studies

 

Comparative Studies 1100  Introduction to the Humanities: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Multiple Sections

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.

 

Comparative Studies 1100H  Introduction to the Humanities: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

TuThu 9:35-10:55 | Enarson 202 | Kwaku Korang

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.

 

Comparative Studies 2099 The Question of Comparative Studies 

Mon 5:20-6:15 | Hagerty 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

TuThu 11:10-12:30 | Campbell 335 | Yonina Hoffman

Study of relationships among politics, society, and literature; analysis of social and political elements of literature and film from diverse cultures and historical periods. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies. Honors version.

 

Comparative Studies 2103  Literature and the Self

TuThu 9:35-10:55 | Campbell 335 | 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. Honors version.

 

Comparative Studies 2104  Literature, Science, and Technology

MWF 11:30-12:25 | Campbell 209 | Yonina Hoffman

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. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies. Honors version.

 

Comparative Studies 2105  Literature and Ethnicity

WF 12:45-2:05 | Cockins 312 | Maurice Stevens

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 2264  Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

MW 2:20-3:40 | Hagerty 050 | Nicholas Flores

Introduction to the analysis of popular culture texts, with special emphasis on the relationship between popular culture studies and literary studies. Cross-listed in English. GE Cultures and Ideas.

 

Comparative Studies 2301  Introduction to World Literature

TuThu 12:45-2:05 | Campbell 209 | Robert Livingston

Analysis of oral and written literatures of diverse cultures and historical periods. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies.

 

Comparative Studies 2321  Introduction to Asian American Studies

TuThu 9:35-10:55 | Caldwell 171 | Eunice Uhm

This course provides an introduction to Asian American Studies by examining some of the main themes and historical events that the field has focused on since it emerged in the late 1960s. By reading academic texts (history, social science, cultural criticism) and examining cultural production of Asian Americans, we will consider a variety of topics that extend from the 19th century to the present. This course will help students consider and analyze the ways that race and ethnicity intersect with class, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, location, and other social differences to produce the heterogeneous imaginary known as “Asian America.” GE Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Social Diversity in the US.

 

Comparative Studies 2340  Introduction to Cultures of Science and Technology

MWF 10:20-11:15 | Caldwell 177 | Seth Josephson

Critical analysis of the multiple relations of science to society, with emphasis on knowledge, power, authority, values, and ethics.  GE Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Global Studies.

 

Comparative Studies 2341  Technology, Science, and Society

MWF 1:50-2:45 | Baker 180 | Nancy Jesser

Critical analysis of the relations among science, technology, and culture, with particular emphasis on ethical issues in technology and engineering. GE Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Global Studies.

 

Comparative Studies 2350  Introduction to Folklore

TuThu 12:45-2:05 | Ramseyer 115 | Martha Sims

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. Honors version. Cross-listed in English.

 

Comparative Studies 2367.04  Science and Technology in American Culture

Multiple Sections

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.

 

Comparative Studies 2367.07  Religious Diversity in the U.S.

MWF 10:20-11:15 | Spencer Dew

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.

 

Comparative Studies 2367.08  American Identity in the World

MWF 11:30-12:25 | Smith 2186 | Sarah Dove

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.

 

Comparative Studies 2864H  Modernity and Postmodernity: Issues and Ideas

TuThu 2:20-3:40 | Enarson 214 | Franco Barchiesi 

The course will address these important questions by introducing theories and debates defining discourses of modernity and postmodernity. Through weekly class discussions based on lectures, readings, and films, we will analyze the meaning of the (post)modern global reality in relation to how it differently manifests itself across societies and cultures. We will also look at that difference problematically, as it is not necessarily geared at inclusion within an embracing humanity but is underpinned by forms of exclusion and domination with deep structural roots. In our discussions we will address key aspects and concepts in debates about modernity and its critique, including the ways in which modernity is haunted by the “afterlife of slavery” and its manifestations in contemporary anti-blackness; race, class, and gender in relation to contemporary capitalism; how ideas of sovereignty are enmeshed in theories of the modern subject; in what ways migration and mobility are the results of colonialism; the possibilities and limitations of performance and media as forms of agency; the meaning of “resistance” in the context of the “Anthropocene” and threatened global extinction. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies.

 

Comparative Studies 3360  Introduction to Globalization and Culture

TuThu 11:10-12:30 | Ramseyer 115 | Philip Armstrong

The course introduces students to the histories and principle themes defining the discourses and practices of globalization. Through weekly readings, lectures, documentary film extracts, and class discussions, the course will cover a range of debates concerning both the historical and contemporary meanings of globalization and its intersection with a number of related fields of research, We will be asking not only “what is globalization?” (Its meanings and thematic concerns. How is it represented historically?) but “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

Multiple Sections

Selected representations of love in different cultures and time periods. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies. Honors version.

 

Comparative Studies 3606  The Quest in World Literature

TuThu 3:55-5:15 | Hagerty 062 | Elizabeth Vu

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

M 11:30 – 1:35 WF 11:30-12:25 | McPherson 1046 | Maurice Stevens

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.

 

Comparative Studies 3608  Representations of the Experience of War

MWF 10:20-11:15 | University 038 | 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

 

Comparative Studies 3686  Cultural Studies of American Musics

TuThu 2:20-3:40 | Hagerty 046 | Barry Shank 

This course focuses on the critical analysis of 20th and 21st century popular music in the US. Students should come away from this class with skills of critical listening and thinking that allow them to trace musical influences across historical periods and musical genres, to understand the impact of commodification and commercialization on the development of popular music, to analyze the relationship of musical performance with embodied identities (especially gender, sexuality and race), and to discuss the social and political grounds of musical pleasure. We will begin by developing an interpretive model that will provide the tools for understanding popular music in its historical and cultural context. We will then read a set of case studies about topics in popular music. The main goal of the case studies is to provoke insight and dialogue about the connections between musical pleasure and social life. An important secondary goal is to provide you with examples of high quality scholarship about popular music. GE Visual and Performing Arts and Diversity: Social Diversity in the US.

Comparative Studies 3808 Utopia and Dystopia

MWF 11:30-12:25 | MacQuigg Lab 162 | Jason Payne

Imagining a perfect world (it’s easy if you try) has always been part of world literary tradition, from Biblical writings through the classical Plato’s Republic and Tao Yuanming’s Peach Blossom Spring, to the Renaissance visions of Christine de Pizan, More, Bacon, Campanella, and Margaret Cavendish. Utopia is forward-looking, envisioning a grand future free of the social, cultural, and political ills that continuously derail societies. And yet, utopia (the world itself translates as “nowhere”) all too often spawns something darker, dystopia, a world with a seemingly perfect veneer that covers a much uglier and more harrowing reality. Utopia has inspired modern political, social, and religious ideologies, from Transcendentalism to National Socialism, from Communism to the apocalyptic vision of Rapture culture. And where would science fiction, fantasy, and young adult literature be without the dystopic vision? This semester we’ll tackle these twin visions of Utopia and Dystopia in literature, starting with a survey of the classical and early modern visions of Utopia, then moving on to the more contemporary depictions, typically post-apocalyptic and almost always dystopic. We’ll read literary utopias/dystopias, including (very tentatively) Yevgeny Zamyatin’s WE, Octavia Butler’s The Parable of the Sower, Basma Abdel Aziz’s The Queue, and Leni Zumas’ Red Clocks, as well as stories by Kurt Vonnegut, Shirley Jackson, Philip K. Dick, Ursula Leguin, & Khalid Kaki, among others. We’ll also watch a handful of films and tv shows, from “Logan’s Run” to “The Simpsons” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and listen to a few songs along the way. We’ll also look at some utopian/dystopian criticism and theory, from Marx to Foucault, among others. Course requirements include a couple of short response papers, a midterm and a final exam, and active participation in class discussion.

Comparative Studies 3903  World Literature

TuThu 12:45-2:05 | Campbell 251 | Ashley Perez

What does it mean to study literature in a global context? Is it simply a matter of reading more diversely, opening ourselves to what lies beyond our own national literary tradition? Or does it necessarily entail different priorities and approaches? Does world literature enrich our lives through cultural exchange? And what about the realities of “world” writers who can only access a significant audience by writing in English or producing works that “travel well” via translation? We will tackle these questions by examining theories of world literature and through the practice of reading a variety of literary works. We will also consider topics such as the rise of postcolonial literatures, the influence of prizes (like the Booker and the Nobel Prize for Literature), the impact of globalization, and the role of translation. Class assignments include reflective writing, in-class and online discussion, and one longer paper. Assignments will help you pursue the course goals and participate deeply in a community of learners. This section offers the option of embedded honors. Prerequisites: CS 2301 or CS 3302 or permission from the professor, who enthusiastically welcomes all students interested in a thoughtful exploration of the course topic. Please email perez.390@osu.edu with any questions.

 

Comparative Studies 4597.01  Global Studies of Science and Technology

MWF 11:30-12:25 | Hopkins 246 | Nancy Jesser

Explores relations among culture, science, and technology in changing global contexts. Previous completion of 2367.02 or 367.02 recommended.
Prereq: Completion of a Second Writing course and Natural Science sequence, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 597.01. GE Diversity: Global Studies and Cross-Disciplinary Seminar.

 

Comparative Studies 4803  Studies in Asian American Literature and Culture

WF 11:10-12:30 | Denney Hall 238 | Pranav Jani

From the stereotype of the "model minority" to the caricature of Apu on "The Simpsons," South Asians continue to be regarded as strange, exotic Others in the US.  This course, focused on the voices of South Asian migrants themselves, gives an inside look on "desi" literature and culture that shatters simple myths and narratives. Through novels, short stories, poetry, music videos and film by and about South Asians from the US, UK, Kenya and elsewhere, students will learn about complex histories of migration and empire that have shaped this diaspora. Prereq: English 1110 (110), or equiv. Not open to students with 10 qtr cr hrs in 543 or English 587 or with 6 sem cr hrs in English 4587. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs. Cross-listed in English 4587.

 

Comparative Studies 4990  Senior Seminar in Comparative Studies

WF 12:45-2:05 | Hagerty 451 | David Horn

Writing seminar based on students' independent research.  Prereq: 3990 (398), and 500 or 4000-level course in CompStd, and Senior standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 598.

 

Comparative Studies 5189S  Comparative Studies Field School

Multiple Sections

The Ohio Field School course offers an introduction to ethnographic field methods (participant-observation, field notes, photographic documentation, and audio-interviews), 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. Throughout the semester, students will practice skills necessary to construct a permanent record of local expressive culture accessible to future researchers and community members.

 

Comparative Studies 5240  Race and Public Policy in the United States

WF 11:10-12:30 | Page 060 | 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. Crosslisted in AAAS and PUBAFFAIRS.

 

 

Religious Studies

 

Religious Studies 2102.01  Literature and Religion

WF 12:45-2:05 | Smith Lab 1048 | Spencer Dew

Study of relationships between religion and secular literature; analysis of religious and spiritual elements of literature and film of diverse cultures and historical periods. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies. Honors version.

 

Religious Studies 2102.02  Comparative Sacred Texts

TuThu 11:10-12:30 | Cunz 150 | Melissa Curley and Ana Velasco

This course offers an 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. In spring 2020, the course will focus on sacred stories. Exploring narratives drawn from the repertoires of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and the Rastafari movement, we'll look at stories people tell about gods and goddesses; life and the afterlife; suffering and healing; magicians, madness, and monsters. We'll examine how these stories circulate across space and time, what kinds of deep questions they seek to answer, and how they have been reinterpreted in contemporary popular culture. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies.

 

Religious Studies 3666  Magic in the Modern World

TuThu 2:20-3:40 | Mendenhall 185 | Hugh Urban

Since the end of the nineteenth century, there has been a tremendous revival of interest in magic, witchcraft, and paganism throughout the United States, England and Europe.  This course will trace the modern revival of magic and neo-paganism, both in new religious movements and in popular culture, novels, music and film, from roughly the 1870s to the present.  The course is designed as the sequel to the popular course, “Magic and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages and Renaissance” (MEDREN 2666). However, students are also encouraged to take this course either before or without MEDREN 2666.

The course will explore the roots of modern magic in late medieval and early modern sources, and then trace the development of modern magical movements such as the Golden Dawn, Wicca, and modern Druidism. Along the way, it will also examine the intersections between these magical groups and various social and political movements, such as second wave and radical feminism and various forms of environmentalism from the 1960s onward. We will also discuss the backlash against modern magic among Evangelical Christians, as well as the “Satanic Panic” that spread across the U.S. in the 1980s. Finally, in the last section of the course, we will also examine the role of magic in popular culture, fiction, film and television, through heavy metal music and works such as The Lord of the Rings, the Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, The Magicians, and others.

In addition to close readings of primary and secondary texts, the course will also include guest speakers and several field trips to local neo-pagan events. Students will develop a final group project on a topic of their own choosing to be presented to the class during the last two weeks of the semester.

 

Religious Studies 3678  Religion and American Culture

MW 11:10-12:30 | Mendenhall 125 | Isaac Weiner

This course adopts a thematic approach to studying the complex connections between religion and American culture. In spring 2020, we will focus especially on the intersections of religion with race, gender, law, and popular culture. We will analyze selected case studies from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Our conversations will take us from Muslims and Mormons to Scientologists and Spaghetti Monsters, from yoga studios and hell houses to football fields and political protests, from alien abductees and snake handlers to Oprah Winfrey and Kendrick Lamar. Throughout, we will use these examples to assess different ways of making sense of religion’s complicated place in American culture. In addition to lectures, films, and in-class discussions, the class will include optional field trips to a variety of religious and non-religious sites in central Ohio. GE Diversity: Social Diversity in the US.

 

Religious Studies 3972  Theory and Method in the Study of Religion

WF 2:20-3:40 | University Hall 082 | Spencer Drew

Survey of contemporary theories and methods used in the academic study of religion. Prereq: 2370 (270) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 520.

 

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.

 

 

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GE Literature

 

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.
 


Comparative Studies 2101  Literature and Society

Study of relationships among politics, society, and literature; analysis of social and political elements of literature and film from diverse cultures and historical periods. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies. Honors version.
 


Religious Studies 2102.01  Literature and Religion

Study of relationships between religion and secular literature; analysis of religious and spiritual elements of literature and film of diverse cultures and historical periods. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies. Honors version.

 


Religious Studies 2102.02  Comparative Sacred Texts

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. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies.

 


Comparative Studies 2103  Literature and the Self

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. Honors version.

 


Comparative Studies 2104  Literature, Science, and Technology

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. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies. Honors version.

 


Comparative Studies 2105  Literature and Ethnicity

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 2301  Introduction to World Literature

Analysis of oral and written literatures of diverse cultures and historical periods. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies.

 


Comparative Studies 2864H  Modernity and Postmodernity: Issues and Ideas

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 3603  Love in World Literature

Selected representations of love in different cultures and time periods. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies. Honors version.

 


Comparative Studies 3606  The Quest in World Literature

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 3608  Representations of the Experience of War

Representations of war in works of literature, religious texts, and film from diverse cultures and time periods. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies. 
 

 


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GE Diversity: Global Studies

 

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.

 


Comparative Studies 2101  Literature and Society

Study of relationships among politics, society, and literature; analysis of social and political elements of literature and film from diverse cultures and historical periods. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies. Honors version.

 


Religious Studies 2102.01  Literature and Religion

Study of relationships between religion and secular literature; analysis of religious and spiritual elements of literature and film of diverse cultures and historical periods. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies. Honors version.

 


Religious Studies 2102.02  Comparative Sacred Texts

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. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies.

 


Comparative Studies 2103  Literature and the Self

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. Honors version.

 


Comparative Studies 2104  Literature, Science, and Technology

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. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies. Honors version.

 


Comparative Studies 2301  Introduction to World Literature

Analysis of oral and written literatures of diverse cultures and historical periods. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies. 

 

 

Comparative Studies 2340  Introduction to Cultures of Science and Technology

Critical analysis of the multiple relations of science to society, with emphasis on knowledge, power, authority, values, and ethics.  GE Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Global Studies.

 


Comparative Studies 2341  Technology, Science, and Society

Critical analysis of the relations among science, technology, and culture, with particular emphasis on ethical issues in technology and engineering. GE Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Global Studies.

 


Comparative Studies 2864H  Modernity and Postmodernity: Issues and Ideas

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 3603  Love in World Literature

Selected representations of love in different cultures and time periods. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies. Honors version.

 


Comparative Studies 3606  The Quest in World Literature

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

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.

 


Comparative Studies 3608  Representations of the Experience of War

Representations of war in works of literature, religious texts, and film from diverse cultures and time periods. GE Literature and Diversity: Global Studies.

 


Comparative Studies 4597.01  Global Studies of Science and Technology

Explores relations among culture, science, and technology in changing global contexts. Previous completion of 2367.02 or 367.02 recommended. Prereq: Completion of a Second Writing course and Natural Science sequence, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 597.01. GE Diversity: Global Studies and Cross-Disciplinary Seminar. 

 

 

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GE Diversity: Social Diversity in the US
 

Comparative Studies 2105  Literature and Ethnicity

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 2321  Introduction to Asian American Studies

Introduction to Asian American studies; history, experiences, and cultural production of Americans of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Filipino, and Southeast Asian ancestry. GE Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Social Diversity in the US.
 


Comparative Studies 2367.04  Science and Technology in American Culture

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.

 


Comparative Studies 2367.07  Religious Diversity in the U.S.


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.


Comparative Studies 2367.08  American Identity in the World

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.

 

Religious Studies 3678  Religion and American Culture

This course adopts a thematic approach to studying the complex connections between religion and American culture. In spring 2020, we will focus especially on the intersections of religion with race, gender, law, and popular culture. We will analyze selected case studies from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Our conversations will take us from Muslims and Mormons to Scientologists and Spaghetti Monsters, from yoga studios and hell houses to football fields and political protests, from alien abductees and snake handlers to Oprah Winfrey and Kendrick Lamar. Throughout, we will use these examples to assess different ways of making sense of religion’s complicated place in American culture. In addition to lectures, films, and in-class discussions, the class will include optional field trips to a variety of religious and non-religious sites in central Ohio. GE Diversity: Social Diversity in the US.


Comparative Studies 3686  Cultural Studies of American Musics

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.

 

 

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GE Cultures and Ideas 


Comparative Studies 2264  Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Introduction to the analysis of popular culture texts, with special emphasis on the relationship between popular culture studies and literary studies. Cross-listed in English. GE Cultures and Ideas.

 

 

Comparative Studies 2321  Introduction to Asian American Studies

Introduction to Asian American studies; history, experiences, and cultural production of Americans of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Filipino, and Southeast Asian ancestry. GE Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Social Diversity in the US.

 


Comparative Studies 2340  Introduction to Cultures of Science and Technology

Critical analysis of the multiple relations of science to society, with emphasis on knowledge, power, authority, values, and ethics.  GE Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Global Studies.

 


Comparative Studies 2341  Technology, Science, and Society

Critical analysis of the relations among science, technology, and culture, with particular emphasis on ethical issues in technology and engineering. GE Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Global Studies.

 


Comparative Studies 2350  Introduction to Folklore

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. Honors version. Cross-listed in English.

 

 

Comparative Studies 2367.04  Science and Technology in American Culture

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.

 


Comparative Studies 2367.07  Religious Diversity in the U.S.

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.

 


Comparative Studies 2367.08  American Identity in the World

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.

 

 

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GE Visual and Performing Arts


Comparative Studies 3607  Film and Literature as Narrative Art

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.

 

Comparative Studies 3686  Cultural Studies of American Musics

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.

 

 

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GE Writing and Communication: Level 2

 

Comparative Studies 2367.04 Science and Technology in American Culture

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.

 

Comparative Studies 2367.07 Religious Diversity in the U.S.

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.

 

Comparative Studies 2367.08 American Identity in the World

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.

 

 

 

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GE Cross-Disciplinary Seminar

 

Comparative Studies 4597.01 Global Studies of Science and Technology

Explores relations among culture, science, and technology in changing global contexts. Previous completion of 2367.02 or 367.02 recommended. Prereq: Completion of a Second Writing course and Natural Science sequence, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 597.01. GE Diversity: Global Studies and Cross-Disciplinary Seminar.

 

 

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