Course

HR 101 Introduction to Human Rights

Professor

Thomas Keenan

CRN

90179

 

Schedule

Mon Wed 12:00 -1:20 pm ASP 302

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: Humanities / Rethinking Difference

Cross-listed: GISP, SRE

Human Rights Core Course

An intensive introduction to contemporary discussions of human rights in a broad context. The course mixes a basic historical and theoretical investigation of these contested categories, 'human' and 'right,' with some difficult examples of the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic dimensions of claims made in these terms. What are humans and what count as rights, if any? We will ask about the foundations of rights claims; about legal, political, non-violent and violent ways of advancing, defending and enforcing them; about the documents and institutions of the human rights movement; and about the questionable 'reality' of human rights in our world. Is there such a thing as 'our' world? The answers are not obvious. They are most complicated when we are talking, as we will for most of the semester, about torture (from the ancient world to Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib), so-called humanitarian intervention (from Somalia and Bosnia to Iraq and Darfur), truth commissions and war crimes tribunals (Milosevic, Hussein, South Africa, Peru), testimony and information (from Shoah to the CNN effect) and the challenges to human rights orthodoxy posed by terrorism and the wars against it. Using The Face of Human Rights (Walter Kalin) as our primary text, along with work in philosophy, history, literature, politics, and with the contemporary news flow, we will examine some tricky cases and troubled places, among them our own.

 

Course

ARTH 289 Rights and the Image

Professor

Susan Merriam

CRN

90321

 

Schedule

Mon Wed 10:30 - 11:50 am Fisher Annex

Distribution

OLD: A

NEW: Analysis of Art

Cross-listed: Gender and Sexuality Studies, Human Rights(Core Course)

This course examines the relationship between visual culture and human rights. It considers a wide range of visual media, as well as aspects of visuality (surveillance, profiling). The course is taught using case studies ranging in time from the early modern period (practices in which the body was marked to register criminality, for example) to the present day (the images at Abu Ghraib). Within this framework, we will study how aspects of visual culture have been used to advocate for human rights, as well as how images and visual regimes have been used to suppress human rights. An important part of the course will consider the role played by reception in shaping a discourse around human rights, visuality, and images. Subjects to be addressed include: evidence; documentation and witness; the aestheticization of violence; disaster pornography; censorship; surveillance; profiling; advocacy images; signs on the body; visibility and invisibility. Requirements include response papers, a research paper, and two exams. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

 

Course

HR 320 New Orleans After the Disaster

Professor

Kristina Ford / Daniel Karpowitz

CRN

90462

 

Schedule

Thurs 6:00 8:20 pm OLIN 204

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: Humanities / Rethinking Difference

An interdisciplinary, year-long seminar focused on some of the issues raised by the destruction of New Orleans after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The fall seminar will examine the transitional city and its rebuilding through the lenses of human rights and urbanism.  It will start with the social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of a city's formation -- how land is used and why; how neighborhoods and groups of citizens evolve into recognizable entities; how decisions about a city's future are made; how fundamentally important factors of a city's existence are taken for granted.  We'll then consider these same dimensions in the aftermath of destruction and rebuilding. Many of the central questions are sufficiently broad as to lead us to other examples beyond New Orleans. Who are the subjects and agents of the process? How do cities come into existence and how do they evolve?  What areas in a city are vulnerable to catastrophe and why do citizens live there? How does a natural (or not-so natural) disaster redefine notions of community, belonging, and property? What are the politics of rebuilding?  Is there a right to return, and if so, what happens when it meets the demand for environmental sustainability? What roles can history and memory play in recovering from a catastrophe?  What frames of reference do we have for New Orleans, what are the dominant images and narratives to have emerged in the last year, and what political force do they have?  The course meets for ten weeks in Annandale and includes a three-week workshop in New Orleans during the January intersession.

 

Course

ANTH 256 Race and Ethnicity in Brazil

Professor

Mario Bick

CRN

90010

 

Schedule

Mon Wed 10:30 - 11:50 am OLIN 303

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: Social Science

See Anthropology section for description.

 

Course

ANTH 343 Middle Eastern Modernities

Professor

Jeffrey Jurgens

CRN

90013

 

Schedule

Mon 4:00 -6:20 pm OLIN 203

Distribution

OLD: A

NEW: Social Science

See Anthropology section for description.

 

Course

HIST 2112 The Invention of Politics

Professor

Tabetha Ewing

CRN

90436

 

Schedule

Tu Th 6:00 -7:20 pm OLIN 201

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: History

See History section for description.

 

Course

HIST 2122 The Arab-Israel Conflict

Professor

Joel Perlmann

CRN

90023

 

Schedule

Tu Th 4:30 -5:50 pm OLIN 205

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: History

See History section for description.

 

Course

HIST 229 Confucianism: Humanity, Rites, and Rights

Professor

Robert Culp

CRN

90421

 

Schedule

Mon Wed 12:00 -1:20 pm OLIN 203

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: History / Rethinking Difference

See History section for description.

 

Course

HIST / CLAS 263 Slavery

Professor

Myra Armstead / Carolyn Dewald

CRN

90016

 

Schedule

Mon Wed 10:30 - 11:50 am OLIN 201

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: History

See History section for description.

 

Course

HIST 2701 The Holocaust, 1933-1945

Professor

Cecile Kuznitz

CRN

90458

 

Schedule

Tu Th 9:00 10:20 am OLIN 205

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: History

See History section for description.

 

Course

HIST 3112 PLAGUE!

Professor

Alice Stroup

CRN

90028

 

Schedule

Mon 1:30 -3:50 pm OLIN 308

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: History

See History section for description.

 

Course

HIST / SOC 3125 Immigration and American Society: Racializing and De-racializing the Immigrant, 1880-1940

Professor

Joel Perlmann

CRN

90024

 

Schedule

Wed 7:30 -9:50 pm OLIN 202

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: History

See History section for description.

 

Course

HIST 340 The Politics of History

Professor

Robert Culp

CRN

90018

 

Schedule

Th 1:30 -3:50 pm OLIN 303

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: History

See History section for description.

 

Course

PS 104 International Relations

Professor

Sanjib Baruah

CRN

90086

 

Schedule

Wed Fr 3:00 -4:20 pm OLIN 202

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: Social Science

See Political Studies section for description.

 

Course

PS 222 Dependency, Development and Democracy: Latin American Political Economy

Professor

Omar Encarnacion

CRN

90054

 

Schedule

Mon Wed 3:00 -4:20 pm OLIN 201

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: History

See Political Studies section for description.

 

Course

PS 247 American Foreign Policy Traditions

Professor

Walter Mead

CRN

90101

 

Schedule

Th 7:00 -9:20 pm OLIN 202

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: History

See Political Studies section for description.

 

Course

PS 258 Strategies of Radical Political and Social Change

Professor

Pierre Ostiguy

CRN

90092

 

Schedule

Mon Wed 8:00 -9:20 pm ASP 302

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: Social Science

See Political Studies section for description.

 

Course

PS 268 Revenge and the Law

Professor

Roger Berkowitz

CRN

90119

 

Schedule

Tu Th 1:00 -2:20 pm OLIN 101

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: Social Science

See Political Studies section for description.

 

Course

PS 311 Immigration & Citizenship

Professor

Elaine Thomas

CRN

90098

 

Schedule

Tu 1:00 -3:20 pm OLIN 303

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW:

See Political Studies section for description.

 

Course

PS 330 Politics of Democratization

Professor

Omar Encarnacion

CRN

90057

 

Schedule

Tu 4:00 6:20 pm OLIN 310

Distribution

OLD: A/C

NEW: Social Science

See Political Studies section for description.

 

Course

PS 347 Civil Society and Democracy in Africa

Professor

Geoffrey Nyarota

CRN

90449

 

Schedule

Th 1:30 3:50 pm OLIN 306

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: Social Science

See Political Studies section for description.

 

Course

SOC 120 Inequality in America

Professor

Yuval Elmelech

CRN

90046

 

Schedule

Tu Th 10:30 - 11:50 am OLIN 203

Distribution

OLD: C/E

NEW: Social Science / Rethinking Difference

See Sociology section for description.

 

Course

SOC 234 Science and Society: Debates on Race and Genetics

Professor

Amy Ansell

CRN

90048

 

Schedule

Tu Th 1:00 -2:20 pm OLIN 203

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: Social Science

See Sociology section for description.

 

Course

SOC 242 Historical Sociology of Punishment

Professor

Michael Donnelly

CRN

90047

 

Schedule

Mon Wed 12:00 -1:20 pm OLIN 205

Distribution

OLD: C

NEW: Social Science / Rethinking Difference

See Sociology section for description.