ALP

Activism and Christianity in Modern America

An exploration of the relation of Christian belief and practices with agitation for social change, with a focus on the United States from the colonial period to the present. Attention given to how identity, power, and suffering shape historical judgments about the intersection of religion and ethics. Close readings of primary sources drawn from autobiographies, letters, sermons, poems, and treatises. Figures may include John Wesley, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Pauli Murray, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Daniel Berrigan.

Chinese Culture and Ideology

Exposes students to cultural and literary expressions and representations of modern China from the beginning of the 20th century to the present; focus on issues of politics and ideology and the formation of Chinese exceptionalism; the beginning of the 20th century (1900-1949) and the Mao era (1949-1976); contemporary China since the era of reform and opening up (1978-present); comparative, interdisciplinary approaches of intellectual and cultural history, literary and cultural studies, and political science.

Political History of Modern Architecture: From Revolution through Neoliberalism

Given the needs for labor, materials, and legal permissions, architects in the modern period by definition intersect with interests of power. This course explores the role of political institutions and ideologies in the history of modern architecture. While the course focuese on European and North American examples, we will also include key case studies of non-Euroamerican architecture and politics. The course provides a foundational knowledge of the history of modern architecture as well as how political institutions and ideologies have influenced that development. Instructor: Jaskot.

The Middle East Through Film

Film as access into the region through a series of direct, as well as poetic connections woven across films viewed, filmmakers featured, lectures, discussions, and texts read. By means of the integration of course components and students' weekly responses, an understanding of the region is developed by way of inquiry into and rigorous engagement with cultural production.  From feature length films to shorts, the breadth of the work we will engage with includes documentaries, dramas, and less traditional forms.

Global Inequality Research Seminar

Engagement of vertically integrated research teams in projects exploring racial and ethnic disparities exhibited and expressed in six arenas: employment, wealth, health, political participation, education, and arts and culture. Each team will produce a major paper that will qualify for submission to a refereed journal in the area relevant to the focus of the study. One course / 3 units.

Course originates in African and African American Studies.

Contemporary Documentary Film: Filmmakers and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Integrated with the films and filmmakers of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The art form, style, and technology of contemporary documentary films. Issues of autonomy and power, politics, and public policies. Analysis of outstanding films from around the world. Presentations and discussions by filmmakers. One course.

Course originates in Arts of the Moving Image.

The Documentary Experience: A Video Approach

A documentary approach to the study of local communities through video production projects assigned by the course instructor. Working closely with these groups, students explore issues or topics of concern to the community. Students complete an edited video as their final product. Not open to students who have taken this course as Film/Video/Digital 105S. One course.

Course originates in Documentary Studies.