Fall 2011

First-Year Seminars

ECON0180C-S01    Punishment and Inequality in America
CRN: 16863
Primary Meeting M 01:00 pm - 03:50 pm

This seminar will use social theory and social science evidence to understand how punishment works as a mechanism to produce inequality in American society. The institution of incarceration as a generator of social stigma is examined in this light. Zero-tolerance policing practices and racial profiling are discussed from this point of view as well. Questions about authority, legitimacy, deviancy, power and social cognition will guide the discussion. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS
Professor Glenn C. Loury

EDUC0410D-S01    Brown v. Board of Education
CRN: 16792
Primary Meeting: M 03:00 pm - 05:20 pm

Using sources in history, education, and law this course will explore the landmark Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education which found school segregation unconstitutional and challenged the entire foundation of legal segregation. We will explore the legal, political, and social issues that culminated in Brown and examine the development and deployment of remedies, with particular emphasis on school integration and educational equity. We will consider the legacy of Brown and analyze its impact on the civil rights movement, schooling, law, and politics in the late twentieth century and consider its implications for the future. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS DVPS WRIT
Professor Tracy Steffes

ENGL0250G-S01    The Green Renaissance
CRN: 16821
Primary Meeting: M W F 02:00 pm - 02:50 pm

Modern ecological crises suggest that nature is a powerful agent, but that such views were prevalent in the renaissance, when empirical science was transforming nature into an object, needs investigation. How did renaissance poets and dramatists figure their own relationship to the natural world? We will seek answers by reading Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, and Marvel, among other writers. Enrollment limited to 20 first-year students. FYS
Professor Jean Feerick

ENGL0450E-S01    Inventing America
CRN: 15846
Primary Meeting: M W F 10:00 am - 10:50 am

One of the distinguishing features of American literature may be its seemingly constant struggle with the idea of America itself. For what, these authors wonder, does/should America stand? We will examine the rhetorical battles waged in some major works of American literature over the meaning and/or meanings of our national identity. Authors include Franklin, Hawthorne, Melville, and Fitzgerald. Limited to 20 first-year students. FYS LILE WRIT

ENVS0070C-S01    Transcending Transportation Impacts
CRN: 16352
Primary Meeting: T 04:00 pm - 06:20 pm

Students will be engaged in interdisciplinary analyses of the life-cycle costs, environmental impacts, technical developments, and policy innovations at the local and regional level. We will discuss technical modifications in vehicles, such as plug-in hybrids, as well as policy and planning on intermodal systems, recycle-a-bike programs, intelligent transportation systems, and other innovations. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. LILE FYS
Professor Kurt Teichert

HIST0970R-S01     The Holocaust in Historical Perspective
CRN: 16929
Primary Meeting: T 06:00 pm - 08:20 pm

The course will examine the history and historiography of the Holocaust from early accounts to recent reconstructions of the origins, implementation, and aftermath of the "Final Solution." We will also analyze documents, testimonies, memoirs, trial records, and various forms of representations and commemorations of the Shoah. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS
Professor Omer Bartov

POBS0810-S01       Belonging and Displacement: Cross-Cultural Identities
CRN: 10558
Primary Meeting: T R 09:00 am - 10:20 am

Focuses on the representation of immigrants, migrants and other "border crossers" in contemporary literature from Brazil and other countries. How do people respond to the loss of home and the shift to a new culture? Is "going home" possible? How do individuals deal with their dual or triple identities? Piñon, Lispector, Scliar, Rushdie, Salih, Cristina Garcia, V. S. Naipaul and others. Conducted in English. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS WRIT
Professor Patricia Sobral

RUSS0320D-S01    The Tolstoy Event: War and Peace
CRN:17051
Primary Meeting: M 03:00 pm - 05:20 pm

A close reading of Tolstoy's major novel, with a focus on its interweaving of fictional and historical narrative and metahistorical discourse. Attention to issues of genre (e.g. the tension between "epic and novel"), literary tradition, the poetics of time and space, as well as his iconoclastic ideas about narrative, art, religion, and society. Tolstoy's formal innovation will be considered in a broader historical and cultural context. Selected readings in Bakhtin, Lukacs, Shklovsky, Eikhenbaum, Hayden White and others. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS
Professor Svetlana Evdokimova

TAPS0800B-S01     Asian American Theater & Performance
CRN: 17221
Primary Meeting: M W 09:00 am - 10:20 am

This course examines Asian American Theater and Performance as a genre, and a way to inhabit and interrogate the space between "Asia" and "America" within primarily the United States. Using both play analysis and historical studies, we will look at a spectrum of dramatic traditions, performance practices as well as U.S political and social realities that constitute Asian American theater and performance. We will first locate Asian America within the imperial, economic and cultural histories of U.S.A, and then highlight the transnational and intercultural aspects of its dramatic production. Enrollment limited to 17 first year students. DVPS FYS LILE
Professor Eng Beng Lim

Courses Open to All Students

ANTH0310-S01       Human Evolution
CRN: 16897
Primary Meeting: T R 02:30 pm - 03:50 pm

Examination of theory and evidence on human evolution in the past, present and future. Topics include evolution and adaptation, biocultural adaptation, fossil evidence, behavioral evolution in primates, human genetic variation and contemporary human biological variation. WRIT
Professor Andrew K. Scherer

EDUC0800-S01      Introduction to Human Development and Education
CRN:10931
Primary Meeting: T R 01:00 pm - 02:20 pm

Introduces the study of human development and education from infancy through young adulthood. Provides a broad overview of scientific understanding of how children develop and how research is generated in the field. Major topics include biological foundations, mind, cognition, language, emotion, social skills, and moral understanding based on developmental theories and empirical research. The educational implications of research on human development are discussed.
Professor Jin Li

ENGN1930X-S01     Entrepreneurship and New Ventures: A Socratic Approach to Innovation Analysis and Application
CRN:13753
Primary Meeting: T R 10:30 am - 11:50 am

Taught via Socratic method, this course will use case studies that explore essential elements of the entrepreneurial process: Defining Entrepreneurship; Recognizing Opportunities and Developing Business Models; Assembling The Team; Raising Financial Resources; Managing Uncertainty; Managing the Growing Venture; and Realizing Value. Guests will include successful entrepreneurs and expert practitioners who will highlight practical approaches to entrepreneurial success.
Please note that beginning with the very first class, students MUST read the session's case study and supplemental readings, to be ready for participation in discussions. For the first day's assignment, please contact Professor Warshay directly at Daniel_Warshay@brown.edu. Enrollment limited to 35.
Professor Danny Warshay

HIST1430-S01         Truth on Trial: Justice in Italy, 1400-1800
CRN: 16933
Primary Meeting: T R 10:30 am - 11:50 am

Law courts had a profound impact on Italian society and culture between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. Law courts helped define what constituted deviance, legitimate knowledge, and individual rights. They did so in a long ago world in which it was possible to imagine that some gifted individuals could fly, that certain people were created superior to others, and that the sun revolved around the earth. From the persecution of heretics and witches, to the trial of Galileo and the increasing use of courts by women and other marginalized groups, the Italian legal arena mediated what was political, social, scientific, and religious truth. By the eighteenth century many judicial practices came under criticism, including the use of torture and the death penalty. How did reformers attempt to remake the legal regime and the society in which it was by then so intricately entangled? LILE
Professor Caroline Castiglione

PHP1070-S01          The Burden of Disease in Developing Countries
CRN: 12646
Primary Meeting: M W 08:30 am - 09:50 am

Defines and critically examines environmental, epidemiologic, demographic, biomedical, and anthropological perspectives on health and disease in developing countries. Emphasis on changes in the underlying causes of morbidity and mortality during economic development. Focuses on the biosocial ecology of diseases. Guest lecturers cover different diseases and public health perspectives. Enrollment limited to 70. WRIT
Professor Stephen T. McGarvey

RUSS1290-S01        Russian Literature in Translation I: Pushkin to Dostoevsky
CRN: 10997
Primary Meeting: T R 10:30 am - 11:50 am

Survey of major works of Russian literature of the early and mid-19th century. Authors to be studied include Karamzin, Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Leskov, and Dostoevsky. Lectures and discussion. No knowledge of Russian required. Discussion sections to be arranged.
Professor Alexander Levitsky

SOC0020-S01          Perspectives on Social Interaction: An Introduction to Social Psychology
CRN: 14169
Primary Meeting: M W F 02:00 pm - 02:50 pm

An introduction to the discipline of sociology examining the individual in social situations. Explores the social development of the person, the development of interpersonal relationships, and the problems of integrating the individual and social system. For each area, the personal and situational factors that bear upon the issue are investigated. The objective is to deepen understanding of the behavior of people in a social context.
Professor Gregory C. Elliott