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Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature B.A.

Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 32
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Courses in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (CSCL) pursue questions and ways of knowing that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. Students study culture as a set of complex connections and interrelations: between texts and everyday life, ideas and the material world, discourse and power. The CSCL major strives for a broad, international scope, ranging widely across history and geography. The central focus is on the cultural mechanisms through which a society's ways of knowing, value systems, and individual and collective identities are generated, disseminated, challenged, and reinvented. The goal of the program is to produce critical and self-critical readers prepared to actively participate in the intellectual conversations and social struggles that shape global culture in our time.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 4 semester(s) of any second language.
Students must complete a minimum of ten courses for the major: two introductory (1xxx) courses plus seven at upper division levels. To allow for flexibility, the tenth course may be taken at any level. The Senior Project requirement may be satisfied by fulfilling one of the following options: - Completion of a project within a directed study (CSCL 3993, 4993, 5993) - Completion of a project within a 3xxx or 4xxx course (arrangement with instructor) - Completion of coursework, including substantial writing, in any CSCL 5xxx course - Completion of an Honors thesis or project Note for CSCL/CL/CSDS topics courses (3910, 5910), directed studies (3993, 4993, 5993), and internships: Students may use up to a total of three of these in their major, no more than two in any one category (two topics courses; two directed studies/internships). Such courses may be counted as elective courses without prior approval or as major courses with prior written approval from the CSCL undergraduate adviser or director of undergraduate studies. Internships fall under the category of directed studies: students find a faculty member willing to work with them and submit a Faculty/Student Contract form under the course number 3993, 4993, or 5993. In exceptional cases, courses from other units may be substituted for department major courses if approved by the undergraduate adviser or the director of undergraduate studies. Grades in the major must be C- or better and taken on an A-F basis.
Preparatory Courses
CSCL 1001 - Introduction to Cultural Studies: Rhetoric, Power, Desire [AH, DSJ] (4.0 cr)
or CSCL 1101 - Literature [LITR] (4.0 cr)
or CSCL 1301W - Reading Culture: Theory and Practice [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
or CSCL 1401W - Reading Literature: Theory and Practice [LITR, WI] (4.0 cr)
CSCL 1201 - Introduction to Cinema and Media Culture [AH] (4.0 cr)
or CSCL 1501W - Reading History: Theory and Practice [HIS, WI] (4.0 cr)
or CSCL 1921W - Introduction to Film Study [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
Major Courses
Take 5 or more course(s) including 3 or more sub-requirements(s) from the following:
Discursive Practices and Genres
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· CSCL 3172 - Music as Discourse [AH] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3173W - The Rhetoric of Everyday Life [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3174 - Poetry as Cultural Critique (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3175 - Comedy: Text and Theory [AH] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3177 - On Television [CIV] (4.0 cr)
· CSCL 3179 - Reading Literary Movements [LITR] (3.0 cr)
· Subjectivity and History
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· CSCL 3421 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3422 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3456W - Sexuality and Culture [DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3458W - The Body and the Politics of Representation [HIS, WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3461 - Monsters, Robots, Cyborgs [LITR] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3465 - Aliens [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3472 - Gay Men and Homophobia in American Culture [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3621W - Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures and Theory: 1700 to the Present [LITR, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· Ideologies and Disciplines
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· CSCL 3115 - Cinema and Ideology [AH] (4.0 cr)
· CSCL 3176 - Oppositional Cinemas [GP] (4.0 cr)
· CSCL 3361 - Visions of Nature: The Natural World and Political Thought [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3979 {Inactive} [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· Critical Theories and Methods
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· CSCL 3321W - Theories of Culture [AH, WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3331 - Science and Culture [AH] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3412W {Inactive} [WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3413W - Psychoanalysis and Literature Part II: Post Freudian Criticism [WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3557W - Close Reading [LITR, WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3771 - Basic Concepts of Literary Study (3.0 cr)
· Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· CSCL 3xxx
Electives
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· CSCL 1xxx
· CSCL 2xxx
· CSCL 3xxx
· CSCL 4xxx
· CSCL 5xxx
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· CSCL 4xxx
· CSCL 5xxx
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: http://www.honors.umn.edu/academics/curriculum/dept_courses_current.html Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
 
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CSCL 1001 - Introduction to Cultural Studies: Rhetoric, Power, Desire (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Ways of reading texts, artistic forms, everyday practices that define ongoing conflicts over meaning, value, truth. Examples from visual arts, music, film, literature, myth, ritual, built environment.
CSCL 1101 - Literature (LITR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to literature across time, national boundaries. Basic genres, including poetry, novel, drama, historical/philosophical writing. Key questions: What is literature? What forms does it take? Why does literature matter?
CSCL 1301W - Reading Culture: Theory and Practice (AH, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Culture and cultural conflict. Reading cultural theory/texts such as film, literature, music, fashion, commercial art, and built environment.
CSCL 1401W - Reading Literature: Theory and Practice (LITR, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How can we read/understand different ways that literature is meaningful? Emphasizes practice in reading a broad spectrum of world literature, literary theory.
CSCL 1201 - Introduction to Cinema and Media Culture (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: CSCL 1201/SCMC 1201
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Critical anlysis of media, particularly film. Emergence/prominence of the visual in contemporary culture. Formal film analysis/theory. Issues of production/reception.
CSCL 1501W - Reading History: Theory and Practice (HIS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
What is history? How can we understand its meanings/uses? Emphasizes practice in reading cultural texts from various historical perspectives.
CSCL 1921W - Introduction to Film Study (AH, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00388 - ArtH 1921W/CSCL 1921
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamentals of film analysis and an introduction to the major theories of the cinema, presented through detailed interpretations of representative films from the international history of the cinema.
CSCL 3172 - Music as Discourse (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Close examination of widely varying musical forms and styles, "classical" and "popular," in relation to human subjectivity and configurations of culture, ideology, and power.
CSCL 3173W - The Rhetoric of Everyday Life (CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How discourse reproduces consciousness and persuades us to accept that consciousness and the power supporting it. Literary language, advertising, electronic media; film, visual and musical arts, built environment and performance. Techniques for analyzing language, material culture, and performance.
CSCL 3174 - Poetry as Cultural Critique
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01881
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Examines the status of "poetry" in several cultures of the Americas bringing together techniques of close reading and broad cultural inquiry.
CSCL 3175 - Comedy: Text and Theory (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comedy as a discursive/political practice. Jokes, stand-up routines, plays, films, satire, and social ritual. Philosophical, literary, psychological, anthropological, feminist, and postmodern theory.
CSCL 3177 - On Television (CIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Key debates in the history, theory, and criticism of television. Focuses on critical/creative "readings" of television's past/present forms. TV's influence on film, music, and digital media.
CSCL 3179 - Reading Literary Movements (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Literary movements that emerge when group of writers puts forth new definition of literature. Literary movements created by scholars after the fact. Focuses on one or two related movements (e.g., surrealism, dadaism).
CSCL 3456W - Sexuality and Culture (DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Historical/critical study of forms of modern sexuality (heterosexuality, homosexuality, romance, erotic domination, lynching). How discourses constitute/regulate sexuality. Scientific/scholarly literature, religious documents, fiction, personal narratives, films, advertisements.
CSCL 3458W - The Body and the Politics of Representation (HIS, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Western representation of the human body, 1500 to present. Body's appearance as a site and sight for production of social and cultural difference (race, ethnicity, class, gender). Visual arts, literature, music, medical treatises, courtesy literature, erotica.
CSCL 3461 - Monsters, Robots, Cyborgs (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical/critical reading of figures (e.g., uncanny double, monstrous aberration, technological hybrid) in mythology, literature, and film, from classical epic to sci-fi, cyberpunk, and Web.
CSCL 3465 - Aliens (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Do interactions with people from other countries affect fears, anxieties, and desires about beings from other worlds? In whose interests are "aliens" used? Novels, radio broadcasts, and films considered from perspectives of sociology, philosophy, psychology, literary criticism, and history.
CSCL 3472 - Gay Men and Homophobia in American Culture (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
The historical experience of gay men, the social construction of same-sex desire in American society since 1700, studied in a broad context of cultural history and discourse, including literature and the arts, journalism, science and medicine, religion, and law.
CSCL 3621W - Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures and Theory: 1700 to the Present (LITR, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
Readings in colonial/postcolonial literatures/theory from at least two world regions: Africa, the Americas, the Arab world, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific. Cultural/psychological dynamics and political economy of world under empire, decolonization, pre- vs. post-coloniality, globalization.
CSCL 3115 - Cinema and Ideology (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
The cinema as a social institution with emphasis on the complex relations it maintains with the ideological practices that define both the form and the content of its products. Specific films used to study how mass culture contributes to the process of shaping beliefs and identities of citizens.
CSCL 3176 - Oppositional Cinemas (GP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
The ways diverse national cinemas engage the international hegemony of Hollywood cinema. The cinematic struggle against cultural imperialism and the role of race, class, and gender in the domain of international cultural politics.
CSCL 3361 - Visions of Nature: The Natural World and Political Thought (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01008 - CSCL 3361/EEB 3361
Typically offered: Every Spring
Scientific and cultural theory concerning the organization of nature, human nature, and their significance for development of ethics, religion, political/economic philosophy, civics, and environmentalism in Western/other civilizations.
CSCL 3321W - Theories of Culture (AH, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Examination of three prevalent theoretical perspectives on culture -- philosophical, anthropological, and aesthetic -- as they converge in the work of writers who have contributed to our contemporary conception of cultural diversity.
CSCL 3331 - Science and Culture (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Science and technology engaged through historical and cultural manifestations from film, literature, and YouTube to scientific and philosophical essays. Relations among humanities, science, economics, politics, philosophy and history. Psychiatry and drugs, food and agriculture, sexuality, religion and science, climate change.
CSCL 3413W - Psychoanalysis and Literature Part II: Post Freudian Criticism (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Impact of psychoanalytic discourses on literary studies and vice versa. Archetypal of Jung; structural of Lacan; post-structural of Derrida and Kristeva; feminist psychoanalysis of Mitchell; self/object of Kernberg and Kohut; the unconscious and society of Deleuze and Guattari.
CSCL 3557W - Close Reading (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
History/theory of 'close reading' (i.e., the most intense encounter between reader and text) exemplified through critical texts. Students perform close readings of various texts.
CSCL 3771 - Basic Concepts of Literary Study
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Concepts used when carrying out work of reading/interpretation. How analysis works: aspects of distinction between text text/context, other concepts. How to understand/justify literary interpretation. Course does not engage in the reading of literature.
CSCL 1101 - Literature (LITR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to literature across time, national boundaries. Basic genres, including poetry, novel, drama, historical/philosophical writing. Key questions: What is literature? What forms does it take? Why does literature matter?
CSCL 1401W - Reading Literature: Theory and Practice (LITR, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How can we read/understand different ways that literature is meaningful? Emphasizes practice in reading a broad spectrum of world literature, literary theory.
CSCL 1201 - Introduction to Cinema and Media Culture (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: CSCL 1201/SCMC 1201
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Critical anlysis of media, particularly film. Emergence/prominence of the visual in contemporary culture. Formal film analysis/theory. Issues of production/reception.
CSCL 1501W - Reading History: Theory and Practice (HIS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
What is history? How can we understand its meanings/uses? Emphasizes practice in reading cultural texts from various historical perspectives.
CSCL 1921W - Introduction to Film Study (AH, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00388 - ArtH 1921W/CSCL 1921
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamentals of film analysis and an introduction to the major theories of the cinema, presented through detailed interpretations of representative films from the international history of the cinema.
CSCL 3771 - Basic Concepts of Literary Study
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Concepts used when carrying out work of reading/interpretation. How analysis works: aspects of distinction between text text/context, other concepts. How to understand/justify literary interpretation. Course does not engage in the reading of literature.
CSCL 3179 - Reading Literary Movements (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Literary movements that emerge when group of writers puts forth new definition of literature. Literary movements created by scholars after the fact. Focuses on one or two related movements (e.g., surrealism, dadaism).
CSCL 3557W - Close Reading (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
History/theory of 'close reading' (i.e., the most intense encounter between reader and text) exemplified through critical texts. Students perform close readings of various texts.
CSCL 3456W - Sexuality and Culture (DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Historical/critical study of forms of modern sexuality (heterosexuality, homosexuality, romance, erotic domination, lynching). How discourses constitute/regulate sexuality. Scientific/scholarly literature, religious documents, fiction, personal narratives, films, advertisements.
CSCL 3458W - The Body and the Politics of Representation (HIS, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Western representation of the human body, 1500 to present. Body's appearance as a site and sight for production of social and cultural difference (race, ethnicity, class, gender). Visual arts, literature, music, medical treatises, courtesy literature, erotica.
CSCL 3461 - Monsters, Robots, Cyborgs (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical/critical reading of figures (e.g., uncanny double, monstrous aberration, technological hybrid) in mythology, literature, and film, from classical epic to sci-fi, cyberpunk, and Web.
CSCL 3472 - Gay Men and Homophobia in American Culture (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
The historical experience of gay men, the social construction of same-sex desire in American society since 1700, studied in a broad context of cultural history and discourse, including literature and the arts, journalism, science and medicine, religion, and law.
GER 3631 - Jewish Writers and Rebels in German, Austrian, and American Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00966 - CSCL 3631/Ger 3631/JwSt 3631
Typically offered: 9T
Literary/cultural modes of writing used by Jewish writers in Germany, Austria, and America to deal with problems of identity, anti-Semitism, and assimilation. Focus on 20th century. All readings (novels, poetry, stories) in English. prereq: No knowledge of German required; cr toward major or minor requires reading in German
CSCL 3115 - Cinema and Ideology (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
The cinema as a social institution with emphasis on the complex relations it maintains with the ideological practices that define both the form and the content of its products. Specific films used to study how mass culture contributes to the process of shaping beliefs and identities of citizens.
CSCL 3176 - Oppositional Cinemas (GP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
The ways diverse national cinemas engage the international hegemony of Hollywood cinema. The cinematic struggle against cultural imperialism and the role of race, class, and gender in the domain of international cultural politics.
CSCL 3361 - Visions of Nature: The Natural World and Political Thought (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01008 - CSCL 3361/EEB 3361
Typically offered: Every Spring
Scientific and cultural theory concerning the organization of nature, human nature, and their significance for development of ethics, religion, political/economic philosophy, civics, and environmentalism in Western/other civilizations.
CSCL 1201 - Introduction to Cinema and Media Culture (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: CSCL 1201/SCMC 1201
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Critical anlysis of media, particularly film. Emergence/prominence of the visual in contemporary culture. Formal film analysis/theory. Issues of production/reception.
CSCL 1501W - Reading History: Theory and Practice (HIS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
What is history? How can we understand its meanings/uses? Emphasizes practice in reading cultural texts from various historical perspectives.
CSCL 1921W - Introduction to Film Study (AH, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00388 - ArtH 1921W/CSCL 1921
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamentals of film analysis and an introduction to the major theories of the cinema, presented through detailed interpretations of representative films from the international history of the cinema.
CSCL 1301W - Reading Culture: Theory and Practice (AH, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Culture and cultural conflict. Reading cultural theory/texts such as film, literature, music, fashion, commercial art, and built environment.
CSCL 1001 - Introduction to Cultural Studies: Rhetoric, Power, Desire (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Ways of reading texts, artistic forms, everyday practices that define ongoing conflicts over meaning, value, truth. Examples from visual arts, music, film, literature, myth, ritual, built environment.
CSCL 3172 - Music as Discourse (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Close examination of widely varying musical forms and styles, "classical" and "popular," in relation to human subjectivity and configurations of culture, ideology, and power.
CSCL 3173W - The Rhetoric of Everyday Life (CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How discourse reproduces consciousness and persuades us to accept that consciousness and the power supporting it. Literary language, advertising, electronic media; film, visual and musical arts, built environment and performance. Techniques for analyzing language, material culture, and performance.
CSCL 3174 - Poetry as Cultural Critique
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01881
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Examines the status of "poetry" in several cultures of the Americas bringing together techniques of close reading and broad cultural inquiry.
CSCL 3175 - Comedy: Text and Theory (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comedy as a discursive/political practice. Jokes, stand-up routines, plays, films, satire, and social ritual. Philosophical, literary, psychological, anthropological, feminist, and postmodern theory.
CSCL 3177 - On Television (CIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Key debates in the history, theory, and criticism of television. Focuses on critical/creative "readings" of television's past/present forms. TV's influence on film, music, and digital media.
CSCL 3179 - Reading Literary Movements (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Literary movements that emerge when group of writers puts forth new definition of literature. Literary movements created by scholars after the fact. Focuses on one or two related movements (e.g., surrealism, dadaism).
CSCL 3456W - Sexuality and Culture (DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Historical/critical study of forms of modern sexuality (heterosexuality, homosexuality, romance, erotic domination, lynching). How discourses constitute/regulate sexuality. Scientific/scholarly literature, religious documents, fiction, personal narratives, films, advertisements.
CSCL 3458W - The Body and the Politics of Representation (HIS, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Western representation of the human body, 1500 to present. Body's appearance as a site and sight for production of social and cultural difference (race, ethnicity, class, gender). Visual arts, literature, music, medical treatises, courtesy literature, erotica.
CSCL 3461 - Monsters, Robots, Cyborgs (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical/critical reading of figures (e.g., uncanny double, monstrous aberration, technological hybrid) in mythology, literature, and film, from classical epic to sci-fi, cyberpunk, and Web.
CSCL 3472 - Gay Men and Homophobia in American Culture (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
The historical experience of gay men, the social construction of same-sex desire in American society since 1700, studied in a broad context of cultural history and discourse, including literature and the arts, journalism, science and medicine, religion, and law.
GER 3631 - Jewish Writers and Rebels in German, Austrian, and American Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00966 - CSCL 3631/Ger 3631/JwSt 3631
Typically offered: 9T
Literary/cultural modes of writing used by Jewish writers in Germany, Austria, and America to deal with problems of identity, anti-Semitism, and assimilation. Focus on 20th century. All readings (novels, poetry, stories) in English. prereq: No knowledge of German required; cr toward major or minor requires reading in German
CSCL 3115 - Cinema and Ideology (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
The cinema as a social institution with emphasis on the complex relations it maintains with the ideological practices that define both the form and the content of its products. Specific films used to study how mass culture contributes to the process of shaping beliefs and identities of citizens.
CSCL 3176 - Oppositional Cinemas (GP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
The ways diverse national cinemas engage the international hegemony of Hollywood cinema. The cinematic struggle against cultural imperialism and the role of race, class, and gender in the domain of international cultural politics.
CSCL 3361 - Visions of Nature: The Natural World and Political Thought (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01008 - CSCL 3361/EEB 3361
Typically offered: Every Spring
Scientific and cultural theory concerning the organization of nature, human nature, and their significance for development of ethics, religion, political/economic philosophy, civics, and environmentalism in Western/other civilizations.
CSCL 3321W - Theories of Culture (AH, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Examination of three prevalent theoretical perspectives on culture -- philosophical, anthropological, and aesthetic -- as they converge in the work of writers who have contributed to our contemporary conception of cultural diversity.
CSCL 3331 - Science and Culture (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Science and technology engaged through historical and cultural manifestations from film, literature, and YouTube to scientific and philosophical essays. Relations among humanities, science, economics, politics, philosophy and history. Psychiatry and drugs, food and agriculture, sexuality, religion and science, climate change.
CSCL 3413W - Psychoanalysis and Literature Part II: Post Freudian Criticism (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Impact of psychoanalytic discourses on literary studies and vice versa. Archetypal of Jung; structural of Lacan; post-structural of Derrida and Kristeva; feminist psychoanalysis of Mitchell; self/object of Kernberg and Kohut; the unconscious and society of Deleuze and Guattari.
CSCL 3557W - Close Reading (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
History/theory of 'close reading' (i.e., the most intense encounter between reader and text) exemplified through critical texts. Students perform close readings of various texts.
CSCL 3771 - Basic Concepts of Literary Study
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Concepts used when carrying out work of reading/interpretation. How analysis works: aspects of distinction between text text/context, other concepts. How to understand/justify literary interpretation. Course does not engage in the reading of literature.