A Supplementary Catalogue listing all permanent changes to the curriculum made since the publication of the 1998-2000 Catalogue.
March 26, 1999
(The updates below are correct as of this date.)
CHANGES TO THE AUGUST 1998-99 Term Table (changes marked in bold):
*ANT 5-110 Archaeology DOERSHUK
CHANGES IN ACADEMIC POLICY:
Adjunct Course Credit: No more than two 500-level (1/4 credit) courses may be taken in any one semester; no more than two full course credits earned in 500-level courses may be counted toward the minimum 32 course credits required for the B.A. or B.Mus. degree.
All-College Independent Study Courses : No more than four All-College Independent Study course credits (280/380 , 289/389, 290/390, 299/399 ) may be counted toward satisfying the minimum credit requirement for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music degrees. No more than two All-College Independent Study course credits (380 , 389, 390, 399 ) may be counted toward satisfying the minimum of nine course credits numbered in the 300s or 400s required for the B.A. or B.Mus. degrees.
Bachelor of Special Studies Degree: requirements have been changed. For the full text of current requirements, click here. Current sophomores who wish to be "grandparented" under the previous B.S.S. requirements must file a B.S.S. Prospectus with the registrar no later than March 1, 1999.
OFF-CAMPUS COURSES TAUGHT BY CORNELL FACULTY 1998/99:
These courses usually involve additional costs and require advance planning. Consult the course descriptions below and the course instructor for a description of the course, the prerequisites, deadlines, and cost.
1-220. Research Methods. Students may choose either to develop their own ethnographic fieldwork projects on any appropriate topic, or of working on a project centered on the class project theme. This year's theme is "Studying the Cornell Body." Students choosing the class project theme will design their ethnographic projects on such themes as tattooing, body piercing, muscle building, group and individual identity through costuming, etc. (Social Science) EHRENREICH
8-258. Topics: The Black Woman in America. Focus on the experience, cultural interpretations, mythology, and societal roles of Black women, especially those in the Caribbean and in the United States. Africa, slavery, maroonage, kinship (matrifocality), childhood socialization, incarceration, religious organizations, and Feminism will be among the topics covered. Autobiographies will be read along with anthropological, historical, and sociological sources. Also listed as WST 8-258. (Social Science) MONAGAN
6-356. Imaging the Social Body. An examination, drawing on recent interdisciplinary approaches, of the ways in which social meanings and messages are shaped and controlled through the medium of the body. Dressed, undressed, decorated, scented, disabled, controlled, frenzied, etc., the many manifestations of the body are interpreted as providing important clues for social and historical analysis. The course will emphasize the approaches of anthropology, art, and art history in its focus on the human body. As such, it will pay special attention to "imaging the body," media analysis, body art (performance art, tattooing, piercing, etc.), and gender/sexual issues. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing or permission of the instructors. ANT 101 and WST 171 are highly recommended. Also listed as ART 6-356. (Humanities) EHRENREICH and MC CARTY
7-314. Contact, Change, and Cultural Survival: Anthropology of Colonialism. Taught at the Newberry Library, Chicago. Enrollment limited to eight students; junior or senior standing preferred. Additional fees. (Social Science) EHRENREICH
9-332. Plant Taxonomy. Class will spend the second week of the block at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.
5-255. Topics in Computer Science: Best Practices. A study of how the best computer scientists, laboratories, and software engineering organizations have developed outstanding products, services, and insights. A focus on creativity and leadership in a technical profession. An examination through case studies of the kinds of knowledge and skills that must complement technical prowess when technology is applied to the solution of human problems. TABAK
*4-111. Memoir. Students will read a variety of memoirs in order to pursue questions fundamental to both the study of self-representation and literature in general. First among these questions is, what separates memoir from fiction? While each memoir raises its own discrete set of questions, all of them ask us to consider the relationship of memory to history. Other connections considered include: representations of the individual in a communal context, the impact of gender, race, and other identificatory markers on the writing self, and the relationship of trauma to personal narrative. Not open to students who have previously completed ENG 111. JONES
1-411. Senior Seminar: Auto/Biography. Students will examine the flourishing genres of biography and autobiography, and their relationships to fiction. Using both primary and secondary materials, we will be concerned with the relationship between a life and the text said to approximate that life. Theoretical connections between auto/biography and feminism, psychoanalysis, new historicism, and the institution of authorship will inform our readings. (Humanities) JONES
2-260. Topics in Ethnic Studies: Being Multiracial in America: A Socio-historical Approach. This course will examine the concept of race through the experiences of biracial and multiracial people. Topics considered will include the history of multiracial people in the United States, the development of multiracial identity, and contemporary issues regarding racial categorization. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Also listed as SOC 2-260. (Social Science) GATSON
1-103. Beginning French III. We are tentatively planning to spend the third weekend of the course (Thursday afternoon through Sunday evening) in Louisiana to experience great music, delicious food, and rich Francophone culture at the Festivals Acadiens and the Creole Folk Festival, both in Lafayette. Costs are currently estimated at $85 per student. For more information, contact Prof. Jan Boney. BONEY
9-206/302. Intermediate French/Advanced Conversation in Quebec. Why not take French in Montréal? Students will stay with a French-speaking family in Montréal, second-largest French-speaking city in the world. One weekend will be in historic Québec City. The trip includes tours, trips, museums, cultural events, and plays, as well as informal activities designed to acquaint students with the unique culture of Québec. FRE 206 is the off-campus version of FRE 205, and completes the B.A. language requirement. Prerequisite: FRE 103 or permission of instructor. FRE 302, Advanced Conversation in Québec, is open to anyone who has completed FRE 205 or equivalent, and counts towards the French major. Costs have not yet been determined, but are estimated at $1500 or less, including transportation, housing, cultural activities, and tours. See Prof. Jan Boney for further information. BONEY
*2-254. French Women Writers in Translation. Open to all students and taught in English. French majors and minors may take it for French credit if they read the texts in French. Majors/minors should inform Professor Crowder in advance if credit toward the major/minor is requested so she can order enough French texts. May be counted toward a major or minor in Women's Studies. (Humanities) CROWDER
303. French and Francophone Cultures. This course is taught in alternate years, and will return in 99-00, probably in the fall of 1999. (Humanities)
311. Introduction à la littérature en français. This course will provide students with skills necessary for reading, discussing, and writing about literature in French. Literature from a wide variety of genres and times will be read, offering the student an opportunity to become familiar with the range of literature studied in the upper-level French courses. French 311 is required for the major and minor, and is a prerequisite to French 315 and higher, except for students who entered prior to 1996-1997, for whom it is recommended if the student has had fewer than three literature courses. Pre-requisite: FRE 301 or permission of instructor. (Humanities) BONEY
*6-112. Introductory Seminar: Women in the Civil War Era, 1840-1870. The Civil War profoundly affected women and was shaped by their actions in numerous ways. This course will explore the various roles women played in this American drama. Before the war women were active in the abolitionist movement. In the midst of the war women functioned as soldiers, nurses, farmers, and entrepreneurs, looking after the troops and the families and businesses left behind on the home front. Finally, women's efforts in the Freedman's Bureau and as teachers and social workers in the South proved invaluable to the South's Reconstruction after the war. Open to first and second year students only, except by permission of instructor. (Humanities) TEGTMEIER
*3-116. Introductory Seminar: The Holocaust. An introduction not only to what happened to the Jews, Gypsies and other "undesirables" under Adolf Hitler, but also a survey of the various responses and reactions to these events in the post-war period. A number of films will be shown. Several writing assignments. Open to first and second year students only, except by permission of instructor. (Humanities) CONNELL
9-356. African-Americans in U.S. History. The course will focus on African-Americans in the age of revolution in the Western Hemisphere. It explores the role of African-Americans in the American Revolution, the Haitian Revolution, and the various slave rebellions of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It will address several important questions regarding the theory and practice of the democratic ideals put forth by our founding fathers: how did the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution affect black Americans; how did African-Americans in the new United States and the Caribbean fashion their own ideals of liberty and independence; and finally, how did slave resistance shape our revolutionary tradition? (Humanities) TEGTMEIER
8-357. Seminar in American History: The Constitution and Racism--The Japanese-American Experience. The suspension of the Constitution on the basis of race and military necessity remains one of the most dramatic and serious chapters in American racism. The seminar examines the roots of anti-Asian sentiment, the Chinese and Japanese immigration, and the denial of basic civil liberties to Japanese-Americans in 1942. The course considers the role of racism, the President, Congress and Supreme Court as well as the personal dimensions of life in the internment camps. The larger issue of Japanese-American loyalty and military necessity is assessed. Attention is given to the successful efforts to secure "redress" from the U.S. government. Readings from the perspective of sociology, political science, religion, and literature are included together with film and personal witnesses. (Humanities) R. THOMAS
8-315. Seminar: Research on the Public Ethics of President Bush. This class will travel to the Bush Presidential Library, College Station, Texas for about two weeks. There will be an additional charge for expenses associated with the trip. Enrollment limited to 12 students. For details, see the "Courses Taught" page at cornellcollege.edu/~sutherland http://www.cornellcollege.edu/~rsutherland/. (Social Science) SUTHERLAND
4-335. Seminar: Comparative Ethno-nationalism. Since the late 1980s, we have witnessed the collapse of the former Soviet Union and the breakup of Yugoslavia, largely along ethnic lines. However, ethnicity has been a potent political force in Africa and other parts of the developing world since the establishment of new nation-states in these regions in the 1950s and 1960s. The course therefore will survey the literature related to the construction of identities based on ethnic allegiance as well as the convergence of ethnicity and nationalism as a potent political force in modern times. (Social Science) LOEBSACK
3-336. International Relations of the Asian-Pacific Rim. International politics in the Asian-Pacific region since World War II. Considerations include the impact of big-power rivalries, political revolution, economic development, and the globalization of capital. Prerequisite: POL 242. (Social Science) HUANG
2-337. Comparative Government of China and Japan. Comparative of contemporary China and Japan. Considerations include the synthesis of indigenous traditions and imported institutions in each country and the respective roles of China and Japan in world politics and the international economy. Prerequisite: POL 243 (Social Science) HUANG
7-345. Political Economy of Brazil. Course taught in Brazil; additional expenses of approximately $2500. (Social Science) LOEBSACK
5-356. Seminar in American Politics: Race, Law, and Culture. This seminar will examine the peculiar aspects of race as they affect both judicial decision-making and the social fabric of the United States at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Most of us recognize that race still remains a relatively taboo subject in social dialogue. This course asks whether race is a social construct and then examines the variety of enabling and constraining functions of race in contemporary American society. During the course term we will consider scientific information, theory, and individual opinion as each topic relates to race and to decision-making concerning race. Major topics to be discussed include:
Through group discussion and readings we will seek to overcome the societal taboo of dialogue on this subject matter in an effort to raise and address the most pertinent issues related to the topics noted above, seeking always to encourage original thought and wherever possible to explore answers to issues of race and racism at a point in our country's history where the wrong answers and approaches -- or no answers, i.e. maintaining the status quo -- may have catastrophic consequences for our society in the next century. Prerequisite: POL 262 or sophomore standing. (Social Science) COLBERT
5-359. Topics in Psychology: The Self. This course will focus on the structure of the self and identity, and the process by which concepts of the self are developed. This course will be most closely related to the content of social psychology, but will also have developmental applications. It will examine the development of self and identity from infancy to adolescence and adulthood, and will explore personality change and stability during adulthood. (Social Science) FLEMING
2-260. Topics in Sociology: Being Multiracial in America: A Socio-historical Approach. This course will examine the concept of race through the experiences of biracial and multiracial people. Topics considered will include the history of multiracial people in the United States, the development of multiracial identity, and contemporary issues regarding racial categorization. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Also listed as EST 2-260. (Social Science) GATSON [Hierarchy]
9-379. Advanced Topics in Women's Studies: Women Representing Themselves: Gender and the Autobiographical Subject. Students will read first-person narratives by women writers in order to develop arguments relating genre to identity. Some of the more complex questions we will investigate include: What is "lifewriting" and how does it relate to the Western autobiographical tradition?; Can female self-representation be understood as essentially distinct from male self-representation?; What do gender and genre have to do with one another and with literary history? We will read diaries, travel writing, letters, journals, essays, and memoirs by such authors as Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf, Maya Angelou, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, and Gloria Anzalda. JONES
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