Fall 2015 Courses


Human Rights-related undergraduate courses, Fall 2015

AAAS 102.01 Mass Incarceration & Blackness

Instructor: Wahneema Lubiano
A range of disciplinary perspectives on key topics in African American Studies: slavery and abolitionism, theories of race and racism, gender and race, the era of Jim Crow, cultural expressions, political and intellectual thought, African American freedom struggles from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries, and race and public policy.

AAAS 213.01 Global Brazil

Instructor: John French
Analysis of Brazilian history and culture from 1500 to the present in transnational context, with an emphasis on themes like slavery and race, regional cleavages, authoritarian rule, social inequality, and innovative attempts to expand democracy. Facilitates broad-based knowledge of a country of increasing global economic and diplomatic clout. Close examination of primary sources, including texts, images, music, and film.

AAAS 236S.01 Civil/Human Rights Activism: In the Spirit of Pauli Murray

Instructor: Barbara Lau
Documentary fieldwork course exploring the legacy of civil and human rights activism in Durham through the life and work of noted historian, lawyer, poet, activist and priest Pauli Murray. Students will utilize scholarship, primary source archival materials and contemporary documentary projects to set a context for their fieldwork in Durham. Working with the instructor and local social change leadership engaged in work related to the “Face-Up Project,” students will deepen fieldwork skills – photography, writing, audio or filmmaking – and develop documentary projects in collaboration with culturally diverse community groups. Requires fieldtrips to communities in Durham.

AAAS 243.01 The Civil Rights Movement

Instructor: Raymond Gavins
An interdisciplinary examination of the civil rights movement from World War II through the late 1960s.

AAAS 290S.05 Imagining Slavery & Gender

Instructor: Staff

AAAS 310S.01 Conflict Analysis in Africa

Instructor: Stephen William Smith
Utilizes four case studies to outline components of conflict analysis in Africa. Examines regional crisis nexus between Darfur, Chad and Central African Republic. Looks at issues of post-coloniality, autochthony, migration, citizenship, land tenure, and inequality. On a theoretical level, identifies potentially cross-cutting, deeper layers of contemporary crises in Africa with the objective of establishing a series of templates, a ‘protocol’, for comparative conflict analysis and conflict management in Africa.

AAAS 331.01 Black Popular Culture & Social Protest

Instructor: Mark Neal
The production and circulation of African American popular cultural forms including, but not limited to, popular literature, music, film, television, and art in the twentieth century. The ways in which African American popular culture may reflect the particular values and ethos of African Americans and the larger American society. Topics may include black cinema, blues and jazz music, black nationalism, hip hop, black social movements, blacks and sports culture, popular dance, and the cultural history of black style.

AAAS 350S Law & Literature: Race Matters

Instructor: Karla Holloway
This course explores the intersectionalities of race and law. We’ll focus on issues like sexuality, adoption, and marriage, the era and residue of Jim Crow, as well as the meaning and intent of affirmative action in educational contexts. We’ll use case law and some literary fiction to expose and explore these issues with a particular interest in understanding how race matters in the construction of US citizenship.

AAAS 352.01 Pigging Out: The Cultural Politics of Food

Instructor: Michaeline Crichlow
Examine cultural influences of food, linking class, geography, ethnicity to food practices. Investigates link between overeating and cheap food, under-eating and expensive food; discrepancy between cost and quality; changing diets in US and elsewhere; current debates regarding food production, specifically in the U.S., Americas, Africa and Asia. Discussion of Cargill companies’ restrictions on spread of their hybrid grains; questionable agricultural practices, e.g. animal cruelty, overuse of pesticides, condition of migrants. Environmental policies examined in relation to pursuit of such industrial agricultural practices. Will include hands-on experiments with food preparation and tasting.

AMES 409.01 Chinese Im/migration: Chinese Migrant Labor and Immigration to the US

Instructor: Carlos Rojas
Comparative examination of contemporary China’s “floating population” of migrant labor, and of Chinese immigration abroad (particularly to the US). Focus on cultural representation of these phenomena (particularly literary, cinematic, and artistic works), but sociological, anthropological, economic, and political perspectives will also be considered. Topics include cultural alienation, marginalization, and assimilation; education and health care; labor and commodification; gender and ethnicity; narratives of modernization and development; together with the ethical, social, and political implications of migration.

CHILDPOL 250S.01 Child Policy Research

Instructor: Shane Goodridge
Major developmental stages of childhood and influences in a child’s life: parents/family life, schools, communities, the economy Emphasis on 1) applying of theory for analyzing complex societal problems (often involving issues of race, class, and gender; 2) using material and methodologies from psychology, sociology, economics, and public policy. Required course for certificate program Child Policy Research, but open to all undergraduate students.

CULANTH 429.01 Gender & Sexuality in Latin America

Instructor: Diane Nelson
Gender and sexuality as strands within complex fabrics of identification. Anthropological case studies, including ethnography, film, and theoretical analyses, drawn from Latin America; the possibility of specific gender formations in that geographical region. Relations among men, women, “cochones,” “machos,” “virgenes,” Malinches, “mestizos,” “mujeres Mayas,” “travestis,” revolutionaries, gringos and gringas, throughout the whole continent of the Americas. How gender and sexuality affect and are affected by other forms of identification such as race and ethnicity, class, colonialism, nationalism, and globalization. The role of stereotypes.

CULANTH 432S.01 Gender, Sex & Citizenship

Instructor: Laurie McIntosh
Explore current issues and debates relating to the relationship between gender, sexuality and global flows of people, labor, capital and ideas. Consider feminist analyses of the citizen-subject and foundational questions central to this area of study relationship between cultural representation, queer subjectivities, and sexual citizenship. Examine scholarship on gendered vulnerability and the welfare state; the politics of ‘terror’, security, and stereotyped masculinities; domestic labor and contemporary slavery; and the controversial debates about the connections between sex tourism, human trafficking and commercial sex work. Prereq: Previous gender studies course or consent of the instructor.

DOCST 327S.01 Pilgrimage

Instructor: Charles Thompson
Documentary and anthropological approaches to understanding. Different cultures, religions, histories, and levels of privilege make their way somewhere to pay tribute, give offerings, encircle a site, crawl on their knees, kiss a wall, touch a statue, or simply raise their hands in acknowledgement of finishing a goal, be it a walk on a trail or a prayerful walk to a religious icon; be it to commemorate, celebrate, mark a rite of passage, or to do penance. Explores how people make meaning and give their lives significance through pilgrimage. Students document a pilgrimage of their own, prepare for an upcoming pilgrimage, or interview those who have gone on pilgrimages.

DOCST 341S.01 Politics of Food

Instructor: Charles Thompson
Explores the food system through fieldwork, study, and guest lectures that include farmers, nutritionists, sustainable agriculture advocates, rural organizers, and farmworker activists. Examines how food is produced, seeks to identify and understand its workers and working conditions in fields and factories, and, using documentary research conducted in the field and other means, unpacks the major current issues in the food justice arena globally and locally. Fieldwork required, but no advanced technological experience necessary. At least one group field trip, perhaps to a local farm or farmers market, required.

EDUC 310S.01 School Dropout and Education Policy

Instructor: Ann Brewster
The history of the U.S. school dropout issue, scope of the problem, current statistics and trends. Overview of theories and research related to school dropout and educational attainment. Analysis of effective dropout prevention strategies, programs, and policies. Emphasis on critical thinking, discussion, and application. Participation in service learning is an option, incorporating issues of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and culture. Instructor consent required.

ETHICS 560S.01 Organized Compassion: History and Ethics of Humanitarianism

Instructor: David Toole
Although charity was historically a part of everyday life, it was not a central part of organized society. Today, however, from the UN agencies to CARE and countless other NGOs, “there exists an international humanitarian order.” This course will introduce students to this institutional organization of compassion, while at the same time exploring the “revolution of moral sentiments” and theology that brought these institutions into being and sustains them. As Barnett says: “It is impossible to study humanitarianism without being impressed by the importance of religion [as it has been] critical to the origins of humanitarianism and continue to influence its unfolding.”

ETHICS 561.01 History of Poverty in the U.S.

Instructor: Robert Korstad
A history of poverty and poverty policy in the United States from the colonial era to the present. The changing experience of poverty, efforts to analyze and measure poverty, and attempts to alleviate or eliminate it. Attention paid to the reasons for the durability of poverty in a wealthy nation and to the forces shaping the contours of anti-poverty policy.

ENVIRON 214S Ethical Challenges in Environmental Conservation

Instructor: Rebecca Vidra
Examination of current ethical challenges in environmental conservation. Topics include the philosophical basis and challenges of mankind’s responsibility to the natural world; prioritization of often conflicting conservation efforts; balancing the needs of humans and the environment; the disputed role of scientists as advocates; and the philosophical and political obstacles to conservation efforts. Analysis of the evolving environmental movement, in relation to current issues.

FRENCH 325S.01 Global Displacement: Voix Francophones

Instructor: Deborah Reisinger
Builds advanced language skills in context of migration and resettlement issues focused on Central and West African Francophone refugees in North America. Examine current laws, processes, practices, reasons for seeking refugee status, integration into host countries, challenges of cultural orientation. Discuss questions of testimony or narrative, including ethical considerations, with close attention to politics of listening to and speaking for other communities. Texts include UNHCR documents, documentary films, interviews, literary narratives. Community-based component (20 hours) engages students with refugee community in Durham. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: French 204 or equivalent.

GERMAN 387.01 Germany Confronts Nazism and the Holocaust

Instructor: Donahue
The ways in which official German culture comes to terms with its Nazi past. Background reading in history and politics; primary focus on films, dramas, novels, and poetry, as well as public memorials, monuments, and museums. Authors treated include: Wolfgang Borchert, Rolf Hochhuth, Peter Weiss, Ruth Klüger. Taught in English.

GLHLTH 302.01: Global Narratives of Living with HIV/AIDS

Instructor: Kearsley Stewart
How do we learn about the global experience of people living with HIV/AIDS? Read biographies, narratives, poetry, and blogs written by HIV+ persons, their families, friends, doctors, and caregivers. Listen to stories told in film documentaries and on the internet. Study interdisciplinary theories of identity and sexuality, illness narratives, narrative medicine, and doctor-patient communication. Reflect on the different meanings of the AIDS experience for men and women, young and old, in Brazil, Botswana, China, Haiti, Russia, South Africa, and rural and urban USA. Apply this new framework to investigate and analyze HIV/AIDS programs. Prior global health coursework recommended.

GLHLTH 303.01 Global Health Systems and Policy

Instructor: David Toole
Introduces global health systems and policy in four modules: 1.Globalization; 2. Health; 3. Systems; 4. Policy. Draws on faculty from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, biology, economics, history, medicine, political science, and sociology, to situate the concept and practice of “global health” within these four broad themes. Provides an understanding of variations in health systems around the world and of current issues in global health policy, including the political economies of health care, decision-making processes, governance structures, and the resource-constrained realities of global health policy-making.

GLHLTH 660.02 Global Mental Health

Instructor: Brandon Kohrt
Examination of global mental health from perspectives of culture, public health, epidemiology, human rights, policy, and intervention. Disciplines include cross-cultural psychiatry, medical anthropology, public mental health, and economics. Topics include ethics, stigma, cross-cultural classification of mental health, ethnopsychology, trauma, violence, disasters, and displacement. Populations include children, ethnic minorities, refugees, survivors of complex emergencies, and persons with chronic disease. Course highlights mixed-methods approaches to research and intervention evaluation. Designed for graduate students & advanced undergraduates. Prior research methods course recommended.

HISTORY 311S.01 Men, Women, and Sports: Topics in U.S. Sports History

Instructor: Sarah Deutsch
Examines the way sports have been tied to and expressed ideals of manhood and womanhood, race, class, and nation. Topics will vary but include boxing, Title IX, football, Olympics, baseball, etc.

HISTORY 374D.001: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History

Instructor: Sarah Deutsch
Major questions relating to women and women’s place in society over the course of U.S. history, broadly defined, from the colonial period to the present: How did different groups of women see themselves as women? How did views of women’s sexuality change? How did men’s and women’s relationships and roles change? How did women understand their connections to the larger society? How did race, ethnicity, and class shape all those issues? Course uses a variety of materials, including novels, movies, images, and music to explore the ethical contours of women’s lives in the past, following change over time to better understand women’s position today.

ICS 195.01 Comparative Approaches to Global Issues

Instructor: Catherine Mathers
Introduction to critical transnational studies through several disciplinary approaches. Examines capitalism and neo-liberal globalization and their relationships to culture, politics, economics, and other social forms and outcomes; considers transnationalism “from below”; addresses linear and Western-centric thinking about progress and modernity; focuses a historical lens on political discourses, institutions, and projects to understand them contextually; demonstrates how cultures and identities are dynamically constituted in interaction with historical, material, political, and situational factors; considers how different inequalities and contestations inflect most social formations.

LIT 390S.01 Literature of Migration & Exile

Instructor: Ariel Dorfman

ICS 390S.05 Global Dialogue: Incarceration

Instructor: Jessica Namakkal, Robin Kirk

LIT 332.01 Global Protest

Instructor: Michael Hardt
Study of primary models and theories of social movements developed in fields of Sociology and Political Science. Readings provide vocabulary and conceptual framework for understanding how people organize, how social movements use media, role of leadership, meaning of success, and several other basic issues. Focus on social movements of last few decades. Students will conduct group projects on a selected contemporary social movement. Contemporary social movements considered include Occupy, 15M movement in Spain, Gezi Park encampment in Turkey, urban protests in Brazil, and Arab Spring uprisings.

LIT 690S.01 Terror, Trauma & Mystery

Instructor: Ariel Dorfman

PHIL 222.01 Gender and Philosophy

Instructor: David Wong
Issues in political and moral philosophy in their bearing on feminist concerns, including political equality and rights, preferential treatment, feminist and nonfeminist critiques of pornography, and the morality of abortion.

PHIL 270.01 Business Ethics

Instructor: Wayne Norman
Debates about obligations of firms and business leaders over and above legal obligations. Examination of foundations and implications of corporate governance, corporate law, and the theory of the firm. Evaluation of challenges by supporters of stakeholder theory and corporate social responsibility.

PHIL 580S Race Theory: Biological Classification and Moral Implications

Instructor: Robert Brandon
Topics to include: Biological classification theory and its applications to humans; the fit, or lack thereof, of biological categories and folk classifications of race; The historical/political motivations behind human racial classifications; The role of race in moral interactions; and The role of race in the construction of personal identity.

PJMS 371.01 News as a Moral Battleground

Instructor: Philip Bennett
Ethical inquiry into journalism traditions and its effect on public discourse. Issues includes accuracy, transparency, conflicts of interest and fairness. Stories presenting special issues such as national security, reporting on vulnerable people and the privacy of public figures. New challenges in blogging, social media and the 24-hour news cycle.


POLISCI 222.01 The Arab Youths Revolution

Instructor: Abdeslam Maghraoui
Examines mass protest movements that topple autocratic leaders in the Arab World. Studies causes, dynamics, and pattern of authoritarian breakdown and transition in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria. Questions include: What is driving sudden protest movements? Why now? How important is role of youths and new technologies of communication? What does religion have to do with these movements? Why have Arab republics been more vulnerable? Are Arab monarchies (Jordan, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia) really immune?

POLISCI 331.03 Prisoner’s Dilemma and Distributive Justice

Instructor: Jonathan Anomaly
Economic, political, and philosophical perspectives on distribution justice and the problems in each discipline raised by variations on the prisoner’s dilemma. Classic texts include Hobbes and Hume, Smith and Mill, Rawls and Nozick. Gateway course to the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics certificate program. Suggested prerequisites: Economics 101 Economic Principles, and a course in ethics or political philosophy.

POLSCI 329S.01 Politics in Violence

Instructor: Balcells
Exploration of the role of violence in politics. What is the role of violence in the formation and consolidation of states? What is the relationship between violence and political regimes? In-depth analysis of the varieties of political violence in contemporary world: terrorism, coups, riots, wars, protest violence, revolutions. Combination of theoretical analysis and empirical exploration of cases. Exploration of non-violent forms of resistance and protest. Reading responses and final research paper required.

POLISCI 497S.01 Senior Seminar in Security, Peace and Conflict

Instructor: Peter Feaver
Special topics in security, peace and conflict; open also, if places are available, to qualified juniors who have earned a 3.0 average and obtain the consent of the instructor.

POLISCI 525S.01 Race and American Politics

Instructor: Ashley Jardina
A broad overview of the salience of race in the American political fabric and how it structures racial attitudes on a number of political and policy dimensions.

PUBPOL 216S.01 The U.S. Border

Instructor: Stephen Kelly
Examines the challenges and opportunities of the U.S. border from a geopolitical perspective. Detailed review of how the current U.S. boundaries were set, and how this shapes current attitudes and conflicts. Assessment of various means of border control, including visa issues, border walls and port of entry screening. Cultural and historical comparison of two borderlands, Seattle-Vancouver and San Diego-Tijuana, and the EU experience. Overall course theme: Can the border effectively and ethically screen noxious elements without blocking legitimate and necessary travel and trade. Specific skills taught: policy memo writing and oral briefing strategies.

PUBPOL 330.01 Global Health Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Instructor: Kathryn Whetten
Ethical issues of conducting research on or working with marginalized/stigmatized populations, using theoretical frameworks and case studies. Investigations of ethical choices made by multinational, national and local policymakers, clinicians and researchers, and their impact on individuals, families and communities. Emphasis on working with community partners to develop needs assessment programs. Topics include: differential standards of care; protection of human subjects; access to essential medicines; genetic information and confidentiality; pharmaceutical development; health information technology; placebo controlled trials; best outcomes vs distributive justice. Requires a background in Global Health.

SOCIOL 229.01 Gender, Work, and Organizations

Instructor: Rebecca Bach
Research and theories on gender issues in the work organization. The socio-historical causes of gender segregation in the workplace and the contemporary consequences for wages and occupational status. Organizational and governmental work and family policies. Case studies of specific work organizations with gender-related problems are utilized in group projects and presentations. C-L: Markets and Management Studies.

SOCIOL 361.01 Social Determinants of U.S. Health Disparities

Instructor: Jenifer Leigh Hamil-Luker
Introduction to how social factors influence health and well-being, with a particular focus on contemporary U.S. society. Topics include obesity, aging, socioeconomic disadvantage, access to health insurance, public health systems, the role of the media, and racial/ethnic and gender inequalities. The course will provide descriptive assessments of health inequalities and analytic examinations of the mechanisms through which social factors affect health.

SPANISH 306.01 Health, Culture, and the Latino Community

Instructor: Staff
Exploration of health issues in the Spanish-speaking world shaped by social, cultural, political, ethnic, and economic determinants. Topics: cultural competency, community beliefs, medical practices and policies, preventive medicine, mental health. Projects include presentations, writing, research, and conversations with local and global contacts. Evaluation on knowledge of content, oral and written proficiency in Spanish. One 300-level Spanish course recommended prior to enrolling. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or equivalent.

WOMENST 235S.01 Clinical Issues for the LGBTQ Community

Instructor: Janie Long
An introduction to LGBTQ issues in the mental-health field and other people-focused professions, e.g. medicine, education, and law. An examination of the historical treatment of the LGBTQ population in psychological practice, the evolution of mental-health care for members of the LGBTQ community, and the psychological effects of social norms on LGBTQ individuals, couples, and families, including non-pathologizing, heterosexual bias, genderism, self-identification, coming out, multiple-minority identities, parenting, and couple dynamics.

WOMENST 275.01 Food, Farming, and Feminism

Instructor: Gabriel Rosenberg
Viewing “agriculture,” “nature,” and “consumption” as pressing feminist themes and exploration of various dimensions of the cultural and political ecology/economy of producing, processing, circulating, preparing, and consuming sustenance. Particular focus on the ethical impact of US policy on rural farm communities and developing nations.

WOMENST 362.01 Gender and Popular Culture

Instructor: Kimberly Lamm

WOMENST 367.01 Feminist Ethics

Instructor: Rudy
Do women experience the world differently than men? An examination of women’s experience, women’s ways of knowing, ethical systems and feminist critique, patriarchy, dualistic thinking, gender oppression, care ethics, ethical dilemmas.

WOMENST 374S.01 Global Men and Masculinities

Instructor: Frances Hasso
Transnational approach to male bodies, desires, and lives using critical and feminist scholarship; draws from sociology, history, anthropology, and cultural studies; men and masculinities are understood to differ from each other and by context; considers power relations, leisure, and everyday life through topics such as war/militarism, religion, sports, love, and work; interactive lectures. Each student is guided to complete a short research paper on a relevant topic of choice.