Revised Courses Approved FA16
ART 124 SC (change in title and description)
Documenting Change with Clay
This course is an introduction to clay as a unique material language for documenting the world around us. In addition to learning basic construction and firing techniques, students will gain an in-depth understanding of clay's behavioral qualities and cycles as they pertain to recording aspects of time and place. Classes will focus on non-traditional processes and include lectures, readings, exercises, work time, and critiques. Fees: Lab fee $75; Materials fee $20
ART 135 SC (change in title and description)
Typography & Book Arts
In this studio course at the Scripps College Press, each student will create a unique, limited-edition artist's book. Students write original text, generate imagery using traditional and alternative printing techniques, hand set metal and wooden type, letterpress print on antique printing presses, and hand-bind an edition of approximately 12 copies of an artist's book. While some assignments will be collaborative, the final book project will represent each student's individual vision and effort. Studio Fee: $75.
ART 142 SC (change in title)
Intermediate Digital Art
ARHI186C SC (change in description)
Topics in Asian Art: Modern Art in East Asia (topic for spring 2017)
This course examines the major concepts and issues in East Asian arts through a wide range of media in the early twentieth century.
CORE002 SC (change in description)
Given the fact that, in 2009, in excess of seven million Americans were subject to some form of "correctional supervision," and over two million Americans were incarcerated, we might think that there must be very compelling answers to the question that serves as this course's title; and while most of us will agree that particular impositions of punishment are unjust, few of us are likely dispute the justification of the institution of legal punishment, per se. We aim during the semester to investigate the telling and disorientating relationship between various theories of legal punishment and the realities of legal punishment. We begin with an investigation of a number of influential justifications of punishment and then turn to various accounts and analyses of the shape legal punishment takes in contemporary America. Course includes participation in three Tuesday evening writing workshops at the nearby state women's prison.
CORE002 SC (change in title and description)
Communities and Faultlines: Militarism and Building Anti-Racist Feminist and Queer Solidarities
In this course, we will examine the ways in which notions and practices of "community" are shaped by the politics of exclusion and inclusion. In particular, we will focus on ways in which dominant practices of community building and engagement might reproduce exclusionary logics tied to capitalism and militarism through specific gendered, sexualized, racialized, classed and nationalist norms of kinship and family. Anti-racist, queer and feminist resistance and revisioning of these norms will be emphasized. Themes for exploration will include prison abolitionism, academia, transnational feminist praxis and the security state.
FREN118 SC (change in title)
Being French From Paris to Montreal
GERM002 SC (change in title and descriptiion)
Elementary German 2
Acquisition of basic oral communication, survey of German grammar, practice in reading and writing, weekly conversation classes with a native speaker. Prerequisite: GERM 001 or equivalent.
GERM044 SC (change in description)
Emphasis on correct idiomatic writing. Essays every other week, oral work, and grammar review. Prerequisite: GERM 033 or equivalent.
GERM101B SC (change in title and description)
In the decades between 1880 and 1910, Vienna emerged as one of the birthplaces of European modernism. This class offers an introduction to the city's vibrant turn-of-the-century culture. We will discuss the work of playwrights, poets, and philosophers, visual artists, composers, and architects against the backdrop of the political and social climate of the Hapsburg monarchy's final years. Décadence and psychoanalysis, aestheticism and Kaffeehausliteratur are but a few of the many essentially Viennese and radically modern ideas the course will explore. Taught in German.
HIST090 SC (change in description)
Individual and Society in Europe from the Renaissance to the Present
This course examines the development of individualism in Europe from the Renaissance to the present day. We will juxtapose theoretical reflections on the past with actual historical voices as they appear in primary sources such as memoirs or letters. The course will consider the historical conditions that made the individual self possible and the central role of writing in the articulation of personal experience. In addition, this class will offer an overview of the key epochs of European history in lieu of a standard survey course. It is an ideal introduction to historical analysis for first- and second-year students.
POLI115 SC (change in title and description)
Politics of Identity in South Asia: Religion, Caste and Ethnicity
Why are religion, caste and ethnolinguistic identity still vital to contemporary South Asian politics? How does democracy weaken some identities and strengthen others? How do social and economic liberalization and new media erode or reinforce the bonds of caste and religion? When and why do identities produce political conflict and violence? We will examine how national and subnational identities have been reinforced in constitutions, mobilized in party politics and social movements, influenced by transnational relations, and sustained through conflict, from the period of independence to the present, in India and Pakistan.
POLI187F SC (change in title and description)
Special Topics: The State vs. Supranationalism, Terrorism & Globalization
This course focuses on key concepts and issues in comparative politics, such as: the state and sovereignty, ethnic identities, violent conflict, democratization and authoritarianism, and globalization. Has the advent of supranationalism, the intensification of terrorism, and globalization made the state more or less relevant?
Revised Courses Approved SP17
ANTH119 SC (change in title)
East Asia in Ethnography and Film
ART 145 SC (change in title/description/prerequisites)
Introduction to Black and White Darkroom Photography
A studio course in black-and-white photography with an emphasis on image production, developing, and printing 35mm film, in a wet darkroom. Instruction in basic camera operation, and darkroom techniques, and considers historical and contemporary uses of the photographic medium. Students should have access to a 35mm camera. Some cameras are available for check out from Scripps AV. Prerequisites: Art 100A, Art 100B, Art 141, Intro to Media Studies. Laboratory fee: $75.
ART 193 SC (change in title/description)
Senior Thesis in Art
This course meets the senior thesis requirement for Scripps Art majors, which consists of a thesis project and accompanying paper. Each senior will work independently with a committee 2-3 faculty consisting of their thesis readers. The first two readers must be from the Scripps Art Department. The thesis project will culminate in the Senior Art Exhibition in the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery. Thesis Fee: $75.
ARHI154 SC (change in title/description)
The development of Japanese woodblock prints from 1600 to the present will be explored, using the Scripps College Collections.
DANC112A/B SC (change in title/description)
Jazz Dance II
Intermediate-level course will explore a variety of styles identified under the umbrella term Jazz, including twentieth century vernacular dances, swing, Broadway style, lyrical, modern jazz, and hip-hop. The class emphasizes rhythm, isolation, flow, syncopation, style, and performance quality. Readings, video viewings, and written assignments in historical, cultural, and aesthetic issues pertaining to jazz dance will augment studio experiences.
DANC190 SC (change in credit/description)
Senior Seminar in Dance - .5 course credit
This course provides students with the resources to plan and prepare for their senior thesis project, a working knowledge of the dance field and performing arts sector, and an opportunity to develop their mission as artists.
EA 103L KS (change in description; addition of optional lab version to existing course)
Soils and Society
Soils are dynamic biological, chemical, and physical environments that have profoundly influenced human health and society. This course provides an overview of soils and the ways in which they define habitats, cycle water and carbon, support infrastructure, sustain agriculture, record paleoclimate, and exemplify the challenges of sustainable environmental management. Laboratory sessions will provide experience describing, sampling, and analyzing soils and conducting field work for environmental, biological, geological, agricultural, and other applications.
ENGL161 SC (change in title/description)
The Futures of Asian/America
This course explores speculative imaginations of Asian/American futures, covering works of classic science fiction, contemporary popular culture, and newer work in "slipstream" literary science fiction. Central to our exploration will be the questions of how Asian/America is imagined as a contested site of future hyper-modernity, even as Asia represents a place mired in a timeless past. We will explore texts that speculate on transnational futures in relation to imperial pasts, on ecological disasters both global and local, on artificial intelligence and the "post-racial" futures, and more, paying particular attention to questions of racial information and the specific material histories of Asian/Americans.
ENGL171S SC (change in title/description)
Queer Postcolonial Literature & Theory
This course brings together the insights of two theoretical fields-queer studies and postcolonial studies-and examines how race, gender, and sexuality have been (and continue to be) sites of attempted colonial control, as well as anti-colonial contestation. We will read canonical texts in both traditions, as well as new literary representations and critical views from Africa, South Asia, and the Caribbean. Students will study novels, poetry, film, and photography alongside criticism that engages nationalism, human rights, citizenship, migration, tourism, and performance.
FREN044 SC (change in description)
This course examines the distinctions among literary genres and presents them within an analytical frame. Selections from classical and modern texts from France and the Francophone world as well as films will be discussed with focus on interpretation and comprehension. A review of advanced grammar as well as a weekly 45-minute conversation class will help improve accuracy and proficiency in students' written and oral work.
FREN110 SC (change in title/description)
Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité? France and the Crises of Globalization
As elsewhere in the world, neoliberal globalization in France has created winners and losers, resulting in the exacerbation of economic, social, and racial inequalities. The backlash against globalization has taken many forms, from the rise of nationalist populism and its anti-immigrant, anti-European Union sentiments on the far-right, to protest movements such as "Nuit-Debout" on the far-left. To understand these developments, we will explore: recent industrial dislocations; immigration in the postwar period; the legacy of French colonialism; Islam in France; the "banlieues" as a site of contestation; the recent refugee crisis; Charlie-Hebdo and other recent terrorist attacks and their aftermaths. Taught in French. Prerequisite: FREN044 or equivalent.
GERM001 SC (change in title/description)
Elementary German I
Acquisition of basic oral communication, survey of German grammar, practice in reading and writing, weekly conversation classes with a native speaker.
GERM022 SC (change in description)
Accelerated Elementary German
Accelerated introduction to basic structure; intensive practice in reading and writing, weekly conversation with a native speaker. Prerequisite: Placement examination. Students who have completed either GERM001 or GERM002 are not eligible to enroll.
GERM033 SC (change in description)
Emphasis on developing reading ability. Extensive review of grammar; continuing acquisition of new vocabulary and conversational skill, weekly conversation classes with a native speaker. Prerequisite: GERM002, GERM022, or equivalent.
HIST040A SC (change in description)
Latin America Before 1820: Long Views of Contemporary Struggles for Equality
We will address 1) the ancient past; 2) the first European invasions and occupations of 1492 to 1600; 3) the period between 1600 and 1800 --when African and Indigenous labor became the foundation of the European imperial system, and capitalism in Europe grew in significant measure from profits generated by the sale of kidnapped Africans; and 4) the cataclysmic era of revolution from 1750 to 1825 that shattered colonial domination. The four sections of the course are tied to modern resistance movements, some of which have won national elections since the 1990s, thus opening a path to the practice of economics designed by and for the poor.
HIST048 SC (change in description)
Gender and Testimony in Latin America and the Caribbean
The course is structured around pathbreaking texts that are life histories of non-elite women or "testimonies." Through testimony we will explore problems of theory and analysis addressing feminism, womynism, racial justice, and economic dignity, as well as the queering of revolution in 21st century Latin America and the Caribbean. Today, African and Indigenous gender identities lie at the heart of movements for justice that have won national power. This region of the world with 600 million people has lifted 70 million people out of poverty in recent decades, thanks to the organizing of women such as those whose words we will read and hear in this course.
HIST141 SC (change in description)
Working People in the Americas: Race, Labor, and Organizing
Designed from the perspective of Latin American and Caribbean history, this seminar addresses the resistance strategies of workers who were enslaved and free, rural and urban, female and male, union and non-union. The workers' own voices and analyses are foregrounded. Eduardo Galeano's famous interpretive essay Open Veins of Latin Americaserves as a narrative thread for the course. Several of the case studies examine relations between workers in Latin America or Caribbean countries and their U.S. employers, as well as Black, Latina and Latino workers in the United States. In other words, this course offers an economic history through the eyes of people who have labored in subhuman conditions.
HIST144 SC (change in description)
Haiti and Columbia: Maroon Nations and Paramilitary States
This course looks at two countries that are not commonly compared, Haiti and Colombia, with a focus on the African Diaspora. Starting in 1791, the enslaved broke their chains in the Haitian Revolution and radically recast the promise of freedom in the Americas. Colombia is home to the second largest Black population in Latin America after Brazil, and Blacks have stood at the heart of its struggles for dignity across the course of the nation's history.
Throughout the colonial era (1697 to 1791 in Haiti and the 1520s to 1810 in Colombia), the poor practiced marronage or escape from beneath the control of European slave elites and metropoles. Metaphorically, those who liberate themselves or break free are the maroon nations, the peoples who have built societies based upon egalitarianism and profound respect for the land. Ranged against them were elites closely tied to Europeans, at first, and then to the United States, up to the present.
Black Colombians have won rights to the land that are historic for all people in the African Diaspora in the hemisphere. The Black majority of Haiti has, in recent decades, twice elected a president who obeys the will of the poor, and that sort of political project has encountered the full wrath of foreign soldiers, extractive economic models, and U.S.-backed coups.
HIST146 SC (change in description)
Through oral tradition and "people's history," this course looks at revolutionary movements in Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico. Readings focus on the words and actions of the Maya as well as texts in film, poetry, history and political economy. Many of the texts are classics of Latin American culture, such as the chronicles of the 1500s, the words of Rigoberta Menchu during the 1980s genocide in Guatemala, and the challenge of Zapatista rebels in Chiapas to build a world with dignity for all. Among the subjects we will explore are oral histories of the poor as a source for talking about national history; changing approaches toward racial identities across recent decades; centering campesino and working-class gender perspectives; Zapatista challenges to heterosexism; counter-hegemonic conceptions of time and space.
HIST174 SC (change in title/description)
The "American" 1960s
The Sixties has a particular hold on our present. Why? How do we disentangle history from memory, memory from nostalgia? To answer these questions, this course examines the hopes, struggles, and impact of the decade by focusing on conflicts over the meanings of "American" as a source of individual and collective identity and polemical purpose in the U.S. and in the international movements against war, racism and imperialism. Topics include liberalism, civil rights and nationalist movements, immigration, environmentalism, women's liberation and the sexual revolution, the Vietnam War and the national security state, counterculture, and the rise of the New Right. Students will have the opportunity to do the work of historians in original sources.
HUM 195J SC (change in description)
Fellowship in Humanities Institute
Fellows in the Scripps College Humanities Institute will work closely with the director on an experiential project related to the theme of the Institute in a given semester. The half-credit Fellowship in the Humanities Institute does not satisfy any general education requirement, but may be used once toward requirements of a major with approval of thefaculty adviser in the major. Registration requires application. For information on applying, see www.scrippscollege.edu/campus/humanitiesinstitute/indes.php. May apply to repeat once for credit. Offered fall and spring.
PHIL155 SC (change in description)
Ethics of the Beginning and End of Life
This course focuses on the unique moral issues that arise at the beginning and end of life: procreative responsibility, anti-natalism, prenatal genetic screening, disability, surrogacy, cloning, abortion, suicide, euthanasia, and end of life care. These topics will be discussed from both the individual and the social ethical perspectives.