Sep 29, 2023  
2015-2016 Academic Catalog 

New and Revised Courses


Revised Courses Approved March 24, 2016

ARHI186C SC  (change in title and description)
Topics in Asian Arts: Japanese Theater Prints      

Japanese woodblock prints celebrate actors and advertise performances in the kabuki, noh and bunraku theaters. Scripps College has an important collection of Japanese theater prints, and seminar members will examine, research and make presentations about those works and the historical contexts of their production. Plays will be read in English. In conjunction with exhibitions, performances and workshops on noh.


CORE003  SC01  (change in title and description)
Vir/Gyn Goddess: The Virgin and the Femme Fatale

Departing from a social construction analysis of the Virgin Mary in the Catholic Church and the history of “virginity” in Western cultures, this course seeks to unpack the categories that define and limit debates around such questions as gender roles, female sexuality, and reproductive rights. On the one hand, we analyze the redefinition and re-symbolization of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the part of Chicana feminist artists, writers, and theorists. On the other hand, the archetype of the femme fatale is explored in a variety of contexts. Students engage a wide range of artistic literary, and cinematographic primary materials and interdisciplinary secondary texts.


ENGL171S SC  (change in number, title, description; formerly ENGL188  SC)
The Postcolonial Novel (Senior Seminar Eligible)

This course will study the formation of a “postcolonial canon” within English literary studies through examining the form and content of the postcolonial novel. We will query the filiation between the form of the novel and nationalist narratives, as well as how the postcolonial novel has been commodified as “world literature” for Europe and the US. Additionally, we will attend to the way in which historical and political events from the postcolonial (or neocolonial) era are critiqued or registered. The syllabus will include texts by prominent and outsider voices from Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, and South Asia.


HIST173 AF  (change in description)
Black Intellectuals and the Politics of Race                     

This course examines ideas about race, nationality, and citizenship in African American intellectual thought in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Taught as a reading/discussion seminar, students are introduced to major themes, controversies and contradictions among Black intellectuals engaged in public and scholarly conversations about the role and function of race in contemporary U.S. society.


POLI152  SC  (change in description)
Women and the Law

The purpose of this course is twofold: first, to broadly explore whether gender matters within the legal context; and second, to provide an introduction to the structure of constitutional and statutory legal doctrine that apply when claims of sex discrimination are made. The first part of the course will provide an overview of the American court system and the ways that gender has affected citizenship status. The second part will deal with the major constitutional themes that are invoked in sex discrimination cases and their evolution across time. We will also consider how alternative schools of legal thought address these issues. The final part of the course will examine more closely specific gender policy areas that have been brought before the judiciary. Particular attention will be paid to employment law, reproductive rights, family law and criminal law.


SPAN100  SC  (change in number, title, description, prerequisites; formerly SPAN070  SC)
Sciences and Cultural Competence

Development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills at an advanced level on topics related to the sciences in general, and medicine in particular, through discussion of visual media and arts, culture theory, histories, testimonios, and scientific scholarship in Spanish stemming from specific geographical and historical contingencies in the Americas and in Spain to enhance cross cultural understanding.


SPAN155  SC  (change in title and description)
Short Fiction by Spanish Women Writers

This course will analyze the narrative techniques peculiar to the genres of the modern novella and short story, while also studying the works in their historical, cultural, and literary contexts. Spanish women writers will include, among others, Emilia Pardo Bazan, Carmen de Burgos, Ana Maria Matute, Carmen Martin Gaite, Cristina Fernandez Cubas. Prerequisite: Spanish 44.

Revised Courses Approved April 28, 2016

Core I: Histories of the Present: Community (change in title and description)

Core I takes up this task through an examination of communities. Starting with the question “What is a community?” we look at both large imagined communities such as modern nation-states and religious groups and smaller, more intimate groups that we regularly label as a “community.” We ask: How are communities formed and transformed? What role does historical memory and forgetting play in the creation of community? How are communities at once inclusive and exclusionary? What role do performance and memory play in the formation and transformation of communities? Any when are communities beneficial and when are they potentially harmful?

In this course, we examine the ways in which communities are created and transformed through political acts, religious practices, military intervention, cultural performances, social networks, and bonding. In conjunction with this, we critique the ways in which practices of overt and implicit exclusion along the lines of birth, class, race, gender, sexuality, ability, and religious beliefs limit the possibility of belonging. We explore the ways in which individuals and communities define and represent themselves in accordance with and in resistance to the dominant powers that often determine a community’s boundaries. We also explore how communities work in resistance to transform their own and other’s political, economic and social condition.


ARCN110  SC Artists’ Materials and Technologies-Ancient and Modern (change in description)

Questions regarding heritage and legacy, change and sustainability lie at the intersection of art conservation and materials science. What should be preserved? How can we prolong their lifespan to pass on works to future generations? What are the ethics of intervention? This course surveys these and other current issues in art conservation. 


FGSS026  SC (change in description)
Introduction to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Issues to be covered may include: transnational,intersectional and antiracist approaches and methodologies; the social construction of gender and sexuality; the gender and sexual politics of everyday life; and the gender and sexual politics of colonialisms, imperialisms, nationalisms and decoloniality. Required for Majors and Minors.


FGSS188  SC (change in title and description)
Advanced Topics in Feminist Gender and Sexuality Studies

This course explores a current topic in feminist and/or queer studies and the history and cultural politics of genders and sexualities. Topics of study may include: queer feminists of color critique; indigeneities; antiracisms and intersectionality; colonialism and decoloniality; law and the criminal justice system; race, law and sexualities, queer popular culture, queer nationalisms and transnationalisms. Required for Majors. Prerequisite: FGSS026 or by instructor permission.


MUS 119  SC  (change in title and description)
Women and Gender in Music

This class will study the role of gender in music as reflected by women composers, performers, writers on music, and patrons. This class will also investigate how active participation in music making and performance by women shapes the ways in which gender is represented. This course satisfies the fine arts requirement.