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AFAM 051  Masquerades of Blackness

TR 9:30-10:45AM
Charlene Regester
This seminar is designed to investigate how the concept of race has been represented in cinema historically, with a particular focus on, or interest in, representations of race when blackness is masqueraded. Its intent is to launch an investigative inquiry into how African Americans are represented on screen in various time periods, how we as spectators are manipulated by these cinematic constructions of race, and how race is marked or coded other than through visual representation. Students will view films that deal with “passing” from the various historical periods and will utilize theoretical concepts introduced in the assigned reading material to read racialized representations in these visual representations. Films selected for viewing include those from the pre-World War II Era, the Civil Rights Era, and the “Post-Racial” era. Those enrolled will be required to produce some three papers that reflect their understanding of the notion of racial masquerade and how it has evolved over time.


AFRI 050 Kings,  Presidents, Generals
TR 2:00-3:15PM
Bereket Selassie
This seminar is designed to introduce first year students to Africa’s modern history and politics. Starting with a brief, recent history of the continent, we will focus on the variety of systems of government in Africa and the challenges facing them. Traditional institutions, juxtaposed with modern institutions, will be discussed with a special focus on the types of leadership involved in such institutions. A major part of the course will pose questions such as:

  • What has been Africa’s record in the march toward democracy?
  • What are the obstacles to democratic transition and how have Africans tried to overcome such obstacles?
  • What are the roles of the constitutional systems and the forms of government in advancing democracy?
  • What is the role of leadership?
  • What difference does the type of leadership (monarchy, republican, etc.) make in the march toward democracy?


AMST 053  Family and Social Change
TR 9:30-10:45AM
Robert Allen
This seminar uses changes in the American family over the past century as a way of understanding larger processes of social change. Through reading, film viewing, and discussion, we will consider the complex of changes that, taken together, produced “modern” American society over the 19th and 20th centuries: industrialization and the rise of corporate capitalism, urbanization, the rise of consumer culture and mass media, and the civil rights movements that extended full citizenship beyond white males. We will then consider how changes in the family as a social institution reflect and contribute to these social changes. We will examine changing notions of romance, marriage, parenting, fatherhood, motherhood, and childhood. We will examine scholarly histories of the family, along with diaries and memoirs in the Southern Historical Collection, oral history interviews, and court cases. Finally, we will examine the representation of family life in contemporary Hollywood cinema. Participants will research their own family histories and produce a family “album” that documents and reflects upon the ways that links can be made between change at the level of “society” and change at the level of the family.


AMST 089  Yoga in Modern America: History, Belief, Commerce
TR 3:30-4:45PM
Jay Garcia
This seminar offers a chronological and interdisciplinary exploration of the emergence of yoga in United States from the late-nineteenth century to the present. Following prefatory readings in yoga philosophy, the seminar will concentrate on invocations and descriptions of yoga undertaken by American writers, including Henry David Thoreau, William James and Christopher Isherwood, among others. The seminar will also address the commercial networks that helped to bring yoga to the U.S. via lecture circuits for Hindu thinkers and the complex versions of yoga that have arisen within the contours of the U.S. economy. The status of yoga as a growing industry in North America ($18 billion in 2007), practical and philosophical tensions created by the divergent inflections given to yoga (exercise regimen, spiritual practice and business, among others) and recent debates about how or if yoga can be patented will figure prominently in discussions. The seminar draws upon the expertise of local residents in Chapel Hill and neighboring towns who participate in different ways in the yoga community. Through readings, visitors and writing assignments, students will gain a detailed understanding of issues and questions involving the complex processes of transplantation that have made yoga practices a feature of contemporary American life.


ANTH 089  Section 001 Deep Economies
TR 2:00-3:15PM
Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld
How does a community economy promote human and environmental well-being? Using classic studies from anthropology, we will explore sustainable livelihoods, those that have been passed down for generations. Our cases take us from farmers and weavers in the high Andes to the auto repair shops, drug trade and street politics of underground economies in Chicago, to lobstering villages in Maine, and to gatherer/ hunters of the Kalahari Desert. Instead of looking at the economy as a narrow set of market activities, we will look at how work and wealth cross boundaries into ritual life, family ties, and personal identity. We will also tackle specific moral problems: Does sharing a resource cause people to over use it? Must capitalism result in winner-take-all societies? Do economies centered on gift exchange produce equality and goodwill? Our inquiry will lead us to consider why the idea of “the commons,” a notion associated with the ancient, collective pastures of England, has reemerged in the global economy. As people have begun to talk of cultural commons, food commons and even digital commons, we will consider both the tragedy and possibility of shared livelihoods.


ANTH 089  Section 002 Windows of Mystery and Wonder: Exploring Self-Taught Art
TR 9:30-10:45AM
Glenn Hinson
Who has the right to define what counts as “art”?  Both the market and the academy readily claim this prerogative, offering themselves as aesthetic gatekeepers who hold the rights of definition.  Meanwhile, countless artists with neither formal training nor affiliation follow their own visions, creating works grounded more in the everyday aesthetics of their communities—and in the wonders of their imaginations—than in the traditions of mainstream art.  The market is quick to label these artists “outsiders,” crafting biographies that highlight their presumed eccentricity and oddness.  This seminar will turn the tables on this act of imposed definition, exploring the worlds of self-taught artistry by engaging the artists directly, asking questions about meaning, tradition, and the role of creativity in everyday life.  It will also explore the manipulations of the market, investigating how stereotypes of race, class, and region affect the commercial valuing of vernacular art.


ART 053  Art and the Body
TT 9:30-10:45AM
Cary Levine
From classical Greek nudes to the crucified Christ to the mutilated victims of modern warfare, representations of the human form have always signified essential norms, ideals and aspirations—both personal and communal. This course will examine manifestations of “the body” in Western art. Focusing on depictions of the body in art as well as the use of the body as art, we will explore how such portrayals relate to broad social, cultural and political contexts. We will consider whether particular works of art reinforce or undermine traditional oppositions between normalcy and perversity, attraction and repulsion, nature and culture. Particular attention will be paid to art in which the body functions as a form of dissent, challenging conventions of gender, race or sexuality, or the proscription of certain bodily functions and materials. This course will involve intensive class discussion, diverse reading and writing assignments, and related special events happening across campus.


ART 061  Introduction to African American Art
MWF 9:00-9:50AM
John Bowles
Focusing on the Carolinas, this course explores the many ways African Americans have used art to define themselves and their communities.  We will ask how art has been used to maintain cultural traditions, shape American culture, and build political solidarity from the era of colonialism and slavery to the present.  We will study the cultivation of artistic practices from Africa as the foundation for community solidarity and local resistance to slavery and racism; African American painters, sculptors, and craftsmen who earned national reputations for the quality of their work; artists who re-imagined and redefined African American identity through art; and artists throughout the twentieth century who represented the daily lives and hardships of rural and working-class blacks.  Our class will visit campus museums and archives, and students will conduct original research using regional sources.  Persistent questions throughout the semester will include, How does the art of African Americans in the Carolinas provoke us to question our own identities and roles within the region, and what is the contemporary role of art in shaping public discourse?


ASIA 056  Writing Women in Modern China
TR 9:30-10:45AM


BIOL 065  Pneumonia 
TR 12:30-1:45PM
Jean DeSaix
Pneumonia has had tremendous impacts throughout history, continues to cause many deaths today, and therefore is the topic of a great deal of research. A vaccine for some forms of pneumonia has recently been produced. Using pneumonia to study the 1918 Flu Epidemic, the development of antibiotics, and the discovery of DNA, students will gain an understanding of advances in life science methodologies.  Each student will be encouraged to study a particular infectious disease.


BUSI 051  Business Accounting
MW 2:00-3:15PM
Edward Blocher
Corporate financial reporting is the key means that companies have to communicate to their investors, regulators, and the general public who rely on the integrity and objectivity of these reports.  Take a company you are interested in (e.g., Wal-Mart, or GM, or any company): How would you interpret the information and evaluate the trustworthiness of the report?  In this course, students will develop the skills needed to examine and understand company financial reports.  We do not study how to prepare financial reports, which is the topic of other accounting courses. Our goal is to understand the critical elements of these reports, with a particular focus on identifying the potential for misleading and fraudulent information.


CHEM 070  You Don’t Have to be a Rocket Scientist
MW 2:00-3:15PM
Mark Schoenfisch
Science as presented in the mass media is often shallow and misleading. Critical evaluation of news reports and claims by politicians, although daunting for the non-scientist, is not difficult if a few basic principles are applied. The underlying theme of this seminar is the development of the basic tools for critically examining information from, or flaws in, news reports and popular science writing.  Additional readings by and about scientists are designed to present scientists and science in a more intimate context. The four assigned books are: Cantor’s dilemma by Carl Djerassi; “Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman”: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman; Decades of Dioxin: Limelight on a Molecule by Warren B. Crummett; and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: an Inquiry into Values by Robert Pirsig.


CLAR 050  Art and the Ancient City
TR 2:00-3:15PM
Don Haggis
The course offers a comparative perspective on the archaeology of ancient Egypt and Bronze Age Greece (3000-1100 B.C.) exploring the public art produced by these two early Mediterranean societies: the Aegean Bronze Age palace centers of Crete and Mainland Greece and the territorial state of ancient Egypt. The goal of the course is to compare and contrast the method, media, and subject matter of public art toward an understanding of differences and similarities, and ultimately the cultures that formed them. These two interrelated cultures produced two very different forms of public art reflecting unique cultural developments, and equally unique forms of artistic expression and urbanization. Students will examine the form, style, context, and media of production, consumption and display of art, examining the definition of art as material culture and an expression of social and political values.


CLAS 058  What’s so Funny?  Women and Comedy from Athens to Hollywood
TR 12:30-1:45PM
Sharon James
Comedy often illustrates the gender values of a given time and place: what a culture finds funny about women, or finds it funny to see women doing, or makes fun of a woman for doing.  This portrayal can tell us a great deal about the attitudes toward and treatment of women, and about the status of women, in that culture. Beginning with Aristophanes, western comedy shows interest in women. Hollywood comedy has its roots in Greek and Latin New Comedy, which focuses primarily on obstacles between young lovers. This genre influenced European comedy and developed into the romantic comedy and television sitcom. Typical plots feature sex, domestic conspiracies, comic misunderstandings, mistaken identities, mockery of old women, and so on. We will consider what Greeks and Romans found funny, as well as how that humor translated (or not) into modern America. Students will write and present publicly a short comic play that represents the themes we identify and study in class. Note: the sitcoms scheduled on the syllabus are suggestions only-students will participate in making a schedule of materials from modern television and movies.


COMM 063  The Creative Process in Performance
TR 9:30-10:45AM
Joseph Megel and Madeleine Grumet
Students in this seminar will attend and study the production process of multimedia, music, dance and theater performances in campus venues: The Memorial Hall Carolina Performing Arts Series, the Process Series of the Performance Studies program in the Department of Communication Studies, and others across campus. We will explore the ways that these performances address the theme of human rights and how that theme is powerfully communicated through their various media of expression. Students will research performance pieces, interview the performers, attend rehearsals and performances, and write essays that combine their own experiences of the performances with readings in performance studies.  Students will also create their own performance pieces as they observe the relationship of preparation and practice to the spontaneity and surprise of performance.


COMM 089 Collective Leadership
W 5:00-7:50PM
Patricia Parker
In this first year seminar we explore the possibilities for collective leadership involving youth and adults in vulnerable communities. Course readings, guest speakers and class field trips will provide exemplars of collaborative leadership models that engage people across traditional divides of culture, race, economics, and age. Students will work in teams to research and design community-based change projects focusing on three key strategies that engage youth as leaders and stakeholders in communities: youth media arts, youth organizing, and youth participatory action research. Students will present their projects (orally and through multi-media documentation) in class, and may be selected to present their work at a leadership conference on youth-adult partnerships (Y/APs) planned for April, 2009 near the UNC campus. Throughout the semester, each seminar participant will write a series of short essays reflecting on the collective leadership models and their own community engagement.


COMM 089H  The Politics of Countercultures: Living in the Shadows of the 1960s
T 2:00-4:50 PM
Lawrence Grossberg
This seminar explores the possibilities of a history of the present. Students will analyze the contemporary political and cultural context by comparing it with the counterculture of the 1960s, and understanding the ways in which the U.S. continues to play out an agenda that was set half a century ago. Using a variety of cultural forms and sources, students will investigate: What was “the 1960s” and why does this time period seem to be so significant in the popular history of the US (if not the world)?


COMP 060: Robotics with LEGO
Henry Fuchs
TR, 11:00AM-12:15PM
We will explore the process of design, and the nature of computers, by designing, building and programming LEGO robots. In the classroom we will read and discuss key papers from the beginnings of the computer age to help us understand the machine and our system creations. In the lab we will learn how to use computers to read sensor values and to control actuators. At the end of the semester, we will hold a competition to evaluate our robots. Previous programming experience is not required.


COMP 066  Random Thoughts
TR 12:30-1:45PM
Stephen Pizer
This seminar explores in depth the notions of “randomness” and its antithesis, “structure.” What does “random” mean? How can we test hypotheses of randomness? How do computers generate “random” numbers and just how random are they? How are random numbers used in simulation and image processing? Is the addition of random noise to a signal always bad for perceiving the signal’s content? (The answer is no!) We will collectively conduct several classic experiments to explore the nature of randomness. Students will prepare short research reports from a list of topics, and will present their findings to the seminar. Each student will also select from a list of computational experiments to perform. Computer programming skills will be helpful, but are not required. Grades will be based on participation in class discussions, research papers and presentations, and a final exam.


DRAM 080  The Psychology of Clothing
TR 12:30-1:45PM
Jade Bettin
Through traditional and innovative teaching methods, this seminar will help students find ways to articulate their own motivations for dress and then apply the ideas they have discovered to the ways in which individuality as well as group attitudes are expressed through clothing. The seminar will begin “on location” wherever clothing is worn throughout the community. In the classroom, students will discuss readings from basic texts to create a shared vocabulary. They will also discover common (and occasionally uncommon) motivations for dress, not only in our own culture, but also in others in the world today as well as during selected historical periods. Working in pairs or small groups, students will make class presentations and create web sites to share findings about the visual messages conveyed by clothing. A seminar paper presented both orally and in writing will be the culmination of the term.


DRAM 081  Staging America: The American Drama
TR 11:00AM-12:15PM
Gregory Kable
This seminar will examine drama in our nation from its colonial origins to the present. Students will read plays and criticism, screen videos, engage in critical writing, and attend live performances as a means of exploring the visions and revisions that constitute American dramatic history. The seminar will consider American drama as both a literary and commercial art form, and look to its history to provide a context for current American theater practice. The focus throughout will be on the forces that shaped American drama as well as drama’s ability to shed light on the national experience.


DRAM 083  Spectacle in the Theatre
TR 12:30-1:45PM
Eric Ketchum
How does the theatrical designer use spectacle to help create a play or musical? This seminar examines the three major theatrical design areas (scenery, costumes and lighting) in a combination of presentational format and hands-on experience. The seminar is intended as an overview for students who want to learn about design but who may prefer to act or direct, or (even) attend or study plays. Two plays (Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer and Macbeth by Shakespeare) will be carefully considered within the context of stage spectacle (i.e., for requirements concerning scenery, costumes and lighting). Careful historical research, close reading and analysis, text and source material, collaboration, and budget limitations will all be considered.


ECON 053  Costs and Benefits of the Drug War
TR 3:30-4:45PM
Arthur Benavie
The basic question examined in this seminar will be the costs and benefits of the U.S policy of drug prohibition. Does drug prohibition decrease drug abuse? Affect violence in our society? Aid terrorism? Diminish our civil liberties? Affect the public’s health? Corrupt public officials? Should drugs be decriminalized or legalized and if so, how? Should different illicit drugs be treated differently? What is the evidence in the United States and in other countries on decriminalization or legalization? Students will write a paper and present it in class, and prepare an interview with individuals who are on the frontline of the drug war, such as police or attorneys. As a seminar, classroom activity will consist of discussions and debates.


ECON 055  Economics of Sports
MWF 9:00-9:50AM
Rita Balaban
Many Americans enjoy watching and/or participating in sporting activities.  The popularity of collegiate and professional sports, however, extends beyond the talented athletes and the fierce rivalries.  Economic decision making has played a key part in its success.  This seminar uses a variety of economic tools to analyze selected topics and issues related to professional and collegiate athletics.  Some of the questions to be considered include:  How have the structure and organization of leagues contributed to their success?  What role should communities play in retaining or attracting teams? How much should professional athletes be paid?  Do owners prefer profits over wins?  Does discrimination exist in college sports?  Has doping helped or hindered the popularity of sports?  Upon completion of this seminar, students are more likely to enjoy watching sports through the eyes of an economist.


ECON 056  Asia and the West
MWF 2:00-2:50PM
Steven Rosefielde
This course explores the impact of private and governmental entrepreneurship on Asian economic performance. It is a component of the Carolina Entrepreneurial initiative (CEI). Themes covered include comparative east-west growth 1500-2010, and unique microeconomic aspects of Asian economic behavior. The ideal purposes of entrepreneurship are examined in the west, and contrasted with Asian realities. Five primary Asian systems are investigated: 1) North Korean command communism, 2) Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian market communism, 3) South Korean, Singaporean and Taiwanese Confucianism, 4) Indochinese Theravada Buddhism, and 5) Japanese communalism. Their comparative potentials are assessed, including possibilities for entrepreneurial enhancement.


ECON 089H  Engines of Innovation
TR 11:00AM-12:15PM
Buck Goldstein
This seminar will explore ways that research universities, among our nation’s most affluent and influential institutions, can have even greater impact on solving the world’s biggest problems. Our explorations will be based on a book co-authored by Buck Goldstein and Chancellor Holden Thorp to be published in the fall of 2010. The seminar will explore all of the major themes and issues raised in the book, and for some of our discussions, we will have guests with first hand knowledge of the subject matter. Students in this seminar will also staff an innovation council newly created by the Chancellor, and they will be deeply involved in a variety of university-wide projects to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.


EDUC 065 School Daze
TR 2:00-3:15PM
Suzanne Gulledge
What does it mean to be an educated person?  What function do schools serve? This seminar builds on the experiences of schooling that students bring to the university. It invites them to re-consider and de-construct what they know about education and schools as a result of those experiences.  The seminar considers traditional schooling along with non-traditional and international approaches to educating youngsters. Included are provocative readings, discussions and invitations to brainstorm schooling as it relates to education.  Students will be challenged to re-consider their experiences and notions about school and to examine alternatives. Students’ first hand knowledge and experiences combined with a critical perspective will encourage innovative thinking about ways and places of learning with the aim of generating proposals for new or reformed schools and new forms of  public education for the future.


ENGL 064 Ethics and Children’s Literature
TR 11:00AM-12:15PM
Laurie Langbauer
Children’s literature cuts to the heart of the reasons people read. Children turn to books to make sense of themselves and their world. People turn to ethics when they encounter central questions of existence and conduct they don’t know how to answer. In this seminar, we will learn from children to adopt an ethical stance toward reading: when I enter this book, who am I? What kind of life is possible in it? In stories in which the very stones can talk, what do we mean by life? The magic that turns a baby into a pig insists that we ponder not just ‘Who am I?’ but what we mean by a self at all. We won’t come up with answers to particular ethical debates. We will look at the way that ethical problems are formed. How can children’s stories help us negotiate the difficult questions of self and other in the struggle to be human?

This course is an APPLES Ueltschi Service Learning course. Students will do a 30 hour service-learning component working  in the CHCCS schools. A typical project would include a couple of hours a week tutoring elementary students with reading, writing, or in English as a Second Language. Students will reflect on and organize this service into a final independent project (past projects have included multimedia presentations, stories, curriculum design, illustrations, oral histories).


ENGL 067  Travel Literature
TR 12:30-1:45PM
Jeanne Moskal
Willa Cather wrote that there are only two or three human stories that continue to fiercely repeat themselves. In this seminar we examine some influential British, North American, and Continental literature reflecting one of those repeating human stories: the journey. The seminar has three units: an introduction to the methodology and pertinent questions to ask of travel literature, a survey of the sub-genres within travel literature (the voyage, the interior exploration, the tour, the pilgrimage, the mission), and a focused analysis of one of those sub-genres, the tour. A recurring theme in the course is the State of North Carolina as a destination for travelers, marked by the writings of naturalist William Bartram, of Catholic missionary Fr. Thomas Price, and of short-term tourist V.S. Naipaul.  Our mutual goals in this seminar are: to understand how travel and travel writing can engage received notions of gender, sexuality, religion, and national identity; to raise questions about the role travel literature has played in war, colonization, and international commerce; to learn the literary conventions that organize various kinds of travel literature by analyzing and imitating classic authors to implement active-learning strategies for representing travel by short class trips with travel writing assignments about those trips to measure the impact of travel literature on novels, poetry, drama, opera, and film.


ENGL 080  The Politics of Persuasion:  Southern Women’s Rhetoric
TR 2:00-3:15PM
Jordynn Jack
Historically, women have been dissuaded from participating in rhetoric, or the art of persuasion, due to cultural restrictions that portrayed the ideal woman as silent, complacent, and dedicated only to her domestic duties. Indeed, Southern women have been portrayed stereotypically as belles, Mammies, plantation mistresses, and “steel magnolias”–figures who tended the home fires but did not engage directly in public life.

Despite these social restrictions, UNC’s Wilson Library maintains many documents written by women who surpassed these stereotypical roles and engaged in public speaking and writing. These documents include narratives of women’s experiences as spies, social reformers, missionaries, teachers, blockade runners, and escapees from slavery. Students will examine these primary documents to uncover the persuasive strategies women used to challenge the limited roles to which they were assigned. We will read texts written by Southern women of African-American, European-American, and Latin-American descent, paying careful attention to the different constraints and resources these women used to construct persuasive personae for public audiences. In the process, we will engage in original archival research to identify and interpret the rhetorical strategies common to this extraordinary group of women writers.


ENGL 086  The Cities of Modernism
TR 12:30-1:45PM
Rebecka Fisher
This seminar is a cross-cultural and inter-medial exploration of the imagery of the “Great City” in High Modernist works of literature, art, and film.  Our choice of cities is necessarily restricted by the time allotted for the course, so we will focus our attention to Chicago, New York, Paris, St. Petersburg, and London.  Course texts will include novels and poetry by Andrei Bely, Aimé Césaire, T.S. Eliot, Nella Larsen, Jean Toomer, and Virginia Woolf.  Teaching methodology for this course emphasizes active learning, and is therefore discussion-based.  Close readings of the texts, where students are asked to comment upon, analyze, and interpret specific passages, will be undertaken each class period.  We will also discuss paintings by German expressionists and artists of the Harlem Renaissance, the film “Metropolis” by Fritz Lang, and contemporary theoretical essays by Walter Benjamin, W.E.B. Du Bois, Melville Herskovits, James Weldon Johnson, Georg Simmel, and Oswald Spengler.


ENGL 089  Entrepreneurial Writing on the Web
TR 12:30-1:45PM
Daniel Anderson
This seminar will explore the current state of computer-assisted composition and help students develop new media writing projects for emerging online cultural and economic spaces.  Content will range from understanding the economic dimensions of cultural production on the Web (e.g., viral popularity on YouTube and advertising-supported blogs) to developing new media composition skills necessary for success in emerging online environments to successfully establishing online domains and creating virtual professional spaces.


GEOG 050  Mountain Environments
MW 2:00-3:15PM
Aaron Moody
Mountains draw us into their folds with the allure of mystery, discovery, and tranquility. They humble us with their sheer mass, and they shape cultures through their offerings of refuge, bounty, passage, and hardship. This FYS will focus on the following six general topic areas: Mountain formation and degeneration; Effects of mountains on the environment, flora, and fauna; Mountain environments and global change; Adaptations, livelihoods, and specialized characteristics of mountain cultures; Mountains as sites of human psycho-spirituality and philosophical nourishment; and Mountains and contemporary society. We will also dig a little deeper to uncover some of the more idiosyncratic signatures reflecting how human cultures have shaped themselves around mountain environments. For example, how have material, artistic, and food cultures been forged by the challenges and opportunities inherent in mountain living? In what peculiar ways have mountains nurtured human psycho-spiritual and philosophical development?


GEOG 056  Local Places in a Globalizing World
TR 2:00-3:15PM
Rebecca Dobbs
Globalization is a word we hear every day, but what does it mean for us in local places?  Specifically, what can an understanding of globalization tell us about UNC, Chapel Hill, and nearby places?  This course weaves together perspectives on globalization with hands-on exploration of UNC and its place in today’s global “knowledge economy,” and the University’s founding in relation to the globalizing forces of that day.  Our focus will shift back and forth between the global and the local, even to the microscale of our campus.  We’ll learn through a variety of experiences and approaches, including fieldwork, old documents, and some introductory GIS (geographic information systems) exercises in addition to readings, class discussion, and group work.  At the end of the course you should have not only an understanding of globalization and the very real connections between the global and the local, but also a unique perspective on our university.


GEOG 058  Making Myth-leading Memories: Landscapes of Remembrance
MWF 10:00-10:50AM
Stephen Birdsall
Geography’s primary interests include the study of the interactions between humans and the environments in which they live. For example, when a person or an event is thought by society to be especially significant and valued, ways are often sought to sustain what is valued by preserving in the landscape the memory of the person or event. This seminar will consider memorial landscapes that are created from the impulse to retain some value symbolized by the person or event memorialized. We know, however, that memories can be complex and change over time. How a memorial landscape is interpreted can also change in complex ways. We will ask: What is preserved in memorial landscapes? Are some memorials more successful than others? Can one evaluate this kind of success? What does a memorial tell us about the society that created it, and what does it tell us about ourselves if the memorial’s meaning has changed? What can we learn by thinking about memorials that were never created?


GEOL 071  Bringing Bones Back to Life: Reconstructing Vertebrate Fossils
MWF 2:00-2:50PM
Joseph Carter
This seminar focuses on the evolution of Mesozoic reptiles, including but not restricted to dinosaurs. Through the reconstruction of a Triassic rauisuchian reptile found in Durham County, North Carolina, and a visit to the N.C. Museum of Natural History, students will learn first-hand about the paleontology of Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous vertebrates.  Students can choose to take an optional lab (GEOL 159L) for credit as a natural science class with lab.  No prior experience in biology or geology is required.


GEOL 076  Energy Resources for a Hungry Planet
José Rial
MWF 11:00-11:50AM
The semianr first describes the fundamental sources of energy: oil, natural gas and coal, how and where to find them and the latest statistics on how long the present reserves will last. Then we will explore earth’s alternative energy resources. Discussions will center on some of the most pressing issues of our time: environmental deterioration and the construction of a sustainable (livable) world during and after the depletion of traditional energy resources. The course stimulates student participation through class debates in which a controversial topic is argued for and against by the students (e.g., Can nuclear energy become a viable and safe substitute for oil?).


HIST 089  Section 001 Coming of Age in 20th Century America
TR 9:30-10:45AM
Heather Williams
In this seminar we will employ coming of age autobiographies to explore developments in the United States during the 20th century.  “Coming of age” refers to autobiographies in which the author focuses primarily on the periods of childhood and adolescence into young adulthood.  We will read books by people who lived during the Great Depression, Segregation in the South, World War II, Japanese Internment, the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. Texts for the course are: Russell Baker, Growing Up; Richard Wright, Black Boy; Monica Sone, Nisei Daughter; Anne Moody,Coming of Age in Mississippi; Eva Hoffman, Lost in Translation; Lewis B. Puller, Favored Son. We will also screen relevant films and visit the Ackland Art Museum. Through engagement with these autobiographies we will consider many issues, including: race, racism, immigration, religion, social class and gender. The final project will be an autobiographical essay.


HIST 089  Section 002 African History through Popular Music
TR 3:30-4:45PM
Lisa Lindsay
In the last two decades, African popular music has found audiences all over the world.  Artists like Nigeria’s Fela Kuti, South Africa’s Miriam Makeba, and Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour have attracted widespread attention in their home countries and abroad not only because their music is extremely compelling, but also because they have expressed sentiments widely shared by others.  Often, music such as theirs has contained sharp political or social commentary; other times, African popular music speaks to the universal themes of love, making a living, and having a good time.  In this seminar, we will study popular music as a way of understanding African history from the 1930s to the present.  We will read background materials on African historical developments and musical styles, do a lot of listening, and try to learn what musicians from various times and places in Africa can tell us about their societies.  By the end of the seminar, students will compile their own play lists, with essays (or liner-notes) interpreting the music in its historical context.


HIST 089  Section 003 The Latino Experience in the United States
TR 9:30-10:45
Zaragosa Vargas
This seminar explores the Latino experience from the nineteenth century to the present era viewed from the larger context of the American experience with a special emphasis on race, class, and gender relations.  Among the topics that we will examine and discuss are Latino immigration to the United States; the creation of Latino immigrant communities; the impact of the Great Depression on Latinos; Latino life during the World War II and Cold War periods; the 1960s civil rights struggles and subsequent Latino nationalist movements; the Wars in Central America; and the rise of Latinidad in the contemporary period.

This seminar also responds to a contemporary trend in interdisciplinary studies: the upsurge in transnational inquiry.  Scholars of culture and identity in the Americas are formulating a comparative method that can trace the movement of people, processes, and ideas along paths that exceed or transgress commonly perceived boundaries of nationhood.  This seminar thus joins a growing effort to understand and compare differences within transnational modes.


INLS 089  Bought, Burned, or Borrowed: Information Ethics and Policy in the World around Us
TR 3:30-4:45
Songphan Choemprayong and Evelyn Daniel
We create, use, and share information in various ways. For example, taking photos and videos, and uploading them to Facebook, buying products from online stores in foreign countries, sending Short Message Service (SMS) to friends and family, and posting sensitive information on public discussion boards. How can we interact with information and technologies in an active and responsible manner? For instance, imagine your friend took photos and videos of you at a party with her camera, and you uploaded and tagged them on your Facebook account. Who is the actual owner of these photos and videos? This seminar explores topics like this to identify the issues surrounding everyday information-related activities. Students will also learn about the rights of various stakeholders and the information-related conflicts that emerge in a global society.


JOMC 061 Sex, Drugs, & Rock-n-RollAdolescents’ Health and the Media
TR 9:30-10:45
Jane Brown
American adolescents currently spend five to six hours a day on average with some form of media (music, television, movies, videogames, magazines and the Internet).  Does all this media exposure affect teens’ health (early, unprotected sex, aggressive behavior, alcohol/tobacco/illicit drug use, body image, obesity and eating disorders)?  In this class students will examine the existing research and will gather their own evidence for or against negative health effects.  They also will create a media literacy exercise that could help teens interpret and/or resist negative health messages.  As media consumers and possibly parents of adolescents in the future, it is important for students to know how the media may be influencing their health, that what they do as media producers may affect the health of their audiences, and that consumers could develop healthier media use habits.


MASC 052: Living with Our Oceans and Atmosphere

TR 11:0AM-12:15PM
John Bane
This seminar will introduce students to the nature of the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere, with emphasis on developing an understanding of the processes that lead to our weather patterns and global climate. Modern theories of changing weather, severe weather events, oceanic hazards, interactions between the oceans and the atmosphere, and oceanic and atmospheric changes that are linked to increasing human activity will be studied. Examples of presently active research being conducted at UNC and other institutions will be used to highlight how the above topics are investigated scientifically. Readings will be takenfrom: introductory meteorology and oceanography textbooks; modern articles in periodicals such asScientific American, Nature, American Scientist, and Weatherwise; numerous websites, including thosewithin the UNC Department of Marine Sciences; and video presentations. Classroom presentations in seminar format and group participation discussion sand debates will be utilized. There may be a shortfield trip or two. Visits to active research laboratories involved in marine and atmospheric projects will bemade as possible. Grading will be based principally on homework assignments plus two exams.


MASC 053  Ends of the Earth: Polar Oceanography and Exploration
TR 12:30-1:45PM
Carol Arnosti
What explains the ‘pull of the Poles’? What motivated early explorers to undergo great hardships to investigate the Arctic and Antarctic, and what did they discover about these regions? What have we discovered in the intervening decades, and what do we still not understand about polar regions? Why do the Arctic and Antarctic play such a critical role in global climate? This seminar will combine scientific and historical perspectives to investigate the ‘ends of the earth’, the Arctic and Antarctica. We will begin by surveying the geography and oceanography of these regions, and then step back into the past and follow in the footsteps of some of the early polar explorers by reading their own accounts of their explorations. Modern accounts will help us compare and contrast these early explorations. The seminar will also include readings and discussions about current questions and problems of the polar regions, in particular human impacts and potential effects of global warming. Class discussions, short writing assignments, a term paper, and group presentations will be used to hone critical thinking and communication skills, and to help develop both scientific and historical understanding of these unique regions of the earth.


MASC 058  Connections to the Sea: The Challenges of Using and Living Near Coastal Inlets

TR 11:0AM-12:15PM
Harvey Seim
This seminar will explore the natural history of several inlets, how human intervention has altered their development, and the political challenges that have resulted. We will focus on inlets in the southeast where natural variability is a hallmark of these dynamic coastline features. Students will first document known historical changes of selected inlets and we will discuss the processes that drive natural variability. We will then examine the ways in which inlets have been stabilized and discuss the pros and cons of the mechanisms that have been used. Last will be an examination of policy decisions related to inlet maintenance and the controversies surrounding them. Group projects and presentations will constitute the bulk of the work for the class, and a field trip to the coast and a coastal inlet will be included.


MASC 059  Extreme Microorganisms: Pushing the Limits of Life on Earth and Beyond
TR 2:00-3:15PM
Andreas Teske
We will expand our horizons in biology by learning about some of the most extreme microorganisms on the planet – microorganisms that thrive without oxygen, under high temperatures (for example, in pressurized water above the boiling point), and under chemical stress factors that were once thought to be incompatible with life. Numerous representatives of these microorganisms can be cultured in the laboratory; others have been observed in Nature but have so far resisted being tamed. We will look into the unusual habitats where these organisms are found, for example hot springs and volcanic areas on land (Yellowstone) and in the ocean (deep-sea hydrothermal vents). We will also study their evolution during Earths early history, and learn about the potential of extreme microorganisms as model cases and analogs for life elsewhere in the universe.


MATH 058 Math, Art and the Human Experience: We All Do the Math
TR 11:00 am-12:15 pm
Mark McCombs
This course is designed to engage students in an exploration of the relevance of mathematical ideas to fields typically perceived as “non-mathematical” (e.g. art, music, film, literature). Equally important will be an exploration of how these “non-mathematical” fields, in turn, influence mathematical thought. In each case, course activities and assignments have been designed to illuminate the fact that even the most complex mathematical concepts grow out of real people’s attempts to understand better their world. By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Identify and assess how mathematical ideas influence and are influenced by ideas expressed through art, music, literature, religion, etc
  • Compare and contrast different philosophies concerning the nature of mathematics
  • Articulate their own well-reasoned ideas concerning the nature of mathematics
  • Discuss the evolution of fundamental mathematical concepts in a historical as well as a cultural context
  • Discuss the work and lives of important mathematicians in relation to the “non-mathematical” work of their contemporaries
  • Identify and assess how their own understanding of mathematical ideas influences the way they interact with the world

Course assignments and activities will include: Weekly readings and short homework writing assignments (2–3 paragraphs); one longer paper (8­–10 pages) ; projects/presentations exploring course topics


MATH 067  Math and Climate Change: Can We Predict the Future of Our Planet?
TR 2:00-3:15PM
Chris Jones
There is widespread agreement in the scientific community that the Earth is warming. But, do we know when critical benchmarks will be reached?  Planning and policy-making demand predictions of future climate change and even specific climate events, but how reliable are those predictions? The predictions are based largely on mathematical models of the “Earth system” in varying degrees of complexity, but there are untold assumptions and estimations being fed into these models, so can we rely on their results? Even if we made extraordinarily good approximations to the input of these models, we know from our understanding of chaos in dynamical systems that small changes can lead to drastically different outcomes. Is it then even possible to make predictions about the future climate?

Background on climate change will be covered in this course and extensive discussions will be held about what we know and what we do not know. The emphasis will then be on the issues surrounding predictability of climate events and changes. We shall consider the limitations of mathematical models in relation to making predictions. Elementary examples of chaotic behavior will be presented. This is an exciting scientific area where applied mathematics comes together with many other scientific areas in an exposed political context that is of enormous importance to us all. There is plenty of room for different viewpoints and deep thinking about how mathematics can contribute.  Considerable time will be given to open discussions in class. There will be readings, and groups of students will make presentations on relevant topics as part of the course requirement. Further, the students will each conduct a project and report on it at the end of the semester. We will spend time looking at the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (see: We will look at the modeling that goes into the IPCC and what is done at the different modeling centers. We will not go into the details of the models, but students will learn to assess and compare them.


MUSC 062H  Vienna, City of Dreams
TR 11:15AM-12:15PM
Stefan Litwin
Turn of the twentieth century Vienna was a crucible for much of modern life as we know it today.  We will explore a wide gamut of music, art, architecture, literature, philosophy and political texts from this fascinating social period, including the eroticism pervading paintings of Klimt, Freud’s writings on the roots of human behavior in the subconscious, Karl Kraus’ critical social commentary in “Die Fackel”, as well as the roots of Zionism and the Nazi party in Austrian politics. Above all, we will listen to music of Brahms, Johann Strauss, Jr., Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern.  Class projects will include reports on various historical figures or composers, discussions of texts, and group listening to music.


MUSC 064  Listening to Music
TR 11:00AM-12:15PM
Emil Kang and James Moeser
The incredibly wide variety of performances in the Carolina Performing Arts and Music from the Hill Series at Memorial Hall will be the focus of this seminar.  Through the attendance at concerts, research on works being performed and the performing artists themselves, including opportunities to meet these artists, this seminar will help students explore questions such as these:  How does music reflect culture?  What makes a great work of musical art?  What is the relationship between composition and performance?  Students will be provided tickets and expected to attend a minimum of ten performances from the Carolina Performing Arts and Music from the Hill Series, including six required performances (marked with asterisks). Among the major performances offered are:

SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR – Sunday, January 17 at 7:30pm
*TINARIWEN – Monday February 15, 2010 at 7:30pm
*TERENCE BLANCHARD – Friday, February 26 at 8pm
*GILBERTO GIL – Sunday, March 14 at 7:30pm
EILEEN IVERS: BEYOND THE BOG ROAD – Wednesday, March 17 at 7:30pm
*BROOKLYN RIDER and 2 FOOT YARD – Thursday, March 25 at 7:30pm
TRIP THREES – MUSIC ON THE HILL – Friday, March 26 at 8:00 PM
*JULIA FISCHER, VIOLIN – Tuesday, April 6 at 7:30pm
PAT METHENY: ORCHESTRION – Wednesday, April 7 at 7:30pm
*UNC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – CARMINA BURANA – Tuesday, April 13 at 7:30pm
UNC WIND ENSEMBLE – Wednesday, April 14, 2010
BAABA MAAL – Tuesday April 27, 2010 at 7:30pm


MUSC 089  Mozart, the Music Star
MWF 9:00-9:50AM
Hana Vlhová-Wörner

Could there be a music lover who doesn’t know about Mozart, the eccentric 18th-century composer depicted in the famous Milos Forman’s movie “Amadeus”? Indeed, Mozart was extraordinary in many ways: already a star musician in his early childhood, he grew up to become an extremely prolific author of symphonies, operas, church and chamber music, and his music continues to fill contemporary concert halls, opera houses, and radio broadcasts. We will not only explore Mozart’s rich music output, but also discuss other related topics, such as traveling, household management, child education, political tensions and daily cultural life in Mozart’s context of late 18th century Austria. The seminar is designed for all first-year students, with and without musical background. The course will include intensive class discussions, individual and group projects and their regular presentations, reading, listening and – not least – exploring the rich musical life on campus.


PHIL 067  Issues in a World Society: Sports and Competition
TR 9:30-10:45AM
Jan Boxill
Sports play a significant role in the lives of millions of people throughout the world, as participants, fans, spectators, and critics.  Sport provides a unique model for understanding our own society.  We certainly saw this during the Sydney Olympics. Even those who are uninvolved, bored or critical of sports are often affected by them.  Because sports are significant forms of social activities, they raise a wide range of issues, some factual, some explanatory.  For example, sociologists may be concerned with whether or not sports affect society; psychologists may be concerned with personality features that contribute to success or failure in sport. In addition to these questions, sports also raise philosophical issues that are conceptual and ethical in nature.  Conceptual questions ask how we understand the concepts and ideas that apply to the world of sports.  What are sports?  What is involved in competition? Ethical questions raise moral concerns many of us have about sports.  Is there too much emphasis on winning and competition?  Are college sports getting out of hand?  Indeed do competitive athletics belong on campus?

This seminar examines ethical issues in sports, including Title IX, gender equity, racism, sexism, cheating, violence, and drug use. We may not be able to resolve the issues, but we should at least gain a greater understanding of the issues, which should serve as beginnings to resolutions.


PHIL 076  Is Free Will an Illusion?
MWF 9:00-9:50AM
John Roberts
Is our belief in freedom of action compatible with the modern picture of ourselves as being controlled by our genes, our inborn traits of character, and by our environments? If that freedom is compromised, then are we as responsible morally and legally for our actions as we, and society, tend to think? We will attempt to clarify these questions through group discussions and analysis of compelling writings on the mind-body problem and the controversy over whether “free will” is an illusion. We will also develop some skills in formal logic to use as tools in analyzing classical and contemporary arguments about free will.  Throughout the semester students will develop and defend their own considered views on the subject. A seminar format will encourage active participation in informal discussions and in brief presentations that provide each student with an opportunity to express his or her reactions to these issues. Course requirements include at least one seminar presentation, several short written assignments, one longer paper (5 pages), and a final examination.


PHIL 089H  Proofs of the Existence of God 
TR 2:00-3:15pm
Douglas MacLean
We will examine some of the well-known “proofs” for the existence (or the non-existence) of God.  Attempts to prove (or disprove) the existence of God go back at least to St. Anselm and St. Thomas Aquinas and continue to contemporary times.  What are these proofs supposed to accomplish?  Who is the intended audience?  How do critics respond? Is there a necessary conflict between science and faith? Students will take responsibility for summarizing, evaluating, and criticizing various arguments that attempt to prove that God exists or prove that God does not exist.  We will also be examining what motivates people to care about this issue.  Students will be asked to report on their own experiences and to read about what others (mostly philosophers) have said about why it is or is not important to prove the truth of claims about God.


PHYS 053 Handcrafting in the Nanoworld: Building Models and Manipulating Molecules
TR 9:30-10:45AM
Michael Falvo

What is nanotechnology anyway? Scientists of all stripes are now actively exploring the wonderful and bizarre world of the nanoscale (one nanometer equals one billionth of a meter). This is the scale of DNA, viruses, carbon nanotubes and a host of other fascinating nano-objects. At this scale, nature has different rules, some of which are beautiful and unexpected. Scientists have only begun to learn these rules. We have also only begun applying this new knowledge to technology. Can we make computers using single molecule transistors? How do viruses and other bio systems “assemble” themselves? Can we build molecular machines that cure disease or clean up the environment? In looking at these questions, we will try to distinguishing the true promise of nanoscience from the hype. We will explore this topic through readings from the current scientific literature, class discussion, calculations, and hands-on activities that include model building (with molecular model kits, Lego etc).   Our focus in the course will begin with the basic physics, chemistry and biology of the molecular world, and move onto how nanoscience is impacting biomedical, materials and computing technologies.


PLCY 061  Policy Entrepreneurship and Public-Private Partnerships
TR 9:30-10:45AM
Daniel Gitterman
Note: Room change from 107 Smith to Room 038 GRAHAM MEMORIAL
We will define a “policy entrepreneur” and examine strategies used by policy entrepreneurs to achieve policy change or innovation in the policy making process. We will also explore models of innovative public-private partnerships in the delivery of public goods.  The seminar will examine nonprofit policy entrepreneurs within policy advocacy organizations who push innovation and change in public policy. We will evaluate the ways policy and non-profit advocacy entrepreneurs advocate for their ideas causes and attempt to achieve lasting policy change. In small groups, students will write mock grant proposal for funding to develop a model public-private partnership or new policy innocation.. We will visit with several leaders of successful public-private partnerships and other key innovative non-profit organizations in North Carolina.


PLCY 089  American Foreign Policy, American Media: Who Does What to Whom?
TR 2:00-3:15PM
Hodding Carter
It is a truism that foreign policy is, at root, a matter of executive branch initiative and operational control.  It is also a truism that media in all of its forms is a major player in contemporary foreign affairs.
On both sides, there are complaints about the relationship.   Government officials tend to argue that media frequently impedes rational policy-making and execution, and is occasionally destructive to both.  Reporters feel that government wants them to act as megaphones for the official line.  Government does not want the public to have access to the truth, they say, but only to its truth.

Is one side actually in the saddle?  Under what circumstances does the balance tilt heavily in one direction or another?  Whose influence trumps? When? These are among the questions that will be examined using case studies of critical moments in recent American foreign policy.  From the Iran hostage impasse of the Carter years to the Iraq invasion in 2002 to Iran’s nuclear intentions today, we will read extensively and look closely at the interplay between media and foreign policy.  Practitioners from both sides will offer their insights as well.


POLI 061  The United States and Cuba: Making Sense of United States Foreign Policy
TR 12:30-1:45PM
Lars Schoultz
This seminar is designed for students who would like to understand U.S. foreign policy – what the United States attempts to accomplish in its relations with other countries, and why. Rather than approach these two questions on a global level, this seminar is focused upon the enduring values and beliefs that underlie U.S. foreign policy, with secondary foci on the U/S. foreign policy decision- making process and the evolution of the U.S. foreign policy since the early 19th century. In addition to a research paper, students will prepare for twice-weekly discussions by reading on primary documents drawn primarily from the U.S. Department of State, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the U.S. Congress.


POLI 063  Social Movements and Political Protests and Violence
TR 12:30-1:45PM
Pamela Conover
This seminar focuses on explaining and understanding social movements and the collective political behaviors that they promote (e.g. demonstrations, riots, strikes, ecoterrorism, and revolts).  Our theoretical focus will be interdisciplinary, drawing on research in political behavior, social psychology, sociology, political theory, and the law.  We will discuss when and why collective action occurs, who participates, what forms it takes, and how governments respond.  Substantively, we will study a variety of movements including: the Environmental movement, the Animal Rights movement, the America Militia movement, the White Nationalist movement, and the Anti-Globalization movement.  We will use a variety of approaches and resources: class discussions, films, wiki writing, online discussions, novels, and, of course, texts. Grades will be based on class participation, a writing project, a group research project that studies a social movement organization within North Carolina, and a final exam.


POLI 065  Pressure and Power
TR 9:30-10:45AM
Virginia Gray
AIG, the Sierra Club, the National Rifle Association, UNC, and the Allied Underwear Association–what do they have in common? They are all interest organizations that employ lobbyists in Washington, D.C. As social scientists, we can use a common framework to analyze these and other organized interests: Why are there so many of them?  Where do they come from? Are they ruining democracy? Can there be democracy without groups? What can we do about groups? Each student will select an interest group to track throughout the semester, and a series of web-based assignments will culminate in an analysis paper. Other assignments will involve participating in debates and group generation of reform proposals.


POLI 066  The United States and the European Union: Partners or Rivals?
T 5:00-7:50PM
Gary Marks
This course introduces students to the European Union and the respects in which European politics differs from American politics. We begin by examining the polity that is emerging at the European level. How is European integration contested? Is European integration the beginning of the end of the national state in western Europe, or will states harness the process within their current institutional structures? We then compare American and European politics. How are elections and the practice of government different? What can one learn from the American experience with health care reform? Finally, we will analyze the pattern of conflict and cooperation between the United States and the European Union. What are the chief differences in the foreign policy orientations of the US and the European Union, and how are these differences related to domestic politics?


PSYC 053  Talking About Numbers: Communicating Research Results to Others
TR 11:00AM-12:15PM
Abigail Panter
How do you figure out if you should trust results from research studies reported in the media? How do you persuade others with numbers? What general principles should you think about when sharing data with others? This seminar introduces you to the many ways that research results are reported to the public in our everyday lives-through advertising and mass media, the Internet, research-based policy statements, oral presentations, and scientific journal articles. Students will learn practical skills that will be useful in subsequent classes at Carolina and after graduation (e.g., in graduate school, in your job, as a consumer, as a citizen). The seminar will also address how to design research studies, collect data, use graphics and data analysis programs, give effective presentations to others, and write about data. For example, we will discuss how to adjust to one’s audience when reporting research results – whether in the media, in government forums such as Congress, in the courtroom for expert testimony, or on the Internet. The emphasis will be on how to develop a critical eye for interpreting results, how to share results with others, and how computer use and the Internet landscape fit with issues of data access and reporting. Dr. Panter has received multiple teaching awards for her quantitative teaching, including the 2003 APA Jacob Cohen Award for Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring and several university-wide teaching awards.


PSYC 055  Children’s Eyewitness Testimony
TR 9:30-10:45AM
Peter Ornstein
With increasing frequency, young children are being called upon to provide evidence in legal proceedings, and often it is the testimony of children that is central to the outcome of a case being tried. Children’s testimony is sought regularly in cases that range from divorce and custody disputes in family courts to allegations of sexual abuse in criminal cases. But what is known about the abilities of children to provide accurate information in these types of legal situations? To a great extent, children’s testimony depends upon their abilities to remember previous experiences and to be able to resist the suggestions of others. In this seminar, we will discuss the relevant literature on children’s memory and cognition in the context of a treatment of specific cases – most of which involve allegations of child sexual abuse – that have come to trial. Particular emphasis will be placed on two cases, the relatively recent Little Rascals Day Care case in North Carolina, and the 300-year old Salem Witch Trials.


PSYC 063H Persuasion, Passion, and Participation: The Psychology of Politics
TR 11:00 AM-12:15PM
Melanie C. Green
How do political campaigns work? What kind of influence does the media have on political decisions? What do poll results really mean?  We’ll be exploring these questions and more in this seminar. Political psychology draws on psychological theory to enrich our understanding of phenomena in the political sphere, and at the same time, uses insights gained in the political domain to clarify our understanding of psychological theory. We’ll explore this exciting subfield in the context of current political events, with a particular focus on campaigns and elections.


PSYC 089  The Mind and the Computer
TR 11:00AM-12:15PM
Peter Gordon
Is the human mind a machine?  This question has intrigued philosophers and psychologists at least since the 17th century.  During the last 50 years a new type of machine — the computer — has been developed that can perform many functions that previously could only be performed by the human mind.  Major advances in computer technology occur on a regular basis and show no signs of slowing down.  This course will examine the nature of human thought in relation to the operations of contemporary computers and will also consider how computers will likely develop in the future.  Students will consider questions such as whether qualities of the mind (like consciousness and emotion) can be reduced to physical activities of a machine.  They will also consider the implications that such a mechanistic reduction has for morality and ethics.  Scientific readings will focus on the nature of human cognition and of machine intelligence.


RELI 065  Myth, Philosophy, and Science in the Ancient World
TR 12:30-1:45PM
Zlatko Pleše
This interdisciplinary seminar explores various, often conflicting ways of shaping reality in the ancient world – religious, scientific, and philosophical. The seminar is organized around a series of case studies: (1) creation and organization of the world; (2) origins of mankind and sexual differentiation; (3) invention of the ‘self’; (4) the origin and nature of dreams; (5) foundations of law, justice, and culture. Short papers, in-class discussions, and oral presentations will be used to reconstruct the complex intellectual world of the natural scientists, philosophers, oral story-tellers, ethnographers, and cultural historians throughout the ancient Mediterranean world. Readings include Near Eastern mythical narratives and Homeric poems and hymns; selections from the Presocratic philosophers and Plato’s dialogues; works from the Hippocratic medical corpus and Galen’s medical treatises; and a number of religious texts from the Hellenistic period, Early Christianity, and Late Antiquity.


RELI 068H  Charisma
TR, 11:00AM-12:15PM
Instructor: Ruel Tyson
The term “charisma” has become a cliché. Yet its history will disclose its usefulness to us as we investigate three types of innovative and subversive individuals, the prophet, the scientist, and the poet. Our studies will reveal that these extraordinary persons have strong ties to organizations, bands, sects, groups, parties as necessary conditions for their achievements.  This is quite a different picture than the one we receive from contemporary media with its insatiable hunger for glamour of the isolated hero.  Again our bias toward an ideology of individualism obscures both history and the dynamics between creative individuals and the conditions supporting and resisting their work.  Our cases will be taken from a variety of historical locations and types of charismatic figures, such as prophets  (ancient and modern), sages (ancient), philosophers (modern), scientists (key members of the scientific revolution in England), poets (nineteenth century England), and political figures (from 20/21st centuries).  Students will work individually and in small groups on cases of each of the types indicated.  Students will exploit the resources of the campus in their studies as well as ancient and modern sources.  The social organization of the class will change according to what the members of the class learn about optimum conditions for encouraging the exercise of the imagination.  The instructor is available for conversations about the course.  Students should not purchase text books until after the first class in the semester.  This is a course supported by the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative.


ROML 054  Tradition and Modernity in Franco-Maghrebian and Caribbean Literature
TR 12:30PM-1:45PM
Dominique Fisher
This seminar, which is conducted in English, focuses on Francophone literature from Morocco, Algeria, Guadeloupe, and Haiti, and how this literature challenges official history and media discourse. We will read major authors such as Tahar Ben Jelloun, Leïla Sebbar, Maryse Condé, Dany Laferrière. We will also view films on the Algeria War and colonization, (e.g., The Battle of Algiers, Indigenes), French Immigration and violence in inner cities (e.g., Hate, Memories of Immigrants, How to Conquer America in One Night). Through these works, we will examine the history of French colonization and its impact on cultural, national, and religious identities. We will also examine how this literature presents independence and globalization, and offers alternative viewpoints from various parts of today’s changing world.


ROML 056  Italians in Search of Harmony
TR 11:00AM-12:15PM
Ennio Rao
This seminar explores the concept of harmony in selected Italian writers, from Dante to contemporary writers. In the 14th century, Dante dreamed of a universal empire that would assure peace on earth, thus allowing mankind to pursue knowledge and wisdom and to achieve the ultimate harmony in the next world: the natural reunion of creature and creator. Dante himself directs his readers to interpret the journey of the pilgrim in the Divine Comedy as Everyman’s quest for transcendental harmony with God. This quest for harmony is characteristic of many Italian writers, from Petrarch to Leopardi, to many contemporary poets, novelists, and film directors. Students will be reading and discussing works by Dante, Petrarch, Leopardi, Pirandello, Vittorini and Moravia, and will view films by Antonioni and Bertolucci. They are also divided into groups and invited to produce an original work (theatrical, cinematic, literary, artistic, etc.) that illustrates the concept of harmony.


SOCI 064  Equality of Education Opportunity Then and Now
TR 2:00-3:15PM
Karolyn Tyson
The 1954 Brown v. Topeka Board of Education Supreme Court case centered on one of the most significant and controversial issues in American public education: equality of educational opportunity. As we reflect on more than 50 years of this historic ruling on school segregation, this course will examine in-depth the social conditions that precipitated the case and the educational landscape since that time, including issues such as within- and between-school segregation, curriculum tracking and ability grouping, the black-white achievement gap, and other factors associated with equality of educational opportunity. Students will read historical and contemporary accounts and research reports on the move and progress toward equality of educational opportunity, view films related to the topic, conduct a research project exploring the experience of segregation among different segments of the U.S. population, and prepare oral presentations and a written research report.


SOCI 065  Environment, Health, Justice
TR 11:00AM-12:15PM
Neal Caren
Many environmental problems in contemporary America, such as hazardous waste facilities where chemicals leak into the ground water, or dirty factories that send toxins into the air, are more likely to be found in and around neighborhoods that are poor, working-class or non-white. Over the last 30 years, communities have organized under a common banner of calling these hazards incidents of ”environmental racism.”  Using the political tools of the civil rights movement, such as marches, demonstrations, boycotts and lawsuits, local organization have fought for, “environmental justice.” This course uses the environmental justice movement as a window to explore the dynamics of social movements, health disparities, and social policy.

In addition to studying the overall history of the environmental justice movement, we will also explore several cases of local organizing in great depth. We will examine how environmental qualities and disparities are measured, and the link between environmental inequalities and health disparities based on race and class. We will also be looking at how the environmental justice movement has gone global and how the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina can be examined from a environmental justice perspective. Students will actively participate in the experience, guiding class discussion, analyzing new data on environmental disparities, and building their own board game.


SOCI 068  Immigration in Contemporary America
TR 2:00-3:15PM
Jacqueline Hagan
Contemporary international migration is transforming politics, economics, social relations, and ethnic identities in societies throughout the world. This seminar is designed to introduce students to the fascinating and ever-changing study of immigration in contemporary America. We will cover the great waves of European migration at the turn of the 20th century, review the emergence of Latino and Asian migration flows to the Untied States after 1965, and the contemporary movement of migrant agricultural workers to North Carolina, a state that until recently had experienced little or no migration. We will look at why people migrate, how citizens respond to that migration, how the federal government regulates migration, how local communities manage the settlement of its newcomers. Through a variety of methodological approaches, ranging from fieldwork to content analysis to interviewing to research, students will be actively engaged in each of the topics examined throughout the course.


STOR 053  Networks: Degrees of Separation and Other Phenomena Relating to Connected Systems
TR 2:00-3:15PM
Jon Tolle
Networks, mathematical structures that are composed of nodes and a set of lines joining the nodes, are used to model a wide variety of familiar systems: distribution networks such as electric power grids, anatomical networks such as neural systems, communication networks such as the world-wide web, and social networks representing relationships between cultural groups. These networks have distinct properties that help answer questions about the underlying system: How susceptible is a power grid to breakdown? How fast can a computer virus spread? How connected are the members of different corporate boards?  This semester the emphasis will be on modeling the spread of viruses (think swine flu).  Students will engage in constructing a network model of a target population and the transmission characteristics of a particular virus. The resulting model will be used to answer such questions as: Under what network structures does a given virus transform from a nuisance to an epidemic to a hyper epidemic? How can preventive measures such as quarantine or vaccination be modeled?  What is the effect of only a partial participation in such actions on the spread of the virus?   There are no prerequisites for this course beyond what is required for admission to Carolina. Students will be required to use their laptops regularly with software supplied by the instructor. Detailed guidance in the installation and use of the software will be provided.