Spring 2009 MA Courses

This schedule is subject to change.  For the most accurate information concerning other programs and departments, consult the University Class Schedule online, as well as each departments own website.  Graduate students may not take courses below the 500 level for credit.

American Studies

CAS AM 502 Special Topics in American StudiesTopic for Spring 2009: American Landscapes. An interdisciplinary exploration of the meanings of landscapes in American culture. Uses art history, literature, history, archaeology, and cultural landscape studies to examine how we shape the land and use it to define ourselves. Sewell F 11:00-2:00pm

CAS AM 553 Documenting Historic Buildings and Landscapes Seminar in architectural and landscape recording techniques involving readings, fieldwork, and writing; projects include research on individual buildings as well as groups of resources. Emphasis on research design and evaluation of evidence. Also offered as Met AM 553 Dempsey W 2:00-5:00pm

GRS AM 735 American Culture Introduction to the handling of primary materials from a number of disciplines in order to develop an American Studies perspective. Required of AMNESP first year grad students. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Halter W 2:00-5:00pm

GRS AM 751 Financing Historic Preservation Development This course will focus on how to determine the value and potential income of a property, produce a feasibility analysis, and secure financing for preservation projects. Also offered as MET 751 Finbury M 5:30-8:30pm

African American Studies

CAS AA 502 A1 Topics in African American Literature: Twentieth-Century African American Novel. Major works from the Harlem Renaissance, Realism, Modernism, the Black Arts Movement, and the contemporary period. Authors include Jean Toomer, Nella Larsen, Wallace Thurman, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, John Wideman, and Toni Morrison. Also offered as CAS EN 380. Boelcskevy W 2:00-5:00pm

CAS AA 502 B1 Topics in African American Literature: Racial Uplift. Examines the ideology of racial uplift in nineteenth-century African American literature, focusing on the themes of literacy, civilization, political constituency, class, gender, and the black intelligentsia. Also offered as CAS EN 587. Jarrett TR 9:30-11:00am

CAS AA 564 From Slavery to Freedom: Abolition in Comparative Perspective How did legalized slavery, a world-wide practice for thousands of years, end? The process of abolition in the Americas, Africa, and elsewhere is examined and compared to the later regulation of forced labor and to contemporary slavery. Also offered as CAS PO 564. Crawford T 11:00-2:00 pm

CAS AA 571 African American Art Studies African American art and craft production from the early nineteenth century to the present against the background of the diaspora, reconstruction, and the modernist movements of the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Also offered as CAS AH 571. Hills T 2:00-5:00 pm

CAS AA 580 The History of Racial Thought Study of racial thinking and feeling in Europe and the United States since the fifteenth century. Racial thinking in the context of Western encounters with non-European people and Jews; its relation to social, economic, cultural, and political trends. Also offered as CAS HI 580. Richardson M 12:00-3:00pm

CAS AA 586 African Americans Abroad Develops awareness of the global nature of the African American experience through study of Black Americans’ involvement in aspects of world development besides slavery and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Focus on Europe and the Americas; some attention to Africa and Asia. Also offered as CAS HI 586. Blakely R 12:30-3:30pm

GRS AA 885 Atlantic History Examines the various interactions that shaped the Atlantic World, connecting Europe, Africa, and the Americas between 1400 and 1800. Begins by defining the political interaction, then emphasizes cultural exchange, religious conversion, and the revolutionary era. Also offered as GRS HI 885. Thornton TR 11:00-12:30pm

Anthropology

CAS AN 570 Lovers and Leaders: The Anthropology of Romance and Charisma A comparison of theories of charismatic leadership and romantic love from sociology and psychology. Case studies from literature are discussed for illustration and comparison.Lindholm TR  9:30am-11:00am

Archaeology

GRS AR 775 Oral History and Written Records in Archaeology Comprehensive survey of use of oral and written documentary history by archaeologists. Specific topics, sources, techniques of recording and analysis. Special attention to archaeological applications of African and American oral history projects; case studies involving documentation in New World historical archaeology. Metheny TR 3:30pm-5:00pm M 12:00pm-1:00pm

GRS AR 810 International Heritage Management Investigation of issues in archaeological heritage management at the international level. Concepts, approaches, challenges, and solutions to problems in the identification, evaluation, conservation, management, and interpretation of cultural resources. Focus on global and regional issues (e.g., legislation, destruction, restoration, and maintenance of heritage). Mughal W 10:00am-1:00pm

Art History

CAS AH 521 Curatorship: Exhibition Development Explores the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the many career paths it offers. Meetings with a wide range of staff members and introduction to a variety of museum practices and procedures based on current exhibition and renovation projects. Mergel T 2:00pm-5:00pm

CAS AH 585 Twentieth Century Architecture and Urbanism An examination of specific aspects of architecture and urban planning from the beginning of the twentieth century to today. Topics vary annually. Topic for Spring 2009: Green Design. Morgan R 12:30pm 3:30pm

GRS AH 726 Colloquium in Japanese Art The arts of Japan from prehistory through the twentieth century. Painting, calligraphy, sculpture, and architecture (including landscape architecture) are emphasized, but attention is also paid to wood block prints, ceramics, lacquer, and metalwork. Tseng R 2:00pm-4:00pm

GRS AH 798 Colloquium in Twentieth-Century Architecture An introduction to the major developments in architecture and urban planning from ca. 1900 to the present. Traces the history of modern architecture in key projects, taking account of formal, technological, and ideological factors, as well as social, cultural, and environmental contexts. Scrivano T 9:00am-11:00am

GRS AH 889 Nineteenth-Century Art Ribner W 8:00am-10:00am

COM: Mass Communication, Advertising, and Public Relations

COM CM 729 Public Opinion and Public Policy Examines the components, dynamics, and mutual effects of the U.S. decision-making process and public opinion. Students apply this knowledge to case studies of persuasion campaigns and provide a written policy paper and oral reports. Examines key principles of comparative government, political science, organizational communication, decision making, and group dynamics as bases for measuring and comparing the relationships between public opinion and public policy in the United States and elsewhere. Schulz T 9:30am-12:30pm

COM: Film and Television

COM FT 554 Special Topics/Variable Details are available from the department of Film and Television. Topics and instructor vary each semester. Recent topics have included the films of John Cassavetes, Alfred Hitchcock, Mike Leigh, and Rainer Fassbinder; the Blacklist; and writing situation comedies.
A1 Creative non Warren M 2:00pm-6:30pm
B1 Ford/Peckin Kelly TR 11:30am-2:00pm
D1 HollywoodWarren MW 11:30am-2:00pm
E1 TBA Carney TR 9:00am-11:30am
F1 Asian Cinema Fleche R 2:00pm-6:00pm
G1 Canada Kelly T 5:00pm- 9:00pm
H1 TBA TBA TR 5:30pm-7:00pm
I1 Kubrick Kelly W 2:00pm-6:30pm
J1 TBA Carney TR 2:00pm-5:00pm
K1 Cinematheque Peary RF 6:00pm-9:00pm

English

CAS EN 534 American Literature: 1855 to 1918 American literature from the Civil War to WWI. Realism and naturalism; race, class, and urbanization; marriage and the new woman. Alger, Twain, James, Harper, Howells, Crane, Norris, Dreiser, Wharton, Dickinson, Frost. Jarrett TR 12:30pm- 2:00pm

CAS EN 536 Twentieth-Century American Poetry Study of five or six poets from the following: Pound, Eliot, Stevens, Williams, Moore, Frost, Lowell, Bishop, Berryman, Ammons, Ashbery, Plath, Ginsberg, Merrill. Costello MWF 10:00am -11:00am

CAS EN 545 The Nineteenth-Century American Novel From beginnings through the nineteenth century. Works by Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, James, Howells, and others.Otten MWF  2:00pm- 3:00pm

CAS EN 546 A1 The Modern American Novel From 1900 to 1950. Works by Dreiser, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and others. Van Anglen TR 3:30pm -5:00pm

CAS EN 546 B1 The Modern American Novel From 1900 to 1950. Works by Dreiser, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and others. Patterson MWF 1:00pm-2:00pm

CAS EN 547 Contemporary American Fiction Syllabus varies from semester to semester but this course may be taken only once for credit. Topic for Fall 2008: Examination of a range of American fiction (stories, novellas, novels) written since WW II. Authors include Bellow, Roth, Ozick, Pynchon, DeLillo, Morrison. Topics include modern disenchantment, faith and science, “world-making,” and the fate of character. Vlagopoulos TR  9:30am- 11:00am

CAS EN 576 Studies in Literature and Gender Topic for Spring 2009: Gay/Lesbian Literature and Film. Literary and cinematic representations of gay and lesbian life in historical and cultural contexts. Topics include mechanisms of homophobia; forging of homosexual identities; effects of same-sex desire on artistic forms and conventions. Weekly screeningsMonk MW 2:00p- 4:30pm

CAS EN 587 Studies in African American Literature: Racial Uplift. Examines the ideology of racial uplift in nineteenth-century African American literature, focusing on the themes of literacy, civilization, political constituency, class, gender, and the black intelligentsia. Also offered as CAS AA 502 B1. Jarrett TR 9:30-11:00am

CAS EN 594 Studies in Literature and the Arts Modern Poetry and the Visual Arts. Shared movements, theories and techniques; international modernism and the New York avant-garde; collaborations and exchanges; poems and poets on painting; word/image rivalries and distinctions; Williams, Moore, Stevens, Stein, O’Hara, Ashbery, Graham, others; lots of slides. Costello MWF 12:00pm 1:00pm

GRS EN 734 Slavery and American Literature, 1830-1865: Slavery as a political, philosophical, and aesthetic topic in American literature.  Texts include canonical and less advertised works from Poe, Douglass, Melville, Stowe, Thoreau, Frank J. Webb, and others. Lee T 12:00pm-2:30pm

GRS EN 746 Global South Offered under the rubric of American Cultural History, the spring 2009 offering of HI 757 will be a team-taught seminar exploring the American South in a global context.  Led by Professors Nina Silber (History) and John Matthews (English), and bringing together graduate students in history, English, and American Studies, we will study works of history, literature, and theory that show us various ways in which the US South has intersected with global developments.  Topics to be studied include: New World colonialism; hemispheric plantation societies; US imperialism; decolonization; and the African diaspora. Also offered as GRS HI 757. Silber & Matthews R 3:30pm 6:30pm

History

CAS HI 580 The History of Racial Thought Study of racial thinking and feeling in Europe and the United States since the fifteenth century. Racial thinking in the context of Western encounters with non-European people and Jews; its relation to social, economic, cultural, and political trends. Also offered as CAS AA 580. Richardson M 12:00pm 3:00pm

CAS HI 586 African Americans Abroad Develops awareness of the global nature of the African American experience through study of Black Americans’ involvement in aspects of world development besides slavery and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Focus on Europe and the Americas; some attention to Africa and Asia. Also offered as CAS AA 586 Blakely R 12:30pm 3:30pm.

GRS HI 701 The Historian’s Craft Intensive training in the best practices of historical research, writing, publication, and oral presentation. Culminates in the production of a publishable journal article. Ferleger M 3:00pm 6:00pm

GRS HI 750 American Historiography Examines the methodological and professional development of American historians since the 1880s, changes in the field since the founding period, and new directions in U.S. history Mcconville arranged time

GRS HI 757 Topics in American Cultural History Offered under the rubric of American Cultural History, the spring 2009 offering of HI 757 will be a team-taught seminar exploring the American South in a global context.  Led by Professors Nina Silber (History) and John Matthews (English), and bringing together graduate students in history, English, and American Studies, we will study works of history, literature, and theory that show us various ways in which the US South has intersected with global developments.  Topics to be studied include: New World colonialism; hemispheric plantation societies; US imperialism; decolonization; and the African diaspora. Also offered as GRS EN 746. Silber & Matthews R 3:30pm 6:30pm

GRS HI 854 Religious Thought in America Surveys many of the strategies that American religious thinkers have adopted for interpreting the cosmos, the social order, and human experience and examines the interaction of those strategies with broader currents of American culture Roberts MWF 11:00am 12:00pm.

GRS HI 866 History of American Foreign Relations Since 1898 Analysis of the history of American foreign policy from the perspective of the changing world and regional international systems: emphasis on the effect of these systems and the impact of America on the creation and operation of international systems Mayers M 3:00pm 6:00pm.

GRS HI 874 Intellectual History of the United States, 1900 to the Present Major thinkers and movements in intellectual and cultural history since 1900. Topics include pragmatism and progressivism; ethnic and cultural pluralism; Marxism and liberalism; Cold War ideology and neoconservatism; artistic modernism; psychoanalysis and modernization theory; the New Left, multiculturalism, and postmodernismDeese MWF 10:00am 11:00am.

Metropolitan College

MET AH 517 Seminar: The Art World An examination of the arts institutions, issues, and forces that shape the contemporary art world. Topics include government cultural policy, National Endowment for the Arts, museums, symphonies, curators, critics, artists’ rights, public art, corporate support, censorship, feminism and multiculturalism. See also Arts Administration. Stamped approval required. Also listed as MET AR 690  Maloney T 6:00pm -9:00pm

MET AR 650 Writing for the Arts Arts professionals straddle two worlds, the world of the artist and the world of the manager. As artists, their job entails challenging the world; as managers, they must accommodate it. The course gives students the opportunity to develop written materials such as cover letters, resumes, fundraising appeals, press releases and exhibition and performance notes. Regular writing and critique assignments in a workshop format. Millis T 6:00pm- 9:00pm

MET AR 740 Arts and the Internet Explores topics relating to cultural institutions, the Internet, and digital technology. Special attention is given to critical examination of the virtual museum, performing arts organizations and Web site development, strategy, design and tools. Olschafskie M 6:00pm -9:00pm

MET AR 750 Financial Management for Nonprofits Analyzes issues of accounting, finance, and economics in the context of the not-for-profit organization. Stresses understanding financial statements, budget planning and control, cash flow analysis, and long term planning. Gill M 6:00pm-9:00pm

MET AR 771 Managing Performing Arts Organizations A review of topics essential for successful management of performing arts organizations. Examination of both facilities management and company management. Studies include organizational structure, trustee/staff relations, marketing, audience building, fund-raising, tour management, box office management, budgeting, mailing list and membership management, human resource management and contract negotiation, performance measurement, and strategic planning. Maloney W 6:00pm-9:00pm

MET AR 774 Managing Visual Arts Organizations Emphasizes museums, but also includes a review of alternative spaces, commercial galleries, and auction houses. Topics include the changing role of the museum, exhibition planning, fund-raising, crisis management, audience development, and strategic planning. McCarthy W 6:00pm-9:00pm

MET AR 778 Legal Issues/Arts Administration Analysis of legal implications of managing an arts institution. Topics include nonprofits and tax-exempt structure, contracts, copyright for performing and visual artists, artists’ moral rights legislation, royalties and artists’ economic rights, international movement of art (duties/immigration restrictions) and artists, nonprofit incorporation, and tax-exempt status for organizations. Caruso T 6:00pm-9:00pm

MET AR 804 Advanced Management and Consulting for Arts Organizations The purpose of this course is to increase students’ ability to analyze and solve problems that confront arts organizations. Students will apply financial, marketing, fundraising, and legal knowledge and techniques to (1) in-class discussion of key management issues of concern to senior leadership, and (2) a semester-long consulting project which partners and team of students with a local arts organization. Permission from instructor required/arts administration students only. Students may not register for MET AR 804 until they have completed a minimum of six required courses. Bailey R  6:00pm- 9:00pm

MET UA 503 Housing and Community Development Surveys the factors affecting supply and price of urban housing. Examines federal, state, and municipal programs, as well as future policy options, from the standpoint of housing quality and community development goals. Analysis of selected international comparative experience. McCluskey T 6:00pm- 9:00pm

MET UA 510 Selected Topics in Urban Affairs This seminar will explore a wide range of issues related to the environmental impacts of urbanization — including greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, suburban sprawl, and environmental justice — and the political and economic dimensions of the movement toward sustainable urbanization. Special attention will be paid to the principles of sustainability, and to organizations and individuals working to improve sustainability in their communities.  Dutta-Koehle W 6:00pm-9:00pm

MET UA 510 D1 Selected Topics in Urban Affairs This seminar will explore a wide range of issues related to the environmental impacts of urbanization — including greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, suburban sprawl, and environmental justice — and the political and economic dimensions of the movement toward sustainable urbanization. Special attention will be paid to the principles of sustainability, and to organizations and individuals working to improve sustainability in their communities.Grinnell R 6:00pm-9:00pm

MET UA 590 International Comparative Urbanization and Planning Examination of a selected country, region, or city in relation to issues of urbanization and development planning. Emphasis on comparative analysis of policy, techniques, conditions, issues, and effectiveness. Topics and international subjects vary. Consult the department for details. Silva W 6:00pm- 9:00pm

MET UA 619 Metropolitan Transportation: Theory and Practice This course will provide students with a broad introduction to important concepts and policy issues in transportation, principally at an urban and metropolitan level. In addition, the course will explore methods planning practitioners can use to analyze transportation problems and propose solutions. The course will use specific examples of planning initiatives (both operations and capital) from transportation agencies within the Boston Metropolitan region. Guest speakers from local, regional, and state transportation agencies within the Greater Boston Metropolitan area will supplement the instructor’s lectures and assigned readings. Hassol M 6:00pm-9:00pm

MET UA 660 Deinstitutionalization in Human Services Development of community settings as an alternative to traditional institutions for delivery of human services. Deinstitutionalization in mental health and retardation, drug treatment, and criminal justice. Political and organizational problems in establishing community residences and financing community-based programs. Turchinetz T 6:00pm -9:00pm

MET UA 701 Urban Problems and Policy Process Major problems confronting urban areas and the process of policy formulation and implementation. Emphasis on problem interdependence and systems characteristics. Analysis of problem definitions (housing, crime, poverty, etc.), goals, public/private responsibilities, existing programs, and policy options. Analysis of selected, comparative international experience. Carroll R 6:00pm -9:00pm

MET UA 702 Urban Analytical Methods Use and analysis of quantitative data in public policy development and planning. Basic skills of organization and presentation of numerical information. Introduction to descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression; computer use. Math review. Carroll T 6:00pm- 9:00pm

Philosophy

GRS PH 630 A1 American Philosophy Detailed analysis of William James and John Dewey and their theories of meaning, truth, consciousness, and experience. Consideration of these theories in connection with selected issues in Husserl, Wittgenstein, and Michael Oakeshott. Kestenbaum MWF 11:00am 12:00pm.

GRS PH 646 Philosophy of Religion An examination of the principal issues and topics in the philosophy of religion in the following two stages: first, an historical overview of the philosophy of religion as a discipline or subdiscipline of philosophy and theology; and, second, attention to the problems and challenges facing this discipline in the context of the comparative study of religions. Zank M 3:00pm-6:00pm

Religion

CAS RN 561 Religion and International Relations Explores the role of religion in contemporary international relations in the context of questions about the common core of modernity. Reviews scholarly and policy literature, and case studies, in order to elucidate religion’s intellectual and operational diversity in international relations. Prodromou M 11:00am -2:00pm

GRS RN 727 A1 Topics in American Religion Topic for Fall 2007: Sexuality, Spirituality, and American Youth Culture. Explores the shifting relationship between religious identity and sexual experience among American youth. Emphasis on Catholics and Protestants, especially evangelicals. Possible sources include popular teen dating/sex manuals, film, Catholic encyclicals, abstinence education literature, young adult novels. Prothero R 3:30pm-6:30pm

Sociology

GRS SO 708 Contemporary Sociological Theory Covers the basic elements of the major theoretical paradigms in modern sociology, covering topics and problems in the philosophy of social science and current controversies in the field. Go F 2:00pm -5:00pm

GRS SO 817 Seminar: Community Sociology The study of communities in different settings; their organization and contribution to building a social and moral order in urban areas. The historical development of communities and the way persons adapt to urban life through communities are also considered. Monti T 12:30pm -3:30pm