Fall 2011 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 department’s own website.  Graduate students may not take courses below the 500 level for credit.

CAS AM 546 Historic Preservation. An introduction to the American preservation movement, including current issues and modern practice. Considers key aspects of the history, theory, and philosophy of historic preservation, and introduces students to key figures in preservation agencies and organizations in this region. Dempsey T 5:30pm-8:30pm

GRS AM 736 Literature of American Studies. Introduction to classic problems in the interpretation of American society and culture. Halter Wed 1-4

GRS AM 754 Planning and Preservation. Considers the methods employed to protect and plan for the historic landscape. Topics include the history of preservation planning and the broader planning profession, and a review of case law, legislation, and the protection strategies of current preservation practice. Dray Tues. 6:00 – 9:00

GRS AM 765 American Vernacular Architecture. Study of interpretive approaches known as Vernacular Architecture, as they are employed in the study of American buildings and the historic landscape. Emphasis on the role of social and cultural forces in the production, use, and understanding of the built environment. Also offered as GRS AM 765.  Dempsey F 10:00 – 1:00

GRS AM 867 Material Culture.  Introduction to the theory and practice of the interdisciplinary study of material culture, which includes everything we make and use, from food and clothing to art and buildings. Explores contemporary scholarship from a range of disciplines. Also offered as GRS AM 867.  Moore M 2-5

African American Studies

CAS AA 504 African American and Asian American Women Writers. Cross-cultural comparison of African American and Asian American women writers. Explores and evaluates the cultural impact of their work, and looks at how these two groups bound together by “otherness” pursue the theme of conflicting cultures. Boelcskevy Wednesday 12-3

CAS AA 514 Comparative Slavery. The institution of slavery in history with a special focus on slavery and the slave trade in Africa and the Americas in the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. Attention to cultural and political issues as well as economic and social aspects of slavery. Thornton Thursday 2-5

CAS AA 559 Reckoning with the Past: Reparations and Justice in Comparative Perspective. The debate about reparations for slavery and Jim Crow segregation in the United States examined critically as conversation about, and movement for, retrospective justice. Includes discussion of war crimes, tribunals, and truth commissions. Crawford Tuesday 11-2

CAS AA 590 The World and the West Explores relations between the West and the Third World from 1850, focusing on national and cultural movements in the Third World, and places the African American struggle for freedom in the United States in global and comparative perspective. Richardson T TH 12:30-2

GRS AA 871 African American History. The history of African Americans from African origins to the present; consideration of slavery, reconstruction, and ethnic relations from the colonial era to our own time. Heywood MWF 11-12

GRS AA 888 Black Radical Thought. Black radical thought in America, Europe, and Africa since the eighteenth century through writings of abolitionists, leaders of revolutions and liberation movements, Black nationalists, and Black socialists. Emphasizes the global nature of the “Black World” and its role in world history. Blakely TTH 11-12:30


GRS AN 745 Moving Experiences: Cultures of Tourism and Travel. The movement of people across national boundaries as a cultural, economic and political phenomenon. Examines voluntary border-crossing in its various cultural and historical meanings as well as in the representations of journals and contemporary accounts. Mts w/AN345A1. White TR 9:30am-11am

History of Art and Architecture

CAS AH 583 English Country House and America’s Cottages. This course explores the development of the ‘English country house’ in terms of its architecture, interior decoration and furnishings, and landscape setting, and the cultures and lifestyles associated with it both when the house was built, or significantly altered, and today. The country house has been described as England’s greatest contribution to the Western cultural heritage. Influenced by the arts of other countries, in turn the country house has exerted an influence abroad, notably in America. In turn, American heiresses helped to modernize country houses by the end of the nineteenth century. In the twentieth century, an “English country house: style emerged in New England. We will also consider how such houses are preserved today. While we cannot visit the England’s houses during class, we can find examples of their style and collections at the MFA and elsewhere. Hall TH 2-5

CAS AH 584 Greater Boston: Architecture and Planning. Examines the buildings, development patterns, and the open space planning of greater Boston, with particular emphasis on the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.  Weekly visits to neighborhoods and buildings throughout the city are combined with independent research projects for each member of the seminar. Morgan W 1-4

GRS AH 776 American Vernacular Architecture. Study of interpretive approaches known as Vernacular Architecture, as they are employed in the study of American buildings and the historic landscape.  Emphasis on the role of social and cultural forces in the production, use, and understanding of the built environment.  Also offered as GRS AM 765. Dempsey Friday 10-1

GRS AH 786 Colloquium in Twentieth-Century American Painting. This colloquium, which accompanies the lecture course for CAS AH 386, focuses on critical and theoretical readings that relate to twentieth-century American painting, photography, sculpture, installation and performance art, and criticism.  Hills Tuesday/Thursday 12:30pm-2pm, Tuesday 3pm-5pm

GRS AH 798 Colloquium in Twentieth Century Architecture. In conjunction with the CAS AH 398 lecture course, this colloquium focuses on the main figures, events, artifacts of twentieth-century architectural history. Scrivano Tuesday/Thursday 2-3:30pm, Thursday 4-6pm

GRS AH 867 Material Culture. Introduction to the theory and practice of the interdisciplinary student of material culture, which includes everything we make and use, from food and clothing to art and buildings.  Explores contemporary scholarship from a range of disciplines.  Also offered as GRS AM 867. Moore Monday 2-5pm

GRS AH 891 Seminar: Documentary Photography: A study of changing uses, definitions, and archives of documentary photography from 1839 to the present. Topics will include urban photography, war imagery, topographical and survey landscapes, architectural records, social reform photography, New Deal imagery, and digital documents. We will concentrate on the rich archival resources available in the museums, university archives, and historical societies in the greater Boston area. Sichel Tuesday 9-11am


GRS AR 780 Archaeological Ethics and Law. In this course students examine archaeology and professional ethics; archaeology as a public interest; legal organization of archaeology; international approaches to heritage management; looting, collecting, and the antiquities market; maritime law and underwater archaeology; cultural resource management in the United States. Berlin Monday 11:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Communications: Film and Television

COM FT 524 Golden Age of Television. Course examines the extraordinary explosion of talent and creativity in live television’s early days. It covers writers such as Paddy Chayefsky and Rod Serling, personalities like Edward R. Morrow, entertainers Sid Caesar, Milton Berle and Lucille Ball, live political broadcasts such as the Army-McCarthy hearings, and most significantly, the great anthology series like Philco Television Playhouse, Studio One, U.S. Steel Hour, Playhouse 90 which presented great and original American teleplays “Marty,” “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” “Patterns,” “The Comedian,” “The Defenders” and many more. Also covered are the great directors John Frankenheimer, Alfred Hitchcock, Delbert Mann and stars like Paul Newman, Ed Begley, James Dean all of whom began their careers in this television era. Loman Monday 4:00pm-7:00pm


CAS EN 533 American Literature: Beginnings to 1855.  An introduction to the multiple literary traditions of North America (especially that area that would come to be the United States) from the close of the fifteenth century through 1855.  Authors include John Winthrop, Anne Bradstreet, Mary Rowlandson, Benjamin Franklin, Phillis Wheatley, William Apess, Washington Irving, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman.  Korobkin MWF 12-1

CAS EN 545 The Nineteenth Century American Novel.This course will provide an overview of the art of the novel as it was imagined and practiced in the nascent United States. Although we will supplement our work with examinations of the material culture of reading and theoretical essays from nineteenth-century periodicals, most of our attentions will fall on the novels themselves. Candidates for inclusion on the syllabus include: William Hill Brown’s The Power of Sympathy, P.D. Manvil’s Lucinda; or, the Mountain Mourner, James Fenimore Cooper’s The Pioneers, Catherine Maria Sedgwick’s A New England Tale, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly, William Wells Brown’s Clotel: or, The President’s Daughter, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson, Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, Charles Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition. Van Anglen TTH 2-3:30

CAS EN 546 The Modern American Novel. American fiction from 1900 to 1950. Works by Theodore Dreiser, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather, William Faulkner, and others. Mizruchi TTH 12:30-2.

CAS EN 572  Slavery and American Literature, 1830-1865. The American slavery crisis shaped and was shaped by a variety of literary texts that examined political, philosophical, and aesthetic aspects of slavery as a national and international controversy. This course focuses on American literature from 1776 through 1865, though it will also include historical documents from political, religious, and scientific figures, some of whom wrote from outside the United States. Main authors include Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edgar Allan Poe, Hannah Crafts, and Herman Melville. Lee MWF 12-1

CAS EN 580 Studies in America Writers: Faulkner. Principal novels and short fiction, including The Sound and the Fury, Sanctuary, Light in August, Absalom, Absalom!, The Hamlet Considerations of biographical, social, cultural contexts. Relations to regionalism, Southern Renaissance, modernism. Influence and status as world writer. Matthews, TTH 9:30-11.

CAS EN 584 Studies in Literature and Ethnicity: Ethnic American Women Writers. How have immigrant and ethnic women writers engaged American literary traditions, American culture, and American experience? Authors include Sui Sin Far, Maxine Hong Kingston, Zitkala Sa, Louise Erdrich, Anzia Yezierska, Grace Paley, Sandra Cisneros, and others.Jin W 12-3.

GRS EN 665 Critical Studies in Literature and Society: Enlightenment In America. A literary introduction to some varieties of Enlightenment in the Americas. Reading essays, sermons, novels, poems, and objects produced between 1690 and 1845, course traces the ideologies and technologies of “Progress” in Britain’s Colonies, the Caribbean, and the United States. Howell, Tuesday&Thursday 2-3:30pm.

GRS EN 734 US Literature at the Turn of the Century. Social difference, capitalism, and consumerism in the US at the turn of the 20th century, with attention to literary connections of materialism, philanthropy, literary marketplace, and cultural capital to race, ethnicity, class, gender, and political ideology. Jarrett, Wednesday 12:00-2:30pm.


CAS HI 566. Ideas and American Foreign Policy. Examines the intellectual foundations of U.S. foreign policy from the founding of the republic to the present. Bacevich TR 9:30-11

CAS HI 568 The Modern Metropolis: Approaches to Urban History. Examines the development of the modern American metropolis during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Considers transformations in commercial life, popular entertainments, and the use of public spaces as well as social encounters across lines of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Blower M 12-3

CAS HI 590 The World and the West. This course explores relations between the West and the Third World from 1850, focusing on national and cultural movements in the Third World. It places the African American struggle for freedom in the United States in global and comparative perspective. Richardson TR 12:30-2

GRS HI 698 African American History. The history of African-Americans from African origins to present time; consideration of slavery, reconstruction, and ethnic relations from the colonial era to our own time. Heywood. MWF 10-11

GRS HI 702 Science and American Culture. History of the interaction between science and American culture from the colonial period to the present. Course will include such topics as the American reception of Copernicus and Newton, scientific exploration, the interaction of science and religion, the impact of science on social theory, the rise of “big science,” and the contemporary “science wars.” Roberts. MWF 2-3

GRS HI 721 The American Revolution, 1750-1800. The political, economic, and ideological causes of the American War for Independence; the construction of a new political system amid the passions of a revolutionary upheaval; and the gradual emergence of a new economic and cultural order in the United States. McConville Tuesdays 9:30-12:30

GRS HI 852  Readings in American Political History. Introduces students to the field of U.S. political history. Readings are divided into four primary areas of scholarship: government institutions, public policy, social movements, and political culture. Phillips Thursdays 3:30pm-6:30pm

GRS HI 881 Readings in Food History. Survey of food history: how food influences, and is influenced by, politics, economics, climate, geography, technology, and culture. Considers the ways food history interconnects with other disciplines and raises important issues for an era of globalized food production, processing, and consumption. Glick W 6-9.

Metropolitan College

MET SO 501 Special Topic: Boston’s North End: From Colonial to Immigrant Theme Park. This socio-cultural history of Boston’s North End will survey changes in the region from the colonial period to the present. However, we will center our analysis on the dynamics of culture change among North End’s Italian immigrants. We will examine the causes of immigration conflicts and competition with Irish immigrants, the importance of religious societies and festivals as an expression of anticlerical Catholicism, kinship and regional factors in residential distribution, the context, content, the influence of W.F. Whyte’s Street Comer Society, myths and realities of the Boston Mafia, the impact of drugs and drug related youth violence in the 1980s, and the changes brought about through gentrification, demographic change, and economic stratification. We will also examine the re-creation of the North End as an Italian style neighborhood through studies of tourism, the marketing of ethnic cuisine and lifestyle, and research on ethnic theme parks. We will utilize historical documents and studies of the colonial period, sociological analyses of immigration and urban communities, current research on gentrification, development, and tourism. Course will include two visits to the North End.  Pasto W 6-9

MET UA 508 Real Estate Development. Various factors affecting location, construction, financing, and marketing of real estate in metropolitan areas. Studies the relationship of public policy to the activities of the private sector, market analysis techniques, evaluation of development projects, and problems of real estate investment.  Smith W 6-9

MET UA 515 History and Theory of Urban Planning. History, concepts, and methods of contemporary urban and regional planning practice. Governmental, nonprofit, and private settings of professional planning; plans, research, and policy development; uses and implementation of planning. Political analysis of planning issues, such as comprehensiveness, public interest, advocacy, negotiation, and future orientation. Case materials drawn from redevelopment, growth management, land use conflicts, and service delivery. Silva M 6-9

MET UA 613 Designing Urban Space. The role of urban design in the community development process. Examines human behavior, aesthetic foundations of design methods, citizen/client participation, and public policy issues. Analysis of actual community spaces. Student design exercises. Dutta-Koehle W 6-9

Political Science

CAS PO 513 Development of American Constitutional Law. A survey of the development of constitutional law and the exercise of power by the U.S. Supreme Court. The course is drawn entirely from decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and the principal theme is the development of national constitutions and power.  Silverstein TTH 9:30-11

CAS PO 559  Reckoning with the Past: Reparations and Justices in Comparative Perspective. The debate about reparations for slavery and Jim Crow segregation in the United States examined critically as conversation about, and movement for, retrospective justice. Includes discussion of war crimes tribunals and truth commissions. Crawford T 11-2

GRS PO 741 Public Policy Analysis. Seminar in analytical concepts and rational policymaking models applied to each of several issue areas: education, welfare, health care, economy, and the environment in the United States and Europe.  Rossell M 2-5


GRS RN 630 American Jewish Experiences. Examines history, culture, politics, and identities of American Jews and Judaism, 1654-2010. Communal documents, family histories, liturgy, sermons, music, films, literature, art, and artifacts are employed to study similarities and differences with other Jewish communities and other American minorities. Levine TTH 9:30-11:00


CAS SO 534 Seminar: Modernity and Social Change. Evaluation of globalization. Themes include historical bases of globalization in colonialism and imperialism; increasing global interconnectedness; work pattern shifts; power of transnational and financial institutions; social movements against globalization; possible replacement of globalization with the “new imperialism.” Go F 1-4pm

GRS SO 837 Seminar: Sociology of Culture. Examines the mutual interdependence between social structure and culture, focusing on the ways in which belief, faith, knowledge, symbol, ritual, and the like both produce and are products of social organization. Mts w/CAS SO437. Greenfeld T 3:30pm-6:30pm