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Spring 2018 Graduate Course Listings

These courses welcome qualified graduate students from other departments. All are taught by members of Temple's graduate faculty.

To list your course, email the following to chat@temple.edu: Title, Course number, Instructor name and email, Meeting time. Include a short description (50-100 words).

Art History

Art, Science, and the Culture of Collecting in Early Modern Europe

ARTH 8480, Prof. Ashley West, T 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Cutting across geographic boundaries, we shall examine the role of images and objects in the production and organization of knowledge during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries across Europe. We shall consider the power and the limitations of various styles, mediums, and modes of representation to convey knowledge or compel belief, from broadsheets of ominous portents to maps and interactive anatomical diagrams, from naturalistic watercolors of flora to bronze casts of animals and plants made from life. Also central will be the misunderstanding and classification of artifacts from other cultures, assumptions about the reliability of the senses (particularly sight) in the acquisition of knowledge, and the value of curiosity in the development of early modern Wunderkammern, predecessors to modern art and ethnographic museums.




DANC 9862, T 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This course will examine the tenuous relationship between bodies, text, and history from an interdisciplinary perspective that combines dance studies and philosophy of history. It will introduce students to different approaches to historiography and delve into key issues in philosophy of history, including the distinction between history and memory, historical accuracy and fictionality, the possibility of presence and presentification, the role of affect, and history’s temporal structures. The practice of choreographic reenactment will be used as a central lens to consider the relevance of these debates for dance studies and, conversely, to examine how dance scholarship may help to think through several of the aforementioned issues.



Advanced Study in 20th and 21st century American Literature: Depression Modernism

ENG 8204, Prof. Miles Orvell, TR 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This course tests the assumption of cultural consistency within a period, through an examination of the 1930s, long a neglected area, that many have come to see as crucial to an understanding of 20th/ / 21st century American culture. We will examine the literary and media culture of the 1930s through the lens of genre, including satire, chronicle, and documentary, along with popular genres. Key questions include: what are the limits of political art? What are the relationships between class, fascism and mass culture? How were race and gender socially constructed? How did photography relate to the fiction of authenticity?


Trans-Atlantic Romanticism in the Age of Revolution

ENG 5021, Prof. Katherine Henry, T 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This course will begin by considering the spread of republicanism and its influence in the rebellions against colonial rule and against slavery, looking in particular at the American, French, and Haitian Revolutions.  How was republican liberty theorized, and in what respects was it dependent on—and incompatible with—the institution of slavery?  What happens to republican liberty as it gets appropriated by creole populations, indigenous populations and enslaved populations?  Within this historical context, we will examine literary responses to and representations of the three revolutions, dozens of mutinies, hundreds of slave rebellions, and thousands of pirate attacks that occurred during the "Age of Revolution."


Special Topics in Creative Writing: Nonfiction Writing

ENG 5600, Prof. Joan Mellen, T 9:00 - 11:30 am

This is a course in nonfiction writing and how it is similar to fiction. We will explore a variety of genres from memoir to biographical profiles to true crime to travel writing to the dramatization of historical events, and how, more often than not, books involve experiments in a blending of these forms. Among the readings will be John McPhee's new book on nonfiction writing, Draft No. 4: On The Writing Process, Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Mary Karr's The Liar's Club, Michael Ondaatje's Coming Through Slaughter, and Vladimir Nabokov's Speak, Memory.


Geography and Urban Studies

Special Topic Seminars

GUS 5000, Dr. Jacob Shell, W 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Students will read theoretical debates, empirical studies and manifestos on the theme of human mobility, including the problematic of "transportation" -- understood as dealing with such challenges as urban logistical efficiency; social justice and access to transport; and political economy of global shipping. However, within the relatively young field of mobility studies, "mobility" can also refer to a wider set of interrelated themes, such as: struggles over whose bodies get to move in which spaces or along which infrastructures; mobility as a theoretical and strategic "foil" for the analytic of communication; means of mobility and logistical organizing at the margins; transportation technology as a conceptual model for understanding more complex and evolving society-technology relations.



Philosophy of Science

PHIL 5216, Prof. Miriam Solomon, W 3:00 pm - 5:20 pm

This course is a graduate level introduction to contemporary issues in philosophy of science. It asks questions such as: What is the role of observation and experiment in scientific method? Is there a scientific method (or many methods, or no method)? Is there scientific progress, and what does it consist in? Does the social context of science affect the presumed "objectivity" of science? Since scientists have often been wrong, do we have any reason to think that our current theories are true (as opposed to temporarily useful)? The course is of special interest to science graduate students (including the social sciences) and philosophy graduate students.


Political Science

19th and 20th Century Social and Political Thought -- Marx and Weber

POLS 8404, Prof. Joseph M. Schwartz, T 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In this graduate seminar we'll read most of Marx's major writings (including Capital, The German Ideology, and the 18th Brumaire) and also Weber's major writings on religion, power, legitimacy and bureaucracy. The course should be of interest to any graduate student in the social sciences or humanities who wants to read Marx and Weber on their own terms rather than have their knowledge of these authors heavily mediated through secondary sources. Marx and Weber still have major influence on how we do social science and humanistic studies and how we conceive of our world.



Foundations Chinese Buddhism

REL 5201, Prof. Marcus Bingenheimer, T 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The course will provide an overview of Chinese Buddhism from its beginning in ca. 200 CE to the modern era. We will read primary sources in translation, supplemented by overview lectures on history and philosophy. We will look at Chinese Buddhist thought, as well as its art and architecture, its social dynamics and relationship with other traditions. A section on modern and contemporary Chinese Buddhism will emphasize Buddhist reactions to modernity. Participants will create an annotated bibliography, give one presentation, and write a term paper.


Foundations in Christianity

REL 5505, Dr. Lucy Bregman, T 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

This is a "foundation" course for persons with no formal academic background in Christianity, and for those with previous background who wish to integrate the study of Christianity their academic programs. This course will focus on both thought (doctrine, theology) and patterns of spiritual life, especially as revealed in some Christian devotional classics. What has been believed, taught and confessed by Christians since the Church's earliest era? How have individuals lived out these teachings, and discerned a spiritual life?



Classical Social Theory

SOC 8111, Prof. Dustin Kidd, M 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This course examines the history of sociology and role of theory within that history. We examine canonical texts by prominent sociologists and we also seek to disrupt that canon by reading works by women scholars and scholars of color. We examine the process of theorizing and the role of writing in that process. Some of the scholars whose work we will consider include: Jane Addams, Anna Julia Cooper, WEB Du Bois, Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, Marianne Weber, Max Weber, and Ida B. Wells.


Urban Health

SOC 8421, Prof. Tania Jenkins, W 5:00 pm - 7:20 pm

This course will examine why place, and in particular urban space, matters for physical and mental health and healthcare. Poverty, geographic vulnerability, violence and crime, segregation, neighborhood context, and social isolation can all impact individuals’ and groups’ health, through a variety of complex mechanisms. Healthcare is also impacted by many of these urban structures, further constraining (and sometimes enabling) healthy outcomes. This course will shed light on how history, power, politics, and privilege shape health and wellbeing in the city. 


Theories of Race & Racism

SOC 9321, Prof. Tania Jenkins, T 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This course reviews selected theories of race and racism. Readings come primarily from the discipline of sociology. However, the list of required readings is rounded out with selected sources from philosophy, cultural studies and legal scholarship. The primary focus is on critical theorizing with regard to race identities and racism in the organization of social inequality. Readings cover topics like white supremacy, liberalism and neoliberalism, therein providing a historical lens on current patterns and practices of racial dominance.


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