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Fall 2017 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).


Language as Social Action 

ANTH 5504, Prof. Paul Garrett , TR 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Theme for Fall 2017: "Multilingual Philadelphia: Ethnographic Approaches to Urban Linguistic and Cultural Diversity." Drawing on the work of anthropologists as well as sociologists, geographers, sociolinguists, and others, this seminar considers such issues as immigration, transnationalism, assimilation, and the politics of space and place, in addition to such classic linguistic anthropological issues as bilingualism and multilingualism, language contact, language socialization, and language maintenance, shift, and revitalization. Seminar participants will conduct small-scale fieldwork in local settings. The final product of the seminar will be a collaborative multimedia project that documents and explores Philadelphia's linguistic and cultural diversity.


Art History

The History of Printmaking

ARTH 5408, Prof. Elizabeth S. Bolman, TR 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

The invention of the printing press in western Europe in the 1400s contributed in fundamental ways to lasting changes about how people thought about images and image-making. In addition to gaining an understanding of the technical processes involved in the production of books, woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and lithographs, students will focus on the social and economic facets of print communication as an aesthetic and as a compelling component of visual culture. The course will cover material from c. 1480 to at least c. 1940, with opportunities to study contemporary artists in discussions and projects. We also shall spend some time evaluating certain myths about the so-called printing revolution, poised as we are in a new digital age defined as another kind of explosion of images.


The Agency of Monastic Visual Culture in Byzantium

ARTH 8620, Prof. Elizabeth S. Bolman, T 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Monks were powerful players in Byzantine society, claiming personal poverty but deploying substantial funds on monumental churches and their decoration, as well as on other types of visual culture. In this class, we will explore the history of this association of ascetic wealth and poverty, and examine the ways in which the dynamic worked over time, from the fourth through the fifteenth centuries. We will consider whether monastic art and architecture followed a different etiquette than other types of material expression in Byzantium. We will endeavor to ascertain whether or not gender affected visual production in any way (e.g. expense, iconography). While our overall scope is large, we will engage with specific case studies, and examine the similarities and differences between these examples over time and across the empire. Students may, with permission, choose a subject that is within the cultural sphere of Byzantium, but not within the boundaries of the empire, for example Mar Musa al-Habashi, in Syria. For the final project, students may choose between a traditional research paper and a digital exhibition or other digital expression of the results of the project. No background in Byzantine art is required.


French Symbolism

ARTH 8650, Prof. Therese Dolan, M 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Symbolism in the nineteenth-century visual arts was further defined by Albert Aurier as "the painting of ideas." While many Symbolists reacted against the materialism of 19th-c science and its implications (positivist philosophy, Darwinism, artistic Realism), others sought to reconcile modern science with spiritual traditions. The Symbolist artist embarked upon an interior journey with imagination and sensitivity for his guide. Art became suggestive and expressive, an evocation of the mental and spiritual experience of the individual, a rejection of the visible world in favor of the visionary. The Guggenheim Museum's exhibition "Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892-1897" which opens in June 2017 will capture a fascinating, transnational cross section of artists-some well-known, others less so-and invite a fresh look at and new scholarship on late 19th-century Symbolist art. Works of art from a wide variety of media, musical history and literary manifestations of Symbolism will be featured throughout this interdisciplinary course subject.


Criminal Justice

Drugs, Crime and Justice

CJ 8224, Prof. Steven Belenko, R 5:45 pm - 8:15 pm

This advanced graduate course considers the problems of drug abuse, crime and the justice system's response to drug-related crime. A multidisciplinary perspective is used to analytically and critically explore these issues from social, legal, political, public health, enforcement, and criminological perspectives. Specific topics covered include theoretical explanations for drug abuse, drug legalization and decriminalization, drugs and violence, treatment alternatives to incarceration, public health effects, and mandatory sentencing laws for drug offenders.


Special Topics:  Developmental & Life Course Criminology

CJ 8310, Prof. Jeffrey Ward, R 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This course examines crime and antisocial behavior within a developmental and life-course framework. Studying behavior over the life course necessitates an understanding of the complex role that biological, psychological, and sociological forces play in influencing stability and change in human behavior across different developmental periods that include: infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The life course framework is considered both as a theoretical orientation and as a set of research methods to examine crime and its causes and consequences across the life span.



Topics-Critical Theory: Scandals of Literature: Value and Transgression

ENG 5500, Prof. Alan Singer, W 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Works of art in general are assumed to authorize and sustain the values by which we live. They are assumed to have normative value. Guided by these values we believe we can inhabit the world peaceably and productively. And so, in the 18th century the age of academic art is born. And yet aesthetic works, in literature, film, painting have persistently challenged social norms. Does this mean that the most serious works of art are, in fact, antagonistic towards society? Is the cultivation of an "ivory tower" aestheticism to be promoted as our only escape from the disappointments of the real world? The question lurking behind these observations is HOW CAN WE VALUE literature? On what basis can we assert it to be significant enough to assimilate into our cultural traditions and to what extent can literature be used to challenge cultural tradition, thereby invigorating cultural life?

Most of the literary texts we will consider are ones which have been denounced as transgressions of social, religious, political, and rational rules, descents into the obscene and the lawless. In defense of these works we will ask how our judgment of a work of art can confine itself to the conventional attitudes or expectations of society without succumbing to dogma. On the other hand, we will have to decide what criteria for judgment exist beyond our knowledge of social norms. On what basis can we reasonably sanction the artist who speaks to us in a manner that doesn’t respect the norms of our reading and thinking, the norms by which we claim to perpetuate our civilization? Alternatively, what price do we pay if we ignore or censor such artistic impudence?


Geography and Urban Studies

Special Topic Seminars: Bio-Social Partnerships (Studio 1)

GUS 5000, Prof. Allison Hayes-Conroy, T 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Bio-Social Partnership: Studio 1 is a classroom experience designed to integrate interdisciplinary learning between the life sciences (e.g. biology, medicine), the social sciences (e.g. geography, sociology, anthropology), and beyond. The link between the disciplines is the human body -- specifically the desire to produce cross-disciplinary knowledge about the body. This studio is the first of a two-part studio series in which graduate students will work together to identify, explore and understand a distinct problem-area related to the body. Students will develop ways of integrating knowledge about that problem-area from diverse epistemologies, including, for example, critical social theory related to the body, which comes from feminist or critical race perspectives, and epigenetics, immunology or evolutionary medicine. Studio 1 in the two-part series is geared more towards communication and understanding within the classroom -- that is among academic peers. Studio 1 is a prerequisite for Studio 2, held in the Spring, which will be geared towards science communication with the broader public. One goal of the Bio-Social Partnership Bodies Studio Series (Studio 1 and 2), in part, is to produce an interactive exhibit for the Philadelphia-based science museum, the Franklin Institute. Thus, both Studio 1 and Studio 2 will involve hands-on learning in addition to careful seminar-style reading and discussion of key texts.


Sustainable Natural-Human Systems

GUS 5041, Prof. Victor H. Gutierrez-Velez, M 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This course provides the scientific bases and theoretical background for understanding the most essential challenges and opportunities to address sustainability in natural-human systems. The course will discuss knowledge about theories, conceptual frameworks and research methods to understand and appreciate the interactions and co-dependencies between human and natural systems. The course will also introduce to the main global sustainability research and policy agendas.

The course aims to facilitate students to use different conceptual frameworks to pursue research for different sustainability challenges, in both rural and urban environments and at different scales. The course aims also for students to understand the need to balance theoretical and quantitative approaches from both the social and environmental sciences to sustainability as a interdisciplinary problem.


History and Theory of Urban Studies

GUS 8011, Prof. Melissa R. Gilbert, W 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue academic studies and applied careers in the interdisciplinary field of urban studies. Our goals are to survey the historical and philosophical bases of contemporary urban studies, to discuss current explanatory frameworks, and to examine the resulting theoretical and policy debates about contemporary urban processes.

The first section of the course will provide an introduction to the intellectual history of urban studies. Students will be exposed to debates, concepts, authors, and texts that have played a crucial role in shaping the field of urban studies. We will ask such questions as: What is a city? What is the relationship between the social and spatial organization of society? What kind of city should we plan for and for whom? Since intellectual discourse is shaped by the changing nature of cities as well as academic debate, we will also examine the development of cities as a cultural, social, and material form.

The second section of the course will provide an introduction to contemporary explanatory frameworks and associated critiques. We will examine the dominant accounts of scientific inquiry (positivism, Marxism, feminism, critical race theory, and postmodernism) and the rationales through which scientists have attempted to justify these practices. We will examine how these frameworks have been used to explain urban processes.

In the final section of the course, we will examine debates about selected contemporary urban issues. The purpose of this section is to explore the implications of explanatory debates for research practice and policy.



Modern American Social History

HIST 8106, Prof. Ken Kusmer, T 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Modern American Social History, examines the causes and consequences of the shifts in American society as it made the transition from a pre-industrial to an industrialized and urban-centered nation from the mid-19th century to the 1930s, and the equally significant change from industrial to post-industrial in the decades after World War II. Readings will deal with a wide variety of topics, many of which use race, class, and gender as categories of analysis; but the varying methodologies of social history, with its emphasis on the lives of the average person rather than the study of elites, are equally important. We will spend some time on the quantitative analysis of historical evidence; the use of fiction as social history; the overlap between social and cultural history; the value of comparative history; and the burgeoning field of collective memory and its connection to media history. The course purposefully covers a broad range of material, some of it interdisciplinary in nature, but a final paper that counts 40% of the final grade will also allow students to focus on a particular topic that interests them.


American Material Culture

HIST 8151, Prof. Seth Bruggeman, W 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This course introduces students to the major themes and methods relevant to the study of objects and the past. We will consider the variety of ways in which scholars from diverse fields have sought to infer meaning from things and then seek specifically to understand how historians have applied those ideas to their own work. During Fall 2017, History 8151 will take place entirely at Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum. Students will experiment with traditional production techniques in the museum's boat shop, consider how collecting institutions manage material culture aboard its ships and in its exhibit halls, and conduct research in the museum's archive and library. We will use this opportunity especially to consider the materiality of Philadelphia's historic waterfront and its embededness within the global circulation of things and ideas.


Managing History

HIST 8152, Prof. Hilary Iris Lowe, T 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

In Managing History (HIST 8152), we uncover the practical and theoretical issues concerning the management and development, interpretation, preservation, and presentation of history for public consumption. We focus critical issues for museum exhibits, historical preservation policies and practices, governance of historical societies and museums, publication practices, historical documentaries (aural and visual), and other elements related to the dissemination of historical interpretations, common historical knowledge, and public memory. During fall 2017, this course will consider many of these topics through the lens of a public project that we design with partners on the Influenza outbreak of 1918 in Philadelphia. Questions we consider: Who manages American history and American memory? Who owns history? Who is empowered to tell the story and how did they gain that power? What role does the historian play in the formulation and preservation of public memory?


Rise of the American Military Profession

HIST 8211, Prof. Gregory Urwin, M 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This course provides a theoretical framework for analyzing the evolution of modern military institutions and the people who lead them. Students will examine the development of the military profession in the United States from the War of Independence into the early 21st century, examining contemporary concepts of military professionalism by studying the careers of American officers in their historical context. This course will also address the major European influences that revolutionized standards of officer procurement, training, education, and advancement in the United States and around the world.


Historical Methods

HIST 8714, Prof. Eileen Ryan, T 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This course examines major trends in the profession of historical inquiry over the last century. We will read exemplary works from a variety of methodological approaches in order to trace the evolution of the craft of history over time. How will you position your own work as a historian in relation to this wider field?


Master of Liberal Arts

Topics in the Arts and American Culture: Transcendentalism, the Beat Generation & the Modern Hipster

MLA 5110, Prof. Michael Szekely, T 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Beats. Beatniks. The Beat Generation. What comes to mind? The 60s? Counterculture? Happenings? Hep-ness? Drugs? Jazz (ya dig?)? Poetry in smoke-filled basement cafes accompanied by a set of bongos? Encountering the Beats might entail some or all of the above, and more. But we would also do well to take a step back, and resist perhaps the temptation to join the bandwagon of caricature and stereotype, of a scruffy and spontaneous resistance as merely the expressions of wayward, idealistic youth. Why happenings? Why drugs? Why jazz? Why poetry? And how? If the Beats will become our destination and focus, we might first do well to seek out some of their influences, which are, not surprisingly, as vast as the expressions of the Beat Generation itself. Enter Blake, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Dada, surrealism, Charlie Parker, and... In his poem "America" Allen Ginsberg asks, "America, when will you be angelic?" He continues: "When will you take off your clothes? When will you look at yourself through the grave? Why are your libraries full of tears?" Lest we forget, the Beat Generation is an American story, or, a story about America. It is a story about the possibility of America, a story about the promise of a democratic society and culture, its ideals, its expressions, its failures. Fast-forward to 2017: the story of the modern-day hipster might arguably be characterized by a resolute ambivalence toward politics, an insistent pluralism when it comes to art and culture, and the incessant nuisance associated with the seemingly inevitable fact that what is "hip" is thus already no longer hip.


Topics in Cultural Studies: The Uncanny

MLA 5120, Prof. Paula Robison, R 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ghosts, the undead, alter egos, deja vu, hallucinations, madness -why do modern writers tell stories about such things, and how do readers respond? Narratives like Kafka's The Trial and Dostoevsky's "The Double" are uncanny - strange, eerie, yet somehow familiar and all too real. We will look at international fiction that produces this effect (sometimes described as "the return of the repressed"), to learn what cultural and psychological dynamics make it so compelling. What uncanny forces are at work under the surface of modernity? Readings in fiction by writers like Dostoevsky, Kafka, Cortazar, Morrison, Ishiguro, and one or two films.


Topics in Gender Studies: Secularism: Jewish and Muslim Women

MLA 5150, Prof. Laura Levitt, T 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In its three-hundred-year history as a Western concept, secularism is often defined as the opposite of religion. Religious women have alternately found western secularism to be a source of liberation (as it grants them greater civil rights) and a source of oppression (as it putatively shrinks the religious sphere). In creating feminisms through Jewish and Muslim experience, feminisms that are both secular and religious, these religious women have complicated the meanings of secularism. They have also challenged the notion that feminism is necessarily secular. This course looks at examples of Jewish and Muslim women's lives and feminist thought in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. The course will compare and contrast the feminism of these two groups of religious women, in order to more fully understand the role of concepts like secularism, feminism, and religion.



Philosophy of Mind

PHIL 4244/5244, Prof. Gerald Vision, TR 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

The course will cover a series of central topics in the Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science. Typical of these are the nature of mental states and minds, mental content and meaning, consciousness, conceptions of the self, mental causation, the status of mental properties such as belief and desire, the relation of mental to brain states and to artificial intelligence (e.g., are minds kinds of computers?), a slot for mentality in a predominately physical world, and free will. The main text will be an anthology of Readings in the Philosophy of Mind edited by David Chalmers. A second, single author work, is under consideration. In addition to various exams, students will be expected to write a term paper on a topic of their choice (within the limits of our study).


Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit"

PHIL 4271/5271, Prof. Kristin Gjesdal, M 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This class focuses on the work of the German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770 - 1831). We start out by examining the philosophical pretext of Hegel's thinking and proceed to study the Phenomenology of Spirit. While maintaining a focus that is historically informed throughout, we will also address the reception of Hegel in contemporary Anglophone philosophy as well as Hegel's influence on later European philosophy. Throughout the fall semester we will see (1) how Hegel draws on the philosophical tradition (Kant, Fichte, the romantics, and others), (2) how he shapes the horizon of later European philosophy, and (3) how his thinking has recently been appropriated in the work of Anglophone philosophers such as John McDowell, Robert Brandom, and Charles Taylor.


Special Topics: Philosophy of Psychiatry

PHIL 5240, Prof. Miriam Solomon, W 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This course will approach questions in the philosophy of psychiatry with an emphasis on approaches from the philosophy of science and medicine. We will address questions such as: do we have a coherent understanding of mental illness in general? Does the classification of particular mental illnesses in DSM-5 and ICD-10 serve research, clinical, and/or political goals? What are some theories about the nature and causes of autistic spectrum disorder and how should we evaluate them? How should psychiatric treatments be assessed? How do ideas about gender and race influence our understanding of mental illness? This is a new area of interest of the instructor; specific readings will be planned over Summer 2017.


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