Graduate Courses

Winter 2021

 

Armenian

ARMENIA 230B – Elementary Classical Armenian
Lecture: Lec 1
Units 4
Instructor(s) Cowe, P.S.
Course Description
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 230A. Introduction to grammar of classical literary language (5th to mid-19th century) and guided readings in narrative prose texts. Letter grading.

Art History

ART HIS 203 – Topics in Architectural History and Theory: Key Thinkers and Theories of Architecture
Seminar: Sem 1
Units 4
Instructor(s) Nair, S.E.
Course Description Seminar, three hours. Focused studies of various theoretical and critical traditions within architectural history, concentrating on particular issues, authors, or methodologies either within or across historical, geographic, and cultural areas. May be repeated for credit with consent of adviser. S/U or letter grading.
Class Description Introduction to wide range of architectural theorists and theories. Topics are collectively discussed, analyzed, and historicized. Students then apply these concepts and approaches to their own research projects.

ART HIS 225B – Early Modern Art: Sea: Liquidity, Mobility, Ingenuity
Seminar: Sem 1
Units 4
Instructor(s) Wilson, B.
Course Description Seminar, three hours. Emphasis on selected topic (e.g., particular artist, trend, or problem). Research papers and oral reports required. Language requirements depend on area of focus. May be repeated for credit with consent of adviser. S/U or letter grading.
Class Description Exploration of early modern visual and material forms, and insights they yield about maritime environments and their challenges. Emergence of seascapes and harbor scenes in genre painting; large number of shells in European cabinets of curiosities and grottos; ichthyology and fossils; maps and itineraries; ships and modes of navigation; horizons and coastlines; are some examples of archive. Through readings and student research, study contrasts human and more-than-human centered viewpoints; interrogates narratives of progress and science; and contends with changing historical notions of nature and power. The seminar contributes to and benefits from colleagues and graduate students in the Sea working group, supported by a University of California Humanities Research Institute grant for 2020-21, and Earth, Sea, Sky: https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/earth-sea-sky-an-environmental-humanities-research-network.

English

ENGL 244 – Old and Medieval English Literature
Seminar: Sem 1
Units 4
Instructor(s) Weaver, E.M.
Course Description Seminar, four hours. Studies in poetry and prose of Old and medieval English literature; limits of investigation set by individual instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.
Class Description: Medieval Care of the Mind
This course examines writing about cognitive impairment from Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, while offering a broader introduction to research in literature and cognition, disability studies, and the medical humanities, on the one hand, and to some key scholarly genres on the other: the book review, the abstract, the conference paper, and the syllabus. Our primary focus will be on how mental illness was understood and treated hundreds of years before the advent of the asylum and the development of psychoanalysis. As we will see, medieval thinking about eccentric minds often reflects a tension between theories about individual cognition and beliefs in divine or diabolical influences from angels, demons, fairies, and ghosts. At the same time, visions, voices, and other devotional experiences trouble the distinction between reason and insanity. Readings include medieval medical treatises, chronicles, and restorative charms as well as saints’ lives, first-hand accounts, and poems, supplemented by selections from contemporary theorists.

ENGL 247 – Shakespeare
Lecture: Lec 1
Units 4
Instructor(s) Little, A.L.
Course Description Lecture, three hours. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

History

HIST C201K – Topics in History: India: Histories of Indian Ocean, 1400 to 1900: Ports, Networks, and States
Seminar: Sem 1
Units 4
Instructor(s) Subrahmanyam, S.
Course Description (Formerly numbered 201K.) Seminar, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Reading and discussion of selected topics. May be repeated for credit. May be concurrently scheduled with course C191N. S/U or letter grading.
Class Description Examination of history and historiography of Indian Ocean over some 500 years. Study alternates between largely chronological focus, such as 16th century; and certain themes are dealt with more transversally. Study deals with Indian Ocean as zone in which series of European states made their presence felt over these centuries, but also to gives due importance to non-European actors, whether states and empires or other agents.

HIST 214 – Topics in World History: Islamic Legal Practice in World History
Seminar: Sem 1
Units 4
Instructor(s) Lydon, G.E.
Course Description (Formerly numbered C214.) Seminar, three hours. Graduate seminar utilizing world-historical perspective to examine variety of broad themes in human history. Topics vary annually. Letter grading.
Class Description Focus on practice of law in Muslim societies. Introduction to principles and institutions of Sunni Islamic legal traditions. Students read historical research on Islamic legal practice in various parts of Muslim world, from early-modern period to more recent times. Includes short research component.

Italian

ITALIAN 298 – Variable Topics in Italian Studies
Lecture: Lec 1
Units 4
Instructor(s) Ciavolella, M.
Course Description Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Seminar focusing on themes and issues outside the uniquely Italian literature topics covered in regular departmental graduate courses.

Japanese

JAPAN 241A – Seminar: Japanese Classics
Seminar: Sem 1
Units 4
Instructor(s) Duthie, T.
Course Description Seminar, three hours. Prose and poetry from early times to 1868. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. In Progress grading (credit to be given only on completion of course 241B).

JAPAN C260 – Japanese Buddhism
Lecture: Lec 1
Units 4
Instructor(s) Bodiford, W.M.
Course Description Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Japanese not required. Development of Buddhism in Japan in its cultural context, with emphasis on key ideas and teachings. Concurrently scheduled with course CM160. Letter grading.

JAPAN 265B – Seminar: Japanese Buddhist Texts
Seminar: Sem 1
Units 4
Instructor(s) Bodiford, W.M.
Course Description Seminar, three hours. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. Letter grading.

Philosophy

PHILOS 206 – Topics in Medieval Philosophy
Lecture: Lec 1
Units 4
Instructor(s) Normore, C.G., Copenhaver, B.P.
Course Description Lecture, four hours. Study of philosophy and theology of one or several medieval philosophers such as Augustine, Anselm, Abelard, Aquinas, Scotus, or Ockham or study of single area such as logic or theory of knowledge in several medieval philosophers. Topics announced each term. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.

Spanish

SPAN 237 – Literature of the Spanish Conquest
Lecture: Lec 1
Units 4
Instructor(s) Rodriguez, J.N.
Course Description Lecture, three hours. Readings of and lectures on chronicles, poems, and indigenous accounts of the Spanish Conquest.