Internat'l Cultural Studies (ICS)
Examines the interaction between societies political-economic structures and their cultural value systems and the process of social change at both the political-economic and cultural levels. Examines, within a global framework, selected predominantly non-Western societies, with particular attention to Asia and Africa. 3 credits. Fall semester; day.
Examines the history and culture of the peoples of Western-Europe, with special reference to Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Portugal. Students are introduced to some of the contemporary issues facing these societies in the economic, social, and cultural spheres. Also, a study of the structure of cultures of Latin American communities in relation to contemporary political and social developments.
This course studies the presence of Latinos in the United States and Canada. It explores the differences and similarities between Latinos across the border to determine migration patterns, construction of space, identity conflicts, and accomplishments in the new land. It analyzes from a historical perspective the Chicano Civil Rights movement and the struggle, persistence, resistance and progress Chicanas and Chicanos have experienced and how relevant it has been for all Latinos in both Canada and the US. Works of various genres will be studied and analyzed from an artistic, cultural and social perspective. Emphasis will be on Testimonial literature in order to explore the motives for this literature and to answer questions regarding the presence of Latinos, specifically, in North America: what is America for Latinos and who are Latinos for America?
Cross-listed with: SOC 3050. The societies of the English-, French-, and Dutch-speaking Caribbean are the outcome of mass movements of population through slavery, indenture, and migration. This course examines important aspects of the complex cultural variants that have resulted against the background of the economic, social, and political forces that produced them. Another focus is on issues that form contemporary Caribbean society, such as the impact of tourism, poverty, emigration, links with America and Europe, problems of ethnic and racial identity, and pressures on women and the family.
Cross-listed with: ECO-3305. A study of the European Union, the economies in transition in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Particular emphasis is placed on the question of nationalism and the issues confronting multinational states in Europe today. Prerequisite: ECO 1201. 3 credits. Spring semester; day.
A study of major literary figures of Latin America. Selections from works of writers such as Borges, Rulfo, Cortazar, Vargas Llosa, and Garcia Marquez is read in relation to the historical and cultural contexts in which they were produced.
A study of the characteristics of the cultures and literature of the three largest Hispanic ethnic groups of Metropolitan New York: Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Dominicans and their literary humanistic contributions to the present United States; comparisons with Mexican-American literature.
Readings and discussion of contemporary issues on Puerto Rico, covering a broad range of topics in Puerto Rican culture and civilization from colonial times to the present.
Cross-listed with: SPA-3402. A study of the characteristics of Spanish culture based upon anthropological and sociological studies, humanistic and scientific contributions to civilization, reading and reports.
There is too often a chasm between human rights rhetoric and sustainable, justice-based change. This class will examine this chasm, but also the myriad forms and examples of human rights activism and advocacy around the world. Students will have an opportunity to work in teams to enact a human rights campaign and will also leave the course with basic leadership skills in conflict resolution that they can use in their activism and advocacy.
Cross-listed with: SOC-2040. An inquiry into the concept of culture as applied to both simple and complex societies. A study of living people, their beliefs, values, technologies and more, based on ethnographic, linguistic and social data and methods of analysis. Students will examine how a variety of people define their world, an imperative for an increasingly global world in search of cultural universals.
Cross-listed with: PSY-3380. An introduction to the theories, methods, and findings of cross-cultural psychology, with special attention given to communication and encounters between members of different cultures. Socialization, moral, and personality development, gender roles, abnormal behavior, belief systems, culture contact, culture change, and problems of identity in and across societies are considered.
This course examines concepts of freedom and liberation in various movements of rebellion among the Creoles and Indians, as well as the dynamics of revolution in Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua. Discussion of the impact of liberation theology and of the role of United States power in America and the world.
Structured opportunity for travel and study abroad. Choice of country and details of program to be approved by and arranged through department Chairperson.
Students with significant achievement in the major may be granted by the ICS department chairperson permission to serve as an intern in ICS. Assignments to internships depend on the availability of suitable internships. The student keeps a log of daily work activity and reports regularly to the chairperson throughout the internship. Supervision by a member of the department.
A project undertaken by the student with the approval of the Department Chairperson. Students develop and pursue a reading and research program resulting in a paper of appropriate length.
The preparation and presentation of a senior thesis in International Cultural Studies under the direction of a mentor chosen from the ICS faculty and approved by the chairperson. Regular meetings with the mentor are required throughout the semester in accordance with the schedule distributed by the department chairperson.
A study of German cultural history with a focus on architecture, painting, literature, and music. Classroom lectures are supplemented by slides, films, recordings, concerts, and museum visits.
Cross-listed with: FA-3413. An introduction to the culture and arts of Austria, with particular attention to Vienna. Painting, sculpture, architecture, urban planning, and music are examined in historical perspective. Classroom lectures are supplemented by slides, films, and museum visits.
An introduction to the concept of globalization as well as an in-depth analysis of the issues raised and the challenges posed by this process. Each student will work on a project and report, drawing from the different majors and disciplines represented by the students in the seminar. An interdisciplinary approach will be followed throughout the semester.
An introduction to and in-depth analysis of the United Nations--its structure and its day-to-day functioning. Cultural dimensions of the U.N.'s work will be examined, as well as political dimensions. This interdisciplinary seminar will give each student the opportunity to study and to report upon a different aspect of the United Nations. Topics may be chosen in accordance with the individual student's interest or major program.
An interdisciplinary approach will be taken to the development of a global perspective on issues and challenges facing Third-World nations. Course methodologies will include assigned readings, lectures, conferences, field trips, student presentations, and a term paper. Open to majors from all departments.
Cross-listed with: SPA-5401. This course explores cultural and literary expressions of Latinos in the United States. It analyzes the artistic, cultural, social and economic impact of the immigrant experience and the incorporation of Latinos into United States society. Various genres will be studied from a social and cultural context: autobiographical essays, poetry, novels, stories, documentaries, film, music and art. Topics include: identity in relation to ethnicity, nationality and race and their impact on cultural expression; struggle for self-determination; class and gender struggle; and being bilingual/bicultural or living within a margin. Representative authors and artists to be studied: Julia Alvarez, Cherie Moraga, Cristina Garca, Achy Obeja, Rosario Ferr, Gloria Anzalda among others.