Course Catalog

POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY (SO2006)

Sociology is the study of society and the impact of society on human behaviour. Introduction to Sociology will cover social reality, and its cultural variations from society to society, amongst groups, and amongst individuals in interaction. Sociology aims to understand and explain the external forces that shape these interactions. The objective of the course is to familiarize students with the basic concepts, issues, and methodologies of the discipline. In this course we will study the major issues that guide sociological analysis, such as social community formation, groups and organizations, process and spaces of socialization, class and social stratification, social mobility, race and ethnicity, social interaction and identity negotiations.

INTRO TO FRENCH SOCIETY (SO2012)

Introduces France and its culture to students who want to understand its people, their mentality, and their ways of life. Examines the historical factors, cultural values, demographic evolution, and social organization, with emphasis on current social and political issues.

MEDIA SOCIOLOGY (SO3031)

Concentrates on the production, social reproduction and effects of the mass media, drawing on the theories of classical sociologists, including Marx and Weber, as well as more contemporary ones including Bourdieu, Habermas and Lazarsfeld, and Merton. Students learn to think sociologically and critically about diverse mass media, including the print media, radio, television and the Internet. Use of course Web site and small group discussions facilitates the accessing and understanding of peer-reviewed articles in contemporary media sociology. Students develop a reflexive awareness of their own role in media production and consumption.

INTERNSHIP (TN5980)

Internships are commonly pursued in organizations with sustainable business management, corporate social responsibility, or cross-cultural management initiatives. They are subject to the Program Director’s approval and can be completed in a variety of institutions depending on students’ interests and initiative. The University cannot guarantee placement in an internship but will provide assistance with the internship search. Students must have completed their first semester of MA studies and should contact the Internship Office early for registration purposes.

INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL CULTURE (VC2100)

This course considers the construction of the visual world and our participation in it. Through a transcultural survey of materials, contexts and theories, students will learn how visual practices relate to other cultural activities, how they shape identity and environmental basic ways, and how vision functions in correspondance with other senses.

ART, CULT., & GENDER IN ITAL. RENAISSANCE (VC3014)

Gender in the Italian Renaissance Examines the art and culture of the Italian Renaissance from the ever-expanding modern perspectives of Gay and Women's studies. Studies the art of Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and lesser-known artists, as well as Castiglione's Book of the Courtier, within the broad context of early modern history and in relation to contemporaneous sexual practices and gender roles. Includes Louvre visits.

WOMEN ARTISTS IN EURO. HISTORY (VC3019)

Focuses exclusively on modern women artists and writers from the 17th century with particular attention to France and England. Considers the problematic of female careers and male canons, and issues such as motherhood, creativity, subjectivity, political engagement, stylistic innovation, sexuality, and psychoanalysis against a backdrop of interdisciplinary feminist theory.

POWER OF IMAGES IN WESTERN HISTORY (VC3032)

This 'response theory' course explores the clout that images, high and low, have wielded in the distant and recent Western past. Makers of images are seen alongside breakers of images. As 'live' objects of exchange and conflict, images are produced, then reinterpreted, fetishized, feared, banned, censored, mutilated and destroyed. Themes include pilgrimage; art and sexual arousal; Mapplethorpe; images in war.

SENIOR THESIS OR SENIOR PROJECT (VC4095)

Students seeking the Art History degree with a Visual Culture track are required to complete either a thesis or senior project which links an art historical issue to at least one other discipline.

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