Introduces student to interdisciplinary scholarship and practice in the disciplines that comprise the humanities and beyond. The focus of the course is introducing students to critical theory and the scholarly conversations pertaining the social, political, economic, cultural and ethical dimensions of modernity. This course must be taken in the first fall semester as an MH student in the program. Offered every Fall semester.
HUMN/SSCI 5013 - Interdisciplinary Methods and Practice
Introduces students to a wide array of scholarly methodologies in the humanities and social sciences. Students will learn the key practices and processes for developing themselves into young scholars conversant in a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary methods and practices. This course must be taken in the first spring semester and an MSS or MH student in the program. Offered every Spring semester.
While we live in a highly image-oriented culture that requires us to constantly negotiate the finer meanings of visual discourse, most of us aren’t aware just how literate we can be about art. Works of art form a critical part of our material culture and often reflect not just aesthetic sensibilities, but political, economic, and cultural dimensions of society. Working from the premise that a work of art or architecture itself is a text to be read and in some way a product of a particular moment in time, we will consider various scholarly approaches towards the interpretation of visual art forms, such as social history, aesthetic theory, and formalism. Although we will consider works that span broad historical eras, from classical antiquity to postmodern America, this course is not a traditional, chronologically exhaustive introductory survey. Rather, its focus is thematic, taking into account historical and cultural contexts and a variety of methodological perspectives on the making, consuming, and meaning of art.
Study of sexuality, gender, and identity representation from classical antiquity through the present in the visual arts. Using literature of visuality, feminism, race, and queer theory, we explore visual representations of femininity, masculinity, and androgyny and their reinforcement and challenge to gender-identity norms. The course endeavors to introduce students to complex theoretical concepts framing their interaction with the visual world and the construction of gender. Students must display a clear familiarity with the theoretical concepts and visual languages discussed in class and must exhibit an ability to interpret data meaningfully and analytically in all assignments.
Provides background reading, theory and research approaches for students to develop a thesis, project, or an individualized theme for the oral exam based on their interdisciplinary focus. Max hours: 3 Credits. Offered every Spring semester.
Introduces student to interdisciplinary scholarship and practice in the disciplines that comprise the social sciences and beyond.The focus of the course is introducing students to critical theory and the scholarly conversations pertaining the social, political, economic, cultural and ethical dimensions of modernity. This course must be taken in the first fall semester as an MSS student in the program. Offered every Fall semester.
A survey of the United States legal system, including lawmaking powers, jurisdiction, court procedures, professional ethics and major principles of business law, contracts, estates and probate, family law, property and torts. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate Level students. Cross-listed with HUMN 4251/HUMN 5251/SSCI 4241. Max hours: 3 Credits. Offered every Fall semester.
Introduces interdisciplinary social research through a critical examination of various methodological approaches. Each student formulates a research proposal which includes a research question, a review of the literature, and methods of study. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate Level students. Max hours: 3 Credits. Offered every Spring semester.
Engaging extensive primary and secondary source material, course applies an interdisciplinary approach to diversity and conflict that often surrounds the quest for economic, moral and social inclusion in the United States. Restricted to Graduate level students. Cross-listed with HUMN 5540. Offered every Fall semester.
Empires are complex and difficult entities. From ancient Greece and Rome to modern colonial Europe and America, imperial nations have disseminated their political, social, economic and cultural practices. These strategies typically included visual discourse that reinforced a dominant hegemony, while attempting to mask contentious opposition. The goal of this class is to introduce students to some of these ways visual discourses operated. Together we will explore imperialistic and colonial themes through classic theoretical texts and case studies of colonial imagery and post-colonial analyses of it. We will consider the visual record associated with several prominent historic empires of the west, namely France, Britain, and America as it was deployed through art, visual objects, and their staging or presentation. In doing so we’ll consider phenomena as diverse as mapping, world’s fairs and expositions, museum practices, landscape painting, and exoticism in art as indices of imaging an empire and nationhood.
Throughout the long history of the concept of “America,” different people have uttered, dreamed, presented, sang, filmed, painted and written a vast array of--often conflicting--narratives of America. We will study these narrative through a diverse range of media: movies, music, scholarship, speeches, diaries, literature, art, spirituality, and many more. This graduate seminar will expose students to the power of narrative to construct the political, economic, ideological and geographical boundaries of “America.”
Space is the venue where human actions, decisions, and memories “take place.” In this course we will explore the emerging scholarly focus on the concepts of space and place across a wide array of disciplines in the past half-century. We will use Colorado as our laboratory for exploring the history, theory, design, and everyday influence of space. While scholarly texts will guide our intellectual development, students will be challenged to pursue research projects that have a distinct focus on community engagement.
This course will seek to expand and complicate your understanding of what violence is, and where it takes place, through a close engagement with history, theory, memory, and geographies of violence. We will explore sites of slaughter, memorials to the dead and other obvious places of subjective violence, but we will also look at more contested and controversial places such as the domestic household, the education of children, the global economic system, and other spaces that are not traditionally understood as sites of violence.
This graduate course is an exploration of neoliberalism, including state policies of market fundamentalism, intensified policing and surveillance, disinvestment in public infrastructure, disavowal of environmental protections and labor rights. Our studies will bring together a range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives: we will explore the historical emergence of neoliberalism; its geographical impact on cities and the movement of human bodies; political theories that investigate its aims and transformations; an analysis of issues of race, gender and other forms of inequality/identity; and a look at it through religious, postcolonial, and transnational lenses. Students in the course will expand their understanding of the global impact of neoliberal forces and movements that have emerged in resistance to it, and will develop the ability to critically analyze neoliberalism in their own research.
Mohandas Karmachand Gandhi, Dorothy Day, and Malcolm X recognized that their capacity to bring about social change was tied to their ability to change themselves. Gandhi worked out his vision of a compassionate society through explorations of the Bhagavad Gita and the writings of Tolstoy and Ruskin. For Day, the way for the “building of a new world within the shell of the old” opened when she met Peter Maurin and began a life of service to the poor. Malcolm X’s vision of racial harmony and reconciliation emerged in his post-Mecca months. This course explores the link each individual saw between personal and social transformation and how they changed themselves and their worlds.