September 1-December 10
Studies in Contemporary Culture: Encountering 'the Other' in Tourism and Travel (MALS626-010)
International tourism is the fastest
growing industry in the world, and has produced one of the largest population
movements in the history of humanity. In this course, we will discuss
tourism and travel as cultural practices as well as globalization phenomena. We
will pay particular attention to tourism as an encounter in search for
authenticity and otherness. The course will examine topics such as tourism and modernity,
sexual and romantic tourism, ecotourism and environmental tourism.
How to Read an Election (MALS629-010)
How do people really make important decisions, like how to vote in an election? Why are lies so often effective, even when they're transparent? How is it possible for two apparently rational individuals to draw the opposite conclusions from the same evidence? How to Read an Election moves beyond partisan politics to delve into psychology, literature, and film for insights into these and other questions that inevitably arise during an election season. We'll read recent best-sellers, such as Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow (excerpts), in which he summarizes his Nobel-prize-winning research on how humans make and manipulate decisions; The Secret Life of Pronouns, in which psychologist James Pennebaker offers hints on how to read between the lines to understand what people are really saying; and Weaponized Lies, a primer of critical thinking by neuroscientist Daniel Levitin. We'll also discuss relevant literary works, such as Arthur Miller's The Crucible and George Orwell's 1984; and films like Dr. Strangelove and Wag the Dog. A course website will provide links to lectures and interviews by many of these authors. In addition to the reading, the course will involve two response papers, a personal essay, and a take-home final exam.
Click here for a sample reading list: How to Read an Election Reading list.pdf
The Arts in Context: Identity, Literature and Society (MALS617-010)
- Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
- Instructor: Santhi Leon
- Baylor Women's Correctional Institution
This INSIDE/OUT class focuses on deep reading of several form of literature. The class investigates the role of identity in literature vis-a-vis authorship, readership and central characters, and uses literature as a window into social views of identity. Assigned material explores the particular themes of voice, agency, cultural difference and social structure.
The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program (Inside-Out) is an international educational program based in Philadelphia at Temple University. The program provides individuals on both sides of the prison walls the unique opportunity to engage in a collaborative, dialogic examination of issues of social significance. The class will be held at Baylor Women's Correctional Institution with MALS students (and perhaps a few undergrads) from UD and women who are incarcerated at Baylor.
Registration requires permission of instructor: email@example.com.
Black Bodies on Display: Race in Museums (MALS645)
The complex and performative nature of museums vis-a-vis race, remembrance and reconciliation with a focus on Black American and African Diasporic history and culture. What role[s] do objects, history, and culture perform under such curatorial and museum mandates and visions? How do changing socio-political and cultural landscapes and challenges to representational politics shape museum practices? Considered here are black cultural institutions, their formation and foundation as well as exhibition histories of black visual art and culture. (Cross-listed with Africana Studies).
Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies (MALS601-010)
A gateway experience for incoming MALS students. Students learn the conventions and expectations of graduate-level reading, writing, research, and critical analysis and explore the concept of interdisciplinarity. Topics include documentation of sources, formulation and development of independent research projects, research methods, use of online databases. The content will be interdisciplinary and/or intercultural, and the course methodology will include lecture, discussion, independent research, and varied forms of academic writing.
Click here for a sample syllabus: MALS 601 Syllabus F19.pdf