Seminar Descriptions (Spring 2016)

Information about credit to the major is included when available; in other cases, consult the department. This site contains information received by December 4, 2015. Instructors reserve the right to alter the information provided. Course meeting times and locations will be listed on the Yale Online Course Information (OCI) system as they become available.

Berkeley

CSBK 340, The Art of TV Drama. Aaron Tracy, television writer. Lecturer in Yale College.

Critical examination of contemporary television writing and the mechanics of how to write for television. Focus on close readings and analyses of television scripts, the fundamentals and processes of writing outlines for original pilots, and the business of the television industry. Students create outlines and begin writing original pilots. Send required writing sample to college.seminar@yale.edu.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).
 

Branford

 CSBR 340, The Bible as Ethnography. Lawrence Martin, ethnographer of religion, ABD in Anthropology, University of Chicago. Lecturer in Yale College.

Ethnographic study of the Bible, Genesis through Deuteronomy, with focus on uncovering cultural assumptions of ancient Israel and current American society. Original fieldwork online, in New Haven, or other locations. No previous knowledge of the Bible necessary.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).

Calhoun

CSCC 340, The Many Faces of Surveillance. Joshua Alvizu, Doctoral candidate, Germanic Languages and Literatures. Lecturer in Yale College.

Examination of the growing pervasiveness of surveillance in modern society, its many different forms, and its wide-ranging implications. Topics include classic theories of surveillance, dystopian fiction, data encryption, the Edward Snowden Affair, and conceptual counter-surveillance art.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).

Davenport

 CSDC 340, Power and Organizing in the City. Peter Crumlish, Executive Director and General Secretary, Dwight Hall at Yale. Lecturer in Yale College.

How power is concentrated and distributed in an urban context and ways in which people organize and mobilize communities to bring about social change. Focus on New Haven as a case study, with community site visits and meetings with community leaders.

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Timothy Dwight

CSTD 340, Architecture and Society in the British Empire. Robert Irving, cultural historian. Lecturer in Yale College.

Human and natural forces that molded buildings and society in Britain’s overseas empire from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries. Architecture and cities as expressions of imperial ideas and events in examples from India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the British Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, and Britain’s North American territories.

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Jonathan Edwards

 CSJE 340, SO, Trials of the Century. Jack Ford, television journalist. Lecturer in Yale College.

An examination of several famous trials of the twentieth century. The legal significance, political and historical context, social implications, and media coverage of each case. Trials include the Lindbergh kidnapping case; the Scopes “monkey trial”; the Rosenberg spy case; the Chicago Seven conspiracy case; the O. J. Simpson, Emmett Till, and Charles Manson murder trials; and the impeachment trial of President Clinton.

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Morse

CSMC 340, Feature Writing Workshop. Susan Hartman, journalist, Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU School of Professional Studies. Lecturer in Yale College.

Introduction to feature writing. Developing story ideas, gathering information, conducting interviews, and pitching to editors. Focus on long-form essays, opinion pieces, and profiles. Enrollment limited to 15. Writing sample required, e-mail to college.seminar@yale.edu at the time of application.

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Pierson

CSPC 340, SO, One’s Place in the World: Identity, Development, and Transition in Early Adulthood. David Berg, organizational psychologist, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. Lecturer in Yale College. Lecturer in Yale College.

Examination of adult development theories, especially of identity and development in early adulthood. Topics include: self and others; family and community; ambition and accomplishment; agency and power; group and intergroup relations.

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Saybrook

 CSSY 340, HU, Atheism and Skepticism in the West . Patricia Behre, Associate Professor of History, Fairfield University. Lecturer in Yale College.

The history of atheism in Europe and America from the classical era to the present. Emphasis on thinkers whose skepticism has challenged dominant traditions in society. Authors include Servetus, Spinoza, Diderot, Paine, Ingersoll, and Dawkins. 

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Silliman

 CSSM 340, HU, Mastering the Art of Watercolor. Adam Van Doren, artist. Lecturer in Yale College.

Introduction to the fundamentals of watercolor painting. Rendering color, form, perspective, composition, shade, and shadow. Analysis of works by artists such as J. M. W. Turner, John Singer Sargent, Maurice Prendergast, and Edward Hopper. Includes weekly painting assignments. Open both to seasoned artists and to beginners.

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Ezra Stiles

CSES 340, HU, The Space Industry in U.S. History. Alden Richards, aerospace consultant, lecturer at Brown University. Lecturer in Yale College.

The history and development of the space industry in the United States. Principles of rocketry, orbits, and celestial navigation; ways in which outer space has reflected and informed the cultural imagination; effects of finance, law, and geopolitical relations on the exploration and commercial exploitation of the space environment

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Trumbull

CSTC 340, HU, War Films and Warrior Culture. John Garofolo, writer, Coast Guard Officer. Lecturer in Yale College.

Examination of war films produced from 1965 to the present. Discussion of whether these representations of war serve to support or produce a warrior culture. Includes weekly screenings.

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Yale College

CSYC 340, Reclaiming Ancient Heritage in the Contemporary Middle East. Shana Zaia, Doctoral candidate, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Lecturer in Yale College.

Study of the politics, privileges, and perils of contemporary Middle Easterners who claim a link to groups that have ancient histories; how their identities are constructed and reclaimed. Topics include diaspora, genocide, antiquities destruction, ethnic identity politics, minority language, and religions.

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CSYC 341, HU, History of Sport. Angela Gleason, Assistant Director, Specialized and Interdisciplinary Language Program. Lecturer in Yale College.

The history of sport in societies and cultures around the world. Topics include race, identity, gender, sex, religion, nationalism, class division, commercialism, professionalism, and performance-enhancing drugs

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CSYC 342, SO, Approaches to Sustainable Food and Agriculture. Mark Bomford, Director, Yale Sustainable Food Project. Lecturer in Yale College.

Introduction to the global food system through critical analysis of four ideological and technical approaches to meeting the world’s food needs: organic farming, relocalization, vertical farming, and food sovereignty. Ways in which context, values, and networks shape the food system. Use of quantitative, social science, and humanities methodologies. Includes visits to Yale Farm sites.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).