Spring 2009 Courses

EXP-0004-S: Americans in Paris
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10866
Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Olin 101

What is it about Paris that has drawn Americans -- from our Founding Fathers to writers, painters, and musicians -- for nearly 250 years?

In this course, we'll find answers by sampling memoirs, journalism, fiction, letters and other writings across a broad range of personalities -- from John Adams to Gertrude Stein, from P.T. Barnum to Jack Kerouac. We will also explore films that attempt to capture the myth and the reality of Paris life for both the visitor and expatriate. Topics for discussion include such areas as art and the avant-garde, food and fashion, racial acceptance and sexual freedom, solitude, and politics.

Kevin Miller holds a M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. Long a faculty member at Emerson, he has also taught at Iowa, Northeastern, and the Experimental College.

EXP-0005-S: An Introduction to Haitian Creole and Culture
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10885
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00-7:15 PM, Aidekman 9

This course is an intensive introduction designed for learners with limited or no knowledge of Haitian Creole and focuses on communication, grammar, phonology, and cultural exposure. Practice in small-group teaching/learning sessions prepare beginners for conversational fluency with basic listening, reading and writing skills.

Yvon Lamour has been teaching Haitian Creole to native and non-native speakers alike for the last twenty-five years. He was trained in Haitian Linguistics at the Haitian Creole Institute, University of Indiana.

EXP-0006-S: Medical Spanish
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10886
Monday and Wednesday, 6:00-7:15 PM, Bromfield Pearson 05

This course -- taught in Spanish -- provides an overview of the practice of Spanish-language medical interpretation. Students will build their skills in communication, ethics, and medical vocabulary, while exploring questions of culture and advocacy. Students will have an opportunity to practice interpretation in a simulated medical setting by emphasizing the following areas: bilingual fluency for social and medical conversation; interpreting skills and techniques; the code of ethics for medical interpreters (in relation to that of doctors); health beliefs and practices in a range of Spanish-speaking cultures; cross-cultural communications challenges in the medical setting. Instruction is geared towards students with intermediate to advanced language skills, and will reinforce students' prior knowledge of Spanish grammar.

Josep Vicente is currently a medical interpreter with Medical Interpreters of the North Shore. Born and raised in Spain, he holds a B.A. in Romance Languages and Linguistics from the Universitat de Barcelona.

EXP-0007-S: Marxist Ideology
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail. Call# 10887
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00-7:15 PM, Aidekman 13

This course will begin with a preliminary exploration of fundamental themes of historical materialism and alienation in Marx. We will then proceed to an exposition of Ideology in the analytical terms of historical materialism and false thinking, so as to better understand the observable workings of Ideology. False consciousness in state apparatuses, institutions, and other systems will be explored. Class discussions and regular participation will form an essential part of the course. Our approach will be an analytical one whereby we attempt to account for the social phenomena described by Marx on a constitutive level of processes and operations.

Kimberly Chuang is a Junior majoring in Philosophy and Biology at Tufts.

EXP-0012-S: The AIDS Epidemic in Theatre and Films
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10888
Wednesday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Location TBA

HIV/AIDS is the crisis of our lifetime.

In this course we will analyze the film and theatre that have emerged in response to the AIDS epidemic in the United States, from the first documentation of the disease in 1981 to the present. We will consider such films and plays as And the Band Played On, Angels in America, Silverlake Life, and Rent, to name just a few, doing so from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. To this end, we will draw on politics, economics, and medical discourse and practice. Through our discussions we will view these texts and films as the historical evidence that has defined the cultural chronicle of the meaning and scope of AIDS in America.

This course will count as a Humanities and Arts elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor and as a Film Studies elective for the Film Studies minor.

Virginia Anderson was honored last summer by Boston's AIDS Action Committee as a Larry Kessler Scholar. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Drama and Dance at Tufts and has taught in the Experimental College and in Drama.

EXP-0014-S: The Jewish Origins of Punk Rock
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10889
Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Olin 107

This course will explore the origins of punk rock, in relation to Jewish cultural history. Since punk's emergence in NYC in the 1970s, many have cited its irony, commitment to social justice and embrace of anarchic comedy as emblematic of the city's largest minorities, the Jewish children and grandchildren of immigrants. We will explore how Punk reflects the Jewish history of oppression and uncertainty, flight and wandering, belonging and not belonging, especially in the wake of the Holocaust; how it is preoccupied with Nazi imagery, comic books, and Brill Building songcraft; and why it looks to comic Lenny Bruce, art-rocker Lou Reed and self-proclaimed "Jewish anarchist" folk-punk Tuli Kipferberg as veritable patron saints.

This course will count as a Humanities and Arts elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor. This course has also been approved by the Music Department to count for Arts Distribution credit and by the Judaic Studies program for major credit.

Steven Lee Beeber is the author of the nonfiction study, The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGC's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk (Chicago Review Press, 2007). He teaches at Emerson College and the New England Institute of Art and is Associate Editor of the literary magazine, Conduit.

EXP-0015-S: Jazz as Global Music: Cultural Adaptations of an American Art Form
Course Cancelled

Jazz is often considered as a typical American art form, yet from its inception, jazz has exploded in urban centers all around the world.

In this course we will look at jazz as one of the first global cultural phenomena, with special attention paid to the continents of its roots: Europe and Africa. Through listening, readings, and videos, we will travel from the exoticized music of the first African-American expatriates in 1920s Paris, to "township jive" in 1950s Capetown, to free jazz in Communist East Germany, and to 1970s avant-garde Brazilian jazz. Questions to be asked include: How have international artists used their own musical and cultural heritage to reinvent jazz? And what social, ideological and aesthetic issues did jazz initiate around the globe?

This course has been approved by the Music Department to count for Arts Distribution credit.

Jorrit Dijkstra is an internationally celebrated saxophonist and composer from the Netherlands, currently living in the Boston Area. He holds a master's degree in Jazz Composition from the New England Conservatory.

EXP-0016-S: Nature Encounters Through Art: Study and Practice
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10891
Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Barnum 208

From fossils to live animals, this course will sharpen students' skills of observation, deepen their knowledge of natural history, and develop their artistic skills in drawing and watercolor. They will learn to draw and paint forms, coloration, and details of natural objects. In addition, we will explore the progress of natural history art: use the same pigments of the Lascaux cave painters; question the scandals of Lewis & Clark's journals and Ernst Haeckel's bogus evolutionary charts. We will then go on to create journal images from microscopic forms collaged with photography, paint with squid ink, or experiment with scarab iridescence. Last but not least, we will finish the semester with a painting session of live animals.

This course has been approved to count as a Studio Art course.

Diane Fiedler is a watercolor painter, instructor and illustrator with a history in award-winning design for such clients as The Broad Institute of MIT, AstraZeneca, Gillette, WGBH-TV and Fidelity Investments. She holds a degree in Visual & Environmental Studies from Harvard.

EXP-0018-S: Guerilla Performance Art & Politics
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10892
Monday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Miner 112

This course introduces students to the history and philosophy of Performance Art, the most instinctive art form of dissent and free artistic expression. In doing so, students will learn how to use the most basic of tools, namely, one's own body. We will explore the history of Performance Art and its effect on social change. We will also investigate and define the inherited instinct of social responsibility the artist bears, derived from his/her inseparable role and place in community.

Students will transform this acquired knowledge in their own solo and collaborative public performances, exploring techniques for the empowerment of people without access to mainstream media and addressing specific social and political issues in the American present.

Milan Kohout (now a U.S. citizen) is originally from the Czech Republic where he was a member of the dissident human rights organization CHARTER 77 (a group nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1985 and which initiated the non-violent Velvet Revolution that toppled the totalitarian regime in 1989.

EXP-0019-S: Research for Success: Using the Library for Thesis and Capstone Projects
0.5 credit, Pass/Fail. Eight-week Course. Call# 10893
Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Tisch 223

Want to improve your research skills as you plan for a senior thesis or other capstone project?

This course will introduce you to the major research tools and techniques at an intermediate-to-advanced level specific to their subject area. You will become skilled at searching databases, web resources and primary sources and will learn easy-to-apply methods to evaluate the literature you find. You'll also develop a working bibliography of resources, as well as a plan for continuing your research.

Regina Raboin is the Science Reference Librarian/Reference Microforms/Current Periodicals Coordinator at Tisch Library.

Laurie Sabol is Coordinator of Library Instruction at Tisch.

EXP-0024-S: Going Green: A Practical Guide to Environmentalism
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail. Call# 10894
Monday and Wednesday, 6:00-7:15 PM, Eaton 202

Can anything be done to stop global climate change? How much power does the average consumer really have?

This class is designed as an introduction to students who want to learn more about the science and policy behind climate change in order to make better informed consumer choices. A wide range of topics on environmentalism and sustainability will be covered, from renewable energy technology to the debate between economists and environmentalists. As well, we will examine how the culture of environmental consciousness is changing on both an individual and corporate level.

Kristine Babick is a senior majoring in political science and environmental studies at Tufts.

Warren Wertheim is a senior majoring in biophysics at Tufts.

EXP-0026-S: Rethinking Trauma in Children and Families
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10895
Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Location TBA

One in five Boston high school students witnessed a shooting in 2006. Somali refugee adolescents living in Boston report having already experienced an average of seven traumas during their lives. And a child in Massachusetts is reported abused or neglected every eight minutes.

This course will explore the causes of trauma; theoretical approaches to understanding, diagnosing and treating trauma; methods of self-care; and the ways in which individuals, families and local and global communities are impacted. The instructors will utilize work experiences and integrate these into clinical vignettes. And students will research Boston area community agencies that are in the forefront of understanding and informing the treatment of trauma.

Imani Z. Seunarine is a Clinical Coordinator at the Home for Little Wanderers' Safe at Home Program and has additional experience working with families and children who are experiencing a variety of psychosocial difficulties related to trauma exposure.

Amy R. Spindel (A '04), LICSW, is a Clinician at the Home for Little Wanderers' Safe at Home program, where she works with children and families who are undergoing psychosocial difficulties from experiencing traumatic events. She holds a M.S. from Columbia University School of Social Work.

EXP-0028-S: The History of Geography
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail. Call# 10896
Monday and Wednesday, 6:00-7:15 PM, Braker 222

Far beyond mere capitals and boundaries, the pursuit of geographic knowledge has been a principle motivation behind generations of explorers, as well as the strategic tool of the world's greatest empires.

In this course, students will gain a decisive instrument that will benefit their ability to analyze the complex issues of the social sciences and humanities. We will approach geography from a historical perspective, investigating the development of the cartography and the geographic tradition in both Western and Eastern cultures. The modern role of geography will also be discussed, providing the contextual framework for military, diplomatic, and cultural attitudes and behaviors.

Benjamin Sacks is a junior majoring in History at Tufts.

EXP-0029-S: The Metcalf/Bridge Program: Medicine, Politics, and the Law
0.5 credit, Pass/Fail. Call# 10897
Wednesday, 7:00-8:15 PM, Metcalf Lounge

This special seminar will allow students to look closely at important topics in the field of medicine. Some of these include health care, assisted reproduction, and malpractice cases. We will discuss the big policy questions and how they might be solved by our new administration using the internet, presentations and readings. A group paper will be written to address the policies the class designs.

HIGH DEMAND. You must attend the first class meeting on Wednesday, January 14, in order to be considered.

Ronnee Yashon holds degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Education, and Law. She is a long-time teacher and researcher in human genetics and bioethics and the law.

EXP-0032-S: Introduction to Game Development
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10898
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00-7:15 PM, Braker 226

In this course, students will create at least two complete games (one in 2D, and one in 3D). In doing so, they will develop real-world skills including design, teamwork, management, documentation, and solid communications skills. The course will delve into such topics as the game engine, sound, rendering, modeling, and the user interface. At the same time, we will ask such questions as: How do you go from start to finish? What are the different elements to a game? What is fun? What makes a game great?

This course will toward the Computer Science major but only for students who have completed CS-0015 "Data Structures." It also counts as a Media Practice course for the Multimedia Arts minor and a Media Practice elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor.

Ming Chow (A' 02, G '04) is currently an application developer and webmaster. He frequently educates and trains users on the fundamentals of computer security, software engineering, and engineering technologies. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from Tufts.

EXP-0033-S: Sadism, Masochism, and Society
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10899
Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Olin 102

What are the origins of masochism and sadism? Are these categories only appropriate when referring to sex acts? Or, are they useful for understanding power struggles throughout the history of human societies?

This course will consider the notion of history as sexualized, and adopt Masoch's and Sade's anthropological, artistic and philosophical notions as interpretive lenses. We will begin with an introduction to the work of Sade and Masoch and trace the development of their ideas up to the twenty-first century. We will then broaden our study in order to examine an assortment of literature, theoretical, and filmic texts from eastern and western cultures. Authors and filmmakers to be discussed include: Pierre Louys, Luis Bunuel, Jean-luc Godard, Li Yongping, Sigmund Freud, Marguerite Duras, Georges Bataille, Monika Maron, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Erin Schlumpf is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at Harvard. She studies 20th century French and Chinese literatures and films and has taught courses in literature, film and French language to undergraduates at Harvard.

EXP-0034-S: The Archaeology of Ancient Cities
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10900
Monday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Braker 001

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a king in Ancient China or Mesopotamia? What activities took place inside the temple of Angkor Wat or the places of Minoan Crete? What sports and other public spectacles were like at Tikal or Chaco Canyon?

This course is designed to address these questions and more through an intensive study of urbanism and community integration at twelve key cities in antiquity. Beginning with the early Sumerian cities and ending with a discussion of colonial period Boston, coursework will encompass a diverse array of culture areas and chronological periods, including Iron Age Africa, the Andean Middle Horizon, and the Mississippian period in the American Southeast. Students will critically evaluate various forms of urbanism through a comparative study of rulership, social stratification, religion, economy, and public spectacle in the archaeological record.

This course has been approved by the Archaeology program to count for major credit.

Matthew Moriarty is a professional archaeologist who has worked in Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, Ireland, and the United States. He recently edited a volume on ancient Maya trade and holds a M.A. in Archaeology from Tulane.

Ellen Spensley is a doctoral candidate in Archaeology at Boston University. With specialties in Maya archaeology and Geoarchaeology, she is currently the director of the Motul de San Jose Periphery Archaeological Project.

EXP-0035-AS & BS: Rape Aggression Defense
0.5 credit, Pass/Fail. AS Call# 10902; BS Call# 10903
AS: Monday, 4:00-6:00 PM, South Hall Basement
BS: Tuesday, 4:00-6:00 PM, South Hall Basement

The Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.) is based on the philosophy that a woman being attacked needs options for self-defense. While it is completely natural to resist, unless a woman is trained to do so the resistance she attempts may be futile. This course will try to strengthen innate survival techniques by making more options available. Preparation through education and training is usually the best way to survive an assault situation. Issues that will be addressed include awareness and prevention, sexual assault definitions, patterns of encounter, the decision to resist, basic principles of self-defense, and the defensive mindset.

Members of the Tufts University Police Department who are certified R.A.D. instructors will teach this course.

EXP-0036-S: The Vietnam War in American Culture
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call#10904
Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Olin 107

What was the United States fighting for in Vietnam, and when, if ever, will the war be over?

This course examines images and representations of the Vietnam War in the American cultural imagination in order to place the conflict within the broader historical context of American myth, symbol, and storytelling. Students will examine a variety of cultural artifacts including films, literature, music, photographs, journalistic accounts, political speeches, and oral histories. Particular emphasis will be given to the manner in which issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity influenced experiences of the war and continue to shape memories and interpretations decades after.

Mary Potorti is a Presidential Fellow in Boston University's American and New England Studies Program and is currently teaching a humanities survey course on Women, Society, and Culture at Boston University.

EXP-0038-S: The Consumer Society
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call#10905
Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Miner 225

iPhones ... Manolo Blahniks ... Escalades ... McMansions... and, of course, "the mall." Consumerism is the hallmark of contemporary culture. But how did we get here?

In this course we will use an interdisciplinary approach in studying the rise and spread of consumerism. In doing so, we will focus on the question as to whether or not modern societies place disproportionate significance on money and material possessions. In addition, we will consider how such an ethos impacts individual behavior, environmental quality, culture, public policy, and our quality of life. To gain a broad perspective on consumerism, we will draw upon research from various academic fields, including sociology, economics, anthropology, ecology, marketing, and psychology.

Brian Roach is a Research Associate with the Global Development and Environmental Institute at Tufts University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California/Davis.

EXP-0041-S: Education for Active Citizenship
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail. Call# 10906
Friday, 10:30 AM-1:15 PM, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene

In this course, students will learn how change is created in a community-based setting. This course is specifically designed to prepare first-year students for the Citizenship and Public Service Scholars Program.

Only students who have been pre-selected for the E4AC program are permitted to enroll.

Elizabeth Bennett has worked as social justice educator and human rights advocate. She holds a MALD and a CID from The Fletcher School.

Melissa DeFreece is the Scholars Program Coordinator for the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.

EXP-0042-S: Black Power: Student Civil Rights Movements
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10907
Thursday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Jackson 5

The emphasis of this course is the Student Movement and the role and impact it played on the Civil Rights Movement of the sixties. The time period will be the late fifties to the early seventies. Geographically the major concentration will be the southern states and the impact students had on the civil rights activities and organizations. Working in these areas, the course will show how students in some cases effected some major changes in the Civil Rights Organizations and when they couldn't they formed their own organizations. Although the course will concentrate on the southern states the course will show how this influence became so profound it became national in scope and in some cases international.

George Davis, a veteran of the Black student civil rights movement, holds a Masters in Education from Tuskegee University. He has taught Afro-American History at the University of Vermont and at present teaches Minorities in American Society at North Shore Community College.

EXP-0044-S: Science Elementary Education Partners
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail. Call# 10908
Wednesday, 4:00-5:15 PM, Eaton 204

Do you enjoy working with young kids -- showing them hands-on activities and demonstrating how learning can be fun? Are you thinking about a career in teaching?

SEEP is an initiative that emphasizes science activities that will engage young students in the learning process. Student-teachers will spend three hours per week in a host school helping with science activities. They will also meet together regularly in a seminar to share experiences, discuss current educational issues, learn effective teaching strategies and work through interesting and fun hands-on science lessons.

This course represents a partnership between the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and the Experimental College.

Ronnee Yashon holds degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Education, and Law. She is a long-time teacher and researcher in human genetics and bioethics and the law.

EXP-0048-S: The Power of Persuasion and the People Who Persuade
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10909
Thursday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Jackson 6

Words have power. Great words have great power. And great words delivered well have tremendous power.

This course will look at significant speeches from Abraham Lincoln to Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Barack Obama and John McCain. We will consider why these speeches are significant and will look carefully at how the men and women who delivered the speeches did so. Students will examine the combination of literacy, the physical ability to deliver the speech and a generous touch of showmanship that all combine to persuade, to cajole and to compel.

Jeffrey Simon is President of Simon Properties, a real estate development company, and the Executive Chairman of Actus Lend Lease, a large developer of master planned communities. He holds a Master of City Planning from Harvard University. He began his career as a Legislative Aide for former State Senator William M. Bulger.

EXP-0049-S: Experimenting with Philanthropy
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10910
Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00-5:15 PM, Olin 218

This class gives students the opportunity to learn about philanthropy by becoming philanthropists. The class will work in two groups that simulate foundation boards with the goal of making funding decisions for grants totaling $10,000 to nonprofits in Medford, Somerville, and Chinatown. Students will explore a variety of topics in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector and will participate in the grant-making process, including writing and evaluating proposals and making site visits. Students will volunteer as grant writers at the local nonprofit competing for the funds the class will allocate. Guest speakers will provide the opportunity for roundtable discussions about the issues these experts face in the philanthropic community. The class culminates with a grant-making ceremony for the nonprofit organizations chosen by the class.

This course is supported by a grant from the Sunshine Lady Foundation's "Learning by Giving" program.

Louise Sawyer is an attorney and a nonprofit consultant with over ten years experience working in the nonprofit community. She received her law degree from Boston College and holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown.

EXP-0050-CS: Race, Social Justice & The Moving Image
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10911
Monday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Location TBA

"All roles are dangerous. The world tends to trap you in the role you play and it is always hard to maintain a watchful, mocking distance between oneself as one appears to be and oneself as one actually is." -- James Baldwin

This course draws on an array of social, legal and cinematic sources. From D.W. Griffith's 1915 pro-slavery caricature of African-Americans in the film, The Birth of a Nation, to current YouTube and mainstream discussions that dangerously blur the boundaries between "terrorists," Muslims and President Barack Hussein Obama. In addition to screening films that reveal the harmful and derogatory portrayals of target groups (Native and African Americans, Jews, Asians, Latinos, people of Arab descent, and so on), we will analyze case studies and articles that reflect the impact these biases have on shaping public policy and social justice strategies designed to advantage some at the disadvantage of others.

This course will count as a Humanities and Arts elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor as a Film Studies elective for the Film Studies minor.

Chico Colvard is currently a filmmaker in residence at WGBH, where he is working on his feature-length documentary debut, Family Affair. He holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and teaches race and media courses at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

EXP-0052-CS: Digital Democracy in the 21st Century
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10912
Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Murrow Room, Cabot Center

In the last five years, text message campaigns, online social networks, and citizen media have played a major role in world events including a democratic revolution in Ukraine, a humanitarian emergency in Kenya and the election of the first African American President of the United States. This course explores how digital technology changes both the mode and the meaning of democratic participation. We will conduct this inquiry through the exploration of case studies and by putting an experimental social networking application to the test, exploring its use in civic projects throughout Boston.

This course will count as a Social Sciences elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor.

Josh Goldstein is a MALD student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is also a research intern for Google and a researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Patrick Meier is a Ph.D. Candidate at The Fletcher School and the Director for Applied Research at He is also working with the Berkman Center's Internet and Democracy program on two technology and democracy studies and is the author of

EXP-0056-CS: Making Movies
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10913
Monday and Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 PM, First meeting in Braker 01

What does it take to be a filmmaker? Are you ready to make the commitment?

This course will immerse students in the practice and logic associated with camera, lighting, audio and editing -- all in the service of learning how to tell a story cinematically. Working in teams, students will complete a series of small projects aimed at developing their technical and stylistic skills. At the same time, they will engage in analyses of filmmakers working in ways not far removed from that of the class. The teams will then produce original short features, the last of which will be exhibited in a public screening at semester's end.

HIGH DEMAND. You must attend the first class meeting on Wednesday, January 14, in order to be considered.

This course counts as a Humanities and Arts elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor, a Film Studies elective for the Film Studies minor, and Media Practice credit for the Multimedia Arts minor.

Howard Woolf is the Associate Director of the Experimental College and its Director of Media Technology. He is the founder of TuftsFilmWorks (the ExCollege's filmmaking center) and co-chairs the Multimedia Arts minor.

EXP-0057-CS: Media Law and Ethics 2.0
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10914
Monday, 1:30-4:00 PM, Terrace Room, Paige Hall

Legal and ethical issues and evolutions in technology have always shaped how Americans get (or don't get) the news, from politically fueled rumors about Thomas Jefferson in 18th century newspapers to such paparazzi-fueled web sites as today.

This course will examine issues of law and ethics that affect journalists and, more importantly, the public that the press is supposed to inform. It will review the political, historic and philosophical roots of the First Amendment and offer an overview of key issues in press law, including libel, anonymous sources, and the free press/fair trial dilemma. Building on that foundation, the course will explore ethical issues, such as the public's right to know versus an individual's right to privacy. All topics will be viewed in the context of the internet, cell phones, social networking and other technology.

This course will count as a Social Sciences elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor.

Phil Primack (A '70) is a longtime journalist who has covered politics, the economy and a range of other public policy topics. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, CommonWealth, Boston, and Columbia Journalism Review. He has also been a policy adviser to elected officials, including former congressman, Joe Kennedy.

EXP-0060-S: The Global Financial Crisis – A Seminar in Investigative Economics
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10941
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00-11:00 AM, Murrow Room, Cabot Center

This course will immerse students in the theory and practice of "Investigative Economics." We will use the continuing global financial crisis as an opportunity for students to (a) assess the importance of key technical factors responsible for the crisis, including lax monetary and fiscal policies, mis-regulation, poor accounting and credit monitoring practices, flaws in "securitization" models, derivatives pricing, and trading systems, and highly-leveraged executive compensation schemes; (b) develop a critical perspective on the long-term structural and ideological factors underlying these "surface" influences, the roots of financial crises, and the leading public and private institutions that have been shaped them; and (c) apply investigative economics tools and methods to test hypotheses about one or more of these causal factors.

A special component of this seminar will be the opportunity to collaborate with the Poverty and Power Research Initiative of the Institute for Global Leadership on their related research in the Philippines, where a limited number of students may be able to travel over spring break.

This is a demanding course that will have an extensive reading list, one short (5-10 page) paper based on the assigned readings, and one longer (25-30 page) paper, by means of which students can develop original investigations that have publication potential.

HIGH DEMAND. You must attend a special meeting at 10:00am on Thursday, January 15 in order to be considered.

This course is a partnership between the Institute for Global Leadership and the Experimental College.

James S. Henry
is the author of The Blood Bankers: Tales from the Global Underground Economy as well as numerous articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The New Republic, The Washington Post, Harpers, The Washington Monthly, Fortune, Business Week, Newsweek, and Time. He is the former Chief Economist at McKinsey & Company; Co-Chair, The Tax Justice Network (US); and founder of both the Sag Harbor Group ( and Submerging Markets (

EXP-0062-S: Counterinsurgency Seminar
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail. Call# 10915
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00-7:15 PM, Braker 225

What is a greater threat--a man with a bomb or another handing out cash to the poor?

This seminar examines US military operations against insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, with frequent reference to lessons-learned since the beginning of the 20th century. Devoting equal time to soldiers and Marines in the field and to generals and politicians in Washington D.C., we will develop a comprehensive perspective on the challenges of counterinsurgency warfare. Students should expect a high level of interactivity, including class discussions, the drafting of policy papers, case studies and role-playing exercises.

Toby Bonthrone is a senior majoring in International Relations at Tufts. He taught EXP-0062-S Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies in Spring 2008.

Chas Morrison is a sophomore majoring in International Relations at Tufts. He took EXP-0062-S last spring.

EXP-0064-S: Latin America: Democracy, Human Rights, and Civil Society
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10916
Monday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Eaton 203

How can we make sense of contemporary Latin America, a region of complex extremes? Students in this course will attempt to gain an understanding of the political, social, and environmental realities that intersect in Latin America today. We will focus on such key concerns as the growth of and challenges to democracy, the effects of left and right wing tendencies, the influence of ongoing debt and emerging capital markets, the possibilities for environmental justice, and the role of media. We will use case studies drawn from representative cities across the region and will explore the issue of sustainability from the point-of-view of developing countries.

This course has been approved to count toward the Latin American Studies minor and toward the Peace and Justice Studies major as an electiveee.

Carlos Ponce is a social-policy and environmental lawyer with experience in sustainable development, human rights, education, and judicial reform. He is currently Director of the Justice Consortium.

Javier Marin is the founder and Director of Hispanic News Press and Descifrado News, a one-stop solution provider to the radio industry in Latin America.

EXP-0066-S: Al Qaeda and Modern Terrorism
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10917
Monday, 6:00-8:30PM, Braker 113

This course will provide a balanced, fact-dense and well-rounded overview of the history, aims and modus operandi of al Qaeda and other modern terrorist groups. The course will first briefly evaluate the nature and evolution of terrorism, and then proceed with an analysis of political Islam, from the foundation of the Muslim Brotherhood to the Afghan War of 1979. It will then analyze in detail al Qaeda and its galaxy of affiliated movements and groups. The course will also look at American responses to al Qaeda and modern terrorism, from the domestic to the international front. Relying on several primary sources, it will analyze the inner working of al Qaeda, from its financing mechanisms to its use of the internet. The course will end with an assessment of the "war on terror" and an outlook on the future.

Lorenzo Vidino is a Fellow in International Security Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he is also a Ph.D. candidate. He is the author of the book, Al Qaeda in Europe: The New Battleground of International Jihad, published in 2005.

EXP-0067-S: The Role of Leadership in Conflict Transformation
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10918
Wednesday, 3:00-5:45 PM, Tisch 316

The course will immerse students in the dynamics of decision making and change in war-torn societies. It will also engage students in a challenge to current conflict resolution practices and will explore new ways to consolidate peace or strengthen peace processes. Key questions include: Why do some countries succeed in creating durable peace after decades of war and violence? What are the conditions required to move into a successful negotiation process or from a signed peace treaty to a durable peace? Why are some peace processes more successful in addressing the underlying causes of conflict? What are the roles of institutions and leadership in facilitating societal transformation to a durable peace?"

HIGH DEMAND. You must attend the first class meeting on Wednesday, January 14, in order to be considered.

This course will count toward the Peace and Justice Studies major.

Ina Breuer is the Executive Director of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition. Prior to this, she was the Assistant Director of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies at the New School for Social Research.

Tim Phillips is the founding Co-Chair of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition and a Member of the External Advisory Committee of the Club of Madrid.

Bruce Hitchner is the Chair of the Classics Department and Director of the Archaeology Program at Tufts. He is also Chairman of the Dayton Peace Accords Project.

EXP-0070-S: The Constitution and the State of American Education
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10919
Thursday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Anderson 309

This course will explore how constitutional law has shaped the contours of the American educational system. Particular areas of concentration will include school desegregation and modern public school populations, affirmative action and admissions, gender discrimination, separation of church and state issues including prayer in school, creationism versus evolution and the Pledge of Allegiance, access to public facilities, sex education and censorship. We will also focus on the historical, political, and sociological factors underlying the seminal cases, and ask students to explain how these factors defined and formed constitutional law in these areas. Students will then analyze how these cases impacted educational institutions and consider how they shaped the future of jurisprudence.

This course has been approved by Education to count toward Social Sciences distribution and by History to count toward either Humanities or Social Science.

Doug Martland is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts, previously having clerked for the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Superior Court of Massachusetts.

Steve Sharobem is an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

EXP-0074-S: Famous Trials in U.S. History
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10920
Tuesday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Bromfield Pearson 07

The Salem Witch Trials. The murder trials of Lizzie Borden and O.J. Simpson. President Clinton's impeachment.

These trials, and eight others, shall be the subject of our inquiry this semester. Separated by three centuries, these trials all share the commonality of being major public events. What made these trials so resonant? What can they teach us about the actors who participated in them, the commentators who observed them, the society and time in which they took place, and about ourselves while we discuss them? What role does conflict inherent in these trials play in public discourse on social, political and other issues of the moment? What kinds of competing narratives take place in these trials, and what does it mean to ask that question? And why do we have so many "trials of the century" in the United States?

Ian Pilarczyk is the Associate Director of the LL.M. Program in International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy,. Prior to that, he taught for five years as an adjunct faculty member at McGill University's Faculty of Law.

EXP-0080-S: Consumer Awareness: Real World Skills and Challenges
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0.5 credit, Pass/Fail. Call# 11023
7 Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 PM, beginning February 18; Location TBA

This course is designed to teach students how to become savvy and informed consumers. Students will learn their rights and responsibilities as well as common pitfalls in making good consumer choices. The course will cover topics that affect our every day lives, from a simple purchase at the mall, to purchasing a car to avoiding identity theft and what to do if you identity has been stolen. Students will learn useful information in landlord/tenant relations, purchasing utilities for their apartments, debt collection, credit issues, scams and mail fraud. The course will also cover the general consumer protection statute in Massachusetts and how to pursue a small claim for violations of it.

Gail Gabriel has been a practicing attorney for the past 30 years, both in the private and public sectors. She recently retired from the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, where she was the Director of the Consumer Information and Mediation Programs for the state.

EXP-0084-S: The Music Business: A 21st Century Approach
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10921
Monday, 6:00-8:30 PM, Anderson 313

What exactly is involved in the business side of the music industry? How have business models traditionally operated in this realm? How has the 21st century affected these models?

This course will give students a look inside the music business, focusing on its legal background and business models in the past, present, and future. It will set a foundation for analysis by giving an overview of copyright law, music business contracts and models. It will also challenge students to view a "creative" industry with a business perspective, including examining and discussing the psychological dynamic of the "creative" v. the "business," debating the industry's legalities and enforcement thereof, and examining creative solutions for the industry's future.

This course will count as a Humanities and Arts elective for the Mass Communications and Media Studies minor.

Shannon Jamieson is an attorney at Exemplar Law Partners, an entrepreneurial-based law firm in Boston specializing in Intellectual Property and Corporate Law.

EXP-0085-S: Ethical Leadership in Business
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10922
Monday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Anderson 312

What is needed to become a successful leader? Do you need to sell your soul to work in the corporate sector? What are the key issues that impact businesses and individuals, and how can we as leaders effectively deal with them?

In this course, we will explore the changing roles in leadership and collaboration as well as business ethics. It is through engaging leadership and a supporting infrastructure that sustainable results are achieved.

Through the use of selected readings, open discussion, and case studies, we will examine key business and organizational issues. In addition, we will learn about our own way of interacting with others and handling ethical dilemmas. This course benefits from a diversity of perspectives and does not require any business or economic background. However the curriculum and discussions for this class are specifically designed for upper level students.

This course will count toward the Entrepreneurial Leadership minor.

Steve Frigand (A '73) is a business process consultant, and an executive / career coach with over twenty-five years of leadership and change management experience. He has worked with organizations in many different industries and non-profits. He holds a M.B.A. from the Sloan School at MIT.

EXP-0088-S: Understanding the Stock Market: History, Structure, and Impact
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10923
Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Anderson 309

One day it's up, the next it's down. One day the Dow is setting records, the next day a "market correction" ushers in gloom and doom. What makes the stock market tick?

In this course students will begin to develop an understanding of, and an appreciation for, the fundamentals of stock market investing in the context of larger social, demographic, political, and economic issues. Beginning with a brief historical overview, we will attempt to assess the significance of key time periods, such as 1929, 1973, and 1987. We will then move to a discussion of the unprecedented change that the market has undergone the last ten years.

Major themes in this discussion include the globalization of investing, the relationship between Social Security and the market, socially responsible investing, the impact of technology, and the mutual fund explosion.

Finally, special attention will be paid to the unique role the stockbroker plays in the investment process.

Timothy Stratford has had twenty years' experience as a financial services professional at brokerage houses such as Shearson Lehman Brothers and Smith Barney Harris and Upham.

EXP-0090-S: Teaching a Seminar
2.0 credits, Pass/Fail. Call# 10924

This course is designed to assist the undergraduates who are teaching courses in the Experimental College.

Weekly group meetings are held in which student teachers are exposed to a range of teaching techniques and learning theories, asked to articulate their course goals, and given a forum for discussing the unique problems that first-time teachers often encounter.

Robyn Gittleman is Director of the Experimental College and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education.

EXP-0091-AS: Inquiry Teaching Group
0.5 credit, Pass/Fail. Call# 10925

Inquiry is a global-issues simulation for high school students, and forms an integral part of the year's activities for EPIIC.

This course is a continuation from last semester.

Heather Barry is the Associate Director of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts.

Steve Cohen teaches in the Education department at Tufts.

EXP-0091-S: EPIIC: Global Cities
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10926
Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00-5:45 PM, Tisch 304

What are the global pressures impacting urban governance? What innovations are currently taking place in urban government? What strategies might lead to prosperous, innovative multi-cultural cities -– cities that enhance global equity and the quality of life for all citizens? In this course we will explore how the shape of our cities affects the future of our planet and the lives of over three billion urban dwellers.

This course is a continuation from last semester.

Sherman Teichman is Director of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts and the founding director of EPIIC (Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship). He holds a M.A. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

EXP-0097-AS: Quidnunc: Understanding Sustainable Development in Gautemala
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail. Call# 10927
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00-7:15 PM, Miner 112

This quidnunc is designed for members of the BUILD Guatemala program of the IGL. This includes both last summer's and this winter's teams. The course is intended to use the knowledge and experience gained by both teams from this community to better understand, now in the academic setting, what the term "sustainable development" means in a world where there are obvious forces working against human, social, and economic growth.

Michael Niconchuk is a sophomore majoring in International Relations at Tufts.

EXP-0097-BS: Quidnunc: Mock Trial
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail. Call# 10928
Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 PM, Miner 112

This is a group independent study in which students will learn the skills required by attorneys and witnesses in a courtroom by acting out these roles in a competitive mock trial. Students will act as either attorneys or witnesses and as both the Plaintiff and the Defense, while learning valuable skills for critical thinking, communication, and public speaking. After spending several weeks developing trial strategies, the students will then explore various oratorical techniques, developing their presentation and critical thinking skills.

Rebekah Sokol is a junior majoring in history at Tufts.

Jim Wright is a senior majoring in Classical Studies at Tufts.

EXP-0099-S: Media Internships
1.0 credit, Pass/Fail. Call# 10929

With the approval of the instructor, students can arrange a supervised internship at a newspaper, magazine, book publishing company, film production company, television or radio station, advertising or public relations firm, or other media outlet.

Students must intern a minimum of 150 hours during the semester (usually 12-16 hrs/wk), fulfill written assignments, and meet regularly with the instructor.

PLEASE NOTE: Students should consult with the instructor prior to researching and applying for internships, and must submit an Internship Agreement signed by the internship site supervisor prior to being allowed to register.

Contact Susan Eisenhauer for more information. (, x72007)

Susan Eisenhauer (J '71) holds a M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Among other responsibilities, she directs the Communications internship program, supervising more than 90 students each year who intern for credit at various media organizations.

EXP-0101-CS: Advanced Filmmaking
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10930

This course provides the means by which students who have completed EXP-0056-S Making Movies -- or who are able to demonstrate equivalent proficiency -- can continue their training and produce original work of their own design.

Permission of instructor is required.

Howard Woolf is Associate Director of the Experimental College, as well as Director of Media Technology. He is the founder of TuftsFilmWorks (the ExCollege's filmmaking center) and co-chairs the Multimedia Arts minor.

EXP-0102-CS: Advanced Electronic and Digital Media
1.0 credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10931

This course provides the means by which students who are able to demonstrate an appropriate degree of proficiency can continue their training in the multimedia arts.

Permission of instructor is required.

Howard Woolf is Associate Director of the Experimental College, as well as Director of Media Technology. He is the founder of TuftsFilmWorks (the ExCollege's filmmaking center) and co-chairs the Multimedia Arts minor.

EXP-0194-CS: CMS Senior Project
Variable credit, Letter-graded. Call# 10932

All CMS minors completing their Senior Projects this semester must register for this class.

Julie Dobrow is Director of the Communications and Media Studies and the Media and Public Service programs at Tufts. She holds a Ph.D. in Communications from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania.