E-Term 2014 Bulletin - page 21

Where Underpants Come From
Guangjun Qu
Open To:
All students
Grading System: S/U
Max. Enrollment: 15
Meeting Times: M Tu WTh 10:00am-12:00pm
Have you even thought about where and how are your underpants made? Do
you believe that an exploration of the underwear industry can help you better
understand the rising manufacturing power of China, the bilateral relation
between the U.S. and China, and even the effects of globalization upon
people’s lives? In this course, we will join Joe Bennet, the author of
Underpants Come From
, to embark on an odyssey to the other end of the
Pacific and seek the answers to the above questions in his book. We will also
discuss Peter Hessler’s award-winning, bestselling trilogy on the human side
of economic reforms in China. Students are required to read assigned book
chapters before class, maintain a journal of the comments they have during
their reading, and make a reasonable contribution to our class discussion. In
addition, each student will select a related topic to research and present to
the class.
Yemen: Land and People
Abdulmoghni Al Sabri
Open To:
All students
Grading System: S/U
Max. Enrollment: 16
Meeting Times: M Tu WTh 10:00am-12:30pm
Yemen, the land of the Queen of Sheba, has been at the crossroads of Africa,
the Middle East, and Asia for thousands of years thanks to its position on
the ancient spice routes. It was known as the Arabia Felix, which means
“The Happy Land.” In this short course, we will explore many interesting
topics relating to Yemen such as traditions, customs, the Old Sana’a, music
and heritage, history, etc. Students will become familiar with Yemen’s rich
history, its beautiful landscapes, and its long-standing architecture—Yemen
is home to the oldest skyscrapers in the world! Daily meetings will include a
combination of lecture, discussions, student presentations, and film viewing.
Home assignments will include individual research, related reading, and
short response papers. Students will be evaluated based on participation,
presentations, completion of assignments, and response papers.
Sticks, String, and Spindles: The Art of Knitting, Spinning Yarn, and Fiber
Clare Emily Clifford
Open To:
All Students
Grading System:
Max. Enrollment: 12
Meeting Times:
MW F 1:00pm-4:00pm
It’s not just Julia Roberts and Russell Crowe who do it—knitting and making
yarn are a global phenomenon, skills long practiced for centuries by men
and women from cultures around the world (even the ancient Egyptians and
Vikings did it!). This project is designed to introduce students to the basics
of knitting, spinning yarn, and fiber preparation. During the first week you’ll
learn how to knit, the second week you’ll learn how to spin your own yarn
using a handspindle and wool, and the third week we’ll discuss the various
types of fiber and fiber preparation for spinning and knitting—ranging
from animal wools (like sheep, mohair, angora, alpaca, cashmere, etc.) to
plant and other fibers (like silk, cotton, flax, bamboo, etc.). We’ll do a bit of
related reading, and assignments include a process and reflective journal,
presentation, final project which demonstrates proficiency of knitting,
spinning, and fiber preparation. No previous experience with yarn, needles,
or handspindle necessary—but if you have mad knitting or spinning skills you
are certainly encouraged to sign up!
Estimated Student Fees $300 (for material and supplies)
Respect your inner compass.
It points to yarn
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End
The U.S. National Security System: A Historical and Contemporary Overview
Ed Rowe
Open To:
All Students
Grading System:
Max. Enrollment: 16
Meeting Time:
M Tu WTh 10:00am-12:30pm
The current National Security System is a conglomeration of structures,
processes, and persons that assist the President in formulating, deciding,
implementing, overseeing, and assessing the national security policy of the
United States. Today’s systemwas designed for a world environment that
no longer exists; while it has served us well in the past, it cannot effectively
and quickly integrate and apply the elements of national power to address
current challenges. The threats we face today are diffuse, ambiguous,
and express themselves in a multitude of forms – we no longer have the
luxury of a singular, unambiguous threat as in the Cold War. This course will
examine how the international security environment has changed; how
the current system evolved; how it is organized and currently operates; the
role and functions of the main players; and what types of reforms are being
considered. The course will include: two or three case studies such as “The
Decision to Invade Iraq,” “Intervention in Somalia,” andThe Occupation
of Japan after WWII; discussions on select ongoing crises: a study of the
approach to the War on Terrorism; and a practical exercise/simulation of a
National Security Council meeting. The project will include source readings,
lectures, and discussion. Evaluation will be based on response papers and
class participation.
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