Page 18 - ETerm 2013 Course Listing

Max. Enrollment:
16
Meeting Time:
M Tu W Th 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 system was 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 three case studies (“The Decision to Invade Iraq,” “Intervention in Somalia,” and
CORDS and the Vietnam Experience”); 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.
GEN*E299*54
Where Underpants Come From
Guangjun Qu
Prerequisites:
None
Open To:
All Students
Grading System:
Letter
Max. Enrollment:
15
Meeting Time:
M Tu W Th 10:00am-12:00pm
Have you even thought about where and how your underpants are made? Do you believe that an exploration of the
underwear industry can help you better understand the rising manufacturing power of China, the bilateral
relationship between the U.S. and China, and even the effects of globalization upon peoples’ lives? In this course,
we will join Joe Bennet, the author of
Where 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.
Estimated Student Fees: $50 for textbooks
GEN*E299*55
Women From Venus? An Introduction to Women’s Studies
Victoria Ott
Prerequisites:
None
Open To:
All Students
Grading System:
Letter
Max. Enrollment:
20
Meeting Time:
Tu W Th 9:00am-12:00pm
The phrase “men are from Mars, women are from Venus” is one that most people living in American society today
have heard, and one that they often believe. It‘s based on the assumption that men and women are vastly different
creatures (so different, they hail from different planets!), and comes from a long-standing tradition of viewing women
as separate from, and alien to, men. These assumptions have historically led to women leading separate, and
unequal, lives from men. This project will introduce students to the study of women and their lives through time and
will include topics such as feminist philosophy, gender roles and stereotypes, gender development, sexuality and
relationships, workplace issues, legal challenges, women in media, violence against women, and global feminism.
This course will feature discussion, films, and guest speakers. Assessment is based on participation and a series of
short reaction papers. This project will also count toward fulfilling the introductory requirement for the GWS minor.
Estimated Student Fees: $70 for textbook