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JSIS D 140 Russia From the Tenth Century to the Present (5) I&S
Russian political, social, and economic history from the tenth century to the present. Offered: jointly with HIST 140.
JSIS D 217 Renaissance, Enlightenment, Revolution: Major Works in English (5) VLPA Collins
Introduction to major figures of French culture from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century, their contributions to the intellectual life of the Western world. Readings include Montaigne, Descartes, Rousseau, Voltaire, and Moliere. In English. Offered: jointly with FRENCH 211.
JSIS D 317 Scandinavian Crime Fiction (5) VLPA Nestingen
Studies Scandinavian crime-fiction literature and cinema since 1965, approaching crime fiction as a changing cultural artifact. Analyzes major issues and texts in the genre and its public status, while also training students in critical approaches to study of popular literature and culture. Offered: jointly with SCAND 315; Sp.
Instructor Course Description: Andrew Nestingen
JSIS D 372 Asian Sustainable Development (5) I&S
Examines the contemporary relationship between environmental protection and development paths in Asia. Inquires into the forces driving both environmental change and societal responses (state and local regulations, social movements, etc.) to that change, at many geographical scales. Asian concepts of nature-society relations also explored. Offered: jointly with GEOG 372.
JSIS D 429 International Population (5) I&S Lavely
Demographic situation of the world and of major world regions. The demographic transition. Topics include public health, policies of fertility and mortality control, international migration, relation of population growth to economic development, social change, and resource constraints. Exploration and manipulation of international demographic data.
JSIS D 432 Technology and Culture in the Making of Contemporary Empires (5) I&S Benitez, Rodriguez-Silva
Explores the struggles that shaped organization of the U.S. empire at the turn of the 20th century, focusing on how empire's materials, cultural, and ideological boundaries were drawn. Topics include race, gender, and class as colonial formations; technologies of imperial governance such as public health, citizenship and territory; and popular culture. Offered: jointly with C LIT 432.
JSIS D 435 Population and Modernization (3) I&S Hirschman, Lavely
Examines role of demographic factors in process of social modernization and economic growth. Approach is historical, focusing on populations of developed countries since 1700, and analytic, stressing attempts made by different disciplines to model demographic relationships, with attention to less developed regions. Offered: jointly with SOC 432.
JSIS D 440 Survey of the Cultures of the Turkic Peoples of Central Asia (3) I&S/VLPA Cirtautas
Nomadic and sedentary cultures of the Turkic peoples of Central Asia. Emphasis on languages, literature, and adherence to traditional modes of life. Offered: jointly with NEAR E 450.
JSIS D 445 Politics and Society Eastern Europe (5) I&S
Political and social issues in lands east of the Elbe, treating some historical problems but focusing particularly on developments since 1945. Includes all communist states of Eastern Europe and their successors. Offered: jointly with POL S 445.
Instructor Course Description: Arista Maria Cirtautas
JSIS D 450 Political Economy of Women and Family in the Third World (5) I&S
Theoretical and empirical aspects of the political economy of women and the family in the Third World during the process of development, with a focus on labor. Main theoretical approaches examined and applied to case studies from Asia and Latin America. Offered: jointly with SOC 450.
JSIS D 451 Cultural Geography of Latin America (5) I&S
Interdisciplinary senior seminar examining how physical and social geographies are culturally constructed and interconnected with subjectivities and power in Latin America. Topics include identity formation grounded in particular territories and the social constitution of space via an interplay of material and cultural forces. Offered: jointly with GEOG 451.
JSIS D 453 Art, Religion, and Politics in Byzantium, 700-1453 AD (3) I&S/VLPA Kartsonis
Evolution of the art of Byzantium (700-1453 AD) in the context of contemporary religious, political, and cultural developments. Recommended: some background in Byzantine art or history. Offered: jointly with ART H 453.
JSIS D 468 Deeply Divided Societies (5) I&S Migdal
Ethnic conflict seen from two perspectives: 1. the study of theoretical approaches as a means of understanding deeply divided societies; 2. a focus on one or more specific conflicts. Recommended: either JSIS 201 or POL S 204.
JSIS D 472 Peoples and Cultures of Central and Inner Asia (5) I&S Mawkanuli
Introduces Central and Inner Asia with a multidisciplinary, comparative survey of the cultures and societies of contemporary China's Inner Asia (Mongolia, Xinjiang - Eastern Turkestan, Tibet and Manchuira), the contemporary Muslin Central Asian republics (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), and the adjacent areas of Afghanistan and Iran. Offered: jointly with NEAR E 472/ANTH 422.
JSIS D 511 Chinese History: Research Methods and Bibliographic Guides (3, max. 6) Guy
Introductory research seminar dealing with the methodological and bibliographical problems concerning all periods and aspects of Chinese history from the earliest times to the nineteenth century. Prerequisite: two years of classical or modern Chinese.
JSIS D 512 Law, Globalization, and Multinational Corporations (3)
An interdisciplinary workshop that examines the role of multinational corporations in a global society. Topics include the legal construct of the multinational corporation, the multinational and the state, the multinational and human rights, and the multinational in the international arena. Offered: jointly with LAW E 512.
JSIS D 517 Foreign Trade and Investment Law of the People's Republic of China (1-4, max. 4)
Introduction to the regulatory regime governing foreign trade and investment in China and in-depth coverage of key aspects of the regime, with focus on issues faced by U.S. businesses. Covers specific regulations, their implementation in practice, as well as the political and economic background. Offered: jointly with LAW E 517.
JSIS D 530 Religion and Literature (5)
The relation of religious thought to the study of imaginative literature. Includes both critical theory and practical criticism of exemplary texts.
JSIS D 533 Seminar on Contemporary Chinese Politics (5)
Research on selected problems in contemporary Chinese politics. Prerequisite: JSIS A 532 or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with POL S 533.
JSIS D 549 Government Regulation of Business in Japan (3)
Offered: jointly with LAW B 549.
JSIS D 553 Chinese Legal Tradition (3)
Concepts and principles of the legal tradition in China. Draws on primary and secondary sources in English and, for students with Chinese language competence, traces the concept and development of Chinese law as well as legal institutions in Chinese society. Offered: jointly with LAW B 553.
JSIS D 564 Seminar: Problems of Social and Political Development in Eastern Europe (3-6, max. 6)
Research seminar dealing with selected problems of continuity and change in eastern Europe. Prerequisite: some previous course work on eastern Europe.
JSIS D 572 Peoples and Cultures of Central and Inner Asian (5)
Offered: jointly with NEAR E 572/ANTH 522.