[Econmaj] Looking for an elective? Interesting non-Econ courses...
econadv at u.washington.edu
Mon Jul 6 15:22:14 PDT 2009
For those of you looking to fulfill general education requirements, take an elective or are just looking for a interesting course, here are a few that are still open:
*POL S 270 Intro to Political Economy
*MUSIC 120 (VLPA) has openings
*ASIAN 203 Lit and Culture of India
*Science Fiction in Russia
*Writers of Color: Aut 2009 English courses
*various CHID courses
AUTUMN POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSE NOW OPEN TO NON-MAJORS
Pol S 270, Introduction to Political Economy
Meets: MWF 930-1020am, Quizzes on TTh
Instructor: Anthony Gill
5 Credits, I&S Credit
This course has two sets of objectives. First, it introduces students to the
use of microeconomic reasoning to understand political phenomena. In contrast
with explanations that focus on culture or human psychology, some political
economists see political behavior as responding to cost-benefit
(incentive-based) calculations. Topics covered include rational choice theory,
collective choice, collective action, and game theory. In short, students will
explore how the assumptions and tools of economic theory have been applied to
the study of politics. Second, the course will explore how the theoretical
tools discussed in the first part of the class can be applied to the case of
economic development. The goal is to juxtapose the importance of economic
theory for the study of politics with the importance of politics in the study
STUDENT LEARNING GOALS:
* Understand the basics of rational choice theory and be able to apply
cost-benefit analysis to a wide range of social behavior.
* Explain why buffalo nearly became extinct, but cattle didn't.
* Understand why popcorn is "expensive" at movie theaters.
* Leave the class wanting to tell others what you learned that day.
No prerequisites, but a class in microeconomics would be helpful. A
willingness to attend lecture and section and have fun with economics would
also be good to have.
Weekly in-class assignments, Mid-term Exam, Final-exam, Participation
Three Exams:70%; Weekly Assignments 15%; Class participation: 15%. Grading
criteria subject to change prior to the first day of class.
I wanted to let you all know that if you have any students looking for
VLPA or interested in a general music course we have opened up our MUSIC
120. Survey of Music (MUSIC 120) has FIVE more sections to offer this
Autumn which are AC, AD, AF, AG, AH.
Survey of Music studies in listening, with emphasis on the changing
components of Western art music. Illustrated lectures, laboratory
section meetings, and presentations by guest artists.
It meets Autumn 2009 MTWF 930-1020 with a Quiz Section at various times.
ASIAN 203 - Literature and Culture of India: Ancient and Classical
A 5- Credit W course (VLPA/I&S)
M,W,F 1:30-2:30 + Quiz Section at any of several different times
(Students should register for SLN 10549 + quiz section)
Instructor: Michael C. Shapiro
An introduction to the ancient and classical literature of India in its
cultural and historical context, featuring works originally written in
ancient Indian languages. Texts from which readings are drawn include the
Rig Veda, the Mahabharata and Bhagavadgita, the Pancatantra, and poems and
plays of Kalidasa. All works are read in English translation.
RUSS 120 SCIENCE FICTION IN RUSSIA
SLN 19573 MTWTh 3:30-4:20 Instructor: Alaniz
(VLPA) 5 credits
> SCIENCE FICTION IN RUSSIA
> This course examines the roots and development of science fiction in Russian
> literature and cinema, with an emphasis on the Soviet era. Among the
> questions explored: what is science fiction? what are the genre's
> associations with utopian and revolutionary politics in Russian culture? what
> was its relationship to Socialist Realism? what distinguished Russo-Soviet
> sci-fi from its Western counterpart? how did the genre differ from other
> types of literature? what sort of readership did it attract? what has been
> the role of popular culture in Russia through the centuries? We will read and
> view works by authors both well-known and obscure (at least to non-Russians),
> including the Strugatsky Bros.; Andrei Tarkovsky; Alexander Bogdanov; Mikhail
> Bulgakov; Alexander Kazantsev; Alexander Belyaev; Viktor Pelevin; Yevgeny
> Zamiatin and Ivan Efremov. All works in English translation.
As is true every quarter, we have a number of English courses in which
writers of color are represented or featured, along with courses that
engage race and ethnicity. Students interested in courses in which
writers of color are represented can consult our Diversity in the
Curriculum web pages at
Here is a sampling of writers of color among AUT 09 ENGL course offerings:
Ama Ata Aidoo, Gloria Anzaldua, James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, Ana
Castillo, Charles Chesnutt, Junot Diaz, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison,
Sui Sin Far, George Washington Gomez, Bessie Head, David Henry Hwang,
Chester Himes, Langston Hughes, Nella Larsen, Suzan Lori-Parks, Toni
Morrison, Ashis Nandy, Fae Myenne Ng, Barack Obama, Fernando Oyono,
Americo Paredes, Tomas Rivera, Alice Walker, Booker T Washington, Richard
Autumn 2009 offerings are especially rich in content engaging race and
ethnicity and featuring writers of color. Along with many courses that
feature a few to half or more authors, the following courses will be of
318 Black Literary Genres
T Th 11:30-1:20, F 11:30-12:20
Professor Sonnet Retman (AES)
319 African Literatures
T Th 2:30-4:20
Professor Laura Chrisman
358 Literature of Black America
T Th 1:30-3:20
Professor Habiba Ibrahim
367 Gender Studies: Women of Color Writing & Action
T Th 9:30-11:20
Professor Anu Taranath
440 Special Studies in Literature: Black Literary Studies Post Civil
T Th 9:30-11:20 (open to non English majors by instructor permission)
Professor Habiba Ibrahim
Full course descriptions for Autumn Quarter English classes can be found
CHID 110: The Question of Human Nature
This is one of our very popular intro to CHID courses and it had been full, but we have just added an additional 50 slots. The new sections will appear tomorrow on the time schedule, although students can enroll now using this info:
SLN 20026 :: THF 1:30-2:20
SLN 20027 :: THF 12:30-1:30
CHID 250: Biofutures
This is another intro to CHID course that is wildly popular and has just been approved to count for NW credit! We added 50 slots to this course, all of which are currently up on the time schedule and ready for students to register.
CHID 480: Comparative Knowledges, Indigenous Systems
This is an upper-division intro to CHID course that is perfect for juniors, seniors and transfer students who are interested in CHID and/or Indigenous knowledge systems.
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