New Courses for Fall 2013
CSHS 2910 - Africans in Colonial Louisiana
Mondays at the Elmwood Campus, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor: Lee Smith
The history of Louisiana's relationship with the issues of race, freedom, and slavery varies significantly from that experienced in the British American mainland colonies. Founded by the French in the early eighteenth century, developed by the Spanish, and not governed by American authorities until the early nineteenth century, Louisiana's racial ideology was predicated upon distinctly French and Spanish racial concepts which strongly differed from the more restrictive ideas prevalent in British America. These Atlantic World influences resulted in different forms of laws, mores, and lived reality among people of color in Louisiana, creating greater opportunity for freedom, higher levels of affluence among free people of color, and in many cases, enhanced autonomy for those still enslaved.
This course will examine the origins and trajectory of slavery and freedom in colonial Louisiana, the specific ideologies influencing Louisiana's distinctive environment and comparisons with prevailing – and later competing – British thought, the major African cultural groups contributing to the population, the lives of people of color (both free and enslaved) in rural and urban areas, and the cultural legacy of Africans and people of African descent in Louisiana.
ENLS 4010 - Myth And Literature
Wednesdays at the Elmwood Campus, 2:30pm-5:10pm
Instructor: Roslyn Foy
Myths are narrative metaphors for reality. Myths can be explanations that reflect the environment, the needs, fears, values, and intellectual development of the cultures that produce them; they make us turn inward. When we study the myths of the past, their evolution, and connectedness, we better understand how we came to be who we are today and where we may be going. This course will introduce students to the gods, goddesses, heroes, and stories of classical mythology and will then lead to careful study and discussion of how such myths are incorporated into modern literary texts
HISL 2910 - 20th Century Latin American Culture in Historical Context
Tuesdays at the Elmwood Campus, 2:30pm-5:10pm
Instructor: Sarah Borealis
The goal for this course is to inspire each student to engage in the study of Latin American history through the region's 20th century cultural production. Over the course of the semester, we will analyze work produced in Cuba, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and El Salvador. The assigned readings, films, and in-class lectures are designed to help students engage with key events, trends, and people that define the region. Students are encouraged to access the information in creative ways- approaching the broader topics from a perspective that draws upon their specific strengths and learning styles. By the end of the course, each student should possess the tools required to think analytically about the past, present, and future of Latin America, and also to recognize and utilize the value of alternative "texts" in the study of the region.
HRDV 2200 Career for Life: Finding Your Bliss (Special Topics)
Mondays at the Uptown Campus 5:45pm-8:45pm
Instructor: Cindy Harlan
This course is designed to guide students through the process of investigating and discovering their career objectives. The career development process is unique to every student and evolves throughout one's lifetime. When searching for their unique path, students should have an informed idea of their interests, strengths, abilities, skills and values. In this course, students will explore multiple resources, engage in hands-on and group projects and research various career options to learn more about themselves. Using Interest Inventories, students will explore areas of personal interest, skills sets, strengths and career possibilities. They will integrate academic coursework and work experiences to highlight transferable skills, make informed decisions and learn to market themselves to achieve their professional goals and objectives. This self discovery will facilitate the process of 'Finding your Bliss'.
MLAR 7116 - Saints and Sinners: 19th Century Lives
Thursdays at the Uptown Campus, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Christina Vella
This course is designed to give an overview
of American society as seen through the biographies of people from various fields. The course will cover the lives of some 16 individuals, including Noah Webster the lexicographer, Louisa May Alcott, the writer, Harvey Kellogg, the health faddist, Herman Melville, the writer, Clarence Darrow, defender at the Scopes Monkey Trial, Emma Goldman, the anarchist, and many more. The subjects were chosen for their importance to significant social movements of the time, for what they reflected about American life, and for their sheer wackiness. Class will be conducted through lecture and seminar discussion. The reading will amount to no more than 150 pages a week. There will be a mid-term and a final exam, plus one 6-page paper based on readings from 19th century newspapers.
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