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Fall 2016

African-American Studies 116 

Slavery and African American Life Before 1865 



This course will examine the origins of the African slave trade, and explore political, economic, demographic and cultural factors shaping African American life and culture prior to 1865.


Anthropology 150

Utopia: Art and Power in Modern Times


Modern times have been dominated by utopian visions of how to achieve a happy future society. Artists in competing social systems played a central role in the development of these visions. But artistic experiments were filled with paradoxes, contributing to the creation not only of the most liberating and progressive ideals and values but also to the most oppressive regimes and ideologies. The course questions: what is art, what can it achieve and destroy, what is beauty, artistic freedom, and the relationship between esthetics, ethics, and power?


Asian American Studies 128AC

Muslims in America



The course traces Islam's journey in America. It will deal with the emergence of identifiable Muslim communities throughout the U.S. and focus on patterns of migration, the ethnic makeup of such communities, gender dynamics, political identity, and cases of conversion to Islam. The course will spend considerable time on the African American, Indo-Pakistani, and Arab American Muslim communities since they constitute the largest groupings. It also examines in depth the emergence of national, regional, and local Muslim institutions, patterns of development pursued by a number of them, and levels of cooperation or antagonism. The course seeks an examination of gender relations and dynamics across the various Muslim groupings, and the internal and external factors that contribute to real and imagined crisis. The course seeks to conduct and document the growth and expansion of mosques, schools, and community centers in the greater Bay Area. Finally, no class on Islam in America would be complete without a critical examination of the impacts of 9/11 on Muslim communities, the erosion of civil rights, and the ongoing war on terrorism.


English 175

Literature and Disability 



We will examine the ways disability is represented in a variety of works of fiction and drama.  Assignments will include two short (5-8 page) critical essays, a group performance project and a take-home final examination.


Environmental Science, Policy and Management 155AC

Sociology and Political Ecology of Agro-Food Systems

De Master


Sociology and political ecology of agro-food systems; explores the nexus of agriculture, society, the environment; analysis of agro-food systems and social and environmental movements; examination of alternative agricultural initiatives--(i.e. fair trade, food justice/food sovereignty, organic farming, urban agriculture).

Environmental Science, Policy and Management 162

Bioethics and Society


Exploration of the ethical dilemmas arising from recent advances in the biological sciences: genetic engineering, sociobiology, health care delivery, behavior modification, patients' rights, social or private control of research.


Environmental Science, Policy and Management 169

International Environmental Politics


The dynamics of international politics are examined over the last 25 years. Attention is paid to different perspectives in global environmental politics, the actors involved, how well international agreements address the problems they are supposed to solve, and the main debates in the field, including trade-environmental conflicts, security, and environmental justice issues. Issues covered vary, but may include climate change, biodiversity, population, and toxics.


Ethnic Studies 159AC/Geography 159AC

The Southern Border 


The southern border--from California to Florida--is the longest physical divide between the First and Third Worlds. This course will examine the border as a distinct landscape where North-South relations take on a specific spatial and cultural dimension, and as a region which has been the testing ground for such issues as free trade, immigration, and ethnic politics.

Ethnic Studies 180
Indigenous Issues Across the Americas


This course addresses how Indigenous communities throughout the Americas deal with their contemporary political dilemmas. It explores the ways in which internal colonialism, projects of assimilation, political and economic marginalization, land loss, and resistance have affected how Indigenous people view themselves in relationship to the dominant societies in which they reside. It explores local differences, attentive to the specificity of the national or regional dimension of “the Indian Problem.” And it examines the varied and often complimentary tactics that Indigenous people take in their pursuit of political and cultural self-determination.


French 183A

Configurations of Crisis -- Cultural Representations of Asylum in France



This course investigates the itineraries and narratives of refugees who are seeking asylum in France today. Contemporary fiction and film will help us reconstruct aspects of a refugee's flight from unlivable conditions and chart their perilous journey across land and sea into France. We will pay particular attention to the forms of personhood that emerge or are put into crisis by such experiences as clandestine passage, detention, surveillance and deportation, the stages of an asylum application, undocumented labor, etc. We will also consider the importance of narrative in organizing histories and selves in ways that are audible and visible for their place of sanctuary. These questions are pursued through readings of literature, cinema, testimony, theory and the press. NOTE: Readings are in French.


Gender and Women's Studies 102

Transnational Feminism



An overview of transnational feminist theories and practices, which address the workings of power that shape our world, and women's practices of resistance within and beyond the U.S. The course engages with genealogies of transnational feminist theories, including analyses of women, gender, sexuality, "race," racism, ethnicity, class, nation; postcoloniality; international relations; post-"development"; globalization; area studies; and cultural studies.


Geography 170-1 

Conflict and Violence in Africa

Violence, conflict, and irregular warfare within states due to burgeoning challenges posed by armed groups have proliferated in number and importance since the Cold War ended. This reading and discussion intensive course explores the causes, consequences and complexities of armed conflict in Africa. We will focus on recent conflict and post-conflict situations in Africa, and use case studies ranging from child soldiers in Uganda; extremist groups in Nigeria; gendered violence in the DR Congo; international peacekeeping in Darfur; resource wars in Liberia; to anti-colonial rebellions in Kenya, as a lens for understanding the distinct dynamics of violence.


History 100U

Special Topics in Comparative History: World War II

Barshay and Connelly


The Second World War was true to its name. It was not the first war fought on a world scale or to shake the established order among powerful states and their empires. Indeed the second followed the first by less than two decades and is inexplicable without reference to that conflict, including its terms of settlement. But the second, which merged two vast conflagrations in Europe and Asia, was destructive on a scale all its own. This was the first ideological war, not simply about territory, but about conflicting ideas on how governments should organize lives of their citizens. The war tested fascism, socialism and liberal democracy. Because of the furies it unleashed, the war harnessed entire populations—men, women, children—in sacrifice, suffering and in some cases profit. It left in its wake the Holocaust, the massive destruction of cities from the air, and the first use of atomic weapons in warfare; it was followed by the liquidation of European and Japanese colonialism, the advent of the Cold War, the undermining of racism in political and public life and the emergence of human rights as a norm in the conduct of international relations.This lecture course invites students to think through the Second World War in three stages, considering first its causes, then the course of conflict in all its theaters, and finally its consequences, into our day. Readings will include major works of historical synthesis along with selected documents, literary treatments, oral histories, and films.


History 139C

Civil Rights and Social Movements in US History



Civil Rights and Social Movements in U.S. History presents a top-down (political and legal history), bottom-up (social and cultural history), and comparative (by race and ethnicity as well as region) view of America's struggles for racial equality from roughly World War II until the present. Beginning with the onset of World War II, America experienced not a singular, unitary Civil Rights Movement as is typically portrayed in standard textbook accounts and the collective memory, but rather a variety of contemporaneous civil rights and their related social movements. These movements, moreover, did not follow a tidy chronological-geographic trajectory from South to North to West, nor were their participants merely black and white. Instead, from their inception, America's civil rights movements unfolded both beyond the South and beyond black and white. "Civil Rights and Social Movements in U.S. History" endeavors to equip students with a greater appreciation for the complexity of America's civil rights and social movements history, a complexity that neither a black / white nor nonwhite / white framework adequately captures. Put another way, "Civil Rights and Social Movements in U.S. History" will examine how the problem of the color line which W.E.B. DuBois deemed to be in 1903 the problem of the twentieth century might better be viewed as a problem of color lines. If America's demographics are increasingly beyond black and white, if "the classic American dilemma has now become many dilemmas of race and ethnicity," as President Clinton put it in the late 1990s, if color lines now loom as the problem of the 21st century, then a course on America's civil rights and social movements past may very well offer a glimpse into America's civil rights and social movements present and future.


History of Art 192F

Black Bodies Matter: Photography and Race from the 19th- to the 20th-Century



This seminar will use a series of case studies to focus on photography and the representation of and by blacks in the United States and the Caribbean. The seminar will take advantage of the exhibition I have curated at the Berkeley Art Museum entitled “Sojourner Truth, Photography and the Fight Against Slavery” as well as local permanent collections. We will examine theorizations and uses of photography by former slaves such as Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass; photography by African Americans such as James Van der Zee, Charles Teenie Harris, Roy de Carava, Lorna Simpson, and Carrie Mae Weems; and appropriations of photographs by black artists such as Romare Bearden, Adrian Piper and Glenn Ligon. Together we will be reading writings by Frederick Douglass, Roland Barthes, Debora Willis, bell hooks, Krista Thompson, Tanya Sheehan, Christopher Pinney, Maurice O. Wallace, Shawn Michelle Smith, Leigh Raiford, Kobena Mercer and myself, among others.


Social Movements, Urban Histories, and the Politics of Memory



Examines the history of progressive social movements in the San Francisco Bay Area. Combines history, sociology, urban geography, and ethnic studies, asking: why and how these movements emerged? What cultural, racial, ethnic and political identities were drawn from, reconfigured, and created in these movements? What kinds of knowledge and institutions were created by these movements? How have these legacies shaped the culture and politics of the area? Part of the ACES program, this course engages students in creating social movement documentation in collaboration with community partners.


IAS 194.1 

Commodities, Trade and Global Labor Regimes


From silver to cocaine, sugar and tobacco, to cotton, oil and electronics, the nature of work has been shaped by expanding global demand for products whose origins - whether in the soil or the factory - remain mysterious. This course will explore the worlds of production and consumption and ask how global demand for specific commodities has shaped local, national and global politics. We will examine legal and illegal products, the cultural context in which products are made and acquire value, and the tangled relationship between production, ownership, labor discipline and human rights.


IAS 150 

Immigration and Multiculturalism in Asia


With an influx of global migrants since the 1980s, East Asian nations of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, have transformed from relatively homogenous into relatively heterogeneous societies. China, in the meantime, has incorporated rural migrants into its urban work force. At the same time, the Southeast Asian nations of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, which have long been multiethnic, face a new challenge as a result of an increasingly diverse foreign labor force. These changes are having a profound impact on the region’s democratic governance, economic development, ethnic minority relations, civil society, legal codes, human rights and gender equality. This course analyzes the nature and consequences of these demographic and cultural changes in Asia’s labor importing countries from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives.


Legal Studies 140

Property and Liberty



This course will explore the relation between property law and limits of liberty in different cultures and at different times. The course will cover theories of property law, slavery, the clash between aboriginal and European ideas of property, gender roles and property rights, common property systems, zoning, regulatory takings, and property on the internet. Readings will include legal theorists, court cases, and historical case studies.


Legal Studies 174

Comparative Constitutional Law: The Case of Israel



This course will provide an introduction to constitutional law using Israel as a case study. Topics include: Constitutionalism and judicial review, state neutrality and self-determination, minority rights, state and religion, Human Rights Law, the concept of "defensive democracy" and ban of non-democratic political parties, legal aspects of the fight on terror, freedom of expression, equality and anti-discrimination, social rights, and constitutional limitations on privatization.


Legal Studies 190

Surveillance, Privacy, and the Law




Legal Studies 190

Civil Rights in America




Peace and Conflict Studies 119.2 

Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities


The course examines episodes of genocide and mass atrocities in the 20th and 21st centuries and analyzes theoretical, legal, political, and sociocultural underpinnings of genocide prevention. Today we see a growing body of scholarship, early warning and risk assessments, legal doctrines and practices, the responsibility to protect debate, and state and non-state institutions devoted to preventing genocide and mass atrocities. Through integrating these resources, we will deepen our understanding of "genocidal" processes and explore ways to prevent them.


Peace and Conflict Studies 126

International Human Rights


This course provides an overview to the historical, theoretical, political, and legal underpinnings that have shaped and continue to shape the development of human rights. Students are introduced to substantive topics within human rights and provided an opportunity to develop critical thinking, oral presentation, and writing skills. We discuss where the concept of human rights originates, how these ideas have been memorialized in international declarations and treaties, how they develop over time, and how they are enforced and monitored. We examine a variety of issues and encourage students to think differently--to analyze world and community events through a human rights framework utilizing some of the necessary tools to investigate, research, and think critically about human rights and the roles that we may assume within this arena. The course requires two six-page papers, participation in a team debate, and an independent reading assignment.


Political Science 149E

Topics in Area Studies: The Politics of Southeast Asia: Crisis, Conflict, and Reform



This course will focus on the transformative process through which the nations of contemporary Southeast Asia have confronted political crises and instability and the various levels of success with which they have attempted to implement comprehensive programs of reform. This course will analyze several different areas of political activity, such as: state-led initiatives (political economy) regarding development and resource distribution citizen and opposition movements both within and outside formal state institutions which seek to influence, alter, or overturn state action and policy institution-building and the cultivation of social capital and regional and transnational flows of capital and labor which act in alliance with or in opposition to national economic institutions. Specific topics will include a comparative analysis of state policy the relationship between illicit economies (such as narcotics) and ethnic insurgency the nascent political voice of religion and ethnicity as nationalist or opposition ideologies the expansion and influence of local NGOs (legal aid, human rights, women's rights, etc.) political violence and alternative paths to the expression of discontent and corruption. After a general overview of Southeast Asia as a regional political theater, we will turn our attention to in-depth case studies of Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, and Burma.


Political Science 191

Transitional Justice



This interdisciplinary course explores the different approaches taken by individual countries and the international community to violations of international human rights. It focuses in particular on the challenges raised by the demand for accountability during periods of political transition, as countries move from authoritarian regimes and civil wars to societies based on democracy and the rule of law. It examines current principles of accountability as well as the various mechanisms for enforcing these principles, including truth and reconciliation commissions, international criminal tribunals, legal actions by third-party countries under the theory of universal jurisdiction, “lustration” laws that bar perpetrators of human rights abuses from holding public office, and reparations for victims of human rights violations. The course also considers the obstacles to achieving accountability for international human rights violations, including domestic political instability, national amnesty laws, institutional weaknesses, and geopolitical concerns. Students who have taken Professor Silverberg's junior seminar "Accountability for International Human Rights Violations" in the past (last offered Fall 2012) cannot take this seminar as it has the same content with just a different title.


Political Science 191

Occupy Wall Street in Comparative Perspective



Whereas in the U.S. Occupy Wall Street mobilized primarily tent activists and met with  a mixed public reception, earlier the same year protests of “indignant” youth in Southern Europe and Israel spurred mega-demonstrations and won broad public support. What explains the appearance of rare “encompassing” protests, and why did they occur in some countries and not others during the 2011 protest wave?  Did participants in Europe and Israel cross class, cultural and political boundaries more than the Americans who supported and participated in Occupy? What political mechanisms and protest practices facilitate diversity of participation in mega-protests? We will draw on the literature on social movements and contentious politics, and will look closely at diverse national cases.

Each student will write 1 short paper and 1 long research paper, as well as actively participating in classes and posting comments and questions on upcoming readings every second week.


Public Health 181

Poverty and Population



Globally one million more births than deaths occur every 112 hours, 90% in the poorest countries. Between 1960 and 1980, considerable attention was focused on rapid population growth. Afterwards, the attention has faded and investment in family planning evaporated. Family size among some of the poorest women is increasing. This course seeks to provide an understanding of the relationships between population growth, poverty, women's autonomy, and health. It explores the political "fashions" underlying changing paradigms among demographers, and economists, and development specialists.


Public Policy 190

Poverty and Inequality



Four hours of lecture per week. This course will examine the nature and extent of poverty in the U.S., its causes and consequences, and the antipoverty effects of existing and proposed government programs and policies. The types of questions to be addressed include the following: What is poverty? Why is poverty so persistent? Why are poverty rates for minorities so high? Is there a culture of poverty? What are the interrelationships among poverty, family structure, inner city neighborhoods, labor market conditions and public policies? Is poverty passed on from generation to generation? The first ten weeks of this course (Topics 1-6) focuses on social science theory and evidence about the causes, consequences and costs of poverty. The last four weeks of the course (Topics 7-9) examines child poverty policies, employment policies, and setting an overall agenda for poverty policy.


Public Policy 190

The Fight for Food Justice: Mass Movement or Consumer Culture?



This course will discuss a wide range of current social justice campaigns and policy debates relating to the food system, including: corporate consolidation of farmland and meat, poultry, and dairy processing; labor conditions in the food system; food insecurity and access to healthy food in low-income communities; and transparency with regard to food labeling. The course will in particular examine: corporate consolidation throughout the food system has impacted each of these issues and many more; activists’ varied responses to these trends; and how policy instruments and regulatory levers can be used to change the way the U.S. food system operates. Students will be exposed to current local, state, and federal policy campaigns and to real-world activists, organizers, and policy experts engaged in these campaigns. In every class, we will examine not only the issues involved but current efforts to address the issues.


Public Policy 190

The People vs. the State: U.S. Social Movements and Policy



This course will survey major historical and ongoing social movements in the United States, including the labor, women’s, civil rights, and welfare rights movements, and more recently, Occupy, immigrant rights, and the growing movement , catapulted to national attention by events in Ferguson, MO, around racialized criminalization. Students will examine policy and other tools that these movements have utilized and fought for, and the ways in which policy has been used by those in power to both address and subdue such movements. Students will also hear from current social movement leaders and examine current policies moving through local, state and federal legislatures.


Rhetoric 139

Rhetoric of Visual Witnessing



Studies of the theory and practice of the rhetoric of visual evidence relating to catastrophe. Themes may include witnessing, testimony, the photographic record, news media, and archival knowledge around such subjects as genocide and crimes against humanity, war and other forms of political violence, the AIDS epidemic, natural disaster.


Sociology 124

Sociology of Poverty



This class explores the nature and extent of poverty in the United States. We will look at its causes and consequences. We will also explore the antipoverty effects of existing and proposed government programs and policies. The types of questions that we will be addressing throughout the quarter include the following: What is poverty? Why is poverty so persistent? How has it changed over time? Why are poverty rates for minorities so high? Is there a culture of poverty? What is the relationship between poverty, family structure, inner city neighborhoods, labor market conditions, and public policies? Is poverty passed on from one generation to the next?


Sociology 127

Development and Globalization

Page, T


In this course we will consider the various debates over development and globalization from post-WWII to the present, how the global economy and relationships between and within nations have changed during this period, the actors involved in shaping the nature of this change, and the social, economic and environmental outcomes of the prevailing way of conceiving of and structuring development and globalization. We will consider various theories of development, approaches to development and their outcomes, as well as explore three topics in-depth (labor in today’s global economy, global finance, and the environment). We will conclude the course by considering alternative approaches to pursuing development (South-South development), and alternative conceptualizations of development as offered by social movements. Over the course of the semester we will compare and contrast the development experience of countries in different regions of the world


Sociology 130AC

Social Inequalities: American Cultures


This course explores the causes and consequences of inequality in the U.S. First, we will discuss theories and concepts scholars use to understand inequality. We then consider several institutions that sustain, reproduce and/or mitigate inequality in the U.S., such as education, labor markets, family structure, and the criminal justice system. Within each topic, we pay attention to the significance of race and ethnicity, social class, and gender.


Sociology 131AC

Race & Ethnic Relations: U.S. American Cultures



Provides students with the sociological theories, methods and data that allow the conceptualization of the new terrain of racism and anti-racism, and the efforts to achieve social justice in the United States today. The course revolves around several questions:

• _What are the dynamics of race and ethnicity in the United States today?

• _How does racism intersect with other social dynamics of inclusion, domination and subordination in the making of U.S. society?

• _What are continuities and discontinuities between American racism in the past and racism today?

• _How has globalization altered the dynamics of race and racism in American society?

• _What strategies have people adopted in the face of intensified racism and inequality?

• _What are realistic strategies for social justice in this era?

This course introduces students to the study of race and ethnicity as social processes, and examines the formation and transformation of racial systems throughout American history. Throughout the course, the dynamics of race and ethnicity are located in relationship to class, gender, sexuality and nationality, and are examined in the context of global socio-economic processes. Sociological theories are used to identify important themes, which are then studied through an examination of history, institutional dynamics in the present, and consideration of strategies for social justice. Course requirements include class participation (attendance, active class participation) (20% of course grade); two midterm exams 15% of course grade each), a final exam (20% of course grade), and a ten to twelve page final paper (30% of course grade). For the final paper, students will utilize the concepts, issues and data addressed in this course to investigate a specific barrier


Sociology 180

Comparative Perspectives on US and European Societies: Inequality



This survey course explores differences between modern societies through systematic comparisons of inequality in the U.S. and European countries. It analyzes central social changes, social problems and institutions in the societies, addressing gender inequality, immigration, and rising inequality.


Spanish 135
Transatlantic Feminisms



A commonplace of feminist theory is women’s definition of ourselves in relation to others, but women’s writing in Spain, Latin America, and U.S.-Latino communities is marked by disruption of those relationships by state violence, exile, violence within the family, and ideologies of class and ethnic difference. Beginning with the earliest life-writing and fiction by women religious and secular women writers in Spain, readings focus on 20th- and 21st-C. fiction in Castilian, Portuguese, and Catalan (in Castilian translation) by Carmen Martín Gaite, Montserrat Roig, Mercé Rodoreda, Clarice Lispector, Rosario Castellanos, Elena Poniatowska, Rosario Ferré, and Diamela Eltit.
Each student will be responsible for presenting one of the readings with questions for the rest of the class and an overview of critical approaches to that reading. Students choose between 3 short essays or a proposal/draft of a research project due the 7th week of the semester, and a final 8-10 pp. research paper. Although this course includes readings by peninsular Spanish writers, it does not count as a course on peninsular Spanish literature.