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Spring 2015


H = Humanities elective
S = Social Sciences elective
H/S = May be counted for Humanities or Social Sciences elective
 
African American Studies 138
Black Nationalism
Henry
S
Examines the concept of black nationalism and its historical and intellectual development. Special attention will be given to the role of African American religion and the attempt to develop "black socialism."
 
African American Studies 139 
The Black Church and Post-Racial Politics: Protest, Prosperity or Praise?
S
This course invites students to explore the importance of the African American church as social institution in the social, organizational and political lives of the African American community. ¬†While the black church was the primary social center to organize liberation and social change during anti-slavery and the early/modern civil rights movements, in more recent times its relevance and meaning for shaping political change has been questioned given notions of a ‚Äúpost-racial society.‚ÄĚ ¬†As a student you will examine: (1) the political power of African American churches during slavery and black nationalist politics, paying attention to black Christian churches‚Äô racial representation of ‚Äúthe black Jesus‚ÄĚ, ¬†(2) the role the black church in shaping political identities and conversations about race during the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, and (3) the shifting political practices of African American Churches from liberation and racial equality to institutions of economic prosperity and ‚Äúpraise‚ÄĚ during the rise of hip hop and emergence of ‚Äúpost-racial‚ÄĚ political ideologies. ¬†Over the course of the semester we will ask: (1) do representations of ‚Äúthe black Jesus‚ÄĚ among black nationalist churches still impact the political identities and work of African American congregations?; (2) do current messages of ‚Äúprosperity‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúpraise‚ÄĚ in televangelist led African American churches deny new forms of racism and limit political practices focused on ending racial inequality?; and (3) can the political practices of African American churches that deny ‚Äúpost-racial‚ÄĚ ideas not only address racial inequality, but also welcome interrelated inequalities of race, class, gender and sexual orientation, given conservative politics of black congregations? ¬†Students will have the opportunity to visit local black churches, talk with church leaders, and study the role of black church music in shaping the politics and social lives of African Americans. ¬†
 
Anthropology 189A
New Humanitarianism
Ong, A
S
Course description TBA.
 
English 180A
Autobiography: Disability Memoir
Kleege, G 
H
Autobiographies written by people with disabilities offer readers a glimpse into lives at the margins of mainstream culture, and thus can make disability seem less alien and frightening.  Disability rights activists however, often criticize these texts for the ways they can reinforce the notion that disability is a personal tragedy that must be overcome through superhuman effort rather than a set of cultural conditions that could be changed to improve the lives of many individuals with similar impairments. Are these texts agents for social change or just another form of freak show? This course will examine a diverse range of disability memoirs to develop an understanding of autobiography as a literary form.    
 
English 190
Research Seminar: Literature and Revolution
Lee, S S
H
This course will piece together a cross-regional, cross-linguistic genre that we will loosely call ‚Äúthe literature of revolution‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒtexts that try to capture (and, at times, direct) great historical and political upheaval. ¬†Our starting point will be the French Revolution, our ending point will be the Arab Spring, but our primary focus will be the troubled, international history of twentieth-century communism. ¬†Throughout the semester, we will trace how literary texts allow for multiple ways of theorizing revolution and, more broadly, the flow of history. ¬†How do these texts help us to understand the tendency for revolutionary illusions to give way to disillusion? ¬†How do revolutions both expand and limit creative possibilities? ¬†What does revolution mean in the twenty-first century‚ÄĒlong after communism‚Äôs collapse and the supposed ‚Äúend of history‚ÄĚ?
 
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 163AC
Environmental Justice: Race, Class Equity, and the Environment
O'Rourke, Dara
S
Overview of the field of environmental justice, analyzing the implications of race, class, labor, and equity on environmental degradation and regulation. Environmental justice movements and struggles within poor and people of color communities in the U.S., including: African Americans, Latino Americans, and Native American Indians. Frameworks and methods for analyzing race, class, and labor. Cases of environmental injustice, community and government responses, and future strategies for achieving environmental and labor justice. Also listed as Sociology 137AC.
 
History 100U
The Second World War
Barshay, A and Connelly, J
H/S
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 unleashed, the war harnessed entire populations‚ÄĒmen, women, children‚ÄĒin 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 new 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 103U.003
Making Rights in a Global Modern America
Lakhani
H/S
This course will focus on the meaning of ‚Äúrights‚ÄĚ in a global, modern, United States. Specifically, it will focus on the meaning of rights, who has had access to them, and what this concept has meant to different people at different times. For instance, has work been a right in the twentieth-century and for whom? What happened to the idea of ‚Äúrights‚ÄĚ between the right to refuse labor (emancipation), and the right to employment (institutionalized racism)? How have different groups such as women and minorities conceived of and argued for rights ‚Äď as individuals or as a group. How have these concepts been shaped transnationally, through the movement of people and ideas across oceans, as well as through America‚Äôs imperial engagement in Latin and Central America? As we move into the post World War II era, this course will trace the turn to ‚Äúhuman rights‚ÄĚ and explore the consequences of framing rights in this way. What has human rights made visible? What has it left out? How was the definition of human rights impacted the way in which groups or individuals seek access to resources, civil and political participation, or notions of equality? Reciprocally, how have persons continued to lobby for alternate definitions or conceptions of rights that fall outside the human rights framework? This course will move chronologically through the late 19th and twentieth centuries, but it is not a survey course. A background in twentieth-century US history is helpful, but not necessary. Students wishing to use the course material towards their History 101 project will have the opportunity to shape their research and writing accordingly."
 
History C139C
Civil Rights and Social Movements in U.S. History
Martin, W
S
             Course description TBA
 
History of Art 192A.2 (for 4 units)
Undergraduate/Graduate Seminar: Human Rights and the Arts in Modern China
Berger, P
H
The internationally renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei‚Äôs exhibition @large opened on Alcatraz in late September and runs through April 2015. Ai designed the show around the theme of freedom of speech and expression, which he famously lacks under his current state of house arrest in Beijing. The seminar will take advantage of this exhibition to look at the role of the visual arts in the modern and contemporary history of human rights in China, considering the questions of how and why thinking about them evolved. Ai Weiwei‚Äôs exhibition will be the touchstone for the seminar and we will visit Alcatraz together early in the semester to come to grips with this multipart work in its chosen setting‚ÄĒone of the US‚Äôs most notorious prisons (this will be a required weekend trip and will take much of a day). In class, we will turn back in time to consider the visual arts in the service of nationalist, reformist and minority rights movements from the early 20th century forward, ending with the Cultural Revolution and its aftermath. Finally, we will consider China‚Äôs ongoing effort to conserve ancient monuments, expanding the concept of human rights to include the collective right of material access to the past.¬†
 
International and Area Studies 194: Commodities, Trade and Global Labor Regimes

Ballenger

S

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. 
 
 
L&S C138
Art and Activism
Lucas, R
H
This course explores the intersections between aesthetic practice and social change. Students will investigate in both theory and practice the capacity of art making to cultivate transformation of themselves, their relationships, their practices, their institutions, and the larger economic and socio-political structures in which they function, locally and globally. Focusing on historical and contemporary artists and political issues, we ask: 1) How is art impacted by social change? 2) How has art been used toward social change? and 3) How can we, as course participants, use art to bring about social change? Also listed as Music C138.
 
L&S C180
Wealth and Poverty
Reich
S
This course is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding both of the organization of the political economy in the United States and of other advanced economies, and of why the distribution of earnings, wealth, and opportunity have been diverging in the United States and in other nations. It also is intended to provide insights into the political and public-policy debates that have arisen in light of this divergence, as well as possible means of reversing it. Also listed as Public Policy C103.
 
Legal Studies 104AC
Youth Justice and Culture
Musheno, M
S
This course challenges adult-centered representations of urban youth of different ethnicities, their problems, and the supposed solutions to those problems. It departs from the conceptualizations and methods used to study youth in mainstream criminology and developmental psychology. Attention is given to youth conflict, peer relations, identity building within and across ethnic groups, claims on territory, the salience of law and rights, and adaptations to adult authorities and practices.
 
Legal Studies 107
Theories of Justice
Song, S S
H/S
Major perspectives in social and economic thought, e.g., natural law, natural right, laissez faire, "possessive individualism," contractualism, pluralism, and social equality as they affect contemporary discussion of "higher law," fairness, civic competence, and distributive justice.
 
Legal Studies 154
International Human Rights
Koenig, K A
S
Course description TBA.
 
Legal Studies 162AC
Restorative Justice
Frampton, M L
S
This course advances the claim that the criminal justice system is both a product and a powerful engine of racial hierarchy in American society, and that strategies of restorative justice, which have recently garnered attention in settings from prisons to middle schools, hold out promise as practices of racial justice. We explore this thesis by examining the ways in which criminal justice systems shape the emotions and social relations of victims, offenders, and members of the larger community.
 
PACS 127
Human Rights and Global Politics
Ogata
S
After World War II, we witnessed a "revolution" in human rights theory, practice, and institution building. The implications of viewing individuals as equal and endowed with certain rights is potentially far reaching as in the declaration that individuals hold many of those rights irrespective of the views of their government. Yet, we also live in a world of sovereign states with sovereign state's rights. We see everyday a clash between the rights of the individual and lack of duty to fulfill those rights when an individual's home state is unwilling or unable to do so. After introducing the idea of human rights, its historic development and various international human rights mechanisms, this course will ask what post-World War II conceptions of human rights mean for a number of specific issues including humanitarian intervention, international criminal justice, U.S. foreign policy, immigration, and economic rights. Looking in-depth at these five areas, we will ask how ideas about human rights, laws about human rights, and institutions to protect human rights have on how states and other global actors act, and how individuals have fared.
 
PACS 135 
Peace and Security in Northeast Asia
Zook, D
S
Northeast Asia, defined here as the region comprising the Korean Peninsula, Japan, China and Taiwan, has become one of the most dynamic and complex areas for peace and security issues in international politics. This course will examine the many layers of peace and security in Northeast Asia, ranging from local disputes to region-wide crises. Aside from more military and political elements, this course will also explore other aspects of peace and security that will include environmental protection, human rights, social security and public health. 
 
PACS 148AC
Social Movements, Urban Histories, and the Politics of Memory 
Burns
S
Course examines the history of progressive social movements in the San Francisco Bay Area. Combining history, sociology, urban geography, and ethnic studies, we ask: why and how these movements emerged? What cultural, racial, ethnic and political identities were drawn from, reconfigured, and created within these movements? What kinds of knowledge and institutions were created by these movements, and how have these legacies shaped (and been shaped by) the geography, culture, and politics of the area. As part of the ACES program, this course also engages students in creating social movement documentation through collaborations with community partners. Small student groups, supervised by an ACES Fellow, will carry out documentation projects. Also listed as International and Area Studies 158AC.
 
Political Science 123S
Gender and International Human Rights 
Silverberg, H
S
Are human rights women's rights? Are women's rights human rights? This course examines the international human rights system (treaties, conventions, institutions and case law) through the lens of gender, exploring the ways in which they are organized around gendered assumptions that shape and limit their ability to reach and remedy the reality of women's lives. The course also considers the tension between international human rights law and local gender justice as well as how international human rights have evolved in response to the rise of global feminisms. The course explores these issues through a series of case studies examining such issues as sexual violence, human trafficking, religious freedom and women's access to education, health care and employment.
 
Political Science 191
Bringing Human Rights Home
Silverberg, H
S
Why are human rights not part of debates about domestic public policy and legal reform in the United States? The United States played a leading role in the creation of the post-World War II international human rights system and has often championed human rights as a foreign policy goals. Yet human rights have been marginal to debates about social and economic equality at home. We will examine the history of human rights in the United States since the New Deal, asking how and why the United States’ embrace of human rights became limited to political and civil rights and excluded other kinds of human rights. We will also examine the consequences of this narrower framework, as well as why human rights may now be coming home. 
 
Political Science 157 A
U.S. Constitutional Law
H/S
Fundamental principles of constitutional law, leading cases, causes, and consequences of legal decisions and their role in influencing, shaping, and constraining the American political system.
 
Rhetoric 139
The Rhetoric of Visual Witnessing 
Mascuch, M
H
What is the potential and what are the problems of still photography as a mode of witnessing? In this course we will consider the place of photography in the theory of witnessing and testimony, exploring the rhetorical relationship between picture making, culture and the representation of historical events. Readings will be drawn from recent works of theory, criticism and practice that variously address the status of the witness and techniques of observation, record and the photographic representation of catastrophe.
 
Rhetoric 155
Discourses of Colonialism and Postcoloniality
Cheah, P
H
The formal dismantling of European colonial empires from the end of the Second World War onwards has led to drastic changes in political maps of the world. Yet, despite formal independence, very little seemed to have changed for the peoples in postcolonial nations around the world, especially the impoverished masses. The former colonial system was replaced by economic neocolonialism and the tripartite division of the globe into First, Second and Third Worlds, now succeeded by a newer division between the global North and South. From a political and cultural perspective, colonialism had undermined the ‚Äėtraditional‚Äô sources of political solidarity and cultural belonging and many of these new nations were left searching for their identities in the postcolonial world. This course explores the struggle to find new ways of being and belonging by postcolonial peoples in contemporary globalization through a study of novels from and about postcolonial space that attempt to transform the world created by Northern political and economic hegemony. We will study novels from and about Africa, Asia and the Caribbean that explore the consequences of commercial and financial flows such as international tourism, humanitarian aid, foreign investment etc. for humane social development. Questions to be addressed include: what is the weight that colonial culture and literary traditions exert on postcolonial writers? How is the Bildungsroman deployed in order to imagine the new nation as a home? How do politically-committed postcolonial writers craft new figurations and stories of the being in the world of postcolonial peoples and migrants and how are the thematic concerns of their novels enabled by formal literary features? What is the role of narrative experimentation and the revival of the story form in imagining alternative ways of belonging in a hostile world?
 
Sociology 115G
Global Health and Social Justice
Nathan, L
S
This course examines the social forces that promote and sustain illness throughout the globe and contribute to illness outbreaks becoming epidemics and pandemics. Emphasizing the central roles of poverty and politics in shaping health risks, disparities within and across nations are explored. With the understanding that health is, at core, a social justice issue, this course reviews policies and programs that attempt to address health problems, some of which have helped to alleviate suffering and some of which have caused additional harm.
 
Sociology 124 
Sociology of Poverty
S
Why, in the midst of great affluence, are people poor, and in some cases, 
persistently so? Social scientists have put forth a number of explanations‚ÄĒculture of poverty and dependency, macroeconomic conditions, changing demographic trends, too much government coddling, not enough government intervention‚ĶThese are just to name a few. This semester we will examine these explanations and interrogate their central assumptions. In the process, students will become informed about the likely causes of poverty amidst affluence, as well as what society needs to do to address this seemingly intractable problem.
 
Sociology 127
Development and Globalization
Page, T
S
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 begin by examining the geopolitical context out of which the ideas of development and underdevelopment emerged, and how the concept was constructed. We will compare and contrast the different ways that Modernization theory, Dependency theory and World Systems theory explain this idea of underdevelopment, and how they argue it can be overcome. We will consider various explanations for the relative success of the East Asian NICs, as well as later what led up to the Asian Financial Crisis, and how it impacted Asia and the rest of the world. We will learn about how neoliberal policies came to be implemented throughout the world, the social, economic and environmental impacts of these policies, and how neoliberalism has reinvented itself in response to critiques of it. Throughout the course, we will examine the impact development theory has had on rural areas‚Äďfrom modernization theory to neoliberalism‚Äďand by extension its impact on urban areas. And, finally we will examine the issues and debates between countries over the question of governance of the global economy. In the process of discussing these various topics related to development and globalization, we will look at in-depth case studies of countries from throughout the world.
 
Sociology 130 
Social Inequalities
Schneider, D
S
This course explores the extent, causes, and consequences of social and economic inequality in the U.S. The course begins with a discussion of key concepts and metrics that we will use to discuss and measure inequality. We then follow a life-course perspective to trace out the institutions through which inequality is structured, reproduced, and experienced in the contemporary United States. We examine the family, the neighborhood, the educational system, labor markets, the criminal justice system, and the financial system, attending to the roles of race, class, and gender as axes of stratification in these domains.
 
Sociology 140 
Politics and Social Change
Weir, M 
S
This course focuses on the intersection between politics and society. We will examine different forms of political engagement including social movements, voting, and political parties. We will consider how the changing organization of civil society and new technologies, including the internet and social media, influence political engagement. Among the questions we will ask are: How does the organization of the political system affect whose voices get heard? How do different groups mobilize to become effective in politics? How do great inequalities of wealth affect patterns of political mobilization and the prospects for social change? The course will draw on material from the United States, Europe, and the developing world.
 

SEASN 120

Human Rights, Censorship and the Arts in Southeast Asia

WINET, Evan

H/S

In recent years, the discourse and law of ‚Äúhuman rights‚ÄĚ has reshaped struggles for social justice and individual freedom.¬† Nearly all nations, including all Southeast Asian ones, have passed laws to comply with international ‚Äúhuman rights‚ÄĚ commitments.¬† At the same time, Southeast Asian nations continue to cite national security, respect for authority, public safety and public decency (often within some overarching assertion of ‚ÄúAsian‚ÄĚ values) to justify regulating and limiting such rights.¬† Upon this complex legal and cultural battleground, Southeast Asian artists assert and test their ‚Äúrights‚ÄĚ to artistic expression and freedom from censorship.This course explores the struggle for ‚Äúexpressive rights‚ÄĚ within Southeast Asian performance and film practices.¬† We will address the mechanisms (legal and extra-legal) used to regulate and censor film and live performance, and consider whether ‚Äúhuman rights‚ÄĚ can be effective in challenging such mechanisms.¬† We will look at banned performance texts and videos of performances and films, and discuss strategies employed by artists and arts institutions to avoid censorship or to self-censor. Case studies will be drawn from throughout the region, including Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Singapore.

 
Tibetan 115
Contemporary Tibet
Ronis, J M
H
This course seeks to develop a critical understanding of contemporary Tibet, characterized as it is by modernity, invasion, Maoism, liberalization, exile, and diaspora. It explores the cultural dynamism of the Tibetans over the last 100 years as expressed in literature, film, music, modern art, and political protest. The core topics include intra-Tibetan arguments regarding the preservation and "modernization" of traditional cultural forms, the development of new aesthetic creations and values, the constraints and opportunities on cultural life under colonialism and in the diaspora, and the religious nationalism of the recent political protests. Prerequisites: None.