2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog

General Studies

General studies courses focus on areas that are not usually covered in the Bryn Mawr curriculum and provide a supplement to the areas more regularly covered. These courses cut across disciplines and emphasize relationships among them.

Many general studies courses are open, without prerequisite, to all students. With the permission of the major department, they may be taken for major credit.

GNST B103 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture I

The primary goal of this course is to develop an elementary level ability to speak, read, and write Swahili. The emphasis is on communicative competence in Swahili based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. In the process of acquiring the language, students will also be introduced to East Africa and its cultures. No prior knowledge of Swahili or East Africa is required.
Division I or Division III
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies concentration
1.0 units
Mshomba,E.

GNST B105 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture II

The primary goal of this course is to continue working on an elementary level ability to speak, read, and write Swahili. The emphasis is on communicative competence in Swahili based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Students will also continue learning about East Africa and its cultures. Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture I or permission of the instructor is required.
Division I or Division III
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies concentration
1.0 units
Mshomba,E.

GNST B145 Introduction to Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures

A broad, interdisciplinary survey of themes uniting and dividing societies from the Iberian Peninsula through the contemporary New World. The class introduces the methods and interests of all departments in the concentration, posing problems of cultural continuity and change, globalization and struggles within dynamic histories, political economies, and creative expressions.
Division I or Division III
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Staff

GNST B155 Introduction to Islamic Civilization

This course offers a basic introduction to the Islamic world, from Spain to India, in its political, social, religious, and cultural dimensions. We cover the period from the rise of Islam to early modern times (roughly 600 to 1500). Texts in English translation.
Division III: Humanities
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
CROSS-LISTED AS COML-B155
1.0 units
Kim,S.
Not offered in 2011-12.

GNST B156 Themes in Middle Eastern Society

The basis for the Middle East Studies Concentration, this course features changing themes. For Fall 2010, the theme is the space of religion: in daily life; in politics and culture; space and metaphor. Included are sacred kingship, the rise of Islamic states, roles of Middle Eastern Christians and Jews and challenges from secular ideologies that transform the space of religion.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Middle East Studies concentration
1.0 units
Harrold,D.
Not offered in 2011-12.

GNST B255 Advanced Video Production

This course will explore aesthetic strategies utilized by low-budget film and video makers as each student works throughout the semester to complete a 7-15 minute film or video project. Course requirements include weekly screenings, reading assignments, and class screenings of rushes and roughcuts of student projects. Prerequisites: Some prior film course experience necessary, instructor discretion.
Division III: Humanities
Counts toward Film Studies minor
1.0 units

GNST B260 Silent Spaces: a History of Contemplation in the West

This course will trace contemplative traditions developed and preserved in the Western monastic tradition from the desert through the present. Topics include elected silence and the ways in which it has shaped communities in the Western contemplative tradition, and the difference between enclosed contemplatives and contemplatives loose in the world.
1.0 units
Francl,M.

GNST B290 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

This course offers a rigorous grounding for students interested in questions of gender and sexuality. Bringing together intellectual resources from multiple disciplines, it also explores what it means to think across and between disciplinary boundaries. Team-taught by Bryn Mawr and Haverford professors from different disciplines, this course is offered yearly on alternate campuses.
Division III: Humanities
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration
1.0 units
Dalke,A., Edwards,K.

GNST B403 Supervised Work

1.0 units
Francl,M., Schulz,M., Glassman,H.

GNST B425 Praxis III - Independent Study

Counts toward Praxis Program concentration
1.0 units
Levine,S., Dalke,A., Brodfuehrer,P., Takenaka,A., Steffensen,I., Stahnke,R., Torday,D., Croll,E., Mudd,S., Wright,N.