ANS 372, 31070, Globalizing East Asian Popular Culture
If you’ve recently found yourself working out to bubblegum K-pop, obsessing over the latest Japanese anime, laughing and crying over Asian television dramas and films, then this may be the perfect class for you.
Taught by Dr. Youjeong Oh, this course focuses on examining the increasing international visibility of East Asian cultural products, like the spread and impact of the Hallyu wave. The goal of the course delves far beyond learning about modern East Asian trends: through ANS 372, students will discover how to analyze the globalization of popular culture to reflect deeper societal constructs such as urbanization, gender politics, and identity formations in East Asia.
This course may be used to satisfy the Global Cultures flag requirement.
PHL 363L, 42025, The Outer Limits of Reason
What exactly is reason? And how far can it get us? According to Oxford dictionary, reason means to “think, understand, and form judgments logically,” but what types of events or phenomena cannot be answered in this way? What encompasses those instances when reason is beyond its limit?
Professor Cory Juhl plans to tackle these complex questions in his philosophy course, “The Outer Limits of Reason.” The class will cover fundamental questions that seem to transcend the capacities of reason in different ways. Students will look at classic thought experiments involving paradox, such as Theseus’ ship, which raises the question of whether or not an object that has all its components replaced remains the same object fundamentally. Other topics that will be covered include philosophical controversies surrounding Quantum mechanics and how mathematics applies to the physical world. It will also delve into what computers have the capacity, or potential, to do in the future and what they are limited from doing.
GSD 341F, 37480, Women and the Holocaust
We all “know” the history of the treatment of Jews under the Nazi regime, but do we know whether the treatment of Jewish men and women differed? What were German women experiencing during this time period?
Professor Pascale Bos works to reveal these answers by exploring autobiographical texts and historical accounts that allow students to better understand the experiences of Jewish women as compared to Jewish men, non-Jewish women, and other groups. Film also provides a rich historical medium for students to explore when looking at femininity and masculinity during the Nazi regime, along with the role of women in the public and private spheres.
This course may be used to satisfy the Global Cultures and Writing Flag requirements.