LARTS 319 – Europe in the 19th Century
The story of European society in its greatest age. Students will examine the social and cultural forces making for European supremacy in the 19th century, looking at the rise and triumph of the middle classes, the decline of religious belief and emergence of secular societies, the ideas of nation and nationalism, imperial ambitions, and the ascent of urban societies and urban culture. We will also study the artistry behind European culture, including words by David, Hoffman, Balzac, and Wells. (2 credits, GE) Klein

LARTS 344 – Issues and Elections: Electoral Politics
Issues and Elections studies the methods, issues, and goals of contemporary American politics, focusing on party efforts to identify critical political questions within the framework of national elections, to mobilize voters – both supporters and the unaffiliated – through these issues, and to win electoral office. The class will read about and discuss the role of political leadership and party organization, as well as voter interest (and apathy); we will also look at the role of issues, and of images, in the media politics of contemporary America. (2 credits, GE) Klein 

LARTS 411 – The Travels of Marco Polo
A close reading of The Travels of Marco Polo, an iconic text in world history and literature, is a journey of discovery. Through Marco Polo's eyes students will encounter the cultures along the Silk Road as they were at the end of the 13th century. In addition to the study of the text itself, students will be required to undertake guided research pertaining to Polo's travels in multiple contexts – historical, cultural and geographical. The results of these research projects will be presented in class. (2 credits, GE) Row

LARTS 415 – Wealth and Poverty: An Introduction to Economics
Students will consider and discuss the critical world of economics through the prism of their own experiences and expectations. Together, we will consider our roles as entrepreneurs, as consumers, as buyers and sellers within local, national, and global markets, investigating not only our place within those markets, but also the role of governments and of international competition [symbolized by the emergence of China's economy]. We will also discuss the social forces that both influence and are influenced by global economics, including such issues as the environmental impact of economic development, the growing problem of income inequality, and the boombust crises of the past decades. Finally, we will explore economic theory, reflecting on the work of crucial thinkers who have examined the complex world of markets and society, including Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, and Milton Friedman. (2 credits, GE) Klein

LARTS 416 – China and Japan in the 20th Century
Students will follow the history of these two Pacific powers over the last hundred years as they have pursued their unique social, cultural, and political ambitions on the world stage. Readings, discussions, and lectures will focus on China's transformation from an ancient, closed empire to a modern international state, with special emphasis on the social and cultural transformations of Mao Zhedong's Communist regime. In contrast, studies of Japan will evaluate that state's strategy of modernizations, using Western means to achieve traditional Japanese goals. (2 credits, GE) Klein 

LARTS 418 – Post-War World
Since the end of World War II, national and international politics have transformed the world and its citizens. Post War World examines not only the major themes of that transformation, but also the new global issues looming behind it: the collapse of Soviet rule in Europe; the continuing conflicts in the Middle East; the legacy of decolonialization, poverty, nationalism, despotism, revolution, and 'failed states' in the Third World; the arrival of such new economic super-powers as Japan, China and the European Union; the dangers of nuclear proliferation, international terrorism, ecological devastation, and genocide across the world; the role of both traditional nation-states and new organizations – like the United Nations – that have emerged from and transcended the old order of the 20th century. (2 credits, GE) Klein

LARTS 444 – The Presidential Campaign: Party Politics in the 21st Century
The Presidential Campaign introduces students to American electoral politics through the prism of contemporary candidates' efforts to win their parties' nominations and to prepare for the looming national elections. The class will focus on the coming election, yet will do so by exploring the historical development of such campaigns: the emergence of the primary system; the changing roles of parties and media; the complex legalities of fund-raising and spending; the development of issues and issue advocacy; and the mobilization of supporters, activists, and voters. (2 credits, GE) Klein 

LARTS 473 – 1984 and the Protest Against Totalitarianism
Students will read and discuss three major works in the fight against post World War II totalitarianism: Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon, Friedrich Hayek's The Road to Serfdom, and George Orwell's 1984. Together, these works provide not only a deeper understanding of the protest against massive, interventionist government in the Cold War era, but an insight into the fears about the loss of individuality, culture, and language that emerged in the wake of Hitler's destruction and Stalin's rise to world power. (1 credit, GE) Klein 

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WITHOUT CRAFTSMANSHIP, INSPIRATION IS A MERE REED SHAKEN IN THE WIND. JOHANNES BRAHMS