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 423 – Holocaust: Germany and the Destruction of the European Jews
This course will examine the German program of genocide from 1933 until 1945, focusing on the rise of fascist and anti-Semitic ideology, the political successes of Hitler and his National Socialist Party, the creation of the Nazi totalitarian regime, and the construction of that regime’s supposed enemies – critics, outsiders, social deviants, and, above all, Jews. We will then turn to the program of ‘the final solution’: how it emerged out of the chaos of Nazi ambitions, when it became policy, where it was carried out, who exercised responsibility, and why a program of such violence and destruction met so little resistance. Students will analyze the roles of perpetrators, victims, and bystanders to understand better the implications of this genocide, both for modern Germany and for politics in the 21st century. (2 credits, GE) Klein