This course is an introduction to the elements of website design and creation for the personal website portfolio, and as a platform for virtual interactivity and art that is designed for the web. Students will be assigned projects using HTML, CSS, jQuery, and content management systems in conjunction with Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Design concepts, functionality, and best practices will be taught while looking at the history of web art and using it as a creative medium. Image capture/creation for new artwork for projects will be primarily photo and video-based. Class will be a mix of projects, lecture, demonstrations and critique. Prerequisite: ARTS 107, 320 or 321.
This course explores the social world(s) we live in by analyzing what we eat, where it comes from, who produces it, who prepares it and how. In the first few weeks of class, we examine the patterned culinary choices of Americans; how American foodways are differentiated by gender, race/ethnicity, and class; and how political, social and historical forces have shaped these patterns in ways that are not necessarily obvious to the sociologically untrained eye. We then shift our focus away from ourselves and our own sociologically conditioned eating habits to analyze the local, regional and global processes and factors that bring food to our table. A major theme is the greater social and spatial distances our food travels from field, farm or factory to consumers in the United States and in other parts of the western hemisphere, and how these distances complicate and sometimes obscure the unequal power relations at the root of food production and consumption. Our exploration of the global ties that bind consumer and producer ends with a look at how social activists around the world have organized collectively to reduce these distances and inequalities. This course counts toward the "culture and identity" or "institutions and change" requirement for the major. Prerequisite: 100-level sociology course or permission of instructor. Offered every other year.
This course examines the impact of globalization on feminist discourses that describe the cross-cultural experiences of women. Transnational feminist theories and methodologies destabilize Western feminisms, challenging notions of subjectivity and place and their connections to experiences of race, class, and gender. The course builds on four key concepts: development, democratization, cultural change and colonialism. Because transnational feminisms are represented by the development of women's global movements, the course will consider examples of women's global networks and the ways in which they destabilized concepts such as citizenship and rights. We also will examine how transnational feminisms have influenced women's productions in the fields of literature and art. Key questions include: How does the history of global feminisms affect local women's movements? What specific issues have galvanized women's movements across national and regional borders? How do feminism and critiques of colonialism and imperialism intersect? What role might feminist agendas play in addressing current global concerns? How do transnational feminisms build and sustain communities and connections to further their agendas? Prerequisite: Any WGS course or permission of instructor. Offered every other year.