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Asian American Literature (ENGL-UA 716)
This overview course examines the production of Asian American writing and literary/cultural criticism up to the present. Focuses on significant factors affecting the formation of Asian American literature and criticism, such as changing demographics of Asian American communities and the influence of ethnic, women’s, and gay/lesbian/bisexual studies. Included is a variety of genres (poetry, plays, fiction and nonfiction, literary/cultural criticism, and nontraditional forms) by writers from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Explores the ways in which the writers treat issues such as racial and ethnic identity, immigration and assimilation, gender, class, sexuality, nationalism, culture and community, history and memory, and art and political engagement.
- History of Western Art I (ARTH-UA 1)
Introduction to the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture from ancient times to the dawn of the Renaissance, emphasizing the place of the visual arts in the history of civilization. Includes the study of significant works in New York museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, and the Brooklyn Museum.
Art in Islamic World I: from Prophet to Mongols (ARTH-UA 540)
Provides an outline of Islamic material in its early and classical periods, from 650 to 1200 C.E. The period saw the initial formation of an Arab empire stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean, a decline in centralized authority, and the rise to political prominence of various North African, Iranian, and Central Asian dynasties from the 10th century onward. These political developments are reflected in the increasingly heterogeneous nature of Islamic material culture over this time span.
Sex and Gender (SCA-UA 704)
What forms does gender inequality take, and how can it best be explained? How and why are the relations between women and men changing? What are the most important social, political, and economic consequences of this “gender revolution”? The course provides answers to these questions by examining a range of theories about gender in light of empirical findings about women’s and men’s behavior.
Power & Politics in America (POL-UA 300)
A survey of national political institutions and behavior in the United States, which introduces students to a variety of analytic concepts and approaches useful for the study of domestic politics. Concepts typically covered include public goods and collective action; preference aggregation and the median voter theorem; delegation, presentation, and accountability; agenda control; inter-branch bargaining; and the mechanisms of private influence on public policy.
Intro to Sociology (SOC-UA 1)
Survey of the field of sociology: its basic concepts, theories, and research orientation. Threshold course that provides the student with insights into the social factors in human life. Topics include social interaction, socialization, culture, social structure, stratification, political power, deviance, social institutions, and social change.
Elements of Music (MUSIC-UA 20)
Explores the underlying principles and inner workings of the tonal system, a system that has guided all of Western music from the years 1600 to 1900. It includes a discussion of historical background and evolution. The focus is on concepts and notation of key, scale, tonality, and rhythm. Related skills in sight-singing, dictation, and keyboard harmony are stressed in the recitation sections.
African Dance (MPADE-UE 1542)
A survey course in African dance with accompanying songs, music, & simple instructions of the regions of West, East, Central, & South Africa.
Fundamentals of Acting I (OART-UT 1924)
An introduction to the central tools and skills that make up the actor’s art and craft. Through theatre games, structured improvisation, and beginning scene work, students will exercise their imaginations, learn how to work as an ensemble, and develop a sense of their bodies as expressive instruments. All techniques covered have been developed by the most celebrated 20th century theorists, such as Stanislavski, Grotowski, and Bogart, and are the same theories that underlie the training of the Tisch undergraduate acting conservatory. No prior experience necessary.
American Sign Language I (ASL-UE 91)
Fundamental principles of grammar & syntax, a basic vocabulary, & conventions of conversational discourse in the deaf community. Emphasis is placed on developing the visual perception skills critical to understanding ASL. Taught in a visual-manual method using no spoken English.
Introduction to Media Studies (MCC-UE 1)
Introduces students to the study of contemporary forms of mediated communication. The course surveys the main topics in the field and introduces students to a variety of analytical perspectives. Issues include the economics of media production; the impact of media on individual attitudes, values, and behaviors; the role of media professionals, and the impact of new media technologies.
Introduction to Photography I (ART-UE 301)
Introduction to the use of photography as a medium of documentation & expression. Assignments & critiques enhance the development of individual work while developing photographic skills & techniques. Student provide their own cameras. Enlargers & photographic chemicals are provided in class.