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OSPGEN 12: "Uttermost Part of the Earth" The Intersection of Nature and the Human Enterprise in Patagonia

Field-based course introducing the environmental setting and the natural resources of southern Patagonia as well as current issues in fisheries, energy, ranching, and development. The coupled human-natural systems of Patagonia provide a unique lens to explore broader resource management and conservation issues. Curriculum includes field explorations, classroom lectures, and community engaged learning in which students will meet government officials, fishermen and fish processing plant operators, ranchers, tour operators, and local conservationists. Students will complete team-based research projects using Stanford resources in Patagonia. Location: Southern Patagonia (Argentina and Chile).
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

OSPGEN 15: Volcanoes, Roman Concrete and Archaeology

The purpose of this multidisciplinary course is to expose students to the interactions between the natural hazards in Southern Italy and the engineering of more durable and sustainable materials from the engineering of the Roman maritime concrete to Martian sulfur concrete. The seminar will be a journey inside volcanoes and a walking tour through the archaeological sites of Greek and Roman age. Students will learn about natural disasters, properties of rocks and geomaterials used for construction, and how these materials have been used to build many of the long-lasting, ancient monuments and cities and will be likely used for planetary shelters and habitats of tomorrow.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Vanorio, T. (PI)

OSPGEN 17: Building Trust in Autonomy: Research Experiences in Edinburgh

Major advances in both hardware and software have accelerated the development of autonomous systems that have the potential to bring significant benefits to society. How do we build these systems that, for example, drive our cars, fly our planes, and invest our money? How do we develop trust in these systems? What is the societal impact of increased levels of autonomy?
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

OSPGEN 32: The Copenhagen-Stockholm Trans-Idiomatic Arts Practicum

Reflection on the difference between "home" and "away" through the prism of art. Review arts events throughout Copenhagen and Stockholm in varying media and create similarly varied original art projects in response. Lectures, discussion, "atelier laboratories," walking tours, and regional field trips. Location: Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

OSPGEN 71: Megacity: The Many Lives of Delhi

Delhi is the ancient capital of empires in North India, of colonial India and independent India. The city has more than 20 million people and is projected to reach 30 million in a decade. Along with fifteen students from the new liberal arts Ashoka University in the city, we will explore the city¿s history and rapid development, its dynamism and incredible diversity. Mixing class room instruction by Stanford and Ashoka faculty, guest lectures by eminent academics and daily excursions, we will meet planners, community leaders in the slums, religious groups, social justice activists, NGOs, police officers and local entrepreneurs. We will also visit the Taj Mahal and the modern planned city of Chandigarh.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: Hansen, T. (PI)

OSPGEN 72: Heritage of the Serenissima: An Archaeo-Historic Tour Through the Venetian Empire

Unique view of the Venetian Republic, based on an archaeo-historic contextualization of key themes that inspired "the birthplace of capitalism". The course integrates thematic concentrations on trade, environment, and heritage. Students will be guided through the ways in which the military and labor history of Venice shaped its growth into one of the most important mercantile centers in medieval Europe. Complementing this "grand narrative". students will also be provided with a detailed account of daily life, revealed through the rich archaeological record of the region.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Seetah, K. (PI)

OSPGEN 73: Desert Biogeography and Culture of Namibia

Desert Biogeography of Namibia focuses on the remarkable organisms of the Namibian arid zones and the unique adaptations make life possible in water limiting environments. Sample topics will include the desert-adapted elephants and lions, Welwitschia ¿forests¿, fairy circles, desolate pans, ¿life at the waterhole¿, and colonial sociable weaver birds. We will see how deserts resemble islands in terms of the impacts of isolation and how anthropogenic and nonanthropogenic effects perturb this isolation and bring change to these ecosystems. We will also compare the various arid regions which make up an impressive 33% of the Earth¿s land surface area. We will examine some of the tradition and modern human adaptations needed to inhabit one of the least densely populated countries in the world. Embarking on a mobile field seminar, we will have the opportunity to observe these effects first hand creating an unforgettable learning environment. Students should be prepared to complete a prefield more »
Desert Biogeography of Namibia focuses on the remarkable organisms of the Namibian arid zones and the unique adaptations make life possible in water limiting environments. Sample topics will include the desert-adapted elephants and lions, Welwitschia ¿forests¿, fairy circles, desolate pans, ¿life at the waterhole¿, and colonial sociable weaver birds. We will see how deserts resemble islands in terms of the impacts of isolation and how anthropogenic and nonanthropogenic effects perturb this isolation and bring change to these ecosystems. We will also compare the various arid regions which make up an impressive 33% of the Earth¿s land surface area. We will examine some of the tradition and modern human adaptations needed to inhabit one of the least densely populated countries in the world. Embarking on a mobile field seminar, we will have the opportunity to observe these effects first hand creating an unforgettable learning environment. Students should be prepared to complete a prefield seminar in winter quarter, to study under challenging conditions, sharing close living quarters. Free time is quite limited and students are expected to fully participate in all seminar activities. Assignments include student presentations; daily observations, journaling, and discussion; and a comprehensive dossier at the end of the course.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: Siegel, R. (PI)

OSPGEN 74: St. Petersburg: Imagining a City, Building a City

St. Petersburg, the world's most beautiful city, was designed to display an 18th-century autocrat's power and to foster ties between Russia and the West on the tsar's terms. It went through devastating floods and a deadly siege; it birthed the Petersburg myth, poems and prose that explore the force of the state and the individual's ability to resist. This class addresses the struggle between the authorities and the inhabitants; the treacherous natural environment; the city as a node in national and international networks of communication; the development of urban transportation networks; and the supply of goods
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

OSPGEN 76: The Ending of the First World War and the Shaping of the 20th Century

This seminar examines the military and political ending of the First World War. It looks narrowly at why the killing stopped between the great powers in 1918 and more broadly at the peace agreement forged at Versailles. The seminar will look at the 1920s and how key signatories to the peace abandoned their commitments to Versailles, setting in motion the rise of Fascism and Nazism. Based in London the seminar will focus on British views of the end of the war ¿ as registered in literature, art, and memoire, as well as political and historical accounts and documents. Students will be expected to do archival research during their time in London.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

OSPGEN 78: Soccer and Rugby in South Africa: A Racial Divide and Future Transformation

A superficial analysis of the compositions of the most recent South Africa World Cup soccer and rugby teams would indicate that soccer is largely a sport for those of African origin whereas the latter is populated by those of European descent. Likewise the support for these two sports appears to show similar demographics and proportionality. This course then proposes to examine the depth to which these notions are true, and if so, the historical and societal factors which play a role in this apparent divide. It is expected that, like any close scrutiny of aspects of culture in South Africa, the real situation is much more complex, but by focusing on two of the country¿s most popular pastimes aspects of the structure of modern South African society can be revealed. Any relevance to our own society and sports will in addition be sought.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Sinclair, R. (PI)
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