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OSPOXFRD 15: British Architecture and the Renaissance: 1500-1850

The influence of classicism and the Renaissance. Insights into European art and architecture and the history of Britain from the Tudor era to the Industrial Revolution. Study trips to London and elsewhere in England.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Tyack, G. (PI)

OSPOXFRD 17: Novels of Sensation: Gothic, Detective Story, Prohibition, and Transgression in Victorian Fiction

Literary and moral value of transgressive sub-genres of the novel; what they reveal about Victorian society's anxiety over prohibited elements in the domestic and public spheres. Sources include gothic and detective novels.
Terms: Aut | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Plaskitt, E. (PI)

OSPOXFRD 18: Making Public Policy: An Introduction to Political Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

UK and U.S. What should society look like? How should incomes be distributed? How should it be taxed? How much inequality is acceptable? The overlap of economics with practical politics through political philosophy behind the government decisions; how public policy ought to be formulated. Issues include poverty, environmental policy, trade and globalization, and transport.
Terms: Win | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, GER:EC-GlobalCom | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

OSPOXFRD 21: British and American English: History, Dialects, and Structure

Differences between U.S. and British dialects of English. History of English language, noting the factors which have led to similarities and divergences among the English spoken in the UK and the United States. Variation in English as it is used by different people and groups of people and attitudes toward language variation. Introduction to core concepts in linguistics, which focuses on rigorous study of language as a social, historical, grammatical, and cognitive phenomenon.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-4 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Lassiter, D. (PI)

OSPOXFRD 22: British Politics Past and Present

The political system of the United Kingdom; contemporary scholarly debates about UK politics and the UK constitution; and critical analysis of these debates and of current issues in UK politics (including constitutional reform), using contemporary political science and political theory.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Peterson, S. (PI)

OSPOXFRD 24: British and American Constitutional Systems in Comparative Perspective

Introduction to the study of constitutions and constitutional systems of government. The workings of the British and American systems of government. Comparative study of the most important constitutional issues facing Britain and the U.S. such as how suspected terrorists should be treated in a time of war. How to think about fundamental constitutional questions.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

OSPOXFRD 25: Topics in Language and Cognition

Independent study tailored to students' interests in topics related to language studies, linguistic theory, and cognitive science. Possible topics include formal theories of grammar and meaning; discourse pragmatics; pragmatics and sociolinguistics; philosophy of language; cognitive science of language; psycholinguistics; and the grammatical structure of specific languages (instructor's knowledge extends to English, German, French, Spanish, Latin, and ancient Greek, but self-motivated students should not hesitate to choose other languages to research). Weekly meetings to discuss research directions, set goals and review progress.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Lassiter, D. (PI)

OSPOXFRD 27: Medical Ethics through Literature and Film

Readings by authors who were or are physicians including Anton Chekhov, Mikhail Bulgakov, William Carlos Williams, Audry Shafer, and Atul Gawande - poems, short and long fiction. Works about medicine or characters who have medical conditions affecting their lives and interactions with others. Practice of medicine and its effects on both physicians and patients, with attention to the ethical and moral issues intrinsic to health and disease. We will also consider movies and plays. Topics: doctor patient relationship; infectious disease such as plague and TB; mental illness; death and dying; disability; surgery.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Giffard, R. (PI)

OSPOXFRD 34: American and British Politics: a Critical Comparison

Similarities and differences in American and English political institutions, political practice, political parties, public opinion and policy outcomes. How and why do differences arise: what role do we ascribe to political institutions, history, culture or caprice? Just how different is the American experience from the corresponding outcome in England and how might have "things turned out differently"? Topics include parliament vs Congress, the Crown vs the Executive, policy differences spanning economic inequality and the welfare state, health care, criminal justice, innovation and entrepreneurism, parochialism, cosmopolitanism and anti-Americanism, regionalism.
Terms: Win | Units: 5 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Jackman, S. (PI)

OSPOXFRD 55: Independent Study

Possible independent study topics: (1) differences between the structure and roles of political parties in Westminister and the U.S. Congress; (2) mapping the structure of British public opinion, examining particular interests in social class, the size of role of government, racial prejudice, immigration and Europe; (3) the role of re-districting in both the United States and the United Kingdom, looking at extent of partisan gerrymandering and malapportionment in both countries; (4) voter turnout and political participation in Britain and the United States; (5) new and old media in British politics and public opinion; (6) origins and history of policy differences between Britain and the United States.
Terms: Win | Units: 5 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Jackman, S. (PI)
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