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OSPCPTWN 49: Water in South Africa: Human Right, Public Trust, or Market Commodity?

History of South Africa's current water policies and its approach to the management of its water resources, guaranteeing all citizens a "minimum basic quantity of water" - a human right to water - as well as providing for "ecological water reserves" to meet environmental needs. Market concepts to help meet its water goals. How is South Africa doing in meeting its water goals and what policy measures might better realize those goals? Meetings with local and national water officials, non-profit leaders, and water users to discuss the water challenges that the nation faces.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-SI
Instructors: Thompson, B. (PI)

OSPCPTWN 54: Monuments and Memory

Required course. How do particular Eastern Cape historical sites reflect the history of South Africa? How have the objects of public memory changed over time? In what ways, and to what ends are people and events remembered today? What kinds of personal identities are involved? Critical engagement with the concept of heritage and its institutions, private and public (incl. National Heritage Council, SA Heritage Resource Agency, and various museums). Focus on Eastern Cape sites, via week-long field trip, which will include Qunu; Albany; Port Elizabeth; King Williams Town; and Alice.
Terms: Sum | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-SI
Instructors: Parker, G. (PI)

OSPCPTWN 68: Cities in the 21st Century: Urbanization, Globalization and Security

Cities in a globalizing world. Themes: challenges posed by globalization; general and specific responses of cities to these challenges; security issues created by globalization and urbanization. Concerns related to food security, resource availability, and threat of political instability. Policies recommended by World Bank. Case study method.
Terms: Sum | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, GER:EC-GlobalCom, WAY-SI

OSPFLOR 25: Italian Food: A Cultural History

Why is Italian cooking so popular? And why does it play such a key role in the national identity?nObserving a meal, we can explain everything, or almost, about people. Eating is a universal experience. However, not only we do not eat the same things but also the ways, places and times we eat change according to traditions and habits. The culture of food is deeply embedded in history.nThis course will use documentary sources as well as art, literature, cultural studies, statistical data, and movies to describe how meals can paint a fresco of the history of Italians and their food.nEconomy, culture, class, gender, race, geography, international relations: all have a part in depicting the outline of this history of Italian food in the last 150 years. And all raise questions: how can food mark social differences, set cultural boundaries, raise ethical and religious controversies, involve agribusiness and politics, question our own identities? A tasty travel to the very roots of our human sociality.
Terms: Spr | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, GER:EC-GlobalCom, WAY-SI

OSPFLOR 46: Images of Evil in Criminal Law: Icons and the Visual Representation on Wrongdoing

Iconographic component of criminal law; reasons and functions of the visual representation of criminal wrongdoing. Historical roots of "evil typecasting;" consideration of its variations with respect to common law and civil law systems. Fundamental features of the two legal systems. Sources, actors, enforcement mechanisms of the criminal law compared; study of cases in the area of murder, sex offences, organized crime and terrorism. Different techniques of image typecasting highlighted and discussed. International criminal law, which takes the burden to describe, typecast and punish forms of "enormous, disproportionate evil," such as genocide and other mass atrocities.
Terms: Aut | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-ER
Instructors: Papa, M. (PI)

OSPFLOR 78: The Impossible Experiment: Politics and Policies of the New European Union

Institutional design of EU, forthcoming changes, and comparison of the old and new designs. Interactions between the EU, member states, organized interests, and public opinion. Major policies of the EU that affect economics such as competition or cohesion policies, market deregulation, and single currency. Consequences of the expansion eastwards. The role of institutions as a set of constraints and opportunities for the economic actors; relationships between political developments and economic change in the context of regional integration; lessons for other parts of the world.
Terms: Win | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, GER:EC-GlobalCom, WAY-SI
Instructors: Baracani, E. (PI)

OSPISTAN 61: State and Society in the Middle East

Introduction to the politics and history of the Modern Middle. Involvement of western "Great Powers" in the region as well as internal political, social and economic dynamics of the Middle Eastern societies. Major social and political issues transforming the lives of people in the region in a radical fashion including: Ottoman and Qajar modernization efforts in the 19th century; World War I; the rise of colonial regimes; authoritarian reforms of local elites; increasing involvement of Cold War- era superpowers in numerous conflict areas; Palestine-Israeli conflict; the Islamic Revolution in Iran; the Gulf Crisis and the American occupation of Iraq; and 'Arab Spring'
Terms: Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, GER:EC-GlobalCom

OSPISTAN 65: Comparative Political Economy of Emerging Powers

Political economy account of the rise of emerging powers. Topics include: contemporary debates on political economy of the late industrialization; relationship between development and democracy; relationship between state and the economy; importance of institutions in the development process; rise of BRICS and near-BRICS in the changing global order. Theoretical themes are applied to the case studies of China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia and Poland; the political economy of Turkey in comparative perspective.
Terms: Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, GER:DB-SocSci

OSPISTAN 68: Istanbul: Space, Memory, and Protest

City of Istanbul as a dynamic social and historical space. How people live in socially cosmopolitan, historically contested, and politically vibrant cities in a global context. Topics include: the complex history of urban development in the city; the cultural and religious orientations of its neighborhoods; competing memories of violence and belonging; and the enduring culture of protests, which have oriented political activity in Istanbul since its foundation. Field research projects in the city.
Terms: Win | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, GER:EC-GlobalCom

OSPKYOTO 27: Japanese Popular Culture

Introduction to forms and categories of Japanese popular culture including: Japanese movies and television, animation and manga, magazines, newspapers and other printed materials, characters and product brands, sports and other entertainment industries, music and idols, fashion, food and drink, consumer goods, shopping malls and other places for consumption. Using a cultural studies framework, analyze these various forms of popular culture considering the following: different groups in society; historical variability; industry, government and media interests; and advertising policies.
Terms: Win, Spr | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, GER:EC-GlobalCom, WAY-SI
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