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OSPOXFRD 40: Migration, Forced Displacement, and Human Rights

Contemporary life is hard to imagine without migration and mobility. As an almost constant topic in our political discourse, the movement of people across borders is not one of the most policed areas of modern life. This course will introduce you to some of the topics central to understanding the global migration regime and help you to understand how it fits into the broader framework of human rights protection. We will consider various aspects of migration and mobility, including forced displacement, securitization, border controls, immobility, climate change, and queer displacement.
Terms: Sum | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI

OSPOXFRD 41: Western Thought: Origins of Twentieth Century Semiotics

Story of semiotic exploration, its contributions to literary critical theory, Marxist critique and feminist critique, in development of twentieth century thought. Close look at principle authors and circumstances that engendered their writings. Questions about the relationship between thought and environment, and between ideology and action raised by looking at the way twentieth century events influenced thinkers to consider the purposes of language in society, in identity , and in authority.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II, WAY-SI

OSPOXFRD 61: Entrepreneurship in the Arts

What is it like to start your own company? Creative industries and arts consulting are often overlooked by those with an entrepreneurial spirit. Changemakers, meanwhile, look onto big arts institutions with exasperation. This course teaches the fundamentals of starting an arts business from the ground up, and offers students a chance to meet successful entrepreneurs in the UK and learn from their experiences
Terms: Sum | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI

OSPOXFRD 67: Pandemics in Cultural Context

A pandemic is a biological and medical event, but it is also a social one. Medical anthropology studies these intersections and the biosocial and cultural dimensions of health, illness, and disease. This course uses anthropological theory, social science research methods, writing across the humanities, and visual representations to help us understand infectious disease. We will explore broad debates in medical anthropology, though the focus will remain on recent pandemics. In this course, we will explore and unpack many large questions which shape our lives: what is it to be ill? To be healthy? How do we experience and narrate pain and illness, and how might others do so differently? How might health disparities and outcomes be culturally created? In probing these questions, this course will provide students with a framework for critically engaging with discourse on infectious diseases, as well as approaching the social challenges illuminated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Through this course we will learn to approach disease and illness within their specific cultural, political, economic, and ecological contexts.
Terms: Sum | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-ED, WAY-SI

OSPOXFRD 76: Access, Distinction and Material Culture through Coffee

Each object we come in contact with over the course of any given day brings with it its own accumulation of significances and histories, and helps us to shape our identities. The study of things and their constituent materials is a means to examine exchange, power, identity, and the practices through which things become meaningful. Through the close inspection of a single good we can see the complex accumulation and contestation of themes, meanings, and global connections. Issues of access, inequality, and social capital as explored through the world of goods, beginning with a globally-traded commodity with a rich local history: coffee.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI
Instructors: Parrish, S. (PI)

OSPOXFRD 77: Reading and Influencing People

Understanding and managing human behavior dynamics in the negotiation process. Topics include understanding and influencing leverage, communicating effectively, differentiating interests from positions, using effective table tactics, and optimally closing the deal. Pedagogical goal: systematic understanding of the dynamics individuals typically use in negotiations. Lectures, followed by simulations to combine theory with practice. Intellectual and experiential learning integrated through combination of readings, presentations, and simulations.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI

OSPOXFRD 93: Collecting the World

The art, science, and culture of the creation, transmission and collection of valuable, useful and informative objects and texts before the twentieth century, and the associated theories, purposes, and methods for collecting `worldly' goods and other valuables. Means by which local academic practices engaged with global developments in the arts and sciences through examination of primarily early modern material and intellectual culture in and around Oxfordshire. Assessments of quality, meaning, usage, cultural significance and the reception of material ¿treasures¿ in the storage rooms, vaults, and on display in museums, galleries, and libraries.
Last offered: Autumn 2020 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II, WAY-SI

OSPOXFRD 99: Unsettling Museum Spaces: Decolonisation, Diversity, and Discourse.

The past year has presented serious challenges to those who work in cultural heritage, not only has tourism and site attendance been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but social justice movements have raised critical awareness of these sites. What is the purpose of the museum? This course explores the ways the British museum sector has adapted and responded to criticism, and analyses the underlying purpose of cultural sites. This course invites students to learn about british history while also learning about objections to its typical portrayal in the public spaces of britain.
Terms: Sum | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II, WAY-SI

OSPOXFRD 117W: Gender and Social Change in Modern Britain

Changes in the social institutions, attitudes, and values in Britain over the past 20 years with specific reference to shifts in gender relations. Demographic, economic and social factors; review of theoretical ideas. Men's and women's shifting roles in a fast-moving society.
Last offered: Autumn 2020 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, GER:EC-Gender, WAY-ED, WAY-SI

OSPPARIS 18: Health Policy and Health Care System Design

This course examines the structures of health care systems, from the perspective of the choices that those designing health care systems face. Topics include the overall goals of health care systems, health insurance programs and government programs financing care, the structure and organization of health care providers like doctor practices and hospitals, provider payment, patient cost sharing, coverage of new and emerging treatments and technology, and quality improvement. We particularly emphasize examples from the US and France.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI
Instructors: Baker, L. (PI)
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