Course Schedule for Spring 2017


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LSHV-399-01

Foundation: A Sense of Place: Values and Identity

The Romans called it genius loci. Modern thinkers and writers call it “a sense of place.” Today, diverse disciplines are rekindling an awareness of the importance of the concept of place. Prominent poets, novelists, historians, architects, geographers, literary critics, folklorists, preservationists, and urbanists/communitarians are exploring place’s significance to their disciplines, their visions of society, and in their personal lives. And now twenty-first century neuroscientists are offering new perspectives into the cause and effect of place. “Place Matters” was the title of the 2015 Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs’ annual conference. Place is not mere geography. It is a cerebral and emotional blend of associations, an awareness that is part physical, part science, and part history, culture and social memory, an affective bond between people and place or settings. Place can take the form of a community, a neighborhood, a building, a room, or a memory site. It can be Walden Pond, Old Faithful, or Huck Finn’s raft on the Mississippi, the Land of Oz, or Camelot. Some find place in a flag, a ceremony, a ritual, a dish of food, a song, or an event. Ground Zero, Little Big Horn, Chartres Cathedral, Julia Child’s kitchen, or a small town’s park or library can be a place. So can your grandfather’s workshop or an author’s oeuvre such as Wendell Berry’s Port William, KY or Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County, MS. It can have meaning to a person, a community, a nation, or mankind. The United Nations designates over nine hundred “world heritage sites.” In sum, place is a way of understanding the world and ourselves.

Note: 150 minutes of distance learning required. Attendance at first class strongly advised. Follow Mon/Wed rule. First class session is Wed., Jan. 18.

  • Course #: LSHV-399-01
  • CRN: 30197
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Yonkers, C.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:
  • Syllabus: Download

LSHV-453-01

The Book of Genesis: Literature, Ethics, and Theology

To quote the flyleaf from Robert Alter’s translation of Genesis, which we will use in class: “Genesis begins with the making of heaven and earth and all life, and ends with the image of a mummy – Joseph’s – in a coffin. In between come many of the primal stories in Western culture: Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden, Cain’s murder of Abel, Noah and the Flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham’s binding of Isaac, the covenant of God and Abraham, the saga of Joseph and his brothers. These are stories we attend to throughout our lives, for their beauty, their emotional resonance, their philosophical weight, and their sacredness. They connect us with one another and with generations to come.” In this course we will explore together the stories from the book of Genesis, with special attention to their literary quality, their ethical content, and their theological implications.

Note: Attendance at first class strongly advised.

  • Course #: LSHV-453-01
  • CRN: 31903
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Linafelt, T.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:
    • Thu 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Reiss, Room 281
  • Syllabus: Download

LSHV-455-01

Classics in the Catholic Tradition

Students will be introduced to classic texts from the Catholic tradition. Although the course will proceed chronologically through the Christian centuries, the approach will be more systematic than historical: each work will be considered as yet another realization of a momentous and foundational religious event.

Note: Attendance at first class strongly advised. Follows Mon/Wed rule. First class session is Jan. 18.

  • Course #: LSHV-455-01
  • CRN: 31904
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: O'Brien, W.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:
  • Syllabus: Download

LSHV-911-02

DLS Directed Reading/Research

The Directed Reading course requires that a professor determine with the student the nature and number of reading materials and research required to satisfy the goal of that particular course. Students may further strengthen their reading and their pending thesis through the creation of no more than three Directed Reading courses, and no more than two of these courses with the same professor, after consultation with and approval by the DLS Director. The Directed Reading course professor must hold an advanced degree beyond the master’s level. Upon completion and approval of the Directed Reading course proposal by the professor and the DLS Director, the student forwards the form with approvals to the GLSP Assistant Dean who sets up the course with the Registrar and requests enrollment of the student.

  • Course #: LSHV-911-02
  • CRN: 32712
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: McCabe, D.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

LSHV-911-03

DLS Directed Reading/Research

The Directed Reading course requires that a professor determine with the student the nature and number of reading materials and research required to satisfy the goal of that particular course. Students may further strengthen their reading and their pending thesis through the creation of no more than three Directed Reading courses, and no more than two of these courses with the same professor, after consultation with and approval by the DLS Director. The Directed Reading course professor must hold an advanced degree beyond the master’s level. Upon completion and approval of the Directed Reading course proposal by the professor and the DLS Director, the student forwards the form with approvals to the GLSP Assistant Dean who sets up the course with the Registrar and requests enrollment of the student.

  • Course #: LSHV-911-03
  • CRN: 32947
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Moran Cruz, J.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

LSHV-911-05

DLS Directed Reading/Research

The Directed Reading course requires that a professor determine with the student the nature and number of reading materials and research required to satisfy the goal of that particular course. Students may further strengthen their reading and their pending thesis through the creation of no more than three Directed Reading courses, and no more than two of these courses with the same professor, after consultation with and approval by the DLS Director. The Directed Reading course professor must hold an advanced degree beyond the master’s level. Upon completion and approval of the Directed Reading course proposal by the professor and the DLS Director, the student forwards the form with approvals to the GLSP Assistant Dean who sets up the course with the Registrar and requests enrollment of the student.

  • Course #: LSHV-911-05
  • CRN: 32977
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Moran Cruz, J.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

LSHV-911-04

DLS Directed Reading/Research

The Directed Reading course requires that a professor determine with the student the nature and number of reading materials and research required to satisfy the goal of that particular course. Students may further strengthen their reading and their pending thesis through the creation of no more than three Directed Reading courses, and no more than two of these courses with the same professor, after consultation with and approval by the DLS Director. The Directed Reading course professor must hold an advanced degree beyond the master’s level. Upon completion and approval of the Directed Reading course proposal by the professor and the DLS Director, the student forwards the form with approvals to the GLSP Assistant Dean who sets up the course with the Registrar and requests enrollment of the student.

  • Course #: LSHV-911-04
  • CRN: 32976
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

LSHV-911-06

DLS Directed Reading/Research

The Directed Reading course requires that a professor determine with the student the nature and number of reading materials and research required to satisfy the goal of that particular course. Students may further strengthen their reading and their pending thesis through the creation of no more than three Directed Reading courses, and no more than two of these courses with the same professor, after consultation with and approval by the DLS Director. The Directed Reading course professor must hold an advanced degree beyond the master’s level. Upon completion and approval of the Directed Reading course proposal by the professor and the DLS Director, the student forwards the form with approvals to the GLSP Assistant Dean who sets up the course with the Registrar and requests enrollment of the student.

  • Course #: LSHV-911-06
  • CRN: 33046
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

LSHV-911-07

DLS Directed Reading/Research

The Directed Reading course requires that a professor determine with the student the nature and number of reading materials and research required to satisfy the goal of that particular course. Students may further strengthen their reading and their pending thesis through the creation of no more than three Directed Reading courses, and no more than two of these courses with the same professor, after consultation with and approval by the DLS Director. The Directed Reading course professor must hold an advanced degree beyond the master’s level. Upon completion and approval of the Directed Reading course proposal by the professor and the DLS Director, the student forwards the form with approvals to the GLSP Assistant Dean who sets up the course with the Registrar and requests enrollment of the student.

  • Course #: LSHV-911-07
  • CRN: 33047
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Reynolds, T.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

LSHV-911-01

DLS Directed Reading/Research

The Directed Reading course requires that a professor determine with the student the nature and number of reading materials and research required to satisfy the goal of that particular course. Students may further strengthen their reading and their pending thesis through the creation of no more than three Directed Reading courses, and no more than two of these courses with the same professor, after consultation with and approval by the DLS Director. The Directed Reading course professor must hold an advanced degree beyond the master’s level. Upon completion and approval of the Directed Reading course proposal by the professor and the DLS Director, the student forwards the form with approvals to the GLSP Assistant Dean who sets up the course with the Registrar and requests enrollment of the student.

  • Course #: LSHV-911-01
  • CRN: 30866
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Collins, M.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

LSHV-602-01

DLS Foundational Love, Death, and God: From the Bible through the Renaissance

“The approach taken in the Foundational courses is primarily historical….their goal is to make the student aware of the complex historical dynamics of cultural evolution by careful analysis of selected episodes of important cultural conflict, continuity, and change, so as to identify the multiple interactions of the subject matters of traditional academic disciplines in such episodes…Such interdisciplinary inquiry is designed to produce a style of questioning that more realistically corresponds to the actual dynamics of human cultural development throughout history.” Handbook, p. 9 In this course we will focus on the relationship between text and context in Europe within a global framework. The discipline of history investigates the ways in which human society experiences change and continuity. It provides, through generations of historians, working, for the most part, in a collegial fashion, an increasingly complex context for understanding the human story. The thematic focus of the course will be on the interaction of rulers and religion, what is today called the relationship between church and state. The organization of the course is around texts and contexts between the time of the Roman Empire to the early modern period in European history as we approach the rise of religious toleration and the Enlightenment.

Note: 2nd DLS Foundational Seminar, must take in sequence. Attendance at first class strongly advised.


LSHV-604-01

DLS Foundational The Challenge of Postmodernism

The fourth and final required foundational course focuses on the period from roughly 1850 to the present, loosely characterized as “postmodern.” This course covers issues from an interdisciplinary perspective because the realities of cultural evolution and conflict demonstrate the interaction of economic, political, religious, moral, scientific and aesthetic forces, as well as other factors peculiar to particular societies and time periods. Specific topics, texts, thematic emphases, and approaches to these periods may vary. Course may not be repeated for credit. Pre-Requisites: LSHV 601; LSHV 602; LSHV 603

Note: 4th DLS Foundational Seminar, must take in sequence. Attendance at first class strongly advised.


LSHV-990-01

DLS Qualifying Exam

This section of DLS Qualifying Exam Prep is intended for students who have enrolled in the program primarily on a part-time basis (3-6 credits per semester) and who intend to complete their DLS Qualifying Exam at a similar pace. This section counts as Half-Time Status. Notes: DLS students only. 36 hrs completed. Student provides exam checklist to Asst. Dean by Sept. 15th. Course certifies half-time status Repeatable course Fall and Spring terms with DLS Director approval

Note: Halftime status. Repeatable in fall and spring terms. DLS students must have 36 earned credit hours prior to the Spring 2017 semester.

  • Course #: LSHV-990-01
  • CRN: 26557
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Glucklich, A.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

LSHV-990-02

DLS Qualifying Exam

This section of DLS Qualifying Exam Prep is intended for students who have enrolled in the program primarily on a part-time basis (3-6 credits per semester) and who intend to complete their DLS Qualifying Exam at a similar pace. This section counts as Half-Time Status. Notes: DLS students only. 36 hrs completed. Student provides exam checklist to Asst. Dean by Sept. 15th. Course certifies half-time status Repeatable course Fall and Spring terms with DLS Director approval

Note: Course certifies Full-Time status. Repeatable in Fall and Spring terms with DLS director approval. DLS students must have 36 earned credit hours prior to the Spring 2017 semester. Full-time status carries an automatic Health Insurance Fee. Contact Student Health Services if requesting a waiver.

  • Course #: LSHV-990-02
  • CRN: 30209
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Glucklich, A.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

LSHV-995-01

DLS Thesis Proposal/Thesis Writing

After successful completion of the Qualifying Examination, the DLS student reviews carefully the The Graduate Liberal Studies Guidelines for Thesis Writers, liberalstudies.georgetown.edu/DLS students/resources/thesis, downloads the DLS Thesis Proposal Form and registers for DLS Thesis Proposal Preparation/Thesis Writing in either the fall or spring term following the successful completion of the DLS Qualifying Examinations. During or prior to that semester the student, with the assistance of the DLS Director as needed, determines the tentative thesis topic and the three faculty members representing research areas appropriate to the topic. These faculty constitute the student’s Doctoral Thesis Committee, a Chair and two Readers. In general the Thesis Proposal includes an explanation and an outline of the topic of study, a preliminary bibliography, a suggested table of contents, and any special methodologies. Upon determining the topic and Thesis Committee and by mid-semester, the student must set a date for the “oral defense” of the completed Thesis Proposal by an examining board whose members are the student’s Thesis Committee and the members of the DLS Executive committee. Upon final approval of the Thesis Proposal the student proceeds with the research and writing of the Doctoral Thesis. Students registered for DLS Thesis Proposal Prep./Thesis Writing are encouraged during that semester to participate in the two session (Saturday and one evening) DLS Thesis Proposal Workshop which is offered once each Fall and Spring semester

Note: Half-time status Repeatable course, Fall and Spring terms.

  • Course #: LSHV-995-01
  • CRN: 20578
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Glucklich, A.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

LSHV-996-01

DLS Thesis Writing

The Doctor of Liberal Studies thesis is expected to demonstrate a level of competence and academic rigor in the field of interdisciplinary studies comparable to, though distinct from, the equivalent level of competence and rigor expected in a Ph.D. thesis in a disciplinary field. Topics are limited to the liberal arts and social sciences and must be approved by the DLS Director. The Doctoral Thesis represents the creative synthesis of primary sources and secondary materials. Students must follow the Graduate Liberal Studies Guidelines for Thesis Writers provided each student upon successful completion of the Qualifying Examination for steps and procedures in the preparation and defense of the Thesis Proposal as well as the submission, defense, and approval of the DLS thesis. The Guidelines are also online, liberalstudies.georgetown.edu/DLS students/resources/thesis. Additionally, the student must follow the “rules” of manuscript preparation according to the methods provided in A Manual for Writers, 8th edition, Kate Turabian, in particular, the choice of one of the two suggested styles for citations.

Note: Half-time status Repeatable course, Fall and Spring terms. Final online Proquest approval is April 15, 2017. following successful Thesis Defense. Must have successfully defended Thesis Proposal on file from previous Fall or Spring semester.

  • Course #: LSHV-996-01
  • CRN: 20579
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Glucklich, A.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

LSHV-996-02

DLS Thesis Writing

The Doctor of Liberal Studies thesis is expected to demonstrate a level of competence and academic rigor in the field of interdisciplinary studies comparable to, though distinct from, the equivalent level of competence and rigor expected in a Ph.D. thesis in a disciplinary field. Topics are limited to the liberal arts and social sciences and must be approved by the DLS Director. The Doctoral Thesis represents the creative synthesis of primary sources and secondary materials. Students must follow the Graduate Liberal Studies Guidelines for Thesis Writers provided each student upon successful completion of the Qualifying Examination for steps and procedures in the preparation and defense of the Thesis Proposal as well as the submission, defense, and approval of the DLS thesis. The Guidelines are also online, liberalstudies.georgetown.edu/DLS students/resources/thesis. Additionally, the student must follow the “rules” of manuscript preparation according to the methods provided in A Manual for Writers, 8th edition, Kate Turabian, in particular, the choice of one of the two suggested styles for citations.

Note: Course certifies Full-Time status. Repeatable in Fall and Spring terms. Final online Proquest approval is April 15, 2017 following successful Thesis defense. Full-time status carries an automatic Health Insurance Fee. Contact Student Health Services if requesting a waiver. Must have successfully defended thesis proposal in previous semester.

  • Course #: LSHV-996-02
  • CRN: 30211
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Glucklich, A.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

LSHV-378-01

Path to the Future: The U.S. in the 21st Century World

In 1941, the publisher Henry Luce predicted the coming of what he called the “American Century.” According to Luce, the time had arrived for Americans “to accept wholeheartedly our duty and our opportunity as the most powerful and vital nation of the world and in consequence to assert upon the world the full impact of our influence, for such means as we see fit.” In the decades that followed, many Americans enthusiastically accepted this challenge and the remaining decades of the 20th century bore witness to their efforts. But what have been the consequences for the United States, and the world, in the “present”? Although much of the attention directed toward US foreign policy in the last several years has been focused the “War on Terrorism,” a vast number of other significant issues also present the United States with challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. While not ignoring the “War on Terrorism,” this course also will examine some of the other areas of policy as a means of assessing the current global status of the United States and providing insight regarding its “path to the future.”

Note: Attendance at first class strongly advised. Follow Mon/Wed rule. First class session is Wed, Jan. 18.

  • Course #: LSHV-378-01
  • CRN: 31900
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Wall, M.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:
  • Syllabus: Download

LSHV-394-01   Canceled

The Court, The Constitution, and the Shaping of the American Nation

Tracing the development of the United States through the key Supreme Court decisions from Marbury v. Madison to Bush v. Gore, this course focuses on the power center at the other end of the Avenue instead of the White House. John Marshall, not Jefferson, laid the groundwork for the modern American nation by articulating decidedly non-Jeffersonian concepts in Marbury and McCulloch. Earl Warren, not Congress or the President, implemented the Second Reconstruction through Brown v. Board of Education. Warren Burger toppled a vast criminal enterprise operated out of the Oval Office by saying, in essence, the emperor has no executive privilege clothes (United States v. Nixon). Other issues include the Commerce Power; the constitutional twilight zone (Presidential warmaking short of war); the Court's foray into intra-branch warfare (which led to FDR's Court-Packing Plan); the Court's employment of the "equal protection" clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to cut the Gordian knot of racial apartheid, and also to create "penumbral" constitutional rights found nowhere in the text of the document.

Note: Course has 90 minutes of additional class meeting time. Attendance at first class is strongly advised.

  • Course #: LSHV-394-01
  • CRN: 30196
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:
  • Syllabus: Download

LSHV-408-01   Canceled

Ethical Problems in Contemporary Society

The Purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to basic moral concepts. The course examines the relationship between moral teachings and the broader theological or philosophical framework in which they occur, analyzes positions taken by religious moralists on particular issues, and compares those positions with those of secular thinker. The course does not develop any particular theological position; it focuses on representative religious and secular thinkers and attempts to analyze their worldviews and their positions on selected issues. The course begins with a discussion about the relation of religious beliefs and moral convictions, including arguments for and against moral absolutes, and offers an introduction on normative ethical systems and community-based views of ethics. It then deals with moral interpretations of sexuality, especially in relation to the genesis of human life. The course then moves directly to discussions of abortion and war and concludes with a discussion of euthanasia and suicide. As a foundation course in the MALS Program, the course will place a premium on developing a number of academic skills, including the ability to analyze texts with care, to write constructive essays on controversial subject, and to present and defend one's position in a seminar setting.

Note: Attendance at first class strongly advised.

  • Course #: LSHV-408-01
  • CRN: 30550
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:
  • Syllabus: Download

LSHV-988-01

MALS Continuous Reg. (HT)

Note: Must be taken by MALS candidates who have an "Incomplete" in Thesis Writing. No scheduled classes. Final thesis approval date is 4/1/17.

  • Course #: LSHV-988-01
  • CRN: 33080
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Ridder, A.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

LSHV-983-01

MALS Thesis Proposal (FT)

  • Course #: LSHV-983-01
  • CRN: 33081
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Duke, E.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

LSHV-984-01

MALS Thesis Writing (FT)

  • Course #: LSHV-984-01
  • CRN: 33082
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Ridder, A.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

LSHV-504-01

Religion & Politics in the US

The scholarly literature on American political parties is vast. This course examines the major themes and research on the role and contributions of political parties to the maintenance of democracy in the United States. We will survey the parameters of the literature, including the structure and operation of party organization, the role and effects of political parties in government (Executive Branch, Congress, Judiciary), and the origins, stability, and party identification within the American electorate and its effects on political interest, attitudes, and behavior. Topics to be covered in depth include two-party vs. multi-party systems, party polarization (the blue-state/red-state divide), and presidential elections. During the semester, we also will follow events leading up to the 2006 midterm Congressional elections and discuss and analyze all developments surrounding the 2008 presidential elections in light of our readings. DLS and MALS students only.

Note: Attendance at first class strongly advised.

  • Course #: LSHV-504-01
  • CRN: 32609
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Steenhuisen, L.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:
  • Syllabus: Download

LSHV-436-01

Russia: Politics and Culture through Literature and Film

Note: Attendance at first class strongly advised.

  • Course #: LSHV-436-01
  • CRN: 32607
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Zelensky, E.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Reiss, Room 264
  • Syllabus: Download

LSHV-388-01

Slavery and Roman Culture

Note: Attendance at first class strongly advised.

  • Course #: LSHV-388-01
  • CRN: 31901
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Hock, R.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:
  • Syllabus: Download

LSHV-351-01   Canceled

The Pursuit of Peace

This course, the counterpart to “The Problem of War,” will approach the subject of peace and related contemporary issues from a variety of perspectives – historical, analytical, comparative-empirical, humanistic, ethical, interdisciplinary, and policy. Consistent with the foregoing LSP goals, the required reading assignments, class discussions, and major research paper(s) seek to foster analytical thinking, comparative study, interdisciplinarity, and humanistic values-based assessments of the practical challenges of managing conflict and making peace in the contemporary world in a variety of contexts – global, international, national, and local. Policy options and choices will be evaluated according to their expected and actual costs, benefits, and moral implications.

Note: Attendance at first class strongly advised. Follows Mon/Wed rule. First class session is Jan. 11.

  • Course #: LSHV-351-01
  • CRN: 31899
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 01, 2017
  • Class Meetings:
  • Syllabus: Download

LSHV-471-01

What Is Italian Renaissance?

Note: Attendance at first class strongly advised.

  • Course #: LSHV-471-01
  • CRN: 32634
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Soltes, O.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:
  • Syllabus: Download