Communication Arts & Sciences
CAS W10 Filmmakers Under Censorship. This course examines four different groups of filmmakers who have had to work under various types of censorship: the directors of American screwball comedies under the Hayes Code, Chinese directors during the 1980’s and 90’s, recent Indian filmmakers, and Iranian directors of the 1990’s to the present. In each of these cases, filmmakers have managed to produce an excellent body of work despite (and possibly because of) the pressures of censorship. Students examine a variety of questions regarding this topic. Why in some situations (Cultural Revolution in China, Stalinism in Russia) does censorship produce propaganda movies while in other situations, filmmakers seem to blossom? What do these groups of censors (Catholic/Christian, Communist, and Hindi/Muslim) have in common? Why would they more or less censor the same things (sex, violence, material critical of the government) as many American Christians would? Does having limitations actually benefit artists in some ways? P. Goetz. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
CAS W11 Crime & Detective Fiction. This course involves close study of crime and detective fiction—mostly by American and British authors, though also by writers from Scandinavia. The course focuses on reading novels and short stories, but students also watch and analyze film and television adaptations. Learning objectives include an understanding of the history and development of the genre; an understanding of how crime and detective stories address cultural attitudes about crime and punishment, social problems, and human nature; an ability to engage in a close reading of literary and cinematic texts; and the ability to write a short piece of crime fiction. G. Pauley. 8:30 to noon.
CAS W40 Theatre in London and Stratford. London is known as one of the most important theatre cities in the world. On this interim, students will see a spectacular array of theatre performances from the Royal National, the Donmar Warehouse, West End productions and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford. This course is a basic primer in theatre criticism. London theatre interim students will acquire specific information and basic critical skills relevant to a wide range of theatre performance and dramaturgical styles, which will sharpen students’ critical awareness and introduce students to a unique cultural experience. During the three weeks abroad, students develop tools for criticism as they attend nightly theatre performances, workshops, tours and classroom discussions. This course may fulfill an elective in the Theatre major or minor. Optional CCE credit is also available if the student does an extra writing project that engages in cross-cultural learning. Course dates: Fee: $4600. D. Freeberg. Off campus.
CAS W41 English Language By Rail (MAY). Students explore the dialects of the English Language within a historical context. While in the United Kingdom, students travel by rail through different regions, collecting samples of English, Scottish, and Irish dialects and visiting important linguistic sites. By collecting samples from each of these regions, students learn about the history of English as it is spoken in the United Kingdom as well as in the United States. Students must complete readings on the linguistics of the regions, present on the features of the dialect samples they collect, and write three papers that summarize their readings, analyses of data, and interviews in each region. Students learn how to use the International Phonetic Alphabet to transcribe recorded samples. Students compare and contrast the speech sound features of common dialects in the United Kingdom such as British Received Pronunciation, Cockney, Estuary, Scottish, Irish and Welsh. Students also compare and contrast lexical usage among the various dialects. They describe key historical factors in the rise of the English language as related to local events in the United Kingdom. This course may fulfill an elective in the SPAUD major. This course is a CCE optional course. Course dates: May 25-June 11. Fee: $4685. J. Vander Woude. Off campus.
CAS 395 The Theatre of the Absurd. This course is a theatre production course where we will be studying the works of those playwrights considered to be writing in the style of the Absurd -- Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, Harold Pinter, Jean Genet, Tom Stoppard, Edward Albee, and András Visky. These writers have changed the course of literary and theatrical history by changing the nature of theatre itself, providing for entertainment that looked at some of the most haunting issues of human suffering and existence through the lens of physical comedy. In fact, Beckett and Ionesco are considered two of the comic geniuses of the modern age. We will study the works of these writers and then choose several of the plays to produce in an evening of Absurdist one acts. Students in this course will produce, direct, design and/or act in these plays. The production will run the first weekend of second semester, and students should expect to hold rehearsals during interim break. S. Sandberg. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
SPAUD 343 Principles of Human Neuroanatomy. This course attempts to engage students in exploring the structure and function of the brain and spinal cord and their link to various neurological and developmental disorders. Topics of study will include microscopic anatomy, blood supply to the brain and spinal cord, sensory systems, the cerebellum, and subcortical and cortical regions. Imaging techniques and discussion of neurological disorders, such as epilepsy and speech disorders, will also be covered. Students will gain an appreciation of the three dimensional structure of the brain and spinal cord as well as a basic understanding of its functional capacity. The course will consist of morning lectures and discussions. The student will complete an independent project. Field trips will allow exposure to brain imaging techniques and case studies in neuropathology. An assigned text is augmented by prepared handouts. Prerequisites include either Biology 115, 205, CAS 210 or Psychology 333 and consent of the instructors. Course is reserved for upper class Speech Pathology and Audiology concentrates. E. Helder, P. Tigchelaar. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
SPAUD 512 AAC. This course will introduce augmentative and alternative communication and the strategies used to improve the communication skills of individuals with limited or nonfunctional speech. Focus will include an in-depth review of the assessment process, as well as the AAC needs of individuals with developmental and acquired disabilities across the age continuum. Hands-on experience with various methods of AAC strategies and devices will provide a clearer understanding of AAC intervention. Part I will focus on an overview of AAC. Part II will describe the AAC needs for persons with specific disabilities, and Part III will present AAC needs for specific environments. Students will develop an understanding of information related to concepts, strategies, techniques and issues that are unique to the field of augmentative and alternative communication. Open to SPAUD graduate students and SPAUD 4-year BA students. H. Koole, E. Oommen. 8:30 a.m. to noon.