Hey Look, It’s the Global Core Class List

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Bwog’s received a copy of the list of courses that will count toward the Global Core requirement.

The class list still isn’t on the Core website, but thanks to one anxious senior/Bwog staffer, we’re able to reproduce it after the jump for you.

Remember: the 12s must complete two courses from this list, while for everyone else, you have the option of taking two courses from this list or fulfilling the Major Cultures requirement like such:

  • Students must begin the Major Cultures requirement with a course chosen from List A in one of the major non-western civilizations on this list.
  • The second course, which completes the requirement, may be chosen from List A again or from Lists B or C.
    • If the second course is from List A, it may be drawn from any of the civilizations.
    • If the second course is from Lists B or C, it must be drawn from the same civilization as the List A course.




Fall 2008


The Global Core requirement consists of courses which are broadly introductory, interdisciplinary, and temporally or spatially expansive.  Like other Core courses, Global Core courses are organized around a set of primary texts, new media (film, ritual performance, etc) or oral sources produced in the regions of the world in question.  Global Core courses fall into two categories: those which focus on a specific culture or civilization, tracing its appearance and existence across a significant span of time and sometimes across more than one present-day country or region; and those which address several world settings or cultures comparatively (and may include Europe and the West), through a common theme, set of analytic questions, or through interactions among different world regions.

Students must complete two courses from this list for a letter grade.

An updated list of approved courses will be available prior to spring registration.

Anthropology [ANTH]:

      V1008  The rise of civilization

      V2010  Major debates in the study of Africa

      V2100  Muslim societies

      V3027  Archaeology and Africa: changing perceptions of the African past

      V3300  Pre-Columbian histories of Native America

      W4001  The ancient empires

African Civilizations [AFCV]:

      C1020  African civilization

Art History and Archaeology [AHIS]:

      V3201  The arts of China

      V3203  The arts of Japan

      W3208  Arts of Africa

AHUM V3340 Art in China, Japan, and Korea

AHUM V3342 Masterpieces of Indian art and architecture

AHUM V3343 Masterpieces of Islamic art and architecture

      G4073  African art, architecture, and ideas

      G4085  Andean art and architecture

Colloquia and Interdepartmental Seminars [INSM]:

      W3920  Nobility and civility

Comparative Ethnic Studies [CSER]:

      W1010  Introduction to comparative ethnic studies

Comparative Literature and Society [CPLS]:

      W3620  Islam and Europe

East Asian Languages and Cultures [EAAS]:

ASCE V2002  Introduction to major topics in Asian civilizations: East Asia

ASCE V2359  Introduction to East Asian civilizations: China

ASCE V2361  Introduction to East Asian civilizations: Japan

ASCE V2363  Introduction to East Asian civilizations: Korea

ASCE V2365  Introduction to East Asian civilizations: Tibet

      W3338  Cultural history of Japanese monsters

AHUM V3400 Colloquium on major texts: East Asia

AHUM V3830 Colloquium on modern East Asian texts

HSEA W3898  The Mongols in history

AHUM W4027 Colloquium on major works of Chinese philosophy, religion, and literature, I

AHUM W4028 Colloquium on major works of Chinese philosophy, religion, and literature, II

AHUM W4029 Colloquium on major works of Japanese philosophy, religion, and literature, I

AHUM W4030 Colloquium on major works of Japanese philosophy, religion, and literature, II

HSEA W4881  Gods, ghosts, and ancestors: social history of Chinese religion

History [HIST]:

      W3618  The Caribbean in the 19th and 20th centuries

      W3660  History of Latin American civilization I, pre-Columbian to 1810

      W3665  Economic history of Latin America

      W3711  Islamo-Christian civlization

      W3719  History of the modern Middle East

      W3760  Main currents in African history

HSEA W3898  The Mongols in history

      W4404  Native American history

HSEA W4881  Gods, ghosts, and ancestors: social history of Chinese religion

Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures [MDES]:

    ASCM V2001 Introduction to major topics in Asian civilizations: the Middle East and India

ASCM V2003  Introduction to Islamic civilization

ASCM V2008  Contemporary Islamic civilization

CLME W3000  Theories of culture: Middle East and South Asia

      W3004  Islam in South Asia

AHUM V3399 Colloquium on major texts: Middle East and Asia

CLME W4031  Cinema and society in Asia and Africa

SPME W4200  Andalusian symbiosis: Arabs and the West

      W4251  Introduction to political thought in the modern Middle East

Music [MUSI]:

      V2020  Salsa, soca, and reggae: popular musics of the Caribbean

AHMM V3320 Introduction to the musics of East Asia and Southeast Asia

AHMM V3321 Introduction to the musics of India and West Asia

Political Science [POLS]:

      W4445  Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

      G4461  Latin American politics

Religion [RELI]:

      V2005  Buddhism: Indo-Tibetan

      V2008  Buddhism: East Asian

      V2205  Hinduism

      V2305  Islam

      V2802  Introduction to Asian religions

Spanish and Portuguese [SPAN]:

      W3265  Latin American literature in translation

      W3349  Hispanic culture: Islamic Spain through the colonial period

      W3350  Hispanic culture: Enlightenment to the present

      W3490  Latin American humanities, I (in English)

      W3491  Latin American humanities, II (in English)

SPME W4200  Andalusian symbiosis: Arabs and the West

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  1. Anonymous

    this is the same damn thing

  2. hmm

    so basically the only real change is that there is no more list a, b, c?

  3. cupcake

    yea, whats the difference?

  4. correct

    me if i am wrong, but this list also includes a few offerings that weren't before counted as major cultures, namely the comparative ethnic studies course, nobility and civility, and some of the religion department courses.

    frankly, i think this list recognizes that there are different ways to study culture, religion and ethnicity, and everyone can choose what suits him or her best. its a nice compromise in that one has a variety of methodological approaches to choose from. the a, b, and c lists were silly.

  5. errr

    pretty much the same thing. waste of money/time

  6. ...

    At first glance the classes might look the same. But one has to see the syllabi to see whether there has been any change in pedagogy.

    I think these classes have one thing in common: classes with a heavier focus on texts produced in that culture. At least when I look at the MENA region, I see that difference.

  7. hunger striker

    Moving to a primary-source focus is a ridiculous idea because you can't expect sophomore's struggling under the weight of CC reading to now have to effectively double their workload. The reason why we assign primary texts in CC is because everyone understands western culture and we are trying to go deeper. If you try to teach a new civilization this way you are in danger of missing the forest because of the trees. What's more, i'm not convinced that the translations of these texts are good enough for what is being expected of them, nor do i believe that every professor could be familiar enough with obscure treatises to teach the class properly.

    • anti-hunger striker

      hey #8, maybe if you had just refrained from doing something as fucking stupid as your hunger strike, you wouldn't have screwed yourself even more with additional primary source classes. Maybe everyone will finally get the point that when it comes to standoffs, the administration always wins. Good luck with your 4965329756943 pages of reading! :)

    • what

      were you hoping for?

      i liked the hunger strikers' call for seminars, and i'd be curious to know whether the class sizes have changed at all.

      i also like the list format, but i'm doing the exact same courses that i had planned on all along (fulfilling both major cultures & global core).

      why did #16 freak out?

    • senior

      Hunger striker: Your opposition to the use of primary sources in Major Cultures classes seems misguided. If, as you suggest, primary sources allow for deeper engagement with the material, confining classes on other cultures to secondary sources undercuts the value of those classes. A superficial understanding of another culture isn't much more than tokenist. Why have a Major Cultures requirement at all if the classes aren't going to be rigorous as their Western counterparts? And if CC's that hard, who said students need to fill their MC requirement as sophomores?

      The other two concerns you raise -- readings in translation and professor competence -- apply to Lit Hum and CC, as well. Most of the texts in these classes was originally in Greek, Latin, French, etc., but we make do. Granted that better translations might be available for the Iliad than for some other works, but this doesn't seem insurmountable. As for professors, Lit Hum and CC are generally taught by nonspecialists. If anything, the professors teaching Major Cultures classes should be better qualified to teach primary texts, since they're specialists in their fields.

  8. your mom

    Barely anything on India! Nearly everything about South Asia has to do with Islam...wasn't there once a Gandhi class?

    Come to think of it, the list looks a lot more Islam-heavy than in the past. Was there a change of faculty I missed?

    Also, while it all does look similar to before, I think it's a bit more can get away with studying nothing but music or art (which, let's face it, are going to be a bit easier than analysing ancient texts).

    • don't worry

      a lot of professors who focus on India are on leave this semester/year
      Prof. Rao (on leave all year)
      Prof. Bhakle (on leave until next semester)
      Prof. Busch (on leave all year)
      Prof. Kaviraj's courses never counted for major cultures
      Prof. Chatterjee and Prof. Dirks rarely teach undergrads.

      etc. etc. As someone who is focusing on South Asia, it's a very frustrating semester.

  9. umm

    The end of List A, B, C is HUGE.

  10. problem

    the one thing i notice is that most classes that were once on list C have been eliminated from eligibility. Am I wrong? Classes like Race and Ethnicity in American Politics and Black Paris - classes that connected the Major Cultures to American history and literature seem to not be here. Am I wrong? Are there any former list-C courses in the Global Core?

  11. DHADHA

    I'm an art movement that looked silly but which actually laid the foundation for surrealism and postmodernism. Yeah, sorry about that.

  12. Sigh

    Doesn't anyone realize that you could already get around the list requirement by petitioning? This is such a non-event.

    Also, this list looks a lot shorter. What happened to all the poli sci and econ classes that used to qualify? I don't see how they are all-of-a-sudden insufficiently cultural.

  13. confused  

    So I am trying to plan this thing out, but a class I am interested in (MEALAC W4251 Introduction to political thought in the modern Middle East) does not appear to be in the course directory thing or on the MEALAC website. Does anybody know anything about this - are they adding it or, in typical Columbia fashion, does it just not exist?

    Sounds like it could be pretty cool, so I hope I am just not seeing it.

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