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Sports, Economics and Politics in Russia and Eastern Europe

Sports as a manifestation of political ideology and international conflict in the communist countries. How sports has responded to the upheaval following the fall of communism, the break-up of Yugoslavia and the USSR, the influence of oligarchs and organized crime, establishing new national identities. This course will use sports as a window into the transformation of Eastern European societies. One course.

Turkey: Muslim and Modern

Turkish history from the 18th century to the present. Turkey as strategic ally of the U.S.; candidate for membership in European Union; first Muslim country to adopt democracy, secularism, and Westernization, and as political, cultural, and economic model for other Muslim countries. Focus on

Turkish people's encounter with modernity as Muslims; questions about contradictions and promises of Muslim and modern experience; informed consideration of Islam's encounter with the West. No prerequisites. No knowledge of Turkish required. One course.

Turkey: Muslim and Modern

Turkish history from the 18th century to the present. Turkey as strategic ally of the US; candidate for membership in European Union; first Muslim country to adopt democracy, secularism, and Westernization, and as political, cultural, and economic model for other Muslim countries. Focus on

Turkish people’s encounter with modernity as Muslims; questions about contradictions and promises of Muslim and modern experience; informed consideration of Islam’s encounter with the West. No prerequisites. No knowledge of Turkish required. One course.

Around the Bloc: Cold War Culture in the USSR and Eastern Europe

Drawing on oral and written history, memoirs, film, fiction, and essays in anthropology and sociology, we’ll resist the black/white readings imposed by the Iron Curtain and explore the dreams, fears, ethical concerns, cultural trends, and lifestyles of Cold War baby boomers in the USSR, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Romania. Highlighted topics include: the privileges and discontents of postwar youth, the atomic age and its mutations, adventures in socialist consumer culture, gender politics and real life, making art about the socialist state of the absurd.

The Politics of Language

Examines the political role of language in societies as diverse as China, India, the former Soviet Union, the UK and the US. Looks at how state and non-state actors influence citizens' language practices, and their beliefs about language. Drawing on political theory, sociology and sociolinguistics, we look at how language policies reflect and produce sociopolitical realities. Topics covered include migration, citizenship, nationalism and decolonization. Open to students in the Focus Program only. Instructor: Price. One course.

Language and the Law

Ways in which law regulates language and speech, with particular emphasis on offensive speech. Theory and practice of freedom of speech and its limitations; how the legal system treats obscenity, profanity and “indecent” speech, defamation, and hate speech. Emphasis on why these forms of speech are considered offensive, with reference to sociological, anthropological, and political explanations for restrictions on offensive speech. Studies language as property in form of copyright, trademark, and trade secrets law.

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