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Spring 2016 Lecture List

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This list is subject to change. Check additional classes and cancellations below before registration for further updates. - updated 1/25/16


Additional Courses for Spring 2016

COS 435 Information Retrieval, Discovery, and Delivery

Professor: Andrea S. LaPaugh

This course examines the methods used to gather, organize and search for information in large digital collections (e.g. web search engines). We study classic techniques of indexing documents and searching text and also new algorithms that exploit properties of the Web (e.g. links) social networks and other digital collections, including multimedia collections. Techniques include those for relevance and ranking of documents, exploiting user history, and information clustering. We also examine systems aspects of search technology: how distributed computing and storage are used to make information delivery efficient.

M W 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm


EGR 277 Technology and Society

(previously scheduled for T TH) has moved to MW 11:00 am - 11:50 am


FRE 222 The Making of Modern France: French Literature, Culture, and Society from 1789 to the Present

Please note: This class will be taught in french.


FRE 317 Visions of Paris

Please note: This class will be taught in french.


HIS 315 Colonial and Postcolonial Aftrica

Professor: Jacob S. Dlamini

This course is an examination of the major political and economic trends in twentieth-century African history. It offers an interpretation of modern African history and the sources of its present predicament. In particular, we study the foundations of the colonial state, the legacy of the late colonial state (the period before independence), the rise and problems of resistance and nationalism, the immediate challenges of the independent states (such as bureaucracy and democracy), the more recent crises (such as debt and civil wars) on the continent, and the latest attempts to address these challenges from within the continent.

T TH 11:00 am - 12:20 pm


LIN 210 Introduction to Historical and Comparative Linguistics

Professor: Timothy Barnes

This course provides an introduction to the study of language change and linguistic relationship. We will describe and analyze change in the building blocks of language (sound, morphemes, and words), discovering, accounting for, and extrapolating from regular patterns manifested in numerous ancient and modern languages the world over.

M W 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm


MAE 342 Space System Design

Professor: Robert F. Stengel

This course examines the design of a modern spacecraft or complex space system, including the space environment and its impact on design. The principals and design aspects of the structure, propulsion, power, thermal, communication, and attitude subsystems are studied. The course also introduces systems engineering, project management, manufacturing and test, mission operations, mission design, and space policy. Acting as a single project team, students will design a satellite or space system from conception to critical design review.

M W 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm


WWS 317 International Relations of East Asia

Professor: Tom Christensen

This course will concentrate on the Cold War and post Cold War international relations of East Asia. In the first two weeks we will cover general theoretical approaches to international relations and a brief historical backdrop of Western and Japanese imperialism in the region. In the following weeks, we will discuss the interaction between changes in the broader international system and changes in international relations in the East Asian region. The course will finish with discussion of implications of events and trends since the end of the Cold War.

T TH 9:00 am - 9:50 am


Closed and Cancelled Courses for Spring 2016

COM 372 The Gothic Tradition

ENG 350 Literature of the American Renaissance, Cancelled

ENG 357 Topics in American Literature, Cancelled

LIN 201 Introduction to Language and Linguistics, Closed

MUS 225 Instrumental Music: The symphony from Haydn to Stravinsky, Closed

NES 371 Gender and the Social History of the Pre-Modern Middle East, Closed

ORF 401 Electronic Commerce, Closed

PSY 309 Psychology of Language, Closed