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3298. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Issues in human rights, history, law and policy, or practices. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.


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Term Campus Instruction Mode Instructor Section Session Schedule Location Enrollment Notes
Spring 2022 Storrs In Person Falconi, Jose 001 Reg TuTh 3:30pm‑4:45pm
8/12 This course will explore how witnesses have historically used images as primary means of conveying testimony in cases of human rights violations. By analyzing examples ranging from 17c indigenous testimony on the brutality of the Spanish domination in the Americas; to Benetton’s 1990s billboard campaign deploying images of AIDS deaths; to Alfredo Jaar’s 1996 Rwanda Project; to the photos of US torture at Abu Ghraib; to current controversies over the ethics of representing the Holocaust, the course will explore the critical difference between showing something and telling something. The course will also cover the theoretical foundations of how testimony work, as well as the role of witnessing in historical accounts.
Spring 2022 Storrs In Person Majid, Asif 002 Reg TuTh 2:00pm‑3:15pm
2/12 Social justice and theatre have long been entwined: Augusto Boal’s theatre of the oppressed galvanized villagers in Brazil, Iranian ta’zieh re-examines injustices in Islamic history, and so on. These practices push us to ask questions of our own times, inspiring us to step beyond our classroom comfort zones and work toward embodying critiques of injustice. “Devising Theatre for Social Justice” meets this challenge by having students devise theatre -- that is, make theatre from scratch, without a pre-written script -- to address or consider a social justice topic of interest, moving from initial stimulus to concluding performance. Students will center a contemporary issue of social justice (climate crisis, white supremacy, homelessness, economic inequity, etc.) while developing theatre-making skills (text, movement, sound, character development, etc.). The course emphasizes collaborative creation, requiring students to work in small groups, and welcomes a range of performance forms (traditional stage play, TikTok videos, live broadcast, immersive game, etc.) This course is open to all students from all majors, with sophomore standing or higher. No theatre experience is required or expected; all are welcome. Students from beyond Dramatic Arts are particularly encouraged to register. Feel free to contact the course professor with any questions (Asif Majid: asif.majid@uconn.edu)
Summer 2022 Abroad In Person Gebelein, Anne
Hills, Laura
500 SSP 0/30
Fall 2022 Storrs In Person Majid, Asif 001 Reg TuTh 3:30pm‑4:45pm
DRMU 128 0/10 How does Islam manifest performatively? What role does performance play in the lives of those who practice it, regardless of their levels of religiosity? This course taken an intermediate to advanced look at the intersection of Islam and performance in multiple societies, emphasizing social and staged performances by Muslim artists, comedians, and lay people themselves. Students will learn to critique and question their own assumptions about how faith and those who practice it are represented socially, politically, and performatively, leaving this course with a deeper understanding of the complexities of studying Islam as it appears on and off stage.