MLS611  1K

Professor Stephen Stein
Tuesday & Thursday| 6:00-9:35pm | MB 214F

Wine and Its Decantations: From Fermented Grape to Globalized Life Style

This course will focus major developments in wine, its history, its production, its consumption and its impacts on broad social and cultural trends.  We will discuss the critical junctions of wine history from its emergence in Syria and Egypt through the "wine revolution" of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.  We will stress 20th and 21st century developments including: the role of 20th century wine pioneers in the major improvements in wine quality; recent changes in the wine cultures of the Old and New Worlds; the decisive impact of globalization on where wine is produced and consumed; and the changing content of wines' identities in recent decades.

MLS625  2U

Professor Edmund Abaka
Monday & Wednesday| 6:00-9:35pm | MB 214F

Southern Africa From Pre-Settlement to Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela epitomizes the resistance of the people of South Africa against apartheid. This course takes up the theme of resistance to discrimination and apartheid in South Africa. It examines South African history at four critical junctures: the early contact with Europeans, the Mfecane, the introduction of apartheid, and the activities of the African National Congress and the people of Southern Africa in the overthrow of apartheid. First, we shall examine Southern African society before the arrival of the Dutch in 1652. Second we shall analyze the establishment of the Dutch settlement and the relations between Africans and settlers in the context of the settler expansion inland and the appropriation of the lands of various peoples of Southern Africa. The next segment will look at the discovery of gold and diamond at the Witwatersrand and Kimberly respectively and the implications for South Africans, especially in terms of labor and race relations. The final segment of the course will focus on the institutionalization of the apartheid system, the mechanics of the system and African and responses. We shall lay emphasis on the internal struggles and external pressures that helped in the collapse of apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela to become the president of a multi-racial South African society.

MLS 697 01

MALS Director
Hours arranged

Directed Readings

A Directed Readings course allows you to work independently with a MALS professor, researching a topic of your choice. You must find a professor in the field that is willing to act as your advisor.

Only students with a 3.0 GPA or higher will be able to enroll in a Directed Readings course. In order to register for the course you will need to submit a 2 page proposal along with a bibliography of 10 academic sources by May 10th.

The final paper must be a minimum of 15 pages, and be submitted to both the professor and the MALS office on the first day of final exams. Hard copies only will be accepted.