Spring 2020 Courses

Supported by the Ethics Center

CAST 110b – Dance and Migration (capstone course) 

DancersInstructor: Toni Shapiro-Phim
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM

Through an interdisciplinary lens, we'll explore the aesthetic, political, social and spiritual potency of dance forms and practices as they travel, transform, and are accorded meaning both domestically and transnationally, especially in situations – or in the aftermath – of extreme violence and cultural dislocation, including in refugee camps and nightclubs, and on national stages.


CAST 189a – Capstone Project Design Practicum (capstone course) 

Toni Shapiro-Phim Instructor: Toni Shapiro-Phim 
Time: Tuesdays 6:30 - 9:00 PM 

In this two-credit practicum, held during the first half of the semester, students apply theories, skills and critical questions to an individual capstone project that engages with social transformation concerns in creative, practical and ethically-sound ways. Students who have taken CAST 150b and are interested in enrolling should contact the instructor for permission.


LGLS 161b – Advocacy for Policy Change

advocacyInstructor: Melissa Stimell
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 PM  3:20 PM

This is an experiential learning course. This hands-on course invites students to address concrete social problems through public policy reform. It provides background in theories, advocacy skills, networks, and key players that drive the legislative process. Focusing on policy change at the statehouse level, students engage with elected officials and community organizations to advance key legislation affecting social welfare, health, education, and economic justice. Usually offered every year.

Interested students should email the Legal Studies Program program administrator Anabela Afonso at aafonso@brandeis.edu for the registration code before early registration. There are no prerequisites. Priority is given to juniors and seniors and students majoring or minoring in Politics, Legal Studies, and Social Justice Social Policy. This course can satisfy the internship requirement for Legal Studies, HSSP, and SJSP, and qualifies as a writing intensive class and an oral communications class. Students can contact Professor Stimell with additional questions: stimell@brandeis.edu.