Society for the Humanities (SHUM)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

SHUM 1930

By posing seemingly simple questions such as what is love and who has the right to love, this introductory-level lecture course surveys how love has been experienced and expressed from the pre-modern period ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ASIAN 1193FGSS 1940HIST 1930LGBT 1940

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 20484SHUM 1930  LEC 001

    • TROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Ghosh, D

  • Instruction Mode: Online

  • 20531SHUM 1930  DIS 201

    • FTo Be Assigned
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Ghosh, D

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

  • 20532SHUM 1930  DIS 202

    • FTo Be Assigned
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Ghosh, D

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

  • 20533SHUM 1930  DIS 203

    • FTo Be Assigned
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Ghosh, D

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

  • 20534SHUM 1930  DIS 204

    • FTo Be Assigned
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Ghosh, D

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

SHUM 2247

Whether it is politics, society, the law, sexuality, popular culture or minorities' rights, the media are saturated with news on Islam. This course introduces topical issues in Islam as a religious, historical, ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASIAN 2247NES 2649RELST 2247

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 20258SHUM 2247  LEC 001

    • TROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Formichi, C

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 2350

How does literary language depict the experience of physical suffering? Can a poem or a novel palliate pain, illness, even the possibility of death? From darkly comic narratives of black plague to the ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 19470SHUM 2350  LEC 001

    • MWFOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Cohn, E

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 2650

This course will introduce students to the African American literary tradition. Through aesthetic and contextual approaches, we will consider how African American life and culture has defined and constituted ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 2650ASRC 2650ENGL 2650

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 20219SHUM 2650  SEM 101

    • MWOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Spires, D

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 2675

This class aims to approach the literature and culture of the Cold War as the birth of the present "Age of Information," as well as the origin of modern notions of privacy that are now being superseded. ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 2675ENGL 2675

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19482SHUM 2675  LEC 001

    • MWFOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Braddock, J

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 2701

This course considers both music and digital games in light of their playability. It aims to provide students with critical frameworks for addressing the diverse roles played by music in digital games ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: MUSIC 2701

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18236SHUM 2701  LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: Hybrid-Online and In Person
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: MUSIC 2701

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 20628SHUM 2701  LEC 002

    • MWFOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Moseley, R

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 2750

These seminars offers an introduction to the humanities by exploring the historical, cultural, social and political themes. Students will explore themes in critical dialogue with a range of texts and media ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: STS 2750

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Science in Human Culture

  • 18196SHUM 2750  SEM 101

    • TROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Abrams, E

  • Instruction Mode: Online
    Enrollment preference will be given to students in the Humanities Scholars Program. See the Humanities Scholars Program website for Science and Human Culture course description. https://as.cornell.edu/required-courses

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASRC 2750PMA 2750

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Black Melodrama

  • 18628SHUM 2750  SEM 102

    • TROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Wright, K

  • Instruction Mode: Online
    Enrollment preference will be given to students in the Humanities Scholars Program. See the Humanities Scholars Program website for Black Melodrama course description. https://as.cornell.edu/required-courses

SHUM 2792

In this course we will examine how we have come to narrate social, cultural, and political history in the United States, investigating the ways scholarly, curatorial, archival, and creative practices shape ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture. Discussion optional. Combined with: AMST 2792HIST 2792

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16881SHUM 2792  LEC 001

    • TROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Vider, S

  • Instruction Mode: Online

  • 16882SHUM 2792  DIS 201

  • Instruction Mode: Online

  • 16883SHUM 2792  DIS 202

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 2812

An introduction to the history and theory of writing systems from cuneiform to the alphabet, historical and new writing media, and the complex relationship of writing technologies to human language and ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 20398SHUM 2812  LEC 001

    • MWFOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Kirk, A

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 3230

Human-animal relationships are often seen in utilitarian, nutritional terms, particularly in archaeology. But animals and meat have significance far beyond their economic value. This course focuses on ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 19479SHUM 3230  LEC 001

    • MWFOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Russell, N

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 3315

From the 1720 South Sea Bubble to the 2008 global financial crisis, from Handel's operas to Spotify's algorithms, music has chronicled the booms and busts of markets. This course investigates how music ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 3315MUSIC 3315

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 19468SHUM 3315  LEC 001

    • MWOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Wan, M

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 3620

What is dissent, and what is its relationship to American Democratic principles? This course will examine the various forms of dissent and counter dissent in U.S. history from the Colonial phase to the ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 3621ASRC 3626

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18936SHUM 3620  SEM 101

    • TROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Deily-Swearingen, S

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 3651

The work of women artists has been central to the development of new media art. These rich and varied practices include installation, virtual reality environments, net art, digital video, networked performance, ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ARTH 3651FGSS 3655VISST 3651

  • 4 Credits Opt NoAud

  • 18761SHUM 3651  LEC 001

    • MWOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Fernandez, M

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 3655

This course examines the historic diversity of the modern Middle East, exploring histories of inter-communal contact and conflict. We begin by investigating the legacy of the Ottoman Empire and the impact ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  • 20259SHUM 3655  LEC 001

    • TROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Starr, D

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 3721

After Rome's collapse, drama was gradually re-created from many sources: school-room debates, popular festivals, and, especially, religious liturgy. By the 17th century it was one of the most polished ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 19488SHUM 3721  SEM 101

    • TRTo Be Assigned
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Galloway, A

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

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Syllabi: none
  • 19612SHUM 3721  SEM 102

    • TROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Galloway, A

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 3742

When an African and an African American meet, solidarity is presumed, but often friction is the result. In this course, we will consider how Africans and African Americans see each other through literature. ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 3732ASRC 3742ENGL 3742

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19484SHUM 3742  SEM 101

    • TROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Ngugi, M

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 3746

The modernist period saw profound transformations in the form, content, and staging of drama, as well as in ideas about theatre and society that remain important today.  In our contemporary moment, we're ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 3746PMA 3746

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 20409SHUM 3746  LEC 001

    • MWOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Gainor, J

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 3747

Religious beliefs, practices, and conflicts shape our world and influence global politics.  Yet mediatized depictions of religion can be reductive and polarizing.  Moreover, these depictions may be different ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 20463SHUM 3747  SEM 101

    • MOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Gainor, J

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 3750

This course explores the practice, theory, and methodology of humanities research, critical analysis, and communication through writing and oral presentation. We will study the work and impact of humanists ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 3950ASIAN 3375NES 3750

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18188SHUM 3750  SEM 101

    • TROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Ghosh, D

  • Instruction Mode: Online
    Enrollment preference will be given to students in the Humanities Scholars Program.

SHUM 3778

This course will help us understand how our ideas about free speech are shifting in an age of global information by surveying the history of censorship from the late 16th-century to the present day. In ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ENGL 3778

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19191SHUM 3778  SEM 101

    • TROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Kalas, R

      Saccamano, N

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 3977

This course examines how African writers, filmmakers, and internet media content creators engage with and revise public images of bodies—specifically pleasure, gender, queerness, genital surgeries, sex ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 19497SHUM 3977  SEM 101

    • TOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Diabate, N

    • RTo Be Assigned
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Diabate, N

  • Instruction Mode: Hybrid-Online and In Person
    This course has two required meeting days.
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

SHUM 3980

This course examines several areas of Latinx popular culture that influence U.S. politics and society, artistic productions, and aesthetic sensibilities, as well as popular and civic cultures. Mapping ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 3981ENGL 3980LSP 3980

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19483SHUM 3980  SEM 101

    • TROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Diaz, E

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 4406

In this seminar we will be exploring media theory in relation to Japan: how media has been thought about, written about, and created within Japan, and how media theorists from across the world have used ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 19413SHUM 4406  SEM 101

    • MWOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Campana, A

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 4655

Scholars of slavery have typically considered five historical contexts to be "slave societies". Two of those are the principal societies of what is called "classical antiquity": democratic Athens (c. 500-300 ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: CLASS 6855SHUM 6655

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17875SHUM 4655  SEM 101

    • RTo Be Assigned
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Giannella, N

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: CLASS 6855SHUM 6655

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 20971SHUM 4655  SEM 102

    • ROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Giannella, N

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 4656

We tend to think of emotions as private, unlearned, and biological. Though in much of antiquity, the emotions were primarily seen as public, performative, and cognitive. The cultivation and control of ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17870SHUM 4656  SEM 101

    • ROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Frank, G

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 4657

This seminar inquires into the interrelations among three meanings of equality that initially appeared in the ancient world: equality of voice or participation, isegoria; equality before the law, isonomia; ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 18989SHUM 4657  SEM 101

    • MOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Frank, J

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 4658

Often referred to as a "second skin", aesthetic representations of clothing open the possibility of reimagining the visual economy of race—the belief that race can be located in the body's visible features ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17860SHUM 4658  SEM 101

    • ROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Lamm, K

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 4659

This course examines the raw materials and discursive processes by which Biblical scribes fabricated a history of ancient Israel that featured static and defensible geographic and genealogical boundaries. ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17848SHUM 4659  SEM 101

    • MOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Monroe, L

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 4660

Recent years have seen a boom in ways to use technology in order to learn about and improve the self. This course examines contemporary cultural orientations toward technology by exploring how medieval ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17838SHUM 4660  SEM 101

    • TOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Lears, A

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 4701

This course explores nightlife as a temporality that fosters countercultural performances of the self and that serves as a site for the emergence of alternative kinship networks.  Focusing on queer communities ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 20464SHUM 4701  SEM 101

    • TROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Jaime, K

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 4800

This seminar will introduce students to the public humanities as both a disciplinary inquiry and a set of practices grounded in public and community engagement. It is intended to train cohorts of graduate ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: SHUM 6800

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Rural Black Lives

  • 17551SHUM 4800  SEM 101

    • MOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Aching, G

  • Instruction Mode: Online
    Interested students should apply for this course online: http://rural.as.cornell.edu/spring-seminar

SHUM 4916

China, a cultural giant of East Asia, made a passive entrance into modernity. With the advent of Western and American colonialism and imperialism, coupled with recent successes in westernization by the ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 20257SHUM 4916  SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 6655

Scholars of slavery have typically considered five historical contexts to be "slave societies". Two of those are the principal societies of what is called "classical antiquity": democratic Athens (c. 500-300 ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: CLASS 6855SHUM 4655

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17876SHUM 6655  SEM 101

    • RTo Be Assigned
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Giannella, N

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Undergraduates interested in taking this course should register for the SHUM 4655 section.
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: CLASS 6855SHUM 4655

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 20972SHUM 6655  SEM 102

    • ROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Giannella, N

  • Instruction Mode: Online
    Undergraduates interested in taking this course should register for the SHUM 4655 section.

SHUM 6656

We tend to think of emotions as private, unlearned, and biological. Though in much of antiquity, the emotions were primarily seen as public, performative, and cognitive. The cultivation and control of ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  • 17872SHUM 6656  SEM 101

    • ROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Frank, G

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 6657

This seminar inquires into the interrelations among three meanings of equality that initially appeared in the ancient world: equality of voice or participation, isegoria; equality before the law, isonomia; ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 19322SHUM 6657  SEM 101

    • MOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Frank, J

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 6658

Often referred to as a "second skin", aesthetic representations of clothing open the possibility of reimagining the visual economy of race—the belief that race can be located in the body's visible features ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17865SHUM 6658  SEM 101

    • ROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Lamm, K

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 6659

This course examines the raw materials and discursive processes by which Biblical scribes fabricated a history of ancient Israel that featured static and defensible geographic and genealogical boundaries. ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17851SHUM 6659  SEM 101

    • MOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Monroe, L

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 6660

Recent years have seen a boom in ways to use technology in order to learn about and improve the self. This course examines contemporary cultural orientations toward technology by exploring how medieval ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17842SHUM 6660  SEM 101

    • TOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Lears, A

  • Instruction Mode: Online

SHUM 6800

This seminar will introduce students to the public humanities as both a disciplinary inquiry and a set of practices grounded in public and community engagement. It is intended to train cohorts of graduate ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: SHUM 4800

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Rural Black Lives

  • 17552SHUM 6800  SEM 101

    • MOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Aching, G

  • Instruction Mode: Online
    Interested students should apply for this course online: http://rural.as.cornell.edu/spring-seminar

SHUM 6819

Urban Representation Labs are intended to bring students and faculty into direct contact with complex urban representations spanning a wide media spectrum and evoking a broad set of humanist discourses. ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • Topic: Black & Indigenous Metropolitan Ecologies

  • 19146SHUM 6819  SEM 101

    • TOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Goffe, T

  • Instruction Mode: Online