Fall 2016 Course Descriptions

Professor: Tim Williams

• CRN 12715: Thursdays, 17:00 - 17:50

The goal of this course is to familiarize students with local food sources in the residence halls as well as the greater Eugene/Springfield area. Together we will explore the UO, CHC, and on-campus resources. Read More


Professor: Kelly Sutherland

• CRN 12719: Thursdays, 12:00 - 12:50

The Environmentalism in Eugene CHIP will give students a background of the rich environmental history in their new community and introduce them to the many opportunities they have to engage with current environmental issues and activism. Read More


Professor: Helen Southworth

• CRN 12717: Tuesdays, 18:00 - 18:50

Much goes into the production of a film, but no movie will be truly successful without a well written script. This CHIP will introduce students to the idea of translating a written script into a completed film from a wide variety of genres and writers. Read More


Professor: Melissa Graboyes

• CRN 12708: Thursdays, 18:00 - 18:50

From exploring health disparities to challenging blame-based practices, this CHIP crashes straight into the heart of the global health debate. Whether you’re an aspiring pre-med, interested in international justice, or anything in-between, the Global Health CHIP will prepare you to investigate the world around you. Read More


Professor: Mai-Lin Cheng

• CRN 12716: Wednesdays, 17:00 - 17:50

In this course, we will take a page from sociologist C. Wright Mills to “strange the familiar” in order to better understand how things we just accept as true may be blinding us to a more complete understanding of our world. Read More


Professors: Samantha Hopkins and Shaul Cohen

• CRN 12709: Thursdays, 17:00 - 17:50

In this CHIP we will examine racism, sexism, and classism through the lens of incarceration in the U.S. Read More


Professor: Monique R. Balbuena

• CRN 12711: Fridays, 12:00 - 12:50

Come learn about bike safety and the rules of the road while learning to navigate Eugene on two wheels! This CHIP will introduce students to different neighborhoods in Eugene, teach students about how to make their way around town quickly and safely, cover basic bike maintenance, and explore the endless benefits of the two-wheeled commute. Read More


Professor: Louise Bishop

• CRN 12721: Wednesdays, 17:00 - 17:50

From “Star Wars” to “Les Misérables,” this course will explore the power of music in the world around us, primarily through popular films and the composers whose music brings those films to life. Read More


Professor: Michael Peixoto

• CRN 12718: Fridays, 16:00 - 16:50

The global community, a vast multifaceted array of cultures and histories, constantly influences our everyday lives. Overwhelming at times, the many areas of the global community can often lead us to question the part we play. In Our Role in the Global Community CHIP, students will delve into thought provoking topics surrounding international disciplines, ultimately providing a greater view of our individual roles in the global community. Read More


Professor: Terry Hunt

• CRN 12720: Mondays, 18:00 - 18:50

In this class we will learn how rap emerged from black oral traditions such as The Dozens, and investigate differences and similarities between rap and classical Western poetry. Read More


Professor: Susanna Lim

• CRN 12710: Tuesdays, 17:00 - 17:50

The cinema of the Soviet Union is both emotionally resonant and artistically challenging, making it a perfect sphere for an introduction to film studies. In this course, students will watch a Soviet-era film every week, ranging from the 1920’s to the 1990’s and across all genres and styles. Read More


Professor: David Frank

• CRN 12707: Tuesdays, 16:00 - 16:50

This CHIP will explore how the American legal system impacts the lives of marginalized people in America and how those oppressive structures are all interconnected. Read More


Professor: Daniel Rosenberg

• CRN 12713: Mondays, 17:00 - 17:50

Web series are an episodic series of internet videos that are used to tell a story, and this class will focus on creating web series that have been adapted from books. Read More


Professor: Sander Goldberg

• CRN 12722: Tuesdays, 16:00 - 16:50

Soccer, football, fútbol, fußball. Regardless of which you prefer, the beautiful game has a long­standing history of bringing people together. In this CHIP, we will examine why soccer has continued to grow as a sport and explore many of the different facets behind its development. Read More


Professor: Elizabeth Raisanen

• CRN 12714: Wednesdays, 17:00 - 17:50

For this CHIP, we will work together to understand how to pair art with narrative in order to convey powerful, impactful stories in unexpected ways, and to distinguish creative imitation from transformation. Read More


Professor: Barbara Mossberg

• CRN 12712: Wednesdays, 18:00 - 18:50

With a hyper abundance of media flashing and clashing for our attention, the cut-and-dry analysis of poetry taught for AP testing, and the cultural suspicion that poetry is inherently inaccessible and intended only for academics, it’s tempting to say poetry, if not dead, is in the process of dying. This course seeks to unpack these and other concerns surrounding poetry. Read More


Professor: Stephen Fickas

• CRN 12724: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:20
• CRN 12725: Fridays (Lab), 10:00 - 10:50

Note: Be sure to register for both CRN 12724 & 12725 (Lab). Students are required to bring a laptop to class. All other hardware is supplied by the instructor.

The term the Internet of Things refers to the proliferation of computers into every nook and cranny of daily life. Your car has them, your home has them, your pet could have one, medical devices have them, buildings have them, factories have them, and your phone is one. These devices live on the Internet, the same Internet where you find YouTube, Amazon, etc. This course explores what this means in a hands-on fashion. Read More


Professor: Kelly Sutherland

• CRN 12723: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:50

Note: This is a lab course that includes TWO MANDATORY field trips scheduled for October 8 and 9 (Overnight trip to OIMB) and November 12 (Day trip to Bob Creek).

A beautiful and stunning diversity of organisms live beneath the ocean’s surface along the Oregon coast. How do these organisms perform and ultimately, survive, in the marine environment? In this course we use a biomechanics approach (study of biological solids and fluids) to understand how body shape, material properties and movement influence interactions with the physical environment and with other organisms. Read More


Professor: Sander Goldberg

• CRN 12728: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 08:30 - 09:50

This course will focus on texts with demonstrable debts to earlier texts and examine what later authors achieved by their borrowing, echoes, and appropriations. It will also consider what literary critics have said about the role of tradition in the making of literature. Read More


Professor: Rebecca Lindner

• CRN 12729: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 - 13:20

Medieval literature is popularly characterized as stories about heroic knights and damsels in distress, about courtly love and male chivalry. This course explores a different side of this period by focusing on the many ways in which medieval writers – both male and female – challenged such stereotypes and advocated for the rights, power and status of women in education, politics, religion and domestic life. Read More


Professor: Helen Southworth

• CRN 12735: Mondays & Wednesdays, 08:30 - 09:50
• CRN 12736: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:20

An introduction to the field of environmental literature, we will explore some of the main questions, issues and methods of ecocriticism in terms of a set of ancient, medieval and early modern works of literature. Read More

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Professor: Barbara Mossberg

• CRN 12733: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:20

In the woods, on the wine dark seas, following the yellow brick road - witches and monsters and tempters are at every bend and even in the mirror. Our course explores the power of story to illuminate our lives as a momentous learning journey critical for the role you will play in our world. Read More


Professor: Susanna Lim​

• CRN 12726: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 08:30 - 09:50
• CRN 12731: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:20
• CRN 12727: Mondays & Wednesdays, 08:30 - 09:50

This course focuses on two texts that have not only been central to the development of ancient civilization, but whose influences are felt well into our modern age: the Bible and the Quran (Koran). Taking these two works as starting points, we will explore how the narrative elements, characters, images, and ideas of these sacred texts have shaped literary and cultural texts from the medieval period to our modern age. Read More


Professor: Barbara Mossberg

• CRN 12734: Mondays & Wednesdays, 14:00 - 15:20

We will be literary detectives, exploring ecological themes in ancient through pre-modern literature, from Gilgamesh through Shakespeare, covering Ovid’s epic Metamorphoses. When did a green imagination appear? How is the concept of “wild” developed in earliest literature and law? When did we feel guilt—and reverence—for the earth? Read More


Professor: Casey Shoop

• CRN 12730: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:20
• CRN 12737: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 14:00 - 15:20

This course explores tragedy’s beginnings in 5th-century BC Athens where the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides help to constitute the democratic polity while simultaneously interrogating the extent to which that polity has realized those democratic principles. Read More


Professor: Corinne Bayerl

• CRN 17244: Mondays & Wednesdays, 14:00 - 15:20

This seminar will consider what comedy tells us about the sense of humor of a given society and its deep-rooted hopes, fears, and convictions. We will explore why writers choose to create comedies to deal with ‘deadly serious’ problems in their societies, and how their comedies relate to the ethical values, cultural practices, and political ideas of their time. Read More


Professor: Melissa Graboyes

• CRN 16866: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 - 13:20
• CRN 12747: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 14:00 - 15:20

This course examines disease epidemics, and ideas about disease, that circulated in Europe from roughly 1000 to 1450. In addition to reconstructing scientific and medical knowledge during the ancient and medieval period, we will also explore how disease is related to epistemology (how people understood and explained disease), nosology (how diseases were classified) and cosmology (how disease, ill health or general misfortune was explained within a society). Read More


Professor: Daniel Rosenberg

• CRN 12739: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:20
• CRN 16849: Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00 - 13:20

In this course, we take a long view of premodernity, principally in Europe and the Mediterranean region. We focus especially on the history of intellectual practices such as writing, reading, measurement, calculation, and especially the so-called “memory arts” which were fundamental to culture and ideas in the world before the printing press. Read More


Professor: Emily Gilkey

• CRN 12740: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 - 13:20
• CRN 17235: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 14:00 - 15:20

This course is a survey of civilization and culture to 1500 using the lens of gender to illuminate key historical themes. In addition to providing an overview of ancient history in the West, the class will also help students to think critically about how the story of the West has been told. Read More


Professor: Michael Peixoto

• CRN 12741: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:20
• CRN 12742: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 14:00 - 15:20

The study of law includes the rich history of codified laws that existed in ancient Babylonian, Egyptian, Hebrew, Greek and Roman societies and continued through the Middle Ages. These codes, however, capture only a fraction of the history of human legal interactions, from contractual agreements over property to marriage alliances to the settlement of disputes. Read More


Professor: Irum Shiekh

• CRN 12746: Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00 - 13:20
• CRN 12744: Mondays & Wednesdays, 14:00 - 15:20

In this class, we will learn about the lived experiences of diverse Muslim women of the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, Europe and South East Asia from the historic period of the 7th to 15th centuries. We will contextualize the narratives of these women within the existing socio-historical, cultural and religious practices across the globe that intermingled with Islam to shape their experiences. Read More


Professor: Tim Williams

• CRN 12743: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:20
• CRN 12745: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 14:00 - 15:20

Premodern peoples from the Ancient Greeks and Romans to early Christians to Mayas all thought about, recorded, and wrote history. This course explores historical knowledge in these and other pre-modern civilizations. In particular, we will ask several questions about past societies that remain relevant today: Why remember the past? For whom is the past important? How does the past enrich our present? What tools work best to disseminate historical knowledge? Read More


Professor: Michael A. Furtado

• CRN 12738: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 08:30 - 09:50
• CRN 17098: Mondays & Wednesdays, 08:30 - 09:50

Are warriors and heroes synonymous? This is a question that is still relevant in our world today, and it is part of a legacy that dates back nearly two millennia. What qualities did the heroes of the Ancient and Medieval world possess, and how were those qualities related to the needs and expectations of the societies of which they were a part? Read More


Professor: Trond Jacobsen​

• CRN 12748: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 - 13:50

The Clark Honors College hosts the nationally-ranked University of Oregon Forensics Program. The program is designed to teach rhetorical habits of mind and speech through intercollegiate debate and individual events. Read More


Professor: TBD

• CRN 12753: Saturday, Oct. 15 only, 11:00 - 15:50
• CRN 12754: Thursday, Oct. 13 only, 17:00 - 21:50

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Professor: Louise Bishop

• CRN 12757: Mondays & Wednesdays, 14:00 - 15:20

Through primary texts like The Song of Roland and the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, we explore the “creation” of the Middle Ages and ponder the odd admixture of scorn and delight that the term "medieval" conjures for modern audiences. Read More


Professor: Elizabeth Bohls

• CRN 12756: Mondays & Wednesdays, 14:00 - 15:20

Travel can be transformative, jolting the traveler out of her comfortable world-view—or it can serve to reaffirm that complacent perspective. It can be difficult and dangerous, true to its roots in the concept of "travail" (labor, toil, hardship, suffering)—or convenient, even luxurious. Before trains, planes, steamships and the Internet, travel and travel writing were important sources of information or knowledge about other cultures and little-known areas of the globe. Read More


Professor: Henry Alley

• CRN 16426: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:20

Graduation Requirement: This class fulfills an Arts & Letters Colloquium, and an Identity, Pluralism and Tolerance (IP) Multicultural class.

The course will provide an overview of gay men’s literature, as it has evolved from ancient times to the present day. We will discuss how social acceptance has both grown and created more backlashes, as dramatized in the literature. Read More


Professor: David Frank

• CRN 12759: Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00 - 13:20

Graduation Requirement: This class fulfills an Arts & Letters Colloquium and an Identity, Pluralism and Tolerance (IP) Multicultural class.

This course is dedicated to the tragedies of mass atrocity and genocide. We consider approaches designed to inoculate against mass atrocities and genocide and the strategic strategies available to confront mass atrocity or genocide breakout. Read More


Professor: Cheyney Ryan

• CRN 12758: Tuesdays, 14:00 - 16:50

Graduation Requirement: This class fulfills a Social Science Colloquium and an Identity, Pluralism and Tolerance (IP) Multicultural class.

We explore the history and practice of human rights today and their role in today's political struggles for a better world. Our focus is both theoretical and practical. Read More


Professor: James Shephard

• CRN 16188: Thursdays, 16:00 - 18:50

Living on the Atlantic seaboard of Europe in the 13th would have presented many challenges. There was political instability and incertitude as the French and English crowns competed and fought for domination of the coast from the Pyrenees north to Flanders. New commercial trade routes and migration patterns put communities into competition for economic survival—and supremacy. Read More


Professor: Kathryn Lynch

• CRN 12760: Mondays & Wednesdays, 14:00 - 15:50

Note: This is a course that includes a MANDATORY field trip scheduled for Saturday, October 8.

Forests have always been places for humans to harvest foods, medicines, and materials for clothing, shelter, spirituality, and decoration. From the early hominids to modern humans, from the ‘old’ world to the ‘new’ world, everywhere forests exist they provide important resources to human communities. Read More


Professor: Christopher Chávez

• CRN 12761: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 08:30 - 09:50

As participants in a consumer society, we are beholden to the marketplace for all the material objects that surround us. Furthermore, marketplace logic is said to have infiltrated all facets of social life and indelibly shapes our notions of love, community and self-worth. Read More


Professor: Monique R. Balbuena

• CRN 12763: Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00 - 13:50

Graduation Requirement: This class fulfills an Arts & Letters Colloquium and an International Cultures (IC) Multicultural class.

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Professor: Gabriel Yospin

• CRN 12766: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 16:00 - 17:50

How should scientific information be a part of policy decisions? How should science influence politics? How should politics influence science? How should laws and regulations cope with incomplete or inconclusive science? Is scientific information objective? Apolitical? Neutral? Or is scientific information value laden, political, and biased? What makes scientific information credible? Who has the standing to speak for Science? What is Science? Read More


Professor: James Schombert

• CRN 16378: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 08:30 - 09:50

This course is a historical and philosophical review of our cosmological worldview from mythical times to modern science. We explore topics in the geometry of the Universe, expanding spacetime and the Big Bang, dark matter, black holes and wormholes, quarks and mesons, galaxies and quantum physics. Read More


Professor: Shlomo Libeskind

• CRN 12767: Mondays & Wednesdays, 14:00 - 15:20

This seminar explores the development of geometry through the ages – from its practical origins through its deductive emphasis in ancient Greece, to Descartes’ invention of coordinate approach and the discovery of non-Euclidean Geometry in the early part of the 19th century. Read More


Professor: Michael Kellman

• CRN 12765: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 09:00 - 09:50

We explore the profound conceptual challenges in thinking about nature brought about by two of the great revolutions in science of the twentieth century: special relativity and quantum mechanics. We first explore each of these theories at a deep but simple level, using elementary examples. We then explore the extremely strange things that happen when we try to put these theories together. Read More


Professors: Kevin Hatfield, Jennifer O'Neal

• CRN 12768: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 14:00 - 15:20

Graduation Requirement: This class fulfills a Social Science Colloquium, and an American Cultures (AC) Multicultural class.

The course positions students to perform original research and create new knowledge in direct and continuous collaboration and mentorship with tribal community partners. Ultimately, students contribute scholarship to a largely neglected and traditionally marginalized and distorted field of history, while applying their research to on-going community-based “restoration” history projects with the Northern Paiute tribal communities. Read More


Professor: Monique R. Balbuena

• CRN 12770: Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:50
• CRN 12772: Mondays, 10:00 - 11:50

Thesis Prospectus (2 credits) guides student work with a primary thesis advisor to develop a prospectus and timeline for thesis work throughout the year. Read More


Professor: Helen Southworth

• CRN 12773: Tuesdays, 12:00 - 13:50
• CRN 12771: Wednesdays, 14:00 - 15:50

Thesis Prospectus (2 credits) guides student work with a primary thesis advisor to develop a prospectus and timeline for thesis work throughout the year. Read More


Professor: Barbara Mossberg

• CRN 12769: Tuesdays, 08:00 - 09:50

Thesis Prospectus (2 credits) guides student work with a primary thesis advisor to develop a prospectus and timeline for thesis work throughout the year. Read More