Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

Fall 2017 HC 207H: How Marine Organisms Work

Professor: Kelly Sutherland

4 credits

•  CRN 12761: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:50 @ PLC 248

Note: This is a lab course that includes TWO MANDATORY field trips scheduled for October 7 and 8 (Overnight trip to OIMB) and November 4 (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 will 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

Fall 2017 HC 207H: Predicting the Future

Professor: Stephen Fickas

4 credits

•  CRN 12762: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 10:50 @ DES 220
•  CRN 12763: Fridays, 10:00 – 10:50 @ DES 220 (Required Lab)

This course is an introduction to programming and problem-solving as practiced in the field of computer science. The course focuses on a specific sub-field of computer science called predictive analytics, a fancy term for using past and current data to predict the future. Examples will be drawn from the social sciences, the humanities, education, and business among others. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 209H: Biological Basis of Human Behavior

Professor: Frances White

4 credits

•  CRN 16558: Monday & Wednesday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ MCK 347

Human behavior is complex and multifaceted. Understanding the underlying motivations and actions of humans is relevant to a wide range of disciplines, from health and biology to economics and communications. The primary objective of this course is to provide undergraduates with an understanding of human behavior from an evolutionary perspective using topics drawn from the fields of ecology, sociology, psychology, and anthropology.  Read More

Fall 2017 HC 221H: Where I'm From. Who I am: Stories of Migration in World Literature

Professor: Susanna Lim

4 credits

•  CRN 12772: Monday & Wednesday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ MAC 103
•  CRN 12764: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ MAC 111
•  CRN 12769: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ MAC 111

This course examines the significance of migration, immigration, exile, and displacement in the stories we tell about our lives and identities. Although the historical and political context of migration will be a part of our discussions, please note that this is not a contemporary political or historical course on U.S. immigration. Rather, we will look at migration as a universal human experience through the narrative mediums of literature and film, in American and world literature and culture. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 221H: Epic and Leadership

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

4 credits

•  CRN 12765: Monday & Wednesday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ MAC 110

As individuals and in teams, our class will read and recreate – and argue translations of – a handful of famous pre-modern classic epics featuring Homer’s The Odyssey, including Dante’s Divine Comedy, Gilgamesh, Beowulf, Virgil’s The Aeneid, Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, and Cervantes’ Don Quixote. We will look at the stories' relevance to leadership—decision making, strategic thinking, problem-solving, resilience, crisis management, effective communication, and what sustains the courage and commitment of service to one’s community.  Read More

Fall 2017 HC 221H: Creating Wisdom

Professor: Louise Bishop

4 credits

•  CRN 12766: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 11:00 – 11:50 @ MAC 103

What does it mean to be knowledgeable? To be wise?  How distinct are these concepts? This course will concentrate on human culture’s most powerful vehicle with which to explore, understand, create and contest both knowledge and wisdom:  telling stories. Stories – narratives – carry knowledge and create wisdom in their many pre-modern forms. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 221H: Debating Women

Professor: Rebecca Lindner

4 credits

•  CRN 12767: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ MAC 107

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

Fall 2017 HC 221H: Tragic Mode of Knowledge

Professor: Casey Shoop

4 credits

•  CRN 12768: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ MAC 106
•  CRN 12774: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ MAC 111

How can it be that seeing the pain of others constitutes a form of knowledge? What does it mean, in the words of Gloucester in King Lear, to “see it feelingly”?  From Aristotle to the present, tragedy is an aesthetic form that seeks to pose, interrogate and answer this question of what we learn from the dramatization of human suffering.  Read More

Fall 2017 HC 221H: The Arts of Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages

Professor: Johanna Seasonwein

4 credits

•  CRN 12770: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ MAC 111
•  CRN 12771: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ MAC 111

An expensive journey, an encounter with the marvelous, the purchase of a souvenir to take home: this could describe a medieval pilgrim’s journey to a sacred site…or the modern rite of passage that is the American family vacation to Walt Disney World. In this course, we explore the medieval model of pilgrimage and some of its modern descendants.  Read More

Fall 2017 HC 221H: Ancient Comedy: Athens, Rome, China, Japan

Professor: Corinne Bayerl

4 credits

•  CRN 12773: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ MAC 103
•  CRN 12775: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ MAC 106

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

Fall 2017 HC 221H: Gender Matters

Professor: Katherine Brundan

4 credits

•  CRN 16832: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ MAC 110

This course presents us with literary texts in which gender plays a significant role, raising questions about gender, sexuality and issues of power. We will read influential texts from the classical period to the eighteenth century featuring feisty heroines, transgressive gender roles, and an utopia of intersex inhabitants. Our reading will uncover historical and philosophical debates relating to gendered identities.  Read More

Fall 2017 HC 221H: Ethical Beginnings: On the Origins of Ethical Philosophy around the World

Professor: Caroline Lundquist

4 credits

• CRN 17221: Wednesday & Friday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ MAC 110

Because beliefs about ethics are often merely inherited from our surrounding cultures, we may fail to consider why we (both as individuals and collectively) have come to accept them, and why we feel so strongly about them. But ideas about ethics, like all ideas, have origins, and to really understand an idea, we must understand where it came from. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 221H: Ethos & Mythos: Ethics & Stories in the Cradle of Civilization

Professor: Kimberley Parzuchowski

4 credits

CRN 17222: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ MAC 107CRN 17234: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 - 09:50 @ MAC 107

We will explore ethics as conceived in Western antiquity in a variety of texts including biblical literature, Stoic literature, Plato & Aristotle, and through the narratives of ancient Mesopotamia, Israel, & Greece. We will consider themes of heroism, vulnerability, moral luck, gender, family, community, and how moral values impact people in various positions in the societies of this early period. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 231H: Crossing the Pamir Mountains: Eurasia in Historical Perspective

Professor: Roxann Prazniak

4 credits

•  CRN 12777: Wednesday & Friday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ MAC 106
•  CRN 12778: Wednesday & Friday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ MAC 106

In this course we will consider travel accounts, art history, and scientific discourse to explore the Eurasian continent from Greek city-states and Buddhist kingdoms to the medieval era of Christian rulers and Sufi masters.  We will find our way along silk road routes linking Changan and Samarkand to Baghdad and Rome. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 231H: Gender and Sexuality in the West to 1500

Professor: Emily Gilkey

4 credits

•  CRN 12789: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ MAC 111

In the past, women have been almost entirely absent from classic historical narratives. As a class we will work not only to place women back in the story, but also to develop tools for considering how gender informs every aspect of the human experience. We will unpack historical definitions of masculinity and femininity, considering the social, political and literary use that these distinctions served. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 231H: Sources of the Self

Professor: Vera Keller

4 credits

•  CRN 12786: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ MAC 107
•  CRN 12788: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ MAC 110

With the advent of social networking sites and their emphasis on narratives of the self, the self has become a subject of increasing activity, creativity, and prominence in the everyday lives of contemporary college students.Changing media can help transform conceptions of the self and its relationship to communities, society, cultural production and consumption, intellectual property, social change, and ideas of the public sphere. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 231H: Epidemics and Epistemologies in Pre-Modern Europe

Professor: Melissa Graboyes

4 credits

•  CRN 12785: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ MAC 103
•  CRN 12787: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ MAC 103

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

Fall 2017 HC 231H: Muslim Women of the Early Islamic History

Professor: Irum Shiekh

4 credits

•  CRN 12782: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ MAC 103
•  CRN 12784: Monday & Wednesday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ ESL 193

In this class, we will learn about the lived experiences of Muslim women of the early Islamic history (7th-14th centuries) from the geographic areas of the Middle East, Central and South Asia, Africa, and Europe. Using a variety of historical texts, we will contextualize the narratives of these women within the existing sociohistorical, cultural, and religious practices across the globe that intermingled with Islam to shape their lives and identities. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 231H: Science, Technology, and Environment in the Pre-Columbian Americas

Professor: Mark Carey

4 credits

•  CRN 12779: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ MAC 107
•  CRN 12780: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ MAC 107

Scientific knowledge and innovations—such as Mayan architecture, Inca cosmology, and Aztec botany—were fundamental for the development of ancient societies. Science and environmental knowledge often facilitated political power and imperial expansion, led to cultural change and urbanization, and influenced agricultural and technological innovations. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 231H: The History of History

Professor: Tim Williams

4 credits

•  CRN 12781: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ MAC 107
•  CRN 12783: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ MAC 106

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

Fall 2017 HC 231H: War & Heroism in the Ancient World

Professor: Michael Furtado

4 credits

•  CRN 12776: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ MAC 106

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? Were the heroes of the ancient and medieval world always admirable people, or do they reflect the characters of the intended audience for their stories, warts and all? Read More

Fall 2017 HC 399H: Critical Argumentation and Scholarship

Professor: Trond Jacobsen

1-5 credits

CRN 12790: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ FRIENDLY 214

This course prepares students to better form, present, critique and defend arguments before academic audiences. Students finishing the course understand and apply elements that influence the effectiveness of arguments delivered orally in academic contexts through a combination of lectures, readings, and intensive practice, preparation, and faculty and peer feedback. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 408H: Thesis Orientation

Professor: tba

1 credit

•  CRN 12796: Thursday 10/12/2017, 17:00 – 21:50 @ ANS 193
•  CRN 12795: Saturday 10/14/2017, 11:00 – 15:50 @ PLC 248

This is a one-day workshop with follow-up meetings. It should be taken late in the second year or early in the third year of attendance. The workshop examines research questions in different majors, suggests tactics for identifying potential thesis advisors, and helps students map out their thesis timetable in light of program requirements and opportunities, such as studying abroad. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 421H: Aesthetics of Anxiety in the Modernist Moment

Professor: Jeffrey Librett

4 credits

•  CRN 12799: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ GSH 103

We compare and contrast the ways in which anxiety is presented and explored in different types of text and discourse, and we try to understand why anxiety became such a prominent theme in the modernist period, while asking ourselves also about the status of anxiety as a cultural theme today. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 421H: Commonplace Reading, or, Book Love

Professor: Mai-Lin Cheng

4 credits

•  CRN 16831: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ GSH 103

How do we read? What is reading now? Has reading always been what we think it is? What does it mean to love books? Read More

Fall 2017 HC 421H: Emerson and Einstein, Interdisciplinary Artist Activists: An Inquiry into Genius

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

4 credits

•  CRN 12798: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ MCK 240B

Poetry and science merge, converge, blur, and blend in this study of genius that rocked—and still rocks—our world. Bursting and bending disciplines, joyously defying definitions of field – Einstein the scientist playing the violin and encouraging humanities, Emerson the poet urging study of science and history. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 424H/421H: Dance Improvisation: Race, Gender, and Performance

Professor: Rachel Carrico

4 credits

•  CRN 12801: Monday & Wednesday, 16:00 – 17:50 @ GER 248

This class starts from the premise that dance is a social process through which race and gender are constructed and debated, and that by investigating the political and social implications of improvised dance and movement, students can develop a more critical understanding of larger social issues. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 424H/421H: Immigrant Fictions: Belonging and Placelessness in Contemporary European Literature

Professor: Helen Southworth

4 credits

•  CRN 12802: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ ESL 107

This class will explore the contemporary landscape of immigration in twenty first century Europe from the perspective of novelists and poets.  We’ll explore the history of immigration since about 1950 as a means to understand the current social, cultural, political situation.  Issues will include the passage, the challenges and pleasure of biculturalism, bilingualism, issues such as belonging, translation and exile. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 431H: Big Problems and Bold Solutions: A Collaborative Approach to Problem Solving and Developing Leadership Skills

Professor: Jim Shephard

4 credits

•  CRN 16967: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ PETR 102

Whatever career you embark on, whatever path you follow, you will find success if you are an effective problem solver and leader.  This course will give you an opportunity to develop problem solving and leadership skills in a collaborative environment. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 424H/431H: Human Rights and the 21st Century

Professor: Cheyney Ryan

4 credits

•  CRN 12800: Tuesday, 14:00 – 16:50 @ PLC 248

We will explore the history and practice of human rights today, and their role in today's political struggles for a better world. Our focus will be both theoretical and practical: we will explore the philosophical underpinnings of human rights, as they emerged from the 20th century experience of war; and we will look at specific conflicts where they now play a role, focusing initially on conflicts around war, genocide, and economic justice. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 431H: Essentialism in Cognition and Culture

Professor: Dare Baldwin

4 credits

•  CRN 12805: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ GSH 103

This course will examine a broad range of such issues, encouraging students to observe ways in which fundamental cognitive propensities such as psychological essentialism can shape human activities in domains as diverse as scientific discovery, jury decision-making, educational curricula, and children’s willingness to persist in the face of initial failure. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 431H: Pacific Northwest Meets Hard Heads and Soft Hearts

Professor: Ed Whitelaw

4 credits

•  CRN 12803: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ GSH 103

To explore the economics of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) we’ll ask—and try to answer--many questions. Is the growing gap in wages between Seattle and Portland real or apparent? And ditto between Portland’s wages and say eastern Oregon’s? If it’s real, what can we do about it? Why would returning the public lands to private ownership slow Oregon’s growth? Read More

Fall 2017 HC 444H/431H: Decolonizing Research: The Northern Paiute History Project

Professor: Kevin Hatfield & Jennifer O'Neal

4 credits

•  CRN 12811: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ LIB 201

This course is underpinned by the values of community-based, inter-cultural, de-colonizing, ethical, multidisciplinary research, and authentic discourse among Native and non-Native students, historians, scholars, and tribal community course partners. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 441H: Cosmology

Professor: James Schombert

4 credits

•  CRN 12810: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ LAWRENCE 222

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

Fall 2017 HC 441H: Current Bio-Medical Research Topics, OHSU

Professor: Melissa Graboyes

4 credits

•  CRN 12808: Thursday, 14:00 – 16:50 @ ESL 193

This unique colloquium partners with faculty and graduate student researchers at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) to investigate several current research topics in medicine and global public health. Our foundation will be historical, global, and medical. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 441H: Geometry with a Taste of its History

Professor: Shlomo Libeskind

4 credits

•  CRN 12809: Monday & Wednesday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ GSH 131

The 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. We explore the historical aspects, in part through viewing beautifully presented short video lectures from the Great Courses Company. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 441H: Relativity, the Quantum, and Reality

Professor: Michael Kellman

4 credits

•  CRN 12807: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 09:00 – 09:50 @ GSH 103

We will 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 will first explore each of these theories at a deep but simple level, using elementary examples. We will then explore the extremely strange things that happen when we try to put these theories together. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 477H: Thesis Prospectus

Professor: Helen Southworth

2 credits

•  CRN 12812: Monday, 12:00 – 13:50 @ MAC 106
•  CRN 12816: Wednesday, 08:00 – 09:50 @ MAC 106

This course guides student work with a primary thesis advisor to develop a prospectus and timeline for thesis work throughout the year. Students present prospectuses orally to the class, with primary thesis advisors present. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 477H: Thesis Prospectus

Professor: Mai-Lin Cheng

2 credits

•  CRN 12813: Wednesday, 12:00 – 13:50 @ MAC 110

This course guides student work with a primary thesis advisor to develop a prospectus and timeline for thesis work throughout the year. Students present prospectuses orally to the class, with primary thesis advisors present. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 477H: Thesis Prospectus

Professor: David Frank

2 credits

•  CRN 12815: Friday, 09:00 – 10:50 @ MAC 107
•  CRN 12814: Friday, 12:00 – 13:50 @ MAC 103

This course guides student work with a primary thesis advisor to develop a prospectus and timeline for thesis work throughout the year. Students present prospectuses orally to the class, with primary thesis advisors present. Read More