Spring 2017 Course Descriptions

Spring 2017 HC 207H: 21st Century Science

Professor: James Schombert

4 credits

•  CRN 32578: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 08:30 – 09:50 @ LAWRENCE 222
•  *Required Lab: CRN 32579: Fridays, 10:00 – 11:20 @ WIL 13

The 21st century is positioned to be a turning point in scientific knowledge and technological progress. During this last century, our description of Nature has shifted from a static Cartesian-Newtonian view of a clockwork Universe to an expanding Universe ruled by chaos and complexity. This course will explore topics in three divisions of Nature; the macroscopic world, microscopic world, and cosmology. In addition, this course will serve as an introduction to the philosophy that we use to apply meaning to reality, such as reductionism, emergence, holism and creation.  Read More


Spring 2017 HC 209H: Natural Hazards and Disasters and their Social Impact

Professor: Ilya Bindeman & Elena Bogolyubova

4 credits

•  CRN 36234: Mondays & Wednesdays, 14:00 – 15:20 @ PLC 361

This course explains physical and geological aspects of natural disasters, such as volcanic eruption, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes and typhoons with many examples around the globe, crossing countries of different economic levels of development. This course estimates human costs, economic and social vulnerability of different populations, and compares the readiness, the governmental response and recovery in both high and low-income countries. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 209H: Earthquakes

Professor: Eugene Humphreys

4 credits

•  CRN 36235: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 – 13:50 @ PLC 248

While earthquakes are both terrifying and awesome short-duration events, the understanding of what they are is a fascinating story of scientific discovery that is occurring still. In this class we will step through the evermore sophisticated observations and hypotheses to develop the ideas of what an earthquake is, why they occur, how seismic and tsunami waves propagate, and what is and is not (yet) predictable. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 223H: Contemporary British Writing

Professor: Helen Southworth

4 credits

•  CRN 32582: Mondays & Wednesdays, 08:30 – 09:50 @ MAC 103
•  CRN 32583: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:20 @ MAC 103

This course covers the contemporary writing scene in the United Kingdom.  We read both fiction and non-fiction.  Themes include immigration, race, ‘new nature writing,’ post colonialism, gender and family, among others. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 223H: Artificial Births in Speculative Fiction from Frankenstein to the Present

Professor: Elizabeth Raisanen

4 credits

•  CRN 32584: Wednesdays & Fridays, 12:00 – 13:20 @ MAC 110

Heralded by many as the first science fiction novel, Frankenstein explores a world in which new life is artificially created by a technological rather than a natural process, a theme that subsequent authors have engaged with in order to call into question the very categories of the “natural” and the “artificial” when it comes to reproduction. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 223H: Reading Cities

Professor: Mai-Lin Cheng

4 credits

•  CRN 32585: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 – 13:20 @ MAC 106
•  CRN 32586: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 14:00 – 15:20 @ MAC 106

This course explores literature of the city since the early nineteenth century. It examines questions of race, power, and space in the representations of the individual and the crowd, highlighting the role of the urban observer. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 233H: Gender & Sexuality in U.S. History

Professor: Tim Williams

4 credits

•  CRN 32587: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:20 @ MAC 107
•  CRN 32588: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 14:00 – 15:20 @ MAC 103

This is a course in historical methods and research, focusing specifically on the history of gender and sexuality in the United States from its establishment through the twentieth century. We will read several works of recent scholarship in the field (both articles and monographs). These readings will inform regular class discussions about how historians have used gender and sexuality to understand many different themes in U.S. history, including class, education, race and slavery, war, and popular culture. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 233H: Trade, Wealth, and Exchange in the Middle Ages

Professor: Michael Peixoto

4 credits

•  CRN 32589: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:20 @ MAC 106
•  CRN 32590: Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00 – 13:20 @ MAC 106

In this course, we will study how medieval people defined, measured, and allocated valuable resources. We will cover topics such as long-distance travel, Arab and Viking trade routes, high-value items, monastic donations, poverty, and the monetary reaction to the Black Death. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 233H: Oral Histories of Muslims in the US

Professor: Irum Shiekh

4 credits

•  CRN 32591: Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00 – 13:20 @ MAC 107

This course examines the histories and identities of Muslims living in the United States from historical and contemporary perspectives.  We will begin with examining the narratives of Muslims forcibly removed from Africa during the slavery period. Furthermore, the course will study the migration movements of Muslims starting the late 19th century up until today from the Middle East, South Asia, Central and South East Asia, and Africa. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 223H: Climate Change and the Problem of Representation

Professor: Casey Shoop

4 credits

•  CRN 32580: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:20 @ MAC 103
•  CRN 32581: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 – 13:20 @ MAC 103

In this course we will consider both the limits and possibilities of literary and other cultural forms to respond to the burgeoning reality of climate change. We will explore how literature, poetry, and film respond and adapt to this transforming world. Is there a poetics of environmental disaster? Does literature offer us a means to imagine a world otherwise? Read More


Spring 2017 HC 399H: Speech and Debate

Professor: Trond Jacobsen

4 credits

•  CRN 32593: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 – 13:50 @ ESL 107

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. The program travels to about thirteen tournaments, hosts two on-campus tournaments, and engages in on-campus speaking activities. Read More 


Spring 2017 HC 408H: Thesis Orientation

Professor: TBA

1 credit

•  CRN 32598: Saturday 4/15/2017, 11:00 – 15:50 @ PLC 248
•  CRN 32599: Thursday 4/20/2017, 17:00 – 21:50 @ ESL 193
•  CRN 32600: Saturday 4/22/2017, 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


Spring 2017 HC 421H: Inside Out Prison Exchange: Literature and Ethics - Tolstoy's Resurrection

Professor: Steven Shankman

4 credits

•  CRN 32602: Thursdays, 18:00 – 20:50 @ OSCI

**An Information Session will be held on Wednesday, February 8th, from 5 - 6:50pm @ 275 Lillis Hall** 

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) is one of the greatest and most influential masters of the novel. The Russian literary classics of the nineteenth century, including the novels of Tolstoy, made a profound impression on Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995), perhaps the greatest philosopher of ethics of our era. We will carefully read Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, paying special attention to what the novel has to say about ethics understood in Levinas’s sense: my inescapable responsibility for a unique and irreplaceable other.  Read More


Spring 2017 HC 421H: Power and Performativity in Italian Renaissance Court Culture

Professor: Nathalie Hester

4 credits

•  CRN 32603: Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00 – 13:20 @ GSH 103

This course focuses on 16th-century Italian court culture and the cultural, social, and political changes associated with what has come to be termed early modernity. The course is organized around the study of four Italian courts—Florence, Urbino, Mantua, and Rome—and representative texts (treatises, plays) and art produced in those cities. The course will also consider contemporary representations of these courts (novels, television series). Read More 


Spring 2017 HC 431H: History Studio/History Lab

Professor: Daniel Rosenberg

4 credits

•  CRN 36232: Mondays & Wednesdays, 14:00 – 15:20 @ GSH 103

In this course, we investigate the spatial and epistemological frameworks of the studio and the laboratory from a historical perspective. We ask what the humanities may learn from the spatial practices of these disciplines, and we experiment with research and teaching in our own history studio/history lab. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 431H: Charles Darwin, Scientist, in the Original

Professor: Bruce Winterhalder

4 credits

•  CRN 36231: Fridays, 11:00 – 13:50 @ MCK 348

Charles Darwin was a desultory, unpromising student who became one of the most fascinating, creative and influential scientists of the modern era.  He also is one of the best known, through his publications, private diaries and extensive correspondence.  He and his work remain salient today; they constitute the focus of this course. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 431H: Science, Literacy and Communication

Professor: Kim Sheehan

 4 credits

•  CRN 32606: Mondays & Wednesdays, 16:00 – 17:20 @ MCK 347

A recent Pew Research Study reported that polling data shows the public continues to debate some scientific ideas on which most scientists already agree. At the same time, public trust in science has decreased, and experts suggest that public trust in science and scientists is as essential as public understanding of science. What many agree on is that the public needs to take responsibility to understand more about science and that scientists need to take responsibility to communicate science well. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 431H: Children in War: Global Experiences and Consequences

Professor: Shoshana Kerewsky

4 credits

•  CRN 32607: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 – 13:20 @ GSH 103

Children and youth are especially vulnerable to the effects and aftereffects of war. This course explores the experiences of children in wartime primarily through the memoirs of authors whose childhoods included invasion, combat, ethnic targeting, deprivation, dislocation, and other risks. We will examine the physical, psychological, and cultural consequences of war as these authors describe them, as well as their resilience factors and the interventions, if any, that were provided to them. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 434H/421H: Mesoamerican Foodways

Professor: Analisa Taylor

4 credits

•  CRN 32608: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:20 @ GSH 103

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Arts & Letters Colloquium and an International Cultures multicultural class. If you have already taken an Arts & Letters Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an International Cultures multicultural class.

Corn has played a central role in the development of Mesoamerican civilizations for thousands of years. Ironically, today’s high tech industrialized production and transnational commercialization of corn is now playing a central role in the contemporary diaspora of those Mesoamerican civilizations, whose traditional landraces of maize can not compete in local markets flooded with cheap, often genetically modified corn. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 434H/421H: African-American Writers in Paris

Professor: Corinne Bayerl

4 credits

• CRN 36938: Mondays & Wednesdays, 08:30 – 09:50 @ Peterson 102

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Arts & Letters Colloquium and an International Cultures multicultural class. If you have already taken an Arts & Letters Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an International Cultures multicultural class.

This class will focus on the vibrant African-American community that settled in Paris after WWI and included writers and intellectuals such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, and Richard Wright. We will discuss why these writers chose to live in France as expatriates, in which ways they impacted both French and American culture, and we will consider their perspectives on race relations back home and in their adopted country. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 444H/431H: The March Continues: The Civil Rights and Human Rights Movement Past, Present and Future

Professor: Daniel Miller

4 credits

•  CRN 32614: Mondays & Wednesdays, 16:00 – 17:50 @ LILLIS 111

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: a Social Science Colloquium and an American Cultures multicultural class. If you have already taken a Social Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an American Cultures multicultural class.

This class views and analyzes the classic US Civil Rights Movement and its aftermath and the personal, cultural, social, political, economic, and ideological forces that came together in opposition and in unity to change the world at that time. We hope to shed light on the contemporary rise of Civil and Human Rights abuses, and racism, poverty, inequality and state violence movements today. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 441H: The Psychology, Philosophy and Neuroscience of Morality

Professor: Christina Karns

4 credits

•  CRN 36321: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 16:00 – 17:20 @ GSH 103

This course focuses on the psychology, philosophy and neuroscience of virtues and emotions. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 441H: Attachment Theory and Relationships

Professor: Jennifer Ablow

4 credits

•  CRN 32613: Mondays, 14:00 – 16:50 @ MCK 471

Attachment theory has emerged as one of the leading frameworks for the study of close relationships, personality processes, and emotional dynamics. From a scientific and educational point of view, attachment theory is compelling because it draws upon the theories and empiricism of multiple perspectives, including ethology, evolution, and virtually all areas of psychology (e.g., clinical, development, cognitive, neuroscience, and social-personality psychology). Students in this advanced seminar will explore the universality of and individual differences in the development and trajectory of attachment relationships. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 441H: Science and Culture

Professor: Gregory Bothun & John Nicols

4 credits

•  CRN 32612: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 14:00 – 15:50 @ Price Commons Science Library B42

This course will focus on the historical development of science in the context of embedded culture and how that affects or creates the ability for knowledge to be transmitted from one generation to the next. Fundamental to this approach is examining the cultural conditions that must exist before scientific theory is accepted and along those lines, evaluating whether or not a Scientific Revolution actually occurred in a way that affects cultural behavior. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 441H: Geology and Biology of the Tibetan Plateau

Professor: Samantha Hopkins

4 credits

•  CRN 32611: Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00 – 13:50 @ COL 254

In this class, we’ll study the geologic origins of Central Asia’s unusual geologic structures, and the implications of its unique geologic properties for ongoing geologic and biological processes. We’ll take a look at why this area is so different from everywhere else on earth, and what we can learn about natural processes from the study of this extreme geology. We’ll also tie the geological and biological features of this region to some of the sociopolitical implications of this dynamic area. Read More 


Spring 2017 HC 477H: Thesis Prospectus

Professor: Ocean Howell

2 credits

•  CRN 32616: Wednesdays, 12:00 – 13:50 @ MAC 103
•  CRN 32615: Fridays, 10:00 – 11:50 @ MAC 103
•  CRN 32617: Fridays, 12:00 – 13:50 @ MAC 103

NOTE: This class requires pre-authorization. Complete the Thesis Prospectus Application form only after formulating, in collaboration with your primary thesis advisor, the outline of a thesis project. The form requires your primary thesis advisor’s signature (verified electronic signatures are accepted).

This Thesis Prospectus 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