Winter 2017 Course Descriptions

HC 207H: Evolution

Professor: Samantha Hopkins

4 credits

• CRN 27136: Monday & Wednesday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ COL 254
• CRN 27137: Friday, 10:00 – 11:50 @ COL 254 (Lab)

A great deal of recent controversy has centered on the teaching of evolution. Why is this topic so controversial? What is the evidence for evolution? How does it work? Does a belief in evolution necessitate a religious outlook? We will address these questions and more, focusing on the science of evolution and how it informs us about the scientific process in general. Read More 


HC 209H: Paleontology of Oregon

Professor: Samantha Hopkins

4 credits

• CRN 26436: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ GSH 103

We will use the study of the history of life as recorded in Oregon’s fossil record to understand scientific thinking and the process of science.  Our study will range from the formation of the actual land of Oregon via plate tectonics, to the importance of the fossil record of Oregon to our understanding of the interaction between organisms and their environments, to the role of humans in the extinction of mammoths and saber-toothed cats, to the evolutionary origins of marine vertebrates such as sharks, whales, ichthyosaurs, and dolphins. Read More


HC 222H: Tradition and Innovation: Literature from Western Europe and Russia

Professor: Susanna Lim

4 credits

• CRN 22789: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 - 09:50 @ MAC 111
• CRN 22782: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ MAC 111

In this course we will be reading important works of Western and Eastern European literature from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. While approaching the texts through close reading, we will also discuss the works in their historical, cultural, and national contexts. In particular, we will focus on the three literary and artistic movements of Classicism, Romanticism, and Realism. Read More


HC 222H: Making Modern Literature

Professor: Louise Bishop

4 credits

• CRN 22788: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10:00 - 10:50 @ MAC 103

Bruno Latour writes, “We have never been modern.”  What does the word modern mean?  What does the word literature mean?  We will interrogate the words “modern" and "literature" quite closely. We will also consider the generic constraints affecting poetic, prose, and dramatic (stage and screen) representations of modernity. What makes modernity interesting? Compelling? Accurate? Meaningful? Truthful? Real? Read More


HC 222H: Rising, Passing and Classing: The Literature of Upward Mobility

Professor: Casey Shoop

4 credits

• CRN 22783: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:20 @ MAC 111
• CRN 22787: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ MAC 111

This course explores the literature of upward mobility, the great narratives of individual striving and struggling. Where are all of these characters trying to go anyway? What are the forces that compel them? What kinds of cultural work do such stories do? We will be particularly interested in how the ethos of individualism that shapes this literary tradition comes into conflict with racial, class and gender lines that delimit, shape and even crush its expression. Read More


HC 222H: The Invention of Love

Professor: Monique Balbuena

4 credits

• CRN 22784: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 - 11:20 @ MAC 111
• CRN 22786: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ MAC 111

Love has had many faces, and the love of which we speak in the 21st century is not the same as the 17th-century love, which on its turn, differs greatly from the 12th-century love. This course will look into many of the ways in which the idea of love has been construed and love expressed in literature. We will observe similarities and differences to the way we understand love today as we read from several time periods and linguistic/literary traditions. Read More


HC 222H: Eco Literature

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

4 credits

• CRN 22785: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 - 11:20 @ LA 230

Eco-literature is a dynamic portrait of human engagement and concern with our world. Whether expressed in joy, gratitude, anger, or sorrow, what is at stake in how we represent earth and understand our relation to it? In the study of literature of our environment, we marvel at the fanged, the fierce, the lofty, the flowing. We rejoice at weeds and spiders. We despair at what is lost. We’ll note how leaders of countries and organizations and courts write about the environment. In the process of asking, how does the human mind conceive and express nature, we are reflecting on how we see: such exploration reveals a consciousness and conscience for what it means to be human. Read More


HC 222H: Island Writing

Professor: Mai-Lin Cheng

4 credits

• CRN 22790: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ MAC 103
• CRN 22791: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ MAC 103

This course examines the mythic status of the island in a range of literary and visual texts. As we map the poetic and political space of the island, we will encounter questions about exploration and empire, self and other, the real and the imaginary. Texts will likely include Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, and modern reinterpretations of Shakespeare and Defoe’s classic texts by the French Caribbean writer Aimé Césaire and South African writer J. M. Coetzee. Read More


HC 222H: Ecopoetry

Professor: John Witte

4 credits

• CRN 22792: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 13:00 - 13:50 @ MAC 106

Our class will investigate the links between poetry and environmentalism, and explore the various ways that nature has been represented in English and American verse. Our close reading of poems - from Chaucer to Hopkins to Mary Oliver -will be framed by ten seminal essays on ecopoetry. We will address the pressing issues of specie extinction, environmental degradation, and climate change, finding in the dynamic equilibrium of wilderness clues for our own survival. Read More


HC 222H: Literary Gestations: Pregnancy and Childbirth in Poetry and Prose

Professor: Elizabeth Raisanen

4 credits

• CRN 22793: Wednesday & Friday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ MAC 106

This course investigates pregnancy and childbirth in poetry and prose from the early modern era to the present in order to explore the ways in which literary representations of maternal bodily processes have changed with the development of the medical fields of obstetrics and gynecology. We will examine not only the ways in which gestation and parturition are represented as physical processes, but also the metaphorical resonances of such processes and what this means for changing perceptions of pregnant women’s agency in private life, in the public sphere, and in literary expression. Read More


HC 232H: Controlling the Past, Historicizing Modernity, 1450-Present

Professor: Mike Peixoto

4 credits

• CRN 22797: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:20 @ MAC 106
• CRN 22798: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ MAC 107
• CRN 22801: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 - 11:20 @ MAC 106

From the framing of new achievements and the creation of national identities to the organization of historical material in archives, monuments and museums, the desire to control, preserve and manipulate a narrative of the past has formed a defining element of what it means to be a modern person or modern society. This class explores the use of history to create concepts of modernity and frame one’s understanding of the present day within the relevance of the past. Read More


HC 232H: Exploration, Encounter and Consequence

Professor: Michael Furtado

4 credits

• CRN 22799: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:20 @ MAC 107
• CRN 22800: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ MAC 107

What motivates people to embark on journeys into the unknown? What happens when one civilization encounters an unknown or alien culture? Have encounters with the unknown changed over time, or can we expect similar outcomes with encounters yet to occur? In this course, we will discuss the motives for exploration, including economics, the quest for knowledge, military considerations, and the consequences of such efforts ranging from the discovery of the New World in 1492 to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Read More


HC 232H: Disease, Public Health, and the Making of the Modern World

Professor: Melissa Graboyes

4 credits

• CRN 22794: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ MAC 106
• CRN 22802: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ ED 276

This class examines the emergence of modern debates about health and disease and practices of public health in order to gain insight into the larger social, cultural, and political history of the modern world. During the quarter, we will discuss the elimination of malaria in the United States; protests against polio vaccination in Northern Nigeria; smallpox eradication practices in India; the epidemiology of yellow fever in Brazil; the origins of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa; and current vaccine anxieties in the United Kingdom. Read More


HC 232H: Losing My Religion

Professor: Jeffrey Schroeder

4 credits

• CRN 22803: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ MAC 107

It is said that we live in a secular age, an age of disenchantment. For some, this signifies the triumph of reason over faith and superstition; for others, loss and despair. Previous generations “beheld God and nature face to face,” but modern men and women are left groping for a new connection to the divine. How has the rise of modernity altered the terrain upon which religious ideas, practices, and communities either thrive or decay? How have modern individuals charted new paths to religious faith? Read More


HC 232H: The European City

Professor: John Nicols

4 credits

• CRN 26435: Wednesday & Friday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ MAC 103

Cities have traditionally been the catalyst to political, cultural, scientific and economic development. In this course we will look at the experiences of several European cities: Classical Athens; Renaissance Florence; 19th century Vienna; and 20th century Berlin. Read More


HC 232H: Nationalism and Regionalism in U.S. History

Professor: Tim Williams

4 credits

• CRN 22795: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ MAC 107
• CRN 22796: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 - 17:20 @ ANS 193

The 2016 national election cycle showcased, dramatically at times, competing visions for the meaning of the American nation and citizenship. In order to understand these complex, competing, and often painfully ahistorical visions, we must consider their origins from a scholarly perspective. Accordingly, in this class we’ll ask big questions about American nationalism, its history and its contemporary uses: What is a nation?  How does nationalism work? How and why did ideas about nationalism change over time? Read More


HC 232H: Women, Gender and Society in Modern Europe

Professor: Emily Gilkey

4 credits

• CRN 27257: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 - 17:20 @ MAC 111

In 1500, women had limited rights to property and were by law subject to their male kin. Access to work opportunities was extremely limited and, with a few notable exceptions, women played no role in government. Today, women lead several of Europe’s major powers and enjoy legal parity with men in most respects. This class traces the remarkable alterations in the status of women in the last 500 years. Read More


HC 232H: Spaces of Modernity

Professor: Daniel Rosenberg

4 credits

• CRN 27301: Wednesday & Friday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ GSH 103

This course examines the emergence of modern social, cultural, and intellectual forms from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries. It focuses especially on the histories of Europe and the United States, highlighting the changing spaces of modern life, and the ideas and oppositions that define them, imperial center and colony, city and country, public and private, feminine and masculine. Read More


HC 399H: Speech and Debate

Professor: Trond Jacobsen

1-5 credits

• CRN 22804: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 - 13:50 @ MCK 347

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


HC 408H: Thesis Orientation

Professor:  TBA

1 credit

• CRN 22810: Thursday, January 19th (one day workshop), 17:00 - 21:50 @ GSH 130
• CRN 22809: Saturday, January 28th (one day workshop), 11:00 - 15:50 @ GSH 130

This is a one-day workshop with follow-up meetings. Second and third year students are encouraged to attend. 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


HC 421H: Hemingway and Film

Professor: Suzanne Clark

4 credits

• CRN 22816: Monday & Wednesday, 16:00 - 17:50 @ GSH 132

Ernest Hemingway and the cinema were born together; he grew up attending the newsreels and films at the Nickelodean with his family, and he saw W. D. Griffith's epic, pathbreaking, and deeply problematic pro-Klan movie, "Birth of a Nation," with his grandfather as a teenager--perhaps 17 times. Looking at Hemingway's insertion into celebrity culture, especially through films, may help to think about how the very individualistic art of writing is changed by its contact with film, photography, magazines, newsreels, reporters--the media. Read More


HC 424H/421H: Race, Culture and Incarceration in the U.S. West

Professor: Sharon Luk

4 credits

• CRN 26448: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ ESL 107

In this course, we will study how the rise of mass incarceration in the U.S. West differs from histories drawn from the U.S. Southern and Atlantic regions. Grounded in the development of our regional culture since WWII and with an emphasis on the state of California as the world’s prison epicenter, students will have the opportunity to learn and practice approaches to contemporary cultural studies that combine textual, historical, and geographic research and analysis to investigate social crisis. Read More


HC 421H: Political Shakespeare

Professor: Rebecca Lindner

4 credits

• CRN 27131: Friday, 10:00 - 12:50 @ GSH 131

In this course, we will look at the political dimensions of Shakespeare’s plays by bringing them into dialogue with insights from political theory, intellectual history, and comparative literature. How did Shakespeare think about kingship, statesmanship, citizenship, and the violence of political life in the Renaissance era? How did he respond to new social, political, and intellectual developments in the course of his long career as a playwright? Read More


HC 444H/421H: The Rhetoric of Racial Reconciliation: Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and the Promise of Intersectionality

Professor: David Frank

4 credits

• CRN 26901: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:20 @ GSH 103
• CRN 27293: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 - 11:20 @ DEADY 205

This course centers on the rhetoric of race, adaptive racism, adaptive anti-racism, and racial reconciliation. Barack Obama's forty speeches on race during his two terms as president and the discourse of Donald Trump's white identity movement will serve as the primary texts for the course. Read More


HC 431H: Contemporary Ethical Problems

Professor: Caroline Lundquist

4 credits

• CRN 22819: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 - 17:50 @ ESL 199

Moral issues and problems are all around us, and continually emerge from the ways we live our lives as individuals within a society and within an increasingly interconnected global community. Sadly, many important moral issues are more or less invisible to us, and their invisibility has serious consequences; the ethical problems facing our nation and world too often go unsolved simply because we collectively fail to notice and think about them. We must learn to recognize the less obvious moral problems that surround us, so that we can begin to understand and, in turn, to solve them. Read More


HC 424H/431H: Inside Out Prison Exchange: Autobiography as Political Agency – Part II

Professor: Anita Chari

4 credits

• CRN 22818: Tuesday, 18:00 - 20:50 @ OSCI Salem

This class explores the autobiography as a form of both personal and political expression. The class begins by complicating, questioning and demystifying the divide between the personal and political by linking students' personal stories and histories with narratives of broader social structures, such as capitalism, patriarchy, slavery, and colonialism. Read More


HC 444H/431H: Inside Out Prison Exchange: The American Family in the 21st Century: Ecological Influences on Human Development

Professor: Kevin Alltucker

4 credits

CRN 27174: Wednesday, 18:00 - 20:50 @ OSCI SalemFirst Day of Class will be Tuesday, January 10th, 18:00 – 20:50 @ STB 252

We will explore the idea of a “typical” or “normal” family in the context of the Hollywood Myth that depicted an unrealistic caricature of the American family that had a breadwinner father, a stay-at-home mother, two children, a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence, and a dog named Spot. Read More


HC 434H/431H: Research and Changing Perspectives on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Professor: Terry Hunt

4 credits

• CRN 22823: Tuesday, 17:00 - 19:50 @ ESL 193

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, has become widely known as a case study of human-induced environmental catastrophe, resulting in cultural collapse.  The island’s alleged tragic history is offered as a cautionary tale of our own environmental recklessness and flirtation with failure on a global scale.  However, a closer look at the actual archaeological and historical record for the island reveals that while an environmental disaster unfolded, the ancient Polynesians persisted. Indeed the ancient people succeeded despite the odds. Read More 


HC 441H: Mysteries of the Brain

Professor: Nathan Tublitz

4 credits

• CRN 22824: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 - 11:20 @ GSH 103

This course provides science and non-science honors college students with a basic understanding of neuroscience, the study of the brain. Students acquire an understanding of the complexities underlying brain function, learn about the methods and fundamental processes underlying scientific research, gain an appreciation of the role and limitations of basic biomedical research in our society, and explore ethical dilemmas in neuroscience research. Read More


HC 441H: Biological Breakthroughs

Professor: Jenna Valley

4 credits

• CRN 26953: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ MCK 122

The purpose of this course is to allow students to explore integral biological concepts (e.g. Natural Selection, cells and biological molecules, immunology, etc.) through the highlights of biological discoveries. For example, students will learn about genetics and DNA and explore the future of genomic work considering the recent development of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing tool and what it means from different societal standpoints. Read More


HC 441H: Data Driven Policy: Application to Global Climate Change

Professor: Greg Bothun

4 credits

• CRN 22825: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:50 @ LIB 41

Most lay people do not appreciate our limited understanding of the physical nature of the climate system, how its components interact, and the subsequent uncertainties in overall climate change impacts. Therefore important questions relating to food security, water resources, biodiversity, and other socio-economic issues remain unresolved. Data driven approaches that have been highly successful in other scientific disciplines hold significant potential for application in climate change impacts. Read More


HC 441H: Who Am I? A Genetic Inquiry

Professor: Amy Connolly

4 credits

• CRN 26447: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:50 @ GER 246

“Who Am I?” You may have asked yourself this question repeatedly in your life, and found a myriad of ways to answer it. In this class you will be literally answering this question at the DNA level. Who are you? Do you carry traces of Neanderthal within you? Do you sneeze when looking into the sun? Are you prone to addictive behaviors? Are you carrying a genetic disease? Are you a sprinter?  These types of mysteries may be answered by looking at your own DNA. Read More


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

Professor: Terry Hunt

4 credits

• CRN 26708: Wednesday, 17:00 - 19:50 @ STB 252

This unique colloquium partners with researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to investigate several current research topics in medicine and public health.  Guest lectures/seminar leaders as well as seminar participation at the OHSU campus (via a field trip from Eugene) will provide students unique and engaged perspectives on current research. Read More


HC 477H: Thesis Prospectus

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

• CRN 22828: Tuesday, 12:00 - 13:50 @ GSH 103

Professor: David Frank

• CRN 22829: Monday, 12:00 - 13:50 @ MAC 111
• CRN 22827: Tuesday, 14:00 - 15:50 @ MAC 110

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