Fall 2018 Course Descriptions

Fall 2018 HC 207H: Fire Ecology and Solving Global Problems

Professor: Gabriel Yospin

4 credits

•  CRN 12791: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ 116 ESL
•  Required Lab - CRN 12792: Thursday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ 42 LIB

Every year, it seems like wildland fires burn more area, destroy more property, and kill more people than ever before. As human population continues to expand into areas of flammable vegetation, understanding potential fire behavior becomes increasingly important. Changes in land use following Euro-American settlement across North America have drastically changed vegetation and wildland fire behavior. Read More


Fall 2018 HC 209H: Introduction to Mammalian Microbiomes

Professor: Suzanne Ishaq

4 credits

•  CRN 12793: Monday & Wednesday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ COL 45

The learning objectives of this course are to introduce students to basic concepts in host-associated microbiomes. While difficult concepts will be discussed, the course is intended to teach students about the basic principles: what is a microbiome? How does host anatomy drive microbial ecology? How does that community develop over time? Read more


Fall 2018 HC 221H: Debating Women

Professor: Rebecca Lindner

4 credits

•  CRN 12797: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ CHA 301

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 2018 HC 221H: Drama in Ancient Greece and Medieval Japan

Professor: Corinne Bayerl

4 credits

•  CRN 12809: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ CHA 202
•  CRN 12805: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ CHA 202

This seminar will explore the relationship between drama in comic and tragic modes in two different cultures: 5th- and 4th-century B.C. Athens and 14th-century Japan. Our main goal is to understand why the separation of drama into a serious and a lighthearted genre occurred in the first place, why playwrights in both cultures settled on one or the other, and why they did not mix both genres to create a hybrid form, such as tragicomedy, which is of later historical origin. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 221H: Ecocritical Approaches to Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Literature

Professor: Helen Southworth

4 credits

•  CRN 12794: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ CHA 201
•  CRN 12799: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ CHA 201

This course is both a survey style class and 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


Fall 2018 HC 221H: Epic and Leadership

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

4 credits

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

Into 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 as we make our way forward: 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


Fall 2018 HC 221H: Ethical Beginnings: On the Origins of Ethical Philosophy around the World

Professor: Caroline Lundquist

4 credits

•  CRN 12800: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ CHA 301
•  CRN 12807: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ CHA 301

As philosophers have often pointed out, sometimes the things that are most obvious to us are also the hardest to explain. This is true of some of our most important beliefs about ethics, including beliefs about personal responsibility, judgment, and even what it means to be human. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 221H: Ethos & Mythos: Ethics & Stories in the Cradle of Civilization

Professor: Kimberley Parzuchowski

4 credits

•  CRN 12801: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ CHA 202
•  CRN 12802: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ CHA 202

Ethical life poses for us many questions about how to live well.  Philosophy seeks to understand the path of wisdom through reflection, inquiry, and discourse.  Stories can provide for our inquiries a deeper exploration of the human condition and so aid our considerations in how we ought to construct the good life for ourselves and our communities. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 221H: Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean

Professor: Kristen Seaman

4 credits

•  CRN 12806: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ CHA 201

This course explores constructions of ethnic and cultural identity in the literature of the ancient Mediterranean, from the 5th century BCE through the 1st century CE. The ancient Mediterranean was a multicultural space, with Africans, Christians, Gauls, Greeks, Jews, Persians, Romans, and others. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 221H: In the Beginning…

Professor: Monique Balbuena

4 credits

•  CRN 12808: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ CHA 301

… there was sex, violence, betrayal and survival. Indeed, the world’s bestselling book has it all. And we will read some of it in this first course of the Clark Honors College Literature sequence, devoted to the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Pentateuch, or Torah (The Five Books of Moses). Read more


Fall 2018 HC 221H: Telling Wisdom

Professor: Louise Bishop

4 credits

•  CRN 12796: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 11:00 – 11:50 @ GSH 103

Scientia is the Latin word for “knowledge”; sapientia is the Latin word for “wisdom.”  In this course, we will consider the relationship between knowledge and wisdom, and how both have been created, defined and shared.  Read more


Fall 2018 HC 221H: Tragic Mode of Knowledge

Professor: Casey Shoop

4 credits

•  CRN 12798: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ CHA 202
•  CRN 12804: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ CHA 202

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 2018 HC 231H: Crossing the Pamir Mountains: Eurasia in Historical Perspective

Professor: Roxann Prazniak

4 credits

•  CRN 12819: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ GSH 103
•  CRN 12821: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ GSH 103

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. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 231H: Gender and Sexuality in the West to 1500

Professor: Emily Gilkey

4 credits

•  CRN 12817: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ GSH 130
•  CRN 12818: Monday & Wednesday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ CHA 301

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


Fall 2018 HC 231H: Mental Illness in Ancient Cultures

Professor: Shoshana Kerewsky

4 credits

•  CRN 12810: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ GSH 130

We will explore a range of classical civilizations’ descriptions of mental health and mental illness, their physical and supernatural/religious explanations for emotional and behavioral deviance, and how people with non-normative experiences were treated by their communities. We will seek cross-cultural comparisons and contrasts, and look for the roots of modern psychiatry and psychology. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 231H: Muslim Women of the Early Islamic History

Professor: Irum Shiekh

4 credits

•  CRN 12811: Wednesday & Friday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ CHA 201
•  CRN 12812: Wednesday & Friday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ CHA 201

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 2018 HC 231H: Science, Technology, and Environment in the Pre-Columbian Americas

Professor: Mark Carey

4 credits

•  CRN 12814: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ CHA 201
•  CRN 12813: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ CHA 201

This course examines how ideas about nature and practices of environmental management shaped pre-modern societies from ancient times to roughly 1500. Scientific knowledge and innovations—such as Mayan architecture, Inca cosmology, and Aztec botany—were fundamental for the development of ancient societies. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 231H: Warfare in Tribal Societies

Professor: Marcela Mendoza

4 credits

•  CRN 12823: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ CON 260

When and why did human warfare originate? What is the cultural significance of war-related rituals, such as taking enemy heads and scalps as war trophies, cannibalistic consumption of war prisoners, and the taking of captives from defeated groups? Read more


Fall 2018 HC 399H: Legal Advocacy and Persuasion

Professor: Trond Jacobsen

1 to 5 credits

•  CRN 12824: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:50 @ GSH 130

Incorporating insights from the latest research on persuasion and attention, this course prepares students to understand and incorporate principles of effective communication in judicial contexts. Expert guests will include law professors, attorneys, and judges. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 408H: Thesis Orientation

Professor:  TBD

1 credit

•  CRN 12828: Saturday 10/13, 11:00 – 15:50 @ CHA 201
•  CRN 12829: Thursday 10/11, 17:00 – 21:50 @ GSH 

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. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 421H: Emerson and Einstein, Interdisciplinary Artist Activists: An Inquiry into Genius

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

4 credits

•  CRN 12833: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ GSH 103

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 2018 HC 421H: Literary Lives of Animals

Professor: Casey Shoop

4 credits

•  CRN 12832: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ CHA 201

Shortly before his death, philosopher Jacques Derrida turned to “the question of the animal,” and he posed that question in the reciprocal gaze of his house cat. We have all stood before the eyes of a non-human animal and wondered about the intimate meaning of that look, the only partially accessible worlds in those eyes as well as what they see in us. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 424H/421H: Screening the Holocaust

Professor: Monique Balbuena

4 credits

•  CRN 12835: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:50 @ CHA 202

Even before the end of WWII cinema had already begun to depict the violence and fascism coming out of Nazi Germany. Following the liberation of the camps, documentarians sought to represent the reality they encountered. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 424H/431H: Human Rights and the 21st Century

Professor: Cheyney Ryan

4 credits

•  CRN 12834: Tuesday, 14:00 – 16:50 @ CHA 301

We will explore the history and practice of human rights today, and their role in today's political struggles for a better world. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 431H: Big Problems and Bold Solutions: A Collaborative Approach to Problem Solving and Developing Leadership Skills

Professor: Jim Shephard

4 credits

•  CRN 12839: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ CHA 202

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 2018 HC 431H: Children in War: Global Experiences and Consequences

Professor: Shoshana Kerewsky

4 credits

•  CRN 12838: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ GSH 130

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. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 431H: Politics of Human Rights

Professor: Farhad Malekafzali

4 credits

•  CRN 12837: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ 123 Living & Learning Center

This course will use case studies ranging from the Armenian genocide to the War on Terror to explore the meaning, basis, roots, and practical significance of human rights. Read More


Fall 2018 HC 444H/431H: Muslims in the U.S.

Professor: Irum Shiekh

4 credits

•  CRN 12844: Thursday, 14:00 – 16:50 @ CHA 301

This course examines the histories and identities of Muslims living in the United States. We will begin this course with the historical migration of Muslims into the US starting from the slavery period. Afterwards, the course will study their patterns of settlement and the formations of various ethnic and cultural groups over time. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 424H/441H: Science and Culture

Professors: Greg Bothun & John Nicols

4 credits

•  CRN 17046: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 – 15:50 @ 42 Price Science Commons 

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. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 441H: History of Space Exploration

Professor: Carol Paty

4 credits

•  CRN 12843: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ CHA 301

In this course we will examine the history of space exploration, paying specific attention to the societal influences on, and impact of, these exciting accomplishments. The goal of this course is to expose students to the complex environment that fostered some of the most inspiring achievements in exploration in the last century. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 441H: Relativity, the Quantum, and Reality

Professor: Michael Kellman

4 credits

•  CRN 12840: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ GSH 130

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. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 441H: Who Am I? A Genetic Inquiry

Professor: Amy Connolly

4 credits

•  CRN 12842: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ GSH 131

“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, we will be looking at how commercially available services like 23andMe answer this question by looking at your genes. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 477H: Thesis Prospectus

Professor: Melissa Graboyes

2 credits

•  CRN 12847: Friday, 09:00 – 10:50 @ CHA 101
•  CRN 12848: Friday, 12:00 – 13:50 @ CHA 101

This class guides student work with a primary thesis advisor to develop a prospectus and timeline for thesis work throughout the year. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 477H: Thesis Prospectus

Professor: Roxann Prazniak

2 credits

•  CRN 12845: Monday, 12:00 – 13:50 @ CHA 101

This class guides student work with a primary thesis advisor to develop a prospectus and timeline for thesis work throughout the year. Read more


Fall 2018 HC 477H: Thesis Prospectus

Professor: Helen Southworth

2 credits

•  CRN 12846: Wednesday, 12:00 – 13:50 @ CHA 101
•  CRN 12849: Wednesday, 16:00 – 17:50 @ CHA 101

This class guides student work with a primary thesis advisor to develop a prospectus and timeline for thesis work throughout the year. Read more