Summer 2020 Course Descriptions

HC 421H: Music, Film and Glass Ceilings

Professor: Brian McWhorter

4.00 credits

• CRN 43524: (6/22-7/19) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 1000-1150

• CRN 43610: (8/17-9/13) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 1000-1150

This course will explore the aesthetics of music in film; how composers and directors cast music to draw emotion and pull focus. With few exceptions, we will explore very recent films and their conjoined musical scores and soundtracks. Critically, we will examine the cracks being made in the glass ceiling that has surrounded this particular field for so long. Read More


HC 421H: Shadow America, or the Philosophy of Film Noir

Professor: Casey Shoop

4.00 credits

• CRN 43609: (7/20-8/16) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 10:00-11:20


Between the end of the Great Depression and the height of the Cold War, a spate of new films gave cinematic form to the dark and seamy underside of American life. Read More


HC 434H/431H: Biography as History: Analyzing African Political Leadership since the 1950s

Professor:  A.B. Assensoh

4.00 credits

• CRN 43537: (7/20 - 8/16) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 1000-1150

African political leadership is one of the least understood historical-cum-political phenomena. On the one hand, several of the continent’s political leaders are often romanticized as titans without flaws and, on the other hand, they are often unfairly demonized as the culprits for most of the issues that undermine the continent. This course seeks to help Clark Honors College ( CHC) students to understand varied dynamics of exploring the methodologies of political leadership on the continent...Read more