Winter 2019 Course Descriptions

Winter 2019 HC 209H: Decision Making for Sustainability

Professor: Kenneth Doxsee

4.00 credits

CRN 23347: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ CHA 201

Through a series of readings, guided discussions, and analyses of case studies, this course will provide students with the broad scientific and behavioral knowledge needed to make informed decisions and engage in thoughtful discourse about various contemporary issues in the realm of sustainability. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 209H: From Truth to Absurdity and Back; A History of Science

Professor: Amy Connolly

4.00 credits

CRN 26796: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ CHA 201

You are confident that sun sets when the earth rotates (even though the sun appears to revolve around us); you can be sure you have a bacterial or viral infection when you are sick (even though they are invisible to the naked eye); and you know that you have evolved over millions of years (even though you were not around to witness it). Our scientific knowledge of today is well tested, but not necessarily intuitive and would have been contrary to every-day evidence for past thinkers. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 222H: Literary Gestations: Pregnancy and Childbirth in Poetry and Prose

Professor: Elizabeth Raisanen

4.00 credits

CRN 23348: Wednesday & Friday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ CHA 202

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. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 222H: Mythos & Ethos II Imperialism, Classism, & Alienation of the Self

Professor: Kimberley Parzuchowski

4.00 credits

• CRN 23349: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ GSH 130
• CRN 27609: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ CHA 202

Through the mediums of philosophy and narrative literature, we will look deeply into the way individual and cultural identities have been predicated on oppression and alienation.  We will inquire whether a narrative, empathic ethos we can aid us in revising and revisioning our shared stories and theories apart from such violence. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 222H: Science and the Cultural Imagination: Faustus to Ex Machina

Professor: Rebecca Lindner

4.00 credits

CRN 23350: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:50 @ CHA 202

This course will explore the relationships between scientific enquiry and cultural imagination. We will consider the ways in which imaginative literature in particular, but also art, cinema, television, and news media, address scientific discoveries, events, and ideas. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 222H: Satire and Society

Professor: Corinne Bayerl

4.00 credits

• CRN 23351: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ CHA 201
• CRN 27652: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ CHA 202

This seminar will look at how writers and filmmakers have used satire as a weapon, resorting to irony and laughter in order to address serious issues their societies were facing: social inequality, changing gender roles, abuse of religious power, and participation in war. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 222H: The Mystery You're Investigating May Be Your Own

Professor: Casey Shoop

4.00 credits

• CRN 23354: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ CHA 202
• CRN 23352: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ CHA 202

This course explores a range of literary and cinematic works in which protagonists, narrators, and even readers/viewers find themselves caught up in plots beyond their understanding. These characters and protagonists inhabit uncertain worlds, negotiate abstract systems of power, and experience unstable relationships to both their own identities and the larger realities around them. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 222H: Alternate Realities and Alternate Selves: Dream Images in Photography and Film

Professor: Dawn Marlan

4.00 credits

• CRN 23353: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ CHA 301
• CRN 23355: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ CHA 301

Photographer Cindy Sherman appears as a fake starlet in familiar shots from films that never existed. Victor Diop poses as various, famous diasporic Africans, while simultaneously drawing attention to his “deception.” In the film, Last Year at Marienbad, a man tries to convince a woman with no memory of him that they fell in love the previous year, and in Exterminating Angel, dinner guests are inexplicably unable to leave despite the lack of physical barriers. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 222H: Into the Strange New World: Ethics through Science Fiction

Professor: Caroline Lundquist

4.00 credits

CRN 23356: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ GSH 103

Today, as in the past, our technology often outpaces our ethics. Before we are able to imagine much less address the moral consequences of the latest scientific discovery or technological innovation, we find it is already reshaping our lives in ethically-significant ways. Here, traditional ethical philosophy is of limited use. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 222H: Ecopoetry

Professor: John Witte

4.00 credits

CRN 23357: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ CHA 201

Nature poetry in English has in recent years been revitalized by a widespread ecological awakening. 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. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 222H: Eco Literature

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

4.00 credits

CRN 23358: Monday & Wednesday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ CHA 201

Homer sang it, Aesop fabled it, Shakespeare sonneted it, Milton made it epic, Wordsworth gave us our words’ worth: since Gilgamesh scratched it on clay in cuneiform in 2700 BCE, eco literature is a dynamic portrait of human engagement and concern with our world. Whether it is expressed in joy, gratitude, anger, or sorrow, we ask what is at stake in how we represent earth and understand our relation to it? Read more


Winter 2019 HC 222H: African American Poetry and Poetics

Professor: Corbett Upton

4 credits

CRN 27651: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 - 09:50 @ 202 CHA.

This course will explore a wide variety of African American poetry and statements on poetics from the colonial period to the present. We will consider the politics of poetic form and identity with an emphasis on the debates about the relationship of national and racial identity and poetic form that have shaped and continue to shape African-American poetry in the United States. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 232H: Disease, Public Health, and the Making of the Modern World

Professor: Melissa Graboyes

4.00 credits

• CRN 23367: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ CHA 301
• CRN 23359: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ CHA 301

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. The class will be broad in geographical and chronological scope. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 232H: Ethnobotany and the Atlantic Exchange

Professor: Daphne Gallagher

4.00 credits

• CRN 23362: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ ANS 193
• CRN 23366: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ ANS 193

Over the past 500 years, the large-scale transfer of plants between Africa, Europe, and the Americas has profoundly impacted the foods people eat and the environments in which they live. Part of a larger movement of people, goods, diseases, animals, technologies, and ideas known as the Atlantic Exchange, these plants included staple grains such maize, delicacies such as chocolate, and critical medicines such as cinchona (quinine). Read more


Winter 2019 HC 232H: Nationalism and Regionalism in U.S. History

Professor: Tim Williams

4.00 credits

• CRN 23368: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ GSH 103
• CRN 23363: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ CHA 201

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. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 232H: Architecture and Urbanism in the Modern World

Professor: Ocean Howell

4.00 credits

• CRN 23364: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ CHA 301
• CRN 23369: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ CHA 301

This course will examine society and culture of the modern world through the study of architecture and urbanism. In order to account for changes to the ordering of physical space, one must account for changes to the ordering of the broader society. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 232H: Women, Gender and Society in Modern Europe

Professor: Emily Gilkey

4.00 credits

CRN 23370: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 11:00 – 11:50 @ MCK 240B

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. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 232H: Mental Illness in Modern and Contemporary U.S. Memoirs

Professor: Shoshana Kerewsky

4.00 credits

CRN 26902: Monday & Wednesday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ CHA 202

This course primarily uses memoirs and autobiographically-informed fiction to explore the experiences of people with mental illness diagnoses from the inception of modern diagnostic categories through the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 399H: Legal Advocacy and Persuasion

Professor: Trond Jacobsen

1.00-5.00 credits

CRN 23371: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:50 @ GSH 131

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


Winter 2019 HC 408H: Thesis Orientation

Professor: TBD

1.00 credits

• CRN 23377: Thursday 1/17, 17:00 – 21:50 @ GSH 103
• CRN 23376: Saturday 1/26, 11:00 – 15:50 @ GSH 103

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


Winter 2019 HC 421H: Emerson and Einstein, Interdisciplinary Artist Activists: An Inquiry into Genius

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

4.00 credits

CRN 23379: Wednesday, 14:00 – 16:50 @ CHA 202

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


Winter 2019 HC 421H: Looking Medieval

Professor: Louise Bishop

4.00 credits

CRN 23380: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 – 13:50 @ CHA 201

The Middle Ages have often been portrayed in films. What does it mean to create a cinematic medieval past? Why do it?  What sources do filmmakers choose and use? Do medieval movies have important features in common and, if so, what makes the features, and the films, “count”? Read more


Winter 2019 HC 421H: Hemingway and Film

Professor: Suzanne Clark

4.00 credits

CRN 23381: Monday & Wednesday, 16:00 – 17:50 @ CHA 301

Ernest Hemingway and the cinema were born together; he grew up attending newsreels and films in Chicago 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. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 424H/421H: Rhetoric of Racial Reconciliation

Professor: David Frank

4.00 credits

CRN 23383: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ CHA 201

Graduation Requirement: This course is dedicated to aspiration of racial reconciliation. We will study the long emancipation, restoration, reconstruction, and civil rights movements.  Toward this end, the class will feature the ongoing debates about racism and anti-racism, violence and nonviolence, and the role rhetoric can play in seeking racial reconciliation. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 431H: Essentialism in Cognition and Culture

Professor: Dare Baldwin

4.00 credits

CRN 23384: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ GSH 103

The topic of essentialism is central to several disciplines as well as to everyday cognition and social functioning. Philosophers have long debated whether category membership is defined by a non obvious, immutable core or essence that constitutes the underlying nature of the category. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 431H: Touching Research: Adventures in the Archives

Professor: Judith Raiskin

4.00 credits

CRN 23385: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:50 @ LIB 201

Research should be an immersive experience involving body, mind and spirit. This course will involve hands-on research projects in the University of Oregon Archives and Special Collections. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 434H/431H: Peacemaking in the Middle East

Professor: Farhad Malekafzali

4.00 credits

CRN 23387: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:50 @ GSH 103

Graduation Requirement: This course takes a critical look at the causes and consequences of continuing conflict in the Middle East with an emphasis on conflict resolution and long-term peace building. In the first part, the sources of enduring conflicts as well as their implications for regional and international peace and security will be analyzed. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 441H: Mysteries of the Brain: Neuroscience and Society

Professor: Nathan Tublitz

4.00 credits

CRN 23390: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ CHA 201

This course provides science and non-science HC students with a basic understanding of neuroscience, the study of the brain, beginning with a brief overview of the scientific method followed by several lectures on the structure and function of the nervous system. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 441H: Biology and Politics

Professor: Gabriel Yospin

4.00 credits

CRN 23391: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 – 15:50 @ ANS 193

Scientific information plays a major role in nearly every government policy decision. In many instances, science becomes a part of policy with minimal discussion. At other times, the role of science in policy decisions is controversial. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 441H: Neuroethics

Professor: Nicole Dudukovic

4.00 credits

CRN 23392: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ GSH 130

Over the past few decades, technological advances in human neuroscience research have progressed our understanding of the human brain.  At the same time, these advances have highlighted the potential implications and applications of neuroscience research for society and have raised many ethical questions. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 441H: Current Bio-Medical Research Topics

Professor: Melissa Graboyes

4.00 credits

CRN 23393: Friday, 09:00 – 11:50 @ CHA 301

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. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 441H: Exploring Ice

Professor: Alan Rempel

4.00 credits

CRN 26805: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ CHA 301

Snowflakes, glaciers, cocktails, frost – ice inspires with its beauty, enables exhilarating recreation, refreshes beverages, and confounds winter travel plans. This course explores the scientific and cultural history of our interactions with ice. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 444H/431H: The American Experience in Vietnam

Professor: Steve Rabe

4.00 credits

CRN 26801: Thursday, 14:00 – 16:50 @ GSH 130

Graduation Requirement: This course will analyze the American experience in Vietnam, 1950-1975. We will examine why the United States devoted blood and treasure to its lengthy, unsuccessful venture to create an independent, non-Communist South Vietnam. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 444H/431H: Ethics in America: Ideals and Realities

Professor: Caroline Lundquist

4.00 credits

CRN 26830: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ GSH 103

Graduation Requirement: From its inception The United States of America has also been a land where the powerful exploit the powerless, where women and minorities find their liberties curtailed, where truth is jettisoned as soon as it becomes inconvenient, and where justice does not apply equally to all. Read more


Winter 2019 HC 477H: Thesis Prospectus

Professor: Helen Southworth

2.00 credits

• CRN 23394: Friday, 09:00 – 10:50 @ CHA 101
• CRN 27653: 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. Students present prospectuses orally to the class, with their Primary Thesis Advisors present. Course requirements include submitting a final Thesis Prospectus and completing a Graduation Audit. Read more