Winter 2021 Course Descriptions

HC 221H: Evolution & The Modern

Professor: Suzanne Clark

4.00 credits

• CRN 26149: Monday & Wednesday, 1615 - 1745 @ REMOTE

The Origin of Species, published by Darwin in 1859, caused an immediate sensation.  It has been changing the way we talk about the relationships of humans, animals and all of life ever since. Read more


HC 221H: The Velocity of Gesture or, Intro to Air Guitar

Professor: Brian McWhorter

4.00 credits

• CRN 26150: Monday & Wednesday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

As a phenomenological exploration of nuance and gesture, this class will look at body language in casual and performative modalities. We will explore how body language reflects and even engenders the understanding of music and other temporal art forms.


HC 221H: The Literary Lives of Animals

Professor: Casey Shoop

4.00 credits

• CRN 26151: Tuesday & Thursday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

• CRN 26152: Tuesday & Thursday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

I often ask myself, just to see, who I am—and who I am (following) at the moment when, caught naked, in silence, by the gaze of an animal, for example, the eyes of a cat, I have trouble, yes, a bad time overcoming my embarrassment. Read more


HC 221H: Playing with Poetry

Professor: Tze-Yin Teo

4.00 credits

• CRN 26153: Tuesday & Thursday, 1615-1745 @ REMOTE

"The toy,” wrote the French poet of modernity and decadence Charles Baudelaire, "is the child’s earliest initiation into art.” In this class, we approach poetry in the spirit of Baudelaire and other poets like him who worked through playful experimentation that pushed the boundaries of their time. Read more


HC 221H: Where I’m From, Who I Am: Stories of Migration in World Literature

Professor: Susanna Lim

4.00 credits

• CRN 26154: Wednesday & Friday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

• CRN 26155: Wednesday & Friday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

“Are you from South Korea?” This was the first question that Donald Trump asked Joseph Choe in 2015 when the twenty-year-old Harvard University student attempted to question the then-Republican presidential candidate’s position regarding US-South Korea relations. Read more


HC 221H: Middle Eastern American Theatre

Professor: Michael Malek Najjar

4.00 credits

• CRN 26156: Tuesday & Thursday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

Middle Eastern American Theatre deals with the history, literature, and performances of Middle Eastern American playwrights, screenwriters, directors, and performers. Read more


HC 221H: Understanding the Philosophical Framework of Contemporary AI Technology

Professor: Ramón Alvarado

4.00 credits

• CRN 26157: Tuesday & Thursday, 0815-0945 @ REMOTE

What exactly is artificial intelligence? How does it work? And, what are its implications? Read more


HC 221H: Eco Literature and the Green Imagination

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

4.00 credits

• CRN 26158: Monday & Wednesday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

Is the green imagination intrinsic to being human? Since Gilgamesh scratched it on clay in cuneiform in 2700 BCE, eco literature has been a dynamic portrait of human engagement and concern with our world. Read more


 

HC 221H: Satire and Society

Professor: Corinne Bayerl

4.00 credits

• CRN 27124: Tuesday & Thursday,1015 - 1145 @ REMOTE

This course 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


HC 222H: Literary & Cinematic Noir

Professor: Ulrick Casimir

4.00 credits

• CRN 22591: Monday & Wednesday, 1615-1745 @ REMOTE

Mystery editor Otto Penzler once described noir as something that is “virtually impossible to define, but everyone thinks they know it when they see it.”  Situated at a crossroads of visual and print media—sped along by the consequences of one war, and solidified by observations made as another war ended—noir is a signifier that seems meant to avoid being pinned down. Read more


 

HC 222H : Displacements

Professor: Mai-Lin Cheng

4.00 credits

• CRN 22592: Monday & Wednesday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

• CRN22594: Monday & Wednesday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

This course explores the journey as theme and metaphor, as well as reading itself as a journey through—among other things—space, time, form, and identity. Read more


 

HC 222H: People and Their Images

Professor: Julianne Newton

4.00 Credits

• CRN 22593: Tuesday & Thursday, 1615-1745 @ REMOTE

People and Their Images explores seeing as a way of knowing as the basis for understanding how visual information affects our everyday lives and decision making. Read more


 

HC 231H: Spaces of Modernity

Professor: Daniel Rosenberg

4.00 credits

• CRN 26159: Tuesday & Thursday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

• CRN 26160: Tuesday & Thursday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

It is often said that today we live in a global village in which technologies, including those of communication and transportation, have diminished the importance of geographical distance. But what does this kind of generalization actually mean? How have spatial practices changed since early modernity? Read more


 

HC 231H: High School in America: Adolescence, Inequality and Education

Professor: CJ Pascoe

4.00 credits

• CRN 26161: Monday & Wednesday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

This class takes an in-depth look at a social institution with which many college students are intimately familiar: high school. Through tracing the history of high school in the United States, the role high school plays in contemporary society and the relationship between youth culture and schooling, this class will examine core sociological concepts and insights. 


 

HC 231H: Indigenous Peoples, Knowledge, and Landscapes—From the Pre-Columbian Period to the Present

Professor: Mark Carey

4.00 credits

• CRN 26163: Tuesday & Thursday, 1415 - 1545 @ REMOTE

Many people have heard about the Mayas, Incas, and Aztecs, but popular knowledge about these and many other Indigenous societies is often manipulated, inaccurate, misunderstood, or simply overlooked in world histories that frequently ignore the pre-Columbian Americas and Indigenous peoples then and now. Read more


HC 231H: Sustainability Movements Around the World

Professor: Derrick Hindery

4.00 credits

• CRN 26164: Monday & Wednesday, 1415-1545 @ REMOTE

It’s easy to get discouraged these days with daunting issues like environmental injustice, climate change, and biodiversity loss, particularly with sensationalized “negative news.” Read more


 

HC 231H: Data-Driven Decisions

Professor: Glen Waddell

4.00 credits

• CRN 26165: Tuesday & Thursday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

In this class, we will consider how economists and other behavioral researchers approach data... in our case, informed by economic theory, statistics, and data science. Read more


 

HC 231H: Peace Making in the Middle East

Professor: Farhad Malekafzali

4.00 credits

• CRN 26162: Monday & Wednesday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

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 using two specific cases, Israel-Palestine and Iran-United States. Read more


HC 231H : Deportation from the United States

Professor: Tobin Hansen

4.00 credits

• CRN 26169: Tuesday & Thursday, 1615-1745 @ REMOTE

This course explores deportation from the United States in historical and contemporary social and political context. Read more


HC 231H: Mental Illness in Ancient Cultures

Professor: Shoshana Kewesky

4.00 credits

• CRN 26167: Tuesday & Thursday, 0815-0945 @ REMOTE

This course explores 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. Read more


HC 232H: How Universities Work

Professor: Ian McNeely

4.00 credits

• CRN 22608: Monday & Wednesday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

The university is one of the world’s longest-lived institutions, yet those of us who work and study in universities typically spend little time thinking about their history, and how that history affects how we work, study, live, and think today. Read more


 

HC 232H: African Languages: History, Making Meaning, and Social Identity

Professor: Doris Payne

4.00 credits

• CRN 22609: Monday & Wednesday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

Africa has nearly 2000 languages, distributed into six or more major language families. The legacy of colonial activity means that certain European languages and Arabic overlay all the indigenous African languages. Read more


 

HC 232H : Consumerism and the Environment

Professor: Galen Martin

4.00 credits

• CRN 22610: Tuesday & Thursday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

Within the current world economy, great disparities between rich and poor persist.  A relatively small percentage of the human population has access to a highly disproportionate share of natural resources, capital, information, and technology. Read more


 

HC 232H: US Memoirs of Mental Illness

Professor: Shoshana Kerewsky

4.00 credits

• CRN 22612: Tuesday & Thursday, 1415-1545 @ REMOTE

• CRN 22615: Tuesday & Thursday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

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


HC 232H : Oral Advocacy and Argumentation

Professor: Trond Jacobsen

4.00 credits

• CRN 22611: Monday & Wednesday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

Rhetoric and argument have been the foundation of a liberal education for more than 2000 years. Drawing on pre-modern thinkers, in particular from ancient Greece, this course helps students engage in  Read more


 

HC 232H: Gentrification, Displacement, and the Right to the City

Professor: Lina Stepick

4.00 credits

• CRN 27102: Tuesday & Thursday, 1415-1545 @ REMOTE

In 1968, Henri Lefebvre argued that “the right to the city is like a cry and a demand... a transformed and renewed right to urban life.” Read more


HC 232H: Policing Masculinities

Professor: Tobin Hansen

4.00 credits

• CRN 22613: Tuesday & Thursday, 1415-1545 @ REMOTE

• CRN 22614: Tuesday & Thursday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

This course explores the shifting meanings; expressions; and social, cultural, and political implications of masculinities from a comparative cultural perspective. We will examine masculinities—considering gender alongside other aspects of social difference such as race, class, nationality, sexuality, language, and ability—in U.S. and transnational cross-cultural contexts. Read more


HC 241H: The Necessity for New Numbers

Professor: Chris Sinclair

4.00 credits

• CRN 26170: Monday & Wednesday, 1415-1545 @ REMOTE

The counting, or natural, numbers seem pretty fundamental to the nature of the universe. Read more


 

HC 241H: Mathematics of Choice

Professor: Shabnam Akhtari

4.00 credits

• CRN 26171: Tuesday & Thursday, 1615-1745 @ REMOTE

Counting lies at the heart of mathematics and combinatorics is an area primarily concerned with counting, both as a means and an end in obtaining results. Read more


 

HC 241H: Plants and Society

Professor: Tobias Policha

4.00 credits

• CRN 26172: Monday & Wednesday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

Plants influence every aspect of our lives whether we realize it or not. They provide the basis of our food-webs, they provide the oxygen that we breathe and they provide many of the materials that we build with and the fibers that we clothe ourselves with. Read more


 

HC 241H: Data Science: Surviving in a Sea of Data

Professor: Joe Sventek

4.00 credits

• CRN 26173: Monday & Wednesday, 0815-0945 @ REMOTE

Data Science is about drawing useful conclusions from large and diverse data sets through exploration, prediction, and inference. Exploration involved identifying patterns in information. Read more


 

HC 241H: Science of Climate Change

Professor: Jeffrey Cina

4.00 credits

• CRN 26174: Wednesday & Friday, 0815-0945 @ REMOTE

This reading and discussion-based course will delve into the science of human-caused climate change due to the widespread combustion of fossil fuels for energy, heating, and transportation. Read more


 

HC 241H: Nature of Sound

Professor: Lisa Munger

4.00 credits

• CRN 26175: Monday & Wednesday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

• CRN 26176: Monday & Wednesday, 1415 &1545 @ REMOTE

Sound is an essential component of natural habitats, and it is critical to the survival of many organisms. Read more


 

HC 241H: The Making and Unmaking of Scientific Theories; a History of Science

Professor: Amy Connolly

4.00 credits

• CRN 26177: Tuesday & Thursday, 1415-1545 @ REMOTE

You are confident that the 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). Explanations of the natural world are not necessarily intuitive and are frequently hidden from plain sight. So how did we arrive at these conclusions? Read more


 

HC 241H: Knowing and Saving our Relatives: Primate Ecology and Conservation

Professor: Lawrence Ulibarri

4.00 credits

• CRN 26179: Monday & Wednesday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

Primates are our closest relatives, and many are on the edge of extinction. Conserving primates and their habitats requires an understanding of their ecology. Read more


HC 277H: Thesis Orientation, Winter 2021 - Dudukovic

Professor: Nicole Dudukovic

2.00 credits

• CRN 26319: Wednesday, 1415-1545 @ REMOTE

• CRN 26320: Thursday, 1415-1545 @ REMOTE

Thesis Orientation is two-credit class (graded pass/no pass) that introduces CHC students to the thesis process.The CHC thesis is the culmination of work in a major—a natural outgrowth from and expression of the ideas, problems, and approaches taught in that particular discipline or field of study. Read more


 

HC 277H: Thesis Orientation, Winter 2021 - Balbuena

Professor: Monique Balbuena

2.00 credits

• CRN 26327: Wednesday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

• CRN 26334: Wednesday, 1615-1745 @ REMOTE

Thesis Orientation is two-credit class (graded pass/no pass) that introduces CHC students to the thesis process.The CHC thesis is the culmination of work in a major—a natural outgrowth from and expression of the ideas, problems, and approaches taught in that particular discipline or field of study. Read more


 

HC 277H: Thesis Orientation, Winter 2021 - Gallagher

Professor: Daphne Gallagher

2.00 credits

• CRN 26340: Tuesday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

Thesis Orientation is two-credit class (graded pass/no pass) that introduces CHC students to the thesis process.The CHC thesis is the culmination of work in a major—a natural outgrowth from and expression of the ideas, problems, and approaches taught in that particular discipline or field of study. Read more


 

HC 301H: Research and Writing on the Anatomy of Human Movement

Professor: Steven Chatfield

4.00 credits

• CRN 26367: Tuesday & Thursday, 0815-0945 @ REMOTE

In Anatomy of Human Movement we will examine anatomy as the foundation of kinesiology. Read more


 

HC 301H: Computers, Crime, and Law

Professor: Bryce Newell

4.00 credits

• CRN 26369: Tuesday & Thursday, 1415-1545 @ REMOTE

Over the past few decades, crimes conducted through the use of computers, or targeted at computers, have risen dramatically. Read more


 

HC 301H: Behavioral, Experimental, and Neuro approaches to Economics

Professor: William Harbaugh

4.00 credits

• CRN 26539: Monday & Wednesday, 1615-1745 @ REMOTE

This course is an introduction to three recent developments in how the field of economics models people’s decisions and the interaction of those individual decisions to produce economic outcomes in society. Read more


 

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

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

4.00 credits

• CRN 22629: Monday & Wednesday, 1415-1545 @ REMOTE

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


 

HC 421H: Hildegard of Bingen, 12th-c Female Polymath

Professor: Lisa Wolverton

4.00 credits

• CRN 22630: Tuesday & Thursday, 1415-1545 @ REMOTE

This course will examine the life and works of Hildegard of Bingen, the twelfth-century abbess and polymath. Read more


 

HC 421H: Color as Cultural Labor

Professor: Esther Hagenlocher

4.00 credits

• CRN 22631: Monday & Wednesday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

This course borrows its title from the invitation, by the late Felix Gonzales-Torres, to look upon all creative practices simply as 'cultural labor,' regardless of specialization, is today more relevant than ever. This notion Read more


 

HC 421H: Modernity Goes to School

Professor: Martin Klebes

4.00 credits

• CRN 26362: Monday & Wednesday, 0815-0945 @ REMOTE

In this Colloquium we will trace the devolution of the Bildungsroman, the novel of education, formation, and coming of age, in modernity. Read more


 

HC 434H/421H: Representing the Holocaust

Professor: Monique Balbuena

4.00 credits

• CRN 22632: Tuesday & Thursday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

Graduation Requirement:  This class will fulfill an Arts & Letters Colloquium and a Global Perspectives (GP) area of inquiry requirement.  If the student has already taken an Arts & Letters Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements:  an Elective Colloquium and a GP area of inquiry. Read more


 

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

Professor: A.B. Assensoh

4.00 credits

• CRN 22633: Wednesday, 1415-1645 @ REMOTE

Graduation Requirement:  This class will fulfill a Social Science Colloquium and a Global Perspectives (GP) area of inquiry requirement.  If the student has already taken a Social Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements:  an Elective Colloquium and a GP area of inquiry. African political leadership is one of the least understood historical-cum-political phenomena. Read more


 

HC 441H: Oxygen

Professor: Victoria DeRose

4.00 credits

• CRN 22637: Tuesday & Thursday, 1415-1545 @ REMOTE

Oxygen, the breath of life, once poisoned the earth. The Great Oxygenation Event of over billion years ago that began an oxygenic atmosphere is also termed the Read more


 

HC 441H : Who am I? A Genetic Inquiry

Professor: Amy Connolly

4.00 credits

• CRN 22638: Tuesday & Thursday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

“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


 

HC 441H : Calderwood Seminars Public Writing: Public Science

Professor: Dare Baldwin

4.00 credits

• CRN 22639: Wednesday, 1415-1655 @ REMOTE

Scientific practices are currently undergoing radical change. Among other things, such changes alter best practice in scientific communication. One key source of changes that are afoot lies in growing recognition that many, and possibly even most, reported scientific findings are not reproducible. Read more


 

HC 444H/431H : Reacting to the Past: Native Nations

Professor: Kevin Hatfield

4.00 credits

• CRN 22642: Tuesday & Thursday, 1615-1745 @ REMOTE

Graduation RequirementThis class will fulfill a Social Science Colloquium and a US: Difference, Inequality, Agency (US) area of inquiry requirement.  If the student has already taken a Social Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements:  an Elective Colloquium and a US area of inquiry. Read more


 

HC 444H/431H: Calderwood Seminars Public Writing: Writing for Social Justice

Professor: Carol Stabile

4.00 credits

• CRN 22643: Friday, 1015-1255 @ REMOTE

Graduation Requirement:  This class will fulfill a Social Science Colloquium and a US: Difference, Inequality, Agency (US) area of inquiry requirement.  If the student has already taken a Social Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements:  an Elective Colloquium and a US area of inquiry. Read more


 

HC 444H/431H: Transdisciplinary Problem-Solving in Public Health

Professor: Elizabeth Budd

4.00 credits

• CRN 22644: Monday, 1415-1650 @ REMOTE

Graduation Requirement:  This class will fulfill a Social Science Colloquium and a US: Difference, Inequality, Agency (US) area of inquiry requirement. If the student has already taken a Social Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements:  an Elective Colloquium and a US area of inquiryRead more


 

HC 444H/431H: Populism, Fascism, and Antifascism

Professor: Joe Lowndes

4.00 credits

• CRN 22645: Tuesday & Thursday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

Graduation Requirement:  This class will fulfill a Social Science Colloquium and a US: Difference, Inequality, Agency (US) area of inquiry requirement.  If the student has already taken a Social Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements:  an Elective Colloquium and a US area of inquiry. Read more


 

HC 444H/431H: Calderwood Seminars Public Writing: The Justice System Today

Professor: Michael Moffitt

4.00 credits

• CRN 26813: Friday, 1215-1450 @ REMOTE

Graduation RequirementThis class will fulfill a Social Science Colloquium and a US: Difference, Inequality, Agency (US) area of inquiry requirement. If the student has already taken a Social Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements:  an Elective Colloquium and a US area of inquiry Read more


 

HC 477H: Thesis Prospectus 2021 - Balbuena

Professor: Monique Balbuena

2.00 credits

• CRN 22646: Thursday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

HC 477H Thesis Prospectus requires preauthorization before each term and entails a completed online form Thesis Prospectus Application (Note: All users need to log in before using forms with electronic signature enabled. Read more


 

HC 477H: Thesis Prospectus 2021 - Jacobsen

Professor: Trond Jacobsen

2.00 credits

• CRN 22647: Monday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

• CRN 26181: Wednesday, 1415-1545 @ REMOTE

HC 477H Thesis Prospectus requires preauthorization before each term and entails a completed online form Thesis Prospectus Application (Note: All users need to log in before using forms with electronic signature enabled. Read more