Winter 2022 Course Descriptions

HC221H: Eco Literature and the Green Imagination

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

4.00 Credits

• CRN 21033: Monday & Wednesday, 1000 - 1150 @ CHA 201

The ecological mind is old as the hills, revealed in the extravagant stories first imagined by humanity coming to consciousness on earth. We will be literary detectives, exploring ecological themes in ancient through pre-modern literature, from Gilgamesh through Shakespeare, covering Ovid’s epic Metamorphoses. When did a green imagination appear? Read more


HC221H: The Velocity of Gesture, or Intro to Air Guitar

Professor: Brian McWhorter

4.00 credits

• CRN 21034: Tuesday & Thursday, 1000-1120 @ CHA 201

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. Read more


HC221H: Encounters with God

Professor: Lisa Wolverton

4.00 credits

• CRN 21036: Monday & Wednesday, 0830-0950 @ CHA 201

• CRN 21041: Tuesday & Thursday, 0830-0950 @ CHA 201

What does it mean to be human?  For at least one thousand years, Christians answered this question in relation to a transcendent supreme being: God.  Read more


HC221H: Excess, Ephemera, and the Unlivable

Professor: Quinn Miller

4.00 credits

• CRN 21038: Monday & Wednesday, 1600-1720 @ MCK 473

This course analyzes language and culture creatively and expansively, with attention to elements of history and experience that elude straightforward representation and interpretation. Read more


HC221H: Writing the Self

Professor: Dawn Marlan

4.00 credits

• CRN 21039: Tuesday & Thursday, 1600-1720 @ MCK 473

Alongside the ascension of mainstream creative nonfiction like the memoir, the personal essay has been proliferating in blogs, magazines, and journals. Using both story-telling techniques and analytic tools, and attending to artful, surprising writing, personal essayists challenge popular opinion, treading on dearly held beliefs and values, often their own. Read more


HC221H: Narratives of Retribution & Revenge

Professor: Ulrick Casimir

4.00 credits

• CRN 21040: Tuesday & Thursday, 1400-1520 @ MCK 122

Focused on both narrative readings (mostly poetry, drama, and short fiction) and films, this course concerns how different cultures, over time, have examined through narrative the mechanics, potentialities, limitations, and consequences of retribution and revenge. Read more


HC221H: Music and Emotion

Professor: Zachary Wallmark

4.00 credits

• CRN 21043: Wednesday & Friday, 1200-1320 @ CHA 201

How does music move us? In this discussion and activity-based introduction to the psychology, philosophy, and history of music and emotion, we will explore contemporary approaches to the music-emotion connection from music theory, musicology, and cognitive science. Read more


HC231H: Poverty, Economics, and Global Responses

Professor: Alfredo Burlando

4.00 credits

• CRN 21046: Monday & Wednesday, 1400-1520 @ ANS 192

Across many parts of Africa, South Asia and Latin America, thousands of development workers are hard at work trying to address one of the great global challenges of our modern era: the worldwide elimination of poverty. Read more


HC231H: Public Speaking

Professor: Trond Jacobsen

4.00 credits

• CRN 21048: Monday & Wednesday, 1000-1120 @ MCK 123

Numerous studies reveal that many Americans, including college students, are apprehensive about public speaking, including sharing their ideas and viewpoints in public or more formal settings. Read More


HC231H: Out in the Archives: Preserving LGBTQ History

Professor: Judith Raiskin

4.00 credits

• CRN 21049: Tuesday & Thursday, 1000-1150 @ LIB 201

Much LGBTQ history has been suppressed by the imperatives of the closet and rendered invisible by library cataloging traditions embedded in systemic homophobia and heterosexism. Read more


HC231H: Advocacy and Argumentation

Professor: Trond Jacobsen

4.00 credits

• CRN 21052: Monday & Wednesday, 1400-1520 @ CHA 202

Rhetoric and argument have been the foundation of a liberal education for more than 2000 years. Students in this class will enhance their abilities in oral advocacy and critical thinking through a deep engagement with leading scholarship and the creative production of sound arguments informed by that scholarship. Read more


HC231H: Consumerism and the Environment

Professor: Galen Martin

4.00 credits

• CRN 21054: Monday & Wednesday, 1600-1720 @ MCK 240B

This course explores the environmental and social impacts of affluent consumers in the current world economic system.  Read more


HC231H: Hearing is Believing: How we Understand Speech and Language

Professor: Melissa Baese-Berk

4.00 credits

• CRN 24871: Tuesday & Thursday, 1200-1320 @ CHA 201

Humans are typically very good at understanding the speech they encounter in every day situations, even when that speech is in a noisy environment like a coffee shop or is produced by a new speaker they haven’t encountered before. Yet, automated speech recognition systems (e.g., Siri or Alexa) suggest the process of understanding human speech is not trivially easy through their often comical failures to understand our speech. Read more


HC241H: Pick Your Poison

Professor: Lindsay Hinkle

4.00 credits

• CRN 21056: Monday & Wednesday, 1000-1120 @ CHA 202

• CRN 21057: Monday & Wednesday, 0830-0950 @ CHA 202

When you imagine a person preparing a poison, does an image of the Evil Queen from the film Snow White, disguised as an old witch, dunking an apple in a cauldron filled with green liquid come to mind?  Or do you picture a well-meaning pharmacist, wearing a lab coat, adding raspberry flavoring to a medicinal elixir to make it more appetizing to ingest?  Read more


HC241H: Plants and Society

Professor: Tobias Policha

4.00 credits

• CRN 21058: Monday & Wednesday, 1000-1120 @ MCK 122

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


HC241H: Atoms: Mother Nature's Legos

Professor: Rebecca Altman

4.00 credits

• CRN 21059: Monday & Wednesday, 1400-1520 @ FEN 119

This course will explore how mother nature uses atoms in the same ways we use Legos: to develop art, function, and creativity. Read more


HC241H: Unusual Oceanographic Events

Professor: Lisa Munger

4.00 credits

• CRN 21060: Monday & Wednesday, 1200-1320 @ CHA 202

In order to understand what is unusual, one must first understand what is “usual”. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of oceanography via exploration and analysis of online data sets, readings from scientific literature, individual and group assignments, and other activities. Read more


HC241H: Mathematics of Choice

Professor: Shabnam Akhtari

4.00 credits

• CRN 21062: Tuesday & Thursday, 1400-1550 @ ANS 192

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


HC241H: Sea Sick: Disease Ecology in the Ocean

Professor: Reyn Yoshioka

4.00 credits

• CRN 21065: Tuesday & Thursday, 1200-1320 @ MCK 348

In 2013, sea stars along the North American west coast began to melt away. As the disease outbreak unfolded, it was soon clear that this was one of largest marine wildlife epizootics recorded, affecting over a dozen species of sea stars and decimating their populations. Read more


HC241H: Science of Climate Change

Professor: Jeffrey Cina

4.00 credits

• CRN 21066: Wednesday & Friday, 0800-0950 @ FEN 119

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: Surviving in a Sea of Data

Professor: Joe Sventek

4.00 credits

• CRN 21064: Tuesday & Thursday, 1400-1550 @ MCK 123

This course uses a quantitative approach to explore fundamental concepts in data science. Read more

HC277H: Thesis Orientation, Winter 2022 - Gallagher

Professor: Daphne Gallagher

2.00 credits

• CRN 21067: Monday, 1000-1150 @ CHA 301

Thesis Orientation is two-credit class (graded pass/no pass) that introduces CHC students to the thesis process. Read more


HC277H: Thesis Orientation, Winter 2022 - Hinkle

Professor: Lindsay Hinkle

2.00 credits

• CRN 21069: Tuesday, 1200-1350 @ TYKE 240

Thesis Orientation is two-credit class (graded pass/no pass) that introduces CHC students to the thesis process. Read more


HC277H: Thesis Orientation, Winter 2022 - Mossberg

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

2.00 credits

• CRN 21072: Wednesday, 1400-1550 @ CHA 201

Thesis Orientation is two-credit class (graded pass/no pass) that introduces CHC students to the thesis process. Read more


HC277H: Thesis Orientation, Winter 2022 - Shoop

Professor: Casey Shoop

2.00 credits

• CRN 21074: Tuesday, 1000-1150 @ CHA 301

• CRN 21075: Thursday, 1000-1150 @ CHA 301

Thesis Orientation is two-credit class (graded pass/no pass) that introduces CHC students to the thesis process. Read more


HC277H: Thesis Orientation, Winter 2022 - Munger

Professor: Lisa Munger

4.00 credits

• CRN 21070: Wednesday, 1000-1150 @ CHA 301

Thesis Orientation is two-credit class (graded pass/no pass) that introduces CHC students to the thesis process. Read more


HC301H: Food and Colonialism

Professor: Hannah Cutting-Jones

4.00 credits

• CRN 21076: Monday & Wednesday, 1000-1120 @ CON 260

In this course students will develop basic research, writing, and presentation skills in the discipline of history. We will spend the first part of class narrowing down individual research topics and discussing recent scholarship that models the various questions historians ask of this topic and the different methods they use to answer them. Read more


HC301H: Science of Teaching

Professor: Lisa Munger

4.00 credits

• CRN 21078: Tuesday & Thursday, 1400-1520 @ CHA 201

In this course, we will explore the science of adult learning and teaching (andragogy) through research, discussion, and practice. Read more


HC301H: Consumer Research Methods

Professor: Alejandra Rodriguez Martin

4.00 credits

• CRN 21080: Monday & Wednesday, 1600-1750 @ CHA 301

Humans are very complex and interesting creatures, which is why we have so many kinds of social science research fields focused on learning more about what makes us tick, and how we function and interact with others in our surroundings, society, institutions, etc. Still, we can have such different preferences and opinions, and behave in dramatically differing manners from each other. Read more


HC301H: American Prisons

Professor: Tim Williams

4.00 credits

• CRN 21082: Tuesday & Thursday, 1000-1120 @ MCK 348

• CRN 21083: Tuesday & Thursday, 1400-1520 @ MCK 349

In this required research course, we will focus on one specific area of inquiry: the history of prisons and prisoners in the United States. Within this framework, students will have an opportunity to research and write about various topics: race, gender, bodies, sex, emotions, popular culture, public health, policy, law, politics, popular culture, prisoners of war, and more! Read more


HC421H: Fictionality and Authenticity

Professor: Martin Klebes

4.00 credits

• CRN 21092: Monday & Wednesday, 1200-1350 @ CHA 301

This colloquium undertakes an inquiry into the concepts of fictionality and authenticity and their representation across a range of disciplines. Read more


HC421H: Attention, Perception, and Contemplation in Contemporary Art

Professor: Kate Mondloch

4.00 credits

• CRN 24922:  Friday, 1400-1650 @ CHA 202

As a range of artists, philosophers, and scientists have demonstrated in recent decades, visual attention is an active, embodied experience that far exceeds eyesight alone. Read more


HC421H: Emerson and Einstein: Interdisciplinary Artist Activists for Civil and Human Rights

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

4.00 credits

• CRN 24989: Monday, 1400-1650 @ CHA 201

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


HC434H/421H: Screening the Holocaust

Professor: Monique Balbuena

4.00 credits

• CRN 21095: Tuesday & Thursday, 1000-1150 @ VIL 101

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


HC434H/421H: African American Artists and Writers in France

Professor: Corrine Bayerl

4.00 credits

• CRN 21096: Friday, 0900-1150 @ CHA 301

This class will focus on the vibrant African-American community that emerged in Paris and Marseille between the end of WWI and the 1970s and included writers and artists such as Langston Hughes, Josephine Baker, Claude McKay, Jessie Fausset, Richard Wright, and James Baldwin. Read more


HC444H/421H: How the West Was Spun: Myth and History in the American West

Professor: Casey Shoop

4.00 credits

• CRN 24850: Tuesday & Thursday, 1200-1320 @ CHA 301

The mythic representation of the American West occupies an enduring place in American popular culture. For all its apparent familiarity, however, “the Western” remains an incredibly complex form that contains powerful and deep-seated assumptions about American national character and history, masculinity, race, class and gender. Read more


HC444H/421H: Data as Metamorphosis: Investigating with Art in Issues of Gender, Labor and Technology

Professor: Hiba Ali

4.00 credits

• CRN 25513: Tuesday & Thursday, 1400-1550 @ ED 117

In this course, we will examining the role of technology and labor as they intersect with art. Read more


HC431H: Coalitional Game Theory: An Investigation of Fairness Principles

Professor: Anne Van Den Nouweland

4.00 credits

• CRN 24877: Monday & Wednesday, 1000-1150 @ ANS 192

The words “equity” and “fairness” are often used colloquially. But what exactly do we mean when we use those words? Across different cultures and societies, we find different notions of “fairness” and “equity.” Read more


HC431H: Mental Health Screening in Schools

Professor: Randy Kamphaus

4.00 credits

• CRN 24878: Monday & Wednesday, 1200-1350 @ CON 360

Children in the U.S., and globally, are not routinely screened for mental health risk or disorder, leading to undetected problems worsening and resulting in poor interpersonal, school, career, and health outcomes. Read more


HC444H/431H: Decolonizing Knowledge & Power: The Black Radical Tradition as a Counter-Catastrophic Social Science

Professor: George Barganier

4.00 credits

• CRN 21103: Friday, 1000-1250 @ SYNCRONOUS REMOTE

This is an intensive seminar on the Black Radical Tradition. This course takes a decolonial, transdisciplinary approach to the study of knowledge and power and considers possible modes of intervention to confront the problems around inequality in society. Read more


HC444H/431H: Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing: The Justice System Today

Professor: Michael Moffitt

4.00 credits

• CRN 21104: Fridays, 0900-1150 @ LIL 255

The justice system affects the lives of everyone in this country, but few have developed the ability to describe it accurately or persuasively to those without specialized training. Virtually every aspect of your liberal arts education has a role to play in predicting, understanding, and shaping the modern justice system. Read more


HC 441H: Sensation & Perception

Professor: Lindsay Collins

4.00 Credits

• CRN 24879: Monday & Wednesday, 1600 - 1750 @ ANS 192

Shared sensory experiences have the power to deepen interpersonal connections and to improve psychological well-being. However, the internal perception of sensory experiences and the way in which they are integrated into a meaningful worldview varies across individuals as well as cultures, throughout one’s life, and even on a moment-to-moment basis. Read more


HC441H: Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing: Public Science

Professor: Dare Baldwin

4.00 credits

• CRN 21098: Wednesday, 1400-1750 @ CHA 101

Science is in the midst of radically reshaping itself in the direction of openness and transparency. This shift has widespread implications for scientists themselves, but also for all the many institutions and industries linked to science, including academia, publishing, health-care, technology innovation, educational practice, science-based policy-making, and science-oriented funding structures. Read more


HC441H: The Art of Data Manipulation

Professor: Rebecca Altman

4.00 credits

• CRN 21099: Monday & Wednesday, 1200-1350 @ VIL 201

Do you ever wonder what the numbers reported in the news actually mean, or where they come from? How do you know you can trust the story the numbers are telling... Read more


HC441H: The Art of Biology

Professor: Reyn Yoshioka

4.00 credits

• CRN 21100: Monday & Wednesday, 1400-1520 @ CHA 301

Often framed as separate and opposing disciplines, science and art are more similar than not. With science communication more important than ever, researchers are constantly working to find diverse and far-reaching ways to share their work. Read more


HC477H: Thesis Prospectus, Winter 2022 - Balbuena

Professor: Monique Balbuena

2.00 credits

• CRN 21105: Tuesday, 1200-1350 @ CHA 101

• CRN 21106: Thursday, 1200-1350 @ CHA 101

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. Users with a UO ID will log in with their DuckID and password), with a one-page outline of your thesis idea and a one-page bibliography attached. Read more