The Hero in World Literature (CMLIT 011U) (GH/IL)
Dr. Robin Bower, Associate Professor of Spanish
This course explores the way the figure of the hero/heroine functions as a vehicle for expressing social and cultural values in world literature. This seminar-style course is structured to emphasize student discussion. Course materials include literary texts from ancient to contemporary times, as well as films, graphic novels, and diverse cultural products.
Global Studies (INTST 100U)
Dr. JoAnn Chirico, Senior Instructor in Sociology
Globalization is a set of processes through which the world is becoming a single place. Economic systems, systems of governance, and culture have all spilled over national boundaries and operate globally. Institutions around the world, including governments, education, sports, and health care, look increasingly alike. Values such as human rights, democracy, consumerism, and materialism are spreading globally. All of this has had profound implications on people's lives, from the rise of fundamentalism to the worldwide recession.
This course investigates globalization effects both within and across societies. Much of the direction of the class will depend on student interest. We will study global economy, governance, and culture. Other topics could include global issues such as inequality, environmental destruction, migration, international crime, and violent conflict.
Another track of study could be the impact of globalization on institutions such as education, sports, religion, and health care. The course will be structured as a seminar focusing on students' questions about and interests in globalization. Students will conduct independent investigations (some are suggested, but students may create their own) in order to expand their knowledge and share their discoveries with the class.
The Arts (INART 001H)
Dr. Carol Schafer, Associate Professor of Theatre, Integrative Arts, and Women's Studies
This course will develop critical perception, knowledge, and judgments through an examination of the basic concepts common among the arts. Every day we are surrounded by artistic works, which can be seen in the architecture of our buildings, the planned landscapes we inhabit, the music we hear, and the films and television programs we watch.
Art enriches our lives, whether it’s in a museum or the corner café. Artists have imagined and created the world we inhabit, but how do we learn to appreciate what these creations communicate? This course is designed for those who might feel uncomfortable when asked to evaluate a painting, a photograph, or a song because the tools for critical perception of the arts often are not taught to us before entering college. During the semester, we will look at a wide spectrum of the visual and performing arts to explore methods of perceiving and appreciating the artistic world that surrounds us.
Modern Science, Technology, and Human Values (STS 101H)
Mr. Leo Takahashi, Assistant Professor of Physics
This course explores how science and technology have affected the way humans think about themselves, their society, and their place in the universe. We will start with an intense effort to understand exactly what science is and we will explore the effects that science has on us. Much reading and writing will occur, and class periods will be devoted primarily to discussions of these readings and the attendant student writings.
The Arts: Shakespeare on Page, Stage, and Screen (INART 001H)
Dr. Kristen Olson, Associate Professor of English
Shakespeare’s plays take many forms in popular culture today. From the movie industry’s adaptations and biopics to staged performances worldwide, how is it that Shakespeare still speaks so meaningfully to us? How do these various modes of artistic representation give us access and insight into Shakespeare’s ideas more than 400 years after the plays were written?
To explore this question, we will focus our attention on a small selection of plays, reading them closely, comparing film versions, and, if possible, seeing local stage productions. My hope is to build the course around plays we can attend, using Honors Program funding to support ticket purchase and/or travel, depending on seasonal offerings throughout the region.
As with a traditional course, we will consider aspects of language, character, genre, and performance and reception, which open possibilities for what these plays can give us in return over a lifetime of reading, playgoing, and film viewing. The Honors course deepens this experience by allowing students to contribute significantly to seminar discussion by incorporating active learning to a greater degree than in the traditional Shakespeare class. Shakespeare lives in the contemporary imagination through direct experience and conversation, and these will be the focus of this seminar.
Introduction to Media Effects (COMM 118H)
Dr. John Chapin, Professor of Communications
For many years, conspiracy theories have been among the most popular story elements in Hollywood films. According to the "conspiracy culture," the government, big business, the church, even aliens - all of which, bundled together, comprise the ubiquitous "Them" - are concealing some of the biggest secrets in American and world history. This course explores conspiracy theories and conspiracy theory films from "The Manchurian Candidate" (1965) to "The DaVinci Code" (2006) and their impact on audiences.
Literature of the Americas (CMLIT 005U)
Dr. Robin Bower, Associate Professor of Spanish
Students in Literature of the Americas (CMLIT 005) read and interpret oral and written literature and cultural traditions from North, Central, and South America. The course is organized around three cultural moments that are perceived as definitive:
- the Edenic period prior to European "discovery" and conquest
- the Colonial period, prior to and just following independence
We will consider native American oral mythologies and contemporary film as well as literary texts, popular music, and other cultural products.