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Course Catalog

Independent College Programs: 2007-2008

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Description

These courses, offered by visiting professors and members of the various departments of the College, are in different ways outside the major programs of the departments. They may be introductory in approach, or they may be interdisciplinary, bringing the insights and techniques of one discipline to bear on the problems important to another. They attempt to introduce students to intellectual experiences which are different from the ones that are available in our departmental curricula. These courses have no prerequisites except where explicitly stated.

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Faculty

Professor Linda Gerstein, Chair
Associate Professor M. Kaye Edwards
Visiting Professor Peter Goldberger
Visiting Professor Neal Grabell
Visiting Professor Ruth Guyer
Visiting Professor Bettina Hoerlin
Visiting Professor John Keene
Visiting Associate Professor Amy Slaton

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Courses

  • 104 Calculus: Concepts and History NA/QU (Cross-listed in Mathematics)
    J.Tecosky-Feldman
    Prerequisite: Not ordinarily open to students who have studied calculus previously.
  • 108 Physics in Modern Medicine NA (Cross-listed in Physics)
    S.Amador Kane
    Does not count toward the major. Typically offered in alternate years.
  • 111 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies HU (Cross-listed in Peace and Conflict Studies)
    Staff
    A broad overview of the study of conflict, peace and peace-building. Topics include: militarization, nuclearization, ethnic conflict, genocide, social movements, and non-violence, with special emphasis on understanding the historical and cultural contexts of conflicts and peacebuilding efforts. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)
  • 123 Perspectives in Biology: Scientific Literacy NA (Cross-listed in Biology)
    K.Johnson
    Does not count toward the major.
  • 215 Sport and Society SO
    A.Kitroeff,G.Kannerstein
    This course examines the evolution of sport in the Americas and Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries from its amateur beginnings to its transformation into a lucrative business with a global scope in the late 20th century. The course is divided into three broad chronological sections: the 19th century, the 20th century through World War II, and the post-1945 era. In each of these segments we are concerned with the way social changes affected the way sport was played, administered, experienced as a spectacle and how it was treated as an important social institution. Prerequisite: Freshman Writing. Offered occasionally.
  • 217 Humanimality: (Dis)Figurations of the Animal in the Shaping of Human Institutions HU (Cross-listed in English)
    K.Benston
    (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)
  • 221 Epidemiology and Global Health NA
    K.Edwards
    This course will examine the interplay of biomedical, societal, and ethical concerns in global health. A unit on epidemiology will provide the analytical tools to measure effectiveness of various public health responses. Case studies, such as smoking and tobacco-related iseases, energency contraception, AIDS prevention and therapies will highlight the impact of medical science, economics, culture, and politics on public health in different countries. Prerequisite: College-level biology course; a course in statistics is recommended. Typically offered in alternate years.
  • 222 Issues in Urban Public Health SO
    B.Hoerlin
    This course incorporates a broad definition of health and focuses on major urban problems such as infant mortality, teens at risk, violence, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Using Philadelphia as an example, the course considers how local government, hospitals, and managed care systems try to address issues, and the social-economic-racial-political barriers involved. There will be guest speakers from the Philadelphia area.
  • 223 Topic in German Cultural Studies HU (Cross-listed in German and Comparative Literature)
    H.Schlipphacke
  • 240 Latin American and Iberian Culture and Civilization HU (Cross-listed in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies)
    R.Castillo Sandoval
    Typically offered yearly in alternation with Bryn Mawr.
  • 241 The Economics and Finances of Higher Education SO
    R.Wynn
    This course explores the economics of higher education as part of the non-profit sector of the U.S. economy, focusing specifically on the business and financial structure of Haverford College as the prototype of an independent, not-for-profit organization. The course begins with an overview of the non-profit sector and the higher education industry, and includes such topics as long range and strategic planning, budgeting, endowment management, socially responsible investing, assessing financial health, as well as other topics. Typically offered in alternate years.
  • 243 Science and Society: An Introduction SO
    A.Slaton
    This course will explore the social origins and cultural impact of modern science practice: its texts, instruments, and conduct. Drawing on methodologies in history, sociology, and anthropology, topics will include nuclear weapons and foreign policy, global warming, global health issues, and society’s expectations from scientific research.
  • 244 Quaker Social Witness SO
    K.Edwards
    Seminar course examining the commitment to social justice within the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), exploring its religious foundation and highlighting historical and current manifestations. Readings on Quaker testimonies and on the roles of Quakers in abolition, suffrage, and peace will be complemented by guest speakers from Quaker social justice organizations. Prerequisite: No prerequisites, although preference for students who have taken HIST240 "History and Principles of Quakerism." (Satisfies the social justice requirement.) Does not count toward the major.
  • 252 Women, Medicine and Biology SO (Cross-listed in Biology and Gender and Sexuality Studies)
    K.Edwards
    This course examines how biological science describes women's bodies and behaviors by analyzing arguments that certain traits are sexually dimorphic, genetically determined and hormonally sensitive. It also examines how the medical profession responds to women's health concerns by analyzing the biomedical and political factors influencing research and treatments in such areas as breast cancer, reproductive medicine and AIDS in women. Prerequisite: Preference given to Gender and Sexuality Studies Concentrators. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.) Offered occasionally.
  • 256 Bioethics and the Natural World SO
    R.Guyer
    The environmental ethics movement provides lenses through which to examine how human activities and values are affecting change and destruction of the natural world. Can these perspectives also lead to strategies for actions that will result in renewal, reconstruction, and repair?
  • 257 Medical Ethics, Human Health and Human Suffering SO
    R.Guyer
    As medical practice and medical research grew during the 20th century, so did the need for an ethics component to both endeavors. Study of specific cases clarifies why medical ethics became a necessity.
  • 261 Law and Morality HU
    P.Goldberger
    When is it appropriate for the State to attempt to impose or regulate "morality," and why? How does the law deal with moral issues? An exploration of these questions from the perspectives of social philosophy, political science, and jurisprudence. Students will be introduced to primary and secondary legal source materials and topics will include some of the following: sexual conduct, drug and alcohol regulation, the insanity defense, the death penalty, affirmative action, civil disobedience, conscientious objection, abortion and the “right to die.” (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)
  • 270 Social Justice and the Courts SO
    J.Keene
    This course will examine some of the benefits and costs of using the American federal and state court systems as tribunals where parties seek to achieve social change and advance the cause of social justice. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)
  • 277 Aristotle and Arthur Andersen: Ethical Behavior in the Professional and Corporate World SO
    N.Grabell
    Through an exploration of ethical theory and case studies, we will examine topics such as: the tension between compliance with the law and the profit motive, professional responsibility and detachment, the proper treatment of clients/patients, short-term vs. long-term benefits, the relevance of social benefits claims to business practice, doing "well" by doing "good" and the dilemma of ethical relativism in the world of international business. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
  • 281 Violence and Public Health SO (Cross-listed in Peace and Conflict Studies)
    K.Edwards
    An interdisciplinary seminar course analyzing the advantages and limitations of a public health perspective on violence. We will examine how every-day violence, direct political violence, and structural violence effect public health, as well as evidence that violence is preventable and amenable to public health strategies. Prerequisite: One of the following: ANTH 111 "Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies"; ICPR 221 "Epidemiology and Global Health"; ICPR 222 "Issues in Urban Health." Does not count toward the major.
  • 301 Human Rights: Development and International Activism SO (Cross-listed in Peace and Conflict Studies)
    Staff
    Prerequisite: Lottery priority to students returning from CPGC-sponsored internships. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)
  • 302 Bodies of Injustice: Health, Illness and Healing in Contexts of Inequality SO
    L.Dwyer
    Prerequisite: Lottery priority to students returning from CPGC-sponsored internships. (Satisfies the social justice requirement.)
  • 484 Senior Conference in Science and Sociology HU
    K.Edwards
    A conference course for students writing their final paper for the Biology, Medicine, and Society program. Each student will produce a paper which expands significantly on what they have learned through their own fieldwork, research, or advanced course work in this program. Students will meet individually with the instructor to discuss their written work. Limited to Senior students in the Science and Society Program. Offered occasionally.
  • 494 Senior Conference in Science and Society NA (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
    K.Edwards
    A conference course for students writing their final paper for the Science and Society program. Each student will produce a paper which expands significantly on what they have learned through their own fieldwork, research, or advanced course work in this program. Students will meet individually with the instructor to discuss their written work. Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent fulfillment of requirements for the Science and Society Program or consent of the instructor. Offered occasionally.
  • 495 Praxis in Community Health SO
    K.Edwards
    Transdisciplinary inquiry into public health theory and practice. Field placements with community health agencies will provide case studies for analyzing how biological factors, individual behaviors, social networks, and environmental conditions influence health and well-being. Readings will examine ecological models of health and ethical issues in community-based work. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing; consent of the instructor. Does not count toward the major.requirements for the Science and Society Program or consent of the instructor. Offered occasionally.

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