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Course Catalog

Independent College Programs: 2009-2010



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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Professor Linda G. Gerstein
Associate Professor M. Kaye Edwards
Visiting Professor Neal Grabell
Visiting Associate Professor Carol Solomon
Visiting Instructor Victoria Funari
Visiting Instructor Barbara Toews

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  • 104 Calculus: Concepts and History NA/QU (Cross-listed in Mathematics)
    Prerequisite: Not ordinarily open to students who have studied calculus previously. Offered occasionally.

    01 Introduction to African and Africana Studies HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)
    T.Hucks, K.Ngalamulume
    An interdisciplinary introduction to Africana Studies, emphasizing change and response among African peoples in Africa and outside.

    104 Calculus: Concepts and History NA/QU (Cross-listed in Mathematics)
    Prerequisite: Not ordinarily open to students who have studied calculus previously. Offered occasionally.

    111 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies SO (Cross-listed in Peace and Conflict Studies)
    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.

    200 Liberal Arts Colleges in America: The Case of Haverford SO
    We will examine the origins of colleges and universities in the U.S. and the development of the American liberal arts college. The history of Haverford College will serve as our "text" to demonstrate both trends in American colleges and unique aspects of the first Quaker college in the U.S. Conditions among Friends which led to the founding of Haverford in 1833 as well as Haverford's gradual path to becoming a full-fledged liberal arts college, the crucial Sharpless years, Haverford in wartime, the role of Quaker traditions and values over the years, increasing diversity, and the expansion and coeducation debates and decisions will provide focus for understanding Haverford's history and impact on American education and society. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.

    210 African Masculinities SO (Cross-listed in Anthropology and Gender and Sexuality Studies)
    This course explores the intersection of race, gender, generation, and geography to look at the different ways African manhood has been theorized and represented over time and across disciplines. Topics will include: 1) Early anthropological takes on gender, generation, and social roles; 2) New male identities under colonialism; urbanization and modernization; 3) The debate about African homosexuality; 4) African Politics: Big Men, Warlords and Child soldiers; 5) Hiphop, Reggae, and other forms of global black culture shaping African masculinities today; 6) Comparative readings on black masculinities in Europe and America; and 7) Media and literary representations.

    215 Sport and Society SO
    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)

    221 Epidemiology and Global Health NA
    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 diseases, emergency 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.

    229 Topics in Rhetorical Theory: Roland Barthes and the Image HU (Cross-listed in Fine Arts and Comparative Literature)

    230 Beauty, Rhetoric, Aesthetics, Philosophy HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Philosophy)
    This course will examine contemporary attempts to revitalize and reaffirm art's relation to beauty, aesthetic pleasure, and seduction. Readings will be drawn from the works of Plato, Longinus, Edmund Burke, Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, as well as the contemporary champions of beauty: Gilbert-Rolfe, Hickey, Scarry, Schjeldahl, and Steiner.

    231 Paris in the 19th Century: Visual Culture and the Psychopathology of the Modern City HU
    Explores effects of modernization and the transformation of the city on Parisian society in the 19th century through the lens of art and visual culture. Topics: Haussmannization, urban types, psychological responses to modernity, prostitution, flanerie, caricature, impact of photography.

    235 The Post-Impressionists: Cezanne, Seurat, Van Gogh, and Gauguin HU
    Using various art-historical approaches, this course focuses on the major Post-Impressionist artists: Seurat, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. Course includes visit to the Barnes Foundation, one of the world's largest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. This course fulfills a requirement in the HART major at BMC.

  • 236 Art, Politics, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Europe HU
    This course explores European art in the context of political, social, and cultural developments in the period from the late eighteenth century to the middle decades of the nineteenth century. Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Realism are the artistic movements of this period. Artists discussed will include David, Goya, Friedrich, Turner, Constable, and Gericault among others. Course will include at least one visit to the Phila Museum of Art.

    237 Art and Cultural Identity HU
    Interdisciplinary examination of the issues, with texts by Appiah, Bhabha, Fanon, Hall, Said and others. Concepts include exile, diaspora,jjpatton transnationalism, hybridity, cosmopolitanism, and global identity. Topics include cultural imperialism, orientalism, and cultural property debates. Strategies employed by artists from the mid-19C to the present who negotiate the terrain of cultural identity. Visits to related exhibition "Mapping Identity" on view at Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. Discussion with artists participating in the exhibition. Course can be used to fulfill a requirement in HART at BMC.

    241 The Economics and Finances of Higher Education SO
    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.

    244 Quaker Social Witness SO (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
    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: Open only to members of the first-year class as assigned by the Director of College Writing (Satisfies the freshman writing requirement.)

    252 Women, Medicine and Biology SO (Cross-listed in Biology and Gender and Sexuality Studies)
    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. Offered occasionally.
    253 The Theory and Practice of Conceptual Art HU (Cross-listed in Fine Arts)

    266 Ocular Anxiety: Visuality in the Nineteenth Century HU
    We will examine the 19th C as an age of "ocularcentrism." At this time, a culture of looking emerged with the development of new visual technologies & the opening of art museums. This was the heyday of the illustrated book and the beginnings of photography. The visual was not only used to make sense of the external world, but also to reveal the realm of the invisible. In the middle of the century, Europeans & Americans alike had great confidence in vision. Yet as the century drew on, there were increasingly moments when this confidence wavered. This course will look at moments of both optimism & skepticism about the ability of the brush, the pencil, & the camera to capture what the eye could see and what it could not.

    277 Aristotle and Arthur Andersen: Ethical Behavior in the Professional and Corporate World SO
    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.

    278 Documentary Film and Approaches to Truth HU
    This course explores the challenge of truth-telling in documentary film and video. What practices have documentarians engaged in to acknowledge, deny, undermine, complicate, and perhaps solve the problem of truth? Readings, film viewings with discussions, and exercises in video production and editing, leading to the creation of final videos by students. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.

    281 Violence and Public Health SO (Cross-listed in Peace and Conflict Studies)
    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 affect public health, as well as evidence that violence is preventable and amenable to public health strategies. Prerequisite: One of the following: ANTH 111, ICPR 221, or ICPR 222. Does not count toward the major.
    290 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)

    300 Picturing Religion: Spiritual Art in an Age of Materialism HU (Cross-listed in Religion)
    Topics in the intersection of religion and art in Europe and the US from 1850 to the present. In addition to focusing on particular artists, including Paul Gauguin, Mark Rothko, and Andres Serrano, we will discuss practices of writing about religious art.

    301 Human Rights: Development and International Activism SO (Cross-listed in Peace and Conflict Studies)

    302 Bodies of Injustice: Health, Illness and Healing in Contexts of Inequality SO
    Prerequisite: Lottery priority to students returning from CPGC-sponsored internships.

    304 Artworlds: Contact Zones HU (Cross-listed in Anthropology)
    This course will look at art worlds past and present as contact zones bringing together vastly different systems of value and groups of people. We will look at a series of case studies in which Westerners and non-Westerners create art forms, practices and styles that were direct products of intercultural contact. Through these, we will counter narratives that a) pose global interconnection as a recent occurrence and b) present modernity as a purely Western product later "exported" to the rest of the work. Instead, we will see how all culture is interculture. Always focusing on art objects, producers, practices and institutions, we will look at 1) African, Native-American, and Melanesian art worlds of "first contact" in the age of discovery; 2) the great World Fairs of Victorian Europe and America; 3) the co-construction of Primitive Art and European Modernism 4) the contemporary phenomenon of tourist art.

    310 Restorative Justice: A Path to Criminal and Social Justice? SO
    An introduction to the criminal justice system and the philosophy and practice of restorative justice. Readings by theorists, researchers and practitioners as well as victims and offenders. This course will be taught in jail, to Tri-Co students and to incarcerated students.

    480 Independent Study SO

    494 Senior Conference in Science and Society NA (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
    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. Offered occasionally.