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Haverford College Course Catalog

Course Catalog: Independent College Programs, 2010-2011



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 Lauren Clay
Visiting Instructor Victoria Funari
Visiting Instructor Bridget Moix
Visiting Instructor Barbara Toews

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101 Introduction to African and Africana Studies HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)

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-Bi Co Conc)

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.

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.

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.

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, alienation, transnationalism, hybridity, cosmopolitanism, and global identity. Topics include cultural imperialism, orientalism, and cultural property debates. Strategies employed by artists from the mid-19th century to the present who negotiate the terrain of cultural identity. Visits to related exhibition "Mapping Identity" on view at Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. Discussion with participating artists.

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.

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.

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-Bi Co Conc and Gender and Sexuality Studies)

An interdisciplinary seminar course analyzing the advantages and limitations of a public health perspective on violence. We will examine how everyday 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, ICPR 221, or ICPR 222. Does not count toward the major.

290 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)

G.Stadler, S.Ullman

301 Human Rights: Development and International Activism SO (Cross-listed in Peace and Conflict Studies-Bi Co Conc and Peace, Justice, Human Rights - New Conc)


302 Bodies of Injustice: Health, Illness and Healing in Contexts of Inequality SO

Prerequisite: Lottery priority to students returning from CPGC-sponsored internships.

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.

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