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Haverford College

2011-12 Course Catalog

Course Catalog: Independent College Programs, 2011-2012



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 that 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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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.

204 Picturing War: Goya to Abu Ghraib

Images of war are ubiquitous throughout the history of art, and they have a constant presence in our media-saturated world. What accounts for the prominence of this type of imagery? Why are we so captivated by representations of pain and suffering? Does the ubiquity of these images inure us to their awfulness? How do we respond to them emotionally, psychologically, intellectually, and politically? What issues of truth, sensationalism, exploitation, ethics, aesthetics, history, and memory do such images raise? This course explores these questions and issues while considering images of war in a variety of media – prints, photographs, paintings, sculpture, and film – from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day. Goya’s Disasters of War, Picasso’s Guernica, Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Maya Lin’s Vietnam War Memorial, and the Abu Ghraib prison photos are among the considered works. Cross listed with History of Art (Bryn Mawr) and Peace, Justice and Human Rights.

217 Humanimality: (Dis)Figurations of the Animal in the Shaping of Human Institutions HU (Cross-listed in English)


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


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 and the impact of photography.

235 The Post-Impressionists: Cezanne, Seurat, Van Gogh, and Gauguin HU

Using various art-historical approaches, this course focuses on the works of major Post-Impressionist artists: Seurat, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin. This course will include a field trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the course fulfills a requirement in the History of Art Major at Bryn Mawr College.

236 Art, Politics, and Society in 19th-Century Europe HU

This course explores European art in the context of political, social and cultural developments in the period from the late 18thcentury to the middle decades of the 19th 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 Philadelphia Museum of Art.

237 Art and Cultural Identity HU

This course considers the impact of globalization and the experience of exile, displacement, diaspora, transnationalism, hybridity and cosmopolitanism, and also examines strategies employed by artists from the 19th century to the present who have negotiated the terrain of cultural identity in their work: Cezanne, Gauguin, Kahlo, Hatoum, Neshat, Shonibare and Sikander. Other topics include cultural imperialism, orientalism and cultural property debates. Readings will include theoretical texts by Appiah, Bhabha, Hall, Said and others. Course fulfills a requirement in the History of Art Major at Bryn Mawr College.

243 Documentary Video Production HU

The craft of documentary video production. The basics, including use of HDV cameras, lighting and sound techniques, and nonlinear video editing using Final Cut Pro. Culminating in the completion of short documentaries during the semester. Attendance at weekly Thursday evening documentary screenings required. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher. Does not count toward the major.

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.

253 The Theory and Practice of Conceptual Art HU (Cross-listed in Fine Arts)


277 Business and Professional Ethics from Aristotle to Modern Practice 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, Conflict and Social Justice Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Peace, Justice and Human Rights)

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, Justice, and Human Rights)


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

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

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. Students will be selected through a written application process and must attend an information session on Wednesday, April 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Stokes 102 prior to registration. Applications can be found at Students must register for the course as well as submit an application by April 15, 2011, to be considered for course entry.

325 Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran and Turkey

C. Solomon
The effects of globalization and other socio-political realities, 9/11, the war in Iraq, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and, most recently, the Arab Awakening, have caused the countries of the Middle East and North Africa to become the focus of world attention. The art of this region and its diaspora, reflecting diverse cultures and histories, has emerged as a new force in the global arena. This course will consider aspects of contemporary art, architecture, and visual culture of North Africa and the Middle East and the other two principal non-Arab Muslim states in the region, Iran and Turkey. Interdisciplinary in scope, the course will examine major issues and themes—Islamic versus Arab art; tradition versus modernity; Orientalism; conflict and war; word and image; identity politics; the veil. Established artists, such as Mona Hatoum and Shirin Neshat, will be considered as well as emerging artists working in a wide variety of media from painting and sculpture to photography, video, and installation. Graffiti art, the graphic novel, and the comic will also be considered. Prerequisite – 200 level course

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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