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Haverford College

2012-13 Course Catalog

Course Catalog: Independent College Programs, 2012-2013



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 those available in our departmental curricula. These courses have no prerequisites except where explicitly stated below.

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

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

This is 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.

Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies SO (Cross-listed in Peace, Conflict and Social Justice Studies)

This course offers 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 peace-building efforts.

204 Picturing War: Goya to Abu Ghraib HU

An examination of aesthetic, social, political, psychological, and historical aspects of the visual representation of war. Media ranging from prints and photographs to sculpture and film from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day. Course fulfills a requirement in the History of Art Major at Bryn Mawr as well as an elective in the Peace, Justice, Human Rights concentration at Haverford

221 Epidemiology and Global Health NA

TThis course examines the interplay of biomedical, societal and ethical concerns in global health. A unit on epidemiology provides the analytical tools to measure effectiveness of various public health responses. Case studies, such as smoking and tobacco-related diseases, energency contraception, and 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

This course explores the 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 focus on the works of major Post-Impressionist artists: Seurat, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. This course includes a field trip to The Barnes Foundation.

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

This course explores European art in the context of political, social, and cultural developments from the late 18th to the mid-19th century. Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism are the artistic movements of this period. We discuss artists including David, Goya, Friedrich, Turner, Constable and Gericault, among others. This course will include at least one visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

237 Art and Cultural Identity HU (Cross-listed in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies)

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

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, non-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 and 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)

This seminar course examines the commitment to social justice within the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), exploring its religious foundation and highlighting historical and current manifestations. We complement readings on Quaker testimonies and the roles of Quakers in abolition, suffrage, and peace with 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 Business and Professional Ethics from Aristotle to Modern Practice SO

Through an exploration of ethical theory and case studies, we 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 versus 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: Open to students with sophomore standing or above.

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)

This is an interdisciplinary seminar course analyzing the advantages and limitations of a public health perspective on violence. We 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. Does not count toward the major. Prerequisite: One of the following: ICPR 221, PEAC 101, 201, 202 or the instructor’s consent.

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

B. Uygun/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

C. Schilling
Prerequisite: Lottery priority goes to students returning from internships sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship.

310 Restorative Justice: A Path to Criminal and Social Justice? SO

This is an introduction to the restorative justice philosophy and practice and its potential to influence the design of justice settings, including prisons. Readings draw from restorative justice, environmental psychology and design. The course includes joint sessions inside a jail with incarcerated students. Selection is made through a written application process; and applicants must attend an information session prior to registration.

325 Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran and Turkey HU

This interdisciplinary 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. Prerequisite: One course in History of Art or MEIS.

480 Independent Study SO


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

This is a conference course for students writing their final paper for the Science and Society program. Each student produces a paper that expands significantly on what they have learned through their own fieldwork, research, or advanced course work in this program. Students meet individually with the instructor to discuss their written work. Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent fulfillment of requirements for the Science and Society Program, or the instructor’s consent. Offered occasionally.

Literature Courses

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

Typically offered in alternate years..

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