College Honors Courses (Division 395)

204/Geography 475. History of Geography. (2). (SS).

See Geography 475. (Kish)

250. Sophomore Seminar. Open to Honors students with at least sophomore standing. (2-3). (SS).
Section 001 An Introduction to Cultural Analysis.
The aim of this course is to teach students how to do cultural analysis from materials close at hand, especially ordinary conversation. At least one third of each student's time will be spent in "fieldwork" of some sort (under the general guidance of the instructor); another third will be spent in organizing the materials analyzed for presentation in class (one fifteen minute presentation every two weeks); the final third will be devoted to preparing written reports (in the form of brief essays) on the topics investigated (three are required). Enrollment is limited to fifteen students. The format will be that of a research seminar. Instruction will be informal, consisting mostly of comments on the research reports. Outside readings will be limited to those illustrative of the research methods taught. (Carroll)

Section 002 Religion and Social Politics. Analysis of the relationship between religion, culture, society, and politics in a number of different religions and nations. Focus will be on the ways in which religious belief, practice, and organization "fits" with general cultural changes and with patterns of social and political conflict. Issues will be studied in general terms, and in cases such as Latin America, Europe, Japan, South Africa, and several Islamic cases such as Iran or Morocco. Requirements include extensive readings, discussion, and a long paper. (Levine)

Section 003 The History of Biomedical Science and the Art of the Humbug. Discussions will center around the evolution of modern medicine. This will include consideration of what "prehistoric" medicine may have been like, and a description of early Western medical concepts. The introduction of the scientific method altered all those concepts, and of course the methods of prevention and treatment of illness. This will be discussed. In addition, attention will be directed at current day fads: acupuncture, astral projection, chiropractic, ESP, diets of all kinds. The aim is to establish some reliable guideposts to making decisions regarding the health and well being of our bodies. No assigned reading, although recommended reading will be supplied. A term paper will be required. (Malvin)

Section 004. At the end of the sixties knowledgeable people observed that Roman Catholicism had changed more in the previous four years than it had in the past four hundred. This course attempts to introduce students to that lost religious world of the pre-Vatican II era primarily through twentieth-century "Catholic" writers with such varying credentials as James Joyce, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, Gary Wills, and Mary Gordon. At least half of the assignments will be in novels, which will be read for the insight they provide into Catholicism's complex yet distinctive attitudes toward authority, sacraments, ritual, priesthood, and moral questions of every sort. Absolutely no prior religious training is expected. There will be three short essays on the assigned reading and a longer, final essay instead of a final examination. (Tentler)

Section 005 Cholera Pandemics: Model Systems for Evaluating Societal Attitudes. Cholera pandemics provide model systems for retrospectively correlating societal attitudes with the methods used in eventually providing a solution to a large-scale social problem. These model systems also provide a basis for evaluating the potential validity of current societal attitudes in current attempts to solve large-scale social problems. Two hour seminar periods are used for student reviews of text chapters and class discussion. Guest participants provide additional commentaries. Students are evaluated on chapter presentations, class participation, and a final paper. There are no prerequisites. The main text will be The Cholera Years by C.E. Rosenberg. (Whitehouse)

251. Sophomore Seminar. Open to Honors students with at least sophomore standing. (2-3). (HU).
Section 001 Versification.
Subjects: 1) What meter is, and how to scan (a generally neglected subject, yet one that poets themselves have taken very seriously); 2) How stanza forms are constructed couplet, terza rima, rime royal, ottava rima, Spenserian stanza, sonnet, rondeau, villanelle to name only some of the standard ones; 3) Why a poet chooses a certain meter and stanza for a particular poem. This will be the main focus of the course, coming after the necessary tools have been acquired. We will explore how the elected meter and stanza enable the poet to say what he has to say or, conversely, how what he has to say is shaped and controlled by the formal requirements. Reading: a broad variety of periods and styles, with close attention to the practice of some 8-10 poets. Several short analytical papers, a variety of exercises in poetic imitation e.g., a passage in Popian couplets, a Miltonic or Wordsworthian sonnet. (English)

Section 002 Marcel Proust. Swann's Way, Within a Budding Grove and Time Recaptured, plus excerpts of the rest of Remembrance of Things Past will be read in Scott Moncrieff's translation. Students having sufficient command of French will be encouraged to read the original text. The course will focus on specific episodes which will be explained in the light of some issues, concepts and theories, namely: 1) The conflict between mechanism and organicism between 1750 and 1900. 2) Absolute monarchy and the rise of the bourgeoisie seen as dissolving the feudal order of things and the ensuing nostalgia for an idealized medieval world. 3) A few concepts of psychoanalysis. 4) Consideration of the linguistic sign and figures of speech (such as the arbitrary character of the sign and the special value ascribed metaphor by the Romantics). 5) The Patristic ideas of prefiguration and of gradual revelation. 6) Symbolism and the aestheticism of the 1870's and 1880's. 7) Point of view in narration and the application of structural analysis of myths to the text of a novel. All these will be the object of lectures and occasional outside readings. Their application to our understanding of Proust will be shown by discussions. Two short papers (4-6 pp.) plus a longer project on some aspect of the novel. The course is not part of a departmental sequence. (Muller)

Section 003 Art and Religion. This course aims to develop an understanding of the basic differences between the western religious tradition on the one hand and the Indian religious tradition on the other, with particular attention to the manner in which major themes have been revealed in painting and sculpture, as well as in architectural contexts. Major Old Testament and New Testament themes will be discussed, both to show how attitudes and interests have changed over the centuries, and to develop a familiarity with the work of major western artists such as Michelangelo, Durer, and Rembrandt. In the Indian tradition, concentration will be on the life of Krishna, as child-god, hero, lover, and sage; but other aspects of Hinduism and Buddhism will also be discussed. Primary texts will be the Old and New Testaments, the Bhagavad Gita, the Gita Govinda, and various puranas. Photographs and slides (and where possible original prints and paintings in the Museum of Art and other nearby museums) will be used for visual material, along with basic reference books for visual materials and iconography such as Panofsky's Durer, de Tolnay's Michelangelo, Archer's Loves of Krishna, Spink's Krishnamandala, etc. General background reading from J. Campbell's Occidental Mythology and the same author's Oriental Mythology will be assigned as a basis for class discussion on some of the wider themes. One examination, one long final paper, and various short papers and projects will be assigned. (Spink)

252. Sophomore Seminar. Open to Honors students with at least sophomore standing. (2-3). (NS).
Section 001 Concepts in Twentieth Century Physics.
The revolutionary concepts which have developed within this century and which are now the basis for our understanding of the physical world are presented and discussed. Following a brief summary of older definitions and physical principles, relativity and quantum mechanics will be studied. Other topics will include the quark model, parity and time reversal non conservation, and some aspects of cosmology and of unified field theories. There are no college physics nor advanced mathematics prerequisites. (Jones)

310. Making Decisions. Open to Honors students with at least second-term freshman standing. (3). (HU).

How are the decisions made that shape your life? Are there methods of practical reasoning that can improve this process and lead to better, more effective decisions? We will look at the 'intuitive' strategies that actually influence our choices among alternatives. And we'll compare these to the 'formal' models of rational choice recently developed in the social sciences and increasingly applied in diverse areas of modern life (e.g., in consumer, administrative, medical, political, and economic decisions). The course aims to give help in improving students' decision-making skills and introduces a variety of standard, widely-used methods of decision making. Some of the topics for discussion are: the relations between alternatives and outcomes, and methods of evaluating them in terms of one's goals; choosing in the midst of uncertainty; making assumptions; the role of chance and taking risks; cost/benefit analysis. The course's format will be discussion supplemented by easily interruptible lectures; we will often follow a 'case study' method of learning. Students will be asked to write two or three short papers, a longer 'decision analysis', and a final exam. (Glazer)

380/Women's Studies 380. History and Current Politics of the Equal Rights Amendment. Open to Honors students with at least sophomore standing; or Women's Studies 240 or the equivalent, and permission of instructor. (4). (SS).

The principle of equal treatment under the law, regardless of sex, has been a subject of long, bitter, and often emotional controversy, both historically and currently. The purpose of this course is two-fold. First we will explore the history and current politics of the ERA. Among the subjects to be considered will be the shifting attitudes of the feminist movement towards the ERA, from a controversial minority position espoused by Alice Paul and the National Women's Party to a widely accepted mainstream feminist issue; the nature and ideology of the left-wing and right-wing opponents of the ERA historically and currently; the expected legal effects of the amendment in such areas as family law, employment and the military; the current political strategies and tactics used by proponents and opponents; the political demography of selected unratified states; and the ERA as a symbolic issue, the debate over which transcends the particular legal effects that might be predicted from its passage. The second and equally important goal of this course will be to involve students in primary research on some topic related to the Equal Rights Amendment. After an initial series of class meetings in which we will explore the topics mentioned above and define possible areas for research, students will pursue individual research, meeting regularly on a tutorial basis, and occasionally as a group to share ideas and results. Grades will be apportioned as follows: class participation, 10%; midterm quiz, 15%; issue analysis, 15%; research project, 60%. (Morrow)

393, 394. College Honors Seminar. Open to Honors students with at least junior standing and with permission of instructor. (3 each). (N.Excl). May be repeated for credit with permission of the Honors Council.

In the fall of 1978 we proposed to the freshman Honors students in Great Books 191 that the books we were studying were books that they would return to again and again in their adult lives. In this class I want to engage in just such a return with a dozen senior veterans of Great Books 191 and 192. We will reread a selection of books taken from both courses, beginning with Homer and ending with Goethe; we will not repeat the things we said about them four years ago, I trust. Our aim will be to inform our rereading with whatever wisdom and understanding we have gained in four years of study, and to make thereby new intellectual, moral, and aesthetic experiences experiences of value and meaning for ourselves. The readings for the course will include works by eight or ten of the following authors: Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, Vergil, Augustine, Dante, Machiavelli, Rabelais, Cervantes, Milton, Goethe. There will be a major paper, due at the end of the term. Admission by permission of the instructor. (Hornback)

499/Amer. Cult. 499/Hist. of Art 499. The Arts in American Life. Seniors concentrating in American Culture, seniors in any Honors curriculum, or graduate students with permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.

See American Culture 499. (Coles)


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