250. Sophomore Seminar. Open to Honors students. (3). (SS).
Section 001 – "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. The main text will be THE CHOLERA YEARS by C.E. Rosenberg. (Whitehouse)
Section 002 – JUSTICE, POLITICS, and SOCIAL CHANGE. Social movements such as the Civil Rights movement, the anti-abortion movement, and the Feminist movement have often appealed to the law as a means of achieving their goals. This seminar will examine why it is that legal rights are so often seen as the means to redressing social grievances, and why it is that social claims are made in the name of social justice. We will ask what exactly is social justice? Is justice inherently a matter of law? And from what do ideas of justice derive? The sociological, philosophical, and historical roots of often conflicting views of justice will be explored, and we will analyze the visions of society and moral arrangements such views reflect. Finally, we will examine how competing social movements and their interpretations of law have influenced politics and social change. Evaluation will be based on one or two midterms or paper, a final exam or paper, and class participation. Reading will be heavy, and will be drawn from historical, philosophical, and sociological sources. A basic text for the class will be J. Anthony Lucas' COMMON GROUND, which students will benefit from beginning before the class starts. (Somers)
Section 003 – "THE DISCOVERY OF THE UNIVERSE." The purpose of this seminar is to discuss a very important topic in the history of science: the processes by which astronomers came to suspect, investigate, and then describe accurately the universe of galaxies. We will begin with the work of a German musician, William Herschel, in the eighteenth century, and end with the work of a Missouri lawyer, Edwin Hubble, in the 1920's. Readings and student projects will be based on primary sources and works by historians of science. I do not expect prospective students to have a science background beyond, say, a course in high school physics or completion of a lower-level astronomy course here. This is NOT a science course; it is, instead, an opportunity for us to study the ways in which scientific knowledge advances and the human nature of scientific work. (Lindner)
Section 005 – SMITH, MARX and KEYNES. This course will be devoted to reading and discussion of three great books in economics: AN INQUIRY INTO the NATURE and CAUSES of the WEALTH of NATIONS (1776) by Adam Smith; CAPITAL: A CRITIQUE of POLITICAL ECONOMY, volume I (1867) by Karl Marx; and THE GENERAL THEORY of EMPLOYMENT, INTEREST and MONEY, (1936) by John Maynard Keynes. The three books represent three distinct social philosophies, three stages in the history and development of the modern economy, and three different approaches to the role of the state in the modern world. The objectives of the course are to introduce students to the work of three seminal thinkers, the issues they stressed, the social philosophies on which their ideas were built, and the historical context of their ideas. (Fusfeld)
251. Sophomore Seminar. Open to Honors students. (3). (HU).
Section 001 – SOMETHING of VALUE. We will read and reread a few great books: OEDIPUS REX, Plato's "PROTAGORAS" and "GORGIAS," Shakespeare's TEMPEST, Dostoevskii's CRIME and PUNISHMENT, Hardy's TESS of the D'UBERVILLES, G.B. Shaw's ST. JOAN, and Solzhenitsyn's ONE DAY in the LIFE of IVAN DENISOVICH. Our main concern will be to discuss what we value, and why we value it, and how we arrive at such determinations. For the first half of the term we will prepare one book for discussion each week; in the second half of the term we will use what we have read and talked about to inform our discussion of our main topic. Students are responsible for leading the discussions in the second half of the term. Outlines for seminar papers due March first; papers due April first. The seminar meets on Wednesday nights from 7:00 until 10:00, CHEZ MOI. Books ordered from Shaman Drum Book Store, 3l3 South State. Open to fourth term Honors only. (Hornback)
Section 003 – CULTURE. This course is an argument about culture, and cultural values. Its focus will be on American culture and its values. We will start with the idea of argument – which means "to shed light on" – and the idea of culture. We will be concerned with such things as the meaning of the idea of lifestyle for a culture, and what environment means. We will talk about education, and about the idea of a university. We will discuss freedom and its relation to responsibility. We will try to approach our subject historically, and at the same time keep a focus on contemporary America. Our readings will include Plato's REPUBLIC; Shakespeare's TEMPEST; Matthew Arnold's; CULTURE and ANARCHY; Josef Pieper's; LEISURE: The BASIS of CULTURE, essays by David Riesman and Wendall Berry, Solzhenitsyn's; ONE DAY in the LIFE of IVAN DENISOVICH, and Semus Heaney's; "FROM the REPUBLIC of CONSCIENCE." We will also read, each week, accounts of American acts, events, or life taken from foreign newspapers; students are responsible for selecting these. Books ordered from Shaman Drum Book Store, 3l3 South State Street. Every other week students will be responsible – in pairs - for leading class discussion. At the end of the term I will expect a major paper, on a subject of the individual student's choice. Tuesday evenings, 7-l0, CHEZ MOI. Open to fourth term Honors students only. (Hornback)
493. College Honors Seminar. Open to Honors students with at least junior standing and permission of instructor. (3). (N.Excl).
Section 001. BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE, INDUSTRY, AND HUMAN AFFAIRS. Admission via application; see Lorrie Redlin in 1210 Angell Hall. The course, primarily intended for juniors and seniors, is orientated towards liberal arts students and no technical background is required. Via lecture and discussion format, the course will explore decision-making processes and the structure of biomedical organizations engaged in research directed toward specific, practical results. Some major recent accomplishments will be described together with the ethical, medical/legal, and governmental regulatory situations that arise when serious side-effect problems emerge in human subjects. Relationships with parallel, but more fundamental pursuits in government and in universities, will also be discussed. A number of important current issues, such as, for example, use of animals in research, testing in humans, and the regulatory approval process will be covered in some detail. Reading of selected pertinent articles and involvement in free-flowing discussion is expected of all members of the class. As stated above, the course requires no technical background. But science concentrators are welcome, and may find the subject matter useful in making career decisions. Although the primary audience will be juniors and seniors, interested sophomores are encouraged to inquire. This will be a low-enrollment course. (Weisbach)
Section 002 – FOUNDATIONS of MEASUREMENT in the BIOLOGICAL and SOCIAL SCIENCES. Scientists in a great variety of fields now spend most of their effort analyzing large collections of numbers. What drives this pervasive symbolism of "data," and how does it relate to scientific inference and discovery? This seminar will consider the different ways in which numbers are claimed to be realistic. We will see if there is anything in common, such as the notion of "precision," underlying the many disciplinary tactics for the measurement of extended systems and processes. Readings will range widely throughout the natural and social sciences. Although students need have no background in statistics or advanced math. it will be helpful to have struggled at length to measure something. This course is by invitation only. Applications available in the Honors Office. (Bookstein)
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