Spring 2019 HSA Courses

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Course Description
ART033 HM PhotographyFandellTR1:15–3:45 p.m.ArtApproaching the medium from an artistic perspective, students will explore a variety of photographic concepts and techniques. This course emphasizes seeing, thinking, and creating with a critical mind and eye to provide understanding of the construction and manipulation of photographic form and meaning. The fundamentals of working with a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR), including manual controls and lighting, are covered. Students will also explore everything from cell phone cameras, web cams and disposable cameras as equally legitimate tools for creating art. Assignments, lectures, readings and excursions will build on each other to provide students with an overview of the history and contemporary practice of photography. $150 course fee.
ART60 HM Workshop in Hand Press PrintingGrovesTR6:00–9:00 p.m.ArtThis workshop introduces students to the basic vocabulary and practices of typesetting, typography, and printing for and on an iron hand press. Work includes a skill-building project and a student-designed semester project.
ART179E HM Modern & Contemp Art Practices / Special Topics in ArtFandellTR4:15–6:45 p.m.ArtThis class is an experimental lecture style art making/art history hybrid course. Lectures will focus on art practices of the last 100 years. Students will create unconventional artistic projects (not papers) in response to the course material and partake in massive public pop-up exhibitions and interventions throughout the Harvey Mudd College campus.
ASAM125 AA Intro Asian American History: 1850-PresentFloresTR1:15–2:30 p.m.Asian American Studies; HistoryThis survey course examines the history of Asian immigrant groups and their American-born descendants as they have settled and adjusted to life in the United States. We will explore issues such as the experience of immigration, daily life in urban ethnic enclaves, and racist campaigns against Asian immigrants. Throughout the course, we will ask how these issues relate to a larger history of American nation-building and diplomatic relations with Asia
AMST103 JT Introduction to American CulturesCheng, SeitzTR1:15–2:30 p.m.American StudiesThis course, taught by an intercollegiate faculty team, introduces principal themes in American culture. Its interdisciplinary approach brings together such areas as art, music, politics, social history, literature and anthropology. Topics frequently covered include the origins of the American self, ethnic diversity, immigration, women, the West, modernism, consensus, and dissent
EA174 JT Building Los AngelesGroves; MillerF1:15–4:00 p.m.Environmental AnalysisThis course explores the complex network of urban communities in which we live in order that we might think more deeply about the relationship of the built to the natural environment. To complicate our conceptions of Los Angeles, we consider the city's history and infrastructure and examine the social stresses and environmental pressures that result from planning decisions. We also focus on Southern California architecture and design as a profound expression of the relationship between the built and the natural, including new urbanism and the maturation of green design. As a required experiential component, the course features a substantial number of Saturday field trips. $50 fee to cover transportation costs.
ECON053 HM Principles of MacroeconomicsEvansTR2:45–4:00 p.m.EconomicsAn introductory course designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the national economy. Topics include theories of unemployment, growth, inflation, income distribution, consumption, savings, investment, and finance markets, and the historical evolution of economic institutions and macroeconomic ideas.
ECON136 HM Financial Markets and ModelingEvansMW8:10–9:25 a.m.EconomicsModern financial strategy seeks to reduce market risk through the use of complex instruments called derivatives. This course introduces students to the world of futures, options, and other derivatives. Topics to be covered include a survey of the markets and mathematical models of risk and volatility. Prerequisite: Economics 104.
ECON154 HM Intermediate MicroeconomicsJohannsenTR2:45–4:00 p.m.EconomicsAn advanced treatment of microeconomic theory using formal mathematical models for analysis. Optimization models of human behavior and resource use in a market environment are developed, analyzed and applied to a topical economic allocation problem. Prerequisite: Economics 54
GEOG179B HM Place, Power, and Difference / Special Topics in GeographySeitzW2:45–5:30 p.m.Geography; American Studies; Gend/Fem/Women StdsThis course introduces students to key concepts in social and cultural geography, including space, place and scale, as well as the "cultural turn" that led human geographers to re-think their understanding of what power is and how it operates. The course investigates the difference that thinking geographically makes to the study of race, class, gender, sexuality, and other relations of difference and power.
HIST152 HM History of Modern PhysicsHamiltonR2:45–5:30 p.m.History; STSAn examination of the cultural and social worlds of physics in the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include the relationship of experiment to theory, the development of relativity and quantum mechanics, the role of physicists in the atomic bomb project, and the experiences of women in physics. Prerequisite: One college-level course in physics.
HIST179 HM Early Modern EuropeWolfordTR2:45–4:00 p.m.HistoryThis survey asks why we see the period between 1500-1800 as witnessing and producing what we call the "modern" world. Beginning with Gutenberg's printing press, through primary source readings we will examine how changing forms of knowledge gave rise to religious pluralism, empirical science, consumer capitalism, and the nation state. In doing so, we will pay particular attention to the consequences of Europe's exploration of and colonial expansion into Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
LIT035 HM Fiction Writing WorkshopPlascenciaT2:45–5:30 p.m.Literature; Writing IntensiveThis course is designed as an introductory workshop focusing on the writing of fiction and the discourse of craft. Through the examination of a variety of literary traditions, stylistic and compositional approaches, and the careful reading and editing of peer stories, students will strengthen their prose and develop a clearer understanding of their own literary values and the dynamics of fiction.
LIT156 HM Translation/Foreignness of LanguageBalseiroM1:15–4:00 p.m.Literature; Writing IntensiveThis seminar is designed to introduce students to the foreignness of language through literary translation theory and its praxis. Participants will develop individual projects that will be revised and workshopped over the course of the semester. Weekly readings, including essays by theoreticians, accomplished writer-translators, and selections of multiple translations of a single text, will be used to familiarize students with a range of perspectives on translation and its relationship to writing. Prerequisite: Students must have reading knowledge of at least one foreign language.
MS120 HM Animal Media StudiesMayeriTR1:15–2:30 p.m.Media StudiesThis course will examine representations of animals in film - wildlife documentaries, animated features, critter cams, scientific data, and video art - to address fundamental questions about human and animal nature and culture. Animal Studies is an interdisciplinary field in which scholars from philosophy, biology, media studies, and literature consider the subjective lives of animals, the representations of animals in media and literature, and the shifting boundary line between human and animal. In readings, screenings, and discussions, we will consider the cultural and material lives of humans and animals through the lenses of science, art, literature, and film.
MS172 HM Third CinemaBalseiroTR9:35 a.m.–10:50 p.m.Latin American Studies; Literature; Media StudiesEmerging in Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s, the notion of Third Cinema takes its inspiration from the Cuban revolution and from Brazil's Cinema Novo. Third Cinema is the art of political film making and represents an alternative cinematic practice to that offered by mainstream film industries. This course explores the aesthetics of film making from a revolutionary consciousness in three regions: Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
MUS003 HM Fundamentals of MusicAlvesMW1:15–2:30 p.m.MusicIn this course, the student learns elementary concepts of melody, rhythm, harmony and notation. Basic principles of sight-singing and reading music are included. No previous musical experience is required. This course, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for Music 101 (Music Theory I) at Scripps College. (Carries departmental credit when taught by Alves, Cubek or Kamm.)
MUS049 HM American Gamelan EnsembleAlvesT4:15–6:00 p.m.MusicRehearsal and performance of new compositions for instruments adapted from the gamelan, a Javanese orchestra of metallophones and gongs. No prior experience on these instruments is required. Prerequisite(s): Ability to read music; approval of instructor.
MUS81 JT Introduction to Music KammTR1:15–2:45 p.m.MusicThis course explores important works of Western art music from diverse historical epochs through listening and analysis. Elements of music, basic musical terminology and notation are discussed. Attention is given to the relation of the arts - especially music - to culture and society. (Carries departmental credit when taught by Alves, Cubek, or Kamm.)
MUS102 JT MusicTheory IICubekMW1:15–2:30 p.m.MusicStudents will continue to explore tonal music from the 18th century from a theoretical standpoint. The course will focus on the study of harmony and voice leading, counterpoint, and various methods for harmonic and formal analysis of compositions from the baroque, galant, and classical styles. We will begin with a review of diatonic harmony followed by an introduction to chromatic harmony (including modulation to closely related keys, and the Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords). We will continue with the study of common compositional techniques and/or formal types such as fugue, galant-style schemata, and sonata form. Besides several analysis projects, students will work oon individual compositions that will display their creativity as well as his/her understanding of concepts, compositional techniques, and stylistic features learned throughout the semester.
Music Theory II labCubekMW11:00 –11:50 a.m.Music
MUS173 JT Concert ChoirKammMW5:30–6:45 p.m.MusicA study through rehearsal and performance of choral music selected from the 16th century to the present, with emphasis on larger, major works. Prerequisite: successful audition (Both semesters; joint offering of CMC, HMC, Pitzer and Scripps)
MUS175 JT Claremont Concert OrchestraCubekMW7:30–9:00 p.m.MusicThe study through rehearsal, with discussion as needed, and performance, of styles and techniques appropriate for the historically accurate performance of instrumental works intended for the orchestra. Repertoire will include works from mid-18th century to the present with special emphasis on the classical and romantic periods. Prerequisite: successful audition.
MUS176 JT Treble SingersKammMW4:15–5:30 p.m.MusicA study through rehearsal and performance of choral music for soprano and alto voices selected from the 14th century to the present. Singers will be invited to register after a successful audition.
PHIL082 PO Social EpistemologyYamadaMW11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.PhilosophyMuch of what we know and believe about the world comes through social interactions. For example, we give and receive testimony, discuss questions with others, and hear and transmit rumors. Such interactions are not always helpful: think of wide-spread prejudices, propaganda, "fake news." So how should we respond to and shape our social interactions if we want to improve our knowledge and understanding of the world? Possible topics include: testimony, disagreement, authority, rumors and gossip, open-mindedness, and epistemic injustice.
PHIL125 HM Ethical Issues in Science/EngineeringWrightTR4:15–5:30 p.m.Philosophy; STS; Writing IntensiveIn this course, we will use the resources of philosophy to explore ethical and political issues arising in STEM fields. Much of the course will focus on considering particular ethically significant topics, such as (for example) genetic engineering, autonomous vehicles, the use of animals in science, and the obligations of engineers to foresee and prevent harm. We will also step back and think about the purpose of scientific and technological work; about the relation between the professional self and the ethically aware self and, more broadly, between professional specialization and the rest of one’s life; and about ways of understanding the Mudd mission, especially as it relates to questions of ethics. To provide a framework for these discussions, we will begin by briefly investigating ethical theories and political ideologies. During the semester, each student will develop a research-based paper on a topic of interest and give two formal class presentations as this work progresses.
PHIL179A HM Classical Liberalism / Libertarianism / Special Topics in PhilosophyWrightM2:45–5:30 p.m.Philosophy“Libertarianism” and “classical liberalism” have become standard, if somewhat ambiguous, designations for a range of political views that advocate a constrained role for the state, geared exclusively or primarily to protecting individuals from the initiation of physical force (or that regard even a minimal state as an obstacle to this goal). Whatever their similarities, however, such views harbor numerous differences, in their specific claims about how societies should be organized, in their views about the proper forms and limits of state action, and in the kinds of normative arguments they rely on. This course takes a comparative, critical look at several important statements of classical liberal and libertarian positions by philosophers and social theorists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It also considers the application of these theoretical frameworks to policy issues such as climate change or healthcare. Toward the end of the semester we will take up some recent challenges to the theoretical coherence of libertarian and classical liberal views. Authors included may include Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, Ayn Rand, Richard Epstein, Chandran Kukathas, Deirdre McCloskey, Robert Nozick, Mark Pennington, Hernando de Soto, and/or others. Because this course meets only once per week, there will be a strict attendance policy. Though there are no formal prerequisites, a willingness to wrestle with sometimes-difficult material will be important for success in the course.
PHIL179B HM Contemporary Moral Problems / Special Topics in PhilosophyWrightTR1:15–2:30 p.m.PhilosophyAfter a brief introduction to some of the main theoretical approaches in moral and political philosophy, this course explores philosophical debates on a series of moral-political issues of current concern. Topics may include drug laws, immigration, abortion, terrorism and the ethics of war, inequality, and the nature of racism and sexism. Throughout the course we will work to see how different theoretical orientations lead to different modes of analysis on the selected issues, and how the issues themselves are often linked. Typical requirements: a research presentation, a paper, a midterm exam, and a final exam.
PSYC179G HM Positive Psychology / Special Topics in PsychologyBaumsteigerMW11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.PsychologyWhat does it mean to lead a good life? What makes work engaging, or a relationship fulfilling? Positive psychology seeks to answer these “big questions” through scientific research. In this course, we will critically analyze current findings from this field and discuss how this work can be applied across contexts to promote well-being.
PSYC179H HM Psychology of Young Adulthood / Special Topics in PsychologyManganTR9:35–10:50 a.m.PsychologyThe line between adolescence and adulthood has changed significantly in the past 50 years. There is now a period of extended exploration of adult roles in the third decade of life (from 18-30 years old) where young adults have unprecedented opportunity to try out different careers and lifestyles. In this course we discuss the important psychological factors that contribute to development in this age group, with a focus on how young adults can use psychology to better understand themselves and take the reins in their new, adult lives.
RLST168 HM Activism, Vocation, JusticeDysonR6:00–8:45 p.m.Religious StudiesThe histories of social change activism are filled with individuals who understand their call to fight injustice, to work for community rights, or to alleviate suffering as grounded in their philosophical, religious, or spiritual practices. In this course, students will combine community engagement work with their class work; learning about diverse thinkers and reformers, who have either found religious meaning in their activist or service work, or who have interpreted philosophy, doctrine, theology, or liturgy as demanding action from them. Each semester, readings will be grouped around a particular theme such as: Engaged Buddhism; interfaith activism; violent vs. non-violent protest; the Direct Action years of the Civil Rights Movement; education as activism; theological and philosophical theories of justice; socialisms and social change; queer and Christian communities; and Hindu environmentalism. The class will meet once a week, every other week.
RLST179E HM Medicine, Healing, & Religion / Special Topic in Religious StudiesDysonTR9:35–10:50 a.m.Religious Studies; Writing IntensiveIn the intersections between medicine, healing, and religion, diverse theories of what constitute a legitimate, normal, healthy person converge and conflict. Medical sciences and religions each lay claim to the body, lay down lines separating the ailing or abnormal from the healthy or whole. Each also relies on outside authorities — legal, divine, or otherwise credentialed — to naturalize and enforce these separations. While looking at the ways that medical and religious ideas have related throughout United States history, we will also pay close attention to the very real consequences for caretakers, ailing people, or non-normative bodies when the law or church authorities become involved in regulating healing practices.
SOSC150 HM Public Speaking / Science & CitizenshipSteinbergMWF9:00–9:50 a.m.Social ScienceThis course builds student speaking skills in three areas: communicating advanced topics in science and technology to non-specialists; speaking out on questions of politics and values; and engaging the intersection of the two through presentations on technically intensive social controversies.
STS010 HM Introduction to Science, Technology and Societyde LaetMW9:35–10:50 a.m.STSAn introduction to the interactions among science, technology and society. Examines the different concepts of rationality and the values that underlie scientific and technological endeavors as well as the centrality of value conflict in technological controversies.
STS114 HM Social / Political Issues in Clinicde LaetM1:15–4:00 p.m.Anthropology; STS; Writing IntensiveA seminar offered to students taking Clinic. Preparation of a major paper analyzing the ethical and/or social issues of the student's Clinic project or the product or application for which the project is a part. Reading assignments on the interaction between society and technology and case studies of specific examples.
STS179E HM Science and the Senses / Special Topics: Science, Technology and Societyde LaetW2:45–5:30 p.m.Anthropology; STSSight, sound, touch, smell, and taste inform scientific work across a range of disciplines. Yet sensory information remains suspect precisely because of the difficulties inherent in containing, measuring, and communicating about embodied experience. This class explores how sensory information intersects with scientific practice, and questions whether scale (from the macro to the micro) influences the recognition or repudiation of sensory knowledge. Drawing on texts such as Emily Thompson, The Soundscape of Modernity, Natasha Meyers, Rendering Life Molecular, and Sarah Pink’s Doing Sensory Ethnography, students in this class will learn not only how to attend to the way that sensory information informs the making of knowledge, they will also investigate what a sensory sensibility can offer contemporary scientific debates.
STS179I HM Communicating Science / Special Topics: Science, Technology, and SocietyHamiltonF1:15–4:00 p.m.STSThis course will examine the ways in which science has been written, performed and displayed for non-specialist audiences from the early 19th century to today. Looking at different genres of communication including books, museum exhibits, newspapers, documentaries and science blogs, we will ask how boundaries have been drawn around professional science. What kinds of expectations have been shaped about who gets to be a scientist and about the nature of scientific knowledge? For the final project, students will create a work of popular science in a genre of their choosing.