Fall 2019 HSA Courses

Course Area Description
Course Description
ANTH111 HM Introduction to Anthropology of Science & TechnologyDe LaetMW2:45–4:00 p.m.Anthropology; STSAn introduction to science and technology as cultural phenomena and a hands-on initiation into anthropology. While applying basic anthropological methods in the academic environment, students gain an understanding of science and technology as a culturally, socially and historically specific way of constructing knowledge. In other words, rather than taking for granted the ways in which we make knowledge, this course renders those ways of knowledge-making "strange." (3 credits)
ART33 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 analog photographic processes, scanners and smart phone 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. Fall and spring. (3 credits)
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. (1.5 credits)
ART179E HM Modern & Comtemporary Art Practices / Special Topics in ArtFandellTR4:15–6:45 p.m.ArtThis class is an experiemental 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. (3 credits)
ART179F HM Art and Biology / Special Topics in ArtMayeriR1:15–4:00 p.m.ArtArt and Biology is a seminar and studio course on biology-inspired art practices. We will survey and discuss cutting-edge art-science theories, practices, practitioners, and institutions in seminar. In studio, we explore art and life science in hands-on experiments, leading to finished projects. Students are invited to share and employ their own knowledge and skills in art, science, and technology throughout the course. (3 credits)
ASAM125 AA Introduction Asian American History: 1850-PresFloresTR9:35–10:50 a.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 since 1850. We will explore issues such as the experience of immigration, daily life in urban ethnic enclaves, and racist campaigns against Asian immigrants. In addition, this course utilizes an ethnic studies framework that requires students to critically explore other themes such as class, community, empire, gender, labor, race, sexuality, settler colonialism, and war from the perspective of Asian Americans. (3 credits)
ECON54 HM Principles of MicroeconomicsKeskinelMW1:15–2:30 p.m.EconomicsProvides methods of investigating the individual behavior of people, businesses and governments in a market environment. Topics include elementary models of human economic behavior and resource allocation, and the evolution of market institutions and their impact upon society. (3 credits)
ECON104 HM Financial EconomicsEvansMW2:45–4:00 p.m.EconomicsThe principles of money and banking from the viewpoint of both business person and banker. Topics include the operation of commercial banks, related financial institutions, the development of the banking system, international finance, governmental fiscal and monetary policy, and the relations of money and credit to prices. Prerequisite: Economics 53. (3 credits)
GEOG179D HM Critical Geographies of Community / Special Topics in GeographySeitzTR2:45–4:00 p.m.American Studies; Gender/Women's/Sexuality Studies; Geography; Writing IntensiveThe figure of "Community" is invoked by a wide range of social and political actors as self-explanatory and uncontroversially good. This seminar-style course will investigate the contradictory potential of community as both a departure point for emancipatory social transformation, and a site of exclusion, fraught group bonding, and cooptation by the political-economic status quo. Course readings will traverse feminist, antiracist, queer, political-economic, psychoanalytic, and poststructuralist theories that reflect on the limitations and powers of community; ethnographic reflections on the ethics of life within communities; and activist and organizer perspectives. Course assignments will emphasize the value of self-reflexivity, humility, and intellectual rigor in the never-ending work of making sense of lived experiences in community. (3 credits)
GEOG179E HM Geographies of Labor / Special Topics in GeographySeitzTR1:15–2:30 p.m.American Studies; Gender/Women's/Sexuality Studies; Geography; Writing IntensiveWhat is work? How is work socially and spatially organized? How are these forms of spatial organization struggled over and transformed? Who performs what kind of work? Where? Why? This course introduces students to some of the leading critical approaches to the geographies of labor, including Marxist political economy and feminist, critical-race, anticolonial and queer theories. We will investigate a number of contemporary shifts in the organization of work, including the rise of neoliberalism, deindustrialization, the feminization of the paid labor force, the prevalence of precarious work, contemporary forms of labor migration, and the expansion of prison labor. Locating these shifts in the longer histories and geographies of unfree labor, we will examine some of the ways in which workers have used their labor as a departure point for collective action, including unionization, work refusals, and struggles over social reproduction. (3 credits)
HIST82 HM Science and Technology in the Modern WorldHamiltonMW11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.History, STSAn examination of several important episodes in the history of chemistry, biology, physics and medicine from the late 18th to mid-20th centuries. We will pay particular attention to the ways in which new scientific theories have been developed and evaluated, to the impact of cultural beliefs about gender and race on science, and to fundamental debates within science and medicine about what counts as good evidence and proper methodology. (3 credits)
HIST151 HM Science in FictionHamiltonF1:15–4:00 p.m.History; STS; Writing IntensiveNovels and short stories in which scientists play a central part provide a fascinating glimpse into the public perception of science. These texts can inhabit multiple roles, reflecting and perhaps helping to shape the goals and values of scientists, but often also offering critiques of those same values. In this class, we will read novels from the 19th and 20th centuries in which the practice of science is central to the stories being told. Additionally, each student will undertake a historical research project starting with a fictional source of their choice. (3 credits)
LIT35 HM Fiction Writing WorkshopPlascenciaTR4:15–5:30 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, you will strengthen your prose and develop a clearer understanding of your own literary values and the dynamics of fiction. (3 credits)
LIT35 HM Fiction Writing WorkshopPlascenciaF1:15–4:00 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, you will strengthen your prose and develop a clearer understanding of your own literary values and the dynamics of fiction. (3 credits)
LIT104 HM Introduction to Middle English LiteratureGrovesTR9:35–10:50 a.m.LiteratureFor students interested in developing a basic ability to translate and pronounce Middle English. Works studied will include: the first fragment of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales; "Sir Orfeo"; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; and selections from Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur. (3 credits)
LIT179AB HM #MeToo Shakespeare / Special Topics in LiteratureDadabhoyF1:15–4:00 p.m.LiteratureFounded in 2006 by activist and community organizer, Tarana Burke, the “Me Too” movement has cultivated “empathy and empowerment” for women who have experienced sexual harassment and sexual violence. It became viral, however, in 2017 when prominent women in Hollywood began to share their stories of sexual exploitation and retaliation from the Hollywood (male) elite and then rapidly spread to various institutions and industries. Amid these very contemporary and pressing concerns, where then, might Shakespeare fit in? We know that sexism and patriarchy were not invented in the 21st century, they are seemingly, as old as human history and communities. Taking that as our starting point, in this course we will examine how Shakespeare’s work engages in concerns that we identify as being germane to those of #MeToo. Some of the questions we will be asking during the course include: how does an early modern playwright depict and interrogate notions of sexual violence, exploitation, and coercion? How does his work offer opportunities to intervene in a hyper-patriarchal and masculinist society? What opportunities do his plays suggest for women’s power and agency? Is there a way that we can use Shakespeare’s plays to comment on the sexual politics of our own era? Some of the texts we will read are, Titus Andronicus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shew, and Measure for Measure. (3 credits)
LIT 179AC HM Sci-Fi, Horror, & Other Tales / Special Topics in LiteraturePlascenciaTR2:45–4:00 p.m.Literature; Writing IntensiveThis course will explore the “lowly genres” of science fiction, horror, and other tales of magic and suspense. While most of our readings will center on contemporary practitioners of genre fiction—e.g., Ted Chiang, Mariana Enriquez, Stephen King, and Kelly Link—we will also look to some of the historical forebears of the genres. (3 credits)
MS170 HM Digital Cinema: Experiment AnimationMayeriTR1:15–4:00 p.m.Media StudiesMotion graphics and animation can create new worlds, visualize data, and even shape politics. This course offers an arsenal of techniques for creative expression, using After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop, and stop motion animation. Idea-driven rather than technology-driven, the class suggests project ideas and looks for inspiration in the fields of visual art, experimental film, and science. This intermediate video production class is structured to support students’ development as media artists with readings, tutorials, class discussions, and critique. (3 credits)
MS182 HM Introduction to Video ArtMayeriMW10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Media StudiesThis course is an introduction to video art through history, theory, analysis and production. The goal for this class is for you to produce meaningful, creative, expressive, innovative media for an intelligent and broad audience. In order to achieve this goal you will learn the fundamentals of video production in labs, critiques, and exercises: conceptualizing, planning, shooting, sound recording, editing and analysis. You will also learn - through readings and discussions - about pioneers and contemporary practitioners of video art. This class has a required lab. [Prereq: MS 49, 50, 51 or equivalent.Course fee $150.] (3 credits)
MUS81 JM Introduction to Music: Sound and MeaningCubekMW2:45–4:00 p.m.MusicThis course explores important works of western music from diverse historical epochs through listening and selected readings. 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. (3 credits)
MUS110A SC Music in Western CivilizationKammTR1:15–2:30 p.m.MusicThis course will be a study of music from the Ancient World through the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Interdisciplinary relationships to other arts will be examined in a historical context. (3 credits)
MUS173 JM Claremont Concert ChoirKammMW5:35–6:45 p.m.MusicA study through rehearsal and performance of choral music selected from the 16th-century to the present, with an emphasis on larger, major works. Singers will be invited to register after a successful audition. Singers continuing from the previous semester need not reaudition. (1 credit)
MUS175 JM Claremont Concert OrchestraCubekMW7:30–9:00 p.m.MusicThe study, through lecture, discussion, rehearsal, and performance, of styles and techniques appropriate for the historically accurate performance of instrumental works intended for the orchestra. Repertoire will include works from the mid-18th century to the present with special emphasis on the Classical and Romantic periods. Class enrollment permitted only after successful audition. (1 credit)
MUS176 JM Claremont Treble SingersKammMW4:15–5:25 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. Singers continuing from the previous semester need not audition. (1 credit)
MUS179B HM Early Music Ensemble / Special Topics in MusicAlvesT4:15–6:00 p.m.MusicStudy and performance of European music before 1750. Prerequisite; ability to play an istrument and read music. Instructor permission required. (1 credit)
POST140 HM Global Environmental PoliticsSteinbergMW11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.Environmental Analysis; Political StudiesAnalyzes the political dynamics driving global environmental problems and current attempts to address them. Concepts from political science and public policy are applied to issues such as ozone depletion, climate change, trade in endangered species, treaty formation and effectiveness, transnational activism and multi-level governance. (3 credits)
PSYC53 HM Introduction to PsychologyManningTR9:35–10:50 a.m.PsychologyAn introduction to the field of psychology with a special emphasis on overarching themes and methodologies employed in the discipline. (3 credits)
PSYC179C HM Abnormal PsychologyManningMW1:15–2:30 p.m.PsychologyThis course will explore variations of abnormal psychological experiences in humans. We will define 'abnormality', describe symptoms of several major categories of disorders, cover clinical methods of conceptualizing mental disorders, as well as discuss socio-cultural factors and treatments.
RLST112 HM Engaging ReligionDysonMW9:35–10:50 a.m.Religious Studies; Writing IntensiveThis advanced-level seminar uses case studies to explore what counts as religion in a variety of contexts; media, law, academia, economics, politics, etc. How do people recognize religion? What consequences are there for recognizing or denying the legitimacy of religious practices or beliefts? How is that legitimacy judged? How is it narrated? By approaching a few case studies from multiple perspectives, students gain insight into how the lenses used to assess religion can enable, deepen or limit understanding. (3 credits)
RLST114 HM 2038: Prophecy, ApocalypseDysonW1:15–4:00 p.m.Religious Studies; Writing IntensiveThis course looks at American configurations of the End Times, including, but not limited to, the ending of the Mayan calendar in 2012, Ghost Dance religions, Y2K predictions, The Church Universal and Triumphant, Heaven's Gate, the Left Behind books and movies and varied interpretations of the book of Revelation in the Christian Bible. Students taking this course will become familiar with various forms of American apocalyptic thinking as well as literature from "new religious movement" or "cult" scholarship in order to explore the enduring appeal of End Time scenarios and to question what makes these scenarios persuasive to individuals at varied points in American history. (3 credits)
RLST168 HM Activism, Vocation, JusticeDysonW6:00–8:45 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 Dired 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. (1.5 credits)
RLST179F HM Islam, Christianity, and JudaismKahnM2:45–5:30 p.m.Religious Studies; Writing IntensiveThis course explores the underlying religious meanings, values, and life experiences of individuals identifying themselves as Muslims, Jews, or Christians. The course also attempts to foster a critical awareness and knowledge of the interconnections and divergences between these three religions. Implicitly, the course will address questions about religion as a field of study: How is the subject of "religion" to be approached? What are some of the multiple modes and ways of being religious? How can we understand the religious experiences of those from a religious tradition different than our own? Part of the objective of this course is to render familiar what is unfamiliar, and conversely, to make what is unfamiliar more familiar or comprehensible. In addition to the main textbooks, the course will also rely upon diverse literary genres, including novel and poetry, as well as films and local worship site visits. As much as is possible, guest speakers will be brought in to offer enhanced perspectives in the classroom setting.
SOSC147 HM Enterprise and EntrepreneursEvansTR2:45–4:00 p.m.Social ScienceConcepts and practices applicable to working as or with the manager of an enterprise. Some emphasis on enterprise formation and on management in high-technology firms. (3 credits)
STS179B HM Water, Culture and Technology / Special Topics: Sci, Tech, SocietyDe LaetTR2:45–4:00 p.m.STSThe human body is made of 60% water. But while this most essential of essentials – clean, clear water – is taken for granted by some, it is inaccessible to others; while it is life threatening by its scarcity in some places, it is dangerous by its abundance in others. While most of us give little thought to the availability, cleanliness, and flow of our drinking water, it is contested and its availability the product of politics and infrastructures. So, what's in your water? Where does it come from? How does it get to where it is used? What happens to it after? How does it shape and depend on community? Such questions are on our agenda. Technologies and cultures form each other: dams, dykes, and "polders"; hand water pumps, canals and aqueducts, irrigation systems, and draught mitigation, all “live” in specific cultural practices. The hidden systems – material and political – that bring water, take it away, and regulate its access, are the object of this course. (3 credits)
STS179H HM Technology & Human Reproduction / Special Topics: Sci, Tech, SocietyNewmanT1:15–4:00 p.m.Sociology; STS; Writing IntensiveAdvances in reproductive technologies are rapidly changing the ways we think about kinship and families, the reproductive process, and the limits of human reproduction. The global reach of the fertility industry has leveraged differences in the policies governing these technologies across the world to develop markets for gametes, surrogates, and experimental procedures. Although these technologies have made fertility and reproduction accessible to new populations, they also raise concerns about the potential consequences they will have on both present and future generations. In this course we will explore the social, cultural, and ethical implications of reproductive technologies, while analyzing these considerations using sociological, bioethical, legal, and reproductive justice frameworks. (3 credits)