Spring 2020 HSA Courses

AMST103 JT Intro to American CulturesCheng, SeitzTR1:15–2:30 p.m.American Studies This class analyzes the histories and cultures of the U.S., focusing on the experiences of people and communities of color. Topics change each year and include race and racism; migration and immigration; and culture (e.g., art, music, film) across a wide range of academic and popular texts. This is the introductory course in the five-colleges American Studies program, but is open to all students.
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 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)
ART060 HM Workshop in Hand Press PrintingGrovesT6:00–9:00 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 two skill-building projects and a student-designed semester project. (1.5 credits)
ART179G HM Critical Design Studio / Special Topics: ArtCollieW, F10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.ArtVisual media is ubiquitous in our lives as a source of influence and pleasure, argumentation and control. It tells us what to buy, what to believe, and organizes societies in ways both beneficial and malignant. Critical Design Studio invites participants to consider how visual texts establish how information is understood, facts are revealed (or hidden), and how design, illustration, typography, and color impact how we perceive the world. In this hands-on studio class students will deconstruct, reconfigure, and critically analyze the methods of visual communication. An emphasis will be placed on the ability to use design to create forms which persuade, explain, make a claim, and invite the reader into a dialogue. Letter grade only.
ASAM179F AA Into: Pacific Islander History / Special topics: Asian-American StudiesFloresTR1:15–2:30 p.m.Asian American Studies; HistoryThis survey course introduces students to the native/indigenous histories of Oceania, with an emphasis on Aotearoa, Guam, Hawai‘i, the Marshall Islands, and Sāmoa. By examining these areas, students will learn about the global and local histories of colonialism, climate change, diaspora, empire, indigenous land and ocean stewardship, migration, militarization, nuclear testing, and tourism. In addition, this course critically explores other related themes such as class, environmentalism, gender, labor, race, sexuality, and war from the perspectives of Native Pacific Islanders. Class discussions, lectures, film screenings, and readings constitute the interpretive lens for this course.
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 six Saturday field trips. $50 fee to help cover transportation costs.
Field TripsS9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
EA179B HM Nature and the City / Special Topics: Environmental AnalysisStaffF2:45–5:30 p.m.Environmental AnalysisThis course draws on the history of gardens, engineering, art, architectural, urban and landscape history to help provide a broad sense of the way in which nature is a defining feature of our emotional and physical experience of cities. Study will include revisiting the private gardens of Pompeii, enlightenment gardens, the period of 19th century park-building in Germany, France the UK and the United States as well as more contemporary examples of coastal cities now addressing the complex task of building and designing for climate change and sea level rise. For parks, for gardens, for clean water and for sea wall defenses we must look across the disciplines of art, architecture, civil engineering and urban design just as our current environmental challenges require complex teams of designers and engineers. The interdisciplinary collaboration that has always characterized the presence of a designed urban natures will also be touched upon throughout the course.
ECON053 HM Principles of MacroeconomicsEvansTR2:45–4:00 p.m.EconomicsProvides 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.
ECON054 HM Principles of MicroeconomicsKeskinelTR2:45–4:00 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.
ECON136 HM Financial Markets and ModelingEvansTR8:10–9:25 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 MicroeconomicsKeskinelTR4:15–5:30 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.
GEOG179C HM Geographies of Disease and Health Justice / Special Topics: GeographySeitzF1:15–4:00 p.m.American Studies; Gender/Women's/Sexuality Studies; Geography; Writing IntensiveThis course, which mixes lecture and discussion, examines the uneven geographical distribution of disease and health; the spatial, social and political processes that shape that uneven distribution; and some of the ways in which differently marginalized people contest health inequalities and the power relations that generate them. The course is divided into two main parts. The first part introduces a set of core concepts and theories around economic inequality, colonialism, identity, difference, and labor, which help to put disease and health into geographical, historical and political-economic context.The second part of the course considers the salience of these concepts in understanding specific disease case studies, and the health justice movements that have sought to address them.
LIT35 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, you will strengthen your prose and develop a clearer understanding of your own literary values and the dynamics of fiction. (3 credits)
LIT110 HM Performing ShakespeareDadabhoyF1:15–4:00 p.m.LiteratureCovers selected dramatic and lyric works by Shakespeare with some attention to other Elizabethan and Jacobean writers. Final project: a public performance of a Shakespeare play.
LIT141 HM Monsters in LiteratureDadabhoyTR1:15–2:30 p.m.LiteratureOur culture is fascinated by things that are weird, strange, horrifying, and grotesque. In other words, we’re fascinated by monsters, those others that stand at the margins of human, civilized society, threatening us by their very existence. Are monsters only very scary things, or do they have a social and cultural function? In this course we will take up this and other questions as we investigate the nature of the monstrous. We will consider monsters in their non-human, alien, and technological forms as well as some truly terrifying human monsters. Some of the course texts include, Beowulf, Frankenstein, Dracula, Carmilla, Alien,andThe Walking Dead.
LIT179AD HM U.S. Latinx Literature / Special Topics: LiteratureSantiTR1:15–2:30 p.m.LiteratureThe course will study fiction and autobiography works by contemporary U.S. Latino/a/s, their diverse cultural heritage, literary imagination, and collective debate on a number of issues. We will read works by authors of Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban-American and Dominican-American heritage, their struggle with society and language, their views on race, class and gender, as well as their polemical relationship to U.S. society in general and with the canon of American Lit. Our discussions will broach the issues of bilingualism, hybridity, and the tensions between inherited traditions and contemporary cultural pressures. There will also be readings in the relevant theories of contemporary Latino/Hispanic scholars, and varied historical contexts.
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.
MS173 HM Exile in CinemaBalseiroTR8:10–9:25 a.m.Media StudiesA thematic and formal study of the range of cinematic responses to the experience of exile. Exile is an event, but how does it come about and what are its ramifications? Exile happens to individuals but also to collectivities. How does it effect a change between the self and society, homeland and site of displacement, mother tongue and acquired language? This course examines how filmmakers take on an often painful historical process through creativity.
MUS003 HM Fundamentals of MusicAlvesTR1:15–2:30 p.m.MusicThis course covers the basics of theory, notation, and composition of music of the European tradition. It is largely a skills based course, intended to give students tools to help achieve creative goals such as composing, reading music in performance, or analyzing scores. It is a prerequisite to more advanced music theory courses, such as MUS 101 at Scripps College and MUS 80 at Pomona College. Although students come to this class with a variety of backgrounds, from no musical experience at all to some years of experience reading music, all can benefit from learning or reviewing a consistent sequence of skills and applying them analytically and creatively. Please see the Fundamentals of Music Syllabus for more information.
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: Ability to read music, approval of instructor.
MUS088 HM Introduction to Computer MusicAlvesMW1:15–2:30 p.m.MusicThe basics of using software on a general purpose computer to synthesize and manipulate digital sounds. Neither a background in music nor the ability to read music is required. A background in computers is helpful but not required. Please see the Computer Music Syllabus for more information.
MUS102 JM Music TheoryCubekMW1:15–2:30 p.m.MusicThe continuation of Theory I with a study of basic chromatic harmony and introduction to the analysis of 18th -century forms. Prerequisite: MUS 101 SC or equivalent.
(Lab) Knight MW11:00–11:50 a.m.
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)
MUS179C HM Music and Immigration in the US / Special Topics: MusicWeintraub StoebelMW1:15–2:30 p.m.MusicFrom Filipino DJs to Irish fiddle tunes to farm worker protest songs, in this course students will explore the historical and contemporary musical experiences of immigrants and immigrant families in the United States. We will draw on commercial and field recordings, documentaries, memoirs, ethnomusicological field work, and other sources to examine the intersections of music with technology, religion, politics, festivals, and more in the lives of immigrants. Special attention will be paid to the music of immigrants in the cultural and political history of California, including possible guest performances and field trips. No prior musical background is necessary.
PHIL179D HM Empirical and Experimental PhilosophyThompsonMW2:45–4:00 p.m.PhilosophyTo what extent is philosophy grounded on or informed by empirical observation and experimentation? To what extent ought it be so? To explore these questions, this course will make stops at important moments in the history of philosophy—such as Descartes’ armchair philosophizing and Carol Gilligan’s interviewing women about morality—on its way to the present movement called “experimental philosophy,” wherein philosophers conduct experiments similar to those in cognitive and social science in order to address philosophical questions. Students will learn how philosophers think about intuitions and the roles they play in grounding and challenging theories in ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, etc. In addition, students will explore important intersections between philosophy and science, such as the emergence of neurophilosophy and moral psychology in the 20th century. The armchair isn’t going anywhere, but neither is the question of which methods of inquiry, namely those empirically informed, are part of the philosopher’s toolkit in addressing diverse questions about mind, knowledge, and morality.
PSYC179C HM Abnormal Psychology / Special Topics: PsychologyManningWF11:00 a.m.–12:15 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.
PSYC179I HM Psychology of Human Sexuality / Special Topics: PsychologyManningF1:15–4:00 p.m.PsychologyHuman sexuality is composed of animal instincts, anatomical details of sexual engagement, reproduction, needs for intimacy, sexual identities, and concerns with health and wellbeing. There are an enormous variety of ways humans express sexuality within social and cultural contexts and among individuals. The purpose of this course is to explore the different aspects and variations of sexuality in human lives.
PSYC179J HM Child Development / Special Topics: PsychologyManningMW1:15–2:30 p.m.PsychologyThis course covers the historical and contemporary scientific theory and research on human development from conception through adolescence. The domains of physical, cognitive and socioemotional development will be covered. This includes specific biological and environmental influences on development, addressing the debate of how nature and nurture influence us. Psychological and socio-cultural influences on development will also be addressed.
RLST168 HM Activism, Vocation, JusticeDysonW1:15–4:00 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)
SOSC150 HM Public Speaking for Science and 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 Intro to Science, Technology and Societyde LaetTR2:45–4:00 p.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.
STS179J HM Perceptions of Racial Mixing / Special Topics: Science, Techology, and SocietyNewmanW1:15–4:00 p.m.STS; SociologyThis course will explore the evolution of perceptions of racial mixing. It will examine the scientific and popular understandings of race that contributed to two contradictory paradigms for thinking about multiraciality: notions of hybrid degeneracy and notions of hybrid vigor. We will revisit scientific theories of human difference and examine shifting portrayals of multiraciality throughout time, including debates over polygenism versus monogenism; representations in popular culture of the mixed race experience such as the tragic mulatta trope; collaborations between biologists, geneticists, and social scientists to clarify scientific knowledge on race such as the UNESCO statement; and more contemporary celebratory portrayals of multiraciality. Understanding these shifts and moments will help us trace the framework and context within which perceptions of racial mixing are continually constructed.