Fall 2020 HSA Courses

Course Area
ART002 HM Modern and Contemporary Art PracticesFandellTR12:45–3:15 p.m.ArtThis class is an experimental lecture style art making/art history hybrid course. Lectures will focus on art practices of the last 120 years. Students will create unconventional art 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 Introduction to Asian American History: 1850-PresentFloresTR9:15–10:30 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.
ASAM126 HM Introduction to Pacific Islander HistoryFloresTR12:45–2:00 p.m.Asian American Studies; HistoryThis course introduces students to the native/indigenous histories of Oceania with an emphasis on Aotearoa (New Zealand), Guahan (Guam), Hawai'i, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, and Tonga. These places will expose students to 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 environmentalism, gender, labor, race, sexuality, and war from the perspectives of Native Pacific Islanders.
HIST081 HM History of Science and Technology in the Early Modern WorldHamiltonMW11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.History; STSWe will read works of natural philosophy from the 16th and 17th centuries, including selections by Vesalius, Copernicus, Galileo, Boyle and Newton, individuals who have often been cast as crucial contributors to "The Scientific Revolution." Engaging with historians who debate the merits of this term, we will ask whether it is possible to unite these figures and the changes they represent into one coherent intellectual and social movement.
LIT035 HM Fiction Writing WorkshopPlascenciaT2:30–5:15 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.
LIT112 HM Critical ShakespearesDadabhoyMW12:45–2:00 p.m.LiteratureShakespeare’'s Game of Thrones: "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown." Spoken by William Shakespeare’s King Henry IV, the words signal not only the weight of kingship, but also the anxiety about maintaining rule that comes with such authority. This concern about the precarious nature of rule runs throughout Shakespeare’s history plays, which chronicle the events leading up to the Wars of the Roses and the establishment of the Tudor dynasty. In this course we will read Shakespeare’s English history plays to investigate how this genre represents anxieties about power, monarchy, and nation-building. Additionally, we will consider how these larger themes intersect with concerns about class, race, ethnicity, and gender. Our reading will include, Richard II, Henry IV part 1, Henry V Henry VI parts I, II, and III, and Richard III.
LIT117 HM Dickens, Hardy and the Victorian AgeGroves, EckertW7:00–9:45 p.m.LiteratureAn intensive study of the work and literary development of Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy. Readings drawn from the authors' works and related critical, biographical, and historical texts. Class travels to England over Winter break; travel expenses are the responsibility of the student. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.
LIT144 HM Poe Goes South: The Short Story in Latin AmericaBalseiroTR9:15–10:30 a.m.LiteratureA consideration of Poe's influence on the development of the fantastic short story in Latin America. Topics include: Poe's reception in Europe and in the Southern Cone, Poe's influence in the literature of magic realism in twentieth-century Latin America.
LIT179V HM Forking Paths Fiction Workshop / Special Topics in LiteraturePlascenciaR2:30–5:15 p.m.Literature; Writing IntensiveForking Paths is an intermediate workshop focused on the art of fiction writing with a particular emphasis on the production of multimodal and multicursal narratives. In addition to working on the craft of their narrative prose, students will experiment with a variety of design and visual elements. Prerequisites: One previous workshop or two courses in English/Literature. Instructor permission required. Writing Intensive.
LIT179Y HM Utopias and Dystopias / Special Topics in LiteratureDadabhoyMW9:15–10:30 a.m.LiteratureThis course explores literary utopias and dystopias to uncover not only why such narratives recur across historical time periods, but also to explore how the fears, desires, and anxieties of such work reflect social and cultural anxieties. What does it mean to live the good life; to never experience lack or scarcity and to be surrounded by plenty? Can human societies realize such edenic conditions without the toil, labor, and suffering of others? How can a no-place be an ideal place? Is the ideal place for some people an injurious place for others? In addition to examining these questions, we will consider how political and critical theory bleed into utopian/dystopian texts, while also reflecting on how these texts interrogate and challenge those theories. Readings for this course include: Utopia, The Tempest, The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
MS170 HM Digital Cinema: Experimental AnimationMayeriTR9:15–10:30 a.m.Media StudiesIntermediate/advanced video course, exploring the creative potential of digital video techniques, such as compositing, animation, and motion graphics. Students develop digital projects and participate in critiques. Lectures, discussions, and screenings enhance students’ exposure to art and cinema. $100 course fee. Prerequisite: Media Studies 182 (HM) or Media Studies 82 (PZ) or Media Studies 148 (PO).
MS172 HM Third CinemaBalseiroTR7:30–8:45 a.m.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.
MS182 HM Introduction to Video ArtMayeriMW1:15–3:45 p.m.Media Studies; ArtThis course is an introduction to video art through history, theory, analysis and production. The goal for this class is for students to produce meaningful, creative, expressive, innovative media for an intelligent and broad audience. In order to achieve this goal students will learn the fundamentals of video production in labs, critiques, and exercises: conceptualizing, planning, shooting, sound recording, editing and analysis. Students will also learn - through readings and discussions - about pioneers and contemporary practitioners of video art. $150 course fee. Prerequisite: Media Studies 50 (HM), or Media Studies 49 (PO, PZ, SC), or Media Studies 51 (PO, PZ, SC), or Literature 130 (CM).
MUS067 HM Film MusicAlvesF12:45–3:30 p.m.MusicThis course is an exploration of the history and aesthetics of the use of music in cinema, primarily the Hollywood film from the so-called silent era to the present. (We will not cover musicals, documentaries, or short films.) The course will include the development of skills of listening analysis and writing about music in the context of narrative film. No background in music or film history is required. Please see Film Music 2018 for a recent syllabus.
Film ScreeningR4:15–6:00 p.m.
MUS081 JM Introduction to Music: Sound and MeaningCubekMW2:30–3:45 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.
MUS173 JM Claremont Concert ChoirKammMW6:00–7:15 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. Repeatable for credit. Singers continuing from the previous semester need not reaudition. (1 credit)
MUS175 JM Claremont Concert OrchestraCubekMW6:00–7:15 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. Repeatable for credit. (1 credit)
PHIL108 HM Knowledge, Self and ValueWrightTR12:45–2:00 p.m.PhilosophyAn introduction to philosophy covering representative issues in epistemology, the metaphysics of human nature and theory of value. Readings are drawn from historical and contemporary sources.
PHIL122 HM Ethics: Ancient and ModernWrightTR4:15–5:30 p.m.Philosophy; Writing IntensiveA comparative study of the theories of several major moral philosophers, beginning with Plato and Aristotle, and ending with Nietzsche's critique of modern morality. Other figures studied may include Aquinas, Hobbes, Spinoza, Hume, Kant and Mill. The course emphasizes the ways in which philosophical accounts of the nature of "goodness" and "virtue" shape conceptions of the moral person and the moral life.
POST114 HM Comparative Environmental PoliticsSteinbergTR12:45–2:00 p.m.Political Studies; Environmental AnalysisAn examination of the political challenges faced by environmental advocates in diverse countries around the globe. Drawing on the fields of comparative politics and public policy, topics include comparative political institutions, environmental movements, corruption, authoritarian regimes, democratization, lesson-learning across borders, policy reform, gender analysis, decentralization and European unification.
POST188 HM Political InnovationSteinbergTR9:15–10:30 a.m.Political Studies; Writing IntensiveUnder what conditions do novel political ideas become realities? Explores the origins and impacts of political innovations large and small—from the framing of the Constitution to the development of major social policies, the creation and reform of government agencies and non-profit organizations and experimentation with new forms of social protest and political mobilization.
PSYC179K HM Racism, Social Movements and Social Psychology / Special Topics in PsychologyGampaMW9:15–10:30 a.m.PsychologyWhat exactly is racism? And how do we dismantle it? Through a social psychology perspective, we first explore what racism means and how it has shaped our society and continues to impact our lived experiences. We will then consider the various solutions provided by social psychology, with a particular focus on social movements. Ultimately, our analyses of understanding and dismantling racism will not only shed light on the complexities of a variety of issues such as racial identities and social structures but will also deepen our understanding of the role of social psychology in our lives.
RLST105 HM Religions in American CultureDysonMW11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.Religious Studies; HistoryAn exploration of American religious history from pre-colonial indigenous civilizations through the present, focusing on three related issues: diversity, toleration, and pluralism. The course asks how religions have shaped or been shaped by encounters between immigrants, citizens, indigenous peoples, tourists, and, occasionally, government agents. In relation to these encounters, the course considers how groups and individuals have claimed territory, negotiated meaning, understood each other and created institutions as they met one another in the American landscape. Attention is also given to questions of power, translation, and the changing definitions of religion itself.
RLST114 HM Prophecy, ApocalypseDysonW12:45–3:00 p.m.Religious Studies; Writing IntensiveThis course looks at American configurations of the End Times, including, but not limited to, the 2012 end of the Mayan calendar, Ghost Dance religions, technocalpyses, The Church Universal and Triumphant, Heaven’s Gate, the Left Behind books and movies, and varied interpretations of 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.
RLST179F HM Islam, Christianity, and JudaismKhanR2:30–5:15 p.m.Religious StudiesThis 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.
STS179K HM Data and Society / Special Topics in STSBabintsevaT2:30–5:15 p.m.STS; History; Writing IntensiveIt is a widely accepted notion that numbers provide us with the most dispassionate and accurate description of the world. This assumption spurs the extensive introduction of numerical technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data, into contemporary governance, policing, and marketing. Yet, numbers are produced by people. How do people decide what information should be numerically recorded? How do they choose how to interpret numbers? How do social and cultural contexts play into their decisions? Reading broadly across history, social science, law, cultural analysis, feminist, and critical race scholarship, we will tackle these questions by looking at the historical origins of numerical technologies and their contemporary social and ethical ramifications.