HON*202*001 The RISE Science Seminar [BNS]
TTH 10:25 – 11:40
Professor Alan Rosan, Department of Chemistry and RISE Fellows
Drew University is the home of the Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE). RISE members have had distinguished careers as research scientists at major industrial companies such as Merck, Novartis, Schering Plough, Telcordia Technologies and Bell Labs in fields such as parasitology, microbiology, biochemistry, data analysis, drug discovery, and bioinformatics. Each year they guide Drew undergraduates in research projects in the natural sciences and mathematics. In this seminar, students will engage in readings and class discussions with RISE members, and will work independently, under the direction of a RISE mentor, on a semester long project. Through these experiences, students will develop an understanding of the nature and process of scientific discovery. The seminar will also expose students to the many opportunities for participation in scientific research, both during their years at Drew and beyond.
HON*203*001 Stress and Coping [BSS]
Cross-listed with Psychology 270
Professor Jill Cermele, Department of Psychology
Stress is our response, physical or emotional, to the changing demands of our environment. The experience of stress is not uncommon, and yet, our understandings of what stress is, what causes us to feel stress, and how to cope with stress is often limited. In this course, we will explore the physiological and psychological experience of stress, focus on the experience and perception of stress in college students and others, and review adaptive and maladaptive methods of coping with stress. A significant portion of in-class time will be devoted to the acquisition and practice of a variety of stress management strategies and techniques.
HON*203*002 Comparative Democratization [BSS]
Cross-listed with Political Science 341
Professor Catherine Keyser, Department of Political Science
Why are some countries able to transition to a democracy while others are not? What are the necessary conditions for democratization to occur? What are the roles of political elites and ‘society’ in promoting the transition to democracy? These are some of the questions that Comparative Democratization asks. A young and dynamic area, Comp Dem as it is known studies not only the success stories of democratization, but also the cases where the transition gets stuck, rolls backwards to authoritarianism, or fails outright.Taking cases from across the globe we analyze the political, economic, and social conditions surrounding democratization. We investigate some of the most controversial debates about the connection between political culture and democratization, as well as the role of international forces in the democratization effort. These questions emerged in the 1970s and continue today as we try to understand the future of the ‘Arab Spring.’
HON*204*001 Culture, History, and Philosophy of Ancient Greece and Rome [BH, DI]
Cross-listed with Humanities 211
Professor John Lenz, Department of Classics
Professor Erik Anderson, Department of Philosophy
The Greco-Roman world during the time of Homer to the fall of the Roman Empire—The Classical Age—comprises an explosion of cultural, philosophical, technological, and artistic innovation of a magnitude yet to be matched in Western culture. Employing a team-taught, interdisciplinary approach, we will focus on key events, texts, and artworks representative of the period, including works by Homer, Herodotus, Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, Epictetus, and Ovid.
HON*204*002 Mind and Body in Asia and the West [BH, DI]
Cross-listed with Humanities 234
Professor Karen Pechilis, Department of Comparative Religions
Professor Erik Anderson, Department of Philosophy
We compare how the Western and the Buddhist traditions understand the relationship between mind and body. Employing a team-taught and interdisciplinary approach, we explore the notions of embodiment, consciousness, gender, aesthetic experience, permanence and personal identity.
HON*204*003 Girl with a Pearl Earring and More…
Cross-listed with Art History 400
Professor Peggy Kuntz, Department of Art History
This seminar will be taught in concert with an exhibition at the Frick Museum in New York City. The exhibition which opens at the end of October 2013 will include some of the best examples of Dutch 17th century painting by well known artists such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Hals and many others. In addition to discussing the various genres included in the exhibition (portraits, “Tronies”, scenes of everyday life, landscape, and still-life), we will also be discussing the role of artists in 17th century Dutch society, questions of nationalism, the artist as diplomat and the exchange/sale of works of art in an open market. Exhibition practices will also be a topic of discussion as will the various techniques of the artists implemented at this time. We will be visiting the exhibition during the semester and will also go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to look at similar works of the period.