HON*201*001 Medieval Fashion and Adornment [BH, WM]
Crosslisted with Art History 400 (instructor permission required)
Professor Margaret Keane, Department of Art History
In this course we will study the fashion and other bodily adornment practices of medieval western Europe, from fifth-century Italy and northern Europe through the fifteenth century and the early Renaissance. The class will analyze clothing, jewelry, reliquaries and other objects worn on the body, including crowns, rings, reliquary pendants and belts, and pilgrim badges. We will analyze fashion and adornment in its visual, material, political, social and economic contexts, considering how medieval patrons and viewers used adornment to convey messages about identity and status. Special attention will be paid to objects preserved in local museum collections.
HON*203*001 Mental Illness in Cross-Cultural Perspective [BSS]
Professor Josyln Cassady, Department of Anthropology
This seminar leads students on an in-depth exploration of mental illness in cross-cultural perspective. We will engage the work of psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists, physicians, journalists and historians. The main questions informing this course are: How does society shape the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness? Are DSM criteria, that are born out of Euro-American culture and biomedical traditions, able to accurately diagnose pathology among individuals from different cultural backgrounds? How has the globalization of the pharmaceutical industry shaped psychiatric diagnosis and treatment internationally? In grappling with these questions, students will be challenged to articulate how a truly socially and culturally informed psychiatry might be achieved.
HON*204*001 Self and Society in the Modern Age [BH, DI]
Crosslisted with Humanities 217
Professors Josh Kavalowski and Erik Anderson, Departments of German and Philosophy
The Modern Age, spanning the French Revolution to the middle of the twentieth century, comprises a dizzying array of political, philosophical, scientific, technological and artistic revolutions. Employing a team-taught interdisciplinary approach, we will attempt to make sense of all of this. The course will focus on key events, texts and artworks representative of the period, including works by Shelly, Goethe, Marx, Mill, Einstein, Duchamp and Cage.
HON*204*002 Environmental Humanities and the Environmental Movement [BH, DI]
Crosslisted with Humanities 203
TTH 2:40 – 3:55
Professors Sarah Wald and Erik Anderson, Departments of English and Philosophy
With an emphasis on literature, history, and philosophy, this course traces the environmental movement in the United States from its origins to the present. We then go on to explore the broader, global environmental movement as it stands today. The goal is to employ the interpretive, critical and analytical powers of the humanities in the service of, and always with an eye on, environmental action and practices.
HON*204*003 Virtue Ethics [BH]
Professor Darrell Cole, Department of Religious Studies
What do I need to do in order to live well? How can I be a “good person” and live the “good life”? How can I attain real happiness? How can I achieve inner peace in the face of outward turmoil? These are the questions that virtue ethics tries to answer. Virtue ethics is concerned with character development rather than creating a set of moral rules to follow. The seminar will explore this type of moral philosophy from ancient Greek philosophy through modern ethicists’ attempts to use the virtues as a way to approach questions in the field personal relationships, medicine, politics and war. We then turn to the issue of narrative and how stories help us see the virtues in action, and, so how to apply them to real life situations.
HON*206*001 Twentieth Century Italy: Politics and Society [BI]
Professor Paolo Cucchi, Department of French and Italian
The seminar provides a comprehensive survey of Italian society today, starting with the historical and political forces which shaped the Italian nation. It discusses the tensions between north and south and such broad features of Italian social life as community structure, urban development and family forms. It will also review selected institutional issues, such as gender, problems of criminality and justice, economic reform, social class, religion and education.