Fall 2007 Description
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Anthropology 225.01 "Human Variation." New course. Formerly offered as ANT-295. This course explores the interaction of genetics and culture to our understanding of human evolution through a) an examination of human differentiation and genetic variation between and within human groups and b) an exploration of how human evolution has been shaped by this interaction. Possible topics include: simple and complex inheritance, population genetics, human migration, gene frequencies, genetics and disease, genetics and IQ, race, gene therapy, designer babies, cloning, and the Human Genome Project. Prerequisite: ANT-104 or permission of instructor.
Art 295.01 (Also German 295.01) "Special Topic: Berlin: Borders and Transgressions."Team taught by Associate Professor of Art, Jenny Anger and Associate Professor of German, Dan Reynolds. This team-taught course approaches the city of Berlin since 1870 from interdisciplinary perspectives. In this course, we will study major sites of artistic interdisciplinarity; problems in representing the city; Otherness in lived experience as well as in art, literature, and film; and the ways in which the past continues to shape and shadow Germany's first metropolis. Conducted in English. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and one course in German or Art History, or permission of instructor.
Art 295.02 "Special Topic: Sculptural Paper." In this course students will explore handmade paper as a material for making sculptural work. Students will learn to make paper from a variety of fibers, and then manipulate this paper into forms using plaster moulds, wire armatures, direct casting and alternative sheet forming techniques. Prerequisite: Any 100-level studio art course.
Biology 150.01 "Introduction to Biological Inquiry: The Language of Neurons." In this course students will actively learn how biologists study the nervous system. Specifically, students will work as neuroscientists for a semester and will attempt to learn something novel about how nerve cells communicate with one another at chemical synapses. Students will present their findings at the end of the semester via both oral and written presentations. Papers resulting from a substantial independent project will be published in the class journal, Pioneering Neuroscience: The Grinnell Journal of Neurophysiology. Students with a strong background in high school physics will benefit most from this section of Biological Inquiry. Prerequisite: none.
Biology 150.02 "Introduction to Biological Inquiry: Prairie Restoration." As a way to explore how biologists ask questions and develop answers to them, this class will focus on the biological problems involved in the restoration of tallgrass prairies. It will be taught in "workshop" format at Grinnell College's Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA), where we will use the college's prairie and savanna restorations as our laboratory. Students will be required to formulate research questions based on readings of the scientific literature, design experimental or observational studies to test these hypotheses, and communicate the results of these studies after the conventions of professional biologists. Papers resulting from a substantial independent project will be published in the class journal, Tillers. Prerequisite: none.
Biology 150.03 "Introduction to Biological Inquiry: Plant Genetics and the Environment." The physical and behavioral characteristics of living organisms are largely determined by their genetic makeup and their environment. This course is designed to allow us to ask questions about the relationship between genetics and the environment and to explore the mechanisms plants use to acclimate and adapt to changes in their environment. Using the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana, we will examine the influence of different environmental factors on the growth and development of 'wild-type' and mutant individuals Students will design and perform experiments to address questions about the effect of genetic mutation on plant responses to the environment. After careful analysis of experimental results, students will communicate their findings in various scientific forms. Prerequisites: none. 4 credits.
Biology 150.04 "Introduction to Biological Inquiry: What Does It Mean to Be a Plant?" Many people regard plants simply as 'green animals'. While there are many important similarities between plants and animals at the cellular and sub-cellular levels, there are profound differences as well, differences shaped by the migration of plants from the oceans onto dry land. This migration required a variety of evolutionary adaptations, anatomical, physiological and developmental, in order to survive in this new, harsher environment. Students will explore these adaptations by asking questions about the structures, physiological functions and developmental strategies plants have evolved to meet this challenge. They will design experiments, analyze data and communicate their results in the form of scientific papers, posters and oral presentations as they endeavor to understand what it means to be a plant. Prerequisite: none.
Biology 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: Comparative Vertebrate Morphology & Function w/lab." This class will analyze the structure and evolution of the vertebrates, emphasizing functional morphology. We will begin with vertebrate evolution and diversity, then look at vertebrate integument, biomaterials, and skulls. Next we will consider vertebral columns, lateral flexion, and the transition to terrestrial locomotion. We will dissect muscles and study the evolution of functional groups, then move on to consider circulatory systems, osmoregulatory structures, gas exchange in different media, and sensory structures. We will close by focusing on morphological design and locomotion, including swimming and diving. Labwork will entail dissection, analysis of prepared materials, and a final project. Three lectures and one lab each week. Prerequisite: BIO-252.
Biology 395.02 "Advanced Special Topic: Molecular Biology of Plant Stress." In this course we will examine limitations to plant growth, development, and productivity caused by adverse environmental factors, at the molecular and biochemical levels. Topics include development of modern molecular and biochemical tools for plant research and genetic modification, heat stress and heat shock, water deficit and drought stress, chilling and freezing stress, salinity stress, oxygen deficiency, chemical stress, and plant biotechnology. The course will emphasize critical evaluation of the primary literature, use of internet-based tools and resources, and development of both written and oral communication skills. Three lecture/discussion sessions each week. Prerequisite: BIO-252 or BCM-262 or permission of instructor.
Chemistry 295.01 "Special Topic: Analytical Methods for use in the Environment." This course is designed to provide undergraduate students with an overview of the need for chemical analysis in the environment. While we cannot hope to cover all the topics of significance to environmental analysis, you will be exposed to some selected issues coming from the real world such as accidents or common pollution sources, used as a pretext to introduce problems, some analytical tools and a selection of analytical methodology. Prerequisite: CHM-130.
Economics 262.01 "Empirical Methods in Economics." New course. Formerly offered as ECN-295. This course covers basic descriptive statistics, sources and useful transformations of economic data, and the application of probability theory and statistical inference in bivariate and multiple regression frameworks. Students are expected to complete and present a term project based on their data analysis. Prerequisite: ECN-111 or permission of instructor.
Economics 295.01 "Special Topic: Investments and Public Policy." This course provides an introduction to investments. It covers types of investments, measurement of risk and return, institutional aspects of investment markets, and key concepts in investments such as efficient diversification and efficient markets. The course will consider differences between approaches for individual and institutional investors, the use and performance of mutual funds, and the implications of investment theory for both individual financial planning and related public policy issues. Current issues of interest in investing such as hedge funds, private equity, and venture capital will be covered, as well as public policy on private pension guarantees, social security, and corporate governance. Prerequisite: ECN-111.
Economics 384.01 "Seminar in the Economics of Education." New course. Formerly offered as ECN-395. Education becomes increasingly important as the "information economy" replaces the old industrial economy. This course explores some questions that are global, others that are personal: Is better education the solution to poverty? Is investment in human capital the key to a nation's development? Can vouchers improve public schools? Is a Grinnell education a better investment than putting those thousands of tuition dollars into the stock market? Should you go to law school? Prerequisites: ECN-280, ECN-282 and concurrent registration in or completion of ECN-262 (or ECN-295 "Empirical Methods in Econ", ECN-312 or MAT-336), or permission of instructor.
Economics 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: Seminar in Law and Economics." This course will apply economic theory to the law and legal institutions, including property, contract, tort, and criminal law. We will investigate how legal rules influence economic incentives and the allocation of resources. Topics include liability and negligence assignment, uncertainty, allocation of property rights, bargaining, remedies, and the litigation process. Prerequisite: ECN-280.
English 120.01 "Literary Analysis." This is a critical reading, writing, and thinking course designed to introduce students to literary works in a number of genres while reinforcing their skills in critical analysis. We will therefore examine important elements of fiction and poetry in order to better understand how these elements create meaning in the work. We will also examine a range of contemporary approaches to literary texts by familiarizing ourselves with various schools of literary criticism and ways of reading. Prerequisite: none.
English 120.02 "Literary Analysis." This section will explore methods of literary analysis for poetry, short fiction, novels, and drama. We will begin by developing a vocabulary for the discussion and interpretation of poetry and focus on the analysis of imagery, sound, theme, rhyme and meter, and other elements. We will then turn to close reading of eight or nine short stories and two novels and conclude with a consideration of drama and of the specialized approaches-historical, psychological, feminist and gender, and others-to literary analysis. Prerequisite: none.
English 120.03 "Literary Analysis." In this course we will read travel writing by novelists, journalists, and explorers in different historical periods. Before the great upsurge in tourism in nineteenth-century Europe, travelers who ventured across the seas in search of trading opportunities or on journeys of exploration recounted tales of different people and their cultures. In our century, tourism has become one of the most important activities of the middle and upper-classes in the industrial world. The purpose of the course is to study the formal features of different literary genres from the eighteenth century to the present. Prerequisite: none.
English 295.03 "Special Topic: Advanced Poetry Seminar." Visiting professor Tessa Rumsey from the Iowa Writers' Workshop offers a six-week short course in poetry writing. Students who have taken at least one creative writing course at Grinnell (English 205, 206, 385, and/or 386) are eligible to register for this advanced creative-writing workshop. Class meetings will take place on October 5, 12, 19, November 2, 9 and 16. Short course deadlines apply. S/D/F only. Cannot count toward English major. Prerequisites: ENG-205 or 206.
English 316.01 "Studies in English Renaissance Literature "Fools & Tricksters"." Watch any modern sitcom, and you're sure to see a character who could be described as a trickster or a fool. But where do these comic archetypes come from? How has our cultural perception of the fool and the trickster changed since the Renaissance? What meanings have we forgotten? This class will consider the Renaissance conception of the fool, tracing the evolution of that figure throughout the period, and also the emerging figure of the trickster, probing the distinctions between them. Our focus will be on fools and tricky characters in Renaissance literature, but we will also spend some time considering alternative formulations of these archetypes up to the present day. Texts will include Erasmus' Praise of Folly, More's Utopia, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and The Winter's Tale, Jonson's Volpone, and Milton's Paradise Regained. Prerequisite: ENG-223 or permission of instructor.
English 323.01 "Studies in English Literature: 1660-1798." "Fragments and Unions: Literature and the Making of Great Britain" From England's union with Scotland in 1707 to its union with Ireland in 1801, writers in Britain and Ireland had reason to imagine their nations as complicated, shifting political bodies, choosing whether to come together or split apart in the face of internal and external political threats. Students in this course will read novels, prose, and poetry of the eighteenth century, along with relevant eighteenth-century political and economic theory. Assignments will include responses, a mid-semester paper, an annotated bibliography, and a term paper. Prerequisite: ENG-223 or 224 or permission of instructor.
English 329.01 "Studies in African American Literature." This seminar will examine a variety of African American texts--autobiographies, novels, poems, biographies, works of sociology and literary theory, even Supreme Court decisions--to explore how double-consciousness becomes inflected with an ethical idea of Sameness and Otherness, and how this inflection helps to create what theorist Fred Moten has called "a formal resistance to objectification." In their writings, the African American authors we'll study find ways to perform an identity, to implicitly or explicitly critique it, and to situate it in a culture whose narrative grows more complex through this recognition of and embracing of Otherness. The ethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas will figure in this discussion through the critical work of African American-Native American author Linda Bolton; other ethical stances will come through Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Angela Davis. Students will be expected to sketch out a semester-logresearch project related to the class readings in the first third of the term; create an annotated bibliography and a brief oral presentation on some aspect of the project in the second third of the term; and complete a 12-15 page research paper by the end of the term. There is no midterm or final examination in this class. Prerequisite: ENG-225, or 227, or 228, or 229, or 231 or permission of instructor.
English 329.01 "Studies in African American Literature: Islam in the African American Experience" The seminar will focus on the history of the idea of Islam in African American writing, primarily slave narratives, autobiographies and essays written by black Muslims. To many historians, the idea of Islam was brought to the New World with the Africans who were captured by Europeans and sold as slaves in the New World. According to one of the Smithsonian Museum's Newsletters, it is estimated now that two-thirds of the slaves brought to this country were African Muslims. Some of those Muslim slaves wrote their slave narratives in Arabic. We will examine early representations of Islam in American culture as well as the cultural and spiritual significations of Islam in the life of American Muslim slaves. For this I will use selections from Alan D. Austin's African Muslims in Ante-bellum America: A Sourcebook." The literary base of this course will allow us to examine autobiographies by black Muslims such as Malcolm X, Baraka, Muhammad Ali Clay, Karim Abdul Jabbar, Sonsyrea Tate, among others. Prerequisite: ENG-225, or 227, or 228, or 229, or 231 or permission of instructor.
English 349.01 (Also General Literary Studies 349.01) "Medieval Literature: Riddles, Romances, and Dream Visions." We will consider two related topics-the construction of meaning and the process of interpretation-in Old English, Old French, Anglo-Norman, and Middle English literature. Both topics were of great concern to medieval writers and are rooted in problems of language. Our interpretation of Old English riddles will set up models of the two topics; we will test these models in our reading of Beowulf, Chretien de Troyes' romances, Marie de France's lais, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Chaucer's dream visions. For students with sufficient background, there are options of doing reading in Latin or Old French. Prerequisite: ENG-223.
Environmental Studies 125.01 "Introduction to Earth Systems." New course. This is an introductory geology course that demonstrates that Earth systems (the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere) are dynamically linked by internal and external physical, chemical, and biological processes. Using process-response models, we examine the structure and evolution of the Earth, how the rock record is used to decipher Earth's past and predict its future, and societal issues centered on the environment, land use, resources (water, mineral, and energy), and natural hazards. Three lectures and one laboratory each week. Students who have received credit for ENV-111 may not enroll. Prerequisite: none.
French 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: The French New Wave and Its Legacy." This short course seminar is being taught by internationally recognized film historian and former Grinnell student, Glenn Myrent. The course will explore the importance of the French New Wave (1958-1973) often considered the Big Bang of modern movie-making, and will focus on the prominent role of critics-turned-directors, such as Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, Eric Rohmer, and Fran‡ois Truffaut. Through a study of how these directors developed the modern concept of the film d'auteur, the course will identify the critical role of the French New Wave in shaping modern film history and the independent film movement, including the Franco-American dialogue between filmmakers. Dates: September 25 to October 18. Short course deadlines apply. Prerequisite: One 300-level course in French taken at Grinnell.
General Literary Studies 195.01 (Also Japanese 195.01) "Introductory Special Topic: Introduction to Japanese Culture through Contemporary Cinema."
General Literary Studies 349.01 (See English 349.01) "Medieval Literature: Riddles, Romances, and Dream Visions."
German 295.01 (See Art 295.01) "Special Topic: Berlin: Borders and Transgressions."
History 295.01 "Special Topic: Early America from Native American Perspective." This course offers a social, environmental, political, and cultural history of early America from the perspectives of Native Americans. From the point of view of Native Americans, we will examine many familiar topics, like the imperial contest for North America, the American Revolution, slavery, the US Constitution, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In examining the influence of Indians on early American history, this course will emphasize three themes: 1) the creative adaptations of Indians to the presence of Spanish, French, British, and Anglo-American peoples in their lands; 2) the diversity of Indian peoples who made these adaptations; and 3) the challenges to modern scholars posed by the reality that non-Indians left behind most written documentation on early Native American history. Prerequisite: HIS-105 or 111 or permission of instructor.
History 295.02 "Special Topic: Europe in the Enlightenment." This course introduces students to this major intellectual movement within the political, cultural, and social contexts of Western Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. We will begin with the emergence of skepticism and the Scientific Revolution. We will explore natural rights theory and republican values and the political conflicts that surrounded the emergence of these ideas. Similarly, we will examine the emergence of religious toleration as a Western value within the context of the religious conflicts of this period. The course finishes with the French Revolution and its immediate aftermath. Prerequisite: 2nd year standing.
History 295.02 "Special Topic: France: From Napoleon to the Fifth Republic." Focuses on the social, political, and cultural history of France from 1789 to the present. Key themes include the French revolutionary heritage and the problems of establishing a democratic regime in the 19th century; industrialization and urbanization; the twin catastrophes of the Great War and German occupation; post-World War II recovery, Gaullism, and decolonization; and France's changing role in the world and the European Community. Prerequisite: History 101 or permission of instructor.
History 310.01 "History Enlightenment and Revolution in Early America, 1750-1820." This seminar will explore the varied - and growing - list of American "revolutions" that historians today are writing about. Alongside the more familiar contest for independence, there emerged the "commercial revolution," the "consumer revolution," the "revolution against patriarchy," the "information revolution," the "evangelical revolution," and the "revolution in class relations." We will look at how these movements related to the broader forces unleashed by the American Enlightenment and the American Revolution. In the first half of the course, as preparation for writing independent research papers, we will analyze some of the major scholarly accounts of the Enlightenment and American revolutions and work with a wide array of historical texts, documents, and artifacts. In the second half of the course, students will be involved in writing their own research papers on a topic growing out of the seminar' s focus and readings. Prerequisites: HIS-111 and a 200-level American History course or permission of instructor.
History 327.01 "Labor in the 20th Century Latin America." During the twentieth century, Labor Movements helped transform many Latin American countries socially, politically, and economically. Organized workers have played key roles in the Mexican Revolution, the rise of Peronism, and the recent political triumphs of Brazil's Worker's Party. The common readings for the seminar will include some of the classic works and then move to more recent studies. These readings raise questions about the effect of employer paternalism on workers; the impact of special privileges on workers; and the role of women in the home, in the shop and in the union. In the second half of the course students will then write a major research paper on labor in twentieth-century Latin America. A reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese is helpful but not required. Prerequisite: HIS-201, HIS-202 or HIS-204.
History 330.01 "Religious Toleration and Violence in Europe, 1450-1800." This seminar will focus on relations between religious groups from the late Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. Europe has always been religiously divided between Christians, Jews and Muslims. After the Reformation, Christianity also became divided into disputing, often openly warring groups. A few people supported toleration and religious freedom, although religious violence continues today. The common readings will discuss the patterns of religious violence and toleration, the meaning of toleration for early modern Europeans, the obstacles for peaceful coexistence and the various strategies that people adopted to solve these problems. The first part of the course will examine the Spanish Inquisition, the Wars of Religion in France, the situation for Jews in Central Europe, as well as Enlightenment solutions to the problems of religious conflict. Two short essays will be assigned in the first part of the course. Students wil l also select a research topic of their own that explains religious violence of the legal, political, philosophical and social preconditions for tolerance. They will also give an oral presentation of their research. Prerequisite: HIS-233, 234, HUM-140 or permission of the instructor.
History 334.01 "Race and the British Empire." The historiography of the British Empire explores different justifications (economic, strategic, "civilizing," to name a few) for the imperial project through the language of British officials and others involved in consolidating, maintaining, and extending the Empire both formally and informally. In this seminar we will explore how the ideology of race affected the theories and practices of the British Empire. Key topics will be: 1) ideas of race, their change over time, and the different ways the British (such as colonial officials, white settlers, missionaries) deployed racial ideologies; 2) the rise of scientific and pseudo-scientific ideas about race during the 19th century; 3) the visual images of empire as broadcast to those "at home;" 4) the intersection of race and gender. We will discuss these topics with common and independent readings of primary and secondary sources in the first half of the semester. These readings are designed as a starting point for further research on these topics. In the second half of the course, students will research and write a major paper on a topic of their choosing, drawing upon the knowledge gained in the first half of the semester. Prerequisite: HIS 236, 295 (British Empire), 295 (Sub-Saharan Africa), or permission of instructor.
History 337.01 "Judicial Independence in 18th Century Britain and America." This seminar involves readings and research into the development and articulation of the notion that judges are or should be independent of the other parts of the government including the royal governors, the monarchy and the legislature. Readings will involve legal and non-legal materials. Each student is expected to write a significant research paper on some aspect of this important area of legal and institutional development. The course begins with the reign of Queen Anne in Britain and carries through the early federal period in North America. Prerequisite: HIS-211, 236 or permission of instructor.
Humanities 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: "Thinking Interdisciplinarity". This semester-long course will bring together four distinguished visiting professors from different interdisciplinary fields who will explore topics in a way that invites reflection on various modes of interdisciplinarity. The goal of the seminar is to expose students to the respective professors fields of expertise while developing their awareness of disciplines and scholarly practices as contingent, as performative of a particular set of priorities or values, and as temporally fluid.. Each visiting professor will teach a three-week module: Robert Richards, Morris Fishbein Professor of the History of Science and Medicine and Professor in the Departments of History, Philosophy, Psychology, and in the Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago: "The Struggle between Science and Religion on the Battle Field of Evolutionary Theory." Lawrence Grossberg, Morris Davis Disti nguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: "Cultural Studies and the Challenges of the Contemporary." Lennard Davis, Professor of English at the University of Illinois-Chicago: "Introduction to Disability Studies." M. Jacqui Alexander, Professor of Women's Studies and Gender Studies at the Univesity of Toronto: "Transnational Feminism and Sexuality Studies." Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing. For further details, see http://web.grinnell.edu/centhumanities/studentsem/studsemf07/index.html
Japanese 195.01(Also General Literary Studies 195.01) "Introductory Special Topic: Introduction to Japanese Culture through Contemporary Cinema." This course provides an introduction to contemporary Japanese culture. We will watch five selected modern Japanese films during the semester. The teaching methodology is participatory rather than prescriptive. Active participation of each student is expected leading to in-depth discussion of topics, such as cultural expectations and norms/values/attitudes. Prerequisite: None.
Latin 395.01 Advanced Special Topic: Roman Elegaic Poetry." Readings in the elegiac poems of Catullus, Propertius, Tibullus, Sulpicia, and Ovid; discussion of antecedents in archaic Greek, Hellenistic and early Roman elegy, the influence of Greek and Roman New Comedy, the development of the genre in first century B.C. Rome, and modern critical approaches. Prerequisites: LAT-222 or 225 and HUM-101 or permission of instructor.
Math 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: Markov Chain Monte Carlo." Many of the greatest mathematicians have been interested in both applied problems and mathematics for its own sake. This course will follow their example, developing the mathematical theory of Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) in the context of several applied problems: competition among species of finches in the Galapagos, statistical evidence in the war crimes trial of Slobodan Milosevic, and locating common binding sites on large molecules. MCMC is a method that has brought far-reaching changes to the practice of statistics and computer simulation. At the same time its mathematical theory reveals surprise connections that link graph theory, probability, linear algebra, abstract algebra, and the study of convergence. There will be two meetings per week, with grades based on weekly homework and a final project. Prerequisites: MAT-215 or permission of instructor.
Math 444.01 "Senior Seminar" Many of the greatest mathematicians have been interested in both applied problems and mathematics for its own sake. This course will follow their example, developing the mathematical theory of Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) in the context of several applied problems: competition among species of finches in the Galapagos, statistical evidence in the war crimes trial of Slobodan Milosevic, and locating common binding sites on large molecules. MCMC is a method that has brought far-reaching changes to the practice of statistics and computer stimulation. At the same time in mathematical theory reveals surprise connections that link graph theory, probability, linear algebra, abstract algebra, and the study of convergence. There will be two meetings per week, with grades based on weekly homework and a final project. Prerequisites: MAT-316 and 321 or permission of instructor. To register for this course without these prerequisites, you may register for MAT-395-01.
Music 321.01 "Advanced Musical Studies: Counterpoint." A study of species counterpoint in the 18th-century through analysis and composition, with particular emphasis on the melodic, tonal, and formal structures found in the contrapuntal works of J.S. Bach. Topics include two and three part inventions, canon, and fugue. Prerequisite: MUS-112.
Music 322.01 "The "Golden Age" of English Music, 1500-1730." The reigns of the Tudor and Stuart monarchs (especially Elizabeth I) saw a glorious flourishing of music of many types-sacred and secular, vocal and instrumental, serious and popular. During this time composers such as Tallis, Byrd, Dowland, Morley, Gibbons, Locke, and Purcell forged an idiomatic style that combined elements of French and Italian music with indigenous British traditions. Among their accomplishments are the great repertories of lute songs, madrigals, motets, anthems, and instrumental works for lute, virginal, viol consort, and violin band. In this course we will consider 3 topics in particular detail: 1) the role of music in the tumultuous religious and political history of the time (including the English Reformation, the Civil War, and the Restoration) 2) the role of music in the vibrant tradition of English theatre (e.g. Shakespeare, Purcell) 3) the crossover between popular tunes and "art music" (from the Fitzwillia m Virginal Book to The Beggar's Opera) We will take a hands-on approach as far as possible, with several workshops and class performances (as determined by the interests and background of students enrolled). Students will complete a major research paper on a topic of their choice. Prerequisites: MUS 112 and MUS 261, or permission of instructor.
Philosophy 295.01 "Special Topic: Early Modern Natural Philosophy: The Scientific Revolution." This course will focus on the scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries. We will consider how the relationship between what we now call science, philosophy and theology was understood. We will focus on three incompatible alternatives to the Aristotelian science taught in the universities: that of Bacon, Galileo, and Descartes. Next we will turn our attention to Boyle, who attempted to consolidate these alternatives into one coherent program called mechanical or corpuscular philosophy. We will end our historical study with an examination of arguably the most important figure of the scientific revolution: Isaac Newton. The course will end with the larger philosophical question of what a scientific revolution is and whether the events of 17th century Europe qualify. Prerequisite: PHI-111 or permission of the instructor.
Philosophy 295.02 "Special Topic: German Idealism." This course will examine nineteenth-century responses to Kant's critical philosophy. We will follow the development of German Idealism, with its commitment to the authority of reason and autonomy, from its earliest emergence in Schiller, Fichte, H"lderlin and the early Schelling to its climax in Hegel's conception of history. Issues surrounding the "atheism controversy" and Jacobi's polemical defense of faith over and against reason will also be considered. In anticipation of Marx, Engels and Kierkegaard, we will also look at the earliest criticisms of, and alternatives to, idealism and the authority of reason in the work of Schopenhauer and the later Schelling. Prerequisite: PHI-111 or permission of the instructor.
Philosophy 295.03 "Special Topic: The Problem of Skepticism." This will be a study of contemporary work in epistemology regarding the long-standing problem of skepticism. Ordinarily we think that we know many things about the world around us. Although this claim might seem to be initially plausible, it is incompatible with some very plausible principles about knowledge - for example, the principle that knowing something requires the ability to rule out the possibility that you are mistaken. We will study various contemporary philosophical attempts to explain why standard arguments for skepticism fail despite the fact that they are based on what appear to be commonsensical principles about knowledge. Prerequisites: PHI-111 or permission of the instructor.
Philosophy 393.01 "Advanced Studies in History of Philosophy: Greek Ethics and Moral Psychology." The development of ancient Greek thinking about morality and about the psychology of moral action. Extensive study of Plato and Aristotle, with comparative material from Greek literature and from other Greek philosophers. Prerequisite: PHI/CLS- 231 or permission of instructor. HUM-101 recommended.
Political Science 295.01 "Special Topic: American Public Policy and Democracy." Most of the critical issues in public policy involve a complex relationship between politics, public values, and moral choices. This course is intended to extend your understanding of the institutions, politics, and values central to democratic governance. Some of the questions explored are: What role does public policy play in the lives of citizens? When do policies succeed in ameliorating social problems, how and why? How do democratic institutions shape the policymaking process? The first half of the course will consider the intricate process of policy design and implementation. Particular attention will be paid to issues of race, class and gender as students will analyze specific cases of policy design and implementation throughout the course. Prerequisite: POL-101.
Political Science 295.02 "Special Topic: Conflict and Conflict Resolution." Focuses on the origins of interstate & intrastate conflict; how factors like ethnicity, economics, and the environment contribute to conflict; looks at the obligations of the international community in conflict situations; details a number of historical and contemporary case studies; examines potential mechanisms for rebuilding post-conflict societies. Prerequisite: POL-101 or permission of instructor.
Psychology 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: Multicultural Psychology." This course will provide an introduction to recent psychological research regarding culture and minority status in the United States. We will focus on developing an understanding of the experiences of non-white American ethnic minorities. Topics will include racial identity, cognition, personality, and mental health among others. Prerequisites: PSY-225 and one additional 200 level psychology course.
Religious Studies 295.01 "Special Topic: Women from the Beginnings: Scripture and Interpretation in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam." Women play a number of compelling roles in the scriptures of the three "religions of the book" and in their interpretation. This course endeavors, then, to introduce participants to some of the key historical, social, and hermeneutical elements to interpreting the scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It also aims to develop the appreciation of the contributions women interpreters make, while fostering the course participants' own abilities to assess and analyze those sacred texts with approaches relevant to our contemporary contexts. Engaging in these activities should provide us with a vital opportunity to rethink many of our current assumptions. Prerequisites: REL-111 or second-year standing.
Religious Studies 394.01 "Advanced Topics in Religious Studies: Applying Religious Studies." This seminar is intended to create a context of a scholarly community in which participants explore how the study of religion may be applied to a variety of different phenomena. As a construct of the scholar, the category of religion may be applied as a lens to a variety of phenomena, including that which is commonly not considered to be religious. The category of religion helps us to think differently about things such as baseball, Coca-Cola, and Rock and Roll. Prerequisite: REL-311 or permission of instructor.
Social Studies 295.01 "Special Topic: Opportunity, Decisions, and Learning." This course, sponsored by the Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership, focuses on the idea of career, as the construction of one's identity within the context of communities. We will be examined in cases studies of 10 Grinnell alumni who have made developed significant careers and made a difference in the government, non-profit, and business sectors. These alumni, with diverse majors in all three divisions, will visit class to tell their own stories so that we can learn about their opportunities, decisions, and learning as they constructed their careers. Dates: August 31 to November 2. 1/2 semester course deadlines apply. Prerequisite: One social studies division course (Chosen from the departments of Anthropology, Education, History, Economics, Sociology or Political Science).
Social Studies 295.02 "Special Topic: Health Geography." This course examines the geographical dimensions of health and disease, including the following themes and approaches: the human ecology approach to health; concepts; spatial epidemiology (data analysis, statistics, GIS, and mapping); pollution, toxins, and other man-made hazards to human health; the social environment and risk factors for non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes; distribution and delivery of health care resources; the spatial diffusion of infectious diseases; the disease ecology approach to understanding infectious and vector-borne diseases; and emerging threats to global health and security, such as HIV/AIDS and bioterrorism. Prerequisites: One 100-level Social Studies Course (Anthropology, Economics, Education, History, Political Science, or Sociology)
Social Studies 295.03 "Special Topic: Servant Leadership: Leading Without Authority." This is a short course that explores concepts of leadership and skills involved in leading others. It is not about how to be the one in charge; rather how to help others go where they would not otherwise go themselves. Robert Greanleaf's Servant Leadership is the principal text. The course will be unusual in that most of the learning will be based on the students' own experience in class activities (rather than based on text or lecture). Students will work in groups on various tasks and study leadership behavior exhibited in their group. Students will have an opportunity to use professionally developed instruments to help them understand their own leadership style. Dates: September 24 to October 10. Short course deadlines apply. Prerequisites: One Social Studies course.
Social Studies 295.04 "Special Topic: Intellectual Property and its Role in Global Socioeconomic Shifts." This short course is sponsored by the Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership. The course will examine this historical role of technology development and intellectual property protection in socio-economic growth and the role of intellectual property in the trends supporting the current shift in global economic power. The impact of global treaties affecting intellectual property and the adoption and implementation of intellectual property laws and enforcement system in China and India will be examined. David Rosenbaum is a distinguished intellectual property attorney. Dates: November 5 to November 21. Short course deadlines apply. Prerequisite: One course in Social Studies.
Sociology 295.01 "Special Topic: International Migration." Why and with what consequences do people move across political borders? How is migration organized, and what factors enable and constrain this social process? Why do "immigration issues" make for strange policy bedfellows? This course explores such critical questions from an economic, political, cultural, and historical standpoint, and from multiple methodological perspectives. It draws on U.S. and less familiar European exemplars at the local, national and regional levels. In particular, the analysis stresses how migration has been a factor in both world-integrating processes (globalization) and in the continuing significance of nation-states. Prerequisite: SOC-111or permission of instructor.
Sociology 390.01 "Advanced Studies in Sociology: Work in the New Economy." This course will examine recent transformations in the U.S. economy--including deskilling, downsizing, and the rise of the service sector--and will consider how each of these "transformations" relate to issues of identity, community, family formation, structural inequality and national culture. Work has changed so quickly in the last three decades that we have yet to fully comprehend the micro level consequences in our daily lives and the macro level consequences for American culture and global processes. We will address key questions about the consequences of globalization and the "new" economy on American workers and consumers. We'll move from considering debates about the consequences of the new economy for American culture and character to examine the production and consumption processes in global context, including the global stratification of wealth and the outsourcing of low-wage, low-skill and domestic labor arou nd the globe. Throughout, we will draw on qualitative case studies and the voices of workers in the "new" economy, always considering how work is lived through race, class, sexuality, gender and nation. Prerequisite: at least two 200-level sociology courses and third-year standing.
Sociology 395.01 "Advanced Special Topic: Queer Theory." Investigates queer theory and the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people as addressed in empirical studies, narratives, film and activism. Explores how gender and sexual identities intersect with race, class, ethnicity, age and disability. Areas of inquiry include identity, community, violence, social movements and popular culture. Critically analyzes which texts and perspectives have been considered central to queer theory and which have been marginalized. Prerequisites: SOC-111 and any 200-level or above sociology course, or SOC-111 and GWS-111, or permission of instructor.
Theatre 104.01 "Dance Technique I: Modern Dance." New course. Beginning dance technique; the principles, terminology, basic history, developing a physical and kinesthetic understanding of concert dance techniques. Possible areas of emphasis include ballet or modern dance. Consult the Schedule of Courses for the specific area of emphasis each semester. Offered S/D/F only and does not count toward the Theatre major. A studio instruction fee applies. Counts as performance credit; a maximum of 16 credits of performance may count toward graduation. May be repeated for credit (4 times/8 credits). Prerequisite: none.
Theatre 204.01 "Dance Technique II: Ballet." New course. Intermediate and advanced dance technique; physical and kinesthetic study involving more complex movement patterns and sequences, phrasing, musicality and stylistic considerations. Possible areas of emphasis include ballet or modern dance. Consult the Schedule of Courses for the specific area of emphasis each semester. Offered S/D/F only and does not count toward the Theatre major. A studio instruction fee applies. Counts as performance credit; a maximum of 16 credits of performance may count toward graduation. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: THE-104 (or equivalent experience) or permission of instructor.