HONS 320-001 (CRN 13257)
Tuesday, Thursday: 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Location: Peck Hall, Room 2410
Instructor: Carolina Rocha
Representations of Childhood in Contemporary Hispanic Film: Times of War and Oppression
In this class, we will study the representation of childhood in contemporary Hispanic film so as to explore how films produced in the last three decades revisit traumatic periods such as civil wars and dictatorships. We will investigate the representation of children as well as the social and individual construction of memory, the impact of trauma and the strategies of survival. We will also focus on children who are witnesses and actors at different historical periods, and survey their agency and involvement in local and national events. The films will be analyzed paying attention to historical and cultural developments of the different countries.
HONS 320-002 (CRN 17018)
Tuesday: 6-8:50 p.m.
Location: Peck Hall, Room 0309
Instructor: Valerie Yancey
The Spiritual Dimensions of Health and Healing
This course examines the spiritual dimensions of health and healing from historical, cultural, medical, and personal perspectives. We will ground our exploration of spiritual phenomena (e.g. synchronicity, forgiveness, meaning, holism, community, hope) in rich multi-cultural, historical and contemporary resources (novels, film, illness narratives) and then link those insights with our own experiences of health and healing. Throughout the semester, each person will create a “spiritual profile,” which will give voice to one’s own unique expressions and experiences of health. We will explore the science of the body-mind connection, the impact of chronic stress on health, and ways to manage stress in daily life for the purpose of creating healthy lives and communities.
HONS 320-003 (CRN 17128)
Monday: 6-8:50 p.m.
Location: Peck Hall, Room 0303
Instructor: Melodie Rowbotham
This course provides an overview of current complementary therapies and the influence cultures have on healthcare. Complementary therapies, also commonly referred to as alternative therapies, recognize the person as a physical, mental and spiritual being, and that disease affects each of these areas of life. Students will also explore how culture impacts healthcare.
HONS 320-005 (CRN 17437)
Monday: 6-8:50 p.m.
Location: Peck Hall, Room 3316
Instructor: Eric Ruckh
Love and Strife
(Eros kai eris)
What is love? And why, why, does it bring with it suffering and strife? The questions are old and the answers elusive, opening on to the deepest existential and ethical problems of human existence. What are we? Why do we need others? Why do we desire others? Why do we loathe others (often and perhaps necessarily the one’s we need)? For that matter what is need? Desire? Can we learn to love in a way that eludes violence and strife? Or are love and strife inevitably and unavoidably entwined: a twirling double helix that forms the spine of human history as Freud came to think? From Sappho (‘eros once again limb-loosener whirls me, sweet-bitter, impossible to fight off, creature stealing up’) and Archilochus (‘Like Odysseus under the ram/you have clung under your lovers/and under your love of lust/seeing nothing else for this mist/dark of heart, dark of mind’) through Rumi, Shakespeare and Racine to Nabakov, Morrison, Atwood and Murakami love both heals and wounds; it is both praised and accused. We sing to it and we cry from it. And we don’t need to have read anything to understand the passions of love and strife, we need only to have lived a bit. But we shall see that reading will help widen our horizons; reading will help us soften our hearts and strengthen our resolve as we realize that our travails with loves that have whirled us, loosened us, stole us from ourselves, darkened our minds and hearts and opened them to the infinite have not been suffered alone. In fact our travails of love have about them and in them the means by which to reconnect to the deepest wellsprings of our shared humanity. Perhaps sitting together and talking about love by picking up the broken threads of our great cultural traditions will itself come to be understood as an act of love.
Monday, Wednesday: 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Location: Peck Hall 1404
Instructor: Eric W. Ruckh
Monsters R Us
The human fascination with monsters is long standing and ancient. Whether from the Mediterranean world-Cyclopes and Gorgons, for example-or from East Asia-fox spirits and dragons-ancient cultures peopled their worlds with them; they found in them great enemies and rivals against whom they tested and developed and discovered themselves. We moderns have been no less inventive. From Warm Bodies, World War Z, and The Walking Dead through Twilight, Let the Right One In, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Carrie and some of the X-Men, we invent monsters and revel in the terror they inspire in us. We go so far as to imagine our annihilation at their hands and flock to the spectacle of holocaust. Why? That is the fundamental question we will explore in this course. What do we see in monsters? Why do we invent them? Why do we love them? In what way are they dark shadows of ourselves? How can we learn to recognize ourselves and our world in them? The course will introduce students to three thinkers (and their ideas about the social and psychic worlds) who can help us learn to read monsters as reflections of ourselves and our concerns: Marx, Freud, and Jung.
The course will be woven around reading and discussing (analyzing and interpreting) the following novels:
Brooks, Max, World War Z (2006)
Danielewski, Daniel Z., House of Leaves (2000)
Lindqvist, John Ajvide, Let the Right One In (2004)
Stoker, Bram, Dracula (1897)
And the following films:
Night of the Living Dead [dir., George Romero (1968)]
Nosferat u [dir., F.W. Murnau (1922)]
The Shining [dir., Stanley Kubrick (1980)]
Tuesday, Thursday: 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Location: Peck Hall 0306
Instructor: Linda W. Alford
Dynamics of Health Policy, Implications of Health Care Reform, and Complexity of the American Health Care System
In this course, we will discuss:
1) Healthcare in America
2) Health professionals and organizations in the U.S.
3) Healthcare finance and reimbursement in the U.S.
4) Access, quality and availability of healthcare in the U.S.
5) The future of healthcare in America
Course activities will include:
1) Interviews with legislators
2) Writing letters to legislators
3) Attendance at the School of Nursing Legislative Night
4) Writing letters to editors of newspapers on health policy issues
5) Attend local legislative sessions
Tuesday, Thursday: 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Location: Alumni Hall 1314
Instructor: Matthew Schunke
What Am I and How Can I Be Happy?
The pursuit of happiness is intimately tied to our understanding of who and what we are. Furthermore, the way we answer these questions profoundly shapes the way we engage the projects of our life. This course will provide the opportunity to explore a variety of historical and contemporary perspectives on these issues. In addition to looking at texts from philosophy and psychology, we will also look at how various literary texts, religious traditions, and the contemporary self-help movement have addressed these concerns. The goal will be to explore a variety of conceptions of what a person is and the corresponding characteristics of a life well-lived. Representative readings could include selections from Aristotle, Freud, Thoreau, Sartre, and Hesse. The class will also incorporate film and other aspects of popular culture.