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Upper-Level BHP Courses Spring 2017

BHP212 Children and the Media
Professors Cara Diyanni (Psychology) and A.J. Moore (Communications/Journalism)
Monday/Wednesday 1:10-2:40 p.m., Lawrenceville campus
Social Science core OR may count for Psychology major/minor (consult your academic advisor)

This course examines how children and adolescents use and understand media and analyzes the role of media in their social and cognitive development. Students will analyze how exposure to television programs, movies, magazines and the Internet shapes children’s socio-emotional development and their understanding of cultural norms. Diverse course readings emphasize theories of child development as well as communication theory. Students will conduct primary research throughout the semester.

BHP259 The Environment: A Conflict of Interest
Professors Michael Brogan (Political Science) and Jonathan Yavelow (Biology)
Tuesday/Thursday 2:50-4:20 p.m., Lawrenceville campus
Social Science core OR Natural Science core

This course will examine critical environmental issues such as global warming; food, water, and energy resources; population trends; and global industrialization. Topics for context will include the origin of the elements, the origin of solar systems, and the origin of life as well as the basic principles of the current biotechnical revolution. This scientific understanding of how the past relates to the present and to the choices we can make for the future, in conjunction with knowledge about strategies for raising community awareness and (re)formulating public policy, provides the basis for interdisciplinary problem-solving. In teams, students will be asked to define the problems; research available and prospective solutions; identify the technical, social, political, and economic constraints; and finally propose a workable strategy for making progress toward solutions.

BHP271 Special Topics – The Rhetoric of Science
Professors Danielle Jacobs (Chemistry) and Tim McGee
Wednesday 6:30-9:30 p.m., Westminster campus
Literature core OR Natural Science core

This course will examine the rhetoric of science in an effort to see how science has used language to answer questions, resolve disputes, and legitimize the knowledge contained within its disciplinary borders, and conversely how language and communication have guided scientific discovery throughout history.  Reading texts from ancient and contemporary scientists, we will identify the key linguistic and rhetorical traits that identify the discourse communities of modern science, and consider consequences of—and the scientific developments enabled by—such language practices. These concepts will be emphasized and elucidated vis-à-vis some of the most significant scientific and medicinal discoveries governing the modern world.

BHP321 Gender and Sexuality in Hip-Hop and R&B
Professors Justin Burton (Fine Arts) and Brea Heidelberg (Fine Arts)
Monday 6:30-9:30 p.m., Westminster campus
Fine Arts core

This course explores the formation of femininity, masculinity, and sexuality in Hip-Hop and R&B, focusing on the music, images, and politics of the genres.  Because Hip-Hop and R&B also exist in dynamic relationship with a variety of other genres, including funk, soul, rock, disco, jazz, and electronic dance music (EDM), some of these other genres will be included in readings and discussions along the way.  Related topics include racial identity theory, religion, and a variety of other social constructions as mediated through rhetoric and discourse conventions that shape who we are and how we understand ourselves.