Upper-Level BHP Courses Fall 2016
BHP 209 Law and the Arts
Professors James Castagnera (Legal Studies and American Studies) and Todd Dellinger (Fine Arts)
Monday/Wednesday 1:10-2:40 p.m., Lawrenceville campus
Substitution: Fine Arts core OR Law and Justice elective OR American Studies elective
Fosters analysis of controversial art images from a range of genres (e.g. films, paintings, photographs, music, literature, and sculpture) and asks students to consider connections between the art and political/social/legal issues. Topics will include censorship, propaganda, and intellectual property.
BHP 213: Honors Seminar: Text and Context
Professors Pamela A. Brown (Communications and Journalism) and Arlene Wilner (English)
Wednesday 6:30-9:30 p.m., Lawrenceville campus
Substitution: Literature core OR Social Sciences core
Contemporary discussions of politics, journalism, and social issues regularly reflect the influence of George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Expressions like “Big Brother is watching” and the term “Orwellian” routinely appear in modern speech and writings. Published in 1949, the book reflects the turbulent world that Orwell participated in from the waning of British colonialism to the rise of the Cold War. In the current political climate, Animal Farm (1945) and its perspective on the enactment of communism, socialism, fascism, and democracy in the era around World War II are more pertinent than ever. This course will explore the historical and cultural context that shaped Orwell as well as the ways in which Orwell’s writings have been used and continue to be used by politicians, commentators and others.
BHP 222 Existentialism in Literature
Professors Daniel Garro (Philosophy) and Vanita Neelakanta (English)
Tuesday 6:30-9:30 p.m., Westminster campus
Substitution: Literature core OR Philosophy core
This course seeks to introduce students to Existentialim as a 20th-century movement with roots going back to the 19th century and as a philosophy that has special relevance and importance for understanding today's world. Reading and discussion are based on topics of special concern to Existentialist philosophers: lying and the nature of reality, faith and reason, revaluation of values, and the meaninglessness of life. Readings will comprise a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres. Authors may include Dostoevsky, Unamuno, Camus, Sartre, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Brecht, Kafka, Pirandello, Weil, and Beckett.
BHP 231 Natural Adventures: Journeys in American Ecology and History
Professors Brooke Hunter (History) and Laura Hyatt (Biology)
Monday/Wednesday 2:50-4:20 p.m., Lawrenceville campus
Substitution: Natural Science core OR History Major/Minor
Human history is shaped by the natural environment and the natural environment is, in turn, altered by human history. This semester, we will explore how these two seemingly disparate factors influence each other in the United States (and the world) using questions and approaches from both historiography and science. We will contemplate questions such as: What is nature? (Who gets to decide throughout history?) What is the relationship of humans to nature, and how has the answer changed over time? What roles have science and technology played in this process? How do answers to these questions fit into American history?