Upper-Level Courses

Upper-Level BHP Courses Spring 2015

BHP-206 Politics and Literary Form
Professors Seiwoong Oh (English) and Frank Rusciano (Political Science)
Monday 6:30-9:30 p.m., Lawrenceville Campus
Substitutions: Social Science core OR Literature core
This course investigates the relationships between political life and literary form. Students will analyze literary texts in the context of selected political periods and ideologies, going beyond literary content to understand how language, genre, and structure mirror, otherwise represent, or criticize the political order within which the author writes.

BHP 212 Children and the Media
Professors Cara Demant (Psychology) and A.J. Moore (Communications)
Psychology major/minor elective OR Social Science core
M/W 1:10-2:40 p.m., Lawrenceville Campus
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.

BHP-268 Love and Chivalry in the Arthurian Tradition
Professors Margaret Schleissner (Language, Literature, and Cultures (German)) and Mary Morse (English)
Thursday 6:30-9:30 p.m., Westminster Choir College
Substitution: Literature core
The legends attached to King Arthur of Britain and the Knights of the Roundtable have fascinated audiences for the past 1500 years. This course will examine the origins, development and meanings of love and chivalry, two major themes in the Arthurian legends. Through study of the two major love triangles in the tradition—Arthur-Guinevere-Lancelot, and Tristan-Isolde-Mark—and the chivalrous quests of Lancelot, Tristan, Gawain, Parzival, and other Knights of the Roundtable, students will discover how Arthurian ideals regarding love, chivalry, kingship, and heroism were established and why they still resonate in popular culture.

BHP271 Special Topics -- Language and Power: The Art of Verbal Seduction
Professors Arlene Wilner (English) and Timothy McGee (Associate Director for Faculty Development)
M/W 2:50-4:20 p.m., Lawrenceville Campus
Substitution: Literature core
While often considered a specialized term, “rhetoric” conditions all types of communication in our everyday interactions and is especially important when one wants to influence others’ perspectives. According to Aristotle, “Rhetoric is the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion." How do accomplished writers and speakers achieve their intended purposes? How can various theories of persuasion and argument be applied in current contexts? Through the study of classical and contemporary literary and nonfictional texts as well as works by influential rhetorical theorists and literary critics, this course (co-taught by a specialist in Rhetoric and a specialist in Literature) helps students understand and rehearse the expert ways in which authors of different types of texts capture, hold, and direct the attention of their audiences.

BHP-309 Genetic Engineering and the Philosophy of Science
Professors Kelly Bidle (Biology) and Daniel Garro (Philosophy)
Wednesday 6:30-9:30 p.m., Westminster Choir College
Substitutions: Science core OR Philosophy core
This interdisciplinary course in molecular biology and philosophy will integrate the basics of molecular biology with the philosophy of science. It will explore the nature of the relationships between atoms, molecules, DNA, proteins, cells and genetic engineering. Molecular biology will be used as the content to explore such philosophic questions as What is the nature of scientific methodology? What is the nature of scientific observation and explanation? What is the nature of scientific laws and theories? It will also discuss the scientific and ethical implications of genetic engineering.