Upper-Level BHP Courses Spring 2016

BHP215 Universe and the Origins of Life
Professors John Bochanski (Physics) and Jonathan Yavelow (Biology)
Tuesday 6:30-9:30 p.m., Westminster Campus
Substitution: Natural science

This course examines some far-reaching implications of present investigations into the numerous uncertainties surrounding our existence. We will trace the logical development of present theories concerning the evolution of life--spanning not only biological, but also geological and cosmic time scales. A main topic for exploration is the interrelation of our theories of the evolution of the universe, stellar systems and planets, life as we know it, and the nature of intelligence.

BHP224 Worlds Apart: Global Perspectives on Development and Inequality
Professors James Dickinson (Sociology) and Roderick McDonald (History)
Tuesday/Thursday 4:30-6:00 p.m. Lawrenceville campus
Substitution: Social science OR GLS elective

Examines the causes and patterns of uneven societal development in the world today. Students will learn about ways to assess societal development, theories advanced to explain uneven development, and historical and contemporary factors such as colonialism and globalization influencing global inequalities. Consequences of increasing global inequality for the well-being of populations throughout the world are also discussed.

BHP232 Science and Politics of the Jersey Shore
Professors Ben Dworkin (Political Science) and Paul Jivoff (Biology)
Thursday 1:10-4:10 p.m. Lawrenceville campus
Substitution: Social science core OR Natural science core

This course is designed to acquaint students with both the scientific basis for evaluation of coastal problems and the political realities of funding and policy, focusing on the New Jersey shoreline. Course topics will include consideration of development along the shore line, depletion of ocean resources, energy concerns, and the political challenges of forming and funding programs that mitigate natural and man-made environmental stresses. Guest speakers will lend their expertise on a range of subjects. On occasion, a field trip may require that students plan to be present for a time period slightly longer than the official class period.

BHP260 Education and the Arts
Professors Don Ambrose (Education) and Tim McGee (Rhetoric/Literature)
Wednesday 6:30-9:30 p.m., Westminster campus
Substitution: Literature core

Through the study of classic and contemporary artistic works as well as influential philosophies and theories of education, this course explores representations of education in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, film, and painting and the relationship between theory and practice. Society’s shifting, ambivalent attitudes toward teachers and the educational process will be studied from multiple perspectives, including those of artists who are important educators themselves. Readings on educational theory will address, among other topics, the controversial relationship between standardized testing and recent developments in cognitive science. Course texts will include works by Orwell, Dickens, Aristophanes, and G.B. Shaw as well as films such as "Educating Rita" and "My Fair Lady" and art by Norman Rockwell and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.