Upper-Level Courses

Upper-Level BHP Courses Fall 2014

BHP-209 Honors Seminar: Law and the Arts
Professors James Castagnera (Legal Studies and American Studies) and Todd Dellinger (Fine Arts)
Monday and Wednesday 1:10-2:40 p.m., Lawrenceville Campus
3 credits
Substitutions: Fine Arts 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-259 The Environment: A Conflict of Interest
Professors Michael Brogan (Political Science) and Jonathan Yavelow (Biology)
Thursday 6:30-9:30 p.m., Westminster Choir College
3 credits
Substitutions: Social Science core OR 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.

BHP-321 Gender and Sexuality in Hip-Hop
Professors Justin Burton and Brea Heidelberg (Fine Arts)
Wedensday 6:30-9:30 p.m., Westminster Choir College
3 credits
Substitutions: 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.

BHP-325 Honors Seminar: Literature and Political Realities: From Dictatorships to Democracy in Latin America
Professors Hernan Fontanet (Foreign Language & Literature) and Jonathan Mendilow Political Science)
Thursday 6:30-9:30 p.m., Lawrenceville campus
3 credits
Substitutions: Literature core OR Social Science core
This course is predominantly a study of Latin American politics and government in the 20th century and of the role of artists, primarily writers of fiction and poetry, as a corps of truth-tellers and resisters in the face of government propaganda, censorship, and cultural/political repression. The course will center upon themes and theories that help us explain the current state of Latin American politics and culture, and the dynamics of their mutual influence. We will emphasize the vacillation between authoritarianism and democracy as well as the role of revolutionary change in the region. Students will analyze, among other themes, the role of economic, social, cultural, and key historical variables that influence contemporary Latin American politics and government. Analysis of these topics will be complicated and enriched by a study of representative works for influential cultural and artistic movements.