2013-2014 DHC COURSE SCHEDULE (subject to change)
|DHC 140: HUMANISTIC UNDERSTANDING 1|
Did Jesus Laugh?
In this course we will study the role of humor and the comic fool in both Eastern and Western religion. Through the varied disciplines of philosophy, religious studies, sociology, art, and media we will examine the tension between humor and reverence and the ways in which levity, especially as embodied in the often subversive image of comic fool, has served as a vehicle for religious institutional critique and even personal transformation.
Trauma: Memory, History, and Identity
This course studies the significance of trauma in human experience in multiple contexts: in individual consciousness, in familial dynamics, and in national and global histories. Using the disciplinary angles of literature, history, philosophy, and psychology, we will examine the traumatic disruption of memory and identity, and the attempts to recuperate meaning, coherence, and purpose in response to that experience.
|DHC 141: HUMANISTIC UNDERSTANDING II|
Culture and Cuisine
Food affects, and is affected by, everything from economics, politics, technology, and demographics to art and literature, social structures, religion, and family life. This course surveys Western history and culture from the Roman Empire to the 19th century through the lens of what people in various times and places were eating.
Ghosts and Fairies in an Age of Science
This course analyzes the supernatural in British Victorian/Edwardian literature and visual art, concentrating on anxieties and desires experienced by a culture fascinated by both science and the occult. Representations of the supernatural reveal attitudes about the past, religion, nature, and various others (women, working classes, and people of color). The course emphasizes both the tensions and connections between fantasy and science/technology: to some Victorians the "fantastic" was a name for what humans did not yet comprehend.
In Touch with Gods: Myth in Religion, Art, and Literature
This course is a study of myth as it manifests itself in classical literature, art, and the Hebrew religious tradition of the Western world. We emphasize the nature and function of myth as it relates to literature, art, history, society and religion. Topics include creation myths, heroic myths, etiological myths, and myth and the afterlife, and the social, political, and religious function of myth.
This class prepared students to critically evaluate their role in creating and experiencing their own happiness and the happiness of others. Students will explore the history of happiness with a review of philosophical perspectives. Students will use this foundation to investigate what makes individuals happy, including variables such as money, relationships, religion, and technology. Students will then survey the science of happiness and how the scientific community aims to define happiness.
Women Travelers examines sociological constraints on women’s exploratory, science-based writings during the 18th and 19th centuries. Students read selections from women naturalists, anthropologists, and sociologists written at a time (1790s-1890s) when women were being “edged out” of professions.
In this course, students survey early American folklore, including African American folklore, Native American Folklore, and American West folklore. Through the lenses of song, narrative, oral storytelling and film, students will examine the impact folklore has had on societal values and cultural cohesion, and how this form of storytelling can subvert conventional institutional structures.
|DHC 150: AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE 1|
Beethoven: Cultural Rebel and Touchstone
The 1700s saw the toppling of governmental and theological hierarchy, as revolutions swept Europe and America. A new powerful middle class came into being. Beethoven embodied the spirit of rebellion and individualism in his music, work and life. This class will examine the shift toward modern democracy and the power of the individual through the person of Beethoven, and will follow his impact on the arts in the centuries after his life.Jazz: History, Theory, and Philosophy
Mr. Curtis Peacock, Music
This course focuses on jazz (America’s only indigenous art form) from the late 1800s to the present. Emphasis is on artists, cultural/societal forces shaping music’s evolution as well as technical analysis of theories of swing rhythm, and the philosophy of time-perception. Included in this course are extensive listening, reading and group discussions as well as required attendance of performances.
The string quartet is universally acknowledged as the compositional pinnacle of the small-ensemble chamber music that flourished in the 18th, 19th, and 20th century Western art music tradition. Students will experience ten masterpieces of the genre through private live performances of Central Washington University’s string quartet in residence, the Kairos Quartet. In addition, each composition will be used as a window or departure point to view and explore a broad spectrum of literature and art, as well as cultural, intellectual, and political history. Students will experience and study quartets by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel, Janacek, Shostakovich, Ives, and Phillip Glass. Ancillary topics will include the Enlightenment, Impressionism, Expressionism, New England Transcendentalism, and Stalinism.
|DHC 151: AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE II|
Contemporary European Cinema
European filmmakers today face many challenges. Some of these challenges are practical: from securing financing and distribution to finding an audience both within and beyond borders. Others are less tangible: squaring Europe’s auteur tradition with an increasingly market-driven industry, and defining national identities in ever more diverse cultural settings. This course introduces students to contemporary films from across Western Europe and considers the societal, cultural and industrial contexts in which they are/were made.
Students learn techniques for using historical events as source material for creating scripts for the stage. Students study several different styles of stage play and dramatize historical events. They then turn their hand to researching and drafting an original script that encapsulates and draws inspiration from a period or event in history.
The Importance of Drawing in the History of Science
How do the goals of aesthetics and science combine in problem solving? Students learn, through sequential skills and aesthetic criteria, how to draw to increase visual observation to think in three dimensions. Three-dimensional thinking can inform scientific learning and discovery in the classroom, laboratory, and field. We focus on major concepts in evolutionary biology, vertebrate morphology, and natural history.
|DHC 160: PHYSICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS I|
Chemistry of Materials for Art
An introduction to fundamental principles and topics in chemistry, including atomic structure and the periodic table, chemical bonds, metals, the nature of light, color, acids and bases, oxidation/reduction, and organic molecules and polymers. These chemistry fundamentals are introduced through and applied to historic and contemporary studio processes and materials including metal refining and etching, ceramics, pigments and painting, frescoes, photography, textiles and dyes. This course includes a laboratory component.
|DHC 161: PHYSICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS II|
The course looks at current approaches to consciousness in cognitive psychology, neuroscience and philosophy, and the interactions between these approaches. Questions addressed include: What is consciousness? Is it one phenomenon, or many? How are conscious experiences unified? What is the function of consciousness? Can it be scientifically studied, and how much scientific understanding can we expect? Can we locate neural correlates of consciousness in the brain? Could a machine or robot ever be conscious?
Consumeromics: Genomics in a Consumer Society
With the decrease in the cost of generating data, companies providing genetic information concerning ancestry, disease susceptibility, and putative athletic predispositions have proliferated providing “direct-to-consumer” genetic testing to millions of Americans and providing them unprecedented access to their own genetic make-up. Are Americans wise consumers of genetic testing? What can and cannot be determined by looking at the DNA sequences of a person's genome?
Physical Principles of Musical Instruments
This course explores how physical principles of waves and vibration can explain the variety of sounds produced by musical instruments. Students apply these principles, along with computer-based sound analysis techniques, to investigate how the design of an instrument and the performer's technique determine the sound characteristics. Related topics, such as musical scales, the perception of sound, room acoustics, and sound synthesis, are also discussed.
|DHC 250: SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL DYNAMICS I|
Human Nature: Biological Origins and Social Consequences
A comprehensive, interdisciplinary introduction to the newest knowledge and methodology in the biological inquiry of human nature with insights into individual and collective behavior in selected issues related to human social behavior and socioeconomic consequences such as marriage patterns, equality, and cyclicality of financial markets.
Implications of Crime and Punishment in America
Students are exposed to the personal, community, economic, and political consequences of crime and punishment. Students study the historical and contemporary foundations of punishment as used in Western societies. The course focuses on the impact of criminal behavior on one’s life-course and on familial relationships, the economic and community implications of incarceration, and the political implications of incarceration on local, state, and national elections.
Politics and Games
This course is an introduction to political philosophy through the use of primary texts from Plato to Nozick, lectures on important mathematical results associated with democracy, and explanatory models in game theory that help explain why rational beings choose to cooperate and form governments. This includes examples (primarily from U.S. history) that demonstrate some of these concepts.
|DHC 251: SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL DYNAMICS II|
Starting with Jared Diamond’s book of the same title, this course examines decisions made by communities that lead to their subsequent failures. We focus on the use of mathematical modeling techniques to simulate the environmental conditions for societies as well as to model the decision making process of the members of societies when faced with policy decisions.
History in the Concrete: How Physical Elements Shaped Events
This course examines how physical entities such as climate, geographical features, material resources, technology, and pathogens have shaped the course of Western history. Often events that we attribute to abstract factors such as politics or religion can equally be traced to something quite concrete, such as a geographical barrier, a technological development, a climate shift, a crop failure, or a disease.
This course provides an interdisciplinary and critical perspective to nature-society relationships. It covers issues about conservation, environmental degradation, political ecology of food production and consumption, energy use and policy, and resource extraction industries. Students will analyze these processes from a geographical perspective by focusing on the way in which resource use and the control over nature are closely tied to power at local, national, and global scales.
|DHC 260: CULTURAL STUDIES I|
Nature and Culture in the Modern West
Students will consider "civilized" views of the natural world, examining ways that these perspectives have informed human life from the Enlightenment to the present era. Vehicles of study will include literature (natural history narratives and poems) as well as landscape painting and other visual arts. In addition, musical, historical, religious, philosophical, and scientific developments will provide lenses for understanding cultural and environmental challenges of the twenty-first century.
This course will examine the conflict and interaction caused by status changes of Native Americans, African Americans and Women, as well as with the infusion and integration of immigrants into US society. This is a multidisciplinary course and students will explore connections among socio-economic, educational, technological, cultural, as well as ethical and political implications that compose the Body Politic. Students will read, research, analyze and quantify data using experimental methodologies, charts, graphs and data sets.
|DHC 261: CULTURAL STUDIES II|
|Slavery and the Rhetoric of Freedom—Past and Present|
Dr. Christine Sutphin, English
This course examines the role of women in shaping the world both collectively as a social force and individually as notable warriors, rulers, athletes, writers, activists, scholars, artists, businesswomen, adventurers, scientists, and inventors. The purpose of the course is to bring to the surface the submerged, often invisible contributions and achievements of women within the context of their status both in world history and in the present time, especially in America.
Commerce and Conquest
This course explores the history of commerce, particularly international and intercontinental commerce, and its impact on the politics, economics, social conditions, and culture of various peoples around the world. Through history, the quest for commodities and wealth has been inextricably linked to the lust for conquest and power, and this connection will be the primary focus of the course. Particular attention will be paid to the Age of Exploration -its motives and its global consequences.
|DHC 270: INTEGRATED LEARNING|
Baseball in American Life and Culture
Jacques Barzun, a twentieth-century philosopher, wrote: "Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better know baseball." For over 100 years, baseball has been a definitive element of American experience. More than a game played in a stadium, its impact infuses the world we know -our history, economic culture, politics, literature, music, art, cinema, social interactions, science -and that influence has transcended our borders to have become a truly global phenomenon. This course examines baseball as a central cultural force in American and international life. We consider not only the numerous and diverse dimensions of the sport, but the way it serves as a metaphor for issues of race, class, gender, and post-coloniality.
Behavioral Genetics: Science, Ethics, and Literature
A consideration of the contribution of genetics to behavior and psychological characteristics in animals and humans, the ethics of genetic research and screening, and popular novels, films, and texts that attempt to come to terms with these issues. Students are introduced to the concepts, methodology, and technological advancements of genetic research.
It's About Time
This course examines the concept of time from many perspectives. These include ancient cultural conceptions of time (Hebrew, Greek, Hindu); measuring time (determining the length of a year or a second); the major calendars in use today; philosophy (Descartes, Kant, and Euler); literature; physics (relativity and quantum mechanics); psychology (human perception of time); and sociology (modern society’s obsession with time). Time travel in theory and literature is also discussed.
This course examines psychological and cultural responses to death, including how we choose to die and how we bury our dead. It also addresses philosophical issues, including how to define death (using whole-brain or higher-brain criteria), whether death renders life meaningless, and the ethics of physician-assisted suicide. We will also study how religious beliefs affect our attitudes toward life and death.
|DHC 301: HONORS SEMINAR: ELEMENTS OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH|
Dr. Gerry Stacy, English
This is an exploration of arts and humanities research from a multi-disciplinary perspective, including the formulation of a research question, organization of a research process, and preparation of DHC thesis or creative project proposal.
|DHC 380: HISTORY OF SCIENCE|
Great Scientific Experiments
Among the great ideas of humanity are great scientific experiments. With beauty, economy, and elegance, these extraordinary and accessible works have actively engaged the universe in ways that have transformed human thought. As a cornerstone in a liberal education, fluency with great experiments can support a broad understanding of the ideals, ideas, and goals of science. This course is an investigation of great scientific experiments of contrasting character in a range of nature science disciplines.
Issues in Science and Religion
This course is an exploration of the intersection of religion (primarily Christianity) with the history, method, and theories of science such as quantum mechanics, relativity, the Big Bang, the anthropic principle, and evolution. Various philosophical theories of science such as realism, falsificationism, scientific paradigms, and the social construction of knowledge, are also studied, along with their relationship to religion.
Science, Technology, and Society
This course will provide a history of the relationship between science, technology, and society. The course includes science from the early modern period through modern times, and emphasizes the historical and social contextualization of scientific issues and topics from the past and the present. Historical and contemporary themes will include the Scientific Revolution, exploration, the emergence of professional science, the Cold War, popular science, science education, and modern museums of technology.
Learning Science through History
This class will examine the history of science through a series of discipline-specific case studies. We will examine eight paths through science history. For each of these, we study the history of the particular field, and then put our studies into perspective by discussing whether a study of the history of the field helps us to understand modern science. Fields covered include the philosophy of science, heat transfer, genetics, “blind alleys”, astronomy, and special relativity.
|DHC 399: INTERDISCIPLINARY HONORS SEMINAR|
Animals: Human and Nonhuman
This course surveys of the history of human views toward nonhuman animals and the theoretical basis of interspecies obligations, including a study of specific issues such as meat eating, animal experimentation, and the treatment of wildlife.
In this course, we will investigate how punishment, including the death penalty, is rationally justified. We will come to see that how we punish is the result of complex historical and social forces, and we will evaluate whether the supposedly rational basis for punishment is used in the service of baser and more idiosyncratic motivations.
|DHC 401: HONORS CAPSTONE SEMINAR|
Dr. Gerry Stacy, English
Students learn the skills and techniques for the presentation of the results of arts and humanities research. Each student prepares a draft of their DHC thesis or artist's statement for their creative project as part of their coursework.
|DHC 497: HONORS THESIS AND/OR CREATIVE PROJECT|
|Completion of honors thesis or creative project. Students must complete a thesis or creative project approved by their faculty advisor and the DHC director and present at SOURCE to receive credit for the course.|
|SHP 301: ELEMENTS OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH|
The process of science from a multi-disciplinary perspective, including the historical development of scientific methods and reasoning, effective experimental design, and the interpretation of measurements. Currently taught in spring quarter.
|SHP 401: SCIENCE HONORS CAPSTONE SEMINAR|
Skills and techniques for communicating the results of scientific research. Student prepare the final draft of their Science Honors Thesis as part of the coursework. Prerequisite: SHP 301. Currently taught in fall quarter
|SHP 497: SCIENCE HONORS THESIS|
Completion of Science honors thesis. Strategies for effective oral presentation of scientific work will also be covered. Students must present results of Science Honors project at SOURCE. Prerequisites: SHP 401. Taught in spring quarter
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (October 1, 2012) -- The William O. Douglas Honors College (DHC) at Central Washin