Advanced Special Topics Courses (490′s)
Spring, 2014, Offerings
Courses numbered in the 490′s are offered only once and focus on a specialized topic. Typically, 490′s are not appropriate for first-year students.
Biology 490, Parasitology. MWF 11-11:50; recitation M 1:30 -2:45.
A study of the biology of parasites of animals and how they interact with their hosts from both a medical and an evolutionary perspective. We focus on eukaryotic parasites, particularly protozoans and animals that infect humans, with an emphasis on understanding parasite life history and transmission routes. The evolutionary theories behind parasitology, including host-parasite co-evolution and the evolution of virulence, are also explored. Three lectures and one discussion per week. Prerequisite: Biology 221.
Economics 490: Urban Economics. MWF 9-9:50.
A study of the economic forces leading to the existence of cities and the economic problems faced by urban areas. Topics include the development of cities, land use patterns, firm location, urban congestion and transportation, crime, housing, urban decay, the role of local government, and public policy. Prerequisite: Economics 200.
History 490: African Environmental History. TTh 3-4:15.
An examination of the landscapes of Africa and the ways the landscapes both shaped and have been shaped by human beings. Africa is sometimes portrayed as a continent with serious environmental problems, a view that our examination complicates not only by interrogating Western systems of knowledge but also by appreciating Africans’ views of their landscapes, which are often related to their social identities. The assigned books and articles push us to consider how gender, generations, beliefs, economics, and political power are involved in environmental issues both rural and urban.
History 491, The Hundred Years War, MW 11-12:15.
This course requires the instructor’s permission. Students who need a junior seminar in History should consult Professor Lyons about whether this course is appropriate for their needs.
An examination of the struggle between England and France in the 14th and 15th centuries. We explore the dynastic dispute over the French throne between the English royal house of Plantagenet and the French royal house of Valois. Among the topics considered are the battles that characterized the struggle, the personalities and capabilities of military and political leaders, the principles of chivalry, the development of strategy and tactics, and the rise of the mercenary. Prerequisites: History 105 or 301 or 303, and permission of the instructor.
Interdisciplinary Studies (INTDS) 490: Cognitive Humanities: Interdisciplinary Explorations of Passion and Affect. TTh 1:30-2:45.
Professors Caballero and Knupsky
An interdisciplinary approach to research and scholarship that examines the humanistic and empirical concepts of affect, emotion, and “the passions” using the newly developed lens of the cognitive humanities. Beginning in the 18th century with philosophers and writers of the Enlightenment and moving into psychological studies, we explore the methods and models of various perspectives on how we interpret and perceive feeling. Literary examples such as Charlotte Dacre, Edmund Burke, and William Wordsworth and psychological models of emotion from a cognitive-social perspective are the foundational works we study. These texts are juxtaposed with and inform interpretations of one another.
Math 490: Introduction to Computability Theory. TTh 1:30-2:45.
The study of sets and functions that an idealized computer (without restrictions of time or memory) can compute and the theoretical limits of computation. We study several approaches that formalize the notion of computability, and their equivalence, leading to the Church-Turing Thesis that these formalizations capture the intuitive notion of computability. Other topics include the halting problem and other undecidable problems, relative computability, and degrees of unsolvability. Prerequisite: Math 205.
Political Science 490, Democracy and Civil Society in Comparative Perspective. TTh 9:30-10:45.
A comparative investigation of democratic practices in public life. We focus on two fundamental elements of democracy, participation and accountability, which are integrally related to most concepts of civil society, and consider how people participate in politics and hold leaders accountable in different parts of the world—in both “democratic” and “non-democratic” societies. We consider the different ways in which “civil society” is conceived and practiced in both Western and non-Western contexts. We particularly examine the relationship between civil society and democracy, in theory and in the “real world.”
Psychology 490: Applied Neuropsychology. TTh 9:30-10:45.
A survey of brain anatomy, functional domains, and the assessment and treatment of neuropsychological disorders including developmental disorders, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and dementia. Topics incorporate an applied, clinical focus including the administration and interpretation of neuropsychological assessments. Prerequisites: Psych 206, and one of Neuro 110 or Psych 154, 172, 360, or 411.
Women’s Studies 490, Critical Perspectives in Global Women’s Health. TTh 9:30-10:45.
An overview of global women’s health issues and the theoretical foundations for framing those issues. We examine the systemic and cultural barriers that prevent access to health care and well-being as well as how professionals, community justice workers, and women themselves advocate for more than mere access. We synthesize approaches in women’s studies, global health, political science, environmental studies, sociology, anthropology, political economies, art, and history to think transnationally about global women’s health. Particular attention is paid to medical and development models of care, education, reproduction/sexual health, the environment, and sex work. Prerequisite: Women’s Studies 100.