Introductory Special Topics (190’s and 290’s) (Spring 2022)

BIO 290 0, Marine Biology
Professor Whitenack
Credits: 4
An introduction to the biology of marine organisms, and the physiological traits and ecological relationships that influence the marine ecosystem. We consider how the interactions between organisms and their physical and biological environment (other organisms) affect the distribution and abundance of populations and ecosystems. We also take a comparative approach to the diversity of physiological systems that have evolved in different marine organisms to meet the environmental challenges they face (energy, water balance, reproduction, gas exchange, defense). Multiple lectures and one discussion period per week.
Prerequisites: None

ECON 190, Entrepreneurial Finance
Professor Allison
Credits: 2
The study of business formation funding unique to the entrepreneurial financial ecosystem, such as family investing, economic development grants, angel investing, and venture capital investing. Students study how these funding sources operate and, in the context of developing a business plan, learn business valuation methodologies, prepare pro forma financial statements, and develop an investor presentation.
Prerequisites: None

ENGL 290, Women Writing Their Sexual Experience: intersections of Feminism and Writing
Abbreviated Title: Women Writing
Professor M. Christmas
Credits: 4
A study of feminism and writing. This course explores how political realities intersect with literary possibilities as women pen and give language to sexual experience. Themes include: sexual violence, lesbianism, virginity, reproductive justice, and motherhood. Texts contain emotionally and intellectually challenging materials by both formative and contemporary feminist and BIPOC theorists.

GHS 290 M1, Anthropology of Food
Abbreviated Title: Anth of Food
Professor Runestad
Credits: 4
An examination of food and foodways from an anthropological perspective. With attention to the interplay between biology, culture, and power, students explore the myriad of ways in which food-related behaviors influence human health. Core principles for the course are food safety, security, sovereignty, sustainability, and sociality. Using those lenses, students explore foods as medicines or poisons, the relationship between differential access to resources and health, the importance of the power and representation in making changes to food systems to support community health, tensions between maintaining worker health and the food supply, and the ways in which relationships and identities are forged and maintained through ritual and shared cuisines. This course will fill an elective requirement for GHS majors and minors in Cultures and Society.
Prerequisites: GHS 130

HIST 190, Law and Democracy in Ancient Greece
Abbreviated Title: Law and Democracy in Greece
Professor J. Herrman
Credits: 4
An examination of legal and political ideals and practices in ancient Greece, with a particular focus on classical Athens, the birthplace of democracy. Topics include the emergence of the
concept of justice in archaic Greece, the institutional structure of the political system in classical Athens, and attitudes towards politics and justice as reflected in drama and philosophy.
Special attention is paid to the rule of law and the role of the courts, with close studies of prosecution and defense speeches from Athenian trials.

HIST, 191, Women and Gender in Rome
Professor R. Orttung
Credits: 4
An investigation into the presentation and performance of gender roles and sexuality in the Greco-Roman world, from 5th-century Greece through the Roman Empire of the 2nd century CE. Students examine the challenges of studying the people sidelined or misrepresented in the literary and historical record and those who defy traditional gender roles, from the Imperial family to sex workers and slaves. Through literary, documentary, mythological and medical writing, as well as visual and archaeological evidence, students assess ancient assumptions concerning gender attributes and roles in ancient Mediterranean society. 

PHIL 290 0, Thinking After Darwin
Professor Jackson
Credits: 4
An examination of European and American thought concerning human significance, ethics, and life’s meaning as re-conceived after the mid-nineteenth century, particularly in the light of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. Nihilists, pragmatists and existentialists from the late-Nineteenth Century to the mid-Twentieth Century are at the focus of this study of the ethical, political, and personal implications drawn from the acceptance of the new theory.
Prerequisites: None

PSYCH/WGSS 290, Let’s Talk About Sex: Sexuality, Relationships, and Consent
Abbreviated Title: Sex, Relationship, Consent
Professors J. Hellwarth and J. Searle-White
Credits: 4
An in-depth exploration of sexuality, relationships, and consent in the context of the current cultural, psychological, and political climate in the U.S. and at Allegheny College. This course is designed for students who want to give substantial thought to clarifying their own sexual and relationship ethics. The format will be seminar discussion, student presentations, and exercises that will help students understand how public discourse around sexuality impacts their individual choices.

WGSS 190 M1, Writing, Radical Love, and Resistance
Short Title: Writing, Love, Resistance
Professor Caballero
Credits: 4
A study of love, resistance, and writing. In this class students will read and discuss poets and spoken-word artists and how they connect their writing to ideas of love and collective resistance. We will consider how writers understand their craft and texts to create social worlds around ideas of a radical and loving world. Through the lenses of intersectional feminist-queer writers and practitioners, we will consider how poetry, spoken word, and other modes of writing can foster spaces of community, love, and social resistance.
Prerequisites: None
To be taught 22/SP Module 1