Courses

Humans Among Animals

KHC AN 101 (4 credits)

This course examines some of the ways humans understand (other) animals, and how we use animals to understand ourselves. Considering wild, herded, and domestic species, we ask what is known and unknown about animal thought, feeling, and communication; (2) what humans assume, believe, and imagine about these knowns and unknowns; and (3) what roles language and culture play in these understandings in contemporary societies variously engaged in hunting, herding, farming, and pet keeping. We will see how the lines people draw between humans and animals, or culture and nature, get redrawn - for psychological, political, and other reasons -- and explore where they blur in the light of new discoveries, and in the twists and turns of story and humor. Case material on selected species, human languages and societies will come from various settings in Africa, Europe, and North America. Our approach is interdisciplinary, drawing on anthropology, history, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and zoology. Findings will have practical, legal, and ethical implications, bearing on some of the most pressing issues of our time. CAS Divisional Assignment: SS; KHC Assignment: SS

2017SPRGKHCAN101 A1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 2:30 pm 3:20 pm KHC 114

The Lives of Others: The Power, Politics, and Ethics of Storytelling

KHC AN 102 (4 credits)

This course digs deep into the power of stories and storytelling in four overlapping ways. First, we will consider how various disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences use stories of particular people to advance their general explanations about the world. Engaging texts from classics, philosophy, anthropology, history, narrative journalism, psychoanalysis, biology, and neuroscience, students will consider the strengths and limitations of stories to gain insights into the concepts, methods, and theoretical contributions of these disciplines. Next, we move beyond an exploration of stories in the service of disciplinary knowledge and reflect on the broader ethical and political dimensions of storytelling. Third, we will take a brief look into the deployment of storytelling in applied contexts and professional practices, drawing from examples in narrative medicine and restorative justice. Finally, we will interrogate assertions that storytelling belongs to traditional societies, and that science has eclipsed storytelling in modern societies, by investigating the recent resurgence of public storytelling through programs like The Moth, StoryCorps, and This American Life in order to think through the role of storytelling in contemporary public culture. CAS Divisional Assignment: SS or HU; KHC Assignment: HU

2016FALLKHCAN102 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 11:00 am CAS 220

Broken Bones, Buried Bodies: Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights

KHC AR 101 (4 credits)

Over the course of its historical development, forensic anthropology has moved from a peripheral application of biological anthropology to a full- fledged specialty in its own right. Contemporary forensic anthropologists work in contexts around the globe on cases which vary in scope and complexity. While some instances involve natural disasters, many forensic anthropologists work in contexts which are the direct result of political conflict, state-sponsored violence, and/or genocide. Often couched in a framework of human rights, forensic anthropologists have made significant contributions to multiple stakeholders including surviving kin of victimized individuals. (4 credits) CAS Divisional Assignment: SS; KHC Assignment: SS

Climate Change in Massachusetts

KHC BI 101 (4 credits)

Henry David Thoreau spent decades observing and recording the natural history of Concord and other sites in Massachusetts. This course will place his work within the context of modern climate change research. Readings will include both Thoreau's works as well as research papers comparing the observations of Thoreau and other historical data sets with modern observations. In order to gain an appreciation of the process whereby science is communicated to the public, attention will also be given to the way in which these scientific papers have been presented in the magazines and newspapers. During weekend field trips, we will visit sites where Thoreau's research was carried out; including Walden Pond, the Minute Man National Historical Site, the Great Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Estabrook Woods. Other possible field sites include the Blue Hills Observatory (origin of the oldest continuous weather records in the U.S.), the Concord Free Library and the Thoreau Institute (where Thoreau documents are held), the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain (where old photographs and plant specimens are housed), Manomet Bird Observatory (on a day when birds are being banded), Mt. Auburn Cemetery (where large numbers of bird watchers track bird movements), and the Massachusetts State Laboratory (where mosquito numbers are tracked). CAS Divisional Assignment: NS without lab; KHC Assignment: STEM

2016FALLKHCBI101 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 2:00 pm 3:30 pm BRB 219

Constant Flux: Media and Communication from Telegraph to Twitter

KHC CM 103 (4 credits)

Students will explore the media environment and analyze the impact of technology and information on their lives. Studies will highlight the development of technology over time, assessing how governments, economies and social beliefs were changed in unexpected ways. Students will perform research that uses information from their academic majors as a foundation for examining the role media play in their lives and society. Assessing how the liberal arts, sciences, business and communication have changed with inventions such as the printing press, telegraph, television and computers will encourage students to consider the widespread impact of technology on the historical development of civilization. CAS Divisional Assignment: SS; KHC Assignment: SS

2017SPRGKHCCM103 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 12:30 pm 1:45 pm KHC 114

Financial Crises -- Past, Present, and Future

KHC EC 101 (4 credits)

The course will focus on six big problems -- the financial system, the healthcare system, the retirement system, the tax system, the environment, and inequality in a serial fashion. Each topic will feature several introductory lectures, group discussions, presentations by outside speakers, and the presentation of reform proposals by teams of students. There will be a heavy emphasis on international comparisons. The analysis of the specific topics will be proceeded with a general discussion of the status of the U.S. economy, its long-term fiscal policy, it's history of declining rates of saving and investment, its competitive position in the world, its environmental pressures, and its growing economic and social inequality. CAS Divisional Assignment: SS; KHC Assignment: SS

2016FALLKHCEC101 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 9:30 am 11:00 am COM 213

Ethical Dilemmas I

KHC HC 301 (4 credits)

This course explores how we investigate nature, art, society and their interconnections. It does so by examining and juxtaposing the practices of three disciplines. Each section focuses on a specific problem in one of these fields while also considering the general questions of what we know, how we know it, and what knowledge means. Throughout the semester, we consider fundamental ethical, social, and aesthetic issues posed by the relationship of human beings to each other, nature, and works of art. The central concern in this class is to understand how and why people make decisions in complex circumstances; how they take or fail to take responsibility for their outcomes, and how they respond when gross mistakes are made by others or indeed by themselves.

2016FALLKHCHC301 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
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MWF 9:00 am 10:00 am LAW AUD
2016FALLKHCHC301 B1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
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F 1:00 pm 2:00 pm CAS 204B
2016FALLKHCHC301 B2, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
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F 1:00 pm 2:00 pm CAS 228
2016FALLKHCHC301 B3, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
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F 3:00 pm 4:00 pm KCB 102
2016FALLKHCHC301 B4, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
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F 3:00 pm 4:00 pm MUG 203
2016FALLKHCHC301 B5, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
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F 2:00 pm 3:00 pm PSY B49
2016FALLKHCHC301 B6, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
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F 2:00 pm 3:00 pm SED 406
2016FALLKHCHC301 C1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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ARR TBD TBD

Ethical Dilemmas II

KHC HC 302 (4 credits)

This course explores how we investigate nature, art, society and their interconnections. It does so by examining and juxtaposing the practices of three disciplines. Each section focuses on a specific problem in one of these fields while also considering the general questions of what we know, how we know it, and what knowledge means. Throughout the semester, we consider fundamental ethical, social, and aesthetic issues posed by the relationship of human beings to each other, nature, and works of art. The central concern in this class is to understand how and why people make decisions in complex circumstances; how they take or fail to take responsibility for their outcomes, and how they respond when gross mistakes are made by others or indeed by themselves.

2017SPRGKHCHC302 A1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
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MWF 9:05 am 9:55 am KCB 101
2017SPRGKHCHC302 B1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
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F 12:20 pm 1:10 pm KCB 107
2017SPRGKHCHC302 B2, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
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F 2:30 pm 3:20 pm KCB 104
2017SPRGKHCHC302 B3, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
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F 4:40 pm 5:30 pm EPC 203
2017SPRGKHCHC302 B4, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
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F 1:25 pm 2:15 pm KCB 104
2017SPRGKHCHC302 C1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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The Process of Discovery

KHC HC 401 (4 credits)

This one-semester course explores the structure of the discovery process, focusing on how researchers embed imaginative questions in viable research projects and balance creative ambition with intellectual modesty. The course is designed to guide students through the challenge of designing their senior research projects through common readings of field-changing research across disciplines, individual and group project analysis, and intensive writing exercises. Together with KHC faculty and a faculty adviser of their own choosing, students will learn how to capture the explanatory power of an imaginative leap in clear language accessible to anyone outside their chosen discipline.

2016FALLKHCHC401 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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T 9:00 am 12:00 pm KHC 114
2016FALLKHCHC401 A2, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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W 1:00 pm 4:00 pm KHC 114
2016FALLKHCHC401 A3, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
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M 9:00 am 12:00 pm KHC 114
2017SPRGKHCHC401 A1, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
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W 3:30 pm 6:15 pm JSC 107
2017SPRGKHCHC401 A2, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
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F 8:00 am 10:45 am SED 210
2017SPRGKHCHC401 A3, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
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T 8:00 am 10:45 am SED 210

Innovation, Culture and Society I

KHC HC 501 (2 credits)

In this class we will discuss some of the landmark essays that anticipate and critique the modern technological and media revolution (McLuhan, Foucault), as well as identify key historical moments of tension when innovation sparked important paradigmatic shifts or cataclysmic cultural repercussions (Gutenberg, Galileo, Oppenheimer). We will extend the discussion to identify key disruptive moments in business (in automobile manufacturing, regulation of safety standards, and technology), and relevant global issues by looking at the accelerated pace of technological change in Asia--using India as an informant-- and its effect on culture. Finally, we will consider two celebrated urban examples--fin-de-siècle Vienna and post-World War II New York--where many lines of innovation converged, fundamentally changing the culture and society of the metropolis. Students will work together in small groups to identify and discuss the ongoing relationship between innovation and culture. They will present their findings through classroom discussion and written work.

2016FALLKHCHC501 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 1:00 pm 4:00 pm CGS 111A
2016FALLKHCHC501 A2, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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T 9:00 am 12:00 pm CGS 117A
2016FALLKHCHC501 A3, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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R 1:00 pm 4:00 pm SED 210
2016FALLKHCHC501 A4, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 9:30 am 12:30 pm KHC 114

Innovation, Culture and Society II

KHC HC 502 (2 credits)

This course builds on the principles and skills developed in KHC HC 501.

2017SPRGKHCHC502 A2, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 8:00 am 10:45 am EPC 206
2017SPRGKHCHC502 A3, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
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F 11:15 am 2:00 pm PSY B53
2017SPRGKHCHC502 A4, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
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R 8:00 am 10:45 am KCB 102

Keystone

KHC HC 503 (2 credits)

Keystone independent study.

2016FALLKHCHC503 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 A2, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 A3, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 A4, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 A5, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 A6, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 A7, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 A8, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 A9, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 B1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 B2, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 B3, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 B4, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 B5, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 B6, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 B7, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 B8, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 B9, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 C1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 C2, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 C3, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 C4, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 C5, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 C6, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 C7, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 C8, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 C9, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 D1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 D2, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 D3, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 D4, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 D5, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 D6, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 D7, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 D8, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 D9, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 E1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 E2, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 E3, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 E4, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 E5, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 E6, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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2016FALLKHCHC503 E7, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
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Keystone

KHC HC 504 (2 credits)

Keystone independent study.

2017SPRGKHCHC504 A1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 A2, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 A3, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 A4, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 A5, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 A6, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 A7, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 A8, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 A9, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 B1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 B2, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 B3, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 B4, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 B5, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 B6, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 B7, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 B8, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 B9, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 C1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 C2, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 C3, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 C4, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 C5, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 C6, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 C7, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 C8, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 C9, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 D1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 D2, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 D3, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 D5, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 D6, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 D7, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 D8, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 D9, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 E1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 E2, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 E3, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 E4, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 E5, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 E6, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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2017SPRGKHCHC504 E7, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
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Freedom of Expression in the United States

KHC LW 103 (4 credits)

This seminar will take a multi-layered approach to the concept of freedom of expression embedded in the first amendment to the US constitution. The first amendment states that "Congress Shall Make No Law Abridging the Freedom of Speech or of the Press". What does it mean? We shall explore the theories underlying the principle that speech should be protected and the various Supreme Court cases that address this issue. We shall discuss whether the first amendment applies only to congress or also to the states, whether it addresses only political speech or may be extended to such subjects as artistic expression, obscenity, defamation or racist speech and whether it may be extended to certain activities such as flag burning. We shall also address the question of how much protection the amendment, as interpreted by the Court, extends to the press.

2016FALLKHCLW103 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 3:30 pm 5:00 pm JSC 107

Language and Migration

KHC LX 101 (4 credits)

This course examines the role of language in immigration and the sociolinguistic consequences of global population movements. Considers bidirectional contact effects; historical developments such as language maintenance, death, and revitalization; and a diverse range of immigrants, including asylum seekers and international adoptees.

2017SPRGKHCLX101 A1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 9:05 am 9:55 am FLR 133

World Music in Global Culture

KHC MU 103 (4 credits)

This course will delve into the musical thought, cultural practices, and performance traditions of the shadow play music (gender wayang) from Bali, Indonesia, and Hindustani classical music of North India. Students will learn through a dynamic interface with performance, internalizing these interlocking musical patterns and rich, harmonic resonances. In addition, the course will introduce critical themes that have an impact on musical cultures including globalization, diaspora, transnational dissemination of culture, and appropriation in new contexts. Students will read widely in these areas of inquiry, discuss the readings together in class, and conduct original research, which they will present to the class.

2017SPRGKHCMU103 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 10:45 am CFA B36

The Neurobiology of Memory

KHC NE 101 (4 credits)

Students in this course will be immersed in the process of the scientific endeavor by conducting an experiment in the field of behavioral neuroscience -- from conception to publication. To this end, all students will have an opportunity to conduct behavioral testing, neurosurgery, and histological analysis of brains. Students are expected lead and participate in weekly journal discussions, and to prepare a scientific manuscript. Generally, the course will focus on a systems-level approach to the neurobiology of memory, and in particular on the role of the hippocampal memory system. Because of the emphasis on scientific process, the course will focus on topics most germane to our experiment. The course will include instructor-led lecture/discussions, laboratory preparation and discussion, and student-led discussions.

American Bioethics

KHC PH 101 (4 credits)

Bioethics is the systematic study of the moral dimensions of the life sciences and health care. We will examine various approaches to moral dilemmas, including deontological, utilitarian, and pragmatic methods, as well as the human rights and social justice paradigms. American bioethics is often outcome-oriented, and reflects and magnifies four deeply- ingrained American characteristics: we are individualistic, technology- driven, death-denying, and wasteful. These characteristics make "reforming" American healthcare extremely contentious. This introductory course addresses a wide variety of bioethics challenges in the context of American life and politics, from assisted conception to assisted death, from day-to-day medical care to extreme medical research, from brain death to life-saving organ transplantation, emphasizing how decisions are actually made in the US medical care setting, and the central roles of informed consent and legal liability. The Affordable Care Act, especially opposition to some of its provisions that are grounded in religious freedom, philosophy, and conscious objection, will be explored. Trying to understand how American bioethics "works," and why our "best in the world" healthcare system is so resistant to change, will be constant challenges in this seminar. CAS Divisional Assignment: SS; KHC Assignment: SS

2016FALLKHCPH101 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 8:00 am 9:30 am CGS 111B

Seeing Poverty

KHC PH 103 (4 credits)

This course offers students the opportunity to explore the complex issues of American poverty through multiple disciplines and approaches. As a course in the Kilachand Honor's College, Seeing Poverty will utilize multiple sources of information for students to examine the historical, political, and public health "view" of poverty. This multi-disciplinary approach will allow students the opportunity to discover for themselves the "truth" or "truths" of what it means to be poor in America today. Students will think about stories that are told about the poor -- who is doing the telling? How are the poor depicted? Lastly, this course will expose students to my work in five of the poorest cities in Massachusetts (Chelsea, Holyoke, Springfield, Lawrence, and New Bedford) with young adult and teenage mothers. By developing a deep understanding of the causes and sustainers of poverty, it is my hope that students will become critical assessors of the depiction of the poor in popular media, and indeed become advocates for the poor. CAS Divisional Assignment: SS; KHC Assignment: SS

2016FALLKHCPH103 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 12:00 pm 1:30 pm KCB 104

How to Chg Wrld

KHC PO 102 (4 credits)

2017SPRGKHCPO102 A1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 2:30 pm 4:15 pm CGS 117B