Courses

  • KHC AH 101: (MIS)REPRESENTING HISTORY IN ART
    An examination of the ways that historical events have been depicted by artists from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on the intentional misrepresentation of events ("fake news") to serve the needs of the artists' patrons, usually ruling elites. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Historical Consciousness
  • KHC AN 103: Animals among Humans
    This course, "Animals among Humans," complements a hitherto existing course, KHC AN 101, Human among Animals." Comparing and contrasting humans and (other) animals, It explores the relations between them, with emphasis on the experiences of the nonhuman animals themselves. [The other course, Humans among Animals, also explores human-animal comparisons, contrasts, and interactions, but it does so with emphasis on the experiences of the humans involved.] This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Critical Thinking.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Critical Thinking
  • KHC AS 101: The Pluto Saga: Interactions Between Science, Society, Art and Religion
    The change in Pluto's status as a planet generated controversies within the non-science community that far exceeded those among astronomers. This seminar explores the science behind the decision and the varied roles of evidence in reaching conclusions. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry II, Quantitative Reasoning II, Critical Thinking.
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Quantitative Reasoning II
    • Critical Thinking
  • KHC AS 102: Energy: The history of a concept
    Traces the development of the concept of energy from the 17th century till today. Explores how the concept of energy and the conservation of energy are central to our current understanding of the physical and biological worlds and the universe. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Scientific Inquiry I.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Scientific Inquiry I
  • KHC BI 101: Climate Change Biology in Massachusetts: What Would Henry Say?
    This course will place Thoreau and Walden within the context of modern climate change biology research. Students will read Walden concurrently with papers on climate change and recent books to appreciate how Thoreau anticipated many modern climate change issues. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I, Critical Thinking.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Critical Thinking
  • KHC CH 140: The Material World
    Discussion of how matter (gas, liquid, solid) is cycled within the earth's systems in the context of human use of the earth's resources and contemporary concerns about sustainability e.g. ozone layer, rare-earth elements, hydrocarbon combustion, potable water, plastic recycling This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Ethical Reasoning, Critical Thinking.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Critical Thinking
  • KHC EK 103: Mechanics on the Charles River Esplanade
    An introduction to mechanics, the science of motion, using examples visible on the Charles River Esplanade. Introduction to the concept of force, and to the concepts of mass, momentum, and energy, and their conservation. Students will learn to apply these conservation laws together with dimensional analysis, scaling, and order of magnitude estimation, to a variety of physical systems in and around the Charles River Esplanade. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
  • KHC FT 102: UnAmerican Cinema
    This course seeks to understand American film history in light of one set of events: the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings on communism in the film industry and the resulting industry blacklist. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • KHC HC 301: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Challenges I
    Climate change is one of the biggest environmental, social, political and technical challenges humanity will face over the next century. We ask: What is climate change? How has the world's climate changed over time? How did scientists identify climate change and develop consensus about its causes and likely effects? What are the likely consequences of climate change in different regions of the world? How have people thought about and responded to climate change? What can be done to reduce the production of greenhouse gases and mitigate the impact of climate change? Who bears moral responsibility for climate change? The course uses a variety of disciplinary approaches -- humanities, social science, and science -- to address these questions.
  • KHC HC 302: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Challenges II
    What is health and wellness, and do these terms mean the same thing in various scholarly disciplines and to human beings across the globe? How can we promote health around the world as well as in our own cities and homes? How do different fields -- namely engineering, public health, and cultural studies -- approach questions about health and wellness? This course will seek to break down the barriers that divide academic work from work in the so-called "real world." We offer a problem-based curriculum rooted in actual cases, and students in interdisciplinary teams will confront challenges in global health and develop practical solutions.
  • KHC HC 401: The Process of Discovery
    This course introduces students to a variety of research methodologies, including qualitative and quantitative research techniques, data analysis and visualization, and interdisciplinary strategies relevant to students in all disciplines. The course material will be couched in a provocative current issue, such as urban development or gun violence in an effort to engage students in robust conversation.
  • KHC HC 450: Proposal Workshop: Keystone Project Colloquium
    The Keystone Project -- its formulation and design - is at the heart of this course. KHC HC 450 will help students develop a research question or goal, design a feasible project, secure an appropriate advisor, and write a convincing project proposal. Students will also learn oral presentation skills and how to present the significance of their projects in clear language that non-specialists can understand. The Keystone Project Colloquium is required of all students pursing the Kilachand Keystone Project, and is optional for students fulfilling the Kilachand Research Requirement through other pathways.
  • KHC HC 501: Innovation, Culture and Society I
    In this course, students consider the broader implications of their research and develop strategies to present their work to a general audience.
  • KHC HC 502: Innovation, Culture and Society II
    In this course, students consider the broader implications of their research and develop strategies to present their work to a general audience.
  • KHC HC 503: Keystone
    Keystone independent study.
  • KHC HC 504: Keystone
    Keystone independent study.
  • KHC HI 102: The Culture of World War I
    Studies World War I through works of literature, art, and music. Themes include initial optimism, the brutal reality of the trenches, and consequences of the peace. Works by Owen, Sassoon, Brooke, Kandinsky, Picasso, Grosz, Stravinsky, Butterworth, Freud, West, J?nger, C?line. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Historical Consciousness
  • KHC LW 102: Mar,Fam,Gen
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • KHC MD 101: Fractured Lives and Bodies: Forensic Anthropology, Disasters, and Human Rights
    This course will explore the roles and responsibilities of forensic anthropology - a sub-discipline of anthropology that addresses medico-legal issues - in the context of global disasters, forced and voluntary displacements and migrations, and human rights. Namely, what are the varied geopolitical contexts in which forensic anthropologists participate in humanitarian response? What are the ethical issues involved in humanitarian work? How does forensic science in global human rights contexts differ from local applications? How can forensic anthropology contribute to post- disaster recovery? This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Scientific Inquiry I, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Critical Thinking.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Critical Thinking
  • KHC MU 104: Race, Gender, Music, and the Making of Latin America
    Students will examine the relationship between musical practice and ideas of race and gender in Latin America from the 16th century to the present day, with particular focus on the process by which music is enlisted in nationalist projects. They will consider the ways in which music dramatizes gender roles and relations -- of attraction, repulsion, and separation -- among people of European, African, Amerindian, and mixed descent in Latin American societies and discover music's role in projects of missionization, racial "whitening," cultural nationalism, and cultural tourism. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Research and Information Literacy