Spring Courses 2013
HNRS 265.01 - The Land as Art
Instructor: Prof. Tracy Hamilton; TR 3:00 - 4:15 PM
We will study how – through decoration, manipulation, or depiction – cultures respond to the land and objects that populate it. A portion of this course will take place outside of the classroom as we consider our environment in terms of how others have viewed and shaped it. Not only will we analyze the manner in which our own spaces have been constructed, the students and I will take advantage of and even manipulate the lands of Sweet Briar, creating examples of environmental art, some large some small, some ephemeral some “permanent” in a series of “hands-on” works.
HNRS 269.01 - New York City in Literature and Art
Instructor: Cheryl Mares; MW 1:30 - 2:45 PM
This course explores how writers' and artists' richly varied interpretations of New York from the mid-19th century to the present have helped to shape our own "cognitive maps" of the city. The variety of different New Yorks in the literary and artistic works we will be considering conveys a sense of the city's cosmopolitanism and emergence as a world metropolis. Topics include immigration, segregation and mobility, cosmopolitanism and the neighborhood, queer New York, and postmodernism. V2
First-year Honors Seminars
HNRS 112.01 – What is this Thing Called Love?
Instructor: Professor Debbie Durham; TR 1:30 - 2:45 PM
We will explore different forms of love in different times and places, and look at how different disciplines approach the study of love. From the philosophical discourses on love in Plato’s Symposium, to the ecstasy of St. Theresa, to the role of love in family life across cultures, and to the global reach of Valentine’s Day, we bring perspectives from anthropology, literary studies, history, philosophy, religion, psychology, and marketing.
HNRS 111.01: From Corporations to Clones: the Ethics of Personhood
Instructor: Professor Lynn Laufenberg; MW 1:30 - 2:45 PM
We often define “persons” only biologically, Homo sapiens sapiens. Yet the word applies to non-human entities (corporations), while some humans have been denied “personhood” (women and slaves). Many current legal and ethical controversies concern the “personhood” of fetuses, animals, etc. This course combines philosophical, historical, and legal perspectives on who (or what) should be granted the status and rights of “personhood.”
HNRS 138.01: Drugs
Instructor: Professor Jill Granger; TR 9:00 - 1:15 AM
Taking a biochemical approach to the topic of drugs, students are introduced to molecular structures and functions, the impact that drugs have on human systems and behaviors, as well as implications for society. Feature drugs, classes of drugs, properties, and pharmacology will be discussed. Research skills in terms of literature review will be applied and writing will be practiced.
Departments with multiple sections of regularly offered introductory courses may offer one of the sections as an Honors Section.
Students interested in taking an Honors variant of a regular departmental course should contact the course instructor. To enroll in an Honors variant, students must submit an Honors Variant Contract to the registrar by the add deadline.