HONR 300A/N MEDICINE AS SCIENCE/MEDICINE AS ART 4 SEM HRS GOODMAN/DAVIS
Team-taught by a biologist and a literature professor, Medicine as Science/Medicine as Art will explore disease from two different points of view. Biology is the study of who we are as organisms and literature is the study of our own creativity. This course will combine these perspectives. One course goal is to synthesize these perspectives. We'll devote time to studying the science of disease and normal physiology: using microscopy to observe the structural morphology of normal and abnormal cells, observing the anatomy of whole organisms to understand the connections between soft and bony structures, and examining the physiology of perception through a series of laboratory exercises. But the relationship between a doctor and patient is more than blood values and anatomy slides. That relationship is verbal and textual, a matter of listening to stories, interpreting a patient=s language and symbols, and learning to understand the experience of disease from the inside. That kind of empathic understanding is enriched by literature: Franz Kafka's fiction, Susan Sontag's essays, and Walt Whitman's poems. In practice, the class will move back and forth between a biology lab and a literature classroom, using electron microscopy to learn how cancer cells replicate themselves, for instance, and then turning to Margaret Edson's play Wit to see how a cancer patient experiences that disease and preserves, in the midst of affliction, a sense of her own humanness.
HONR 300H CULTURE INDUSTRY 4 SEM HRS MARTINEZ-SAENZ/PROCTOR
Co-taught by a philosopher and an historian, Culture Industry will trace the development of Enlightenment theory, political formations, and cultural production through the 18th and 19th centuries before turning to its moment of crisis in 1930s and 1940s Germany. By an examination of the politicized use of art and propaganda by the Nazi party, the class will examine the promises and limits of enlightenment notions of liberty, mass culture, and rationalism. The course will require students to engage fully in readings, discussions, and written reactions.
HONR 300Q SACRED MATHEMATICS 4 SEM HRS ASHTON
A labyrinth is a meandering but purposeful circular path, from the edge to the center and back out again, large enough to be walked into. It is a spiritual tool that has been used by ancient and modern peoples to help the walker find healing and wholeness. In this course, the labyrinth will be used as a recurring theme and as pedagogical design for the structure of the course. During the course we will visit and walk a labyrinth in Grailville, Ohio, and design and build our own full-size path. Our journey will lead us to an understanding of how many different cultures use mathematics to help them encounter the Divine. Your grade in the course will be based upon frequent writing assignments, journal entries and a final group project.
Prerequisite: Mathematics Placement Level 22.
HONR 300R BIOETHICS 4 SEM HRS NELSON
This seminar introduces students to basic concepts and contemporary discussions in bioethics. Topics may include organ procurement, abortion, reproductive technologies, euthanasia, use of human subjects in research, genetic engineering, cloning and stem cell research, autonomy, consent, truth telling and deception, confidentiality, access to health care, rationing, allocation of scarce resources, use of animals in research, and environmental concerns. Readings from a wide variety of disciplines - medicine, law, economics, and literature as well as philosophical and religious ethics. Oral presentations and papers will develop students' ability to identify moral issues, analyze moral arguments, and make and defend moral judgments.