HONR 300A: Hitchcock's Cinema
Prerequisite: Permission required by Honors Program.
Don't get in the shower! Actually, you probably won't be afraid of taking a shower after dissecting the editing of the famous scene in Psycho, and you'll also have a much better sense of the real cinema of Alfred Hitchcock. Many viewers familiar only with Psycho and The Birds don't realize that they are late and somewhat anomalous entries in the great director's oeuvre. The real Hitchcock is about suspense, yes, but even more about questions of romance, trust, morality, insecurity, and self-definition. And all these issues are explored in visual images, words, music, and symbolism that make Hitchcock truly worthy of his label as auteur (we'll learn about that, too). Furthermore, Hitchcock’s career spans the silent era, the studio era, and the rise of independent filmmaking, allowing us an opportunity to learn firsthand about the historical and technological shifts of filmmaking as an art form in the twentieth century.
The class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, but there will also be showings of each week's movies on Monday evenings, so figure that into your schedule. (If you have an unavoidable conflict with the Monday showing, however, don't worry; you'll be able to watch the movies in the library on your own time, as well.) We will spend some time on basic film terminology and theory at first, then work through some of Hitchcock's greatest films chronologically. The written work will include several short papers or projects and a longer paper on a topic of the student's devising. We will end by discussing some contemporary films that bear the stamp of Hitchcock's influence.
This course may be counted in place of ENGL 180A by English majors and minors. Writing intensive.
HONR 300 C or H: Sexuality and Athleticism in Antiquity
Prerequisite: Permission required by the Honors Program.
An examination of material culture and textual evidence (including literature, documentary and papyrological sources) on the body in the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. In particular this Honors Seminar will examine the two themes: sexuality and athleticism. Both topics allow for the examination of how men and women’s bodies were viewed and controlled in their respective societies. Using artifactual evidence and texts, we will raise questions about how the physical nature of bodies was understood in past civilizations. In order to describe these texts, we will also employ theoretical models for reading sexuality in antiquity for the study of gender and sport. Students will facilitate seminar discussions, design and complete a research paper, and present their results in a colloquium for the course. Writing intensive. This course may count toward Women’s Studies, PAST, and History requirements.
HONR 300: Abstracting Games: Numbers, Nimbers and More
Prerequisites: Permission required by the Honors Program. Math Placement score of 22 or higher. Additionally, there is overlap between this course and the 2011 WittSem “How to play Board Games” and the 2010 Comp/Math 280 topics course “Introduction to Combinatorial Game Theory”. Students who participated in one of those classes should not register for this course.
Combinatorial Games are games with no randomness or hidden information. This course presents
core concepts of combinatorial games, including rule sets, outcome classes, numeric game values and
values beyond real numbers. Grades will be based on written assignments, exams and a final project
focused on one game (rule set).