Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Conflict Diagnosis and Dispute Resolution in a Global Environment

Linda Barkacs, Craig Barkacs

People throughout the world experience conflict in both their interpersonal and business relationships. Ever wonder how to handle it? Honors Conflict Diagnosis and Dispute Resolution in a Global Environment is a course intended to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to diagnosis, manage, and resolve conflict in a global environment. This interdisciplinary course (international relations/law/management/ethics) utilizes in-class role playing and simulations to help the student experience conflict in a cross-cultural context, as well as learn how to manage conflict in a global environment. 

HNRS 368

Linda Barkacs


HNRS 369

Craig Barkacs


*This course satisfies upper-division elective credit in the Business Administration major/minor.

*Approved Core: Advanced Integration

Sound and Spirit in Monsoon Asia

Lance Nelson, Christopher Adler

In this course, we will examine the history of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam in South and Southeast Asia and trace their influence in the region. We will examine a number of the diverse musical traditions that arose from the interaction of these religious civilizations with each other and with indigenous animist beliefs. Music, whether for ceremony, entertainment, or daily life, is a vehicle for the enactment and transmission of religious, artistic and cultural values. Tracing the common religious threads from South Asia through Southeast Asia, we will reveal the underlying beliefs and aesthetics that link cultures across the region, as well as clarify the distinctions resulting from local circumstances, indigenous cultural practices, other transregional influences (such as that of China), and idiosyncratic fusions of changing belief systems.

HNRS 390

Lance Nelson


HNRS 391

Christopher Adler


*Approved Core: Upper-Division Theological and Religious Inquiry (390) or Artistic Inquiry (391), and Advanced Integration.

Versions of the Pastoral in American Art and Literature

Irene Williams, Derrick Cartwright

This course takes as its point of departure William Empson's classic work of literary criticism, Some Versions of the Pastoral (1974), and revisits the category of "the pastoral" in light of recent theories and representation. Specifically, it examines the strategies used by American writers and visual artists to evoke ideas of idealized natural beauty and structured poetic imagination. Throughout the nineteenth century, and still today, approaches to landscape have been celebrated by diverse authors including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, Mary P. Wilkins-Freeman, Annie Dillard, and Rachel Carson. Simultaneously, artists such as Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, George Inness, Winslow Homer, Lilly Martin Spencer, Alexander Jackson Downing, Robert Smithson and Sally Mann all challenge/d reigning modes for depicting the settled natural environment. In addition to Empson's challenging ideas, students will be exposed to theoretical writing by Paul Alpers, Leo Marx, Alex Nemerov, Sarah Burns, J. B. Jackson and others. Finally, a nuanced appreciation of how certain reformulations of pastoral ideas persist into our own moment is another important goal of this course. 

HNRS 334

Irene Williams


HNRS 335

Derrick Cartwright


*Approved Core: Advanced Integration

Music, Borders and Identity

David Harnish, Alberto Pulido

This course explores how music intersects with collective and personal identities and how borderlands – between nations, districts, genres, and styles – are areas of particular interest in terms of human agency, biculturalism, and hybridity. Music is a major aspect of human cultures. We feel it. It is part of who we are. It is a big part of who everyone is. Music also defines people, not only through preferences but also in collective and individual identities and in the construction of community. People identify with music; it becomes “my” music or “their” music, and can come to represent ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and political and religious ideation.

HNRS 398

David Harnish


HNRS 399

Alberto Pulido


*Approved Core: Advanced Integration, Domestic Diversity Level 1