Fall 2021

Fall 2021

"The Social Capital of Social Media"

Prof. Brad Bond (Communication Studies) & Prof. Justine Rapp Farrell (Marketing)

Core: CINT

Although the academic study of social media is still in its infancy, communication scholars have begun examining the multifaceted nature and influence of social media as they relate to our psyche, our relationships, and the way our society functions. Marketing researchers have also focused attention on the pivotal role social media play in consumer behavior and business practices. This course attempts to merge two disciplines with great interest in social media – communication studies and marketing – and, in turn, seeks to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of what it means to exist as citizens and consumers in the age of social media.

 

HNRS 304

Bradley Bond

COMM

This section satisfies upper-division elective credit in the COMM major/minor. It also satisfies Core Advanced Integration.

HNRS 305

Justine Rapp Farrell

MKTG

This section satisfies upper-division elective credit in the MKTG major/minor. It also satisfies 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

THRS

This section satisfies upper-division elective credit in the THRS major/minor. It also satisfies Core Advanced Integration and Theological and Religious Inquiry.

HNRS 391

Christopher Adler

MUSC

This section satisfies upper-division elective credit in the MUSC major/minor. It also satisfies Core Advanced Integration and Artistic Inquiry.

 

Bombs Away!

Kathryn Statler, Daniel Sheehan

Nuclear weapons are one of the great scientific and technological achievements of the 20th century; however, they also pose a grave existential risk to humanity. This team-taught, upper-division honors class will explore nuclear weapons -- their discovery, design, destructiveness, deployment and disarmament -- from the perspectives of history and physics. It will trace their development from early 20th-century scientific visionaries, through the Manhattan Project, from the Cold War nuclear arms race, up to the present-day specter of nuclear terrorism. The course will also explore the potential for nuclear disarmament and peaceful uses for nuclear technology.

HNRS 344

Kathryn Statler

HIST

This section satisfies upper-division elective credit in the HIST major/minor. It also satisfies Core Advanced Integration and Historical Inquiry.

HNRS 345

Daniel Sheehan

PHYS

This section satisfies upper-division elective credit in the PHYS major/minor. It also satisfies Core Advanced Integration.

 

International Social Rights and Policy

Adina Batnitzky, Avi Spiegel

What are human rights? Are certain types of rights more important than others? This course will investigate debates surrounding the development of diverse and under-examined types of human rights: international social, cultural and economic rights. How are human rights experienced around the world and how are such rights best implemented? Grounded in the study of both public sociology and international relations, this course will take a unique interdisciplinary and global approach to these pathbreaking and pressing questions. Together, we will unearth the social conditions of human rights norms alongside their political and policy ramifications.

HNRS 312

Adina Batnitzky

SOCI

This section satisfies upper-division elective credit in the SOCI major/minor. It also satisfies Core Advanced Integration.

HNRS 313

Avi Spiegel

POLS

This section satisfies upper-division elective credit in the POLS major/minor. It also satisfies Core Advanced Integration.

 

Linked Courses: ENGL 222 and PHIL 110

Malachi Black, Michael Kelly

Description of the common theme:

Poetry and philosophy are both disciplines deeply concerned with generating, clarifying, and interrogating what Kenneth Burke described as “equipment for living”—namely, strategies for contending with the fact of being human. This overlap in disciplinary emphasis has been borne out by poets and philosophers themselves, often through explicitly reciprocal curiosity, engagement, and hostility, beginning with texts as early and foundational as Plato’s Republic. Linking “Introduction to Poetry” with “Introduction to Philosophy” will allow students to deepen their understanding of humanistic inquiry as such while multiplying their understanding of the boundaries and utility of each disciplinary approach: by reading poetry both philosophically and as philosophy, by reading philosophy both poetically and as poetry, students will be able to trace for themselves the intersections and distinctions that have animated some of world’s richest ongoing conversations about what it means to perceive, act, think, and engage as human beings.

ENGL 222: Introduction to Poetry

Malachi Black

Core ELTI

PHIL 110: Introduction to Philosophy

Michael Kelly

Core FPHI

CANCELED (replacement class pending): Dead Men Walking

Gary Jones, Cynthia Caywood

The United States is one of the few first world countries that executes its citizens, and “Dead Men Walking” examines the legal, ethical and literary debates over its application. Always controversial, capital punishment has attracted new attention in recent years as prisoners have been exonerated through DNA evidence; as studies have shown that capital punishment is disproportionately applied to the poor and to minorities; and as executions have been botched, delivering to the condemned a cruel and painful death. Yet support for it remains strong as society seeks to find ways to express its grief and outrage over especially vicious criminal acts. We will draw upon a wide range of texts—legal cases, scholarly opinion pieces, documentaries, fiction, autobiography, and plays—and host lectures by San Diego attorneys who have personal experience both prosecuting and defending capital cases. Besides reading, class work includes participating in seminar style discussions, watching films, producing short essays and a research project on a San Diego capital case, and taking a final exam.

HNRS 342

Gary Jones

PHIL

HNRS 243

Cynthia Caywood

ENGL

*Approved Core: Advanced Integration, Ethical Inquiry (HNRS 342), Literary Inquiry (HNRS 343)