Spring 2019

Spring 2019

China and India

Yi Sun, Vidya Nadkarni

Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course examines the national experiences of China and India, two emerging global powers, from the perspectives of History and Political Sciences. With a focus on the intertwined themes of colonialism and nationalism, the course analyzes the two countries' policies during the Cold War, their current economic development and their positions on regional and international security. Concurrently, the course dissects the bilateral relations between China and India as well as their complex relations with the United States and the rest of the world.

HNRS 352

Yi Sun


HNRS 353

Vidya Nadkarni


*Approved Core: Advanced Integration, Historical Inquiry (352), Social/Behavioral Inquiry (353)

International Business Negotiation

Craig Barkacs, Linda Barkacs

Negotiation is a central skill in managing conflict, bridging cultural differences, exploring options, creating value, and distributing resources. Efforts to shape the goals, structures, and the direction of an organization are undertaken by individuals and groups who frequently hold diverse and competing perspectives. People use negotiation to address their differences and to influence outcomes. International law, geo-political considerations, methods and forums for resolving international disputes, cultural factors, and international standards for business conduct are crucial considerations for business people negotiating in the global marketplace. This course will explore the science and the art of negotiation. The science will be learned largely through readings and discussion of the readings. The art will be learned through experience and simulated negotiations.

HNRS 332

Craig Barkacs


HNRS 333

Linda Barkacs


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

*Approved Core: Advanced Integration, Oral Communication Competency Flag


Satyan Devadoss, Shannon Starkey

Origami is the art and study of folding and unfolding. Although ancient in origin, there has been a tremendous resurgence of interest recently, resulting in stunning sculptures and marvelously intricate pop-up books. The applications of folding have grown as well, from NASA's James Webb space telescope to cutting-edge protein folding studies. This is a beautiful subject with a tremendous amount of active research, relating powerful ideas from studio art, computer science, and mathematics. This course is designed to introduce the foundations of folding design from mathematical and architectural viewpoints. No experience in paper folding is necessary. 

HNRS 370

Satyan Devadoss


HNRS 371

Shannon Starkey


*Approved Core: Advanced Integration, Math Reasoning/Problem Solving (370), Artistic Inquiry (371)

Apostles and Apostates: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Science and Religion

Daniel Sheehan, Mary Doak

The various issues of presumed conflict today between religion and science are evidence of widespread confusion about truth, method, and the development of ideas in both science and religion. Through an exploration of the processes by which new ideas come to be accepted in theology and in science, this course will enable students to navigate our current societal confusion with better understandings of the arguments and claims to truth of each field. We will also look at case studies of historical conflicts between science and religion as well as some contemporary topics (such as cosmic origins and climate change) as examples of how the contributions of both science and theology together might result in more adequate understandings of our place in and responsibility for the world.

HNRS 354

Daniel Sheehan


HNRS 355

Mary Doak


*Approved Core: Advanced Integration, Upper-Division Theological and Religious Inquiry (355)