Spring 2020

Spring 2020

A History of Hate: Christian Antisemitism and Western Culture

Mary Doak, Russell Fuller

The Christian religion is based on Judaism; Jesus and his early followers were all Jews. How then did Christianity develop the deeply rooted anti-Semitic ideas and attitudes that have become embedded not only in Christian belief and practice but also in much of the culture of the West? How did the Western habits of rejecting racial, ethnic, and religious minorities as undesirable and threatening “others” develop from Christian rejection of the faith and people from which Christianity itself originated? This course will employ methods of biblical criticism and historical inquiry to study the development of anti-Judaism and antisemitism in the New Testament, in the early church, and in key moments of medieval, reformation, and modern history.We will also engage theological methods to examine the impact of this history on Christian beliefs and practices, and to evaluate recent Christian efforts (often in dialogue with Jews) to imagine and construct a Christianity that overcomes this deeply rooted antiJudaism, replacing the historic teaching of contempt for the Jews with a consistent attitude of respect and even appreciation for Judaism and other religions. 

HNRS 300

Mary Doak

Constructive Theology

HNRS 301

Russell Fuller

Biblical Studies

*Approved Core: Advanced Integration, Theology and Religious Inquiry

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

Utopia and the City

Can Bilsel, Molly McClain

What role has utopia played in the formation of the modern city? The architectural and urban projects that have shaped the great cities often embody a radical social vision: they imagine the society in a perfected state. Bringing together the disciplines of history and architecture, this course will trace the utopian ideals from the Renaissance through the modern era. We will examine the development of social utopias in Europe and America and the birth of modernist city planning. Our goal is to better understand the relation between social and physical space in the formation of modern cities and to enhance our understanding of the city as a historical and symbolic form.

HNRS 358

Can Bilsel


HNRS 359

Molly McClain


*Approved Core: Advanced Integration, Artistic Inquiry (HNRS 358)

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


HNRS 313

Avi Spiegel


*Approved Core: Advanced Integration