Liberalism and Its Critics

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Critical Social Inquiry
Course Number: 
0195
Institution: 
Hampshire College
In this course, you will become familiar with foundational figures and arguments in social-political philosophy, with a focus on the tradition of liberal social contract theory. Given that liberalism has been the central tradition in political thought since its emergence, there is an equally important tradition of dissent that we will address. Common to the various critical theories we will cover is the illumination of contradictions within liberalism, such that despite liberal values of democracy, equality, and liberty, there continue to be flagrant cases of tyranny and terror sanctioned by liberal nations. The victims of these tyrannies are women, indigenous peoples, racial/ethnic and religious minorities, the working class/poor, and many others. As we analyze these critical accounts, we will also consider how we can move past the failures of liberalism to form a more peaceful and just society.
Comments: 
Power, Community and Social Justice Independent Work Writing and Research Students are expected to spend at least six to eight hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
318972

Course Sections

Liberalism and Its Critics
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 George Fourlas gnfCSI@hampshire.edu 09:00AM-10:20AM M,W Emily Dickinson Hall 5

POLITICS OF PUBLIC POLICY

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Government
Course Number: 
207
Institution: 
Smith College
A thorough introduction to the study of public policy in the United States. A theoretical overview of the policy process provides the framework for an analysis of several substantive policy areas, to be announced at the beginning of the term.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
20962-F15

Course Sections

POLITICS OF PUBLIC POLICY
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Donald Baumer dbaumer@smith.edu MWF 11:00-12:10 SEELYE 110

Introductory Chemistry Discuss

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Chemistry
Course Number: 
151F
Institution: 
Amherst College
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
CHEM-151F-05-1516F

Course Sections

Introductory Chemistry Discuss
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
05 0.0 Sandra Burkett, Patricia O'Hara, Richmond Ampiah-Bonney slburkett@amherst.edu; pbohara@amherst.edu; rampiahbonney@amherst.edu M 03:00PM-03:50PM MERR 300A

Will Microbes Save the World?

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Natural Science
Course Number: 
0175
Institution: 
Hampshire College
How will we meet the challenges of sustainable energy production, infectious diseases, climate change, and food production for 9 billion people? The smallest of Earth's inhabitants, the microorganisms, might have the answer. Beginning with discussions and case studies, students will evaluate these issues and critique the scientific evidence that microbes have a role in solving humanity's urgent problems. The culmination of this work will be an independent research project focused on students' interests.
Comments: 
Physical and Biological Sciences Quantitative Skills Writing and Research In this course students are generally expected to spend at least 6 to 8 hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
318171,318188
Schedule #: 
318171

Course Sections

Will Microbes Save the World?
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Jason Tor jmtNS@hampshire.edu 02:00PM-03:20PM T,TH Cole Science Center 316

Transfer Student Seminar

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Engineering
Course Number: 
291T
Institution: 
UMass Amherst
This seminar is for incoming transfer students.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.
Schedule #: 
41010

Course Sections

Transfer Student Seminar
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 1.0 David McLaughlin M 5:30PM 6:45PM

Environmental Ethics

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Critical Social Inquiry
Course Number: 
0244
Institution: 
Hampshire College
This course is an in-depth study of environmental ethics. Reading widely in classic environmental literature, we begin by interrogating the changing referent of the term 'nature,' from animals and wilderness, to city parks and the organics movement. We then critically compare 1) 'nature' with forms of life that are socially naturalized (e.g. able-bodied people) and 2) anti-nature (e.g. toxic waste) with the so-called socially unnatural (e.g. the queer, the immigrant). Drawing on ecofeminism, queer ecology, and disability theory, students learn that a robust environmental ethics must address degrading ecosystems alongside social hierarchies and marginalization. Students will be required to write a series of short papers and one final research project. At least one prior course in philosophy is recommended; one prior course in philosophy or ecology is required. This course is part of the Ethics and the Common Good Program.
Comments: 
Power, Community and Social Justice Independent Work Multiple Cultural Perspectives Writing and Research Students are expected to spend at least six to eight hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
318519

Course Sections

Environmental Ethics
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Perry Zurn pzCSI@hampshire.edu 10:30AM-11:50AM T,TH Franklin Patterson Hall 108

Urban Imagination and Lit

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Humanities Arts Cultural Stu
Course Number: 
0186
Institution: 
Hampshire College
This course will interrogate concepts of the city and of urban imagination through literature and film set in or featuring cities both real and fictive. We will explore the city's paradoxical claims to modernity, as well as its postmodern and postcolonial transformations. Specific themes and problems will include the relationship between the city and capital; figures of the masses and the crowd; circulation and control; boredom and novelty; the aesthetic, psychosocial, and political significance of architectural structures; the rise of the megacity and post-industrial dystopias. Readings will be loosely organized around four cities--Paris, New York, Dakar, and Johannesburg--and may include Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, Giannina Braschi, Italo Calvino, Nafissatou Diallo, Langston Hughes, Ishmael Reed, Kgebetli Moele, Ivan Vladislavic, Walt Whitman. Films by Djibril Diop Mambety and Ousmane Sembene, District 9, and King Kong (1933).
Comments: 
Culture, Humanities, and Languages Independent Work Multiple Cultural Perspectives Writing and Research Students are expected to spend 6-8 hours weekly in preparation and work outside of class time.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
318887

Course Sections

Urban Imagination and Lit
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Jennifer Bajorek jebHA@hampshire.edu 01:00PM-02:20PM M,W Emily Dickinson Hall 5

Trajectories of Race in Latin

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Critical Social Inquiry
Course Number: 
0172
Institution: 
Hampshire College
What does the term "race" mean? Is it an appropriate and/or legitimate way to talk about human diversity? What does it mean in different places? Rather than exploring these questions in the abstract, in this course we will look at a grounded history of this concept. That "place" is Latin America and the Caribbean and the historical periods we will explore include the colonial encounter, post-independence nation building, and the contemporary moment. The course is designed to first introduce students to broadly global understandings of racial ideology. It then tracks the manifestation of such ideas through a history of Latin American racial formations. We will pay particular attention to how racial ideas relate to space, class, and national identity throughout the region.
Comments: 
Power, Community and Social Justice Multiple Cultural Perspectives Writing and Research Students are expected to spend at least six to eight hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
318315

Course Sections

Trajectories of Race in Latin
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Roosbelinda Cardenas rcCSI@hampshire.edu 02:00PM-03:20PM T,TH Franklin Patterson Hall 101

Entrepreneurial Food Systems

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Interdisciplinary Arts
Course Number: 
0212
Institution: 
Hampshire College
Food is about subsistence but is also so much more - the food system impacts our health, environment, economics, and cultural expression. In this class students will learn about the good, bad, and ugly of the current food system, and develop ideas to make a positive difference, on campus and beyond. Students will practice social entrepreneurship principles and skills by developing systems change ideas all the way to "pitch" presentations to real investors & decision-makers. In particular, students will explore the 100% Local Challenge Hampshire College is tackling, understand its obstacles, and opportunities, and develop entrepreneurial solutions. No prior entrepreneurship or agriculture experience is necessary, but there will be some spreadsheets and basic math. Class includes case studies, accomplished social entrepreneur speakers visiting and skyping in from around the world, some tasty snacks (for educational purposes only), and at least one field trip.
Comments: 
Power, Community and Social Justice Independent Work Multiple Cultural Perspectives Quantitative Skills Writing and Research In this course, students are expected to spend at least six to eight hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time. This time includes reading, writing, research, interviews, and presentation preparation. One field trip expected (no costs to students).
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
318963

Course Sections

Entrepreneurial Food Systems
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Daniel Ross drIA@hampshire.edu 02:30PM-05:20PM M Lemelson Center for Design 113

Green Cities

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Humanities Arts Cultural Stu
Course Number: 
0280
Institution: 
Hampshire College
Green Cities refers to nature within the urban environment - the integration of designed natural environments, the preservation and interpretation of nature, and the celebration of nature in public art. Surrounding green spaces within our cities is an infrastructure of community support, outreach, and political action that are necessary for their survival. "Green" also refers to the sustainable processes of cities in our evolving built environments. It is important for the language of this course that we look at Green Cities through the lens of the creators: architects, landscape architects, planners, artists and performers. Critical analysis is a first step to understanding, assessing and developing creative solutions. The seminar is structured through international case studies, both historical and contemporary. Each case study will be investigated through three primary ideas: 1. transformation and evolution of the space 2. Context - physical, ecological, social and political and 3. Design approach, strategy and process.
Comments: 
Independent Work Writing and Research Students are expected to spend 10 hours weekly in preparation and work outside of class time. Field Trip Fee $50
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
318523

Course Sections

Green Cities
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Michelle Darling mndHA@hampshire.edu 09:00AM-10:20AM M,W Emily Dickinson Hall 4