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General Studies

Certain courses focus on areas that are not usually covered in the Bryn Mawr curriculum and provide a supplement to the areas more regularly covered; these are called General Studies courses and are listed in the Course Guide under this heading. Courses that cut across a number of disciplines and emphasize relationships among them are cross-listed and described under the departments that sponsor them.

Many general studies courses are open, without prerequisite, to all students. With the permission of the major department, they may be taken for major credit.

GNST B101. African Civilizations: An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Africana Studies

The required course introduces students to African societies, cultures and political economies with an emphasis on change and response among African people in Africa and outside. (Ngalamulume, Hucks, Division I)

GNST B103, GNST B105. Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture I and II

(Mshomba, Division I and III)

GNST B104. Learning Foreign Languages


GNST B111. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies


GNST B112. The Great Questions of Russian Literature

(Allen, Division III) Not offered in 2004-05.

GNST B209. Conflict Resolution in Community Settings

The purpose of this Praxis II course is to learn basic components of conflict and conflict resolution, and to apply these skills in a community setting. The course will combine theory and practice focusing on the application of conflict-resolution models in multiracial, multicultural community settings. Students will do six to eight hurs of fieldwork a week in a community setting. The class will meet weekly to hear lectures, share learning, discuss issues and present case studies. (staff, Division I) Not offered in 2004-05.

GNST B213. Introduction to Mathematical Logic

Equational logics and the equational theories of algebra are used as an introduction to mathematical logic. While the basics of the grammar and deductive systems of these logics are covered, the primary focus is their semantics or model theory. Particular attention is given to those ideas and results that anticipate developments in classical first-order model theory. Prerequisites: Philosophy 103 and Mathematics 231. (Weaver, Division II)

GNST B214. Modal Logic

This course examines the Kripke "possible world" semantics for a family of logics whose logical vocabulary contains 'necessity' and 'possibility.' Primary emphasis is given to sentential logics and the modal extensions. Techniques are developed for establishing completeness, compactness and interpolation results. Time permitting, both quantified modal logics and temporal logics will also be considered. Prerequisite: Philosophy 103 or its equivalent. (Weaver, Division II)

GNST B215. Introduction to Set Theory: Cardinals and Ordinals

Study of the theory of cardinal and ordinal numbers in the context of G-del-Bernays-von Neumann set theory. Topics include equivalents of the axiom of choice and basic results in infinite combinatorics. Prerequisites: Philosophy 103 and Mathematics 231. (Weaver, Division II or Quantitative Skills) Not offered in 2004-05.

GNST B224. Gender and Science

(staff) Not offered in 2004-05.

GNST B225. Healing, Harming and Humanism

Healing is a dialogue; every encounter between a doctor and patient is unique. This course explores the evolution of this relationship from ancient times to the "anxious times" of the 20th century. In so doing we will have occasion to reevaluate our personal understanding of aging, death, disease and healing — what it means to "get better," the importance of accepting and not accepting continued suffering, and our own aging and dying. Readings will be drawn from the Bible and other religious texts; ancient texts; plays, novels, poetry and essays by modern writers; and current medical literature. (Thaler, Division III) Not offered in 2004-05.

GNST B239. Introduction to Linguistics

(Raimy, Division I)

GNST B290. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender

(Tensuan, Division III) Offered at Haverford as General Programs 290 in 2004-05.

GNST B303. Advanced Mathematical Logic

This course develops various advanced topics in the branch of mathematical logic called model theory. Topics include homogeneous models, universal models, saturated and special models, back-and-forth constructions, ultraproducts, the compactness and Lowenheim-Skolem theorems, submodel complete theories, model complete theories, and omega-categorical theories. Prerequisite: General Studies 213 or Haverford Mathematics 237. (Weaver) Not offered in 2004-05.

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