The Living Primates (ANTH B283)
This course provides a comprehensive review of the order Primates, focusing on morphology, biological adaptations, and behavioral diversity characterizing non-human primates. First, we will investigate the morphological traits that characterize major primate groups, and their evolutionary history. As many primate taxa are endangered or vulnerable to extinction, we will explore the approaches and challenges to primate conservation. In the second half of the course, we will focus on primate socioecology, examining how different environments influence primate distribution and social relationships. We will then delve further into primate behavior and cognition, examining interpersonal relationships, social dynamics, communication strategies, and learning modes. In doing this, we will address the questions concerning the recognition and definition of culture, self-awareness, and personhood among non-human primates using a comparative perspective. Prerequisites: ANTH B101 or permission of the instructor
Computer Programming I (CMSC B113)
This is an introduction to the discipline of computer science, suitable for those students with a mature quantitative ability. This fast-paced course covers the basics of computer programming, with an emphasis on program design and problem decomposition. Graduates of this course will be able to write small computer programs independently; examples include data processing for a data-based science course, small games, or basic communications programs (such as a chat client). No computer programming experience is necessary or expected. Prerequisite: Quantitative Readiness
Analysis of Algorithms (CMSC B340)
Qualitative and quantitative analysis of algorithms and their corresponding data structures from a precise mathematical point of view. Performance bounds, asymptotic and probabilistic analysis, worst case and average case behavior. Correctness and complexity. Particular classes of algorithms such as sorting searching will be studied in detail.
Chinese Empires (EALC B265)
The Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties (1271-1912) witnessed fundamental transformations in imperial China. The Mongols made China part of its vast land empire in the Yuan; Han Chinese restored the ethnic Han dominance in the Ming; and the Manchus established China’s largest conquest empire during the Qing. These imperial experiences not only enriched Chinese cultural traditions but also left profound and ever-lasting legacies for contemporary China. From a historical perspective, this course examines the Chinese empires by focusing on such topics as the formation and growth of imperial government; the changing relationship between the central bureaucracy and local society; the interaction of diverse ethnic groups; the tension between agrarian economy and commercialization; the roles of women in family and society; the dynamics of elite and popular cultures; the interplay between Chinese empires and foreign forces; and China’s search for m odernity. This course will meet the College requirements for “Approaches to Inquiry” in “Cross-cultural Analysis” and “Inquiry into the Past.” Class time: 70% lecture, and 30% discussion.
Contemporary Art Conservation (HART B325)
This course explores the ethics, principles, analysis and materials used in art conservation. Case studies, guest lectures, and museum visits will then introduce the unique problems involved in preserving, conserving and exhibiting contemporary art. There will be some hands on/lab component activities. Prerequisites: At least one previous HART course at Bryn Mawr College. Understanding of basic chemistry helpful.
Field Sem: Comp Politics (POLS B227)
This seminar introduces the intellectual history of comparative politics, and explore the primary approaches and concepts scholars employ in order to systematically analyze the political world. In doing so, we will also examine the political structures, institutions, and behaviours of a number of countries around the world. Key questions we will discuss include: What is power and how is it exercised? What are the differences between democratic and authoritarian regimes? How do different countries develop their economies? What factors affect the way that countries behave in the international arena? By the end of this course, students will be equipped to answer these questions, and prepared for further study in political science.
Paleoanthropology Methods (ANTH B278)
Paleoanthropology is the study of how human ancestors evolved. Part biological anthropology and part archaeology, this sub-discipline uses a variety of methods to test hypotheses about the human past. This class provides an overview of some of the most useful and commonly employed methods. We will also practice using many of these techniques first-hand. Methods will come from geology (e.g., how to date a fossil site), chemistry (e.g., how to reconstruct an ancient environment), demography (e.g., how to identify gene flow between populations in the past), genetics (e.g., what ancient DNA from fossils tells us about evolution), and more. The techniques that we will explore include modeling the past using primatology, ethnology, and archaeology; assessing evidence of ancient disease through paleopathology; reconstructing diets and developmental stages of fossils based on microscopic tooth anatomy, and using virtual reconstructions to compare hominin morp hologies. Prerequisites: ANTH B101 or instructor permission.
Captive Greece, Captor Rome? (ARCH B217)
The Western classical tradition is not monolithic, but contains elements from both ancient Greek and Roman culture. This course examines the relationship between the two, from the Hellenistic era through the Roman Empire, and its later consequences, emphasizing the primary evidence of the visual arts and contemporary texts. Suggested preparation: 100-level coursework in history of art, classics, archaeology, or comparative literature
Dance Comp:Elements and Craft (ARTD B144)
This course develops knowledge and skill in the theory and craft of choreography. Basic elements of dancemaking such as space, timing, shaping, and relationship are explored and refined through structured and open movement experiences. Attention is given to developing movement invention skills and compositional strategies; considering form and structure; investigating music, language, images and objects as sources; experimenting with group design; and broadening critical understanding of their own work and the work of others. Students will work on weekly solo and group projects and will have some opportunity to revise work. Related viewing and reading will be assigned. Concurrent participation in at least one class per week in any level technique course, either for credit or as an auditor, is required. Additional costs: In lieu of books, readings will be posted on Moodle and students may incur $10-30 in performance ticket fees but may take advantage of free Tri-co performances.
Res Sem: Labor Economics (ECON B394)
Thesis seminar. Each student does a semester-long research project on a relevant topic of interest. Research topics in discrimination, unionization, human capital, migration, labor supply, labor demand, and employment/unemployment are appropriate. Prerequisites: ECON 200; ECON 208 or 324; ECON 253 or 304.
Drawing Disasters (FREN B217)
This course will address the question of trauma, resilience and survival through art, focusing on comics. Traumatic experiences are usually not available for immediate understanding and processing and we will look at the way survivors, sons and daughters or artists engage in the drawing process. Comics has been recognized as a valid narrative form since the late 1980’s and as such has given way to a wealth of material. According to Scott McCloud, the gutters existing in comics: “fracture both time and space, offering a jagged, staccato rhythm of unconnected moments" and function similarly to the way trauma functions. In this course, we will focus on graphic narratives born after trauma, may it be from genocide, mass massacres or wars. We will address trauma from a geo-political, historical, sociological and literary perspectives looking at primary works from places as varied as: Europe (Croci), Lebananon (Abirached), Gaza (Sacco), Cambodia (Sera Ing), Iran (Satrapi) to name only a few. Students will gain better knowledge of the historical and political context through the works. We will look at the aesthetic work as well as texts and para-texts and try to examine the impact such work has on its readers. (We will look at the reception for such works). We will also look at secondary sources with works written by Spiegelman, and Hirsch on post-memory and Whitehead and Caruth on trauma.
Geology Super Lab (GEOL B208)
Students will learn the fundamentals of geological laboratory analysis via measurements on geological materials chosen by the students. We will utilize the analytical equipment and techniques available in the Geology Department including (but not limited to) X-ray diffractometry, thin-section petrography, carbon isotope mass spectrometry, and inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Emphasis will be placed on data processing and quantitative analysis of large datasets. Prerequisites: GEOL 101, GEOL 202, one other 200 level course, junior/senior status.
Intro to Medieval Islamic A (HART B217)
This course traces the development of Islamic art and architecture beginning with the emergence of Islam in the early seventh century and ending with the Mongol invasion and the fall of the Abbasid Empire in the mid-thirteenth century. Special attention is paid to issues of particular importance to medieval Islamic art, including aniconism (the rejection of figural imagery in artistic production), the role of script as an expressive art form, and the relationship of early Islamic art to the artistic traditions of other late antique and medieval cultures. Prerequisites: At least one course in History of Art at the 100 or 200 level, or a course in Middle Eastern Studies at the 100 or 200 level is recommended but not required.
Science, Mind, and Culture (PHIL B247)
Both human minds and our culture are extremely complex and intimately intertwined. As a result, several sciences—including biology, psychology, and archeology—are required to give a full understanding of who we are and how we got to be this way. This interdisciplinary project raises several philosophical questions about how to study the human mind and its relationship to biology and culture. In this course we will first look at philosophical questions that arise for each of these sciences independently. These include issues regarding the role of adaptation in biology and psychology, the nature of mental concepts, the relationship between thought and language, and the use of artifacts and computational models as evidence. In the second part of the course, we will focus on the challenges and benefits of integrating these disciplines to inform our views about human nature, cultural change, and how our minds interact with the world.
Feminist Perspectives on Hlth (SOCL B326)
Increasingly, an individual's sense of self and worth as a citizen turn on their health identity. In this course we will draw on theories of gender, sexuality, medicalization, and biocitizenship to unravel the ways in which gender structures and medical institutions are mutually constitutive and to explore how this relationship, in turn, impacts individual identity. The course will take a global approach to feminist engagement with health issues with an emphasis on human rights and bodily autonomy.