Page 13 - ETerm 2013 Course Listing

Grading System:
Option
Max. Enrollment:
20
Meeting Time:
M Tu W Th 9:30am-12:00pm
At a time when the world was at strife, a city by the Mediterranean was a safe haven where people from all over the
world could live together. The magical city of Alexandria and its rich cosmopolitanism will be the focus of this
Exploration course, which will cover historical and cultural aspects of life in this part of the world in the first half of
the 20
th
century. The course will provide students with a historical as well as cultural background linking it to images
and pictures of Alexandria then and now. The course will also include literary works which are set in the city written
by authors of different nationalities; British, Egyptian and Greek, showing how each of them portrays life in
Alexandria with its various communities. Although the cosmopolitanism of the city resulted in some kind of shared
Alexandrian” identity, the city still meant different things to different people. Not only was there a difference between
the Egyptian depiction of the city and its people and its view in the eyes of members of its foreign communities, but
also each of the communities had a unique picture of the city. Lawrence Durrell’s
Justine,
for example,
presents an
Alexandria that is quite different from the one presented by Harry Tzalas in his collection of short stories
Farewell to
Alexandria,
although they may be both considered part of the foreign communities in the city.
For this course,
students will write a 12-15 page paper on one of the topics touched upon in class. The grade will be based on
student presentations, quizzes, and the written paper.
GEN*E299*40
Darwinian Medicine: The Role of Evolution in Human Health and Disease
Zachary Simmons
Prerequisites:
None
Open To:
All Students
Grading System:
S/U
Max. Enrollment:
16
Meeting Time:
Tu W Th 12:00-3:00pm
Go to the doctor with the flu and one of the first things you will be prescribed is aspirin. The reason? You are likely to
be running a fever, and aspirin blocks the chemical signals produced by your body to elevate its temperature. This
may seem like a job well done – the fever is reduced, and you
feel
better. But what many physicians don’t consider
is that your fever might have been a key part of your body’s defense against the pathogens replicating inside you. In
essence, they have compromised your ability to fight off illness in exchange for an increased sense of comfort. Such
hidden tradeoffs are common in modern medicine, but only become apparent when one takes an evolutionary
perspective on human health. This course will explore topics such as aging, disease and mental health from such an
evolutionary perspective. Assessment will be based on participation in classroom discussion, reaction papers to
selected books/empirical articles, and a final paper in which a topic in health psychology is examined from an
evolutionary framework. The course is heavily reading based (expect 10-15 hours of reading/week), with the
remainder of out-of-class time spent on papers. Class time will be reserved for group discussions.
Estimated Student Fees: $70 for books
GEN*E299*42
Explorations of
Qi
(
ch’i
, ‘
life-energy’)
Yahui Anita Huang
Prerequisites:
None
Open To:
All Students
Grading System:
S/U
Max. Enrollment:
15
Meeting Time:
Tu W Th 9:30am-12:30pm
This course will explore
qi
(
ch’i
, ‘
life-energy’)--the fundamental concept in Chinese medicine, culture, and
philosophy.
Qi
is also the vital source of longevity, natural phenomena, physical and spiritual power. In this
class, we will examine the role
qi
plays in various aspects of Chinese life through film, food, tea culture, and literary
works. Students will gain a basic understanding of Feng Shui, acupuncture, reflexology, and the key concepts of
yin
-
yang
and
wuxing
,
which are needed to understand the
Yijing The Book of Changes
.
Students will explore the