GNED-230 Modern Africa
This survey of modern African history concentrates on the experiences of Africans under European colonialism (1880s-1960s) and on the legacy of colonialism for contemporary Africa. Topics include the European scramble for Africa and African responses;colonial policies;the growth of African nationalism and independence;as well as the economic, political, and social challenges of post-colonial Africa.Foundational Area 3
GNED-250 Microbes and Society
This introductory biology course uses microbiology to explore the science of life. Students learn about cells, evolution, infectious diseases, vaccines, and antibiotics. Emphasis is on current topics where microbes play a role such as biotechnology, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), biofuels, probiotics, food borne illness, biological weapons, and bioterrorism. Note: This course assumes no prior biology or chemistry and is recommended for non-science majors.Foundational Area 5
GNED-250 Our National Parks: History and Policy
Parks, especially national parks, play an important role both in the cultural life of Americans and as areas of protection of biodiversity. This course examines the history of parks, the conflicts, both historical and present-day, over the role of parks, and has a special focus on the role of science and scientists in national parks.Foundational Area 5
GNED-110 Artist's Perspective: Printmaking
This introductory printmaking course examines drawing, synthesis, history, and printmaking process as tools of research, discovery, and expression. Students explore traditional and conceptual notions of looking, research, and development and experiment with different historical materials, techniques, and practices in the printmaking discipline in order to examine visual perception. Foundational Area 1
GNED-110 World Music – Dr. Shalini Ayyagari, Performing Arts
This course will cover a wide array of themes by examining the confluences and divergences of culture that happen in borderland regions – whether geographical, political, or social – through the lens of musical practice. A case study on Umm Kulthum, the queen of a century of Arab music, for example, will open the door to issues of gender, music and politics, nationalism, and pan-Arab identity. Discussing Brazilian samba and West African ceremonial music in relation to each other will reveal themes of colonial nation relations and historical processes of the slave trade, which had deep influences on culture in both Africa and South America. Musical phenomena such as Bhangra music will reveal the role of immigration patterns, diasporic urban community relations, and the confluences of musical practices as diverse as African American hip hop and South Asian folk musics.
GNED-110 Jane Austen and her World - Dr. Fiona Brideoake, Literature
This Honors seminar will explore the works of Jane Austen in the literary and cultural contexts of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Focusing on Austen’s novels and literary and film adaptations, we will discuss gender and the novel; the public and private spheres; sensibility and sexuality; empire, war, and slavery; and revolution and social change. We will also explore Austen’s status as a ‘hypercanonical’ author – a figure whose life and works inspire academic and popular enthusiasm – and the various critical approaches through which her novels have been considered.
GNED-130 Religion and Globalization - Dr. Evan Berry, Philosophy & Religion
Religion and Globalization offers a different kind of introduction to the study of the world’s major religious traditions. Rather than approaching each religion as an independent tradition that developed in a vacuum, this course looks at the ways that religions develop in conversation with one another. It has always been the case that religions are best understood as being related to one another in geographic families, as with the Dharmic traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism) or the Abrahamic traditions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). But close dialogue between traditions is not an artifact of ancient history: exchange, convergence, and hybridization still characterize the way religions interact in the modern era. As people and cultures move across the globe, as ideas are mobilized and transported by media technology, and as the market economy stimulates religious innovation, religions find themselves in contact in new and profound ways. Such forms of contact are the focus of Religion and Globalization, which explores these questions by investigating how religion is lived and experienced in today’s pluralistic, multicultural world. The aim of this course is to provide students with both basic knowledge about specific traditions and to equip them with tools for thinking about how they operate in our global age.