MHC's Cool New Courses

Posted: August 9, 2007

Medical ethics, Martian exploration, globalization, Spike Lee: these are just a few of the subjects MHC students will explore during the coming academic year. Here's a sampling of what Mount Holyoke faculty are teaching during 2007-2008, in courses ranging from first-year seminars to 300-level colloquiums.

For a complete list of classes, browse our online course schedule.

Philosophy 235f: Medical Ethics
Issues surrounding health care become more pressing every day. How should limited health care resources be distributed? How are medical problems related to larger social problems, such as sex inequality? What moral reasons do we have to be concerned about the growth of technology in medicine? Taught by assistant professor of philosophy James Harold.

Biological Sciences 160f: Integrated Introduction to Biology and Chemistry
This 8-credit course, which serves as a gateway to both the biology and chemistry core curricula, is an example of the kind of cross-disciplinary science study made possible by Mount Holyoke's state-of-the-art Science Center. It introduces fundamental concepts in chemistry while also exploring the diverse range of strategies adopted by living systems to survive in different environments. Team taught by chemistry professor and associate dean of faculty for science Sean Decatur and biology professor Gary Gillis.

African American and African Studies 340s: Sex, Love, and Gender in Contemporary African American Film
Confronting an ongoing history of racist, sexist, and homophobic images, films produced by and featuring blacks offer alternate views of love, romance, and sexuality. In this writing-intensive course, students will consider how directors Spike Lee, Kasi Lemmons, Marlon Riggs, and Sanaa Hamri have represented intimate relationships among African Americans. Taught by Zetta Elliott, visiting assistant professor of African American and African Studies.

Politics 117f : Globalization and Its Discontents
What is the world coming to? Is globalization expanding global trade, fostering new information technology, engendering an emerging global culture, and spreading democratization, as its supporters claim? Or is it a new form of first-world imperialism deepening inequality, undermining genuine democratic politics, and escalating the environmental crisis? This first-year seminar is taught by Penny Gill, Mary Lyon Professor of Humanities and professor of politics.

History 301s: Colloquium: Jazz in American Culture
Between 1910 and 1945, jazz swiftly evolved from a provincial, brass band music in New Orleans through a period of big-band, dance-oriented swing before emerging as the virtuosic nightclub and concert hall idiom known as bebop. Examine the musical and social evolution of jazz and its influence on American literature, cinema, and art. Taught by Tom Reney, visiting lecturer in history and host of Jazz à la Mode on WFCR, 88.5 FM.

Astronomy 105: Mars: Missions, Conditions, and Prospects for Habitation
Exploration of Mars is a goal of the current U.S. president and a dream of many citizens. But what needs to be done before anyone sets foot on the Red Planet? This first-year seminar looks at the history and politics behind Martian exploration, our knowledge of the planet's geology and atmospheric conditions, and plans for future exploration. Taught by associate professor of astronomy Darby Dyar.

Psychology 252f: Bon Appetit! Food, Appetite, and Culture
Food is energy, an occasion for intimacy, and often a cause of aggression and pathology. Study what and how we eat from the perspectives of anthropology, biology, neuroscience, and psychology in this course taught by professor of psychology and education Will Millard.