Fall 2017 Course Schedule


HON 101 Being Human: Experiencing Time
Days: TuTh Time: 12:00 – 1:40PM Instructor: Steven Pane

Time. “It has melted in our grasp, fled ere we could touch it, gone in the instant of becoming.” William James. This course explores the phenomenology (our experience) of time. A trans-disciplinary topic, we will engage a diversity of questions such as how music reshapes our perception of time, how our society imbues a sense of never having enough time, and how past and future exist in a non-linear, wibbly-wobbly presentness of time. Events outside of class and some time travel required.

HON 101 Being Human, Becoming Machine (2 sections available)
Days: TuTh Time: 12:00 – 1:40PM Instructor: Maja Wilson

Days: MW Time: 1:20 – 3:00PM Instructor: Maja Wilson

From the first stick picked up by a cavewoman to the iPad you picked up to place your Amazon order, tools, machines, and technologies have been part of the human experience. This course addresses questions arising from this relationship — from the ethical to the bodily: What does it mean to be human? What is the relationship between human and machine? Do machines illuminate, violate, or fundamentally change what it means to be human? What effects do media/technologies have on our relationships to each other, to ourselves, to our ideas, and to the material world?

HON 177M Natural Beauty of Mathematics
Days: MWF Time: 8:00 – 9:05AM Instructor: Nicholas Koban

This course aims to explore the interplay of a number of mathematical topics beyond the typical 100-level math courses, while requiring no more than a basic high school knowledge of mathematics (high school algebra and geometry should suffice). Such topics may include the introduction of finite fields, matrix algebra, and combinatorics while examining how each of these branches plays a significant role in coding theory. Such ideas are behind the scenes in everyday activities like using your credit card without fear of someone learning your credit card number. This may be combined with the interplay between probability, game theory, and economics, and we will investigate the overlap of these threads. On the more theoretical side, an introduction to graph theory, group theory, non-Euclidean geometries, and knot theory will lead to ideas involving topology and the fourth dimension (and higher). All along the way, we will be making connections among all of these threads and examining the natural beauty of mathematics.

HON 180N Marine Bio Ancient Greek Persp (lecture and lab)
Days: TuTh Time: 12:00 – 1:40PM Instructor: Nancy Prentiss
Days: W Time: 9:30 – 11:20AM

$20.00 Course Fee Students study marine biology through elements of the ancient Greek civilization. How did science get started, who were the major players and how did they explain the natural world? To understand how the Greeks developed science as “a way of knowing” (instead of through mythology and magic), we will read from the works of Aristotle, Anaximander and Thales and from science historians. This interdisciplinary course will also look at the influence of the marine environment as depicted in the arts of the ancient times (frescos, pottery, drawings of marine organisms, poetry, etc.). Finally, traditional labs will introduce the form and function of marine organisms (microscope work with sponges, squid dissection, echinoderm anatomy — e.g. “Aristotle’s Lantern mouthparts of the sea urchin, etc.). Weekend field trips to Boston and to the Maine coast are included.

HON 277S Diversity & the American Dream
Days: TuTh Time: 3:50 – 5:30PM Instructor: Brian Kaufman

Diversity and multiculturalism are challenging what it means to “live the American Dream.” How has the dream changed? How has our national identity changed? How has globalization changed the way we work, shop, eat, love, and worship? Through books, articles and videos, students will explore their own values and biases and will consider what it means to live in a multicultural world.

HON 377 Physiological Psychology
Days: TuTh Time: 8:00 – 9:40AM Instructor: Marilyn Shea

This course involves an exploration of the basic anatomical systems and physiological processes that underlie human behavior. Special attention will be placed on the biological underpinnings of sensation, cognition, emotion, motivation, learning, and various psychological disorders. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101S or BIO 150N.