Albert Einstein has become the icon of modern science. Following his scientific, cultural, philosophical, and political trajectory, this course aims to track the changing role of physics in the 20th- and 21st- centuries. Addresses Einstein's engagement with relativity, quantum mechanics, Nazism, nuclear weapons, philosophy, and technology, and raises basic questions about what it means to understand physics and its history. This is a hybrid course that will combine online lessons with an active, participatory class structure.
How did the human body evolve, and how does it develop, grow and function? This course provides an integrative regional overview of human anatomy, with an emphasis on the musculo-skeletal system, and a comparative approach to the evolution of modern anatomy. Additional topics include skeletal and dental development, and gross anatomy of the nervous, circulatory, and digestive systems.
This class introduces students to experimental techniques used to investigate the structure and physiology of humans. Students undertake a supervised research project in the Skeletal Biology and Biomechanics Laboratory. Students meet to introduce their project, discuss their work and progress, and to present their final results. An extensive commitment of time in the laboratory is required. Grades are based on the work completed, the oral presentation, and a short research paper.
This seminar considers evolutionary factors underlying how variations in diet and exercise affect the human body. Why do we tend to crave foods rich in fat and sugar? How unhealthful are saturated fats? Why has the prevalence of food allergies skyrocketed? Why are we so susceptible to sports injuries? Is exercise really medicine? Read more about HEB 2100: Diet and Exercise (seminar)
Why is the human body the way that it is? This course explores human anatomy and physiology from an integrated framework, combining functional, comparative, and evolutionary perspectives on how organisms work. Major topics, which follow a life-course framework, include embryogenesis, metabolism and energetics, growth and development, movement and locomotion, food and digestion, stress and disease, and reproduction. Also considered is the relevance of human biology to contemporary issues in human health and biology.
How and why did humans evolve to be the way we are, and what are the implications of our evolved anatomy and physiology for human health in a post-industrial world? Why do we get sick, and how can we use principles of evolution to improve health and wellbeing? To address these questions, this course reviews the major transitions that occurred in human evolution, from the divergence of the ape and human lineages to the origins of modern humans. Also considered are the many effects of recent cultural and technological shifts such as agriculture and industrialization on human health.
How is performance an object of study, a methodology, and an analytic? This seminar is an introduction to performance studies, an interdisciplinary field in conversation with theater studies, gender studies, anthropology, philosophy, literary theory, visual studies, dance studies, ethnic studies, queer theory, and post-colonial studies. Students will study and experiment with performance while reading theoretical texts to grapple with concepts including ritual, restored behavior, performativity, mimicry, liveness, the body, objecthood, archive, and movement.
This course will survey the AIDS epidemic in the United States from 1981 to the present. We will examine the history and social impact of the epidemic by exploring its immediate and long lasting effects on issues such as health care, anti-discrimination law, immigration, education strategies, government drug policies, welfare services, as well as glbt culture. We will also be examining its effects on popular thinking on sex and gender through mainstream and independent film and a wide range of visual arts. Read more about Plagues and Politics: The Impact of AIDS on U.S. Culture
This class explores the relationship between performance and protest from a range of disciplinary approaches and media, including theater, performance art, street protest, and social media. Course units will be organized around case studies including the Third World Liberation Front Strike, HIV/AIDS activism, #BlackLivesMatter, and sexual assault and campus safety. We will develop and challenge genealogies of protest performance while experimenting with our own embodied performances of the political.
Our museums and computers store bodies. Some are physical, appearing as material objects or as the “negative space” around them, and others are abstracted. The 2016-17 Gender and Sexuality Seminar Series interrogates the space between the archive, site of haunted specificity and historical embeddedness, and the database, locus of standardization and generalizable knowledge about human normativity, pathology, and variation.
This is a required second-year paper for students in the MPA/ID program, aimed at integrating course work through the application of analytic tools to a policy and institutional problem. The goal is to produce recommendations for policymakers that are technically rigorous, practical, and politically relevant. Students will work with seminar leaders and faculty advisors to conceptualize policy and institutional problems for a client. Read more about PED-250Y B: Second-Year Policy Analysis Seminar
This semester-long course examines how economic theory and rigorous evidence can be harnessed to design development policies that respond to market and political failures in developing economies. The course builds on the analytical framework and evidence base provided in PED-101 (which is a prerequisite). Topics covered include: Policies for Productivity Growth, Policy Design for Markets in Human and Financial Capital, Governance Reform and Environmental and Climate Change Policy Design. Prerequisite: PED-101. Read more about PED-102: Economic Development: Using Analytical Frameworks for Smart Policy Design
This is the second semester of a rigorous two-semester sequence in advanced microeconomic analysis for MPA/ID students. Topics covered include general equilibrium, externalities and public goods, welfare economics, game theory, economics of information, incentives, and contracts. Theory is illustrated by relevant applications to international development and other areas. Read more about API-110: Advanced Microeconomic Analysis II