Courses in this strand focus on war and the sources of conflict. Courses in the conflict strand are numbered 302.
Conflict Strand Course Descriptions Spring 2021:
ENGS 302-03 & 04 “Reading the American West,” Dr. Leonard, TR 1330-1445 (Section 1 - CRN 14763) MW 1300-1415 (Section 2 - CRN 14764
One of the primary goals of the Conflict strand is to expand our definition of “conflict” to include competition of ideas as well as national and political strife. Along these lines, while the American West has historically been marked by a series of violent conflicts, it has also been the subject of conflicting portrayals and understandings. To that extent, literary depictions of the West have also conflicted— beginning with the pioneer and memoir literature of the 19th century, continuing on the silver screen with John Wayne, and culminating in the backlash of the contemporary anti-Western. In this class, we will explore the shifting landscape of the literary American West in order to identify how such conflicts catalyze the evolving project of American national and cultural identity. In doing so, we will think through ways in which recent interpretations of the genre attempt to illuminate perspectives that have traditionally been suppressed or elided, and consider the role of textual interpretation in resolving contemporary issues stemming from the legacy of the symbolic American West.
ENGS 302-05 “Guts and Glory: The Legacy of the Ancient Greek Warrior in Literature and Film,” Dr. Pilhuj, TR 0930-1045 (CRN 14774)
Hercules. Achilles. Odysseus. Leonidas. We all know the names of these ancient heroes, and many of us know their stories. But, why thousands of years later and thousands of miles away from Greece, do we still talk about these men? This class will examine ancient writings about these men, consider them in the context of their time and culture, and then look at their modern film and literature adaptations. We will read about ancient gods, goddesses, and the trials of Hercules before considering Disney’s version. Excerpts from The Iliad will be discussed before we compare how the story appears in comic books and the film Troy starring Brad Pitt. After reading parts of The Odyssey, the class will then consider how this wily leader appears in other comic books and in the American South in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Finally, we will learn about the Spartan stand at Thermopylae from both ancient reporters and Frank Miller’s graphic novel and film, 300. For all these texts and films, we will ask, what types of conflict are written about? Which ones are valued? How are heroes defined? Is there only one type? How have ideas about conflict and resolution changed (or not) from ancient Greece to today? What values, ideas, and beliefs lead to, exacerbate, and de-escalate these conflicts? What is the role of the individual and groups in relation to conflict and resolution? How can we analyze and write about these depictions? How can we articulate and evaluate different styles of leadership and service during conflict?
HISS 302-01 Nationalisms, Dr. Daniel Giblin, TR, 0930-1045 (CRN 14700)
HISS 302-02 & 03 “China: Violence, War, and Peace,” Dr. Knapp, TR 0800-0915 (Section 1 - CRN 14887) TR 0930-1045 (Section 2 – CRN 14888)
Although China’s elites have frequently viewed warfare as wasteful and violence itself as unseemly, they understood that both were necessary to ensure the state’s welfare. Nevertheless, they sought to limit wars, constrain the power of warriors, and control public violence. This class will explore military campaigns and policies over the long arc of Chinese history, from the Bronze Age to modern times. We will also examine forms of public violence such as feuds, capital punishment and torture, sectarian rebellions, banditry, and piracy.
NTSS 302-01 “Chemistry of War,” Dr. Dorko, MWF 1100-1150 (CRN 14686)
NTSS 302-02 “Forensic Science,” Dr. Zuraw, MWF 1200-1250 (CRN 14687)
Discussion of historic and recent crimes will be used to illustrate the importance of the scientific techniques in forensics. Forensic Science is designed to familiarize the non-science major with various aspects of crime scene investigation, specifically focusing on the scientific aspects of evidence such as DNA, serology, documents, hair, and fiber analysis.
NTSS 302-03 “Conflict & Cooperation in Nature,” Dr. Donnell, MWF 1100-1150 (CRN 14950)
SCSS 302-01 “Social Psychology,” Dr. Nida, MWF 1200-1250 (CRN 15063)
Social Psychology surveys our scientific knowledge of how the individual affects and is affected by other people. The student will examine current theories, research findings, and applications in a number of specific topic areas pertinent to social thinking and social behavior; these include attitudes, persuasion, conformity, group processes, interpersonal attraction, aggression, and helping. Four major topics addressed in the class – prejudice, conflict, conflict resolution, and aggression – are particularly reflective of this course’s place within the Conflict Strand. The course emphasizes the development and use of critical thinking and writing skills to facilitate the student's mastery of the course material.
SCSS 302-02 “Practical Applications of Learning and Behavior Change,” Dr. Dawes, MWF 1000-1050 (CRN 15066)
Conflict Strand Course Descriptions Fall 2020:
ELES 302-01 Honors War & Social Conflict, Dr. Sean Heuston, MWF 0800-0850 (CRN 15231)
*Restricted to Honors Program*
ENGS 302-01, 02, & 03 Literature of War, Dr. Jennifer Adair, TR 0800-0915 (Section 01 - CRN 14881), TR 1100-215 (Section 02 - CRN 14882) & MWF 1100-1150 (Section 03 - CRN 15196)
HISS 302-01 Nationalisms, Dr. Daniel Giblin, TR, 0930-1045 (CRN 14959)
HISS 302-02 Last of the Mohicans, Dr. David Preston, TR, 0930-1045 (CRN 14997)
The “massacre” at Fort William Henry in 1757, during the French and Indian War, is one of the epic moments of American history. The writer James Fenimore Cooper enshrined that moment in American mythology in his 1826 novel, Last of the Mohicans, which has since become the subject of numerous Hollywood films such as the 1992 blockbuster featuring Daniel Day-Lewis. This course unfolds the story of Fort William Henry through history, archaeology, literature, and memory. This single moment in 1757 brings together the broader history of North America and its French Canadian, British American, and Native American inhabitants in one of the most pivotal conflicts of world history: The French and Indian War (1754-1763) was part of a global struggle for empire between Great Britain and France known as the Seven Years’ War.
NTSS 302-03 Bioterrorism, Dr. Kristy Johnson, MW, 1300 -1415 (CRN 15002)
The basis of conflict is differing ideas, which, when taken to the extreme, can manifest as acts of terrorism. Historically, biological agents have been used as weapons in an array of political and ideological conflicts. This course will examine diverse aspects of the creation, use, and response to the weaponization of biological agents. An understanding of the science underlying biological agents is critical to preventing the escalation of biological outbreaks. A detailed study of the biological characteristics of these organisms will be the main focus for this course.