Mar 18, 2019  
2018-2019 Scripps Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Scripps Catalog

Revised Courses 2018-2019


Revised Courses Approved FA18


ART 122  SC (change in title)
Systems: Expanded Ceramic Process

Formerly: Intermediate and Advanced Ceramics

 

ART 143  SC (change in title/description)
Advanced Digital Art

Formerly: Intermediate and Advanced Photography

Advanced Digital Art is an in-depth study of motion graphics and its applications in fine art and design. Projects will focus on developing design concepts and strategies and the creation of projects varying from a short form video for (animated shapes and text) social media platforms; design and rig a character to composite into an experimental video; animate 3D type; and 3D character modeling with integration into Cinema 4D. By the end of the semester, students will have a comprehensive body of work that will demonstrate their own unique point of view. Prerequisite: Art 141, Art 142. Laboratory fee: $75.

 

BIOL138 and 138L KS (change in title/description)
Applied Ecology and Conservation
Applied Ecology and Conservation Lab

Formerly: Applied Ecology and Conservation with Lab

BIOL138 KS: This course covers advanced topics in population biology, community ecology, and population genetics as applied to conservation and resource management and with an emphasis on quantitative methods. Prerequisite: BIOL044L KS or EA 030L KS.

BIOL138L KS: In this optional lab component to BIOL138 KS (adds no additional credit), students will learn basic programming skills through the development and analysis of models addressing problems in conservation research and management. Prerequisite: BIOL044L KS.

 

BIOL140  KS (change in description)
Selected Topics in Neuroscience

A half-credit seminar course in which students will read current primary literature in neuroscience. Each class will cover new topics.

 

CORE002  SC (change in description)
Why Punish?

Given the fact that, in 2018, nearly seven million Americans were subject to some form of "correctional supervision," and over two million Americans were incarcerated, we might think that there must be very compelling answers to the question that serves as this course's title; and while most of us will agree that particular impositions of punishment are unjust, few of us are likely to dispute the justification of the institution of legal punishment, per se. We aim during the semester to investigate the telling and disorientating relationship between various theories of legal punishment and the realities of legal punishment. We begin with an investigation of a number of influential justifications of punishment and then turn to various accounts and analyses of the shape legal punishment takes in contemporary America. Coursework includes attending writing workshops at the local women's prison on several Tuesday evenings. Students must be available on Tuesdays, 4:30-8:30 p.m.

 

CORE002  SC (change in title/description)
Shakespeare Then and Now

Formerly: Shakespeare's Tragedies Then and now

We will study Shakespeare's plays by pushing against the common wisdom that they are inaccessible and obsolete. We will read closely to add historical perspective to themes introduced in Core, and imagine how his dramas might come to life in our time. We will consider how these old plays script ideas and questions that we live with today, such as Twelfth Night's festive yet skeptical presentation of gender and love, Henry V's exploration of the strange and bloody pull of nationalism, Othello's treatment of race relations and rhetorical power, Macbeth's raw account of political terror and psychological trauma, and Lear's astonishing, anguished vision of relentless cruelty, abjection, and suffering. (The exact reading list will vary each year.) Secondary readings will be drawn from literary criticism, history, psychology, and philosophy.

 

CORE002  SC (change in description)
What Is Happiness?

The paradox of happiness is that most people want it, but few people can define it. Most people seem to agree that happiness is one of life's most important goals, yet they do not know how to achieve it. Recent studies have shown that people in the US tend to overestimate their degree of happiness, yet as a society, we have never consumed more "happy" pills, like Prozac, than we do today. What are we to make of these apparent contradictions? What is it about happiness that makes the concept and perhaps its reality so elusive? How can a concept that seems so central to our lives, whose pursuit we hold to be an inalienable right, be so hard to pin down?

Through an exploration of the ways in which thinkers across time, across cultures, and across disciplines have tried to answer the question "What is happiness?," this course aims to provide students with a set of conceptual tools and research findings that can inform their own reflections on what it might mean to be happy.

 

ENGL115  SC (change in description)
Milton

This course is an in-depth study of the poetry and major prose of John Milton. At the heart of the course is "Paradise Lost," the epic poem for which Milton is most famous and whose influence is perceptible across and beyond the Western literary canon. Alongside this we will consider Milton's early lyric and late dramatic poetry and the sources that shaped it, as well as examples of his polemical prose writing on subjects ranging from divorce to the freedom of the press. Our discussions will explore Milton's literary engagement with such issues as political tyranny, the status and rights of women, scientific innovation, human agency and free will, and the role of poetry itself in a rapidly changing world.

 

ENGL193  SC (change in title/description)
Introduction to Fiction Writing

Formerly: Fiction Writing Workshop

This course is an in-depth study of the poetry and major prose of John Milton. At the heart of the course is "Paradise Lost," the epic poem for which Milton is most famous and whose influence is perceptible across and beyond the Western literary canon. Alongside this we will consider Milton's early lyric and late dramatic poetry and the sources that shaped it, as well as examples of his polemical prose writing on subjects ranging from divorce to the freedom of the press. Our discussions will explore Milton's literary engagement with such issues as political tyranny, the status and rights of women, scientific innovation, human agency and free will, and the role of poetry itself in a rapidly changing world.

 

FREN124  SC (change in title/description)
Writings of Freedom and Desire

Formerly: The Novelist and Society in France

This course examines the journeys of desire at the heart of four profoundly diverse French texts dating from the 17th to the 20th century. From Mme de Lafayette's courtly Versailles novel to the Balzacian salon; and through the eyes of Colette's "Gigi" and the passions of Marguerite Duras' "Lover", we will examine the protagonists' quests for freedom from shiny rings, golden cages, and strict expectations. Underpinning the construction of feminine identity central to each of the texts will be a charting of the evolution of French fiction.

 

GERM044  SC (change in description)
Advanced German

Emphasis on grammar review, correct idiomatic writing and speaking. Weekly conversation classes with a native speaker. Prerequisite: GERM 033 or equivalent.

 

HIST166  SC (change in description)
Political and Cultural Criticism in the U.S.

This course focuses on political and cultural criticism in the U.S. since the turn of the 20th century as means of activism and critique. How did writers and other activists respond to the events of their day? What can we learn from them about our own? We will read fiction, memoirs, and social scientific, philosophical, and political essays that sought to understand and transform society. Topics include the relationship between the individual and society, the possibility of community, the challenge of democracy, aesthetics and politics, the rise of science and the cult of expertise, violence and technocracy, alienation and the desire for engagement, exile and national identity.

 

HIST108  SC (change in course number)
History of Economic Thought

Formerly: HIST197C

 

HUM 195J SC (change in title/description)
Humanities Institute Fellows Seminar: Ignorance in the Age of Information

Formerly: Humanities Institute Fellow Seminar: Global Migration and Immigration

Spring 2019:  We will read and discuss work recommended by the speakers on the program as well as some background material. Students will be expected to attend all Humanities Institute events. The theme for Spring 2019 is "Ignorance in the Age of Information:" Information is more accessible to more people than ever. Yet, one of the central concerns in the public consciousness today is that we seem especially susceptible to deceit and manipulation via our sources of information, including both the internet in its various forms and more traditional news media. This year, the Humanities Institute will focus on this concern, regarding both content (like "fake news" and other misinformation), and form (like the "echo chamber" or "filter bubble" of social media news feeds).

 

PSYC182/NEUR182  SC (change in title/description)
Machine Learning Using Neural Signals

Formerly: Network Science and Machine Learning Using Neural Signals

This course teaches students the theory and practice of computational analyses of machine learning applied to neural signals for cognitive and neural classification. We will use real neural signals (e.g., spikes, EEG data, fMRI data, diffusion MRI data) in Python, Matlab, and R, so some computer programming experience is required (e.g., BIOL133L, PHYS108, PSYC123L, or equivalent). In this course, students will receive an overview of machine learning theory, an introduction to the concepts and practices of primary machine learning algorithms, and how to apply machine learning to information resulting from signal processing of neural signals. Each class meeting will involve theory and practical applications using active learning, giving students conceptual and computational capabilities that they can use for their own scholarly inquiry and computational applications.

 

SPAN100  SC (change in title/description)
Cultural Competence in the Health Professions

Formerly: Sciences and Cultural Competence

Development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills at an advanced level on topics related to the health professions and medicine within a socio-historical context, through discussion of visual media and arts, culture theory, histories, testimonios, and scientific scholarship in Spanish stemming from specific geographical and historical contingencies in the Americas and in Spain to enhance cross cultural understanding.

 

WRIT175  SC (change in title/description)
Social Action Writing and Rhetoric

Formerly: Protest Writing and Rhetoric

This course examines the tradition of oral, visual, and written arguments intended to support social action. We will examine highlights of U.S. social action rhetoric in four genres: manifestos, speeches, literature, and zines. Students will examine the tactics, ideology, and context of pieces and then attempt to create these forms.