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New or Changed Courses - Spring


"New Courses"

IDS 208 - Sustainability and Design (1) (CA)

This course is intended to introduce students to sustainability in design. This course will focus on fundamental concepts in design, sustainability practices, and communication practices between designers and users. The course will partner with the community to offer potential practical solutions in sustainability.

REL 225 - Forgotten Scriptures: Apocryphal Literature and the Orgins of Christianity (1) (IT)

A study of apocrphal literature in early Chirstianity, including Q, Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, the Nag Hammadi Library, and other recently discovered texts.  Topics will include the story of their discovery, their contents and context in early Christianity, and how they are making a difference in how we understand the orgins of Christianity.

PHYS 338 - Advanced Data Analysis and Simulation (ADAS) (1)

This course focuses on computer data collection and analysis methods for conducting research in experimental physics. Important research skills covered are data collection, simulation of experimental systems, advanced statistical analysis of data, and communication of research results through oral presentations and written reports. The integration of basic physics concepts learned in previous courses will be emphasized. The first part of the course focuses on small-group projects related to current research in the department. The final part of the course focuses on proposing, carrying out, and presenting and independent project.

THTR 251 - Introduction to Computer Aided Design/Drafting (1) (CA)

This course is intended to introduce the student to Computer Aided Design (CAD).  This course will teach the basic and advanced 2-D drawing and editing, allowing the student to draw, dimension, and plot their work.  We will be using AutoCAD for Windows or/and Vectorworks for our work environments.  The fundamentals of CAD will be covered with a focus on their use in the theatrical world.


"Course Change"

ANTH 243 - Listening to the World:  Introduction to Ethnomusicology (1) (CA)

This course considers music in social and cultural context, with attention to the functions, forms and meanings of music as an aspect of human behavior. Introduces techniques for the cross-cultural study of music. Examples are drawn from a number of musical traditions, primarily from the non-Western world.

CHEM 116 - Introduction Chemistry II (1) (QA, NW)

An in-depth look at the chemical phenomena that are at work in the world around us. Case studies (e.g., lasers, fossil fuels, air pollution, blood chemistry) are used to explore in further detail concepts first introduced in CHEM 115. Discussions include: light, energy, and energy levels; electron configuration and the periodic table; bonding and bond energies; kinetics and reaction mechanisms; solubility and colligative properties; acid/base equilibria; and redox reactions as biological energy sources. These chemical principles will be discussed in relation to such modern phenomena as smog, acid rain, the greenhouse effect, the ozone hole, and other aspects of everyday life. Laboratory required.

HIST 251 - Rome: From Republic to Empire (1) (TH)

This course provides an introduction to the history of ancient Rome, spanning the more than one thousand years from the founding of the city through the late  imperial period. The class is structured around a series of problems and questions that will require you to formulate and evaluate historical arguments based on the close reading of ancient sources. Topics to be covered include the origins of Rome, it's growth from a small city-state to a world empire, and the relationship between this expansion and the development of both the Republic and the empire as political systems. We will also consider the impact of Roman rule on the populations of Rome and its provinces as well as selected aspects of Roman society and culture, including the household, the role of public entertainment, and the varieties of religious experience found within the Empire.

IDS 215 - Willamette Academy Service Learning (.5) (SL)

This service learning course introduces students to issues of educational access and equity in the Salem-Keizer community. Students volunteer at Willamette Academy (WA) and, in turn, learn from and with the WA students, families, and staff. Tutoring will be on-site, covering basic academic subjects such as reading, math, science, and social studies. Mentoring involves hosting WA students on the Willamette campus for academic and social events. Additional volunteer opportunities will be available, subject to instructor's consent, based on volunteers' strengths and interests, and WA needs. Weekly class sessions, in general, will have two components: students will debrief their service experiences and study substantive topics dealing with educational access and equity, with specific attention to issues that historically underrepresented students face in gaining access to higher education. This course can be taken up to two times for a total of one course credit.

GERM 433 - Modernism in Vienna and Berlin (1)

In an explosion of cultural production, the turn of the 20th century opened exciting new horizons for knowledge and experience. Freud's work on the unconscious and splendid new 'isms' in the arts, technical innovations and the development of new media dramatically changed the perception of urban life. In this course we will consider a selection of texts from this time period, as well as films from its beginnings to the 1930s.

HIST 374 -Love and Reason in the Middle Ages: European Intellectual History 400-1500 (1) (IT)

This course introduces students to the intellectual culture of the Middle Ages through engagement with major texts and authors from the period (ca. 400-1500) including Boethius, Abelard, Aquinas, Maimonides, Chretien de Troyes, Marie de France, Mechtild de Magdburg, the Gawain poet, et Meun and de Lorris, Dante, and Christine de Pisan. Drawing on a diversity of genres, including philosophical treaties, poetry, literature, romances, confessions, short stories, and mystical journeys, the course will explore medieval articulations of the ultimate good, the relationship between reason and passion, and the nature of knowledge and love.

JAPN 340 - The Japanese Cinema (1) (4th Semester Language)

A survey of major Japanese films and film directors from the "golden age" of Japanese cinema in the 1950s - 1960s to the present. Emphasis will be on the style and feel of Japanese films, and how stylistic elements embody and reflect traditional aesthetics, the social and political contexts of the films and aspects of their production and consumption will be examined as well. Conducted in English.

MUSC 032X - Wind Ensemble (.25) (CA)

The Willamette University Wind Ensemble is a large wind and percussion ensemble. The ensemble performs music from a wide variety of styles, time periods, and traditions and gives two or three public concerts per semester. The Wind Ensemble is open to all students regardless of academic concentration.

RHET 242 - Rhetoric and Leadership (1) (AR)

This course explores the ways rhetoric can foster effective leadership. Topics include: an examination of the leader's symbolic action through credibility, identifications, persona, values and agency; an exploration of group culture and roles; and a consideration of the leader-group interaction in decision-making and ethics. The course includes a required practical component. 

Topic Courses

Hist 131-01,-02  Hist Inq: World War I. (1) (TH) Duvall

World War I is often regarded as the beginning of the twentieth century, as the beginning of western culture's loss of innocence, and as the beginning of a century-long onslaught against the traditions of Enlightenment idealism and liberal democracy.  We are the heirs of the disillusionment which set in during the Great War.  How did the disaster that was World War I begin?  The first part of the course will be an exploration of the causes; we will seek to reflect a bit on the historical evidence and above all to examine the diverse causal explanations which historians have offered over the course of the past almost one hundred years. The second section of the course will confront the nature of the war itself, focusing primarily on the western front. It was hardly a war of heroic one on one, hand to hand combat or a war of dramatic strategies and maneuvers; it was rather a war of trenches, barbed wire, mustard gas and machine guns.  In short it was an absurd war where some nine million men died. The third section of the course will deal with the meaning of the war, that is, with its significance and consequences for the subsequent twentieth century.  The generation immediately following the end of the war in 1918 is called the "lost generation."  That lostness speaks to our present, and we will reflect on the pervasive sense of alienation and disillusionment which followed the war and produced a cultural and social vulnerability to the totalitarian temptation.

Hist 131-03  Hist Inq: The Rise of Capitalism (1) (TH) Smaldone

This course studies the history of capitalism from its origins in the Middle Ages to the present.  Drawing on a wide variety of materials, including primary sources, film, and fiction, it examines the emergence of the capitalist order in Europe, its expansion into a global system, and its impact on the social hierarchy, intellectual life, politics, and the environment. 

Hist 131-04  Hist Inq: The Crusades (1) (TH) Petersen-Boring

This course will examine the phenomena of the medieval Crusades from 500-1500 CE through close engagement with primary texts and the comparison of a variety of historical interpretations.  Our focus will be on the historical causes and consequences of the Crusades; the Crusades as seen through Christian, Jewish, and Muslim eyes; Jerusalem as literal destination and as imaginative and theological construct; crusading logistics; knighthood and chivalry; the role of the crusades in the creation of medieval identity; and comparative histories of the crusades, medieval and modern.

Hist 131-05 Hist Inq: Comparative Revolutions (1) (TH) Jopp

The American Revolution inaugurated an “Age of Democratic Revolutions” that convulsed the Atlantic World in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  While these revolutionary movements drew on a common ideological thread, they grew out of diverse social, political, and economic circumstances; this diversity shaped the nature of revolutionary movements in each place, as well as their achievements. In their wake, these movements left altered power relationships and the “modern” world. In this course, we will study the American, French, and Haitian Revolutions by examining significant political and philosophical tracts, the lives of the central actors, and the unfolding of events in each of these seminal movements for equality and independence. We will look, too, at subsequent revolutionary movements with our comparative lens.

Hist 131-06 Hist Inq: The 1960s (1) (TH) Eisenberg

The 1960s are remembered as a tumultuous decade, in which basic assumptions, relationships, and values were challenged. This decade profoundly shaped the ways in which Americans in the late 20th and early 21st centuries understand issues ranging from war and political leadership to gender relations and racial divisions. This course allows students to explore the 1960s through primary sources, and to debate historical interpretations of that era. Course materials cover a range of political, cultural and social developments of the 1960s, with a particular focus on social protest, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Vietnam War.

Hist 344 Asian Environmental History (1) McCaffrey

This course explores East Asian history through environmental perspectives, interrogating the relationship between humans and the natural environment as mediated by state and social institutions. It covers both the pre-modern and the modern periods, focusing on discrete case studies relating to different East Asian states. We explore the intersections of ecological history with social and economic development as well as examine the role of the state with respect to both regulating and exploiting natural and human resources. We also consider the philosophical and cultural factors which distinguish the Asian historical experience of environmental management.

History 450 A Constitutional History of the Civil War. (1) Green

This seminar will consider the causes and ramifications of the American Civil War from a constitutional perspective.  It will trace those constitutional structures (e.g., federalism; slavery provisions) and subsequent events and cases (e.g., the secession crisis; Dred Scott) that precipitated the political and constitutional crisis of the Civil War.  It will consider Lincoln's interpretation of the Constitution and his various legal policies (emancipation; suspension of habeas corpus; property confiscation; military tribunals).  It will then consider creation and application of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments and their subsequent interpretation and enforcement (e.g., Jim Crow laws; Plessy), concluding with the rise of the civil rights movement and Brown v. Board of Education.  The course will not consider civil war battles.  Student will write a short review of a book, a short critique of a classmate’s paper, and write and present a final paper on a related topic of their choosing. 

POLI 105W-01: Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (1) (W)

In 1831 a twenty-five year old French aristocrat named Alexis de Tocqueville together with his friend Gustave de Beaumont visited the United States of America. For over nine months they traveled through the new nation, observing and interviewing its citizens. The result of that journey is the most famous book ever written on U.S. politics and culture: Democracy in America. In this seminar we will read this classic text and wrestle with Tocqueville’s efforts to understand the meaning of America as well the significance of democratic equality in the modern world. Along the way we will also ponder, as Tocqueville did, slavery and race, the destruction of Native Americans, the relationship between religion and democracy, the importance of citizenship, the dangers of individualism, the power of the comparative method, and the significance of American exceptionalism.

POLI 315-01: Reading Tocqueville: Text and Context (1)

This class offers students the opportunity to spend the semester engaging the most celebrated book ever written about American society and politics: Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, the first half of which was published in 1835, followed by the second half in 1840. We will not only read closely the justly famous text but unearth its often forgotten historical context, French and especially American.

Democracy in America was based on a nine-month journey (May 1831-February 1832) through the United States (and Canada) that Tocqueville undertook at the age of 25. In this class, we will retrace Tocqueville’s footsteps, and those of his traveling companion and lifelong friend Gustave de Beaumont. We will study the people that Tocqueville and Beaumont interviewed (including President Andrew Jackson and former president John Quincy Adams) as well as the places that the two young French aristocrats visited, including Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Our aim during the semester, then, is not only to attend closely to Tocqueville’s philosophical preoccupation with modern democracy but also to investigate carefully the United States of 1831-1832 that Tocqueville and Beaumont encountered. This will be a course, in short, as much about history as about political (and social) theory.

POLI 315-02: War and Authority (1) 

In this seminar, we will study some of the most important changes in the nature of war, both in terms of the technologies for prosecuting it and war’s relationship to political authority.  We will ask, how is the nature and form of war related to the ways people are governed?  We will consider this question from a variety of theoretical angles, including mainstream security perspectives as well as postcolonial and feminist perspectives.

"One Time Only" Courses

ECON 132 - Introduction to Economic Inquiry (1) (US)

This course introduces students to economic inquiry.  We will address questions such as: What kinds of questions do economists ask?  How do they go about trying to answer those questions?  Why do economists disagree with on another?  and How does this conversation connect to current public discourse?  Drawing on the work of important figures in the history of economic though, students will encounter the arguments of two major approaches to economic analysis as developed by E. K. Hunt in History of Economic Thought: A Critical Perspective.

ECON 339 - Law and Economics (1)

This course is an introduction to the study of law and economics.  Law and Economics is the economic analysis of legal rules and institutions using the tools of microeconomics.  Legal rules will be viewed as mechanisms for allocating resources, and the efficiency of alternative legal rules is analyzed.  This course will focus on areas of common law: torts, property law, and contracts, as well as criminal law and the litigation process.

IDS 340 - Medical Anthropology Community-Based Research: Food Insecurity in the Willamette Valley (.5)

This .5 credit course is a one-time special research component of Medical Anthropology 344.  The course is designed in collaboration with the Marion/Polk Food Share to examine local malnutrition and the paradox of hunger in the agriculturally-rich Willamette Valley.  Students will be organized into small teams to conduct community-based research, investigating new trends in food (in)security and assessing local efforts to prevent malnutrition and hunger.  Course includes guestt lectures and site visits to food share and pantries, farms, governmental agencies and agricultural distribution centers.  At the end of the semester, student research teams will formally present their research findings and recommendations to the Food Share and wider public.  Students registering for this course must have completed Medical Anthropology 344 or currently be registered for the course.  Open to Juniors and Seniors.

PHIL 245 - Environmental Ethics (1) (AR)

A critical examination of the ethical status of non-human animals and natural systems within classical and contemporary thought.  Do humans have a special status as nature's masters, exploiters, or protectors?  Does nature have an intrinsic value apart from human appreciation?  Do animals, plants, or ecosystems have rights?  Shoult the preservation of wilderness ever take precedence over human development?  Particular attention will be given to the radical shift in environmental valuation seen in both popular and academic ethics over the past fifty years?

"One Time Only" Topics Courses with MOI Designation


One Time Only Courses with Writing-Centered Designation


"One Time Only" Topics Courses