Phillip S Thurtle
Focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of the humanities with an emphasis on writing. Investigation of forms and methods the humanities employ to explore life's biggest questions. Team-taught lectures and discussion sections for freshmen. Offered: W.
Taught by a molecular biologist and an historian of science and technology, this class encourages students to consider the commonality in human understanding and observation through a study of "emergence." Specifically, the class will study "emergence" as a quality of living beings and a component of creative thinking. Students will learn about the role of perception in art and the life sciences by concentrating on their provocative points of intersection. For instance, students will be encouraged to explore how recent artists have used biological materials and how biology is now beginning to rely on pattern recognition in data analysis. They will also be encouraged to evaluate their work in relation to the long tradition of scholarship in the humanities dedicated to describing ecstatic, sublime, and limit experiences. Finally, students will be required to present their own research in the form of a final project. Lectures and discussion sections meet twice weekly.
This class has an optional 3-credit laboratory/studio class (HUM 200) limited to 20 students by instructor permission (add code). The laboratory will consist of state of the art scientific research practices, including tissue culture of human bone cells, DNA isolation, polymerase chain reaction, genotyping, and an independent research project. Prior science knowledge is not necessary. Please contact one of the professors for an add code.
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