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Schedule of Classes   Spring 2010
         (Revised 11.16.09)

Note:  All Honors College students must take four honors classes (in addition to the CHC seminars) in their four years at Hunter College.


MHC 150         MHC Seminar 2: Peopling of New York   

Section 001        T 1:10-3:40                      Prof.  McCauley                                                       #0399                HE 109                             3 cr


MHC 150         MHC Seminar 2: Peopling of New York           

Section 002        M/TH 1:10-2:25                      Prof. Friedlander
#0400                HN C113                                 3 cr


MHC 150         MHC Seminar 2: Peopling of New York

Section 003        M 1:10-3:40                        Prof.  Foner
#0401                HW 623                               3 cr


MHC 150         MHC Seminar 2: Peopling of New York               

Section 004        T, 8:30-11:00                    Prof.  Gardner
#0402                HW 1639                           3 cr


MHC 150         MHC Seminar 2: Peopling of New York           

Section 005        TH 1:10-3:40                    Prof. Chin
#0403                HW 623                            3 cr


MHC 150         MHC Seminar 2: Peopling of New York       

Section 006        T 1:10-3:40                        Prof.  Salzman
#4057                HN 1501                             3 cr


MHC 250         MHC Seminar 4: Shaping the Future of New York City

Section 001    TH 10:10-12:40                    Prof. Vengoechea
#0404            HW 1441                               3 cr


MHC 250         MHC Seminar 4: Shaping the Future of New York City     

Section 002        T, 2:10-4:40                    Prof. Ramasubramanian   
#0405                HW 623                            3 cr


MHC 250         MHC Seminar 4: Shaping the Future of New York City

Section 003        T/TH 4:10-5:25                Prof. Glassman
#0406                HW 413                           3 cr

MHC 250        MHC Seminar 4: Shaping the Future of New York City

Section 004        W 3:10-5:40                Prof. Gutfreund               
#0407                HN C110                      3 cr


MHC 250        MHC Seminar 4: Shaping the Future of New York City   

Section 005        T 2:10-4:40                         Prof. Gutfreund
#0408                HW 1441                             3 cr


AFPRL 210        Introduction to Caribbean History, 1900-Present

Section 900        M/Th 1:10-2:25          Prof. Toney
#0021                HW 619                      3 cr


ANTHC 101    Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Section 900     M, W, 12:10-1:00             511 HW      Prof. Hodges
#0077            TH 8:10-9:25 AM               732 HN       3 cr


ENG 120         Expository Writing

Section 900         T, F 11:10-12:25                Robbins          
Code#0818         HW 217                               3 cr


ENG 220        Introduction to Literature   

Section 900        T, F 11:10 - 12:25              Prof. Varga             
#0907                 HE 921                              3 cr


ENG 220        Introduction to Literature

 Section 901        T, W, F 10:10-11:00           Prof. Halstead 
#0908                HN C101                             3 cr

ENG 494.80    Beckett and Sustainability         

Section 900        T, 2:10-4:40                      #4295                   

Prof. Israel        HW 1242                               3 cr  


The writing of Irish author Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), who lived most of his adult life in France, is desperately spare, utterly uncompromising, and often terribly funny.  Our seminar will explore texts from Beckett’s long, long, writing career, from the early poems and critical essays (of the late 1920s-early 30s), through the novelistic trilogy and major plays (40s and 50s), to the incursions into film and television (60s and 70s), to the late prose experiments (of the 80s). We will approach Beckett’s writing as a constellation into the study of language, literature, theatre, genre, ethics and politics (especially postcolonial politics) across the century.  In the latter part of the semester we will explore Beckett’s impact on a variety of arenas, including especially literature, philosophy and visual art.  Readings/viewings might include works by Sartre, Blanchot, Fanon, the Brazilian Concrete Poets, Adorno, Bernhard, Derrida, Deleuze, Andre, Hesse, Smithson, Nauman, Kelman, Coetzee, Sebald, Badiou, Cavell and Agamben.  Reading knowledge of French helpful but not essential.  Requirements: regular attendance and participation, ten-minute oral presentation, 2000-word midterm paper, 4000-word final research paper (topics and approaches to be discussed).     

FREN 256        Dream and Image:  Descartes to Proust

Section 900        M, TH 4:10-5:25            HW 1327
#1168                Prof. Barsoum                3 cr


 HUM 250.51    Freud’s Contributions to Our Lives and Thought   

Section 900         M 3:10-5:40                      3 cr   
#4435                Prof. Daniel Cohen            C111 HN  


HUM 250.64    The Critical Perspective

Section 900        W 10:10-1:00        HW 408
#4913                Prof. Levitas          3 cr

 This seminar is about writing and reading from a critical perspective, designed to help students write convincing, readable short essays that are also entertaining, informative and provocative. The first step toward an effective style begins with a sharp focus on developing a critical point of view, favorable or not, in-your-face or more subtly argued. Although dumping on an idea or an opinion is easier and more fun than praising it, we'll try both approaches. In an informal workshop environment, the group will read and write in a variety of modes--opinion pieces, personality sketches or profiles, advice columns, editorials, obituaries (real or imagined), culture reviews of movies, dance, architecture, music, etc.                                                 

Times critics and others will make guest appearances to discuss their work and how they go about doing it. Students will write one article a week (700-800 words) and should also be prepared to line edit and constructively discuss the work of their colleagues.

Writing assignments will constitute two-thirds of the grade; class participation will count for one-third. There is no final exam.

Prof. Levitas is currently Executive Associate in the New York Times Book Development Program, which he founded 12 years ago. He has also served as the editor of the Op-Ed page, the Sunday Book Review, the Week in Review and the Metropolitan Desk.


HUM 250.65    Truth and Consequences

Section 900                            Prof. Pool-Eckert          3 cr
#4916                                     W 3:10-5:40        HN C111

This course will examine the role journalism plays in our media saturated world. It will address the legal and ethical dilemmas, and even the physical dangers that journalists sometimes confront as they report the stories that are critical to understanding national and international events. The course will begin with history and context of some crusading journalists and their big stories.  The course will examine the press and public opinion. Through hands on projects and new media applications, students will learn how technological advances affect the news gathering process, and the aesthetics of news presentation. Students will become citizen journalists, creating their own class blog. There will be an emphasis on writing, and an introduction to the basic reporting skills that journalists working in all media platforms must develop. Professional reporters, editors, and photographers will provide firsthand accounts of their experiences and insights into the challenges of reporting the news.

Professor Pool-Eckert has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  She is a retired Senior Producer, CBS News, and a former Senior Producer for sixteen years on Peabody Award Winning CBS News Sunday Morning broadcast.   She was also a Producer for The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather for thirteen years, working on stories on national news events, economics, politics, and international events in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. 

Professor Pool-Eckert is the recipient of twelve Emmy Awards: eight as Sunday Morning Sr. Producer and four as CBS Evening News Producer.  She also received the 1999 MUSE Career Achievement Award from New York Women in Film and Television, and the Columbia University Journalism 2002 Alumni of the Year Award.


MATH 150        Calculus with Analytic Geometry I   

Section 900         M/TH, 12:10-2:00        HE 920  3 cr


MUSHL 217    History of Jazz   

Section 900         Prof.  Keberle                                                                                                   #4148                 T/F 3:45-5:00        HN 407         3 cr        


POLSC 110    American Government:  A Historical Introduction

Section 900                M, TH 11:10-12:00;     TH 12:10-1:00            Prof. Tien
#2079                        HW 714;      HW 1731                                     3 cr


POLSC 204.66    Political Ideologies

Section 001        M, TH 2:45-4:00               Prof. Feldman
#4162                  HW 415                         3 cr

NOTE:    The Political Science Department is reserving 10 seats for Honors College students, but you should nevertheless sign up ASAP.  This class does not count toward your four required Honors College courses.


POLSC 263    Government and Politics in the Middle East      Prof. Bellin

Section 900          M, TH 9:45-11:00        3 cr                                                                               #4698                 Political Science Conference Room (HW 1731)       


PSYCH 170    Human Sexuality   

Section 900        T, Th 4:10-5:25            HN 1516   
#2272                Prerequisite: PSYCH 100     3 cr           


PSYCH 390.78    Neurobiology of Memory   

Section 900        T 5:35-7:25 (additional hours TBA)          Prof. Serrano
#4506                 HN 611                                                    3 cr                                                         

NOTE:      This is a Master’s level Psychology course that is cross listed as an Honors College course.  You must have the following prerequisites:
English 120; Psych 248; Psych 249 or 250; and Psych 300 or the equivalent.  You must also be a declared Psychology major.
NOTE:      This course is combined with PSYCH 750.89


WOMST 300.54    Becoming Equal:  Women and Global Public Policy Since the 1960s

Section 900        T 4:10-6:40               Prof.    Chesler
#2822                 HN C111                   3 cr

In recent years the world community, under the umbrella of the United Nations, has extended formal human rights jurisdiction to women seeking equal justice, equal opportunity, and freedom from long sanctioned cultural practices that license gender subordination, discrimination and even violence. “Women rights are human rights” has become a global mantra, and human rights law is now widely understood as an appropriate construct for informing the conduct and protecting the rights of individuals, and for doing so broadly. Through CEDAW, the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and through a series of high profile meetings over the past several decades, the UN has agreed upon a program of action to empower women, not just as a matter of justice, but also as an essential first step in securing democratic practices and accelerating economic growth in countries around the world.
This course will examine the recent history of this global movement for women’s rights and its long tangled relationship with opponents at home and abroad who have made women and the family an arena of intense political conflict. It will feature guest conversations with activists from within the UN and the non-governmental community who are engaged with these difficult issues. Students will be required to present papers or prepare sophisticated audio-visual presentations that consider a still contested matter of women’s rights in a country of their choosing. Open only to juniors and seniors with basic coursework in political science, international affairs, history, and/or women’s studies.

Ellen Chesler is Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she directs the Eleanor Roosevelt Initiative on Women and Public Policy at Roosevelt House, the college’s new public policy institute. She has recently returned to teaching after a long career in government and philanthropy, most recently at the Open Society Institute, the international foundation founded by George Soros. She holds a Ph.D. in American history from Columbia University and is the author of several books and many articles.


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