Biology 111: Molecules, Genes and, Cells
Introduction to the unifying principles of biology at the levels of organization from molecules through cells. The main topics are biochemistry and bioenergetics, cell structure and physiology, and Mendelian and molecular genetics. A laboratory, emphasizing planning, performing, and presenting experiments, meets once each week.
Writing 101: On China
How can we write about China in ways that capture its nuance and complexity yet are accessible to English-speaking readers? The rise of China from self-isolation to global economic, political, and cultural influence is one of the most powerful developments in our age. It is a fast-changing story; it seizes our attention and doesn’t let go. Easy answers elude us; complexity overwhelms certainty. Writers who seek to tell the story of China’s rise face both technical and ethical challenges. It is impossible to capture the full range and variety of experiences within China in a single text; simplification is inevitable. But when does simplification become oversimplification-even stereotyping? What is the appropriate balance between presenting factual information and placing that information within a broader context? Does judgment automatically imply bias? These are questions journalists and scholars who write about China struggle with every day. In this course we will look at writing about China with these questions in mind. We will develop skills and practices of good writing through reading good writing that takes China as its subject and by analyzing texts to see how they respond to the question, “How should we write about China?” Through a sequence of writing assignments, students will cultivate skills in reading, argumentation, research, revision, and editing.
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Philosophy 107: Medieval Philosophy
Introduction to philosophers of the medieval period. We will study thinkers of the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish traditions, spanning from the fourth century C.E. up to the fourteenth century. Philosophers discussed may include: Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, Peter Abelard, Avicenna, Algazali, Averroes, Saadia, Maimonides, Aquinas, and John Duns Scotus.
Survey of the current psychology of learning, perception, motivation, intelligence, thinking, and social and abnormal behaviors, with emphasis on the application of scientific methods to psychological investigation and on the biological bases of behavior and experience. Students may be required to participate in experiments or in alternative research experiences.