Registered HURC Courses

Fall 2017 HURC Courses

 

INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL HUMANITIES
HURC 201 (Section 1)

Instructors: Ostherr, Kristen A. & Mitchell, Beverly M.
This course examines the history of medicine, concepts of disease vs illness, narrative medicine, health disparities, religion, spirituality, and the role of science and technology on the practices of healthcare. Students will develop skills in close reading, interpretation, historical contextualization, critical thinking. This course is required for the minor in Medical Humanities. This course is required for the minor in Medical Humanities. (View Registrar Listing)

 

INVALID WOMEN & ILLNESS IN LITERATURE
HURC 245 (Section 1)

Instructor: Bracken, Rachel C.
This course is an interdisciplinary study of cultural forms as diverse as poetry, advertisement, and film as well as topical interdisciplinary courses on literature and the arts, psychology, cultural studies, film media, anthropology, social theory, philosophy, law, and ethics. Taught by English Department Ph.D. candidates. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

SURREAL HOUSTON 1916-2017
HURC 299 (Section 1)

Instructor: Miller, Michael F.
In this course, students learn to apply critical humanistic methods to issues of public importance, especially in the Houston area. Participants study necessary applications of humanistic inquiry to civic life and contribute to this work themselves. Consult the Humanities Research Center or the English department for more information. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HRC UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
HURC 301 (Section 1)

Instructor: Fares, El-Dahdah
The HRC Undergraduate Fellowship requires students to attend a series of workshops and lectures. Fellow will also conduct research with HRC faculty. Contact HRC to apply. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

UNDERSTANDING ENERGY
HURC 302 (Section 1)

Instructor: Spector, Brian H.
Energy is a foundational driver of human development. Energy impacts our economy, politics, culture, and environment. In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of energy in the context of broader systems and will be asked to think critically about how and why we rely on particular energy resources. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HRC SUPERVISED RESEARCH
HURC 304 (Section 1)

Instructor: To be determined
This is a course designed for students who want to pursue intensive semester-long study of a particular topic that is the specialty of visiting faculty or postdoctoral fellow. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HEALTH AND THE HUMANITIES MASTER CLASS
HURC 306 (Section 1)

Instructor: Bailar, Melissa A.
Faculty from Rice University, University of Texas School of Public health, and University of Houston, as well as practitioners in the Texas Medical Center, will lead class discussions on different aspects of the health industry today. The class will meet Tuesday evenings at the McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science and at Rice Thursdays. Students will read essays, case studies, and fiction or watch films to prepare for each discussion. Credit cannot be earned for HURC 306 and HURC 506. (View Registrar Listing)

 

ADVANCED STUDY IN MUSEUMS/HERITAGE
HURC 308 (Section 1)

Instructors: Hopkins, John & Fuqua, Kariann
This course introduces students to advanced ethical, legal and practical issues facing museums as they acquire and maintain collections from areas prone to looting and destruction, especially the Ancient Mediterranean. We will examine the civic engagement and operation of the Menil Collection through close, on-site archival and object study. Credit cannot be earned for HURC 308 and HURC 508. (View Registrar Listing)

 

MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE
HURC 341 (Section 1)

Instructors: McIntosh, Susan K. & Hopkins, John
A wide-ranging introduction to museum studies with a particular focus on the collection and exhibition of cultural heritage materials. We will examine how heritage objects are displayed and represented in museums of art, natural historical history, and heritage. Topics include looking and ethics of collecting, policies of display, changing roles for museums; exhibition design and curatorial practice. (View Registrar Listing)

 

THE HUMANITIES OF CARE
HURC 361 (Section 1)

Instructor: Brennan, Marcia G.
Pairing the perspectives of medicine, bioethics, and the medical humanities with thematic case studies in art, literature, cinema, and visual culture, the class examines the humanities of care and the end of life. (View Registrar Listing)

 

PRACTICUM IN CULTURAL HERITAGE
HURC 423 (Section 1)

Instructor: Mulligan, John C.
This research-based course is conducted in partnership with cultural heritage institutions in Houston. Qualified and advanced students work 10 hours/week on site with curators, artists, archivists, center directors, and others to develop projects in specific research areas. Students meet regularly with instructor to discuss research and to present work at an end of semester symposium. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

PRACTICUM IN HEALTH HUMANITIES
HURC 430 (Section 1)

Instructor: Mulligan, John C.
This research-based course is conducted in partnership with health institutions in Houston. Qualified and advanced students work 10 hours/week on site with health professionals, archivists, center directors, and others to develop projects in specific research areas. Students meet regularly with instructor to discuss research and to present work at an end of semester symposium.  Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

SPATIAL HUMANITIES
HURC 432 (Section 1)

Instructor: El-Dahdah, Fares
This course will trace the evolution of a city as it existed and as it was imagined. Views, historic maps, and ground-floor plans will be located in both time and space while their associated visual and spatial data will be integrated across digital platforms. Graduate students enroll in an additional bootcamp and mentor undergraduate students. Credit cannot be earned for HURC 432 and HURC 632. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

MELLON GRADUATE SEMINAR I
HURC 501 (Section 1)

Instructor: DeConick, April D.
An advanced graduate seminar treating the history of religions and human sexualities within American culture from the colonial period to the present, with a special focus on how sexuality functions as both a focus of religious experience and expression and the privileged object of moral discipline and institutional anxiety. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HEALTH AND HUMANITIES MASTER CLASS
HURC 506 (Section 1)

Instructor: Bailar, Melissa A.
Faculty from Rice University, University of Texas School of Public health, and University of Houston, as well as practitioners in the Texas Medical Center, will lead class discussions on different aspects of the health industry today. The class will meet Tuesday evenings at the McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science and at Rice Thursdays. Students will read essays, case studies, and fiction or watch films to prepare for each discussion. Graduate students will have additional assignments. Graduate students will not write 5 papers required of undergraduates and may opt out of 3 lectures and the corresponding discussions. Credit cannot be earned for HURC 306 and HURC 506. (View Registrar Listing)

 

ADVANCED STUDY IN MUSEUMS/HERITAGE
HURC 508 (Section 1)

Instructors: Hopkins, John & Fuqua, Kariann
This course introduces students to advanced ethical, legal and practical issues facing museums as they acquire and maintain collections from areas prone to looting and destruction, especially the Ancient Mediterranean. We will examine the civic engagement and operation of the Menil Collection through close, on-site archival and object study. Credit cannot be earned for HURC 308 and HURC 508. (View Registrar Listing)

 

RICE SEMINARS
HURC 602 (Section 1)

Instructors: Hopkins, John & McGill, Scott C.
Year long intellectual inquiry during which faculty and grad students develop, present, and discuss original scholarship that explores aspects of the seminar's annual topic. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)