Spring 2018 Courses

An information session for the minor's Spring and Summer semester course offerings will be held on Thursday, November 2, from 4:00-5:00, in Herring 126.

Electives

 

THE POLITICS OF THE PAST: ARCHAEOLOGY IN SOCIAL CONTEXT
ANTH 345 Distribution Group II

Instructor: McIntosh, Susan K.
An examination of the way that archaeological evidence of the past has been used and viewed by particular groups at different times. Using case studies, the course considers issues of gender, race, Eurocentrism, political domination and legitimacy that emerge from critical analysis of representations of the past by archaeologists, museums, and collectors. Credit cannot be earned for ANTH 345 and ANTH 545. (View Registrar Listing)

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD TECHNIQUES
ANTH 362/562 Distribution Group II

Instructor: Fleisher, Jeffrey B.
Methods used in fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and interpretation of archaeological data from a local site excavated by the class. Credit cannot be earned for ANTH 362 and ANTH 562. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

EARLY CIVILIZATIONS
ANTH 363 Distribution Group II

Instructor: Morgan, Molly
A comparative study of the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus, China, and the Maya, emphasizing the causes and conditions of their origins. Credit cannot be earned for ANTH 363 and ANTH 563. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HISTORY AND THEORY II - PRE 1890
ARCH 345/645, HART 345/645 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Schmidt, Sebastian
An in-depth exploration as to why select monuments from Antiquity through the 19th century were 'canonized' in popular imagination and given referential status. Following a case study format, each week will focus on a particular building, built or unbuilt, from both Western and Eastern traditions. Credit cannot be earned for ARCH 345 and ARCH 235/ARCH 535. (View Registrar Listing)

 

THE CHEMISTRY OF ART
CHEM 176

Instructor: Whitmire, Kenton H.
The chemistry of the materials and methods used to create, conserve and authenticate art objects will be presented. Topics will include sculpture, painting, photography, textiles, jewelry, furniture, etc. Taught in conjunction with the Conservation Department and Staff of the MFAH. Some classes will be held at the MFAH or HMNS. (View Registrar Listing)

 

FAKES, FORGERIES, AND STOLEN ART
FWIS 155

Instructor: Fuqua, Kariann
In 1990, two men stole 13 paintings worth an estimated $300 million dollars from the Gardner Museum. The crime remains unsolved, and an estimated 40% of artwork on the market today is either faked or forged. This course will analyze these and other high-profile issues through essays, literature, and film. (View Registrar Listing)

 

POLITICS OF CULTURAL HERITAGE IN THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST, 1800 TO THE PRESENT
HART 314

Instructor: Acikgoz, Umit F.
This seminar will examine the history of the concept of "cultural heritage" in the modern Middle East. We will explore the emergence of concerns for archaeological sites and architectural monuments, and the ability of cultural heritage to shore up contested claims of identity, ideology, and political legitimacy. (View Registrar Listing)

 

LOOKING AT EUROPEAN PRINTS 1400-1700
HART 333/525

Instructor: Wolfthal, Diane B.
The class has several goals: to gain a thorough historical understanding of prints by major masters as Schongauer, Mantegna, Der, and Rembrandt as well as more popular prints, explore key issues in the study of prints, such as how they revolutionized European culture, their patronage, markets, functions, and techniques; and to examine the prints first-hand. Credit cannot be earned for HART 333 and HART 525. (View Registrar Listing)

 

ISLAMIC ART AND EMPIRE
HIST 477

Instructor: Balabanlilar, Lisa A. and Froom, Aimee.
This class is an introduction to the visual, material, cultural, religious, and political systems of the great Islamic empires of the early modern Muslim world, enhanced by the unique opportunity for close study of Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal art works in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

SPATIAL HUMANITIES
HURC 432

Section 004: The Social Lives of Buildings (France) (View Registrar Listing)
Instructor: Narkin, Elisabeth D.

Section 003: Procedural Greco-Roman Cities (View Registrar Listing)
Instructor: Saldana, Marie G.

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.

 

MEDICINE AND THE MUSEUM: CLINICAL AESTHETICS AND THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON
RELI 335 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Brennan, Marcia G.
Through weekly visits to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this class develops key skills and engages relevant themes relating to medicine and caregiving, including observation and description, embodiment and motion, eros and suffering, vulnerable populations, grief and loss, human mortality and spiritual transcendence. (View Registrar Listing)

 

POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION: HOW WE UNDERSTAND "WAR" AND "THE RACIAL OTHER"
SOCI 365/ANTH 365

Instructor: Sharim, Yehuda
Does media show how things really are? This class explores the politics of representation, particularly in times of social mayhem, revolution, and war. Although we will focus primarily on cultural and political representations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this class will also put this dispute in comparison with other global events. (View Registrar Listing)

 


Practica

The Cultural Heritage minor offers a wide range of practica courses for advanced students. Please see the Minor Requirements page on the registrar's site for more information.

Registration will open in the Spring for two Summer-term practica in archaeological field techniques. Contact Kerry Ward and John Hopkins for more information.

 
MUSEUM INTERNSHIP II
HART 301

Instructor: Costello, Robert L.
The aim of this course is to provide select students a practicum in museum work accompanied by an introduction to a history of museums, including the varieties of museums, their role in society and significant issues in museums today. (View Registrar Listing)

 

BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP II
HART 401/HART 604

Instructor: Manca, Joseph P.
Undergraduate Internship at Bayou Bend and The American Decorative Arts Center of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Must be a Jameson Fellowship recipient to enroll. Credit cannot be earned for HART 401 and HART 604. (View Registrar Listing)

 

ARTS AND CULTURE INTERNSHIP 2
HUMA 407

Instructors vary.
The Office of the Dean of Humanities and relevant faculty match students individually with one of a variety of projects in the area of arts/museums/public culture. Students conduct research or related activities under guidance of on-site supervisor and the section instructor of record. Continuation of HUMA 406; part 2 of a year-long sequence. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HRC PRACTICUM IN CULTURAL HERITAGE
HURC 423

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)