Registered HURC & MDHM Courses

Spring 2019 HURC Courses

MDHM 201 (formerly HURC 201) (Section 1) - INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL HUMANITIES

Instructor: Bailar, Melissa
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.

 

HURC 401/601 – MASTER CLASS IN CULTURAL HERITAGE

Instructor: Roof, Judith
This course consists of a series of sessions with Rice faculty and outside speakers that focus on specific texts to explore important critical questions and debates. There will be 14 master class sessions per term. At the end of the semester, the students will present their own work in a symposium.

 

HURC 423/623 – PRACTICUM IN CULTURAL HERITAGE

Instructor: Mulligan, John
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.

 

HURC 432 001 – SPATIAL HUMANITIES: THE AMERICAN 1930s

Instructor: Richardson, Laura
The American 1930s witnessed a natural and manmade topographical dynamism unmatched by any other modern U.S. decade. What are the connections between a rapidly remolding American landscape and the coevolution of modernist aesthetics in the 1930s? This course encourages students to answer this question from the perspective of a spatial humanist—a scholar who considers the roles of time, place, and landscape in micro-stories of everyday life and the macro-narratives of the broader human condition. 

 

HURC 432 004 / 632 – SPATIAL HUMANITIES: SPACE/TIME/TRAVEL, 1400-1700

Instructors: Narkin, Elisabeth & Sweeney, Kyle
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. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: HURC 632. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for HURC 432 and HURC 632

 

HURC 502 - CRITICAL PLATFORM STUDIES

Instructor: Bailar, Melissa
The seminar will explore digital knowledge platforms (e-learning, publishing, crowd-sourced, etc.) that both disseminate knowledge and raise questions about what counts as expertise, who controls access to information, what power shifts from educational institutions to corporations, how quantification affects humanistic wisdom, and how academic autonomy and diversity are ultimately disrupted. Repeatable for Credit.

HURC 503 - MELLONGRADUATE SEMINAR II

Instructor: Deconick, April
In this seminar, students continue their research on emerging religions, and workshop their papers, conference presentations, dissertation chapters, and other writing/oral projects. This class is a year-long extension of the Mellon Graduate Seminar I.

 

Fall 2018 HURC Courses

 

MDHM 201 (formerly HURC 201) (Section 1) - INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL HUMANITIES

Instructors: 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)

 

HURC 299 (Section 1) - HISTORY AND MEANING

Instructor: Evan Choate
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. Topics vary each semester. Past topics have included: Surreal Houston; Curating Heritage; (Dis)locating Art. Consult the Humanities Research Center or the English Department for more information. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HURC 302 (Section 1) - UNDERSTANDING ENERGY

Instructor: Spector, Brian
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)

 

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

Instructor: Bailar, Melissa
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)

 

HURC 311 (Section 1) - FUTURES OF THE ARCHITECTURAL EXHIBIT

Instructor: Geiser, Reto
The course explores the place of humanities in the public sphere, presenting tools for critical assessment. Undergraduate and graduate students from across campus form research cohorts with Rice faculty, outside scholars, and members of local institutions. Graduate students serve as mentors for undergraduates and will be assessed on papers and the class sessions they design and lead. Credit cannot be earned for HURC 311 and HURC 511. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HURC 423 (Section 1) - PRACTICUM IN CULTURAL HERITAGE

Instructor: Mulligan, John
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)

 

HURC 430 (Section 1) - PRACTICUM IN HEALTH HUMANITIES

Instructor: Mulligan, John
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)

 

HURC 502 (Section 1) - CRITICAL PLATFORM STUDIES

Instructor: Bailar, Melissa
The seminar will explore digital knowledge platforms (e-learning, publishing, crowd-sourced, etc.) that both disseminate knowledge and raise questions about what counts as expertise, who controls access to information, what power shifts from educational institutions to corporations, how quantification affects humanistic wisdom, and how academic autonomy and diversity are ultimately disrupted. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HURC 503 (Section 1) - MELLON GRADUATE SEMINAR II

Instructor: DeConick, April
In this seminar, students continue their research on emerging religions, and workshop their papers, conference presentations, dissertation chapters, and other writing/oral projects. This class is a year-long extension of the Mellon Graduate Seminar I. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HURC 506 (Section 1) - HEALTH AND HUMANITIES MASTERCLASS

Instructor: Bailar, Melissa
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 506 and HURC 306. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HURC 511 (Section 1) - FUTURES OF THE ARCHITECTURAL EXHIBIT

Instructor: Geiser, Reto
The course explores the place of humanities in the public sphere, presenting tools for critical assessment. Undergraduate and graduate students from across campus form research cohorts with Rice faculty, outside scholars, and members of local institutions. Graduate students serve as mentors for undergraduates and will be assessed on papers and the class sessions they design and lead. Credit cannot be earned for HURC 311 and HURC 511. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HURC 602 (Section 1) - RICE SEMINARS

Instructors: Boyer, Dominic; Campana, Joseph; Howe, Alyssa
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)