Three Exciting GRC Courses for Spring 2018!


If you’re interested in taking an exciting class for spring semester we’d like to suggest three great options – CLAS 057H (Classics), WGST64.001 (Women’s and Gender Studies), and ENGL 695.001 (English). You can sign up for all of these classes now on Connect Carolina.

All three of these are research-exposure courses, which allow undergraduate students to take part in the research process in a collaborative manner and which require the completion of at least one fully-realized research project. REC courses provide a unique opportunity for UNC undergraduates to gain valuable insight into research methods across different disciplines. Keep reading below to learn more.

CLAS 057H; Dead and Deadly Women on the Western Stage: Greek Tragic Heroines from Aeschylus to Eliot

This course studies Greek tragic heroines — Clytemnestra, Medea, Alcestis, Phaedra, the Trojan Women, Antigone, the Bacchae, etc. — along with a modern novel that engages with some of these women. Greek plays will be read extensively in this course, and their relationships to a variety of other art will be analyzed as well.

This class aims to address many topics, including why Greek drama focuses intensely on women, the perspective of the playwrights vis-a-vis women, and the influence of these tragic characters on later writers, painters, and composers. Students will also explore these plays’ relevance to culture in the 21st century. In addition, students will learn the myths that provide the plots, as well as the ways in which the Greek tragedians shaped and even changed those plots. (Source: Syllabus)

WGST64.001; Plantation Lullabies

This course focuses on power, politics, and the representation of antebellum and postbellum plantations. What is the plantation? What are its residues? Plantation Lullabies will explore the idea of the plantation as a physical place and as an idea while also examining personal relationships and aspects of economics.

By way of narratives, films, and images originating primarily from the US, this course will juxtapose distinctions and intersections in these stories and interrogate the power of storytelling conventions and constructions of history in several forms. Students will also consider how their own identities (sexual, racial, gender, national, and class) inform and influence their reactions and relationships with various texts and their environment. (Source: Syllabus)

Engl 695.001; Health Humanities: Intensive Research Practice

In this course students will work on contributing to a research project to add a historical component to the re-envisioning of the Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh. Students will draw from available patient ledgers and records, newspaper archives, and genealogical databases to develop a history of an individual patient. They will also conduct secondary research to situate that history within an understanding of how mental illness was understood in the 19th and early 20th century.

Students’ work will culminate in an informative blog post which will be shared with the project planning committee for Dix Park. Moreover, they will also research a glossary term (such as a name for a mental illness or condition used in the 19th century) and write an informative glossary entry that will be used to help readers interpret patient records and historical materials. (Source: Syllabus)