Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences and Humanities (INSH)

INSH 1000. Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern. 1 Hour.

Intended for freshmen in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Introduces freshmen to the liberal arts in general. Offers students an opportunity to become familiar with their major, to develop the academic skills necessary to succeed (analytical ability and critical thinking), to become grounded in the culture and values of the university community, and to develop interpersonal skills—in short, to become familiar with all the skills needed to become a successful university student. Prereq. Restricted to freshmen in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

INSH 1101. Picturing the World (or How We Came to Understand What Nature Is). 4 Hours.

Offers a multidisciplinary introduction to how we represent the world and the natural environment through hands-on study of early modern maps, art prints, and books. Examines how the invention of the scientific method (and fields from geography to botany) interfaces with the personal observations and experiences of travelers from Marco Polo to Charles Darwin. Further examines the way modern technologies, such as cinema, television, and digital media, are once again changing the way we see and understand the world.

INSH 1102. Food in Contemporary Context. 4 Hours.

Covers a multidisciplinary set of perspectives on an intrinsic part of daily life—food. Food is not just about survival—it is about being human. Producing it, making it, eating it, obsessing about it is woven throughout our lives. It defines, and is defined by, culture. It is the basis of economies, has produced great fortunes, defines entire communities, and is the cause of conflicts. It is at once natural and artificial, grown and manufactured. It nourishes us, and it makes us sick. It is the source of sublime pleasure and no small anxiety. Food defines us, as much as we define it. With these considerations, this course uses food as a lens into contemporary life.

INSH 1210. Special Topics in Social Sciences. 4 Hours.

Focuses on topics that are concerned with the organization and functioning of societies and cultures.

INSH 1220. Special Topics in the Humanities. 4 Hours.

Focuses on topics that are concerned with the expression of human experience and values and that foster critical and analytical thinking.

INSH 1990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

INSH 2101. Love and Hate: Social, Psychological, and Literary Approaches. 4 Hours.

Studies materials that define and describe love and hate from the fields of literature and literary criticism, social psychology, and criminology and criminal justice. “Love” and “hate” are small words describing powerful emotions with profound effects on individuals and on social groups. Focusing largely on contemporary examples, offers students an opportunity to analyze the differences and areas of overlap in the above fields’ approaches to love and hate, to discuss societal responses to these emotions, and to apply the methodologies of each field to research questions of their own. Prereq. (a) ENGW 1111 (which may be taken concurrently), ENGW 1102, ENGL 1111, or ENGL 1102 and (b) sophomore standing or above. Cross-listed with PSYC 2101.

INSH 2102. Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks. 4 Hours.

Uses Boston as a case study for integrating computational methods with the social sciences and humanities to provide new insights into major cultural, historical, and societal questions as they relate to and extend beyond the city of Boston. Through lectures, discussions, and labs, the course examines a variety of data sets that measure geographic, historical, literary, political, civic, and institutional landscapes. Offers students an opportunity to combine analytical tools, such as geospatial mapping, data visualization, and network science, with readings, hands-on class activities, and museum or site visits, enabling a comprehensive view of complex cultural and social phenomena. Prereq. CS 2500 (may be taken concurrently).

INSH 2104. Statistics in the Social and Political World. 4 Hours.

Offers an introductory course in statistics for the social sciences. Topics include descriptive statistics, samples and populations, estimation, hypothesis testing of differences between groups, and measures of association among variables. Uses basic tools in SPSS to assist students in analyzing existing data sets relevant to the social sciences. Prereq. MATH 1215. Coreq. INSH 2105.

INSH 2105. Recitation for INSH 2104. 0 Hours.

Provides small-group discussion format to cover material in INSH 2104. Coreq. INSH 2104.

INSH 2990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

INSH 3990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

INSH 4990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

INSH 7910. NULab Project Seminar. 1 Hour.

Offers students an opportunity to learn and use digital humanities methods with others in groups and across disciplines in the collaborative space of the NULab seminar.