About DNCE 1990 A

Introductory courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.


Open to degree and PACE students; Cross listed with CAS 1710 and REL 1990; Total combined enrollment = 180

Section Description

How do psychedelics work? What does it mean to have an “out-of-body experience” or to “lose yourself” while dancing? How do religious mystics use their bodies to communicate with spirits? This course will take up these questions (and more!) through an examination of the “mind-body problem” from different disciplinary perspectives, including neuroscience, religion, music, and dance. We will explore the relationships between mind, brain, body, and behavior, asking how the senses, the body, and consciousness interact in order to shape our knowledge of the world. In doing so we address the question of what it means to be human from scientific, humanistic, and artistic perspectives.

Section Expectation

Classes will feature a combination of lecture, performance, informal writing, and small-group discussions. Students are expected to attend regularly and to actively participate in discussions and other activities. Students should expect to spend 5-6 hours a week outside of class completing assigned readings and other homework.


Grades will be based on: Attendance & Participation, Quizzes, Reflection journal, Creative Project.

Important Dates

Note: These dates may change before registration begins.

Note: These dates may not be accurate for select courses during the Summer Session.

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