The Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHS) Capstone is a semester-long project that builds upon prior coursework and allows students to produce a polished piece of original work. Past projects have included papers suitable for publication, art installations, computer games, and more. This collection contains final AHS work in a variety of mediums, for projects from 2006 to the present.
I was motivated to learn about the Colombian literature for numerous reasons. First, I wanted to learn about my country and gain insight into repercussions of current war. I had read novels by Grabriel Garcia Marquez and Laura Restrepo and they were fascinating so I decided to study deeper into the literature.
Through numerous political science courses at Wellesley College, I acquired knowledge about school desegregation and decided to do a capstone project about court cases regarding school desegregation in the United States.
The work studies the role of history in conflict and identity in Lebanon. Five key concepts are: the past is inescapable, the past can be manipulated, conflicts are catalysts, appeals to identity can be powerful, and nothing is static.
After taking Introduction to Political Science, Comparative Politics, International Security, and The American Presidency, I decided to synthesize information from the four classes. "Politics in the International Arena" refers to looking at the interplay of a variety of factors on the interactions between nations such as domestic systems, security issues, rationale for war, domestic situations and issues, leadership, and bureaucracy and institutions.
´╗┐During Renaissance Era, music spread through Europe and North America. Listeners had to learn how to play instruments. Today, however, people listen to new music because its widely and freely available.
Bioethics is the study and practice of making moral decisions in a biological context, a subset of ethics in general. Situations that involve bioethics arise in many fields, including medicine, research, academics, and business. These situations are often very complicated and can result in serious consequences if the ethical dimensions of the situation are not fully analyzed. Bioethics can be a tool for the critical decision-making process faced in the various fields of bioengineering. It is important for bioengineers to develop the skills and habits of ethical reflection so they are prepared to make an appropriate decision when faced with a dilemma. This module provides an introductory course experience in bioethics, as relevant to a bioengineering class, through bioethics literature, discussion prompts, and case study analysis. It grew out of interviews with professionals engaged in bioengineering pursuits and is intended to serve as an introduction to real-world bioethics within a bioengineering syllabus. It is also intended to provide students with the terminology, fundamental concepts, and resources for future study and experiences in bioethics.
Info-Liberals advocate less government interference in the flow of information. It seems that strong intellectual property will not promote innovation in high-technology and the administration risks wasting its R&D investments by pushing for strong IP. The shifting cultural norms will make strong-IP stance politically unsafe.
The project takes on an anthropological approach as it studies the Olin community. It is fascinating to note that the Olin community is resilient. It studies the community before and after Swartz's visit.
China is a rising global power yet people have deficiency in knowledge about the Chinese politics. It is a rapidly changing nation both economically and socially;however, we must watch out for more "normal" behavior.
This AHS project aims to identify and study any differences in the reasons why women and men decide to attend Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. I devised a survey that asked students to rate the importance of various factors, such as location, curriculum, and community, in determining whether or not they would attend Olin. My analysis of the survey indicates that few differences exist in the reasons why women and men choose Olin. This may suggest a few things. First, the students who decide to attend Olin are similar, particularly regarding reasons why they are attracted to the college and perhaps even other colleges. For example, the most important attributes about Olin, such as size, mission, and community, are attractive to students regardless of gender. Additionally, many of these students may have been looking an engineering school with a rigorous curriculum and prestigious faculty. Finally, the survey results may not have yielded the necessary data to indicate whether any reasons did exist between the students in regards to gender.
Domestic violence affects 1 in 3 women world wide and it is simply more than just physical beatings. The project focuses on researching writing craft and domestic violence that will be incorporated into a short story.
The work studies numerous social network theories such as Gestalt theory (Wolfgang Kohler, 1930s) and Jacob Moren's sociogram (1933). It also includes the application of graph theory to social science.
Significant number of Star Trek episodes express themes such as war, computers, the end of the world, and patriotism. The expression of themes changed over the time to reflect changes in American attitudes. The methods of expression can be evaluated using literary analysis.
This userÔÇÖs guide is intended as a companion for FIRST Robotics: The Curriculum. This curriculum was initially developed by Simon Helmore, a 3-year FIRST student and 4-year mentor, as part of an Education project at Olin College in the spring of 2007. While other resources for educating FIRST students exist, they tend to be content focused rather than pedagogy focused. These plans focus less on enumerating content and instead walk the instructor through a lesson, including questions, demonstrations, educational analogies, and example problems. Each lesson is designed for an hour an a half time block, but could probably be worked into two 45-minute blocks for a classroom setting.
In order to deeply understand one's bilingualism, it is essential to understand how and where it came about. With case studies of bilingualism that exists in South Asia and research, I can explain with confidence what bilingualism is,
The process of creating art has the potential to impact the artistÔÇÖs identity by changing his or her self-concept. This occurs when the artistic process changes self-representations or changes the elaboration or relative salience of a self-representation .
Humans are embodied and can be wounded fairly easily. People who fall under these categories, poor, women, or children, are often exploited and need aid. The work studies the reasons for the vulnerability that exists in the society.
There is a variety of ways to study Japanese. I particularly focused on the Rote and Creative method. The Rote method focuses on direct memorization of anything and everything while the creative method focuses on the practical application of the language. I wanted to find out which method worked better personally.
As modern organizations continue to become more complex and collaboration takes an increasing role, understanding the combined effect of formal and informal structure will be key to good management. As a result, socio-cognitive balance theory and other social network theories will become increasingly important, and business organizations will be an important testing ground for the application and development of such theories.
The purpose of my AHS Capstone this semester is the investigation of artistic design and how it relates to the styling of automobiles. In the course of this work I came to the conclusion that it is not unreasonable to view automobiles as examples of sculpture, when seen from the standpoint of design. I wanted to gain a new perspective on the car design space vs. art design space so I evaluated a statue of Bronco Buster and Ford Mustang to compare their designs.
Screenwriting. The art of fiction for the silver screen. How does this art turn? How are these stories concocted and developed? And how do they become films in a theater near you? I chose to answer those questions through practice, through the conception and development of the story of The Construct, an immense artificial creation buried deep beneath the Arctic glaciers. The final result provides an example of the background work of story development, the expression of the developed idea in a brief treatment, and a guide for the submission of such ideas to Hollywood and hopeful production.
This is a book that is meant to teach readers how to program by exposing them to beginning programming concepts while walking them through the making of a simple webpage. The idea is that as people read the chapters, they pick up programming experience, and when they're done, they will know enough about web development to immediately apply their newly learned skills. The book is aimed at people relatively comfortable with computers who have never programmed before. For this document in the archives, I wrote three sections of the book: a preface whose goal is to allow readers to judge whether the book is right for them, as well as the first two chapters of content.
This project includes recordings and lecture notes from a lecture recital which included the following works: 1. Prelude and Fugue in b-flat minor from Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach. The notes discuss different tuning systems, or temperaments, and their significance during Bach’s time. 2. The Long, Long Winter’s Night, Autumn Evening at the Millhouse, and Langeleik-lat from Fifty Folktunes from Hardanger by Geirr Tveitt. The notes discuss the unique aspects of folk music from Hardanger. 3. No. 3, Ballade from Six Pieces Op. 118 by Johannes Brahms. 4. Sonata in A Major D.664 by Franz Schubert. The notes discuss the sonata form and why musicians of the 19th century and beyond were so attracted to it.
This paper discusses the subdiscplines of anthropology, then goes on to teach the reader about how an anthropologist would learn about and from bones. Starting with the context in which a bone is found, it discusses the information that can be learned by where and within what a bone is found at a dig site. It then discusses determining whether a bone found is human, how a bone may be classified into a reference population, and how that reference population yields information about the individual who the bone belonged to. Then specific examples are provided as to how a specific bone can provide information about the diet, sex, age, stature, or ancestral history of an individual.
My AHS concentration is in Environmental Policy. I initially struggled with what I would do for my AHS Capstone project, as most of my initial possibilities included involvement in actual governments or joining and being active in environmental organizations. However, it quickly became clear to me that these were not possible to do within the scope of one semester. My personal goal for my AHS Capstone was to somehow make a positive impact on our environment, so I tried to think of other ways to do so. I had previously written an essay where I polled students and schools on whether high schools offered environmental science courses, and whether students actually took the courses. Less than half of the schools even offered some type of environmental science, and the environmental science courses that did exist were often seen as lesser courses that students took if they weren’t dedicated enough or had high enough grades for AP physics, chemistry, or biology. I decided to try to leave a positive impact on the environment by trying to change the amount of environmental education presented to high school students. Environmental policy is a worthwhile topic because it is extremely current and relevant in today’s world, and offers an opportunity for students to be introduced to interdisciplinary learning by helping them explore how various subjects such as science, economics, and ethics are involved in the policy-making process. I decided that writing an entire course’s worth of lesson plans on environmental policy would be useless, as it would be likely that the course would fall into the same caliber as current environmental science courses. Additionally, it would be hard to implement without a teacher already learned in environmental policy. Therefore, I decided to write two lesson plans that hit some of the basics of environmental policy, to be integrated within a government and politics course – a common history elective for juniors and seniors in high school. The first lesson plan focuses on environmental ethics and international whaling policy over the past century and features a research and peer-teaching component. The second lesson plan is a case study that examines the debate over the Cape Cod Wind project: a 140 Mega-Watt wind farm constructed in Nantucket sound.
Throughout history, activities performed by men and women have become so gender specific that the objects people use to perform these tasks have become emblems of gender identity. In the same way that tools and construction came to embody masculinity, sewing and knitting have come to embody femininity and women. As a student in engineering, a male-dominated field, I have spent four years enduring shocked looks and confused questions from strangers, friends, and family when I tell them what I study. I was introduced to crafts like sewing and knitting as a young girl and have created many things with them. As an engineer I have used wrenches, hammers, and screwdrivers to create. This piece explores the juxtaposition of these feminine hand crafts with common tools that are typically emblems of masculinity.
I created this piece to explore mass and illusion. I ended up discovering questions about perception in general and how the human brain is limited by senses. My work entailed research and creation of small drafts. Finally, I executed my knowledge to create a large installation piece I displayed in the Campus Center for an Art Opening. My piece itself was an 8’x3’x8’’ mitered box made from ¾’’ insulation foam. I glued this box together with support ribs inside and then coated it with a layer of primer. I then painted the slab with black acrylic and coated the surface with fine graphite powder. Finally, I TIG welded some chain along what would be the bottom face of the slab to make it look under tension, and wrapped the rest of the chain in a loop around the piece and hung it by the free ends from the ceiling.