University of Central Florida

Fall 2015 Interdisciplinary Seminars

Fall 2015 Interdisciplinary Seminars (All classes are 3 credit hours)

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Honors Analysis & Application of Ethical, Legal, & Safety Issues In Schools
 EDF 4603H, Class Number: 80553
 R 10:30 AM—1:20 PM, TA 0301
 Critical analysis of contemporary educational issues, including ethical, safety, legal, cultural, and linguistic considerations which directly impact schooling in a democracy.

Honors Case Studies In Ethics
 IDH 3600H, Class Number: 82012
 TR 3:00—4:15 PM, BHC 0126
 Case Studies in Ethics is an interdisciplinary, case study approach to practical, contemporary ethical issues in a variety of contexts. For example, ethical problems and dilemmas in education, engineering, law, medicine, personal relationships, and politics, among others, are included and serve as a basis for students to conduct significant research on the cases. Among the requirements for the course are position papers applying creative and critical thinking skills and ethical concepts to the cases and in-class debates/ethics bowl practice. Students will participate in the on-campus UCF Ethics Bowl competition, and selected students may participate in the Southeast Regional Ethics Bowl on the UCF team. It is possible that participation in the regional ethics bowl will lead to an invitation to the national competition. If you are interested in learning more about this seminar, please contact any of the following individuals:
 Dr. Madi Dogariu –
 Dr. Nancy Stanlick –

Honors Cultural Traditions of India
IDH 3101H, Class Number: 88306
T 3:00-5:50 PM, BHC 0131
The integration of Indian culture, philosophy, and art.

Honors Documentary Film Production
AMH 3930H/FIL 3930H, Class Number: 82877 or 90556
T 3:00-5:50 PM, NSC 148
Students will collaborate with a history and film professor to enhance an historical documentary film with accompanying interactive exhibits that live online.  No video or web production experience is required.  We seek students interested in creating an informative and entertaining experience through the use of portable devices for “padcasts,” photo galleries, and supporting historical documents.

Honors Film Adaptations: From Page to Screen
 FIL 4103H, Class Number: 82684 
 T 6:00-8:50 PM, NSC 148
 Exploration of the cultural, historical, and aesthetic context in which literary works and their film counterparts inform each other.

Honors Global Perspectives on Terrorism
INR 3930H, Class Number: 85753
 TR 3:00-4:15 PM, VAB 113
 Emergence and development of modern terrorism and how changes in terrorism are in part a manifestation of the transformation of international order.

Honors Italian Renaissance: From Dante to Michaelangelo
ITA 3930H, Class Number: 90557
M 3:00-5:50 PM, BA1 206
This course joins together the fields of music, drama, and literature. In a time when 'globalization' actively shapes our world, this course offers tools for analyzing diverse cultural expressions. The central focus is Italian opera, literature, and film of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as they inform our understanding of Italian culture. We will watch and listen to opera as well as read Italian novels and poems on the same subjects. Comparing opera to other artistic genres, including film, illuminates the modernity and universality of the messages it carries. We will also analyze how words, music, and image create cultural meaning. Group presentations and brief response papers will guide students to develop skills necessary for the final research paper.

Honors Mass Communication Law
MMC 3200H, Class Number: 85436
TR 1:30—2:45 PM, NSC 228
Legal rights and responsibilities of the mass media.

Honors Moot Court
PLA 3951H, Class Number: 86904
F 1:30-4:20 PM, HPA1 110
The course is designed to prepare UCF Honors and Legal Studies Students for the American Collegiate Moot Court Tournament.  Students enrolled in the class will be given the opportunity to represent UCF and compete at UCF’s South Atlantic Regional Moot Court tournament in November. This class counts as an Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar for all majors and will satisfy the Capstone requirement for a Legal Studies major. If you are interested in this class email Mr. Rupert Neish at expressing your interest.

Honors Motion Picture Genre - Zombies & Beyond: Monsters, Movies & Metaphors
FIL 4830H, Class Number: 82559
W 12:00-2:50 PM, NSC 148
In this class, we'll watch about a dozen monster movies, plus clips from  several others, featuring such classic creatures as zombies, vampires, and Frankenstein's monster.  We'll explore what these monsters mean on the surface, as well as how they function as metaphors in psychological and sociological contexts. We will also examine how these films convey their deeper meanings cinematically and what these films represent in film history. Among the movies we'll be watching are Night of the Living Dead, Shaun of the Dead, World War Z, Dracula, Frankenstein, Jaws, The Birds, Alien, The Exorcist and X-Men: First Class.

Honors Performing Identity: Reading, Critiquing and Creating Art
ART 3930H/LIT 3930H, Class Number: 90555 or 90212
TR 1:30-2:45 PM, BHC 126
This course examines both performance art and literature that uses, promotes and/or problematizes identity at its core. We want students to deconstruct identity in order to better critique art in all of its manifestations. We will analyze how ethnic, racial, gender, class and other types of identity markers are portrayed by a wide variety of artists. Out interest is to actively explore and examine contemporary authors and performance artists who foreground identity in their work, whether ethnicity, race, class, sexual orientation or any other “marker” at the core of a given performance or text.

Honors Professional Writing
ENC 3250H, Class Number: 82916
TR 9:00-10:15 AM, BHC127
Robert Southey once said, “it is with words as with sunbeams—the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.” Learn how to write clearly, concisely, and vigorously in ENC 3930H to meet your audiences’ needs. Honors Professional Writing in a hands-on course that will introduce you to a variety of common workplace writing situations, including writing instructional documents of LEGO models.

Honors Religion & Medicine
REL 4180H, Class Number: 82740
TR 12:00-1:15 PM, BHC 0126
A comparative study of the approaches toward medicine and healing in different religious traditions, both in the U.S. and the wider world.

Honors Sport & Society In The Ancient World
 EUH 4674H, Class Number: 81952
 TR 10:30-11:45 AM, BHC 0129
 A comparison of the original form of the Olympic Games (and ancient notions of sport) to their modern counterparts

Honors Writing In Digital Environments
ENC 4416H, Class Number: 82558
MWF 12:30-1:20 PM, BHC 0126
Blog, tweet, and web code your way toward a deeper understanding of how digital environments function as rhetorical contexts. Learn strategies for critiquing, composing in, and improving digital writing genres and networks.