University of Central Florida

Spring 2016 Interdisciplinary Seminars

Spring 2016 Interdisciplinary Seminars (All classes are 3 credit hours)

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Honors Baseball and American Culture
AMH 3930H, Class Number: 12396
M 6:00-8:50 PM, CNH 207E
The history of baseball and its interaction with a variety of areas of American culture from the 19th through the early 21st century.


Honors Bioethical and Legal Issues in Health Care
NUR 3826H, Class Number: 15834
T 9:00-11:50 AM, UT 650A
Includes questions concerning human values, legal and ethical questions arising in health care delivery policy issues and professional practice among licensed health care professionals. 


Honors Creative Processes: Theory and Practice
EDG 3930H/THE 3930H, Class Number 18545 or  18486
TR 1:30-2:45 AM, BHC 127
Creativity is explored through educational theory, historically, psychologically, spiritually, and artistically. Thinking and problem solving creatively applied to all professions.


Honors Creative Writing
CRW 3010H, Class Number: 11858
MW 3:00-4:15 PM, BHC 127
Theory and techniques of literary genres with honors level content; practice and critique of original writing by peers and critical reading of established authors.


Honors Cultural Traditions of India
IDH 3101H, Class Number: 16364
R 3:00—5:50 PM, BHC 0131
The integration of Indian culture, philosophy, and art.


Honors Cultural Traditions of India
IDH 3101H, Class Number: 16364
R 3:00—5:50 PM, BHC 0131
The integration of Indian culture, philosophy, and art.


Honors Death and Dying
LIT 3202H, Class Number: 19520
TR 4:30—5:45 PM, BHC 129 
Considering the topic of death and dying through a study of literature, the course includes facts, psychological impact, ideological responses to death and identity.


Honors Diplomacy
INR 4030H, Class Number: 14168
TR 4:30—5:45 PM, CB1 107
Prerequisite: POS 2041. Concepts, theories, and methods of contemporary diplomacy; diplomatic processes in the international arena.


Honors Dreaming Asia: Asian Religions & Culture in the Western Imagination
REL 3930H, Class Number: 12258
TR 9:00-10:15 AM, BHC 127
From the nineteenth-century anxiety over the “Mystical East”, to the current popularity of meditation and yoga, Asian religions have been a consistent preoccupation of the Western cultural imagination. Taking an historic and theoretical approach, this interdisciplinary seminar will examine the multiple ways that Asia has been imagined and represented by the West. We will explore how Asian religions have been encountered, (mis-) understood and constructed in Western literature, psychological-scientific discourse, religious dialogue, and popular culture. We will also consider how Asians have responded to the Western assimilation, appropriation, and transformation of their religious and cultural worlds.


Honors Evolution of Hip Hop
AFA 3930H, Class Number: 12458
TR 3:00-4:15 PM, ENG1 224
Historical analysis of Hip Hop from its African roots to the present with emphasis on the socio-political implications of this phenomenon.


Honors Film Adaptations: From Page to Screen
FIL 4103H, Class Number: 18485 
M 6:00-8:50 PM, NSC 183
Exploration of the cultural, historical, and aesthetic context in which literary works and their film counterparts inform each other.


Honors How Music Affects The Brain
MCB 3930H / MUS 3930H, Class Number: 18333 or 11601
TR 9:00—10:15 AM, BHC 126
Exploration of the effects of music on the brain functions including mood, emotion, pain, cognition, and memory using interdisciplinary approaches.


Honors Law In Film
POS 3930H / FIL 3930H, Class Number: 19740 or 12130
R 12:00-2:50 PM, NSC 0148
Films that highlight different aspects of the law as an institution or as a profession are examined.


Honors Medical Sociology
SYO 4400H, Class Number: 14314
TR 3:00-4:20 PM, ENG1 227
Analysis of patient behavior, health practitioners, the social organization of health services, and delivery of health care.


Honors Politics of the Middle East
CPO 3403H, Class Number: 14498
TR 3:00-4:15 PM, HPA1 272
An examination of the dynamics of Middle East politics, including both regional and international dimensions.


Honors Public Relations
PUR 4000H, Class Number: 14230
TR 12:00-1:15 PM, NSC 143D
Principles and practice of public relations, including techniques, research tools publicity, and management.


Honors Sustainability in Engineering
CCE 3930H, Class Number: 19410
TR 9:00-10:15 AM, ENG1 383
Paper or plastic? Today’s consumers routinely encounter this question at the check-out stand. The answer to a seemingly easy question in reality depends on the metrics and methods used to assess the choice of bag. For instance, paper bag production – even bags made of post-consumer waste – has significant impacts on natural resources, and plastic bag production depletes fossil fuels. Extending this example to relevant case studies, this course will introduce students to: the principles of sustainability in industrialized systems; the use of systems analysis and life-cycle assessment in design of industrial systems; the development of sustainability metrics and indicators; and the fundamentals of natural ecosystems as models for the design and operations of industrial systems.


Honors Theatre For Social Change
THE 4543H, Class Number: 12107
TR 10:30—11:45 AM, AHA 0101
Theatre activist's impact on theatrical art forms.


Honors Video Gaming Literacy & Culture
DIG 3930H / ENC 3930H, Class Numbers: 11854 or 11866
MW 11:30 AM—12:20 PM, BHC 127
Explores impact of video games on culture and society through the lens of game literacies, or methods of communicating using gaming conventions.


Honors Writing with Communities and Nonprofits
ENC 4354H, Class Number: 12246
TR 12:00-1:15 PM, BHC 0129
Study and practice of methods for writing in partnership with nonprofits and the communities they serve, with an emphasis on audience analysis and community engagement.


Honors Writing For Publication
ENC 3351H, Class Number: 12124
TR 3:00-4:15 PM, BHC 127
This interdisciplinary seminar provides ample opportunity to investigate the world of 21st century publishing in the field that most interests you: science, memoir, medicine, finance, advocacy journalism, blogging, environment, humor, engineering, education. You choose your area of concentration. Your investigation will serve as the foundation for developing an understanding of how writers in that field build their reputation and for selecting a target publication for your own writing. Preparing your ideas for publication will include the strategic selection of genre, research tools, developing a rhetorical stance and style appropriate to the publication, and learning the craft of query letter writing to market your idea.