Honors Courses - Spring 2017
Spring 2017 Interdisciplinary Seminars
seminars are 3 credit hours. Please check this list and the Class Schedule
frequently, as additions and corrections to meeting times/days may occur. To
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Honors Anthropology of American TV
3930H, Class Number: 18742
12:30–1:20 PM, MSB 149
class will explore the power of American culture and Americans’ cultural
receptivity for particular cultural narratives as represented on American
Honors Bioethical & Legal Issues in
3826H, Class Number: 16194
AM, UT 650A
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 Writing
3010H, Class Number: 10976
10:30–11:45, BHC 126
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
3101H, Class Number: 12513
PM, BHC 131
integration of Indian culture, philosophy, and art.
Honors Diplomacy (Pre-req: POS 2041)
4030H, Class Number: 17850
PM, CB1 113
POS 2041. Concepts, theories, and methods of contemporary diplomacy; diplomatic
processes in the international arena.
Honors Ethics & Biological Sciences
4633H, Class Number: 18293
12:00–1:15, BHC 127
application of contemporary thinking to ethical issues arising from the
biological sciences, including human and animal experimentation, genetic
Honors Ethics, Society & Technology: Preparing for Our Cyborg Future
3930H, Class Number: 18294 / 18295
PM, BHC 126
Explores human-centered technology, what it means to be human in an age of such technology, and the social and ethical ramifications of ubiquitous technology.
(1) What does it mean to be human in the context of technology that dramatically alters our cognitive and physical abilities? Are these technologies changing that meaning? Are we becoming “less human” in any significant way by augmenting our abilities in these ways?
(2) In what ways do humans and our technology together form a symbiotic system? What principles of good design of such technology can help this symbiotic system flourish?
(3) What are the ethical, social and environmental impacts of new technologies? How can we effectively analyze these implications of such developments and use it to inform and shape the direction that humanity takes by developing new technologies?
Honors Evolution of Hip Hop
Class Number: 11611
PM, BHC 127
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
4103H, Class Number: 11441
PM, NSC 148
of the cultural, historical, and aesthetic context in which literary works and
their film counterparts inform each other.
Honors Game Design
3930H / ENC 3930H, Class Number: 10974 / 10984
11:30–12:20 PM, BHC 129
impact of video games on culture and society through the lens of game
literacies, or methods of communicating using gaming conventions.
Honors Harry Potter: Literature, Film, &
3930H, Class Number: 18290
12:00–1:15, BHC 126
course focuses on the global literary and cinematic phenomenon of J. K.
Rowling's Harry Potter novels, which we will explore and analyze through the
lenses of literature, cinema, and children’s culture. By studying the Harry
Potter novels, we will also practice critical thinking and communication
skills. It is essential that you come to class having read the assigned texts
carefully; you should note points of interest or perplexity, and be ready to
engage in discussion.
Honors Law in Film
3930H / POS 3930H, Class Number: 11231 / 18258
PM, NSC 148
that highlight different aspects of the law as an institution or as a
profession are examined.
Honors Medical Sociology
4400H, Class Number: 17969
PM, VAB 113
of patient behavior, health practitioners, the social organization of health
services, and delivery of health care.
Honors Motion Picture Genre: Zombies &
Beyond – Monsters, Movies & Metaphors
4830H, Class Number: 18296
12:00–2:50 PM, NSC 148
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 Music & the Brain
3930H, MUS 3930H, Class Number: 18917 / 10736
PM, BHC 126
of the effects of music on the brain functions including mood, emotion, pain,
cognition, and memory using interdisciplinary approaches.
Honors Politics of the Middle East
3403H, Class Number: 18089
PM, BA1 212
examination of the dynamics of Middle East politics, including both regional
and international dimensions.
Honors Professional Writing
3250H, Class Number: 18289
1:30–2:45 AM, BHC 129
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 to meet your audiences’ needs. Honors Professional Writing is a
hands-on course that will introduce you to a variety of common workplace
writing situations, including writing instructional documents of LEGO models.
Honors Public Relations
4000H, Class Number: 17907
12:00–1:15 PM, NSC 143D
and practice of public relations, including techniques, research tools
publicity, and management.
Honors Sport & Society in the Ancient World
EUH 4674H, Class Number: 20027
M 6:00-8:50 PM, BHC 126
A comparison of the original form of the Olympic Games (and ancient notions of sport) to their modern counterparts.
Honors System Analysis for Sustainability in Industrial
3930H, Class Number: 19561
AM, NSC 112
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
Honors Trauma within a Global Context
IDH 3930H, Class Number: 20050
TR 9:00–10:15 AM, BHC 126
This course addresses the psychological effects of different forms or trauma within a dynamic global context. The world is experiencing greater social pressures and more human interactions (with a world population of over seven billion people, geopolical conflict, economic uncertainty, considerable social issues, and climate change) and this course aims to explore the consequences of this global context through the lens of psychological trauma. This course will challenge our understanding of the consequences of traumatic events and explore how trauma can have long term effects on individuals and communities and can help to perpetuate a cycle of violence. The course will use both theory and stories (film) to gain a broader knowledge of trauma and traumatic events and its potential impact. Students will gain an understanding of how we all operate within a global context which is inter-connected and will bring an awareness of how traumatic events extend beyond that of the victim and perpetrator. Students will need to engage with topics that may not be comfortable for them (such as sexual trauma, torture, and genocide) and recognize that these traumatic experiences influence us all in some way.
Honors Theatre for Social Change
THE 4543H, Class Number: 11213
TR 10:30–11:45 AM, PAC M263
Theatre activists’ impact on theatrical art forms.
Honors Women, Race & Struggle
3460H, Class Number: 18546
PM, HPA1 363
study of issues, perspectives, and scholarship by and about women of color.
Honors Writing for Publication
3351H, Class Number: 11226
12:00–1:15 PM, BHC 129
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.