Honors Courses - Spring 2018
Spring 2018 Interdisciplinary Seminars
All 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 search for class times and class numbers for registration purposes, use myUCF.
Honors Bioethical & Legal Issues In Health Care
NUR 3826H, Class Number: 15675
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 Chinese History, Culture, & Fashion
ASH/THE 3930H, Class Number: 18659/18660
TR 4:30–5:45 PM, BHC 126
This course promotes a better understanding of Chinese culture through the dual lenses of history and fashion/theatrical costume changes over the centuries. It will examine how historical events have influenced life practices and social customs as well as how fashion as a cultural expressive form has responded to and underscored those historical changes. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of Chinese civilization and acquire a more nuanced understanding of Chinese fashion/theatrical costume cultures.
Honors Creative Writing
CRW 3010H, Class Number: 10941
TR 9:00–10:15 AM, BHC 126
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: 11674
R 3:00–5:50 PM, BHC 0131
The integration of Indian culture, philosophy, and art.
Honors Evolution Of Hip Hop
AFA 3371H, Class Number: 11452
TR 3:00–4:15 PM, BHC 126
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: 11358
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 From Greece To Grease
THE 3006H, Class Number: 19015
MWF 9:30–10:20 AM, BHC 129
Development of Western Theatre from Ancient Greece to today.
Honors Game Design
DIG/ENC 3930H, Class Number: 10939/10949
MW 11:30 AM–12:20 PM, BHC 126
Explores 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, & Children Culture
LIT 3930H, Class Number: 11481
TR 10:30–11:45 AM, BHC 126
This 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 & Lawyers In Film
POS 3930H, Class Number: 17585
R 12:00–2:50 PM, NSC 148
Films that highlight different aspects of the law as an institution or as a profession are examined.
Honors Medical Sociology
SYO 4400H, Class Number: 17391
TR 3:00–4:20 PM, BA1 116
Analysis 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
FIL 4830H, Class Number: 11486
W 6:00–8:50 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 Music And The Brain
MCB/MUS 3930H, Class Number: 12490/10722
MWF 12:30–1:20 PM, BHC 126
Exploration 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
CPO 3403H, Class Number: 17491
TR 3:00–4:15 PM, HPA1 363
An examination of the dynamics of Middle East politics, including both regional and international dimensions.
Honors Professional Writing
ENC 3250H, Class Number: 11480
MWF 12:30–1:20 PM, BHC 128
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 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
PUR 4000H, Class Number: 17347
TR 12:00–1:15 PM, NSC 209
Principles and practice of public relations, including techniques, research tools publicity, and management.
Honors Superheroes In American Popular Culture
IDH 3930H, Class Number: 19498
T 3:00–5:50 PM, BHC 131
A historical, sociopolitical, cultural, aesthetic and thematic examination of the superhero mythos, this course will explore popular and obscure superheroes as they appear in several art forms.
Honors Theatre For Social Change
THE 4543H, Class Number: 11167
TR 3:00–4:15 PM, PAC T110
Theatre activist's impact on theatrical art forms.
Honors The Buddha’s Brain: Buddhism & Cognitive Sciences In Dialogue
PHI/REL 3930H, Class Number: 18771/18772
TR 4:30–5:45 PM, BHC 128
Buddhism and cognitive sciences are brought together to examine: nature of mind and self; meaning of life; and role of culture in religion and science. With Honors content.
Honors Trauma Within A Global Context
IDH 3930H, Class Number: 18895
TR 9:00–10:15 AM, BHC 131
This course addresses the psychological effects of different forms or trauma within a dynamic global context. The 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 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 Women, Race & Struggle
WST 3460H, Class Number: 11530
TR 1:30–2:45 PM, BHC 128
Interdisciplinary study of issues, perspectives, and scholarship by and about women of color.
Honors World Political Geography
GEO 3930H, Class Number: 19484
MWF 11:30–12:20 PM, CB1 113
Analysis of factors which affect power relations among nations, including area, location, political styles, ethnic divisions, and the politics of energy.
Honors Writing For Publication
ENC 3351H, Class Number: 11180
TR 12:00–1:15 PM, BHC 126
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.