Seminars

Spring 2015 Seminars

HON 203 What Causes Cancer?
Instructor:  Jennifer Waldo (Biology)
GE Requirements:  Natural Sciences (NSCI)

There is no simple answer to the question of what causes cancer. That's primarily because cancer is not a single thing—it manifests differently in different people. Students will learn basic concepts about the development and treatment of cancer and develop the quantitative skills necessary to evaluate popularly held beliefs and media reports about the causation of cancer.

HON 303 Education and Poverty
Instructor:  Susan Books (Secondary Education)
GE Requirements:  Diversity (DIVR)

This course offers an interdisciplinary exploration of poverty -- its causes, consequences, representation in public discourse, and complicated relationship to schooling.

HON 393 The Materials of History, Thought and Art
Instructor:  Cyrus Mulready (English)

How do the objects in our lives shape our identities and our ways of thinking about the world? How do the things that surround us preserve a record of our history? Do objects make thought, discovery, and creativity possible?  Our work will lead us to examine our own processes of learning, writing, and thinking with the hope that a more conscious attention to how the objects of our lives affect us will make us better students and scholars.

HON 393 Television and Social Issues
Instructors:  Lynn Spangler (Digital Media & Journalism) & La Tasha Brown (Black Studies)

This course will use media to explore social issues and enhance student skills in doing close readings of media texts. Spring semester it will explore The Wire and Scandal as springboards for discussing: the creation of television series--intention and realism; critical responses--critics and viewers; close readings and critical approaches--semiotics, narrative, rhetorical, cultural; race, class, gender on television and in reality; war on drugs and criminal justice; unions and work; politics; education; and the media--process and effect. Students will choose their own television series to explore social issues of their choice.

HON 393 Deep History
Instructor:  Michael Vargas (History)

Consider three increasingly important questions to interdisciplinary historians: Can "pre-history' (before written records) inform historians about their own explorations of written and other sources? How do historical methods and interpretations change over time? What can historians learn from the methods employed in other learning disciplines? Course themes include Beyond: religion and faith, artistic impulse, drug highs; Body: tattoos, material culture, fashion; Energy: food, ecosystems and environment; Migration and mobility; Cognition, symbol, and language; Violence - sacred and profane. Our project-based coursework will explore new digital methods for data collection, visualization, and presentation.

HON 399 Thesis/Project Preparation
Instructor:  Patricia Sullivan (Digital Media & Journalism, Honors)

This course provides support for Honors students who are preparing their thesis or project. Students will refine a research or project topic; develop a thesis statement; identify and evaluate sources; construct an annotated bibliography; receive feedback from peers; and employ communication strategies for working with faculty mentors. 

 

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Fall 2014 Seminars

HON 201 The Individual and Society
Instructors:  Hamilton Stapell (History), Patricia A. Sullivan (Communication & Media, Honors), Vicki Tromanhauser (English), James Schiffer (English)
GE Requirements:  Humanities (HUM)

Investigates the relationship between the individual and society through discussion of the philosophic, literary, and historical aspects of major texts.

HON 376 Indigenous Ways of Knowing
Instructor:  Eve Tuck (Educational Studies)
GE Requirements:  World (WRLD)

Discussions and texts will introduce students to indigenous perspectives on contemporary social issues, global indigenous knowledge systems, and indigenous critiques of Western thought.

HON 393 Myth Meets Philosophy
Instructor:  Karin Andriolo (Anthropology)

Time and evil are two issues that have been probed deeply by Western philosophy and that are also at the core of the great mythological traditions.  A challenging paradox pertains to both tropes:  We seem to know intuitively what time is and what to judge as evil, but when it comes to defining with clarity either one of these concepts, they tend to slip away from our intellectual grasp.

HON 393 Place Matters
Instructors:  Alexandra Cox (Sociology) & Andrea Frank (Art Department)

This hands-on and collaborative course addresses the relationship between sociological inquiry and artistic strategies. The course uses the overarching theme of place and its relationship to social harm on the one hand and possibilities on the other as a starting point for investigations into local and regional institutions and issues. The issues we will focus on will include: the environment, punishment, labor and education. Assignments combine artistic strategies, particularly photographic documentation, with ethnographic research to identify how particular local issues are embedded in broader social structures.

HON 399 Thesis/Project Preparation
Instructor:  Patricia A. Sullivan (Communication & Media, Honors)

This course provides support for Honors students who are preparing their thesis or project. Students will refine a research or project topic; develop a thesis statement; identify and evaluate sources; construct an annotated bibliography; receive feedback from peers; and employ communication strategies for working with faculty mentors.

 


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