Seminars

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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 Spring 2014 Seminars

HON 202 Work
Instructor:  Susan Books (Secondary Education)
GE Requirement:  Diversity (DIVR)

Learning to do a job is one thing; learning to appropriate and affirm meaningful work for oneself is another. A focus on the broad concept of work invites consideration of a range of conceptual and policy-related questions.

HON 293 What Causes Cancer?
Instructor:  Jennifer Waldo (Biology)

There is no simple answer to the question of what causes cancer. That's primarily because cancer is not a single thing-it is manifest 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 318 Racism and the Social Sciences
Instructor:  Karanja Carroll (Black Studies)
GE Requirement:  Diversity (DIVR)

An investigation of the history of race and racism within the social sciences, with a focus on the varied theories of race, racial construction and racial formation as used within social science literature.

HON 377 Cigarettes and Nylons - Postwar Realities in Occupied Germany after World War II
Instructor:  Anja Wieden (Languages, Literatures & Cultures)
GE Requirements:  Humanities (HUM)

Scholars from various disciplines seek to reevaluate neglected discourses on the Nazi past. The suffering of women as victims of rape, hunger and prostitution has become a contemporary focus in World War II studies.

HON 393 The Shaping of American Culture
Instructor:  Gerald Sorin (History)

The course will provide a broad overview of the American experience from the colonial period to the present day. The emphasis, however, will be on the 19th and 20th centuries. Readings will be drawn from historical and literary sources and there will be a number of slide presentations including explorations of art (e.g., painting, photography, agit-prop, pop) and commentary about particular periods.

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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