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Fall 2016 Seminars

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

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

HON 303 Education and Poverty 
Instructor: Susan Books (Secondary Education)
GE Requirement: World (WRLD)

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

HON 375 Doing Race and Gender
Instructor: Anne Roschelle (Sociology)
GE Requirement: Diversity (DIVR)

Using feminist and racial-ethnic theories we will analyze how gender, race, and class oppression shape the experiences of women and how we, as agents of social change, can translate these theoretical insights into methodological strategies.

HON 372 U.S. Drug Education and Policy
Instructor: Katherine McCoy  (Educational Studies)
GE Requirement:  United States Studies (USST)

Explores historical, psychological, sociological, legal, and moral perspectives on drug education and policy in the U.S. Develops critical, international, and comparative perspectives on racial, gendered, class-based, and ethnic inequalities in drug policy and enforcement.

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. 

 

Spring 2016 Seminars

HON 202 Work
Instructor: Sue 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 316 Debates in U.S. History
Instructor: Patricia A. Sullivan (Digital Media & Journalism, Honors)
GE Requirement: United States Studies (USST)

An exploration of selected and pivotal topics in the history of the United States from the colonial period through today. Politics, economics, society, and culture will be examined focusing on primary source documents and images.

HON 393 Jamaica: History, Culture, and Its People
Instructor: La Tasha Brown (Digital Media & Journalism)

This is an interdisciplinary undergraduate course, which seeks to provide students with an introduction into Jamaica's socio-political history. This course will examine a selection of materials drawn from literary texts, films and music, alongside historical and sociological accounts, in an effort to comprehend the socio-political energies and tension underpinning the construction of the Jamaican identity and experience from the 1960s through to the present. The course is organized thematically but it proceeds in chronological order to focus on the major socio-political, economic and cultural period of change in the Jamaican society and the wider Caribbean region. The larger conceptualized issues which this course will address include different forms of colonialism and the ways in which contemporary identities have responded to such historical constructs. It will be particularly concerned with examining the complex web of relationships between creativity and cultural production and showing how literature and music for example can provide alternative perspectives on matters such as history, race, culture and national identity.

HON 393 Free Speech in America
Instructor: Robert Miraldi (Communication)

For citizens, journalists and democracy, the First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and press, insuring that information will be available. And yet, there are limits to the kinds of speech that is allowed, even in a free society. This course will explore those limits while explaining the role information plays in a democracy, analyzing how America regulates speech, and underscoring the controversy that surrounds most free speech questions. It will also tie many free speech questions to larger issues in American culture. Thus, the course has elements of media studies, law, journalism, political science, history and sociology.

HON 393 The Literature of Witness
Instructors: Jan Schmidt (English) & Heather Hewett (English, Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies)

This course will examine how artists treat human rights and social justice issues, trauma and atrocity, as well as protest, genocide, and violence occurring in a Holocaust, and post-Holocaust, global world.

HON 399 Thesis/Project Preparation 
Instructor: Patricia A. 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.