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Spring 2019 Seminars

HON 201 The Individual and Society
Instructor: Patricia Sullivan (Digital Media & Journalism, Honors)
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 202 Work
Instructor: Sue Books (Teaching and Learning)
GE Requirement: Diversity (DIVR)

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

HON 374 The Materials of History, Thought, and Art
Instructor: Cyrus Mulready (English)
GE Requirement: Western Civilization (WEST)

An interdisciplinary seminar in material cultural studies, this course examines how human interactions with objects and the lived environment have shaped culture and intellectual endeavor through time.

HON 377 Cigarettes and Nylons - Postwar Realities in Occupied Germany After World War II
Instructor: Vanessa Plumly (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
GE Requirement: 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 Past in the Present
Instructor: Michael Vargas (History)

This interdisciplinary seminar for students in the Honors Program explores how humans engage with the past. The course demonstrates key differences between "the past" and "history". It looks at examples of the past getting inside us, sticking to us even when we do not want it to. It also illustrates how we use the past to shape the present and future, sometimes for good and sometimes not. Ultimately, the course is about how we use the past and how it uses us.

HON 393 Humans at Play
Instructor: Douglas Maynard (Psychology)

Humans have played ever since there were humans, and play is certainly older than humanity. Play is now a serious subject of study with the recent emergence of game studies as a field, gamification is shaping our work and personal lives, and the video game industry is now purportedly larger than the movie industry. But what exactly is play and why do we do it? What functions does it serve? How does it impact our psychological states and interpersonal relationships? How do contextual factors such as culture and technology impact how we play? In this course, we will explore play from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, philosophy, anthropology and sociology.



Fall 2018 Seminars 

HON 201 The Individual and Society
Instructors: Madeleine Arseneault (Philosophy) James Schiffer (English), Hamilton Stapell (History), Patricia A. Sullivan (Digital Media & Journalism, Honors), & Vicki Tromanhauser (English)
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 371 Education Across Borders
Instructor: Susan Books (Secondary Education)
GE Requirement: World (WRLD)

Exploration of the culture and history of selected non-Western countries - initially, China, South Africa, and Afghanistan - and of how the cultural/historical context affects schooling in these countries, past and present.

HON 375 Doing Race, Class & Gender
Instructor: Anne Roschelle (Sociology & Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
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 393 Visualizing Myth in Ancient Greece and Rome 
Instructor: Keeley Heuer (Art History)

Classical art and Greco-Roman mythology are inseparable. During the 8th century B.C., ancient Greeks began visually depicting recognizable mythological figures in various media, which in turn led to an obsession in the following centuries that continued in the Roman world. More than a collection of tales derived from a tradition of oral storytelling, myth reinforced social values, explained the workings of the natural world, formed a collective identity among large groups of people, provided historical roots, and inspired poets, philosophers, and playwrights. This course will discuss the representation of a wide range of Greco-Roman gods, heroes, and monsters as well as their characteristic attributes and respective stories. Students will explore how mythological imagery in Greek and Roman art served as political propaganda and allusions to contemporary historical events. Illustrations of myths will be compared to the surviving literary record to discuss issues such as the preservation of alternative forms of narratives, individual artistic license, and the reconstruction of long-lost texts, including epic poems and plays.

HON 393 Evolution and the Human Condition
Instructor: Glenn Geher (Psychology)

The implications of Darwin's ideas for what it means to be human cannot be understated. Over the past several decades, evolution-based scholarship has shed light on all facets of the human experience, including religion, education, politics, warfare, the arts -- and more. This class will be a journey into what it means to be human -- consistently focusing on the evolutionary perspective. Implications for societal policies will be discussed.

HON 393 Urban Ethnography in the Global South
Instructor: Melissa Rock (Geography)

 This course will engage with urban ethnography to investigate urbanization in the global south. We do so by first learning why and how researchers use ethnography and qualitative methods to study urban socio-political and cultural changes associated with processes of economic development, modernization, and urbanization. We will then delve deeper into case studies (in China, Egypt, South Africa, and Costa Rica) by reading detailed ethnographic scholarship that sheds light on both the research process as well as the insights gleaned through such intensive and intimate explorations of urban change at the local level. Throughout the course, the content we cover will examine contemporary urbanization in a global setting - paying attention to the intersection of numerous global and local forces (political, economic, historic and cultural) that shape the form, function and feel of cities in the global south. Throughout the course, we will critically investigate how various demographics within these locales experience and navigate (Adapt to or resist) the dynamically changing city spaces and the social formations to which they give rise.