Course Descriptions: Fall 2002

HONS 170

Introduction to Speech Communication Dan Wildeson or Marla Kanengieter-Wildeson
Communication: Civic Virtue in a Diverse World is the theme around which this introductory course to communication will be taught. Pedagogy: team taught in paired class. Students are expected to participate in critical reflection upon their previous experiences of communication as well as upon whatever notions, superstitions, scientific assumptions, leaps of faith or all-of-the-above they hold about communication. We will explore various theoretical topics and issues of communication. There will be various oral and written assignments designed to develop and evaluate progress toward overall communication competence. In addition to formal assignments, the development and evaluation of communication competence will occur in the midst of student performance of classroom behavior.

Introduction to Speech Communication Bruce Hyde
Study and practical experience of communication in three specific contexts: interpersonal relationships, small group dynamics, and public address. Students will explore theory, including the nature of language and reality, and will practice various communication skills.

HONS 180

American Masterpieces: Romantic to Modern (English composition) Richard Dillman

HONS 198

Research Paper: American Masterpieces: Romantic to Modern Richard Dillman
This course provides a survey and overview of the works of several main authors in the American literary tradition. Class will begin with authors from the romantic period and finish with representative authors of the modern period. Each work studied would be thematically and stylistically important in the history of American culture and literature. We will look at a wide variety of authors, styles, and genres; we will study the short story, creative prose, poetry, and the novel. Class activities include discussion, critical reading and writing, reports, presentations, and viewing and discussing high quality films on these authors and their literary periods. Students will write a research paper for the 198 research paper component.

HONS 180

Journey Through Epics (English composition) Caesarea Abartis

HONS 198

Research Paper: Journey Through Epics Caesarea Abartis
Class will read and discuss Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey (Greek), and Virgil’s Aeneid (Roman). These epics are acknowledged masterpieces; that is, they elicit great and complex pleasures, according to readers across hundreds of years. Students will keep a journal of their thoughts on the works read and will write four or five formal papers. Students will practice techniques for achieving clarity and grace in writing: parallelism, conciseness, precise word choice, appropriate punctuation, and variation in sentence length. Research paper: students will learn how to use the resources of the library to research topics. Students will practice incorporating the research of other scholars into their own writing with the use of brackets, ellipsis dots, quotation marks, notes, and bibliographies.

HONS 240

Search for Justice Steve Klepetar

HONS 198

Research Paper: Search for Justice Steve Klepetar
“The good end happily, the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.” Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde’s bon mot cuts beyond wit and humor. Experience teaches us that no simple dispensation of happiness or unhappiness to the good or bad occurs, at least in the world (outside of certain kinds of fiction). Some thought quickly raises troublesome questions about this: What is happiness, and for whom? What is “good,” and does it change if we alter our point of view (as in issues like abortion or territorial disputes)? And if basic questions about happiness and the good can be opened, how are we to conduct our lives? What standard(s) guides the person seeking justice? Students will examine the question of justice by looking at some great attempts to discover what it is, and at some works that dramatize conflicts about legality and justice arising from competing worldviews. Texts will include Plato’s Apology, Sophocles’ Antigone, and Oedipus Tyrannus, Shakespeare’s Henry V, among others. Films include Maxwell Anderson’s Barefoot in Athens, Antigone, Kenneth Brannaugh’s popular film version of “Hank Cinque,” and the Australian film Breaker Morant.

HONS 240

World Views in East-West Literature Jack Hibbard

HONS 198

Research Paper: World Views in East-West Literature Jack Hibbard

HONS 251

World Views in Philosophy David Boyer
This HONS 240 and 251 must be taken together as a 6-credit pair, netting the student 3 MGM credits, and satisfying Honors requirements for both literature and philosophy. Students will read a wide variety of widely influential and challenging complete works and shorts excerpts from China, India, the West, and Central America. These works imply a range of views about reality, human nature, divinity, society, and morality. The two instructors hold strongly contrasting worldviews, and will use that energetic tension to promote vigorous yet respectful mutual questioning of worldviews in class. They believe that cross-cultural comparisons of worldviews are possible, provided that they are well founded in relevant texts and sensitive to the very real nuances and uncertainties that are inevitable in humanistic studies.

HONS 243

Marriage and Adultery in the 19th Century Realist Novel Maria Mikolchak

HONS 198

Research Paper: Marriage and Adultery in the 19th Century Realist Novel Maria Mikolchak
This course is a literature course where we will look cross-culturally at the Realist Novel with a focus on the novel of female adultery. We will read novels representing several major European literatures, including French, German, and Russian, and compare them to an American novel written in the same genre. All readings will be in the English translation; however, if any of the students have enough knowledge of French, German or Russian, they are very welcome to do the readings in the original. In addition to pure literary aspects, we will discuss socioeconomic and historical background of the novel, as well as gender construction in the 19th-early 20th century. The gender aspect will be emphasized not only in our discussions of the women’s situation during that period but also in the way women and their sexuality are represented in literature by male authors. We will finish this course by trying to elucidate – with the help of close readings, contemporary reviews, and critical articles – the contested issues of gender and the difference between the way gender is represented in literature by male and female authors.

HONS 251

Latin American Philosophy Susan Nuccetelli
This course will offer an overview of the historical contexts in which the major problems of Latin American philosophy have originated, with thematic discussions where some proposed solutions to those problems are evaluated according to their philosophical merits. Although it may appear that the philosophical questions raised by Latin American thinkers are among the perennial problems that have concerned philosophers throughout the Western tradition since antiquity, in fact they are not the same. Rather, the questions have been adapted by Latin American thinkers to capture problems presented by new circumstances, and these philosophers have sought resolutions in ways that are indeed novel. While exploring those thinkers’ clear and provocative ideas, we ourselves shall engage in reflecting upon issues specific to the diverse experience of Hispanic America.

HONS 260

American Government (Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask) Kathy Uradnik
Why do Americans sue a lot but vote a little? Why is the voting age 18 while the drinking age remains 21? Can Oregon really allow assisted suicide? Can Vermont sanction same-sex unions? Can California offer medicinal marijuana? What is the real difference between Democrats and Republicans, anyway? What were we thinking when we elected Jesse Ventura governor? Should we do it again? Is politics at all relevant to persons under age 25? Why should I even care about government? If you are interested in the answers to these and other burning issues of American politics and government, take this HONS 260. We'll explore the answers together. In addition to the standard text, original source materials will be used. Writing and analytical skills through paper assignments and hypothetical exercises will be stressed.

Economic Development of the Last Millennium King Banaian
This course is about economic development, but from a truly global perspective. It seeks to ask why some areas of the world, particularly those in western Europe and northern America, experienced such rapid acceleration of human living conditions after about 1400 AD. Prior to that time, China was more technically advanced; why did it fall behind? Why didn’t capitalism catch on in Mexico, as it did to its north? The course mixes two traditional areas of economics and history: the history of economic development, and the comparison of economic systems. Politics necessarily gets into the mix, but more in the discussion of legal structures than anything else.

HONS 301

Human Relations and Race (serves as Racial Issues class for freshmen) Julie Andrzejewski
The goal of this course is to provide participants with the academic tools to understand race and other social justice issues in the U.S. and globally through education, awareness, and personal growth. Drawing upon interdisciplinary sources, the answers to the following general questions will be investigated: what are the historical, political, economic, and cultural forces that have shaped the meaning and experience of “race” and “ethnicity”? How do issues pertaining to racism and xenophobia affect all people and the environment? How can racism, xenophobia, and other social justice issues be addressed constructively through education and responsible social action?

Chicano/a Cultural Expressions Steven Casanova
This course addresses various aspects of cultural expression within the Chicano/a or Mexican heritage population of the U.S. with a special emphasis on traditional aspects of Mexican culture and tradition. This course will explore the cultural character of Chicano communities as they are manifested through traditions, customs, social character and artistic and creative expression and language.

Survivor Witness, Life Before and After the Holocaust Scott Bryce, Lynn Bryce and Courtney Hill
This course will demonstrate the methods, values, and immediate and long-term effects of the Holocaust through video presentations of survivors of the Holocaust. The class will be using the Yale- Fortunoff videotape collection, speakers (survivors and others). Each student will work with developing a life profile of an individual survivor before and after the Holocaust.

HONS 303-01

Women and Science Lalita Subrahmanyan
This course is designed to give a broad overview of issues regarding gender and science in the context of philosophical, psychological and sociological studies of science. Students will be encouraged to examine their own assumptions and attitudes toward science and the place of women in it; to become aware of the theoretical perspectives in feminism and science; to become aware of alternative philosophies and practices of science, and to obtain first hand information about problems women in science face along with strategies and programs that can be developed to overcome them. We will use cooperative learning methods, case studies, primary research sources, stories and a hands-on approach to learn about the place of women and women’s perspectives in science.

HONS 403

Psychology of Gifted Women Zoa Rockenstein
This course will look at the characteristics and concerns of gifted women in America. We will study things like the imposter syndrome, the inverse relationship between creativity and acceptance of authority in gifted women, and “over achieving” (if there is such a thing!). We will then examine the lives of individual gifted women. This will include women from a rich variety of ethnic backgrounds that comprise the population of American women. We will look at the contributions of these women in social culture, political and scientific arenas, and explore the difficulties they encountered in combining gender, race, and achievement in a patriarchal society. This course is most appropriate for upper division women.

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