Course Descriptions: Fall 2003

HONS 120

Severe and Hazardous Weather Rodney Kubesh
Study of severe weather events and the meteorological factors favoring their formation and evolution following a brief overview of introductory meteorology. Topics include thunderstorms, lightning, hail, tornadoes, snowstorms and blizzards, heat and cold waves, and hurricanes. Laboratory exercises will take advantage of current weather events when possible.

HONS 170

Introduction to Speech Communication Dan Wildeson, Marla Kanengieter-Wildeson or Jeffery Bineham
Honors 170 focuses on theory and practice related to communication studies in general, and to interpersonal, small group, and public communication in particular. You will read about and discuss important ideas about how communication influences individuals and society, and you will apply those ideas in order to enhance your ability to work well with others and to improve your capacities to think critically, organize clearly, and speak effectively.

HONS 180

American Masterpieces: Romantic to Modern Richard Dillman

HONS 198

Research Paper: American Masterpieces: Romantic to Modern Richard Dillman
This is a broad based course that provides a survey and overview of the works of several main 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. We will read and write about these literary selections. Students will write a research paper for the 198 component.

HONS 180

Shakespeare Caesarea Abartis

HONS 198

Research Paper: Shakespeare Caesarea Abartis
Shakespeare is considered one of the cultural treasures of the English-speaking world. Let us explore some of the riches of Shakespeare's works on our way to appreciating and, I hope, enjoying his powerful, complex, multilayered plays. We will read, discuss, and watch videotapes of one tragedy, one history, and one comedy: Romeo and Juliet (1594-96), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1594-96), and Richard III (1592-93). Students will keep an informal journal of their thoughts on the works we read and will write three or four formal papers. We will practice techniques for achieving clarity and grace in writing: parallelism, conciseness, precise word choice, appropriate punctuation, and variation in sentence length. For the research component 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 183

Critical Thinking and Writing about Literature: Race and Gender Maria Mikolchak

HONS 198

Research Paper: Critical Thinking and Writing about Literature: Race & Gender Maria Mikolchak
This course will attempt to confront what has too long been mysterious and frustrating about reading and writing about literature: how to invent things to say, and how to shape those things into an insight, an argument. Writing about literature is different from any other writing and requires some special strategies. In this course, we will study a variety of critical theories that will not only allow us to analyze literary works and write about them, but also will give us an insight in how our own perceptions, thinking, and behavior are guided by theories of some sort. Literature discussed in this course will be mostly (but not exclusively) short stories by American women writers - the best short stories in the American literature. The course will focus on Race and Gender, so our main concern will be learning how to apply Gender and African-American criticism to talking and writing about literature. However, to deepen our understanding of literary criticism, we will also study such important forms of critical thinking as Deconstruction, Psychological, and Historical Criticism. To get a better feeling of what professionals do in the field of literature, we will try to attend a conference were students will get a first-hand experience of critical writing about literature.

HONS 240

World Views East and West Literature Jack Hibbard

HONS 198

World Views East and West Literature Jack Hibbard

HONS 251

World Views in Philosophy David Boyer
HONS 240-01 and 251-01 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 short excerpts from China, India, Africa, the West, and Central America. These works imply a range of views about reality, human nature, divinity, society, and morality. The two instructors themselves believe in contrasting worldviews, and we will use that energetic tension to promote vigorous yet respectful mutual questioning of worldviews in class. We 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 240

Myth and Legend Steve Klepetar

HONS 198

Research Paper: Myth and Legend Steve Klepetar
Study of creation myths, myths concerning Greek deities, hero legends and folk tales. Students will engage in small and large group discussion, do storytelling, write essays and create their own myth or legend or folktale as the final project.

HONS 240

Literature of the Mystics James Anderson

HONS 198

Research Paper: Literature of the Mystics James Anderson

HONS 250

Animal Ethics Jordan Curnutt
Moral issues arising in our treatment of nonhuman animals. We will be looking at various answers to these and other questions: What is the moral status of animals? Do they have moral rights? Do we have moral obligations to animals? If so, what are they? Do animals feel pain? Are they conscious? Do they have desires and beliefs? What are the moral implications of attributing certain mental states to animals? Are humans morally required to abstain from eating animals? Always? Is it morally wrong to use them as subjects for scientific research and experimentation? Always? Is sport hunting immoral?

HONS 251

Philosophy in World Literature Malcolm Nazareth
This course is a celebration of world philosophy in sacred texts and literary classics ranging through epic, poetry, history, drama, novel, biography, and autobiography. Such foundational works in humankind's intellectual heritage indicate high watermarks in human understanding. In selections from some such works we will examine "big worldview" questions especially those pertaining to ethics, views of society and politics, metaphysics, theories of human nature and epistemology. This MGM course will thus critically inquire into humankind's richly diverse and creative spiritual quest for the good, the true, and the beautiful.

HONS 260

Earth in the Balance: Achieving Sustainable Global Development Gail Hughes
In this seminar, we will explore the state of the world and critical social and environmental problems; examine factors (such as fossil fuel emissions, urbanization, wars, increasing population, and increasing consumption per capita) that contribute to these problems; and consider the role of international agencies such as the United Nations, the IMF and World Bank, NAFTA and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Proponents say that the policies of these organizations are part of the solution, whereas critics say that they only exacerbate the problems. As part of our exploration, we will compare a variety of perspectives as reflected in news articles and other media from countries around the world. The seminar will conclude by discussing ways that humankind can begin to repair ecological damage and achieve sustainable global development (i.e. improve the quality of life for people now without jeopardizing the quality of life for future generations).

HONS 261

The Response of the African Diaspora to Western Colonialization and Imperialism Thomas O'Toole
This course is a cross-disciplinary social science course. It is designed to help students explore, examine and critically analyze the African presence in a Latin American and Caribbean context and in response to the process of globalization. This presence stretches from Africa and for centuries in the Americas. Students are provided with the background and tools to investigate the agency, experiences, and movement of African Diaspora peoples that span time and place and bridge academic disciplines. This course would serve as one gateway to the fields of African and African Diaspora Studies. It would also serve as an introductory experience for a wide variety of social science courses as well as an alternative approach to the important concept of globalization. Any student with an interest in Africa, the African Diaspora, globalization or social science in general should think about taking this course. The only prerequisite is curiosity and willingness to learn in a mature seminar-like course.

HONS 301

Technology and Third World Development Anthony Akubue
This course presents an overview of the application and impact of technology on the social and economic development of the Third World. Specifically, the course considers certain characteristics associated with the Third World and how they impact upon these societies' ability to develop socially, economically, politically, and environmentally. Through critical thinking, students will generate alternative solutions to identified problems in the Third World.

The Holocaust: Parallels and Precedents Scott Bryce
This class will emphasize the events, false beliefs, myths and multiple expulsions of Jews and others from European nations, but especially from the Iberian (Spanish, Portuguese) Peninsula. The Spanish and Portuguese have had a long history of tolerance, even positive acceptance of Jews, Moors, Mohammedans, Christians, but as the Christians conquered all of the Iberian Peninsula, religious and political attacks changed markedly. This course will lead to and focus on the Spanish and Portuguese genocide. For over 1,000 years the Jews of the Sepharad (Spanish) were noted for their brilliant contributions in scholarship and culture. We will examine those events and beliefs as parallels and precedents to the mid 20th century Holocaust. We will study the origins of the so-called "Master Race", the false "levels" of social/cultural "worth" of different 'races.' Also the Nazi, Spanish and Portuguese justification for Holocaust and genocide. This study should help give some understanding of the concepts of discrimination and tolerance; acceptance and appreciation.

Race in America (RIS) Margaret Villanueva
"Race in America" uses an interdisciplinary approach to study the meanings of race, ethnicity, prejudice and discrimination, with emphasis on sociological, historical, and psychological perspectives. Readings include a sociological text, a "conversational" social psychology book, and short readings from other fields, including Internet sources. We will address the image of "being American," the increasing diversity of Minnesota and the nation as a whole, and examine the personal and historical obstacles that have confronted people of color in the U.S. Class activities will include discussions of films and readings, essay writing, and group presentations.

Human Relations and Race (RIS) Polly Kellogg
Racial oppression using a framework that analyzes the interconnection of racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism and xenophobia. Students will reflect on personal experiences with racist and anti-racist behaviors as well as studying institutional racism in the United States.

HONS 303

Feminist Analysis of Women's Sexuality Gerianne Klug
In this course we will look at women's sexuality, at social structures and at societal values of women's sexuality from a feminist perspective. The course assumes that women are important and are full human beings.

Guy Things: Men and Masculinity in America Jason Laker
This course will examine the many influences (e.g. parents, church, media, government, peers) that shape the gender identity of males as they grow from boyhood to manhood. We will analyze this process by utilizing readings, videos, and experiential approaches to excavate the messages both subtly and overtly given to boys and men which influence their development. Students taking this course will have the opportunity to connect theoretical and practical aspects of masculinity by engaging in a service and research project. Other assignments will involve media critiques and presentations, and reflecting personally on students' own socialization. Both men and women are encouraged to enroll and come ready to excavate assumptions about gender.

HONS 403

Psychology of Gifted Women Zoa Rockenstein
While gifted women make up 50% of individuals with high intellectual potential and ability, they are seriously underrepresented in positions of power and authority. Research on gifted women indicates that they face both internal and external barriers to the fulfillment of their potential. The ambitious dual purpose of this course is: 1) to examine barriers to achievement in women and 2) to overcome them. Students will explore the lives of gifted women from both historical and psychological perspectives. Students will examine the results of longitudinal studies of gifted women to identify characteristics that apply to their own lives. A Life Dream Project will help you to both analyze your goals and to assess your progress toward achieving them. If you have ever denied that you were gifted, thinking of yourself as merely an "overachiever", this course is definitely for you!

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