Course Descriptions: Spring 2003

HONS 120

Grand Canyon Field Trip Alfred Pekarek/Charles Nelson

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.

HONS 180

Popular Music and Identity: Who Sings Your Life? Isolde Mueller

HONS 198

Research Paper: Popular Music and Identity Isolde Mueller
Have you ever wondered why certain music styles or songs speak to you more than others? What does it say about you that you like Kid Rock and hate Britney Spears, that you cannot stand the Beach Boys and love Bob Dylan? Using films, novels, personal narratives, and music, we will answer these questions by investigating various issues that contribute to the connections between the self-perception of (young) people and popular music. What psychological needs are addressed by popular music? What do (young) people gain from being a fan? What type of role models are rock and pop stars? Why has their influence increased while other cultural institutions such as parents and schools have lost their influence? What makes popular music so attractive and important as a provider for identities? Can music change us? We will also investigate how aspects of identity such as gender, class, and race are influenced by music styles.

HONS 180

Arguing with the Supremes Carol Mohrbacher

HONS 198

Research Paper: Arguing with the Supremes Carol Mohrbacher
The class will be called “Arguing with the Supremes” because students will learn about classical argument by reading and analyzing the argument in Supreme Court opinions, as well as creating arguments in support of or against the opinions of the “Supremes.” Introduction to history and methods of classical argument as practiced by Aristotle. Discussions of such social issues as First Amendment rights, the Defense of Marriage Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. These are only possible directions we can go. Taking the “big step”: arguing with the Supremes (creating your own classical argument).

HONS 183

Literary Classics by Women Caesarea Abartis

HONS 198

Research Paper: Literary Classics by Women Caesarea Abartis
These masterpieces depict women as strong and weak, artistic and philistine, educated and ignorant, ambitious and deluded, intelligent and small-minded, remarkable and ordinary – the whole range of possibilities and flaws (and the men are interesting as well). The authors are British, Canadian, American, Antiguan, Danish and from the 19th and 20th centuries. Among the writers we will probably read are some of the following: Jane Austen, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Carson McCullers, Grace Paley, Lorrie Moore, Amy Tan, Flannery O’Connor, Edith Wharton, Jamaica Kincaid, Karen Blixen, Ursula K. LeGuin. Students will keep a journal of their thoughts on the works we read and will write about 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. 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

The Bible as Literature Jack Hibbard

HONS 198

Research Paper: The Bible as Literature Jack Hibbard

HONS 240

Love and War in Shakespeare James Anderson

HONS 198

Research Paper: Love and War in Shakespeare James Anderson
In this course we will study and discuss varieties of love manifest and tested in war in representative plays by Shakespeare, including ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, CYMBELINE, and others, as well as love and war in Shakespeare's time and in the historical periods portrayed in the plays.

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.

Bringing World Philosophy Home David Boyer
Phase I of the course will be readings on basic questions as addressed around the world: What is real? Who or what am I? How should I live? What kind of society and government should we create and maintain? How can I determine the answers to these questions? Indeed, how can we know anything? In this early part of the semester students will often work in groups to teach one another material they choose to specialize in. In Phase II, you become the philosopher. Each student will narrow those Big Questions down to an area of personal interest and write a term paper. The most important thing to accomplish will be to ask the Big Questions about whatever topic you have chosen. That is, if your topic is X, then you must invent the Philosophy of X, and base it on a worldview of the kind we explored in the opening weeks. The final couple weeks will be a seminar consisting of everyone's papers, leaving finals week to revise in light of your audience's reactions. Unlike fall semester, this philosophy class is NOT paired with an additional, 3-credit literature component.

HONS 260

American Government (Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask) Kathleen 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 class. 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.

Minnesota Settlements Richard Rothaus
The research seminar focuses on thematic issues related to long-term human-environmental interaction in the state of Minnesota during all periods of human occupation. The course is interdisciplinary in nature incorporating aspects of history, archaeology, geography and environmental science. Students must conduct their own research in primary sources. The course themes and material are driven by the Mille Lacs Kathio project, a joint research and educational endeavor of the Archaeological Computing Laboratory, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources--Parks and Recreation, and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Students work as a group gaining background knowledge and then working on their own research projects: examples include Diminishing Wild Rice Crops, Prehistoric Ceramics, Mille Lacs Band Treaty History, and Oral Histories of the Depression. There is significant hands-on time: we start with snowshoeing to archaeological sites in the park, and end canoeing the Rum River to discuss landscape history.

Technology and Society Wayne Strege
Interactions between technologies and the societies in which they are applied are complex and multifaceted. A myriad of examples from the latter part of the 20th century—laptop computers, smaller and smaller cell phones, artificial joints and heart valves--are just a few of them. To some, this is exciting and invigorating; to others, it is troublesome and disconcerting. As we enter the 21st century, the burgeoning array of technological changes offer challenges as well as opportunities. As humans, how much can we shape our future? Is it possible for individuals and groups to embrace different levels of technologies while living side by side? What about the technological disparities between cultures, countries, and regions of the world? As technological changes become more globalized, will nation-states become irrelevant? These questions, and more, will be addressed during Spring semester 2003.

HONS 300

Spirituality During the Holocaust Francis-Clare Fischer
The class will deal first with Jewish spirituality. We will look at the spirituality of Hasidic people in the camps, of Orthodox and of reformed thinkers such as Victor Frankl. We will also look at the spirituality of rescuers who’s religion was far from a Sunday affair. It was a hard working religion that demanded that they help the stranger at the risk of their own lives and the lives of their families. We will also look at the twisting of spirituality that went into the mythos of the Nazis as well as the anti-Semitism in Christian thought which fueled the Nazi platform.

The World of Wilderness: Essays and Outdoor Experiences Greg Coverdale
This course will juxtapose essays and various writings in ecology, environment, and the social sciences with real-world nature and wilderness experience. A field trip to northern Wisconsin to experience wilderness is planned. Methods are hands-on, and will require students to read and discuss intensely. The interdisciplinary and hands-on focus of the course are tailor-made for Honors students.

Genocide and Anti-Semitism: What Can We Learn From the Dreadful? Geoffrey Tabakin
This is a course designed to introduce students to the study and unmasking of genocide in general with anti-Semitism and the Sho’ah as the particular. It is an exercise in contradiction seeking to validate intellectual feelings, and to honor emotional reasoning in responding to 20th century genocide.

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.

Introduction to East Asia Staff
This course is an interdisciplinary, team taught course which will introduce students to the history, philosophy, mythology, art, literature, and music of East Asian civilizations. It seeks to familiarize students with the arts and culture of East Asia in an attempt to expand appreciation for the civilizations of the area. Team and guest instructors will make presentations on aspects of Asian civilizations relevant to their respective disciplines and/or interests.

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