Course Descriptions: Spring 2011
Honors Seminar II – Same as Fall Semester
An introduction to the Honors Program and university. Study skills for accomplished students. Avoiding common pitfalls. Honors community building, leadership development, service learning, campus resources, and campus life.
Great American Documents - Inkster
We will do close reading and analysis of some of the public documents that have helped to shape our country, our government, and the cultural values that inform who we are. These will include the Declaration of Independence, selected Federalist papers, a handful of Supreme Court cases, and some great speeches and letters by Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Obama, and other major figures such as Martin Luther King.
Classics of Literature – Abartis
We will read and discuss such classics as Voltaire’s Candide, Moliere’s Tartuffe, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and perhaps one or two modern works. Students will keep an informal journal of their thoughts in the works we read and will write three or four formal papers. We practice techniques for achieving clarity and grace in writing: parallelism, conciseness, precise word choice, appropriate punctuation, and variation in sentence length.
The Bible – Hibbard
Selections from the Bible that relate to literary traditions of subsequent centuries. Literary forms in the Old and New Testaments.
Shakespeare – Hibbard
Exploration of the rich works of Shakespeare to appreciate and enjoy his powerful, complex and multi-layered plays. Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Richard III. Informal journal, three or four papers, writing skills.
Intro to Communication - Hyde
This course 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.
You, Your iPod – Whose Story? – Kazemek
Assume that knowledge is infinite and that each of us brings to the University a wealth of experience that can only be shared through story as we pursue further understanding. As we tell our stories, how can we adapt to a technology that defines the narrative medium?
American Heroes – Hofsommer
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Gender and the Body – Berila
This course will examine key issues around the gendered body. We will start from the grounding feminist tenet that gender is a social construction, and then explore various feminist theories and commentaries about how that shapes our understandings of various bodies. We will consider how different bodies are positioned in power dynamics of race, class, gender, sexual identity, and national location. That is, we will examine how we learn particular relations between bodies and how those relations are experienced. This course will foreground the relationship between gender and power, the body and identity. We will therefore look at how women in particular are denied or are able to claim authority over their bodies
Boys, Men, and Masculinities – Hoover
This course is designed as an introduction to the emerging field of men’s studies. It is an exploration of the nature of masculinity; in particular the bio-psycho-social perspectives of men, their development, and their relations. The course explores issues around men’s development, gender role conflict, fathering issues, men’s health behaviors, emotionality, and other major issues surrounding constraints and potentialities of boys and men. It should be made clear that the men’s studies field has emerged out the domain of women’s studies and is not in contrast to or in opposition to women’s studies. In fact, most of the current researchers in men’s studies are themselves self-identified as pro-men feminists.
Ecotourism and the Environment – Kambach
This course introduces students to ecotourism, including definitions and historical development, visitor motivations and market issues, business issues, positive and negative impacts, and planning and management issues. Both domestic and international issues and examples will be covered including polar/arctic regions. Ecotourism has proven to be an economically viable alternative for attracting tourism revenue without compromising local community values or degrading the environment. This course provides the tools needed by tourism students to work with planners, conservationists, businesses and communities to work together to develop ecotourism plans and products like Quark that will attract and accommodate the eco-tourist while conserving natural resources and benefiting local wildlife and people. Designed to help students understand the unique structure of the ecotourism industry, this course provides information on ecotourism marketing approaches and product development.
Planet in Peril – Kasi
Humans’ overarching role in our planet’s environmental problems and successes. This course will offer a fresh, forward-looking approach to sustainable solutions.
Technology & Third World Development – Akubue
This course is about the role of technology in socioeconomic development in developing countries, It attempts to explain why some countries are developed and some are not. It identifies obstacles preventing the Third World countries from effectively using available technology to foster socioeconomic development. Content includes identifying the Third World, developing strategies used, the transfer of technology, the integration of appropriate technology as a necessary ingredient for the Third World development and why technology and the development process effects women and girls the way they do.
Visual Treatment of the Holocaust – Tiberghien
This course studies various media perspectives of the Holocaust, with an emphasis on film.
The Greek Ideal – Kroll
Concepts of perfection – human and divine – are examined by delving into the culture of Greece. The course will examine the manifestation of those ideals in language, art, literature, philosophy, and religion. The period covered will be from Classical Greece, to Byzantine Greece, to Ottoman Greece. An introduction to the Greek language is included, followed by perusal of foundational texts, examination of Greek philosophy, mythology, and monotheism, and a comparison of Byzantine iconography to the classical and neo-classical art of the culture. The enduring value and impact of these tenets on American culture and society will be discussed.
Argumentation and Advocacy – Warne
Construction and critique of reasoned discourse and advocacy.
Love and Money in European Literature – Mikolchak
This will be a comparative literature course, covering masterpieces of Russian, German, and French literature from 19th and 20th centuries, and focusing on the topic of love and money. We will discuss how the concept of love was socially constructed and meant different things in different societies, what role money played in love and marriage, and how societal norms were transgressed by women and men. Reading will be of paramount importance, but we will also watch movies based on the readings in the course and will talk about art, including music and paintings, relating to the work studied in the course. Our goal will be to familiarize ourselves with the most important works in European literature, learn to undertake a comparative analysis of those works, and be able to see them in connection to contemporary music and art.
The Vision of Islam – Mirza
"Islam" is an Arabic word that means "submission", and specifically "submission to God's will". It also designates a religion based on a sacred scripture, the Koran. A "Muslim" is one who has submitted to God's will, or who follows the religion of Islam. The Koran is a book that God revealed to the Prophet Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. That is the basic outline of a story believed by about one-fifth of humanity. Our first task will be to fill in the details of this story, and to gain a thorough understanding of the main aspects of the religion and civilization of Islam. Our next task will be to use this understanding to engage with selected texts of the Islamic intellectual tradition, from both classical and contemporary authors. Possible topics include: Ghazali and the quest for certainty, Averroes on the harmony between religion and philosophy, Sufism, Illuminationism, faith and reason in Islam, Islamic responses to modernism and secularism, Islamic approaches to the problems of religious diversity.
Desire and Freedom: East/West on Volition
The course will include classics from Plato, Kant, Schopenhauer, and Buddhism with some contemporary material from Harry Frankfurt and Tibetan Tantric Buddhism. Expect weekly short assignments and a longer paper at the end of the course."
Global Women’s Rights - Gill
In this course, we examine a wide range of contemporary women’s rights issues from a philosophically feminist perspective. International human rights treaties, especially the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, are used to frame our discussions. Throughout the semester, students will do independent research on some country other than the United States. This research will complement discussion of issues closer to home, such as abortion, violence, trafficking, and exploitation of workers. Important underlying themes include, thoughtful personal reflection on the meaning of one’s own life, and the nature and value of our relationship with others.
Spain in Southwest – Boyer
The main goal of this course is to assert and recover – as a part of the American experience – the legacy and cultural heritage of Spain and Mexico in the American Southwest. As we study the patterns of colonization, settlement, immigration, and interaction in the borderlands from the 16th Century to the Present. We will explore the development and unfolding of the Latino/Mexican-American identity. We will follow the Boarder/Frontera metaphor through a set of interdisciplinary case study modules and relay heavily on student group decisions and teamwork.
Creative Thinking – Rockenstein
The purpose of this course is to expand the student's ability to think and solve problems creatively. Creativity theory will be applied to personal projects designed to stretch each student's capacity to think creatively.