Esther G. Maynor Honors College

Spring 2008 Course Offerings

HON 2010 Monika Brown MF 10:00-11:15

HON 1510 Siva Mandjiny MW 2:30-3:45

HON 2750 Beverly King TR 11:00-12:15

HON 3000 Jesse Peters TR 2:00-3:15

ENG 1060 (2 sections) Kim Gunter & Anita Guynn TR 9:30-10:45

PHI 1000  Jeffery Geller TR 12:30-1: 45

ECN 1000 Charles Harrington TR 11:00-12:15

AIS 2010  Linda Oxendine TR  2:00-3:15

 

HON 1510 Contemporary Issues in Science and Technology

Dr. Siva Mandjiny MW 2:30-3:45

HON 2010 Humanistic Tradition II: From Baroque to the Present

Dr. Monika Brown MF 10:00-11:15

An interdisciplinary seminar in humanities, arts, and media that surveys, within historical and cultural contexts, a selection of enduring works of art, architecture, literature, music, film, and philosophy.  Studied are creative works, from Western nations and representative global cultures, that illustrate and contribute to the development of Western cultures.  Honors 201 focuses on significant artifacts of our enduring cultural legacy from the last four hundred years. from the Reformation, Baroque, and Enlightenment, through Nineteenth-Century Romanticism and Realism, to Modernism and the Postmodern.  These humanistic achievements have shaped modern civilization:  our social and political and religious institutions, our ways of studying and interpreting reality, our ideas and values, and our arts and media. 

HON 2750 The Individual in Society

Dr. Beverly King TR 11:00-12:15

Child psychology is the scientific study of changes in behavior and mental processes from conception to the end of adolescence.  The study of child psychology involves theories and research on the physical, cognitive, and social development of children.  In this course, we will be looking at child psychology from a cross-cultural perspective—studying similarities and differences in a variety of cultures and subcultures, and the influence of culture on the behavior and mental processes of children.  One primary focus of the course is uncovering which aspects of child development are universal and which are culture-specific. The course will be divided into four major sections:  Basics of investigating cross-cultural child development; Physical development; Socioemotional development; and Cognitive development. 

HON 3000 Cultures In Contact

Dr. Jesse Peters TR 2:00-3:15

ENG 1060 Composition II: Honors

Dr. Kim Gunter TR 9:30-10:45

Race. Gender. Money. Geography. Politics. In what country do these factors decide who gets the death penalty more than the guilt or innocence of the accused? In the United States. Enroll in this course to learn the facts and figures about capital punishment in today's America. The course includes a field trip to Raleigh's Central Prison and a tour of North Carolina's death row as well as guest speakers and documentary films. Ultimately, students will be charged with defending their positions, be they in favor of or against this most ultimate of state-sanctioned punishments.

Dr. Anita Guynn TR 9:30-10:45

ENG 1060 will continue a focus on "place" with particular attention to social justice issues. The course will include a service-learning component through the Center for Community Action. We will do readings on issues relevant to SE North Carolina (worker safety, union-busting, race relations, job loss, substance abuse, domestic violence -- all these things have a social justice component if you think about it), and students will choose an area to explore. Papers will include an argument of definition, a "just the facts" paper, and a problem-solution paper, in addition to the writing for the service-learning project.

PHI 1000 Introduction to Philosophy: Honors

Dr. Jeffery Geller TR 12:30-1: 45

In PHI 100 next semester, we will read and discuss several figures in the Modern period, which saw the rise of science, historical consciousness, and individualism. Modernism for philosophy is different from modernism in art, music, and literature. As opposed to those fields, whose modern periods began around 1900, philosophical Modernism began around 1600 with a challenge to dogmatic beliefs inherited from the Middle Ages. Beginning with such thinkers as Rene Descartes and Francis Bacon, the new period was called by its proponents the Enlightenment. Students will come away with an appreciation of the origins of the Enlightenment, an idea of the variety of thought patterns it generated, and a better understanding of the patterns of thinking characteristic of our time today. At each step along the way, we will cast a critical eye on the ideas we examine. Students will be able to improve their critical thinking skills while also finding out about the historical pedigree of ideas that we often take for granted, ideas like objectivity, democracy, and individual initiative.

ECN 100 Economics of Social Issues: Honors

Dr. Charles Harrington TR 11:00-12:15

The goal of this course is to use economics as a window to observe social behavior and analyze pertinent social issues. A broad range of issues will be addressed to facilitate an understanding of the role of economics and its relationship to cultural development and social policies. Economic thinking applied to persistent economic problems and issues in a market economy. Emphasis on implications for government policy rather than on the underlying theory. Topics include the nature of an economic system, demand and supply, monopolies, pollution and public goods, ethics and law, unemployment, inflation, the Federal Reserve System and money. In addition, class time will be spent discussing relevant current issues which arise, whether economic, social, or political.

AIS 2010 American Indian Cultures: Honors

Dr. Linda Oxendine TR 2:00-3:15

This course will be a survey of the various aspects of American Indian
cultural traditions through the study of oral and written literature, art,
music, religion and film. When possible, field trips will be incorporated
into the course.