Esther G. Maynor Honors College

Spring 2011 Course Offerings

HON 2010 Dr. Scott Hicks MW 2:30-3:45 23226

HON 1510 Dr. Martin Farley MWF 9:00-9:50 20943

HON 2750 Dr. Beverly King TR 11:00-12:15 23227

HON 4000 Dr. Jesse Peters TBA 22228

HON 4500 Dr. Jesse Peters TR 9:30-10:45 21003

ENG 1060 (900) Dr. MJ Braun TR 9:30-10:45 20904

ENG 1060 (901) Dr. Anita Guynn TR 9:30-10:45 20906

PHI 1000 Dr. Jeffery Geller TR 12:30-1: 45 20178

ART 2050 Dr. Tulla Lightfoot TR 2:00-3:15 21947

HST 1110 Dr. Rose Stremlau TR 3:30-4:45 23131

 

HON 1510 Contemporary Issues in Science and Technology

Dr. Martin Farley MWF 9:00-9:50

Dinosaurs and the world they lived in

Course deals with:

What is a dinosaur?
What kinds of dinosaurs are there?
How did dinosaurs live (how big were they, how fast could they move,
how smart were they, were they warm-blooded?)
What was the world (environment) like in which they lived?

And how we can determine these things

We will have "lab" (hands-on) exercises for a number of these topics and students will give a presentation on some topic on dinosaurs.

HON 2010 Humanistic Tradition II: From Baroque to the Present

Dr. Scott Hicks MW 2:30-3:45

This course will analyze and theorize a range of textual artifacts produced by human beings from 1500 to the present. The method of the course will be based on the Aspen Seminar model: “a neutral forum” in which “lively, intensive roundtable discussions” compel participants “to reflect on timeless human values, pursue common ground, and cultivate a richer understanding of the human condition. … Participants emerge from the Aspen Seminar personally renewed, professionally re-focused, and better prepared to lead as they confront the difficult choices of our ever-changing world,” Aspen Institute leaders believe.

The class will explore the following texts:
• Moazzam Begg, Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantánamo, Bagram, and Kandahar
• Caryl Churchill, Cloud Nine
• Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
• Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
• Shen Fu, Six Records of a Floating Life
• Sigmund Freud, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality
• Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
• St. Teresa of Avila, The Life of St. Teresa
• Phillis Wheatley, Poems

Students will demonstrate evidence of understanding through active engagement in roundtable discussion, close reading, frequent writing and journaling, and an “I-Search” project on a topic of their choosing.

HON 4500 Honors Thesis/Project

Dr. Jesse Peters TR 9:30-10:45

Preparation of a thesis or project in consultation with a faculty committee chosen by the student; presentation of the work in seminar. Independent study in the student’s major is encouraged.

HON 2750 The Individual in Society

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

Developmental Psychology is the scientific study of changes in behavior and mental processes from conception to the end of life. In this course, we will be looking at human development from a cross-cultural perspective—studying similarities and differences in a variety of cultures and subcultures, and the influence of culture on behavior and mental processes. One primary focus of the course is uncovering which aspects of human development are universal and which are culture-specific.

 

ENG 1060 Composition II: Honors

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

"Us and the Critters"

We'll examine our relationship with (other) animals in the world; students will choose subtopics to examine (vegetarianism, animal research, religions' attitude toward animals, habitat protection, etc). Readings will include Some we love, some we hate, some we eat and The Friends We Keep.

Dr. MJ Braun TR 9:30-10:45

Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics

In addition to being comedic political satirists, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have also spent a good deal of their time engaging in propaganda analysis. In this class we will learn how to analyze propaganda from these comedians, as well as scholars of Rhetoric and Communications. Although it is easy to spot propaganda spewing from the mouths of a Hitler or an Osama bin Laden, propaganda may not be so evident in the familiar discourses that flow through our lives in the United States. In this section of ENG 1060, our research will aim to answer the question: How has propaganda shaped American life? Students will compose a research notebook throughout the semester, write a propaganda analysis, and compose a researched argument that answers that question.

 

PHI 1000 Introduction to Philosophy: Honors

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

The Honors College course in philosophy for the Spring Semester will cover several philosophers representing a wide range of perspectives. The final syllabus has not yet been constructed, but will include Rene Descartes and Immanuel Kant, among many others. We will address issues in ontology--the theory of existence, epistemology--the theory of knowledge, ethics--the theory of the good and the right, and political philosophy. Readings will generally be short but demanding and students will be asked to do some internet research on their own each week to supplement the assigned reading.

HST 1110 Survey of Native American History 1865-present

Dr. Rose Stremlau TR 3:30-4:45

This course is an interdisciplinary survey of Native American history from the end of the removal era until now, but unlike some courses on the American Indian past, which emphasize the destruction of Native people and cultures, we will learn how indigenous people have survived. Although I in no way seek to dismiss the catastrophic losses and gross injustices experienced by Native people since European contact, I don’t think this story tells us very much about Indian people. Instead, we will focus on key themes characterizing cultural continuity and change over time in American Indian societies. We will trace out important processes and build upon the framework from the first half of this survey, AIS/HST 1100. We seek to understand the “big picture” of indigenous North America, but we will not attempt to create a “master narrative” that summarizes the stories of all Native people. Rather, because we take cultural and experiential diversity as our starting point and recognize that what brings Native American people together today is not a monolithic past or a uniform present, we will draw comparisons among the Indian nations of the United States. Our goal is a nuanced appreciation for the range of Native experiences and not a simplistic chronology.

ART 2050 Art Appreciation: Honors

Dr. Tulla Lightfoot TR 2:00-3:15

Honors Art Appreciation is developed to help the student understand art and develop an appreciation for the relationship between art and people.  Students read about and learn to critique art.  They also are asked to do simple art projects to gain more insight into the considerations artists must take to create their work.  (Students are not graded on artistic ability, but on their willingness to complete the assignments.) This year we will be working with a professional artist to create a conceptual work that will go hand in hand with an exhibition in the A.D. Gallery.  Students are also encouraged to go on a field trip to view original art.