Spring 2014 course offerings
ENG 1060-900 Composition II
ENG 1060-901 Composition II
ENG 1060-902 Composition II
ENG/AIS 2200-900 Native American Literature
ART 2050 –900 Art Appreciation
PHI 1000-900 Introduction to Philosophy
HST 1140-900 World Civilizations to 1500
HON 1510-900 Contemporary Issues in Science and Technology.
As the planet heats up, will renewable energies offer economic prosperity while replacing carbon-emitting fossil fuels? In the meantime, will cloning technologies resurrect long extinct species, like woolly mammoths and American cheetahs? Given the existence of scores of habitable planets in the universe, will intelligent life on other worlds be one day discovered? Genetic modification has delivered a bounty of hardy crops resistant to insect attack and pesticides. Will genetically modified humans be next – stronger, faster, healthier? Scientists have already bioengineered human blood vessels and bladders. What does the near future hold for blending humans and machines? In Contemporary Issues in Science and Technology, we will explore ways in which science and technology are shaping the environment, human health and society, and advancing our knowledge of worlds beyond our own.
HON 2010-900 The Humanistic Tradition II: From 1500 to the Contemporary Age.
"We are in the midst of a crisis of massive proportions and grave global significance. … The humanities and the arts are being cut away, in both primary/secondary and college/university education, in virtually every nation of the world," Martha Nussbaum writes in Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (2010). "If this trend continues, nations all over the world will soon be producing generations of useful machines, rather than complete citizens who can think for themselves, criticize tradition, and understand the significance of another person's sufferings and achievements."
In this class, we will work together (1) to understand the crisis Nussbaum describes, (2) to explore the grand questions that the humanities compels us to ask (such as who we are, what we believe, and what love is), and (3) to learn how to live the humanities outside the classroom, in practice with local students enrolled at Oxendine Elementary School.
Students will read and discuss Nussbaum, Not for Profit, and all or part of five or six texts of their choosing, from the following list: Moazzam Begg, Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantanamo, Bagram, and Kandahar (2006); Caryl Churchill, Cloud Nine (1978); J.M. Cohen, trans., The Life of St. Teresa of Avila by Herself (c. 1565); Annie Dillard, The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974); Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952); Sigmund Freud, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905ff); Shen-Fu, Six Recordings of a Floating Life (1809); Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (1776); and Phillis Wheatley, The Complete Writings (1773). In addition to class discussion and participation, students will write one essay and take part in service-learning.
HON 4000-900 Research Methods and Prospectus
HON 4500-900 Honors Thesis/Project
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