Honors Courses

FALL 2022

Hon 220 (A Dialectic): Course Title: Controversies in Human Development. In many respects, we appear to be living in a divided world. Controversies abound, and working your way through information and misinformation alike can be difficult. Where have we been, as a society, that has led to these debates? In this course, we will adopt an interdisciplinary approach to explore several well-known modern controversies that actually have a long history in human development with an emphasis on how we arrived at this point. Through investigating common controversies, we will address (1) how they originate, (2) why understanding them matters, and (3) what the consequences are. The course is team-taught by Drs. Amy Elliot, Erin Koterba, and Abe Miller and is offered in 3 sections (1, 2, & 3), Tuesday/Thursday, 2-3:50pm. 4 credits.

Hon 257 (Idea Lab Social Science): Course Title: Streaming Media Events: Spotlighting India’s 26/11 Sometimes, termed the “9/11” of India, the events beginning 11/26/2008 and ending some 60-odd hours later, left 166 people dead and further soured ties between neighboring countries of India and Pakistan. This is the media event that will form the focus of this class. A limited series (Mumbai Diaries 26/11) produced by Amazon Prime, is the fictionalized story of happenings in an Emergency Room in a public hospital in Mumbai set within the same space and time as the 26/11 events, and brings to the fore several questions of professional ethics and responsibilities, nationalistic sentiment, and media framing of large events. This course seeks to examine and understand the relevance of “media events” when anything can be a media event. A media event was most famously defined by Daniel Dayan and Elihi Katz in 1992 as “High Holidays of Mass Communication.” The aforementioned show will serve as a point of inquiry, and will likely be of interest to students interested in foreign affairs, medicine/nursing, media studies, ethics, cultural studies and terrorism. For the first 8 weeks, we will watch an episode in each class, and discuss an aspect of Indian society reflected within the this. This will include caste, class, gender, attitudes to terrorism, patriotism, religion, professional ethics, cultural values, etc. In the second half of the semester, students are to examine other shows or films of their choice depicting media events outside the United States and come to an understanding of culture and media events. The final assignment will be a paper. The course is taught by Dr. Sonali Kudva, Fridays 1-4pm. 4 credits.

Hon 255 (Idea Lab Humanities): Course Title: Imagine the Future. In this class, we will be imagining problems and challenges as they present themselves through Science Fiction in Film and Literature. Specifically, we will be evaluating and creating theses/original responses to issues concerning artificial intelligence, artificial life, virtuality, telecommunications, and robotics, just to name a few. This course is taught by Professor Santiago Echeverry, Tuesday/Thursday, 8:00am-9:50am. 4 credits.

Hon 253 (Idea Lab Natural Science): Course Title: Culinary Chemistry: Using Science to Explore Our Foods and Beverages This course is designed to give students the ability to link the concepts of chemistry to the growing, cooking, preparing, or creating foods and beverages.  Students will be able to describe the reactions that are employed in the production or cooking of everyday foods. Students will also investigate more recent techniques used in molecular gastronomy from a scientific basis. The content covered in this course will cover an array of disciplines that are all rooted in the natural sciences, and several of the concepts will be supplemented with hands-on activities and interactive learning. This course is taught by Dr. Nicole Ortega, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 1:00pm-2:10pm. 4 credits.

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