Course descriptions for the Fall 2014 University Honors (UH) classes are posted below. (Watch for updates!) Refer to WINGS Express via the WINGS portal for a complete listing of all Honors courses, including days, times, and locations.
UH 2010-01 Travel Literature (Rubin)
This is a course about travel and a course about literature: the literature that people write inspired by their travels. Travel literature is often misunderstood and often not taken seriously by the mainstream literati: in this course students will define, examine, analyze, and interpret the writings of travelers. They will become travel writers themselves, composing a piece of travel literature based on their own previous travels. The course is a seminar, which means that active participation in class discussion is absolutely required and expected. (UH 2010 satisfies the Arts/Humanities Element in the Core curriculum.)
UH 2010-02 Poetry for Any Major (Blakelock)
This course will look at selected contemporary poetry of the past 35 years and at how the study of poetry complements the language potency of everyday personal and professional exchanges. Students will examine how "new" poetry connects readers to a world of vernacular language rhythms, language crossovers, and intellectual diversity. Students will showcase their engagement with poetry and language in Web 2.0 projects. Open to all majors, including English majors. (UH 2010 satisfies the Arts/Humanities Element in the Core curriculum.)
UH 2010-03 Studies in the Humanities (Loranger)
Can a book promote peace? Can a city? In this honors seminar we will learn about the history and genesis of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, including its roots in the Dayton Peace Accords of 2005, and read and discuss four winners of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize—two fiction and two non-fiction works. The class will be able to choose the final work from among the books honored by the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for a final selection. During the term we will have visits from members of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize board and perhaps an honoree. As a class project, Honors students will collaborate to write reading guides for the assigned works. (UH 2010 satisfies the Arts/Humanities Element in the Core curriculum.)
UH 2020-01 Ohio Government and Politics (Leonard)
Too many young poeple are graduating from high school and college with a lack of interest and knowledge about their elected leaders and the public policy-making process. This course is intended to spark that interest; it is intended to make young people understand that politics and involvement in the making of public policy is THE pathway to power in America. (UH 2020 satisfies the Social Science Element in the Core curriculum.)
UH 2020-90 Decision Making (Morrisette)
Decision making is an integral part of our daily lives, ranging from the relatively simple--shall I have Coke or coffee?--to the complex and seemingly insoluble--how can we reduce the rate of violent crime in the U.S.? Regardless of one's area of interest or expertise, difficult decisions must be made. This course provides an introduction to the concepts of decision theory, systems analysis, and rational analytic techniques of decision making, as well as an exploration of non-rational theory and processes. Students will analyze the process and the assumptions that underlie the process from several viewpoints and disciplines: rationality, incrementalism, analytical reasoning, and complexity and chaos. (UH 2020 satisfies the Social Science Element in the Core curriculum.)
UH 4000-01 Computers, Paradigms, and People (Finkelstein)
Students will explore the implications for our society of rapidly evolving technology, particularly computer technology. Students will examine how paradigms (or perceptual frameworks) are formed, how technical innovations diffuse, and how social structures and values are affected by evolving technology. Some of the major unsettled paradigms in science today--including those that control how we view things, such as the origins of life, human behavior and language, and computing technology--will be considered.
UH 4000-02 Flat World and US Education System (Helms)
The complexities of the U.S. educational system are many. There are no shortcuts, no utopias, no silver bullets, and no magic feathers that will enable elephants to fly. This course will examine current educational issues and reform measures as proposed by intellectuals such as Thomas Friedman, Fareed Zakaria, Diane Ravitch, and Linda Darling-Hammon. Students will investigate the topic from the perspectives of U.S. and world history, culture and sociology, geography, economics, government and citizenship, psychology, science and technology, and globalization.
UH 4000-03 Marxism, As It Happened (Osborne)
Communism was very possibly the most significant sociopolitical phenomenon of the 20th Century. It arose out of a particular set of circumstances, provided a model of how to think about the world, changed history for billions of people, and left a legacy that is still being sorted out. In this class we will try to understand communism as an economic theory and as a history, philosophy, and artistic laboratory.
Refer to WINGS Express via the WINGS portal for a complete, up-to-date listing of all Honors sections, including days, times, and locations.