Course descriptions for the Spring 2015 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 Reading Shakespeare to Shepard (Blakelock)
This class will consider selected Shakespeare plays and works by contemporary playwright Sam Shepard. Course work will feature dramatic readings, discussion, and a blogging project to organize and comment on research and relfection on the plays. This is a hybrid course; traditional classroom meeting is scheduled, balanced by online participation and project development. (UH 2010 satisfies the Arts/Humanities Element in the Core curriculum.)
UH 2010-02 Latin America: Magical & Real (Rubin)
Latin America is a very real and very magical place with a rich literary and cinematographic history. This course will explore the "magic" of Latin America, from famous literary movements like "magical realism" to often mythologized figures like Ernesto Che Guevara. At the same time, the course will examine a number of "real" issues facing Latin America, including crime, immigration, and poverty. Readings will include short stories and poems in translation, as well as current news and feature articles. Films will include feature length selections and documentaries. (UH 2010 satisfies the Arts/Humanities Element in the Core curriculum.)
UH 2010-03 Florence, Italy: Art, History, and Culture (Struthers)
Roman city, medieval commune, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Florence, Italy, was once one of the most wealthy and powerful cities in Europe. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Florence was an important center of trade, banking, the development of the Italian language, and art. Topics explored in this course will include: Roman origins, Dante and the Divine Comedy, the Black Death, the Medici, Italian Renaissance artists and architects, and the flood of 1966. This course will be taught as a seminar, so active participation in class discussions will be required and expected. (UH 2010 satisfies the Arts/Humanities Element in the Core curriculum.)
UH 2010-04 World War I in British Literature and Culture (Oxindine)
The First World War (1914-1918) brought about major social and cultural changes that continue to intrigue historians and literary critics. This ongoing fascination is especially evident as we mark the 100-year anniversary of the war, and it is even more culturally pervasive in the UK than in the US. Contemporary British novelist Pat Barker is among those writers still haunted by the "Great War," as it was called for many years after its end. Her Regeneration trilogy engages many of the themes that emerge in early twentieth-century memoir, poetry, and fiction about the war. We will read the first and last novel in Barker's acclaimed trilogy as well as literature from various genres written by those who lived through the war, including two classic memoirs: one written by a soldier, and one written by a volunteer nurse. Throughout the course, we will consider how Victorian and Edwardian values—especially those concerning patriotism, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class—were questioned and transformed by a generation dramatically altered by a war frequently associated with an epic loss of innocence. "The unprecedented and everyday horrors of the war led those who witnessed them to question the basic values of Western civilization," asserts the WSU webpage associated with the university centenary commemoration of WWI.
Every student enrolled in the course is expected to attend at least one event connected to Wright State's year-long commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War: "A Long, Long Way: Echoes of the Great War." For details about CELIA-sponsored events, see wright.edu/WWI. (UH 2010 satisfies the Arts/Humanities Element in the Core curriculum.)
UH 2020-01 Medical Law & Ethics (Neal)
Biomedical ethics integrates biological research, medicine, and ethics. "Ethics" refers to the principles by which an individual assesses a situation based upon codes of behavior in a particular field, the legal aspects involved, one's values, attitudes and beliefs, and the consequences of the actions taken or decisions made. Controversial issues related to medical decision making, death and dying, choices in reproduction, children and bioethics, genetics, human and animal experimentation, and public policy and medicine will be discussed. Critical writing, thinking, and reflection, both individually and in groups, will be part of each class session. (UH 2020 satisfies the Social Science Element in the Core curriculum.)
UH 2020-02 American Government and Politics (Leonard)
In this course, students will closely examine both the structure and the politics of America's government. Students will witness the infant stages of potential 2016 Presidential candidates' campaigns, together with their respective positions on the issues of the day. The challenges facing America will be examined, discussed, and debated in this class: terrorism, disease that recognizes no borders, the growing economic gap between the "haves and have-nots," the federal budget, and of course, divisive social issues like same-sex marriage and abortion. Most students coming out of high school have been taught "civics." Few have been provided with little or any in-depth knowledge of politics, which all too often contributes to an unintelligent voting population. The American Government and Politics class will be offered in a bi-partisan/non-partisan manner with the goal of teaching students how politics fuels government actions and policies at the federal level.
The three branches of the federal government will be studied to better understand how they interact to achieve the goals of our "founding fathers." The students will be exposed to the philosophies of the major political parties in America, as well as "movements" within political parties with the goal of providing guidance for students who have yet to choose a paroty affiliation.
Finally, the class will examine America's political leaders, past and present, to better understand how the challenges facing a complex and diverse country like America can be overcome. (UH 2020 satisfies the Social Science Element in the Core curriculum.)
UH 2020-15 Ethics & Sustainability in Appalachia (Brown)
This course will integrate information gathered by faculty and students on the ethics of economic, social, and environmental issues in Appalachia with a week-long service learning trip to Southeastern Ohio. Students will gain an appreciation for a regional culture facing multiple challenges and will work with community partners in Appalachia on projects of mutual interest. (UH 2020 satisfies the Social Science Element in the Core curriculum.)
UH 4000-01 The Digital Revolution (Carrafiello)
This course will explore the history of computing and the Internet and its subsequent social, economic, and cultural impact. Texts will include Walter Issacson, The Innovators, Steve Wozniak, iWOZ, and a number of other selected readings. The class is also part of this year's Honors Institute featuring Steve Wozniak as the keynote speaker/Presidential Lecture speaker on February 4, 2015.
UH 4000-02 Dayton's Aviation Heritage (Dewey)
This course will introduce students to the rich aviation heritage of Dayton and the Miami Valley from the Wright Brothers to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the space age. Students will learn about the aviation history of the community and the world through lectures, readings, field trips to historical museums and sites, discussion with aviation pioneers and schoalrs, and films. Students will also conduct research in primary sources documenting Dayton's aviation history.
UH 4000-03 American Culture Through Baseball Coming of Age Stories (Peterson)
We will look at how fiction writers have interpreted the American coming-of-age experience through the lens of baseball. Using texts from the late nineteenth century to the present, we will examine the various social roles that baseball has played in American culture across the years. Moving beyond the habit of viewing baseball as a metaphor for America, we will identify aspects of how competition and sport in general -- and baseball in particular -- are integral parts of American culture. In addtiion to all of this, we will try not to lose sight of the fact that baseball is a game and that reading about it should be at least as pleasurable as watching it.
Refer to WINGS Express via the WINGS portal for a complete, up-to-date listing of all Honors sections, including days, times, and locations.