Course descriptions for the Spring 2016 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.

Spring 2016

UH 2010-01 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 reflection 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, & 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 Text and Empathy (Johnson)

Using a broad definition of "text" to include a variety of sources such as young adult literature, memoir, poetry, works of art, film clips, popular culture texts, and scholarly works, we will explore the concept of empathy and the idea of building empathy toward the the "other" as well as toward ourselves.  We will consider relationships between text and empathy, and how our views of others and ourselves are shaped by text.  (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 & 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 Shifting Selves: Feminist Disability Studies (Roberts)

This course will address some of the intersecting theories (i.e., critical, feminist, queer, crip, etc.) and interdisciplinary perspectives within the field of Feminist Disability Studies, which examines dis/ability, disability as difference, and dis/ability as a relationship of differential privilege and power, and suggests that dis/ability, as a social construct, is mediated by issues of age, class, ethnicity, gender, race and sexuality. We will explore postmodern semiotic representations of individuals with disabilities and examine alternative reflections of and by individuals with disabilities which revolutionize these views. Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the intersections of disability to age, class, ethnicity, gender, race and sexuality; explain how attitudes and beliefs about disability and gender may impact personal and various theoretical views of disability, sexuality, the body, etc.; and, through a social justice framework, examine the complex interplay of cultural and political forces on gender and disability in the concerns, issues and experiences of individuals with disabilities. 

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 scholars, and films. Students will also conduct research in primary sources documenting Dayton's aviation history.

UH 4000-03 Strategic Communication (Leonard)

This University Honors course is an examination of contemporary socio-cultural issues from a communication perspective. Students will critically examine current social issues through the lens of appropriate communication theories. Students will create an in-depth analysis and create a strategic plan for illuminating the findings.

UH 4000-04 Computers, Paradigms & People (Finkelstein)

This course will give a broader conceptual framework to view, in the context of an increasingly technical world, your own academic discipline, and at the same time, provide you an opportunity to enhance your written and oral communication skills.