Course descriptions for the Spring 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 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 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 2020-01 Writing/Rewriting the Constitution (Sayer)
Students will study the 1787 writing of the U.S. Constitution, plus the 27 Amendments that have been added since then. Students will also form their own Constitutional Convention in rewriting this historic document to meet today's perceived needs. (UH 2020 satisfies the Social Science Element in the Core curriculum.)
UH 2020-02 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 2020-15 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 weeklong service learning trip to Southeastern Ohio (April 28 - May 4). 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 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 Literary Visions of the Future (Strombeck)
Description will be posted when available.
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 prioneers and scholars, and films. Students will also conduct research in primary sources documenting Dayton's aviation history.
UH 4000-03 Wittgenstein & the Post-Analytic Mind (Wilson)
This course explores techniques in post-analytic thought, through the life of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Students will learn who Wittgenstein was and why he is relevant. Then, they learn to engage in intellectual behaviors that are often described as "post analytic" (Wittgensteinian). They learn about language meaning, philosophy as therapy rather than argumentation, aspect-seeing (insight), pictures of account, dissolving confusions rather than “winning debates,” and about the inherent limitations in formalistic thinking. Students will also be exposed to the values of intellectual sincerity and shunning pretense. And they will see the terrible complexity of genius, including the negative aspects of Wittgenstein's life, such as condescension and sexism. The final part of the course will help students apply the thinking techniques they have learned to selected topics in law, science and religion. When examining arguments in these fields, students will consider what it means to say that something is “scientific” (or is a "study"), and what the word “God” means. They will also be exposed to what it means to say that something is "constitutional" (or not), and what it means to say that the Supreme Court uses “ideology” to decide cases. In each example, the point is to show that there is a complexity in these assertions that often escapes proponents. Ultimately, this class hopes to make students into more insightful thinkers who value a reflective intellect.
UH 4000-04 Global Health: Nursing & Health Care in the United Kingdom(Gray/Curry)
Global health nursing will be explored from a human ecological approach, recognizing the interrelationship of social, cultural, political, and health care systems. Students will have the opportunity to develop an awareness and knowledge of the role of nursing in global health through seminars and web-based activities with an emphasis on nursing in the United Kingdom.
Refer to WINGS Express via the WINGS portal for a complete, up-to-date listing of all Honors sections, including days, times, and locations.