Honors Seminars

Honors Seminars are sorted first by semester and then in ascending order of course number. Use the filtering system to narrow your results. For full course details and descriptions, click the image or course title.

The University Honors Program makes every effort to offer advertised courses. To that end, Honors Seminars with seven (7) or more students are considered viable. Honors Seminars with fewer students will be evaluated for cancellation ten (10) days prior to the start of the semester. Students will be notified and are encouraged to contact their UHP advisor should they need assistance with replacing the canceled course. (Departmental Honors courses cancellation policy is determined by the college/department through which the course is offered.)
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HCol 3101H, Honors Thesis - Development

This course provides a classroom-support format to assist Honors students with developing a firm foundation for research in advance of their final year of study. Most thesis writing will be done under the direction of the thesis advisor and committee, hence assignments in HCol 3101H are structured to prompt students toward engaging best practices—generically, and in their specific field of study—in preparing to complete thesis work. The course’s ultimate objective is to provide context, structure, third-party scholarly guidance, and a supportive community of peers to promote excellence and expediency in fulfilling the final requirement for graduation with Latin Honors.

Instructor(s): Milena Saqui-Salces and Brian Sostek; Additional teams TBD
Semester: Spring 2022
Level: 3xxx
Credits: 2 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

4 sections available for spring 2022. Meetings times and locations TBD.

 

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HCol 3103V, Honors Thesis - Writing and Revision


This course provides a structured format and outside supervision to assist Honors students and their faculty advisors in drafting and editing the prose of the Honors thesis. Specifically, students are asked to regularly solicit their thesis advisor for specific kinds of feedback on draft writing samples, meet with the faculty member to go over this feedback, and then write up a plan for incorporating the feedback into subsequent drafts. HCOL3103V assumes that the bulk of the work devoted to developing a thesis topic, consulting secondary sources, collecting data, doing analysis, and producing creative output has already been completed. Hence, assignments in HCOL3103V prompt students and thesis advisors to meet regularly in service of crafting prose appropriate for their discipline and project. The final assignment comprises the submission of the completed thesis draft to the full thesis committee.

Instructor(s): Brian Sostek
Semester: Spring 2022
Level: 3xxx
Credits: 1 credit
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: Yes
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

1 section available for spring 2022. Meetings times and locations TBD.

HSem 2042H

HSem 2042H, Jewish Humor: Seriously Funny from Text to Stage to Screen

This course on Jewish humor, in addition to introducing students to various theoretical frameworks for approaching humor and comedy, will by way of the joke introduce students to a range of classical Jewish texts, including the Torah and Talmud, before moving to an examination of Jewish contributions to the comedy industry and to popular culture from the 19th century until today, especially in the United States.

Instructor(s): Natan Paradise
Semester: Spring 2022
Level: 2xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: Diversity and Social Justice in the United States

 

Meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-3:45pm in Nicholson 345

 

HSem 2069H, Film as Art: Global Practices

This seminar offers a selective overview of the most influential Non-Anglo-American “film authors” in post WWII art film history. Throughout the course we will learn the definitions of "art film" and "film author," filmmaking as high art practice, major art film movements in the world: Italian New-Realism, French New Wave, New German Cinema, New Taiwanese Cinema, etc. and their influence on the American filmmaking. We will develop a historical appreciation of art film based on cinematic traditions contained within narrative, documentary, and experimental forms, and acquire a critical, technical, and aesthetic vocabulary relating to particular filmmakers. In particular, we will examine and evaluate the importance of genre and the legacy of individual “auteurs” throughout the history of post-war cinema. We will study the individuality of the filmmakers and their contribution to our understandings of politics, society, and human relationship.

This Honors Seminar fulfills an upper-division elective requirement for the Studies in Cinema & Media Culture major.  

This Honors Seminar fulfills a 3xxx-level elective requirement for the Art History major/minor. It satisfies the Era III historical distribution requirement (1800-present), and can be applied to one of two geographic distribution requirements: North America/Europe, or South and/or East Asia.   

Instructor(s): Meng Tang
Semester: Spring 2022
Level: 2xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

Meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:15pm (location TBD)

 

HSem 2325H, Fantasy: A Ghastly Wicked Introduction

This seminar is a ghastly wicked ride through key genres and formats of fantasy literature for adolescents and young adults. Fantasy is explored as a literature of possibilities and empowerment, and in particular as furthering the ongoing transformation of consciousness from local to global humanity. The focus is on eight principal genres and on the role of fantasy in nurturing moral imagination, creative thinking, and the human potential.

Instructor(s): Marek Oziewicz
Semester: Spring 2022
Level: 2xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: Global Perspectives

 

Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:45-11:00am in Nicholson 345

 

HSem 2512H

HSem 2512H, The Mathematics of Elections and Social Choice

The course will explore different voting systems, including single vote plurality, instant run-off (also known as ranked choice), Borda count systems, approval voting, and the mathematics behind them.  While Arrow’s theorem states that no electoral system can be completely fair, we will study the strengths and weaknesses of each system, both in mathematical theory as well as historical events. We will also discuss Gerrymandering, both from geometric and probabilistic points of view and how this relates to recent Supreme Court cases.

Instructor(s): Gregg Musiker
Semester: Spring 2022
Level: 2xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: Mathematical Thinking
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:15am-12:30pm in Nicholson 345

HSem 2540, Understanding the Russian Land

Encompassing more than 6.5 million square miles, Russia is an immense and ecologically diverse country. The environment of the frigid and heavily forested heartland of early Russian civilization, as well as that of the “wild field” (the Eurasian steppe) on its border, have posed a series of challenges to Russians and have left an indelible mark on modern Russian culture. In this interdisciplinary seminar, we will study how Russians have conceived of and used nature from the medieval period to the dissolution of the Soviet Union.  Articulating a particular approach to nature has been integral to several ideological and cultural projects in Russian history, including the formation of a literary tradition, the establishment of a multi-ethnic empire encompassing several biomes, and the development of a vision of Soviet science conquering and reshaping nature—and the world.

Instructor(s): Anna Graber
Semester: Spring 2022
Level: 2xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: Historical Perspectives
Liberal Education Theme: The Environment

 

Meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:15am-12:30pm in 345 Nicholson

 

HSem 2637H, Small but Impactful: Insects and the Environment

Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson referred to insects and other invertebrates as the ‘little things that run the world’. Insects may be small but are diverse and abundant, and occupy almost all habitats on planet earth. This course will provide Honors students with an interest in the environment to learn about the positive influences of insects as pollinators, and ‘recyclers’, and negative impacts of invasive species that lead to environmental pollution. Students will explore the amazing adaptations in insects that enable them to thrive in or escape from harsh climatic conditions such as drought, high humidity or temperature extremes. They will gain an appreciation of how insects help us conduct environmental research by serving as effective indicators of toxicity or climate change. Through interactive lectures, discussions on select readings and videos, engagement in debates on GMOs, pesticide-pollinator conflicts and environmental impacts of raising livestock versus insects as food for humans, and group projects, students will acquire a new awareness of little creatures with great influences on the environment.

Instructor(s): Sujaya Rao and Matt Peterson
Semester: Spring 2022
Level: 2xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: The Environment

 

Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:45-11:00am (location TBD)

 

HSem 2802H, Cinematic Representations of American Law

This course will discuss how cinematic interpretations of American law were and are perceived and accepted in the United States and elsewhere, both inside and outside the legal community. The class will progress by teaching and discussing some fundamentals of American law using legal films to illustrate the doctrinal concepts and rationales in civil procedure, criminal law and criminal procedure, the jury trial, evidence, contracts, torts, constitutional law and the First Amendment, legal ethics, and professional responsibility.

Instructor(s): Chang Wang
Semester: Spring 2022
Level: 2xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: Diversity and Social Justice in the United States

 

Meets on Thursdays from 4:00-6:30pm in Blegen 115

 

HSem 3054H, Minds, Brains, and Innovation

This seminar will examine recent research findings from the cognitive, brain, and social sciences to arrive at a better understanding of the conditions that foster, or impede, flexible thinking. Representative topics will include: the effects of reinforcing variable rather than habitual behavior; the need for both highly specific and more abstract ways of accessing our knowledge and memory for experiences; the ways in which emotions may enhance or impair flexibility in thought; and the importance of mentally stimulating environments in adaptive cognition and behavior.

Instructor(s): Wilma Koutstaal
Semester: Spring 2022
Level: 3xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

Meets on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:30pm (location TBD)

 

History Through Memoir

HSem 3087V, History Through Memoir

Memoirs—non-fictional life stories—offer an intriguing lens into the past.  They vividly portray personal experiences, but they also raise questions about the reliability of the narrator. We will examine memoirs written in the last two decades that explore ethnicity, identity, migration, memory, and belonging, and that use individual experience to illuminate a broader social and political history in the United States.

Instructor(s): Kirsten Fischer
Semester: Spring 2022
Level: 3xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: Yes
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

Meets on Tuesdays from 2:30-5:00pm (location TBD)

HSem 3511H, Science Court: Strengthening Democracy Through Rational Discourse

Science Court is a mock trial system designed to promote democratic norms by investigating controversial societal issues, based on facts and sound scientific research, in front of a judge and jury of citizens. Students work together in three teams (Science, Legal and Media) to plan, research, execute, and report a SciCourt case. More information is available at scicourt.umn.edu!

Instructor(s): Ellad Tadmor and Lauren Clatch
Semester: Spring 2022
Level: 3xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: Civic Life & Ethics

 

Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:15pm (location TBD)

 

HSem 3701H, Exercise Is Medicine: Its Central Role in Healthcare

This seminar will explore in depth the important role that exercise plays in medicine. Seminar participants will learn of the evidence basis for the use of exercise in a wide variety of conditions including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, mental health, and cognition. Related issues such as fitness assessments, nutrition, exercise complications, and sedentary physiology will also be presented.

Instructor(s): Jim Langland
Semester: Spring 2022
Level: 3xxx
Credits: 2 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

Meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:25-2:15pm in Nicholson 355

 

HSem 3718H Women’s Reproduction: History, Politics, and the Health Care System Syllabus

Understanding women's reproductive health requires consideration of the intersections of gender, race, class, culture, geography, economic status and nation within a historical and sociopolitical context. This course will build upon our current understanding of major conditions affecting the reproductive health of women, e.g. pregnancy, parenting, reproductive control, and menopause by raising challenges from a feminist perspective and encouraging expanded models that address the complexity of women's reproductive health in today's society.

Instructor(s): Melissa Saftner and Maria Ruud
Semester: Spring 2022
Level: 3xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: Diversity and Social Justice in the United States

 

Meets on Tuesdays from 9:05-11:50am (location TBD)

 

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HCol 3102H, Honors Thesis - Writing

This course provides a classroom-support format to assist Honors students with developing a firm foundation for research in advance of their final year of study. Most thesis writing will be done under the direction of the thesis advisor and committee, hence assignments in HCol 3102H are structured to prompt students toward engaging best practices—generically, and in their specific field of study—in preparing to complete thesis work. The course’s ultimate objective is to provide context, structure, third-party scholarly guidance, and a supportive community of peers to promote excellence and expediency in fulfilling the final requirement for graduation with Latin Honors.

Instructor(s): Milena Saqui-Salces and Brian Sostek; Juliette Cherbuliez and Elizabeth Hartman
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 3xxx
Credits: 1 credit
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

For Fall 2021, there will be 4 sections of HCol 3102H. This course meets every other week. Section 1 meets on Fridays from 9:05-11:00am; section 2 meets on Fridays from 11:15am-1:10pm; section 3 meets on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:55pm; section 4 meets on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:25pm.

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HCol 3103V: Honors Thesis - Writing and Revision

This course provides a structured format and outside supervision to assist Honors students and their faculty advisors in drafting and editing the prose of the Honors thesis. Specifically, students are asked to regularly solicit their thesis advisor for specific kinds of feedback on draft writing samples, meet with the faculty member to go over this feedback, and then write up a plan for incorporating the feedback into subsequent drafts. HCOL3103V assumes that the bulk of the work devoted to developing a thesis topic, consulting secondary sources, collecting data, doing analysis, and producing creative output has already been completed. Hence, assignments in HCOL3103V prompt students and thesis advisors to meet regularly in service of crafting prose appropriate for their discipline and project. The final assignment comprises the submission of the completed thesis draft to the full thesis committee.

Instructor(s): Brian Sostek
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 3xxx
Credits: 1 credit
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: Yes
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

For Fall 2021, this HCol meets every other week on Fridays from 2:30-4:25pm.

Ai Weiwei

HSem 2009H, Contemporary Art and Politics: From Marcel Duchamp to Ai Weiwei

Art has a social role to serve, and the artist has a moral obligation to society. It can engage the social issues and environment of its day, either directly or indirectly. Not every artwork needs to address poverty, famine, war, corruption, and injustice, but an artist should not ignore the pain and suffering of her/his fellow human beings. This course will discuss the subject matters and practices of major contemporary artists all over the world whose creative work frequently intertwines with commentaries on contemporary politics.

Instructor(s): Meng Tang
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 2xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: Global Perspectives

 

For Fall 2021, this HSem meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:15pm

HSem 2053H, The Psychology of Paranormal Phenomena

This seminar will introduce students to critical thinking and behavioral research methods, encouraging them to critically evaluate the evidence for a variety of supernatural, paranormal, and pseudoscientific claims. Students will design and carry out their own experimental tests of these claims. The course includes a guest lecture and demonstration by a local psychic.

Instructor(s): Charles Randy Fletcher
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 2xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

For Fall 2021, this HSem meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:45-11:00am

HSem 2515H, Experiencing Local Environmental Solutions

This is a topical, field-trip-based course.  This seminar will address some of the solutions to the environmental problems that affect our society by examining the science and by experiencing the solutions that are used on campus or in the neighboring community. Each week we will focus on a solution to a different environmental issue (stormwater, groundwater contamination, disposal or livestock waste, solid waste, public engagement on environmental concerns, and so forth).  We will visit the places on or near campus designed as environmental solutions, hear from the experts, and discuss the engineering and human aspects of these solutions. The field-trip destinations are accessible by campus bus, city bus, or train.  The class will involve weekly reading and writing assignments. There will also be a semester-long, hands-on project to devise a realistic, potential solution to an environmental issue.

Instructor(s): Paul Capel
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 2xxx
Credits: 2 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

For Fall 2021, this HSem meets on Thursdays from 2:30-4:10pm

HSem 2528H

HSem 2528H, The Quantum Century

The seminar has two main objectives. The first is to introduce students with a wide variety of backgrounds to an exciting area at the intersection of physics, mathematics, and computer science challenging our understanding of the physical world but at the same time suggesting new ways of harnessing nature for our purposes. The second is to combat simplistic views of "The Scientific Method" by tracing in a concrete and engaging example how science is actually done—warts and all.

Instructor(s): Michel Janssen
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 2xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

For Fall 2021, this HSem meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00-11:15am

HSem 2529H: Explanation and Evidence in Crime Fiction and in Science

HSem 2529H: Explanation and Evidence in Crime Fiction and in Science

Sherlock Holmes, in solving his cases, is relying on a pattern of reasoning known as Inference to the Best Explanation (acronym: IBE). Holmes’s explanation of how some crime was committed tends to be so convincing that it counts as evidence that it was actually committed that way. Although our use of it is seldom as clever as Holmes’s, we rely on IBE all the time in everyday life. So do scientists. In science, however, IBE tends to be less reliable. That a theory explains a range of phenomena does not make that theory true. In other words, we cannot simply take a theory’s explanatory power as evidence for it. Yet, scientists tend to put great emphasis on their theories’ explanatory power if they want to convince others of it. Which raises the question: What exactly is the relation between explanation and evidence in science? In this seminar, we will examine this relation, using examples from everyday life, crime fiction and the history of science (involving such luminaries as Copernicus, Newton, Darwin and Einstein). To improve our understanding of IBE we will contrast it with a probabilistic account of evaluating evidence known as Bayesianism.

Instructor(s): Michel Janssen
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 2xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

For Fall 2021, this HSem meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00-2:15pm

HSem 2541V, Campus Obscura: A University of Minnesota Cabinet of Curiosities

Exploring museums and special collections on campus, this course will investigate the importance of material objects – maps, rare books, artifacts, instruments, specimens, manuscripts – as these are used to write history, produce public exhibits, and create identities.  The materials were collected as part of research agendas, often by faculty, and thus are repositories that relate closely to the history of various sciences. The University of Minnesota provides a rich resource for such exploration of things that, collectively, have been important and continue to shape its history.

Instructor(s): Sally Gregory Kohlstedt
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 2xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: Yes
Liberal Education Core: Historical Perspectives
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

For Fall 2021, this HSem meets on Wednesdays from 2:30-5:00pm

HSem 2621h

HSem 2621H, Environmental Futures

This seminar will focus on the future of climate change, its emerging and far-reaching impacts on social and ecological systems, and the development of innovative strategies to address this challenge. The multidimensional problem of climate change will be examined through a variety of lenses, including the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, and the perspectives of indigenous peoples, environmental justice, and future generations. With an emphasis on the human dimensions of climate change, the purpose of this course is to prepare students to anticipate and design alternative climate change futures and create effective decisions and policies to achieve them.

Instructor(s): David Bengston and George Kubik
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 2xxx
Credits: 2 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

For Fall 2021, this HSem meets on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:40am.

HSem 2707H, Battling the Bugs: Anthrax, Ebola, and Everyday Life

We share the planet with a myriad of living things. The smallest of those are the ones that may impact our lives the most. These creatures are in the news nearly every day: Ebola virus in Western Africa, measles outbreak among visitors to Disneyland, foodborne outbreaks on cruise ships. This course will focus on the importance of infectious disease prevention, control, and treatment to the health and well-being of the global community. Students will explore the many facets of public health response operations and decision-making which are often behind the scenes and not well understood by the general public.

Instructor(s): Jill DeBoer
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 2xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

For Fall 2021, this HSem meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00-2:15pm.

HSem 2719V, Mass Incarceration and Public Health: An American Crisis

This course will examine the intersections of mass incarceration and health. We will explore individual and community-level health impacts of incarceration, with a focus on the relationship between mass incarceration and health disparities, particularly in communities of color. This course will consider specific populations at particularly high risk, including detained youth, pregnant incarcerated women, and the elderly. Students will have an opportunity to tour local correctional facilities and hear directly from experts in the field, including formerly incarcerated people.

Instructor(s): Rebecca Shlafer
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 2xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: Yes
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

For Fall 2021, this HSem meets on Wednesdays from 9:05-11:35am

HSem 3023h

HSem 3023H, Race: History of an Idea in North America

This upper level Honors Seminar explores the roots and rationales presented when constructing and upholding ideas of race. This class examines processes of racial formation in science, law, history, immigration policy, education, leisure, marriage, and medicine. The course is invested in getting at the heart of how Americans came to understand identify, and codify the import of race since the 1900s.

Instructor(s): Saje Mathieu
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 3xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: Social Sciences
Liberal Education Theme: Diversity and Social Justice in the United States

 

For Fall 2021, this HSem meets on Tuesdays from 1:00-3:30pm.

HSem 3065h

HSem 3065H, Trust, Technology, and Human Communication

In this seminar, we will explore the relationship between trust, technologies, and human communication by a) reviewing research from sociology, rhetoric, psychology, and other fields to understand the nature of trust; b) exploring the history of communication technology, from the oral cultures to the first forms of writing to the printing press to the Internet; c) investigating trust, technology, and communication in specific contexts, with a focus on social media and the Internet and key features such as the confirmation bias and the changing nature of expertise. These context will include medical/health communication; social actions; online communities; political and scientific reporting.

Instructor(s): Laura Gurak
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 3xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

For Fall 2020, this HSem meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:45pm

HSem 3205H, Environmental Justice and Climate Futures: The Mississippi River Corridor

The urgent pressures for equity and justice, and for a response to the changing climate, are complex, intertwined, "wicked problems." The Mississippi River, a storied part of the American landscape that is literally and figuratively the center of the North American continent, provides a profound space to explore how the river and American society have shaped each other. The seminar uses an Environmental Justice lens to examine the past, present, and potential futures of the river's biological, physical, and socio-cultural systems in a changing climate. The seminar will bring together knowledge from a number of academic disciplines, as well as community and cross-sector professional and agency perspectives.

Instructor(s): Patrick Nunnally
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 3xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

For Fall 2021, this HSem meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-2:15pm

HSem 3705h

HSem 3705H, Engineered Nanoparticles: Savior or Curse to Humanity?

Currently, nanotechnology influences virtually all industrial and public health sectors, including healthcare, agriculture, transport, energy, materials, information, and communication technologies. Despite extensive commercial application, a clear understanding of the adverse effects of Engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) is lacking. Deep uncertainties currently pervade every step of the risk assessment of ENPs, making the procedure incapable of properly serving its purpose. The students registered for this seminar will learn key general features of ENPs, how general public might be exposed to ENPs and their potential health effects so that they can make informed decision regarding safe use of ENPs. With serious information gap regarding ENPs safety, whether ENPs are a blessing or a curse is debatable.

Instructor(s): Ashok Singh
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 3xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: The Environment

 

For Fall 2021, this HSem meets on Fridays from 9:00-11:30am

HSem 3715H, Doctors Behaving Badly: The Causes and Consequences of Medical Research Scandals

This course will take students on a tour of the deadliest and most controversial research scandals in recent medical history. We will explore questions such as: What cultural and institutional forces allowed the scandals to occur? What were the best ethical arguments in favor of allowing the research to proceed? How were the scandals exposed? What was the role of investigative reporters, regulatory authorities, and whistleblowers? Should we have confidence that research abuse is not occurring today?

Instructor(s): Carl Elliott
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 3xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: N/A

 

For Fall 2021, this HSem meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:15am-12:30pm

 

HSem 3801H, Modern China: Law, History, and Culture

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of law and politics of 20th and 21st-century China, in their historical and cultural contexts. It will introduce undergraduate students to distinctive paradigms and discursive patterns of law and politics in China, with the intention of fostering comparative analysis and critical thinking. Initially, the course will focus upon modern Chinese history since 1840, paying particular attention to traditional Chinese views of the role of law in society, as well as to the legal and political aspects of early Sino-Western interaction. The second part of the course will focus on substantive laws, high profile legal cases, and major political events in the People's Republic of China today. The course will conclude by examining current issues in Chinese law from both sides, and by looking into China's argument for the "Beijing Consensus" -- essentially a new type of capitalism, without Western-style rule of law.

Instructor(s): Chang Wang
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 3xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: Global Perspectives

 

For Fall 2021, this HSem meets on Thursdays from 4:00-6:30pm.

HSem 3804H, Women who Rock (the Boat): Leadership and the Nobel Peace Prize

Lawyers, nuns, social workers, and school girls have won the Nobel Peace Prize. In achieving this distinction, they hone their leadership skills to a fine art. They face personal danger, inner conflicts, social challenges, and pointed criticism. Succeeding despite their flaws, their ability to inspire courageous, innovative action cuts across age-groups, decades, borders, and nationality. Students in this Honors Seminar will touch and experience that inspiration.

Instructor(s): Maureen Reed
Semester: Fall 2021
Level: 3xxx
Credits: 3 credits
Abroad Component: No
Writing Intensive: No
Liberal Education Core: N/A
Liberal Education Theme: Global Perspectives

 

For Fall 2021, this HSem meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:15pm.