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Fall 2011 Honors Courses

ENG 102, The Rhetoric of Analysis & Argumentation, Honors   (3 Hours Credit)

ENG 102 H Section A 

   ENG 102 H Section C 

Critical Inquiry and Writing    TH 12:30 – 1:45   Dr. Lara Whelan  

Critical Inquiry and Writing    TH 9:30 – 10:45   Dr. Lara Whelan  


Course meets these requirements:
 

  • An HON 250 course (3 of 9 elective required hours for all Honors students)  
  • General Education core requirement in Communication (3 of 9 hours required)  

Course description:
The purpose of the course is to prepare students to become knowing and productive participants in academic, cultural, or civic discourse. Students will learn to use multiple and sustained modes of critical inquiry to build arguable perspectives within particular cultural contexts and conversations. These modes might include writing to learn, report, review, criticize, clarify, convince, persuade, or negotiate. In addition, students will be coached in the rhetorical concepts of persona, ethos & pathos, argument structure, counterargument, and logical fallacy. By the end of the course, students will be able to summarize, evaluate, and synthesize multiple sources in order develop a critical perspective and advance a thesis of their own. Students will also receive guidance in the evaluation and appropriate documentation of print and non-print sources (e.g., online databases, world wide web, film, photography, television, etc.). 
 

 

COM 203, Rhetoric and Public Address, Honors (3 Hours Credit)

COM 203 H section C  

Rhetoric and Public Address      MWF 1:00 - 1:50    Dr. Bob Frank  

Course meets these requirements:  

  • An HON 250 course (3 of 9 elective required hours for all Honors students)  
  • General Education core requirement in Communication (3 of 9 hours required)  

Course description:
This class surveys pivotal rhetorical documents of American movements for social change including abolitionist, women’s rights, civil rights, and environmentalism. Through written rhetorical analysis and oral presentations on social justice issues, students will understand rhetorical strategies that best promote social justice. 
 

 

ECO 110, Principles of Economics I, Honors (3 Hours Credit)

ECO 110 H Section G 

Principles of Economics I       TH 9:30 - 10:45    Dr. Frank Stephenson 

Course meets these requirements:  

  • An HON 250 course (3 of 9 elective required hours for all Honors students)  
  • General Education core requirement in Behavioral and Social Sciences (3 of 9 hours required)  

Course description: 

Analysis of markets, consumers, business firms and government agencies; the market mechanism for determining resource use and income distribution. Introduction of the factors that determine macroeconomic activity and growth. Discussion of the American banking system and the basis for foreign trade.    

 

Honors 201, Perennial Questions (3 Hours Credit)

HON 201 H Section C  

Perennial Questions TH 9:30–10:45  Dr. Michael Papazian 

HON 201 H Section D 

Perennial Questions TH 3:30-4:45     Dr. Michael Papazian 



Course meets these requirements:
 

  • Required course for all Honors students  
  • Counts as the 100-level philosophy course requirement or the fifth free elective course in the Humanities general education core (3 of 15 hours required)  

Course description: 

This course is an honors introduction to the main questions and problems of philosophy. The best way to approach these questions is to read, discuss, and write about how some of the best philosophers have answered them. So we will read and discuss how philosophers such as Plato, Augustine, Descartes, Nietzsche and others have dealt with such questions as the following: Is there any good reason to believe in God? Or is it OK to believe things without good reasons? Is the mind a machine like a computer or is it not physical at all? Are moral positions just subjective opinions? What is the relationship of religion and morality? How should human societies be organized? What is the purpose of education? Why should we care about any of this?  

 

HON 203 H, Democracy and Its Friendly Critics (Required for all Honors Students; 3 Hours Credit)

HON 203 HA   Democracy and Its Friendly Critics  TH 2:00 - 3:15        Dr. M. Bailey 

Course meets these requirements:  

  • Required course for all honors students  
  • General Education core requirement in Behavioral & Social Sciences -- 200 level for Government and International Studies.  

Course description:
America's leading statesmen such as James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt understood that popular government is extremely difficult to sustain. They understood what we largely have forgotten: Democracy, like all forms of government, comes with its own set of challenges and pathologies. These lessons about democracy are best expressed by Alexis de Tocqueville, a critic, albeit a friendly one, of American democracy who thoughtfully and forcefully articulated the dangers facing the emerging democratic world. This course will use Tocqueville's Democracy in America to illustrate the perpetual issues and problems of democracy—many of which are still very real despite our being blind to them—and we will also draw on works of literature, philosophy, film, and theology to give concrete meaning to these problems as they are manifested in American political and social life.
 

 

Honors 250HA/PSY 385IA, Psychology of Women

(3 Hours Credit)

HON 250H Section A 

Psychology of Women  MWF 11:00 - 11:50      Dr. Susan Conradsen  

Course meets these requirements:  

  • An HON 250 course (3 of 9 elective required hours for all Honors students)  
  • Counts as the psychology course requirement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences general education core (3 of 9 hours required)  
  • May count toward the major with departmental approval  

Course description: 

This course is an interdisciplinary investigation of the psychological, social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of gender in our society.  In particular, the unique issues and challenges to women’s psychological well-being created by the impact of society (both direct and indirect) and culture will be addressed. Some of the specific topics we will cover include how gender identity is formed, the preponderance of sexist stereotypes, how the media influences our ideas of masculinity and femininity, the occupational and domestic challenges women face, the culture of violence against women across their lives, the experience of birth and mothering, love relationships, and other developmental events unique to women’s development such as menstruation and menopause.  Throughout the course the existence of sexism within American culture and beyond will be covered such as inequity in political representation and salaries, sex trafficking, female genital mutilation, and role expectations.  This class is a discussion oriented class.  Students take weekly quizzes, complete a group presentation on a topic of their choice, and complete five writing assignments.     

  

Honors 250HB/COM 416IA, Media Law (3 Hours Credit)

HON 250H Section B 

Media Law    MWF 1:00 - 1:50    Dr. Brian Carroll    

Course meets these requirements:  

  • An HON 250 course (3 of 9 elective required hours for all Honors students)  
  • May count toward the major with departmental approval  

Course description:  

Constitutional and legislative foundations of freedom of speech and press, with special emphasis on the law of privacy, libel, censorship, access and broadcast regulation.  

We examine the delicate balance that exists between freedom and control of the media in the United States. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is, of course, the major guarantee of freedom of expression. Since the courts, especially the U.S. Supreme Court, are ultimately responsible for interpreting the First Amendment and maintaining the balance between freedom and control, our study focuses on judicial decisions and reasoning, examining how tensions in the law are resolved. Other very significant sources of press freedoms and controls exist, as well, including those produced and enforced by the marketplace, government regulation and even popular opinion or sentiment. Therefore, we consider other factors that influence the balance between freedom and control of mass communication, including statutory law, executive and administrative actions, and ethical concerns. The course also examines how the nature of a medium affects or even dictates how it is controlled or not controlled.  

The course is organized into three major sections: Freedom of Expression & the First Amendment; Media Malpractice (privacy invasion and libel); and Special Areas of Media Law (telecom, commercial speech, the Internet, copyright and intellectual property, trial coverage). Because law is largely derived from precedent, there is a significant historical thread that runs throughout the course, providing a timeline on which landmark Supreme Court cases mark the eras of jurisprudential change.  

  

Honors 250HC/PHI 357IA, Late Modern Philosophy

(3 Hours Credit)

HON 250 H Section C   Late Modern Philosophy   MW 2:00-3:15   Dr. Michael Papazian

Course meets these requirements:  

  • An HON 250 course (3 of 9 elective required hours for all Honors students)  
  • General Education core requirement in Humanities -- 100 level for Philosophy (3 hrs credit)  
  • May count as one of the two free electives, outside of major/minor, required for graduation; OR, as the fifth humanities elective  

  

Course description 

This course is a study of trends and movements in late 19th and 20th century philosophy. The focus this semester will be on what is usually called ‘continental philosophy,’ the writings of the philosophers of continental Europe concerned with broad questions about the course of history and culture. Readings consist of philosophical and literary works written by Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Foucault. The class will consider what these philosophers have had to say about politics, religion, truth, technology, and the nature of human beings. 

   

Honors 250HD/REL 326A Buddhist Meditation and Philosophy       (3 Hours Credit)

HON250 HD 

Buddhist Meditation & Philosophy      TH 2:00 -3:15      Dr. Jeffrey Lidke    

Course meets these requirements: 

  • An HON 250 course (3 of 9 elective required hours for all Honors students)  
  • General Education core requirement in Humanities -- 100 level for Religion (3 hrs credit)  
  • May count toward the major with departmental approval 
  • May count as one of the two free electives, outside of major/minor, required for graduation; OR, as the fifth humanities elective 

 

Course description:    

Through a careful analysis of Buddhists texts and practices in their respective sociocultural contexts we seek in this course to (1) excavate the Buddhist philosophy of co-dependent arising, (2) contextualize the contemplative practice of ‘quieting and seeing,’ and (3) trace the development and impact of Buddhism during its 2,500-year history. Towards this end students will be challenged to engage in an interdisciplinary approach that combines historical, philological, anthropological, and comparative methods of analysis. The course follows a historical trajectory, tracking Buddhism from its origins in the experience and teachings of Prince Siddhartha and following its textual development through three major Indian traditions‑‑the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana schools‑‑and its spread into Tibet, China, Japan, and eventually to the western world. As we examine this historical development we investigate the complex relationship between contemplative practice, philosophical doctrine and cultural expression.  

  

Honors Thesis

Register for HON 450H if you are starting your thesis.
Register for HON 451H if you completed HON 450H last semester.

To register for a thesis course, you will need an authorization form (available on this webpage-http://www.berry.edu/provost/honors/page.aspx?id=7879) signed by your thesis director.  (Be certain to have the other committee members’ names indicated on the form). Also obtain a reasonably detailed description of the work to be completed during the semester provided by your thesis director. Bring both the description and the signed authorization form to Dr. Cooley for his signature. Take the signed authorization form to the Registrar’s window to have the course added.  (This process should be done during pre-registration.) After the course is added to Viking Web, your thesis director will need to authorize you to take the course before you can finally register for it on Viking Web. 
 

  


Honorization of Courses

“HONORIZING ” a course or a course within a major.  

As you know, an honors student may request to change a “regular” course within a major into an honors course. Follow the procedure below.  

BEFORE you begin attending the course, during registration, meet with the instructor. Print and take the form with you (see Forms on the Honors Web page); this form has guidelines for you and your instructor. Discuss with the faculty member your interest in receiving “honors” credit for a particular course. He or she will define the nature of the honors work to be completed.  

Honorizing any course is NOT Permitted after the first week of classes.  

Complete your part of the form and return the form to Dr. Cooley.    

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