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Fall 2012 Honors Courses

 

Honors 201, Perennial Questions (3 Hours Credit)

HON 201 H Section A  

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

HON 201 H Section B 

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: 

It is clear that Western civilization is the result of at least two major influences: Judaism and Hellenism ("Greek things"). From the Jews came religion, ethics, law and a lot of other things.  From the Greeks came philosophy, science, logic and a lot of other things. But there's a conflict between the Greek focus on reason and the Jewish focus on faith. How has that conflict worked to produce the civilization that we all live in and which structures our lives? We will attempt to answer this question by reading some of the great books from both Jerusalem and Athens. 

Honors 201, Perennial Questions (3 Hours Credit)

HON 201 H Section C 

Perennial Questions MWF 9:00-9:50  Dean Tom Kennedy 

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 questions 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 (3 Hours Credit)

HON 203 HB   Democracy and Its Friendly Critics   TH 2:00 – 3:15           Dr. Michael 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.
 

BIO 107, The Great Neglected Diseases (4 Hours Credit)

  BIO 107 HB with lab      

Great Neglected Diseases TH 8:00-9:15  Dean Bruce Conn  

Lab meets on Thursday 2:00-4:00 

 Course meets these requirements:  

  • An HON 250 course (4 of 9 elective required hours for all Honors students)  
  • General Education core requirement in Math and Natural Sciences (4 of 11 hours required)  

Course description: 

An initiative known as “The Great Neglected Diseases” campaign was begun several years ago by various humanitarian groups around the world that were seeking to increase an awareness among residents of North America and western Europe of the plight of tropical Third-World countries in dealing with health problems unique to or vastly more devastating in the tropics. A major focus of this program was to generate funding for and increase research activity related to tropical parasitic diseases. Many public health experts now warn that global warming, which so often grabs today’s environmental headlines, will allow the spread of some tropical diseases into what have been temperate latitudes. We can only hope that as we continue to learn about parasites, the diseases they cause will become less “neglected,” and in turn will ultimately come to be problems that are not as “great” as they now are. Otherwise, as our planet continues to shrink, our problem with parasitic diseases will loom larger than ever. This course, taught from the instructor’s background as an international researcher and scientific advisor to the U.S. State Department and White House, draws the student into a deep interdisciplinary exploration of the biological, economic, political, and cultural aspects of these diseases and the peoples and societies that they affect. 

 

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    MWF 11:00-11:50  

Dr. Lauren Heller 

 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—Economics  (3 of 9 hours required)  

Course description:   

 Analysis of how markets determine prices and the role of the price system in society. Introduction of the factors that determine macroeconomic activity and growth. Discussion of the American financial system and international trade. Consistent with the placement in the College's general education curriculum, this course emphasizes economic literacy for understanding historical and current events.   

 

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. Kathy Richardson     

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 libel, privacy, censorship, access and broadcast regulation. Topics include discussion of the ways in which the interests of the state, society and individuals have been balanced in such arenas as political speech, commercial speech, sexual expression, student speech and technological change. For example, examining the changes in the freedoms or restrictions governing student speech require an examination of the purposes served by public and private K-12 educational systems; the changes in both prompted by social movements from the integration of the 1950s to the social conservative movement of the 1980s, and the changes in technologies available to students inside and outside the school environments. Honors students will be required to complete an annotated bibliography as they prepare for the major research-based essay required of all students. They will also complete a writer’s workshop and will respond to a different writing prompt on the final exam. 

 

Honors 250HC/HIS 450B, History of Rock ‘n Roll (3 Hours Credit)

HON 250H Section C 

History of Rock ‘n Roll  TH 9:30-10:45 Dr. Christy Snider    

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:   

This course focuses on the rise and development of rock-and-roll music in the United States in the wake of World War II.  Students will explore how music was shaped by events and culture, even as society and culture were shaped by the music of the United States and the wider English-speaking world.  This is not a music theory class or a music history class, but a course which will analyze the influence and role popular music had on development of U.S. society, culture, and politics. 

 

Honors 250HD/REL 360A, Religion & Film (3 Hours Credit)

HON 250H Section D 

Religion & Film    MW 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)  
  • May count toward the major with departmental approval  

Course description: 

How can art, particularly film, be used as an effective medium through which to address philosophical and religious issues?   In this course we will carefully evaluate these questions through the viewing and analysis of a variety of films—from diverse genres and cultures—which, in their distinct ways, address the diverse and complex questions posed by philosophers and theologians throughout the world and across the ages.    

 

Honors 251HA, Oxbridge Lecture Series: What Should Law Do?  (3 Hours Credit)

HON 251H Section A 

Oxbridge Lecture Series   TH 3:30-4:45   Dr. Brian Carroll  

Course meets these requirements:  

  • An HON 250/251 course (3 of 9 elective required hours for all Honors students)  
  • May count as one of the two free electives, outside of major/minor, required for graduation. 
  • May count toward the major with departmental approval 

Course description: 

This course explores the related questions, “What should law do?” and “How should law do it?” As corollary questions, the course asks what a citizen should look to law to reasonably accomplish, and how law should go about accomplishing these desired outcomes. The course seeks to help students think about the nature of law and to step outside the realm of law in order to critically examine that realm, and to interrogate the assumptions and values implicit in U.S. jurisprudence in particular, realizing that U.S. law is one way to “do law,” but not the only way, even in the Western tradition. In exploring what law can or should do, the course also asks students to hone their own understandings of liberty, and to think through notions of sovereignty, power, coercion, citizenship, community, and national identity. 

Honors Thesis

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

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. Carroll 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. Carroll.    

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