Courses for Fall 2010

(27602) Engl 257 (03) 3 cr., 11:00-12:15 TR: Prof. Victoria Arthur
Literature of Western Civilization. [Note: specific course description forthcoming from instructor] Reading in selected classics of Western Literature from Classical Greece to the Renaissance, reflecting the development of Western thought and culture. Discussion and lecture format; satisfies core curriculum requirement for humanities. Limit 25.

(21887) Engl 102 (28) 3 cr., 2:00-3:15 TR Prof. Michele Leavitt
College Writing and Rhetoric. Honors students will apply principles of expository and argumentative essay writing along with critical reading and thinking skills to analyze, synthesize and interpret texts and experiences in clear, concise, and vigorous prose. Satisfies core curriculum requirement for communication. Prereq: English 101 or equivalent. Limit 26.

(12200) Hist 101 (01), 3 cr., 9:30-10:45 TR: Prof. Pingchao Zhu
History of Civilization. A survey of the major ideas and institutions of selected world civilizations—contributions from the ancient to the early modern world (to 1650). Differs from non-honors sections primarily in its discussion format, essay writing, and enlarged history of ideas component. Satisfies core curriculum requirement for social sciences. Limit 30.

(26460) Phil 103 (11), 3 cr., 10:30-11:20 MWF, TLC 249: Prof. Janice Capel
Anderson Introduction to Ethics. An introduction to philosophical reasoning through historical study of Western moral thought. Readings, lectures, and discussions, with required individual papers and group presentation; satisfies core curriculum requirement for humanities. Limit 30.

Chemistry 111, 4 cr.: Prof. Thomas Bitterwolf (Lecture location TBA)
(10727) Sec. 33-- 8:30 MWF, Lab 2:30-5:20 M, REN 222 (23/section)
(10729) Sec. 35-- 8:30 MWF, Lab 2:30-5:20 W, REN 222 (23/section)
(31279) Sec. 37-- 8:30 MWF, Lab 7-9:50 R, REN 222 (23/section)
Principles of Chemistry. Intensive treatment of principles and applications of chemistry. Honors labs have an emphasis on independent laboratory exercises. Satisfies core curriculum requirements in the natural and applied sciences.

(15581) Psych 101 (01) 3 cr., 9:30-10:45 TR: Prof. Alan Whitlock
Introduction to Psychology. An exploration of the evolution of psychology, personality theory, memory, research in psychology, biology related to psychology, sensation and perception, learning, states of consciousness, psychological disorders, and psychotherapy. Each student will evaluate their own personality and search for new meanings in their experience. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for the social sciences. Limit 30.


(27957) CORE 105 (04) 4 cr., 1:30-2:20 MWF: Prof. Matthew Wappett
The Monsters We Make. This class is a year-long exploration of both monsters and the themes surrounding the concept of monstrosity and evil. We will look at the creation, development, and multiple reiterations of the monstrous in literature, film, and art. We examine how notions of evil and monstrosity have shaped the ancient and modern world, and contemporary life from the end of WWII through the Cold War and into the present. Application of this information will help the student identify the societal, political, and cultural mechanisms used to influence and shape contemporary conceptions of the monster in the real world. Fall semester satisfies social science credits in general studies core curriculum. Limit 30.

(32067) CORE 113 (02) 4 cr., 12:30-1:45 TR: Prof. Kenneth Faunce
Globalization is a major force shaping the world today. It can be viewed as a catch-all phrase which includes economic, cultural, social and political exchanges on a global scale. The process of globalization affects us all, and we all contribute in some way to this process when we shop, travel, post information on the web, etc. Globalization is also at the center of much controversy, as protests around the woYattest. It is a topic that evokes strong feelings from many people, although few fully understand and appreciate the complexity of the issues it raises. It is a phenomenon that truly demands a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural perspective to understand. The course is organized into eight major topics over two semesters. During the fall semester we examine: the history of globalization and its central issues; how trade is changing our world; how globalization affects the role of the nation-state; how globalization impacts culture. In the spring semester we will examine: how globalization influences political change; how globalization affects economic changes; how globalization affects environmental change; how different people and societies try to manage the process of globalization. Fall semester satisfies core curriculum requirements for the social sciences and also General Core Studies International Course requirement. Limit 30.

(29215) CORE 116 (04), 4 cr., 11:00-12:15 TR: Prof. Rodney Frey
The Sacred Journey: Religions of the World. This year-long course will introduce students to Primal Religions (Coeur d'Alene and Crow Indian), Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism during the fall semester, and Judaism, Christianity, and Islam during the spring semester. In each of these traditions, the forms of sacred journeys will be considered. Sacred journeys can be of a personal nature, such as rites of passage. They can be collective in nature, such as a pilgrimage to a sacred place. And sacred journeys can have a societal focus, such as a revitalizations movement. To understand these varied religious traditions and interpret their religious symbols, values, and narratives, an academic approach will be utilized to allow students to better see the world's great religious traditions from the perspectives of the adherents themselves. By juxtaposing what can be unique and distinct along side what is often veiled, this approach will also help students to more clearly reveal and appreciate his or her own religious values. Fall semester satisfies social science credits in general studies core curriculum. Course also satisfies core international course requirement. Limit 30.

(31173) CorS 220 (01) Integrated Science, 3 cr., 9:30-10:45 TR, Mines 306: Prof. Simon Kattenhorn
Natural Hazards and Disaster Preparedness. Natural disasters are a fact of everyday life. On almost any day, international news bulletins tell of some disaster that has befallen a remote location on Earth. Sometimes the disasters are on our doorstep. Most places in the world are at some risk from what nature can impart, whether it be geologic hazards (e.g., earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, and landslides), weather and climate hazards (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning strikes, ice storms, drought, and global warming); and extraterrestrial hazards (e.g., meteorite impacts and solar flares). Disasters are also among the few events on Earth that unite humans. They emphasize our innate desire to reach out and help our fellow people. Unfortunately, the aid is often too little, too late. What is more advantageous is advanced planning, forethought, informed decision making, and dissemination of information through education. In other words, disaster preparedness. In order to be sufficiently prepared for any disaster, we must understand the science behind the hazard itself.

This course will examine the numerous types of natural hazards that people must face. It will examine the potential effects of natural hazards on the landscape of the Earth in general, as well as on populated areas specifically, through numerous case studies. It will illustrate both the short-term and long-term hardships and consequences of natural disasters on the social, economic, and political arenas. It will also highlight those locations (particularly using examples in the U.S.A.) where disasters are likely to occur in the future, scientific analyses of the nature of the hazards involved, and how we can prepare for them in such a way so as to minimize the damage and number of casualties. Limit 30.

(34670) INTR 204 (12), 1 cr., (P/F) M 3:30-4:20, TLC 248 : Prof. Alton Campbell
(34671) INTR 204 (13), 1 cr., (P/F) W 3:30-4:20, TLC 248: Prof. Alton Campbell
The Quest for Survival: The Legend of Freshman Year [previous title: Connecting with Honors] Please join us in a quest for understanding! Learn about yourself, about the University, about Moscow, and about your future! In INTR 204, students will be connected with an honors mentor and 5-6 other honors freshman to face the semester together. Topics will include transitioning from high school to college and campus life, choosing a major, the “highs and lows” of being an honors student, and many others. Through “field trips,” invigorating discussions, and readings, this course will be fun-filled and provide an opportunity to reflect on current experiences surrounding life and build a new circle of friends!

Fall 2010 Upper Division Honors Courses and Seminars

Note: 300-400 level honors courses are reserved for third and fourth year students in the program. Second year students will be allowed to register for 300-400 level honors courses beginning the third day of registration (April 21, 2010), with juniors and seniors being given first priority over the first two days of registration. In any case, three credits of Honors course work must be completed in order to register for a seminar.

(12592) Math 315 (01) 3 cr., 10:30-11:20 MWF: Prof. Mark Nielsen
Topics in Pure Mathematics: All Is Number. Pythagoras championed the creed “All is number”, by which he meant that everything around us can be explained in the language of mathematics. In this course we’ll examine Pythagoras’ belief by taking excursions that explore mathematics in many settings. Some of these settings (technology, nature, perhaps even philosophy) will not be surprises, though the specific instances we consider within those settings may in fact surprise you. Other settings (history, music, literature, art, and poetry, for instance) will show you a greater reach to mathematics than you might have thought possible. The deep question of to what extent Pythagoras was correct will be a unifying theme for the course. We’ll find that it can touch on the very nature of the universe and human existence. Also counts as upper-division course credits toward UHP Certificate. Limit 30. NOTE: KEEP IN MIND ALTERNATIVE OPTION OF USING THE HONORS ELECTIVE AGREEMENT FOR PHIL 202 SYMBOLIC LOGIC OR WITH STAT 251 OR 301, TO TAKE THE PLACE OF MATH 315 FOR COMPLETING THE CERTIFICATE, THOUGH BE CAREFUL THAT YOU HAVE OTHER 300-400 LEVEL HONORS CREDITS TO TOTAL SIX CREDITS FOR THE CERTIFICATE, AND THAT YOU HAVE NOT USED THE ELECTIVE AGREEMENT FOR ANOTHER COURSE.

(34672) Intr 404 (12), 1 cr. (P/F), 3:30-4:20 p.m., W, TLC 144 Prof. Stephan Flores
(enrollment by instructor's permission, send email to to express interest and permission to enroll) How We Decide. This class seeks to understand how we make choices in different contexts and communities, relationships, identities, and public policy debates. The course is tailored to address each student’s aspirations and developing expertise, within their major interests and beyond; moreover, we will develop through shared work individual preparation for opportunities such as applications for major scholarships, internships, undergraduate research, graduate school, and related transitions to professional/career decisions. The process of applying for such opportunities prompts you to reflect upon, develop, and articulate your goals, intellectual identity, and political perspectives. We will draw upon findings in neuroscience and behavioral economics, along with excerpts from psychological research on choice theory and “happiness studies” to learn about some of the “predictably irrational” aspects to the choices we make, including how we tend to make regular mistakes in imagining our personal futures, and we shall consider the ethical and social dimensions of our decisions. We’ll also divvy up public policy and current events topics among the class, so that students can track issues related to their interests as well as participate in wider discussions of national and global importance. Finally, you’ll hone your abilities to prepare for interviews, formulate positions and proposals, or revise an application or personal statement. Limit of 15.

Two primary texts [for example, to get started, I suggest that you read the revised/expanded edition of Predictably Irrational over the summer, and keep up with reading major news stories--I read the NY Times]:

1. Dan Ariely, Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions (Harper Perennial revised and expanded ed., 2010) but FYI, his latest book is The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home (2010)

2. Jonah Lehrer, How We Decide (Mariner Books, 2010) Also excerpts from Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness (Vintage, 2005) and his related PBS three-part TV series entitled “This Emotional Life” (2010) with resources/exercises on selected topics via the website:  

(34673) INTR 404 (13) 1 cr.(P/F), 3:30-4:20 M, (by instructor's permission): Prof. Alton Campbell
(34674) INTR 404 (14) 1 cr.(P/F), 3:30-4:20 W, (by instructor's permission): Prof. Alton Campbell
Mentoring in Honors. [course description forthcoming from Dr. Campbell, with input from prospective peer mentors]

(34703) ChE 404 (01), 2 cr., 3:30-5:20pm R, JEB 328: Prof. Eric Aston
Nanotechnology and the Microcosm This course presents a diverse spectrum of topics related to the technologies that work within microscopic and submicroscopic levels (e.g., nanotechnology). Regular class discussions will delve into the very diverse field of the so-called “microcosm,” including basic scientific concepts, historical development, technological applications, societal impacts, and related economic, political, and ethical issues. While exploration into biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and other science-based disciplines will constitute the foundation of our subject area, research into business, literature, philosophy and anything else imagined to be of relevance will complement. A secondary objective to this course will be the discussion of language and meaning in science, engineering, and all the intersecting disciplines. [see link to fuller course description, forthcoming] Limit 15.

(34545) PolS 404 (05), 3 cr., 12:30-1:45 TR: Prof. Sandra Reineke
Biotechnology & Biomedical Policy Formation in Global Perspective. This course introduces students to the basic theoretical, ethical, and practical issues surrounding the rise and regulation of recent biotechnological and biomedical advances, including genetically modified animals and plants in agriculture, stem cell research and cloning in biomedical research, and reprogenetics in medically assisted reproductive technology (NRGT). Students will learn about theoretical and ethical frameworks to investigate questions of domestic and international social justice, investigate the role of class, race, and gender in the making of national and international bioethics laws, and they will study a selection of national bioethics laws to investigate policy differences. Finally, they will look at attempts to unify distinct national regulations by international organizations in an attempt to harmonize national bioethics laws and policies and to counter negative effects. Limit 15.

(34669) Intr 450 (02), 1 cr. (pass-fail), 12:30-1:20 pm Tues.: Profs. Michael O’Rourke, Daniel Bukvich
Interdisciplinary Colloquium: Insight and Creativity. UI faculty and staff present and describe their approaches to teaching and/or research in their respective disciplines in this series of lectures. The lectures present the specific subjects and methodologies that define the disciplines and initiate conversations about those disciplines to explore and to encourage interdisciplinary cooperation. Students attend the weekly lectures, complete journal and response assignments, and also meet with professors O’Rourke and Bukvich. Limit 15.