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University Honors Program
phone: (208) 885-6147
Idaho Commons 315
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2533
Moscow, ID 83844-2533

Courses for Spring 2008

Honors Peoples of the World - This course will introduce the student to the peoples of the world. The human experience has been characterized by its rich diversity of expression, and the variety of ways people have spun their particular stories of themselves. Among the topics considered are: 1. cultural variation and differing epistemologies, as exemplified in scientific ways of knowing as expressed in the story of human evolution, and in mythic and ritual ways of knowing as expressed in various stories of creation; 2. the nature and role of aesthetic and religious expression; 3. rites of passage, pilgrimage, and identity formation; 4. landscape, gatherer-hunter ecological patterns, the original affluent society, plant and animal domestication, capitalism, and the culture of consumption; 5. family, kinship and marriage, love, and the rise of individualism; and 6. the nature of intra and inter-cultural dynamics as expressed in creativity, innovation, assimilation, and war. Throughout the discussions students will be contrasting the similarities and differences between "Tribal-Traditional" and "Euro-American" cultures and ways of knowing the world. While one cannot hope to address the complex questions of our age relating to global terrorism, global inequality, and global warming, we can strive in this course to better inform how we frame our questions and suggest many of the root causes for our contemporary challenges. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for social sciences and also General Core Studies International Course requirement. Enrollment limit is 30.
  • (62180) Anthropology 220 (02), 3 cr., 3:30-4:45 TR: Prof. Rodney Frey

Honors Italian Renaissance Art and Culture [pdf] - A study, analysis, and evaluation of the principal literary, artistic, philosophical, religious, and political developments in Italian Renaissance culture from c. 1350 to 1600. We will begin with the examination of the development of the Renaissance project of Christian Humanism: the unprecedented attempt to reconcile classical antiquity with Christianity. We will then proceed to study and analyze the artistic Renaissance in Florence, Rome, and Venice, invariably examining respective developments in literature, art, and architecture through the philosophical, religious, and political context of Renaissance culture in general. We will play close attention to the important and unique dimensions of Florentine Christian Neoplatonism as we study the works of Brunelleschi, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, among others. The course will conclude with the study and analysis of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation and their impact on Renaissance history, philosophy, theology, and art, as well as their crucial importance for understanding later stages of Western history up to our own. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for humanities. Course limit is 30.
  • (62397) Art 208 (01), 3 cr., 10:30-11:20 MWF: Prof. Iván Castañeda

Honors Principles of Chemistry II - Continuation of Chem. 111 for students in the University Honors Program. Some work in inorganic, organic, and biochemistry, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and in qualitative inorganic analysis. Three lectures, one three-hour lab and one recitation a week.

Prerequisite: Chem. 111 or permission. Satisfies core curriculum requirements in the natural and applied sciences. Majors in natural sciences and engineering are encouraged to take Honors Chemistry. Enrollment limit of 15 in each section.
  • Chemistry 112, 5 cr.: Prof. Thomas Bitterwolf
  • (45458) Sec. 21-- 8:30 a.m. MWF; Lab 2:30-5:20 Th, REN 233; Rec 1:30-2:20 Tu
  • (45460) Sec. 22-- 8:30 a.m. MWF; Lab 7:00-9:50 p.m. Th, REN 233; Rec 1:30-2:20 Tu

Honors Insects and Human Health - The course will explore the relationships between insects and human societies and the parasites that colonize them both. Students will gain an understanding of mathematics, statistics, epidemiology, entomology, parasitology and human behaviors and cultural practice that may lend themselves to increased possibilities for disease. Satisfies core curriculum requirements in the natural and applied sciences (non-lab course). Limit 30.
  • (58484) CorS 210 (01) Integrated Science, 3 cr., 9:30-10:20 MWF: Prof. Marc Klowden

Honors Foundation of Economic Analysis - Introductory course on the principles of economics, covering both micro-and macro-concepts, theory, analysis, and applications. Carries no credit after Econ 201 AND 202; carries 3 credits after EITHER Econ 201 or Econ 202. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for social sciences. Limit of 30.
  • (55240) Economics 272 (02) 4 cr., 3:30-4:45 MWF: Prof. Steven Peterson

Honors Literature of Western Civilization - This course focuses on the Literature of Western Civilization from the early 18th century on, a time when Western political, economic and religious powers colonized much of Africa, Asia and the Americas, and Western civilization worked hard to “civilize” those “barbaric” worlds. The term “civilization” has been used to differentiate Western culture from “barbarity,” implying inherent Western cultural superiority to other cultures and people. The literature of this era both reflects and challenges this civilizing effort. Along with other dominant themes, we will explore how key writers struggled to understand and to reshape the very definitions of such concepts as “man,” “woman,” "rights," "freedom," "truth," "morality," and “justice.” Our focus on these concepts will serve as an inroad into a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between the individual and society, philosophy, law, imperialism, economics, history and literature. May be taken independently of English H257. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for humanities. Limit of 30.
  • (45845) English 258 (02), 3 cr., 10:30 - 11:20 MWF: Prof. Tom Drake

Honors History of Civilization - A continuation of History H101, moving from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century. May be taken without having already received credit for H101. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for social sciences and also General Core Studies International Course requirement. Limit of 30.
  • (42144) History 102 (01), 3 cr., 8-9:15 - TR: Prof. Ellen Kittell

Honors 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 of 30.
  • (56616) Philosophy 103 (13), 3 cr., 2-3:15 TR: Prof. Janice Capel Anderson

CORE - Discovery [freshmen and sophomores]

Honors Contemporary American Experience - This course takes a broad look at contemporary American life in the context of the last fifty years. Students analyze films, stories, poems, court cases, personal narratives, popular media, and objects of material culture for what they portray about six aspects of American experience: religion, family, the sense of place, gender/sexual orientation, race and class. The course also includes readings from the social sciences; spring semester satisfies core curriculum requirements for humanities. Limit 30.
  • (58440) CORE 154 (03) 3 cr., 9:30-10:20 MWF: Prof. Mark Warner

Honors The Sacred Journey: Religions of the World - 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. Spring semester satisfies humanities credits in general studies core curriculum and also General Core Studies International Course requirement. Limit 30.
  • (58474) CORE 166 (01) 3 cr., 11:00-12:15 TR : Prof. Rodney Frey

Honors The Movies, the World & You - Across cultures, movies entertain, delight, and challenge their viewers; they explore and document our world. In the process, this medium both reflects and shapes people's perception of the world; watching movies is not the passive activity that many think it is. A major aim of this course, therefore, is to enable students to become more active, critical, and compassionate viewers. Another aim is to introduce students to aesthetic values and social concerns in a variety of world cultures. The course will adopt numerous disciplinary lenses to explore both the movies themselves and the issues they raise. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for humanities and also General Core Studies International Course requirement. Limit 30.
  • (58478) CORE 167 (02) 3 cr., 9:30-10:45 TR: Prof. Anna Banks

Honors 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, Fehrenbacher, and Bukvich. Limit of 15
  • (62247) Intr 450 (02), 1 cr. (pass-fail), 12:30-1:20 Tues.: Profs. Michael O’Rourke, Daniel Bukvich, Richard Fehrenbacher

Honors Vacation Reading: Questioning and Critiquing College - For many, college has become a taken for granted as the next step in the march toward adulthood. Yet as an institution, colleges and universities are rarely examined with a critical eye by students themselves. The goal of this seminar is to encourage students to step back and look at several aspects of college life, ranging from athletics to the so-called ‘freshman experience,’ both to understand how some major parts of college work as well as the problems that also are one part of the system. Building from the writings of others the expectation is that seminar participants will end up in a position to evaluate their own university experiences and perhaps begin to contribute to a dialogue on how to strengthen our university. Open to seniors, juniors, and sophomores.
  • (61656) Intr 404 (01) 1 cr. (pass-fail), 3:30–4:30 p.m., Tues.: Prof. Mark Warner
Students who are interested in participating in Honors Vacation Reading should do two
things. First, contact Mark Warner to let him know of your interest in participating in the course (this is done in part to try to keep tabs on enrollment). Second, begin reading at least the first two texts listed below, perhaps also making a point to take some notes on the reading. This will help to recall what you read as well as any reactions or questions that the reading may generate. The class will meet to discuss these works once a week during the spring 2008 semester. Enrollment limit 12 students.

Required texts:

Nathan, Rebekah, 2005. My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student. Cornell University Press, Ithaca. The text is an ethnographic account of a college professor spending a year as a freshman at a large university. Nathan uses the experience to critique several widely-held assumptions about contemporary college life.

Robbins, Amanda, 2004. Pledged: The Secret Live of Sororities. Hyperion, New York. Robbins spends a year following the lives of four women in a sorority, using their stories to examine sororities as an institution as well as the socialization process for women in a large university setting.

Duderstadt, James, 2003. Intercollegiate Athletics and the American University: A University President’s Perspective. The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor. Duderstadt is the former president of the University of Michigan, the book is an examination of intercollegiate athletics and the challenges faced by universities stemming from the explosive growth of athletic programs.

[Tentative] Tom Wolfe, 2004. I am Charlotte Simmons. Farror, Straus and Giroux, New York: A novel about a woman who, raised in rural poverty, enrolls at Dupont University (a fictional Ivy League-esq school) and is confronted with the challenges of college life in the land of the privileged.

Spring 2008 Upper Division Honors Seminars
[initial priority for spaces in seminars is intended for seniors, and third year students--second year students may register on space available basis, and this may require permission]

Honors The Geography of Conflict - A study in political geography. The seminar focus will be on areas of the globe that have recently experienced conflict and strife. Themes for discussion will include history, religion, poverty, famine, resource allocation, and the legacy of colonization. Geography provides a unique perspective in addressing these complex problems, with geographers often at the forefront of policy making in today’s world. This course affords enough flexibility to cover many areas of interest. It is expected that as the course develops the class can decide to consider some lesser known regional conflicts and topics in greater detail. Enrollment limit 15.
  • (59697) Geog H404 (02), 3 cr., 12:30–1:20 p.m., MWF: Prof. Robert Goodrich (Note time change from printed schedule)

Honors Science and Nature in U.S. History - This seminar focuses on the intersection of American environmental history and the history of science in the United States. How have Americans used science to understand and manipulate nature, and what have been the results? In what ways have environmental problems prompted scientific inquiries? How has science been used to ameliorate ecological abuses? How has it been used–knowingly or not–to perpetrate them? Exploring these questions and more will reveal how science and nature connect in U.S. history and culture, revealing influences in political, economic, and social worlds. Enrollment limit 15.
  • (62159) Hist H401 (02)/(57564) AmSt H404 (01), 3 cr., 11-12:15, TR: Prof. Adam Sowards