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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 2009

HON:Introduction to Anthropology - This course introduces you to the discipline of anthropology through its four primary subdisciplines: physical anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and cultural anthropology. The introduction to each subfield includes what each discipline does, its methodologies and some relevant issues. This course also provides an introduction to the spectrum of cultures throughout the world and to a lesser extent through history. Throughout the course different themes or issues will be explored to illustrate some of the broader processes which affect human societies. Further, the exploration of particular themes cross-culturally introduces long-standing concepts in anthropology such as holism and cultural relativism. Ultimately the intent of this course is to begin to develop the skills to understand other cultures on their own terms as well as to evaluate more critically one's own world. Limit of 30.
  • (63032) Anthropology 100 (02), 3 cr. 9:30 - 10:20 am MWF Dr. Mark Warner

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 18 in each section.
  • Chem H112, 5 cr.: Prof. Thomas Bitterwolf
  • (45458) Sec. 21-- 8:30 MWF; Lab 2:30-5:20 Th, REN 233; Rec 1:30-2:20 Tu
  • (45460) Sec. 22-- 8:30 MWF; Lab 7:00-9:50 p.m. Th, REN 233; Rec 1:30-2:20 Tu

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) Econ H272 (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 27.
  • (45845) English H258 (02), 3 cr., 1:30-2:20 MWF: Prof. Tom Drake

Honors History of Rock and Roll - This class looks at the development of rock music from its roots in the 1940s to contemporary styles such as hip-hop. Students will have access to an extensive on-line listening list and classes will include lectures along with additional listening and appropriate film segments. Genres and sub-genres include instrumentals, doo-wop, soul, protopunk, metal, progressive rock, and others. Artists examined include the Beatles, Stones, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Run DMC, etc. Coursework includes four tests and a paper. May not be counted as a required music history elective for music majors. Satisfies core curriculum requirements in the humanities. Course limit is 27.
  • (58523) MusH H201 (02) 3 cr., 12:30 MWF: Prof. James Reid

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 H103 (13), 3 cr., 2-3:15 TR: Prof. Janice Capel Anderson

CORE - Discovery

Honors 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. Spring semester satisfies humanities credits in general studies core curriculum. Limit 30.
  • (58445) CORE 155 (02), 3 cr., 2:30-3:20 MWF: Prof. Matthew Wappett

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 H166, (01) 3 cr., 11:00-12:15 TR : Prof. Rodney Frey

Honors War and Our World - This course explores the impact of war on human lives and on the land where battles are fought. Together we will look at origins, causes and kinds of war and explore its short- and long-term consequences. We will discuss the way the arts, humanities and sciences come out of war, how they are influenced by war and how we can use them to understand war. We will also explore our power as citizens to influence decisions about war. Spring semester satisfies humanities credits in general studies core curriculum. Limit 30.
  • (63014) CORE 177 (01) 3 cr., 3:30-4:45 MW: Profs. Gary Williams, Kathy Aiken, Gary Machlis (Monday lecture, combined honors/nonhonors sections; Prof. Gary Williams leads Honors only section on Wednesdays)

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 H450 (02), 1 cr. (pass-fail), 12:30-1:20 Tues.: Profs. Michael O’Rourke, Daniel Bukvich, Richard Fehrenbacher
Spring 2009 Upper Division Honors Seminars
Hollywood Remakes France - In our ever more visually-oriented society films offer an exceptionally rich medium for studying other cultures’ values, concepts, and behaviors. However, when the cinema is so often looked upon as chiefly a form of entertainment, it seems increasingly critical to look underneath the entertaining surface of movies in order to investigate what else might be there in terms of cultural dialogue and identities. To that end this seminar proposes that students study the links between culture and why films are remade, as well as about the dynamics of exchange and influence between Hollywood and France, artistically two of the world’s most influential cinematic industries. No special background in either film or French culture will be necessary. The texts studied will be films, arranged by pairs. Lucy Mazdon’s Encore Hollywood: Remaking French Cinema (BFI: London, 2000) and a selection of short readings for each set consisting of articles, film reviews and commentaries will be required. Enrollment limit 15.
  • (62557) FLEN 404 (02), 3 cr., 7-10 pm M, 3:30-4:20 T: Prof. Joan West

Understanding Communist China - Following the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing in the summer of 2008, this is a timely course to study major developments and to identify important issues in Communist China beginning from 1949 to contemporary period. Since 1980s, changes and transformations have brought China often on the front page of the international conversation. Objective of this course is of two folds: to introduce to students major Communist Party ideology, political institutions, social structure, cultural traditions, and economic systems in Communist China, to offer students opportunity to explore issues on education, religion, women, urbanization, rural development, environmental controversy, and more interestingly, capitalist elements in economic reforms dubbed by the Chinese government as “socialism with Chinese characters.” At general level, the course examines major historical periods to include Communist revolution of 1949, turbulent decades of the 1960s and 1970s, economic reforms and political turmoil of the 1980s, and toward market economy and globalization in the 21st century. This course is also about China and the world. Enrollment limit 15.
  • (53038) Hist. 401 (01), 3 cr., 9:30-10:45 TR: Prof. Pingchao Zhu

Business and Medicine - Class sessions will be as follows:

29 Jan Session #1: Dan Schmidt MD & Rolf Ingermann: Dr. Ingerman will take lead and give brief history of current health care system tentatively based on Star/Fuchs/Barr books

5 Feb Session #2: Dan Schmidt, MD: Day in the life of a family doctor, how business impacts practice

12 Feb Session #3: Andrew Nutting, Department of Business & Economics: Economics of healthcare; national health care issues; opportunities/constraints

19 Feb :TBA

26 Feb Session #4: Monique Lillard, College of Law: Legal aspects of providing health care, hopefully touch on Stark Regulations & Medicare

5 Mar Session #5: Peter Berger, former business manager of Moscow Family Medicine & private business consultant to medical clinics: Business aspects of the small clinic

12 Mar Session #6: Business panel; Mario Reyes, College of Business & Economics, lead. Issues & directions, inc. retail medicine (?)

26 Mar Session #7: Jason Johnstone-Yellin, Dept Philosophy: Ethics of medical care in business environment

2 Apr Session #8: Panel of MDs: Current and future business-medicine interactions from those providing the services

9 Apr #9: Dan Schmidt and Rolf Ingerman and others in a round table discussion with students.

16 Apr TBA
(58078) Biol 404.01, 1 cr., 3:30-4:45 R (Jan. 29 - Apr. 9 or 16): Dr. Rolf Ingerman and Dr. Dan Schmidt, MD

HON:Modern Ireland - identity in literature reflected though history, culture, and politics.
12:30-1:45 pm, Thursdays, 11 class meetings (last class meeting April 1, 2009), course enrollment limit of 15. No prereqs., except perhaps sophomore standing or above.
Instructor: Kevin Kiely, Fulbright Scholar Visiting Professor, Brink Hall 209, Phone: 208-885-6146
  • (CRN: 59238) English 404.07? (1 cr. P/F)
‘We Irish, born into that ancient sect
But thrown upon this filthy modern tide…’
——William Butler Yeats
‘The Irish are always making a joke of a serious thing, and a serious thing of a joke.’
——Sean O’Casey
‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better,’
——Samuel Beckett

The Elizabethan Plantations of Ireland in the fifteen and sixteenth centuries culminating in
the the Battle of Kinsale (1603) seemed from the English perspective to have ‘finally’
resolved the ‘Irish Question’. Four more centuries had to elapse before Ireland would find
peace, stability and economic prosperity. ‘The Great Hunger’ called the Irish Famine and labelled by revisionists as ‘the Irish Holocaust’ of the mid-nineteenth century led to high emigration and the rise of the
Wandering Irish across the world like other nations, such as the Wandering Jews.

This seminar examines various ‘versions’ of modern Ireland, with focus on the selected texts noted below, and with reference to writers within The Anglo-Irish Literary Revival: Synge, Yeats, Shaw, Gregory, Joyce, O’Casey and their antecedents and contemporaries from Beckett to Heaney. All writers with different reactions to twentieth century events:
The Revolutionary Period of 1916-1921
The Partition between Northern and Southern Ireland.
The Civil War with similarities to the American Civil War in terms of North-South
The rise of the Southern Catholic-Fascist State under President Eamon De Valera.
Northern Ireland Civil Rights’ Marches (1969) followed by the sectarian war known as the ‘Troubles’, resulting in the occupation of Northern Ireland by the British Army to protect Ulster Loyalist-Unionists against the Northern Nationalists, IRA-Sinn Fein.
The 1998 ‘Good Friday Agreement’ set in motion effective functioning of the present day Stormont government of all ‘conflicted’ people of Northern Ireland who in the future will stay independent and allied to England, or, choose to re-unite with the Irish Republic.

A strong feature of the seminar will introduce a parade of writers, heroes, leaders, and politicians
to examine the idolatry of leadership, male and female, Chieftain and Taoiseach. Expected course work includes succinct critical responses to several key texts, and a term essay or project.

Course Material: (*=text; #=film.)
*Light, Freedom and Song: A Cultural History of Modern Irish Writing, David Pierce, Yale
University Press, 2006
*Translations[play], Brian Friel, Faber, 1995
*W. B. Yeats A Portable Compendium of Poetry, Drama, and Prose (Revised Edition), W. B.
Yeats ed. Richard J. Finneran Scribners, 2002
#Amongst Women (1998) Directed Tom Cairns, Colin Tucker
#In the Name of the Father (1993) Director Jim Sheridan
#The Crying Game (1992) Director Neil Jordan
#Nothing Personal (1986) Director Thaddeus O’Sullivan
*The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 Dermot Ferriter, Overlook Press, 2005
[and to be placed on course reserve]