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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 2010

Honors Literature of Western Civilization - [note: a revised/specific course description will be provided by Prof. Arthur, and posted to this site prior to registration]. An introduction to literature, including "masterpieces" in several genres in the Western tradition, from the late 17th century to the present. May be taken independently of honors English 257. Satisfies core curriculum requirement for humanities. Limit of 28.
  • (45845) ENGL 258 (02), 3 cr., 11:30 am - 12:20 pm, MWF: Prof. Victoria Arthur

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.
  • (45590) PHIL 103 (12), 3 cr. 10:30-11:20 am, MWF: Prof. Janice Capel Anderson 

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 112, 5 cr.: Prof. Thomas Bitterwolf
  • (45458) Sec. 21-- 8:30 MWF; Lab 2:30-5:20 Th, REN 233; Rec 1:30-2:20 T
  • (45460) Sec. 22-- 8:30 MWF; Lab 7:00-9:50 p.m. Th, REN 233; Rec 1:30-2:20 T

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.

  • (58447) CORE 155 (04) 3 cr., 1:30 - 2:20 pm MWF: Prof. Matthew Wappett 

Honors Globalization - This course is the study of how different cultures influence and interact with each other. It examines how people from different backgrounds come together through war and peace, marriage and divorce, food and drink, sickness and health, life and death, travel and work, buying and selling, faith and science, and a multitude of other daily acts. The course helps students better understand globalization and its players and the immense impact this phenomenon is having on people around the world. Spring semester satisfies core curriculum requirements for the humanities and also General Core Studies International Course requirement. Limit 30.

  • (58467) CORE 163 (03) 3 cr., 12:30 - 1:45 pm TR: Prof. Jeff Bohlscheid

Honors Earth and Our Place on It - Our global population is 6.5 billion and counting. As we continue to transform the workings of the Earth's interconnected biological and physical systems, our actions bring about a wide and dynamic range of ecological, social, and political outcomes, many of which have taken center stage in the global theatre. We will use international perspectives to explore the timeless resilience–yet fragile balance–of the Earth's interconnected environmental workings through the voices and observations of scientists and sociologists, architects and artists, humorists and historians. Throughout this course we will not only seek new perspectives and understandings of how and why the Earth's systems are changing, but also take new actions through a team-based service project that will serve the local community. Spring semester satisfies humanities credits in general studies core curriculum. Limit 30

  • (63003) CORE 175 (02) 3 cr., 11:00 am - 12:15 pm TR: Prof. Lee Alexander Vierling

Honors Principles of Economics - This course introduces students to the principles of microeconomic theory and concentrates on consumer and producer behavior in product, labor, and capital markets. It also will cover market failures and game theory and emphasize applications to modern public policy. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for social sciences. Limit of 30.

  • (41171) ECON 202 (01) 3 cr., 11:00 am - 12:15 pm TR, ALB 201: Prof. Andrew W Nutting

Honors Peoples of the World - One of the central questions anthropologists grapple with is why cultural difference exists. In this course, we will travel across the world to such places as the South American Amazon to the virtual online world of Second Life to study how and why ideas about marriage, kinship, gender, sexuality, race, rituals, and class differ from continent to continent and, on a microscale, from household to household. In taking what anthropologists term a "comparative approach," this course aims to teach an appreciation of cultural diversity and foster a sense of cultural sensitivity and understanding. We will also tackle questions of professional responsibility and ethics that continue to be debated in and outside the discipline of anthropology and are directly applicable to other fields of study. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for social sciences, and also General Core Studies International course requirement. Limit of 30.

  • (62180) ANTH 220 (02) 3 cr., 12:30 - 1:45 pm TR: Prof. Stacey Camp

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 Colloquium (02), 1 cr. (pass-fail), 12:30-1:20 pm Tues.: Profs. Michael O’Rourke, Daniel Bukvich, Richard Fehrenbacher
Spring 2010 Upper Division Honors Seminars

Note: Students must have completed at least one honors course prior to enrolling in an honors seminar, and as with other upper-division honors courses, preference for enrollment during the initial registration period is given to fourth and third-year honors students.

Molecules of Death - Toxicology is the science at the interface of chemistry and biology. This course will explore chemicals as poisons, venoms, agents of warfare, drugs, and the toxic products of nature and man. Case studies of famous poisonings in history will introduce the class to toxicology in its historical context and students will briefly review human responses to low and high doses of toxic chemicals at the organ system, organ, tissue, cellular, and biochemical level. Students will study the clinical mortality and morbidity of a range of chemicals, examine the cognitive bias associated with risk perception through the study of major papers in the field of risk analysis, and will also be asked to explore popularized perceptions of toxic risk in mass media and cinema. Although not required, students with at least a high school science background, preferably both chemistry and biology, will especially enjoy the course. Limit of 15.
  • (63980) FS 400 (02) 3 cr., 9:30 - 10:45 am TR: Prof. Gregory Moller

Music in Film - The historical development of music as it has been used with and in, primarily, the American cinema is the basis for this course, which will survey major trends in film music including the silent era, the golden age, the advent of alternative styles, and the electronic age. While music will serve as the organization machine of the course, major cross-disciplinary discussions will focus on some of the technical aspects of film/music/sound production, the economics of the film music business, major political and social issues, legal issues, pop/commercial/classical literature, and, of course, aesthetic criticism of the films themselves. Limit of 15.
  • (65305) MUSH 400 (01) 3 cr., 11:00 am - 12:15 pm TR: Prof. James Murphy