Honors Course listing for Spring 2014

[be sure to confirm course (section) information including five-digit CRN#s as listed under each discipline heading "for example, Engl for English" in the UI online Time Schedule--honors sections carry the HON designation in the course title]


(51115) COMM 101 (14) 2 cr., 1:30-2:20 pm MW: Prof. Diane L. Carter
Fundamentals of Public Speaking. Students learn how to deliver effective extemporaneous and impromptu public speeches. Topics include audience analysis, ethical communication, organization and preparation of outlines and speaking notes, identification and citation of credible supporting materials, verbal and nonverbal delivery techniques, effective use of presentation aids, and active listening. May be used as general education credit in J-3-a (Communications).


Chem 112 Principles of Chemistry II (5 cr) Thomas Bitterwolf
(45458) Sec. 21-- 9:30 – 10:20 am, MWF; Recitation 1:30 – 2:20 T Labs; Th 2:30 – 5:20 p.m.
(45460) Sec. 22-- 9:30 – 10:20 am, MWF Recitation 1:30 – 2:20 T; Labs; Th 7:00 – 9:50 p.m.
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 24 in each section. Chem Lab fee of $95.00


(67175) ISEM 101 (03), 3 cr., 8:00-9:15 am TR: Prof.  Rodney P. Frey
The Indigenous, in Us All. Using a humanities and social sciences integrated methodology, we will explore the meaning and significance of the oral traditions and stories, and of rites of passage and world renewal ceremonies, that help create and sustain Indigenous communities throughout the world today (such as the American Indian). As the course methodology is self-reflexive, students will “travel” (through the learning activities) into these Indigenous communities, while at the same time explore and perhaps unveil special and revered territories within him or herself, and his or her own community. What distinguishes the Indigenous from you and what do we all share in common? What is the meaning of rites of passage and how do they influence our lives? How is identity formed, and how are communities held together? What influences our capacities to love and to hate one another? How are we to engage the many strangers amongst us?  NOTE: allow time for regular out-of-class group meetings. NOTE: allow time for regular out-of-class group meetings. URL: http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~rfrey/101a.htm


(67524) Engr 210 (04) 3 cr., 11:30am-12:20pm MWF
Engineering Statics: Primarily for UHP first-year students who also are Engineering Scholars to be able to take that college's intended Engr 210 Statics course, and be able to have those credits designated as HON credits. Instructor permission required. If space remains available, honors students who are not Engineering Scholars may request permission to enroll by contacting Bob Stephens (bstephen@uidaho.edu).


(69094) Engr 220 (04) 3 cr., 9:30am-10:20pm MWF Prof. Eric Wolbrecht
Engineering Dynamics: Primarily for UHP first-year students who also are Engineering Scholars to be able to take that college's intended Engr 210 Statics course, and be able to have those credits designated as HON credits. Instructor permission required. If space remains available, honors students who are not Engineering Scholars may request permission to enroll by contacting Bob Stephans (bstephen@uidaho.edu).


(45554) Geog 200 (01) 3 cr., 8:30-9:20 am MWF, Bob Goodrich
World Regional Geography: Course Purpose: Through a combination of lectures, readings, discussions and assignments we will explore the countries, regions and peoples of planet Earth. The honors section will incorporate a wide variety of projects, methods, techniques and media, and cover certain topics in greater depth in order to highlight the breadth of expertise the honors students bring to the class. The course will emphasize critical thinking and writing skills, and will incorporate several group projects, individual presentations and writing assignments. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for the category of the social sciences as well as the International course requirement. Enrollment limit of 30. 

Course Schedule:  We will begin with an overview of the world and its systems, then quickly proceed to the Middle East where we will be discussing Israel and the Palestinian conflict, the current problems in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and the present situation in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, issues that should be quite familiar to everyone these days.  After that, we will examine the domain of South Asia and the unique position that region occupies in world affairs.  We will continue around the planet, covering many of the areas and issues currently in the news.  Other regions that we will encounter during the semester include Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Russia, Southeast and East Asia, and Latin America.  By employing a regional perspective, we will explore the relationship between humans and their physical and cultural environments.  Themes for discussion will include history, religion, economics, political systems, globalization, poverty, resource allocation, and the legacy of colonialism.  As the course progresses we can also decide as a class which topics to pursue as events unfold around the planet.


(62180) ANTHRO 220 (02) 3 cr., 12:30-1:45pm TR & 3:30-4:20 W: Prof. Stephen M. Yoder
Peoples of the World: This course is designed to familiarize you with the variety of cultures and cultural adaptations around the world, along with theories used to explain or understand this diversity. The course is organized based on traditional types of subsistence patterns, political organizations, and regions of the world, and explores other cultural features such as kinship systems, marriage, gender roles, religion and ritual. In-depth discussions of particular cultures will provide examples to illustrate these types. We will also discuss impacts of globalization. Through this course, you should gain an appreciation for cultural diversity, an understanding of approaches to explaining this diversity as well cultural similarities, and how culture relates to the ways that people interact with each other and their environments. Satisfies core curriculum requirements for the category of the social sciences as well as the International course requirement. Limit 30.

The Honors Recitation:
Explore, in greater detail via Place-Based Education and Service Learning, the importance of understanding cultural diversity and associated cultural features' impact on globalization and our local cultural environment. We will engage in collaborative and discussion based learning. The additional recitation will provide an opportunity to explore the local community via sites for interdisciplinary learning and engage in a democratically driven educational environment.


(45590) Phil 103 (12), 3 cr., 10:30 am-11:20 am MWF 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 of 20.


(56616) Phil 103 (13), 3 cr., 11:30 am-12:20 am MWF 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 of 20.


 (45845) ENGL 258 (03), 3 cr., 9:30 am-10:45 am TR Prof. Erin D. James
Literature of Western Civilization: "Empire State of Mind”: This course uses a wide range of literary texts to examine the emergence of multiple facets of Western civilization, including political and social revolution, modern sciences and technologies, capitalism, communism, nationalism, feminism and world war. But above all, it explores literary representations of the organization, spread, and lasting effects of European empires on our world and considers empires as the essential building blocks of modern Western civilization. You will spend much of the semester looking to the past, but the texts you will read in this course will help you better understand the world you live in today, and the space you occupy within it. Along the way, you will gain a better appreciation for numerous aesthetic movements within Western literature such as Romanticism, Modernism, and Postmodernism learn about the distinctive qualities of major literary genres and innovations of their forms, sharpen your critical thinking and reading and writing skills, and, perhaps most importantly, encounter some big ideas and edgy subject matter that should stick with you for a lifetime. May be taken independent of Honors ENG 257. Satisfies Core Curriculum Requirements for humanities. Limit of 30 students

Reading includes:
William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Claire du Duras, Ourika, Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Virginia Woolf, To The Lighthouse, Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Tom Stoppard, Travesties

Upper Division Honors Courses and Seminars

Note: 300-400 level honors courses are reserved initially 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 second week of registration. Three credits of HON-designated course work must be completed prior to the start of class, in order to register for a seminar.  Contact the Instructor/Instructional department to request permission and the necessary registration overrides.


(68999) ISEM 301 (07) 1 cr., 3:30 -5:20 pm M Profs. John Hammel & Katherine Aiken
The Dust Bowl: An American Ecological Disaster. The Dust Bowl region of the southern Great Plains was devastated by a decade of drought and horrific wind erosion in the 1930’s while the US was embroiled in a severe economic depression.  This environmental disaster degraded more than 150 million farmland acres and caused an exodus of over 2 million people from the Plains states, many to the western US.  This drought period, which lasted from the early 1930’s through the early 1940’s, is considered to be the severest historically in the Great Plains.  Importantly, the combination of poor agricultural practices, harsh drought, and economic hardship created the worst ecological catastrophe ever to occur in the US.

The impacts of the Dust Bowl had marked social and economic implications for the affected Plains region, the West Coast States and the US overall.  With scores of farming families unable to survive financially due to the depression, drought and horrendous dust storms, many immigrated to the western US, particularly California.  While these migrants were commonly known as Okies (based on the exodus from Oklahoma), the majority of those migrating were from other states within the region, and regardless of their origin, were American environmental refugees.  While the general perception of the Dust Bowl era is that of the mass migration from the southern Great Plains region, the majority of people remained and persevered with an enduring faith and a dogged belief of better times to come under extraordinarily appalling living and poverty-stricken conditions.  The plight of these people and of the country will be examined through America’s agriculture, its economic and social fabric, and its art and literature. The class will read Timothy Eagan's The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl


(45882) ENGL 317 (03) 3 cr., 8:00 – 9:15 am TR : Prof. David Thacker
Technical Writing: Principles of clear writing related to technical style; problems such as technical description, proposals, formal reports, and technical correspondence. May be used as general education credit in J-3-a (Communications).  Prereq: Engl 102 or Equivalent; Junior standing or Permission


(69100) BIOL 400 (01) 3 cr., 3:30 – 6:30 pm TR : Prof. John Byers
Writing about Nature: This seminar will have three main goals: 1) expose students to writing about nature based on the esthetic and transcendental traditions, conservation action, and empirical discovery.  2) expose students to the theory of evolutionary psychology, and specifically to the hypothesis that humans have evolved habitat preferences, that are reflected in emotional responses to landscapes and to biological diversity. It is this set of evolved emotional responses that create the transcendental response to nature. 3) Write in nature.  Through field trips and suggestions from the instructor, students will be asked to write about their own experience in nature.  Students will write journals, in which most entries will constitute responses to focused questions about the reading.  Course structure: weekly evening meetings, 2-3 hours in length, in which students read from their journals, discuss the readings, and discuss the focused essay questions. Individual students will be assigned as discussion leaders for each meeting. Later in the semester, students will read drafts of their essays.  Readings: McPhee: Encounters with the Archdruid, Quammen: The Song of the Dodo, Byers: Built for Speed, Kimmerer: Gathering Moss, Leopold: A Sand County Almanac, Abbey: Desert Solitaire, Thoreau: Walden, Wilson: Biophilia, Bass: The Book of Yaak.


(69150) INTR 400 (05) 3 cr., 6:00 – 8:50 pm W: Profs. Matt Wappett & Luke Harmon
Unnatural Obsessions: The overall focus of this interdisciplinary seminar will be to interrogate the various discourses reflected in popular media regarding the “natural world”.  This course will utilize the medium of cinema as our window for analysis into how we, as a culture, portray our relationship to the natural world and how we define the constructs of “natural” and “unnatural”.  We will specifically look at prevalent discourses about “confronting”, “conquering”, “taming”, “overcoming”, and “succumbing” to nature; in addition to these ideas we will interrogate discourses about the “spiritual”, “carnal”, “evil”, and “good” in our understandings of the natural world.

This course will meet for 3 hours every week on Wednesday evenings.  The course will be taught on an alternating weekly schedule: one week will be spent watching two paired films with competing discourses about nature, the following week will be spent analyzing and critiquing the films viewed the week prior.  We feel that it is imperative that the films be viewed as a group to re-capture the social experience of cinema and to allow for discussion and analysis as the films are being watched. Class grades will be based on participation in group discussions (25%) and three projects (25% each)

Our preliminary list of films that will comprise the “text” for this seminar are as follows:

  1. Soylent Green/Food Inc.
  2. Fitzcarraldo/Apocalypse Now
  3. Harry Potter 1/The Time Machine
  4. Take Shelter/Pi
  5. Jason & The Argonauts/Totoro
  6. Melancholia/Cloud Atlas
  7. Keep the River on Your Right/Pocahontas (yeah, the Disney one!)
  8. Gremlins/How the West was Won (or Hatari!)

(67294) MUSH 400 (02) 3 cr., 11:00 – 12:15 TR: Prof.  Jim L. Murphy
History of Film Music: This is a seminar on the historical development of sound in the American cinema with a special emphasis on songs as they have been used in feature films. The course 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 central force 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. Class limited to 18, with preference given to seniors and juniors.


(2247) INTR 450 (02) 1 cr., 12:30 – 1:45 pm T: Profs. Kenton  Bird & Daniel Bukvich
University Interdisciplinary Colloquium: 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 Bird and Bukvich. Limit of 20.