HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 008 Institutional Change: Possibilities in "The Wire"
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Credits:
1
Other:
Honors, Minicourse
Class Misc Info:
Meets 9/28/2009-11/23/2009. (Drop/Add deadline=10/05/09.).
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Barack Obama named "The Wire" as his favorite show; The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times editorial boards lauded the HBO series that examined the failure of institutions in Baltimore and declared its fourth “knock the breath out of you” season, which explicates education in the context of these failures, the best season of the series. "The Wire" is postmodern Greek tragedy with institutions including the police department, drug gangs, City Hall, schools, and newspapers substituted for gods. The show, written by a former Baltimore Sun reporter, Baltimore Police Department detective, and leading urban crime novelists, unfolds like a novel, drawing the audience into pressing political science, sociology, and policy debates surrounding the decline of cities while sparking arguments about the potential for change in institutions and individuals. As Secretary of Education Arne Duncan uses stimulus funding to reshape schools, it is essential to understand the barriers, both in politics and policy, to quality schools in order to design better solutions and to measure their effects.

This class will use "The Wire" as a tool to interest and involve students in scholarly and popular perceptions of deep, causal issues driving urban policy. Each week, class will meet for an hour to discuss up to two episodes of the fourth season of "The Wire" which students will watch on their own. In addition we will consider a range of newspaper, newsmagazine, and scholarly articles organized around the central themes of that season which include the role of narrative, education reforms, the collective action problem, institutions, cultural and structural explanations of poverty, and community organizing. Credit/No Credit grading will be based on a series of journals, a power analysis assignment, preparation for and performance in a culminating debate about the possibility of institutional change, and class participation.

Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
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28153
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6LSA Hnrs Y1
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W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
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002 (SEM)
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33519
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1LSA Hnrs Y1
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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003 (SEM)
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28155
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0
1LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 6:00PM - 7:00PM
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004 (SEM)
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28157
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2
2LSA Hnrs Y1
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Th 5:00PM - 6:00PM
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005 (SEM)
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29877
Open
1
1LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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006 (SEM)
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29893
Open
3
3LSA Hnrs Y1
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W 6:00PM - 7:00PM
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007 (SEM)
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31799
Open
3
3LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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008 (SEM)
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33521
Open
3
3LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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009 (SEM)
P
48370
Open
7
8LSA Hnrs Y1
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Tu 7:00PM - 8:00PM
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