199. Honors Colloquium. Open to Honors students with upperclass standing or by permission of director. (1-2). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with permission of the Honors Program.
Section 001 – THE JOYS OF LEARNING. A wide-ranging discussion of themes from history, politics, literature, philosophy and the arts, with attention paid to the interconnectedness of all fields of learning. THIS COURSE IS BY INVITATION ONLY. APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE HONORS OFFICE, 1210 Angell Hall. (A. Meyer)
250. Sophomore Seminar. Open to Honors students. (3). (SS).
Section 001 – THE DISCOVERY OF THE UNIVERSE. The purpose of this seminar is to discuss a very important topic in the history of science: the processes by which astronomers came to suspect, investigate, and then describe accurately the universe. We will begin with the work of a German musician, William Herschel, in the eighteenth century, and end with the work of a Missouri lawyer, Edwin Hubble, in the 1920s. Readings and student projects will be based on primary sources (published and manuscript) and work by historians of science. I do not expect prospective students to have a science background beyond, say, a course in high school science. This is NOT a science course; it, instead, an opportunity for us to study the ways in which scientific knowledge advances and the human nature of scientific work. (Lindner)
Section 002 – CHOLERA PANDEMICS: MODEL SYSTEMS FOR EVALUATING SOCIETAL ATTITUDES. Cholera pandemics provide model systems for retrospectively correlating societal attitudes with the methods used in eventually providing a solution to a large-scale social problem. The main text will be THE CHOLERA YEARS by C.E. Rosenberg. (Whitehouse)
Section 003 – INTEGRATION, SEGREGATION, PLURALISM, and DIVERSITY IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA. The highly vocal themes of ethnic pluralism and diversity in contemporary American society have drawn nearly equal numbers of supporters and detractors in recent years. On the one hand, advocates of ethnic pluralism and diversity argue that a robust American polity must come to grips with the palpable reality of ethnic diversity if the society is to exist as a genuinely inclusive democracy. On the other hand, critics of the recent "fever of ethnicity" argue that such advocacy too often degenerates into a romantic, uncritical "celebration of diversity for its own sake, without due regard for the positive aspects of support for the historic ideal of a common culture. The contending voices of this lively debate are perhaps helping lay the groundwork for a new conceptualization of this perennial conflict between "the one and the many." This seminar proposes looking, first, at the contemporary ethnic revival as one form of an "associative reaction" generated by the socio-cultural dislocations of modernity. In this view the contemporary emphasis on "ethnicity" by Americans of all racial and national backgrounds has come to function as a coping mechanism, a psychological anchor for those who feel themselves swept up in the homogenizing maelstrom of rapidly changing times. The seminar will explore this phenomenon through an intensive reading of historical and contemporary documents and source materials. The course will then extend its enquiry into the phenomenon by examining the various responses to it by such writers as Suzanne Langer, Isaiah Berlin, Thomas Sowell, Daniel Bell, Peter Berger, David Hollinger, John Higham, Diane Ravitch, and Ralph Ellison. There will be intense critical readings and discussion, two short (five-seven pages) papers and one final paper of approximately 15 pages. (B.Allen)
Section 004 – WOMEN AND WORK IN THE UNITED STATES. Films, readings, class discussions and lectures will overview changing patterns of women's participation in the paid labor force in the U.S. in the 20th century and will highlight some of the issues facing women workers today. Topics will include: sex segregation in the workplace; pay equity; the "pink collar ghetto"; women in non-traditional jobs; work and family; minority women workers; sexual harassment in the workplace; part-time and temporary work patterns; home-based work; health and safety; women in unions. Seminar participants will plan and present a GROUP PROJECT: a campus-wide film festival on women and work. In addition, an INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROSPECTUS will be developed by each seminar participant, which will include an annotated bibliography and a detailed outline for a future, expanded research project (Honors thesis?) on one of the topics covered during the course. A course pack of articles;fact sheets and pamphlets, and two paperback "texts" will be required reading. Class discussions based on the readings will generate and analyze a series of critical questions. Films to be shown include: "The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter," "There's No Such Thing as Women's Work," "You've Come a Long Way, Maybe," "Workplace Hustle," "Wilmar Eight," "Women of Steel," "Coal-Mining Women." (J.Kornbluh)
251. Sophomore Seminar. Open to Honors students. (3). (HU).
Section 001 – SOMETHING OF VALUE. We will read and reread a few great books: Sophocles' OEDIPUS REX, Plato's PROTAGORAS and GORGIAS, Shakespeare's TEMPEST, Bernard Shaw's ST. JOAN, Virginia Woolf's TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, Solzhenitsyn's ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH, and Seamus Heaney's FROM THE REPUBLIC OF CONSCIENCE." Our main concern will be to discuss what we value, and why we value it, and how we arrive at such determinations. For the first half of the term we will all prepare one book for discussion each week. In the second half of the term we will use what we have read and talked about to inform our discussion of our main topic. Students are responsible for leading the discussions in the second half of the term. Outlines for seminar papers are due by 1 March; papers are due by 1 April. The seminar meets on Wednesday nights, from 7:00 until 10:00, chez moi. Don't schedule anything else - exams or whatever – for those evenings. Open to fourth term Honors students – i.e., real sophomores – only. (Hornback)
Section 002 – WRITING FICTION. Independent study in working on the writing of fiction. There will be some assigned reading. THIS CLASS IS BY INVITATION ONLY. APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE HONORS OFFICE, 1210 Angell Hall. [WL:5 Available by invitation only] (O'Neill)
252. Sophomore Seminar. Open to Honors students. (3). (NS).
Section 001 – NUMBERS, REASONS, and DATA. Scientists in a great variety of fields now spend most of their effort analyzing large collections of numbers. What drives this pervasive symbolism of "data," and how does it relate to scientific inference and discovery? This seminar will consider the different ways in which numbers are claimed to be realistic. We will see if there is anything in common, such as the notion of "precision," underlying the many disciplinary tactics for the measurement of extended systems and processes. Readings will range widely throughout the natural and social sciences. Although students need not have background in statistics or advanced math, it will be helpful to have struggled at length to measure something. THIS COURSE IS BY INVITATION ONLY. Applications available in the Honors office, 1210 Angell Hall. [WL:5 Available by invitation only] (Bookstein)
493. College Honors Seminar. Upperclass standing; and permission of instructor or of the Honors Director. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 – EUROPE IN THE NINETIES. This course will meet one hour a week, beginning in January, under the supervision of Professor Bert Hornback. During the week of April 2-6, the seminar will meet with Mr. Heath for a total of ten class hours. Among the readings for the course will be several collections of essays on the European Community, and Mr. Heath's autobiography, which will be published in December. (Mr. Heath was Britain's Prime Minister when the country joined the Common Market, and is for a large extent personally responsible for other membership in the Community). "Europe in the Nineties" will meet from 4: 10 to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays from January 16 through March 27; for the week of Mr. Heath's visit, from April 2 through 6, classes are tentatively scheduled for 4: 10 to 6:00 p.m. A seminar paper will be due on Friday, April 20. [WL:Enrollment by application, beginning on November 10] (Hornback)
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