Winter '99 Course Guide

Courses in College Honors (Division 395)

Winter Term, 1999 (January 6-April 29, 1999)

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Honors 150/Chinese 150. Chinese Civilization.

Section 001 Public and Private Lives: Traditional Chinese Writers and Their World. Meets with Asian Studies 150

Instructor(s): Anna Shields (ashields@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of Chinese required. (3). (Excl).

First-Year Seminar, Foriegn Lit Theme Semester

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Asian Studies 150.001.

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Honors 250. Sophomore Seminar.

Section 001 Alternative Realities: Science and the Study of Human Perception

Instructor(s): Robert Pachella

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to Honors students. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will investigate a number of broad, highly subjective, inherently interesting questions about the nature of human perception. The broadest of these will be the question of cultural relativism: Do people from widely different cultures experience immediate reality in fundamentally different ways? The alternative realities to be explored will be those attributable to cultures, subcultures, cults, historical eras, substances (i.e., drugs), and mental illness. Most importantly, the scientific reality will also be presented in this context. Grades will be determined entirely by writing papers, which will be individually developed and evaluated through individual tutorial meetings held every three or four weeks at the instructor's office.

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Honors 250. Sophomore Seminar.

Section 002 The Discovery of the Universe

Instructor(s): Rudi Lindner (rpl@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to Honors students. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar is about the human side of scientific discovery. Using case studies in the history of our attempts to comprehend the astronomical universe in the last century, we will examine a number of topics of current interest: how to educate the imagination, the tension between theory and observation, the changing roles of women in science, the funding of research and outside control, the possibilities of fraud, the rise and fall of science education, role of the media, and the like. This is NOT a science course; it is, instead, an opportunity for us to study the ways in which scientific knowledge advances and the very human face of scientific work.

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Honors 250. Sophomore Seminar.

Section 003 Nation Formation: Race and Gender in the Americas

Instructor(s): Julie Skurski

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to Honors students. (3). (SS).

R&E Theme Semester

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines race and gender as central dimensions of nation formation in the Americas. With a focus on racial and gender categories, it explores the interplay between political power and citizenship and the ways that differing definitions of national identity help shape political life. The course centers on Latin America and its relations with the U.S. It looks in particular at how political leadership has been understood in gendered and racialized ways, with an emphasis on dictatorship and opposition movements and on studies of Argentina, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. Course themes include: empire and colonialism, discourse of violence and identity, racial mixing and racial boundaries. Materials include fiction, ethnography, film, and historical studies. Students will write brief commentaries and two papers.

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Honors 250. Sophomore Seminar.

Section 004 Organizational Behaviors, Structures, and Dynamics

Instructor(s): John Tropman (tropman@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to Honors students. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines behavior in organizations, as well as the behavior of organizations. We all work in "organizations." How does the organizational environment affect what we do and how we act? What are the main kinds or organizational cultures, and how do we fit into them? Four cultures will be specifically explored the clan culture, the hierarchy culture, the market culture, and the advocacy culture. Implications for us personally will be considered. But organizations are also actors. Organizations make, or do not make decisions. They need to contend with rapidly changing environments. Organizations which fail to contend and adapt appropriately become "boiled frogs." We will examine conditions, which distinguish those organizations, which adapt from those which are rigid and die. Students will have the opportunity to assess their own "style" and its fit with organizational styles. Issues of leadership, gender, and race in organizations will be a special theme.

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Honors 251. Sophomore Seminar.

Section 001 The Poetry of Everyday Life

Instructor(s): Julie Ellison

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to Honors students. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

What is "the poetry of everyday life?" Poetry written by people who are not professional writers. Poetry that appears in places other than literary magazines and published books. Poetry that appeared in newspapers, chapbooks, and broadsides, diaries, letters or college yearbooks, advertising, sermons, and speeches. Poetry that people memorized. Poetry that people published privately. Poetry in hand-made books. Poetry slams, song lyrics, graffiti, and nursery rhymes. Common speech transmuted into an art form, as in the interviews turned into performances by Anna Deavere Smith. This course will range over a wide variety of materials from the 17th century to the 20th century. A number of field trips to research sites libraries, museums, and archives will be involved. It is possible that the class will work with a group of Ann Arbor elementary school and high school teachers on developing writing projects linked to the cultural history of the city. Many different kinds of writing assignments and several papers will be required. Class attendance is absolutely crucial. Members of the seminar need to be strongly committed for it to succeed as a high-energy, mobile, and flexible group.

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Honors 252. Sophomore Seminar.

Section 001 Numbers and Reasons

Instructor(s): Fred Bookstein (flb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to Honors students. (3). (NS).

Full QR

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Measurement in the natural sciences typically deals with true values (constants); measurement in the behavioral and social sciences, with problems of managing social systems. Measurements in sciences on the boundary, like neuropsychology or medicine, attempt with variable success to capture stable latent aspects of individual hidden states or histories. In this course we try to untangle some of this confusion by careful attention to the proper role of quantification in the versions of reality constructed by the various disciplines we consider, from astrophysics through, perhaps, literary history. Our approach is by various methods, including logic, arithmetic, history of science, and the careful analysis of instrument readings, answers to questions, and various visual representations of same. Three specifically statistical themes are covered in brief lectures, but there is no associated "homework." The most extensive reading this year, I think, will be Herrnstein and Murray's The Bell Curve. Assignments: four short papers and a term paper.

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Honors 252. Sophomore Seminar.

Section 002 Coastal Systems and Human Settlements

Instructor(s): Bruce Wilkinson (eustasy@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to Honors students. (3). (NS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~eustasy/GS252.html

"Coastal Systems and Human Settlements" is a freshman-level, seminar-format course directed toward an introduction to the importance of natural processes in and consequences of human development along various coastal settings. Study of the ramifications of short-term settlement in areas of long-term subsidence and/or coastal erosion will be used as a means to better comprehend the various repercussions of human interaction with natural systems. In a small class setting the course will introduce students to those geologic processes which have given rise to coastlines of the world, will establish a basis for understanding why these regions have been in a state of rapid change for thousands of years, will examine the reasons why human modification of coasts and adjacent rivers has commonly exacerbated this situation, and will explore the ramifications of anticipated global warming and attendant global sea level rise in the coming decades.

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Honors 493. College Honors Seminar.

Section 001 Complexity and Emergence. (2 credits). Meet January 26 through February 25. Drop/Add deadline: February 8

Instructor(s): John Holland

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor or of the Honors Director. (1-4). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Many of our most perplexing problems inner city decay, trade balances, control of epidemics, and effective education, to name a few arise when a large number of individuals interact and, in the process, adapt to each other. Such systems are called complex adaptive systems. Simple reduction, where we sum up the activity of the parts to get the behavior of the whole, does not work for these systems. The whole is genuinely more than the sum of the parts for complex adaptive systems, a phenomenon called emergence.The object of this course is to give a broad understanding of complex adaptive systems, both the form of the problems that attend such systems and the ways of approaching such problems. Along the way we will look into the creative process, particularly as it occurs in the "two great P's of human intellectual endeavor, Poetry and Physics.".eadings: Roughly 200 pages selected from HIDDEN ORDER and EMERGENCE (both books authored by Professor Holland and published by Addison-Wesley).

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