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  • Honors 120 classes are New Freshman Seminars (FRSM). Each freshman Honors Scholar should register for only ONE FRSM course. Honors 120 classes are a requirement for freshmen in the Honors Scholars Program and are restricted to Honors Scholars.
  • Honors 320 classes are generally taken during the junior year and are a requirement of the Honors Scholars Program. They are restricted to current Honors Scholars.

Honors Seminars — Spring 2016

Honors 320_001 (CRN#17777): Cultural and Complementary Health Care Practices
M 6-8:50 p.m.
Peck Hall 2409
Dr. Melodie A. Rowbotham
Associate Professor of Nursing

This course provides an overview of current complementary therapies and the influence cultures have on healthcare. Complementary therapies, also commonly referred to as alternative therapies, recognize the person as a physical, mental and spiritual being and that disease affects each of these areas of life. Students also will explore how culture affects healthcare.

Honors 320_002 (CRN#17778): What is the matter of/with Film?
R 6-8:50 p.m.
Peck 2409
Dr. Eric W. Ruckh
Associate Professor of History
Honors Program Director

We live in the world of film. Film. We are the product of film. And the producers of film. And yet, do we understand it? Its power? Its persuasiveness? Its efficacy? Do we understand how film works? Do we understand how to read film? Or do we let film happen. To us. And if so, who (or better, what) is writing our script? If we can’t understand film, if we allow ourselves only to submit to its pleasures, who is to say how it is affecting us? How is it programming us? So, the urgent task of the seminar: to get a handle on film.  Minimally this task requires coordinating two different languages and methods: the methods of semiotics (the study of signs and signing systems to determine how they produce/generate meaning); the study of the form of film (of light, of motion, of mise-en-scène, of diegetic and non-diegetic elements, and so forth). So, the problem: how to bring these two techniques of reading together; how to be the active readers and interpreters of film. This seminar will introduce students to the basic language of film theory and semiotics through an examination of some of the great pieces of world cinema. And it will test that understanding in the crucible of making a short (approximately 5-minute) dramatic film.

Honors 320_003 (CRN#17781): On Pain and Suffering
MW 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Engineering 1170
Dr. Keith A. Hecht
Associate Professor of Pharmacy
Dr. Jeffrey D. Skoblow
Professor of English

This honors seminar will take an interdisciplinary look at a fundamental human experience: pain. We will examine the subject from both the humanities and the medical/pharmacological perspectives, offering a broadly historical and cross-cultural view of the ways we regard and treat pain, both our own and others, whether physical or psychic/emotional, whether individually or collectively experienced. Texts include (among others) The Book of Job, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (a novel by Jonathan Safran Foer concerned in large part with the mental and emotional effects of the 9/11 attacks, from both a personal and a national perspective), and Susan Sontag’s Illness as Metaphor, which examines the ways in which we think about illness (erroneously) in moral terms, along with a range of visual and musical representations of suffering and pain, in paintings, photographs, and songs or other musical forms. The first 10 weeks of the term will focus primarily on humanities perspectives, the latter third of the term on medical considerations and perspectives on the lengths humans go to medically in order to avoid, hide, and treat pain.

Honors 320_004 (CRN#17783): The Spiritual Dimensions of Health and Healing
T 6-9 p.m.
Peck 2409
Dr. Valerie J. Yancey
Associate Professor of Nursing

Humans experience their lives as biological, psychological, social and spiritual beings, especially in times of illness, death, or loss. It is not simply a body that suffers in illness, but the whole person. Recent research has begun to explore the importance of the spiritual dimension in health maintenance, stress management, and healing for individuals, groups, and communities. While an important relationship exists between religion and spirituality, this course approaches the topic of spirituality from broad historical, cultural, medical, and personal perspectives, without advocating particular religious beliefs. This course would be of interest to people wanting to explore the concept of spirituality, their own health from a stress management perceptive, and those with professional interests in health and healing arts. Readings are drawn from multi-cultural sources.

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