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Course Offerings, Spring 2012

Students should always defer to the online schedule of courses for any updates made to registration numbers, or to be advised of class cancellations.

PRIORITY REGISTRATION begins November 4, 2011. Registrar will confirm date and starting time by e-mail.  Advising starts September 19, 2011.

In your advising appointment you will speak with an advisor about getting into Honors courses.  Honors staff will be responsible for granting Honors students permission to add these restricted courses. Once registration starts, students have 48 hours to use their permission. If the student does not add the honors course during this time, s/he will be removed from the list, and the next eligible student will be offered the space. Students will be notified of available spaces via their U of L e-mail accounts. Check your U of L account often.

Honors Integrated Courses

General Honors Courses

Honors Scholars Seminars


Honors Integrated Courses

This course will satisfy more than one general education requirement, providing a free elective in a degree program. It is expected that Honors students will take advantage of these electives to provide opportunities in their schedules at a later date for Honors seminars.

Topics in Social Sciences and Oral Communications (OCSB)
HON 214-xx
see below
Prof. Christine Steineck

This course satisfies General Education learning outcomes for Social Sciences and Oral Communication. See below for information on specific sections of HON 214:

Course Course Number Meeting Times Room Instructor
MW, 4:00-5:15 TH 132 Christine Steineck
TR, 1:00-2:15 TH 132 Christine Steineck

General Honors Course Offerings

Honors Principles of Accounting
ACCT 205-01 (XXXX)
TR 9:30-12:15
Prof. Christy Burge

Prerequisites: MATH 111 or 205 (or concurrently). Open only to students accepted in the Honors Program. Replaces Accounting 201/202 sequence in the business core. Students explore financial statement analysis and managerial accounting techniques and use these tools to solve business problems.

Art History: Twentieth Century Chinese Artists and Architects-CD1
ARTH 335-01 (XXXX)
TR 2:30-3:45
Prof. Delin Lai

This course studies twentieth -century Chinese art and architecture through major artists and architects whose work showcases the rethinking of Chinese culture in the modern era and global context.

General Chemistry I (S)
CHEM 202-03
Lecture: TR 1:00-2:15
Prof. Mark Noble
See below for specific section information

The course will explore the relationship of the observable world with chemical or physical processes and with scientific aspects at the atomic and molecular level. Topics in the lecture will include problem solving, elements and compounds, chemical reactions, gas laws, energy, atomic structure, chemical bonding and molecular shape. The recitation section will provide more in-depth discussion of selected topics. See recitation information below:

Course Course Number Meeting Times Room Instructor
CHEM 202-03A XXXX W, 10:00-10:50 CB LL16 Mark Noble
CHEM 202-03B XXXX W, 1:00-1:50 CB LL16 Mark Noble
CHEM 202-03C XXXX W, 3:00-3:50 CB LL16 Mark Noble

Introduction to Chemical Analysis III-SL

CHEM 209-03
Lecture: M 10:00-10:50
Prof. Rick Baldwin
See below for specific section information

Prerequisite: CHEM 208 and successful completion of or concurrent registration in CHEM 202. Continuation of CHEM 208.

Course Course Number Meeting Times Room Instructor
CHEM 209-03A XXXX M, 1:00-3:55 CB LL12 Rick Baldwin
CHEM 209-03B XXXX T, 2:30-5:20 CB LL12 Rick Baldwin

Organic Chemistry Lab I

Prof. Chris Burns
See below for specific section information

Prerequisite: Co-requisite of CHEM 341 for 343; 341, 343 prerequisite and 342 co-requisite for 344. 4 lab. Techniques of modern organic chemistry: syntheses, mechanistic studies, identification of unknowns by chemical and spectroscopic methods, special projects.

Section Course Number Meeting Times Room
-04 XXXX R, 9:30-1:25 CB 214
-05 XXXX  F, 12:00-3:55 CB 214
XXXX F, 1;00-4:55
CB 216
XXXX R, 8:30-12:25
CB 216

Introduction to Public Speaking
see below

The honors section of Communications 111 will focus on developing skills in both thinking about communication and in actual performance. Students will plan and deliver speeches, analyze example speeches (text and video), and critique the presentations of others in the course.  Note: Credit may not be received for this course and COMM 112. Does not count toward Communication major. Training in fundamental processes and attributes of effective public speaking.

Course Course Number Meeting Times Instructor
111-18 XXXX
TR, 11:00-12:15 Prof. N. Meyer
111-22 XXXX
TR, 2:30-3:45 Prof. B. Edwards


Interpersonal Skills (OC)
COMM 115-03 (XXXX)
TR 11:00-12:15
Prof. B. Edwards

Training in basic processes and skills of face-to-face interaction. Emphasis on developing language, nonverbal, and conflict management skills.

Engineering Analysis Core I (M)
See your Speed Advisor for more information on registering for this course.
EAC 102-xx
See below for specific section information

Introduction to vector methods and development and use of differentiation and integration to solve engineering problems, including those involving motion, related rates, optimization, moments and centers of mass. Available sections include:

Section Course Number Meeting Times Instructor
-11 5204 M, 12:00-12:50 Tyler & Ralston
 -12 5206 M, 12:00-12:50 Tyler & Ralston
 -13 5212 M, 12:00-12:50 Tyler & Ralston

Principles of Microeconomics (SB)
ECON 201-01
Prof. Barry Haworth

An introduction to the supply and demand model of price determination. Includes a theoretical treatment of consumer and producer behavior, a study of industrial structures, and the economic foundation for public policy. Topics may include pricing decisions, entrepreneurship, labor markets, taxation, foreign exchange rates, and advertising. May be taken before ECON 202.

Principles of Macroeconomics (SB)

Prof. Jay Vahaly

An introduction to the U.S. economy, including long-term structural developments and short-term fluctuations. Theoretical models are presented to explain changes in national output, the price level, employment, and unemployment. Competing macroeconomic models are examined and contrasted. The models provide a framework for studying fiscal and monetary policy, and the effectiveness of macroeconomic policy during recent economic history is evaluated. May be taken before ECON 201.

-04 XXXX
TR, 1:00-2:15
-05 XXXX TR, 4:00-5:15

Advanced Composition for Freshman


See below for specific section information

Students share reading and writing with one another; develop critical-thinking processes with special emphasis on the conventions of primary and secondary research; develop writing processes; and practice producing finished papers that reflect academic conventions, including longer texts of 1500-2000 words that require documentation. Course content includes formal and informal writing, readings, and collaborative work in writers’ groups. ENGL 105 will be offered at the following times:

Section Course Number Meeting Times Instructor
-01 3981 MWF, 1:00-1:50 TBA
 -02 4244  TR, 2:30-3:45 TBA

Business Writing -- WR

ENGL 306-04 (3644)
MW 2:00-3:15

Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Designed for advanced Business students and Arts and Sciences students anticipating careers in law, business, or government. Concentrates on writing in a variety of forms of business discourse. Emphasizes practicing writing processes, developing an appropriate style, learning professional problem-solving, integrating oral and written communication, and using new communication technologies.

Social and Psychological Dimensions of Physical Activity (SBCD2)
HSS 293-02 (3136)
MW, 11:00-12:15
Prof. C. Hart

Emphasis on socialization and cultural diversity as these affect physical education. Examination of psychological factors that influence learning and enhance the effects of participation.

History of Civilizations II (SB)
HIST 106-01 (7601)
TR, 11:00-12:15
Prof. R. Njoku

Examines in a topical or thematic manner no less than 300 years of modern human history.

Honors Thesis (WR)
HON 420-01 (5351)
Prof. John Richardson

Note regarding this course: Students taking a departmental course for Senior Honors Project work may not sign up for HON 420. Please contact 852-6293 for more information.


World Literature to 1700 (H)
HUM 101-01 (7663)
MWF 11:00-11:50
Prof. E. Pritchett

An introduction to critical thinking about world culture through selected readings in major literary forms from ancient times to 1700.


Cultures of America (HCD1)
HUM 152-01 (4246)
MWF 11:00-11:50
Prof. Michael Johmann

Interdisciplinary study of the arts and humanities in contemporary American culture emphasizing the convergence of European, African, Hispanic, Asian, and indigenous cultures as well as the distinguishing characteristics of each culture as revealed in three of the following areas: fine arts, drama, literature, philosophy, religion, and popular entertainment.

Introduction to World Religions (HCD1)

HUM 216-04 (4154)
TR 1:00-2:15
Prof. R. Fuller

Introduction to World Religions will expose the students to the concept and elements of religion, the basic vocabulary of each major religious tradition, and establish the cultural context for each tradition while exploring the influence of religion upon culture. Students will strengthen and improve their respect for the major religious traditions and will be able to compare and contrast how different religious traditions provide humans with a framework to find meaning for life’s questions.

Management and Organizational Behavior
MGMT 301-04 (4548)
MW, 1:00-2:30
Profs. Baucus

Prerequisite: ECON 201, CIS 100, BUS 201. Designed to provide students with the basic level of knowledge and skills in management and interpersonal processes necessary for more advanced business study and employment success.

Principles of Marketing
MKT 301-03 (4548)
TR 2:30-3:45
Profs. Laforge & Jones

Prerequisites: CIS 100, ECON 201, MGMT 201, Sophopmore Standing or above. A study of the behavioral, functional, societal, international, and institutional foundations of marketing, as well as the following marketing mix variables: product, price, promotion, and channels of distribution.

Calculus II (M)
MATH 206-02 (3897)
MWF 11:00-12:15

Prerequisites: MATH 205 or EAC 101. Continuation of MATH 205; introduction to infinite series.

Introduction to the Francophone World (HCD2)
ML 250-01 (4343)
MW 4:00-5:15
Prof. W. Yoder

A general introduction, taught in English, to the arts, culture and history of areas throughout the world in which French is the primary language.

Introduction to Logic
PHIL 311-01 (3849)
MWF 9:00-9:50
Prof. Chapman

Introduction to formal and informal techniques of argument analysis, with emphasis on applications to ordinary language.

Public Policy
POLS 326-01 (7783)
MWF  9:00-9:50
Prof. M.Merry

Prerequisite: POLS 201 or POLS 299 or faculty consent. A study of American public policy processes and outcomes, focusing on the national level of government.

International Law (WR)
POLS 332-01 (7785)
TR 11:00-12:15
Prof. J. Bunck

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). A study of existing and emerging law which governs nation-states in their relations with each other.

Introduction to Psychology (SB)
PSYC 201-03 (4084)
TR 9:30-10:45
Prof. M. Leonard

This course is designed to introduce and explore the scientific study of human behavior. Emphasis is placed on theoretical principles, methods of analysis and scientific application of the various fields comprising psychology. Course work will focus more on the analysis, synthesis, and critical evaluation of these principles, rather than on simple terminology and "facts."

Life-Span Developmental Psychology
PSYC 363-02 (4842)
TR 2:30-3:45
Prof. M. Leonard

Prerequisite: PSYC 201 or consent of instructor. Principles of life-span developmental psychology (conception to old age).

Practicum Seminar and Lab II (SB)
SW 473-03 (7397)
TR 11:00-12:15
Prof. L . Mathis

Prerequisite: SW 472 and concurrent enrollment in SW 406 and SW 471. Supplements through class discussion, readings, role play the experiences of the practicum, creating an arena for integration of practice theory and content.

Enjoyment of Theater (A)
TA 207-02 (XXXX)
TR 9:30-10:45
Prof. Raven Railey

A survey of theatre from its origins to the present, with emphasis on dramatic literature, and theatrical techniques. Attendance at department productions is required.

Honors Scholars Seminars


International Travel Seminar (Overseers International Seminar)


Muslim-Christian Encounters in the Western Mediterranean| WR
Honors 336/346-01
TTh, 4:00 – 5:15         
Prof. Greg Hutcheson

“Muslim-Christian Encounters in the Western Mediterranean.” A critical overview of Muslim-Christian conflict/coexistence from the Middle Ages to the early-modern period, with special emphasis on 16th-century adventurer Hassan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan al-Fassi, known in the West as Leo the African.  Born in Granada, educated in Fez, captured by pirates while returning from a diplomatic mission to Cairo, al-Wazzan eventually took up residence in the court of Pope Leo X in Rome.  We’ll read excerpts from al-Wazzan’s History and Description of Africa (for much of Europe its first glimpse of the African continent) and use Lebanese author Amin Maalouf’s Leo Africanus to explore the role of historical memory in the construction of contemporary identities. The course will conclude with a two week trip to southern Spain and Morocco documenting the legacy of Al-Andalus (Muslim Spain) in the 21st century. Travel is tentatively scheduled for mid-May 2012.

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.

Woodcock National Travel Seminar


Mayhem and Malarkey on the Mall:  Media in American Society

Honors 331/341-01    
W, 4:00 – 6:45            

Prof. Jennifer Gregg

Much of what we know and believe involves the media in some way.  Why is it diamonds are forever?  How are cigarettes linked to women’s rights?  Understanding the economics, politics and social practices of media production and use is central to understanding American (and global) society.  This seminar is designed to critically examine the media in terms of freedom, responsibility, and control.  We will study the regulatory policies and ethical guidelines that shape American media today, beginning with the First Amendment and including policies of the FCC.  We will cover topics like libel and slander, cases of plagiarism in the media, as well as banned books.  The course will conclude with a 4-5 day journey to Washington D.C. to see these topics first hand. 

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.


The American Century in Movie Musicals

Honors 331/341-02
TTh, 9:30–10:45                     

Prof. Bert Harris

Lights! Camera! . . . Sociology?
Strike Up the Band! (and the Economics Department?)
The Show — and the Politics — must go on!

If movies reflect and reinforce contemporary popular culture, what can be gleaned about society from arguably the most escapist form of popular culture, the movie musical?  How might the fantasies encoded in these entertainments shed light on the everyday experience of the typical American, decade by decade, during the American Century? Can you really figure out, based on these movies, something about why your parents (and grandparents) act and think the way they do?

In this seminar, we will examine each decade from the 1920s through the 1990s, looking at information on social, political, and economic conditions in each decade and then watching a number of musicals from each.  Our recurring question will be: is it possible to connect the style of the musicals to developments in society?  (My premise is that it will be possible.)  Basically, we’ll be using a specific art form as a source of insight into issues in the Social Sciences.

In the seminar you’ll organize yourselves into teams; each team will be responsible for presentations on two decades, from the 1920s through the 1990s.  Grading will be based on these in-class presentations and on participation in class discussions of other teams’ presentations.

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.


Animals & Society

Honors 331/341-03    

TTh, 9:30–10:45                     

Prof. Jonetta Webber

The relationship between humans and animals dates back many millennia, as animals have long served as sources of food, clothing, transportation, service, and even intrigue.  However, this relationship has been inconsistent across time and cultures, and, in recent years, greater attention has focused on how animals factor into the lives of humans in light of ecological and agricultural concerns; changing patterns of family and community; increasing use of animals in not only service but also sport and entertainment; and debate regarding the hierarchical and ethical nature of the relationship.

Today, social scientists are examining the complex and changing social, ethical, and ecological consequences of human-animal interaction.  Although animals continue to be used for food, clothing, and transportation, they also are: employed in service; substituted as humans in scientific experiments and medical testing; domesticated as pets and incorporated into family life;  included in leisure and recreation; hunted for sport; displayed as art/decor; worn as status symbols; viewed as pests; worshiped, sacrificed, and vilified in religion; figured/characterized in language, art, literature, and music; used as symbols in advertising; exhibited in zoos and museums; employed as athletes and entertainers; factored into economic, legal, and political discussions on animal rights and welfare, conservation, climate change, etc.  This course, then, will examine the increasingly prevalent and controversial roles of animals in society and their effect on both humans and animals. 

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.


The Dark Side of Personal Relationships

Honors 331/341-04    

MW, 12:00–1:15        
Prof. Kandi Walker

Alternative name: Contexts, Challenges, and Communication in Personal Relationships

The line between what is considered normal and pathological is often frightfully thin, especially in close relationships. For example, when does a person who texts after a date cross the line from being protective to possessive? When does a person who is appealing become appalling? Or when does a person who is nurturing become smothering? Personal relationships are fraught with paradoxical and often confusing situations, challenges, and interactions. This class addresses relational issues ranging from lying to transgressions, privacy violations to deception, hurtful messages to abuse, and jealousy to relational obsession.

Using the dark side metaphor this class will investigate important, yet often neglected, issues of personal relationships. The dark side metaphor will allow consideration for the hidden and forbidden as well as the contradictory and ironic elements of human relating. More specifically, the class has two main goals—developing understanding of (1) the influence communication has on personal relationships, and (2) how contexts and relational challenges influence perceptions of personal relationships.

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.



The History of Modern Science| WR
Honors 346/356-03
MWF, 11:00–11:50    
Prof. Dick Davitt

The publication of Copernicus’ De Revolutionibus Orbium Caelestium in 1543 is the generally accepted date for the beginning of modern science, then called Natural Philosophy.  This revolution in astronomy represents the earliest major paradigm change in natural philosophy/science and was eventually labeled The Scientific Revolution by historians, scientists and the public at large.  The Scientific Revolution culminated in the work of Sir Isaac Newton, especially in his ground-breaking masterpiece  Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy) in 1687.  Subsequently, numerous other revolutions/paradigm changes in the sciences continued to occur over the next three and a quarter centuries.  To enable students in the Honors Program at UL to understand better the modi operandi and major theories of modern science, this seminar will investigate the historical, philosophical, social, cultural and intellectual roots of contemporary astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, medicine and physics -- as viewed through the lens of revolutionary/paradigmatic changes in those fields since 1543.  In this seminar the instructor will use diverse modes of formal and informal writing, oral presentations by students and him and the parceling out of course tasks.  The syllabus for the course will spell out how the learning procedures of the seminar will be structured so as to engender a high level of student satisfaction and achievement with a realistic amount of time outlay by its participants.

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Social Sciences or the Natural Sciences.


Death, Dying, & Bereavement

Honors 431/441-01**
TTh, 2:30 – 3:45   
Prof. Barb Burns

In this seminar, we will approach the study of death, dying and bereavement from multiple disciplines and consider the empirically-based literature on emotions and behaviors related to death, dying, loss and bereavement. Specific topics to cover will include: death; living with loss; traumatic and sudden death;  the significance of culture, race, gender, social class, religion; the role of development on the experience of dying and bereavement; portrayals of death and dying in literature, music and art; how people make meaning of death and loss, and many others. As part of the course we will partner with Hosparus of Louisville, and become trained as a Hosparus volunteer training, and then complete 25 hours of service learning work. You will meet physicians, religious leaders, and grief counselors as part of this course and you have a range of options to complete your service learning work. Through this class we will learn to view death, dying and loss in new and more resilient ways.  Our discussions and activities will be designed to support you to engage with the materials in critical, thoughtful ways.

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences. ** This course is cross-listed with Psychology 404-04.

What it Takes to be a CEO

Honors 441-02**
TTh, 8:00 – 9:15
Prof. Christy Burge               

Are you aspiring to be a great leader? What are the common traits of great leaders? Do you have what it takes?

We will be trying to identify the traits great business, political and sports leaders have in common. We will read and discuss such best-sellers as Good to Great, Lincoln on Leadership, and a couple of others. Every student will have the opportunity to choose a leader he or she believes is great and analyze that leader based on traits identified. There will be opportunity for open debate amongst peers. We will have numerous leaders from the community to discuss their opinions of leadership strategies and traits.  A community project of your design is assigned to help you apply the skills of a great leader.

This course fulfills a degree requirement in Social Sciences.


**This course is cross-listed with the College of Business as BUS 441-01. For information on registering for this course through the College of Business, please contact them directly.


Brains! Literature, Culture, and Zombies| WR

Honors 436/446-01**  

TTh, 4:00 – 5:15         
Prof. Aaron Jaffe                                 

Who are Zombies? What do they want?  How do they think? What do they read? What do they mean? The recent explosion of interest in zombies in film, literature, satire, video games, and fan culture seems to be inescapable. Even sociology, philosophy and literary theory have gotten into the Zombie-business, elaborating key concepts around borrowings from this undead corner of pop culture. In this course, we’ll look at key Zombie classics of literature and film (Homer, Defoe, Poe, Godwin, Bierce, Lovecraft, Wells, Faulkner, Romero), historical documents (concerning voodoo cults) and some “zombie theory” by philosophers, sociologists and literary theorists. We’ll also study some of the recent hits from the every growing Zombie corpus (The Zombie Survival Guide, Zombies and Pride and Prejudice, American Desert, Remainder).

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences. ** This course is cross-listed with English as ENGL 402-01.  For information on registering for this course through English, please contact the department directly.


African Fiction and Film: The Rhetorics of Failed States| WR
Honors 436/446-02**  
MW, 2:00 –3:15         
Prof. Beth Willey

Alternative name: Icons of Medieval Africa

In this seminar, we will be exploring some larger than life personalities of Medieval Africa as they took shape in both the African and European imaginations.  From European map-makers locating the Kingdom of Prester John in Ethiopia, to the real life travels of Mansa Musa, to the trans-Mediterranean peregrinations of Averroes, we will explore the contemporary and present day legacies of these larger than life personalities as they circulated through the actual and textual worlds of Medieval Africa.  Through disciplines as varied as geography, Philosophy and cinema studies, we will interrogate representations of medieval Africa for how they created a conceptual map of medieval Africa and ask what legacies those conceptual maps still have today.

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences. ** This course is cross-listed with English as ENGL 402-02.  For information on registering for this course through English, please contact the department directly.



Magical Realism in Fiction and Film| WR
Honors 436/446-03**
MW, 2:30 –3:45         
Prof. Michael Williams

This course will be an investigation of one of the most prevalent forms of modern storytelling.  Magical realism, in its interweaving of the fantastic and the mimetic, deepens our awareness of the familiar, re-enchants the world, and cultivates a poetic basic of consciousness. 

Early weeks of the class will consider the origins, intentions and elements of magical realism by recourse to Young and Hollaman's standard anthology of short fiction.  When we have established a basic vocabulary, we will look at the following works of fiction:

Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Calvino, Invisible Cities
Morrison, Beloved

We will also view the following films:

Terry Gilliam, Fisher King and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Guillermo del Toro, Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth

Students will write several response essays and undertake a term project, which will consist of a paper proposal and several drafts of a sustained essay.   

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences. ** This course is cross-listed with Humanities as HUM 400-01. 



Theories and Contemporary Issues in International Relations| WR

Honors 436/446-04**
TTh, 2:30 – 3:45
Prof. Jason Abbott


This course explores “hot topics” within the context of the disciplines of International Relations and International Political Economy in order to provide students with the theoretical and conceptual tools with which to analyze them critically. Issues covered will include: the United Nations and world orders; war and the utility of force in the 21st Century; nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea; religion in international politics; conflict, insurgency, and terrorism; uses of and reactions to US “leadership;” civil wars and the problems and merits of nation-building; the meaning of “globalization” – pros and cons; and the environment and climate change.

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.  **This course is cross-listed with Political Science as POLS 506-01. 

The United Nations and the Organizing of International Life| WR

Honors 436/446-05    
TTh, 1:00 – 2:15         
Prof. Julie Bunck


This course will examine the successes and failures of the United Nations in international political and economic life.  We will begin by examining the design of the U.N. and its complex structure.  We will discuss the logic behind the creation of the Security Council and the veto privileges guaranteed for each of its permanent members.  We will assess the operation, structure, personnel, leadership, and accountability of the organization.  We will look at its multiple functions as a "talk shop," a center for international finance, a vehicle for sustainable development, a neutral force for state-building, and an organization of war and peace.  We will assess the U.N.'s role as peace-maker, peace-defender, peace-contriver, peace enforcer, and peace-keeper.  Does the U.N. reform or simply reflect the behavior of member states?  Does the U.N. promote change or preserve the often unjust status quo?  Does the U.N. lead or follow? 

This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.   


Vision and Art| WR

Honors 446/456-06**
TTh, 11:00–12:15
Prof. Ed Essock

In this course we will consider how visual art is processed by the human visual system.  The course will include a brief overview of the visual system (i.e., how the eye and the visual areas of the brain work) and we will consider how this relates to human perception of art, to various techniques used by artists (e.g., Mach bands, distortions of perspective), and to painting styles (e.g., Pointillism, Cubism).  We will also consider what goes wrong with the eye/brain and how the works of some of the great masters appear to be related to their particular visual abnormality that they suffered during their career (e.g., Monet’s cataracts).  In short, this course will blend the biology of seeing with an examination of visual art. 

This course fulfills degree requirements in the  Social Sciences or Natural Sciences. ** This course is cross-listed with Psychology 432-01.


A Course in Thriving| WR

Honors 436/446-75**
M, 5:30–8:15
Prof. Harry Pickens


A course in Thriving provides an overview of research on human fulfillment.  Reaching beyond popular notions of 'happiness' and 'success', the psychology of thriving explores human fulfillment in the face of life's inevitable challenges, difficulties, and heartbreaks. 

How does a Ludwig Von Beethoven prevail in the face of deafness, a Christopher Reeve lead a life of superhuman dedication and determination, a Helen Keller transform seeming insurmountable physical challenges to become a beacon of hope for many, a Nelson Mandela endure nearly three decades of imprisonment and emerge calm, centered, and committed to transforming a nation?


What does research tell us about attitudes, beliefs, character traits, social networks, mindsets, actions and choices of these and other thrivers who alchemically transform life's tragedies and tough times into triumph? What are the social and cultural values and mores that cultivate a greater capacity to thrive?  What can we learn from thrivers about living more engaged, meaningful, passionate and purposeful lives?  What practical steps can we take to cultivate our own capacity to thrive in the midst of whatever challenges life brings our way? 


This course fulfills degree requirements in the Humanities or Social Sciences.




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