Fall 2017 (8/21 - 12/9/2017)

HON-H 103: Common Intellectual Experience I

2 choices are listed below along with one FYS option
A skills course emphasizing writing, reading, speaking, thinking skills, collaborative learning, diversity, research, and the use of technology in an academic setting. Readings and discussion of texts-in-common selected by Honors faculty and studied in preparation for possible project presentation at the Mid-East Honors Conference in the spring. Ordinarily taken during the first semester of study at IU Southeast. Part one of the required two-semester seminar sequence for Tier One students. As a practical matter, the first semester of the sequence, HON 103, will fulfill the Written Communication and Diversity General Education requirements.

Further, one section of HON 103 will be combined with a First Year Seminar. All first-year students are required to take an FYS class, so the HON 103/First Year Seminar (9 – 10:45 a.m. M/W) may well be a desirable option for you. TO ENROLL FOR THAT COMBINED COURSE, YOU MUST USE COAS-FY 104 (VT: FY SEM HON-H 103/COAS-S 104) CLASS NUMBER 33132.

Each HON-H 103 is 3 credit hours

HON-H 103 - Class Number 18288 (With FYS)

Dement Farmer
9 - 10:45 a.m. M/W
With COAS-S104: First Year Seminar (1 cr.) - Class Number 18522
Combined with H103 M/W class above.

HON-H 103 - Class Number 18287 (Not Combined with FYS)

Dement Farmer
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Tu/Th
(not combined with an Honors FYS)

HON-H 306 Multidisciplinary Seminar: Humanities/Social Sciences

HON-H 306 - Class Number 32624 (3 cr., MIS)

"Adolescence in Modern Literature"
2:45 – 4:00 p.m. Tu/Th

This course will survey one of the more unique aspects of literature and culture, the role of the adolescent as a lens that magnifies social, cultural, and political aspects of societies around the world. Through a historical and cultural examination of the works published from the 1960s to contemporary cinema, students will read interdisciplinary scholarly articles and research, as well as engaging in various methods for studying and writing about the relationship between adolescents and the elements of culture and everyday life that they navigate. In addition, students will apply theoretical models to their research and observations in addition to critically analyzing some of the functions that literature and art can provide from the perspectives of gender, historical context, as well as via symbolic meanings that have risen from representations and practices.

HON-H 306 - Class Number 32626 (3 cr., MIS)

"Zombies, Cyborgs, and Posthumanity"
6 – 8:30 p.m. M

What does it mean to be human? What does that word mean now, in an age of prosthetic limbs and artificial intelligence, the digital reanimation of dead celebrities and the do-not-resuscitate order? This course will explore this question—the question that lies at the heart of the humanities, traditionally conceived—by way of works of fiction and film in which zombies, cyborgs, androids, and other instances of posthumanity figure prominently. Our goal throughout will be to discover what this proliferation of posthuman texts teaches us about us—what we learn about our humanity when we see it reflected in the visages of the engineered and the undead.

HON-H 306 - Class Number 32630 (3 cr., MIS)

"Dialogue for Change in a Modern World"
6 – 8:30 p.m. W

Dialogue is a process that allows individuals in personal, professional, or civic environments to share their perspectives and experiences with one another about difficult topics that are otherwise debated or avoided. Two goals of dialogue are that parties gain: (1) an expanded understanding through exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences, and (2) are moved to action (e.g., change). The study of dialog is an interdisciplinary area of inquiry, informed by scholars in political science, sociology, philosophy, the fine arts, rhetoric, physical science, psychology, education, communication studies, and anthropology, among others. In American culture and history, dialogue has set in motion policy change, education reform, and social justice.

HON-H 307: Multidisciplinary Seminar

HON-H 307 - Class Number 18934 (3 cr., MIS)

"Natural and Technological Disasters"
6 - 8:30 p.m. Tu

During the Cold War, the threat of nuclear war spurred scholars, particularly in the United States to study how states and societies respond to natural and technological disasters. Catastrophic events provide opportunities for scholars from a broad range of disciplines across the academy to examine their impact not only on scientific, and technological developments, but also on social, political, economic, literary, environmental, and cultural systems. The study of catastrophic events, then, lends itself to an interdisciplinary method of inquiry. This course will cover the following topics: definitions of disaster; cultures of disaster; risk, vulnerability, and blame; society, community, and criminality; religion and philosophy; science and technology; climate and catastrophe; the business and economics of disaster; politics and national identity; art and literature; and media and popular culture.

HON-H 495: Honors Project Independent Study

HON-H 495 - Class Number 18324 (1 - 3 cr.)


Designed to meet the needs of Honors students who have chosen to pursue individualized honors, this course permits students flexibility and the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor.

Spring 2018 (1/8 - 5/1/2018)

HON-H 104: Common Intellectual Experience II

HON-H 104 - Class Number 18225 (3 cr.)

Dement Farmer, R
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Tu/Th

HON-H 104 - Class Number 18158 (3 cr.)

Dement Farmer, R
9:30 - 10:45 a.m. M/W

Continuation of H 103. Builds on skills attained in the first semester with continued reading and discussion of texts-in-common. Students will begin to envision, research, and refine projects for possible presentation at the Mid-East Honors Conference in the spring. Ordinarily taken during the second semester of study at IU Southeast. Part two of the required two-semester seminar sequence for Tier One students.

HON-H 306: Multidisciplinary Seminar

HON-H 306 - Class Number 33054 (3 cr.)

Buddhist Mediation, Its Theory and Practice
Rev. Thich Hang Dat

This online class will survey various Buddhist meditative traditions in ancient and contemporary time. Particularly, this class will examine briefly the Buddha’s life, his enlightenment through mindfulness practice, and his expounding of that meditative experience as one of his essential teachings; it will also appraise further meditative techniques. In the class, students will acquire knowledge regarding different approaches to meditation, and they will learn how to deal with mental hindrances and recognize the mental stages of achievements. Students will study how Buddhist meditation can be applied significantly and beneficially in the modern age.

Important Notes Prior to Sign-up

  • Your instructor would like to note that while this course is substantially asynchronous, there are two occasions (January 10th and March 14th between 2 - 3 p.m.) in which you will be required to be logged in for "formal" online-class meetings, and one occasion in which you will need to be on campus for a meditation practicum (March 17th, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.).
  • To avoid confusion or dismay, your instructor suggests that you make sure that you will be available for the two online-class meetings, as well as for the meditation practicum. You ought to do this prior to registration.

HON-H 306 - Class Number 33047 (3 cr.)

Perspectives on Medical Humanities
6 - 8:30 p.m. W

Medicine is concerned with the pain, suffering and death of human beings – some of the same realities with which the humanities are concerned. Modern medicine, however, approaches these pervasive features of human existence from a scientific point of view. The humanities, on the other hand, are dedicated to the areas of literature, philosophy, religion, history and art (music, painting, film, sculpture and theatre). The sciences and humanities, however, speak two different languages. This seemingly unbridgeable difference between vocabularies and hence between modes of understanding creates the impression of a dualism which a field such as medical humanities must confront.

HON-H 306 - Class Number 33060 (3 cr., MIS)

Digital Gaming Culture
6 - 8:30 p.m. M

We will look at current scholarship on gaming and game culture, survey some of the most prevalent theories applied to video gaming, and examine the impact gaming has had on our culture. Further, we will explore how theories developed for other disciplines—such as literary and artistic criticism, cultural theory, and media studies—can be applied to this new and sometimes perplexing media form.

HON-H 306 - Class Number 33055 (3 cr., MIS)

Finding the Science in Science Fiction
Hollenbeck, J
6 - 8:30 p.m. W

Scientists have used fiction to explain and explore their science, and professional writers have used science to extend the limits of fiction. However, like fraternal twins, science and science fiction often reflect each other imperfectly. This course will examine the sometimes-uneasy relationship between the two. It will investigate several perennial questions about the genre: How good is the science in any given work of sci-fi, given the scientific knowledge of the author's time? Can sci-fi writers ever really anticipate the science of the future? Is there a relationship between the quality of the science and the quality of the narrative, or must one be sacrificed for the other? Is there a difference between the work of a sci-fi writer and of a scientist writing sci-fi?

HON-H 495: Honors Project

HON-H 495 - Class Number 18224 (1 - 3 cr.)

Salas, A

Designed to meet the needs of Honors students who have chosen to pursue individualized honors, this course permits students flexibility and the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor.