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Summer I 2020
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Course Description Time Day(s) Instructor
HON-H 495 Honors Project ARR Dement
HON-H 307 Sustainable Action Workshop ONLINE Barnes
Summer II 2020
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Class #
Course Description Time Day(s) Instructor
HON-H 495 Honors Project ARR Dement
HON-H 306 Weird is Wonderful: Research High Strangeness to Challenge Academic Stereotypes 1 - 4 p.m. T/R Block

Course Descriptions

H 495 HONORS PROJECT

HON-H 495 Honors Project

Can be taken in Summer I or Summer II.

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.

H 306 WEIRD IS WONDERFUL: RESEARCH HIGH STRANGENESS TO CHALLENGE ACADEMIC STEREOTYPES

HON-H 306: Weird is Wonderful: Research High Strangeness to Challenge Academic Stereotypes

Ghosts. Poltergeists. ESP. Spiritualism. Cryptozoology. Little Green Men. Did you know that these topics (and more) have been scientifically investigated by serious scholars and researchers throughout the years? Or perhaps that Duke University once had a research lab dedicated entirely to the study of extrasensory perception? In this class, you will discover that the ‘weird’ can be a wonderful thing to research! Students will choose a topic that many consider to be on the ‘fringe’ of accepted reason – this could include parapsychology, ghosts/hauntings, ufology, cryptozoology and much more. The summer semester will be spent researching these topics through a critical and rigorous academic lens, resulting in a research paper that not only challenges the notion of accepted science but which will also challenge the stereotypes surrounding what it means to be an academic. Additionally, we will deconstruct issues surrounding acceptable research and ‘fringe topics’ and how these things can find their places within academia. The weird can be wonderfully intellectual; register to see how.

H 307 Sustainable Action Workshop

HON-H307: Sustainable Action Workshop

"Sustainable Action Workshop” emphasizes learning to do the work that brings sustainability theory into the world. Projects will focus on three areas of sustainability, Economy, Environment, and Society, but the emphasis will be on Environmental projects. While covering basic sustainability theory and using established examples, each student will construct sustainability artifacts during the course. Students will learn to build and demonstrate that they have built—sand filters, rainwater capture devices, vermiculture habitats, basic hanging and stationary gardening structures, site maps, compost processing devices, solar ovens, personal and work budgets, neighborhood maps, trash art, community plastic bag artifacts, basic event planning, and basic food preparation during our short time together. All project artifacts will be filmed and posted for class viewing. Students will complete discussion boards, daily readings and consumption of other relevant media, short theoretical writings, the creation and video capture of each sustainability artifact above, and there will be a final piece of writing. Students will not be asked to purchase books or videos, but they must find or purchase materials to create all projects above.