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Spring 2019
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Course Description Time Day(s) Instructor
HON-H 104 Common Intellectual Experience II 9 – 10:45 a.m. M/W Dement Farmer
HON-H 104 Common Intellectual Experience II 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. T/R Dement Farmer
HON-H 306 Multidisciplinary Seminar: Humanities/Social Sciences Online Kutis
HON-H 306 Multidisciplinary Seminar: Social Sciences Seminar 6 – 8:30 p.m. M Hollenbeck
HON-H 306 Multidisciplinary Seminar: Humanities Seminar 6 – 8:30 p.m. T Zorn
HON-H 307 Multidisciplinary Seminar: Natural Sciences Seminar 6 – 8:30 p.m. W Rueschhoff
HON-H 495 Honors Project ARR Salas

Course Descriptions

H 104 Common Intellectual Experience II

HON-H 104 Common Intellectual Experience II

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.

H 306 Multidisciplinary Seminar: Humanities/Social Sciences Seminar

HON-H 306: Art and Terrorism: Using Art as a Weapon

Throughout the year of 2015, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) targeting and destruction of art and cultural artifacts reached a new height. These events raise several questions: Why is this group, with the ideologies that they have, attacking art? Is the art itself an object of violence or are they using art as a weapon? What is the purpose of destroying art? What meaning or effect does it have on an individual, group, and society as a whole? This course will examine not only the current destructive habits of ISIS, but also turn to the history of iconoclasm (the destruction of images). We will ask questions such as: Where is the current destruction of art forming? What form(s) of art are being targeted? What types of collateral damage occur? Are these acts against art itself, or culture, or society? Is this a means of creating fear and control over others? The media’s portrayal of and response to these events will be considered alongside critical scholarly sources to understand the public perception of these acts. In addition to these contemporary events, this course will be arranged as a series of case studies from the modern era.

H 306 Multidisciplinary Seminar: Social Sciences Seminar

HON-H 306: Science and Technology Revolution: Creation of the Middle Class

This course will connect science and technology and education reform in the 19th century and their influence on the culture of the American middle class. It will also generate new knowledge about studies of science, technology and the impact on establishing the middle class in the U.S.

H 306 Multidisciplinary Seminar: Humanities Seminar

HON-H 306: Economic Man/Economic Woman: Representations of Capitalism and Gender

In the 18th and 19th century, economic problems are often blamed on the industrial revolution, and along with it, capitalism. What is new in the 20th century is the fact that women begin to play a more important role in the discussions of economic issues. Women’s “emancipation” is not only promoted by Liberal ideas of gender equality, it is also a real effect of the industrial revolution. The increased need for a mobile and larger workforce, the flood of inventions for the domestic sphere, as well as the parallel development for liberty and independence in modern western societies, prepared the way for women’s extended economic roles outside the home. At the same time, women were still excluded from certain areas of work and their access to financial, cultural, and intellectual capital lagged behind men’s ownership of these assets—at least in the upper and middle classes.

This course investigates literary representations of capitalism and the way it has affected human relationships from its early stages in the 18th century (Robinson Crusoe) to the industrial age in the 19th century (Women and Economics) to the finance capitalism in the late 20th century (Serious Money).

H 307 Multidisciplinary Seminar: Natural Sciences Seminar

HON-H 307: How Do We Know Things? Lessons from Scientific Woo

What is “woo?” Woo is a word that is use to describe a belief in ideas that are not supported by science and are not evidence based. Woo ideas range from “natural health cures,” conspiracy theories such as chemtrails, the anti-vaccination movement, and a wide range of other beliefs that are either not supported by scientific evidence or flies in the face of established knowledge of how the living systems and the universe works. Whether propagated by scientific illiteracy, clever marketing strategies, urban legend, social media, dishonest scientists, or a combination thereof, woo is running rampant in our society today and has very real consequences. The goal of this course is to take a critical look at “woo.” During this course, students will investigate how we know things, identify flaws in logic, learn about the scientific method and scientific literature, and apply these topics to rampant “wooism” in today’s society. Students will leave with the ability to better critically analyze what is fed to them by our popular media and our celebrity driven society, and will also be able to more easily discern differences between “woo” and data driven, scientific content.

H 495 Honors Project

HON-H 495 Honors Project

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.