University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Autumn 2011 Honors Seminars

The listing below is tentative and subject to change.

Courses with required study tour components are listed first with the course number underlined.


Course Number Title Call Number Day(s)/Time(s) Instructor BoK
15AFST300H Women, Population and Development 209819; application required; must have permission to register Wednesdays 3:00-5:20pm C. Norwood SS, SE

This seminar will address issues of developing countries and the so called "population" problem. It will largely focus on women and developing societies with particular emphasis on Africa. It will provide a historical overview of theories that link population to development and/or poverty. We will begin the course with theories of development and/or underdevelopment and conclude with discussions of current theoretical applications that explicitly integrate women, population and development into a single dialogue. The first learning objective of this course is to raise critical questions about western assumptions of the perils of population expansion in developing societies. In doing so, we will explore the political and economic underpinnings of population policies and their consequences for women in poor countries.

A second learning objective is to expose students to the practice of development by giving them a real life perspective on development issues facing women in developing countries. In doing so, we will engage in a required study tour to Accra, Ghana in December 2011 to visit with and learn about the work and research of NGOs in this field.

Application required. Access the application and learn more on the course webpage.

22INTB594H Social Entrepreneurship and Global Challenges 207693 TH 12:30-1:45pm C. Polychroniou  

**There had been a travel component to Montreal, but that will no longer take place. While an optional travel component may be added for students who are interested, there is no longer a required travel component for this class.**

This multidisciplinary course is designed to introduce and promote entrepreneurial thinking for effectively responding to key global challenges. The course will center on global issues such as environment, health, poverty, education, trade, and migration/immigration.

The focus will be on how to develop a product or service that would be responsive to a societal need while making a nominal profit. Students will work in teams to develop a product or service that meets the triple bottom line of profit, environment, and social good. These low cost, innovative products or services will be for consumers who make between just $2.00-$5.00 a day and will contribute to solutions to complex global problems. Students will use critical thinking in bringing about economically sound decisions to solve contemporary global challenges.

Comment from a previous participants – “I now look at problems with more critical thought and think about how they are really just opportunities.”

23DSGN301H Integrated Approach to Rural Development 209065; application required, must have permission to register MW 5:30-6:45pm K. Hanisian,
R. Ford
This exciting honors seminar will connect classroom lessons with meaningful service to a community. Students will take a critical look at various approaches to international development, and will also engage in specific design and research on water and other rural development issues facing India. It will culminate in a required trip to rural south India in which students work closely with an Indian non-profit organization to apply what they have been learning in class.

Application required. Access application and learn more on the course webpage.
38HNRS367H Nicaraguan Culture and Social Service 206699; application required, must have permission to register August 31-Sept. 15, in Nicaragua S. Sinclair DC, SE

We invite you to engage in this two-week honors study abroad program in Granada, Nicaragua! Program dates will be August 31 - September 15, 2011.

You will study Spanish while immersed in the Nicaraguan culture, living as a local, living with middle-class host families, and engaging in social community service in the oldest colonial city in mainland America. Included in the program will be:
-2 hours of Spanish instruction daily
-2 hours of instruction daily in Nicaraguan and Central American culture, history, and politics (taught in English)
-4 hours of community service per day.

Application required. Access the application and learn more on the course webpage.

15ARAB310H Culture of Contemporary Arabic Society 205847 TH 2:00-4:00pm F. Cadora DC, HU
This course examines the cultural traits and patters of contemporary Arab society, including the development of its language and dialects, beliefs, customs, and traditions within the framework of a dynamically changing society that attempts to promote change without sacrificing continuity and to pursue development without losing identity.
15ENGL382H Auschwitz Testimony: Reading and Writing on Holocaust Literature Canceled   G. Weissman HU

Due to low enrollment, this seminar has been canceled for fall quarter. It will be offered in spring quarter 2012.

How do Holocaust survivors bear witness to events that are oft-described as unspeakable, unimaginable and unrepresentable? We examine the rhetoric of testimony through memoirs and works of autobiographical fiction authored by survivors of the Nazi genocide, focusing on the varieties of literary approaches taken to render this reality.

15HIST396H Collecting Cincinnati: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Local History 209814 Thursdays 3:00-5:20pm T. Teslow HP, DC
This course acquaints students with the history of Cincinnati, and how that history is created and preserved through sites, objects, and buildings. We will venture to a variety of museums and other sites for a behind the scenes look at how the work of local history institutions is done.
16FAM397H Music and Architecture: Correlation and Comparison 208353 TH 2:00-3:20pm T. Milligan FA
Introduces students to the spatiotemporal correlations that are common to both architecture and music, will demonstrate that these art forms are related superficially as well as fundamentally, will compare elements that are common to both art forms, and will focus upon various artistic styles that have been prevalent during certain periods of history.  Rather than attempting to provide an exhaustive history of various global trends, this course will focus on certain principles found in these two art forms as they have developed within the Western world.  Among other topics, for example, the course will examine the influence of Classical thought and the effect of Golden Proportion, the importance of form when applied to music and architecture, and the influence of societal demands and desires upon the architect and the composer or performing musician.  The course is unified in part through the overarching examination of these two art forms from an historical perspective.
22INTB360H Take the Challenge for Sustainable Development 209535 TH 12:30-1:45pm R. Apana,
R. Kamath
Students work with virtual teams overseas to design a product/service that serves a social cause and develop a business model around that product or service. They will compete with US universities in the Acara challenge.

The seminar engages our honors students with CEO’s and Mentors from the business and design community in Cincinnati. In this course, students will take part in a global challenge interacting with students from top schools in Mexico (Tech de Monterrey) and India (IIT Bombay). Students will be exposed to important global social issues and design a product or service and develop a business plan around it. Students will work with their foreign team members through possible video conferencing distance learning and on line tools such as the Wiki to analyze the needs of a particular segment of the population and develop products/services that fill a social need. Winning teams will have expenses paid to travel incubate and implement the winning plans into a successful sustainable social business by the Acara institute.
23PLAN333H Constructing Deliberative Democracy in Local Government Activities     M. Zapata TBA
Canceled for 11A. Will be offered in 12W.
38HNRS352H Rare Books and Manuscripts 206691 TH 3:30-4:45pm K. Grace DC, HU
This course critically examines rare books and manuscripts in a hands-on manner, leading the student to understand elements that dictate how rarity is determined in the scholarly and commercial worlds in which these items are held. Materials from over ten centuries are explored, the earliest forms to modern first editions. Students will have hands-on experience with rare books and manuscripts in the UC Archives & Rare Books Library in a wide variety of cultures from the cuneiform era up through medieval manuscripts, the printed book, and modern fine press editions. In addition, the class will visit sites such as the rare book holdings of the Hebrew Union College Library, the Mercantile Library, and the Cincinnati Art Museum, as well as to the binding department of the Ohio Bookstore of used and rare books (locations subject to change).
38HNRS354H Genomic Testing and Family Health History: What Can We Learn about Our Personal Health Risks 206692 W 3:00-5:20pm
(will meet at CCHMC)
M. Meyers,
E. Mundt
Many companies are marketing genomic testing directly to the public, including testing to assess ancestry, physical ability, and predisposition to health conditions. This seminar will explore the claims made by companies offering such tests, benefits and limitations of this testing, and the regulatory and ethical issues surrounding such tests. Students will work in small groups to learn the different aspects of personal genomic testing and will engage in activities such as learning to complete their own family health history, assess and interpret the websites and claims of various personal genetic testing companies, and comparing the results of personal genomic testing of faculty members to the family health history information of those faculty members (activities subject to change).
38HNRS371H Architecture Representation and Composition 207046

Tuesdays 9:00am-9:50am

Thursdays 9:00am-11:50am

M. Tang N/A

The class will be useful for UHP students in fields such as engineering, information processing, and design.

This course investigates the design pipeline and platform that is focused on the making of form through drawings, scaled models, digital constructions and materially. Drawing representation (immaterial process) and fabrication (material process) are introduced as hybrid activities. Students will engage in a non-linear work pipeline that produce drawings both analogy and digitally, as well as explored the process of design with a focus on representing materiality.

Today, powerful modeling and rendering software allows us to directly manipulate digital images, and create complex forms and photorealistic renderings without thinking of how to realize it in the physical world.  Realizing the importance of materiality and tangible form provokes a question that is vital to the field of design. The objective of this course is two-folded.

First, the course closely examines the language of architectural form and covers a wide range of techniques for analyzing and representing it, including freehand sketching, drafting, painting and different means of rendering. It approaches drawing as a tool for thinking as well as for representation.  It is a comprehensive look at representation techniques (digital and analog) and methodologies as they influence the design process.

Second, this course discusses the distinction between developing  representation and the act of making itself.  Representation such as sketch, rendering, and construction drawing are just the representation of the actual form, where valuable information is stored or released within each of the drawings. However, realizing the building information in the physical world develops new situations where information is not longer just represented but now processed through various pipelines that all differ from each other.  the course discusses the necessity of expanding from the representation skills to incorporate craftsmanship and digital craft. In our approach, the consideration of fabrication and assembling process creates a feedback loop to the drawing. The results are valued for the process of making, and integration of fabrication/material parameters, and the engagement to the tangible world.

Learn more on the class webpage

*This class is joined with DAAP class 23ARCH512, which is for graduate students; interested University Honors students should register for 38HNRS371H as noted above.

38HNRS390H Community Engagement Gateway: Exploring Cincinnati 209824 Wednesdays
J. King SE, DC

Gateway course for students interested in pursuing the community engagement thematic area within University Honors. Specially designed for first and second year students, but open to all.

Coursework and experiential learning activities provide students with a forum to explore their place within our campus and city communities. UC’s urban environment provides many advantages and confronts us with many challenges as we seek to enhance community.

Class sessions will be held at various locations on and around campus. Locations are subject o change but may include field experience in Corryville, an overview of UC’s history in Blegen Library or as a part of a Queen City Underground Tour, Drop Inn Center, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Gay & Lesbian Community Center, and/or the Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Student reactions to last year’s course:
“I really enjoyed the experiential component. I've never taken a class where we go out in to the ‘real world’ so many times to actually apply what we've been learning. It kept the class interesting and helped reinforce what we were learning.”

“It was definitely a challenge and very eye-opening. I am not native to Cincinnati, and I felt that it was a good introduction to the area and gave me an idea of what I could do to contribute during my years here.”

“I was introduced to many different aspects of Cincinnati and met a lot of very open, interesting, and inspiring people. Through the off-campus experiences I was encouraged to step out of my comfort zone, really embrace the community, and learn more about the area. I think the course thought questions and reflections allowed me to look at a large picture, find my place or part in it, and communicate those thoughts and feelings.”

TBA Live Well Collaborative TBA TBA TBA N/A

Live Well Collaborative studios are open to juniors and seniors of all majors with an interest in creating product and service innovations for the 50+ age segment. Students work with faculty and corporations to conduct research and develop ideas within an interdisciplinary environment encompassing design, engineering, business, medicine, anthropology and social science. Projects have already been completed for P&G, General Mills, Hill-Rom and Citigroup. 

The sponsor for the fall quarter project is TBD.

Class sessions are not a standard classroom lecture format, but rather a time for company presentations, group work, and faculty/student collaboration. Work will also be completed outside of the class. Students will not have tests or individual assignments but will be graded on contributions made on the final project deliverables to the company sponsor. 

Students can register for 3-4 hours of credit (depending on what fits into a student's schedule). For students who entered the honors program before Autumn 2007: The number of special topics hours awarded is determined by the number of academic credits earned. For students who entered the honors program in or after Autumn 2007: Completing one quarter of Live Well Collaborative fulfills one honors experience.

Studios take place in the lower level of the Turner Innovation Center, which is near campus on the corner of Daniels and Vine.

Interested College of Business students should email a resume to Dr. Karen Machleit; all other students (DAAP, Engineering, Arts & Sciences, etc.) should contact Craig Vogel for more information.

Read more about the Live Well Collaborative on DAAP's website or Live Well Collaborative's website.