University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Spring 2011 Honors Seminars

Course Number Course Title Call Number Day/Time Professor BoK
23SAID310H Humanitarian Design TBA (application required)
T,H 11:00am -12:20pm
M. Zaretsky HU, SE

This honors course will investigate the emerging field of Humanitarian Design. Students will combine research into humanitarianism, social responsibility and the principles of design thinking into the development of a project that will benefit a non-profit organization doing work in impoverished communities in rural Tanzania. In spring 2011 we will explore how the fields such as engineering, nursing, medicine, education, business, liberal arts, design and more are all critical in the development of effective and inspiring humanitarian design projects. Together, we will explore the social, cultural and technological issues inherent in the field of humanitarian design and work collaboratively to create and implement projects that will have a positive impact on communities in need.

This seminar will culminate in a required study tour to Tanzania with Village Life Outreach, immediately following spring quarter. Learn more.

*newly listed*
Leaders in Action
M, 5:30-8:20 PM
M. Hall
This course is designed to give students a practical understanding of what makes great leaders – characteristics as well as skills – and experience in developing their own leadership skills. The beginning of the course will focus on discussions of the required readings as students look at what they already bring to the table as leaders and what they can do to expand their leadership skills. Later weeks will focus upon a discussion of “great leaders” past and present as students analyze a few life stories/biographies of these great leaders. The final weeks of the course will focus upon students sharing the observations and growth noted in their “Leadership Observations” journals. During the course, the students will design and carry out a community service project. The class will be divided into two teams with teach team carrying out a different project.
*newly listed*
Sustainable Urbanism
909334 T,H
class will meet in the Turner Center/Niehoff Studio on Short Vine
F. Russell
This interdisciplinary research seminar will be focused on the city of Cincinnati as a case study, introducing basic theories and methods relevant to understanding sustainable cities and sustainable communities. Students will conduct field studies and case studies to better understand how the concept of sustainability applies at different scales to the region, city and district. Documenting and illustrating these findings will be a key outcome and student presentations will be a significant part of the seminar.
*newly listed*
The B.I.G:  Honors Course to be Named Later
MW, 5:30-6:45pm R. Rosensweig,
M. Bayram
Becoming Impossibly Good: How can you become “impossibly good”? In a global world, being smart and working hard isn’t enough. Becoming impossibly good means being able to demonstrate clearly, precisely and convincingly that you can add value, make a difference and do work that will leave a legacy. Students will learn how to use every opportunity that comes their way to create new ways of looking at problems. Multidisciplinary interactions around projects will simultaneously add value to the University, University Honors Program, and you. The course is multidisciplinary. You will immerse yourself in a problem brought to you by a client or user group, come to define the problem broadly, conduct qualitative, quantitative and archival research into the user/client and integrate learning into a set of concepts offered to the user/client for subsequent experimentation/prototyping. You will create the foundation for effective collaborating, self-organizing and creating connections between individuals, disciplines and institutions.
15ENGL398H Faces of the Future: Challenges and Costs of Battered Youth
905095 T,H 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Billie Dziech SE,

Designed for male and female students in all majors.  This course employs fiction, films, essays, speakers and experiential learning to examine the crisis of bettered youth and organizational attempts at intervention. 

Included in the course is a required weekend service trip to an Eastern Kentucky non-profit residential facility for abused young people ages ten to eighteen. Trip dates are May 20-22, 2011.

There will likely be a course fee to cover expenses for the service trip; this fee is expected to be $25-50 per student. Students will drive to the site in Kentucky (driving individually or in carpools). Students will pay for their own food.

15HIST396H Immigration, Race, Citizenship: Across the Disciplines 904206 H
4:00-6:20 PM
S. Porter DC, HP
This honors seminar will foreground race, immigration and citizenship in the US through a multidisciplinary approach, examining how distinct disciplinary frames yield different understandings. Isolating selected years, we will examine the complex historical meanings that crystallize around key dates from the 1790 Naturalization Act to immigration legislation pass as recently as 1996.

The course includes a required study tour to New York City that will take place June 12 - 17, 2011. Learn more!
15PHIL335H The Ethics of Punishment
904970 T, H
12:30 -1:45 PM
V. Carbonell HU
Why do we put criminals in prison? To protect society? To cause shame? For moral re-education? Purely for retribution? We'll evaluate the prevailing philosophical justifications for punishment. Then we'll examine global variations in prison practices in light of the philosophical theories. Does the practice of punishment accurately reflect the theory we use to justify it?
15PHYS396H Superhero Physics 908685 T,H
9:30-10:45 AM
D. Mast NS, QR
Students will investigate the laws of physics by looking at the powers portrayed by superheros in films and literature. Extensive use will be made of films in order to use the excellent visual graphics they contain. Students will "create" their own new superhero as well as a competing super villain.
18EDST330H Sociocultural Psychology of Immigrant Children 908687 M
2:00-4:30 PM
L. Vaughn DC, SS
This course will examine aspects of the journeys of immigrant children to the US, including development, acculturation, identity, health, family relations, culturally-responsive approaches, and the child's countries of origin.
38HNRS356H Special Topics in Landscape Architecture: Vegetated Roofs 908487 TH 11:00am-12:20pm V. Russell SS
This seminar will study the feasibility and design of green roofs for public buildings, taking into account the context, structure, interior and exterior programming, and options in green roof design and installation. Students will be exposed to the environmental, economic, and social benefits of vegetated roofs and their role in sustainable design.  The research component of the seminar will be to develop feasibility studies, exterior and interior programming, and preliminary design schemes for a vegetated roof(s) in location(s) in Cincinnati. Students will work with local practitioners and members of the Cincinnati community. Students will actively participate in the construction of a new vegetated roof when possible, if construction schedules coincide.
38HNRS390H Community Engagement Gateway: Exploring Cincinnati 908459 H 6:00 - 8:30 PM J. King SE, DC

Updated Description
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.”

38HNRS389H Creative Power 908458 H
6:00 - 8:30 PM

K. Kannikeswaran FA, DC

This course is a hands-on experience in the domain of creativity. In a combination of lecture/discussions and a hands-on group project, the class will harness its collective creative potential and work towards a finished product in the form of a quarter-end performance/presentation. It is often in the world of art and performance that there are no self-imposed borders. Innovation thrives in such a borderless paradigm. This is a paradigm that can easily be extended to other disciplines such as engineering, business, public policy and art administration.

Through the process of identifying and distinguishing certain key distinctions and working as a group in creating a presentation that has an impact on the University, honors students will carry the lessons learned from this course into other walks of their career.

*Rehearsal for the performance will take place during the week leading up to the performance. Time and day TBA.
*Students must also be available for the end-of-quarter performance. Time and date TBA. Participation required.

**There will be a required course fee payable at the beginning of the quarter. This will cover supplies and other expenses related to the performance. The amount is expected to be $15-20; final amount TBD.

TBA Live Well Collaborative Studios 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 Spring 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.