University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Winter 2011 Honors Seminars

Course Number Course Title Call Number Day/Time Professor BoK
15HIST399H Russia’s 1812: History and Myth in Tolstoy’s War and Peace Must apply and have permission to enroll.   Tuesdays 2:00-4:20pm W. Sunderland HP, DC

Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace is one of the greatest novels of all time. It’s also perhaps the defining work of modern Russian culture. Through the novel, we watch one of the pivotal moments of Russian history unfold – Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812. And we see the country’s response to this immense crisis in an evocative interweaving of personal stories and experiences that capture Tolstoy’s views of life and death, courage and weakness, grace and selfishness, divine will and individual action.

In the hope of bringing the history of 1812 and Tolstoy’s masterwork to life, the course will conclude with a study tour to Russia where the group will visit sites related to 1812 and to Tolstoy’s life, including Moscow, Smolensk, the battlefield (now historical park) of Borodino, Tula, and Yasnaya Poliana, Tolstoy’s rural estate near Tula in central Russia where the author wrote his great novel and pondered the workings of history and faith, romantic love, national attachment, divine will and individual responsibility. 

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Application required. Must be given permission to participate and enroll in class and study tour.

16FAM395H Music, Art, and Thought in Medici Florence Must apply and have permission to enroll.   TH 3:30-4:45pm S. Schlagel FA, HP

From c1420 to the middle of the sixteenth century, Florence witnessed a remarkable synergy of music, art, and thought financed by the Medici dynasty. Inhabited by such renowned artists as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, musicians Guillaume DuFay and Heinrich Isaac, and writers Angelo Poliziano and Niccolò Machiavelli, Florence was a vortex of Renaissance humanism. The city also witnessed religious fanaticism and French invasions ravage it for two decades beginning in 1492. In this interdisciplinary course we will study the political, economic, artistic, and cultural forces that gave rise to Florence as a unique center of Renaissance humanism.

This class will culminate in a one-week required study tour to Florence, Italy. Learn more!

Application required to participate. Students may still apply; a waiting list is being maintained.

Application required. Must be given permission to participate and enroll in class and study tour.

38HNRS360H Global Studies 806437 MWF 3:00-3:50pm K. Grace,
K. Olausen

This honors seminar is specially designed for first and second year students (but is open to all)!  Students will learn about the concept of global competence. Global competencies include: (a) global knowledge (b) empathy and appreciation (c) the ability to learn cross-culturally and (d) the ability to perform in cross-cultural situations. This course provides an excellent foundation for future study abroad opportunities!

There had been a travel component to this seminar (a weekend in Toronto). The travel portion has been canceled due to low enrollment. The class will not travel to Toronto.


Law and Order
*newly revised course description*

804705 MWF 9:00-9:50am C. Ris LT, SE

An exploration of how power inequities complicate the rule of law.  Our texts, and the research you will do, will investigate how power inequities complicate the aspirations some might say law aims to fulfill, such as rendering justice and the search for truth. These inequities include race, gender, socio-economic status, and mental disability, as well as the inequity of those outside the ability to understand its rules and obligations. We'll examine texts including Truman Capote's classic non-fiction novel In Cold Blood, court opinions, and documentaries on those recently freed through the work of The Ohio Innocence Project.

15EVST395H Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change 808599 MWF 12:00-12:50pm E. Maurer NS, SE

The goal of this course is an interdisciplinary examination of the human dimensions of climate change, the influences on climate and particularly the impacts on human societies (from developed to indigenous peoples). We will explore emerging technologies to conduct the course.

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15PHIL390H Beauty 806069 MWF 1:00-1:50pm J. Robinson HU
An introduction to theories of beauty from Plato to the present, including readings from Plato's "Republic" and "Symposium"; 18th century thinkers Burke and Kant on the distinction between the beautiful and the sublime; and contemporary writings, including aesthetic theorists Danto and Nehmas, and feminine critiques of the concept of beauty.
38HNRS355H Outbreak:  Influenza, HIV, and SARS 806438 Wednesdays 6:00-8:20pm J. Blackard NS

This course will provide students with a comprehensive biological understanding of several diseases of global public health importance – influenza, HIV/AIDS, and SARS.  Topics include important concepts in public health epidemiology, microbiology, and immunology, modes of transmission, pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment strategies.

There is growing interest among students in understanding how infectious diseases impact public health. Specifically, influenza, HIV/AIDS, and SARS are associated with significant morbidity and mortality worldwide.  Moreover, these diseases have received considerable media attention over the past few years.  Students will be encouraged to think globally during in-class ‘strategic planning session’ aimed at treating and/or eradicating these pathogens at the local, national, and international level.

38HNRS366H Experiencing International Cultures and their Cuisine 806344 Wednesdays 5:30-8:00pm S. Gravas HP, DC

The course shows how food is an integral part of society, focusing on the cultural attributes that shape eating habits and gastronomy. More specifically, it depicts the links between food, geography, climate, religion, folkways, mores, and rituals, while exposing students to the culinary heritage and to modern cuisine trends of the countries and regions covered. Cuisines of the Mediterranean, France, Italy, Latin American, and China are presented via their ingredients, flavor profiles, preparations, and service techniques. Classroom lectures alternate with hands-on culinary demonstrations and tasting, during which students actively participate and present.

Course taught by Spyros Gravas, Director of Operations for Aramark/UC Dining. Mr. Gravas has also held leadership positions with Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment (in Cincinnati) and within the hospitality industry in Las Vegas and Greece.

Class Meeting Days/Times:
Class will meet once a week with additional field experiences.
-Class meets every Wednesday from 5:30-8:00pm
-Class on Wednesday, January 12 will meet at CenterCourt on campus
-Class on Wednesday, Jan. 26 will meet at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield from 6:00-8:00pm.
-Class meets Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9:00am-1:00pm at Findlay Market
-Class meets Saturday, Feb. 26 from 9:30am-1:30pm in TUC (catering facilities and a classroom)
-Wednesday March 2 - class time may be extended
-Class will meet on Friday, March 11 from 3:30-7:00pm for a final gala and presentations

Course Fee
There is a required course fee of $70. This fee is payable at the beginning of the course.

**Note - if the class fills, no students will be signed in. If the class is full when you try to register, email to be placed on the waiting list.

38HNRS370H Exploring Leadership 808674 Mondays 4:00-6:20pm R. Robles SE

Designed especially for first and second year students (but open to all). Course activities, assignments and discussion will cover foundational leadership theories that have been influential to many of today's popular leadership theories and emerging transformational lines of thought. The overall outcome is for students to develop an interpersonal and intrapersonal understanding of the process of leadership.

38HNRS380H Exploring Research 806345 TH 12:30-1:45pm R. Mehta SS, HU
Designed especially for first and second year students (but open to all). Students will be introduced to the methods, problems, and processes of research, thereby developing a fuller understanding of the nature of scientific knowledge.  Course format will  include guest speakers (researchers), lecture, and discussion. The course is most appropriate for freshmen, sophomores, and other students who are interested in pursuing research opportunities. It is also intended for those who wish to pursue further research opportunities in preparation for graduate school.
38HNRS388H Exploring Biomedical Research 806346 Thursdays 3:00-5:20pm L. Hildreth NS
The course will prepare freshmen and sophomores to be competitive for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF). Weekly seminars will feature overviews of research training programs and tours of biomedical laboratories. Students will meet potential mentors. Peers who have engaged in research will help students identify areas of research interest and career opportunities in biomedicine.

Potential speakers will be added as they become known.

Class will meet at the College of Medicine's Medical Sciences Building (MSB), room 3351
38HNRS394H Beyond IQ: Developing and Applying Emotional Intelligence 809577

TH 9:30-10:45am
T 8:30-9:20am 

J. Lile,
C. Lottman,
G. Kiley
Research indicates that Emotional Intelligence can be measured, can be developed over our life spans, and can have a significant impact on both academic success and life success and happiness in general. In this course students will have the opportunity to explore the concept of emotional intelligence and teach some of the skills and competencies involved to Cincinnati Public School students.
*Important notes: This class will meet once each week at the elementary school. We will meet on campus the first week of winter quarter and arrange for transportation for everyone--a car is not required. Additionally, all students in the class will need to undergo a paper background check prior to the beginning of winter quarter; the instructors will provide more detail after registration. 
TBD 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 Winter 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.