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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||Meeting Day/Time||Instructor||BoK|
|23SAID310H||Humanitarianism: Design Thinking Across Disciplines||Canceled||TH 11:00am-12:20pm (tentative)||M. Zaretsky||HU, SE|
**Canceled due to low enrollment. We expect to offer this seminar and study tour again in spring 2013. **
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. The course culminates in a required trip to Tanzania immediately following spring quarter 2012.
Application required. Learn more on the course webpage.
|38HNRS348H||Public Health and Infectious Diseases: the South African Experience||408807||Wednesdays 5:30-7:50pm||J. Blackard||SE, NS|
|This course will provide students with hands-on, real word exposure to public health and infectious disease research in South Africa. The focus will be on HIV/AIDS and include quarter-long instruction at the University of Cincinnati followed by a 2-week study tour to South Africa.
Application required. Learn more and access the application.
|15EVST609H||Research in Natural Laboratories: Brazilian Amazon||409024||TH
|J. Shann||NS, SE|
The sustainability of endangered tropical ecosystems may depend on the action of individuals who have an appreciation of their structure, function, and use. Students completing this course will be among those with the potential to influence the future, as they will have personally investigated and experienced tropical systems and the issues challenging their sustainability.
In twice-weekly class meetings, students will gain a conceptual understanding of the general ecology and people of neotropical regions through expert lectures, readings, discussions, and media. Throughout the quarter, students will work in groups on the development of projects to be conducted during a 10-day research-oriented trip on the Amazon River (Rio Solimoes) and the Rio Negro. The Amazon trip is mandatory for course participants and is scheduled to depart during finals week.
Application required. Learn more and access the application on the course webpage.
|15HIST399H||Mediterranean Roots of Western Civilization: A contemporary Perspective||Canceled||TH
**Canceled due to low enrollment.**
-from an historical perspective, the course will include a focus on how human societies changed their modes of interaction through conflict and peaceable exchange at different points in time and space, challenging the so-called Islamo-Christian divide, and learning how contemporary Mediterraneans view each other and themselves in the 21st century;
The course culminates in a required study tour to Greece and Turkey.
Application required. Learn more and access application on the course webpage.
|15ANTH307H||Reading Maya Texts: Critical Approaches to Primary Sources||406793||TH
|S. Jackson||DC, HP|
This course undertakes a close analysis of indigenous Maya texts over time in order to engage with primary sources documenting changing Maya culture, as recorded in their own words. Texts include ancient hieroglyphic monuments, sixteenth-century Colonial documents, and modern Maya political manifestoes. Together, we develop critical approaches to primary sources.
Follow-up : During spring 2012, the class created a course wiki to share their learning about methods that they discussed and developed for critically approaching primary source texts. Please take some time to view their wiki - http://criticallyapproachingprimarysources.wikispaces.com.
|15CHEM322H||Chemical Aspects of Forensic Science||401142 - please see special note below about receiving permission to register.
|Designed for honors students interested in forensic science, regardless of their majors. They will concentrate on the chemistry involved in forensic investigations. The chemistry will include analyzing auto glass, auto paint, links used in forgery, blood types, drugs, poisons, and DNA. Students will perform many tests themselves.
In order to maintain a balance of science/engineering majors and non-science majors in this course, students must have permission from Jen Lile (a University Honors academic advisor) in order to register. Contact Jen (email@example.com -- please click on this link or type in the address rather than use the UC directory or your contact list) on the day in which your registration opens (beginning at 6 am) to express your interest. Students will receive permission and/or be placed on a waiting list in the order requests are received; confirmation will be sent by email, with further instructions for registering for the class.
|15ENGL382H||Auschwitz Testimony: Reading and Writing on Holocaust Literature||408782||MWF, 1:00-1:50pm||G. Weissman||HU|
|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.|
|15HIST397H||The Merchant of Venice in Historical Perspective||409193||TH 9:30-10:45am||M. Raider||HP, DC|
This course examines William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (c. 1596) in historical and cultural perspective. It explores the place of the Jews in premodern Christian European society and the backdrop against which Shakespeare composed Merchant. A close reading and in-depth study of the play serves as a vehicle for examining the social, economic, and political status of the Jews in the early modern period. In addition to analytic literature, the course also investigates significant primary sources. Film versions of Merchant will be used to illustrate the play’s iconic status in Western theatrical tradition and raise questions about the complexity of Jewish stereotypes, artistic representation, and historical reconstruction. The course includes a daylong workshop with ensemble members from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
|15INTR397H||Sex and Gender: Insights from Biology, Film and Literature||408848||
|Designed for both males and females, this course will link science and the humanities to encourage more holistic, objective and educated discussion and debate about gender issues. It will include experiential learning and will relate current research on neurobiological differences between the sexes to analyses of male and female characters in representative film and literature.|
|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.|
|15POL397H||War and Peace in Asia||408847||MWF 9:00-9:50am||D. Mistry||DC, SS|
|This class examines war and peace in contemporary Asia. It covers the conceptual issues of civil war and international war, and the causes of war and peace, and applies these concepts in examining conflict in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, China-Taiwan, and the Koreas.|
|18EDST380H||Multicultural Perceptions of Nature||409080||TH
|This course explores multicultural perceptions of nature. Different cultures and religions have their own unique assumptions about humans and nature. A fifteenth century priest and a modern ecologist operate under distinct paradigms that affect their actions. We examine how social-cultural foundations affect human relationships with the Earth and discuss alternatives.|
|38HNRS210H||The BIG Honors Course: Becoming Impossibly Good||Section 001 - #409034
Section 002 - #409035
|Section 001 - Wednesdays 3:00-5:20pm
Section 002 - Tuesdays 6:00-8:20pm
|T. Gilmore||DC, SE|
Trans-disciplinary Collaboration: Inquiry to Innovation Seminar
In a global world, being smart and working hard isn't enough. Through collaborative learning experiences, students will be able to demonstrate clearly—precisely and convincingly—constructive, effective and transformative solution-oriented outcomes for problems brought by a client or user group.
|20ENVE395H||Think Global, Act Local||402501||TH 3:30-4:45pm||M. Lu||SE, NS|
|Think Global, Act Local: Understanding Global Climate Change through Community Engagement
Provides an overall understanding of climate change: data from both sides, the pollutants and sources of global warming, the global and local impacts, and preventive actions. Includes seminars by speakers from local communities and field trips. Laboratory on making biodiesel from waste sources.
|38HNRS356H||Special Topics in Landscape Architecture: Vegetated Roofs||409202||MW 11:00am-12:20pm||V. Russell||NS, 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.|
6:30-8:50pm (recently changed)
|R. Templeman||DC, SS|
|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.|
|38HNRS384H||Urbanism: Observing the City||407256||TH 12:30-1:50pm
(Class will be held at the Niehoff Studio on Short Vine St.)
|F. Russell||DC, SE|
|This interdisciplinary seminar will be focused on the city of Cincinnati as a case study, introducing essential urban, social and action theories and methods relevant to understanding cities. Research in precedents and theory of urban observation will form the basis for seminar work. This includes work of 19th and 20th century writers, artists, film makers, and designers. Students will conduct primary and secondary data collection, observation, and research in physical, functional, and social infrastructure to better understand how these concepts apply at different scales to the region, city and district. Analysis will consider relevant large scale systems in function and form concerning land uses, movement, the environment, the economy, society and culture, and other issues relevant to community development and quality of life. Documenting and illustrating these findings will be a key outcome of the seminar.|
|K. Kannikswaren||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.
||Live Well Collaborative studio
||see course numbers below
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 Boeing. Students must receive permission from instructors to register for the studio (LCB: Ralph Katerberg, firstname.lastname@example.org or DAAP: Sooshin Choi, email@example.com). Students may register for 22MKTG595 or 23INDL441.
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 in or after Autumn 2007: Completing one quarter of Live Well Collaborative fulfills one honors experience. 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.