Spring 2015 Courses

Are you looking to engage in an in-depth and meaningful discussion with peers, where you can seek understanding of enduring topics for humanity? The Honors College Core Seminar program is an enriching and engaging curriculum which is open to students of all majors.

Permission to register for these courses is granted by the University Honors College. Contact Suzanne Forster, PhD at 786-1057 or smforster@uaa.alaska.edu for more information about registering for a course or applying to the Honors College.


HNRS A192- HONORS SEMINAR: ENDURING BOOKS
Honors seminars focusing on the directed reading of a single book of enduring significance include the following:


Section 001-
the Philosophy of Friendship, Sex and Love
Instructor: John Mouracade
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 36612
M 2:30 - 5:15 pm 

In Plato's Symposium, a variety of speakers expound on the nature of love (eros) and its role in life.  The dialogue culminates in Socrates' speech about love, ranging from the erotic drive towards beautiful bodies to beauty and truth. 


Section 002-
 The New Testament as Literature
Instructor: Daniel Kline
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 36613
MW 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

The study of the New Testament in its historical context as a work of literature.

Section 003- Now More than Ever, The Grapes of Wrath
Instructor: Suzanne Forster
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 39370
TR 11:30 - 12:45 p.m.

Will use John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath as a lens for exploring the contemporary sociological, political and environmental issues in migration, economics, resource use, and climate change; a source text for exploring various approaches to the novel; and a model for sustainable communities. 

To be eligible to register for an HNRS 192 course a student must have tested into ENG 111. A student does not need to be accepted into the Honors College but priority will be given to honors students when necessary. HNRS 192 courses fulfill 3 credits of Humanities GER.


HNRS A292- HONORS SEMINAR IN SOCIAL SCIENCE

Examines selected topics from a social science perspective. Exposes students to a broad range of social issues, and helps them to develop skills to examine and evaluate their world. Emphasizes research findings and skills, including the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data. Students will gain considerable experience communicating both orally and in writing.

Section 001- Issues and Implications of Climate Change
Instructor: Paula Williams
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 36614
R 5:30 - 8:15 p.m.

Explores the science and varying perspective of climate change and how values and social paradigms shape those perspectives. Students will explore their values and gain a basic understanding of social science research methods and how to design research projects. 

Section 002- Cuteness and Carefulness
Instructor: Gwen Lupfer
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 36615
MW 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Research has uncovered many effects of viewing "cute" faces, including increased "behavioral carefulness" as measured by performance on the children's game "Operation" (Sherman, Haidt and Coan, 2009). Students will manipulate images shown to participants to better understand how viewing cute faces may elicit psychological adaptations for infant care. 

Registration limited to students admitted to the University Honors College and to students who have permission from the University Honors College.

HNRS A310 COMMUNITY SERVICE: THEORY AND PRACTICE

This course explores questions of service, community, and self, and includes guided volunteer service with a cultural organization, social service organization, or government agency.

Section 001
Instructor: Dennis McMillian
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 32048
M 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

Sophomore or junior standing. Registration open to students admitted to University Honors College, students who have permission from the University Honors College, and students who are working on the Certificate in Civic Engagement.


HNRS A392 HONORS THESIS SEMINAR

This course is an in-depth application of discipline research skills to a particular problem in concert with development of understanding the research problems addressed and research methods used by different disciplines.

Section 001
Instructor: Heather Paulsen
Credits: 1.0
CRN: 32049
Meets Mondays Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16 
from 2:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Registration limited to students admitted to the University Honors College and to students who have permission from the University Honors College.


HNRS 494 GOVERNING OUR LAND: HOW PUBLIC RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT DECISIONS ARE MADE

Explores legal and institutional framework for making resource development decision from potholes to Pebble Mine. Analyzes and evaluates the role of private and public interest in shaping development decisions.

Section 001
Instructor: Robert Loeffler
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 39819
R 5:30 - 8:15 p.m.

Registration limited to students admitted to the University Honors College and to students who have permission from the University Honors College. 


HNRS A495 HONORS INTERNSHIP

Applying interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to a student internship project, through a variety of governmental and private settings both within and outside of Alaska.

Section 001
Instructor: Staff TBA
Credits: 1.0-6.0
CRN: 32050
Arranged

Permission required from the University Honors College as well as approval by a faculty member acting as the internship advisor.


HNRS A498 HONORS RESEARCH

Individual research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The project will include an academic literature review, experimental design, implementation, analysis, and written paper and/or presentation. 

Section 001
Instructor: TBA
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 36616
Arranged

Permission required from the University Honors College as well as approval by a faculty member acting as a the internship advisor.


HNRS A499 HONORS THESIS

The focus of this arranged course is to articulate a researchable idea or develop a creative idea to fruition as appropriate to the student's discipline.  Students design and undertake a method of information gathering or creative presentation or performance that sheds light on the articulated idea.  Finally, students report findings and draw valid conclusions based on new research or demonstrate these findings through creative presentation.

Section 001
Instructor: Staff TBA
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 32056
Arranged

Senior standing, permission from the University Honors College and approval by a faculty member acting as a thesis advisor required for registration. 

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