Fall 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 Dr. Suzanne Forster 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 601-
 The Philosophy of Friendship, Sex, and Love
Instructor: John Mouracade
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 78590
TR 11:30 - 12:45 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 602- Now More than Ever, The Grapes of Wrath
Instructor: Suzanne Forster
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 78591
MW 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 A192 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 601- Issues and Implications of Climate Change

Instructor: Paula Williams
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 78592
MW 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Explores the science and varying perspectives 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 602- Cuteness and Carefulness
Instructor: Gwen Lupfer
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 78593
TR 5:30 - 6:45 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.
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. 

Section 603- Global Environmental Governance
Instructor: Mara Kimmel
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 78594
TR 10:00 - 11:15 pm

Surveys a very complex and rapidly evolving global environmental governance system that has emerged over the past four decades, covers the main issues in this area, and prepares students to become competently engaged in the debates over the international environmental issues while applying the issues to the circumpolar north.

Registration limited to students admitted to the University Honors College and to students who have permission from the University Honors College. HNRS A292 courses fulfill 3 credits of Social Sciences GER.


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 601
Instructor: Dennis McMillian
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 71787
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 601
Instructor: Heather Paulsen
Credits: 1.0
CRN: 71788
Meets Tuesdays  12, Aug. 25, Sept. 15, Sept. 22, Sept. 29, and Oct. 5 
from 2:30 - 5:45 pm

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 601
Instructor: Suzanne Forster
Credits: 1.0 - 6.0
CRN: 71789
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 601
Instructor: Suzanne Forster
Credits: 1.0 - 6.0
CRN: 71790
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 601
Instructor: Suzanne Forster
Credits: 3.0
CRN: 71791
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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