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UNIVERSITY HONORS

HNRS-302
Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: permission of University Honors program director.

HNRS-302
001H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences (3)

Humanity in the Digital Age

Humans and our culture are increasingly becoming digital - through our interactions with internet, mobile phones, and other digital technologies. This course seeks to understand the impact of new media technologies on contemporary culture and society.

HNRS-302
002H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences (3)

Legal Issues in Globalization

This course examines the legal aspects of international trade and investment. It explores the nature of international investment law, the private customary law of trade, and both domestic and international schemes for the regulation of international trade. Students become familiar with the legal mechanics of engaging in direct foreign investment, as well as questions surrounding the choice of law issues in national regulation. Special emphasis is placed on the trade protection laws of the United States and the development of the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Although the course examines these issues from a legal perspective, it also deals with the political, social, economic, and environmental aspects of trade regulation and economic regulation in this era of globalization.

HNRS-302
003H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences (3)

The Responsibility to Protect

The course explores the relatively new international concept of the responsibility to protect. Students examine a series of historical and contemporary examples where the international community failed in this responsibility: the holocaust, India/Pakistan independence, Rwanda, the Balkans, Syria as well as places where the doctrine has been asserted with mixed results: Kosovo, Libya and Iraq. The course explores the moral, legal and practical issues involved and seeks to challenge students to understand the ambiguities and competing national priorities that make implementation and enforcement possible or likely.

HNRS-302
004H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences (3)

Environment and Development

This course is an overview of the multidisciplinary field of environment and development. It focuses on debates concerning various human-made or development-related root causes of natural-resource degradation in the South. Special attention is paid to the relationship between the rural poor and the environment. The course also looks critically at current innovative policy initiatives-from local to global levels--attempting to resolve the linked problems of environment and development. Students learn "root-cause analysis" to assess both the debates and the policy initiatives.

HNRS-302
005H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences (3)

Women in Prison: Is Orange the New Black?

This course is a study in the popular images and private realities of prisons for women. Students examine women, crime, and imprisonment as presented in popular media-in particular, the series, Orange is the New Black-in concert with an examination of the scholarly research on these topics. Providing a creative voice for those who may wish to write about women's justice issues is a secondary theme of the course.

HNRS-302
001H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences (3)

National Security Debates

Surveillance, enhanced interrogation, unmanned aerial vehicles--frequent news stories relate to national security issues. By the very nature of the topic and the need to protect certain types of information and disclosures from enemies, the debate that is played out in the national and international news media and blogs tends to focus on small parts of a larger program or policy. This tends to lead to a conflation of two lenses in analyzing policy or program choices: can the United States act in this way, and should the United States act in this way? This course focuses on current debates in national security and analyzes them from both of these perspectives. First, the class identifies and assesses whether the policy or law can be implemented by studying the national and international legal regime governing this action, and then assesses whether the policy or law should continue to be implemented in the way that it has. In doing these assessments, students become more informed consumers of news and media accounts of issues that are of intense concern for the foreseeable future in national and international policy.

HNRS-302
002H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences (3)

Psychology of Happiness

This course explores the nature of happiness, why people so often misunderstand what makes them happy, and whether steps can be taken to increase happiness. One view of happiness emphasizes cultivating our strengths. Given that, students discuss some human strengths. These include consciousness, forgiveness, compassion, relationship, love, and positive emotions such as gratitude, hope, and elevation. Students also examine some ways in which culture might shape our experience of and beliefs about the good life.