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 2014

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
002H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences (3)

Masterworks in African Studies

Masterworks are central to understanding civilizations. They are a window on ways of thinking and living. They can provide deep insights into the history of peoples and contemporary dynamics. This colloquium probes novels, films, prison diaries, histories, political speeches, music, art, and scholarly analysis to explores questions such as how to grasp the masterworks of global Africa diasporas, as well as the continent itself; whose voices are represented and silenced in major texts on Africa; who produces these works; and how to address oral as well as literary production. Students are asked to engage differences--values about race and ethnicity, class, religion, gender and sexual orientation--in various contexts.

HNRS-302
03CBH
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences (3)

Social Construction of Childhood in the U.S.

After a review of the socio-cultural and historical context of the passage of public policies to protect children such as child labor, compulsory schooling, and protection from child abuse, students critically analyze the current state of the right to be a child in the United States. Course content emphasizes how issues of inequality affect children and their environments.

HNRS-302
004H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences (3)

Justice Stories

The justice system is a world apart from the larger world. From arrest to trial and disposition, the justice system offers moments of high drama and excitement against a background of mind-numbing boredom and empty routine. Violence and violation are recurring hazards experienced by people processed by the justice system and by some of the people who work in the system as well. This course explores the contours of the strange and often paradoxical world embodied in our justice system using stories of all sorts, fiction and nonfiction, all true to life in their own way.

HNRS-302
007H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences (3)

Alien Contact: Science and Science Fiction

This course is about mankind's desire for extraterrestrial contact. It examines the historical links between film and television to historical world events as they relate to increased reports of contact. Students read and study about the Roswell Incident in 1947, the Phoenix lights in 1997, and other UFO phenomena revealed by the recent declassification of international government files on UFO sightings. The class sees classic science fiction films from the 1950's to the present and reads the novels that spawned them as well as examining television shows that have become part of our "alien pop culture" for fifty years. Archival news footage of space exploration is integrated into the course as well as interviews with Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku. Prominent guest speakers are also featured.

HNRS-302
008H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences (3)

The Critical Media Consumer/Participant

Consumers are bombarded daily with news and information from outlets that are considered conservative or liberal or balanced, and social media has become the tool of the everyman who wants to reach audiences directly. A savvy consumer can separate opinion from fact, hype from news, and entertainment from information by critically examining the information, its source, and its purpose. In this course students focus on critical thinking skills to evaluate and understand both the purpose and the performance of the mass media, as well how they can become active participants in the media. Assignments include critiques of news coverage, movies, plays, music, and other cultural phenomena. Students are encouraged to generate their own ideas for assignments and become more comfortable critiquing themselves as well as others.

HNRS-302
010H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences (3)

Politics and Policy of Health Care

Comprising more than one-sixth of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), health care has become a driving force in American economics and politics. This course provides historical background on the forces that shaped our current health care system, analyzes the impact of ongoing policy changes on businesses and individuals, and studies potential future effects on national politics and fiscal policy. In short, the course serves as a primer on health care policy for individuals contemplating a career in the field, be it in politics, economics, business, or medicine.

HNRS-302
009H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences (3)

Development and Democracy in South Asia

South Asia presents striking divergences in democratization and development, both within and across the countries that compose the region. India has largely maintained the integrity of its democratic institutions since Independence despite high levels of poverty, illiteracy, and social diversity. Several of India's neighbors, however, exhibit political histories that are marked by periods of authoritarianism and military rule. Cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Mumbai boast incredible wealth and are centers of innovation and international investment. Concurrently, underdeveloped villages and vast urban slums remind us that South Asia is a region of extreme poverty and inequality. With a nuclear-armed India and Pakistan, networks of terrorist groups, a Maoist insurgency, border disputes, and episodes of ethnic and religious conflict, the region of South Asia continues to experience serious instability and violence. Still, social movements have emerged throughout the region to promote and deepen democracy, protect human rights, curb corruption, and hold politicians and officials accountable. This course examines trends in democracy and development across South Asia. A majority of the course focuses on India, but also covers Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. A number of related themes, including democratization, federalism and local governance, urbanization and urban poverty, elections and political parties, ethnic conflict, and the political economy of development are investigated.

HNRS-302
011H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences (3)

Militarization of US Foreign Policy:Uniforms or Pin-Stripes?

This course explores today's broad, global involvement of the U.S. military in a component of U.S national security, building partner capacity, advising foreign militaries, ministries, police, courts, and delivering economic development projects in 80 countries. Students hear from policymakers, do intensive research and make policy proposals on this major foreign and national security policy topic.

HNRS-302
012H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2014

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.