Jesup Scott Honors College

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Honors Class



*A list of all offered Honors sections from across the university for Spring 2018 can be found here.*

Honors Seminars for Spring 2018

HON 4960-001 | Honors Seminar - Community Engagement | 3 credit hours

Heidi Appel & Ashley Pryor
CRN 20039 | T  4:00 pm - 6:45 pm | Memorial Field House 2820

This interdisciplinary course is designed to provide students with experience in community engagement through work on a local issue or problem in a mentored, interdisciplinary team. The class will focus on developing practical skills, identifying best practices, and exploring potential solutions for complex problems. The course culminates in a grant proposal that can be adopted or adapted by our community partner. Class time will consist of short instructional presentations, group work, and class discussions.

HON 4960-002 | Honors Seminar - Endgame | 3 credit hours
Page Armstrong
CRN 10111 | MW  2:30 pm - 3:50 pm | Memorial Field House 1900

This course aims to define and examine aspects of contemporary society that are in "endgame." Focusing on post-Vietnam works, we will incorporate fiction, non-fiction, current events, and supporting essays in the political and social sciences to investigate three contemporary topics. We'll throw in some game theory, a little systems thinking, a few movies and, of course, we'll play some games of our own. By the end of the semester, we will have a good, working understanding of our three specific topics, and YOU (I get to sit this one out) will have researched at least one endgame scenario of your own choosing. The information and theories we discuss are fun and will give you new tools with which to attack topics as diverse as the future of the planet or where to meet your friend for lunch. If you are really lucky, you may even figure out how to get that lunch for free.

HON 4960-003 | Honors Seminar - Law & Literature | 3 credit hours
Jon Richardson
CRN 10112 | M  5:45 pm ‑ 8:30 pm | Memorial Field House 2660

This course will examine the foundations, function, and application of the Law through a variety of largely literary works of art. Where does the Law come from? Why do we need it? How do we employ it fairly? How can the work of such collective genius, developed over centuries, sometimes fail us still?

HON 4960-004 | Honors Seminar - Health Disparities | 3 credit hours
Shelley Cavalieri
CRN 10114 | W  4:00 pm ‑ 6:45 pm | Law Center 1011

Recent research into health outcomes has focused on the array of factors that lead to health inequality. This course, taught by a professor from the College of Law, will teach students to consider the multidisciplinary problem of health disparities. Students will study the array of social determinants of health, such as geography, education, race, gender, and other factors, that systematically structure health outcomes in our society. They will additionally learn to consider a range of multidisciplinary interventions, ranging from options that are medical, public policy, legal, and educational in nature, designed to equalize health outcomes across society.

HON 4960-006 | Honors Seminar - Multicultural Toledo | 3 credit hours
Page Armstrong
CRN 20019 | TR  11:10 am ‑ 12:30 pm | Memorial Field House 1700

Multicultural Toledo is an interdisciplinary investigation into the multicultural, historical, and socio-economic development of the greater Toledo area and the ways that different community groups respond to its transformation into the present. Areas of investigation are designed to improve student awareness of and respond to topics including ethnicity, race, gender, gender orientation, socioeconomic class, religions, national origin, dis/ability, and age within the Toledo community. The course features multiple site visits to community organizations.

HON 4960-901 | Honors Seminar - Food and Eating | 3 credit hours
Glenn Sheldon
CRN 20019 | Online

This course explores the symbolic power of food to reflect cultural or social affinities—across class, race and gender—in moments of change or transformation.  Popular representations of food and eating inform and shape our lives; further, individualistic affiliations to our own ethnic and regional roots can be found in the foods we eat.  These issues may be investigated along multiple lines, from multiculturalism to acculturation and assimilation.


Winter InterSession 2017-18

HON 4960 | Honors Seminar - Metaliteracy and Research for Modern Scholars | 3 credit hours
Time/Days of Offering and Location To Be Determined

Wade Lee & Thomas Atwood

Whether in our academic pursuits or in daily life, we are surrounded by a complex information environment. Metaliteracy is the set of critical analysis and production skills that help us navigate that world. For example, who owns information or can it be owned? How can social media define us or expose us? How does ready access to an (over)abundance of information change how we think and function? In addition, while each discipline has its own way of doing research, good research skills are universal. This seminar will provide practical skills in information gathering and access useful for in-depth exploration in your own field, and the seminar may serve as a stepping stone for students embarking on their Honors thesis/capstone project and eventually graduate school.

HON 4960 | Honors Seminar - Ecuador: Biology, Culture, and Sustainable Development | 1-3 credit hours
Time/Days of Offering and Location To Be Determined

Heidi Appel

Join other Honors students of all majors on a unique interdisciplinary course that explores Ecuador’s coastal lowlands, Andes, and Amazon rainforest to learn about their high biodiversity, vitality of indigenous cultures, and successful models of sustainable development. The winter intersession trip to Ecuador (12/30/17 – 1/17/18) will be preceded and followed by required class meetings arranged around student schedules.

Last Updated: 1/10/18