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University Honors and Leadership
 

Hybrid Courses

Courses which may be counted toward either track


The hybrid courses are designed to bridge the Leadership Studies and Academic Honors tracks and may be counted toward either track requirements.

UNHL 3810   Understanding and Dealing with Uncertainty

  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Prereq:  UNHL 1100
  • Course Type:  Hybrid (may be counted toward either track)
  • Core Areas:  Natural and Physical Sciences, Social Science, Humanities

This course discusses the concept of uncertainty from multiple perspectives.  What is uncertainty?  How does it relate to other notions such as ignorance or variation of risk?  How do we deal with uncertainty?  We will consider ideas from mathematics, science, philosophy, religion, law, and psychology, among other fields.  Students will be required to develop their own ideas on uncertainty in written form and/or participate in group presentations. 

UNHL 3815   Life in the Information Age

  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Prereq:  UNHL 1100
  • Course Type:  Hybrid (may be counted toward either track)
  • Core Areas:  Arts, Humanities, Cultural Diversity, International Perspectives

This course charts the contours, contradictions, and challenges of life in the Information Age.  Adopting the perspective of techno-capitalism, it explores how advances in communication technologies and changes in our economic system are altering our daily lives.  Although radical change is always disruptive and disorienting, this course does not naively deny or pessimistically lament these changes. Rather, it chooses to focus on how persons can confront, address, adapt to, and excel in our rapidly changing world. 

UNHL 3820   The Economics of Life

  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Prereq:  UNHL 1100
  • Course Type:  Hybrid (May be counted toward either track) 
  • Core Areas:  Arts, Humanities, Behavioral Science, Social Science, Cultural Diversity, International Perspectives
Study of the economic approach to human behavior and its application to the analysis of markets and areas including politics, law, family life, and other social issues.  Students will develop an understanding of how the economic approach differs from other approaches to analyzing these phenomena and of its possibilities and limitations. 
 

UNHL 3825    Irish Music, Peace, Politics, and Popular Culture

  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Prereq:   UNHL 1100
  • Course Type:  Hybrid (May be counted toward either track)
  • Core Areas:  Arts, Humanities, Cultural Diversity, International Perspectives

This course explores traditional and contemporary music in Ireland, examines Irish politics and the peace process in the Republic and Northern Ireland, and considers ways in which various forms of Irish popular culture have represented Irishness and Irish identity.  Course work includes reading and cybersleuthing activities, group discussions, reflective writing and brief essay assignments, listening and video-viewing, group Webliography projects, and a mini-conference which will serve as a final project.

UNHL 3830  Jazz in American Culture

  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Prereq:  UNHL 1100
  • Course Type:  Hybrid Track
  • Core Areas:  Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Cultural Diversity
This class will explore the influence of jazz music (and related forms like ragtime and the blues) on American culture more generally.  Specific topics to be explored include the Post-Reconstruction Race Politics, the Delta and the Great Migration, New Orleans, and the Harlem Renaissance.  Important figures of African-American literature, and Jazz & Blues music will also be presented.  Students will examine a multitude of literary and musical experiences through novels, short works, biographies, and listening.
 

UNHL 3835   Evaluating Contemporary Cinema 

  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Prereq:  UNHL 1100
  • Course Type:  Hybrid (May be counted toward either track) 
  • Core Areas:  Arts, Humanities, Cultural Diversity, International Perspectives
This course focuses on the evaluation of contemporary film in national and international contexts.  Approaching film as an art form, students learn to critically examine and evaluate the formal aspects of cinema, including narrative, cinematography, mise-en-scene, editing, sound, etc.  
 

UNHL 3870  History and Culture of the Spanish-Speaking World

  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Prereqs:  UNHL 1100; UNHL 2870, SPAN 2120 or demonstration of second-year Spanish language proficiency through placement exam
  • Course Type:  Hybrid (May be counted toward either track)
  • Core Areas:  Arts, Humanities, Cultural Diversity, International Perspectives

This course explores Spain's diverse legacy beginning with early Spanish culture, including the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim/Arab influences, and ending with a study of the current regional and linguistic differences of contemporary Spain.  The course emphasizes the cultural and regional diversity of Spain and Spanish history through a variety of genres, including art, literature, and film.

Note:  This course is required for students who wish to participate in the UHL Maymester in Spain.

UNHL 3910  Ideology and Revolution

  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Prereq:  UNHL 1100
  • Course Type:  Hybrid Track
  • Core Areas:  Humanities, Social Science, Internatonal Perspective
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Was ideology invented in the 19th Century?  Conservatism, Liberalism, Nationalism and Socialism were all invented in the short span of 1789-1870.  In this course we read works of Edmund Burke, Karl Marx, J.S. Mill, and others who reacted to the French and Industrial Revoluations, hoping to repair the social fabric.

UNHL  3995   Study Abroad

  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Prereq:  UNHL 1100; UNHL 3870; Spanish proficiency
  • Course Type:  Hybrid (may be counted toward either track)


UNHL 4815   The Science of Food:  Understanding the Link Between Diet, Culture, and Disease

  • Credit Hours:  3
  • Prereq:  UNHL 1100
  • Course Type:  Hybrid Track
  • Core Areas:  Natural Science, Behavioral Science, Social Science, Cultural Diversity, International Perspectives
    Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food: - Hippocrates 431 BC.  This course will introduce students to the science of food and how it relates to health, the human body, and manifestation of chronic disease (cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease).  We will also consider cultural, economic, and environmental consequences of industrial versus loca, sustainable organic farming and how this has shaped our sense of family and community, and our connection with the Earth.


    UNHL 4820  Scientific Thinking

    • Credit Hours:  3
    • Prereq:  UNHL 1100
    • Course Type:  Hybrid Track
    • Core Areas:  Humanities, Behavioral Science, Social Science, Cultural Diversity, International Perspectives

    Intensive analysis of primary literature taken from across the sciences allows students to develop critical thinking, content integration, and analysis skills they will use throughout their undergraduate education and into their professional careers.  Through reading, group work, oral and written presentations, and class discussion students will expand their understanding and appreciation of the scientific method and develop the ability to critically analyze and evaluate experimental design in both scientific and social contexts.



    UNHL 4825  Nuclear Technology:  Dilemmas of Policy and Science

    • Credit Hours:  3
    • Prereq:  UNHL 1100
    • Course Type:  Hybrid
    • Core Areas:  Humanities, Natural Science, Social Science, International Perspectives

    From promise to devastation, nuclear technology highlights the modern dilemma of how to manage our prodigious knowledge of science with our limited understanding of human decision-making.  This course will begin with basic nuclear chemistry and move to the political history of our nuclear age, prompting discussions ranging from phyics to metaphysics.

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