Sampling of Honors Courses Offered on the Marion campus in Spring 2019
English 2260H (Introduction to Poetry -- Honors)
English 2260H (Introduction to Poetry -- Honors)
M, W 9:30-10:50 / Stuart Lishan/ 3 credit hours
One of the things that poetry does is shake up the way we perceive the world and our experience in it. Sometimes it asks us uncomfortable questions. Do you dare disturb the universe? Sometimes it holds up a mirror that shows us our true selves, sometimes a lamp, and sometimes it holds up a gun. So, how does poetry do all that? And just what is that thing called…poetry, anyway? In English 2260H you’ll find out.
English 2260H is primarily a reading course. That is to say, it’s a literature course. We’ll read and talk about a number of poems, and hopefully extend your idea of what poetry is and what significance it has in our fair corner of the universe. Besides reading, much of which you will be assigning, our assignments will include both the traditional sorts of writing assignments that you might expect to have in a lit class, and some creative-not-so-traditional assignments, too, all designed to instruct and delight you, and to help you get a feel and understanding of this lovely art form. You don’t have to necessarily be an honor’s student to take the course, but you should be willing to be challenged, not just in your course work, but in your assumptions, too. Welcome aboard.
(Note: English 2260H is a GEC course that meets the Category 5.B.1. Arts and Humanities in Literature requirement)
Geog 2750H (World Regional Geography – Honors)
CLASS NUMBER 33657
3 credits (fulfills GE Social Science/Human, Natural & Economic AND GE Diversity/Global Studies requirements)
If you pay any attention to the news, you’ve probably noticed that the world is pretty messed up. People are brutally murdering their own countrymen, governments are going bankrupt, and corrupt leaders are incapable of doing anything about it. And that’s just Detroit: it’s even worse in Syria, or North Korea, or…well, lots of places, unfortunately.
Nevertheless, these messed up places have produced some pretty amazing stuff. Academics call itculture, but we experience it daily in the form of music, food, sports, film, art, architecture, and so on. And people are fiercely proud and protective of their culture’s “stuff”. Sometimes those protective, nativist instincts lead to genocides; other times they lead to a righteous drubbing by hooligans outside the soccer stadium.
This class is all about what makes the world so messed up, but still so fascinating to watch from a distance (or close-up, if you’re lucky enough). It’s a combination of slide shows, discussions, and student-led presentations that will familiarize you with your surroundings and the rest of the world, so that you can intelligently discuss what’s in the news. Or on Buzzfeed.
There’s a textbook, which has the distinction of being the only textbook ever that students have enjoyed reading. Many don’t even sell it back! Look at some examples of the content and style here:
Review on Amazon (in case you don't believe that students could like a textbook)
Grading will be based on five exams (with one grade dropped), discussion, and interactive culture presentations. The class is listed as an Honors class, which means that I won’t waste your time with videos and map quizzes and boring lectures.
English 4591.02H Special Topics in the Study of Rhetoric with Dr. Braun
Psychology 5832: Lifespan Sociomoral Development
Dr. Chris Daddis
Course is available to undergraduate and graduate students
In this course, we will examine the major approaches to moral development including psychoanalytic theories, cognitive-developmental, and socialization theories. Through discussion of primary source material, we will examine, compare, and contrast major theories and consider the research methods and findings associated with each approach. The primary focus will be on psychological approaches, but we will also consider philosophical issues and educational applications.
This course will be taught as a seminar-type course with student discussions guided by the professor. Student evaluation will be based on class participation and take-home exams.
Arts&Sciences 1102H Regional Honors Seminar
Game Theory: Competition and Cooperation
Dr. Daddis (Psychology) and Dr. Maharry (Mathematics)
In this weekly seminar, we will discuss Game Theory from both a mathematical and a psychological perspective. We will consider many variations on classical strategy questions, including Prisoner's Dilemma, the Tragedy of the Commons and others.
Other honors courses offered include
:Anthropology 2202H Peoples and Cultures: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology with Dr. Willow
Biology 1114E Biological Sciences: Form, Function, Diversity, and Ecology with Dr.Gershman
Communication 2367H Persuasive Communication with Dr. Armstrong