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Courses - Spring 2020
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HONR208D
Honors Seminar; Insect Biodiversity: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSNS
HONR208L
Honors Seminar; Justice Matters: Law, Literature, and Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
HONR208P
Honors Seminar; Tolkien:Mythmaker
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
HONR209G
Honors Seminar; Elements of Drawing for Non-Majors
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP
Students must pay a $40.00 studio lab fee.
HONR209W
Honors Seminar; War Stories: Personal Narratives, Fiction, and Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
HONR218A
'Furies from Hell' to 'Femi-Nazis': A History of Modern Anti-Feminism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: LS
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Women have faced a deep antipathy at nearly every turn in their struggles for civic and social inclusion. These denials of women's rights often take the form of commentariesb sometimes vicious onesb about women's general natures, bodies, and fitness for public life. Women are consistently tagged with various labels of otherness: opponents of women's rights deem them irrational, unnatural, traitors to society, even sexual deviants. This course will examine the dangers that women allegedly represent to social stability from the Enlightenment to today, as well as how women have fought back to assert their rights and independence.
HONR218E
'Naturally Chic': Fashion, Gender, & Nationalism in French History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHS, DVCC
Allegedly uttered by Louis XIV, the Sun King, this statement exposes the importance of fashion to French history. Indeed from its very beginnings, the fashion industry in France has been synonymous with the international reputation of the entire nation. Similarly, being "chic," or having an innate sense of discernment and style, became synonymous with French femininity. This seminar will explore the interconnectivity of the history of fashion design in France, the requirements it placed on French women, and the international reputations and pressures the fashion industry has shouldered since the French Revolution. We will look at how fashion reflected and created the moods of various historical periods, including the designs of Coco Chanel in the 1920s and Christian Dior in the 1950s, and we will also see how French women's national belonging has been innately tied to their ability to display French fashion.
HONR218F
Keeping It Real: Art & the Representation of Reality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Why bother depicting daily life in art, literature, film, or television' At first glance, nothing could be more boring: ordinary reality surrounds us, so why make it an object of art' Yet for the last several centuries, everyone from the Grand Masters of high art to radically colloquial poets, reality TV producers, and Instagram aficionados have attempted to capture what it feels like to inhabit reality in the modern age. In this class, we will ask questions like: is it possible to document reality, and where does reality meet perception' What counts as ordinary' And what forms of experience are deemed "authentically" real' We will analyze both classical literary realism and a wide variety of subsequent movementsb Naturalism, Modernism, magical realism, "hysterical realism," and peripheral realismsb that inherited, rejected, or adapted its assumptions and conventions. We will read two long novels alongside many works of short fiction, poetry, and criticism. In addition, we will explore the surprising tenacity of the realist mode in more recent popular genres like cinematic neorealism, documentaries, sitcoms, reality television, and contemporary visual culture and social media.
HONR218G
Why and How We Read
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Reading is one of the first things we teach children and is often seen as an essential skill of modern life. Why is that' What happens when we read, and why do we do it' How does reading for pleasure differ from the reading we do in school, online, or on the go' As we will see, debates still rage not just about why we read, but about who reads, and when and where and how they do it. This course explores how people have read historically and across cultures, from ancient scroll interpreters to modern book-nerds. Together, we will analyze specific reading methods that are commonly held to build skills like critical thinking, and we will ask how different disciplines read. We will also investigate why reading has long been understood as a liberating activity that enables its practitioners to flourish and, finally, we will ask whether a world mediated by text presents problems for those who lie outside its scope.
HONR218I
It Happened To Me - Truth, Lies, & Discovery in Memoir
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: HL, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
How good is your memory' Remembering is a tricky process that can change based on how long ago an event happened and our relationship to it. From recalling an early personal memory to participating in cultural memories, our memories can even disagree with other people's. Do you trust the memory of someone who was there when it happened, or a historian who pieces together facts from multiple accounts and objects years later' In this course you will be challenged to explore stories in which memories disagree, traumatic childhoods are forgotten, generational memories morph over time, and memories can be false or created.
HONR218J
Honors Seminar; Sustainability and Development: From the Individual to the Global
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
HONR218M
Honors Seminar; Elements of Music Composition for Non-Majors
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP
HONR218N
Suffering and Its Resistance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: LS
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
When Freddie Gray was killed in 2015, citizens of Baltimore took to the streets. News agencies from all over the world covered the protests as people demanded justice. Five years later, corruption and violence remain a problem, while the city's murder rate has climbed to one of the highest per capita in the U.S. What did the calls for justice accomplish' What good is protesting' And how do we respond to suffering amidst historical causes, intergenerational resonances, and uneven distribution' By investigating these questions, this course seeks to understand the relationships between power and injustice and to find the connections among resistance, empathy, and hope.
HONR218O
Wild and Wasted: Nature in Film and TV
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: HL
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
The gaze of the camera lens is one of the most powerful and ubiquitous ways that we experience nature. It is a medium filled with potential for insight, empathy, and conservation; it is also fraught with misrepresentation and exploitation. For the first half of class, we will examine and critique nature in film and TV through three genres: Wildlife and Slow Film, Documentary, and Big Hollywood. Through these units we will gather a sense of how media both supports and masks ecological realities, how indigenous others are represented by colonizing explorers, how nature is depicted variously as resource, wilderness, and acculturated playground, and the differences in focus and effect between niche-market and popular films. The second half of class will be the filmmaking portion. In groups of 4-5, students will collaborate to produce a short film, either narrative or documentary, that may have a thematic focus such as food, habitat, transportation, or waste. Groups will draft and revise a short screenplay, and set up the locations, interviews, and any other simple elements of production they might need. Each group will then produce and finish a short film of ~5 minutes in length and present it to the class. Exceptional work may merit additional support to enter the film into festivals.
HONR218P
Honors Seminar; Immigration: Personal Stories and Policy Changes
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
HONR218T
Honors Seminar; Political Theater: On Stage and in Washington
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
Students must contribute $20.00 toward theater ticket purchases.
HONR218W
HONR219D
On Beyond Dinosaurs: Patterns and Enigmas in Vertebrate Evolution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
HONR219M
Honors Seminar; Why Do We Do What We Do? The Role of Motivation in People's Achievements and Choices
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS
HONR219T
Honors Seminar: Surviving Natural Disasters: Learning from Hurricane Katrina, Big Earthquakes, and Other Natural Hazards
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: IE
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
HONR219W
Honors Seminar; Africa and the Global Criminal Economy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
HONR228T
Honors Seminar; Journalism and Peace
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
HONR229K
Honors Seminar; Achieving Justice and Equality in the 21st Century: Problems, Policies and Practices
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
HONR229R
Honors Seminar; Short Texts, Great Ideas: The Essay Form
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
HONR229W
Honors Seminar; Revenge of the Funny Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
HONR238C
The Future of Energy and Climate Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: IE
GenEd: DSSP
HONR238G
Honors Seminar; The Manhattan Project: A Century of Radioactivity, Nuclear Weapons, and Nuclear Power
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
HONR238R
Honors Seminar: Terrorism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS
HONR239A
Honors Seminar; Constructing and De-Constructing the Colonial Chesapeake
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP, SCIS
HONR239C
Honors Seminar: The Creative Process in Dance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: HA, D
GenEd: DSHU
HONR239J
Honors Seminar; "Enemy of the People": When Journalism Investigates the Powerful
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Credit will only be granted for HONR239J or JOUR289P.
HONR239Q
Honors Seminar; Visual and Verbal Representation in Art: Chinese Poetry, Calligraphy, and Painting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Credit only granted for HONR239Q or HHUM205.
HONR239V
Honors Seminar; Visual Storytelling
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
HONR239Z
Honors Seminar; Applying Reason to Passion: The Philosophy of Sex
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
HONR248J
Honors Seminar; A Most Human Nation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
Students who have taken HHUM205 should contact the instructor for permission.
HONR248V
Music and Poetry: Sound and Sense
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: HO, D
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
How is the physical experience of existence expressed in works of art' This course will explore the shared aspects of music and poetry that relate to the nature of human cognition and the philosophy of embodiment, which proposes that metaphor is one of the primary ways we "translate" bodily knowledge into thought to create abstract concepts (ex.: "negotiation is a tool"). A fundamental technical vocabulary for the discussion of form in music and poetry will be developed and used in considering the various metaphors under discussion (movement, time, space, texture). In addition to direct experience with metaphor in musical works and poetry, translation as a process will also be considered as a metaphor for the ways that music and poetry relate to one another in light of the role embodiment plays in language, music and poetry.
HONR249G
Honors Seminar; How Do You "Man Up?": Men, Masculinity, and Mental Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
HONR258A
Honors Seminar; Renewing the Body: The Science Behind Regeneration and Immortality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP
HONR258B
"Watch Out! Calm Down." The Goals of Risk Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHU
You're working at the FDA, and you receive a preliminary report stating that Mad Cow Disease may have compromised a major beef distributor's supply. More tests need to be run to be sure, and the full report will take about two weeks. Do you wait for the full report, not wanting to start a panic' Or do you warn the public, even though the scare might not pan out' If you do warn the public, how do you communicate the findings of the report' People's lives and millions of dollars are on the line: what do you do' The right messages to the right people at the right time can save lives, and risk communication helps us think about how to convey sensitive messages about crucial issues from public health, to technological accident, to natural disaster. We will cover current thinking about the nature of risk, risk perceptions, theoretical perspectives on risk communication, and appliation of these theories to risk events in its real-life context. For example, we will examine such questions as: "Why do people continue to smoke despite knowing the health risks with the habit'," "Why people choose not to leave a high-risk environment, e.g., voluntary evacuation areas prepare for possibility of Hurricane Dorian'," "What are the most effective things the government/local leaders can do to get them out of harm's way'," and "How can we communicate controversial science effectively'"
HONR258D
Stage, Screen, Life: a Cultural History of Drag
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
What does "drag" conjure in your imagination' What about "cross-dressing," "dandyism," "transvestism," "glamor drag," "drag king," "drag queen," "boy actress," "transsexual," "FTM," MTF," "genderqueer, and "gender dysphoria'" Do you know someone who fits one or more of these categories' Do you picture certain celebrities' Have you been to a drag club (kings or queens) or seen films that depict drag' Have you seen a cross-dressed production of Hamlet or Oedipus' We tend to associate "drag" with gender, sex, and sexual orientation, but have you also considered race, ethnicity, and class as sites of drag performance' If you've seen/read/done/considered any of these, were you shocked and dismayed' Intrigued' What questions arose for you' This class is intended to explore some of them withb and perhaps address some of them forb you.
HONR258E
Honors Seminar; Creating the Future through Systemic Thinking and Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP
HONR258P
Honors Seminar; The Mathematics of Democracy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
HONR259J
Dreams and Journey: Literature, Pluralism, and Democracy in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: HA
A society's literature provides a fascinating window into the aspirations and priorities of its people. This course uses works of literature as primary documents to gain insight into major themes, trends, and ideas in American history, with a special focus on the conflicting visions of the "American Dream" and ways in which diverse Americans embarked on journeys in pursuit of that dream. Through a thorough analysis of these books and contextualization of the works within their historical setting, we will assess how contemporary Americans understood and reacted to important historical controversies within a pluralistic democracy, and how key social, cultural, and political issues were interrogated and contested in literature as well as the broader society.
HONR268G
The Science of Birdwatching
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSSP
In this course you will learn the skill of birdwatching (or "birding") and will contribute your observations to a world database of sightings that help establish trends in overall bird populations. Birding (and bird feeding) is one of the most popular pastimes in the United States, with tens of billions of dollars spent annually by enthusiasts. Birds also tell us about the health of our natural environment: by noting where birds are, and where they are absent, scientists can learn about harmful changes to our world ecosystem and how to reverse them. We can help out by becoming responsible citizen scientists. This course will feature regular field trips to observe birds in their natural habitats. No prior birding experience is needed.
HONR268L
Honors Seminar: United States Immigration Issues
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
HONR268Z
Honors Seminar; Catastrophic Animal and Human Disease Outbreaks: What Else Can We Do To Prevent Them?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
Credit may only be granted for HONR268Z or ANSC277.
HONR269G
Honors Seminar; Hungry, Hot and Crowded: Global Challenges in the 21st Century
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Credit granted only for HONR269G or HONR229A.
HONR269L
(Perm Req)
Honors Seminar; Cracking the Secrets of the Universe Using Computers: Re-discovering the Higgs & Searching for Invisible Matter-Part II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSNS or DSSP, SCIS
The second part of a two-semester Honors research seminar. Part one of this series was offered in the Fall 2018 semester. For permission to enroll, please contact Dr. Shabnam Jabeen at Jabeen@umd.edu.
HONR269T
Honors Seminar: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy toward Afghanistan
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: SB, D
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
HONR269U
Honors Seminar; Hidden Figures: Race, Science, and Black Narrative
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
HONR278D
Honors Seminar; National Security Dilemmas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
HONR278G
Honors Seminar; Exploring How Foreign Policy is Developed
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS
HONR278U
Honors Seminar; From Oakland to Wakanda: Reimagining American Public Education with Emphasis on STEM Education
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
HONR279N
Honors Seminar; Disease, Disaster, and Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
HONR279Y
Honors Seminar; Language and Thought: Insights from Brain Damage, Neuroimaging and Bilingualism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSNS
HONR288A
Honors Seminar; Power, Representation, and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS
HONR288O
Honors Seminar: Why Do Things Fail?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
Restriction: This course is for non-engineering majors only.
HONR289P
Honors Seminar; How Do Innovators Think?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
Credit only granted for BMGT289B or HONR289P. Course will meet 6 times on Monday evenings for assessments and guest speaker presentations.
HONR298J
Honors Seminar; A Century of Smashing Atoms: Particle Accelerators, the Engines of Discovery
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
HONR299G
Revolution, Regret, and Reform: The People and Principles of the American Political Tradition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS
This course explores American political history from Independence through the present day. It interrogates the roots of American political ideas, the dynamics of partisan competition, the interaction of class, ethnicity, race, and politics, the evolution of policy preferences, the growth of the state, and the transformation of grassroots expectations and ambitions, among other important themes. By exploring the writings of major figures as well as the preferences of anonymous votersb and everyone in between, this course will help students identify the overarching themes and the important forgotten moments in our nation's political development. Students will end the semester armed with a mastery of this history, an understanding of the methods of political historians and scholars in related fields, and a contextualization of our contemporary political world.
HONR299K
Honors Seminar; Global Governance or World Government?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
HONR348J
Contemporary Social Issuses
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DVCC
This country is starting to feel like Bizarro World. Not only are we deeply divided culturally, politically, racially, economically, geographically, religiously, and perhaps spiritually, we have a president who defies norms with apparent relish. He lies blithely, attacks people with schoolyard epithets, picks fights with friendly leaders and sucks up to our antagonists. Plus, he has completely uprooted his political party and seems more committed to strongman rule than traditional conservatism. And despite his checkered relationship with personal morality, his strongest supporters are Evangelical Christians, while also drawing support from the proto-fascist ultra right-wing white supremacists. Next year's presidential election promises to be contentious, possibly beyond our worst fears in which those differences may play out violently, as predicted by President Trump. Judging from the vituperation coming from the President and his supporters, it would seem that the cultural and political divisions are reaching ever deeper into our national psyche. These divisions extend beyond liberal vs. conservative to gender, birth status, culture, social class, morality, belief in God, to what America stands for and what it means to be American. They embrace our conflicting visions of what our country is, its values, and where it is headed. And where it should be headed. With low confidence in government and the news media, called 'fake news' by Trump, who still occasionally threatens to jail Hilary Clinton. Most of his own Republican party appear to be afraid of him. Fear and anger seem to be the words of the day. Not only in Congress but also in the cultural conflicts that have plagued the country in recent times. The Supreme Court has affirmed gay rights, including the right to marry, but resistance to this is bitter. And is poised to end abortion in many states despite the fact that a slim majority of the population supports the fundamental right of a woman t
HONR348M
Advanced Honors Seminar; Stock Market
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP, SCIS
HONR378P
(Perm Req)
Advanced Honors Seminar; Elements of Music Composition for Non-Majors II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: HONR218M. Permission of instructor required.
HONR379W
(Perm Req)
Honors Independent Study; Writing Internship: Maryland General Assembly Pre-Professional Writing Internship
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: permission of department and completion of either ENGL381 or HONR368A. Cross-listed with ENGL388M. Credit granted for ENGL388M or HONR379W.