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HNUH218X
Uprising, Riot, Revolt: Violence in Story and Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
How does violence connect to revolution? Is violence the result of lone wolf actors, oppressive social structures, or just blind fate? Is it a side-effect of revolution or its driving force? Is violence a way to fight injustice, or is it a problem of evil? Why is one person's uprising another person's riot? In this seminar, we will explore literature, politics, and religion to debate the meaning and causes of violence. By examining the writings of a prison psychiatrist, historians, activists, theorists, and theologians alongside classic and contemporary literary works, we will disrupt common understandings of violence. In conducting interviews with community members, engaging in classroom debate, and sharing ideas in a project-poster session, we will investigate violence in the UMD community and wider DC area, and propose ways toward revolutionary change.
iestricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

This course is part of the Revolution cluster. Revolution courses will not be offered after spring 2022, so you should only take HNUH218X if you have previously completed HNUH218A, which is the required I-Series course in this cluster. HNUH218A was last offered in the winter session (January 2022) and will not be offered again.
HNUH218Z
Soundtrack to Revolution: Black Protest Music from Slave Ship to Soundcloud
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Invites students to hear a tradition of black protest music that reverberates from the slave ship to Soundcloud and beyond. Together we will ponder how black people have created, performed, broadcast, and mobilized music for protest, self-making, community-building, cultural critique, agitation, venting, healing, and joy. To hear what protest music sounds like, we will listen to Paul Robeson, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach, Nina Simone, Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Public Enemy, NWA, Lil' Kim, Lauryn Hill, Beyonce, and others. Must protest music set overt political statements to melody? How have black people mobilized music and art to shape their political conditions? What can music accomplish that artforms like literature and visual art cannot? How have various social justice and liberation movements deployed music? How has new media technology transformed protest? How does revolution sound to you?
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

This course is part of the Revolution cluster. Revolution courses will not be offered after spring 2022, so you should only take HNUH218Z if you have previously completed HNUH218A, which is the required I-Series course in this cluster. HNUH 218A was last offered in the winter session(January 2022) and will not be offered again.
HNUH219P
Transform Maryland: Theories into Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP
In this intensive, 10-person seminar, students undertake a real-world consulting engagement for their client, the University of Maryland, to improve one of its operational processes. Working as a consulting team, students apply analysis, user-centered design, behavioral and social science methods in order to identify opportunities for innovation and recommend solutions. The one-semester engagement is broken into four phases--Frame, Explore, Analyze, and Recommend--through which students assess the potential for changing operations, addressing political differences, and the potential for technology to augment the streamlined process. The practicum focuses on transforming critical university administrative and business functions and culminates in a presentation to key members of the University of Maryland leadership team. The specific project changes from semester to semester.
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

HNUH219P is the second course in the "Transform Maryland" Theory/Practice track. HNUH219T is the prerequisite for HNUH219P.
HNUH228A
Peace in our time? Conflict and Conflict Resolution in International Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Is the world getting more peaceful? There are currently civil wars raging in much of the world and millions of people have fled these wars as refugees or internally displaced persons. Terrorist attacks kill thousands, and can occur in any corner of the planet. At the same time many actors use strategies such as peacekeeping, mediation, promotion of human rights and post-conflict justice to resolve conflicts and build peace. In this course, we will examine conflict, peace, and conflict resolution in contemporary international politics. We will interrogate concepts such as peace, conflict, and violence, the different forms that these phenomena can take, and how we can measure their occurrence. We will discuss theoretical explanations for why individuals and groups have disputes and why these actors choose to use violence (or not) in these disputes and examine these arguments in specific cases. We will analyze conflict resolution strategies such as mediation, peacekeeping, and human rights promotion both theoretically and empirically. This discussion will allow students to develop an argument for whether the world is getting more peaceful, why it is or is not, and what this could mean about the future of violence and peace.
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

This course is the required I-Series course in the War & Peace cluster. War & Peace courses will not be offered after spring 2022. You should only take this course if you have either previously completed one coursein the War & Peace cluster, or if you will take both HNUH228A and one other War & Peace course together in spring 2022.
HNUH228Y
Interrogating Issues of Piracy/Pirates amidst the Shadowy Landscapes of War & Peace
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Who are pirates and what constitutes piracy in a given era? To what extent do changing notions of piracy reflect major societal transformations at the national, regional and global levels, as well as reveal the contested and often overlapping boundaries of war and peace? How can we use pirates/piracy as a "tool" to engender an historical, economic, political, social, and cultural understanding of global forces and change? Do the legends and myths surrounding infamous pirates represent the realities and relationships of early and new forms of piracy? Could piracy be conceived as a form of counterculture? To what extent do piracy, rivalry, state building, war-making, peace-making all belong on the same continuum? This course examines pirates/piracy as an integral part of major global processes. We will investigate when and why piracy emerged and flourished, and how lawbreakers and lawmakers relate to one another on the murky terrains of power, then explore alternative ways to (re)configure who is a pirate and what constitutes piracy, especially within the dynamics of today's neo-liberal globalization.
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

HNUH228Y is part of the War & Peace cluster. War & Peace courses will not be offered after spring 2022, so you should only take this course if you have either previously completed HNUH228A, or if you will take this course and HNUH228A together in spring 2022.
HNUH228Z
The Problem of Prejudice: Overcoming Impediments to Global Peace and Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
What is prejudice? How are our prejudices formed? What similarities and differences are there between various forms of prejudice across race, gender, nationality, politics, religion, among others? What is the relationship between prejudice and conflict? What is the role of prejudice in thinking about issues of peace and justice? How can we better understand the role that prejudice and discrimination have in a globalizing world? What can we learn from a scientific basis of knowledge about the causes of prejudice? This course will survey interdisciplinary scholarly research and popular cultural conversations about the root causes of prejudice and discrimination. You are expected to examine empirical evidence toward formulating your own views about the impact that all forms of prejudice impose on the human condition and the role it has played in your own life. Based on research evidence, the course encourages the search for solutions to the blight of prejudice.
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

HNUH228Z is part of the War & Peace cluster. War & Peace courses will not be offered after Spring 2022, so you should only take this course if you have either previously completed HNUH228A, or if you will take this course and HNUH228A together in Spring 2022.
HNUH229P
Climate in Crisis: Strategy and Advocacy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP
This theory and practice track examines theoretical frameworks for understanding climate change and concrete cases that shed light on the complexity of managing it. In this, the practical component of the Climate in Crisis track, we explore several domestic energy and climate policy case studies, examining the competing roles played by various interest groups that influence legislative and regulatory outcomes, with a focus on differing organizational advocacy strategies. Once we have mastered organizational advocacy strategies, students bring those tools to bear on the most recent US Federal policy mandates and legislation. In 229T, students will complement this work with a deep dive into the nature of public goods and climate change policy, among other crucial considerations.
Restricted to students who matriculated in Fall2020 or later.

HNUH229P pairs with HNUH229T to complete the "Climate in Crisis" Theory/Practice track. This pair of courses can be taken in any order. fhis track will be offered at least through the 2021-22 academic year.
HNUH229T
Climate in Crisis: Politics and Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
This theory and practice track examines theoretical frameworks for understanding climate change and concrete cases that shed light on the complexity of managing it. In this, the theoretical component of the Climate in Crisis track, we investigate the nature of global public goods and questions about how best to provide them in a situation of multiple actors (states, NGOs, local and indigenous communities); climate change policy and justice; and the intersection of climate change with concerns about biodiversity conservation, food security, migration, and local development. Learning from this broad range of material gives students the complex perspective they need to grapple with the climate crisis. In 229P, students will complement this work with hands-on engagement at the level of Federal policy and legislation.
Restricted to University Honors students who matriculated in Fall2020 or later.

HNUH229T pairs with HNUH229P to complete the "Climate in Crisis" Theory/Practice track. This pair of courses can be taken in any order. This track will be offered at least through the 2021-22 academic year.
HNUH238A
Deliberative Democracy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
How do we change our politics, save democracy, and move beyond the "us vs. them" culture that divides us? This course begins with the premise that how we talk to one another and debate controversial issues can promote the public good or erode it in irreparable ways. Students in each class session will put principles of public dialogue into practice as they learn deliberative theories and skills that can help save democracy. Class readings will turn to historical case studies to frame the most controversial political issues we face today.
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

HNUH 238A is the required I-Series course in the Deliberation cluster. Deliberation courses will not be offered after spring 2022. You should only take this course if you have either previously completed one course in the Deliberation cluster, or if you will take both HNUH238A and one other Deliberation course together in spring 2022.
HNUH238Y
Information Weaponization: Thinking Critically in a Changing World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHS
Contemporary challenges--such as climate change, food, energy and water security, and deadly virus transmission--demand that people think critically. These challenges are often complex and interrelated; for example, society's increasing demand for energy contributes to human-induced climate change, which in turn, limits freshwater and food supplies, and which in turn, could contribute to the worldwide spread of disease. While many societal challenges are seriously impacting local, regional and global communities, an increasing availability of information has contributed to what many call a "Post-Truth Era," where emotions and personal beliefs override scientifically valid evidence and explanations. We will consider the institutional use of post-truth a form of information weaponization. This course asks how information weaponization impacts the evaluation of valid lines of evidence and explanations. How do we evaluate and what is needed to improve individuals' evaluations of claims in the post-truth era? Combatting mythological and unproductive thinking in the face of current change requires increased digital literacy. We will learn enhanced reasoning, evaluation skills, and critical thinking.
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

HNUH238Y is part of the Deliberation cluster. Deliberation courses will not be offered after spring 2022, so you should only take this course if you have either previously completed HNUH238A, or if you will take this course and HNUH238A together in spring 2022.
HNUH238Z
Learning as Deliberation: The Struggle for the Future of Public Education
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
This seminar invites students to deliberate about the historical roots of the policies and politics of public education in the United States. We will study how ideas about merit, democracy, and equity (or lack thereof) have shaped decisions about what public education should offer and to whom. We will look to alternative traditions of learning and study how these traditions have challenged and complemented public education. As we explore theories and practices of the past and present, students will learn to articulate and advocate for their own priorities in public higher education as 21st-century citizens of UMD. This course uses project based pedagogy. Students will create a proposal for teaching a facet of American History (Pedagogical Design Project) and engage in peer critique (presentation Q&A) to hone their critical skills.
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

HNUH238Z is part of the Deliberation cluster. Deliberation courses will not be offered after spring 2022, so you should only take this course if you have either previously completed HNUH238A, or if you will take this course and HNUH238A together in spring 2022.
HNUH239T
Geopolitics of Finance: Causes and Consequences of Globalization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
In this course, we explore the recent confluence of new technological, environmental, and geopolitical developments that has fundamentally altered the global operating environment. Students will learn the major pressures facing the global economy: rising nationalism and protectionism, diverging growth paths of emerging markets, and accelerated digital integration. They will meet advocates of globalization who applaud the increased flow of goods, services, and capital across borders, and critics heralding threats to trade, migration, job security, etc. Students take on this thorny debate to prepare for leadership roles in a century brought about by current trends in the global economy. This course is self-contained but paired with HNUH239P in the Geopolitics of Finance track, which explores how globalization has brought about fundamental changes to our daily lives by making the world more interdependent.
Restricted to University Honors students who matriculated in Fall2020 or later.

HNUH239T pairs with HNUH229P to complete the "Geopolitics of Finance" Theory/Practice track. This pair of courses can be taken in any order. This track will be offered at least through the 2021-22 academic year.

HNUH239T will also meet on 5 Monday evenings from 5-7pm during the semester, dates TBA.
HNUH248A
Identity, Places, & Spaces
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Students in this interdisciplinary course will explore multi-layered issues related to privilege and oppression through their own life experiences via exposure to theory, research, film, memoirs, and current events. Students will evaluate and critique common assumptions about the meaning and experiences of privilege and oppression using Intersectionality theory as a guiding framework. The human experience related to various social identities (i.e., race, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, religion, age, and ability) will be addressed.
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

This course is the required I-Series course in the Identity & Intersectionality cluster. Identity & Intersectionality courses will not be offered after spring 2022. Yyou should only take this course if you have either previously completed one course in the Identity &Intersectionality cluster, or if you will take both HNUH248A and one other Identity & Intersectionality course together in spring 2022.
HNUH248X
My Hometown, Our Wilderness: Ecology of Identity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
What has been the setting of your life? Suburbs? Cities? A farm? We may be used to thinking of environments as equal access across society, since everyone is free to visit our National Parks or spend a day at the beach. But there are striking ways in which identity affects our habitat. Race, class, gender, sexual preference, and other markers have strong influences on where we spend our time, what we eat, and how we work and relax. Suburbs, cities, wilds, and farms are not just physical places, they exhibit histories of social inclusion and exclusion. For example, the money and free time of affluent Americans serves as a portal to leisure spaces that would be inaccessible to working-class Americans who lack the ability to take time off, drive or fly long distances, and pay for it all. We'll profile identity ecology through the poetry of African American urban naturalists, essays of wilderness-loving men like Edward Abbey, the comedy of white environmental outrage, and the racialized class tensions in resorts like Aspen, CO. This survey will support your in-depth personal exploration of identity ecology in a collaborative video media project.
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

HNUH248X is part of theIdentity &Intersectionalitycluster. Identity & Intersectionality courses will not be offered after spring 2022,so you should only take this course if you have either previously completed HNUH248A, or if you will take this course and HNUH248A together in spring 2022.
HNUH248Y
How Do You "Man Up?": Men, Masculinity, and Mental Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
In August 2018, the American Psychological Association released guidelines regarding the best practices for researchers and mental health professionals when working with boys and men. Many reacted with the question, "are we treating masculinity as a mental health issue?" This course aims to answer that question by taking a historical perspective on how American society has viewed masculinity from the beginning of psychology as a field of study until present day. An intersectional approach will be taken to better understand how race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status impact men and masculinity. We will address the questions: How does one prove their manhood? How much of masculinity is biological versus socialized? What experiences are unique to men? And how do psychologists and mental health professionals understand and address mental health concerns among men?
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

HNUH248Y is part of the Identity & Intersectionality cluster. IdentityIntersectionality courses will not be offered after spring 2022, so you should only take this course if you have either previously completed HNUH248A, or if you will take this course and HNUH248A together in spring 2022.
HNUH258A
Harvesting Big Data to Examine Agriculture and Climate Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
Can agricultural production keep up with climate change? Data analytics and data science are driving the force behind the digital revolution, which has changed the way we are able to analyze and interpret the world. The explosion of data offers both opportunities and challenges that require new tools and methods of analysis. This course applies sophisticated digital tools to an age-old concern: the impact of environmental change and extreme weather on agricultural productivity. In this hands-on introduction to data analysis and visualization with real-world data, students acquire the tools to understand the impacts of environmental change and more.
Restricted to students in University Honors who matriculated infall 2020 or later. This course is the required I-Series class in the Information and Power cluster. Information and Power courses will be offered through spring 2023.
HNUH258Y
The Power of the Writing Voice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Words have power to ignite political storms, protest movements, and revolutions. Throughout history, writers have used their voices to create stories that have transformed the world. This course will examine powerful voices in history that have inspired social, political, economic, environmental and cultural change. Students will critically examine the power of these voices through the written word, lectures, and various other media. By critically listening to revolutionary speeches and "Soul" music, and by critically reading literature and essays, students will sharpen their own writing voices. As students explore the complex, dynamic relationships between the written word and cultural change, they will gain insight into the nature of power and influence.
Restricted to UH students who matriculated in Fall 2020 or later.

This course is part of the Information and Power Thematic Cluster and must be paired with HNUH 258A to complete the cluster. Information and Power courses will be offered through Spring 2023.
HNUH268A
Arbitrating our Bodily Rights: Consent to Sex, Medical Treatment, Body Art, Organ Donation, and Research Participation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Both American law and conventional morality support the view that human beings have bodily rights - ones we can waive by giving another person our consent to do what would otherwise be a rights violation. Yet, debate about the sovereignty of an individual's body and the potential rights of others--including the state--over our bodies lies at the core of some of the most contentious issues facing us as a society. This class will investigate the thorny debates that pertain to consent in sexual relations, medicine and research, and bodily markets. What types threats, offers, or cognitive incapacities undermine true consent? How do we evaluate the moral or legal significance of bodily rights when they come into tension with the government's interest? After evaluating arguments, exploring distinctions, and using philosophical tools to arrive at reasoned conclusions about consent, students will learn to apply these conceptual tools to cases from fiction and current events.
Restricted to University Honors students matriculating in Fall 2020 and later.

This course is the required I-Series class in the Body Politics cluster. Body Politics courses will be offered through Spring 2023."
HNUH268X
Sex for Sale: Prostitution in Transnational Perspective
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS
Can sex be sold? Is prostitution work or violence, and who gets to decide if it is legal or illegal? The sex industry has provoked considerable debate in academia, policy circles, and aid organizations globally. This interdisciplinary seminar will engage with these debates through an exploration of histories of prostitution across time and space, and in a variety of theoretical and material contexts. Our main focus will be on the nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, but we will also explore cases from Asia, Latin America, and Africa. We will use this transnational lens to interrogate social and cultural assumptions about bodies, agency, and social institutions. We will also consider a variety of social movements from anti-prostitution to SlutWalks, and regulatory policies from criminalization to legalization, and how they intersect with race. This course invites students to move beyond the surface and form their own approach to these body politics.
Restricted to UH students who matriculated in Fall 2020 or later.

This course is part of the Body Politics thematic cluster and pairs with HNUH268A to complete the cluster. Body Politics courses will be offered through Spring 2023.
HNUH278A
The Research Behind Headlines on Words, Thought, and Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Cross-listed with: HESP214.
Credit only granted for: HNUH278A or HESP214.
How does the human mind use language? Type "Language Science News" into your Google search bar. Among the more than 3 billion hits, headlines like "What is love? It depends what language you speak" and "Science's English dominance hinders diversity" invite you to think about the impact of words on thought and behavior. These are stories about how humans acquire and use language, but they ultimately address big questions about how we experience knowledge itself. In a world of unprecedented access to science journalism, did you ever read a headline about human behavior and wonder: How do we know? This class takes up the elegant ways cognitive scientists design experiments to answer crucial questions about language and thought, brain and behavior, that have no intuitive answers. Students will dive deep into the media coverage of their favorite claims about what we know, debate the psychological science behind these claims, and develop transferable critical-thinking skills in the process.
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 and later.

This course is the required I-Series course in the "In A Word" thematic cluster. Other courses in the "In A Word" cluster will be offered through Spring 2023; and HNUH278A will be offered through Fall 2023.
HNUH278X
A Way with Words: Order and Knowledge in Enlightenment Europe
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
"Without language, things cannot well be expressed or published to the World," wrote Edward Phillips in The New World of English Words (1658). In this course, we will interrogate the power of words to communicate and classify, to impose meaning and order in the historical moment that brought about many of our modern institutions and ways of thinking: the European Enlightenment. From the binomial taxonomies with which Linnaeus ordered "chaos and confusion" to the racist taxonomies deployed to reinforce inequities, we will survey how language facilitated the consolidation of European power at home and abroad. We will further develop the visual literacy to decode how images convey knowledge. Looking back to the period that gave shape to many modern languages, institutions, and divisions of knowledge, we will be poised to face today's crises.
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

HNUH278X is part of the In A Word thematic cluster and must be paired with HNUH278A to complete the cluster. In A Word courses will be offered through Spring 2023.
HNUH278Y
Science in an Age of Truthiness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSNS
Formerly: HONR299I.
Scientific research has the power to advance understanding, create new technologies, and improve our lives. And yet scientific language - which is essential for these achievements - can be appear opaque and untrustworthy to non-scientists. Indeed, the fact that scientific understanding develops over time can even make the knowledge seem capricious. As a result, science is both unfairly maligned and unrealistically praised, sometimes even in the same breath. Through both the philosophy of science and historical scientific literature, we will survey how scientists have done and expressed science. Students will be empowered to critically evaluate current conceptions of science as these are revealed in the debates around climate change and COVID-19.
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

This course is part of the In A Word Thematic Cluster and must be paired with HNUH278A to complete the cluster. In A Word courses will be offered through Spring 2023.
HNUH288A
Welcome to the Party: Race, Nightlife, and Identity in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
How does play shape our humanity and national identity? We often define people by the work that they do, whereas we tend to think of leisure and after work playfulness as a release from that identity. This course takes up a particular form of play--nightlife--to reckon with how it shapes what it means to be human and how it impacts nationhood, particularly around matters of race and oppression. Spanning from slavery to the present, this course examines how nightlife has been used to deny black people's humanity and been a vital site of playfulness, manifest as joy, resistance, self-making, and aesthetic innovation. Using performance studies to make sense of the world, our explorations will range from cakewalk dance competitions on plantations to queer night clubs. Once students better understand how nightlife is vital to the making and the unmaking of black people's humanity, they will grapple with play as a meaning-maker in their own lives and in our democracy.
Restricted to University Honors students matriculating in Fall 2020 and later.

This course is the required I-Series class in the Virtually Human cluster. Virtually Human courses will be offered through Spring 2023
HNUH288X
The Human Interface, from Anatomy to Avatar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Anthropomorphized pets post on Instagram, FitBits transmit biodata, bots influence elections... In the digital world designed by and for human beings, all sorts of actors imitate people, while people are objectified through surveillance and data mining. Despite a frequent distinction between the internet and 'IRL,' physical bodies are wrapped up in every aspect of existence online: from the factory workers who build our technology to the postures and gestures those devices require us to adopt. Exploring this range of bodily phenomena, this course considers what constitutes a "human body" online and how digitality and connectivity inform our understanding of personhood. From RPGs and dance challenges to AI and visceral responses to internet content, students will analyze the complex relationships between the technological and the embodied, the social and the political, the past and the future.
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

HNUH288X is part of the "Virtually Human" thematic cluster. Virtually Human courses will be offered through Spring 2023.
HNUH288Y
What You Are and Why it Matters
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Who you are is interesting and important, but not the subject of this course. What you are is closer to our topic but not yet specific enough; after all, you are many things: a student, a citizen, a driver, a Terp, and so on. This course asks deeper and more elusive questions: what kind of being are you? What is your fundamental nature--the nature you share with others and that simultaneously grounds your individuality? We will work to answer these questions and investigate the limits of our nature, from the possibilities of time travel and teletransportation to the realities of dissociative identity disorder and conjoined twins. The insights we glean will help us grapple with the nature of human existence--from what happens when you die, to our responsibilities toward others, to nothing less than the meaning of life.
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

This course is part of the "Virtually Human" thematic cluster. Virtually Human courses will be offered through Spring 2023.
HNUH300
Vantage Point Seminar
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Goal-setting and project-design seminar required of all UH students and taken in the second semester of the sophomore year or the first semester of the junior year.
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

Vantage Point is for UH students in their 4th or 5th semester who have already completed or are completing their second cluster or track for the UH Citation.