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Honors College Courses

Honors College Spring 2018 Seminars

Science and the Scientist in Film and Theater (WI, FC:HU)

HNRS 2011 section 001

Robert Siegel 

FC/Gen. Ed: Humanities (Writing Intensive)

The course will explore the role of science and the scientist in shaping our history and culture as depicted in plays and film. The scope of the work to be studied will introduce students in the humanities to scientific questions, and students in the sciences to ethical, cultural and historical questions about science. There will be various assigned plays, films, readings and presentations. 

Hiroshima in History, Literature, Ethics, and Film (WI, FC:HU)

HNRS 2011 section 002

John Tucker

FC/Gen. Ed: Humanities (Writing Intensive)

This course addresses the most profoundly horrific act of warfare in modern times: the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Several narratives will be explored: the atomic bomb within the history of WWII, Japanese literature about the bomb, and films related to the bomb. Also explored are the ethical and artistic dimensions related to the bombing. The course will feature a global classroom component wherein honors students discuss Hiroshima with Japanese students at Shimane University. Emphasis will be placed upon seeing Hiroshima and Nagasaki from the perspectives of the United States, Japan, East Asia, and the global community. Research methodologies related to the study of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be addressed in lectures, discussion, weekly essay testing, and student research projects. Documentaries on Hiroshima will also be viewed and discussed at length.

Great Books of Modern Science (WI, FC:HU)

HNRS 2011 section 003

Helena Feder

FC/Gen. Ed: Humanities (Writing Intensive)

This interdisciplinary seminar will focus on several key texts of modern science that explore what it means to be human by asking questions about both human nature and the larger natural world of which we are a part, about values, ethics, and aesthetics. They investigate the nature of reality and of dream, our shared human and nonhuman evolutionary history, and the ways in which nonhuman cultural worlds are similar to and different from ours. They ask questions about our distance from each other, individually and culturally, and from the stars, all measures of light and dark matter, literal and metaphorical. They shine a light on science’s relation to culture and culture’s use of technology; they both embody and consider what it means to be modern.

Method and Madness; Workshop in Creative Writing (WI, FC:FA)

HNRS 2012 section 001 

Liza Wieland

FC/Gen. Ed: Fine Arts (Writing Intensive)

This course is designed to be an introduction for honors students to creative writing, specifically the genres of poetry and fiction. Students will read both poems and short stories, as well as essays on craft by well-known practitioners in each genre. Students will write several poems and two short stories.

Studio Practice and the Sherlock Effect (WI, FC:FA)

HNRS 2012 section 002  

Lisa Beth Robinson and Ken Bova

FC/Gen. Ed: Fine Arts (Writing Intensive)

This will be a class of both ideas and action. Students will explore the power of observation through creative work and its relationship to studio practice. Students will begin by making a basic tool kit: a book, a pen, pigments, and a blade. Each week students will explore a new project developed from observational skills through a series of exercises and hands-on creative solutions. These may include but are not limited to: an animal mask, a silver ring, and a map of your world. The goal is to enhance observation through making by giving students the power to see what appears invisible but is clearly right before them. This class will improve students’ powers of perception to develop a holistic view of the world and building a stronger, more profound creative life.

Patterns of Disease and Illness Worldwide: Gender, Ethnicity, and Health (WI, FC:SO)

HNRS 2013 section 001

Blakely Brooks

FC/Gen. Ed: Social Science (Writing Intensive)

This course is designed to explore in-depth the gendered, ethnic, cultural, and class dimensions that underlie the patterning of disease and illness worldwide, with special attention to the long-term health effects of racism, poverty and sexism. After an introduction to the fundamental anthropological understandings of gender and ethnicity, five primary topics will be addressed: 1) the complex of mental illness/homelessness/alcoholism/drug abuse, 2) AIDS, 3) bodily health and image, 4) reproductive health, and 5) alternative health care. Topics will be discussed based on assigned journal articles, books and films. 

The Science & Research Within Ethical Decision Making (WI, FC:SO)

HNRS 2013 section 002 MTW 

Sean Pumphrey

FC/Gen. Ed: Social Science (Writing Intensive)

This course emphasizes how both naturalistic and laboratory studies show that most people care and want to have a positive self-view of morality, and how they will inhibit their dishonesty and misconduct accordingly (Ayal S., Gino F., Barkan R., & Ariely, 2015). However, the general population and professionals continue to behave unethically and dishonestly, even with their positive self-estimation. The goal of this course is to not only prepare students for scholarly research, concept acquisition, and application of research, but to also equip students to design research and apply ethical decision in their professional careers.

Opinion Writing for Impact: Writing and Publishing to Influence Others (WI, FC:SO)

HNRS 2013 section 003

Cindy Elmore

FC/Gen. Ed: Social Science (Writing Intensive)

This course explores the role of opinion and persuasive writing within print and online media, and examines the use of opinion writing as a way of influencing public opinion. In addition, this class will provide the writing and critical-thinking fundamentals necessary for students to attempt to get their own opinion pieces published in high quality news sources and other online venues. As part of this effort, students will research contemporary local, national and/or international issues, use logic and reasoning to argue for a particular point of view on those issues, and learn the techniques for getting their work published.

Conflict, Communication, and Community Engagement in Northern Ireland (WI, FC:SO)

HNRS 2013 section 004

Rebecca Dumalo

FC/Gen. Ed: Social Science (Writing Intensive)

This innovative Honors seminar combines classroom study with an active Blackboard course site and requires a service-learning trip to Northern Ireland over Spring Break 2018. This credit-bearing course will also draw on expertise from multiple disciplines on campus as well as in the Northern Ireland communities where students will serve. Participating students will work with people in the community to help address an issue that is identified in collaboration with people living there. This course integrates the subject matters of Communication, Conflict, and Community to help students develop a solid knowledge base in each area as well as to promote intersectionality among them. The overarching idea for the course is that these subject areas are inextricably linked and must be considered simultaneously in peace-making or peacekeeping efforts.

Breaking the Boundaries of Race: Cultural Awareness and Global Explosion (WI, FC:SO)

HNRS 2013 section 005 

Eric Bailey

FC/Gen. Ed: Social Science (Writing Intensive)

This course is designed for students to organize and implement a university-wide student event from a culturally competent approach. Students will not only develop practical skills in project management for a university-wide student program, but they will also develop culturally competent skills in working with different racial and ethnic student groups on ECU campus. The outcome of all your planning, interactions and engagement with various student groups, university administrators, university faculty, university staff, and ECU students is the end of the year – “Cultural Awareness and Global Explosion” event!

Sport for Development: Community and Social Change (WI, FC:SO)

HNRS 2013 section 006 

Stacy Warner

FC/Gen. Ed: Social Science (Writing Intensive)

Sport for development focuses on the use of sport as a platform for achieving positive outcomes related to economic development, social inclusion, community cohesion, healthy lifestyles, along with community and peace building. The purpose of this course is to explore the research related to sport for development, and consider how positive community and social change can occur through sport and sport programming. The course places a strong emphasis on connecting research and theory with practice, while promoting critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Cultural Heritage and Tourism: Mining the Past to Direct the Future (WI, FC: None)

HNRS 2116 section 001

Jessica Christie and Punam Madhok

FC/Gen. Ed: None (Writing Intensive)

This seminar will define and clarify the history and many contexts of Cultural Heritage and tourism through readings and discussions. The seminar will compare the specific settings and infrastructure of tourism encounters in case studies concerning practice and theory. Various regions around the world will be studied, including many areas within North Carolina. The City of Greenville will be consulted to see how they marked local heritage and tourism economics. Specific areas of discussion include design and management, advertising, indigenous cultural identities, local arts and crafts, religious travel, and socio-cultural, environmental and economic sustainability as they relate to tourism. A guest lecture from the Sustainable Tourism faculty at ECU is planned. Students will visit and personally experience some of the heritage tourism destinations within the state during a Spring Break field trip. The course will enable students to make responsible decisions as a tourist participant or professional working in the tourism industry in local and global settings in any part of the world.

Applications of C Programming (WI, FC: None)

HNRS 2116 section 002 

Jason Yao and Zhen Zhu

FC/Gen. Ed: None  (Writing Intensive)

This is an introductory-level course to the applications of C programming in engineering and other disciplines. In this seminar, students will learn about C language, basic programming and debugging techniques, software development environment, and embedded computing hardware. Students will also become familiar with applications of C programming in various industries and disciplines.

Big Data and Analytics in Contemporary Society (WI, FC: None)

HNRS 2116 section 003

Tom Robbins

FC/Gen. Ed: None  (Writing Intensive)

The collection and analysis of large volumes of detailed data has a profound and growing impact on our society. It affects the way we buy our products, elect our government, fight disease, consume entertainment and sports, and protect our homeland. In this course students will examine the role of Big Data and Analytics from multiple perspectives. Students will learn the mathematical and logical foundations of analytics and how to analyze data using a leading data mining application. Students will examine the application of analytics in business, sports, politics, medicine, and law enforcement/counter terrorism, and they will explore some of the legal and ethical issues created by this technology.

Fall 2018 Honors Seminar Descriptions

Opinion Writing for Impact: Writing and Publishing to Influence Others

HNRS 2013.001  CRN: 85228  Gen Ed Credit: Social Science

Instructor: Cindy Elmore

This course explores the role of opinion and persuasive writing within print and online media and examines the use of opinion writing as a way of influencing public opinion. In addition, this class will provide the writing and critical-thinking fundamentals necessary for students to attempt to get their own opinion pieces published in high quality news sources and other online venues. As part of this effort, students will research contemporary local, national and/or international issues, use logic and reasoning to argue for a particular point of view on those issues, and learn the techniques for getting their work published.

Becoming Tomorrow’s Leader

HNRS 2013.002  CRN: 85683  Gen Ed Credit: Social Science

Instructor: Steve Ballard  

This course encourages you to begin your leadership journey…you have excellent skills that should enable you to make a positive difference for other people.  Once you begin your leadership journey and understand its joys, challenges, and land-mines, you should determine what kind of leader you want to be, where you prefer to be a leader, and what values will guide you.  The worst mistake you can make is to assume that leadership is for other people but not available to you.  

This course is a practical guide to leadership which will prepare you for many forms of team and organizational leadership, either in the short term, or at some point in your life.   The first requirement is that you decide to be a leader.  Only you have that power.  After that, many experiences, commitments, and ideas can help you in your journey.  The course focuses on what you need to do to develop your own definition of leadership, the values that you want to be evident in your leadership, how you can greatly improve your capacity to lead, and vital lessons from great leaders.  One hint:  great leaders are great people. Half of great leadership is getting others to follow you; the other half is knowing when to follow them.  

Eagan “Physicians at War: Medical Ethics on the Battlefield”

HNRS 2011.001  CRN: 85230  Gen Ed Credit: Humanities

Instructor: Sheena Eagan  

What happens when physicians go to war? Are medical ethics different on the battlefield? Do physicians in the military have differing obligations from their civilian counterparts? What is it like to experience medicine in war? 

On the battlefield, healers have supported, assisted, and participated in the destruction of life; they have enabled others to kill and sometimes even done the killing themselves. This interdisciplinary course will combine case-based discussion with active learning to study how physicians have participated in war throughout history and the ethical dilemmas that this has caused. Beyond that, students will gain the necessary knowledge to identify and analyze issues related to medical and professional ethics. Through the examination of real historical case studies, military doctrine, and scholarly literature, this course provides students with a historico-ethical perspective on physicians at war. This course will draw insights, resources and analysis from philosophy, ethics, public health, policy, international law/conventions, film, poetry and history. Additionally, students will be given the opportunity to learn from Veteran co-facilitators. These co-facilitators will be recruited and trained as part of a larger ECU project; their involvement will provide students with additional insights into and understanding of the complicated field of military medicine.

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