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Fall 2016 Course Offerings

HONR 220: Intro to Psychology (SS)

M 11:30-12:25 (NewSc 250) and TR 1:05-2:25 (Main 322) – Linda Tennison

In this course we will explore traditional and current areas of research in psychology. Through a series of self-experiments and other experiential learning activities we will investigate cutting-edge questions in psychology including mindfulness, health, consciousness, physiology, and others. Our emphasis will be on how to use the scientific method to investigate questions of deep human and personal significance, illustrating what is already known in the field of psychology while learning methods psychologists use to push the boundaries of knowledge even further in the field.

HONR 240A: Theological Explorations (TH)

TR 9:35 – 10:55 (Quad 261) – Charles Bobertz

MWF 11:30-12:25 (Quad 347) – Kristin Colberg

This course offers an introduction to the discipline of Christian theology, giving special attention to some of its primary sources, especially Sacred Scripture, and to the ultimate questions and major themes on which theology focuses. All sections of this course share as common learning goals that students demonstrate an ability to 1) think critically and historically about some of the primary sources, doctrines, and themes that shape Christian theology, 2) explain differing viewpoints on at least one contemporary theological issue, and 3) apply at least one aspect of the Benedictine tradition to at least one of the topics addressed in the course. Nevertheless, each section of the course provides its own distinctive way into the world of theology.

HONR 270A: Directed Reading – Culture and Dramatic Literature: Reading Plays by Arabs (FA: 0-1 credits)

M 3:20-4:15 (BAC A104) – Kaarin Johnston

Each week we will read and discuss a full-length play or two short plays found in Modern Arabic Drama: An Anthology (Indiana Series in Arab and Islamic Studies). Each week a different student will prepare a handout (synopsis of the play) for the other students, a second student will lead the class discussion and a third will prepare a 5 minute visual presentation on productions of the assigned play or other images relevant to the play’s content.

Grading is A-F only.

HONR 270C: Problem Solving (0-1 credits)

M 3:00 – 3:55 (PENGLE 212) – Sarah Yost

An introduction to solving complex problems in interdisciplinary topics which will be drawn from mathematics, computer science, and physics. Students will work in groups and present their results.

PREREQUISITE: MATH 119 and admission to MAPCORES program or consent of instructor.

HONR 310: Great Books/Ideas (HM)

MWF 1:50-2:45 (Quad 347) – Rachel Marston

A year-long discussion-based seminar for juniors and seniors which concentrates on many of the world's greatest works of literature and intellectual history. Students purchase a hundred books, from ancient to contemporary times, written by such authors as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Goethe, Austen, Marx, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Freud, Woolf, Faulkner, O'Connor, Ishiguro, Murdoch, Byatt, and Pynchon. Students selected for this seminar will read a number of these books during the summer as well as the two semesters and the rest over the course of their lives. Applications will be solicited and invitations made by the instructor.

HONR 340: The Reality of God (TU)

TR 1:05-2:25 (BAC A108) – John Merkle

This course will explore perspectives on the meaning of the existence, nature, attributes, revelation, and presence of God. Emphasis will be on Christian theological perspectives, but views about God found in other religious traditions (including Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism) will also be examined. Special attention will be given to what it means to have faith in God, the sources of and challenges to such faith, the variety of Christian perspectives on God, the relationship between morality and faith in God, feminist critiques of and alternatives to traditional patriarchal perspectives on God, the effects of scientific knowledge on beliefs about God, and Christian approaches to religious diversity.

HONR 350: Souls, Selves, and Persons (HM)

TR 11:10-12:30 (Quad 344) – Emily Esch

What am I? This question will be explored through the study of the three periods marked by a change in scientific paradigms: the scientific revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth century, the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species in the nineteenth century, and the rise of cognitive science in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We’ll read philosophers, scientists, historians, and novelists, as well as explore pieces by performance and visual artists. By the end of the course, you should have a basic understanding of different metaphysical views about human nature from the claim that humans are fundamentally autonomous and independent to the view that human nature derives from the unique social bonds we form. We will have studied various accounts of the relationship between the mind and body, especially dualism and materialism, and how these theories are shaped by various philosophical and scientific commitments. You will have a deeper understanding of the changing relationships humans have with the natural world and with each other. In studying these topics, you will learn to recognize in past debates a reflection of contemporary struggles over human nature and our place in the natural world and vice versa. No prerequisites.

HONR 370: Research Seminar (0-1 credits)

W 3:00-3:55 (PENGL 212) – Sarah Yost

Solving complex problems in interdisciplinary topics which will be drawn from mathematics, computer science, and physics. Students will work in groups and present their results. Prerequisites: HONR 270 and admission to MAPCORES program or consent of instructor.

HONR 390: Medical Profession/Modern World (Ethics Seminar)

W 6:15-9:15 (Simons G30) – Jeff Anderson

The word “professional” today connotes an individual with well-developed skills, specialized knowledge, and expertise, who conforms to the standards of a profession. The original meaning of “professional” as one who “makes a profession of faith” in the face of demanding circumstances has been all but lost in the medical profession. This class will use the burgeoning literature of medicine, written by, for, and about medical professionals, in order to explore the full range of “professional” challenges facing today’s medical professionals. The practice of medicine is rife with ethical dilemmas. By exploring the efforts of medical professionals to counter the institutional forces that constrain them and to find their own solid ground to stand upon, this course aims to cultivate the habit of moral reflection in future medical professionals. Although this course will primarily focus on the experiences of medical doctors, it should also be of interest to those aspiring to other medical and non-medical careers.

HONR 396: All College Thesis Proposal (0-1 credits)

Emily Esch

Student will work closely with a faculty advisor from the student’s major department to develop a proposal for a thesis. The proposal will include: title, selection of committee members, statement of purpose and value to discipline, preliminary outline of project, bibliography and summary. Note that this is a self-directed process. Junior standing is required to enroll in Thesis Proposal. In rare cases, HONR 396 may be taken concurrently with HONR 398, but this must be approved by the Honors Director. Offered for S/U grading only. Note: a student does not need to be in the Honors Program to enroll in HONR 396 or HONR 398.

HONR 398 All College Thesis (1-4 credits)

Emily Esch

Student will work closely with a faculty advisor from the student’s major department writing a thesis, often in an area closely related to the advisor’s own research or creative work. This research will typically take place over the course of one academic year or longer, and includes a prerequisite for a proposal (396). Student will form a committee comprised of 1 advisor and 2 readers. The thesis culminates in a 60 minute defense. Senior standing is required to enroll in All College Thesis. May be split between semesters. Offered for A-F grading only.