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1 Hour Honors Courses for Spring 2011

from Michael Snarr

January 3, 2011

The list for the upcoming 1 honors courses for Spring 2011 semester are listed below:

Shut Up and Sing (Corey Cockerill; Monday 6:30-9:00, first 5 weeks)
Small film festivals in the past have been successful in introducing and distributing non-fiction and/or documentary-style films, but it has not’t been until recently that documentaries have become some of the most talked about and successful media. This 1-hour honors course offers students a critical analysis of popular contemporary documentary-style films. Students will view, discuss, and analyze such films from social, cultural, political, and psychological perspectives.

Reading for Pleasure and Education (Ursula McTaggert; Wednesday at 2:00)
In college, students have the chance to read good books and discuss philosophical ideas for credit. After college, however, most people put down the books and forget about them. This course will teach you how to maintain your level of cultural and literary sophistication throughout your life. In class, we will read several recent popular novels (Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom and David Sedaris’s Me Talk Pretty One Day) in addition to book reviews and the cultural sections of well-reputed magazines and newspapers like The New Yorker and The New York Times. Your goal will be to find regular reading material for your post-college self that is both educational and fun to read. By the end of the semester, you will hopefully become a lifelong reader and a more entertaining guest at dinner parties!

Mediation Training: Jim Boland (Thursday 6:30-9:00, first 5 weeks)
Students will learn how to serve as mediators to solve disputes. Students will have opportunities to practice all phases of the mediation process through role plays with peers.

Disabilities and Giftedness: School and Community: (Leighann Oettinger Wednesday at noon)
Disabilities and Giftedness: School and Community explores the cognitive, social/emotional, and physical characteristics of individuals with exceptionalities. Daily instruction capitalizes on the knowledge and perspectives of class members and emphasizes exploring one's personal experiences, perceptions, and reflections regarding what it means to have a disability or to be gifted, the experiences of students who have disabilities or are gifted, and considerations for sharing a community with individuals with exceptionalities.