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Honors Courses Spring 2015

Honors Courses Spring 2015

Honors Core Seminars

Des Plaines

Global Business & International Relations

GBS 101-0H1 (CRN: 12113) Honors Introduction to Global Business
3 credit hour
Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30-10:45am
Room 2735
Professor Lisa Cherivtch

PSC 202-0H1 (CRN: 12120) Honors International Relations
3 credit hour
Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00-12:15
Room 2735
Professor George Lungu

This Honors Core Seminar will provide the foundation and conceptual framework for understanding the impact of international politics on international business in a complex, interdependent world. We will explore the impact of international political forces and foreign policies of individual states on global business, trade, and monetary relations from the perspective of developed and developing nations. The learning community will also familiarize students with the inter-connectivity between international politics and business, strengthen their understanding of the different political and legal environments, and help them understand some of the barriers to business and trade due to political, security, economic, geographic, and cultural differences. In addition, the course will provide a foundation on how to think strategically and ethically in order to effectively conduct business in a global environment.

Ethics & Global Society

PHL 106-0H1 (CRN: 11647) Honors Ethics
3 credit hour
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-10:45am
Room 2735
Professor Holly Graff

SSC 201-0H1 (CRN: 12164) Honors Introduction to Global Studies
3 credit hour
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:15
Room 2735
Professor Richard Stacewicz

The 21st century has already witnessed a series of crises that threaten to further destabilize societies across the globe. People continue to live through the worst crisis of global capitalism since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Wars and revolutions continue to disrupt the lives of millions across the Middle East and North Africa threatening to spill over into new territories and pulling the United States and other global powers into a never-ending state of war. Most importantly, scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have released new studies providing further evidence that climate change is already having devastating impacts on the environment and society.  All of these crises intersect to destabilize an integrated global system. Our goal is to examine these crises and their intersectionality.  In addition we will discuss what justice means in the face of these crises. We will also study popular movements that have arisen in response to these crises and the alternative models of globalization that they propose.

One central goal is to help students better understand the world in which they live by examining how different media sources characterize global developments. We intend to encourage a critical reading of news sources by having students examine media from a variety of philosophical perspectives and to evaluate these based on the evidence provided by social and environmental scientists. Our overarching goal is to entice students to be active readers who will leave the seminar with an ongoing interest in the world, their place in it, and a belief that they too can be agents who can act upon the world to address these crises and who know how to live meaningful lives despite these crises.

Honors Courses

At the Des Plaines Campus:
SPE 103-0H1 (CRN: 11678) Honors Effective Speech
3 credit hour
Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30-1:45pm
Room 2735
Professor Kathleen Carot

Studies show that oral communication skills are the top factor in determining professional and personal success. Through formal and informal solo and group projects, we will develop techniques for creating powerful oral presentations and improving interpersonal and small group communication skills.  As a Women’s and Gender Studies special section, our course will place special emphasis on current research on and theoretical approaches to the topic of gender and communication.  We will develop our capacity to think critically about how gender impacts all aspects of culture and society, including education, media and politics.  If you would like to refine your oral presentation abilities in a supportive yet challenging environment, then this is the course for you.  Honors Speech 103 satisfies a communications general education requirement, and counts at 3 LHEs towards both the Honors and WGS Concentrations.

EGL 102-0H1 (CRN: 10709) Honors Composition II
3 credit hour
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:45pm
Room 2735
Professor Donovan Braud

This section of EGL 102 will focus on rhetoric and argument in civic and academic contexts. We will use the classical rhetorical theories handed down from ancient Greece and Rome as well as contemporary theories of ideology to provide us with a framework for analyzing and generating arguments. Instruction will include MLA formatting and finding academic resources in the library's databases.

PHL 290-0H1 (CRN: 11446) Honors Topics in Philosophy: SPINOZA
3 credit hour
Wednesdays 2:00-4:50pm
Room 2735
Professor Mohamed Mehdi

Spinoza’s Philosophy of Freedom

It is not uncommon today for people to answer the question, ‘Who is your favorite philosopher?’ with ‘Spinoza’. But this answer would have been professional suicide during Spinoza’s time and for at least a century afterwards. Spinoza was born into a merchant family in the Amsterdam Jewish community in the 17th century. His ideas earned him expulsion from this community when he was just at the cusp of adulthood. He went on to write several important philosophical works, none of which he could publish under his name. The Theological-Political Treatise was published anonymously and caused a huge scandal, and the Ethics was only published after Spinoza’s death. To many people, Spinoza’s ideas were considered blasphemous or even satanic. And yet what interested Spinoza most centrally was one important question: how can we be free? To answer this question, he developed a unique philosophical outlook that included a grand metaphysics, a theory of human emotions, and a critique of revealed religion. Today his work is important to many different philosophers, including environmentalists, feminists and Marxists. He stands both as a prophet of modernity, and as a critic, whose ideas are linked to an alternative, radical enlightenment. In this course, we will look at Spinoza’s life, a beautifully philosophical life lived fearlessly during a time of political, religious and economic turmoil. We will study some of his important philosophical works, primarily the Ethics and the Theological-Political Treatise. And we will also look at some recent writers who have taken up Spinoza’s philosophy in a new light, including Moira Gatens, Arne Naess, Antonio Negri and Gilles Deleuze, all important thinkers for our time.

At the Skokie Campus:
ANT 202-0H1 (CRN: 10858) Honors Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
3 credit hour
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-10:45am
Room C234
Professor Lindsey Hewitt

Is there universality in the human experience?  As outsiders, are we able to develop an empathetic understanding of an “Other” culture different from our own?  In the face of intensifying globalization, how do the world’s peoples simultaneously conform to, and resist, increasing political, economic, and technological integration?  In attempting to address these questions, this course will investigate the socio-cultural systems of various human groups and explore diversity within the specific historical contexts in which these cultures are situated.  Students will be introduced to topics of identity formation, kinship, marriage, religion and ritual, ethnicity and post-colonial indigeneity, with a particular focus on cultural constructions of gender/sex systems.

In analyzing ethnographic essays, documentary film, and contemporary global issues, as well as creating original ethnographic studies, students are encouraged to critically engage with important anthropological perspectives and play an active role in shaping the cultural debates in which we engage throughout the semester.

HIS 225-0H2 (CRN: 12232) Honors History of the Islamic Middle East from the 7th Century to 1918
3 credit hour
Fridays 9:30-12:30pm
Room C114
Professor George Lungu

What are the historical roots of the “Arab Spring?” Is there a “Clash of Civilizations” that helps explain the conflict between the West and the Muslim world? What place do such Western concepts as secularization, modernization, nationalism, and democratization occupy in Middle Eastern history?

n addressing these and many other questions, this course will investigate the development of political institutions, as well as social trends and important cultural and religious developments in Middle Eastern history. The ultimate goal is to illuminate the historical roots of present-day events in order to better understand their impact on Middle Eastern societies and on the rest of the world.

Des Plaines Honors Research Lab
BIO 240-0H1 (CRN: 12161): Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Laboratory Research
CHM 240-0H1 (CRN: 10754): Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Laboratory Research
Mondays 12:30-1:45pm
Wednesdays 12:30-3:15pm

Developed by members of the science faculty, this Research Lab experience offers a hands-on approach to learning science while doing science.  Team-taught by faculty from several disciplines, this is a challenging interdisciplinary course that follows guidelines for inquiry-based learning. Content includes active participation in a research experience that involves performing experiments, collecting data, analyzing results interacting with other students and professors in their research reading and critiquing research articles in the same research area and presenting at the end of the semester. Course can be repeated once for credit.

Academic Program

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March 1
Incomplete (I) grades from fall 2014 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

March 13
Last day for filing Graduation Petitions.

March 16 -22
Spring Break.

March 23
Classes resume after Spring Break

March 25
Spring 2015 semester classes begin.

March 29
Last day to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses; Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are enrolled after March 29.

April 8
Registration opens for fall 2015 semester.

May 14, 15
Evaluation Days.

May 15
Last day of student attendance.

May 18
First summer 2015 interim classes begin.

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