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Current Honors Courses | Spring 2020

Meeting times, locations, CRNs, specific section numbers, and USP and/or A&S attributes are all listed in WyoRecords under the “Look Up Classes” search function.  Please refer to WyoRecords for these details as any updates will be made there.
 
HP 2020:  First Year Colloquium II
Instructor: Various 
REQUIRED FOR ALL FIRST-YEAR HONORS STUDENTS*
*A first year student is any student who begins at UW with fewer than 30 post high school college credit hours.  Students who earn an associates degree while completing their high school degree are still considered first year students.

HP 2020 is the second course in the Colloquium sequence.
 
The first-year Colloquium is a required two-semester sequence of courses that takes a complex topic – for example, Dreams and Reality – and explores it with readings based in the humanities, arts, sciences, and social sciences. The courses build community in the Honors College while promoting high levels of academic achievement. In the Colloquium, students push themselves to become stronger critical thinkers. They weigh and consider multiple points of view; they develop thoughtful, well-supported perspectives on important issues of our times; and they defend their ideas in public presentations.
 
Colloquium is enriched with visits to UW’s Theatre and Dance department, Art Museum, Archives, and Library, and with service projects carried out around Laramie. Expert faculty from various departments give specialized lectures on relevant topics. Distinguished visiting scholars and writers meet with students to discuss their work. In all these ways, Colloquium teaches students to take advantage of the rich resources we are privileged to have at UW.
 
HP 3151: How to Overthrow a Government, Honors Non-Western
Instructor: Erin Abraham
This course will examine various revolutions in non-Western history, including the Haitian Revolution, the Russian Revolution, China’s Cultural Revolution, and the Iranian Revolution.  We will examine each of these cultural and political movements individually through text, images, and film, and apply comparative investigation of these events to test the legitimacy of binary categories such as West vs. non-West.


HP 3152: Inuit Environmental Dilemmas, Honors Non-Western
Instructor: Joslyn Cassady
The Arctic is experiencing rapid environmental change due largely to human activities in the south. Three of the processes that are creating the most dramatic changes in Arctic ecosystems are the transnational flow of industrial toxins, climate change, and intensified resource exploration and extraction. This course focuses on how these three processes are affecting the livelihood of roughly 160,000 Inuit living in Siberia, Alaska, Canada and Greenland. By focusing on Inuit strategies and engagements, this course will dispel enduring misconceptions of northern peoples as passive victims of outside forces while simultaneously examining the considerable challenges that they face in maintaining control of their lives and land.  Ultimately, this course exposes how our own lifestyles are exacerbating environmental injustices and culture change in the Far North.


HP 3152: Classical Islam, Honors Non-Western, ONLINE
Instructor: Erin Abraham
This course provides a survey of Classical Islam, from the rise of the Abbasid caliphate in 750 to the Mongol conquest of Baghdad in 1285.  Often described as the Golden Age of Islam, this was a period of remarkable achievements in science, mathematics, philosophy, literature, and art, as well as law and religion. Using primary and secondary sources, we will explore the rich history of this cosmopolitan age through several themes, including religious and legal developments within Islam; inter-faith relations and diplomacy; social structures, with emphasis on status and gender; and the cultural and intellectual spheres of literature, science, philosophy, medicine, and art.   We will also examine the ways these achievements influenced the wider medieval world and the role that they continue to play in modern society. 
 
HP 3152: Mass Media and Collective Consciousness, ONLINE, JTERM
Instructor: Adrian Molina, JD
This is a topics course that addresses the following contemporary issues: the development of collective consciousness; the history of propaganda; functions of mass media; the rise of corporate media as big business; how mass media affects public opinion; journalism and ethical considerations; pop culture's relationship to American values and standards; the nature of news coverage and news filters; access to media and social justice concerns; functions of art and entertainment; critiques of mass media and pop culture; alternative forms of media, social media consumption, futurism, Afrofuturism and Indigenous futurism, and various issues surrounding technology, sustainability and humanity.  


HP 3153: Wyoming Walkabout, Honors Non-Western, BLOCKED COURSE MEETING TIMES
Instructor: Paul Taylor
A unique experiential exposure to the "world's oldest living culture." Students will explore Australia's 50,000 year old Aboriginal culture lead by educator/artist Paul Taylor. www.paultaylor.ws  Mentored by elder Yidumduma Bill Harney, senior custodian of the Wardaman culture, students will be guided by video material collected over 15 years by Paul's Yubulyawan Dreaming Project. www.ydproject .com.  Students will study the 10 video chapters on this site and be participants in this continuing research.  We will explore what it is to be indigenous, participate in song, dance, painting and ceremony. We will learn the Wardaman Creation Story; apply storytelling in class; make, play and decorate a didgeridoo. We will work together on a class mural, teaching to “Care for our Country” and depicting our personal "Walkabouts" or "Songlines", our ceremonial life journeys. 


HP 3153: Writing Animals
Instructor: Kate Northrop
Our worlds are not the only worlds. We live with and beside the non-human animals: pronghorn, Swainson’s hawks, lap dogs, mountain lions straying through town, pine beetles, Mourning Cloaks, drowned kittens, nighthawks overhead, raccoons in the kitchen, Mountain Whitefish.  How do we sound these worlds?  And why? To what ends?  Writers have long looked to and imagined the non-human, but how do we do that?  How do we write (and think) that which we name but may not be able to fully know?  In this course we will consider (through class discussion of assigned readings, independent research, writing exercises and semester-long creative writing projects) ways of thinking / representing non-human animals and our relationships with them. In this course, we will approach and mind those relationships.
We will be considering a range of creative work: stories, poems, essays, short videos, dramatic monologues, paintings, photographs.  Of each creative piece we will discuss the questions that we read as driving the piece, and the questions the piece raises for us.  It’s not possible for me to know our questions now, ahead of time, but some possible questions, or rather, some of my own questions:  How do we look at non-human animals?  How are we looked at?  How do non-human animal and human animal lives intersect?  What boundaries have been erected historically and why, to what end?  How are our lives shaped by non-human animals?  How are non-human animals lives shaped?  What responsibilities do humans have?  What causes for joy, what concerns?


HP 4151: Film and the Social Construction of Race, ONLINE; JTERM
Instructor: Dewey Gallagos
This course provides an overview of race as a socially constructed concept and the impact of popular films in American culture.  We will examine the history and the social impact of the relationship between Films produced in the United States and the populations that consume them. We will explore seminal works and review research to better understand the concepts that are being presented.


HP 4152: Diplomacy and Negotiation, Honors Non-Western, Meets second half of the semester
Instructor: Christopher Rothfuss
This course will focus on the development and practical application of diplomacy and negotiation skills, with extensive use of real-world role-playing scenarios.   Students will learn negotiation theory and techniques, and will be able to apply them through simulated bilateral and multilateral negotiation exercises.   Students will also learn how to operate in a diplomatic setting and as part of a delegation.  This course is primarily experiential and should prove to be stimulating and exciting for the participants.
Cross-listed with POLS 4710; POLS 5710l INST 4990; INST 5990


HP 4152: Futurism 001, ONLINE
Instructor: Adrian Molina, JD
This course is about the present human condition, human diversity, and the future of humanity.  Is there any question that we are living in the future?  Is there any doubt we are in times of accelerated change and shifting landscapes?  Whose future is it?  Whose imagination are we living in?  It is a time of mass movements for racial and economic justice, new gender orientations, populism and fascism, anti-fascism and mass protests.  Mixed reality.  Wearable technology.  Virtual headsets.  Artificial intelligence.  Robots.  Cyborgs.  Self driving vehicles and flying cars.  Singularity.  Questions of human survival.  Time travel.  Quantum leaps…  Future Studies 101 places students in the context of present and future times.  Most college classes and the bulk of academia revolves around the distant past or recent history, with select courses focusing on current events.  While it is critical to study history from a multitude of perspectives, young people know intuitively that we are in different times. The social rules, norms, modes, moods, pace, and dialogue have shifted dramatically over the past decade.  Popular media, social media, and social and political movements indicate that further shifts will come in rapid succession.  Students now need to study the future as much as they study the past.  Given the multitude of present and future problems facing the human species, we have never been more in need of imagination, expansions of consciousness, and forward thinking.  Futurism 101 exposes students to various futurist movements of the past 100 years, with a focus on contemporary perspectives of Women of Color, and the futurist movements of people of color.  Course topics include: futuristic depictions in popular media and alternative media; philosophies of time and space; future cultural, social and political identities; human agency to determine future life on planet earth; and emerging strategies for social change.


HP 4976: Independent Study
DOES NOT COUNT TOWARDS THE HONORS UPPER DIVISION ELECTIVES
Instructor: Student must identify faculty mentor and receive approval from faculty mentor and Honors
Why might you take an Honors independent study?  Register for one if you need additional upper division elective hours to graduate, if you need additional hours to be a fulltime student in any given semester, if you feel you need the structure to help you complete your senior thesis project, or if you have been working with an instructor on a particularly interesting area for which there is no designated course. You can take up to 3 credit hours of an Honors independent study per semester for up to a total of 6 hours overall. 
You don’t need to sign up for an independent study to complete the senior project.  Please note that these hours do not meet any specific requirements towards your degree or your Honors minorThey do not count towards the required Honors upper division electives.


 

For a look at past Honors courses: Fall 2019 Courses
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