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Hutton Honors College

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Cross-Listed Honors Course Descriptions Fall 2013

HUTTON DEPARTMENTS SCHOOLS

College of Arts & Sciences

ANTH-A 107 32675 Becoming Human: Evolution
Jeanne Sept DIS Th 4:00-4:50 p.m. LEC MW 2:30-3:20 p.m. SB 060

This course will introduce you to the study of human evolution ? Paleoanthropology -- a branch of anthropology which seeks to understand human uniqueness by studying the human past using scientific methods. The story of our past can be found in clues from a wide range of sources -- everything from details of DNA to evocative murals in Ice Age caves. This is why the scientific quest for human origins requires the curiosity of a philosopher coupled with the skills of a skeptical detective.

We will begin with an introduction to evolutionary principles. While people often think of themselves as very different from other animals, you will discover that we can learn a lot about ourselves by studying the genes, bodies and behavior of our closest living relatives, other primates, and apply this knowledge to help interpret ancient evidence. During the second half of the class we will dig into the past, to look at fossils and archaeological sites for the evidence revealing when and where humans first began to behave like "odd animals." When did our ancestors begin to walk upright? Where were tools and art invented? What do we know about the origins of language and the development of the wide range of social and cultural practices that we consider so "human" today?

Throughout the semester we will examine examples of how researchers think about "evidence" and how scientific theories about human evolution have been built, piece by piece, from a variety of sources. We will look at examples of contrasting interpretations of scientific evidence for the human past, and study why some arguments have stood the tests of time, and are more convincing than others.

Sitting a decade into a new millennium, our goal is to help you appreciate how knowledge of the human past is relevant to your own life, whether as a student at IU today, or as a future parent, medical patient, or consumer.

Course Work: Lectures will introduce students to the major questions we ask about human evolution, and the various methods scientists can use to search for answers. Lectures will complement the readings, but not duplicate them. We will also spend time during class periods discussing how to think critically about interesting questions that relate to our evolutionary heritage. The honors section will be led by Professor Sept, and will focus on both hands-on activities with casts of bones and artifacts, and discussions of key issues that emerge from an evolutionary perspective of our lives today.

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ANTH-P 200 6385 Introduction to Archaeology
Stacie King DIS W 1:25-2:15 p.m. LEC MW 11:15 a.m. ? 12:05 p.m. SB 050

This course is an introduction to the methods and theories of archaeology. Archaeology is the study of past human societies based on material remains left behind by people. We will explore the different kinds of anthropological questions archaeologists have asked about human societies in the past, and the different ways that archaeologists formulate interpretations about social organization, subsistence, environment, architecture, trade, economic systems, and political life based on archaeological data. You will learn about goals of archaeology as a sub-discipline within anthropology and the development of archaeology as a scientific discipline. Archaeologists employ a wide range of techniques to collect and analyze material remains, including settlement survey, excavation, environmental reconstruction, laboratory analysis of artifacts, dating techniques, and micro-scale analytical methods borrowed from the physical sciences. Throughout the semester, we will draw on examples of archaeological research from across the globe and will discuss major issues and transitions in world prehistory. Examples include the peopling of the New World, the transition to sedentary lifestyles, the development of cities and monumental architecture, and interpretations of everyday social life, identity, family structure, and community membership. We will also discuss contemporary issues related to archaeology, such as museums, site preservation, looting, and the use of archaeological past in nation building and ethnic politics. Students should come away from this class with a solid background in how archaeologists do their work, what we have learned from archaeological research about ancient human societies, and how archaeology can be applied to the contemporary world. This course meets for two 50-minute lectures and one discussion section per week. Students in the Honors discussion section will participate in section exercises, discussions, and activities along with the professor. Students are asked to create classification schemes for artifacts, identify plants remains, manufacture stone tools, determine a site chronology, and other hands-on activities. Students will also consider the complex issues involved in doing archaeology in the 21st century. In the Honors section, students will debate important ethical, practical, and analytical issues involving site interpretation, the practice of archaeology, and the presentation of archaeological findings to the public.

R351 33313 Poets, Prophets & Kings: Iranian Civilization
Jamsheed Choksy 1:00-2:15 p.m. WH 005

This course traces the history, beliefs, and culture of Iranians from ancient times through the Arab conquest to the twenty-first century. It focuses on politics, administrative and social institutions, religions including Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, and Islam (Sunnism, Shi?ism, and Sufism), relationship between secular and ecclesiastic hierarchies, status of minorities, devotional and communal change, and Iranian influences on other cultures. Lectures and discussions cover the Achaemenian, Parthian, Sasanian, Umayyad, ?Abbasid, Samanid, Buyid, Seljuk, Mongol, Timurid, Safavid, Qajar, and Pahlavi dynasties, and the Islamic Republic. Readings include the analysis of primary textual materials in translation. Visual aids will be used in class. No previous knowledge or course prerequisites are needed.

Course Requirements and Grading Scheme:
1. Class attendance and preparation of assigned readings (10% of overall grade).
2. In-class oral questions on the previous class readings and lecture (10% of overall grade).
3. Undergraduate students will be taking the course for Intensive Writing credit and must write two papers (each 40% of the overall grade). Draft versions of each paper must be submitted and subsequently revised based on the instructor written comments and suggestions. The first paper is due by the middle of semester and the second is due by the end of semester. However, undergraduate students taking the class for Honors College credit must write a single 10-12 page library-based research paper (80% of overall grade) on a topic relating to the course instead of two separate papers. The honors topic must be approved by the instructor. The honors paper outline and bibliography are due by the middle of semester and the completed paper is due by the end of semester

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S117 1724, 1725, 1726 Principles of Chemistry & Biochemistry I, Honors
LAB W 3:30-6:30 p.m. (1724); W 6:45-9:45 p.m. (1725); W 9:00 a.m.-noon (1726) CH 047

This course is an integrated lecture and lab course.

P: Placement Examination or consent of department. For students with unusual aptitude or preparation. An integrated lecture-laboratory course covering basic principles of chemistry and biochemistry. First semester of a two-semester sequence. Credit given for only one of the following: C101-C121, C105-C125, S105- S125, C117 or S117. I Sem. For more course-related information, please refer to the Chemistry Course Homepages: http://www.chem.indiana.edu/academics/course_home.asp.

S342 6824 Organic Chemistry II Lectures, Honors
DIS M 6:50-7:40 p.m. LEC MWF 9:05-9:55 a.m.

P: S341 or consent of instructor. Special course for students with unusually good aptitude or preparation, covering same subject matter as C342. Credit not given for both S342 and C342. II Sem. For more course-related information, please refer to the Chemistry Course Homepages: http://www.chem.indiana.edu/academics/course_home.asp

CLAS-C 420 29770 Topography and Monuments of Athens
Margaretha Kramer TuTh 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. SY 212

This course is an archaeological survey of the major monuments of Athens, from prehistory through the current day. Emphasis will be on ?ancient? (Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman) monuments, including portable works of art as well as architecture. Topics include basic architectural forms and their political, social, and religious functions; the way in which the Athenian radical democracy was reflected in the ancient city center &emdash; the Acropolis and the Agora; political patronage and building programs; and the integration of historical sources and the archaeological record.

C103 33006 A Question of Love
Emanuel Mickel DIS 9:05-9:55 a.m. LEC MW 9:05-9:55 a.m. BH 214

In the critical approaches course "A Question of Love" we shall explore our understanding of the various emotions and relationships we cover by the word "love." As a basis for understanding the different aspects of love in human relationships as represented in western tradition, we shall read and analyze an anthology of fundamental passages from several classical and medieval works, ranging from Plato and the Bible to Ovid and The Romance of the Rose. We shall use our discussion of these texts to analyze the representations of love in two medieval romances, Chretien's Erec and Enide and Gottfried's Tristan; one seventeenth- and one eighteenth-century French novel, The Princess of Cleves and Dangerous Liaisons; and an English novel of Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

There will be three examinations during the semester including the final. Students will be asked to write two papers: one of two pages and one not more than three pages. In these papers students will learn to approach literary texts in a critical manner. Students taking this course for honors credit will write a fifteen-page paper in consultation with the instructor instead of the second three-page paper. Honors students will be expected to "discover" their own topic and create the outline. Meetings with the professor will help both in the "discovery" of the topic and in the drafting of an outline. In this course we shall discuss the psychology of love, the close relationship between love and philosophy, the question of love and chivalry in the Middle Ages, the importance of rhetoric and authorial use of persona. Analyzing these issues will add to the student's ability to understand the novel we shall read, to appreciate the many faceted aspects of the experiences we cover by the single word "love," and to see the ways in which writers have represented these human emotions.

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COLL-C 104 29808 Science and Culture of Empathy Fritz Breithaupt LEC TuTh 2:30-3:20 p.m. DIS F 9:05-9:55 a.m. SB 231

How do people understand each other? or think they do? How is it that we can slip into the shoes of someone else, even though we may not know them at all? And how, when reading fiction, do the emotions of fictional beings come to life as if they are just like us &emdash; and yet in some ways remain different? Is it perhaps this ability to slip into the shoes of someone else that makes man different even from most other apes? What abilities does one need to understand someone else &emdash; and who lacks them?

This class will turn you into researchers of a new and growing field that includes elements of fiction, psychology, and cognitive science. Your task will be to devise a theory for what triggers and what blocks human empathy. By empathy we mean the sense that we're 'slipping into the shoes of another,' be it a real person or a fictional character, seeming to understand--and even feel--their emotions.

The course will introduce you to several theories of empathy and "mind-reading" At the same time, we encourage you to develop your own theory of understanding others. You will have the option to closely examine a literary text (or a movie) to reach a conclusion for how this medium aims to get you involved. You may also base this theory on a selection of recent scientific texts about the so-called mirror neurons that appear to enable empathy (you would read these texts independently). You can also conduct experiments of your own or redo famous experiments, such as the 'False Belief Task' that led to the so-called 'Theory of Mind,' which we will consider in class.

To be sure, I am a professor of the humanities and do not have a research lab. However, we will have guests in the class that will discuss their work in brain science.

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CMCL-C 205 1863 Introduction to Communication & Culture
Robert Terrill DIS F 10:10-11:00 a.m. LEC MW 12:20-1:10 p.m.

Introductory courses in communication often promise to help students overcome communication problems and improve their communication skills. These courses generally advise students to clarify the way that they transmit their messages, through such strategies as listening actively, removing barriers, keeping it simple, being yourself, building trust, asking for feedback, speaking clearly, and so on. The goal of such courses is to help students learn how to accurately transfer information from their mind into the mind of another person, so that, ideally, each person ends up with as close as possible to an identical copy of the information. This course is different. Rather than approaching communication as a problem, this course approaches communication as an opportunity. Rather than imagining an ideal world in which all of the errors, mistakes, and misunderstandings that are caused by communication can be eliminated, in this course we focus on the actual world, and explore the degree to which it depends upon communication. Rather than providing a list of strategies designed to minimize the negative effects that communication might have on messages, this course provides a set of resources designed to help us better understand communication itself. The purpose of this course is threefold. First, it is intended to introduce you to the unique perspective provided by the combined interests and talents of the Communication & Culture faculty. Our department brings together scholars with interests in Rhetoric and Public Culture, Performance and Ethnographic Studies, and Film and Media, and this course emphasizes some of the ways that these fields of study are interrelated. Second, this course is intended to prepare you for the work that will be expected in higher-level courses in the department by beginning to acquaint you with some of the habits of thought and methods of study that will characterize those courses. Finally, and most importantly, I believe strongly that citizens who learn to understand communication in the way presented in this course are infinitely better equipped for contemporary life than those who think of communication as merely a way to transmit information.

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CSCI-H 211 1992 Introduction to Computer Science, Honors
Christopher Raphael LEC TuTh 1:00-2:15 p.m. LAB F 1:00-2:55 p.m. LI 008

High school precalculus math. A first course in computer science for those intending to take advanced computer science courses. Introduction to programming and to algorithm design and analysis. Using the Scheme programming language, the course covers several programming paradigms. Credit given for only one of C211 or H211. Lecture and laboratory.

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CSCI-H 241 1994 Elem Discrete Structures, Honors
LEC MW 2:30-3:45 p.m. DIS 9:05-11:00 a.m.

Honors version of C241. Credit given for only one H241 or C241. Induction and recursive programs, running time, asymptotic notations, combinatorics and discrete probability, trees and lists, the relational data model, graph algorithms, propositional and predicate logic. Honors participants will cover additional topics.

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CSCI-H 335 8608 Computer Structures, Honors
Bryce Himebaugh

Honors version of C335. Credit given for only one of H335 and C335. Structure and internal operation of computers. The architecture and assembly language programming of a specific computer are stressed, in addition to general principles of hardware organization and low-level software systems. Lecture and laboratory.

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ECON-S 201 13768 Introduction to Microeconomics, Honors
Paul Graf TuTh 1:00-2:15 p.m. BH 005

To provide a better understanding of how economists study the choices people make to cope with unlimited wants with limited resources. This course is designed to help you better understand the world you live in, to make you a more astute participant in the market place and to provide you with the tools necessary to analyze the potential and limits of markets. The tools of microeconomic analysis will be developed and applied to the economic problems facing the consumer as well as the firm. Such issues include: marginal analysis, opportunity costs, equilibrium, efficiency & equity, consumer choice, price elasticity, profit maximization, monopoly, perfect and monopolistic competition, oligopolies, government intervention, free riding, pollution, discrimination, and game theory.

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ECON-S 202 32939 Introduction to Macroeconomics, Honors
Eric Leeper MW 2:30-3:45 p.m. BH 232

Designed for students of superior ability and motivation, this course covers the same core material as E202 and substitutes for E202 as a prerequisite for other courses. The course covers standard material &emdash; national income accounting, theories and evidence about long-run economic growth, macroeconomic data, explanations for short-run business cycles fluctuations, aggregate supply/demand, and international economics &emdash; but moves well beyond introductory textbook presentations. Particular emphasis is placed on modern, dynamic views of macroeconomic policies &emdash; monetary and fiscal policies &emdash; to understand the economic challenges many countries face now and in coming decades. Abstract theories are tied concretely to economic data from the diverse economic experiences of countries over time. Students are expected to be comfortable with mathematical notation and with interpreting and manipulating graphs and algebraic expressions.

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EDUC-W 200 8776 Using Computers in Education
Anne Leftwich M 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ED 2025

Using Computers in Education (3 cr.) Develops proficiency in computer applications and classroom software; teaches principles and specific ideas about appropriate, responsible, and ethical use to make teaching and learning more effective; promotes critical abilities, skills, and self-confidence for ongoing professional development; collaboration with K-12 teachers to design authentic technology products that meet teacher needs; provides feedback on the electronic portfolio from practicing K-12 principals and teachers.

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GLLC-G 210 13623 The Vampire in European and American Culture
Jeff Holdeman TuTh 1:00-2:15 p.m. Foster Martin 012B

This class meets with another section of GLLC-G 210.

The vampire is one of the most popular and enduring images in the world, giving rise to hundreds of monster movies around the globe every year; not to mention novels, short stories, plays, TV shows, and commercial merchandise. Yet the Western vampire image that we know from the film, television, and literature of today is very different from its eastern European progenitor. Nina Auerback has said that "every age creates the vampire that it needs." In this course we will explore the eastern European origins of the vampire, similar entities in other cultures that predate them, and how the vampire in its look, nature, vulnerabilities, and threat has changed over the centuries.

This approach will provide us with the means to learn about geography, village and urban cultures, traditional social structure, and religions of Eastern Europe: the nature and manifestations of Evil and the concept of Limited God; physical, temporal, and societal boundaries and ritual passage that accompany them; the major historical and intellectual periods (the settlement of Europe, the Age of Reason, Romanticism, Neo-classicism, the Enlightenment, the Victoria era, up to today). We will examine how the vampire first manifested itself in European literature and how it "shape-shifted" its way into the entertainment (and commercial) media of today, through numerous and various readings of fictional, ethnographic, and scholarly works, not only from the U.S. and Europe but from around the world. By the end of the course, students will be able to discuss the origins, classifications, functions, natures, and evolution of the vampire and what that can tell us about historical period and our own contemporary cultures.

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GNDR-G 101 3150 Gender, Culture and Society
L. Horton-Stallings MW 8:00-9:15 a.m. BH 236

Gender, Culture & Society provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of gender - the social creation and cultural representation of femininity and masculinity - by examining relevant beliefs, practices, debates and political struggles. Lectures, readings, and class discussions consider how people of different races, ethnicities, classes, and nationalities in various historical periods have assumed gendered identities. Topics may include: romantic love and marriage; sexuality; parenthood, reproduction, birth control and new reproductive technologies; interpersonal violence; the scientific study of sexual differences; fitness, health, body image, and popular culture; the sexual division of labor and economic development; and feminist movements.

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GNDR-G 105 7482 Sex, Gender and the Body
Laura Foster LEC MW 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. DIS M 1:25-2:15 p.m. Memorial E 139

Examines the diverse and historically varying relationships forged between biological sex, culturally formulated discourses of masculinity and femininity, and the sexed body. With variable title and themes, the course may employ a range of different approaches, depending on the instructor.

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GER-E 371 29337 The Enlightenment and its Shadows
Michel Chaouli TuTh 2:30-3:45 p.m. BH 011

This class meets with another section of GER-E 371.

This course sets the stage for a great clash between ideas that have shaped our modern world. On one side, the side of what has been called the European Enlightenment, are thinkers that have put in question traditional values, be they social, religious, or philosophical, all in the name of a new order based on the principles of fully rational and critical thinking. On the other side, we find the critics and opponents of these rational thinkers. We will be interested in examining the form that this critique of rationality has taken. We will see that these critics of rationality do not oppose it, are not anti-rational or non-rational, but rather drive rationality to its limits. What this means is that if one follows the rules of rationality far enough, one reaches certain limits that result in interrupting rationality itself. We will be interested in the way that works from several different disciplines &emdash; literature, poetry, philosophy, and psychoanalysis &emdash; explore these moments of the interruption of rational thinking, showing that they contain new modes of meaning that were unavailable to the thinkers of the Enlightenment.

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S250 3270 Second Year Spanish II
MWF 11:15am-12:05pm

Prerequisite: HISP-S 200 or equivalent.

This course continues the work of HISP-S 200 with continued emphasis on all four skills and on critical thinking skills. Literary readings are also included. Grades are based on exams, oral tests, homework, compositions, and a cumulative final exam. Homework load is substantial. After successful completion of this course, the foreign language requirement is fulfilled for schools that require a forth semester proficiency. This class is for Honors students only.

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S280 9270 Spanish Grammar in Context
TuTh 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. AC C116

The goal of this course is to provide students with the language skills necessary to pursue upper division course work in Spanish. The main focus is on the development of formal linguistic skills through explicit grammar instruction, reading original texts by contemporary authors, and developing the link between literature and culture through writing and conversation. Students will cover a variety of topics for which assignments involving composition, conversation, and/or the formal aspects grammar will be given. In this way, the course offers an overview of grammar, explicitly focused on its formal aspects. There will be three 200-word compositions and two 400-word compositions, readings of annotated literary and/or cultural texts, incorporating internet sources as a complement to the readings. The course will be conducted in Spanish.

Note: This class replaces S310; if you have already taken S310 you should not take S280 and look at taking a higher level class.

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HIST-B 356 32553 French Revolution and Napoleon
Rebecca Spang LEC MW 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. DIS W 2:30-3:20 p.m. BH 344

Few periods in modern history have been as debated as the French Revolution; few figures in modern history are as immediately recognizable as Napoleon Bonaparte. By concentrating on a fairly brief timespan (approx. 1750-1815), this course allows students to gain an in-depth knowledge of this era and the different vantagepoints from which it has been studied. The focus for some lectures and readings will be on France, but others will stress the Revolution's international significance and Napoleon Europe-wide empire. Cultural and intellectual forms of explanation will be combined with social analysis and attention to the physical world. Though the word "Napoleon" figures in our title, this is not a course in military history (nor in hero worship).

We now usually say that the French Revolution "began" in July 1789, but nobody at the time intended to start a "revolution" and no one had any idea what would happen next. In the quarter century that followed, nearly every institution and tradition &emdash; from the Church and divine-right monarchy to marriage and the organization of work &emdash; was challenged and re-shaped. Fundamental features of our own political life &emdash; the belief in "human rights," the idea of the nation-state, the division of political "Right" from "Left" &emdash; all stem from the revolutionary 1790s. Yet, by 1815, France again had a King, slavery had been re-imposed, and women may have had fewer civil or political rights than they did before the Revolution started. This course requires no previous study of European history or French language, but students should be prepared to work hard and think creatively. Readings for discussion include "philosophical" texts from the time (such as Kant's "What is Enlightenment?"), public speeches, police reports, memoirs, and newspaper articles. In addition, students are encouraged to analyze works of visual art (from neo-classical paintings to caricature and architecture) and to engage with the work of nineteenth- and twentieth-century historians. Lecture attendance and participation in discussion classes is mandatory; students who miss more than two discussions will be in danger of failing the course.

Grading: two short assignments (5% each); lecture attendance and well-informed participation in discussion (20%); midterm exam (20%); one 10-page paper (25%); and a final exam (25%). Students registering for Honors College credit will write a 12-15 page research paper instead of the 10-page paper.

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HUBI-S 200 32543 The Intricate Human, Honors
Andrea Wiley TuTh 9:30-10:45 a.m. BH 310

Interdisciplinary study of the human organism including genetics, metabolism and other aspects of physiology, behavior, culture, and environmental context. Case-based approaches to specific content will reflect faculty expertise, student interests, and current issues in human biology. Emphasis is placed on developing scientific literacy and implementing the scientific method.

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LING-L 203 32846 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
Kenneth DeJong MW 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. AC C101

Linguistics 203 is an introductory course that has been designed to lead students into a sharper awareness of the structure and nature of language by introducing them to the nuts and bolts of linguistic analysis. Particularly in this class we will focus on how to construct models of two portions of a language. This class will have two parts. The first part will investigate how languages harness human sound-producing capabilities. The second part of the course will focus on how to model (mostly English) sentence and word grammar.

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S118 3918 Honors Finite Math
William Orrick TuTh 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Designed for students of outstanding ability in mathematics. Covers all material of M118 and possible additional topics from probability, statistics, optimization, and game theory.

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S212 3919 Honors Calculus II
Greg Peters Daily 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. SE 240

Honors Calculus II (S212) covers all of the standard content of M212, including techniques of integration, sundry applications, and infinite series. However, this course places significant emphasis on formal proof.

We will begin with a rigorous construction of the real number system based on the Field Axioms. Limits will be explored using a precise definition with appropriate epsilon/delta arguments. We will also take a new look at important results from Calculus I - namely The Mean Value Theorem (MVT), The Intermediate Value Theorem (IVT), and The Fundamental Theorem of Integral Calculus (FTIC).

Challenging integrals will be examined with Taylor Series, and methods of Power Series integration will be used to evaluate a variety of transcendental integrals, with a close inspection of error bounds, as they relate to approximated solutions.

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M343 7429 Honors Course in Differential Equations I
Aseel Farhat MWF 9:05-9:55 a.m.

The course will cover most of the first 3 chapters and parts of the 4th, 5th and 6th chapters of Boyce-DiPrima. The topics that will be covered include: classification of the ODEs, solving first order linear ODEs, solving first order separable ODEs, general existence and uniquesness theorems, general theory of 2nd order ODEs, solving 2nd order homogeneous ODEs, solving inhomogeneous 2nd order linear ODEs and solving nth order linear ODEs. We will also cover power series solutions of 2nd order ODEs and the Laplace Transform.

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MATH-S 403 3921 Honors Course in Modern Algebra I
Darrell Haile MWF 12:20-1:10 p.m.

This class meets with MATH-M 403. Honors Course in Modern Algebra I (3 cr.) P: S303. For students of outstanding ability in mathematics. Theory of groups, rings, integral domains, fields, and modules. S403, I Sem.; S404, II Sem.

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MATH-S 413 5779 Honors Course in Analysis I
Alberto Torchinsky MWF 9:05-9:55 a.m. SE 240

This class meets with MATH-M 413. This course covers elementary metric space topology and its application to the study of functions of a single variable, especially continuity, differentiability, and Riemann integrability. The emphasis will be on the construction of a completely systematic and rigorous theory rather than on the computational aspects that occur in elementary calculus courses. Students will develop facility with solving theoretical problems and will be expected to express their solutions in the form of clear and correct proofs.

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MATH-S 463 3922 Honors Course in Probability Theory I
Elizabeth Housworth MWF 11:15 a.m. ? 12:05 p.m. SW 221

S463 is an Honors Introduction to Probability course. The prerequisites are M301 or M303, and M311, or honors versions of those courses. The course covers: the meaning of probability; random experiments, conditional probability, and independence; random variables, expected values and standard deviations; and moment generating functions.

Important discrete and continuous distributions such as Poisson processes are discussed. We also cover multivariate distributions and basic limit laws such as the central limit theorem.

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NELC-N 204 13655 The Making of the Modern Middle East
Kevin Martin MW 2:30-3:45 p.m. BH 233

Conceived as an introduction to the history of the modern Middle East, this course will examine the political, economic, social, and cultural institutions and forces that have most profoundly affected events in the region. The emphasis throughout will be on identifying the way in which specific events and long-term processes have informed social and political reality in the contemporary Middle East. We will focus our study on a number of significant political, social, economic and cultural developments and movements, including (but not limited to): the emergence of Arab and other forms of nationalism, the rise and formation of modern nation states, the role of imperialist and colonial powers in the region, regional conflicts, the rise of Islamism, and the evolution of ethnic, class, and gender identities.

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PHIL-P 270 32606 Religion, Friendship & Justice: Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Aberlard and Hume
Rega Wood TuTh 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. BH 149

This class meets with HON-H 226. What should we believe about God/s? What do the gods love? What do we or should we love? Why do we need friends? Why should we live justly? Is there a natural law to which we must conform? How is human happiness related to Virtue? In this course we will look at the answers to these questions proposed by five great figures from the history of philosophy: Plato (Euthyphro, Lysis, Gorgias), Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics), Cicero (On Duties, On the Nature of the Gods), Abelard (Dialogues), and Hume (Dialogues).

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PHYS-P 221 5141 Physics I
J. Carini LEC MWF 1:25-2:15 p.m. or LEC MWF 2;30-3:20 p.m. DIS TuTh 9:05-9:55 a.m. or TuTh 10:10-11:00 a.m.

This is the first semester of a three-semester, calculus-based sequence intended for science majors. Newtonian mechanics, oscillations and waves, heat and thermodynamics. Three lectures, two discussion sections, and one two-hour lab each week. Physics majors are encouraged to take P221 in the fall semester of the freshman year.

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POLS-Y 103 13080 Introduction to American Politics
Christine Barbour LEC 9:05-9:55 a.m. or MW 12:20-1:10 p.m. DIS Tu 3:35-4:25 p.m. Optional Film Showings: W 7:15-9:15 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: The honors component for this course is a 50-minute discussion session

(13080) that meets once a week, taught by Prof. Barbour. Students in this discussion section will also attend a larger lecture that meets twice a week for 50 minutes.

Since we can't escape from politics in our lives, we might as well learn to appreciate and enjoy them. In this class we explore American politics: its rules (the Constitution), its institutions (the Presidency, Congress, the courts, and the bureaucracy), its participants (individual voters, parties, interests groups, and the media) and its product (social, economic and foreign policy). We not only cover the facts of American politics, we also focus on becoming informed critics and intelligent consumers of the daily barrage of news from the media. With a major presidential election going on, we will have a much heavier focus than usual on current events! This course has two lectures a week and a discussion section. Grades will be based on four exams and in class exercises. Optional feature-length movies are shown at night for extra credit. Readings average 50 pages of textbook per week, and a current events articles found online. This course is designed for non-majors, beginning majors, and people considering becoming political science majors.

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P335 13729 Cognitive Psychology
Rick Hullinger MWF 10:10-11:00 a.m. PY 226

This course meets with another section of PSY-P 335. This section of P335 will expose you to the major areas of cognitive psychology &emdash; perception, memory, mental representations / processing, and problem solving and decision making &emdash; by looking at specific, real world problems and activities. Each topic area will be structured around a "how" or "why" question (e.g. How do we read? How do we make a decision?) that will drive our exploration. Along the way you will gain a better understanding of how the human mind works. Hopefully you will also be amazed by the complex and powerful bit of machinery that is the human brain.

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T205 8591 Introduction to Media & Society
Maria Grabe TuTh 9:30-10:45 a.m. RTV 169

This course examines the construction of social meaning associated with mediated messages as well as the range of uses and consequences of exposure to mediated messages in individuals, groups, organizations and society.

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TEL-S 452 29514 War Films: Understanding Ourselves through War Films
Susan Kelly Th 2:30-5:15 p.m. RTV 169

Human history, for all our achievements, can be told as a story of war. Every generation is marked by war, every generation has its causalities of war, and every generation tells its own story of war, in religious texts, in epic poems, in high budget Hollywood films and in shoestring budget documentaries: war is a universal story.

In this seminar we will study narrative and documentary war films (American and International). The films will be viewed as artifacts of the cultures that produced them. As such, we will study war films for the stories they tell us about the creation and perpetuation of cultural identities. The class is not a production class; rather, it is designed to accommodate students from all disciplines and approaches. Individuals may study any conflicts, any films, and any directors, from any country that piques the interest. Assignments include watching a film each week outside class, responding to question prompts about the films, and researching and writing about a topic of interest.

As a group we will study films covering the American Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the War on Terror. Films that are on the short list to be viewed include: Birth of a Nation, Red Badge of Courage, Glory, The General, Cold Mountain; Grand Illusion, All Quiet on the Western Front, Sargent York; Paths of Glory; The Best Years of Our Lives, Bridge Over the River Kwai, Catch-22, Thin Red Line, MASH, Deer Hunter, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now, Hamburger Hill; The Hurt Locker, Restrepo, and Zero Dark Thirty.

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