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Spring 2023

Constructing a Writer Identity

   English 2010 H 
   CRN 33169

What does it mean to be a writer? We will explore this question and others, using the theme of writer identity construction to further develop research, writing, and argumentative skills. We will analyze the multiple aspects of our identities, particularly our writer identities, and compose a variety of written and digital texts on the construction of writer identity.                                                                                                                                                       

Library (LI) 325
10:30-11:20 M, W, F
Jose Otero (English)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 HNRS + ENG             

The Meaning of Life

   HNRS 2110(A) HU Great Ideas of the West/Classical and Medieval Eras
   CRN 30753

Ever wonder about the meaning of life? So have a lot of other people! Explore and examine with us the various answers that Western societies, religions and thinkers have offered to this timeless question from the dawn of civilization to the Black Death.                                                                                                                                                        

Library (LI) 325
9:00-10:15am T, Th (T in-person, Th on Zoom)
Marc Nelson (Philosophy)
Katie Nelson (History)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    HNRS + HU  

Self-Identity in China and India: Thought, Literature, History

   HNRS 2130(A) HU/DV Great Ideas of the East
   CRN 31400

Can we explore self-identity of a culture through study of literature and history, and how do those two disciplines influence each other in terms of individual and institutional self-identity? The simple answer is yes, and in fact, the study of literature and history offer the best insight into the formation of self-identity within China and India, especially, in their formative years (7th to 19th centuries).                                                                                                                                                   

Library (LI) 325
10:30-11:45am T, Th
Greg Lewis (History)
Mali Subbiah (English)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             HNRS + HU + DV

Islamic Renaissance

HNRS 2130(A) HU/DV Great Ideas of the East  
CRN 30729

The evolution and practice of the Islamic sciences and arts, during the Islamic Renaissance or Islamic Golden Ages, from origins until the fall of the Islamic civilization. The big question of the course is: How can we work together to counter Islamophobia, via understanding the real Islamic renaissance, and its role in European renaissance?                                                                                                                                                     

Library (LI) 325
12:30-1:20pm M, W, F
Abdulnaser Kaadan (History)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              HNRS + HU + DV

Book Discussion: In the Stars: Identity Through Science Fiction

   HNRS 2830 Directed Readings, Projects, and Research
   CRN 32688

This book discussion will take two seminal novels from the 1960's New Wave of Science fiction, Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) and Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand Of Darkness (1969) and explore their treatment of gender, sex and society, and how their visions may or may not resonate with our contemporary world.                                                                                                                                                  

Tracy Hall (TY) 312
11:30am-12:20pm W
Paul Crow (Associate Professor/Visual Arts)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 Credit HNRS

Book Discussion Science in the City

   HNRS 4830 Directed Readings, Projects, and Research
   CRN 31628

Science in the City examines how language and culture matter for effective science teaching. Author Bryan A. Brown argues that, given the realities of our multilingual and multicultural society, teachers must truly understand how issues of culture intersect with the fundamental principles of learning. This book links an exploration of contemporary research on urban science teaching to a more generative instructional approach in which students develop mastery by discussing science in culturally meaningful ways.                                                                                                                                               

Library (LI) 325
2:30-3:20pm W
Adam Johnston (Physics)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 Credit HNRS

What were you wearing?: Sexual assault offenders, survivors, and the rape myths that surround them

   HNRS 3900 Honors Colloquium (Eccles Faculty Fellows)
   CRN 30767

Considering that one in five women in the U.S. will experience a sexual assault in their lifetime and only about 30% of those victims will report the incident, students are existing in a social climate where rape myths prevail, sexual harassment is a social norm, and victims of sexual assault are often not believed. In this class, students will learn about various aspects of rape, sexual violence, rehabilitation of offenders, help-seeking behaviors of victims, and identification of rape myths. This instruction will culminate with a student-created exhibit and public awareness effort to coincide with Sexual Assault Awareness month (April).                                                                                                                                                  


Lindquist Hall (LH) 202
9:30-10:20am M, W, F
McKenzie Wood (Criminal Justice)
Kathryn Sperry (Psychology)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 Credits HNRS CEL

Narratives and Numbers

   HNRS 3900 Honors Colloquium
   CRN 31625

Racism, poverty, and mass incarceration are, of course, deeply complex issues. To understand them, we should look at statistics for a view of trends and trajectories, but also at stories for a view of the lives behind the numbers. This class does both. It zooms in on the numbers and the narratives for a fuller understanding of critical issues today.                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 Credits HNRS  

Nietzsche contra Wagner

HNRS 3900 Honors Colloquium   
CRN 34434

An examination of the arc of German history from roughly the middle of the 19th century to the rise of Nazi Germany (the period of high German Romanticism), with an emphasis on the interplay between art, music, philosophy, and politics in the rise of German identity and Nazi ideology.                                                                                                                                                      

Lindquist (LH) 104
10:30-11:20am MWF
Bob Fudge (Philosophy)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 Credits HNRS  

Antiracism: An Exploration of American History, Systems, & Culture

   HNRS 4900 Honors Colloquium
  CRN 31419

This course explores racism and antiracism in our nation, in order to better understand the context for the present. We must work towards dismantling individual, societal, and systemic racism in order to create a more equitable, just, and antiracist future. This exploration includes the differences between race and ethnicity, cultural considerations regarding each, and intersectionality present between race, and class, space, gender, and sexuality.                                                                                                                                                    

Virtual (synchronous zoom meeting once every two weeks, other course work asynchronously online)
10:30-11:45am T, Th 
Kathleen Cadman (Nursing)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 Credits HNRS    

Conspiracy Theories

   HNRS 4900 Honors Colloquium
  CRN 30728

Why do people believe conspiracy theories? What are their origins? How can we avoid succumbing to conspiracy theories?                                                                                                                                                     

Library (LI) 325
12:00-1:15pm T, Th 
Eric Swedin (History)
Dave Ferro (Dean EAST)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 Credits HNRS    


   HNRS 4920 Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes and Special Programs
   CRN 31417

Like listening to podcasts? Interested in making one? Learn the ins and outs of podcast production as you help create the newest season of the Weber PodCats Podcast. Students will learn components of podcast production including: interview techniques, story development, scriptwriting, remote and studio audio recording, sound editing/mixing, and streaming.                                                                                                                                                     

Library (LI) 76
9:00-10:15am T, Th
Andrea Baltazar (Communication)
Melina Alexander (Teacher Ed)


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               3 Credits HNRS  

Leadership and Shared Influence

   HNRS 4920 Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes and Special Programs
   CRN 31420

Can shared influence make a leader more influential? Examine the levers leaders use to collaborate, create high quality connections, and persuade others. Explore the research on emotion, empathy, identity, and compassion while taking a closer look at resilience, grit, motivation, and flow. Apply leadership theories to explain and predict crucible moments of world leaders while reflecting on and sharing your own struggles and triumphs. Learn to present anecdotal evidence with a purpose and deliver empirical evidence with a punch as you engage in classroom debates.                                                                                                                                                     

Wattis Building (WB) 111
12:30-3:10pm M
Bryant Thompson (Business Administration and Marketing)


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 Credits HNRS   

Meditation & Mindfulness

   HNRS 4920 Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes and Special Programs
   CRN 31617

A quiet mind and inner peace are infrequently experienced, especially among college students. In this course, students will not only discover the possibility of inner peace and a quiet mind but experience their reality. Our meditative and mindful muscles can be strengthened, resulting in freedom from the drama and anxiety of everyday life. In this course, students will learn how meditation and mindfulness are two of our most powerful tools to reduce anxiety and stress and regain balance and inner peace.                                                                                                                                                   

Swenson Gym (SW) 225
12:00-2:45pm T
Michael Olpin (Health Physical Education Recreation)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 Credits HNRS

Honors Portfolio I and II

   HNRS 4830 Directed Readings, Projects, and Research
   CRN 32971 Portfolio I

   HNRS 4990 Honors Senior Program
   CRN 34195 Portfolio II

This course is for students who plan to graduate with University Honors. An ePortfolio is an innovative way for you to showcase the work you’ve done that can help distinguish yourself when applying to graduate school and/or the workforce. In this Honors Course, students will learn about the importance of ePortfolios and think about how they can present the work they’ve done and reflect on their education.                                                                                                                                                     

Hybrid (FTF/Online alternating weeks)
Library (LI) 325
11:30-12:20pm M
Andrea Baltazar (Communication)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 Credit HNRS

R.E.A.L Projects

   HNRS 4920: Short Courses, Workshops, Institutes, and Special Program
   CRN 31421
   CRN 31422

Employers are looking more at experiential learning to determine the best candidates for today's jobs. "R.E.A.L. Projects" gives students real world experience, working as part of a team on a real project for an employer. This course will teach project management, communication, and leadership skills, helping to set you apart from other potential candidates in the job market.                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 Credits HNRS INT 

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