Junior Seminar

Spring/Summer 2018

HNR 311 03: SWS Controversies in Food and Agriculture

Schedule: Online

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, 1 Issues, and World Perspectives

Amy McFarland

Students enrolled in this course will study the controversial topics within the food and agriculture industries with a focus on the different ways in which the industry and consumers have created and responded to controversies. We will study issues and controversies such as the Green Revolution, “unsavory” meats, raw milk, and superfood frenzies. Students will explore the societal and international complexities to these issues and may find some perspectives to challenge their own beliefs about food and agriculture. 

 

HNR 311 04: SWS Scandalous Literature

Schedule: 12:00-3:20pm

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, 1 Issues, and World Perspectives

David Eick

In the first half of this course students will read Enlightenment texts which were banned by the French monarchy and placed on the pope's Index of forbidden books. By promoting new ideas about equality, tolerance, freedom and human rights, these texts may have prepared the ideological terrain for the French Revolution, which students will explore in the second half of the course via the Reacting to the Past game "Rousseau, Burke and Revolution in France, 1791."

Possible texts: Beaumarchais, The Marriage of Figaro; Laclos, Dangerous Liaisons; Diderot et al., Encyclopédie; Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary; Rousseau; Social Contract, Lafayette et al., Declaration on the Rights of Man and Citizen

 

 

HNR 312 01: SWS American Music in American Century

Schedule: Online

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, 1 Issues, and US Diversity

Kurt Ellenberger

This course will examine the various styles of American music in the 20C including folk, jazz, classical, blues, pop, rock, country, and other genres. In particular, jazz and blues, as invented and developed by African Americans, have had a profound effect on the development of popular music around the world as well as on the Western European classical tradition. From this perspective, American Music represents the diversity and grandeur of the American cultural experience. As such, we will study the music with a particular interest in how it intersects with and helps define American culture. In doing so, we will traverse disciplines including music, history, philosophy, politics, and cultural studies. 

  • This course qualifies as US Diversity and is an SWS course. 
  • This is an online course and will be conducted entirely online.

Note: This course does not require previous knowledge of music. There will be no discipline specific content in music theory, history, or performance; however, we will introduce a small amount of rudimentary music terminology that will be explained and demonstrated.

 

HNR 312 02: SWS Islamophobia

Schedule: Online

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, 1 Issues, and US Diversity

Regina Fitzpatrick

This course traces the roots of the fraught and complex ways which Islam, and the fear of Islam, is expressed in the United States. Using texts, journal and news articles, T.V. shows, social media and movies, we will explore the many expressions of Islamophobia in contemporary U.S. culture, as well as looking at different responses (political, intellectual, religious). We will also explore issues of cultural identity, racial, ethnic, and gender difference, immigration, and citizenship, with all of the accompanying social anxieties and political ramifications. Because we are will look at how Islam is represented through Islamophobia, we will not be studying “what Islam really is”, but rather “how Islam is expressed”.

Fall 2018

HNR 311 01: Modern Military Issues

Schedule: TR 11:30am-12:45pm HON 236E

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, 1 Issues and Global Perspectives

Jonathan White

Modern Military Issues traces the root and development of the “Western Way of War.” We use military history to explain the style and types of conflict in the contemporary world. We will explore the nature of battle. In addition, we will discuss the overall political and strategic objectives of war. Finally, we’ll meet some interesting people along the way such as the Black Prince at Crecy, Frederick at Rossbach, Washington at Trenton, Bradley in the Ardennes, and Petraeus in Iraq.

 

HNR 311 02: SWS Dirty Wars in Latin America

Schedule: MWF 9:00-9:50am MAK B2116

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, 1 Issues, and Global Perspectives

David Stark

This course explores the breakdown of democratic governments in Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s and the emergence of bureaucratic authoritarian regimes committed to economic restructuring, political demobilization, and the abrogation of civil liberties. It examines the use of torture, disappearances, and other counterinsurgency methods by Latin American military officials, as well as various forms of resistance, including guerrilla warfare. Finally, it looks at the transition to democratic rule, efforts to reconstruct civil society and forge political reconciliation, and the struggle for justice among the victims and families of victims of human rights abuses. The course focuses on the histories of the nations of Chile, Argentina, El Salvador, and Puerto Rico and seeks to address a number of questions. Why did some of the most "developed" nations in Latin America cede to such repressive governments? How did authoritarian regimes legitimize their rule? How can we make sense of the atrocities committed?  In what ways did citizens resist or acquiesce in the policies of military governments? What role did the United States play in offering economic, political, and military assistance to military dictatorships? Which factors spurred the military to relinquish power and what has been the nature of the transition to democratic rule?  How can social peace and justice be best achieved in societies that experienced such trauma?

 

HNR 311 03: SWS Textual Tease

Schedule: Online

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, Global Perspectives, and 1 Issues

Jeremiah Cataldo

We often assume that the Bible speaks clairvoyantly about social-political issues that concern us in our present moments, mostly in the form of “Thou shalt not ...” But what if the Bible is more scandalous in nature? What if it betrays the same struggles with gender, politics, and even religion that we moderns do? What if the Bible likes sex? This course dives straight into the depths of those issues and exposes the darker side of the biblical texts, not only in its authoring and editing but also in its reception history.

 

HNR 312 01: SWS Literary Explorations of Medical Controversies

Schedule: MW 4:30-5:45pm HON 214

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, U.S. Diversity, and 1 Issues

Jane Toot, Professor 

This junior seminar focuses on ethical, cultural, and controversial issues in medicine today. Through fiction, poetry, memoirs, film, and essays, we learn not only about people’s experiences with illness, but also how cultural differences shape our interactions with the healthcare system. Our analysis of texts elucidates attitudes toward race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation, which have been implicit in “objective” medical science from the Victorian period through our contemporary experience. Topics include research/experimentation, aging, women’s health issues, AIDS, depression, cancer, and end of life concerns. Students are encouraged to use course assignments to explore their own areas of specific interest.

 

HNR 312 03: SWS Theory of Human Rights

Schedule: TR 11:30am-12:45pm HON 219

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, US Diversity, 1 Issues

Richard Hiskes, Professor

At virtually every level of politics today, and even within most other forms of social interaction, issues of so-called “human rights” are insistently being raised.  From corporate abuses to domestic violence, from “Black Lives Matter” to “#metoo,”from ethnic cleansing to genetic engineering,  from international courts to local school boards, from free speech to acts of terror, from outer space to the ecology of the earth, questions of human rights constitute much of contemporary discourse.  In this course, we will explore many of these issues from the perspective of the role of rights in their articulation and their resolution. We will approach the topic of human rights from two directions: first, from the standpoint of the historical development and present discussions of the concept of human rights.  Second, we will explore its role in a variety of contemporary issues within domestic and international politics and culture.

 

HNR 312 05: SWS Music, Culture & Aesthetics

Schedule: TR 1:00-2:15pm HON 218

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, US Diversity, and 1 Issues

Kurt Ellenberger

This course studies classical music, jazz, and popular music first from an aesthetic viewpoint in which styles and genres are identified and compared. Students learn to identify the major style periods in classical music and jazz through listening and class discussions about what we are hearing in the various different eras. We also engage with music as it intersects with and helps define culture in present-day America (where culturally-diverse genres coexist and cross-pollinate in a surprising manner), and contrast this with similar developments during pivotal historical events since the Enlightenment. We use aesthetics as a means of identifying embedded cultural values that transcend genre, thus illuminating our understanding of music in a broader societal context. This is a class for those who like listening to music and talking about music, and those who enjoy exploring music in its role as a cultural force.

 

HNR 312 06: SWS Literary Explorations of Medical Controversies

Schedule: TR 1:00-2:15pm HON 148

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, U.S. Diversity, and 1 Issues

Jane Toot, Professor

This junior seminar focuses on ethical, cultural, and controversial issues in medicine today. Through fiction, poetry, memoirs, film, and essays, we learn not only about people’s experiences with illness, but also how cultural differences shape our interactions with the healthcare system. Our analysis of texts elucidates attitudes toward race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation, which have been implicit in “objective” medical science from the Victorian period through our contemporary experience. Topics include research/experimentation, aging, women’s health issues, AIDS, depression, cancer, and end of life concerns. Students are encouraged to use course assignments to explore their own areas of specific interest.

 

HNR 312 07: Games, in Circumpolar World

Schedule: TR 8:30-9:45 am HON 220

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, US Diversity, and 1 Issues

John Kilbourne

A historical and philosophical study of the games of indigenous Arctic people, including an overview of the cultural attributes that inform the above.

 

HNR 313 01: SWS Design Thinking to Meet Real World Needs

Schedule: T 6:00-8:50pm HON 218

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and 1 Issues

Linda Chamberlain

This might be the most important course you’ll ever take at GVSU. Design thinking will help you change the world, starting by changing your world. Design thinking is one of the top skills employers are looking for in today’s economic climate - the ability to understand real problems, think creatively, work collaboratively, and develop meaningful solutions. In this course, you will collaborate on an multidisciplinary team to learn and practice the design thinking process - an iterative, creative, problem solving approach - by addressing a challenge faced within the local community, a real world problem. You will work hard. You will learn a lot. You will forever think differently.

 

HNR 313 02: SWS Cosmology for Poets

Schedule: TR 4:00-5:15pm HON 214

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and 1 Issues

Edward Baum

Cosmology for Poets emphasizes humankind's current understanding of the nature of the universe and surveys the links between the fundamental scientific, philosophical, and religious issues in cosmology, past and present.  During one semester, we explore human efforts, from earliest to most recent, to understand the origin, nature, and fate of the universe.  We investigate primitive cosmogonies as described in the Rig Veda, Prose Edda, and other ancient documents.  Greek and Arab debate over philosophical issues concerning the universe's existence are studied.  The preoccupation of Christian and Islamic scholars in the Middle Ages with theological and mystical issues of creation are discussed.  Finally, we explore how the Hubble telescope and other powerful scientific instruments have given the world community an unprecedented view of the cosmos and the ability to test cosmological theories, converting cosmology into a scientific endeavor.  We conclude with models of particle diffraction and entanglement which are perfectly useable but, as yet, not understandable.

 

HNR 313 03: SWS Stoicism and Identity

Schedule: TR 2:30-3:45pm LHH 121

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and 1 Issues

Staff TBA

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HNR 313 04: SWS Design Thinking

Schedule: M 3:00-5:50pm HON 148

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar and 1 Issues

Linda Chamberlain

This might be the most important course you’ll ever take at GVSU. Design thinking will help you change the world, starting by changing your world. Design thinking is one of the top skills employers are looking for in today’s economic climate - the ability to understand real problems, think creatively, work collaboratively, and develop meaningful solutions. In this course, you will collaborate on an multidisciplinary team to learn and practice the design thinking process - an iterative, creative, problem solving approach - by addressing a challenge faced within the local community, a real world problem. You will work hard. You will learn a lot. You will forever think differently.

Winter 2019

HNR 311 01: SWS Problem Solving for Sustainable Solutions through System Analysis 
Schedule: TR 1:00 -2:15pm HON 218

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, Global Perspectives, and 1 Issues

Jane Toot, Professor of Physical Therapy

This course will examine a variety of problem solving techniques which can be used across disciplines and which support a sustainable approach to seeking solutions. The range of professions will included business, education, health care, and politics. Participants will learn how to identify, use and develop isomorphic strategies and tools to address presented problems.                                                                    

 

HNR 311 03: SWS Culture & the Holocaust

Schedule: TR 1:00-2:15pm HON 236E

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, Global Perspectives, and 1 Issues

Robert Franciosi

This course examines the Holocaust’s lasting effects on American culture. We will first consider what Americans knew about the unfolding disaster between 1933 and 1945 and then focus our attention on four pivotal moments: 1945, when images of the liberated camps filled newspapers and movie screens; 1961, when testimony from the Eichmann trial flickered across black-and-white televisions; 1978 when the television miniseries Holocaust attracted millions of viewers and eventually became an international sensation; and 1993, called by some “the year of the Holocaust,” when both the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Schindler’s List opened to wide public attention and acclaim.  After tracing the evolution of what has been termed American Holocaust consciousness, we will then consider its current position in our cultural discourse and speculate on its future significance. Students will also participate in “History Unfolded,” a crowd-sourcing project sponsored by the USHMM which aims to collect information on what American newspapers reported about the Holocaust as it was being perpetrated.

 

HNR 312 01: SWS Music, Culture and Aesthetics

Schedule: MW 1:30-2:45pm HON 218

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, US Diversity, and 1 Issues

Kurt Ellenberger

This course studies classical music, jazz, and popular music first from an aesthetic viewpoint in which styles and genres are identified and compared. Students learn to identify the major style periods in classical music and jazz through listening and class discussions about what we are hearing in the various different eras. We also engage with music as it intersects with and helps define culture in present-day America (where culturally-diverse genres coexist and cross-pollinate in a surprising manner), and contrast this with similar developments during pivotal historical events since the Enlightenment. We use aesthetics as a means of identifying embedded cultural values that transcend genre, thus illuminating our understanding of music in a broader societal context. This is a class for those who like listening to music and talking about music, and those who enjoy exploring music in its role as a cultural force.

 

HNR 312 02: SWS Literary Explorations of Medical Controversies

Schedule: TR 2:30-3:45pm HON 219

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, U.S. Diversity, and 1 Issues

Jane Toot, Professor 

This junior seminar focuses on ethical, cultural, and controversial issues in medicine today. Through fiction, poetry, memoirs, film, and essays, we learn not only about people’s experiences with illness, but also how cultural differences shape our interactions with the healthcare system. Our analysis of texts elucidates attitudes toward race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation, which have been implicit in “objective” medical science from the Victorian period through our contemporary experience. Topics include research/experimentation, aging, women’s health issues, AIDS, depression, cancer, and end of life concerns. Students are encouraged to use course assignments to explore their own areas of specific interest.

 

HNR 312 03: SWS Literary Explorations of Medical Controversies

Schedule: Online

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, U.S. Diversity, and 1 Issues

Heather Wallace

This course is part of the General Education Health Issue and intended for students interested in exploring the concept of medical controversy.  This course will focus on the bioethical and ethical debates in medical controversies using a critical thinking approach.

 

HNR 312 04: SWS Literary Explorations of Medical Controversies

Schedule: MW 1:30-2:45pm HON 148

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, U.S. Diversity, and 1 Issues

Jane Toot

This junior seminar focuses on ethical, cultural, and controversial issues in medicine today. Through fiction, poetry, memoirs, film, and essays, we learn not only about people’s experiences with illness, but also how cultural differences shape our interactions with the healthcare system. Our analysis of texts elucidates attitudes toward race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation, which have been implicit in “objective” medical science from the Victorian period through our contemporary experience. Topics include research/experimentation, aging, women’s health issues, AIDS, depression, cancer, and end of life concerns. Students are encouraged to use course assignments to explore their own areas of specific interest.

 

HNR 312 05: SWS The Terror of Monotheism

Schedule: MW 3:00-4:15pm HON 148

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, US Diversity, and 1 Issues

Jeremiah Cataldo, Professor

This course analyzes the ideological and material formation of monotheistic religious identities, historical and modern, and how those identities restrict forms or types of social engagement with the surrounding world. It starts with this basic hypothesis: monotheism, in its different forms, is a product of a contest for authority that begins in the material world.

 

HNR 312 06: SWS Sociology of Consumption

Schedule: TR 10:00-11:15am HON 214

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, US Diversity, and 1 Issues

Joel Stillerman

Consumption – the desire for, purchase, use, exchange, and disposal of products and services – is an essential feature of our everyday lives, yet we seldom examine its meaning and importance.  Why do we desire certain products?  How are our desires shaped by advertising, marketing, and market research? How do our tastes reflect our class, gender, racial, and age groups to which we belong?  In this course students will have the opportunity to explore these questions by reading key theoretical perspectives on the nature and meaning of consumption as well as recent research on consumer culture in the U.S. Readings have a specific focus on how consumer behavior and consumer culture both reflect and help reinforce social inequalities based on class, race, gender and age.  Significant themes include the role of advertising and promotion in consumption and culture, how historical legacies of racial inequality affect the patterns of consumption across ethnic/racial groups, the symbolic and ritual aspects of consumption, the ethics of consumption, the relationship between consumption and social roles/identities (gender, age, race), and the intersection of consumption/ sales practices with personal relationships.  Classes combine lectures, discussions, group activities, and audiovisual materials.  Assignments include research exercises on consumer behavior, reading summaries and reflective journals on students’ consumption practices.   

 

HNR 312 07: SWS Spirituality & Health

Schedule: TR 11:30-12:45am HON 220

Requirements fulfilled: Junior Seminar, US Diversity, and 1 Issues

Heather Wallace

This course is part of the General Education Health Issue and intended for students interested in exploring the concept of spirituality as a primary component of personal health and wellbeing.  This course will focus on the spiritual dimension of personal health within the larger context of holistic health.   Students will explore the scientific study of the intersection of personal spirituality and practices with culture, personal behaviors, policy, and health care infrastructure.  Current research and scientific inquiry on the impact of spiritual practices on health will be explored.

 

HNR 313 01: SWS Design Thinking to Meet Real World Needs

Schedule: T 6:00-8:50pm HON 218

Requirements Fulfilled: Junior Seminar, US Diversity and 1 Issues

Linda Chamberlain

This might be the most important course you’ll ever take at GVSU. Design thinking will help you change the world, starting by changing your world. Design thinking is one of the top skills employers are looking for in today’s economic climate - the ability to understand real problems, think creatively, work collaboratively, and develop meaningful solutions. In this course, you will collaborate on an multidisciplinary team to learn and practice the design thinking process - an iterative, creative, problem solving approach - by addressing a challenge faced within the local community, a real world problem. You will work hard. You will learn a lot. You will forever think differently.

 



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