Honors College Courses - Summer 2019
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Course Number: IDH 3100-001
Course title: The Rise of EDM: Music, Culture, and Fashion
Day & Time: Monday / Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday | 9:30-11:15 AM
Professor: Calvin Falwell
Description: This course will explore how in the early 20th century, composers began redefining the concept of instruments and organized sound, in turn redefining music, with modernism, futurism and postmodernism, ultimately leading music into a new era. We will dive head first into EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and its collection of subgenres, such as House, Drum n Bass, Dubstep, Trap, and Hardstyle. Since the 1980s the genre had been dormant in the nightclub scene. However, in recent year, the demand for EDM has taken the music industry by storm. The course will also explore the advances in technology that led to the production and synthesis of electronic music. Students will even have the chance to produce their own one-minute dance track using programs such as GarageBand and Audacity -- programs that are a direct result of years of industry advances. Lectures will discuss how dance music has evolved and how social media such as YouTube and SoundCloud Assisted in fueling interest in electronic music. We will also discuss how promoters and venues realized DJs could generate larger profits than traditional musicians and how EDM festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival and Defqon grew in size, emphasizing the visual experiences, such as video and light effects. Guest speakers include USF music composition faculty, graphic artists and local DJs. Special projects include concert/festival reviews. Creation of one's own EDM track and concert poster.
Course Number: IDH 4200-001
Course title: Global Queer Cultures on Film and Television
Day & Time: Monday/ Wednesday | 9:30 AM-1:00 PM
Professor: Cam Silver
Description: Global Queer Cultures on Film and Televisionis an experimental class that will focus on the perception of queer issues on film and TV. Students will be exposed to different problems that face the global queer community such as racism, transphobia, homophobia, conversion therapy, religion, and other issues. We will watch the films and TV shows in a chronological timeline so students can see how societal norms about queer rights has changed over time. The students will be exposed to these issues through visual representation by watching film and TV. This will be a globally driven class, and our selection of films and episodes of TV shows will transcend the borders of the US. Global Queer Cultures on Film and TV will not just be about watching media; students will also explore complex theories such as constructivism, feminism, queer theory, neoliberalism, intersectionality, and critical race theory.
Course Number:IDH 3400-001
Course title: Food and History
Day & Time: Monday/ Wednesday | 9:30 AM-1 PM
Professor: Gary Mormino
Description: "Tell me what you eat," wrote a French gourmand 200 years ago, "and I will tell you who you are." This class examines history through the lens of food. The way we eat/ate is always changing. We will discuss how invaders, wars, immigrants, ethnic groups, technology, the media and politics change our food habits. Students will maintain food journals and write a mini-term paper.
Course Number: IDH 4950-003
Course title: Connections
Day & Time: Monday/ Wednesday | 10 AM – 12:45 PM
Location: Tampa Museum of Art
Professor: Catherine Wilkins
Description: Mental Healthcare, Community Engagement, and Art is a service learning course, meaning that we integrate community service with guided reflection into the curriculum to enhance and enrich student learning of course material. In this collaboration between the USF Honors College and the Tampa Museum of Art, Honors students learn about medical conditions such as dementia, depression, and PTSD and are trained to facilitate interactions with works of art for patient groups dealing with these diagnoses. No experience with art is required. The program is based on the Meet Me at MOMA Alzheimer's Project, which strove to make art accessible to people with dementia, and has been highly successful and lauded by healthcare professionals, museum staff, and participants alike. This class will train students in the Visual Thinking Strategies method of art exploration, which allows participants to give their own personal interpretations of works of art without fear of judgment or failure. Particularly in people with Alzheimer's, depression, and PTSD, this method has been found to help patients access and express memories, practice or regain their communication skills, externalize emotions, relieve stress and anxiety, and promote positive emotions. This capstone course will allow students to participate in furthering the research in these areas by providing an immersive experience at the intersection of art, medicine, and mental health. This class will also instruct students in the practices of observation, deep listening, and critical thinking, build empathy and understanding, and engage students with the community. Please note that this class meets at the Tampa Museum of Art – please allow time for traveling back and forth when you are planning your schedule. Transportation is not provided
Section 001: Thesis I
- Meets FKL writing intensive or capstone requirements
Section 002: Thesis II
- Meets FKL writing intensive or capstone requirements