University of South Florida
The Judy Genshaft Honors College offers courses located on all three USF campuses,
as well as off-site locations. Judy Genshaft Honors College courses are open to students
from any home campus. Unless noted specifically in the course description, classes
in the Judy Genshaft Honors College require in-person attendance.
The following course numbers are considered Honors Core classes: IDH 2010, IDH 3350,
IDH 3100, IDH 3400, IDH 3600, IDH 4200, IDH 4930 (only if 3 credits), IDH 4950, &
Finding Meaning and Purpose Around the World IDH 4200-501/IDH 495-501, cross listedInstructor: Jody McBrienT | 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
As young people work their way through school, they are constantly confronted with
this question: What do you want to do with your life? (In the US, this often translates
into “What do you want to be when you grow up?”) Even with older individuals, when
introduced to new people, they frequently introduce themselves by stating what they
do for a living. Interestingly, other culture’s view living differently. The French,
for example, do not tend to equate discussions of life with work. And the Māori of
New Zealand see life as deeply rooted in the family, the community, and the earth.
Is our work what brings us our greatest purpose and meaning in life? And if it is,
have we chosen wisely? Have we chosen what fulfills us, or do we choose based on the
expectations of others? In what ways do diverse cultures influence the life choices
of individuals? If we long to do something that goes “against the grain” of expectations,
how do we manage that?
This course offers an exploration into the many ways in which people from various
time periods and cultures find meaning and purpose in their lives. It will include
readings from philosophy, religions, essays, fiction, and poetry as well as psychosocial
research. We will also experiment with activities to explore ways of finding purpose.
The course will culminate in a research project that you will present to the class.
Culture, Identity, and Migration (Permit Required)IDH 4200-502 Instructor: LanierT/R | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
This course will focus on communication theories of culture and identity and explore
how migration complicates and complexifies those concepts. We will use the Dominican
Republic as our main case study before travelling to the country to work closely with
locals in rural healthcare settings and live with host families.
*Study Abroad Course. You must be accepted into the program to take this class.
*This course will be offered in a synchronous, online environment. You must have consistent
access to WI-FI, a computer with video and audio, and a quiet place to attend class.
Lifestyle Medicine for Brain HealthIDH 3350-501Instructor: PeabodyTBA
Recent findings in neuroscience, medicine, and public health give us tremendous hope
and encouragement that we can optimize the health and performance of our brain and
body, decrease the risk of brain illness, and optimize health, development, wellbeing,
and longevity at any age! You can actually see significant brain enhancement on a
brain imaging scan in as little as 12 weeks of adopting brain healthy lifestyle behaviors.
When implementing a brain health regiment, it is important to consider brain fitness
in a similar way that we currently think about physical fitness training: it needs
to be evidence-based, engaging, challenging, specific, and consistent. When we adopt
a brain healthy lifestyle and learn or experience new things, the brain physiologically
changes as a result. Lifestyle Medicine for Brain Health and Performance, is a one
semester course that focuses on the science of brain health protective and risk factors
through the application of brain healthy lifestyle behaviors (e.g., general health,
physical activity, sleep, nutrition, emotional well-being, cognitive training/stimulation,
social connection, meaning and purpose, creativity, stress resilience, and home, nature,
*This course will alternate with in-person and synchronous online course meetings.
Details will be provided in the syllabus.
Ancient Greek Myth in Text and ImageIDH 3100-601Instructor: Sheramy BundrickM | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Herakles, Athena, Achilles … for centuries, Greek mythology has inspired poets, playwrights,
visual artists, and content creators of all kinds. What did these characters and tales
mean in ancient times, and how can they speak to us today? In this course, we will
consider primary and secondary sources related to mythology -- literary and historical
texts, works of art, and archaeological finds -- to gain insight into Greek customs
and society. We will also explore how later creators have adapted Greek myth for their
own time and purposes, including in modern film and popular culture.
Ocean Life and Why They MatterIDH 3350-601Instructor: Theresa Greely W | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PMSustainable Futures
The main purpose of this course is to advance the ocean literacy and environmental
stewardship of students. The ocean is essential fora healthy planet and human well-being.
Students will learn about the fascinating diversity of ocean life and their odd strategies
for living in the ocean. We will focus on the biology of ocean life, as well as how
geological, chemical, and physical processes are essential to understanding ocean
life. We will attempt to answer the questions about, “How life in the ocean contributes
to human health, food security, and climate?” This course includes outdoor field trips
to explore beyond the classroom. Students will learn to formulate reasonable answers
to questions related to ocean life and ecosystems, living marine resources, and how
ocean life contributes to our global society.
Economics of Men, Women, and WorkIDH 3400-601Instructor: Rebecca HarrisT/R | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Do people make decisions based on their gender? The evidence says Yes: women and men
do tend to have differing roles within their families, at work, and on their educational
paths. (We do not yet have information on non-binary people) Economics – the study
of choices – can help explain these differences and predict how our roles have changed
and will continue to change over time. In this course, you’ll have a chance to take
a deep dive into the theory and the data of gender economics and see how it is directly
relevant to you as you pursue your own life choices.
No background in college economics is needed – just an interest in thinking about
why we humans do the things we do.
Food and HistoryIDH 4200-601Instructor: Gary MorminoT/R | 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
"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.
Healing ArtIDH 4950-601Instructor: Catherine Wilkins, Healing ArtR | 2-4:45
In this collaboration between the USF Honors College and the James Museum of Western
and Wildlife Art, Honors students learn by experience how interactions with the arts
can benefit individuals on both sides of the healthcare equation – patients and physicians
alike. By the end of the semester, students will have learned how particular methods
of engaging with art can help participants access and express memories, improve communication
skills, externalize emotions, relieve stress and anxiety, increase observation abilities,
and promote positive feelings. We will consider how these benefits relate to people
dealing with a range of medical conditions, providing therapeutic relief that we,
too, might enjoy. We’ll practice facilitating these methods ourselves, in preparation
for helping our community partner, the James Museum, develop a program for community
members diagnosed with dementia, anxiety, depression, and/or other medical conditions.
Finally, 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 community engagement. Please note: this class will be held at the
James Museum in downtown St. Petersburg, 5 blocks from campus. Please allow time in
your schedule for traveling to and from the museum.
Honors ThesisIDH 4970-601Instructor: Catherine Wilkins, Honors ThesisF | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
St. Petersburg Students in the Judy Genshaft Honors College should register for this
section of thesis.
Acquisition of Knowledge IDH 2010-001 Instructor: David Garrison T/H | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Ranging from classical philosophy to the digital age, this first-year honors course
invites students to explore the different ways in which knowledge is created and consumed,
how understanding is cultivated, the various relationships possible between knowledge
and the self, and the implications of these in our contemporary world. Through an
examination of common topics, studio experiences, and assignments, all sections of
this course will explore different ways of knowing (e.g., historical, philosophical,
scientific, creative, etc.) Note: This freshman seminar is intended as an introduction to the Judy Genshaft Honors
College community for incoming students.
Rooted in PlaceIDH 2930-002Instructor: Andrew Hargrove (with Kobe Phillips)M/W | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AMSustainable Futures
This 0 credit course fulfills 50 hours of community service.
“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To
nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” -Alfred Austin
The great challenge of our time is to build and nurture sustainable communities. Gardening
is an act of compassion – for one’s self, their community members, and ecological
partners. Planting and growing food and flowers can promote the health and wellbeing
of all our community members – whether in the JGHC, USF, or our surrounding areas.
This spring, I welcome you to build our JGHC community garden. You will learn valuable
skills you can take with you beyond the classroom, including how to reduce the impact
of food deserts through community gardening, improve air and soil quality, increase
biodiversity of plants and animals, reduce waste through composting, increase physical
activity through gardening maintenance, improve mental health and promote relaxation,
and promote community wellness through education. In this experiential learning class,
you can gain the tools to create a better world for yourself and others through establishing
the community garden.
Backstage Pass to Health ProfessionsIDH 2930 - 003Instructor: Donna PetersenM | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM1 credit course
In our currently evolving health care system, there is a growing emphasis on team-based
approaches. Such approaches require that health professions training focus on interprofessional
education. This course provides students who plan to pursue a health profession an
opportunity to see what happens “backstage” in the health care field by shadowing
interprofessional teams. The students will rotate among interprofessional teams that
may consist of: medical students, residents, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician
assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists, social workers, health administrators,
health educators, etc. The students will present their experiences during the class
period and complete assignments in order to receive credit.
Germany Travel Workshop IDH 2930-004 Instructor: Carter Harbert T | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM In this 0 credit workshop, students accepted to the Spring 2023 Germany: Beyond the
Classroom program will spend time getting to know one another and preparing for travel
Honors OrchestraIDH 2930-901Instructor: Calvin FalwellT | 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Did you play an instrument in high school, or were a member of your local youth orchestra
or band? Have you been looking for an artistic outlet for your creative personality?
Then you are in the right place! Join the USF Honors Orchestra this semester and
explore the world of classical and popular music. This flexible and inviting group
of musicians is open to all levels. We hope that you will join us.
Honors ChorusIDH 2930-902Instructor: Allyssa Jones (with Preston Kifer)F | 12:30-1:45
Do you love to sing? Do you miss singing? Join the USF Judy Genshaft Honors College
Choir! Student-run with support from the instructor, we choose our own repertoire,
collaborate on arrangements, and organize our events. Our ensemble is a true community
where all people and musical backgrounds are welcome. Come sing for joy!
Honors InternshipIDS 3947-113Instructor: Audra SanterreOnline 0-3 credits
Students who have secured an internship and cannot receive internship credit through
their major department may enroll in the honors internship course. This course is
designed to help students make the most of their internship experience through guided
reflections and support for articulating their experiences for future employers, graduate/professional
programs, and personal statements. Students will receive transcript credit for enrolling
in this S/U course, and enrollment hours will not count towards excess credit hours.
This course does not count towards honors requirements. For more information, contact
an honors advisor. Permit required.
Monsters, Sages, and Supercrips: Disability in Popular Culture IDH 3100-001 Instructor: Adam Davidson T/R | 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Disability is everywhere when you start to look for it, but are you listening, seeing,
sensing, or attending to its many manifestations? Have your reflective abilities been
diminished (disabled?) by over-exposure to old tropes and assumptions? This course
will attempt to reanimate your faculties and to hone your critical skills on how popular
media wields and expresses bodily and cognitive difference. Open to all forms of popular expression, from the freak show to Oscar winning films,
through novels, stories, comics, music, TV, and even including social media and video
games, we will identify and analyze the varied representations and consider their
possible meanings. In this course we will unpack scholarly perspectives on disability,
situate these perspectives historically and culturally, and investigate the intersectional
relationships between disability representation and other forms of identity. We will
explore the meanings of “popular,” consider the role of technology, and develop tools
for cultural analysis. We will also explore the work of disabled people in popular
media and consider how their experiences and efforts shape cultural perspectives.
Politics of Popular Music, Protest, and Resistance IDH 3100-002 Instructor: Angsumala Tamang W | 2:00 PM – 4:45 PM Popular music, which began in the 1950s in the United States and England, has in the
21st century transcended borders to take the world by storm. Generally defined as
music produced for the masses by the music industry with catchy tunes, instrumentation,
rhythm, and lyrics compared to art and folk music, the universal appeal of pop music
can be deemed simply by looking at its world-wide audiences in today’s sonic market.
However, despite its widespread appeal and a global fan-base, popular music as an
ambivalent “category-defying genre” does not limit itself to one style or entertainment
and escapism as some might suggest. Rather, it has provided artists and the masses
with an active space to protest and articulate modes of resistance in forging counter-hegemonic
narratives of the world. Taking a relatively new area of academic interest called the “popular music studies,”
which is predominantly marked for its inclusivity, interdisciplinary inquiry, experiential
interactions, and critical thinking, this course will examine the role of popular
music in negotiating, consolidating, and contesting structures of power between communities,
cultures, and individuals. As such our studies will cover musics from the U.S., East
Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia by grounding them within socio-political realities
through readings on critical theory, cultural studies, ethnomusicology, nationalism,
place, ethnicity, gender studies, and queer studies.
When Growing Up Means Growing Down: The Girls’ Bildungsroman IDH 3100-003 Instructor: Ashley Reese T/R | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM American girls’ literature forms a genre that follows the bildungsroman of girls “growing
down” to join their community and take on the roles of wife and mother. This trajectory
stands in contrast to the boys’ bildungsroman where they grow up to have adventures,
become individuals in their society, and the roles of husband and father are secondary
to their identity.
In this class, students will uncover the implications of the restricting American
girls’ bildungsroman by reading, discussing, and analyzing a novel and short stories
from the initial girls’ literature time period, 1850-1939. Students will conduct original
research by exploring the archives at USF Special Collections to locate and analyze
a book from this period. The second half of the class will ask students to consider
how this framework exists today, by reading modern YA novels and putting together
a book club, handout, and make-and-take craft for the Temple Terrace Library.
Pilgrim in the Metaverse: Exploring Extended Reality IDH 3100-004 Instructor: Csaba Osvath T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM This class offers an in-depth exploration of the domain of Extended Reality (XR) with
a particular focus on Virtual Reality and the Metaverse or Multiplayer and Social
VR Experiences. During this class, we will learn about the history of XR from its
earliest manifestations to our present time and beyond. We will acquire a basic understanding
of how this technology functions and how it facilitates immersive experiences through
an ecosystem of specialized software and hardware as it interacts with human physiology
and psychology. We will examine how immersive technologies (VR, MR, and AR) shape
and influence our lived experiences, ranging from professional engagements (e.g.,
work, training, education) to entertainment (e.g., gaming, immersive storytelling,
fitness). This course will also introduce a large collection of existing virtual applications
related to various domains and genres. Our learning will include critical reflection
and analysis of virtual experiences, philosophical discussions concerning the metaphysical
implications of XR, and actively developing new ideas and concepts for XR through
Tragic Politics and Epic Science: The Foundations of Citizen Government and the Precise
Sciences in Ancient Greek Drama IDH 3100-005 Instructor: David Garrison M/W | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Scholars have long lauded 5th and 4th century B.C.E. Greece as the birthplace of Western
Drama, Science, and Democracy, and some have even examined the character of the time
and place that would bring forth such changes in art, communication, knowledge, and
politics. However, only recently have we begun to question whether there is a more
intimate and causal connection between these seemingly-disparate technologies. In
this course we will examine the early development of Ancient Greek tragedy, the progress
of the empirical and social sciences, and the rise of citizen governments. We will
piece together their shared histories and seek out the complexities of their interrelationships.
Writing Resistance IDH 3100-006 Instructor: Dennis Mont’Ros M/W | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM “The singular power of literature lies not in its capacity for accurate representation
of mass commonalities, but its ability to illuminate the individual life in a way
that expands our understanding of some previously unseen or unarticulated aspect of
existence.” -Nicole Krauss, Writer Resistance is a natural response to tyranny. Our survival instinct compels us to push
back against factors that limit freedoms. In this course, students will examine how
contemporary writers use short fiction to resist institutional and societal restrictions.
Our primary emphasis will be practicing the art and craft of writing short fiction
to enhance our ability to infuse message with meaning. Our secondary emphasis will
be analyzing repressive motives and the tools employed to control voices of dissent:
rhetoric, censorship, and propaganda. This course will enhance students’ ability to recognize and utilize language as the
most powerful of expressive modalities, while familiarizing themselves with the struggles
of marginalized groups from cultures around the world. Projects will include a portfolio
of creative work which will be workshopped with peers.
This American Playlist IDH 3100-007 Instructor: Francesca Arnone T/R | 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM This course examines our reciprocal relationship with music: the choices we make in
what we listen to, whose performances we support, how we choose to connect with its
content, and the influences this has on society. Which voices have been ignored, and
how did this happen? Through analysis and reflective inquiry, students embark on a
mindful sonic journey to address these questions and more, exploring diverse musics
and performers bringing attention to social issues and cultural identities. The mosaic
of the United States is our focus, ranging from songs to symphonies to beats. Class
topics guide students to compare how and what different forms of musics, when created
as a response, may convey about people and society. In addition to essay reflections,
the major project is an annotated playlist students design to promote intentionality
in the creation, consumption, and dissemination of music.
The Afterlife in the Ancient World IDH 3100-008 Instructor: Jeffery Donley M/W | 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM It’s a universal truth: Everyone—including you—will eventually die. After thousands
of years of pondering it, we still find death one of life’s most perplexing mysteries.
This interdisciplinary course integrates religious, ethical, psychological, sociological,
and cultural dimensions of death and the afterlife in four of the most influential
ideologies of the ancient world as seen through a cultural history of ideas and geographical
practices, architecture, reliefs, and archaeology—relating to death and the afterlife.
The focus of this seminar-style course will be one of reading, reflection, writing,
collaborative inquiry, discussion, and understanding of the diversity of the four
most dominant ancient global ideologies of death, judgment, and the afterlife. Students will investigate the four most influential ancient geographical and world
ideologies and their primary sources for the concept of the afterlife. First, we will
begin in ancient Egypt with its Egyptian theology of death, mastabas, pyramids, the
Valley of the Kings, astrophysics, zoomorphism, mummification, judgment, and the afterlife.
Second, students will explore ancient Greece and Rome with its Greco-Roman concept
of Hades, anthropomorphism, monsters/deities, heroes such as Heracles (the Roman name
is Hercules), Aeneas, Sophocles’ Antigone (441 BC), Virgil’s Aeneid (29-19 BC), Tartarus,
and katabasis (descent into the underworld). Third, we will investigate ancient Israel
with its Hebrew concept of death and Sheol (Hebrew word for the Greek Hades). And
fourth, students will learn ancient Christianity’s ideology of death, Hades, Heaven,
Tartarus, Judgment, Resurrection, and Hell that became a global movement throughout
the Roman Empire and beyond to our modern twenty-first century. In this course, we
will write to understand what we are thinking, what we’re seeing, what it means, what
we desire, and what we fear.
Welcome to the Future: Representations of Tomorrow in Fiction and Film IDH 3100-009 Instructor: Pablo Brescia M | 2:00 PM – 4:45 PM Sustainable Futures How has our future been imagined in literature and film? What are the coordinates
(life, death, body, soul, science and technology, religion) under which we might examine
life on Earth years from now? This course will examine several science fiction texts and films that interrogate
the human condition through the representation of possible futures. We will read short
stories (Bradbury, Dick, Borges, Rojo and others) and novels (Bioy Casares, Orwell,
Atwood) and we will watch films (Sleep Dealer, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Matrix,
AI, Interstellar) in order to understand the ways in which literature and film have
dealt with the anxiety of progress. Possible topics for the class include: the effects
of globalization; immigration; labor relations; the body and technology; real and
virtual identities; time travel and memory; gender and race within a syfy context.
Throughout this course, students will be able to (1) recognize important texts and
films and understand why they are relevant in their representation of the future;
(2) express analytically (in oral and written form) their ideas about the material
and (3) identify and explain the main characteristics of these texts and films and
analyze how do they relate to each other and to a particular cultural context.
Creator, Images, and Sounds IDH 3100-010 Instructor: Tamara Nemirovsky F | 12:30 PM – 3:15 PM In this class, students will learn how to produce a video that reflects the understanding
of current events and their own response to them through the creation of a fictional
narrative. They will become creators of images and sounds that capture their own subjective
interpretation of problems that local communities are facing today. This class will focus on concept development, image, and sound composition, research,
storyboarding, film language, and construction of meaning through the creation of
multiple visual layers and sounds during filming and editing as well as all technical
aspects (camera, lighting, sound, editing software) required to produce a creative
video. Students will collectively explore the aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of images
and sounds to evoke emotions and meanings in the viewer. They will research human-social
problems (violence, guns, education, poverty, climate change, addictions, communication,
health, Covid 19, etc.) affecting communities today and develop a video art piece
that will question at the same time the audience and their own systems of beliefs.
Students will develop their capacity to recognize how we create understanding through
the production of a video step by step, and how creative and fictional work can address
their current social and cultural concerns. This course does not require previous
film/art knowledge or experience. You will use a DLSR camera. If the students do not
have access to a DLSR, they will use their smartphone cameras.
Stop Motion Animation IDH 3100-011 Instructor: Tamara Nemirovsky F | 9:30 AM – 12:15 PM In this course, students will create socially conscious stop-motion animation artwork.
Students will explore textural imagery and conceptual animation filmmaking by developing
their own creative research projects. Projects will examine community issues while
incorporating multiple perspectives into production decisions when creating a meaningful
and reflective stop-motion animation film. Students will collectively explore the
cultural value, story, and emotional meaning of objects, materials, elements, and
sounds to evoke emotions and meaning in the viewer by creating socially conscious
stop-motion animation artwork. Emphasis is on animation film language, experimental stop-motion animation techniques,
concept development, and narrative structures as well as all the production stages
(pre-production, production, post-production) and technical aspect required to produce
a stop-motion animation film. This course does not require previous animation knowledge
Sustainable Futures: Art + the Environment IDH 3100-012 Instructor: Tina Piracci T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Sustainable Futures With rising sea levels and global temperatures climbing, our earth is in need of immediate
regenerative action. This studio art course will propose various forms of restorative
design and art activism to address climate change, threatened ecosystems and the environment.
Utilizing design, fine art, and other creative modes of expressive solutions, we will
research potential calls for creative action, whether via art activism and awareness
or design implementation and fieldwork. This class does not require previous art experience
and various mediums will be open for exploration. Through community partnerships,
we will investigate opportunities for impact design for coral reef and oyster restoration,
as well as other topics curated by students. With opportunities to ideate and develop
design proposals with the environment in mind, we will collaborate with community
researchers and organizations to take creative action for a cleaner tomorrow.
Florida Cultures IDH 3100-013 Instructor: Michael McDowell M/W | 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM In this course, students will explore Florida through overlapping experiences in the
arts and humanities. Drawing from examples in literature, film, music, and history,
students will develop skills in writing and critical thinking to learn more about
the cultures in which they are situated as USF students. In doing so, this class aims
to be both theoretical and practical, providing opportunities for students to engage
in local cultural communities and cultural productions. Drawing from theories in cultural
studies, media studies, and rhetoric, students will learn how to navigate their own
cultures as well as cultures that are
Curatorial Practices + Public Art IDH 3100-014 Instructor: Tina Piracci T/R | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Through an exploration of artists, public artworks, curatorial practices, and research,
this course will provide insights to the behind the scenes of the artworld. In hopes
of granting accessibility through the arts, we will venture into social, environmental,
abstract and other emergent themes in the artworld. Additionally, we will delve into
topics and processes about the art selections for the new Judy Genshaft Honors College
building and exercise skills needed to curate an exhibition. Students will immerse
themselves in this practice through various activities such as creating their own
gallery mock-ups as they work towards proposing a gallery exhibition as a class for
an on or off campus venue. By visiting local art galleries and museums, we will refine
our understanding of the creative world around us. Each student will first identify
and research their individual curatorial voice as they strive to investigate their
interests and goals as a member of the art realm and then work collaboratively as
a group to make real-world contributions to their community.
Art in Motion IDH 3100-015 Instructor: Tina Piracci T/R | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM From the currents in our oceans, to the electrical current in our bodies, energy moves
all things around us. In this course, we will explore how we harness these different
energies to produce forms of kinetic artwork through the investigation of the expressive
nature of computational approaches to art and design in order to create interactive
works of kinetic sculptures or installations. Along the way, we will also look at
a variety of strange, whimsical, and beautiful works created by historical and contemporary
artists and technologists, and we will re-think computation from a poetic, provocative
perspective. To create art that moves you, we will explore the locomotion at various scales, including
the kineticism of small motors and actuators using microprocessors and the study of
various hand operated, nature-driven or electrical mechanisms. We will introduce Arduino,
an open-source library and integrated development environment (IDE) built for makers,
students, hobbyists, artists, and professionals, as well as other means of kinetics.
These tools will be utilized to explore various modes of creative expression.
Narrative Cartography: Mapping the Stories of Your Life IDH 3100-016 Instructor: Ulluminair Salim W | 11:00 AM – 1:45 PM “You can kiss your family and friends goodbye and put miles between you, but at the
same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach; because
you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”—Frederick Buechner, Author
and Theologian Cartography is the study and practice of map-making, and Narrative Cartography invites
students to map the stories of their lives. Through reading, writing, and multilayered
forms of journeying, students will tell stories that matter to them, from the mundane
to the profound. This practice-oriented course leverages written narrative to visit
personal places seldom explored such as the meaning in and of our names; how and why
we hold the political values that we do; the stories that our bodies tell; death,
dying, and remembrance; our personal foodways; and what it means to celebrate our
failures, among other concerns. At its most expansive, this course is a foray into
our shared humanity and recognition of the universal in the particular.
Narrative Medicine & Health In/Justice IDH 3100-0017 Instructor Brianna Cusanno F | 11:00 AM – 1:45 PM Medical Humanities This course integrates two movements within healthcare professional education—narrative
medicine and structural competency—to examine health inequities and health justice.
Narrative medicine is a framework that suggests humans make sense of health, illness,
and medicine through creating and sharing stories. Structural competency is a framework
for analyzing and dismantling health inequities. Whether you aim to pursue a career
in medicine, policy, social services, public health, or journalism, or if you are
entering the conversation as a patient or caregiver, narrative medicine and structural
competency can offer you powerful insights into health inequities and health justice.
When you practice narrative medicine and structural competency together, you will
find yourself able to connect with personal stories of illness without losing sight
of the ways individual stories fit within a broader landscape of health in/justice.
To hone our skills in narrative medicine and structural competency, we will engage
with diverse perspectives on health and illness, including through academic texts,
short stories, poetry, visual art, radio, podcasts, and more. We will engage our creativity
by writing about personal experience, creating art, and sharing stories. And we will
mobilize for change through research, artistic expression, and community organizing.
The Rise of EDM: A History of Electronic MusicIDH 3100-018Instructor: Calvin FalwellM | 5:00 PM – 7:45 PM
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
headfirst into Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and its collection of subgenres such as
House, Drum n Bass, Dubstep, Trap, and Hardstyle.
Climb Every Mountain: Geology of our National Parks IDH 3350-001 Instructor: Judith McIlrath T/R | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Sustainable Futures We won't actually be climbing mountains, unless you participate in the optional field
trip where we will climb some small cinder cone volcanoes. Instead, we will see how
mountains are built along with discussing other geological processes occurring in
varied landscapes as we journey through many of the National Parks across the country.
Take an adventure with me to discover how these landscapes formed and how they've
changed through geologic time, why some house explosive volcanoes and why others provide
tranquil scenery. We'll discuss the basics of Geology and how they apply to park landscapes.
It is said that the National Parks are America's greatest idea. During our travels
through the parks, we'll contemplate the controversy and dilemma their very existence
presents and learn some practical life lessons along the way.
The optional field trip is offered so that you can experience some of the parks firsthand.
Come climb with me, and I think you will agree that setting these lands aside for
all people and for future generations truly is America's greatest idea.
Interdisciplinary Research in Science: Workforce Preparation IDH 3350-002Instructor: Michael CrossT/R | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PMSustainable Futures
In this course, we utilize interdisciplinary inquiry to address specific opportunities
for STEM development within the local community in collaboration with a non-profit
partner focused on workforce development. Examples of previous projects include UNSDG
(3) Good Health and Well-being to understand how assisted living facilities can better
navigate the COVID-19 global pandemic and UNSDG (8) Decent Work and Economic Growth
to support programs that engage K-12 in STEM education. Finally, we address your future
aspirations in a series of assignments to help you navigate your next, whether that
is graduate school, medical school, law school, or entry into the workforce.
Interdisciplinary Research in Science: The Laboratory of Life IDH 3350-003 Instructor: Michael Cross T/R | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Sustainable Futures Natural science is the basis for many applied disciplines including medicine, public
health, and engineering. In this course, we look beyond the STEM core, to incorporate
other areas of inquiry necessary to advance the human condition. Using the lens of
the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), we foster interdisciplinary inquiry
to address specific opportunities within the local community in collaboration with
a non-profit partner. Examples of previous projects include UNSDG (3) Good Health
and Well-being to understand how assisted living facilities can better navigate the
COVID-19 global pandemic and UNSDG (8) Decent Work and Economic Growth to support
programs that engage K-12 in STEM education. Finally, we address your future aspirations
in a series of assignments to help you navigate your next, whether that is graduate
school, medical school, law school, or entry into the workforce.
What is the Environment?IDH 3350-004Instructor: Andrew HargroveM/W | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AMSustainable Futures
You may think the answer to the question “what is the environment?” is simple, but
this seminar style course will critically explore the way the social construction
of the environment has changed through history and how our conception of what the
environment is affects how we treat it and what we determine is acceptable. In this
course, we will take a global perspective on how the environment is perceived around
the world, what we are doing about solving the many environmental problems globally,
and how a shift in perspective can spark change.
Natural Hazards of the Earth's Surface IDH 3350-005 Instructor: Timothy Dixon M/W | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Sustainable Futures The course will provide a basic understanding of Earth and environmental sciences
with a focus on natural hazards, and discuss ways society can improve its responses
to natural and human-caused hazards to reduce fatalities and costs. For non-science
majors, it will also provide an introduction to the scientific method and quantitative
analysis. We will discuss the background science behind a range of recent disasters, look at
associated costs and mitigation strategies, and attempt to answer the following question:
if we know so much about the science behind these events, why do they continue to
afflict human society, and impose ever-increasing costs?
Sustainable Tampa BayIDH 3400-001Instructor: Andrew HargroveT | 9:30 AM – 12:00 PMSustainable Futures
You’ve learned about what it takes to create sustainable futures in your coursework
and through honors events, but what is it like to actually do the work to make our
future sustainable? In this hands-on course, you can find out. Each module, we will
join a different organization around the Tampa Bay area doing sustainability and climate
action work. We will help them achieve their goals and learn about the diverse ways
people in our neighborhoods are already preparing for climate change and ensuring
our future is sustainable. Please note: students must have access to reliable transportation and allow for up
to one hour before and after the scheduled time to get to and from the destination. I look forward to building a sustainable future with you all!
Communism, Fascism, and Democracy: Theoretical Foundations and Contemporary Use and
Abuse IDH 3400-002 Instructor: David Garrison T/R | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM "Communism," "Fascism," "Socialism," "Nationalism," "Patriotism," "Democracy," and
"Capitalism" are terms that are bandied about with some abandon. Everyone seems to
have a vague notion of what they mean, but we often use them in incoherent and even
contradictory ways. These concepts and terms become increasingly important during
election cycles that seem to be lasting longer and becoming more polarizing and vitriolic.
In this course, we will attempt to come to grips with some of the most important
"isms" of contemporary politics by examining both their theoretical, historical, and
cultural foundations, but also how they have evolved and changed in different social,
political, and economic environments.
Indiana Jones and the Greatest Archaeological Discoveries IDH 3400-003 Instructor: Jeffery Donley T/R | 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Indiana Jones is the archetypal character first appearing in the 1981 film Raiders
of the Lost Ark. He is a college professor of archaeology in a tweed suit who transforms
into 'Indy'—a non-superhero superhero with a fedora and whip—on the hunt for great
archaeological discoveries. Often encountering insurmountable odds, deadly booby traps,
and villains who want to kill him, Indy always prevails in the nick of time. But is
this real archaeology? And how does the reality of archaeological work differ from
what we see in Indiana Jones movies?
The purpose of this Social Science seminar is to expose students to cultural ideals
and scientific principles from the greatest archaeological discoveries. Students will
engage in readings, reflection, collaborative inquiry, critical and creative thinking,
writing, and discussions. Students will learn about such treasures as The Rosetta
Stone, the Terra-cotta Soldiers, Manchu Picchu, the Giza Pyramid Complex, Chechen
Itza, Gobekli Tepe, Stonehenge, The Knossos Palace, Troy, Angkor Wat, the Antikythera
Computer, and Akrotiri. Students will explore how archaeology plays an essential part
in the evolution of knowledge, by separating mythology and legend from actual history.
Surviving the Culture Wars IDH 3400-004 Instructor: Patrick Casey M/W | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM When students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky attended a March for
Life rally in the nation’s capital, they found themselves embroiled in a bitter controversy
centered on issues of identity politics, power, and privilege in modern America. Media
coverage of the incident portrayed the students in one of two ways—consistent with
the moral expectations of their reader/viewership—these students were either villains
deserving of scorn and contempt, or victims deserving compassion and understanding.
This case, like many others, spotlights the deep ideological encampment so prevalent
in America today. Yet why do people understand the same incident so differently? This
course offers students a chance to engage with issues relevant to what observers have
called the “culture wars,” the politicization of moral and social issues, most notably
between what liberals and conservatives think should comprise American values, and
the moral evaluations each group makes about the world around them. As political polarization
is on the rise, the need for good faith discussions that can lead to mutual understanding
between reasonable people is greater than ever. This course provides students with
the resources and opportunities necessary to learn about contemporary issues that
Americans disagree on, the sociological and psychological roots of these disagreements,
as well as perspectives that will be useful in evaluating these disagreements. Most
importantly, class meetings will offer students a safe space outside the political
echo chambers that make up so much of what we are exposed to from media and social
media alike, to discuss these issues intelligently with the goal of increasing empathy
and reducing polarization.
Medicine, Drugs, & Culture IDH 3400-005 Instructor: Rebecca Todd T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Medical Humanities This course will survey the relationship between a variety of mind-altering substances
and cultural processes. We discuss the physiological and psychological effects of
these substances -- ranging from alcohol and caffeine to LSD and ecstasy -- and ask
why different drugs are sanctioned and prohibited by different societies. We explore
the history of mind-altering substance use and the relationship with such phenomena
as health, poverty, religion, popular media, inter-generational conflict, and politics.
Students will explore the evolution of substance use from “traditional” indigenous
societies to the modern global pharmaceutical industry. Topics will include (but are
not limited to): bioethics and the medicalization of drugs; discourse and debate around
medical vs. holistic; healing vs. harming, mind-controlling vs. mind-altering; recreation
vs. addiction; legal sanctions and countercultures; global trade of sugar, coffee,
and nicotine; and the rise of popular pharmaceutical products (i.e., Prozac, Viagra,
Adderall). Finally, we evaluate America's current drug laws with particular emphasis
on the opioid epidemic. Through seminar discussion, we will apply a variety of theoretical perspectives toward
a more holistic understanding of how medicine and drugs, drug use, and addiction are
conceptualized, constituted, materialized, and commodified through social and cultural
norms and practices. Students will complete a generative solution-focused research
project exploring how these tensions shape the way we experience our own individual
health and wellbeing.
Food, Culture, and the Human Story IDH 3400-006 Instructor: Rebecca Todd T/R | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Medical Humanities Sustainable Futures This course will survey the relationship between food, identity, and human culture.
Students will challenge themselves to explore the unique roles that food plays in
shaping cultural worldviews and individual identities through a cross-cultural and
holistic perspective. Topics will include (but are not limited to): how food is defined,
how it is produced and consumed, who does and does not eat different types of food,
and how this all fits together throughout the human story. In this class, we will apply a variety of different theoretical perspectives toward
a more holistic understanding of how food is conceptualized, constituted, distributed,
and materialized through social and cultural norms and practices. We will explore
the static yet evolving nature of humanity’s relationship with food while exploring
questions about the structural viability of past and present food production technologies,
ethical food procurement strategies and decisions, and cultural variations regarding
food and what is good to eat. Through course readings, discussions, and a research
project, we examine different patterns of food acquisition, procurement, distribution,
and health as we question the role food will play in the future of the human story.
Secularism and Spirituality in an Age of Sustainability IDH 3400-007 Instructor: Sean Currie T/R | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Sustainable Futures This course introduces honors undergraduate students to one of the longest-running
debates in the social scientific study of religion: secularization. Drawing upon
an interdisciplinary base of scholarship—sociology, anthropology, religious studies,
history, and philosophy—we will address two primary questions throughout this semester:
“What happens to religion under the conditions of modernity?” and “How (and why) do
these changes happen?” Through the examination of secularity in local and global
perspectives, as well as the emergence of alternative religions and spiritual movements,
we will seek to determine whether modernity weakens, strengthens, transforms, or entails
some other consequence for religion. Throughout the semester, we will examine descriptive accounts (e.g., empirical data)
and analytic approaches (e.g., scholarly theories) in the course readings. We will
also explore normative components (e.g., prescriptive ethics) that require students
to form their own informed opinions on these issues. Thus, not only will we investigate
the origins and driving forces of religious change in global perspective; we will
also engage in an ongoing dialogue about whether secularism and/or the "spiritual
turn" in religion are producing sustainable outcomes here in the United States and
throughout the world. Since the social and cultural forces at work in shaping religion
also play a role in shaping our personal experiences and identities (whether we are
believers or non-believers, skeptics or indifferent), the topics and issues we address
in this course will guide students to develop a better understanding of themselves
in context with the broad social histories and causal influences that shape us.
James Baldwin and the Origins of White and Black IDH 3400-008 Instructor: Zachary Purdue M/W | 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM When asked about the future of Black Americans and the future of America, James Baldwin
remarked that the two were "insoluble". White Americans, Baldwin argued, would largely
determine the country's future to the extent that they could confront the historical
and existential origins of American distinctions between Black and white. Failing
this task would inevitably lead to "a breaking point" in which the country's race
relations would erupt into violence. America's only options for sustainable futures
all required a searching, honest appraisal of the relationship between Black and white
identities, identities Baldwin saw as interdependent. This course investigates Baldwin's comments surrounding what it means to be Black
and white in America. We sift through Baldwin's letters, essays, and interviews to
draw out his positions on the phenomenology of racial identity. Additionally, the
course examines Baldwin's commitment to optimism and criticisms of pessimism, his
views on gay and straight identities, and his relationships with other intellectuals
and activists of the civil rights era. Interspersed between Baldwin's writings are
other readings in classical and contemporary phenomenology that serve as interpretive
and comparative aides. We also compare Baldwin's views with studies from history and
the social sciences on the origins and development of Western racial distinctions.
The course's approach strongly resembles courses in the history of philosophy. Classes
consist of seminar-style close readings and discussions of primary sources. There
is little to no classical lecturing. Evaluation methods are almost entirely writing
and participation, with no tests.
Women and Leadership Discourse IDH 3400-009 Instructor: Amaly Santiago T/R | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM What do organizations communicate to professional women? How are women advised to
be leaders in organizational settings? How should a leader be? This seminar aims to
cultivate the understanding of leadership by exploring women’s leadership discourse
and the asymmetries in the workplace that dictate women’s career advancement. We will
explore how organizational practices construct leadership discourse, how leaders are
made in organizations, and how career barriers impact women’s advancement. This course
will engage in leadership issues through readings, organizational practices, case
studies, and interactive projects. Careers and Working Life IDH 3400-010 Instructor: Amaly Santiago T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Starting a working life is part of our growth as professionals. When it comes to your
career, you want to be prepared, confident, and capable of managing real-life work
situations. You want to excel in those future opportunities. Careers and Working Life
is a practical course that will help students develop their communication and professional
skills. Students will learn the foundations of oral communication by delivering speeches,
creating effective presentations, and dealing with work engagements such as interviews,
productive meetings, evaluations, conflict resolution, and other leadership tools.
Multiple learning activities will allow students to creatively develop and analyze
the core aspects of public speaking and presentations as they exist in real-life work
settings. Students will consider audience, delivery, message, the visual story as
well as other components of communicating in professional settings.
Pop Culture and Social Change IDH 3400-011 Instructor: David Jenkins M/W | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM This course examines popular culture as a potential site of resistance that contributes
to social change. Looking at contemporary popular culture with culture and social
movements of the past, this course examines how power and resistance operates in society.
In varying ways, these cultural products force new perspectives and call for new ways
of being through the creation of what Kenneth Burke referred to as "alternate ethical
universes," further functioning as "equipment for living." We will explore relevant
debates, historical and contemporary, concerning the impact of popular culture on
social change. There is a focus on social media, fandoms, comic books, games, television
and film, and the human body all as sites of resistance. The approach to this course
is theoretical, practical, and transnational. It draws from sociology, communication,
critical theory, cultural studies, postcolonialism, and other related fields. This course introduces students to key sociological concepts and their relevance for
understanding and explaining major issues in both culture and social change. It aims
to define and interrogate fundamental concepts in sociology and cultural studies,
while also illustrating these through timely and topical social issues of global scope
in the news. While it addresses globalization, it puts this in historical perspective
and relates it to enduring ideas in sociological analysis.
Beyond the Classroom: Germany* IDH 3400-012 Instructor: Peter Funke F | 9:30 AM – 12:15 PM Spend the semester learning about German history, culture, and language, to help us
understand what it means to be German over the past 150 years and today. Then travel
to Germany for 22 days to immerse in facets of everyday life, cultural realia, and
create connections with German students! Our home base is the University of Osnabrück,
in northern Germany, with planned excursions to Berlin, Bremen, and Hamburg. Osnabrück,
known as the City of Peace, is a welcoming, student-friendly city with plenty to explore!
For more information click here (https://sway.office.com/Yn7U74pErbyQ5ZlU?ref=Link).
*You must apply and be accepted to the Honors Germany Study Abroad program before
enrolling in the course.
Nonprofit Essentials: Purpose, People, & Public RelationsIDH 3400-013Instructor: Lydia AsanaM | 11:00 AM – 1:45 PMSustainable Futures
The sustainability of nonprofit organizations is intricately linked to the sustainable
growth and development of the communities they serve. Sadly, nonprofit organizations
are sometimes forced to close their doors because of gaps in essential foundational
considerations. Before filing paperwork, planning fundraisers and making promises
one may not be able to keep as the leader of a nonprofit organization, it is important
to lay a solid foundation for a successful startup or possess the tools to support
the success of an organization one is passionate about.
In this course students will be taught key fundamentals: clearly defining the purpose
of a nonprofit organization, strategically identifying key team members, and purposefully
planning public relations efforts to establish and maintain the integrity and effectiveness
of a nonprofit organization. Existing nonprofits will be used as case studies for
analysis before students are charged with critiquing and providing recommendations
for an organization of their choice.
Emotions: Experience, Expression, and UnderstandingIDH 3400-014Instructor: Heather Curry M | 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM
What accounts for the differences in how we understand and experience emotions like
guilt, love, shame, joy, gratitude, regret, hope, or anger? Where does emotion live?
How is it generated? Knowledge and expression of emotions are impacted by how we
are raised, culture, gender, personalities, style of interaction, and current life
stressors. In this course, we will both examine and disrupt conventional narratives
about emotional reasoning by delving deeply into the relationships between people
and context. You will have the opportunity to engage in reflexive projects that combine
theory with your lived experiences. Your coursework is intended to open spaces of
reflection, empathy, vulnerability and grace. Our classroom is first and foremost
a laboratory driven by humble curiosity. Students will be invited to share material
or resources they believe relevant to our class as it develops.
Perspectives in Community, Culture, and SelfIDH 3400-015Instructor: Heather Curry M/W | 3:30 PM- 4:45 PM
The word, “community,” can be either evocative or bland, comforting or alienating.
We identify with a community, or many communities. We live in a community. We build,
create, and desire community. But what is community? Is there an “it” to community
at all? Who gets to be a part of community, and who is written or forced out? Who
belongs? And how are the limits and boundaries of community determined? Who determines
them? What are the forces and structures that rest at the very center of a word that
offers, for many, a cozy promise or a sense of security? In order to address these
questions, this course engages the rich philosophical traditions of community thought
and will ask participants in this particular community space to reimagine community
as both desirable and treacherous, comforting and alienating. In order to develop
your own sense and theory of community, you will explore, participate with, and contribute
to USF and Tampa’s efforts to build a stronger, healthier community.
Biomedical Ethics* IDH 3600-001 Instructor: John Dormois M/W | 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM Medical Humanities *7 Year BS/MD students only. For permit email Mr. Mejias. This course uses a case-based approach to explore a number of ethical dilemmas that
occur in medicine. Students will participate in groups of 3 to prepare class presentations,
write summaries on those presentations, and write a 10-page research paper on a medical
topic with ethical implications. Class discussions are an important part of the overall
Ethics of the Dispossessed: Sustaining Human Populations in an Age of Mass Migrations IDH 3600-003 Instructor: David Garrison M/W | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Sustainable Futures Homelessness is not a new problem. Refugees, the dispossessed, and immigrants have
been a part of the human experience for as long as we have records. However, the
contemporary world provides new opportunities for dealing with these conditions, new
means by which to understand the causes and potential solutions to issues of homelessness,
and new challenges in the face of increasingly dense human populations and increasingly
numerous migrations. In this course we will examine new ways to conceptualize the nature of home and homelessness.
We will explore some of the political, financial, psychological, environmental, and
social causes of homelessness and migration, and attempt to address future solutions
to some of these challenges.
Controversies in Medical Research IDH 3600-004 Instructor: David Diamond M | 2:00 PM – 4:45 PM Medical Humanities In this seminar we will investigate flaws, conflicts of interest, outright deception
and breaches of ethics in medical research. This will be an active learning course
in which students will study the literature on specific topics, and then summarize
the research in an engaging discussion with the class through the use of a PowerPoint
Authoritarianism, Policing, and Civil Disobedience IDH 3600-005 Instructor: Gregory McCreery M/W | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM In this course, we will review several influential, historical texts and case studies
that provide theoretical reflection upon what authoritarian governance is, the history
of policing (in the United States and beyond), riots, and civil disobedience. With
such theoretical considerations in mind, we can focus on relevant, current practices,
and the extent to which they succeed, particularly concerning the conflict between
authoritarian governance and nonviolent resistance. The aim is to gain an understanding
of how nonviolent resistance is thought to work as a moral-political mechanism toward
positive, political change, as well as to gain an appreciation for non-authoritarian
governance and what it is. We will look at works produced by Thomas Hobbes, Carl Schmitt,
Michael Foucault, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Gene Sharp, Erica Chenoweth,
Todd May, Hannah Arendt, and others who theorize how nonviolent civil disobedience
does and does not successfully work against other kinds of violence, such as the violence
of the state, structural/systemic violence, and symbolic violence. We will also look
at case studies in which the nonviolent political power of the people has successfully
stood against authoritarian governments that sustain conditions constitutive of social
injustices. We will aim to gain a comprehensive grasp of many ways in which we can
produce real change in the world via kinds of resistance that have the potential to
transform oppressive conditions and the governments that uphold them.
Building Sustainable Futures: Environmental and Technological Transformations IDH 3600-006 Instructor: Gregory McCreery M/W | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Sustainable Futures The further we move into our post-industrial era with the influence of scientific
and technological advancements upon the world and human relationships, the more aware
we become of the dependency relation that exists between environmental health, human
flourishing, and technology. These advancements are encouraging and discouraging insofar
as technology introduces a “double-edged sword” of advantages and disadvantages into
our lives, which often affects the possibility of a sustainable future. Some argue
that we are moving toward a posthuman/transhuman future in which humans will go beyond
their current restraint within their natural bodies and environments. Will such future
humans discover means to sustainability or should we act now and why? In what ways
may we need to alter lifestyles, governmentality, and the production/consumption nexus
in order to achieve sustainability? What role might automation play toward this? Much
of the issue pertaining to environmental and technological transformations also involves
risk, and how this is communicated to the public, particularly when a particular kind
of future is often only a possibility. It is important not only to emphasize the benefits
of technological advancements, but to seriously consider their long-term implications
for humanity and the environment so that we can mitigate the problems that may arise,
possibly disrupting entrance into an authentic sustainable future. Humans have already
begun to modify themselves via emerging sciences, such as with genetic engineering,
digital technology, and bioengineering, and humans continue to modify and transform
the environment itself. All of this produces fertile ground for an emerging human
existence never seen on the planet, and this raises the question concerning what kinds
of ways of living are sustainable? In this course, we will work with theoretical approaches
to environmental ethics, the philosophy of technology, and transhumanism/posthumanism,
with a focus on sustainable futures.
Interweaving Indigenous Knowledge into a Sustainable Future: He waka eke noa IDH 3600-007 Instructor: Gregory McCreery M/W | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Sustainable Futures “He waka eke noa” is a Maori proverb meaning "One canoe which we are all in with no
exception.” Indigenous cultures from around the world are essential to understanding
ways in which humanity can approach diverse, sustainable living. The intensification
of environmental crises, such as that which results from climate change and sea level
rise, suggests that we should look to more traditional ecological knowledge held by
indigenous cultures. Indigenous cultures tend to share their knowledge from one generation
to the next, adapting to the territory they inhabit as needed, producing an intergenerational
reserve of knowledge pertaining to how to sustainably live in relation to a changing
environment. Historically ignored and suppressed, indigenous knowledge may hold keys
to discovering means to sustainable futures. In this sense, we can look back at underrepresented
kinds of knowledge accumulated over hundreds to thousands of years in order to look
forward with the goal of uncovering alternative ways of living towards sustainable
The Power of One: Ethics in 19th Century Global Literature IDH 3600-008 Instructor: Jeffery Donley T/R | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM The purpose of this ethics seminar course is to critically engage with the literary
masterworks of thought from the nineteenth century concerning the power of one person
to affect another or many, which is a theme that pervades all ethical moral decisions.
Great nineteenth-century literary masterworks and films made from them have the capacity
to make students identify with fictional and non-fictional characters in ways that
show possibilities and potential vulnerabilities themselves. This kind of empathic
identification is important for good ethical practice in diverse and global-pluralistic
communities. The focus of this seminar-style course will be one of reading, reflection,
writing, collaborative inquiry, and discussion of an authentic ethical understanding
and appreciation of the inter-dynamics of the diversified multi-layered facets of
the literary masterworks of the nineteenth century. Topics such as poverty, education,
the environment, hunger, gender, gender, race, science, history, ecology, cultural
studies, urbanism, and more will be explored. This kind of empathic identification
is important for good ethical practice in diverse and global-pluralistic communities.
The focus of this seminar-style course will be one of reading, reflection, writing,
collaborative inquiry, and discussion of an authentic global understanding and appreciation
of the inter-dynamics of the diversified multi-layered facets of the literary masterworks
of the nineteenth century. A theme throughout the course will be where literary characters
can or cannot meet their needs in society without compromising the ability of people
in the future to meet their own needs. Students will analyze the Power of One ethic along with other themes of the following
nineteenth-century masterworks and films made from them: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas
Carol (1843), H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine (1895) & The War of the Worlds (1897),
Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), Herman
Melville’s Moby Dick (1851), Lew Wallace’s Ben Hur (1880), Louisa May Alcott’s Little
Women (1868/69), Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov (1879/80), Victor Hugo’s
Les Miserable (1862), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust (1806/29), and Sir Walter
Scott’s Ivanhoe (1819). Throughout the semester, students will learn ethical issues
from multiple ethical perspectives that bring about increased awareness of the implication
of literature in the operations of power and ideology.
The Ethics of Political Grievances, Freedom, and the Responses to Tyranny IDH 3600-009 Instructor: Stephanie Williams M | 3:30 PM – 6:15 PM This course will examine the questions surrounding the concepts of political grievances,
freedom, and tyranny through the study of conservative, centrist, and liberal-leaning
political speeches. These readings include politicians and political activists from
the Revolutionary War and the founding of America through the Biden Administration.
Students will discuss what it means to express and hold political grievances and debate
what a "just" society must look like. The class will also look at the issue of ethics
through their arguments related to political freedom from the right to vote, the right
to be free from political violence, the right to determine which citizens have “the
right to rise," who may make demands of our political systems through protest, who
may make changes to government policies and institutions that don’t serve their political
interests, and who may make demands to preserve tradition and culture. By the conclusion
of the course, students will improve their skills in political discourse by learning
how to research and articulate the major topics that shape our national values. The
professor ensures that all students of all political views are engaged in productive
conversations that are civil and fair by allowing students of all political views
to be heard in class in a respectful environment.
Cultural Appropriation in The ArtsIDH 3600-010Instructor: Calvin FalwellF | 8:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Throughout popular music, artists have always borrowed from each other. However, one
group stands alone in the world of cultural colonialism. This course will explore
how western genres - country, jazz, blues, hip-hop, rock-and-roll, and techno — so
rooted in black traditions, came to be understood as white art forms. We will discuss
a broad historical overview of white appropriations of black musical forms and culture
and the ethical implications of cultural colonialism in western music.
Access to Justice IDH 4200-001 Instructor: Alma Dedic-Sarenkapa T/R | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM People need protection from possible harm inflicted on them. All of us can find ourselves
in harmful situations, especially when we engage in disputes or conflicts of interest.
In these situations, we start looking into actions or remedies we can use to redress
the harm. When remedies are guaranteed by law, they are called legal remedies. Legal
remedies involving a third party such as a legal institution lead to resolving disputes
mostly through compensation or restitution. The ability of people to access and seek
remedies through different mechanisms is the main concern of the Access to Justice
concept. In this course, we will explore different models of Access to Justice and
human rights standards linked to them in the Americas, Europe & Asia, and Africa.
We will also look at the connection between access to justice and social justice.
This connection can be examined from different perspectives such as equal or unequal
opportunities, privileges, and economic justice. Following current events and news shaping the world we live in students will better
understand (human) rights protection in the country and around the world. Students
will engage in facilitated discussions, team presentations, student-led working groups,
and final research.
How to Save a Planet IDH 4200-002 Instructor: Andrew Hargrove M/W | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Sustainable Futures We are currently in a state of emergency about the future of our relationship with
the natural environment. We are experiencing the 6th mass extinction, global warming
over 1.5 (2.7F) degrees Celsius, ecological damage, rising sea levels, more natural
disasters, and population displacement. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer
size, scale, and scope of these crises. Our natural inclination may be to feel hopeless
and powerless. BUT you do not have to feel this way! This class will discuss the many
facets of the climate change problem, how people are ALREADY working on addressing
it, and what YOU can do to contribute to making the world a better and safer place
for us all to live. We will engage with the scientific literature, with calls for
action, with NGOs around the world, and with people right here in our own community
fighting climate change. Join us and learn how to save a planet!
Great Power Competition: Is Sustainable Global Peace Doomed? IDH 4200-003 Instructor: Arman Mahmoudian M/W | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Sustainable Futures Russia's invasion of Ukraine and China's threatening actions against Taiwan are indications
of a new Cold War. The tensions between major eastern powers and the west are warning
us that the post-Soviet Union era of peace and harmony is reaching its ends, and the
hegemonic state of the liberal-market paradigm might soon be over. Therefore, it is
essential for all individuals to learn about the nature of the current great power
competition and its impact on our future. However, since we cannot fully understand
today's events without learning about the past, we must first learn about the previous
Cold War. Ergo, this class will develop within three stages: 1- Understanding the history of the Soviet Union and the United States Cold War 2- Studying the Post-Soviet Era under the hegemony of the US 3- Analyzing the tension between the US and Russia-China, and the future of international
International Security: Why Do States Choose War? IDH 4200-004 Instructor: Arman Mahmoudian M/W | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM The goal of this course is to help students understand states’ behavior and why they
act in the way that they do. Thus, through this course, students will learn about
theoretical, conceptual frameworks regarding interstate relations and why states sometimes
choose to compete rather than cooperate. This course contains four stages: 1) students will learn about the concept of international
security. 2) students will study theories that help them to understand states’ behaviors.
3) students will learn about potential solutions to the instability. 4) students will
examine case studies that help them to apply what they have learned to practical situations.
Experience Japan—from Hospitals to Hospitality (Omotenashi) IDH 4200-005 Instructor: Atsuko Sakai T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Medical Humanities What does it mean and what does it take to “care” for others? This course asks these
basic questions through explorations of Japan. Throughout its history, Japan has fought
to survive natural disasters, famines, and disease in addition to the fighting between
Samurais to unite the country’s leadership. The customary practices—extending from
daily habits (such as taking a bath or drinking tea) to superstitious rituals—often
came from the fear of sickness, hope for a cure, and prayer. We will study the history
of Japan and examine various artifacts (literature, arts, designed objects and spaces,
etc.), which reflect these customary practices and beliefs from different time periods.
Modern Japan also faces serious social issues including suicide, overwork, unbalanced
demographics due to low birth rates, and negative environmental effects associated
with industrialization, natural disasters, and war. While these current issues are
not unknown to other countries, there are some public health systems and services
unique to Japan such as a Mother-Child Pocketbook. Thus, we will analyze the “caring”
system in Japan from various perspectives including medical, health, nursing, and
Iranian Revolution 1979, 2022 IDH 4200-006 Instructor: Raheleh Dayerizadeh T/R | 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM This course will first go over what led up to the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Iran
and then focus on the aftermath. As a broad-based cultural revolution that changed
every aspect of Iranian society, this course will take a critical look at the experiment
with developing a religious authoritarian state in modern day. We will then shift
to discuss the social movements that have emerged and have been led by women and students
in the past decade and half, with key events: 1999 Student protests, 2009 Green Movement,
and 2022 Women, Life, Freedom Movement. In addition, the role of the Iranian Diaspora
and the Mujahadeen Khalq (MEK) will be assessed and the global impact of transnational
movements. Through the study of these particular events, the role of women as fighters,
survivors, leaders, peacemakers, and activists will be examined to determine what
is happening today in the streets of Iran. This course will be treated as a seminar,
allowing each student to actively participate, present to class, contribute to online
discussions of current events occurring in Iran, collaborate on a group project, and
research and write a final paper demonstrating their knowledge and critical thinking.
South Korean Culture and Identity (Beyond the Classroom)* IDH 4200-007 Instructor: Kevin Lee T/R | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM This course will begin with building a historical and cultural context through which
we can further examine the many facets of Korea. Through an interdisciplinary exploration
of various topics such as language, cuisine, traditions, Hallyu (Korean Wave), and
more, students will develop a rich and diverse understanding of Korean culture and
identity. In addition, students will participate in experiential learning by participating
in group projects, analyzing media, hearing from guest speakers, and a variety of
activities to create a dynamic approach to cultural learning. This course will require
active participation, lots of discussion, regular attendance, and a few activities
outside of class time for optimal learning. There may be optional experiences that
require you to pay, such as meals. *This course is permitted for students who have been accepted to the South Korea Beyond
the Classroom study abroad program.
Sustainable Peace and Justice in The Middle East IDH 4200-008 Instructor: Nazek Jawad T/R | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Sustainable Futures Achieving sustainable peace has been one of the long-standing most pressing issues
in the Middle East. In this course students will be able to examine how peace and
justice are closely interrelated, and explore topics, theories, and empirical examples
related to peace and conflict in the region. The course will begin with introducing
students to justice theories and examine key debates within the realm of international
justice, including the peace vs. justice debate. Students will then learn about various
violent conflicts in the region, including national liberation movements against European
colonialism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the American invasion of Iraq, and
the wars in Libya and Yemen, and examine these conflicts through the lens of peace
and justice. The course will both cover a lot of ground and be narrow in its focus.
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding to the tensions, synergies,
and overlap between peace, justice, and conflict in the Middle East.
Global Competency and the UN Sustainable Development Goals IDH 4200-009 Instructor: Parandoosh Sadeghinia M/W | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Sustainable Futures In 2015, all United Nations members shared a blueprint for peace and prosperity for
people and the planet with an agenda to achieve specific goals by 2030. This blueprint
is known as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In this course, students will engage
in high impact activities related to each goal. This course is designed to help students
critically acknowledge global issues and systematically analyze global challenges,
leading them to work towards feasible and sustainable solutions. Students will develop
an in-depth understanding of cultural pluralism, efficacy, global centrism, and interconnectedness
through the lens of global competency. In addition, they will be encouraged to apply
socio- political theories to problem- solving oriented class activities, group projects,
and a final paper.
Human Sustainability and the Future Generation IDH 4200-010 Instructor: Parandoosh Sadeghinia M/W | 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM Sustainable Futures “Sustainability” is a term we hear, read, and talk about regularly. In recent years
the focus on being “sustainable” can be seen in many aspects of people’s daily life.
But how much do we really know about this concept? In simple words sustainability
is often broken into three core concepts: economic, environmental, and social. Human
sustainability is a broad term that can be applied to any situation from which human
beings benefit. In this course we will learn how every person has a unique perspective toward the
world we live in. As individuals, we identify issues we are dealing with based on
multiple factors that are unique to each of us. By default, we analyze the issues
and come up with solutions sustainable to us. In this course we will learn how to
identify an issue (local or global), analyze the issue, and come up with solutions
which are sustainable on larger scales, where everyone can benefit. Students will
discuss and collaborate in identifying the issue(s), and through debates, they will
develop an in depth understanding of cultural pluralism, efficacy, global centrism,
and interconnectedness through the lens of global competency. In addition, they will
be encouraged to apply socio- political theories to problem- solving oriented class
activities, group projects, and a final paper.
Beasts and Burdens: Survival, Imagination, and Risk in the (Global) South IDH 4200-011 Instructor: Ulluminair Salim T | 11:00 AM – 1:45 PM Medical Humanities "Can the subaltern speak?" --Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, social theorist and scholar This course will investigate health (inequality) and risk in southern, postcolonial
spaces, examining critical, creative, and unconventional responses to subjugation.
Through thematic and geographic “travels,” students will examine axes of inequality,
subalternity, and survival among people across the globe, leveraging audio, video,
imagery, and narrative as windows into the social imaginary. Several questions animate the course: "What are ways in which minority voices emerge
in the humanistic social sciences, and how do their voices circulate? How can students
and scholars of the (global) south envision alternative narratives and intervene upon
existing characterizations? That is, what are elsewheres and elsewhens of representing
power and agency in southern spaces? Finally, what are ways in which we can critically
theorize gender inequality, health, and resilience in risky spaces? How can we map
them and map onto them?" As such, the study of (gendered) violence, power, and socioeconomic
and environmental conflict are central to the issues that this course takes up. During our symbolic travels, we will watch films and analyze other discursive texts
to critically (de)construct narratives about survival and resilience in southern riskscapes.
Beasts and Burdens will investigate artistic and ethnographic expressions by, for,
and about communities in the American South, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Central
and South America, and Oceania.
Post World War History and the Concurrent Evolution of Television and Social Media IDH 4200-012 Instructor: Daniel Ruth M | 8:00 AM – 10:45 AM This class explores post World War II history as seen through the camera’s lens. Students
will follow and explore many pivotal moments from the early 1950s through the present
day and how they were covered, first by the earliest days of television to the explosion
of present day technology and advanced social media. This course will discuss the
Army/McCarthy hearings of the 1950s, the Kennedy/Nixon presidential debates, the Kennedy
assassination, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, the Iraq wars, presidential scandals,
the Iranian hostage crisis, as well as Brexit and how each of these historic moments
not only were viewed through the lens, but how the camera influenced the public’s
understanding of them.
Organizational Culture and International Perspectives IDH 4200-013 Instructor: Amaly Santiago T/R | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Organizational culture is the set of shared beliefs, values, and norms that influence
the way members think, feel, and behave. Cultural interpretation is one of the best
ways of understanding a broad spectrum of aspects of management and organization.
This seminar examines organizational culture's development, nature, classifications,
and characteristics while exploring the interaction of individuals, groups, organizations,
and the environment. The course navigates in cultural understanding, which encourages
problem-solving and problem-awareness. This course engages in a broad communication
perspective by studying aspects of organizational culture internationally. This course
will engage in an analytical framework for what goes on in organizations and management
through readings, practical organizational examples, case studies, and special projects.
Service Learning in Ghana IDH 4200-014 Instructor: Elizabeth Doone T/R | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM The examination of broad historical periods in Ghana West Africa, and those factors
that have influenced and shaped the people and culture will be explored as students
collaborate with local mentors to develop a Service-Learning Plan through a mutually
beneficial exchange of knowledge about real world issues that challenge communities
across the globe. Using a multidisciplinary approach, students will collaboratively
select a shared concern with a global peer mentor, generate ideas, and viable responses,
critically weigh options and create and implement an action plan. This course is relevant
to students desiring to immerse themselves in a cultural exchange of ideas and understandings
while honing their communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills.
Food and Culture in the Arab and Eastern World IDH 4200-016 Instructor: Raja Benchekroun M/W | 8:00 AM – 9:15 PM Food often carries significant social and cultural magnitude to many societies. In
this course, we will learn about Food in the Middle East and North Africa, their intrinsic
identification as Arab Cuisine, and the paradox this identification causes in the
face of the region’s multicultural identities from East to West. We will explore how
recipes and dietary practices transmit knowledge from one generation to the next,
what stories Food tells, and how it preserves cultural heritage and restores family
values. Students will learn about the Eastern cuisine in Tampa Bay communities. What does
Food tell us about the nature of its people and the identity of its origins? How had
taste traveled across the Arab region and to the west? And how “comfort food” conserved
its authentic flavors and cooking techniques? We will explore Food's journey to tell
us about critical historical events in the Eastern world and agricultural hardships,
celebrations, religion, and diet. Students will learn how to navigate cultures through
Food and networking with diverse community members and engage in field trips to local
food festivals and Arab and Eastern restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. Arab Literature, Culture, and Film IDH 4200-017 Instructor: Raja Benchekroun M/W | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to the Arab Literature, Culture, and Film, a gateway to the
Arab World based on scholarly research, authentic voices, textual, translated resources,
media, and literature by authors of Arab origins. The course will introduce the region's
various languages, dialects, and cultures, which comprise a kaleidoscopic wealth of
the world’s most ancient societies and major past/ current events that transformed
the Arab region. This course explores how the interconnectedness of diverse spaces, places, and peoples
constitute the community. By examining locales, historical periods, and the people
who inhabit them, students will take an interdisciplinary approach to the local, regional,
and global relationships to create intentional learners
Comedy in a Global Context IDH 4200-018 Instructor: David Jenkins M/W | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM From the plays of Aristophanes to Mohammed Amer’s Netflix series Mo, comedy has been
used as a form of entertainment and a tool for critique. This course takes both a
global and historical approach to how comedy works (or doesn't). Students will develop
a firm theoretical foundation before examining specific comedic artifacts from the
past and present with a specific focus on stand-up comedy. This course draws on continental philosophy, communication theory, performance studies,
sociology, and related disciplines. Comedy is fraught, the idea that it's all "just
jokes" doesn't remove the potential for unintended consequences, and so by examining
it from multiple perspectives students will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation
for the greater world we inhabit.
Global Health is Local Health IDH 4200-019 Instructor: Lydia Asana M | 8:00 AM – 10:45 AM Medical Humanities In an age where technological and logistical advancements facilitate global interactions,
health considerations once considered foreign have increasingly become an integral
part of local health systems and healthcare experiences. In this course students will
identify, explore, and contextualize health determinants, experiences, and solutions
using diverse local health examples and perspectives from around the world. Through
course content, contributions from health professionals and independent research,
students will critically evaluate aspects of health at a locality of choice with the
aim of identifying challenges and opportunities leading to recommendations that could
benefit their locality of interest. In addition, students will be challenged to explore
ways in which the benefits of proposed recommendations for local health could impact
global health efforts. Anticipated outcomes of this course include expanded knowledge, sharpened critical
thinking skills, fostered research skills and expanded intellectual and professional
skills. Finally, the benefits of collaboration will be enjoyed through the integration
of ideas, experiences, methods, and findings resulting in an informed understanding
of ways in which global health is local health.
The Struggle for Polish Independence: The Story of Risk, Survival, and ResilienceIDH 4200-020Instructor: Marta Jaszczolt T/R 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
"Jeszcze Polska nie zginela, póki my zjemy.” Mazurek Dobrowskiego, The Polish National
Anthem, “Poland is Not Yet Lost” (Translation: Poland is not going to be lost as long
as I live.)In this course, students will learn about Poland’s historical struggle to gain, and
remain, independent while examining how Polish culture, customs, and democracy endured
multiple wars and three partitions. During this course, we will analyze reforms dating
back to 1764 which led to what is considered the first Democratic Constitution in
Europe—the Constitution of May 3, 1971, titled the Governance Act. After analyzing
how this pivotal moment coupled with shifting European alliances disrupted Poland’s
ability to maintain its borders and independence for hundreds of years, we will step
forward in time and learn about the rise and fall of communism, return of democracy,
and Poland’s assent to the European Union. Students will gain an in-depth understanding
of Polish culture and European history. Students will engage in facilitated discussions,
team presentations, student-led working groups, and final research.
Honors Seminar in PharmacyIDH 4930-001Instructor: Yashwant PathakW | 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM 3-hour course counts as Honors Core requirement.
Learn about innovation in the pharmaceutical sciences directly from faculty researchers
of the Taneja College of Pharmacy! In this seminar, you will have the opportunity
to hear first-hand experiences about technological advances in pharmacy, basic sciences
in pharmacy, pharmacogenomics, geriatrics, and drug discovery. You will work on a
culminating project with mentorship by faculty of the Taneja College of Pharmacy.
Identity, Democracy, and Citizenship in the Evolving International OrderIDH 4930-002Instructor: Rt. Hon. Henry McLeishF | 12:30 PM – 3:45 PMFebruary 3, 10, 17, & 24 only
1 credit course, satisfies one Global Experience Requirement
Honors students have a unique opportunity to take this 1-credit 4-week course from
February 3 through February 24 taught by The Right Honourable Henry McLeish, a Scottish
politician, author and academic who served as First Minister of Scotland and leader
of the Scottish Labour Party. Since leaving politics, McLeish has written several
books, lectured widely in the United States, and voiced his opinion in the 2014 Scottish
independence referendum and the 2016 UK referendum on EU membership. Hear from an
international politician on his engagement with what it means to be a global citizen.
**Restricted to juniors and seniors.** Please email Mr. Kevin Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for a permit.
Seminars in MedicineIDH 4930-003Instructor: Edwing DanielM | 12:30 PM – 3:15 PM
*This course is restricted for 7-year med students admitted to MCOM for Fall 2023.
Seminars in Medicine course will address aspects of the medical school pre-clinical
curriculum and examine professionalism for physicians. The course will involve several
faculty members within the Morsani College of Medicine speaking on various topics
including diversity, curriculum, business in medicine, law in medicine, ethics, and
Government Policies and Everyday PeopleIDH 4930-004Instructor: Gus BilirakisF | 2:00 PM – 4:45 PM
*This is a 3-credit course delivered in a hybrid format due to the Congressman's travel
schedule. Some course meetings will occur in person on the Tampa campus.
This course explores how the interconnectedness of federal government policies, both
domestic and foreign, affects the lives of everyday citizens. Through analysis and
discussion of national and world events, students will gain an understanding of the
nexus between government action and its consequences. This course will enhance Critical/Analytical
Thinking, Problem Solving, and Written Communication skills. At the same time, students
will attain knowledge and skills related to American government and how it affects
their daily lives.
Registration for capstone courses on the Tampa campus will not require a permit. Seniors
may register beginning October 31, juniors beginning November 7, and then all students
beginning November 14. Students with extenuating circumstances who need priority should
contact their honors advisor.
Transitional Justice: Dealing with the Past IDH 4950-001 Instructor: Alma Dedic-Sarenkapa T/R | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM In the realm of international politics, countries in transition from an authoritarian
regime to democracy or from war to peace often face multiple transitions and different
challenges, for instance, the challenge of overcoming past abuses of human rights
such as political executions, ethnic cleansing, mass murder, or genocide. Such societies
at times reach for transitional justice mechanisms to redress past atrocities and
human rights violations. Transitional Justice (TJ) mechanisms consist of judicial
and non-judicial measures, including truth-seeking mechanisms, reparation programs,
and institutional reforms. This complex set of measures if applied in counties in
transition can offer reconciliatory elements for grieving and often divided societies
on their path to democracy and global trends. This course will offer an exploration of Transitional Justice mechanisms using real-life
experiences. Yet together we will reach even further and look into our own society
and the communities we live in. What can we learn from societies in transition? Can
we apply such measures and experience in our own society and communities? In this
course, students will practice how to bridge the gap between academic concepts and
real-life experiences in a complex environment using a problem-solving approach and
TJ tools. Through a series of thematic sessions, case studies, and student-led workshops
students will learn how to obtain input for project ideas they wish to work on.
Exploring Behind the Veil: The New Honors Building IDH 4950-003 Instructor: Atsuko Sakai T/R | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Sustainable Futures The construction of our new home is at the final stage! Let’s use this rare opportunity
to capture a unique moment in the history of our Judy Genshaft Honors College. While
observing parts of the building elements being constructed, we will explore the concept
of architectural design and imagine the future of our innovative learning environment.
This course will take you to a backstage tour of the multi-year design process we
have gone through, and you will be exposed to various design features that support
the complex building systems and functions through readings, review of visual documents,
hands-on design exercises, site visits, and interactions with different specialists
from the large design & construction team. In addition to learning about the physical
design elements (i.e., what’s in the building such as structure, lighting, building
materials, and landscape), we will discuss how we actually experience 3-dimensional
spaces and the effects of our surroundings on our behavior, mood, and learning in
particular. In order to examine both human factors and environmental factors, we will
be actively exchanging ideas on a variety of topics including: nature and sustainability;
neuroscience and environmental psychology; and disability and accessibility. No previous
architectural knowledge or design experience is required - students from all majors
are welcome to join our first expedition.
Writing Craft: Telling Your Story IDH 4950-004 Instructor: Deepak Singh M/W | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM The course will emphasize how to read like writers, dissect literature with an eye
for craft: how a story is made, what choices authors made to create their work. Students
will learn about how to observe like writers, and pay attention to their surroundings,
recording details in their minds, in their diary, or on paper. Over the semester,
they’ll learn about how to draft and revise a piece of written work by doing it: closely
reading, critiquing, reflecting, and workshopping their own creative writing on the
way to a polished final project. The course will also focus on taming the Inner Critic. Most beginner writers give
up before they’ve even started. Their Inner Critic questions their talent to write.
Students will talk about how to kick the Inner Critic out of the room and write freely.
First drafts are always messy, and writers need to be able to make a mess and have
fun with it. With their Inner Critic out of the room, I hope students will tap into
their creativity. In this course, students will not only learn to critique their peers’
work, but also work on silencing their inner critic for their own work. In this course,
we will write to understand what we are thinking, what we’re seeing, what it means,
what we desire and what we fear.
Comparative Healthcare Systems in Italy: Surgery and Spaghetti (Beyond the Classroom)* IDH 4950-005 Instructor: Donna Gambino R | 9:30 AM – 12:15 PM Medical Humanities This course is designed for the organized presentation of comparative issues within
the healthcare systems in the United States and Italy. Emphasis focuses on diverse
areas of health and is appropriate for persons directly or indirectly involved in
the provision of healthcare or health education. The classroom experience will be
an overview of healthcare delivery systems, anatomy, medical terminology, and include
basic Italian. This is a hands-on class, and students will be actively engaged and
working in teams to complete a project. The course seeks to assist students toward
self-motivation of volunteering and to instill the knowledge of community needs around
the world, as well as the knowledge of how people of another culture live. At the conclusion of the spring semester, a culminating experience focused on integrative
& applied learning will take place in Florence, Italy. In Florence, students will
spend their time in a variety of clinical settings observing surgeries in the operating
room while gaining in-depth engagement with physicians and surgeons. Students will
stand next to the surgeons in the operating room learning from the doctors and Italian
medical students. Students will experience a minimum of four observations, clinical
shadowing, and experiential learning activities. Additionally, students will travel
to Rome and Cinque Terre as part of their experiential learning in Italy. * This Capstone course is permitted for students selected to participate in the Physician
Observation in Florence, Italy study abroad program.
Quality makes ¢ent$: Healthcare Research & Quality Outcomes IDH 4950-006 Instructor: Donna Gambino R | 12:30 PM – 3:15 PM Medical Humanities What ethical and legal obligations do hospitals have to patients? What challenges
and issues arise while conducting healthcare quality projects? How is the quality
of care and cost of delivery related? Using literature (Foucault's The Birth of the
Clinic, Gawande's Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance, and others) and film (The
English Surgeon, Malice, and others), this course purposes to instill the knowledge
of community needs through cultural enlightenment, interdisciplinary practices, and
real-life experience. This course will primarily focus on clinical outcomes, and process
change, and emphasizes analysis of the patient care process to identify specific interventions.
Students will learn to incorporate the research process as they conduct an actual
healthcare outcomes study utilizing a quantitative research approach. Students will
be prepared to present findings and practical applications to hospital administrators.
Designed for students interested in interprofessional healthcare delivery, this course
seeks to assist students with developing competencies expected of professional programs.
Additional topics include an overview of accreditation standards; licensure agencies;
reimbursement systems; legal/ethical issues; healthcare computerization; documentation,
quality, compliance, and regulatory requirements, and HIPPA compliance.
Becoming the Next Problem Solver: Creator, Thinker, Changemaker IDH 4950-007 Instructor: Michael Cross T/R | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Sustainable Futures In this course, we use the lens of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) to
develop solutions to Real World Problems–a core assignment–in collaboration with a
community partner. Examples of previous projects include UNSDG (2) Zero Hunger to
propose increased community garden development within the Uptown Tampa Innovation
Quarter, UNSDG (9) Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure to identify new transit
methods in partnership with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, and UNSDG (12) Sustainable
Consumption and Production to assist a company in converting to recyclable marketing
mailers. We also engage in a series of assignments to answer questions critical to
your personal and professional development such as “What do you want to do vs what
do you want to be?” and “What’s your next?”
The Ethics of Leadership and Decision-Making IDH 4950-008 Instructor: Stephanie Williams M/W | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM In this course, students will explore fundamental components of ethical leadership
and decision-making. The class will be based on the case study model and focused
on learning how leaders succeed or fail based on their ability to incorporate ethical
process as they address organizational crisis and public controversies. Student will
address the following issues as they build their case studies: the practice of transparency,
the ability to recognize ethical failures, the responsibility to protect the public’s
interest, the ability to admit mistakes and to be accountable, the ability to address
and correct mistakes, the ability to determine if a leader needs to remove or replace
individuals or teams to correct the problem, and the responsibility to promote reform.
Each student will select a crisis or ethical failure related to their field of interest
early in the semester. Participants will complete assignments throughout the semester
that will culminate into a final case study. Students will have the opportunity to
collaborate and present on the challenges and opportunities of the key components
ethical leadership and decision making. In addition to case study discussions, students
will have in-class conversations with executive leaders. Students who have taken "The Ethics of Political Grievances, Freedom, & the Responses
to Tyranny" are encouraged to take this class if they are interested in engaging in
an in-depth study of issues that were discussed in their previous seminar. However,
all students are welcome.
Visual Narratives IDH 4950-009 Instructor: Tamara Nemirovsky W | 9:30 AM – 12:15 PM This course is an exploration of how to produce a short documentary to re-tell the
stories of our community in a meaningful and reflective way. Emphasis is on documentary/film
language, concept development, narrative structures, how to interview participants,
as well as all the production stages (pre-production, production, post-production)
and technical aspects required to produce a documentary. Students will make a short
documentary. This course does not require previous film knowledge or experience. You will use your
smartphone to shoot.
Connections: Mental Healthcare, Community Engagement, and Art IDH 4950-010 Instructor: Ulluminair Salim R | 12:30 PM – 3:45 PM* Medical Humanities “Develop your senses-especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects
to everything else.”—Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance artist In collaboration with the Tampa Museum of Art's Connections program, Judy Genshaft
Honors College students will examine medical conditions such as dementia, Parkinson's
disease, depression, substance use disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
while garnering skills to facilitate therapeutic interactions with works of art for
patient groups dealing with these diagnoses. During the semester, students will practice
proven methods to support diverse museum attendees as they access and express memories,
improve communication skills, externalize emotions, relieve stress and anxiety, and
promote positive feelings, sharing their personal artistic interpretations without
fear of judgement or failure. Students also will practice observation, deep listening,
and critical thinking to aid in the facilitation process. At the end of the term, students will facilitate therapeutic interactions with art
during Connections museum tours, drawing upon Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and
other forms of artistic engagement such as tactile and musical experiences, culminating
in the development of a community-engaged research project of their own design at
the intersection of mental healthcare, community engagement, museology, and art. *We will conduct class onsite at the Tampa Museum of Art between 1:00 and 3:45 pm,
so please allow time to travel back and forth when you are planning your schedule.
While transportation is not provided, parking will be validated.
Civic Literacy & Current Events IDH 4950-011 Instructor: Daniel Ruth W | 8:00 AM – 10:45 AM This class is designed to give students an enhanced understanding of world events
and civic institutions that influence our lives. Students will read daily newspapers
as well as follow news events across a variety of information platforms. The goals of this course are two-fold. First students will become better informed
and thus more aware of stories that shape their world view. Second, students will
gain a keener appreciation of the journalistic challenges associated with keeping
them informed. This class will also require a Capstone writing project of about 3,000
Perspectives in Performing Arts Healthcare IDH 4950-012 Instructor: Nancy Burns F | 8:00 AM – 10:45 AM Medical Humanities This course provides an overview of the physical and mental health issues of performing
artists as a vulnerable and underserved population and explores evidence-based solutions
to advance health care and health access to this population. Completion of the course
will leave students with specific knowledge and an empathetic approach to caring for
performing artists that can translate into caring for the general population.
Digital VideoIDH 4950-013Instructor: James Hatten M/W | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
This course is primarily a project-based course with 10 major assignments and associated
other materials. Students will study videos and film techniques, discuss nuances of
creating video productions in the digital age, and shoot, edit, and produce various
genres of video, including digital storytelling, persuasion, journalistic, demonstration,
how-to/tutorials, interviews, and informational. Students will learn camera techniques,
editing techniques, lighting, sound, and voice-over. The final project is a documentary-style
video backed by researched information and in-person interviews.
The Honors Thesis is a two-semester program where students will conduct an independent
study under the guidance of their own thesis chair selected by each student. The thesis
process mirrors a mentorship system common in graduate schools (e.g., dissertation
for a Ph.D. program). By closely working with your own chair, you will come up with
a research topic, develop research methods, and produce your own creative work such
as a research paper, artwork, a business proposal, etc. It is a great opportunity
to create your own unique research project, learn from faculty about the research
process, and gain research skills. We recommend that students who are interested in
the Honors Thesis prepare early.
Thesis IIDH 4970-001Instructor: Atsuko Sakai
Students should enroll in Thesis I when they are in the final 2-4 semesters of completing
their degree. Please go to Honors Thesis for more information and compare different Research Track options. No permit required. Only juniors and seniors may enroll in thesis.
Thesis IIIDH 4970-002Instructor: Atsuko Sakai
Permit required. Only students who have completed Thesis I may enroll in Thesis II.