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Spring 2023 Honors College Courses

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, & IDH 4970.

Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee campus

IDH 4200: Geographic Pespectives 

Finding Meaning and Purpose Around the World 
IDH 4200-501/IDH 495-501, cross listed
Instructor: Jody McBrien
T | 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: Lanier
T/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.

IDH 3350: Natural Sciences Honors

Lifestyle Medicine for Brain Health
IDH 3350-501
Instructor: Peabody

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, and environment).

*This course will alternate with in-person and synchronous online course meetings. Details will be provided in the syllabus.

Location: USF St. Petersburg campus

IDH 3100: Arts and Humanities 

Ancient Greek Myth in Text and Image
IDH 3100-601
Instructor: Sheramy Bundrick
M | 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.  

IDH 3350: Natural Sciences 

Ocean Life and Why They Matter
IDH 3350-601
Instructor: Theresa Greely 
W | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Sustainable 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.

IDH 3400: Social Sciences

Economics of Men, Women, and Work
IDH 3400-601
Instructor: Rebecca Harris
T/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.   

IDH 4200: Geographical Perspectives

Food and History
IDH 4200-601
Instructor: Gary Mormino
T/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. 

IDH 4950: Honors Capstone (permit required)

Healing Art
IDH 4950-601
Instructor: Catherine Wilkins, Healing Art
R | 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. 

IDH 4970: Honors Thesis

Honors Thesis
IDH 4970-601
Instructor: Catherine Wilkins, Honors Thesis
F | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

St. Petersburg Students in the Judy Genshaft Honors College should register for this section of thesis. 

Location: USF Tampa campus

IDH 2010: Aquisition of Knowledge 

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.

Special Topics in Honors (These courses are not a part of Honors core.)

Rooted in Place
IDH 2930-002
Instructor: Andrew Hargrove (with Kobe Phillips)
M/W | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Sustainable 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 Professions
IDH 2930 - 003
Instructor: Donna Petersen
M | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
1 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 abroad. 

Honors Orchestra
IDH 2930-901
Instructor: Calvin Falwell
T | 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 Chorus
IDH 2930-902
Instructor: 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 Internship
IDS 3947-113
Instructor: Audra Santerre
Online 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.

IDH 3100: Arts & Humanities

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 design thinking. 

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 or experience.   

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 Music
IDH 3100-018
Instructor: Calvin Falwell
M | 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.

IDH 3350: Natural Sciences

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 3350-002
Instructor: Michael Cross
T/R | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Sustainable 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 3350-004
Instructor: Andrew Hargrove
M/W | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Sustainable 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? 

IDH 3400: Social Sciences

Sustainable Tampa Bay
IDH 3400-001
Instructor: Andrew Hargrove
T | 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Sustainable 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 (  
*You must apply and be accepted to the Honors Germany Study Abroad program before enrolling in the course. 

Nonprofit Essentials: Purpose, People, & Public Relations
IDH 3400-013
Instructor: Lydia Asana
M | 11:00 AM – 1:45 PM
Sustainable 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 Understanding
IDH 3400-014

Instructor: 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 Self
IDH 3400-015

Instructor: 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.

IDH 3600: Seminar in Applied Ethics

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 experience. 

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 presentation. 

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 futures. 

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 Arts
IDH 3600-010
Instructor: Calvin Falwell
F | 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.

IDH 4200: Geographical Perspectives

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 peace 

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 childcare. 

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 Resilience
IDH 4200-020

Instructor: 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.

IDH 4930: Special Topics

Honors Seminar in Pharmacy
IDH 4930-001
Instructor: Yashwant Pathak
W | 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 Order
IDH 4930-002
Instructor: Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish
F | 12:30 PM – 3:45 PM
February 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 ( for a permit.

Seminars in Medicine
IDH 4930-003
Instructor: Edwing Daniel
M | 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 scholarly concentrations.

Government Policies and Everyday People
IDH 4930-004
Instructor: Gus Bilirakis
F | 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.

IDH 4950: Honors Capstone

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 words. 

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 Video
IDH 4950-013

Instructor: 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.

Honors Thesis I & II

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 I
IDH 4970-001
Instructor: 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 II
IDH 4970-002
Instructor: Atsuko Sakai 

Permit required. Only students who have completed Thesis I may enroll in Thesis II.